MESUT OZIL has been left out of Arsenal's Premier League squad in an incredible fall from grace for the playmaker.

Meanwhile the Gunners reportedly made a £17m transfer bid for Sporting striker Joelson Fernandes, 17, in the summer window.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

  • Richard Forrester

    MES-SY SITUATION

    Mesut Ozil is unlikely to ever play for Arsenal again having reportedly been left out of the club's 25-man Premier League squad.

    SunSport revealed last week how the Gunners were set to omit the German playmker from the squad.

    And now ESPN have stated that the 32-year-old will play no part in the top-flight until January having been axed.

    Clubs are allowed to revise their squad in the New Year, but this snub surely means that the 2014 World Cup winner has no future at Arsenal.

    The former Real Madrid maestro hasn't played a competitive game for the North Londoners since the 1-0 win against West Ham in March.

    Earlier this month, Ozil was left out of the Europa League squad – further showing that he is not needed by Mikel Arteta.

  • Richard Forrester

    IT'S PER-SONAL

    Arsenal academy boss Per Mertesacker has confirmed Mesut Ozil's continued omission is NOT because of his on-field performances – suggesting it could be 'personal'.

    The German playmaker, 32, has been completely frozen out by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in recent months.

    Ozil hasn't played for the Gunners since the 1-0 win over West Ham on March 7.

    Former Gunners captain Mertesacker told the Klick and Rush podcast: “A lot has changed away from the field.

    “He got married, has a family… perhaps his focus has changed.

    “Nevertheless, he is still happy and happy to play football.

    “He's the only player I've played with for three teams – Bremen, Arsenal and also Germany.

    “So I'm very sorry that he's currently in a situation where he's not really used.”

  • Richard Forrester

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal travel to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday and Mikel Arteta is likely to ring the changes.

    New signing Thomas Partey is expected to be handed his first Gunners start with in-form youngster Eddie Nketiah starting in an attacking role.

    The Gunners narrowly lost 1-0 at Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday and the Spaniard will want to freshen things up for the trip to Austria.

    Bernd Leno will likely retain his place in goal as Arteta no doubt wants to kick-off his side’s European campaign with a win.

    But the defence could see some new faces in a 5-2-3 formation.

    Here's how we think the Gunners will shape up.

  • Richard Forrester

    THE LORD SPEAKS

    Nicklas Bendtner is left baffled by Mesut Ozil's omission from the Arsenal squad.

    Mikel Arteta has banished the Germany international from his first team plans.

    And Arsenal's former striker can't understand why such a 'phenomenal' player is not being used.

    He told talkSPORT: “Mesut was amazing. I think he is a phenomenal player. When I was there, at my time, he was a key factor in creating great results.

    “Obviously it saddens me to see such a good player not playing football.

    “What’s going on there I can’t quite comment about because I have no idea, but to see a talent like his not being used is very difficult.”

  • Richard Forrester

    COVID-19 POSITIVES

    Eight people have tested positive for coronavirus in the Premier League’s latest round of testing.

    Burnley announced that Phil Bardsley tested positive before their 0-0 draw at West Brom last night and the Prem released a statement this morning confirming seven more.

    A Prem statement today read: “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 12 October and Sunday 18 October, 1,575 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.

    “Of these, there were eight new positive tests.

    “Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of ten days.

    “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.

    “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”

  • Richard Forrester

    WHAT A MES

    Mesut Ozil's hopes of forcing his way back into the Arsenal squad appear to be over.

    The Evening Standard reports how the German will be left out of the Premier League registration deadline on Tuesday.

    It means the German won't be able to play competitive football until at least January.

    Team-mate Sokratis is another who faces a bleak future at the Emirates.

    Ozil has previously been adamant how he will see out the final year of his £350,000-a-week contract at Arsenal.

  • Richard Forrester

    PARK IT IN

    Jack Wilshere has stepped up his search for a new club after training at a local park following his release from West Ham.

    The 28-year-old ex-Arsenal man mutually agreed to terminate his £100,000-a-week contract at the London Stadium earlier this month after falling down the pecking order.

    Despite just 16 Premier League appearances in two years for the Hammers, Wilshere has declared he has been injury free for the last eight months.

    And he has been keeping fit by training with his organisation NCF Elites, with Wilshere taking to a bobbly pitch.

  • Richard Forrester

    MARI-ED AT FIRST SIGHT

    Mikel Arteta is set to be boosted by the return of centre-back Pablo Mari.

    The defender hasn't featured since damaging his ankle ligaments against Man City on June 17.

    But Football.London report how he is set for a return to training this week.

    It will be a timely return following the news that Rob Holding is out of action for up to a month.

    Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers are also sidelined with injury.

  • Richard Forrester

    FAMILY MATTERS

    Watch how Thomas Partey's family heartwarmingly react to their son coming on to make his debut against Manchester City.

    The Ghanian international was introduced in the final 10 minutes of the 1-0 defeat against Pep Guardiola's side.

  • sstreet

    SPORTING CHANCE

    Arsenal made a £17m bid for Sporting's Joelson Fernandes in the transfer window, according to O Democrata.

