4pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Houssem Aouar bid REJECTED, Partey LATEST, Lacazette hints at stay, Aubameyang contract – The Sun

ARSENAL have had a bid rejected for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar with the Gunners reportedly offering a player as part of the deal.

The Emirates Stadium outfit are also still hoping to entice Thomas Partey to North London – but Alexandre Lacazette has hinted he could stay at the club.

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  • HOLD ON A MINUTE

    Arsenal have changed their mind on loaning out defender Rob Holding, reports claim.

    The 24-year-old had appeared all set to leave for Newcastle United on a season-long deal.

    But according to Sky Sports, the Gunners now want him to stick around and fight for a place in the team.

  • ICYMI

    Check out this pass from Granit Xhaka in the 1-1 draw between Switzerland and Germany last night.

    The Swiss had the better chances in the game and Xhaka showed he is still improving since being frozen out by Unai Emery over a year ago.

    But what an effort this was.

  • MIK'S HANDS TIED

    Mikel Arteta is ‘resigned’ to Mesut Ozil staying at Arsenal for the final year of his contract, which could see him feature in the Gunners’ season opener against Fulham.

    The Spaniard has been non-comittal over Ozil in recent months, but he may be tied to the German for one final season, before the 2014 World Cup winner leaves for a free next summer.

    The former Real Madrid midfielder is far and away the highest earner at Arsenal and it would be frustrating for Arteta that a contract has not been agreed with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    According to the Evening Standard, Ozil is preparing to feature in Arsenal’s Premier League season opener against Fulham on Saturday.

  • ABSEN-THREES

    Lucas Torreira, Sokratis and Emile Smith-Rowe will miss Arsenal’s return to pre-season training, according to reports.

    The trio are all being linked with moves away from North London, with the latter looking at another loan stint.

    Smith-Rowe, 20, impressed on loan at Huddersfield last season and could be set for another stint in the Championship.

    Sokratis is looking at a switch to Napoli as a “replacement” for Manchester City-bount Kalidou Koulibaly and Torreira is attracting interest from Torino and Fiorentina.

  • IT'S A PROBLEM OF MONEY

    Arsenal remain an option for Sergio Reguilon, according to reports in Spain.

    Spanish journalist Alvaro Montero told Sky Sports News: “There are two options, Arsenal and Manchester United, also Sevilla here in Spain.

    “Real Madrid wants to sell him but with a buying back option so in case he has a good season like he did in Sevilla, Real Madrid can sign him again next year.

    “The question is that the player, Sergio Reguillon, likes the idea of playing in the Premier League – United and Arsenal will be the options.

    “But it is a problem of money.”

  • ROYAL SCREAMER

    Arsenal fans have been drooling over “ice cold” Vivianne Miedema – after the Dutch international scored a wonder-goal against Reading and barely celebrated.

    The 24-year-old took social media by storm after bending a brilliant strike into the near corner in the Gunners’ 6-1 drumming over the Royals.

    The deadly Dutch striker netted twice on Sunday, after Kim Little got the first for the three-time WSL champions, while Jill Roord completed a hat-trick.

    A fan wrote on Twitter: “Please when will she celebrate her goals.”

    Another jokingly said: “Ice cold.”

    One roared: “For Vivianne, it’s like a walk in the park…what a strike.”

  • I'M IN DEN'S 'KAMP

    Nigel Winterburn reckons Arsenal should give Dennis Bergkamp the post vacated by Freddie Ljungberg.

    The former Highbury full-back, 56, told Gambling.com: “I’m a big advocate for players that have been successful at your club – so long as they have the right coaching credentials – to come back in to a football club, particularly one of Dennis Bergkamp’s ilk.

    “He was a wonderful player who won a lot of trophies and is well regarded within Arsenal, so if his coaching credentials match up with what Mikel Arteta wants, he could potentially come back to the club in some sort of role, whether it’s at junior level or senior.

    “It’s been mooted a few times now so I think it’s something we’re going to have to watch to see if it develops into anything.”

  • HOW ARSENAL'S DEFENDERS COMPARE

    Here are how the new boys at the back for Mikel Arteta square up.

