ARSENAL are still in pursuit of Houssem Aouar but the Lyon president says a sale will not happen this window and labelled the Gunners' bid "timid".

As a result, Mikel Arteta is reportedly very keen to do a deal for Chelsea's Jorginho.

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

  • sstreet

    HOLD THE LINE

    Arsenal are a couple of hours away from their match with Sheffield United and here is how they might line up.

    Alexandre Lacazette is likely to return up front despite a mixed display at Liverpool which saw him score the only Gunners goal but miss a hatful of chances.

    Dani Ceballos could be preferred to Mohamed Elneny in the Arsenal midfield with Bukayo Saka replacing Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the left.

    After a rest in the Carabao Cup, Hector Bellerin is set to return on the right.

    Gabriel Magalhaes is likely to beat Rob Holding to the right-centre-back berth.

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    MILES A PART

    Similar to the hierarchy at Lyon, Atletico Madrid are refusing to change their stance over the price tag for Thomas Partey.

    Arsenal are aware that they have to cough up £45m to meet his release clause but seem eager to strike a deal.

    According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Atleti's board are convinced that Partey will still be at the club once the transfer window is slammed shut.

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    BY JORG

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is ready to ditch plans to bring in Houssem Aoaur – and instead get Jorginho to switch across London.

    The Chelsea star could still be sold as Blues owner tries to balance the books after spending more than £210million this summer.

    Lyon are refusing to do a deal for their 22-year-old midfielder that does not involve a big lump sum up front and many sources are reporting that the French club have now decided he will NOT be sold in this window.

    He was named in the Lyon squad for their clash with Marseilles this weekend, which suggests he is part of their plans for this season.

    The Gunners will only pay in instalments and the French club are not happy with those conditions, having already turned down a £31m staggered payment plan from the Londoners earlier this summer.

    So, Arsenal chiefs could now go back in for Jorginho as the anchor man they desperately need, claims Sky Sports.

  • Alan Scott

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Jorginho is the latest name on the list in Arsenal's search for a midfield anchorman as they prepare for today's home game with Sheffield United.

    Chelsea's 28-cap Italian would be an alternative to Mikel Arteta's longer-term target, Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.

    Ironically, the Blues are also now said to be keen on £45million rated Partey.

    Arteta's me are bidding for their third win in four Premier League matches – against a Blades side with no points from the same number of matches.

    And amid some speculation that Mesut Ozil could force his way back into contention, it seems the chances of recruiting Lyon playmaker  Houssem Aouar before Monday's transfer deadline are in the balance.

    The Gunners are reluctant to pay an asking price similar to that for Partey,

    But Arsenal's Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira has reportedly completed a medical at Atletico.

    The Spanish giants want the 24-year-old on loan with an option to buy.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TORREIRA CLOSES ON ATLETICO DEAL

    Lucas Torreira has completed his medical at Atletico Madrid.

    He will move to the Wanda Metropolitano on loan with an option to buy.

    Lucas Torreira has passed his medicals test today with Atlético Madrid, as per @Dvinuesa. Atléti are ready to complete his signing on loan with buy option from afc when they’ll sell one player [Lemar, Herrera… work in progress]. ⚪️🔴 transfers atleti pic.twitter.com/4bwLsjq2tD
    — Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 3, 2020

  • Ian Tuckey

    BLUES GUN FOR ARSENAL TARGET

    Chelsea have joined the race to sign long-term Arsenal target Thomas Partey as they look to strengthen in midfield.

    If they cannot sign Declan Rice, it is believed they will make a late run at the Atletico Madrid player

    Finally, it is claimed Antonio Rudiger wants to go to Tottenham.

    The German has been frozen out of Lampard's team and there are many clubs interested, but it is reported that Spurs would be his preferred choice.

    The futures of Fikayo Tomori and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also still in the air.

  • Kiro Evans

    SALIBA LOAN?

    Both Fulham and Leeds are weighing up a move for William Saliba on loan, reports say.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano told AFTV that the 19-year-old could be sent to either Craven Cottage or Elland Road to help further his development this season.

    The defender has also been linked with a loan move to France.

