5.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Bissouma and Buendia LATEST, Holding pens new deal, Ozil update, Partey RETURN

ARSENAL are reportedly 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 Brophy

    GUNNER SAY NO

    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

    HOLDING ON

    Arsenal have announced that defender Rob Holding has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

  • Joe Brophy

    AK ATTACK

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in Turkey Under-21 international hotshot Ali Akman.

    He is out of contract in the summer and has no plans to extend his agreement, according to the Daily Mail.

    Bursaspor are reportedly willing to listen to offers this month rather than losing him for a small compensation fee in the summer.

    It is claimed a bid worth around £3million is being sought.

  • Joe Brophy

    MOUR PAIN FOR MESUT

    Jose Mourinho has hit back at Mesut Ozil’s dig that he would rather retire than play for Tottenham – by saying he would not want him anyway.

    Arsenal’s out-of-favour German had a pop at their North London rivals in a Twitter Q&A.

    But Spurs boss Mourinho scoffed: “Who told him Tottenham are interested in signing him?”

  • Joe Brophy

    A LITTLE SSOUMTHING LIKE BISS

    Arsenal are plotting a midfield overhaul with moves for Emi Buendia and Yves Bissouma.

    Mikel Arteta is eager to bolster his ranks in the middle of the park and is keen on Norwich playmaker Buendia who has dazzled in the Championship, carving out 62 chances for his side.

    Here's how they could line-up…

  • Marc Mayo

    DOLLAR DOLLAR

    Arsenal safely secured their passage into the fourth round of the FA Cup on the weekend.

    So how much will the Gunners bank if they can defend their trophy?

    Well, not quite as much as they made last year…

  • Marc Mayo

    OZIL ‘SHAME’

    It is a ‘shame’ that Mesut Ozil has fallen by the wayside at Arsenal – with former England boss Glenn Hoddle offering his take on why it has happened.

    Hoddle told his podcast: "Something's happened to him. I don't know if it's fitness. I don't know if it's his desire to play anymore."

    He added: "He only wants to play with the ball at his feet – and I think that was the problem.

    "It has been for the last two or three years. He's a lovely, neat footballer, but I'm not sure wants to put in the hard side of the game. 

    “I just don't think he wants to hurt himself anymore. Or push himself anymore.

    "It's a shame. But I think he will move and I think it's right for him and right for Arsenal.”

  • Marc Mayo

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Two players could be key to Arsenal’s pursuit of Yves Bissouma.

    Football.London name Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Magalhaes as good pals of the Brighton star, following their time together at Lille.

    The midfielder spent two years at the Ligue 1 side before heading to the South Coast.

    And Bissouma is said to prefer a move to Arsenal over Liverpool, if a bid materialises.

    Credit: Getty – Contributor
  • Marc Mayo

    NO WAY, JOSE

    Jose Mourinho has hit back at Mesut Ozil’s dig that he would rather retire than play for Tottenham – by saying he wouldn't want him anyway.

    Arsenal’s out-of-favour German had a pop at their North London rivals in a Twitter Q&A.

    But Spurs boss Mourinho scoffed: “Who told him Tottenham are interested in signing him?”

  • Marc Mayo

    PLAY YOUR PART

    Mikel Arteta may have Thomas Partey back in the squad to face Crystal Palace on Thursday.

    Gabriel Magalhaes is also pushing for a return to action after a spell out with coronavirus.

    But it looks unlikely that Gabriel Martinelli will be back following an ankle injury in the warm-up on the weekend.

    Arteta will face the media tomorrow to update fans on his stars.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Marc Mayo

    BUENDIA BLOW

    Could Arsenal be gazumped in their pursuit of Emi Buendia?

    Spanish outlet La Razon report on Valencia as one club interested in the Norwich playmaker.

    Los Che are said to be able to afford Buendia as they look to spruce up their midfield.

