12pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil ‘REJECTED’ Saudi transfer, Partey given 3/10 rating for Ghana, Aouar deal EXPLAINED – The Sun

ARSENAL's out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil has reportedly turned down a move to Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Thomas Partey had a shocker for Ghana in a 3-0 defeat and we have the very latest on why Houssem Aouar's move failed to materialise.

Follow ALL of the Gunners latest transfer news, updates and reaction below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    MADE A MES

    Arsenal have stumped up an £8million loyalty bonus after failing to sell Mesut Ozil, according to reports.

    The German playmaker remains an outcast under Mikel Arteta but could not be moved on during the autumn transfer window.

    Moves to MLS and Saudi Arabia were touted although Al-Nassr failed to convince Ozil after reportedly bidding £5m.

    And it has now emerged that Arsenal's failure to get rid of the 31-year-old had huge financial ramifications.

    According to The Athletic, the Gunners paid Ozil £8m at the end of September as a loyalty bonus for entering the final year of his contract.

    The clause was implemented when he agreed a new contract in January 2018, at the height of his spell in North London.

    It leaves the Gunners with a huge bill for a player who has not played competitively since March – and earns £350,000-a-week.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LEGEND

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  • Jake Lambourne

    DION'S SORRY

    Popular pundit Dion Dublin has apologised to 'leader' Arsenal star David Luiz for 'giving him so much stick'.

    The former Manchester United, Aston Villa and Coventry star also vowed to 'be nice' to the Brazilian.

    He said: “Having given David Luiz so much stick over the years, I was at Wembley for the final and I was pitchside.

    “I was listening to David Luiz talk non-stop throughout the game.

    “You’re thinking ‘he’s a character’. ‘He’s a leader’.

    “He’s [Arteta] got another one now in Partey. He’s got another one upfront in Aubameyang. Maybe he’s building something where other players can work off.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PARTEY POOPER

    Thomas Partey's father Jacob has revealed that Chelsea were keen on signing the midfielder from Atletico Madrid, but they lost out to Arsemal.

    He told Joy Sports: “We actually weren’t disturbed by anything because we hoped a bigger team will come for Partey.

    “We were aware of the [other teams that were interested]: Juventus, Chelsea and so forth.

    “So about all these we knew God was with us. From that minute we started to dance to ‘Party after Party.'”

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAVING A PARTEY

    Thomas Partey's dad has claimed his son joining Arsenal is the biggest news of his life.

    Proud father Jacob told Joy Sports: “Actually for now, that is it. It is the biggest.

    “I had the dream the way Partey was trained to come up with the game.

    “I know there are bigger things ahead and it’s just started.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WRIGHT STUFF

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  • Jake Lambourne

    WILL I NEVER

    Arsenal defender William Saliba is reportedly set to remain at the Emirates instead of going on loan to a Championship side.

    The French teenager is yet to make his debut for the Gunners, with the player seeing a return to Saint-Etienne on loan fall through on Deadline Day.

    And according to The Athletic, Arsenal want to keep the player in their squad until at least January.

    Mikel Arteta is understood to be a huge fan of the centre-back, but cannot offer him regular first team football at the moment.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FEVER PITCH

    Arsenal icon Paul Merson has hailed the club's transfer window, but has criticised their handling of Gunnersaurus mascot man Jerry Quy's sacking.

    He wrote in the Star: “I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch. Mikel Arteta is doing really well.

    “And (Thomas) Partey is an unbelievable signing.

    “I don’t know why Manchester United or even Manchester City didn’t go for him. He’s better than what they’ve got.

    “But off the pitch, I don’t like what is happening at Arsenal at all sometimes. It’s not the club I remember.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    SAUDIS FOR OZ

    Arsenal reportedly received a £5million bid for Mesut Ozil from Al-Nassr.

    The £350,000-per-week midfielder, 31, has not played for Mikel Arteta's side since March 7.

