4.15pm Arsenal news LIVE: Saka in top 10 most valuable youngsters list, Partey compared to Vieira, Keane on Aubameyang – The Sun

ARSENAL will return to Europa League action on Thursday as Mikel Arteta's side face Molde.

New signing Thomas Partey is getting lavish praise after a strong start in a Gunners shirt, while Bukayo Saka has been included in a list of the top 10 most valuable youngsters in the world.

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

  • Richard Forrester

    EL OF A PLAYER

    Mohamed Elneny is lighting up Arsenal after winning over Mikel Arteta with his sunny disposition.

    The Egyptian international has been a bit-part player at the Emirates ever since he was signed from Basel for a bargain £5million fee almost five years ago.

    And it looked as though he had reached the end of the road when he was shipped out on loan to Besiktas by Unai Emery last season.

    But Arteta never forgot Elneny’s prodigious work ethic during his final few months as a player before he hung up his boots in 2016.

    Now Elneny is finally getting the recognition his efforts deserve after playing a key role in Sunday’s breakthrough win at Manchester United.

    Arteta said: “I like players who have zero ego, who want to contribute to the team whether it’s for one minute or 96 minutes and contribute all the time to our culture by giving positive feedback all the time.

    “That’s not just on the pitch, but also on the training ground when you are not selected. What can you bring to the group, how can you help and what are you contributing?

    “What Mo transmits to the team is special. Don’t forget that I played with him and I know his qualities as a person.”

  • Richard Forrester

    CLASS PART

    Rio Ferdinand has vented his frustration at former club Manchester United for not signing Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey.

    Ferdinand, 41, had been urging United to sign Partey last season but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

    Partey, 27, then went to join their fierce rivals Arsenal and the new arrival was phenomenal against United who they beat 1-0 on the weekend.

    Speaking on his performance to the FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “Partey – what?! I said a while ago back in April or before that when I was talking about who United should buy – that was my guy!”

  • Richard Forrester

    STARS IN THEIR EYES

    Four Premier League players from Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have been named in the top ten Most Valued Young Players list.

    Four of those players included in CIES Football Observatory’s list of players born in the 2000s are England internationals.

    But it is Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies that sits top of the pile after an algorithm was used to determine their value.

    Here SunSport runs you down the top ten list.

  • Richard Forrester

    LOCKED OUT

    The FA has confirmed ALL football below National League level will be suspended for four weeks from Thursday.

    Despite pleas for youth and kids’ football to be allowed during the second lockdown, the Government has insisted the measures will apply to all levels of the game.

    And Wembley chiefs have now formally told clubs throughout football that they have no option other than to shut down until at least December 2.

    The new restriction bans “all fixtures and training” for clubs below the National League.

    That means the 10 clubs from below the National League that are due to take part in the FA Cup First Round Proper this weekend cannot train after Wednesday.

    The rules apply to women’s football below Tier Two of the pyramid and also rule out “all fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football”.

  • Richard Forrester

    ITALIAN JOB

    Mathieu Flamini is bidding to revive his playing career with Italian club Brescia … 18 months after last kicking a ball.

    The ex-Arsenal midfielder, 36, is a free agent after being released by Spaniards Getafe last year.

    Reports in Italy now claim the France international has contacted Serie B Brescia to offer his services.

    The Lombardy-based club is said to be interested in Flamini, who won the Serie A title with AC Milan in 2011.

    He spent five seasons with Milan in between his two spells with the Gunners.

    The Marseille-born ace helped Arsene Wenger's side win three FA Cups during his seven years in North London.

    He played for Crystal Palace four seasons ago before joining Getafe.

    Flamini has kept busy away from football by running the biochemical company he co-founded.

  • Richard Forrester

    ICYMI

    Roy Keane slated Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for calling Mikel Arteta by his first name.

    The striker scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday.

    But Keane, 49, was not impressed with how he addressed his manager in the post-match interview.

    The Sky Sports pundit said: “They didn't show him respect when they called him by his name, Mikel.

    “He's the manager, the boss, the gaffer. That's respect. Not Mikel, he's not his mate.”

