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MESUT OZIL'S departure for Fenerbahce is a done deal with only the formal announcement by the Turkish club to come.

Meanwhile a man who has been at Arsenal even longer than Ozil could be on his way with Mauricio Pochettino's PSG said to have entered the race for Hector Bellerin.

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  • Joshua Jones

    FAR-GET IT

    Norwich manager Daniel Farke said there is a '99 per cent' chance Emi Buendia stays in January in a transfer blow to Arsenal.

    The Gunners have an attacking midfielder in mind as they enter the winter window.

    But their interest in Buendia could be over after his boss appeared to confirm they will keep hold of the versatile Argentine.

    Farke said: "No, nothing will happen. In this business, you can never say 100 per cent guarantee, but I would label it 99 per cent.

    "It makes no sense for any of my key players to leave at this moment. And it makes no sense for us as a club right now to sell any of my players.

    "These players have the potential to play for one of the best clubs in this country, and Arsenal [are] definitely one of the best in this country and also Europe.

    "They have the potential to play there one day, but it makes no sense in January. Let's be honest we are in a great position."

  • Joshua Jones

    WIL I NEVER

    Jack Wilshere made his Bournemouth debut during the 1-0 defeat to Derby on Tuesday.

    The 29-year-old struggled to make his mark after he was introduced for David Brooks in the 78th minute.

    Ex-Arsenal star Wilshere joined the Jason Tindall's Cherries on a free transfer in a bid to reignite his career.

  • Joshua Jones

    'HE'S FRUSTRATED'

    Mesut Ozil is a 'genius' and will thrive in a 'warm environment', according to Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger.

    Ozil, 32, is on the verge of completing a move to Fenerbahce having been snubbed by Mikel Arteta this season.

    The Frenchman told beIN SPORTS: "I'm sure that he's frustrated at not having played.

    "His hunger must be absolutely [enormous] to play football again.

    "Mesut is a guy who needs a warm environment and I believe he will find that more than anywhere else in Turkey.

    "Overall, he can provide the balls that the strikers need to win football games. If they do that well, they have a good chance of winning the league.

    "I will follow that with great attention."

  • sstreet

    FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

    Barcelona and Juventus have reportedly been joined by PSG in the race for Hector Bellerin, according to CalcioMercato.

    The right-back had been expected to move to Barca if he went anywhere this month, but new Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is also said to be keen.

    The former Spurs manager has a big reputation for getting the maximum out of his full-backs with the likes of Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose all having played some of their best football under him.

  • Joshua Jones

    YIN ‘N YANG

    ARSENAL ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s long-distance calls to his dad helped him find the net again. 

    The Gunners striker recently admitted he struggled to keep smiling after just three Prem goals in the first 18 games. 

    Now he hopes he has turned the corner after a double in Monday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle — a first brace since last term’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea — put Arsenal in the top half. 

    And one of the first people he celebrated with was father Pierre, a former Le Havre and Gabon midfielder. 

    Aubameyang, 31, said: “It’s been so tough to be positive. One thing I find helps me with my mental wellbeing is to call my father. 

    “He is like my psychologist. He gives me so much strength.”

  • Joshua Jones

    SAINTS NEXT (AND AGAIN)

    Arsenal will face Southampton in the FA Cup this weekend.

    The south-coast club saw their third-round clash against Shrewsbury postponed but they played last night and won 2-0.

    Mikel Arteta's side will head to St Mary's for a 12.15pm kick-off on Saturday to try and book a place in the fifth round – where they would face a trip to Chorley or Wolves.

    Ironically, Arsenal travel to Southampton for their Premier League fixture next Tuesday as well – and that led to some quality content between the two sides on Twitter…

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal chief Edu admits the club are likely to recall Lucas Torreira from his loan at Atletico Madrid… only to send him elsewhere.

    Edu said: “The situation is very simple. Arsenal are concerned about Torreira, his happiness, that he plays and that he is well.

    “We want to know about him how he feels and, later, of course, know what Atletico thinks. For us, Lucas and his happiness is what’s more important.

    “If everyone is happy, we will continue like this, if Lucas is not well, we will look for a change because there are many teams that are calling me to ask about the player’s situation.”

    Meanwhile, former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has described Mesut Ozil as a ‘genius’ ahead of the ace’s move to Fenerbahce.

    Wenger told beIN Sports Turkey: “Mesut is like if you imagine an orchestra in music.

    “He’s a guy who plays the ball at the right time. The timing of his pass is exceptional, but the creativity of his pass is as well.

    “In every situation he confronts, he gives the right answer and that is genius.”

