Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Coutinho January loan, Patino nets on debut, Aubameyang to Barcelona or Juventus

Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Coutinho January loan, Patino nets on debut, Aubameyang to Barcelona or Juventus

December 22, 2021

ARSENAL are "working on" a loan deal for Philippe Coutinho this January, according to reports.

The Spanish press claim that Barcelona are desperate to get the Brazilian off their books and believe a loan to England would drive up his value ahead of summer.

And that puts the Gunners in a strong position, with technical director Edu known to be close to Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian.

The Gunners have already have their sights set on a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.

The Gunners are said to be battling Barcelona for Man Utd's Mason Greenwood, who is said to be unhappy at Old Trafford.

Aubameyang was stripped of his Arsenal captaincy earlier this week and has now been frozen out of the squad indefinitely.

SunSport can also reveal that Mikel Arteta has ordered him to train alone, perhaps for as long as two months.

Juventus are reported to be leading the chase for the Gabon striker.

Meanwhile it is claimed that Arsenal have made an enquiry for Betis and Argentina midfielder Guido Rodriguez.

And Arsenal are celebrating being in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup after an emphatic 5-1 win over Sunderland which saw Eddie Nketiah score a hat-trick and Charlie Patino, 18, score on his debut.


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  • Giacomo Pisa

    Charlie Patino takes to Instagram

    Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino took to Instagram last night after coming off the bench to score on his Arsenal debut.

    The 18-year-old is highly rated at Arsenal, and could be a star of the future for the Gunners.

    Writing on social media, Patino said: "The best day of my life and an early Christmas present.

    "Thanks to all the fans for their amazing support, what a night."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta on Charlie Patino hype

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said he wants to 'avoid' the hypr around 18-year-old Charlie Patino's name.

    The teenager is tipped for big things, and scored on his Arsenal debut last night.

    Speaking after the game, Arteta said: "No that’s what we have to avoid [hype].

    "There’s still a lot of competition ahead of him, he’s still young and he needs to go step by step.

    "Today he was lucky he got the opportunity and he took it really well."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Richards praises Arsenal target Vlahovic

    Micah Richards has labelled Arsenal and Manchester United target Dusan Vlahovic as a ‘ridiculous’ player.

    The Fiorentina forward recently equalled Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for Serie A goals scored in a calendar year, and has turned down the Italians’ latest offer of a new contract.

    And speaking on BBC Radio 5live, Richards said: “I have watched him a couple of times now. He is lightning. It’s ridiculous.

    “He has got 16 [goals] in 18 [games] this season. His left foot is like a wand. I am telling you now, he is everything, he is everything you need.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Watford linked with Sead Kolasinac

    Watford could be about to hand out-of-favour Sead Kolasinac an Arsenal escape.

    Kolasinac is out of contract next summer and could be allowed to leave permanently if an offer comes along in January.

    That career lifeline could come in the shape of a move to Vicarage Road.

    The Telegraph reports Hornets manager Claudio Ranieri is in the market for a new defender as he battles to keep his side from the drop.

    Kolasinac is understood to be one of the names on the shortlist to help shore up a defence that has already shipped 31 goals.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Patino debut a 'beautiful moment'

    Mikel Arteta spoke last night on Charlie Patino after the 18-year-old marked his Arsenal debut with a goal.

    Patino came on for the last ten minutes of the win against Sunderland, and even managed to get himself on the scoresheet.

    Arteta said: "It was a beautiful moment. He’s a kid whose coming through our system, lovely kid, he’s training with us almost every week and it was a dream.

    "As a debut to come here at the Emirates in front of our fans, it was a really special moment."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta 'wants to keep' Nketiah

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was full of praise for hat-trick hero in the aftermath of yesterday's 5-1 win over Sunderland.

    And in his post-match press conference, Arteta admitted that he wanted to keep Nketiah at the club.

    The Spaniard said: "We want to keep Eddie. We see how he trains, that’s what he does every day, he works so hard and puts the ball in the net every session.

    "I am really delighted with him. Every time we need him, he responds."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Into the hat for Semis

    Arsenal booked their spot in the last four of the Carabao Cup with a convincing 5-1 win over Sunderland last night.

    An Eddie Nketiah hat-trick, as well as goals from Nicolas Pepe and Charlie Patino, secured the Gunners' safe progression.

    But Mikel Arteta faces losing two of last night's stars in January.

    Nketiah is out-of-contract in the summer and has stated his desire to play more regularly, so Arsenal could look to offload him in the New Year while they can still receive a fee for him.

    Pepe meanwhile seems destined to leave the club in the near future after his flopped £72m move.

    Gunners chiefs are willing to accept a huge loss on the winger, should any bids come their way.

  • William Pugh

    Morning Gunners fans

    Hat-trick hero Eddie Nketiah shares the Emirates headlines this morning with past master Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and future superstar Charlie Patino.

    Unsettled striker Nketiah is still expected to leave Arsenal in the summer but led last night's 5-1 Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Sunderland.

    Nicolas Pepe bagged the Gunners' second goal and 18-year-old debutant Patino netted clinically in stoppage time as a sub.

