5.10pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Saliba to LEAVE on loan, Gunnersaurus and Ozil LATEST, Partey slammed by Atleti fans – The Sun

MESUT OZIL has offered to save sacked mascot Gunnersaurus by donating his wages.

Meanwhile William Saliba is set to leave on loan for a Championship club – with Brentford the front-runners – while Thomas Partey is taking flak from Atletico Madrid fans.

Follow ALL of the Gunners latest transfer deadline day news and updates below…

  • Joe Brophy

    TIER JERKER

    Arsenal look set to be without Kieran Tierney for their clash against to Manchester City after the international break.

    The defender is currently away with the Scotland national team where compatriot and Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong tested positive for coronavirus.

    Every other player in Steve Clarke’s squad tested negative for COVID-19 but Tierney and Celtic star Ryan Christie came into close contact with Armstrong and all three will now have to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Joe Brophy

    'UNPRECENDENTED AND TRAGIC'

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan has written an emotional public plea to world leaders including Vladimir Putin regarding the conflict between his home country Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

    The two nations have long disputed the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh.

  • Jack Figg

    GHANA GET ON IT

    Arsenal fans eager to see Thomas Partey in action for Ghana during the international break may fancy tuning in to their friendly on Friday.

    A friendly between the Black Stars and Mali is organised for the end of the week in Turkey.

    Partey is heading to Antalya for the clash and will reportedly be ready for the game.

    Ghana then take on Qatar three days later, in preparation for a pair of Africa Cup Of Nations qualifiers with Sudan next month.

  • Jack Figg

    ‘NOT EXTINCT’

    Arsenal have vowed to KEEP Gunnersaurus after firing the man who has lived as the mascot for 27 years.

    Jerry Quy was let go by the club after decades of service as the club mascot.

    That prompted fan anger, amid the side’s heavy autumn spending, and Mesut Ozil even offered to pay the mascot’s wages.

    But Arsenal insist Gunnersaurus will return – most likely with someone now behind the mask.

    A club spokesperson told ESPN: “Gunnersaurus is not extinct and will return to action when fans are allowed back at matches.”

  • Jack Figg

    CAN'T STOP THE PARTEY

    Thomas Parteyis better than all of Arsenal's other midfielders in EVERY category, according to the stats.

    The Ghanaian beats every other current Arsenal midfielder statistically since the start of the 2018-19 season.

    In that time, Partey has three times as many goals as any other Gunners star.

    Partey has netted three times, with Granit Xhaka, Joe Willock and Mohamed Elneny scoring one apiece and Dani Ceballos failing to bag.

    The ex-Atleti star has also made the most successful tackles with 76.

    Partey lead the way in terms of interceptions (44) and recoveries (240) by some distance too.

    And the Gunners new boy has also won the most duels (241) by a country mile, too.

  • Jack Figg

    PARTEY STARTER

    Thomas Partey will wear the No18 for Arsenal this season.

    It comes after the midfielder joined from Atletico Madrid.

    Lucas Torreira also went the other way.

  • Jack Figg

    ATLET IT GO

    Atletico Madrid were left unhappy by Arsenal’s deadline day move for Thomas Partey, according to reports.

    ESPN claim the LaLiga club were “angry” but “resigned” to the midfielder’s exit.

    With the clock ticking on the European market, the Gunners made a play for Partey’s £45million release clause.

    That left Atletico powerless to stop their man leaving, although Lucas Torreira did arrive on loan in return.

    Los Colchoneros are chiefly described as upset with Thomas for his eagerness to leave after eight years in Madrid.

  • Jack Figg

    PAIN IN SPAIN

    Atletico Madrid are still smarting over losing Thomas Partey as the blame game continues over his Arsenal transfer.

    The Gunners finally got their man on transfer deadline day when they paid the midfielder's £45million release fee.

    But Arsenal didn't hand that cheque over to Atletico – they went straight to LaLiga to get the deal over the line.