  • Kiro Evans

    OZIL COMEBACK?

    The breakdown in the Houssem Aouar deal could open the door for Mesut Ozil to return to first team action, reports are speculating.

    The skilful midfielder has been frozen out of first team action and a route back to the first team looked like an unlikely prospect.

    But with the creative Aouar no longer looking likely to sign, Ozil may be in line to make his first Arsenal appearances since March.

    Arteta craves a creative midfielder and a path back into the squad now no longer looks so unlikely.

  • Kiro Evans

    JORG THE ONE

    Arsenal have turned their attention to Jorginho now the deal for Houssem Aouar appears to be over.

    The Gunners move for the Lyon man was left in tatters today after failing to meet the club's valuation of the player.

    Now it is rumoured that Jorginho is seen as a potential alternative with Chelsea keen to slim down their bloated squad.

    Mikel Arteta is also believed to be a fan of the Italian midfielder and is desperate to bring him in, according to ESPN.

  • sstreet

    AOUAR ONLY CHANCE

    Lyon have ruled out selling Houssem Aouar to Arsenal, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    But in better news he claims the Gunners are the only club who may have a realistic chance of getting him this window, should they meet the asking price.

  • Kiro Evans

    'NOBODY CARES'

    Fair to say that a combination of the Aouar deal reportedly collapsing, the continued deadlock over Partey, the inability to sell deadwood players and the fact the window is closing in 48 hours is beginning to grate on impatient Arsenal fans.

    'Nobody cares' is how one supporter greeted a tweet showing the players in training.

  • Kiro Evans

    PARTEY POOPER

    Arsenal are desperately continuing talks on Thomas Partey as a summer of transfer rumours threaten to come to nothing.

    Disputes remain over a price to sign the midfielder – all while the Aouar deal reportedly collapses like a house of cards.

    There's two days left and a lot of work still to be done for the London club.

  • Kiro Evans

    DERAILED

    BREAKING: Negotiations over Houssem Aouar have stopped, reports say.

    In a huge blow to Arsenal, journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that disputes over price has caused talks over the player to come to an end.

  • Kiro Evans

    MUST BE STAYING

    Arsenal are struggling to shift Shkodran Mustafi as their desperate attempts to get rid of the deadwood stalls, say reports.

    The centre-back remains at the club despite attempts to sell him.

    Arsenal are also failing to speed up the departure of Sead Kolasinac, which has been on the cards for days.

    It is believed they need to raise funds before they can bring in their targets of Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    SET SALE

    Arsenal star Lucas Torreira has passed his Atletico Madrid medical ahead of a loan transfer to the LaLiga giants – but it’s not a done deal yet.

    The tenacious Uruguayan midfielder is on the verge of joining Diego Simeone’s men on an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent £20million transfer, Marca have claimed.

    However, the Spanish news outlet have revealed that the move will only go through if Atletico sell one of their players due to the strict LaLiga economic control rule.

    Torreira, 24, was pictured on Saturday morning smiling and giving the thumbs up while wearing an Atletico Madrid face mask as he underwent his medical at the Navarra Clinic.

    But the deal is said to hinge on the Rojiblancos selling one of their talents – with Thomas Lemar and Hector Herrera believed to be surplus to requirements.

    Torreira was signed by arsenal for a reported fee of £25m from Italian side Sampdoria in 2018, but after being on the fringes of Arteta's team, it is time to jump ship.

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    AOUT OF TIME

    According to RMCSport, a major blow has been dealt to Arsenal's transfer hopes as Lyon are refusing to sell Auoar or Depay.

    Despite all the speculation, the hierachy at OL have decided to put a stop to it all.

    There was an initial deadline of friday set by CEO Jean-Michel Aulas however, he allowed additional time for potential buyers to come to an agreement.

    Both players will join the rest of the team at training this evening to continue preparations for their upcoming game against Marseille.

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    GUNNER MISS OUT

    18-year-old former Arsenal player Sam Greenwood is stealing the headlines and hearts of the Leeds camp.

    He continues to impress as again he was on target for the reserves against Middlesborough where the Whites ran out 1-0 winners.

