4pm Arsenal news LIVE: Partey set for debut, De Bruyne OUT of Man City clash, Tierney EXCLUSIVE, Saliba transfer – The Sun

ARSENAL face Man City this weekend at the Etihad – and Kevin De Bruyne is OUT of the Premier League clash through injury.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest on William Saliba and Mesut Ozil's future at the club.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

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    ON THE HORIZON

    Here are Arsenal's upcoming fixtures, including tomorrow's clash with Manchester City.

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    MORE ON DE BRUYNE

    Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne will miss Saturday's home Premier League game against Arsenal after picking up an injury on international duty with Belgium last weekend, manager Pep Guardiola said.

    The midfielder was substituted in the second half of Belgium's 2-1 Nations League defeat by England at Wembley last Sunday and then withdrew from the national squad with an unspecified injury.

    Guardiola said: “The squad have come back a little better than the previous time. Unfortunately Kevin is out but the rest of the players came back well.

    “I don't think it's much but the next games I think he will be out.

    ”But we will see day by day how he is going on.”

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    KDB KO

    Kevin de Bruyne is OUT of Manchester City's clash with Arsenal, Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

    More info to follow…

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    OZ OUT

    Mesut Ozil is set to be left out of Mikel Arteta's 25-man Premier League squad.

    The German, 32, earns £350,000 per week and is the highest-paid player in Arsenal's history alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    But according to the Daily Mail, he has been made no promises about his inclusion in the Premier League squad for this season.

    Outcast Ozil was omitted from the Gunners' Europa League squad alongside Sokratis.

    And now he is on course to be snubbed once again for the league team which will be submitted on Tuesday.

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    EXCLUSIVE

    Arsenal are poised to confirm they've successfully negotiated for Kieran Tierney to cut short his 14-day isolation period and be available for tomorrow's game against Man City at the Etihad.

    And that will immediately spark a demand from Celtic for answers and a similar result for Ryan Christie ahead of the first Old Firm derby of the season.

    SunSport revealed today the Hoops were ready to fight for their player.

    Both Tierney and Christie were told to self isolate for two weeks from October 6 when they were deemed close contacts of the Covid-19 positive tested Southampton's Stuart Armstrong while the trio were together at the Scotland camp at the Oriam.

    The Gunners and Celtic each released statements expressing unhappiness over the decision made by the Lothian Health Protection Team, stressing that their players had ensured social distancing.

    READ THE WHOLE SUNSPORT EXCLUSIVE HERE

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    PREDICTED LINE-UP

    Thomas Partey is in line to make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City on Saturday.

    Here is how the Gunners could line-up with the Ghana ace in their midfield.

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    PARTEY TIME

    Thomas Partey is in line to make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City on Saturday.

    The 27-year-old hopes to hit the ground running following his £45million move from Atletico Madrid.

    Partey is available for selection after returning from international duty with Ghana.

    During his pre-match press conference, Arteta was asked about integrating Partey into the matchday squad.

    He said: “Well he was here just yesterday, he is getting familiar with everything around the club.

    “Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him.

    “We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days.”

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Premier League chiefs and broadcasters remain at odds over who set the £14.95 pay-per-view rates coming in this weekend.

    But there is no sign of the policy being shelved despite a fan and Government backlash.

    Elsewhere, the EFL have REJECTED the Premier League's £50million bail-out proposal.

    And e-mails from EFL boss Rick Parry and Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman have been leaked which demonstrate the scale of the rising animosity at the top of English football.

    Gary Neville is calling for a reboot of English football and warned: “Enough is enough.”

    The former Manchester United and England right-back is part of an eight-strong group who believe the game is running off the rails.

    This week’s dogfight over Project Big Picture has only brought home the ‘chaotic’ structure with the Prem, FA and EFL all fighting for authority.

    Sky pundit Neville, who is part-owner of League Two Salford, said only an independent, Government-appointed ‘regulator’ with the powers of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can implement a new order.

    EFL bosses have banned the Armed Forces from matches on Remembrance weekend.

    Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger has admitted his rivalries with Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho sometimes went “overboard”.

