Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Odeegard move CONFIRMED, Ramsdale medical, Aubameyang and Lacazette had Covid at Brentford

ARSENAL are closing in on the crucial signing of Martin Odegaard -and he could even face Chelsea this Sunday.

The Real Madrid star has completed his medical with the Gunners and is expected to be announced imminently.

Meanwhile Hector Bellerin is keen on a move away from Arsenal and could be swapped for Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier.

And goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is closing in on a move to the Gunners despite being sent vile abuse by a tiny minority of supporters.

And finally, Mikel Arteta is listed at evens to be the first Premier League manager to get the sack this season.

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  • Dylan Terry

    GUNNERS LEADING THE WAY

    Arsenal are the Premier League’s biggest spenders this summer following back-to-back eighth-placed finishes.

    With the Gunners without European football for the first time since the 1995-96 season, Mikel Arteta has made it his mission to bolster his side.

    Left-back Nuno Tavares was the North Londoners’ first arrival after he joined from Benfica for £8million.

    Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga was then signed from Anderlecht for £17m, before Arsenal splashed out £50m to bring in Ben White from Brighton.

    Arsenal announced the £30m transfer of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on Friday morning, with Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale poised to join for £24m.

    And according to Sky Sports, Arsenal have forked out £129m on the five players – £15m more than Manchester United have spent so far.

  • Dylan Terry

    MERSON SLAMS ARSENAL RECRUITMENT

    Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has blasted Arsenal’s transfer approach under technical director Edu, describing the club’s recruitment as “lazy”.

    He told Sky Sports: “It's worrying at Arsenal.

    “You're still thinking: 'Where are they going?' Edu has come in, and the recruitment has been lazy if I'm being honest. 

    “It's been: "Oh, we'll take Willian on a free… we'll take David Luiz for cheap."

  • Dylan Terry

    OUT OF LUC

    Former Arsenal forward Lucas Perez has had his contract terminated by LaLiga side Deportivo Alaves.

    The 32-year-old has spent the last two years at the Estadio Mendizorroza, where he has chipped in with 15 goals and nine assists in 62 appearances.

    But the club have announced that the two parties have reached an agreement to terminate his deal.

    A club statement read: "Deportivo Alaves and Lucas Perez have reached an agreement for the separation of the Galician player, who leaves the Paseo de Cervantes entity after two seasons.

    "We thank Lucas for his commitment and involvement in achieving the goals set by the team and we wish him the best of luck in his future.

    "Thank you and good luck, Lucas!"

  • Dylan Terry

    GUNNER BE TOUGH

    Struggling Arsenal face a tough task to get anything out of their Premier League clash with Chelsea this weekend.

    The Gunners slumped to a horror 2-0 defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Brentford in their season opener last Friday.

    Mikel Arteta was missing FOUR players following positive coronavirus tests, including captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Alex Runarsson also missed the game, with Eddie Nketiah ruled out with injury.

    And with Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey also crocked, Arsenal's leaky defence was once against exposed.

    Arteta and Co now go up against a rampant Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday knowing they also have to contend with £97.5million man Romelu Lukaku.

    Arsenal have brought in reinforcements of their own, with £34m playmaker Martin Odegaard most-recently joining Nuno Tavares, Ben White and Albert Lokonga.

    But the Norway captain, 22, will NOT be ready to take on Chelsea, Arteta has confirmed.

  • Dylan Terry

    LUC-ING TO MOVE

    Arsenal ace Lucas Torreira is back in London but he could soon be on his way to Italy, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 25, has been on an extended holiday following his participation in the Copa America with Uruguay over the summer.

    And on Friday Torreira posted a snap of him and his friends enjoying themselves at a theme park in Madrid, Spain, while Arsenal were losing to Brentford in their opening Premier League match.

    Now Torreira has shared a photo of himself back in a London gym on Instagram, but he could be on the move again soon.

    According to Calciomercato, Roma are interested in the Arsenal man with Jose Mourinho keen to upgrade his midfield options.

  • Dylan Terry

    NEW LUK

    Romelu Lukaku is set to make his second debut for Chelsea during Sunday's Premier League showdown with Arsenal.

    The Blues cruised to victory in their Premier League season opener with a 3-0 mauling of Crystal Palace.

    Since then, Thomas Tuchel has brought in £97.5million striker Lukaku with the rich getting richer.

    And already the Belgian star, 28, is set to start against the Gunners after passing himself fit to play – despite his woeful record against the North Londoners.

