Arsenal news LIVE: Belotti transfer latest, Asensio OFFER, Luis Suarez on Gunners transfer – updates

Arsenal news LIVE: Belotti transfer latest, Asensio OFFER, Luis Suarez on Gunners transfer – updates

ARSENAL are going to push for the transfer of Andrea Belotti in January, according to reports.

The Torino and Italy star would make a cost-effective replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, who is set to leave at the end of the season.

And the North London club have reportedly made an offer for Marco Asensio as they look to beat competition from the likes of Liverpool for the Real Madrid star's signature.

And the Gunners are also being strongly linked to another Los Blancos player, with a loan bid for striker Luka Jovic mooted.

Meanwhile Luis Suarez has opened up on the Gunners' infamous £40m-plus-one-pound bid in 2013.

And after superb recent performances, Aaron Ramsdale has been tipped to star for England in next year's 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Meanwhile Lee Dixon has made a surprising revelation about Arsene Wenger, claiming the French boss got under Sir Alex Ferguson's skin during their heydays as managers of Arsenal and Manchester United.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    BEL TOLLS

    Arsenal are reportedly keen to bring Torino striker Andrea Belotti to the Emirates in January.

    The 27-year-old is in the final year of his contract in Turin and has rejected the club's offer of a new deal.

    And according to Calciomercato, the Gunners will look to sign the Italy international on a cut-price deal.

    Torino are desperate to avoid losing him to a Serie A rival with AC Milan understood to be keen to secure his services.

    And they will attempt to offload him to a team outside of Italy to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

    An offer in the region of £8million could be enough to sign the Euro 2020 winner.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WORK OF ART

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has praised Mikel Arteta for steadying the ship at the Emirates.

    The Gunners lost their opening three games of the season, but have now gone unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions.

    Speaking to the Standard, Keown said: "They are just three points off Man City, who thumped them 5-0, and we have to respect the turnaround."

    "But Arsenal have difficult away games coming up, against Liverpool and Manchester United, and I think we will know a little bit more about what the clear targets are after that.

    "They’ve put themselves in a position to strike for Europe, but where they end up will be down to their consistency."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TITLE RACE

    Lee Dixon and Chelsea icon Joe Cole are in disagreement over who wins the Premier League title this season.

    Cold told Joe: "Chelsea will win the league, I’m throwing it out there now, they’re winning the league. They are so strong.

    "I’ve watched them every game this season and they’re not conceding goals.

    "They have the strongest defence by a mile and we’ve seen the importance of having a strong defence over the years."

    To which Dixon remarked: "I’m not sure I can pick right now.

    "Look, I’m a Man City fan, born and bred. Arsenal have obviously taken over for me but they’re not going to win it.

    "Liverpool look awesome at the moment and I can’t rule Chelsea out, but I’m going for Manchester City."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FER-GET IT

    Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has claimed that former Man Utd gaffer Sir Alex Ferguson 'couldn't deal with' the Gunners' legendary manager Arsene Wenger.

    Wenger won three Premier League titles with the North London side in an era dominated by the Red Devils.

    Speaking to Joe, Dixon said: "Wenger and Ferguson always had this thing going on which was fantastic for the players because it deflected and took the pressure off us.

    "Those two were at loggerheads every day in the papers. Sir Alex couldn’t deal with Arsene to begin with because he had a new way about him, the way he talked, the way he flippantly said things.

    "The mind games between them… there’s no one better than Sir Alex at dropping the right word at the right time and putting pressure on someone. But Arsene didn’t care so it didn’t work on him.

    "You could see Sir Alex getting a little bit… I think over time you would say that Wenger got him and then Sir Alex responded.

    "They hated each other during the height of it all but I think they’ve grown to respect each other."

  • Jake Lambourne

    VAN DE BABY

    Donny van de Beek is expecting a child with his partner Estelle Bergkamp – daughter of Arsenal legend Dennis.

    Things may not be going van de Beek's way on the pitch but off it they seem to be going just fine.

    In an Instagram post this morning the Dutchman posted a picture of himself alongside the smiling Estelle, with the pair holding an ultrasound of their child.

    And he captioned the picture: "Happy to announce that we’re expecting a little one."

    The stunning Estelle, 25, also took to Instagram to celebrate the news, posting a different picture of the pair.

    And she kept the caption short and sweet like van de Beek did, simply saying: "Happy to announce that we’re expecting a little one."

  • Jake Lambourne

    WELL I NEV-ER 

    Gary Neville admitted he would have played for arch-rivals Arsenal if Manchester United decided to sell him.

    The former defender, 46, spent his entire career at Old Trafford, coming through the academy as part of the Class of ’92 before making 602 first-team appearances.

