8am Arsenal news LIVE: Joelson Fernandes £17m transfer bid, Ozil LATEST, Aubameyang blasts critics – The Sun

MESUT OZIL looks set to be left out of Arsenal's Premier League squad in an incredible fall from grace for the midfielder.

Meanwhile the Gunners reportedly made a £17m transfer bid for Sporting striker Joelson Fernandes, 17, in the summer window.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS!

    Arsenal’s Europa League opener against Rapid Vienna is expected to go ahead and the side will still travel despite a positive Covid-19 test within the Austrian team's squad.

    Mikel Arteta treated Alexandre Lacazette with ‘disrespect’, according to Andy Cole.

    The Spaniard opted to start Willian as the main striker despite having a natural forward on the bench in the defeat against Man City.

    Lacazette did eventually come on in the second half but ex-Man Utd striker Cole believes it was poor management from Arteta.

    He told talkSPORT: “I think he is being disrespectful to Lacazette as well. Willian is not a centre-forward.”

    Gunners outcast Shkodran Mustafi is set for a move back to Germany as the Daily Mail reports he will move ‘home’ next year.

    Arsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker has confirmed Mesut Ozil's continued omission is NOT because of his on-field performances – suggesting it could be 'personal'.

    The German playmaker, 32, has been completely frozen out and hasn’t played since March 7.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit back at angry Arsenal fans after they criticised him for laughing with Ilkay Gundogan at the weekend.

    The Gunners striker, 31, was seen joking with his old Borussia Dortmund pal after his side lost 1-0 at the Etihad on Saturday.

    But fans fumed and the Gabon ace wrote on his Instagram story: “A lot of bla bla. At the end we speak as usual.”

  • Josh Graham

    GO ON MY SON

    Arsenal missed out on Portuguese starlet Joelson Fernandes after his father advised him to sign a new contract at Sporting Lisbon.

    Liverpool, Manchester City, Ajax and Barcelona are all said to have taken an interest in the winger, 17.

    But Joelson's dad Eusebio Fernandes wanted to honour his current club and agree a new deal.

    A £17million bid arrived from Arsenal with Eusebio speaking of proposals that would 'make any businessman tired'.

    And Joelson stayed in Lisbon with a new contract containing a £54.5m release clause.

    The player's father told Portuguese newspaper O Democrata: “It was an extremely difficult and very complicated process.

    “Because there were tough moments in the negotiations for Joelson Fernandes to stay at Sporting.

    “My wish was always for him to stay at the club, but due to his quality as a footballer, he had calls from several European clubs.”

  • Josh Graham

    RAPID RECOVERY

    Arsenal's Europa League opener versus Rapid Vienna is expected to go ahead despite a positive coronavirus test inside the Austrian side's squad.

    The club have confirmed an unnamed player's diagnosis with the illness, which also struck down Mikel Arteta in the spring.

    Routine tests uncovered a single case of coronavirus with additional checks set to take place ahead of Thursday's game.

    Arsenal are still due to travel to the Austrian capital for the Group B clash.

  • Josh Graham

    PARTEY POOPER

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has explained his decision not to start new signing Thomas Partey against Man City.

    Partey was signed from Atletico Madrid for £45million on deadline day but Arteta kept him on the bench until the 83rd minute.

    Arteta told the club's website: “We will see how quickly we can make it with him.

    “I think we have to respect that process and that timing for him because he only trained for a day really and there’s a lot of new information and different game models for him to understand, and we have to respect that.

    “But I think when he came on he looked good.”

  • Josh Graham

    NOT ARSE-D

    Arsene Wenger slammed Jose Mourinho's behaviour as childlike.

    The Portuguese boss claimed he didn't feature in the former Arsenal manager's book because Wenger never beat him.

    Wenger told Canal +: “It doesn’t bother me. It is permanent provocation.

    “I feel like I’m in kindergarten with him. But, that’s part of his personality.

    “It’s wrong, we beat him twice. We won, and there were also a lot of draws. And it is not ‘you’ who wins, you only participate in the victory.

    “It is ‘us’ who win. The manager is there to get the most out of a team.”

  • Josh Graham

    TAKING THE MIK

    Andy Cole raged at Mikel Arteta's 'disrespectful' decision to start Willian through the middle and bench Alexandre Lacazette against Man City.

    Cole said on Talksport: “I think he is being disrespectful to Lacazette as well. Willian is not a centre-forward.

    “If you have got a centre-forward on the bench who is your top goalscorer as well, to turn around and say, ‘Look, I am going to play Willian as the centre-forward. You sit on the bench and watch him play centre-forward’, I think that is very disrespectful.”

  • Josh Graham

    STERLING EFFORT

    Arsenal are a 'tough team', according to Manchester City's Raheem Sterling.

    City beat the Gunners 1-0 at the Etihad over the weekend – a blow for former Citizens No2 and now Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

    Sterling told City's website: “(Arsenal) closed the pitch well and they had some good chances as well. It was a tough team to play against and Mikel has them well drilled.”

