7am Arsenal news LIVE: Saliba situation ‘bizarre’, Partey ready for debut, Nketiah breaks England Under-21 record – The Sun

ARSENAL are back in action in a crucial clash at Manchester City on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Thomas Partey was reportedly a target for Chelsea while the Gunners have reportedly stumped up an £8m loyalty bonus after failing to sell Mesut Ozil.

Follow ALL of the Gunners latest transfer news, updates and reaction below…

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Yesterday, Premier League chiefs declared Project Big Picture “dead” after the club meeting.

    The two-hour summit ended with the Prem clubs agreeing to make a £50m bailout offer to keep League One and Two clubs alive.

    But there will be NO money available for Championship clubs.

    And despite the determination of Liverpool and Manchester United to keep their grand proposals alive, League bosses have agreed to make a formal denunciation which ALL clubs have agreed to sign up to.

    A Prem statement read: “All 20 Premier League clubs today unanimously agreed that Project Big Picture will not be endorsed or pursued by the Premier League, or The FA.

    “Further, Premier League Shareholders agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football, consulting with all stakeholders to ensure a vibrant, competitive and sustainable football pyramid.

    “Clubs will work collaboratively, in an open and transparent process, focusing on competition structure, calendar, governance and financial sustainability.

    “This project has the full support of The FA and will include engagement with all relevant stakeholders including fans, Government and, of course, the EFL.

    “Also at today’s meeting it was agreed to make available a rescue package which aims to ensure that League One and League Two clubs will not go out of business as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 and be able to complete the 2020/21 season.”

    On the pitch England lost 1-0 to Denmark in the Nations League at Wembley.

    Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Chelsea’s Reece James were both sent off on a grim night for Gareth Southgate.

    And after the game Three Lions fans were calling for Southgate to be sacked and replaced by ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

    At Arsenal, Wenger has revealed why he rejected Robin van Perise's plea to return to Arsenal in 2015.

    In his new book 'Arsene Wenger: My Life in Red and White', he wrote: “Van Persie had a fantastic first six months at Old Trafford.

    “He put the team on track for the Premiership title and made it even more difficult for us.

    “But after three years of the four that he signed for, he was injured and Ferguson [note: it was Louis van Gaal] sold him to the Turkish club Fenerbahce.

    “He called me because he wanted to come back, but it was impossible.

    “He was at the end of his career and we were investing in young players.”

    And finally, Thomas Partey was welcomed to Arsenal’s training ground for the first time.

  • William Pugh

    FRENCH REVOLUTION

    England fans are calling for the FA to axe Gareth Southgate… and bring in Arsene Wenger after the Three Lions' dismal 1-0 defeat at home to Denmark.

    Harry Maguire was put out of his misery when he was sent off after 30 minutes following two clumsy challenges.

    Christian Eriksen then scored from the spot – after a mix-up between Jordan Pickford and Kyle Walker – to fire the Danes ahead at Wembley after a penalty was awarded.

    England barely looked like getting back into the contest as they struggled with ten men. And fans are losing patience with Southgate following a string on uninspiring team selections and performances.

    In particular, Southgate's decision to start SEVEN defensive players in his last three competitive fixtures is proving unpopular.

    Especially with England's strength in depth in attack. And fans want former Arsenal boss Wenger to lead the national side into the Euros.

  • William Pugh

    FT: ENGLAND 0-1 DENMARK

    England's joy on Sunday evaporates just three days later, Harry Maguire's moment of madness undoubtedly cost England tonight.

    Christian Eriksen returned to Wembley to help his side grab a vital three points as well as getting amongst the goals.

    England had no response to the red card or the goal, they looked completely out of ideas and the fight you'd expect from England simply was not there.

    You have to wonder what Southgate said to his team at half time.

  • William Pugh

    WEN, NOT IF

    England fans on Twitter have called for ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to replace Gareth Southgate as the Three Lions trail 1-0 to Denmark in the Nations League.

  • William Pugh

    HT: ENGLAND 0-1 DENMARK

    Maguire's double yellow card hangs England's Nations League future in doubt.

    England's heads have completely gone in this game, moments after Maguire was given his marching orders, a Pickford and Walker mix up at the back handed Denmark a penalty.

    Eriksen did what Eriksen does and he slotted the penalty straight down the middle to hand his side an unexpected lead.

    Denmark are no push overs and England face an uphill battle to even get an equaliser in the second half.

    Gareth Southgate needs to give the best team talk of his life………. because as it stands, Belgium are top of the group followed by Denmark in second.

  • William Pugh

    'IMPOSSIBLE'

    Arsene Wenger has revealed why he rejected Robin van Perise's plea to return to Arsenal in 2015.

    In his new book 'Arsene Wenger: My Life in Red and White', he wrote: “Van Persie had a fantastic first six months at Old Trafford.

    “He put the team on track for the Premiership title and made it even more difficult for us.

