Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar loan-to-buy offered as Spurs enter race, Overmars could replace Edu, Aubameyang latest

ARSENAL head to West Brom tonight after making their WORST start to a season in their 118-year history.

But the Gunners could rectify that by signing Houssem Aouar, who Lyon are now ready to farm out on a loan-to-buy basis.

However, it is Spurs who are reported to be most likely to make their interest concrete.

Meanwhile technical director Edu is coming under increased pressure with some reports suggesting he could be replaced by Ajax's Marc Overmars.

And finally, it is claimed that the Gunners are ready to listen to offers for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    JACKY BOY

    Currently a free agent, Jack Wilshere has conceded life without a club has proved difficult as his children grill on him why no side has taken a chance on him since his short-term contract at Bournemouth expired.

    Few players have been seemingly more destined for sure-fire success than Wilshere, the former Luton Town boy with La Masia ability, but injuries have curtailed a career that could have offered so much more.

    Wilshere is now training alone in a bid to build up his fitness in the hopes his phone will ring with an offer.

    Wilshere told The Athletic : "My kinds are at an age where they understand. Especially Archie, who's nine. He's actually having conversations with me saying, 'What about the MLS?' or 'Why aren't you playing in La Liga?'

    "He loves football. He knows everything about football. And it is difficult to explain to him. He'll say to me 'How come no club wants you?' I don't know. But how do I explain to him?"

  • Kealan Hughes

    COULD BE OVER SOON

    Arsenal sporting director Edu is under increasing pressure with former player Marc Overmars being tipped to replace the Spaniard.

    Since Edu’s arrival, Arsenal have spent more than £300million on players – but, crucially, recouped only around £80 million.

    And progress on the pitch has been limited since he took over, with the Gunners finishing eighth last season.

    The expected loss of the former Chelsea player Willian back to his native Brazil with Corinthians on a free this week has highlighted the issue. The 33-year-old only signed last summer on an eye-watering £220,000-a-week, three-year deal.

    Alexandre Lacazette, who cost £46.5 million when he joined in July 2017, is in the last year of his contract. He too will leave on a free next summer if, as expected, a new deal is not signed.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also reportedly earning a staggering £350,000 a week, so Edu is spending significant sums without much to show for it.

  • Kealan Hughes

    AL BE GOING

    Arsenal are prepared to sanction the sale of Alexandre Lacazette if they receive an offer of around £12.8 million, Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur claims.

    The Gunners currently have Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah in the final year of their contracts and both strikers could be sold before the deadline.

    Nketiah is the subject of interest from Crystal Palace and an unnamed club. The Gunners are looking for at least £20m for his services.

    It is now reported that Lacazette could be sold for much less although the Gunners have yet to receive any offers for the France international.

  • Kealan Hughes

    PIERRE-SHAPED

    Manchester City could yet make a move to try and take Pierre Emerick Aubameyang away from Arsenal, report ESPN.

    If City fail to land Harry Kane, it is claimed that the Arsenal striker may just come on to Pep Guardiola’s side radar.

    City are intent on landing a goalscorer, as they have not replaced Sergio Aguero.

    Arsenal are believed to be open to selling the Gabonese international now, with ESPN speculating that a fee of around £25 million could be enough to take him to the Etihad.

  • Kealan Hughes

    HOU'S GONNA GET HIM?

    Arsenal have been handed encouragement in their efforts to sign Houssem Aouar as Lyon would now accept a loan deal for the midfielder, according to reports in France.

    The Gunners had made Aouar one of their top targets last summer but their £32million bid was rejected by Lyon, who were demanding a £55.5m fee.

    Lyon have been actively looking to sell Aouar during the current window and had even reduced the 23-year-old’s asking price to just £25m.

    However, Lyon have received no firm offers for the midfielder and with the transfer deadline closing in the French club are willing to compromise even further to ensure a deal is struck.

    According to Get French Football, Lyon would be prepared to let Aouar leave on loan but an obligation to buy would be included as part of the deal.

  • Kealan Hughes

    TRIPPING UP

    Arsenal are serious about their pursuit of Kieran Trippier – but the player would prefer a move to Manchester United.

    The Gunners are looking to sign a new right back in the next week – as Hector Bellerin pushes for a move away – and have had discussions over signing Trippier, according to Eurosport.

    They are currently not willing to meet Atletico’s price-tag, which is around £34 million, but are looking into ways to structure a bid in hope Atleti agree to negotiate.

    Some sources believe Arsenal might be wasting their time however, as the player is set on a move to Old Trafford if he does leave the Wanda Metropolitano.

    United have been weighing up a bid for Trippier too and have also baulked at Atletico Madrid’s value of him.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal chiefs are reportedly still backing Mikel Arteta and believe ‘the Covid chaos that has engulfed the club’ is the main reason for their poor start to the season.

    The Mail claims ‘there is an acceptance’ from the club’s top brass that preparations for the season ‘have been beset by Covid-related issues’ which has led to Arteta being unable to field his strongest team yet.

    Arteta ‘continues to have the immediate backing of the Gunners hierarchy’ at present.

