Thomas Partey returns to Arsenal training in first session of the New Year
Arsenal could be one of the Premier League’s most prominent players in the January transfer window. with both signings and sales required as Mikel Arteta frantically reshapes his squad after surviving a disastrous run of form up until the festive period.
We will have all the latest Arsenal news, rumours and gossip – on both comings and goings – throughout the day.
BLACKPOOL EXTEND BALLARD LOAN
Blackpool have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Arsenal to extend Daniel Ballard’s loan deal.
The 21-year-old defender was set to return to the Emirates at the end of January but will not remain with the League One side until the end of the season.
Ballard has made eight appearances so far this term, helping his side to four clean sheets.
Callum Rice-Coates5 January 2021 17:00
A FAMILIAR FACE
This feels like one of those rumours that emerges at least once a year, but perhaps there’s something to it this time…
Callum Rice-Coates5 January 2021 16:40
WRIGHT WOULD ‘LOVE’ POGBA AT ARSENAL
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has admitted he would “love” to see Paul Pogba at the Emirates amid continued speculation over the United midfielder’s future.
“Yes [Pogba is back to his best] he is and you know, with all the stuff that’s happened with him he’s getting it right on the pitch,” Wright told Premier League Productions.
“He’s put it all to the side and to be honest he’s putting in good performances. ‘He was unlucky there [not to score against Villa] but I thought with his ability he should have scored.
“Great touch, great play, great awareness, great skill. He’s getting everyone playing and that’s what he does.
“He was everywhere. He was in his own box, he was up there in their box, he was doing everything today.
“That’s what he can do with his creativity. you give him this much time when you have willing runners like Marcus Rashford….that is just fantastic.
“A super, super pass. I’d love to have someone like that.”
Callum Rice-Coates5 January 2021 16:24
SALIBA DEAL COULD BE EXTENDED BY A YEAR
William Saliba’s loan deal at Nice could be extended for another year, according to L’Equipe.
Arsenal confirmed that the 19-year-old defender had joined the Ligue 1 side on a season-long loan on Monday.
That has led to some disappointment, given the expectation surrounding the youngster ahead of what many expected to be his breakthrough season at the Emirates.
Another year at Nice beyond the end of this term could mean Arsenal fans are forced to wait even longer to see what Saliba has to offer.
Callum Rice-Coates5 January 2021 16:16
ARSENAL YOUNGSTER RETURNS FROM LOAN SPELL
Arsenal youngster Tolaji Bola has returned to Arsenal after completing his loan spell with League One side Rochdale.
The 21-year-old has been recalled, though the reason for this is unclear.
Mikel Arteta might intend to use the left-back as cover for Kieran Tierney following Sead Kolasinac’s exit.
Alternatively, Bola may be loaned out again or sold at some point this month.
Callum Rice-Coates5 January 2021 15:51
Callum Rice-Coates5 January 2021 15:27
ARTETA CONFIRMS IMMINENT RETURN OF ‘MAIN SIGNING’
Arsenal’s “main signing” Thomas Partey is close to a return after a spell on the sidelines through injury.
The Gunners are expected to add a creative midfielder during the January transfer window, but Mikel Arteta has admitted Partey’s comeback will be a welcome boost.
“We are in January and I think he’s played two and a half games. That’s all and he was our main signing. We’ve been missing him,” said Arteta. “He brings something different to the team, he’s a player with an enormous talent.
“But as well someone that can transform the team the way we want. It’s great if we can have him, keep him healthy and I think he will contribute in a really positive way.”
Callum Rice-Coates5 January 2021 15:13
FORMER EVERTON WINGER REVEALS ARSENAL ‘DREAM’
Ex-Everton winger Henry Onyekuru has admitted he wanted to play for Arsenal before arriving in the Premier League in 2017.
The Nigeria international spent two years at Goodison Park before leaving for Monaco in 2019, and is currently on loan at Galatasaray.
“The first dream is to play in the Premier League, it may not have worked out at Everton but I have no regrets about it,” Onyekuru told BBC Africa.
“When I received offers from top clubs in England I knew back then that I needed a work permit to play. That it didn’t happen then has nothing to do with my talent but red tape that’s beyond my control.
“I really wanted to go to Arsenal because I spoke to some people there as I was very young then.
“It was obvious that I was not going to play without a UK work permit. So, I went to Everton and played in the Champions League through a loan move to Anderlecht.”
Callum Rice-Coates5 January 2021 14:55
WOLVES EMERGE AS CONTENDER TO SIGN ARSENAL TARGET
Wolves have joined the race to sign Arsenal target Christian Eriksen, according to Sky Sport Italia.
The Premier League side are believed to have made contact with Inter over the Dane’s availability, though an official bid has not yet been tabled.
Reports elsewhere have suggested Arsenal are amongst the favourites to sign Eriksen, who is also said to be attracting interest from PSG and former club Tottenham.
Callum Rice-Coates5 January 2021 14:31
BUENDIA READY TO ‘PUSH FOR MOVE’ TO ARSENAL
Norwich midfielder Emi Buendia is willing to push through a move to Arsenal if the Gunners formalise their interest, according to CBS Sports.
There are potential alternative options in Real Madrid’s Isco and Houssem Aouar of Lyon, but Buendia is a more realistic target.
Buendia reportedly “welcomes interest” from Arsenal and if a formal bid is made he is expected to inform Norwich of his desire to leave.
Callum Rice-Coates5 January 2021 14:11