7am Arsenal news LIVE: Mesut Ozil ‘REJECTS’ Saudi transfer, Partey 3/10 rating for Ghana, Aouar deal EXPLAINED – The Sun

ARSENAL's out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil has reportedly turned down a move to Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Thomas Partey had a shocker for Ghana in a 3-0 defeat and we have the very latest on why Houssem Aouar's move failed to materialise.

Follow ALL of the Gunners latest transfer news, updates and reaction below…

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

     

    Arsenal are set to loan out William Saliba to Championship side Brentford as boss Mikel Arteta feels another loan move will help the players development in English football.

     

    On-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos has hinted he could stay at Arsenal past his current loan spell.

     

    Ceballos turned down the chance of fighting for his place at Real Madrid in favour of a loan move back to Arsenal.

     

    On his move back to Arsenal, he said: “I spoke with Madrid to say that Arteta wanted me to come back.

    “They asked me to wait, but I was clear that I wanted to return to my club, where I had found myself very well.

    “You sit down to appreciate that the Euros and Olympic Games are coming and you know that you have to play an important role in my team.

    “With Mikel, I found happiness as a player and as a person. And that is key for a player.”

    Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has said that Mesut Ozil has ‘made Arsenal look stupid’ in his latest scathing attack on the Arsenal hierarchy.

    Merson when speaking to the Daily Star about the sacking of club mascot Gunnersaurus, he said: “Mesut Ozil has made Arsenal look absolutely stupid by offering to pay for Gunnersaurus to keep his job.

    “But binning their mascot just shows how selfish and out of touch the people who run the club are these days.

    “You cannot believe how angry I am about this. It is unbelievably shocking at the highest level.

    “Arsenal used to ooze class. I don’t think the owners even know what that word means any more. Whoever made the decision to get rid of the mascot needs to take a long hard look at themselves.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    DANI JOY

    Dani Ceballos has reportedly “found happiness” and is rumoured to have dropped hints about making his Arsenal stay permanent.

    The Spain midfielder spent last season on loan at the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid and eventually found his feet after Mikel Arteta took over from Unai Emery as coach.

    TeamTalk says the Gunners loan star opened up to journalists while on international duty with Spain.

    Ceballos told reporters: “With Mikel, I found happiness as a player and as a person. And that is key for a player.

    “You sit down to appreciate that the Euros and Olympic Games are coming and you know that you have to play an important role.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    GOOD POINT

    Very fair point from this Arsenal fan…….

  • Joshua Mbu

    TORREIRA SPEAKS

    Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira took to twitter with a message for Arsenal fans.

    The midfielder completed a loan move to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BRENTFORD EYE SALIBA

    According to reports, William Saliba is a set to complete a loan move to Championship side Brentford.

    The 19-year-old joined Arsenal last summer for £27million and was immediately loaned back out to St Etienne.

    Boss Mikel Arteta believes a loan move for the defender would help his progress and push him closer to breaking into the Arsenal first team.

    Saliba made only 15 appearances last season and has had his fair share of struggles with injuries.

  • Joshua Mbu

    IDEHO SIGNS

    Arsenal have completed the signing of Ajax U18s winger Joel Ideho and he will join up with Arsenal's academy side.

    The 17-year-old is one for the future and he comes with a good reputation full of pace and an eye for goal.

    Keep your eye on this lad.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNA GO FOR A COFFEE?

    Lee Dixon wants to go for some coffee with Gunnersaurus

  • Joshua Mbu

    MR ARSENAL

    Happy late birthday to Arsenal legend Tony Adams!

  • Joshua Mbu

    HOT MES

    Mesut Ozil's Arsenal career survived yet another transfer window, let's take a look at his wage.

  • Daniel Brookes

    CEBALLOS TO STAY LONG-TERM?

    On-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos has hinted he could stay at Arsenal long-term.

    The Spaniard turned down the chance to stay at Real Madrid to fight for his place in the summer in favour of a return to north London, after establishing himself in Mikel Arteta's side at the end of last season.

    Ceballos said: “I spoke with Madrid to say that Arteta wanted me to come back.

    “They asked me to wait, but I was clear that I wanted to return to my club, where I had found myself very well.

    “You sit down to appreciate that the Euros and Olympic Games are coming and you know that you have to play an important role in my team.

    “With Mikel, I found happiness as a player and as a person. And that is key for a player.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    MORE MERSON

    Merson continued: “The guy in the suit, Jerry Quy. This bloke loves doing that.

    “He was there when I played for Arsenal. He’s an institution. My kids grew up with him.

