ARSENAL aim to bounce from defeat against Leicester as they take on Irish side Dundalk in the Europa League.

And then at the weekend it's old rivals Manchester United in a HUGE Premier League clash.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below…

  • John Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Mikel Arteta faces a Europa League injury crisis at home to Dundalk tonight.

    Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes are Arteta's only senior options in central defence.

    David Luiz has joined Rob Holding, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers on the crocked list.

    And the Gunners left Sokratis and William Saliba out of their European squad.

    But whatever their fitness worries, anything less than victory over the Irish minnows would be unthinkable for Arsenal fans.

    At least midfielder Willian and new England wideman Bukayo Saka should be fit to return against Dundalk.

    Arteta, though, might already have one eye on what, so early in the season, has already been described as a crunch match.

    The Gunners visit Manchester United on Sunday, knowing a third straight Premier League defeat would heap huge pressure on their Spanish manager.

    It would also make a miserable stat for Arsenal of four losses from their first seven Prem games.

  • Kiro Evans

    INSULT AND INJURY

    Mikel Arteta is concerned about the injury crisis gripping his defence and warns the club are only one more wounded player away from 'big trouble.'

  • Kiro Evans

    FEEL THE BERND

    Bernd Leno has been stretching his limbs in training ahead of tomorrow's Europa League game.

  • Kiro Evans

    COMING UP

    It's Dundalk tomorrow for Arsenal as they look to make it two Europa League wins from two.

    They then face a crunch game at Old Trafford, against a Manchester United side who have got their act together since the last time a team from North London made the trip to the Theatre of Dreams.

    It's a match Arsenal dare not lose – four defeats from their opening seven games would be calamitous.

    The Gunners host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's old side Molde in Europe next, before rounding off this set of pre-international break games against an impressive Aston Villa team.

  • Kiro Evans

    TEAM NEWS FOR TOMORROW

    Dundalk make the trip to the Emirates tomorrow for Arsenal's second Europa League game.

    Unfortunately for Mikel Arteta, the Irish side will be facing a defence that has been hamstrung by injuries.

    David Luiz joins Rob Holding, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers on the sidelines leavingShkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes as the only first team options as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and William Saliba were left out of the Europa League squad.

    On the brightside, Willian and Bukayo Saka are expected to be fit after recent issues for both.

  • Kiro Evans

    LEAGUE OF ITS OWN

    Arsene Wenger reckons a European Super League would 'destroy' the Premier League.

    Talks have taken place over the creation of a new £4.6billion league for up to 18 teams.

    But Wenger, 71, has insisted it will have a catastrophic impact on the English top-flight.

    The legendary Arsenal manager told the Guardian: “The Premier League has a superiority.

    “The project [Big Picture] wanted to reinforce this superiority.

    “The other leagues tried to destroy the advantage the Premier League has.

    “For them, the best thing to attain that is to create a European league.

    “So that means to destroy the Premier League, basically.

    “So if they get the agreement from the English big clubs, it will happen.”

  • Kiro Evans

    ROAD TO RECOVERY

    Rob Holding is back in training as he fights to get back for Arsenal.

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    Felt good being back on the grass helping the boys get ready for tomorrow’s game! Step by step 💪

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  • Kiro Evans

    MUS KEEP GOING

    Mesut Ozil is still doing 'the best he can' at Arsenal training despite being frozen out of the squad, claims Shkodran Mustafi.

    The midfielder has been left out of Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa League squads this season.

    Ozil, 32, still has a year remaining on his £350,000-per-week contract at the Emirates.

    He has not played for the club since March 7, but he is still putting in the hard yards at training.

    Speaking about the midfielder's situation, Mustafi said: “I can’t say too much about it. They have been talking a lot about it.

    “He will always have my respect and I will always be there for him if he needs something to motivate and push him.

    “But at the moment every time I see him in training he’s doing the best he can.

    “He tries to train well and everything else is not in my hands. I’m not the one who makes the decisions.”

  • Kiro Evans

    FIGHT FOR FITNESS

    Gabriel Martinelli has been spotted in training today, much to the joy of Arsenal fans.

    The talented youngster has been out with a long-term injury layoff but looks on the road to recovery now.

  • Jack Figg

    SAL OF THE CENTURY

    William Saliba WILL prove to be a top Arsenal signing, according to an old team-mate.

    Saint-Etienne defender Harold Moukoudi believes the youngster has ‘enormous potential’ that he can fulfill in London.

    He told French outlet Fotboll Transfers: “With the qualities he has, I'm sure he will take the chance when he gets it.

    “He has enormous potential and he will succeed, I am sure of that.”

  • Jack Figg

    GRANIT STRIKE

    Arsenal released a throwback clip of Granit Xhaka's wonder-strike against Crystal Palace in 2018.

    The Swiss midfielder hammered one right into the top corner.

    The Gunners would go on to draw the game.

  • Jack Figg

    EL JACKO

    Jack Wilshere fancies a move to LaLiga and says he's 'not too young for the MLS'.

    He told Sky Sports: “I've been speaking to my agent every couple of days.

