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    NIGEL WINTERBURN has declared Arsenal MUST beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to avoid a fan meltdown. The Gunners go into Friday night's clash at Selhurst Park full of optimism after a great pre-season having won six matches. 2Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn is demanding a batter performance against Crystal PalaceCredit: Splash 2Gunners boss Mikel Arteta knows the pressure is on him to start well this seasonCredit: Getty And following the big-money signings of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira, fans are hopeful of a positive start to the campaign. Though there is a fear from supporters that they could suffer a loss in the opening match of the new Premier League term after last year's 2-0 defeat at Brentford. Fans are also hoping to avoid humiliation in South London for a second time in 2022 after Patrick Vieira's men smashed Arsenal 3-0 in April. Club legend Winterburn is demanding a better performance this time around, as he stressed that a loss would deflate supportes. READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS NEWS Tielemans boost as Aouar deal lined up, Maddison waiting on BID Speaking exclusively to...
    ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta MUST secure at least a top four spot next season for it to be counted as a successful year. That is according to Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn who has questioned whether his job would be under pressure should he fail to secure Champions League football again. 2Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has insisted the club must finish at least fourth this seasonCredit: Splash 2Mikel Arteta's side have brought in five players this summer, and intend to make more signingsCredit: Splash The North London outfit narrowly missed out on fourth spot last season as they finished two points behind Tottenham. Leading their arch-rivals by four points with three games to play, Arsenal dropped below Antonio Conte's side following back-to-back defeats against Spurs and Newcastle. But there is optimism from Arsenal fans going into the new campaign following a fantastic pre-season and the big-money arrivals of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira. With Arteta backed yet again following last year's £150m summer spending spree, Winterburn has insisted finishing in the top four should be a minimum. READ MORE...
    NIGEL WINTERBURN has urged Arsenal to sign Leicester star Youri Tielemans as the club legend stated a new midfielder should be a priority. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has already declared he is pushing for more transfers as he continues his squad overhaul. 3Arsenal icon Nigel Winterburn wants the club to bring in Youri Tielemans from LeicesterCredit: Splash 3Tielemans has been linked with a move away from the Foxes having entered the final year of his contractCredit: Rex Five players have been brought to the Emirates with Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner all snapped up this summer. And there have been strong rumours that Tielemans could be next, with the 25-year-old having just a year left on his deal at the King Power Stadium. Leicester are reportedly expecting Arsenal to make a move for the Belgium international, but the North London outfit are yet to turn their interest into a formal approach. It was claimed in June how Arsenal had already agreed personal terms with the player. READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS NEWS Maddison waiting on Gunners offer, Tielemans...
    ARSENAL legend Nigel Winterburn has told Nuno Tavares he must learn the role of a full-back if he wishes to salvage a career at the Emirates. The 22-year-old has been guilty of inconsistent performances since arriving from Benfica for £8million last summer. 1Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares has struggled for form in 2022 after a positive startCredit: Reuters Tavares starred in the absence of first-choice left-back Kieran Tierney when called upon earlier in the campaign. He started six Premier League matches in a row from October 22 to December 2 - notably impressing in the wins against Leicester, Aston Villa and Newcastle. His standout displays saw him linked with a shock move to Manchester City. But his form has dipped in 2022, with the defender hauled off after just 34 minutes in Arsenal's FA Cup third round defeat to Nottingham Forest on January 9. Read more on SunSportGUNNERS NEWS Max Aarons transfer interest, Paqueta BIDDING war, Morata SNUBS Gunners Following that clash, Tavares had to wait until February 24 for his next outing where he came on for the last minute...
    PAOLO DI CANIO was ‘too cute’ for Fabien Barthez’s ‘con’ tricks as West Ham secured a famous 1-0 FA Cup win at Old Trafford 21 years ago. Nigel Winterburn played on the left of a back-five for Harry Redknapp’s side that day and remembers the ‘backs to the wall job’ fondly. On this day in 2001, Paolo Di Canio up at Old Trafford ⚒Lets all do the Barthez ????‍♂️pic.twitter.com/Gvy7oGpagT— COYIrons (@COYIronscom) January 28, 2022 3Paolo Di Canio celebrates after his famous goal at Old TraffordCredit: PA:Press Association 3Manchester United keeper Fabian Barthez tried to bluff that Di Canio was offsideCredit: BSkyB Manchester United keeper Barthez stood with his arm aloft trying to claim offside as the mercurial Italian bore down on goal in the 76th minute of the Fourth Round tie. But the Hammers icon ignored the Frenchman and slotted into the bottom left corner with the outside of his right foot before celebrating in front of 9,000 jubilant Cockneys. Winterburn, now 58, told SunSport: “Barthez was trying to con the referee and the linesman. “When Paulo went through, he...
    ARSENAL legend Nigel Winterburn has urged the club's board to back Mikel Arteta in the transfer market. The iconic former left-back's comments came after Gunners director Josh Kroenke ruled out selling the club despite a £1.8billion bid from Spotify billionaire Daniel Ek. 2Nigel Winterburn wants Arsenal's board to back Mikel Arteta in the transfer marketCredit: Reuters 2The Gunners legend made the comments after Arsenal director Josh Kroenke said the club is not for saleCredit: Rex After a terrible start to the season, the North Londoners' form has transformed and they've now gone 10 games unbeaten - winning eight of those. And Winterburn, 57, wants to see the club back the Spaniard by ensuring he has money to spend in the transfer market. He said: "I think that the fans will always have a voice, particularly if they’re not happy with how things are being run behind the scenes. "Arsenal are starting to invest a bit more money in the transfer market, they’ve certainly invested heavily this season. "We have the owners there, we just need to make sure that...
