Arsenal news LIVE: Jovic loan wanted in January, Asensio OFFER, Luis Suarez on Gunners transfer – latest updates

Arsenal news LIVE: Jovic loan wanted in January, Asensio OFFER, Luis Suarez on Gunners transfer – latest updates

November 3, 2021

ARSENAL have reportedly made an offer for Marco Asensio as they look to beat competition from the likes of Liverpool for the Real Madrid star's signature.

And the Gunners are also being strongly linked to another Los Blancos player, with a loan bid for striker Luka Jovic mooted.

Meanwhile Luis Suarez has opened up on the Gunners' infamous £40m-plus-one-pound bid in 2013.

And after superb recent performances, Aaron Ramsdale has been tipped to star for England in next year's 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Justin Lawrence

    YOUNG GUNS

    Mikel Arteta has fielded NINE out of ten youngest XIs in the Premier League this season.

    The Gunners fielded their youngest two sides of their league campaign against Brighton and Norwich.

    Arsenal came away with a win against Norwich and a draw at league high flyers Brighton with an average age of 24.1-years-old.

    The only other team to field a younger side than the Gunners this season was Southampton in matchweek eight.

  • sstreet

    PIZZA THE ACTION

    Folarin Balogun was on the scoresheet last night as Arsenal under-21s drew 1-1 at Plymouth in the Papa John' Trophy.

    However, the Gunners went down 5-4 on penalties at Home Park in front of a crowd of 1,795.

    Arsenal must now hope Swindon beat Newport County in 90 minutes next week in order for them to progress to the knockout stages.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS

    Mikel Arteta is said to be interested in taking Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic on loan.

    The Gunners are preparing for life without want-away forward Alexandre Lacazette who’s only got eight months left on his contract.

    Despite the Frenchman coming to the end of his current deal, the Gunners still haven’t offered him an extension.

    Lacazette could leave for free in January and Arteta has already lined up his replacement in the form of Real flop Jovic, the Express report.

    Meanwhile, The Telegraph report that William Saliba is planning to return to Arsenal and prove himself next summer.

    That is his ‘expectation’ and ‘desire’ as things stand, and he’s taking steps to try and make it happen.

    Most notably, the centre-back is about to begin a new course of English lessons to develop his speaking.

    He also remains in contact with his Arsenal teammates.

    In other news, Thierry Henry has demanded social media companies get serious about online hate – and backed draft proposals to jail abusers.

    The France and Arsenal legend said the latest cascade of bile directed at Wilf Zaha, which saw Instagram telling the Crystal Palace striker to report each post individually before action could be considered, represented a new low.

    Henry said: “These companies seem unwilling to act.

    “When they want to do something, like when someone posts a video that is a breach of copyright, then they have an algorithm for that, because it might impact their pockets.

    “But when it comes to taking care of other people, being human, nothing happens because it doesn’t generate money. What happened with Wilf Zaha shows that, again.

    “These companies are just not willing to do anything and there have to be laws that make them more accountable for what goes on their platforms.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    TIERNEY UPDATE

    Scotland manager Steve Clarke has offered an update on Kieran Tierney's fitness ahead of the international break later this month.

    He said: "I think Kieran will be on the plane and if he’s on the plane he’ll be fit.

    “That’s my opinion. Look, obviously you have to respect the club. And the club are telling us he’s working his way back to fitness.

    “They are hopeful he could be involved this weekend. But, if he gets a few days training in then fine.

    "We don’t play until a week on Friday, so he’s got time on his side. I expect that Kieran will be fit."

    Credit: PA
  • Kealan Hughes

    YOUNG GUNNERS

    Arsenal U21s still have a chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the Papa John’s Trophy after earning a point away to Plymouth Argyle tonight.

    The young Gunners were beaten on penalties, with Brooke Norton-Cuffy and James Olayinka having their spot-kicks saved, which meant that Kevin Betsy’s side missed out on a bonus point.

