6pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Xhaka trolled, Aouar update, Carragher criticism, Spurs derby defeat reaction

ARSENAL are licking their wounds after a 2-0 defeat to arch rivals Tottenham in the North London derby.

We've the very latest on matters in the transfer market, including the latest on Houssem Aouar and Mesut Ozil's future.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below…

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    Alan Smith believes Mikel Arteta made a mistake with deals for David Luiz and Willian.

    He told The Evening Standard: “I was surprised when he re-signed David Luiz, and I was surprised when he brought Willian into the club.

    “That’s costing a lot of money in wages, and it would have been nice to have gone for youth rather than a couple of players that have achieved everything really they need or want to in the game. I thought that was a mistake by him.”

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    Christian Eriksen is being "humiliated" by Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, his ex-Denmark manager claims.

    Arsenal have been linked with former Tottenham midfielder Eriksen, who has played just six minutes of Inter's last four Serie A games.

    Rosenborg manager Age Hareide, who bossed Denmark from 2016 until April this year, said: “First of all, I think it's a shame for Christian.

    "But I also think it's completely wrong that Conte is keeping him out so much."

    Hareide believes it was "humiliating" for Eriksen to be used so late as second-placed Inter eased home against mid-table Bologna.

    FCInter quote him as saying: "In my opinion, he is good enough to play for Inter.

    "He proved to be an important player, both for Denmark and for Tottenham in the Premier League, where he was a key player.”

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    SunSport's David Seager writes: "Mikel Arteta can hide behind a thinly-veiled layer of positivity all he wants – but he must know Arsenal are seriously struggling.

    "After all, the table doesn't lie… and the Gunners sit 15th after the 2-0 North London derby loss against Tottenham.

    "Arteta needs to take a long, hard look at his tactics and find something that works before this weekend's clash with Burnley.

    "While Dundalk may not provide the sternest test in Thursday night's Europa League draw, the boss could – and should – use the trip to experiment."

    Click HERE for the five things Arteta MUST do to save Arsenal's season…

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally broken his silence following Arsenal’s derby defeat to Tottenham.

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    Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly set to battle it out for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie who could set them back £45million.

    Calciomercato reports the North London rivals are both interested in the £50million-rated Ivorian midfielder who has impressed in Serie A.

    Kessie’s partnership with former Gunner Ismael Bennacer in the middle of the park has helped the Rossoneri storm to the top of the Italian league.

    The 23-year-old’s current contract runs until June 2022 but Milan are hopeful of securing a renewal with the player said to be happy at the club.

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    Dominik Szoboszlai is set to leave RB Salzburg in January, his manager has confirmed.

    Jesse Marsch believes the winger is destined for a move soon with Arsenal, RB Leipzig and Tottenham all linked.

    He told CBS Sport: “He’s likely to leave in Winter, that’s the reality,” Marsch said about Szoboszlai.

    “He’ll have so many suitors, we went through this with Erling [Haaland] last year.

    “But in the end, I’m so happy for him and I want him to show everyone how good he is.”

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    Arsenal target Jonathan Tah has opened the door on a move to the Premier League.

    Fulham and Leicester have also been linked with the 24-year-old Germany international, who has told Goal of his ambitions.

    The Bayer Leverkusen star said: “The Premier League appeals to me, it has always been like that. I always had the feeling that my style of play would suit England well.

    “The physicality of the league and the need to think quickly are qualities that suit my game. Opinions differ as to which league is the best in the world – for me it’s the Premier League.”

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    Great news out of Wolves as Raul Jimenez has been discharged from hospital.

    The striker suffered a fractured skull in a collision with David Luiz in Arsenal's game with Wolves last month.

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    Mikel Arteta was handed a tactical ‘lesson’ by Jose Mourinho on Sunday.

    That is the view of former assistant Freddie Ljungberg, who told MNF that Spurs exceeded his expectations.

    The Swede said: "I haven't recovered yet, it was tough but Mourinho gave us a lesson in how to play a tactical game.

    "It was interesting but it still hurts. I thought Spurs, I didn't think they would be that far ahead or top of the league to be honest.

    "But you look at Mourinho, he's got them inspired, his players are all doing what he wants them to do, which I think is the hardest thing when you play the kind of football he does. Hats off to him, they're doing really, really well."

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    Patrick Vieira is poised for a quick return to management – just days after being sacked by French club Nice.

