1pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Partey ‘convinced to join by Xhaka’, Ozil told ‘face-to-face’ of axe, Saka England debut – The Sun

ARSENAL are reportedly in talks with Mesut Ozil about mutually terminating his contract, despite the midfielder's offer to pay mascot Gunnersaurus' wages.

Meanwhile the prospect of playing with Granit Xhaka was a key factor in Thomas Partey's decision to join the Gunners, according to reports.

Follow ALL of the Gunners latest transfer news, updates and reaction below…

  • Kiro Evans

    COMING UP

    The Prem is back next week, and Arsenal will be looking to build on a great start with their next few matches.

    First up it's a difficult trip to Manchester City in Saturday's evening game. Pep Guardiola's side showed they are beatable at the Etihad after Leicester tore them apart but it will still be a huge challenge for the Gunners.

    Next they go to Rapid Wien on Matchday One of the Europa League, before returning to domestic action with a home game against Leicester.

    All roads lead back to Europe next as they host Irish side Dundalk, before they face a trip to Old Trafford a few days later.

  • Kiro Evans

    TV BOOST FOR FANS

    PREM clubs are today poised to agree to non-televised matches being available to all fans, Martin Lipton writes.

    But supporters will have to pay to watch with the matches only available through a special subscription service.

    Ever since the Prem’s restart in June, all matches have been available through one of the Prem’s four broadcast partners – Sky, BT, Amazon prime and the BBC.

    With fans locked out, the clubs felt they had no option to ensure supporters were able to watch their teams in action.

    But there are concerns that the two main broadcasters’ patience over the loss of their prized exclusivity is not boundless and that there could be a knock-on impact with the companies demanding a further rebate.

    Prem clubs already face having to pay back £330m over the next two seasons as a result of the pandemic and a further cut in income would be a savage blow.

  • Kiro Evans

    WHERE WILL HE GO?

    William Saliba will almost certainly be heading on loan to the Championship, but where exactly is still unclear.

    Watford and Brentford are two clubs most heavily linked to the him, but look out for Swansea and Bournemouth as well.

    All four clubs are tipped to be in contention for promotion this season and could pose a great challenge for the 19-year-old, with the second-tier known for its physicality and unpredictability.

    Clubs can still do domestic deals until a second deadline day on October 16.

    Saliba was linked with a loan to Ligue 1 leader Rennes, but the deal could not be concluded before the initial deadline day of October 5.

  • Kiro Evans

    MUCH EDU ABOUT NOTHING

    Arsenal technical director Edu has revealed how he broke the news to Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastahopolos that they would not be playing for Arsenal this season, writes Mark Irwin.

    Edu and manager Mikel Arteta organised face-to-face meetings with the out of favour duo to explain why they were not in the club’s 25-man Uefa squad.

    He said: “We needed to manage the number of foreign players in the squad because we are only allowed to have 17 on our list.

    “I talked to Mikel about the players who were probably going to be left out and we discussed how to treat that challenging situation.

    “The way we did it was to sit down with the players concerned and to be open with them and I also spoke to their agents.

    “The only way to do that was face-to-face and to clearly explain why Mikel has made that decision. And I think we did it quite well.

    It's the latest twist to the Ozil drama at Arsenal, following a week which saw him wade into the Gunnarsaurus debate and reports suggesting the player and club may mutually decide to terminate his contract.

  • Kiro Evans

    PARTEY TIME

    Thomas Partey's Ghana play Mali tonight in an international friendly – and Arsenal fans will hoping to see their man in the flesh for the first time since he signed.

    The numbers are on Partey's side when you compare him to Arsenal's other midfield options:

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Thomas Partey was convinced to join the club by the prospect of playing with Granit Xhaka, according to surprise reports.

    According to The Athletic, Francis Cagigao – then the head of international recruitment – discussed with the Ghanaian how he would fit in with the Swiss in a deep-lying midfield.

    And it is added that during one of those meetings, Partey expressed his admiration for the Gunners bad boy, believing him to be the perfect partner for his game.

