4.45pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ozil offers to SAVE Gunnersaurus, Aouar BOOST, Partey slammed by Atletico fans – The Sun

ARSENAL snapped up Thomas Partey in a £45m deal from Atletico Madrid on Deadline Day.

The Gunners, however, failed to sign Houssem Aouar, but may be back in January with Lyon potentially strapped for cash .

While Mesut Ozil has offered to 'buy' Gunnersaurus and save the sacked mascot by donating his wages for the remainder of his time at the club.

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

  • Marc Mayo

    NOT OZIL-Y POPULAR

    However, there are dissenting voices over Mesut Ozil's Gunnersaurus pledge.

    One fan tweeted: “Özil’s motive is not 100% pure – he did this intentionally to embarrass the club and enter into the limelight following a positive day for the club.”

    And another wrote: “Basically as long as arsenal pay you £350,000 per week you'll pay his wages. Stop holding my club to ransom. This is far from classy. This is pure PR.”

  • Marc Mayo

    MESUT ONE – ARSENAL ZIL

    Fans have responded amazingly to Mesut Ozil's pledge to re-sign Gunnersaurus mascot Jerry Quy.

    The midfielder has promised to subsidise the mascot's wages after he was fired yesterday.

    He wrote on Twitter that he wants “Jerry [to] continue his job that he loves so much.”

  • Marc Mayo

    HE CAME, HE SAUR, HE CONQUERED

    Mesut Ozil has offered to sign Gunnersaurus!

    The midfielder wants to fund Jerry Quy's wages himself after the mascot was let go, following 27 years with Arsenal.

  • John Hutchinson

    GUEN AND BEAR IT

    Matteo Guendouzi completed a loan move from Arsenal to Hertha Berlin on transfer deadline day.

    The French midfielder was frozen out of the first team after a series of run-ins with Mikel Arteta,

    But French football journalist Julien Laurens insists he has ‘learned a lot’ from his recent experiences and doesn't think his Gunners futures is dead just yet.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, Laurens said: “He learned a lot from what has happened over the last few weeks and months, and he will go away to Hertha Berlin, it’s a good team, they’re building a really strong team and he will discover a new league as well.

    “He will learn a lot from that and come back in a year’s time to Arsenal and hopefully he can have a fresh start.”

  • John Hutchinson

    READ ALL ABOUT HIM

    Arsenal have helped their fans out with an extensive guide to their new signing Thomas Partey.

    If Gooners weren't excited before, they might be now.

    Atletico Madrid probably won't be having a read…

  • John Hutchinson

    WILL THERE'S A WAY

    Big news breaking here, PA Sports News believes Arsenal could loan out William Saliba to a Championship club.

    French outfit St Etienne were fuming after Arsenal delayed their move to bring in the centre-half on transfer deadline day.

    But with EFL clubs allowed to trade with the Premier League, Saliba could be farmed out for more experience.

  • sstreet

    PART OF THE TEAM

    Thomas Partey has updated his bio to confirm his move to Arsenal.

    And the Gunners' official Twitter could hardly contain their excitement!

  • sstreet

    AOUAR DAY WILL COME

    Arsenal failed to land Houssem Aouar in on transfer deadline day, but they will hope a deal can be done in the future.

    And the Gunners' chances of doing just that may have been boosted by Barcelona pulling out of a £23m plus add-ons move for Memphis Depay after they were unable to sell Ousmane Dembele.

    The Dutchman had already agreed personal terms with Barca and Lyon were so confident of the deal going through that they had already faxed the paperwork.

    Depay's contract with the French side expires in June 2021, meaning he's almost certain to leave either on a free or for a severely reduced fee in January.

    That shortfall may well lead to Lyon needing to sell Houssem Aouar for a substantially lower price than they would have accepted in this transfer window.

    A week ago the French club spent £18m to sign a potential replacement for Aouar – AC Milan's Lucas Paqueta.

  • John Hutchinson

    KEEP 'EM COMING

    Arsenal have announced another signing – and it's another for the development team.

    Moving to North London is Nikolaj Moller, who joins from Swedish side Malmo.

    A club statement reads: “The 18-year-old centre forward is a powerful striker and prolific goalscorer.

    “He has spent most of his youth career in Sweden, but recently spent time in Italy at Bologna’s academy before returning to Malmo.

