7pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar LATEST, Partey remains target, Liverpool in Carabao Cup draw, Raya update – The Sun

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a new three-year contract at the Emirates.

And the Gunners are reportedly making a bold £36.5m bid to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

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  • PAUL YOUR SOCKS UP

    Pundit Paul Merson has slammed Chelsea's decision to let Willian join Arsenal.

    Former Gunner Merson told Sky Sports: “I cannot believe Chelsea let Willian go. I know they have gone out and got special players, but there is nothing to say they are going to hit the ground running.

    “In Willian, you have got someone there who is ready-made. I like who they have signed, but they cost a lot of money, and their wages are probably the same as Willian.”

    Chelsea did offer the Brazilian winger a two-year deal but he wanted a three-year contract which Arsenal were prepared to offer the 32-year-old.

  • LUC OUT

    Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has reportedly been contacted by Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.

    Uruguayan outlet Sport 890 reports Simeone has called Torreira to tell him he is wanted by Atleti.

    Gooners have run with the news and are teasing a potential swap deal with Thomas Partey on social media.

    Mikel Arteta has long been linked with a move for defensive midfielder Partey who has a £45million release clause.

  • REISS LIGHTNING

    Mikel Arteta has spoken about the prospect of Reiss Nelson going out on loan.

    He said: “I think they all realise the competition we have in forward positions. I’ve already spoken with Reiss about it and I really like the way he’s training.

    “I think we both agree about how much he’s improved in the last few months and he’s going to carry on pushing himself and the rest of the team.

    “He needs to be ready because in football, unfortunately, or fortunately, things don’t take three months to change, it can take three minutes and you have to be ready when that opportunity comes.”

  • RUN OF THE MILL

    Keeper Runar Alex Runarsson has reportedly arrived at Arsenal's training ground as the Gunners look set to announce his signing.

    The Icelandic shot-stopper is at London Colney, according to Goal, and looks to be named as Emi Martinez's replacement with a move from Dijon.

    Martinez joined Aston Villa for £20million this week after 11 years with the club.

    An announcement is expected in the next two to three days.

  • WORK OF ART

    Mikel Arteta's work has been praised by West Ham boss David Moyes ahead of Saturday's Premier League game at the Emirates.

    Arteta played under Moyes for six years at Everton and the pair share a mutual respect.

    Moyes said: “If you win two trophies (FA Cup and Community Shield) in about six weeks, if you’re not high on confidence after that then I don’t know if you’ll ever be.

    “Mikel has done a brilliant job in a short space of time and we have to give him a lot of credit but my job is to go there to make sure we make it hard, don’t give them an easy ride and try to pick up a win.”

    Moyes added: “The biggest thing is that he has changed the system. He’s also changed the mindset and attitude, they are all running and doing the work for him.

    “We have seen Arsenal do all that in recent weeks. They are a new team, still in progress and we hope we can capitalise on those situations, go in and put on a good show.

    “We played really well there last year. We’ll try and get something from the game and a good performance.”

  • EXCLUSIVE: NATH'S ON TOUR

    Steven Gerrard is giving a trial to former Arsenal youngster Nathan Tormey at Glasgow Rangers.

    The left-winger turned down a new three-year deal to stay with the Gunners in the summer and he has decided to look elsewhere and is hoping to impress Rangers boss Gerrard in Scotland.

    Tormey, 20, featured prominently at under-23s for Arsenal last season, scoring four goals in 15 appearances. He also played four times in the EFL Trophy.

    He battled back from a serious knee injury but players such as Bukayo Saka moved ahead of him in the Arsenal pecking order.

    As a result, he turned down the new long-term contract and quit London Colney.

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    I appreciate the offer of a new 3 year contract but I feel now is the time for me to move on. I would like to thank all the people at the club who have helped me become the player I am today and wish them all the best for the future. I am looking forward to a new challenge

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  • IN WITH THE NOU

    Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal is the same size club as Barcelona or Inter Milan – after convincing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay.

