12pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Szoboszlai talks, Isco transfer offered, Eriksen-Xhaka ‘swap’ – The Sun

12pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Szoboszlai talks, Isco transfer offered, Eriksen-Xhaka ‘swap’ – The Sun

ARSENAL  their Premier League campaign back underway on Sunday with a tough trip to face Leeds United.

Off the field, the Gunners are reportedly in talks with Red Bull Salzburg's Dominik Szoboszlai.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip below…

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNING FOR IT

    Alex Morgan missed the decisive penalty in a dramatic shootout between Arsenal and Tottenham in the League Cup following a 2-2 draw.

    Tottenham had come from a goal down twice thanks to Ria Percival and Shelina Zadorsky to send the tie to a shootout.Both sides netted their first four penalties, with Lia Walti slotting into the bottom corner for Arsenal's fifth.

    Morgan stepped up to take Tottenham's fifth kick but the USA superstar fired well over the bar to hand Arsenal a bonus point.

    The final Group B standings are yet to be confirmed after Chelsea's match with London City Lionesses was postponed.

    But the draw has effectively ended both of the North Londoners hopes at the group stage.

  • Joe Brophy

    EDDIE SET GO

    Eddie Nketiah needs to “get angry” to take a starting berth at Arsenal away from Alexandre Lacazette, says Ian Wright.

    The Arsenal legend told his Wrighty’s House Podcast: “Reiss Nelson… what’s going to happen with Reiss Nelson? You have to be worried about Reiss and, to a certain extent, Eddie as well.

    “We talked about Laca and people are talking about Laca’s got to be taken out. Maybe for just for himself, just to have a rest.

    “Eddie now should be looking at what Laca does, why Laca’s in the team, why Laca’s being picked over him even though he’s not scoring. And he’s got to start learning about the progression of himself.

    “Because by now, with the goals that we know he’s capable of scoring because he can get in the box and he can finish, he should be adding those other things to his game to be putting a bit more pressure on Laca, with all due respect to Laca.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BACK WITH A BANG

    Michael Owen has predicted Arsenal to narrowly edged past Leeds 2-1 this weekend.

    He told BetVictor: “I find Leeds are exceptionally good against teams that fancy themselves to play a bit. When you come at Leeds, it plays into their hands as they have loads of energy to smother you and win key battles all over the pitch.

    “They create lots of chances, but equally concede a lot as well. I think this could play into Mikel Arteta’s hands.

    “If he is prepared to concede a bit of ground and soak up some Leeds pressure, I fancy the Gunners to take full advantage on the break.”

  • Joe Brophy

    AUBA THE TOP

    Arsenal are reportedly furious with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s recent issues on international duty with Gabon.

    The Gunners captain revealed on Instagram over the weekend showing him and his teammates having to sleep on the floor of an airport after not being allowed into Gambia.

    Gabon's manager Patrice Neveu has now suggested Arsenal will block Aubameyang from accepting future call-ups.

    Speaking to Canal Plus, as quoted by Metro, he revealed: “Arsenal called Pierre-Emerick. After seeing him in those conditions, it’s over.

    “They won’t let him come again, and it will be the same for players from other clubs.

    “It’s understandable. They are high level players and when they come on international duty, they need to have a minimum of comfort.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Real Madrid are reportedly hoping to start a bidding war between Arsenal and Everton for out of favour midfielder Isco.

    Spanish outlet El Confidencial claim Los Blancos have put the Spaniard up for sale.

    It's claimed Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful of reuniting with the midfielder, who worked under him during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

    Arsenal could also be keen on a deal for £20million-rated Isco.

    The 28-year-old could be a good fit for the Gunners who have been desperate to sign a new creative midfielder.

  • Joe Brophy

    REK-ING BALL

    Arsenal 'have agreed' the January signing of Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin, reports claim.

    The Gunners were strongly linked with the central defender on Deadline Day.

    But chiefs could not get the deal over the line in time, with the 6ft 1in Tunisian instead remaining at Hertha Berlin.

    According to football.london, however, Arsenal have now been able to thrash out a deal that will see the promising ace join in January.

    Part of their appeal is believed to be the opportunity to regularly train with the first team.

    In the short term, however, the Gunners are eager to loan their new centre-back to the Bundesliga to gain valuable experience.

  • Joe Brophy

    NUMBERS GAME

    Premier League managers have urged league bosses to do a u-turn over five substitutes.

    In a stunning reversal of their stance, 15 of the 20 top-flight bosses agreed at a virtual meeting that the Prem should revert to having extra substitutes AND a bigger bench.

    Six managers confirmed they had switched their stance on the issue, now agreeing the risks to player safety given the congested schedule justified the change of heart.

