7.40pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Partey slammed by Atletico fans, Ozil to PAY Gunnersaurus wages, Aouar January BOOST – The Sun

ARSENAL snapped up Thomas Partey in a £45m deal from Atletico Madrid on Deadline Day.

While Mesut Ozil has offered to save sacked mascot Gunnersaurus by donating his wages for the remainder of his time at the club.

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

  • Marc Mayo

    GUNNERS BACK FAN CALLS

    Arsenal have declared their support for fans returning to stadiums, following a joint statement by league chiefs across the English game.

    When do you think supporters should be allowed to return?

  • Marc Mayo

    GHANA GET ON IT

    Arsenal fans eager to see Thomas Partey in action for Ghana during the international break may fancy tuning in to their friendly on Friday.

    A friendly between the Black Stars and Mali is organised for the end of the week in Turkey.

    Partey is heading to Antalya for the clash and will reportedly be ready for the game.

    Ghana then take on Qatar three days later, in preparation for a pair of Africa Cup Of Nations qualifiers with Sudan next month.

  • Marc Mayo

    FOOT TO THE FLOR

    Marcelo Flores has signed his first pro deal with Arsenal.

    At 17, the Mexican youth international is making inroads into the club’s Under-18s side and put pen to paper this afternoon.

    Arsenal signed the forward from Ipswich last year.

    A club statement read: “We congratulate Marcelo on his first pro contract and look forward to supporting him with his continued development.”

  • Marc Mayo

    FITS THE PART

    Ghana international Kwesi Appiah believes Thomas Partey is a perfect fit for Arsenal.

    The striker, who has played for Reading and AFC Wimbledon, knows Thomas to be a “playful” guy who can fit into the Gunners dressing room.

    Appiah told BBC: “He is a very nice guy down-to-earth and he is a confident guy. He speaks well, he will get on well with the players.

    “There are some personalities there that will match his energy and playfulness as well so I am sure he will fit in very well in the dressing room and be one of the leaders amongst the players as well.”

  • Marc Mayo

    WILL I NEVER

    William Saliba is said to be “devastated” after being denied the chance to rejoin Saint-Etienne.

    After Mikel Arteta decided the defender was not first-team ready, a return to Ligue 1 on loan was formulated but did not come off.

    French outlet But! say Arsenal attempted to add a clause demanding a fee if Saliba failed to appear in half of Saint-Etienne’s matches.

    Negotiations then broke down, leaving Saliba reportedly disappointed, with a Championship loan now potentially in the offing.

  • Marc Mayo

    DON AND DUSTED

    Don Hutchinson believes Mesut Ozil's career at Arsenal is truly over after the arrival of Thomas Partey.

    More competition for the midfield has left the ex-Liverpool and West Ham midfielder seeing Ozil's reintroduction to the side as too risky for Mikel Arteta.

    Hutchinson told BBC: “Arsenal fans are resigned to thinking it's pointless bringing Mesut Ozil back because they have got a fantastic group of youngsters and characters that are really going to be exceptional players.

    “And I mean this with the utmost respect to Ozil because he's had an unbelievable career.

    “But he might not be the best player to come back into the dressing room and potentially upset the rhythm that Mikel Arteta is building.

    “The youngsters especially want to be learning from Arteta and the senior pros, so Ozil might be one that he keeps him away from the dressing room so that in seven or months time, he can leave on a free.”

  • Marc Mayo

    FOOTING THE BILL

    Premier League clubs splashed £1.24billion on new signings this summer, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The figure represents a £160m decrease from last season – but is still £70m more than was spent in the 2016 summer window.

    Chelsea were the league's top spenders, splashing £226.1m on fresh talent, including Timo Werner (£45m), Hakim Ziyech (£37m), Edouard Mendy (£22m) and Ben Chilwell (£50m).

    Manchester City were unsurprisingly second biggest spenders, splashing cash on Nathan Ake (£41m) and Ferran Torres (£37m) early on in the window.

    Arsenal finally matched Thomas Partey's £45m release clause late on Deadline Day, after already signing Gabriel Magalhaes and Runar Alex Runarsson.

    Burnley, meanwhile, hardly spent a penny, snapping up only Dale Stephens and Will Norris.

  • Marc Mayo

    NOT OZIL-Y POPULAR

    However, there are dissenting voices over Mesut Ozil's Gunnersaurus pledge.

