9.20am Arsenal news LIVE: Aouar bid NEXT summer, Jerome Boateng on free transfer, Gabriel Man Utd snub – The Sun

ARSENAL are still reeling from a shock defeat to Aston Villa and will be hoping to return from the international break in better form.

Off the field the Gunners are reportedly going back for defender Hassem Aouar next summer, while Jerome Boateng is a free transfer target for both Arsenal and cross-town rivals Chelsea.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners updates below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    DOM DEAL

    Real Madrid are battling Arsenal to snap up highly-rated RB Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai.

    Szoboszlai's last-minute heroics secured Hungary a spot at the Euro 2020 finals, after he netted the winner to knock out Euro 2016 surprise package Iceland.

    The midfielder is out of contract in 2022.

    He could be available for £23million in January, with Los Blancos ready to test the water with a bid, report Madrid newspaper AS.

    Szoboszlai, 20 last month, has been at the heart of Salzburg's rise to the top table in Europe.

    AC Milan and RB Leipzig also want the talented youngster.

  • Jake Lambourne

    JACK THE LAD

    Cesc Fabregas has revealed Jack Wilshere could have made it at Real Madrid or Barcelona if it wasn't for his repeated injury problems.

    He told the Daily Mail: “Jack was such a good talent, one of the most talented players I've ever played with.

    “He was just 16 when he first came to train with us and I was like 'wow this guy is good, strong, sharp.'

    “It's a big shame what has happened to him, I feel sorry because he could have been a proper English legend of the game.

    “We always talk about how British players would adapt to teams in Europe – I always believed that Jack was one of the few Brits who could have made it big time at Real Madrid or Barcelona. 

    “Same with Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale. These guys are so talented, without injuries they could have done much more.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    OFF THE WALL

    Theo Walcott was 'never coached properly' by Arsene Wenger, claims former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino.

    He said on Talksport: “I have always been a fan on Walcott.

    “But I have always felt he has never been coached properly because he was such a young player who left Southampton to go to Arsenal. He joined a fantastic squad of players at Arsenal.

    “He sort of found his way. At moments he had one season he had 20 plus goals and it looked like he wanted to play a centre-forward role instead of being a wide player.

    “Honestly, I think he’s one player who hasn’t been coached enough about numerous positions to play in and progression in a player because Theo’s got everything.

    “He’s technically good and he has got incredible speed. I think if you worked with Theo about the tactical side and I think he’s an intelligent young man.

    “I think one of the biggest things that happened at Arsenal with Wenger was Theo. I didn’t think Theo was a player that should have improved like he should have.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WOUNDED ANIMALS

    Chelsea women's boss Emma Hayes is expecting Arsenal to 'double their efforts' for this weekend's derby clash.

    She said: “There always is. Both teams know each other inside and out.

    “I have huge respect for Arsenal and, knowing that they are wounded from last weekend, I always pay even more respect to a team that's been defeated.

    “I know what defeat feels like and the natural response is to double their efforts. That's what I'm expecting from them.

    “Arsenal are a top team, they have been in my tenure here. Ever since I've been in the women's game they've been the biggest club in this country.

    “They are always in and around the hunt for trophies every season.

    “They score more goals than any other team, their attacking and build-up play is exceptional and they've got players who have won major honours.

    “I know it will be a huge test because derby games are not normal games, there is a lot at stake and there's a lot of unpredictability to the game.”

  • Alan Scott

    GOOD MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Gabriel Magalhaes has revealed why he snubbed Manchester United over a move to the Gunners.

    He told Arsenal Player: “I was trying not to hear too much about transfer speculation because you always end up thinking about everything that’s going on.

    “After Arsenal came into the equation, he told me about other clubs that were interested, but I chose Arsenal because it was a dream for me. It’s a club that I really like and always watched on TV, with fantastic history.

    “Arsenal is a huge club, one of the biggest in the world, and I told my agent from the start that if Arsenal came in for me, I wanted to wear the shirt, play at the stadium and feel the fans' support because it’s a club I’ve always watched.

