8.45am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Leeds previews, Arteta’s inside man, Isco update, Eriksen for Xhaka swap LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL resume their Premier League campaign with a clash against Leeds this evening.

Off the field, the Gunners are reportedly in talks with Isco while there are shock reports that Christian Eriksen could be headed to the Gunners.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip below…

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    PLAYERS GUTTED

    Arteta claims the impact of Covid restrictions have had a wider impact on players, including how they wind down after a game.

    Speaking to BBC Sport added: “It’s definitely affecting the players.

    “For example, to win at Old Trafford is really exciting, the adrenaline in really high, you want celebrate, you want to do something.

    “But you go home by yourself, you sit on the sofa and that’s it.

    “So to find our purpose and say ‘ok, I work so hard for this moment I want to enjoy it, I want to have people around me’, you have nothing. It’s a completely different life.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    CONNECTION LOST

    Mikel Arteta has admitted his disappointment fans have not been let back into Premier League stadia yet.

    Ahead of the Leeds clash this evening he said: “When you try to build a new project, you need to engage the fans with the team.

    “So you have to see live what is being transmitted on the pitch.

    “And the players have to feel ‘wow these guys are really behind us, they are pushing, they are liking what we are trying to do.

    “I feel more more motivated, I feel more engaged, I want to participate’.

    “And we are lacking that.”

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal face a tough task today as they travel to Elland Road to face Leeds United.

    Mikel Arteta is set to be without new £40million midfielder Thomas Partey.

    And both Sead Kolasinac and Mohamed Elneny are missing after contracting coronavirus.

    But Arteta has the inside track on spymaster Marcelo Bielsa from a secret source.

    He said: “One of my best friends spent many, many years with him.

    “Who is it? I prefer not to say, but they worked as a player and then next to him.

    “So I know a lot about his methods, who he is as a person, who he is as a manager as well and I’ve admired him for many, many years.

    “I’ve been very impressed with what he has done in England since he joined Leeds.

    “He has transformed the club. He has transformed the belief of everyone around the club, the fans, that they could come back and be the club they were a few years back.”

    Meanwhile, Arsenal target Isco is ready to leave Real Madrid in January.

    Marca reports Isco has already informed Real of his desire to leave, and the Spanish giants are willing to sell for around £45m.

    Mundo Deportivo claims Arsenal and Manchester City are both showing interest in the 28-year-old.

    Finally, Arsenal reportedly attempted to sign Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho over the summer.

    The Athletic claims talks were held as Arteta tried to land the Italian midfielder.

    It's reckoned Jorginho was wanted to play alongside Partey but the ace ended up staying at Stamford Bridge.

  • Anthony Chapman

    SPY MATE

    Mikel Arteta has the inside track on spymaster Marcelo Bielsa from a secret source ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Leeds.

    He said: “One of my best friends spent many, many years with him.

    “Who is it? I prefer not to say, but they worked as a player and then next to him.

    “So I know a lot about his methods, who he is as a person, who he is as a manager as well and I’ve admired him for many, many years.”

    “I have followed his work, his ways of playing, the way he is able to change a football club immediately with his mentality and the messages he sends, with his personality and charisma.

    “I’ve been very impressed with what he has done in England since he joined Leeds.

    “He has transformed the club. He has transformed the belief of everyone around the club, the fans, that they could come back and be the club they were a few years back.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    BY JORG

    Arsenal reportedly attempted to sign Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho over the summer.

    The Athletic claims talks were held as Mikel Arteta tried to land the Italian midfielder.

    It's reckoned Jorginho was wanted to play alongside Thomas Partey.

    But the ace ended up staying at Stamford Bridge.

  • Anthony Chapman

    POTENTIAL XI

    Arsenal travel to Leeds for a tough Premier League fixture tomorrow.

    Mikel Arteta is set to be without new midfielder Thomas Partey.

    Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac will also miss out after contracting coronavirus.

    Here is how SunSport predicts the Gunners will line up at Elland Road…

  • Anthony Chapman

    SWING LO

    Pablo Mari looks to be back to his best in training after a long injury lay-off.

    But will the Brazilian defender be available for tomorrow's game at Leeds?

    If not, Mari could have some involvement against Molde in the Europa League on Thursday.

  • Anthony Chapman

    IN FOR THE KYL

    Premier League sides are on red alert after Monaco’s former president claims Kylian Mbappe is seriously considering leaving PSG.

    Vadim Vasilyev told Telefoot: “He is going to have to make very important decisions, and right now he seems more headed towards a way out.

    “Nothing is impossible. Kylian is young and what he wants to win are titles. He is ambitious. He wants to win everything and break all the records.

