ARSENAL are still reeling from a shock defeat to Aston Villa before the international break.

Off the field, Gilberto Silva has talked of his admiration for Jack Grealish while Jerome Boateng is being eyed on a free transfer.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners updates below…

  • Etienne Fermie

    GUEN THEN

    Hertha Berlin sporting director Michael Preetz has lavished praise upon Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi.

    He told Kicker: “Three months ago, Matteo’s loan signing wasn’t possible, but it was at the beginning of October.

    “We are happy that he is here and that he enriched our game from the start.

    “We’ll see everything else next summer. How the prices will develop by then and what Arsenal are planning then, nobody can say today.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    LIFE BOAT

    Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus has revealed that he would understand if his former side were to sell rumoured Arsenal target Jerome Boateng.

    He told AZ: “It’s understandable (that they would let Boateng go). FC Bayern is looking ahead. Jerome is prone to injury and has reached a certain age.

    “In the past few years he has often had to take criticism, including from me, and that was justified. But he always behaved professionally and celebrated a great comeback under Hansi Flick.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    MIK TAKER

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted that he learns more in defeat than victory, following the Gunners dreadful 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa prior to the international break.

    The Spaniard told the club's website: “There are a lot of things to do, short term and medium term, we have seen a lot of changes not only on the pitch but structurally as a club as well, it's been difficult, it's been a challenging time in the last three or four months, a lot of things have happened.

    “We have to settle and everyone has to realise where we are now, but I see the future as really bright. I am a really positive person and I tend to learn much more when things don't go well and we have a defeat like we had the other day that really hurt after the performance we had at Old Trafford.

    “We have to understand why it happened, be really critical first of all with myself and try to understand the players better, and give them more solutions to win more football matches.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    WHERE THERE'S A WIL…

    This will certainly feel like art to Gunners fans!

  • Etienne Fermie

    BAY-IN FOR DOM

    Bayern Munich have joined Arsenal in the transfer chase for Dominik Szobaszlai, claimed Lothar Matthaus.

    And the German holds high hopes for the Hungarian 'gem' as he compared the youngster to Kai Havertz.

    Speaking to Munchner Abendzeitung, the 1990 World Cup winner said: “He is a gem. He’s like Kai Havertz.

    “He could move to RB Leipzig in January, but I'm convinced that every top club in Europe has him on their list, including Bayern.

    “In Hungary, Szoboszlai is already being compared to the great Ferenc Puskas.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    LENDING ADE

    Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed that he advised Thomas Partey to snub interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in favour of a move to the Gunners.

    The Togolese star said at an event in Ghana: “He told me that some clubs in England, namely Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and others have shown interest in him and he needs advice.

    “I advised him to go to Arsenal because I have had the opportunity to play there and I think it will be good for his development.

    “Arsenal is more than a club, it is a family and I’m impressed with his performances so far in the Premier League.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    LEV IT YEAH

    Former Scotland boss Craig Levein has hailed Kieran Tierney's performance against Slovakia on Sunday.

    The Scots fell to an unlucky 1-0 loss in Trnava, but the Gunners defender produced an adventurous display at left wing-back.

    And Levein told the BBC: “I think that was Kieran Tierney’s best game in a Scotland shirt.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOULDY

    Arsenal icon Steve Bould has turned 58 today.

    The ex-defender worked as Arsene Wenger's assistant for six years, before eventually taking on his current role as Gunners Under-23s boss.

  • Etienne Fermie

    LION HEART

    Gareth Southgate has praised Arsenal prodigy Bukayo Saka after his performance against Belgium on Sunday.

    The Three Lions boss said: “There were several players who it’s the very early stages of their international careers, who were excellent.

    “Jack [Grealish] is the obvious one, his performance was outstanding, but I also thought Bukayo as well.

    “Coming into a game like that as a very young player, against an experienced player like [Thomas] Meunier. He had an excellent game on the left when he came into it.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    TIER THREE

    Kieran Tierney was in action for Scotland yesterday, as Steve Clarke's side fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat in Slovakia.

    Buoyant having secured Euro 2020 qualification on Thursday night, the Scots started brightly, with Tierney deployed in the left wing-back position.