    West Ham’s David Moyes has already gone public in conceding he had altered his stance.

    SunSport understands that among the other managers who believed the rules need to be changed were Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson, Brendan Rodgers of Leicester and Wolves chief Nuno Espirito Santo.

    And it will put extra pressure on club chiefs to vote for the rule change they have already vetoed TWICE this season when the matter goes back on the virtual boardroom table, potentially as soon as next week.

  • Joe Brophy

    PUSH THE BOAT OUT

    Arsenal have been urged to sign Jerome Boateng in order to get the best out of defenders Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba.

    Speaking of the Bayern Munich ace, he told Football Insider: “You can never have enough quality and you can never have enough players who have done it at the top level.

    “Looking to maybe recruit someone like Jerome Boateng shows where the club is at. Gabriel and Saliba would benefit from having somebody like Boateng at the club.

    “I am not sure how long David Luiz will be at the club so Jerome Boateng could be that experienced player who helps others fulfil their potential.

    “If you put it out to the Arsenal fan base they will say, ‘Oh he is too old.’ But beggars cannot be choosers and we need experience. He is a serial winner.”

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Sead Kolasinac has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    The 27-year-old will now miss the trip to Leeds this weekend along with Mohamed Elneny, who has also contracted Covid-19.

    Meanwhile, the Gunners are said to be in negotiations to sign Red Bull Salzburg ace Dominik Szoboszlai in January.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the North Londoners are one of four clubs in for the 20-year-old.

    Szoboszlai is seen as an attractive option for Arsenal as he boasts a £22.5million release clause in his contract.

    In other news, talks are already ongoing over a 'crucial' January loan transfer in the development of William Saliba, reports claim.

    The Frenchman moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2019 for £27m, before being loaned back to Saint-Etienne.

    According to the Standard, he will be sent out on loan in January, in order to complete his 'transition year' that was curtailed last time around.

    And finally, Real Madrid are reportedly hoping to start a bidding war between Arsenal and Everton for out of favour midfielder Isco.

    Spanish outlet El Confidencial claim Los Blancos have put the Spaniard up for sale.

  • sstreet

    SZOB STORY

    Dominik Szoboszlai has opened initial talks with Arsenal, according to the AFC Bell.

    The Arabic-language Twitter account, which broke the news of Thomas Partey's arrival, claims talks have a long way to go, but has promised more news tomorrow night.

    The 20-year-old, who is currently at Red Bull Salzburg, scored a last minute winner against Iceland to send Hungary to Euro 2020 during the international break.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TON OF WOE

    Premier League clubs are missing more than 100 stars just nine weeks into the season  – with Liverpool and Manchester United worst hit.

    Players like Reds' striker Mo Salah and Tottenham right-back Matt Doherty will miss the Prem return following the international break after failing coronavirus tests – but clubs are also reeling from a heavy crock list.

    Liverpool have ten players on their absentee list, compared to United's eight.

    And the Prem had a new record of SIXTEEN PLAYERS testing positive in its last round of Covid-19 tests.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NUN BUT YOU

    Leicester City are set to battle it out with Manchester United and Arsenal for Sporting Lisbon's Nuno Mendes, according to reports.

    The 18-year-old left-back has earned plenty of plaudits since breaking into the Sporting first team after lockdown.

    He is now the first-choice left-back for Ruben Amorim – starting all nine matches this season and helping unbeaten Sporting to the top of the league.

    And according to the Daily Mail, Premier League table-toppers Leicester are considering making an approach to sign Mendes.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAKING THE MICH

    Michael Owen has backed Arsenal to beat Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road at the weekend.

    Speaking to BetVictor, he said: “I find Leeds are exceptionally good against teams that fancy themselves to play a bit.

    “When you come at Leeds, it plays into their hands as they have loads of energy to smother you and win key battles all over the pitch.

    “They create lots of chances, but equally concede a lot as well. I think this could play into Mikel Arteta’s hands.

    “If he is prepared to concede a bit of ground and soak up some Leeds pressure, I fancy the Gunners to take full advantage on the break.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    JER THE ONE

    Arsenal have been urged to sign Chelsea target Jerome Boateng in order to get the best out of defenders Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba.

    Speaking of the Bayern Munich ace, he told Football Insider: “You can never have enough quality and you can never have enough players who have done it at the top level.

    “Looking to maybe recruit someone like Jerome Boateng shows where the club is at. Gabriel and Saliba would benefit from having somebody like Boateng at the club. 

    “I am not sure how long David Luiz will be at the club so Jerome Boateng could be that experienced player who helps others fulfil their potential.

