9.15pm Arsenal news LIVE: Mustafi ‘free transfer’, Aubameyang ‘takes tablets during Leicester loss’, Aouar latest – The Sun

ARSENAL were beaten 1-0 by Leicester as Jamie Vardy secured the Foxes first away win against the Gunners in 47 years.

Meanwhile Shkodran Mustafi has reportedly rejected a new contract and told the club he will leave on a free transfer in the summer.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

  • Joe Miles


    Ian Wright doesn't sound too confident ahead of Arsenal's clash against Manchester United on November 1.

    The former Gunners star told Premier League Productions: “You look at Manchester United as well who are another team that will want to play on the break.

    “You're going to need to be able to pass through their team, be able to break them down.

    “Manchester United will do the same thing [as Leicester] and they've got even better players going forward, more than just Vardy.

    “It's a tough one, we knew Leicester were going to be tough and we know Manchester United are going to be tough.

    “Arsenal are going to have to dig in and find a way of getting results without scoring the perfect goal.”

  • Joe Miles


    Laurent Koscielny has charged to Mesut Ozil’s defence, branding the Arsenal misfit a ‘phenomenon’ and a ‘very good person’.

    He told L’Equipe: “As a man, he is a very good person, who got along with all his teammates.

    “He gave a lot, helped sick children. He is a generous person, with whom I got along very well.

    “As a player, he is, in my opinion, a phenomenon. He can find passes that no one sees, he’s a maestro. He can rock a game with incredible passes.

    “We’re both part of the ‘Arsene Wenger Generation’. The coach loved him as a player.

    “It was more complicated with Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta. Knowing him, he must always be professional in training, always on time.

    “He is undoubtedly at the level demanded by the Premier League. There is probably a certain case with the club since last year. I hope both sides find a deal that works for everyone.

    “He’s a competitor. I hope to see him back on the pitch soon, at Arsenal or somewhere else, because he is a real talent.”

  • Joe Miles


    Mikel Arteta has highlighted where Arsenal need to improve after the loss to Leicester.

    He said: ““Credit to them, they are really organised and it’s difficult to create chances.

    “We created one with Hector Bellerin and we didn’t convert. It’s an aspect we have to improve on.

    “To be fair I was really pleased with the first half. The way we pressed and the aggression we showed.

    “We were effective with that and restricted them to nothing.

    “We scored the goal on the set piece which I don’t know how it got disallowed. We needed to be patient and not to make any errors.”

  • Joe Miles


    Dani Ceballos has insisted he believes in his team-mates 'to the death' following the defeat to Leicester.

  • Joe Miles


    Mikel Arteta believes fatigue played a factor in Arsenal's tame defeat to Leicester.

    The Gunners failed to break down Brendan Rodgers' resolute Foxes, as regular tormentor Jamie Vardy netted again in a 1-0 win.

    After Sunday's match, Arteta said: “I think fatigue had a say there as well.

    “We didn’t look as sharp on the ball. We didn’t have much purpose on the ball. David [Luiz] gave us something different when we wanted to do something with the low blocks.

    “Credit to them, they are really organised and it’s difficult to create chances.”

  • Joe Miles


    Premier League clubs will tomorrow discuss cutting the Pay Per View charge to under a tenner.

    But not until AFTER next month’s international break.

    Top flight clubs have faced a fan backlash, fuelled by MPs, and branded 'greedy' for the £14.95 per game charge.

    Despite that, SunSport understands the League is to announce the five matches scheduled for the weekend of November 7 and 8 which have not already been moved for live TV screening will be shown on PPV at the current price.

    Those matches include Arsenal versus Aston Villa and Spurs’ trip to West Brom, both of which will be switched to the Sunday because of Europa League exertions.

  • Joe Miles


    Gunners star Daniel Ballard was named as the Man of the Match in his first start for Blackpool.

    The Northern Ireland international was the star of the show as his side beat MK Dons 1-0 at home.

    But he still has a lot of work to do as Blackpool are 17th in League One after just eight games.

    Ballard joined the club in October in a loan deal that will keep him there until January.

  • Joe Miles


    Mikel Arteta wanted to sign Houssem Aouar instead of Thomas Partey, according to L'Equipe.

    It is reported that Arteta and technical director Edu were not in agreement over the two transfer targets.

    And Edu got his way as the Gunners signed Partey for £45million from Atletico Madrid.

    He made his home debut for the club last night as Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City.

