Arsenal news LIVE: Ben White injury, Tierney and Holding concern, Leeds WIN reaction, Saliba set to STAY
28th October 2021

ARSENAL are set to keep William Saliba after his impressive stint at Marseille, according to reports.

The centre-back has been sent out on loan three times since arriving at the club in 2019, but Gunners chiefs are said to be happy with his progress.

Arsenal have some injury concerns after the 2-0 win over Leeds on Tuesday night, with Ben White, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding all doubts for the weekend.

Mikel Arteta's side head to Leicester on Saturday hoping to continue a strong run of form in the Premier League.

Meanwhile Emile Smith Rowe has spoken of his desire to stay at the Emirates for good, while we have the very latest on Alexandre Lacazette's future.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘THE RIGHT CHOICE CAN QUICKLY TURN BARCA AROUND’

    Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas reckons the right manager can quickly turn his old club Barcelona around despite their cash problems.

    Ronald Koeman was axed after minnows Rayo Vallecano inflicted ninth-placed Barca’s fourth defeat in six games, with reserve-team chief Sergi Barjuan becoming interim boss.

    But ex-Spain stylist Fabregas told a Twitter Q&A: “Football is changing very fast.

    “There are many examples and some very recent ones of how a new manager can change a team with the same players in a short time.

    “The chosen coach will be the key.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    BUKAYO ON SHORTLIST

    Arsenal wideman Bukayo Saka is one of three England starlets on the 20-player shortlist for the 2021 Golden Boy award.

    The prize is given to the best-performing player in Europe who is under 21 with the winner selected by sports journalists across the continent.

    Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham are the other two England aces who made the shortlist.

    Barcelona’s Pedri and Arsenal loan star William Saliba are among the players who will be rivalling Saka for the prize.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS CAN CLOSE ON ZAKARIA

    EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal have been alerted to the possibility of signing Swiss international midfielder Denis Zakaria on a free transfer next summer.

    The Borussia Monchengladbach star, 24, is in the final year of his current contract and is stalling over a new deal.

    And the powerful ball winner – who has been compared to Patrick Vieira in the past – is ready to listen to offers from England.

    That is certain to interest Arsenal’s recruitment team, who are looking for midfield reinforcements with the futures of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohammed Elneny up in the air.

    Egyptian international Elneny is out of contract this summer and seems certain to leave at the end of the season.

    And versatile England star Maitland-Niles is still not convinced of his long-term prospects at the Emirates after a deadline move to Everton was blocked by manager Mikel Arteta.

    Zakaria has been a first-team regular at Gladbach since joining from Swiss club Young Boys in 2017.

    The defensive midfielder – and international team-mate of Granit Xhaka – is able to play at centre-half as well as in central midfield.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MIK’S SIX FOR THE FUTURE

    Mikel Arteta promoted SIX academy prospects to first-team training ahead of Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off against Leicester.

    The Gunners have returned to form with six wins in eight games and Arteta is keen to see what his youth players can offer following the impressive performances of youngsters Emil Smith Rowe and Buakyo Saka.

    The Spaniard also spoke about the youthful look to his side and how senior players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are now acting as role models.

    Arteta has now taken things a step further by providing some members of the under-23s side with a chance to test themselves against the first team.

    Included in the group making the step up is January signing Omar Rekik, who joined from Hertha Berln for £600,000.

    The others are: Arthur Okonkwo, Mika Biereth, Tim Akinola, Anass Salah-Eddine and Joel Lopez.

    CLICK HERE FOR OUR GUIDE TO ALL SIX

  • Ian Tuckey

    VLAHOVIC BOOST FOR GUNNERS

    Arsenal's pursuit of Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic has been given a huge boost as the Italian club prepare for life without him.

    The 21-year-old Serbian caught the eye of Europe's finest with his haul of 21 goals in 40 games in all competitions last season.

    Fiorentina have been trying to tie the striker down to a new deal but talks between the two parties have stalled.

    And now Fiorentina seem to have run out of patience and are looking towards a future without their star man – who has bagged five goals in ten Serie A games this term.

    His contract ends in 2023 but the Serie A side may be willing to offload him in January, their director Joe Barone revealed.

    When asked about Vlahovic's future by DAZN, Barone said: "There are many games remaining before January, we are very attentive on the market and for all positions, not just the attack.

    “Vlahovic is part of the team, he took a decision and we are preparing for the future, not just in terms of singles, but also in terms of the group."

  • Ian Tuckey

    R-EDDIE FOR MORE

    Eddie Nketiah is rumoured to be unsatisfied with his lack of game time for Arsenal this term.

    And football expert Ekrem Konur claims the Emirates starlet is after a new three-year contract with the club.

    It is reported Crystal Palace tried to sign the forward for £12million in August, but the deal fell through due to personal terms.

