5.30pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Odegaard £2m loan, Mat Ryan SIGNS, Aouar to Madrid, Upamecano race LATEST,
22nd January 2021

ARSENAL have brought in Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan as backup to No1 stopper Berndt Leno.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard is close to agreeing a £2m loan move to the Emirates.


Follow all the latest from the Emirates below…

  • sstreet


    Martin Odegaard is on the verge of joining Arsenal on a £2m loan deal from Real Madrid, SunSport can reveal.

    Mark Irwin writes that negotiations are ongoing despite Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane being hit by Covid.

    Odegaard has not been listed as a close contact of Zidane meaning the move can go through without delay.

    There is however, no clause in place for the Norwegian to join permanently after a six-month spell at the Emirates.

    Real Madrid were embarrassed by James Rodriguez's excellent form at Everton after leaving on a free transfer and will not allow any more midfielder to depart on the cheap.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United are set to miss out on their first Premier League title since 2012-13, according to a supercomputer prediction.

    The Red Devils currently sit top of the pile after an impressive run of form either side of Christmas.

    Old Trafford fans haven’t tasted league glory since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge with the club desperate to add to their 20 top-flight crowns.

    However, they are set to be overtaken in the second-half of the season by local rivals Manchester City, according to a number-crunching supercomputer.

    United sit two points above Pep Guardiola’s squad – with City having a game in hand.

    And despite injury to star man Kevin De Bruyne, bettingexpert’s data points to another league crown for the Etihad giants.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Arsenal are closing in on a £2million loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard after signing Brighton keeper Mat Ryan as a back-up to Bernd Leno.

    Negotiations over a six-month deal for Norwegian international Odegaard are continuing despite Real boss Zinedine Zidane going down with Covid today.

    The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been lined up by Mikel Arteta to provide Arsenal competition for Emile Smith Rowe following Mesut Ozil’s move to Fenerbahce.

    Odegaard became the youngest international player in his country’s history when he was first capped at just 15-years-old and a year later was signed by Real from Stromsgodset for around £5million.

    But he has never been able to establish himself at the Bernabeu following loan spells at Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad.

    Now he has told Zidane that he wants to go out again this month to gain regular first team football.

    And while Sociedad are keen to take him back, it is Arsenal who are now leading the chase.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Mikel Arteta admitted that Arsenal are 'short' of left-backs and that they will 'see what is available' in the transfer window this month.

    Kieran Tierney has made the position his own this season with consistently excellent performances.

    But with understudy Sead Kolasinac having been allowed to leave the club on loan, Arteta could do with another option.

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles has filled in, while Bukayo Saka has also done a job despite being better deployed further forward.

    Given Tierney's injury record, however, the Gunners would be wise to look for another option.

    On the matter, Arteta, 38, said: "With the departure of Kola, we are a little bit short with left-footed full-backs at the moment.

    "We know we can use Ainsley there, we can use Bukayo there and we can use Cedric – who has played in that position – so we have some options.

    "A natural option to Kieran? Obviously, we don't. But we can adapt."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Here’s how we think Arsenal may line up at Southampton tomorrow.

    Bernd Leno is expected to keep his place between the sticks despite Mat Ryan’s shock arrival.

    Cedric Soares, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney could make up the back four. 

    Mohamed Elneny and Dani Ceballos may get the nod at the base of midfield with a trio of Nicolas Pepe, Emile Smith Rowe and Willian in front with Gabriel Martinelli leading the line.

    However, Eddie Nketiah could lead the line with Joe Willock brought into midfield. 

  • Joshua Jones


    Ahead of the clash at St Mary’s, our friends at Opta have pulled together some juicy stats…

    • Southampton have won just one of their last nine meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (D3 L5), a 3-2 league victory in December 2018. 
    • Arsenal have been victorious in all four of their previous FA Cup ties against Southampton, going on to win the trophy on the last three occasions they’ve beaten Saints (1979, 2003, 2017). 
    • Arsenal have won 11 of their last 12 FA Cup away games, losing the other at Nottingham Forest in January 2018.
    • Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in all four of his appearances in the FA Cup, netting six goals in total in the competition. The last Gunners player to score in five consecutive FA Cup appearances was Marc Overmars between May 1998 and February 1999.


