Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang and Lacazette to Barcelona, Maddison 'still top target despite Odegaard interest'

MARTIN ODEGAARD could sign for Arsenal in days with Real Madrid keen to sell.

The Norwegian has been left without a squad number as his number 21 shirt has been handed to Rodrygo.

But some sources still claim that James Maddison is the club's top target if a deal can be done.

Meanwhile Barcelona are said to be keen on signing both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette if they can offload Martin Braithwaite.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    SHEER RWANGER

    Rwandan president Paul Kagame joined in the widespread criticism of Arsenal and raged: "The fans don't deserve this", writes JOSHUA JONES.

    The Gunners faced a heavy backlash from their shock 2-0 defeat to Brentford on Friday night.

    Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard struck either side of half-time to record a famous victory for Thomas Frank's side.

    And the leader of Rwanda – whose tourist board Visit Rwanda sponsor the Gunners' shirt sleeves – hit out in a spectacular Twitter rant.

    The 63-year-old Kagame, who took office in 2000, wrote: "The game itself aside Arsenal and the fans don't deserve to kind of get used to this… NO!!! (sic).

    "It's been a struggle of about decade(s) -ups and downs – more downs until this point.

    "Can't we have a plan that really works?? One part to look at is how we deal in the market – players we buy to execute the plan. The touch and go mentality does not bring change.

    "We just must NOT excuse or Accept mediocrity. A team has to be built with purpose to win win win. So that when we lose… it was not to be expected!

    "I am sure we all know on whose shoulders the heaviest burden rests. I hope they know too or even accept it!!!"

  • Joshua Mbu

    GAMEWEEK ONE

    What an opening weekend to the 2021-22 Premier League season!

    We’ve seen some shock results with Brentford breezing past Arsenal 2-0 on Friday.

    And Tottenham have just beaten defending champions Man City 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    Man Utd sit top of the league after their thumping 5-1 win against Leeds on Saturday.

    We were treated to 34 goals this weekend.

    The top-four after gameweek one are as followed:

    1. Man Utd
    2. Chelsea
    3. Liverpool
    4. West Ham
  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Just the three Premier League titles for Arsenal!

  • Joshua Mbu

    'LOSING INTEREST'

    Emmanuel Petit is far from pleased with his former club Arsenal after their poor performance against Brentford on Friday.

    Piers Morgan agrees with the Gunners legend.

  • Joshua Mbu

    RAM DEAL

    Arsenal target Aaron Ramsdale COULD hand in a transfer request in a bid to force a move away from Sheffield United.

    According to the Daily Mirror, the 23-year-old handing in a transfer request gives Arsenal a massive boost.

    The goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates all summer, but the Gunners cant agree with United on a fee.

    The Athletic reported last week that Arsenal had pulled out of the race to sign Ramsdale as they were unwilling to match the £35million asking price.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNG-HO

    Joe Willock's transfer to Newcastle for £25million is the most profit Arsenal have made on a player since the sale of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FULL NELSON

    Arsenal hope Reiss Nelson will sign a new contract — before sending him out on loan, writes ALAN NIXON.

    The Gunners do not want to lose the winger, 21, in the long term or sell him now to give boss Mikel Arteta a bigger transfer kitty.

    Instead, Nelson will be offered fresh terms beyond his current two-year deal, then be tied down and allowed to pick his next move.

    Crystal Palace, who will play Brentford next in the league, are keen.

    And as we revealed the club are also willing to use up their second Prem loan on the wideman before the end of the window.

    Ambitious Eagles have also had an inquiry for David Brooks (left) knocked back by Bournemouth — who say that he is not for sale.

    Palace are looking for extra attacking flair despite a busy window.

  • Joshua Mbu

    OD CALL

    Arsenal and Real Madrid are £17million apart in their valuation of Martin Odegaard, according to reports.

    The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the Gunners.

    And Odegaard is reportedly is keen on a return to the Premier League.

    Spanish outlet ABC claim that Real want £42m for the midfielder but Arsenal are only willing to offer £25m, leaving the two clubs miles apart.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BIG MONEY

    Nicolas Pepe is one of the most expensive signings in Premier League history.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'HE LOOKED A CUT ABOVE US'

    Barry Fry, Peterborough United's director of football, hailed Ben White a "cut above".

