10pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar ‘£36.5m BID’, Aubameyang HIGHEST paid Prem player, Lacazette swap offer – 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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  • BRAZIL NUTS

    Paul Merson has echoed Garth Crooks by slamming Chelsea for letting Willian join Arsenal.

    He told Sky Sports: “I can’t believe Chelsea let Willian go. I know they’ve gone out and get special players, but there’s nothing to say they’re going to hit the ground running.

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

    “Frank Lampard has now. He hasn’t got four years. That’s management, I’m not being horrible. Even if Frank wins the league this year, it doesn’t mean he’s going to be there in four years’ time! We know that, and how it changes.

    “Who is to say this isn’t going to take time for Chelsea? And I don’t think they’ve got time at the moment.”

  • EMI AWARD

    Emi Martinez finally bid farewell to Arsenal after signing for Aston Villa.

    Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

    “We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

    “We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our club for the long term.”

  • PIERRE WE GO

    To celebrate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's contract extension, Arsenal shared all of his Gunners goals.

  • SPUR OF THE MOMENT

    Olivier Giroud has admitted that he was so desperate to leave Chelsea in January that he nearly joined Tottenham.

    The Frenchman told So Foot: “During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach's office to find a solution.

    “I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me.

    “For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking. I almost signed for Lazio, Inter.

    “I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham.”

  • BACKS TO THE WAL

    Everton will look to sell the likes of former Arsenal stars Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott before the October transfer deadline, according to reports.

    Having shelled out big money to recruit the three star names, the Toffees could do with shifting some high-earning players in order to balance the books.

    And according to the Mirror, these outgoings could include two of director of football Marcel Brands' signings from just 12 months ago.

    Iwobi, 24, has similarly struggled to make an impact at Goodison following his £40m switch from Arsenal, and Everton will listen to offers for the Nigerian international – who didn't even make the bench in the 1-0 win at Spurs.

    Meanwhile Theo Walcott, who was signed by Sam Allardyce in January 2018, is another that could face the chop.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson is being lined up to replace Emiliano Martinezin a £1.5million deal.

    The 25-year-old Iceland stopper is understood to have had a medical in place ahead of signing a five-year deal.

    He will become their new No2 behind Bernd Leno and is expected to play in cup competitions and the Europa League.

    The Gunners saw Runarsson as a cheap option, with Matt Macey set to stay as third-choice goalkeeper.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will then use the £20m from Martinez’s move to Aston Villa in other areas.

  • HOLD NOT SOLD ON HAMMERS

    West Ham face more disappointment in their search for a new defender with Rob Holding ready to snub the chance of a loan move from Arsenal.

    The Hammers had been hoping to take the centre-back to the London Stadium having failed in their bids to sign James Tarkowski from Burnley.

    Arsenal had reservations about the inquiry from their London rivals with boss Mikel Arteta already short of other defenders through injury.

    But SunSport understands even if the Gunners were to accept the £5million for the season proposal, a move to West Ham is unlikely for the 24-year-old.

    It means boss David Moyes will have to find another player he feels can shore up his leaky defence after a summer of frustration in his attempts to sign anyone.

    Brighton's Shane Duffy rejected a move to the club in favour of joining Celtic, before repeated bids for England defender Tarkowski were knocked back by Burnley.

  • TWO FOR ONE

    Atletico Madrid are reportedly ready to offer Arsenal TWO players in exchange for Alexandre Lacazette.

    The Spanish side are looking for a striker and rate Frenchman Lacazette highly.

    According to MARCA, they are offering both Vitolo and Thomas Lemar to the Gunners in exchange for the forward.

    Lemar has been linked with Arsenal before, having failed to make an impact since joining Atletico in 2018.

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly planning to sign TWO midfielders after reaching an agreement with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    According to The Mirror, Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey and Lyon star Houssem Aouar are the top of his wishlist.

    Earlier this week, the manager confirmed the club are still “active” in the transfer market.

    He said: “We are looking at different options. I would say we are active in the transfer market with players in and out.

    “At the moment the squad balance is not the ideal we want to achieve so there is still some work to do.”

  • DAVE DENIED

    David Brooks is set to stay at Bournemouth this summer.

    The Welshman had been linked to Leicester and Manchester United and Arsenal in the past.

    But the Cherries value the midfielder at more than £50million and do not want to sell.

    Brooks, 23, was on United’s radar last summer but missed most of the season with an ankle injury that required TWO surgeries.

    That long-term problem is likely to scare off any potential suitors from making a massive offer that Jason Tindall’s recently-relegated side could not turn down.

