Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Saliba future LATEST, Gunners eye Noussair Mazraoui, Locatelli snub for Juventus

ARSENAL return to Premier League action this weekend as they look to continue their winning streak.

A number of Gunners stars were in action over the international break and impressed, with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka scoring for England.

We've got the very latest on William Saliba as Marseille reportedly look to open permanent transfer talks over the centre-back.

And Arsenal are eyeing a move for Ajax wonderkid Noussair Mazraoui, who could be available at a bargain price in January.

Meanwhile, it's been revealed that the Gunners approached Manuel Locatelli in the summer but the Italian only had eyes on a move to Juventus.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal are set to hold transfer talks with Marseille who are reportedly desperate to sign loan star William Saliba on a permanent basis.

    The 20-year-old Arsenal defender is on a year-long loan at Marseille, but has been such a hit that they're hoping to extend his stay past the end of this season.

    Transfer expert Ekrem Konur has reported that the club are hoping to sign Saliba permanently and will open talks about a move with Arsenal soon.

    Saliba joined the Gunners on a five-year deal for £27m from Saint Etienne in July 2019, but has yet to feature for them since making the switch to North London.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are interested in Ajax wonderkid Noussair Mazraoui, according to ESPN.

    He can negotiate with overseas clubs from January and Arsenal could add him to Mikel Arteta’s squad.

    However, he is currently in talks with his present club over an extension and Arsenal is monitoring the situation and ready to pounce if he becomes available.

    At 24, the right-back has a lot of experience at the highest level as he has played for Ajax in both domestic and European competitions.

    Finally, Manuel Locatelli only wanted to join Juventus in the summer transfer window and turned down an approach from Premier League giants Arsenal, Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali has said in quotes reported by Football Italia.

    He said: "(Locatelli) only wanted to go to Juventus. We received offers from Arsenal and other clubs, but there was nothing we could do. He was determined.”

    According to Calciomercato, Arsenal were willing to pay more than £30 million for Locatelli while offering him £90,000 a week at the Emirates.

    Italy’s midfield metronome had his heart firmly fixed on Juventus, however, so much so he told his representatives not to even open talks regarding a switch to Arsenal.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEXT UP

    Let's take a look at Arsenal's next five games as the international break draws to a close…

  • Anthony Chapman

    CON FLAIR

    Conor Gallagher says Crystal Palace boss and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is behind his rise to become an England international.

    He said: “Working under Patrick is amazing.

    "He was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League so to learn from him and work under him is brilliant.

    "He helps me a lot, tactically, and most importantly, which is really good, is how he knows my strengths and tells me what to do in terms of that.

    “So I am allowed to make the box and do what I do best which is part of the reason why I’ve had a good start to the season.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    NOU INTEREST

    Arsenal are reportedly keen on Ajax defender Noussair Mazraoui.

    ESPN claims the right-back has caught Mikel Arteta’s eye after some fine performances this season.

    And Arsenal could launch a move in January as Mazraoui approaches the final six months of his contract.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TEAM TALK

    There’s just one year to go until the 2022 World Cup.

    And teams continue to cross the line by sealing their spot in Qatar.

    Let’s take a look at the best possible XI of stars who have already qualified…

  • Anthony Chapman

    MARS ATTACKS

    Marseille are reportedly seeking transfer talks with Arsenal over a permanent deal for William Saliba.

    The defender has been in fine form during his loan at the French club.

    And with his chances still slim under Mikel Arteta, Marseille are hoping to wrap up a deal to keep him in Ligue 1.

  • Anthony Chapman

    IN GOOD KOMPANY

    Vincent Kompany believes Albert Sambi Lokonga is the new Yaya Toure.

    He told Rio Ferdinand's podcast: “As I was still at City I was coming to a point where I was thinking about my future; management, carry on, sign a new deal there.

    “I was watching football from different countries and I saw Sambi play his first two games for Anderlecht, then he got a big knee injury.

    “But the first thing I did when I saw Sambi was I went to Mikel, and also Pep, but Mikel first and I said, 'You’ve got to watch this guy, he’s the new Yaya Toure'."

  • Anthony Chapman

    KUL STORY

    Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a move for Juventus star Dejan Kulusevski.

    Calciomercato claims Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the Swedish winger.