    Wenger, who left the North London club in 2018, told talkSPORT: “The rivalry between me and Alex…

    “I was a foreign manager coming in and disturbing his reign and he didn’t like it. He hated to lose and I hated to lose, so at some stage it went overboard.

    “But with time, after the competition went, the relationship became better. And today it is peaceful and friendly.”

    Finally, Mesut Ozil was handed a lucrative Saudi Arabian escape route… but the Arsenal outcast opted to stay at the Gunners.

    Despite being frozen out of the first team by Mikel Arteta, the 32-year-old is determined to see out the final year on his contract at Arsenal.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Al-Nassr offered Ozil a £200,000-a-week deal on a three-year contract.

    But it was not enough to lure him away to the Middle East.

  • William Pugh

    “They did not lead and hadn’t even been able to come up with a short-term plan to restructure funding. Enough is enough. Football has to change.”

    The United legend is part of the group – along with former FA chairman David Bernstein and Olympian Denise Lewis – who yesterday published their manifesto for change, ‘Saving Our Beautiful Game’.

    Bernstein, FA boss from 2011-13, said: “We took a poll of fans that found nearly 80 per cent agreed change is needed.

    “There has never been a better moment for change.”

    Neville told Sky Sports: “The principle is that we don’t trust that football can govern itself and create the fairest deal for all, whether that’s the Premier League, EFL clubs, non-League clubs or the fans.”

  • William Pugh

    CZAR IS BORN

    Gary Neville is calling for a reboot of English football and warned: “Enough is enough.”

    The former Manchester United and England right-back is part of an eight-strong group who believe the game is running off the rails.

    This week’s dogfight over Project Big Picture has only brought home the ‘chaotic’ structure with the Prem, FA and EFL all fighting for authority.

    Sky pundit Neville, who is part-owner of League Two Salford, said only an independent, Government-appointed ‘regulator’ with the powers of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can implement a new order.

    Nev, 45, said: “The pandemic has demonstrated a void in the Premier League leadership…

  • William Pugh

    EFL AND SAFETY – EXCLUSIVE

    EFL bosses have banned the Armed Forces from matches on Remembrance weekend.

    Many teams were hoping to invite military personnel to lead the tributes before kick-offs.

    But despite being put on standby by the Government to patrol the streets during any future lockdowns, bungling EFL execs do not believe they are safe enough to enter secure, virtually empty football stadiums.

    An email sent to Championship, League One and League clubs yesterday read: “We’ve had a few queries in respect of additional activity for Remembrance fixtures.

    “Due to Covid-19 restrictions and these fixtures being played behind closed doors, no additional personnel who are not attending the fixture to aid the delivery of the match should be in attendance, e.g. bugler or military personnel.

    “We are suggesting however that clubs pre-record activity and this can be played out on matchday.”

  • William Pugh

    EUR-OH NO – EXCLUSIVE

    Football bosses are preparing to rip up the format for the Euros – and SCRAP some venues.

    Uefa privately accept there is no way that next summer’s tournament – postponed because of Covid – will be able to go ahead with the planned 12 host cities.

    A worst-case scenario could see one country stage the tournament with four venues being used. Wembley is due to stage seven games, including England’s three group matches, plus the semi-finals and final.

    The competition is sure to go ahead – owing to the millions Uefa will receive from TV companies. And the governing body is hopeful supporters will still be able to attend.

    But some venues are at risk and the tournament will have to be condensed to ensure less travelling.

    Places such as Baku in Azerbaijan – now caught in a conflict with Armenia – plus St Petersburg in Russia will be among the first to be dropped.

  • William Pugh

    MAN OVERBOARD

    Arsene Wenger has admitted his rivalries with Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho sometimes went “overboard”.

    Wenger, who left the North London club in 2018, told talkSPORT: “The rivalry between me and Alex. I was a foreign manager coming in and disturbing his reign and he didn’t like it. He hated to lose and I hated to lose, so at some stage it went overboard.

    “But with time, after the competition went, the relationship became better. And today it is peaceful and friendly.”

    Mourinho famously branded the Gunners chief a ‘specialist in failure’.

