£17m Tomiyasu transfer CONFIRMED, Lacazette 'to reject new Arsenal deal', Bellerin LEAVES, Maitland-Niles stays

ARSENAL completed some very late business on transfer deadline day with the £20m signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna.

The Japan international defender put the finishing touches to the deal in the final hour of deadline day.

While right-back Hector Bellerin has left the club on loan, moving to Real Betis for the rest of the season.

And Ashley Maitland-Niles – who openly asking for a move via Instagram – will stay with the club after talks with management.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    NIGHTMARE

    Martin Odegaard has lifted the lid on his thoughts about Arsenal's All or Nothing documentary on Amazon Prime.

    The new signing, who spent last season on loan at the Emirates, admitted that having cameras following the team's every move isn't his 'favourite thing'.

    Arsenal's media chief Mark Gonnella claimed the fly-on-the wall documentary will provide fans with behind-the-scenes access and a 'unique insight' into the Gunners' 2021-22 campaign.

    At a press conference on Tuesday, Odegaard opened up on his reservations about the documentary, saying: "I must admit that it's not my favourite thing to have cameras everywhere.

    "You automatically think a bit more about what you are saying when there are cameras there, but the crew is discreet."

  • Kealan Hughes

    BELLER-OUT

    Hector Bellerin was offered on loan to Newcastle this summer before he made the move to boyhood club Real Betis.

    It seems Mikel Arteta was desperate to offload the Spaniard, with Takehiro Tomiyasu arriving on deadline day to replace Bellerin.

    The defender still has two years left on his Gunners contract but will need to impress in La Liga if he is to win back a place under Arteta.

  • Kealan Hughes

     

    Gary Neville has been left unimpressed by the transfer strategy imposed by Edu and Mikel Arteta this summer.

    Neville isn’t convinced the six additions will instantly improve a struggling Arsenal side, and thus, he has called on the Gunners’ more senior players to step up and galvanise the squad.

    He told Sky Sports: “There are no signings I look at and think, 'they excite me', but they do have a group that need to come together quickly and form a team.

    Sometimes it's not the signings they bring in at Arsenal, it's the senior players you look at and think, 'what are they getting from them?'

    They have to start working for each other on the pitch and be difficult to beat before they worry about winning loads of matches. They've been very easy to beat so far this season, which is not a good trait."

  • Kealan Hughes

    BETTER CALL SOL

    Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has offered to help his old club overcome their defensive issues. The Gunners have made a torrid start to the new season, conceding nine goals in three games as the pressure begins to mount on boss Mikel Arteta.

    The 73-cap England international told talkSPORT: “I’d love to go there and help them out.

    “There is a serious problem there and I’m happy to help, even if it’s a couple of days a week.

    The tricks of the trade and little things, there is a blind-spot there and I’d help them out all day long.

    “It’s been happening a lot and it doesn’t matter who plays at the back, it seems to be the same type of occurrences.

    “I think it’s a young team, there’s great footballers but I think they just need the know-how, the little nuggets of information that someone like me or someone else can give over to them.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    GUNNER STAY

    Cedric Soares is firmly committed to Arsenal and won't be joining Fenerbahce this summer, football.london understands.

    The Portuguese defender has been heavily linked with a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce in recent weeks along with fellow Gunners full-back Sead Kolasinac.

    Whilst Kolasinac's move to Istanbul appears to have broken down over personal terms, football.london has learned that Cedric remains committed to fighting for a place in Mikel Arteta's side.

    The transfer window in Turkey closes on September 8 with the likes of Cedric, Kolasinac and Mohamed Elneny all being linked with moves away from the club.

    Cedric faces vast competition at right-back with the likes of Calum Chambers, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu all able to play there.

  • Dylan Terry

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Mikel Arteta hopes his sixth and last transfer window signing, Takehiro Tomiyasu, will give Arsenal’s struggling defence extra “composure”.

    The Gunners have conceded nine goals in losing all their three Prem clashes so far – ahead of Saturday's home clash with joint bottom Norwich.

    And  £17million Japan star Tomiyasu, 22, was famed in Serie A at Bologna for taming Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Tomiyasu's arrival took the Gunners' summer spree to £144m, including £50m on centre-back Ben White.

    And Arteta said: “He’s a versatile defender with great defensive qualities, high technical ability and composure on the ball.

    “He will be an important member of our squad."

    Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is missing Switzerland’s three World Cup qualifiers after testing positive for Covid-19.

    The Gunners and Spurs are tipped to rekindle their interest in Lyon's France playmaker Houssem Aouar, 23, in January's transfer window.

    Finally, Manchester United legend Gary Neville has questioned the leadership skills of senior Gunners Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Xhaka.

    Nev told Sky Sports: “There’s no real sort of signings that I look at and think, wow, you know, they really excite me.

    “But what they do have is a group of players that need to come together as quickly as possible and form a team.

    “I think with Arsenal that sometimes it’s not the signings that they bring in; it’s more the actual senior players that you look at and think, well, what are they getting from them?"

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA: TAKEHIRO GIVES US 'COMPOSURE'

    Boss Mikel Arteta believes his final transfer window signing Takehiro Tomiyasu will give Arsenal's struggling defence extra "composure".

    Japan star Tomiyasu, 22, cost an initial £17million, meaning the Gunners made it six and out for summer recruits – totalling £144m.

    Arteta said: "He’s a versatile defender with great defensive qualities, high technical ability and composure on the ball.

    "He will be an important member of our squad. We look forward to Takehiro joining up with us when he returns from international duty.”

    He added: “Takehiro is a strong defender with good experience in Serie A and at international level."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SPENDING DOWN

    According to analysis by the Deloitte Sports Business Group, this summer represented the lowest gross spending between season window since 2015.

    The analysis suggests top-flight clubs spent a combined £1.1billion before 11pm last night, 11% less than last summer’s window.

    And Deloitte report that the gross spending is down 20% on 2019, largely due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Despite that the number of players signed by Premier League clubs actually increased.

    Last summer 132 signings were made, while 148 new deals were announced before yesterday’s deadline.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CLEAR LACA LEADERSHIP

    Gary Neville has questioned the leadership skills of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka.

    The Manchester United legend told Sky Sports: “There’s no real sort of signings that I look at and think, wow, you know, they really excite me.

    “But what they do have is a group of players that need to come together as quickly as possible and form a team.

    “I think with Arsenal that sometimes it’s not the signings that they bring in; it’s more the actual senior players that you look at and think, well, what are they getting from them?

    “What are they getting from Aubameyang, Lacazette, Xhaka? Those players that you think would hold them together – the goalkeeper.

    “They’ve got to really sort of get themselves right in the next few weeks and create an atmosphere and culture in that dressing room of one that they’re all together and aligned behind the manager together to get performances.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA MUST MIK'S UP HIS SIGNINGS

    Arsenal legend Sol Campbell says Mikel Arteta needs more balance in his transfer dealings – mixing marquee buys with players of the future.

    Former England defender Campbell appears to be worried the struggling Gunners are plotting too much for the longer-term rather than actually strengthening their team now.

    He said: "I’d rather take two transfers – money and wages – and buy a ready-to-go player and then you can pad it out with some other potentials as well. 

    "I’d much prefer that type of way and build up over the next two or three years.

    "Every year buy those kind of signature players that can give you that instant success… instant success? Well maybe proven and they’re more likely going to work out.’

    "Sometimes you need to join two transfer fees and the money to sign those [signature] players. They should look at that and balance it out with potential."

  • Ian Tuckey

    XHAKA TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID

    Granit Xhaka will miss Switzerland's three World Cup qualifiers after testing positive for Covid-19.

    The Arsenal midfielder, 28, will self-isolate for ten days after the Swiss FA confirmed his coronavirus diagnosis.

    Apart from tonight's clash with Greece, he is set to sit out ties with Italy and Northern Ireland.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HIRO CAN MAKE RON A ZERO

    Arsenal fans believe Takehiro Tomiyasu may be the man to stop Cristiano Ronaldo after a clip of his Serie A exploits went viral.

    Arsenal fans reckon Takehiro Tomiyasu is ‘better than Ronaldo’ as clip of him tackling Man Utd star in Serie A emerges

    The short highlight shows the full-back dominate his rival in a game for Bologna against Juventus.

    Tomiyasu, 22, nicked the ball from Ronaldo before holding him off and turning him to clear the danger.

    Some Gooners watching the clip on Reddit felt it raised false hopes but others were convinced that the club had signed a star defender.

    One fan on Reddit commented: "CR7 came to Prem to get away from him."

    Another joked: "I’m convinced. He’s better than Ronaldo, you can’t tell me otherwise."

