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ARSENAL are still in pursuit of Houssem Aouar and have reportedly made a bid of £32.6m plus bonuses and Matteo Guendouzi.

But Mikel Arteta is ready to turn his attention to Chelsea's Jorginho if a deal can't be done.

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

  • Kiro Evans

    GUNNARSAURUS-EX

    Arsenal have AXED mascot Gunnarsaurus after 27 years as the club does more cost-cutting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    In the most surprising transfer move of deadline day so far, Jerry Quy, the man inside the costume since its birth in 1993, has been let go by Emirates chiefs.

    Having already made 55 non-playing staff redundant in August, the Gunners have now told their iconic mascot to pack his bags as part of their streamlining measures.

    With football fans still banned from stadiums, clubs across the world have been counting the cost.

    And with no supporters to entertain, Arsenal have deemed Gunnersaurus' job surplus to requirements.

  • Kiro Evans

    READY TO GUO

    Matteo Guendouzi is having a medical ahead of a Hertha Berlin loan move, reports say.

    The Arsenal outcast has not appeared for the club since June and has only recently returned to training with the first team.

    Manager Mikel Arteta appears ready to ship him out and Herta Berlin are close to securing him on a season-long loan, according to Sky.

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    EXCLUSIVE

    Furious Gareth Southgate will tell his England players to stop embarrassing themselves.

    Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho were pictured breaking Covid rules by going to a party – despite six people being the limit of socialising.

    Southgate will hammer home the point to the players at a team meeting at St George’s Park ahead of Thursday’s match with Wales.

    Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden broke lockdown rules in Iceland by inviting two women to their hotel.

    Southgate was already planning to address his squad that includes several uncapped and inexperienced players.

    The England boss will not “read the riot act” to his players but will warn them firmly they have to behave.

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Mikel Arteta is confident that Arsenal will be able to add to their squad before Monday's transfer day deadline.

    The Spanish boss was quizzed about the Gunners' plans during his press conference after the 2-1 win over Sheffield United.

    He said: “I am confident we know exactly what we want to do. We are trying our best to finalise the deals.

    “Let's see what happens. I cannot comment [on players]. At the moment there is nothing definite.

    “I cannot discuss the players we want. We recognise certain positions we are short in numbers and quality.

    “I'm really happy with the players that I have, that is my job. Whatever we can add, of course, we will try to do it but we have to be realistic.

    “It's a give and take. Whoever jumps on the boat will be welcomed. We all share the same ambitions, we have a clear direction.”

    Several Arsenal players are also set to leave the club, according to reports.

    Arsenal are braced to lose defender William Saliba to Fulham on loan – but the newly-promoted side face competition from Rennes, reports suggest.

    The Gunners want the £27million defender to get valuable game time – and see that happening away from the Emirates.

    While Matteo Guendouzi is set to move to Hertha Berlin on loan, according to Get French Football News.

    The season-long loan doesn't include a permanent deal to buy in the summer, the report reveals.
    It is also claimed that Arsenal won't be receiving a loan fee.

  • Jon Boon

    GOING GOING GUEN

    Arsenal have reportedly agreed to let Matteo Guendouzi leave on loan to Hertha Berlin, according to reports.

    The French midfielder has found himself frozen about by manager Mikel Arteta following a spat of rows over his professionalism.

    Get French Football News have revealed the season-long loan doesn't include a permanent deal to buy in the summer.

    They also claim that Arsenal won't be receiving a loan fee.

  • Jon Boon

    AOUAR YA?

    Is this an indication that the Gunners move for Lyon star Houssem Aouar is officially dead in the water?

    The French playmaker has started tonight for the Ligue 1 giants in their game against Marseille – scoring a penalty as the game stands at 1-1.

    Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas revealed on Sunday that a deal now appeared unlikely this window, describing Arsenal's bid as “timid”.

  • Jon Boon

    SOUM MIGHT SAY

    Arsenal target Boubakary Soumare was left out of Lille's squad in their Ligue 1 game against Strasbourg this weekend.

    The midfielder was linked with the Gunners back in September, and Mikel Arteta is admittedly looking for reinforcements in his engine room.

    And with a deal for Houssem Aouar reportedly stalling, he could turn his attentions to the French U21 international once again.

    Soumare was said to be in discussions with Napoli and, but L'Equipe claim he has refused both offers.

    He played in 20 games for Les Dogues last season, impressing as he helped his side finish fourth in Ligue 1.

  • Jon Boon

    'CONFIDENT'

    Mikel Arteta is confident that Arsenal win be able to finalise some deals before the transfer deadline day on Monday.

