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    ARSENAL dropped points for just a second time this season as Southampton came from behind to draw 1-1 at St Mary's. It look the Gunners just 11 minutes to take the lead as Ben White's cross was rifled home with aplomb by Granit Xhaka. 6Xhaka lashed home as Arsenal took the lead early onCredit: EPA 6Armstrong's leveller earned Southampton a point on the south coastCredit: Getty But the hosts levelled midway through the second half as Mohamed Elyounoussi's clever slide pass found Stuart Armstrong and he cooly tucked the ball beyond Aaron Ramsdale. Mikel Arteta's men thought they had grabbed the winner 11 minutes from time when Martin Odegaard lashed in, but Kieran Tierney had failed to keep it in during the build-up. And Saints held on for a point as Arsenal only extend their lead over Manchester City at the top of the table to two points. Here is how SunSport's Dylan Terry saw the performances of the Arsenal players. READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS LIVE Bukayo Saka contract latest, Gunners face Southampton TODAY in Premier League AARON RAMSDALE -...
    MIKEL ARTETA will make a late call on Gabriel Martinelli's fitness ahead of Arsenal's Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven. The Brazilian winger has been key for the Premier League leaders this season but sat out training on Wednesday having felt unwell. 3 3Gabriel Martinelli is uncertain of facing PSV after feeling unwell but fellow Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka is tipped to startCredit: AFP Arteta is hopeful that Martinelli could be involved if needed. The Gunners ace has been involved in every game this season, scoring four goals and laying on two assists. Oleksandr Zinchenko was the only other absentee from training as the former Manchester City full-back continues to recover from a calf problem. The Ukraine international has not played since the Gunners beat Tottenham in the North London derby on October 1. READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS LIVE 'Ukrainian Messi' to cost £57million, Saka misses out on Kopa trophy Arsenal are two points clear of Dutch side PSV at the top of their Europa League group after three games. Victory at The Emirates on Thursday would see them take...
    GABRIEL MARTINELLI wants his wages TREBLED to £200,000-a-week in order to sign a new deal at Arsenal, according to reports. The Brazil star, 21, has continued to impress under Mikel Arteta and has taken up more responsibility in North London since the departures of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe. 1Martinelli wants his £70k-a-week wages trebledCredit: Getty Martinelli has started EVERY single Arsenal game this season, scoring four and assisting two. His latest goal came in the 3-2 home win over Liverpool, helping fire the Gunners back to the top of the Premier League. The winger has a contract at Arsenal until the summer of 2024 with an option for a further year. But in order to stay beyond that he wants his £70,000-a-week wages TREBLED, according to the Daily Mail. READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS LIVE Zaniolo interest, Edu 'given' £40m January transfer budget, FA probe latest Martinelli would like to be one of the club's top earners and pick up a weekly wage packet worth £200,000-a-week. The player confirmed talks are underway. He said: "We are talking about...
    BUKAYO SAKA'S double put Arsenal back on top of the Prem as Liverpool slumped again in a fiery thriller marred by more VAR controversy. Saka's disputed late penalty clinched a deserved victory for the high-tempo Gunners, after Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino had cancelled out strikes from Gabriel Martinelli and the England winger. 9Bukayo Saka strokes Arsenal in front for the third time 9Arsenal are in dreamland as Bukayo Saka salutes his late second goal In-form Saka surged away from the halfway line after Arsenal broke up a Liverpool attack in the first minute, eventually feeding Martin Odeggard, whose perfect pass was swept home by Martinelli. But on 34 minutes Gunners' centre-back Gabriel deflected a throw-in from Jurgen Klopp's men straight to Diogo Jota, enabling the winger to cross for Nunez to slide in the equaliser. Another swift counter-attack, though, put Arsenal back in front in first-half stoppage time. Gabriel Jesus droive forward, finally freeing Martinelli, whose exquisite pass was slipped home by the previously-quite Saka. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGUNNERS NEWS Pedro Neto boost, Lucas Paqueta top target,...
    ARSENAL have taken the lead against Liverpool with their first attack of the game at the Emirates. The Gunners broke the deadlock after just 58 seconds with Gabriel Martinelli following a beautiful through ball by Martin Odegaard. Martinelli ran behind Trent Alexander-Arnold, who lost his man, and that piled up the pressure on the Reds star on Twitter. THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY...The Sun is your go to destination for the best football, boxing and MMA news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSunFootball and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunFootball. Most read in SportWRESTLER GONE Husband's Instagram post swamped with messages after star's untimely death'I'M SORRY' Iker Casillas claims he was hacked after tweeting 'I'm gay' to millions of fansHART SCARE Fears for Michigan assistant coach Mike Hart after he collapses on sidelineCORS FOR CONCERN Health fears for ESPN broadcast legend as he misses second straight show Topics Football Premier League Arsenal Liverpool Gabriel Martinelli Martin Odegaard Trent Alexander-Arnold YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The Sun'I'M SORRY' Iker Casillas claims...
