7pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil blasted as Arteta says ‘I tried my best’, Szoboszlai transfer alternative to Aouar – The Sun

MIKEL ARTETA has taken a final dig at Mesut Ozil by saying "I tried my best".

The German has been excluded from both Arsenal's Premier League and Europa League squads this season with the Gunners looking to sell him.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below…

  • Josh Graham


    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he has given outcast Mesut Ozil every opportunity to break into his Gunners team.

    Ozil missed the cut for both Prem and Europa League squads but despite his best efforts the German World Cup winner – who earns £350,000 a week – has been unable to reintegrate himself.

    Arteta told Sky Sports: “What I can tell you that I tried my best, I tried to give him as many opportunities as I could. And that from my own side, I’ve been patient, given him opportunities and been fair.

    “He’s a player that belongs to a football club, he’s been a really important player in the last few seasons. I have to respect that, I’m here to make decisions, the best decisions for the team and for the club.

    “This is what I try to do and then I have to explain them because people need the reasons and the right answers.

    “I just give mine, whether they believe me or agree with me or not, there’s nothing I can do. But I have to put my decisions, with my heart and with my brain to make the right decisions that I believe are good.”

  • Josh Graham


    Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny was in a cheery mood in the Gunners' gym.

    Eddie Nketiah claimed the Egyptian ace was celebrating his short midweek stint as captain in the Europa League win over Dundalk.

  • Josh Graham


    Arsenal have paid tribute to England's 1966 World Cup winner Nobby Stiles who has passed way aged 78.

  • Josh Graham


    Arsenal contract negotiation Huss Fahmy will reportedly quit the club.

    He arrived from Team Sky in 2017 and was tasked with negotiating contracts of players and brokering the best possible deals with agents.

    Fahmy also played a big role in bringing boss Mikel Arteta back to North London.

    According to the Athletic, Fahmy will continue in his role for the next month and complete the handover process.

    It is claimed that the Gunbers will replace him with a 'football operations executive' that will have more of an all-round role including negotiating contracts.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Arsenal are interested in signing RB Salzburg youngster Dominik Szoboszlai, according to reports.

    The 20-year-old creator has impressed for the Austrians, and has been tipped by some to succeed Mesut Ozil in North London.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, appearing on the Here We Go podcast, the Gunners could make a bid as soon as January for the prodigious talent.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Let's take another look at Nicolas Pepe's stunner from last night's win over Dundalk, Arsenal fans.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has insisted that he will soon end his Premier League goal drought and that Arsenal will get back to winning ways domestically.

    He told the Standard: “We are not finding scoring goals easy at the moment.

    “But we're an experienced team, with experienced attacking players and we know we will turn this around.

    “I'm not worried about that.”

  • Etienne Fermie


    Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he may have made a mistake not re-signing Nicolas Anelka in January 2008 – when the Frenchman instead signed for Chelsea.

    The Frenchman told The Tuesday Club Podcast: “Maybe (it was the wrong decision).

    “He wanted to come back. Maybe it was a mistake. I wanted to give the signal to the players that once you left the club there is no way back. I

    “I felt that they would then have a hesitation to leave. I didn’t give them the feeling of ‘ok I go somewhere else, I try it and if it doesn’t work I come back’.

    “That’s why I didn’t do it and overall maybe I should have done it. Nicolas still scored in 125 games overall in the Premier League I think, something like that, so he could have helped us.”

  • Etienne Fermie


    Arsenal legend Bob Wilson, who played for the Gunners for 11 years between 1963 and 1974, is today celebrating his 79th birthday.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Ahead of Sunday's showdown between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford, SunSport's Marc Mayo has compiled a joint XI between the two sides… with the likes of Anthony Martial and Hector Bellerin missing out.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Mikel Arteta has talked about Nicolas Pepe, after the Ivorian scored an impressive goal against Dundalk in the Europa League last night.

    Addressing whether Pepe's price-tag has added pressure to his shoulders, Arteta said: “I don't think he's got that. I think he's so willing to do well and show everybody – first of all, his team-mates and myself – and also the fans that he is a player that can make the difference every week.

    “Obviously, he's not been first choice in a lot of the games at the moment but, to be fair, he's played quite a lot of the moments, some better than others. It's about finding the consistency.

    “Not through the games, but during the games as well to be most instinctive and to be able to do the right things in many, many occasions where he has to make the right decisions on the pitch.”

  • Etienne Fermie


    Folarin Balogun has spoken after being handed a senior Arsenal debut from the bench against Dundalk in the Europa League last night.

    After the dream occasion, the 19-year-old told the club's website: “Yeah it feels great.

    “It's a moment I have been waiting for for a little while so to finally get it feels great.

    “I can only thank Mikel and the staff for this opportunity and I look forward to doing it more often.”

  • Etienne Fermie


    Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang and Alexandre Lacazette appeared to slam seats in frustration during Arsenal's 3-0 win against Dundalk.

    The pair seemed to react in anger when Kieran Tierney blazed an effort over the bar despite the fact the Gunners were 3-0 up and cruising.

    Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe scored three goals in six minutes either side of half-time.

    And Tierney came on to replace Granit Xhaka in the 74th minute as Mikel Arteta looked to shore things up.

    But soon after, the Scotsman found himself joining in with an Arsenal attack.

    However his miss appeared to spark an angry reaction from his team-mates who were sitting on the bench.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Dundalk may have lost their marquee Europa League showdown with Arsenal – but they broke a record in the process.

