12.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar ‘£45.5m new offer’, Partey on bench in Atletico victory, Jorginho LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL's are ready to  up their bid for Houssem Aouar after being publicly knocked back by Lyon's president.

Meanwhile Thomas Partey is reportedly keen on joining the Gunners from Atletico Madrid, where he has had no progress in new contract talks and was benched in their emphatic win over Granada.

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Follow ALL of the Gunners latest transfer news and updates below…

  • KEOWN DILEMMA

    Arsenal legend Martin Keown has admitted that he is baffled at why the club would sell midfielder Lucas Torreira.

    He said he believes that the Uruguayan is a good player, and that he would be a loss to the team if he left.

    Keown said: “But I do feel he is a good player, but for some reason Arteta, not just Arteta to be honest, Emery was the same, did not really turn to him.

    “A massive mystery. I thought it would be a loss to the team, but you can’t argue with Arteta because he is getting results.”

  • PREDICTED LINE UP

    Arsenal travel to Liverpool tonight looking to make it three wins out of three.

    We predict that Mikel Arteta will opt for the same front free of Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeang, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian.

    Arsenal are also tipped to have three centre-backs, allowing for two wing-backs.

  • ART-IST at work

    Mikel Arteta previews Arsenal's away trip to Anfield.

    He said: “We know the standards that they have set in this league, how consistent they have been and that is because they dominate almost every aspect of the game.

    “So we need to be at our best.”

  • TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard has been urged to switch to a back three to help combat Chelsea's leaky defence.

    Former Arsenal player Paul Merson wants centre-back Antonio Rudiger back into the squad.

    Merson told The Star: “Frank Lampard needs to change his tactics or Chelsea can kiss goodbye to Antonio Rudige.

    “Chelsea have got five centre-backs and that’s too many unless you’re playing three every week – and I think that’s what Lampard should do.

    “At the moment he’s playing a back four and someone is always going to miss out. Right now it’s Rudiger, which surprises me.

    “I thought Kurt Zouma or Andreas Christensen would go this summer because Rudiger is better than both of them.

    “But he can’t even get on the bench. If that carries on he’ll be gone. He won’t want to stick around to be fifth choice.

    “But if Lampard switches to three at the back with wing-backs, he solves the problem and gets the best out of Thiago Silva, who won’t be so exposed in that system.”

  • WRIGHT MAN FOR IT

    Man Utdhave been told to replace Ed Woodward with former Chelsea transfer guru Michael Emenalo.

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright says the Old Trafford club should make the call to ramp up their pursuit of new players.

    He said on the Kelly and Wrighty show: “For me, and it's blatantly obvious to me, you've got someone like Michael Emenalo who was at Chelsea.

    “He won three Premier Leagues under three different managers, he's won the Champions League, he's helped oversee the loan system and the academy system at Chelsea.

    “We're talking about a director of football who knows exactly what he's doing.

    “We're talking about under [Roman] Abramovich with three different managers and he still managed, because he's a football man, to get the job done.

    “What happened with Chelsea was that when we say 'another manager's come in', but they're still winning trophies.”

  • NO HOPE

    Football Pundit Graeme Souness believes Arsenal are ‘nowhere near’ challenging for the Premier League title.

    Despite his damning verdict, he took the time to praise several Arsenal stars, including new signing Willan.

    Writing for The Times Souness said: “Arsenal are nowhere near challenging for the Premier League.”

    He went on to say: “I’ve always been a fan of Willian and have no fears that he still has a couple of years left at the highest.”

  • SWAPSIES

    Atletico Madrid's reported interest of Arsenal's Lucas Torreira has led to talks over a swap deal including Thomas Partey.

    Diego Simeone's side are keen to sign Torreira on loan – but the Gunners want to offload him permanently.

    Arsenal are also set to step up their pursuit for Houssem Aouar with a £45m bid.

    Arteta has already had an initial £36m bid turned down by French club Lyon.

  • PARTEY TIME

    Fans are convinced Thomas Partey will join them after he was left on the bench for Atletico Madrid.

    The Gunners have been chasing the midfielder all summer – but he has a huge release clause of £45million.

    Partey, 27, is said to be interested in a move to the Premier League with Arsenal.

    And fans believe a deal is in the pipeline after he was dropped for Atletico.

    Diego Simeone left him on the sidelines for Sunday's LaLiga game against Granada.

    After the line-up was confirmed, one Arsenal fan said: “Thomas Partey is on the Atletico bench and he wasn't in their kit photoshoot either.

