Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Coutinho January loan, Aubameyang to Barcelona or Juventus, Ramsey could return

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.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    Luc is on Arsenal's side

    Fiorentina have reportedly decided to turn Lucas Torreira's loan spell into a permanent move.

    The Uruguay international joined the Serie A side on loan from the Gunners in the summer.

    And the 25-year-old has impressed in his 15 top-flight games – chipping in with a goal and an assist.

    According to Corriere Fiorentino, La Viola are ready to sign him on a permanent deal for £12.7million.

    It has been suggested that the deal will ,materialise at the end of the campaign.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Arsenal in for Barca's Coutinho

    Arsenal could reportedly be back in for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

    The Brazilian was linked with a switch to the Emirates last year, with Barca keen to get him off their wage bill.

    According to Sport, despite the impressive form of Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe, Coutinho remains a target.

    They state that Arsenal are 'working' towards bringing the ex-Liverpool ace to the Emirates in January.

    They would be willing to allow the player to leave on loan, with or without an obligatory purchase option.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Gunning for the Carabao Cup

    Arsenal welcome League One Sunderland to the Emirates tonight in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

    The tournament offers Mikel Arteta and Co a real chance of silverware this season, and as a result the Spaniard is likely to field a strong side.

    Inevitably there will be some changes, but not having had European football means the Gunners can afford to play some of the big guns for the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

    Sunderland also come into the game in good form, currently sitting third in League One, so will be no walkovers.

    Here’s how Arsenal could start against the Black Cats.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Aar you kidding me now?

    Arsenal are reportedly considering a swap deal with Juventus to bring Aaron Ramsey back to the Emirates.

    According to Four Four Two, the Gunners are interested in signing a midfielder in the January transfer window.

    And they state that they would be prepared to offer the Old Lady Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in exchange for Ramsey.

    Juve are known to be interested in the Gabon international, who has recently been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Au revoir England, hello Spain

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be offered a career lifeline by Barcelona – but his wages could wreck any potential move.

    The £350,000-a-week striker has been training alone since Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta stripped him of the captaincy last week.

    The 32-year-old is expected to stay away from the first-team squad until he jets off for international duty with Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations at the end of this month.

    Italian giants Juventus have been linked with a move for the star over recent days as his Arsenal future remains unclear.

    Now the Daily Mail states that Barcelona have joined the chase for him as well.

    The Catalans want the veteran on loan once the transfer window reopens in January.

    Barca are desperate to bolster their attack following Sergio Aguero’s retirement.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Rodriguez interest

    Arsenal have shown interest in Real Betis star Guido Rodriguez.

    That is according to transfer guru Hernan Castillo, who claims the Gunners are looking to make a move for Rodriguez ahead of the January transfer window.

    The North Londoners are facing the prospect of being without Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of the Copa Africa.

    As a result, Arsenal are looking for reinforcement with the Argentine international making their transfer list.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Time to reflect

    Mikel Arteta has taken time out to reflect on his first two years as Arsenal boss.

    He told the Gunners' media team: "It's been an incredible journey and I am really happy and proud with the company that I have had on the journey.

    "I would say we have been through different phases throughout those two years. A phase where straightaway we had to pick up results and try to turn around the situation we were in.

    "Then we had the two trophies, which was a big lift and a great memories, apart from not having the people, our supporters with us to enjoy that one.

    "Then a year where we had everything: we had Covid, we had so many changes around the club from top to bottom and a really difficult one to manage, with some difficult moments and then finishing the season in a really strong way.

    "Now it is a new phase where we start to rebuild the team, we take a very clear direction with how we want to move forward with the club, a real connection between the team and supporters, the ownership and board and I think now it is excitement.

    "Excitement to keep driving this project forward, to keep working with this really young squad, but ready to compete, to get better and take the club back to where it belongs."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Mar to come

    Mikel Arteta has gushed over in-form forward Gabriel Martinelli.

    Ahead of tonight's League Cup quarter-final against Sunderland, the Spaniard said: "You cannot play every action at 100mph, it is impossible.

    "It is not very efficient for you because you burn yourself out after a few minutes, and then you just chasing a situation and not reading exactly what is needed.

    "Gabi is doing much better at that. We have to try to [develop] that without losing the passion, the energy and this capacity he has to just affect the game with the way he acts on the pitch.

    "He trains incredibly hard, he is always willing to do more and he is not scared or afraid to take risks, and that is what I like about him.

    "I can imagine [playing against him] – you're not going to have any time on the ball, every time the ball is 50/50 he is going to chase it and he's going to use his body, his speed, his technical ability to get away from you.

    "You have to be careful, because he can attack you one v one, he can attack your back, he can make movements off the ball… he is a real threat in front of goal."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    Cup quarter-final day

    It's matchday, Gooners!

    Are you confident of reaching the League Cup semi-finals?

    Mikel Arteta's men take on Sunderland tonight at 7:45pm.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    Ju beauty

    Arsenal are eyeing two signing from Juventus, according to reports.

    The Gunners are chasing a top four position, after finding their groove under Mikel Arteta.

    According to Marca, they want to strengthen their ranks by signing Arthur Melo and Dejan Kulesevski.