    He insisted: “The size of our club is as big as those names.

    “I am really pleased to have convinced Auba to stay at our club.

    “With the passion and determination he showed to stay at the club, I am pleased to see the reaction of everyone at Colney and also our fans.

    “It is a joy to work with him. I think we have a really transparent relationship.We were really clear with each other what we were trying to do.

    “He is a big part of my plans in terms of the ways he trains, behaves and also performs. I want him to do that again consistently.

    “It took a lot of work and a big effort from the club.”

  • WEST HAM WOES

    Mark Noble is a doubt for this weekend's game between Arsenal and the Hammers.

  • ARTETA ON BALE

    Mikel Arteta has had his say on rivals Spurs signing the Real Madrid forward.

    The Arsenal boss said: “The Premier League in history always has the best players in the world and Gareth is one of the most significant names a few years ago who went to Spain.

    “I think it is really positive to bring really important players back to the League and it will be a challenge. We know at his best what he can deliver.

    “The competition from every club is making this League tougher.”

  • NO CHA-NGE

    Callum Chambers could still be set for an Arsenal exit, despite Mikel Arteta claiming he is staying.

    Fulham and Leeds are interested in the English centre-back, but may hit a brick wall.

    The Gunners are not currently interested in letting him go, according to reports.

  • AGENT MIK

    Mikel Arteta reportedly took details about Houssem Aouar after a Champions League match with Manchester City.

    The Spaniard’s interest in the Lyon playmaker stretches back to 2018 as Arsenal close in on a move for the 22-year-old.

    Arteta is desperate to bring the player to north London and has reportedly made him the club’s number one target.

    And part of that decision may have been motivated by the quality Aouar showed in front of Arteta, when the Gunners boss was at Manchester City.

    Lyon memorably took four points from the Premier League side back in the 2018/19 Champions League group stages.

  • GOOD ON YU

    Ex-Arsenal youngster Yunus Musah has become the first Englishman ever to play for Valencia.

    Last weekend, the outstanding midfielder, 17, made his debut for Los Che in a 4-2 win over Levante UD, and he is expected to be in the squad for tomorrow’s clash against Celta Vigo.

    He was allowed to leave Arsenal in 2019 to explore opportunities elsewhere.

    But there was a real feeling among Gunners staff that a mistake had been made in letting him leave.

  • CALM DAN

    Tim Sherwood has launched a scathing attack on “average” Dani Ceballos by claiming the Arsenal star will be found out this season.

    He said: “Ceballos in my opinion is average. I think he’s too weak for the Premier League and I think he’ll get found out this year.

    “I think they need a little bit more guile in there. You need a player in there like Mesut Ozil in that middle of the pitch.

    “When teams are scared of the pace of Saka and Aubameyang and Lacazette and they want to defend deep where’s the guile where’s the player who is going to open the teams up. Ozil is the man to do that.”

  • PREDICTED XI

    Mikel Arteta is preparing to lead Arsenal into their first home game of the season against West Ham on Saturday.

    The Gunners go into the 8pm kick off on the back of a 3-0 opening-day win over Fulham.

    And to boost spirits at the club even further, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has since signed a new three-year deal, quashing speculation he could quit this summer.

    The Gunners boss will be buoyed by the return of some first-team stars for the clash with the Hammers, too.

    David Luiz appears to be fit following his injury, while Dani Ceballos looks set to be available after returning for another season-long loan from Real Madrid.

    Bernd Leno will likely start between the sticks, with Arteta fielding another 3-4-3 ahead of the German.

  • MORE ON HENRY

    The documentary will be about the Frenchman's life and times, after recent shows about Nicolas Anelka, as well as the Man City and Spurs All or Nothing docs.

    Ellin added: “It’s the friendships, the family dynamic, all that stuff behind the scenes.

    “It’s inspired by Thierry’s life, similar to how Entourage was inspired by Mark Wahlberg.