    “If you put it out to the Arsenal fan base they will say, ‘Oh he is too old.’ But beggars cannot be choosers and we need experience. He is a serial winner.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PHOTOCALL

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    ATTO BOY

    Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign Nigerian striker Atto Abbas from Turkish side Kasimpasa in January, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The 22-year-old is also believed to be on the radar of RB Leipzig.

    Speaking of the player, Romano said: “This kid [Atto Abbas] has great potential.

    “A name that has a great command of his feet. He moves very easily with the ball.

    “He is also a fast and agile football player.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    UPA AWAY

    Man Utd target Dayot Upamecano could decide his future as early as January.

    Bild claims the RB Leipzig star – who has attracted the interest of Arsenal in the past – has a £40million release clause in his contract.

    And the defender, 22, is anticipating offers after impressing for the German side.

    Upamecano has already clocked up 118 games for Leipzig and helped them to last season’s Champions League semis.

    He is regarded as one of Europe’s most promising centre-backs and has also earned three caps for World Cup holders France, even scoring against Croatia in September.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SZOB STORY

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Arsenal are looking to sign Red Bull Salzburg ace Dominik Szoboszlai.

    He claimed that the Hungarian international could depart the Austrian outfit in January.

    The 20-year-old boasts a £22.5million release clause in his contract.

    However it's not just the Gunners that are interested in the player, with up to four clubs hoping to secure his services.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LEVA STAYER

    Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez claims Arsenal wanted him as Emi Martinez's replacement.

    Instead Alex Runarsson arrived at the Emirates as Bernd Leno's understudy, despite Fernandez insisting the Gunners and Athletic Bilbao showed summer interest in him.

    And Spaniard Fernandez claimed he was happy to remain with his unfashionable La Liga side after being a key man in keeping them up.

    He told AS: “The club transmitted calm and I wanted to stay.  We looked at the fact I'd got the affection of the fans. 

    “It's true there was contact with Athletic Bilbao and Arsenal.

    “Quite a lot of clubs have asked and it's true those two did ask. I feel I have lots of support at Levante.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    NERF HERDER

  • Joe Miles

    GET REAL

    Real Madrid are reportedly hoping to start a bidding war between Arsenal and Everton for out of favour midfielder Isco.

    Spanish outlet El Confidencial claim Los Blancos have put the Spaniard up for sale.

    It's claimed Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful of reuniting with the midfielder, who worked under him during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

    Arsenal could also be keen on a deal for £20million-rated Isco.

    The 28-year-old could be a good fit for the Gunners who have been desperate to sign a new creative midfielder.

  • Joe Miles

    MO TO COME

    Mohamed Elneny and Mo Salah have tested positive for coronavirus again in a major blow to Arsenal and Liverpool.

    The Egyptian FA confirmed today that the pair's most-recent results showed they still had the virus.

    It means both players will need to continue to self-isolate.

    SunSport told you Salah would be allowed to travel back to England should he pass today's test.

    But the latest result means he will need to continue to quarantine.

  • Joe Miles

    OH GUEN THEN

    Gunners outcast Matteo Guendouzi has been labelled “a pain on a daily basis” by one of his former managers.

    The French midfielder also has an “oversized ego” according to ex-Lorient manager Mickael Landreau.

    Landreau, who managed Guendouzi at Lorient, told Canal+: “I think he needs to be in the spotlight, to be a leader. He needs to be a captain or vice-captain, and he will try to make the most of it.

    “Because that's the way he is. And that means that his teammates have to accept him the way he is, because he's a pain on a daily basis.

    “He's a pain on a daily basis, but on the other hand, he's talented.”

  • Joe Miles

    KOLASINAC LATEST…

    Sead Kolasinac has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    The 27-year-old returned a positive result for Covid-19 on Wednesday morning and will now miss tonight's Nations League clash against Italy.

    His team-mate Ibrahim Sehic has also been ruled out of the League A Group 1 fixture after testing positive for the virus as well.

    Kolasinac played the full 90 minutes as his country fell to a 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands on Sunday.

    He then trained with his Bosnia team-mates on Tuesday night before returning a positive result the following morning.

    And Kolasinac has become the latest Arsenal player to miss Sunday's trip to Leeds and is also a major doubt for the Gunners' Europa League clash against Molde a week on Thursday.

  • Joe Miles

    SAL TO PLAY FOR

    Talks are already ongoing over a 'crucial' January loan transfer in the development of William Saliba, reports claim.

    The Frenchman moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2019 for £27million, before being loaned back to Saint-Etienne.

    According to the Standard, he will be sent out on loan in January, in order to complete his 'transition year' that was curtailed last time around.

    His English, however, is believed to now be improving, in an encouraging sign.

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