    The relationship between the two clubs has been described as 'irreparable' with Atletico feeling let down.

    Now, according to BBC's Spanish Football writer Guillem Balague, the Spanish club's anger is actually more directed at the player than his new club.

    He writes that: “The Gunners had wanted to negotiate a fee for the 27-year-old throughout the window but Atletico were unwilling to enter discussions, as they had no interest in accepting an offer for him.”

  • Jack Figg

    JACK'S BACK?

    Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is in advanced talks to join Rangers in a shock free transfer, reports say.

    The 28-year-old is on the move after announcing on deadline day that he and West Ham had agreed to terminate his contract.

    He is now a free agent and on the brink of a move up north.

    Sports journalist Nicolo Schira reports that he is in “advanced talks” with SPL leaders Rangers, managed by Wilshere's former England teammate Steven Gerrard.

    It would be a surprise move after Wilshere dropped the bombshell on Monday that he and West Ham were parting ways.

    He joined his boyhood club two years ago but has endured an injury hit spell.

    However, Wilshere revealed his frustration that West Ham failed to play him – even though he was fit for the last eight months.

  • Jack Figg

    SMALL SCREEN

    Premier League clubs have been warned they face a further cut in TV income — even without the cost of the pandemic.

    The 20 top-flight clubs were landed with paying a £330million rebate to broadcasters. And the tender for the next three-year deal from the 2022-23 campaign goes out later this season.

    But broadcast analyst Claire Enders suggests hopes of matching the current deal, worth £5billion over three years, are unfeasible.

    Instead, Enders believes clubs must steel themselves for a £500m reduction.

    She said: “The last auction was post-peak, the takings were down and we expect that to continue.

    “Sky and BT overpaid for rights in the past and BT has suffered a decline in its value. Now the UK sports broadcasters are trying to think about reducing their rights costs.”

  • Jack Figg

    PARTEY BOY

    Former Ghana boss Avram Grant has revealed what Thomas Partey can bring to Arsenal.

    The man who gave him his first international cap, told SunSport: “When you need him to hold the ball up, he can do that and he is a great fit for what Arteta is trying to make his team.

    “If you ask him to play wide, he can but it’s not his position.

    “He is a central midfielder, who will win the ball and play the right pass forward and can see the pitch, tactically disciplined as well and committed to his team.

    “And he will make a big difference to Arsenal, just like he did at Atletico. He is a really good signing, just what they needed.”

  • Jack Figg

    'DISAPPOINTMENT IS GREAT'

    St Etienne slammed Arsenal for scuppering William Saliba's return to the French club on loan.

    The Ligue 1 outfit claim they had a deal lined up 'long before the transfer window closed' and blamed the Gunners for not fulfilling their admin duties in England.

    A statement on the French club’s official website read: “Long before the transfer window closed, AS Saint-Etienne had reached an agreement with William Saliba and accepted Arsenal's offer for a one-season loan.

    “Unfortunately, all the administrative conditions could not be met in time, in England, for the completion of the deal.

    “The disappointment is great for ASSE and William Saliba, who was particularly determined to return to a club where he has flourished.”

  • Jack Figg

    DROP THE PRESSURE

    Footage shows just how hard Mikel Arteta has his Arsenal players working off the ball.

    Gunners players pile the pressure on Sheffield United with Arteta barking orders from the touchline.

    Arsenal went on to win the game 2-1.

  • Jack Figg

    AOUAR DAY WILL COME

    Arsenal failed to land Houssem Aouar in on transfer deadline day, but they will hope a deal can be done in the future.

    And the Gunners' chances of doing just that may have been boosted by Barcelona pulling out of a £23m plus add-ons move for Memphis Depay after they were unable to sell Ousmane Dembele.

    The Dutchman had already agreed personal terms with Barca and Lyon were so confident of the deal going through that they had already faxed the paperwork.