    However, the player's father Eusebio convinced him to stay with the Lisbon-based club.

    “It had to be a deliberate decision, because my wish as a father and businessman, on the day that Joelson Fernandes leaves Sporting, is to be friendly and through the big door, but not through the back door.

    “This was always one of my goals and one of the convictions that led the player to continue to represent the Lions.

    “Despite these very tempting offers, as a businessman, I ended up dispensing with these invitations, although knowing that I needed those millionaire offers.

    “But I thought that in life money is not everything, because we must be aware and aware that there is a word that is called 'gratitude '.

    “For that, we are grateful to Sporting for what they gave to the athlete.”

  • Richard Forrester

    ON HOLD

    Arsenal star Rob Holding could reportedly be out for up to a month through injury.

    The defender was due to start for the Gunners at Manchester City on Saturday but hurt his hamstring during the warm-up.

    Holding, 25, was forced out of the clash as David Luiz replaced him in the line-up for the 1-0 defeat at the Etihad.

    The former Bolton Wanderers star underwent a scan yesterday to determine the extent of the damage.

    Now boss Mikel Arteta fears he could be without the centre-back for Arsenal’s next six matches, according to the Daily Mail.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS!

    Arsenal’s Europa League opener against Rapid Vienna is expected to go ahead and the side will still travel despite a positive Covid-19 test within the Austrian team's squad.

    Mikel Arteta treated Alexandre Lacazette with ‘disrespect’, according to Andy Cole.

    The Spaniard opted to start Willian as the main striker despite having a natural forward on the bench in the defeat against Man City.

    Lacazette did eventually come on in the second half but ex-Man Utd striker Cole believes it was poor management from Arteta.

    He told talkSPORT: “I think he is being disrespectful to Lacazette as well. Willian is not a centre-forward.”

    Gunners outcast Shkodran Mustafi is set for a move back to Germany as the Daily Mail reports he will move ‘home’ next year.

    Arsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker has confirmed Mesut Ozil's continued omission is NOT because of his on-field performances – suggesting it could be 'personal'.

    The German playmaker, 32, has been completely frozen out and hasn’t played since March 7.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit back at angry Arsenal fans after they criticised him for laughing with Ilkay Gundogan at the weekend.

    The Gunners striker, 31, was seen joking with his old Borussia Dortmund pal after his side lost 1-0 at the Etihad on Saturday.

    But fans fumed and the Gabon ace wrote on his Instagram story: “A lot of bla bla. At the end we speak as usual.”

  • Josh Graham

    GO ON MY SON

    Arsenal missed out on Portuguese starlet Joelson Fernandes after his father advised him to sign a new contract at Sporting Lisbon.

    Liverpool, Manchester City, Ajax and Barcelona are all said to have taken an interest in the winger, 17.

    But Joelson's dad Eusebio Fernandes wanted to honour his current club and agree a new deal.

    A £17million bid arrived from Arsenal with Eusebio speaking of proposals that would 'make any businessman tired'.

    And Joelson stayed in Lisbon with a new contract containing a £54.5m release clause.

    The player's father told Portuguese newspaper O Democrata: “It was an extremely difficult and very complicated process.

    “Because there were tough moments in the negotiations for Joelson Fernandes to stay at Sporting.

    “My wish was always for him to stay at the club, but due to his quality as a footballer, he had calls from several European clubs.”

  • Josh Graham

    RAPID RECOVERY

    Arsenal's Europa League opener versus Rapid Vienna is expected to go ahead despite a positive coronavirus test inside the Austrian side's squad.

    The club have confirmed an unnamed player's diagnosis with the illness, which also struck down Mikel Arteta in the spring.

    Routine tests uncovered a single case of coronavirus with additional checks set to take place ahead of Thursday's game.

    Arsenal are still due to travel to the Austrian capital for the Group B clash.

  • Josh Graham

    PARTEY POOPER

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has explained his decision not to start new signing Thomas Partey against Man City.

    Partey was signed from Atletico Madrid for £45million on deadline day but Arteta kept him on the bench until the 83rd minute.

    Arteta told the club's website: “We will see how quickly we can make it with him.

    “I think we have to respect that process and that timing for him because he only trained for a day really and there’s a lot of new information and different game models for him to understand, and we have to respect that.

    “But I think when he came on he looked good.”

  • Josh Graham

    NOT ARSE-D

    Arsene Wenger slammed Jose Mourinho's behaviour as childlike.

    The Portuguese boss claimed he didn't feature in the former Arsenal manager's book because Wenger never beat him.

    Wenger told Canal +: “It doesn’t bother me. It is permanent provocation.

    “I feel like I’m in kindergarten with him. But, that’s part of his personality.

    “It’s wrong, we beat him twice. We won, and there were also a lot of draws. And it is not ‘you’ who wins, you only participate in the victory.

    “It is ‘us’ who win. The manager is there to get the most out of a team.”