    White spent time on loan at Peterborough back in 2019, where he made 15 appearances.

    Fry has stated that White's ability was 'a cut above us'.

    He said: "His range of passing was outstanding for a defender.

    "Ben changed the play, his football abilities really impressed me.

    "He looked a cut above us. He read situations well. He was very comfortable on the ball and never gave it away. Good control, excellent vision.

    "The beauty of Ben was his consistency. He was nine out of 10 nearly every game. You could rely on him.

    "He's just unruffled and has a great temperament. His attitude towards training and playing is superb. You couldn't get any better."

  • Joshua Mbu

    NEXT FIVE

    Arsenal have started the season off with a loss against Brentford.

    And the Gunners will face Chelsea next at the Emirates.

  • Marc Mayo

    BAR-KING UP THE WRONG TREE

    Arsenal could soon have to field interest from Barcelona in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

    The strike duo are both linked to the Catalans by Sport – with the pair also reportedly very keen on doing the deal.

    Barcelona are desperate to sign a new striker after Lionel Messi's departure to Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Marc Mayo

    EXCLUSIVE

    Odsonne Edouard’s wage demands are putting off his Premier League fan club, writes Alan Nixon.

    The Celtic hitman can go for around £15million and is a target for several English sides.

    But the striker’s demands start at £85,000-a-week and rising as clubs look to strike a deal.

    That figure was the main reason Southampton backed off from the chase last weekend and snapped up Blackburn’s Adam Armstrong instead.

    Brighton have also looked closely at Edouard — with Graham Potter an admirer.

    Edouard is in the last year of his contract and Celtic won’t stand in his way if they get the right offer.

  • Marc Mayo

    FULLY FOCUSED

    No time for Arsenal to lick their wounds, it's a London derby with Chelsea next weekend.

  • Marc Mayo

    AARON OF CONFIDENCE

    Arsenal are still in the hunt for Aaron Ramsdale, so say the Mail.

    Sheffield United have so far demanded £35million for the goalkeeper, leading to talks collapsing last week.

    But it is now said that the Gunners ‘hope’ to complete the deal before the window ends.

    Credit: PA
  • Marc Mayo

    LAUT TO LIKE

    A huge £275,000-a-week contract offer has reportedly been prepared for Lautaro Martinez.

    Arsenal are desperate to improve their squad in the final fortnight of the window despite already spending big so far.

    Italian outlet Sport Mediaset details a mega personal terms bid to sign Inter Milan star Martinez.

    But the sale of Romelu Lukaku and the Argentine’s desire to stay in Serie A could scupper the deal.

    Martinez’s agent, Alejandro Camano, told TyC Sports: “To date, he is not leaving Inter, despite offers from England.

    “He is happy there and loves the club. Next week we will meet to talk about the renewal. Our will is clear, but it will also depend on them."

  • Marc Mayo

    TONE IT DOWN

    Arsenal’s weaknesses were clear for all to see against Brentford, says the man who took advantage of them.

    Ivan Toney led the line for the Bees and has talked openly about how to approach the Gunners.

    He said: “I think obviously the way Arsenal play, it’s clear to see, they like to play with the ball and its possession-based football.

    “But I feel the weakness is that if you press them high then they do make a mistake. 

    “I felt they made a few mistakes but we didn’t punish them on those chances. 

    “But I felt with the chances that we did have we took full advantage.”

    Credit: Rex
  • Marc Mayo

    THIS AIN’T ODE

    A bid for Martin Odegaard WILL be launched this week, according to reports in Spain.

    A loan bid or £25million transfer fee will be Arsenal’s offer, although Real Madrid are said to want £42m.

    The Norwegian has not been registered for LaLiga by Los Blancos, with Spanish outlet ABC asserting that he wants to be a regular starter.

    They even add that Odegaard is Arteta’s ‘pretty boy’ and that it is ‘better to be a mouse’s mouth than a lion's tail’. Meow.

