1.30pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Torreira Atletico Madrid MEDICAL, Aouar and Partey deals could be hijacked – The Sun

ARSENAL are still in pursuit of Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey with Monday's transfer deadline looming large.

Meanwhile Lucas Torreira is reportedly in Madrid ready for a medical today ahead of joining Atletico.

Follow ALL of the Gunners latest transfer news and updates below…

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    SOK IT TO 'EM

    Everton have been in contact with Arsenal over a move for Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to reports.

    Greek journalist Antonis Tsirakis claims the Toffees are looking to sign the centre-back, 32.

    ‘Papa’ has been told he does not have a future at the Emirates by boss Mikel Arteta.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    HOUSSE BID GAZUMPED

    Arsenal could lose out on Houssem Aouar transfer to PSG or Real Madrid if they agree to pay £45m fee in full after loan.

    And the Gunners' transfer hopes could flounder after Lyon revealed the Londoners only wanted to pay in installments when Lyon are only interested in being paid in full.

    One positive is that Aouar has reportedly agreed personal terms with Arsenal and he favors a move to London.

    However, Mikel Arteta only has 2 days of the window left to land his man.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    PARTEY OVER?

    Arsenal face competition for Thomas Partey as Chelsea have identified him as an alternative if they fail to sign Declan Rice according to reports.

    The Gunners have been chasing him throughout the transfer window but so far have not been able to activate his release clause of £45 million.

    With Lyon's Houssem Aouar being Arsenal's no.1 target, will Chelsea sneak in and swoop Partey from under their nose?

    Things are about to get interesting.

  • Alan Scott

    GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

    Arsene Wenger claims he was offered the Manchester United job in the past.

    He told the Times: “I was offered the [PSG] job a few times. [And Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and France].

    “[Man United?] Yes. [When?] I don’t tell you that. But I can tell you that Man Utd offered me the job.”

    Wenger also admits he left Arsenal before the end of his contract due to pressure from fans.

    He added: “I would have respected my contract. The club thought it was better I stopped. I’d always lived with the idea that could happen. 

    “The supporters were not happy any more. Some of them. You can understand that, at some stage, 22 years, people want a change.”

    Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain are set to hijack Arsenal's move for Houssem Aouar.

    L'Equipe claims the French champs are deep in talks with Lyon to strike a deal for the playmaker.

    PSG have pounced to take advantage of Arsenal's dithering and are now closing in on the midfield ace.

    Finally, Arsenal have agreed to loan Lucas Torreira to Atletico Madrid.

    Fabrizio Romano claims the midfielder will remain in Spain until next summer.

    And Atleti will then have the option to make his deal permanent.

    But the Spaniards have no intention of selling Thomas Partey to Arsenal.

    Romano adds the midfielder will be staying put before Monday's transfer deadline.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FRIDAY FEELING

    It's the weekend! And Arsenal face Sheffield United on Sunday.

    Mikel Arteta has led his side to two wins from their first three league matches.

    But can he mastermind victory against Chris Wilder's ambitious side – now fronted by £23.5million Rhian Brewster?

  • Anthony Chapman

    ARTFUL DODGER

    Mikel Arteta remains confident in striking a deal for Lyon's Houssem Aouar despite late attempts from PSG to hijack the deal.

    He said: “Well, I am very confident in what we are trying to do internally.

    “[I am getting] clarity and support from everybody at the club to try and improve the team if we can.

    “But most importantly as well, to get the right balance in the squad, for now and the way we want to evolve the squad in the future.

    “We are all very much aligned but I'm afraid that I cannot give you any updates or news.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEW LEVELS

    Mikel Arteta reckons Bukayo Saka’s England call-up will see him become an even better player for Arsenal.

    Arteta said: “I’m extremely happy with him – he totally deserves that chance.

    “He's a really humble boy who's willing to learn every single day.

    “He works really hard and he has incredible talent. It's a combination of everything you need to be successful and I think that call-up is going to fill him with confidence even more, and I'm really happy for him.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    SWITCHING SIDES

    Arsene Wenger claims he was offered the Manchester United job in past.

    He told the Times: “I was offered the [PSG] job a few times. [And Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and France].

    “[Man United?] Yes. [When?] I don’t tell you that. But I can tell you that Man Utd offered me the job.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    WENG IN ROME

    Arsene Wenger admits he left Arsenal before the end of his contract due to pressure from fans.

