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11th November 2020

ARSENAL returned to Europa League action against Molde, winning 4-1 at the Emirates.

New signing Thomas Partey is getting lavish praise after a strong start in a Gunners shirt, while Bukayo Saka has been included in a list of the top 10 most valuable youngsters in the world.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below…

  • Joshua Mbu

    SERGE ON ARSENAL

    Former Arsenal player Serge Gnabry has revealed that if he could go back in time and do it all again, he would still have made the move to Arsenal at the start of his career

    Gnabry, since leaving Arsenal has become a tidy player for Bayern Munich, and has finally shown the potential people knew was there.

    Despite moving on, he spoke fondly on his time in London.

    Speaking to CBS, Gnabry said: “Most of all it’s a test of character. You have to leave your comfort zone, your friends, your family.

    “It helps you a lot in building strong character because you’re in some way by yourself or in a whole new environment.

    “It’s always good for young people. I would recommend them to do it.

    “I would do it over again if I was in that position because it helped my character a lot. You experience new things, also in other countries the leagues and teaching of football is also good. It’s never a wrong thing to move abroad.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    BUK THE TREND

    Bukayo Saka has registered more assists in all competitions than any other Premier League teenager since the start of last season.

    According to Opta, the versatile Arsenal winger has set up an incredible 14 goals despite being just 19 years old.

    Saka, who won his first England cap last month in the 3-0 win against Wales, had only made four appearances for Arsenal by the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

    But with Unai Emery and then Mikel Arteta seeing just how high he can go, Saka ended up playing 38 games in total last term.

    He has already clocked up ten games for the Gunners this season, starring as both a wing-back and a winger.

    And Saka now has 14 assists to his name in all competitions since the beginning of the 2019/20 season – more than any other teenager playing for a Premier League club.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PARTEY POOPER

    Thomas Partey could have unleashed the best in Mesut Ozil – it's a shame Arsenal can't play them together, Paul Merson has claimed.

    The Gunners were desperate to add a star name to their midfield this summer, with Partey and Houssem Aouar targeted.

    After months of failed negotiations, Arsenal were forced to trigger Partey's £45million release clause on deadline day.

    But Merson has been left disappointed by one aspect of Arteta's work in the summer – the exclusion of Ozil from his squads.

    The German playmaker, 32, has long been on the periphery of the Arsenal squad having been frozen out.

    A string of disappointing performances when given a rare opportunity didn't help Ozil's cause.

    But Merson believes Partey could have brought out the best in Ozil, with his ability opening up space for the ex-Real Madrid star to thrive.

    Merson added: “It's a shame that Ozil can't play because I think [Partey] opens up the space for him.”

  • Joe Miles

    WIZARD OF OZ

    Follow Thierry Henry's claims that Mikel Arteta has to 'deal with' Mesut Ozil, SunSport have taken a close look at the midfielder's incredible wages.

    Despite being frozen out of the squad, Ozil is still raking in a whopping £350,000-per-week at the Emirates.

  • Joe Miles

    WILL I NEVER

    Mikel Arteta has revealed why he thinks summer signing Willian has struggled for form.

    He feels the 32-year-old's tough start to life as a Gooner can be explained by a short pre-season, rotation, and the time needed to adapt to his teammates.

    Arteta said: “I think he started really well with his first game against Fulham.

    “We’ve been changing the front three, he had an injury and he didn’t have any time to train, any pre-season – he was later than the others.

    “I can see a development in the last two games. The understanding of things I ask them to do is probably different to what he’s used to, but he’s getting better and better.

    “We all know the quality he has and he’s a great option to have on the pitch. I think he’s a player that can make the difference.

    “He’s got the ability to find that last action to open the door when everything is really tight, to score a goal, to create an assist.”

  • Joe Miles

    GUNNER WIN?

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith predicted tomorrow's game against the Gunners will be 'really tough'.

    Speaking ahead tomorrow's game, he said: “He took over and they went and won the FA Cup.

    “They have started with good performances, so he’s done a fantastic job.

    “It was a big win for us [last season] that helped us to retain our Premier League status, and we played them in pre-season, so we know a lot about them.

    “It will be a really tough game, they had a really good result against Manchester United last week and Molde last night.”

  • Joe Miles

    AOUAR YOU KIDDING?

    The Gunners failed in their bid to sign Houssem Aouar in the summer because their offer was ‘below market value’, according to Lyon chief Vincent Ponsont.