    Speaking after the 2-1 win over Sheffield United, Arteta revealed: “I am confident we know exactly what we want to do. We are trying our best to finalise the deals. Let's see what happens. I cannot comment [on players]. At the moment there is nothing definite.

    “I cannot discuss the players we want. We recognise certain positions we are short in numbers and

    quality.

    “I'm really happy with the players that I have, that is my job. Whatever we can add, of course, we will try to do it but we have to be realistic.

    “It's a give and take. Whoever jumps on the boat will be welcomed. We all share the same ambitions, we have a clear direction.”

  • Jon Boon

    GUNNER GO?

    Arsenal are braced to lose defender William Saliba to Fulham on loan – but the newly-promoted side face competition from France, reports say.

    The 19-year-old will have teams battling it out for him before the window closes tomorrow.

    The Gunners want him to go out and get experience this season and Craven Cottage looks his most likely destination.

    But the defender is also wanted by French side Rennes, according to the French media.

    Leeds United have been credited with interest as well – with transfer deadline day approaching.

  • Jon Boon

    FULL BACKING

    Mikel Arteta has said Arsenal will be doing all they can to improve their team before the end of transfer deadline on Monday.

    The Gunners are desperate for midfield reinforcements and have been linked with the likes of Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

    However, limited funds have appeared to leave Arteta's hands tied with strengthening his side.

    But, he does have full backing from the board.

    “I always think I try to be, even when I’m here, really honest and clear,” he revealed in his press conference after the Sheffield United win.

    “Believe me, believe me, the ownership, the board, Edu and myself are doing everything we can to maximise the resources we have to improve the team and sustain and keep the players that are in this club and make this club successful.
    “I have 100% backing from them and it’s not just words, it’s reality. Whoever knows me, if it wasn’t like that I wouldn’t say that. But I say it because I feel it.”

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    GUNNERS GRAB THE POINTS

    After a nervy last 6 mins, Arsenal have ran away winners beating Sheffield United 2-1.

    Arteta will be pleased with winning 3/4 games this season so far.

    This takes the Gunners back in to the Champions League spots before the International break.

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    THREE POINTS IN THE BAG?

    Sheffield United have scored late on at the Emirates and it's currently 2-1 to the Arsenal.

    We're into injury time in North London.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE BLOG OF THIS CLASH

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    CLASSY GESTURE

    Arsenal and Sheffield United paid a touching tribute to murdered police sergeant Matt Ratana before kick-off in their Premier League clash today.

    Metropolitan Police officer Ratana was shot dead by a handcuffed suspect inside Croydon Police Station on September 25.

    Seats at the Emirates were dressed in kits bearing his name as an emotional gesture to mark the tragic death.

    One was an Arsenal shirt, another was a Blades one, with a police uniform and a police helmet on a seat in between.

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    WHEN IT'S ALL SEAD AND DONE

    Since the arrival of Kieran Tierney, Kolasinac has noticeably been pushed down the pecking order for that left side of defence position.

    Arteta has sometimes decided to even play winger Saka as a makeshift left back ahead of him.

    This has raised serious questions about his future at the club and further speculations have circled as Sead Kolasinac has been left out of Arsenal's matchday squad altogether.

    German outfit Bayer 04 Leverkusen are on the hunt for a new left back and could dip into their Kai Havertz kitty to bring the Bosnian to the club .

    According to Kicker, the 27-year-old would like to return to Germany for 'private' reasons.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    3 STRIKES AND YOUR AOUT

    It was no secret that Arsenal had Lyon's Houssem Aouar firmly on their radar as Mikel Arteta identified him as a missing piece in the puzzle.

    However, the CEO of Lyon put that fairytale to bed when he was adamant that the midfielder would be staying put at the club.

    According to the Metro, Aouar had three reasons as to why he decided to shelve Arsenal's transfer hopes.

    • Firstly, the Frenchman came through the academy and has a huge amount of respect for the club. He joined over a decade ago and did not want to leave 'through the back door'.
    • The second factor is that he believed staying at Lyon would help he stand a better chance in retaining his position in the French international squad for the European Championships.
    • Last of all, Aouar is that having missing out on a Champions League Qualification spot last season, he is destined to get Lyon back there.

    HOLD THE LINE

    Arsenal are a couple of hours away from their match with Sheffield United and here is how they might line up.

    Alexandre Lacazette is likely to return up front despite a mixed display at Liverpool which saw him score the only Gunners goal but miss a hatful of chances.

