9.15am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners look at Buendia for January, Saliba latest, Rapid Vienna build-up

ARSENAL were beaten 2-1 by Wolves at the Emirates as Mikel Arteta's Gunners lost at home yet again.

We've the very latest on matters in the transfer market, including the possibility of a January swoop for former Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below…

  • Joe Brophy

    EMI RATES

    Arsenal are considering a shock move for Norwich star Emi Buendia in a desperate bid to solve the club's creative crisis.

    The Gunners have mustered just ten goals in ten Premier League games this season and sit down in 14th spot.

    Mikel Arteta's most-naturally-gifted playmaker, Mesut Ozil, was dropped from the league and European squads earlier this year.

    And Arsenal have struggled to create chances – with the club currently ranking 84th out of all 98 clubs in Europe's Big Five leagues in shots taken.

    Now the Gunners could turn to Argentine creator Buendia in January, according to football.london.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    LUIZ UPDATE

    DAVID LUIZ is out of Arsenal’s Europa League game against Rapid Vienna tomorrow as he continues to recover from his head injury.

    The Brazil defender clashed heads with Raul Jimenez in Sunday’s Premier League 2-1 home defeat to Wolves at the Emirates.

    Jimenez was rushed to hospital to undergo an operation on a fractured skull while Luiz continued playing on with a huge bandage, which was seeping blood, until the break.

    And the nasty head gash he sustained has not healed in time for him to play on Thursday.

    A club statement said:  “The cut to David’s head will take some days to heal and therefore he will not be available for Thursday’s match.

    “Close care of David’s cut and general monitoring of his wellbeing will continue in the coming days and David continues to be in good health.”

    Arsenal’s place in the Europa League knockout stages is already secured with 12 points from four matches in Group B.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    ‘NOT GOT GOING’

    WILLIAN has yet to have a good game for Arsenal, claims Gunners legend Paul Merson.

    The Braziliam swapped Chelsea for the Emirates last summer and became a regular under Mikel Arteta after a brilliant debut against Fulham.

    But Willian, who has yet to open his account for Arsenal, and his team-mates have stuttered over recent weeks to leave them 14th in the Premier League table.

    And Merson could not hide his disappointment over Willian’s lack of impact when discussing the star on Sky Sports News.

    He said: “I don't know what's happened to Willian.

    “He was unplayable for Chelsea at times last season, and then Arsenal sign him and you think: 'What a signing this is. On a free transfer!'

    “I can't remember him having a good game yet. I'm a massive, massive fan of his. He's just not got going.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    EMILE TICKET

    EMILE SMITH-ROWE could reportedly be heading away from the Emirates in January.

    The 20-year-old has appeared just twice, once in the Europa League and the other in the EFL Cup, for the Gunners this term.

    According to ESPN, Arsenal could be prepared to let the young midfielder go out on loan again next month.

    He enjoyed a successful spell with Huddersfield in the Championship last season.

    Smith-Rowe has also spent time in Germany with RB Leipzig back in the 2018/19 campaign.

  • Dave Fraser

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal are hoping for Rapid relief from their worst ten-game Premier League start.

    But with a place in the Europa League last-32 already assured, home victory over Rapid Vienna tomorrow would hardly take much pressure off boss Mikel Arteta.

    The Spaniard will surely rest several players for the injury-hit Gunners, especially as centre-back David Luiz was eventually taken off on Sunday after his frightening clash of heads with main victim Raul Jimenez in Wolves 2-1 Emirates win.

    But Arsenal's star summer recruit Willian is under-fire from an Emirates legend – who is also calling for outcast Mesut Ozil to be recalled once anchorman Thomas Partety is fit to return.

    Paul Merson told Sky Sports: "Partey gets around the pitch, dominates the midfield and dictates the game. Him playing opens up a chance for Ozil.

    "If Partey doesn't play, Ozil can't play. Without Partey, Arsenal are not going to dictate and can't afford to play with ten men."

    And of Brazilian Willian, Merson said: “He was unplayable for Chelsea at times last season… I don’t know what’s happened.

    “I can’t remember him having a good game yet."

    Meanwhile, ex-Gunners' midfielder Patrick Vieira reportedly wants to borrow William Saliba for Nice in January.

    Saint-Etienne had been favourites to borrow their ex-defender, 19, for a second time since he joined Arsenal in July 2019.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SHKODRAN COULD BE A NOU MAN

    Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi have been rated shock Barcelona targets for January.

    Under-fire Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants defensive reinforcements after a poor start to his reign and season.

    And Mundo Deportivo, suggest Manchester City’s Eric Garcia, 19, has been joined by fellow centre-backs Rudiger and Mustafi as January options.

  • Ian Tuckey

    THOMAS NEEDS MESUT

    Paul Merson believes Arsenal should recall playmaker Mesut Ozil once anchorman Thomas Partey returns fit.

    Ozil has been frozen out as the Gunners struggle in the Premier League.

    But ahead of Arsenal’s home Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna, Gunners’ legend Merson wrote in his Sky Sports column: “For me, Mesut Ozil comes back in the team if Thomas Partey is fit.

