11am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Vinicius Jr loan wanted, Ozil in TWO Arteta digs, Martinelli injury update
24th December 2020

ARSENAL are reportedly looking to sign Vinicius Jr on loan as they look to kickstart what has so far been a diabolical season.

Meanwhile Mesut Ozil aimed a couple of subtle digs at boss Mikel Arteta in a Q&A on Twitter.

Follow all the latest below…

  • Craig Mahood

    WE PREDICT

    SunSport has predicted how Mikel Arteta will line-up for Saturday's big game with Chelsea.

    Arsenal will hope to have Gabriel Martinelli fit after he hobbled off against Man City earlier this week.

    With Aubameyang still struggling, Lacazette is tipped to lead the line.

    What do you think?

  • Craig Mahood

    OL IN FOR HIM

    AC Milan have joined Arsenal in the race for Reading forward Michael Olise, reports claim.

    SerieBnews.com claim the 19-year-old is on the Italian giants; radar with a view to buy and loan him out to another Italian side for the remainder of this season.

    Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are all tracking the youngster who has four goals and seven assists.

  • Craig Mahood

    BREAKING! THOMAS TUCHEL SACKED

    Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Parisians sit third in Ligue 1, a point behind joint-leaders Lyon and Lille.

    BILD Sport Head of Football Christian Falk broke the news a short time ago.

    He later intimated Tuchel’s next step is to the Premier League – tagging Manchester United and Arsenal in the tweet.

    He said: “One of the best German coaches is free for a new challenge.

    “Thomas Tuchel is interested in the next step: Premier League @ManUtd @Arsenal”

    More to come

  • Craig Mahood

    BURN-ING FEELING

    Nigel Winterburn has warned Arsenal's flops they are not too good to go down.

    The former Gunners left-back was part of a star-studded West Ham team that got relegated in 2003.

    And the 1997-98 Double-winner is worried they could now follow his old Hammers team.

    Speaking after the launch of free-to-play fantasy football jackpot game Fantasy5, Winterburn said: “When I left Arsenal and went to West Ham in my last season we had a fantastic team —  but we got relegated.

    “But we couldn’t win a game of football. You go out with all good intentions, you might play well to start with, and you can’t score and boost that confidence.

    “All of a sudden you get an individual error or you get a player sent off and your backs are against the wall, and you go on to not win the game.

    “That’s exactly what happened at West Ham for a long period of time. I see similar things happening at Arsenal.

    “They have got to get two back-to-back victories, very, very quickly. It’s no good saying ‘We’re only 14 games in, there’s time’.

    “You can seeing the confidence is ebbing away from this team.

    "They’re tentative, it’s almost as if they’re waiting for something to happen to react to, something against them rather than dictate the play.

    “It’s very, very worrying because they’re not scoring many goals. If Aubameyang doesn’t score, I don’t know who is.”

    READ MORE FROM NIGEL HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    STEP UP

    Ex-Arsenal man Emmanuel Frimpong has called on Arsenal to sell ‘disappointing’ Nicolas Pepe if he fails to step up his game.

    Pepe joined the Gunners for £72million and has failed to impress in his early Arsenal career.

    He told PlayOJO: “When I look at Pepe, I don’t see any aggression and determination.

    “When he makes a mistake, he smiles or laughs and for me, I find that frustrating.

    “There was a lot of hype about Pepe coming to Arsenal and he’s been very disappointing.

    “He’s another player I think needs to step up his game and if he doesn’t, we need to get him out and bring in other players to help push us up the table.”

  • Craig Mahood

    SUPERCOMPUTER PREDICTS

    Arsenal will survive!!! Phew….

  • Craig Mahood

    RELEGATION RIVALS? YES!

    Sam Allardyce says struggling Arsenal are 'absolutely' West Brom's relegation rivals this season.

    Big Sam has just been appointed Baggies boss and has already stuck the knife into the struggling Gunners who are 15th at Christmas.

    Asked if he views the North Londoners as relegation rivals ahead of the Baggies' trip to Liverpool on December 27, Allardyce said: "If they are in the bottom eight at the moment, yes. Absolutely.

    "Getting beaten again [Arsenal's 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Man City] – even though it is not in the league – as it does with our players, drains the confidence of Arsenal's players. Of course it will.

    "They will be wondering what's hit them, they will be wondering why they are down there.

    "They will be wondering what it's going to take to get out of that position.”

    READ MORE FROM SAM HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    STAY POSITIVE

    Ozil commented on his own situation at Arsenal, labelling it ‘frustrating’.

    The German’s Q&A response ended with him telling the Gunners support to ‘stay positive’.

    He posted: "It’s a very difficult time for everyone around the club – not just for me.

    "The situation is frustrating for everyone.

    "Of course I would wish I could help the team especially right now, but as long as I don’t get the chance I just hope that we get better results very soon again.

    "But let's stay positive."

  • Craig Mahood

    CHRIST ALMIGHTY

    Inter Milan outcast Christian Eriksen has been placed on the transfer list.

    The former Tottenham playmaker has struggled for form and game time since his £17million move to the San Siro in January 2020.