  • Marc Mayo

    SHEER RWANGER

    Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda, joined in the widespread criticism of Arsenal and raged: "The fans don't deserve this."

    The Gunners faced a heavy backlash from their shock 2-0 defeat to Brentford on Friday night.

    And the leader of Rwanda – whose tourist board Visit Rwanda sponsor the Gunners' shirt sleeves – hit out in a spectacular Twitter rant.

    The 63-year-old Kagame, who took office in 2000, wrote: "The game itself aside Arsenal and the fans don't deserve to kind of get used to this… NO!!! (sic)."

  • Marc Mayo

    'BULLIED'

    Danny Murphy believes Arsenal have a '3/10' chance of winning the Premier League title this season.

    Writing in the Mail, the ex-Tottenham and England star slammed Mikel Arteta's decisions in the defeat to Brentford.

    He stated: "I’ve played in teams who lost the opening game and still had good seasons but they allowed Brentford to bully them when the first rule of playing a newly-promoted side is to match them physically.

    "I also found some of Mikel Arteta’s selections bemusing."

    Credit: Getty
  • Marc Mayo

    RAMSDALE RESORT

    Aaron Ramsdale is ready to hand in a transfer request to force through a move to Arsenal.

    That is according to Sunday Mirror, via SportsLens, who detail the goalkeeper's desire to return to the Premier League.

    Sheffield United have so far demanded £35million for his services.

  • Marc Mayo

    LAC OF INTEREST

    Arsenal are pushing to cash in on Alexander Lacazette.

    According to The Transfer Window Podcast, the Gunners are seeking buyers for the striker ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.

    Roma were linked before moving ahead with their deal for Tammy Abraham.

    But Lacazette is said to be uninterested in leaving North London this summer.

    Credit: Getty
  • Alex Terrell

    GUNNERS MISS OUT ON TAM

    Arsenal target Tammy Abraham is set to fly to Italy today to complete his transfer to Roma, according to reports.

    The Chelsea striker, 23, has agreed a £34million transfer to the Serie A giants.

    According to Sky Italia, Roma general manager Tiago Pinto held positive talks with Abraham in London on Thursday.

    And now the Blues’ academy graduate looks on course to seal the switch, believing he will play a key role under new boss Jose Mourinho.

    The report adds he will undergo a medical at Rome’s Villa Stuart Clinic this afternoon.

    And assuming there are no issues, Abraham shall put pen to paper on a five-year contract at the Stadio Olimpico worth £4m per year after tax – taking home £80,000 per week.

    It is understood Chelsea have inserted a £68m buy-back clause into the deal.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Tammy Abraham has reportedly rejected Arsenal by ‘definitely saying yes’ to Roma.

    Gianluca Di Marzio claims the Chelsea striker has agreed to link up with Jose Mourinho in Italy.

    Despite having initial reservations, Abraham is now set for a move to the capital.

    Roma are expected to pay around £34million for his services.

    And Abraham will undergo a medical shortly.

    Meanwhile, James Maddison reportedly remains Arsenal’s top target over Martin Odegaard.

    The AFC Bell claims Mikel Arteta is eager to sign Leicester’s playmaker this summer.

    That’s despite reports linking the Gunners with a fresh move for former loan star Odegaard.

    The Norwegian appears to be out of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at Real Madrid.

    And it now remains to be seen if either Maddison or Odegaard ends up at the Emirates.

    Finally, Arsenal could reportedly be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for next weekend’s clash against Chelsea.

    The duo missed Friday’s defeat to newly-promoted Brentford due to illness.

    But football.london claims they are in danger of also being sidelined for the Blues’ trip to the Emirates.

    That could see Folarin Balogun get another shot up top, with Eddie Nketiah another option for Mikel Arteta.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FULL NELSON

    Arsenal hope Reiss Nelson will sign a new contract — before sending him out on loan.

    The Gunners do not want to lose the winger, 21, in the long term or sell him now to give boss Mikel Arteta a bigger transfer kitty.

    Instead, Nelson will be offered fresh terms beyond his current two-year deal, then be tied down and allowed to pick his next move.

    Crystal Palace, who will play Brentford next in the league, are keen.

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