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6.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ozil future LATEST, Aouar update, Rapid Vienna build-up

ARSENAL were beaten 2-1 by Wolves at the Emirates as Mikel Arteta's Gunners lost at home yet again.

We've the very latest on matters in the transfer market, including the possibility of a January swoop for former Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below…

  • William Pugh

    ON THE RUNN

    New Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Runarsson admits his Emirates transfer was a gamble.

    The Iceland ace, 25, signed for Mikel Arteta’s side from Dijon as a replacement for Aston Villa-bound Emi Martinez.

    The stopper said: “As a professional footballer, you improve when you are put in difficult conditions and playing in this kind of pressure will either make you or break you.

    “But I definitely like the challenge. It’s one of the big reasons that I joined because I knew it would help me improve as a football player.

    “It doesn’t matter what position you play. I think maybe as a goalkeeper it is a little bit different, but you definitely have to have the mentality that you want to push to become number one.

    “If it happens or not, if it happens in one week, one month or one year, that always has to be your mentality – because otherwise you’re in the wrong profession I think…

  • William Pugh

    KEEP CAL-M

    Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Calum Chambers for his attitude when coming back from his ACL injury.

    The Spaniard said: "He's a fantastic character.

    "He went through the injury in an incredible way, everyone that's involved with him during the rehab, during training, says incredible things about him.

    "We want to have him back and I think he's very close."

  • William Pugh

    SERB UP A TREAT

    Arsene Wenger has reportedly rejected a big-money offer to return to management with Serbia.

    The Balkan side missed out on Euro 2020 qualification after a penalty shootout defeat to Scotland.

    That has led to the Serbian FA (FSS) scouting candidates to replace coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic.

    FSS president Slavisa Kokeza is said to want a big-name foreign manager to come in and point the young side in the right direction.

    According to Belgrade outlet Informer, Kokeza approached an intermediary of Wenger’s to offer him the job.

    However, the 72-year-old turned down the opportunity despite money being described by the FSS as ‘no problem’.

  • Joe Brophy

    S-MART DECISION

    Mikel Arteta has excited Arsenal fans with his update on Gabriel Martinelli.

    He said: “Gabi is another one that even in a moment of adversity you see him training and everything he brings and contributes to the team – his energy, his passion, his motivation – he is transmitting positive emotions to everybody.

    “He tries and goes and goes again. He wants to score a goal and he is ruthless in training in every single action.

    “So the more players you have to add, in the end that gets translated into what happens on the football pitch. Over time you will be stable.

    “He is another one who brings something different to the team, and we need players like him.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SEALED WITH A KISS

    Robin van Persie has revealed how he was repeatedly kissed by Diego Maradona – including on his LEG.

    Arsenal great Van Persie said he idolised the Argentine legend, who died last week aged 60.

    He wrote in De Telegraaf: "As a young player I was inspired by Maradona, and that has never left me.

    "[When I first met him in Dubai] he shouted 'Robbie, Robbie!' to me. He ran up to me, gave me a kiss, embraced me and said how good he felt.

    "He made me feel much less tense. Through his interpreter he started a great conversation.

    "He began with my left leg, saying: 'Robbie, you have my left leg. We both have a special left leg.'

    "He also took hold of my left leg, and planted a kiss on it."

  • Joe Brophy

    HEADSTRONG

    Mikel Arteta is backing the call for concussion subs following David Luiz’s horrific clash of heads with Raul Jimenez.

    Arteta defended the decision to allow Luiz to continue for 40 minutes but said: “When you have one player with a massive concussion whose life is under threat and another who is bleeding, maybe we can give people a bit more time by using a temporary substitution.

    “If you have any doubts and you need some extra time to check on a player, you can’t play on for ten or 15 minutes with ten men.

    “So if we are going to be extra cautious, maybe it’s an option to have a temporary replacement.

    “Some people have questioned whether David should have been allowed to continue on Sunday but our doctor, Gary O’Driscoll, is one of the leading concussion authorities in this country.

    “He did all the testing and followed all the protocols and we were very comfortable for him to carry on playing.

    “David was totally aware of the situation and was constantly asking about Raul.

    He wanted to carry on but the doctor had to tick all the necessary boxes.

