7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Kolasinac LEAVES on loan, Sabitzer eyed in January, Ibanez update, Jordan LATEST

ARSENAL head into the New Year in high spirits after back-to-back Premier League victories.

Mikel Arteta's men look set for a busy transfer window and we've all the latest on Sead Kolasinac and Isco.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below…

  • Dave Fraser

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, GOONERS!

    The January transfer window is now open but the first piece of Arsenal business is already in the books.

    Sead Kolasinac departs for Schalke on loan until the end of the season.

    And Mikel Arteta is intent on seeing plenty more expensive reserves moved out in the month ahead.

    He told the club website: "We've had some conversations around a few players and whether we can find some loans because the numbers we have in the squad at the moment are really big. Again, we cannot confirm anything yet.

    "We have a large squad, we knew that and a lot of things we wanted to do in the summer, we couldn’t accomplish for different reasons.

    "There are some players that are going to go on loan, they are going to leave, and that’s the priority at the moment.”

    In terms of incomings, RB Leipzig winger Marcel Sabitzer is said to be a target after the German side beat Arsenal to Dominik Szoboszlai.

    The £45million-rated Austrian midfielder is a target for a host of clubs, including Spurs.

    According to ESPN, Mikel Arteta identified Sabitzer as the creative spark in midfield he desperately craves.

    The Leipzig captain, 26, scored 16 and assisted 11 last season and has three of each so far this term.

    And, finally, yesterday saw the sad news that former Arsenal player Tommy Docherty has died at the age of 92.

    The Scot spent three years at Highbury after signing from Preston in 1958, and went on to manage the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.

  • Marc Mayo

    MAKE A WISH

    What will Arsenal fans be dreaming of as the clock strikes 12 tonight?

    A major summer signing? Mesut Ozil’s second chance?

    A top-four finish?

    That’s what dreams are for…

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  • Marc Mayo

    PLAY YOUR PART

    Thomas Partey is being eyed for a return in mid-January having still not returned to full training.

    A thigh injury accrued in early December means the Ghana midfielder has missed a long spell of Arsenal fixtures.

    And the club said: “He has started to train outside and will continue with his daily assessments and monitoring. 

    “We are hoping that Thomas will return to full training with the squad next week.”

  • Marc Mayo

    COUNTDOWN TO KICK-OFF

    Here’s all you need to know about Arsenal’s next game…

    On Saturday, aka January 2, the Gunners head to the Hawthorns to face West Brom.

    Kick-off is at 8pm with BT Sport showing the fixture live.

  • Marc Mayo

    BRAZIL BOYS BOOST

    David Luiz and Willian could both return to the squad on the weekend.

    Sitting out the last two games with illness, Luiz is now back in full training.

    And winger Willian has joined him, the club have announced, after also last appearing against Everton.

    However, Gabriel Magalhaes will miss the West Brom game due to coronavirus.

  • Marc Mayo

    OBITUARY

    Tommy Docherty was the king of the one-liners.

    He could have done stand-up comedy standing on his head.

    And on his head, that sunny day at Wembley on May 21, 1977, sat the lid of the FA Cup trophy as he gambolled around the pitch at the scene of his greatest triumph.

    For Manchester United had just beaten all-conquering Liverpool.

    That meant the great rivals from Anfield could not go on to win a historic treble of the title, European Cup and the world’s oldest knockout competition.

    Read Ken Lawrence’s full tribute to the ex-Arsenal player, who passed away today aged 92, HERE.

    Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
  • Marc Mayo

    BUKAY OKAY

    Bukayo Saka WILL be fit for Arsenal’s clash with West Brom on Saturday.

    The club have confirmed that the winger sustained a heavy blow to the leg in the win at Brighton.

    But he made a quick return to training and is available for the Hawthorns showdown.

  • Marc Mayo

    JANUARY VIEW

    With December drawing to a close, let’s take a look at what January has in store for Arsenal.

    A trip to West Brom on Saturday is followed by three home games in a row.

    Newcastle arrive for the FA Cup third round a week later before Mikel Arteta has the chance to continue his push up the table with games against Crystal Palace (Jan 14) and the Toon again (Jan 18).

