Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Lacazette looking at January exit, Pablo Mari Flamengo return, Xhaka wants Gladbach move

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE has confirmed his agent is looking at a move away from Arsenal in January for him.

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.

Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka is hoping to be back in the next month, with recovery going well.

He suffered medial knee ligament damage during the North London derby and has been out ever since.

Xhaka is open to leaving Arsenal for Borussia Monchengladbach on a FREE when his contract expires.

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

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

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    Man Utd are up next for the Gunners.

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    'THE CHALLENGES ARE INTERESTING'

    Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has admitted his agents are looking 'left and right' for a new challenge if he doesn't sign a new deal.

    The Frenchman's deal expires next summer and can agree a pre-contract with foreign clubs from January 1.

    Lacazette told Telefoot: "Of course, my agents are starting to look left and right.

    "But not until January. I really want to focus myself on something.

    "And then we will see what is on offer, if the challenges are interesting, if there are beautiful projects, what role a team sees for me…there are still many questions.

    "I want to wait until January before I really think about things."

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    HALE END ACADEMY PRODUCT

    Joe Willock was given a warm reception as he headed down the tunnel after Newcastle's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.

    The midfielder came through Arsenal's academy, but was sold permanently in the summer.

    Newcastle are hip-deep in a relegation scrap with the Magpies without a win in the league this season.

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    'VERY RESPECTFUL'

    Mikel Arteta has hailed goal hero Gabriel Martinelli as 'very respectful' and says he 'deserves more'.

    The youngster came off the bench and double Arsenal's lead against bottom of the table Newcastle.

    On Martinelli, Arteta said: "It is a big moment for him and I’m especially happy for him because how he behaves.

    “Some players are respectful when you make some decisions, and some players are very respectful, like he is.

    “He’s patient, but at the same time he’s really pushing and challenging and it makes every decision that you make even harder because he deserves more.

    “I’m really pleased because he really helped the team to get the points today.”

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    SUPER SUNDAY

    There’s more Premier League action coming up today, but who’s playing who?

    • Brentford vs Everton 2PM
    • Man City vs West Ham 2PM
    • Leicester City vs Watford 2PM
    • Burnley vs Tottenham 2PM
    • Chelsea vs Man Utd 4.30PM

    SAK THAT

    Bukayo Saka scored Arsenal's first goal in the 2-0 win over Newcastle yesterday.

    The youngster said: "Perfect way to start the weekend."

    HOLD THE BACK PAGE

    Manchester United hope Ralf Rangnick’s relationship with Erling Haaland will help them land the striker, writes PHIL THOMAS.

    Borussia Dortmund’s Norwegian star is wanted by a number of Europe’s top clubs, including Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

    City were in pole position as Haaland’s dad Alfie played there and Real have made a move.

    But new United interim boss Rangnick oversaw Haaland’s move from Molde to Salzburg two years ago when he was director of football for the Austrian side.

    United believe that link will enable them to sign Europe’s hottest property next summer when he has a £64million release clause.

    Haaland’s move to Salzburg rocketed the now 21-year-old into the limelight and Dortmund snapped him up a year later.

    United had hoped former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be a key factor in any deal, having given him his first big break at Molde.

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal expect to discover today how bad goal hero Bukayo Saka's hip injury is.

    Saka fired a sublime 56th minute opener before his replacement Gabriel Martinelli volleyed a brilliant clincher as the Gunners beat bottom side Newcastle to go fifth.

    But the winger will have scans on the injury after manager Mikel Arteta said he took Saka off because he felt “uncomfortable”.

    Arsenal legend Ray Parlour had hailed Saka's performance alongside his new England team-mate Emile Smith Rowe.

    Parlour told talkSPORT: “Saka has been a revelation, he and Smith Rowe have been the main guys up front creating chances.

    “The way he took his goal today, it was fantastic. His movement, his runs off the ball, he’s got so much intelligence. He really can play anywhere."

    But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced an astonishing four-yard miss that left all-time great Gunners' defender Tony Adams calling for the Gabon superstar to be dropped,

    Adams believes Aubameyang should be used more carefully now he is 32.

    The ex-Three Lions defender told Stadium Astro: “Arsene Wenger would have done. He would have looked after the physiology of his player.

    "He’s getting on now, he’s a forward, he’s out of form goalscoring-wise.

    "If you just want an out-and-out goalscorer (Alexandre) Lacazette is the man and he could quite easily do Aubameyang’s position with Martinelli backing him up."

    Meanwhile, Lacazette revealed his agents ‘are starting to look’ at transfer options with only seven months left on his contract.

