7.45am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Lacazette contract talks on hold, Ozil to MLS, Buendia 'dreams' of Prem return

ARSENAL are back in action this weekend as they begin the defence of the FA Cup against Newcastle.

On the transfer front, the Gunners have told Alexandre Lacazette to wait until the summer for contract talks while we've the latest on Emi Buendia.

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  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    THE futures of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos are under an intense spotlight at the Emirates.

    Norwich's Arsenal target Emiliano Buendia admits "returning to the Premier League in the short term is a dream.”

    But the next few weeks could also see outcast Ozil finally depart – as the ex-Germany midfielder, 32, is said to be in "advanced" talks with MLS club DC United.

    Meanwhile, the Gunners have told France striker Lacazette to wait until the summer for contract talks.

    That means they risk losing him for nothing as the 28-year-old has less than 18 months to run on the £170,000-a-week deal.

    And on-loan midfielder Ceballos has reiterated his desire to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

    The Spain star, 24, who has played 23 games for the Gunners this season, said: "My wish is to wear the Madrid shirt.

    “For those of us from Madrid, the arrival of Zinedine Zidane been good for everyone. He told me that he needed me to play and get minutes.”

    Former Argentina Under-20 ace Buendia is "very happy" at relegated Norwich but desperate to return to the Prem quickly

    The 24-year-old said: "It's the best league in the world…the players and the teams are the best."

  • Ian Tuckey

    LAC OF RUSH ON NEW DEAL

    Arsenal have told striker Alexandre Lacazette to wait until the summer for contract talks.

    Less than two years ago, managing director Vinai Venkatesham said no player would be allowed to enter the final two years of their contract.

    Alexandre Lacazette is into the final 18 months of his Arsenal contract

    But now the club have ditched the policy as unworkable.

    And they risk losing French international Lacazette for nothing.

    The hitman has less than 18 months to run on the £170,000-a-week deal he signed when he joined in a £52million transfer from Lyon in 2017.

    Boss Mikel Arteta said: “We haven’t talked about anything related to his contract.

    "We will speak in the summer — and make a decision then.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    PREM CLUBS WARNED

    The Government has warned football clubs to get a grip on stars breaking Covid-19 rules or risk losing their backing to continue the season.

    A string of Premier League stars flouted strict rules not to mix households to party over the festive period – making a mockery of the sacrifices the public are making.

    And though they have given the green light for games to be played despite the new national lockdown, the government have made it clear patience is running thin because of the behaviour of the Covidiot players.

    Oliver Dowden, secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport, made contact with football bosses in England on Monday to assure them they were not being shut down in the lockdown announced that evening.

    SunSport understands he made it clear the government supports the professional game carrying on, knowing it plays a big role in keeping fans across the country entertained during the pandemic.

    But Dowden also made a point of making it clear that football needs to do everything to ensure that public backing does not come back to haunt them.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BUENDIA'S PREM RETURN DREAM

    Norwich's Arsenal target Emiliano Buendia admits: "Returning to the Premier (League) in the short term is a dream."

    The former Argentina Under-20 midfielder was tipped for a summer exit after the Canaries' relegation and is now being linked with the Gunners this month.

    And the 24-year-old told his home country's Radio Residencias Buendia he is focused on helping Norwich go straight back to the Prem – but wants a quick return whatever happens.

    He said: "It is the best league in the world…the players and the teams are the best. I aspire to the best and work every day to get back to it, either in my team or through a transfer.

     "There was a lot of talk in the summer about both I and other teammates could leave the team to continue in the Premier League.  

    "However, I always had my head with the club. I belong to Norwich, I have to do things well for my team. Tomorrow we will see.

    "We are doing well and I am very happy to be here. We are in a good position, I am feeling important, I am scoring goals and making assists."

  • Ian Tuckey

    RAMSEY 'OFFERED TO UTD' IN POGBA EXCHANGE

    Manchester United have reportedly snubbed Juventus offers to part-exchange ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey or Douglas Costa for Paul Pogba.

    Juve remain the frontrunners to re-sign Pogba but Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seemingly content to keep the France star until at least the summer.

    Tat means Juve or Real Madrid would have to come up with something special in the January transfer window to land the 27-year-old this month.

    Ramsey has never truly settled in Serie A, while fellow 30-year-old, Brazil winger Costa, is on loan at Bayern Munich.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ML-MES TALKS

    Mesut Ozil is in 'advanced' negotiations with DC United over a move to MLS, according to reports.

    The 92-cap ex-Germany midfielder, 32, has been frozen out by Arsenal since March.

    Long-serving Mesut Ozil could finally be on his way out of North London

    And according to football.london, DC United have offered Ozil, 32, an 'attractive' package to join the club, with negotiations at an 'advanced stage'.