    Ponsont told L'Equipe: “We had three big clubs for him. The first one was more for next season.

    “The second one was related to the departure of a player, and with this club, we could have come to an agreement.

    “The third club was Arsenal, who offered below the market value.

    “We discussed it with the player’s entourage, and together we took the decision to say no.”

  • Joe Miles

    NOT A GOOD LUK

    Ex-Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has slammed the club's treatment of Mesut Ozil.

    Ozil has not played for the Gunners since March and has been left out of boss Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa League squads this season – despite being the club's highest earner on £350,000-a-week.

    Podolski told Bild: “I want to know the background, but I generally think with a player who is now in his sixth or seventh year with the club, to kick him completely out of the squad that’s not okay.

    “You don’t do something like that, and I don’t know if something happened in the background or not but even if he’s done something, you don’t do it.

    “I don’t know, of course, if there is something going on in the background or not.

    “But even if there is something like that you don’t do it, mainly so you can keep his class on the pitch.”

  • Joe Miles

    DON'T MESS

    Thierry Henry has hit back at 'ludicrous' criticism of Lionel Messi that he “walked back to defend” during the Champions League win against Dynamo Kiev.

    The Argentine six-time Ballon d'Or winner was criticised after footage emerged of him walking back as the Ukrainians looked for a late equaliser in the 2-1 midweek Champions League win for Barcelona.

    Henry, a former team-mate of Messi's at Barcelona, said: “Yeah maybe in one game he’s tired, and so what?

    “We’re talking about a guy that scored more goals than he played games. People forget that we’re not machines.

    “In the Clasico, five or six times he went to tackle someone by the corner flag, but that doesn’t make the news – that’s when I just don’t get it. We’re still talking about that.

    “If you want to find some stuff, there is one guy you have to leave alone. Leave him alone. Because when he is not going to be on the field, we’re all going to cry.”

  • Joe Miles

    TAKING THE MIK

    Mikel Arteta has revealed why he let Emiliano Martinez leave for Aston Villa.

    He said: “Obviously, it wasn't in my plans to sell him.

    “But we gave him the chance because he deserved it.

    “He performed really, really well but we have to balance the books. We have to make the right choices in the market and obviously, I couldn't guarantee him to be the number one.

    “He's a very ambitious person, he has been working really hard and he can see now that the opportunity is there. He's got the opportunity to play with Argentina and when a player asks you to do that I think you have to be open enough and tell him what you think about him.

    “If he makes the decision to leave, you should try to support him because he deserves it for the way he has served the club over the years.”

  • Joe Miles

    SORT THE MES OUT

    Thierry Henry has urged Mikel Arteta to 'deal with' the Mesut Ozil dilemma at the Emirates.

    Speaking to CBS Sports podcast Que Golazo, the Frenchman said: “First and foremost, you can see an identity, a togetherness.

    “When you're going to be the boss after the big man, so obviously Unai Emery was but now it's Arteta, it's not easy to go after Arsene Wenger, it's not easy at all.

    “But what I see with Mikel is that the passion is back, the happiness is back, obviously he gave them a good solidity.

    “Now he needs to deal with what he needs to deal with: the Ozil case and other cases. That doesn't happen overnight.”

  • Joe Miles

    WHAT A MESS

    Arsene Wenger has tried to end the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo GOAT debate once and for all – by revealing that he thinks football is more tailored towards the Portuguese.

    He told SoFoot.com: “I often say that Ronaldo is the athlete-footballer, and Messi, the exceptional artist, is the difference between the two. 

    “Afterwards, everyone prefers one or the other. When we like the game, we prefer the artist. 

    “The creative makes you discover things that you do not see, that you have not even considered from the stands. 

    “It's finer, even if I don't deny the quality of the Portuguese. I just believe that football has evolved into the Ronaldo style. 

    “This does not mean that we should eliminate the creative. The rules must evolve to make the game more spectacular, more beautiful to see.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    ICYMI

    Arsenal’s interest in Dominik Szoboszlai has reportedly been confirmed by his agent.

    Hungarian outlet Index claims the RB Salzburg star, 20, is being seriously considered by Mikel Arteta as a January transfer target.

    Arsenal were linked with a bid for central midfielder Szoboszlai over the summer.

    But the Hungary international instead pledged his loyalty to Red Bull Salzburg after helping the Austrians reach the Champions League.

    Chelsea were also linked with Szoboszlai, who is thought to be valued at £26million.