    Wenger, 70, admitted: “That was sometimes very personal and a little bit out of control. The problem is you go into a game and already have resentment because of what’s been said in press conferences.

    “You hate the guy on the other bench and keep control but sometimes it goes overboard.”

  • William Pugh

    SAKRE BLEU

    Bukayo Saka has been shortlisted for the 2020 Golden Boy award.

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    STAYING MES-PUT

    Mesut Ozil was handed a lucrative Saudi Arabian escape route… but the Arsenal outcast opted to stay at the Gunners.

    Despite being frozen out of the first team by Mikel Arteta, the 32-year-old is determined to see out the final year on his contract at Arsenal.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Al-Nassr offered Ozil a £200,000-a-week deal on a three-year contract.

    But it was not enough to lure him away to the Middle East.

    Ozil has always stated his intentions to remain in North London pocketing his £350,000-a-week pay packet.

  • William Pugh

    APPY DAYS

    BT Sport and EE have promised fans football will never feel the same after revealing plans for their incredible 'Match Day Experience'.

    The broadcasters will unveil the new tech on their app next weekend as part of a tie-up with Apple’s new iPhone12 and EE.

    The all-new experience has come to fruition as part of plans to keep fans engaged while unable to watch games live due to coronavirus. Through the app, fans will be invited into the virtual heart of their club’s inner sanctum.

    Supporters will be able to enjoy a rare glimpse of previously hidden parts of the ground, including dressing rooms and the manager’s dugout. On top of that, fans will be able to see groundbreaking, real-time, in-game stats and graphics.

    There is also the option to 'Watch Together' in a live split-screen experience with friends and families through Augmented Reality.

    Fans will also be able to watch the game from any angle – with an incredible new 360-degree camera feature.

  • William Pugh

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal's former Head of Global Scouting believes Thomas Partey's arrival will turn the Gunners into title contenders.

    Mikel Arteta was chasing the defensive midfielder throughout the summer and finally managed to land him for £45million on deadline day.

    And Francis Cagigao, who discovered former star Cesc Fabregas before leaving his scouting role at Arsenal after 24 years this summer, believes Arteta has the final jigsaw in his puzzle.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “He is a player that we pursued for a long time and strongly recommended over the last few years.

    “I first watched him about six years ago playing for Almeria on loan from Atletico Madrid and he was more box-to-box, attacking even.

    “I think we will see him with the shackles off because he did very much play in a constricted midfield unit [at Atletico]. He could be the final piece of the jigsaw that makes Arsenal challenge for the title.”

  • William Pugh

    TIER FREE

    Arsenal are battling to try to free Kieran Tierney from self-isolation in Scotland so he can play at Manchester City on Saturday.

    The Gunners full-back has been forced to remain in Glasgow after a Covid scare in the Scotland squad.

    Tierney was told to quarantine himself for 14 days last Tuesday after his team-mate Stuart Armstrong tested positive for coronavirus during routine Uefa testing while on international duty.

    Arsenal doctor Gary O’Driscoll is in talks with the Lothian Health Protection Team, the Scottish Government and the Scottish FA about getting the player back to the club.

    Tierney returned negative tests before and since the incident, and the Gunners believe he would not pose a danger if he were permitted to return – especially with the Premier League regular testing regime.

    Asked whether Tierney would be available for their trip to the Etihad, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “I hope so.”

  • William Pugh

    COLD SHOULDER – BREAKING

    The EFL have REJECTED the Premier League's £50million bail-out proposal.

    Top clubs were locked in talks over a financial package to keep League One and Two afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

    An initial £50m proposal looked braced to be given the green light with Championship clubs not receiving a penny of financial aid.

    But it is suggested lower league clubs stood by the Championship.

    The EFL is now likely to take out a loan and sort struggling clubs out with funds.

  • William Pugh

    BT chief Marc Allera, though, explained: “We had a suggested retail price which was suggested to us by the Premier League.

    “We also have a cost that they’re charging us for those games. We’re certainly not making significant amounts of money out of this, we’re pretty much just covering our costs.

    “The intent of the Premier League to put these games on was to get some money moving into some of the clubs and leagues that are struggling.

