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3pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ibanez interest, Joan Jordan LATEST, Isco loan talks, Arteta hints at mass exodus

ARSENAL beat Brighton to record back-to-back victories and ease the pressure on Mikel Arteta.

Meanwhile the Gunners look set to be busy in the transfer market and we've all the latest on Joan Jordan, Isco and Diego Costa.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BREAKING NEWS

    Sead Kolasinac has completed his loan move to Schalke.

    It was reported earlier that a deal was close, and it has been agreed this afternoon.

    The 27-year-old has 78 Premier League appearances to his name, but just one so far this season, and is not part of Mikel Arteta's future plans.

    Kieran Tierney establishment as Arsenal's number one left back means Kolasinac's playing time has become extremely limited.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GUNNERS VALUE DOWN

    Manchester United have the highest brand value in the Premier League, according to Safe Betting Sites, with the Red Devils' brand worth a whopping £1.07billion.

    Liverpool take second place with a brand value of around £1billion, with Manchester City in third with a value of £912million.

    Three London clubs fill the remainder of the top six, with Chelsea's brand value the highest in London, worth £769million.

    Tottenham's brand value is higher than Arsenal's for the first time, with Spurs brand valued at £636million, and Arsenal's being £568million.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    WHAT A GOAL

    Arsenal's Instagram account are marking New Year's Eve by posting a selection of the Gunners' best goals this year.

    This is not a bad effort from Nicolas Pepe!

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    EUROPE'S THE TARGET

    Rob Holding insists Arsenal are targeting a place in Europe after turning around their season with back-to-back victories.

    A win against West Brom on Saturday would take the Gunners just three points off seventh placed Tottenham, although Spurs do have a game in hand on the Gunners.

    Holding said: "Fingers crossed we can climb the league and get back into European places and push on.

    "These two wins are a massive confidence boost for us.

    "We went through that really rough patch, but as soon as we got a win it gave us a lift.

    "Now we’ve got another win and hopefully now we can go on a bit of a run, pick up points and climb up the table."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BUKAYO BOOST

    Bukayo Saka picked up a slight knock in the victory against Brighton last time out, but Mikel Arteta is hopeful that he will be available for selection for the West Brom game on January 2.

    Saka has been the shining light in a difficult season so far for the Gunners.

    On Saka's fitness, Arteta said "I hope he is available, we will see today if he is training or not.

    "He has played a lot of minutes as well. I am confident he will be okay for the game."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ICYMI

    In case you missed it, Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.

    North London rivals Tottenham are the other team interested in the 26-year-old, but ESPN report Arsenal are willing to rival Spurs for his signature.

    The Gunners are linked with a host of midfielders across Europe, as Mikel Arteta is desperate to find a creative spark in the middle of the park.

    Sabitzer is reportedly worth around £45million, and has three goals and an assist in nine Bundesliga games this season.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    GUNNER GO

    Arsenal's January transfer plans have been revealed by Mikel Arteta with the club's 'unsustainable' squad being cut.

    The Gunners will instead concentrate on offloading their out of favour players.

    Sead Kolasinac is on the verge of joining Schalke on loan, while Skhodran Mustafi is also likely to leave in January.

    Arteta is also unlikely to be able to make permanent additions in the January transfer window with any arrivals expected to be loan signings.

    The Gunners have been linked with a loan move for Real Madrid star Isco, who would be statement signing, but without the need to splash out on a hefty transfer fee.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TIME'S UP TORREIRA

    Arsenal technical director is keen to offload Lucas Torreira at the end his Atletico Madrid loan spell.

    According to CBS, Edu has no problem in selling Torreira, who has struggled to make an impact since Mikel Arteta took over at the Emirates.

    He has played just three times under Arteta, and was sent out on loan to try and get hime more minutes on the pitch.

    However Torreira has only started for Atletico twice this season, and the man who had such a superb debut season with the Gunners is seemingly heading towards the exit door.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    ARTETA'S OPINION

    This is what Mikel Arteta has to say on the rumours surrounding a potential two-week 'circuit-breaker' in the Premier League.

    "We are all concerned with our own health and what is going on around us. But at the same time, with all the protocols we have in place, everything we do around the training ground, around football matches, the fact that we play our sport outdoors, it minimises the risks a lot.

    "If you see the records since we began to test, it is incredibly positive and I think as long as we can, we have to keep on doing that.

    "Obviously we can’t put anybody at risk but I think we have shown that the system is working, okay in the last week or so something has happened and I think we will have more restrictions and more tests to try to be as efficient as we were before but I think it can work and I think we can carry on doing it."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BAGGIES PREVIEW

    Speaking in his press conference today on the two back to back wins ahead of Saturday's clash with West Brom, Mikel Arteta said:

    "We needed those results, that’s for sure, but we need a much longer run than that. There are things we have done much better to get the results in the last two games, but there are things that still we have to do better and improve.

