6pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang reveals absence reason, Martin Odegaard CONFIRMED, Bertrand latest

ARSENAL continued their recent revival with another Premier League victory, this time over Southampton at St Mary's.

On the transfer front, Martin Odegaard has completed his move to the Emirates on loan until the end of the season.


Follow all the latest from the Emirates below…

  • Jake Lambourne


    Mesut Ozil has officially been unveiled as a Fenerbahce player after ending his Arsenal nightmare.

    The playmaker, 32, finally quit the Gunners after nearly eight years in North London to sign for his boyhood club.

    And now, Ozil has held his first press conference as a Fenerbahce star – revealing it's a 'dream' for both himself and the club.

    Ozil – accompanied by wife Amine Gulse and daughter Eda – said: "It was a dream for Fenerbahce, it was a dream for me.

    "I believe that I will win the championship with Fenerbahce.

    "I hope we will be champions and do important things in the Champions League."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed his absence from Arsenal's last two matches were due to his mother's health issues.

    He wrote in a statement online: "Hey guys, thank you so much for all the messages and calls over the last few days.

    "My mother is going through some health issues and I had to be there for her.

    "She's already much better now and I will be back home tonight. I'm more than grateful to the doctors and nurses helping her get through this.

    "And of course, thanks to my Arsenal fam for the love yesterday! I'm more determined than ever to keep our momentum going!

    "Thank you all again – I really am beyond blessed to receive this level of support and love from all of you and I can't wait to be back."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Bacary Sagna claims Leicester made him a ‘disrespectful’ offer when he left Manchester City in 2017.

    And the former Arsenal star adds he was also made to sit on a couch for EIGHT hours during the ill-fated negotiations.

    He told SoFoot: “When I left City, I turned down a lot of offers. I said to myself, ‘They don’t want to respect me, I’m not going’.

    “I met a few clubs, we agreed on everything, and finally they disappeared. Leicester disrespected me.

    “They made me an offer with a few details that were wrong and they made me hang out on a couch for eight hours.

    "A lot of things happened, but I never talked about it. I don’t care, actually.

    “It was my problem, I shouldn’t have given a damn that much. I am not a man of money, I am my heart.”

  • Joe Brophy


    Arsenal new boy Martin Odegaard has told the Gunners faithful how exactly to pronounce his name.

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    Former Arsenal star Bacary Sagna has swapped pitches for patties … by opening a BURGER RESTAURANT.

    The food-loving France international said he used to crave good-quality hamburgers during his time with the Gunners and Manchester City.

    He told SoFoot.com: "I wanted to do something together with friends. My pals Ben and Feteh had already opened a restaurant, we found a place in northern Paris, and we had to seize the chance.

    "I have always liked to cook, but I did not know the food industry.

    "When you play football you can't have any cheat days – but sometimes it crosses your mind and you'll take a few liberties.

    "I sometimes ate burgers during my playing career, but they were fatty and full of congealed meat.

    "When we developed our concept we decided to go with top-quality ingredients. Our burgers are made from French produce.

    "The bread is fresh, the meat minced to order and the sauce made in-house every day."

  • Joe Brophy


    Erling Haaland believes Norway team-mate Martin Odegaard will fit in well at Arsenal.

    He told Norwegian outlet VG: "It will be interesting. Arsenal is a big club in England.

    "It's a bit different football, but I think he can fit in well with Mikel Arteta in the 10-role. He can enjoy himself there.

    "He has to get in there and simply start playing matches. That's what he needs.

    "We know how good Odegaard can be. When he gains confidence with the ball, we know that the most incredible things can happen. So he just has to 'go on' there."

  • Joe Brophy


    Arsenal star Dani Ceballos had a key role in encouraging Martin Odegaard to follow in his footsteps from Real Madrid to north London.

    He said: "Yes, [Dani] text me the other day and he had only good things to say about the club, the manager and everything.

    "That was also important for me and he was happy for me to come here, so that was a good thing for me, to know someone here and to hear from someone inside the club as well. It's good."

  • Joe Brophy


    Arsenal new-boy Martin Odegaard has reflected on his first experience with the Gunners as a teenaged trialist.

  • Joe Brophy


    Martin Odegaard completed his loan move to Arsenal until the end of the season – and was immediately handed Mesut Ozil’s No11 shirt as he looks to replace him as playmaker-in-chief at the Emirates.

    He had other offers to stay in Spain and across Europe, but says a chat with Mikel Arteta convinced him Arsenal was the right place to come.

    He said: "I spoke to him before coming here. That was very important for me and he seems like a top manager and I liked his ideas, the way he sees football and also the way he is.

    "He gave me a great feeling and that was important for me to come here. He was crucial.

    "I think every time you go to a new place, you want to make sure that it feels good and that there is a plan. But I think everything here just seems good."

  • Joe Brophy

    SO FAB

    Martin Odegaard has revealed that Cesc Fabregas was one his idols when he was growing up.

    He told the club's website: “Fabregas, for me, was one of my idols when I grew up. So especially him.

    “The way he controls the game, the way he dictated the game, his ability to give assists and also score goals.

    “Everything about his game. I tried to learn as much as possible when I grew up watching him. He was the top player.”

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    Arsenal’s technical director Edu said: “We are delighted to welcome Martin to the club until the end of the season.

