7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Isco targeted in January, Abdallah Sima interest, Gunners ledgend criticises Willian

ARSENAL were held at a 1-1 draw with Southampton as Mikel Arteta's barren run continued on Wednesday.

On the transfer front, we've the very latest on a possible January swoop for Real Madrid's Isco.

Follow all the latest below…

  • Jack Figg


    Slavia Prague's £50million-rated striker Abdallah Sima and Real Madrid midfielder Isco top the Arsenal transfer speculation – as boss Mikel Arteta battles to overturn their worst ever start to a Premier League season.

    Sima, 19, has been likened to Gunners legend Thierry Henry due to his searing pace, while Spain playmaker Isco, 26, has previously been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City.

    Ex-England star Alan Shearer is urging sixth-bottom Arsenal to stay patient with Arteta, despite just two points from the past six matches, including Wednesdays 1-1 home draw with Southampton.

    Ahead of Saturday's trip to fifth-placed Everton, Shearer told Coral: “The board need to stay calm and give him time to turn it around with support in the transfer market both in January and next summer.

    “The issues Arsenal have had for the last few years now will not change in six or twelve months."

    But former Gunners' midfielder Ray Parlour warns going down IS possible.

    He said: “Someone asked me can they get relegated?

    “I said, ‘well, probably not,’ but then you look at Leicester winning the league at 5,000-1 and they won it – so they can get relegated.”

    And Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes the Gunners should swap Willian to the left in a bid to rediscover his Chelsea form – as the midfielder is playing “like he is on holiday”.

    Keown also thinks in-form Bukayo Saka should be switched to "the right where he looks more effective.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Alan Shearer thinks Mikel Arteta should be given two more transfer windows to revive Arsenal.

    Former England striker Shearer told Coral: "How well Spurs are doing is probably heaping more pressure on Arsenal and I don't see them getting anywhere near the top four this season now.

    "They need to try and string some good results together and a sixth or seventh-placed finish now looks like their best outcome…

    "The board need to stay calm and give him time to turn it around with support in the transfer market both in January and next summer.

    "The issues Arsenal have had for the last few years now will not change in six or twelve months.

    "It will take a while to get them back to where they want to be and they need to back Arteta to do that."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Porto starlet Fabio Vieira is still at the centre of speculation concerning Arsenal.

    The 20-year-old could fill the playmaking role that Gunners' technical director Edu claims needs filling.

    But Vieira reportedly has a £27million release clause after playing regularly for the Portugal giants since late last season.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Slavia Prague reportedly want £50million for striker Abdallah Sima – after claims Arsenal and West Ham are keen on the 19-year-old.

    The Senegal-born speedster has been likened to Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

    And Calciomercato suggest Czech champions Slavia are growing wary of interest from major European clubs.

    Sima burst onto the scene with 13 goals in 18 games last term.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Arsenal legend Martin Keown says Willian should be swapped to the left in a bid to rediscover his Chelsea form – as the midfielder is playing "like he is on holiday".

    Brazilian Willian has struggled since the Gunners saw off big-money MLS bids to sign the 32-year-old over the summer.

    And ex-England defender Keown said: "I admired Willian at Chelsea but it is like he is on holiday at Arsenal.

    "The first thing I would do is play him on the left where he was a success at Chelsea.

    "And play Bukayo Saka on the right where he looks more effective."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson is reportedly on the January radar of three Premier League clubs – with Arsenal previously linked to the 26-year-old.

    Sky Sports say the Ligue 1 giants want at least £22.5million for the ex-France Under-21 star.

    Le10 Sport claimed in August the Gunners were frontrunners for the ex-Le Mans and Montpellier star.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Real Madrid midfielder Isco is being linked with Arsenal.

    Manchester City and Chelsea have also reportedly been keen on the Spain star.

    And the 28-year-old’s struggle for regular football under Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane appears to have deepened this season.