    “If tomorrow PSG propose an ambitious project, where he feels comfortable and with options to go further and guarantees that he can win everything in his career, he could renew.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ISCO INFERNO

    Real Madrid midfielder and Arsenal target Isco is ready to leave the club in January, according to reports.

    Marca reports Isco has already informed Real of his desire to leave.

    And the Spanish giants are willing to sell for around £45million.

    Mundo Deportivo claims Arsenal and Manchester City are both showing interest in the 28-year-old.

    Juventus and Inter Milan are also keen on the playmaker.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PIE IN THE SKY

    Paul Merson believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should revert to an out-and-out striker role, having only netted twice in the league this term.

    He told Sky Sports: “When Aubameyang is out on the wing, he can go 15 minutes without touching the ball.

    'You can't have your star player going that long without touching the ball. 

    “How many goals would Jamie Vardy get for Leicester if you played him out on the left wing? Not as many as he gets now, that's for sure.

    “Defences are starting to work him out. They are starting to nullify the threat from him from out wide and making life hard for him.

    “They are stopping the cut-inside and shot into the far corner.

    “Something has got to change. At the moment, he's not seeing enough of the ball where it matters.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    GET WILL SOON

    Willian 'looks lost' at Arsenal and Mikel Arteta needs to figure out why, Gunners legend Paul Merson claims.

    He told Sky Sports: “Willian was unbelievable at Chelsea last year.

    “For me, he was probably one of the best players. He was phenomenal – an outstanding talent.

    'He has gone to Arsenal and he looks lost. They have got to get him performing.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    SZOB STORY

    Dominik Szoboszlai is reportedly a key target for Arsenal as owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment prepare to make further investments.

    The Gunners are known to be interested in the Red Bull Salzburg playmaker, who could be brought in to the Emirates in January.

    It has even been claimed that the North London outfit have already held talks with the player's agent Matyas Esterhazy.

    And now The Athletic have stated that the 20-year-old could be the latest addition to the squad.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WILD SIDE

    Chris Wilder has slammed big club bosses for their “selfish” attempts to bring in five subs.

    He said: “They're selfish. They might say it's everyone's concern but I'm not sure.

    “I'm still not going along with it that it's a physical thing, the data does not convince me. 

    “If they are turn to Page 67 3-0 up against teams they should be beating, it gives them an opportunity to change five players.

    “There was a shout that we have to look after the mentality of the players. 

    “I’m not sure in this period of our social lives outside football that that will go down too well, that players on £250,000-a-week are not in the 18. 

    “That's b******s as far as I'm concerned.”

  • William Pugh

    SUB-STANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS

    Mikel Arteta has once again thrown his weight behind a return to five substitutions.

    Speaking ahead of his side's visit to Leeds tomorrow, he said: “I am all for it and not only that but to extend the numbers in the squad.

    “At the moment, we have a big squad for different reasons and we have to leave seven or eight players at home. And at home means at home because from the training ground you go home and then from home you go to the training ground.

    “So even mentally, to feel involved you are travelling away and you are two days without the squad and without your teammates. It will be really helpful for them.

    “So let's try to help them and make them involved in what we are trying to do here and I think that there are easy decisions.

    “But I don't know. It's my opinion and let's hope we can change it.”

  • William Pugh

    HE'LL BE A SAK-CESS

    Mikel Arteta is happy to manage Bukayo Saka's game time as the youngster is also playing regularly for England.

    Asked whether the teenager will play at Leeds tomorrow, Arteta said: “Well, I'll have to see today when he comes back how he's looking and how he's feeling.

    “Obviously, he's a 19-year-old kid and he's played a lot of football in the last few months and we have to protect him.

    “I understand from Gareth's point of view as well, he had the injury of Chilwell and he probably didn't plan to give him that many minutes but the circumstances forced him to do it.

    “From my side, it's not ideal, but if I was in Gareth's shoes, I would have done exactly the same.

    “It is what it is, let's see how he comes back and try to get him fit and recovered and see how he is for Sunday.”

  • William Pugh

    FREDDY OR NOT

    Manchester United have joined Arsenal in the transfer chase for Christian Eriksen, according to reports.

    The former Tottenham playmaker, 28, has struggled since his January switch to Inter Milan.

    And as Antonio Conte looks to improve his squad when the transfer window reopens, the Danish international could be let go to free up cash for new recruits.

    According to Corriere Dello Sport via Football Italia, Inter may even propose a swap deal with United involving Fred. The Brazilian midfielder, 27, arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018 for a staggering £52million.

    After a tough opening 24 months at Old Trafford, he has finally started to make an impression, forming a strong partnership with Scott McTominay.

    However, Inter may tempt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer into letting Fred go with the offer of Eriksen.

