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10pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Arteta record WORSE than Emery, David Luiz responds to Jimenez head clash

ARSENAL were beaten 2-1 by Wolves at the Emirates as Mikel Arteta's Gunners lost at home yet again.

We've the very latest on matters in the transfer market, including the possibility of a January swoop for former Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below...

  • KLOPP OF THE POPS

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has stated he is in favour of concussion substitutions following Raul Jimenez's clash with David Luiz.

    Asked if he would be in favour of concussion subs, he said: “At that moment I didn't think about a rule change, I was just sitting there for 10 minutes hoping that they would both get up without any issues, but that didn't happen.

    “I hope Raul Jimenez is as good as possible now, I heard he had surgery. I wish him and David Luiz all the best.

    “I know we have concussion protocols and I'm pretty sure Arsenal did that. I'm not sure any rule would help in that moment because the player can play on.

    “But, yes, it makes sense that we can do things like this, of course.”

  • GUNNERS SEARCH

    Massimiliano Allegri has been installed as favourite to be appointed the next manager of Arsenal.

    That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've priced the Italian tactician at 17/10 to replace under-pressure Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium.

    However, Allegri is closely pursued by Paris Saint-Germain's Thomas Tuchel at 10/3 with Gunners legend Patrick Vieira third in the market at 5/1.

    Another Arsenal icon in Thierry Henry can be backed at 6/1 to swap MLS outfit Montreal Impact for north London.

    There's a small jump in price to Gian Piero Gasperini, who has done wonders with Atalanta since taking the reins in June 2016. He's 9/1.

    Brendan Rodgers (10/1), Freddie Ljungberg (11/1), Roberto Martinez (14/1) and Mauricio Pochettino (18/1) are all double-figure prices to succeed Arteta.

  • TAKING THE MIK

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s odds to be sacked have been slashed by the bookies.

    The Gunners lost 2-1 to Wolves yesterday and sit 14th in the Premier League.

    The Spaniard’s job looked safe as houses at last week, priced at 50/1 to be the next top-flight manager to lose his position.

    But Sunday evening’s 2-1 home defeat to Wolves have prompted bookmakers Betfair to slash his price to just 10/1.

    Arteta has overseen Arsenal’s worst start to a season since 1981.

  • PEP TALK

    Man City boss Pep Guardiola has wished David Luiz and Raul Jimenez well after their sickening clash of heads.

    He said: "Hopefully Jimenez and Luiz are well, I heard he had an op, hopefully it will be well.

    "Of course you have to be careful with the head.

    “I don’t know the protocols, some say you have to be immediately out and others say no. It should be clear. 

    "In the head it’s always so, so dangerous but hopefully it’s going well (for Jiminez)."

  • FA CUP DRAW

    Arsenal have been drawn at home against Newcastle in the FA Cup third round draw.

    The game will be played on the weekend of 9 and 10 January 2021.

  • STITCHED UP

    David Luiz required seven stitches after his sickening clash of heads with Raul Jimenez but Arsenal insist he was not concussed.

    The Gunners are adamant they followed all protocols and guidelines were correctly followed.

    Club doctor Gary O'Driscoll, a leading sport's consultant on concussion who worked with the British and Irish Lions, made the call after Luiz answered all questions correctly.

    He showed no signs of concussion and Luiz passed every part of the protocol.

    Luiz was re-stitched at half-time before heading home and he was visited by a club doctor on Monday morning to check his welfare.

  • MASON CONTINUED

    "It’s pretty clear that five minutes on the side of the pitch while there is pressure to get the game restarted is not enough to see if someone is concussed or not.

    “This current protocol we have in place isn’t okay and it’s dangerous.

    "I’m all for bringing concussion subs in, I think that’s a good idea, to go off into a quiet room and test a player thoroughly and properly.

    “The thought of someone playing on with concussion and heading balls in an incorrect way, the damage that could potentially do long-term is not a nice thought.

    "I’m very sensitive and I’m quite passionate about this subject, and I’ve spoken to many people about it over the last three years, but nothing had happened, nothing has changed.