    The deal would include an expansion of the Gunners midfielder's M10 brand around the States.

    And Ozil's '39 Steps Coffee' would also be distributed around their Audi Field Stadium.

    The American side are convinced that the German can be the 'face of their club' moving forward.

    They also plan to release a full Ozil merchandise line. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    STRIFE BEGINS AT 40

    Premier League bosses have revealed a record 40 positive Covid tests last week.

    Outbreaks of the virus at Manchester City, Fulham and Sheffield United contributed to the number of positives more than DOUBLING from the previous seven days.

    But another factor was the return of twice a week testing, meaning that more than 50 per cent extra samples were taken at the 20 Prem clubs.

    The latest figures, announced by the Premier League, confirmed that 28 new positive results were returned from 1,311 players and club staff tested between December 28 and New Year’s Eve.

    But the second round of weekly tests, comprising a further 984 samples, saw another 12 positive results returned.

    Last week saw three Prem games postponed because of virus outbreaks.

    It has now emerged that Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden warned Prem, EFL and FA bosses that further episodes of “Covidiocy” like the Christmas gather which included Spurs trip Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon plus West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini could make it difficult for the Government to continue to support games being staged.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS PAID SALI MONEY

    Former England defender Rio Ferdinand rates £27millionArsenal centre-back William Saliba a "waste of money".

    The 19-year-old has joined Nice on loan after failing to earn himself a regular spot at the Emirates since arriving from Saint-Étienne in 2019.

    Manchester United legend Ferdy told On Rio Ferdinand presents FIVE: “I still think Arsenal need a top centre-half – all the problems stem from that.

    “You’ve got a great nucleus of young players, there’s seven or eight young players there who everyone is talking about.

    “But you’ve got to put the pieces around them and that’s the big problem. That’s been the big problem with recruitment at Arsenal for so long.

    “Saliba, what’s happened with him? It’s a waste of money it seems at the minute. I don’t know what’s happened.

    “Gabriel has been indifferent. Rob Holding’s playing centre back, what does that say?"

  • Ian Tuckey

    NO ROUD OFF THE BRIDGE

    Ex-Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is tipped to stay at Chelsea this month despite interest from Juventus and Inter Milan.

    Goal claim the France star, 34, will see out the last six months of his Stamford Bridge contract after bagging nine goals in 15 games this term.

    Inter boss Antonio Conte has long been a fan, having signed Giroud for Chelsea from Arsenal in 2018.

    And Italian champions Juventus are said to have joined the race for Giroud’s signature after slipping to fifth in the Serie A table.

    But Giroud told RMC Sport: “My career, in the short term, I see it at Chelsea.

    “Now, we know things go quickly in football, both in good and bad ways. I want to keep my head clear and focus on the pitch.

    “I’m coming to the end of my contract at Chelsea in June, even if we have the option of another year.

    “We’ll go over things at the end of the year. But, once again, I have the ambition of winning something with Chelsea this season because I have a lot of hope due to the quality of our squad.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS LAC'S LYRICAL

    Alexandre Lacazette's burst of form has helped Arsenal overturn their worst start to the season – making up for strikepartner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's continuing dry spell.

    And after the Frenchman's quickfire double in Saturday's 4-0 win at West Brom, the Gunners themselves have been lauding Lacazette on social media.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    DOESN'T BOAD WELL

    Former Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City prodigy Denzeil Boadu is still without a club one year after leaving Crawley Town.

    According to Record, nobody is yet to approach the free agent in the 12 months since his brief spell with the League Two outfit.

    Club-less Denzeil Boadu is struggling to live up to his playing potential as a youth

    Boadu, 23, was tipped as the next big thing when with Tottenham youths.

    The versatile forward, who played for England’s U16s and U17s, wound up at Arsenal in 2012 before joining Man City’s academy a year later.

    Reflecting on the switch, Boadu said at the time: “My goal is to become a professional footballer.

    “And being given that chance at Manchester City was like another chance to fulfil my dream.

    “After leaving Arsenal I didn’t want to go lower, I wanted to be at the best club possible.

    “And in England I think that is Manchester City.”

    Boadu spent four years with the Citizens but failed to make a senior appearance for them, before playing 29 times for Borussia Dortmund's B team in 2017.

    But on returning to England he lasted less than half a season with Crawley.

  • Ian Tuckey

    REAL BALL ACHE

    Arsenal's on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos has reiterated his desire to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

    The Spain international has featured in 23 games under Mikel Arteta this campaign.

    But he has all-but confirmed he will not be joining on a permanent deal as he signalled his intention to succeed with Los Blancos.

