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Arsenal news LIVE: Elneny sale LATEST, Isak eyed to replace Lacazette, Luka Jovic potential move – transfer updates

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE bailed Arsenal out with a last minute equaliser at home to Crystal Palace on Monday night.

But that may not be enough to keep him in the club, with Real Sociedad's Alexander Isak lined up as a potential replacement.

The Gunners meanwhile are interested in signing Real Madrid flop Luka Jovic, according to reports.

The Serbian striker is out of favour at the Bernabeu after his move from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019 and was even loaned back to his former club last season.

And Arsene Wenger's documentary Invincible is set for cinematic release on November 11, with several top football figures interviewed.

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  • GALATASARAY WAITING ON ELNENY

    Galatasaray are reportedly waiting to get approval from Arsenal to make a January transfer swoop for Mohamed Elneny.

    The Turkish giants are said to be keen on signing the midfielder and have already held talks with Arsenal to make the deal happen.

    But according to Fanatik, the North London club are still mulling their decision to let the Eygptian go.

    Elneny does not appear to be part of Mikel Arteta’s plans this term and has played just 44 minutes of Premier League football.

    The 30-year-old has been an Arsenal player since 2016 after joining from FC Basel.

    In total, he’s scored five goals and provided eight assists in 132 appearances for the Gunners.

  • BERGKAMP BEATS MESSI FOR THIERRY

    Thierry Henry claims fellow Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp is his greatest ever team-mate, ahead of even Lionel Messi.

    American broadcast giant CBS asked pundits Henry, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards to name their outstanding playing partner.

    Carra opted for ex-Liverpool and England team-mate Steven Gerrard.

    And Richards chose Manchester City's very own tireless midfield great, Yaya Toure.

    But former Barcelona striker Henry provided the only surprise.

    As lauded as Holland frontman Bergkamp was, Henry must have raised a few eyebrows when he also had men like Messi, Rondaldinho and Andre Iniesta to choose from.

  • JENS EYES HAALAND FOR EMIRATES

    Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann believes Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland could make the move to the Emirates in 2022.

    The 21-year-old looks set to depart Signal Iduna Park next year with the player boasting a £64million release clause on his contract.

    Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked with a move for the Norway international with his agent Mino Raiola and dad Alf Inge visiting the clubs earlier this year.

    Meanwhile Paris Saint-Germain are said to be eyeing up a swoop for the ex-Red Bull Salzburg ace.

    And Manchester City could look to bring Haaland to the Etihad as Sergio Aguero's replacement having failed to sign Harry Kane in the summer.

    But Lehmann, who starred between the sticks for Arsenal and BVB, has stated that Haaland could link up with either the Gunners or Manchester United.

    Speaking of Haaland, Lehmann told Bild: "He already has an imposing stature; the force and height.

    "Of course, he has to improve his other (right)  foot but I have never seen such a big, big player be so fast.

    "He’s still there (at Dortmund). There aren’t that many clubs where he can go and where he can make a difference. 

    “Maybe he could go to Manchester United or Arsenal, where he could bring a club back to the top.”

  • BUKAYO RECOVERS

    Bukayo Saka has been cleared to play for Arsenal against Aston Villa on Friday after limping off during Monday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

    The England star, 20, was unable to continue beyond half-time after being booted on the back of his right leg by Eagles midfielder James McArthur.

    Arsenal initially feared Saka had suffered a serious injury which could rule him out of action until after next month’s international break.

    But after treatment to his calf muscle and an assessment by the Arsenal medical team, he has been cleared to return to training.

    And now Arteta is expected to select Saka in his starting line-up for the crucial home game against Villa.

  • WENGER'S WORLD CUP PLAN OVER

    Fifa plans for a World Cup every two years have disappeared into thin air - after President Gianni Infantino bowed to a worldwide backlash.

    The Fifa chief had been pushing the concept, using ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as his missionary.

    But after being ambushed by the heads of European, South American AND Asian football at a virtual meeting of Fifa’s ruling Council, Infantino backed away from his previous call for a vote by the 211 member associations before Christmas.