  • Josh Graham

    'LOT OF BLA BLA'

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit back at angry Arsenal fans after they criticised him for laughing with Ilkay Gundogan at the weekend.

    The Gunners striker, 31, was seen laughing and joking with the German after his side lost 1-0 at the Etihad on Saturday.

    Catching up with his old Borussia Dortmund pal left fans fuming – as they took to Twitter in droves to slate their skipper.

    On his Instagram story, the Gabon ace posted a picture of himself working out on an exercise bike.

    He captioned it: “A lot of bla bla. At the end we speak as usual.”

  • Josh Graham

    BIG MAC

    Arsenal fans were left drooling after Katie McCabe buried an incredible free-kick in the North London derby.

    It took just four minutes for the Ireland skipper to show her set-piece prowess against Tottenham.

    It was the first goal in a 6-1 North London derby rout on Sunday.

    Check out the stunning effort.

  • Josh Graham

    IT'S PER-SONAL

    Arsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker has confirmed Mesut Ozil's continued omission is NOT because of his on-field performances – suggesting it could be 'personal'.

    The German playmaker, 32, has been completely frozen out by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in recent months and hasn't played since the 1-0 win over West Ham on March 7.

    Former Gunners captain Mertesacker told the Klick and Rush podcast: “A lot has changed away from the field.

    “He got married, has a family… perhaps his focus has changed.

    “I'm very sorry that he's currently in a situation where he's not really used.”

  • Richard Forrester

    IT'S A MUST

    Arsenal outcast Shkodran Mustafi is set for a move back to Germany.

    The defender is in the last year of his £90,000-a-week contract with Mikel Arteta eager to get him off the wage book.

    And the Daily Mail report how the he is eyeing a move back 'home' next year.

    Mustafi won't be short of options with plenty of Bundesliga clubs prepared to land him for nothing.

  • Richard Forrester

    CAN'T ADAM AND EVE IT

    Arsenal legend Tony Adams has urged Mikel Arteta to switch to a back four following the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday.

    The Gunners boss once again opted to start three central defenders with two wing-backs, though the formation left them lacking in creativity in the final third.

    Speaking to Premier League Productions, the 54-year-old said: “I think it’s time for a back four. I’ve been saying it since the start of the season.

    “It wins you cup games, it doesn’t win you league titles. If he wants to build for the future.

    “I think he’s got problems with Hector [Bellerin], I think his defending today wasn’t very good at all.

    “But I’d like him to go to a back four. They’ve got Gabriel now, get him a partnership.

    “They’ve been unlucky at the start with [Rob] Holding going down but get them into a back four.

    “They look like they’ve a holding midfielder now who’s got a bit of presence and build for the future.”

  • Richard Forrester

    ART ATTACK

    Andy Cole believes Mikel Arteta showed 'disrespect' to Alexandre Lacazette.

    The Spaniard opted to start Willian as the main striker despite having a natural forward on the bench in the defeat against Man City.

    Lacazette did eventually come on in the second half but ex-Man Utd striker Cole believes it was poor management from Arteta.

    He told talkSPORT: “I think he is being disrespectful to Lacazette as well. Willian is not a centre-forward.

    “If you have got a centre-forward on the bench who is your top goalscorer as well, to turn around and say, ‘Look, I am going to play Willian as the centre-forward.

    “You sit on the bench and watch him play centre-forward’, I think that is very disrespectful.”

  • Richard Forrester

    SHRIMPING VIOLET

    Arsenal youngster James Olayinka has joined Southend on loan until January 27.

    The midfielder is desperate for first team action and is desperate to get involved at the struggling League Two side.

    Versatile 20-year-old Olayinka will stay with the Essex side until at least January.

    And he reckons his style of play will be well-suited to the Roots Hall outfit.

    Speaking after the signing was announced, Olayinka said: “I’m very pleased and very excited to be here.

    “It’s a good place for me to continue my career and a good place for me to grow as a young footballer too.

    “It’s also a good opportunity to get more minutes and more experience.

    “After watching them [Southend] at the start of the season and even last season as well, the way they play is the way I think football should be played and they keep the ball on the ground.

    “They pass and move and look to attack and score goals and that’s something I can help the team with.”

  • sstreet

    PUEL THE OTHER ONE

    Arsenal have been blasted by Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel for leaving William Saliba out of their Europa League squad after refusing to loan him out.

    The French club, where Saliba grew up and spent last season on loan, were keen to keep him for another year but no deal was agreed.

    And Puel said: It was short-term [thinking], even for a young player. A superb player like William, to whom I wish the best, has not even made it to Arsenal’s Europa League squad.

    “Where is the logic, if not financial? He had a great desire to join us. The club are a bit like family and friends [to him]. His adaptation would have been instant.

    “This would have happened if all the conditions had met. It had to remain consistent with our finances and his contract, particularly for the management.”

  • Richard Forrester

    SCHOOLBOY STUFF

    Arsene Wenger said his relationship with Jose Mourinho is 'like Kindergarten' as their fallout continues.

    Wenger's autobiography, My Life in Red and White, was released this month, a little over two years since the 70-year-old left Arsenal after 22 years in charge.

