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8am Arsenal news LIVE: Xhaka agrees Hertha Berlin transfer move, AFTV blasted by fans, Ndidi wanted, Arteta watches

MIKEL ARTETA is the new Arsenal manager - but may be wondering just how he will change the fortunes at the Emirates.

The Spaniard will have been pleased with an improved defensive display but know he has work to do after watching a dour 0-0 draw at Everton.

Or Follow all the latest gossip and transfer news from the Emirates below...

  • Gary Stonehouse 's avatarGary Stonehouse1 minute ago22nd December 2019

    GRANIT XHAKA has agreed personal terms with Hertha Berlin but Arsenal are yet to approve the January transfer, according to reports.

    The Swiss midfielder has fallen out of favour at the Emirates but has recently returned to the first team after he infamously told fans to f*** off against Crystal Palace in October.

    But his subsequent poor performances have seen no improvement in his relationship with the Gunners faithful.

    As a result, Xhaka has agreed a deal with Hertha Berlin to return to the Bundesliga, according to German reports.

  • Anthony Chapman 's avatarAnthony Chapman10 hours ago21st December 2019

    WILFRED NDIDI is a January transfer target for Arsenal, according to outlandish reports in the midfielder's homeland.

    Nigerian outlet Football Live reckon the Gunners are willing to offer £40million plus Granit Xhaka to sign Ndidi.

    Although it is highly unlikely second-placed Leicester would be willing to sell the 23-year-old, who joined from Genk in 2017.

    He is contracted to the King Power side until 2024 and has been one of many standout performers under Brendan Rodgers this season.

    His tally of 72 tackles in the Premier League this season places him second across the entire division – only behind team-mate Ricardo Pereira.

    Xhaka, meanwhile, was wanted out of Arsenal by many fans after his astonishing rant at the supporters when he was subbed off against Crystal Palace in October.

  • Anthony Chapman 's avatarAnthony Chapman11 hours ago21st December 2019

    A PROMINENT Arsenal supporters' group have laid a list of demands to new boss Mikel Arteta that includes banning players from wearing headphones.

    The Spaniard, making his first foray into management, had been handed a remarkably tough task of turning around a Gunners side that have won just one in their last 12.

    Arsenal Supporters Alliance believe they can get him on the right track right away with a few simple changes.

    They released the statement: “Welcome back to The Arsenal, Mikel Arteta! We wish you every success in your new role.

    “May your tenure deliver many memorable moments for all associated with our great club.”

    Then they added their list: “We humbly submit some simple changes which can put us back on the right path: A genuine engagement with supporters. Captain to choose shirt sleeve length.

    “Team arriving in suits and minus headphones. Applauding all sides of the stadium pre-match. All players acknowledging away support. rememberwhoyouare wecaredoyou

  • Anthony Chapman 's avatarAnthony Chapman12 hours ago21st December 2019

    SACKED Arsenal boss Unai Emery has taken a swipe at Mesut Ozil's workrate.

    Throughout the Spanish manager's tenure at the Emirates, the question of how to get the best out of Ozil was a constant cloud above his head.

    And now, speaking after the Gunners confirmed Mikel Arteta as his replacement, Emery hinted that fitting in the German proved his biggest headache.

    The 48-year-old told BBC Sport: “There are games in which you see Mesut's brilliance, linking with the attack. But also I had to find players around him so he felt comfortable.

    “Also the team needed to feel solid. And when you, little by little, have to build a team that is aggressive, intense, as well as structured for good pressure, we also had to find a space for Mesut.

    “Ozil is a very important player if you can find a way to make it work with other players.

    “He has talent that allows other players to be better, but when you want a bit more aggressive pressure he does not have the best qualities for that.”

  • Anthony Chapman 's avatarAnthony Chapman13 hours ago21st December 2019

    ARSENAL will face some heavy competition in their bid to sign Isco from Real Madrid.

    The Gunners have long been linked with a move for the Spanish international, having struggled to secure a place in Zinedine Zidane's starting XI.

    But El Desmarque report that Arsenal could lose out to Chelsea in the hunt for the 27-year-old, with the Blues believed to have already submitted a £44m offer for him.

    Isco could become Frank Lampard's first signing since their transfer ban was overturned, as he looks to bolster his youthful squad next month.