Arsenal news LIVE: Belotti LATEST, Smith Rowe 'close' to England call-up, Asensio OFFER, Suarez on Gunners transfer

ARSENAL are going to push for the transfer of Andrea Belotti in January, according to reports.

The Torino and Italy star would make a cost-effective replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, who is set to leave at the end of the season.

And the North London club have reportedly made an offer for Marco Asensio as they look to beat competition from the likes of Liverpool for the Real Madrid star's signature.

The Gunners are also being strongly linked to another Los Blancos player, with a loan bid for striker Luka Jovic mooted.

Emile Smith Rowe was also 'close' to his first senior England call-up, according to Three Lions chief Gareth Southgate.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

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    ISAK IN GUNNERS' SIGHTS

    Arsenal will be on alert after Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak admitted it would be 'nice' to play in the Premier League.

    The Gunners have been linked with a move for the 22-year-old Sweden striker.

    Arsenal have been linked with Real Sociedad star IsakCredit: Reuters

    He told The Independent: "I am in a good place at the moment, I am very happy, but one day it would be nice to play in England as well.

    "They have six or seven of the biggest clubs in the world, it is a very high level, and of course one day it would be an alternative.

    "Every player wants to be the best version of themselves and reach the highest possible level."

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    SMITH ROWE CLOSE TO CALL-UP

    England boss Gareth Southgate says Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe was close to an England call-up.

    The versatile midfielder, 21, has starred for the in-form Gunners in recent weeks but was not included in the latest Three Lions squad.

    When asked about Smith Rowe and other Under-21s prospects, England manager Gareth Southgate said: “At the moment, we think it’s a little early for some of those guys to come in.

    "We could put them in and they would be absolutely fine by the way, but we think the players we’ve picked are just a little bit ahead at the moment.”

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    BIG BEN UP

    Darren Bent says Ben White deserved a place in the latest England squad ahead of Tyrone Mings – who did get a call up.

    Arsenal's in-form centre-half was a surprise omission from Gareth Southgate's squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

    Mings is in the 25-man group despite a difficult start to the season with an Aston Villa side which has lost its last four games.

    Former England striker Bent told talkSPORT: “I wrote down a list. Harry Maguire, not been in great form. John Stones, not playing. Michael Keane, not been great. Gomez at Liverpool, not playing. And Tyrone Mings, not been good for Villa.

    “He [White] must be thinking, ‘if I don’t get in now am I ever going to get in?’

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    DU NORTH

    Arsenal are losing the race against Spurs to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, according to reports from Italy.

    Vlahovic, 21, is a target for the Gunners as a potential replacement for Alexandre Lacazette should he leave the Emirates at the end of the season.

    But Lanazione report it is Spurs who remain the frontrunners to sign the Serb as they begin to rebuild under new boss Antonio Conte.

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    ED'S UP

    Arsenal are one of a number of European giants thought to be in the running to sign Belgium skipper Eden Hazard from Real Madrid.

    The Gunners are joint-second favourites alongside Juventus to land the Belgium playmaker, 30, at odds of 16/1 with Sky Bet.

    Hazard was often regarded as the best player in the Prem during a seven-year spell with Chelsea which ended in 2019, and the Blues are favorites to re-sign him from Real at 2/1.

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    WRIGHT STUFF

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright says a Gunners defender is one of five stars who can count themselves very unlucky not to be included in Gareth Southgate's latest England squad.

    The former Three Lions striker says £50million man Ben White should have been called up for this month's World Cup qualifiers.

    Wrighty also believes West Ham duo Aaron Cresswell and Jarrod Bowen, Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher, and Milan centre-back Fikayo Tomori have also been unfairly overlooked for the 25-man group.

    He tweeted: "I've been there where form is ignored and certain players are guaranteed spots!! It's hard to take because there is nothing else you can do.

    "I don't know what Tomori needs to do get in and get a chance. Cresswell, Bowen, White, Gallagher will all be gutted."

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    TAKE THAT

    Spurs won't be thrilled to hear they lost out on an international defender to big rivals Arsenal.

