2pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Bellerin '£22m Barcelona return', Ozil exclusion reasons, Aouar representatives divided

ARSENAL have reportedly contacted Houssem Aouar's family again as attempt look to finally snap up the Lyon midfielder.

Meanwhile Barcelona could make a £22m bid to bring Hector Bellerin back to the club if former president Joan Laporta wins the election.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    BRIGHT SPARK

    Despite being the subject of much criticism, Nicolas Pepe has been involved in more Arsenal goals than anyone else this season.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HIGHLIGHTS

    You may not want to see them Arsenal fans, but here are the highlights from last night's loss to Everton.

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    GRIM READING

    Last night's defeat means it's Arsenal's worst start to a season since 1974.

    Is Mikel Arteta facing the sack or will he be given time to turn things around?

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    INEFFECTIVE NKETIAH

    Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah's heat map from yesterday's game shows how the youngster struggled to get involved in the action.

    Nketiah was replaced by Alexandre Lacazette with fifteen minutes of the game remaining.

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    'IT HURTS A LOT'

    Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is frustrated with yesterday's defeat, but insists the Gunners have what it takes to turn their fortunes around.

    After the game, he said: "of course there’s big disappointment, it hurts a lot.

    “It’s not the time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to stick together, we have to stay positive and this is the only way.

    “We have to win games to come out of this situation and have a positive mood again.

    “A lot of things are going wrong for us but we don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves, we have to fight for every ball, for our team-mates.

    “Now the confidence is not at the top level but the only thing that can be said is we should stick together and come out of this situation."

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    EVERTON ANALYSIS

    Here's a look at the stats from yesterday's game.

    Both sides managed just two shots on target in the 90 minutes, but it was the Toffees that came out on top.

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    SCATHING SOUNESS

    Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness did not hold back after the Gunners defeat yesterday.

    On Willian's lack of defensive desire Souness said: "Sprint back please, you've got a job to do defensively.

    Souness then went on to say: "Then at the back post [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles and Pepe are not doing their job. You ask your players to defend with their lives, and this tells you that Arsenal are in trouble defensively and will continue to be.

    "It's so avoidable, top teams don't concede goals like that."

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    STRUGGLES

    Arsenal winger Willian managed just one touch in the Everton box in yesterday's defeat.

    The Brazilian has faced criticism from some Arsenal fans who believe the move to sign the 32-year-old on a reported £220,000-a-week wage was a foolish one.

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    HOMECOMING

    Barcelona are plotting a reunion with former academy star Hector Bellerin, according to reports.

    The Arsenal right-back was part of La Masia academy for eight years before making the move to North London in 2011.

    Arsenal would be open to letting him leave if they land a replacement and Bellerin is also interested in a return to his hometown.

    Joan Laporta, a presidential candidate at Barcelona, is the man driving the £22million deal.

    The elections will take place on January 24 and Laporta, who was president of the club from 2003 to 2010, is one of the favourites to land the post.

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    AUBA INJURY

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was forced to miss the Everton game with a calf strain, the extent of which is still not known by Mikel Arteta.

    Arteta said after the game: "We want him back as quickly as possible but he has a small strain. We need a few days, I don't know if it's a week or two weeks. It will depend on how the injury evolves."

    The Gunners face a packed festive schedule, with games against Manchester City and Chelsea in the next week, and Arteta will be desperate to get his star man back into the action as soon as possible.

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    SURELY NOT?

    Premier League all time record goalscorer Alan Shearer doesn't believe Arsenal's Premier League status is guaranteed.

    When asked by Gary Lineker on Match of the Day whether Arsenal would stay up, Shearer said: "I wouldn't be so sure. Not with that starting team and the attitude of some of those players."

    And Shearer had this to say on yesterday's performance: "Awful, no creativity, players going through the motions, not working hard enough and not closing down.

    "Mikel Arteta should be a worried man relying on that group of players trying to save his job. Twelve goals all season, they have no options.

    "Against Everton, [Nicolas] Pepe was not prepared to get into the box, he was jogging, sometimes walking. He has got to do more.

    "There are a few players in that team who are not giving everything for the manager. Arsenal are never going to score goals playing like that."

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    EMI TO THE EMIRATES?

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in a deal for Norwich star man Emi Buendia.

    The Gunners have previously been linked with Buendia, who has bagged six goals and notched seven assists in just sixteen games this campaign.

    His contribution has helped fire the Canaries to the top of the Championship, and possibly earned him a move to the Premier League.

    Arsenal will have to fork out around £25million for Buendia, 23, who has also attracted interest from Spain from Atletico Madrid and Valencia.

    Aston Villa are also admirers of the Argentine, meaning there could be a bidding war come January.

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    ARTETA'S ANALYSIS

    The Gunners suffered their eighth Premier League defeat of the season already last night, falling 2-1 to Everton.

