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  • 18:35, 9 Dec 2021
  • Updated: 18:35, 9 Dec 2021

ARSENAL return to Premier League action this weekend with a clash against Southampton.

The Gunners are looking to get back to winning ways after a last-gasp defeat to Everton on Monday.

On the transfer front, reports suggest Arsenal could move for Georginio Wijnaldum as the former Liverpool midfielder ponders a Premier League return.

The Dutch star is said to be “not completely happy” at failing to start regularly for the French giants since his summer free transfer.

And we’ve also got the very latest from the Emirates on Raheem Sterling and Nicholas Pepe.


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  • XAVING A CLEAR OUT

    Barcelona will reportedly place a number of players on the transfer list ahead of the January window.

    According to Gerard Romero, Frenkie de Jong, Sergino Dest and Marc Andre Ter-Stegen are set to be replaced next year as Xavi looks to overhaul the squad.

    The decision comes after Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League group stages for the first time since 2000.

    And Premier League clubs are set to be on red alert for any bargains available this winter.

  • SKI TRIP

    Arsenal representatives are preparing to fly out to Italy to try and secure the transfer of Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski.

    La Republica claims Mikel arteta is hoping to clinch the exciting forward for a cut-price of £25million plus £4.2m in add-ons.

    However, Juventus are thought to be holding out for a fee closer to £34m.

  • MORE OPTIONS

    Here’s another way Arsenal could look after the January transfer window…

  • NEW LOOK

    Arsenal are being linked with numerous players ahead of the January transfer window.

    Should Mikel Arteta land his top targets, the Gunners could look very different in 2022.

    Here’s how Arsenal may line up if they have a successful transfer market…

  • GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Thierry Henry has revealed the ‘lunatic’ mindset that inspired Arsenal to their famed Invincibles season.

    He told GQ: “We were all leaders. We hated to lose.

    “Obviously, we got sometimes smashed, sometimes we lost badly. But we were all leaders. We were always challenging each other. We were special.

    “We were lunatics that were there to try to be perfect. And we managed to do it in a season.

    “A lot of teams came close to it. I hope that it will happen again, like I always say, I don’t have a problem with that. But we were the first to do it in the modern era of the game.”

  • RAM RAID

    Everton are lining up a January swoop for ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey.

    CalcioMercato claims the Juventus midfielder is no longer wanted by Max Allegri.

    And he will be allowed to quit Turin this winter for a Premier League return.

    Rafa Benitez is keen on bringing Ramsey to Goodison Park as he looks to get Everton’s season back on track.

    And the Welshman could jump at the chance to play for the Toffees.

  • NEXT UP

    Let’s take a look at Arsenal’s next five games…

  • BARCA TEST

    Jonas Eidevall wants a mentality shift from Arsenal against Barcelona after claiming it was ‘hurtful’ to watch their FA Cup final loss to Chelsea.

    And the Gunners chief reckons less defending, and more possession could help his side in their clash with Europe’s football queens this evening.

    The WSL leaders will play the Catalan giants for the second time in the Champions League Group stages, just four days after their disappointing 3-1 defeat at Wembley.

    Eidevall, 38, said: “What was really hurtful against Chelsea is that I think if you would have put another jersey on the team and re-watched it, you could never recognise it was Arsenal that was playing the game.

    “From a mentality perspective, that is what we need to change going into the Barcelona game.”

  • NEW RESTRICTIONS 

    Prem clubs are involved in another ruck with League chiefs over who refunds fans who miss games because of the latest Covid restrictions.

    PM Boris Johnson confirmed the introduction of the Government’s Plan B against the Omicron variant in Downing Street.

    That will see “vaccine passports” introduced for entry to all sporting events with crowds of more than 10,000 from Wednesday.

    Initially, fans will have to show they are double vaccinated or proof of a negative test within 24 hours of a game to be allowed entry.

    It is not clear if that means every fan being checked or a continuation of spot tests, with the Government weighing up whether it should delegate decisions to local Safety Advisory Groups to make a final call.