    “But after three years of the four that he signed for, he was injured and Ferguson [note: it was Louis van Gaal] sold him to the Turkish club Fenerbahce.

    “He called me because he wanted to come back, but it was impossible.

    “He was at the end of his career and we were investing in young players.”

  • William Pugh

    WELCOME TOM ARSENAL

    Arsenal's new midfielder Thomas Partey was shown videos of excited Gooners reacting to him signing for the club.

  • William Pugh

    MAIT YOUR MARK

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles starts for England in tonight's Nations League game against Denmark.

  • William Pugh

    PARTEY TIME

    Thomas Partey visited Arsenal's training ground for the first time today and the North Londoners had cameras watching every minutes behind the scenes.

  • William Pugh

    Pressed on his response to Project Big Picture by members of the DCMS Select Committee, Dowden said: “I've made clear my deep scepticism and concern about this.

    “This would tend towards a closed shop for effectively the six most powerful clubs in the Premier League.

    “More importantly there is a problem which football is perfectly capable of resolving itself, whereby the Premier League and the EFL just need to get together and do this deal.

    “From the conversations I've had we know the EFL clubs will not be allowed to go bust – and there are resources there – but we need a comprehensive deal.

    “This is a distraction at best from that and demonstrates we were wise to put in our manifesto the provisions for a fan-led review because it genuinely brings into question the ability of football to govern itself properly.

    “Football can show it can govern itself well is to get this deal over the line, where the Premier League uses its wealth to support the wider football family and the EFL comes properly to the negotiating table.”

  • William Pugh

    FAN BAN STANDS

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden ordered football’s warring factions to come together and save the EFL.

    In a clear statement of intent, Dowden told MPs the Government is prepared to intervene and force wholesale change on the game if it cannot sort out its most pressing issues.

    Dowden agreed that Gareth Bale’s Tottenham weekly salary was “perverse” when the sum could have kept Macclesfield alive.

    He attacked the weekend launch of pay-per-view Prem games and called on BT to make this weekend’s Merseyside derby free to air rather than being screened behind a paywall.

    But he revealed he had been “promised” that action would be taken to ensure “no EFL club goes bust” as a result of the Covid crisis.

    And Dowden admitted there were “inconsistencies” in the Government policy that has allowed some indoor venues to open to the public while fans are locked out of football stadiums…

  • William Pugh

    League One and League Two clubs rely more heavily on matchday revenue and have fewer resources at their disposal than Championship or Premier League clubs and are therefore more at risk, especially at a time when fans are excluded from attending matches.

    This offer will consist of grants and interest-free loans totalling a further £50million on top of the £27.2m solidarity payments already advanced to League One and League Two this year, making a total of £77.2m.

    Discussions will also continue with the EFL regarding Championship clubs’ financial needs.

    This addresses Government concerns about lower league clubs’ financial fragility.

    Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them.

    The Premier League and all our clubs remain committed to the safe return of fans as soon as possible.

  • William Pugh

    PREMIER LEAGUE STATEMENT

    All 20 Premier League clubs today unanimously agreed that Project Big Picture will not be endorsed or pursued by the Premier League, or The FA.

    Further, Premier League Shareholders agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football, consulting with all stakeholders to ensure a vibrant, competitive and sustainable football pyramid.

    Clubs will work collaboratively, in an open and transparent process, focusing on competition structure, calendar, governance and financial sustainability.

    This project has the full support of The FA and will include engagement with all relevant stakeholders including fans, Government and, of course, the EFL.

    Also at today’s meeting it was agreed to make available a rescue package which aims to ensure that League One and League Two clubs will not go out of business as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 and be able to complete the 2020/21 season…

  • William Pugh

    That move comes after the clubs agreed on their bail out package for the lower two divisions, even though Championship sides could use their own veto power to block the funds being accepted.

    The Prem sides recognised the expectation from the fans and pressure from the Government on them to help keep the lower league clubs alive.

    That saw what is effectively a “take it or leave it” offer to Leagues One and Two.

    The danger, though, is that Championship clubs are able to block any deal with the lower tier clubs.

    Under EFL rules, the Championship must be in favour for any policy to be agreed by the entire League and the 24 clubs would be certain to vote unanimously against a deal that cuts them out.

  • William Pugh

    PROJECT X

    Premier League chiefs will declare Project Big Picture “dead” after today’s club meeting.

    The two-hour summit ended with the Prem clubs agreeing to make a £50m bailout offer to keep League One and Two clubs alive.

    But there will be NO money available for Championship clubs.

    And despite the determination of Liverpool and Manchester United to keep their grand proposals alive, League bosses have agreed to make a formal denunciation which ALL clubs have been agreed to sign up to.

    League chiefs were this afternoon drafting an emergency release that will be signed off by the clubs before it is published.

    But SunSport has been told the statement WILL contain the stark message that Project Big Picture is dead…

  • Joe Miles

    ART ATTACK

    Mohamed Elneny has revealed what he said to Mikel Arteta following his return from Besiktas.

