5pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Newcastle WIN reaction, Ozil to Fenerbahce DONE, Sanson link, Edouard for Lacazette

ARSENAL continued their recent revival with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle.

On the transfer front, Mesut Ozil is set to seal his move to Fenerbahce while the Gunners are reportedly setting their sights on Marseille's Morgan Sanson.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    FOUR HORSEMEN

    Ian Wright believes four Arsenal players will be crucial to helping the club finish strong this season after the 3-0 win against Newcastle.

    Wright said: “Emile Smith Rowe is somebody they have had high hopes for. They know what he’s capable of.

    “When you are playing against Arsenal, in the current form, with the energy of Bukayo Saka (it’s hard to win).

    “And I have to say Cedric at right-back was brilliant.

    “Thomas Party was also magnificent.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    TOR BLIMEY

    Arsenal chief Edu admits the club are likely to recall Lucas Torreira from his loan at Atletico Madrid.

    But the midfielder is set to be sent back out again instead of linking up with Mikel Arteta’s squad due to a lack of minutes this term.

    Edu said: “The situation is very simple. Arsenal are concerned about Torreira, his happiness, that he plays and that he is well.

    "We want to know about him how he feels and, later, of course, know what Atletico thinks. For us, Lucas and his happiness is what's more important.

    "If everyone is happy, we will continue like this, if Lucas is not well, we will look for a change because there are many teams that are calling me to ask about the player's situation."

  • Anthony Chapman

    LAUR AND ORDER

    Happy birthday to Arsenal legend Lauren, who turns 44 today.

    The Invincibles star won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during a six-year spell in north London.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WIZARD OF OZ

    Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has described Mesut Ozil as a ‘genius’ ahead of the ace’s move to Fenerbahce.

    Wenger told beIN Sports Turkey: “Mesut is like if you imagine an orchestra in music.

    "He's a guy who plays the ball at the right time. The timing of his pass is exceptional, but the creativity of his pass is as well.

    "In every situation he confronts, he gives the right answer and that is genius."

  • Etienne Fermie

    SAK TO THE FUTURE

    Emile Smith Rowe has hailed the 'special' record-breaking connection he has with fellow Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka.

    After Smith-Rowe, 20, teed up Saka, 19, for the Gunners’ second in the 3-0 win over Newcastle, they became the FIRST duo under 21 to combine for three Premier League goals.

    The Hale End graduates have now cemented their places in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.

    And midfielder Smith Rowe admitted: “I think it makes it that little bit more special knowing we’ve come up together through the academy.

    “We’re so close off the pitch as well and I think that’s just showing on the pitch really.

    “We’ve known each other for such a long time. The first time we played together was an U18s game against Liverpool.

    “Since then, we’ve really clicked and tonight showed that. So as soon as we step on to the pitch, we know each other so well. I’m happy to assist him.”

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  • Etienne Fermie

    SWISS BLISS

    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has lavished praise upon his new midfield partner Thomas Partey.

    The Swiss international said: "You can see he brings a lot of experience and a high level.

    “He wins a lot of duels and he is so good with the ball.

    “It is so important to have one guy like him, because the experience that he brings is so important for this young team.

    “He showed how important he is for us and we are so happy."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Arsenal defeated Newcastle 3-0 last night on a comfortable night at Emirates Stadium.

    Let's take a look at the action.

  • Etienne Fermie

    THREE HUNDRED NOT OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang didn't just help his side to victory over Newcastle United last night.

    He also notched his 300th career goal.

  • Etienne Fermie

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed his delight at having Thomas Partey back among his ranks.

    He said: "We have been missing Tommy and he has this presence, this aura, that makes him a special player for us.

    "Hopefully we can keep him fit because we can all see the difference he makes on the side and I think he was growing and getting better and better as the game was growing and evolving.

    “Yes, he can [have more attacking freedom here than at Atletico Madrid], technically he is more than capable of doing that and he’s great in both transitional moments as well.

    “It will take him some time to understand a different way of thinking or doing [things] than what he was doing with the previous team he was involved in. He has all the characteristics that we need to make us better, that’s for sure.