    Arsenal are back in action tomorrow lunchtime when they face Southampton away in the FA Cup.

    Ironically, they then head back to the south coast on Tuesday for their Premier League clash.

    Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 12.15pm and is live on BT Sport.


    Mikel Arteta says that Arsenal’s squad is no longer “unmanageable” now that Mesut Ozil, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have all left.

    The Gunners boss believes the mood in the camp is now much better as a result of his January clearout.

    He said: “We couldn’t carry on with 31 players in the squad.

    “That was unmanageable and it makes it even more difficult when you have to leave out some of the foreign players.

    “It’s really complicated to do that for a period of months and still maintain the health, the ambition and the chemistry around the place.

    “The important thing for me is for everybody to be involved and to feel that they have a chance of fighting for the opportunity to play.

    “But when you are completely out of that equation it makes it really difficult to find motivation.”


    Ex-Arsenal hero Lauren reckons his former side can still make the top four AND win both the FA Cup and Europa League.

    The North Londoners have taken 13 points from a possible 15 in their last five Premier League games and have climbed into the top half of the table.

    Lauren told GentingBet: "There has been a big change at Arsenal since the New Year.

    "The team have been getting results, beating Chelsea, playing very good attacking football – I think that Arsenal have shown enough that they can finish in the Champions League positions.

    "A successful season for Arsenal this year is getting into the Champions League positions.

    "At a club like Arsenal, you can’t sacrifice any trophy – you need to go out to win them all and fight for everything.

    "And the fact that Arsenal have been keeping clean sheets, winning the ball high up the pitch and more efficient in attack – all of this points to the fact that Arsenal can go on to win the Europa League. Why not?"

    • Joshua Jones


      Gareth Bale received the backing of Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos.

      The Spurs man has struggled for form since returning to White Hart Lane on loan this term.

      But his Bernabeu team-mate Ceballos – who is on loan down the road at Arsenal – told Spanish news agency EFE: “It’s not easy.

      “Gareth’s return has been good for both of us, but when he was here seven years ago, the Premier League was completely different.

      “I could give you the case of Thomas Partey and that of Fabinho, when he arrived at Liverpool.

      “They are players who arrive and they know that it is a very physical league, but when you start playing they realise that it is twice as physical.

      “It is very difficult to adapt quickly and I think that could be happening to Gareth.”

    • Joshua Jones


      Mikel Arteta hinted that he has identified the mole in Arsenal's dressing room – but refused to name names.

      The Arsenal boss was left furious after a training ground bust-up between Dani Ceballos and David Luiz was leaked to the media.

      Arteta warned that there would be 'consequences' for those responsible for informing the media.

      The Gunners boss has now suggested that he has found out who spilled the beans.

      He said: "I have sort of an idea, yes."

      Arteta was then asked whether it was one of the players that have left this month.

      He replied: "No comment on that."

    • Joshua Jones


      Here’s what technical director Edu has had to say on the loan signing of Ryan.

      He added: “Mat is an experienced goalkeeper, a proven talent in the Premier League and has also played many internationals for Australia. 

      “Mat will further strengthen our squad with his experience and knowledge of playing at the highest level.

      "Following Matt Macey’s recent move to Hibernian, Mat will provide very good competition and positive support to all our goalkeepers and we are looking forward to him integrating quickly into the set-up here at Arsenal.”

    • Joshua Jones


      Ermm… where did this come from?!

      Arsenal have signed Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan until the end of the season.

      Mikel Arteta said: “We know Mat very well through his performances with Brighton in recent seasons and he brings additional quality to our squad.

      "Mat has very good Premier League experience and has played over 100 times in the league, which is something that will benefit us greatly on and off the pitch.

      "We welcome Mat to Arsenal and look forward to working with him this season.”

