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ARSENAL are gearing up to face Burnley in the Premier League after their final Europa League game of the season at Dundalk.

We have the latest transfer news from the Emirates and all the team updates ahead of this weekend's clash.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    EDDIE THE EAGLE

    Arsenal have won every game in which Eddie Nketiah this season.

    The England youth international has found the back of the net five times this term.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    WEN WILL IT END

    Arsene Wenger has revealed that balance is key to accommodating Mesut Ozil in a starting XI.

    The 71-year-old said: "You have two ways to see a football team.

    "You get everybody to do the same – the same intensity of work, the same defensive work – or you find a compromise.

    "You have a more creative player in the team who can do less defensive work but you build a team around him who can compensate for these deficiencies.

    "That is what you have to think about."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SORT MES OUT

    Arsene Wenger has told Mikel Arteta how he handled 'artist' Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.

    The German outcast has not played a single minute for the Gunners this season and their iconic former manager revealed how he got the best out of him.

    Wenger told ESPN's Caught Offside podcast: "He was not difficult to manage.

    "He was a guy who had a special quality as a creative player and needed to have fun.

    "He is an artist and these guys are a bit more sensitive.

    "They need support and an environment that pushes them to give their best."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAKING THE MIC

    Michael Owen believes Arsenal will just beat Burnley at the Emirates tomorrow.

    The BetVictor Brand Ambassador said: “Arsenal have been disappointing this season, so far.

    "Mikel Arteta has his work cut out; however, he’ll see this as the ideal opportunity to get back on track.

    "I go through a lot of stats in this line of work, and unfortunately for Burnley, they come last in most of them.

    "I expect the Gunners to get back on track here, albeit by a slender margin."

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Arsenal icon has urged Mikel Arteta to apologise to Mesut Ozil and recall the player back to the team in January.

    He told Starsport: "Arsenal could still be playing Tottenham NOW and they wouldn’t have scored a goal.

    "What can they do in January to fix it? Go and knock on Mesut Ozil’s door, say you’re sorry and you need him to play! Arsenal were atrocious against Spurs.

    "They never looked like scoring. Ozil’s getting £350,000-a-week and sitting at home while his team can’t score.

    I’m not saying play him against Manchester City or Liverpool, when you’re not going to see much of the ball.

    "But against teams like Spurs or Burnley, he can get on the ball and dictate things and make a few decent chances. They could re-register him in January. They’re missing a trick if they don’t."

  • Alex Terrell

    MORE TAYLOR

    Taylor said: "We have been very concerned, and remain so, about the physical load on players are now frequently required to play every two or three days or so.

    “The physical load on players is hugely increased and the consequent fatigue is leading to avoidable and distressing injuries .

    "Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Leeds were all impacted last weekend.

    "A further 11 Premier League. clubs have players unavailable due to problems that might reasonably be attributed to physical load and fatigue."

    Prem clubs held votes in August and September after proposals to extend the extra sub rules.

    Both were rejected by 11 to nine, well short of the 14-club majority required.

  • Alex Terrell

    TIRED AND EMOTIONAL

    PFA boss Gordon Taylor DEMANDS Prem chiefs overrule clubs and bring in five subs NOW.

    Taylor is infuriated that his concerns over the health and safety of Prem stars has been ignored.

    And he has now told League chief Richard Masters he MUST force the clubs to back down.

    In a letter that was forwarded by Masters to all Prem clubs, Taylor blames the refusal to stick with five subs this season for the spate of injuries to players.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROUD AWAKENING

    Louis Saha believes Arsenal should consider resigning Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

    He told Genting Bet: “Olivier Giroud could be a good option for Arsenal if they were to resign him. He is a top striker.

    “He might not always give you the style that you want but he is always questioned and stands up to answer them.

    “Any side in England would love to have a Giroud on top form in their team.”

  • Alex Terrell

    ARSENAL EARNERS

    How much do the Gunners stars pocket?

    There's not a lot of Clock End faithful who would enjoy the fact that under-performing Aubameyang and snubbed Mesut Ozil are taking home this much dough.

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    SunSport columnist Troy Deeney has claimed the Gunners are still a soft touch but a different kind to the team he accused of lacking ‘cojones’.

    He wrote: "You will probably remember a few years ago that I accused Arsenal players of lacking ‘cojones’ after a defeat at Watford.

    "Yet that was a comment made after a specific match and however low Mikel Arteta’s side are in the Premier League table, that is not an accusation I would level at them now.

    "They remain something of a soft touch — but a different sort of soft touch.
    "Not a team you can physically intimidate but a team who will always give you a chance.

    "Burnley will believe they can win at the Emirates tomorrow.

    "They will look to exploit Arsenal’s weaknesses from set-pieces and they will look to hit them on the break, too.

    "If Arsenal play to their full potential, they should win.

    "If they lose, then Arsenal could slip towards a genuine relegation battle and Arteta will be in serious trouble."

