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7.50am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar ‘wants Madrid switch’, Upamecano race hots up, Odegaard LATEST, Smith-Rowe deal

GUNNERS LATEST

ARSENAL continue their FA Cup defence with a tough fourth round tie against Southampton tomorrow.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest on Houssem Aouar and Dayot Upamecano, as well as updates on Martin Odegaard.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below...

  • GAARD OF HONOUR

    Starting with transfer news this morning and Martin Odegaard is reportedly tempted by the opportunity to join Arsenal on loan this month.

    Fabrizio Romano claims the Real Madrid misfit, 22, is giving great consideration to the proposal from Mikel Arteta’s side.

    And he will discuss options with family members before deciding on a new destination before the end of the month.

    Odegaard has told Real Madrid he wants to leave after making just nine appearances in all competitions this term.

    Real Sociedad are understood to be favourites for the Norway international, who excelled there last year before having a two-season loan cut short by Los Blancos.

    Ajax have also made an offer for Odegaard, who has enjoyed previous loan spells with Dutch outfits Heerenveen and Vitesse.

  • MORNING GOONERS!

    Mikel Arteta had admitted his squad was too big - just as Arsenal are being linked with Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard

    Gunners boss Arteta said having 31 senior players was 'unmanageable' - as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Fenerbahce-bound Mesut Ozil depart.

    Former Manchester United target Odegaard is reportedly 'tempted' by loan interest from Arsenal.

    But the Norway star's former loan club Real Sociedad are rated favourites to sign the 22-year-old, with Ajax also keen.

    And Houssem Aouar, the Lyon playmaker who is thought to top Arteta's wishlist, is said to prefer a summer move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

    Another player long linked with Arsenal Dayot Upamecano, has also apparently become a tougher target.

    Bayern Munich are now rated as strong admirers of RB Leipzig’s France defender Upamecano, with Liverpool and United also hovering.

    But the Gunners are tipped to reward midfielder Emile Smith Rowe with a huge new contract worth £40,000-a-week.

  • MAKING EMILE OF NEW CONTRACT

    Arsenal are reportedly set to reward Emile Smith Rowe with a bumper new contract worth £40,000-per-week.

    The Gunners are keen to tie down the 20-year-old following his impressive spell of form for the first-team.

    Smith Rowe, 20, will enter the final two years of his current deal in the summer.

    But the MailOnline claim he will be offered a new contract before the start of next season.

    Smith Rowe will reportedly see his wages more than double as part of his new deal.

    The England Under-20 star currently earns £15,000-per-week at the Emirates.

    But he can expect to rake in closer to £40,000-per-week if he signs on the dotted line.

  • GUNNERS' UPHILL BATTLE FOR AOUAR

    Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has reportedly set his sights on joining Real Madrid or Barcelona in the summer.

    The 22-year-old was linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium last year but the Gunners saw an offer in the region of £30million rejected by Lyon.

    And now Mikel Arteta’s side look set to miss out on his signature altogether as the Frenchman eyes a move to Spain, according to ESPN.

    Aouar has scored three goals and assisted another three more in his 16 Ligue 1 appearances so far this seasons.

    Lyon do not want to sell the youngster but he is expected to leave despite still being under contract with the club.

    There is no doubt the French side will demand a hefty fee for the central midfielder, one Arsenal are unlikely to be able to afford.

    This is because last summer the North London club spent £45 million to bring Thomas Partey in from Atletico Madrid.

    Aouar was ‘surprised’ that the FA Cup winners did not pursue him beyond their first offer and he now appears to be assessing where else he could move.

  • DAY-ERN MUNICH

    Bayern Munich have keen on Manchester United and Liverpool target Dayot Upamecano, reports say.

    RB Leipzig’s France defender Dayot Upamecano has also been linked to Arsenal.

    The 22-year-old’s contract expires in 2023 but a clause in that deal allows him to go for in the summer of next year for around £40million. 

  • ARTETA BACKS LAMPARD

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has wished struggling Chelsea boss Frank Lampard well amid his struggles at Stamford Bridge.

    The Spaniard said: “When any of my colleagues are in difficulties, I don’t smile.

    “If anything, I would like to support them and I had a lot of support from a lot of managers in the league when we were going through rough times, even some advice as well and that’s how it should be.

    “We are competing with each other but we share a profession and we know the challenges of this profession. So I wish Frank the best.”

