Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners battle Chelsea for Osimhen, Arteta reveals Raya decision, Martinelli injury latest | The Sun

ARSENAL have Napoli sensation Victor Osimhen down as one of their top targets.

But Chelsea could swoop in for the Nigerian striker instead according to reports.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta revealed that he opted to go for David Raya in the Everton win as "no one is guaranteed a spot."

And it would have been the perfect day for Arteta had Gabriel Martinelli not been forced off with a hamstring injury.

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  • By Cosmo Teare

    Trossard's Man of The Match reaction

    Arsenal fans have pointed out how buzzing Leandro Trossard was to win the man of the match award yesterday.

    The winger replaced an injured Gabriel Martinelli in the 24th minute of the game and went on to grab the winner.

    He was clearly very pleased with his efforts.

  • By Jon Boon

    Raya's game in numbers

    David Raya was a surprising call-up instead of Aaron Ramsdale in the Arsenal goal against Everton.

    And the Spaniard didn't put a foot wrong.

    Raya had 45 touches today and completed 31/33 passes including 7/9 long ones.

    That combined with the ease with which he dealt with crosses made for a fine Arsenal debut.

  • By Jon Boon

    Pep would love Odegaard

    Gary Neville believes Pep Guardiola would love to have Martin Odegaard in his team.

    Neville said on his podcast: “Odegaard, I am not saying he is as good as David Silva or Kevin De Bruyne, I think he has got a bit to go in his career, but he is getting to a point now by where I watch him play, it is so smooth, it is so silky. 

    “I knew he was always a talented player, but we are now talking about something that is very different than just talented. This is real class.”

    The Sky Sports pundit added: ‘Pep Guardiola, I think if you said take one player out of this Arsenal team, I think he would take him in an absolute heartbeat.”

  • By Jon Boon

    Osimhen rival

    Arsenal target Victor Osimhen is reportedly interesting Chelsea.

    The Blues are said to be 'dreaming' of signing the Napoli striker.

    According to Football London, Mauricio Pochettino wants the Nigerian.

    However, that can only be achieved if his side qualify for Champions League football.

  • By Jon Boon

    Jorginho targeted

    Arsenal midfielder Jorginho has reportedly been targeted by a Champions League giant.

    According to reports from Spain, Barcelona are eyeing up a move for the Italian midfielder.

    However, the Spaniards will face competition from Juventus for his signature, the report adds.

    Jorginho's contract expires at the end of the season, although there is an option to extend his deal.

  • By Jon Boon

    Short corners key

    Leandro Trossard revealed Arsenal used short corners as a tactic to combat Everton's aerial process.

    The Belgium star revealed: "Well we know that they have a lot of tall guys on their team and they’re great at set pieces so that’s where we wanted to exploit them if we could [by using short corners] so that was the idea behind it.

    "To be honest, we work hard on everything. The team managed to pick it up from the manager who works so hard with everyone on these types of things."

  • By Jon Boon

    Keeper puzzle

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hinted that he could swap goalkeepers mid-game in future.

    During his post-match press conference, Arteta said: "No one is guaranteed a spot. I'm not guaranteed a spot. We're here to perform at the highest level and to contribute our best capacity to win games.

    "It's no different for anyone. If we set ourselves those standards, no matter what happens externally it is not going to be bigger than that. That's the aim we have.

    "I haven’t had a single question on why Gabriel Jesus hasn’t started. He (Jesus) has won more trophies than anybody else, including me, in that dressing room.

    "But I cannot have two players in this position and don’t play them. David has tremendous qualities, like Aaron has, like Karl (Hein) has, but we have to use them. It is like this.

    "I am a really young manager. I only have been three and a half years in the job and I have few regrets.

    "One of them was that on two occasions I felt after 60 minutes and after 85 minutes, in two games in this period, to change the keeper at that moment and I didn’t do it. I didn’t have the courage to do it and I was so unhappy.

