ARSENAL's are ready to substantially up their bid for Houssem Aouar after being publicly knocked back by Lyon's president on Twitter.
Meanwhile Thomas Partey is reportedly keen on joining the Gunners from Atletico Madrid, where he has had no progress in new contract talks.
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COMETH THE AOUAR
Arsenal are set to dramatically up their bid for Houssem Aouar, according to reports.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed the Gunners had made an offer (thought to be around £32m) but it fell far below their asking price.
However, Football.London report that Arsenal are now ready to offer a package that could reach £45.5m.
That would consist of £36.5m upfront and £9m in add-ons.
GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS
Arsenal have had a second bid for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar rejected.
Their latest offer was estimated to be around £34million plus add-ons, but the French club are holding out for a fee close to £45million.
One player Arsenal could sell to raise funds to fund moves for Aouar and Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, is Lucas Torreira.
The midfielder hasn’t settled into life in North London, and he is rumoured to be interested in a move away from the club.
Clubs in both Italy and Spain are interested in Torreira’s services; however, Torino’s sporting director has since ruled a move out saying: “Torreira is a top player but his price is too high. It's difficult to sign him from Arsenal, not just for us.”
Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang also revealed that he considered leaving the club, with boss Mikel Arteta being a driving factor in the striker extending his stay.
Aubameyang said: “Two things persuaded me to stay, the first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us.
“I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him.”
Arsenal could also be closer to making a move for Chelsea’s Jorginho after the midfielder was left on the bench in Yesterday’s 3-3 draw away to West Brom.
Chelsea are reportedly open to letting the midfielder leave the club to free up funds to fund a move for West Ham’s Declan Rice.
Arsenal star Pierre Emerick Aubameyang may have landed himself in hot water after liking a controversial tweet.
The tweet reads: “Aubameyang. He's been so deserving of a team of the caliber of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, Liverpool, etc … Not Arsenal for years.”
MATTER OF TIME
An Arsenal fan has a brilliant response to Memphis Depay's tweet which included a photo of himself and Aouar.
LACA LINK UP
Arsenal forward Alexander Lacazette could be one of the key people behind convincing Lyon midfielder, Houssem Aouar to join the club.
The pair know each other from when Lacazette played for Lyon.
Lacazette posted a message on Instagram to Aouar last summer after the two sides met in the Emirates Cup.
Lacazette captioned the post: “Always a pleasure to see you.”
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Always a pleasure to see you ☺️ Toujours un plaisir de vous voirBon courage pour la saison ??
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SPANNER IN THE WORKS
Lucas Torreira has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer, with the likes of Atletico Madrid and Torino heavily interested in acquiring his services.
Torreira, 24, hasn't settled into life in London as well as he would have hoped, as he continues to struggle to hold down a first team spot.
Italy is reported to be his preferred destination, but one of his routes back may have been cut off.
Torino sporting director, Davide Vagnati has come out on the record and said the club would not be able to afford the player.
Vagnati said: “Torreira is a top player but his price is too high. It's difficult to sign him from Arsenal, not just for us.”
Torreira not moving on on this window could prove to be an issue when it comes to the club signing players.
Throwback to Joe Willock's screamer ahead of their visit to Anfield on Monday night!
Arsenal transfer target Jorginho was left on the bench in today's 3-3 draw away to West Brom.
The Italian midfielders future has been in question In recent weeks with Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard interested in bolstering his midfield options.
Chelsea are preparing a move for West Ham's Declan Rice, in a move which would see him return to the club which released him when he was just 14.
Jorginho to Arsenal would help make funds available to sign Rice.
NORTH LONDON DERBY
Arsenal's women's team defeated Tottenham 4-nil!
THIRD TIME LUCKY?
According to RMC, Lyon have rejected Arsenal's second bid for Houssem Aouar.
Lyon are reportedly holding out for a bid worth around £45million after turning down offers of £32million and £34million.
Arsenal remain keen on the player and will most likely look at lodging another bid in the near future with the transfer window closing soon.
ROAD TO LEGENDARY STATUS
Former Arsenal Left-back Nigel Winterburn, has said that talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on his way to becoming an Arsenal icon.
The one catch is that Aubameyang needs to win more trophies whilst at the club.
Winterburn told FreeSuperTips: “If Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang keeps scoring like he has been over the next three years of his contract, then he’ll be heading in the right direction to achieve legendary status at Arsenal.
“I look back at players that people consider as legendary for the Arsenal, then I look at what they won at the football club and they didn’t win that much.
“The number of trophies that some of the players I played with won, in comparison to the amount that Aubameyang could win, it’s clear that he isn’t going to win the same number of trophies.
“Then eventually when he leaves – it depends always on what circumstances you leave; he will then be regarded as one of the legends of the club.”
AUBA CONSIDERED LEAVING
Arsenal talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted he considered leaving Arsenal, but working with boss Mikel Arteta persuaded him to stay.
Talking to Sky Sports, Aubameyang said: “Two things persuaded me to stay, the first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us.
“I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him.
“I think this was the key factor and as well, the love that I receive from the fans and the whole club.
“Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home and that's why I'm staying.
“We had a chat during lockdown and we were supposed to talk about a game and he said 'okay, forget about it, we're going to talk about the future' and he asked me what I wanted to do.
