Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Renato Sanches interest, Arteta SLAMMED by Piers Morgan after defeat, Franck Kessie chase

ARSENAL are preparing to welcome Newcastle to the Emirates after their harrowing 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.

And boss Mikel Arteta has been SLAMMED by Gunners fan Piers Morgan after the one-sided loss at Anfield.

Renato Sanches has responded to reports linking him with a host of clubs, including Arsenal.

He said: "When I arrived at Bayern, I was not ready to play in such a club.

"I was very young, and when I got ready, the opportunity to play with this team never came.

"Today I feel ready. I understand football better, I have more experience, I know what to do to play in this kind of club and that changes everything.

"Maybe Milan and Arsenal are interested but I don’t know."

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

Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe could be on his way out of the exit door in January with Newcastle, Everton and Crystal Palace linked with £72m winger.

Plus Arsenal have joined rivals Tottenham and Manchester United in the race to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, reports say.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Kostas Lianos

    VLA VA TOON

    Arsenal have suffered a transfer blow amid their interest in Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic as Newcastle are set to join the bidding war, reveals SunSport’s Alan Nixon.

    The Magpies are on extra alert for players abroad as they will find it hard to convince Premier League rivals to sell.

    That is why Toon spies watched Vlahovic in action during the international break as he helped Serbia qualify for the 2022 World Cup by upsetting Portugal.

    The centre-forward could be sold in January if the price is right, with reports suggesting he will cost £70million.

    Manchester City and Tottenham are also said to be keeping tabs on the 21-year-old

  • Kostas Lianos

    GAME OF KESS

    Arsenal have joined Tottenham and Manchester United in the bidding war for AC Milan star Franck Kessie.

    That is according to the Daily Mirror, who report the Gunners will go toe-to-toe with their rivals and European juggernauts to sign Kessie.

    The 24-year-old's deal at Milan expires next summer when he becomes a free agent.

    The Ivory international can sign a pre-contract from January 1

  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM SANCHES

    Lille star Renato Sanches, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal, confirmed he came close to Barcelona last summer.

    However, the midfielder's move collapsed because of an injury and he stayed with the reigning French champions.

    Sanches told L'Equipe: "Many clubs were interested this summer, when I sustained the injury, I understood that I would have stayed at Lille.

    “It was all done with Barcelona, I think it all collapsed because of the injury”

  • Kostas Lianos

    I'M REN-DY

    Lille star Renato Sanches has confirmed Arsenal's transfer interest in him ahead of the January transfer window.

    Sanches told L'Equipe: “Maybe AC Milan and Arsenal are interested but I don’t know.

    “Milan are a big and historic club. It’s class, I like them.

    “I spoke with my agent, I know which clubs are calling and which are not, but I can’t tell now.

    "But I know I’m ready. If an offer comes in, I’ll find out what’s best for me"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    SOUTHGATE REMINDER

    England boss Gareth Southgate has signed a new double-your-money £6million contract until December 2024, the FA has confirmed.

    Southgate’s assistant coach Steve Holland has also put pen to paper on a new deal, keeping the pair in charge of the Three Lions through until after the next European Championship.

    The English head coach has been in charge since 2016, when he rose up from his role with the under-21s to replace Sam Allardyce.

    The 51-year-old has since guided England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 and the final of Euro 2020, as well as recently sealing qualification for Qatar 2022.

    Arsenal stars have played under him, such as Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Aaron Ramsdale

  • The Sun

    GUNNER TOON IN

    Arsenal have only lost one of their last 20 games against Newcastle, with the single defeat coming back in April 2018.

    Current Everton boss Rafa Benitez was the winning Toon manager, with Arsene Wenger still Arsenal boss.

    And the game marked the first time Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette played together for Arsenal.

    Since then, Arsenal have won seven of their clashes in a row, conceding just once.

    Newcastle have failed to score in their last six matches against the Gunners.

    And the Magpies remain the only side in the Premier League who still haven't won a game this season, sitting rock bottom in the league on six points.

  • The Sun

    GUNNER GET YA

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing 18-year-old FCSB prodigy Ianis Stoica, despite the club insisting he is not for sale.

    Stoica has enjoyed a stunning breakthrough season with the Romanian giants – scoring six goals in 14 games and setting up two more.

    And multiple reports in Romania claim Gunners scouts have been monitoring the teenager's progress since September.