    When asked if it was just the modern way to refer to your boss, Keane answered: “No, that's called respect.”

  • Richard Forrester

    DEFEND FROM THE FRONT

    Bernd Leno has praised Arsenal’s defensive improvement under Mikel Arteta.

    “First of all it was a very important win for us when you look at the table.

    “It's been a long time since we won away against a team from the big six, and as well at Old Trafford. It's been 14 years I think, so too long but finally we've done the job.

    “It was a very collective, strong performance from us.

    “Our players were brilliant and I think everybody had the right attitude and mentality to win. It was very hard for Man United to create chances.

    “At the end of the day, this is the key. The collective performance and defensive work were really important and I think we've worked on that.

    “You can already see that it's much more impressive than it was one or two years ago.

    “It's a long, long process and we still have a lot of work ahead of us. We need consistency.

    “This season we've had a lot of good games but also some games where we could have done better. We'll keep working on that though.

    “We're all doing a great job and the most important thing is that we stay grounded, we know where we come from and hopefully it goes in the same direction.”

  • Richard Forrester

    WRIGHT IDEA

    Ian Wright has admitted that Houssem Aouar’s potential midfield partnership with Thomas Partey could take Arsenal to the next level.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta had been eager to sign the 22-year-old Lyon star throughout the summer.

    And amid rumours Arsenal could revive a move for Aouar in January, club legend Wright believes the attacker could be the final piece in the jigsaw.

    He told Premier League Productions: “I think the mentality has changed, the culture in what he’s (Arteta) doing has changed, the intensity and the way he wants to play.

    “It’s all changed, it’s a new Arsenal in what they’re trying to do going forward.

    “If he can continue to improve, like players improve with his coaching, and then he’s then able to add to that with Aouar, who they’re trying to get in the midfield alongside Partey, then you’ve got someone who can create for the forwards.

    “So it’s all looking good and winning games like this will only stand you in good stead and give confidence to the team.”

  • Richard Forrester

    RIVALRY REVISITED

    Mauricio Pochettino claimed Tottenham finishing above Arsenal is like 'winning the Chammpions League.'

    Before his time at Spurs, the club were constantly in the shadows of their north London rivals.

    But that changed in the 2016/17 campaign when Spurs finished second, only behind Chelsea.

    He said on Sky Sports last night: “When we arrived it was 20 or 22 years always behind Arsenal.

    “That was like so painful for our fans.

    “People on the street would stop us or fans ‘we cannot finish below’ to break this run for us. That was like winning the Champions League for the people [Spurs fans].”

  • Richard Forrester

    NO COMPARISON

    Thomas Partey has instantly hit the ground running at Arsenal.

    The no-nonsense midfielder gained all the plaudits for this terrific performance in the 1-0 win over Manchester United.

    On the other hand, Paul Pogba had another evening to forget with his mistake proving costly for the winner.

    And it appears Partey's agent knew his client would come out on tops all along.

    One year ago, he said: “A box to box like Pogba. With quality, several goals and more defensive work than the Frenchman.

    “In fact, I tell you this. For me, Thomas is a better player than Pogba. But, being African, he has much less attention from the press than the Manchester United player.”

  • Richard Forrester

    KYL IT QUITS

    Robert Pires reckons Kylian Mbappe needs to call time on his Paris Saint Germain spell in order to progress his football career.

    And the Arsenal icon is urging his World Cup-winning French compatriot to consider a potential sensational switch to Real Madrid.

    The France forward, 21, is tied down to a contract with the Ligue 1 title holders which runs until 2022.

    The Gunners hero told AS: “Of course. I'm French, I like Paris Saint-Germain and I'd like him to stay in Ligue 1.

    “But if he wants to keep growing as a player, he should sign for Real Madrid.”

  • Richard Forrester

    LOAN RANGER

    Arsenal's on-loan midfielder Matteo Guendouzi impressed his boss after making his Hertha Berlin debut on Sunday.

    The Frenchman started on the bench but was introduced for the final 33 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg.