“I was like 'I feel good since you came, I'm improving, and the philosophy is very, very nice so I just want to stay' and he was like 'I'm sure if you stay you can leave a legacy, but it's all about you and what you want. Of course you can leave and go for trophies in big clubs as well but I think you can create a legacy here in this great club.'
“This was the key message to me and after that conversation I was like 'okay, it's all clear for me and I just want to stay' and that's it.”
ARSENAL MOVE FOR AOUAR
According to reports, Arsenal are readying a second bid for Lyon's Houssem Aouar after seeing their first bid of £32million rejected.
The new offer is set to be worth £36.5million plus £9million in potential add-ons.
Lyon previously valued the midfielder at £55million, but their valuation has since decreased due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Arsenal are limbering up for the trip to Liverpool and Willian will be the man to look out for, if this training video is anything to go by.
Classic penalty. As cool as a cucumber.
Arsenal would prefer to sell Lucas Torreira to anyone but Atletico Madrid because of bad blood over Thomas Partey, incredible reports suggest.
The transfer saga surrounding the Madrid midfielder has now reportedly spilled out into other business with Torreira being dragged into the row.
The Uruguayan was reportedly going to be used as a bargaining chip to get Partey but Gunners officials are so unhappy with the Spanish club's conduct, that is now in doubt, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Atletico refused to concede any ground over Partey so Arsenal could now harden their stance over Torreira as this ill-tempered negotiation continues.
It should be a fascinating clash when Arsenal go to Liverpool on Monday night.
For those of you who have a natural reaction to always go with a Liverpool win whoever they play, the Gunners should make for fascinating opposition.
Arteta's team have won their last two games against the Merseyside club, including the Community Shield last month, and our predicted line-up shows the depth of threat they can pose to the champions.
Arsenal aren't in action until Monday's trip to Anfield, meaning it may be a slow weekend for the Gunners.
While Gunners fans can spend the morning excited at the reported progress in the Houssem Aouar chase, the Thomas Partey picture does not look quite as clear.
GOAL reported yesterday that the Arsenal hierarchy are growing increasingly frustrated at how little progress they've made for the Ghanaian.
This is despite positive signs on Lucas Torreira going the other way to Atletico Madrid as a bargaining chip.
The La Liga club are believed to keen on the scrappy midfielder and he could be key in helping Arsenal over the line in capturing Partey.
Mikel Arteta and co are in for a busy week.
COMETH THE AOUAR
Houssem Aouar has agreed to join Arsenal after interest from Juventus and Barcelona failed to materialise, according to French site Telefoot.
And in other good news, ESPN report that Lyon have dropped their asking price for the France international.
While the Ligue 1 side knocked back a £32m Gunners bid, it is claimed that they are now demanding between £36m and £41m for Aouar where they initially wanted £55m.
GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS
Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has reportedly agreed to join the Gunners – after receiving no concrete offers from Barcelona or Juventus.
Mikel Arteta has a deal agreed with the Lyon star, say Telefoot, and now he needs to raise cash in order to bring the £54million-rated playmaker to the Emirates.
Gunners midfielder Lucas Torreira is being lined up by Atletico Madrid according to Sport 890.
Atleti prefer a loan move but Arsenal would rather get rid of the 24-year-old permanently.
And Arteta responded to reports he wants to sign Jorginho and sell Torreira.
The Arsenal manager said: “We are still open to improve our team.
“We are looking for different options depending on what happens with some of our players here so we are getting prepared just in case we need to do something.”
Former Gunners skipper Laurent Koscielny gave Gooners a well overdue apology.
He said sorry for the video that announced his Bordeaux move last year which saw him toss the Arsenal shirt aside.
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour urged his old team to poach Dele Alli from neighbours and rivals Spurs.
Parlour reckons Arsenal should consider a move for Alli as he would bring goals from midfield.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Parlour said: “I think he would be more of a fit than Jorginho.”
Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin made his debut seven years ago today.
The Spaniard was linked with a move to PSG earlier in this window but appears set to extend his time in North London.
Mikel Arteta has given his backing to Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pepe despite Willian's strong start to his Gunners career.
Arteta said: “I think he’s come a long way. We know what the club paid for him when he joined and that was obviously an extra pressure but he’s a player who’s had to adapt, it’s a different style. He has a really good attitude.
“We can see [development] in a lot of phases of his game. He’s very settled here, he’s liked by the boys, he’s a really good character to have around.
“I’m really positive that we’re going to have him for many years and that he can perform at a really high level consistently.”
DON'T STOP THE PARTEY
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been urged NOT to sign Houssem Aouar.
Nigel Winterburn reckons the Gunners chief would be better advised to snare long-term target and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey instead.
He told FreeSuperTips: “I really like Partey because he is quick, solid and powerful off the ball as much as on it.
“There have been times in the past when Arsenal fail to break things down because of the pace of other teams on the counterattack, which is something that Partey could come in to do.
“He takes the ball in tight situations and has the power and the ability to go past the opposing midfield players.
“We’ve got to wait and see, but my preference of the two would be Thomas Partey.”
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is in Atletico Madrid's sights.
Diego Simeone's side have already spent £5.5million on signing Luis Suarez from Barcelona.
And Atleti could be about to make it a double Uruguayan swoop as Sport 890 reports the club have turned their attention to Torreira.
It is thought that the LaLiga side want a loan move but Arsenal would prefer a permanent move away for the 24-year-old.
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