    The Irish minnows slumped to a 3-0 defeat against a youthful Gunners XI.

    And while the loss will be disappointing, they have etched their name in the history books.

    After the full-time whistle sounded, Dundalk officially became the first team in Europa League history to complete a match without committing a single foul.

    The Gunners failed to draw a single free-kick during their win, in which Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock found the net.

    Incredibly, no Champions League match has ever finished without one team failing to foul an opponent.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Arsenal take on Manchester United in a crunch-match this weekend, and SunSport have predicted how Mikel Arteta could line up his men for Sunday's trip to Old Trafford.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hinted that he could be ready to field some of his fringe players against Manchester United at the weekend, after they swept past Dundalk 3-0 in the Europa League.

    The Spaniard said after the match: “I'm really pleased with the way we went about the game.

    “Our attitude from the beginning was spot on, we attacked and created a lot of situations inside the box.

    “We gave a chance to a lot of players who haven't played many minutes this season and it is something really positive because they showed they are well-prepared, they are at it, and they are ready when we need them.

    “They are always in the frame to play. It is not if we lose or win, it is what they bring to the team. How they train, what they are showing. Results at the end are consequences of many things, but individually how they do things is what determines whether they have the opportunity to play or not.”

  • Etienne Fermie


    Kieran Tierney turned up at Arsenal in just a t-shirt last night despite the freezing winter temperatures.

    The Gunners beat the Irish side 3-0 at the Emirates but the real highlight was before the match with fans stunned as the Scot arrived with just one layer on.

    Tierney's team-mates were seen wrapped up in thick coats and tracksuits as they turned up at the stadium.

    Until hilarious footage showed the hardy 23-year-old strolling past in just a thin pick club polo shirt.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Matteo Guendouzi has described his Arsenal stay as 'two good years' in a possible hint his Gunners career is over.

    Mikel Arteta fell out with the midfielder last season and exiled him from the team, before sending him on loan to Hertha Berlin.

    And it was fellow outcast Mesut Ozil who talked up the prospect of a stint in Germany to Guendouzi.

    The 21-year-old told Kicker: “I played over 80 games [at Arsenal] and had a good, intense time there. I learned a lot there in terms of the sport and I grew up there. It was two good years for me.

    “I also had a very good relationship with Mesut Ozil and Bernd Leno, both of whom told me a lot of good things about the Bundesliga.”

  • Etienne Fermie


    Mikel Arteta was delighted after his side easily beat Dundalk 3-0 in the Europa League last night.

    He said: “I'm really pleased with the way we went about the game.

    “It's always a danger that you feel it could be a comfortable game and then you make it really complicated. That wasn't the case. I think our attitude from the beginning was spot on.

    “We knew they were going to use a really low block and what we had to do, I think we did it better [than against Rapid Vienna]. We were insistent in the way we attacked. We generated a lot of situations in the box and we got the right goals in the right moments.

    “After that, we could manage the situation. Overall, the fact that we gave the chance to a lot of players who haven't played many minutes this season is something that's really positive because they showed that they are well prepared, they are at it and they are ready when we need them.”

  • Jack Figg


    Arsenal stormed to a 3-0 win over Dundalk in the Europa League last night.

    Goals from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe sealed a resounding victory for Mikel Arteta's men.

    And there was even a senior debut for highly-rated young forward Folarin Balogun.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal tried to send Reiss Nelson out on loan this summer – but the determined playmaker wanted to stay and fight for his place.

    Nelson has made just four appearances this season, all in cup competition, but did get a start against Dundalk.

    Arteta revealed he planned to send the 20-year-old out on loan for the season, to receive vital game time following the arrival of Willian.

    Arteta said: “We ended up with a large squad at the end of the transfer market.

    “We had a few plans in mind with Reiss. One of them was as well to send him on loan to get more minutes because of the competition we have upfront.

    “The reality is he has been really good in training. He wants to stay here. He wants to fight for his place.”

    Finally, Arteta feels bad for axing William Saliba from his European squad.

    He said: “I feel really bad for William Saliba.

    “Because we had so many central defenders, we decided to leave him out of the squad which was really hurtful for me to do.

    “I was hoping that Pablo would be back in two weeks but he had a setback and then we don't have Pablo and we don't have William when he's fit and available to play.

    “But when you make those decisions, you can't always think about every possible outcome.”

  • Anthony Chapman


    Joe Willock starred againt Dundalk with a brilliant goal.

    But Granit Xhaka had a quiet night at the back.


  • Anthony Chapman


    Nicolas Pepe's moments of magic have been few and far betwen since joining Arsenal for a whopping £72million.

    But he provided one tonight with an ingenious goal to kill off Irish minnows Dundalk just after the break.


  • Anthony Chapman


    It's game over at the Emirates and Arsenal have stormed to a 3-0 win over Dundalk in the Europa League.

    Goals from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe sealed a resounding victory for Mikel Arteta's men.

    And there was even a senior debut for highly-rated young forward Folarin Balogun.


  • Anthony Chapman


    Arsenal are 2-0 up against Dundalk thanks to goals from Eddie Nkethiah and Joe Willock.


  • Anthony Chapman


    Inter Milan are lining up a swoop for ex-Arsenal star Gervinho.

    Calciomercato claim the veteran forward, now at Parma, is wanted to provide cover for Romelu Lukaku.

    At the age of 33, Gervinho is still regarded as a talent and is now in the sights of Antonio Conte.

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