    After Arsenal’s win against Leeds on Tuesday, Mikel Arteta said: “I have no doubts about what he can offer.

    “Whatever you throw at him, he wants more and demands more of himself, and he’s another one that I am delighted to see the performance and for him to score the goal and help the team, because he totally deserves it.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    FIORENTINA COULD SELL ARSENAL TARGET DUSAN

    Fiorentina won't rule out selling Arsenal target Dusan Vlahovicin January.

    The Serbia striker, 21, was linked with the Gunners AND Tottenham last summer.

    And Manchester City, as well as Atletico Madrid, are also reportedly interested.

    Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso has already confirmed this month Vlahovic had ejected a £35m contract offer.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    CESC: WERNER LOOKS ‘FED UP’

    Ex-Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed why he believes ‘fed up’ striker Timo Werner has struggled at Stamford Bridge.

    Former Spain star Fabregas marked the 18th anniversary of his senior debut for the Gunners with a Twitter Q&A.

    Asked about summer buy Werner, Fabregas replied: “He makes so many good runs but sometimes they either don’t see him or don’t play the pass.

    “He looks fed up sometimes.”

    Chelsea have coped well in the absence of Werner and Lukaku after drafting in Kai Havertz from out wide – a Mason Mount hat-trick leading a 7-0 defeat of Norwich last Saturday.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CESC REVEALS TOUGHEST OPPONENT

    Cesc Fabregas has celebrated the 18th anniversary of his senior debut for Arsenal by making a number of revelations in a Twitter Q&A.

    The silky Spanish midfielder, 34, first pulled on the famous red jersey in a League Cup tie against Rotherham aged just 16 years and 177 days.

    Fabregas went on to make 304 appearances for the Gunners and produced 57 goals and an impressive 96 assists before heading to Barcelona in 2011.

    Three years later he returned to the Premier League with Chelsea and helped them to two titles and a League Cup prior to his departure to Monaco to finish his career in 2019.

    One of the first questions he was asked was who was the toughest player he ever came up against in his 350 Prem appearances.

    There was only one man on his mind when answering – responding ‘Steven Gerrard’ as he named the legendary ex-Liverpool captain.

    Fabregas also endeared himself to Arsenal fans as he was asked who was the most ‘under-appreciated’ player he had ever lined-up with.

    And it was a man he spent seven years alongside under Arsene Wenger – Belarusian winger Alexander Hleb.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNING FOR A LOAN CHANCE

    Mikel Arteta says Folarin Balogun could be allowed to go out on loan in January in a bid to get more senior-level first-team action.

    And Yorkshire Live claims the striker could be on the radar of Sheffield United in terms of a temporary switch.

    Balogun, 20, is thought to have attracted interest from Blades last season.

    It is claimed talks were held between the Bramall Lane side and the Gunners last term over a potential Balogun move.

    The New York-born Gunners starlet has netted seven goals in six Premier League Two appearances this term.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    ZAK ATTACK

    Arsenal could be in with a chance of bringing Denis Zakaria to the Emirates.

    Reports claim the Gunners could be set to renew their interest in the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder.

    It is thought the 24-year-old who is also a Roma and Atletico Madrid target is keen on a Premier League move.

    And the player has netted two in seven Bundesliga appearances this term.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GERRARDPRAISE

    Cesc Fabregas reckons Steven Gerrard was the best opponent he has ever faced on the pitch.

    During his eight-year spell at Arsenal, the former Gunners playmaker came up against Liverpool on numerous occasions.

    When one fan on Twitter asked Fabregas who was the best player he had ever played against, the former Barcelona star named the ex-Anfield skipper.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    HIGHBURY WAS FAB

    Cesc Fabregas revealed how much he missed playing at Highbury during a question and answer session with his followers on Twitter.

    The former Arsenal playmaker described the club's old stomping ground as a "special place" and the stadium that he missed "the most".

  • Sandra Brobbey

    DYNAMIC DUO

    Cesc Fabregas has shown his approval of Bukayo Saka's and Emile Smith Rowe's efforts on the pitch for Arsenal.

    During a Twitter chat, the former Gunners skipper, who currently plays for Monaco, was asked which Arsenal players he enjoys watching the most.

    Fabregas, who made 300 appearances for Arsenal, replied by tagging both players into his response.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    NKET HIM TO SIGN

    Eddie Nketiah is rumoured to be unsatisfied with his lack of game time for Arsenal this term.

    And football expert Ekrem Konur claims the Emirates starlet is after a new three-year contract with the club.

    It is reported Crystal Palace tried to sign the forward for £12million in August, but the deal fell through due to personal terms.

    After Arsenal's win against Leeds on Tuesday, Mikel Arteta said: "I have no doubts about what he can offer.

    "Whatever you throw at him, he wants more and demands more of himself, and he's another one that I am delighted to see the performance and for him to score the goal and help the team, because he totally deserves it."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GIFT OF GAB

    Mikel Arteta suggested Gabriel Martinelli's eagerness to see more first-team action has at times affected his decision making on the pitch.

