8.45am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar ‘AGREES to join as Lyon drop price to £36m’, Jorginho interest, Partey LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL's transfer window continues at pace with midfield aces Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey remain top targets.

And the Lyon man could be on the verge of a move to the Emirates amid reports he has agreed a contract and Lyon have dropped their asking price to as low as £36m.

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

  • GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has reportedly agreed to join the Gunners – after receiving no concrete offers from Barcelona or Juventus.

    Mikel Arteta has a deal agreed with the Lyon star, say Telefoot, and now he needs to raise cash in order to bring the £54million-rated playmaker to the Emirates.

    Gunners midfielder Lucas Torreira is being lined up by Atletico Madrid according to Sport 890. 

    Atleti prefer a loan move but Arsenal would rather get rid of the 24-year-old permanently. 

    And Arteta responded to reports he wants to sign Jorginho and sell Torreira.

    The Arsenal manager said: “We are still open to improve our team.

    “We are looking for different options depending on what happens with some of our players here so we are getting prepared just in case we need to do something.”

    Former Gunners skipper Laurent Koscielny gave Gooners a well overdue apology.

    He said sorry for the video that announced his Bordeaux move last year which saw him toss the Arsenal shirt aside.

    Arsenal legend Ray Parlour urged his old team to poach Dele Alli from neighbours and rivals Spurs.

    Parlour reckons Arsenal should consider a move for Alli as he would bring goals from midfield.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, Parlour said: “I think he would be more of a fit than Jorginho.”

  • SEVEN HEAVEN

    Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin made his debut seven years ago today.

    The Spaniard was linked with a move to PSG earlier in this window but appears set to extend his time in North London.

  • PEP TALK

    Mikel Arteta has given his backing to Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pepe despite Willian's strong start to his Gunners career.

    Arteta said: “I think he’s come a long way. We know what the club paid for him when he joined and that was obviously an extra pressure but he’s a player who’s had to adapt, it’s a different style. He has a really good attitude.

    “We can see [development] in a lot of phases of his game. He’s very settled here, he’s liked by the boys, he’s a really good character to have around.

    “I’m really positive that we’re going to have him for many years and that he can perform at a really high level consistently.”

  • DON'T STOP THE PARTEY

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been urged NOT to sign Houssem Aouar.

    Nigel Winterburn reckons the Gunners chief would be better advised to snare long-term target and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey instead.

    He told FreeSuperTips: “I really like Partey because he is quick, solid and powerful off the ball as much as on it.

    “There have been times in the past when Arsenal fail to break things down because of the pace of other teams on the counterattack, which is something that Partey could come in to do.

    “He takes the ball in tight situations and has the power and the ability to go past the opposing midfield players.

    “We’ve got to wait and see, but my preference of the two would be Thomas Partey.”

  • HARD LUC

    Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is in Atletico Madrid's sights.

    Diego Simeone's side have already spent £5.5million on signing Luis Suarez from Barcelona.

    And Atleti could be about to make it a double Uruguayan swoop as Sport 890 reports the club have turned their attention to Torreira.

    It is thought that the LaLiga side want a loan move but Arsenal would prefer a permanent move away for the 24-year-old.

  • HOUSS EVERY WEEKEND

    Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has reportedly agreed to join the Gunners – after receiving no concrete offers from Barcelona or Juventus.

    Mikel Arteta has a deal agreed with the Lyon star, say Telefoot, and now he needs to raise cash in order to bring the £54million-rated playmaker to the Emirates.

    Aouar, 22, is said to be the Spaniard’s number one transfer target before next month’s deadline .

    Although the player reportedly dreamed of signing for either LaLiga giants Barcelona or Serie A champs Juventus.

  • GREAT SAVE, DAVE!

    Legendary Arsenal keeper David Seaman is still rocking the club's colours.

    Seaman posted a snap on Twitter of him wearing an Arsenal branded face mask.

    He captioned the post: “Still loving the club (from a safe distance).”

  • HOUSS HOLD

    Arsenal have reportedly launched their bid for Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is desperately trying to raise cash in order to bring the £54million-rated playmaker to the Emirates.

    SunSport reported earlier this week how Arsenal are doing everything they can to secure Aouar's services, with a new bid expected shortly.

    And according to French outlet Telefoot, the north Londoners have now officially submitted an offer for the midfielder.

    The report comes just hours after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas expressed doubt whether Arsenal would have the funds to sign Aouar.

