Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Mckennie targeted, Gunners offer to pay £52.5m Zubimendi release clause, Jesus injury UPDATE | The Sun

Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Mckennie targeted, Gunners offer to pay £52.5m Zubimendi release clause, Jesus injury UPDATE | The Sun

ARSENAL have reportedly made contact with Weston Mckennie's agents over the possibility of a January transfer deal.

It has been claimed that Juventus are willing to negotiate for a reasonable offer.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have offered to pay a £52.5million release clause for Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi according to reports.

And Gabriel Jesus confirmed to UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov that he would be returning in about '4-5 weeks' following Arsenal's 3-2 victory over Manchester United.

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  • James Colasanti

    Arsenal consider move for McKennie

    Arsenal may bid for Juventus star Weston McKennie, according to Calciomercato.

    Prem rivals Bournemouth and Aston Villa are also said to be interested in the £18million-rated USA midfielder.

  • James Colasanti

    Jesus back in five weeks?

    Happy Monday continues for Arsenal fans with this video emerging on Twitter of injured striker Gabriel Jesus saying he hopes to be back playing in "four to five weeks".

    The Brazil star is sidelined with his rehab from a knee problem but told UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov in the stands at the Emirates on Sunday he could be back in February.

  • James Colasanti

    Neville backs Arsenal ban plan

    Gary Neville has joked it might be for the best if he is banned from commentating on future Arsenal matches.

    The Manchester United legend was viewed as anything but unbiased while on Sky Sports pundit duty as they played the Gunners in a top-of-the-table Prem clash on Sunday.

    After the action on Sky Sports, The Arsenal Therapy Show tweeted: "Like this tweet if you would sign a petition to have @GNev2 banned from commentating on Arsenal games."

    Neville generously retweeted it and quipped: "I will sign it 🙋🏻‍♂️!

    "Thought I was fair yesterday as well 😂"

  • James Colasanti

    Bookmaker pays out on Arsenal

    One bookmaker has already paid out on Arsenal winning this season’s Premier League title.

    The Gunners started the campaign as 28-1 fifth-placed outsiders but are now five points clear at the top at the half-way mark and odds-on favourites at 7-10.

    It has prompted Stake.com to pay out early on hundreds of bets – with one punter picking up £14,000!

    Jarrod Febbraio at the firm said: “We’re calling it early – Arsenal are this season’s Premier League Champions.

    “We’ve seen enough of the Gunners to make the decision to pay out on all bets for them to be crowned champions.

    “So fans who had the faith at the start of term won’t have to wait any longer to be paid out.”

  • James Colasanti

    Arteta’s funny yellow card take

    Not satisfied with being the boss of an Arsenal side closing in on their first Prem title in nearly two decades, Mikel Arteta is now proving himself to be absolutely hilarious.

    The Spaniard, 40, was booked during Sunday’s win over Manchester United for his reaction to a Luke Shaw foul on Bukayo Saka.

    Afterwards he told Sky Sports he had no complaints about the caution.

    And when asked if he can learn from the experience, he simply replied: “You can always get better in life, innit?”

    Great work, Mikel. Take a bow, son.

  • James Colasanti

    Ferdinand slams Antony display

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand feels the club’s £85.5million Brazilian forward Antony is failing to live up to expectations.

    The former Ajax star underwhelmed in Sunday’s sobering 3-2 defeat at title-favourites Arsenal .

    Ferdinand told FIVE: “He just doesn’t beat anyone and I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Was that always the way?’

    “I’ve seen clips of him when he was at Ajax and he was somebody who used to beat people.

    “I saw Thomas Partey, who I wouldn’t put down as a sprinter, absolutely burst past him, and I’m thinking, ‘Woah, he hasn’t got much power in them legs!’

    “He’s a tricky winger – but with tricky wingers you want them to still be able to beat the defender.”

  • James Colasanti

    How Eboue made Queen giggle

    Retired Arsenal star Emmanuel Eboue once told the Queen he would quit football to look after her corgis – much to our late monarch's amusement.

