12pm Arsenal news LIVE: Saliba situation ‘bizarre’, Nketiah breaks England Under-21 record, Partey in Arsenal kit – The Sun

ARSENAL new boy Gabriel Magalhaes has hit the ground running at the Emirates, winning player of the month for September.

Meanwhile, Thomas Partey was reportedly a target for Chelsea while the Gunners have reportedly stumped up an £8m loyalty bonus after failing to sell Mesut Ozil.

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

  • Joe Miles

    'BIZARRE'

    Martin Keown is baffled by Arsenal's signing of William Saliba.

    The club legend told talkSPORT: “It's bizarre. We've just not seen the kid.

    “You want to see him to see how he performs, say in the Championship to see if he's good enough.

    “I'm anxious to see. The feeling was that this was going to be the one.

    “Gabriel has come in and been an outstanding signing.”

  • Joe Miles

    RESCUE PACKAGE

    Premier League clubs are set to make a £50million bail-out offer to keep League One and Two clubs alive.

    But there will be NO money available for Championship clubs.

    And the top flight outfits are also expected to demand the head of English Football League chairman Rick Parry.

    The majority of Premier League clubs are furious at Parry for conducting secret negotiations with Liverpool and Manchester United that saw the EFL chairman become the public face of Project Big Picture.

    EFL clubs have come out in support of Parry, pointing to the promise of £250m immediately coming from the Premier League to the lower three divisions as a result of the plan.

  • Joe Miles

    JOR THE ONE

    Chelsea are ready to offer Jorginho a shock new contract, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 28, was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

    But after snubbing Arsenal's interest to stay put in West London, the Blues could reward him with a new deal.

    According to AreaNapoli, the Italian wants to put pen to paper on an updated contract.

  • Joe Miles

    THE CROWN JULES

    Arsenal star Tyreece John-Jules, who plays on loan at Doncaster Rovers, has picked up an injury while on international duty.

    The striker was left out of England's Under-20 clash against Wales on Tuesday.

    Rovers boss Darren Moore been informed that the player picked up 'a knock' in training.

    Moore told the Free Press: “We've not had anything confirmed yet but we think he's got a little knock.

    “Because it's a friendly match, I think they've pulled him out for precautionary reasons.

    “I've got to find out what it is.”

  • Joe Miles

    WHAT A MES

    Mesut Ozil gets paid THIS much each week for sitting on the sidelines.

    Not bad, eh?

    Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang earns more than him at the Emirates.

  • Joe Miles

    MES BE JOKING?

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly SAVING Arsenal money over his decision to freeze Mesut Ozil out of his side.

    The Gunners boss hasn't included the German in a matchday squad at all this season, with the 31-year-old's last competitive appearance coming in March.

    According to The Athletic, Arsenal have had to pay the ex-Real Madrid star a loyalty bonus of £8m in September after they failed to offload him.

    But they state that the North Londoners have been saving themselves money by Ozil not playing.

    It has been claimed the former Schalke supremo is due bonuses for every appearance he makes due to a clause in the contract he agreed in January 2018.

  • Joe Miles

    TAKING THE MICH

    Arsenal are interested in Reading winger Michael Olise, according to the MailOnline.

    The report states that the 18-year-old is “likely to leave” the Madejski Stadium.

    But the Gunners face some fierce competition for his signature.

    Leeds and Wolves are among the clubs that are also keen on him.

  • Joe Miles

    'WERE SO GREAT'

    Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey has named the five Arsenal players he idolised as a youngster.

    He told Arsenal's website: “When we were young we used to watch so many games, when they had the Invincibles season in 2004, they were so great.

    “That is when they won the hearts of so many people.

    “There were a lot of great players before. Ian Wright was here, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, [Robert] Pires, [Dennis] Bergkamp was one of the greatest, and that season was great.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    KEPT HIS ED

    Eddie Nketiah has told of his goalscoring heroics in England's 2-1 win over Turkey that guaranteed them top spot in the Euros qualifying group and also broke Alan Shearer's goalscoring record.

    He also missed a penalty in the second half before bagging the Young Lions' second from Ryan Sessegnon's cross.

    The Arsenal striker said: “Turkey were very aggressive. They were very strong. We were a bit sloppy at the beginning but everyone fought together.

