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Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Alexandre Lacazette contract latest, Renato Sanches interest, Stoica transfer updates


ARSENAL risk losing Alexandre Lacazette at the end of the season for NOTHING, with the club refusing to discuss a new deal till the end of the season.

The striker, 30, is in the final few months of his £200,000-a-week deal and can open talks with overseas clubs in January.

The Gunners are preparing to welcome Newcastle to the Emirates after their harrowing 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.

And boss Mikel Arteta has been SLAMMED by Gunners fan Piers Morgan after the one-sided loss at Anfield.

Renato Sanches has responded to reports linking him with a host of clubs, including Arsenal.

He said: “When I arrived at Bayern, I was not ready to play in such a club.

“I was very young, and when I got ready, the opportunity to play with this team never came.

“Today I feel ready. I understand football better, I have more experience, I know what to do to play in this kind of club and that changes everything.

“Maybe Milan and Arsenal are interested but I don’t know.”

The Gunners are also eyeing a move for Ajax wonderkid Noussair Mazraoui, who could be available at a bargain price in January.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe could be on his way out of the exit door in January with Newcastle, Everton and Crystal Palace linked with £72m winger.

Plus Arsenal have joined rivals Tottenham and Manchester United in the race to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, reports say.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • PEP’s THE MAN

    Newcastle have been urged to sign Arsenal big money signing Nicolas Pepe, who has failed to nail down a starting spot in north London.

    Noel Whelan says the Magpies should explore a potential loan.

    Whelan told FootballInsider: “I think if you’re going to take a chance on Nicolas Pepe, we know there’s a player there. We know that there’s a skillful winger in him.

    “A loan move is the safest move you can make. You’ve got to make sure that you get a player in, you see how he settles and you see his performances.

    “Only then can you judge him on the fact that you want to spend £25million. Right now, Arsenal are offloading him or wanting to offload him for a reason. Because he’s not done it.”

  • YOUNG GUNS

    Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale are amongst Arsenal’s most expensive signings.

  • TOP BOSS

    Have you seen Arsene Wenger: Invincible yet?

  • GUTTED TAV

    Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell says Nuno Tavares will be ‘gutted’ after his poor performance against Liverpool last weekend.

    The Gunners were brushed aside 4-0 at Anfield, ending their ten-game unbeaten streak.

    On Tavares, Campbell told FootballInsider: “Tavares is going to be gutted.

    “Look, he did not have a great second half. He made a couple of big errors but by and large he did OK. They were elementary mistakes but these things happen.

    “He is playing against [Mohamed] Salah – arguably the hottest player in the world right now. For the [Diogo] Jota goal, he robbed Salah of the ball and then got the simple part wrong – passing to a yellow shirt. Sometimes you cannot legislate for that.

    “That goal made it a mountain to climb. Arsenal just could not hold out.

    “It was painful for Tavares but it should be for everyone. It was a 4-0 defeat.”

  • MARC MY WORDS

    Marc Overmars is reportedly unwilling to make the move from Ajax to become Newcastle’s director of football, writes JAKE LAMBOURNE.

    The Arsenal legend, who won the Premier League and FA Cup in the 1997-98 season, has been linked with relocating to Tyneside following the club’s £300million takeover.

    Dutch journalist Valentijn Driessen declared last month that the 48-year-old would accept the Magpies’ offer.

    He told Voetbalpraat: “Overmars will go, I think. If he gets the chance, he goes.

    “Overmars has to start in January or February, because he has to put together the squad for the new season.

    “And his successor must do that for Ajax.”

    But according to De Telegraaf, Overmars will NOT be joining Newcastle any time soon, as he ‘isn’t interested’ in the job.

  • GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Arsenal are one of the most successful English clubs.

  • OUT OF LAC

    Newcastle are keeping tabs on Alexandre Lacazette’s contract situation at Arsenal.

    The Frenchman is free to leave at the end of the season and is attracting interest from a host of clubs from across Europe.

    Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Marseille and Newcastle are all eyeing a potential move.

