Arsenal transfer latest: Insight into Odegaard fee, Southampton stopper lined up, Nelson set for Championship

Arsenal transfer latest: Insight into Odegaard fee, Southampton stopper lined up, Nelson set for Championship

Gunners outgoings

On the back of an altogether quiet opening 3 weeks to the window at the Emirates, dominated by chatter surrounding the future of Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s transfer chiefs appear to have burst into life over recent days.

First, on Wednesday, confirmation was forthcoming that veteran defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos had departed the club, after an agreement was reached to terminate the Greek’s contract:

This, though, appears altogether unlikely to mark the only exit from north London over the week or so ahead.

Ozil’s contract termination is expected to be made official imminently, with the midfield creator primed to link up with Fenerbahce.

And, as confirmed online this evening, another of Mikel Arteta’s attacking options could also be set to follow suit.

As per a number of reports, Arsenal are considering farming Reiss Nelson out on loan to the Championship, as the youngster continues to struggle for game time in the capital:

One player tipped for a potential exit who looks set to stay put, however, is Calum Chambers.

Stopper Chambers is currently in the final stages of rehabilitation from a long-term knee injury, with the competition for places at the heart of Arsenal’s backline having seen it suggested that the 26-year-old may be best served in moving on this month, to secure regular action over the 2nd half of the campaign.

When drawn on such a possibility during a recent press conference, however, Mikel Arteta was quick to reiterate his ‘belief’ in Chambers:

‘I don’t think that is going to happen. I am really happy with Calum.’

‘He has gone through a really difficult period. He has worked so hard. He has looked really good in the last few weeks in training.’

‘He is not even thinking about his knee right now. We want to give him minutes when we can because he is a player that we believe in.’

Arsenal transfer latest: Insight into Odegaard fee, Southampton stopper lined up, Nelson set for Championship

GILLINGHAM, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: Calum Chambers of Arsenal during the match between Gillingham and Arsenal U21 at Priestfield Stadium on November 10, 2020 in Gillingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Bertrand eyed

Movement at the Emirates over the final week+ of the window, though, will not be restricted to outgoings.

The Gunners confirmed their first major January arrival earlier today, in the form of the loan of Brighton goalkeeper Maty Ryan:

And another temporary addition is expected to join Ryan in Mikel Arteta’s squad imminently, amid widespread claims that out-of-favour Real Madrid talent Martin Odegaard is on the verge of swapping the Spanish capital for its English equivalent.

An insight into the terms of the deal set to take the Norwegian to the Premier League, meanwhile, has been provided this evening.

As per the reliable James Benge, between the loan fee to be paid to Real Madrid, and Odegaard’s wages, 6 months of the 22-year-old’s services look set to cost Arsenal around £6 million:

A potential addition to Arteta’s ranks at the other end of the park, whether this month or in the summer, could also be forthcoming in the shape of Ryan Bertrand.

As per a host of sources on Friday, the Gunners have set their sights on the Southampton stopper, to act as backup to Kieran Tierney on the left flank.

This comes with Bertrand’s contract at St. Mary’s due to expire at the end of the season, and the former Chelsea man said to be stalling on committing to fresh terms:

Southampton vs Arsenal live streaming: Watch FA Cup online

Mikel Arteta teases that the Arsenal mole may have left the club this January


This article was edited by Josh Barker.

Arsenal betting odds, next game:

Leicester vs Arsenal odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers

Leicester vs Arsenal Full time result
Leicester vs Arsenal Result/Both teams score Yes No
Leicester 15/4 7/2
Arsenal 4/1
Draw 10/3 10/1
Leicester vs Arsenal Correct Score
Leicester vs Arsenal Goalscorers First Last Anytime
Jamie Vardy8/5 8/5 20/21
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang2/1 2/1 5/4
Alexandre Lacazette11/5 11/5 11/8
Eddie Nketiah5/2 5/2 6/4
Folarin Balogun10/3 10/3 21/10

Arsenal's latest videos

ACCESS ALL AREAS | Benfica vs Arsenal (1-1) | Europa League
ACCESS ALL AREAS | Benfica vs Arsenal (1-1) | Europa League
There's all to play for in the second leg, but you can see what…
What was Ryan's initiation song? | Mat Ryan & Lydia Williams | Rapid Fire
What was Ryan's initiation song? | Mat Ryan & Lydia Williams | Rapid Fire
Our Aussie keepers sit down with us as Rapid Fire returns! Mat and Lydia…
Premier League table
# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 26 36 62
2 Manchester United FC 25 21 49
3 Leicester City FC 25 17 49
4 West Ham United FC 26 9 45
5 Chelsea FC 25 16 43
6 Liverpool FC 25 11 40
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Aston Villa FC 23 11 36
9 Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 10 36
10 Leeds United 25 0 35
11 Arsenal FC 25 5 34
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 25 -6 33
13 Crystal Palace FC 25 -14 32
14 Southampton FC 25 -12 30
15 Burnley FC 25 -12 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 25 -6 26
17 Newcastle United FC 25 -17 25
18 Fulham FC 25 -11 22
19 West Bromwich Albion 25 -36 14
20 Sheffield United FC 25 -26 11
Premier League 20/21
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 8
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United FC 7