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4pm Arsenal news LIVE: William Saliba ‘fuming’ with Gunners, Aubameyang updates, Partey transfer LATEST, Saka contract

ARSENAL made short work of Norwich as they hit four against the Premier League's bottom club.

And Atletico Madrid, rather conveniently, are reported to be interested in Matteo Guendouzi, while Arsenal still want Atleti's Thomas Partey.

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    RIGHT CED FRED

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    HEART ACH

    Arsenal and Chelsea have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Achraf Hakimi after Real Madrid announced they have sold him to Inter Milan for £40.5million.

    The 21-year-old has earned rave reviews during his two-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, leading to a host of clubs vying to sign him.

    Hakimi – who has chipped in with nine goals and ten assists in 46 games this season – has established himself as one of the world's best full-backs.

    But Real have offloaded him as Zinedine Zidane does not believe he will get in front of Dani Carvajal at the Bernanbeu.

    A statement on the Spanish club's website said: “Real Madrid CF and Inter Milan have agreed to transfer Achraf Hakimi.

    “The club wants to thank Achraf for all these years of dedication, professionalism and exemplary behaviour since he came to our academy in 2006 and wishes him good luck in his new phase.”

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    SALIBA GUTTED

    William Saliba is fuming with Arsenal over the botched conclusion of his loan spell with St Etienne.

    The Frenchman’s “disappointment is immense” according to reports in France.

    Mikel Arteta was willing to let the defender, 19, remain across the English Channel for another month to play in the Coupe de France final against PSG on July 24.

    But the two clubs had a falling-out over his rehab work from injury and how he would train.

    And after Arsenal already completed a £27million deal to buy him from the Ligue 1 club, before loaning him back for this season, the North London club pulled him back to HQ.

    According to But! that has left Saliba down in the dumps, after the teenage was determined to leave the club on a high.

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    ARSENAL WAGES

    Bukayo Saka put pen to a paper on a new contract at Arsenal on Wednesday – but his pay still pales in comparison to his Gunners team-mates.

    The 18-year-old whizkid saw his weekly wages skyrocket from £3,000 to £30,000.

    See how his wages compare to those of his Arsenal team-mates.

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    AUBA AND ABOVE

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener was his 50th Premier League goal in just 79 appearances.

    Only five players managing to do so at a quicker rate than the Arsenal skipper (Torres, Salah (72), Ruud van Nistelrooy (68), Alan Shearer (66) and Andy Cole (65).

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    PARTEY TALKS START

    Arsenal have “made contact” with Atletico Madrid over the transfer of Thomas Partey, according to reports in Spain.

    The Ghana international midfielder, 27, has been long tipped for a move to North London.

    But the Gunners have not bid enough to trigger his £45million release clause, according to Matteo Moretto.

    The transfer saga is expected to drag on, possibly as far as the start of next season.

    But noises from the Partey camp suggest he is keen to move to the Premier League.

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    TWEET RELIEF

    Cedric Soares has expressed his joy at playing – and scoring a belter – for Arsenal.

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    BADGE MEANS SOMETHING

    Rio Ferdinand has urged Arsenal to centre their re-build around Bukayo Saka following the youngster's passionate statement after signing a new deal.

    The 18-year-old snubbed reported interest from Premier League champion Liverpool and Manchester United to pen a new long-term Emirates deal.

    He said on BT Sport: “I think Arsenal need people with the right attitude, right characters and people that want to be at the club.

    “Looking at his statement, he buys into the philosophy, and he wants to move forward with the club.

    “I would build the club around him, around players like Willock.

    “The badge means something to these boys. They need to move forward together.”

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    'SIGN THE CONTRACT BRUH'

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles urged his goalscoring team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign his a new contract with the club… and stop calling him by his funny new nickname.

    After his two-goal haul against Norwich, Aubameyang posted: “It’s a privilege to be a Football Player!!!

    “You can have this Type of feelings That gives you goosebumps. 50!!!!!! You can call me Fofty @ains_mn”

    Maitland-Niles responded: “Sign the contract bruh, stop posting fofty.”

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    'P-E-A IS HAPPY'

    Mikel Arteta wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal for as long as possible.

    The Gabon star scored twice as the Gunners demolished sorry Norwich 4-0 at the Emirates last night.

