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9.20pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil blasted as Arteta says ‘I tried my best’, Guendouzi hints Gunners career over

MIKEL ARTETA has taken a final dig at Mesut Ozil by saying "I tried my best".

The German has been omitted from both Arsenal's Premier League and Europa League squads this season with the Gunners looking to sell him.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below...

  • RIDE THE WAVE

    The Premier League will not be halted despite a second national lockdown being enforced by the government.

    Boris Johnson has briefed the nation this evening where he announced blanket measures for the country, coming into force from November 5.

    Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden announced on his Twitter feed that elite sport WOULD be allowed to continue during the shutdown.

    That means the Premier League and EFL will carry on as normal.

    But for fans of non-professional sport, it's bad news with games at grassroots level OFF during the shutdown.

    The game shut down for three months when the initial lockdown period began in March.

    Extensive testing across the sport and social distancing measures, including the use of temporary dressing rooms to keep teams apart, have generally proved successful in preventing a large-scale outbreak.

    Over 1,500 Premier League players and staff members were tested between October 12 and 18, with eight positive results returned.

  • TOUGH GIGG

    Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs believes the Red Devils will find it tough to break down Arsenal on Sunday.

    Speaking to the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel, he said: “It will be difficult because Arsenal have turned a corner under Mikel Arteta and look strong and look solid.

    “So it will be difficult, but we’re in good form. Looking at the last couple of performances and results, we’ve been on fire.

    “We’ve been scoring lots of goals and great goals too. That’s good for the players coming in. We look full of energy.

    “Against Spurs [when Manchester United lost 6-1], we looked like we lacked fitness. But since that international break, we’ve come back firing and looked fit and strong.”

  • BRAZILIANT

    Willian has praised boss Mikel Arteta after his cross-London move to join the Gunners from Chelsea in the summer.

    In an interview with the Brazilian press, he said: “It’s been a great experience and a new one for me. I’ve not worked with a coach with this way of thinking before.

    “The positional games doesn’t mean you don’t have freedom on the pitch, but a lot of the time you need to respect the position, what the manager asks for, his instructions, knowing that it’s what’s best for the team.

    “A player might not see that much of the ball and get frustrated, but that’s what Mikel always tells us, ‘just wait a bit, the ball will come’. I’ve been learning a lot.”

  • LONE RANGER

    Mesut Ozil has posted a video of a lonely weight training session – as the Arsenal outcast wrote a defiant message about his 'struggle'.

    The midfielder has been frozen out of the first team and has not been included in the Premier League squad.

    He has repeatedly clashed with the club's hierarchy and faces months on the sidelines.

    But Ozil, 32, has signalled his willingness to fight on with a rallying cry on Instagram.

    Alongside a video showing him pumping the weights, Ozil posted the message: “The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.”

    The German, wearing a yellow shirt, looked determinedly towards the ceiling as he pushed his way through his sets.

  • MARC HIM OUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told to leave red-hot Marcus Rashford on the bench against Arsenal – by Gunners favourite Paul Merson.

    Rashford hit a stunning hat-trick against RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek but Merse reckons the Manchester United chief needs to wrap his star man in cotton wool.

    He told the Daily Star: “When he starts, he doesn’t really score bundles of goals and often finds it difficult.

    “But he came on this week against Leipzig and scored a hat-trick in 16 minutes! If you look at when he scores his goals this season, they tell you a story.

    “He scored as a sub against Luton in the 88th minute in the EFL Cup. He scored in the second half against Brighton. He scored in the last minute against Newcastle.

    “He scored with three minutes to go against Paris St-Germain and all his goals against Leipzig were at the end of the game. His goals are coming against tired defenders. Maybe United should experiment with that.

    “Arsenal is going to be a tight game. If it’s 0-0 after 60 minutes and Rashford comes on just when defenders are getting tired, he could have a field day.

    “Don’t get me wrong. Marcus Rashford is too good to spend his whole career as a super sub. He’s an England international.

  • HOME IS WHERE THE PART IS

    Thomas Partey has revealed he feels at home at Arsenal after joining from Atletico Madrid earlier this month.