    Finally, Theo Walcott has claimed Arsenal were ‘too nice’ towards the end of Wenger’s reign at the club – and too focused on finishing fourth.

    Walcott told talkSPORT: “We were too nice… Then we won a few FA Cups and got in the Champions League a lot.

    “At times, that felt like it was good enough for Arsenal. It felt like a bit of a medal.

    “As players we wanted to win things, but the club were happy to finish fourth.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    RING MY BELL

    PSG are reportedly keeping tabs on Hector Bellerin.

    Calciomercato claims Mauricio Pochettino is a fan of the Arsenal right-back and fancies bringing him to Paris.

    However, Juventus and Barcelona are also said to be keen on Bellerin, who has been linked with a move away this summer.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PLAY ON

    Arsenal have shelved winter plans for a new playmaker following Emile Smith Rowe’s explosive form and are now happy to wait until summer.

    Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth said: "I think Arsenal are in the market for an attacking midfielder, that is clear.

    “But it will be very difficult to get a deal over the line in January, because it's difficult in January anyway.

    "Emile Smith Rowe has performed very well and that has taken the immediate pressure of them signing someone in that position for the time being.

    "They do remain in the market, but perhaps more for the summer."

  • Anthony Chapman

    RUNNING UP THAT HILL

    Arsenal youngster James Hillson has signed a new contract with the club.

    It's the FOURTH new deal the goalkeeper has penned in three years.

    Hillson is part of the U23s set-up and will be hoping for more action this term following the departure of regular No1 Matt Macey.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    ODE TO JOY

    Martin Odegaard has reportedly put Premier League clubs on red alert after telling Real Madrid he wants to leave.

    Marca claims the Norwegian ace is furious over his lack of minutes this term despite starring on loan at Real Sociedad last term.

    Odegaard has told Zinedine Zidane he wants to leave the Bernabeu as soon as possible.

    And that could spark an epic transfer battle between England's top clubs for one of world football’s top-rated playmakers.

  • Anthony Chapman

    SCORING DUTCH

    Theo Walcott reckons Robin van Persie was a better finisher than Arsenal's record goalscorer Thierry Henry.

    He told TalkSport: "The best team I've played in was when Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie were on song with each other and me in there as well.

    "I remember one season I set up around 14 of Van Persie's 30-odd goals.

    "For me, them two in a team, with me as well, was one of the best [teams]. That's including England.

    "My greatest team-mate would have to be Van Persie.

    "For me, he was the best finisher I've ever seen, he was better than Thierry Henry, he made it look so easy.

    "If you gave it to him, he would score for you.

    "He was a dream to play with, I don't think there will be a player like him ever again."

  • Anthony Chapman

    TELLY TROUBLE

    Prem clubs have been hit with an £86m legal threat as they meet for the first time in five weeks.

    The 20 clubs voted to dump Chinese broadcaster PPTV in October after the company reneged on the first £160m payment due under their three-year deal.

    A legal case and claim of £165m was lodged at London’s Commercial Court as the League found a short-term replacement for this season.

    But now PPTV had countersued, claiming £86m in damages and alleging they had “suffered huge loss, including lost advertising revenue, membership revenue and so on” as a result of the three-month Covid shutdown last term.

    PPTV also insist they paid £128m in advance – a claim denied by the Prem – and accused the League of inconsistency in its business approach.

    A PPTV spokesman said: “The Premier League seems to have adopted a double standard and treated a domestic UK broadcaster differently from a Chinese broadcaster. 

    “We have made our best efforts to reach a compromise, but we have been left with no choice but to take legal action.”

    Prem chiefs were unmoved by the legal threat and are likely to confirm the confidence of their legal stance at the “shareholder” meeting.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WAL I NEVER

    Theo Walcott has claimed Arsenal were 'too nice' towards the end of Arsene Wenger's reign at the club – and too focused on finishing fourth.

    Walcott told talkSPORT: "We were too nice… Then we won a few FA Cups and got in the Champions League a lot.

    "At times, that felt like it was good enough for Arsenal. It felt like a bit of a medal.

    "As players we wanted to win things, but the club were happy to finish fourth.

    "When Leicester won the league and we were the only team to beat them twice, that was the year we should've done something. That was the year Arsenal should've won it."

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Prem refs will be told to report any managers they fear are “gaming” the new concussion rules.

    The 20 clubs will tomorrow confirm the adoption of the Fifa-led trial allowing for two permanent concussion substitutes.

    But fears over cynical bosses getting uninjured stars to “play hurt” and allowing them to send on extra “free” substitutes have been discussed by club bosses.