    But a number of Prem clubs fear that fans may want rebates on their match or season tickets if they feel the restrictions are too onerous.

    That might become even more pressing if, as the PM hinted on Wednesday, the Government does move to a policy of mandatory vaccinations.

    And the clubs are urging Prem chiefs to stump up the money rather than seeing their funds take another Covid hit.

  • EL OF A PLAYER

    Arsenal star Mohamed Eleny is a January transfer target for mega-rich Newcastle, according to reports.

    The Egyptian midfielder has been a bit-part player under Gunners boss Mikel Arteta since he took charge.

    He has been resigned to the substitutes bench this season, and has barely featured in the Premier League.

    And the Mirror report that Toon chief Eddie Howe is targeting the 29-year-old in a deal next month.

    His contract runs out next June, but the Magpies want to land him six months earlier for a small fee.

    Elneny is one of five players Howe is understood to have put on his wishlist ahead of the new transfer window.

  • GEORGE WARS

    Man United icon Andy Cole has alleged that ex-Arsenal manager George Graham was holding him back at the club which is why he had to leave.

    Cole began his youth career with the Gunners in 1988 before leaving in 1992 after two loan spells the previous year.

    And now Cole’s explained that his frosty relationship with Graham who he claims was always putting him down was the reason he had to leave.

    Cole told the Original Penguin X Campaign Against Living Miserably Under The Surface podcast: “All my time at Arsenal, I felt I was being held back constantly.

    “I remember one day George Graham saying to me ‘You think you’re the bees knees’, and I’m thinking what do you want me to do, if I’m playing against your first team, do you want me to walk around with my head down on the floor, or push my chest out, what do you want?

    “‘You think you’re the bees knees, you think you’re better than you are’, all that kind of stuff. So the opportunity for me to go out on loan was to show him that I was more than good enough.”

  • GO WITH THE FLO

    Arsenal Academy head Per Mertesacker thinks Folarin Balogun is the next star that will blossom from the Gunners academy.

    But the ex-Gunners defender admits Balogun is likely to go on loan in January to get the experience he needs to succeed at the club.

    Mertesacker said: “I think the closest, at the moment, to make that step is Flo Balogun”

    “He’s transferred in to the first team dressing room. He still plays U23’s football and probably most likely will go on loan in January because you need extra exposure to get to that next level so he needs to make that transition.”

  • MUM LOVE

    Arsenal starlet Timi Davies has thanked his mum for helping him get his first professional contract with the Gunners.

    The 17-year-old only joined the Gunners from Manchester City’s academy in March.

    But after making three appearances for the Gunners U18 side, the club have decided to reward Davies with a proper deal.

    And he told Arsenal: “It feels amazing, I couldn’t have done it without my mum, it’s been a long journey.

    “I think my family has had the biggest impact on me to get me where I am right now, because without them, it would be impossible, especially all the help my mum has given me, taking me to training every day and all the support they’ve given me.

    “All the effort everyone’s put into me and all the belief everyone’s shown in me were major factors in me signing this contract.”

  • STRONG BET

    Arsenal host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday in a game that could have big implications at both ends of the table.

    The Gunners are firmly in the race for a place in Europe next season and are currently sat in seventh, two points behind rivals Spurs in fifth who currently occupy the final European spot.

    t the other end of the table, Southampton’s disappointing run of four games without a win has dragged them down to 16th place, just six points clear of the drop zone.

    Arsenal are touted as favourites for Saturday’s clash, with Sky Bet offering odds of 4/6 for a home win. The Gunners are unbeaten in their last eight home games this season, winning seven of them.

    A run of three away defeats in a row, however, has seen them drop to four points adrift of the top four, having been level on points with them only two weeks ago.

    Southampton have drawn their last two games, most recently suffering a 98th minute equaliser against Brighton last weekend, and Betfair, Sky Bet and William Hill are all offering 29/10 for another draw on Saturday.