    “I hope this incident makes people realise, because you can’t keep having the same perception when people’s immediate and long-term health is in danger.”

  • HEAD CASE

    Ryan Mason was 'shocked' to see Arsenal's David Luiz continue after a sickening clash of heads with Wolves' Raul Jimenez on Sunday afternoon, and has insisted that protocols must be changed.

    The 29-year-old, who was forced to retire in 2018 after suffering a horrific collision of his own, told talkSPORT: "I was quite upset to see something like that happen on a football pitch again, it’s very concerning.

    "It’s a real shame my incident didn’t change the perception; what is it really going to take for people to start realising this is something really, really serious?

    “I’ll be honest, I was shocked David Luiz was allowed to play on. I’m not criticising the Arsenal doctor because there’s a protocol in place and I’m sure he’s followed that.

    “But that protocol that is currently in place is not enough; it’s not enough just to have two or three minutes, it’s not enough.

    "It was a bad one; the noise, the impact, the speed of the challenge as well – it was a bad one. It didn’t help that there were no fans and you could actually hear the point of contact."

  • EDERSON CONTINUED

    Man City goalkeeper hopes Raul Jimenez recovers quick after clashing with his Brazilian compatriot David Luiz.

    He said: "Of course, I was very worried. I was watching the game.

    "I have played with Raul Jimenez at Benfica.

    "It was an accidental clash but when it’s head to head it’s very difficult.

    “I hope he returns quickly and is back as soon as possible.”

  • ED CHECK

    Ederson has called for substitutions to be compulsory when players suffer a serious head injury.

    The Manchester City goalkeeper was on the receiving end of a boot to the face from Liverpool’s Sadio Mane back in September 2017.

    He said: “When there is a blow to the head there should be a substitution whether or the player can continue.

    “You might be feeling ok at the time but after the game you feel the consequences.

    “All the concern and care is very important. It is a part of the body that is very fragile and needs special attention.

    “It wasn’t an intentional blow, they went to compete for the ball but we know the risks of a head injury.”

  • NEITHER HERE NOR THERE

    Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere would love to see his old team-mate Mesut Ozil feature under Mikel Arteta.

    Wilshere is without a team after leaving West Ham and is looking to find a ‘big club’ with some interested European suitors.

    He told Sky Sports News: “I think he’d be a big player in that team.

    “I would love to see Ozil play in that team under Arteta but obviously that’s not happening at the moment.

    "He could get on the ball and feed the likes of [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette.”

  • RIGHT MAN FOR JOB

    TalkSPORT's Simon Jordan has backed Mikel Arteta as Arsenal boss.

  • ARTFUL DODGER

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted he knows one day he will be sacked.

    The Spaniard has led the club to their worst start to a league season in 39 years after the 2-1 defeat to Wolves at the Emirates left the Gunners 14th in the Premier League.

    Arteta said: "It’s something that the day I decided to be a coach I know that one day I will be sacked or leave the football club.

    "I don’t know if it’s the day after I sign my contract, in a month’s time, a year’s time or six months’ time. I never worry about it.

    “My only concern is to get the best out of the players, give the best possible service to the club and become better and better.

    “I know, I repeat, in this profession, one day I will get the sack or leave but I don’t know when that is going to happen.”

  • GORGEOUS GEORGE

    Former Arsenal manager George Graham celebrates his 76th birthday today.

    The Gunners wished him well on their social media channels.

    Graham was the North London side's boss between 1986 and 1995.

  • JACK HAMMER BLOW

    Jack Wilshere has revealed playing for a 'smaller club' like West Ham didn't 'suit' him as he confirmed he had held transfer talks over a January move.

    The former Arsenal star, 28, is currently a free agent after his £100,000-a-week deal at the Hammers was terminated by mutual consent in the summer.

    Wilshere told Sky Sports: “I'm in a position now where I can make a decision based on footballing reasons.

    "[I can] pick the team that I think I could fit into.