    However, Folarin Balogun’s equaliser, which came after Arsenal academy product Kieran Agard had given Plymouth the lead, means that Arsenal will go through if Newport County lose to Swindon Town next week.

    Arsenal were without Salah-Eddine, Mazeed Ogungbo and Zane Monlouis due to injuries, but Ryan Alebiosu and James Olayinka came back into the side, with Kido Taylor-Hart also starting.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'I LOVE HIM'

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are his favourite Arsenal players.

    Speaking on his Youtube channel, Ferdinand said: “It was one of the best performances I’d seen in that first half.

    "There was an element of control about it for the first 25, 30 minutes. Smith Rowe, I love this player.”

    “My two favourite players are Saka and Smith Rowe in that team.

    "Every time the ball goes to Saka, I think something could happen. Same with Smith Rowe.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    GOAL OF THE MONTH

    From Leah Williamson to Emile Smith Rowe, there were a wide variety of Arsenal goalscorers in October.

    Both the Men's and Women's teams hit fine form, and goals were a plenty.

    The club has compiled a list of all the best goals from the month, which has been shared on Twitter.

  • Kealan Hughes

    MO TO GO?

    According to Turkish publication Sporx, Mohamed Elneny has agreed a deal that will see him join Galatasaray when the winter window creaks open in less than two months.

    It’s understood Arsenal may be willing to rip up his £50,000-a-week contract having already allowed Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Willian to leave the Emirates on free transfers.

    When asked to respond to the speculation, Galatasaray’s vice-president admitted work was indeed underway to bring in a defensive midfielder in the Elneny mould.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'OUTSTANDING'

    Aaron Ramsdale has made a “huge difference” for Arsenal this season, according to Kevin Campbell.

    The former Gunners and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said “you will struggle to see a better goalkeeping performance” than the 23-year-old’s against Leicester City on Saturday.

    He added: "You will struggle to see a better goalkeeping performance all season, if I’m honest with you.

    “I don’t just mean his saves, I mean his all-round play. His handling, distribution and organisation was outstanding. He is a player at the top of his game at the moment.

    “There is no doubt about it, he’s made a huge difference to that side.

    “The defence was good against Leicester. But, Ramsdale was needed on numerous occasions and he was just unbeatable on the day. It is great to see him progress like this.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    WATCH OUT GUNNERS

    Jamie O'Hara has sent a stern warning to Arsenal, West Ham United and Leicester City about Tottenham under Antonio Conte.

    He said: "Now, what I will say, is that Arsenal, Leicester, West Ham; they are going to be worried because Tottenham Hotspur are back.

    "They are back with a vengeance, with a world-class manager at the helm."

  • Kealan Hughes

    WRONGS WRIGHTED

    Ian Wright admits he strongly disliked Roy Keane and was hurt by his fierce rival's jibe over 'losers' medals'.

    Wrighty has revealed the mutual hostility extended off the pitch.

    But he says as pundits the two have become mates – with Keane an 'honest man' the former England striker can discuss 'serious things' with.

    Wright said: “I see him as my friend now, but like I say, when we played I didn’t like him. I didn’t like him at all.

    "I remember when I won my Premier League medal, when the camera came in I remember saying 'Roy Keane winners medal' because Roy Keane one time said to me ‘Wrighty, you’ve got a cabinet full of losers medals!'

    “It’s the kind of comment I would have said to him if the shoe was on the other foot.

    "But when he said it, it hurts you but I was laughing deep down because it’s a killer, it finishes you, bam.

    “Even when I reminded him, he said 'nah I didn’t say that’. I said, ‘Roy, it’s not something you forget!'"

  • Kealan Hughes

    'WHAT AN APPOINTMENT'

    Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter in disgust after Cesc Fabregas praised Tottenham for bringing Antonio Conte back to the Premier League.

    After admitting he hates to say it due to his love for Arsenal, the Spaniard conceded that Tottenham have made an exceptional appointment.

