12pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Eriksen for Xhaka swap deal, Szoboszlai deal BOOST, Moller impresses in training – The Sun

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…

  • Joe Miles

    COR BLIMEY

    Sead Kolasinac has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, according to journalist Charles Watts.

  • Joe Miles

    HEARTBREAK HOTEL

    Premier League clubs are furious at new Government restrictions surrounding team meals.

    The Department for Digital, Media and Culture have banned teams eating together while cooped up in hotels around matches.

    And the Mail report that PL, as well as EFL, chiefs are attempting to rally against the changes.

    Currently, players returning from international duty will have to rely on room service for their meals.

    And they will have to eat alone in their rooms until at least December 2, as lockdown again tightens around the country.

  • Joe Miles

    GUNNER SMILE?

    Here's Arsenal's incredible squad photo for the 2020-21 campaign.

    It is the club's first ever socially distanced men's first-team squad photo.

  • Joe Miles

    'BLESSED'

    Arsenal star Cedric Soares and his stunning wife have surprised fans by announcing the arrival of their first child.

    The Gunners’ right-back kept the news of Filipa Brandao’s pregnancy secret until the couple unveiled their bundle of joy on Tuesday.

    Cedric posted a photo of him on social media cradling his daughter Siena in his arms alongside the word ‘Blessed’ and heart emoticons.

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    A post shared by Cédric Soares (@cedricsoares41)

  • Joe Miles

    COR BLIMEY

    Willian will reportedly have to provide a negative coronavirus test before he returns to training after jetting to Dubai.

    The former Chelsea star spent the international break in Dubai as he was not called up to Brazil's national squad.

    Current rules state that the 32-year-old does not have to self-isolate on his return to England.

    But The Telegraph claim he will have to test negative for Covid-19 before he's allowed to train with the rest of Arsenal's team.

  • Joe Miles

    TIDY THE MES

    Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil took a swipe at the German national team after their 6-0 Nations League thrashing by Spain last night.

    The former Germany international called for Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng to be recalled after he was snubbed by boss Joachim Low in 2019.

    Ozil quit the German national team in 2018 accusing their football federation (DFB) of racism.

    And a year later, Low confirmed he would no longer be picking Boateng, 32, or his Bayern team-mate Thomas Muller, 31, so he could introduce younger players into the squad.

    But having suffered their heaviest competitive defeat in history in Seville yesterday, Ozil, has called on the long serving Germany boss to revisit his decision and bring centre-back Boateng back in.

  • Joe Miles

    ART ATTACK

    Willian has also predicted that Mikel Arteta will be considered one of the best managers in the world.

    He told FourFourTwo: “He'll be a top manager, I've no doubt about it.

    “The potential is there, as is the ambition.

    “In a few years he'll be considered one of the best managers in the Premier League – and the world.”

  • Joe Miles

    WILL I NEVER

    Willian has revealed why he did not join Barcelona before signing for Arsenal this summer.

    Speaking to FourFourTwo, the ex-Chelsea star claimed the Spanish side did not put an offer in for him.

    The 32-year-old said: “There are always rumours, but I didn't know about any other official offer.

    “Indeed, there was a lot of talk about Barcelona for the past few seasons, but I wouldn't have gone there just because they're Barca.

    “I wouldn't go to any club without hearing about their targets and what they wanted from me.”

  • Joe Miles

    NUN BUT YOU

    Leicester City are set to battle it out with Manchester United and Arsenal for Sporting Lisbon's Nuno Mendes, according to reports.

    The 18-year-old left-back has earned plenty of plaudits since breaking into the Sporting first team after lockdown.

    He is now the first-choice left-back for Ruben Amorim – starting all nine matches this season and helping unbeaten Sporting to the top of the league.

    And according to the Daily Mail, Premier League table-toppers Leicester are considering making an approach to sign Mendes.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has rushed to Mesut Ozil's defence and insisted he 'is still part of the team' despite the midfielder's exile.

    The creative midfielder has been left out of the Premier League squad and hasn't played for the club since March but Leno said he's handling the situation well and is 'absolutely loyal'.

    Meanwhile, Mohamed Elneny is one of 16 Premier League players who has tested positive for Covid-19 during the international break. 

    He will likely have to isolate and miss Arsenal's next Premier League game – a trip to Leeds. 

    And Eddie Nketiah fired two goals as England Under-21s beat Albania 5-0.

  • Kiro Evans

    HAPPY MAN

    Great night for two-goal scorer Eddie Nketiah:

  • Kiro Evans

    LEVA STAYER

    Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez claims Arsenal wanted him as Emi Martinez's replacement.

    Instead Alex Runarsson arrived at the Emirates as Bernd Leno's understudy, despite Fernandez insisting the Gunners and Athletic Bilbao showed summer interest in him.

    And Spaniard Fernandez claimed he was happy to remain with his unfashionable La Liga side after being a key man in keeping them up.

    He told AS: “The club transmitted calm and I wanted to stay. 

    “We looked at the fact I'd got the affection of the fans. 

    “It's true there was contact with Athletic Bilbao and Arsenal.

    “Quite a lot of clubs have asked and it's true those two did ask. I feel I have lots of support at Levante.”