  • RED SEA

    David Seaman has warned Mikel Arteta that Arsenal need a win over Southampton or the club could be in trouble.

    The Gunners have lost three of their last four games and Seaman reckons it’s vital for the club to reverse their fortunes against Southampton.

    But despite the Gunners dismal displays, Seaman’s confident that his former side can seal three points on the weekend.

    Speaking on his podcast, Seaman said: “This is a big game for Arsenal because we need to win,’ he said on his Seaman Says podcast.

    “Three losses in four games and, if we don’t get a result here, pressure will start mounting.

    “As much as Arteta has done well before that, when you come off the back of them sort of defeats the fans are going to get uneasy.

    “For me, I still feel we’re strong enough to get a good result out of this game.”

  • CITY DUS

    Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic has been urged to stay at the club by the city’s mayor.

    Vlahovic has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in January, but the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, wants the striker to stay put.

    And in an emotional written plea, Nardella reeled off a list of reasons why Vlahovic should remain with the Serie A giants.

    The letter, relayed by FiorentinaNews, read: “Dear Dusan, you have to stay in Florence because this is a wonderful city.

    “The beauty that surrounds us is made by nature and by the hand of man who over the centuries has expressed ingenuity and creativity.

    “Then there is the passion and heart of the ‘Fiorentini’, another reason to keep the purple shirt on for a while longer. If you come to Palazzo Vecchio, I can try to convince you.”

  • WRIGHT STUFF

    Ian Wright has hailed Arsenal’s new collaboration with Adidas Originals that will see the Gunners don their iconic 1993/94 kit.

    Both the Arsenal men and women teams will wear the iconic jersey between December 9-15, Arsenal reported.

    And Wright lead the praise for the kit that gave him so many great memories resurrection.

    He said to Arsenal: “I have amazing memories of playing in the Adidas EQT jersey during the 93/94 season, and it’s great to celebrate that era with such a full and proper collection.

    “The range has got all the classics and we had a good time on set playing our different roles. I even had to remind some of the first-team lads and women that we won the Cup Winners Cup that season so now that this is back, we have to win something!”

  • RICH PICKINGS

    Arsenal legend Jack Wilshere has congratulated young Gunner Amani Richards after he signed his first professional contract with the club.

    Richards, 17, has impressed the club in 12 games for the U18 side this season which has seen him break into the U23 set-up.

    And now the Gunners have rewarded his form with a new contract that Richards gleefully revealed on Instagram is a “dream come true.”

    Underneath the post, Wilshere chimed in: “Congrats, keep working hard.”

  • LET THE GINI OUT

    Arsenal could move for Georginio Wijnaldum as PSG’s ex-Liverpool midfielder ponders a swift Premier League return.

    The Holland star is “not completely happy” at failing to start regularly for the French giants since his summer free transfer.

    And Sky Sports suggest he would be interested in a January loan move back to England.

    But it’s claimed PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is unwilling to lose him.

    Former Newcastle ace Wijnaldum, 31, left Liverpool at the end of last season after his contract expired.

    But since then only ten of his 20 appearances for PSG have been starts.

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS!

    Yesterday saw pundits and players from all corners of the game weighing in on the future of Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    TalkSPORT host Gabby Agbonlahor claimed boss Mikel Arteta is being mugged by the striker as he collects his whopping salary with no end product.

    He said: “I think Arsenal are definitely getting sold short. Auba is on £300k-a-week. If I’m an Arsenal fan, I want Salah numbers. I want Salah’s goals and assists tally, but they’re not getting that.”

    Ex-Liverpool star John Barnes chimed in as he suggested Aubameyang’s days at the Emirates are numbered after he was snubbed against Everton.

    He said: “This is the beginning of the end for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal career, because he’s their club captain, yet Mikel Arteta opted to bring on Eddie Nketiah against Everton instead.”

    But former Arsenal keeper David Seaman rode to the striker’s rescue, claiming he was just going through a rocky patch.

    He said: “I don’t see that (rift between Aubameyang and manager Mikel Arteta), I don’t see that at all.