    While one said: "We brought him as a response to CR7 for United, bring it on!"

    But another noted: "Clips like these just build up false hopes."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SWEET CHUKS

    Roman Yaremchuk showed why Arsenal wanted him this summer with a stunning 30-yard volley for Ukraine in the World Cup qualifiers.

    The 25-year-old striker wasted no time displaying his talent when he opened the scoring in spectacular fashion in his country's 2-2 draw against Kazakhstan last night, shown by Sky Sports.

    After just one minute, Ukraine's No9 set the game alight when he received the ball on his chest, nudged it forward then smashed his volley into the top left-hand corner.

    All Kazahkstan's keeper Stas Pokatilov could do was helplessly watch in awe as the ball sailed past his flapping hands into the net.

    Yaremchuk's strike was so good that Sky Sports have already got it as a strong contender for goal of the week.

    Fans were also stunned by the ex-Gent star's strike and one wrote: "God damn what a goal!

    "Who even tries something like that within 2 mins of a game! Screamer."

    The Gunners were reportedly keen on signing the attacker, who scored 23 goals in 43 games for Gent last season,

  • Ian Tuckey

    CITY FAVOURITES TO LAND HAALAND

    Erling Haaland has several of Europe’s biggest clubs competing for his signature.

    Heavyweights Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are all reportedly interested in the Norwegian superstar.

    But Premier League champions Manchester City are the leading contenders with bookmakers Betfair.

    The Citizens missed out on signing Tottenham talisman Harry Kane after a summer-long pursuit.

    But their failure to prize Kane from North London could increase the likelihood that they’ll challenge for Haaland next year.

    Betfair have installed City as 7/4 favourites having been 3/1 during the transfer window.

    Real Madrid are next in the betting at 5/2.

    The Spanish giants proved they still have the financial capabilities having submitted a £137m bid for Kylian Mbappe.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'HUGELY DISAPPOINTING' START

    Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham has sent an email to all the club's staff in which he called for everyone to bounce back after a 'hugely disappointing start' to the season.

    The Gunners have lost their first three games of the Premier League campaign, conceding nine goals and failing to score at all.

    The dreadful early run has left them rock bottom of the table amid growing pressure on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

    But he has received backing in the form of transfer funds, with the club topping the charts as the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer.

    And Venkatesham wants them to build on that by turning things around on the pitch.

    In an email obtained by the Evening Standard, he said: “Of course, I write this update against the backdrop of a hugely disappointing start to the season. I know how tough this is for all of you, both as supporters and employees, with criticism coming from all angles.

    “At times like this it is critical we stick together and stay positive. We have a very important run of games coming up after the international break and I’m confident we can and will come out fighting.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    DOC PUTS US ON GAARD

    Martin Odegaard shared his honest opinion of Arsenal’s highly-anticipated All or Nothing documentary. 

    The Gunners’ summer signing – who completed a loan spell at the club last term – reckons having a camera crew observing the squad is a little off-putting.

    Odegaard, 22, who sealed a £30million permanent switch to Arsenal from Real Madrid, said:  “You automatically think a bit more about what you are saying when there are cameras there, but the crew is discreet.” 

    The club’s media director Mark Gonnella reckons the Amazon documentary will give fans a ‘unique insight’ at what will be going on behind the scenes for the club during the 2021-22 season.

    But the North London side’s disappointing start to the season could make for uncomfortable viewing. 

    Mikel Arteta’s side, who face Norwich next, have notched up a season-opening hat-trick of defeats in the Prem. 

    Losses to Chelsea, Manchester City and a shock loss to league newbies Brentford have left the Emirates side propping up the table. 

    It is the first time since 1975 that the Gunners men’s team are rock bottom in England’s top-flight after three games. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    SLOWEST SUMMER SPENDING SINCE 2015

    According to analysis by the Deloitte Sports Business Group, this summer represented the lowest gross spending between season window since 2015.

    The analysis suggests top-flight clubs spent a combined £1.1billion before 11pm last night, 11% less than last summer’s window.

    And Deloitte report that the gross spending is down 20% on 2019, largely due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Despite that the number of players signed by Premier League clubs actually increased.

    Last summer 132 signings were made, while 148 new deals were announced before yesterday’s deadline.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON: REJOINING UTD IS MY BEST DECISION

    Cristiano Ronaldo says he is back at Manchester United to win trophies rather than for sentimental reasons.

