Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Liverpool in EFL Cup semis, Coutinho January loan, Aubameyang to Barcelona or Juventus

ARSENAL will face Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-finals after Jurgen Klopp's side won a thriller against Leicester.

The Gunners could put their feet up and watch Wednesday's matches after cruising past League One side Sunderland.

Meanwhile, the Spanish press claim that Barcelona are desperate to send Phillipe Coutinho on loan to the Premier League.

And that puts the Gunners in a strong position, with technical director Edu known to be close to Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian.

The Gunners have already have their sights set on a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    Charlie Patino tipped for stardom

    Paul Merson believes Charlie Patino and his fellow Arsenal youngsters can become special players.

    He said: "There's some good things happening at Arsenal.

    "You've got these young players. Imagine if Nketiah gets in the team then all of a sudden you've got Smith Rowe on one side and Saka on the other or Martinelli and Smith Rowe dropping back.

    "Them four players and the young lad Charlie can be the next five, six, seven years at Arsenal.

    "Who knows, they could be the next Man United."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Kolasinac wanted by Ranieri's Watford

    Arsenal outcast Sead Kolasinac could be set for a reprieve with Watford.

    The Telegraph claims Claudio Ranieri wants to land the left-back next month to boost his side's relegation chances.

    And Kolasinac is sure to jump at the chance to leave the Gunners after dropping out of Mikel Arteta's plans.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Ian Wright calls out 'disrespect'

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has called for Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol to apologise for appearing to smirk when announcing the Gunners signed Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    Wright cannot forget the Japanese international's move to the Emirates being scoffed at on Sky Sports News.

    The 58-year-old Gunners legend shared a clip of Solhekol discussing the transfer at the time – with him seemingly not impressed.

    He captioned it: "Apologies as loud as the disrespect please!!!!! @SkyKaveh."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Dusan Vlahovic tipped for greatness

    Micah Richards believes Arsenal, Man Utd and Spurs transfer target Dusan Vlahovic will shine if he moves to the Premier League.

    Richards declared: "I have watched him a couple of times now.

    "He is lightning. It’s ridiculous. He has got 16 in 18 [Serie A games] this season.

    "His left foot is like a wand. I am telling you now, he is everything, he is everything you need.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Kamara turning down Marseille deal

    Premier League target Boubacar Kamara has reportedly told Marseille he is leaving on a free transfer next summer.

    The centre-back has emerged as a transfer target for Man Utd, claims L’Equipe.

    And reports linked Kamara with Arsenal during the last summer window.

    He will be able to agree a pre-contract with English sides from next month.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arsenal's trophy hopes this term

    Arsenal will be hoping for a trophy by the time the season ends.

    Can they add to this impressive cabinet of silverwear?

  • Anthony Chapman

    Winterburn backs United for fourth

    Nigel Winterburn believes Man Utd will finish above Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham for the final Champions League spot.

    He told Paddy Power: “I’d imagine that United would be favourites to get that spot, but you never know in football. 

    “Any one of those teams could go on a storming run from now till the end of the season and solidify that final spot in the top four. 

    “It will be the team who is most consistent over the final half of the season who will finish fourth.” 

  • Anthony Chapman

    Isolation time cut for players

    Premier League sides have received a timely boost after the government reduced the Covid-19 self-isolation period from ten days to seven.

    That means a whole host of big names could return to action for the round of Boxing Day games this weekend.

    But they will have to show a negative result on a lateral flow test two days in a row.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arteta keeping top four faith

    Mikel Arteta remains hopes Arsenal can continue their good form to seal a return to the Champions League.

    He explained: “We are only at the halfway stage and there are still a lot of things that we need to get much better at.

    “But I think the team is going in the right direction and are preparing to finish the season as high as we can.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Out with the old Guns

    A lot has changed since Arsene Wenger left the Emirates in 2018.

    Arsenal are on their second manager in Mikel Arteta following Unai Emery's struggles.

    And there's been plenty of changes in the playing department too…

  • Anthony Chapman

    More from Arteta on players

    “It’s important that we listen to the players because without them we can do nothing and the industry wouldn’t work.

    “It is easy for us to sit here and demand more games but they are the ones who have to perform.

    “If the players are saying it is difficult then they are being genuine because they’ve always tried to carry on and keep this league at the highest standard.

    “So when they say something like this we have to really listen to them with open ears because we don’t want to damage the product and the incredible league that we have.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arteta concern for player welfare

    Mikel Arteta believes player welfare is being overlooked over the festive period.

    He explained: “The clubs have made the decision and at this point we cannot change that so we have to try our best to carry on.

    “We had a preference of what we wanted to do because of the schedule and the situation we are in, but it isn’t going to stop so now we have to play every single match with no recovery and with fewer numbers available.

    “The main thing in my opinion is to protect the welfare of the players because we are responsible to defend them more than anyone else.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Aubameyang facing uncertain future

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be set for an acrimonious Arsenal exit after falling out with Mikel Arteta.

    But he is not the first Gunners captain to endure a nightmare end to his Emirates stay…

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arteta's plea for fans

    Mikel Arteta believes playing football without fans again would be a disaster.

    He said: “Please don’t go back to playing behind closed doors because that’s something we’ve already experienced and it’s not something we enjoyed.

    “Football is all about sharing emotions and having fans around the stadiums and when that doesn’t happen it’s a completely different sport and the competition gets lost.

    “If that’s the only way we can carry on then of course we will have to do that, but it’s just not the same.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Next up

    Let's take a look at Arsenal's next five games…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta update on Tomiyasu injury

    Mikel Arteta has provided an update on Takehiro Tomiyasu after the defender was forced off injured in the 4-1 win against Leeds on Saturday.