    The former Real Betis ace previously claimed in November that 'the Bernabeu is the Mecca of football' and wearing the Madrid 'badge is the goal of 99 per cent of footballers'.

    And now, speaking to Cadena SER via the Evening Standard, he said: "I signed a long contract with Madrid. I have two-and-a-half-years left.

    "My goal is to succeed at Arsenal. My wish is to wear the Madrid shirt.

    "For those of us from Madrid, the arrival of Zinedine Zidane been good for everyone.

    “Each coach has his tastes of players. He told me that he needed me to play and get minutes. He was clear with me.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    MATT'S MY GIRL!

    Matteo Guendouzi revealed that his wife is pregnant with a baby girl with a joyous celebration while playing for Hertha Berlin.

    The Frenchman is currently on a season-long loan in the German capital after falling out of favour at Arsenal.

    Matteo Guendouzi performed the excited celebration at the weekend
    The midfielder and wife Mae revealed her pregnancy last week

    And things appear to be going well for the 21-year-old.

    The midfielder has managed to carve out a regular place in the team at Hertha, even grabbing a couple of goals in his last four outings.

    And now he is to become a father, with the news that his wife Mae Rfsk is pregnant.

    After bagging his latest goal during a 3-0 rout of Schalke, Guendouzi excitedly paid tribute to his wife and future daughter.

    He put the ball under his shirt and sucked his thumb, a celebration made famous by Roma icon Francesco Totti.

    After the match, Guendouzi tweeted: "Striker… and Future Father.

    "Happy scorer for my wife and my future daughter ! Best way to start 2021 ! Let’s go Hertha".

  • Ian Tuckey

    NOT A WIN VIN SITUATION

    Arsenal remain interested in Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr, reports say.

    But The Spanish giants ae said to have no intention of letting the 20-year-old leave, even on loan.

    Defensa Central claims Mikel Arteta is still tracking Vinicius Jr after adding him to a transfer shortlist last month.

    The winger, 20, has scored three goals in 21 games this season.

    But he is yet to fully establish himself as a regular starter in Zinedine Zidane’s team.

    A move to the Emirates could provide Vinicius Jr with an important role, allowing him to add to the one senior Brazil cap he earned in 2019.

    Arsenal have already proposed a loan move to Real, with Dani Ceballos already in north London.

  • Josh Graham

    WHERE THERE'S A WILL

    Arsenal defender William Saliba has been backed to succeed at Nice while on loan in Ligue 1.

    Nice boss Adrian Ursea is clearly an admirer of the former Saint Etienne centre-back and the Gunners have been given assurances Saliba will get plenty of game time to aid his development.

    Nice boss Adrian Ursea is an admirer of William SalibaCredit: AFP or licensors

    Ursea told OGC Nice TV: "He can bring us a lot of things, on the defensive side and in terms of our playing style and initiating moves.

    "He can also be very precious to us in set pieces, an area where we have suffered a lot, even though that has been a little less the case in recent matches, which is perhaps due to our changes in terms of the organisation.

    "His arrival will create movement in our defence. We lost Dante, we are still waiting for the leaders to show themselves.

    "William is a player with a lot of personality, a personality that didn’t waste any time in revealing himself.

    "With what he showed before leaving for England, honestly, talk about his age, I don’t even take that into account. Either a player is good or not, that is what interests me. It is not easy to succeed in Saint Etienne’s defence, no matter your age."

  • Josh Graham

    COVID CHAOS

    Prem bosses have revealed a record 40 positive Covid tests last week.

    Outbreaks of the virus at Manchester City, Fulham and Sheffield United contributed to the number of positives more than DOUBLING from the previous seven days.

    But another factor was the return of twice a week testing, meaning that more than 50 per cent extra samples were taken at the 20 Prem clubs.

    The latest figures, announced by the Premier League, confirmed that 28 new positive results were returned from 1,311 players and club staff tested between December 28 and New Year’s Eve.

    But the second round of weekly tests, comprising a further 984 samples, saw another 12 positive results returned.

    Last week saw three Prem games postponed because of virus outbreaks.

  • Josh Graham

    'WASTE OF MONEY'

    Former England defender Rio Ferdinand has slammed Arsenal defender William Saliba as a 'waste of money'.

    The Gunners centre-back has moved to Nice on loan after failing to establish himself in Mikel Arteta's first team.

    On Rio Ferdinand presents FIVE, he said: "I still think Arsenal need a top centre-half, all the problems stem from that.

    "You’ve got a great nucleus of young players, there’s seven or eight young players there who everyone is talking about.

    "But you’ve got to put the pieces around them and that’s the big problem. That’s been the big problem with recruitment at Arsenal for so long.

