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8.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Odegaard FLYING TO LONDON, medical tomorrow, Ryan Bertrand wanted


ARSENAL are on the verge of signing Martin Odegaard on loan.

The Real Madrid star is flying to London and will undergo a medical tomorrow ahead of a £1.8m loan switch.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below...


    Former Arsenal man Wojciech Szczesny was not the most highly-rated player in North London but he continues to shine with Juventus.

    A shutout in today’s 2-0 win over Bologna made it 50 clean sheets for the Pole in Turin.


    Jack Wilshere has labelled Bukayo Saka the best player at Arsenal.

    In a Twitter Q&A, the midfielder highlighted Saka and stated that Mikel Arteta is heading towards something special.


    Jay-Emmanuel Thomas has given an insight into his time at Arsenal.

    Now at Livingston, the midfielder spoke on Arsene Wenger’s management techniques while he was a youngster in North London.

    Thomas told The Herald: “Arsene was more a mind person. 

    “He would speak with you personally, in close contact and no-one else could hear what he was saying.

    “Arsene Wenger was not the voice at Arsenal, Pat Rice was the voice. Each person has their voice.”


    More on Martin Odegaard’s move to Arsenal.

    The Times say the Gunners will pay his full £38,000-a-week wages when he completes the loan switch from Real Madrid.

    And The Athletic report on a plan to fly the Norwegian to London tonight before a medical tomorrow.

    Due to elite sportsperson exemptions, a negative coronavirus test will mean Odegaard does not have to self-isolate upon arrival.


    Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has urged fans to help pay for Mesut Ozil's wages by donating money to the club.

    It has been claimed that the World Cup winner will earn in the region of £67,000-a-week - equalling £3.5million-a-year.

    To help with the costs, Koc has asked supporters to help cover his wages as he admitted he needs financial support.

    The 53-year-old stated: "We have a request for our fans. Please continue to support us, we are also dependent on your financial support. 

    "On the day of the signature, I will ask you to break a record. With an SMS campaign.  Maybe 300,000, 500,000 or maybe even a million text messages come together. This support will do us very good."

    Text messages for those that will be taking part in the 'Mesutol campaign' will cost £2.


    Paul Merson was left dismayed by Arsenal’s weak defence of their FA Cup crown.

    Mikel Arteta was blamed by the ex-midfielder for yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

    He said on Soccer Saturday: “I don’t know what he’s doing. 

    “They are not going to win the league. They are not going to get into the top four, I wouldn’t have thought, unless they go on one of the best runs in the history of the Premier League.

    “For me, this is the [competition] that made Arteta last time around. He came to Arsenal and had a great semi-final and a great final.

    “Honestly, I cannot believe it. This was a more important game than the midweek league game, in my opinion. They are not getting relegated and they are not getting in the top four.”


    Kieran Tierney’s £25million signing for Arsenal will spur more clubs to look for Scottish bargains.

    Sky Sports presenter Jim White believes a number of SPFL stars could be brought across the border as a result of the defender’s success.

    He told Sunday Post: “Clubs in England know there are really good players to be had in the Scottish Premiership.

    “The likes of Andy Robertson and John McGinn in the past two or three years are proof of that. And there are others, such as Billy Gilmour.

    “You then add in the success story of Kieran Tierney’s signing at Arsenal, and it all adds to the interest in Scottish players.

    “People are now praising the Gunners for getting Tierney for £25m. Everybody thinks it is an absolute bargain!”


    Martin Odegaard has agreed to join Arsenal, according to reports.

    The Gunners will pay the Norwegian's salary after the clubs finalised the deal.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano reports on Mikel Arteta's call to Odegaard being key to persuading him to move.

    After a medical, the deal should be announced by Arsenal and Real Madrid.


    Mesut Ozil said he will be forever grateful for the support he had from teammates and supporters.

    He said the memories of winning trophies will stay with him for life.

    Mesut said: “I’d like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the past seven-and-a-half years.

    "The support I have felt from the team and fans during my time here has been truly incredible and something I will always be grateful for.

    "Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime.

    "The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart.

    "I’d like to thank Edu Gaspar for helping bring about a professional and dignified solution in the past few days, and I wish everyone at the club the best in their attempt to continue to bring Arsenal back to the top, where we belong.”