    Speaking of his full debut in the Premier League against Leicester, he told the club's website: “I could not believe it [when I found out I was starting.

    “I was a bit nervous but I always get these nerves when I play most of my game, so I was like, 'OK, let me keep it cool and I'll be fine'. 

    “Then when we started the game I thought we had control of the ball and so many chances, and we were unlucky.

    “It's part of football and we have to keep working, we have to keep working hard because we have a great team of great players. I think we're going to be successful. 

    “I think I'm in the team that I'm looking forward to playing for. They have everything, a good manager, good players, the right mentality and the way they play is very good. It's the best place for me.”

  • HAVING A PARTEY

  • NO MUSTAFI TALKS

    Shkodran Mustafi says no talks have taken place over a potential contract extension at Arsenal.

    The German's current deal expires next summer and reports earlier this week suggested he had already turned down the Gunners' offer of a new deal.

    Mustafi said: “We haven’t been talking about anything so there isn’t anything I can tell you guys.

    “It is a huge club, that’s why for me if I could stay at Arsenal, of course, it would mean a lot to me.

    “At the moment, for me, it has been difficult because in the last months I haven’t really been thinking about the end of my contract or what’s going on with the future because all I wanted was to be back [from injury] as quick as possible.”

    Mustafi made his return from injury with a substitute appearance in the loss to Leicester last weekend before a first start of the season against Dundalk in the Europa League on Thursday.

  • UNITED-ARSENAL RIVALRY NOT WHAT IT WAS

    Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn believes the Gunners' rivalry with Man United has lost its edge ahead of tomorrow's Premier League match between the two sides.

    Winterburn told FreeSuperTips: “Manchester United and Arsenal has lost its cutting edge as the game is not as physical as it once was, and both teams are no longer feared in the Premier League like they were when I was playing.

    “When I was coming through, Manchester United were the team that everyone in the Premier League was desperate to beat. 

    “At Arsenal, you always felt that if you beat Manchester United in the league, then you would finish ahead of them and have a great chance of winning the title.

    “They are still two huge clubs, but they’re not teams that are fighting for the title and have both fallen down the pecking order when it comes to signing the best players. 

    “Arsenal were always going head-to-head with Manchester United for league titles, and that is where the intensity stemmed from and where they have both fell off in recent years, the game has lost its edge.

    “It must be said that the rivalry is not what it was, but it is still a huge game which the players should be able to motivate themselves for.”  

  • GOLDEN BOOT

    Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was shown flaunting his ‘golden boots’ on Alexandre Lacazette’s Instagram story yesterday and the Gabon striker insisted his Premier League goal drought will end soon.

    He told the Standard: “We are not finding scoring goals easy at the moment.

    “But we're an experienced team, with experienced attacking players and we know we will turn this around.

    “I'm not worried about that.”

  • SZOB STORY

    Arsenal are interested in signing RB Salzburg youngster Dominik Szoboszlai, according to reports.

    The 20-year-old creator has impressed for the Austrians, and has been tipped by some to succeed Mesut Ozil in North London.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, appearing on the Here We Go podcast, the Gunners could make a bid as soon as January for the prodigious talent.

  • MORE ARTETA

    Arteta continued: “We have made teams think, ‘If we do that, we’ll be in trouble so we have to try to do something else’.

    “We’re going to work on that and the moment we improve that, we’ll become even better.

    “It’s more about our aggression, when we have the ball, our purpose, our aggression, our runs in behind.

    “When do players take someone on and think, ‘I have to make something happen’? We want them to think about themselves, not him or him, we want them to take accountability.

    “They need to want to put the ball in the box more often, because this is what top teams do.

    “If the other team want to defend the box, make sure they’re defending the box all the time, and that we’re being very aggressive in the final third.

    “It’s something we haven’t faced so much since I arrived here, but I think it’ll happen more and more.”

  • SIGN OF RESPECT

    Mikel Arteta believes Leicester's game plan last weekend was a sign of respect to his Arsenal side.