    “I will have a look at the team, the players, the league they're in and how the manager wants to play.

    "I don't think being at a smaller club like West Ham really suited me.

    "There have been a few talks with clubs, but nothing that I have ever fancied quite yet."

  • PARTEY POOPER

    Thomas Partey will remain out of action for Arsenal's 'next few games', according to Mikel Arteta.

    The £45million summer signing, 27, has missed Arsenal's last three games after he picked up a thigh injury.

    He has not featured for the club since he was hauled off at half-time during the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

    And the Gunners will have to march on without him as the injury is more serious than first thought.

    Speaking after the 2-1 defeat to Wolves, Arteta provided an update on Partey's injury.

    He said: "I don't think he will be with us in the next few games."

  • WILL TO WIN

    Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock had his say after the Gunners lost 2-1 to Wolves last night.

    Willock - who started the game at the Emirates - said: "We're not playing well enough as a team at the moment and we need to stick together and bounce back from this very quickly.

     “I don't think it's clicking enough and there's not enough fluidity in the team.

    "It was very disappointing. You never want to lose at the Emirates or in any game but I feel like in the first half it wasn't good enough."

  • CAN'T GET AUBA IT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's lack of goals is Mikel Arteta's 'biggest concern' at Arsenal.

    The 31-year-old striker failed to impress again on Sunday as the Gunners suffered a 2-1 defeat to Wolves.

    Skipper Aubameyang was the star of the show for Arsenal last season as he chipped in with 22 Premier League goals.

    But the Gabon international has managed just one goal from open play in ten matches this time around.

    Since his goal against Fulham on the opening day of the season, he has only scored one penalty against Manchester United.

    When asked if he was worried, Arteta said: "I think we all are because the main goalscorer of the club at the moment isn't scoring goals, so my biggest concern is how to help him more to score goals because we need his goals."

  • UN(AI)BELIEVABLE

    Mikel Arteta has overseen Arsenal's worst league start for 39 years but is still more likely to win a trophy than predecessor Unai Emery, stats show.

    The Gunners went down 2-1 to Wolves last night and slipped to 14th in the Premier League.

    The frustrating defeat came exactly one year to the day since Emery was sacked after just 18 months at the Emirates.

    Since Arteta joined, Arsenal have won just 43.3 per cent of their Premier League matches.

    Emery's record wasn't much to sing about, but at 49 per cent it was considerably better than Arteta's record.

    However, when it comes to Arteta's record in ALL COMPETITIONS compared to Emery, the current boss sees a massive boost.

    Incredibly, Arteta has a better win rate than his predecessor - at 55.6 per cent compared to 55.1 per cent - when cup games are also taken into consideration.

  • NOT MAKING HEADWAY

    Brain injury association Headway expressed anger and disappointment at football's continued failings to protect players from concussion after Raul Jimenez fractured his skull against Arsenal in a collision with David Luiz - who played on until half-time.

    Luke Griggs, deputy chief executive at Headway, said: “Only last week we strongly criticised the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for its continued procrastination in introducing concussion substitutes into the sport.

    “Too often in football, we see players returning to the pitch having undergone a concussion assessment – only to be withdrawn a few minutes later when it is clear that they are not fit to continue.

    “That is the very reason why we urgently need temporary concussion substitutes in football. You simply cannot take a risk with head injuries. They are not like muscular injuries where you can put a player back on ‘to see if they can it if off’. One further blow to the head when concussed could have serious consequences.

    “The question that has to be asked is had the concussion substitutes rule been in place, would Luiz have been allowed to return to the field of play? Would that extra time in the treatment room have led to a different decision being made?

    “The concussion protocol clearly states that ‘…anyone with a suspected concussion must be immediately removed from play’, while the sport continues to promote an ‘if in doubt, sit it out’ approach to head injuries.

    “Time and time again we are seeing this rhetoric not being borne out by actions on the pitch. Something is not right. This cannot be allowed to continue. How many warnings does football need?”

