7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar’s brother ‘BLOCKED Gunners move’, Ozil ‘demands £13m to leave’, Partey latest – The Sun

ARSENAL are reportedly in talks with Mesut Ozil about mutually terminating his contract, but the midfielder is said to want £13m to leave the club.

Meanwhile the Gunners' failure to meet the demands of Houssem Aouar's brother and agent are reported to be the main reason the Lyon star didn't join.

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

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners are reportedly set to re-open talks to rip up Mesut Ozil's bumper £350,000-a-week contract.

    MailOnline reports Arsenal will make another approach to the outcast midfielder in order to get him off their wage bill in January.

    It is understood the Gunners have contacted Ozil in the last fortnight about coming to an agreement over the final nine months of his deal.

    But they have been unsuccessful in brokering a solution with the former Real Madrid star – who turns 32 on October 15.

    A major stumbling block is that Ozil is believed to want the full £13million left on his contract in order to walk away.

    Elsewhere, Houssem Aouar's move to London collapsed due to a disagreement with the midfielder's agent and brother rather than his club Lyon, according to reports.

    ESPN via Football.London claim that while the Gunners did have a bid rejected by Lyon they were preparing to go back in with an offer that probably would have been accepted.

    However they gave up after hearing Brahim Aouar's demands for commission despite the fact that the France midfielder had his heart set on joining.

    And finally, Jack Wilshere says he would like a crack at LaLiga or Serie A after his contract with West Ham was terminated this week.

    Wilshere has been left in the wilderness as a free agent after agreeing to have the final year of his contract paid up by the Hammers having played just 19 times in two years.

    The 28-year-old has spoken with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard about a move to Rangers – but admits he fancies doing something few of his contemporaries have done by playing on the continent.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, Wilshere said: “I'm open to anything really. I think I want to try something different, I'm leaning towards that.

    “Maybe LaLiga, Italy, something a little bit different and not many English players have done.”

  • Joe Brophy

    IN THE NIC OF TIME

    Nicklas Bendtner has admitted he became distracted by the lifestyle that came with the money after sharing a story of the time he lost heavy at a London casino.

    The ex-Arsenal striker told the Guardian: “I’m way too drunk to sit at a table.

    “That much I get. But roulette is a different matter. Red, black, red, black. How hard can it be?

    “After 90 minutes I’ve lost £400,000. Money I don’t have. My bank account is overdrawn and I’m bankrupt if my luck doesn’t turn. I stagger into the loos and splash water on my face. Then I find a cashier and get another £50,000 of chips.”

    “I became too fond of the lifestyle that came with the money. I want to go back in time and hit that young lad on the head with a hammer.

    “Make him understand what a chance it is. That he has something special – something he has to look after.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FINE ART

    Mikel Arteta has lifted the lid on his plans during the international break.

    He told the club's website: “We've worked hard for the last four days and now the players are going to have three days off.

    “I need three days off a little bit!

    “I don't know if I will be completely off, but we'll be away from the training ground a little bit, disconnect, spend time with the family and get our minds more relaxed. It's been challenging and demanding but we've had a lot of joy and good moments as well.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WIL TO WIN

    Jack Wilshere has claimed that he just wants to be happy when finding a new club after leaving West Ham.

    He told talkSPORT: “I was in this position when I left Arsenal. What I learnt from that is take your time and make sure it's right for you.

    “I’m not saying I have regrets going to West Ham because in my head things would have turned out differently but that's football – but this time I'm going take my time and find something that suits me

    “I just want to be happy and be playing football again. Honestly, I can’t tell you the last time, probably when I signed for West Ham, the first three games before I picked up an injury. That was probably the last time I was happy playing football.

    “I just want to be happy, going back on the pitch, get a smile on my face, play 20-30 games a season where I'm an important player for a team.

    “Obvoiously it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to and I was frustrated about that but that's football.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ADIOS AMIGO

    Jack Wilshere says he would like a crack at LaLiga or Serie A after his contract with West Ham was terminated this week.

    Wilshere has been left in the wilderness as a free agent after agreeing to have the final year of his contract paid up by the Hammers having played just 19 times in two years.

    The 28-year-old has spoken with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard about a move to Rangers – but admits he fancies doing something few of his contemporaries have done by playing on the continent.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, Wilshere said: “I'm open to anything really. I think I want to try something different, I'm leaning towards that.

