8am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Diego Costa FREE deal latest, Ozil to Juventus latest, Lamptey could replace Bellerin

ARSENAL are reportedly considering a move for former tormentor-in-chief Diego Costa.

Meanwhile Mesut Ozil could be a target for Juventus and Tariq Lamptey could replace Hector Bellerin.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DIEG-OH

    Arsenal are reportedly plotting a swoop to sign former Chelsea striker Diego Costa on a free transfer next month.

    The 32-year-old is out of contract in June but Atletico Madrid are willing to rip his deal up early to get him off the wage bill.

    Spanish outlet AS claim Mikel Arteta is watching Costa’s situation with keen interest as he looks to bring him back to London.

    The Gunners want to bolster their attacking options following their miserable start to the campaign.

    And Arteta is eyeing the possibility of re-uniting Costa with his ex-Chelsea team-mate Willian at the Emirates.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    ISCO INFERNO

    Arsenal and Everton are believed to be ready to battle it out for Real Madrid playmaker Isco next month.

    The 28-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu for months after falling out of favour.

    He is believed to have already been told by Zinedine Zidane he should look for a move once the transfer window re-opens in January.

    Mundo Deportivo reports a switch to the Premier League looks the most likely option for the midfielder, and it also claims that it is Arsenal and Everton who are the teams most interested in signing him.

    But the English duo will also face strong competition from Italy for Isco, with both Juventus and Inter Milan are also eyeing a swoop for the winger.

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  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in a move for Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey if they lose Hector Bellerin to Barcelona.

    According to The Mirror, Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta, who is favourite to win the election, ‘wants Bellerin’.

    But the Gunners might already have a replacement in mind in the form of Brighton’s marauding right-back Lamptey.

    In other news, teenage striker Folarin Balogun could be on his way out of the Emirates.

    The 19-year-old's contract in North London expires at the end of the season, and according to The Athletic, Liverpool are ready to pounce.

    A move to Germany is also an option, with Balogun free to open contract discussions with overseas teams from January 1.

    Meanwhile, the Gunners are reportedly unlikely to rekindle their interest in Houssem Aouar in January.

    The Athletic claim that despite failing to bring the Lyon ace to the Emirates in the summer, they are set to pursue other targets instead.

    Barcelona playmaker Riqui Puig is one potential option with the 21-year-old falling out of favour under Ronald Koeman.

    They state that the Gunners have scouted the youngster on numerous occasions.

    And finally, Arsenal have confirmed Gabriel’s positive test for coronavirus – ruling the defender out for two Premier League games as he self-isolates.

    The Brazilian, 23, will miss the clashes at Brighton on Tuesday and West Brom next Saturday.

    But 15th-placed Arsenal say fellow centre-back David Luiz and midfielder Willian have tested negative, despite ‘feeling unwell’.

    The pair will resume outdoor training on Thursday, having sat out Saturday’s 3-1 home win over former club Chelsea.

  • sstreet

    COUNTING THE COST

    Arsenal could be ready to move for one of their all-time bogey men, according to reports.

    Spanish daily AS state that Diego Costa is on the Gunners' radar, as he looks to negotiate a free transfer away from Atletico Madrid.

    The club are said to be favourable towards Costa's request, due to his eight years of service over three spells.

    However, they will not consider selling him to a direct rival either in Spain or Europe.

    With Costa keen to continue in a top league, that's where Arsenal come into the picture.

    The Gunners are in the bottom half of the Premier League and competing in the Europa League.

    Therefore they are not likely to meet Atleti in European competition for at least 18 months.

    So, could fans be treated to the bizarre site of Diego Costa in an Arsenal shirt?

  • Jake Lambourne

    THE BREAKDOWN

    Watch below how former Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke dissected the club's 3-1 win against Chelsea.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GAB SMACKED

    Arsenal have confirmed Gabriel’s positive test for coronavirus – ruling the defender out for two Premier League games as he self-isolates.

    The Brazilian, 23, will miss bottom-six clashes at Brighton on Tuesday and West Brom next Saturday.

    But 15th-placed Arsenal say fellow centre-back David Luiz and midfielder Willian have tested negative, despite “feeling unwell”.

    The pair will resume outdoor training on Thursday, having sat out Saturday’s 3-1 home win over former club Chelsea.

    Arsenal said in a statement that Gabriel “has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating according to UK Government and Premier League protocols. 

