Arsenal news LIVE: Arteta wins manager of the month, QPR friendly victory, Watkins and Calvert-Lewin EXCLUSIVE – updates

Arsenal news LIVE: Arteta wins manager of the month, QPR friendly victory, Watkins and Calvert-Lewin EXCLUSIVE – updates

MIKEL ARTETA has been rewarded with the Premier League manager of the month award for September.

After a dreadful start to the new campaign, the Gunners hit back last month and are unbeaten in four matches.

Arsenal also saw off QPR in a behind-closed-doors friendly, while we have the very latest on their interest in Ollie Watkins and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    ELNENY AND AINSLEY PONDER THEIR FUTURE

    EXCLUSIVE – Arsenal are facing a New Year’s midfield dilemma with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohammed Elneny both considering their futures.

    Maitland-Niles was all set to sign for Everton on loan on transfer deadline day but the move was blocked at the last minute by boss Mikel Arteta.

    And when the England international took to social media to express his frustration, he was initially banned from training by the club.

    Yet while the dispute was quickly settled following clear-the-air talks with Arteta, the regular first team football which Maitland-Niles craves has still not been forthcoming.

    Elneny, 29, appears to be even further down the pecking order following the summer signing of £17million Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    The Egyptian is out of contract at the end of the season and though Arteta is keen for him to sign a new deal, no agreement has so far been reached.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ENGLAND GAME ON DESPITE FIRE

    England’s World Cup qualifier in Andorra WILL go ahead tomorrow despite a huge fire this afternoon.

    The blaze is thought to have started when sparks from welders, working on the gantry for TV coverage, caused the structure to go up in flames.

    Astonishing moment man is almost crushed live on Sky Sports News after trying to fight fire at England vs Andorra ground

    The fire spread to the home dugout and artificial turf at the side of the pitch but did not engulf the playing surface.

    There was also fire debris on the plastic pitch, with the extreme heat damaging a small piece of the surface.

    Part of the home dugout was melted away, while the VAR screen was destroyed. It’s not believed anyone was injured.

    Clouds of dark smoke billowed into the air and surrounded a block of flats overlooking the 3,000-seater stadium.

    Firefighters soon arrived and extinguished the fire by 16:17 local time.

    Andorra have confirmed the game is still on, despite the substantial damage.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS JOIN ELITE 600 CLUB

    Arsenal's 3-1 derby success over Spurs was their 600th Premier League – behind only Manchester United and Chelsea.

    Liverpool and Tottenham complete the top five.Then come the Gunners on 600, with Liverpool occupying fourth place on 585.

    Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka eased yet more pressure on boss Mikel Arteta with victory against Spurs.

  • Ian Tuckey

    THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT OMARI

    Arsenal fans were left excited by starlet Omari Hutchinson after he produced a stunning backheel assist in Wednesday's 1-1 draw against Bournemouth’s U23s.

    A well-worked bit of action saw Hutchinson played in following a fine run from the left wing.

    Hutchinson strafed wide as a teammate drifted into the centre of the field.

    And right on cue Hutchinson pulled the trigger on a superb backpass, taking out Bournemouth’s defence and setting up Arenal’s goal at the Vitality Stadium.

    Gunners supporters quickly took to Twitter praising the effort from their latest academy hero.

    One said: “Omari literally removed three players out of the game with just one pass.”

    Another noted: “Hutchinson is special mehn.”

    One tweeted: “Hutchinson assist too easy for him.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    AARON A KNIFE-EDGE

    Aaron Ramsdale knows the Arsenal No1 shirt is his to lose after replacing Bernd Leno between the sticks.

    The 23-year-old said: “I think Bernd Leno has done a great job.

    “I think he has had a lot of stick for doing very little wrong. Every goalkeeper makes mistakes. Every person makes mistakes.

    “But I think he has saved Arsenal many times in many matches.

    “I just think that the way the team is going, with a certain style of play, I have been brought in to replace him and at the moment in time I have, but that doesn’t mean that it’s my shirt for a long period of time.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNER DO BETTER

    Aaron Ramsdale has admitted Arsenal are not happy with where they are as he stated that the club must secure European football.

