9.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Buendia bid 'imminent', Ozil to Fenerbahce 'closer' than ever, Tierney Napoli link

ARSENAL are stepping up their January transfer plans with a bid for Norwich's Emi Buendia said to be 'imminent'.

But that may depend on Mesut Ozil's situation, with the high-earning outcast reportedly edging closer to a move to Fenerbahce.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    KEY MAN

    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.

    Holding joined Arsenal for £2million back in 2016 whilst legend Arsene Wenger was at the club.

  • sstreet

    CECH MATE

    Mesut Ozil has named his best ever Arsenal XI and there have been a few big snubs.

    Notably, only captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and close pal Sead Kolasinac make it into Ozil's team from the Gunners' current squad.

    And in goal Ozil has ignored both Petr Cech and current goalkeeper Bernd Leno between the sticks.

    Instead, the playmaker went for Cech's former backup – David Ospina.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Arsenal have an impressive trophy cabinet!

    Boss Mikel Arteta guided the Gunners to glory in last season's FA Cup, beating Chelsea 2-1.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MUY BIEN

    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 in 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.

    The ex-Getafe ace has carved out 62 opportunities for the Championship-topping Canaries.

    And Buendia put the North Londoners on red alert when he recently revealed it is his ‘dream’ to return to the Premier League.

  • Joshua Mbu

    DRAW COMPLETE

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

    And if they manage to win, they'll go on to face either Chorley or Wolves.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FA CUP DELIGHT

    Arsenal will take on Southampton/Shrewsbury Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup!

    The fifth round draw will follow shortly.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BIG MONEY

    Marc Overmars is still Arsenal's most expensive sale.

  • Joshua Mbu

    NAPOLI EYE TIERNEY

    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.

    Napoli could look at Chelsea's Emerson as a short-term fix before making a move

  • Joshua Mbu

    SUPER SMITH-ROWE

    Mikel Arteta has called on fans to 'keep it simple' with academy product Emile Smith Rowe after his brilliant first-team performances.

    Some fans have a nicknamed him 'the Croydon De Bruyne', but boss Arteta is keen to keep expectations reasonable.

    Arteta said: "Call him Emile. Let's keep it simple. It's just the start and there's a lot to do.

    "I've been impressed with his performances and the capacity that he's shown to do it in consecutive games which normally with young players is not something that is very common.

    "The other day he came into the game when we needed a different energy and a threat in the box he did exactly what we expected and he scored the goal, which is something that we've been talking to him about."

  • Joshua Mbu

    'DREAM'

    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."

  • Joshua Mbu

    BIG GUNS

    Nicolas Pepe is Arsenal's most expensive signing of all time, followed by captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    Summer arrival Thomas Partey takes fourth spot!

  • Richard Forrester

    JUL IN THE CROWN

    Arsenal and Leeds are locked in a battle to sign Julian Draxler.

    The attacking midfielder looks set to leave Paris Saint-Germain with his contract set to expire in June.

    And bookmakers Betfair think the Gunners are most likely to secure his signature during the January transfer window at 2/1.

    Mikel Arteta and Co. are on the look-out for a creative midfielder to replace the departing Mesut Ozil.

    And BILD journalist Christian Falk says Draxler is firmly on their list of transfer targets – behind Borussia Dortmund's Julian Brandt.

  • Richard Forrester

    COME TO PAPA

    Genoa have confirmed their interest in Arsenal outcast Sokratis Papastathopoulos and hope to have signed him within the 'next few days'.

    The Greek defender, 32, was axed from the Gunners' Premier League and Europa League squads last summer.

    Having failed to play this season, Sokratis is now expected to leave the Emirates this month.

    And Genoa's chief executive Alessandro Zarbano has hinted at a move in the coming days.

    Zarbano revealed: "Sokratis is an option, really good player.

    "We still don't know if he'll arrive in the next few days."