    Instead, Fifa will host a “global summit” on December 20 after Infantino conceded he had been hit by “many critical and negative reactions” to his World Cup masterplan.

    Infantino said: “Our main objective is to reach a consensus.  It is really important to listen to all the legitimate questions. 

    “Up to now we have not asked anyone to agree to the suggestions, just presented them to start a conversation. The question of a World Cup every two years will not go away just like that. 

    “I believe we can come up with something that makes sense. I understand the critical voices. Trying to find a bridge between these competing interests is our challenge.

    “We are going to change things only if we are completely convinced it will be beneficial for everybody. We must prove they are.

  • WRIGHTY HAILS RAMSDALE

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has lauded Aaron Ramsdale as he hit out at his team-mates following the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

    The Gunners snatched a point in the 95th minute at the Emirates on Monday in a match they struggled to create chances in.

    And they were lucky to come away with anything from the match after Ramsdale made a number of key saves in the clash, including a stunning stop to keep out Conor Gallagher's volley.

    There were questions marks from fans and pundits after the North Londoners signed the 23-year-old from Sheffield United for a fee rising to £30million.

    After just three Premier League games, Ramsdale replaced Bernd Leno between the sticks and has quickly established himself as the No1 choice.

    In six games in all competitions for Arsenal, the former Bournemouth ace is yet to lose a game, while keeping four clean sheets.

    And Wright has waxed lyrical over the England youth international during his appearance on the Ringer FC podcast.

    The 57-year-old said: "The save he made from [Conor] Gallagher in the first half, I’m not joking right, you actually see him take a peak over the bodies before getting across to it.

    "I’ve got to say, I am so happy with him. He’s made some saves where it’s clear he’s getting better. Some of his passing too…

    "We’re talking about a 24-year-old [23] who’s already had two seasons in the Premier League.

    "Yes, he went down but the experience he’s had can only make him better. He’s in the first-team at 24 [23] and been with England.

    "We probably don’t get him if he didn’t go down so it’s a blessing. He’s the No1 for me, without any doubt."

  • LEHMANN FEARS 'MEDIOCRE' OLDER HEADS AT ARSENAL

    Legendary Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann fears they have a 'mediocre' core of experienced players.

    The German believes Gunners' youngsters Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli are a brilliant quartet to base the future on.

    But he doubts boss Mikel Arteta has enough quality older heads to build a real challenge for a Premier League top-four spot.

    Lehmann told BILD: “Well, I think there are four fantastic players.

    “They are young, they are not yet in a position to take the club forward, but they always say the future is golden.

    “Whether that will be the case for the players at Arsenal, I don’t know. In any case, they have potential."

    He added: “All the other players who are older, just deliver a bit. Qualify for the Champions League or win something, and then you can also say they are great players.

    "But otherwise, everything is actually mediocre.”

  • SUPER LEAGUE PLANS REVISED

    THE European Super League is BACK ON – with a host of new rules following an incredible backlash to the original plan earlier this year.

    In April, 15 clubs – including Premier League giants Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – signed up to the controversial breakaway competition.

    But after a ferocious fan backlash, a dozen clubs – including all of the Prem teams – withdrew, leaving just Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.

    And the rebels have drafted a fresh plan packed with new rules in a desperate bid to appeal to the masses.

    Most-importantly, the new plan states the European Super League will NOT be a ‘breakaway’ competition.

    Instead, there will be two leagues of 20 clubs – ensuring 40 clubs will be involved every season.

    Promotion into the competition and relegation out of it will also come into force under the new proposal.

    Any club from every league in Europe can qualify, depending on their performances, ensuring it does not become a closed shop.

  • UTD, ARSENAL AND TOON LINKED TO CALVERT-LEWIN

    Arsenal are reportedly battling Newcastle in the race to prise Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin away from Goodison Park, writes JAKE LAMBOURNE.

    SunSport exclusively revealed earlier this month how the Gunners had made signing either the 24-year-old or Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins their priority next year.