    The pair have fallen down the pecking order in Turin, with the Old Lady looking to strengthen their financial position through sales.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Will to leave

    Willian admits he wanted to quit Arsenal just THREE MONTHS after joining from Chelsea.

    The Brazilian, 33, spent seven seasons at Stamford Bridge before making a shock free transfer to the Emirates in 2020.

    He told Rio Ferdinand's Vibe with Five: “I was not happy, that’s why I didn’t perform. I don’t want to go into the details, but I wasn’t happy.

    “When I arrived I was happy, from the beginning I was motivated. I wanted to do well, new club, new mates, new projects.

    “After three months I told my agent ‘please, I want to go’.

    "I don’t want to speak bad about the club because it is a big club, has a big history in football, big players played there before it’s a big club.

    "But it didn’t work, it was of course the most difficult time of my career.

    “I received a lot of messages on social media from them [Arsenal fans] but also, because I came from Chelsea [it made things worse].

    "I think if I came from another club, maybe it could've been better. But because I came from Chelsea and I didn't perform well.

    "With everything that happened, I always think about that and I say 'I had to leave'."

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is being targeted by Juventus ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is according to Tuttosport, who report Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri is desperate for attacking reinforcements to boost his flailing attack.

    And Aubameyang is an option after falling out of favour at the Emirates.

    A six-month loan deal has been touted, ahead of a possible permanent move in the summer transfer window.

    Barcelona have also been credited with an interest in the striker, who now seems destined to leave north London after his latest disciplinary breach, which cost him the captain's armband.

    Meanwhile, Manchester United star Mason Greenwood has emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal.

    That is according to Elnacional, who claim the Gunners, Juventus and Barcelona are also keeping tabs on him.

    The north Londoners may need to add a centre-forward to their ranks next summer with both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette out of contract, while Aubameyang has fallen out of favour following a disciplinary breach.

    Arsenal, Juve and Barca won't 'hesitate' to make a bid for the England international should he become available in the summer transfer window.

    And the north Londoners are keeping tabs on Juventus ace Arthur ahead of January.

    That is according to Calciomercato, who claim the Gunners would be interested in getting the midfielder next month.

    The Brazil international is hoping to leave Juve in January and his contract with the Bianconeri expires in 2025.

  • Kostas Lianos

    White criticism

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims Ben White showed 'inexperience' in conceding a penalty during the 4-1 win against Leeds.

    Wright told Premier League Productions: "It’s a poor challenge. Stay on your feet there, Ben.

    "You don’t need that kind of pressure. Don’t go to ground, did he slip?

    "I don’t know. This is what I’ve said about the inexperience, a young team. A more experienced defender stays up"

  • Kostas Lianos

    O-Mi not again

    Premier League matches could again take place behind closed doors.

    A meeting between Prem clubs decided games would continue as normal after Christmas – despite a rise in positive coronavirus cases.

    According to The Times, fixtures could end up taking place without supporters.

    Omicron cases are on the rise and although fans have shown proof of a negative test or a COVID passport to gain admittance, they could soon be blocked from attending if the government steps in.

    Fears around a high R figure mean the government could introduce further restrictions.

    And if Premier League stadiums are needed as makeshift vaccination centres, supporters may have to be excluded from live matches for the foreseeable future.

    In such a scenario, matches could be shown live on TV, as was the case from Project Restart until the end of last season

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arteta on Martinelli

    Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli has impressed in his recent outings.

    Manager Mikel Arteta said: "You cannot play every action at 100mph, it is impossible.

    "It is not very efficient for you because you burn yourself out after a few minutes, and then you just chasing a situation and not reading exactly what is needed. Gabi is doing much better at that.

    "We have to try to do that without losing the passion, the energy and this capacity he has to just affect the game with the way he acts on the pitch.

    "He trains incredibly hard, he is always willing to do more and he is not scared or afraid to take risks, and that is what I like about him"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arteta on COVID-19 crisis

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted the coronavirus crisis in the Premier League has been "difficult" for his team.

    Arteta said: "I think it is very difficult for everybody.

    "It is very difficult for yourself and the way you have to do your work, it is very difficult for [club CEO] Vinai [Venkatesham], because he is dealing with a lot of meetings, a lot of responsibilities to try to defend the interest of the club in the right way.

    "It is difficult for the players, for myself, for the staff because we don't know really who is going to be available to do what, and we are all trying to help each other and get the best out of the situation.

    "We have to respect the decisions I made because we have to believe that those decisions are based first of all on the wellbeing of all of us, that we are involved and secondly because we have to protect the game, and that is important as well"

  • Kostas Lianos

    More on Juve trio

    Arsenal are reportedly targeting Juventus trio Aaron Ramsey, Arthur and Dejan Kulusevski ahead of the January transfer window.

    Juve boss Massimiliano Max Allegri is ready to cut Ramsey loose on a free transfer, with a Premier League return highly likely.

    Fellow midfielder Arthur has also struggled for regular minutes under Allegri, playing just four times in the league.