    The Foxes secured their first win away to Arsenal in 47 years thanks to Jamie Vardy's late header.

    Arteta said: “We’ve improved on a lot of things in my opinion and we have all the stats to show that.

    “Our thinking after Leicester, the reason why they did what they did in their game plan, to sit so low against us when they are not normally a team that do that – they’ve been really dominant and play really attractive football – I came to the conclusion that we have the respect from other teams for them to do that.

    “Now we have to try to change our strategy a little bit and try to train against more certain blocks that I think are going to happen a bit more often.”

  • ESSIEN ON PARTEY

    Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien thinks Arsenal have made a great signing in his compatriot Thomas Partey.

    Essien said: “I wish him well and I am looking forward to seeing him do very well for Arsenal.

    “They have made a great signing by bringing my countryman to take on the Premier League.

    “He is more of a typical No.6 than me. He is very good on the ball, wins duels, has good speed, reads the danger well and he is a very complete midfielder.

    “I think the Arsenal I played towards the end of my career could have done with a player like Thomas Partey.

    “I think it is a great move for him too, though. Arsenal is a great club. The Premier League is also brilliant, so it will help him to improve his game as well.”

  • ARSENAL, CHELSEA BID FOR RUGANI

    The agent of Juventus Daniele Rugani has revealed both Arsenal and Chelsea tried to sign his client.

    Davide Torchia didn't reveal when the approaches were made but Juve rejected interest each time.

    Torchia told TMW Radio: “At the time, Arsenal, Napoli, Chelsea, Zenit and Lyon arrived at around €30m [] and [they] were never taken into consideration. For those prices, Juve did not sell him, and I do not dispute whether they did right or wrong.

    “With Sarri at Chelsea, then there was an offer close to 40 million, and Juve said no there too.”

    Injury limited Rugani to only seen starts last season and he joined Rennes on loan in the summer.

  • GUNNERS MISSED OUT ON DAVIES

    Former Arsenal head of international recruitment Francis Cagigao has revealed the Gunners came close to signing Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies.

    Speaking to CBS Sports, Cagigao explained how he thinks North America and the Caribbean are the areas with the most 'scope for growth' in football.

    Having kept an eye on the talent developing in the region, Cagigao was weighing up a move for Davies while he was still at MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps.

    Unfortunately, the Gunners were beaten to the talented Canadian's signing by Bayern and Davies has since established himself as one of the best left-backs in world football.

  • VILLA LOVE MARTINEZ

    Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was surprised he was able to sign goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal.

    The Argentine stopper impressed following Bernd Leno's injury at the end of last season before making a £20million switch to Villa Park.

    Smith told Talksport: “Emi, I thought, was brilliant at Arsenal. I was surprised when the opportunity came up. We heard that there might be something there.

    “Not just as a goalkeeper, but his character and his attitude around the place is refreshing really. He’s fit in really well.”

  • NIC OF TIME

    Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he may have made a mistake not re-signing Nicolas Anelka in January 2008 – when the Frenchman instead signed for Chelsea.

    The Frenchman told The Tuesday Club Podcast: “Maybe (it was the wrong decision).

    “He wanted to come back. Maybe it was a mistake. I wanted to give the signal to the players that once you left the club there is no way back. I

    “I felt that they would then have a hesitation to leave. I didn’t give them the feeling of ‘ok I go somewhere else, I try it and if it doesn’t work I come back’.

    “That’s why I didn’t do it and overall maybe I should have done it. Nicolas still scored in 125 games overall in the Premier League I think, something like that, so he could have helped us.”

  • BALOGUN FUTURE

    Mikel Arteta believes youngster Folarin Balogun has a future at Arsenal if he wants it.

    The 19-year-old's deal at the Emirates expires at the end of the season and he is keen to secure first team football.

    Balogun made his Arsenal debut against Dundalk in the Europa League on Thursday and boss Arteta is hoping to give him more chances to impress.

    Arteta said: “He's a player that I really like.

    “Obviously I’ve got this situation and I believe it's later than what I would like because I wasn’t here when everything started to develop but yes, he’s a player that I would like to give chances to.