  • Alan Scott

    GOOD MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Mikel Arteta spoke to the media ahead of Aston Villa’s visit to the Emirates on Sunday.

    The Spaniard admitted he is wary of Jack Grealish and urged his team to ‘look after him’.

    Arteta said: “He is a top player, great talent, he is a player who can make a difference at any moment in the game.

    “He has this personality against any opponent, at any ground, to take the ball in any area of the pitch and he can make the difference, so we have to look after him.”

    The Gunners boss also heaped praise on Emi Martinez ahead of the keeper's return to Arsenal on Sunday.

    The stopper is expected to start for Villa after his summer switch to Villa Park.

    Arteta said: “He had a career of 10 years here. It wasn't just the last six or eight months. You have to look at everything he did through his time at the club.

    “Obviously, it wasn't in my plans to sell him, but we gave him the chance because he deserved it. He performed really really well but we have to balance the books.

    “We have to make the right choices in the market and obviously, I couldn't guarantee him to be the number one. He's a very ambitious person, he has been working really hard and he can see now that the opportunity is there.

    “He's got the opportunity to play with Argentina and when a player asks you to do that I think you have to be open enough and tell him what you think about him.

    “If he makes the decision to leave, you should try to support him because he deserves it for the way he has served the club over the years.”

    Arteta also urged Joe Willock to wait patiently for his Premier League opportunity after his man of the match performance in the Europa League victory against Molde on Thursday.

    In transfers, Arsenal's interest in Dominik Szoboszlai has reportedly been confirmed by his agent.

    Hungarian outlet Index claims the RB Salzburg star, 20, is being seriously considered by Arteta as a January transfer target.

    Szoboszlai’s agent Matyas Esterhazy confirmed Arsenal’s interest ‘in the hallway’ of a business panel discussion at the Hungarian edition of Forbes magazine.

    And after being asked about Szoboszlai’s situation, Esterhazy apparently replied: “Arsenal’s interest is real.”

    Finally, Barcelona will reportedly flog five stars in January, including former Arsenal target Samuel Umtiti, to raise funds.

  • William Pugh

    TROY DEENEY – EXCLUSIVE!

    There has been plenty of talk this week about diving.Cheating. Simulation. Going down too easily.

    Two of the Premier League’s finest players — Mo Salah and Harry Kane — were accused of winning penalties with a lack of total honesty last weekend.

    But if you really think that professional footballers were looking at those incidents and saying, ‘It’s embarrassing, it’s got to stop’ then you’re sadly mistaken.

    No one in the game is outraged. No one thinks it’s anything like an athlete doping in the 100 metres. It’s our job to win games of football. To do whatever it takes, to gain any advantage.

    If there is any sort of contact from a defender in the penalty box, then it is perfectly acceptable to go down. Even the opposition will not seriously complain.

    You see someone go down, and a penalty awarded, and there will be a shrug of the shoulder from the attacking player and a knowing look from the defender as if to say ‘yeah, it’s part and parcel of the game’.

  • William Pugh

    YOUNG GUNS

    Emile Smith Rowe started for Arsenal's Under-23s against Blackburn in the Premier League 2 tonight.

  • William Pugh

    'LOOK A MILLION DOLLARS'

    Mikel Arteta saw the funny side after Gary Neville said the Spaniard 'looks a million dollars' on the touchline.

  • William Pugh

    LONDON CALLING

    Serge Gnabry has joked that if he were to come back to the Premier League, the Gunners would be “the favourite”.

    The Bayern Munich star also revealed he relished hammering former rivals Spurs 7-2 in the Champions League due to his ties to the red half of north London.

    He told CBS Sports: “Of course, because of my Arsenal history against Spurs you have a little bit more motivation.”

  • William Pugh

    NIK OF TIME

    Arsenal's interest in Dominik Szoboszlai has reportedly been confirmed by his agent.

    Hungarian outlet Index claims the RB Salzburg star, 20, is being serious considered by Mikel Arteta as a January transfer target.

    Arsenal were linked with a bid for central midfielder Szoboszlai over the summer. But the Hungary international instead pledged his loyalty to Salzburg after helping the Austrians reach the Champions League.

    Chelsea were also linked with Szoboszlai, who is thought to be valued at £26million. And reports last month claimed Arsenal were ready to resurrect their interest after missing out on Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.

    It’s now been said that Szoboszlai’s agent Matyas Esterhazy confirmed Arsenal’s interest ‘in the hallway’ of a business panel discussion at the Hungarian edition of Forbes magazine.