    Tottenham star Harry Winks is also named in the rumour, as another player being looked at by Valencia.

  • Marc Mayo

    HAVE THAT

    Emile Smith Rowe is on fire.

  • Marc Mayo

    MESUT ON THE GOAT DEBATE

    Mesut Ozil has delivered his verdict on the Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi debate…

    And the Arsenal outcast reckons his former Real Madrid team-mate has shown himself to be world-class in a number of leagues, with Messi only doing so in Spain.

    He wrote on Twitter: "Messi has proven himself to be one of the best ever in Spain, but Ronaldo was always the best in every country he's played in!"

  • Marc Mayo

    LUCK OF THE DRAW

    After Manchester United and Arsenal were handed tough draws in the FA Cup – their fans are not happy.

    Many even bizarrely claimed the draw was 'rigged'.

    After the draw was made, one angry United fan posted on Twitter: "Imagine the shock on my face that we drew l****pool and Man City drew some s**t team. It’s actually rigged every time."

    A supporter of their opponents Liverpool wasn't too happy either, writing: "Imagine thinking these draws aren't rigged."

    They then added: "No team gets this level of luck in two competitions in so many consecutive years", in reference to Manchester City's draw.

    There’s always next year, lads.

  • Marc Mayo

    SOK IT TO ME

    Real Betis are fancied to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos – but may need to sell before they can buy.

    Goal report on the Arsenal defender being happy with the idea of moving to the Spanish side.

    Yet LaLiga’s FFP rules mean Betis must move out unwanted stars before being able to afford the Greek veteran.

    William Carvalho and centre-back Sidnei are both reportedly up for sale in Seville.

  • Marc Mayo

    BLAST FROM THE PAST

    Arsenal were once regularly linked with Steven N’Zonzi… and now they are again!

    The midfielder is playing for Ligue 1 side Rennes, on loan from Roma, and talks over his future are underway.

    But FootMercato claim both Arsenal and Everton are interested in potentially swooping for the 32-year-old midfielder.

    Is it 2016 again?

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  • Marc Mayo

    TAKING THE MICK

    Ex-Tottenham player Micky Hazard has fired a barb at Mesut Ozil – saying he is ‘devastated’ the German does not want to join Jose Mourinho’s club.

    After Ozil vowed to retire before he considered joining Spurs, the former midfielder joked on Twitter that he was tearing up at the thought of missing out on the playmaker.

  • Marc Mayo

    NOT TO-DAY

    Arsenal have been dealt a transfer blow with Dayot Upamecano not leaving RB Leipzig this month, according to reports.

    However, it is thought he will be sold for £38million in the summer.

    The French defender, 22, is one of the hottest young talents with plenty of top clubs chasing his signature.

    As well as Manchester United and Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Arsenal were also thought to be keen.

    But transfer guru Fabrizio Romano insists Upamecano will not be going anywhere in January.

    However, he did add the centre-back is expected to move on at the end of the season.

  • Marc Mayo

    WHERE THERE’S A WILL

    Former Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell has backed reported plans to send Joe Willock or Reiss Nelson out on loan to Norwich.

    The Gunners are said to be offering one of the pair in part of the deal for Emi Buendia.

    And Campbell told Football Insider: "I think that is a move that could work for everyone.

    "The Arsenal youngsters need to play regular football. 

    "Norwich play good football so it would be good for either Willock or Nelson to go there and learn and Arsenal get Buendia as part of the package.

    "He is one of the players that we need. It would work out perfectly.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SOUM ZOOM

    Yves Bissouma fancies a move to Arsenal over Liverpool, it has been claimed.

    Football.London believe the Brighton midfielder would prefer a switch to the capital with the Gunners seeing him as an ideal partner for Thomas Partey.

    Arsenal are said to have doubts over Bissouma’s discipline.

    But, in any case, the move is thought to be favoured for the summer with a playmaker on the Gunners’ agenda this month.