    He told The Telegraph in 2016 the former Ivory Coast defender explained what happened when Gunners players got the chance to meet Her Majesty.

    Eboue said: "We went there and Thierry Henry said to me, 'Please, Emmanuel, this is Buckingham Palace, it's the Queen's house, don't do anything. No problem, I said. 'Don't worry'.

    “So the Queen came in and went along shaking each player's hand. After she'd finished I saw all her corgis so I said, 'Ma'am, Ma'am'.

    “She turned back and asked, 'How are you?'

    “And I said, 'Ma'am, I am OK thank you but please, I don't want to be a footballer any more, I want to look after your dogs.

    "I want to take them for walks, wash them, feed them. I want to be a dog carer’.

    “The Queen, honestly, she was laughing. Prince Philip was laughing too. All the team were laughing."

  • James Colasanti

    Zinchenko's having a laugh

    Arsenal defender Oleksandr Zinchenko says his Gunners team-mates laughed when he said they should set their sights on the Prem title – but they are not laughing now.

    The four-time Prem winner joined the North London giants last summer after six successful years with Manchester City.

    After yesterday's win over Manchester United left Arsenal five points clear at the top, he told Premier League TV: "Obviously I knew the Arsenal team, I knew all of them before.

    "But still I realised on the pitch we have everything to achieve big things.

    "I started to speak in the dressing room, saying, 'Guys, forget top three or whatever – we need to think about the title.'

    "Some of them were laughing but no one is laughing now and all of us are dreaming."

  • James Colasanti

    Silvestre hails Nketiah's 'complete game'

    Former Arsenal and Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre says Gunners forward Eddie Nketiah is developing an excellent all-round game.

    The 23-year-old – who is leading Arsenal's frontline in the absence of injured Gabriel Jesus – produced a two-goal match-winning display in yesterday's 3-2 victory against United.

    Silvestre told bettingexpert.com: "Eddie Nketiah has done really well for the team.

    "And that's in regard to the whole aspect of the game.

    "Defensively he’s working hard and offensively he’s creating space.

    "He is coming short, going long and behind the defenders in pockets of space, combining with Saka, Martinelli and Odegaard.”

  • James Colasanti

    Arsenal waiting on Fresneda decision

    Arsenal are waiting to hear if they have won the race to sign Real Valladolid’s Ivan Fresneda, according to The Athletic.

    The 18-year-old right-back is said to have a provisional deal in place with both the Gunners and Borussia Dortmund.

    It is with a view to a £13.1million move and loan back to the Spanish side for the season.

    And he make a decision on his next club today, according to Guillermo Rai.

  • James Colasanti

    City still Prem favourites – Neville

    Despite yesterday's thrilling 3-2 win over his former club Manchester United, Gary Neville still thinks Arsenal will let their Prem lead slip and Manchester City will win it.

    The retired England right-back and now pundit said: "I don't see them going on to win the league.

    "I think Manchester City will win the league because I just think that what they've got in them is a special run, Manchester City.

    "I think that at a point in the season Arsenal will lose one or two matches and City will be right on their shoulders and it will become very difficult for them."

  • James Colasanti

    Arsenal still only 'slight favourites'

    What have this lot got to do to convince the bookies they are clear frontrunners to win this season's Premier League title?

    Crunch Super Sunday wins over Spurs and Manchester United have left Arsenal five points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand, and favourites to for the top-flight.

    But only just.

    Sky Bet now have the Gunners priced at 8-11 and just ahead of defending champs Manchester City at 11-10, with Manchester United now out to 33-1.

    Sporting News reports: "Arsenal, somehow, are only slight favourites to win the Premier League, even as they continue to maintain a solid lead atop the table.

    "It would appear the Gunners still have to make believers out of some, although Sunday's match against Manchester United increased their chances slightly, moving from -110 to -140 after the thrilling 3-2 victory."

    So place yer bets…responsibly, of course.

  • James Colasanti

    Kane ‘to extend Spurs deal’

    Just the pick-me-up Spurs fans need this morning with news their talisman skipper Harry Kane is “open” to signing a new deal with the club, according to The Athletic.