    He said: “Hopefully he will be here for a long time.

    “Every time I speak with him he is really happy where he is, he is very settled and his family are happy.”

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    MORE ON GRIEZMANN SWAP

    Gabon ace Aubameyang is heading into the final year of his contract at the Emirates and has no plans to extend his stay.

    His availability has already sparked interest from Barcelona who are also in for a new striker.

    But Arteta could be willing to see if the club would entertain a swap deal they may also include hot-headed midfielder Guendouzi.

    The Arsenal boss is willing to use the Frenchman as a makeweight to help land transfer targets on the cheap after losing patience with his performances on the pitch.

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    HE'S OUR 'MANN

    Arsenal are plotting to make an audacious move to land unsettled Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.

    Boss Mikel Arteta is even willing to let star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Matteo Guendouzi head to the Nou Camp to help seal the switch.

    Griezmann has endured a difficult first campaign at Barca since his £107million move from Atletico Madrid last summer.

    The 29-year-old has scored eight times in the league this season, his lowest tally since he played for Real Sociedad in the 2011/12 campaign.

    Arteta is in the market for a new striker as he prepares for life without Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

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    BANNED WORDS

    Sky Sports have added the phrase “nitty gritty” to their list of banned words due to its “slavery links”, per a leaked email.

    The broadcasting giants have been putting together a list of words and phrases they fear could offend.

    Match reporters and commentators are said to have been sent the message in a bid to ensure they are aware of the connotations particular phrases have.

    And “nitty gritty” has emerged as one such phrase that must be avoided.

    While there is some debate over the origin of the phrase, it's believed it refers to the debris left after a slave ship was emptied.

    However, the list of banned words is said to have sparked uproar amongst some Sky Sports staff – who claim they now face an “absolute minefield” every time the go on air.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Well what a day Wednesday was for Gunners supporters!

    The North London giants are up to seventh in the Premier League table after thumping Norwich 4-0 at the Emirates.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang banged in a double, and in doing so brought up 50 Premier League goals quicker than any previous Arsenal player.

    Granit Xhaka also got on the score sheet, as well as debutant Cedric Soares who drilled home from outside the box.

    Fans were already in a jolly mood before the game after it was announced that academy graduate Bukayo Saka has penned a long-term deal at the club.

    The 18-year-old's previous deal was due to expire next year, leading to speculation he could be sold in the summer.

    But the futures of Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi continue to look uncertain after they were left out of the squad that beat the Canaries.

    In other news, Arsenal have refused to allow William Saliba to stay at St Etienne on loan because the French club would not give them assurances over his long-term fitness.

    Now the disappointed teenager will miss this month’s French Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain.

    And finally, Arsenal are considering a straight swap with Lyon for Memphis Depay and Alexandre Lacazette, according to Le10Sport.

    The former Manchester United winger left Old Trafford for the Ligue 1 side in 2017 and has 14 goals and 2 assists in all competitions this season.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS

    Dani Ceballos – 7

    Yet another performance that exaggerated why Mikel Arteta needs to secure his signature permanently.

    He bossed the midfield as he tore Norwich apart with his precision passing and tough tackling.

    In the first half, he won all of his aerial duels, racked up the most interceptions and won the most fouls.

    Granit Xhaka – 8

    The midfielder silenced his critics as he doubled Arsenal's tally before half time.

    He picked up the ball in the box before he buried his strike in the far corner from a tight angle.

    Xhaka, who was booed off the pitch and stripped of captaincy in October, now looks back to his best under Arteta's watchful eye.

    He even put on the armabdn after Aubameyang was replaced by Nicolas Pepe.

    Kieran Tierney – 8

    The former Celtic star tormented Norwich's defence when he bombed up the left wing.

    He threaded the ball through to Aubameyang before Xhaka's strike made it 2-0.

    Reiss Nelson – 6

    It was a quiet display from the 20-year-old, but he did show glimpses of brilliance when he had the ball at his feet.

    In the first half, he registered 100 per cent passing accuracy and created the most chances.

    But he was hauled off and replaced by Joe Willock in the 57th minute.

    Alexandre Lacazette – 4

    The striker looked like Arsenal's weakest link at the Emirates.