    Lukaku has been on fire since his £73m move from Manchester United to Inter Milan in 2019, helping the Italians win their first Serie A crown in 11 years last term.

    The ex-Everton forward has also slimmed down after a nutritionist confirmed he had been suffering from digestive problems and tweaked his diet.

    The new lean, mean Lukaku is itching to prove he can cut it in the Premier League and will surely start against Arsenal on Sunday.

  • Dylan Terry

    ARTETA ON ODEGAARD

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has given his thoughts on the Gunners' newest signing Martin Odegaard.

    Speaking in a press conference, he said: "He brings a lot of things that he brought last season as well.

    "He made us better, we needed more options, alternatives, creativity and players that can be morals for this football club. He is still a really young man but he has huge experience in different clubs already.

    "He has a unique talent based on the way we want to play so I'm delighted that the club has made an effort and we have Martin on a permanent deal here.

    "You’ve seen the numbers and what we did after Christmas when Martin was in the team and we had people like Emile, the team performed at a completely different level.

    "He’s someone that we admire and he’s still at the age in his career when the potential he has is still immense."

    Credit: AP
  • Dylan Terry

    COVIDIOTS

    Mikel Arteta has confirmed some Arsenal stars are REFUSING to take up their coronavirus vaccinations – while admitting some are not yet double-jabbed.

    The Gunners boss said: "Most of them are double vaccinated. Others have had one vaccine.

    "We are trying to encourage them to get vaccinated, but it's a personal matter. 

    "At the end of the day it's a personal decision."

  • Dylan Terry

    COUTINHO-GO

    Arsenal are NOT interested in signing Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

    The Spanish club were rumoured to be plotting a swap deal involving Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Coutinho.

    According to The Mirror, Arsenal have NO interest in Coutinho and want Aubameyang and fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette to stay at the club.

    Lacazette has also been linked with a move to the Nou Camp in recent weeks as his existing deal runs out at the end of the season.

    The Gunners have announced the signing of Real Madrid ace Martin Odegaard, who is likely to fulfil Coutinho’s No10 role at the Emirates.

  • Dylan Terry

    TRIO TROUBLE

    Arsenal are reportedly desperate to ditch three senior stars before deadline day.

    Willian, Hector Bellerin and Lucas Torreira have all been transfer listed by Arsenal.

    But, according to Fabrizio Romano, there are no takers as of yet – with the Gunners ‘looking for bids’ after the trio were deemed surplus to requirements by Mikel Arteta.

  • Dylan Terry

    ODEGAARD TO WEAR NO8 SHIRT

    Martin Odegaard will wear the No8 shirt in his second spell at the Emirates.

    A club statement on his move read: “Martin Odegaard has joined us in a permanent transfer from Real Madrid.

    “The Norwegian international re-joins after spending the second half of last season on loan with us, during which time he made 20 appearances, notably scoring in our Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium in March.

    “Martin will wear our No8 shirt. Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Martin back to the club.”

  • Dylan Terry

    'WE THOUGHT IT WAS GOODBYE'

  • Dylan Terry

    WELCOME BACK MARTIN

  • Dylan Terry

    ODE TO JOY

    Arsenal have announced the permanent signing of Norwegian playmaker Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.

    The 22-year-old has joined until 2026 in a deal rising to £34million, with the exciting youngster to wear the No8 shirt in his second spell at the Emirates.

    Odegaard impressed during his loan stint in North London last term where he chipped in with two goals and as many assists in 20 outings.

    Though the player will not make his second debut in the London derby against Chelsea on Sunday with Arsenal still waiting for visa clearance.

  • Dylan Terry

    COVID CHAOS

    Arsenal have confirmed strike duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette miss their opening day loss to Brentford after a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.

    Aubameyang and Lacazette were late absentees as the depleted Gunners were stunned 2-0 by the Premier League new-boys last Friday.

    At the time, Arsenal announced the pair were out due to illness.

    However the club has now revealed the attackers were laid low with Covid, with keeper Alex Runarsson and playmaker Willian also missing after contracting the virus.

    And they confirmed skipper Aubameyang, 32, is the only one of the four to have since tested negative.

    The Gunners said on their website: “Aubameyang tested positive for Covid-19 and was unavailable for last Friday’s match at Brentford.

    “Auba is now negative on Covid-19 testing, is well and following all protocols for return to play. He will return to training and be assessed prior to Sunday’s match.

    “Alex (Lacazette) tested positive for Covid-19 and was unavailable for last Friday’s match at Brentford. Alex is still recovering and will not be available for Sunday’s match.”

