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4pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Arteta record WORSE than Emery, FA Cup draw, David Luiz latest

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...

  • WRIGHT OR WRONG

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright thinks rivals Spurs have a great chance of winning the league ahead of Chelsea, after initially backing the Blues.

    Former striker Wright changed his mind when talking to Premier League Productions.

    He said: "I’d probably say… it is tough because if you lose a [Harry] Kane or a [Heung-min] Son it’s going to cause you a problem, just like if Chelsea lose a [Timo] Werner or a [N’Golo] Kante, it depends, it really does depend.

    “It’s a tough question. If I had to choose somebody, I would probably at the moment say Chelsea.

    “Not just because of my Arsenal affinity, but I just feel that they just might have a little bit more at the moment.

    “But then they’ve got Mourinho as the manager at Tottenham.

    “Do you know what? I’m probably going to change my mind and go with Tottenham. I think so, yeah.”

  • PANTOMIME VILLAN

    Celeb Arsenal fan Piers Morgan thinks the club should 'break the bank' to nab Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish and should offer a swap deal involving outcast Mesut Ozil.

    Grealish has been on fire this season, playing his way into the England side and scored in the 2-1 defeat to West Ham last night.

  • 'CRAZY PRESSURE'

    AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer has revealed he was played out of position in his only game for Arsenal.

    The 22-year-old spent two years on the Gunners' books before departing for Italian club Empoli in 2017.

    The Algerian - who was just 17 when he arrived in north London from French side Arles-Avignon - made just one appearance for the club.

    Bennacer appeared as a late substitute in a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.

    "Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got injured, Theo Walcott was brought on in his place and after two minutes he gets injured too, so Wenger throws me on.

    "The problem is that he puts me wide left in the front three, it’s a role I’ve never played before.I felt a crazy pressure on me. I lost a few balls, but I recovered a few.

    "After that I didn’t play anymore, but I have no regrets. I trained with important players like Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla."

  • ALL OR NOTHING

    Massimiliano Allegri could transform Arsenal if chosen as the man to replace Mikel Arteta.

    While the Gunners have placed their faith in the former midfielder to turn the side around, the team continues to slide down the table and his odds to get the sack have been slashed.

    What an Allegri premiership may look like can be deciphered from the Italian's spell in charge of Juventus.

    Between 2014 and 2019, he won five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia crowns and reached a Champions League final.

    Considerable tactical flexibility and an ability to get the best out of aging stars made Allegri a perfect fit for the Old Lady.

  • BEER WE GO

    Football fans will be back in stands and back on the booze without having to buy a substantial meal in Tier 2 this week.

    The long-standing ban on pints being drunk by the pitch requires socially-distanced drinking areas be set up inside stadiums.

    Live events have been given the green light to sell pints without a 'substantial' meal - as is required for pubs and restaurants.

    Instead, alcohol can be sold to punters in Covid-secure venues, so long as the person has a ticket and consumes their beverage at their seat.

    Tier 2 regulations mean up to 2,000 fans will be welcomed back.

  • NOT SO MACHO

    Terry Butcher warned David Luiz and fellow players it's not macho to play on with a head injury.

    Luiz carried on until half-time after a sickening early clash of heads with Wolves' Raul Jimenez which left the Mexican needing surgery for a fractured skull.

    Former England captain Butcher famously was left with a blood-stained shirt and scar for life after a collision in 1989 against Sweden but also continued playing and said: "It was foolish. It had nothing to do with courage.

    "Thinking about it now, the brave thing would have been to come off - which would have been the right thing to do. It is a medical issue, it is not about being a Lionheart.

    "You know when it is just a cut. It's just blood on the shirt, like a boxer might a cut around the eye. But you also know when you get a really bang and a strong case concussion. It is not about being macho - it is being sensible.

    "Perhaps in the modern-day David Luiz is an exception wanting to go back on, so it is great to show that attitude.

    "But it is still the wrong thing to do. What if he gets a blood clot? That's why there are protocols in place and the medical staff have to be the ones to decide."

  • SZLAI BELLS

    Arsenal are tipped to pull off a 'special' deal in January and could land Dominik Szoboszlai, according to reports.

    Mikel Arteta's side are floundering in 14th place in the Premier League table and could return to the market next month.

    Houssem Aouar was a major target during the club's busy summer spree but chose to stick with Lyon.

    More recently, RB Salzburg star Szoboszlai has caught the eye of the Gunners.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the winger has been on Arsenal's radar for a number of years.

    And he told Que Golazo Podcast that something 'special' is brewing at Emirates Stadium ahead of the window opening.

    Multiple outlets have reported on the interest in 20-year-old prodigy Szoboszlai.

  • SHOOTING THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT

    Arsenal have had FEWER shots per game than the bottom clubs in Europe.