    He was dropping back to hunt for possession – which left Aubameyang isolated up top.

    Lacazette missed a headed effort in the first half then he sent a left-footed strike wide of the woodwork from close range.

    Pepe will be expecting to start against Wolves after that performance from Laca.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 9

    The striker made Arsenal history when he slotted home the opener in the 33rd minute.

    He scored 50 Premier League goals for the Gunners in fewer games than any other player.

    Aubameyang forced Tim Krul into making a imstake before he slotted the ball into an empty net.

    The striker then put the game to bed as he made it 3-0 to the Gunners in the 67th minute.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS

    Emiliano Martinez – 7

    Arsenal's No2 keeper was almost left red-faced after Ben Godfrey went for goal with a long ditstance strike in the early stages.

    But luckily for the 27-year-old, he was saved by the woodwork.

    The long-serving Gunner made a string of good saves including his effort to stop Kenny McLean's free kick.

    Shkodran Mustafi – 5

    Mustafi put in a solid display in the first half, but he was swapped for Rob Holding during the interval.

    Norwich posed very few threats going forward, but the centre-half managed to clear the danger every time they came close.

    David Luiz – 6

    The Brazilian is on a mission to redeem his reputation after his horror show against Manchester City.

    And tonight he showed his team-mates exactly what he can bring to the team.

    For Arsenal's second goal, he fired an inch-perfect long ball up the pitch to the feet of Tierney.

    Sead Kolasinac – 5

    Norwich called for a penalty after Kolasinac collided with Todd Cantwell inside of the area.

    There was contact, but VAR confirmed the referee's decision to not award a penalty was the right one.

    Hector Bellerin – 5

    The Frenchman looked dangerous as he pressed up the pitch on the right hand side.

    He enjoyed his share of possession, but failed to feed the strikers as much as he should have done.

    In the eighth minute he had the perfect chance to pull the back to Aubameang, but wasted the opportunity and his cross was blocked.

  • ART DEALER

  • FULL-TIME

    It's all over at the Emirates and Arsenal have run riot in North London.

    A fantastic performance from the hosts has lifted them up to seventh in the Premier League table.

    For Norwich, they remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

  • ARSENAL 4-0 NORWICH

    Cedric Soares has scored on his debut and what a strike it was too!

    The right-back took fire from outside the box and it nestled in the bottom right corner.

    Remarkable!

  • ARSENAL 3-0 NORWICH

    It's Aubameyang again and that's surely game over!

    The ex-Brussia Dortmund striker latched on to a misplaced pass from Norwich forward Josip Drmic to slot past Krul.

    A huge relied for Arsenal as Norwich were enjoying a lot of possession.

  • ARSENAL 2-0 NORWICH

    We are back underway at the Emirates!

    Will Arsenal retain their lead or will Norwich fight their way back?

  • HALF-TIME

    The Gunners go into the break two goals to the good thanks to strikes from Aubameyang and Saka.

    Mikel Arteta will be delighted by the performance from his side, but know they have to defend this lead.

    Norwich almost equalised on the stroke of half-time, but Emiliano Martinez expertly tipped behind a free-kick.

  • ARSENAL 2-0 NORWICH

    What a strike from Granit Xhaka!

    David Luiz found Kieran Tierney with a fantastic pass, with the left-back then slipping in Aubameyang.

    He then cut the ball back for Xhaka who smashed the ball through Tim Krul's legs.

    Brilliant performance so far from the Gunners.

  • ARSENAL 1-0 NORWICH

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has broken the deadlock!

    It is exactly the same goal that Eddie Nketiah scored against Southamton last week.

    The Gabon striker pounced on Tim Krul and tapped home into an empty net.

    Goals don't come simpler than that.

  • GAME ON

    Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and Martin Keown have all chosen to keep wearing Black Lives Matter badges tonight.

    Their decision came after fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp ditched his BLM badge in the wake of controversial tweets by the movement.

    Ferdinand and Cole were part of Sky's coverage while Martin Keown was part of BT Sport's coverage.

    Black Lives Matter UK has come under recent scrutiny after it shared tweets about Israel and defunding the police.

    Jamie Redknapp was joined by colleagues Gary Neville, Patrice Evra and Kelly Cates in not wearing the badge last night.

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