2.40pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Diego Costa for FREE, Joan Jordan LATEST, Lamptey may replace Bellerin

ARSENAL are reportedly preparing a swoop for Diego Costa after the former Chelsea star was released by Atletico.

Meanwhile SunSport revealed the Gunners have their eye on Joan Jordan, plus we've the latest on Tariq Lamptey potentially heading to the Emirates.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SEARCH FOR A CLUB

    Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is training with Championship side Bournemouth as he searches for a new club.

    Wilshere spent ten years at the Gunners between 2010 and 2018, but recently had his West Ham United contract terminated by mutual consent.

    Despite being an Arsenal player for ten years, his Gunners career was plagued by injuries, limiting him to just 125 appearances.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BYE BYE BALOGUN?

    Despite breaking into the Arsenal first team this season, teenager Folarin Balogun could be on his way out of the Emirates.

    The 19-year-olds contract in North London expires at the end of the season, with Germany a potential destination.

    Balogun's contract expires in the summer, meaning he is free to open contract discussions with overseas teams from January 1.

    Reports yesterday suggested Liverpool were interested, but now German outlet Kicker claim Balogun has been 'in conversation' with Stuttgart over a potential transfer.

    Balogun has bagged twice in the Europa League for the Gunners this season, and is looking unlikely to extend his contract beyond next summer.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    SPANISH ATTACK

    Arsenal could have a new-look side in the coming weeks as Mikel Arteta looks to three transfers to save the season.

    As revealed by SunSport, Arsenal are after Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan.

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

    And the Spaniard is understood to be keen on a move to the Premier League, especially to work under compatriot Arteta.

    Emile Smith Rowe excelled against Chelsea but the opportunity to land Isco could be tempting.

    Then in attack, free agent Diego Costa could be an option after his release from Atletico Madrid on today.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal's official website has provided an update on the team news ahead of this evening's clash with Brighton.

    Defender Gabriel has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently self isolating .

    David Luiz and Willian have also been unwell, but not COVID related, and will re-join the squad on New Year's eve.

    Thomas Partey continues to step up his training since his thigh injury in the North London derby.

    The Gunners hope Partey will be back in action early in the New Year.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BACK TO FORM?

    Arsenal are looking to win back-to-back league games tonight for the first time since their opening two league games back in September.

    The Gunners scored as many goals in their 3-1 win against Chelsea last time out as they had in their previous seven league games combined.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    COUNT THE COST

    BREAKING: Atletico Madrid have terminated the contract of Diego Costa with immediate effect.

    The Spanish striker’s deal was set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.

    But with the LaLiga side keen to get him off the wage bill, there was talk they would allow him to leave for free in January.

    The transfer window reopens on Friday, giving the ex-Chelsea striker all of January to find a new club, with Arsenal reportedly interested in his signature.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PRE MATCH STATS

    Here's a look at a couple of pre match stats ahead of this evening's game between the Gunners and Brighton.

    Brighton won home and away league games against Arsenal last season – they’ve never won three in a row against the Gunners in league competition before.

    After winning their first two top-flight away games against Brighton (4-0 in 1979, 1-0 in 1981), the Gunners are winless in their last five league visits to face the Seagulls (D1 L4).

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'STICK WITH THE YOUNGSTERS'

    Darren Bent thinks Mikel should stick with the youngsters in tonight's game against Brighton, and leave out club captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

    Speaking on talkSPORT this morning Bent said: “I wouldn’t bring Aubameyang back. I wouldn’t bring any of them back. I think that team did well against a good Chelsea team and there seems to be a bit of a feel good factor around bringing some of the kids on.

    “To get fans on side there’s nothing better than bringing some of your own into the first-team and they do well.

    “If Aubameyang is fit for this next game and you take these young players straight back out again, confidence wise that might kill them a little bit. So I would stick with the youngsters and the more experienced guys might have to bide their time.

    “For me, Saka is absolutely brilliant. I like Martinelli, he’s a big player and we’ve missed him this season, his energy, his pace, he can finish and score goals – he’s been a big miss.

    “But Saka has been absolutely brilliant. Even in the tough times Arsenal have had this season, he has been very very good. And Smith-Rowe is a very clever footballer, he’s got that bit of creativity we’ve been crying out for.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ALL OVER FOR AOUAR

    Reports today suggest that Houssam Aouar will NOT be joining the Gunners in January.

    lyon man Aouar has been heavily linked with the Gunners after a failed move in the summer, and there was expectation for the Arsenal to reignite their interest in January.

    However according to the Athletic, Arsenal will instead focus on different targets.

    Julian Brandt, Emi Buendia and Riqui Puig are three names that have been linked to the Gunners in the last 24 hours.

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

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

    It seems the Gunners links to Aouar are finally at an end.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF

    15th place Arsenal take on 16th place Brighton this evening on the south coast, with the Gunners looking for back to back league wins for the first time since September.

    Will Mikel Arteta stick with the young guns who impressed against Chelsea?

    Or will the likes of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe return to the side?

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    SEE YA SOKRATIS

    Arsenal defender 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 Mikel Arteta'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.

    Sokratis could even leave the Gunners for a cut price fee before his contract expires, that would free up some wage space for new arrivals.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    LAMPTEY OUT

    It was reported yesterday that Tariq Lamptey is a top target for the Gunners, should they lose Hector Bellerin to Barcelona in January.

    And according to The Mirror, Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta, who is favourite to win the election, 'wants Bellerin'.

    Arsenal face Lamptey's current team Brighton tonight, but the Seagulls will be without the full back who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

    It means that Gunners fans will not be able to get a glimpse of a man who has earned rave reviews since moving to the South Coast at the beginning of the year, after making the switch from Chelsea.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    GET IT DONE

    Former Arsenal man Sanchez Watt thinks Jack Grealish would be the perfect answer to Mikel Arteta's creative midfield problem.

    Grealish has lit up the Premier League with his performances this season, helping his side to fifth in the table.

    The Villa skipper has bagged five goals and racked up six assists in just fourteen league games this season, and according to Watt Arsenal should "build a team around him."

    Arsenal have been linked with a host of midfielders from around Europe, but breaking the bank for Grealish could be an option for Arteta.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PARTEY TIME

    This is a good sight to see Arsenal fans.

    Thomas Partey was back on the grass yesterday as he edges closer to a return to first team action.

    The Ghanaian international has been hampered by injuries since his £45million summer move from Atletico Madrid, with Partey only appearing five times for the Gunners so far.

    His last action was hobbling off in the North London derby defeat to Spurs in early December, but there is now hope that he is not too far away from making a return.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SEVILLA SWOOP

    Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his midfield ranks in the form of Sevilla man Joan Jordan.

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

    The Gunners are desperate for change in the middle of the park, with Granit Xhaka's performances of late drawing criticism, despite scoring in the Boxing Day win over Chelsea.

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  • 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.

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