Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Tottenham fan KICKS Ramsdale, Raphinha REJECTS Gunners, Merson SLAMS Conte – updates | The Sun

ARSENAL goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was KICKED by a Tottenham fan after the Gunners' 2-0 win over Spurs.

Tottenham released a statement condemning the fan as tempers flared in the North London derby.

And the FA alongside the police will be further investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, Raphinha has rejected Arsenal for the second time amid speculation that the Gunners were eying up a January move for him.

And Paul Merson has slammed Tottenham boss Antonio Conte for not making changes in the first half.

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  • James Colasanti

    Raphinha 'rejects Arsenal again'

    Brazil superstar Raphinha has reportedly rejected a chance to join Prem leaders Arsenal again.

    The flying winger was on the Gunners' radar while starring for Leeds last season.

    And the North London giants have been linked again after his slow start in LaLiga for his 'dream club' Barcelona.

    But a rapid return to England sounds in likely with Mundo Deportivo reporting Raphinha has no interest in a move anywhere during this January window.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING GOONERS

    The Gunners have beaten their rivals Spurs 2-0 at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    First half goals including a Hugo Lloris OG and Martin Odegaard beat Antonio Conte’s men.

    Mikel Arteta’s side weathered a second half storm to earn a much well-earned win.

    There were shocking scenes after Arsenal beat bitter rivals Tottenham 2-0 in the North London Derby.

    As tensions boiled over at full-time, a fan KICKED OUT at Aaron Ramsdale.

    After the game, he told Sky Sports: "The Spurs fans were giving me some stick in the second half and I gave them some back.

    “To the few I did do it to it was probably well-greeted sportsmanship like but then a fan jumped over and gave me a little punch in the back.

    “That’s what happened and it is a shame because it’s just a game of football at the end of the day.

    “Both sets of players tried to bring me away, thankfully nothing happened too drastic.

    “It is a sour taste but I am sure we will enjoy it when we go back to the dressing room.”

    Tottenham have announced they will immediately ban the fan that kicked Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after the North London Derby.

    Tottenham released the following statement: “We are appalled by the behaviour of a supporter that attempted to attack Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale at the end of today’s match. Violence in any form has no place in football.

    “The Club has reviewed its CCTV footage to identify the supporter and will be working with the Met Police, Arsenal and Aaron Ramsdale to take the strongest possible action, including an immediate ban from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.”

    Mikel Arteta has responded to missing out on top transfer target Mykhailo Mudryk – hinting that Arsenal will be looking at alternatives.

    He said: “We’ve excellent players. We want to improve our squad in this transfer window and I mean myself, the staff, players, the board, and ownership.

    “We’re on it but we will do the deals that we can do and that we believe is right for the club”.

  • Jon Boon

    Arteta on Mudryk

    Mikel Arteta has responded to missing out on top transfer target Mykhailo Mudryk – hinting that Arsenal will be looking at alternatives.

    He said: “We’ve excellent players. We want to improve our squad in this transfer window and I mean myself, the staff, players, the board, and ownership.

    “We’re on it but we will do the deals that we can do and that we believe is right for the club”.

  • Jon Boon

    Woods giddy for Arteta

    Laura Woods professed her love for Mikel Arteta after the Spaniard guided his Arsenal side to victory over Tottenham.

    She took to Twitter to celebrate the victory, and Arteta's funny comment about Arsenal's poor recent record at Spurs.

    Woods wrote: "'You haven’t won here, at this ground since 2014'.

    "Arteta: 'Yes I was here.'

    "Arrghh I love him!"

    Arsenal had not won any of their last eight Prem visits to Spurs before today.

    The last time the Gunners picked up three points at the home of their biggest rivals was in March 2014.

  • Jon Boon

    Classy Mead message

    Arsenal showed a touch of class as they dedicated their victory over Tottenham to Beth Mead's mum.

    The Gunners cruised to a 2-0 win in the North London derby thanks to a Hugo Lloris own goal and Martin Odegaard stunner.

    And following the game, Arsenal stars paid tribute to Mead's mum, who passed away from Ovarian cancer on Friday.

    Taking to Instagram Rob Holding posted a photo of the squad together in the dressing room holding an Arsenal shirt that read: "Thinking of you Beth."

    Holding captioned the post on his story: "What a win! We are all with you @bethmead_. For June."

    The Arsenal Women's star posted a moving tribute to June online.

  • Jon Boon

    Tomiyasu spat with Richarlison

    RICHARLISON failed to hide his frustration in the North London derby following a tense coming together with Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    Arsenal took bragging rights back to the Emirates after beating Tottenham 2-0 away from home.

    Richarlison was involved in a heated exchange of words with Aaron Ramsdale at full-time, before the Arsenal keeper was KICKED by a disgraceful Spurs supporter.

    But an eagle-eyed fan spotted an off-field spat between the Brazilian and Arsenal defender Tomiyasu on the touchline earlier in the game.