    CHELSEA have been linked with signing three new attackers as manager Graham Potter looks to overhaul the squad. The club have reportedly agreed a deal with RB Leipzig to sign Christopher Nkunku next season. 3Graham Potter won his first Premier League game in charge of ChelseaCredit: Alamy 3How Chelsea could line-up with a reformed attack The Frenchman has supposedly already had a medical at the club. Nkunku, 24, is able to play as a striker as well as an attacking midfielder possibly threatening Kai Havertz's place in the starting XI. Chelsea have also been linked with a shock move for Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli. The Brazilian is apparently being monitored by Potter after making a fine start to the season scoring three goals. READ MORE ON CHELSEAAUBA AND DONE Chelsea ace Aubameyang issues Champions League warning ahead of AC Milan game Reports suggest the Blues as well as the Gunners are interested in Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic with the Italian giants struggling for form and risk not qualifying for the Champions League. Chelsea owner Todd Boehly heavily backed Thomas Tuchel...
    ARSENAL are reportedly in contract talks with three of their top young stars. Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba’s deals all expire in 2024. 2Arsenal are in contract talks with young stars Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo SakaCredit: Getty 2William Saliba is also in line for a new dealCredit: Getty And Mikel Arteta is keen to ensure his brightest talents stick around at the Emirates for a lot longer. Saka, 21, has been at Arsenal since 2008 and is a key figure in the side. 90min claims Manchester City and Real Madrid are both lining up bids for next summer. But Saka has already indicated he is ready to commit himself to a new deal with the Gunners. READ MORE ON ARSENALArsenal news Man City & Real Madrid 'in for' Saka, Mykhaylo Mudryk transfer boost Meanwhile, Martinelli has come on leaps and bounds in the past year to take ownership of Arsenal’s left flank. He already has three goals in six league games this term. And Arteta is prepared to hand Martinelli a huge pay rise to ward off interest...
    MIKEL ARTETA is poised to stick to his winning formula when Arsenal face Fulham on Saturday as he is set to name an unchanged team for the fourth match in a row. The Gunners have picked up maximum points from their opening three Premier League games to leave them sitting pretty at the top of the table. 2Here is how Arsenal could start against Fulham at the Emirates in Saturday's late kick-off Crystal Palace, Leicester and Bournemouth have all been dispatched with relative ease with Arsenal scoring nine goals and conceding just twice. At this stage last campaign, the North London outfit were bottom of the league having lost their first three games - scoring zero goals and letting in nine. But following the additions of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, as well as the reintegration of William Saliba, Arteta's side are beginning to look like the real deal. Up next for Arsenal is a London derby against newly-promoted Fulham, who have surprised pundits and fans by their free-flowing football so far this term. READ MORE ON ARSENALArsenal transfer news...
    ARSENAL have reportedly opened talks with Gabriel Martinelli over a lucrative new long-term deal. Martinelli, 21, is set to receive a huge pay rise as he continues to impress at the North London club. 1Martinelli has impressed so far this season and talks have begun on a lucrative new contractCredit: AFP His existing contract expires in the summer of 2024, with an additional option for The Gunners to extend by a year. However, PA Sport report that discussions have started to ensure the Brazilian stays at the Emirates for many years ahead. Mikel Arteta's side have started the season in complete control, gaining nine points from their first three games. They opened their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace with Martinelli scoring after just 20 minutes. READ MORE ON ARSENALArsenal transfer news Gunners want £50million Neto, Tielemans top priority, Paqueta on list The winger got on the scoresheet once again when Arsenal swept past Leicester at the Emirates. And Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has compared the youngster to a former South American icon, striker Luis Suarez. When speaking on...
    ARSENAL continued their winning start to the season with an enthralling 4-2 win over Leicester. The Gunners were two-up at half-time thanks to a double from the impressive Gabriel Jesus. 1Gabriel Jesus scored twice and could have had another three against LeicesterCredit: Getty A William Saliba own goal got the Foxes back into it before Granit Xhaka took advantage of some shocking defending. James Maddison then scored through Aaron Ramsdale's legs before Gabriel Martinelli grabbed a fourth. Mikel Arteta's side continued their 100 per cent record this season, as he looks towards Champions League qualification this season. SunSport were on hand to keep up with all the action at a sold out Emirates this Saturday afternoon. AARON RAMSDALE - 6 Made some solid stops in the first-half, but a slight lapse in concentration almost gifted Jamie Vardy a penalty. Should have done better with the Maddison goal and will be disappointed with himself. BEN WHITE - 6 Had a pretty quiet game but dealt well with his defensive duties at right-back. He is going to struggle to get in...
    LONDON (AP) — Arsenal’s newcomers made an immediate impact as they opened the English Premier League beating host Crystal Palace 2-0 on Friday. Left back Oleksandr Zinchenko set up the opening goal in the first half while striker Gabriel Jesus created a number of chances and defender William Saliba put in a near-flawless performance in his first start for Arsenal. The Gunners still had to endure a nervy second half before Bukayo Sako’s attempted cross was deflected into his own net by Palace defender Marc Guehi in the 85th. Arsenal took the lead from a well-worked corner in the 20th, when Zinchenko met a long delivery into the area and headed back across goal toward Gabriel Martinelli, who nodded the ball in from close range. Martinelli should have scored in the opening minutes after a rampaging run from Jesus, who dribbled his way into the box before the ball was deflected into the path of his fellow Brazilian, who scuffed his shot wide of the far post. Zinchenko and Jesus both joined from Manchester City in the offseason...
    ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta could shake up his team for Everton's visit to the Emirates on the final day of the Premier League season. The Gunners lost their grip on the final Champions League spot with back-to-back losses to rivals Tottenham and Newcastle. 3Arsenal need a favour from Norwich to reclaim fourth on the final dayCredit: SHUTTERSHOCK 3Lacazette and Martinelli could come back into the starting line-up As a result, Arteta's men are two points behind fourth place Spurs and they need a miracle from Norwich to seize the position back. Aaron Ramsdale will keep his place in between the sticks with Cedric, Ben White, Gabriel and Nuno Tavares starting in front of him. Mohamed Elneny will hope to turn in a top performance in the hope of convincing the Arsenal hierarchy to extend his stay. The Egyptian will partner Granit Xhaka in midfield. READ MORE ON ARSENALFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners GUNNERS NEWS Saliba HINTS at Arsenal return whilst Gunners go in for Marseille ace Kamara Martin...
    ARSENAL fans have been discussing Gabriel Martinelli's accent after footage emerged of him scolding team-mate Ben White. Martinelli, 20, was giving a filmed interview for the Premier League in the latest episode of Uncut. 3Arsenal fans think Gabriel Martinelli sounds like an Italian gangsterCredit: Getty 3Martinelli jokingly scolded his team-mate Ben White for disrupting the interviewCredit: Youtube - Premier League 3The Brazilian had a cheeky grin on his face afterwardsCredit: Youtube - Premier League The Brazilian discussed some of the goals he has scored this season, including his chip against Leeds at Elland Road. He also offered advice to youngsters hoping to be a forward like him one day - before he was rudely interrupted by White. The Arsenal defender smashed a ball into the back of an empty net behind where Martinelli was being interviewed. So he shouted "Ben!...I'm working." Read More in FootballGUNNERS NEWS Arsenal 'Gabriel Jesus talks CONFIRMED', Youri Tielemans LATEST Arsenal fans were intrigued with how Martinelli sounded when he shouted the words. One fan on Twitter asked: "Why does Gabi sound like an Italian gangster...
    ARSENAL star Bukayo Saka is the BEST U21s star in Europe right now. But Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham is shockingly low on a list released by the CIES Football Observatory. 1 The group has been scouting 32 European leagues this term in order to find the continent’s top young ace. They have used various criteria to establish a table of the top 100 U21 players, including prowess on the ball, work rate, tackling and shooting. And it’s Arsenal favourite Saka who has taken top spot. The 20-year-old has enjoyed a stunning rise over the last few years, becoming an important figure for both club and country. READ MORE SUN STORIESGUNNERS NEWS Tierney OUT for season, Paulo Dybala Gunners transfer preparedWorld Cup 2022 TV games Which matches are on ITV and BBC and what channel are England on? Saka has 10 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this term. And he is now being tipped for a starting role when England compete at the Qatar World Cup in December. However, fellow Three Lions star Bellingham is only 24th on the...
    AARON RAMSDALE and Gabriel Martinelli are both OUT of Arsenal's clash with Aston Villa on Saturday lunchtime. Bernd Leno comes into the Gunners starting line-up as their No1 is forced to miss the clash with a hip problem. 2Ramsdale is missing the Villa clash through injuryCredit: Getty 2Martinelli has also been forced out through illnessCredit: Getty Brazilian Martinelli also misses out through illness but it is not Covid related. Aston Villa have also suffered a selection blow as left-back Lucas Digne has not made the squad. More to follow. Most read in Premier LeagueKANYE WHO? Kim shocks fans as she sells off her Yeezy items amid Kanye custody battleK-NOSE IT ALL Kris looks unrecognizable with 'COLLAPSED' nose as fans rip 'plastic surgery'KOURT'S KURVES Kourtney ditches baggy clothes & flaunts curves in bikini amid IVF journeyGREEN QUEEN Kourtney makes MAJOR hair change as she spends St Patrick's Day without Travis
    ARSENAL have been handed a major boost ahead of Saturday's clash against Aston Villa with Mikel Arteta revealing Takehiro Tomiyasu is in contention to feature. The Japanese defender hasn't appeared in the Premier League since the 2-1 defeat against Manchester City at the Emirates on New Year's Day. 2Here is how Arsenal could line-up against Aston Villa in the Midlands on Saturday Tomiyasu has missed the last seven top-flight matches with a calf injury, with Cedric Soares deputising in his absence. It was thought that the ex-Bologna ace could have been included in the matchday squad that lost 2-0 to Liverpool on Wednesday night. The 23-year-old had returned to training, with Arteta insisting that they were being careful at bringing him back too soon. But now the Spanish gaffer has revealed there is a chance Tomiyasu could be involved in the match at Villa Park this weekend. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Arteta said: "There is a chance but we don’t know, again today in the training session, we’ll see how he’s feeling. "He had a reoccurring injury around...
    ARSENAL star Gabriel Martinelli lit up The Emirates against Liverpool with one dazzling run particularly catching the eye. The tricky winger was a threat throughout the match but could not help his side find the breakthrough as the Gunners lost 2-0. ???????? Gabriel Martinelli will become the greatest footballer on the planet ⚪️????pic.twitter.com/q43svV0db7— Gooner Chris (@ArsenalN7) March 16, 2022 3First Gabriel Martinelli sidestepped Trent Alexander-Arnold 3He reached the touchline and was boxed in before flicking the ball between Jordan Henderson's legsCredit: beIN Sport 3The Brazilian then made his way into the box before firing across the six-yard boxCredit: beIN Sport At one point in the second half the Brazilian picked up the ball on the left flank and almost set up a goal. First Martinelli sprinted full pelt at a terrified-looking Trent Alexander-Arnold, feigning to go right and left before touching the ball past the full-back. Jordan Henderson and Luis Diaz then came to support their team-mate and looked to have boxed in Martinelli. But the Arsenal star had other ideas, flicking the ball through Henderson's legs to leave the...