    Partey gets around the pitch, dominates the midfield and dictates the game. Him playing opens up a chance for Ozil.

    “At the moment, Arsenal have nobody in there to provide the forwards. You can make runs all day long, but if you’re a centre-forward, your runs are only as good as the players playing behind you.

    “If Partey doesn’t play, Ozil can’t play. Without Partey, Arsenal are not going to dictate the midfield, and then can’t afford to play with 10 men.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    JAVI OPEN TO OFFERS

    Spain midfielder Javi Martinez will have Premier League clubs pricking up their ears after the Bayern Munich midfielder admitted he’d “like to try something new before I end my career”.

    The World Cup and Champions League winner, 32, is tipped to leave when his contract runs out in June, despite regaining his Bayern place.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WHAT'S HAPPENED TO WILLIAN?

    Paul Merson believes Willian’s form has gone from unplayable for Chelsea last season to unacceptable with Arsenal this term.

    Former Gunners’ striker Merson doubts the Brazil midfielder has had a decent match this season.

    Paul Merson suggests Willian has yet t have a good game since arriving at Arsenal from London neighbours Chelsea in the last transfer windowCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    He told Sky Sports: “He was unplayable for Chelsea at times last season, and then Arsenal sign him and you think, ‘What a signing this is. On a free transfer!’ 

    “I don’t know what’s happened to Willian.

    “I can’t remember him having a good game yet. I’m a massive, massive fan of his. He’s just not got going.”  

  • Ian Tuckey

    BARCA LINKED TO MUSTAFI

    Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi have been rated shock Barcelona targets for January.

    Under-fire Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants defensive reinforcements after a poor start to his reign and season.

    And Mundo Deportivo, suggest Manchester City’s Eric Garcia, 19, has been joined by fellow centre-backs Rudiger and Mustafi as January options.

  • Ian Tuckey

    COULD IT REAL-LY HAPPEN?

    Social media is having fun with the possibility of Arsenal facing Real Madrid and/orPSG in the Europa League KO stages.

    Real slumped 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk tonight to leave them fearing a Champions League group exit, while PSG will be in equally serious trouble of demotion if they lose at Manchester United tomorrow.

    And that's increased the chances of a super-powered Europa League KO stage – although some might debate if the Gunners currently deserve that status.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    VIE-ING FOR SALIBA

    Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira wants to take William Saliba on loan for Nice, reports say.

    But Football Club say the Ligue 1 side have checked out the French defender's availability as they hope to hijack Saint-Etienne's swoop

    Arsenal signed Saliba from Saint-Etienne in 2019 for £27m before loaning him back to the club he joined aged 16.

    But despite returning to London Colney when the loan expired in the summer, Saliba is yet to feature in Mikel Arteta's senior side.

    He has made just six Premier League 2 and EFL Trophy appearances.

    Boss Arteta even admitted he is 'fed up' with the situation after failing to find him a loan move and leaving him out of the Europa League squad. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    OZIL SHOULD BE PARTEY PIECE

    Paul Merson believes Arsenal should recall playmaker Mesut Ozil once anchorman Thomas Partey returns fit.

    Ozil has been frozen out as the Gunners struggle in the Premier League.

    But ahead of Arsenal's home Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna, Gunners' legend Merson wrote in his Sky Sports column: “For me, Mesut Ozil comes back in the team if Thomas Partey is fit.

    Partey gets around the pitch, dominates the midfield and dictates the game. Him playing opens up a chance for Ozil.

    "At the moment, Arsenal have nobody in there to provide the forwards. You can make runs all day long, but if you're a centre-forward, your runs are only as good as the players playing behind you.

    "If Partey doesn't play, Ozil can't play. Without Partey, Arsenal are not going to dictate the midfield, and then can't afford to play with 10 men."

  • Ian Tuckey
  • Ian Tuckey

    MARTINEZ WANTS ‘SOMETHING NEW’

    Spain midfielder Javi Martinez will have Premier League clubs pricking up their ears after the Bayern Munich midfielder admitted he’d “like to try something new before I end my career”.

    The World Cup and Champions League winner, 32, is tipped to leave when his contract runs out in June, despite regaining his Bayern place.

    Javi Martinez has won eight Bundesliga titles in a row and has played 14 times for Bayern so far this season

    Martinez can also slot into central defence and was strongly linked with rejoining Athletic Bilbao last summer.

    He said: “This is not the moment to discuss what will happen in June 2021.

    “Anything can happen. I had great years here and we will see what happens. 

    “The contract says it is the last year. I am happy to be here now and I am part of the team and that is what is important.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RIO BLASTS BLANK GUNNERS

    Rio Ferdinand claims Arsenal are toothless because they rely too much on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang… whose form and goals have dipped off his since his mega new contract in the summer.

    Manchester United legend Ferdinand wants Alexandre Lacazette and record buy Nicolas Pepe to step up to the plate.

    Ferdy told the FIVE YouTube channel. "When Aubameyang doesn’t bang nobody else seems to be stepping up, that’s the problem.

