Sport

2.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Partey ‘convinced to join by Xhaka’, Ozil ‘offered mutual termination’ – The Sun

ARSENAL are reportedly in talks with Mesut Ozil about mutually terminating his contract… despite the midfielder's offer to pay mascot Gunnersaurus' wages.

Meanwhile it is reported that the prospect of playing with Granit Xhaka was a key factor in Thomas Partey's decision to join the Gunners.

Follow ALL of the Gunners latest transfer deadline day news and updates below…

  • John Hutchinson

    EUR READY

    Arsenal have announced their Europa League squad.

    And as predicted, there is no place in it for Mesut Ozil.

    Defender Sokratis is also omitted.

    Goalkeepers: Leno, Runarsson, Macey, Hillson, Iliev

    Defenders: Bellerin, Gabriel, Holding, Cedric , Mustafi, Chambers, Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Tierney

    Midfielders: Dani Ceballos, Willian, Maitland-Niles, Partey, Elneny, Xhaka

    Forwards: Lacazette, Aubameyang, Pepe

    Nelson, Saka, Willock and Smith Rowe are included as homegrown players.

  • sstreet

    XHAK ATTACK

    Thomas Partey was convinced to join Arsenal by the prospect of playing with Granit Xhaka, according to surprise reports.

    According to The Athletic, Francis Cagigao – then the head of international recruitment – discussed with the Ghanaian how he would fit in with the Swiss in a deep-lying midfield.

    And it is added that during one of those meetings, Partey expressed his admiration for the Gunners bad boy, believing him to be the perfect partner for his game.

  • John Hutchinson

    GUNNER GO?

    Arsenal have made repeated attempts to terminate Mesut Ozil's contract, according to reports.

    The Gunners are reportedly set to leave the German out of their 25-man Europa League squad which has exacerbated the issue.

    Uefa will publish this season's Europa and Champions League squads later today after clubs submitted them late on Tuesday.

    And with the 31-year-old set to be left out, the North Londoners have made moves to get him off the books, according to the Mirror.

  • John Hutchinson

    YOU KNOW THE DRILL

    Arsenal's stars who are NOT on international duty are being put through their paces down at London Colney today.

    Here's Callum Chambers, who faces a big battle for a starting spot at the Emirates.

  • John Hutchinson

    PLAYED A PART

    Thomas Partey was convinced to complete his move to Arsenal by the prospect of playing alongside Granit Xhaka, according to reports.

    Gunners officials met with the former Atletico Madrid man during the 2018-19 season, say The Athletic.

    During those meetings, Francis Cagigao – then the head of international recruitment – discussed how Partey could fit into the club's system.

    It's claimed Arsenal chiefs pitched the idea of the Ghanaian playing as the deepest in a midfield three – like he did so often for Atleti.

    But they also pitched playing as part of a deep-lying midfield duo alongside Xhaka – with a No10 playing ahead of them.

    And it was during one of those meetings Partey revealed his admiration for Xhaka, it's claimed.

  • John Hutchinson

    ON YOUR BICYCLE

    He might not impress in defence, so maybe Shkodran Mustafi could be played up front.

    And he showed off some decent finishing skills with this beauty in training.

    Premier League defences beware!

  • John Hutchinson

    CORE BLIMEY!

    A lovely feature here written by SunSport great Dave Fraser.

    Big things were expected of the 2012 'British core' of the Arsenal team.

    But where are the players now? Read all about it…

    What happened to Arsenal’s ‘British core’ after iconic 2012 image with Wenger including Jack Wilshere and Carl Jenkinson

  • John Hutchinson

    FRENCH FANCY

    Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has hinted he fancies a move to play in Serie A.

    The Chelsea star will find chances hard to come by this season with Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham ahead of him in the pecking order.

    Speaking to French broadcaster RMC Sport show ‘Top of the Foot he said: “I’ve been close to moving to Serie A. They appreciate experienced players there, but the transfer didn’t materialise.

    “For the future we will see what happens, I will decide by evaluating the opportunities I will have.”

    Cryptic.

  • John Hutchinson

    GOAL MACHINE

    Eddie Nketiah is starring for club and country right now.

    No wonder boss Mikel Arteta picked him ahead of Alexandre Lacazette in their last game.

  • John Hutchinson

    MAIT A MINUTE

    Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles was the subject of interest from Barcelona on transfer dealine day.

    The Catalans were in the market for a right-back, and according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano their search took them to North London.

    But in the end Ajax star Sergino Dest was the man tasked with filling the role, and the Maitland-Niles interest never got more than that.

  • John Hutchinson

    COVID KO

    Arsenal are in talks to get Kieran Tierney back to London after he returned THREE negative tests for coronavirus.

