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11pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Odegaard deal LATEST, Aubameyang misses Southampton win, Bertrand latest

GUNNERS LATEST

ARSENAL got revenge over Southampton as they cruised to a 3-1 victory at St Marys.

On the transfer front, Martin Odegaard's arrival is imminent while we've the latest on Ryan Bertrand.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below...

  • HALF-TIME

    Arsenal go into the break deservedly in front.

    They have looked dangerous going forward and a real threat.

    But they must be wary of Southampton's counter-attacks as both Cedric and Hector Bellerin have been bombing forward.

  • BUK THE TREND

    Arsenal are ahead and it's a great goal from Bukayo Saka!

    The England international latched onto a through ball from Alexandre Lacaztte, rounded Alex McCarthy and slotted into an empty net.

  • PEPE TALK

    And Arsenal are level!

    Nicolas Pepe has swept him into the bottom corner after being picked out by Granit Xhaka.

    Game on!

  • SAINTS ROW

    Well, that didn't take long.

    Southampton are ahead and it's a fine finish from Stuart Armstrong.

    Arsenal have started well and should be ahead, but Alexandre Lacazette missed in the opening minute.

    And they have already been made to pay.

  • KICK OFF

    And we're off!

    Click HERE to follow all the action from St Mary's with SunSport's LIVE blog.

  • TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal have made five changes from the side that lost to Southampton.

    In a blow for Gunners fans, as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kieran Tierney has not been included in the matchday squad.

  • WILL IT WORK OUT?

    FAN'S VIEW - As Arsenal prepare for their second visit to Southampton in three days, the hope is that Mikel Arteta reverts to the team that had been winning in the Premier League.

    There has been a collective annoyance that the manager’s team selection for Saturday’s FA Cup Fourth Round tie left his team open to a surrendering of the trophy, hard won in the early summer.

    Despite there being numerous changes from the impressive win over Newcastle, one man, more than any other perhaps, represents the meek surrender of the cup – Willian.

    Many of the Arsenal faithful are queuing up to say 'I told you so', believing in the summer that a three-year investment in the Brazilian was a huge gamble, destined not to pay off.

    I must be honest and say that I am not in that number. While I was not super excited by the signing, I was not averse to it and could understand Arteta’s logic.

    Read more from Dave Seager by clicking HERE.

  • GUNNING FOR THREE POINTS

    Arsenal know they must put in a better performance at St Mary's after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Southampton on the weekend.

  • OD TO JOY

    Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has tipped incoming Arsenal loan signing Martin Odegaard to be a success in the Premier League.

    He told the Times: "Martin Odegaard could prove to be a shrewd signing for Arsenal.

    “Mikel Arteta needs more creativity and the 22-year-old can be the spark that lifts Arsenal to the European places. If he does that he’ll have been a success.

    "He will also want to protect Emile Smith Rowe, who has thrived since his introduction but has ended up shouldering the creative burden.

    “Odegaard will be keen to prove himself to Zinedine Zidane and it could be a smart move all-round.”

  • SWITCH ON

    Arsenal are in talks to switch their Europa League tie at Benfica on February 18 to a neutral venue.

    The Portuguese giants are reluctant to give up home advantage for the last-32 first leg but the UK Government have imposed a wide-ranging travel ban due to the new Covid-19 variant from Brazil.

    Uefa protocols mean it would be up to Benfica to "propose a suitable alternative venue which may be in a neutral country".

    So unless government rules change, such as a travel corridor opening between Portugal and Britain, then a new venue will have to be found.

    And Uefa could step in and choose where and when the match will be played if Benfica fail to suggest a venue appropriate for both teams.

    The Gunners are due to host the second leg a week later, on Thursday, February 25.

    The PA news agency say that Arsenal consider relocating the first game as an "option" but will "await official government guidance at this stage".

  • SANTI CLAUSE

    Arsenal icon Santi Cazorla has once again stated he would return to Arsenal as a coach if he is asked.

    Quoted by AS, he said: "If I am given the opportunity and he (Mikel Arteta) believes that I can help him, it is something that I would not mind and would leave the door open to enjoy that experience with him.

    "But there is nothing for today, it will be seen."

    Asked what his style of play would be, he added: "I laugh a lot and I don't know if they would take me into account.

    "The style I like is Xavi's. It's the football that we've looked for in my teams. That's what I'd like but a coach must adapt to footballers."

  • GAARD'S UP

    Martin Odegaard has been slammed by Real Madrid legend Jorge Valdano for leaving the Bernabeu to join Arsenal.

    Valdano told El Transistor: “The quality that Odegaarded possesses is necessary for this Real Madrid team.

    “I don’t think Odegaard has played badly. Perhaps he was a bit conservative when it came to him, maybe he lacked some more daring actions.

    “But he also lacked patience to continue at Real. In the end he competes with two stars like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

    “I am more concerned about his mentality. It is not worth of a Real player to leave your place, not have that patience.

    “It’s not just any player ahead of him. I am surprised he would leave the club and leave his spot open for others.”

  • JOR DROPPING

    Arsenal are interested in signing Marseille left-back Jordan Amavi, according to reports.

    Boss Mikel Arteta recently admitted that his side are 'short' in the position, having let Sead Kolasinac return to Schalke on loan.

    Ryan Bertrand has been mentioned as a potential target, although Southampton are 'confident' that the England international will put pen to paper on a new contract at St Mary's.

    According to L'Equipe, Arsenal are among a trio of clubs hoping to lure Amavi away from Marseille in the summer on a free transfer.

    To do so they will have to beat off competition from Crystal Palace and Napoli, with the former believed to have shown 'the most interest'.

  • SHK HORROR

    Shkodran Mustafi will leave Arsenal this summer, according to his agent.

    The German centre-back, 28, has slipped down the Gunners' pecking order and his father and representative confirmed his impending exit.

    Kujtim Mustafi told Transfermarkt: "The fact is, Shkodran will leave the club in the summer at the latest.

    "I also read the rumours yesterday that Shkodran should terminate his contract. 

    "To clarify: There are currently no discussions about a contract termination."

  • TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal can get immediate revenge on Southampton for dumping them out of the FA Cup.

    The Gunners play the Saints in the Premier League tonight.

    But Mikel Arteta is still without skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to personal reasons.

    Dani Ceballos is back in training but isn't ready to feature, while Pablo Mari is expected to be back out at London Colney later this week.

    Scot Kieran Tierney has reported discomfort in his right calf and is being assessed.

  • FOOT IN THE DOOR

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has signed a new deal... with Puma.

    The Swiss star's boot contract with Under Armour ended and he has now signed on with former Gunners kit provider Puma.

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