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ARSENAL are looking to keep their winning run going with a victory over Brighton in the Premier League.

The 3-1 victory over Spurs in the North London derby has put a spring in the club's step after a disastrous start to the season.

But it's not all good news, Granit Xhaka will be out for THREE MONTHS after scans showed a medial knee ligament injury.

And there is news of the transfer chase for Ajax keeper Andre Onana.

The Gunners are also reportedly still keen to sign Real Madrid star Marco Asensio in January.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    EMERSON TRUTH

    Emerson Royal has denied claims that he turned down a move to Arsenal in favour of a switch to their rivals Tottenham.

    Royal did end up joining Spurs although the Gunners were also interested in him this summer, but he revealed that his ex-club Barcelona made the decision not him.

    The Brazilian explained that he had been speaking to both clubs and was still deciding who he should join when Barca told him they had already made a deal with Spurs.

    Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Royal said: "I actually had a conversation with Edu. I did talk to Edu in the same week.

    "And we talked, he showed me the desire of the club and such. And, of course, I needed Barcelona, ​​I couldn’t settle anything with anyone, Barcelona had to deal club to club.

    “And that’s where Barcelona went and found a deal with Tottenham. I also got to talk to Tottenham, at first I didn’t have any verbal agreement with anyone.

    “That’s when Barcelona told me that they had made an agreement with Tottenham.

    "I listened to the proposal, for me it was a good proposal, not only financial, for me that’s what counts least.

    "But it had a very good career project for me. So this is why I chose to come to Tottenham.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    JACK IT IN

    Arsenal have handed teenager Jack Henry-Francis his first professional contract at the club.

    The 18-year-old is a product of the Hale End Academy and made his debut for the club’s U-18 last season. 

    Since then, he has made 18 appearances for them, scoring one goal and securing three assists in the process. 

    His impressive displays at the youth level also earned him a call-up to the U-23 side this season.

    Henry-Francis was also involved in training with the senior squad on several occasions.

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    GUNNER FAIL 

    Thierry Henry has questioned his ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for wanting to stage the World Cup every two years.

    Fifa are keen to push through the controversial move, which has been criticised by Uefa and several top clubs, before the end of this year.

    As quoted by the Associated Press, Henry said: "Do you [FIFA] actually ask the current players what they think about it?

    "I played four World Cups and [three] Euros and I came out of them shattered mentally.

    "And it’s not about the games I played in it, it's the preparation for the World Cup, coming back from the World Cup after a season at your club.

    "So if you play that every two years, mentally it’s tough for a player."

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    BIELIK FEE

    Derby County still owe Arsenal £8million for former midfielder Krystian Bielik, the Telegraph have reported.

    Derby signed Bielik for a club-record fee worth up to £10 million in August 2019 when Phillip Cocu was in charge.

    But the cash-strapped and owner-less Rams only gave the Gunners £2m up-front for the Polish defender.

    Wayne Rooney's side were late in paying Arsenal one instalment for Bielik earlier this month.

    But the Telegraph claim that the Gunners have been assured they'll receive all the cash for the centre-back despite Derby's financial woes, as they search for new owners.

  • Justin Lawrence

    GUEN IT WRONG

    Marseille loanee ace Matteo Guendouzi came under fire from Galatasary star Patrick van Aanholt after the pair clashed when their sides met in the Europa League.

    The Arsenal star, who's on loan to the Ligue 1 side, was awarded a penalty when he was brought down by van Aanholt in the last ten minutes of the game.

    But the decision was overturned when VAR was reviewed and Guendozi approached van Aanholt to give him an earful about his challenge.

    After the game, van Aanholt took to Twitter to give Gunendozi a piece of his mind.

    He wrote: "Running your mouth after VAR proved you wrong… likkleman needs to relax before I snatch that wig off your head."

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    ROUGH SEAS AHEAD

    Arsenal legend David Seaman has warned the club's current No.1 to expect a tougher game the next time he faces Tottenham.

    Ramsdale hardly had anything to do in Arsenal's 3-1 win over Spurs last weekend, but Seaman's told the Gunner's new signing not to get used to it.

