8am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang HIGHEST paid Prem player, Sangare linked, Martinez farewell, Partey UPDATE – The Sun

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a bumper three-year deal at the Emirates.

Emi Martinez has said his goodbyes after a move to Aston Villa, while we've the very latest on the transfer front as the Gunners reportedly eye up Toulouse star Ibrahim Sangare.

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  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly the highest-paid player in the Premier League after penning a new deal at Arsenal.

    The 31-year-old ended speculation over his future by signing a three-year deal at the Emirates on Tuesday.

    Aubameyang was previously on around £200k-a-week in North London, but his contract will see him pocket more than £350,000-a-week.

    Ian Wright thanked the striker during an emotional Instagram live announcement.

    Wrighty beamed: “Oh my God I love you man!

    “For you to sign for us in a time when we need you the most, when we’ve seen legends leave us when we needed them – you have legendary status.”

    In other news, Emiliano Martinez has confirmed his Arsenal exit in a video shared to his Instagram page.

    Ahead of his proposed move to Aston Villa, he said: “I'm just grateful for the 11 years at Arsenal, even though it was a hard road for me and I suffered through my time at Arsenal.”

  • WE WANT HIM

    Arsenal have reportedly joined Spurs in the race to sign Toulouse star Ibrahim Sangare.

    According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the Gunners have identified Sangare as an affordable midfield option.

    The defensive midfielder is only expected to cost £9.1million to sign on a permanent.

    His contract with Toulouse is set to expire next summer.

  • 'HARD ROAD FOR ME'

    Emiliano Martinez has sent a farewell message to Arsenal and their fans ahead of his proposed move to Aston Villa.

    Speaking on Instagram, he said: “With my family we decided, 11 years at Arsenal and you work 10 years so hard, you leave through the front door today.

    “For me I could not be happier to leave through the front door with the Arsenal fan base supporting me and the club.

    “I'm very grateful for the 11 years at Arsenal, even if it was a hard road for me and I suffer through my time here.

    “But today I'm happy, and I try to show young goalkeepers that hard work pays off.”

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    Thank you @arsenal

    A post shared byEmiliano Martinez (@emi_martinez26) on

  • BLUNT BLADE

    Arsenal have rejected Sheffield United's bid for striker Folarin Balogun, according to the Daily Mail.

    The Blades allegedly offered the Gunners £3million plus add-ons for the highly-rated 19-year-old.

    But the Gunners are believed to be demanding a deal worth in the region of £15m.

    Balogun has less than a year remaining on his current deal with the North London giants.

  • AUBA THE LINE

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly the highest-paid player in the Premier League after penning a new deal at Arsenal.

    The 31-year-old has ended speculation over his future by signing a three-year deal at the Emirates.

    Aubameyang was previously on around £200k-a-week in North London, but Arsenal have vastly improved terms on his new deal.

    It has been widely claimed that his contract will see him pocket more than £350,000-a-week.

  • WORK OF ART

    Here's THE moment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put pen to paper on his new £350,000-per-week deal.

    No wonder he's smiling…

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    He's s̳t̳i̳l̳l̳ here and he's perfect 😍

    A post shared byArsenal Official (@arsenal) on

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly planning to sign TWO midfielders after reaching an agreement with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    According to The Mirror, Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Partey and Lyon star Houssem Aouar are the top of his wishlist.

    Earlier this week, the manager confirmed the club are still “active” in the transfer market.

    He said: “We are looking at different options. I would say we are active in the transfer market with players in and out.

    “At the moment the squad balance is not the ideal we want to achieve so there is still some work to do.”

  • MONEY TALKS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the club's highest-paid player after signing a new deal.

    Here's how much the Arsenal stars rake in each week…

  • AUBA-JOYED

    Arsenal fans far and wide are rejoicing at the news that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally put pen to paper on a new three-year deal.

    Speaking on Twitter, one excited Gooner wrote: “Congratulation well deserved contract for you brother now we want to win the league we re counting on you captain!”

    While a second asserted: “We're gonna win the league”.

    And a third excitedly added: “WE WILL WIN THE LEAGUE BEFORE HE LEAVES I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS @Aubameyang7 YOU ARE A LEGEND ALREADY”.

    Another called for a couple more reinforcements: “Tell Arsenal to get Partey and Aouar and I swear we gonna win the league with Arteta as manager. I’m not even joking”.

  • WRIGHT MOVE

    Ian Wright is delighted the club's star man has signed a contract extension.

    The club legend visited Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's dad this week after insisting the club need to tie him down.

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    @aubameyang97 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️✍🏾@blahgrapher 🎶 @burnaboygram

    A post shared byIan Wright (@wrightyofficial) on

  • 'WHERE I BELONG'

    After signing his new Arsenal deal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said: “Of course I knew about Arsenal before I arrived, everybody knows how special this club is.

    “Even though I arrived here as a world champion, I was nobody.”

