Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Bissouma £30m deal back on, Aubameyang LATEST, Ozil trolls Gunners over Man City defeat
28th August 2021

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG hit a stunning hat-trick as Arsenal finally got a win on the board with a 6-0 victory at West Brom in the EFL Cup.

And Mikel Arteta has confirmed the Arsenal captain is set to stay at the club this summer, while also giving an update on the injury sustained by Bukayo Saka.

Meanwhile a deal for Yves Bissouma of Brighton could yet be done for around £30m before the transfer window finishes.

And on the incoming front we've got the very latest on Houssem Aouar, who Lyon are now ready to farm out on a loan-to-buy basis.

However, it is Spurs who are reported to be most likely to make their interest concrete.


Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates below…

  • Kealan Hughes


    Rival fans are enjoying the latest chapter of Arsenal's demise, with the club now BOTTOM of the Premier League.

    In particular, social media users can't wait for Amazon's upcoming All or Nothing documentary centred around Arsenal.

    Provided they don't actually support the Gunners, of course.

    One user joked: "Amazon have announced that Arsenals new documentary will now just be called ‘Nothing’."

    While another quipped: "Arsenal doing stand up comedy tour this year then."

    Plenty of memes have been flying around.

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    Under-pressure Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was not happy with a some of the decisions made by the referees and his players after his side lost 5-0 to Manchester City on Saturday.

    Granit Xhaka was red-carded in the first half Arteta felt that in the build-up to City's second goal that Calum Chambers was punched in the face.

    He told BT Sport: "It is really painful. A lot of things happened in the game to get to where we got. I think we started the game really well, and the first time they have the ball wide into our box, we didn't defend the cross.

    "After that, we tried to go again. I think we created some situations.

    "We conceded a second one. For me it is a clear punch on Calum [Chambers'] face. The referee allows it to go and we are 2-0 down. The red card, obviously, makes it a mountain to climb."

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    Pep Guardiola urged Arsenal supporters to have patience with Mikel Arteta following Manchester City’s emphatic 5-0 victory over Arsenal, backing his former assistant to do a ‘good job’ as long as he is given the ‘trust’ he needs.

    He said: "All I can is that I worked two or three years together… he’s above and beyond a good manager,’ Guardiola told BT Sport when asked if he had a message for Arsenal fans about Arteta.

    "The character, the personality, the leading and he’s incredibly beloved by all of us. We were sad when he left and sometimes people expect results immediately.

    "The squad and the team that he played today, it’s not the team that he dreamed of because he has six, seven, eight players injured, important, really important, players.

    "I am a big fan of him and I’m pretty sure if they trust him, they are going to do a good job at Arsenal."

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    Mesut Özil has reacted to Arsenal's latest defeat by aiming a cheeky dig at manager Mikel Arteta, who froze the midfielder out before his move to Fenerbahce.

    After the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City Ozil tweeted: "Trust the process" – a reference to Arteta asking fans for patience.

    But it seems Ozil and a number of fans are fed up, with several supporters leaving the Etihad early after another woeful performance.

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    Willian will decide tomorrow if he’s to terminate his contract with Arsenal and return to Brazil, according to ESPN reporter Joao Costelo-Branco.

    He reports interest in the winger from clubs around Europe, but claims Corinthians is the best option on the table currently.

    That would present Willian with the chance to move back to his native Brazil after 14 years playing in Europe.

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    Piers Morgan fumed as Arsenal's nightmare trip to Manchester City was compounded by Granit Xhaka's red card for a two-footed hack.

    The midfielder launched in on Joao Cancelo with his side 2-0 down after 34 minutes.

    Morgan wrote: "Xhaka is brain-dead. What a stupid reckless tackle."

    Another Arsenal supporter commented online: "Red card or not I couldn’t care less why is Xhaka dumb enough to dive in like that with two feet?"

    But Anthony tweeted: "He literally won the ball."

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    Manchester City taught Arsenal a lesson with 15 shots to one and 81% possession.

    Granit Xhaka's dismissal did not help Arsenal's cause but two City goals inside the opening 15 minutes meant the Gunners were on the back foot from the off.

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    Arsenal were outplayed at The Etihad and though defensive calamities let them down, they also offered nothing in attack.

    Even with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starting his first Premier League game of the season, and fresh off the back of a mid-week hat-trick, the Gunners did not come close to threatening.

    Martin Odegaard also started alongside Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in an attacking line-up but City coasted to the three points.

    And the xG tells the story of Arsenal's failure.

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    It's 5-0 and a rout for Manchester City, with Ferran Torres scoring his second of the game.

    Substitute Riyad Mahrez provided the assist and the only consolation for Arsenal is that the match is almost over.

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    Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Lautaro Martinez to extend his contract, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

    The striker had attracted interest from Arsenal and Tottenham this summer but expressed his desire to stay at Inter.

    Martinez scored 17 goals in 38 games last season and the news should be well received by Inter fans following Romelu Lukaku's departure.

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    That didn't take long, with Rodri getting in on the act!

    It was a beautifully guided shot from outside the box, just out of Bern Leno's reach and into the bottom corner.

    Arsenal couldn't get near Manchester City as they toyed with them in and around the penalty area. 4-0.

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    Pep Guardiola has taught his former apprentice Mikel Arteta a lesson so far.

    Manchester City are dominating Arsenal in every department, not just the scoreline.

    It would take some turnaround for the Gunners not to disgrace themselves here.

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    Gabriel Jesus taps in for a third following a delightful flowing move from Manchester City.

    Ederson picked out Ferran Torres in acres of space, the forward found Jack Grealish who played his way into the box before picking out Jesus to score.

    Far too easy once again.

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    Granit Xhaka has been dismissed as things go from bad to worse for Arsenal.