    And in a bid to ease those fears, referees and other match officials will be ordered to contact the Prem if they have any belief that a manager has taken advantage of the new Law to influence a game unfairly.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FOUR HORSEMEN

    Ian Wright believes four Arsenal players will be crucial to helping the club finish strong this season after the 3-0 win against Newcastle.

    Wright said: “Emile Smith Rowe is somebody they have had high hopes for. They know what he’s capable of.

    “When you are playing against Arsenal, in the current form, with the energy of Bukayo Saka (it’s hard to win).

    “And I have to say Cedric at right-back was brilliant.

    “Thomas Party was also magnificent.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    TOR BLIMEY

    Arsenal chief Edu admits the club are likely to recall Lucas Torreira from his loan at Atletico Madrid.

    But the midfielder is set to be sent back out again instead of linking up with Mikel Arteta’s squad due to a lack of minutes this term.

    Edu said: “The situation is very simple. Arsenal are concerned about Torreira, his happiness, that he plays and that he is well.

    "We want to know about him how he feels and, later, of course, know what Atletico thinks. For us, Lucas and his happiness is what's more important.

    "If everyone is happy, we will continue like this, if Lucas is not well, we will look for a change because there are many teams that are calling me to ask about the player's situation."

  • Anthony Chapman

    LAUR AND ORDER

    Happy birthday to Arsenal legend Lauren, who turns 44 today.

    The Invincibles star won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during a six-year spell in north London.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WIZARD OF OZ

    Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has described Mesut Ozil as a ‘genius’ ahead of the ace’s move to Fenerbahce.

    Wenger told beIN Sports Turkey: “Mesut is like if you imagine an orchestra in music.

    "He's a guy who plays the ball at the right time. The timing of his pass is exceptional, but the creativity of his pass is as well.

    "In every situation he confronts, he gives the right answer and that is genius."

  • Etienne Fermie

    SAK TO THE FUTURE

    Emile Smith Rowe has hailed the 'special' record-breaking connection he has with fellow Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka.

    After Smith-Rowe, 20, teed up Saka, 19, for the Gunners’ second in the 3-0 win over Newcastle, they became the FIRST duo under 21 to combine for three Premier League goals.

    The Hale End graduates have now cemented their places in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.

    And midfielder Smith Rowe admitted: “I think it makes it that little bit more special knowing we’ve come up together through the academy.

    “We’re so close off the pitch as well and I think that’s just showing on the pitch really.

    “We’ve known each other for such a long time. The first time we played together was an U18s game against Liverpool.

    “Since then, we’ve really clicked and tonight showed that. So as soon as we step on to the pitch, we know each other so well. I’m happy to assist him.”

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  • Etienne Fermie

    SWISS BLISS

    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has lavished praise upon his new midfield partner Thomas Partey.

    The Swiss international said: "You can see he brings a lot of experience and a high level.

    “He wins a lot of duels and he is so good with the ball.

    “It is so important to have one guy like him, because the experience that he brings is so important for this young team.

    “He showed how important he is for us and we are so happy."

    Credit: EPA
  • Etienne Fermie

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Arsenal defeated Newcastle 3-0 last night on a comfortable night at Emirates Stadium.

    Let's take a look at the action.

  • Etienne Fermie

    THREE HUNDRED NOT OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang didn't just help his side to victory over Newcastle United last night.

    He also notched his 300th career goal.

  • Etienne Fermie

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed his delight at having Thomas Partey back among his ranks.

    He said: "We have been missing Tommy and he has this presence, this aura, that makes him a special player for us.

    "Hopefully we can keep him fit because we can all see the difference he makes on the side and I think he was growing and getting better and better as the game was growing and evolving.

    “Yes, he can [have more attacking freedom here than at Atletico Madrid], technically he is more than capable of doing that and he’s great in both transitional moments as well.

    “It will take him some time to understand a different way of thinking or doing [things] than what he was doing with the previous team he was involved in. He has all the characteristics that we need to make us better, that’s for sure.

    "His dynamism, his physicality, his creativity and the presence that nature has given him. You have that person on the pitch and you are able to dominate a game when it is needed and Thomas has this quality.”

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  • Etienne Fermie

    GAME AUBA

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was subbed against Newcastle because he had 'stomach issues', according to Mikel Arteta.

    Arsenal's mis-firing striker had finally got his name on the scoresheet against the Magpies with a brace and fans were stunned to see him rush down the tunnel when he was on a hat-trick.

    Willian came on to replace the Gabonese on 79 minutes – just two minutes after he scored his second at the Emirates on Monday night.

    But Arteta revealed afterwards he was forced into the change.

    Asked by reporters why he took the 31-year-old off, the Spaniard smirked and simply said: "Stomach issue."

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