Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang to Juventus, Greenwood and Arthur interest, Guido Rodriguez enquiry

ARSENAL already have their sights set on a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.

The Gunners are said to be battling Barcelona for Man Utd's Mason Greenwood, who is said to be unhappy at Old Trafford.

And they are also reported to be keen on former Barca midfielder Arthur, who has been out in the cold at Juventus.

Aubameyang was stripped of his Arsenal captaincy earlier this week and has now been frozen out of the squad indefinitely.

SunSport can also reveal that Mikel Arteta has ordered him to train alone, perhaps for as long as two months.

Juventus are reported to be leading the chase for the Gabon striker.

Meanwhile it is claimed that Arsenal have made an enquiry for Betis and Argentina midfielder Guido Rodriguez.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Arteta reacts

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta described the match with Leeds as "very difficult".

    Arteta said: "It's always very difficult to play against them when you look at any game that they've played.

    "Obviously, at the Etihad, it was a different story but when they played at Stamford Bridge.

    "Opponents they play this season know the game that they are going to face. It wasn't any different [today].

    "They never gave up in the second half and it's a team that I really like and I'm pleased because it's not easy to play the way that we have done today, in this atmosphere and against this opponent, so I think it was a very strong statement from the team"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arthur interest

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Juventus ace Arthur ahead of next month's transfer window.

    That is according to Calciomercato, who report that the Gunners would be interested in getting the midfielder next month.

    The Brazil international is hoping to leave Juve in January for bigger opportunities.

    The 25-year-old's contract with the Banconeri runs out in 2025

  • Kostas Lianos

    Greenwood interest

    Manchester United ace Mason Greenwood has emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal.

    That is according to Elnacional, who report that the Gunners, Juventus and Barcelona are keeping tabs on Greenwood.

    The north Londoners may need to add a centre-forward to their ranks next summer with both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette out of contract, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has fallen out of favour.

    Arsenal, Juve and Barca won't 'hesitate' to make a bid for the England international should he become available in the summer

  • Kostas Lianos

    'Positive character'

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted he 'feels sorry' for Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he was stripped of the captaincy and announced he will contact him.

    When asked if he will speak to Aubameyang, Tuchel said: "I will at some point.

    "I feel sorry that he is in trouble.

    "I believe in his positive character but I am not involved in this situation or his club. It is just about my picture and relationship"

  • Kostas Lianos

    All Auba

    Arsenal's out-of-favour star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reported for training on Friday an hour-and-a-half before the rest of his team-mates.

    Aubameyang is understood to be training on his own for the time being after Gunners boss Mikel Arteta stripped him of the captain's armband following a disciplinary breach.

    The centre-forward has been frozen out of the club and may not play again for the north Londoners until mid-February.

    Arteta has revealed he will not consider the deposed skipper for tonight's clash with Leeds, and his exile is set to continue for the Boxing Day match with Norwich.

    After that the 32-year-old is due to report for international duty with Gabon ahead of Copa Africa which starts on January 6.

    That means if his national team progresses deep into the competition in Cameroon, he may not be back in contention for a place until Arsenal face Wolves on February 10

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  • Etienne Fermie

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal swatted aside a depleted Leeds side with a 4-1 victory at Elland Road on Saturday evening.

    Mikel Arteta's side comfortably demolished Marcelo Bielsa's struggling outfit with goals from Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.

    The young Gunners raced into a 3-0 lead and never looked back as they solidified their fourth place position in the Premier League table.

    And manager Arteta was thoroughly impressed with his team's display.

    When asked about the team's performance, Arteta told the club website: "The points, now we have them. The rest they have to have them but we know that now we are going to play like this [with disruption] and it's part of the league now.

    "We are there now, but it's still a long, long season to go ahead with a lot of unpredictable things probably that are going to happen, but we are there.

    "We want to continue that and we want to continue improving and playing better and better and then let's see where we get."

    Meanwhile, a Leeds fan has been arrested after allegedly aiming racist abuse at Arsenal's bench.

    Gunners substitute Rob Holding alerted the fourth official John Brooks just after the half-hour mark of Arsenal’s 4-1 victory at Elland Road.

    The Premier League confirmed the incident was reported by the North London club.

    And West Yorkshire Police were seen speaking to Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe, who was on the bench at the time of the alleged abuse, after the final whistle.