    “Maybe LaLiga, Italy, something a little bit different and not many English players have done.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LEIC IS MORE

    Leicester were the ONLY club to vote against proposals to charge fans an extra £14.95 to watch Premier League games in the coming weeks.

    Premier League sides – who have just spent £1.24BILLION in the transfer market – have agreed to put 15 matches behind an extra paywall.

    Leicester fans welcomed news of their club turning down the offer but, like many others, were left fuming with the decision.

    Twitter user Amar wrote: “Absolute farce the price for them but at least you stood up for us, shame other clubs didn’t join.”

    While Ella commented: “As the only voters against it I think Leicester's games should be free.”

    And another fan tweeted: “Absolute joke.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX TO BOX

    Football fans are set for a different kind of live match experience if they decide to shell out £14.95 to watch a single Premier League game on TV.

    The controversial announcement was made on Friday, allowing punters to still view every game while they remain banned from grounds.

    But for matches not being screened by either Sky or BT, fans will have to dig into their pockets and shell out nearly £15 on a pay-per-view basis via Sky Sports and BT Sport Box Office.

    And the new format will also take a different style on the screen too.

    Games on will begin broadcasting just ten minutes before kick-off.

    And there will be NO pundits for analysis before, during or after.

    However, there will still be the usual full Sky Sports nine-camera coverage, giving fans every view needed for an enjoyable experience.

    And all games will have commentary too.

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX SETS

    Premier League games to be shown on Box Office for £14.95 have been revealed.

    Top flight bosses announced today that a total of nine games from now to the end of October will be on Sky Sports and BT Sport PPV channels.

    And the first one to be shown for a fee will be Chelsea's clash against Southampton at 3pm on Saturday, October 17 on BT Sport Box Office.

  • Joe Brophy

    SAK RACE

    Mikel Arteta has claimed that the sky is the limit for 19-year-old Bukayo Saka.

    He told the club's website: “Absolutely [it's been crazy] and this is down to all the good work that is being done at Hale End with him, with all the coaches, all the education that he's been through here and then the type of character and player that he is.

    “The way he's maturing, the way he's assimilating everything that's happened to him in the last few months is remarkable. Physically he has evolved. He looks a little bit older.

    “But then how he's able to read the game, the situation that happens to him, how he resolves the situation, how long it takes to make those decisions.

    “His communication has improved a lot towards his team-mates as well because he feels more part of the team, he's integrated, he feels important in the team I think.

    “Then what he's able to do with the ball in the final third when things get a little bit difficult, and how he approaches those moments is probably the biggest part of his game.

    “What I like about him is that he's very versatile, he's really intelligent and that he adapts and has a lot of courage to play the game. It doesn't matter which position he plays, he acts exactly the same way. He's so willing to learn and ask the right questions that he can set his own limits.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WIZARD OF OZ

    Martin Keown has also urged Mesut Ozil to cooperate on an exit with Arsenal.

    He told talkSPORT: “Nobody will be happy with this, nobody wants to see the back of Ozil.

    “We want him to play football, but right now the best option for everyone is for him to leave and go quietly.

    “He can be fantastic somewhere else. He needs to look at himself right now and I don’t think he is.

    “It’s that oxygen when you play, you can breathe when you play and he can’t breathe at the moment.

    “Isn’t there enough money in the bank now? It’s a short career and he’ll look back thinking he was denied the opportunity to play, but he hasn’t played his part to change that.”

  • sstreet

    BROTH-AOUAR-LY LOVE

    Houssem Aouar's move to London collapsed due to a disagreement with the midfielder's agent and brother rather than his club Lyon, according to reports.

    ESPN via Football.London claim that while the Gunners did have a bid rejected by Lyon they were preparing to go back in with an offer that probably would have been accepted.

    However they gave up after hearing Brahim Aouar's demands for commission despite the fact that the France midfielder had his heart set on joining.

  • Joe Brophy

    BIGGER MES

    Martin Keown has urged Mesut Ozil to leave Arsenal.

    He told talkSPORT: “One assumes that Arteta would’ve given him an opportunity and he’s not really happy with Ozil’s work ethic.

    “He’s not someone the others can learn off. I actually think he’s got a good heart, because of what he does for charity, but when he questions giving up a percentage of his wage which affects everyone else, I don’t think it’s his place to do that. He needs to fall in line.

    “If you think of the money it’s costing Arsenal… £18million-a-year, that the equivalent of the interest payments when they took out a loan on the Emirates Stadium.