    Meanwhile, Emiliano Martinez has revealed he is back in love with football after ending his ten-year spell with Arsenal.

    The 28-year-old joined Aston Villa on a permanent deal last month after Mikel Arteta couldn't guarantee he would be the No1 choice shot-stopper at the Emirates.

    He told the Independent: “I was finally the No1 and I was ready for it. It took 10 years to get there. You train as a goalkeeper every day, but nobody prepares you for the story of your life.

    “Nobody trains you to be frustrated, nobody trains you to cry. What about when you don’t play for four months? Will you keep going or will be you be mentally dead?

    “I could’ve done so much more over the years, but finally the world started to see what I’m capable of. I finished on a high and that’s how I always wanted to leave.”

    And finally, Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for their game against Manchester City.

    The Gunners captain was forced to pull out of the Gabon squad with a sprained ankle this week.

    Gabon boss Patrice Neveu told RFI: “Aubameyang suffers from a small sprained ankle, contracted on Sunday, during the Premier League match against Sheffield.

    “The Arsenal doctor sent me a certificate indicating his unavailability. He is in care for a week.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TIER ME OUT

    Exclusive by Derek McGregor: Kieran Tierney came through a Covid-19 scare two months ago after a positive test.

    The £25million Arsenal star was asymptomatic and came through the required 10-day self isolation period without further issues to start the new season.

    Now Tierney is at the heart of a determined fight by the Gunners to be available for their Premier League game against Man City at the Etihad on October 17.

    Boss Mikael Arteta – who himself tested positive last March – was left furious after Wednesday’s shock SFA announcement Tierney was having to isolate for 14 days due to him and Celtic’s Ryan Christie being regarded as ‘close contacts’ of Stuart Armstrong who tested positive while all three were together at the Scotland camp in Edinburgh.

    That left the defender facing up to missing the City match plus almost certainly the opening Europa League group tie against Rapid Vienna in Austria on the 22nd.

    Yet, Tierney had produced THREE negative tests in the week leading up to the stunning news all three players were out of the crunch Euro play-off against win over Israel.

  • Joe Brophy

    TIER FEAR

    Arsenal chiefs have been warned Kieran Tierney will NOT get special treatment after being ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.

    The Gunners left-back, 23, must quarantine in Scotland in the wake of international team-mate Stuart Armstrong testing positive for coronavirus.

    Emirates bosses demanded a Government probe and wanted their £25million full-back whisked back to London in a private car after he tested negative.

    But Scotland health boss Jason Leitch insists the correct protocols have been observed and Tierney MUST serve his 14 days as footballers are not treated any differently to the general public.

    He told Radio Clyde: “I cannot intervene. That’s exactly how the process should work.

    “The health protection team treats footballers the way it treats workers in call centres or you or me.

    “We phone up the positive case, we ask the positive case their history, where they’ve been for two days prior to their symptoms beginning.

    “That’s sometimes very straightforward — but sometimes, particularly in football, more complex.”

  • Joe Brophy

    NOT SO S-MART

    Emiliano Martinez has opened up on his move to Aston Villa after the Community Shield win with Arsenal.

    He told the Independent: “I thought if I played well that game, I would be No 1, but afterwards it still wasn’t clear who was going to start in the league.

    “I was told that there was a 95 per cent chance I would start against Fulham [on the first day of the season], but I just thought, ‘why not 100 per cent?’ Something didn’t feel right.

    “Everyone wanted me to stay, but that’s when I decided to go. The following morning I texted Mikel [Arteta] and told him.

    “I thanked him, I said I won these trophies because of the way he trained, the way he changed the team. I trust his process so much, he is incredible.

    Martinez then said: “Before I signed the [Villa] contract, I breathed deeply and said no matter what happens, I will never look back.

