7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Isco loan TALKS, Joan Jordan LATEST updates, Diego Costa 'eyed on free'

ARSENAL made it two straight Premier League wins for the first time since September with a 1-0 victory at Brighton.

Meanwhile the Gunners are reportedly in talks with Real Madrid's Isco over a potential loan move.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below…

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League for just the second time this season following the 1-0 victory against Brighton yesterday evening.

    Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal of the game – finding the back of the net just 21 seconds after replacing Gabriel Martinelli at the Emirates.

    The result lifted the North London outfit up to 13th in the table ahead of their trip to West Brom on Saturday.

    In other news,  Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing Real Madrid playmaker Isco on loan in January.

    According to the Telegraph, talks are at an early stage, but Mikel Arteta is desperate to add creativity to his side.

    However they face competition from LaLiga side Sevilla as former Real boss Julen Lopetegui looks to be reunited with the player.

    Meanwhile, Arteta is also said to be keen on Sevilla maestro Joan Jordan.

    Sevilla have put a £55million buy-out clause on the all-action midfielder but they are ready to listen to offers of around £32m.

    And finally, Sokratis Papastathopoulos could finally be on his way out of the Emirates with Fenerbahce keen on snapping up the Greek international.

    The 32-year-old was left out of Arsenal's Premier League and Europa League squads for the first half of the season and is edging closer towards the exit door at the Emirates.

    Turkish outlet Hurryiet claim the defender, who is out of contract in the summer, has begun talks with Istanbul side Fenerbahce.

  • sstreet

    GONE IN 21 SECONDS

    Alexandre Lacazette came off the subs bench with Arsenal in desperate need of a goal at Brighton.

    And it took him just 21 seconds to link up with Bukayo Saka and score the winner.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PANIC AT THE ISCO

    Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing Real Madrid playmaker Isco on loan in January.

    According to the Telegraph, talks are at an early stage, but Mikel Arteta is desperate to add creativity to his side.

    However they face competition from LaLiga side Sevilla as former Real boss Julen Lopetegui looks to be reunited with the player.

    The Spaniard has started just three games in the league this season and is understood to be open to leaving the Bernabeu.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART DEALER

    Mikel Arteta has spoke of his delight at Arsenal winning back-to-back Premier League games for just the second time this season.

    He told Amazon Prime: "The fact we won against Chelsea was a big boost and to come here three days later and get another win for us is massively important.

    "I'm proud of the boys and happy with the result.

    "When you lose the amount of games that we did recently to maintain high spirts is a big challenge but we have managed to do that.

    "The best medicine is wins, the picture looks much better at the moment, we just need to have that consistency go against West Brom now and try to win again."

  • Jake Lambourne

    LACAZETTE REACTION

    Alexandre Lacazette has heaped praise on Bukayo Saka after the England international laid on the assist for his winner.

    Speaking to Amazon Prime, he said: "I'm really happy, when you come off the bench you need to help the team, it's good for me and for the team as well.

    "Bukayo gave me a good pass, as I like and yeah it was good for me.

    "He's really good and with every game he improves, he shows his quality even though he's young he's still working hard for the team so everyone is happy with him."

  • Jake Lambourne

    STAT ATTACK

    Arsenal just about had more possession than Brighton.

    And they made it count as they bossed the second half at the Amex Stadium.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL TIME

    What a big three points that is for Arsenal!

    Whatever Mikel Arteta said at the break clearly worked as the Gunners were a different side in the second half.

    And his decision to put Alexandre Lacazette on worked wonders as he scored immediately after.

    It was another man of the match display from Bukayo Saka who continues to showcase his immense talent.

    Arsenal are now up to 13th in the table.

  • Jake Lambourne

    INSTANT IMPACT!

    WOW!

    Alexandre Lacazette has scored immediately after coming on for Gabriel Martinelli.

    The French striker was picked out by Bukayo Saka in the box, and after taking a touch, curled the ball into the bottom right corner.

    Great finish and Arsenal are deservedly in front.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BACK UNDERWAY

    The second half has started!

    Click HERE to follow the SunSport LIVE blog of the match.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HALF TIME!

    Both sides go into the break level on terms and the Gunners will be happy that they're not trailing.

    The North London side have failed to create any chances and it's been the Seagulls that have dominated the match.

    A big 45 minutes is needed if they want to walk away with the three points.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TIME OFF

    Premier League chiefs face an anxious wait to discover if the Covid crisis is running out of control – and risks leading to a potential short-term shutdown.

    Sheffield United followed Manchester City in reporting an outbreak of the virus, although their game at Burnley went ahead, so did Southampton’s clash with West Ham, despite boss Ralph Hassenhuttl isolating at home after a family member tested positive.

    Fulham have reported a number of positive cases ahead of their game at Spurs this evening, although no postponement request has yet been made.

    League bosses are now braced to announce an all-time high of Covid cases – after last week’s total set a worrying new record.

    The Prem confirmed 18 positive results from 1,479 tests between December 21 and 27, exceeding the early November previous record weekly tally of 16.

    But those figures did NOT include the latest results from City or the Blades and with the mutant strains running wild across the country there is genuine concern over the breadth of the contagion.

    And that could lead to club chiefs having to consider a temporary “circuit-breaking” shutdown, although at this stage that idea has not gone beyond the boardroom of a couple of clubs.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KICK OFF

    And we're off!

    Arsenal are bidding to win back-to-back games in the Premier League for just the second time this season.