    Ex-England Under-21 ace Nketiah told Sky Sports: “I’m desperate to play football. All I can do is keep working hard. It’ll sort itself out."

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have NO plans to sell exiled frontman Aubameyang in January – instead using his time in the Africa Cup of Nations to reset his relations with Emirates chiefs.

    Boss Mikel Arteta confirmed the 32-year-old's absence yesterday evening was 'continued' action for breaching club discipline.

    Aubameyang has trained alone since returning late from visiting his mum in France – a visit the Gunners sanctioned.

    Barcelona and Juventus have been linked with the high-earner.

    But both clubs would struggle to meet his basic £250,000-a-week salary.

    Finally, Patino's ten-minute cameo and neat finish last night earned excited praise from fans.

    The Watford-born midfielder was hailed as 'brilliant' .. 'the next rising star' … and 'new weapon'.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners aim to keep Auba in January

    Arsenal want to use next month’s Africa Cup of Nations as a period to reset relations with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The star striker is smarting after being stripped of the captaincy for breaches of club discipline.

    But Arsenal are not planning to sell him in January and weaken their squad for the crucial second half of the season.

    Aubameyang has trained alone since returning late from a trip to France to visit his mother which had been sanctioned by the club.

    And he is unlikely to be involved in their last two Prem fixtures of the year against Norwich and Wolves before flying to Cameroon with the Gabon squad.

    The stand-off has sparked suggestions Arsenal will sell their top scorer who cost £60million when he was signed from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

    Barcelona and Juventus have been credited with an interest, although both would struggle to meet Aubameyang’s basic £250,000-a-week salary with various bonuses on top which can make it up to £350,000-a-week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Fans rave over Patino debut

    Arsenal fans have branded Charlie Patino the future of football after his incredible goal-scoring debut against Sunderland.

    Patino, 18, was brought off the bench in the 80th minute of Tuesday’s 5-1 Carabao Cup quarter-final win.

    Arsenal were already in cruise control at the Emirates following a strike from Nicolas Pepe and a stunning hat-trick from Eddie Nketiah.

    But Patino was determined to leave his mark on the game as Arsenal fans sang his name before he even made it to the field.

    League One minnows Sunderland were yet to give up the ghost in north London.

    And Patino made a clever run to get himself on the end of a Pepe cross before netting a tidy finish from eight yards out.

    The teen even kept a cool head as he celebrated with jubilant teammates.

    And supporters on Twitter found it hard to suppress their joy at seeing one of their own have a debut to remember.

    One raved: “Charlie Patino coming off the bench to score on his debut.

    “If this doesn’t give you satisfaction, then football is not for you.”

    Another declared: “Charlie Patino, the next rising star!”

    One sang: “What a night for young Charlie Patino, brilliant.”

    Another noted: “A new weapon has been unleashed today, ready to be used any time we’re in need – Charlie Patino.”

    One boomed: “Remember the name, Charlie Patino.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Nketiah 'desperate' to play more

    Arsenal hat-trick hero Eddie Nketiah is 'desperate' for more action and vowed to 'keep working hard' to influence boss Mikel Arteta.

    The striker, 22, has been expected to leave in the summer but led tonight's 5-1 Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Sunderland.

    The former England Under-21 star told Sky Sports: "Great feeling. I want to say big thanks to my team-mates for some really good assists. I just had to be in the right place.

    "We could have played a lot better in the first half but we improved in the second half and more goals came.

    "This competition is the place I've been getting starts. I'll do my best whenever I'm asked to play.

    "I'm desperate to play football. All I can do is keep working hard. It'll sort itself out.

    "Hopefully we can go all the way.

    "I'm just eager to play football. That's my main ambition. As long as I play for Arsenal I'll give my all."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arteta: Auba exile continues

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta confirmed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's exile continues.

    Arteta didn't select Aubameyang for the Gunners' 5-1 win over Sunderland in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at the Emirates.

    The striker was stripped of the captain's armband last week following another disciplinary breach as he arrived back late from an authorised trip to France.

    That posed as a problem as new UK rules mean travellers need to self-isolate on their return until they get the result of a PCR coronavirus test.

    The Gabon international has since been omitted from the squad and will be training by himself until further notice.

    Arteta said: "Just we continue on the same way as we decided.

    "For tonight's game again he's not selected."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal sub ratings

    Granit Xhaka (for Balogun, 56) – 6

    Introduction of the Swiss midfielder saw Arsenal gain full control of the midfield.

    Gabriel (for White, 74) – 6

    Brazilian did nothing wrong after coming on.

    Gabriel Martinelli (for Odegaard, 74) – 6

    Took a clattering from Wright just moments after coming on after beating the Sunderland skipper.

    Charlie Patino (for Smith Rowe, 80) – 7

    Teenager's introduction drew the loudest cheer of the night from the Emirates crowd, and he got an even louder one when he capped a dream debut with a goal in stoppage time.

    Subs not used: Ramsdale, Tierney, Partey, Saka, Lacazette

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners' frontline ratings


    Ivorian showed typical trickery on the right flank, and put his side 2-0 up with a deflected finish from close range.