    It looks to be a steal of a deal which only cost Leeds £3m to snatch him away from the Gunners.

    According to HITC, a fan even went as far as to say “Why Arsenal would let him go is beyond me”.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    TORREIRA PASSES MEDICAL

    Lucas Torreira has completed his medical at Atletico Madrid.

    He will move to the Wanda Metropolitano on loan with an option to buy.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    GUNNERS TOUR EUROPE

    Arsenal are set to have a busy 6 week Europa league schedule starting on the 22nd October where they travel to Austria to kick start their campaign.

    The Gunners will also visit Norway and Ireland on their travels.

    Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal
    Thursday, 22 October, 5.55pm, Allianz Stadion

    Arsenal vs Dundalk
    Thursday, 29 October, 8pm, Emirates Stadium

    Arsenal vs Molde
    Thursday, November 5, 8pm, Emirates Stadium

    Molde v Arsenal
    Thursday, November 26, 5.55pm, Aker Stadion

    Arsenal v Rapid Vienna
    Thursday, December 3, 8pm, Emirates Stadium

    Dundalk v Arsenal

    Thursday, December 10, 5.55pm, Oriel Park/Aviva Stadium

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    ROW OVER ROWE

    Reports suggest that both Southampton and Fulham are interested in Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe according to football.london.

    It's no secret that the 20-year-old is a natural talent but unfortunately his injury woes have held him back in recent years.

    With the current squad and potential additions, he maybe surplus to requirements however, Arteta believes that Smith-Rowe has a part to play.

    “I think he's someone who can be pretty impressive. I'm pleased by what I've seen from him.” stated Arteta.

  • sstreet

    HOME COMFORTS

    Arsenal return to the Emirates against Sheffield United tomorrow.

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    SOK IT TO 'EM

    Everton have been in contact with Arsenal over a move for Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to reports.

    Greek journalist Antonis Tsirakis claims the Toffees are looking to sign the centre-back, 32.

    ‘Papa’ has been told he does not have a future at the Emirates by boss Mikel Arteta.

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    HOUSSE BID GAZUMPED

    Arsenal could lose out on Houssem Aouar transfer to PSG or Real Madrid if they agree to pay £45m fee in full after loan.

    And the Gunners' transfer hopes could flounder after Lyon revealed the Londoners only wanted to pay in installments when Lyon are only interested in being paid in full.

    One positive is that Aouar has reportedly agreed personal terms with Arsenal and he favors a move to London.

    However, Mikel Arteta only has 2 days of the window left to land his man.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    PARTEY OVER?

    Arsenal face competition for Thomas Partey as Chelsea have identified him as an alternative if they fail to sign Declan Rice according to reports.

    The Gunners have been chasing him throughout the transfer window but so far have not been able to activate his release clause of £45 million.

    With Lyon's Houssem Aouar being Arsenal's no.1 target, will Chelsea sneak in and swoop Partey from under their nose?

    Things are about to get interesting.

  • Alan Scott

    GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

    Arsene Wenger claims he was offered the Manchester United job in the past.

    He told the Times: “I was offered the [PSG] job a few times. [And Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and France].

    “[Man United?] Yes. [When?] I don’t tell you that. But I can tell you that Man Utd offered me the job.”

    Wenger also admits he left Arsenal before the end of his contract due to pressure from fans.

    He added: “I would have respected my contract. The club thought it was better I stopped. I’d always lived with the idea that could happen. 

    “The supporters were not happy any more. Some of them. You can understand that, at some stage, 22 years, people want a change.”

    Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain are set to hijack Arsenal's move for Houssem Aouar.

    L'Equipe claims the French champs are deep in talks with Lyon to strike a deal for the playmaker.

    PSG have pounced to take advantage of Arsenal's dithering and are now closing in on the midfield ace.

    Finally, Arsenal have agreed to loan Lucas Torreira to Atletico Madrid.

    Fabrizio Romano claims the midfielder will remain in Spain until next summer.

    And Atleti will then have the option to make his deal permanent.

    But the Spaniards have no intention of selling Thomas Partey to Arsenal.

    Romano adds the midfielder will be staying put before Monday's transfer deadline.

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