  • Kiro Evans

    STEADY EDDIE 2

    It turned into a great night for Eddie Nketiah who bagged two goals in a 5-0 rout of Albania.

    The Under-21 side shone with quality all night, and Nketiah's second was another great goal.

    He cut in from the left and bent a ball into the bottom corner beyond the keeper's grasp.

    All in all, an encouraging and impressive night for the Arsenal star.

  • Kiro Evans

    STEADY EDDIE

    Good news, Arsenal fans – Eddie Nketiah has got in on the scoring act for England's Under-21s.

    He makes it 4-0 for the youth side against Albania with a really well-taken goal.

    The 21-year-old has to juggle the ball on his toes around the penalty spot to evade defenders before he eventually knocks it past the keeper's feet.

  • Kiro Evans

    A REAL BATTLE

    Arsenal reportedly have a surprise new opponent in their bid to land long-term target Dominik Szoboszlai – Real Madrid.

    The Spanish giants became alerted to the 20-year-old's talent while scouting Erling Haaland while the pair played together for Red Bull Salzburg, according to AS.

    Madrid are now interested in both outstanding players and could cause some problems for Arsenal who were hoping to bring in winger Szoboszlai in January.

  • Kiro Evans

    HEIR WE GO

    Arsenal have reportedly not offered a contract to Dennis Bergkamp’s son Mitchel.

    The Dutch midfielder, 22, had been training with Steve Bould’s U23s after being handed a trial last month.

    But Goal claims Bergkamp Jr has not been kept on by the Gunners, despite his dad being one of their most iconic players.

    Mitchel was hoping for a shot with Arsenal after leaving Dutch second-division side Almere on a free transfer.

  • Kiro Evans

    NO BERND BRIDGES

    Bernd Leno has Mesut Ozil insisted is 'still a part of this team' despite his prolonged exile from Arsenal's first team.

    The creative midfielder has been left out the Premier League squad and hasn't played for the club since June, but Leno says he's handling the situation well.

  • Kiro Evans

    MO PROBLEM

    Covid-struck Mo Salah has thanked people for their support and promised to rally back after his spell out in quarantine.

    The Liverpool star caught the virus during the international break and adds to a list of Reds' absentees as the Premier League inches towards a return.

  • Kiro Evans

    TEST OF WILL

    Willian will have to return a negative Covid test before being allowed to train with Arsenal after a trip to Dubai, reports say.

    The Telegraph claim the Gunners were today trying to establish the full facts of Willian’s outing, which came as a surprise to the club and was only realised after a picture of himself with a restaurant owner arrived on social media.

    The restaurateur, known widely as 'salt bae', put the pic on his Instagram on Monday night of the two of them.

    The UK’s latest travel guidance during lockdown says that international travel from England is restricted 'except in limited circumstances such as work or education'.

  • Kiro Evans

    OFFICIAL SOURCES

    World-class playmaker turned social media influencer Mesut Ozil says London is red, as he becomes the latest person to get involved in this annoying and short-lived online trend.

    The reference: Donald Trump's many disputed and flagged tweets about the election.

  • Kiro Evans

    THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

    Former Arsenal frontman Olivier Giroud will consider his Chelsea future in January after his international boss Didier Deschamps suggested he should move on, reports say.

    The Blues striker finds himself third choice after the arrival of Timo Werner and the re-emergence of Tammy Abraham.

    The Athletic report that the striker was told privately by the France boss that he should consider moving if the situation does not improve.

    It leaves Chelsea with another battle to hold on to the 34-year-old following his previous attempts to ditch the club in search of more first team football.

    He has been at the club for almost three years since moving to Stamford Bridge in January 2018 from their bitter rivals Arsenal.

  • Kiro Evans

    HIGH FIVE

    Championship clubs are to be allowed five substitutions by the end of this month, according to reports.

    England's second-tier appears on the brink of leaving the Premier League in its dust as they become the latest league to adopt a new five-sub rule following lockdown.

    The Telegraph report the Championship could follow other European leagues plus the Champions League in allowing five subs instead of the usual three during a game.

    The Premier League adopted this rule during project restart in the summer but dropped it upon the new season beginning, despite a hectic, congested schedule.

    Top-flight managers such as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have called for it's reintroduction, while England boss Gareth Southgate was also critical that the rule was not reinstated and feared more injuries.

  • William Pugh

    NOT PERSONAL MANN

    Jens Lehmann admitted Manuel Almunia never liked him when they were together at Arsenal but the German insisted it was never personal.

    Speaking on Arsenal's In Lockdown podcast, the 51-year-old said: “[Manuel Almunia] learnt something new in his goalkeeping life.

    “[That] other goalkeepers don't always support him because it's a fight to be number one. He wasn't used to it and I was fighting him in every training session until I got my place back.

    “When I left Arsenal, I had a conversation with him and said, 'Manuel, I like you very much as a person, but you need to understand that I had to get my place back. I know you hated me, but I never hated you because it was just a professional relationship'. He was very surprised by that.

    “Now, afterwards, we have a very good relationship because you realise that it was never personal. I always knew that he was a very nice guy and a great goalkeeper as well.

    “His only disadvantage was that he came into the game, the big game, a little bit late. Sometimes it's not easy to cope with the pressure.”

  • 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

    FANDEMONIUM

    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.

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