4pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ozil 'offered' to Juventus, Eric Garcia targeted, Balogun future UPDATE

ARSENAL are set for a busy January window with the future of Mesut Ozil still uncertain.

Outcast Ozil has reportedly been offered to Juventus, while we've the very latest transfer news from the Emirates.

Follow all the latest below…

  • Jon Boon

    BRADY PUNCH

    Arsenal legend Liam Brady has slammed the Gunners' stars – saying that only Gabriel Martinelli represents value for money.

    The Irishman was once head of youth development with the Premier League giants, before leaving his post in 2014.

    And he didn't hold back when it came to assessing Arsenal's current crop of players – insisting player recruitment has been poor, but manager Mikel Arteta has got to be given time to make it right.

    “Look at the team we’ve got now," he told the Mirror.

    “There’s not one player we have bought apart from Gabriel Martinelli – a relatively cheap signing – who is worth any more than we paid for them.

    “Look at all the rest, none of them are worth what we paid for them. You’d be lucky to get half of the cash back now in an open market.

    “We didn’t challenge the Champions League positions and we got into Europe because we won the FA Cup. Arsenal fans aren’t stupid. They are looking at the team thinking: ‘This isn’t going to challenge the top four’.

    “Unless things change with the owners and board we will be treading water for the next few years. I feel sorry for Mikel Arteta, having to unravel all this.

    “It’s going to take time. I can’t see them getting back to the top – unless you’ve got a brilliant manager.

    “Arteta might be that – there’s been pluses and minuses so far. But he’s got to be given time to make sense of this.”

  • Jon Boon

    OZ OUT

    Mesut Ozil has been reportedly offered to Juventus, according to a new report.

    Tuttosport claim that the out-of-favour Arsenal playmaker is in contact with the Italian giants and a deal has been proposed.

    The Gunners are said to be willing to let Ozil go for free while subsidising his wages in a six month loan.

    Ozil is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with moves away from the Emirates to the MLS, Fenerbahce and Qatar.

    However, the report concludes that it is unclear if Juventus are willing to meet Arsenal's demands.

  • Jon Boon

    GETTING A GREALING

    Jack Grealish has jokingly mocked Arsenal star Bukayo Saka for saying he meant his goal against Chelsea.

    The England international scored the Gunners' third in a 3-1 win over their London rivals with a cross-cum shot that looped over Edouard Mendy in goal.

    After the game, Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham was reportedly seen telling Saka to 'shut up' after questioning whether or not he meant it.

    In his post-match interview, Saka also claimed that he saw Mendy off his line and attempted to chip in.

    But Aston Villa playmaker is also in Abraham's camp – doubting his Three Lions team mate's effort.

    Replying to a tweet Saka shared with an image of him celebrating the goal with the caption 'Saw him off his line!' Grealish had his own thoughts.

    "ur to funny man! Liar" he wrote with a tweet dressed in laughing emojis.

  • Jon Boon

    MES-SY SITUATION

    Senior Arsenal stars are reportedly hoping to see Mesut Ozil recalled to the team in January.

    Mikel Arteta has not played the German since March having dropped him from the 25-man squads allowed to play in the Premier League and Europa League.

    Amid his exile, Ozil has continued to train with the first-team.

    But his treatment is said to be a driving force behind a dressing room divide, also caused by the handling of Sokratis Papastathopoulos' removal from the squad.

    According to the Telegraph, there is no dressing room consensus over seeing the 32-year-old given a fresh chance.

    A group of senior players are described as keen to see Ozil return.

    Next month, Arteta can update his league and European squad quotas.

    Should Ozil fail to make the cut, it will finally spell the end of his career with the club.

  • Jon Boon

    TAM FOR THE TRUTH

    Bukayo Saka was appeared to be told to 'shut-up' by Chelsea star Tammy Abraham after scoring a stunning goal in Arsenal's 3-1 win over the Blues on Boxing Day.

    The Gunners ended a long winless run with a clinical display against their London rivals.

    Saka, who at 19 became the second-youngest Premier League scorer in the fixture, sealed the win with a cross-cum-shot that looped over Edouard Mendy.

    Whether the winger meant it or not only he knows – and the discussion seemed to irk Chelsea star Abraham at the full-time whistle.

    As Saka spoke to team-mate Ainsley Maitland-Niles, TV cameras picked up the Blues forward walking past the pair and muttering some words.

    Eagle-eyed viewers reckoned he said: "You didn't mean it, shut up man."

    Watch the moment here.

  • Jon Boon

    GUNNER GO?

    Folarin Balogun could be set to leave Arsenal with his contract set to expire in six months.

    The striker, who has scored twice in the Europa League, is highly-thought ofat the Emirates but has found first-team opportunities hard to come by.

    And being behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah in the pecking order, has meant Balogun has started to assess his options.

    According to reports, Liverpool are monitoring his situation and would love to bring the talent to Anfield.

    However, Arsenal also remain quietly confident they can convince Balogun his future lies at the Emirates.

  • Jon Boon

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE

    Could Mesut Ozil be heading to the US?