    Seaman played his fair share of North London derbies during his time in Arsenal's goal and knows that the matches are usually full of action.

    After the Spurs game, Seaman shared his knowledge with Ramsdale he revealed on the Seaman Says podcast.

    He said: "He had three saves to make, a save in the first-half that you’d expect him to make.

    "A save from Kane that was probably hitting the post, but he got a hand to it, and then a brilliant save at 3-1 where he tipped it onto the crossbar, that’s in the mix for save of the week.

    "It was a good performance from him, but I spoke to him afterwards and I said to him ‘by the way, north London derbies are never usually that easy, so don’t get used to that.'"

  • Justin Lawrence

    EDD-ING OFF

    Arsenal ace Eddie Nketiah wants to leave the North London club in January, according to reports.

    The striker, 22, is yet to feature in the Premier League this term and three teams are thought to be interested in signing him.

    According to Spanish outlet Fichajes.Net, Nketiah will try to leave Arsenal this winter in a bid to get more game time.

    The 17-cap England U21 international has made just one appearance for the Gunners this term, scoring against Wimbledon in the League Cup.

    And Brentford, Aston Villa and former club Leeds are all reportedly keen on luring him away from the Emirates.

     

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    SIGN HIM UP

    Arsenal are allegedly in pole position to sign Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne next summer.

    The Euro 2020 winning Italian striker is in the last 12 months of his Napoli contract, meaning the Gunners can snag him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

    However the Serie A side aren't willing to let Insigne leave without a fight and have offered him a new contract said to be worth £4.2million, Corriere Dello Sport claim.

    There's supposedly a host of clubs keeping an eye on the 30-year-old's situation, but the Gunners are leading the pack, Dello Sport reported.

     

     

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    XHAK SOON

    Crocked Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has been pictured in the gym sporting a leg brace.

    The Swiss midfielder has been ruled out of action for atleast three months following his injury in Arsenal's 3-1 win over Tottenham last weekend.

    After seeing a specialist, Xhaka doesn't need surgery and has already started his road to recovery.

    Posting to his Instagram account, Xhaka uploaded an image of himself on a cross-trainer in the gym with the caption: "The recovery starts now."

  • Justin Lawrence

    RAY OF HOPE

    Arsenal are reportedly planning to replace want-away keeper Bernd Leno with Brentford stopper David Raya.

    Leno doesn't appear to be happy with being replaced as Gunners No.1 by new signing Aaron Ramsdale and wants out, it's been reported.

    Leno recently voiced his frustrations with being left out of Arsenal's starting line-up, which he claims has nothing to do with his performances between the sticks.

    The Austrian vented to Bild: "There was no clear reason why I was out of the starting line-up, just that it had nothing to do with my performance.

    "Arteta is the trainer, he decides. It’s difficult for me, of course."

  • Justin Lawrence

    TOM-ALDO

    New Arsenal signing Takehiro Tomiyasu has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo by one of his former coaches.

    Tomiyasu has been a standout performer for the Gunners since arriving from Bologna for £17 million on deadline day.

    And ex-Sint-Truiden's sporting director Andre Pinto, who worked with the Tomiyasu when they were both at the club claims the Japanese star's Ronaldo-esque mindset is the reason behind his impressive Arsenal start.

    Pinto told Goal: "You find a lot of dedicated players, but Tomi has a little bit of the Cristiano Ronaldo mentality in terms of determination, in terms of working hard and in terms of eating healthy.

    "He is the type of player who is never satisfied. He will always continue to work hard to keep developing himself."

  • Justin Lawrence

    HAVE XHAK'S BACK

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has demanded that his stars step up in the absence of Granit Xhaka.

    The midfielder is facing up to three months on the sidelines after getting injured in the Gunners 3-1 over Tottenham last week.

    But Arteta said Xhaka's injury isn't a reason for the Gunners to slip up.

    Arteta said: "It has to happen, there is no other choice. There are players here that are so willing to play and they had opportunities this season already and they have responded really well.

    “It is another opportunity. It is a challenge for us because Granit is an important player, not only for the team, but for the squad – other players have to do it now.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    GAB-SMACKED

    Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes has praised new team-mates Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale for their impact at the club since arriving this summer.

