8am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar move funded by Lacazette SALE, Jorginho shock interest, Partey and Torreira UPDATE – The Sun

ARSENAL's transfer window continues at pace with midfield stars Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey top targets for Emirates chiefs.

But Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira could be heading for the exit door as the Gunners look to cash in.

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

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he was “thinking about” leaving Arsenal this summer.

    But the Gunners captain was persuaded to stay by boss Mikel Arteta.

    He told Sky Sports: “Two things persuaded me to stay. The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us.

    “I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him.

    “I think this was the key factor and as well, the love that I receive from the fans and the whole club.

    “Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home and that’s why I’m staying.”

    Meanwhile, the Gunners are reportedly lining up a shock bid for Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho.

    Sky Sports claim the midfield playmaker, 28, has emerged as an alternative to Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.

    Arsenal are now believed to be weighing up an audacious approach after already landing Willian on a free transfer from their capital rivals.

    However, Lampard sees Jorginho as an important part of his squad.

    In other news, Arsenal are involved in a five-club fight for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti.

    The French defender is under contract until 2023 but after a number of knee injuries, the Catalans want him off the books.

  • HOUS THAT?

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has appeared to hint Arsenal may not be able to afford Houssem Aouar.

    Speaking to French outlet Le Progres, he said: “Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else (in a tricky spot).

    “And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.”

    Lyon value the the 22-year-old at a whopping £54million.

  • CUP FOR IT?

    Arsenal will face LIVERPOOL in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

    Jurgen Klopp's side confirmed their spot with a 7-2 win over Lincoln City.

    Fourth-round ties are scheduled to be played in the week commencing September 28.

    The fourth round clash will take place at Anfield.

  • BAL GAME

    Sheffield United are reportedly still locked in talks over a move for Folarin Balogun.

    Yorkshire Live believe there is a deal to be done for the 19-year-old striker.

    Chris Wilder is keen to complete the deal and will continue to put pressure on the board.

    Arsenal are prepared to listen to offers – but are in no rush to sell him this summer.

  • WRIGHT MOVE?

    Ian Wright wishes Arsenal signed Donny van de Beek instead of Manchester United.

    He said: “Donny van de Beek, he's someone that I wish someone more like Arsenal could have taken.

    “When you look at Pogba, what he's doing, and you look at Bruno Fernandes – that is Donny van de Beek's position.

    “So people are thinking they're going to see Van de Beek [sitting] with Pogba and Fernandes, but I don't think that's going to happen.

    “Because as much as he can play there, that's not his preferred position to play.”

  • AUBA THE TOP

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted he had “good opportunities” elsewhere this summer.

    When asked if he considered leaving, he told Sky Sports: “I was thinking about it, to tell you the truth because I had good opportunities as well.

    “But this feeling to be here – the love from the fans all the club – I'm not sure that by leaving I will receive the same love, so that's why I'm staying.

    “I'm really proud to be the captain but it's not the biggest factor to stay.

    “Of course, it's a great job to do but it was not a part of me staying here.”

  • GUNNER DO IT?

    Here's the full interview with Alex Runarsson on Arsenal's club website.

  • 'EXTREMELY PROUD'

    Arsenal new boy Alex Runarsson is on a mission to make his dad proud.

    Runar Kristinsson, is Iceland's most capped player and has long been an inspiration for his son growing up.

    He told the club's website: “I'm extremely proud of him and what he achieved in his career and I want to make him proud.

    “We've had a very good relationship from day one, obviously he's my father, but I feel we have a stronger connection than most father-son relationships and I know he's extremely proud.

    “I think he would have liked to play for Arsenal as well, but he's going to have to live it through me! I had to tell him twice [that I was moving here] before he could believe me! He said you must be joking!

    “My family will be extremely proud of me and I'm extremely proud of myself that I've been able to achieve this, but I think my family will experience the same amount of pride and happiness.”

  • MORE FROM AUBA…

    The striker continued: “We had a chat during lockdown and we were supposed to talk about a game and he said, 'okay forget about it, we're going to talk about the future' and he asked me what I wanted to do.

    “I was like, 'I feel good since you came in, I'm improving and the philosophy is very, very nice so I just want to stay'.

    “He was like, 'I'm sure if you stay you can leave a legacy, but it's all about you and what you want. Of course you can leave and go for trophies in big clubs as well but I think you can create a legacy here in this great club'.

    “This was the key message to me and after that conversation I was like, 'okay, it's all clear for me and I just want to stay and that's it.

  • AUBA TO YOU

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he was “thinking about” leaving Arsenal this summer.

    But the Gunners captain was persuaded to stay by visionary boss Mikel Arteta.

    He said: “Two things persuaded me to stay.

    “The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us.

    “I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him.

    “I think this was the key factor and as well, the love that I receive from the fans and the whole club.

    “Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home and that's why I'm staying.”

  • SWIPE RIGHT?

    Long before dating, marriage and kids, everyone has their first love… football.

    And with dating apps all the rage, it's sometimes tough to hide that first love from potential partners.

    Whether sharing a snap from inside a stadium, wearing your club's kit in a picture or even mentioning your avid fandom in your bio, it's easy for would-be suitors to find out who you support.