    The summer signing missed the Carabao Cup clash against Sunderland, but Arteta is hoping he'll be back in time for the Boxing Day game against Norwich.

    Arteta said: "It was more of a muscular injury.

    "He’s got a big load on him because he’s played every single minute since he’s joined us and even this week he’s been struggling a little bit.

    "We decided to take him off, he wasn’t 100 percent confident to continue in the game, and hopefully he’s not injured."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    David in final Lille season

    The agent of Arsenal target Jonathan David has confirmed that this season will be the 21-year-old's final campaign in France.

    And with Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette out-of-contract in the summer, it represents perfect timing to line-up a move for the Canada international.

    In a boost to the Gunners his agent, Nick Mavromaras, told Radio Canada: "For us, the goal is to finish the season in Lille, but it will be his last season there for several reasons.

    "I think the Premier League is a good option for him.

    "I think that he likes Spain a lot also because he likes the feeling of the ball and the very technical players.

    "These two leagues are a big priority for him, but nothing is excluded."

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arsenal 'ready to pay' £68m

    The Gunners are reportedly 'ready to pay' £68million to snap up Fiorentina hitman Dusan Vlahovic.

    Gazzetta Dello Sport claim Arsenal are willing to pay the fee 'immediately' in order to secure a deal for the much wanted forward.

    However, a potential issue is the Serbian wanting to stay with the club until the end of the season.

    Arsenal meanwhile are in need of reinforcements at the top of the pitch sooner rather than later.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now been frozen out, with a new striker said to be a priority.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arsenal tracking Bologna man Svanberg

    The Gunners are keen on Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg, reports suggest.

    According to local newspaper Il Resto del Carlino, via Sport Witness, Arsenal are interested in the 22-year-old.

    But Atalanta, and both Milan clubs, are also said to be monitoring his situation.

    AC Milan are said to have already failed in a £13million bid last year.

    The Sweden international has just 18 months left on his Bologna deal, with talks stalling over a new contract.

    That could give the Gunners the chance to swoop, with the player's agent set to entertain offers either in January or next summer.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    Patino turned down Arsenal rivals

    Gunners starlet Charlie Patino reportedly turned down approaches from Tottenham and Chelsea in order to sign for Arsenal's academy.

    According to the Guardian, Spurs and Chelsea, as well as Manchester City, made an effort to sign Patino as an 11-year-old.

    In the end he opted to join Arsene Wenger's Gunners from Luton Town, with the club having to pay £10,000 in compensation.

    But if Patino turns out to be just half as good as what's expected, that £10,000 might be the best money ever spent by the club.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Campbell on Gunners young talents

    Former Arsenal man Kevin Campbell has heaped praised on youngsters Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun after their League Cup runouts last night.

    Campbell told Football Insider: "Eddie’s attitude has been amazing.

    "That is why Mikel Arteta likes him and likes to give him a runout. His attitude is always good. Arteta trusts him and it has paid dividends.

    "I’m also so glad to see Balogun given his opportunity as well. I was hoping to see that.

    "Balogun is getting there slowly but surely. I think he will be going out on loan in January so he can get more minutes under his belt, proper minutes in league football.

    "I think it was smart of Arteta to give him a start last night."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arsenal 'open' to Aubameyang offers

    Arsenal are 'willing to listen' to offers for former club-captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, reports suggest.

    ESPN claim the club will entertain offers for the 32-year-old in the New Year.

    Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Barcelona, who are in need of reinforcements up front.

    Juventus too are claimed to be interested, with AC Milan and Inter both monitoring the situation.

    The club don't believe that relations have completely broken down with Aubameyang after stripping him of the captaincy, but remain willing to listen to any offers that come their way.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Leno impresses on team return

    Mikel Arteta has praised Bernd Leno today for coming into Arsenal's team and performing well lats night.

    Leno has fallen behind Aaron Ramsdale in the pecking order and has had his chances limited to the Carabao Cup.

    Arteta said: "The situation now is that Aaron [Ramsdale] has been starting the matches in the Premier League and he’s been outstanding.

    "Bernd had a chance to play yesterday and he had a really good game.

    "That’s the situation that every single player has in any team of football that when someone else is playing you are not playing as much."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta on Patino Prem chance

    Mikel Arteta has hinted Thomas Partey's involvement at AFCON could see Charlie Patino drafted into Arsenal's Premier League side.

    When asked this morning when Patino would get a chance in the league, Arteta said: "Charlie is with us more and more in training sessions.

    "Yesterday was his first competitive match and it was a beautiful day for him and everybody involved at the club.

    "We will go slowly from there. If we need him we will use him if the numbers are required.

    "But we have to use him when we believe he is ready and we believe he is making the right steps and we are really happy with where we are."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta plea on empty stadiums

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is desperate for the Premier League not to return to being played behind-closed-doors.

    The ongoing Omicron variant has led to concerns that new restrictions could be brought in.

    As cited by the Evening Standard, Arteta said: “Please don’t go back to that stage. We have experienced that and it is something that we don’t like, so hopefully it is not what happens.

    “It’s a different sport and football is all about sharing it with people, and having fans around the stadiums.

    “When it is not, it’s a completely different sport and the competition gets, I don’t know, lost. It’s not the same.

    “We will play like we have to play. What I am saying is that obviously nobody wants to go back to where we were because we have already experienced it – and it is not something we enjoyed a lot.

    “But if we have to carry on doing that, of course we will.”

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