    Depay's contract with the French side expires in June 2021, meaning he's almost certain to leave either on a free or for a severely reduced fee in January.

    That shortfall may well lead to Lyon needing to sell Houssem Aouar for a substantially lower price than they would have accepted in this transfer window.

    A week ago the French club spent £18m to sign a potential replacement for Aouar – AC Milan's Lucas Paqueta.

  • Jack Figg

    FOOTING THE BIL

    Premier League clubs splashed £1.24billion on new signings this summer, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The figure represents a £160m decrease from last season – but is still £70m more than was spent in the 2016 summer window.

    Chelsea were the league's top spenders, splashing £226.1m on fresh talent, including Timo Werner (£45m), Hakim Ziyech (£37m), Edouard Mendy (£22m) Ben Chilwell (£50m) and Kai Havertz (£70m).

    Manchester City were unsurprisingly second biggest spenders, splashing cash on Nathan Ake (£41m) and Ferran Torres (£37m) early on in the window before splurging a further £64.5m on defender Ruben Dias.

    Leeds United wasted no time following their promotion back to the top flight, recruiting the likes of Rodrigo, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente – as well as Raphinha from Rennes on Deadline Day.

    Arsenal finally matched Thomas Partey's £45m release clause late on Deadline Day, after already signing Gabriel Magalhaes and Runar Alex Runarsson.

    Manchester United finally added to their earlier signing Donny van de Beek on Deadline Day by bringing in fresh talent including Alex Telles – taking their overall spend to £54.4m – £1.4m more than Sheffield United, whose window was headlined by the signings of Aaron Ramsdale and Rhian Brewster.

  • Jack Figg

    GUEN AND BEAR IT

    Matteo Guendouzi completed a loan move from Arsenal to Hertha Berlin on transfer deadline day.

    The French midfielder was frozen out of the first team after a series of run-ins with Mikel Arteta,

    But French football journalist Julien Laurens insists he has ‘learned a lot’ from his recent experiences and doesn't think his Gunners futures is dead just yet.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, Laurens said: “He learned a lot from what has happened over the last few weeks and months, and he will go away to Hertha Berlin, it’s a good team, they’re building a really strong team and he will discover a new league as well.

    “He will learn a lot from that and come back in a year’s time to Arsenal and hopefully he can have a fresh start.”

  • Jack Figg

    U & AI AINT MEANT TO BE

    Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery was interested in Thomas Partey.

    But according to The Guardian, the Spaniard had the Ghanaian on his wish list but crucially favoured signing a winger.

    That arrival turned out to be Nicolas Pepe and, after forking out so much on the Ivory Coast international, there was not a spare £45million hanging around to plunder on Thomas.

  • Jack Figg

    SAL SEARCHING

    William Saliba could still depart Arsenal this month having seen a loan move back to Saint-Etienne fall through on Deadline Day.

    According to PA, the 19-year-old faces an uncertain future in North London with the domestic window not closing until October 16.

    They state that the player could be offloaded to a Championship side on a season-long loan.

    It is said they are strongly considering whether to allow him to leave to futher his development.

    Saliba is yet to make his debut for the Gunners, and has failed to be named in a Premier League matchday squad.

    Mikel Arteta has preferred the likes of David Luiz, Gabriel, Rob Holding and even Kieran Tierney at centre-back over Saliba.

  • Jack Figg

    DROP GUNS

    Inside 12 hours, two of England’s brightest talents of their generation suddenly found themselves staring into the abyss.

    Jack Wilshere, 28, spent the final hours of deadline day insisting he was fit after West Ham decided to pay up the best part of £4million to get him off their wage bill.

    And come Tuesday morning, Danny Welbeck — one of his team-mates in the World Cup squad just six years ago — was dumped by his club.

    The Watford striker, like Wilshere, still had a year left on his contract.

