8am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Partey ‘more likely than Aouar’, Torreira ‘AGREES Atletico Madrid contract’ – The Sun

ARSENAL are hoping to secure the signature of midfielder Thomas Partey – and may have received a boost with Lucas Torreira set to join his current club Atletico Madrid.

Meanwhile Mikel Arteta is reportedly set to enter a new bid for Houssem Aouar with Lyon said to have rejected the Gunners' first offer.

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  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal look set to face Liverpool in the next stage of the Carabao Cup after beating Leicester 2-0 last night.

    Eddie Nketiah added to a Christian Fuchs own-goal as Mikel Arteta’s men edged a closely-fought contest at the King Power Stadium.

    The likes of Nicolas Pepe and Ainsley Maitland-Niles impressed after being handed rare starts.

    And a mouth-watering repeat of the Community Shield final now looms in the fifth round.

    Meanwhile, numerous clubs are looking to hijack Napoli’s move for Arsenal defender Sokratis.

    Gazzetta dello Sport claims top teams – including outfits from the Premier League – want to sign the Greek ace before deadline day.

    Napoli thought they had a deal in the bag.

    But they are yet to sell Kalidou Koulibaly, who would free up funds and space for Sokratis in Gennaro Gattuso’s squad.

  • VERDICT BY SUNSPORT'S JOSHUA JONES

    Eddie Nketiah is doing what all good strikers do… score goals.

    With two in his last two, he will be knocking on Mikel Arteta's door to get a starting spot next time out.

    But has he done enough to convince his boss to start him at Anfield on Monday night – and then potentially again just a few days later?

    If he has, he will need to be at his best up against Virgil van Dijk & Co.

    READ THE REST OF THE VERDICT HERE

  • PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal are more likely to sign Thomas Partey than Houssem Aouar, according to David Ornstein.

    The Athletic journalist claims that Partey's more defensive position is currently the bigger priority for the Gunners and his £45m release clause makes him cheaper than Aouar.

    Ornstein added that Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is a notoriously tough negotiator.

    However, he did offer some Gunners fans some hope of landing Aouar by stating that technical director Edu is close friends with former Brazil team-mate Juninho Pernambucano, who holds the same position at Lyon.

    And he added that Aouar is represented by the same agency as Mikel Arteta.

  • RATINGS BY SUNSPORT'S JOSH GRAHAM

    Mikel Arteta just loves playing in the cup.

    His side edged past Leicester 2-0 to secure their spot in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

    The performance was far from convincing as a second-string side failed to light up the King Power.

    SEE ARSENAL’S PLAYER RATINGS HERE

  • FULL-TIME

    Arsenal are through to the next stage of the Carabao Cup after a 2-0 win over Leicester.

    An own goal from Christian Fuchs and a strike from Eddie Nketiah sealed the win at the King Power Stadium.

    Arsenal will now face Liverpool in a mouth-watering fifth round tie.

    READ OUR FULL MATCH REPORT HERE

  • PEPE TALK

    Nicolas Pepe has opened the scoring against Leicester!

    Well kind of, as his shot hits the post and rebounds off an opponent into the goal!

    Can Arsenal hold on for the win?

    FOLLOW THE REST OF THE GAME WITH OUR MATCH BLOG

  • BUKA-NO

    Arsenal are yet to find a breakthrough in their Carabao Cup fourth round clash with Leicester.

    But Bukayo Saka felt he should have been awarded a penalty just before the break.

    Can either side break the 0-0 deadlock in the second half?

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • KICK-OFF

    The game at the King Power Stadium is underway.

    Unfortunately it's not on television.

    But you can follow it live right here on SunSport!

    CLICK HERE FOR UPDATES WITH OUR MATCH BLOG

  • TEAM NEWS

    Nicolas Pepe is handed a start in attack for Arsenal's Carabao Cup fourth round tie with Leicester.

    Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah join the Ivorian in Mikel Arteta's front three this evening.

    Meanwhile, David Luiz lines up in the middle of a back three, with Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles also involved.

    FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • PUT A SOK IN IT

    Numerous clubs are looking to hijack Napoli’s move for Arsenal defender Sokratis.

    Gazzetta dello Sport claims top teams – including outfits from the Premier League – want to sign the Greek ace before deadline day.

    Napoli thought they had a deal in the bag.

    But they are yet to sell Kalidou Koulibaly, who would free up funds and space for Sokratis in Gennaro Gattuso’s squad.

  • ELNENY TO START AND STAY

    Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny will start against Leicester tonight, it is reported, amid claims he will also be staying at the club.

    The Egyptian appeared to have been frozen out after failing to consistently impress since he came to the Emirates in 2016.

    But with the futures of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira unclear, the midfielder has come back into the fold under Mikel Arteta.

    Journalist Chris Wheatley reports that sources close to the player tell him that he will be staying at Arsenal beyond this window.

  • FIXTURE FIX

    TV companies have scrambled to make sure all top flight games are televised following the government shelving plans to get some fans back in the stadium next month.

    Sky have just announced their pick for October games before the international break, and Gunners can look forward to the visit of Sheffield United early Sunday afternoon.

  • LUC OUT

    Lucas Torreira has agreed personal terms with Atletico Madrid but a deal remains some way off, reports say.

    The Arsenal midfielder could be on his way to Spain but there remains some stumbling blocs before he can book a plane ticket.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that the two clubs have yet to settle on a fee.

    The Spanish club also need to sell Hector Herrera first before they can bring in another, it is believed.

  • THE WRIGHT STUFF

    Can you believe it been 29 years since Ian Wright signed for Arsenal?