    The Scottish left-back, 23, will miss the game against Manchester City on October 17 after being exposed to international team-mate Stuart Armstrong – who returned a positive test for coronavirus.

    Tierney had been playing video games with Armstrong in a hotel room prior to the Southampton star's positive result.

    Arsenal have demanded a government probe to get to the bottom of the situation, with Tierney forced to self-isolate for 14 days.

    The former Celtic star is said to have tested negative for Covid-19 three times this week – with one of those coming after Armstrong's diagnosis.

    And Gunners chiefs are hoping to get Tierney home to North London as soon as possible, according to reports.

  • John Hutchinson

    GUNNER SEEK ADVICE

    Arsenal are reportedly 'seeking advice' after their defender Kieran Tierney was ordered to quarantine for 14 days.

    The Scot had come into contact with Stuart Armstrong on international duty, withb the Southampton star testing positive for coronavirus.

    Tierney is believed to have been in the same room as Armstrong at some point, but insists he socially distanced at all times.

    Tierney has not tested positive for the virus… with the player and his club Arsenal at odds with the isolation advice.

  • John Hutchinson

    BY JORG

    Arsenal signed Thomas Partey for £45m from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day – but had an alternative down the road if that didn't come off.

    The Gunners reportedly saw Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as a potential signing if they failed to get the Ghanaian in.

    But Chelsea stood firm in the wake of rumour, and the Italian international remained at Stamford Bridge.

  • sstreet

    OZ DEAR

    Arsenal are reportedly making a renewed effort to get Mesut Ozil off their wage bill.

    The Daily Mirror reports that the Gunners have opened talks with the player about mutually terminating his £350,000-a-week contract.

    But the report adds that they are unlikely to be successful with the midfielder keen to stay at the club and potentially unlikely to find a new place to play until January.

    In what some saw as a publicity stunt, Ozil this week reaffirmed his commitment to the North Londoners by committing to pay the wages of mascot Gunnersaurus for as long as he remained an Arsenal player.

  • John Hutchinson

    ED-ING FOR NEW HEIGHTS

    It was a good night for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.

    The 21-year-old scored what he thought was the winner against Andorra to put England U21s 3-2 up with four minutes to go.

    But in the end the young Lions had to settle for a 3-3 draw to wait for qualification for the Euros to be confirmed.

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners are 'seeking further advice' after defender Kieran Tierney was told to self-isolate for 14 days.

    The left-back, 23, was one of the four people considered 'close contacts' of Scotland team-mate Stuart Armstrong who tested positive for coronavirus on international duty.

    The club take on Manchester City in a crunch clash on October 17, just ten days away, with Tierney currently set to be unavailable.

    Ironically, Armstrong must only self-isolate for ten days from yesterday meaning he could turn out for Southampton at Chelsea on the same day.

    A statement read: “Our medical team have confirmed that Kieran was socially distant at all times from the player who tested positive and has broken no rules regarding Covid-19 protocols.

    “We are currently seeking further advice and clarification of the details.”

    Tierney, who has played in three of Arsenal's four Premier League games so far this season, admitted he is 'frustrated' by the situation, especially after his result was clear.

    He said: “I'm so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation.

    “I have adhered to all regulations and made sure I was socially distancing from my team mates in the hotel. I've also tested negative.

    “I know Arsenal and the SFA are now in discussions with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding.”

    On the transfer front, William Saliba could still depart Arsenal this month having seen a loan move back to Saint-Etienne fall through on Deadline Day.

    According to PA, the 19-year-old faces an uncertain future in North London with the domestic window not closing until October 16.

    They state that the player could be offloaded to a Championship side on a season-long loan.

  • Joe Brophy

    HALE END HELL

    Arsenal were forced to close their academy on Wednesday after a senior member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

    The Hale End facility, renovated in 2017 and home to the youngsters aged nine to 16, was shut down in the afternoon when the result came back.

    A deep clean will take place on the site on Thursday with Arsenal yet to decide when coaches and players will be able to return.

    According to The Athletic, the club employee travelled abroad and headed back to Hale End before receiving their coronavirus test result.

    Staff were reportedly emailed of developments on Wednesday evening with none permitted on site 'until further notice'.

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL'S TORMENT

    Arsenal hero Paul Davis has lifted the lid on the vile racist abuse that black players were subjected to in the 1980s.

    Davis claims being taunted over the colour of his skin was common place as he made his way in the game — with London grounds like Stamford Bridge and Upton Park a hotbed for bigots.

    Former midfield star Davis admitted in the explosive new book, Arsenal Match of My Life: “Things were very different in the 1980s.

    “One game in particular that stands out is when we played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which was not the best place for a black player.

    “I remember being racially abused by 50,000 Chelsea fans and all I could do was try to ignore it and play my game.