    “We've just finished the script.

    “The world is closed down, and my opening scene takes place at a full Wembley stadium. But we can do that with cardboard cutouts and CGI.

    “Thierry will consult as well as his manager to help us to make it as authentic as possible.”

  • HENTOURAGE

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is to be the focus of a new Entourage-style show about his glamorous life in football.

    The ex-Gunner is working with the creator of the original hit Hollywood series Doug Ellin to make a similar show about the world of football.

    Doug said the show will be inspired by Henry's life – just like Entourage was based on the life of actor Mark Wahlberg.

    The HBO show was based on Mark's experiences as a young actor in Hollywood and the wild parties and excesses of the LA scene.

    Ellin revealed: “It's a show set in the world of football. We’re actively trying to get that going right now.

    “Thierry Henry was in the Entourage movie so I’ve known him a long time. And Darren Dein, who is his long-time manager, is a good friend of mine.”

  • G-RAY AREA

    Arsenal have reportedly had a £10million transfer bid for David Raya rejected by Brentford.

    The Spanish goalkeeper, 25, is wanted by the Gunners to fill the void left by Emi Martinez’s £20m move to Aston Villa.

    That is despite the impending arrival of fellow stopper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is attempting to revamp his goalkeeping department.

    And the Telegraph claim they have stepped up their pursuit of Raya in recent days.

    The Bees star is keen to test himself in the Premier League after missing out on promotion last season following his side’s defeat to Fulham in the play-off final.

  • WEEKEND FIXTURES

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  • CARABAO ABOUT THAT

    Liverpool and Arsenal could meet in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup following Thursday night’s draw.

    There’s also a London derby on the cards with Chelsea potentially heading to rivals Tottenham.

    Manchester United face a trip to either Preston or Brighton and holders Man City could take on one of Millwall or Burnley.

  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Houssem Aouar is still being tipped as the next big arrival at Arsenal.

    But the £36.5m-rated Lyon playmaker could yet be joined by long-term target Thomas Partey.

    Reports in Spain say Atletico Madrid believe the Gunners remain a “threat” to their hopes of keeping Ghana anchorman.

    But the LaLiga giants are “confident” of keeping the 27-year-old midfielder.

    Brentford are said to have turned down a £10million Arsenal bid for Spanish keeper David Raya.

    But the Telegraph claim the Gunners still want the ex-Blackburn star, even though Dijon stopper Runar Alex Runarsson is on the brink of arriving to replace Aston Villa new boy Emiliano Martinez.

    And after the relief of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang agreeing a new £350,000-a-week deal, it has been revealed just how serious Barcelona were in their pursuit of the 31-year-old

    Sky Sports say the La Liga giants made an unsuccessful contract offer to the Gabon frontman's representatives.

  • CARABAO CUP CRACKERS

    Liverpool and Arsenal could meet in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup following Thursday night’s draw.

    There’s also a London derby on the cards with Chelsea potentially heading to rivals Tottenham.

  • NOU CHANCE

    Barcelona failed with a late move to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Nou Camp this summer.

    Speculation over the 31-year-old’s future was finally ended this week when Arsenal announced he had signed a new £350,000-a-week contract.

    However, Sky Sports claims that came after the La Liga giants unsuccessfully made a contract offer to the Gabonese hotshot’s representatives.

    New Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants a new attacker after telling Luis Suarez he can leave, with Inter Milan also keen.

    Aubameyang was out of contract next June with the North London club wary of losing him for nothing at the end of the campaign.

  • HIGH-RISE HEARTACHE

    Here are what Arsenal's sales that left for PENNIES could be worth now.

    It doesn't make great reading for the Gunners.

  • ATLETICO PARTEY NOT OVER

    Atletico Madrid believe Arsenal will be a “threat” but are still “confident” of keeping midfielder Thomas Partey.

    That's according to reports in Spain, where Ghana anchorman Partey, 27, has been a key player in LaLiga.

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