    But the Portugal superstar, whose 2003-6 Old Trafford spell was legendary, added: “I think it’s the best decision that I have made.

    “I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things.”

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  • Ian Tuckey

    SENIOR GUNNERS LACK LEADERSHIP SKILLS

    Gary Neville has questioned the leadership skills of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka.

    The Manchester United legend told Sky Sports: “There’s no real sort of signings that I look at and think, wow, you know, they really excite me.

    “But what they do have is a group of players that need to come together as quickly as possible and form a team.

    “I think with Arsenal that sometimes it’s not the signings that they bring in; it’s more the actual senior players that you look at and think, well, what are they getting from them?

    “What are they getting from Aubameyang, Lacazette, Xhaka? Those players that you think would hold them together – the goalkeeper.

    “They’ve got to really sort of get themselves right in the next few weeks and create an atmosphere and culture in that dressing room of one that they’re all together and aligned behind the manager together to get performances.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TAM THE MAN

    Tammy Abraham has taken to Instagram to wish Reiss Nelson luck on loan at Feyenoord.

    Abraham is a boyhood Arsenal fan, with the Gunners missing out on signing the 23-year-old this summer after being strongly linked with a move for him.

    And Abraham has shown how close he is to members of the Arsenal squad with his message to Nelson.

    He reposted a picture of Nelson's Feyenoord announcement on his story, and wrote: "showtime broskiii." in a vote of confidence for his pal.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    AOUAR ON

    Arsenal and Tottenham could rekindle their interest in Houssem Aouar in January.

    Both North London clubs were linked with a move for the 23-year-old Lyon playmaker over the summer.

    A move failed to ever materialise but according to The Express he could be on his way to London before the season is over.

    With the Frenchman's contract expiring in the summer of 2023, Lyon may be forced to sanction a move before losing Aouar for a cut-price fee or even on a free transfer.

    And with Aouar open to a new challenge elsewhere, a January move could well be on the cards.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    TIME RUNNING OUT

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Mikel Arteta does not have long before serious questions are asked of him at Arsenal.

    It's after the Gunners find themselves bottom of the Premier League table after three games – without scoring a goal.

    And Merson believes if the situation is still the same by the next international break, Arteta could be relieves of his duties.

    He told Sky Sports: "Mikel Arteta will have [un]til the October internationals.

    "If they haven’t done anything by then he will be under pressure."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    UPDATE ON AINSLEY

    After Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ dramatic Instagram story in which he publicly stated he wanted to leave Arsenal, tensions now seemed to have eased between him and the club.

    Journalist David Ornstein said during a live stream for The Athletic: “Ainsley Maitland-Niles has held clear-the-air talks with Mikel Arteta. For now, they have gone on to a better footing, normal service resumed, he’ll be back in training, and he’s said to be a key part of Arteta’s plans.

    “I think actions now speak louder than words. A player who’s under contract until 2023 and wants game time desperately. He’s 24 years old now, so he’s coming into a really important period of his career.

    “A key part of this was that Everton made an offer that Arsenal weren’t happy with – [a] loan with an option to buy, Arsenal see him as an academy product, a top player who’s had international honours – you either make us a really good loan offer, which by that, I presume means a high loan fee, or a permanent transfer. They turned down £20m last year from Wolves.

    “But now they seem to be in a good space. And he’ll be staying at Arsenal for the coming season, or at least until January.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OUT OF LAC

    Alexandre Lacazette is set to leave Arsenal on a free transfer next summer.

    According to football.london the Frenchman has rejected a contract extension from the Gunners.

    The 30-year-old was linked with a move away from North London with his contract expiring at the end of the season, but no move materialised.

    It means Lacazette is free to agree a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January 1, and this campaign looks set to be his last at Arsenal.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SEAD’S DEMANDS

    It was reported earlier that Sead Kolasinac was on the brink of a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce, according to football.london.

    But the club’s President Ali Koc claims the move broke down for financial reasons, with Kolasinac’s demands out of reach for Fenerbahce.

    And now those figures have been revealed.

    Koc told Sporx: “[Kolasinac’s camp] contacted us and told us their demands. They asked for a three-year contract, €3million (£2.5m) a year [£50,000-a-week] with a €3million (£2.5) signing-on fee.

    “The issue was brought [to us] before our coach arrived. He wasn’t interested.”

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