    But despite numerous chances, the Tartan Army were left disappointed.

    The Arsenal ace will have another opportunity to secure promotion to Nations League Group A, however, when Scotland take on Israel on Wednesday night.

  • Etienne Fermie

    AUBA NIGHT STAY

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claimed he was held 'hostage' without his passport at Gambia airport throughout the night.

    The Arsenal star, 31, called for changes to be made after the Gabon squad were left with less than 10 hours to prepare for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after the hold up.

    The Gabon squad had to sit around at the airport all night as they waited for permission to enter Gambia. Aubameyang documented the nightmare ordeal with his 10 million followers on Instagram.

    Some of Gabon's players tried to sleep on the floor on makeshift beds, but the Gunners forward appeared to be up all night.

  • Etienne Fermie

    'NO WORDS'

    Ex-Arsenal star John Hartson has revealed the tragic death of his older sister Hayley.

    The former Wales striker took to social media to announce the sad news.

    He wrote in an emotional post: “It is with great sadness today we put our Beloved Hayley to rest.

    “Hayley passed away on the 21/10/2020.

    “We are totally devastated.. she will be sorely missed.

    “There are no words. RIP Big sister.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    GUNNING DOWN CLIMATE CHANGE

    Arsenal have become the first Premier League club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework.

    Gunners' operations director Hywel Sloman said: “Arsenal is committed to leading the way on sustainability among Premier League clubs and we are proud to be the first club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework.

    “Together with our partners, we’ve already implemented a number of environmentally-friendly practices across the club. This includes becoming the first Premier League club to switch to 100 per cent green electricity since the beginning of our partnership with Octopus Energy in 2016, and a new partnership with aluminium packaging company Ball Corporation, which is designed to help us and our millions of fans around the world reduce our impact on the environment.

    “We will continue to use the power and reach of Arsenal to inspire our global communities and push each other towards a more sustainable future.”

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Cesc Fabregas has urged patience from Arsenal fans growing anxious at the inconsistent early season results. 

    The ex-Gunner midfielder defended his former team-mate and now Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and insisted the hire-and-fire culture should be ignored while the Spaniard builds. 

    Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has also been having his say on the team's problems and argued the London side needed a player in the mould of Mason Mount. 

    Like the Chelsea midfielder, Dixon wants a player who can score goals, unlock defences and break late into the box.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal's hopes of a January transfer move for Dominik Szoboszlai was dealt a blow after his international boss said a move to the Bundesliga was likely. 

    Hungary manager Marco Rossi said he believed the young star would move to Germany as the style of football was similar to Austria, where he currently plays for RB Salzburg. 

  • Kiro Evans

    TONI MOANY

    Toni Kroos has dismissed Mesut Ozil's defence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's mask celebration as the social media spat dragged on for another day.

    The Real Madrid midfielder labelled Aubameyang's occasional use of a superhero mask when celebrating a goal as 'nonsense' last week.

    Kroos' former Germany team-mate Ozil weighed in on the row by backing his Arsenal pal, but Kroos is not interested in rising to the pair's social media jibes.

    The 30-year-old told Bild: “I'm not surprised by anyone anymore.

    “I found it amusing, but I've already ticked it off.”

    “I find [elaborate celebrations] very silly.

    “Even worse is if there are any objects hidden in their socks.

    “Aubameyang once celebrated and took out a mask.

    “That’s where it ends with me. I don’t think that’s a good role model, either. What nonsense.”

  • Kiro Evans

    ALL OVER

    It's finished Belgium 2-0 England in the Nations League game, and it sends the Three Lions out the competition.

    In truth England were far too limp for too long, while the hosts were clinical and robust in defence.

    Questions are being asked about the line-up and the tactics, but for Gareth Southgate and his troops the goal will be bouncing back against Iceland in a few days time.

  • Kiro Evans

    CHIL NOT WELL

    Ben Chilwell has pulled up with an injury just before half-time in the England vs Belgium game – opening the door for Bukayo Saka to make an appearance.

    The young Arsenal star has been subbed on for the Chelsea man and will need to make a big impact to help England drag themselves back from their two goal deficit.