    He told the Times: “I would have respected my contract. The club thought it was better I stopped. I’d always lived with the idea that could happen.

    “The supporters were not happy any more. Some of them. You can understand that, at some stage, 22 years, people want a change.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ART OF THE MATTER

    Mikel Arteta insists it was the right move to sell Emi Martinez and keep Bernd Leno.

    He explained: “We didn't want Martinez to go but it was probably the right thing for both parties to do

    “I am really happy for Bernd's performance and his character.

    “He really helped us. I really have belief in Bernd.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    CAZ HE GOT A CLUE?

    Arsenal fans are waiting nervously to see if they can land anyone before deadline day.

    But club legend Santi Cazorla has some calming words for those worried supporters.

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    Any worries, Santi? 🤣 #arsenal #gunners #arsenalfc #cazo

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  • Anthony Chapman

    PS-GLEE

    Paris Saint-Germain are set to hijack Arsenal's move for Houssem Aouar.

    L'Equipe claims the French champs are deep in talks with Lyon to strike a deal for the playmaker.

    Arsenal were still hopeful of signing Aouar after seeing a £32million bid rejected.

    But PSG have pounced to take advantage of Arsenal's dithering and are now closing in on the midfield ace.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PARTEY'S OVER

    Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Thomas Partey to Arsenal.

    Fabrizio Romano claims the midfielder will be staying put before Monday's transfer deadline.

    That's despite Atletico securing a loan deal for Arsenal's Lucas Torreira.

    Partey was apparently never part of that negotiation and Atletico never had any plans to let him go.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Prem fans were left in the partial dark after League bosses announced the first wave of TV picks for the next three weekends.

    A total of 15 games, five each weekend from the next of the looming international break, were announced for screening by Sky Sports and BT Sport.

    Matches included Manchester City’s home clash with Arsenal, now a tea-time battle on Saturday October 17 and Gareth Bale’s potential second debut for Spurs against West Ham the following afternoon.

    A week later, Chelsea will travel to Old Trafford for a Saturday 5.40pm kick-off, while Arsenal’s trip to Manchester United the following weekend is now on Sunday November 1.

    But with no sign of fans being allowed back in grounds this month, the provisional list is likely to change even more dramatically.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TOR BLIMEY

    Arsenal have agreed to loan Lucas Torreira to Atletico Madrid.

    Fabrizio Romano claims the midfielder will remain in Spain until next summer.

    And Atleti will then have the option to make his deal permanent.

  • Joe Miles

    WILL I NEVER

    Mikel Arteta has discussed William Saliba's future at the club amid claims he could be shipped out on loan already.

    Speaking at today's press conference, he said: “Well as I explained, the difficult year that the player had and the plan we had for him, for the transition year, we could not achieve.

    “We are looking at different options to try to have the best possible development for the player and to protect our intentions with William for the future.

    “We want to both be aligned and make the best decision for now and for the future.”

  • Joe Miles

    BLADE RUNNERS

    Mikel Arteta will have a full strength squad to pick from when his side host Sheffield United on Sunday.

    The Gunners head into the clash as favourites with the visitors still looking to pick up their first point and goal of the season.

    Goalscoring is the least of Arteta's worries with favoured front three Willian, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likely to start.

    Auba and Willian were rested in the Carabao Cup win over Liverpool while Lacazette was introduced in the second half.

    With Granit Xhaka likely to marshall the midfield, Arteta will need to decide whether to opt with Dani Ceballos or Elneny.

    Here's how they could start…

  • Joe Miles

    HA LA LAND

    Erling Haaland named the seven strikers he thinks are better than him including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – but would back himself in a crunch tie.

    The Borussia Dortmund star, 20, burst on to the European stage last year with his performances for Red Bull Salzburg.

    During an interview with VG, the Norwegian sensation could only think of seven centre-forwards in world football currently better than him – and it is some list.

    The seven is made up of five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and last season's 55-goal hero Robert Lewandowski from rivals Bayern Munich.

    All of the remaining five strikers all ply their trade in the Premier League including Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well as Tottenham hero Harry Kane.

  • Joe Miles

    IN THE NICK OF TIME

    Ex-Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner switched from wearing No26 to No52… because of advice from his mum's fortune-teller friend.