    He told Telefoot: “Of course, my agents are starting to look to the right and to the left. But not until January, I really want to focus myself on something."

    And striker Folarin Balogun is tipped for a January loan, with Middlesbrough leading the race ahead of St Etienne, Bournemouth and Swansea.

    I DON'T LAC OPTIONS

    Alexandre Lacazette revealed his agents ‘are starting to look’ at transfer options with his Arsenal contract running down.

    The Frenchman, who has started just four Premier League matches so far this season, has only seven months left on his current deal.

    And with the forward sitting down the Gunners pecking order, it has led to speculation he will not renew his contract.

    Lacazette, 30, is able to discuss an overseas free transfer away from the Emirates in January, when his future will be determined.

    He told Telefoot: “Of course, my agents are starting to look to the right and to the left. But not until January, I really want to focus myself on something.

    “And then we will see what is on offer, if the challenges are interesting, if there are beautiful projects, how they are counting on me.

    “So there are still many questions, I prefer to wait until January to position myself.”

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      GUNNERS SWEAT ON SAKA SCAN

      Arsenal will have to wait until Sunday to find out the full extent of Bukayo Saka’s injury, according to manager Mikel Arteta.

      Saka helped the Gunners beat Newcastle 2-0 at the Emirates as he broke the deadlock on 56 minutes with a wonderful shot from a tight angle down the left.

      However, disaster struck soon after when the versatile midfielder appeared to have hurt his hip and was substituted by Gabriel Martinelli just eight minutes later.

      Arteta said he took the England international off because he felt “uncomfortable” but doesn’t know exactly how hurt he is.

      The Spanish head coach added that the 20-year-old will undergo some scans tomorrow.

      Arteta told Football London: “He [Saka] was uncomfortable to continue.

      “We will have to probably scan him tomorrow and see if there’s any injury there.”

      Saka’s replacement Martinelli sealed the win for Arsenal after 66 minutes when he picked up a wonderful flick by Takehiro Tomiyasu down the right flank and beat Martin Dubravka with a sensational volley.

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      MANY FRIENDS OF FO

      EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun is pulling the scouts to his games — with French side St Etienne joining the hunt for him, writes ALAN NIXON.

      The England Under-21 cap, 20, may go out on loan in January.

      Middlesbrough are leading the pack — but his fan club is growing.

      St Etienne sent leading scout Romain Barq to watch him play last week while Bournemouth and Swansea have also had top spies at matches.

      Balogun is in sparkling form for the Gunners’ shadow side and scored for England Under-21s on November 11.

      The striker joined Arsenal's academy in 2008 and quickly rose through the ranks in the club's youth level.

      The 20-year-old amassed a staggering total of 38 goals and eights assists in 41 appearances for the Under-18s.

      He has since registered 37 goals and nine assists in 60 matches across all competitions for the Under-23s.

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      SAKA'S A 'REVELATION'

      Ray Parlour hailed 'revelation' Bukayo Saka after he scored and shone again in Arsenal's 2-0 defeat of Newcastle – before giving the Gunners an injury scare.

      Saka finished lethally soon after the break before his replacement Gabriel Martinelli brilliantly volleyed the clincher from only his second touch.

      Former England and Arsenal wideman Parlour told talkSPORT: "Saka has been a revelation, he and [Emile] Smith Rowe have been the main guys up front creating chances.

      "The way he took his goal today, it was fantastic. His movement, his runs off the ball, he’s got so much intelligence. He really can play anywhere.

      "The England call-up and playing regularly for England now has given him more belief. He can be anything he wants to be.

      "If he can keep working hard, keep his feet on the ground – which  I know he has done because I’ve met him a number of times, he’s a really humble guy and really wants to work – then he can be a massive player for Arsenal going forward, and for England in major competitions."

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      ADAMS: REST AUBA

      Tony Adams wants Mikel Arteta to drop misfiring Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – like legendary boss Arsene Wenger would have done.

      Gunners' all-time great Adams believes Aubameyang should be used more carefully now he is 32.

      Aubameyang somehow sliced a four-yard rebound wide as Arsenal went fifth with a 2-0 win over bottom side Newcastle.

      And ex-England defender Adams told Stadium Astro: "Do you actually take Aubameyang out of the team and give Martinelli a run or Lacazette a run and say I’m going to take you out?

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      "Arsene Wenger would have done. He would have looked after the physiology of his player. I can’t remember how old he is but he’s getting on now, he’s a forward, he’s out of form goalscoring-wise.