    “There's been a few things that have come up and we're still talking about it, but I'm not going to put a time on it because I want to make sure it's right.

    “LaLiga, Italy or Germany would be a nice change for me. Not many English players have done it.

    “I always watch LaLiga, it was always something I thought about. I like the league, I think it's more technical than the English game.

    “I think it's somewhere I could really show what I can do.”

  • Jack Figg

    AUR UNTO HIMSELF

    Mesut Ozil’s exile from the Arsenal team is his own fault, claims Lauren.

    The former Gunners defender says the fact that Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta both struggled with Ozil shows it is first and foremost the player who must get this act together.

    Lauren told Sky Sports: “All of us who follow Arsenal want to see the best players but this situation has not come from now. I believe it is the same with Emery and Arteta.

    “Arteta would love to have the best players in the squad. If Ozil is not there it's a consequence of many issues.

    “First of all, it's the fault of the player. I believe if you have the quality, if you are a top player, if you are not involved week in, week out I believe that is your own fault.

    “But the fact that with Emery and now with Arteta he hasn't been consistent it is not the manager. I believe it is more the player than the manager or the club.”

  • Jack Figg

    TOTT SPOT

    Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are close to breaking an incredible Premier League record.

    On Monday night, the Spurs pals combined to score the winner against Burnley.

    Kane brilliantly headed on a cross from Erik Lamela into the path of Son to nod home and seal all three points.

    Famed for his incredible shooting, Kane's creativity this season has become a real talking point.

    In a scarcely-believable purple patch, the England captain has set up SEVEN Son goals this season alone.

    And Son has returned the favour on two occasions too, meaning the pair have set up nine goals for each other in 2020-21 already.

    READ MORE HERE

  • Jack Figg

    DON DEAL

    Barcelona are considering signing former Arsenal youngster Donyell Malen from PSV Eindhoven as an alterantive to Memphis Depay, reports claim.

    Malen has been identified as an ideal back-up if they don't manage to sign Depay from Lyon, according to Mundo.

    The 21-year-old forward has scored 33 goals and provided 16 assists in 78 games for PSV, putting him on the radar of some of Europe's elite.

    Arsenal are also said to be interested in getting him back despite selling him to the Dutch giants for just £540,000 in 2017.

    He is also making a name for himself on the international scene and already has four caps for Holland and one goal.

    Malen made his international debut under current Barca boss Ronald Koeman, which may give him the edge in an future advances for the player.

  • Jack Figg

    ALL CHANGE

    Arsenal host Dundalk on Thursday night in their second Europa League clash of the season.

    The Gunners ran out 2-1 winners in their tournament opener against Rapid Vienna last week.

    And they will hope to make it two in a row against the Irish minnows at the Emirates.

    Arteta could be tempted to shuffle his pack with the huge Premier League game against Manchester United on the horizon.

    Here's how we predict the Gunners could line up.

  • Jack Figg

    MAKING A MES OF IT

    Jack Wilshere has been left puzzled by Mikel Arteta's decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of his squad.

    Wilshere told Sky Sports: “I was in that position.

    “As a footballer you want to be given the opportunity to compete and fight for your place.

    “He’s one of the best players I’ve played with. All I can do is comment on him as a footballer and I know what he can give, so it does make it difficult to understand.

    “But I’m not in the club, I don’t know what’s happened. I’m sure a lot of teams in England and Europe – Mesut will be the first name on the team sheet.

    “But that’s why [Mikel] Arteta’s the manager, he makes the decisions and that’s down to him.”

  • Jack Figg

    BEHIND THE SCENES

    Arsenal released a behind the scenes look at their win over Rapid Vienna.

    David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were the scorers in the 2-1 win.

    Gunners stars can also be seen having fun in training.

  • Jack Figg

    CHANGE OF ART

    Rio Ferdinand claims Mikel Arteta must change Arsenal's “mentality” after “reality hit home” with defeat against Leicester.

    And Ferdinand feels the Gunners have fallen apart since £40million midfielder Thomas Partey completed their transfer deadline dealings.

    Former West Ham star Ferdy told his FIVE YouTube channel: “They’ve been having a party since Partey signed. Reality hits home now.

    “They’ve been having a party since Partey signed. Reality hits home now.

    “They’ve got to respond. I’ve said it about Everton and I’m going to say the same thing about Arsenal. It’s how you respond to these situations.

    “Too many times in the past Arsenal have not responded in these situations and have gone on runs losing games and they drift away.

    “They can’t have that happen this season.”

  • Jack Figg

    GO FIGURE

    The figures for the first two rounds of the Premier League's pay-per-view matches have been revealed with an average of 39,000 viewers paying £14.95.

    There have so far been ten games shown on PPV since it started on October 17, though none of the fixtures have attracted an audience of more than 100,000.

    According to the Daily Mail, the average number of purchases has been 39,000.

    That is still higher than the average attendance for the last Covid-19-free Premier League season which was 38,168 in the 2018-19 term.