    Boss Bruno Labbadia was happy with his cameo and said: “You saw that he is a very good ball player who gives us an aspect that we need: ball security, simple clear passes over four or five metres.

    “That has worked well for us. Now of course he has to get into a rhythm, that's something he can't have, we know that, but that's how it is now.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal are continuing to garner praise after their 1-0 win at Manchester United.

    New signing Thomas Partey has been lavished with comparisons to the likes of Patrick Vieira and stats from the game, comparing him against other midfielders, prove how dominant his performance was.

    Manager Mikel Arteta has also singled out Mohamed Elneny, who he said he liked due to his work ethic and lack of an ego.

    But Roy Keane slammed matchwinner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for calling his manager by his first name, arguing that it's disrespectful.

    Elsewhere, Mesut Ozil has continued getting on with life outside of football and revealed he is entering the world of finance.

    The out-of-favour Arsenal star, who hasn't appeared for the club since March, has been appointed as strategic adviser for San Francisco-based venture capital fund Class 5 Global.

    But the playmaker insisted he is still 'actively playing football'.

  • Kiro Evans

    TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal are looking to build on their win against Manchester United as they look to make it three Europa League victories on the trot as they take on Molde – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's old team.

    David Luiz is expected to miss out with an niggling thigh problem keeping him sidelined in the last couple of matches.

    Elsewhere in Arsenal's defensive injury crisis, the match comes too soon for Pablo Mari or Calum Chambers while Rob Holding may get another start to help build up his fitness following a successful return against United.

  • Kiro Evans

    TOP OF THE CLASS

    Mesut Ozil is readying himself for life after football… by entering the world of finance.

    The German has had plenty of time to mull over his future, having been frozen out at Arsenal.

    And while he may not be featuring as the Gunners' playmaker-in-chief, Ozil, 32, has a new role in venture capital to enjoy.

    Arsenal's No10 has been appointed as strategic adviser for San Francisco-based venture capital fund Class 5 Global.

    Class 5 work to secure funding for emerging markets and online startups.

    Upon his appointment, however, Ozil was keen to point out that he remains an 'active' footballer.

    He said: “I am excited to shape and work on my post-football career while I am still actively playing football.”

  • Kiro Evans

    PART AND PARCEL

    Another reminder of the statistically supreme performance from Thomas Partey yesterday:

  • Kiro Evans

    THE ELECTION QUESTION

    Footballer turned social media star Mesut Ozil turned his sights across the Atlantic, and asked his followers who they wanted to triumph in tomorrow's US Election.

    It got us thinking on some football/American politics style-puns … apologies in advance:

    The Republican Partey

    House of Pep-resentatives (or, alternatively, the Kourtney Hause of Representatives)

    The Bill of (Ken W)Rights

    The Demo-Rakitic Party

    Philibuster Foden

    Cechs and Balances

    Ezri Konsa-tution

    Steven Defour-th Amendment

    The Ben White House

    Declan Rice-President

    Mario Ballot-elli

    Danny Drinkwater-gate

  • Kiro Evans

    EL OF A PLAYER

    Mohamed Elneny is lighting up Arsenal after winning over Mikel Arteta with his sunny disposition.

    The Egyptian international has been a bit-part player at the Emirates ever since he was signed from Basel for a bargain £5million fee almost five years ago.

    And it looked as though he had reached the end of the road when he was shipped out on loan to Besiktas by Unai Emery last season.

    But Arteta never forgot Elneny’s prodigious work ethic during his final few months as a player before he hung up his boots in 2016.

    Now Elneny is finally getting the recognition his efforts deserve after playing a key role in Sunday’s breakthrough win at Manchester United.

    Arteta said: “I like players who have zero ego, who want to contribute to the team whether it’s for one minute or 96 minutes and contribute all the time to our culture by giving positive feedback all the time.

    “That’s not just on the pitch, but also on the training ground when you are not selected. What can you bring to the group, how can you help and what are you contributing?

    “What Mo transmits to the team is special. Don’t forget that I played with him and I know his qualities as a person.”