    Arsenal fans really weren’t happy about.

    One supporter said that joining Chelsea was bad enough, but this is just a ‘big no no’ for Fabregas.

    Another told the 34-year-old that he should never have posted the tweet.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    'DOING EXCEPTIONALLY WELL."

    Martin Keown insists Arsenal's strategy with William Saliba has been played to perfection as the defender impresses with Marseille.

    He told Mirror Online: "He's come in at a difficult time when there were a lot of managers in a short space of time.

    "I don't see that necessarily as a problem. It's about bringing him back in and him still believing he is an Arsenal player.

    "That message will come from the manager. This season will be really good for him, we can see what a quality player he is. Hopefully, he gets another chance to prove he can play in that first team.

    It seems like Gabriel and White are the main two, but Saliba is doing exceptionally well.

    "It will be healthy if he comes back and creates competition and gives tough decisions for the manager.

    "The top clubs have that, look at Man City with Laporte, Diaz and Stones. That's why they are the current Premier League champions."

  • Kealan Hughes

    LUK’S PROMISING

    Mikel Arteta is said to be interested in taking Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic on loan.

    The Gunners are preparing for life without want-away forward Alexandre Lacazette who’s only got eight months left on his contract.

    Despite the Frenchman coming to the end of his current deal, the Gunners still haven’t offered him an extension.

    Lacazette could leave for free in January and Arteta has already lined up his replacement in the form of Real flop Jovic, the Express report.

    The Spaniard claims he has no plans to let Lacazette leave before his contract ends.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'I WANTED ARSENAL'

    Luis Suarez has revealed just how close he came to playing under Arsene Wenger – and why he was so keen to move to north London.

    He told UEFA.com: "I think I'd been at Liverpool for a year and a half when Brendan [Rodgers] took charge in July 2012.

    "Back then, I had opportunities to sign for other clubs who were getting in contact with me, but he (Rodgers) phoned me when I was in Uruguay on holiday.

    "He told me that he had another way of thinking, that he wanted to change the club and its philosophy, that he wanted the club to get back in the Champions League and fight to win big trophies, that he was going to make the team play great football.

    "He asked me to believe and trust him. I enjoyed that chat.

    "I liked his conviction, the philosophy he wanted to implement at the club, so I talked to my agent and the club to say that I didn't want to leave, that I wanted another opportunity to be successful at Liverpool.

    "That year wasn't as good as we wanted, but ideas were already pretty clear.

    "So then the 2012/13 season goes by, and I wanted to sign for Arsenal, since Arsenal had played in the Champions League every season prior to that."

  • Kealan Hughes

    SUPER RAM

    Alan Shearer has said Aaron Ramsdale produced potentially the save of the season as he named the Arsenal goalkeeper in his Team of the Week.

    He told the Premier League website: "Ramsdale made what could well be the save of the season, as well as several other great stops in Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Leicester City.

    "His distribution was impressive too."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'I NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING'

    Thierry Henry is launching a new campaign to tackle online hate crime that aims to have 30 million backers.

    ‘Highlight the hate’ will be run in conjunction with Puma and the non-profit Game Of Our Lives foundation and will target all forms of abuse when it is eventually rolled out in January.

    Speaking at Web Summit in Lisbon, the Arsenal legend said that there needs to be a collective fight to combat social media abuse because he realised from his own boycott, which began in March, that “alone he is a nobody.

    He said: "When you find that they generate money from hate it is very difficult.

    “Your medicine is your poison. I tried to reach [out] and they didn’t want to talk and when the boycott happened they wanted to talk.

    “If you try to put a video you don’t have the rights of and send it you can’t do that but being nice doesn’t generate money.

    "If it doesn’t impact their pockets, they don’t act quickly. This is why sometimes they don’t do anything when your report it.

    "It happens a lot in England where footballers are targeted because of the colour of their skin, whether they play well like Wilf Zaha or whether they miss a penalty like the England players.

