8pm Arsenal news LIVE: Partey to face Rapid Vienna, Ozil blasts Gunners in statement, Arsene Wenger hits out at fans – The Sun

MESUT OZIL has been left out of Arsenal's Premier League squad and looks set for a future away from the Emirates.

And the midfielder has taken to social media to blast the club's lack of loyalty and declare his intention to keep fighting injustice.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

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    Mikel Arteta has fired back at Mesut Ozil after the German accused Arsenal of a lack of loyalty.

    “My conscience is very calm because I have been very fair with him.

    “I have to try and look everybody in the eye and be comfortable with it.

    “I have this feeling with Mesut.”

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    Granit Xhaka has hailed the arrival of Thomas Partey.

    He said: “He will be the guy who is important for me and as well for the team.

    “Everyone in the club can be happy because he has great quality.

    “He will bring a good mentality, a good balance in our game because this is what we need a bit more: the mentality to win.

    “He played at Atletico Madrid, a different type of football, and he will bring a lot of good quality and mentality.”

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    Jack Wilshere stood up for Arsenal's 'best player' Mesut Ozil – after the World Cup winner was axed from their squad.

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    Only one name among Arsenal's top-ten highest earners has failed to make their Premier League squad…

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    Anthony Joshua had what it takes to become a Premier League footballer, according to his friend who revealed he “has a knack for everything”.

    The world heavyweight boxing champ, 31, was a handy Sunday league footballer as a 16-year-old and David Ghansa – his training camp manager and inner-circle pal of 15 years – reckons he could've made the Prem.

    He told Sky Sports: “He could barge people off the ball and win headers.

    “At the time, he was so tall compared to everyone else and was finding his 'man strength'.

    “Charlton, QPR and Watford would always scout our team because they knew our coach.

    “I felt like the next set of eyes would be on AJ because of his physical attributes.

    “You could throw AJ up front and he would boot it into the back of the net or sit him at the back and let him defend.

    “Could he have made it? If he applied himself fully. He has a knack for anything, it can be annoying.”

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    BT Sport's new Match Day Experience is taking football fans behind the scenes at Premier League clubs – and even Rio Ferdinand is impressed.

    Former Manchester United and England captain Ferdinand said: “The dressing room was the place where no-one was able to go so to see inside is amazing.

    “Even now, I'm intrigued to look at what the changing rooms are like right now.

    “I've been in there at Leeds, but I haven’t been in there for 15-18 years, wherever is. So it's intriguing for me to get that opportunity to go in and have a look.

    “I wanted to have it and I think fans will be the same because and even looking at things like the difference in size of the home and away changing rooms.

    “There is a massive difference in like luxuriousness of a home changing compared to it away changing rooms.

    “Then when you see Old Trafford, they've expanded the home dressing room so much and you can see the gadgets that are in there now. For a fan to be able to see in there I think is a great added value.”

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    BT Sport's new Match Day Experience is taking football fans behind the scenes at Premier League clubs.

    The broadcasters are harnessing the power of 5G to deliver augmented reality offerings that puts users right into the heart of areas normally out of bounds for the public.

    Simply lock in on a spot in your living room and suddenly a portal opens letting you walk into the dressing rooms at Elland Road or Old Trafford.

    The user is suddenly right there in the inner sanctum of the biggest clubs in England, able to explore and get a genuine feel for what the Premier League stars experience.

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    Thomas Partey has traveled with the Arsenal squad for the Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna – and is now expected to make his full debut for the club.

    The Gunners are on their way to Austria for Thursday night's tournament-opener – with the club seen boarding a plane at Luton Airport.

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    Portuguese superstar Luis Figo has become the latest player to reject calls for a European Super League.

    The former Real Madrid and Barcelona ace said: “What I read about this Super League idea will destroy football as we know it.

    “It’s all about greed and keeping the game for a few elite clubs, while killing the other clubs and leagues that fans love.

    “Football should unite! Everyone should oppose it!”

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    Andy Cole believes Mikel Arteta showed 'disrespect' to Alexandre Lacazette.

    The Spaniard opted to start Willian as the main striker despite having a natural forward on the bench in the defeat against Man City.

    Lacazette did eventually come on in the second half but ex-Man Utd striker Cole believes it was poor management from Arteta.

    He told talkSPORT: “I think he is being disrespectful to Lacazette as well. Willian is not a centre-forward.

