7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Partey PASSES fitness test, Aubameyang LATEST, Odegaard 'wants permanent deal'

ARSENAL will have Thomas Partey available for a massive clash against rivals Manchester United today.

On the transfer front, the Gunners could recall Lucas Torreira and send him on loan to Monaco after a torrid time at Atletico Madrid.

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  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal have been dealt a blow ahead of their clash against Manchester United later today.

    It has been reported that skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will NOT be available for the encounter at the Emirates.

    Football.London claim the Gabon international will play no part in the match due to personal reasons.

    Aubameyang has been looking after his mother who is suffering from illness.

    Though in better news for fans, midfielder Thomas Partey is expected to be fit enough to start.

    Meanwhile, Southampton are trying to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal before Monday’s deadline.

    Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to boost his full-back options this month and is a big fan of the versatile England star.

    Wolves put in a summer bid and are said to be considering a fresh attempt this month.

    And finally, Martin Odegaard is already keen to stay at Arsenal in the long term, according to reports.

    The Norwegian has chosen the number 11 jersey for his stay at the Emirates and Defensa Central claim there is a very important reason for that.

    Odegaard could have had Mesut Ozil’s number 10 shirt, but that is set to go to Emile Smith Rowe from next season.

  • sstreet

    PARTEY TIME

    Thomas Partey has passed a fitness test ahead of Arsenal's game against Man Utd tomorrow, reports the AFC Bell.

    The Arabic language Twitter account states that the midfielder will go into the squad for the match with the Red Devils.

    However, it is not known whether he will be able to start.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAV SOME OF THAT

    Man Utd have teased the possibility of Edinson Cavani starting against Arsenal on Saturday.

    Posting a snap of the striker in training, they tweeted: "Rested. Recovered. Raring to go again."

  • Jake Lambourne

    MAR-VELLOUS SIGNING

    It's been a year since Arsenal signed Pablo Mari from Flamengo.

    Commenting on his move, the Spanish defender tweeted: "One of the happiest days of my life!

    "One year ago today, I became a Gunner."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAINTS ROW

    Sky Sports' Dharmesh Sheth has commented on Southampton's interest in Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

    He said: "He's one of a number of players not getting first-team football at Arsenal. Southampton are interested in taking him on loan.

    "Interestingly, Ralph Hasenhuttl has said he was hopeful of bringing in a player on loan before Monday's deadline.

    "It's thought that if Arsenal do allow Maitland-Niles out on loan, it would be preferably to Southampton.

    "There was a thought when we were hearing about Arsenal's preference that they might want to get Ryan Bertrand as part of that deal, but Hasenhuttl poured cold water on him leaving at all during the transfer window – he says they need him.

    "On the flip side, he is into the last six months of his contract."

  • Jake Lambourne

    MUST HAVE HIM

    Liverpool are favourites to clinch the signing of Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi.

    That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've installed the defending Premier League champions at 6/1.

    Jurgen Klopp had previously declared it unlikely that Liverpool would sign a defender during the January transfer window.

    But he's been forced to reevaluate the situation after Thursday's 'serious' injury to Joel Matip.

    The German international, who partnered midfielder Jordan Henderson in defence against Tottenham, was forced off with suspected ankle ligament damage.

    He joins long-term absentees Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines.

  • Jake Lambourne

    AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will NOT be available for Arsenal's clash against Man Utd on Saturday.

    Football.London claim the Gunners skipper will play no part in the match due to personal reasons.

    The Gabon international has been looking after his mother who is suffering from illness.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROBIN GOOD

    Bristol City are plotting a swoop for Aston Villa outcast and former Arsenal man Henri Lansbury, according to reports.

    The midfielder is on his way out of the Midlands club with his contract expiring in the summer.

    Villa boss Dean Smith is willing to let him leave on loan in order to run down his contract with the Premier League club.

    And the Mirror report how Bristol City are ready to make their move to bolster their play-off push.

    Lansbury, 30, has made just three League Cup appearances this season and was left out of the club's Premier League squad registration.

    He would arrive at The Robins with bags of Championship experience having spent ten seasons in the second-tier.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAINTSLEY

    Southampton are trying to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal before Monday’s deadline.

    Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to boost his full-back options this month and is a big fan of the versatile England star.

    Left-back is a particular issue with youngster Jake Vokins being sent to Sunderland on loan, leaving just Ryan Bertrand as a natural in that position.

    Maitland-Niles, who is also wanted by West Brom, is considering leaving the Emirates temporarily to boost his game time.

    Maitland-Niles, 23, is keen to strengthen his push for a Euro 2021 place this summer by playing more regularly.