    • Joshua Jones


      Arsenal are reportedly set to reward Emile Smith Rowe with a bumper new contract worth £40,000-per-week.

      The Gunners are keen to tie down the 20-year-old following his impressive spell of form for the first-team.

      Smith Rowe, who joined the club aged ten, will enter the final two years of his current deal in the summer.

      But the MailOnline claim he will be offered a new contract before the start of next season from £15,000 to £40,000 per week.

    • Joshua Jones


      Reports suggest Martin Odegaard has chosen to move to Arsenal on loan.

      The Real Madrid playmaker was wanted by Real Sociedad but it looks as though he is heading to the Emirates instead.

      Bringing in Odegaard may well be a smart piece of business from the Gunners, who need an extra No10 to support and challenge Emile Smith Rowe.

    • Joshua Jones


      But after recent developments, the plans do look in jeopardy.

      Fifa and the six intercontinental federations released a strongly-worded statement on 20 January banning players and clubs in a Super League from their competitions.

      The statement read: "In light of recent media speculation about the creation of a closed European 'Super League' by some European clubs.

      "Fifa and the six confederations once again would like to reiterate and strongly emphasise that such a competition would not be recognised by either Fifa or the respective confederation.

      "Any club or player involved in such a competition would as a consequence not be allowed to participate in any competition organised by Fifa or their respective confederation."

      Uefa are expected to confirm the details of the new-look Champions League to take effect from the 2024-25 season in the next few months.

    • Joshua Jones


      Premier League clubs agreeing to join a new European Super League were in line for a £310million payment, it has been claimed.

      New leaked documents have emerged amid Fifa's attempt to kill off the proposal.

      The so-called ‘big six’ English clubs were being eyed up as founder members of the Super League.

      A huge £3.1billion fund was being formulated by the competition's organisers, which was to be split between the 15 founder clubs.

      The payment, ranging from £89m to £310m, was reportedly described as an 'infrastructure grant' to spend on stadiums, training facilities and account for lost pandemic revenue.

      Along with the 15 founder teams, including Italian, Spanish, German and French teams, five other sides would reportedly have qualified for the Super League.

      Two groups of ten teams would play out the first round before two-legged quarter-finals and semi-finals, and then a final on neutral ground.

      The tournament was expected to be funded by TV rights money, with clubs also told they can sell some matches on their own streaming services.

    • Joshua Jones


      Starting with transfer news this morning and Martin Odegaard is reportedly tempted by the opportunity to join Arsenal on loan this month.

      Fabrizio Romano claims the Real Madrid misfit, 22, is giving great consideration to the proposal from Mikel Arteta’s side.

      And he will discuss options with family members before deciding on a new destination before the end of the month.

      Odegaard has told Real Madrid he wants to leave after making just nine appearances in all competitions this term.

      Real Sociedad are understood to be favourites for the Norway international, who excelled there last year before having a two-season loan cut short by Los Blancos.

      Ajax have also made an offer for Odegaard, who has enjoyed previous loan spells with Dutch outfits Heerenveen and Vitesse.

    • William Pugh


      Mikel Arteta had admitted his squad was too big – just as Arsenal are being linked with Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard

      Gunners boss Arteta said having 31 senior players was 'unmanageable' – as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Fenerbahce-bound Mesut Ozil depart.

      Former Manchester United target Odegaard is reportedly 'tempted' by loan interest from Arsenal.

      But the Norway star's former loan club Real Sociedad are rated favourites to sign the 22-year-old, with Ajax also keen.

      And Houssem Aouar, the Lyon playmaker who is thought to top Arteta's wishlist, is said to prefer a summer move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

      Another player long linked with Arsenal Dayot Upamecano, has also apparently become a tougher target.

      Bayern Munich are now rated as strong admirers of RB Leipzig’s France defender Upamecano, with Liverpool and United also hovering.

      But the Gunners are tipped to reward midfielder Emile Smith Rowe with a huge new contract worth £40,000-a-week.

    • Ian Tuckey


      Arsenal are reportedly set to reward Emile Smith Rowe with a bumper new contract worth £40,000-per-week.