    "His dynamism, his physicality, his creativity and the presence that nature has given him. You have that person on the pitch and you are able to dominate a game when it is needed and Thomas has this quality.”

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  • Etienne Fermie

    GAME AUBA

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was subbed against Newcastle because he had 'stomach issues', according to Mikel Arteta.

    Arsenal's mis-firing striker had finally got his name on the scoresheet against the Magpies with a brace and fans were stunned to see him rush down the tunnel when he was on a hat-trick.

    Willian came on to replace the Gabonese on 79 minutes – just two minutes after he scored his second at the Emirates on Monday night.

    But Arteta revealed afterwards he was forced into the change.

    Asked by reporters why he took the 31-year-old off, the Spaniard smirked and simply said: "Stomach issue."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    BUEND OF STORY

    Arsenal could be forced to fork out a 'crazy' £50m if they want Norwich creative genius Emiliano Buendia.

    The 24-year-old Argentine has guided the Canaries to the top of the Championship this season.

    He has scored seven goals and chipped in with six assists so far this campaign.

    And Buendia's form has peaked interest from the Gunners – who are in the market for an attacking midfielder after Mesut Ozil's departure.

    But Arsenal would be forced to pay a massive fee if they want him this month, according to Sky Sports.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    BUILDING CHEMISTRY

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was thrilled with his side's display against Newcastle United last night.

    The Spaniard told the BBC: "Really happy overall. Really positive performance, collective and individually we looked really solid and convincing from the first whistle.

    "It took us a little bit longer than I expected to score the first goal but I really like the chemistry, cohesion and rhythm the team played with.

    "I asked them to attack better, have more options in certain areas but without losing the structure that is needed to control Newcastle's good players up front. When we did it we were efficient and took our chances."

    He then added: "They are doing really well because they have the senior ones pushing them, coaching them, helping them all the time. I really like the chemistry."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    STATS LIFE

    Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe admitted he looks up to Man Utd's Bruno Fernandes as a role model.

    The 20-year-old Gunner laid on an assist for Bukayo Saka during Arsenal's 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night.

    And after his stellar impact against Newcastle, Smith Rowe told Sky Sports: "I look up to Bruno Fernandes as a player. His stats are crazy."

    “We enjoyed that so much, we’re coming together as a team so we’re really happy with the win and the three points.

    “Everyone’s getting fit and we’re all getting together on the training pitch. Just the whole group is so much stronger and I think it’s showing on the pitch.”

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  • Etienne Fermie

    'EXTRA CLARITY'

    Premier League chiefs hope to end the uncertainty over Covid-19 postponement rules by getting two new protocols agreed by clubs on Wednesday.

    The first shareholders’ club meeting of 2021 will see League bosses push through the regulations after three weeks of criticism.

    The first of the new rules will confirm that a Covid outbreak which closes a training ground – which is a directive from Public Health England – will be sufficient grounds for a postponement.

    But clubs will also be given more instructions about the precise information required in order to request a postponement.

    It is hoped that the extra clarity will head off the arguments over inconsistency and ensure clubs and fans alike recognise there is a simple process.

    Despite that, clubs are due to debate and attempt to agree on a threshold for a points per game calculation to be made if the season is curtailed by future Covid outbreaks.

    The next block of TV fixtures are also due to be agreed, with the expectation that all matches through to mid-March will be confirmed as being shown live while fans remain locked out.

  • Etienne Fermie

    EMI AWARD WINNING

    Last night's man of the match Emile Smith Rowe opened up on his relationship with fellow starlet Bukayo Saka after last night's win over Newcastle.

    The attacking midfielder set up his teen mate as the Gunners romped past Steve Bruce's side in the second half.

  • Etienne Fermie

    MADE A MES

    Arsene Wenger was reportedly concerned by Arsenal handing Mesut Ozil his £350,000-a-week deal.

    The German star penned the mega-money contract in January 2018 while Wenger was still in charge at the Emirates.

    It made him the club's biggest earner – but Ozil's performances since then have not justified the mammoth wages.

    Wenger is thought to have had his reservations about giving one player such a huge pay packet – but knew the alternative was spending big money on a replacement.