  • Richard Forrester

    MAR BAD LUCK

    Mikel Arteta was eager to quash talk that Gabriel Martinelli will be injury prone throughout his career.

    The Brazilian has undergone a scan on an ankle injury after twisting it in the warm-up against Newcastle.

    Martinelli missed six months of action following surgery for knee cartilage damage in June before returning to the side in December.

    He was also out of action for a few weeks at the end of 2019 with a hamstring problem but Arteta is confident he will not be an injury-prone player.

    The Arsenal chief added: "It's more bad luck. It's only three injuries and they're really different ones.

    "One was a contact and the other one was something that can happen to anybody, so you have to be really unlucky."

  • Richard Forrester

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Mikel Arteta has provided an injury update on crocked forward Gabriel Martinelli.

    The Brazilian was injured in the warm-up of Arsenal's FA Cup win over Newcastle.

    Martinelli was almost in tears as he headed down the tunnel after appearing to twist his ankle.

    Arteta revealed he has had a scan but fans will have to wait until tomorrow to see the full extent of his injury.

    He said: "We don't know how bad he is.

    "He's getting a scan this morning.

    "We didn't look after the game because he was in a lot of pain but yesterday he tested it a little bit better, so let's hope.

    "We have a scan today so let's hope it's not as serious and we can have Gabi back really soon. We will know more tomorrow, certainly."

  • Richard Forrester

    NICE GUY

    William Saliba proved his Arsenal ties are still intact by sending a classy message to Emile Smith Rowe after the Gunners' FA Cup win.

    Saliba, 19, left North London this month to join Nice on loan after being told by boss Mikel Arteta he 'wasn't ready' to play in Arsenal's first team.

    And after watching Smith Rowe, 20, score in extra time to help Arsenal beat Newcastle 2-0 in the FA Cup third round, Saliba congratulated his pal.

    Smith Rowe celebrated his success at the Emirates by posting a photo of him being mobbed by his team-mates on Instagram, writing: "No better feeling!"

    And underneath the snap, Saliba commented: "So proud of you my man."

    Arsenal defender Cedric Soares also wrote: "Top man."

  • Richard Forrester

    BUENOS DIAS

    Arsenal are preparing to make a move for Norwich playmaker Emi Buendia, according to reports.

    Transfer guru Fabizio Romano claims the Gunners have already been in contact with the Championship club over his signature.

    Norwich value the Argentinean at a whiopping £40million.

    It is claimed Arsenal will need to fight off competition from Valencia for his signature.

  • Richard Forrester

    GUESSING GAME

    Mikel Arteta is giving little away over the future of Mesut Ozil.

    Speculation is linking the German playmaker with a move away from the club this month with Fenerbahce interested.

    Reports claim a deal is on the table and Ozil is weighing up making the move to Turkey or seeing out the remainder of his contract with the Gunners.

    When quizzed on his future, Arteta said: "My understanding is that nothing has changed from the last press conference.

    "Edu and the club are having some conversations about the near future and the long-term future and when we know something, we will announce it."

  • Richard Forrester

    ED IN THE GAME

    Mikel Arteta has ruled out Eddie Nketiah leaving the club this month.

    The forward has been linked with a move to West Ham to replace Sebastien Haller who joined Ajax last week.

    Nketiah, 21, has only made three Premier League starts, scoring one goal.

    But transfer guru Fabrizio Romano wrote on Twitter: "Mikel Arteta just confirmed that 'Nketiah is not leaving the club this month.'"

  • Richard Forrester

    PARTEY TIME

    Thomas Partey is closing on a return from injury.

    He suffered a recurrence of his thigh problem on his return from a month out on December 6 as the Gunners were defeated by Tottenham in the North London derby.

    Partey missed the FA Cup win over Newcastle but boss Mikel Arteta expects to see him return to face Crystal Palace on Thursday.

    He said: "We assessed the situation, how much training he's done and the boxes he's ticked.

    "He was still a little bit short [for FA Cup]. Hopefully, on Thursday we might have him available in the squad. Let's see how he trains the next couple of days."