    "Confidence-wise it is a completely different scenario when you are winning football matches, everybody plays with more freedom, more belief, the pressure gets released a little bit and that is always a positive thing towards performances."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LOAN EM' OUT

    Mikel Arteta has revealed that there will be a number of outgoings this January, with players set to be sent out on loan.

    Sead Kolasinac is reportedly one of the first names to go, with Schalke closing in on a loan deal for the left back.

    Arteta said: "Well, we have a large squad. We knew that. A lot of things that should have happened in the summer we could not accomplish them for different reasons.

    "There are a lot of players that are going to go on loan. They are going to leave. And that’s the priority at the moment because we cannot sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions.

    "We are looking to do that. And then we will see if we have the right opportunities in the positions that we need some more help we are working with the club to try to address them."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ROGER THAT

    Arsenal have reportedly joined Liverpool in the race for highly rated Roma defender Roger Ibanez.

    Calciomercato claim Arsenal have enquired about the availability of the 22-year-old, while Liverpool have also been previously linked.

    Brazilian defender Ibanez is currently on loan at Roma from Atalanta, and is said to be worth around £35million.

    Both Arsenal and Liverpool are keen to shore up at the back, with Arsenal defenders David Luiz and Skhodran Mustafi likely to leave in the summer, and Sokratis also close to the Emirates exit door.

    Liverpool meanwhile are in the midst of a defensive nightmare with injuries to Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, but Tottenham, Everton, Leicester and PSG are all reportedly keen on Ibanez.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    IN FOR ISCO

    Real Madrid midfielder Isco is still on the radar of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, with a six-month loan deal the ideal scenario, according to reports.

    A loan deal would mean the Gunners do not have to spend a large amount of money in January, although there are doubts as to whether Isco will be allowed to leave Madrid.

    Despite struggling for game time at Real, Isco has featured in ten La Liga games this season, and according to Goal, Los Blancos bosses have not yet made their mind up on what to do with the 28-year-old.

    The signing of Isco would be a major coup for the Gunners, who are crying out for a spark in midfield to help fire them up the table.

    Credit: EPA
  • Giacomo Pisa

    SMITH-ROWE TO STAY

    20-year-old Arsenal attacker Emile Smith-Rowe is set to remain at the Gunners in January, and not look for a loan move.

    Smith-Rowe's Europa League performances have earned him a place in Mikel Arteta's last two Premier League starting line ups, with the Gunners winning both games.

    There were reports of Smith-Rowe heading out on loan in January in search of consistent starts, but CBS claim that Smith-Rowe will now stay in North London.

    Arsenal are still on the look out for a creative midfielder, but Smith-Rowe's emergence has brought a breath of fresh air to the Gunners midfield.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LACA REPLACEMENTS

    Mikel Arteta has identified two strikers as possible replacements for Alexandre Lacazette.

    Despite netting the winner against Brighton last time out, CBS Sports state the Gunners are uncertain on Lacazette's long term future at the Emirates.

    Red Bull Salzburg's Patson Daka, and Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard are reportedly two strikers the Gunners are keen on.

    Edouard has previously been linked with a move to the Gunners, after a stellar campaign last season.

    Seven goals in fourteen games this season for the 22-year-old is not as prolific as he was last campaign, but perhaps rumours of a move have affected his form.

    22-year-old Zambia international Daka meanwhile has eight goals in eight games in the Austrian Bundesliga this season.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SEE YA SEAD

    Arsenal left back Sead Kolasinac is reportedly on the verge of exiting the Emirates, and has agreed a loan deal with Bundesliga side Schalke.

    Football London reports that 27-year-old Kolasinac will join bottom of the table Schalke on a six month loan deal, without an obligation to buy.

    Kolasinac has barely featured for the Gunners in recent months, as Kieran Tierney has firmly established himself as first choice left back.

    The Bosnian left back will return the side he left in 2017 to join the Gunners.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    ARTETA EYEING SABITZER

    Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.

    North London rivals Tottenham are the other team interested in the 26-year-old, but ESPN report Arsenal are willing to rival Spurs for his signature.

    The Gunners are linked with a host of midfielders across Europe, as Mikel Arteta is desperate to find a creative spark in the middle of the park.

    Sabitzer is reportedly worth around £45million, and has three goals and an assist in nine Bundesliga games this season.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Josh Graham

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Leon Bailey has put Arsenal and Manchester United on red alert by joining Will Salthouse’s Unique Sports Management Agency.

    The Bayer Leverkusen star has been linked with moves to both teams as well as Tottenham.

    Everton are also said to have sent scouts to watch the winger.

    Jamaican international Bailey is valued around £40million and will be represented by his dad Craig Butler’s Phoenix Sports Management and Salthouse’s USM, according to the Mail.

    Meanwhile, Rob Holding insists Arsenal are targeting a place in Europe after turning around their season with back-to-back victories.

