8pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Mesut Ozil to Fenerbahce DONE, Edouard LATEST, Sanson link, Newcastle reaction

ARSENAL continued their revival with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle.

On the transfer front, Mesut Ozil is set to seal his move to Fenerbahce while the Gunners are reportedly setting their sights on Marseille's Morgan Sanson.


Follow all the latest from the Emirates below…

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    Martin Odegaard has reportedly put Premier League clubs on red alert after telling Real Madrid he wants to leave.

    Marca claims the Norwegian ace is furious over his lack of minutes this term despite starring on loan at Real Sociedad last term.

    Odegaard has told Zinedine Zidane he wants to leave the Bernabeu as soon as possible.

    And that could spark an epic transfer battle between England's top clubs for one of world football’s top-rated playmakers.

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    Theo Walcott reckons Robin van Persie was a better finisher than Arsenal's record goalscorer Thierry Henry.

    He told TalkSport: "The best team I've played in was when Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie were on song with each other and me in there as well.

    "I remember one season I set up around 14 of Van Persie's 30-odd goals.

    "For me, them two in a team, with me as well, was one of the best [teams]. That's including England.

    "My greatest team-mate would have to be Van Persie.

    "For me, he was the best finisher I've ever seen, he was better than Thierry Henry, he made it look so easy.

    "If you gave it to him, he would score for you.

    "He was a dream to play with, I don't think there will be a player like him ever again."

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    Prem clubs have been hit with an £86m legal threat as they meet for the first time in five weeks.

    The 20 clubs voted to dump Chinese broadcaster PPTV in October after the company reneged on the first £160m payment due under their three-year deal.

    A legal case and claim of £165m was lodged at London’s Commercial Court as the League found a short-term replacement for this season.

    But now PPTV had countersued, claiming £86m in damages and alleging they had “suffered huge loss, including lost advertising revenue, membership revenue and so on” as a result of the three-month Covid shutdown last term.

    PPTV also insist they paid £128m in advance – a claim denied by the Prem – and accused the League of inconsistency in its business approach.

    A PPTV spokesman said: “The Premier League seems to have adopted a double standard and treated a domestic UK broadcaster differently from a Chinese broadcaster. 

    “We have made our best efforts to reach a compromise, but we have been left with no choice but to take legal action.”

    Prem chiefs were unmoved by the legal threat and are likely to confirm the confidence of their legal stance at the “shareholder” meeting.

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    Theo Walcott has claimed Arsenal were 'too nice' towards the end of Arsene Wenger's reign at the club – and too focused on finishing fourth.

    Walcott told talkSPORT: "We were too nice… Then we won a few FA Cups and got in the Champions League a lot.

    "At times, that felt like it was good enough for Arsenal. It felt like a bit of a medal.

    "As players we wanted to win things, but the club were happy to finish fourth.

    "When Leicester won the league and we were the only team to beat them twice, that was the year we should've done something. That was the year Arsenal should've won it."

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    Prem refs will be told to report any managers they fear are “gaming” the new concussion rules.

    The 20 clubs will tomorrow confirm the adoption of the Fifa-led trial allowing for two permanent concussion substitutes.

    But fears over cynical bosses getting uninjured stars to “play hurt” and allowing them to send on extra “free” substitutes have been discussed by club bosses.

    And in a bid to ease those fears, referees and other match officials will be ordered to contact the Prem if they have any belief that a manager has taken advantage of the new Law to influence a game unfairly.

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    Ian Wright believes four Arsenal players will be crucial to helping the club finish strong this season after the 3-0 win against Newcastle.

    Wright said: “Emile Smith Rowe is somebody they have had high hopes for. They know what he’s capable of.

    “When you are playing against Arsenal, in the current form, with the energy of Bukayo Saka (it’s hard to win).

    “And I have to say Cedric at right-back was brilliant.

    “Thomas Party was also magnificent.”

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    Arsenal chief Edu admits the club are likely to recall Lucas Torreira from his loan at Atletico Madrid.

    But the midfielder is set to be sent back out again instead of linking up with Mikel Arteta’s squad due to a lack of minutes this term.

    Edu said: “The situation is very simple. Arsenal are concerned about Torreira, his happiness, that he plays and that he is well.