    What a player he was.

  • COMPARE AND CONTRAST

    Arsenal continue to be overwhelmingly linked to two players – Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

    Here's how they shape up against each other.

  • KICK-OFF TIME TO BE CHANGED

    Liverpool vs Arsenal looks set to be moved from 8.15pm to an 8pm kick-off after new pub lockdown rules would have seen fans miss the end of the game.

    The Government announced pubs must now shut at 10pm in a fresh bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.

    However, Liverpool's huge game against Arsenal was due to start at 8.15pm – with fans fearing they'd miss the all-important final ten minutes.

    The Daily Mail are now claiming the Premier League are set to push the game forward 15 minutes, with an 8pm kick-off now on the cards.

    Providing there are no major stoppages for injuries, the game SHOULD now finish at around 9.55pm – just before pubs slam their doors shut.

  • REVENUE KO

    Football fans were dealt a bitter blow on Tuesday after the Government announced they had “paused” plans to allow supporters back into stadiums to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    And they show that the current Premier League teams made a combined £692.5m solely from their home games in 2018-19.

    Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all raked in over £80m that season from home games.

    The Gunners cashed in £96.2m from Emirates matches, while the Reds and Spurs pocketed £84.2m and £81.7m respectively.

    Chelsea (£66.6m) and Manchester City (£56m) were the only other two teams to make over £50m from matchday income two seasons ago.

  • KIE' PASS

    Kieran Tierney has given Arsenal a boost ahead of their clash against Liverpool with the defender set to return to full training later this week.

    The 23-year-old suffered a minor injury in the warm-up before Saturday’s match against West Ham.

    As a result, he was taken out of the starting XI and replaced by Sead Kolasinac, leading Gunners fans to fear he could face a spell on the sidelines.

    Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic last year while carrying a groin problem, and it was that area that he tweaked at the Emirates last weekend.

    But the club have stated that the left-back is almost fully fit ahead of their trip to Anfield on Monday.

    However he will play no part in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

  • GO 'KET 'EM

    Eddie Nketiah could lead the line for Arsenal against Leicester in the Carabao Cup.

    The 21-year-old scored the winner for the Gunners in last weekend's 2-1 win over West Ham.

    Mikel Arteta looks set to rest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

    Kieran Tierney is also set to miss out after he was pulled out of the squad to face West Ham.

    Here' is how SunSport predict the Gunners will line up tonight…

  • GUNNER BE FINE

    Arsenal's players were in good spirits in the sunshine at London Colney yesterday.

    William Saliba and Mesut Ozil chilled out on the grass, while Willian and David Luiz made fun of new boy Gabriel Magalhaes.

    The Gunners face Leicester away in the Carabao Cup tonight.

  • NEGATIVE IS POSITIVE

    Arsenal have reportedly returned no positive coronavirus tests despite last Saturday’s opponents West Ham returning three.

    The Hammers, who lost 2-1 to Mikel Arteta’s side at the Emirates, had manager David Moyes plus midfielders Josh Cullen and Issa Diop miss out last night’s Carabao Cup game with Hull.

    That is because they all tested positive for Covid prior to the clash, which the East London outfit won 5-1.

    Following the Premier League match with West Ham, The Athletic claims Arsenal continued testing as normal and held a round of checks on Monday with all negative results being returned yesterday.

    Cullen was not involved during that contest against the Gunners, but Diop featured for the full 90 minutes while Moyes was also on the touchline throughout.

  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Boss Mikel Arteta insists the Gunners will take tonight's Carabao Cup trip to Leicester “seriously” – despite a crowded schedule.

    Arteta said: “Obviously with the fixtures we have, the number of games, it is very difficult.

    “We have to go day by day, lets see what position we are in for Wednesday to try and put out the strongest possible team to try and win it.”

    Arsenal midfielders Mohamed Elneny and Lucas Torreira have been linked with Atletico Madrid and Turkish clubs respectively ahead of the October 5 transfer deadline.

    Atletico's interest in Torreira will intrigue Arsenal fans hoping that the Spanish giants' anchorman Thomas Partey will move to the Emirates.

    Nonetheless, Sky Sports suggest Atletico are still holding out for Partey's £45m release clause.

    ExtraSport claim Egyptian Elneny's agent has been in Turkey for talks after offers from Galatasaray and Trabzonspor.

    Back home, Arsenal expect injury victims Kieran Tierney and Sokratis to resume full training this week.

    And Emile Smith Rowe should join in within ten days after his crocked right shoulder was taken out of a protective sling.

  • KEEP BUSY AND CARA ON

    Boss Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal are taking the Carabao Cup “seriously” ahead of tomorrow's trip to Leicester – despite a crowded schedule.

    Arteta said: “Obviously with the fixtures we have, the number of games, it is very difficult.

    Maybe not in the first games but when the competition moves a little more forward, how teams – not just ourselves – are going to treat the competition.

    “But we have to go day by day, lets see what position we are in for Wednesday to try and put out the strongest possible team to try and win it.”

  • EL OF A MOVE?

    Mohamed Elneny's Arsenal future is in doubt after his agent reportedly travelled to Turkey to deal with offers from Galatasaray and Trabzonspor.

    ExtraSport claim the Egyptian midfielder, 28, could yet leave Arsenal before next month’s transfer deadline.

    That’s despite starting two of this season’s first three matches under Mikel Arteta.

    Elneny lined up alongside Granit Xhaka for the Community Shield win against Liverpool before retaining his spot in the Premier League victory over Fulham.

    But he was dropped for Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos for the fortunate 2-1 win against West Ham on Saturday.

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