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Merson backs Arsenal to thrive on return as "Mikel Arteta is no Tiger Woods"

Mikel Arteta will eventually get Arsenal ticking because he's content to "work from the ground up". The Spaniard was appointed as Gunners boss back in December but has a serious rebuild job at the Emirates. And Paul Merson has claimed "Arteta is no Tiger Woods" and reckons the former Manchester City No 2 will be given plenty of time because the north London club know they cannot realistically challenge for

Willian issues update on Chelsea future amid Arsenal and Tottenham interest

Willian has made his clearest indication yet that his time at Chelsea is coming to an end after conceding the club will not change their mind on their contract offer. The Brazilian forward is out of contract this summer, with his current deal due to expire at the end of next month. With the Premier League season due to run at least into July, Willian is prepared to pen a

Ian Wright 'couldn't fault' Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he left Arsenal

Arsenal legend Ian Wright says he couldn't blame Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he wanted to leave the club this summer. Wright says he is praying that Aubameyang will stay and help manager Mikel Arteta lead the Gunners "to the promised land" – but he admits he would understand if the striker quits the club in a quest for more silverware. Aubameyang's deadly finishing and rapid pace has made him a target

Xhaka lifts lid on x-rated row with Arsenal fans and being stripped of captaincy

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka claims he and the club's fans both overreacted during his outburst back in October. The Swiss midfielder was jeered off as he was substituted against Crystal Palace. But rather than turn the other cheek Xhaka reacted angrily, cupping his ear before taking his shirt off and storming down the tunnel. It resulted in him being stripped of the captaincy but he believes the situation was something of

Mertesacker going to give Arteta 'selection headaches' with academy quality

The Arsenal academy operates at such a high standard that Mikel Arteta must be thinking "What's going on?" That's according to Arsenal's academy manager Per Mertesacker, who says it's his job to give the Gunners boss selection headaches. In the past few years the club has seen the likes of Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka progress through the ranks. And Mertesacker has suggested that this trend

William Saliba 'to return to Arsenal' for remainder of 2019/20 season

William Saliba will reportedly be allowed to join up with his new Arsenal teammates now that the Ligue 1 season has ended. However, the centre-back will not be allowed to play for the Gunners until the 2020/21 campaign begins. Arsenal signed Saliba for £11million from Saint-Etienne last summer before immediately loaning the defender back to the French club for the season. France's season was ended last week due to the

Ray Parlour slams Arsenal leadership in passionate defence of Mesut Ozil

Ray Parlour has leapt to the defence of Mesut Ozil and criticised the lack of leadership at Arsenal amid the recent disagreement regarding player pay cuts. Ozil is one of three Arsenal stars to decide against taking a deduction in their salary despite the rest of the squad agreeing to the club's request. Arsenal proposed each player give up 12.5 per cent of their weekly wage to help the club

Dani Ceballos shares Zidane message on future amid Arsenal transfer talk

Dani Ceballos has shared a message from Zinedine Zidane about his Real Madrid future amid speculation Arsenal will bid to sign him permanently. Ceballos has spent the season on loan with the Gunners from Madrid, and Arsenal are believed to be keen on signing him permanently – although there are doubts over whether they can afford the £40million-rated midfielder. Juventus are also believed to be interested in bidding for the

Chelsea 'monitor' Aubameyang contract situation and hope to take advantage

Chelsea are considering a shock swoop for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as his contract situation continues to play out at the Emirates. The Blues are in the market for a striker having been unable to make any additions last summer. Moussa Dembele at Lyon is their main target while Timo Werner is also on their shortlist. But interest in Aubameyang is increasing and they are monitoring developments in north London.

David Seaman admits he thought Liverpool were going to match Arsenal Invincibles

Arsenal legend David Seaman admitted he expected Liverpool to become the new Invincibles. But Seaman says Liverpool slipping up at Watford just underlined what an achievement it was by Arsenal when they did it in 2004. Former Gunners keeper Seaman, who left Arsenal in 2003, said: “It shows how hard it was. If I’m honest, I did think Liverpool were going to do it because they looked so good. "They