    "Tell me why not do it. Why not. We have all the qualities in another goalkeeper to do something, something is happening and you want to change momentum.

    "Do it. It is a regret that I had. And now my feeling is to get everyone engaged and in the team, they have to play regardless of the competition. That is my message."

  • By Jon Boon

    Martinelli injury update

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has provided an update on winger Gabriel Martinelli's injury.

    On Martinelli's fitness, Arteta said: "He felt, I think, something in the action in the run for the goal.

    "He’s not normally a player to have muscular issues, but he had to come off. Let’s see."

  • By Jon Boon

    Trossard talks about his goal

    Leandro Trossard has spoken about his decisive goal.

    "It's always nice to help your team, especially with a winning goal," he told Sky Sports.

    "I think it's a great action. I called B (Saka) and he saw me with a perfect lay-off. It went in perfectly and I'm very happy. I've been practicing all my life on both feet and you can see it helps you.

    "It's so helpful if you're good on both feet – you can go both ways and score off either."

  • By Jon Boon


    Arsenal broke their Everton hoodoo – defeating the Toffees 1-0 at Goodison Park.

    Leandro Trossard scored the winner for the visitors.

    Stay here for plenty of reaction to their win.

    William Saliba was voted man of the match for his display.

  • By Jon Boon

    Why Ramsdale was dropped

    Mikel Arteta has explained his decision to pick David Raya in goal over Aaron Ramsdale.

    Arteta told Sky Sports : "I think I mentioned it that we wanted to build a squad with two quality players in each position, with different characteristics, and we have got that now.

    "And to maximise that they have to play games, and we have a lot of things coming up now. And we have the same with other players we have rotated and there will be a lot of game-time in the next few weeks."

  • By Jon Boon

    Morgan blasts Arteta

    Piers Morgan has blasted Mikel Arteta for "humiliating" Arsenal keeper Aaron Rasmdale with the axe.

    Loanee David Raya made a shock debut in Sunday's crucial home Premier League clash at Everton.

    Gunners' fan Morgan posted on social media: "I don’t understand what Ramsdale has done to deserve being dropped? Havertz, yes.. but Ramsdale’s been consistently superb for us. Why humiliate him?"

  • By Jon Boon


    It's 0-0 at the break.

    Arsenal having all the possession, but have been unable to break down a stubborn Everton defence.

    Gabriel Martinelli thought he'd given the Gunners the lead, only for VAR to chalk it off for offside.

    The Brazil winger also suffered an injury and had to come off.

  • By Joshua Hall

    Martinelli forced off injured

    Gabriel Martinelli has been subbed off early in Arsenal's clash with Everton.

    The Brazilian had the ball in the back of the net, but then saw it ruled out by VAR for an offside in the build up.

    He then went down holding his leg and was subbed off in the 23rd minute for Leandro Trossard.


  • By Joshua Hall

    Partey "ready to quit"

    Thomas Partey is reportedly "ready to quit" Arsenal if he isn't reintegrated back into the first team following his injury.

    The Ghanaian is currently out of action with a groin injury that he picked up in training and is expected to be out for a number of weeks.

    And according to Football Insider, he is happy to quit the team if he is not considered as one of Mikel Arteta's best 11 upon his return.

    The news comes amid rumours that Juventus are considering Partey as a replacement for Paul Pogba should he banned for doping allegations.

    Credit: Getty
  • By Joshua Hall

    Match underway!

    Arsenal are underway at Goodison Park as they face Everton.

    The Gunners are hoping to build on their 3-1 win over Man United last time out whilst Everton look to get the ball rolling on their season.


  • By Joshua Hall

    Arsenal offer strong bench

    The Gunners have got a strong bench for their match against Everton this afternoon.

    With new signings arriving in the summer there is a depth of talent at Arsenal that allows them to have a number of quality options off the bench.