  • CEBALLOS: ON’T WRITE BALE OFF

    Gareth Bale has an ally at Arsenal in his battle to get back to his best at Tottenham.

    The Wales superstar, 31, has struggled with form and fitness since rejoining Spurs on loan this season from Real Madrid.

    Bale, who left Tottenham for Madrid in 2013 for a then-world record £86million fee, has made just one Premier League start since his September return.

    But his Bernabeu team-mate Dani Ceballos – who is on loan down the road at Arsenal – told Spanish news agency EFE: “It’s not easy.

    “Gareth’s return has been good for both of us, but when he was here seven years ago, the Premier League was completely different.

    “I could give you the case of Thomas Partey and that of Fabinho, when he arrived at Liverpool.

    “They are players who arrive and they know that it is a very physical league, but when you start playing they realise that it is twice as physical.

    “It is very difficult to adapt quickly and I think that could be happening to Gareth.”

  • ARTETA: LARGE SQUAD WAS 'UNMANAGEABLE'

    Mikel Arteta had admitted his bulging, 31-man Arsenal squad was  “unmanageable” - until terminating Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos' contracts this week.

    The Gunners have been criticized by some for offloading the two 32-year-olds without a fee, while Schalke will also pay nothing for borrowing Sead Kolasinac.

    But boss Arteta believes reducing the squad size was an urgent priority, having earlier been forced to omit Fenerbahce-bound midfielder Ozil and defender Sokratis from his Premier League and Europa League squads.

    He said: “When you have to leave some of the foreign players out, it makes it even more difficult.

    “For a few weeks maybe it’s okay, but to do it for months and maintain the health and ambition and the chemistry around the place it’s really complicated.

    “For me, the important thing is that everybody feels involved and that they have a chance."

  • THREE IN FOR MARTIN

    Former Manchester United target Martin Odegaard is reportedly tempted by the opportunity to join Arsenal on loan this month.

    Fabrizio Romano claims the Real Madrid misfit, 22, is giving great consideration to the proposal - with Real Sociedad and Ajaz also hovering.

    And he will discuss options with family members before deciding on a new destination before the end of the month.

    Odegaard has told Real he wants to leave after making just nine appearances in all competitions this term.

    Sociedad are understood to be favourites for the Norway international, who excelled there last year before having a two-season loan cut short by Los Blancos.

    Ajax have also made an offer for Odegaard, who has enjoyed previous loan spells with Dutch outfits Heerenveen and Vitesse.

    All three routes are extremely appealing for the playmaker, who famously joined Real when he was just 16 years old in 2015.

    United were previously linked with Odegaard but are not believed to have made an approach after welcoming Amad Diallo to Old Trafford.

  • PREM GIANTS’ £310m EACH TO JOIN SUPER LEAGUE

    Premier League clubs agreeing to join a new European Super League were in line for a £310million payment, it has been claimed.

    New leaked documents have emerged amid Fifa’s attempt to kill off the proposal.

    According to The Times, six English clubs were being eyed up as founder members of the Super League.

    This is most likely to have been the ‘Big Six’ of Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal – even though the latter two teams are currently placed eighth and tenth respectively.

    A huge £3.1billion fund was being formulated by the competition’s organisers, which was to be split between the 15 founder clubs.

    The payment, ranging from £89m to £310m, was reportedly described as an ‘infrastructure grant’ to spend on stadiums, training facilities and account for lost pandemic revenue.

    Liverpool, United, AC Milan and Real Madrid have been named as clubs involved in planning the Super League, with the Spanish giants’ president Florentino Perez a vocal advocate.

    Barcelona are one club who have already signed up for proposals, according to former chief Josep Maria Bartomeu.

  • AOUAR 'PREFERS REAL OR BARCA TO GUNNERS'

    Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has reportedly set his sights on joining Real Madrid or Barcelona in the summer.

    The 22-year-old was linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium last year but the Gunners saw an offer in the region of £30million rejected by Lyon.

    And now Mikel Arteta's side look set to miss out on his signature altogether as the Frenchman eyes a move to Spain, according to ESPN.

    Aouar has scored three goals and assisted another three more in his 16 Ligue 1 appearances so far this seasons.

    Lyon do not want to sell the youngster but he is expected to leave despite still being under contract with the club.

    There is no doubt the French side will demand a hefty fee for the central midfielder, one Arsenal are unlikely to be able to afford.

    This is because last summer the North London club spent £45 million to bring Thomas Partey in from Atletico Madrid.