      "It might be best to give him a rest for a few weeks and then in the New Year, last six months. he can give me a good run.

      "The team is doing alright at the moment. If you just want an out and out goalscorer Lacazette is the man he is a fantastic finisher and he could quite easily do Aubameyang’s position with Martinelli backing him up.

      "There could be a cause for taking him out of the team at the moment."

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      ALEXANDRE EYES EXIT CHOICES

      Alexandre Lacazette revealed his agents ‘are starting to look’ at transfer options with his Arsenal contract running down.

      The Frenchman, who has started just four Premier League matches so far this season, has only seven months left on his current deal.

      And with the forward sitting down the Gunners pecking order, it has led to speculation he will not renew his contract.

      Lacazette, 30, is able to discuss an overseas free transfer away from the Emirates in January, when his future will be determined.

      He told Telefoot: “Of course, my agents are starting to look to the right and to the left. But not until January, I really want to focus myself on something.

      “And then we will see what is on offer, if the challenges are interesting, if there are beautiful projects, how they are counting on me.

      “So there are still many questions, I prefer to wait until January to position myself.”

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      GUNNERS ARE GOOD VALUE

      Manchester United and Tottenham don’t seem to be getting good bang for their buck…

      But in-form Arsenal are seventh in this table and fifth in the one that matters where it matters – the Prem.

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      AWAY WE GO

      Arsenal fans were baffled by keeper Aaron Ramsdale wearing the AWAY kit for today's 2-0 win over Newcastle.

      In the goalless first half eagle-eyed social media usersnoticed Ramsdale wearing the shirt as he made a stunning save from Jonjo Shelvey.

      The Premier League confirmed the away kit is also registered as a GK kit for this season.

      Which kits will be worn for a match are decided early in the game week.

      Ramsdale would usually sport an all-green goalkeeper kit.

      However, this would have clashed with Newcastle's goalkeeping uniform – worn by Martin Dubravka on Saturday.

      Blue was out of the question – worn by today's referee Stuart Attwell – who couldn't be in black due to Newcastle's home shirt.

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      GUNNERS SWEAT ON SAKA SCAN

      Arsenal will have to wait until Sunday to find out the full extent of Bukayo Saka's injury, according to manager Mikel Arteta.

      Saka helped the Gunners beat Newcastle 2-0 at the Emirates as he broke the deadlock on 56 minutes with a wonderful shot from a tight angle down the left.

      However, disaster struck soon after when the versatile midfielder appeared to have hurt his hip and was substituted by Gabriel Martinelli just eight minutes later.

      Arteta said he took the England international off because he felt "uncomfortable" but doesn't know exactly how hurt he is.

      The Spanish head coach added that the 20-year-old will undergo some scans tomorrow.

      Arteta told Football London: “He [Saka] was uncomfortable to continue.

      "We will have to probably scan him tomorrow and see if there’s any injury there.”

      Saka's replacement Martinelli sealed the win for Arsenal after 66 minutes when he picked up a wonderful flick by Takehiro Tomiyasu down the right flank and beat Martin Dubravka with a sensational volley.

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      TAVARES' MIXED BAG

      If Gunners' fans were surprised to see Nuno Tavares starting ahead of Kieran Tierney at Anfield last week, they were probably stunned to see the Portuguese youngster still in the team this afternoon, writes MARK IRWIN.

      For while Tavares had been the man in form ahead of the Liverpool game, the same could not be said of him now.

      It was his horrendous error which had led directly to Liverpool’s killer second goal and condemned Arsenal to their first defeat in 11 games.

      So most Gunners supporters assumed that Tierney would finally be restored to the starting line-up after a month out of the Arsenal action.

      The Scottish full-back had been sidelined by an ankle injury prior to the recent international break but proved his fitness by completing both of his country’s World Cup qualifiers.

      But boss Mikel Arteta decided that Tavares had done nothing to warrant being left out for the Liverpool game.

      And maybe he didn’t want to damage the 21-year-old’s confidence by dropping him as a direct result of his Anfield blunder.

      He also probably reckoned that Tavares would have a lot less defending to do against Ryan Fraser and Emil Krafth than he’d faced from Mo Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

      FULL VERDICT ON TAVARES

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      LACAZETTE WEIGHS UP EXIT OPTIONS

      Alexandre Lacazette revealed his agents 'are starting to look' at transfer options with his Arsenal contract running down.

      The Frenchman, who has started just four Premier League matches so far this season, has only seven months left on his current deal.

      And with the forward sitting down the Gunners pecking order, it has led to speculation he will not renew his contract.

