2.30pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Buendia and Bissouma LATEST, Ozil update, Holding new deal, Partey RETURN

ARSENAL are in the market for creativity as they eye Emi Buendia and Yves Bissouma this January.

Rob Holding has meanwhile signed a new deal at the Emirates, while we have the very latest on Mesut Ozil.

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  • Joe Miles

    FEELING THE HEAT

    Arsenal will look towards Tom Heaton to become their new No2 between the sticks, according to reports.

    Boss Mikel Arteta has lost faith in summer signing Alex Runarsson after a string of dodgy performances.

    The final straw came in the Carabao Cup defeat to Man City last month when he let Riyad Mahrez's free-kick slip through his fingers.

    And according to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa outcast Heaton could join the Gunners as a short-term solution.

  • Joe Miles

    ON YOUR MARTS

    Gabriel Martinelli is back in action ahead of the meeting with Crystal Palace.

    Arsenal are monitoring his fitness following an ankle injury that the striker sustained in the warm-up last time out.

    The setback was particularly galling for a player who had only just returned from a long-term knee injury.

    The Gunners state that he has 'progressed very well' during the week

  • Joe Miles

    INTER THEM

    Inter Miami are expected to appoint Phil Neville as their next manager and he could bring two Premier League stars with him from England.

    David Beckham is expected to give his old mate the nod and Neville could soon have Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Everton's Jonas Lossl at his disposal.

    Former Manchester United man Neville will bring to an end almost three years in charge of England's women's team.

    He is desperate to break into the mean's game and will take control of old pal Beckham's MLS side who parted company with Uruguayan coach Diego Alonso last week

    Here's how the team could look under the management of Neville…

  • Joe Miles

    WRIGHT MOVE

    Ian Wright has jumped to the defence of Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil.

    Speaking on his Wrighty's House podcast, he said: "With Mesut, you see him sending the messages. It's so sad. Mesut needs to be playing.

    "Whatever people say about how he plays, I'm really upset with the people who are continually talking about his money.

    "Money that we paid him, money that nobody in his right mind is going to turn down, money that for him and his ability at the time, he was worth that."

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  • Joe Miles

    AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has insisted Arsenal can 'turn around' their season.

    Speaking ahead of the clash against Palace, he told Sky Sports: "At the moment we are playing well and we have to follow this way.

    "If we win the couple of games that are coming we can turn around the situation.

    "We are not so far from the top six so this is the moment to be back in the competition."

    As things stand, the Gunners are in the bottom half of the table with just 23 points from 17 games.

  • Joe Miles

    CRYSTAL BALL

    Mikel Arteta could be handed a triple fitness boost for Arsenal's clash with Crystal Palace on Thursday.

    The Gunners hope to have Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Martinelli back for the Emirates Stadium clash.

    Here's how SunSport's Marc Mayo thinks the Gunners could start against the Eagles…

  • Joe Miles

    ABIDE WITH THE RULES

    All clubs left in the FA Cup have been warned they will face penalties for breaching Covid regulations.

    Wembley beaks moved to draft the letter to the 33 teams that currently remain in the competition after a series of weekend incidents during the third round.

    The letter was said to “strongly reiterate the importance of complete compliance” with Covid protocols and Government legislation.

    Premier League and EFL bosses will send out similar letters to their individual members as football braces against calls for a shutdown if regulations are not followed.

  • Joe Miles

    GUNNER GO?

    Arsenal are set to recall Trae Coyle and Zech Medley from their loan spells with Gillingham.

    Both players have struggled to cement their spot in the League One side's starting line-up this season.

    According to Kent Online, Coyle and Medley are expected to return to the Gunners this week.

  • Joe Miles

    WHAT THE HEC!

    Hector Bellerin's first YouTube video on his new channel will be launched TONIGHT.

    The first upload will show how the 25-year-old Spaniard made his way to the very top.

  • Joe Miles

    PIERRE PRESSURE

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has opened up on his struggles for Arsenal this season – but vowed to 'turn this around'.

