Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang 'offers to be listened to', Willian exit LATEST, Torreira Fiorentina medical

ARSENAL have made their WORST start to a season in their 118-year history following their 2-0 home defeat by Chelsea.

And the Gunners are ready to rectify that by going back in for Kieran Trippier, should Atletico Madrid lower their £34m asking price.

Meanwhile Lucas Torreira is in Italy for a medical with Fiorentina ahead of a season-long loan.

Finally Willian is set to have his contract terminated ahead of a move to Corinthians.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    ROWE ROW

    Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe will 'suffer' the 'most' from Martin Odegaard's return to the Emirates, according to Paul Merson.

    He wrote in the Daily Star: "What sort of message does signing Odegaard send to Emile Smith Rowe?

    “I can see why he held out signing a new contract. When Odegaard came on loan he ended up playing out on the wing.

    "But Emile Smith Rowe is a No 10. He’s the future at Arsenal. He came through the ranks and he makes things happen.

    “He is the one who is going to suffer most from them buying Odegaard. What really is the difference between them anyway?

    "I think they are too similar. But I know who’s not getting picked if it starts going wrong and it won’t be the £30m new signing."

  • Anthony Chapman

    HOU’S THE MAN

    Spurs have held talks with Arsenal target Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

    The Lyon attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with the Gunners for the last two summer transfer windows but it now looks like they might miss out to their bitter rivals.

    Aouar, 23, has two years left on his contract with the Ligue 1 side and reportedly wants to weigh up all his options before deciding what to do.

    And Tottenham have held informal talks with his representatives, according to Sky Sports News.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FAKING IT

    Arsenal flop Matteo Guendouzi has been accused of faking injuries sustained in an on-pitch clash with opposition fans.

    The Marseille midfielder was left with visible red marks around his neck after Nice hooligans stormed the field at the weekend to fight players.

    But Nice chief Jean-Pierre Rivere claims the marks are not real.

    He said: “Apart from the photo that is everywhere, there has been no violence against OM players.

    “By the way, Guendouzi, with pictures to prove it, has no marks on his neck when he is on the pitch.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    PIE IN THE SKY

    Reports claim Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave Arsenal before deadline day.

    But where would the Gabon striker go this summer?

    Check out the latest odds from Sky Bet below!

  • Anthony Chapman

    ODE FOR JOY

    Martin Odegaard is set to make his first appearance as a new Arsenal signing in tomorrow's Carabao Cup clash against West Brom.

    Aaron Ramsdale could also be set for his Gunners debut.

    While new left-back Nuno Tavares may be handed a first start after coming off the bench against Brentford and Chelsea.

    Is this how Arsenal will line up against the Baggies?

  • Anthony Chapman

    GUNNER GO

    Arsenal will let skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave if he wants to go and they get the right offer for him this summer.

    The Telegraph claims Aubameyang remains a big part of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s plans but is no longer considered "indispensable”.

    And with two years left on his deal the time could be right to cash in, with Man City and Barcelona reportedly interested.

  • Anthony Chapman

    QUARANTINE FURY

    Premier League clubs will hold a crisis meeting over refusing to release players for international duty in red-list countries. 

    Teams fear losing stars for six games after international breaks in both September and October due to quarantine rules.

    Now the Times says the Prem has called an urgent meeting amid concern up to 60 aces facing ten days in isolation if they play in countries on the UK's coronavirus red list.

    It's thought Fifa hope the British Government will consider exempting international footballers from these quarantine rules ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers.

    But that seems unlikely – leaving the Prem feeling hard done by compared to other top leagues.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ART ATTACK

    Darren Bent thinks Arsenal have to sack Mikel Arteta immediately if they are to have any chance of bringing in Antonio Conte.

    He told TalkSport: "We know Antonio Conte is out there.

    "If Arsenal had any kind of hopes of attracting him or getting him to the club then you would say get rid of Arteta now and get Conte in.

    "I don’t think that’s possible but, unfortunately, if you get rid of him now, where do you turn?

    "There was an image of Arteta slumped in his chair just with his head down and to me he looked like a broken man."

  • Anthony Chapman

    MARRIAGE MATERIAL

    The wife of Arsenal technical director Edu gave one of the club's fans the middle finger during their defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday.

    Tempers flared up in the stadium as the game wore on, with one supporter opting to confront Edu by getting out of his seat and berating him from the steps.

    And while Edu appeared to remain composed throughout the abuse, his wife Paula Gaspar could not contain her frustration.

    After the fan had finished aggressively making his point, Gaspar put her middle finger up at him as frustrations boiled over.

  • Anthony Chapman

    SEARCH IS ON

    Arsenal have vowed to find and ban the yob responsible for throwing a bottle at Chelsea star Reece James.

    The disgraceful incident happened after James put Chelsea 2-0 up at the Emirates on Sunday.

