Arsenal news LIVE: Gunners' £26m Ferran Torres bid, Europa League squad CONFIRMED, Saka & Saliba contract plans – latest | The Sun

Arsenal news LIVE: Gunners' £26m Ferran Torres bid, Europa League squad CONFIRMED, Saka & Saliba contract plans – latest | The Sun

ARSENAL had a £26million bid for former Manchester City attacker Ferran Torres rejected according to reports.

It has been claimed that the staff at Barcelona were initially willing to let him go until head coach Xavi made a u-turn on the deal.

Meanwhile, the North London outfit have confirmed their Europa League squad and it includes Marquinhos and three other potential debutants.

Two players who will certainly be involved during their European campaign is Bukayo Saka and William Saliba and reports suggest that contract negotiations for the pair are progressing nicely.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    Morning Arsenal fans

    Arsenal have confirmed their Europa League squad and it includes Marquinhos and three other potential debutants.

    The Gunners start their European adventure away to FC Zurich this Thursday.

    Brazilian wonderkid Marquinhos, 19 – whose debut fans are eagerly anticipating – is named on the list.

    Youngsters Matt Smith and James Hillson are also included.

    American goalkeeper Matt Turner – also yet to appear for the North London club – is on the roster.

    Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus felt they were the better side in Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United.

    The Gunners fought back to level at 1-1 and were on top until a late Marcus Rashford brace gave their old enemies all three points.

    Jesus said: “The feeling is frustration because we play, we control the game and the first two goals we concede we were better than them, the opponent.

    “And then we just concede. But now is the time to learn from it and improve.”

    Nuno Tavares has slammed Arsenal for not including an option to make his Marseille loan move permanent.

    He said: “I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position. When signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused. 

    "With my agents, we always wanted this purchase option, but Arsenal didn’t.

    “Now I’m at OM, and with or without an option, I’m happy. At Arsenal, I would have probably only played in the cup."

  • Alex Cole

    Young duo in Europa League squad

    Arsenal have named young prospects James Hillson and Matt Smith in their Europa League squad.

    Keeper Hillson, 21, has impressed for their Under-21s, while midfielder Smith has made his mark with their Under-23s.

    The Gunners start their Europa League campaign at FC Zurich on Thursday evening.

  • Alex Cole

    Gunners ‘need Eriksen-type player’, says Merson

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson says the current side lack a player like Christian Eriksen.

    The Great Dane produced his latest result-influencing midfield performance for the Red Devils in their 3-1 win over the Gunners on Sunday.

    Merson told Sky Sports: “The thing with Eriksen that Arsenal have not got is that ball through the lines – he did it in the first half with Bruno Fernandes for the first goal.

    “Arsenal have got Saka and Lokonga but they are not going to put the ball through the lines and that was the difference for me between the two teams. It was Eriksen’s passing.”

  • Alex Cole

    Will we see Marquinhos in Europa League?

    Arsenal have confirmed their Europa League squad and it includes Marquinhos and three other potential debutants.

    The Gunners start their European adventure away to FC Zurich this Thursday.

    The squad of 24 players was revealed on the official Uefa website on Monday.

    And Brazilian wonderkid Marquinhos, 19 – whose debut fans are eagerly anticipating – is named on the list.

    He made 33 first team appearances during his time with Sao Paulo and was a part of the squad which won the Compeonato Paulista in 2021.

    Mikel Arteta and Edu began tracking Marquinhos several months before the summer window, after being alerted to his exploits in the Brazilian Serie A.

    After forking out around £3million to acquire his services, Arteta may finally hand him some minutes in the Europa League.

  • Alex Cole

    Tavares happy at Marseille and wants to stay

    Nuno Tavares has slammed Arsenal for not including an option to make his Marseille loan move permanent.

    In an interview with RMC Sport he said: "At Arsenal, I do not know if it was a problem of competition with Kieran Tierney, but for me, that's not even the point.

    “I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position. When signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused. With my agents, we always wanted this purchase option, but Arsenal didn't.