    And chiefs will also keep the chequebook open for more new arrivals in the final few days of the summer transfer window.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal will let skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave if he wants to go and they get the right offer for him this summer.

    The Telegraph claims Aubameyang remains a big part of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s plans but is no longer considered "indispensable”.

    And with two years left on his deal the time could be right to cash in, with Man City and Barcelona reportedly interested.

    Finally, Spurs have held talks with Arsenal target Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

    The Lyon attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with the Gunners for the last two summer transfer windows but it now looks like they might miss out to their bitter rivals.

    Aouar, 23, has two years left on his contract with the Ligue 1 side and reportedly wants to weigh up all his options before deciding what to do.

    And Tottenham have held informal talks with his representatives, according to Sky Sports News.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ROWE ROW

    Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe will 'suffer' the 'most' from Martin Odegaard's return to the Emirates, according to Paul Merson.

    He wrote in the Daily Star: "What sort of message does signing Odegaard send to Emile Smith Rowe?

    “I can see why he held out signing a new contract. When Odegaard came on loan he ended up playing out on the wing.

    "But Emile Smith Rowe is a No 10. He’s the future at Arsenal. He came through the ranks and he makes things happen.

    “He is the one who is going to suffer most from them buying Odegaard. What really is the difference between them anyway?

    "I think they are too similar. But I know who’s not getting picked if it starts going wrong and it won’t be the £30m new signing."

  • Anthony Chapman

    HOU’S THE MAN

    Spurs have held talks with Arsenal target Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

    The Lyon attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with the Gunners for the last two summer transfer windows but it now looks like they might miss out to their bitter rivals.

    Aouar, 23, has two years left on his contract with the Ligue 1 side and reportedly wants to weigh up all his options before deciding what to do.

    And Tottenham have held informal talks with his representatives, according to Sky Sports News.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FAKING IT

    Arsenal flop Matteo Guendouzi has been accused of faking injuries sustained in an on-pitch clash with opposition fans.

    The Marseille midfielder was left with visible red marks around his neck after Nice hooligans stormed the field at the weekend to fight players.

    But Nice chief Jean-Pierre Rivere claims the marks are not real.

    He said: “Apart from the photo that is everywhere, there has been no violence against OM players.

    “By the way, Guendouzi, with pictures to prove it, has no marks on his neck when he is on the pitch.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    PIE IN THE SKY

    Reports claim Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave Arsenal before deadline day.

    But where would the Gabon striker go this summer?

    Check out the latest odds from Sky Bet below!

  • Anthony Chapman

    ODE FOR JOY

    Martin Odegaard is set to make his first appearance as a new Arsenal signing in tomorrow's Carabao Cup clash against West Brom.

    Aaron Ramsdale could also be set for his Gunners debut.

    While new left-back Nuno Tavares may be handed a first start after coming off the bench against Brentford and Chelsea.

    Is this how Arsenal will line up against the Baggies?

  • Anthony Chapman

    GUNNER GO

    Arsenal will let skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave if he wants to go and they get the right offer for him this summer.

    The Telegraph claims Aubameyang remains a big part of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s plans but is no longer considered "indispensable”.

    And with two years left on his deal the time could be right to cash in, with Man City and Barcelona reportedly interested.

  • Anthony Chapman

    QUARANTINE FURY

    Premier League clubs will hold a crisis meeting over refusing to release players for international duty in red-list countries. 

    Teams fear losing stars for six games after international breaks in both September and October due to quarantine rules.

    Now the Times says the Prem has called an urgent meeting amid concern up to 60 aces facing ten days in isolation if they play in countries on the UK's coronavirus red list.

    It's thought Fifa hope the British Government will consider exempting international footballers from these quarantine rules ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers.

    But that seems unlikely – leaving the Prem feeling hard done by compared to other top leagues.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ART ATTACK

    Darren Bent thinks Arsenal have to sack Mikel Arteta immediately if they are to have any chance of bringing in Antonio Conte.

    He told TalkSport: "We know Antonio Conte is out there.

    "If Arsenal had any kind of hopes of attracting him or getting him to the club then you would say get rid of Arteta now and get Conte in.

    "I don’t think that’s possible but, unfortunately, if you get rid of him now, where do you turn?

    "There was an image of Arteta slumped in his chair just with his head down and to me he looked like a broken man."

  • Anthony Chapman

    MARRIAGE MATERIAL

    The wife of Arsenal technical director Edu gave one of the club's fans the middle finger during their defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday.

    Tempers flared up in the stadium as the game wore on, with one supporter opting to confront Edu by getting out of his seat and berating him from the steps.

    And while Edu appeared to remain composed throughout the abuse, his wife Paula Gaspar could not contain her frustration.

    After the fan had finished aggressively making his point, Gaspar put her middle finger up at him as frustrations boiled over.

  • Anthony Chapman

    SEARCH IS ON

    Arsenal have vowed to find and ban the yob responsible for throwing a bottle at Chelsea star Reece James.

    The disgraceful incident happened after James put Chelsea 2-0 up at the Emirates on Sunday.

    A club spokesman said: “We are currently investigating this incident using CCTV and our digital ticket database to identify who threw the bottle.