    And Football.London have declared that the North London outfit have made the Toffees star their No1 target for 2022.

    Meanwhile Manchester United were linked with a move for the ex-Sheffield United ace in July as a long-term replacement for Edinson Cavani, prior to Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival.

    However he could make a shock switch to Newcastle, who have cash to splash following their Saudi-backed £300million takeover.

    According to The Telegraph, the Magpies have put Calvert-Lewin on their list of targets for next summer.

    They state that the England international is highly regarded by Newcastle‘s recruitment team.

    Despite Steve Bruce’s sacking at St James’ Park, it is believed that he will remain a player of interest for his replacement.

  • DESPERATE TO FACE THE BIG BOYS

    Arsenal star Albert Sambi Lokonga can’t wait to face Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United this season.

    And the Belgian midfielder is relishing facing the Prem duo at their respective grounds because he thrives off hostility.

    When asked about the games he was looking forward to by Arsenal.com, Lokonga said: “I think for me the Liverpool and Manchester United away games.

    “They are in big stadiums with a big fanbase, and a lot of fans around the world will be watching.

    “What I really like is to play in the stadiums of our biggest rivals. I love that, when everybody doesn’t like you and they hate your club.

    “It gives you more energy and I think you play better.”

  • SAK BACK

    Bukayo Saka has been cleared to play for Arsenal against Aston Villa on Friday after limping off during Monday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

    The England star, 20, was unable to continue beyond half-time after being booted on the back of his right leg by Eagles midfielder James McArthur.

    Arsenal initially feared Saka had suffered a serious injury which could rule him out of action until after next month’s international break.

    But after treatment to his calf muscle and an assessment by the Arsenal medical team, he has been cleared to return to training.

    And now Arteta is expected to select Saka in his starting line-up for the crucial home game against Villa.

  • GUNNER WAIT

    Galatasary are reportedly waiting to get approval from Arsenal to make a January transfer swoop for Mohamed Elneny.

    The German giants are said to be keen on signing the midfielder and have already held talks with Arsenal to make the deal happen.

    But according to Fanatik, the North London club are still mulling their decision to let the Eygptian go.

    Elneny does not appear to be part of Mikel Arteta’s plans this term and has played just 44 minutes of Premier League football.

    The 30-year-old has been an Arsenal player since 2016 after joining from FC Basel.

    In total, he's scored five goals and provided eight assists in 132 appearances for the Gunners.

  • RAM RACE

    Manchester United and Arsenal will reportedly have to fend off competition from Aston Villa to sign Aberdeen full-back Calvin Ramsay.

    The 18-year-old has impressed the Prem sides after breaking into the Scottish side’s first team this year.

    And now, the Gunners along with Villa and United are eager to bring him to England, according to football journalist Ekrem Konur.

    “Calvin Ramsay is the new favorite of the Premier League teams

    “Manchester United, Arsenal and Aston Villa are all after the young talent.”

  • COACHING JOB

    Jack Wilshere is looking forward to more coaching opportunities with Arsenal after helping out with the club's U17 team.

    The midfielder has been training with his ex-club in a bid to regain his fitness and was on hand to lend his expertise to the younger Gunners starlets last night.

    And after the game, Wilshere raved: "Really enjoyed being part of the U17 coaching team last night in the London Cup.

    "Thought the boys were brilliant and played some really good football.

    "Looking forward to being involved more!"

  • THIERRY DOUBTS GUNNERS' EURO CHANCES

    Thierry Henry doesn’t fancy Arsenal’s chances for qualifying for Europe this season.

    The Gunners missed out on Europe for the first time in two decades this season, and are currently languishing in 12th place.

    They just about scraped a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace a few nights ago, and Henry isn’t impressed with his seen from his former club.

    And if they don’t improve, Mikel Arteta’s side face a long time in the European wilderness.

    When asked by CBS Sports, Henry said: “Not with what I saw recently.”