    “Now I'm at OM, and with or without an option, I'm happy. At Arsenal, I would have probably only played in the cup.

    “I came to Marseille to play in my position, in the Champions League, in the league and in the cup. Marseille gave me this opportunity.”

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal were the better side, says Jesus

    Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus felt they were the better side in Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United.

    The Gunners fought back to level at 1-1 and were on top until a late Marcus Rashford brace gave their old enemies all three points.

    Jesus said: “The feeling is frustration because we play, we control the game and the first two goals we concede we were better than them, the opponent.

    “And then we just concede. But now is the time to learn from it and improve.”

    The feeling is frustration because we play, we control the game and the first two goals we concede we were better than them, the opponent.

    Gabriel Jesus

  • Alex Cole

    Happy birthday Bukayo Saka

    Arsenal and England youngster Bukayo Saka celebrated his 21st birthday today.

    What a player. Happy birthday No7.

  • Alex Cole

    VAR let us down, says Odegaard

    Martin Odegaard believes the decision to penalise him for a foul on Christian Eriksen before Gabriel Martinelli scored a disallowed goal was “never a foul”.

    The Gunners captain spoke to Sky Sports afterwards and blasted referee Paul Tierney’s decision – aided by Lee Mason who was monitoring VAR.

    He said: “In my opinion, it’s never a foul.

    “It’s a soft challenge and for VAR to come in, it needs to be clear and obvious. For me, it’s very, very soft.”

    It’s a soft challenge and for VAR to come in, it needs to be clear and obvious. For me, it’s very, very soft.

    Martin Odegaard

  • Alex Cole

    Arteta a 'sore loser', says Keane

    Roy Keane was having no time for Mikel Arteta’s sour grapes.

    The Spaniard wasn’t happy with the officiating at Old Trafford – as the Gunners fell to their first loss of the season.

    After the game, the Sky Sports pundit blasted the Gunners manager.

    He said: “He’s a sore loser. Every time he loses a game, I listen to him, it’s about what they didn’t do properly or the officials – stop making excuses!”

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal and Chelsea blocked Newcastle moves this summer

    Arsenal and Chelsea were both reportedly reluctant to loan players to Newcastle United this summer, according to reports.

    Both London clubs view the Magpies as a threat, claim the Telegraph, and didn’t want to entertain any business with the Toon Army.

    The Gunners are believed to have blocked Ainsley Maitland-Niles moving to Eddie Howe’s side, even though the player was said to be keen.

    While Blues stars Conor Gallagher, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja were all linked with a move to the North-East – only to find themselves staying put this summer.

  • Alex Cole

    Spurs ‘bigger threat’ than Arsenal, says Hamann

    Spurs are more genuine title contenders than Arsenal, according to former Prem star Dietmar Hamann.

    The retired Germany midfielder, 49, who played for clubs including Liverpool and Manchester City, told the Games Cabin: “Manchester City started as favourites and I believe they will remain favourites.

    “Liverpool are five points behind them now and we know how hard it is to make points up on Manchester City.

    “I think both sides need to be aware of Tottenham. Arsenal have had spells in the past where they didn’t win for three or four games and that doesn’t usually happen to Liverpool and Manchester City.

    “So I believe Tottenham will be more of a threat to them than Arsenal.”

  • Alex Cole

    Get up and go again, says Jesus

    Gabriel Jesus, 25, says it is time for Mikel Arteta’s young side to regroup and go again after yesterday's Old Trafford loss.

    He said: “Now is the time to learn from it and improve. 

    “We are doing so well this season but there are still things to improve for everyone, as individuals and as a team.

    “If you look at our team you can see we are still young. It is the youngest team in the league, in the toughest league of the world.

    “We have to stick together and improve as a team and don’t think about this one. This one is gone. We have to learn and then do better next time.

    “We are playing so well, so good, but no one is perfect. No team in the world is perfect and we have to play to try to score and don’t concede. But sometimes the opponent has quality as well.

