Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Tolisso interest, Willian 'likes' Chelsea post, Xhaka new deal announced by Kroenke

ARSENAL have made their WORST start to a season in their 118-year history following their 2-0 home defeat by Chelsea.

And winger Willian may have secretly been happy about it after appearing to 'like' the Blues' celebration post.

Before the match, Josh Kroenke announced in his programme notes that Granit Xhaka would be signing a new contract.

And he could be joined in midfield by Corentin Tolisso, who Bayern Munich have put up for sale.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    TOL ORDER

    Arsenal may have been offered fresh hope of signing Corentin Tolisso from Bayern Munich this summer.

    The German champions are looking to fund a move for RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.

    Selling Tolisso would allow Bayern to sign Sabitzer, who could cost as little as £15million.

    Tolisso may not demand such a high transfer fee as a result, allowing Arsenal the opportunity to hijack Tottenham's move for the Frenchman.

    It has been reported that Spurs offered Tanguy Ndombele to Bayern as part of an exchange for Tolisso.

  • Kealan Hughes

    OUT OF LOC

    Manuel Locatelli turned down Arsenal – despite the Gunners offering more money than Juventus.

    The Italian midfielder earned a transfer this summer, helped by his stellar performances for his country at Euro 2020.

    He eventually put pen to paper on a deal with the Old Lady, with an initial two-year loan before an obligation to buy in the summer of 2023.

    But Sassuolo chief Giovanni Carnevali revealed the numbers behind the move – and that Locatelli decided to snub Mikel Arteta's proposal.

    Arsenal offered £34.3million in a transfer fee – £2.3m more than Juve.

    They also were prepared to pay Locatelli more than 50 per cent more – £4.7m per year after tax, around £90,000 per week, compared to £3m in Turin.

  • Kealan Hughes

    WILL HE LEARN

    Willian had Arsenal fans raging on Sunday evening after appearing to 'like' a Chelsea Instagram post – celebrating the win over the Gunners.

    he was forced to sit out of the match against his former side this weekend due to coronavirus.

    However, that did not stop him getting Arsenal supporters on his back.

    At full-time, the Blues shared a graphic showing the 2-0 scoreline along with a picture of Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho congratulating goalscorer Reece James.

    The caption read: "Imagine not being Chelsea."

    And eagle-eyed fans on social media spotted Willian had given the post a 'like'.

    One wrote: "Get rid of these Chelsea double agents from our club!!"

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Chelsea added to Arsenal's miserable Premier League start with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates.

    The Blues opened the scoring just after 15 minutes when record signing Romelu Lukaku scored his first ever goal for the team on his second debut.

    Reece James doubled the West Londoners' lead just 20 minutes later and sealed an important win for Thomas Tuchel's side.

    The Gunners remain without a point as they lost to Brentford last week.

    Meanwhile, the North Londoners have been linked with a potential swap deal with Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window.

    According to Football London, there is a "genuine prospect" of Hector Bellerin heading to Atletico and Kieran Trippier going the other way to the Emirates.

    Bellerin is growing increasingly frustrated with life under Mikel Arteta and has been linked with a move away for several months.

    The right-back wants to return to Spain and both Atleti as well as Barcelona are keen.

    Arteta is believed to be keen on getting a player in exchange for the Spain international with both Trippier and Barca’s Emerson Royal mentioned as potential options.

    Finally, Everton are set to rival Arsenal for Lazio star Joaquin Correa in a bid to bolster their attack.

    That is according to Italian football journalist Alfredo Pedulla, who confirms the Toffees are pursuing Correa who has attracted interest from Tottenham as well as the Gunners.

    The forward is rumoured to have fallen out of favour with new Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri.

    And it is claimed the Argentina international is considering his options despite Sarri publicly expressing his wish for the star to stay and fight for his place.

    Reports in Italy suggest Everton are gearing up to make an improved offer for the 27-year-old.

  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM KEANE

    Roy Keane added that Arsenal have been so problematic that they can only hope for a top-seven finish this season.

    Keane also believes the Gunners can no longer attract some of the best players in the world.

    The Manchester United legend told Sky Sports: "They’d take [top seven] now, definitely.

    "You need established players in your dressing room. Arsenal are going down the road of buying young potential, that’s what the club has decided to do, they’re thinking 'hopefully we can sell these players on'.

    "You have to spend the big money for these lads. Man United buy [Raphael] Varane at centre-half, Liverpool buy [Virgil] Van Dijk.

    "You have to buy the established players. Which top players really want to come to Arsenal? If [Romelu] Lukaku had a choice to pick Arsenal or Chelsea he would choose Chelsea any day of the week.

    "There’s players at Arsenal on huge wages, you can’t shift them, settled in London, cushy lives.

    "You have players here that the manager doesn’t want anything to do with them, they give out silly contracts"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ROY-AL RUMBLE

    Roy Keane blasted Arsenal's performance after their 2-0 loss to Chelsea at the Emirates.

    Keane told Sky Sports: "It was very very comfortable [for Chelsea].

    "They scored two, could have been five, six, seven maybe and I think if they really went for it in the second half.