    The Egyptian, 28, said: “Before I came to London, I didn’t speak to him and I was a bit…. not stressed, but just thinking about what would he like.

    “When I sat with him, I said, ‘The way you train, the way you want to play is the way I love to play’ and really I love the way we train, the way he is assisting everything in the club now.

    “It makes me excited to give 100 per cent for the team.”

  • Joe Miles

    SUAR SUBJECT

    Arsene Wenger has revealed the truth behind THAT £40million plus one pound bid for Luis Suarez in 2013.

    In his new book 'Arsene Wenger, My Life in Red in White, he wrote: “In 2014 we were trying to get Luis Suarez over.

    “We had an agreement with the player and his agent.

    “But the agent claimed that there was a clause: with an offer above £40million, Liverpool would be obliged to let the player go.

    “But thanks to an indiscretion within Liverpool, I found out that his clause never existed.

    “To check this was true, we offered £40,000,0001.

    “This may have seemed ludicrous, I admit.”

  • Joe Miles

    PARTEY TIME

    Thomas Partey has revealed why he is known as 'The Octopus'.

    Arsenal's £45million signing has embraced his nickname – and even has the sea creature tattooed on his right arm.

    He explained: “I always say, if I would be an animal, I would be an octopus.

    “I remember when I was in Almeria they called me 'the octopus' because I stole a lot of balls.”

  • Joe Miles

    MO TO COME

    Mohamed Elneny has revealed how he has regained his confidence at Arsenal after a loan spell with Besiktas.

    He said: “Under Emery I was not playing much, that is why you can lose your confidence and your feeling to play.

    “That is why when I went to Besiktas, on a one-year loan, I played always and brought the confidence back, and when I came back here I saw everyone happy for me to come back.

    “Everyone was excited to see me back, and when I trained, everyone gave me food feedback, saying 'Mo, you did well' and this makes you get your confidence back.

    “I will build it and build it and every day I try to learn new things.”

  • Joe Miles

    A HELPING HEND

    The emergence of Dean  Henderson as a genuine rival to David De Gea serves as a reminder of the vital role the EFL plays in our game.

    And why the Premier League should find it in their best interests financially to ensure clubs below them do not go bust by coming up with a pandemic aid package.

    Goalkeeper Henderson, 23, made his long-awaited Manchester United debut in the Carabao Cup last month and has been tipped to dislodge £375,000-a-week De Gea in the top flight.

    Yet without his time spent in the lower leagues, it is doubtful whether he would even still be at Old Trafford.

    Many EFL clubs are at risk due to a ban on fans until March at the earliest, with Burton chairman Ben Robinson warning some sides may not last past Christmas.

    SunSport have pulled together a full line-up of players that have benefited from EFL loans.

    The star-studded list includes Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

  • Joe Miles

    GREAT DANE

    Gareth Southgate is set to ring the changes for England's clash against Denmark tonight.

    The Three Lions boss is aiming for a trio of wins this international break after beating Wales in a friendly and Belgium in the Nations League last Sunday.

    SunSport reporter Sam Morgan has predicted Ainsley Maitland-Niles will make the starting XI.

    Here's how England could start…

  • Joe Miles

    'BIZARRE'

    Martin Keown is baffled by Arsenal's signing of William Saliba.

    The club legend told talkSPORT: “It's bizarre. We've just not seen the kid.

    “You want to see him to see how he performs, say in the Championship to see if he's good enough.

    “I'm anxious to see. The feeling was that this was going to be the one.

    “Gabriel has come in and been an outstanding signing.”

  • Joe Miles

    RESCUE PACKAGE

    Premier League clubs are set to make a £50million bail-out offer to keep League One and Two clubs alive.

    But there will be NO money available for Championship clubs.

    And the top flight outfits are also expected to demand the head of English Football League chairman Rick Parry.

    The majority of Premier League clubs are furious at Parry for conducting secret negotiations with Liverpool and Manchester United that saw the EFL chairman become the public face of Project Big Picture.

    EFL clubs have come out in support of Parry, pointing to the promise of £250m immediately coming from the Premier League to the lower three divisions as a result of the plan.

  • Joe Miles

    JOR THE ONE

    Chelsea are ready to offer Jorginho a shock new contract, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 28, was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

    But after snubbing Arsenal's interest to stay put in West London, the Blues could reward him with a new deal.

    According to AreaNapoli, the Italian wants to put pen to paper on an updated contract.

  • Joe Miles

    THE CROWN JULES

    Arsenal star Tyreece John-Jules, who plays on loan at Doncaster Rovers, has picked up an injury while on international duty.

    The striker was left out of England's Under-20 clash against Wales on Tuesday.

    Rovers boss Darren Moore been informed that the player picked up 'a knock' in training.

    Moore told the Free Press: “We've not had anything confirmed yet but we think he's got a little knock.

    “Because it's a friendly match, I think they've pulled him out for precautionary reasons.

    “I've got to find out what it is.”

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