10pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Szoboszlai talks, Isco transfer offered, Eriksen-Xhaka ‘swap’ – The Sun

ARSENAL  their Premier League campaign back underway on Sunday with a tough trip to face Leeds United.

Off the field, the Gunners are reportedly in talks with Red Bull Salzburg's Dominik Szoboszlai.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    TON OF WOE

    Premier League clubs are missing more than 100 stars just nine weeks into the season  – with Liverpool and Manchester United worst hit.

    Players like Reds' striker Mo Salah and Tottenham right-back Matt Doherty will miss the Prem return following the international break after failing coronavirus tests – but clubs are also reeling from a heavy crock list.

    Liverpool have ten players on their absentee list, compared to United's eight.

    And the Prem had a new record of SIXTEEN PLAYERS testing positive in its last round of Covid-19 tests.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NUN BUT YOU

    Leicester City are set to battle it out with Manchester United and Arsenal for Sporting Lisbon's Nuno Mendes, according to reports.

    The 18-year-old left-back has earned plenty of plaudits since breaking into the Sporting first team after lockdown.

    He is now the first-choice left-back for Ruben Amorim – starting all nine matches this season and helping unbeaten Sporting to the top of the league.

    And according to the Daily Mail, Premier League table-toppers Leicester are considering making an approach to sign Mendes.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAKING THE MICH

    Michael Owen has backed Arsenal to beat Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road at the weekend.

    Speaking to BetVictor, he said: “I find Leeds are exceptionally good against teams that fancy themselves to play a bit.

    “When you come at Leeds, it plays into their hands as they have loads of energy to smother you and win key battles all over the pitch.

    “They create lots of chances, but equally concede a lot as well. I think this could play into Mikel Arteta’s hands.

    “If he is prepared to concede a bit of ground and soak up some Leeds pressure, I fancy the Gunners to take full advantage on the break.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    JER THE ONE

    Arsenal have been urged to sign Chelsea target Jerome Boateng in order to get the best out of defenders Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba.

    Speaking of the Bayern Munich ace, he told Football Insider: “You can never have enough quality and you can never have enough players who have done it at the top level.

    “Looking to maybe recruit someone like Jerome Boateng shows where the club is at. Gabriel and Saliba would benefit from having somebody like Boateng at the club. 

    “I am not sure how long David Luiz will be at the club so Jerome Boateng could be that experienced player who helps others fulfil their potential.

    “If you put it out to the Arsenal fan base they will say, ‘Oh he is too old.’ But beggars cannot be choosers and we need experience. He is a serial winner.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PHOTOCALL

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  • Jake Lambourne

    ATTO BOY

    Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign Nigerian striker Atto Abbas from Turkish side Kasimpasa in January, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The 22-year-old is also believed to be on the radar of RB Leipzig.

    Speaking of the player, Romano said: “This kid [Atto Abbas] has great potential.

    “A name that has a great command of his feet. He moves very easily with the ball.

    “He is also a fast and agile football player.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    UPA AWAY

    Man Utd target Dayot Upamecano could decide his future as early as January.

    Bild claims the RB Leipzig star – who has attracted the interest of Arsenal in the past – has a £40million release clause in his contract.

    And the defender, 22, is anticipating offers after impressing for the German side.

    Upamecano has already clocked up 118 games for Leipzig and helped them to last season’s Champions League semis.

    He is regarded as one of Europe’s most promising centre-backs and has also earned three caps for World Cup holders France, even scoring against Croatia in September.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SZOB STORY

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Arsenal are looking to sign Red Bull Salzburg ace Dominik Szoboszlai.

    He claimed that the Hungarian international could depart the Austrian outfit in January.

    The 20-year-old boasts a £22.5million release clause in his contract.

    However it's not just the Gunners that are interested in the player, with up to four clubs hoping to secure his services.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LEVA STAYER

    Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez claims Arsenal wanted him as Emi Martinez's replacement.

    Instead Alex Runarsson arrived at the Emirates as Bernd Leno's understudy, despite Fernandez insisting the Gunners and Athletic Bilbao showed summer interest in him.

    And Spaniard Fernandez claimed he was happy to remain with his unfashionable La Liga side after being a key man in keeping them up.

    He told AS: “The club transmitted calm and I wanted to stay.  We looked at the fact I'd got the affection of the fans. 

    “It's true there was contact with Athletic Bilbao and Arsenal.

    “Quite a lot of clubs have asked and it's true those two did ask. I feel I have lots of support at Levante.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    NERF HERDER

  • Joe Miles

    GET REAL

    Real Madrid are reportedly hoping to start a bidding war between Arsenal and Everton for out of favour midfielder Isco.

    Spanish outlet El Confidencial claim Los Blancos have put the Spaniard up for sale.

    It's claimed Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful of reuniting with the midfielder, who worked under him during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

    Arsenal could also be keen on a deal for £20million-rated Isco.

    The 28-year-old could be a good fit for the Gunners who have been desperate to sign a new creative midfielder.

  • Joe Miles

    MO TO COME

    Mohamed Elneny and Mo Salah have tested positive for coronavirus again in a major blow to Arsenal and Liverpool.

    The Egyptian FA confirmed today that the pair's most-recent results showed they still had the virus.

    It means both players will need to continue to self-isolate.

    SunSport told you Salah would be allowed to travel back to England should he pass today's test.

    But the latest result means he will need to continue to quarantine.

  • Joe Miles

    OH GUEN THEN

    Gunners outcast Matteo Guendouzi has been labelled “a pain on a daily basis” by one of his former managers.