    “He had a really nasty cut which we are still monitoring but he is feeling fine and I think he’ll be fit to play at Tottenham on Sunday if the scar is healing properly and he is comfortable heading the ball.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HEAD FIRST

    Arsenal is set to continue his rotation policy for Arsenal's game against Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

    Emirates Stadium will welcome back 2,000 fans for the Europa League clash with the team already qualified from Group B.

    Here's how they could line-up…

  • Joe Brophy

    KAN YOU BELIEVE IT

    Harry Kane faces a race against time to be fit for Tottenham’s clash with Arsenal, revealed boss Jose Mourinho.

    The England captain missed training today and is one of several Spurs players struggling with injury.

    He said: “Lamela is an injury from three weeks, a month ago. I don't believe he has a chance for the weekend.

    “Harry, Vinicius and Sergio, there is a chance for the weekend.”

    Kane, 27, played the full ninety minutes as Spurs retained top spot in the Premier League with a goalless draw at Chelsea on Sunday.

    And his manager refused to give up any details on his setback ahead of Sunday’s bumper clash against their bitter rivals.

    Mourinho said: “I'm not going to tell you the nature of his injury. I think he has a good chance [to face Arsenal].

    “I don't want to lie, I don't want to hide anything in relation to is he going to play or no? I think he's going to play. That's my feeling is that he's going to play.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FALLEN LEGENDS

    Zinedine Zidane is under increasing pressure at Real Madrid after his side lost to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

    Los Blancos were beaten 2-0 to leave them THIRD in their Champions League group with just one game to play.

    Zidane himself has defiantly claimed he will NOT resign.

    But should he be given the boot, Zidane would be sacked as manager of a club he once starred at as a player.

    And he wouldn't be the first to have that happen to him including Arsenal legend Thierry Henry HERE…

  • Joe Brophy

    HEAD FOR THE HILLS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has claimed he is 'comfortable' with the club's decision to allow David Luiz to play on against Wolves.

    "We have one of the leading authorities in the country in Gary O'Driscoll, our doctor, and I'm comfortable with the decision he made (to allow Luiz to continue).

    "You have to make a decision in one minute and somebody's life is under threat in that minute. Maybe we can give these people a little bit more time and use a temporary substitution, for example.

    "If you have any doubt and you need an extra two minutes or five minutes maybe we can think about that. The player always wants to carry on playing but the doctor has to check everything to make sure he can play but you can't play for 10 or 15 minutes with 10 men in football.

    "We've had conversations regarding it because it happens in other sports but not football. It's just a suggestion but we have to consider the welfare of players while keeping the game competitive. It's an option."

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira wants to take William Saliba on loan, according to reports.

    The former Gunners and France midfielder is now the manager at Nice in the pair's homeland.

    And according to But Football Club in France, the Ligue 1 side have been in touch to check on the defender's availability as they hope to hijack Saint-Etienne's swoop – and Vieira supported the approach.

  • Joe Brophy

    HOUSS OF CARDS

    Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has ruled out the prospect of leaving Lyon in January after revealing he is happy at the French club.

    The news will come as a blow to the Gunners who are long-term admirers of the 22-year-old having seen an offer rejected for his services in the summer.

    Speaking to RMC Sport via GFFN on his future, Aouar said: "I do not see how I could be unhappy in my city, in my club.

    "That is something that I do not understand (rumours that he is unhappy at Lyon).

    "I am very happy to be here, I took the decision to stay with the club that formed me, I savour every day I have here.

    "Everything that I want, is to put this club back in its rightful place with my team-mates.

    "I am very happy to be here, we have an enormous amount of ambitions for this season."

  • Joe Brophy

    SORT THE MES OUT

    Paul Merson believes Mesut Ozil can make a difference if he is introduced back into the team… but only if he starts alongside Thomas Partey.

    The Sky Sports pundit said: "For me, Mesut Ozil comes back in the team if Thomas Partey is fit.

    "Partey gets around the pitch, dominates the midfield and dictates the game. Him playing opens up a chance for Ozil.

    "At the moment, Arsenal have nobody in there to provide the forwards. You can make runs all day long, but if you're a centre-forward, your runs are only as good as the players playing behind you.

