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7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Newcastle WIN reaction, Ozil to Fenerbahce LATEST, Sanson link, Edouard for Lacazette

GUNNERS LATEST

ARSENAL continued their recent revival with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle.

On the transfer front, Mesut Ozil is set to seal his move to Fenerbahce while the Gunners are reportedly setting their sights on Marseille's Morgan Sanson.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below...

  • VERDICT BY JORDAN DAVIES

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's scuffed opener against Newcastle could be just the spark to ignite Arsenal.

    He has looked like a man under pressure trying to be the captain of the club.

    But things could be set to change for Aubameyang, which will in turn boost Arsenal for the second half of the season...

    READ OUR FULL VERDICT HERE

  • GAME OVER

    Arsenal returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Newcastle.

    Two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sandwiched a Bukayo Saka strike to send the Gunners into the top-half of the table.

    READ OUR MATCH REPORT HERE

  • FROM SUNSPORT'S MARTIN LIPTON

    Prem chiefs hope to end the uncertainty over Covid postponement rules by getting two new protocols agreed by clubs on Wednesday.

    The first of the new rules will confirm that a Covid outbreak which closes a training ground - which is a directive from Public Health England - will be sufficient grounds for a postponement.

    But clubs will also be given more instructions about the precise information required in order to request a postponement.

    It is hoped that the extra clarity will head off the arguments over inconsistency and ensure clubs and fans alike recognise there is a simple process.

    Despite that, clubs are due to debate and attempt to agree on a threshold for a points per game calculation to be made if the season is curtailed by future Covid outbreaks.

    The next block of TV fixtures are also due to be agreed, with the expectation that all matches through to mid-March will be confirmed as being shown live while fans remain locked out.

  • RIGHT SAID FRED

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will look at a surprise move for Freddie Woodman to become the club's new No2, according to reports.

    Arsenal have been linked with moves for Brentford's David Raya, Barcelona stopper Neto and Aston Villa's Tom Heaton.

    But it appears Arteta has turned his attention to Woodman after being left unimpressed by Alex Runarsson.

    The 23-year-old joined Newcastle in 2013 but has yet to make a senior appearance for the club.

    He is currently spending his second season on loan at Swansea after playing 43 times for the club last campaign.

  • TEAM NEWS

    Kieran Tierney returns to the Arsenal XI for tonight's game against Newcastle.

    But Gabriel Martinelli has to settle for a place on the bench, with Hector Bellerin also making way for Cedric.

    Alexandre Lacazette joins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack, while Thomas Partey lines up in midfield.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • HEAD FIRST

    Concussion substitutes will be allowed in the Prem from NEXT week.

    Prem clubs will formally back the measure at tomorrow’s virtual “shareholder” meeting, to come into effect from the upcoming full midweek programme next week.

    Under the new Laws, each team will be allowed two permanent concussion substitutes if players have head injuries, assessed by qualified medics.

    But to avoid potential ‘gaming’ by cynical managers seeking to take advantage of the new Laws, the opposing coach will also be allowed to make extra substitutions on top of the standard three changes.

  • PREDICTED XI

    Arsenal take on Newcastle this evening and could welcome back some fan favourites to the starting XI.

    Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli could both line up for Mikel Arteta's side after missing the 0-0 against Crystal Palace.

    Meanwhile, the likes of Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and exciting youngster Emile Smith Rowe should also get places in the team tonight.

  • CUT ABOVE THE REST

    Mesut Ozil is reportedly taking a massive £282k-a-week pay CUT to seal a move to Fenerbahce from Arsenal.

    Spanish outlet AS claim the playmaker is set to sign a three-and-a-half-year contract with a salary of £3.5million a year.

    That would see Ozil rake in just £68k a week - a huge decline on the £350,000 he was pulling in as Arsenal's top earner.

    Yet the report adds that the German could potentially scoop a huge amount in performance-related bonuses with the Turkish giants.

    Ozil will be handed an extra £445,000 if he helps Fenerbahce to a first league title since 2014 - with Erol Bulut's side currently second in the table.

    The Yellow Canaries are also amid their second consecutive season without European football but a return to the Champions League would net their incoming signing another £222k.

  • FROM SUNSPORT'S MARTIN LIPTON

    Prem bosses believe their Covid clampdown is working after the number of  positive tests more than halved last week.

    League agents carried out a record 3,115 tests across the 20 clubs in their two testing rounds.

    But there were only 16 positive test results, down from 36 in the week up to January 10 and 40 the previous week.

    The results are seen as further evidence that the “enhanced” protocol regimes introduced since January 7 are having the desired effect.

    Last week’s first testing round brought 10 positives from 1,826 tests.

    The second round, between Friday and Sunday saw just six positives from 1,289 tests.

  • LIKE IT OR LAMPT IT

    Arsenal and Everton reportedly remain keen on Tariq Lamptey.

    The highly-rated right-back has just penned a lucrative new deal at Brighton.

    But the Athletic claims Lamptey could still leave the Amex this summer.

    Hector Bellerin has been linked with a move away from the Emirates.

    And Seamus Coleman is in need of some competition at Goodison Park.

  • DONE DEAL

    Jack Wilshere's return to Bournemouth on a free transfer has been confirmed!