    Tomiyasu put his arm across Richarlison, who then angrily pulled it away.

  • Jon Boon

    Ramsdale condemns fan

    Aaron Ramsdale spoke out after being disgracefully KICKED by a Tottenham fan following the climax of the North London derby.

    Ramsdale phenomenally kept a clean sheet away from home to help the league leaders to a 2-0 win.

    But tempers flared after the match with opposing players colliding following the final whistle.

    And it riled up the home Spurs supporters inside the stadium, with one even punting Ramsdale as he went to collect his water bottle.

    He responded to Sky Sports: "The Spurs fans were giving me some stick in the second half and I gave them some back.

    "To the few I did do it to it was probably well-greeted sportsmanship like but then a fan jumped over and gave me a little punch in the back.

    "That's what happened and it is a shame because it's just a game of football at the end of the day.

    "Both sets of players tried to bring me away, thankfully nothing happened too drastic.

    "It is a sour taste but I am sure we will enjoy it when we go back to the dressing room."

  • Jon Boon

    Dier compliment

    Eric Dier praised Arsenal and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, after the final whistle of the North London derby.

    The England shotstopper was voted man of the match, after producing a number of stunning saves.

    And Dier has outlined his rival's title credentials.

    He said: "Ramsdale made a lot of good saves. They were the better team.

    "Obviously it's not what you want at your own stadium, especially against a rival.

    "But it is what it is. They are a very good side, they are top for a reason."

  • Jon Boon

    Fan shame

    There were shocking scenes after Arsenal beat bitter rivals Tottenham 2-0 in the North London Derby.

    As tensions boiled over at full-time, a fan KICKED OUT at Aaron Ramsdale.

    Arsenal stopper Ramsdale bickered with Spurs man Richarlison at the end of the game.

    The forward angrily pushed Ramsdale in the side of the head.

    As a steward led Ramsdale away to the edge of the pitch, a fan sat in the Spurs section kicked out at the England goalie.

    Players from both sets of teams then ran over as tempers flared.

    Ramsdale was led away from in front of the Spurs stand by Oleksandr Zinchenko.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta then took over, dragging his goalie towards the travelling supporters.

  • Jon Boon

    North London is red

    The Gunners have beaten their rivals Spurs 2-0 at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    First half goals including a Hugo Lloris OG and Martin Odegaard beat Antonio Conte's men.

    Mikel Arteta's side weathered a second half storm to earn a much well-earned win.

    Huge win for the boys in red and white.

  • Alex Smith

    Llo moment

    Hugo Lloris dropped a clanger to give Arsenal the lead in the North London derby.

    Saka's cross was slightly deflected by left wing-back Ryan Sessegnon with the ball ricocheting to keeper Lloris.

    But the French World Cup winner made a mess of it and palmed the ball into the goal – as Arsenal took a bizarre lead.

    It is the latest in a line of errors from the experienced stopper and captain of Spurs, leaving fans fuming.

    One said: "The only defence people have of Lloris is he won the World Cup. He’s so finished."

    Another said: "Another big game calamity from Lloris, unbelievably finished."

    One complained: "Lloris should be sold tomorrow! Enough is enough."

  • Alex Smith

    Spurs 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal are destroying Tottenham in their own back yard.

    It's 0-2 at half-time thanks to an own goal by Hugo Lloris following an embarrassing blunder and a fine strike by Martin Odegaard.

    Bukayo Saka has been a constant threat and Arsenal look untouchable.

    However, Spurs are not out of it yet, Aaron Ramsdale has made two big saves in the opening period

    You can follow SunSport’s live coverage of the derby HERE.

    Credit: Getty
  • Alex Smith

    Spurs 0-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal are off to a flying start in the North London derby and lead 0-1.

    Bukayo Saka's cross was turned into the Spurs goal due to a huge error by Hugo Lloris.

    Thomas Partey has seen as sensational volley cannon off the post.

    You can follow SunSport’s live coverage of the match HERE.

  • Alex Smith

    Arsenal and Newcastle keen on Fresneda

    Arsenal and Newcastle are monitoring Ivan Fresneda, according to reports.

    Fresneda’s release clause currently stands at a mighty £25million, with his contract running until 2025.

    But Newcastle reckon they could get him for around £10m by loaning him back to the LaLiga side.

    However, Arsenal could wait until the summer to buy him.

  • Alex Smith

    Arsenal line-up vs Spurs

    Mikel Arteta, as expected, has named an unchanged side from the team that drew with Newcastle.

    Starting XI: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah

    Subs: Turner, Holding, Tierney, Tomiyasu, Lokonga, Smith, Vieira, Smith Rowe, Maquinhos

    You can follow SunSport's live coverage of the North London derby HERE.

  • Alex Smith

    Spurs line-up for derby

    Antonio Conte has handed Papy Sarr his first ever Premier League start in the North London derby.

    The Senegalese international, who spent last season out on loan at Metz, has been chosen in midfield ahead of Oliver Skipp and Yves Bissouma.

