8pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar ‘contract AGREED’ LATEST, Partey second priority, Mustafi exit ‘gaining momentum’ – The Sun

HOUSSEM AOUAR has reportedly agreed a contract with Arsenal, however the Gunners have yet to match Lyon's asking price.

It is also reported that should Mikel Arteta only be able to sign one of the two players he will opt for the French ace rather than Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey.

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  • TOON STILL KEEN ON HOLDING

    Newcastle reportedly haven't given up hope of signing Arsenal defender Rob Holding.

    It is claimed they even had a house ready for the former Bolton man before his proposed move to the north East fell through.

    Holding has so far rejected a move away from the Emirates as he wants to fight for his place in north London.

    The 25-year-old has started in both of Arsenal's Premier League matches so far this season.

  • LACAZETTE CONTRACT

    Arsenal are yet to start contract negotiations with striker Alexandre Lacazette.

    Lacazette's current deal at the Emirates runs until 2022 and he has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid this summer.

    The 29-year-old has scored in each of Arsenal's opening two games of the Premeir League season, but boss Mikel Arteta is unfazed by the speculation surrounding the French forward.

    Arteta said: “At the moment we haven’t started any negotiations.

    “We have a lot of things still to do in this market.

    “He is a player I am really happy with.

    “I think we showed him a lot of faith since I arrived here, but we cannot stop any speculation.

    “We know that any player that is under two years contract is always going to be talked about.”

  • SIMEONE WANTS TORREIRA

    It seemed as if Lucas Torreira was set to join Serie A side Torino from the Gunners, but now reports suggest Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has personally called Torreira in a bid to bring him to Spain.

    The Uruguayan has fallen out of favour at the Emirates, and is widely tipped to leave Arsenal before the end of the transfer window.

    There is also interest the other way, with Arsenal being persistently linked with a move for Atletico midfielder Thomas Partey.

    There is potential of a swap plus cash deal, but Torreira was seemingly set for Torino before Simeone made his move.

  • LEMAR FOR SALE

    Atletico Madrid have put rumoured Arsenal target Thomas Lemar up for sale.

    Lemar came close to joining the Gunners from Monaco in 2017 but the move fell through and he joined Atletico a year later.

    The 24-year-old went the whole of last season without a goal or an assist to his name.

    Atletico have charged sporting director Andrea Berta and super-agent Jorge Mendes with finding a buyer for the Frenchman.

  • CHAMBERS INTEREST

    Calum Chambers is wanted by both West Ham and Newcastle.

    Both sides are hoping to sign the 25-year-old on loan but the Gunners are prepared to sell for around £12million.

    Newcastle failed in their attempts to bring Rob Holding to St James' Park on loan, but are now eyeing his Arsenal teammate Chambers.

    Chambers has yet to feature for Mikel Arteta's side this season and is currently recovering from a knee injury.

  • SOKRATIS TO NAPOLI?

    The future of Arsenal defender Sokratis could be tied to that of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

    Koulibaly has been linked with a mega-money move to Manchester City over the summer.

    Corriere dello Sport claims while the Greek international has an agreement with the Italian side, any move is dependent on Koulibaly departing the Stadio San Paolo.

    Sokratis, 32, has not featured for Arsenal since a two-minute cameo in last season's FA Cup final.

    His contract at the Emirates ends in June but he could be free to leave for nothing.

  • A LOT AT STAKE

    If football remains behind closed doors then Arsenal are set to lose over £120 million due to a lack of matchday revenue.

    Few clubs make as much money as the Gunners do on a matchday, but that income has been completely lost since the coronavirus pandemic began.

    In 2018-19, Arsenal made £96million in matchday revenue alone, a huge proportion of their total £394m turnover.

    A reliance on fans to attend matches has left the Gunners in a possible sire situation financially, should fans not return to games any time soon.

  • SPURS MATCH ARSENAL RECORD

    By assisting all four of Son Heung-min's goals against Southampton, Harry Kane became the first player since Thierry Henry to solely assist a hat-trick in the Premier League.