    The fourth round of the cup is then scheduled ahead of a midweek trip to Southampton on January 26.

    January 30 sees Arsenal round off the month against Manchester United at Emirate Stadium.

    All in all, a fixture list Gooners should be very optimistic for – if possible!

  • Marc Mayo

    GOODBYE, FOR NOW

    Sead Kolasinac has bid farewell to the Arsenal squad as he heads out on loan to Schalke.

    The left-back posted a tweet on Thursday evening after the deal was confirmed.

  • Marc Mayo

    RIP TOMMY

    Former Arsenal player Tommy Docherty has died at the age of 92, his family has confirmed.

    The Scot spent three years at Highbury after signing from Preston in 1958, and went on to manage the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.

  • Marc Mayo

    BRAND VALUES

    Covid-19 has had a huge impact on football clubs' worth, no doubt.

    But Manchester United are still the most valuable brand in the Premier League.

    Despite the pandemic, the Red Devils are worth a whopping £1.07bn, according to research conducted by Safe Betting Sites.

    Their nearest rivals on and off the pitch are Premier League champions Liverpool, who are valued at £1.02bn.

    While Tottenham are a bigger commercial entity than their North London enemies Arsenal.

  • Marc Mayo

    KHED IN THERE

    Could Sami Khedira be heading to Arsenal?

    Several clubs linked to the Juventus star, who has opened the door to a Premier League switch.

    He told The Athletic: “The Premier League is still missing in my collection, to play there would be the icing on the cake.

    “There are fewer breaks in the game and many counter-attacks, but this is what I like. I’ve done a lot of extra sessions with fitness coaches to get myself ready for a higher pace and intensity.

    “I’ve done extra sessions with fitness coaches to get myself ready for the pace and intensity in the Premier League.

    “My gut instinct and passion tell me I need to play football, if possible in the Premier League. I’m working towards that.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ISCO BALL

    Where will Isco end up next month…

    Chelsea, Sevilla, Everton, Arsenal?

    Arsenal fans may be worried to know that the Spaniard did previously drop a big hint over his dream destination.

    Speaking to Soccer Bible, the 28-year-old revealed Stamford Bridge to be one ground he would like to play at but was yet to have the chance.

    Now, Isco has stepped foot on the turf at the likes of Wembley, Anfield, Old Trafford and Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – but not the Emirates.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    AINSLEY ON HIS WAY OUT?

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles rejected a transfer away from the Emirates in the summer, with Wolves tabling a £20million bid for the 23-year-old.

    Maitland-Niles has featured heavily in Arsenal's Europa League squad this season, but has made just four Premier League starts.

    And former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell thinks it's time for Maitland-Niles to leave the Emirates.

    Campbell told football insider: "I think he will pursue an exit in the summer.

    "Although he loves the club, he is an England international now – he has to play football.

    "There is no point loving the club and being a bit-part player. You have proven you can do it on numerous occasions, you are a full England international and you are on the bench, that is not going to last."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BREAKING NEWS

    Sead Kolasinac has completed his loan move to Schalke.

    It was reported earlier that a deal was close, and it has been agreed this afternoon.

    The 27-year-old has 78 Premier League appearances to his name, but just one so far this season, and is not part of Mikel Arteta's future plans.

    Kieran Tierney establishment as Arsenal's number one left back means Kolasinac's playing time has become extremely limited.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GUNNERS VALUE DOWN

    Manchester United have the highest brand value in the Premier League, according to Safe Betting Sites, with the Red Devils' brand worth a whopping £1.07billion.

    Liverpool take second place with a brand value of around £1billion, with Manchester City in third with a value of £912million.

    Three London clubs fill the remainder of the top six, with Chelsea's brand value the highest in London, worth £769million.

    Tottenham's brand value is higher than Arsenal's for the first time, with Spurs brand valued at £636million, and Arsenal's being £568million.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    WHAT A GOAL

    Arsenal's Instagram account are marking New Year's Eve by posting a selection of the Gunners' best goals this year.

    This is not a bad effort from Nicolas Pepe!

    View this post on Instagram

    A post shared by Arsenal Official (@arsenal)

  • Giacomo Pisa

    EUROPE'S THE TARGET

    Rob Holding insists Arsenal are targeting a place in Europe after turning around their season with back-to-back victories.

