7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Mustafi joins Schalke, Maitland Niles and Willock loans, Diego Costa mystery bid

ARSENAL were busy on transfer deadline day as three first teamers left the club.

Shkodran Mustafi joined Schalke on a permanent deal while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock have left on loan.

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    TOON-ING IN

    Joe Willock is heading North after agreeing a deadline day loan move to Newcastle United.

    The midfielder, who has scored three goals this season, finds himself down the pecking order following the signing of Martin Odegaard and the emergence of Emile Smith Rowe.

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles was also linked to Newcastle before agreeing a switch to West Brom.

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    BAGS OF EXPERIENCE

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles has left Arsenal on loan to join West Bromwich Albion.

    The Gunners utility man had been chased by four clubs – Southampton, Leicester, West Brom and Newcastle – with the Saints believed to be leading the chase.

    However, the player was reported by The Athletic to have preferred a move to Leicester City.

    On their part, West Brom were believed to have been firmly in last place in the race to sign Maitland-Niles.

    However, once the player refused to join the Saints, as Arsenal wanted him to do, Sam Allardyce made his move.

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    SHKOD ONE OUT

    It was a transfer window with no incomings for Arsenal, but crucially they did get high earner Shkodran Mustafi off their books.

    The £30m signing was released by the Gunners in order to join Schalke 04 on a free transfer.

    With Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac also shipped out in the January window, the Gunners will hope to be on a much stronger financial footing to conduct their business in the summer.

  • supal

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    How are we feeling about January transfer business this morning, Gunners?

    It’s been a pretty busy window in north London with most of the action being players leaving the Emirates.

    Arteta has trimmed his squad significantly as he looks to turn Arsenal around.

    There have been a few arrivals – with Odegaard joining on loan from Real Madrid the highlight.

    They’ve also brought in Rekik from Hertha Berlin and goalkeeper Ryan on loan from Brighton.

    But in terms of departures, yesterday we saw Mustafi leave for Schalke as well as Maitland-Niles (West Brom) and Willock (Newcastle) go out on loan.

    It comes after the likes of Ozil, Kolasinac, Sokratis and Saliba were all shipped off earlier in the window – so it’s been quite the January clear out for Arteta’s men.

    Among the deadline day frenzy it’s easy to forget that it’s a matchday. No rest for these Prem stars as another full midweek bill of action starts tonight.

    For the Gunners, it’s a tricky looking clash with Wolves that kicks off at 6pm UK time at Molineux.

    Stay tuned for all the build-up you need to that game this evening, and all the fallout from the January transfer window.

  • supal

    ARSENAL JANUARY MOVES

    Here's the Gunners' final report from the January window:

    IN

    Omar Rekik (Hertha Berlin), Mat Ryan (Brighton) loan, Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid) loan

    OUT

    Sead Kolasinac (Schalke) loan, William Saliba (Nice) loan, Daniel Ballard (Blackpool) loan extension, Matt Macey (Hibernian), Sokratis (Released), Mesut Ozil (Fenerbahce), Matt Smith (Charlton) loan, Joseph Olowu, (Wealdstone) loan, Zech Medley (Kilmarnock) loan, Shkodran Mustafi (Schalke 04), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Brom) loan, Joe Willock (Newcastle) loan.

  • supal

    KING OF CALF

    Arsenal fans are going wild for Martin Odegaard's calves after training photos emerged showing his whopping muscles.

    And it will surely not take long for the comparisons to be made with Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, famous for never skipping leg day.

    Odegaard, 22, arrived on loan at the Emirates from Real Madrid last week.

    He came on for his debut in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Saturday evening.

    Arsenal fans hailed the size of Martin Odegaard's calves after pictures emerged from trainingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
  • supal

    PRAWN BROKERS

    Arsenal face massive financial losses with executive season-ticket holders reluctant to renew their VIP deals, according to reports.

    The prawn-sandwich brigade have been unable to enjoy the Emirates entertainment – and hospitality – for almost a year with matches played behind closed doors.

    And with around a third of executive deals expiring, the Mail report many are opting against stumping up the cash with so much Covid-19 uncertainty ongoing.

    Some income was secured by taking in payments for this season which can be used as credits in the future – although these would be refunded if fans decide against extending their tickets.

    Executive seats – the posh seats in the boxes at the Emirates – make up around 15 per cent of the stadium's capacity.

    However, revenue from those ticket sales account for 40 per cent of match-day income.

    Arsenal could make massive financial losses if VIP season-ticket holders do not renew their dealsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
  • supal

    NICE ONE, MAIT

    Arsenal loaned out-of-favour Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Premier League strugglers West Brom.