    "Laca man! We need Laca to come up with some goals man!

    :Pepe! When you get your chance come in and bang.

    :We haven’t seen that cutting edge from this Arsenal team."  

  • Ian Tuckey
  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA 'STIFLING' GUNNERS

    Arsenal players think they are better than they actually are and could be fed up of Mikel Arteta's tactics stifling them.

    That's the verdict of ex-Liverpool defender Steve Nicol after the Gunners' poor start to the season.

    former Scotland defender Nicol told ESPN: "Arteta comes in, all of a sudden the one thing they do have is a spine and a backbone and they're all sitting in a nice, firm defensive unit and they do that for six months.

    "Is it maybe that the players have had enough of that and they're looking to take the next step? 

    "The other thing is, I don't think this group of players is capable of taking the next step but I'm sure in their heads they all think they're great footballers.

    "Instead of chasing around for 90 minutes every Saturday, they think, 'We should be playing football'. But they don't have a good enough squad."

  • Ian Tuckey

    HARSH OR FAIR?

    Arsenal's form and transfer dealings have come in for stick – naturally enough as the Gunners lie 14th with five defeats in their first ten Prem games.

    So is this social media post fair comment, or a selective sledge-hammer against boss Mikel Arteta's fortunes, or a bit of both?

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS CAN NIK SALZBURG ACE

    Hungary winger Dominik Szoboszlai is being linked with a January switch from RB Salzburg to Arsenal.

    Mikel Arteta’s side are floundering in 14th place in the Premier League table and could return to the market next month.

    Houssem Aouar was a major target during the club’s busy summer spree but chose to stick with Lyon.

    Now 20-year-old Szoboszlai has caught the eye of the Gunners.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano believes Arsenal first noted him a few years ago.

    And Romano told Que Golazo Podcast that something ‘special’ is brewing at Emirates Stadium ahead of the window opening.

    Multiple outlets have reported on the interest in 20-year-old prodigy Szoboszlai.

  • Josh Graham

    WRIGHT OR WRONG

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright thinks rivals Spurs have a great chance of winning the league ahead of Chelsea, after initially backing the Blues.

    Former striker Wright changed his mind when talking to Premier League Productions.

    He said: "I’d probably say… it is tough because if you lose a [Harry] Kane or a [Heung-min] Son it’s going to cause you a problem, just like if Chelsea lose a [Timo] Werner or a [N’Golo] Kante, it depends, it really does depend.

    “It’s a tough question. If I had to choose somebody, I would probably at the moment say Chelsea.

    “Not just because of my Arsenal affinity, but I just feel that they just might have a little bit more at the moment.

    “But then they’ve got Mourinho as the manager at Tottenham.

    “Do you know what? I’m probably going to change my mind and go with Tottenham. I think so, yeah.”

  • Josh Graham

    PANTOMIME VILLAN

    Celeb Arsenal fan Piers Morgan thinks the club should 'break the bank' to nab Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish and should offer a swap deal involving outcast Mesut Ozil.

    Grealish has been on fire this season, playing his way into the England side and scored in the 2-1 defeat to West Ham last night.

  • Josh Graham

    'CRAZY PRESSURE'

    AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer has revealed he was played out of position in his only game for Arsenal.

    The 22-year-old spent two years on the Gunners' books before departing for Italian club Empoli in 2017.

    AC Milan's Ismael Bennacer has revealed he was played out of position in his only game for Arsenal

    The Algerian – who was just 17 when he arrived in north London from French side Arles-Avignon – made just one appearance for the club.

    Bennacer appeared as a late substitute in a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.

    "Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got injured, Theo Walcott was brought on in his place and after two minutes he gets injured too, so Wenger throws me on.

    "The problem is that he puts me wide left in the front three, it’s a role I’ve never played before.I felt a crazy pressure on me. I lost a few balls, but I recovered a few.

    "After that I didn’t play anymore, but I have no regrets. I trained with important players like Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla."

  • Josh Graham

    ALL OR NOTHING

    Massimiliano Allegri could transform Arsenal if chosen as the man to replace Mikel Arteta.

    While the Gunners have placed their faith in the former midfielder to turn the side around, the team continues to slide down the table and his odds to get the sack have been slashed.

    What an Allegri premiership may look like can be deciphered from the Italian's spell in charge of Juventus.

    Between 2014 and 2019, he won five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia crowns and reached a Champions League final.

    Considerable tactical flexibility and an ability to get the best out of aging stars made Allegri a perfect fit for the Old Lady.

  • Josh Graham

    BEER WE GO

    Football fans will be back in stands and back on the booze without having to buy a substantial meal in Tier 2 this week.

    The long-standing ban on pints being drunk by the pitch requires socially-distanced drinking areas be set up inside stadiums.

    Live events have been given the green light to sell pints without a 'substantial' meal – as is required for pubs and restaurants.

    Instead, alcohol can be sold to punters in Covid-secure venues, so long as the person has a ticket and consumes their beverage at their seat.

    Tier 2 regulations mean up to 2,000 fans will be welcomed back.

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