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      The Gunners are keen to tie down the 20-year-old following his impressive spell of form for the first-team.

      Smith Rowe, 20, will enter the final two years of his current deal in the summer.

      But the MailOnline claim he will be offered a new contract before the start of next season.

      Smith Rowe will reportedly see his wages more than double as part of his new deal.

      The England Under-20 star currently earns £15,000-per-week at the Emirates.

      But he can expect to rake in closer to £40,000-per-week if he signs on the dotted line.

    • Ian Tuckey


      Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has reportedly set his sights on joining Real Madrid or Barcelona in the summer.

      The 22-year-old was linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium last year but the Gunners saw an offer in the region of £30million rejected by Lyon.

      Houssem Aouar has impressed for Lyon so far this season and is attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest sides

      And now Mikel Arteta’s side look set to miss out on his signature altogether as the Frenchman eyes a move to Spain, according to ESPN.

      Aouar has scored three goals and assisted another three more in his 16 Ligue 1 appearances so far this seasons.

      Lyon do not want to sell the youngster but he is expected to leave despite still being under contract with the club.

      There is no doubt the French side will demand a hefty fee for the central midfielder, one Arsenal are unlikely to be able to afford.

      This is because last summer the North London club spent £45 million to bring Thomas Partey in from Atletico Madrid.

      Aouar was ‘surprised’ that the FA Cup winners did not pursue him beyond their first offer and he now appears to be assessing where else he could move.

    • Ian Tuckey


      Bayern Munich have keen on Manchester United and Liverpool target Dayot Upamecano, reports say.

      RB Leipzig’s France defender Dayot Upamecano has also been linked to Arsenal.

      The 22-year-old’s contract expires in 2023 but a clause in that deal allows him to go for in the summer of next year for around £40million. 

      Dayot Upamecano is one of the most-wanted defenders in Europe
    • Ian Tuckey


      Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has wished struggling Chelsea boss Frank Lampard well amid his struggles at Stamford Bridge.

      The Spaniard said: “When any of my colleagues are in difficulties, I don’t smile.

      “If anything, I would like to support them and I had a lot of support from a lot of managers in the league when we were going through rough times, even some advice as well and that’s how it should be.

      “We are competing with each other but we share a profession and we know the challenges of this profession. So I wish Frank the best.”

    • Ian Tuckey


      Gareth Bale has an ally at Arsenal in his battle to get back to his best at Tottenham.

      The Wales superstar, 31, has struggled with form and fitness since rejoining Spurs on loan this season from Real Madrid.

      Bale, who left Tottenham for Madrid in 2013 for a then-world record £86million fee, has made just one Premier League start since his September return.

      But his Bernabeu team-mate Dani Ceballos – who is on loan down the road at Arsenal – told Spanish news agency EFE: “It’s not easy.

      “Gareth’s return has been good for both of us, but when he was here seven years ago, the Premier League was completely different.

      “I could give you the case of Thomas Partey and that of Fabinho, when he arrived at Liverpool.

      “They are players who arrive and they know that it is a very physical league, but when you start playing they realise that it is twice as physical.

      “It is very difficult to adapt quickly and I think that could be happening to Gareth.”

    • Ian Tuckey


      Mikel Arteta had admitted his bulging, 31-man Arsenal squad was  “unmanageable” – until terminating Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos' contracts this week.

      The Gunners have been criticized by some for offloading the two 32-year-olds without a fee, while Schalke will also pay nothing for borrowing Sead Kolasinac.

      But boss Arteta believes reducing the squad size was an urgent priority, having earlier been forced to omit Fenerbahce-bound midfielder Ozil and defender Sokratis from his Premier League and Europa League squads.

      He said: “When you have to leave some of the foreign players out, it makes it even more difficult.

      “For a few weeks maybe it’s okay, but to do it for months and maintain the health and ambition and the chemistry around the place it’s really complicated.

      “For me, the important thing is that everybody feels involved and that they have a chance."

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