    A club spokesman said: “We are currently investigating this incident using CCTV and our digital ticket database to identify who threw the bottle.

    “The club condemns this behaviour and the culprit faces a ban from the Emirates.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    STICKING WITH MIK

    Arsenal chiefs are reportedly still backing Mikel Arteta and believe ‘the Covid chaos that has engulfed the club’ is the main reason for their poor start to the season.

    The Mail claims ‘there is an acceptance’ from the club’s top brass that preparations for the season ‘have been beset by Covid-related issues’ which has led to Artetea being unable to field his strongest team yet.

    Arteta ‘continues to have the immediate backing of the Gunners hierarchy’ at present.

    And chiefs will also keep the chequebook open for more new arrivals in the final few days of the summer transfer window.

  • Etienne Fermie

    DAN THE MAN

    Arsenal and Manchester United should have made an effort to sign Danny Ings from Southampton.

    According to talkSPORT presenters Jamie O'Hara and Garth Crooks, the two clubs would have benefited from signing the striker.

    After criticising Anthony Martial, Crooks said: "I would flip that around and say have Manchester United missed a trick when it comes to Danny Ings? £30million, someone who has scored goals in the Premier League, scored a wonderful goal for Aston Villa last night.

    "Are you telling me that Danny Ings isn’t an upgrade on Antony Martial? And he wanted to go to Manchester City or Manchester United, that was his preferred destination.

    "Yes I know he’s had injury problems, he’s probably coming into the twilight of his career but you don’t get a lot for £30m these days and that would have been an easy deal to be done. I just wonder if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s blind faith in Antony Martial could be his undoing this season.”

    Meanwhile former Spurs man Jamie O'Hara thinks the Gunners should have made a move for Ings after the Gunners have failed to score in two games so far this season.

    He said: "I just look at Danny Ings and think why is like an Arsenal not coming for you?"

  • Etienne Fermie

    ODE ONE OUT

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is preparing to field a strong starting XI against West Brom in the Carabao Cup.

    With two losses in as many matches in their start to the season, pressure is already mounting on the Spaniard.

    According to The Times, Arteta will take no chances in his selection when the Gunners travel to Championship West Brom.

    Here's how SunSport's Jack Figg thinks that Arteta will line his side up.

  • Etienne Fermie

    RED FACED

    Rio Ferdinand thinks Arsenal defender Pablo Mari was an 'embarrassment' to the club for the way he failed to deal with Lukaku's powerful presence.

    Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: "He [Lukaku] bullies people, he was like a sixth former playing against first years.

    "That's what he made the Arsenal centre-backs look like, they didn't know how to deal with him.

    "[Pablo] Mari was an embarrassment, he didn't know what to do."

  • Etienne Fermie

    SMALL SAINT

    Arsenal have been beaten by Southampton to the signing of highly-rated left-back Thierry Small.

    The 17-year-old, who can also play as a central defender and left winger, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

    Small is a product of the Everton academy and made history for the Toffees in January when he became the youngest player to feature for the club at 16 years and 176 days, coming on in an FA Cup fourth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday.

    He was then offered a professional contract with the Merseyside club but turned it down due to concerns over the amount of game time he would receive.

    Arsenal were said to be one of a number of clubs interested in acquiring his services along with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Aston Villa.

    But it is Saints who have managed to get a deal over the line for the youngster, who has already appeared for England Under-19s.

    Southampton announced Small as their sixth signing of the summer on Tuesday
  • Etienne Fermie

    TAKING THE MIC

    Arsenal have made 'panic buys' this summer, according to Micah Richards.

    The pundit and former England international said on BBC Radio 5 Live: "At this moment, Arsenal can't attract the top, top players, because players want to go to the better performing teams at this moment in time.

    "When you say they've spent a lot of money, they're buying second-tier players, or players with good potential who could become that.

    "You should think that the manager's got some input in the players that they're getting.

    "But I just think with Arsenal now, they've got themselves in such a rut, they've done a couple of panic buys."

    Mikel Arteta is under pressure at Arsenal
  • Etienne Fermie

    MIC DROP

    Arsenal can no longer attract top players, according to Premier League winner Micah Richards.

    And the former Manchester City star reckons the Gunners' policy of investing in youth will cost manager Mikel Arteta his job.

    Discussing Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 Live, Richards said: "At this moment, Arsenal can't attract the top, top players, because players want to go to the better performing teams at this moment in time.

    "When you say they've spent a lot of money, they're buying second-tier players, or players with good potential who could become that.

    "You should think that the manager's got some input in the players that they're getting.

    "But I just think with Arsenal now, they've got themselves in such a rut, they've done a couple of panic buys."

    Micah Richards reckons Arsenal can no longer attract top talent
  • Etienne Fermie

    DAN THE PAN

    Talksport host Jamie O'Hara reckons that Arsenal should have tried to sign Danny Ings.