    “That’s a good intent, and that’s reflected in the price that they’re charging us, while the price that we charge basically reflects the need for us to cover our costs.”

  • William Pugh

    SHIFT THE BLAME

    Premier League chiefs and broadcasters remain at odds over who set the £14.95 pay per view rates coming in this weekend.

    But there is no sign of the policy being shelved despite a fan and Government backlash.

    League chief executive Richard Masters insisted the per match charge, which kicks off with Chelsea’s home clash with Southampton on Sunday, was “set” by the broadcasters, Sky and BT.

    He said: “We are obviously aware of the commercial model that was put in place and we had substantive conversations with BT and Sky about that.

    “But we can’t set prices. Broadcasters have to set the retail price of their own products. That’s the law.”…

  • William Pugh

    NEARLY GOT MESSI

    Former Arsenal scout Francis Cagigao claims Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique were ‘very close’ to joining the Gunners earlier in their careers.

    Cagigao was axed from his role as head of recruitment during the summer after 24 years, despite bringing a whole host of quality names to north London.

    He told the Guardian: “Messi, Pique, Mata were very very close, and there were others.

    “With Messi, work permit issues ensured we couldn’t get as close as we would have liked.

    “And that’s all I can say on that. A lot get away – two, three, four a year – but I prefer to look at the ones we did get.”

  • William Pugh

    PUTTING US HOFF

    E-mails from EFL boss Rick Parry and Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman have been leaked which demonstrate the scale of the rising animosity at the top of English football.

    According to Parry, the initial talks which led to the drafting of Project Big Picture were instigated by FA chairman Greg Clarke, who lambasted his EFL counterpart during yesterday’s meeting of the 20 top flight clubs.

    Parry’s email, said to have been sent to the EFL clubs, alleged Clarke signalled he was in favour of B teams and a regionalisation of the lower divisions, including non-league clubs.

    However, a number of EFL clubs insisted they had only received a ‘recall’ notice email and had never actually seen a copy of the original email.

    Hoffman’s email to the EFL, which follows his criticisms of Parry in the meeting, accuse the EFL chairman of seeking to ‘create divisions’ by acting as the frontman for the restructure plans which were officially binned by all 20 clubs.

  • William Pugh

    While there was huge anger at the Prem stance, the Championship clubs recognised they would be ‘hung out to dry’ if they rejected the money and jeopardised the very existence of the 48 teams in League One and Two.

    That brought the idea, quickly agreed, that the Board should make clear it will accept the cash on behalf of the whole EFL.

    At the same time, the clubs in Leagues One and Two were said to have agreed they could not merely take the money for themselves at the expense of the Championship, effectively aligning themselves with the 24 top tier teams.

    The plan, which is expected to be ratified this afternoon, will see the EFL confirm it will take the initial £20m for immediate relief but will then take control of the dispersal of the extra £30m which is being forwarded as an interest-free loan.

    That will enable EFL chairman Rick Parry and chief executive David Baldwin to decide where the remaining funds are sent, allowing Championship clubs who are genuinely struggling to take advantage.

    It is envisaged that the vast majority of the £30m will still go to the smaller clubs but allows for some leeway and opportunity of a Championship clubs finds itself significantly distressed.

  • William Pugh

    IN LEAGUE WITH

    EFL clubs are poised to accept the Premier League’s £50m bail out to keep League One and Two alive.

    But the cash will be taken ‘on behalf of the EFL’ and not just the two bottom tiers.

    And EFL chiefs will say they plan to set up an effective £30m hardship fund with the second tranche of Prem money which CAN be used by cash-strapped Championship sides.

    The row between the Prem, FA and EFL has intensified by the selective leaking of emails accusing the various slides of double-dealing. But it seems that the clubs in Leagues One and Two will at least be able to get their hands on the first £20m in survival money that will allow them to continue in business.

    SunSport revealed how Championship sides believed they had veto power over whether to take the money, after the Prem deliberately excluded the EFL top tier.

    But the clubs were informed at a meeting this morning that, as the money came from the Prem and was effectively ‘solidarity’ cash, it was a Board decision, not one which the Championship had to sign off…

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