    The 23-year-old has started just five top-flight games this season and is desperate for first-team football.

    He agreed a loan switch until the end of the season with West Brom just before the transfer window slammed shut as he helps plot their great escape.

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined West Brom on loan for the rest of the seasonCredit: wba.co.uk
  • supal

    MATCH DAY

    For the early risers out there… it's a Gunners game day.

    Mikel Arteta's men face a tricky tie away at Molineux this evening at 6pm UK time.

    Plenty at stake for both teams.

  • supal

    DEADLINE DAY RECAP

    A bit quiet out there so time for a quick recap – here's the pick of the storylines from deadline day…

    • Liverpool signed two centre-backs – Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies
    • Dele Alli stayed at Tottenham despite interest from PSG
    • Joe Willock (Newcastle) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Brom) both left Arsenal on loan
    • No movement at Chelsea or Manchester United
    • Bournemouth's Josh King joined Everton in a deal announced at 1am
    • Southampton signed Takumi Minamino on loan from Liverpool in a late swoop

    TEST BOOST

    Premier League Covid positives have finally dropped back to pre-Christmas levels in a further boost to football chiefs.

    Last week’s 2,957 tests across the 20 Prem clubs brought just seven new positive cases.

    That is slightly down from the eight recorded in the seven days up to January 24, although this time there were positive cases in both sampling rounds.

    Four of the positives came in the first batch of tests, of 1,713 players and staff, between Monday and Thursday.

    There were then three positives out of 1,244 samples between Friday and Sunday.

    The seven positives is the lowest total since the week of December 20, when the same number was recorded from only 1,569 tests.

    JAB STAND

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino has insisted that footballers cannot be allowed to jump the Covid-19 jabs queue.

    There have been calls for elite athletes to be moved up the priority list to ensure they can play inside secure bubbles.

    But Infantino, speaking at an appearance at the World Health Organisation, dismissed that idea – but also pledged he expected full houses at the 2022 World Cup Finals.

    Infantino said: "The priority for the vaccine is of course for the people at risk and health workers.

    "That is very sure in our minds and we don't consider football players as a priority in this respect.

    "Of course, in the months to come and in the context of international competition and travel, vaccination might be recommended at some point.

    "The Olympic Games are only in the summer but this will happen respecting established order of distribution. The people at risk should have priority."

    TRAVEL PROBLEMS

    Prem clubs have been left up in the air over whether they will be forced to release players for next month’s World Cup qualifiers, Martin Lipton reports.

    Last week’s new UK border rules mean that South American and Portuguese players will be forced to spend 10 days in strict hotel quarantine when they return to British soil.

    SunSport revealed how it could deprive Liverpool of Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino for three games at the start of April.

    And it would bring similar issues for Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles and Ederson, Ruben Dias and Gabriel Jesus at Manchester City.

    HURRY REDKNAPP

    Harry Redknapp was in a hurry after he got LOST on his way to the Sky Sports studios in a hilarious transfer deadline day gaffe.

    Redknapp was given an ovation as he finally joined Jim White on set, more than 40 minutes after he was supposed to following his ordeal to get from his Bournemouth home to West London.

    Explaining the palaver, the former Spurs boss said: "I was on the M3, plenty of time and it's taken my three-and-a-quarter hours it took me from Bournemouth.

    "I was going along lovely and then suddenly a sign flashed up saying 'accident J4 to J2'. Closed. Whatever.

    "So I had to divert all the way back and Jim, I didn't have a clue. I've ended up coming up the M4, cutting across to Reading."

    Asked if he has a sat nav, Redknapp added: "We do Jim but I have to be truthful, I've changed my car and I've not been anywhere since because we're in lockdown.

    "I know my way here easy enough. I ain't got a clue how to work the sat nav. I can't work it. It's too complicated."

    ODEGAARD STATUS

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has yet to decide on whether to start Martin Odegaard on Tuesday against Wolves at Molineux.

    Arteta said: "Let's see today how everybody is.

    "We have some other issues in the last few days as well.

    "Today we'll have a better idea of who is going to play tomorrow and we'll play the players who are fit to start the game.

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      ED OVER HEELS

      Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has praised technical director Edu for spearheading their transfer dealings in the January window.

      The Gunners have brought in two players this month, most notably Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard on loan.

      Brighton keeper Mat Ryan has also joined the club as a back-up to Bernd Leno.

      And Arteta is thrilled with the work Edu has done to bring the pair into the squad.

      Arteta said: "I think he is doing a great job at the club since I joined.

