7.45am Arsenal news LIVE: Gabriel voted player of the month, Nketiah breaks England U-21 record, Partey in Arsenal kit – The Sun

ARSENAL new boy Gabriel Magalhaes has hit the ground running at the Emirates, winning player of the month for September.

Meanwhile, Thomas Partey was reportedly a target for Chelsea while the Gunners have reportedly stumped up an £8m loyalty bonus after failing to sell Mesut Ozil.

Follow ALL of the Gunners latest transfer news, updates and reaction below…

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah has overtaken Alan Shearer as England U21 top goalscorer after netting in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Turkey.

    Nketiah now has an incredible 14 goals for the U21s.

    He told BT Sport: “It is amazing. It was nice to get the three points firstly but to get the record and be alongside those names and players it is a dream come true.”

    Meanwhile, Thomas Partey has vowed to help Arsenal challenge for the title this season.

    The new £45million man said: “Coming to Arsenal makes me think that everything is possible and I know that by working hard and giving my best in every game I can live up to their high expectations.

    “With the presence of Arteta, we have seen that Arsenal are playing hard.

    “Everyone is defending and that’s the most important thing because we have a lot of strikers who can score goals at any time.

    “I have seen that everyone at the club has been excited by the new coach and now our objective is to challenge for the title again and get the club back to where it belongs.”

    Finally, Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to give Mesut Ozil one more chance in the side.

    He told the BBC: “I feel it is a waste for him.

    “Firstly because he's in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most.

    “And it's a waste for the club as well because he's a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.

    “The way football is going at the moment it's quick counter-pressing, quick transitions and everybody plays the same.

    “It's kicked out players like Ozil. Although let's not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played at Real Madrid.

    “He's been the record player of assists, so you have to find a way to get him involved again.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FER-GET IT

    Arsene Wenger has revealed he ‘hated’ Sir Alex Ferguson during his time at Arsenal – but couldn’t help respecting the Man Utd legend.

    He says in his new book ‘My Life in Red & White’: “The competition makes you hate the opponent. I think he certainly hated me and I hated him sometimes as well.

    “Whenever we competed it was always a fight — always very tight and nervous.

    “And don’t forget we also had to deal with Fergie time.

    “But when the competition is over what remains is a deep respect for guys like him, for what they have achieved and how long they stayed in the job and dedicated their lives to it.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Man United and Liverpool may ramp up Euro Super League plans in a bitter twist if Project Big Picture is snubbed.

    SunSport has been told smaller top-flight teams have been threatened with a breakaway European league if they do not agree to the deal.

    It has emerged the Big Six stand to rake in 'hundreds of millions' if they get the rights to sell up to eight games a season on overseas pay-per-view streams.

    According to club sources, the ultimatum came as top flight outfits voiced their private anger at the Project Big Picture proposals, including giving the Big Six a policy veto and a fundamental change in the club revenue split.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TOM PROMISE

    Tattoo enthusiast Thomas Partey has vowed to help Arsenal challenge for the title this season.

    The new £45million man said: “Coming to Arsenal makes me think that everything is possible and I know that by working hard and giving my best in every game I can live up to their high expectations.

    “With the presence of Arteta, we have seen that Arsenal are playing hard.

    “Everyone is defending and that’s the most important thing because we have a lot of strikers who can score goals at any time.

    “I have seen that everyone at the club has been excited by the new coach and now our objective is to challenge for the title again and get the club back to where it belongs.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FAN REVOLT

    Premier League clubs are set to spark the 'angriest meeting ever' as they oppose the 'Project Big Six Picture'.

    According to the Mirror, fan groups from Liverpool and Man United will put forward a statement declaring war on the plans.

    That statement will also be backed by Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.

    It reads: “By floating this latest plan, those behind it are acknowledging football needs to be reformed. It’s something we have been saying for many years. There are some suggestions in this plan that have merit.

    “But we are totally opposed to concentrating power in the hands of six billionaire owners and departing from the one club, one vote and collective ethos of the Premier League.

    “This part of the proposal must be dropped immediately if other elements are to be given serious consideration.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ED START

    Eddie Nketiah has overtaken Alan Shearer as England U21 top goalscorer after netting in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Turkey.

    Nketiah now has an incredible 14 goals for the U21s.

    He told BT Sport: “It is amazing. It was nice to get the three points firstly but to get the record and be alongside those names and players it is a dream come true.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    LEYT CALL

    Leyton Orient chief Nigel Travis backs Man Utd and Liverpool’s Project Big Picture, claiming coronavirus will wipe out Football League clubs in six weeks.

