ARSENAL are still in pursuit of Houssem Aouar with Monday's transfer deadline looming large.
Reports suggest that Aouar "absolutely" wants to leave the French club, while youngster Bukayo Saka has received a call-up to the senior England squad.
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A BIT RICH
Premier League clubs will further resist an EFL bail-out after learning Championship owners are worth more than £32BILLION.
Top-flight teams are coming under increased Government pressure to stump up the £250m EFL chairman Rick Parry says is necessary to keep his 72 clubs alive.
But as Parry held a further meeting with Prem chief Richard Masters to thrash out a lifeline deal, the anger of club bosses has reached new levels.
Latest figures for the 24 Championship owners, compiled from a number of financial sources, estimate the total wealth of the clubs in the upper tier of the EFL adds up to an eye-opening £32.367bn.
One senior Premier League source told SunSport: “When you look at what the Championship owners are worth between them you have to ask why they need any money from the Premier League.”
CITY AT HOME!
Arsenal have drawn Manchester City at home in the Carabao Cup quarter-final after tonight's win at Liverpool.
Mohamed Elneny (replaced Ceballos, 68) – 6
Alexandre Lacazette (replaced Nketiah, 83) – 6
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (replaced Saka, 85) – 5
Granit Xhaka – 6
Nicolas Pepe – 6
Dani Ceballos – 6
Bukayo Saka – 7
Eddie Nketiah – 6
Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal
THAT'S THE END OF THE 90 MINUTES!
PENALTIES IT IS!
Arsenal fans were delighted by the FA Cup's Arsene Wenger thread celebrating the Frenchman lifting the famous trophy throughout his Gunners career.
And it remains 0-0 at Anfield between Arsenal and Liverpool in their Carabao Cup last-16 clash.
Follow the kick-by-kick action HERE.
Fans will be ordered to socially distance and wear masks in line with local regulations.
But it will not apply for any of England’s games next week or the opening Champions League or Europa League home games for English sides unless the Government relents on its current ban on attendances.
Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin said: “This is a sensible first step which puts fans’ health first and respects the laws in each country.
“Different countries have different approaches and different challenges at any given moment but 27 countries on the continent already allow fans to some extent.
“This allows a coherent approach on a country-by-country basis and not on a competition-by-competition basis which was sometimes difficult to understand for fans.”
Uefa have given the green light for fans to return – but only where national governments allow.
In a move that will add to pressure from Prem sides for a UK Government U-turn, European football’s ruling executive committee has agreed that fan numbers will be capped at 30 per cent of stadium capacity.
But there will be no away supporters allowed for now.
The change, which will apply to all competitive games under the Uefa umbrella, will come into effect from next week’s international break.
This will include the delayed Euro 2020 play-off semi-finals and the National League group stage…
TEAM NEWS IS IN!
Arsenal are just half-hour away from kick-off at Anfield as they face Liverpool in the last-16 of the Carabao Cup.
And they lineup like this…
NBA host Jaydee Dyer shared the vile racist abuse he faced, revealing he was called “black c**t”.
Bela Shah confirmed it was mostly “racist or sexist”, while Laura Woods claimed: “I didn't quite know how to process it.
“It was so abusive and so direct and hurtful… I didn't know what I'd done to deserve it.”
Boxing presenter Woolhouse even revealed she was sent a truly shocking message regarding her brother, who tragically died in a bus crash in Malaysia in 2014.
Through tears, she read: “That big, ugly grin… I hope you can join your brother in death soon.
“He probably killed himself trying to get away from you.”
'HATE WON'T STOP US'
Sky Sports presenters have bravely read out some of the horrific abuse they have faced online in a bid to combat trolls.
The broadcasting company shared a two-minute video of a host of their top talent recalling some of the worst abuse they've ever faced.
In a campaign to combat online abuse called 'Hate Won't Stop Us', the likes of Anna Woolhouse, Bryan Swanson and Alex Hammond opened up in a video which reveals the disturbing attacks they have faced.
Amongst the abuse, Kate Mason revealed she was told: “I hope you get Aids. S**g.”
Michelle Owen added: “I've been called a 'dumb b***h'. I was told I'd got fat and put weight on while I was pregnant.”