    Click HERE to follow the SunSport LIVE blog.

  • Jake Lambourne

    THE ART OF PAIN

    Mikel Arteta admits he is "suffering" and feeling "drained" as he battles to overturn Arsenal's worst start to a top-flight season since 1974.

    The manager believes he has let down the club, staff and fans, despite Saturday's 3-1 victory over Chelsea ending a winless run dating to November 1.

    Ahead of Tuesday's trip to Brighton, The Standard report the former Manchester City assistant boss as saying: “Obviously results-wise in the last few weeks we have all been suffering – I have been suffering. I feel very responsible for that.

    "The worst feeling is because I want to do so well for this football club and at the moment we are in, I want to bring all my passion, the knowledge that I have, the right intentions to move as quickly as we possibly can as a football club."

    Before adding: "I feel like I am letting the club down and the people that work for us, and obviously our fans.

    “It is draining, it is frustrating and it is painful. At the same time, I know we have to fight our way back."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal have made one change from the side that beat Chelsea on Boxing Day.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has replaced Alxeandre Lacazette up top.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FIELD OF DREAMS

    Man Utd icon Louis Saha believes Arsenal have to sign a central midfielder in January.

    He said: "In terms of where Arsenal can strengthen, I would stop looking at players solely for their quality and start looking at players for their leadership and attitude.

    "They need players who are aggressive in the right way; that's the most important thing.

    "Another player in the centre of the pitch with the right mentality would be a good starting point for the January transfer window."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LAST OF THE YEAR

    Arsenal lost their final league game in both 2018 (1-5 vs Liverpool) and 2019 (1-2 vs Chelsea) – they’ve not lost their final league game in three consecutive calendar years since doing so between 1947 and 1949.

    Brighton meanwhile have lost their final league game in just one of the last seven calendar years (W5 D1), doing so against Ipswich in the Championship in 2015.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    KICK OFF APPROACHING

    Under three hours to go now until the first whistle at the AMEX.

    A win for the Gunners would mean two league victories on the bounce for the first time since the opening two games of the season, and move Mikel Arteta's side up to twelfth in the table.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LOU ARE YA?

    Arsenal players have been told by former Manchester United striker Louis Saha that they have 'disrespected the history' of the club.

    The 42-year-old has has ripped into the attitude of some members of the Gunners squad with the club languishing in 15th spot in the Premier League.

    Speaking to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Tottenham v Fulham, Saha failed to hold back in his assessment of Arsenal.

    "Yes, results are very important, but there have been a few occasions where players have disrespected the history of Arsenal Football Club.

    "I'm not here to judge, but some of the attitude I've seen from their players is just not acceptable for a club of that stature."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    AUBA'S READY

    Gunners club captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang takes to Instagram ahead of this evening's clash with Brighton.

    Will the skipper be re-instated to the starting eleven by Mikel Arteta after missing out against Chelsea?

    Or will Arteta stick with the young guns?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SEARCH FOR A CLUB

    Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is training with Championship side Bournemouth as he searches for a new club.

    Wilshere spent ten years at the Gunners between 2010 and 2018, but recently had his West Ham United contract terminated by mutual consent.

    Despite being an Arsenal player for ten years, his Gunners career was plagued by injuries, limiting him to just 125 appearances.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BYE BYE BALOGUN?

    Despite breaking into the Arsenal first team this season, teenager Folarin Balogun could be on his way out of the Emirates.

    The 19-year-olds contract in North London expires at the end of the season, with Germany a potential destination.

    Balogun's contract expires in the summer, meaning he is free to open contract discussions with overseas teams from January 1.

    Reports yesterday suggested Liverpool were interested, but now German outlet Kicker claim Balogun has been 'in conversation' with Stuttgart over a potential transfer.

    Balogun has bagged twice in the Europa League for the Gunners this season, and is looking unlikely to extend his contract beyond next summer.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    SPANISH ATTACK

    Arsenal could have a new-look side in the coming weeks as Mikel Arteta looks to three transfers to save the season.

    As revealed by SunSport, Arsenal are after Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan.

    Sevilla have put a £55million buy-out clause on the all-action midfielder but the LaLiga side are ready to listen to offers of around £32m.

    And the Spaniard is understood to be keen on a move to the Premier League, especially to work under compatriot Arteta.

    Emile Smith Rowe excelled against Chelsea but the opportunity to land Isco could be tempting.

    Then in attack, free agent Diego Costa could be an option after his release from Atletico Madrid on today.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal's official website has provided an update on the team news ahead of this evening's clash with Brighton.

    Defender Gabriel has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently self isolating .

    David Luiz and Willian have also been unwell, but not COVID related, and will re-join the squad on New Year's eve.

    Thomas Partey continues to step up his training since his thigh injury in the North London derby.

    The Gunners hope Partey will be back in action early in the New Year.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BACK TO FORM?

    Arsenal are looking to win back-to-back league games tonight for the first time since their opening two league games back in September.

    The Gunners scored as many goals in their 3-1 win against Chelsea last time out as they had in their previous seven league games combined.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    COUNT THE COST

    BREAKING: Atletico Madrid have terminated the contract of Diego Costa with immediate effect.

    The Spanish striker’s deal was set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.

    But with the LaLiga side keen to get him off the wage bill, there was talk they would allow him to leave for free in January.

    The transfer window reopens on Friday, giving the ex-Chelsea striker all of January to find a new club, with Arsenal reportedly interested in his signature.

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