    He told BBC Radio Five Live: “If clubs don't get something soon you will see clubs disappear, I would predict, within five to six weeks.

    “One thing I need to quash is, this isn't about the pandemic, this is about a crisis in football that goes back many years.

    “Before the pandemic, 75 per cent of clubs were losing money – that can't continue.

    “The pandemic has, if you like, exacerbated the problem and we need to get it fixed.

    “I know you are talking about 'Project Big Picture' – this is a great proposal as far as we are concerned.

    “It is certainly very promising and clubs need it. Something like this has to go through.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    MONEY MAKERS

    Premier League clubs will be able to show traditional 3pm Saturday kick-offs under the new 'Project Big Picture' but only on their own channels.

    According to the Times, one of the proposals state that if the broadcast blackout is lifted, clubs would then own the rights to show their matches.

    It means the prospect of top clubs generating even more money from fans.

    Saturday 3pm kick-offs have always been under a British broadcast blackout which was lifted during the pandemic with fans unable to attend matches.

    Premier League clubs will hold a crisis meeting on Thursday where the majority are likely to oppose the new structure.

  • Anthony Chapman

    KEEP THE PARTEY GOING

    Want some more pictures of Partey? Here you go!

  • Anthony Chapman

    PARTEY TIME

    Here is the picture every Arsenal fan was waiting to see.

    Partey has finally got his hands on a Gunners shirt!

    The midfielder will wear the No18 and could make his debut against Man City this weekend.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PART AND PARCEL

    Arsenal star Thomas Partey's dad took a swipe at Chelsea and Juventus by claiming his son was waiting for a 'bigger team' to come in amid their transfer interest.

    Jacob Partey told My Joy Online: “We actually weren't disturbed by anything because we hoped a bigger team will come for Partey.

    “We were aware of the [other teams interested]: Juventus, Chelsea and so forth.

    “All through this we knew God was with us. From that minute we started to dance to 'Party after Party'.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    PROJECT BIG PITCH

    Man United and Liverpool's radical plans to restructure the Premier League will be outlined at an emergency meeting of all 20 clubs on Thursday.

    The Mail claims Reds owner John Henry and United counterpart Joel Glazer held crisis talks on Monday in the face of rising criticism.

    There is thought to be a recognition that the controversial plan to effectively give the Big Six veto power and a greater share of broadcast revenue may have to be watered down.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    WEL I NEVER

    Former Man United and Arsenal star Danny Welbeck is wanted by Brighton.

    The striker was released from his Watford contract following their relegation to the Championship.

    And the Mail claims Graham Potter wants to bring Welbeck back to the Premier League on a free transfer.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ARTETA-STRY

    Arsenal have finally found the right man to take them forward in Mikel Arteta.

    That’s according to Gunners legend Arsene Wenger, who believes Arteta is working wonders following the failure of predecessor Unai Emery.

    Wenger told the BBC: “He (Arteta) has the ingredients to be a very good manager, a top manager, but many of my former players had these ingredients.

    “We have to give them time, let them do their job in the way they want to do it.

    “He's intelligent, he has big passion and a strong character. And I believe he's surrounding himself with the right people.” 

  • Anthony Chapman

    OZ FEST

    Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to give Mesut Ozil one more chance in the side.

    He told the BBC: “I feel it is a waste for him.

    “Firstly because he's in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most.

    “And it's a waste for the club as well because he's a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.

    “The way football is going at the moment it's quick counter-pressing, quick transitions and everybody plays the same.

    “It's kicked out players like Ozil. Although let's not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played at Real Madrid.

    “He's been the record player of assists, so you have to find a way to get him involved again.”

  • Marc Mayo

    GUNNERS ABROAD

    A handful of Arsenal players are involved in internationals tonight.

    Bernd Leno will likely be on the bench as Germany face Granit Xhaka’s Switzerland in the Nations League.

    Dani Ceballos takes on Ukraine in the other Group 4 game, with Spain two points clear of the Germans.

    Nicolas Pepe’s Ivory Coast are in action against Japan, a friendly being played at Utrecht’s Stadion Galgenwaard.

    And Eddie Nketiah is in contention for England Under-21s as they face Turkey at Molineux.

  • Marc Mayo

    SAK RACE

    News that Ben Chilwell is out of the England squad could be huge for one Arsenal player.

    Bukayo Saka impressed against Wales last week and could now start versus Denmark.

    Kieran Trippier came in as left-back for the win over Belgium in the Nations League but has also left the Three Lions camp.

    Therefore, Saka could be in line for his first competitive start for his country.

