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Arsenal news LIVE: Saliba set to STAY, Lacazette exit LATEST, Smith Rowe wants to remain at Gunners for entire career

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.

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

Follow ALL of the latest updates below...

  • AAR YOU SERIOUS?

    Aaron Ramsdale was quick to let Albert Sambi Lokonga know of his mistake against Aston Villa which almost led to a goal.

    A second half stop spared Lokonga's blushes after his dithering on the ball almost proved costly.

    And Ramsdale reacted by staring menacingly at Lokonga to let him know he has to move the ball quicker.

  • LOOKING AT LANG

    Club Brugge winger Noa Lang is a reported target for the Gunners.

    According to Voetbal24, Arsenal are willing to offer £25million for the Dutchman when the January transfer window opens.

    The 22-year-old was linked with a move to Leeds in the summer, but The Athletic report the Whites are pulled out of a deal due to a low work rate off the ball.

    His Dutch teammate Memphis Depay though has labelled Lang as a 'monster' of a player to Eleven Sports.

    There is no denying Lang's talent, but the question is where would he fit in Arsenal's stacked forward line?

  • SAL SEARCHING

    Arsenal are planning to keep William Saliba at the club next season after his impressive form for Marseille.

    According to football.london, Gunners chiefs plan to keep the 20-year-old at the Emirates next season.

    He's yet to make an appearance for the Gunners since joining in 2019, instead being sent out on loan to Saint Etienne, Nice and Marseille.

    But he is now finally deemed to be good enough to be part of Arsenal's plans, and will provide competition for Ben White and Gabriel in the 2022/23 season.

  • WILL I NEVER

    The Gunners are rumoured to be preparing a move for Portuguese international William Carvalho.

    According to Fichajes, Mikel Arteta is in the market for a midfielder who can provide cover for the injury prone Thomas Partey.

    The report states Arsenal are even willing to make a move for the 29-year-old Real Betis midfielder in the January transfer window.

    Transfermarkt value the 69-cap Portugal man at £13.5million, so a potential deal would not break the Gunners' bank.

  • SALIVATING AT SALIBA

    Arsenal loanee William Saliba has revealed he knew his tackle on Mbappe would either be a red card or he would get the ball.

    The 20-year-old managed to get a toe on the ball, helping Marseille to a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw against PSG in Le Clasique.

    As reported by Metro, Saliba said: "I saw he made the call so I was like, ‘Either take the red or I take the ball’. I tackled the ball well so there you go.

    "It’s the best game of my career, playing a Classico at the Velodrome with this atmosphere."

  • THE REAL DON

    Aaron Ramsdale returned to former club AFC Wimbledon on Saturday to watch them in action against Wigan at Plough Lane.

    Following Arsenal's 3-1 Friday night victory over Aston Villa, the 23-year-old headed to the League One outfit to cheer on his ex-team-mates.

    Ramsdale spent the second half of the 2018-19 season on loan with the Dons where he featured in 23 games as he helped the club avoid relegation.

    His dazzling displays saw him named as the Wombles' Young Player of the Year, and it's clear that the club have remained in his heart.

    The English goalkeeper took to social media to share a snap of himself watching from the stands, as he tweeted: "What a place this is! Come on the Dons."

  • ON YOUR HEAD

    Belgian side Genk's 6ft 7in striker Paul Onuachu is on Arsenal’s wish-list, according to reports.

    However Mundo Deportivo suggest several other clubs are in for the 27-year-old Nigerian, including rivals Tottenham and West Ham.

    Onuachu has hit 11 goals in 16 games for Genk this season after netting 35 times last term.

    And he is said to be available for just £17million.

    With Alexandre Lacazette set to move on, Arteta is eager to add another striker to his ranks.

  • CUP RECORD

    Leeds have won or progressed from just three of their 12 domestic cup ties against Arsenal.

    They beat the Gunners in the 1968 League Cup final, 1972 FA Cup final and the fourth round of the 1996-97 FA Cup.

    Two of those games were finals, but to the delight of Arsenal fans it's still a poor cup record.

    The two sides last played each other in a cup competition in January 2020 at the Emirates - with Arsenal 1-0 winners on that day thanks to a solitary Reiss Nelson goal.

  • POOR COACHING

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has hit out at Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claiming the Red Devils are not being coached properly.

    He said on Match of the Day 2: "It wouldn't have mattered what midfield you put in there today because they're not for me looking like they're coached to press.

    "It doesn't matter if it's Pogba, Matic, Fred, or McTominay, if you're going to sit off people and not go and close them to win the ball to then get it to people with pace like Greenwood and Rashford...

    "If you're not coached to do that, then you will see mistakes from Maguire and Shaw, who we saw have an unbelievable Euros, because they're playing better and they're more coached, they know exactly what they need to be doing.

    "But they don't look like they know what they're doing [at Man Utd]."

  • EUROPE ON THE AGENDA

    This season is the first time in 25 years that Arsenal are not competing in Europe.

    And former goalkeeper David Seaman believes the number one priority should be reclaiming a European spot.

    He told the Mirror: "I would say that finishing eighth or ninth is not Arsenal, it’s not the way it should be. We need to be in Europe again, and it feels really strange that we’re not playing week in, week out like the others."

    Then asked where he sees Arsenal finishing this season, he said: "Anywhere in the European spots, the top six, would be good.

    "We need to be back in Europe, it does feel so weird that Arsenal are not even involved.

    "But from where we’ve come from over the past 12 months, I think the fans can see we’re improving. Hopefully, we can get back to where we belong."

  • LINING UP LACA

    Mega-rich Newcastle are lining up a move for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.

    According to the Sunday People, the Magpies are eyeing a move for the Frenchman in their planned overhaul of the club.

    Mikel Arteta ruled out a January exit for the 30-year-old, meaning the club are facing the prospect of losing him for free next summer.

    And despite having cash to burn, Newcastle are seeking a shrewd deal by signing the striker on a free at the end of the season.

    Both clubs in Milan, as well as Atletico Madrid, have also been credited with an interest in the ex-Lyon man.

  • ALTERNATIVE XI

    Or Mikel Arteta could opt for something different.

    He may opt to stick with Alexandre Lacazette, with Folarin Balogun also in contention.

    Gunners fans may hope to get a glimpse of teenage wonderkid Charlie Patino.

    The midfielder was 'close' to a place in the matchday squad in the last round.

    Arteta explained at the time: "He was very close, but we decided as well that some players needed minutes and it will happen naturally in time."