    Japan star Takehiro Tomiyasu, 22, has told DAZN he rejected the whites to join the reds of North London.

    Arsenal ace Takehiro Tomiyasu took part in training for Arsenal

    The £20million star said: “I thought I was going to Spurs. On Deadline Day, I rejected them.

    “Arsenal asked me to join them and I did immediately."

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    FAB NEWS

    Former Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas has begrudgingly congratulated their big rivals Tottenham on the appointment Antonio Conte as their new manager.

    The Spanish midfielder, 34, played under Conte at Chelsea and was part of their 2016/17 Premier League-winning side.

    Fabregas, who now plays for Monaco, said: "I hate to say it but what an appointment by Spurs."

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    TAKE A CHANCE ON ME

    Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has revealed he rejected the chance to join Tottenham on deadline day to make the move to the Emirates.

    He told DAZN Japan: "I thought I wasn’t able to join Arsenal.

    "I thought I was going to Spurs. On deadline day, I rejected them.

    "Arsenal asked me to join them and I did immediately.”

    Tomiyasu is yet to taste defeat in Arsenal colours, with the club conceding just four goals from his seven outings.

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    ROWE YOUR BOAT

    England boss Gareth Southgate has revealed why Emile Smith Rowe has not been named in his World Cup squad.

    He said: "I think Emile, Conor Gallagher and Marc Guehi, in particular, are all playing very well with their clubs but we’ve got depth.

    "To put those in, we’ve got to leave some of those on the sheet out. I think it’s not a bad thing that we’re starting to get a very strong under-21 team because you want that depth.

    "We fast-tracked lots of young players quickly and the majority of them are still in this squad now. A lot of them played a big part in the Euros.

    “We’ve also had some come up and then when you put them back with the under-21s it’s a lot more complicated so we want to get the timing of that right.

    “The boys I’ve just mentioned are on a really good path, we like them, we get to see them with the under-21s as well as their clubs.

    “At the moment, we think it’s a little early for some of those guys to come in, we could put them in and they would be absolutely fine by the way, but we think the players we’ve picked are just a little bit ahead at the moment.”

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    WORLD CUP SQUAD

    Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

    And the big news is that Man Utd trio Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Jesse Lingard have NOT been included.

    Neither has Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe, who has been in five form this season.

    Though Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been included, along with Bukayo Saka.

    Look at the full list below.

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    AAR YOU SERIOUS?

    Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is up for the Premier League's October Player of the Month award.

    The Gunners shot-stopper is yet to be on the losing side for the North Londoners since joining in the summer.

    Ramsdale kept two clean sheets from four Premier League games last month.

    And he was named man of the match in last week's 2-0 win against Leicester after making a whopping eight saves.

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    YOUNG GUNS

    Mikel Arteta has fielded NINE out of ten youngest XIs in the Premier League this season.

    The Gunners fielded their youngest two sides of their league campaign against Brighton and Norwich.

    Arsenal came away with a win against Norwich and a draw at league high flyers Brighton with an average age of 24.1-years-old.

    The only other team to field a younger side than the Gunners this season was Southampton in matchweek eight.

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    TAKING THE MIG

    Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley has insisted there are no issues with Arsenal regarding loanee Miguel Azeez.

    The midfielder has struggled for game time at Fratton Park, with the 19-year-old appearing in just two League One games.

    It led to reports that the Gunners could recall the teenager, but Crowley has declared that there is no truth in the rumours.

    He told The News: "There have been no issues with Arsenal. We speak to them regularly, we have very good dialogue with them and a very good relationship.

    “They know we are working really, really hard with Miguel and I think they believe this has been a brilliant loan for him to this point.

    “They trust me and know we are desperate for Miguel to be a success here, that’s why we have brought him in.

    “We are also respectful that he’s only a young boy – aged 19 – and has never seen this level of football before. He’s just learning and working out how he can use his skill set and be effective at this level.”

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    M-ARSE-TER CLASS

    Mikel Arteta’s No.2 Miguel Molina at Arsenal has revealed that the pair still use ex-boss Arsene Wenger’s blueprint to mould the team.

    Molina believes Wenger gave the Gunners an identity that is important that he and Arteta have to continuously enforce.

