7.45am Arsenal news LIVE: Griezmann-Aubameyang swap, Partey ‘ready to join Gunners’, Jovic ‘bargain-basement’ transfer – The Sun

ARSENAL made short work of Norwich as they hit four against the Premier League's bottom club, while the signing of Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey is moving ever closer.

Meanwhile, a sensational swap deal between captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Antoine Griezmann has been mooted.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal have been buoyed by the news that Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is reportedly keen to join Arsenal at the end of the season.

    The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to join the Gunners as he refuses to sign a new contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.

    Journalist Graham Hunter has claimed that the Ghanaian international is ready to link up with Mikel Arteta's men.

    In other news, William Saliba is fuming with Arsenal over the botched conclusion of his loan spell with St Etienne.

    The Frenchman’s “disappointment is immense” according to reports in France, with Arteta willing to let the defender, 19,play in the Coupe de France final against PSG on July 24.

    But the two clubs had a falling-out over his rehab work from injury and how he would train.

    Meanwhile, the North Londoners are plotting to make an audacious move to land unsettled Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann.

    Arteta is even willing to let star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Matteo Guendouzi head to the Nou Camp to help seal the switch.

    And finally, Arsenal have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Achraf Hakimi after Real Madrid announced they have sold him to Inter Milan for £40.5million.

  • WILL POWER

    Wolves defender Willy Boly has insisted his side don't fear Arsenal ahead of their clash at Molineux on Saturday.

    He said: “Arsenal is a very good team, everyone can notice that.

    “But on paper we are not afraid of Arsenal. Arsenal are coming to Wolverhampton on Saturday.

    “I don’t think they are going to win very easily.''

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta has spoken on the upcoming transfer window as well as the club's reported interest in Thomas Partey.

    Speaking of the imminent window, he said: “I'm very clear. I have a very clear plan and the specificity of the players, the positions and squad balance that we need to compete with the rest of the top teams in the country.

    “Obviously we're putting different plans together to see what we are going to be able to do.

    “At the moment the uncertainty is still big as well, the way we're going to finish the season will dictate a lot of things financially as well so we have to be patient & see what happens.”

    Commenting on Partey, he added: “I cannot talk about being interested in any players that are playing in any team that is not ours, sorry.”

  • NO BADGES

    Sky Sports pundits ditched the Black Lives Matter badges for coverage of Sheffield United's clash with Tottenham.

    Analysts Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness appeared alongside presenter Dave Jones ahead of kick off.

    But the logos were not on display as they have been for much of the Premier League coverage since the season restarted in June.

    Sheffield United and Spurs players wore the patches on their shirts for the game at Bramall Lane and took a knee at the beginning of the game.

    Some pundits have stopped wearing them following controversial comments made by the movement, criticising Israel and calling on the government to “defund the police”.

    It remains an individual decision, Sky Sports has told The Sun Online.

  • AUBA AND OUT

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed the reasons why Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is stalling over signing a new deal.

    Speaking on BT Sport, he said: “It’s a game of chess.

    “He wants to get as much value for himself as possible and Arsenal will want to drive that down a bit.

    “If he shows his hand too early then the club know he wants to stay and then they don’t need to go as far financially.

    “But also he will be asking questions of the club, 'What’s your recruitment strategy going forward? Which players are coming in to play alongside me? Can I compete for titles at Arsenal?'

    “He will want to know those things before signing a new contract.”

  • ON THIS DAY

  • ROBOT REFS

    FIFA wants robo-refs to make offside calls by the 2022 World Cup.

    Under the plan, being developed by Fifa director of technology Johannes Holzmuller, the offside “lines” would be automatically generated by computer technology.

    Fifa staged the first trial of the technology used in the system during the Club World Cup won by Liverpool in December.

    And now world chiefs want to roll it out swiftly, with the target of being able to use it full-time at the first winter World Cup.

    German Holzmuller explained: “The idea behind the offside technique is to speed up the review of such game situations by the video assistant referee.

    “Basically, it is about the video assistant no longer creating the lines for offside questions to determine a possible offside position.

    “The principle is that the system creates the lines automatically and sounds an alarm if there is an offside posi

  • HAVING A PARTEY

    Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is reportedly keen to join Arsenal at the end of the season.

