5.30pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar expected this window as Aubameyang gives approval, Partey deal in the balance – The Sun

ARSENAL's are increasingly confident of signing Houssem Aouar with Lyon in need of cash after missing out on Europe.

And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has given his seal of approval to the deal while trolling the Frenchman for playing for Lyon.

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  • PAIN IN THE ARSH

    Andriy Arshavin is trending on UK Twitter ahead of Arsenal's game at Anfield tonight.

    The Russian scored a staggering four goals during the Gunners' win against Liverpool there in 2009 and Gooners will be hoping for a similar result tongight.

  • AUBA AND IN

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged Arsenal to sign Houssem Aouar “even though he's a Lyonnais”.

    The Gunners captain made his name with Lyon's fierce rivals Saint-Etienne and has mocked team-mate Alexandre Lacazette's connection with the French side on regular occasions.

    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's a Lyonnais.”

  • ARTISTS

    Mikel Arteta has urged his players to be at their best if they want to beat Liverpool at Anfield tonight.

    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, we need to compete really well against this team and hopefully the boys are able to do that on Monday.

    “It is normally difficult enough to play the same team in four days and for the players as well to adapt. Obviously, the first game has a big impact on the second one and it is really tough to beat the same opponent twice in that short period.

    “When you talk about Liverpool that challenge is much bigger but I just want to focus on Monday. Let's try to get the best possible preparation against them, go there, and most importantly have the belief that we can go there and win.

    “We all have to believe that we are capable of doing that.”

  • CLOCK IS TICKING

    It's just two and a half hours until Arsenal kick-off their Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

    The teams are level on points with the Gunners edging it on goal difference and the North Londoners could go top with an emphatic win.

  • ITALIAN SPENDING SPREE

    SunSport can reveal Shkodran Mustafiis attracting interest from both Lazio and Roma.

    And it looks as though Simone Inzaghi's side have won the race to bring the ex-Valencia star to the Stadio Olimpico.

    According to Lazio Press, Mustafi's agent and father have held talks with the Eagles.

    It has been said that final details of the move are all that is needed for the centre-back to link up with Lazio.

    Arsenal are prepared to allow Mustafi to depart if they receive a bid in the region of £13million.

    Mustafi hasn't played for the Gunners since their FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City last season.

  • FIVE OF THE BEST

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

    Here are five of the Gunners best goals against Liverpool.

  • PAY THE PENALTY

    The Premier Leagueis on course for more than 70 controversial handball penalties this season if the hardline enforcement of the new Law continues.

    Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was uncharacteristically speechless in his fury after Eric Dier was penalised in the 95th minute to award Newcastle a last kick penalty equaliser on Sunday.

    So far, there have been five “VAR handball penalties” awarded from just 26 Prem games, with a total of 16 spot kicks given.

    Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof was the first to fall foul of the new clampdown against Crystal Palace, followed by Spurs’ Matt Doherty in the latter stages of their 5-2 win at Southampton.

    Saturday saw Brighton’s Neil Maupay concede the match-winning spot kick against United and Ward’s adjudged indiscretion to hand Richarlison the spot-kick winner, before Dier was pinged despite not even looking at the ball when it struck him off Andy Carroll’s header.

    If the same rate of awards continues through the season, there will be 73 such handball penalties awarded over the course of the campaign and a staggering 234 spot kicks in total.

  • MUST LEAVE

    Lazio are reportedly in deep negotiations with Shkodran Mustafi over a deal to bring the Arsenal defender to Italy.

    The 28-year-old is not in the plans of Mikel Arteta, who has preferred options Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz, Rob Holding and William Saliba to count on.

    And with Mustafi having just one year left to run on his deal at the Emirates, the North Londoners are keen to cash in on him.

    SunSport reported last week how the World Cup winner was attracting interest from both Lazio and Roma.

    And it looks as though Simone Inzaghi's side have won the race to bring the ex-Valencia star to the Stadio Olimpico.

    According to Lazio Press, Mustafi's agent and father have held talks with the Eagles.

    It has been said that final details of the move are all that is needed for the centre-back to link up with Lazio.

  • RED CARPET

    Liverpool have rapidly emerged as the heavy-favourites to retain their Premier League crown this season.

    The bookies have slashed the odds on the Reds winning the title for a second successive season following Manchester City's 5-2 defeat to Leicester.

    Chelsea meanwhile, who have won just one of their opening three games, have drifted to 25/1 odds following their 3-3 draw with West Brom.

    Arsenal are also rated at the same odds.

    Everton who are behind Leicester on goal difference, are also adrift of the Foxes' 33/1 odds to replicate their historic 2016 title win.

    Manchester United have been made the same price despite the Red Devils coming from behind to beat Brighton 3-2 for their first win of the season.

  • SAVE THE EF-HELL

    Government demands for Premier League clubs to pay the £250million EFL bail-out have been criticised by MPs and two former FA chairmen.

    Lord Triesman and Greg Dyke are among the signatories to the letter, written by Tory MP Damian Collins.

    And in a stinging rebuke of Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the group says it is the Government, and not Premier League clubs, who must be responsible for keeping the lower tiers of English football alive.

    They say: “We understand that you had hoped that the Premier League clubs might make a significant additional contribution to support the EFL.

    “Whilst this would be welcome, those clubs too face swingeing losses from lost ticketing receipts and falling revenues from broadcasting matches.

    “However, it cannot be the Premier League's sole responsibility to sort out issues arising from Government policy.

    “The Government itself needs to take responsibility or many already-embattled towns – often in areas of the country which have suffered many hardships in recent decades – will lose their last focal point.”

  • WORK OF ART

    Arsenal reportedly remain desperate to bring in Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey before the window slams shut next week.

    The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for Lyon playmaker Aouar, with the club ready to bid £45million for the 22-year-old.

    And Mikel Arteta is known to be a huge admirer of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, but they will have to pay his £45m release clause in order to sign him.

    Arsenal fans are fearful they could be priced out of moves for both players.

    But The Athletic claim the North Londoners are confident they will be able to get at least one of those deals done.

    They state that Aouar looks to be the more likely signing as Lyon need to raise funds after being hit badly by the coronavirus crisis.

  • 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.

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