    According to Tyc Sports, the Saudi Arabian side want to sign Ozil on a two-year deal.

    But Ozil has made it clear that he is NOT prepared to accept the offer from Al-Nassr.

    He does not want to move to Asia despite being frozen out of Arsenal's squad.

  • Joe Miles

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Mesut Ozil could finally be on his way out of Arsenal with Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr reportedly putting a £5million offer on the table.

    Arsenal have been trying to offload the German for a while, and the problem is the player is on £350,000-per-week and his contract doesn't even expire till June 2021.

    Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is reportedly ready to start full training again.

    The Spaniard suffered ankle ligament damage against Manchester City last season, forcing him to miss the last nine games of the campaign.

    Bukayo Saka was not in England’s squad to face Belgium last night, Gareth Southgate went with Kieran Trippier at left wing-back.

    If Saka is not injured, you’d have to be asking the question as to why he missed out on a spot, even on the bench!

    Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted who he'd like to be the club's manager IF Arteta leaves.

    He has revealed that he would like to see another former player Thierry Henry follow in Arteta's footsteps.

  • William Pugh

    TO THE WALL – EXCLUSIVE

    Milwall chief Steve Kavanagh believes the impact on communities will be devastating if EFL clubs go to the wall.

    The Lions bigwig has called on the Government to act swiftly to save Covid-crippled clubs from going bust amid fury over Project Big Picture.

    Speaking to SunSport as part of the Save Our Clubs drive highlighting the work clubs do on and off the field, Kavanagh said: “We’re not just talking about our national sport, the community work done by clubs in this country is vital. It has been for years.

    “Boris Johnson cameto The Den to see it first hand when he was Mayor of London and was highly impressed.

    “And when you take into consideration lockdown and what clubs, including Millwall, did to support their local communities, society and the vulnerable who were scared and did not have food . . . the work that went on was incredible.”

  • William Pugh

    WHAT THE EF-HELL

    Football reacted in fury over a Manchester United and Liverpool-led plot to transform the Premier League.

    The backlash even saw the Government rap plans described as a “hostile takeover” by Prem chiefs.

    Under the proposals drawn up by United — run by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward — and the Reds’ US owners, the top flight would be reduced from 20 clubs to 18.

    That would result in four teams going down and two coming up in the season before reform.

    The Carabao Cup and Community Shield would both be scrapped, while EFL clubs are offered an instant £250million bailout payment and promised a quarter of Prem revenues “for 25 years”.

    But the Prem’s voting structure would be torn up to give Big Six clubs an effective veto on ANY major decision.

    And SunSport can also reveal that the rest of the Big Six — Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City — were offered the chance to break away and rejoin the EFL, taking the Premier League’s European spots with them.

  • William Pugh

    KIER BLIMEY

    Even though he was missing from the squad, Kieran Tierney's Scotland won 1-0 against Slovakia tonight to see them top their Nations League group.

  • Joshua Mbu

    KEY MAN

  • Joshua Mbu

    SOL HAS A SAY

    Arsenal legend Sol Campbell as suggested that Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk has “come unstuck”.

    Speaking to The Athletic, Campbell said: “I know Van Dijk struggled in the Villa game, but he stands out these days because he's head and shoulders above everyone else, which makes me wonder if that is hampering him at the same time.

    “He's the complete player in that position and has made it look easy, but maybe he's not been challenged enough and then, like a cricketer being done by a slower ball, he's come unstuck.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    OZIL ON HIS WAY?

    Mesut Ozil could be set for a move to the Middle East with Al-Nassr reportedly offering Arsenal £5million for the player.

    According to TyC Sports journalist Cesar Luis Merlo, Al-Nassr have offered Ozil a two year contract as well as making their bid to Arsenal.