    The Gunners have mustered only ten goals in ten Premier League games and sit 14th after the 2-1 defeat to Wolves at the Emirates on Sunday.

    The Gunners have taken an average of just 9.5 shots per game in the Premier League this season.

    That tally is the joint-fourth-lowest in the top-flight - on par with basement boys Sheff Utd.

    Incredibly, Arsenal actually average fewer shots per game than EVERY bottom-ranked club in each of the Big Five leagues.

  • DRESSING DOWN

    Mikel Arteta reportedly gave his Arsenal stars a full ten-minute address after the 2-1 defeat to Wolves.

    Football London reports the Gunners boss went down the tunnel and waited for his players inside the dressing room as soon as the full-time whistle went on Sunday at the Emirates.

    Usually, Arteta is quickly into his TV interview commitments but he spent well over ten minutes speaking to his team.

    It is likely the Spaniard made his feelings clear after the defeat left Arsenal 14th in the Premier League and consigned the North Londoners to their worst start in 39 years.

  • FIGHTING CHANCE

    Roy Keane said he 'didn't really see' the 'fight' Mikel Arteta claimed his players showed in the defeat to Wolves.

    The Gunners went down 2-1 at the Emirates to leave them 14th in the Premier League table and seal their worst start to a campaign in 39 years.

    Keane told Sky Sports: "I think a lot of the players aren’t good enough. There is a softness there.

    "A few weeks ago, all the cheerleaders were out when they had a decent performance up at United.

    "They have had one point since then and lost the other two games. I think they look soft. They are probably lacking a bit of confidence.

    “I didn’t really see that fight the manager was talking about. I know it’s a difficult interview when you have been beaten in a game.

    "But I didn’t see that desire and determination to get a result. You can have an off night, of course, but you still find a way to get a result.”

  • HOUSS PARTEY

    Mikel Arteta reportedly wanted to sign Lyon's Houssem Aouar over Thomas Partey.

    The Spanish boss had his wish denied by Gunners chief Edu, according to L'Equipe.

    Arsenal are lacking creativity and Aouar could have been the man to unlock defences with Mesut Ozil still frozen out.

    After the 2-1 loss at home to Wolves, Arsenal are 14th in the Premier League - their worst start to a season for 39 years.

  • CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

    Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has paid for a little girl to get treatment for a mystery 'rag doll' disease.

    The striker, 31, has been touched by little Ivy Hayward, four, who suffers from an unknown developmental disorder.

    The horrid illness - still yet to be diagnosed by doctors despite extensive testing - has left her unable to sit, talk or even eat her own.

    In a desperate bid to raise funds for Ivy, her family set up a GoFundMe page asking for £5,000 so they could pay for pioneering treatment.

    After managing to raise around £3,000, kind-hearted family-man Aubameyang then put in a £2,000 donation to ensure the family had reached their target.

    Since his gesture, a following £1,090 has been raised, taking the total to £6,090.

  • 'HOPE TO RETURN SOON'

    Wolves striker Raul Jimenez shared a positive update with social media followers after having surgery on the fracture skull he sustained against Arsenal.

    The 29-year-old suffered a sickening clash of heads with Gunners defender David Luiz during Wolves' 2-1 win at the Emirates on Sunday.

    Jimenez regained consciousness having been knocked out cold after the shocking, audible clash.

    But scans revealed a fracture which specialists decided required an operation to repair.

    And just hours after undergoing surgery, Jimenez took to social media to share an update thanks fans for support.

    Jimenez wrote: "Thanks for you support messages.

    "I will be under observation and I hope to return to the pitch soon."

  • MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners have been dealt a further blow following their defeat to Wolves after Mikel Arteta revealed Thomas Partey will miss the North London derby on Sunday.

    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.

    Commenting on his injury, Arteta said: "I don’t think he will be with us in the next few games.”

    Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere believes Mesut Ozil is the man to get Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang firing again.

    The ex-West Ham man stated: "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.”

    In other news, 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.

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

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

  • SHEAR DISBELIEF

    Alan Shearer has stated that action must be taken immediately to review concussion protocols after David Luiz returned to the pitch following his collision with Raul Jimenez.

    He said: “If David Luiz has passed all the protocols like Arsenal say he has, how on earth is he allowed back on to the pitch with a wound that is dripping down his face?

    “We're talking about players' welfare here. Football's protocols allow someone who has a cut that is seeping through a bandage that has just been put on to carry on playing and then he has to go off again 20 minutes later because he can't head a ball.

    “Cricket does it, the NFL does it, both codes of rugby do it – they all have better protocols. We're talking about life and death and players' careers ending.

    “They're on about trialling concussion substitutes. What is there to trial? It's been going on for years. It's not acceptable.

    “We've been having meeting after meeting after meeting. Why do they need to trial anything? Just do it. Do it now. If things needs changing after that, change it.

  • 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.”

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