Arsenal news and transfers LIVE: Victor Osimhen bid, major Saliba twist, Norwich hopes

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Hello and welcome to football.london’s live blog on Sunday!

It is judgment day in the Premier League and there is plenty still up for grabs in what is sure to be a drama-packed day. Mikel Arteta will be hoping to be involved in some with a big result needed from both themselves and Norwich against Tottenham if they are to climb back into the Champions League contention.

Focus will soon turn entirely to the transfer window entirely ahead of what is sure to be a busy summer for Arsenal. We will have the latest rumors for you as they happen including a big update on Victor Osimhen.

With that in mind, sit back and let football.london keep you posted.

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Marriner to officiate Everton clash

Andre Marriner will referee Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Everton this afternoon.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 18: Alex Lacazette of Arsenal argues with referee Andre Marriner uring the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on December 18, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Dean Smith on Spurs

Norwich boss Dean Smith is hoping his Norwich City side can be ‘party poopers’ against Tottenham Hospur this afternoon.

“The two million could be useful and is something that it is being dangled above us – and it would be nice to be party poopers,” Smith said ahead of today’s crucial clash.

Dean Smith, Manager of Norwich City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on January 15, 2022 in Norwich, England. (Image: Photo by Julian Finney / Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Merson’s claim

Arsenal hero Paul Merson has claimed that Everton frontman Dominic Calvert-Lewin will join Arsenal in the summer transfer window even if they do not qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Writing for The Daily Star, Merson said: “Arsenal will have to buy too. But who are they going to get if they’re not in the Champions League? Dominic Calvert-Lewin would still go there. ”

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has consistently been linked with a move to Arsenal. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Torreira twist

Lucas Torreira will not be joining Fiorentina on a permanent basis this summer, according to transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Uruguayan international has enjoyed a productive season with the Serie A club, on loan from Arsenal.

Lucas Torreira is enjoying life in Italy with Fiorentina. (Photo by Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Owen’s damning verdict

Michael Owen has heavily criticized Arsenal following back-to-back Premier League defeats in the race for top four.

Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “I can not believe what happened to Arsenal in recent weeks. Fourth place has been in their hands for most of the season, so to let it slip this late in the season is hugely disappointing.

“The performance against Newcastle was shocking, there was no desire or energy whatsoever. You would have thought Newcastle were the team chasing the top four. “

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Michael Owen. (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Saliba blow

Arsenal starlet William Saliba has made it no secret of his desire to play with Marseille in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Speaking in the mixed zone following Marseille’s 4-0 victory over Strasbourg, via GFFN, he said: “I want to come back and play the Champions’ League. I have never played in it and I want to discover it here. ”

William Saliba sends ‘clear message’ to Marseille amid Arsenal exit links. (Photo by Rico Brouwer / Soccrates / Getty Images) (Image: Rico Brouwer / Soccrates / Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Spurs claim

Kevin Campbell has stated that Tottenham Hotspur have ‘nowhere to go’ if Arsenal finishes ahead of them.

“Just imagine, the youngest team in the league finish above them,” said Campbell.

“Where do Spurs go? Where would Conte go? They have nowhere to go after that. Nowhere. The youngsters are only going to get better. Tottenham’s squad is so much more experienced than ours. “

Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has criticized Paul Merson’s recent comments (Image: 2016 The Arsenal Football Club Plc / Getty Images)

Louie Chandler

Champions League chance

Arsenal start today knowing they can still qualify for the Champions League. It is a tough ask but they have a chance if things really go their way.

Read the full story here.

Mikel Arteta speaks out on Emile Smith Rowe and Buakyo Saka chant. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images) (Image: Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Louie Chandler

Osimhen bid

All the latest news on Arsenal transfer target Victor Osimhen in our full round-up, including word of a significant bid for the striker.

Read the story here.

Arsenal strike first in £ 93m Spurs transfer battle as Arteta hijacks Conte plans (Image: Photo by Fabrizio Carabelli / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Louie Chandler

Mbappe impact

Kylian Mbappe has signed a new contract with PSG – but what effect could it have on Arsenal?

Read the full story here.

Kylian Mbappe is set to commit his future to PSG. (Photo by John Berry / Getty Images)

Louie Chandler

Good morning!

Welcome to today’s live Arsenal blog on Sunday!

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