3.20pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Isco targeted in January, Gabriel red card APOLOGY, Saliba 'wants to leave club'

3.20pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Isco targeted in January, Gabriel red card APOLOGY, Saliba 'wants to leave club'

ARSENAL were held at a 1-1 draw with Southampton as Mikel Arteta's barren run continued on Wednesday.

On the transfer front, we've the very latest on a possible January swoop for Real Madrid's Isco.

Follow all the latest below…

  • Marc Mayo

    FEELING BERND

    Danny Murphy believes Bernd Leno should not have been caught out by Theo Walcott’s finish last night.

    The winger chipped Leno to make it 1-0 to Southampton, and Murphy reckons the goalkeeper could have seen it coming.

    He told 5 Live: ““That’s a super finish. Actually, he used to do that finish a lot at Arsenal. 

    “Clearly, the goalkeeper hasn’t done his homework there. 

    “Arsenal weren’t very good at all, they weren’t at the races.”

  • Marc Mayo

    LEN US A HAND

    Bernd Leno has put the onus on Arsenal’s players to shoot the side up the table.

    Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton saw the club rooted in 15th and the goalkeeper was unhappy to see yet another red card.

    He told Sky Sports: "The coach is least to blame for the fact that we are in this situation.

    “If you look at the way we were running around on the pitch at times, then the players are the only ones to blame.

    "We're getting red cards, making mistakes, standing out of position. 

    “These are things that we have clearly addressed a thousand times. In the end, it's a lack of focus on the part of the players.”

    Credit: EPA
  • Marc Mayo

    MIK THE MAN

    Alan Shearer believes Mikel Arteta cannot simply wave a magic wand to end Arsenal’s issues.

    The Spaniard is under pressure at Emirates Stadium and, while Shearer admits that the Gunners’ form has dropped off remarkably, he has urged patience.

    The ex-striker told Coral: “They have no creativity and there's a lot of problems. If you look at the signings they have made in the last eighteen months there have been a lot of errors made with transfers and contracts, with Ozil frozen out, and when you put all of those together then Mikel Arteta has big problems on his hands.

    “How well Spurs are doing is probably heaping more pressure on Arsenal and I don't see them getting anywhere near the top four this season now. 

    “They need to try and string some good results together and a sixth or seventh placed finish now looks like their best outcome and that is what they should be aiming for.

    “The board needs to stay calm and give him time to turn it around with support in the transfer market both in January and next summer. The issues Arsenal have had for the last few years now will not change in six or twelve months.”

  • Marc Mayo

    NERVOUS ENERGY

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that nerves are getting the better of Arsenal at the moment.

    A seventh red card of Mikel Arteta’s reign came against Southampton last night and the club captain attempted to explain why.

    He told the Gunners’ media: “At the moment I think we are sometimes a bit nervous because we need points. 

    “Maybe sometimes we do stupid things but I can understand it and we have to stay cool in the head and try to be more diligent and keep 11 on the pitch. 

    “We need it at the moment. It was hard work. The team did a great job. It was tough to be 10 men again tonight but we take the point. 

    “I can't say we are happy with that because we need points, but we take it.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SUBBED OFF

    Clubs have rejected allowing five substitutes for the THIRD time. But in a sop to the Big Six, teams will be allowed to have nine replacements to choose from.

    The latest five subs vote at the meeting of the 20 “shareholder” clubs was deadlocked at 10 votes to 10.

    That was well short of the 14-6 majority required under Prem regulations for a rule to be changed.

    The decision came despite lobbying from PFA boss Gordon Taylor and the urging from FA chief executive Mark Bullingham for a change of heart.

    And it also failed even though 15 of the 20 top flight bosses having signalled their support fo a change at a meeting last month.

    It leaves English football’s top flight as the only major league in Europe to stick with three substitutes.

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  • Marc Mayo

    GABRIEL APOLOGY

    Following on the apology theme, after his red card last night, Gabriel Magalhaes has said sorry to Gooners.

    He wrote on Instagram: “I want to apologize for what happened today! I keep my head up to continue helping my teammates!”

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  • Marc Mayo

    ‘DESERVE MORE’

    Bukayo Saka told fans they 'deserve more' following the 1-1 draw against Southampton.

    The 19-year-old was a standout performer against the Saints as the Gunners came from behind to snatch a point at the Emirates.