    But speaking to Sky Sports’ Off Script last year, the pundit revealed there were four teams he willingly could have joined should he have been let go

    The United legend said: “I’d made the decision quite early in my 30s that if Sir Alex had come and told me my time was up, I wouldn’t have played for anyone else. I was fortunate in that sense.

    “However, if he’d come to me at say the age of 28, and told me my time was up, of course I would have played for another Premier League club.

    If you’d said to me, in a perfect world, in my years of playing, which clubs in the Premier League have the tradition, a proper club? Arsenal would be No 1.

    “The tradition of Highbury, I felt they did things the right way. Also in the Premier League, I like Aston Villa and Newcastle.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PART AND PARCEL

    Arsenal star Thomas Partey was left furious after being clattered by youngster Tom Akinola in training, according to reports.

    The Ghanaian has been plagued by injuries since joining the Gunners from Atletico Madrid in 2020.

    He most recently missed four games earlier this term due to an ankle injury sustained against Chelsea in pre-season.

    So when eager Akinola flew into a 50-50 tackle with Partey in training, the 28-year-old was less than enthused.

    Football.London claim that he initially reacted angrily towards the youngster, who was participating in first-team practice.

    But he later softened towards the former Huddersfield academy midfielder, even offering up a few kind words.

    Partey is claimed to have told Akinola that he is the 'strongest' player he'd played with.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOON OUT

    Unai Emery turned down Newcastle after learning of a 'termination clause' in his proposed contract, according to reports.

    The former Arsenal boss emerged as the Toon's preferred candidate to succeed Steve Bruce this week.

    Such was Newcastle's confidence in their pursuit, that they believed Emery would be in place by the time they face Brighton this weekend.

    But they have been left stunned after the 49-year-old decided to stay at Villarreal.

    According to the Mirror, Emery was unhappy with a clause in the deal offered to him that would have enabled Newcastle to sack him if they were relegated this season.

    The Magpies are currently second bottom of the Premier League and are winless in ten games this season.

  • Etienne Fermie

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he is NOT the fastest player in the Arsenal squad as he stated that Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares are quicker.

    Speaking to celebrity car customiser Yianni, he said: “I think no [not the fastest in the Arsenal team], I think we’ve got some players that are really quick.

    “We have never done a real race, because if we do that I have my chances

    “At 80-100 metres I’m sure I’m one of the best, but in 30 metres, yeah we’ve got some quick players, like Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares, they are really quick in their first steps.

    “When I was 18-19 years old I’d kill them, 100 percent.”

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly set to trigger a contract extension for youngster Daniel Ballard.

    The centre-back, 22, has never played for the Gunners but is well regarded at the club and has represented Northern Ireland ten times.

    And after impressing on loan at Millwall this season, Arsenal are keen to keep Ballard at the club beyond next summer when his current contract comes to an end.

    According to Football.London, Per Mertesacker and Edu have decided to trigger a clause in Ballard’s deal to keep him with the Gunners for a further two years.

    In other news, Scotland boss Steve Clarke has revealed that Arsenal are hopeful Kieran Tierney will feature against Watford on Sunday.

    Speaking of the defender ahead of the upcoming international break, Clarke said: “I think Kieran will be on the plane and, if he’s on the plane, he’ll be fit.

    “That’s my opinion but look, you have to respect the club” and the club are telling us he’s working his way back to fitness.

    “They’re hopeful he could be involved this weekend (against Watford) but if he (only) gets a few days training in, then fine.

    “We don’t play until a week on Friday, so he’s got time on his side. I expect that Kieran will be fit.”

    And finally, Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio.

    It is understood that the La Liga giants are considering offloading the Spaniard in January, with Mikel Arteta considering taking the 25-year-old to North London

    Various outlets in Spain have indicated the double Champions League and La Liga winner would be available at a price of around £34million.

  • Jake Lambourne

    COLE CONTINUED

    “I question the support above him in terms of the director of football, I wonder is he experienced enough?

    "When you've got a young manager, you probably need someone who's really adept in that role, who knows the club and Edu is young at his job as well. He might be good at it.

    “They’ve muddled through Arsenal, and I think Arteta has held himself very, very well and I think the younger players there the Saka's, the Smith Rowe's are outstanding and are getting better and better.

    “It's nice to have them back on the scene.

    "It's a good club with great history when they play well Arsenal, they do play very, very well.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WORK OF ART

    Chelsea icon Joe Cole has heaped praise on Mikel Arteta for steadying the ship at the Emirates after Arsenal lost their opening three Premier League games.

    But the Gunners are now back in contention to qualify for Europe having went unbeaten in nine games in all competitions.

    Speaking to Coral, Cole said: "Mikel Arteta and Arsenal have certainly turned it round.

    "They've got the results, a fantastic result at the weekend. I think what they have in their favour is their best players are their youngest players, so they're going to improve very quickly.