    And apparently, fans of certain clubs have more luck with the opposite sex than others, according to a study by compare.bet.

    Let's take a look…

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Slaven Bilic is considering signing striker Emmanuel Adebayor if he fails to land a much-needed  hitman in the transfer window.

    The West Brom boss has had conversations with connections of the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid and Tottenham star, who is desperate to have one last crack at the Premier League.

    The 36-year-old Togo-born forward ended his six-month association with Paraguay club Olimpia in July, primarily due to problems caused by the coronavirus crisis.

    But he has been keeping fit by training twice a day at his home in Ghana and insists he still has plenty to offer.

    Bilic has held discussions about the possibility of bringing in Adebayor, who harbours a huge ambition to score three more Premier League goals to take his tally to a century.

  • JOR DROP

    Arsenal are reportedly lining up a shock bid for Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho.

    Sky Sports claim the midfield playmaker, 28, has emerged as an alternative to Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.

    Jorginho has scored ten goals in 100 games for Chelsea following a £50million move from Napoli in 2018.

    But his association with former boss Maurizio Sarri has seen him divide opinion amongst Blues supporters.

  • MOST VALUABLE SQUADS

    Liverpool have the highest-valued squad in the world, but Bayern Munich are only sixth.

    Arsenal, meanwhile, are in 13th.

    Here is a list of how all the world's biggest clubs fall on a table of squad value.

  • BY JORG

    Arsenal are weighing up a bid for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, according to reports.

    Mikel Arteta has so far struggled to get either Houssem Aouar or Thomas Partey through the door.

    The Spaniard sees a defensive midfielder as the key cog in finally getting to play 4-3-3.

    Jorginho appears to be down the pecking order at Chelsea, with Frank Lampard preferring N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic in midfield.

    And he could follow the Blue exodus to the Emirates, much like David Luiz and Willian.

    Sky Sports claim the Italian international is on the list of top Arsenal targets.

  • UM AND AH

    Manchester United and Arsenal are involved in a five-club fight for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti.

    The French defender is under contract until 2023 but after a number of knee injuries, the Catalans want him off the books.

    Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo and Luis Suarez have already left as part of new boss Ronald Koeman’s summer overhaul.

    Now France Football claims Umtiti could be the next one to depart, and the defender is in high-demand.

    According to the news outlet, there are five teams who want the 26-year-old ex-Lyon ace.

    The Gunners and Red Devils are allegedly the two with the most significant interest in him.

  • GET YOUR COAT, COUT

    Philippe Coutinho could still make a shock move to Arsenal in a last-minute loan move, reports claim.

    The Gunners had been heavily linked with a bid for the Barcelona playmaker before turning their attention to Lyon ace Houssem Aouar.

    Coutinho’s agent ruled out a move away from the Nou Camp this window, with the player in the plans of new boss Ronald Koeman.

    But according to Sport, even though the ex-Everton gaffer is a fan of the 28-year-old, the club’s financial situation means that they are open to listening to offers for him.

    And with Arsenal struggling to match Lyon’s asking price for Aouar, it has been said they could go back in for the Brazilian international.

    The Spanish news outlet have claimed Mikel Arteta‘s side are willing to bring Coutinho to North London on loan.

  • ACTION AREAS

    Here are how Arsenal's possession went last night in the 2-0 win at Leicester.

    POSSESSION

    It was pretty even in terms of possession, but Arsenal had the edge on territory.

    ATTACKING THIRDS

    Mikel Arteta certainly prefers his Gunners side to attack down the left doesn't he?

    It has been effective so far since lockdown at the end of last season and into this one.

    But will it get figured out eventually?

  • LAC OF FUNDS

    Arsenal could reportedly cash in on Alexandre Lacazette to fund a move for Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

    The Gunners have got off to a solid start to the new Premier League season with two wins from two.

    But boss Mikel Arteta has not finished his transfer business just yet.

    Lyon midfielder Aouar is believed to be at the top end of his shortlist – but could cost as much as £54million.

    Reports in France claim that Arsenal are ready to 'do the maximum' to land the top talent.

    The likes of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and even Hector Bellerin have all been linked with moves away from the Emirates recently.

    But should nothing materialise for that trio, then Arteta might have to look at shipping out Lacazette to bring in Aouar, according to The Independent.

  • AOUAR VS PARTEY

    Arsenal's top two transfer targets compared…after reports that the board will “only sanction one”.

  • AL-EXIT

    Arsenal could reportedly cash in on Alexandre Lacazette to fund a move for Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

    The Gunners have got off to a solid start to the new Premier League season with two wins from two.

    But boss Mikel Arteta has not finished his transfer business just yet.

    Lyon midfielder Aouar is believed to be at the top end of his shortlist – but could cost as much as £54million.

    Reports in France claim that Arsenal are ready to 'do the maximum' to land the top talent.

    The likes of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and even Hector Bellerin have all been linked with moves away from the Emirates recently.

    But should nothing materialise for that trio, then Arteta might have to look at shipping out Lacazette to bring in Aouar, according to The Independent.

    It could be a reluctant parting of ways however – Lacazette has made a good start to the new season scoring in both he 3-0 win against Fulham and the 2-1 triumph versus West Ham.

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