December 6, 2021

Arsenal’s busy Deadline Day; Guendouzi set for Hertha loan

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Matteo Guendouzi is on the verge of joining Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal on what has become a busy Deadline Day for Arsenal.

Bayer Leverkusen remain in talks about signing Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac, with the Bundesliga club preferring a loan deal with an obligation-to-buy option, while Lucas Torreira is on the verge of joining Atletico Madrid on loan and is currently having his medical in the Spanish capital.

Arsenal are also listening to offers for defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and have not yet received any offers for midfielder Mesut Ozil, with boss Mikel Arteta recently casting doubts over the German’s future.

In terms of incomings, Arsenal are not giving up on Atletico midfielder Thomas Partey, although they would need to raise funds as the La Liga side will not budge on his £45m release clause, and they remain interested in Chelsea midfielder Jorginho. A deal for the Italy international is thought to be unlikely, but not off the cards.

Houssem Aouar is no longer thought to be a target, after he declared his desire to stay with Lyon. “I felt that I can still bring something to this team,’ Aouar told Telefoot. “I wanted to continue the adventure with the club who raised me.”

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Sky Sports News’ Emma Paton has the latest on Arsenal’s targets including their pursuit of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar

However, Arteta said on the weekend Arsenal are doing what they can to finalise transfers ahead of Monday’s deadline, and is confident deals can be struck.

Guendouzi set for Hetha Berlin loan

Image: Matteo Guendouzi last featured in June’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton

Guendouzi, 21, has not played a single minute for Arsenal yet this season and is set to join Hertha, who finished 10th in the Bundesliga last season.

The France U21 international last featured for Mikel Arteta’s side in the Premier League in June, during the 2-1 defeat away to Brighton on June 20.

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He was involved in a fracas with forward Neal Maupay, appearing to grab his opponent’s throat after the final whistle at the Amex Stadium.

Reports in France earlier this summer claimed Guendouzi said he would be open to leaving Arsenal during a disciplinary meeting at the club, following the incident at Brighton, but Arteta later dismissed the speculation.

Guendouzi, who joined the Gunners from Lorient in 2018, is under contract at the Emirates Stadium until 2022.

The midfielder has played 82 times for the club in all competitions, scoring once and making five assists since his debut in August 2018.

Transfer Deadline Day – October 5

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The Good Morning Transfers team discuss Arsenal’s interest in midfielders Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar with Lucas Torreira’s departure ‘key’ in any potential deal

The summer transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday October 5 with a feast of activity throughout the day involving the biggest names in football.

Some of the highlights to enjoy on Sky Sports News and across our Sky Sports platforms:

  • Breakfast with David Ginola and Rachel Yankey
  • The Football Show Special with Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole
  • Countdown with Harry and Jamie Redknapp
  • Supporters at the heart of the show with Sky VIP fan wall

You can also follow the stories on Sky Sports‘ digital platforms, with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.

Here’s all you need to know about Deadline Day and how to keep across all the deals and drama with Sky Sports.