    Often lacked end product with his final ball, however, drawing groans from the crowd as he hopelessly overhit a cross in the 40th minute. Was very unlucky not to be awarded a penalty moments later when he appeared to be bundled over.

    Produced a sensational nutmeg on Denver Hume before teeing up Nketiah's third. Was then cynically fouled by the left-back when racing into space on the counter.

    Tormented the Sunderland substitute, easily beating him again before laying off to Odegaard, assisting another in stoppage time for Patino.


    Bundled Arsenal into the lead with his knee after a Holding header was saved.

    Produced an instinctive, flicked finish to put Arsenal 3-1 up, before executing a brilliant backheel to seal his hat-trick… and his side's place in the semi-final.

    Had a penalty claim waved away late on, but made it five goals in three League Cup outings this season regardless.


    Scuffed a sitter of a header after being set up by Soares, before striking straight at Burge when he may have done better.

    Youngster was booked for a late challenge on Black Cats skipper Bailey Wright. Teenager is clearly talented but desperately needs a loan spell to gain some first team rhythm and experience.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal midfield ratings vs Black Cats


    Breathed a sigh of relief when the referee waved play on after he brushed Sunderland forward Ross Stewart in the penalty area early on.

    Egyptian looked more comfortable when Granit Xhaka was introduced alongside him early in the second period.


    Played Pepe in behind in the build-up to Arsenal's fourth goal with a brilliant through ball.

    Should have done better when teed up by the winger, but the Norwegian was typically creative, threading a number of good passes to his fellow attackers and making his side tick.


    Stung Burge's palms with a wonderfully struck volley from the edge of the box on the stroke of half-time.

    The Gunners' No10 can expect to return to Arteta's Premier League starting XI in the near future.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal ratings vs Sunderland

    BERND LENO – 6

    Beaten by a smart clipped finish by Black Cats striker Broadhead. Had to be alert to deny the visitors a quickfire equaliser.

    Was hardly tested after the Gunners took control of the tie in the second-half.


    Full-back's corner helped set up Arsenal's opening goal. He then created two presentable chances for Folarin Balogun in the first-half.

    Creative back-up to Takehiro Tomiyasu then laid it on a plate for Nicolas Pepe to make it 2-0 with a smart cut-back.

    The former Southampton ace caused havoc with a series of excellent deliveries.

    BEN WHITE – 6

    Caught out by a pass in behind for Broadhead's goal.

    One of the two survivors from Saturday's lineup, England international White was mostly adequate when required.


    Was denied by a superb save early on before Nketiah kneed home the rebound.

    Stand-in skipper didn't put a foot wrong on his return to the starting XI.


    Caused cries of glee from the sizeable contingent of travelling supporters when he passed the ball straight out of play in the opening exchanges. Saw his cross deflected onto the crossbar moments later.

    Perfect pull-back set up Nketiah's second early in the second-half.

    Summer signing grew into the game and loves getting forward, although he'll be disappointed that he blasted a late chance over the bar.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Patino debut goal rounds off 5-1 win

    Charlie Patino struck from eight yards in stoppage time to complete a Carabao Cup quarter-final win spearheaded by Eddie Nketiah's lethal hat-trick.

    Sunderland had their moments but the Gunners turned on the style, although both sides hit the woodwork

    Our live blog HERE has all the match action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Wonderkid Charlie Patino replaced Emile Smith Rowe after 80 minutes for the 18-year-old's eagerly-anticipated debut as Arsenal see out their Carabao Cup victory over Sunderland.

    Our live blog HERE has all the match action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Goal! Arsenal 4 Sunderland 1

    Unsettled Gunners' striker Eddie Nketiah completes his hat-trick with a brilliant backheel flick after nifty work from Nicolas Pepe.

    Our live blog HERE has all the match action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Goal! Arsenal 3 Sunderland 1

    Eddie Nketiah poached to put the Gunners back in command on 49 minutes.

    But Elliot Embleton then hit the bar for Sunderland with a 25-yard curler.

    Our live blog HERE has all the match action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    H/T: Arsenal 2 Sunderland 1

    Our live blog HERE has all the match action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lokonga, Mari and Chambers test positive 

    Albert Sambi Lokonga, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers tested positive for Covid-19 and so missed Arsenal's quarter-final tonight.

    The Gunners confirmed the trio's misfortune, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles missed out through illness.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Goal! Arsenal 2 Sunderland 1

    Elliot Embleton drove forward to through-pass forNathan Broadhead to chip the Black Cats back into this quarter-final on 31 minutes

    Our live blog HERE has all the match action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Goal! Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0

    Nicolas Pepe breaks free to tee up Cedric Soares, who returns the favour with a cross for the winger to fire a deflected goal into the top corner.

    Our live blog HERE has all the match action and reaction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Goal! Arsenal 1 Sunderland 0

    Soon after Sunderland's Elliot Embleton hit his own bar, Eddie Nketiah put the Gunners in front on 17 minutes.

    Our live blog HERE has all the match action and reaction.

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