  • William Pugh

    ABSENCE MAKES THE ART GROW FONDER

    Mikel Arteta is looking forward to welcoming several injured stars back into his squad.

    He said: “We've been hit really hard with some big injuries, not only Pablo but Cedric as well, since he joined here he's had two or three different incidents.

    “Gabi Martinelli has been out for such a long time, Calum Chambers got injured three weeks after I was here and he still hasn't played a single game.

    “He's still recovering. It is what it is. What I can say is that the approach of those players and the way they've been trying to work to get back to their best has been phenomenal in all cases.

    “Let's hope that we can have them, we can use them and they can feel part of what we're doing.”

  • William Pugh

    BUK THE TREND

    Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka is not worried about burning out despite racking up the minutes for the Gunners and England.

    The versatile 19-year-old played in all three Three Lions games during the international break, playing 232 minutes and he has started all but one of Arsenal's eight Premier League games.

    He said: “It's a lot of minutes but as a kid this is what you dream of. So I can't now turn around and say I don't want to play it because I am living my dream, playing for England.

    “I played all three games – who'd have thought I would do that? So I'm not going to complain.

    “I just have to trust the people in charge will manage me in the correct way and continue to help me thrive and progress as a player.”

  • William Pugh

    MIKEY TAKERS

    Mikel Arteta says it's hard for his players to stay disciplined as there's so many rules.

    The Spaniard was speaking after David Luiz and Dani Ceballos had a fight in training and Willian travelled to Dubai despite the coronavirus travel ban.

    He said: “It's impossible because we have so many rules, so many guidelines that we have to follow.

    “Sometimes, without even thinking, you break them. Even in training when you give a bib to someone else you think, 'Oh no, I cannot do that, the bib has to be here and someone has to come with gloves.'

    “Sometimes you don't even know [you're breaking the rules] so I just try to think that we are all very aware of what we are dealing with and we take it very very seriously.

    “Everyone can make a mistake, it's just where that mistake is coming from, I think that's the relevant thing.”

  • William Pugh

    MAR-VELLOUS PLAYER

    Mikel Arteta says Pablo Mari is still in his plans as he battles back from a long term ankle injury.

    He said: “He's looking really good in training. Obviously, he had a difficult surgery,

    “He had a screw and sometimes when you have an external body inside it can react in an unexpected way and it was causing some inflammation and irritation in the joint all the time and his ankle was swelling.

    “So we had to take that out again which was a little bit of a setback, but he's been working really hard and looks really good in training.”

  • William Pugh

    HOPE WITH ALL MY ART

    Mikel Arteta hopes fans can be back in stadiums before Christmas.

    Speaking ahead of his team's trip to Leeds tomorrow, the Spaniard said: “I am very hopeful and optimistic, because I've seen the plans, all the protocols and all the work that the club has done to try to create a safe environment.

    “I think we are able to provide that and if they decide to move ahead with the project that we've done, it's very impressive so whenever they give the green light to do that, we are prepared to host the fans.”

  • William Pugh

    KEEP YOUR ED UP

    Mikel Arteta hinted Eddie Nketiah could start for Arsenal at Leeds tomorrow afternoon.

    Speaking ahead of the 4:30pm clash at Elland Road on Sunday, the Spaniard said: “He's another one that is fighting and knocking on the door every day.

    “I really like his mentality. He's cultured, he comes into the training ground and he says 'I should've scored four' so that's the type of ambition and hunger that you want from players.

    “So again, I am really happy.”

  • William Pugh

    CAPTAIN'S ORDERS

    Arsenal posted a retro throwback video of the Gunners' players singing an Alan Smith song on the plane back to London after they won the 1994 Uefa Cup.

    Smith turns 58 today.

  • William Pugh

    FIX THE LEAK

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he wants to find out who leaked details of the training ground scrap between David Luiz and Dani Ceballos.

    He said: “I don't like the fact that that incident comes out at all.

    “And I will find out where it is coming from and if that is the case, that goes completely against what I expect from each other, the privacy and the confidentiality that we need, and there will be consequences.”

    When asked if he will address his staff regarding the matter, the Spaniard replied: “Yes.”

  • William Pugh

    CED HOT FORM

    Mikel Arteta heaped praise on right-back Cedric after his impressive recovery from a knee injury early in his Arsenal career.

    The Spanish boss said: “I've seen a big change in Cedric in the last month or so. I think his performances in the Europa League have been much better.

    “He needed some time to adapt to our way of playing and most importantly, he needed his fitness levels to be at the standard we need.

    “That was impossible because he had some injuries when he came here.

    “He had a really bad injury in his knee, after that he broke his nose and he had some difficulties but again he's a lad who's trying really hard every day in training.

    “He's accepting the situation and he's fighting against it to prove us wrong and we'll try to provide him more opportunities.”

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