    He said: "You can sense it as soon as you walk through the doors that the club isn’t happy where they are. We want European football.

    "It’s a young team so it’s step by step; it might have to be the Europa League and then the Champions League, but we want to get back there.

    "You understand the pressures that brings, but it’s an enjoyable challenge, and when the highs are high they’re really high

    “Around the training ground, you see the history. The players that have played here with their unique numbers, as we have with England.

    "You’ve got the Invincibles on the walls everywhere, so you understand the history of the football club. It’s now our time for us to put some new history on the wall.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNER CELEBRATE

    Arsenal brought delight to their fans with a 3-1 derby win against Tottenham.

    And they also hit a big milestone by making it 600 Premier League wins.

    But they are only third in the all-time list.

    Manchester United – indebted to the years of success Sir Alex Ferguson brought – are top of the pile on 691 wins.

    In second spot are Chelsea with 602 victories.

    Then come the Gunners on 600, with Liverpool occupying fourth place on 585.

     

  • Jake Lambourne

    PART WAYS

    Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has shut down reports linking him with a move to Arsenal as they already have Thomas Partey.

    The Nigerian defensive midfielder has become a staple in Brendan Rodger’s Foxes squad since joining them from Genk in 2017.

    And he was urged to join Arsenal by a Gunners fan during an exchange on social media.

    But Ndidi pointed out that Partey is occupying the role he would play at The Emirates, so Arsenal don’t need him.

    The 24-year-old told the fan: “You guys have Partey, he’s a great player."

  • Jake Lambourne

    AINS PAIN

    EXCLUSIVE – Arsenal are facing a New Year’s midfield dilemma with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohammed Elneny both considering their futures.

    Maitland-Niles was all set to sign for Everton on loan on transfer deadline day but the move was blocked at the last minute by boss Mikel Arteta.

    And when the England international took to social media to express his frustration, he was initially banned from training by the club.

    Yet while the dispute was quickly settled following clear-the-air talks with Arteta, the regular first team football which Maitland-Niles craves has still not been forthcoming.

    Elneny, 29, appears to be even further down the pecking order following the summer signing of £17million Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    The Egyptian is out of contract at the end of the season and though Arteta is keen for him to sign a new deal, no agreement has so far been reached.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FINE ART

    Mikel Arteta has declared his Arsenal team are in a 'really good place' after winning the Premier League's September Manager of the Month award.

    He said: "The squad is in a really good place.

    "Obviously after the window closed and we knew the squad that we had, had done a lot of the transfers and deals we wanted to do in the summer, I think we have be really happy and positive about what we have. 

    "The challenge now is to keep everybody on board together and fulfilling the role that each of us has to do in every moment, and through the season that is different. 

    "Sometimes it is a very leading and front role, and other times it is a supporting role.

    "We don't have European games and for me the key is to keep the unity of the group together and players feeling valued at all times."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART OF FOOTBALL

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been named Premier League manager of the month for September.

    The Gunners started the season poorly, losing their first three league games to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City.

    But bounced back, beating Norwich, Burnley and North London rivals Tottenham.

    The Spaniard beat former mentor Pep Guardiola to the prestigious award, as well as Jurgen Klopp, Graham Potter and Dean Smith.

    On the award, Arteta told Arsenal.com: "I think [this award] represents the way everyone has been together, has been working and has been positive in difficult moments and continued to do their work with the right mentality, the right ambition and with the right work and direction.

    "So it's for them. I get [the award] but it's for all the people behind it."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FEEL THE BERN

    Aaron Ramsdale knows the Arsenal No1 shirt is his to lose after replacing Bernd Leno between the sticks.

    The 23-year-old said: "I think Bernd Leno has done a great job.

    “I think he has had a lot of stick for doing very little wrong. Every goalkeeper makes mistakes. Every person makes mistakes.

    "But I think he has saved Arsenal many times in many matches.

    “I just think that the way the team is going, with a certain style of play, I have been brought in to replace him and at the moment in time I have, but that doesn’t mean that it’s my shirt for a long period of time.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    AAR YOU SERIOUS?

    Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is confident he will be England's No1 in the future after being recalled to the Three Lions squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

    He said: "I have the self-belief that, yes, I could hold down the position.

