7.30am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners 'should buy' £90m Grealish, Aubameyang opens up on poor form, Balogun UPDATE

7.30am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners 'should buy' £90m Grealish, Aubameyang opens up on poor form, Balogun UPDATE

01/14/2021

ARSENAL return to Premier League action tonight as they host Crystal Palace at the Emirates.

Harry Redknapp believes the Gunners should be targeting a move for Jack Grealish, while we've the very latest on Folarin Balogun's future.

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  • Marc Mayo

    BAL TO BUND

    Folarin Balogun has reportedly agreed to join RB Leipzig in a major blow to Mikel Arteta.

    The Gunners youngster, 19, is out of contract at the end of the season.

    According to Football Insider, an Arsenal source confirmed a pre-contract deal was in place.

    Balogun is yet to put pen to paper on the offer from the German giants but could become the latest English youngster to swap the Premier League for the Bundesliga.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Thomas Partey and Gabriel could return as Arsenal bid to move into the top half of the Premier League tonight with a fourth straight win.

    Midfielder Partey missed a month with a thigh problem while defender Gabriel is back from isolation for coronavirus.

    But Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli is still out after injuring himself in the warm-up to Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup win over Newcastle.

    And fellow striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted his own morale is suffering due to his poor form.

    The Gunners' skipper, who has managed just three Prem goals this term, told Sky Sports: “I have struggled a lot since the start of the season and sometimes it’s difficult to be as positive as you can be.

    “I try to be a cool and calm leader in the dressing room but maybe there are times when you are not in the right mood.

    “My performances until now have not been the best but I still think I can turn this around and that is what I am trying to do with the team.”

    Meanwhile, Arsenal frontman Folarin Balogun is interesting at least 15 clubs for when his contract expires next summer, reports say.

    The England Under-20 star, 19, wants more game-time as talks over a new Gunners contract stall.

    Finally, Valencia, Lazio, Torino and Fiorentina are all said to be keen on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, who so far has played just seven LaLiga games on loan for Atletico Madrid.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NUNO AGENT HELD ARSENAL TALKS

    Suoer-agent Jorge Mendes is on the look-out for a new Premier League club for Nuno Espirito Santo.

    The Wolves boss, 46, extended his contract with the club in September until 2023.

    But SunSport understands Mendes is actively searching for a change of scenery for his client, whose reputation has soared in recent seasons.

    Nuno is keen to remain in England’s top-flight, and Mendes was in talks with Arsenal over a potential switch.

    However, Mikel Arteta’s recent resurgence and upturn in results saw those talks scuppered.

    LaLiga would also be an option after working with Valencia in the 2014-15 campaign.

    Any potential new team would have to boast European football.

    AndNuno remains content with his situation at Wolves, despite their drop in form this season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WIL CHERRIES PICK JACK?

    JACK WILSHERE is set to be handed the chance to relaunch his career at Bournemouth.

    The ex-Arsenal and England midfielder, 29, has been training with the Cherries for the past three weeks, having been club-less since leaving West Ham in October.

    Former Arsenal hero Jack Wilshere has been without a club since October

    Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall has admitted he is considering offering the ex-England midfielder a contract.

    Tindall said: “Jack is still training with us. It is good to have him and he is looking sharp in training.

    “We will keep monitoring that situation in the next week or two.

    “We’ll see where Jack is at and what we feel as a club would be the best thing moving forward.

    “Whenever you have a player of Jack’s quality training with you and you get a chance to have a look at, it would be foolish to say there is not a chance of wanting to do something.

    “It is a question of seeing if he can be an asset to us for the second half of the season.”

    Wilshere, a Bournemouth loanee in 2017, would have to take a hefty pay cut from his £110,000-a-week West Ham wages.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FROM BAGGIES' WOE TO BAYERN HERO

    Bayern Munich's ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry claims flopping at West Brom turned him into a 2020 Champions League winner

    The 17-cap Germany star, 25, is now one of world football's ost-wanted men.

    But in 2015 he played just 12 minutes in five months on loan at WB from the Gunners.

    Gnabry told the Daily Mail: "It was a very important time in my career, where I had to learn and accept a lot of things as well. It made me a tougher guy on the pitch.

    "When you’re younger, maybe talent was enough and just enjoying [yourself] and having fun.Then I realised it’s also hard work and things don’t go your way.

    "if I didn’t go to West Brom, if it didn’t go how it did, I wouldn’t be here at Bayern Munich now.

    "I wouldn’t be Champions League winner, I wouldn’t have had five trophies in one season and be playing, I think, in the best team in the world."

