12pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil vows to stay until 2021, Lacazette in training, and Griezmann was set to sign in 2017 – The Sun

ARSENAL are preparing for the return of the Premier League.

The Gunners are gearing up to visit Sheffield United next Monday night with Alexandre Lacazette hoping to available – while reports claim Unai Emery wants Dani Ceballos on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

Follow all the latest gossip, transfer new and updates from the Emirates below…

  • ARSENAL'S failure to qualify for the Champions League in 2017 cost them the chance to sign Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.

    The long, long list of players Arsene Wenger almost brought in includes Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Now you can add current Barcelona and former Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann to the list too, says former BBC journalist David Ornstein.

  • ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE is back in full training – and is contention to face Sheffield United.

    An update on the club website read: “Left ankle. Alex is progressing well and is back in full training.

    “Decision on his participation for Monday's match at Sheffield United will be made in the forthcoming days.”

  • BACK to business for the Gunners this morning.

  • EDDIE NKETIAH is unhappy with his lack of game time at Leeds.

    The Arsenal loanee, 20, is still yet to start a Championship game since being farmed out to the Yorkshire outfit.

    Nketiah, who has been linked to Bristol City, said: “It's been disappointing for me not to start in the league, I went there to play games and get games. It's still early times.

    “I think every time I've come on a done well and shown why I think I should be playing.

    “I think Austria was a good statement and a good way for me to put across a performance and hopefully I'll be starting in the next run of games.

    “I feel like I probably haven't been given the chances I would have liked, I would have liked to play a lot more minutes.”

  • MESUT OZIL believes he is always blamed for Arsenal's big game failures.

    Speaking to The Athletic, the German said: “If we don't do well in a 'big' game, it's always my fault.

    “If that's true, how do you explain our results in the 'big' games when I wasn't involved? There's no real difference.

    “I know people expect me to offer more, dictate play and make the difference – I do, too – but it's not that straightforward.

    “I'm not the only player in the team and, don't forget, some of our opponents are simply better than us.”

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