    Speaking in his post match press conference about the Gunners having 14 points after 14 games, Mikel Arteta said:

    "Well, the season highlights at the moment the situation we are in in the Premier League. We've done really well in Europe, really good in the cups and we are struggling to get results in the Premier League.

    "Again, when we analyse every game, the reasons why we are losing football matches, compared to other teams winning them, the margins are small.

    But we need those margins very quickly before the situation gets impossible to handle."

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    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners’ dismal slump in the top flight continues with Mikel Arteta’s men falling to their eighth defeat in 14 Prem games this term.

    And the team’s defensive work rate has come under fire from Graeme Souness with the Sky Sports pundit claiming Mikel Arteta’s men should be 'defending with their lives'.
     
    Off the pitch, the Gunners have suffered a major injury blow with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set for a spell on the treatment table.

    The Arsenal skipper looks on course to miss crunch clashes with Manchester City and Chelsea with a calf problem.

    It is reported the Gabon international could be out for two weeks.

    Meanwhile club legend Ian Wright firmly backed Arteta and believes the under-fire boss is still the right man to lead the club.

    Wright suggests the Gunners head coach should be given the backing of the board in the January transfer window.

    And in some good news for fans, Gabriel Martinelli gave his team a welcome by making his long-awaited return to Prem action.

    The Brazilian wonderkid, who came on in the 71st minute against the Toffees, is likely to feature in Arsenal’s League Cup clash with Manchester City.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    STICK WITH MIK

    Ian Wright is firmly backing Mikel Arteta following the club's defeat at Goodison Park.

    Arsenal's latest loss has seen the Emirates manager come under more pressure with his side perilously close to the relegation zone.

    Wright told DAZN: "I think they’ve (Arsenal's bosses) come out and backed him – and rightly so, he’s a good coach – and they’re going to have to have to do something for him in January.

    "I think with the current players he’s got – I’m not saying Arsenal are going to go down, of course, I’m not saying that – if you can’t arrest that slide, you will get dragged in."

     

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    MISERY MES

    Mesut Ozil has taken to Twitter to show his feelings towards Arsenal's current situation.

    And the wordless message shared by the Emirates outcast is likely to resonate with many Gunners fans.

    The former Germany number 10 shared a post with a crying face and broken heart emojis.

    The World Cup winner, who is one of Arsenal's highest paid and longest-serving players, has been left out of Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa squads.

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    GUNNER FIGHT

    Mikel Arteta reckons his players could be in for a huge scrap to reverse their dip following their 2-1 loss to Everton.

    A league cup quarter-final against Man City is up next for Arsenal. The team will then face a daunting Boxing Day clash with Chelsea.

    Arteta told Sky Sports: "We're up against a big fight but you can see how they're trying and their spirit.

    "Without conceding much we lost the game. We reacted well to the goal and dominated the game, created enough chances. We hit the bar, I think luck is not on our side.

    "The boys are fighting, upset, together."

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    BACK ART

    Jamie Carragher reckons Arsenal should continue to back Mikel Arteta despite his team slipping to their eighth defeat in 15 Prem games.

    The struggling Gunners are now just five points above the relegation zone.

    And the Sky Sports pundit believes the embattled Emirates boss should be given time to make the squad changes he needs.

    Carragher told Sky Sports: "For [Arsenal] to get back to where they want to be, they will have to go through a lot of pain and they will do.

    "But they need a few more players in the January transfer window. If Arteta can get six or seven players in then he can be judged on the job that he's doing."

    Mikel Arteta's players have won just four games so far this termCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group
  • Joshua Mbu

    RELEGATION FORM

    Arsenal's current Premier League form speaks for itself.

    Awful.

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    PEEEEEEEEEP!

    THAT'S IT!

    EVERTON HAVE DONE IT!

    FT EVERTON 2-1 ARSENAL

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    EVERTON 2-1 ARSENAL 

    86. CLOSE!

    That kid Saka again picking up the ball on the right hand side but this time he put in a teasing cross for an Arsenal body to get their head on it.

    Willock was that man but he didn't get the contact he wanted and it trickled wide for a goal-kick.

    TUNE IN FOR THE FINAL FEW MINUTES!

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    EVERTON 2-1 ARSENAL

    82. Sigurdsson put in a tempting cross for Holgate to get his head on which he did but it was a poor header.

    The game is getting tense!

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    EVERTON 2-1 ARSENAL 

    74. Bit of miscommunication between Tierney and Ceballos because the Spaniard played a way wood pass which went out for a Everton goal-kick.

    This has given Arteta the chance to bring on Lacazette for Nketiah in his last attempt to get something from this game.

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    EVERTON 2-1 ARSENAL

    62. Everton trying to take the sting out the tie by holding onto the ball for a little while.

    Stringing some passes together and stopping Arsenal from building attacks.

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    EVERTON 2-1 ARSENAL

    45. So let's see what Arsenal are made of.

    Will they be suffering another defeat or can Arteta's men pull something out the bag?

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