8.10pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar LATEST, Torreira to Atletico talks, Partey update, Martinez move was ‘mistake’ – The Sun

ARSENAL are still in pursuit of Houssem Aouar with Monday's transfer deadline looming large.

Reports suggest that Aouar "absolutely" wants to leave the French club, which could strengthen the Gunners' hand in negotiations, while we've the very latest on Thomas Partey.

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

  • EMI WORRY

    Tony Adams believes Arsenal made a mistake selling Emi Martinez instead of Bernd Leno.

    He told Stadium Astro: “Martinez was incredible in the cup run. He was sensational. 

    “What Leno does struggle with, for me, is crosses. 

    “Arteta’s gone, ‘no, Leno is my number one, I like him’ and he’s put all his faith in him. But I don’t believe he’s a top-four goalkeeper.”

  • LOAN RANGER

    Marseille are reportedly in talks with Arsenal over a deal to bring Matteo Guendouzi to the club on loan.

    According to Foot Mercato, Marseille are ready to bring him back to France after two years spent in England.

    They claim that the Ligue 1 outfit have contacted Arsenal over a potential loan deal for the ex-Lorient star.

    And Andre Villas-Boas' side have approached Guendouzi's representatives to express their interest in the player.

  • PEPE TALK

    Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas wants Houssem Aouar to fetch near the same price as Nicolas Pepe did last year.

    Arsenal have had a £32million bid rejected for the playmaker.

    And Aulas believes they will have to pay nearer the £72m they did for Pepe when they signed the Ivorian from Lille in 2019.

    Aulas told Le Progres: “If Pepe is worth the price that they paid for him, then Houssem, who is an international player, is worth more than €30m.”

  • BOYS FROM BRAZIL

    Arsenal have given updates on long-term injury casualties Pablo Mari and Martinelli.

    Mari is expected to be back in training within the next two weeks following his move from Flamengo.

    Meanwhile, it is hoped Martinelli will be training with the main group by the end of 2020.

  • ONE IN THE CHAMBER

    Calum Chambers is set to return to training after the international break.

    Arsenal also expect Shkodran Mustafi to be back at the same time.

    Emile Smith Rowe is already back working with the first-team squad.

    While Cedric Soares and Sokratis are training regularly.

  • FIFA FIASCO

    Arsenal fans have been left fuming by the team’s ratings on FIFA 21.

    As expected, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the top Gunner with a rating of 87.

    But there are a number of harsh – and maybe generous – figures among Mikel Arteta’s squad.

    CLICK HERE FOR ARSENAL’S FIFA 21 RATINGS

  • ARSENE WENGER ON TV

    BREAKING: Arsene Wenger will be a guest on the BBC's Graham Norton show, reports say.

    The Arsenal legend, who won three Premier Leagues during his long stay as manager at the club, will appear on the flagship show on October 16.

    The Frenchman will likely be promoting his new book and will be appearing alongside other household names like cricketer Freddie Flintoff and American actor Samuel L Jackson.

  • MARSEILLE IN FOR GUENDOUZI

    Marseille have contacted Arsenal about Matteo Guendouzi, according to French media.

    The Arsenal outcast has struggled to make his way back in to Mikel Arteta's team this season and the manager is not believed to be particularly keen on him.

    Now the young Frenchman is being linked to a move to France, but Marseille would prefer a loan move, report Telefoot.

    But Arsenal reportedly prefer to sell him permanently.

  • AOUAR WANTS AWAY

    Arsenal target Houssem Aouar “ansolutely” wants to leave Lyon, new reports say.

    The midfielder has been linked with the London club all summer and is reported to be desperate for a move away.

    French source L'EQUIPE also report that the player is prepared to join Arsenal – having initially had grander hopes of a transfer to Manchester City or Juventus.

    Mikel Arteta and the club hierarchy are still working to sell Sead Kolasinac and Lucas Torreira to free up cash for the transfer for the Frenchman.

    Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano reports the other ongoing saga surrounding Thomas Partey has gone quiet.

  • NO FEE AGREED FOR SEAD

    Arsenal are yet to agree a price for Sead Kolasinac's move to Bayer Leverkusen, reports say.

    The Gunners were believed to want a price in the region of £9million.

    The sale could have a huge knock-on effect to other business at the club, with it believed the money recouped from the left-back's exit being crucial to claiming Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

    So Mikel Arteta will want to rush the deal over the line as the window gets closer to closing.

  • ROWE BACK

    Emile Smith Rowe will be staying at Arsenal and not leaving on loan, reports say.

    The talented youngster had been tipped with a move away from the Emirates to get regular game time but that now appears unlikely.

    This is despite the fact the club look set to bring in new midfielders.

  • PREDICTED FIRST 11

    Arsenal go to Liverpool for the second time in four days tomorrow as they take on the Premier League champions in the Carabao Cup.

    Mikel Arteta is expected to make some changes as they look forward to the visit of Sheffield United on Sunday.

    This is the team we are predicting he will play, with some of the big-hitters given a rest.

  • MISSING PIECE

    Mikel Arteta has spoken to Houssem Aouar by phone as Arsenal continue their pursuit of the Lyon man, according to reports.

    The manager sees the midfielder as the “missing piece” of the jigsaw, according to AFTV, and will be hoping the phone call helps persuades him to come.

    He is one of two major targets Arsenal are trying to bring in as the window closes.

    The other is Thomas Partey, but the Gunners are needing to free up cash before they can bring them both in.

  • AIN NOTHING TO IT

    The rumours linking Manchester United with a shock move for Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles are baseless, one journalist has claimed.

    Surprising reports over the last day have said the Gunners youngster was being eyed by the Red Devils but a Manchester Evening News reporter has dismissed it.