      "The clarity that he showed when they came to try to convince me to join the club and then to stick to the plan we have and the way he is going about it, I am really impressed with him."

      Odegaard came on for the Gunners against Manchester United at the weekendCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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      LAC IN THE MIRROR

      Alex Lacazette has his swagger back — thanks to a long hard look in the mirror, Mark Irwin reports.

      The 29-year-old has been leading Arsenal’s recent revival after a crisis of confidence earlier in the season.

      And boss Mikel Arteta wants the French striker to maintain his fine form at Wolves.

      Arteta said: "Laca is in better form and that is linked to the confidence  from playing and scoring.

      "When our players are going through difficult moments we have to be right behind them. We talk to them and give them the tools to resolve the issues they are going through.

      "In Laca’s case, it was related to being better in his movement and his body language. He’s done that by committing himself to working hard. When his confidence improved he became a different player."

      Lacazette has re-found his form at Arsenal over recent gamesCredit: AP:Associated Press

       

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      DRY JANUARY

      If you think it's been a quiet one at Arsenal, well let this put things into context for you.

      Martin Lipton reports that EFL clubs have not declared a PENNY in January transfer fees.

      The astonishing lack of spending is the clearest sign yet of a collapse in the market due to coronavirus.

      Across Europe, as expected, deals were down markedly from this time last year, when Premier League clubs alone spent £230million.

      This year top-flight deals were worth less than £100m, with similar declines across Europe.

      This year top-flight deals were worth less than £100m, with similar declines across Europe.

      Derby signed Teden Mengi on loan from Manchester United in one of the most high-profile temporary deals in the EFLCredit: Rex Features

       

    • supal

      DEADLINE DAY WRAP

      Here's the pick of the storylines from deadline day…

      • Liverpool signed two centre-backs – Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies
      • Dele Alli stayed at Tottenham despite interest from PSG
      • Joe Willock (Newcastle) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Brom) both left Arsenal on loan
      • No movement at Chelsea or Manchester United
      • Bournemouth's Josh King is on the brink of joining Everton
      • Southampton are set to sign Takumi Minamino on loan from Liverpool

      ARSENAL JANUARY MOVES

      Here's the Gunners' final report from the January window:

      IN

      Omar Rekik (Hertha Berlin), Mat Ryan (Brighton) loan, Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid) loan

      OUT

      Sead Kolasinac (Schalke) loan, William Saliba (Nice) loan, Daniel Ballard (Blackpool) loan extension, Matt Macey (Hibernian), Sokratis (Released), Mesut Ozil (Fenerbahce), Matt Smith (Charlton) loan, Joseph Olowu, (Wealdstone) loan, Zech Medley (Kilmarnock) loan, Shkodran Mustafi (Schalke 04), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Brom) loan, Joe Willock (Newcastle) loan.

      MASS EXODUS

      It's been a window mainly of departures at Arsenal, with the exception of Odegaard joining.

      Willock and Maitland-Niles among the Gunners to leave today on loan for Newcastle and West Brom respectively.

      Saliba, Ozil and Sokratis had all departed north London last month as well.

      A big clear out from Arteta.

      • supal

        DEAL SHEETS

        It's that time of deadline day – What is a deal sheet? How do we know if a transfer has gone through? Etc etc.

        Looks like the Premier League website have it covered…

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        SAKA AND TIERNEY UPDATES

        Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta confirmed that it will be difficult for Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney to be fit in time for Tuesday's clash with Wolves at Molineux.

        Arteta said: "They haven’t been able to train yet with us, so I think it will be really difficult for them.

        “I don’t know, we are going to try until the last minute – see how they are feeling.”

        Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be available for selection but it is not yet certain if he will start.

      • Kostas Lianos

        ARSENAL DONE DEALS

        IN
        Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid) Loan
        Mat Ryan (Brighton) Loan
        Omar Rekik (Hertha Berlin) Undisclosed

        OUT
        Mesut Ozil (Fenerbahce) Free
        Sead Kolasinac (Schalke) Loan
        William Saliba (Nice) Loan
        Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Olympiacos) Released
        Matt Macey (Hibernian) Undisclosed
        Matt Smith (Charlton) Loan
        Shkodran Mustafi (Schalke) Free
        Zech Medley (Kilmarnock) Loan

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        MUSTAFI DONE DEAL

        Shkodran Mustafi has joined Shalke on a six-month deal after terminating his contract with Arsenal.

        Mustafi endured a turbulent five-year stint at Arsenal following his move from Valencia in 2016.

        The centre-back failed to inspire confidence in the Gunners' defence as he committed a number of errors.

        Mustafi made a total of 151 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions

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