    Speaking to Mundo, Molina said: “Wenger helped to create an identity and a style in the club.

    “Ultimately the idea is to give continuity to that identity, to adjust those things that were not now in the best way within the club.

    “But that identity that Wenger helped to create is something that you have to keep always.”

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    BEL TOLLS

    Arsenal are reportedly keen to bring Torino striker Andrea Belotti to the Emirates in January.

    The 27-year-old is in the final year of his contract in Turin and has rejected the club's offer of a new deal.

    And according to Calciomercato, the Gunners will look to sign the Italy international on a cut-price deal.

    Torino are desperate to avoid losing him to a Serie A rival with AC Milan understood to be keen to secure his services.

    And they will attempt to offload him to a team outside of Italy to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

    An offer in the region of £8million could be enough to sign the Euro 2020 winner.

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    WORK OF ART

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has praised Mikel Arteta for steadying the ship at the Emirates.

    The Gunners lost their opening three games of the season, but have now gone unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions.

    Speaking to the Standard, Keown said: "They are just three points off Man City, who thumped them 5-0, and we have to respect the turnaround."

    "But Arsenal have difficult away games coming up, against Liverpool and Manchester United, and I think we will know a little bit more about what the clear targets are after that.

    "They’ve put themselves in a position to strike for Europe, but where they end up will be down to their consistency."

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    TITLE RACE

    Lee Dixon and Chelsea icon Joe Cole are in disagreement over who wins the Premier League title this season.

    Cold told Joe: "Chelsea will win the league, I’m throwing it out there now, they’re winning the league. They are so strong.

    "I’ve watched them every game this season and they’re not conceding goals.

    "They have the strongest defence by a mile and we’ve seen the importance of having a strong defence over the years."

    To which Dixon remarked: "I’m not sure I can pick right now.

    "Look, I’m a Man City fan, born and bred. Arsenal have obviously taken over for me but they’re not going to win it.

    "Liverpool look awesome at the moment and I can’t rule Chelsea out, but I’m going for Manchester City."

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    FER-GET IT

    Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has claimed that former Man Utd gaffer Sir Alex Ferguson 'couldn't deal with' the Gunners' legendary manager Arsene Wenger.

    Wenger won three Premier League titles with the North London side in an era dominated by the Red Devils.

    Speaking to Joe, Dixon said: "Wenger and Ferguson always had this thing going on which was fantastic for the players because it deflected and took the pressure off us.

    "Those two were at loggerheads every day in the papers. Sir Alex couldn’t deal with Arsene to begin with because he had a new way about him, the way he talked, the way he flippantly said things.

    "The mind games between them… there’s no one better than Sir Alex at dropping the right word at the right time and putting pressure on someone. But Arsene didn’t care so it didn’t work on him.

    "You could see Sir Alex getting a little bit… I think over time you would say that Wenger got him and then Sir Alex responded.

    "They hated each other during the height of it all but I think they’ve grown to respect each other."

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    VAN DE BABY

    Donny van de Beek is expecting a child with his partner Estelle Bergkamp – daughter of Arsenal legend Dennis.

    Things may not be going van de Beek's way on the pitch but off it they seem to be going just fine.

    In an Instagram post this morning the Dutchman posted a picture of himself alongside the smiling Estelle, with the pair holding an ultrasound of their child.

    And he captioned the picture: "Happy to announce that we’re expecting a little one."

    The stunning Estelle, 25, also took to Instagram to celebrate the news, posting a different picture of the pair.

    And she kept the caption short and sweet like van de Beek did, simply saying: "Happy to announce that we’re expecting a little one."

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    WELL I NEV-ER 

    Gary Neville admitted he would have played for arch-rivals Arsenal if Manchester United decided to sell him.

    The former defender, 46, spent his entire career at Old Trafford, coming through the academy as part of the Class of ’92 before making 602 first-team appearances.

    But speaking to Sky Sports’ Off Script last year, the pundit revealed there were four teams he willingly could have joined should he have been let go

    The United legend said: “I’d made the decision quite early in my 30s that if Sir Alex had come and told me my time was up, I wouldn’t have played for anyone else. I was fortunate in that sense.