    ARSENAL turned in a resilient and entertaining display despite falling to a 2-0 defeat against Jurgen Klopp's title-chasing Liverpool. The Gunners dominated the first half and used their width well to create chances. 3Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool's secondCredit: GETTY 3Arsenal were most dangerous in the first halfCredit: GETTY Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, in particular, were good at hugging the touchline and wriggling free of their marker. Arsenal would have been hoping the half-time whistle was never going to come - but it did. And Jurgen Klopp was given 15 valuable minutes to lay into his team and get the back on track. Liverpool started to force Arsenal into making mistakes. Read more on Cheltenham CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL Punters brave torrential rain and mud as Day 2 races get underway Diogo Jota squeezed the opener in after Thiago carved Arsenal's midfield and defence apart. Not long after, Mikel Arteta's men failed to clear their lines and second half substitute made them pay. The Gunners may have lost, but they're still in control of their own destiny in the race to...
    MIKEL ARTETA has revealed he is 'tempted' to unleash the attacking quartet of Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard. Arsenal have never started a game with all four players on the pitch, but that could change for tonight's clash against Wolves. 2Smith Rowe, Saka and Odegaard all started together last weekCredit: Getty 2Martinelli could be added to the mix against WolvesCredit: Getty Martinelli was suspended for the 2-1 win over Brentford at the weekend, but Smith Rowe, Saka and Odegaard all started together. And now Martinelli is back available Arteta is contemplating chucking him in the mix as well to complete a fearsome looking front four. With Saka and Martinelli both just 20-years-old, Smith Rowe aged 21 and Odegaard the eldest at 23-years-old, the Gunners would take on a particularly youthful look. Speaking on the possibility of them all playing together, Arteta said:"They have played together - Emile played as a left attacking midfielder, which is another position he can play. "I am tempted, yes, because they want to play and when you see players...
    TAKEHIRO TOMIYASU could give Mikel Arteta a huge boost and start for Arsenal against Brentford at the Emirates on Saturday. The Japanese right-back, 23, has missed the last two Premier League games with a calf injury. 3This is how Arsenal could start against Brentford at the Emirates on Saturday But he has stepped up his recovery after returning to full training this week to put himself in contention to feature against the Bees. Arsenal know anything but three points will put a dent in their top four hopes. They currently sit in sixth place - four points behind Manchester United in fourth - though they do have three games in hand over the Red Devils. And they will be looking to get back to winning ways in North London having failed to win at home in their last three matches in all competitions. A 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on New Year's Day was followed by a 2-0 loss to Liverpool in their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg. The Gunners were then held to a goalless draw by Burnley on...
    ARSENAL starlet Omari Hutchinson has reportedly been training with the first-team ahead of a possible call up to the squad to face Brentford on Saturday. The 18-year-old winger could be an option from the bench for Mikel Arteta this weekend with Gabriel Martinelli suspended. 1Omari Hutchinson could be on the bench for Arsenal in their clash against BrentfordCredit: Getty Martinelli picked up a red card in the 1-0 win against Wolves at Molineux after being shown two yellow cards in the same phase of play. Emile Smith Rowe is expected to take the Brazilian's place in the starting XI, while Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe is also in consideration for selection. But teenage forward Hutchinson - likened to Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling - could be handed a Premier League debut should he make the matchday squad. According to Arsenal youth blogger Jeorge Bird, the England youth international has been training with the senior side this week. He tweeted: "Omari Hutchinson has been training with the first team. "With Martinelli suspended at least one academy player will be on the...
    MIKEL ARTETA is reportedly set to solve his Arsenal striker crisis by playing Gabriel Martinelli through the middle. The Brazilian youngster- who was sent off in the 1-0 win against Wolves - is usually used out wide on the left but is said to have been playing as a No9 in training. 4 4Gabriel Martinelli is usually played out wide on the leftCredit: Getty 4Alexander Isak is one of the names on the Gunners' listCredit: Getty The Gunners waved goodbye to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last month and are set to lose Alexandre Lacazette on a free in the summer. Academy graduate Eddie Nketiah has struggled for games this season and could also follow Lacazette out the door at the end of the season. That has left Arteta short on long-term options up front at the Emirates. He saw January target Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina plump for a move to Juventus rather than north London. The Spaniard has his eyes on a handful of other names this summer, with Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin among them. Martinelli playing through...
    ARSENAL might not replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette in the summer, according to reports. The Gunners shifted Aubameyang off the books in January, sending him to Spain to play for Barcelona. 1Martinelli has four goals to his name this termCredit: REUTERS But they could also lose Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, with both of their contracts up in the summer. But according to football.london, youngster Gabriel Martinelli has been training as a No9, suggesting the Gunners may not necessarily splash out on a big money forward. Martinelli's blistering pace, technical and finishing ability could see him grow into a top class striker. The Brazilian has four goals to his name this term having found himself in good goal scoring positions as a result of his movement. Former Arsenal player Jack Wilshere - who is currently back at the club training to regain fitness - has been left impressed by Martinelli. Speaking to Arsenal's official club website, Wilshere said: "The one who I really like and think he's going to be top, is Martinelli. Most read in Premier LeagueHERE...