  • AUBA-ACHIEVER

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangis on course to break Ian Wright's Arsenal scoring record.

    Wright's long standing record sees him sitting second in the list.

    The charismatic goal machine bagged 185 goals for the Gunners in the 288 games he played in red and white.

    He sits second behind one of the North Londoners' greatest ever players – Thierry Henry who netted a staggering 228 goals in 377 appearances.

    Wright's record gave him a total goals-per-game (GPG) ratio of 0.64.

    And Aubameyang is marginally edging him with 0.65 GPG thanks to his 72 strikes in 111 matches since his £57.4million arrival in 2018.

    The former Borussia Dortmund striker played 44 times for the Gunners last season and 51 the campaign before – averaging out at slightly less than 48 games-per-season.

  • KOL ME MAYBE

    Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly interested in bringing Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac back to the Bundesliga.

    The 27-year-old has lost his place in the starting XI under Mikel Arteta with Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles preferred instead.

    With the Gunners looking to offload players in order to raise funds to sign Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, Kolasinac has been put up for sale by the club.

    West Ham have been linked with a move for the ex-Schalke defender, but Leverkusen are said to be leading the race to secure his services.

    According to Sport Bild via Sport Witness, the German outfit are 'seriously' thinking about signing the Bosnia international.

    They claim that the club are looking to spend the cash they received from selling Kai Havertz to Chelsea, and want to bring in a top defender.

  • KOL ME MAYBE

    Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly interested in bringing Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac back to the Bundesliga.

    The 27-year-old has lost his place in the starting XI under Mikel Arteta with Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles preferred instead.

    West Ham have been linked with a move for the ex-Schalke defender, but Leverkusen are said to be leading the race to secure his services.

    According to Sport Bild via Sport Witness, the German outfit are 'seriously' thinking about signing the Bosnia international.

    They claim that the club are looking to spend the cash they received from selling Kai Havertz to Chelsea, and want to bring in a top defender.

    It has been claimed that Leverkusen will step up their pursuit of Kolasinac this week.

    And the report adds that Arsenal would be willing to part ways with the player should they receive a bid in the region of £9.1million.

  • CHU ARE YA?

    Former Arsenal starlet Chuba Akpom is reportedly set to return to England to join Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough.

    The 24-year-old has been in impressive form since joining Greek giants PAOK from the Gunners in 2018.

    Former England Under-21s forward Akpom starred last night as his side defeated Benfica in the Champions League qualifying stages.

    But despite just needing to overcome Russian club Krasnodar to seal a place in the group stages, PAOK are believed to be willing to let him go.

    And reports in Greece claim a deal has already been agreed between them and the Championship side.

  • NEVER GO BACK?

    They say never go back… but don't tell Gareth Bale.

    The Real Madrid star is nearing a stunning loan deal to return to Tottenham after seven years away.

    After a somewhat tepid time under Jose Mourinho, Spurs fans will be desperate for their former hero to bang in the goals like the good old days.

    Bale notched 56 goals and 58 assists in over 200 appearances before his £85million exit in 2013.

    But, with a dodgy injury record and a poor relationship with Zinedine Zidane leading to plenty of time spent on the sidelines, there will be plenty of doubters ahead of his return.

    Here, SunSport details four comeback kids Bale can look to for inspiration including Arsenal legend Thierry Henry – and three he dare not emulate HERE.

  • TAKING THE MIK

    Mikel Arteta has a worse managerial record at Arsenal than his unpopular predecessor Unai Emery.

    Gunners fans are loving life under Arteta with his exciting brand of football and the FA Cup and Charity Shield wins.

    But stats reveled today by SunSport show him behind Emery in various key statistics.

  • RUN SCARED

    Arsenal target Runar Alex Runarsson was forced to delete tweets calling Arsene Wenger a “French f*** and dumb” ahead of his proposed transfer.

    The Gunners are closing in on a £1.5million deal for the Icelandic goalkeeper.

    But he frantically tried to save face by axing a series of tweets posted nine years ago slamming the legendary Arsenal boss.

    The first, from April 21, 2011 and originally written in Icelandic, said: “Hell, this Wenger guy is stupid.”

    That was sent the day after squandering a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 in a North London derby with Tottenham.

    Another, posted on June 15, read: “Arsene Wenger is a little too stupid frenchf***.”

    And a third, from August 21 that year, reads: “Arsene Wenger is definitely the dumbest man on this planet frenchf***.”

    It is not totally clear what infuriated Runarsson so much, although by the latest tweet the Gunners had sold Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona.

