Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang Juventus loan, Coutinho LATEST, Kolasinac to Watford – latest updates

ARSENAL will take on Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-finals after Jurgen Klopp's side won a thriller against Leicester.

The Gunners could put their feet up and watch Wednesday's matches after cruising past League One side Sunderland.

Meanwhile, the Spanish press claim that Barcelona are desperate to send Phillipe Coutinho on loan to the Premier League.

And that puts the Gunners in a strong position, with technical director Edu known to be close to Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian.

However, Arsenal have put former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up for sale as they wait to see which clubs are interested.

The majority of clubs are reported not to be willing or able to fund his wages, but there are claims Juventus could do, providing the deal is a loan.

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  • Dylan Terry

    Arteta on passionate Arsenal fans

    After Arsenal's win over Sunderland, the Gunners boss said: "[I've found that] this is much more complicated, much more unpredictable than it looks!

    "But I love and am completely passionate about what I do, I feel privileged and very lucky to be where I am and I try to enjoy it as much as I can. It is a lot of pressure and a lot of decisions to make, but at the same time it is priceless to be here.

    "I’m most proud of the atmosphere, the environment and the culture we have around the club and the sense of unity that we have from everybody who works at the club and the sense of unity that we have with our supporters that I think has come a long, long way.

    "There are still a lot of things we need to get much better at, to improve but I think the team is going in the right direction, that is the feeling that I have.

    "I think I have made a lot of mistakes for sure in this period, I would have time to reflect on that, but I don’t know, I wish I had six trophies here next to me because that’s what this club deserves!"

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    Arsenal's captain curse since 2007

    Arsenal's captains have not fared particularly well over the last 15 years – as can be seen by the graphic below.

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    Messi eyed Martinez for Barcelona

    Lionel Messi tried to tempt Arsenal transfer target Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona when he was skipper at the Nou Camp.

    Martinez revealed how his Argentina team-mate – now at Paris Saint-Germain – played negotiator as he sounded him out about a possible move.

    But the 24-year-old insisted he was happy at current club Inter Milan and wouldn’t even be swayed by the prospect of playing alongside Messi at Barca.

    He told Sportmediaset: “(Messi) asked me about my situation at Inter, but I always told him that I was staying."

    Martinez is currently the subject of a frenzy of transfer speculation, with Arsenal said to be eyeing him as a solution to their striker woes following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fall from grace.

    North London rivals Tottenham are also thought to be interested, with ex-Inter boss Antonio Conte now in charge in N17.

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    When attending a Prem game

    Here's what you need to know about attending a Premier League game in the coming days.

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    Leno ready for the semi-finals

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    Prem fixtures on UK TV

    Here are the Premier League fixtures being aired on UK TV between Boxing Day and December 28.

    It's a busy few days!

    • Sunday December 26: Liverpool v Leeds
      BT Sport (12.30pm)
    • Sunday December 26: Aston Villa v Chelsea
      Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League (5.30pm)
    • Sunday December 26: Brighton v Brentford
      Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League (8pm)
    • Monday December 27: Newcastle v Man Utd
      Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League (8pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Arsenal v Wolves
      Amazon Prime Video (12.30pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Crystal Palace v Norwich
      Amazon Prime Video (3pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Southampton v Tottenham
      Amazon Prime Video (3pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Watford v West Ham
      Amazon Prime Video (3pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Leeds v Aston Villa
      Amazon Prime Video (5:30pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Leicester v Liverpool
      Amazon Prime Video (8pm)

    Arsenal listening to Aubameyang offers

    Arsenal are sounding out potential Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang buyers ahead of next month's transfer window, according to reports.

    The striker is currently in Gunners exile after being banished from the first-team fold by boss Mikel Arteta.

    And according to ESPN, the North Londoners are willing to 'listen to offers' next month.

    Barcelona are long-term admirers of Aubameyang and are in the market for a striker to replace Sergio Aguero.

    But the Gabonese star's £250,000-a-week wages are said to put off the cash-strapped Catalan giants.