    The Athletic report the players targeted were Nicolas Pepe and Nuno Tavares.

  • Dylan Terry

    Arteta on top four challenge

    "I am very, very happy with the performance and the result, the week that we had and the direction that this team is moving forwards in.

    "We are there now [in the top four], but it's still a long, long season to go ahead with a lot of unpredictable things probably that are going to happen, but we are there.

    "We want to continue that and we want to continue improving and playing better and better and then let's see where we get."

  • Dylan Terry

    Odegaard similar to David Silva

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has commented on the similarities between Martin Odegaard and Manchester City legend David Silva.

    He said: "That's a big name. My opinion is David is the best I've seen playing between the lines for the last 20 years.

    "Martin has got a tremendous quality and the capacity to unlock situations and put players through to generate open spaces in tight areas.

    "I'm really happy and now he's improving in his goal threat as well so we have a big player there that is very willing to become one of the best, but it's still very early."

  • Dylan Terry

    Arteta on win over Leeds

    "It's always very difficult to play against them when you look at any game that they've played.

    "Obviously, at the Etihad, it was a different story but when they played at Stamford Bridge.

    "Opponents they play this season know the game that they are going to face. It wasn't any different [today].

    "They never gave up in the second half and it's a team that I really like and I'm pleased because it's not easy to play the way that we have done today, in this atmosphere and against this opponent, so I think it was a very strong statement from the team."

  • Dylan Terry

    Racial abuse reports at Leeds

    Bukayo Saka and his Arsenal team-mates were warned against celebrating against Leeds after reports of racist abuse from the Elland Road crowd.

    The England star, 20, scored to put the Gunners 3-0 up at Elland Road.

    But instead of being allowed to celebrate freely in the corner flag, Marriner blew his whistle and told the Arsenal players to celebrate away from the Leeds fans.

    The referee was clearly trying to prevent further unsavoury scenes as the goal came not long after an incident between home fans and the Arsenal bench.

    Arsenal substitute Rob Holding ran across to the fourth official claiming a Leeds fan had racially abused the Gunners bench.

  • Dylan Terry

    Arsenal ratings after Leeds win

    Arsenal put aside their dismal away record with an emphatic win on the road.

    After three straight away league defeats, they blew past an injury-ravaged Leeds in the first half with three goals to settle this one and strengthen their grip on the top four ahead of Christmas.

    Gabriel Martinelli scored twice with two classy finishes before Bukayo Saka grabbed a third.

    Ben White gave his former side a lifeline by diving in for the penalty but it was too little too late for the hosts as sub Emile Smith Rowe smashed in a fourth moments after coming on.

    Here's how SunSport's Joshua Jones rated Mikel Arteta's men…

  • Dylan Terry

    Arsenal youngsters shine against Leeds

    Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe all got themselves on the scoresheet in the 4-1 win over Leeds on Saturday evening.

    The Gunners are beginning to bring through a formidable young side, particularly in the attacking areas.

  • Dylan Terry

    Arteta's Arsenal break Prem record

    Arsenal broke a Premier League record in their 4-1 thrashing of Leeds at Elland Road.

    Leeds could not live with the Gunners in the first half and Mikel Arteta's side led 3-0 at half-time.

    But it could have been even worse for Leeds if not for Illan Meslier, who kept out Alexandre Lacazette twice from close range.

    The Frenchman also kept out efforts from Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard with Arsenal producing a record-breaking 11 shots on target in the first half.

    It is the most shots on goal in a first half since Opta records began in 2003.

  • Dylan Terry

    Ode to be a Gooner

    Martin Odegaard has gone from the Od man out at Real Madrid to Arsenal’s creative kingpin writes SunSport's Alam Khan.

    The Norwegian looks to have finally fulfilled the potential that once made him football’s most coveted teenager.

    The midfielder turned 23 on Friday and certainly celebrated in style a day later as Arsenal overwhelmed Leeds at Elland Road.

    While Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Sako and Emile Smith Rowe will get plaudits for the goals, Odegaard was at the heart of this 4-1 hammering of their Yorkshire hosts.

    Playing just off the forwards or drifting deeper to get on the ball, Odegaard could not be contained.

    He revelled in his playmaking role and was the architect of many of his side’s best moves as the game was over by half-time with the Londoners 3-0 up.

  • Dylan Terry

    Leeds 1-4 Arsenal

    Job done for the Gunners.