    “That’s how restrictive that has been. They need to cut their losses and pay him off.

    “It sends a message to the group, creates a new culture, and allows them to move on, because at the moment it’s become unhealthy.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT A MES

    Arsenal are reportedly set to re-open talks to rip up Mesut Ozil's bumper £350,000-a-week contract.

    MailOnline reports Arsenal will make another approach to the outcast midfielder in order to get him off their wage bill in January.

    It is understood the Gunners have contacted Ozil in the last fortnight about coming to an agreement over the final nine months of his deal.

    But they have been unsuccessful in brokering a solution with the former Real Madrid star – who turns 32 on October 15.

    A major stumbling block is that Ozil is believed to want the full £13million left on his contract in order to walk away.

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX OFFICE

    Football fans are up in arms over the Premier League's decision to charge £14.95 to watch games.

    Gary Neville slammed the top flight for its 'really bad move' while others proclaimed 'football is dead' after the announcement.

    Another person wrote: “£14.95 to watch it on ‘box office’. Glad to see where the clubs priorities lie. They should be doing everything to get fans back in grounds. And doing everything to keep fans involved & engaged until they can. Football is dead.”

    A fellow user fumed: “If you’re a Newcastle United fan: season ticket already paid for. Pubs closed in the north east so can't watch football there. £14.95 per game on PL PPV.

    “Scandalous lack of consideration for fans already going through it.”

  • Kiro Evans

    BACKLASH

    Fair to say the reaction to the Premier League's pay-per-view television scheme has been unanimously negative.

    This pretty much sums it up from an Arsenal fan:

  • Kiro Evans

    'SO SPECIAL'

    Bukayo Saka has been reflecting on a special night for him as he made his England debut.

  • Kiro Evans

    MES-Y

    Rumours are continuing to gather pace that Arsenal want to rip up Ozil's bumper £350,000 contact.

    MailOnline reports Arsenal will make another approach to the outcast midfielder in order to get him off their wage bill in January.

    It is understood the Gunners have contacted Ozil in the last fortnight about coming to an agreement over the final nine months of his deal.

    But they have been unsuccessful in brokering a solution with the former Real Madrid star – who turns 32 on October 15.

    A major stumbling block is that Ozil is believed to want the full £13million left on his contract in order to walk away.

  • Kiro Evans

    COMING UP

    The Prem is back next week, and Arsenal will be looking to build on a great start with their next few matches.

    First up it's a difficult trip to Manchester City in Saturday's evening game. Pep Guardiola's side showed they are beatable at the Etihad after Leicester tore them apart but it will still be a huge challenge for the Gunners.

    Next they go to Rapid Wien on Matchday One of the Europa League, before returning to domestic action with a home game against Leicester.

    All roads lead back to Europe next as they host Irish side Dundalk, before they face a trip to Old Trafford a few days later.

  • Kiro Evans

    TV BOOST FOR FANS

    PREM clubs are today poised to agree to non-televised matches being available to all fans, Martin Lipton writes.

    But supporters will have to pay to watch with the matches only available through a special subscription service.

    Ever since the Prem’s restart in June, all matches have been available through one of the Prem’s four broadcast partners – Sky, BT, Amazon prime and the BBC.

    With fans locked out, the clubs felt they had no option to ensure supporters were able to watch their teams in action.

    But there are concerns that the two main broadcasters’ patience over the loss of their prized exclusivity is not boundless and that there could be a knock-on impact with the companies demanding a further rebate.

    Prem clubs already face having to pay back £330m over the next two seasons as a result of the pandemic and a further cut in income would be a savage blow.

  • Kiro Evans

    WHERE WILL HE GO?

    William Saliba will almost certainly be heading on loan to the Championship, but where exactly is still unclear.

    Watford and Brentford are two clubs most heavily linked to the him, but look out for Swansea and Bournemouth as well.

    All four clubs are tipped to be in contention for promotion this season and could pose a great challenge for the 19-year-old, with the second-tier known for its physicality and unpredictability.

    Clubs can still do domestic deals until a second deadline day on October 16.

    Saliba was linked with a loan to Ligue 1 leader Rennes, but the deal could not be concluded before the initial deadline day of October 5.

  • Kiro Evans

    MUCH EDU ABOUT NOTHING

    Arsenal technical director Edu has revealed how he broke the news to Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastahopolos that they would not be playing for Arsenal this season, writes Mark Irwin.