    With the pair beside him at the back, Gabriel reckons they can help the Gunners achieve alot more this season.

    Arsenal have won their last three games with two clean sheets, and Gabriel thinks it's only the beginning of new chapter for the North London side.

    The Brazilian told Sky Sports: "Thanks to God we have managed to win three games together and keep two clean sheets.

    "It’s only the beginning but I think we have the makings of a very good partnership, in terms of our attributes.

    "The manager wants his central defenders to defend well, first and foremost. He wants us to know the moments to attack and the moments to defend.

    "That’s what we are trying to do, and we know now when to drop deep and ‘when to push up."

  • Kealan Hughes

    BISSOUMA UPDATE

    Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter admits it is tough to replace the “unique” talents of midfielder Yves Bissouma ahead of a Premier League clash with potential suitors Arsenal.

    The influential Mali international is a doubt for Saturday evening’s game at the Amex Stadium, having sat out Monday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace due to a knee injury.

    Bissouma’s standout performances for the Seagulls have led him to be linked with a host of top clubs, including Mikel Arteta’s Gunners, Manchester United and Liverpool.

  • Kealan Hughes

    FOOTBALL MAD

    Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has raved about his teammate Takehiro Tomiyasu on the club’s Twitch channel.

    He said: "He loves football. He just lives and breathes football. You forget he is 22 years old.”

    Both players have broken into Mikel Arteta's starting line-up and impressed in the 3-0 win over Tottenham.

  • Kealan Hughes

    LACA EXIT

    Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has been offered to AC Milan ahead of the January transfer window, according to Calciomercato.

    Milan want another option to support Olivier Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Lacazette seen as an option.

    Andrea Belotti is another player Milan like, and he could be cheaper than Lacazette wages-wise.

    Lacazette is inside the final year of his Arsenal contract and currently looks unlikely to secure a new contract any time soon.

  • Kealan Hughes

    INSIGNE TO SIGN?

    Arsenal are leading the race for Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne, but he is more likely to sign a new deal at the Italian club according to reports.

    Corriere Dello Sport report the ‘wall of ice’ that had separated the player from a renewal has begun to crack.

    They explain that a renewal for Insigne close after Aurelio de Laurentiis decided to meet his agent and offered £3.5m a year for the next five years.

    Until a deal is signed, though, many of Europe’s big teams are still ‘dreaming’ of signing the player on a free transfer, and Arsenal are said to be one of them.

  • Kealan Hughes

    JUST LIKE CR7

    Sint-Truiden sporting director Pinto has claimed Takehiro Tomiyasu has a "Cristiano Ronaldo mentality".

    He said of Arsenal's summer signing: "What is amazing about Tomi is that he doesn’t accept anything that isn’t success.

    "He’s not lucky, nothing for Tomi comes because he’s lucky. He’s just a hard working player.

    "You find a lot of dedicated players, but Tomi has a little bit of the Cristiano Ronaldo mentality in terms of determination, in terms of working hard and in terms of eating healthy.

    "He is the type of player who is never satisfied. He will always continue to work hard to keep developing himself."

  • Kealan Hughes

    SHOCK MOVE

    Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has admitted he was surprised to see the club sign Aaron Ramsdale in the summer.

    The England keeper was relegated with Sheffield United last term but has hit the ground running at The Emirates and already taken Leno's position in the line-up.

    Leon told Sport Bild: "To be honest, I wasn’t surprised about Aaron Ramsdale’s signing, even if it cost almost 30 million euros.

    "The sum may seem high in Germany, but here – as strange as it sounds – it is almost normal."

  • Kealan Hughes

    HAIRY FIGHTERS

    Patrick van Aanholt slammed ‘likkleman’ Matteo Guendouzi and threatened to ‘snatch that wig off your head’.

    The pair clashed during the heated Marseille vs Galatasaray Europa League tie in Turkey on Thursday night.

    With 15 minutes to go and the scores still level at 0-0, the on-loan Arsenal midfielder went down under a challenge from Van Aanholt.