    "When these Arsenal players are getting the ball in midfield, with time, is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang making the run?

    "Is he confident they are going to see his run and are capable of getting that ball through the eye of a needle? I'd say no, so they need creativity."

  • Joe Brophy

    ART OF WAR

    Tottenham star Eric Dier has claimed league positions are irrelevant when it comes to the north London derby.

    He told Sky Sports: "They’re going through a bit of a difficult period but in these games it doesn’t really matter, who is where in the table is irrelevant.

    "We know how much of a difficult game it’s going to be, how much the game means for us as players and for the fanbase and the club.

    "The position in the table is irrelevant and I think it’s very early on in the season for both teams.

    "It’s going to be a great game either way and one we’re really looking forward to."

  • Joe Brophy

    FINE ART

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been praised as the best young manager in Europe by an unlikely source – Tottenham star Eric Dier.

    He told Sky Sports: "They’ve got a lot of quality in their team and I think they’ve got a very exciting young manager.

    "I think he’s maybe the most – personally, obviously I’m not on the inside! – but from what I see, the most exciting young manager in Europe, for sure.

    "I like his way and the way in which he seems to be as a manager so I think they’re in good hands in that sense.

    "We know they have a lot of quality in their squad and we’ll be very aware of that on Sunday."

  • Joe Brophy

    SZOB STORY

    Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Dominik Szoboszlai with the Red Bull Salzburg star reportedly set to join RB Leipzig.

    The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the 20-year-old playmaker who has chipped in with eight goals and nine assists this season.

    Mikel Arteta is desperate to add creativity to his floundering side, and has identified the Hungary international – who boasts a £22.5million release clause – as an option.

    But according to Eurosport, it is Salzburg's sister side Leipzig that are in pole position to sign him.

    They state that while Arsenal are keen to snap him up, it is looking increasingly likely that he will be plying his trade in the Bundesliga in 2021.

    It has also been reported that Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan are all vying to secure Szoboszlai's services.

  • Joe Brophy

    RAUL NICE MOVE

    Wolves fans have raised more than £12,000 to have a banner made of their hero Raul Jimenez.

    The 29-year-old striker was involved in a sickening accidental clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz at the weekend that left him with a fractured skull.

    Jimenez received treatment from club doctors and paramedics, including receiving oxygen on the pitch, after being knocked unconscious.

    The Mexican was rushed to hospital by an air ambulance after the horror collision and scans revealed a fracture which specialists decided required an operation to repair.

    One Wolves fan decided to set up a crowdfunder to show support for the stricken star.

    Kieran Newey wanted to try and raise £7,500 'to create a banner in support of Raul Jimenez and raise money for a charity of Raul's choice'.

    That target figure was passed withing two hours of the page going live, with the amount raised currently at £12,638.

  • Joe Brophy

    EMI RATES

    Arsenal are considering a shock move for Norwich star Emi Buendia in a desperate bid to solve the club's creative crisis.

    The Gunners have mustered just ten goals in ten Premier League games this season and sit down in 14th spot.

    Mikel Arteta's most-naturally-gifted playmaker, Mesut Ozil, was dropped from the league and European squads earlier this year.

    And Arsenal have struggled to create chances – with the club currently ranking 84th out of all 98 clubs in Europe's Big Five leagues in shots taken.

    Now the Gunners could turn to Argentine creator Buendia in January, according to football.london.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    LUIZ UPDATE

    DAVID LUIZ is out of Arsenal’s Europa League game against Rapid Vienna tomorrow as he continues to recover from his head injury.

    The Brazil defender clashed heads with Raul Jimenez in Sunday’s Premier League 2-1 home defeat to Wolves at the Emirates.

    Jimenez was rushed to hospital to undergo an operation on a fractured skull while Luiz continued playing on with a huge bandage, which was seeping blood, until the break.

    And the nasty head gash he sustained has not healed in time for him to play on Thursday.

    A club statement said:  “The cut to David’s head will take some days to heal and therefore he will not be available for Thursday’s match.

    “Close care of David’s cut and general monitoring of his wellbeing will continue in the coming days and David continues to be in good health.”