    Edu and manager Mikel Arteta organised face-to-face meetings with the out of favour duo to explain why they were not in the club’s 25-man Uefa squad.

    He said: “We needed to manage the number of foreign players in the squad because we are only allowed to have 17 on our list.

    “I talked to Mikel about the players who were probably going to be left out and we discussed how to treat that challenging situation.

    “The way we did it was to sit down with the players concerned and to be open with them and I also spoke to their agents.

    “The only way to do that was face-to-face and to clearly explain why Mikel has made that decision. And I think we did it quite well.

    It's the latest twist to the Ozil drama at Arsenal, following a week which saw him wade into the Gunnarsaurus debate and reports suggesting the player and club may mutually decide to terminate his contract.

  • Kiro Evans

    PARTEY TIME

    Thomas Partey's Ghana play Mali tonight in an international friendly – and Arsenal fans will hoping to see their man in the flesh for the first time since he signed.

    The numbers are on Partey's side when you compare him to Arsenal's other midfield options:

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Thomas Partey was convinced to join the club by the prospect of playing with Granit Xhaka, according to surprise reports.

    According to The Athletic, Francis Cagigao – then the head of international recruitment – discussed with the Ghanaian how he would fit in with the Swiss in a deep-lying midfield.

    And it is added that during one of those meetings, Partey expressed his admiration for the Gunners bad boy, believing him to be the perfect partner for his game.

    Meanwhile, Emiliano Martinez has revealed he is back in love with football after ending his ten-year spell with Arsenal.

    The 28-year-old joined Aston Villa on a permanent deal last month after Mikel Arteta couldn't guarantee he would be the No1 choice shot-stopper at the Emirates.

    He told the Independent: “I was finally the No1 and I was ready for it. It took 10 years to get there. You train as a goalkeeper every day, but nobody prepares you for the story of your life.

    “Nobody trains you to be frustrated, nobody trains you to cry. What about when you don’t play for four months? Will you keep going or will be you be mentally dead?

    “I could’ve done so much more over the years, but finally the world started to see what I’m capable of. I finished on a high and that’s how I always wanted to leave.”

    And finally, Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for their game against Manchester City.

    The Gunners captain was forced to pull out of the Gabon squad with a sprained ankle this week.

    Gabon boss Patrice Neveu told RFI: “Aubameyang suffers from a small sprained ankle, contracted on Sunday, during the Premier League match against Sheffield.

    “The Arsenal doctor sent me a certificate indicating his unavailability. He is in care for a week.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TIER ME OUT

    Exclusive by Derek McGregor: Kieran Tierney came through a Covid-19 scare two months ago after a positive test.

    The £25million Arsenal star was asymptomatic and came through the required 10-day self isolation period without further issues to start the new season.

    Now Tierney is at the heart of a determined fight by the Gunners to be available for their Premier League game against Man City at the Etihad on October 17.

    Boss Mikael Arteta – who himself tested positive last March – was left furious after Wednesday’s shock SFA announcement Tierney was having to isolate for 14 days due to him and Celtic’s Ryan Christie being regarded as ‘close contacts’ of Stuart Armstrong who tested positive while all three were together at the Scotland camp in Edinburgh.

    That left the defender facing up to missing the City match plus almost certainly the opening Europa League group tie against Rapid Vienna in Austria on the 22nd.

    Yet, Tierney had produced THREE negative tests in the week leading up to the stunning news all three players were out of the crunch Euro play-off against win over Israel.

  • Joe Brophy

    TIER FEAR

    Arsenal chiefs have been warned Kieran Tierney will NOT get special treatment after being ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.

    The Gunners left-back, 23, must quarantine in Scotland in the wake of international team-mate Stuart Armstrong testing positive for coronavirus.

    Emirates bosses demanded a Government probe and wanted their £25million full-back whisked back to London in a private car after he tested negative.

    But Scotland health boss Jason Leitch insists the correct protocols have been observed and Tierney MUST serve his 14 days as footballers are not treated any differently to the general public.

    He told Radio Clyde: “I cannot intervene. That’s exactly how the process should work.

    “The health protection team treats footballers the way it treats workers in call centres or you or me.

    “We phone up the positive case, we ask the positive case their history, where they’ve been for two days prior to their symptoms beginning.

    “That’s sometimes very straightforward — but sometimes, particularly in football, more complex.”

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