    “I’m now very pleased to be here today alongside top players. It’s a childhood dream of mine.”

    Meanwhile, SunSport can reveal Arsenal's beloved mascot Gunnersaurus returned this week – but it's NOT the man who wore the costume for 27 years.

    Jerry Quy performed the role for nearly three decades but has been unable to agree terms to continue doing it part-time.

    SunSport understands it will now be filled on a rotation basis by various people instead of just one individual.

    The hugely-popular dinosaur faced extinction earlier this summer when the Gunners temporarily ditched the Premier League's most recognisable mascot.

    And finally, Arsenal are reportedly lining up a bid for Lyon's Houssem Aouar next summer after falling short this year.

    The Gunners are getting their list of targets for the summer transfer window drawn up ahead of time.

    And the Lyon attacking midfielder is still on manager Mikel Arteta's wishlist after interest earlier this year, according to The Athletic's David Ornstein.

    Local lad Aouar, 22, has risen through the ranks at Lyon and was named in the Champions League squad of the season last year.

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNER EAT

    Arsenal have signed a controversial deal with Cambodian beer company Ganzberg who allegedly promote dog meat as the perfect snack to have with a beer.

    The Gunners signed a three-year deal with the company, whose huge street billboards are said to feature meals made of the meat, in 2019.

    But the deal has come under fierce criticism from animal rights groups such as Four Paws.

    A Four Paws spokeswoman told the Independent: “We have raised our concerns with the club, and while they share our disgust at the trade, they have not cut ties with the brand, which is widely accepted as the best accompaniment to dog meat.”

    According to the Independent, Arsenal have strongly denied having any links to the dog meat trade and said Ganzberg have assured them they are not complicit in any promotion of it.

    An Arsenal spokesman said: “We have been in regular contact with Four Paws and Ganzberg on this serious issue.

    “Ganzberg have assured us they do not endorse the consumption of dog meat and they are working hard to remove any independent advertising that does promote this.”

  • Joe Brophy

    JER THE ONE

    Arsenal and Chelsea are in a battle to sign Jerome Boateng on a free transfer, according to reports.

    And London rivals Tottenham may join the chase for the German defender.

    According to Sport Bild in Germany, Bayern Munich will refuse to offer Boateng a new deal.

    The former Manchester City man, 32, is out of contract at the end of the season.

  • Joe Brophy

    LEARNING THE TRADE

    Gabriel – who spent time on loan at Troyes and Dinamo Zagreb after leaving Brazilian club Avai for Lille –has claimed moves around Europe helped develop his game.

    He told Arsenal's website: “It was very hard at the start when I arrived at Lille [in 2016] because I was in a city where I didn’t speak the language and was very young, so it was tough.

    “I learnt so much there.

    “After my loans at Troyes and Dinamo Zagreb, I really matured. When I went back to Lille, I was more mature and was more familiar with Europe and the style of play.

    “When I started playing, thank God I was able to do so regularly and put in good performances, helping Lille reach the Champions League. That was very fulfilling for me.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ANGEL GABRIEL

    Gabriel Magalhaes has revealed why he snubbed Manchester United over a move to Arsenal.

    He told Arsenal Player: “I was trying not to hear too much about transfer speculation because you always end up thinking about everything that’s going on.

    “After Arsenal came into the equation, he told me about other clubs that were interested, but I chose Arsenal because it was a dream for me. It’s a club that I really like and always watched on TV, with fantastic history.

    “Arsenal is a huge club, one of the biggest in the world, and I told my agent from the start that if Arsenal came in for me, I wanted to wear the shirt, play at the stadium and feel the fans' support because it’s a club I’ve always watched.

    “I’m now very pleased to be here today alongside top players. It’s a childhood dream of mine.”