    “If you have got a centre-forward on the bench who is your top goalscorer as well, to turn around and say, ‘Look, I am going to play Willian as the centre-forward.

    “You sit on the bench and watch him play centre-forward’, I think that is very disrespectful.”

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    Chelsea stunned the footballing world by announcing Petr Cech in their 25-man Premier League squad for 2020-21… but he's actually YOUNGER than Willy Caballero.

    Cech played 494 times for Chelsea between 2004 and 2015 – winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and Europa League.

    Since leaving Stamford Bridge, Cech has turned out for Arsenal – and even enjoyed a stint as an ice hockey player for Guildford Phoenix.

    But now he has a genuine chance of playing football again.

    At the age of 38, the announcement shocked many fans.

    Yet, incredibly, the 124-cap Czech Republic legend is actually YOUNGER than new Chelsea team-mate Caballero.


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    How Ozil’s career at Arsenal has been left in tatters after an almighty implosion – but why?

    So much has been speculated about the reasons for the German playmaker's decline – having been left out of both the Premier League and Europa League squads.

    I, for one, have no agenda… other than from a footballing standpoint, of course.

    While I applaud Ozil's charity work, defence of the oppressed and his laudable stance on human rights, I equally find his use of social media – to snipe at his employer – irritating.

    He may well have good cause to feel aggrieved in his place of work – but the correct way to air such grievances is privately with his line manager, so to speak.

    Ozil's use of Twitter has hardly served him well, based on his current situation.


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    Mesut Ozil has pledged to continue ‘fighting for his chance’ at Arsenal after releasing an emotional statement following the club’s latest snub.

    The German winger has been left out of the Gunners’ 25-man Premier League squad, following on from his axing from the club’s European one.

    The former Real Madrid man said: “Upon signing my contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated.

    “As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays.”

    Ozil continued: “Before the coronavirus break I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta – we’ve been on a positive way and I would say my performances were on a really good level.

    “But then things changed, again, and I was not longer allowed to play football for Arsenal.”

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    Per Mertesacker has admitted that he was a panic buy for Arsenal when he joined from Werder Bremen back in 2011.

    He told Arsenal’s Lockdown Podcast: “I consider myself to be a panic buy. I’ve got no problems with that whatsoever because sometimes these times are rushed.

    “Football is rushed, especially when the transfer window is about to close. At that time Arsenal had two or three days to make adjustments to the squad.

    “To join an English team, my favourite English team, and to join the Premier League was something I couldn’t turn down.”

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    Gary Neville has slammed the timing of a European Premier League.

    He told Sky Sports News: “The big issue that I have with it, is that at this moment in time, in the middle of a pandemic and when football is on its knees at so many different levels, the idea that a $6bn package is being put together to set up a new league when lower clubs are scrambling around to pay wages and stay in existence.

    “It's another wound for football. It doesn't feel like the right time to be talking about this.

    “The leak probably doesn't suit Manchester United or Liverpool at this moment in time as they're seen as the big, bad bullies.

    “I'm for progression of football, with new competitions and new formats, but we have got to look after the fabric of the game and what it means to the communities in this country.”

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    Granit Xhaka has hailed the importance new signing Thomas Partey in Arsenal's squad.

    Partey signed from Atletico Madrid on deadline day, and will partner Xhaka in midfield.

    Xhaka said: “He will be the guy who is important for me and as well for the team.

    “Everyone in the club can be happy because he has great quality.

    “He will bring a good mentality, a good balance in our game because this is what we need a bit more: the mentality to win.

    “He played at Atletico Madrid, a different type of football, and he will bring a lot of good quality and mentality.”

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    Arsenal's legendary former manager Arsene Wenger was offered the job at Manchester United.

    Earlier this month, the Gunners icon claimed he had a chance to take the Old Trafford gig – and now he's revealed even more about the approach.

    When asked if either Manchester club approached him, he revealed: “City never, United yes – I cannot tell you exactly when.”

    Grilled as to whether he was interested, Wenger added: “No, because I was at Arsenal.

    “You know, I had a real love story with Arsenal. My life is red and white.

    “I felt when I came to the club that there was this special charm inside it.

    “It was a good mixture between respect for tradition, respect for people, and not being scared to sometimes face unpopular judgements.”

    It's not known exactly when Wenger was offered the United job – but it's widely believed to have been when Fergie nearly retired in 2002.