    And the Italian giants are looking to get shot of the 28-year-old just 12 months later, according to their CEO Giuseppe Marotta.

    Eriksen has fallen out of favour under Antonio Conte and has managed just 275 minutes of Serie A football this season – appearing in just eight of Inter’s 13 games.

    Marotta reportedly told Sky Italia: “Yes, I can confirm that Christian Eriksen is on the transfer list.

    “He’s going to leave in January.

    “He’s not functional to our plans and he had difficulty here at Inter.

    “I think it’s right that Christian goes away to find more space.”

    Manchester United and Arsenal have both been linked with moves for the Denmark international.

    READ MORE HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    SURPRISE RESULT

    Berbatov has also tipped the Gunners to beat Chelsea on Boxing Day.

    He points to the FA Cup final result being the factor to give them extra motivation that they can get a result.

    Berb said: “Arsenal need to pick themselves up quickly for their big Boxing Day clash against Chelsea.

    “I can see a surprise result here, with the Gunners winning.

    “Their fortunes have to change at some point and a London derby, against the team they beat in last season’s FA Cup final, could give them the motivation to raise their game.”

  • Craig Mahood

    MISSING ARSENE

    Mesut Ozil has appeared to take a thinly-veiled swipe at boss Mikel Arteta by stating the club are 'really missing' Arsene Wenger.

    The former Gunners gaffer was instrumental when the North Londoners signed the German playmaker from Real Madrid for a then club-record fee of £42.5million in 2013.

    Speaking on a Twitter Q&A session, Ozil believes some of the Arsenal squad are struggling with not having Wenger in charge.

    Replying to a fan who asked the midfielder if he considers Wenger as a father figure, he said: "He was really a fantastic manager – yeah, and also like a father figure for me and many other players.

    "I think many people around Arsenal are really missing him."

    READ MORE HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    WILLING TO GO?

    William Saliba has received an early approach to join a Dutch Eridivisie team, according to reports.

    PSV are reported to be the latest team to join the race to capture the disgruntled Gunners star.

    Clubs from Germany, Italy and Spain are all interested in the defender but PSV have now made the initial enquiry, according to Football London.

  • Craig Mahood

    COPE WITH IT

    Blues skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has sent a warning to his Chelsea teammates ahead of the Boxing Day Arsenal clash.

    The Spaniard said the Gunners have ‘dangerous players’ and urged his colleagues to cope with whatever is thrown at them.

    He told the Chelsea FC website: “We were obviously disappointed with that result [the FA Cup final defeat].

    “But now we’re four months later, it’s a different competition and a new game. They are not in their best form but we know their qualities and that they have dangerous players so we have to cope with that.

    “We respect them and we know it’s going to be tough but we need points so hopefully we can go there and play our game.

    “We have the confidence and belief to do that and obviously we will try to get the points.”

  • Craig Mahood

    BERB BACKING

    Former Spurs star Dimitar Berbatoc has defended Mikel Arteta and tipped the Gunners boss to ‘turn things around.’

    He told Betfair: “A rsenal are in real trouble but I still think Mikel Arteta can turn things around at the Emirates.

    "Last week, I said Arteta deserved more time but since then they suffered two more defeats – admittedly in difficult matches away to Everton in the Premier League and in last night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Manchester City.

    "The Gunners are showing some fight on the pitch, but they are still not playing anywhere near the level demanded of them.

    "Arteta is a young coach and you could say he was lucky to get the opportunity to manage Arsenal.

    "I support those kind of appointments because I know how difficult it is for young coaches to get their chance to show what they can do.

    "Arteta came to Arsenal at a difficult moment for the club and he needs more time to turn it around.

    "His old boss Pep Guardiola has said Arteta shouldn’t be fired and I’m not going to argue with Pep."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal have been handed a boost after Gabriel Martinelli revealed he is ‘fine and ready’ to face Chelsea.

    The teen made his return from a lengthy injury in the 4-1 Carabao Cup quarter final defeat to Man City.

    But Martinelli was forced off the field after a nasty collision in the first half.

    However, the Brazilian says he is fit to face the Blues on Boxing Day.

    He wrote: “Feeling fine and ready to go again.”

    Meanwhile, Arsenal flop Shkodran Mustafi could be set for a shock January move to Barcelona.

    That is according to the 28-year-old’s agent Emre Ozturk, who was recently pictured at the Nou Camp ‘ready for a meeting’.

    He told Fox Sports: “‘I’m not in Barcelona because of Yusuf Demir, but because of Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal, whom we also represent.”

    Finally, Emmanuel Frimpong believes Granit Xhaka is just one of many Arsenal players who are not good enough for the club.

    He told PlayOJO: “With Xhaka, I don’t know if he is a defensive midfielder or an attacker, I really don’t know his position. 

    “Defensively, I think he’s far too slow and offensively, I don’t know if he can see a pass. All I know is players like Xhaka, and I don’t mean any disrespect, but are they great players? 

    “Are they players to carry Arsenal to the next level? In my honest opinion, I think the answer is no.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    PEPE TALK

    Mikel Arteta admits Nicolas Pepe is suffering a huge lack of form and confidence.

    He said: "I would always defend my players.