    ARSENAL broke a Premier League record in their 4-1 thrashing of Leeds at Elland Road. Leeds could not live with the Gunners in the first half and Mikel Arteta's side led 3-0 at half-time. 2Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as Arsenal dominated the first halfCredit: Reuters 2Arsenal peppered the Leeds goal in the first halfCredit: Opta/Stats perform But it could have been even worse for Leeds if not for Illan Meslier, who kept out Alexandre Lacazette twice from close range. The Frenchman also kept out efforts from Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard with Arsenal producing a record-breaking 11 shots on target in the first half. It is the most shots on goal in a first half since Opta records began in 2003. Arsenal recorded just one more shot on target after half-time - substitute Emile Smith Rowe's 84rd-minute goal. That put the Gunners 4-1 up and capped off a brilliant away day - they now sit four points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham. Gabriel Martinelli took just 16 minutes to beat Meslier when he pounced on a loose ball, before the...
    ARSENAL cemented their place in the top four with an impressive 4-1 win at Leeds. Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as he filled in for axed captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 2Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as Arsenal beat Leeds 4-1Credit: Getty 2Bukayo Saka also netted as the Gunners dominated proceedings at Elland RoadCredit: PA And Bukayo Saka also got on the score sheet at Elland Road, with Emile Smith Rowe netting from off the bench. But the game was overshadowed by allegations of racism aimed by home supporters at the Arsenal bench. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in Premier LeagueLEEDS 1 ARSENAL 3 Updates from Elland Road as Raphinha pulls one back from penalty spotTUNISIA VS ALGERIA How to watch the Fifa Arab Cup final for FREE featuring Utd's HannibalGet your goss Chelsea 'back in for discounted Kounde and Lautaro Martinez'UNITED NEWS Rashford 'keen on shock Barcelona move', Haaland BOOST FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS
    ARSENAL are looking to build on back-to-back Premier League victories when they travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds this weekend. The Gunners followed up a 3-0 win over Southampton with an impressive 2-0 victory against top four rivals West Ham. 2How Arsenal are expected to line up on Saturday Now they are hoping to end a run of three away defeats on the bounce as they take on a Marcelo Bielsa side desperately lacking in confidence following a 7-0 hammering from champions Manchester City. Mikel Arteta's men have recently suffered defeats on the road at the hands of Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton. But they now occupy a Champions League place for the first time this season - even without former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international was stripped of his club captaincy after arriving back late from an authorised trip to France - with Alexandre Lacazette taking the armband on a temporary basis. He has played no part in their...
    BARCELONA are interested in signing exiled Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports. But the striker has previously stated his desire to play for their fierce rivals Real Madrid. 2Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may have to make a difficult decision regarding his futureCredit: Reuters Barca are 'desperate' for a striker in January, after Sergio Aguero was forced to retire due to a heart issue. According to the Independent, Xavi's side could swoop for Aubameyang, offering him an Arsenal escape route. But the 32-year-old's promise to his late grandfather could throw a spanner in the works. In 2016, Aubameyang told L'Equipe, as per AS: "Before he died two years ago I promised him that one day I would play for Real Madrid. "My grandfather was from Avila, not far from Madrid. "It’s what I said to him. I know it’s not easy but it’s something I keep in mind. Most read in Premier LeagueTRANFER NEWS Chelsea keen on Lautaro Martinez, Barcelona 'meet Raiola to discuss Haaland'UNITED NEWS United 'only serious Haaland bidder', Haidara is Red Devils fanARSENAL 2 WEST HAM 0 Martinelli...
    DINAMO ZAGREB forward Bruno Petkovic was bizarrely sent off for stuttering his run-up during a last minute penalty in the 2-0 win against Istra 1961. The Croatian champions were awarded a late penalty minutes after both teams received a red card. Bruno Petkovic with perhaps the most unique way of getting sent off this year… pic.twitter.com/oOCUsz99H3— Richard Wilson (@HYFPRW) December 16, 2021 And Petkovic was handed the chance to seal the win from the penalty spot. The forward - who was already on a booking - stuttered his run-up and cooly slotted the ball home. But the referee pulled the spot-kick back and bizarrely showed Petkovic a second yellow card, much to his and his opponent's surprise. The decision didn't come back to bite Dinamo as they eventually netted a second goal late on through Stefan Ristovski. Most read in Premier LeagueUNITED NEWS United 'only serious Haaland bidder', Haidara is Red Devils fanTRANFER NEWS Chelsea keen on Lautaro Martinez, Barcelona 'meet Raiola to discuss Haaland'ARSENAL 2 WEST HAM 0 Martinelli and Smith Rowe net as Gunners sink ten-man HammersARSENAL...
    GABRIEL MARTINELLI destroyed West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek with a filthy nutmeg shortly after scoring Arsenal's opening goal of their 2-0 win. The 20-year-old confidently slotted home the opener after making a good run in behind West Ham's backline. 3Martinelli rolled the ball through Soucek's legsCredit: BT SPORT 3The Czech midfielder couldn't react in timeCredit: BT SPORT 3The Brazilian kept possession well and passed it offCredit: BT SPORT Gabriel Martinelli was feeling it tonight ???? pic.twitter.com/5sOx7np9Zf— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 15, 2021 And still full of confidence, he rolled the ball through Hammers midfielder Soucek's legs. By the time Soucek could react, Martinelli glided past him and laid the ball off to team-mate Thomas Partey to keep ahold of possession. An Arsenal fan reacted: "Gabriel Martinelli channelling his inner Thierry Henry." Another said: "That nutmeg took Martinelli's value up by 50 million." The Brazilian was 'having the time of his life' out on the pitch. Boss Mikel Arteta singled Martinelli out for praise after the game, hailing his energy. Most read in Premier LeagueTRANFER NEWS Barcelona 'meet...
