4pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Allegri 'in line to replace Arteta', Aubameyang backed to start scoring again

ARSENAL are preparing to face Dundalk in their final Europa League game tonight.

We've the very latest on matters in the transfer market, including the latest on Houssem Aouar and Mesut Ozil's future.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below…

  • Joe Miles

    NO CHIEL

    Robin van Persie has revealed that he urged Arsene Wenger to sign Giorgio Chiellini for Arsenal.

    During an interview for Kaj Gorgels' YouTube channel, he said: "At one stage I felt I needed to say where things could be improved for Arsenal to become champions.

    "I played against him [Chiellini] a few times and he is really a winner."

    Before he added: "You need those kind of winners, killers, I thought we should sign him.

    "I came up with suggestions and names based on him, my own experiences."

  • William Pugh

    DUN AND DUSTED

    Arsenal hop over the Irish sea to face Dundalk this evening in a David vs Goliath Europa League clash.

    While they’ve struggled to get going domestically this season, the Gunners remain a cornerstone of European football, one of the most famous clubs on the continent.

    But tonight they will have to deliver against the highly-motivated Irish champions in their final Group B clash.

    Mikel Arteta may well have an eye on recovering his side’s league position, and could field some youngsters this evening, having already won the group.

    But, despite already being eliminated, Dundalk will look to cause an upset, as they cherish the plum tie of their European adventure.

    Let’s take a look at some of the vast differences between the two clubs.

     

  • William Pugh

    BLUNDER-FUL

    As we approach the jam-packed Christmas schedule, the Premier League table is already starting to take shape.

    But which players are the biggest culprits when it comes to blunders?

    We take a look, with some help from bettingodds.com, with some big names making the list…

  • William Pugh

    TEENAGE DREAMS

    Manchester United bosses are on a mission to unearth more homegrown talent.

    And they want to pinch promising kids right from under the noses of their southern rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.

    Iconic star David Beckham began his career playing football as a kid for Ridgeway Rovers in Chingford, London.

    And now the club is looking for a scout to operate down south to find more footballing gems.

    The club have placed an advertisement on its website looking for an expert to find players aged 12-18 they can sign for the academy side.

    And the role also includes occasional international travel to watch exciting new prospects overseas.

  • William Pugh

    TAKING THE NIC

    Former Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka stopped turning up to Real Madrid training because his team-mates didn’t celebrate his goals, Vicente del Bosque has revealed.

    The French striker, often nicknamed ‘Le Sulk’ while at Arsenal, spent one season with the Spanish giants after he joined from Arsenal in 1999 for a then-record fee of £22.3million.

    After failing to live up to expectations at the Bernabeu, Anelka left to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2000.

    Former Madrid boss Del Bosque has revealed that the 41-year-old accused the team of not being happy for his success.

    He said: “Anelka was a player that cost us a lot of money. Real Madrid wasted €25m (£22.3m) on him and he was signed as a star.

    “He came into the dressing room one day and told us that we were not happy for his success, that we weren’t celebrating his goals. He didn’t come to training for a day or two and the club fined him.”

  • William Pugh

    ROMAN’S GOONS

    Roman Abramovich could have bought Arsenal instead of Chelsea over 16 years ago — but he was mistakenly warned off the Gunners by ignorant Swiss bankers.

    And the billionaire Russian oligarch tried several times unsuccessfully to lure Gunners talisman Thierry Henry to Stamford Bridge when the Frenchman was in his pomp.

    The stunning revelations have been made in book, The Club, penned by two Wall Street Journal writers. They spoke at length with executives from leading Premier League clubs.

    The book claims in 2003, Abramovich hired Swiss bank UBS to examine the economics of English top-flight football.

    One of its findings was that ‘Arsenal were categorically not for sale’.

    Abramovich instead took over Chelsea for £140m and went on to win five Prem titles and a Champions League.