    “I rejected a lot of clubs and then, in my first game, I saved a penalty and had a man of the match performanc

    “That is where I’m at now. I told my wife just the other day, I feel like I’m so in love with football again, like I’ve never known before.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PARTEY HARD

    Thomas Partey has delivered his first greeting to eager Arsenal fans, exclaiming: “No Thomas, no Partey!”

    The Ghana international, 27, completed a dramatic £45million move from Atletico Madrid on deadline day after the Gunners met his buyout clause.

  • Joe Brophy

    COURT IN THE BUFF

    Belgium are in crisis after Thibaut Courtois became the THIRD goalkeeper ruled out for Sunday's game against England.

    Roberto Martinez's side travel to Wembley for the Nations League clash with the Real Madrid star initially set to start.

    But, ahead of Thursday's friendly against Ivory Coast, it was confirmed that Courtois had left the camp.

    And the hip injury will keep the 28-year-old out of action as the Group B favourites go head to head on Sunday.

  • Joe Brophy

    S-MART MOVE

    Emiliano Martinez has revealed he is back in love with football after ending his ten-year spell with Arsenal.

    The 28-year-old joined Aston Villa on a permanent deal last month after Mikel Arteta couldn't guarantee he would be the No1 choice shot-stopper at the Emirates.

    He told the Independent: “I was finally the No 1 and I was ready for it. It took 10 years to get there. You train as a goalkeeper every day, but nobody prepares you for the story of your life.

    “Nobody trains you to be frustrated, nobody trains you to cry. What about when you don’t play for four months? Will you keep going or will be you be mentally dead?

    “I could’ve done so much more over the years, but finally the world started to see what I’m capable of. I finished on a high and that’s how I always wanted to leave.”

  • Joe Brophy

    AUBA TO YOU

    Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for their game against Manchester City.

    The Gunners captain was forced to pull out of the Gabon squad with a sprained ankle this week.

    Gabon boss Patrice Neveu told RFI: “Aubameyang suffers from a small sprained ankle, contracted on Sunday, during the Premier League match against Sheffield.

    “The Arsenal doctor sent me a certificate indicating his unavailability. He is in care for a week.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SAK RACE

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka is making his senior England debut in tonight's friendly against Wales.

  • Joe Brophy

    ED STRONG

    Arsenal technical director Edu has revealed how he broke the news to Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastahopolos that they would not be playing for Arsenal this season.

    Edu and manager Mikel Arteta organised face-to-face meetings with the out of favour duo to explain why they were not in the club’s 25-man Uefa squad

    He said: “We needed to manage the number of foreign players in the squad because we are only allowed to have 17 on our list.

    “I talked to Mikel about the players who were probably going to be left out and we discussed how to treat that challenging situation.

    “The way we did it was to sit down with the players concerned and to be open with them and I also spoke to their agents.

    “The only way to do that was face-to-face and to clearly explain why Mikel has made that decision. And I think we did it quite well.”

  • Joe Brophy

    COR BLIMEY

    England U19s' friendly clash against Scotland has been abandoned at HALF-TIME following a positive Covid-19 test during the match.

    The Young Lions went into the break at St George's Park leading 3-1, only to be told that the fixture has been called off.

    Players were told that a member of the backroom staff had received a positive test, leading the referee to call a halt to the proceedings.

    Commenting on the matter, an FA spokesperson said: “England U19's match with Scotland at St. George's Park this afternoon was abandoned in the first half as a precaution in line with COVID protocol.

    “We are not in a position to comment further at this time.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WALK ON

    Kyle Walker admitted some of his England team-mates have made mistakes during the coronavirus pandemic – but insists they all know their responsibilities.

    The 30-year-old – who himself breached coronavirus rules FOUR times during lockdown – says Gareth Southgate has spoken to the Three Lions about their duties.

    Speaking to The ITV Football Football Show podcast ahead of the friendly clash against Wales, Walker said: “He [Gareth Southgate] has reminded us.

    “We had a meeting and he talked about our roles and responsibilities – not just on the field but off the field.