    The Danish forward, 32, took the No26 shirt at the Emirates in 2007 when he returned from a season-long loan at Birmingham.

    But after two years, 90 appearances and 23 goals, he took on board the suggestion from his mystic confidante.

    Writing in the Daily Mail, Bendtner said: “I switched from the No26 jersey to No52 jersey because of a professional fortune-teller my mum knows. Or a clairvoyant, as she calls herself.

    “She thinks 26 is a s*** number for me, because 2 + 6 = 8, which is my so-called ‘bad number’.

    “She’s found this out… somehow. According to the friend, seven is my lucky number. My strength number.

    “Unfortunately, seven is already taken.

    “And 25 (2 + 5 = 7) was [Emmanuel] Adebayor’s, which means it’s all tied up with bad karma.

    “We settle for 52 in the end.

    “When it’s made official, everyone thinks it’s a hint about my new wages: £52,000 a week.”

  • Joe Miles

    GUNNER GO?

    Former Arsenal star Gael Clichy is training with a FIFTH tier French side after becoming a free agent, according to reports.

    The ex-France left-back was spotted at the grounds of little-known Thonon Evian this week.

    Clichy, 35, had been plying his trade in Turkey’s top division for the past three seasons with Super Lig champions Istanbul Basaksehir. 

    The former Man City star fell down Pep Guardiola’s pecking order towards the end of his Etihad career before leaving the side in 2017.

    Clichy was spotted training on Thonon Evian’s synthetic pitch, according to Foot Mercato – a far cry from the glamorous set-ups of his former Premier League and Super Lig employers.

  • Joe Miles

    RAPID RUN

    Arsenal have been handed a favourable Europa League draw with Rapid Vienna, Molde and Dundalk in Group B.

    Jose Mourinho will also fancy his chances of progressing with Spurs drawn against Ludogorets, LASK and Royal Antwerp.

    But Mourinho will also be cursing his luck that his side will need to face the mammoth 3,300-mile trip to take on Bulgarian opposition Ludogorets, particularly with a hectic fixture schedule.

    Leceister, who make their Europa League debut, will take on Braga, AEK Athens and Zorya Luhansk in Group G.

  • Joe Miles

    HOUSS OF CARDS

    Arsenal have been joined by Paris Saint-Germain in the race for Houssem Aouar but Mikel Arteta remains confident of landing the Lyon star.

    The Gunners remain desperate to bring in the French playmaker, who is keen to leave the Ligue 1 side before the window closes on Monday.

    Yet according to French outlet L’Equipe, PSG President Al Khelaifi has devised a plan to sign Aouar in 2021.

    The report adds that the club are unable to land the 22-year-old this summer due to financial restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Yet PSG, who are said to have met with the 22-year-old's entourage at the beginning of the year, hope to agree a fee with their domestic rivals now ahead of a move next year.

  • Joe Miles

    'I AM VERY CONFIDENT'

    Mikel Arteta has addressed the reports linking Arsenal to Houssem Aouar.

    Speaking at today's press conference, he said: “Well, I am very confident in what we are trying to do internally.

    “[I am getting] clarity and support from everybody at the club to try and improve the team if we can.

    “But most importantly as well, to get the right balance in the squad, for now and the way we want to evolve the squad in the future.

    “We are all very much aligned but I'm afraid that I cannot give you any updates or news.”

  • Joe Miles

    TAKING THE MIK

    Mikel Arteta has revealed Arsenal didn't want Emiliano Martinez to leave the club for Aston Villa.

    He said: “We didn't want Emiliano Martinez to go but it was probably the right thing for both parties to do.”

    And he admitted he has faith in No1 choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

    He said: “I am really happy for Bernd's performance and his character.

    “He really helped us. I really have belief in Bernd.”

  • Joe Miles

    'COLD AS ICE'

    Fans have been going wild following Ainsley Maitland-Niles' impressive penalty.

    One Twitter user wrote: “Ainsley Maitland-Niles turns into prime Pele when he gets to the penalty spot. Cold as ice.”

    A second tweeted: “Has Maitland-Niles ever experienced 'nerves' in his life? I'm seriously starting to doubt it.”

    A third added: “That smile, that damn smile. Maitland-Niles is something else from 12 yards.”

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