  • HEN MESS

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has played with both Lionel Messi and Dennis Bergkamp.

    The French icon and Bergkamp struck up a formidable partnership for Arsenal.

    Then he went onto to play with Messi at Barcelona, but when asked who was better to play with out of the pair, Henry chose Bergkamp.

    When asked by CBS Sports who was the best he played alongside, Henry said: "Dennis Bergkamp."

  • RED RIVALS

    Arsenal star Albert Sambi Lokonga can't wait to face Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United this season.

    And the Belgian midfielder is relishing facing the Prem duo at their respective grounds because he thrives off hostility.

    When asked about the games he was looking forward to by Arsenal.com, Lokonga said: "I think for me the Liverpool and Manchester United away games.

    "They are in big stadiums with a big fanbase, and a lot of fans around the world will be watching.

    "What I really like is to play in the stadiums of our biggest rivals. I love that, when everybody doesn’t like you and they hate your club.

    "It gives you more energy and I think you play better."

  • WRIGHT CHOICE

    Ian Wright reckons Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale will be the future England No.1.

    Ramsdale impressed Wright in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace where he put his 'body on the line'.

    And with more performances like that, Ramsdale is bound to be the future Three Lions top stopper, according to Wright.

    He said: "We’re talking about a 24-year-old who’s already had two seasons in the Premier League. Yes, he went down but the experience he’s had can only make him better.

    "He’s in the first-team at 24 and been with England. We probably don’t get him if he didn’t go down so it’s a blessing. He’s the No. 1 for me, without any doubt."

  • GUNNER START

    Arsenal legend Michael Thomas reckons Alexandre Lacazette should start against Aston Villa on Friday.

    The French striker came on as a late sub and his goal gave the Gunners a draw against Crystal Palace earlier this week.

    And his heroics should earn him a start when the Gunners take on Villa, according to Thomas.

    The Gunners icon told CaughtOffside: "There were a lot of below-par performances (against Palace) but Lacazette should come into the team for the game against Aston Villa on Friday, which will be a very tough test.

    "Especially if they play anything like what they did. I’d possibly like to see more of Martinelli also, as he looked quite lively and brought good energy to the team."

  • HENRY HORROR

    Ex-Arsenal star Thierry Henry was horrified with fellow pundits Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards' lack of culinary expertise.

    The trio were discussing their favourite foods on CBS Sports after watching Premier League teams Liverpool and Manchester City in Champions League action last night.

    When the host asked Henry what cuisine he preferred out of fish and chips and French dish Moules Mariniere, the former Gunners striker opted for his native meal to the bemusement of Carragher and Richards who didn't know what it was.

    A staggered Henry responded by dropping his head to the desk and exclaiming: "You see, we have to educate them, this is not possible!

    "What chance do we have? What chance do we have?"

  • A BIT AU LUCK

    Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took to social media to slam his side's performance in lucky draw with Crystal Palace on Monday.

    The Gunners looked set for a fourth league defeat in eight games until Alexandre Lacazette salvaged a point with an injury-time equaliser.

    Aubameyang, 32, played all 90 minutes and admitted that his side were not good enough, with Lacazette's late goal bailing them out of trouble.

    The Gabon striker said: “Not enough for a home game. We stopped playing after the first goal but we didn’t give up & fought till the end.

    "Big help from the guys that came in. @LacazetteAlex well deserved my bro. We go again #COYG."

  • NOA BANG

    Club Brugge star Noa Lang sent Arsenal fans wild with his performance against Manchester City in the Champions League last night.

    Although his team were on the receiving end of a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of City, Lang was one of Brugge's stand-out performers.

    And the Gooners demanded their club sign £33million-rated Lang, who completed the most dribbles in the European clash after the game.

    On Twitter, one fan wrote: "BRING NAO LANG TO THE CARPETTTTT."

    While another fan raved: "Noa Lang is an absolute baller. Hope he gets a move to Arsenal #Manchestercity."

    And one more chimed in: "Arsenal should sign this NOA LANG guy."

