8am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar bid REJECTED, Lacazette hints Gunners stay, Aubameyang contract LATEST – The Sun

8am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar bid REJECTED, Lacazette hints Gunners stay, Aubameyang contract LATEST – The Sun

September 7, 2020

ARSENAL have had a bid rejected for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar with the Gunners reportedly offering a player as part of the deal.

The Emirates Stadium outfit are also still hoping to entice Thomas Partey to North London – but Alexandre Lacazette has hinted he could stay at the club.

The Frenchman has been a target for Juventus this summer amid reports he could leave to help Arsenal raise funds for new signings.

Meanwhile, Gunners' captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the brink of new contract, while Lucas Torreira could be on his way out of the club.

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  • PARTEY LINE

    Arsenal are in pole position to sign Thomas Partey after the midfielder rejected Atletico Madrid's new contract, according to reports.

    The Spanish side wanted the 27-year-old to pen a new deal that would eradicate his £45million release clause.

    But Partey, whose current contract expires in 2023, turned it down because he wants to finalise his move to the Premier League.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is eager to get a deal over the line but is being forced to raise transfer funds before forking out the figure.

    According to Marca, Atletico are resigned to losing Partey and have already lined up a replacement in Espanyol's Marc Roca.

    Diego Simeone is now waiting for Arsenal to lodge an official bid for Partey before making a move for the 23-year-old.

  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Mesut Ozil is chasing what just weeks ago seemed ridiculously unlikely – a place in the Arsenal side for Saturday's Premier League opener at Fulham.

    Boss Mikel Arteta started the German playmaker in Saturday's 3-2 home friendly loss against Aston Villa after omitting him for six months.

    And Ozil, 31, is now in serious contention for a squad spot against the newly-promoted Cottagers as Arteta looks to shuffle his formation.

    Arteta is resigned to Ozil seeing out the final year of his £350,000-a-week contract.

    Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos claims Gunners' fans persuaded him to renew his loan from Real Madrid

    The Spain midfielder told Arsenal.com: “I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined, I bought into the club completely and always gave 100 per cent both on and off the pitch.

    “The fans repaid me for that by showing me a lot of love… when I was at home they were sending me messages asking me to come back and saying that they needed me here.

    “I think they’ll be as happy as I am that I'm back and I’m sure we have a great year ahead of us this season.”

    And England Under-21 hat-trick hero Eddie Nketiah is aiming to muscle in for more regular Prem action this season – after beefing up.

    He said:“During lockdown, I worked really hard on getting bigger and better on the ball.

    “I’ve used the time well and it’s good people can see the hard work.”

  • OZIL BACK IN CONTENTION

    Mesut Ozil has been thrown an unlikely Arsenal lifeline after playing his first game in six months for the club.

    The German playmaker was a surprise starter in Saturday’s final pre-season friendly against Aston Villa.

    And now he is in with a chance of being involved in this week’s opening Premier League game at Fulham as Mikel Arteta considers all his options.

    Ozil, 31, did not feature in any of Arsenal’s 13 games of the season after football came out of lockdown and didn’t even make the subs’ bench for the final ten.

    But Arteta is resigned to the out of favour German seeing out the final year of his Emirates contract.

    And he is looking at ways to keep Ozil involved rather than having him picking up his £350,000-a-week wages without contributing to the squad.

  • WEIGHT YOUR CHANCE

    Eddie Nketiah is seriously pumped for the new season.

    The Arsenal whizkid spent lockdown bulking up to cope better with the Premier League’s physicality.

    And he was far too strong for the Kosovo defence on Friday as he hit a ten-minute hat-trick to help the England Under-21s to a 6-0 romp.

    Now the striker is ready to flex his notably bigger muscles when the top flight resumes this weekend.

    Nketiah, 21, said: “During lockdown, I worked really hard on getting bigger and better on the ball. I’ve used the time well and it’s good people can see the hard work.

    “It’s something I wanted to do. As you go through the levels, it gets a lot harder physically so to be able to show your technique, you need thatstrength to cope with it.

    “It’s nice to show that off a bit on the pitch.”

  • SUPER GRAN

    Granit Xhaka was far happier than Arsenal team-mate Bernd Leno after Switzerland's 1-1 comeback draw at home to Germany in the Nations League.

    Swiss skipper Xhaka openly celebrated the point – as Germany keeper Leno was beaten bySilvan Widmer's low shot for a 57th minute equaliser.