    Wolves put in a summer bid and are said to be considering a fresh attempt this month.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO MORE TIERS

    Kieran Tierney has scored an absolute banger in training.

    Could he be in contention to return to the side tomorrow?

  • sstreet

    OD ONE IN

    Martin Odegaard is already keen to stay at Arsenal in the long term, according to reports.

    The Norwegian has chosen the number 11 jersey for his stay at the Emirates and Defensa Central claim there is a very important reason for that.

    Odegaard could have had Mesut Ozil's number 10 shirt, but that is set to go to Emile Smith Rowe from next season.

    (Under Premier League rules, Smith Rowe cannot take the number 10 shirt this season as he already has a squad number.)

    And the Real Madrid loanee has therefore gone with number 11 knowing it will still be free in 2021/22.

    And in his pre-Man Utd press conference, Mikel Arteta also suggested Arsenal were keen to make the deal permanent.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART DEALER

    Arsenal fans will be hoping the club splash the cash yet again in the summer having offloaded a number of fringe players this month.

    The likes of Mesut Ozil and Sokratis have had their contracts terminated in January, while Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba have been loaned out.

    And the Gunners could also have money to play with as the contracts of David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi will expire at the end of the season.

    Arsenal could also cash in on Alexandre Lacazette, with the French striker's deal in North London to expire in 2022.

    The FA Cup holders could also part ways with the likes of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, who left the club on loan in October.

    Depending on where Arsenal finish in the Premier League table this term, Mikel Arteta could be given a healthy budget to continue the transformation of his team.

    Here are two ways how Arsenal could line up…

  • Jake Lambourne

    OD TO JOY

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Arsenal's loam signing of Norwegian compatriot Martin Odegaard.

    Odeegaard could make his Gunners debut against the Red Devils on Saturday at the Emirates.

    Commenting on Odegaard, Solskjaer said: "Martin is a very talented young player and we know from the national team that he can cause any team problems.

    "I just hope he’s not finding his form on Saturday. Wish him all the best.

    "He’s a good boy, good attitude, right character, so I’m sure they’ve made a good signing there."

  • Jake Lambourne

    REWIND

    Arsenal will complete a Premier League double over Manchester United for the first time since 2007 if they win at the Emirates this weekend.

    So we thought that would be a good opportunity to take a look back at both sides' teams from 13 years ago when the Gunners prevailed.

    Arsene Wenger's side came into the clash having defeated Alex Ferguson's men earlier on in the season at Old Trafford.

    On that day, the visitors capitalised on Cristiano Ronaldo giving the ball away, with Emmanuel Adebayor slotting home four minutes from time to snatch all three points.

    And Arsenal had even more reason to feel positive about the return fixture at Highbury because they welcomed back Thierry Henry to the side, after he played no part in the game earlier on in the season at the Theatre of Dreams.

    Here's how the two teams lined up…

  • Josh Graham

    ODE TO CREATIVITY

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has insisted new boy Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe can play together.

    Odegaard signed on loan from Real Madrid this week and Arteta said the Gunners 'need options'.

    Ahead of Saturday's clash with Manchester United, the Spanish gaffer said: "Of course, they can play together, and it is not about pushing somebody else [out of the team].

    "Emile has earned his right to play the way he is performing – and Martin has to earn that.

    “Emile cannot play every single game, as we knew the other day. For example, in the FA Cup he was injured, he could not play.

    “The other day [against Southampton on Tuesday], he could only play certain minutes because he was struggling for the last minutes.

    “It has been a massive step for him for what he was doing three, four months ago and what he is doing right now. We need options.”

  • Josh Graham

    MAR TO COME

    On this day last year Pablo Mari signed for Arsenal.

    A little has changed since then…

  • Josh Graham

    ALRIGHT MAIT

    Southampton have surged to the front of the queue to take Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan.

    The Athletic reports Saints have contacted the Gunners in the last 24 hours.

    Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed he is hopeful of bringing in another signing – potentially on loan – before the end of the season.

    Recently capped England international Maitland-Niles has struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta and his versatility would be welcomed on the South Coast as he looks to play his way into the delayed Euro 2020 squad.

  • Josh Graham

    OD CALL

    Martin Odegaard is in line to make his Arsenal debut against Manchester United on Saturday evening.

    But the Gunners could be without key pair Kieran Tierney and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    Here's how Mikel Arteta's side could line up.

     

  • Josh Graham

    MIK OF THE BUNCH

    Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes was labelled as the ‘best player in the league’ by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

    The two sides meet on Saturday and Spaniard Arteta is well aware of the opposition’s quality.