    The Brazil starlet was occasionally wasteful with the ball in the final third for the Arsenal during their 2-0 win against Leeds in a league cup round 16 match earlier this week.

    Arteta said: "He needs time. He is so willing and so anxious that it can block his development sometimes as well, sometimes he won’t understand my decisions but the only reason I make those is to help him.

    "There are a few things that have to be better and one of those is to manage when he doesn’t play.

    "You have to know how to suffer when you are on the bench. You have to be able to swallow that, all your ego and anger, all your willingness to play the game."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    VARDY'S READY

    Arsenal could be in line to face a Leicester side with Jamie Vardy leading the Foxes' front line.

    The striker was taken off during his side's top-flight win against Brentford with a knee injury.

    And he watched his team's league cup match defeat of Brighton from the stands.

    However, Leicester Mercury reports the player will be fit to face Arsenal after returning to training.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    HAMMER BLOW

    Arsenal could be set to see their stadium capacity overshadowed by West Ham's.

    The Irons have been given permission to increase their current capacity from 2,500 seats to 62,500.

    This would see the Hammers leapfrog Arsenal with the Emirates currently holding a maximum of 62,062.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    NOA'S NEW COST

    Arsenal may have to shell out £34million should they wish to swoop for Noa Lang, according to reports.

    The Netherlands ace despite only joining his current club Brugge from Ajax in July last year.

    Leeds United are also thought to be keeping an eye on the winger who is reported to be a West Ham and AC Milan target.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    FLO TO GO

    Mikel Arteta says Folarin Balogun could be allowed to go out on loan in January in a bid to get more senior-level first-team action.

    And Yorkshire Live claims the striker could be on the radar of Sheffield United in terms of a temporary switch.

    Balogun, 20, is thought to have attracted interest from Blades last season.

    It is claimed talks were held between the Bramall Lane side and the Gunners last term over a potential Balogun move.

    The New York-born Gunners starlet has netted seven goals in six Premier League Two appearances this term.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SAKA SHORTLIST

    Bukayo Saka is one of three England starlets on the 20-player shortlist for the 2021 Golden Boy award.

    The prize is given to the best-performing player in Europe who is under 21 with the winner selected by sports journalists across the continent.

    Manchester United's Mason Greenwood and Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham are the other two England aces who made the shortlist.

    Barcelona's Pedri and Arsenal loan star William Saliba are among the players who will be rivalling Saka for the prize.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    ZAK RACE

    Arsenal are rumoured to be eager to beat Roma to the signature of Switzerland international Denis Zakaria.

    The 24-year-old midfielder, who plays for Borussia Monchengladbach, is thought to be a top target for Gunners technical director Edu.

    The player is expected to be available on a free transfer next summer.

    Zakaria is rumoured to have been monitored by Liverpool and Manchester City as well as Arsenal.

    German sports outlet Bild reports the Switzerland ace is keen on a move to the Premier League

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GUNNER GET OVERMARS?

    Marc Overmars is being urged to consider a return to Arsenal as a football director after spending a few more years with Dutch giants Ajax.

    Overmars is reportedly a top target for Newcastle with the newly minted Tyneside outfit keen to make him their sporting director.

    However, Freek Jansen, who edits Dutch sports outlet Voetbal International, reckons Overmars should extend his Ajax tenure and then move to Arsenal.

    Jansen said: "I also have the feeling that Overmars is in such a good place now, together with Edwin van der Sar and Ten Hag. If he can do this and he can take another step, then think of Arsenal or Barcelona."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GOER FOR NOA

    Arsenal are thought to be ahead of AC Milan in the race to sign Noa Lang.

    The Gunners' have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old Netherlands forward.

    And Belgian football outlet Voetbal Belgie claim Brugge hope to get at least £33million for the player in January.

    It is rumoured that West Ham United and Borussia Mönchengladbach are also interested in the player whose contract runs out in June 2025.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    BERND BRIDGES

    Alan Smith reckons Bernd Leno may be keen to leave the Emirates with Aaron Ramsdale having claimed the starting spot in goal for Arsenal.

    The former Highbury frontman was speaking to Sky Sports after the Gunners' 2-0 Carabao Cup match win against Leeds on Tuesday.

    In that game, Leno helped the club keep a clean sheet and progress to the contest's quarter-finals.

    The Germany stopper has made just three Premier League appearances so far this season.

    Smith, 53, said: "He’ll be desperate to leave the club. He is an experienced keeper. He won’t want to be a number two for any longer than he needs to be. 

    "But he can’t go knocking on the manager’s door because Ramsdale has done so well. He is a big personality and he has pulled off some great saves. 

    "For Bernd Leno, there will be plenty of clubs after him, if he becomes a man available."

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