    A win against West Brom on Saturday would take the Gunners just three points off seventh placed Tottenham, although Spurs do have a game in hand on the Gunners.

    Holding said: "Fingers crossed we can climb the league and get back into European places and push on.

    "These two wins are a massive confidence boost for us.

    "We went through that really rough patch, but as soon as we got a win it gave us a lift.

    "Now we’ve got another win and hopefully now we can go on a bit of a run, pick up points and climb up the table."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BUKAYO BOOST

    Bukayo Saka picked up a slight knock in the victory against Brighton last time out, but Mikel Arteta is hopeful that he will be available for selection for the West Brom game on January 2.

    Saka has been the shining light in a difficult season so far for the Gunners.

    On Saka's fitness, Arteta said "I hope he is available, we will see today if he is training or not.

    "He has played a lot of minutes as well. I am confident he will be okay for the game."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ICYMI

    In case you missed it, Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.

    North London rivals Tottenham are the other team interested in the 26-year-old, but ESPN report Arsenal are willing to rival Spurs for his signature.

    The Gunners are linked with a host of midfielders across Europe, as Mikel Arteta is desperate to find a creative spark in the middle of the park.

    Sabitzer is reportedly worth around £45million, and has three goals and an assist in nine Bundesliga games this season.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    GUNNER GO

    Arsenal's January transfer plans have been revealed by Mikel Arteta with the club's 'unsustainable' squad being cut.

    The Gunners will instead concentrate on offloading their out of favour players.

    Sead Kolasinac is on the verge of joining Schalke on loan, while Skhodran Mustafi is also likely to leave in January.

    Arteta is also unlikely to be able to make permanent additions in the January transfer window with any arrivals expected to be loan signings.

    The Gunners have been linked with a loan move for Real Madrid star Isco, who would be statement signing, but without the need to splash out on a hefty transfer fee.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TIME'S UP TORREIRA

    Arsenal technical director is keen to offload Lucas Torreira at the end his Atletico Madrid loan spell.

    According to CBS, Edu has no problem in selling Torreira, who has struggled to make an impact since Mikel Arteta took over at the Emirates.

    He has played just three times under Arteta, and was sent out on loan to try and get hime more minutes on the pitch.

    However Torreira has only started for Atletico twice this season, and the man who had such a superb debut season with the Gunners is seemingly heading towards the exit door.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    ARTETA'S OPINION

    This is what Mikel Arteta has to say on the rumours surrounding a potential two-week 'circuit-breaker' in the Premier League.

    "We are all concerned with our own health and what is going on around us. But at the same time, with all the protocols we have in place, everything we do around the training ground, around football matches, the fact that we play our sport outdoors, it minimises the risks a lot.

    "If you see the records since we began to test, it is incredibly positive and I think as long as we can, we have to keep on doing that.

    "Obviously we can’t put anybody at risk but I think we have shown that the system is working, okay in the last week or so something has happened and I think we will have more restrictions and more tests to try to be as efficient as we were before but I think it can work and I think we can carry on doing it."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BAGGIES PREVIEW

    Speaking in his press conference today on the two back to back wins ahead of Saturday's clash with West Brom, Mikel Arteta said:

    "We needed those results, that’s for sure, but we need a much longer run than that. There are things we have done much better to get the results in the last two games, but there are things that still we have to do better and improve.

    "Confidence-wise it is a completely different scenario when you are winning football matches, everybody plays with more freedom, more belief, the pressure gets released a little bit and that is always a positive thing towards performances."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LOAN EM' OUT

    Mikel Arteta has revealed that there will be a number of outgoings this January, with players set to be sent out on loan.

    Sead Kolasinac is reportedly one of the first names to go, with Schalke closing in on a loan deal for the left back.

    Arteta said: "Well, we have a large squad. We knew that. A lot of things that should have happened in the summer we could not accomplish them for different reasons.

    "There are a lot of players that are going to go on loan. They are going to leave. And that’s the priority at the moment because we cannot sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions.

    "We are looking to do that. And then we will see if we have the right opportunities in the positions that we need some more help we are working with the club to try to address them."

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