    “It looked a few weeks ago like Arteta was in real trouble and one thing I would say to him is he holds himself very, very well. I've always given him credit.

    "I like the way he sets his teams up, but he's getting better as a manager all the time because he's coming through these hard times, thrown in at the deep end."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROWE YOUR BOAT

    Arsenal legend Martin Keown has lauded youngster Emile Smith Rowe as he likened the playmaker to Ray Parlour.

    Smith Rowe has banged in four goals in all competitions this season, while also chipping in with two assists.

    Speaking of the England youth international, Keown told the Standard: "Ray was a player that probably never got the credit he deserved.

    "Ray didn’t stay out wide out all the time, he would tuck in, deep into midfield. I’ve seen Smith Rowe do that quite a few times.

    "It makes the team more complete, when you have the players that are looking to play with the ball and without."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNER STAY

    Arsenal are reportedly set to trigger a contract extension for youngster Daniel Ballard.

    The centre-back, 22, has never played for the Gunners but is well regarded at the club and has represented Northern Ireland ten times.

    And after impressing on loan at Millwall this season, Arsenal are keen to keep Ballard at the club beyond next summer when his current contract comes to an end.

    According to Football.London, Per Mertesacker and Edu have decided to trigger a clause in Ballard's deal to keep him with the Gunners.

    It is believed the clause will extend his stay by a further two years.

    Ballard has started all but one league game for Millwall this term and has looked comfortable with the rigours of the Championship.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BUK THE TREND

    Aaron Ramsdale ‘keeps surprising everyone’ with his progress and wonder saves, says Arsenal team-mate Bukayo Saka.

    Ex-Sheffield United keeper Ramsdale peaked his man-of-the-match show in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Leicester with a flying tip-over from James Maddison’s free-kick.

    And wideman Saka said: “From my angle, it was 100 per cent a goal and then he saved it.

    “I don’t know how he saved it, then he saved it again. So hats off to him from me. He was our best player and he deserved a clean sheet.

    “He just keeps surprising everyone and he is in great form. I just hope he can continue like that because he is making a big difference.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOP TIER

    Scotland boss Steve Clarke has revealed that Arsenal are hopeful Kieran Tierney will feature against Watford on Sunday.

    The left-back has missed the last two Premier League games due to an ankle injury.

    Speaking of the defender ahead of the upcoming international break, Clarke said: "I think Kieran will be on the plane and, if he's on the plane, he'll be fit.

    "That's my opinion but look, you have to respect the club” and the club are telling us he's working his way back to fitness.

    "They're hopeful he could be involved this weekend (against Watford) but if he (only) gets a few days training in, then fine.

    "We don't play until a week on Friday, so he's got time on his side. I expect that Kieran will be fit."

  • Jake Lambourne

    YOUNG GUNS

    Mikel Arteta has fielded NINE out of ten youngest XIs in the Premier League this season.

    The Gunners fielded their youngest two sides of their league campaign against Brighton and Norwich.

    Arsenal came away with a win against Norwich and a draw at league high flyers Brighton with an average age of 24.1-years-old.

    The only other team to field a younger side than the Gunners this season was Southampton in matchweek eight.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WAIT GOES ON

    Tottenham have not won a major trophy for 5,001 days.

    But the glory-shy North Londoners are actually only seventh in the list of Premier League clubs who have bagged a piece of silverware most recently.

    Chelsea fans have had to wait the least time of all the Prem clubs – just 158 days – after the Blues beat City 1-0 in May's Champions League final thanks to Kai Havertz's goal.

    Leicester come in second at just 172 days after they denied Chelsea a double at Wembley in May with a 1-0 FA Cup final win.

    City complete the top three having won last season's Premier League.

    Arsenal's 2020 FA Cup and Liverpool's Premier League title that same year see them fill out the top five.

    And Manchester United are the only team to have waited less time than Spurs – 1,624 days – since their 2-0 Europa League final win over Ajax in May 2017.

    Aston Villa and Everton are the only other sides for who it's been less than 10,000 days.

  • Jake Lambourne

    AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he is NOT the fast player in the Arsenal squad as he stated that Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares are quicker.

    Speaking to celebrity car customiser Yianni, he said: "I think no [not the fastest in the Arsenal team], I think we’ve got some players that are really quick.

    "We have never done a real race, because if we do that I have my chances

    "At 80-100 metres I’m sure I’m one of the best, but in 30 metres, yeah we’ve got some quick players, like Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares, they are really quick in their first steps.

    "When I was 18-19 years old I’d kill them, 100 percent."

  • Justin Lawrence

    HE'LL BE FAB

    Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas has given his view on Spurs' appointment of Antonio Conte as their new manager.