  • NOT SURE

    Thierry Henry doesn't fancy Arsenal's chances for qualifying for Europe this season.

    The Gunners missed out on Europe for the first time in two decades this season, and are currently languishing in 12th place.

    They just about scraped a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace a few nights ago, and Henry isn't impressed with his seen from his former club.

    And if they don't improve, Mikel Arteta's side face a long time in the European wilderness.

    When asked by CBS Sports, Henry said: "Not with what I saw recently."

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Albert Sambi Lokonga has urged Arsenal to sharpen up.

    The 21-year-old Belgian midfielder admits his clanger – plus Thomas Partey’s mistake – cost the Gunners two points in Monday’s 2-2 Prem draw at home to Crystal Palace.

    Only Alexandre Lacazette’s last-gasp leveller rescued Arsenal a point.

    And Lokonga declared: “The goals came from two mistakes, one of them mine.

    “It is an area where I cannot lose the ball, so it is difficult to speak about the goals when I made a mistake, but we have to analyse them.”

    Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal an eighth-minute lead.

    But Lokonga – who came on as a second-half sub – added: “It is difficult to say we started the game well because, apart from the goal, we didn’t do well in terms of quality, simple things.

    “After the opening goal we relaxed too much. We had to look for the second goal, we had to put more pressure on them and we didn’t.”

    Palace capitalised on the second-half Partey and Lokonga blunders – where they were both caught in possession – to score through Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard.

    Lokonga is now desperate to make amends as soon as possible.

    Arsenal are next back in action on Friday night, when they host Aston Villa.

    And he insisted: “I want to play the next game as quickly as possible to change everything.

    “When you play a game like this, you are hungry inside because I made a mistake.”

    Elsewhere Mikel Arteta could barely believe James McArthur was not sent off for his volley-like kick on Bukayo Saka.

    The Crystal Palace midfielder scythed down Saka with a brutal boot to the back of the leg - but only received a yellow card from referee Mike Dean.

    VAR took no further action, and Arteta raged to Sky Sports: "If we want to detect things that are really relevant in a game and can change a football match, then they have to be looked at.

    "That situation is not only affecting them, but we have to take the player off because of the action so it is affecting it two different ways. It is not right.

    "You [need to] make a straight decision, when it is so clear and so obvious straight away and they have to play with 10 men.

    "Bukayo could not continue, we had to take him off at half-time, I saw the action and I can't believe how the player continued on the pitch.

    "I don't get it. With what we were explained at the start of the season and what happened tonight, it doesn't make any sense."

    And finally, Super League rebels have drafted a new plan – for a 40-club breakaway.

    Despite the bail-out by the six Premier League clubs involved, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are still refusing to give up on their plot.

    And their latest plan, being sent to stakeholders across Europe, shows a desperate effort to restore life to the fading scheme.

    Under the draft, Super League insists it will not be a ‘breakaway’ or even a closed shop. Instead, it envisages two leagues of 20 clubs.

    Clubs that qualify for the competition would be ‘shareholders’ for the year, following the model of the Prem and other major leagues and liable to relegation out of it.

    In a sop to those who criticised the clubs for their greed in joining the initial £4.6bn venture, Super League is now claiming it is in favour of tight cost controls and accusing Uefa and President Aleksander Ceferin of abandoning efforts to make clubs live within their means by the planned changes to its Financial Fair Play regulations.

  • REUNI-RON

    Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho reunited with a hug that brought their Barcelona golden years flooding back.

    The South American legends smiled broadly as they embraced before PSG'S Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.

    Argentinian Messi, a one-club Barca icon until joining PSG this summer, and Brazilian Ronaldinho, overlapped at the Nou Camp from 2004-8.

    Barcelona won LaLiga twice and the Champions League in that time.

    And Messi, in particular, looked as if was greeting a friend missing for decades as he wrapped his arms around the 41-year-old and patted his back several times.

    Ronaldinho, who was wearing a Barca scarf, then walked away with one of his characteristic huge beams on his face.