    Juventus are interested in taking Aubameyang on loan for the rest of the season, if an agreement can be reached regarding his salary.

    Norwich next up for Arsenal

    Arsenal's next game comes against the Premier League's bottom side Norwich on Boxing Day.

    The Gunners picked up their first league win of the season back in September when they ended a run of three straight defeats with a 1-0 victory over the Canaries.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted the only goal of the game to secure Arsenal's first points of the campaign.

    Another win this time around?

    Nketiah on impressive Carabao record

    Eddie Nketiah has spoken about his glut of goals in the Carabao Cup after netting a hat-trick for Arsenal against Sunderland on Tuesday evening.

    He said: "I made my home debut in this cup and it's a competition where the club give younger players coming through a lot of opportunities to play.

    "So it's probably one of the main competitions where I've had a consecutive run of matches and starts, and it always helps if you can take those opportunities to score.

    "As a striker I'm pleased to get that chance to play and I want to carry on taking those chances.

    "I've got good memories in this cup so hopefully I can be involved again against Sunderland and help the team progress to the semi-finals."

    • Dylan Terry

      Arteta on debutant Charlie Patino

      Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has spoken about talented youngster Charlie Patino after he made his Gunners debut in the 5-1 win over Sunderland.

      He said: "Charlie is with us more and more in training sessions, yesterday was his first competitive match which was a beautiful day for him and everybody involved in the club and we’ll go slowly from there.

      "If we need him, we’ll use him if the numbers are quiet and we have to throw him in there when we believe he’s ready and he’s making the right steps and we’re really happy with where we are.

      "I am delighted [so many players are coming through youth system] but that is down to all the work that has been in the academy and at the club over many years and this is the fruit of that work.

      "Now it is about finding the right moments to give opportunities to these kids and finding the space in the squad to be able to do that."

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      Arsenal face Liverpool in Carabao

      Arsenal have been drawn against Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

      The Gunners booked their place in the last four with a 5-1 win over Sunderland on Tuesday evening.

      And now they will take on Jurgen Klopp's Reds for a place in the final.

      The other semi-final will see Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea take on Antonio Conte's Tottenham as the Italian returns to Stamford Bridge.

      The first legs will take place the week of January 3, with the return legs taking place the following week.

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      GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

      Mikel Arteta believes playing football without fans again would be a disaster.

      He said: “Please don’t go back to playing behind closed doors because that’s something we’ve already experienced and it’s not something we enjoyed.

      “Football is all about sharing emotions and having fans around the stadiums and when that doesn’t happen it’s a completely different sport and the competition gets lost.

      “If that’s the only way we can carry on then of course we will have to do that, but it’s just not the same.”

      Meanwhile, Micah Richards believes Arsenal transfer target Dusan Vlahovic will shine if he moves to the Premier League.

      Richards declared: "I have watched him a couple of times now.

      "He is lightning. It’s ridiculous. He has got 16 in 18 [Serie A games] this season.

      "His left foot is like a wand. I am telling you now, he is everything, he is everything you need.”

      Finally, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has called for Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol to apologise for appearing to smirk when announcing the Gunners signed Takehiro Tomiyasu.

      Wright cannot forget the Japanese international's move to the Emirates being scoffed at on Sky Sports News.

      The 58-year-old Gunners legend shared a clip of Solhekol discussing the transfer at the time – with him seemingly not impressed.

      He captioned it: "Apologies as loud as the disrespect please!!!!! @SkyKaveh."

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      Next up

      Let's take a look at Arsenal's next five games…

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      Charlie Patino tipped for stardom

      Paul Merson believes Charlie Patino and his fellow Arsenal youngsters can become special players.

      He said: "There's some good things happening at Arsenal.

      "You've got these young players. Imagine if Nketiah gets in the team then all of a sudden you've got Smith Rowe on one side and Saka on the other or Martinelli and Smith Rowe dropping back.

      "Them four players and the young lad Charlie can be the next five, six, seven years at Arsenal.

      "Who knows, they could be the next Man United."