    Kulusevski hasn’t found the net in 12 Serie A games this term and the Bianconeri are open to offers

  • Kostas Lianos

    ITALIAN JOB

    Arsenal are reportedly targeting THREE Juventus stars ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is according to Marca, who report that former player Aaron Ramsey as well as Arthur and Dejan Kulusevski are on the Gunners' transfer list.

    Manager Mikel Arteta apparently believes he needs midfield reinforcements with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny heading to the Copa Africa.

    Meanwhile, doubts remain over out-of-favour captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future after he was axed from the senior squad

  • Kostas Lianos

    Greenwood interest

    Manchester United star Mason Greenwood has emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal.

    That is according to Elnacional, who claim that the Gunners, Juventus and Barcelona are keeping tabs on Greenwood.

    The north Londoners may need to add a centre-forward to their ranks next summer with both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette out of contract, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has fallen out of favour following a disciplinary breach.

    Arsenal, Juve and Barca won't 'hesitate' to make a bid for the England international should he become available in the summer transfer window

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arthur interest

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Juventus ace Arthur ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is according to Calciomercato, who claim that the Gunners would be interested in getting the midfielder next month.

    The Brazil international is hoping to leave Juve next month for bigger opportunities.

    The 25-year-old's contract with the Bianconeri expires in 2025

  • Kostas Lianos

    Juventus eye Aubameyang

    Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is being targeted by Juventus ahead of the January transfer window.

    Taht is according to Tuttosport, who report that Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri is desperate for attacking reinforcements to boost his flailing attack.

    And Aubameyang is an option after falling out of favour at the Emirates.

    A six-month loan deal has been touted, ahead of a possible permanent move in the summer transfer window.

    Barcelona have also been credited with an interest in the striker, who now seems destined to leave north London after his latest disciplinary breach, which cost him the captain's armband

  • Jake Lambourne

    Blue moon

    Willian has revealed he would have stayed at Chelsea had they offered him a three-year deal.

    Asked why he linked up with Arsenal, the Brazilian said: "It was difficult to decide, because I wanted to stay at Chelsea.

    “But I wanted a three-year contract and Chelsea say: ‘No we want to give you two years’. So it was like this – they say two, I say three, they say two, I say three.

    “At the end of the season, I decided to join Arsenal and also because before we had conversations with Edu and Mikel [Arteta] as well.

    "They showed me a good project, they showed me a lot of good stuff that they want to do. It was because of that.

    “I say well, I want three years, Arsenal wants to give me three years, I want to stay in England, I want to stay in London, my family is happy in London, maybe it is a good opportunity to go there and continue what I am doing.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    Will I never

    Arsenal flop Willian has revealed he wanted to quit the club after THREE months following his free transfer last year.

    He told Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel Five: "I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t happy. That’s why I didn’t perform. I don’t want to go into the details.

    "When I arrived there I was happy, from the beginning I was motivated, I wanted to do well – new club, new mates, new project.

    “But after three months, I said to my agent: ‘Please, I want to go’. I don’t want to speak bad about the club, because it is a big club. Arsenal has a big history.

    “In football, big players played there before as well. But it didn’t work, it didn’t work. It was, of course, the most difficult time of my career.

    “It was big money that I gave up. But sometimes money is not the most important thing in life. I think you need to be happy, get pleasure every day waking up in the morning to go to train. I wasn’t having that.

    “So I said to myself, with my family, I cannot stay here, I am not happy here. I have to leave, find a way out, leave the club, because if I stay I am going to stay the same.

    "For me, it’s unfair to stay in a place that you don’t want to stay just because of the money. For me, it was that.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    Merry news

    Premier League matches WILL go ahead after Christmas, according to reports.

    The 20 clubs' executives met on Monday to discuss whether or not to halt the season due to a rise in Covid cases.

    And the majority of the clubs decided to continue playing over the festive period, report The Athletic, despite the recent spike in positive Covid cases.

    Omicron continues to cause chaos across the country. And while the government have not brought in a lockdown at this stage, the Premier League took the initiative by calling emergency talks.

    During the meeting Liverpool proposed moving a round of fixtures and despite support from other clubs the idea was rejected due to the complexity involved.

    There was also debate about postponing the season completely, but this idea reportedly had no support from any of the Prem clubs.

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Aar you serious?

    Aaron Ramsdale has been proving his doubters wrong ever since stepping into the Arsenal first team.

    The shot-stopper has become an instant fan favourite, with the Gunners faithful delighted by his 's***housery' in the 4-1 win against Leeds.

    The 23-year-old celebrated right in front of them after Arsenal's goals, even cheekily sticking out his tongue as they hurled obscenities towards him.

    Then at full time Ramsdale waved, winked, and blew a kiss in the direction of the home end who had been abusing him all game.

    Commenting on his antics, one fan tweeted: "Ramsdale triggering the entire league before they all have to support him as England's #1 one day. You just love to see it."

    Meanwhile another said: "He loves it, absolute hero."

    The praise didn't stop there as a fellow fan added: "You've just got to love this guy, he is a character." 

    Even a Leeds supporter admitted Ramsdale was on top form, saying: "As a Leeds fan behind that goal, I thought it was good s***housing from him. All part of the theatre."

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