    Now the Gunners are said to be monitoring the situation, with Isco keen to revive his chances of playing in next summer’s Euros.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Mikel Arteta is causing problems in the Arsenal dressing room with his strict line on discipline, it has been claimed.

    The Athletic report on ‘non-negotiables’ irking stars and creating a sense of ‘double standards’.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has come under fire for his side's performances and now for his reported strict line on club disciplineCredit: PA:Press Association

    In particular, Willian was allowed to play against Leeds despite his lockdown-busting trip to Abu Dhabi beforehand.

    And there are said to be issues with punctuality at training – adding onto the seven red cards accrued since Arteta took over.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Rare shining light Bukayo Saka says repaying the "faith" of Gunners' supporters in his ability drives him on.

    The England wideman, 19, said: "Arsenal fans know that I always give my all for the club.

    "When I’m on the pitch I’m always doing my best to make them happy and repay the faith that they’ve shown in me and all the love they’ve shown to me.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Billy Gilmour would be a fantastic signing for Rangers, according to ex-Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell.

    The 50-year-old talked up a possible loan move for the Scottish midfielder – even though Chelsea manager Frank Lampard may not favour letting the 19-year-old go.

    Campbell told Football Insider: “Gilmour would be a huge asset to Rangers, without a shadow of a doubt.

    “He is a very impressive footballer. A young man who has been injured and now he is back he needs game time.

    “To be able to get regular game time and play for Rangers would be fantastic for him. What a side they would have if they got Billy Gilmour.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Arsenal fans must back Mikel Arteta and accept the club must 'go backward to go forward', according to club icon Martin Keown.

    The Gunners currently sit 15th in the Premier League and are enduring their worst start to a season since 1974-75.

    But even with just ONE win in their last nine matches, Keown believes Arteta has shown he can take the club forward in the long run and praised technical director Edu for publicly backing the young boss.

    Keown said: “I think it is not a time for panic… Arteta has shown he can win.

    "People would always say: 'Trust in Wenger'. Now we need to do that with Arteta.

    “He wants to make changes and sometimes, when you make changes, you go backward first before you can go forward."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Arsenal have been warned they're NOT too good to be relegated from the Premier League.

    Gunners' favourite Ray Parlour claims Mikel Arteta's men face a real problem if they don't start picking up points soon.

    Arsenal are 15th in the Premier after an awful start to the season.

    Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Southampton was just their second point in the past six league games.

    Ex-Arsenal midfielder Parlour, 47, told Off The Ball: “Someone asked me the question the other day, can they get relegated?

    “I said, ‘well, probably not,’ but then you look at Leicester winning the league at 5,000-1 and they won it – so they can get relegated."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was a 'sore loser' who didn'tinvite opposition managers in for a glass of wine, says Alan Curbishley.

    The 63-year-old got the better of the Frenchman at Highbury back in 2001.

    But speaking on Paddy Power’s From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, Curbishley revealed that Wenger was nowhere to be found after the match.

    He said: "Arsene Wenger will have to forgive me, but his assistant Pat Rice was always the guy that invited you in after a game and poured you out a drink.

    "However, when Charlton won 4-2 at Highbury in 2001, it was against all the odds.

    "They had about 20-odd shots and Thierry Henry hit the post, hit the bar and missed a few sitters. But, we won it and I was well pleased to go into the dressing room at Highbury.

    "There was no Arsene, I couldn't find him at all.

    "I actually didn't see him at all. I thought that was a bit wrong and I let Pat Rice know about it."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Keeper Bernd Leno blames Arsenal's plight on their players' "lack of focus" – and insists boss Mikel Arteta is the "least reason".

    Yesterday's 1-1 home draw with Southampton left the Gunners sixth bottom.

    Bernd Leno says Arsenal's players, not boss Mikel Arteta, are making all the mistakesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Sky Sports report Germany star Leno as saying: "If you look at the way we were running around on the pitch at times, then the players are the only ones to blame.

    "We’re getting red cards, making mistakes, standing out of position."

    "These are things that we have clearly addressed 1,000 times. In the end, it’s a lack of focus on the part of the players.