    “We all welcome Nikolaj to Arsenal and look forward to watching his development with us.”

  • John Hutchinson

    LATE SIGNING IN!

    Arsenal have snared one more player under the radar.

    Joel Ideho will join up with the Professional Development Phase this season.

    A statement on the club website reads: “The 17-year-old winger is best known for his pace and accuracy.

    “The Netherlands youth international spent his development with the Tilburg Academy of Willem II, before joining Eredivisie side Ajax earlier this year.”

  • John Hutchinson

    PART-ING SHOT

    Thomas Partey's farewell post to Atletico fans backfired in brutal fashion with supporters calling him a 'rat' and a 'liar'.

    Partey posted a picture of himself celebrating an Atleti goal and wrote: “Dear Atletico fans, today I only have words of gratitude with you.

    “For several years now, Atlético de Madrid has been my home and a part of this family will always be with me.

    “I want to thank the club for the trust placed in me from day one, but above all, I want to thank you.

    “This wonderful hobby that I accepted from the first moment and that has shown that it is both in good and bad times and you never truly stop believing.

    “Atlético de Madrid is not just a club, it is a family. Thank you.”

    But fans were not willing to join in the feeling of sentiment and slammed the 27-year-old in the replies.

    Ismael simply wrote: “Goodbye rat.”

    Joaquin added: “Leaving the team lying 35 minutes after the transfer market closes is not being grateful, it is being a son of a b****.”

    And Miguel Torres said: “First you cry for a position in the team, you are given the importance you wanted, and you leave because you do not earn two million more a year. Rat.”

  • John Hutchinson

    GETTING SHIRTY

    Arsenal staff are hard at work in the club shop – getting Thomas Partey shirts ready for the fans.

    The midfielder's signing has been met with jubilation from Gooners after some impressive displays for Atletico Madrid.

    Now supporters can pay tribute to their new Ghanaian enforcer – by wearing his name on their backs.

  • John Hutchinson

    ARTETA ON … PARTEY JOINING

    Speaking to the club website, the boss said: “We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad.

    “He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years.

    “We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game.

    “He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”

  • John Hutchinson

    STOCK IT UP

    It's Partey time in the Arsenal club shop today!

    The Gunners are joyous after finally getting the £45m signing of Thomas Partey over the line from Atletico Madrid.

    So it's only right that staff have made sure there are plenty of shirts with his name on the back ready for fans to buy.

    North London is in full-on Partey-mode!

  • John Hutchinson

    EXCLUSIVE – WELBECK LEAVES WATFORD!

    Former Arsenal star Danny Welbeck has been allowed to leave Watford on a free transfer … just a year after costing them £16million, reports Justin Allen.

    The former Manchester United, Arsenal and England striker was earning £100,000-a-week.

    But after relegation from the Premier League, the Hornets cannot afford his wages.

    Welbeck, 29, had a strong end to the season after recovering from a hamstring injury that he sustained in October.

    It was hard for the striker to build momentum after getting injured, returning to the team in February only for that to be curtailed by the coronavirus lockdown.

    But he played all nine of the Hornets’ last matches post-lockdown, producing strong performances and scoring two goals.

    A number of Premier League clubs have enquired about the player and he has also attracted interest from abroad.

    Welbeck wants to play top-level football and with Watford hit by relegation and no gate receipts it was decided to let him move from Vicarage Road for free.

    The club paid £16m to Arsenal when they signed him last August.

  • John Hutchinson

    PARTEY IS A TWITTER GUNNER!

    We are confident Arsenal's new signing Thomas Partey must be reading our Gunners blog!

    An hour after we nudged the Gunners' new £45m signing that he needed to 'update his Twitter bio', he has done just that!

    And he has followed our advice for how to design it, a nice Emirates shot as the landscape. We are sure the profile pic will be him in his Arsenal shirt once he gets it 😉

    Nice one, Thomas.

  • John Hutchinson

    MODERN-DAY VIEIRA

    Arsenal fans are delighted that the club finally got the Thomas Partey deal over the line.

    And they will be even happier with the latest comparison being made.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, former Tottenham and England striker Darren Bent believes the midfielder can be a 'modern Vieira'.

    The Frenchman is of course regarded as one of Arsenal's best ever players, and led the club to numerous trophies over the years.