    Arsenal’s place in the Europa League knockout stages is already secured with 12 points from four matches in Group B.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    ‘NOT GOT GOING’

    WILLIAN has yet to have a good game for Arsenal, claims Gunners legend Paul Merson.

    The Braziliam swapped Chelsea for the Emirates last summer and became a regular under Mikel Arteta after a brilliant debut against Fulham.

    But Willian, who has yet to open his account for Arsenal, and his team-mates have stuttered over recent weeks to leave them 14th in the Premier League table.

    And Merson could not hide his disappointment over Willian’s lack of impact when discussing the star on Sky Sports News.

    He said: “I don't know what's happened to Willian.

    “He was unplayable for Chelsea at times last season, and then Arsenal sign him and you think: 'What a signing this is. On a free transfer!'

    “I can't remember him having a good game yet. I'm a massive, massive fan of his. He's just not got going.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    EMILE TICKET

    EMILE SMITH-ROWE could reportedly be heading away from the Emirates in January.

    The 20-year-old has appeared just twice, once in the Europa League and the other in the EFL Cup, for the Gunners this term.

    According to ESPN, Arsenal could be prepared to let the young midfielder go out on loan again next month.

    He enjoyed a successful spell with Huddersfield in the Championship last season.

    Smith-Rowe has also spent time in Germany with RB Leipzig back in the 2018/19 campaign.

  • Dave Fraser

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal are hoping for Rapid relief from their worst ten-game Premier League start.

    But with a place in the Europa League last-32 already assured, home victory over Rapid Vienna tomorrow would hardly take much pressure off boss Mikel Arteta.

    The Spaniard will surely rest several players for the injury-hit Gunners, especially as centre-back David Luiz was eventually taken off on Sunday after his frightening clash of heads with main victim Raul Jimenez in Wolves 2-1 Emirates win.

    But Arsenal's star summer recruit Willian is under-fire from an Emirates legend – who is also calling for outcast Mesut Ozil to be recalled once anchorman Thomas Partety is fit to return.

    Paul Merson told Sky Sports: "Partey gets around the pitch, dominates the midfield and dictates the game. Him playing opens up a chance for Ozil.

    "If Partey doesn't play, Ozil can't play. Without Partey, Arsenal are not going to dictate and can't afford to play with ten men."

    And of Brazilian Willian, Merson said: “He was unplayable for Chelsea at times last season… I don’t know what’s happened.

    “I can’t remember him having a good game yet."

    Meanwhile, ex-Gunners' midfielder Patrick Vieira reportedly wants to borrow William Saliba for Nice in January.

    Saint-Etienne had been favourites to borrow their ex-defender, 19, for a second time since he joined Arsenal in July 2019.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SHKODRAN COULD BE A NOU MAN

    Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi have been rated shock Barcelona targets for January.

    Under-fire Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants defensive reinforcements after a poor start to his reign and season.

    And Mundo Deportivo, suggest Manchester City’s Eric Garcia, 19, has been joined by fellow centre-backs Rudiger and Mustafi as January options.

  • Ian Tuckey

    THOMAS NEEDS MESUT

    Paul Merson believes Arsenal should recall playmaker Mesut Ozil once anchorman Thomas Partey returns fit.

    Ozil has been frozen out as the Gunners struggle in the Premier League.

    But ahead of Arsenal’s home Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna, Gunners’ legend Merson wrote in his Sky Sports column: “For me, Mesut Ozil comes back in the team if Thomas Partey is fit.

    Partey gets around the pitch, dominates the midfield and dictates the game. Him playing opens up a chance for Ozil.

    “At the moment, Arsenal have nobody in there to provide the forwards. You can make runs all day long, but if you’re a centre-forward, your runs are only as good as the players playing behind you.

    “If Partey doesn’t play, Ozil can’t play. Without Partey, Arsenal are not going to dictate the midfield, and then can’t afford to play with 10 men.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    JAVI OPEN TO OFFERS

    Spain midfielder Javi Martinez will have Premier League clubs pricking up their ears after the Bayern Munich midfielder admitted he’d “like to try something new before I end my career”.

    The World Cup and Champions League winner, 32, is tipped to leave when his contract runs out in June, despite regaining his Bayern place.

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