    “They would be as interested in the dinosaur as they were in the players. Their faces would light up.

    “It absolutely does my head in that they’ve got rid of him just to save money. How many other clubs, ones in the lower leagues who are really struggling, have done that?

    “Even if they bring him back when fans are allowed back in the stadium, it’s a disgrace.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    OZIL 'MADE ARSENAL LOOK STUPID'

    Paul Merton has issued a scathing attack on the Arsenal hierarchy following the decision to sack the club's mascot, Gunnersaurus.

    He told the Daily Star: “Mesut Ozil has made Arsenal look absolutely stupid by offering to pay for Gunnersaurus to keep his job.

    “But binning their mascot just shows how selfish and out of touch the people who run the club are these days.

    “You cannot believe how angry I am about this. It is unbelievably shocking at the highest level.

    “Arsenal used to ooze class. I don’t think the owners even know what that word means any more. Whoever made the decision to get rid of the mascot needs to take a long hard look at themselves.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    'UNBELIEVABLE' PARTEY

    Paul Merson has praised Arsenal's signing of midfielder Thomas Partey.

    The Ghanaian arrived on deadline day after the Gunners' triggered the £45million release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.

    Sky Sports pundit Merson even believes Manchester City and Manchester United should have targeted him.

    He said: “I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch, Mikel Arteta is doing really well.

    “And Partey is an unbelievable signing.

    “I don’t know why Manchester United or even Manchester City didn’t go for him. He’s better than what they’ve got.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    AOUAR LATEST

    Houssem Aouar's move to London collapsed due to a disagreement with the midfielder's agent and brother rather than his club Lyon, according to reports.

    ESPN via Football.London claim that while the Gunners did have a bid rejected by Lyon they were preparing to go back in with an offer that probably would have been accepted.

    However they gave up after hearing Brahim Aouar's demands for commission despite the fact that the France midfielder had his heart set on joining.

  • Daniel Brookes

    NO OZIL TERMINATION TALKS

    Arsenal are not in talks to terminate Mesut Ozil's contract, according to reports.

    The German has a contract at the Emirates until next summer and ESPN claims both parties are planning on sticking to it.

    That is despite Ozil being left out of the Gunners' Europa League squad this week.

    Mikel Arteta's Premier League squad is due to be announced on October 20, although it would be a surprise if Ozil featured.

  • Daniel Brookes

    PARTEY POOPER

    Thomas Partey recived a 3/10 rating in his first match since becoming an Arsenal player.

    The Ghana international joined the Gunners from Atletico Madrid in a £45million move on transfer deadline day.

    But after a 3-0 loss with his national side last night, one Ghanaian outlet rated the midfielder's performance a shocking 3/10.

    Joy Online, which calls itself 'Ghana's most comprehensive website', wrote: “Clearly, Partey was still elated by his dream move as he struggled to show the world why Arsenal signed him.”

    Partey will link up with his new Arsenal teammates next week and could be in line to feature against Manchester City next weekend.

  • Daniel Brookes

    OZIL REJECTS SAUDI MOVE

    Mesut Ozil has turned down a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia, according to reports.

    Journalist Duncan Castles believes the German rejected the move due to his ties to Turkey and the country's difficult relationship with Saudi Arabia at present.

    The 31-year-old has been completely frozen out by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta since the foobtall resumed in June and he was left out of the Gunners' Europa League squad.

    Earlier this week, Ozil offered to pay the salary of Arsenal's famous mascot Gunnersaurus to save him from redundancy.

  • Daniel Brookes

    ARTETA WANTS MORE SIGNINGS

    Mikel Arteta is hoping for further additions to his Arsenal squad in January.

    Football London reports the Spaniard is hoping to add a centre-forward and a 'flexible' forward to improve the Gunners' attack when the transfer window reopens.

    Red Bull Salzburg pair Patson Daka, 22, and Dominik Szoboszlai, 19, are reportedly of interest to the north London outfit.

    The report adds Arteta is happy with current back-up Eddie Nketiah but is keen to improve his options up front.

  • Daniel Brookes

    SALIBA TO STAY IN LONDON?

    New centre-back signing William Saliba could be set for a loan spell in the Championship with two London clubs interested.

    Talksport's Alex Crook claims Saliba, 19, is a target for both Brentford and Watford in the second tier.

    Crook said: “Mikel Arteta clearly feels he isn't ready for the Premier League.”

    Saliba saw a potential return to France with Stade Rennais and former club Saint-Etienne fall through during the international transfer window, meaning he can now only be sent on loan to a domestic team.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners are reportedly set to re-open talks to rip up Mesut Ozil's bumper £350,000-a-week contract.

