8.45am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Joan Jordan UPDATE, Brandt LATEST, Buendia targeted, Soler linked to Emirates


The Premier League will be allowed to continue behind closed doors despite England going back into a national lockdown.

PM Boris Johnson addressed the nation last night to confirm tighter restrictions across the country but there is an exemption for elite sport, meaning professional football will carry on.

Arsenal’s festive form has taken the club from relegation candidates to European contenders.

Bookies had the Gunners at 20-1 to go down but they are now 11-4 to finish in the top six and 8-1 to qualify for the Champions League.

Lots of talk is about Emi Buendia who has emerged as a serious target for Arsenal.

The Norwich star has the most chances created in Europe this season and Arsenal may even offer Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson as part of a deal to land the £40million-rated man.

But it is thought the Gunners have given up chasing Real Madrid playmaker Isco due to Emile Smith Rowe’s emergence.

Smith Rowe has started Arsenal’s last three Premier League games, all wins against Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom.

After Sead Kolasinac’s loan to Schalke, William Saliba followed him through the temporary exit door yesterday.

The French defender, 19, has joined Nice on loan for the remainder of the season to continue his development.

Saliba is yet to make a single first-team appearance for the club since his £27m arrival in 2019.

And there looks set to be more outgoings, too.

Sokratis continues to be linked with a move away with Fenerbahce and Olympiacos keen on the Greek international.

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And Mohamed Elneny could be heading back to Besiktas on loan, the club he spent the 2019-20 season with.


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