    One fan tweeted: “Özil’s motive is not 100% pure – he did this intentionally to embarrass the club and enter into the limelight following a positive day for the club.”

    And another wrote: “Basically as long as arsenal pay you £350,000 per week you'll pay his wages. Stop holding my club to ransom. This is far from classy. This is pure PR.”

  • Marc Mayo

    MESUT ONE – ARSENAL ZIL

    Fans have responded amazingly to Mesut Ozil's pledge to re-sign Gunnersaurus mascot Jerry Quy.

    The midfielder has promised to subsidise the mascot's wages after he was fired yesterday.

    He wrote on Twitter that he wants “Jerry [to] continue his job that he loves so much.”

  • Marc Mayo

    HE CAME, HE SAUR, HE CONQUERED

    Mesut Ozil has offered to sign Gunnersaurus!

    The midfielder wants to fund Jerry Quy's wages himself after the mascot was let go, following 27 years with Arsenal.

  • John Hutchinson

    GUEN AND BEAR IT

    Matteo Guendouzi completed a loan move from Arsenal to Hertha Berlin on transfer deadline day.

    The French midfielder was frozen out of the first team after a series of run-ins with Mikel Arteta,

    But French football journalist Julien Laurens insists he has ‘learned a lot’ from his recent experiences and doesn't think his Gunners futures is dead just yet.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, Laurens said: “He learned a lot from what has happened over the last few weeks and months, and he will go away to Hertha Berlin, it’s a good team, they’re building a really strong team and he will discover a new league as well.

    “He will learn a lot from that and come back in a year’s time to Arsenal and hopefully he can have a fresh start.”

  • John Hutchinson

    READ ALL ABOUT HIM

    Arsenal have helped their fans out with an extensive guide to their new signing Thomas Partey.

    If Gooners weren't excited before, they might be now.

    Atletico Madrid probably won't be having a read…

  • John Hutchinson

    WILL THERE'S A WAY

    Big news breaking here, PA Sports News believes Arsenal could loan out William Saliba to a Championship club.

    French outfit St Etienne were fuming after Arsenal delayed their move to bring in the centre-half on transfer deadline day.

    But with EFL clubs allowed to trade with the Premier League, Saliba could be farmed out for more experience.

  • sstreet

    PART OF THE TEAM

    Thomas Partey has updated his bio to confirm his move to Arsenal.

    And the Gunners' official Twitter could hardly contain their excitement!

  • sstreet

    AOUAR DAY WILL COME

    Arsenal failed to land Houssem Aouar in on transfer deadline day, but they will hope a deal can be done in the future.

    And the Gunners' chances of doing just that may have been boosted by Barcelona pulling out of a £23m plus add-ons move for Memphis Depay after they were unable to sell Ousmane Dembele.

    The Dutchman had already agreed personal terms with Barca and Lyon were so confident of the deal going through that they had already faxed the paperwork.

    Depay's contract with the French side expires in June 2021, meaning he's almost certain to leave either on a free or for a severely reduced fee in January.

    That shortfall may well lead to Lyon needing to sell Houssem Aouar for a substantially lower price than they would have accepted in this transfer window.

    A week ago the French club spent £18m to sign a potential replacement for Aouar – AC Milan's Lucas Paqueta.

  • John Hutchinson

    KEEP 'EM COMING

    Arsenal have announced another signing – and it's another for the development team.

    Moving to North London is Nikolaj Moller, who joins from Swedish side Malmo.

    A club statement reads: “The 18-year-old centre forward is a powerful striker and prolific goalscorer.

    “He has spent most of his youth career in Sweden, but recently spent time in Italy at Bologna’s academy before returning to Malmo.

    “We all welcome Nikolaj to Arsenal and look forward to watching his development with us.”

  • John Hutchinson

    LATE SIGNING IN!

    Arsenal have snared one more player under the radar.

    Joel Ideho will join up with the Professional Development Phase this season.

    A statement on the club website reads: “The 17-year-old winger is best known for his pace and accuracy.

    “The Netherlands youth international spent his development with the Tilburg Academy of Willem II, before joining Eredivisie side Ajax earlier this year.”

  • John Hutchinson

    PART-ING SHOT

    Thomas Partey's farewell post to Atletico fans backfired in brutal fashion with supporters calling him a 'rat' and a 'liar'.