    The England striker is about to enter the final year of his contract and has been linked with Prem rivals Manchester United.

    Kane penning an extension would lift morale in the wake of body-blow defeats to Arsenal and Manchester City over the past week.

    You can follow more on this developing SunSport story by clicking here.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Morning, Gunners fans

    Arsenal boss has lauded his players for showing ’emotional control’ during their last-gasp win over Man Utd.

    The Gunners first trailed, before being pegged back to 2-2, until Eddie Nketiah’s 89th minute winner.

    Arteta told BBC Sport: “We showed a lot of emotional control – being 1-0 down to Manchester United is very tricky. They will kill you in big distances but we came back into the game. We stayed focused and I love this personality the players showed. We found the opening to win the game.

    “They do surprise me with how they react. We encourage them to play free-flowing football and there is energy in the team and good things happen.

    “To do it repeatedly against big teams, the way we played today, gives me a lot of positivity for the future. It is so tight now in the league, there are such small margins. Winning, losing or drawing, you have to be be conscious of that. If we can capitalise on the energy, it will be positive.”

    Roy Keane saw nothing wrong with Mikel Arteta’s emotional touchline behaviour during Arsenal’s thrilling 3-2 win over Man Utd.

    The Spaniard was booked during the win over Man Utd after furiously reacting to Luke Shaw’s innocuous foul on Bukayo Saka.

    But Keane does not believe Arteta deserves any criticism for his conduct.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Well I certainly wouldn’t worry about yellow cards, it’s the reds that you’ve got to worry about!

    “But from the Arsenal point of view I think they’d be OK with it, because he’s obviously passionate and you’re not in this job to be liked!

    “He’s there to win football matches for Arsenal and that’s what he’s doing.

    “Listen, he’s got the yellow card, he has to take his medicine, but I generally have no problem with it.

    “We see other managers doing stuff that we might not always agree with but they’re emotional, they’re passionate and I think that’s just because he wants to win. I wouldn’t be too harsh on him.”

    Arsenal fan Romeo Beckham trolled dad David after the Gunners’ last-gasp win over Manchester United.

    The Brentford B starlet, who David has been supporting at every opportunity, took in Sunday’s thriller with his old man in the expensive seats at the Emirates.

    Romeo wrote on Instagram after the game: “Sleep tight dad @davidbeckham.

    Bukayo Saka’s three goals in three games against Man Utd has put him in a special club.

    Like Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg he has scored in consecutive games in a trio of games.

    After the whistle, Saka gave a hilarious interview to Sky Sports.

    He joked: “Hello Freddie, Hello Thierry.”

    Leandro Trossard’s agent has revealed how Spurs missed out on his client to rivals Arsenal.

    “Spurs were in contact with us for the last two weeks – but it was, ‘We want him, but wait this, wait that’,” his rep Josy Comhair said.

    “[On] Wednesday, we got in touch with Arsenal; 24 hours later, they had an agreement.”

  • Jon Boon

    Utd’s reality check

    Luke Shaw said Arsenal handed them a ‘reality check’ after they were beaten 3-2 in north London.

    He told Sky Sports: “You have to give them credit for what they’ve done this season, we’re only halfway but I think they deserve to be at the top from the way they play and how they play. But like I just said, we’re only halfway through the season,” Shaw told Sky Sports.

    “There is a long, long way to go and we have to focus on our next game, as we’ve got a semi-final coming up. The quality of these games are improving, it was a tough game to be involved in, but these are the games every player wants to play in.

    “It’s to themselves against the best and we’re all very gutted in the dressing room now. It’s a bit of a reality check.

    “So we have to get back to work tomorrow with a big game this Wednesday.”

  • Jon Boon

    Keane defends Arteta's antics

    Roy Keane saw nothing wrong with Mikel Arteta's emotional touchline behaviour during Arsenal's thrilling 3-2 win over Man Utd.

    The Spaniard was booked during the win over Man Utd after furiously reacting to Luke Shaw's innocuous foul on Bukayo Saka.