    The coach is not an issue in the dressing room, there is no criticism of him. We criticise ourselves and the players know they are responsible."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Prem clubs will be able to make up to two concussion substitutions per match from January in a radical new rule change.

    SunSport reported earlier this week how all 20 top-flight teams were set to vote in favour of Fifa’s global trial starting next month.

    lubs will now be able to make two changes regardless of whether they have already used the maximum amount of subs allowed.

    However in the Premier League’s bid to avoid potential abuse of the rule, opposition teams will also be able to make a change at the same time.

    The need for concussion substitutions was escalated when Arsenal defender David Luiz carried on after colliding with Wolves’ Raul Jimenez in a sickening clash last month.

    Luiz – who required seven stitches following the clash of heads – played on for the remainder of the first half in a blood-soaked bandage before being taking off at half-time.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Arsenal have missed out on a major transfer target after Dominik Szoboszlai agreed to join RB Leipzig.

    The highly-rated midfielder has signed a five-year deal with the German club.

    Arsenal were heavily linked with the RB Salzburg midfielder with Mikel Arteta desperately needing to add some creativity to his struggling side.

    But RB Leipzig announced their transfer coup after completing a long-term deal for the 20-year-old.

    The Hungarian talent is seen as one of the most exciting prospects in Europe.

    Szoboszlai has impressed this season, scoring nine goals and providing ten assists in all competitions.

    The attacking midfielder has already made an impact for his country, scoring three times in his first 12 caps for Hungary.

  • Ian Tuckey


    PREM clubs delivered a £367m two-fingered salute to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley as they agreed a new three-year deal with Qatari-based broadcaster beIN Sports.

    The deal, to run until the end of the 2024-25 season, comes after League bosses became embroiled in a public row with Ashley over his proposed sale to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

    Newcastle were the only one of the 20 clubs to vote against confirming the new deal at the “shareholder” meeting of the 20 clubs.

    But with the other 19 teams – including Saudi-owned Sheffield United – backing the deal, it scuppered any realistic short-term chance of the Toon takeover being resurrected.

    Ashley was desperate to complete the £350m deal with the Saudis.

    League bosses declined to ratify the sale after the World Trade Organisation backed complaints that the Saudi state had orchestrated the “piracy” of the beIN feed via the illegal beOUTQ operation.

    beOUTQ, which also hijacked beIN’s coverage of events including the Champions League and Wimbledon, saw set-top converters using the Arabsat satellite also owned by the Saudis.

    Prem chiefs demanded “appropriate information” from the Saudi-led consortium. That led to the Saudis officially withdrawing their offer, amid claims from Ashley – fiercely dismissed by the Prem – that it had been rejected by the League’s Board.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Mikel Arteta brushed off claims by Theo Walcott that Arsenal were full of ‘fear’ in last night’s game.

    The Gunners’ boss’ ex-teammate made the claim after opening the scoring in the 1-1 draw.

    Arteta responded: “I don’t know. I was going to say, I just spoke with him and he never mentioned that to me. He mentioned other things but not that. But, I don’t know… if he said that, it’s his feeling. 

    “I’ll try to protect them as much as possible and give them comfort, but you saw there were four or five situations in the first half where we were around the box, inside the six-yard box to finish the action and it should be a goal, and it’s lacking. 

    “But in the second half Auba scored and hopefully this unlocks a little bit because individually he’s a player that needs that moment and hopefully things will change.”

  • Marc Mayo


    Former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton has urged Arsenal fans to give Mikel Arteta more time.

    The Scot believes Gooners are often hard to please and reckons the coach can turn things around at Emirates Stadium.

    He told Ladbrokes: “I feel sorry for Mikel Arteta. I think when he first came in you could tell what he was trying to do with the team, that high-pressing style, similar to Pep Guardiola at Man City. But it didn't quite work.

    “I think Arteta needs time. He needs to build his own squad, he needs to add players and he needs time to get his ideas across. He hasn't had a proper pre-season. It's not going to happen overnight.