  • Thomas Blow

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal have been handed a boost in the pursuit of Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar.

    Aouar has reportedly been put on the transfer list, with RMC Sport reporting that Director of sport Juninho is looking to resolve an attitude problem in the dressing room.

    Arsenal flop Shkodran Mustafi has been thrown a career lifeline by Torino, according to reports.

    The Gunners paid Valencia £35million for the German international in 2016.

    However centre-back Mustafi, 29, failed to live up to expectations and made a series of high-profile blunders.

    He was released in February and joined Schalke, but the German club let him go following their relegation from the Bundesliga.

    Arsenal face a race against time to complete the signings of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale if they are to make the squad for this weekend’s clash with Chelsea.

    The Gunners are on the brink of completing £30million deals for the attacking midfielder and goalkeeper from Real Madrid and Sheffield United respectively.

    Ramsdale has been forced to limit who can comment on his Instagram posts after receiving a torrent of vile abuse from Arsenal ‘fans’.

    The England stopper, 23, is expected to sign his contract at the Emirates on Thursday after the two clubs agreed on a fee on Wednesday evening.

    The move has been widely panned by pundits in recent weeks.

    But a small section of sick Arsenal supporters have gone too far, trolling and even appearing to threaten Ramsdale on Instagram.

    In a stomach-churning thread, one fan wrote: "Burn in motherf***ing hell you piece of s***, stay far away from Arsenal."

  • Joshua Mbu

    LUC-ING TO MOVE

    Arsenal ace Lucas Torreira is back in London but he could soon be on his way to Italy, according to reports, writes KEALAN HUGHES.

    The midfielder, 25, has been on an extended holiday following his participation in the Copa America with Uruguay over the summer.

    And on Friday Torreira posted a snap of him and his friends enjoying themselves at a theme park in Madrid, Spain, while Arsenal were losing to Brentford in their opening Premier League match.

    Now Torreira has shared a photo of himself back in a London gym on Instagram, but he could be on the move again soon.

    According to Calciomercato, Roma are interested in the Arsenal man with Jose Mourinho keen to upgrade his midfield options.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MART IN THE MAKING

    Mikel Arteta has hinted that Gabriel Martinelli could play as a No9.

    The young Brazilian is one of Arsenal's most versatile squad members as he's able to operate out wide and up front.

    Arteta said: "Time will tell [if he’s a number 9].

    "But I would like to develop him in both positions because I think he’s got the potential to do both."

  • Joshua Mbu

    READY TO GO

    Arsenal are looking to bounce back this weekend after losing their Premier League opener against Brentford 2-0.

    They face London rivals Chelsea on Sunday.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Will Arsenal add anymore silverware to the trophy cabinet this season?

  • Joshua Mbu

    COVID CASES

    Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette missed the 2-0 defeat to Brentford due to testing positive for Covid-19.

    As a result, Lacazette will miss this weekends game against London rivals Chelsea.

    Arsenal have also confirmed goalkeeper Alex Runarsson and winger Willian missed the Brentford game due to positive Covid-19 tests being returned.

    Credit: Getty
  • Joshua Mbu

    HOUSS THAT

    Arsenal have been handed a boost in the pursuit of Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar.

    Aouar has reportedly been put on the transfer list, with RMC Sport reporting that Director of sport Juninho is looking to resolve an attitude problem in the dressing room.

    Aouar, who began his career in Lyon’s academy at 11, notched up eight goals and four assists across all competitions for the Ligue One side last season. 

    However, the player had problems with a thigh injury in November last year which kept him out of international action for France. 

  • Joshua Mbu

    LUC AT THAT

    Lucas Torreira's Arsenal nightmare could finally come to an end.

    Serie A duo Roma and Lazio are tracking the midfielders situation and could make a move.

    According to Football.london, a decision hasn’t yet been made on which outfit he will join.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TRIO TROUBLE

    Arsenal are reportedly desperate to ditch three senior stars before deadline day, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.

    Fabrizio Romano claims Willian, Hector Bellerin and Lucas Torreira have all been transfer listed by Arsenal.

    But there are no takers as of yet, with the Gunners ‘looking for bids’ after the trio were made redundant by Mikel Arteta.

    Brazilian winger Willian, 33, only joined the club on a free transfer from Chelsea last summer.

    But he failed to impress at the Emirates and no longer has a future under Arteta.

    Romano claims links with top Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli were ‘completely fake’.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Arsenal have spent their fair share of money under boss Mikel Arteta.

    Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale look to be the next two to come through the doors at the Emirates.

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