    He said: “Fingers crossed we can climb the league and get back into European places and push on.

    “These two wins are a massive confidence boost for us.

    “We went through that really rough patch, but as soon as we got a win it gave us a lift.

    “Now we’ve got another win and hopefully now we can go on a bit of a run, pick up points and climb up the table.”

    Finally, Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes the Gunners can aim for sixth place as their ‘best’ hope after a sudden turnaround in form.

    He told talkSPORT: “They won’t get in the top four, they’re too far behind and they’ve given themselves too much of a hill to climb.

    “I know the other teams above them are slipping up as well but I just can’t see it.

    “There’s four better teams than Arsenal at the moment. For me, sixth place is probably the best they can get.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    SEAD AND DONE

    Schalke have reportedly approached Arsenal over a deal to re-sign Sead Kolasinac.

    Sky Germany claims the left-back is wanted on loan at his old side.

    Kolasinac is eager for a deal to go through.

    And he is even willing to take a pay cut in order to leave the Emirates next month.

  • Anthony Chapman

    MORE PREM COVID Q&A

    CAN’T THEY JUST MAKE UP THE GAMES?

    It’s not that easy. The delayed start means the Prem season, normally spread over 34 weekends, is actually being played over 32, with two extra midweek dates scheduled.

    But there is far less wriggle room after European games meant midweeks were unavailable until the middle of December.

    Prem fixture planners have set aside three “catch-up” dates – March 2, April 20 and May 19 – but there is still not enough room if teams go deep in Europe and the domestic cups.

    YES, BUT WHAT ABOUT EXTENDING THE SEASON?

    No can do. Unless there is a Europe-wide shutdown, the Prem must finish on May 23, to give players time to prepare for the delayed Euro 2020 starting in June.

    The Europa League and Champions League Finals are the following week, too.

    SO WHAT IF THERE IS A SERIES OF INFECTIONS?

    Being unable to complete the full season is the Prem’s worst fear, especially as clubs would have to confirm “curtailment rules” allowing a points per game calculation.

    They were already split on how many matches need to be played for the season to be deemed legitimate – and are now LESS likely to reach agreement. 

  • Anthony Chapman

    YOUR FOOTY COVID QUESTIONS ANSWERED

    WILL THE PREM SHUT DOWN?

    Not if League chiefs can avoid it, for many reasons.

    Scheduling is the main one, but they also risk losing yet more millions in TV company “rebates”, on top of the £340m the clubs have to pay back for LAST season.

    BUT WHY ARE GAMES BEING CALLED OFF?

    Prem rules actually say that postponement requests “will not be granted” if a club has 14 or more senior players available.

    But the League Board can exercise discretion “on a case by case basis” and both City’s trip to Everton and Spurs’ game with Fulham were postponed over fear of the virus being passed on to the opposition dressing room.

    THAT’S TWO GAMES. SO WHY ARE PEOPLE CONCERNED?

    City and United started the season a week late, because of their Euro exertions in the summer.

    So City are now two games behind, as are Aston Villa, who were due to play United on the opening weekend.

    Now Newcastle, Everton, Burnley, Spurs and Fulham are also a game shy of schedule.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PARLOUR GAMES

    Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes the Gunners can aim for sixth place as their 'best' hope after a sudden turnaround in form.

    He told talkSPORT: "They won't get in the top four, they're too far behind and they've given themselves too much of a hill to climb.

    "I know the other teams above them are slipping up as well but I just can't see it.

    "There's four better teams than Arsenal at the moment. For me, sixth place is probably the best they can get."

  • Anthony Chapman

    TAKING THE IS

    Isco is reportedly set to snub Arsenal for a summer switch to Sevilla.

    AS claims the playmaker will be allowed to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season after making just three starts under Zinedine Zidane.

    Bernabeu chiefs are said to be holding out for a transfer fee worth between £13million and £18m.

    And they also expect Sevilla to meet Isco’s £7m annual salary in full, freeing up space in the wage budget for a potential new Galactico signing.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BLOCK-BUSTER YEAR

    We all know 2020 has been a year like no other – but we can still rely on sport to provide a sense of normality with explosive bust-ups galore.

    From boxing heavyweights to fighting team-mates to Jurgen Klopp over and over again, the last 12 months have certainly delivered.

    So SunSport takes a look back over some of the most bonkers, bizarre and brutal clashes of the year…

    SEE THE MOST EXPLOSIVE ROWS OF 2020 HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    BAIL OUT PLAN

    Leon Bailey has put Manchester United and Arsenal on red alert by joining Will Salthouse's Unique Sports Management Agency.

    The Bayer Leverkusen star has been linked with moves to both teams as well as Tottenham.

    Everton are also said to have sent scouts to watch the winger.

    Jamaican international Bailey is valued around £40million and will be represented by his dad Craig Butler's Phoenix Sports Management and Salthouse's USM, according to the Mail.

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