7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Luiz and Ceballos in ‘training ground fight’, Isco target, Eriksen for Xhaka ‘exchange’ – The Sun

ARSENAL resume their Premier League campaign with a clash on Sunday against Leeds.

Off the field, the Gunners are reportedly in talks with Isco while there are shock reports that David Luiz and Dani Ceballos were in a 'training ground fight'.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip below…

  • Josh Graham

    POPPY CAMPAIGN

    Arsenal are auctioning match-worn shirts with Poppys embroidered to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

    The shirts from the Aston Villa game are available to buy with the cash used to support the Armed Forces.

  • Josh Graham

    FINE ART

    Mikel Arteta has spoken about Arsenal's opponents Leeds ahead of Sunday's trip to Elland Road.

    The Spanish boss told the club's website: “I know Marcelo really well because I have followed him over the years.

    “I had the possibility to work with players who have been involved with him for years and he is a manager I have always admired because what he transmits to his players and the way he manages to get his teams playing is very special.

    “They’re going to go 100mph for every ball, they way they press you, the way they challenge you, the way they go about the game for 96 minutes. They will make it a really difficult and really intense game.”

  • Josh Graham

    PLAYING YOUR CARDS RIGHT

    Arsenal's David Luiz took to social media in the wake of his fight storm with Dani Ceballos…but only to advertise a new credit card.

    The Brazilian defender has yet to comment on reports of a training ground bust-up but had time to share an advert on his Instagram story today.

  • Josh Graham

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Arsenal have been handed a boost by the return of Gabriel Martinelli and Pablo Mari to training after the international break.

    Young Brazilian forward Martinelli, 19, has been KO'd since having knee surgery in July.

    Defender Mari, 27, has been out since damaging ankle ligaments in June – and is on track to integrate into the squad after the international break after he was spotted training in Arsenal's latest video.

    Martinelli has been training since the end of last month and could add some much needed goals to Mikel Arteta's side.

  • Josh Graham

    GOING, GOING, GUNNE

    A former Arsenal kit man has auctioned off an incredible collection of memorabilia and stash for over £100,000.

    Paul Johnson worked at Highbury and the Emirates and built his collection for over 30 years.

    But he was let go in 2018 and fell out of love with the club before putting up 221 items for sale.

    Johnson told The Mail: “It felt like the right time.

    “Arsenal has been my life. It has been a hard decision. All the items in the sale have got memories. You have to move on, and I am moving on.”

  • Josh Graham

    SQUAD GOALS

    Arsenal have been training ahead of their trip to Leeds on Sunday afternoon.

    Winger Willian can be seen in the clip shared by the official Gunners page, despite his controversial stopover in Dubai during the international break.

  • Josh Graham

    WILL I NEVER

    Arsenal's Willian revealed he did NOT receive an official offer from Barcelona after deciding to leave Chelsea.

    The 32-year-old Brazilian left Stamford Bridge on a free at the end of last season in search of a three-year deal.

    And he was heavily linked with the Catalan giants.

    Willian told FourFourTwo: “There are always rumours, but I didn’t know about any other official offer.”

  • Josh Graham

    DIDN'T JOT IT DOWN

    Arsenal missed out on signing Liverpool's Diogo Jota after he turned down ‘several offers’ to instead join Atletico Madrid in 2016, reports say.

    The Portuguese forward was making a name for himself in his native country with Pacos Ferreira at the time.

    And the Gunners – then managed by Arsene Wenger – were among those believed to have sent scouts to watch him play.

    And they would later rival West Ham in a transfer battle which eventually ended with Jota joining Atletico in Spain, according to The Athletic.

    Jota, 23, said: “Atletico’s way of presenting their offer seemed serious to me.

    “The financial offer was the same as the others. I liked how the club’s owner went about it.”

  • Josh Graham

    DAN NOT THE MAN?

    Dani Ceballos denied claims of a training ground bust-up with team-mate David Luiz.

    The Gunners midfielder appeared to rubbish the news, first reported by The Athletic.

  • Josh Graham

    RED MIST

    David Luiz and Dani Ceballos have been forced to apologise to their team-mates after their pair were reportedly involved in a training ground scuffle last week.

    Ceballos was left with a cut on his face after tempers boiled over when the Spanish midfielder launched a late tackle on the Brazilian.

    The pair allegedly squared up last Friday at the club's London Colney HQ with ex-Chelsea star Luiz lashing out and scratching the skin of his teammate.

    Ceballos, 24, jumped up to confront the defender before fellow Arsenal players jumped in to stop things getting out of hand.

    SunSport understands the Gunners are relaxed about the clash, believing it was nothing more than the kind of thing that happens on training grounds across the country.

    Ceballos – who is on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid – has denied the claims.

    Both Luiz and Ceballos also took the heat out of the issue by reporting back for training on Tuesday and apologising to the rest of the squad.

  • Josh Graham

    ART-BREAKING

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he is hurt by Mesut Ozil's situation at the club.

    The German midfielder, 32, earns £350,000 a week but has not played since March and was left out of Arteta's Premier and Europa League squads.

    He is contracted until June 2021 but the stalemate does not appear to be ending soon.