    “I think it’s just the fact he’s not playing very well and he’s having one of those patches.”

    With the rumour mill starting to pick up speed, looks will be cast in the Gabon international’s direction come the January transfer window…

  • SEA-ING IS BELIEVING

    While John Barnes doesn’t have much faith in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s abilities at Arsenal these days, there’s a Gunners legend who strongly disagrees with him.

    Ex-keeper David Seaman has backed the club captain to come good despite being left on the bench during the recent defeat by Everton.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a late sub against Everton

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a late sub against EvertonCredit: AFP

    Seaman has downplayed any hint of a feud between manager Mikel Arteta and Aubameyang – something Barnes raised at in his comments.

    The 58-year-old told Sky Sports: “I don’t see that (rift between Aubameyang and manager Mikel Arteta), I don’t see that at all.

    “I think it’s just the fact he’s not playing very well and he’s having one of those patches.”

  • ‘BEGINNING OF THE END’

    More from Liverpool legend John Barnes and his thoughts on the future of Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    32-year-old Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is club captain at Arsenal

    32-year-old Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is club captain at ArsenalCredit: EPA

    The ex-England international thinks the skipper’s days are numbered at the Emirates, given he was overlooked in the recent defeat by Everton.

    Barnes reckons boss Mikel Arteta is seeing something in training he doesn’t like – something the fans won’t be seeing on matchdays.

    Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “This is the beginning of the end for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal career, because he’s their club captain, yet Mikel Arteta opted to bring on Eddie Nketiah against Everton instead.  

    “The problem is, we’re not privy to conversations that happen Monday to Friday. That’s when the manager assesses his squad, the mood of the camp and will look for the players who have those leadership qualities.  

    “Football fans only see the team on a Saturday, but the manager knows best and that’s a telling sign regarding the Aubameyang situation.  

    “It’s never clear cut when our favourite players aren’t playing, and that is why I have full trust in the managers when they make big decisions like leaving star players out. Fans will question it but there’s always more than what meets the eye.”

  • ‘BEGINNING OF THE END’

    More from Liverpool legend John Barnes and his thoughts on the future of Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    32-year-old Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is club captain at Arsenal

    32-year-old Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is club captain at ArsenalCredit: EPA

    The ex-England international thinks the skipper’s days are numbered at the Emirates, given he was overlooked in the recent defeat by Everton.

    Barnes reckons boss Mikel Arteta is seeing something in training he doesn’t like – something the fans won’t be seeing on matchdays.

    Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “This is the beginning of the end for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal career, because he’s their club captain, yet Mikel Arteta opted to bring on Eddie Nketiah against Everton instead.  

    “The problem is, we’re not privy to conversations that happen Monday to Friday. That’s when the manager assesses his squad, the mood of the camp and will look for the players who have those leadership qualities.  

    “Football fans only see the team on a Saturday, but the manager knows best and that’s a telling sign regarding the Aubameyang situation.  

    “It’s never clear cut when our favourite players aren’t playing, and that is why I have full trust in the managers when they make big decisions like leaving star players out. Fans will question it but there’s always more than what meets the eye.”

  • ‘THANKS GUYS!’

    Aaron Ramsdale has thanked Arsenal fans for voting him as the club’s player of the month for the second time in a row.

    The keeper had this to say in a video on the Gunners’ Twitter channel:

    “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for my second player of the month award. 

    “It means a lot coming from you guys, so thank you very much and hopefully our next few games will be a lot better than the past few.

    “We’ll keep giving our all and once again thank you to all the Gunners who have supported me.”

  • SAFE PAIR OF HANDS

    Arsenal stopper Aaron Ramsdale has been chosen as the club’s player of the month – for the second time in a row.

    The Gunners announced the result of the November poll on their Twitter channel.

    The England man has been in fine form for his new club so far this season – despite shipping a hatful of goals to Liverpool and Manchester United in recent defeats.

    The ex-Sheffield United keeper produced one of the saves of the season back in October – any excuse to watch that again!

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