  • Joe Miles


    This is the moment Shkodran Mustafi appears to ignore instructions from teammate Gabriel Magalhes which could have prevented Jamie Vardy’s winner for Leicester against Arsenal.

    The Foxes superstar came off the bench to net an 80th minute header at the Emirates.

    It marked Leicester’s first win at Arsenal in 47 years.

    And Vardy’s effort also spoiled Thomas Partey’s home debut following his £40million deadline day switch from Atletico Madrid.

  • Josh Graham

    AU NO!

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been shooting blanks of late.

    The skipper has not scored in their last FIVE league games.

    His worst run since joining the Gunners!

  • Josh Graham


    Shkodran Mustafi has told Arsenal that he wants to leave the club at the end of the season, according to reports.

    The Gunners have just over two months to tie the German down to a new deal before he can negotiate a pre-agreement with a club abroad.

    And Football.London claim Mustafi, 28, wants to try his luck elsewhere.

    Lazio and Napoli were among the clubs linked to the centre-back during the transfer window.

    The defender's contract is up at the end of the campaign, although the Gunners are said to have offered him a new deal.

    That has reportedly been rejected and the club will have to weigh up whether to agree a sale in January or risk losing him for free in the summer.

  • Josh Graham


    Mikel Arteta has a WORSE record than predecessor Unai Emery after 26 Premier League games.

    Despite bagging the FA Cup last season, Arteta's league record is not as impressive despite many suggesting he is doing a good job at the Emirates.

  • Josh Graham


    Arsenal have received an injury boost with the news Pablo Mari is back in training.

    The Evening Standard reports the defender is running again and has started ball work.

    He has been out since June with an ankle blow.

    The report states he is likely to be back in full training in the next two weeks or so.

  • Josh Graham


    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers reckons Arsenal gaffer Mikel Arteta is doing a 'fantastic' job at the Emirates.

    Rodgers helped the Foxes to a 1-0 win in North London last night – their first away league win at Arsenal in 47 years.

    He said: “Well 47 years is a long, long time, Mikel’s done a fantastic job here, admired as a young manager coming in on his first job, I think he’s doing great.”

    “For us to be the first team to win here this calendar year really shows the quality of his work.”

  • Josh Graham


    Former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has backed old pal Mesut Ozil as the German continues to be ostracised by the Gunners.

    The £350,000 a week ace has been left out of the Europa League and Prem 25-man squads with his chances of playing under Mikel Arteta verging on impossible.

    Koscielny told L'Equipe: “As a man, he's a very good person, who got along with all his team-mates. 

    “'He gave a lot, helped sick children. He is a generous person, with whom I got along very well. As a player, he is in my opinion a phenomenon. He can find passes that no one sees, he's a maestro. He can rock a game with incredible passes.

    “We're both part of the 'Arsene Wenger Generation'. The coach loved him as a player. It was more complicated with Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta. Knowing him, he must always be professional in training, always on time. 

    “He is undoubtedly at the level demanded by the Premier League. There is probably a certain case with the club since last year, I hope both sides find a deal that works for everyone. 

    “He is a competitor. I hope to see him back on the pitch soon, at Arsenal or elsewhere, because he is real talent.”

  • Josh Graham


    Arsenal legend Martin Keown has told Mikel Arteta to stop repeatedly tinkering his formation like Unai Emery following the defeat to Leicester.

    The Gunners lost 1-0 against the Foxes on Sunday – their third defeat already in the Premier League this season.

    Arteta, 38, reshuffled his side as he opted to play a hybrid of a 3-4-3 and 4-3-3 with Granit Xhaka dropping back as the third centre-back.

    This led the Gunners to be open in midfield and toothless in attack as they lacked the creativity in the final third of the pitch.

    Speaking to Stadium Astro via the Metro, Keown said: “They keep changing from one system to another and they did this with Emery.

    “That’s what I would like to see now, the same pictures, the same triangles, the same movements, the same partnerships, the same relationships.

    “If you keep changing it, you don’t find a rhythm, and that’s something that I found in a very successful team. It was like putting an old pair of slippers on for a game.”

  • Josh Graham


    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks a 'shadow of himself', according to pundit Darren Bent.

    Arsenal skipper Aubameyang again had a quiet game as Mikel Arteta's side lost 1-0 to Leicester on Sunday.

    And ex-Prem striker Bent said on talkSPORT: “There has been a drop-off.

    “You look at his form in the semi-final and the final of the FA Cup last season, the Community Shield and his performance against Fulham – he was arguably one of the best strikers in the Premier League, probably THE best.