    Mikel Arteta has named his bench today as: Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Jakub Kiwior, Kai Havertz, Emile Smith Rowe, Leandro Trossard, Reiss Nelson and Gabriel Jesus.

  • By Joshua Hall

    Havertz and Ramsdale dropped for Everton game

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has dropped both Kai Havertz and Aaron Ramsdale to the bench for his side's clash with Everton this afternoon.

    David Raya will come in for Ramsdale to make his debut for the club whilst Havertz makes way for Fabio Vieira.

  • By Joshua Hall

    Raya makes Arsenal debut

    David Raya is in line for his first game in an Arsenal shirt today after Mikel Arteta has named him in his starting 11.

    The Arsenal manager has chosen to drop Aaron Ramsdale in favour of the Spaniard.

    Raya joined the Gunners this summer from Brentford on a season long loan with the option to buy.



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  • By Joshua Hall

    Arteta forced to train with squad

    Mikel Arteta was forced to train as a player during the international break as his Arsenal squad was spread thin.

    The Gunners boss saw a number of his players jetting off for their national teams whilst others have been sidelined with injuries.

    Speaking to Sky Arteta joked: "It was forced. It's nothing that I wanted to do. It was a good workout.

    I lost some weight and I didn't get injured as well. I did a few [tackles], but I didn't get anyone injured."

  • By Joshua Hall

    Juventus eye Partey as Pogba replacement

    Reports in Italy are suggesting that Juventus are considering a move for Thomas Partey.

    The Italian giants are currently without Paul Pogba with the former Man United man provisionally suspended for testing positive for testosterone.

    Partey has been a huge part of Mikel Arteta's side, but the Gunners could be more open to letting him leave after signing Declan Rice for £105m this summer.

    Credit: Getty

  • New CEO eyed by Arsenal

    ARSENAL are short-listing Ascot horse racing business guru Felicity Barnard for their chief executive vacancy.

    Barnard worked for the Gunners in London and Singapore and was also at West Ham.

    Apart from being the Deputy DEO and commercial director at Ascot, she is also a non-executive director for Great British Racing.

    Arsenal's interest in her follows Vinai Venkatesham confirming he will depart the club after 14 years next summer.



    Arsenal eye Royal Ascot guru as new CEO after long-serving Venkatesham departs

  • By Joshua Hall

    Arsenal "had to win" title last season says Martinelli

    Despite the inevitable might of treble winners Manchester City, Gabriel Martinelli has claimed Arsenal "had to win" the league last season.

    The Gunners pushed the Cityzens as far as they could, but ultimately fell short as they finished in second place.

    Arsenal were impressive from day one though and Martinelli has revealed they were so good from the off that he thought they needed to life the Premier League trophy come May.

    In an interview with Square Mile, he said: "Even after the first game I was like, ‘F**k yeah, we need to win this league.’ And game by game and we were winning, winning, winning. That’s football; we have to learn."

    Credit: Getty
  • By Joshua Hall

    Arteta ready for battle

    Mikel Arteta has said his team can't avoid a battle when they face Everton at Goodison Park this afternoon.

    The Gunners haven't won away against the Toffees since 2017 and Arteta expects today's clash to be as difficult as the rest.

    Sometimes you cannot avoid a battle. There are certain times where you have to do this and their style of play is very clear.

    They are simply good at that. We have a very different style.

    When you are trying to impose your way of playing and the tactics, it’s about making sure that your opponent's strengths are completely hiding and yours are coming out every single time to fulfil the potential of your plays.

    That's what I think both managers and both teams will try to do on Sunday.

    Mikel ArtetaPre-Everton press conference

  • By Joshua Hall

    White next for contact extension

    Ben White is next in line for a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, according to the Daily Mail.

    The Gunners are already closing in on agreeing a new deal for Martin Odegaard as they look to tie down their talented squad.

    Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba have already put pen to paper recently and committed their futures to Arsenal.

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