    The midfielder lost control as he dived in two-footed on Joao Cancelo, with Peter Walton confirming he has been dismissed for 'serious foul play'

    Martin Keown calls the tackle "crazy" and it is difficult to disagree.

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    MAKE THAT 2-0

    Ferran Torres has doubled City's lead and it already looks like being a long afternoon for Arsenal.

    Schoolboy defending from the Gunners once again leaves the Spaniard with the simple task of tapping home.

    City running rampant.

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    Manchester City have opened the scoring at The Etihad through Ilkay Gundogan.

    Gabriel Jesus cross. Ilkay Gundogan header. So simple and completely unchallenged.

    Arsenal undone inside ten minutes.

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    Juventus are not planning for a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    That is because they have tied up a deal to sign Everton's Moise Kean on loan as Cristiano Ronaldo's replacement.

    And the Serie A side will now focus on extending Paolo Dybala's current deal instead of making a move for the Arsenal captain.

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    Nicolas Pepe is feeling ‘unwell’ and has been left out of Arsenal’s matchday squad for the side’s Premier League clash with champions Manchester City this afternoon.

    But it seems Pepe is not suffering from Covid, which has ruled Ben White out of action.

    The Gunners have made four changes from their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea last weekend, with Martin Odegaard returning to Mikel Arteta’s starting XI following his permanent £30million move from Real Madrid.

    Fortunately, Bukayo Saka has shaken off a minor injury scare after going down with a knee problem in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup win over West Brom and keeps his place.

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    Pep Guardiola has picked the same team which thrased Norwich last week, with Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez starting on the bench despite both scoring in that match.

    Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), Bernardo, Grealish, Torres, Jesus.

    Subs: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Sterling, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Doyle, Palmer.

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    Mikel Arteta has made two changes to the side which beat West Brom 6-0 in mid-week, with Cedric Soares and Kieran Tierney coming into the side.

    And with Sead Kolasinac also retaining his place, it appears the Gunners are lining up in a 5-2-3 formation.

    Starting XI: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Kolašinac, Cedric, Xhaka, Smith Rowe, Tierney, Saka, Odegaard, Aubameyang (C)

    Subs: Lacazette, Okonkwo, Elneny, Martinelli, Maitland-Niles, Ramsdale, Sambi Lokonga, Marí, Tavares

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    'RIP, SAM' 

    FORMER Arsenal youth prospect Sam Oji has died at the age of 35.

    The Londoner – a husband and father – is said to have been battling illness.

    Oji kicked off his career at the Gunners as a teenager in 2000, but failed to make the grade and joined Birmingham in 2004.

    The defender – the cousin of singer Lemar – also turned out for Doncaster Rovers, Leyton Orient, Bristol Rovers and Hereford United during his career.

    Oji was most-recently working as assistant manager at non-league outfit Highgate United, who play in the Midland League Premier Division – the ninth tier of English football.

    In a statement, Highgate United revealed: "All it is with a very heavy heart that I am deeply saddened to inform you, that our beloved Captain, Leader and Legend Samuel Oji has sadly passed away.

    "The thoughts of all at Highgate United FC are with Sam’s wife, children and family at this very sad time. RIP Oji."

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    Bacary Sagna has spoken about the reason behind his decision to move from Arsenal to Manchester City as his two former sides meet at the Etihad at lunchtime.

    He said: "I needed something different and I had it with City.

    "I found a team that were already champions, a team who were competitive in every single position.

    "(At Arsenal) I spent six years on the same contract and never complained. I always committed to the team, but at some point I felt I had to change myself, get out of my comfort zone and compete for something which was not mine.

    "(City) was something very different to what I had with Arsenal, I had to fight for my position and if I didn't have a good game I could find myself on the bench.

    "As a person I always try to challenge myself. It was not easy, but I knew I had to leave the club I loved.'

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    Speaking about Gabriel in his press conference ahead of the game, Mikel Arteta claimed that he was back in training with the first team and that he was ‘progressing well’ as he recovers from his injury.

    This news was relayed to Arsenal fans by Goal correspondent Charles Watts on his YouTube channel, where he explained that he felt Gabriel would be left out of the game at the Etihad and rested.

    He said: “Gabriel is now back in full training. Personally, I’d be surprised if he starts against Manchester City.

    "He might well be in the squad, he might well be on the bench, but I think if you’re going to rush Gabriel back after so long out, you probably don’t want to do it in a game against a team like Manchester City.

    “So I wouldn’t be surprised if they just err on the side of caution with Gabriel and wait until after the international break to bring him back into the team, but it’s a boost that he’s back.”

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    Crystal Palace's interest in Eddie Nketiah appears to have diminished after the south London side reportedly switched their sights to Real Madrid's Borja Mayoral.

    Arsenal’s hopes of an additional boost to their transfer kitty before deadline day have taken a hit with Eddie Nketiah's departure from the club looking less likely.

    Previously reported by the Athletic, Nketiah had been the subject of interest from Crystal Palace. The south London side were said to be willing to pay a fee in the region of £10million for the young forward.

    However, Arsenal and technical director Edu have been stringent on their sales policy this summer. In a bid to change how the Gunners are perceived by buying clubs in the market, the sales of players have looked to gain maximum value and not negotiate downwards.

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    Arsenal and Manchester United are not giving up on their hopes of signing Yves Bissouma from Brighton this summer.

    According to journalist Ekrem Konur, Brighton are demanding a fee in the region of £30m for their star midfielder.

    The Gunners are desperate to bolster their midfield and have been linked with a host of players including Ruben Neves.

    Bissouma is also one of their targets but they will need to pay handsome money to sign the midfielder.

    Arsenal have already signed Ben White from Brighton this summer, and it will be interesting to see whether they make a solid attempt to sign another player from the same club in the closing stages of the transfer window.

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