    He told Sky Sports: "From the beginning of this season I was struggling a lot but I think this part of football.

    "We gave a lot at the end of the season to win the FA Cup and to qualify for the Europa League because it was really important for the club.

    "Sometimes you have ups and downs and you have to manage as best you can.

    "I tried my best and until now it was not the best performance from me.

    "I'm still positive. I think I can turn this around."

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  • Joe Miles

    THE GREAL DEAL

    Harry Redknapp has urged the Gunners to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.

    Speaking about Arsenal on his own podcast called The Harry Redknapp Show, he said: "I think they have to spend.

    "They are way off it, at the moment. They need to bring a bit of quality. Arsenal is a massive football club… take a Grealish.

    "He needs to play at the bigger club."

    It has been widely reported that Grealish will cost £90 million to sign next summer.

  • Joe Miles

    ON YOUR MARCS…

    Marcel Sabitzer has reportedly turned down RB Leipzig's latest contract offer – alerting Tottenham and Arsenal.

    The North London rivals have both been linked with the Austrian midfielder following his stellar form in the Bundesliga.

    The German club may be tempted to cash in soon if Sabitzer refuses to agree a new contract.

    According to Sky Germany, via Fussball Transfers, the 26-year-old has turned down an extension.

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  • Joe Miles

    MUY BIEN

    Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Emiliano Buendia's agent.

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano told Arsenal Fan TV: "He's one of the options.

    "There has been contact with his agents in the last few weeks, Arsenal making some enquiries with many agents as they look for a quality midfielder.

    "They are interested in Buendia but it's not sure he will be the perfect player."

    Mikel Arteta is believed to be keen to get a deal over the line for the Norwich playmaker this month.

  • Joe Miles

    SOLO TARGET

    Arsenal are in reportedly in talks over a move for Shakhtar Donetsk star Manor Solomon.

    According to the Guardian, the Gunners have made their move for the 21-year-old.

    It is reported that Mikel Arteta's side will try to sign him at the end of the season.

    Israel international Solomon, 21, has scored five goals in 17 appearances during the current campaign.

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  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GOONERS

    Rob Holding has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal.

    Mikel Arteta said: “Since I started as manager, I have been hugely impressed with Rob’s contribution to the club and the dressing room, on and off the pitch.

    “The quality of his work every day on the training pitches is excellent and he is translating this into consistently high performances in matches.

    “We all know Rob’s quality, which he has shown in his displays during the intense moments of those two FA Cup final victories.

    “We are all very happy that Rob has signed a new contract, he is very popular with all the players and staff, and we’re looking forward to watching him continue to grow with us in the coming years.”

    Meanwhile Arsenal have been given an almighty boost after Gabriel Martinelli’s scan revealed no major damage.

    The Brazilian forward, 19, went down in the warm-up of the Gunners’ FA Cup win over Newcastle.

    Martinelli had only just returned from a long injury lay-off – having been out with a knee injury since June – playing just four times since his December 19 return.

    On their website, the club revealed: “Gabi has progressed very well.

    “We’re hoping that he will return to full training with the squad in the next few days.”

    And finally, Arsene Wenger has quashed all hope of making an emotional return to Arsenal.

    The Frenchman, 71, ended an epic 22-year spell as Gunners boss in 2018.

    He told French TV station BFM Business: “I remain an Arsenal fan. They are the club that I love, and I worked there for 22 years.

    “I hope their current sufferings are just temporary. I will continue supporting them in any event.

    “They have been one of the loves of my life.

    “But you must not do the same thing twice.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Gabriel Martinelli appeared in high spirits following reports that his ankle injury wasn't as bad as first feared.

  • Joe Brophy

    PEP TALK

    Mikel Arteta has claimed he is hoping to help Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pepe regain confidence.

  • Joe Brophy

    EL OF A COMEBACK

    Arsenal have been given an almighty boost after Gabriel Martinelli's scan revealed no major damage.

    The Brazilian forward, 19, went down in the warm-up of the Gunners' FA Cup win over Newcastle.