    Dani Ceballos could be preferred to Mohamed Elneny in the Arsenal midfield with Bukayo Saka replacing Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the left.

    After a rest in the Carabao Cup, Hector Bellerin is set to return on the right.

    Gabriel Magalhaes is likely to beat Rob Holding to the right-centre-back berth.

    MILES A PART

    Similar to the hierarchy at Lyon, Atletico Madrid are refusing to change their stance over the price tag for Thomas Partey.

    Arsenal are aware that they have to cough up £45m to meet his release clause but seem eager to strike a deal.

    According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Atleti's board are convinced that Partey will still be at the club once the transfer window is slammed shut.

    BY JORG

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is ready to ditch plans to bring in Houssem Aoaur – and instead get Jorginho to switch across London.

    The Chelsea star could still be sold as Blues owner tries to balance the books after spending more than £210million this summer.

    Lyon are refusing to do a deal for their 22-year-old midfielder that does not involve a big lump sum up front and many sources are reporting that the French club have now decided he will NOT be sold in this window.

    He was named in the Lyon squad for their clash with Marseilles this weekend, which suggests he is part of their plans for this season.

    The Gunners will only pay in instalments and the French club are not happy with those conditions, having already turned down a £31m staggered payment plan from the Londoners earlier this summer.

    So, Arsenal chiefs could now go back in for Jorginho as the anchor man they desperately need, claims Sky Sports.

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Jorginho is the latest name on the list in Arsenal's search for a midfield anchorman as they prepare for today's home game with Sheffield United.

    Chelsea's 28-cap Italian would be an alternative to Mikel Arteta's longer-term target, Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.

    Ironically, the Blues are also now said to be keen on £45million rated Partey.

    Arteta's me are bidding for their third win in four Premier League matches – against a Blades side with no points from the same number of matches.

    And amid some speculation that Mesut Ozil could force his way back into contention, it seems the chances of recruiting Lyon playmaker  Houssem Aouar before Monday's transfer deadline are in the balance.

    The Gunners are reluctant to pay an asking price similar to that for Partey,

    But Arsenal's Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira has reportedly completed a medical at Atletico.

    The Spanish giants want the 24-year-old on loan with an option to buy.

    TORREIRA CLOSES ON ATLETICO DEAL

    Lucas Torreira has completed his medical at Atletico Madrid.

    He will move to the Wanda Metropolitano on loan with an option to buy.

    Lucas Torreira has passed his medicals test today with Atlético Madrid, as per @Dvinuesa. Atléti are ready to complete his signing on loan with buy option from afc when they’ll sell one player [Lemar, Herrera… work in progress]. ⚪️🔴 transfers atleti pic.twitter.com/4bwLsjq2tD
    — Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 3, 2020

    BLUES GUN FOR ARSENAL TARGET

    Chelsea have joined the race to sign long-term Arsenal target Thomas Partey as they look to strengthen in midfield.

    If they cannot sign Declan Rice, it is believed they will make a late run at the Atletico Madrid player

    Finally, it is claimed Antonio Rudiger wants to go to Tottenham.

    The German has been frozen out of Lampard's team and there are many clubs interested, but it is reported that Spurs would be his preferred choice.

    The futures of Fikayo Tomori and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also still in the air.

    SALIBA LOAN?

    Both Fulham and Leeds are weighing up a move for William Saliba on loan, reports say.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano told AFTV that the 19-year-old could be sent to either Craven Cottage or Elland Road to help further his development this season.

    The defender has also been linked with a loan move to France.

    OZIL COMEBACK?

    The breakdown in the Houssem Aouar deal could open the door for Mesut Ozil to return to first team action, reports are speculating.

    The skilful midfielder has been frozen out of first team action and a route back to the first team looked like an unlikely prospect.

    But with the creative Aouar no longer looking likely to sign, Ozil may be in line to make his first Arsenal appearances since March.

    Arteta craves a creative midfielder and a path back into the squad now no longer looks so unlikely.

    JORG THE ONE

    Arsenal have turned their attention to Jorginho now the deal for Houssem Aouar appears to be over.

    The Gunners move for the Lyon man was left in tatters today after failing to meet the club's valuation of the player.

    Now it is rumoured that Jorginho is seen as a potential alternative with Chelsea keen to slim down their bloated squad.

    Mikel Arteta is also believed to be a fan of the Italian midfielder and is desperate to bring him in, according to ESPN.

    AOUAR ONLY CHANCE

    Lyon have ruled out selling Houssem Aouar to Arsenal, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    But in better news he claims the Gunners are the only club who may have a realistic chance of getting him this window, should they meet the asking price.

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