  • FINE ART

    Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on Mikel Arteta for turning around Arsenal’s form.

    The two teams square up on Monday and Prem-winner Klopp said: “I am not sure I should compare, but Arteta has showed in a short period he seems to be an exceptional football manager.

    “The team he sets up now, the structure is exceptional. You can see the balance between defence and attack. Good organisation but freedom for players, uses them in right place.

    “He's done a pretty impressive job.

    “He has changed the whole mood in the club, I don't think a lot of people thought he would have won anything but he did that with the FA Cup.

    “And now the English super cup [Community Shield], that's pretty impressive. They will be a tough opponent.”

  • WE'VE GOT OPTIONS

    Mikel Arteta has responded to reports he wants to sign Jorginho and sell Lucas Torreira.

    The Arsenal manager said: “We are still open to improve our team.

    “We are looking for different options depending on what happens with some of our players here so we are getting prepared just in case we need to do something.”

  • PEP TALK

    Mikel Arteta believes club-record signing Nicolas Pepe will be at Arsenal for years to come after seeing “big developments” in his game.

    Pepe, 25, has slipped down the pecking order after his £72million move from Lille last summer.

    Arteta said: “I think he has come a long way, Nico.

    “Obviously we know what the club paid for him when he joined and that was obviously an extra pressure.

    “He is a really good character to have around and I'm really positive we are going to have him for many years.

    “But he is a player who had to adapt, it is a different style and he has a really good attitude and we can see big developments in a lot of places in his game.

    “He is very settled here, he is liked by the boys, he is a really good character to have around and I'm really positive we are going to have him for many years and that he can perform at a really high level consistently.”

  • GUNNING FOR YOU

    Jamie Carragher thinks Arsenal are a different prospect to the team that lost 3-1 at Anfield last season.

    The Liverpool legend told Sky Sports: “There's no doubt Arsenal are on the way back under Mikel Arteta. I think he's been a brilliant signing.

    “I'm so impressed with how he's managing that squad.

    “I think we'd all say that squad still needs a lot more work doing to it to get back to the level Arsenal supporters want.

    “But what he's done with the squad he's inherited is fantastic. “To win the FA Cup, beat Liverpool a couple of times in the league and Community Shield, that's something Liverpool will want to put right.

    “But it's a completely different proposition this Arsenal team coming to Anfield than it was last season when Unai Emery's Arsenal came very early in the season.”

  • SORRY GUYS

    Laurent Koscielny has finally apologised to Arsenal fans a year after his acrimonious exit.

    The former captain was branded disrespectful after tossing away his Gunners shirt when he was unveiled as a Bordeaux player last summer.

    And reflecting on his fallout with fans, Koscielny said: “I had 9 incredible years there, lots of memories with this club.

    “I know that my announcement video at Bordeaux caused a bit of a stir.

    “I want to apologise to the fans for that, I didn't expect it to affect them in the way that it did.”

  • ALL OR NOTHING

    Arsenal should make a shock move to prise Dele Alli away from rivals Tottenham, club legend Ray Parlour has suggested.

    The ex-Gunner believes his former employers would have to fork out £50million to sign the England international, who has been linked with a move away.

    Amid a reported fallout with Jose Mourinho, the Special One urged the 24-year-old to ‘perform’ in the club’s Europa League third round qualifying tie against KF Shkendija on Thursday.

    Parlour reckons Arsenal should consider a move for Alli as he would bring goals from midfield.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, Parlour said: “I think he would be more of a fit than Jorginho.

    “I’ve always said they’re (Arsenal) lacking goals from midfield. I don’t think Spurs would sell Dele Alli to Arsenal.”

  • LYON CONFIRM AOUAR TALKS

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has once again confirmed Arsenal are in talks to sign Houssem Aouar.

    But in a blow for the Gunners, he stated the £54million-rated playmaker could remain with the Ligue 1 outfit due to the North Londoners struggling to afford him.

    Aulas, 71, stressed last week that Mikel Arteta’s side didn’t have the funds to sign the 22-year-old, and he has again echoed similar thoughts.

    Speaking to Le Progres via GFFN about Arsenal’s pursuit of Aouar, he said: “Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else (in a tricky spot).

    “And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.”

    Arsenal are desperately trying to raise cash in order to bring Aouar to the Emirates.

  • HE'S NO P-E-A SHOOTER

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he was “thinking about” leaving Arsenal this summer.

    But the Gunners captain was persuaded to stay by boss Mikel Arteta.

