8am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Buendia and Bissouma LATEST, Holding new deal, Ozil update, Partey RETURN

ARSENAL are in the market for creativity as they eye Emi Buendia and Yves Bissouma this January.

Rob Holding has meanwhile signed a new deal at the Emirates, while we have the very latest on Mesut Ozil.

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  • Joe Miles

    MUY BIEN

    Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Emiliano Buendia's agent.

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano told Arsenal Fan TV: "He's one of the options.

    "There has been contact with his agents in the last few weeks, Arsenal making some enquiries with many agents as they look for a quality midfielder.

    "They are interested in Buendia but it's not sure he will be the perfect player."

    Mikel Arteta is believed to be keen to get a deal over the line for the Norwich playmaker this month.

  • Joe Miles

    SOLO TARGET

    Arsenal are in reportedly in talks over a move for Shakhtar Donetsk star Manor Solomon.

    According to the Guardian, the Gunners have made their move for the 21-year-old.

    It is reported that Mikel Arteta's side will try to sign him at the end of the season.

    Israel international Solomon, 21, has scored five goals in 17 appearances during the current campaign.

    Credit: AFP or licensors

     

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GOONERS

    Rob Holding has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal.

    Mikel Arteta said: “Since I started as manager, I have been hugely impressed with Rob’s contribution to the club and the dressing room, on and off the pitch.

    “The quality of his work every day on the training pitches is excellent and he is translating this into consistently high performances in matches.

    “We all know Rob’s quality, which he has shown in his displays during the intense moments of those two FA Cup final victories.

    “We are all very happy that Rob has signed a new contract, he is very popular with all the players and staff, and we’re looking forward to watching him continue to grow with us in the coming years.”

    Meanwhile Arsenal have been given an almighty boost after Gabriel Martinelli’s scan revealed no major damage.

    The Brazilian forward, 19, went down in the warm-up of the Gunners’ FA Cup win over Newcastle.

    Martinelli had only just returned from a long injury lay-off – having been out with a knee injury since June – playing just four times since his December 19 return.

    On their website, the club revealed: “Gabi has progressed very well.

    “We’re hoping that he will return to full training with the squad in the next few days.”

    And finally, Arsene Wenger has quashed all hope of making an emotional return to Arsenal.

    The Frenchman, 71, ended an epic 22-year spell as Gunners boss in 2018.

    He told French TV station BFM Business: “I remain an Arsenal fan. They are the club that I love, and I worked there for 22 years.

    “I hope their current sufferings are just temporary. I will continue supporting them in any event.

    “They have been one of the loves of my life.

    “But you must not do the same thing twice.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Gabriel Martinelli appeared in high spirits following reports that his ankle injury wasn't as bad as first feared.

  • Joe Brophy

    PEP TALK

    Mikel Arteta has claimed he is hoping to help Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pepe regain confidence.

  • Joe Brophy

    EL OF A COMEBACK

    Arsenal have been given an almighty boost after Gabriel Martinelli's scan revealed no major damage.

    The Brazilian forward, 19, went down in the warm-up of the Gunners' FA Cup win over Newcastle.

    Martinelli had only just returned from a long injury lay-off – having been out with a knee injury since June – playing just four times since his December 19 return.

    On their website, the club revealed: "Gabi has progressed very well.

    "We’re hoping that he will return to full training with the squad in the next few days."

  • Joe Brophy

    ROWE YOUR BOAT

    Arsenal starlet Emile Smith-Rowe is up for player of the round in the FA Cup following his match-winning performance against Newcastle.

  • Joe Brophy

    HOLD FIRM

    Rob Holding has agreed to stay until 2024, with an option for a further year, after convincing boss Mikel Arteta of his abilities and even captaining the side against Everton recently.

    Arsenal's technical director, Edu, added: “We are very happy to have signed Rob on a new contract extension.

    “He is 25 years old, so is still coming into the peak of his career, and we are delighted that he’ll be with us during these important years.

    “Rob has shown great quality and maturity on and off the pitch in recent months and is developing well. We are looking forward to Rob continuing his progression in the years to come.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HOLDING ON

    Rob Holding has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal.

    Mikel Arteta said: “Since I started as manager, I have been hugely impressed with Rob’s contribution to the club and the dressing room, on and off the pitch.

    “The quality of his work every day on the training pitches is excellent and he is translating this into consistently high performances in matches.

    “We all know Rob’s quality, which he has shown in his displays during the intense moments of those two FA Cup final victories.

    “We are all very happy that Rob has signed a new contract, he is very popular with all the players and staff, and we’re looking forward to watching him continue to grow with us in the coming years.”

  • Joe Brophy

    NO ARSE-ING ABOUT

    Arsene Wenger should be brought back to Arsenal to help Mikel Arteta and the board, according to former Gunners ace Charlie Nicholas.

    He told Paddy Power: "He's a genuine Arsenal fan, and because of that he'll show the leadership and understanding the club needs.

    "If Arsene was to call or turn up to meet a player from Atletico Madrid or Barcelona or Real Madrid, there's a strong chance he'd help get those deals over the line because of his presence and his reputation.

    "I still think he could play a marvellous part in teaching Arteta the real rules of the management game.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WENGER IN

    Arsene Wenger should be brought back to Arsenal to help Mikel Arteta and the board, according to former Gunners ace Charlie Nicholas.

    He told Paddy Power: “I suggested about two years ago they should bring Arsene Wenger back to Arsenal.

    "When Wenger and David Dein were a partnership that was bringing in Thierry Henrys and Patrick Vieiras.

    "It was a partnership the manager wanted. Their relationship worked an absolute treat.

