Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners chase £52m defender EXCLUSIVE, Ivan Toney latest, Thomas Partey EXIT – updates

Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners chase £52m defender EXCLUSIVE, Ivan Toney latest, Thomas Partey EXIT – updates

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Gunners tipped for Anfield draw

Former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant reckons today’s top-three clash between his old clubs at Anfield is more important for the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta’s men sit two points clear of third-placed Liverpool and five in front of champs Manchester City.

Pennant predicted a draw and told Genting Casino: “I think this is a bigger game for Arsenal than it is for Liverpool.

“Everyone expected Arsenal to challenge Manchester City for the title again this season, whereas I don’t think anyone thought Liverpool would challenge. I think most people expected Liverpool to fight for a place in the top four.

“From an Arsenal perspective, as the main contenders for Manchester City’s title, this is a game that they will want to win. A win would give them a huge confidence boost in terms of their title challenge.”

Prem rivals tipped to fight for Amadou

Manchester United could bid around £48million for Everton’s Amadou Onana next month.

The Belgium anchorman has been linked with United, Arsenal and Chelsea over the past year.

The Red Devils instead bought keeper Andre Onana from Inter Milan for an initial £44m last summer.

Now Foot Mercato claim United will vie with Barcelona for Toffees’ main man Onana in January.

Mikel vows to behave

Mikel Arteta insists he’ll be well behaved at Anfield after four bookings this season.

The Arsenal boss said: “There won’t be any trouble.

“If you want to be at the top you have to go to those places and be dominant. That’s what we’re going to try to do.

“You have to play better than them. You will silence the crowd if you are dominant and better than them, just like in any other ground. There is no difference.

“We are going to have to suffer. In every game you have to suffer and how you go through these moments together. How you overcome those moments is a big thing.

“Last year we went through those moments in the second half and we had some difficulties to get over them.

“They extended for a period that was too long and you have to be able to turn those moments around and come back to the state of the game that you want.”

Wish you Emira Christmas with £40 sweater

Newcastle fans are knit amused by the £45 price tag for one of their club’s footie-themed Christmas jumpers.

Despite the Magpies having the richest owners in the world — the Saudi sovereign wealth fund — the black, white and gold jumper is more than any other Premier League club’s festive winter woolie.

Arsenal are selling their jumper, with yellow stripes on a blue background and red and white dots, for £40.

Manchester United have designed a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer jumper, selling at £36.

They are also offering one in the original club colours of green and yellow.

Defending champions Manchester City have set their price tag at £30 — while Chelsea and Liverpool are among several clubs selling their jumpers for £35.

The cheapest sweater in the Prem can be found at Luton Town, whose Santa-inspired design retails at just £22.

Fellow strugglers Burnley are the only club not seeling a festive jumper.

Clubs have hiked prices by up to 15 per cent compared with last year.

But last night, the cost of the festive jumper on NUFC’s online shop was slashed to £13.

Arteta hope to clean up at Anfield

Mikel Arteta has tried all the tricks in the book to get Arsenal over the line at Anfield and his latest plan is a washing machine.

The Gunners boss has played Liverpool’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ anthem during training to try and prepare them for “the jungle” in front of the Kop.

Arteta wants to avoid the repeat cycle of disappointment which has hit Arsenal at Liverpool – where they have not won since he was playing back in September 2012.

Klopp, fearing a more dangerous Arsenal side than they’ve hosted in recent years, has challenged his fans to up the atmosphere this evening.

But the former Arsenal and Everton midfielder admitted playing the Reds can feel like being in a washing machine – and now he wants to throw Jurgen Klopp’s side into a spin.

Asked about the challenge of Anfield, Arteta said: “It is different, different like Old Trafford.

“I explained that sometimes when you don’t feel at your best and you feel that they are on top of you, and you cannot get out of that washing machine.

“You try to overcome those situations but that’s a learning — it happened once and it didn’t happen again. How do we stop it? The game-plan and everything that we discussed to try to be away from that game, and put on our washing machine that is very powerful.”

Shock Onga management

Luton could terminate Albert Sambi Lokonga’s loan from Arsenal half a season early.

That’s according to TEAMtalk as the Belgian midfielder struggles for game-time with the lowly Hatters.

Issa Kabore, from Manchester City, is doing far better during his own temporary spell at newly-promoted Luton.

And it’s also suggested Hatters’ boss Rob Edwards might want to free up space for another loan recruit.



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