    “That’s why he was in the squad today and I showed him that yes, we count on him and we believe in him and if he wants, he’s going to have a future in the club.”

    Sheffield United had a £3million bid for Balogun rejected in the summer transfer window.

  • NO MUSTAFI TALKS

    Shkodran Mustafi says no talks have taken place over a potential contract extension at Arsenal.

    The German's current deal expires next summer and reports earlier this week suggested he had already turned down the Gunners' offer of a new deal.

    Mustafi said: “We haven’t been talking about anything so there isn’t anything I can tell you guys.

    “It is a huge club, that’s why for me if I could stay at Arsenal, of course, it would mean a lot to me.

    “At the moment, for me, it has been difficult because in the last months I haven’t really been thinking about the end of my contract or what’s going on with the future because all I wanted was to be back [from injury] as quick as possible.”

    Mustafi made his return from injury with a substitute appearance in the loss to Leicester last weekend before a first start of the season against Dundalk in the Europa League on Thursday.

  • OZIL HELPED ARSENAL YOUNGSTER

    Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil helped convince midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to join Hertha Berlin on loan.

    The midfielder was frozen out of Mikel Arteta's side after the Gunners' loss at Brighton last season, and he has explained how Ozil and fellow German Bernd Leno recommended a move to the Bundesliga.

    Guendouzi said: “I had a very good relationship with Mesut Ozil and Bernd Leno. Both of them told me a lot of good things about the Bundesliga.

    “I played over 80 games there [at Arsenal] and had a good, intense time there.

    “I learned a lot there in terms of sport and grew up there. It was two good years for me.”

  • AOUAR ALTERNATIVE

    Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is being eyed by Arsenal as an alternative to Houssem Aouar.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports the Gunners see Szoboszlai as a cheaper option to Aouar, with Lyon demanding around £50million for the French midfielder.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly desperate for more creativity in midfield after freezing out Mesut Ozil.

    Szoboszlai, 20, has scored five goals and assisted seven in 10 appearances so far this season.

  • MES GET OUT

    Matteo Guendouzi has revealed Mesut Ozil helped convince him to leave Arsenal for Hertha Berlin.

    The French midfielder, 21, joined the Bundesliga side on a season-long loan after finding himself out in the cold like Ozil.

    And the youngster revealed it was the playmaker – as well as fellow German Bernd Leno – who told him to make the switch to their homeland. Guendouzi told Kicker: “I had a very good relationship with Mesut Ozil and Bernd Leno. “Both of them told me a lot of good things about the Bundesliga.”

  • GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he has given £350,000-a-week outcast Mesut Ozil every opportunity to break into his Gunners side.

    Arteta told Sky Sports: “What I can tell you that I tried my best, I tried to give him as many opportunities as I could. And that from my own side, I’ve been patient, given him opportunities and been fair.”

    Arsenal’s contract negotiation chief Huss Fahmy is reportedly set to quit the club.

    The Athletic reports he will continue for a month before handing over to a ‘football operations executive’ with a more rounded role.

    Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was shown flaunting his ‘golden boots’ on Alexandre Lacazette’s Instagram story and the Gabon striker insisted his goal drought will soon end.

    He told the Standard: “We are not finding scoring goals easy at the moment.

    “But we're an experienced team, with experienced attacking players and we know we will turn this around.
    “I'm not worried about that.”

    Arsenal are interested in signing RB Salzburg youngster Dominik Szoboszlai, according to reports.

    The 20-year-old creator has impressed for the Austrians, and has been tipped by some to succeed Mesut Ozil in North London.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, appearing on the Here We Go podcast, the Gunners could make a bid as soon as January for the prodigious talent.

  • GOLDEN BOOT

    Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette filmed team-mate and skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showing off his 'golden boots' in the changing room.

    The Gabon striker bagged the Golden Boot in the 2018-19 season but this time round he was showing off his snazzy footwear.

    Aubameyang is in need of some goals after finishing just once in six Prem games.

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