    The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to join the Gunners as he refuses to sign a new contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.

    Speaking on a bet365 chat on who Arsenal should sign in the summer, he said: “If I was to look around immediately, I would buy a bargain-basement Luka Jovic from Real Madrid.

    “I'd buy Thomas Partey from Atletico, and Partey is ready to come to Arsenal.

    “And Dayot Upamecano from (RB) Leipzig would be a perfect reinforcement in the back.

  • RIGHT CED FRED

  • HEART ACH

    Arsenal and Chelsea have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Achraf Hakimi after Real Madrid announced they have sold him to Inter Milan for £40.5million.

    The 21-year-old has earned rave reviews during his two-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, leading to a host of clubs vying to sign him.

    Hakimi – who has chipped in with nine goals and ten assists in 46 games this season – has established himself as one of the world's best full-backs.

    But Real have offloaded him as Zinedine Zidane does not believe he will get in front of Dani Carvajal at the Bernanbeu.

    A statement on the Spanish club's website said: “Real Madrid CF and Inter Milan have agreed to transfer Achraf Hakimi.

    “The club wants to thank Achraf for all these years of dedication, professionalism and exemplary behaviour since he came to our academy in 2006 and wishes him good luck in his new phase.”

  • SALIBA GUTTED

    William Saliba is fuming with Arsenal over the botched conclusion of his loan spell with St Etienne.

    The Frenchman’s “disappointment is immense” according to reports in France.

    Mikel Arteta was willing to let the defender, 19, remain across the English Channel for another month to play in the Coupe de France final against PSG on July 24.

    But the two clubs had a falling-out over his rehab work from injury and how he would train.

    And after Arsenal already completed a £27million deal to buy him from the Ligue 1 club, before loaning him back for this season, the North London club pulled him back to HQ.

    According to But! that has left Saliba down in the dumps, after the teenage was determined to leave the club on a high.

  • ARSENAL WAGES

    Bukayo Saka put pen to a paper on a new contract at Arsenal on Wednesday – but his pay still pales in comparison to his Gunners team-mates.

    The 18-year-old whizkid saw his weekly wages skyrocket from £3,000 to £30,000.

    See how his wages compare to those of his Arsenal team-mates.

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  • 'P-E-A IS HAPPY'

    Mikel Arteta wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal for as long as possible.

    The Gabon star scored twice as the Gunners demolished sorry Norwich 4-0 at the Emirates last night.

    He said: “Hopefully he will be here for a long time.

    “Every time I speak with him he is really happy where he is, he is very settled and his family are happy.”

  • MORE ON GRIEZMANN SWAP

    Gabon ace Aubameyang is heading into the final year of his contract at the Emirates and has no plans to extend his stay.

    His availability has already sparked interest from Barcelona who are also in for a new striker.

    But Arteta could be willing to see if the club would entertain a swap deal they may also include hot-headed midfielder Guendouzi.

    The Arsenal boss is willing to use the Frenchman as a makeweight to help land transfer targets on the cheap after losing patience with his performances on the pitch.

  • HE'S OUR 'MANN

    Arsenal are plotting to make an audacious move to land unsettled Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.

    Boss Mikel Arteta is even willing to let star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Matteo Guendouzi head to the Nou Camp to help seal the switch.

    Griezmann has endured a difficult first campaign at Barca since his £107million move from Atletico Madrid last summer.

    The 29-year-old has scored eight times in the league this season, his lowest tally since he played for Real Sociedad in the 2011/12 campaign.

    Arteta is in the market for a new striker as he prepares for life without Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

  • BANNED WORDS

    Sky Sports have added the phrase “nitty gritty” to their list of banned words due to its “slavery links”, per a leaked email.

    The broadcasting giants have been putting together a list of words and phrases they fear could offend.

    Match reporters and commentators are said to have been sent the message in a bid to ensure they are aware of the connotations particular phrases have.

    And “nitty gritty” has emerged as one such phrase that must be avoided.

    While there is some debate over the origin of the phrase, it's believed it refers to the debris left after a slave ship was emptied.

    However, the list of banned words is said to have sparked uproar amongst some Sky Sports staff – who claim they now face an “absolute minefield” every time the go on air.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Well what a day Wednesday was for Gunners supporters!