  • Joe Brophy

    EXTINCTION REBELLION

    Exclusive by Gary Stonehouse: Arsenal's beloved mascot Gunnersaurus returned this week – but it's NOT the man who wore the costume for 27 years.

    Jerry Quy performed the role for nearly three decades but has been unable to agree terms to continue doing it part-time.

    SunSport understands it will now be filled on a rotation basis by various people instead of just one individual.

    The hugely-popular dinosaur faced extinction earlier this summer when the Gunners temporarily ditched the Premier League's most recognisable mascot.

    The decision was made in order to cut costs, with over 50 employees made redundant by the North London side.

  • Joe Brophy

    HAVE A BUFF

    Former Arsenal star Nicklas Bendtner has claimed top players at every club he's played at have smoked throughout their careers.

  • Joe Brophy

    HOUSS OF CARDS

    Mikel Arteta has reportedly not given up hope of signing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

    The Athletic claim the French midfielder remains top of Arsenal's wishlist despite failing to sign him during the summer transfer window.

    Juventus are also said to be interested in the 22-year-old's signature.

  • Joe Brophy

    NOT GUNNER SIGN

    Charlton have admitted that Arsenal ‘were probably right’ not to send one of their players to The Valley.

    The club's director of football Steve Gallen told London News Online: “The Arsenal lad, Reece John-Jules, was someone we wanted to sign. But at that stage we had £1,300 [a week] to spend.

    “And I think Arsenal probably looked at the stuff behind the scenes at our club – to the outside it is in disarray and the fans are talking about we could be days away from administration and being kicked out of the league.

    “They could’ve been right but internally you don’t always know those things; you go tunnel vision and focus on convincing Arsenal to send their player to us because we’re going to make them a better player – like we did with Conor Gallagher, Jay Dasilva and Josh Cullen.

    “I think Arsenal felt we weren’t in the right position at that time, and they were probably right.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Arsenal and Chelsea are in a battle to sign Jerome Boateng on a free transfer, according to reports.

    And London rivals Tottenham may join the chase for the German defender.

    According to Sport Bild in Germany, Bayern Munich will refuse to offer Boateng a new deal.

    The former Manchester City man, 32, is out of contract at the end of the season.

  • Joe Miles

    SILVA LINING

    Gilberto Silva has urged former club Arsenal to reignite their interest in Jack Grealish.

    The Gunners legend told his podcast: “Grealish, amazing.

    “It seems like he could be a player that Arsenal missed.

    “With his ability, in the middle, he plays beautiful football. He controls the ball, assists and can score goals.

    “He is slightly different from Dennis Bergkamp, but he could be somebody for the future at Arsenal.”

  • Joe Miles

    NO NUNO

    Sporting Lisbon have reportedly increased the release clause fee for teen whiz-kind Nuno Mendes in a bid to fend off outsider interest.

    Sporting and the player's representatives have agreed to raise his initial release fee from £40million to £62m, according to Record.

    This would be the second-highest clause in the club's history, only topped by former Sporting star Bruno Fernandes whose fee was £89.7m

    His meteoric rise hasn't gone unnoticed and he was linked with moves across Europe all summer.

    Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and AC Milan are all said to have made a bid for, or an enquiry about Mendes.

  • Joe Miles

    WILL I NEVER

    Liverpool legend John Barnes has blamed Arsenal for Willian's poor spell of form.

    Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “Willian has come to an inconsistent team, it's not the player himself that is at fault but the team he is in.

    “If Willian went to a consistent team that was performing well every week, he would be a fantastic player and great addition to the squad.

    “It is on Arsenal and Mikel Arteta to try and get the most out of him.”

  • Joe Miles

    HOUSS THAT?

    Arsenal are reportedly lining up a bid for Lyon's Houssem Aouar next summer after falling short this year.

    The Gunners are getting their list of targets for the summer transfer window drawn up ahead of time.

    And the Lyon attacking midfielder is still on manager Mikel Arteta's wishlist after interest earlier this year, according to The Athletic's David Ornstein.