    EVEN a missed penalty couldn't spoil a sensational centre-forward's display by Arsenal's stand-in skipper Alexandre Lacazette. Like on Saturday during the 3-0 victory over Southampton, the Frenchman wore the armband amid disciplinary issues surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 3Alexnadre Lacazette was brilliant for the Gunners against West HamCredit: PA 3Even a missed penalty couldn't spoil the Frenchman's nightCredit: Reuters With the Gabonese star now having been formally stripped of captaincy duties and out of the first-team picture, possibly for good, Lacazette has the opportunity to shine as a leader. And he did just that against West Ham this evening, setting the tone even as his side got off to a sleepy start. Much of the first-half of tonight's clash could have sent fans nodding off, with both sides completely nullifying each other. Just as you wondered whether the importance of this match to both top-four contenders may spoil the occasion, Lacazette showed a captain's influence by livening up proceedings. The Frenchman worked tirelessly upfront on his own, fully occupying Issa Diop and Craig Dawson by using his body intelligently and making good...
    ARSENAL are set to have a near full strength squad for Saturday's visit of Southampton as the Gunners look to get back to winning ways following back-to-back defeats. Mikel Arteta has been sweating on the fitness of Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli this week. 3Smith Rowe missed the Everton game with a knock but could return to the fold on SaturdayCredit: EPA 3Arsenal predicted line-up vs Southampton Martinelli had to be substituted with an injury in the disappointing 2-1 loss against Everton on Monday. The 20-year-old has since been assessed and it's been confirmed by Arsenal that he IS fit to play on Saturday. Smith Rowe meanwhile missed the defeat at Goodison Park with a slight groin problem. The 21-year-old picked up the injury in the 3-2 defeat against Manchester United last week and continues to be assessed ahead of Saturday's 3pm kick off. Arteta will make a late decision on the star's fitness but he is likely to slot straight back into the starting line-up if available. At the back Arteta...
    MIKEL ARTETA inspired Arsenal to a 2-0 win over Newcastle with both goals coming as a result of clever tactical changes. Arsenal were frustrated in the first half with Eddie Howe setting up his team to play defensive, narrow football. 3Bukayo Saka was given the freedom to move from right flank to left 3And his clever run saw him finish off a 16-pass move in fine style 3Mikel Arteta changed the game with his tactical switchesCredit: Reuters Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed an open goal with Emile Smith Rowe also guilty of wasting a chance, before Arteta switched things up. He was visibly frustrated with his side's low tempo but Arsenal kept pressing and were rewarded. An excellent 16-pass move culminated with Nuno Taveres slipping in Bukayo Saka down the left side of the area to score. But the goal was only made possible by the England star being given the freedom by Arteta to move from right flank to left. Saka was forced off due to injury minutes later Arteta turned to Gabriel Martinelli rather than Alexandre Lacazette or Nicolas Pepe....
    BERND LENO is expected to return to the Arsenal starting XI for the club's Carabao Cup third round clash against AFC Wimbledon at the Emirates. The Gunners face the League One outfit on Wednesday night with Mikel Arteta likely to make a number of changes ahead of Sunday's North London derby. 3This is how Arsenal could start against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup third round tie Arsenal could make nine changes from the team that beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor last time out. That is despite Spanish gaffer Arteta stating he will field a competitive team against Mark Robinson's men. Asked whether he will rotate his side in his pre-match press conference, he said: "I hope that I can put out the strongest team I can. "That means that the players have performed really well and then give a really strong performance and this is what we want to do." Then pressed on if he will give players in the squad minutes who deserve it, he remarked: "Absolutely and you have to praise that for sure. "Let's see...
    ARSENAL get their 2021-22 Premier League season underway with a short trip to North London rivals Brentford on Friday night. But boss Mikel Arteta will head to the Brentford Community Stadium without THREE first-team stars. 3How Arsenal could line-up for their Premier League season opener against Brentford 3Arsenal will be without Thomas Partey against Brentford after he injured his ankle after a coming-together with Ruben Loftus-Cheek last weekendCredit: Getty The Gunners will be without Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Eddie Nketiah through injury. On top of that, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have only recently returned from international duty and may not be match-ready. Saka, 19, has returned to training following his Euro 2020 heroics with England, while Martinelli, 20, was helping Brazil win gold at the Olympics. They may start the game on the bench, but Arteta will be frustrated to be missing two of his key men for the game in Partey and Gabriel. Partey, 28, injured the ligaments in his right ankle during last weekend's friendly with Chelsea, while Gabriel, 23, has an issue with his right...
    WITH Euro 2020 and Copa America now in the history books, it's time to turn our attention back to domestic football - or is it? For most clubs, pre-season is now well underway ahead of the Premier League's return on August 13. 10Eric Bailly is one of a number of Premier League stars set to head to the Olympics this monthCredit: Getty But a number of top-flight teams will be without at least one star for majority of pre-season after being called up to their nation's Olympics squad. A total of 16 countries have qualified for the tournament in Tokyo, including France, Spain, Brazil and Argentina. Some clubs have blocked their players from competing at the Games, with Liverpool urging Mohamed Salah to stay put rather than go off on Egypt duty. The Reds are already set to lose their star winger early next year due to the Africa Cup of Nations. But a total of nine Premier League clubs WILL have to make do without at least on player, with Manchester United missing two first-teamers. Check out the full...