  • Marc Mayo

    SPAIN PAIN

    Spanish journalist Jose Damian Gonzalez, of TV show El Chiringuito, has surprised fans with his claim about Thomas Partey.

    With Atletico Madrid unhappy with the midfielder for leaving the club in a deadline day deal, Gonzalez reckons Thomas did not leave to improve his trophy prospects.

    He remarked: “Thomas left for the money. Everyone, in all professions, wants to earn as much as possible, but he went for the money.

    “I’ll say it now and I’ll stick by it: Atlético are a better team than Arsenal.”

  • Marc Mayo

    AU-SOME WORK

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he is “proud” to donate one of his Premier League shirts bearing the Black Lives Matter logo to the Museum of London.

    The museum is working with the Black Cultural Archives for an exhibition on London’s protests during the coronavirus pandemic.

    He told the club website: “I am proud to be the latest black player to captain Arsenal and it’s an honour to have the opportunity to donate my Black Lives Matter shirt to the Museum of London’s Collecting COVID project.

    “I hope this will be remembered as the moment that football stood against all forms of racism and that it will inspire young people for the future.”

  • Marc Mayo

    PAR-DON ME?

    Thomas Partey has been given some… interesting advice from his father.

    As he moves to Arsenal, the midfielder has been told by dad Jacob to keep his eye on the football – and not chase girls.

    Jacob told My Joy Online: “My advice to him was irrespective of the big move, he has to keep training seriously and not lose focus.

    “Not chase ladies so he doesn't flop! He was very receptive of that.”

  • Marc Mayo

    DRIVE AN ART BARGAIN

    Mikel Arteta has the “intelligence” to lead Arsenal to glory.

    That is according to Arsene Wenger, who believes the current Gunners boss simply needs time to work his magic.

    Wenger told BBC Sport: “He has the ingredients to be a very good manager, a top manager, but many of my former players had these ingredients.

    “We have to give them time, let them do their job in the way they want to do it.

    “He's intelligent, he has big passion and a strong character. And I believe he's surrounding himself with the right people.”

  • Marc Mayo

    INSTANT IMPACT

    Gabriel Magalhaes has been named Arsenal’s Player of the Month for September.

    After arriving from Lille, the defender won a whopping 72 per cent of the vote after a decent start to the season for the Gunners.

  • Marc Mayo

    LAMP IT ON

    Thomas Partey has been backed for major success at Arsenal by countryman Nii Lamptey – the first Ghanaian to play in the Premier League.

    Lamptey, 45, told Accra's City TV: “Partey now has to fasten his seat belt.

    “His move to Arsenal is good for Ghana. That is because after myself, Tony Yeboah, Michael Essien, Asamoah Gyan and the others, the amount of Ghanaians in the Premier League has reduced.

    “But now Jordan Ayew [at Crystal Palace] and Partey have taken over.

    “I wish him all the best. I know the challenge is going to be tough.

    “But I am sure he is mature enough. He has played at the highest level, so he should be able to face it.”

  • Marc Mayo

    MART OF A GOOD MAN

    Runar Alex Runarsson has vowed to emulate Emiliano Martinez and work his way up the Arsenal pecking order.

    The Icelandic goalkeeper has come in to replace Martinez, who signed for Aston Villa after impressing in loan spells and as the Gunners’ back-up.

    Runarsson told Goal: “I read an interview with him a couple of days ago and he said he came in as the ninth-choice goalkeeper, but he worked his a*** off to become the first-choice at Arsenal after Leno's injury.

    “Then, he makes a brilliant move to Aston Villa for £20m. That should inspire everyone, not just me.”

    He added: “I spoke to everybody: Edu, Mikel and Inaki [Cana, Arsenal's goalkeeping coach].

    “They didn't have to convince me too much but I wanted to hear what their plan was for me because I am at a prime age as a footballer. That was important to me that they were thinking the same way I was.”

  • Marc Mayo

    NO REGRETS

    Arsene Wenger says he is “proud” of overseeing the financially difficult first few years of Arsenal’s life at Emirates Stadium.

    The club undertook a ten-year loan repayment plan for the new stadium – impacting the then-manager’s ability to work in the transfer market.

    And Wenger told BBC Sport: “I accepted it because I thought it was a challenge.

    “The first 10 years we were competing to win the championship but I knew the next 10 years would be more difficult.

    “I believe we played outstanding football, we were in position sometimes to win the league but we were much younger [as a squad] overall.

    “I may be even prouder of the second part of my career than the first part because the first was easy. The second was tougher and I was really tested in my resilience. I'm very proud to have served the club during such a delicate stage.”

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