2pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Isco loan TALKS, Joan Jordan LATEST, Diego Costa 'eyed on free', Omar Rekik news

ARSENAL made it two straight Premier League wins for the first time since September with a 1-0 victory at Brighton.

Meanwhile the Gunners are reportedly in talks with Real Madrid's Isco over a potential loan move.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below…

  • Kostas Lianos

    SOK MOVE

    As mentioned below Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been linked with a move away from Arsenal with Fenerbahce posing as a likely destination in January.

    Sokratis has been omitted from the Gunners' Premier League and Europa League squad and thus a transfer would make sense.

    During the summer the Greek centre-back was linked with a reunion with fellow countryman Kostas Manolas at Napoli.

    There were also rumours in Greece that he would be returning to his country to join Olympiacos as a replacement for Ruben Semedo, who was linked with a move to Benfica.

    However, Semedo stayed put as did Sokratis who has only made one appearance in the EFL Cup all season

  • Kostas Lianos

    COSTA SNUB

    Arsenal have received yet another transfer boost amid reports suggesting they are interested in signing Diego Costa.

    Costa left Atletico Madrid on Tuesday after both parties agreed to terminate his contract.

    The Gunners are among rumoured clubs which are keeping tabs on the star striker.

    The north Londoners may have to enter a bidding war with Premier League rivals Tottenham and Wolves.

    But they receive a boost following news that Atletico have taken steps in order to make sure the ex-Chelsea star doesn't join another La Liga side.

    And Tuttosport claim AC Milan have ruled out a bid for Costa even though they are looking for another striker to provide cover for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

  • Kostas Lianos

    WHAT A MES

    As we all know, history has a funny way of repeating itself and that's exactly what could happen at Arsenal.

    The Gunners are reportedly interested in Isco, who replaced Mesut Ozil at Real Madrid in 2013 when the German playmaker moved to the Emirates.

    And should the attacking midfielder move to north London then he will be taking Ozil's place again.

    However, Arsenal are facing a rocky road ahead in their bid to sign the Spain international as he seems more keen to go to Sevilla and reunite with former Spain under-20s manager Julen Lopetegui

  • Kostas Lianos

    OZIL ASSIST

    Arsenal were used to getting assists from Mesut Ozil on the pitch and may now be set for some help backstage ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is because Ozil could offer a solution as to how the Gunners could save some money for transfer business next month.

    According to ESPN, the attacking midfielder has offered advice to out-of-favour Sokratis Papastathopoulos about a move to Fenerbahce.

    If Papastathopoulos moves to Turkey then that would free up some funds for Arsenal to pursue some top targets, like Diego Costa, that would help them climb up the Premier League table

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  • Kostas Lianos

    REKIK UPDATE

    Arsenal will complete their first signing of the January transfer window if they pay around €600,000 (£542,000) for Hetha Berlin ace Omar Rekik, according to BILD.

    Rekik came close to joining the Gunners last summer on transfer deadline day but a deal wasn't finalised on time.

    Nevertheless, it now looks like the north Londoners are close to completing an agreement that would see the 19-year-old centre-back loaned back at Hertha.

    Rekik has been playing for Hertha's youth squads these past few years and has left immense promise for the future

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  • Kostas Lianos

    NORTH LONDON RIVALRY

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has made Diego Costa his transfer priority ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is according to Spanish outlet La Razon, which means Arsenal may have to enter a bidding war with their north London rivals next month for Costa.

    The star striker left Atletico Madrid on Tuesday after both sides agreed to terminate his contract.

    The Gunners and Spurs may face some competition from Wolves, who are also lining up a bid.

    However, they will be pleased to know that Atleti have taken steps in order to make sure the Spain international doesn't join another La Liga club and therefore crashing Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla's hopes of signing him

  • Kostas Lianos

    COSTA BOOST

    Real Madrid, Sevilla and Barcelona have been dealt with a transfer blow amid reports they are eyeing Diego Costa.

    Costa left Atletico Madrid on Tuesday after his contract was mutually terminated and is now looking for his next destination.

    Arsenal are one of the clubs which have shown interest for the star striker along with Wolves and Tottenham.

    According to Goal, the ex-Chelsea star is more likely to move abroad rather than joining a Spanish team like Barcelona or Real because Atletico have agreed to let him go without putting their La Liga title bid at risk

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  • Kostas Lianos

    DAVID LUIZ ADVICE

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been urged to ignore David Luiz and keep him on the bench when he makes a complete recovery.