    “We will continue to monitor and support Gabriel, and we are hoping he will be available again after our next two matches.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    VAN TASTIC

    Robin van Persie has named the six best players he played with in his career – and four of them were Manchester United legends.

    The former Arsenal captain, who spent his last three seasons in England at Old Trafford, retired from football at the age of 35 last year.

    Van Persie controversially moved to Manchester in 2012 having rejected a contract extension offer from Arsenal.

    He then went on to win the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford.

    And the Dutch striker seemingly has fond memories from his time in the red half of Manchester, naming four Red Devils stars among best players he shared the pitch with.

    When asked to pick his most talented team-mate, he told BBC Sport: “So difficult to name one.

    “I would go for Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAVING A PARTEY

    Arsenal have been handed an injury boost ahead of their trip to Brighton tomorrow.

    Ghana international Thomas Partey has spotted involved in first team training.

    However it is unlikely that he will involved at the Amex Stadium.

  • Jake Lambourne

    THE BELL TOLLS

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in a move for Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey if they lose Hector Bellerin to Barcelona.

    According to The Mirror, Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta, who is favourite to win the election, ‘wants Bellerin’.

    But the Gunners might already have a replacement in mind in the form of Brighton’s maruauding wing-back Lamptey.

    The 20-year-old has been a revelation on the south coast this season having left Chelsea for first-team football.

    Arsenal have reportedly been ‘monitoring him closely’ – with Manchester City and Bayern Munich also linked.

  • Jake Lambourne

    AUBA THE MOON

    Arsenal are set to be handed a huge injury boost with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pushing for a return to the team against Brighton.

    Mikel Arteta will be looking to make it two wins out of two after finally turning a corner with the Gunners' 3-1 win over Chelsea.

    Aubameyang, 31, has not played since December 16 as a result of a calf issue but was in the squad for the Boxing Day scalp against the club's London rivals.

    And the Gabon striker could come back into the team for the trip to Brighton on Tuesday.

    Here's how Arsenal could start at the Amex Stadium.

  • Jake Lambourne

    YOUNG GUNS

    Arsenal academy graduates Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Folarin Balogun andMiguel Azeez were all in a jolly mood in training today.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAL SEARCHING

    William Saliba's future at Arsenal is reportedly set to become clear in the next few days.

    The talented centre-back is yet to make his debut for the club, and has been linked with a loan move away in the New Year.

    According to the AFCBell, Saliba's representatives spoke to the Gunners about his current situation.

    But nothing has yet been decided, with talks to continue over the next few days.

    They claim that 'everything will be clear soon' regarding his future.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HOUSS OF CARDS

    Arsenal are reportedly unlikely to rekindle their interest in Houssem Aouar in January.

    The Athletic claim that despite failing to bring the Lyon ace to the Emirates in the summer, they are set to pursue other targets instead.

    Barcelona playmaker Riqui Puig is one potential option with the 21-year-old falling out of favour under Ronald Koeman.

    They state that the Gunners have scouted the youngster on numerous occasions.

  • Jake Lambourne

    JANUARY SALES

    Arsenal are set to continue their radical squad overhaul when the January transfer window opens.

    A surprisingly busy summer saw several stars arrive with comparatively few first-teamers departing.

    Next month will see a concerted effort to trim the squad of the high-earning players who have not had a look in under Arteta.

    According to The Athletic, sporting director Edu Gaspar is charged with finding new clubs for these unwanted reserves.

    Not only have they cost the Gunners financially, some outcasts are reportedly causing dressing room divides over their treatment.

    Here, SunSport names seven players who could be moved on in January.

    Click HERE to see who could depart.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ROUNDUP

    Here's a quick summary of what's happened today Arsenal fans.

    It's been a day of continuous links to midfielders, as Mikel Arteta is desperate for a creative spark in the middle of the pitch.

    Houssam Aouar and Julian Brandt are two big names on Mikel Arteta's wish list, but Emi Buendia, Morgan Sanson and Riqui Puig have also been linked with a move to the Gunners.

    Emirates outcast Mesut Ozil has reportedly been offered to Juventus on a six month loan deal, with Arsenal even willing to pay a large portion of Ozil's wages.

    Youngster Folarin Balogun has been linked with a move away from the Emirates, with Liverpool ready to pounce.

    Balogun's current deal expires in the summer and he is unlikely to put pen to paper on an extension.

    And finally the Gunners are bracing themselves for a January bid for Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, but the Gunners have lines up Brighton starlet Tariq Lamptey as a potential replacement for Bellerin.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ICYMI

    In case you missed it, Arsenal are reportedly interested in a move for Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey if they lose Hector Bellerin to Barcelona.