  • REF TAKES KLOPP’S SIDE

    Former referee Keith Hackett believes Sadio Mane’s challenge on Takehiro Tomiyasu was not a red card.

    The challenge dragged both managers into a war of words on the touchline.

    Hackett told the FootballInsider: “The Tomiyasu challenge was what sparked the incident in the technical areas.

    “Again I thought Michael Oliver got it right. I didn’t see that as a serious foul play challenge. I thought it was reckless.

    “Yes, it’s a fine line but for me it was reckless. I think the match officials get it right.

    “It’s good to praise a match official when they get it right.”

  • XHAK THAT

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is interested in a return to Borussia Monchengladbach when his contract expires in 2024.

    The Swiss international left the German side for Arsenal back in 2016 for £35million, as it was a dream of his to play in England.

    On his future, Xhaka told RP Online: “I never made the move from Borussia to Arsenal for the money; it was a dream for me to play in England.

    “I have just extended my contract, which still has two and a half years to run.

    “Then I’ll be 32, and if Max Eberl is willing to bring me back when I’m 32, my door will be open.”

  • NEXT FIVE

    Bottom of the table Newcastle are up next for the Gunners.

  • BET ON IT

    Arsenal’s U23 boss Kevin Betsy credited his side’s character for helping them leap to the top of the Premier League 2 table.

    The young Gunners edged a 3-2 win over Blackburn with only 10 men to head to the league’s summit following a late winner from starlet Folarin Balogun.

    And Betsy puts his team’s gutsy performance down to their strong DNA.

    He told the club: “The group has got tremendous character.

    “They’ve done this before with 10 men in the past this season and come up with a win when it looks like we could lose, there’s fantastic character amongst the players tonight.

    “It’s part of our identity, it’s part of who we are as a club, developing strong young Gunners here at Arsenal, it’s credit to the players.”

  • MOVE ON

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has revealed his desire to return to Borussia Monchengladbach when his contract ends.

    Xhaka will be 32 when his current deal ends in 2024 and he has no desire of staying in the Prem.

    Instead, the Swiss national wants to pick up where he left on in Germany with the club he left to join Arsenal for £34m in 2016.

    He told RP Online: “I never made the move from Borussia to Arsenal for the money; it was a dream for me to play in England.

    “I have just extended my contract, which still has two and a half years to run.

    “Then I’ll be 32, and if Max Eberl is willing to bring me back when I’m 32, my door will be open.”

  • NOT PARL OF THE PLAN

    Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has mocked Manchester United’s interim boss Michael Carrick’s decision to include Phil Jones in his squad to face Villarreal.

    Carrick takes charge of United for the first time since the club sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in tonight’s Champions League clash against Villarreal, and Parlour’s not impressed by his decision to bring Jones along.

    When informed of Jones’s inclusion on talkSPORT, Parlour quipped: “Do you know what, I forgot Phil Jones was even there.

    “What’s he got to do, carry the bag or something? He’s not in the squad so what’s the point of taking him?

    “Is it just for training, I don’t know? He can’t be sub or play can he?’”

  • GREAT KATE

    Arsenal star Katie McCabe has been named women’s clothing company Miss Kick’s ambassador.

    The company, founded by former Manchester City and Liverpool player Grace Vella, is a movement to represent female sport and to create social change in football and wider society.

    Speaking on her new role, McCabe said: “I was really excited when I heard about the brand values and how passionate Grace is about Miss Kick.

    “I saw myself in it, especially with the inclusion of girls in football. When I was growing up there was never anything like this, you were wearing men’s clothes, men’s size shirts.

    “So for Miss Kick and Grace to come in and establish themselves in the market is fantastic.”

  • BERGER QUEEN 

    Anne-Katrin Berger is among the top stoppers shortlisted for Fifa’s Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year award.

    And Berger’s Chelsea team-mate Sam Kerr and Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema are two of seven WSL stars in the running for the Best Women’s Player prize.