    The French midfielder also has an “oversized ego” according to ex-Lorient manager Mickael Landreau.

    Landreau, who managed Guendouzi at Lorient, told Canal+: “I think he needs to be in the spotlight, to be a leader. He needs to be a captain or vice-captain, and he will try to make the most of it.

    “Because that's the way he is. And that means that his teammates have to accept him the way he is, because he's a pain on a daily basis.

    “He's a pain on a daily basis, but on the other hand, he's talented.”

  • Joe Miles

    KOLASINAC LATEST…

    Sead Kolasinac has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    The 27-year-old returned a positive result for Covid-19 on Wednesday morning and will now miss tonight's Nations League clash against Italy.

    His team-mate Ibrahim Sehic has also been ruled out of the League A Group 1 fixture after testing positive for the virus as well.

    Kolasinac played the full 90 minutes as his country fell to a 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands on Sunday.

    He then trained with his Bosnia team-mates on Tuesday night before returning a positive result the following morning.

    And Kolasinac has become the latest Arsenal player to miss Sunday's trip to Leeds and is also a major doubt for the Gunners' Europa League clash against Molde a week on Thursday.

  • Joe Miles

    SAL TO PLAY FOR

    Talks are already ongoing over a 'crucial' January loan transfer in the development of William Saliba, reports claim.

    The Frenchman moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2019 for £27million, before being loaned back to Saint-Etienne.

    According to the Standard, he will be sent out on loan in January, in order to complete his 'transition year' that was curtailed last time around.

    His English, however, is believed to now be improving, in an encouraging sign.

  • Joe Miles

    SORT THIS MES OUT

    Arsenal fans slammed the club for including outcast Mesut Ozil in their socially distanced squad photo.

    The German has been axed from the Gunners' Premier League and Europa League squads.

    But the North Londoners still thought it was appropriate to line him up alongside the rest of the active squad members.

    The picture was taken earlier this month so the decisions to freeze Ozil out of both squads had already been made.

  • Joe Miles

    COR BLIMEY

    Sead Kolasinac has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, according to journalist Charles Watts.

  • Joe Miles

    HEARTBREAK HOTEL

    Premier League clubs are furious at new Government restrictions surrounding team meals.

    The Department for Digital, Media and Culture have banned teams eating together while cooped up in hotels around matches.

    And the Mail report that PL, as well as EFL, chiefs are attempting to rally against the changes.

    Currently, players returning from international duty will have to rely on room service for their meals.

    And they will have to eat alone in their rooms until at least December 2, as lockdown again tightens around the country.

  • Joe Miles

    GUNNER SMILE?

    Here's Arsenal's incredible squad photo for the 2020-21 campaign.

    It is the club's first ever socially distanced men's first-team squad photo.

  • Joe Miles

    'BLESSED'

    Arsenal star Cedric Soares and his stunning wife have surprised fans by announcing the arrival of their first child.

    The Gunners’ right-back kept the news of Filipa Brandao’s pregnancy secret until the couple unveiled their bundle of joy on Tuesday.

    Cedric posted a photo of him on social media cradling his daughter Siena in his arms alongside the word ‘Blessed’ and heart emoticons.

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  • Joe Miles

    COR BLIMEY

    Willian will reportedly have to provide a negative coronavirus test before he returns to training after jetting to Dubai.

    The former Chelsea star spent the international break in Dubai as he was not called up to Brazil's national squad.

    Current rules state that the 32-year-old does not have to self-isolate on his return to England.

    But The Telegraph claim he will have to test negative for Covid-19 before he's allowed to train with the rest of Arsenal's team.

  • Joe Miles

    TIDY THE MES

    Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil took a swipe at the German national team after their 6-0 Nations League thrashing by Spain last night.

    The former Germany international called for Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng to be recalled after he was snubbed by boss Joachim Low in 2019.

    Ozil quit the German national team in 2018 accusing their football federation (DFB) of racism.

    And a year later, Low confirmed he would no longer be picking Boateng, 32, or his Bayern team-mate Thomas Muller, 31, so he could introduce younger players into the squad.

    But having suffered their heaviest competitive defeat in history in Seville yesterday, Ozil, has called on the long serving Germany boss to revisit his decision and bring centre-back Boateng back in.

  • Joe Miles

    ART ATTACK

    Willian has also predicted that Mikel Arteta will be considered one of the best managers in the world.

    He told FourFourTwo: “He'll be a top manager, I've no doubt about it.

    “The potential is there, as is the ambition.

    “In a few years he'll be considered one of the best managers in the Premier League – and the world.”

  • Joe Miles

    WILL I NEVER

    Willian has revealed why he did not join Barcelona before signing for Arsenal this summer.

    Speaking to FourFourTwo, the ex-Chelsea star claimed the Spanish side did not put an offer in for him.

    The 32-year-old said: “There are always rumours, but I didn't know about any other official offer.

    “Indeed, there was a lot of talk about Barcelona for the past few seasons, but I wouldn't have gone there just because they're Barca.

    “I wouldn't go to any club without hearing about their targets and what they wanted from me.”

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has rushed to Mesut Ozil's defence and insisted he 'is still part of the team' despite the midfielder's exile.

    The creative midfielder has been left out of the Premier League squad and hasn't played for the club since March but Leno said he's handling the situation well and is 'absolutely loyal'.

    Meanwhile, Mohamed Elneny is one of 16 Premier League players who has tested positive for Covid-19 during the international break. 

    He will likely have to isolate and miss Arsenal's next Premier League game – a trip to Leeds. 

    And Eddie Nketiah fired two goals as England Under-21s beat Albania 5-0.

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