    Meanwhile, on the transfer front, Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai has reportedly decided to join RB Leipzig.

    The Gunners have been heavily linked to the in-demand Red Bull Salzburg midfielder.

    But Sky Sports claim the 20-year-old will join German side RB Leipzig in January.

    He is set to leave Salzburg after they crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages.

    And finally, Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged Mikel Arteta to apologise to outcast Mesut Ozil.

    He told Starsport: “Arsenal could still be playing Tottenham NOW and they wouldn’t have scored a goal.

    "What can they do in January to fix it? Go and knock on Mesut Ozil’s door, say you’re sorry and you need him to play.

    “Arsenal were atrocious against Spurs. They never looked like scoring. Ozil’s getting £350,000-a-week and sitting at home while his team can’t score."

  • Joe Brophy

    ART OF WAR

    Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham has given under-fire boss Mikel Arteta the dreaded vote of confidence.

    A bad run over the Christmas period could see fans lose patience with the 38-year-old.

    But Venkatesham, who oversaw Arteta’s arrival at the Emirates last December, believes the Spaniard — along with technical director Edu — have the makings of a great double act for the future.

    Venkatesham said: “I think with Mikel we have got a number of things.

    “I think you have got an individual who has extraordinary experience in the Premier League across his time at Arsenal, Everton, Man City and then back at Arsenal.

    “The team he has formed with Edu, and also his technical staff, is really, really strong.

    “You have got a guy who is absolutely driven to succeed. We’ve got a really, really powerful individual.”

  • Joe Brophy

    DUTCH COURAGE

    Arsenal fans have been fiercely debating Dennis Bergkamp's greatest ever goal for the Gunners.

  • Joe Brophy

    ITALIAN JOB

    Arsenal target Christian Eriksen is reportedly set to be priced out of a Premier League return.

    The Dane reels in £260,000 a week at Inter Milan and The Telegraph reports that tax breaks for foreign players in Italy mean it is incredibly hard for English clubs to match his lofty salary.

    Tottenham bagged £16.7million as Eriksen was lured to Inter six months out from the end of his deal on one of the last bumper packages handed out before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

    The Italian club’s offer was made more lucrative by a government scheme that makes foreign players exempt from paying tax on 50 per cent of their salary.

    However, in order to qualify for the tax relief, Eriksen would have to remain in Italy for two years.

    A January move just 12 months after arriving would leave him significantly out of pocket.

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT A MES

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged Mikel Arteta to apologise to outcast Mesut Ozil.

    He told Starsport: "Arsenal could still be playing Tottenham NOW and they wouldn’t have scored a goal.

    "What can they do in January to fix it? Go and knock on Mesut Ozil’s door, say you’re sorry and you need him to play!

    "Arsenal were atrocious against Spurs. They never looked like scoring. Ozil’s getting £350,000-a-week and sitting at home while his team can’t score.

    "I’m not saying play him against Manchester City or Liverpool, when you’re not going to see much of the ball.

    "But against teams like Spurs or Burnley, he can get on the ball and dictate things and make a few decent chances.

    "They could re-register him in January. They’re missing a trick if they don’t."

  • Joe Brophy

    FINE ART

    Louis Saha has given his verdict on former Everton teammate Mikel Arteta's start as Arsenal manager.

    He told Genting Bet: "Arteta has shown a lot of quality since he came into management at Arsenal.

    "He has rightly been praised by pundits for his quality and style of play but that all gets forgotten the second they lose some matches. Mikel is still a young manager, he will make mistakes but he has adapted to certain situations well already.

    "You have to realise that Arteta has been dropped into a big club very soon – I was surprised – but he has done better than I expected in the way that he has dealt with it all.

    "He has handled the pressure extremely well. You also have to remember that the club itself isn’t so great at the moment – it’s not just Arteta not doing a good job.

    "He’s come into a club that hasn’t done well with transfers in recent years so he has work to do."

  • Joe Brophy

    HIGH FIVE

    Exclusive by Martin Lipton: PFA boss Gordon Taylor has DEMANDED Prem chiefs over-rule the clubs – and bring in five substitutes NOW.

    Players’ boss Taylor is infuriated that his concerns over the health and safety of Prem stars has been ignored.

    He said: “We have been very concerned, and remain so, about the physical load on players who are now frequently required to play every two or three days or so.

    “The physical load on players is therefore hugely increased and the consequent fatigue that players are currently experiencing is leading to avoidable and distressing injuries.

    “I note that Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Leeds United were all impacted by early injuries during last weekend’s fixtures.

    “A further 11 Premier League clubs have players unavailable due to problems that might reasonably be attributed to physical load and fatigue.

    “Calf, thigh and hamstring injuries (muscle injuries in general) are particularly prevalent among these.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LEIP OF FAITH

    Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai has reportedly decided to join RB Leipzig.

    The Gunners have been heavily linked to the in-demand Red Bull Salzburg midfielder.