    And he is ready to make a player-plus-cash bid involving Nicolas Pepe.

    Juve are open to doing business, but they only want money in any deal.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ED’S GONE

    Eddie Nketiah wants to leave Arsenal, according to reports.

    The academy graduate, 22, is out of contract at the end of this season.

    Arsenal have tried to entice him into penning a new deal.

    But a lack of assurances over more first-team football has prevented Nketiah from extending his stay.

    And according to Sky Sports, it's looking 'increasingly likely' that the striker will leave the club.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ASHLEY PLAN

    Former Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole says he’s ready to go into management.

    Now an Under 18s coach at Chelsea, Cole said: “I’ve lived and breathed football from the age of seven and I don’t think going into coaching or management should scare anyone.

    "As long as you get the opportunities, and believe and have faith in the qualities you bring, you have to go for it.

    “I am raring to go and waiting for my opportunity — but just making sure I’m ready to go into it.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FAR EAST FRED

    Freddie Ljunberg has been recommended to FC Tokyo as their new manager by Arsene Wenger.

    Arsenal's legendary former boss has close links to Japanese football after being in charge of Nagoya Grampus Eight prior to arriving at Highbury.

    Now the Daily Mail states that Frenchman Wenger has given his ex-winger a glowing recommendation with the 44-year-old a ‘serious contender’ for the job.

    Ljungberg is allegedly ‘giving the proposition consideration’ while he weighs-up a first move into full-time management.

  • Anthony Chapman

    LIONS ROAR

    England have booked their place at the 2022 World Cup.

    But who should start for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions in Qatar?

    Five SunSport reporters have revealed their preferred XIs for next year’s tournament.

    SEE THE TEAMS HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    GUNS DRAWN

    Theo Walcott reckons Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is on the verge of turning the Emirates into the fearsome fortress Highbury once was.

    He told TalkSport: “I just feel like there is a fear factor coming back now. Which is really nice to see.

    “At Highbury, everyone feared going to Highbury, then the Emirates it was difficult to have that sort of effect.

    “I’m starting to feel like the Arsenal are starting to come back to where we all want to see them, because I feel like if Arsenal are challenging, it is always going to be better for the league."

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman is set to quit after losing the confidence of top flight clubs.

    Anger at former Barclays exec Hoffman has grown in recent weeks over the League green-lighting the £350m Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle.

    But that only added to long-term festering resentment of Hoffman, who has been in the role since early in the pandemic.

  • Anthony Chapman

    GEORGIA U21s 3 ENGLAND U21s 2

    England’s understudies endured an embarrassing evening as they were battered in Batumi.

    Young Lions boss Lee Carsley rang the changes for this fact-finding friendly at one of the host venues for the Under-21 Euros in two years’ time.

    But he left with a lot more than just Georgia on his mind as his reserves, including Folarin Balogun, cracked under the pressure in a hostile atmosphere.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WRIGHT STUFF

    Ian Wright has credited Ben White, Gabriel and Aaron Ramsdale for changing Arsenal’s fortunes this season.

    He said: "I love the fact even with Ben White when he’s coming out and he said: ‘I don’t watch much football, I just play football’.

    "I love the fact that he’s brave enough and strong enough to admit that because he can deal with what comes with that.

    "But when you look at his performances next to Gabriel, it’s very solid with the goalkeeper [Ramsdale]. 

    “It’s a very good team, those three are very solid.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    MISSING QAT

    As teams book their place for the 2022 World Cup, here are some of the best names who could miss out on a trip to Qatar…

  • Kealan Hughes

    LILLE DEAL

    Arsenal are ‘very interested’ in Lille midfielder Renato Sanches, according to Le10 Sport.

    The report claims the Gunners have ‘already taken the step of making their interest known to Sanches himself, his agent and the club’.

    But Arsenal are yet to make an offer for the Portuguese international, and could still be rivalled by AC Milan in their attempt to sign him.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'ODE TO MARTIN'

    Louis van Gaal has named Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard as a player he would want in his Netherlands team.

    When asked by TV2 which Norwegian player he would want in his Netherlands side apart from Haaland, Van Gaal replied: "I shall choose between and Odegaard and [Kristian] Thorstvedt.