    Arsenal have been trying to offload the German for a while, and the problem is the player is on £350,000-per-week and his contract doesn't even expire till June 2021.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SUCCESS

    Arsenal have got off to a good start under Mikel Arteta, he's already contributed to one of the 14 FA Cups.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SCARED

    Arsene Wenger admits he is 'scared of god' having only focused on football throughout his entire life.

    Reported by the Guardian, he said: “Sometimes I feel I’m scared for having only done football in my life.

    “So, when I speak to God, it’s a bit pretentious.

    “It’s just that if God exists and they have a test to see if you go to hell or to heaven, it might look ridiculous to only have dedicated your life to winning football games.

    “And that’s why I came up with that idea. I feel sometimes it could feel meaningless that you dedicated your whole life to that.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    SUPER SAKA

    Bukayo Saka is missing from today's England squad to face Belgium, it is currently unknown whether it is injury related or if he just wasn't picked.

    If it is the latter, you'd have to question Gareth Southgate as he is playing Kieran Trippier at left wing-back.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND VS BELGIUM

    Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on the bench for England's Nations League game against Belgium!

    Follow all the latest updates with the live blog.

    ENGLAND VS BELGIUM LIVE BLOG

  • Justin Lawrence

    WENGER'S FAVOURED SUCCESSOR

    Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted who he'd like to be the club's manager after Arteta leaves.

    He has revealed that he would like to see another former player Thierry Henry follow in Arteta's footsteps.

    In an interview with the Guardian he said: “I hope that Thierry Henry is successful in his career as a manager, and if he’s successful as a manager he might one day come back to Arsenal.

    “A club is about identity. Identity is about values and values are about the people who carry these values. And so it’s important there is a continuity on that front for me.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    MARI'S BACK

    Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is reportedly ready to start full training again.

    The Spaniard suffered ankle ligament damage against Manchester City last season, forcing him to miss the last nine games of the campaign.

    The injury has meant he has only made three first-team appearances for the club since joining on loan in January.

  • James Orr

    HOT MES

    Mesut Ozil's Arsenal career survived yet another transfer window, let's take a look at his wage.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal are set to loan out William Saliba to Championship side Brentford as boss Mikel Arteta feels another loan move will help the players development in English football.

    On-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos has hinted he could stay at Arsenal past his current loan spell.

    Ceballos turned down the chance of fighting for his place at Real Madrid in favour of a loan move back to Arsenal.

    On his move back to Arsenal, he said: “I spoke with Madrid to say that Arteta wanted me to come back.

    “They asked me to wait, but I was clear that I wanted to return to my club, where I had found myself very well.

    “You sit down to appreciate that the Euros and Olympic Games are coming and you know that you have to play an important role in my team.

    “With Mikel, I found happiness as a player and as a person. And that is key for a player.”

    Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has said that Mesut Ozil has ‘made Arsenal look stupid’ in his latest scathing attack on the Arsenal hierarchy.

    Merson when speaking to the Daily Star about the sacking of club mascot Gunnersaurus, he said: “Mesut Ozil has made Arsenal look absolutely stupid by offering to pay for Gunnersaurus to keep his job.

    “But binning their mascot just shows how selfish and out of touch the people who run the club are these days.

    “You cannot believe how angry I am about this. It is unbelievably shocking at the highest level.

    “Arsenal used to ooze class. I don’t think the owners even know what that word means any more. Whoever made the decision to get rid of the mascot needs to take a long hard look at themselves.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    DANI JOY

    Dani Ceballos has reportedly “found happiness” and is rumoured to have dropped hints about making his Arsenal stay permanent.

    The Spain midfielder spent last season on loan at the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid and eventually found his feet after Mikel Arteta took over from Unai Emery as coach.

    TeamTalk says the Gunners loan star opened up to journalists while on international duty with Spain.

    Ceballos told reporters: “With Mikel, I found happiness as a player and as a person. And that is key for a player.

    “You sit down to appreciate that the Euros and Olympic Games are coming and you know that you have to play an important role.”

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