    Before he added: “I want to become an Arsenal legend, just like Thierry, Wrighty, Adams and Bergkamp, too many to mention.

    “My dad is my biggest inspiration and he was captain of his club and country, so it means so much to me to be captain of this special club.

    “I want to leave a legacy. This is where I belong. This is my family.”

  • GUNNER HAPPEN?

    This hilarious clip has been doing the rounds on Twitter since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed on the dotted line.

  • AUBA TO YOU

    Aubameyang added: “I'm really happy I'm staying with you guys.

    “I'm really proud to be a part of this family.

    “Let's move forward. We can enjoy and celebrate soon. Let's go!”

  • 'I'VE SIGNED DA TING'

    After putting pen to paper on his new £350,000-per-week deal with Arsenal, the striker stated his intentions to leave a legacy at the club.

    He said: “I feel at home here. I've signed da ting.

    “I signed da ting because I want to become an Arsenal legend and maybe leave a legacy.”

  • DONE DEAL

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has officially SIGNED a new three-year deal with the Gunners.

    Quotes from the striker coming up next…

  • HERE WE GO…

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's black panther mask has now been placed alongside the hour glass.

  • CONTRACT LATEST

    There is a live stream on the Arsenal website.

    And this is all they're showing so far.

    An hour glass, a captain's arm band and a pen and paper.

  • REV THE ENGINE

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is dragging this one out.

    He's parked up at the Emirates in his Ferrari.

  • 'MART MONEY

    Arsenal are set for a vital boost to their transfer kitty with the sale of Emiliano Martinez.

    With the goalkeeper heading to Aston Villa for £20million, the Gunners will sign up replacement Runar Alex Runarsson for just £1.5m.

    The 25-year-old Dijon stopper is understood to have a medical in place ahead of signing a five-year deal.

    Such a big profit margin will help in Mikel Arteta’s efforts to land another midfielder with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar top of his list.

    The Gunners are looking to get even more fringe players off their books to fund any deals before the October 5 deadline.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Arsenal are still in talks to sign Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson in a £1.5million deal to replace Emiliano Martinez, reports DANIEL CUTTS.

    The 25-year-old Iceland stopper is understood to have had a medical in place ahead of signing a five-year deal.

    He will become their new No2 behind Bernd Leno and is expected to play in cup competitions and the Europa League.

    The Gunners saw Runarsson as a cheap option, with Matt Macey set to stay as third-choice goalkeeper.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will then use the £20m from Martinez’s move to Aston Villa in other areas.

  • PRICE HIKE

    BT Sport is set for a £4 price rise from November 1.

    If you're an entertainment package holder, the price will also go up by a further £2.

    This could add an annual £72 to bills.

    Uswitch.com expert Nick Baker said: “A £4 increase to BT’s sports bundle and a £2 hike to its Entertainment package will add £72 a year to bills, placing more pressure on households at a time when many are feeling the pinch.

    “Recent rule changes mean that large groups of friends and family can’t gather in pubs and houses, so more people will need their own TV subscription to ensure that they don’t miss out.

    “Existing customers may feel doubly hard done by, since the price rise comes as BT is offering new customers heavily discounted TV prices for six months.”

  • 'NOTIFICATION WARNING'

    Arsenal have changed their Twitter biography.

    The new description says: “If you're reading this, turn your notifications on.”

    CRYPTIC!

  • MAN IN THE MIDDLE

    Michael Oliver will be in charge of Arsenal's game against West Ham on Saturday.

    The 35-year-old was referee for Liverpool's thrilling 4-3 win against Leeds last weekend.

  • TRAB-ULOUS

    Benik Afobe is joining Turkish club Trabzonspor for a season.

    The Stoke striker confirmed to SunSport that he has joined the Super Lig club in a move that will be officially announced later.

    Former Arsenal and Bournemouth striker Afobe, 27, was left out of Michael O’Neill’s squad for the opening-day draw against Millwall.

    And he is set to put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him in the Turkish city of Trabzon until next spring.

    Afobe – who Stoke bought from Bournemouth for £12million in the summer of 2018 – was on loan last season at Bristol City.

    But after scoring three goals in five games, the striker injured his ACL and did not return to action until after the coronavirus lockdown.

  • BRAZIL NUTS

    Paul Merson has echoed Garth Crooks by slamming Chelsea for letting Willian join Arsenal.

    He told Sky Sports: “I can’t believe Chelsea let Willian go. I know they’ve gone out and get special players, but there’s nothing to say they’re going to hit the ground running.

    “In Willian, you’ve got someone there who is ready-made. I like who they’ve signed, but they cost a lot of money, and their wages are probably the same as Willian.

    “Frank Lampard has now. He hasn’t got four years. That’s management, I’m not being horrible. Even if Frank wins the league this year, it doesn’t mean he’s going to be there in four years’ time! We know that, and how it changes.

    “Who is to say this isn’t going to take time for Chelsea? And I don’t think they’ve got time at the moment.”

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