    He received the Man of the Match award for his contribution to the Three Lions' 3-0 win against Ireland three days ago.

    Something similar would be much appreciated from the away dugout.

    No pressure, Bukayo…

  • Kiro Evans

    SAKA BENCHED

    Bukayo Saka has been left on the bench for England's game against Belgium – despite his man of the match performance against Ireland only three days ago.

    Manager Gareth Southgate has turned back to the more established first-teamers, but Saka could see the pitch if the Three Lions need to inject some energy into the game.

    Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles is also among the substitutes.

  • Kiro Evans

    AFTER THE BREAK

    Arsenal return to club action once the internationals are over, and they need to put results together fast after losing 4 of their opening 8 league games.

    First up is the incredibly difficult trip to Leeds United, who regularly swing from looking world-class one week to amateurish the next. Mikel Arteta will be hoping to catch the Yorkshire side on an off day.

    The London club then have a trip to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's former side Molde in the Europa League, before returning to domestic action as they host Wolves.

    Given the team's difficulties in breaking defences down and susceptibility to the counter attack, Nuno Espirito Santo will be licking his lips.

    After that, they host Rapid Wien and then face Tottenham in a huge derby.

  • Kiro Evans

    PATIENT PLAYMAKER

    Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has called for patience from Arsenal fans who have become with Mikel Arteta.

    The Gunners have lost half of their opening eight games and have repeatedly looked unconvincing going forward, and a world away from some of the attacking teams Fabregas used to play in.

    But the Spaniard has urged people to give the manager time.

    He told 90min.com: “Listen, it's a transition period. Mikel has his ideas, but it takes time.

    “The problem for a coach nowadays is that you have no time. You lose three games, everyone is asking for your head.

    “I know it's very, very difficult because you want to implement your ideas, and it's a process.

    “Sometimes, it's difficult because football is moving very quickly, everyone wants to win, there's pressure from the board, from the fans, from the players. You're on the spot every single day.”

  • Kiro Evans

    NOW AND BREN

    Arsenal have been handed a transfer boost with news that Brazilian target Brenner won't need a work permit, according to reports.

    The Sao Paulo forward, 20, is said to own an Italian passport, which would allow him to sign for the Premier League giants.

    The Gunners secured the services of Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano last year in the same fashion, with the wonderkid also having an Italian passport alongside a Brazilian one.

    And Arsenal technical director Edu is said to be ready to move for the talented attacker.

    Brenner has scored 17 goals in his last 27 games for Sao Paulo, and is highly-rated in his homeland.

  • Kiro Evans

    LEW LEGEND

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took to Instagram to congratulate Lewis Hamilton after he became a seven-times World Champion in Formula 1 this afternoon.

    The Brit battled the wet surface and his competitors to pull of an amazing win at a spellbinding Turkish Grand Prix earlier this afternoon.

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    A post shared by Aubameyang Pierre-Emerick (@aubameyang97)

  • Kiro Evans

    FOOTBALL MOURNS: RAY CLEMENCE DEAD AGED 72

    Breaking: Liverpool and England legend Ray Clemence has died, aged 72.

    His family have released a statement after he 'passed away peacefully'.

    Clemence leaves behind his wife Veronica, daughters Julie and Sarah and son Stephen, who is a former Tottenham player and current coach at Newcastle.

    The Skegness-born star played for Scunthorpe, Liverpool and Tottenham during an illustrious 23-year career.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NAY BOTHER

    Former Chelsea and Spurs midfielder Gus Poyet has recalled him emotions when he part of the Real Zaragoza side that beat Arsenal in the 1995 European Cup Winners' Cup final courtesy of Nayim's long-distance strike.

    He said: “I was 10 yards away when he hit it. I thought, 'What is that?' because there was nobody ahead of him.

    “Everyone went silent, just watching the ball and David Seaman.

    “It was probably the worst-celebrated goal in football to be honest, everyone went everywhere, and it wasn't much better at full-time because it meant so much.

    “I cried like a baby because of the emotion but I also had cramp in my calf. When I tried to run, it seized up and someone had to pull my foot up.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNING TO WIN

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