    “I said to myself, ‘What can I do to help?’ I wasn’t getting abused personally but can I do something to have an impact and so I said I’m going to come off it.

    "Because of what I’ve done in the past, maybe if I come off it I can be a voice for people suffering on it.

    “The media wanted to know why I came off and that created a snowball effect. People were asking managers why and if their players would do the same thing.

    "The next thing you know we arrived to a weekend boycott where a lot of powerful companies decided not to post for three days. I felt I needed to do something and be a voice for people who aren’t being listened to.

  • Kealan Hughes

    WOULD BE MADD TO GO FOR HIM

    Arsenal have been warned not to pursue a move for Leicester City star James Maddison.

    Maddison offers a "different" threat, something which Arsenal are not currently looking for, according to former Gunners midfielder Michael Thomas.

    Thomas told CaughtOffside: "[Emile Smith Rowe] has been in really good form, carrying the ball and getting into goal scoring positions which is what you want to see from him.

    "I think long term you will see him in a more central position, but right now I think that left-hand side suits him really well.

    "It means he is able to pick the ball up already on the half-turn and have a view of the whole pitch going forwards.

    "His ability to move with the ball and bounce passes off Lacazette or Aubameyang is really good too.

    “I think Maddison gives you a different threat, but for me another signing in the middle is more of a must now.

    "Having said that, Lokonga has looked good since coming in, bar the mistake against Palace, but he is still young."

  • Kealan Hughes

    SALIBA SHOWING WILL

    The Telegraph report that William Saliba is planning to return to Arsenal and prove himself next summer.

    That is his ‘expectation’ and ‘desire’ as things stand, and he’s taking steps to try and make it happen.

    Most notably, the centre-back is about to begin a new course of English lessons to develop his speaking.

    He also remains in contact with his Arsenal teammates.

    The major caveat is that Saliba also planned to break into the team at Arsenal last summer, and that clearly didn’t happen. It’s difficult to say whether or not things will be different next time around.

    Speaking to the media on Friday, Mikel Arteta confirmed that the club have been keeping in touch with Saliba, and they even sent technical director Edu and loan manager Ben Knapper out to watch the PSG game in Marseille live.

    Arteta said: “Yes, we have been as a club always in touch.

    “They went to see the game as well, Edu and Ben were there to watch him and to keep a close eye on him and the progress that he’s making.

    “Obviously he’s our player, and we all do with all the loan players that we have.

    “He continues to do what he needs to do which is to play a lot of games and play them well.”

  • The Sun

    BRING HIM HOME

    Arsenal are reportedly considering recalling 18-year-old Miguel Azeez from his loan spell at Portsmouth due to a lack of playing time.

    With a lack of first-team opportunities and the need for Azeez to step up from under-23s football, the club decided to send him out on loan in the summer.

    Azeez joined Portsmouth to play under Danny Cowley, who was Huddersfield boss during Emile Smith-Rowe's loan spell there.

    But the young midfielder hasn't had as many opportunities to showcase his talents as he might have liked.

    Azeez played an hour in Portsmouth’s 2-1 loss to Cambridge United in September, but hasn’t appeared for them since.

    And with Azeez being one of Arsenal's most highly rated young players, the club are considering bringing him back to the club to rethink his development.

    Mikel Arteta is thought to be a big fan of the player after giving him his senior debut in the Europa League victory over Dundalk last season.

    And with Granit Xhaka out injured and Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny soon to depart for the African Cup of Nations, Arsenal will be light in midfield for several weeks in the new year.

    This could open some doors for Azeez, who will look to follow in the footsteps of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe by breaking into the first team.

    Credit: Getty
  • The Sun

    ANGEL GABRIEL

    Arsenal are yet to lose this season when Brazilian defender Gabriel starts for them, highlighting his importance to the team.