    "We saw the quality of Chelsea players, their confidence. They had a swagger, Chelsea, and you could see the shortcomings of Arsenal and on a match day there’s no hiding place. And it’s going to be a long old season for Arsenal.

    "You can’t keep looking back, you have to look at some of the senior players that are hanging around. There’s doubts over some of them lads. It’s hard to get that foundation.

    "The younger players need a helping hand from these senior players, they need to stand up and be counted and prove what playing for a club like Arsenal should mean to them.

    "[It's] probably good they’re not in Europe because they’ve lost their last two league games. [Mikel] Arteta is learning on the job, this is his first job as manager"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON AUBAMEYANG

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is not sure when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be back to full fitness after testing positive for coronavirus.

    Aubameyang just managed to make the bench and came on as a substitute on 61 minutes during the 2-0 loss to Chelsea.

    Arteta said: "I don’t know.

    "Auba made a real effort to be on the bench today. He only trained one day.

    "He really struggled with the illness and he was in bed for a long time but he wanted to be in the team"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON CITY

    Arsenal are going to face defending Premier League champions Manchester City away on Saturday.

    The Gunners have endured a poor start to the league having lost both their first games to Brentford and Chelsea.

    The north Londoners are facing the prospect of stretching their losing streak when they meet City's star squad but Mikel Arteta has a plan to get his players back on their feet.

    Arteta said: " [I will] Try to give them confidence and tools and belief that football changes really quickly [ahead of the match with City].

    "I don’t want to see anybody feeling sorry for themselves or for the team because that’s not going to help us"

  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM ARTETA

    Arsenal opened up about the impact of COVID-19 on his team after the loss to Chelsea.

    Arteta said: "It’s really challenging at the moment.

    "We’re missing nine players and the majority of them are big senior players. We put a team out there that will probably be unprecedented in the history of this football club.

    "They are trying their best but at the moments it’s not enough to win football matches"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA REACTS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted that the circumstances are "really difficult and probably unprecedented" after a poor start to the Premier League but insists nothing's over yet.

    Arteta said: "One of the difficult moments that you have to go through. The circumstances are really difficult and probably unprecedented. Feeling sorry for ourselves doesn’t help though.

    "You can always do things better in a football match. In the first half we had some difficulties. It took us a long time to regain the ball in the areas we needed. When we did we looked a real threat.

    "I certainly see a team that in the second half they kept trying they never gave up and their attitude was exceptional. Something that is clear is that they never gave up. Even the crowd tried to push them and we tried to fight until the end"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARSENAL 0-2 CHELSEA

    Chelsea added to Arsenal's miserable Premier League start with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates.

    The Blues opened the scoring just after 15 minutes when record signing Romelu Lukaku scored his first ever goal for the team on his second debut.

    Reece James doubled the west Londoners' lead just 20 minutes later and sealed an important win for Thomas Tuchel's side.

    The Gunners are now without a point as they lost to Brentford last week

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOAN DEAL

    Sunderland are interested in a loan move for Arsenal youngster Ryan Alebiosu.

    That is according to Sky Sports, who claim the Black Cats are looking into the Premier League for some reinforcement ahead of a challenging League One campaign.

    Alebiosu is a regular in the Gunners' Under-23 team and would gain first-team football experience in the north-east should the move come into effect.

    The right-back has yet to make an appearance for the north Londoners' senior squad

  • Kostas Lianos

    ODEGAARD REACTS

    Martin Odegaard is ecstatic to be back at Arsenal following his move from Real Madrid.

    Odegaard has stated he is intent on taking the Gunners "back where they belong".

    He said: "I feel like I've come here to settle down, stay for a while and achieve a lot of good things.

    "I'm really motivated to get this club back where it belongs. I really believe that we can achieve something great here"

  • Kostas Lianos

    BATTLE OF CORREA

    Everton are set to rival Arsenal for Lazio star Joaquin Correa in a bid to bolster their attack.

    That is according to Italian football journalist Alfredo Pedulla, who confirms the Toffees are pursuing Correa who has attracted interest from Tottenham as well as the Gunners.

    The forward is rumoured to have fallen out of favour with new Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri.

    And it is claimed the Argentina international is considering his options despite Sarri publicly expressing his wish for the star to stay and fight for his place.

    Reports in Italy suggest Everton are gearing up to make an improved offer for the 27-year-old

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARSENAL 0-2 CHELSEA

    Chelsea doubled their lead with a goal by Reece James on 35 minutes.

    Reminding that the Blues opened the scoring just 20 minutes earlier thanks to record signing Romelu Lukaku.

    Lukaku hit the target on his full debut with the west Londoners following his move from Inter Milan.

    That of course was the Belgium international's first ever goal for the Premier League giants, for whom he played for three years before his departure in 2014

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARSENAL 0-1 CHELSEA

    Chelsea have opened the scoring against Arsenal in the London derby at the Emirates.

    And it is the Blues' record signing Romelu Lukaku who scores on his full debut.

    Lukaku played a total of 15 times during his first stint with the west Londoners and failed to score a single goal.