    "Saliba, what’s happened with him? It’s a waste of money it seems at the minute. I don’t know what’s happened.

    "Gabriel has been indifferent. Rob Holding’s playing centre back, what does that say? When you see Holding as the Arsenal captain, you could never imagine that a few years ago."

  • Josh Graham

    WHAT A MES

    Arsenal are reportedly set to let Mesut Ozil sit on the sidelines until his contract expires at the end of the season.

    Recent reports had suggested the Gunners could reintegrate the German outcast but the emergence of Emile Smith Rowe appears to have changed things.

    The Athletic reports Arsenal have no desire to put Ozil back in the first team.

    And Ozil tweeted after the 4-0 win over West Brom: "Nice game my boys! Great spirit – three wins in a row. Team looks good with a No 10 like Emile Smith Rowe – the difference maker."

  • Josh Graham

    SIGN EM UP

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed he wanted the club to sign Arsenal star Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in 2018.

    Retired defender Ferdinand admitted he wanted the Red Devils to swoop for the Gabon striker before he joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund for £56million.

    He said on Rio Ferdinand presents FIVE: "I love Aubameyang, I think he is an unbelievable player who I would love in my team.

    “I would have loved Manchester United to buy him before he went to Arsenal, I think he’s a top, top player and a ridiculous finisher.

    "What he did last season was unrivalled, but this season Arsenal need him firing, ASAP."

  • Josh Graham

    ART DEALER

    Arsenal are set to splash the cash in January as Mikel Arteta looks to add creativity to his side.

    Despite three consecutive Premier League victories, the Gunners boss is still keen to bring in players with the club languishing in 11th spot in the table.

    Arteta is desperate to strengthen in midfield, though the club will not be signing Real Madrid ace Isco on loan due to the emergence of Emile Smith Rowe.

    However, they maintain an interest in Norwich playmaker Emiliano Buendia, who has played a part in 13 goals in the Championship this term for the table-topping Canaries.

    And SunSport exclusively revealed last month that Sevilla maestro Joan Jordan is being lined up in January by the Gunners, who have tracked his progress for three years.

    So how could they line up with Buendia and Jordan on board?

    Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his Arsenal side in the January transfer window
  • Josh Graham

    TIER RULES

    Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney was lavished with praise by BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks.

    Crooks said: "When I saw Tierney tease West Brom’s Darnell Furlong – not once, but twice – I thought he’d slightly overdone it, but what then took place was finishing of the highest order from the Arsenal full-back.

    "For the left-footed Scot to cut inside and let fly so accurately with his weaker foot was very impressive.

    "Tierney has been one of the few shining lights in what has been a difficult season for Arsenal so far, but this victory over the Baggies is the Gunners’ third consecutive win. I wonder if they have turned the corner."

  • Josh Graham

    BALOGUNNER

    Folarin Balogun teased Arsenal fans by captioning a highlights reel of his footage '2021 I'm coming' on social media.

    The young Gunners forward has been linked with a move away amid a rumoured contract dispute but could stay under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta this year.

  • Josh Graham

    BRANDT NEW

    Arsenal are reportedly interesting in signing Julian Brandt from Borussia Dortmund.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is desperate to sign a new creative playmaker this month.

    According to Football London, Arsenal are considering a permanent move for Brandt.

    Borussia Dortmund are reportedly prepared to offload him for a fee of £22 million.

    The report states that the German star would be 'willing' to move to the Emirates.

    Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has refused to rule out a move for Brandt this month.

    He said: "My years of activity have taught me that I don't rule anything out at the beginning of a transfer period."

  • Josh Graham

    CHRIS CROSS THE DIVIDE

    Arsenal are still reportedly leading the race for Christian Eriksen, according to Inter Live.

    Eriksen has been starved of game time under Antonio Conte since leaving Spurs this time last year.

    And he could reportedly join his old club's arch rivals in search of some action.

    PSG were also linked but are said to have gone 'cold' on a move despite the arrival of Eriken's old boss Mauricio Pochettino.

  • Josh Graham

    'FINALLY FREE'

    Arsenal defender William Saliba's loan move to Nice saw his former team-mate celebrate that he is 'finally free'.

    Leicester star Wesley Fofana paired up with Saliba at Saint Etienne and on Instagram wrote alongside a party emoji: "He's finally free."

    Gunners chief Edu said: "William experienced a very challenging time last year, with his playing time limited by injury and the early ending of the Ligue 1 season due to the pandemic.

    "We will be keeping in close contact with William during his time with Nice and look forward to seeing him make good progress until the end of the season."

    William Saliba's former team-mate Wesley Fofana celebrated his move

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