    He said: “You look at the stats and what he [Fernandes] provides to the team it is unquestionable that he has improved them dramatically and for many periods he has been the best player in the league probably.

    “The impact he’s had has been tremendous. They paid a big price to do that – Martin’s [Odegaard] situation is completely different.”

  • Josh Graham

    REAL DEAL

    Arsenal legend Lauren has backed 'absolutely brilliant' Martin Odegaard to star in the Premier League for the Gunners.

    Norwegian midfielder Odegaard signed on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season and will wear Mesut Ozil's old No11 shirt.

    Lauren told Goal: "Odegaard is a fantastic player.

    “I always say that a youngster needs six or seven consecutive games in order to show what he is about.

    “Odegaard couldn’t do it at Real Madrid, but he had to replace Modric – who has been the best player in the last few years and there is no patience at Madrid.

    “He played just two games [at the start of the season] and you can’t express yourself in two games.

    “But the fact he is coming to Arsenal and he is the type of player that [Mikel] Arteta likes, I’m sure he is going to give him those games to express himself and we will see a real talent because he is an absolutely brilliant player.”

  • Josh Graham

    ELITE TIER

    Kieran Tierney is 'one of the best left-backs in the Premier League', according to Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn.

    Fellow left-back Winterburn praised the Scot's consistency saying he isn't 'flashy' but is 'seven out of ten and above every week'.

    Winterburn told FreeSuperTips: "When Kieran Tierney first came to Arsenal, he was injured and unable to train with the team. He came in on a separate rehabilitation programme initially, but now we are starting to see what he can really produce on a regular basis.

    “He’s one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, when you consider his consistency, his crossing and the chances he creates.

    “How successful he will be will depend on how many games he plays, how many trophies he wins, but he's up there with the best full-backs in the Premier League. His level of performance has been great.

    “You don't need anything flashy from your defenders, you need them to do their job well and be seven out of ten and above every week, which is exactly what he does.”

  • Josh Graham

    MAR THE MERRIER

    Martin Odegaard could stay at Arsenal beyond the end of the season, according to boss Mikel Arteta.

    The Norwegian put pen to paper on a six-month loan deal from Real Madrid this week.

    Martin Odegaard could be at Arsenal beyond the end of the seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    But if Arteta, a huge fan of the midfielder, has anything to do with it, Odegaard could stay in North London for much longer.

    Asked about the prospect, the Spaniard, 38, said: "Yes, he certainly has all the qualities and characteristics that we are looking for.

    "Then it will be down to two things. First of all, how well he adapts here and how much of an impact he can have in our team.

    "Secondly, what Real Madrid and the player think about it because he’s owned by Real Madrid and the player has a big say in that too."

  • Josh Graham

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is expected to be fit to play Manchester United on Saturday.

    The Ghanaian midfielder hobbled off in the second-half of the 3-1 win over Southampton on Tuesday.

    But Goal reports he has recovered well and is expected to be available to play.

    Partey – who cost £45million from Atletico Madrid on deadline day in October – will undergo a final check today ahead of the game.

  • Josh Graham

    SHOW EM WHO'S BOSS

    Emile Smith Rowe must rise to the challenge of added competition after Martin Odegaard's arrival at Arsenal, according to Jamie Redknapp.

    Smith Rowe, 20, has been a constant in Mikel Arteta's side since the Boxing Day win over Chelsea and the Gunners have taken 16 points out of 18 since.

    Emile Smith Rowe will face competition in the No10 role for new boy Martin OdegaardCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Speaking on the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast ahead of the Manchester United game on Saturday, Redknapp said: "Emile Smith Rowe has come in and been a revelation. They needed someone to light the flame, give them that spark.

    "For Emile Smith Rowe this is the dream. He's an academy boy and you can see he's doing a great job, the fans love him. I hope with Odegaard coming into the club, that doesn't stop him being instrumental in what they're doing.

    "The hardest thing for him will be – and I'm sure he knows this – where he plays is a position where you're always looking for the best in the world or players in that position to be a No10 or wide man.

    "He's competing with some of the best. So he's going to have to always maintain these standards he's producing right now.

    "But I've been so impressed with him, I love his work ethic, I love the way he runs with the ball, he's been a breath of fresh air for this team, exactly when they needed it."

  • Josh Graham

    CLUB LEE-GEND

    On this day 33 years ago Lee Dixon signed for Arsenal.

    The defender bagged nine major honours and is fourth on the Gunners' all-time list for most appearances.

    He now works as a TV pundit.

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