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ARSENAL were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace as their winning run ended on Thursday night.

The Gunners are reportedly eyeing up a swoop for Barcelona keeper Neto, while we've the very latest on the Mesut Ozil saga.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    DON'T BANK ON IT

    Premier League sides have reportedly accepted that pre-season tours around the world won't happen this summer due to coronavirus.

    It will be the second summer in a row that the money-spinners are shelved as the pandemic rages on.

    MailOnline reports that 'tours are already off the agenda', with there even being concerns around trips within the UK.

    The government is rolling out a huge vaccination programme with it hoped that by mid-July 'huge numbers of the UK population will be vaccinated'.

    But there are still worries that travel restrictions will remain in place.

    Premier League clubs are set to miss out on millions in merchandise and TV deals from games around the globe.

    And Mailonline adds that they could be hit with 'penalty payments' for being unable to honour deals with sponsors.

  • Marc Mayo

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Mikel Arteta admitted "fatigued" Arsenal "lacked the quality" of their three-game win run in last night's 0-0 home Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.

    The Eagles actually had more of the chances, although Alexandre Lacazette shot into the Palace side-netting and Vicente Guaita foiled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's drive.

    After the Gunners remained 11th, boss Arteta said: "We created a lot of situations against the low block but lacked the final quality. We probably didn't do enough to win the game.

    "We are playing a lot of games and you can see fatigue is paying a price, many players aren't fresh.

    "We had a period that was fatigue-related where we kept giving the ball away."

    Meanwhile, Fenerbahce sporting director Emre Belozoglu claims Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil is "closer than ever" to joining the Turkish giants.

    Belozoglu insists Fenerbahce can handle signing such a big earner but admitted talks are only edging forward "slowly"

    Barcelona reserve keeper Neto is the latest name mentioned as a possible incoming new deputy for Bernd Leno at the Emirates.

    And the Gunners are tipped to delay any bid for Norwich midfielder Emiliano Buendia until later this month, as they wait to see how the hunt for Lyon star Houssem Aouar pans out. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    LAMP STILL BRIGHT

    Tariq Lamptey is on the brink of signing a bumper new long-term Brighton contract.

    Lamptey, 20, will net a big pay hike from the £14,000-a-week deal he agreed when joining from Chelsea for an initial £4m this time last year.

    Ex-Chelsea defender Tariq Lamptey could still be targeted by Arsenal

    The rampaging right-back has been Brighton’s standout player this season with a string of eye-catching displays.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is understood to be a huge fan as he looks to overhaul his squad.

    German giants Bayern Munich are also watching him closely.

    So Amex chiefs are keen to get Lamptey — currently crocked — to extend a deal that runs out in summer 2023.

    Arsenal are reportedly ready to make a move if they lose Hector Bellerin to Barcelona.

    And with the Gunners enduring a torrid first half of the season, it would be no surprise if Arteta shakes things up this month.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HUGGING IS BUGGING FOOTBALL CHIEFS

    Prem stars have been ordered to PRACTISE socially-distanced goal celebrations in training.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will today warn his squad to cut out the hugging.

    And Manchester United ace Paul Pogba says players will ‘find another way to celebrate’ to comply with the strict new Covid rules.

    Club captains and managers had meetings with PL chiefs on Thursday amid alarm over players ignoring social distancing when celebrating goals.

    And the Premier League, FA and EFL have now released a joint statement warning football to ‘set the right example to the public on and off the pitch’ in helping tackle the pandemic.

    West Brom boss Sam Allardyce wants MPs to stay out of football and focus instead on rolling out life-saving vaccines.

    But in the ‘hugging summit’ meetings, clubs were told to toe the line – or risk the Government locking down football.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HIGH MARC FROM COPYING TOP THIERR

    Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has revealed he hangs on Thierry Henry’s every word on TV and in interviews – because he leaRns so much about his role from the legendary Arsenal striker.

    Rashford said: “He was someone that I paid close detail to and he is just a wonderful footballer.

    “He really knows his football as well, so I still listen to his interviews and the way he speaks about finishing.”

    “When I was about 16 or 17, when I first started to play in that No 9 role, Henry was someone that I looked at because he is not a traditional No 9.

    “He is someone that drifts to the left, he does things with the ball, he is just not what you would consider the traditional striker in English football.

    “When I first went into the No 9 position, I knew I could never be that type of traditional No 9.

    “Someone who is going to hold the ball up, win headers and do stuff like that. But I also know the qualities that I do have and what I can do as a striker.

    “At the time, he was someone I looked to because I could see similarities with what I wanted my end goal to look like with the way he was playing.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL TARGET TARIQ TIPPED FOR NEW BRIGHTON DEAL

    Brighton wing-back Tariq Lamptey is tipped to land a lucrative new Brighton deal – despite interest from Arsenal.

    The England Under-21 star, 20, has so far been rewarded for his decision to quit Stamford Bridge last January for regular action with the Seagulls.

    And in return he could reward the Premier League strugglers for giving him that chance by staying – at least for now.

  • Ian Tuckey

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    SUBS

    Nicolas Pepe – 5

    Brought on for Maitland-Niles, the Ivorian's first thought was to always go forward and beat his man.

    But he ultimately failed to make an impression as just like with Aubameyang, he constantly looked to cut inside, which made it easy for Palace.

    Did nothing to suggest he should be starting the next match.

    Thomas Partey – 5

    On for Ceballos, the Ghanaian looked strong in the middle of the pitch, though Arsenal looked more dangerous with the Spaniard on.

    Eddie Nketiah – 4

    Replacing Lacazette for the final ten minutes, the Arsenal academy graduate barely touched the ball.

  • Ian Tuckey

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 5

    The Arsenal skipper looked more lively than in previous games as he linked up well down the left channel.