  • FRACTURED SKULL

    Raul Jimenez has had surgery after fracturing his skull in a horrific clash of heads with Arsenal's David Luiz.

    The Wolves striker was rushed to hospital by an air ambulance car after the sickening collision during last night’s Premier League win over Arsenal.

    The 29-year-old regained consciousness having been knocked out cold by the initial impact – but scans revealed a fracture which specialists decided needed an operation to repair.

    A Wolves statement said: “Raul is comfortable following an operation last night, which he underwent in a London hospital.

    “He has since seen his partner Daniela and is now resting. He will remain under observation for a few days while he begins his recovery.

    “The club would like to thank the medical staff at Arsenal, the NHS paramedics, hospital staff and surgeons who, through their skill and early response, were of such help.

    “The club ask that Raul and his family are now afforded a period of space and privacy, before any further updates are provided in due course.”

  • UN(AI)BELIEVABLE

    Mikel Arteta has overseen Arsenal's worst start to a league season in 39 years BUT stats suggest he's more likely to win a trophy than predecessor Unai Emery.

    The Gunners went down 2-1 to Wolves on Sunday to slip to 14th in the Premier League.

    The frustrating defeat came exactly one year to the day since Emery was sacked after just 18 months at the Emirates.

    Since Arteta joined the Gunners, they have won just 43.3 per cent of their Premier League matches.

    Emery's record wasn't much to sing about, but at 49 per cent it was considerably better than Arteta's record.

    However, when it comes to Arteta's record in ALL COMPETITIONS compared to Emery, the current boss sees a massive boost.

    Incredibly, Arteta has a better win rate than his predecessor - at 55.6 per cent compared to 55.1 per cent - when cup games are also taken into consideration.

  • GR-ART ESCAPE

    Roy Keane joked that Arsenal 'have enough to stay up' despite enduring their worst start to a season for 39 YEARS.

    The Gunners lost 2-1 at home to Wolves on Sunday leaving them 14th in the Premier League.

    If Arsenal LOSE to Tottenham in their next Premier League game, they would slip 11 points behind their fiercest rivals.

    When asked on Sky Sports if that North London derby feels like a huge game for the Gunners, Keane gravely said: "They all seem big at the moment, don't they?

    "Maybe that might be the best game for them to have next... it's a derby and it's away, so less pressure than at home."

    Cracking a smile, Keane continued; "But Arsenal... I still think they have enough to stay up.

    "I think they'll be strong enough to stay in the division."

  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Mikel Arteta could hardly say anything else after Arsenal's dire 2-1 home loss to Wolves confirmed their worst ten-game start to a Premier League season.

    The Spanish boss insists he has no fears of the sack despite accepting the Gunners were  "not near good enough"  in Wolves' first victory at Arsenal since 1979.

    Raul Jimenez's horror head injury overshadowed Arsenal's plight, with David Luiz also suffering a nasty cut in the collision and going off at half-time 

    But Arteta is still in the firing line like never before at the Emirates after five defeats and only ten goals for his toothless, 14th-placed side.

    Fit-again Willian's midfield industry and Gabriel's brilliant headed goal were virtually the Gunners' only plus points.

    And Arteta said: “We have to improve... we have to change this dramatically.” 

    But he added: “The day I decided to be a coach, I know that one day I will be sacked, or I will leave the football club. 

    “I don’t know if that was the day after I signed my contract, in a month’s time in a year’s time or six months – so I never worry about it."

  • NO HOLDING BACK

    Arsenal defender Rob Holding was raging at Adama Traore as a hilarious clip went viral on social media.

    Wolves winger Traore had bought a free-kick during the 2-1 win over the Gunners at the Emirates.

    And the cheap foul left the defender absolutely seeting.

    Without fans at the ground, pitchside microphones managed to pick up Holding's rant at referee Michael Oliver.

    In the clip, Holding could be heard saying: "He's built like a brick s***house, how can he go down like that? F*** me."

    The defender then threw the ball in the direction of Traore and for his troubles wound up getting booked by referee Oliver.

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