    But Keane does not believe Arteta deserves any criticism for his conduct.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "Well I certainly wouldn’t worry about yellow cards, it’s the reds that you’ve got to worry about!

    "But from the Arsenal point of view I think they’d be OK with it, because he’s obviously passionate and you’re not in this job to be liked!

    "He’s there to win football matches for Arsenal and that’s what he’s doing.

    "Listen, he’s got the yellow card, he has to take his medicine, but I generally have no problem with it.

    "We see other managers doing stuff that we might not always agree with but they’re emotional, they’re passionate and I think that’s just because he wants to win. I wouldn’t be too harsh on him."

  • Jon Boon

    'Emotional control'

    Arsenal boss has lauded his players for showing 'emotional control' during their last-gasp win over Man Utd.

    The Gunners first trailed, before being pegged back to 2-2, until Eddie Nketiah's 89th minute winner.

    Arteta told BBC Sport: “We showed a lot of emotional control – being 1-0 down to Manchester United is very tricky. They will kill you in big distances but we came back into the game. We stayed focused and I love this personality the players showed. We found the opening to win the game.

    “They do surprise me with how they react. We encourage them to play free-flowing football and there is energy in the team and good things happen.

    “To do it repeatedly against big teams, the way we played today, gives me a lot of positivity for the future. It is so tight now in the league, there are such small margins. Winning, losing or drawing, you have to be be conscious of that. If we can capitalise on the energy, it will be positive.”

  • Jon Boon

    Spurs moved slow on Trossard

    Leandro Trossard's agent has revealed how Spurs missed out on his client to rivals Arsenal.

    "Spurs were in contact with us for the last two weeks – but it was, ‘We want him, but wait this, wait that’,” his rep Josy Comhair said.

    "[On] Wednesday, we got in touch with Arsenal; 24 hours later, they had an agreement."

  • Jon Boon

    'Sleep tight dad'

    Arsenal fan Romeo Beckham trolled dad David after the Gunners' last-gasp win over Manchester United.

    The Brentford B starlet, who David has been supporting at every opportunity, took in Sunday's thriller with his old man in the expensive seats at the Emirates.

    Romeo wrote on Instagram after the game: "Sleep tight dad @davidbeckham."

  • Jon Boon

    Arteta booked

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was booked in the first half of Sunday's massive Premier League clash with Manchester United after continuing his touchline theatrics.

    The animated Spaniard regularly fumes in his technical box when decisions aren't going his team's way.

    His touchline antics have been heavily criticised but Arteta has defiantly refused to tone it down.

    And in Sunday's all-important clash with Man Utd, Arteta was contesting every decision.

    After Luke Shaw pushed over Gunners No7 Bukayo Saka, Arteta got overly animated and was shown a yellow card by Anthony Taylor.

  • Jon Boon

    Saka's hilarious reaction

    Bukayo Saka's three goals in three games against Man Utd has put him in a special club.

    Like Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg he has scored in consecutive games in a trio of games.

    After the whistle, Saka gave a hilarious interview to Sky Sports.

    He joked: "Hello Freddie, Hello Thierry."

  • Jon Boon

    Full-time

    Pivotal win for Arsenal.

    United's unbeaten has come to an end – although it was a valiant effort from the Red Devils.

    In the end, the Gunners pressure told.

    They win 3-2 and are now 11 points clear of United.

  • Jon Boon

    HUGE

    We've had a last minute winner.

    And it's Arsenal who have got it.

    They've been pressing and pressing and pressing.

    Aftera lengthy VAR call, Nketiah's goal stands.

  • Jon Boon

    2-2

    Now it's United turn to level.

    This time, moments after making a great save, Ramsdale flaps at corner.

    The ball drops to Martinez who loops a header over Gabriel and into the net.

  • Jon Boon

    2-1

    Gunners lead!

    And it's another sensational goal.

    This time, it's Bukayo Saka who cuts in on his left and whips the ball from 30 yards into the bottom corner.

    2-1 Gunners.

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