    • Anthony Chapman

      Kolasinac wanted by Ranieri's Watford

      Arsenal outcast Sead Kolasinac could be set for a reprieve with Watford.

      The Telegraph claims Claudio Ranieri wants to land the left-back next month to boost his side's relegation chances.

      And Kolasinac is sure to jump at the chance to leave the Gunners after dropping out of Mikel Arteta's plans.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Ian Wright calls out 'disrespect'

      Arsenal legend Ian Wright has called for Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol to apologise for appearing to smirk when announcing the Gunners signed Takehiro Tomiyasu.

      Wright cannot forget the Japanese international's move to the Emirates being scoffed at on Sky Sports News.

      The 58-year-old Gunners legend shared a clip of Solhekol discussing the transfer at the time – with him seemingly not impressed.

      He captioned it: "Apologies as loud as the disrespect please!!!!! @SkyKaveh."

    • Anthony Chapman

      Dusan Vlahovic tipped for greatness

      Micah Richards believes Arsenal, Man Utd and Spurs transfer target Dusan Vlahovic will shine if he moves to the Premier League.

      Richards declared: "I have watched him a couple of times now.

      "He is lightning. It’s ridiculous. He has got 16 in 18 [Serie A games] this season.

      "His left foot is like a wand. I am telling you now, he is everything, he is everything you need.”

    • Anthony Chapman

      Kamara turning down Marseille deal

      Premier League target Boubacar Kamara has reportedly told Marseille he is leaving on a free transfer next summer.

      The centre-back has emerged as a transfer target for Man Utd, claims L’Equipe.

      And reports linked Kamara with Arsenal during the last summer window.

      He will be able to agree a pre-contract with English sides from next month.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Arsenal's trophy hopes this term

      Arsenal will be hoping for a trophy by the time the season ends.

      Can they add to this impressive cabinet of silverwear?

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      Winterburn backs United for fourth

      Nigel Winterburn believes Man Utd will finish above Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham for the final Champions League spot.

      He told Paddy Power: “I’d imagine that United would be favourites to get that spot, but you never know in football. 

      “Any one of those teams could go on a storming run from now till the end of the season and solidify that final spot in the top four. 

      “It will be the team who is most consistent over the final half of the season who will finish fourth.” 

    • Anthony Chapman

      Isolation time cut for players

      Premier League sides have received a timely boost after the government reduced the Covid-19 self-isolation period from ten days to seven.

      That means a whole host of big names could return to action for the round of Boxing Day games this weekend.

      But they will have to show a negative result on a lateral flow test two days in a row.

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      Arteta keeping top four faith

      Mikel Arteta remains hopes Arsenal can continue their good form to seal a return to the Champions League.

      He explained: “We are only at the halfway stage and there are still a lot of things that we need to get much better at.

      “But I think the team is going in the right direction and are preparing to finish the season as high as we can.”

    • Anthony Chapman

      Out with the old Guns

      A lot has changed since Arsene Wenger left the Emirates in 2018.

      Arsenal are on their second manager in Mikel Arteta following Unai Emery's struggles.

      And there's been plenty of changes in the playing department too…

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      More from Arteta on players

      “It’s important that we listen to the players because without them we can do nothing and the industry wouldn’t work.

      “It is easy for us to sit here and demand more games but they are the ones who have to perform.

      “If the players are saying it is difficult then they are being genuine because they’ve always tried to carry on and keep this league at the highest standard.

      “So when they say something like this we have to really listen to them with open ears because we don’t want to damage the product and the incredible league that we have.”

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      Arteta concern for player welfare

      Mikel Arteta believes player welfare is being overlooked over the festive period.

      He explained: “The clubs have made the decision and at this point we cannot change that so we have to try our best to carry on.

      “We had a preference of what we wanted to do because of the schedule and the situation we are in, but it isn’t going to stop so now we have to play every single match with no recovery and with fewer numbers available.

      “The main thing in my opinion is to protect the welfare of the players because we are responsible to defend them more than anyone else.”

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