    "We want to know about him how he feels and, later, of course, know what Atletico thinks. For us, Lucas and his happiness is what's more important.

    "If everyone is happy, we will continue like this, if Lucas is not well, we will look for a change because there are many teams that are calling me to ask about the player's situation."

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    Happy birthday to Arsenal legend Lauren, who turns 44 today.

    The Invincibles star won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during a six-year spell in north London.

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    Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has described Mesut Ozil as a ‘genius’ ahead of the ace’s move to Fenerbahce.

    Wenger told beIN Sports Turkey: “Mesut is like if you imagine an orchestra in music.

    "He's a guy who plays the ball at the right time. The timing of his pass is exceptional, but the creativity of his pass is as well.

    "In every situation he confronts, he gives the right answer and that is genius."

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    Emile Smith Rowe has hailed the 'special' record-breaking connection he has with fellow Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka.

    After Smith-Rowe, 20, teed up Saka, 19, for the Gunners’ second in the 3-0 win over Newcastle, they became the FIRST duo under 21 to combine for three Premier League goals.

    The Hale End graduates have now cemented their places in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.

    And midfielder Smith Rowe admitted: “I think it makes it that little bit more special knowing we’ve come up together through the academy.

    “We’re so close off the pitch as well and I think that’s just showing on the pitch really.

    “We’ve known each other for such a long time. The first time we played together was an U18s game against Liverpool.

    “Since then, we’ve really clicked and tonight showed that. So as soon as we step on to the pitch, we know each other so well. I’m happy to assist him.”

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    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has lavished praise upon his new midfield partner Thomas Partey.

    The Swiss international said: "You can see he brings a lot of experience and a high level.

    “He wins a lot of duels and he is so good with the ball.

    “It is so important to have one guy like him, because the experience that he brings is so important for this young team.

    “He showed how important he is for us and we are so happy."

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    Arsenal defeated Newcastle 3-0 last night on a comfortable night at Emirates Stadium.

    Let's take a look at the action.

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang didn't just help his side to victory over Newcastle United last night.

    He also notched his 300th career goal.

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    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed his delight at having Thomas Partey back among his ranks.

    He said: "We have been missing Tommy and he has this presence, this aura, that makes him a special player for us.

    "Hopefully we can keep him fit because we can all see the difference he makes on the side and I think he was growing and getting better and better as the game was growing and evolving.

    “Yes, he can [have more attacking freedom here than at Atletico Madrid], technically he is more than capable of doing that and he’s great in both transitional moments as well.

    “It will take him some time to understand a different way of thinking or doing [things] than what he was doing with the previous team he was involved in. He has all the characteristics that we need to make us better, that’s for sure.

    "His dynamism, his physicality, his creativity and the presence that nature has given him. You have that person on the pitch and you are able to dominate a game when it is needed and Thomas has this quality.”

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was subbed against Newcastle because he had 'stomach issues', according to Mikel Arteta.

    Arsenal's mis-firing striker had finally got his name on the scoresheet against the Magpies with a brace and fans were stunned to see him rush down the tunnel when he was on a hat-trick.

    Willian came on to replace the Gabonese on 79 minutes – just two minutes after he scored his second at the Emirates on Monday night.

    But Arteta revealed afterwards he was forced into the change.

    Asked by reporters why he took the 31-year-old off, the Spaniard smirked and simply said: "Stomach issue."

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    Arsenal could be forced to fork out a 'crazy' £50m if they want Norwich creative genius Emiliano Buendia.

    The 24-year-old Argentine has guided the Canaries to the top of the Championship this season.

    He has scored seven goals and chipped in with six assists so far this campaign.

    And Buendia's form has peaked interest from the Gunners – who are in the market for an attacking midfielder after Mesut Ozil's departure.

    But Arsenal would be forced to pay a massive fee if they want him this month, according to Sky Sports.

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    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was thrilled with his side's display against Newcastle United last night.

    The Spaniard told the BBC: "Really happy overall. Really positive performance, collective and individually we looked really solid and convincing from the first whistle.

    "It took us a little bit longer than I expected to score the first goal but I really like the chemistry, cohesion and rhythm the team played with.

    "I asked them to attack better, have more options in certain areas but without losing the structure that is needed to control Newcastle's good players up front. When we did it we were efficient and took our chances."