  • Josh Graham

    TAKING THE MIK

    Andy Cole raged at Mikel Arteta's 'disrespectful' decision to start Willian through the middle and bench Alexandre Lacazette against Man City.

    Cole said on Talksport: “I think he is being disrespectful to Lacazette as well. Willian is not a centre-forward.

    “If you have got a centre-forward on the bench who is your top goalscorer as well, to turn around and say, ‘Look, I am going to play Willian as the centre-forward. You sit on the bench and watch him play centre-forward’, I think that is very disrespectful.”

  • Josh Graham

    STERLING EFFORT

    Arsenal are a 'tough team', according to Manchester City's Raheem Sterling.

    City beat the Gunners 1-0 at the Etihad over the weekend – a blow for former Citizens No2 and now Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

    Sterling told City's website: “(Arsenal) closed the pitch well and they had some good chances as well. It was a tough team to play against and Mikel has them well drilled.”

  • Josh Graham

    'LOT OF BLA BLA'

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit back at angry Arsenal fans after they criticised him for laughing with Ilkay Gundogan at the weekend.

    The Gunners striker, 31, was seen laughing and joking with the German after his side lost 1-0 at the Etihad on Saturday.

    Catching up with his old Borussia Dortmund pal left fans fuming – as they took to Twitter in droves to slate their skipper.

    On his Instagram story, the Gabon ace posted a picture of himself working out on an exercise bike.

    He captioned it: “A lot of bla bla. At the end we speak as usual.”

  • Josh Graham

    BIG MAC

    Arsenal fans were left drooling after Katie McCabe buried an incredible free-kick in the North London derby.

    It took just four minutes for the Ireland skipper to show her set-piece prowess against Tottenham.

    It was the first goal in a 6-1 North London derby rout on Sunday.

    Check out the stunning effort.

  • Josh Graham

    IT'S PER-SONAL

    Arsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker has confirmed Mesut Ozil's continued omission is NOT because of his on-field performances – suggesting it could be 'personal'.

    The German playmaker, 32, has been completely frozen out by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in recent months and hasn't played since the 1-0 win over West Ham on March 7.

    Former Gunners captain Mertesacker told the Klick and Rush podcast: “A lot has changed away from the field.

    “He got married, has a family… perhaps his focus has changed.

    “I'm very sorry that he's currently in a situation where he's not really used.”

  • Richard Forrester

    IT'S A MUST

    Arsenal outcast Shkodran Mustafi is set for a move back to Germany.

    The defender is in the last year of his £90,000-a-week contract with Mikel Arteta eager to get him off the wage book.

    And the Daily Mail report how the he is eyeing a move back 'home' next year.

    Mustafi won't be short of options with plenty of Bundesliga clubs prepared to land him for nothing.

  • Richard Forrester

    CAN'T ADAM AND EVE IT

    Arsenal legend Tony Adams has urged Mikel Arteta to switch to a back four following the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday.

    The Gunners boss once again opted to start three central defenders with two wing-backs, though the formation left them lacking in creativity in the final third.

    Speaking to Premier League Productions, the 54-year-old said: “I think it’s time for a back four. I’ve been saying it since the start of the season.

    “It wins you cup games, it doesn’t win you league titles. If he wants to build for the future.

    “I think he’s got problems with Hector [Bellerin], I think his defending today wasn’t very good at all.

    “But I’d like him to go to a back four. They’ve got Gabriel now, get him a partnership.

    “They’ve been unlucky at the start with [Rob] Holding going down but get them into a back four.

    “They look like they’ve a holding midfielder now who’s got a bit of presence and build for the future.”

  • Richard Forrester

    ART ATTACK

    Andy Cole believes Mikel Arteta showed 'disrespect' to Alexandre Lacazette.

    The Spaniard opted to start Willian as the main striker despite having a natural forward on the bench in the defeat against Man City.

    Lacazette did eventually come on in the second half but ex-Man Utd striker Cole believes it was poor management from Arteta.

    He told talkSPORT: “I think he is being disrespectful to Lacazette as well. Willian is not a centre-forward.

    “If you have got a centre-forward on the bench who is your top goalscorer as well, to turn around and say, ‘Look, I am going to play Willian as the centre-forward.

    “You sit on the bench and watch him play centre-forward’, I think that is very disrespectful.”

  • Richard Forrester

    SHRIMPING VIOLET

    Arsenal youngster James Olayinka has joined Southend on loan until January 27.

    The midfielder is desperate for first team action and is desperate to get involved at the struggling League Two side.

    Versatile 20-year-old Olayinka will stay with the Essex side until at least January.

    And he reckons his style of play will be well-suited to the Roots Hall outfit.

    Speaking after the signing was announced, Olayinka said: “I’m very pleased and very excited to be here.

    “It’s a good place for me to continue my career and a good place for me to grow as a young footballer too.

    “It’s also a good opportunity to get more minutes and more experience.

    “After watching them [Southend] at the start of the season and even last season as well, the way they play is the way I think football should be played and they keep the ball on the ground.

    “They pass and move and look to attack and score goals and that’s something I can help the team with.”

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