    “We want to be a lot better than we were today and we have been in other games. I think we will come back stronger next time, build on this and take it into the Euros.

    “It is amazing. It was nice to get the three points firstly but to get the record and be alongside those names and players it is a dream come true.”

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah has overtaken Alan Shearer as England U21 top goalscorer after netting in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Turkey.

    Nketiah now has an incredible 14 goals for the U21s.

    He told BT Sport: “It is amazing. It was nice to get the three points firstly but to get the record and be alongside those names and players it is a dream come true.”

    Meanwhile, Thomas Partey has vowed to help Arsenal challenge for the title this season.

    The new £45million man said: “Coming to Arsenal makes me think that everything is possible and I know that by working hard and giving my best in every game I can live up to their high expectations.

    “With the presence of Arteta, we have seen that Arsenal are playing hard.

    “Everyone is defending and that’s the most important thing because we have a lot of strikers who can score goals at any time.

    “I have seen that everyone at the club has been excited by the new coach and now our objective is to challenge for the title again and get the club back to where it belongs.”

    Finally, Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to give Mesut Ozil one more chance in the side.

    He told the BBC: “I feel it is a waste for him.

    “Firstly because he's in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most.

    “And it's a waste for the club as well because he's a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.

    “The way football is going at the moment it's quick counter-pressing, quick transitions and everybody plays the same.

    “It's kicked out players like Ozil. Although let's not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played at Real Madrid.

    “He's been the record player of assists, so you have to find a way to get him involved again.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FER-GET IT

    Arsene Wenger has revealed he ‘hated’ Sir Alex Ferguson during his time at Arsenal – but couldn’t help respecting the Man Utd legend.

    He says in his new book ‘My Life in Red & White’: “The competition makes you hate the opponent. I think he certainly hated me and I hated him sometimes as well.

    “Whenever we competed it was always a fight — always very tight and nervous.

    “And don’t forget we also had to deal with Fergie time.

    “But when the competition is over what remains is a deep respect for guys like him, for what they have achieved and how long they stayed in the job and dedicated their lives to it.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Man United and Liverpool may ramp up Euro Super League plans in a bitter twist if Project Big Picture is snubbed.

    SunSport has been told smaller top-flight teams have been threatened with a breakaway European league if they do not agree to the deal.

    It has emerged the Big Six stand to rake in 'hundreds of millions' if they get the rights to sell up to eight games a season on overseas pay-per-view streams.

    According to club sources, the ultimatum came as top flight outfits voiced their private anger at the Project Big Picture proposals, including giving the Big Six a policy veto and a fundamental change in the club revenue split.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TOM PROMISE

    Tattoo enthusiast Thomas Partey has vowed to help Arsenal challenge for the title this season.

    The new £45million man said: “Coming to Arsenal makes me think that everything is possible and I know that by working hard and giving my best in every game I can live up to their high expectations.

    “With the presence of Arteta, we have seen that Arsenal are playing hard.

    “Everyone is defending and that’s the most important thing because we have a lot of strikers who can score goals at any time.

    “I have seen that everyone at the club has been excited by the new coach and now our objective is to challenge for the title again and get the club back to where it belongs.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FAN REVOLT

    Premier League clubs are set to spark the 'angriest meeting ever' as they oppose the 'Project Big Six Picture'.

    According to the Mirror, fan groups from Liverpool and Man United will put forward a statement declaring war on the plans.

    That statement will also be backed by Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.

    It reads: “By floating this latest plan, those behind it are acknowledging football needs to be reformed. It’s something we have been saying for many years. There are some suggestions in this plan that have merit.

    “But we are totally opposed to concentrating power in the hands of six billionaire owners and departing from the one club, one vote and collective ethos of the Premier League.

    “This part of the proposal must be dropped immediately if other elements are to be given serious consideration.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ED START

    Eddie Nketiah has overtaken Alan Shearer as England U21 top goalscorer after netting in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Turkey.

    Nketiah now has an incredible 14 goals for the U21s.

    He told BT Sport: “It is amazing. It was nice to get the three points firstly but to get the record and be alongside those names and players it is a dream come true.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    LEYT CALL

    Leyton Orient chief Nigel Travis backs Man Utd and Liverpool’s Project Big Picture, claiming coronavirus will wipe out Football League clubs in six weeks.

