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4pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ozil future LATEST, Saliba loan, fans return in Gunners Europa League win

FANS have returned to the Emirates tonight as Arsenal welcomed Rapid Vienna - and the Gunners ran out 4-1 winners.

We've the very latest on matters in the transfer market, including the future of outcast Mesut Ozil.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below...

  • THAT'S A WRAP

    Shkodran Mustafi has made sure he stands out from the crowd with this one.

    The Gunners star took his flash Mercedes to Yiannimize for a wrap - and this is the result.

  • PIER PRESSURE

    Piers Morgan has admitted he is worried about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's negative body language.

    Arsenal captain Aubameyang failed to impress again on Sunday as the Gunners suffered a 2-1 defeat to Wolves to leave them 14th in the table.

    Good Morning Britain host Morgan admitted the attitude of the club's main goalscorer is Arsenal's biggest concern ahead of the north London derby against unbeaten Spurs.

    He told Sky Sports News: "There's something about the body language, particularly of Aubameyang right now.

    "Whether that's a lack of confidence because he hasn't scored for a few games, whether there's something behind the scenes… there's something going on behind the scenes I think at Arsenal."

  • WILL I NEVER

    William Saliba is keen to return to France on loan - but Arsenal's coaching staff reportedly want him to join a Championship club instead.

    The defender has failed to make his mark for the Gunners since he was signed for £27 million from Saint-Etienne.

    He now wants to leave the club in order to get some much-needed game time under his belt.

    But ESPN claim Arsenal's staff want him to join a Championship club as they believe he would be 'better suited' to that.

  • CLOSE CAL

    Calum Chambers has insisted it was 'amazing' to make his return for Arsenal.

    The 25-year-old came on the pitch in place of Shkodran Mustafi in the 70th minute of the 4-1 win over Rapid Wien.

    After the match, he shared this post with his fans on social media.

  • BREAKING NEWS

    Patrick Vieira has been SACKED by Nice after his side were knocked out of the Europa League with his No2 Adrien Ursea taking charge.

    It has been confirmed by Nice - who are owned by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe - that Vieira has been given the boot.

    A statement read: "Patrick Vieira, who joined the club in the summer of 2018, is no longer head coach of OGC Nice, effective immediately.

    "In a meeting conducted after last night’s match, the Nice Board informed Patrick Vieira of their decision to end their collaboration. 

    "The Rouge et Noir club has decided to appoint Adrien Ursea as head coach of the club’s professional first team, as of today. "

  • OH CHRIST

    Christian Eriksen has emerged as a target for Arsenal.

    But Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim he will NOT be allowed to leave Inter Milan on loan.

    Eriken joined the Serie A giants in January after playing for Spurs from 2013-2020.

    But he has been linked with a move away after falling out of favour.

    The report states that Eriksen is also unwilling to leave in a swap deal without having any guarantees over his future.

  • FRONT ROWE

    Danny Simpson branded Emile Smith Rowe as a 'serious baller' after the win over Rapid Wien.

    The 20-year-old scored in the 66th minute of the Europa League tie.

    After the game, Simpson turned to Twitter to praise the Gunners youngster.

    He wrote: "@emilesmithrowe well played bro, serious serious baller."

  • IAN WRONG

    Ian Wright has claimed Granit Xhaka's passing stats made him want to CRY.

    The Gunners legend said: "If you have midfielders who are not willing to put the ball in there, and they want to get these stats where they're passing it sideways and they have 99 per cent accuracy, passing it five yards to the side or back, you're not going to create anything.

    "I think one of the stats the other day was the most interaction between two Arsenal players was Xhaka back to Gabriel. It nearly made me burst into tears."

  • WHAT A MESS

    A Lionel Messi waxwork has been mocked on social media.

    Fans have claimed it looks more like ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey than the Barcelona legend.

    The city's Wax Museum unveiled their latest model, to much ridicule and derision.

    Wearing full Barca kit, their Messi wears a cheesy grin, with his fingers pointed toward the sky.

    But there may not be too many grins from the man himself if he sees it.

  • PAUL OVER

    Ex-England keeper Paul Robinson cannot see Arsenal securing a Champions League spot this season.

    Speaking to Ladbrokes, he said: "Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea are your top four, I think, in any order.

    "I can't see Manchester United, Everton, Arsenal or any of those other clubs finishing in the Champions League places.

    "You look on paper and their team isn't anywhere near the level of those four. I don't put Manchester United anywhere near bracket."