    He then added: "They are doing really well because they have the senior ones pushing them, coaching them, helping them all the time. I really like the chemistry."

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    Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe admitted he looks up to Man Utd's Bruno Fernandes as a role model.

    The 20-year-old Gunner laid on an assist for Bukayo Saka during Arsenal's 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night.

    And after his stellar impact against Newcastle, Smith Rowe told Sky Sports: "I look up to Bruno Fernandes as a player. His stats are crazy."

    “We enjoyed that so much, we’re coming together as a team so we’re really happy with the win and the three points.

    “Everyone’s getting fit and we’re all getting together on the training pitch. Just the whole group is so much stronger and I think it’s showing on the pitch.”

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    Premier League chiefs hope to end the uncertainty over Covid-19 postponement rules by getting two new protocols agreed by clubs on Wednesday.

    The first shareholders’ club meeting of 2021 will see League bosses push through the regulations after three weeks of criticism.

    The first of the new rules will confirm that a Covid outbreak which closes a training ground – which is a directive from Public Health England – will be sufficient grounds for a postponement.

    But clubs will also be given more instructions about the precise information required in order to request a postponement.

    It is hoped that the extra clarity will head off the arguments over inconsistency and ensure clubs and fans alike recognise there is a simple process.

    Despite that, clubs are due to debate and attempt to agree on a threshold for a points per game calculation to be made if the season is curtailed by future Covid outbreaks.

    The next block of TV fixtures are also due to be agreed, with the expectation that all matches through to mid-March will be confirmed as being shown live while fans remain locked out.

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    Last night's man of the match Emile Smith Rowe opened up on his relationship with fellow starlet Bukayo Saka after last night's win over Newcastle.

    The attacking midfielder set up his teen mate as the Gunners romped past Steve Bruce's side in the second half.

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    Arsene Wenger was reportedly concerned by Arsenal handing Mesut Ozil his £350,000-a-week deal.

    The German star penned the mega-money contract in January 2018 while Wenger was still in charge at the Emirates.

    It made him the club's biggest earner – but Ozil's performances since then have not justified the mammoth wages.

    Wenger is thought to have had his reservations about giving one player such a huge pay packet – but knew the alternative was spending big money on a replacement.

    Now with six months left to run on the three-and-a-half-year deal, the German is set to terminate the contract early to join Fenerbahce on a free transfer.

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    Bukayo Saka added to his impressive young Arsenal resume last night, by bagging against Newcastle.

    And the teenager took to social media after the game to celebrate the win.

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang re-found his shooting boots to fire Arsenal to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Newcastle United last night.

    The Gabonese star had netted only three times in 16 Premier League appearances this term prior to the game.

    But his brace, as well as Bukayo Saka's effort, helped to lift the Gunners back into the top half of the table.

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    Arsenal returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Newcastle.

    Two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sandwiched a Bukayo Saka strike to send the Gunners into the top-half of the table.

    But it was young playmaker Emile Smith Rowe who stole the show with another brilliant performance in the No10 role vacated by Mesut Ozil.

    The German is reportedly taking a massive £282k-a-week pay cut to seal a move to Fenerbahce.

    Spanish outlet AS claim the playmaker is set to sign a three-and-a-half-year contract with a salary of £3.5million a year.

    That would see Ozil rake in just £68k a week – a huge decline on the £350,000 he was pulling in as Arsenal’s top earner.

    Yet the report adds that the German could potentially scoop a huge amount in performance-related bonuses with the Turkish giants.

    Ozil will be handed an extra £445,000 if he helps Fenerbahce to a first league title since 2014 – with Erol Bulut’s side currently second in the table.

    The Yellow Canaries are also amid their second consecutive season without European football but a return to the Champions League would net their incoming signing another £222k.

    Finally, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will reportedly look at a surprise move for Freddie Woodman to become the club’s new No2 after being left unimpressed by Alex Runarsson.

    The 23-year-old joined Newcastle in 2013 but has yet to make a senior appearance for the club.

    He is currently spending his second season on loan at Swansea after playing 43 times for the club last campaign.

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang roared back to form with a double against Newcastle.

    But Granit Xhaka failed to impress after being used in a double midfield pivot alongside the much-better Thomas Partey.


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