    He missed their first three league games of the season through injury, all of which were disappointing defeats against Brentford, Man City and Chelsea.

    BBC's Garth Crooks included Gabriel in his team of the week, saying: “Arsenal often look a different outfit when Gabriel is fit and in the team. 

    “It would certainly appear since their victory in the north London derby, the Gunners’ season has come alive.

    “It’s not the first time either team has used the fixture to stimulate their season but Arsenal seem to have done it in spectacular fashion.

    “To beat Leicester away is one thing, but to do it in the manner they did was notable.”

    Credit: Getty
  • The Sun

    HENRY SPEAKS OUT

    Thierry Henry has demanded social media companies get serious about online hate – and backed draft proposals to jail abusers.

    The France and Arsenal legend said the latest cascade of bile directed at Wilf Zaha, which saw Instagram telling the Crystal Palace striker to report each post individually before action could be considered, represented a new low.

    Henry said: “These companies seem unwilling to act.

    “When they want to do something, like when someone posts a video that is a breach of copyright, then they have an algorithm for that, because it might impact their pockets.

    “But when it comes to taking care of other people, being human, nothing happens because it doesn’t generate money. What happened with Wilf Zaha shows that, again.

    “These companies are just not willing to do anything and there have to be laws that make them more accountable for what goes on their platforms.”

    Henry, speaking at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, said he had persuaded Puma to join the “Game Of Our Lives” online activist programme.

    He added: “I would support jail sentences for these people who abuse players.

    “If these things took place on the street, the perpetrator would be arrested and charged, to stop them but it seems that, at the moment, you can do whatever you want on social media. That is a massive mistake and it has to stop.”

    Henry publicly quit all social media in March, explaining: “The companies aren’t doing anything near what’s required for us to feel safe.

    “They don’t stop racism, homophobia, bullying or harassment. If you’re a player, you learn to scroll down the comments very  fast because there have been no real efforts to change things.

    “There are no proper checks, anyone, any age, can set up an alias with a fake email address. To be fair to the Premier League in England, they have raised these issues and kept on raising them, to fight this online hate.

    “The FA, too, everyone in football, has been responsive. They listen to what the players are saying. But the players are still asking for it to stop. It must change.”

  • The Sun

    TROPHY ON THE LINE

    Arsenal take on League One Sunderland at the Emirates next month in the Carabao Cup quarter final – a match they will be expected to win comfortably.

    The Black Cats were beaten 5-1 by Rotherham on Saturday and have been stuck in English football's third tier since 2018.

    Sunderland have not beaten Arsenal in their last 11 attempts since their 2-0 win in the FA Cup in 2012.

    The Gunners have not won the Carabao Cup since 1993, and have finished runners-up on three occasions since then.

    A victory over Sunderland would land them in a semi-final with the potential to push for silverware, but they may have to get past the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea on the way.

  • The Sun

    YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU

    AFTV have stated a pretty convincing case for Ramsdale to be given a shot as England's number one, but it's still very early days for the £24m signing.

    Arsenal are unbeaten in all seven games Ramsdale has started for them this season, including games against Spurs and Leicester.

    But they have tougher tests coming up against the likes of Liverpool and Man Utd in the next month, which will show whether Ramsdale is ready for the England nod or not.

  • The Sun

    HUMBLE PIE

    Aaron Ramsdale has claimed that he and his teammates are not getting ahead of themselves, despite their recent run of good form.

    The Gunners are currently sixth and just three points shy of the Champions League places.

    But when asked if the Arsenal players are discussing getting top four this season, Ramsdale said: "No! We haven’t really had a discussion…

    He told talkSPORT: "We’ve got a young team and of course the aspirations are getting into the top four but first and foremost we have to keep this form going.

    "As soon as we start getting ahead of ourselves, our form will drop at the first chance. It’s nice to be mentioned within that category but we’re still a work-in-progress.

    "Form’s great at the moment but we know there’s a lot of work we have to continue doing."

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