    The Arsenal legend got the chop last Friday after the Ligue 1 side lost its fifth game on the trot.

    However Vieira is now favourite to take charge of fellow top-flight outfit Nantes.

    Coach Christian Gourcuff is on the brink of losing his job following Sunday's humiliating 4-0 home loss to lowly Strasbourg.

    And widespread reports in France claim World Cup winner Vieira has been earmarked to replace him.

    Former Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc was also in the running for the Nantes job.

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    Micah Richards has expressed his sympathy for Mesut Ozil.

    The Arsenal playmaker continues to be outcast by Mikel Arteta while the team struggles to produce offensively.

    And Richards told 5 Live: “I feel for Ozil a little bit. I feel for the fact that he really thought he was going to get a real chance in this team and then he didn’t. 

    “Now, he’s sat at home, watching his team not create any chances.

    “Now it is like ‘we’re not creating chances and we’ve got one of the best creators sat at home. Surely they’ve got to sort out their differences…

    “What would you rather do? Put him in and try to create or just lose anyway?”

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    Mikel Arteta is down as 7/2 third-favourite to be the next Premier League manager given the sack.

    Coral make the Spaniard the least-fancied manager of the Big Six.

    Here are the top five bookies’ favourites for the sack:

    • 7/4 Chris Wilder
    • 2/1 Slaven Bilic
    • 7/2 Scott Parker
    • 7/2 Mikel Arteta
    • 5/1 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


    Vinai Venkatesham recently visited Arsene Wenger over a return to Emirates Stadium.

    But the talks were reportedly centred around attending a tribute, rather than coming back as manager.

    insiders claim that there is a 'bitterness' between the Frenchman and the club, regarding the way his tenure fizzled out.

    According to the Mail, chief exec Venkatesham sought to assure Wenger that he is always welcome at the Emirates.

    But Mail sources revealed that the Frenchman doesn't plan on ever returning, while the current owners remain in place.

    One Gunners employee told them: "He’ll never go back. That’s how badly let down he feels he was by the board."


    Arsenal target Isco has reportedly put his house up for sale.

    The Real Madrid midfielder is linked to a host of clubs, including the Gunners and Everton.

    According to Spanish outlet Defensa Central, he is already looking towards his exit and is seeking valuations for his property in the La Moraleja area of Madrid.


    Jamie Carragher has ripped into Arsenal's recruitment policy as he blasted three 'joke' signings made by the club.

    The 42-year-old questioned why the Gunners brought in Willian, David Luiz and Cedric Soares, though he did praise two summer recruits in Thomas Partey and Gabriel.

    The Sky Sports pundit said: "There might be talk of him being under pressure now with the situation he's in, but I wouldn't even think about Mikel Areta's position.

    "I really like Mikel Areta. There's a lot of nonsense around the club.

    "I think some of the signings are a joke, in terms of bringing Willian in, [David] Luiz in, Cedric [Soares] in. Is Kia Joorabchian making signings at the club?

    "Mikel Arteta brought in [Thomas] Partey and Gabriel. They look like Arsenal's two best players at this moment.”

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      SunSport's Dave Fraser has put together the top XI of players still without a club.

      Former Arsenal stars Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri feature – are there any cheap deals Mikel Arteta might want to pick up?

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      Arsenal are the ‘perfect’ club for Wilfried Zaha – but may need to qualify for the Champions League before they can sign him.

      The Crystal Palace winger has been on fire lately and Peter Crouch has discussed his options should he leave Selhurst Park.

      He wrote in the Mail: “Arsenal would be perfect for him but Arsenal are far away from being a Champions League.

      “I doubt he would play regularly at Liverpool or Manchester City but perhaps a club abroad would consider him. 

      “The grass isn’t always greener and I do wonder whether the experience he had at Manchester United burnt him.”

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      Christian Eriksen has been linked with a sensational move to Arsenal.

      But the former Spurs midfielder may remain loyal to the other side of North London.

      After Tottenham’s derby win, the Dane ‘liked’ two Twitter posts lauding Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

      Maybe an awkward one to discuss in the Emirates dressing room – if he ever arrives…

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      HOLD ON

      Son Heung-min was able to laugh off one Arsenal man’s frustrations on Sunday.

      According to Football.London, the Korean winger’s domination of the Gunners defence got the better of Rob Holding.