    “Something is definitely happening behind the scenes.”

  • 'VERY GOOD'

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged Arsenal to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

    Arsenal are desperate to secure a deal for the “very good” Frenchman, 22.

    The transfer window closes on October 5 and they are set to make an improved £34million bid for Aouar this week.

    Aubameyang said: “He's a very good player.

    “I hope we will be lucky to have these types of players at the club, I'm sure he can bring a lot to us.

    “I hope he will come even though he is at Lyon.”

  • AUB BOUT THAT THEN

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang infuriated Arsenal fans by 'liking' a tweet that claimed he should play for a bigger club.

    The 31-year-old striker finally penned a new three-year deal with the Gunners earlier this month.

    But he has sent Arsenal fans into meltdown with his recent social media activity.

    Aubameyang was tagged in a post that read: “He's been so deserving of a team of the calibre of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, [Man] City, Liverpool etc, not Arsenal for years.”

    And eagle-eyed supporters noticed that the Gabonese star had 'liked' the tweet – which was written in French.

  • WORK OF ART

    More from Arteta, who said: “It is difficult to play against any team twice in four days.

    When you talk about Liverpool, that challenge is much bigger

    “Obviously having no supporters will make a difference because it’s a unique atmosphere at Anfield and makes the team stronger.

    “But we’ve seen how they are able to play without crowds so we know the challenge ahead of us.

    “We are in different moments as clubs with the success Liverpool have had in the Champions League and the Premier League.

    “Performances on the pitch have generated financial power but you still have to recruit the right players and Liverpool have done that.

    “They have implemented a vision and a strategy that is really clear. They have made a lot of good decisions to become successful.”

  • FUN NIL

    Mikel Arteta is putting ‘the Arsenal Way’ on the back burner as he bids to end the club’s Anfield nightmare this evening.

    He said: “I’m here to win and my job is finding ways to do it.

    “Sometimes it’s what you want to do as a coach and sometimes it’s what you’re allowed to do with the levels of players and performance that the top teams can do against you.

    “In the games against Liverpool, City and against Chelsea in the FA Cup final, we obviously had very long periods where we had to defend deeper than we would like to.

    “So we have to find scenarios to prepare for that and if I propose something very difficult that would expose our team right now, I wouldn’t be acting in the best interests of the club or the players.

    “We have to be able to adapt and the players we have available can change our game plan.

    “Playing only one way doesn’t work in football anymore unless you are superior to the opponent all the time.”

  • JOR THE ONE

    PSG want to sign Chelsea midfielder Jorginho on loan, according to reports.

    The Italian, 28, has been linked with a departure away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

    Now Telefoot report the French champions have 'established a connection' with Chelsea over a potential switch.

    PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is understood to be keen to bring in another midfielder before the transfer window closes next week.

    However, his side may still have competition from Arsenal, who have also been linked with the £57million former Napoli man.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly a big fan of Jorginho, who could be seen as an alternative to fellow target Thomas Partey.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners will take on Liverpool in the Premier League tonight.

    But Jurgen Klopp's side could reportedly be without Thiago Alcantara and Alisson for tomorrow's Anfield clash with Arsenal.

    Alisson started last week's 2-0 win over Chelsea, while Thiago debuted from the bench at half-time.

    But both were given the night off as Klopp's back-ups romped to a 7-2 League Cup win over Lincoln City in midweek.

    According to the Mirror, however, they could miss out again tomorrow, having suffered injuries this week.

    In other news, Arsenal fans are convinced Thomas Partey will join them after he was left on the bench for Atletico Madrid.

    The Gunners have been chasing the midfielder all summer – but he has a huge release clause of £45million.

    And fans finally believe a deal is in the pipeline after he was dropped for Atletico.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly ready to step up their pursuit of Houssem Aouar by launching a £45million bid.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has already had an initial £36m bid turned down by Lyon.

    According to Football.London, Arsenal's revised bid will be £36.5m up front and an extra £9m in add ons.

  • FUN NIL

    Mikel Arteta is putting ‘the Arsenal Way’ on the back burner as he bids to end the club’s Anfield nightmare this evening.

    The Gunners have conceded a staggering 30 goals in their last eight visits to Liverpool and haven’t won there since 2012 when Arteta was still a player.

    But they did beat Jurgen Klopp’s Champions at the Emirates in July and triumphed in a penalty shoot-out in the Community Shield last month.

    And on both occasions they were happy to allow Liverpool to dominate possession and punish their opponents on the break.