    He told BBC Radio Five Live: “If clubs don't get something soon you will see clubs disappear, I would predict, within five to six weeks.

    “One thing I need to quash is, this isn't about the pandemic, this is about a crisis in football that goes back many years.

    “Before the pandemic, 75 per cent of clubs were losing money – that can't continue.

    “The pandemic has, if you like, exacerbated the problem and we need to get it fixed.

    “I know you are talking about 'Project Big Picture' – this is a great proposal as far as we are concerned.

    “It is certainly very promising and clubs need it. Something like this has to go through.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    MONEY MAKERS

    Premier League clubs will be able to show traditional 3pm Saturday kick-offs under the new 'Project Big Picture' but only on their own channels.

    According to the Times, one of the proposals state that if the broadcast blackout is lifted, clubs would then own the rights to show their matches.

    It means the prospect of top clubs generating even more money from fans.

    Saturday 3pm kick-offs have always been under a British broadcast blackout which was lifted during the pandemic with fans unable to attend matches.

    Premier League clubs will hold a crisis meeting on Thursday where the majority are likely to oppose the new structure.

  • Anthony Chapman

    KEEP THE PARTEY GOING

    Want some more pictures of Partey? Here you go!

  • Anthony Chapman

    PARTEY TIME

    Here is the picture every Arsenal fan was waiting to see.

    Partey has finally got his hands on a Gunners shirt!

    The midfielder will wear the No18 and could make his debut against Man City this weekend.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PART AND PARCEL

    Arsenal star Thomas Partey's dad took a swipe at Chelsea and Juventus by claiming his son was waiting for a 'bigger team' to come in amid their transfer interest.

    Jacob Partey told My Joy Online: “We actually weren't disturbed by anything because we hoped a bigger team will come for Partey.

    “We were aware of the [other teams interested]: Juventus, Chelsea and so forth.

    “All through this we knew God was with us. From that minute we started to dance to 'Party after Party'.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    PROJECT BIG PITCH

    Man United and Liverpool's radical plans to restructure the Premier League will be outlined at an emergency meeting of all 20 clubs on Thursday.

    The Mail claims Reds owner John Henry and United counterpart Joel Glazer held crisis talks on Monday in the face of rising criticism.

    There is thought to be a recognition that the controversial plan to effectively give the Big Six veto power and a greater share of broadcast revenue may have to be watered down.

    READ MORE HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    WEL I NEVER

    Former Man United and Arsenal star Danny Welbeck is wanted by Brighton.

    The striker was released from his Watford contract following their relegation to the Championship.

    And the Mail claims Graham Potter wants to bring Welbeck back to the Premier League on a free transfer.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ARTETA-STRY

    Arsenal have finally found the right man to take them forward in Mikel Arteta.

    That’s according to Gunners legend Arsene Wenger, who believes Arteta is working wonders following the failure of predecessor Unai Emery.

    Wenger told the BBC: “He (Arteta) has the ingredients to be a very good manager, a top manager, but many of my former players had these ingredients.

    “We have to give them time, let them do their job in the way they want to do it.

    “He's intelligent, he has big passion and a strong character. And I believe he's surrounding himself with the right people.” 

  • Anthony Chapman

    OZ FEST

    Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to give Mesut Ozil one more chance in the side.

    He told the BBC: “I feel it is a waste for him.

    “Firstly because he's in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most.

    “And it's a waste for the club as well because he's a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.

    “The way football is going at the moment it's quick counter-pressing, quick transitions and everybody plays the same.

    “It's kicked out players like Ozil. Although let's not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played at Real Madrid.

    “He's been the record player of assists, so you have to find a way to get him involved again.”

  • Marc Mayo

    GUNNERS ABROAD

    A handful of Arsenal players are involved in internationals tonight.

    Bernd Leno will likely be on the bench as Germany face Granit Xhaka’s Switzerland in the Nations League.

    Dani Ceballos takes on Ukraine in the other Group 4 game, with Spain two points clear of the Germans.

    Nicolas Pepe’s Ivory Coast are in action against Japan, a friendly being played at Utrecht’s Stadion Galgenwaard.

    And Eddie Nketiah is in contention for England Under-21s as they face Turkey at Molineux.

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