    However, FCSB owner Gigi Becali warned Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta that he has no plans to sell Stoica just yet.

    Becali said: "It is good that Arsenal are monitoring Ianis, but there is no point as he is not for sale.

    "He could be in a year or two, but not yet. He is technically skilled, physically strong and very smart. To look at him, you'd think he is 23 years old – not 18."

    Bucharest-born Stoica has won 25 Romania caps at levels from Under-16 upwards. He joined FCSB from Germans Freiburg in 2016.

    A year later he became their youngest-ever player to make their senior debut when he scored in a Romanian Cup tie aged just 14.

    Under contract until 2023, he has reportedly been the subject of a £1.5million bid from an unnamed club.

    Stoica has football in his family DNA, with dad Pompiliu formerly playing at left-back for Steaua.

    Able to operate as a central striker or attacking midfielder, he has spent the past three seasons out on loan.

    But he has since returned to his hometown club with a vengeance – and could yet win a move to Arsenal if he maintains his progress.

  • The Sun

    THE 'NEARLY' MEN

    Arsene Wenger has revealed that the players he most regrets missing out on signing for Arsenal are Cristiano Ronaldo and N'Golo Kante.

    When quizzed on the subject by Ian Wright for Sportbible, the 72-year-old said: "Certainly Cristiano Ronaldo.

    "It was possible and if we had been a fraction quicker, a few days, because we had agreed, and Man United came in five, six days later.

    "So I would say at the start of my career, Cristiano Ronaldo. And the end of my career, N'Golo Kante."

    When Wright pressed Wenger to explain whether he could have signed Kante, he replied: "Easy. Because he played in a club in Paris.

    "That's called Suresnes where one of my best friends is a director and he told me 'Please, I have a player who we know is unbelievable. Nobody wants him in France.'

    "He took him in his car and travelled with him from club to club, and finally a club from division three in France took N'Golo Kante.

    "It is an unbelievable story, N'Golo Kante – you could make a film as well with him.

    "He is something that you don't find often. He wins the ball without making any foul. And straight away, he moves that ball forward."

    Kante played for Suresnes between the age of eight and 19, before being signed by Boulogne in 2010.

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  • The Sun

    'IT'S A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT'

    Aaron Ramsdale shipped four goals for the first time in an Arsenal shirt yesterday in their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

    The England international had only conceded four goals in their previous eight games, but he claims the result won't affect the squad's mentality.

    Speaking after the game, he said: "This game isn’t going to define our season. It’s possibly the toughest place to come in the league.

    "This is where we want to get to. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and this team will go again. We’ll learn from tonight."

    Ramsdale has been in excellent form of late and won his first England cap in a 10-0 routing of San Marino earlier this month.

    The 23-year-old has helped the Gunners climb back up the table into fifth after their dreadful start, losing their opening three games of the season.

    Ramsdale was also phenomenal in goal against Liverpool and ensured the scoreline did not get even worse with a series of excellent saves.

    Credit: AFP
  • The Sun

    HISTORY MAKER

    Arsenal Women's Vivianne Miedema has become the first ever Women's Super League player to score against every team she's faced.

    Miedema scored the opening goal in Arsenal Women's 2-0 victory over Manchester United yesterday to reach the landmark.

    The 25-year-old Dutch striker has scored 103 goals in 110 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Bayern Munich in 2017.

    And is also the all-time top scorer in the WSL and the Netherlands national team with 85 goals in 103 caps – the most of both the men and women's' teams.

    The win keeps Arsenal Women top of the WSL with 22 points from their opening eight games, one point clear of Chelsea in second.

    And they take on Barcelona at home on 9 December in the Women's Champions League, having lost the reverse fixture 4-1 last month.

    Credit: PA
  • The Sun

    'THE NEXT YAYA TOURE'

    Former Man City captain Vincent Kompany believes Arsenal's Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga has the potential to become 'the next Yaya Toure'.

    Kompany, 35, retired from professional football in August 2020 and immediately took over as manager of his former club Anderlecht back in Belgium.

    And Lokonga, 22, had a breakthrough season there under Kompany last year, making 37 appearances in all competitions.

    He then went on to land a big move to Arsenal in the summer for a fee of around £18m, and Kompany believes he can go all the way to the top.

    Speaking in an interview with Rio Ferdinand on his podcast Vibe with Five, Kompany said: “The first thing I did when I saw Sambi is I went to Mikel, and also Pep.