    Can the Gunners improve on the 48 goals they conceded last season?

  • SAM-ING FOR NOTHING

    Manchester United and Arsenal target Samuel Umtiti could leave Barcelona for FREE, according to reports.

    Mundo Deportivo reports the French defender could see his contract, which runs until 2023, RIPPED UP as Barcelona consider letting him leave for nothing.

    Umtiti, 26, has slipped behind countryman Clement Lenglet in the Catalan giants' pecking order.

    Persistent injuries have hampered his progress at the Nou Camp.

    The centre-back managed just 13 LaLiga appearances last season as Barca surrendered the league title to El Clasico rivals Real Madrid.

    He also tested positive for Covid-19 before the club's 8-2 Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich last month.

  • ARSENAL FIXTURES

    Here are the Gunners' opening games of the Premier League season… as well as those against their 'Big Six' rivals.

  • PARTEY LINE

    Arsenal are in pole position to sign Thomas Partey after the midfielder rejected Atletico Madrid's new contract, according to reports.

    The Spanish side wanted the 27-year-old to pen a new deal that would eradicate his £45million release clause.

    But Partey, whose current contract expires in 2023, turned it down because he wants to finalise his move to the Premier League.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is eager to get a deal over the line but is being forced to raise transfer funds before forking out the figure.

    According to Marca, Atletico are resigned to losing Partey and have already lined up a replacement in Espanyol's Marc Roca.

    Diego Simeone is now waiting for Arsenal to lodge an official bid for Partey before making a move for the 23-year-old.

  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Mesut Ozil is chasing what just weeks ago seemed ridiculously unlikely – a place in the Arsenal side for Saturday's Premier League opener at Fulham.

    Boss Mikel Arteta started the German playmaker in Saturday's 3-2 home friendly loss against Aston Villa after omitting him for six months.

    And Ozil, 31, is now in serious contention for a squad spot against the newly-promoted Cottagers as Arteta looks to shuffle his formation.

    Arteta is resigned to Ozil seeing out the final year of his £350,000-a-week contract.

    Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos claims Gunners' fans persuaded him to renew his loan from Real Madrid

    The Spain midfielder told Arsenal.com: “I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined, I bought into the club completely and always gave 100 per cent both on and off the pitch.

    “The fans repaid me for that by showing me a lot of love… when I was at home they were sending me messages asking me to come back and saying that they needed me here.

    “I think they’ll be as happy as I am that I'm back and I’m sure we have a great year ahead of us this season.”

    And England Under-21 hat-trick hero Eddie Nketiah is aiming to muscle in for more regular Prem action this season – after beefing up.

    He said:“During lockdown, I worked really hard on getting bigger and better on the ball.

    “I’ve used the time well and it’s good people can see the hard work.”

  • OZIL BACK IN CONTENTION

    Mesut Ozil has been thrown an unlikely Arsenal lifeline after playing his first game in six months for the club.

    The German playmaker was a surprise starter in Saturday’s final pre-season friendly against Aston Villa.

    And now he is in with a chance of being involved in this week’s opening Premier League game at Fulham as Mikel Arteta considers all his options.

    Ozil, 31, did not feature in any of Arsenal’s 13 games of the season after football came out of lockdown and didn’t even make the subs’ bench for the final ten.

    But Arteta is resigned to the out of favour German seeing out the final year of his Emirates contract.

    And he is looking at ways to keep Ozil involved rather than having him picking up his £350,000-a-week wages without contributing to the squad.

  • WEIGHT YOUR CHANCE

    Eddie Nketiah is seriously pumped for the new season.

    The Arsenal whizkid spent lockdown bulking up to cope better with the Premier League’s physicality.

    And he was far too strong for the Kosovo defence on Friday as he hit a ten-minute hat-trick to help the England Under-21s to a 6-0 romp.

    Now the striker is ready to flex his notably bigger muscles when the top flight resumes this weekend.

    Nketiah, 21, said: “During lockdown, I worked really hard on getting bigger and better on the ball. I’ve used the time well and it’s good people can see the hard work.

    “It’s something I wanted to do. As you go through the levels, it gets a lot harder physically so to be able to show your technique, you need thatstrength to cope with it.