  • William Pugh

    ICYMI – FOUR HIT FOR SIX

    Exclusive by SunSport’s Martin Lipton: England’s Big Six could ALL be part of a new-look Champions League.

    The latest blueprint unveiled to the Prem elite opens the way for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United AND Spurs to all share millions in extra Euro revenue from 2024.

    But the rest of the Prem would have to finish in the top FOUR to get their passport to the big time.

    Uefa chiefs’ latest plan intends to fend off the genuine threat of a breakaway European Super League.

    Europe’s governing body is now working with the European Club Association, headed by Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, to find a format acceptable to the biggest clubs.

  • William Pugh

    YOUNG GUNNS

    Mikel Arteta admitted his young stars are putting pressure on the senior men in his squad.

    The Spaniard is expected to field another young side in Ireland against Dundalk tonight and he confessed they are knocking on the door for Premier League action.

    He said: "They are putting the pressure on.

    "We have some really good examples of things that have happened in the last few months and not only players that are starting football matches in different competitions, but as well, players that have taken the spot of somebody senior in that team or that squad."

  • William Pugh

    NOT DUN AND DUSTED

    Mikel Arteta is expecting a tough test from Dundalk in the Europa League tonight.

    Soeaking ahead of the game, he said: "Well, first of all I would like to congratulate them for winning the cup on Sunday.

    "That's a great achievement, so congratulations to the club, the coaching staff and the players.

    "And yes, I saw a really brave team when they came to the Emirates and I think they will play with no fear in a beautiful stadium and they will make things difficult for us."

  • William Pugh

    ARTFUL DODGER

    Mikel Arteta has reportedly been given three games to save his Arsenal job.

    Calciomercato claims Gunners chief and former player Edu Gaspar is ready to axe Arteta if results do not improve.

    And former Juventus boss Max Allegri has apparently been lined up to take charge at the Emirates should Arteta go.

    Arsenal have won just four of their opening 11 Premier League matches this term, leaving them 15th in the table,

    The Gunners have also scored just ten goals, the fourth-lowest effort in the top flight.

    And star men including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian and Alexandre Lacazette are struggling for confidence in an ever-changing tactical system.

  • William Pugh

    DON'T AUBA LOOK HIM

    Mikel Arteta said no one is undroppable at Arsenal – not even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The Gabonese forward has not been the same since signing his bumper new £350,000-a-week contract and his boss is not afraid to leave him out the team.

    Arteta said: "No one is undroppable at the end of the day.

    "You have to find the right players to win football matches but we cannot forget what Auba has done for this club and what he's done in recent months – not years ago.

    "And as well because I see how he is training, how he is behaving and how much he wants to turn the situation around. When I see that type of hunger I stay as a strong supporter to a player when he is established in the team and the performances that he has provided.

    "Auba was one of the main guys there and today he was walking the place with an energy that wouldn't be associated to a team or a player that is suffering at the moment and this is for me the way we have to approach it."

  • William Pugh

    PARTEY POOPER

    Thomas Partey will miss the 'next few games' for Arsenal but Mikel Arteta insists they didn't rush him back.

    The Ghanaian limped off during the Gunners' North London derby defeat to Tottenham.

    But speaking ahead of tonight's Europa League game at Dundalk, Arteta said: "He got injured in the same area, but not in exactly the same spot as before.

    "He had an MRI yesterday, there is an injury there, he will miss the next few matches."

    Asked if it was an unnecessary risk to rush him back, Arteta said: "No, he did incredibly well, he was confident. We tested him three times and he had no symptoms. But in football you have a lot of unpredictable actions.

    "He went into the floor, his knee got stuck, after he needs to stretch and get up up. Immediately he put a lot of stress in a similar area and he felt it again."

  • William Pugh

    MANY HAPPY REISS-TURNS

    Arsenal wished their star winger Reiss Nelson a happy 21st birthday online this morning.

    The Gunners travel to Dundalk tonight with the young winger expected to be involved.