    "I went to Mikel first and I said you’ve gotta watch this guy. He’s the new Yaya Toure.”

    “What I like about Sambi, that’s rare in football which Yaya did have, is he wants the ball no matter what.

    "The team isn’t doing well? Give the ball to Sambi. The team is doing well? Give the ball to Sambi.” 

    “But you need players who are not afraid to have the ball when the going gets tough. You need to be able to give it to people who see the next pass, the next move.

    "They take responsibility, take people on, and put that tempo in when there’s no tempo in the game anymore.

    "For me, that’s what Sambi has that makes him special. He will never hide away from his responsibility."

    Credit: AFP
  • The Sun

    COACHES CLASH

    Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp almost came to blows in Liverpool's 4-0 victory over Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.

    The managers clashed after a tackle on Gunners full-back Takehiro Tomiyasu by Liverpool winger Sadio Mane.

    Klopp and Arteta had to be held back from each other and both received yellow cards for their part in the altercation.

    Speaking about the incident after the game, Klopp said: "[It was] not a very big deal. The situation is that it was a completely clean situation the players jumped in the air and there was no contact.

    "The bench of Arsenal jumped and I just asked what do you want for that. For me I’m really sick of that, everybody wants to go for Sadio in these situations."

    Mikel Arteta said: "He was trying to defend his side, I was trying to defend mine. I think the atmosphere was incredible from the beginning. That was it."

    Credit: EPA
  • The Sun

    NEXT UP

    Arsenal’s next six Premier League fixtures will be crucial in the run up to the busy festive period.

    They take on struggling Newcastle at home on Saturday, with Eddie Howe eyeing up his first win as Toon boss.

    And the following week travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, who are a club in crisis after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer yesterday morning.

    The Red Devils will look to bounce back after losing five of their last seven league games.

    And will hope that Arsenal's confidence will be dented after finally losing against Liverpool on Saturday, having gone eight games unbeaten.

    The Gunners have nevertheless won six of their last nine in the league and are on the verge of breaking into the top four, just three points behind West Ham.

    The Gunners' next six fixtures are:

    Newcastle H

    Manchester United A

    Everton A

    Southampton H

    West Ham H

    Leeds United A

  • The Sun

    SMART ALEX

    Arsenal target Alexander Isak has admitted he would like to play in the Premier League one day.

    The 22-year-old Swede told The Independent: "I am in a good place at the moment, I am very happy, but one day it would be nice to play in England as well.

    "They have six or seven of the biggest clubs in the world, it is a very high level, and of course one day it would be an alternative.

    "Every player wants to be the best version of themselves and reach the highest possible level.

    "I have expectations for myself that I’m trying to fulfil, so we’ll see where the journey takes me in future."

    According to Spanish outlet AS, Isak has a £59.8m release clause in his contractat Real Sociedad, which he signed in July.

    And the club are not willing to listen to any offers below this figure, with Liverpool reportedly prepared to pay up to £33m, according to El Nacional.

    And Spanish outlet Fichajes has claimed that signing the Swedish striker has become a ‘total priority’ for the Gunners.

    They reportedly see him as a long-term replacement for French striker Alexandre Lacazette, who is out of contract in the summer.

  • The Sun

    HENRY MASTERCLASS

    The Gunners came from behind to beat Roma in a famous 3-1 win at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome this week 19 years ago.

    A Thierry Henry hat-trick gave Arsene Wenger's side the victory against a Roma team that included the likes of Cafu, Francesco Totti and Gabriel Batistuta.

    The win was their first away victory in Italy in 22 years.

    And Henry's hat-trick propelled him into joint fourth place in the all time top scorer table, trailing only Raul, Alessandro Del Piero and Patrick Kluivert.

    Arsenal ultimately failed to qualify from Group B in the second group stage, after drawing four and losing one of their other five games.

  • The Sun

    SANCHES SPEAKS OUT

    Arsenal target Renato Sanches, 24, is out of contract at Lille in the summer and technical director Edu is reportedly keen to bring him to the club in January.

    Reports suggest Sanches could be available on a cut-price deal in January and Arsenal could look to secure his signature to bolster their squad mid-season.

    The Gunners will lose Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey to the African Cup of Nations in January and will be short of options in midfield for several weeks.

    And Sanches has admitted that he could leave the club and has suggested that Arsenal and Milan are the frontrunners to secure his signature.