    However, the star striker's hoodoo has come to an end as he reintroduces himself to the Chelsea fans

  • Kostas Lianos

    TOP GUNS

    Arsenal have been linked with a potential swap deal with Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window.

    According to Football London, there is a "genuine prospect" of Hector Bellerin heading to Atletico and Kieran Trippier going the other way to the Emirates.

    Bellerin is growing increasingly frustrated with life under Mikel Arteta and has been linked with a move away for several months.

    The right-back wants to return to Spain and both Atleti as well as Barcelona are keen.

    Arteta is believed to be keen on getting a player in exchange for the Spain international with both Trippier and Barca’s Emerson Royal mentioned as potential options

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARSENAL – CHELSEA

    Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the bench today against Chelsea.

    Aubameyang recently tested positive for coronavirus but healed in time for the London derby.

    Aaron Ramsdale is also on the bench following his move from Sheffield United.

    More below:

    Arsenal subs: Ramsdale, Aubameyang, Maitland-Niles, Tavares, Chambers, Nelson, Elneny, Balogun, Kolasinac

    Chelsea subs: Kepa, Silva, Kante, Werner, Chalobah, Zouma, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech

  • Kostas Lianos

    THE TEAM SHEETS ARE IN!!!

    Chelsea record signing Romelu Lukaku makes his debut today against Arsenal.

    Lukaku has been named in Blues manager Thomas Tuchel's starting line-up.

    CHELSEA XI: Mendy, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Havertz, Lukaku

    ARSENAL XI: Leno, Soares, Holding, Mari, Tierney, Lokonga, Xhaka, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Saka

  • Kostas Lianos

    OD MAN OUT

    Arsenal's new recruit Martin Odegaard will be not be available for today's derby with Chelsea due to visa issues.

    Odegaard returned to the Gunners after signing a permanent dealthanks to a £30million move from Real Madrid.

    The attacking midfielder spent the second half of last season with the north Londoners and Mikel Arteta has been trying to bring him back all summer.

    However, it will take some time until the Norway international wears the Arsenal shirt once more

  • Joshua Mbu

    DERBY DAY

    Reminder of Arsenal's next five fixtures.

    West Brom are up next for the Gunners in the Carabao Cup after today's derby against Chelsea.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BEN BLOW

    Arsenal have suffered another blow with Ben White ruled OUT of their clash against Chelsea, writes DANIEL CUTTS.

    The £50m defender is understood to be 'unwell' and will not be in the Gunners squad at the Emirates.

    It comes amid a huge Covid outbreak at the North London club, with at least FOUR first-team squad members being struck down.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both missed out in their opening day defeat at Brentford.

    Willian also tested positive for the virus, amid a disastrous start to the season for Mikel Arteta.

    White was expected to start against the Blues today, according to The Athletic.

    The England centre-back played the full 90-minutes of their 2-0 loss at the Bees last Friday.

    The 23-year-old was set to face off against Romelu Lukaku, who rejoined Chelsea for £100m.

    But Arteta is without one of his key players, in what has been a turbulent few weeks for his side.

    Ben White has been ruled out of the Arsenal match against ChelseaCredit: Getty
  • Joshua Mbu

    GIVE RAM A GO

    ARSENAL have completed the signing of goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United on a ‘long-term’ deal, writes THOMAS BLOW.

    Dozens of fans have slammed the reported £24million transfer – but the former England youth international CAN be a success at the Emirates.

    It's obvious why there's been a negative reaction to the move: Ramsdale's left a relegated club for one dominated by apathy, dismay and division.

    The youngster comes with a big price tag and THREE relegations on his CV with Chesterfield, Bournemouth and the Blades – despite being just 23.

    But Gunners fans shouldn't be worried by these bleak stats – and should instead give Ramsdale the opportunity to show his obvious quality.

    Sheff Utd supporters were in a similar position 12 months ago after paying £18.5m for the stopper, three-and-a-half years after selling him for £800k.

    Ramsdale was under huge pressure to perform after succeeding the impressive Dean Henderson, who helped the Blades to promotion and a ninth-place Prem finish during his two seasons in South Yorkshire.

    The ex-Bournemouth star initially struggled as United picked up just two points from their first SEVENTEEN games – the worst Prem start in history.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    HOME TURF

    Arsenal are back on home turf today against London rivals Chelsea, with KO at 4.30pm.

    We will have you covered here at SunSport with all the latest pre-match news as well as minute-by-minute coverage of the game.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SEAMAN CONFIDENT

    Arsenal legend David Seaman is "confident" with the direction the club is going.

    Seaman told Sky Sports: "I feel it's going in a new direction.

    "And I am confident in what I'm seeing from Arteta, not just from Arteta but from the club – from the board.

    "They're putting money up, you know, they're backing him and nobody said its going to stop.

    "We're adding to the squad that needed adding to, you know, there was no doubt about it that 8th last season, 8th the season before, you know, that's not good enough. It's nowhere near good enough.

    "But there becomes a time where you think 'right we've got to start here and then we've got to move forward'.

    "And hopefully 8th is our rock bottom because we really want to push on."

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