  • Richard Forrester

    HOLD THE PHONE

    Defender Rob Holding is set to complete his dramatic turnaround by penning a new Arsenal contract.

    The 25-year-old looked surplus to requirements last season after making just eight league appearances.

    He was even close to joining Newcastle on loan in the summer before Mikel Arteta blocked the move.

    But he has been a key figure this season and the Spaniard's faith is being rewarded with his impressive form.

    According to The Atheltic, Holding will sign a new contract and is being seen as an emerging leader in the dressing room.

  • Richard Forrester

    NEW TIER

    Arsenal star Kieran Tierney is a shock transfer target for Napoli after the Italians missed out on him last season, according to reports.

    The Gunners went head to head with the Serie A outfit in the summer of 2019.

    But it was Unai Emery who came out on top by landing the Scotland international from Celtic for £25million.

    Now, though, The Telegraph report Napoli are plotting to go back in for Tierney.

    It is thought they have made the 23-year-old their long-term target as the solution at left-back.

    A January switch is unlikely, meaning Napoli hope to secure a short-term fix before a summer swoop.

    Taking Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri on a six-month loan until the end of the season could be one option the Naples side consider.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners face stiffer competition than ever for France defender Dayot Upamecano – and still have confidence in under-achieving Willian.

    Admirers for RB Leipzig's Upamecano now include Manchester United, Liverpool AND Chelsea, plus Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

    Arsenal were seen as the 22-year-old's likeliest destination last summer but his stock is still rising.

    Meanwhile, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta insists former Chelsea midfielder Willian is 'improving'.

    The major summer signing again disappointed in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of Newcastle after extra time.

    But Arteta said “He’s been out as well because he was ill. He missed two weeks of training.

    “He had some good moments and other moments where he needed more help and some decisions weren’t the best.

    “We’re going to keep trying with him. He’s showing in training how much he wants it… it’s about keeping the confidence in him.”

    Hertha Berlin have reportedly accepted £29million-rated midfielder Matteo Guendouzi will be too expensive to keep in the summer, so the loanee is expected to return to the Emirates.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SALIBA'S NICE WORDS FOR EMILE

    William Saliba showed his Arsenal teen spirit despite being loaned to Nice with joyful praise for FA Cup hero Emile Smith Rowe on Instagram.

    Academy product Emile Smith Rowe was delighted with his FA Cup goal against Newcastle as he battles for more regular Premier League actionCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Midfielder Smith Rowe, 20, posted "No better feeling" alongside a picture of team-mates mobbing him for his extra-time opener in yesterday's 2-0 defeat of Newcastle.

    And French defender Saliba, 19, replied: "So proud of you man."

    Saliba is in his second loan spell away from the Emirates after arriving from Saint-Etienne in 2019.

    He has admitted he feels he should have been given a better chance to prove himself after Gunners boss Mikel Arteta told him in pre-season he "wasn't ready".

    Saliba added he will "see what happens" next summer, with Nice already suggesting they would consider a permanent deal.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KEOWN TIERS APART OZIL REPUTATION

    Martin Keown claims Mesut Ozil could have been Arsenal's "best player ever" if he had Kieran Tierney's determination.

    Fenerbahce are favourites to sign German World Cup winner Ozil, 32, this month.

    And ex-Gunners' defender Martin Keown believes Ozil's attitude means he won't depart the Emirates as a legend, despite staying eight years after arriving from Real Madrid in 2012.

    Keown told talkSPORT: “It hurts me that a player of that talent can’t get on the football pitch, it’s a crying shame.

    “For me, he doesn’t go down as a legend, because he doesn’t match the energy and determination of legends that I’ve seen at that football club.

    “If he had Tierney’s determination, coupled with that ability, he might’ve gone down as the best player ever to play for Arsenal.

    “He’s become calculated in the way that he’s undermining the club with tweets, and I think it’s now time to go.”

     

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