    Denmark captain Pernille Harder and South Korea’s Ji So-yun are among the Kingsmeadow stars in contention along with Sweden centre-back Magdalena Eriksson.

    And England and Manchester City aces Ellen White and Lucy Bronze are also among the group of 13 vying for the Fifa gong.

  • NOT HAPPENING

    Arsenal have been told their alleged pursuit of FCSB starlet Ianis Stoica is pointless for now by the club’s owner Gigi Becali.

    The Gunners have been linked with a move for the 18-year-old strike sensation as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.

    But owner of the Romanian outfit Becali has made it clear that Stoica is staying put for the next few years.

    Becali said, reported by the Mirror: “It is good that Arsenal are monitoring Ianis, but there is no point as he is not for sale.

    “He could be in a year or two, but not yet. He is technically skilled, physically strong and very smart.

    “To look at him, you’d think he is 23 years old – not 18.”

  • MARC MY WORDS 

    Marc Overmars is reportedly unwilling to make the move from Ajax to become Newcastle’s director of football.

    The Arsenal legend, who won the Premier League and FA Cup in the 1997-98 season, has been linked with relocating to Tyneside following the club’s £300million takeover.

    But according to De Telegraaf, Overmars will NOT be joining Newcastle any time soon, as he ‘isn’t interested’ in the job.

    They have even stated that the former Barcelona winger has not taken up the Toon’s invite to have a conversation with him.

  • CHIEL DEAL

    John Terry has labelled Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini a ‘legend’ for his foul on England star Bukayo Saka in the Euro 2020 final.

    Saka was cynically dragged to the ground by Chiellini late on in the game which Italy went on to win.

    And the Italian’s quick thinking that denied England the chance to get clear on goal makes him a legend in Terry’s eyes.

    He told Football Italia: “To do what Chiellini did on Saka….it not easy. If you just think about it, it’s clear that you are a legend.”

  • TOP GUNNER

    A spoof video parodying the release of Arsene Wenger’s new film has gone viral.

    ‘Arsene Wenger: Invincible’ is available to download and tells the story of Arsenal‘s greatest ever manager and their unbeaten season in 2003/04.

    But mischievous bookies Paddy Power have reacted by releasing a trailer for their very own rival production which has already been watched thousands of times online.

    In it, some of the club’s most iconic players appear on camera to laud what presumably is the Frenchman.

    Legendary defender Nigel Winterburn beams as he says ‘in a way, I think it was destiny’ before Kevin Campbell appears on screen to say ‘it was a huge thing for the club, and for football’.

    But, true to Paddy Power form, everything clearly isn’t what it seems.

    In a dig at both North London giants, the trailer reads: “From the makers of Two months in 2020 – The Story of Tottenham’s title challenge’ & ‘Pepe – The man who dribbled past Van Dijk’

    Paddy Power ambassador Peter Crouch then appears on screen to say ‘he arrived at Arsenal, and English football was never the same again’ before Jose Mourinho adds: “He was the last one of his type.”

    Although it soon emerges that Winterburn, Campbell and co are not talking about Wenger. Instead, it’s a celebration of another Arsenal hero – their iconic mascot Gunnersaurus.

  • NOT RED-Y

    Darren Bent doesn’t think England boss Gareth Southgate is cut out for club management and would frown if he ended up at Arsenal.

    Bent and fellow pundit Laura Woods came to that conclusion while discussing Southgate’s domestic credentials on talkSPORT.

    Bent said: “For whatever reason, he seems to suit international management better than club management.

    “If one of the top four jobs became available, I don’t think he’d be in the running for that.

    “On a day-to-day basis, could he manage those elite players? It’s all well and good when they come together for ten days.

    “But I think I agree with you, Laura, him coming to Arsenal? I’d be a bit like, ‘Hmm’.”

  • KLOPP IT

    Garth Crook reckons Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp used his argument with Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta to intentionally rile up the Anfield crowd.