  • ALI SHUFFLE

    Roma's Europa League clash against Young Boys descended into chaos after Henrikh Mkhitaryan was PUNCHED by Mohamed Ali Camara.

    The Guinea defender was immediately shown a straight red card by the referee as players from both sides rushed in to try and defuse the situation.

    Former Arsenal and Manchester United midfielder Mkhitaryan dropped to the ground after Camara inexplicably punched him in the closing stages of the match.

    After Edin Dzeko put the hosts 3-1 up in the 81st minute, the Armenia international was looking to win the ball back from Camara down the right side.

    In doing so he was penalised for a free-kick after holding back his opponent, which bizarrely infuriated Camara enough to strike out.

  • BISS GOODBYE

    Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring Brighton star Yves Bissouma ahead of a potential January swoop, according to reports.

    Alex Crook, talkSPORT's transfer guru, revealed the two Premier League giants' interest in Mali international Bissouma.

    He told the Jim White Show: "Bissouma is a player Arteta is a big fan of.

    “I know Arsenal are by no means the only big six club keeping tabs on him.

    “Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is also monitoring his situation."

  • NICE KNOWING YOU

    Patrick Vieira has been sacked by Nice after his side were knocked out of the Europa League, according to reports in France.

    The Ligue 1 giants slumped to a 3-2 loss at home to Bayer Leverkusen to crash out of Europe on Thursday.

    Late on Thursday night - following the Leverkusen loss - L'Equipe journalist Bertrand Latour claimed Arsenal legend Vieira will be sacked imminently.

    Latour tweeted: "P. Vieira is going to be removed from office."

    As yet there is no official confirmation from Nice, who are owned by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS 

    The Emirates welcomed backs fans with a 4-1 win in the Europa League. 

    The London side had 2,000 supporters who managed to secure tickets thanks to a ‘first come, first served’ system after the national lockdown was lifted yesterday.

    And they watched on as Alexandre Lacazette, Pablo Mari and Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith-Rowe got on the scoresheet. 

    Gunnersaurus also returned from extinction to once again grace the Emirates along with 2,000 Gooners.

    But it is believed to be a new man in the dinosaur costume after stalwart Jerry Quy reportedly got the boot after 27 years.

    He received a warm welcome from those fortunate enough to have a ticket as Arsenal made the most of their Tier 2 status following the end of England’s coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday.

  • EXTINCTION REBELLION 

    Gunnersaurus returned from extinction to once again grace the Emirates along with 2,000 Gooners.

    But it is believed to be a new man in the dinosaur costume after stalwart Jerry Quy reportedly got the boot after 27 years.

    Gunnersaurus joined a small group of lucky Gunners fans to watch Mikel Arteta's side beat Rapid Vienna 4-1 - the first time they had entertained a live audience in nine months.

    He received a warm welcome from those fortunate enough to have a ticket as Arsenal made the most of their Tier 2 status following the end of England's coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday.

    The PA announcer welcomed the club's mascot back before mask-wearing fans belted out 'There's only one Gunnersaurus' in the still largely vacant stadium.

    Supporters on Twitter even praised his homecoming for helping inspire the team to victory.

    One said: "Gunnersaurus returns and liquid football quickly follows. Coincidence? I think not."

  • VERDICT

    Arsenal finally found their voice again as Mikel Arteta’s team turned on the style for their returning supporters.

    The club must have invited the 2,000 most vocal season ticket holders in their entire fanbase to mark the occasion of the first Premier League ground coming out of lockdown.

    Because the handful of Gooners rattling around the 60,000-seat stadium made more noise than an Emirates full house usually generates.

    Every pass was cheered to the rafters as the lucky few went out of their way to make sure they were heard as well as seen.

    And their efforts were rewarded with a rare night of stress-free football as Arteta’s men  secured first place in their Champions League group with their fifth straight win in the competition.

    It was all a far cry from the last time there was an Emirates crowd back in February, when Arsenal went out in extra-time to Olympiakos.

    That was also the night that a number of Arsenal executives contracted coronavirus from visiting owner Evangelos Marinakis and 12 days later Arteta’s positive test plunged the whole of football into shutdown.

    Now, finally, some sort of normality is returning to the game and Arsenal will be hoping that this comprehensive victory will prove to be a much-needed turning point.

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  • FANFARE

    Arsenal fans returned to the Emirates for the first time since March for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna.

