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2pm Arsenal news LIVE: Arteta on Saliba, Ozil training ‘best he can’, Umtiti transfer LATEST, Dundalk build up

ARSENAL aim to bounce from defeat against Leicester as they take on Irish side Dundalk in the Europa League tonight.

And then at the weekend it's old rivals Manchester United in a HUGE Premier League clash.

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


    Fixtures are coming thick and fast as the Premier League continues this weekend.

    We have betting tips for you from three top-flight matches, starting in Lancashire where Chelsea are looking to end a run of two Premier League draws and get back to winning ways.

    Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.


    Premier League squads remain brimming with incredible talent, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

    Club chiefs were scrambling around earlier this month to try and ship off their unwanted goods, as the clock ticked towards the deadline of an already extended transfer window.

    Some teams got the job done, with Real Madrid taking financial hits to get rid of the likes of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, in order to assist manager Zinedine Zidane's rebuild.

    Chris Smalling was another that managed to escape becoming an outcast, with his Deadline Day permanent switch to AS Roma from Manchester United going through just in time.

    But some players, and clubs, weren't so fortunate, let's take a look at some of the stars that find themselves either stuck at a club, or without one entirely, as we enter November.


    Arsenal are celebrating Robert Pires' 47th birthday by sharing his hat-trick against Southampton in 2003.


    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed he 'trusts' Shkodran Mustafi to play his role in defence – but what do the stats say?


    William Saliba WILL prove to be a top Arsenal signing, according to an old team-mate.

    Saint-Etienne defender Harold Moukoudi believes the youngster has ‘enormous potential’ that he can fulfill in London.

    He told French outlet Fotboll Transfers: “With the qualities he has, I'm sure he will take the chance when he gets it.

    “He has enormous potential and he will succeed, I am sure of that.”


    Mikel Arteta has confirmed Willian may feature in tonight's Europa League clash with Dundlak.

    Speaking ahead of the game, the Spaniard said: “Willian has been training with us for two days and tomorrow he might be involved in the game at some stage.”

    The Brazilian last played in Arsenal's defeat at Manchester City.

    But he missed the last two games with a thigh injury.


    Arsenal fans have called on Mikel Arteta to play backup keeper Runar Alex Runarsson against Dundalk later.

    The Icelandic stopper looked good in training footage posted yesterday and Gooners want to see him given a shot.


    Mikel Arteta says Shkodran Mustafi is fit and ready to play against Dundalk in the Europa League tonight.

    He said: “Musti’s completely fit to play and obviously the internal contract situations are going to be discussed internally.

    “I’ve been really happy with Musti since I joined and the progress that he’s made, the performances that he’s made.

    “It’s true that he has a long term injury and he’s worked really hard to get back in that position where he is today.

    “And I just want him to show again the trust that we have in him and get the performances that we got in the past from him as well.”


    Arsenal have wished their legendary winger Robert Pires a happy birthday on Twitter.

    The Frenchman turns 47 today.


    Michael Owen says Arsenal will have no problem in their Europa League clash against Dundalk later on.

    He said: “Irish side Dundalk travel to London to take on Arsenal after suffering a defeat against Molde in their Europa League opener.

    “The Gunners worked hard to get their win away against Rapid Vienna, and they’ll be aiming for no less than maximum points here.

    “If the home side are in full flight, I can see a long night ahead for the Irish side.”


    Arsenal tried to send Reiss Nelson out on loan this summer – but the determined playmaker wanted to stay and fight for his place.

    Nelson has made just three appearances this season, all in cup competition, and did not make the bench last Sunday in defeat to Leicester.

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta revealed he planned to send the 20-year-old out on loan for the season, to receive vital game time following the arrival of Willian.

    Arteta said: “We ended up with a large squad at the end of the transfer market.

    “We had a few plans in mind with Reiss. One of them was as well to send him on loan to get more minutes because of the competition we have upfront.

    “The reality is he has been really good in training. He wants to stay here. He wants to fight for his place.”


    Mikel Arteta says he seriously regrets leaving William Saliba out of his Europa League squad.

    David Luiz's injury means the Gunners are light in defence for the visit of Dundalk and the Spaniard regrets leaving the Frenchman out.

    He said: “I feel really bad for William Saliba.

    “Because we had so many central defenders, we decided to leave him out of the squad which was really hurtful for me to do.

    “I was hoping that Pablo would be back in two weeks but he had a setback and then we don't have Pablo and we don't have William when he's fit and available to play.

    “But when you make those decisions, you can't always think about every possible outcome.”


    Arsenal have dropped a huge hint about over Emile Smith Rowe's selection for their Europa League game against Dundalk tonight.

    Fans have been calling for the young star to start against the Irish side at the Emirates and it looks like they may have got their wish after the Gunners posted a picture of him with the wave emoji and uel.