    The record has stood for 17 years since Henry assisted all three of Freddie Llunberg's goals against Sunderland in 2003.

  • CHAMBERS SET FOR MOVE

    Fulham, Leeds and Newcastle are all battling it out for the signature of Calum Chambers.

    For Newcastle, attention has turned to Chambers after failing to secure a loan deal for Rob Holding earlier in the window.

    Arsenal are reportedly willing to sell Chambers for £12 million, but Newcastle are more interested in the option of taking Chambers on loan.

  • SALIBA NOT READY FOR FIRST TEAM

    Some Arsenal fans expected to see William Saliba on the bench last night against West Ham.

    Saliba however is continuing to be eased into contention after featuring for the Under 23's side against Brighton on Friday.

    Speaking about Saliba last week, Mikel Arteta said:

    “I think it’s going to take him some time to adapt to our way of playing, but as well to get adapted to the language, the rhythm, the physicality of the country.”

  • NO MOVE FOR MOUNIR

    Arsenal target Mounir Chouiar has been recalled to the Dijon squad for today’s game against Strasbourg.

    He had previously been left out of the squad last week due to speculation around his future at the club.

    The 21-year-old winger bagged four goals in twenty games last season and would cost just under £20 million.

    However, his inclusion in the squad today suggests that for now, Chouiar is staying put.

  • MAITLAND-NILES TO STAY PUT

    Recent reports suggest that Wolves are on the verge of signing Barcelona right back Nelson Semedo.

    This could mean that Ainsley Maitland-Niles will remain in North London.

    The right back had been linked with a move away from the Emirates to Wolves, however should Semedo move to the midlands, any advance for Maitland-Niles is likely to be off the cards.

  • OLISE INTERESTS ARSENAL

    18-year-old Reading midfielder Michael Olise is the subject of interest from Mikel Arteta, as well as a number of other Premier League clubs.

    The Frenchman has made a bright start to this season, scoring in the Royals' last game against Barnsley to help fire Reading to the top of the Championship table.

    Arsenal would face competition from the likes of Wolves and Leeds for the signature of Olise, who has been part of the Reading set up since 2016.

  • THIA-NO-GO

    Reports suggest that Arsenal decided against a bid for Spanish midfielder Thiago, before he eventually signed for Liverpool on Friday.

    Bayern reportedly informed a number of club's that Thiago was for sale during a summer of intense speculation surrounding the 29-year-old.

    For Arsenal though it was his age that counted against him.

    The Gunners are set to prioritise a move for 22-year-old Houssem Aouar from Lyon instead.

  • DEADLY DUO

    Mikel Arteta will be hoping to tie down Alexandre Lacazette with a new contract after securing the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last week.

    The pair linked up last night for Arsenal's first goal and together will have a major part to play in Arsenal's challenge to break into the top four.

    Lacazette has been linked with a move away from the Emirates with under two years remaining on his current deal.

  • ROB'S BIG DAY

    Arsenal's Twitter account have wished defender Rob Holding a happy birthday.

    Holding was widely linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer, and was on the verge for signing for Newcastle on loan.

    However, it seems that Mikel Arteta has changed his mind, with Holding playing in both Premier League games so far this season and impressing with his performances.

    It appears the now 25-year-old will remain at the Emirates to fight for his place in the side.

  • ROOM FOR RUTTER?

    Arsenal and Newcastle are battling it out for the signature of Rennes teen sensation Georgino Rutter.

    The 18-year-old has only one year left on his contract and clubs are circling to try and land him in a £10million deal.

    Reports suggest that Arsenal, Newcastle and AC Milan, along with RB Leipzig and Lyon are after the hitman.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta requires more firepower up front amid speculation that Alexandre Lacazette could be sold.

  • SIMEONE WANTS TORREIRA

    It seemed as if Lucas Torreira was set to join Serie A side Torino from the Gunners, but now reports suggest Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has personally called Torreira in a bid to bring him to Spain.

    The Uruguayan has fallen out of favour at the Emirates, and is widely tipped to leave Arsenal before the end of the transfer window.

    There is also interest the other way, with Arsenal being persistently linked with a move for Atletico midfielder Thomas Partey.