    "First and foremost, I have to get in the team and that's one of my goals at the moment.

    "I'm just trying to learn and take it step by step but over time that's one of my aspirations."

    Ramsdale – yet to make his international debut – has conceded just once from his four Premier League outings this season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    JACK THE LAD

    Mikel Arteta has revealed the reason why Jack Wilshere is back training at Arsenal.

    Speaking of his ex-team-mate, he said: "We want to help Jack prepare for his next stage, physically, mentally.

    "He wants to do his coaching badges again and we are prepared to fulfil all the needs that he wants. That is basically the idea and it is no further than that.

    "I am very happy to have him back. We had a conversation with Jack and understand the needs that he has, the period that he is going through and I think everyone at the club agreed it was the right moment to help him. 

    "We sat down with him and we listened to what he wanted to do and what stage he is and we are prepared to do anything we can to help him. 

    "He is going to be training sometimes with us, he is going to be around the place, he is going to be continuing his coaching badges that he is very interested in, try to get him fit, try to get his experiences across to our players, our young players, our academy and I think it is great influence to have around."

  • Jake Lambourne

    RAM THE MAN

    Dozens of Newcastle United fans want the new Saudi owners to make Juventus star Aaron Ramsey their first signing.

    The Saudi-back consortium completed their £300million takeover on Thursday and supporters are desperate for investment in the squad.

    Arsenal icon Ramsey, 30, has been linked with a move away from Juventus in recent months, making just three Serie A appearances this term.

    And many Toon fans on social media are excited about the prospect of signing the midfielder, with one tweeting: "We should sign Ramsey."

    While another wrote: "Ramsey will 100 per cent be Newcastle's first big name signing after the takeover."

    And one supporter tweeted: "I want our first signings to be Federico Bernardeschi, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Mattia De Sciglio. Newcastle, break the bank for them!"

  • Jake Lambourne

    MAKES SENS

    Arsenal reportedly face competition from Liverpool in the race to prise Marco Asensio from Real Madrid.

    According to Spanish outlet ABC, the 25-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements by boss Carlo Ancelotti despite starting the league campaign well.

    The report states that Liverpool as well as Juventus and AC Milan are interested in signing the Spaniard.

    But Liverpool could be frontrunners for Asensio's signature having 'tempted' the player before.

    Fellow Premier League side Arsenal also hold an interest in the midfielder.

    The Gunners reportedly saw a £34million bid rejected in the summer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ALEXIT

    Former Arsenal and Man Utd man Alexis Sanchez is reportedly wanted by Spanish trio Valencia, Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano should he leave Inter Milan.

    The 32-year-old threw his future into doubt last weekend with a cryptic social media post.

    After remaining an unused sub for the Nerazzurri's 2-1 defeat at Sassuolo, the Chilean uploaded a picture of a Lamborghini covered in sand.

    He wrote: "Realise that you can worth a lot, but if you are in the wrong place, you are not going to shine."

    And now a queue is forming to try and land Sanchez in a January transfer.

    Gazzetta in Italy state Valencia, Betis and Rayo are all considering swoops.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAT ON BACK

    Arsenal defender Ben White has singled out academy star Charlie Patino as the youngster who has impressed him the most in training.

    Patino, 17, has been tipped to make his debut this season following a number of stellar displays for the club's Under-23s.

    Asked about the Gunners' academy stars, White said: "There’s a lot to be fair.

    "They’re in our training sessions a lot and they’re not struggling.

    “Our training is really high quality and they have fitted right into that, there’s a lot coming through.”

    Asked who has caught his eye, White remarked: "“Charlie (Patino), he’s very good.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WHITE NOISE

    Ben White has expressed his excitement at playing against Cristiano Ronaldo this season.

    The Arsenal centre-back has even stated that he thinks he will be able to manage the Man Utd striker when the two teams square off on November 30 at Old Trafford.

    Speaking to the Gunners' Twitch channel about which fixture he was looking forward too now he has played in the North London derby, White said: "I’d probably say playing against [Cristiano] Ronaldo you know."