  • Ian Tuckey

    HE'D LOOK GREAL GOOD AT THE EMIRATES

    Harry Redknapp has urged Arsenal to sign £90million-rated Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

    Discussing the Gunners on his own podcast The Harry Redknapp Show, he said: “I think they have to spend.

    “They are way off it, at the moment. They need to bring a bit of quality. Arsenal is a massive football club… take a Grealish.

    “He needs to play at the bigger club.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'FOUR CLUBS IN FOR TORREIRA'

    Four clubs are reportedly keen on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira as he has so far played just seven LaLiga games on loan for Atletico Madrid.

     The Uruguay star, 24, has been linked with Valencia plus Serie A trio Lazio, Torino and Fiorentina.

    And last month it was even suggested the Gunners could recall him early.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FOLAR YOUR INSTINCTS

    Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun is interesting at least 15 clubs for when his contract expires next summer, reports say.

    The England Under-20 star's contract talks with the Gunners have stuttered, having previously been linked with Liverpool and Swansea.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano says the 19-year-old is hugely in demand – but denied rumours RB Leipzig have made a bid. 

    Balogun has hit two goals in five senior Arsenal games this term.

    And he can talks to other clubs that he is midway through the final year of his contract.

    Romano believes Balogun would be happy to stay with the Gunners if he got more game time.

    He claimed the starlet had "received more than 15 bids as a free agent for next summer."

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    ATLETICO WIN DEMBELE RACE

    Lyon have loaned former Manchester United and Arsenal target Moussa Dembele to Atletico Madrid for the rest of the season – with an option to buy for around £31million.

    Th ex-Fulham and Celtic striker, 24, replaces former Chelsea hitman Diego Costa, 32, whose Atletico contract has been terminated early.

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    And while Costa struggles to find a new club amid interest from the Premier League, Dembele has finally made the switch up following three years of intense speculation.

    He hit 13 goals in 25 games for France Under-21s.

  • Ian Tuckey

    AUBAMEYANG: I'M SUFFERING

    Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits his morale and dressing-room spirit have been hit by his disappointing form.

    Gunners' frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits his 'performances until now have not been the best' and admits he is 'struggling'Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    The superstar striker has managed just three Premier League goals all season and told Sky Sports: “I have struggled a lot since the start of the season and sometimes it’s difficult to be as positive as you can be.

    “I try to be a cool and calm leader in the dressing room but maybe there are times when you are not in the right mood.

    “But you have to find a way to change that so you can give the right vibes for the rest of the guys.

    “In football you have ups and downs so you try your best to manage it as well as you can.

    “My performances until now have not been the best but I still think I can turn this around and that is what I am trying to do with the team.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    STATS GOTTA HURT FOR AUBAMEYANG, HAVERTZ, GREENWOOD

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the Premier League's biggest under-performer so far this season, according to supercomputer data.

    The Arsenal striker is joined by asprinkling of big-name rivals from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in the 2020-21 below-par XI.

    Aubameyang, 31, has just three League goals so far this season which is seven worse than the ten he had managed by this time last season.

    The Gabonese's form has fallen off a cliff since he signed his mega-money £350,000-a-week contract in September.

    And stats collated by Fantasy5's supercomputer – which uses an algorithm based on fantasy football scoring systems – back it up.

    Chelsea's £72million summer arrival Kai Havertz also makes the XI, alongside Arsenal's Willian and Wolves' Joao Moutinho in midfield.

    Manchester United teenager Mason Greenwood is alongside Aubameyang up front, having struggled for game time after a scintillating 2019-20.

    Greenwood's club-mate Luke Shaw takes the left-back slot.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNING FOR PALACE

    Arsenal players were at full pelt in training today as they bid to reach the top half of the Premier League with a fourth straight win on Thursday night.

    The Gunners host Crystal Palace, who will be without crocked Mamadou Sakho but have fellow defender Gary Cahill fit again after hamstring woe.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GILLS DUO BACK WITH GUNNERS

    Arsenal are set to recall Trae Coyle and Zech Medley from their loan spells with Gillingham.

    Both players have struggled to cement their spot in the League One side’s starting line-up this season.

    According to Kent Online, Coyle and Medley are expected to return to the Gunners this week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WIN-WINDOW SITUATION

    Premier League clubs are often wary of spending big in the mid-season window but this best-ever January transfer XI shows good business can be done.

    Bruno Fernandes and Virgil van Dijk both arrived at Manchester United and Liverpool in the January window and Arsenal and Chelsea have also benefitted.

    The Gunners signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund and Blues fan favourite Branislav Ivanovic also rocked up at Stamford Bridge just after the new year.