    Luiz was offered a new one-year contract in the summer and is currently nursing an injury.

    However, Tim Sherwood has advised Arteta to stick with his young stars as they are the ones that got him out of the mess created by players like the former Chelsea star.

    Sherwood told Amazon Prime: "When Luiz is back fit, resist the temptation.

    "They’re the ones who let you down before. They’re the ones who have put you in that trouble. The kids have got you out of it, stick with the kids.”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ISCO DETERMINED

    Arsenal target Isco is determined to leave Real Madrid by the end of the season.

    That is according to AS, who claim the Spain international is keen to undertake a new challenge in his career.

    The Gunners have been linked with the attacking midfielder as manager Mikel Arteta is looking to add some creativity to his midfield.

    However, the 28-year-old appears to be more keen to go to Sevilla in order to reunite with former Spain under-20s boss Julen Lopetegui, who helped him take his career to the next level.

    However, Real manager Zinedine Zidane isn't keen on letting Isco go in the January transfer window

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON ISCO

    Arsenal have been linked with a January megatransfer as reports suggest they are targeting Real Madrid star Isco, who is also being eyed by Sevilla.

    However, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta remains silent regarding the club's plans for the upcoming transfer window.

    But the Spaniard confirmed that the last two victories against Chelsea and Brighton won't change the way they do business next month.

    Arteta said after Tuesday's 1-0 win over Brighton: "The last few results won't change our approach to the window.

    "And obviously we can't talk about any individual players."

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  • Kostas Lianos

    TOP GUNS

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims youngsters Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka are the ones who turned things around for the club.

    The Gunners won back-to-back games in the Premier League only the second time this season following a seven-match winless streak in the top flight.

    The north Londoners, though, made quite a comeback after beating Chelsea on Boxing Day and Brighton on Tuesday.

    And Wright gives major credit to Martinelli, Smith Rowe and Saka for their "exuberance of youth".

    He told Match of the Day: "The Arsenal fans have known about these guys… Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe, Saka.

    "Smith Rowe, his touch, his energy, the fitness. You’ve got them stretched. Saka was fantastic today when you looked at… he’s literally held the club up on his own for a little while with the creativity.

    "Those three boys, those three youngsters have literally turned it around for the last two games for us."

  • Kostas Lianos

    COSTA TO ARSENAL?

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Diego Costa following his sudden departure from Atletico Madrid.

    Costa had his contract mutually terminated at Atletico on Tuesday and is now looking for his next challenge with reports suggesting he wants to continue in Europe.

    According to AS, Arsenal could be the frontrunners for the star striker's signature, while Real Madrid, Sevilla and Barcelona are also eyeing the ex-Chelsea star.

    The Gunners are looking for someone that will elevate them following a disastrous start to the Premier League that has seen them scoring a mere 16 goals in 16 matches…

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  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League for just the second time this season following the 1-0 victory against Brighton yesterday evening.

    Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal of the game – finding the back of the net just 21 seconds after replacing Gabriel Martinelli at the Emirates.

    The result lifted the North London outfit up to 13th in the table ahead of their trip to West Brom on Saturday.

    In other news,  Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing Real Madrid playmaker Isco on loan in January.

    According to the Telegraph, talks are at an early stage, but Mikel Arteta is desperate to add creativity to his side.

    However they face competition from LaLiga side Sevilla as former Real boss Julen Lopetegui looks to be reunited with the player.

    Meanwhile, Arteta is also said to be keen on Sevilla maestro Joan Jordan.

    Sevilla have put a £55million buy-out clause on the all-action midfielder but they are ready to listen to offers of around £32m.

    And finally, Sokratis Papastathopoulos could finally be on his way out of the Emirates with Fenerbahce keen on snapping up the Greek international.

    The 32-year-old was left out of Arsenal's Premier League and Europa League squads for the first half of the season and is edging closer towards the exit door at the Emirates.

    Turkish outlet Hurryiet claim the defender, who is out of contract in the summer, has begun talks with Istanbul side Fenerbahce.

  • sstreet

    GONE IN 21 SECONDS

    Alexandre Lacazette came off the subs bench with Arsenal in desperate need of a goal at Brighton.

    And it took him just 21 seconds to link up with Bukayo Saka and score the winner.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PANIC AT THE ISCO

    Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing Real Madrid playmaker Isco on loan in January.

    According to the Telegraph, talks are at an early stage, but Mikel Arteta is desperate to add creativity to his side.