    WITH Euro 2020 now in the books, all eyes turn to the next big sporting tournament - the Tokyo Olympics. For football fans, the Games should provide a fun spectacle with 16 nations made up of mostly Under-23s stars. 13The best XI of players taking part in this summer's Olympic Games, including Pedri With the Olympics having been delayed by a year, officials have allowed Under-24s players for 2020 only - with THREE over-age permitted in each squad. There are 16 nations from across the globe taking part, including giants Spain, Germany, Brazil and Argentina - with the tournament running between July 21 and August 7. And it's obvious the Spaniards are going for the gold, naming an exceptionally strong squad - including SIX players who were in the group for Euro 2020. A number of world-famous stars such as Mohamed Salah have been blocked from competing in the Games due to their club commitments. But there will still be some elite footballing stars on show. Ahead of the Games, we take a look at the best XI of players...
    ARSENAL forward Gabriel Martinelli has teased fans of exciting news with a cryptic post on social media. The 20-year-old, who penned a long-term contract at the Emirates last year, was limited to just 14 Premier League appearances in the 2020-21 season due to injury. ⏳ pic.twitter.com/BkfsDHW34Y— Gabriel Martinelli (@g_martinelli01) July 1, 2021 2Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli has teased fans of an exciting announcementCredit: Getty But big things are expected of the Brazilian in North London, who is a popular figure among the club's fanbase. And Martinelli has left his supporters excited ahead of the new campaign after tweeting out an hourglass emoji. Fans believe that an announcement is due, with some claiming that it could be a new number for the youngster. Martinelli currently wears the No35, but the No10 is vacant following Mesut Ozil's exit, along with the No8. Meanwhile the No11 is set to become available with Lucas Torreira poised to depart Arsenal, with Martin Odegaard using the number during his loan spell. Commenting on Martinelli's post, one user tweeted: "New kit number incoming." Another remarked: "Announcing our...
    ARSENAL have been handed a double injury boost with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli both set to be fit for their Europa League crunch. The Gunners faced an injury crisis ahead of the trip to Slavia Prague this week. 2Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are both set to be fit for the trip to Slavia PragueCredit: Guardian Saka hobbled off injured in the 3-0 weekend win at Sheffield United, but Daily Mail report he has only suffered a dead leg. And Martinelli, who also came off on Sunday night, said he is fit to play after an ankle knock. It's a massive boost for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta with his side needing a positive result on Thursday night. The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw by Slavia Prague in the first leg at the Emirates after conceding a late goal. Nicolas Pepe struck in the 86th minutes, but Thomas Holes' 93rd-minute equaliser gave the Czech side that vital away goal. With Arsenal languishing down in ninth place and ten points off fourth-place West Ham, winning the Europa League seems...
    ARSENAL are keeping tabs on Fluminese star Matheus Martinelli over a £35million summer transfer, according to reports. Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte claim the Gunners have been scouting the 19-year-old midfielder for the last few months. 2Arsenal are keeping tabs on Fluminese star Matheus Martinelli ahead of a £35m move Arsenal have been impressed by what they've seen so far from the attacking star - no relation to 2019 signing Gabriel Martinelli. And now Emirates chiefs are set to make a move for the in-demand star who has a £35m release clause in his contract. Martinelli only made his debut in December 2020, but has already scored three times in 11 games, impressing scouts across the globe. However, it's claimed Arsenal will NOT make a move for the No10 should they manage to extend Martin Odegaard's loan deal. The Norwegian star joined Mikel Arteta's side from Real Madrid in January and has impressed largely playing behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1. Arteta is keen to keep Odegaard beyond this season. However, Martinelli will likely be Arsenal's go-to signing in the summer...
    LET'S face it, the past few days have not been the best for Arsenal fans. We wait two weeks to see our team, with anticipation and confidence growing, ahead of a clash with struggling Liverpool who have no proper centre-backs to speak of - and do THAT. 2Arsenal must turn to Gabriel Martinelli in a bid to save their faltering seasonCredit: Getty Simply put it was a woeful display from the Gunners, thumped 3-0 by the Reds on the night. Yes, there were mitigating circumstances with Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka missing. But Mikel Arteta can not and should not use that as an excuse for the complete lack of cohesion, effort, desire on behalf of the players and obvious lack of game-plan from the the coaches. Again, it seems a short false dawn is followed by a sharp tug back to a harsh reality. And for the third Europa League week in a row, Thursday is quickly becoming yet...
    MIKEL ARTETA admits Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may not return for Tuesday’s clash at Southampton. He withdrew from the Gunners squad hours before the North London team lost to the Saints in the FA Cup on Saturday. 5Gabriel Martinelli could start for Arsenal against SouthamptonCredit: Getty 5 That was down to a ‘personal issue’ - and he still could be absent when the two sides come head-to-head again in the Premier League. That means Gabriel Martinelli could start on the left wing as replacement for the Gabonese star. Arteta made seven changes for Saturday’s fourth round cup tie but is likely to return to his tried-and-trusted for their next trip to the South Coast. Full-back Kieran Tierney is due to return with David Luiz another due to come back into the defence. Hector Bellerin will likely be deployed at right-back with Rob Holding due to partner the Brazilian. Thomas Partey is also set to start in midfield. And both Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are expected to play in attack in front of him. Eddie Nketiah was given the...