  • William Pugh

    MAJOR MOVE

    Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira could be set for a quick return to management, with MLS side Toronto FC interested in his services.

    The Frenchman was sacked by Nice earlier this month, following an awful run of five defeats in a row.

    But he may not be out of work for long.

    According to the Toronto Sun, Vieira, 44, is one of two leading French candidates for the position at Toronto FC.

    The former Gunners skipper started his managerial career in MLS with New York City FC back in 2016.

    Vieira boasted a 44 per cent win ratio during his two years with the club, making it to the playoff semi-finals in his first campaign before losing out, coincidentally, to Toronto.

  • William Pugh

    THE REF'S ALEXA

    Armchair footie fans arguing about the rules can now turn to their own referee — Alexa.

    The Amazon voice assistant has been updated with the official laws of the game.

    Users of any Alexa-enabled device, including Echo smart speakers, can ask questions such as: “Alexa, can you explain the offside rule?”

    Another frequent query could be: “Alexa, has the handball rule changed?”

    Eric King, director of Alexa Europe, said the new feature had been dubbed “VARlexa” after Video Assistant Referee technology.

    Its ­information comes from the ­International Football Association Board and former Premier League ref Mark Clattenburg.

    Credit: Free for editorial use
  • William Pugh

    HULK PROSPECT

    Wolves have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Brazilian forward Hulk on a free transfer to replace the injured Raul Jimenez.

    The Mexican international is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after having surgery on a fractured skull following his horror collision with Arsenal’s David Luiz.

    And they could turn to Hulk, who has departed Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG having been at the club since 2016.

    A move to the Premier League could be on the cards for the ex-Zenit Saint Petersburg star who has never played in any of Europe’s top five leagues.

    According to Football Insider, the 34-year-old has been offered to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Mikel Arteta has revealed Thomas Partey will be sidelined for weeks after the Arsenal star picked up another injury in the 2-0 defeat to Spurs.

    He said: “He got injured in the same area, but not in exactly the same spot as before.

    “He had an MRI yesterday, there is an injury there, he will miss the next few matches.”

    Yet Arteta has defended his decision to rush Thomas Partey back from injury during Arsenal’s derby defeat to Spurs.

    Asked if it was an unnecessary risk, the Spaniard said: “No, he did incredibly well, he was confident. We tested him three times and he had no symptoms.

    “But in football you have a lot of unpredictable actions. He went into the floor, his knee got stuck, after he needs to stretch and get up up. Immediately he put a lot of stress in a similar area and he felt it again.”

    Meanwhile on the transfer front, l Arteta is keeping tabs on young defender Eric Garcia’s situation at his former club Manchester City.

    The Spanish international turned down a new contract at the Etihad in the summer because he wants to return to Barcelona.

    However the Nou Camp giants have little spare cash to play with after being floored by the Coronavirus pandemic.

    But that could open the door to other clubs – with Real Madrid already linked – and Arteta is also a fan of the 19-year-old.

    And finally, Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for Maxi Gomez from Valencia.

    The 24-year-old has a buy-out clause of a whopping £125million – but the Gunners could sign him for a fraction of that.

    According to the MailOnline, Valencia are planning to sell Gomez either in January or next summer.

    And the Spanish side will reportedly consider offers of ‘considerably less’ than the striker’s buy out clause.

  • Joe Brophy

    GAR BLIMEY

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keeping tabs on young defender Eric Garcia’s situation at his former club Manchester City.

    The Spanish international turned down a new contract at the Etihad in the summer because he wants to return to Barcelona.

    However the Nou Camp giants have little spare cash to play with after being floored by the Coronavirus pandemic.

    They failed to raise the £13.5 million needed to sign Garcia in the summer window and may struggle to do so again in January.

    Barca know he will be a free agent in the summer and they will be able to sign him back for nothing.

    But that could open the door to other clubs – with Real Madrid already linked – and Arteta is also a fan of the 19-year-old.