      Lacazette, 30, is able to discuss an overseas free transfer away from the Emirates in January, when his future will be determined.

      He told Telefoot: "Of course, my agents are starting to look to the right and to the left. But not until January, I really want to focus myself on something.

      "And then we will see what is on offer, if the challenges are interesting, if there are beautiful projects, how they are counting on me.

      "So there are still many questions, I prefer to wait until January to position myself.”

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      GUNNERS' SUBS RATINGS

      Gabriel Martinelli (64) – 8

      Scored with his second touch after being subbed on in place of Saka.

      Alexandre Lacazette (76) – 5

      Rifled one effort from a tight angle into the side netting.

      Mohamed Elneny (85) – N/A

      Unused subs: Bernd Leno, Kieran Tierney, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Rob Holding, Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah.

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      MORE ARSENAL RATINGS

      Martin Odegaard – 7

      First Premier League start in five games and was denied a replica goal to the one he scored against Burnley by a fine Martin Dubravka save.

      Made himself an option and didn't every shy away from the ball, but was lacking end product in the final third.

      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 5

      The Arsenal skipper delivered a true miss of the season contender in the first half.

      He somehow managed to hit the post from three yards out with the goal at his mercy and Dubravka on the floor.

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      RATINGS CONTINUED

      Thomas Partey – 6

      Broke up Newcastle attacks effectively.

      Stopped the Magpies at source and was the type of commanding performance that made Arsenal sign him.

      Albert Sambi Lokonga – 6

      Good midfield battle with Shelvey.

      Also made some good forward passes between the lines and into the feet of Odegaard.

      Emile Smith Rowe – 7

      Lively as ever going forward, always looking to drive at the Newcastle defence.

      Should have scored with a close range header before the break but another competent performance from the youngster.

      Bukayo Saka – 8

      Superb link-up with Smith Rowe and Tavares to score the first goal with a well-taken taken goal.

      Constantly causing problems and willing to drift infield from his position on the right to give Newcastle defenders something to think about.

      Was Arsenal's best player until he had to be replaced just after the hour mark after going down holding his thigh.

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      ARSENAL RATINGS VS NEWCASTLE

      Aaron Ramsdale – 7/10

      Called into action once in the first half, making a stunning save to deny Jonjo Shelvey from long range.

      Apart from that it was a quiet day in between the sticks for the England man.

      Takehiro Tomiyasu – 8

      Proving to be a shrewd addition for just £20million and defended very well against Allan Saint-Maximin.

      Looked solid at the back again and always eager to overlap down the right, proven with exquisite ball in for Martinelli's goal.

      Also made one vital interception at the end of the first half to stop the ball reaching Matt Ritchie who would have been through on goal.

      Ben White – 6

      Looked more comfortable today after being ran ragged by Mohamed Salah and Co last week.

      Dealt with the physicality of Joelinton well.

      Gabriel – 6

      An assured performance alongside White.

      Restricted Callum Wilson to very little at all throughout the game, solid performance.

      Nuno Tavares – 8

      Bounced back brilliantly after his shocker last week, set up Saka for the opener with a smart assist.

      Constantly made bursting runs down the left and delivered a couple of dangerous balls into the box begging to be headed in.

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      STAR BOY

      Saka got back on the scoresheet for the Gunners against Newcastle!

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      FT: ARSENAL 2-0 NEWCASTLE

      Arsenal are back on track after beating Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.

      The Gunners had two brilliant chances to open the scoring in the first half, 

      first with Odegaard on 20 minutes when his free-kick forced an acrobatic save out of Martin Dubravka.

      The north Londoners then missed the biggest chance of the match after 41 minutes when Bukayo Saka's cross from the left found Emile Smith Rowe, whose header was cleared by Dubravka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the bar from three yards out.

      The Magpies almost upset Arsenal in the half-hour mark when Jonjo Shelvey's thunderous effort was denied by an incredible lunge by Aaron Ramsdale as well as the hosts' crossbar.

      Arsenal didn't get their goal in the first half but made quick work of the Toon in the second.

      It all started in the 56th minute when Saka got the ball down the left flank and switched with Nuno Tavares, who scouted his run and passed it back to the England international, who fired a shot from a tight angle and beat Dubravka.

      Disaster struck for Arsenal soon after when the goascorer hobbled off with a hip injury.

      But his replacement Gabriel Martinelli sealed the win 66 minutes with a wonderful goal when Takehiro Tomiyasu found him with a velvet flick and the Brazilian hit the back of the net with a marvellous volley.

      That's a wrap from KOSTAS LIANOS!

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