    Mikel Arteta faces a Europa League injury crisis at home to Dundalk tonight.

    Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes are Arteta's only senior options in central defence.

    David Luiz has joined Rob Holding, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers on the crocked list.

    And the Gunners left Sokratis and William Saliba out of their European squad.

    But whatever their fitness worries, anything less than victory over the Irish minnows would be unthinkable for Arsenal fans.

    At least midfielder Willian and new England wideman Bukayo Saka should be fit to return against Dundalk.

    Arteta, though, might already have one eye on what, so early in the season, has already been described as a crunch match.

    The Gunners visit Manchester United on Sunday, knowing a third straight Premier League defeat would heap huge pressure on their Spanish manager.

    It would also make a miserable stat for Arsenal of four losses from their first seven Prem games.


    Mikel Arteta is concerned about the injury crisis gripping his defence and warns the club are only one more wounded player away from 'big trouble.'


    Bernd Leno has been stretching his limbs in training ahead of tomorrow's Europa League game.


    It's Dundalk tomorrow for Arsenal as they look to make it two Europa League wins from two.

    They then face a crunch game at Old Trafford, against a Manchester United side who have got their act together since the last time a team from North London made the trip to the Theatre of Dreams.

    It's a match Arsenal dare not lose – four defeats from their opening seven games would be calamitous.

    The Gunners host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's old side Molde in Europe next, before rounding off this set of pre-international break games against an impressive Aston Villa team.


    Dundalk make the trip to the Emirates tomorrow for Arsenal's second Europa League game.

    Unfortunately for Mikel Arteta, the Irish side will be facing a defence that has been hamstrung by injuries.

    David Luiz joins Rob Holding, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers on the sidelines leaving Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes as the only first team options as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and William Saliba were left out of the Europa League squad.

    On the brightside, Willian and Bukayo Saka are expected to be fit after recent issues for both.


    Arsene Wenger reckons a European Super League would 'destroy' the Premier League.

    Talks have taken place over the creation of a new £4.6billion league for up to 18 teams.

    But Wenger, 71, has insisted it will have a catastrophic impact on the English top-flight.

    The legendary Arsenal manager told the Guardian: “The Premier League has a superiority.

    “The project [Big Picture] wanted to reinforce this superiority.

    “The other leagues tried to destroy the advantage the Premier League has.

    “For them, the best thing to attain that is to create a European league.

    “So that means to destroy the Premier League, basically.

    “So if they get the agreement from the English big clubs, it will happen.”


    Rob Holding is back in training as he fights to get back for Arsenal.


    Mesut Ozil is still doing 'the best he can' at Arsenal training despite being frozen out of the squad, claims Shkodran Mustafi.

    The midfielder has been left out of Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa League squads this season.

    Ozil, 32, still has a year remaining on his £350,000-per-week contract at the Emirates.

    He has not played for the club since March 7, but he is still putting in the hard yards at training.

    Speaking about the midfielder's situation, Mustafi said: “I can’t say too much about it. They have been talking a lot about it.

    “He will always have my respect and I will always be there for him if he needs something to motivate and push him.

    “But at the moment every time I see him in training he’s doing the best he can.

    “He tries to train well and everything else is not in my hands. I’m not the one who makes the decisions.”


    Gabriel Martinelli has been spotted in training today, much to the joy of Arsenal fans.

    The talented youngster has been out with a long-term injury layoff but looks on the road to recovery now.


    Arsenal released a throwback clip of Granit Xhaka's wonder-strike against Crystal Palace in 2018.

    The Swiss midfielder hammered one right into the top corner.

    The Gunners would go on to draw the game.


    Jack Wilshere fancies a move to LaLiga and says he's 'not too young for the MLS'.

    He told Sky Sports: “I've been speaking to my agent every couple of days.

    “There's been a few things that have come up and we're still talking about it, but I'm not going to put a time on it because I want to make sure it's right.

    “LaLiga, Italy or Germany would be a nice change for me. Not many English players have done it.

    “I always watch LaLiga, it was always something I thought about. I like the league, I think it's more technical than the English game.

    “I think it's somewhere I could really show what I can do.”


    Mesut Ozil’s exile from the Arsenal team is his own fault, claims Lauren.

    The former Gunners defender says the fact that Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta both struggled with Ozil shows it is first and foremost the player who must get this act together.

    Lauren told Sky Sports: “All of us who follow Arsenal want to see the best players but this situation has not come from now. I believe it is the same with Emery and Arteta.

    “Arteta would love to have the best players in the squad. If Ozil is not there it's a consequence of many issues.

    “First of all, it's the fault of the player. I believe if you have the quality, if you are a top player, if you are not involved week in, week out I believe that is your own fault.

    “But the fact that with Emery and now with Arteta he hasn't been consistent it is not the manager. I believe it is more the player than the manager or the club.”

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