    A new report suggests that a subtle clue to the next destination for the unwanted Arsenal playmaker could be in his coffee brand.

    The midfielder, who has been frozen out of the first team, has been linked with moves to Turkey, Italy and even Qatar.

    But it's the MLS that could be the most appealing with his 39 Steps coffee franchise about to launch at DC United.

    Could that mean Ozil will move to the Washington-based side?

  • Marc Mayo

    XHAK ATTACK

    Granit Xhaka has posted a picture of his celebrations last night after a stunning free-kick past Chelsea.

    He wrote: "Sometimes actions speak louder than words. Proud of our team tonight."

    View this post on Instagram

    A post shared by Granit Xhaka (@granitxhaka)

  • James Orr

    Gabriel Martinelli – 8

    A constant menace for the Chelsea defence as the Brazilian starlet failed to let them rest as he chased every loose ball.

    Squandered an early chance to put the Gunners ahead but fans can forgive him thanks to his tireless work rate.

    On another day he could have had a hat-trick, but no-one will be disappointed by his first start in the top-flight this season.

    Bukayo Saka – 9

    Deployed on the right wing, the England international showed his versatility as he caused Ben Chilwell a number of problems.

    And he fully deserved his goal in the second half when he chipped Edouard Mendy from an acute angle just inside the box.

    Saka also tirelessly tracked back to help out his defence to cover Bellerin who was often out of position.

    Another emphatic performance from the youngster who has been one of the brightest sparks in an otherwise disappointing season so far for Arsenal.

    Alexandre Lacazette – 7

    Linked up with the youthful players surrounding him and held the ball up when needed to.

    His cool penalty will do wonders for his confidence.

  • James Orr

    Mohamed Elneny – 7

    The Egyptian international grew into the game as it went on having gifted possession to Chelsea on more than one occasion.

    And he almost scored his first Premier League goal, but his fierce drive cannoned off the woodwork.

    Granit Xhaka – 8

    This performance is why the Swiss midfielder has been a starter under four managers at Arsenal.

    His exquisite diagonal pass found Tierney that won the spot-kick, before he found the top corner with a beautiful free-kick.

    Always looking for a forward pass, this is the exact performance that was needed after coming back from his suspension.

    Emile Smith Rowe – 8

    Handed a rare start, the youngster almost put the Gunners ahead, but he lost his footing when it looked like he was about to tap home from close range.

    However he was a breath of fresh air in the final third, as unlike in recent matches, Arsenal actually had a midfielder looking to break the lines and occupy free space.

    A brilliant performance from the former Huddersfield loanee, and you can be sure he will be handed plenty more opportunities in the coming weeks.

  • James Orr

    PLAYER RATINGS

    Jake Lambourne runs the rule over Arsenal's stars after their 3-1 win over Chelsea last night…

    Bernd Leno – 7

    Didn't have a save to make in the first half, however he was quick to react with crosses into the box.

    Brilliant denied Jorginho from scoring from the spot in injury time.

    Hector Bellerin – 6

    The Spaniard never stopped looking to go forward and linked up well with Bukayo Saka down the right.

    However the full-back is still too slow to get back into position and he looks suspect when a player is running towards him.

    Rob Holding – 7

    The Englishman stood up strong to the Chelsea attack and was quick to stifle out potential chances for the Blues.

    His passing is still debatable, but you can never question his desire and commitment.

    Pablo Mari – 5

    Drafted in for Gabriel, the ex-Flamengo centre-back was handed an early yellow card for a brash challenge on Mateo Kovacic.

    And he made a similar challenge to give away a late penalty in what could have potentially saw Arsenal give away a three-goal lead.

    Kieran Tierney – 7

    The Scottish left-back was always looking to be an outlet down the flanks and it was his mazy run that won his side a penalty.

    His link-up play with Martinelli is something that will excite Gunners supporters.

  • James Orr

    TOR-N APART

    Torino are reportedly chasing Lucas Torreira for an early end to the midfielder's Atletico Madrid loan spell.

    Arsenal allowed the Uruguayan to leave North London after Thomas Partey's arrival in the autumn.

    But Torreira has not been a regular at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano and is being eyed for a quick exit.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, a Torino bid would be something of a longshot.

    The Italians are said to be dreaming of a major signing in January to boost their fight against relegation.

    Although Diego Simeone is unlikely to let Torreira leave, even though he has only started two LaLiga games for Atleti.

    The possibility of Mikel Arteta recalling the player to Arsenal has also been reported on in recent weeks, something the coach failed to dismiss.

    Refusing to comment specifically on Torreira, he said: "Edu has been dealing with that situation.

    "But again, when the market opens and we have the possibility to bring players in and get players out, whatever we have to do, we will discuss it."

  • James Orr

    TIER JERKER

    Gary Neville has claimed that Reece James was 'done' by Kieran Tierney over Arsenal's penalty in their 3-1 win over Chelsea.

    Alexandre Lacazette's spot-kick set the Gunners on their way to a stunning victory over their London rivals to ease their relegation fears.

    He told Sky Sports: "Reece James has been done and to be fair, he should never have made the challenge.

    "But he's been played by Tierney whose played well down that left-hand side."