    Etihad ace Ilkay Gundogan had fired the visitors in from early on.

  • NO ALEX-IT

    Striker Alexandre Lacazette has sent Arsenal fans wild after dropping a huge hint that he is set to stay at the club.

    The 29-year-old is thought to be one of the players Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is open to selling in order to raise funds for new signings.

    Juventus are believed to be leading the race to land the Frenchman with Gonzalo Higuain expected to leave.

    Lacazette has also been offered to Atletico Madrid as a sweetener in a deal for £44million-rated Thomas Partey.

    But many Arsenal fans are desperate for the striker to stay and his social media activity suggests his long-term future may be in north London.

    One fan took to Instagram to urge the former Lyon man to commit to the Gunners, writing: “One word. STAY.”

  • AT A LLOS WITHOUT YOU

    Arsenal fans persuaded Dani Ceballos to renew his loan from Real Madrid, the Spain midfielder says.

    He told Arsenal.com: “I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined, I bought into the club completely and always gave 100 per cent both on and off the pitch.

    “The fans repaid me for that by showing me a lot of love… when I was at home they were sending me messages asking me to come back and saying that they needed me here.

    “I think they’ll be as happy as I am that I'm back and I’m sure we have a great year ahead of us this season.

    “When the coach, the club, the players and everyone is asking you to stay for another year, you realise that they see you as a good team-mate and a good player.

    “I feel proud that the club, the coach and – most importantly – the fans wanted me to stay.”

  • ROORD BACK

    Joe Montemurro hailed hat-trick hero Jill Roord’s “special” display as Arsenal’s title hunt got off to a superb start.

    The Netherlands midfielder, 23, helped her team thrash Reading after Kim Little got the first for the three-time WSL champions.

    Gunners boss Montemurro said: “When I signed Jill, I saw someone special.

    “I saw a player who had immense ability in finding space, but also her ability to play higher up, protect the ball, and find the pass.

    “And the big thing we are looking for with Jill is to find a level and ascertain that level because she can float in and out of games at times and can get complacent because she is talented.

    “So I’ve given her that challenge.”

  • FIINGERS BERND

    Arsenal's Germany keeper Bernd Leno warmed up for his bid to start the Premier League season this Saturday with tonight's Nations League clash in Switzerland.

    here he thwarts home striker Haris Seferovic.

    Leno's Arsenal team-mate Granit Xhaka is in the Switzerland side – but had little to smile about when Ilkay Gundogan put Germany ahead.

  • SWITZERLAND VS GERMANY LIVE

    Granit Xhaka is captaining the Swiss in Basel, while Bernd Leno is in goal for the visitors.

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  • TORR-INO 'OFFER'

    Torino have reportedly offered £21.4million up front for Lucas Torreira.

    The Uruguayan wants to leave Arsenal after failing to settle in North London.

    And he looks to be heading to Serie A, with Fiorentina also interested in looking at him.

    According to El Pais journalist Alvaro Levrero, Arsenal are looking to get the money in their coffers in order to make a move for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey as a replacement.

  • WINK HINT

    Alexandre Lacazette has given Arsenal fans he will stay at the Emirates, despite being linked with a move to Spain.

    Reports that Arsenal are ready to swap him for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey remain unconfirmed.

    But Lacazette has hinted to Gunners supporters he will remain in North London.

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  • CARABAO CUP DRAW

    Arsenal will face Leicester at the King Power Stadium in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

    The game will take place the week of September 21.

  • TRUE CLASSIC

    The Premier League have tweeted out footage of this brilliant match between Chelsea and Arsenal on this day in 2000.

    Don't take your eyes off a certain Brazilian full-back…

  • RETURN FROM OZ?

    Mikel Arteta is ready to give Mesut Ozil a chance to prove himself at Arsenal, according to reports.

    The German playmaker, 31, has not played a minute of football since the 1-0 win over West Ham in March.

    And according to the Mirror, the Gunners want to let him back into the fold at the Emirates.

    It is perhaps a realisation of the reality of Arsenal's position, they will not be able to sign many – if any – more players this transfer window.

    And if they do, they will need to do so at the right price.

    Ozil will be a free agent as of July 1 next year and will be able to talk to new clubs as of January 1.

  • 'ZETT-LED IN

    Alexandre Lacazette has sent Arsenal fans wild after dropping a huge hint that he is set to stay at the club.

    The 29-year-old is thought to be one of the players Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is open to selling in order to raise funds for new signings.

