HOUSSEM AOUAR has reportedly agreed a contract with Arsenal, but the Gunners will still need to match Lyon's asking price to push the transfer through.
Meanwhile Mikel Arteta has had a huge boost in his pursuit of Thomas Partey, with Lucas Torreira in talks with the Ghanaian's current club Atletico Madrid.
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Ian Wright has claimed he still keeps in contact with Eddie Nketiah, but stated he doesn't need to give him as much advice now.
He said: “We always text just to keep him going.
“But he’s on the road now and I don't need to be in his ear anymore. But I'm just pleased for him.
“Simply because he has to do that [score goals] to keep the pressure on (Alexandre) Lacazette.”
Lucas Torreira could reportedly be an Atletico Madrid player in the next few hours.
Uruguayan journalist Alex Martin Rostan has stated that the Arsenal midfielder is set to link up with Luis Suarez at the Wanda Metropolitano.
He tweeted: “Atletico Madrid could have 2 more Uruguayans in the next few hours.
“@LuisSuarez9 [email protected] could join the team of @Simeone.”
EDDIE THE EAGLE
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has reassured fans over the fitness of full-back Kieran Tierney.
The Scot was named in the starting XI to face West Ham United at the Emirates on Saturday night, but he was withdrawn late on and replaced by Sead Kolasinac after feeling an issue in the warm-up.
The 23-year-old missed the start of last season with a hip injury, before then sitting out of a further 19 matches with a shoulder complaint.
But Arteta, 38, has has played down any fears, as he said: “Kieran is fine. He had a little muscular discomfort in the last few days. He tried today and worked in the warm-up but he wasn't feeling comfortable today.
“We believed that he was going to be fit but during the warm-up, in the last ten minutes, he said he wasn't feeling OK.
“We had to make a decision. We were prepared just in case and Kola came on and had a good game.”
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has revealed the club have received no bids for Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard.
He said: “We do not want to sell. We have had no bids or confirmed interest in him.
“I am hoping that by the end of the window he will still be a Celtic player.”
Aston Villa have also been linked with a move for the French striker.
Hector Bellerin is set to remain at Arsenal beyond the transfer window.
It had been claimed that PSG were keen to sign him, but they instead turned to Roma's Alessandro Florenzi after the Gunners rejected their loan offer.
And with Barcelona selling Nelson Semedo to Wolves, there was talk that the Blaugrana was to bring Bellerin back to Catalonia.
But Mundo Deportibo have insisted that the Spanish international is not an option for Ronald Koeman.
Barca will instead look to sign Ajax ace Sergino Dest.
SEA THAT AGAIN
Seamus Coleman was left fuming with ex-Arsenal ace Kieran Gibbs after the West Brom defender's reaction to being sent off on Saturday.
Former Arsenal man Gibbs was given his marching orders for lashing out at James Rodriguez.
As he exits the pitch, Gibbs, 30, can be heard saying: “F*** him, I'll do it again.”
That sparks a furious reaction from Toffees star Coleman.
The 31-year-old interjects: “No you won't do it again.
“Who you talking to, you’ll do it again? Hard man. F***ing hard man.”
LAC IS IN
Alexandre Lacazette's header against West Ham was his 50th goal for the club in all competitions.
Have another look at his fine finish from close range against the Hammers.
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ROOM FOR RUTTER?
Arsenal and Newcastle are battling it out for the signature of Rennes teen sensation Georgino Rutter.
The 18-year-old has only one year left on his contract and clubs are circling to try and land him in a £10million deal.
Reports suggest that Arsenal, Newcastle and AC Milan, along with RB Leipzig and Lyon are after the hitman.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta requires more firepower up front amid speculation that Alexandre Lacazette could be sold.
MUST HAVE HIM
Lazio are reportedly looking to prise Shkodran Mustafi away from the Emirates this summer.
According to Calciomercato, the Serie A side are in negotiations with Arsenal in trying to sign the German centre-back.
Mustafi – who has one year left on his contract in North London – is not in the plans of Mikel Arteta this season.
It has been said that Arsenal will entertain offers of between £10m-£11m, though Lazio have only offered £9m so far.
A LOT AT STAKE
If football remains behind closed doors then Arsenal are set to lose over £120 million due to a lack of matchday revenue.
Few clubs make as much money as the Gunners do on a matchday, but that income has been completely lost since the coronavirus pandemic began.
In 2018-19, Arsenal made £96million in matchday revenue alone, a huge proportion of their total £394m turnover.
A reliance on fans to attend matches has left the Gunners in a possible sire situation financially, should fans not return to games any time soon.
Lucas Torreira is in talks with Atletico Madrid with the Spanish club offering a loan-to-buy deal.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that Torreira is desperate to leave the Gunners but Arsenal want to sell now while Atleti would need to offload some players in order to afford the fee.
However, the North Londoners may be hopeful that a deal for Torreira would allow them to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey for a knockdown price.
Diego Simeone and co have so far been very insistent that Partey will leave if the club receive a bid of £45m and not a penny less.
Torreira is said to be valued at around £22m by Arsenal.
GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS
Mikel Arteta reportedly wants to sign two more midfielders before the end of the transfer window.
The Gunners looking to raise cash to fund a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
But they have rejected a bid from Atletico Madrid to take Lucas Torreira on loan with an option to buy.