    Aubameyang told Sky Sports: “Two things persuaded me to stay.

    “The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us.

    “I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him.

    “I think this was the key factor and as well, the love that I receive from the fans and the whole club.

    “Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home and that’s why I’m staying.”

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he was “thinking about” leaving Arsenal this summer.

    But the Gunners captain was persuaded to stay by boss Mikel Arteta.

    He told Sky Sports: “Two things persuaded me to stay. The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us.

    “I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him.

    “I think this was the key factor and as well, the love that I receive from the fans and the whole club.

    “Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home and that’s why I’m staying.”

    Meanwhile, the Gunners are reportedly lining up a shock bid for Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho.

    Sky Sports claim the midfield playmaker, 28, has emerged as an alternative to Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.

    Arsenal are now believed to be weighing up an audacious approach after already landing Willian on a free transfer from their capital rivals.

    However, Lampard sees Jorginho as an important part of his squad.

    In other news, Arsenal are involved in a five-club fight for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti.

    The French defender is under contract until 2023 but after a number of knee injuries, the Catalans want him off the books.

  • HOUS THAT?

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has appeared to hint Arsenal may not be able to afford Houssem Aouar.

    Speaking to French outlet Le Progres, he said: “Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else (in a tricky spot).

    “And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.”

    Lyon value the the 22-year-old at a whopping £54million.

  • CUP FOR IT?

    Arsenal will face LIVERPOOL in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

    Jurgen Klopp's side confirmed their spot with a 7-2 win over Lincoln City.

    Fourth-round ties are scheduled to be played in the week commencing September 28.

    The fourth round clash will take place at Anfield.

  • BAL GAME

    Sheffield United are reportedly still locked in talks over a move for Folarin Balogun.

    Yorkshire Live believe there is a deal to be done for the 19-year-old striker.

    Chris Wilder is keen to complete the deal and will continue to put pressure on the board.

    Arsenal are prepared to listen to offers – but are in no rush to sell him this summer.

  • WRIGHT MOVE?

    Ian Wright wishes Arsenal signed Donny van de Beek instead of Manchester United.

    He said: “Donny van de Beek, he's someone that I wish someone more like Arsenal could have taken.

    “When you look at Pogba, what he's doing, and you look at Bruno Fernandes – that is Donny van de Beek's position.

    “So people are thinking they're going to see Van de Beek [sitting] with Pogba and Fernandes, but I don't think that's going to happen.

    “Because as much as he can play there, that's not his preferred position to play.”

  • AUBA THE TOP

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted he had “good opportunities” elsewhere this summer.

    When asked if he considered leaving, he told Sky Sports: “I was thinking about it, to tell you the truth because I had good opportunities as well.

    “But this feeling to be here – the love from the fans all the club – I'm not sure that by leaving I will receive the same love, so that's why I'm staying.

    “I'm really proud to be the captain but it's not the biggest factor to stay.

    “Of course, it's a great job to do but it was not a part of me staying here.”

  • GUNNER DO IT?

    Here's the full interview with Alex Runarsson on Arsenal's club website.

  • 'EXTREMELY PROUD'

    Arsenal new boy Alex Runarsson is on a mission to make his dad proud.

    Runar Kristinsson, is Iceland's most capped player and has long been an inspiration for his son growing up.

    He told the club's website: “I'm extremely proud of him and what he achieved in his career and I want to make him proud.

    “We've had a very good relationship from day one, obviously he's my father, but I feel we have a stronger connection than most father-son relationships and I know he's extremely proud.

    “I think he would have liked to play for Arsenal as well, but he's going to have to live it through me! I had to tell him twice [that I was moving here] before he could believe me! He said you must be joking!

    “My family will be extremely proud of me and I'm extremely proud of myself that I've been able to achieve this, but I think my family will experience the same amount of pride and happiness.”

  • MORE FROM AUBA…

    The striker continued: “We had a chat during lockdown and we were supposed to talk about a game and he said, 'okay forget about it, we're going to talk about the future' and he asked me what I wanted to do.

    “I was like, 'I feel good since you came in, I'm improving and the philosophy is very, very nice so I just want to stay'.

    “He was like, 'I'm sure if you stay you can leave a legacy, but it's all about you and what you want. Of course you can leave and go for trophies in big clubs as well but I think you can create a legacy here in this great club'.

    “This was the key message to me and after that conversation I was like, 'okay, it's all clear for me and I just want to stay and that's it.

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