    ARSENAL visit Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday. Mikel Arteta has several selection dilemmas but is expected to give Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Willian a chance to impress. 3Mikel Arteta is expected to chop and change for Arsenal's FA Cup game against Southampton Martinelli has returned to full fitness after his recent ankle injury picked up in the warm-up ahead of his team's win against Newcastle. But Willian and Pepe have fallen down the pecking order thanks to impressive displays from Emile Smith Rowe. But Arteta is expected to play both of the well-paid stars despite their uninspiring form this season. Eddie Nketiah could also be given a shot although he is unlikely to start alongside Martinelli if Arteta sticks with his well-liked 4-2-3-1 formation. Mohamed Elneny is expected to be drafted in at the base of midfield with Dani Ceballos next to him if the Spaniard's tight calf is no longer a problem. Gabriel has been out with coronavirus but the imposing Brazilian looks set to return at centre-back alongside fringe player Calum Chambers. Chambers...
    ARSENAL are up against Newcastle again - just nine days after beating them in the FA Cup. The Gunners could welcome Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney back to their squad tonight. 2Here's one way the Gunners could start against Newcastle Mikel Arteta's side were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in the week. But Arsenal will move into the top half of the table with a win over Newcastle at the Emirates. The Gunners have confirmed that fan favourite Martinelli will be available for selection. He missed the last two games after he injured his ankle in the warm-up against Newcastle. But a statement on Arsenal's official website has confirmed that he is fully fit. It read: "Gabi is now back in full training and is available for selection." Left-back Tierney is also back in training after recovering from a calf injury. It is understood that the 23-year-old will be assessed ahead of kick-off on Monday night. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN SIGN UP OFFERS HERE 2Kieran Tierney has been a regular...
    ARSENAL have been given an almighty boost after Gabriel Martinelli's scan revealed no major damage. The Brazilian forward, 19, went down in the warm-up for the Gunners' FA Cup win over Newcastle. 2Martinelli's scan showed no major damage, while Holding signed a new deal in a day of good news for ArsenalCredit: Getty Images - Getty Martinelli had only just returned from a long injury lay-off - having been out with a knee injury since June - playing just four times since his December 19 return. Mikel Arteta revealed he found the youngster in tears and a 'lot of pain' after his latest setback. But Arsenal have been given a boost with Martinelli's scan revealing no major damage. Thursday night's game against Crystal Palace will come too soon for the forward. ⚽ Read our Arsenal live blog for the latest news from The Emirates However, Martinelli is now in line to face Newcastle, this time in the Premier League, on Monday. Arsenal revealed he would return to training 'in the next few days' and could now play in next week's...
    ARSENAL star Gabriel Martinelli had a scan on his injured ankle today. The Brazilian, 19, missed the weekend FA Cup win over Newcastle after sustaining the problem during the warm-up. 5Gabriel Martinelli had a scan on his injured ankle on Monday morningCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5The Brazilian winger turned his ankle in a nasty incident during the warm-up on Saturday Reiss Nelson replaced Martinelli in the starting XI and Mikel Arteta revealed he was 'in tears and lots of pain' as a result of the nasty turn. Speaking on Monday ahead of Thursday's home clash with Crystal Palace, the Gunners boss confirmed the winger was being assessed. Arteta said: "We don't know how bad he is. He's getting a scan this morning. "We didn't look after the game because he was in a lot of pain but yesterday he tested it a little bit better, so let's hope. "We have a scan today so let's hope it's not as serious and we can have Gabi back really soon. "Hopefully it's not that bad and it doesn't...
    ARSENAL have been dealt a huge injury blow with Gabriel Martinelli injured in the warm-up and replaced in the team. The Brazilian striker appeared to turn his ankle as he was going through some drills, and he has been replaced by Reiss Nelson for the FA Cup third round clash against Newcastle. CASINO DEALS: BEST SIGN UP OFFERS TO CLAIM OVER £700 2This was the horror moment Martinelli injured himself in the warm-up 2The young Brazilian collapsed to the floor in pain Martinelli had just mad a successful interception when he collapsed to the floor in obvious agony. His team-mates, including Mo Elneny, appeared mystified as to how the 19-year-old had injured himself. But it was serious enough for Gunners boss Mikel Arteta to be forced to make a last-minute change to his line-up. Martinelli is only just returning to the first-team fold after months out with a serious knee injury. Although it appeared that the striker turned his ankle, the strain it might have put on his knee will leave the Gunners sweating that it could be another serious...
    ARSENAL are set to be handed a huge injury boost with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pushing for a return to the team against Brighton. Mikel Arteta will be looking to make it two wins out of two after finally turning a corner with the Gunners 3-1 win over Chelsea. 2Here's one way Arsenal could line-up against Brighton Aubameyang not played since December 16 as a result of a calf issue, but he was in the squad for the Boxing Day scalp against the club's London rivals. That could see the Gabon striker come back into the team for the trip to Brighton on Tuesday. ⚽ Read our Arsenal live blog for the latest news from The Emirates Gabriel Martinelli would likely then be the one to drop out with the Brazilian starlet only just returning from injury himself. The 19-year-old has impressed since his comeback from a knee problem, but starting a third game in a week could prove too much of a risk. Arteta then has the choice between playing Aubameyang back out on the left or deploying him up front...
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