    NIGEL WINTERBURN says Arsenal should build a successful team around young English stars Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe. And Gunners legend Winterburn, 57, believes the exciting duo are now cornerstones of Mikel Arteta’s in-form side. 2Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka are vital for ArsenalCredit: Getty 2Winterburn says this is a "defining season" for Arsenal boss Mikel ArtetaCredit: Getty England regular Saka, 20, and Three Lions Under-21 star Smith Rowe, 21, both have two goals and one assist so far this season for an Arsenal side which has won four of their last five games. And former left-back Winterburn, who made 440 appearances for the club, insists both are vital if they are to challenge for titles again. He told PaddyPower: “Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are two players Arsenal won’t want to lose or have injured for extended periods. “Smith Rowe was left out of a game a few weeks ago which surprised me because his influence on the pitch is significant. “Arsenal want to build around all those young players. They’ve got partnerships forming and the...
    ARSENAL have been urged to swerve Aaron Ramsdale by Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn. The North Londoners are said to be considering a third bid of £18million - rising to £25m - for the Sheffield United keeper but iconic left-back Winterburn has 'doubts'. 3Arsenal have been warned off trying to sign Sheffield United keeper Aaron RamsdaleCredit: Getty 3Legendary Gunners left-back Nigel Winterburn is not sure the England man would be an improvement on Bernd LenoCredit: Rex Mikel Arteta is said to be on the hunt for a new goalkeeper with Bernd Leno being heavily linked with a return to his native Germany. Arsenal were previously linked with West Brom stopper Sam Johnstone but are now believed to have made Ramsdale, 23, their top target. The Blades have reportedly rejected two previous offers from the Premier League club for the England Euro 2020 squad member. And Winterburn has issued a warning to his old team about bidding again. The 57-year-old told Genting Bet: "If I’m completely honest, I don’t think Ramsdale is a step up on Leno. “He’s just not Arsenal’s solution for their No...
    CHELSEA ace Ben Chilwell should start ahead of Manchester United star Luke Shaw for England at the Euros, according to former Arsenal left-back Nigel Winterburn. Gareth Southgate is blessed with talent in Winterburn's old position with two of Europe's best left-backs to choose from but the 57-year-old would go with the Blues man if he was in charge. WIN £50,000! Play Dream Team Euros – our FREE fantasy football game   5Gareth Southgate should start Ben Chilwell at the Euros, according to former Arsenal left-back Nigel WinterburnCredit: Getty 5But that would leave no room for Man Utd star Luke Shaw after his sensational seasonCredit: Getty The former West Ham, Birmingham, Oxford United and Wimbledon star won just two England caps - with his international career mostly thwarted by current Hammers coach - and former player - Stuart Pearce's dominance of the Three Lions left-back slot. Winterburn's two England appearances came off the bench in 1989 and then again in 1993. Unlike during Winterburn's career, England's No 1 left-back is far from decided going into this summer's major tournament with Chilwell and Shaw...
    MIKEL ARTETA is not comfortable with Arsenal's right-backs, according to Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn. Hector Bellerin and Cedric are the only 'out and out' right-backs in the squad while Calum Chambers can also play there. 5Hector Bellerin has been linked with a move away from ArsenalCredit: Getty The Gunners came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at West Ham on Sunday with Chambers the star of the show. Bellerin, 25, has been strongly linked with a move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain. There is also said to be interest from old side Barcelona. And former Southampton man Cedric is very much a backup only. As a result, former full-back Winterburn - who played for the North Londoners from 1987 to 2000 - reckons Arteta will seek reinforcements in the position during the summer transfer window. He told GentingBet: "The right back position is the interesting one at Arsenal. "When you look at the switching of players in that position, you can see that Arteta isn’t comfortable with who he has so I expect that to be addressed in the...
    ARSENAL legend Nigel Winterburn is backing his former club to challenge for a Champions League spot. The Gunners endured a horror run of form earlier in the campaign when they went seven league games without a win. 2Arsenal have picked up 16 points from a possible 18Credit: Getty Images - Getty But after beating Chelsea 3-1 at the Emirates on Boxing Day, Mikel Arteta's side have been one of the form teams in the top flight. Their victory over Southampton on Tuesday meant they have picked up 16 points from a possible 18. It has catapulted them up the table into ninth but just five points off a top-four spot. And Winterburn, who spent 13 years at the Gunners, believes they are in a prime position to start thinking about challenging a Champions League spot. Speaking to FreeSuperTips, he said: “People will disagree with this, but in my opinion, I feel it is important that Mikel Arteta ensures Arsenal are in a European place next season. "At the start of the season, he probably would have been...
    NIGEL WINTERBURN claims his old club Arsenal are “mentally stronger” under Mikel Arteta - but they must do better against the top sides. The Gunners are unbeaten so far this campaign following their FA Cup success in August. 4Mikel Arteta has made Arsenal 'mentally tougher' over recent monthsCredit: Reuters 4The Gunners head to Anfield on Monday to face champions LiverpoolCredit: Rex Features Spaniard Arteta takes his team to Anfield on Monday to face Premier League champions Liverpool for their toughest test yet. However, Arsenal legend Winterburn believes his former side need to be more consistent against the big boys. And he says that must start against the Reds. ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Gunners news   Speaking to FreeSuperTips, the ex-left back said: “Arsenal are certainly getting mentally stronger under Mikel Arteta which has been shown in a few cases last season. “The mental side of the game is so important, which a lot of people forget about. “When people are watching football from the outside, they tend to focus on a player's ability. “For me, ability...
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