    “What really shocked me was they had a black player named Paul Canoville on their bench. I remember thinking, ‘Wow. If it is bad for me, imagine what it is like for him’.

    “It must have affected him because he was just a young player trying to make his way in the game. I followed his career after that but it never really went anywhere.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PARTEY POOPER

    Arsenal continue to make their fans wait desperately for pictures of new signing Thomas Partey in the club's famous red-and-white jersey.

  • Joe Brophy

    TIER JERKER

    Kieran Tierney, who has played in three of Arsenal's four Premier League games so far this season, admitted he is 'frustrated' by the situation, especially after his result was clear.

    He said: “I'm so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation.

    “I have adhered to all regulations and made sure I was socially distancing from my team mates in the hotel. I've also tested negative.

    “I know Arsenal and the SFA are now in discussions with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TIER DROP

    Arsenal are 'seeking further advice' after defender Kieran Tierney was told to self-isolate for 14 days.

    The Gunners left-back, 23, was one of the four people considered 'close contacts' of Scotland team-mate Stuart Armstrong who tested positive for coronavirus on international duty.

    The club take on Manchester City in a crunch clash on October 17, just ten days away, with Tierney currently set to be unavailable.

    Ironically, Armstrong must only self-isolate for ten days from yesterday meaning he could turn out for Southampton at Chelsea on the same day.

    A Gunners statement read: “The Scottish FA have today announced that Southampton player Stuart Armstrong has returned a positive test for Covid-19 while on international duty with the Scotland men's national team.

    “Within the announcement, the SFA confirmed that all other members of the squad have returned negative results.

    “However, the Lothian Health Protection Team in Scotland have identified two players and two members of the backroom staff as 'close contacts'.

    “As a consequence, our defender Kieran Tierney and Celtic player Ryan Christie – along with one physiotherapist and one masseur – have been advised they will require to self-isolate for 14 days as of yesterday (Tuesday, October 7).

    “Our medical team have confirmed that Kieran was socially distant at all times from the player who tested positive and has broken no rules regarding Covid-19 protocols.

    “We are currently seeking further advice and clarification of the details.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ED IN THE CLOUDS

    Arsenal starlet Eddie Nketiah scored in England's 3-3 draw against Andorra to equal Alan Shearer’s Under-21s goals record.

    The striker converted Ebere Eze’s neat pass with eight minutes to play, joining Shearer and Francis Jeffers on 13 Lion Cubs’ goals.

    On the Arsenal starlet’s feat, Aidy Boothroyd added: “If he can emulate the guy he shares the record with then he will have had a brilliant career by the end of it. But it’s just the beginning for him.”

  • Joe Brophy

    EDS N'FAILS

    Aidy Boothroyd hopes this embarrassing slip-up to minnows Andorra serves as a warning to his Young Lions for the Euros next year.

    His much-changed England team looked to have got away with it on a plastic pitch when supersub Eddie Nketiah struck late to equal Alan Shearer’s Under-21s goals record.

    It ended his side’s perfect record in the group but victory over Turkey at Molineux on Tuesday will still seal qualification to the finals.

    The ex-Watford chief said: “The result is a warning to make sure we are absolutely bang on every single time we play.

    “Couple that with the changes I made, the surface and everything else, the bottom line is we’re expected to win these games as you could see from our opponents’ celebrations at the end.

    “They’re lessons for us. I don’t think they’ll be complacent because they’re a good bunch.

    “But it’s certainly a referential experience I can use to make sure whoever we play that we’ve got to be absolutely 100 per cent at it, no matter who is playing.

    “We’re England and that’s what’s expected.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT A MES

    Mesut Ozil is 'understood' to have been left out of Arsenal's Europa League squad.

    The German finds himself frozen out by manager Mikel Arteta, having not featured since March.

    It would appear that even despite the huge outlay spent on Ozil, there is unlikely to be any way back for the ex-Real Madrid star.

    According to James Benge, Arteta has left his No10 out of his Europa League squad.

    And the Spaniard, 38, will have a big decision to make when the Premier League demand that 25-man squads are submitted later this month.

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also understood to have missed out on the Europa League cut, with Arteta showing his ruthless side as he seeks to reshape Arsenal's squad.

  • Joe Brophy

    PARTEY'S OVER, LEO

    Arsenal fans fans went wild after incredible footage showed new boy Thomas Partey dominating Lionel Messi.

    During his time in Spain, the Gunners £45million midfielder came up against Barcelona star Messi on a number of occasions.

    And fans are convinced he is worth every penny after watching a clip of him in action.

    The two-minute YouTube video shows the 27-year-old continuously getting the better of the Barcelona star.

Source: Read Full Article