      The centre-back launched a frustrated lunge on Son in the first-half after his stunning opener.

      And, in reply, the Spurs ace simply got up, brushed himself down, and laughed at Holding. Ouch.

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      Kevin Campbell has told former club Arsenal to go on the 'charm offensive' to tie down Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

      The winger's contract expires in 2023 but the ex-striker wants a new deal to signify his role at the club following his England call-up.

      Campbell told Football Insider: “I hear Mikel Arteta is trying to convince him to stay and sign a new contract because he is now an England international.

      “Which clubs let England internationals go? You do not do that.

      “He wants to play, of course he wants to but we know football is a squad game. He wants to play in central midfield and they have just bought Partey to play there. Maitland-Niles is a good player but he is no Partey, that is for sure.

      “I can see Mikel Arteta going on the charm offensive to try and keep him at the football club.”

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      Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly set to battle it out for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie who could set them back £45million.

      Calciomercato reports the North London rivals are both interested in the Ivorian midfielder who has impressed in Serie A.

      Kessie's partnership with Ismael Bennacer in the middle of the park has helped the Rossoneri storm to the top of the Italian league.

      The 23-year-old's current contract runs until June 2022 but Milan are hopeful of securing a renewal with the player said to be happy at the club.

      They value him just short of the £50m mark as his stock has rocketed since the start of the season.

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      Piers Morgan continued his war of words with Mesut Ozil with yet another furious rant on Good Morning Britain.

      This time the TV host slammed Ozil's lack of game time, claiming the closest he'll get to kicking a football is on the PlayStation.

      He said: "I want to say good morning to Mesut Ozil who has been trolling me overnight.

      "It's been a hell of a long journey from being world champion to playing on you PlayStation and trolling Arsenal fans on Twitter.

      "You can't even get into the Arsenal squad and you're gobbing off on Twitter with me. At least I'm at work, at least I'm putting a shift in.

      "The last time you won a game for Arsenal was about 1912."

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      Mesut Ozil has a '90 per cent' chance of ending his Arsenal nightmare in January and joining Fenerbahce.

      The Germany ace has been frozen out at the Emirates after he was excluded from the club's Premier League and Europa League squads.

      His deal current in north London expires in the summer but Arsenal are eager to get him off the wage bill sooner rather than later. And their prayers could be answered by the Turkish giants.

      Fenerbahce's club congress member Murat Zorlu claims Ozil is closing in on a move in January.

      He told Sport Digitale: "A source, who’s very well connected to the club has told me that Mesut Ozil is likely to become a Fenerbahce player during the next transfer window.

      "I would say 90 per cent he will join us in one month.”

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      Jamie Carragher slammed the Gunners as ‘tactically a shambles’ after their abject defeat against Spurs.

      He told Sky Sports: "Arsenal did not play well. They were awful, defensively and on the ball, from minute one.

      "This idea that because you've had possession, you've played well – I'm flabbergasted.

      "They never had one chance in the game when they 'should have scored'.

      "I thought tactically Arsenal were a shambles."

      Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil is one of the best players in the world at picking out a pass, reckons Freddie Ljungberg.

      Speaking on Sky Sports, Arsenal’s former interim boss – who left his coaching role at the club in August – said: “When you have possession or need to find that pass, I don’t think there’s many better players than Mesut at doing that.

      “Of course, you lose a bit defensively, but that’s the decision they have made.

      “I don’t know why the decision has been made that he is outside of the squad, so they can’t use him.

      “But for those things, I don’t see there’s many better players in the world.”

      And finally, Troy Deeney thinks Arsenal could sack Mikel Arteta if they lose to Burnley next weekend.

      The SunSport columnist told TalkSPORT: “I fancied Arsenal to get a result [against Tottenham] because they’re that kind of team to just pull one out the bag.

      “But Arsenal are in trouble. They’re very much in trouble.

      “I’m happy it’s at home [vs Burnley] but if they were playing Burnley away this week I’d be very nervous for them.

      “Arteta has to come under criticism ultimately because of where they are. I’ll go out on a limb here and if they lose next week he’s massively under pressure.

      “If they lose and the ones around them win and they’re more looking backwards rather than upwards he’d be under pressure to keep his job.”

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      ART OF WAR

      Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher does not think Mesut Ozil is the answer to Mikel Arteta's problems.

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