  • Kiro Evans

    AWAY DAY GOALS

    A nice statistic for Gunners fans to goad over United supporters for at least another 19 days, when Ole Gunnar's Solskjaer's side host West Brom:

  • Joe Brophy

    ON GUARD

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has cast doubt over whether the Premier League will continue during England's second national lockdown.

    He said: “It's difficult. I know the prime minister is taking the decision because the situation is getting worse. It happened in Spain, Germany and France. Everywhere.

    “So the virus is still there. Maybe people say it is stronger. I think the world of football cannot be an exception in what is happening in society.

    “So if we have to play, we will play. But we don't want to be different from the rest of society when they have to close restaurants or close whatever.

    “It's a position in which I am not involved. I want to be safe. I want to keep well for myself, for my family, my friends, for all England, all of the UK. But honestly I don't know.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WIZARD OF OZ

    Paul Merson has claimed that Arsenal missed a trick combining Mesut Ozil with Thomas Partey.

    He told Sky Sports: “I think there was a stage for Ozil now Partey's in the team.

    “I watched Chelsea play against Burnley, they played a back four, they played N'Golo Kante in front of the back four, and let everyone else get on with it. They ripped Burnley to shreds, I haven't seen too many teams make Burnley look bang average.

    “Because Kante was playing in that holding role, it gave Kai Havertz and Mason Mount the freedom to do what they want, they didn't have to spend most of their time on the edge of their own box tracking back.

    “With Partey in there now who's so dominant in there and doesn't lose the ball, I think there was a place for Ozil now. I think there was.

    “Then if they do drop someone in to pick up Ozil, you've got someone like Partey who's very comfortable on the ball and can hurt you. Then that frees a midfield player up. I think there's a trick being missed here, but that's just me.

    “He's that good I think it would've opened up a space for Ozil. But he's not for one reason, and that's because he doesn't run around. Why did Manchester United get beaten on Sunday? Because they don't run around.”

  • Joe Brophy

    START THE PARTEY

    Paul Merson has hailed Thomas Partey as the “number one” signing of the summer.

    He told Sky Sports: “It was a good away performance, it wasn't great, I wouldn't get carried away and say oh my god it's a turning point.

    “They beat a terribly, terribly poor Manchester United team on the day. They've done a job, we've seen them lose those games over the last five or six years. But I think Partey's a massive, massive difference. I mean, what a signing.

    “When you talk about signings in the summer, he's got to be number one. I cannot believe, without being horrible here, that Arsenal got him.

    “I don't mean that in a horrible way, they're all crying out for it – I know Manchester United are top-heavy and they've got Fred, McTominay and Matic, but they haven't got a Partey.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PAT ON THE BACK

    It really is Partey time for Arsenal after the Gunners' No18 Thomas put in a sensational display in the 1-0 win over Manchester United.

    The Ghanaian midfielder, 27, was the king of the stats at Old Trafford and was hailed as the 'successor to Patrick Vieira' by former United midfielder Roy Keane with Paul Scholes also emphatic in his praise.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Roy Keane slated Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for calling Mikel Arteta by his first name.

    The striker scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday.

    But Keane, 49, was not impressed with how he addressed his manager in the post-match interview.

    The Sky Sports pundit said: “They didn't show him respect when they called him by his name, Mikel.

    “He's the manager, the boss, the gaffer. That's respect. Not Mikel, he's not his mate.”

    When asked if it was just the modern way to refer to your boss, Keane answered: “No, that's called respect.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PAY-PER REVIEW

    Premier League bosses are under increasing pressure to scrap pay-per-view football during the looming lockdown.

    The £14.95 fee will be reviewed by clubs at a meeting this week.

    Five matches – including Aston Villa’s trip to Arsenal on Sunday – are due to be screened on Sky Sports Box Office and BT Sport Box Office this weekend.

    A four-week lockdown starting on Thursday means pubs and bars will be shut, so fans would have to pay the controversial fee to watch at home.

    The Premier League resumes on November 21 after the international window, clubs must now decide whether to keep the fee, reduce the amount— or scrap it altogether.

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