    “I would like to thank everyone at Real Madrid and Martin’s representatives for their collaboration in making this loan move happen.

    “Martin is an exceptional talent and we are strengthening our squad by introducing an exciting offensive player to the club for the remaining months of this season.”

  • Joe Brophy


    Arsenal could hand Martin Odegaard a debut when they welcome Premier League leaders Manchester United to the capital on Sunday.

    Speaking about his new No.11, Mikel Arteta said: “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season.

    “Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while.

    “Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”

  • Joe Brophy


    Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid.

    The attacking midfielder will spend the rest of the season at the Emirates, having completed his medical earlier in the week.

  • Joe Brophy


    Inter Milan have performed a dramatic U-turn and will KEEP former Arsenal target Christian Eriksen.

    Antonio Conte confirmed the change of stance after the Dane scored a dramatic late winner in Tuesday's Milan derby.

    After the game, Conte told Rai Sport: "Eriksen will stay here at Inter.

    "He’s not leaving because we’re not signing any players, so we won’t let him leave the club.

    "I’m so happy for his goal."

  • Joe Brophy


    Rob Holding has shared his delight at reaching a milestone 100th appearance for Arsenal in the 3-1 win over Southampton.

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    Eric Garcia is set to be offered another Manchester City escape route as Arsenal prepare to battle Barcelona for his signature.

    The 20-year-old defender has rejected an extension at the Etihad and becomes a free agent in June.

    He has been linked for months with a move to LaLiga giants Barca, whose academy he for City in 2017.

    Ronald Koeman is desperate to strengthen his squad at the Nou Camp, especially defence, and their financial woes make him an ideal target with him available on free in six months time.

    However, Mundo Deportivo claims his return to the Catalan side is not a foregone conclusion.

    And now Arsenal are set to swoop and try to keep Garcia in the Premier League.

  • Joe Brophy


    Alexandre Lacazette paid tribute to friend and team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Tuesday night.

    Arsenal captain Aubameyang, 31, missed the game at Southampton on the south coast due to personal reasons.

    And after killing the game off with Arsenal's third goal of the game, Lacazette paid tribute to his fellow forward with his choice of celebration.

    The French striker, 29, raised one finger on his right hand and four on his left, signifying '14' – Aubameyang's shirt number.

  • Joe Brophy


    Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere netted an impressive first Bournemouth goal in the FA Cup fourth round win over Crawley.

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    Mikel Arteta has claimed that Bukayo Saka is becoming the complete player.

    He said: “Bukayo is doing really well and is always asking to train more and improve in areas that he can do better.

    “That was certainly one, at producing the final bit in the box to score or assist, and he’s doing that much more often.

    “He’s able to do that with the work he has put in and the intelligence he’s shown on the pitch, and with the capacity he has to understand the game from different positions. He becomes a really complete player.”

  • Joe Brophy


    Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Emile Smith Rowe was forced off during Arsenal's win over Southampton due to a muscle problem.

    The midfielder came off after 72 minutes on Tuesday night having sat out the weekend's FA Cup defeat due to a knock.

    And Gunners boss Arteta confirmed that he never actually expected Smith Rowe to complete the game.

    He told reporters: "[Smith Rowe] was injured for the FA Cup game and we knew that probably today he could not play the whole game.

    "He had some muscular discomfort and had to come off again."

  • Marc Mayo


    Arsenal exacted immediate revenge on Southampton following their FA Cup exit by beating the Saints 3-1 last night at St Mary's.

    The Gunners were made to work for the victory after falling behind to Stuart Armstrong's third minute strike.

    But Nicolas Pepe then got the visitors on level terms, before Bukayo Saka fired Arsenal ahead, with Alexandre Lacazette wrapping up the three points in the second half.

    The win lifts the North Londoners above Chelsea and up into eighth place in the Premier League.

    And in more good news for Arsenal, they look set to announce the loan signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.

    The Norwegian international has completed his medical, and all that is left now is for Arsenal to confirm his arrival.

    In other news, Santi Cazorla has once again stated he would return to the Emirates as a coach if he is asked.

    Quoted by AS, he said: “If I am given the opportunity and he (Mikel Arteta) believes that I can help him, it is something that I would not mind and would leave the door open to enjoy that experience with him.

    “But there is nothing for today, it will be seen.”

    And finally, Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Marseille left-back Jordan Amavi.

    According to L’Equipe, the FA Cup holders are among a trio of clubs hoping to lure Amavi away from France in the summer on a free transfer.

  • Jake Lambourne


    What a result for Arsenal!

    Mikel Arteta's men had the worst possible start, but they recovered and dominated for the rest of the match.

    The Gunners are now up to eighth in the table.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LAC IS IN!

    What a lovely Arsenal goal and it's 3-1!

    Cedric finds Saka with a beautiful cross field pass, who looks for Lacazette in the box.

    And the Frenchman this time makes no mistake as he tucks home from close range.

  • Jake Lambourne


    The second half has started.

    Will Arsenal be able to hang on to their lead, or extend it?

    A reminder.

    Click HERE to follow all the action from St Mary’s with SunSport’s LIVE blog.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Arsenal go into the break deservedly in front.

    They have looked dangerous going forward and a real threat.

    But they must be wary of Southampton's counter-attacks as both Cedric and Hector Bellerin have been bombing forward.

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