    Juventus are believed to be leading the race to land the Frenchman with Gonzalo Higuain expected to leave.

    Lacazette has also been offered to Atletico Madrid as a sweetener in a deal for £44million-rated Thomas Partey.

    But many Arsenal fans are desperate for the striker to stay and his social media activity suggests his long-term future may be in north London.

    One fan took to Instagram to urge the former Lyon man to commit to the Gunners, writing: “One word. STAY.”

  • ARSENAL FIXTURES

    Here are the Gunners' opening games of the season, as well as those must-watch clashes against their 'Big Six' rivals.

  • ROOD AWAKENING

    Arsenal women have gotten off to a flier in their Barclays Women's Super League clash against Reading.

    Jill Rood's hat-trick has shown the women mean business this season.

  • AOU-AARGHH

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been left frustrated in his pursuit of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

    The French side rejected a deal worth £31.2million AND one of his players, according to a report.

    Website RMC Sport claims: “Regarding Houssem Aouar, OL would have received an offer from Arsenal to 35 million euros plus a player. She was refused.”

    Arteta has wrapped up the £27m signing of Lille centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes.

    Arteta has been looking at other options in midfield as Atletico Madrid are playing hardball for midfielder Thomas Partey.

  • TOO SOUN FOR MIK

    Graeme Souness has cut down Arsenal's title challenge before the season has started – by insisting the Gunners are “not strong enough” to take the crown.

    Souness, 67, said in his Sunday Times column: “People are making noises about Arsenal, but I don’t see them being strong enough.

    “I expect a bigger challenge, though, from United and Chelsea this time.

    “If you’re asking me now, that’s my top four for next May: Liverpool, City, United and Chelsea.”

    “United will be better with Donny van de Beek, but the goalkeeping situation may be an issue.

    “Chelsea have signed well, but let’s see how quickly Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz settle in.”

  • GUNNER BE CLOSE

    Robbie Savage has predicted Arsenal will finish this Premier League season just outside the Champions League places, in fifth.

    The former Leicester and Derby midfielder wrote in the Mirror: “Mikel Arteta has done unbelievably well to win the FA Cup and toughen up the Gunners’ soft centre since he took over from Unai Emery.

    “Arsenal have already beaten Liverpool, City and Chelsea on his watch, and if they get off to a good start, they could finish in the top four.

    “Although I think it’s too soon to talk about a title challenge.”

  • DAN AND DUSTED

    Dani Ceballos has revealed it was the Arsenal fans who convinced him to stay at the Emirates.

    He told Arsenal.com: “I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined, I bought into the club completely and always gave 100 per cent both on and off the pitch.

    “The fans repaid me for that by showing me a lot of love… when I was at home they were sending me messages asking me to come back and saying that they needed me here.

    “I think they’ll be as happy as I am that I'm back and I’m sure we have a great year ahead of us this season.

    “When the coach, the club, the players and everyone is asking you to stay for another year, you realise that they see you as a good team-mate and a good player.

    “I feel proud that the club, the coach and – most importantly – the fans wanted me to stay.”

  • RINGS A BELL

    Bayer Leverkusen are among the clubs interested in signing Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin.

    The 25-year-old has had a nightmare with injuries over the past few seasons and Mikel Arteta is happy to try and get a good price for his fellow Spaniard.

    PSG are also reported to be interested in Bellerin, who played 15 Premier League games last season.

    According to the Telegraph, Leverkusen are tempted to use the money the have received for Kai Havertz from Chelsea on the experienced right-back.

  • SAINTS' DEVIL

    Roy Keane and Ian Wright clashed over James Ward-Prowse's “cheating” to scuff up the penalty spot against Iceland.

    TV cameras picked up the Southampton star dragging his studs over the spot in an attempt to rough up the turf.

    And – whether because of Ward-Prowse's sly intervention or not – Iceland missed the penalty as Birkir Bjarnason sent Iceland’s spot-kick over the bar as he tried to find the top corner.

    Speaking of the incident, Keane simply said: “It's cheating Wrighty, it's cheating. That's cheating and I don't like to see it. Talk about the spirit of the game.”

    But a laughing Wright said: “I don't mind that from an England player, a little bit of housery. What I like about Ward-Prowse is that he's got that about him, he's got that little devilment about him.

    “Maybe [it is cheating] but to see an England player do it… if that happens in a competition and we get something from it I'm not going to complain. It happens. Cheating or not, it's happened and that gets us to the next round maybe.”

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