    MailOnline reports Arsenal will make another approach to the outcast midfielder in order to get him off their wage bill in January.

    It is understood the Gunners have contacted Ozil in the last fortnight about coming to an agreement over the final nine months of his deal.

    But they have been unsuccessful in brokering a solution with the former Real Madrid star – who turns 32 on October 15.

    A major stumbling block is that Ozil is believed to want the full £13million left on his contract in order to walk away.

    Elsewhere, Houssem Aouar's move to London collapsed due to a disagreement with the midfielder's agent and brother rather than his club Lyon, according to reports.

    ESPN via Football.London claim that while the Gunners did have a bid rejected by Lyon they were preparing to go back in with an offer that probably would have been accepted.

    However they gave up after hearing Brahim Aouar's demands for commission despite the fact that the France midfielder had his heart set on joining.

    And finally, Jack Wilshere says he would like a crack at LaLiga or Serie A after his contract with West Ham was terminated this week.

    Wilshere has been left in the wilderness as a free agent after agreeing to have the final year of his contract paid up by the Hammers having played just 19 times in two years.

    The 28-year-old has spoken with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard about a move to Rangers – but admits he fancies doing something few of his contemporaries have done by playing on the continent.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, Wilshere said: “I'm open to anything really. I think I want to try something different, I'm leaning towards that.

    “Maybe LaLiga, Italy, something a little bit different and not many English players have done.”

  • Joe Brophy

    IN THE NIC OF TIME

    Nicklas Bendtner has admitted he became distracted by the lifestyle that came with the money after sharing a story of the time he lost heavy at a London casino.

    The ex-Arsenal striker told the Guardian: “I’m way too drunk to sit at a table.

    “That much I get. But roulette is a different matter. Red, black, red, black. How hard can it be?

    “After 90 minutes I’ve lost £400,000. Money I don’t have. My bank account is overdrawn and I’m bankrupt if my luck doesn’t turn. I stagger into the loos and splash water on my face. Then I find a cashier and get another £50,000 of chips.”

    “I became too fond of the lifestyle that came with the money. I want to go back in time and hit that young lad on the head with a hammer.

    “Make him understand what a chance it is. That he has something special – something he has to look after.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FINE ART

    Mikel Arteta has lifted the lid on his plans during the international break.

    He told the club's website: “We've worked hard for the last four days and now the players are going to have three days off.

    “I need three days off a little bit!

    “I don't know if I will be completely off, but we'll be away from the training ground a little bit, disconnect, spend time with the family and get our minds more relaxed. It's been challenging and demanding but we've had a lot of joy and good moments as well.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WIL TO WIN

    Jack Wilshere has claimed that he just wants to be happy when finding a new club after leaving West Ham.

    He told talkSPORT: “I was in this position when I left Arsenal. What I learnt from that is take your time and make sure it's right for you.

    “I’m not saying I have regrets going to West Ham because in my head things would have turned out differently but that's football – but this time I'm going take my time and find something that suits me

    “I just want to be happy and be playing football again. Honestly, I can’t tell you the last time, probably when I signed for West Ham, the first three games before I picked up an injury. That was probably the last time I was happy playing football.

    “I just want to be happy, going back on the pitch, get a smile on my face, play 20-30 games a season where I'm an important player for a team.

    “Obvoiously it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to and I was frustrated about that but that's football.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ADIOS AMIGO

    Jack Wilshere says he would like a crack at LaLiga or Serie A after his contract with West Ham was terminated this week.

    Wilshere has been left in the wilderness as a free agent after agreeing to have the final year of his contract paid up by the Hammers having played just 19 times in two years.

    The 28-year-old has spoken with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard about a move to Rangers – but admits he fancies doing something few of his contemporaries have done by playing on the continent.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, Wilshere said: “I'm open to anything really. I think I want to try something different, I'm leaning towards that.

    “Maybe LaLiga, Italy, something a little bit different and not many English players have done.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LEIC IS MORE

    Leicester were the ONLY club to vote against proposals to charge fans an extra £14.95 to watch Premier League games in the coming weeks.

    Premier League sides – who have just spent £1.24BILLION in the transfer market – have agreed to put 15 matches behind an extra paywall.

    Leicester fans welcomed news of their club turning down the offer but, like many others, were left fuming with the decision.

    Twitter user Amar wrote: “Absolute farce the price for them but at least you stood up for us, shame other clubs didn’t join.”

    While Ella commented: “As the only voters against it I think Leicester's games should be free.”

    And another fan tweeted: “Absolute joke.”

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