    There is potential of a swap plus cash deal, but Torreira was seemingly set for Torino before Simeone made his move.

  • EDDIE OFF THE BENCH

    Eddie Nketiah came off the bench last night in the 77th minute, and went on to score the winner eight minutes later against West Ham.

    Taking to Instagram after the game, the striker posted a picture with the caption “Just in time,” as a reference to his impact off the bench.

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  • ON TOP OF THE WORLD

    Gunners fans will have woken up happy this morning.

    Two wins from two games means Mikel Arteta's side have made a dream start to this season's Premier League.

    After easing past Fulham last week, it was the manner in which Arsenal ground out the win last night that pleased Arsenal fans.

    Arteta said himself that “Probably a few months ago we would have drawn or lost that game, and today we won it.”

    The new found grittiness to snatch a win when the side wasn't at its best will give fans confidence that they can be real challengers for the top four this season.

  • LACA TALKS

    Arsenal frontman Alexandre Lacazette is yet to enter contract talks with Arsenal, sparking fears he could be set to leave the Gunners this transfer window.

    The 29-year-old striker's five-year deal will run out in June 2022.

    After last night's win over West Ham, Arteta had this to say:

    “At the moment we haven’t started any negotiations. We have a lot of things still to do in this market.

    “He is a player I am really happy with. I think we showed him a lot of faith since I arrived here. But we cannot stop any speculation.

    “We know that any player that is under two years contract is always going to be talked about.”

  • GAB'S MADE AN IMPACT

    Arsenal new boy Gabriel Magalhaes picked up the man of the match award for his performance last night against West Ham.

    Questions were raised though when the ball struck Gabriel on the top of the arm in the first half, with West Ham feeling aggrieved for not being awarded a penalty.

    Gabriel has impressed since his £23.4 million switch to Arsenal this summer, and has added some much needed steel at the back for boss Mikel Arteta.

  • COMETH THE AOUAR, COMETH THE MAN

    Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Houssem Aouar, according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.

    However, he adds that the Gunners have yet to meet Lyon's asking price.

    Nevertheless, the North Londoners have received a boost as CalcioMercato revealed Lyon have lined up AC Milan's Lucas Paqueta as a potential replacement for the midfielder.

    And The Guardian are reporting that if Mikel Arteta can sign only one of Aouar and Thomas Partey this summer, he will opt for the Lyon man.

  • EDDIE SENDS A MESSAGE

    Eddie Nketiah came off the bench last night to score an 85th minute winner for the Gunners, securing a 2-1 win over West Ham.

    Speaking after the game, boss Mikel Arteta believes Nketiah's goal has sent a message of intent to his teammates.

    He said: “It’s so important for him and the team as well.

    “It’s a message to everyone on the bench that they have a mission when they come on.”

    Nketiah is likely to be restricted to substitute appearances behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexadre Lacazette this season, but if he keeps scoring goals off the bench then Mikel Arteta may be forced to re-think.

  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS 

    So Eddie Nketiah came off the bench to help Arsenal grab their second win of the season. 

    And the young Gunner netted in the 85th minute to help seal a 2-1 win for the team against following an assist from Dani Ceballos. 

    And the Emirates starlet insisted he had patched things up with Ceballos following their pre-match bust-up ahead of Arsenal’s season-opening game against Fulham last Saturday. 

    Elsewhere the Gunners have been dealt a blow to their hopes of prising Houssem Aouar away from Lyon.

    The Ligue 1 club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas poured cold water on a potential transfer. 

    When asked if he thought Arsenal could get a deal over the line, he told club reporter Chris Wheatley, “No I don’t think so, no offer yet.” 

    Arsenal continue to be linked with moves for two new midfielders with Aouar and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey strongly linked with moves to the Emirates. 

    ESPN claims Mikel Arteta hopes to seal a double swoop for two midfielders before the transfer window closes. 

    Lucas Torreira’s rumoured move to Italy is thought to be nearing its final stages. 

    However, the Uruguay international has reportedly been linked with Atletico Madrid this week. 

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