    "Wenger was probably too intelligent for football and wanted to have a say in the finances of it too.

    "Dein would say, 'if we can afford it, we're just going to get you the player.' It worked so well."

    Nicholas continued: "I'd still take him back now… he'd not be a threat to Arteta, he'd be there to help him."

  • Joe Brophy

    THREE-YEARS LIONS

    The FA now wants England to WIN a major tournament by 2024.

    Nearly a decade after former Wembley chairman Greg Dyke set the 2022 World Cup as the prime target for the Three Lions, the latest official aims of the governing body show a slippage in that timeframe.

    Instead, the FA believes England should be seeking to win a major tournament, by either the men’s or women’s teams, over the next THREE seasons.

    That period includes two European Championships and a World Cup for the men’s team, and the delayed Euros and 2023 World Cup for the Lionesses.

  • Joe Brophy

    GU-TURN

    Matteo Guendouzi will NOT return to Arsenal this month, according to reports.

    The French ace, 21, joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan in last summer's transfer window.

    And the midfielder has enjoyed an uptick in form lately – including scoring a 25-yard screamer against Borussia Monchengladbach – with Arsenal tempted to cut his loan short and bring him back.

    However, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has claimed the Gunners will NOT be bringing Guendouzi back to the Emirates until the summer.

    Romano claimed: "Matteo Guendouzi is not coming back to Arsenal in January.

    "Hertha Berlin want to keep him until the end of the season."

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNER SAY NO

    Arsene Wenger has quashed all hope of making an emotional return to Arsenal.

    The Frenchman, 71, ended an epic 22-year spell as Gunners boss in 2018.

    He told French TV station BFM Business: "I remain an Arsenal fan. They are the club that I love, and I worked there for 22 years.

    "I hope their current sufferings are just temporary. I will continue supporting them in any event.

    "They have been one of the loves of my life.

    "But you must not do the same thing twice."

  • Joe Brophy

    HOLDING ON

    Arsenal have announced that defender Rob Holding has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

  • Joe Brophy

    AK ATTACK

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in Turkey Under-21 international hotshot Ali Akman.

    He is out of contract in the summer and has no plans to extend his agreement, according to the Daily Mail.

    Bursaspor are reportedly willing to listen to offers this month rather than losing him for a small compensation fee in the summer.

    It is claimed a bid worth around £3million is being sought.

  • Joe Brophy

    MOUR PAIN FOR MESUT

    Jose Mourinho has hit back at Mesut Ozil’s dig that he would rather retire than play for Tottenham – by saying he would not want him anyway.

    Arsenal’s out-of-favour German had a pop at their North London rivals in a Twitter Q&A.

    But Spurs boss Mourinho scoffed: “Who told him Tottenham are interested in signing him?”

  • Joe Brophy

    A LITTLE SSOUMTHING LIKE BISS

    Arsenal are plotting a midfield overhaul with moves for Emi Buendia and Yves Bissouma.

    Mikel Arteta is eager to bolster his ranks in the middle of the park and is keen on Norwich playmaker Buendia who has dazzled in the Championship, carving out 62 chances for his side.

    Here's how they could line-up…

  • Marc Mayo

    DOLLAR DOLLAR

    Arsenal safely secured their passage into the fourth round of the FA Cup on the weekend.

    So how much will the Gunners bank if they can defend their trophy?

    Well, not quite as much as they made last year…

  • Marc Mayo

    OZIL ‘SHAME’

    It is a ‘shame’ that Mesut Ozil has fallen by the wayside at Arsenal – with former England boss Glenn Hoddle offering his take on why it has happened.

    Hoddle told his podcast: "Something's happened to him. I don't know if it's fitness. I don't know if it's his desire to play anymore."

    He added: "He only wants to play with the ball at his feet – and I think that was the problem.

    "It has been for the last two or three years. He's a lovely, neat footballer, but I'm not sure wants to put in the hard side of the game. 

    “I just don't think he wants to hurt himself anymore. Or push himself anymore.

    "It's a shame. But I think he will move and I think it's right for him and right for Arsenal.”

  • Marc Mayo

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Two players could be key to Arsenal’s pursuit of Yves Bissouma.

    Football.London name Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Magalhaes as good pals of the Brighton star, following their time together at Lille.

    The midfielder spent two years at the Ligue 1 side before heading to the South Coast.

    And Bissouma is said to prefer a move to Arsenal over Liverpool, if a bid materialises.

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  • Marc Mayo

    NO WAY, JOSE

    Jose Mourinho has hit back at Mesut Ozil’s dig that he would rather retire than play for Tottenham – by saying he wouldn't want him anyway.

    Arsenal’s out-of-favour German had a pop at their North London rivals in a Twitter Q&A.

    But Spurs boss Mourinho scoffed: “Who told him Tottenham are interested in signing him?”

  • Marc Mayo

    PLAY YOUR PART

    Mikel Arteta may have Thomas Partey back in the squad to face Crystal Palace on Thursday.

    Gabriel Magalhaes is also pushing for a return to action after a spell out with coronavirus.

    But it looks unlikely that Gabriel Martinelli will be back following an ankle injury in the warm-up on the weekend.

    Arteta will face the media tomorrow to update fans on his stars.

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  • Marc Mayo

    BUENDIA BLOW

    Could Arsenal be gazumped in their pursuit of Emi Buendia?

    Spanish outlet La Razon report on Valencia as one club interested in the Norwich playmaker.

    Los Che are said to be able to afford Buendia as they look to spruce up their midfield.

    Tottenham star Harry Winks is also named in the rumour, as another player being looked at by Valencia.

  • Marc Mayo

    HAVE THAT

    Emile Smith Rowe is on fire.

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