    Arteta told beIN Sports: “I'm hurt because I don't like any player in my squad not to have the possibility to participate, or to compete, for me it is really sad because I don't think anybody deserves that.

    “But at the end of the day I'm sitting here to make decisions, to make the decisions that, in my opinion, are the best for the football club. And this is what I have to do.

    “The moment that you lose football matches his name is going to come up and when you win, it won’t.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PAIN IN THE ARS

    Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of a number of first-team stars ahead of their trip to Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.

    New £45million midfielder Thomas Partey has impressed most Arsenal fans so far with his early performances.

    But the Ghanaian limped out of the Villa match with a thigh injury.

    Partey, 27, is touch and go ahead of the weekend, although the Gunners still harbour hopes of having him available.

    Reiss Nelson, meanwhile, took a knock to the knee in training ahead of the clash with Molde in the Europa League, and is unlikely to be involved.

    Gabriel Martinelli remains sidelined with a knee injury sustained last season, and isn't expected back until the end of 2020 at the earliest – although he has returned to light training.

  • Joe Brophy

    RETURN-STILE

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden believes there is a “definite chance” of fans starting to return to Prem and EFL grounds by Christmas.

    PM Boris Johnson has already signalled his desire to see the turnstiles open for the first time since March.

    It is likely that any numbers will be limited, with fans proving they are Covid-free on an “electronic passport” app on their phones.

    But speaking to talkSPORT, Dowden gave the most upbeat assessment when asked if fans could be back by the end of the year.

    He said: “There is definitely a chance of it. We have to be guided by the scientific evidence.

    “If we can just open the door ajar a little bit and start to prove in the lowest risk areas we can make this work I would love for us to be able to do that.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TESTING TIMES

    Premier League bosses face Covid-19 D-Day today as they discover how many of their returning international stars are available for this weekend.

    It threatens to disrupt preparations for the start of the most intensive period of action of the entire season, with 10 Prem rounds scheduled between this weekend and January 2.

    Even before the round of tests, Liverpool are definitely without Mo Salah for their game with Leicester, Arsenal lost both Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac, with doubts over Willian, while Spurs cannot field Matt Doherty against Manchester City.

    But League chiefs are privately more concerned about how many players could be ruled out for the next two weekends – as any infected cases that go undetected initially emerge in the coming days.

    Every player coming back to their clubs from their national team duties must test negative for the virus before being allowed to meet or train with their club-mates.

    Prem clubs agreed in the summer that, as long as 13 senior players were Covid-free, games would have to go ahead – unless all the senior goalkeepers were infected.

  • Joe Brophy

    ALL GUNS BLAZING

    Nigerian billionaire Orji Kalu has declared his intention to buy a huge 35 per cent stake in Arsenal.

    Kalu, a senator, businessman and newspaper owner with an estimated fortune of £760 million, previously backed Nigerian club Enyimba FC, helping them dominate the local football scene.

    The 60-year-old announced: “Our success with Enyimba FC between 2000-07 has continuously increased my passion for football.

    “As the pillar of sports in Africa, I am considering an investment in football and I will buy 35 per cent stake in Arsenal FC.

    “Our target is to lift the Champions League and EPL, and valuable investment as well.

    “Doing what you love and loving it is where greatness lies. I need 35 per cent of Arsenal to bring back trophies.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BAIL OUT

    The Government has announced the full details of its £300m sports bail out.

    Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston outlined the 'winter survival package' in a Commons statement that provides much-needed security for sports peering into the financial abyss as a result of the Covid crisis.

    Football’s lowest reaches will receive £28m, including the pre-announced £10m Lottery funding for the National League.

    Steps 3-6 of the pyramid, from the tier below National Leagues North and South to regional leagues, will be able to claim part of the £14m on offer, with £3m available to the upper two levels of the women’s game.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Sports clubs are the beating hearts of their communities, and this £300 million boost will help them survive this difficult winter period.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LIONS WANT YU

    Aidy Boothroyd has revealed England have made their pitch to secure wonderkid Yunus Musah.

    The Valencia midfielder, 17, made his first two senior appearances for the USA in this month’s clashes with Wales and Panama.

    But both those fixtures were friendlies, meaning he could still turn out for the Three Lions whom he is also eligible for, along with Ghana and Italy.

    England Under-21s boss Boothroyd said: “I spoke to Yunus’s father. I know a few coaches in the senior staff spoke to the family as well. We put our hat into the ring.

    “We are keeping a close eye on things. This is the priority where we are at the minute.

    “But he is a very good player and we have got to do our jobs and keep an eye on him.”

    Musah is one of many youngsters with dual, triple or even quadruple nationality that could turn out for England.

    He was born in New York to Ghanaian parents, grew up in Italy but is eligible for England having been in Arsenal’s academy from 2012 until last year, when he joined Valencia.

  • Joe Brophy

    NKET IN THERE

    Ian Wright has told young striker Eddie Nketiah he needs to 'get angry' to move ahead of Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order.

    He said on Ringer FC’s ‘Wrighty’s House’ podcast: “He should have forced himself by now, especially with Laca.

