Arsenal news LIVE: Lacazette exit LATEST, Isak eyed, Smith Rowe speaks after Aston Villa win – transfer updates

Arsenal news LIVE: Lacazette exit LATEST, Isak eyed, Smith Rowe speaks after Aston Villa win – transfer updates

ARSENAL won 3-1 in their clash with Aston Villa on Friday night to kick off the weekend of Premier League action.

The Gunners meanwhile are interested in signing Real Madrid flop Luka Jovic, according to reports.

We've also an update on Mohamed Elneny's future, as well as news of transfer speculation linking Alexander Isak to the Emirates.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Other than the North London Derby, was last night's result against Aston Villa the Gunners' most impressive of the season so far?

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Nuno Tavares caught the eye for the Gunners last night, stepping up in place of the injured Kieran Tierney.

    In his first Premier League start, the Portuguese summer signing proved to be an able deputy for Kieran Tierney at left back.

    And Mikel Arteta said: "It was really impressive, what those two [Tavares and Lokonga] did, especially Nuno.

    "It was the first start in the Premier League, to play with the courage, with the physicality, with the quality that he did today, it’s a credit to the boy."

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Aaron Ramsdale has caught they eye since taking Bernd Leno's spot between the sticks at the Emirates.

    The 24-year-old has helped the Gunners to six league games unbeaten, with three clean sheets in that run.

    Speaking on the goalkeeper situation, Ben White said: "I’ve known Ramsdale from a long time ago. Obviously nice for him to be in the team.

    "But I think both have such amazing qualities.

    "They’re pushing each other every day. And I think that’s what you need in the Premier League to keep pushing you and getting better."

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Mikel Arteta has hailed youngster Emile Smith Rowe for adding goals to his game.

    Speaking after he bagged against Aston Villa, Arteta said: "That should be a habit and he should demand that in his game, because he’s capable of doing it.

    "I’m pleased he’s developing that. He still needs to develop more in other areas. The other night he wasn’t 100 per cent fit but he made a step forward and wanted to play with a difficult injury that he had.”

    He added: "When you want to take the game to the next level, when you become a really important player in such a big club, that should be the only priority, and every detail is important and relevant

    "You have to make them aware of that – you cannot give percentages away that can make big differences.

    "He’s changed that, and credit to him and the staff here that are monitoring and trying to build that education with him, and it will get only better."

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Arsenal have won five of their last seven home league games, drawing one and losing one.

    That's as many victories at the Emirates as they had picked up in their last 16 on home soil.

    The Gunners had drawn four and lost seven of the previous 16 games they had hosted.

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Mikel Arteta has not been shy to put trust in his young stars this season.

    And after going seven games unbeaten the Spaniard is starting to reap the rewards from putting his trust in youth.

    He said: "I really enjoyed watching them play and the way they started right from the beginning.

    "I always said the way they were in the dressing room after Palace, I think that was when we started to win this game. They weren’t happy with some moments we had in that game and they know they have more ability, more quality to do it.

    "We talked about it, they had a great reaction and they know that the age is not going to be an excuse. We cannot change it.

    "We are the youngest team in the league and we can change other things, we can improve other things and it has to happen now. Today they showed the level that they can play and I think the fans enjoyed it."

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Mikel Arteta 'doesn't know' how long Kieran Tierney will be out of action for.

    The Gunners stalwart missed last night's clash against Aston Villa through injury.

    Speaking to, Arteta said: "We don’t know how long he’s going to be out. He could not carry on the other day and he’s not available to play."

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Arsenal had nine shots on target against Aston Villa last night.

    It's their most in a Premier League game since 12 against West Brom all the way back in January, the only time they’ve managed more in the competition under Mikel Arteta.

    It also stretched the Gunners' unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Emile Smith Rowe brought the fireworks for Friday Night Partey Time.

    Arsenal's 3-1 over Aston Villa made it four wins from six unbeaten Premier League games as Mikel Arteta's newly-inventive side went ninth.

    And Smith Rowe was the wizard-in-chief, despite Thomas Partey's joy at bagging his first goal for the Gunners.

    Partey's deft header and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's rebound finish off his own penalty deservedly left Arsenal 2-0 up at the interval.

    But Villa boss Dean Smith was among those upset by Aubameyang's goal as VAR intervened to award the spot-kick after many observers thought the half-time whistle had gone.

    Smith Rowe’s deflected shot then made it 3-0 before Jacob Ramsey rewarded Villa's revival with a lovely curled consolidation late on.

    Overjoyed scorer Partey told Sky Sports: "I've been waiting for this moment for a long time. I think it was the right moment to have it and I'm very happy.

    "The team knew what to do we had to keep fighting and keep our intensity. At the end with the quality we have we are able to get results.

    "All the team was frustrated and we wanted a win. That was the mentality we brought to this game."

    But fellow midfielder Smith Rowe was the standout performer, having revealed earlier yesterday he wants to remain a Gunner for the rest of his career.

    The England Under-21 star told the Standard: "I definitely hope so. If Arsenal want me for the rest of my career, then I am going to stay here forever.

    “For me, playing for Arsenal, growing up an Arsenal fan and my family around me, it was easy."

    Meanwhile, left-back Kieran Tierney has reiterated he eventually hopes to succeed Aubameyang as Arsenal skipper.

  • Ian Tuckey


    THERE was some confusion as to why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was allowed to convert the rebound after his penalty was saved against Aston Villa, making it 2-0 in Arsenal's 3-1 win, writes DYLAN TERRY.

    The play had been brought back by Craig Pawson after Alexandre Lacazette was brought down by Matt Targett with four seconds of stoppage time remaining.

    Many fans felt Pawson had blown for half-time so the final touch before the break would be Aubameyang's spot kick.