    Local lad Aouar, 22, has risen through the ranks at Lyon and was named in the Champions League squad of the season last year.

    He was pivotal in Lyon's run to the semi-finals, where they beat Juventus and Manchester City before losing to Bayern Munich.

    Ornstein added that the Gunners are also after a right-sided centre-back where there could be a potential shortage in the squad.

  • Joe Miles

    MATT'S YOUR LOT

    Matteo Guendouzi has no future at Arsenal, according to ex-Gunners striker Kevin Campbell.

    The 21-year-old has joined Hertha Berlin on loan this season after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta.

    Speaking to Football Insider, Campbell said: “I do not think he will play for Arsenal again.

    “He doesn't have a future at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta put him in detention after the Brighton game last season, that is what it was – detention.

    “A manager like Arteta wants to see that you can toe the line, take your punishment, keep your trap shut and get working. Guendouzi could not do it.”

  • Joe Miles

    COVID SCARE

    Ireland midfielder Alan Browne tested positive for coronavirus after playing in the friendly defeat to England.

    The Preston star, 25, featured for the full 90 minutes at Wembley last night as the Republic of Ireland fell to a 3-0 defeat.

    The Irish FA tweeted: “The Football Association of Ireland can confirm Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for Covid-19.

    “There are no close contacts of the player and the rest of the staff & squad tested negative ahead of Sunday's Uefa Nations League against Wales in Cardiff.”

    Inevitably, Browne was in close contact with a number of England stars including Manchester United captain Maguire, Chelsea's Reece James and Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka.

  • Joe Miles

    'VERY POSITIVE'

    Ashley Cole has praised Bukayo Saka for his performance against the Republic of Ireland last night.

    Saka picked up the Man of the Match award during only his second appearance for England's senior side.

    Cole told ITV: “He likes to operate in those attacking areas.

    “Defensively, playing in a three or five he doesn't get exposed as much, but yeah, I think he attacked well today and was a constant threat one-vs-one out wide, defensively.

    “I don't think it was great defensively (from the Republic of Ireland), to be honest, but Saka was very positive today.

    “I think him and Reece James played really, really well.”

  • Joe Miles

    LUC IS OUT

    Lucas Torreira is reportedly unhappy at Atletico Madrid and could ask to ask to leave during the January transfer window.

    The Uruguay international joined the Spanish side on a season-long loan in October.

    But Tuttosport claim he is already considering his options after starting just two LaLiga games this season.

    The report states that Serie A side Torino could offer him an escape route in January.

  • Joe Miles

    JER THE ONE

    Arsenal and Chelsea are in a battle to sign Jerome Boateng on a free transfer, according to reports.

    And London rivals Tottenham may join the chase for the German defender.

    According to Sport Bild in Germany, Bayern Munich will refuse to offer Boateng a new deal.

    The former Manchester City man, 32, is out of contract at the end of the season.

  • Joe Miles

    THAT'S A WRAP

    Shkodran Mustafi has taken his pride and joy to Yiannimize for a makeover this week.

    Yianni Charalambous is the go-to Premier League car-customiser for footballer's rides.

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  • Joe Miles

    AL TO PLAY FOR

    Inter Milan have hit back at 'offensive' remarks made by Chile's national team boss over Alexis Sanchez's dreadful injury record.

    The former Arsenal star, 31, is once again struggling with a knock and is a doubt for his country's must-win World Cup qualifiers, which prompted coach Reinaldo Rueda to claim Inter were treating Sanchez and Chile with a 'colonial' attitude.

    In response, Inter accused the South Americans of mishandling the player in a statement which read: “Inter consider the recent remarks stated by Reinaldo Rueda, the head coach of the Chile national team, to be unacceptable, offensive, and inaccurate.

    “The club has always had maximum collaboration and excellent relations with all the staff of the national teams.

    “Specifically, in the case of Alexis Sanchez, the player has encountered a physical problem in almost all of his call-ups to his national team.”

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