    “If he had gone on loan at the start of the season and Laca’s in the form he’s in, people would probably be saying, 'What did you send Eddie out on loan for? He should be there!'

    “The fact is, if I had to speak to Eddie, I’d be saying, 'Listen, I don’t know if you’ve recognised it but your opportunity is right now.

    “'As a No.9 if you want to play that role, it’s now'.

    “Because you’ve got a No.9 at the moment who has low confidence, he brings so much to the team, but at the same time, if the manager has somebody that is a goal threat and doing that pretty well, he’d probably play you.

    “He needs to get angry.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNING FOR IT

    Alex Morgan missed the decisive penalty in a dramatic shootout between Arsenal and Tottenham in the League Cup following a 2-2 draw.

    Tottenham had come from a goal down twice thanks to Ria Percival and Shelina Zadorsky to send the tie to a shootout.Both sides netted their first four penalties, with Lia Walti slotting into the bottom corner for Arsenal's fifth.

    Morgan stepped up to take Tottenham's fifth kick but the USA superstar fired well over the bar to hand Arsenal a bonus point.

    The final Group B standings are yet to be confirmed after Chelsea's match with London City Lionesses was postponed.

    But the draw has effectively ended both of the North Londoners hopes at the group stage.

  • Joe Brophy

    EDDIE SET GO

    Eddie Nketiah needs to “get angry” to take a starting berth at Arsenal away from Alexandre Lacazette, says Ian Wright.

    The Arsenal legend told his Wrighty’s House Podcast: “Reiss Nelson… what’s going to happen with Reiss Nelson? You have to be worried about Reiss and, to a certain extent, Eddie as well.

    “We talked about Laca and people are talking about Laca’s got to be taken out. Maybe for just for himself, just to have a rest.

    “Eddie now should be looking at what Laca does, why Laca’s in the team, why Laca’s being picked over him even though he’s not scoring. And he’s got to start learning about the progression of himself.

    “Because by now, with the goals that we know he’s capable of scoring because he can get in the box and he can finish, he should be adding those other things to his game to be putting a bit more pressure on Laca, with all due respect to Laca.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BACK WITH A BANG

    Michael Owen has predicted Arsenal to narrowly edged past Leeds 2-1 this weekend.

    He told BetVictor: “I find Leeds are exceptionally good against teams that fancy themselves to play a bit. When you come at Leeds, it plays into their hands as they have loads of energy to smother you and win key battles all over the pitch.

    “They create lots of chances, but equally concede a lot as well. I think this could play into Mikel Arteta’s hands.

    “If he is prepared to concede a bit of ground and soak up some Leeds pressure, I fancy the Gunners to take full advantage on the break.”

  • Joe Brophy

    AUBA THE TOP

    Arsenal are reportedly furious with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s recent issues on international duty with Gabon.

    The Gunners captain revealed on Instagram over the weekend showing him and his teammates having to sleep on the floor of an airport after not being allowed into Gambia.

    Gabon's manager Patrice Neveu has now suggested Arsenal will block Aubameyang from accepting future call-ups.

    Speaking to Canal Plus, as quoted by Metro, he revealed: “Arsenal called Pierre-Emerick. After seeing him in those conditions, it’s over.

    “They won’t let him come again, and it will be the same for players from other clubs.

    “It’s understandable. They are high level players and when they come on international duty, they need to have a minimum of comfort.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Real Madrid are reportedly hoping to start a bidding war between Arsenal and Everton for out of favour midfielder Isco.

    Spanish outlet El Confidencial claim Los Blancos have put the Spaniard up for sale.

    It's claimed Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful of reuniting with the midfielder, who worked under him during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

    Arsenal could also be keen on a deal for £20million-rated Isco.

    The 28-year-old could be a good fit for the Gunners who have been desperate to sign a new creative midfielder.

  • Joe Brophy

    REK-ING BALL

    Arsenal 'have agreed' the January signing of Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin, reports claim.

    The Gunners were strongly linked with the central defender on Deadline Day.

    But chiefs could not get the deal over the line in time, with the 6ft 1in Tunisian instead remaining at Hertha Berlin.

    According to football.london, however, Arsenal have now been able to thrash out a deal that will see the promising ace join in January.

    Part of their appeal is believed to be the opportunity to regularly train with the first team.

    In the short term, however, the Gunners are eager to loan their new centre-back to the Bundesliga to gain valuable experience.

  • Joe Brophy

    NUMBERS GAME

    Premier League managers have urged league bosses to do a u-turn over five substitutes.

    In a stunning reversal of their stance, 15 of the 20 top-flight bosses agreed at a virtual meeting that the Prem should revert to having extra substitutes AND a bigger bench.

    Six managers confirmed they had switched their stance on the issue, now agreeing the risks to player safety given the congested schedule justified the change of heart.

    West Ham’s David Moyes has already gone public in conceding he had altered his stance.

    SunSport understands that among the other managers who believed the rules need to be changed were Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson, Brendan Rodgers of Leicester and Wolves chief Nuno Espirito Santo.

    And it will put extra pressure on club chiefs to vote for the rule change they have already vetoed TWICE this season when the matter goes back on the virtual boardroom table, potentially as soon as next week.

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