1.20pm Arsenal news LIVE: Torreira out for season, Camara, Demiral and Jimenez transfer interest – The Sun

ARSENAL host struggling West Ham in a London derby this weekend.

But the Gunners will be without Lucas Torreira with the Uruguayan set to miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle.

Follow all the latest updates from the Emirates below…


    The Italian government have ordered all sporting events to take place without fans until April 3 due to coronavirus outbreak – including England's Six Nations game in Rome on March 14.

    Italy has been the European country worst affected by the disease, with 79 people so far having been killed there by Covid-19.

    A number of Serie A matches have already had to be postponed over the last fortnight.

    Five Serie A games were played behind closed doors last weekend, while the Swiss Super League postponed their matches.

    And in Formula 1, chief Ross Brawn says Grands Prix will be scrapped if any team is denied entry to a country.

    The spread of the deadly coronavirus is playing havoc with plans for the season-opener in Melbourne on March 15.

    Ireland's rugby Six Nations clash against Italy, scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed.

    It is unlikely to be rescheduled before October.

    But Olympic bosses have insisted Tokyo 2020 will go ahead on schedule — after Japanese officials hinted it could be postponed due to the coronavirus.


    Prem clubs now expect they will have to play some games behind closed doors because of the coronavirus.

    SunSport reported how League chiefs have sent letters to all 20 clubs warning of the possibility of no fans in grounds to ensure the season is completed.

    And Everton chief finance officer Sasha Ryazantsev revealed the Goodison outfit now anticipated behind closed doors games are set to be played.

    Ryazentsev, speaking at the FT Business of Football Summit in London, said: “It would be a forced decision rather than one we would proactively engage in.

    “But the whole situation goes far beyond the world of sport.

    “Of course nobody wants to play behind closed doors and I don’t think it’s inevitable at the moment that it will happen.

    “But we feel it is quite likely it may happen in the coming weeks.”

    Fears over the spread of the virus by unnecessary travel saw speakers from Uefa and Sky Sports, including pundit Gary Neville, pull out of the conference at a Mayfair hotel.

    But Ryazantsev did make the trip and added: “If it were to happen it’s not about the money but looking after our supporters.

    “I believe they would understand that.

    “I believe it will have a negative financial impact on the club and football but a temporary one rather

    than a lasting impact.”


    After Monday's win over Pompey in the FA Cup, Mikel Arteta's side return to Premier League action on Saturday as they host West Ham.

    Let's take a look at the next five games for the Gunners…

    • March 7, 3pm: West Ham (h) – Premier League
    • March 11, 7.30pm: Man City (a) – Premier League
    • March 14, 3pm: Brighton (a) – Premier League
    • March 21, TBC: Sheff Utd (a) – FA Cup quarter-finals
    • April 4, 3pm: Norwich (h) – Premier League


    The Gunners are reportedly leading the race to snare Juventus defender Merih Demiral away from Turin in the summer.

    Arsenal are known to be admirers of the 21-year-old, with the North London club one of a number of clubs that were interested in signing him in January.

    According to Italian news outfit Calciomercato, Mikel Arteta's side are favourites to land the Turkish international should he leave at the end of the season.

    They state that the Old Lady value the centre-back at over £35million, but they are reluctant to part ways with him.

    It has been claimed that Juve are even prepared to offer him a new deal, despite Demiral only featuring five times in Serie A this term.

    Demiral hasn't featured since he picked up a knee injury in the 2-1 away win at Roma on January 12 – a game in which he scored.

    But the club believe he could be a long-term successor for Giorgio Chiellini, who turns 36 in the summer.


    And it is bad news for Gunners supporters.

    Lucas Torreira has suffered a fracture to his right ankle.

    The midfielder sustained the injury in the FA Cup win over Portsmouth on Monday night.

    In Arsenal's injury updates on their website, the club wrote: “Sustained fracture to right ankle during Portsmouth (a) on Monday. Awaiting further specialist reviews which will determine recovery plan.”

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