Arsenal are hoping to sell the Uruguayan on a permanent deal but Atletico need to sell players first.
Defenders Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers have all been linked with moves away from the Emirates.
Sokratis and Mustafi are both targets for Napoli if they lose Kalidou Koulibaly and Lazio are also keen on the latter.
Calum Chambers is a target for West Ham and Newcastle on loan but the 24-year-old is currently recovering from a knee injury.
The Gunners are one of a number of Premier League clubs interested in Reading teenager Michael Olise.
MAITLAND-NILES TO STAY PUT
With Wolves on the verge of signing Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo, Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be set to stay at Arsenal.
The 23-year-old was linked with a move to the Midlands earlier in the summer.
Personal terms are yet to be agreed with Semedo but the transfer would appear to rule out an Emirates departure for Maitland-Niles.
Maitland-Niles started in Arsenal's opening Premier League game of the season to follow up his man-of-the-match display against Liverpool in the Community Shield, but was led ton the bench for the Gunners' win over West Ham on Saturday.
SALIBA NOT READY FOR FIRST TEAM
Some Arsenal fans expected to see William Saliba on the bench last night against West Ham.
Saliba however is continuing to be eased into contention after featuring for the Under 23's side against Brighton on Friday.
Speaking about Saliba last week, Mikel Arteta said:
“I think it’s going to take him some time to adapt to our way of playing, but as well to get adapted to the language, the rhythm, the physicality of the country.”
TORREIRA BID REJECTED
Arsenal have rejected Atletico Madrid's opening offer for midfielder Lucas Torreira.
Torreira has been linked with Italian sides Torino and Fiorentina in recent weeks but Atletico have entered the fray.
Atletico's bid is believed to be a loan with an option to buy but the Gunners would prefer a permanent deal.
The Rojiblancos need to sell players before signing new ones this summer.
Paul Merton believes signing Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal will prove to be a great piece of business from Aston Villa.
The Argentine stopper completed a £20million move to Villa Park last week and is expected to go straight into the starting XI for Villa's opening match of the season against Sheffield United tomorrow.
He said: “Emiliano Martinez is a great signing because £20m for a keeper this day and age is cheap and he was outstanding for Arsenal last season.”
ARSENAL INTERESTED IN OLISE
Arsenal are one of a number of Premier League clubs interested in Reading youngster Michael Olise.
The midfielder had a breakout campaign in the Championship last season and has started all of the Royals' games so far this term.
Wolves and Leeds are also circling the 18-year-old.
ARTETA WANTS MIDFIELDERS
Mikel Arteta wants to sign two more midfielders before the end of the transfer window.
Arsenal have already added Willian and Dani Ceballos to their 2020-21 midfield roster but the Gunners are busy trying to raise funds for further signings, with a move for Lyon's Houssem Aouar still possible.
The north London outfit have already sold goalkeeper Emi Martinez for £20million, while Lucas Torreira, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis have all been linked with the moves away.
TOON STILL KEEN ON HOLDING
Newcastle reportedly haven't given up hope of signing Arsenal defender Rob Holding.
It is claimed they even had a house ready for the former Bolton man before his proposed move to the north East fell through.
Holding has so far rejected a move away from the Emirates as he wants to fight for his place in north London.
The 25-year-old has started in both of Arsenal's Premier League matches so far this season.
Arsenal are yet to start contract negotiations with striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Lacazette's current deal at the Emirates runs until 2022 and he has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid this summer.
The 29-year-old has scored in each of Arsenal's opening two games of the Premeir League season, but boss Mikel Arteta is unfazed by the speculation surrounding the French forward.
Arteta said: “At the moment we haven’t started any negotiations.
“We have a lot of things still to do in this market.
“He is a player I am really happy with.
“I think we showed him a lot of faith since I arrived here, but we cannot stop any speculation.
“We know that any player that is under two years contract is always going to be talked about.”
SIMEONE WANTS TORREIRA
It seemed as if Lucas Torreira was set to join Serie A side Torino from the Gunners, but now reports suggest Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has personally called Torreira in a bid to bring him to Spain.
The Uruguayan has fallen out of favour at the Emirates, and is widely tipped to leave Arsenal before the end of the transfer window.
There is also interest the other way, with Arsenal being persistently linked with a move for Atletico midfielder Thomas Partey.
There is potential of a swap plus cash deal, but Torreira was seemingly set for Torino before Simeone made his move.
LEMAR FOR SALE
Atletico Madrid have put rumoured Arsenal target Thomas Lemar up for sale.
Lemar came close to joining the Gunners from Monaco in 2017 but the move fell through and he joined Atletico a year later.
The 24-year-old went the whole of last season without a goal or an assist to his name.
Atletico have charged sporting director Andrea Berta and super-agent Jorge Mendes with finding a buyer for the Frenchman.
Calum Chambers is wanted by both West Ham and Newcastle.
Both sides are hoping to sign the 25-year-old on loan but the Gunners are prepared to sell for around £12million.
Newcastle failed in their attempts to bring Rob Holding to St James' Park on loan, but are now eyeing his Arsenal teammate Chambers.
Chambers has yet to feature for Mikel Arteta's side this season and is currently recovering from a knee injury.
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