    It is a tactic which Arteta has consistently used against their ‘Big Six’ opponents since coming out of lockdown.

    Speaking about his game plan, Arteta said: “So we have to find scenarios to prepare for that and if I propose something very difficult that would expose our team right now, I wouldn’t be acting in the best interests of the club or the players.

    “We have to be able to adapt and the players we have available can change our game plan.

    “Playing only one way doesn’t work in football anymore unless you are superior to the opponent all the time.”

  • SHARE ALIKE

    Premier League clubs have been ordered by the Government to stop splashing millions on new players and bail out their skint EFL counterparts instead.

    Culture secretary Oliver Dowden yesterday demanded England’s top division “step up to the plate” and “start looking after the football family as a whole.”

    Dowden wants a deal agreed this week for Prem sides to cough up the £250million EFL chief Rick Parry says his clubs stand to lose due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Asked by the  BBC’s Andrew Marr if he was going to insist Prem clubs “help poorer clubs, rather than spend huge amounts of money hiring a new striker,” Dowden replied: “That’s exactly what we’re saying to them.”

  • STAT ATTACK

    Here's some interesting stats ahead of Arsenal's showdown with Liverpool…

    1. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 60 Premier League home matches.
    2. Liverpool have won their past four home league games against Arsenal.
    3. Arsenal beat Liverpool in July for the first time in 10 Prem meetings.
    4. No reigning champion has won their opening three Prem matches since Manchester United in 2011-12.
    5. Mikel Arteta can become the first Arsenal manager to win his first match at Liverpool since Tom Whittaker in 1947.
  • SOK IT TO 'EM

    Arsenal have given an injury update ahead of their clash against Liverpool.

    • Sokratis is being integrated back into full training in the coming days.
    • Kieran Tierney suffered a tight left groin before the clash against West Ham. He is now back in full training.
    • Cedric Soares missed the clash against Leicester with a tight calf, but is set to be integrated back into full training in the coming days.

    AUBA TO YOU

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged Houssem Aouar to join the Gunners.

    When asked if he would like his club to sign Aouar, he told Canal+: “Of course I am in favour.

    “He would add quality. Let's see what happens.

    “I cannot hide that, even if he is with Lyon.”

    JOR DROPPING

    Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly opened talks over a loan move for Jorginho.

    According to Telefoot, the French giants have already “established a connection” with the Blues over the move.

    Jorginho, who joined the club in 2018 for £57million, has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

    Arsenal are among the clubs that are interested in securing his services.

    HOUS THAT?

    Houssem Aouar has confirmed that transfer talks are ongoing between Arsenal and Lyon.

    The Frenchman was quizzed about his future following his side's 1-1 draw with Lorient.

    Speaking to Canal+, he said: “There is contact with clubs, I don't know yet.

    “We'll see what happens in the future.”

    CELL OUT

    Dani Ceballos is ready and raring for Arsenal's clash against Liverpool tomorrow.

    Kick-off is at 8pm at Anfield.

    KOP THAT

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reckons Arsenal could challenge for the Premier League title this season.

    As reported by the Liverpool Echo, he said: “The Premier League and these teams with what what they do is too much and too good that the season isn't decided before started, so it doesn't just work like this.”

    Before he added: “Nobody is safe of these kinds of things and so we have to work incredibly hard to sort it out, but the other teams have no influence.

    “When we face them we want to beat them, that's all we can do, but, yes often it is an open race.

    “Chelsea will be there 100 per cent, United will be there, Arsenal and Tottenham will always be there.”

    TAKING THE MIK

    Mikel Arteta has voiced his concerns about the players are set to go on international duty next month during the coronavirus pandemic.

    He said: “We have much more information right now than we had many months ago when that happened.

    “The bubbles that the Premier League, the clubs and the Government have been able to create to try and keep everybody as safe as possible are working really, really well.

    “But we all know that issue is still there.”

    Before he added: “Obviously when everyone has to fly away to very different countries, I think at the moment it is a little bit of an experience.

    “We don't know what the outcome is. We want to believe that they are going to follow a lot of things that implemented and working well so fingers crossed we don't get any bad news.”

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal fans are convinced Thomas Partey will join them after he was left on the bench for Atletico Madrid.

    Diego Simeone left him on the sidelines for today's LaLiga game against Granada.

    one Arsenal fan said: “Thomas Partey is on the Atletico bench and he wasn't in their kit photoshoot either.

    “Something is definitely happening behind the scenes.”

    Another supporter said: “Partey on the bench for Atletico is good news.”

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