    Starting XI: Lloris, Doherty, Romero, Dier, Lenglet, Sessegnon, Hojbjerg, Sarr, Kulusevski, Son, Kane

    Subs: Forster, Sanchez, Davies, Emerson, Perisic, Skipp, Bissouma, Gil, Richarlison

    You can follow SunSport’s live coverage of the North London derby HERE.

  • Alex Smith

    Arsenal offered Trossard

    Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Leandro Trossard, according to reports.

    They Belgian has fallen out with Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi who slammed his attitude, meanwhile Trossard’s agent said his client was “humiliated” by him.

    With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the Seagulls want to sell this month.

    As Mykhailo Mudryk has gone to Chelsea, it opens the door for Arsenal to choose Trossard as an alternative if they wish.

  • Alex Smith

    Two Spurs players in combined XI

    Just two Tottenham players have made it into Mikael Silvestre's combined XI.

    The former Man Utd and Arsenal star put only Christian Romero and Harry Kane in his best team made from both squads.

    Son Heung-min was snubbed in favour of Gabriel Martinelli.

  • Alex Smith

    OFFICIAL: Mudryk joins Chelsea

    Mykhailo Mudryk has signed for Chelsea.

    The player has put pen to paper on an an eight-and-a-half year contract.

    Mudryk said on his move: “I’m so happy to sign for Chelsea.

    “This is a huge club, in a fantastic league and it is a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career.

    “I’m excited to meet my new team-mates and I’m looking forward to working and learning under Graham Potter and his staff."

    Arsenal have failed to land their main transfer target, which will be a major blow for Mikel Arteta.

  • Alex Smith

    Mudryk seen at Stamford Bridge

    Mykhailo Mudryk has been spotted at Stamford Bridge ahead of his imminent move to Chelsea.

    The winger is close to sealing a £97million transfer to Chelsea – with contracts signed and medical reportedly done.

    He took up a spot in a VIP box to watch the Blues take on Palace as Graham Potter’s side look to end their dismal run.

    Arsenal have missed out on their No.1 target.

  • Alex Smith

    Nketiah wants to make fans proud

    Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah will lead the line for the Gunners today against Spurs.

    Nketiah has spoken ahead of the game, saying: "We just want the three points.

    "We want to do it for the supporters – every time you play Tottenham, you don’t need any extra motivation to be up for it. It's just about giving our everything."

  • Alex Smith

    Kane vs Arsenal

    Harry Kane has an incredible goalscoring record in the North London derby.

    Only Everton and Leicester have let in more goals scored by the Tottenham star.

    In his last ten league games versus Arsenal, Kane has netted in all but three of those matches.

    Overall, in 18 ties with the Gunners he has found the back of the net 14 times.

  • Alex Smith

    Wright makes NLD joke

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has joked his former side will start the North London derby 1-0 down due to Harry Kane's goalscoring form against them.

    Wright said on his podcast: "I’m nervous. For me, this is a game Arsenal need to win. In a season where Arsenal are striving to win the title, I believe they need to win this game. And it’s against our biggest rivals.

    "We’re already going into the game 1-0 down because Harry Kane always scores against us.

    "All I want is for us to start well and to put that Tottenham defence under pressure, to put everyone past that front four under pressure.

    "When you’re going into a title challenge and you’re up there, there’s certain games you can’t lose and I think this is one of them. But overall, it’s a game I do believe we are going to win."

    Credit: Reuters
  • Alex Smith

    Morgan leads Mudryk frustration

    Piers Morgan has revealed his frustrations after Arsenal appeared to be beaten to the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk.

    Chelsea look set to confirm the 22-year-old as their latest star name after agreeing a stunning £97million transfer.

    Sun columnist and Arsenal fan Piers has taken aim at his "weak" club over their approach.

    He tweeted: "I’m irrationally annoyed about this Mudryk fiasco.

    "If Arsenal want to win the League this season, we can’t faff around for weeks on key targets and then get outflanked/outbid at the last minute. Looks weak.

    "We must buy another top class striker asap."

    Earlier, Piers had also tweeted: "How can this be happening? Ridiculous that Arsenal let this transfer saga drag on so long we’ve apparently ended up losing him."

    Morgan also hit out a the winger himself saying: "It’s a tad surprising to watch a Ukrainian player flirt so enthusiastically with Arsenal and then opt at the last minute for a club whose fans continue to chant support for one of Putin’s best mates."

  • Alex Smith

    Mudryk alternatives

    With Mykhailo Mudryk set to join Chelsea, it means Arsenal need to look at alternatives if the would still like to bring in a winger this month.

    Barcelona reportedly could look to cash-in on Raphinha due to their financial issues and he is someone Arsenal were keen on in the summer.

    The Gunners have also been linked with a move for Real Madrid star Eden Hazard, who would be a cheaper and more attainable option.

    Other names floating around are Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, Moussa Diaby of Bayer Leverkusen and Rafael Leao from AC Milan.

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