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    Mesut Ozil was joined by Sokratis Papastathopoulos in being axed from the Europa League squad.

    But manager Mikel Arteta admitted the door is not completely closed to the pair.

    Arteta: “I spoke to them face to face before I released the squad and I explained the reason why the numbers that we had.

    “It was really difficult to tell them that, but these are the restrictions and the rules.

    “We have to respect that decision and try to train in the best possible way to help the team in that moment and see what happens in December.”

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    Garth Crooks criticised Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for playing Willian as a striker against Manchester City.

    The Gunners lost 1-0 away at City, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah benched as summer singing Willian played as a false No9 as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played out wide.

    Pundit Crooks told the BBC: “To see the Gunners playing Willian in a striking role with Alexandre Lacazette, a proven striker, on the bench – particularly having seen what Leicester did to City – was desperately disappointing.

    “Manager Mikel Arteta wasn’t being calculating – it was padding and the Gunners got what they deserved: nothing.”

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    Arsenal travel to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday and Mikel Arteta is likely to ring the changes.

    New signing Thomas Partey is expected to be handed his first Gunners start with in-form youngster Eddie Nketiah starting in an attacking role.

    The Gunners narrowly lost 1-0 at Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday and the Spaniard will want to freshen things up for the trip to Austria.

    Bernd Leno will likely retain his place in goal as Arteta no doubt wants to kick-off his side's European campaign with a win.

    But the defence could see some new faces in a 5-2-3 formation.

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    Brighton have completed the signing of former Arsenal and Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck.

    The ex-England international signed a one-year deal at the Amex having joined on a free transfer.

    Welbeck, 29, had been a free agent since his Watford contract was terminated by mutual consent on October 6.

    Welbeck joined the Hornets on a £100,000-a-week contract in August 2019 following his release from Arsenal at the end of the previous season.

    He went on to score three goals in 20 appearances last term as Watford were relegated from the Premier League.

    Welbeck, who has 16 goals in 42 caps for England, will wear Brighton's No18 jersey.

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    Arsenal academy boss Per Mertesacker has confirmed Mesut Ozil's continued omission is NOT because of his on-field performances – suggesting it could be 'personal'.

    The German playmaker, 32, has been completely frozen out by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in recent months.

    Ozil is also set to be left off the 25-man Premier League group – meaning he will likely not play football again until January at the earliest.

    Former Gunners captain Mertesacker told the Klick and Rush podcast: “A lot has changed away from the field. He got married, has a family… perhaps his focus has changed.

    “Nevertheless, he is still happy and happy to play football. He's the only player I've played with for three teams – Bremen, Arsenal and also Germany.

    “So I'm very sorry that he's currently in a situation where he's not really used.”

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    Cristiano Ronaldo was really close to making a move to Arsenal – and former boss Arsene Wenger says its failure to materialise still haunts him.

    In an interview with magazine FourFourTwo to be released in November, Wenger claims that he nearly completed the signing of the Portugese ace when Thierry Henry was still at the club, and the thought of them playing together still makes him sweat.

    He said: “When I had Thierry, I could have signed (Cristiano) Ronaldo.

    “Can you imagine what they could have done together?

    “That makes you sweat a little bit, and I was very close to doing it. I thought it was all done.”

    When probed on how close it was to happening he held his index finger and thumb within a millimetre of each other and said: “It was that close.”

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    Arsene Wenger believes the rift between Mesut Ozil and Arsenal is down to more than just sport.

    “Mesut Ozil is an exceptional football player.

    “What's happening at the moment between him and the club looks to be more confrontational, it's not [only] based on sport, I'm convinced.

    “This guy has won things. He's a world champion, he's an exceptional football player.

    “Why is he not at the moment playing? I don't know.

    “When you're a football player you have to respect the decision of your manager and fight to get your confidence and get back into the team again.

    “He can fight, contrary to what people think, he can fight.”

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    Arsene Wenger Wenger told Sky Sports: “I don't know what's happening on a daily basis.

    “I just say one thing, the creative players are the players who are perfectionists and they are a bit more sensitive sometimes and they need to be encouraged.

    “Because if I want to play a risky pass I need to be confident and creative players they create this pass that makes the team dangerous.

    “Mesut Ozil is an exceptional football player. What's happening at the moment between him and the club looks to be more confrontational, it's not [only] based on sport, I'm convinced.

    “This guy has won things. He's a world champion, he's an exceptional football player.”

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