  • LAYING THE SEAD

    Selling Sead Kolasinac will be crucial to funding the Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey transfers, reports say.

    Arsenal are keen to drive the left-back's deal through to Bayer Leverkusen quickly to help raise cash for the two players they've been linked to consistently throughout this window.

    The Express reports that the £9million exit of Kolasinac – along with the potential sale of Lucas Torreira – will be crucial in helping to get not just one but both of their targets over the line.

    But with only days left in the window, it's now a race against time for Mikel Arteta and co.

  • HOUSS ABOUT IT

    Lyon have named their price for Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

    ESPN claim the French club want a fee of £55m for the midfielder, however they are willing to accept £41m up front with add-ons.

    Meanwhile the club president Jean-Michel Aulas has mocked Arsenal over their £72m signing of Nicolas Pepe.

    Aulas was unimpressed by the Gunners' original bid for Aouar of around £27.5m.

    And he told Le Progres: “If Pepe is worth the price that they paid for him, then Houssem, who is an international player, is worth more than €30m.”

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS!

    Arsenal’s pursuit of Lyon’s Houssem Aouar received a boost with the news Lyon have agreed a deal for AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

    L’Equipe reports an £18million bid will be accepted and with a replacement in place, the French side may allow Aouar to move to North London.

    French football expert Jonathan Johnson says Lyon are ‘putting pressure’ on Mikel Arteta’s side to up their offer after an initial £31m bid was rejected.

    Club legend Ian Wright told Optus Sport it is ‘imperative’ for Arsenal to sign Aouar so he ‘can get on the ball and get the forwards going’.

    Arsenal are battling rivals Spurs for Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara.

    The Guinea star's agent Daniele Piraino is said to be 'angry' over Diawara's treatment and in talks with the two London giants – after the 23-year-old was only a sub in Sunday's 2-2 home draw with Juventus.

    Italian outlet Il Messaggero say Arsenal and Spurs have both 'called' Piraino to enquire about £27million-rated Diawara.

    But the Gunners may admit defeat in their chase for Thomas Partey, according to The Daily Star.

    Sport Bild reports Sead Kolasinac is linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen for around £9m and Sokratis could be off to Napoli.

  • SEAD AND DONE

    Sead Kolasinac is reportedly close to joining Bayer Leverkusen.

    Sport Bild reports a deal is being agreed with a fee in the region of £9million.

    Kolasinac had previously been linked with a move back to Schalke.

    He appears to be way down Mikel Arteta's pecking order after the arrival of Kieran Tierney and use of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka as left wing-backs.

  • ARTWORK

    Mikel Arteta has been urged to change the position of one of his best players.

    Owen Hargreaves reckons the Arsenal boss should use skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a central striker.

    The Gabonese forward was not at his best out wide in the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool on Monday night at Anfield.

    And Hargreaves told Premier League Productions: “Maybe drop Lacazette, play Aubameyang at the top, [Bukayo] Saka can play as an attacker, [and] as a wing-back.”

  • THIA-NO!

    Arsenal will escape facing Liverpool's Thiago TWICE.

    The Gunners did not have to line up against the former Bayern Munich star in Monday night's 3-1 defeat due to injury.

    And now the Spanish midfielder has tested positive for Covid-19.

    He will miss Thursday's Carabao Cup game between the two teams.

  • TORR BLIMEY

    Lucas Torreira's agent is in Madrid ahead of a proposed move to Atletico Madrid.

    The Uruguayan midfielder has been linked with a move away from the Emirates after falling down Mikel Arteta's pecking order.

    And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports the Gunners want a permanent deal and a new bid is being prepared by Diego Simeone's side.

  • WRIGHT CALL

    Arsenal Ian Wright says it is 'imperative' for Mikel Arteta's side to sign Houssem Aouar before this window slams shut.

    After the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Monday night, Wright told Optus Sport: “What was more evident for me from Arsenal is they didn’t have that person in the midfield who is comfortable enough on the ball.

    “Until Dani Ceballos came on and did pretty well, who can pass the ball to him and he can receive it with somebody up his back. From there, Arsenal can try and play.

    “We can’t do that at the moment, that is why it is imperative that they get Aouar from Lyon, somebody who can get on the ball and get the forwards going. That is what Arsenal need.”

  • ROY-AL RUMBLE

    Roy Keane named and shamed Arsenal's problem players.

    The Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit read the riot act after the Gunners' 3-1 loss at Liverpool on Monday night.

    He said on Sky: “We saw again tonight that defensively – I still think David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding, there's big question marks over them. “Luiz still has that mistake in him.”

  • GETTING THE SOK

    Arsenal defender Sokratis is heading for the exit before the end of the transfer window.

    The centre-back could be off to Napoli, IF the Italian side receive an acceptable bid for Kalidou Koulibaly.

    Rai Sport journalist Ciro Venerato suggests Sokratis could leave in the near future.

    They are thought to have fought off competition from Nice and could land their man before October 5.

  • TUG OF WARA

    Arsenal and Tottenham are facing a transfer deadline tug-of-war for Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara.

    The Guinea star's agent Daniele Piraino is said to be 'angry' over Diawara's treatment and in talks with the two London giants – after the 23-year-old was only a sub in Sunday's 2-2 home draw with Juventus.

    Diawara was already upset after a mix-up over his age meant he started Roma's opener at Verona without being registered.

    Serie A chiefs penalised Roma for their mistake by turning the 0-0 draw into a 3-0 win for Verona.

    Now Italian outlet Il Messaggero say Arsenal and Spurs have both “called” Piraino to enquire about £27million-rated Diawara.

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