    The London side welcomed back 2,000 supporters who managed to secure tickets thanks to a ‘first come, first served’ system after the national lockdown was lifted yesterday.

    And supporters have been vocal on social media urging Arteta to bring Ozil in from the cold this winter.

    But for the lucky handful present at the 60,000 seater venue this evening, there were strict measures in place to ensure coronavirus protocols were met.

    Fans had their temperatures checked outside the Emirates upon arrival.

    And everyone was required to wear a face mask for the duration of the evening.

    Recycled plastic bags were also put on seats to make sure social distancing measures were respected, with fans also encouraged not to make contact if celebrating a goal.

    Hand sanitisers and signs urging people to keep a safe distance apart were also present.

  • CHECK THE SCORE

    Arsenal are beating Rapid Wien 3-0 in the Europa League.

    Goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Pablo Mari and Eddie Nketiah give the Gunners a commanding lead.

  • PIERRE ASSESSMENT 

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang told his team-mates to make sure their crunch North London derby against Spurs is a 'turning point' in an underwhelming season.

    The Gabon striker wrote in Arsenal's matchday programme: "I can’t wait for the derby on Sunday.

    "I think this is the game that we have to make into a turning point for us this season.

    "There’s nothing better than this game to give you that opportunity to turn things around.

    "We have to understand that if we can win this game then everyone will change their mindset.

    "A big result in the derby can really lift the players, the fans – everyone.

    "We know it will be a tough game, they are playing well at the moment to tell the truth but we have to take care of our game, how we want to play the game, and make it all about us.

    "We are waiting for this game – we need to give everything to get the win and change our situation."

  • GUEN ALL OUT

    Matteo Guendouzi has been 'worth every penny' since joining Hertha Berlin, sporting director Arne Friedrich has enthused.

    He said: "He's a fantastic player.

    "We spoke to Arsenal before the transfer obviously, and I also spoke to Per Mertesacker, with whom I played in the national team.

    "Our relationship is very honest, very transparent, and he had already said that he has such good quality and he's showed it already.

    "From the first day when he came here to Germany onwards, he had to go into quarantine, I don't know what happened, I think either him or someone else tested positive so he had to sit in the hotel for the first two weeks here in a brand new city.

    "He was so professional and we brought him some gear, a bike to work on and he was really, really ambitious to get on the field as soon as possible.

    "Ever since, every day he shows in practice what a good player he is.

    "He's so calm. He wants every single ball, even under pressure. He has his own understanding that he wants to win games.

    "He has this intrinsic motivation to just show the world how good he is. This is what we need, this is what everybody needs and he is highly confident, which is also very important for our team because our team is still looking for structure.

    "We are very, very happy to have him here and he's worth every penny."

  • MASK THE ISSUE

    Premier League fans MUST wear masks in their seats when top flight turnstiles reopen tomorrow – in a bid to get up to 20,000 supporters in grounds by the end of the season.

    The 20 Prem clubs agreed new Covid regulations to cover the first crowd attendances in the League since March.

    They include urging fans to ‘moderate’ their singing and shouting, although chants will not – unlike hugging fellow supporters – be banned.

    But while Government guidelines indicated fans would only have to wear masks on entry and in concourses, the club chiefs agreed to enforce the tougher measures.

    By mandating mask wearing except when fans are eating or drinking, clubs would be able to seat supporters at 1m distance in the most modern grounds.

    And that could allow up to one third of total capacities – 20,000 or more for the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle, Spurs, Arsenal and West Ham – before the campaign finishes.

    Five clubs will open their gates this weekend, starting with West Ham’s game with United at the London Stadium and including Sunday’s North London derby at Tottenham.

  • SEAMS ODD

    Arsenal should sign Wilfried Zaha and recall outcast Mesut Ozil who the team are 'crying out for', according to David Seaman.

    The legendary Gunners keeper can't understand why Crystal Palace forward Zaha has not landed a move to the Emirates and believes the Ivorian would bolster Mikel Arteta's squad.

    Speaking on The Target Men Podcast, brought to you by Football Index, Seaman said: "I think Zaha would be a good addition to Arsenal because he’s a proven goalscorer.

    "I don’t know the reason why it hasn’t happened as he obviously wants to come.

    "Whether it’s the agents and clubs not agreeing certain things, that must be the reason, but he’s made it clear that he wants to come as he’s an Arsenal fan.

    "He would be a good addition to the squad, no doubt at all."

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