    Posting a picture of him sitting on the Emirates pitch, he said: "You deserve more Arsenal fans."

  • Marc Mayo

    ART TO TAKE

    Mikel Arteta is causing problems in the Arsenal dressing room with his strict line on discipline, it has been claimed.

    The Athletic report on ‘non-negotiables’ irking stars and creating a sense of ‘double standards’.

    In particular, Willian was allowed to play against Leeds despite his lockdown-busting trip to Abu Dhabi beforehand.

    And there are said to be issues with punctuality at training – adding onto the seven red cards accrued since Arteta took over.

  • Marc Mayo

    TAKING THE IS

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly eyeing a double January swoop for Real Madrid star Isco and Lyon's Houssem Aouar.

    Defensa Central, via Team Talk, claim the Gunners chief wants to sign both midfielders but the north Londoners can only afford one.

    The report adds that Arsenal are set to deny Arteta's request for two creative arrivals as they spent big on Thomas Partey in the summer.

    Arsenal are desperate to sign a creative midfielder in the New Year having scored just 11 goals in 13 games in the Premier League this term.

  • Marc Mayo

    BUK THE TREND

    One bright spark for Arsenal in this tough run has been Bukayo Saka.

    The winger attempted more crosses (five) than any Gunners man last night.

  • Marc Mayo

    WAL TO WAL

    Mikel Arteta brushed off claims by Theo Walcott that Arsenal were full of ‘fear’ in last night’s game.

    The Gunners’ boss’ ex-teammate made the claim after opening the scoring in the 1-1 draw.

    Arteta responded: “I don’t know. I was going to say, I just spoke with him and he never mentioned that to me. He mentioned other things but not that. But, I don’t know… if he said that, it’s his feeling. 

    “I’ll try to protect them as much as possible and give them comfort, but you saw there were four or five situations in the first half where we were around the box, inside the six-yard box to finish the action and it should be a goal, and it’s lacking. 

    “But in the second half Auba scored and hopefully this unlocks a little bit because individually he’s a player that needs that moment and hopefully things will change.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SZLAI BELLS

    Arsenal are set to miss out on RB Salzburg star Dominik Sloboszlai.

    The winger is reportedly flying to Germany today to sign on the dotted line with a transfer fee agreed.

    Personal terms are almost completed too ahead of a January switch, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The Gunners were one of many teams thought to be tracking the Hungarian.

  • Marc Mayo

    SAINT OR SINNER? 

    Fans have slammed Theo Walcott for celebrating his goal against the club but the winger has defended his actions.

    The former England international opened the scoring in Southampton’s 1-1 draw at the Emirates before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rescued a point for the hosts.

    The 31-year-old, who spent 12 years with the Gunners, expertly put his side in front after dinking Bernd Leno less than 20 minutes in.

    But his decision to wheel away with his arms outstretched and celebrate with his Saints team-mates angered Arsenal fans watching at home.

    One fan tweeted: "Walcott celebrating like that has lost so much respect in my eyes."

    Another said: "Wait but why did Walcott celebrate like that? Very disrespectful."

  • Marc Mayo

    HE’S NOT AU-FUL

    Gary Lineker has backed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to keep hitting the net after last night’s goal against Southampton.

    The striker levelled the scores in the 1-1 draw after a long barren spell in the box.

  • Marc Mayo

    'LOGICAL RESPONSE'

    Ex-Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit does not let himself get too down by the club's current straits.

    Speaking to RMC, the Frenchman admitted he was once 'angry' at the Gunners but is now simply 'indifferent'.

    He remarked: "The anger I had has given way to indifference.

    "I try to detach myself from everything as much as possible to avoid losing my head over it… It is a logical response to what has been happening for years now."

  • Marc Mayo

    WHERE THERE’S A WILL…

    It makes far more sense to play William Saliba than Shkodran Mustafi, in the eyes of Kevin Campbell.

    The former Gunners striker is mystified at the idea of sending the Frenchman out on loan.

    He told Football Insider: “Apparently Saliba has made great strides in training.

    “Mustafi is going to leave at the end of the season, that is a done deal from both sides, and Saliba needs minutes, so why not give him the minutes that Mustafi is getting?

    “To me it makes no sense. I like to think Arteta would use Saliba in the Europa League and FA Cup games we have coming up rather than sending him out on loan.”