    Partey posted a picture of himself celebrating an Atleti goal and wrote: “Dear Atletico fans, today I only have words of gratitude with you.

    “For several years now, Atlético de Madrid has been my home and a part of this family will always be with me.

    “I want to thank the club for the trust placed in me from day one, but above all, I want to thank you.

    “This wonderful hobby that I accepted from the first moment and that has shown that it is both in good and bad times and you never truly stop believing.

    “Atlético de Madrid is not just a club, it is a family. Thank you.”

    But fans were not willing to join in the feeling of sentiment and slammed the 27-year-old in the replies.

    Ismael simply wrote: “Goodbye rat.”

    Joaquin added: “Leaving the team lying 35 minutes after the transfer market closes is not being grateful, it is being a son of a b****.”

    And Miguel Torres said: “First you cry for a position in the team, you are given the importance you wanted, and you leave because you do not earn two million more a year. Rat.”

  • John Hutchinson

    GETTING SHIRTY

    Arsenal staff are hard at work in the club shop – getting Thomas Partey shirts ready for the fans.

    The midfielder's signing has been met with jubilation from Gooners after some impressive displays for Atletico Madrid.

    Now supporters can pay tribute to their new Ghanaian enforcer – by wearing his name on their backs.

  • John Hutchinson

    ARTETA ON … PARTEY JOINING

    Speaking to the club website, the boss said: “We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad.

    “He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years.

    “We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game.

    “He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”

  • John Hutchinson

    STOCK IT UP

    It's Partey time in the Arsenal club shop today!

    The Gunners are joyous after finally getting the £45m signing of Thomas Partey over the line from Atletico Madrid.

    So it's only right that staff have made sure there are plenty of shirts with his name on the back ready for fans to buy.

    North London is in full-on Partey-mode!

  • John Hutchinson

    EXCLUSIVE – WELBECK LEAVES WATFORD!

    Former Arsenal star Danny Welbeck has been allowed to leave Watford on a free transfer … just a year after costing them £16million, reports Justin Allen.

    The former Manchester United, Arsenal and England striker was earning £100,000-a-week.

    But after relegation from the Premier League, the Hornets cannot afford his wages.

    Welbeck, 29, had a strong end to the season after recovering from a hamstring injury that he sustained in October.

    It was hard for the striker to build momentum after getting injured, returning to the team in February only for that to be curtailed by the coronavirus lockdown.

    But he played all nine of the Hornets’ last matches post-lockdown, producing strong performances and scoring two goals.

    A number of Premier League clubs have enquired about the player and he has also attracted interest from abroad.

    Welbeck wants to play top-level football and with Watford hit by relegation and no gate receipts it was decided to let him move from Vicarage Road for free.

    The club paid £16m to Arsenal when they signed him last August.

  • John Hutchinson

    PARTEY IS A TWITTER GUNNER!

    We are confident Arsenal's new signing Thomas Partey must be reading our Gunners blog!

    An hour after we nudged the Gunners' new £45m signing that he needed to 'update his Twitter bio', he has done just that!

    And he has followed our advice for how to design it, a nice Emirates shot as the landscape. We are sure the profile pic will be him in his Arsenal shirt once he gets it 😉

    Nice one, Thomas.

  • John Hutchinson

    MODERN-DAY VIEIRA

    Arsenal fans are delighted that the club finally got the Thomas Partey deal over the line.

    And they will be even happier with the latest comparison being made.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, former Tottenham and England striker Darren Bent believes the midfielder can be a 'modern Vieira'.

    The Frenchman is of course regarded as one of Arsenal's best ever players, and led the club to numerous trophies over the years.

    No pressure, Thomas!

  • John Hutchinson

    ARSENAL SLAMMED AGAIN

    Saint Etienne have slammed Arsenal for scuppering William Saliba's return to the French club on loan.

    The Ligue 1 outfit claim they had a deal lined up 'long before the transfer window closed' and blamed the Gunners for not fulfilling their admin duties in England.

    A statement on the French club’s official website read: “Long before the transfer window closed, AS Saint-Etienne had reached an agreement with William Saliba and accepted Arsenal's offer for a one-season loan.

    “Unfortunately, all the administrative conditions could not be met in time, in England, for the completion of the deal.

    “The disappointment is great for ASSE and William Saliba, who was particularly determined to return to a club where he has flourished.”

    Uh-oh. Another club FUMING with the Gunners!

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