  • Joe Brophy

    PARTEY POOPER

    Mikel Arteta has defended his decision to rush Thomas Partey back from injury during Arsenal's derby defeat to Spurs.

    Asked if it was an unnecessary risk, the Spaniard said: "No, he did incredibly well, he was confident. We tested him three times and he had no symptoms.

    "But in football you have a lot of unpredictable actions. He went into the floor, his knee got stuck, after he needs to stretch and get up up. Immediately he put a lot of stress in a similar area and he felt it again."

  • Joe Brophy

    STOP THE PARTEY

    Mikel Arteta has given an injury update on Thomas Partey after the Arsenal star was forced off in the 2-0 defeat to Spurs.

    He said: "He got injured in the same area, but not in exactly the same spot as before.

    "He had an MRI yesterday, there is an injury there, he will miss the next few matches."

  • Joe Brophy

    FINE ART

    Calum Chambers has addressed how he thinks he will fit into Mikel Arteta's plans following his return to fitness.

    He said: "As I said there's never a good time for an injury like this, but the timing was bad.

    "We all love the philosophy and the way he coaches and the way he wants to play. He wants ball-playing centre halves and that's what I see myself as. So I like to think I fit into his plans.

    "As I said before, it's a case of me being patient and getting back to the level I was at before. And every opportunity I get given, just give it 100 per cent and do the best I can."

  • Joe Brophy

    THE GREAT GAB'S GLEE

    Gabriel Martinelli hailed Arsenal fans' 'amazing support' as the Brazilian teen striker made his long-awaited return from injury.

    He posted after his comeback: “It was a great feeling to get minutes tonight – huge thanks to the medical and physio teams at Arsenal for their fantastic work and to the fans for the amazing support during my long recovery.”

  • Joe Brophy

    RAUL DEAL

    Raul Jiminez's father says the striker’s fractured skull ‘won’t have any consequences’ on his Wolves future.

    Jimenez has been discharged from hospital and returned home to his family after undergoing emergency surgery.

    The Wolves star suffered the injury in a horrifying head clash with Arsenal's David Luiz at the Emirates on November 29.

    He spent a week and a half in hospital before his release on Tuesday.

    And Jimenez’s dad has praised doctors for aiding his son, saying there will be no consequences from the severe blow to his skull.

    He said via Mexican outlet Record: “We continue to be on the lookout because it’s something very difficult, but thanks to Raul’s strength, he’s coming forward.

    “He’s somehow happy to know of the difficult situation that he’s leaving and that thanks to the good and timely intervention of the doctors in England, they did to him what could be done and he’s recovering in good spirits and highly motivated.

    “What they told us it that he won’t have any consequences and that it’s all a matter of time before he starts with physical rehabilitation.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CARRA BLAST

    Agent Kia Joorabchian has denied playing a role in Arsenal transfers and blasted Jamie Carragher for claiming he influenced the Willian signing.

    He told Sky: "The fact is I had nothing to do with the signing of Willian.

    "If Jamie had bothered to check with Mikel [Arteta] or [technical director] Edu, they would have said Mikel presented three different times to convince Willian to be his number one signing at Arsenal.

    "He had an opportunity to stay at Chelsea and to go to two other Premier League clubs. [Inter] Miami made him a very nice offer. Mikel convinced him to stay."

    Joorabchian added: "The main point is – why do Sky pay Jamie Carragher so much money to talk rubbish?

    "Surely he has the contacts through Sky or himself to make a phone call to Edu or even sky to put a question in through the press department.

    "Why make an assumption that is going to create an atmosphere that is very bad throughout the club?"

  • Joe Brophy

    TO THE MAX

    Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for Maxi Gomez from Valencia.

    The 24-year-old has a buy-out clause of a whopping £125million – but the Gunners could sign him for a fraction of that.

    According to the MailOnline, Valencia are planning to sell Gomez either in January or next summer.

    And the Spanish side will reportedly consider offers of 'considerably less' than the striker's buy out clause.

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