    The former Liverpool star, 29, left Southampton for Aston Villa in a £25million deal.

    Arsenal have failed to score in their opening two matches of this season.

    And O'Hara thinks that Ings could have helped.

    He said: "I just look at Danny Ings and think why is like an Arsenal not coming for you?"

    Danny Ings has scored two goals in his first two appearances for VillaCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    MO CHANCE

    Watford have NOT made a bid for Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, according to reports.

    The Egyptian midfielder has been linked with the Hornets in recent days.

    But according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, no approach has been made.

    Elneny has entered the final year of his Gunners contract.

    Credit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    PROBLEM SOL-VED

    Sol Campbell has urged Mikel Arteta to give him a job after claiming he can fix Arsenal's defensive woes.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “Some of the players need to do the basics. You can lose, but the way we conceded some goals was too easy. The reaction times of some of the defenders not backing each other up, not assessing danger.

    "The first goal has slipped across the six yard box – get back and defend. Don’t just wait! That’s simple, that’s A, B, C defending.

    “Allow Chelsea to score really good goals, not those simple goals. It’s too easy.

    “The gulf of talent and experience was on show. You couldn’t really miss it. Chelsea had so much time and space. They were a cut above.

    “I tell you what, I’d help them. Just give me the job and I’ll help them out! I’ll tell you how to get out of a two-man press against Brentford! I mean, what’s going on here?

    “We go back to that game, it’s a two man press, it’s quite easy to work out! You go flatter and that pressing midfielder has to run another 10 or 15 yards, which then gives you more space in the middle of the park. That’s really simple!”

    Sol Campbell thinks he could help Mikel Arteta
  • Etienne Fermie

    LUC IS OUT

    Lucas Torreira is closing in on a loan transfer to Fiorentina, according to reports.

    The Uruguayan midfielder, 25, has been frozen out by Mikel Arteta and his future appears set to be away from the Emirates.

    According to Football London, a £1million loan fee will be agreed with the Serie A club to take him for the 2021-22 campaign, covering all of his wages.

    And it is understood a £13m option to buy may well be included in the deal for next summer.

    Arsenal have given the green light for the switch to go through.

    It is now dependent on Torreira completing a medical after he opted for Fiorentina over German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.

    His transfer should be confirmed and announced in the coming days.

    Lucas Torreira is on the brink of a loan transfer to Fiorentina
  • Etienne Fermie

    AWAY WITH THIS

    Paul Pogba claims matching Arsenal's away game record means nothing if Manchester United are not winning trophies.

    The Red Devils matched the Gunners' top-flight record of 27 away games without defeat, thanks to Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton.

    But that meant little to French World Cup winner Pogba – who saw it as two points dropped, rather than one gained.

    The midfielder, 28, said: “It’s great, but I prefer to win the league and not have the record.

    “It’s good, it’s positive, but next time what we want to have is a record of winning away.

    “That would be the best, not drawing when we know that we can win these games.”

    Paul Pogba says records are meaningless unless Man Utd are winning trophies
  • Etienne Fermie

    RETURN TRIPP

    Arsenal are ready to revive their interest in Kieran Trippier – but need Atletico Madrid to slash their asking price.

    The Gunners were told last month that Three Lions full-back Trippier, 30, was keen to return to England after two successful seasons in LaLiga.

    They were shocked when Atletico demanded the full £34million release clause within the former Tottenham defender’s contract.

    But with less than a year still to run on his deal – and with Trippier failing to make Diego Simeone’s starting line-up for their opening two games – Arsenal hope that the Spanish champions will be open to negotiation.

    Atletico are desperately trying to offload players as they count the cost of the Covid pandemic.

    But they are not in the mood to do Arsenal any favours after falling out over Thomas Partey’s £45m move last year.

    Kieran Trippier has failed to start Atletico's opening two games
  • Etienne Fermie

    TORR BLIMEY

    Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira is in Italy today to seal a deal with Fiorentina.

    The midfielder, 25, hasn't been training with the Gunners, as they tried to find him a new club.

    Torreira rejected a transfer to Eintracht Frankfurt.

    But according to Fabrizio Romano, he will join Fiorentina on loan today, with Arsenal receiving a £1.3m loan fee.

    Lucas Torreira spent last season on loan at Atletico MadridCredit: AFP
  • Etienne Fermie

    XHAK TO BASICS

    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has insisted that Gunners stars needs to 'believe in each other' after their dismal start to the season.

    He told the North Londoners' club media: "I don't think the season is over after two games.

    "We know we lost the two games and we are very disappointed, but we have still many, many, many games to go.

    "A season never ends after two, three or four games. We know we have to do better things, but this will come soon, and as I say, we have to believe in each other so we can come out from this."

    Granit Xhaka started as Arsenal fell 2-0 to ChelseaCredit: Getty

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