    “However, if he’d come to me at say the age of 28, and told me my time was up, of course I would have played for another Premier League club.

    If you’d said to me, in a perfect world, in my years of playing, which clubs in the Premier League have the tradition, a proper club? Arsenal would be No 1.

    “The tradition of Highbury, I felt they did things the right way. Also in the Premier League, I like Aston Villa and Newcastle.”

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    PART AND PARCEL

    Arsenal star Thomas Partey was left furious after being clattered by youngster Tom Akinola in training, according to reports.

    The Ghanaian has been plagued by injuries since joining the Gunners from Atletico Madrid in 2020.

    He most recently missed four games earlier this term due to an ankle injury sustained against Chelsea in pre-season.

    So when eager Akinola flew into a 50-50 tackle with Partey in training, the 28-year-old was less than enthused.

    Football.London claim that he initially reacted angrily towards the youngster, who was participating in first-team practice.

    But he later softened towards the former Huddersfield academy midfielder, even offering up a few kind words.

    Partey is claimed to have told Akinola that he is the 'strongest' player he'd played with.

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    TOON OUT

    Unai Emery turned down Newcastle after learning of a 'termination clause' in his proposed contract, according to reports.

    The former Arsenal boss emerged as the Toon's preferred candidate to succeed Steve Bruce this week.

    Such was Newcastle's confidence in their pursuit, that they believed Emery would be in place by the time they face Brighton this weekend.

    But they have been left stunned after the 49-year-old decided to stay at Villarreal.

    According to the Mirror, Emery was unhappy with a clause in the deal offered to him that would have enabled Newcastle to sack him if they were relegated this season.

    The Magpies are currently second bottom of the Premier League and are winless in ten games this season.

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    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he is NOT the fastest player in the Arsenal squad as he stated that Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares are quicker.

    Speaking to celebrity car customiser Yianni, he said: “I think no [not the fastest in the Arsenal team], I think we’ve got some players that are really quick.

    “We have never done a real race, because if we do that I have my chances

    “At 80-100 metres I’m sure I’m one of the best, but in 30 metres, yeah we’ve got some quick players, like Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares, they are really quick in their first steps.

    “When I was 18-19 years old I’d kill them, 100 percent.”

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly set to trigger a contract extension for youngster Daniel Ballard.

    The centre-back, 22, has never played for the Gunners but is well regarded at the club and has represented Northern Ireland ten times.

    And after impressing on loan at Millwall this season, Arsenal are keen to keep Ballard at the club beyond next summer when his current contract comes to an end.

    According to Football.London, Per Mertesacker and Edu have decided to trigger a clause in Ballard’s deal to keep him with the Gunners for a further two years.

    In other news, Scotland boss Steve Clarke has revealed that Arsenal are hopeful Kieran Tierney will feature against Watford on Sunday.

    Speaking of the defender ahead of the upcoming international break, Clarke said: “I think Kieran will be on the plane and, if he’s on the plane, he’ll be fit.

    “That’s my opinion but look, you have to respect the club” and the club are telling us he’s working his way back to fitness.

    “They’re hopeful he could be involved this weekend (against Watford) but if he (only) gets a few days training in, then fine.

    “We don’t play until a week on Friday, so he’s got time on his side. I expect that Kieran will be fit.”

    And finally, Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio.

    It is understood that the La Liga giants are considering offloading the Spaniard in January, with Mikel Arteta considering taking the 25-year-old to North London

    Various outlets in Spain have indicated the double Champions League and La Liga winner would be available at a price of around £34million.

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    COLE CONTINUED

    “I question the support above him in terms of the director of football, I wonder is he experienced enough?

    "When you've got a young manager, you probably need someone who's really adept in that role, who knows the club and Edu is young at his job as well. He might be good at it.

    “They’ve muddled through Arsenal, and I think Arteta has held himself very, very well and I think the younger players there the Saka's, the Smith Rowe's are outstanding and are getting better and better.

    “It's nice to have them back on the scene.

    "It's a good club with great history when they play well Arsenal, they do play very, very well.”

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