    After being asked about Szoboszlai’s situation, Esterhazy apparently replied: “Arsenal’s interest is real.”

  • William Pugh

    ART-TACK, ART-TACK, ART-TACK!

    Mikel Arteta thinks his team should be scoring more goals.

    Speaking ahead of Aston Villa's visit to the Emirates on Sunday, Arteta said: “Yes I do. To get that balance right is not easy considering the fixtures we have played this season.

    “In the beginning playing Liverpool three times, playing Manchester City, playing Leicester – it's not easy. It's something that we've been working on in the last two weeks.

    “You can see last night that we were much more fluent in attack, we scored the goals, we created more opportunities.

    “It's a part that the team still has to evolve more because we still haven't played many games against many low blocks as well so it's something that we have to improve on.

    “To become a top top team you have to score 90 or 100 goals to be competing with the top guns and it's a challenge for us and an area that we have to improve and do better.”

  • William Pugh

    ART TO SAY

    Mikel Arteta thinks teams may be changing their minds about the five sub rule.

    He said: “I don't know. When we spoke about it, I think it was something really positive and I think players really liked it.

    “I think it gives options to the manager as well to make some changes and keep everybody more together.

    “I think it has to be reviewed and with the amount of injuries that the Premier League are having already at this stage, I think it's something to consider seriously.”

  • William Pugh

    MIK-EY TAKERS

    Mikel Arteta has once again called for five substitutions to be allowed in the Premier League.

    Speaking ahead of Aston Villa's visit to the Emirates on Sunday, Arteta said: “Yes and that's a possibility that we tried to plan for in the squad.

    “We all thought that those same rules would continue and then you could have a 20-man squad including players on the bench.

    “It makes total sense with the amount of fixtures we are playing. At the end of the day, we could not get that through and it's three substitutes and 18 players in the squad and that limits it when you have 26 or 27 outfield players.

    “Every week, you have to leave seven or eight players out of that squad, which is really tough because they are not in the dynamic of your team.

    “But then, the competition rises as well – which is positive – they have to perform better and deserve to be there. At the end of the day, it is what it is.”

  • William Pugh

    WORK OF ART

    Mikel Arteta was thrilled by Gary Neville's compliment on his dress sense.

    Neville said the Spaniard 'looks a million dollars' on the touchline and Arsenal's boss was delighted by the kind words.

    He said: “Well, I take Gary very seriously so if he says it in a good way then thanks to him!

    “I try to be myself on the touchline. Sometimes though when I look at myself and I am constantly looking and shouting, I don't really like it too much.

    “But it's the emotion and passion with which I live the game.”

  • William Pugh

    IT WILL COME

    Mikel Arteta has urged Joe Willock to be patient and his Premier League chance.

    The young midfielder was man-of-the-match in Arsenal's Europa League victory against Molde last night but the Gunners boss thinks Willock needs to take it one step at a time.

    Speaking ahead of Aston Villa's visit to the Emirates Sunday, Arteta said: “I think it's key in the development phase, to be patient. But as well, we have to be reading the situation as well and he is playing in Europe regularly.

    “It's not like before where it's just 'Okay, they can play in the Carabao Cup' and we give them 10 minutes here. It's not the case, he is playing in important matches.

    “Does he want to start in the Premier League? Of course. But it is part of his development.

    “Look at Joe twelve months ago and look at Joe now, the player he is, how he is maturing and how much he has improved. He is on the right path and if he continues like that and continues to be consistent, he will have his chances.”

  • William Pugh

    MART MY WORDS

    Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Emi Martinez ahead of the keeper's return to Arsenal on Sunday.

    The stopper is expected to start for Aston Villa at the Emirates after his summer switch to Villa Park.

    Arteta said: “He had a career of 10 years here. It wasn't just the last six or eight months. You have to look at everything he did through his time at the club. Obviously, it wasn't in my plans to sell him, but we gave him the chance because he deserved it. He performed really really well but we have to balance the books.

    “We have to make the right choices in the market and obviously, I couldn't guarantee him to be the number one. He's a very ambitious person, he has been working really hard and he can see now that the opportunity is there.

    “He's got the opportunity to play with Argentina and when a player asks you to do that I think you have to be open enough and tell him what you think about him.

    “If he makes the decision to leave, you should try to support him because he deserves it for the way he has served the club over the years.”

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