    But the Gunners legend left out any inclusion of rival Mourinho because he wanted it to be a 'positive book’.

    The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager responded by insisting his omission in Wenger's memoirs was 'because he never beat me'.

    But Wenger hit back, as he told Canal+: “It doesn't bother me. It is permanent provocation.

    “I feel like I'm in kindergarten with him. But, that's part of his personality.

    “It's wrong, we beat him twice. We won, and there were also a lot of draws. And it is not 'you' who wins, you only participate in the victory.

    “It is 'us' who win. The manager is there to get the most out of a team.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS!

    Juventus are looking to sign Arsenal target Houssem Aouar from Lyon in the January transfer window.

    According to Tuttosport, the Italian giants are in the lead in the race to sign the Frenchman.

    However, the Gunners have been named as one of the sides 'to watch out for'.

    Vivianne Miedema smashed the all-time scoring record for the Women’s Super League, as she hit a hat-trick against Tottenham.

    The strike sensation took her tally up to 52 goals in just 50 appearances.

    Arsenal legend Tony Adams believes boss Mikel Arteta made a mistake in selling Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa this summer.

    Speaking after Arsenal's slim 1-0 defeat away to Manchester City, Adams said: “I think the recruitment has been very poor in the last few years to be honest with you.

    “I was hoping and praying at the start of the season. One with the goalkeeper situation which I disagreed with him.

    “I thought we should have kept Martinez and two with the back four.

    Arsenal new boy Willian has been slammed for his dismal display against Manchester City, the winger made just 20 passes and only touched the ball 32 times.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ARSENAL TWITTER REACTS

    Arsenal fans took to twitter after North London rivals Tottenham bottled a 3-0 lead at home to West Ham, with nine minutes remaining!

  • Joshua Mbu

    JUVE EYE AOUAR

    Juventus are lining up a move for Arsenal target Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

    According to Tuttosport, the Italian giants are in the lead in the race to sign the Frenchman.

    However, the Gunners have been named as one of the sides 'to watch out for'.

    Aouar was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer window, but a fee could not be agreed to bring the player to London.

  • Joshua Mbu

    WORK HORSE

    Diego Simeone has praised Lucas Torreira's work rate after the on-loan Arsenal player made his Atletico debut in the 2-0 win against Celta Vigo.

    Simeone praised the midfielder for his lung busting performance and believes Torreira will settle in well.

    Speaking after the game, Simeone said: “He is a very hard-working boy, we are going to need him.

    “He competes very well, he will give us a lot of strength there in the middle of the court, when he obviously picks up the pace of the game.

    “His speed characteristics, going out quickly in the circulation of the ball in the middle will generate more speed in that part of the middle of the pitch and well, hopefully he will find the best form.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    LEGEND

    Thierry Henry, what a player.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MIGHTY MIE

    Vivianne Miedema smashed the all-time scoring record for the Women’s Super League, as she hit a hat-trick against Tottenham.

    The strike sensation took her tally up to 52 goals in just 50 appearances.

    Fans have branded Miedema “ice-cold” in the past for not celebrating her goals – but there was no stopping the Dutch ace cracking a smile on Sunday.

    She coolly hit a first-half hat-trick before making way for Lotte Wubben-Moy on 63 minutes.

    Arsenal boss, Joe Montemurro said: “We see from a football perspective week by week the contribution Viv makes as a footballer, but I’m blessed and lucky to be a part of her everyday scenario.

    “She is an amazing person for the team and I’m blessed to have 23 players that work for each other.

    “Viv is a part of that, off the ball she is also an amazing person.

    “She wants to get better and challenge herself. I’m enjoying working with her, and as long as Viv is smiling we will keep seeing a better Viv.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    DOMINANT DISPLAY

    Arsenal women beat North London rivals Tottenham 6-1!

    Goals from Katie McCabe, Caitlin Foord and a first half hat-trick from Vivianne Miedema sent Arsenal into half-time with a healthy 5-0 lead.

    Caitlin Foord grabbed her second of the evening in the 64th minute putting Arsenal out of sight.

    Lucia Leon would strike later on for Spurs but it was too little too late.

  • Joshua Mbu

    EMI NO GO

    Arsenal legend Tony Adams believes boss Mikel Arteta made a mistake in selling Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa this summer.

    Martinez joined Dean Smith's Villa for £20million just months after playing a key role in Arsenal's FA Cup success.

    With Leno returning to fitness, Martinez took it upon himself to seek first team regular football.

    Speaking after Arsenal's slim 1-0 defeat away to Manchester City, Adams said: “I think the recruitment has been very poor in the last few years to be honest with you.

    “He’s doing a miracle job (Arteta) with them by putting an FA Cup on the sideboard last season.

    “I was hoping and praying at the start of the season. One with the goalkeeper situation which I disagreed with him.

    “I thought we should have kept Martinez and two with the back four.

    “I think after his time last season playing 3-4-3 he would have gone back to 4-3-3 go back into a back four and train the back four, work with them.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    BIG SIX

    Arsenal do not have the best away days against the big six in the Premier League.

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