    "Odegaard is very creative and has very good passing. He can play the ball where he wants.

    "When the player demands the ball in a good position he can give the ball. And he’s a team player.

    "He stays a team player, that is very good."

  • Kealan Hughes

    LAU AND ORDER

    Ex-Arsenal star Lauren is working for his old boss Arsene Wenger again after taking up a job at Fifa.

    The two-time Premier League winner, 44, has been appointed as a technical expert for talent development in Africa for the world football governing body.

    In his new role, the former right-back will be tasked with making African football more competitive on the international stage.

    Invincibles star Lauren said: “I couldn’t be more excited to be taking up the role.

    "I feel proud to be joining the Fifa family and there’s also a great sense of responsibility."

  • Kealan Hughes

    CAL HIM UP

    Everton could make a January move for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers if they can’t resurrect a loan agreement for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

    Manager Rafa Benitez is in the market for a right-back to take over from veteran captain Seamus Coleman.

    But his hands are tied by a lack of cash and he is now exploring the possibility of signing Chambers for a nominal fee.

    The 26-year-old former England international is currently in the final few months of his Arsenal contract and the club have yet to take up the option to extend his deal by a further year.

    He has not even made the subs’ bench in the Premier League for the last two months and has been pushed further down the Emirates queue by the arrival of £19.5million summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    Manager Mikel Arteta is not looking to make any changes to his squad in January and is reluctant to let anyone leave but accepts that Chambers needs regular football to revive his career after seven years at the Emirates.

    And there is a chance that Arsenal could sell him in January for a fee in the region of £5million rather than lose him as a free agent in the summer.

  • Kealan Hughes

    TOP TIER 

    Fans went 'nuts' for Kieran Tierney's insane double nutmeg on Ion Jardan as Scotland beat Moldova 2-0.

    The left-back had missed out on Arsenal's last three Premier League games with an ankle injury, but returned for Scotland in Chisinau.

    Tierney started on the left of a back-three as Scotland outclassed their opposition, with goals from Rangers' Nathan Patterson and Southampton's Che Adams.

    But one of the highlights of the game was an insane double nutmeg by Kieran Tierney on helpless Moldova defender, Ion Jardan.

    Tierney poked the ball through Jardan's legs as he ran towards the byline, then held the ball up and cheekily nutmegged the Moldovan for a second time.

    Fans then gave hilarious reactions to Tierney's double nutmeg at the Zimbru Stadium on Friday , with 'Davocvi' saying that Tierney had 'banished him to the shadow realm'.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'MASSIVE IMPORTANCE'

    Gilberto Silva has revealed he is a huge fan of Thomas Partey.

    He told talkSPORT: "This position is very unique, as I have played there. Partey is a very good player.

    “The importance of him in the team is massive because of his presence in the team. Not only because of what he does on the field, but about the way he helps the others around him.

    “This is the key for this position. You are there doing things not many players like to do.

    “One run after the players to get the ball and then to give it to somebody else because some players want time on the ball. I hope he can stay fit. In the recent past, he struggled a bit with fitness and injuries.”

    Credit: Getty
  • Kealan Hughes

    OH MAN

    Manuel Locatelli only wanted to join Juventus in the summer transfer window and turned down an approach from Premier League giants Arsenal, Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali has said in quotes reported by Football Italia.

    He said: "(Locatelli) only wanted to go to Juventus. We received offers from Arsenal and other clubs, but there was nothing we could do. He was determined.”

    According to Calciomercato, Arsenal were willing to pay more than £30 million for Locatelli while offering him £90,000 a week at the Emirates.

    Italy’s midfield metronome had his heart firmly fixed on Juventus, however, so much so he told his representatives not to even open talks regarding a switch to Arsenal.

  • Kealan Hughes

    INJURY BLOW

    Arsenal Women have been handed a major blow with the news that Leah Williamson is set for a long spell on the sidelines with a serious hamstring injury.

    On Tuesday, Arsenal made the following announcement about Leah Williamson: “Following Saturday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, Leah Williamson experienced discomfort in her hamstring.

    “Subsequent assessments and scans have confirmed that Leah has suffered a significant hamstring injury.

    “Further consultations and assessments will take place, with Leah’s recovery and rehabilitation programme also being determined in the coming days.”

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