Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Odegaard deal nears conclusion, President of Rwanda slams Gunners, Brentford loss reaction

MARTIN ODEGAARD could sign for Arsenal in days with Real Madrid keen to sell.

The Norwegian has been left without a squad number as his number 21 shirt has been handed to Rodrygo.

Meanwhile the president of Rwanda Paul Kagame has gone on a Twitter tirade slamming Arsenal for their season-opening defeat to Brentford.

While Mikel Arteta is said to be willing to let both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leave with a move for Tammy Abraham mooted.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    Bukayo Saka was welcomed onto the pitch last night with a standing ovation from both Arsenal and Brentford fans.

    The 19-year-old was subject to vile racist abuse after missing a penalty in England's Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

    But he was given an ovation by Spurs fans in the Mind Series clash between the sides last week, and had the same reception yesterday when he came onfor Folarin Balogun after 59 minutes.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GUNNERS MISERY

    It's early days yet, but performances like last night's will not help the Gunners add to their stacked trophy cabinet this season.

    Mikel Arteta's side are in a period of transition after last season's dismal 8th placed finish, but how long will it be before questions start to be asked about the Spaniard's tenure?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MORGAN RAGE

    Arsenal season ticket holder Piers Morgan did not hold back with his scathing criticism of Arsenal's performance against Brentford yesterday.

    Via his Twitter account, the columnist and TV presenter said: “This is pathetic.

    "We’re being bullied off the park by a team of players who’ve never performed in the Premier League.

    “Even by Arteta standards, a new low. I can’t do this for the next nine months.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MARTIN'S MOVE

    Talks are progressing between Arsenal and Real Madrid regarding a deal for Martin Odegaard.

    That's according to ABC, who suggest a fee could be agreed in the coming days.

    Los Blancos are said to want an initial £34million with an extra £8.5million in add-ons for the 22-year-old, with the Gunners wanting to pay an initial £25million plus add-ons.

    The Spanish giants are also reported to be eager for a buy-back clause to be included in any deal.

    The Norwegian international is keen on a return to North London after a successful loan spell last season, and knows game time in Madrid would be limited under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OUTBOUND AZEEZ?

    Highly rated Arsenal youngster is said to be a loan target for a number of Football League clubs.

    League One Portsmouth, as well as a number of Championship clubs are said to be interested, according to Portsmouth.co.uk.

    However, the Gunners aren't keen on letting the 18-year-old leave even if it is just on loan.

    Mikel Arteta is prepared to give the midfielder first team experience this season, and Arsenal chiefs staying at the Emirates would be best for his development.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SHINING LIGHT

    It may have been a dismal night last night for Arsenal, but Gunners fans will be excited by Emile Smith-Rowe.

    The 21-year-old carried on his impressive form from last season yesterday, and was not shy to pick up the ball and try to make things happen when perhaps some of his teammates weren't.

    The new Arsenal number ten saw plenty of the ball and looked to drive forward with positive intent at every opportunity.

    He looked like he could be in for a big season.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DOUBLE BLOW

    Mikel Arteta could be WITHOUT Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for next week's clash against Chelsea.

    The pair missed out last night in the Gunner's 2-0 defeat to Brentford due to illness, but according to football.london they may also be forced to sit out of the second game of the season.

    That's if they fail to fully recover in time, in which case Arteta will have to once again trust Folarin Balogun and Gabriel Martinelli with starts against London rivals Chelsea.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WRIGHT REACTION

    Ian Wright's face from the stands at last night's game just about sums things up from an Arsenal point of view.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GAB'S STRUGGLES

    Gabriel Martinelli was thrown straight into the starting line-up last night, despite returning from international duty at Tokyo 2020 with Brazil just days before.

    And the 20-year-old did struggle.

    As his heat map from last night shows, he was starved of action for the duration of his game until he was replaced Reiss Nelson on 71 minutes.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TAM PICKS ROMA

    Tammy Abraham is now set to snub Arsenal in favour of a move to Roma, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

    Jose Mourinho's personal phone call seems to have done the trick, as well asRoma General Manager Tiago Pinto's discussions in the UK after he flew into London to discuss terms with Abraham.

    An initial fee of £34million has been agreed between the two clubs for a number of days now, but Abraham has been reluctant to put pen to paper on personal terms.

    But now the 23-year-old has made a decision according to Di Marzio, and will move to the Italian capital despite interest from the Gunners.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ACTION AREAS

    And here's a look at the action areas from last night's game.

    The Gunners dominated possession and spent almost a third of the game in Brentford's third of the pitch, but could not turn that possession and territory into goals.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TALE OF THE TAPE

    Here's a like at the stats from last night's defeat at Brentford, courtesy of Opta.

    Despite 22 shots over the 90 minutes, the Gunners could only register four of those on target.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WOOD-MOVE

    Arsenal are reportedly considering a bid for Newcastle man Freddie Woodman in their pursuit of a new goalkeeper, MARC MAYO reports.

    A move for Sheffield United's Aaron Ramsdale has collapsed to leave the Gunners without senior competition for Bernd Leno.

    Woodman, having impressed on loan at Swansea last term, is set to start for Newcastle this weekend amid fitness concerns for Karl Darlow and Martin Dubravka.

    And watching with interest could be the Gunners, who are credited with reviving their interest in the goalkeeper, according to the Chronicle Live.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    "I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT I'VE JUST WATCHED"

    And former Arsenal man Paul Merson also wasn't happy with the Gunners' showing last night.

    He said on Sky Sports: "It scared me last night, it scared me watching.

    "When you're watching on the TV, you only see six or seven players when they're on the TV because there's not enough space to show the whole pitch and the team.

    "But what I watched last night was mind blowing.