    Boss Mikel Arteta believes Ozil's achievements are 'undisputed' having played alongside and managed the German.

    He said: “Mesut’s achievements at Arsenal are undisputed.

    "It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, coach him.

    "His creativity and vision led to many goals during his time in the Arsenal shirt.

    "Mesut was at the heart of many great moments for this club over the years, including those three FA Cup final wins.

    "These successes will always be part of our history.

    "We thank Mesut and wish him all the best with Fenerbahce.”


    Arsenal Technical Director Edu thanked the German for his professionalism during the negotiations to let him leave.

    He said: “We thank Mesut for his huge contribution to Arsenal.

    "He has made more than 250 appearances, played in three Emirates FA Cup final wins and has given the fans and everyone at the club many wonderful moments on the pitch since he joined us in 2013.  

    "We would like to thank Mesut and his team for their professionalism during our recent negotiations.

    "I know everyone associated with Arsenal will join me in wishing Mesut and his family the best of health, success and happiness in the next chapter of his career.”


    It's not been much of a secret but Mesut Ozil's move to Fenerbahce has finally been announced.


    The Martin Odegaard transfer has a similar feeling to the Denis Suarez shambles for Arsenal, according to Alan Smith.

    The Gunners legend believes Odegaard wouldn't walk straight into the Emirates midfield and hopes the club have done their homework.

    “I don’t think he’d walk into the team by any stretch,” he told Astro SuperSport.

    “He’s had his problems developing at Real Madrid and the last thing Arsenal want is to get somebody in who can’t offer anything.

    “You think back to Denis Suarez [the season before last] who came to the club and physically he just wasn’t ready and then he picked up injuries.

    “It was a bit of an embarrassment in the end, so hopefully they will do their homework on Odegaard.

    “He’s a young player that went to Real Madrid, and so much is expected of him, and as so often happens it doesn’t quite materialise like that.”


    Arsenal are monitoring a move for Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand, according to reports.

    Arteta is in the market for left-back cover for Kieran Tierney.

    Bertrand is into the final six months of his deal at Saints and the London Evening Standard say he would be happy to extend his stay further on the south coast.

    But the Gunners would be a move he couldn’t turn down – if a contract extension wasn’t agreed.

  • OD ONE IN?

    West Ham are stepping up attempts to bring Odsonne Edouard to the London Stadium in this window.

    Celtic star Edouard is entering the final 18 months of his contract at Parkhead – with club chiefs reportedly willing to let him leave if the offer is right.

    The Daily Star say Edouard is holding out for a move to Arsenal or Spurs though, with the Frenchman eager to join an established top-six side.

    Both are said to be admirers of the 23-year-old but won’t look too pursue him until the summer at least.


    Trevor Sinclair declared the club's FA Cup defence ‘pathetic’ after the Gunners fell to a 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

    He said on talkSPORT: “What a terrible defence of the title.

    “Seriously, they did so well against Manchester City last season in the semi-finals, went to the final, beat Chelsea and then defended it like that. That is pathetic.

    “I think Arsenal fans will be fuming about the way they have gone out. They didn’t put their strongest side out and that’s really poor, I feel, from Arteta, playing that team.”

    He later added: “It’s not a Mickey Mouse competition. It is probably the best cup competition in the world. They’re the champions, defend it.

    “For me, what makes it even more confusing is the run that Arteta has just had, where he was having bad results and people were getting on his back and he was under pressure, one of the reasons he probably kept his job is because he won the FA Cup. Be loyal to it. Give it the credit it deserves.”

    Meanwhile on the transfer front, SunSport can exclusively reveal that Burnley and Arsenal are battling it out for Stoke’s Nathan Collins — and Sean Dyche has a real chance.Potters’ defender Collins, 19, is the Clarets’ top choice to replace James Tarkowski in a £10million deal.

    But the Gunners also have their sights on young colossus Collins as a future star — and from the club where they found legendary pair Lee Dixon and Steve Bould.

    And finally, Arsenal are reportedly lining up a move for Crystal Palace youngster Tyrick Mitchell.

    The Gunners are chasing cover at left-back for Kieran Tierney.

    And they are one of a number of clubs courting 21-year-old Mitchell, according to The Evening Standard.

    Mitchell has taken his chance to shine at Selhurst Park after breaking into Roy Hodgson’s first team.

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