    “I think now it is our challenge to improve a lot of things and come back strong.”

  • James Colasanti

    Gunners 'need Eriksen-type player'

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson says the current side lack a player like Christian Eriksen.

    The Great Dane produced his latest result-influencing midfield performance for the Red Devils in their 3-1 win over the Gunners on Sunday.

    Merson told Sky Sports: "The thing with Eriksen that Arsenal have not got is that ball through the lines – he did it in the first half with Bruno Fernandes for the first goal.

    "Arsenal have got Saka and Lokonga but they are not going to put the ball through the lines and that was the difference for me between the two teams. It was Eriksen's passing."

  • James Colasanti

    Young duo in Europa squad

    Arsenal have named young prospects James Hillson and Matt Smith in their Europa League squad.

    Keeper Hillson, 21, has impressed for their Under-21s, while midfielder Smith has made his mark with their Under-23s.

    The Gunners start their Europa League campaign at FC Zurich on Thursday evening.

  • James Colasanti

    'Arsenal were better side' – Jesus

    Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus felt they were the better side in Sunday's defeat to Manchester United.

    The Gunners fought back to level at 1-1 and were on top until a late Marcus Rashford brace gave their old enemies all three points.

    Jesus said: "The feeling is frustration because we play, we control the game and the first two goals we concede we were better than them, the opponent.

    "And then we just concede. But now is the time to learn from it and improve."

  • James Colasanti

    Scholes says Arteta is 'stubborn'

    Paul Scholes says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was too "stubborn" with his approach in Sunday's defeat to Manchester United.

    Red Devils legend Scholes felt the Gunners boss should have been more flexible with his approach in a game which was 1-1 before a late United blitz saw them run out 3-1 winners.

    Scholes told the Mirror: "We talk about philosophies all the time, don't we? These managers are stubborn.

    "Arteta will be stubborn, Guardiola will be stubborn, Jurgen Klopp will be stubborn. But this man [Erik ten Hag] – you have to give him credit because he's gone away, really, from what he wants to do.

    "Now, why would you change and go back to something that didn't really work at the start of the season?

    "He's found a way of playing football on the counter-attack with this group of players – why change that?"

  • James Colasanti

    Subs were costly, says Merson

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson says they paid the price for some bad substitutions in Sunday's defeat to Manchester United.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta brought on Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira for Martin Odegaard, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Albert Sambi Lokonga with 15 minutes to go.

    Merse wrote in his Sky Sports column: "I thought the triple substitution was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction from Arteta.

    "There was another 20 minutes in the game and at 2-1 down there's another chance in the game.

    "I just thought it was too many subs at the same time and I think they lost it there."

  • James Colasanti

    Wenger's view on VAR

    Arsene Wenger says VAR might have just made his legendary Arsenal side Champions League winners in addition to all of their other top honours.

    The video review system for on-field decisions did not exist when the Frenchman was leading the Gunners tothree Prem titles and seven FA Cups during his 1996-2008 era as their manager.

    Wenger's Gunners never won European football's top club prize but reached the final in 2006.

    They lost 2-1 to Barcelona and led 1-0 before a late leveller from Samuel Eto'o – which was offside.

    Asked which game he wishes VAR had been used on, Wenger – speaking in 2019 – told beIN Sports: "It is the final of the 2006 Champions League, because I think Eto'o's equaliser was offside.

    "That would have changed the history of Arsenal Football Club."

  • James Colasanti

    Gunners backed for top three

    Arsenal will be the best of the rest behind Manchester City and Liverpool in the Prem this season, according to Fabio Aurelio.

    Despite Sunday's defeat at Manchester United, the Gunners still lead the table after six games.

    And retired Liverpool left-back Aurelio, 42, is backing Mikel Arteta's side to stay in the mix – and finish above United in the final table.

    He told Ladbrokes' Fanzone: "As far as how I see the top four looking at the end of the season, you cannot imagine Man City and Liverpool not being in there.