    But the vast majority of fans have balked at the £14.95 price to watch games, with just two fixtures gaining between 70,000-90,000 viewers.

    And three of the matches have attracted less than 10,000 viewers – leaving clubs to consider lowering the price.

  • Jack Figg

    MIK'S QUICK FIX

    Mikel Artetais under increasing pressure from Arsenal fans – with even the most optimistic supporters struggling to find any positives from the 1-0 loss to Leicester.

    The Spaniard's honeymoon period at the Gunners is officially over – with his methods and tactics under real scrutiny – despite winning the FA Cup in his debut season.

    But those fans urging Arsenal to sack Arteta are wrong.

    Perhaps the early success he experienced raised expectations to an unattainable level.

    Let's not forget, life after Unai Emery – and even Arsene Wenger – was always going to be a period of transition.

    While many clubs hide behind 'transition periods' to excuse their shortcomings, the Arsenal board's inability to back Arteta to the fullest in the transfer window means the Gunners will be stuck at this point for at least the first-half of this season.

    READ MORE HERE

  • Jack Figg

    MORE ON HLEB

    He went on: “Of course, Barca is a fantastic team. I won titles and everything but I didn't play as much as I did at Arsenal.

    “This is only my mistake because at the time, a lot of things happened in my private life. I started very nervously [at Barcelona].

    “Before I was always aggressive. It was only my mistake.

    “This is not a situation where Guardiola didn't trust me or something like that. No, this is only my mistake.

    “At Arsenal I was happy, you know? When you're happy in the team, you need to stay.

    “Of course [I still think about my career]. When you're young you think you have so many years but it's really like one moment.

    “It's really quick. My children now ask me about [my career] and you explain your emotions and it's nice, it's very nice.”

  • Jack Figg

    GUNNER TEAR UP

    Alexander Hleb cried when he spoke to Arsene Wenger before leaving for Barcelona.

    He told Arsenal's In Lockdown podcast: “Barca, of course, were the best team at the time and everybody wants something to try but really I was 100 per cent happy at Arsenal.

    “I cried when I talked to Arsene [Wenger]. We talked in the holiday before I left and he told me he wanted to keep me and I was important.

    “I cried. I didn't know what to do in that moment.

    “Of course, Barca is a fantastic team. I won titles and everything but I didn't play as much as I did at Arsenal.

    “This is only my mistake because at the time, a lot of things happened in my private life. I started very nervously [at Barcelona].”

  • Jack Figg

    GUNNER HELP

    Mesut Ozil has pledged to help end child poverty after donating 1,400 meals a DAY to 11 North London schools.

    The selfless Gunners star, 32, began supporting local food shelters at the beginning of lockdown in March.

    With the coronavirus pandemic leaving at-need families stranded, Ozil was quick to react to help his community.

    But now – seemingly inspired by Marcus Rashford's heroic works for charity – Ozil has begun helping schools as well.

    Selected children in the country are entitled to a free meal per day – but not during the school holidays.

    Manchester United star Rashford has been lobbying the Government for months demanding that changes.

  • John Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Rio Ferdinand claims Mikel Arteta must change Arsenal's “mentality” after “reality hit home” with defeat against Leicester.

    Manchester United legend Ferdy believes Sunday's trip to Old Trafford could already be crucial for the Gunners after they picked up just three points from their past four games.

    The former West Ham star told his FIVE YouTube channel: “They’ve been having a party since Partey signed. Reality hits home now.

    “They’ve been having a party since Partey signed. Reality hits home now,

    “They’ve got to respond. I’ve said it about Everton and I’m going to say the same thing about Arsenal. It’s how you respond to these situations.

    “Too many times in the past Arsenal have not responded in these situations and have gone on runs losing games and they drift away. They can’t have that happen this season.

    “I think Arteta has been a breath of fresh air at the Emirates. This is now a big time to say to the boys: 'Listen, you’ve lost, that’s it, we move on'.

    “And that’s the mentality shift that he has to implement in this squad. Can he do it? We’ll wait and see.”

    Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil has pledged to help end child poverty after donating 1,400 meals a DAY to 11 North London schools.

    The selfless Gunners star, 32, began supporting local food shelters at the beginning of lockdown in March.

    With the coronavirus pandemic leaving at-need families stranded, Ozil was quick to react to help his community.

    On Tuesday, pictures circulated on social media showing the German star's incredible act of generosity.

    One image showed boxes of food in a crate which had been sent to Whitings Hill school in Barnet.

    The bumper package is claimed to be able to feed around 70 children for a whole week.

    But that's just the tip of the iceberg, with Ozil also supplying free meals to TEN other schools in the area.

    All in all, it's claimed the Gunners ace is handing out 1,400 meals every day to those in need.

    And finally, William Saliba WILL prove to be a top Arsenal signing, according to an old team-mate.

    Saint-Etienne defender Harold Moukoudi believes the youngster has ‘enormous potential’ that he can fulfill in London.

    He told French outlet Fotboll Transfers: “With the qualities he has, I'm sure he will take the chance when he gets it.

    “He has enormous potential and he will succeed, I am sure of that.”

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