    Martinelli had only just returned from a long injury lay-off – having been out with a knee injury since June – playing just four times since his December 19 return.

    On their website, the club revealed: "Gabi has progressed very well.

    "We’re hoping that he will return to full training with the squad in the next few days."

  • Joe Brophy

    ROWE YOUR BOAT

    Arsenal starlet Emile Smith-Rowe is up for player of the round in the FA Cup following his match-winning performance against Newcastle.

  • Joe Brophy

    HOLD FIRM

    Rob Holding has agreed to stay until 2024, with an option for a further year, after convincing boss Mikel Arteta of his abilities and even captaining the side against Everton recently.

    Arsenal's technical director, Edu, added: “We are very happy to have signed Rob on a new contract extension.

    “He is 25 years old, so is still coming into the peak of his career, and we are delighted that he’ll be with us during these important years.

    “Rob has shown great quality and maturity on and off the pitch in recent months and is developing well. We are looking forward to Rob continuing his progression in the years to come.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HOLDING ON

    Rob Holding has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal.

    Mikel Arteta said: “Since I started as manager, I have been hugely impressed with Rob’s contribution to the club and the dressing room, on and off the pitch.

    “The quality of his work every day on the training pitches is excellent and he is translating this into consistently high performances in matches.

    “We all know Rob’s quality, which he has shown in his displays during the intense moments of those two FA Cup final victories.

    “We are all very happy that Rob has signed a new contract, he is very popular with all the players and staff, and we’re looking forward to watching him continue to grow with us in the coming years.”

  • Joe Brophy

    NO ARSE-ING ABOUT

    Arsene Wenger should be brought back to Arsenal to help Mikel Arteta and the board, according to former Gunners ace Charlie Nicholas.

    He told Paddy Power: "He's a genuine Arsenal fan, and because of that he'll show the leadership and understanding the club needs.

    "If Arsene was to call or turn up to meet a player from Atletico Madrid or Barcelona or Real Madrid, there's a strong chance he'd help get those deals over the line because of his presence and his reputation.

    "I still think he could play a marvellous part in teaching Arteta the real rules of the management game.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WENGER IN

    Arsene Wenger should be brought back to Arsenal to help Mikel Arteta and the board, according to former Gunners ace Charlie Nicholas.

    He told Paddy Power: “I suggested about two years ago they should bring Arsene Wenger back to Arsenal.

    "When Wenger and David Dein were a partnership that was bringing in Thierry Henrys and Patrick Vieiras.

    "It was a partnership the manager wanted. Their relationship worked an absolute treat.

    "Wenger was probably too intelligent for football and wanted to have a say in the finances of it too.

    "Dein would say, 'if we can afford it, we're just going to get you the player.' It worked so well."

    Nicholas continued: "I'd still take him back now… he'd not be a threat to Arteta, he'd be there to help him."

  • Joe Brophy

    THREE-YEARS LIONS

    The FA now wants England to WIN a major tournament by 2024.

    Nearly a decade after former Wembley chairman Greg Dyke set the 2022 World Cup as the prime target for the Three Lions, the latest official aims of the governing body show a slippage in that timeframe.

    Instead, the FA believes England should be seeking to win a major tournament, by either the men’s or women’s teams, over the next THREE seasons.

    That period includes two European Championships and a World Cup for the men’s team, and the delayed Euros and 2023 World Cup for the Lionesses.

  • Joe Brophy

    GU-TURN

    Matteo Guendouzi will NOT return to Arsenal this month, according to reports.

    The French ace, 21, joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan in last summer's transfer window.

    And the midfielder has enjoyed an uptick in form lately – including scoring a 25-yard screamer against Borussia Monchengladbach – with Arsenal tempted to cut his loan short and bring him back.

    However, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has claimed the Gunners will NOT be bringing Guendouzi back to the Emirates until the summer.

    Romano claimed: "Matteo Guendouzi is not coming back to Arsenal in January.

    "Hertha Berlin want to keep him until the end of the season."

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