    No pressure, Thomas!

  • John Hutchinson

    ARSENAL SLAMMED AGAIN

    Saint Etienne have slammed Arsenal for scuppering William Saliba's return to the French club on loan.

    The Ligue 1 outfit claim they had a deal lined up 'long before the transfer window closed' and blamed the Gunners for not fulfilling their admin duties in England.

    A statement on the French club’s official website read: “Long before the transfer window closed, AS Saint-Etienne had reached an agreement with William Saliba and accepted Arsenal's offer for a one-season loan.

    “Unfortunately, all the administrative conditions could not be met in time, in England, for the completion of the deal.

    “The disappointment is great for ASSE and William Saliba, who was particularly determined to return to a club where he has flourished.”

    Uh-oh. Another club FUMING with the Gunners!

  • John Hutchinson

    WORK TO DO, THOMAS

    Now the deal has been done, Thomas Partey can get to the VERY important matter of changing up his Twitter profile.

    He will need a new landscape photo, perhaps of The Emirates. Then obviosuly he needs to update that he is now an ARSENAL player.

    A nice profile pic of him holding his new red and white shirt will do the job too.

    Get to it, Thomas!

  • John Hutchinson

    MISSED THE PARTEY

    There's a bit of jealousy over the water after Arsenal managed to bag 'elite' midfielder Thomas Partey.

    The Ghanaian midfielder completed a £45m move to The Emirates, and Gunners fans are ecstatic.

    Chelsea shipped out Ruben Loftus-Cheek, was there space for one more? This Blues fan certainly thinks so and is envious of his Prem rivals making the signing.

  • John Hutchinson

    DIEGO DESPAIR

    Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is unsurprisingly 'enraged' at losing one of his best players in Thomas Partey.

    The boss was powerless as Arsenal went straight in to LaLiga to meet the midfielder's release fee.

    Spanish journalist David Vinuesa has told Show Sport that he was 'convinced Partey would remain part of his team'.

    The move left Simeone 'angry'.

    We wouldn't want to see the Argentine gaffer angry that's for sure…

  • John Hutchinson

    SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO

    Arsenal managed to get the Thomas Partey signing over the line… but should it have been a double midfield signing?

    The Gunners were heavily linked with Houssem Aouar before the Frenchman decided to stick with Lyon.

    This Arsenal fan thinks the player himself should have pushed for the move.

  • sstreet

    NO THOMAS, NO PARTEY!

    The best possible way for Gunners fans to start the day…

  • John Hutchinson

    CRASHED THE PARTEY

    Arsenal's relationship with Atletico Madrid is 'irreparable' after the Spanish side were left furious with the last-gasp pursuit of Thomas Partey, according to reports.

    Mikel Arteta and chiefs pulled off a deal for the midfielder in the final moments of deadline day after matching his £45million release clause.

    Atletico stated that the paperwork was completed at 10.28pm UK time, just over half an hour before the deadline.

    And The Athletic write how the La Liga club are reeling at the lack of notice made by Arsenal.

    It was also claimed how La Liga made Atletico aware that Partey's release clause had been matched instead of the Gunners going directly to the club.

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal left it late, but Mikel Arteta's side managed to get a deal over the line for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.

    The Spanish side confirmed on Twitter that the Gunners had activated his £45million release clause – without even telling them.

    Atletico stated that the paperwork was completed at 10.28pm UK time, just over half an hour before the deadline.

    With the deal signed, Partey is expected to fly to Turkey to join his Ghana national team squad.

    A combative midfielder, such as Partey or Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, has been high on Arteta's wish list throughout the transfer window.

    And they have finally landed their top target after a summer of speculation.

    In other news, Lucas Torreira has followed Matteo Guendouzi out of the exit door at the Emirates on loan for the season.

    The midfielders dropped down the pecking order with Mohamed Elneny returning to form and Dani Ceballos returning from Real Madrid for another season.

    Uruguayan Torreira, 24, has headed to Atletico for the 2020-21 season.

    Guendouzi, meanwhile, will spend the campaign in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal caused a stir as they AXED their beloved mascot Gunnersaurus after 27 years in order to cut costs amid the coronavirus crisis.

    Jerry Quy, the man inside the costume since its birth in 1993, has been released by Emirates chiefs.

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