  • Dylan Terry

    History made by young Gunners

    Bit of history made by Arsenal tonight.

    As reported by Opta, in Gabriel Martinelli (20), Bukayo Saka (20) and Emile Smith Rowe (21), Arsenal have had three different players aged 21 or younger score for them in a single Premier League game for the very first time (excluding own goals).

  • Dylan Terry

    Neville hails Arsenal forward Martinelli

    Gary Neville waxed lyrical as Gabriel Martinelli put Leeds to the sword, hailing the Arsenal star as ‘really, really good’.

    Neville said: "Martinelli is just really really good. Leeds once again give it away in such a poor area.

    "What a pass from Granit Xhaka and you think Martinelli's touch has probably cost him early on.

    "But he sometimes gets it out and recovers. Cody Dramah is trying to get back – if he tackles him, it's a penalty, a sending off, all sorts of things can happen.

    "His finish is class. The on-rushing goalkeeper has no chance.

    "A Premier League game is never over at 2-0, but Arsenal would have to do a lot from wrong here."

  • Dylan Terry

    Superb Arsenal thrash dismal Leeds

    Arsenal cemented their place in the top four with an impressive 4-1 win at Leeds.

    Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as he filled in for axed captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    And Bukayo Saka also got on the score sheet at Elland Road, with Emile Smith Rowe netting from off the bench.

    But the game was overshadowed by allegations of racism aimed by home supporters at the Arsenal bench.

  • Dylan Terry

    Leeds 1-4 Arsenal

    It's four! Emile Smith Rowe starts and finishes the move and that is well and truly game, set, match.

    Smith Rowe nicks possession and gives it to Martin Odegaard. The Norwegian drives at the heart of the Leeds defence before delicately dinking a through ball for Smith Rowe to latch onto and thrash home.

    Lovely move from the Gunners.

  • Dylan Terry

    Leeds 1-3 Arsenal

    Ben White has given away a penalty and simultaneously Leeds a lifeline!

    The former Brighton man recklessly hauled down Joe Gelhardt and Raphinha stepped up to pick out the top corner from the spot.

    Game on?!

  • Dylan Terry

    Leeds 0-3 Arsenal

    It remains 3-0 at Elland Road. Leeds have had a couple of decent chances but on the whole Arsenal are keeping them at arms length.

    Saka set up Martinelli for a glorious chance to clinch his hat-trick but it wasn't to be for the 20-year-old talent.

    Processional stuff for the Gunners at the moment.

  • Dylan Terry

    Shocking scenes at Elland Road

    Bukayo Saka and his Arsenal team-mates were reprimanded by referee Andre Marriner for CELEBRATING against Leeds.

    The England star, 20, scored to put the Gunners 3-0 up at Elland Road.

    Saka starred and proved a constant threat and was rewarded with a goal – his effort deflected of a Leeds defender to put Arsenal in a commanding half-time lead.

    But instead of being allowed to celebrate freely in the corner flag, Marriner waved the Arsenal players away from the irate Leeds fans.

    The referee was clearly trying to prevent further unsavoury scenes as the goal came not long after an incident between home fans and the Arsenal bench.

    Arsenal substitute Rob Holding ran across to the fourth official claiming a Leeds fan had racially abused the Gunners bench.

  • Dylan Terry

    Match of the Day decimated

    Gary Lineker poked fun at Match of the Day’s sparse running order with Leeds’ clash with Arsenal the only Prem duel that has gone ahead today.

    A spate of Covid-19 cases has been causing chaos with fixtures this weekend with FIVE out of six Prem matches called off.

    In a video message shared via his Twitter account, Lineker, 61, said: "Hello there, I've got the Match of the Day running order for you. As usual, I will probably give some scores away.

    "Well, there's only one game… so I'll give the score away. But that game's not kicked off yet.

    "I know it's unusual to give the running order before all the games have been played but there's only one game.

    “So, we're going to start Match of the Day this week with Leeds United versus Arsenal.”

  • Dylan Terry

    Leeds 0-3 Arsenal

    We are back underway at Elland Road. More of the same for Arsenal?

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  • Dylan Terry

    Half-time: Leeds 0-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal have destroyed Leeds in the first half at Elland Road.

    The Gunners lead 3-0 at the break thanks to a brace from Gabriel Martinelli and a third from Bukayo Saka.

    Three points in the bag already?

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