    The Portuguese ace said: "Maybe Milan and Arsenal are interested but I don’t know.

    "I spoke with my agent, I know which clubs are calling and which are not, but I can’t tell now.

    "But I know I’m ready. If an offer comes in, I’ll find out what’s best for me."

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Piers Morgan has slammed Mikel Arteta in the wake of Arsenal’s 4-0 loss at Liverpool – claiming the Spaniard is ‘not good enough’ to manage his beloved club.

    Morgan tweeted: “Arteta’s been in charge for over 100 games, he spent £150m on players this summer, and we’ve been humiliated by every good Premier League side this season.

    “He’s just not good enough for Arsenal, sorry. #ArtetaOUT.”

    Although Arsenal's ten-game unbeaten run came to an end, hero Aaron Ramsdale is confident the team will bounce back.

    After the defeat, he said: "We won’t have people moping around with their heads down. We’ll come in and evaluate the game… we’ve been on a 10-match unbeaten run, with eight of those in the league.

    “So hopefully we can start another mini-run like that.”

    Mikel Arteta is eyeing a rebuild at Arsenal, and RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi is someone the Spaniard is interested in.

    According to the Mirror, the Gunners are interested in signing the 19-year-old as a long-term replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.

  • Joshua Mbu

    NEXT FIVE

    The Gunners take on bottom of the table Newcastle next at the Emirates.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PIER PRESSURE

    Piers Morgan has slammed Mikel Arteta in the wake of Arsenal’s 4-0 loss at Liverpool – claiming the Spaniard is ‘not good enough’ to manage his beloved club, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.

    Morgan moaned that the tactician has been ‘humiliated’ in all his games against ‘good’ Premier League sides.

    And after spending £150million on new signings over the summer, Arteta is still ‘not good enough’ to manage a club the size of Arsenal.

    Morgan tweeted: “Arteta’s been in charge for over 100 games, he spent £150m on players this summer, and we’ve been humiliated by every good Premier League side this season.

    “He’s just not good enough for Arsenal, sorry. #ArtetaOUT.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    RAMSDALE ON LIVERPOOL

    Arsenal hero Aaron Ramsdale spoke out after Saturday's 4-0 loss to Liverpool.

  • Joshua Mbu

    KARIM THE DREAM

    Mikel Arteta is eyeing a rebuild at Arsenal, and RB Salzburg's Karim Adeyemi is someone the Spaniard is interested in.

    According to the Mirror, the Gunners are interested in signing the 19-year-old as a long-term replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.

    The Frenchman's contract expires next summer and is showing no signs of putting pen to paper on fresh terms.

    But it is claimed to land Adeyemi, Arsenal will need European football.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'WE COMPETED REALLY WELL'

    Yesterday's 4-0 loss to Liverpool isn't all doom and gloom for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

    The Spaniard thinks his team competed in the first half against the title challengers.

    He told Football London: “We competed really well in the first half – they had their moments, we had our moments. We were really compact and used the ball the right way to create some situations. 

    “We had a goal disallowed and then we conceded a goal from a set-play. In the second half, we had to build some momentum and start to grow into the match, we threw it away in the first 15 to 20 minutes. 

    “We gave every ball away in very dangerous areas. We had them under no pressure and then we lost control of the game.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale are amongst some of Arsenal's most expensive signings.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SILVA STAR

    Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that former Gilberto Silva is the most underrated star he ever coached.

    When asked by Sport Bible, Wenger said: "Gilberto Silva. He was naturally discreet. I remember when I bought him in 2002 he was in Japan at the World Cup.

    "I looked at him and I thought he doesn’t make anything special but then you think who won that ball and it’s Gilberto Silva, or who made that pass and it’s Gilberto Silva.

    "I went to buy him and after that I would say in the Invincibles, nobody speaks about him but he’s the kind of player you see only how much they miss them when they don’t play. When they play they find it all natural.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    DIFFERENT BEAST

    Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk says Arsenal's unbeaten run was bound to come to an end against the Reds.

    Arsenal went ten games unbeaten but came unstuck when they faced Liverpool.

    And Van Dijk reckons the Gunners only done so well because they played weaker opponents.

    He said: "Arsenal have played Norwich, Watford and Burnley, they are tough games but Arsenal are expected to win but they didn’t play us.

    "At home, we are a different animal.”

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