    Asked if he would be able to handle him, he simply stated while smirking: "I’ll be alright…"

    White has kept three clean sheets out of his last four games for Arsenal.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON THE SADAR

    Arsenal have identified Zenit St Petersburg forward Sardar Azmoun as a potential Alexandre Lacazette replacement, according to reports.

    Lacazette is wanted by a host of top European clubs, including LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid.

    The 30-year-old's contract expires next June, meaning a pre-contract can be arranged from January.

    And according to French outlet Onze Mondial, Zenit's Azmoun is on the Gunners' list to replace the Frenchman.

    The Iranian forward impressively scored 19 goals in 29 appearances for the Russian club last season.

    His form alerted clubs from across the continent, including Arsenal's North London rivals Tottenham – who were seeking out a potential replacement for Harry Kane if the forward made the move to Manchester City.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAL STAY PUT

    Danny Mills has warned Dominic Calvert-Lewin against moving to the Arsenal.

    The Gunners have reportedly identified the Toffees frontman as a potential replacement for Alexandre Lacazette who be sent for a free transfer move from the Emirates next summer.

    Mills told talkSPORT: “Long term, Everton have got obviously got a lot of money. They’re very well-backed financially.

    “I think Dominic Calvert-Lewin will thrive once he’s back fit. He’s been injured, don’t forget, he’s had this broken toe issue that’s obviously kept him out.

    “I think he will thrive under Rafa Benitez, and I think he will get even better. If he goes to Arsenal, I’m not sure. What’s going to happen at Arsenal?’”

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Matteo Guendozi has taken a sly swipe at parent club Arsenal while on loan at Marseille.

    Despite being with Arsenal since 2018, Guendozi has claimed that no club has made him as happy as he currently is at Marseille.

    The midfielder also reckons the Ligue 1 side have the best fans in Europe who he loves to play in front of in their full stadium.

    Meanwhile the Gunners may have found a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette who looks likely to be leaving the club this summer.

    The North London club have reportedly been keeping tabs on Iranian youngster Sardar Azmoun who plays for Zenit Saint-Petersburg.

    The 19-year-old sensation has already hit the net six times in 12 games for the Russian side, so he’ll bring a lot of firepower to The Emirates.

    But Jamie Carragher reckons the Gunners already have what it takes to be a top side and have singled them out as the team to watch in the Premier League this season.

    The Liverpool legend thinks Mikel Arteta’s side will be a nuisance for the Prem’s top four, but won’t be able to penetrate the group just yet.

    He told The Telegraph: “The team that I think is worth watching closely as the season evolves is Arsenal.”

    And finally, Arteta is loving what new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu has brought to the club this season.

    Since his arrival this summer, the defender already scooped the Player Of The Month award for September, and Arteta reckons the best is still yet to come.

    He beamed: “He is so excited, you can see that for him it is a dream to be here and he is doing it in the right manner.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    FER CHASE

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Espanyol ace Mateo Fernandez.

    The 17-year-old striker has a £1.2million release clause in his contract which has attracted a host of clubs, including Liverpool and Leeds.

    But according to the Daily Mail, Leeds are in pole position for the teen sensation.

    The Mail claim the Whites are hoping to secure his services in January for even less than his release fee.

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    GREAT TAKE

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said it's been a delight managing new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    The 22-year-old signed for the Gunners this summer and has already scooped the Player Of The Month award for the month of September.

    The defender's helped Arsenal secure 10 points out of 12 in their recent run of games and Arteta is enjoying what he's seen so far.

    Arteta told the Arsenal media team: "He is so excited, you can see that for him it is a dream to be here and he is doing it in the right manner.

    “With the passion but with the right commitment, and as well with the right amount of self-assurance that he is capable of doing it."

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    GUNNER DO IT 

    Jamie Carragher has labelled Arsenal as the 'team to watch' this season.

    The Gunners are unbeaten in four Premier League games under Mikel Arteta, having been bottom of the table after three games.

    And Liverpool legend Carragher thinks Arsenal will provide the biggest challenge to the teams currently in the top four.

    He told The Telegraph: "The team that I think is worth watching closely as the season evolves is Arsenal.

    "If they can get the consistency into their young side, the lack of European football can be a massive help for Mikel Arteta as he spends more time with his players on the training ground."

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