  • Marc Mayo

    LUC OUT

    Darren Bent believes Arsenal should bring Lucas Torreira back from his loan at Atletico Madrid.

    The midfielder has failed to make an impact in LaLiga and the ex-Tottenham star believes he is worth a place in the squad.

    Bent told talkSPORT: “I probably would [take him back] because it’s more strength in depth.

    “For me, I thought he was better than [Mohamed] Elneny. But, to be fair, Elneny has come back and he’s neat and tidy on the ball and he’s fitting into what Arteta wants to do and he is playing well.

    “But I would take him back because of what it’s like at Arsenal. Things can change very, very quickly. Also with [Thomas] Partey and his injuries, at the minute.

    “When he first came, he showed everyone what a good player he was.”

  • Marc Mayo

    RUN AWAY

    Alex Runarsson could be set for a quick exit from Arsenal.

    The goalkeeper only signed from Dijon four months ago but has struggled in a handful of cup competition runouts.

    Football Insider report on Runarsson being told he can leave Emirates Stadium this month.

    And a European team are said to have already opened talks with the player.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Marc Mayo

    HE'S OUR MAN

    Arsenal and Chelsea have entered the race for Bursaspor wonderkid Ali Akman.

    The 18-year-old has nine goals already this season with bids rejected from RB Salzburg and Galatasaray.

    According to the Mail, a bid lower than £3million may nab the striker's services.

    Akman's contract expires in six months with clubs across Europe ready to battle for his services.

  • Marc Mayo

    PEP'D UP

    Mikel Arteta has defended Nicolas Pepe – and claimed the winger 'needs help to succeed' after his slow start.

    The Ivorian, 25, signed for the Gunners in 2019 for a club-record £72million.

    The Gunners boss said: "We need to help him to [succeed].

    "In order to do that he needs minutes, he needs consistency in the team and when he has that, he needs to show he is capable of doing it.

    "Let's see how the next few months develop."

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal will face either Southampton or Shrewsbury Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

    And if they manage to cruise through the round, they’ll go on to face either Chorley or Wolves.

    Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has revealed the club are ‘closer’ than ever to completing the signing of Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil.

    Responding to the recent speculation, Fenerbahce president Koc told Turkish outlet TRT Spor: “Ozil would be a dream for us at Fenerbahce.

    “The club knows what the coach wants and our transfer policy is guided by that.

    “There hasn’t been an official announcement. What I can say is we are closer than before.”

    Arsenal are ready to ditch calamity goalkeeper Alex Runarsson after just four months at the Emirates if they can sign a replacement during the January transfer.

    But renewed efforts to lure David Raya from Brentford are unlikely to succeed after the Spaniard signed a new Bees contract in October.

    Icelandic international Runarsson has failed to impress as back-up to Bernd Leno since his £1million move from Rennes in September.

    Rob Holding is seen as an emerging leader by boss Mikel Arteta and Edu, according to The Athletic.

    The 25-year-old very nearly joined fellow Premier League side Newcastle United on loan last summer, so this new revelation indicates quite a turnaround.

    The report states that both Arteta and Edu – two big decision makers – hold Holding in high regard and see him as an important player for the future.

    Arsenal are reportedly ready to test Norwich’s resolve of Emiliano Buendia by making an official offer for the playmaker.

    It was claimed last month that the Gunners were weighing up a move for the 24-year-old, with Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock to be potentially included in any deal.

    Buendia has caught the eye of Mikel Arteta following his dazzling displays this season, with the Arsenal gaffer desperate to add creativity to his side.

    No other player in Europe has created more chances than the Argentina youth international this season.

    Napoli are eying a move for long-term target Kieran Tierney, according to The Telegraph.

    The report states that Napoli were interested in signing the Scotland international when it became clear he was going to leave Celtic at the start of last season.

    Arsenal beat the Italian side to the 23-year-olds signature, but Napoli haven’t given up hope.

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