    Fabregas, 34, has played for two of Tottenham's biggest rivals in his career, and couldn't help sharing his feelings about Conte's return to the Premier League.

    Fabregas posted a Tweet, which read: "I hate to say it but what an appointment by Spurs."

    It comes just a few days after the Spaniard hosted a Q&A session on his Twitter account and was asked: "Thoughts on Tottenham, mate? #AskCesc".

    To which he playfully replied: "Hehehe", with the ex-Arsenal captain making no secret of his feelings about Tottenham in the past.

  • Justin Lawrence

    TOON BOUM

    EX-NEWCASTLE star Jean-Alain Boumsong has stepped up his coaching studies in Wales.

    The former France, Juventus and Rangers defender worked with the Dragons’ Under-15s who secured a 1-1 draw with Slovakia on Tuesday.

    Boumsong has signed up for the Uefa Pro licence course with the Welsh FA as he continues his coaching journey.

    Boumsong, who cost Newcastle £8million in 2005, tweeted: “I’m having a great time with U15 Wales. Thank you @FAWCoachEd, thank you @AdamsDavidFooty, @knight_craig5 and his staff.”

    The 41-year-old offered tips of advice to Wales’ next generation and also revealed five ex-Premier League stars in his all-time team-mates eleven.

    Boumsong picked ex-Arsenal duo Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, former Chelsea pair William Gallas and Claude Makelele as well as Fabien Barthez, who played for Manchester United.

    Boumsong also included Zinedine Zidane, Alessandro Del Piero, Pavel Nedved, Lillian Thuram, Eric Abidal and Philippe Mexes in his all-star team.

    Football Association of Wales technical director David Adams tweeted: “Great to talk football with @FAWCoachEd Pro Licence candidate @JABoumsong supporting the young Wales players this week on his journey.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    M-ARSE-TER CLASS

    Mikel Arteta's No.2 Miguel Molina at Arsenal has revealed that the pair still use ex-boss Arsene Wenger's blueprint to mould the team.

    Molina believes Wenger gave the Gunners an identity that is important that he and Arteta have to continuously enforce.

    Speaking to Mundo, Molina said: "Wenger helped to create an identity and a style in the club.

    "Ultimately the idea is to give continuity to that identity, to adjust those things that were not now in the best way within the club.

    "But that identity that Wenger helped to create is something that you have to keep always."

  • Justin Lawrence

    PLAYING BALL

    Arsenal have reportedly extended defender Daniel Ballard's contract.

    The 22-year-defender's contract was up at the end of the season, but the Gunners have decided to trigger an extension clause in his contract to keep him at the club for another two years, according to football.london.

    Football.london also report that Arsenal's academy manager Per Mertesacker and technical director Edu played a huge role in the club's decision to keep Ballard at the club.

    But despite his new lengthened contract, it's unlikely that the Northern Ireland international will break into the Gunners first-team, with the likes of Gabriel and Ben White ahead of him in the pecking order.

  • Justin Lawrence

    NDIDI DOUBT

    Wilfred Ndidi has cast doubt over his longterm Leicester future by axing his agents for a high-powered new team of advisors.

    And the news will alert Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid – who have all shown interest in the Nigeria international.

    Midfielder Ndidi has excelled since joining Leicester from Belgian club Genk in a £17million deal four years ago.

    He helped Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes win both the FA Cup and the Community Shield earlier this year.

    Leicester value the Lagos-born ace, under contract until 2024, at £60m.

    The 24-year-old was previously represented by German outfit FirstEleven International Sports Management.

    He has now signed up with global management firm Octagon.

    The American agency has 800 clients worldwide, and offices in London.

    Company client manager Rory Rebbeck wrote on LinkedIn that he is “delighted” at Ndidi’s decision, adding that the player has “many great years ahead on and off the field.”

    Ndidi has made 185 Leicester appearances, scoring nine goals.

    He has won 41 caps for Nigeria.

  • Justin Lawrence

    CON JOB

    New Tottenham boss Antonio Conte gave Arsenal fans something to smile about after a social media post blunder following his arrival at White Hart Lane.

    Conte announced his new Spurs job role on Instagram stories with a picture holding a Tottenham shirt with the caption: "Good luck @antonioconte."

    But Gooners were in for a treat as when the post was opened, it was accompanied by an Arsenal ode which sang: "Arsenal FC, we're by far the greatest team the world has ever seen."

    Despite the blooper, Conte will be focused on leading Spurs into their next European game on Thursday against Vittese Arnhem.

  • Justin Lawrence

    WRIGHT SIGHT

    Arsenal have wished club legend Ian Wright a happy birthday on their Twitter account.

    Wright scored 185 goals in 288 games for the Gunners, and the club let him know how thankful they are for his contribution on social media.

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