    "Whatever I have to discuss with him, it will be internally. Pepe wants to do his best and help as much as he possibly can.

    "This is what I am interested in. It is my job and if he doesn't, it is my fault. He is trying his best. We all know Nico and sometimes his body language makes him feel bad.

    "He is hurting, he is suffering – believe me, I am close to him – and he is trying his best.

    "He feels the responsibility because be knows why the club brought him here and he wants to deliver that."

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY DAN CUTTS

    Nigel Winterburn has warned Arsenal's flops they are not too good to go down.

    He said: “You can’t hide away from the fact we’re looking at the teams below us, rather than focusing on the teams above.

    "You look below you and see you’re only four points and a couple of teams above the relegation places, and it starts to make you feel really nervous.

    “I’ve got to say, at the moment, it’s desperate. It’s not happening for them. You can’t hide from the fact it’s poor.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    SAM ALL IN

    West Brom boss Sam Allardyce says Arsenal are fighting a relegation battle too.

    He said: "If they are in the bottom eight at the moment, yes. Absolutely.

    "Getting beaten again [Arsenal's 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Man City] – even though it is not in the league – as it does with our players, drains the confidence of Arsenal's players. Of course it will.

    "They will be wondering what's hit them, they will be wondering why they are down there. They will be wondering what it's going to take to get out of that position.

    "I know what it takes, I hope I can convince the players to respond to what I say on what it takes to get out of it.

    "I hope that we can push at Arsenal when they play us because they have a lack of confidence, and try and beat them or anybody in the bottom eight."

  • Anthony Chapman

    OK COMPUTER

    Here is how the Premier League will finish this season thanks to a computer simulation.

    Liverpool will apparently retain their title, with Leicester coming an impressive second.

    Man United will claim third spot for the second successive season, with Chelsea also claiming a Champions League place.

    Meanwhile, Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United will go down, with Arsenal narrowly avoiding the drop.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CECH MATE

    Petr Cech has urged Arsenal to give Mikel Arteta more time.

    Chelsea’s technical director told TalkSport: “It’s hard for any manager when the results aren’t going your way and you’re trying to change the team, club and the philosophy of football.

    “When you start to change it a little bit, it needs time. But you need results as well. As soon as you’re on the pitch knowing that you’ve won three on the bounce, you worry less about what’s going to happen, you just think about your game and suddenly everything seems easier.

    “So much is about the confidence of the team. It’s easier when things are happening because you don’t need to do much. But the moment you hit the wall that’s when you really need everyone to pull in the same direction and help you out.

    “This is the hardest part in football, because it’s easy to say ‘this is not working, let’s do something else’. But you can’t do that all the time.

    "If you believe in something it takes a bit of time. Of course in modern football the results are what count at the end of the day, and you have to find a balance between the way you want to do it and success.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    NUMBERS GAME

    This is the worst Arsenal squad EVER – according to Emmanuel Frimpong.

    He told PlayOJO: “Yes. No doubt about it. The league table says it all. I can’t remember the last time an Arsenal team was in 15th at this stage of the season. 

    “The current situation is very very bad for everyone involved with Arsenal. I feel like this squad is probably the worst squad in a very long time.”

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  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY SUNSPORT'S MARTIN LIPTON

    FA disciplinary beaks are on standby to hold emergency Christmas hearings — to prevent club chiefs “gaming” the system.

    With games 48 hours apart for some clubs over the festive period, the chance to circumvent the disciplinary framework for red-card suspensions would have been an option.

    In previous years, clubs have appealed against bans for players to ensure they were available for the next match, knowing that hearings could not be held in time.

    But FA chief Mark Bullingham and Prem bosses have agreed that panels can sit virtually on Sunday and Monday to ensure any appeals are heard instantly.

  • Anthony Chapman

    XHAK ATTACK

    Emmanuel Frimpong believes Granit Xhaka is just one of many Arsenal players who are not good enough for the club.

    He told PlayOJO: “With Xhaka, I don’t know if he is a defensive midfielder or an attacker, I really don’t know his position. 

    “Defensively, I think he’s far too slow and offensively, I don’t know if he can see a pass. All I know is players like Xhaka, and I don’t mean any disrespect, but are they great players? 

    “Are they players to carry Arsenal to the next level? In my honest opinion, I think the answer is no.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    INTER THE DRAGON

    Inter Milan have put Premier League clubs on alert after revealing ex-Spurs star Christian Eriksen has been TRANSFER LISTED after just one year.

    CEO Giuseppe Marotta reportedly told Sky Italia: "Yes, I can confirm that Christian Eriksen is on the transfer list. He's going to leave in January.

    “He's not functional to our plans and he had difficulty here at Inter. I think it's right that Christian goes away to find more space."

  • Anthony Chapman

    MIKE DROP

    Former Arsenal ace Emmanuel Frimpong reckons Mikel Areta is in danger of being SACKED.

    He told PlayOJO: “Of course it [his job[ is in danger. Not just at Arsenal, but at any level, if you’re not winning games then your position will be in danger.

    “I’m sure Mikel will be aware of that. He needs to win games to stay out of trouble. 

    "The players need to perform for Mikel at the moment."

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