    “I just think Arsenal lack that fear factor. They rely on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score goals which he's not really doing at the moment. 

    “Arsenal probably have a group of fans that are hardest to please, if I'm honest. They were calling for Arsene Wenger to get the sack when they were sitting in fourth, and look at where they are now.

    “You need to stick with Arteta.”

  • Marc Mayo


    It's all over, Arsenal fans.

    Dominik Szoboszlai has been confirmed as an RB Leipzig player after signing from sister club Salzburg on a deal to 2025.

  • Marc Mayo


    Ian Wright has criticised sporting director Edu after he called for new signing Willian to be given time.

    The Gunners legend told his podcast: “Can I say something because there’s something I read with Edu, who I was with during the Rapid Vienna game. We had a chat and he’s very energetic.

    “But I was very disappointed with something I read with Edu talking about Willian needing time. I can’t have that – and I’d say it to him if I saw him – because we don’t want to be peddling that.

    “We’ve brought Willian in to hit the ground running and when he came in I read what you [Edu] said about a player that we need an immediate impact from.

    “To hear, ‘we need to give him more time’… I needed something to squeeze because that’s not why he bought him. Willian needs that chat where someone says, ‘my friend, listen, you’re here to hit the ground running’. “I’m not throwing him under the bus but I’m trying to explain that Edu cannot come out and say these things.”

    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Marc Mayo


    Danny Murphy believes Bernd Leno should not have been caught out by Theo Walcott’s finish last night.

    The winger chipped Leno to make it 1-0 to Southampton, and Murphy reckons the goalkeeper could have seen it coming.

    He told 5 Live: ““That’s a super finish. Actually, he used to do that finish a lot at Arsenal. 

    “Clearly, the goalkeeper hasn’t done his homework there. 

    “Arsenal weren’t very good at all, they weren’t at the races.”

  • Marc Mayo


    Bernd Leno has put the onus on Arsenal’s players to shoot the side up the table.

    Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton saw the club rooted in 15th and the goalkeeper was unhappy to see yet another red card.

    He told Sky Sports: "The coach is least to blame for the fact that we are in this situation.

    “If you look at the way we were running around on the pitch at times, then the players are the only ones to blame.

    "We're getting red cards, making mistakes, standing out of position. 

    “These are things that we have clearly addressed a thousand times. In the end, it's a lack of focus on the part of the players.”

    Credit: EPA
  • Marc Mayo


    Alan Shearer believes Mikel Arteta cannot simply wave a magic wand to end Arsenal’s issues.

    The Spaniard is under pressure at Emirates Stadium and, while Shearer admits that the Gunners’ form has dropped off remarkably, he has urged patience.

    The ex-striker told Coral: “They have no creativity and there's a lot of problems. If you look at the signings they have made in the last eighteen months there have been a lot of errors made with transfers and contracts, with Ozil frozen out, and when you put all of those together then Mikel Arteta has big problems on his hands.

    “How well Spurs are doing is probably heaping more pressure on Arsenal and I don't see them getting anywhere near the top four this season now. 

    “They need to try and string some good results together and a sixth or seventh placed finish now looks like their best outcome and that is what they should be aiming for.

    “The board needs to stay calm and give him time to turn it around with support in the transfer market both in January and next summer. The issues Arsenal have had for the last few years now will not change in six or twelve months.”

  • Marc Mayo


    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that nerves are getting the better of Arsenal at the moment.

    A seventh red card of Mikel Arteta’s reign came against Southampton last night and the club captain attempted to explain why.

    He told the Gunners’ media: “At the moment I think we are sometimes a bit nervous because we need points. 

    “Maybe sometimes we do stupid things but I can understand it and we have to stay cool in the head and try to be more diligent and keep 11 on the pitch. 

    “We need it at the moment. It was hard work. The team did a great job. It was tough to be 10 men again tonight but we take the point. 

    “I can't say we are happy with that because we need points, but we take it.”

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