    However they face competition from LaLiga side Sevilla as former Real boss Julen Lopetegui looks to be reunited with the player.

    The Spaniard has started just three games in the league this season and is understood to be open to leaving the Bernabeu.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART DEALER

    Mikel Arteta has spoke of his delight at Arsenal winning back-to-back Premier League games for just the second time this season.

    He told Amazon Prime: "The fact we won against Chelsea was a big boost and to come here three days later and get another win for us is massively important.

    "I'm proud of the boys and happy with the result.

    "When you lose the amount of games that we did recently to maintain high spirts is a big challenge but we have managed to do that.

    "The best medicine is wins, the picture looks much better at the moment, we just need to have that consistency go against West Brom now and try to win again."

  • Jake Lambourne

    LACAZETTE REACTION

    Alexandre Lacazette has heaped praise on Bukayo Saka after the England international laid on the assist for his winner.

    Speaking to Amazon Prime, he said: "I'm really happy, when you come off the bench you need to help the team, it's good for me and for the team as well.

    "Bukayo gave me a good pass, as I like and yeah it was good for me.

    "He's really good and with every game he improves, he shows his quality even though he's young he's still working hard for the team so everyone is happy with him."

  • Jake Lambourne

    STAT ATTACK

    Arsenal just about had more possession than Brighton.

    And they made it count as they bossed the second half at the Amex Stadium.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL TIME

    What a big three points that is for Arsenal!

    Whatever Mikel Arteta said at the break clearly worked as the Gunners were a different side in the second half.

    And his decision to put Alexandre Lacazette on worked wonders as he scored immediately after.

    It was another man of the match display from Bukayo Saka who continues to showcase his immense talent.

    Arsenal are now up to 13th in the table.

  • Jake Lambourne

    INSTANT IMPACT!

    WOW!

    Alexandre Lacazette has scored immediately after coming on for Gabriel Martinelli.

    The French striker was picked out by Bukayo Saka in the box, and after taking a touch, curled the ball into the bottom right corner.

    Great finish and Arsenal are deservedly in front.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BACK UNDERWAY

    The second half has started!

    Click HERE to follow the SunSport LIVE blog of the match.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HALF TIME!

    Both sides go into the break level on terms and the Gunners will be happy that they're not trailing.

    The North London side have failed to create any chances and it's been the Seagulls that have dominated the match.

    A big 45 minutes is needed if they want to walk away with the three points.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TIME OFF

    Premier League chiefs face an anxious wait to discover if the Covid crisis is running out of control – and risks leading to a potential short-term shutdown.

    Sheffield United followed Manchester City in reporting an outbreak of the virus, although their game at Burnley went ahead, so did Southampton’s clash with West Ham, despite boss Ralph Hassenhuttl isolating at home after a family member tested positive.

    Fulham have reported a number of positive cases ahead of their game at Spurs this evening, although no postponement request has yet been made.

    League bosses are now braced to announce an all-time high of Covid cases – after last week’s total set a worrying new record.

    The Prem confirmed 18 positive results from 1,479 tests between December 21 and 27, exceeding the early November previous record weekly tally of 16.

    But those figures did NOT include the latest results from City or the Blades and with the mutant strains running wild across the country there is genuine concern over the breadth of the contagion.

    And that could lead to club chiefs having to consider a temporary “circuit-breaking” shutdown, although at this stage that idea has not gone beyond the boardroom of a couple of clubs.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KICK OFF

    And we're off!

    Arsenal are bidding to win back-to-back games in the Premier League for just the second time this season.

    Click HERE to follow the SunSport LIVE blog.

  • Jake Lambourne

    THE ART OF PAIN

    Mikel Arteta admits he is "suffering" and feeling "drained" as he battles to overturn Arsenal's worst start to a top-flight season since 1974.

    The manager believes he has let down the club, staff and fans, despite Saturday's 3-1 victory over Chelsea ending a winless run dating to November 1.

    Ahead of Tuesday's trip to Brighton, The Standard report the former Manchester City assistant boss as saying: “Obviously results-wise in the last few weeks we have all been suffering – I have been suffering. I feel very responsible for that.

    "The worst feeling is because I want to do so well for this football club and at the moment we are in, I want to bring all my passion, the knowledge that I have, the right intentions to move as quickly as we possibly can as a football club."

    Before adding: "I feel like I am letting the club down and the people that work for us, and obviously our fans.

    “It is draining, it is frustrating and it is painful. At the same time, I know we have to fight our way back."

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