    Things got heated between Klopp and Arteta when Sadio Mane smashed into Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    And Crooks claims Klopp knew his exchange with Arteta would fire up the Liverpool fans and give his side an edge against the Gunners.

    Which is why the BBC pundit places the blame for the row firmly on Klopp’s shoulders.

    Crooks wrote: “So it’s like that then, is it Jurgen Klopp? I wondered what the touchline row was about with Mikel Arteta.

    It was clear from Klopp’s post-match interview that he thought that Sadio Mane’s challenge on Takehiro Tomiyasu was fair, but boy did he use the ensuing confrontation with Arteta to fuel the Anfield crowd.

    “Liverpool were struggling until that moment and the only mistake Arteta made was getting involved with Klopp in the first place.

    The row ignited the crowd and Klopp knew it would. Mane, the architect of the incident with Tomiyasu, also took advantage of Anfield’s rise in temperature with a well-taken goal and a glorious assist.

    “But it was Klopp who was the villain here, not Arteta.”

  • BUY BRITISH

    Arsenal’s ex-French star Robert Pires has urged the Gunners to buy British in January’s transfer window.

    Pires reckons the Gunners attack is already sorted but they could do with some defensive reinforcements.

    And in Pires’ eyes, the best defenders are English from his experience of playing alongside the likes of Tony Adams and Martin Keown at the Gunners.

    Pires said, reported by the Mirror: “It is difficult but in January if Arsenal can spend money maybe on a defender because I think our midfield and strikers are very good players.

    “In my opinion sign English players because we need English players in this squad because when you play in the Premier League, you need a player like this.

    “For example, in my time I played with Tony Adams, Lee Dixon and Martin Keown, Ashely Cole and this is the base for your team.

    “They need to spend the money on a defender in my opinion, English.”

  • GROW UP

    Rio Ferdinand thinks Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta showed his naivety as a young manager during his spat with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on the weekend.

    Arteta flew off the handle and was embroiled in a heated exchange with Klopp when  Sadio Mane clattered into Gunner Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    And Ferdinand reckons Arteta didn’t need to react like that and would’ve handled the situation better if he was more experienced.

    Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “I watched the game and Liverpool just turned the screw. They turned the screw after Arteta and Klopp’s spat on the touchline, that Arteta started.

    “That was naive, for me. At Anfield you don’t want to be gassing up that crowd and whipping them up.

    “You have a go at Klopp the way you do when you’re 1 or 2-0 up, not when you’re still in the game and the game’s on a knife edge.

    “I think that was a little bit of naivety on Arteta’s behalf.”

    “I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because he’s a young manager so I think he’ll learn from that.”

  • KARIM DEMAND 

    Arsneal target Karim Adeyemi isn’t going anywhere until the summer, according to RB Salzburg president Harald Lurzerg.

    The Gunners reportedly want the £18million wonderkid as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette up front.

    Boss Mikel Arteta is thought to be keen on a January move as Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain also track the 19-year-old.

    But Austrian Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig have said they only expect their man to leave next summer.

    Lurzerg told Bild podcast Bayern Insider: “We are aware that Karim will probably take the next step next summer.”

    His interview did contain a boost for Arsenal as he vowed not to put ‘any obstacles in the way’ of a possible move.

  • LACA URGENCY

    Arsenal will not discuss a new contract with Alex Lacazette until the end of the season – even if they risk losing him for nothing, writes MARK IRWIN.

    The striker, 30, is in the final few months of his £200,000-a-week deal and can open talks with overseas clubs in January.

    Boss Mikel Arteta has not ruled out extending the France international’s stay but said: “We are not going to be talking about new contracts until the end of the season.”

    Lacazette, a then clubrecord £52million buy when he signed from Lyon in 2017, knows he will not be short of offers.

    Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Marseille and Newcastle are among those monitoring his situation.

    As a free agent Lacazette could get a hefty signing fee.

    Arsenal will NOT offer him a long-term deal on his current salary but possibly a 12-month contract.

    However, Lacazette is not impressed by the club’s lack of urgency in sorting out his future.





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