  • Marc Mayo

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Under-fire Mikel Arteta praised Arsenal’s “resilience” in last night’s 1-1 Premier League home draw with Southampton – but unwanted stats are still adding up.

    The Gunners remain sixth bottom after their worst ever Prem start, with just two points from their last five games.

    But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang neatly equalised ex-Gunner Theo Walcott’s fine opener.

    And boss Arteta said: “We showed some resilience and character to hang in there for so long against a really dangerous team.

    “We came back after conceding the goal and showed how much we wanted it.”

    But wideman Bukayo Saka was one of the few Gunners to impress – and the first to apologise to fans afterwards.

    The England star, 19, tweeted a picture of himself kneeling on the Emirates turf, head bowed, alongside the words: “You deserve more Arsenal fans” – followed by a broken-heart emoji.

    Gunners’ technical director Edu claims they need a creative midfielder – despite top earner Mesut Ozil being frozen out.

    German playmaker Ozil, 32, is being linked with a January loan move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA HAILS 'RESILIENT' GUNNERS

    Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal's 1-1 comeback home draw with Southampton could be the turning point after their worst ever Premier League start.

    He said: "We showed some resilience and character to hang in there for so long against a really dangerous team.

    "We came back after conceding the goal and showed how much we wanted it."

    And asked if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's point-saver could hep revive the Gunners, the Spaniard added: "I agree, yes, because if you lose that game at the end it would have been really difficult to take."

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS IN RED FRIGHT DISTRICT

    Arsenal have more red cards than goals and points since their last Premier League win nearly two months ago.

    Gabriel Magalhaes became the latest Gunner to be dismissed on Wednesday, picking up two yellow cards for clumsy challenges in the 1-1 draw with Southampton.

    It was the THIRD red card Arsenal have picked up in six games.

    And the Gunners are also without a win in that time too, with their last victory coming against Manchester United at the start of November.

    That was 45 days ago, and Arsenal’s record since makes for dire reading.

    The Gunners started with a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa before drawing 0-0 at Leeds.

    They were then beaten 2-1 by Wolves and followed that with a 2-0 derby defeat to Spurs.

    Burnley became the latest side to beat Arsenal in a 1-0 win on Sunday.

    And Southampton’s Emirates draw saw the Gunners flop again.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA ODDS ON FOR EXIT

    Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Southampton left Gunners boss Mikel Arteta under more pressure – and an even stronger tip with bookies to depart.

    Coral have cut the Spaniard's odds not survive the season from 8/11 to 8/13.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL TARGET DAYOT 'IN UTD TALKS'

    United are reportedly in touch with Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano’s agent.

    But the France centre-back, also linked with Bayern Munich, is still tipped to stay with RB Leipzig until at least next summer.

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    United are said to be monitoring the situation but are thought unlikely to make a bid in January.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BUK STOPS WITH US

    Wideman Bukayo Saka was one of the few Gunners to impress in the 1-1 home draw with Southampton – but the first to apologise to fans.

    The four-cap England star, 19, tweeted a picture of himself seated on the Emirates turf, head bowed, with the words: "You deserve more Arsenal fans" – followed by a broken-heart emoji.

    Many Arsenal fans on social media responded quickly to praise Saka's contribution, notably his electric role in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's equaliser.

  • Ian Tuckey
  • Ian Tuckey

    AND HOW THE SUBS RATED…

    David Luiz (for Nketiah, 65’) – 6

    On to tighten things up after Gabriel’s red, he was solid enough at the back.

    Joe Willock (for Ceballos, 67’) – 6

    Another youngster who deserves more minutes, he did a decent job keeping the ball ticking over.

    Cedric (for Pepe, 85') – N/A

    Was not on the pitch long enough to make an impact.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL RATINGS – CONTINUED

    NICOLAS PEPE – 5

    Made little impression on the game after returning from his red card against Leeds.

    One decent pass and a few dud shots is not good enough from Arsenal’s record signing.

    EDDIE NKETIAH – 7

    Bright spark through the middle at times after being handed a rare league start.

    Fans have been calling for his introduction to the Prem and he rewarded Arteta with an assist.

    PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG – 7

    Finally broke his goal duck with a clever finish in the box.

    Will be hoping strike gets him firing regularly again and was sharp throughout the game.

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