    Aouar was 'surprised' that the FA Cup winners did not pursue him beyond their first offer and he now appears to be assessing where else he could move.

  • 'TOUGH' TO LET ARTETA GO

    Mikel Arteta admits Sokratis' Arsenal exit was "tough" to do.

    Greece defender Sokratis, 32 has been linked with Fenerbahce and Olympiakos since departing the Emirates yesterday by mutual consent.

    Boss Arteta on allowing Sokratis to leave: "It was a tough one and to be fair he took it really, really well.

    "He has always been really supportive & helpful, so from the bottom of my heart I wish him the best. It has been a pleasure to work with him."

  • ODEGAARD 'TEMPTED' BY GUNNERS' LOAN

    Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard is "tempted" to join Arsenal on loan, respected journalist Fabrizio Roman suggests.

    But Odegaard's former loan club Real Sociedad remain favourites to land the Norway star, 22.

    Ajax are also said to be in the hunt for the attacking player, who has also spent temporary spells with Heerenveen and Vitesse since joining Real in 2015.

  • TOP OF THE SHOTS

    Manchester United are top of the shots (with 110 on target) as well as the Premier League.

    And despite sliding down to eighth place in the Prem Chelsea are fourth in the shots table, on 99.

  • OZIL FACES HUGE PAY CUT

    Mesut Ozil will earn £67,000-per-week at Fenerbahce – which is 80 per cent less than he raked in at Arsenal.

    The midfielder, 32, has agreed to take a £283,000-per-week pay cut to join the Turkish giants this month.

    Ozil was paid £350,000-per-week at Arsenal despite being frozen out of the first-team.

    But AS claim he will sign for Fenerbahce on a three-and-a-half year deal worth £3.5million a year.

    The transfer will see Ozil earn just 20 per cent of what he has been used to in North London.

    He will pocket less than the likes of Cedric Soares, who earns £75,000-per-week at Arsenal.

  • S-MART MOVE

    Martin Odegaard and Emiliano Buendia have emerged as top targets for Arsenal this month.

    Mikel Arteta looks set to strengthen his squad after offloading £350,000-per-week star Mesut Ozil.

    Here's how SunSport's Joe Miles thinks that the Gunners could line up, should they snap up the talented duo.

  • TROPHY HUNTING

    Arsenal can still make the top four AND win both the FA Cup and Europa League, according to Gunners legend Lauren.

    He told GentingBet: "There has been a big change at Arsenal since the New Year.

    "The team have been getting results, beating Chelsea, playing very good attacking football – I think that Arsenal have shown enough that they can finish in the Champions League positions.

    "A successful season for Arsenal this year is getting into the Champions League positions.

    "This season, Arsenal didn’t start as expected and have lost many games that they should have won.

    "Because I like to think with great ideas, I believe that a club like Arsenal have to focus on achieving the greatest targets.

    "Therefore, I am looking at the Champions League places as a target for this season."

  • GUNNERS 'BID FOR UTD TARGET MARTIN'

    Arsenal have reportedly made a loan offer for wantaway Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard.

    Sky Sports claims Mikel Arteta has approached Los Blancos over a short-term deal for the playmaker following Mesut Ozil’s exit.

    Odegaard, 22, has also been linked with Manchester United.

  • GUNNER STAY

    Arsenal are reportedly set to reward Emile Smith Rowe with a bumper new contract worth £40,000-per-week.

    The Gunners are keen to tie down the 20-year-old following his impressive spell of form for the first-team.

    Smith Rowe, 20, will enter the final two years of his current deal in the summer.

    But the MailOnline claim he will be offered a new contract before the start of next season.

    Smith Rowe will reportedly see his wages more than double as part of his new deal.

    The England Under-20 star currently earns £15,000-per-week at the Emirates.

    But he can expect to rake in closer to £40,000-per-week if he signs on the dotted line.

  • WHAT A MES

    Mesut Ozil will earn £67,000-per-week at Fenerbahce - which is 80 per cent less than he raked in at Arsenal.

    The midfielder, 32, has agreed to take a £283,000-per-week pay cut to join the Turkish giants this month.

    Ozil was paid £350,000-per-week at Arsenal despite being frozen out of the first-team.

    But AS claim he will sign for Fenerbahce on a three-and-a-half year deal worth £3.5million a year.

    The transfer will see Ozil earn just 20 per cent of what he has been used to in North London.

    He will pocket less than the likes of Cedric Soares, who earns £75,000-per-week at Arsenal.

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