    “The club condemns this behaviour and the culprit faces a ban from the Emirates.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    STICKING WITH MIK

    Arsenal chiefs are reportedly still backing Mikel Arteta and believe ‘the Covid chaos that has engulfed the club’ is the main reason for their poor start to the season.

    The Mail claims ‘there is an acceptance’ from the club’s top brass that preparations for the season ‘have been beset by Covid-related issues’ which has led to Artetea being unable to field his strongest team yet.

    Arteta ‘continues to have the immediate backing of the Gunners hierarchy’ at present.

    And chiefs will also keep the chequebook open for more new arrivals in the final few days of the summer transfer window.

  • Etienne Fermie

    DAN THE MAN

    Arsenal and Manchester United should have made an effort to sign Danny Ings from Southampton.

    According to talkSPORT presenters Jamie O'Hara and Garth Crooks, the two clubs would have benefited from signing the striker.

    After criticising Anthony Martial, Crooks said: "I would flip that around and say have Manchester United missed a trick when it comes to Danny Ings? £30million, someone who has scored goals in the Premier League, scored a wonderful goal for Aston Villa last night.

    "Are you telling me that Danny Ings isn’t an upgrade on Antony Martial? And he wanted to go to Manchester City or Manchester United, that was his preferred destination.

    "Yes I know he’s had injury problems, he’s probably coming into the twilight of his career but you don’t get a lot for £30m these days and that would have been an easy deal to be done. I just wonder if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s blind faith in Antony Martial could be his undoing this season.”

    Meanwhile former Spurs man Jamie O'Hara thinks the Gunners should have made a move for Ings after the Gunners have failed to score in two games so far this season.

    He said: "I just look at Danny Ings and think why is like an Arsenal not coming for you?"

  • Etienne Fermie

    ODE ONE OUT

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is preparing to field a strong starting XI against West Brom in the Carabao Cup.

    With two losses in as many matches in their start to the season, pressure is already mounting on the Spaniard.

    According to The Times, Arteta will take no chances in his selection when the Gunners travel to Championship West Brom.

    Here's how SunSport's Jack Figg thinks that Arteta will line his side up.

  • Etienne Fermie

    RED FACED

    Rio Ferdinand thinks Arsenal defender Pablo Mari was an 'embarrassment' to the club for the way he failed to deal with Lukaku's powerful presence.

    Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: "He [Lukaku] bullies people, he was like a sixth former playing against first years.

    "That's what he made the Arsenal centre-backs look like, they didn't know how to deal with him.

    "[Pablo] Mari was an embarrassment, he didn't know what to do."

  • Etienne Fermie

    SMALL SAINT

    Arsenal have been beaten by Southampton to the signing of highly-rated left-back Thierry Small.

    The 17-year-old, who can also play as a central defender and left winger, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

    Small is a product of the Everton academy and made history for the Toffees in January when he became the youngest player to feature for the club at 16 years and 176 days, coming on in an FA Cup fourth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday.

    He was then offered a professional contract with the Merseyside club but turned it down due to concerns over the amount of game time he would receive.

    Arsenal were said to be one of a number of clubs interested in acquiring his services along with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Aston Villa.

    But it is Saints who have managed to get a deal over the line for the youngster, who has already appeared for England Under-19s.

    Southampton announced Small as their sixth signing of the summer on Tuesday
  • Etienne Fermie

    TAKING THE MIC

    Arsenal have made 'panic buys' this summer, according to Micah Richards.

    The pundit and former England international said on BBC Radio 5 Live: "At this moment, Arsenal can't attract the top, top players, because players want to go to the better performing teams at this moment in time.

    "When you say they've spent a lot of money, they're buying second-tier players, or players with good potential who could become that.

    "You should think that the manager's got some input in the players that they're getting.

    "But I just think with Arsenal now, they've got themselves in such a rut, they've done a couple of panic buys."

    Mikel Arteta is under pressure at Arsenal
  • Etienne Fermie

    MIC DROP

    Arsenal can no longer attract top players, according to Premier League winner Micah Richards.

    And the former Manchester City star reckons the Gunners' policy of investing in youth will cost manager Mikel Arteta his job.

    Discussing Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 Live, Richards said: "At this moment, Arsenal can't attract the top, top players, because players want to go to the better performing teams at this moment in time.

    "When you say they've spent a lot of money, they're buying second-tier players, or players with good potential who could become that.

    "You should think that the manager's got some input in the players that they're getting.

    "But I just think with Arsenal now, they've got themselves in such a rut, they've done a couple of panic buys."

    Micah Richards reckons Arsenal can no longer attract top talent
  • Etienne Fermie

    DAN THE PAN

    Talksport host Jamie O'Hara reckons that Arsenal should have tried to sign Danny Ings.

    The former Liverpool star, 29, left Southampton for Aston Villa in a £25million deal.

    Arsenal have failed to score in their opening two matches of this season.

    And O'Hara thinks that Ings could have helped.

    He said: "I just look at Danny Ings and think why is like an Arsenal not coming for you?"

    Danny Ings has scored two goals in his first two appearances for VillaCredit: Getty

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