    According to The Mirror, Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta, who is favourite to win the election, ‘wants Bellerin’.

    But the Gunners might already have a replacement in mind in the form of Brighton’s maruauding wing-back Lamptey.

    The 20-year-old has been a revelation on the south coast this season having left Chelsea for first-team football.

    Arsenal have reportedly been ‘monitoring him closely’ – with Manchester City and Bayern Munich also linked.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    EMI TO THE EMIRATES?

    Emiliano Buendia is a name that has been repeatedly linked with the Gunners in recent months.

    And now it seems a deal for Buendia may finally be done in January as an alternative to top target Houssem Aouar.

    The Norwich man is available for a much smaller fee than Aouar, and already possesses Premier League experience.

    Last season, Buendia ranked second – behind only Kevin De Bruyne – in terms of key passes per 90 minutes (3.3).

    Reports suggest Buendia will be available for as little as £15million, with strong interest from the Emirates in the Argentinian playmaker.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    SEND FOR SANSON

    Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson is reportedly on Mikel Arteta's radar as an alternative to Houssam Aouar and Julian Brandt.

    According to Le 10 Sport, Marseille have received an offer from an unnamed Premier League club for the signature of the 26-year-old Frenchman.

    Arsenal were previously linked with Sanson in the summer, and are crying out for a midfielder to help drag them away from the Premier League relegation zone.

    Sanson's versatility is useful, as he is able to be deployed as both a holding midfielder and in the more advanced number eight role.

    AC Milan, Wolves, Newcastle and West Ham are also reportedly keen on Sanson, with transfermarkt valuing him at around £20million.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    CLOSE YER' LEGS

    The Arsenal social media content at N'golo Kante's expense keeps on coming.

    Here's a look at Emile Smith-Rowe's cheeky nutmeg on the midfielder.

    Smith-Rowe impressed in the 3-1 Boxing Day victory, after a run of good displays in the Europa League resulted in him getting the call up to the Premier League squad.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Gabriel Martinelli has posted a throwback shot to Instagram, at the expense of Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante.

    The snap is from the 2-2 draw between the sides at Stamford Bridge in January, with Martinelli scoring thanks to this unfortunate slip from Kante.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has praised the Arsenal youngsters for their performance against Chelsea.

    Writing in his Dail Mail column, Keown said: "Smith Rowe was removed after 65 minutes, and Martinelli after 71. That was when Arsenal endured their most difficult period of the match. Their work-rate dropped. Martinelli’s closing down was missed.

    "Arteta knows he has to manage the energy levels of his young players, given how demanding the Christmas schedule is.

    "But the good news for the Arsenal manager is they were able to see out the win and he can turn to these kids again. They brought something special to the team."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MAKING HIS MARK

    Arsenal fans were delighted with Gabriel Martinelli's desire in the Boxing Day victory over Chelsea.

    Martinelli provided the fresh legs that Gunners fans were crying out for, and showcased his willingness to chase the ball and put the Chelsea defenders under pressure.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PARTEY ON HOLD

    Mikel Arteta has revealed that Thomas Partey has not yet resumed full training with the Arsenal squad, meaning his return to the side is still a number of days away.

    Arteta confirmed the £45million man will not feature against Brighton or West Brom, but Partey is expected to make his return early in the New Year.

    Partey has had an injury-hit start to life in North London, making just five appearances so far this season.

    Gunners fans will be hoping Partey can return to action soon, and help lift his team into the top half of the Premier League table.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    OLD FRIENDS

    Kieran Tierney's former Celtic teammates Filip Benkovic and Scott Brown were quick to praise the Scottish left back after his performance against Chelsea on Boxing Day.

    After initially struggling to adapt to life at the Emirates, Tierney has started the last thirteen league games for the Gunners, establishing himself as a key man in Mikel Arteta's side.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OZIL TO THE OLD LADY?

    Reports emerging from Italy today suggest that the Gunners have offered Mesut Ozil to Italian giants Juventus.

    According to Tuttosport, Arsenal are eager to send Ozil to Turin on an initial six month loan deal that will take Ozil to the end of his Arsenal contract.

    The Gunners are even reportedly willing to pay a portion of Ozil's wages in an attempt to finally part ways with the German playmaker.

    Ozil has not featured for Arsenal since March, and was left out of Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa League squads this season.

    And now it seems the saga may finally be reaching a conclusion.

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