    But with his body betraying him and on £100,000-a-week wages, the Hornets decided to cut their losses and get the 29-year-old out.

    Welbeck’s departure was confirmed with a terse, 39-word statement on the Watford website, after an ill-fated one-year stint at Vicarage Road which led to three goals in 20 appearances.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    SIGHT FOR 'SAUR EYES

    Waiting for Arsenal to confirm the re-hiring of Gunnersaurus like…

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING GOONERS

    Can Mesut Ozil save Gunnersaurus?

    After the man behind the mascot, Jerry Quy, was fired by the club, the German midfielder has offered to pay his wages.

    He tweeted yesterday afternoon: “I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous & loyal mascot Gunnersaurus and integral part of our club was being made redundant after 27 years.

    “As such, I’m offering to reimburse Arsenal with the full salary of our big green guy as long as I will be an Arsenal player.”

    Fans were split over whether this was a cynical ploy to keep them on side with the outcast player or a sincere act by Ozil.

    The playmaker did not leave in the transfer window, with Lucas Torreira and Matto Guendouzi heading out on loan on deadline day.

    After signing Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, Arsenal continued their activity with a pair of youngsters arriving on Tuesday.

    Nikolaj Moller, 18, and Joel Ideho, 17, will join the Gunners' Professional Development Phase this season.

    Striker Moller is said to be a prolific goalscorer and arrives from Malmo in a deal completed on Monday, worth around £450,000.

    Pacy winger Ideho joins Arsenal after a brief spell in the Ajax academy, but spent the majority of his youth career with Willem II.

  • Marc Mayo

    EXCLUSIVE

    Thomas Partey's rise from the most humble of footballing beginnings is just part of the reason he can become the driving force of Mikel Arteta’s Gunners.

    And the man who gave him his first Ghana cap, former Chelsea and West Ham boss Avram Grant, is confident Partey will take the Premier League by storm, once he finds his legs.

    Grant told SunSport: “From the first time I watched him, I saw a player who was very strong and good on the ball, who understands the game very well.

    “Even when he was relatively young and inexperienced, he knew what he needed to do in terms of possession and position, how to get in the right place at the right time.

    “But he’s also a very good boy, on and off the pitch, with a great character. He wants to do his job and he is very consistent.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ‘NOT EXTINCT’

    Arsenal have vowed to KEEP Gunnersaurus after firing the man who has lived as the mascot for 27 years.

    Jerry Quy was let go by the club after decades of service as the club mascot.

    That prompted fan anger, amid the side’s heavy autumn spending, and Mesut Ozil even offered to pay the mascot’s wages.

    But Arsenal insist Gunnersaurus will return – most likely with someone now behind the mask.

    A club spokesperson told ESPN: “Gunnersaurus is not extinct and will return to action when fans are allowed back at matches.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SMALL SCREEN

    Premier League clubs have been warned they face a further cut in TV income — even without the cost of the pandemic.

    The 20 top-flight clubs were landed with paying a £330million rebate to broadcasters. And the tender for the next three-year deal from the 2022-23 campaign goes out later this season.

    But broadcast analyst Claire Enders suggests hopes of matching the current deal, worth £5billion over three years, are unfeasible.

    Instead, Enders believes clubs must steel themselves for a £500m reduction.

    She said: “The last auction was post-peak, the takings were down and we expect that to continue.

    “Sky and BT overpaid for rights in the past and BT has suffered a decline in its value. Now the UK sports broadcasters are trying to think about reducing their rights costs.”

  • Marc Mayo

    RAY OF HOPE

    David Raya may yet be snapped up by Arsenal.

    The Brentford goalkeeper stayed put amid the Gunners’ interest this autumn.

    Instead, Mikel Arteta swooped for Runar Alex Runarsson as his new reserve shot-stopper.

    Yet, The Athletic report on a release clause coming into Raya’s Brentford contract next summer – with Arsenal still said to be sniffing around the Spaniard.

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