    But he was predictable to read for the Palace defence as they continuously stopped him from cutting inside.

    Alexandre Lacazette – 4

    Another player in form going into the match, the French striker struggled to get himself into the game.

    Often a passenger, the former Lyon maestro made a number of runs, but was not found by his team-mates.

  • Ian Tuckey

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    Granit Xhaka – 9

    Made a brilliant crunching tackle in the first half to deny Wilfried Zaha from breaking the deadlock, and again then stopped Benteke from tapping home in the second period.

    His passing was yet again on top form as he effortlessly switched the ball with ease, while also playing in multiple through balls.

    Emile Smith Rowe – 7

    Always eager to run in behind and stretch the Palace defence, the youngster was constantly looking to make himself available.

    But when he got the ball in dangerous positions, his final ball was often just short of finding his man.

    While he can be proud of his performance, Arsenal need another attacking midfielder to ease the burden on the 20-year-old.

    Bukayo Saka – 6

    Failed to replicate the same success on the right flank than he has done in previous weeks.

    Was switched to the left in the second half and whipped in a number of beautiful crosses, though no-one was there to get on the end of it.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL RATINGS CONTINUED

    David Luiz – 7

    Slotting in for Pablo Mari, the experienced Brazilian didn't put a foot wrong.

    Dominant in the air, and calm and composed with the ball at his feet, Luiz often drove forward in his bid to spark an attack.

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 5

    The versatile England international struggled down the left flank when going forward, as he mishit a number of crosses on his weaker foot.

    Though you can't fault his desire and willingness to get forward, he just didn't pose the same threat as Kieran Tierney.

    Dani Ceballos – 8

    One of Arsenal's best players on the night, the midfielder often glided past Palace players as he looked to break the line.

    His range of passing was a joy to behold and his close control under pressure helped the hosts make a quick counter-attack.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL RATINGS VS PALACE

    Bernd Leno – 6

    Made a fantastic diving save to deny Christian Benteke before the break with the striker's header looking to be creeping in the bottom right corner.

    Didn't have much to do in the second half as Arsenal pressed for a winner.

    Hector Bellerin – 5

    The Spaniard looked suspect whenever faced with a one-on-one and was slow jotting back into position.

    He was also guilty of sloppy passes in the final third. Not a great showing from the ex-Barcelona academy ace.

    Rob Holding – 7

    Defensively solid as he mopped up countless Palace loose balls.

    However he still needs to work on his passing out from the back as his cross-field switches failed to find his man on more than occasion.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS RUN ENDS

    Tonight's 0-0 home draw with Crystal Palace leaves Arsenal in 11th place – ending a three-game win run and also their improved play.

    And boss Mikel Arteta looked as frustrated as he did post-New Year on a night of few clear chances.

    Full match details and reaction HERE on our match blog.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    RESULT: ARSENAL 0 PALACE 0

    The Gunners failed to make it four straight Prem wins after this tame draw.

    We've full match details and reaction HERE on our match blog.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: ARSENAL 0 PALACE 0

    Click HERE for our match blog as Arsenal bid to score after the 70th minute for only the second time this season.

    Alexandre Lacazette goes close for the Gunners as they chase their fourth Prem win in a rowCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: ARSENAL 0 PALACE 0

    This Premier League clash has hit a lull, mid-second half.

    And on 65 minutes Nicolas Pepe came on for Arsenal wideman Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

    Click HERE for our match blog.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: ARSENAL 0 PALACE 0

    The Gunners have began the second half in livelier style, Hector Bellerin firing one effort wide

    Click HERE for our match blog.

    Arsenal centre-back David Luiz heads close in the mid-table clashCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
  • Ian Tuckey

    S/H: ARSENAL 0 PALACE 0

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  • Ian Tuckey

    H/T: ARSENAL 0 PALACE 0

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  • Ian Tuckey

    PALACE HIT BAR!

    Eagles' centre-back James Tomkins nodded Eberechi Eze's free-kick off the Arsenal bar on 38 minutes.

    So it's still:Arsenal 0 Crystal Palace 0. Click HERE for our match blog.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: ARSENAL 0 PALACE 0

    Gunners' striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had the first real effort on target as late as midway through the first half,Eagles keeper Vicente Guaita fumbling it badly.

    Click HERE for our match blog.

  • Ian Tuckey

    IT'S UNDER WAY: ARSENAL 0 PALACE 0

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  • Ian Tuckey

    OZIL MUST LEAVE FOR HIS PHYSICAL GOOD

    Mesut Ozil should QUIT Arsenal this month or face being 'physically in trouble', according to club icon William Gallas.

    The German playmaker, 32, hasn't played a competitive game since March 2020 – when he started the 1-0 win over West Ham.

    Ozil was famously left out of Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa League squads at the start of the season.

    And the £350,000-a-week star has since been left to rot in the stands.

    Ozil has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce and even the MLS.

    While the ex-Real Madrid star is available on a free in the summer, Gallas reckons Ozil should look to force a move now or risk a creaking body when he finally returns to action.

    When asked if Ozil leaving this month would be in the interests of both player and club, Gallas told PlayOJO: "Maybe… It’s been a long time since he last played and I’m sure he’s frustrated.

    "When you don’t play, physically you’ll be in trouble when you come back. If he can leave, he should leave."

  • Ian Tuckey

    TIERNEY RESTED

    In-form Arsenal left-back is being rested tonight due to muscle tightness.

    Pablo Mari is the other Gunner to drop out, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and David Luiz coming in.

    Thomas Partey is back in the frame after a month out but starts on the bench.

    Gabriel also returns as a sub after isolation for coronavirus.

    Click HERE for our match blog.

  • Ian Tuckey

    AND HERE'S THE PALACE TEAM NEWS…

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL'S LINE-UP VS PALACE

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