    The former Arsenal man had been without a club since leaving West Ham in October.

    Wilshere made 27 appearances during a loan spell with the Cherries in the 2016/17 campaign.

    And he will now look to get his old side out of the Championship and back into the Premier League after penning a six-month deal.

  • MUST WILL MISS MESUT

    Shkodran Mustafi gave ‘unselfish’ Mesut Ozil an emotional send off as he prepares for life without his compatriot.

    The pals, who won the World Cup for Germany in 2014, spent four-and-a-half years together at the Emirates before Ozil’s imminent Fernabahce move.

    Writing on Twitter, the centre-back wrote: “Bro, you have been the most unselfish player on and off the pitch, I have ever shared the dressing room with. 

    “You will be always remembered as the #AssistKing. Unfortunately we as a team haven’t been able to assist you when you needed us the most. All the best.”

  • TIME FOR A CATCH CUP

    With Ozil on the brink of officially leaving Arsenal, it will mean the entire team from the 2014 FA Cup final are no longer at the Emirates.

    The Gunners beat Hull City 3-2 after extra time to end their nine-year wait for a trophy with goals from Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey.

    Here’s how Arsene Wenger’s side lined up that day at Wembley…

  • FERGIE FAVOURITE

    Sir Alex Ferguson has officially joined the Kieran Tierney fan club.

    Arsenal's Scottish left-back has been one of the Gunners' standout players this season - and Ferguson is impressed.

    And the ex-United boss admits fitting both Tierney and Andy Robertson into the team is a conundrum for Scotland chief Steve Clarke.

    Fergie said: "I do think Scotland have some very good midfield players, and I’m not sure how they’re gonna play Robertson and Tierney in the same team.

    "I know there were some situations where they played Tierney as the third centre-back, but the form of Tierney since he’s gone to Arsenal has been phenomenal.”

  • BACK TO THE FUTURE

    Mesut Ozil’s Twitter timeline has been like watching his transfer to Fenerbahce develop in real time lately.

    And the playmaker dropped another post earlier today as he edges closer and closer to being confirmed as a Super Lig star.

    He shared a brilliant edited picture of him as a kid wearing the Fenerbahce kit holding the hand of the 2021 Ozil, also in the full kit and smiling at his younger self.

  • STAT ATTACK

    Ahead of tonight’s game at the Emirates, our friends at Opta have put together a compilation of stats to get our teeth stuck into….

  • TIER WE GO

    The Gunners could welcome Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney back to their squad tonight after recovering from injury.

    Thomas Partey could make the line-up after he featured against Palace in the week.

    Arteta will stick with Bernd Leno in goal for the clash against Steve Bruce's side.

    Tierney, Gabriel, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin could start as the back four.

    Partey is likely to line-up alongside Xhaka, who has played 14 league games this season.

    Bukayo Saka could start on the right, with Martinelli on the left and Emile Smith-Rowe in the middle.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to lead the line, with Alexandre Lacazette on the bench.

  • TOON TONIGHT

    Arsenal are back in action tonight as they host Newcastle for the second time in nine days.

    Mikel Arteta's side needed extra time to win their FA Cup clash just over a week ago then drew 0-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Thursday.

    We will have plenty of build-up to the 8pm kick-off at the Emirates right here throughout the day. 

  • JACK’S BACK

    A bit of breaking transfer news for you and it’s regarding Jack Wilshere.

    The former Arsenal midfielder is set to sign a six-month contract at Bournemouth.

    He has been training with the Cherries for the past three weeks after being left without a club following his exit from West Ham in October.

    Wilshere had a loan spell at Dean Court in the 2016-17 season, making 27 appearances.

  • 'COULD HAPPEN'

    It could be a case of one in one out as Arsenal have joined the race to sign Morgan Sanson from Marseille, according to reports.

    SunSport exclusively revealed West Ham are ready to make their move for the £25million-rated star.

    The Daily Mail claim the Gunners, Aston Villa and Tottenham have been linked to Sanson.

    Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas confirmed interest from the Premier League for the midfielder, stating a transfer ‘could happen’.

    He said: "Officially, we have not received any offers, unless it happened during the match.

    "He is a boy who interests English teams because of his characteristics, and it is possible that something could happen."

  • WANTS TO SEE NO MOR

    But one man who is not sad to see the back of Ozil is Piers Morgan.

    The Gunners-loving TV presenter hit out at him on Twitter ahead of the imminent departure.

    Morgan wrote: "Loved @MesutOzil1088 when he first came to Arsenal. World-class player with a sublime natural talent.

    "Now I can’t wait to see the back of the lazy manipulative £350,000-a-week wastrel.

    "You could have been a club legend, Mesut - but you just couldn’t be bothered. Bye."

  • CLEAR UP THE MES

    There is only one place to start this morning and that is with Mesut Ozil.

    The playmaker is finally on course to leave Arsenal this week and join his beloved Fenerbahce in Turkey.

    A free transfer is already agreed after Ozil decided to waive a huge chunk of his £7million salary remaining at the Emirates.

    He said goodbye to his team-mates on Sunday ahead of 

    And the former Germany international shared a picture after landing in Turkey holding up a Fenerbahce scarf.

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