    "Then I think it's Arsenal who must be the third option from what we've seen so far.

    "It's early days and their calendar hasn't been the most difficult, but you have to win games, and that's what they've been doing.

    "And then I think Manchester United will make up the top four."

  • James Colasanti

    Spurs 'bigger threat' than Arsenal

    Spurs are more genuine title contenders than Arsenal, according to former Prem star Dietmar Hamann.

    The retired Germany midfielder, 49, who played for clubs including Liverpool and Manchester City, told the Games Cabin:"Manchester City started as favourites and I believe they will remain favourites.

    "Liverpool are five points behind them now and we know how hard it is to make points up on Manchester City.

    "I think both sides need to be aware of Tottenham. Arsenal have had spells in the past where they didn’t win for three or four games and that doesn’t usually happen to Liverpool and Manchester City.

    "So I believe Tottenham will be more of a threat to them than Arsenal.”

  • James Colasanti

    Carragher mocks Ronaldo on Twitter

    Jamie Carragher had a cheeky pop at Cristiano Ronaldo after Manchester United's win over Arsenal.

    Red Devils legend Ronaldo has lost his starting place and is yet to score this season.

    But United have picked up four wins on the spin without him, suggesting their no longer have to rely on match-winning performances from their five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

    Ronaldo snubbed Liverpool hero and now pundit Carragher at Old Trafford last month.

    After Sunday's clash at Old Trafford, Carra tweeted: "What will happen to Man Utd without Ronaldo’s goals?"

  • James Colasanti

    Antony's extended goal celebrations

    New Manchester United signing Antony was spotted still celebrating his debut goal against Arsenal – four hours after the match ended!

    The ex-Ajax Ajax winger went out for a bite to eat with friends and was photographed walking back to his Manchester city based hotel at about 10pm on Sunday.

    Dressed in his United tracksuit, the Brazil star punched the air in celebration after his part in the big win over the early Prem leaders.

    Antony enjoyed a celebratory meal with friends at the restaurant before walking to the Lowry hotel. Credit: Eamonn and James ClarkeCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
  • James Colasanti

    VAR not applied correctly – Odegaard

    Martin Odegaard says VAR was not applied correctly when an Arsenal goal was disallowed in their defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.

    Gunners star Gabriel Martinelli produced a cool finish after 12 minutes but it was chalked off after VAR Lee Mason called for a check on this challenge by Odegaard on Christian Eriksen in the build-up.

    Arsenal playmaker Odegaard told Sky Sports: "It's never a foul – the referee sees it and plays play on.

    "It's a soft challenge and for VAR to come in it has to be clear and obvious. That's been said a lot of times.

    "On the camera, you can always make it look a little bit worse, but, for me, that was never a foul so it's frustrating."

  • James Colasanti

    Is Arteta a sore loser?

    Roy Keane says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is a "sore loser" – but is he right to do so?

    Manchester United legend Keane's comments came after the Spaniard moaned about decisions in Sunday's defeat at Old Trafford and last week's win over Aston Villa.

    But Arteta seemed to have grounds to be suitably annoyed after Gabriel Martinelli early strike was controversially ruled out thanks to the latest dubious VAR check.

    And given that Keane became as famous for hating to lose matches as he was for his brilliant midfield displays, is he throwing stones from a glass house by having a pop at the Arsenal boss?

  • Jake Lambourne

    Keane goes in on Arsenal

    Roy Keane and Paul Merson were involved in a heated exchange after Arsenal lost to Man Utd over whether the Gunners deserved to be praised.

    Keane said: "We’ve been sitting here and, even in the first half, giving Arsenal a lot of plaudits.

    “When I was a played and teams came here and had a good day, I never worried about the plaudits.

    “I was interested in the points. You can praise Arsenal all you want, but this is about results and winning football matches.”

    Merson responded: “Yeah but there’s ways of losing games, Roy.”

    Keane quickly fired back: “Oh right, have a singsong going back because you lost but you played well! Rubbish! Rubbish! It’s about winning.”

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