    However, Pawson actually blew for VAR to have a look at the challenge, which took place with four seconds of the half remaining.

    So when Emi Martinez saved Aubameyang's penalty, the Arsenal striker still had four seconds to put the ball into the back of the net.

    That is because what happened after the penalty now 'does not exist' as play was brought back for the spot kick.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Martin Odegaard (Alexandre Lacazette, 68) – 6.

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Albert Sambi Lokonga, 73) – 6.

    Gabriel Martinelli (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 90) – N/A.

    Not used: Leno, Holding, Cedric, Kolasinac, Elneny, Pepe.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Alexandre Lacazette

    Hardly a threat in the first half and spent a lot of it on the floor after either being fouled or claiming to have been.

    Won a dubious penalty at the end of the first half that gave Arsenal the cushion they deserved – 6.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Had a tough task up top against three Aston Villa centre-backs in the first half.

    But after scoring in first-half injury-time it got easier for him in the second period as Villa switched to a back four and more gaps appeared – 6.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Thomas Partey

    A much better showing from the £45million man after missing his chance to impress in front of Patrick Vieira four days ago.

    Scored Arsenal's first goal of the night and could've had more himself, hitting the bar and heading over in the first half – 8.

    Bukayo Saka

    A thorn in Aston Villa's side all night and one of Arsenal's main attacking threats again.

    Should've doubled Arsenal's lead in the first half but shot straight at Martinez from Tavares' inch-perfect cross – 7.

    Emile Smith Rowe

    The best of Arsenal's front four tonight, always looked to make something happen and gave Matty Cash a very tough time.

    Got the goal his fine play deserved early in the second half, albeit with the help of a deflection, in front of England boss Gareth Southgate – 9.

  • Ian Tuckey



    Looked assured and comfortable alongside Ben White in the centre of Arsenal's defence.

    Ings and Watkins barely got a look in up front for Aston Villa – 6.

    Nuno Tavares

    A real attacking threat down the left for Arsenal and combined brilliantly with Emile Smith Rowe down that flank.

    Should've had a first-half assist to his name but Saka hit the perfectly played low cross straight at goalkeeper Emi Martinez – 8.

    Albert Sambi Lokonga

    Vowed to make amends for his error against Crystal Palace on Monday night and put in an assured performance in the middle of the park.

    His presence freed up Thomas Partey to influence the play further forward as well – 7.

  • Ian Tuckey


    SunSport's Sunni Upal guides you through the individual marks for the Gunners in their largely-impressive 3-1 defeat of Aston Villa.

    Aaron Ramsdale

    A quiet night at the office for the Arsenal goalkeeper.

    He had zero shots to deal with in the first half and was helpless for Aston Villa's consolation as Ramsey picked his spot in the top corner – 6.

    Takehiro Tomiyasu

    Another strong showing defensively from the Japanese right-back and he showed more in an attacking sense as well.

    Linked up well with Bukayo Saka down the right side – 6.

    Ben White

    Solid as a rock at the back, as he has been for most of his time at Arsenal, and marshalled the defence again.

    Dealt with the threat from Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins very well – 7.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Thomas Partey hailed his first Arsenal goal and praised the fighting spirit as much as quality of their 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

    The midfielder told Sky Sports: "The team knew what to do we had to keep fighting and keep our intensity.

    "At the end with the quality we have we are able to get results.

    Credit: Getty

    "All the team was frustrated and we wanted a win. That was the mentality we brought to this game today and we were able to get our result.

    "I've been waiting for this moment for a long time. I think it was the right moment to have it and I'm very happy.

    "The team performed very good. We have to do this every weekend and every game and with this we can achieve beautiful things."

    Credit: EPA

  • Ian Tuckey


    Mikel Arteta's more inventive Gunners are finally in the top half of the Prem after shining for long enough to beat Villa 3-1 tonight.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was relieved as well as overjoyed as they held off Villa's comeback for a 3-1 win.

    Click on our match blog constant for match reaction.

    Credit: Reuters

  • Ian Tuckey


    The Gunners made it four wins from six unbeaten Prem games to go ninth.

    But after leading 3-0 by the 56th minute they were pushed back by a revitalised Villa, whose only reward was Jacob Ramsey curling a lovely goal late on.

    Thomas Partey's deft header, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's rebound off his own penalty in first-half stoppage time and Emile Smith Rowe's deflected strike had seemingly left Arsenal in command.

    But overall their second-half display was as mediocre as their first-period performance had been exciting and inventive.

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  • Ian Tuckey


  • Ian Tuckey


    Jacob Ramsey calmly curled home a reward for Villa's vastly-improved second-half display on 82 minutes.

    And Ollie Watkins promptly underhit a cross from Matt Targett when a second Villa goal would really have put the Gunners under pressure.

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  • Ian Tuckey


    Emile Smith Rowe burst clear on the left but his far-post shot deflected in off the opposite post to make it 3-0 on 56 minutes.

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  • Ian Tuckey


  • Ian Tuckey


    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got a bit lucky with this spot-kick – scoring in the rebound.

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    Emiliano Martinez kept the penalty out from former team-mate AubameyangCredit: Getty
    But Aubameyang reacts sharply to snap up the reboundCredit: Reuters
    Aubameyang celebrates making it 2-0 with strike-partner LacazetteCredit: Reuters
  • Ian Tuckey


    Villa's Matt Targett was the offender, catching Alexandre Lacazette clumsily.

    And Lacazette's strike-partner was initially foiled from the spot by former Arsenal stopper Emiliano Martinez's flying save to his right.

    But the ball fell kindly out for Aubameyang to smash home left-footed and double the Gunners' half-time lead.

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