    But Sky Sports claim the 20-year-old will join German side RB Leipzig in January.

    He is set to leave Salzburg after they crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages.

  • Joe Brophy

    REVOLVING DOOR

    Lehmann believes Arsenal's revolving door of managers hasn't helped either, with inconsistency off the pitch filtering down onto it.

    Arsene Wenger was in charge at Highbury and the Emirates for 22 years.

    Since leaving in 2018, Arsenal have seen Unai Emery come and go, with Freddie Ljungberg taking over as interim boss before Arteta was given his first shot as a manager.

    Lehmann concluded to Sportsmail: "Wenger teamed together with David Dein for a long time.

    "There was huge consistency, and financial consistency. The spine of the team and of the club, that has gone now.

    "But look at Manchester United after Sir Alex has left. It is the same problem there, and football has moved on.

    "It is always the same. If you work for a big club like Arsenal, and you don't fulfil ambitions, then you have to accept to be replaced."

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNER REGRET IT

    Jens Lehmann continued by saying the blame can't solely lie at the feet of Mikel Arteta, with the board also playing a role in Arsenal's recent demise.

    The German continued: "It is a bit of a mixture… the board has to make the right decisions, the manager has to make the right decisions by signing players and coaching them.

    "The players are in a fantastic environment, they are in London at one of the most traditional clubs.

    "It seems that some of them are still having problems to cope with the pressure because everybody expects them to win something.

    "But we are not even talking about winning anymore when you speak of Arsenal.

    "There are a lot of problems."

  • Joe Brophy

    BITTER LEHMANN

    Jens Lehmann has torn into Arsenal after their 'unacceptable' start to the season in a stinging attack on the board, manager and underperforming players.

    He told Sportsmail: 'The position right now is the worst in decades.

    "For a club like Arsenal that is not acceptable.

    "All of us old players would try to help and make the Arsenal brand strong and big.

    "We are very disappointed because the brand name is deteriorating.

    "You simply cannot let that happen."

  • Joe Brophy

    NO AVERAGE JOE

    Joe Willock has matched a four-year club European record following his dazzling display against Dundalk.

    The England midfielder, 21, once again took his chance in the Europa League having found his game time limited in the Premier League.

    Willock has been restricted to just two top-flight matches, while he has appeared in five games in Europe's second-string competition.

    And he got his third goal of the tournament as Arsenal beat Irish side Dundalk 4-2 at the Aviva Stadium.

    In doing so he added to his three assists in the Europa League, meaning he now has as many goal contributions in 11 games this term as he did in 44 outings last season.

    According to Opta, Willock is the first Arsenal player to both score three goals and provide three assists in Europe since the 2016-17 campaign.

    No other Gunners squad member has achieved the feat since Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez both did so in the Champions League four years ago.

  • William Pugh

    GOOD WORK GUNNERS

    Arsenal proudly shared the news that the club has today shared their 500,000th meal in the local community.

    Manager Mikel Arteta was pictured in front of a Gunners branded lorry to celebrate the charitable milestone.

  • William Pugh

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAV!

    Arsenal wished their Greek centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos a happy 23rd birthday online.

    The defender is currently on loan with Stuttgart but the North Londoners still sent him their best.

  • William Pugh

    ROUD AWAKENING

    Olivier Giroud has rubbed further salt in the wounds of Arsenal supporters by stating his goal in the Europa League final was the best header of his career.

    The former Gunners fan favourite opened the scoring for Chelsea against the North Londoners in the eventual 4-1 win in Baku on May 29, 2019.

    In an interview with Chelsea’s website, Giroud spoke of his aerial attributes where he was asked to comment on the best headed goal he’s scored technically.

    He said: “There are a few! I liked that one against Liverpool (at Stamford Bridge in 2018) because it was not easy. I liked the one in the Europa League final.

    "I like diving headers because it means you come with pace and you have the force of your body. Petr can tell you I maybe couldn’t have had a better connection.

    “I went 100 per cent for it and didn’t even think my friend Laurent Koscielny could put his foot and hit me. This was definitely one of the best.”

    Credit: Reuters
  • William Pugh

    NO AVERAGE JOE

    Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock has matched a four-year club European record following his dazzling display against Dundalk.

    The England midfielder, 21, once again took his chance in the Europa League having found his game time limited in the Premier League. Willock has been restricted to just two top-flight matches, while he has appeared in five games in Europe’s second-string competition.

    And he got his third goal of the tournament as Arsenal beat Irish side Dundalk 4-2 at the Aviva Stadium.

    In doing so he added to his three assists in the Europa League, meaning he now has as many goal contributions in 11 games this term as he did in 44 outings last season.

    According to Opta, Willock is the first Arsenal player to both score three goals and provide three assists in Europe since the 2016-17 campaign.

    No other Gunners squad member has achieved the feat since Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez both did so in the Champions League four years ago.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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