    “Obviously we're in a difficult period for everyone, but representing England we have to take that on our shoulders and take the burden of that.

    “We should know what's right and what's wrong. But I feel that also people do make mistakes.

    “Off the field does play a big role in it, but we need our best players to play for England.

    “Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell – they're all fantastic, top quality players that are playing for big teams.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GATE OPEN

    Gareth Southgate is set to welcome Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho back into England training on Friday.

    The trio broke coronavirus guidelines by attending Chelsea striker Abraham's surprise birthday party at the weekend, creating the England boss' latest pandemic headache.

    After Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden were dropped from this month's squad for their coronavirus gaffe in Iceland, Southgate chose to delay the arrival of Sancho, Chilwell and Abraham by a few days.

    Ruled out of tonight's friendly against Wales, all three are now due back on Friday to link up with Arsenal duo Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka, according to Sky Sports.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Atletico Madrid are still smarting over losing Thomas Partey as the blame game continues over his Arsenal transfer.

    The Gunners finally got their man on transfer deadline day when they paid the midfielder's £45million release fee.

    But Arsenal didn't hand that cheque over to Atletico – they went straight to LaLiga to get the deal over the line.

    The relationship between the two clubs has been described as 'irreparable' with Atletico feeling let down.

    Now, according to BBC's Spanish Football writer Guillem Balague, the Spanish club's anger is actually more directed at the player than his new club.

    He writes that: “The Gunners had wanted to negotiate a fee for the 27-year-old throughout the window but Atletico were unwilling to enter discussions, as they had no interest in accepting an offer for him.”

  • John Hutchinson

    PART OF THE CHASE

    Here is Arsenal chief Edu explaining how the club never gave up hope of landing Thomas Partey.

    The midfielder was signed from Atletico Madrid for £45m on transfer deadline day.

  • John Hutchinson

    BREAKING – AUBA AND OUT

    Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has pulled out of the Gabon squad with a sprained ankle making him a doubt for Gunners' clash with Manchester City.

    Aubameyang, 31, opted out of his country's friendly against Benin on Sunday.

    The former Borussia Dortmund forward picked up an injury in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Sheffield United at the weekend.

    He had hoped to recover in time to feature for his country but will now not travel to Lisbon for the game.

  • John Hutchinson

    EUR READY

    Arsenal have announced their Europa League squad.

    And as predicted, there is no place in it for Mesut Ozil.

    Defender Sokratis is also omitted.

    Goalkeepers: Leno, Runarsson, Macey, Hillson, Iliev

    Defenders: Bellerin, Gabriel, Holding, Cedric , Mustafi, Chambers, Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Tierney

    Midfielders: Dani Ceballos, Willian, Maitland-Niles, Partey, Elneny, Xhaka

    Forwards: Lacazette, Aubameyang, Pepe

    Nelson, Saka, Willock and Smith Rowe are included as homegrown players.

  • sstreet

    XHAK ATTACK

    Thomas Partey was convinced to join Arsenal by the prospect of playing with Granit Xhaka, according to surprise reports.

    According to The Athletic, Francis Cagigao – then the head of international recruitment – discussed with the Ghanaian how he would fit in with the Swiss in a deep-lying midfield.

    And it is added that during one of those meetings, Partey expressed his admiration for the Gunners bad boy, believing him to be the perfect partner for his game.

  • John Hutchinson

    GUNNER GO?

    Arsenal have made repeated attempts to terminate Mesut Ozil's contract, according to reports.

    The Gunners are reportedly set to leave the German out of their 25-man Europa League squad which has exacerbated the issue.

    Uefa will publish this season's Europa and Champions League squads later today after clubs submitted them late on Tuesday.

    And with the 31-year-old set to be left out, the North Londoners have made moves to get him off the books, according to the Mirror.

  • John Hutchinson

    YOU KNOW THE DRILL

    Arsenal's stars who are NOT on international duty are being put through their paces down at London Colney today.

    Here's Callum Chambers, who faces a big battle for a starting spot at the Emirates.

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