Sky Sports News presenter Bryan Swanson revealed he was tweeted: “F*** off you chief, pig-faced c**t.”…
THREE LIONS ON THE SHIRT
Arsenal were quick to congratulate young stars Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka on their England call-ups.
THESE ARE THE CHAMPIOOOOONNNNNNSSSSS!
In case you were curious Arsenal fans, the Champions League group stage draw has been completed in Switzerland.
Group A – Bayern Munich, Atletico, RB Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow.
Group B – Real Madrid, Shakhtar, Inter Milan, Monchengladbach.
Group C – Porto, Man City, Olympiakos, Marseille.
Group D – Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, FC Midtjylland.
Group E – Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes.
Group F – Zenit, Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge.
Group G – Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev, Ferencvarosi TC.
Group H – Paris Saint-Germain, Man Utd, RB Leipzig, Instanbul Basaksehir.
LUCAS ON TOR – EXCLUSIVE
Lucas Torreira is closing in on a move to Atletico Madrid – all-but ending his Arsenal career.
The Uruguayan midfielder is keen on a switch away from the Emirates, with his agent already in the Spanish capital.
The 24-year-old has had a frustrating time over the past year, with injuries and falling out of Mikel Arteta’s starting side.
He is now in advanced talks over a deal to Atletico, which is set to be completed by the weekend at the latest.
Diego Simeone wants to take Torreira on loan, with the option to buy him at the end of the 2020-2021 season.
The Gunners are demanding a £22m fee for the former Sampdoria ace, but are willing to come to an agreement.
It's little more than three hours until Arsenal travel to Anfield again to kick-off their Carabao Cup last-16 tie against Liverpool.
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE
We’ve got live updates on each ball flying out of the pot in the group stage draw from Nyon which starts in five minutes.
Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City will learn their fates for the group games, which start later this month.
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ALL ABOUT ARSENE
Good time as any to pause and reflect on the 24th anniversary on Arsene Wenger joining Arsenal.
His methods and coaching would help revolutionise the Premier League to what it is today, and his long-running battles with Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho are some of the most incredible rivalries the sport has seen this century.
The Invincible team remain scratched into history for going an entire league season unbeaten in 03-04 and the three FA Cups in four years towards the end of his reign proved he still had some magic right to the last.
But perhaps his best moments include the sillier stuff … his never-ending battles with his jacket zip, or that unforgettable moment when he was sent to the stands at Old Trafford and didn't know where to go.
SOUTHGATE ON SAKA
Gareth Southgate spoke about Bukayo Saka during his press conference as the Arsenal man received his first call up – and revealed he's excited by the young man's development.
Southgate: "It's probably early for Bukayo but he's playing in an area of the pitch where we've not got great depth. We're excited by what he has done there and we think this is a good opportunity in this camp to have a look at him… We're excited by the potential there."
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) October 1, 2020
Two Arsenal players have made Gareth Southgate's England squad – including a first cap for Bukayo Saka.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, subject to bizarre speculation concerning a move to Man Utd yesterday, is also in the 30 man squad.
REISS ON LEASE
A trio of Premier League clubs are interested in Arsenal's Reiss Nelson on loan, reports say.
The talented youngster is not getting regular Premier League football and may be tempted by a temporary move away.
Brighton, Southampton and Crystal Palace are all interested according to Football.London.
The 20-year-old recently enjoyed a successful loan spell at Hoffenheim, making 24 appearances and scoring three times.
Lucas Torreira to Atletico Madrid is edging closer after reports of a meeting that was “positive”.
The Gunners are trying to shift the midfielder out the back door in order to raise funds for their efforts to bring in Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.
But even with Torreira going one way, there is no guarantee Partey will go the other.
The new meeting between Atlético and Lucas Torreira agent has been positive.
The agreement with Arsenal is close on loan with buy option, but Atléti want to sell Hector Herrera before completing Torreira deal with #AFC.
Atléti still convinced that Thomas Partey will stay. ⚪️🔴 https://t.co/064fjoolZ2
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 1, 2020
PUT A SOK IN IT
Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos has rejected a move to Fulham, reports say.
The defender has been squeezed out of the first team by new signings while the Cottagers are looking for reinforcements at the back after a woeful start to the season.
Football Insider reports that Fulham came forward with a bid for the defender – who has less than a year left on his contract – but he rejected the move.