    The North London giants are up to seventh in the Premier League table after thumping Norwich 4-0 at the Emirates.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang banged in a double, and in doing so brought up 50 Premier League goals quicker than any previous Arsenal player.

    Granit Xhaka also got on the score sheet, as well as debutant Cedric Soares who drilled home from outside the box.

    Fans were already in a jolly mood before the game after it was announced that academy graduate Bukayo Saka has penned a long-term deal at the club.

    The 18-year-old's previous deal was due to expire next year, leading to speculation he could be sold in the summer.

    But the futures of Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi continue to look uncertain after they were left out of the squad that beat the Canaries.

    In other news, Arsenal have refused to allow William Saliba to stay at St Etienne on loan because the French club would not give them assurances over his long-term fitness.

    Now the disappointed teenager will miss this month’s French Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain.

    And finally, Arsenal are considering a straight swap with Lyon for Memphis Depay and Alexandre Lacazette, according to Le10Sport.

    The former Manchester United winger left Old Trafford for the Ligue 1 side in 2017 and has 14 goals and 2 assists in all competitions this season.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS

    Dani Ceballos – 7

    Yet another performance that exaggerated why Mikel Arteta needs to secure his signature permanently.

    He bossed the midfield as he tore Norwich apart with his precision passing and tough tackling.

    In the first half, he won all of his aerial duels, racked up the most interceptions and won the most fouls.

    Granit Xhaka – 8

    The midfielder silenced his critics as he doubled Arsenal's tally before half time.

    He picked up the ball in the box before he buried his strike in the far corner from a tight angle.

    Xhaka, who was booed off the pitch and stripped of captaincy in October, now looks back to his best under Arteta's watchful eye.

    He even put on the armabdn after Aubameyang was replaced by Nicolas Pepe.

    Kieran Tierney – 8

    The former Celtic star tormented Norwich's defence when he bombed up the left wing.

    He threaded the ball through to Aubameyang before Xhaka's strike made it 2-0.

    Reiss Nelson – 6

    It was a quiet display from the 20-year-old, but he did show glimpses of brilliance when he had the ball at his feet.

    In the first half, he registered 100 per cent passing accuracy and created the most chances.

    But he was hauled off and replaced by Joe Willock in the 57th minute.

    Alexandre Lacazette – 4

    The striker looked like Arsenal's weakest link at the Emirates.

    He was dropping back to hunt for possession – which left Aubameyang isolated up top.

    Lacazette missed a headed effort in the first half then he sent a left-footed strike wide of the woodwork from close range.

    Pepe will be expecting to start against Wolves after that performance from Laca.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 9

    The striker made Arsenal history when he slotted home the opener in the 33rd minute.

    He scored 50 Premier League goals for the Gunners in fewer games than any other player.

    Aubameyang forced Tim Krul into making a imstake before he slotted the ball into an empty net.

    The striker then put the game to bed as he made it 3-0 to the Gunners in the 67th minute.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS

    Emiliano Martinez – 7

    Arsenal's No2 keeper was almost left red-faced after Ben Godfrey went for goal with a long ditstance strike in the early stages.

    But luckily for the 27-year-old, he was saved by the woodwork.

    The long-serving Gunner made a string of good saves including his effort to stop Kenny McLean's free kick.

    Shkodran Mustafi – 5

    Mustafi put in a solid display in the first half, but he was swapped for Rob Holding during the interval.

    Norwich posed very few threats going forward, but the centre-half managed to clear the danger every time they came close.

    David Luiz – 6

    The Brazilian is on a mission to redeem his reputation after his horror show against Manchester City.

    And tonight he showed his team-mates exactly what he can bring to the team.

    For Arsenal's second goal, he fired an inch-perfect long ball up the pitch to the feet of Tierney.

    Sead Kolasinac – 5

    Norwich called for a penalty after Kolasinac collided with Todd Cantwell inside of the area.

    There was contact, but VAR confirmed the referee's decision to not award a penalty was the right one.

    Hector Bellerin – 5

    The Frenchman looked dangerous as he pressed up the pitch on the right hand side.

    He enjoyed his share of possession, but failed to feed the strikers as much as he should have done.

    In the eighth minute he had the perfect chance to pull the back to Aubameang, but wasted the opportunity and his cross was blocked.

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