    He later added: “Arsenal had one of the very best, Robert Pires brought it to the Premier League. He was a master at it – and it was very clever from Tierney.”

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    I bet you’re still buzzing from last night’s 3-1 win over London rivals Chelsea!

    Goals from Alexander Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka was enough to secure Arsenal’s first win in the league in over 10 games.

    Arsenal are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt, according to reports.

    The Gunners are believed to have ‘reservations’ over signing Houssem Aouar and are considering a move for the German instead.

    Brighton boss Graham Potter has confirmed that he has received no bids for in-demand midfielder Yves Bissouma.

    Potter said: “There have been no approaches.

    “As I’ve said before, just because it’s in the newspaper, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.

    “My focus on Yves is how I can help him improve and I think he’s still got some improvement to do.”

    Arsenal defender Gabriel will miss the next three games after coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

    The Brazilian is now self-isolating and will be unavailable for the Gunners’ matches against Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BIG WIN

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta described today's result over Chelsea as a "big win".

    Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Arteta said: "It’s a really big win for us.

    "We were really disappointed with the results – not so much the performances. Our players were suffering, our fans were suffering.

    “It doesn’t get any better than winning a London derby against Chelsea on Boxing Day.

    "Hopefully this is a turning point. I know they can play at this level. We know how good Chelsea are but big moments in the game we were the better team.

    “The injuries, the Covid, playing 10 men…you start to think what do we need to win a match.

    “It’s nice to give something back to fans because I can imagine they have been really disappointed. We started well and we were dominant. That gives the team confidence.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    HIGHLIGHTS

  • Joshua Mbu

    TIERNEY'S THOUGHTS

    Kieran Tierney gave his thoughts after today's win at home against Chelsea: "It’s a start, isn’t it? We needed that today and we needed to give the fans something to be positive about.

    "We’ve had a few bad results this season, so it’s a start.

    "I think we started better today. We didn’t wait until we went 1-0 down to start playing or creating chances because it’s always hard when you’re 1-0 down, but we started on the front foot today.

    "That’s been the message in the last few weeks of training and we did that."
     

  • Joshua Mbu

    BRANDT DEAL

    Arsenal reportedly have 'reservations' over signing Houssem Aouar but are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt.

    The Athletic reports Lyon ace Aouar was a previous Gunners target but has now slipped down the scouting pecking order.

    The Gunners are set to dip into the January transfer window to add some creativity to the ranks after a horror start to the Premier League season left them hovering above the relegation zone.

    Mikel Arteta's side had reportedly 'weighed up' a move for Dominik Szoboszlai but the player opted to swap RB Salzburg for RB Leipzig.

    And now after chasing £55million-rated Aouar in the summer, the club appear to have had a change of heart after developing 'reservations' over signing the players.

    The report states Dortmund's Brandt is on their radar – despite only starting six league games this season.

  • Joshua Mbu

    YOUNG GUNS

  • Joshua Mbu

    XHAK, LAC AND SAK ARSENAL 3-1 CHELSEA

    We Came to bury Mikel Arteta not to praise him.

    But just when it looked as though the Spaniard could be heading for the Emirates exit, he conjured up the kind of result which might just save his neck and Arsenal’s season.

    So instead of heading into the New Year talking about relegation, Gunners fans are suddenly believing that their struggling team has finally turned the corner.

    And it is Chelsea supporters who are now wondering where their team is heading as they threaten to lose contact with the title race.

    For this was a performance which absolutely nobody had seen coming from an Arsenal team without a win in their previous seven Premier League games.

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  • Daniel Brookes

    NO BIDS FOR BISSOUMA

    Brighton boss Graham Potter has said the club have yet to receive any offers for midfielder Yves Bissouma.

    Both Arsenal and Liverpool have been credited with interest in the Mali international in the past few months.

    Potter said: “There have been no approaches.

    “As I’ve said before, just because it’s in the newspaper, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.

    "My focus on Yves is how I can help him improve and I think he’s still got some improvement to do.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    HT: ARSENAL 2-0 CHELSEA

    A controversial penalty from Alexandre Lacazette and a stunning free-kick from Granit Xhaka have the Gunners ahead at the break.

    You can follow all the action right here:

  • Daniel Brookes

    COVID SHOCK

    Arsenal defender Gabriel will miss the next three games after coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

    The Brazilian is now self-isolating and will be unavailable for the Gunners' matches against Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom.

    And a positive test for the 23-year-old could see him miss further fixtures.

    Willian and David Luiz have also come down with an illness, but both have tested negative for Covid-19.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BALO-GONE?

    Arsenal fear losing youngster Folarin Balogun on a free transfer, according to The Athletic.

    The 19-year-old striker has come off the bench to score twice in the Europa League this season.

    Talks are ongoing over a new contract for the England youth international, but the two parties have yet to reach an agreement.

    Liverpool are among the clubs interested in the USA-born teenager, while foreign clubs will be able to negotiate pre-contract terms with Balogun from January.

  • Daniel Brookes

    ARSENAL LINEUP

    Here's how Mikel Arteta's side will line up against Chelsea in this evening's clash at the Emirates.

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