3pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Christian Eriksen for Xhaka swap deal, Szoboszlai BOOST, Moller impresses in training11/17/2020
ARSENAL resume their Premier League campaign on Sunday with a tough trip to face Leeds United.
Off the field, the Gunners are reportedly eyeing up a shock January swap deal for Christian Eriksen while new signing Nikolaj Moller is excelling in training.
Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip below…
- William Pugh
IT STILL HURTS
Jens Lehmann says time has not healed the wounds from the 2006 Champions League final.
The Gunners lost 2-1 to Barcelona in Paris after the German became the first player ever to be sent off in a Champions League final after 18 minutes.
And he told Arsenal's In Lockdown podcast: “No, [it doesn't get easier with time]. You regret it more and more. It was in the spur of the moment and it just happened. It was probably down to the fact that we hadn't conceded any goals and I just wanted to get going.
“I should have dropped off a little bit more but I didn't know how fast [Samuel] Eto'o was. It was the first time I played against him. I was very sorry because Robert Pires was taken off. I went to sit in the stands and my sons came to me and we were very, very sad.
“We could have got a fantastic [result] at the end but Juliano Belletti scored. I met him a couple of years ago and he had good memories of me.
“It was very unfortunate circumstances but have you realised that after that red card, nobody else had been sent off in a final unless it was the 90th minute and the score was already clear and decided. During the major part of the game, nobody has been sent off.”
- William Pugh
Football fans could be allowed back into stadiums as early as NEXT MONTH, according to reports.
Premier League and Football League clubs could welcome supporters back into stadiums in December under plans drawn up by the Government, according to Sportsmail.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport are said to have submitted proposals which would allow fans in areas where coronavirus infection rates are low to attend games for the first time since March.
While the Government are yet to officially agree to the proposal, the DCMS' involvement is encouraging.
Football fans have long bemoaned not being allowed to re-enter stadiums, while other sports and activities have welcomed back crowds, albeit in limited numbers.
- Jim Sheridan
It's almost time to welcome the Premier League back – and Arsenal face a tough game this Sunday.
The Gunners head to West Yorkshire for a clash against newly-promoted Leeds who have made an excellent start to life back in the top-flight.
On the transfer front, several sources in Italy – including Corrierre dello Sport – suggest the Arsenal are looking to trade in Granit Xhaka to land Christian Eriksen.
The 28-year-old has started just 12 Serie A games for the club and is yet to register a goal or assist in 2020-21. That has led to Inter reportedly seeking a good return on their £17million signing.
Xhaka, 28, is seen as a good alternative and Inter may be able to convince the Swiss star to move given Thomas Partey’s increased prominence in the Gunners’ side.
No bid has been launched yet and Eriksen is still thought to have time to improve before Inter commit to a sale.
Meanwhile, Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai is set to quit RB Salzburg in January, according to the Austrian giants’ boss Jesse Marsch.
Reports claim the Gunners have already opened talks with Szoboszlai regarding a move in 2021.
But they will have to do battle with a host of European giants – including Bayern Munich – for the youngsters signature.
And finally, Nikolaj Moller – the £450k deadline day capture from Malmo – has been impressing behind the scenes.
Some have already labelled Moller the ‘next Ibrahimovic' and he's in training with the first team.
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