    Here SunSport reveals our best ever January transfer XI.

    Do you agree with our pick for the greatest mid-season window team?
  • Joe Miles

    AUBA THE TOP

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed how his goal drought made it harder for him to captain the Gunners.

    He said: "It's really hard to manage both but you have to be as positive as you can because the team needs you.

    "I always try to give my best, not only on the pitch but also in the dressing room for the guys.

    "Sometimes it's hard and maybe you are not in the right mood but you have to find a way to change it and give positive vibes for the guys."

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Joe Miles

    FEELING THE HEAT

    Arsenal will look towards Tom Heaton to become their new No2 between the sticks, according to reports.

    Boss Mikel Arteta has lost faith in summer signing Alex Runarsson after a string of dodgy performances.

    The final straw came in the Carabao Cup defeat to Man City last month when he let Riyad Mahrez's free-kick slip through his fingers.

    And according to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa outcast Heaton could join the Gunners as a short-term solution.

  • Joe Miles

    ON YOUR MARTS

    Gabriel Martinelli is back in action ahead of the meeting with Crystal Palace.

    Arsenal are monitoring his fitness following an ankle injury that the striker sustained in the warm-up last time out.

    The setback was particularly galling for a player who had only just returned from a long-term knee injury.

    The Gunners state that he has 'progressed very well' during the week

  • Joe Miles

    INTER THEM

    Inter Miami are expected to appoint Phil Neville as their next manager and he could bring two Premier League stars with him from England.

    David Beckham is expected to give his old mate the nod and Neville could soon have Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Everton's Jonas Lossl at his disposal.

    Former Manchester United man Neville will bring to an end almost three years in charge of England's women's team.

    He is desperate to break into the mean's game and will take control of old pal Beckham's MLS side who parted company with Uruguayan coach Diego Alonso last week

    Here's how the team could look under the management of Neville…

  • Joe Miles

    WRIGHT MOVE

    Ian Wright has jumped to the defence of Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil.

    Speaking on his Wrighty's House podcast, he said: "With Mesut, you see him sending the messages. It's so sad. Mesut needs to be playing.

    "Whatever people say about how he plays, I'm really upset with the people who are continually talking about his money.

    "Money that we paid him, money that nobody in his right mind is going to turn down, money that for him and his ability at the time, he was worth that."

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  • Joe Miles

    AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has insisted Arsenal can 'turn around' their season.

    Speaking ahead of the clash against Palace, he told Sky Sports: "At the moment we are playing well and we have to follow this way.

    "If we win the couple of games that are coming we can turn around the situation.

    "We are not so far from the top six so this is the moment to be back in the competition."

    As things stand, the Gunners are in the bottom half of the table with just 23 points from 17 games.

  • Joe Miles

    CRYSTAL BALL

    Mikel Arteta could be handed a triple fitness boost for Arsenal's clash with Crystal Palace on Thursday.

    The Gunners hope to have Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Martinelli back for the Emirates Stadium clash.

    Here's how SunSport's Marc Mayo thinks the Gunners could start against the Eagles…

  • Joe Miles

    ABIDE WITH THE RULES

    All clubs left in the FA Cup have been warned they will face penalties for breaching Covid regulations.

    Wembley beaks moved to draft the letter to the 33 teams that currently remain in the competition after a series of weekend incidents during the third round.

    The letter was said to “strongly reiterate the importance of complete compliance” with Covid protocols and Government legislation.

    Premier League and EFL bosses will send out similar letters to their individual members as football braces against calls for a shutdown if regulations are not followed.

  • Joe Miles

    GUNNER GO?

    Arsenal are set to recall Trae Coyle and Zech Medley from their loan spells with Gillingham.

    Both players have struggled to cement their spot in the League One side's starting line-up this season.

    According to Kent Online, Coyle and Medley are expected to return to the Gunners this week.

  • Joe Miles

    WHAT THE HEC!

    Hector Bellerin's first YouTube video on his new channel will be launched TONIGHT.

    The first upload will show how the 25-year-old Spaniard made his way to the very top.

  • Joe Miles

    PIERRE PRESSURE

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has opened up on his struggles for Arsenal this season – but vowed to 'turn this around'.

    He told Sky Sports: "From the beginning of this season I was struggling a lot but I think this part of football.

    "We gave a lot at the end of the season to win the FA Cup and to qualify for the Europa League because it was really important for the club.

    "Sometimes you have ups and downs and you have to manage as best you can.

    "I tried my best and until now it was not the best performance from me.

    "I'm still positive. I think I can turn this around."

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