    Now with six months left to run on the three-and-a-half-year deal, the German is set to terminate the contract early to join Fenerbahce on a free transfer.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    PASSING THE BUK

    Bukayo Saka added to his impressive young Arsenal resume last night, by bagging against Newcastle.

    And the teenager took to social media after the game to celebrate the win.

  • Etienne Fermie

    DROUGHT AUBA

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang re-found his shooting boots to fire Arsenal to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Newcastle United last night.

    The Gabonese star had netted only three times in 16 Premier League appearances this term prior to the game.

    But his brace, as well as Bukayo Saka's effort, helped to lift the Gunners back into the top half of the table.

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Newcastle.

    Two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sandwiched a Bukayo Saka strike to send the Gunners into the top-half of the table.

    But it was young playmaker Emile Smith Rowe who stole the show with another brilliant performance in the No10 role vacated by Mesut Ozil.

    The German is reportedly taking a massive £282k-a-week pay cut to seal a move to Fenerbahce.

    Spanish outlet AS claim the playmaker is set to sign a three-and-a-half-year contract with a salary of £3.5million a year.

    That would see Ozil rake in just £68k a week – a huge decline on the £350,000 he was pulling in as Arsenal’s top earner.

    Yet the report adds that the German could potentially scoop a huge amount in performance-related bonuses with the Turkish giants.

    Ozil will be handed an extra £445,000 if he helps Fenerbahce to a first league title since 2014 – with Erol Bulut’s side currently second in the table.

    The Yellow Canaries are also amid their second consecutive season without European football but a return to the Champions League would net their incoming signing another £222k.

    Finally, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will reportedly look at a surprise move for Freddie Woodman to become the club’s new No2 after being left unimpressed by Alex Runarsson.

    The 23-year-old joined Newcastle in 2013 but has yet to make a senior appearance for the club.

    He is currently spending his second season on loan at Swansea after playing 43 times for the club last campaign.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RATINGS BY JORDAN DAVIES

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang roared back to form with a double against Newcastle.

    But Granit Xhaka failed to impress after being used in a double midfield pivot alongside the much-better Thomas Partey.

    READ OUR FULL PLAYER RATINGS HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    VERDICT BY JORDAN DAVIES

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's scuffed opener against Newcastle could be just the spark to ignite Arsenal.

    He has looked like a man under pressure trying to be the captain of the club.

    But things could be set to change for Aubameyang, which will in turn boost Arsenal for the second half of the season…

    READ OUR FULL VERDICT HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    GAME OVER

    Arsenal returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Newcastle.

    Two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sandwiched a Bukayo Saka strike to send the Gunners into the top-half of the table.

    READ OUR MATCH REPORT HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT'S MARTIN LIPTON

    Prem chiefs hope to end the uncertainty over Covid postponement rules by getting two new protocols agreed by clubs on Wednesday.

    The first of the new rules will confirm that a Covid outbreak which closes a training ground – which is a directive from Public Health England – will be sufficient grounds for a postponement.

    But clubs will also be given more instructions about the precise information required in order to request a postponement.

    It is hoped that the extra clarity will head off the arguments over inconsistency and ensure clubs and fans alike recognise there is a simple process.

    Despite that, clubs are due to debate and attempt to agree on a threshold for a points per game calculation to be made if the season is curtailed by future Covid outbreaks.

    The next block of TV fixtures are also due to be agreed, with the expectation that all matches through to mid-March will be confirmed as being shown live while fans remain locked out.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RIGHT SAID FRED

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will look at a surprise move for Freddie Woodman to become the club's new No2, according to reports.

    Arsenal have been linked with moves for Brentford's David Raya, Barcelona stopper Neto and Aston Villa's Tom Heaton.

    But it appears Arteta has turned his attention to Woodman after being left unimpressed by Alex Runarsson.

    The 23-year-old joined Newcastle in 2013 but has yet to make a senior appearance for the club.

    He is currently spending his second season on loan at Swansea after playing 43 times for the club last campaign.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TEAM NEWS

    Kieran Tierney returns to the Arsenal XI for tonight's game against Newcastle.

    But Gabriel Martinelli has to settle for a place on the bench, with Hector Bellerin also making way for Cedric.

    Alexandre Lacazette joins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack, while Thomas Partey lines up in midfield.

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