    “It’s nice to show that off a bit on the pitch.”

  • SUPER GRAN

    Granit Xhaka was far happier than Arsenal team-mate Bernd Leno after Switzerland's 1-1 comeback draw at home to Germany in the Nations League.

    Swiss skipper Xhaka openly celebrated the point – as Germany keeper Leno was beaten bySilvan Widmer's low shot for a 57th minute equaliser.

    Etihad ace Ilkay Gundogan had fired the visitors in from early on.

  • NO ALEX-IT

    Striker Alexandre Lacazette has sent Arsenal fans wild after dropping a huge hint that he is set to stay at the club.

    The 29-year-old is thought to be one of the players Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is open to selling in order to raise funds for new signings.

    Juventus are believed to be leading the race to land the Frenchman with Gonzalo Higuain expected to leave.

    Lacazette has also been offered to Atletico Madrid as a sweetener in a deal for £44million-rated Thomas Partey.

    But many Arsenal fans are desperate for the striker to stay and his social media activity suggests his long-term future may be in north London.

    One fan took to Instagram to urge the former Lyon man to commit to the Gunners, writing: “One word. STAY.”

  • AT A LLOS WITHOUT YOU

    Arsenal fans persuaded Dani Ceballos to renew his loan from Real Madrid, the Spain midfielder says.

    He told Arsenal.com: “I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined, I bought into the club completely and always gave 100 per cent both on and off the pitch.

    “The fans repaid me for that by showing me a lot of love… when I was at home they were sending me messages asking me to come back and saying that they needed me here.

    “I think they’ll be as happy as I am that I'm back and I’m sure we have a great year ahead of us this season.

    “When the coach, the club, the players and everyone is asking you to stay for another year, you realise that they see you as a good team-mate and a good player.

    “I feel proud that the club, the coach and – most importantly – the fans wanted me to stay.”

  • ROORD BACK

    Joe Montemurro hailed hat-trick hero Jill Roord’s “special” display as Arsenal’s title hunt got off to a superb start.

    The Netherlands midfielder, 23, helped her team thrash Reading after Kim Little got the first for the three-time WSL champions.

    Gunners boss Montemurro said: “When I signed Jill, I saw someone special.

    “I saw a player who had immense ability in finding space, but also her ability to play higher up, protect the ball, and find the pass.

    “And the big thing we are looking for with Jill is to find a level and ascertain that level because she can float in and out of games at times and can get complacent because she is talented.

    “So I’ve given her that challenge.”

  • FIINGERS BERND

    Arsenal's Germany keeper Bernd Leno warmed up for his bid to start the Premier League season this Saturday with tonight's Nations League clash in Switzerland.

    here he thwarts home striker Haris Seferovic.

    Leno's Arsenal team-mate Granit Xhaka is in the Switzerland side – but had little to smile about when Ilkay Gundogan put Germany ahead.

  • SWITZERLAND VS GERMANY LIVE

    Granit Xhaka is captaining the Swiss in Basel, while Bernd Leno is in goal for the visitors.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE GERMANY VS SWITZERLAND BLOG

  • TORR-INO 'OFFER'

    Torino have reportedly offered £21.4million up front for Lucas Torreira.

    The Uruguayan wants to leave Arsenal after failing to settle in North London.

    And he looks to be heading to Serie A, with Fiorentina also interested in looking at him.

    According to El Pais journalist Alvaro Levrero, Arsenal are looking to get the money in their coffers in order to make a move for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey as a replacement.

  • WINK HINT

    Alexandre Lacazette has given Arsenal fans he will stay at the Emirates, despite being linked with a move to Spain.

    Reports that Arsenal are ready to swap him for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey remain unconfirmed.

    But Lacazette has hinted to Gunners supporters he will remain in North London.

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    Pre-season 🔴♣️

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  • CARABAO CUP DRAW

    Arsenal will face Leicester at the King Power Stadium in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

    The game will take place the week of September 21.

  • TRUE CLASSIC

    The Premier League have tweeted out footage of this brilliant match between Chelsea and Arsenal on this day in 2000.

    Don't take your eyes off a certain Brazilian full-back…

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