    “But since he signed that new contract, it might be a coincidence, but he’s looked a shadow of himself.”

  • Josh Graham


    Arsenal legend Ian Wright admits he is 'gutted' at the Mesut Ozil situation but admires boss Mikel Arteta for 'sticking to his guns'.

    Ozil hasn't played since March and has been left out of both Prem and Europa League 25-man squads.

    The 32-year-old collects £350,000 a week but is firmly an outcast.

    Wright told Premier League Productions: “It’s a shame. From a professional point of view, I’m gutted for Ozil because for some reason they can’t settle their differences.

    “At the same time, you’ve got to admire the manager sticking to his guns. He’s the one that’s said 'Listen: This is my decision’.

    “For whatever reason, he doesn’t want to play Mesut. It’s a shame because he’s a quality player. Sometimes it just happens like that. Unfortunately for Mesut as a professional he wants to play football it won’t happen here.

    “From what Mikel is trying to do Arsenal fans have to concentrate on now, it’s all about the team and the progression of the team.”

  • Josh Graham


    Mikel Arteta had his say on Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Leicester last night.

    The Gunners went down after a late Jamie Vardy winner.

  • Josh Graham


    Arsenal face a battle to land long-term target Houssem Aouar after PSG and Juventus joined the race for the Lyon star.

    The Gunners were linked with the 22-year-old over the summer but he decided to stay put – for now.

    According to Tuttosport, Arsenal are still interested in the star, but Juve have emerged as potential frontrunners to sign the creative midfielder.

    Aouar could well see out the season with Lyon before making a move, with Juventus seeing him as 'perfect as Aaron Ramsey's potential back-up or even successor'.

    And chances of a move may be helped by the reports that there is a friendship between the presidents of the two clubs, Jean-Michel Aulas and Andrea Agnelli.

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    Mikel Arteta has given an update on David Luiz's injury.

    The Brazilian limped off just after half time and was replaced by Shkodran Mustafi during a 1-0 defeat to Leicester.

    Asked what the problem was, the Gunners boss said: “I don't know.

    “We've lost a few players in the last week or so. David had a muscular problem and he couldn't carry on.

    “We'll have to assess him in the next 48 hours.”

  • John Hutchinson


    The Gunners suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City yesterday after Jamie Vardy found the net in the 80th minute.

    Not only did he score the winner, but Vardy left fans in hysterics after his custom shin pads got another run out.

    The white guards feature his infamous catch phrase: 'Chat, S***, Get Banged.'

    Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere is reportedly leaning towards a move to the US after he agreed to cancel his West Ham contract this month.

    The ex-Arsenal midfielder is seeking to rebuild his career and had expressed an interest in LaLiga or Serie A.

    But he would now prefer a move to Major League Soccer, according to the Mirror.

    In other news, Gabriel Magalhaesrevealed Nicolas Pepe played a key role in his Arsenal transfer.

    The Brazilian defender arrived from Lille for £23million in the summer and has settled into life in the Premier League well.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I spoke with Pepe before I moved. I asked him how it was at the club. Of course, he influenced my decision.”

  • Joe Miles


    Mikel Arteta has revealed where Arsenal went wrong against Leicester.

  • Joe Miles


    Arsenal fans have warned Thomas Partey he ‘will waste’ his prime years after losing on his Emirates debut to Leicester.

    Mikel Arteta’s new £40million man enjoyed a stellar full debut in the midweek Europa League win over Rapid Vienna.

    Partey, 27, was immediately thrust into Arsenal's starting XI for Sunday’s home clash against the Foxes alongside Dani Ceballos.

    But he failed to make an impact as Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score an 80th minute winner for Leicester.

    After the match, one fan wrote: “Partey will regret joining our club. His prime years will be wasted like Ozil, Sanchez etc.”

    Another said: “What manner of Partey did we just witness? Flat midfield.”

    One tweeted: “What it feels like when your Partey flops.”

    Another beamed: “Partey must be fuming that he went Arsenal.”

  • Joe Miles


    Arsenal fans were left worried after spotting talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking medication on the sidelines during the defeat to Leicester.

    Aubameyang was seen talking to a member of the Arsenal backroom staff while taking medication with a drink.

    And followers of the North London club quickly took to Twitter.

    One concerned fan wrote: “Aubameyang needs rest. His output has also significantly reduced. He might be playing through an injury.”

    As another added: “Aubameyang taking tablets for something… that’s a concern.”

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