    They went on to lose Samir Nasri to Manchester City and get stuffed 8-2 by United soon afterwards.

  • WELCOME BACK

    EFL clubs will welcome up to 10,000 fans across the country this weekend as the League steps up its Covid-19 pilot programme.

    League chiefs have agreed with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden that matches with up to 1,000 supporters will be staged at 10 venues across the three divisions.

    In the Championship, Luton’s game with Derby, Preston’s visit to Norwich and the clash between Middlesbrough and Bournemouth will see the turnstiles partially opened for the first time since March.

    The League One games featuring Charlton against Doncaster, Blackpool versus Swindon, Northampton’s trip to Shrewsbury and Hull’s match with Crewe are on the approved list.

    And in League Two, three games – at Forest Green, Carlisle and Morecambe – will have fans inside.

    Carlisle’s Brunton Park, ironically, saw the last League Two game with supporters, a crowd of 2,822 for their win over Newport on March 10, 48 hours before English football went into lockdown.

    There is still no clarity about whether the Government is willing to extend the numbers allowed in from October 1, amid recent clampdowns and fears of a resurgence of the virus.

  • LURE OF LEGACY

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed what convinced him to stay at the Emirates and sign a new long-term deal – and it all came down to one word.

    The Gabon frontman told Arsenal legend Ian Wright: “I had quite a lot of time to think about it.

    “I mean I’m thinking about it since a year [ago].

    “I also had a chat with Mikel, that I think gave me something very clear about the future of the club and about me.

    “He was straight and honest, and that’s what I like because we are always honest. He said ‘okay, you can maybe leave. I don’t know what your mind is [thinking] right now but you can leave and go for trophies at other clubs or you can stay here and have a legacy.’

    “This, for me, was the key word.”

  • GUNNER MISS YOU

    Aston Villa have finally confirmed the £20m arrival of Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal.

    The goalkeeper, 28, has penned a four-year contract with Dean Smith's side after he was told Bernd Leno would be No1 at the Emirates.

    After a decade in North London, Emi Martinez wanted to say a public farewell to the club and its supporters.

  • S-MART DECISION

    After a decade in North London, Emi Martinez wanted to say a public farewell to the club and its supporters.

    In a video message, he said: “Thank you Arsenal. For me, I could not be happier to leave through the front door with the Arsenal fanbase supporting me and the club supporting me.

    “I had 11 years at the club, and even if it was a hard road for me, and I suffered through my time at Arsenal, today I am happy and I tried to show young goalies how work pays off.

    “When you work hard, you are not going to be happy the whole time, you are going to have frustration, bad times in life.

    “They all understood at Arsenal and they support me for my decision. The Arsenal fanbase were always there for me, I felt their love.

    “Even when Bernd got injured this season, I received loads of messages like 'we trust in you', 'you are our goalie'. That made me confident, made me win games and made me the keeper I am today.

    “They understood my story and they love the way I worked in the club. I am so glad to be part of the Arsenal family for 11 years.”

  • EMI AWARD

    Aston Villa have finally confirmed the £20m arrival of Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal.

    The goalkeeper, 28, has penned a four-year contract with Dean Smith's side after he was told Bernd Leno would be No1 at the Emirates.

    Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

    “We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

    “We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our club for the long term.”

  • AUBA AND OUT

    Arsenal would have been locked in a relegation battle with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

  • HOW AUB-OUT THAT?

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new contract at Arsenal after singlehandedly dragging his team into the Premier League top ten last season.

    Mikel Arteta's side endured a torrid 2019-20, finishing eighth on just 56 points – closer to 20th-placed Norwich than champions Liverpool.

  • SAMBA SWINDLE

    Former Chelsea star Oscar says pals Willian and David Luiz want him to join them at Arsenal

    He told Fox Sports Brasil: “They [Willian and Luiz] called me. We have good communication.

    “Sometimes I talk to them. They said ‘come to Arsenal, come here’.

    “But for me it’s a little more difficult. I have a contract with Shanghai, it’s a little more difficult to leave.

    “Willian had finished the contract. I was happy that they got together again, and happy that Willian is happy.

    “The most important thing is to be happy, regardless of the place. So I hope they are happy there.

    “I really want to go back to Europe, [but] not now. At the moment I’m well here in China, I still have my contract here, which I hope to fulfil.

    “And I had approaches from some clubs to go back, but the situation is difficult for me to return.

    “The first club I’d choose is Chelsea for sure, which is the club I built a very beautiful history with.”

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