    "When I came back into the lounge after and sat down I was like 'I cannot believe what I've just watched, I cannot believe what I've just watched.'"

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PLAN IS'

    Gary Neville slammed Arsenal's 'very poor' recruitment after they were 'bullied' by Premier League new-boys Brentford, JOSHUA JONES reports.

    Neville told Sky Sports: "I don't know what the plan is at Arsenal.

    "The recruitment has been really poor. They are just poor at it compared to other clubs.

    "I don't get the strategy and l don't get the direction.

    "I think they have a really talented manager but even if he gets the best out of them, l don't think they can make the top four."

    Neville added: "They've been messed around.

    "A game of football is really difficult if your centre-backs are getting messed around by the opposition forwards and that's happened from minute one tonight.

    "There's nothing worse than thinking your team are a little bit soft.

    "Brentford have looked at them and thought, 'Yeah, we'll have you', and that's the worst feeling.

    "Arsenal fans will go away from here tonight thinking, 'We've been bullied'."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NEXT UP

    Things don't get much easier after last night, Arsenal fans.

    A home tie against West Brom in the Carabao Cup is sandwiched between two mouthwatering clashes against Chelsea and Manchester City.

    How many points would you take from the next for league games?

  • William Pugh

    PHONE A FRIEND

    Roma remain determined to sign Tammy Abraham with Jose Mourinho personally contacting the Chelsea striker to convince him to join.

    The Blues are reportedly ready to cash in on the academy graduate after a long spell out of the side under Thomas Tuchel.

    Arsenal and Atalanta have been linked with bids but Serie A giants Roma have pulled ahead in the race to snap up the 23-year-old.

    Giallorossi general manager Tiago Pinto flew into London last week for talks over a £34million transfer, which may include a buy-back option.

    Also throwing his weight behind the deal is Jose Mourinho. The Roma boss has personally called Abraham to try and persuade him to make the move to Italy, according to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    Mourinho managed Chelsea during his days in the youth team and they both first joined the club in 2004, albeit when Abraham was eight years old.

  • William Pugh

    REISS NELSON – 5 (replaced Martinelli)

    Fluffed a touch just seconds after coming on which set the tone for the 20 minutes he had on the pitch.

    NUNO TAVARES – 5 (replaced Chambers)

    Not enough time to make an impact but still better than Chambers.

  • William Pugh

    SUBS

    BUKAYO SAKA – 7 (replaced Balogun)

    Received a standing ovation from the entire stadium when he came off the bench which was lovely to see.

    Had an immediate impact on his team with his high energy style and several cultured touches.

    But it all came to nothing with no striker of note to feed.

  • William Pugh

    GABRIEL MARTINELLI – 5 (subbed, 71 mins)

    Stifled by Brentford's defence who were rarely troubled by the Brazilian or his attacking team-mates.

    Should have done better with a glancing header at the near post 20 minutes into the second-half but deflected it over. Axed with 19 minutes to go.

    FOLARIN BALOGUN – 5 (subbed, 59mins)

    Service to him was poor throughout the first-45 and the effort he blazed over the bar at the end of the half summed up his early efforts.

    Had a claim for a penalty in the first-half but it was waved away. Subbed after an hour without making an impact.

  • William Pugh

    NICOLAS PEPE – 5

    As the senior attacker in the team, the £72m man did nothing but reignite many Gunners fans' frustrations from last season with his performance.

    Saw a vicious effort saved when his team were already 2-0 down after getting on the end of a Tierney cross.

    EMILE SMITH ROWE – 7

    Showed sparks as he tried to make things happen in tight spaces before the break but his efforts came to nothing.

    Saw his shot saved after a tight turn and a driving run down the centre shortly after the break.

    Relentless in his attempts to create a chance for his team but was not helped by his fellow attackers.

    Didn't deserve to be on the losing side.

  • William Pugh

    GRANIT XHAKA – 4

    Almost impossible to tell he was on the pitch in the first-half. Ditto the second. And he was captain.

    Proved exactly why Roma didn't want to shell out £35m for him. Couple of weak efforts from distance were the closest he came to making a significant contribution.

    ALBERT SAMBI LOKONGA – 4

    Very quiet on his Premier League debut. Looked half a yard off the pace.

    Not helped by the example set by his holding midfield partner Xhaka.

  • William Pugh

    PABLO MARI – 4

    Struggled to deal with Brentford's counter-attacks when Tierney was high up the pitch.

    Failed to clear a basic long throw which handed Brentford a second. Hardly led by example for new defensive partner White.

    KIERAN TIERNEY – 7

    Was industrious down the left and his energy came closest to carving out a chance for the Gunners before the break.

    More of the same for the rest of the game.

    Never stopped running and was one of few Arsenal players who could walk off with his head held high.

  • William Pugh

    BEN WHITE – 4

    Ultimately lost his battle with Ivan Toney and will have hoped for a much more assured Gunners debut after his £50m move from Brighton.

    Swung at a clearance before Chambers gifted Brentford possession just before the Bees' opener. Should have been more decisive.

    Was easily beaten by Bryan Mbeumo in the box which could have led to a goal before the break.

    Watched the ball go past his face after Mari and Chambers missed their headers as the Bees made it two.

  • William Pugh

    CALUM CHAMBERS – 3 (subbed, 81 mins)

    Not tight enough to Canos for the first goal and the shot went through his legs before beating Leno.

    Also could have let the ball go out before his clearance went straight to the Bees in the build up.

    Got nowhere near the long throw that led to Brentford's second. Hauled off with nine minutes to go. Shocked he lasted that long.

    If Hector Bellerin doesn't get a run out after Chambers' showing, his Arsenal career really is over.

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