    Referee Pawel Raczkowski gave the penalty – much to the dismay of the former Crystal Palace left-back.

    But after a lengthy VAR check, the decision was overturned as Guendouzi argued with the officials.

    The match at the Stade Velodrome ended 0-0 – however, that was not the end of the drama.

    Guendouzi and Van Aanholt squared up after the full-time whistle and had to be separated by team-mates and backroom staff.

    But the 19-cap Dutch international carried on the feud on Twitter.

  • Kealan Hughes

    ENGLAND CALL-UP

    Loaned out Arsenal striker Tyreece John-Jules has been named in a 23-man England Under-21 squad for Euro Qualifiers against Slovenia and Andorra.

    The forward, 20, will be aiming to build on his first appearance for Lee Carsley's side, having made his under-21 debut as a substitute against Kosovo last month.

    He will link up with the Three Lions following Blackpool's fixture against Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

  • Kealan Hughes

    NEW CONTRACT

    Jack Henry-Francis has signed his first professional contract with Arsenal.

    Henry-Francis certainly had to wait for this first professional deal. He’s been eligible for one for over a year, having turned 17 last September.

    At the time, perhaps his form still left some doubts about handing him a professional contract. The defensive midfielder only made occasional appearances in the latter parts of 2020, and he certainly wasn’t a starter.

    But from there, Henry-Francis really kicked on. He earned himself a starting role in the u18s in the early months of 2021, then he got his u23 debut, then that impressive display in first-team pre-season.

    Mikel Arteta had praise for the youngster after that Hibs appearance.

    He said: “He has a lot of courage, wants the ball in tight areas and is technically very gifted.

    “You can see physically he’s not fully developed but his intelligence…his brain works quicker than his physique and he did really well when he came on.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    ROYAL FIGHT

    Tottenham summer signing Emerson Royal revealed he could have signed for Arsenal instead.

    He said: "I actually had a conversation with Edu. I did talk to Edu in the same week. He showed me the desire of the club and such. And, of course, I needed Barcelona, ​​I couldn’t settle anything with anyone, Barcelona had to deal club to club.

    “And that’s where Barcelona went and found deal with Tottenham.

    I also got to talk to Tottenham, at first I didn’t have any verbal agreement with anyone. And that’s when Barcelona told me that they had made an agreement with Tottenham.

    I listened to the proposal, for me it was a good proposal, not only financial, for me that’s what counts least, but it had a very good career project for me. So this is why I chose to come to Tottenham.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    CALL EM UP

    Arsenal midfield sensation Emile Smith Rowe was 'very close' to making Gareth Southgate's England squad to face Andorra and Hungary.

    Smith Rowe has made an incredible start to the season, and it hasn't gone unnoticed by Southgate.

    Southgate – impressed with the Hale End academy products performance – admitted he was close to including him in the squad.

    During his squad announcement on Thursday, Southgate said: "He’s [Smith Rowe] a player we like a lot and he was very close to making this squad.

    "At this moment in time I don’t want to bring in any more younger players out of the Under-21s. They have got to earn that right over a longer period.

    "I thought his performance against Tottenham was very good, we know how he finished last season as well.

    "I can only say he is a player we really like and he was close."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'MOVING FORWARD'

    Mikel Arteta believes he has put the foundations in place to make real change happen at Arsenal thanks to the summer's transfer business.

    The Gunners took a while to get up and running but they have now won three in a row ahead of Saturday's trip to Brighton.

    Speaking ahead of the game Arteta said: "Momentum is down to confidence, it's down to believing in what you do and really feeling it and trying to embrace it and move on every week, adding something, making sure that the steps are forwards.

    “In any project, that’s impossible to happen every single week. Some days you have to go a little bit backwards to go forwards and you have to realise that and don’t lose perspective.

    “The changes we made this summer was probably the most significant summer we’ve had since I’ve been here.

    “Now you start to get a sense that we’re all on the same page. With any project, you need the right foundations and now we have clarity in what we want to do.

    “We’re starting to have some stability. We have to establish unity. And when that happens, there are better decisions, everybody is more calm, everybody is more settled and things start to happen.”

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