ARSENAL are preparing for a massive clash against rivals Manchester United this weekend.

On the transfer front, the Gunners could recall Lucas Torreira and send him on loan to Monaco after a torrid time at Atletico Madrid.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    NO MORE TIERS

    Kieran Tierney has scored an absolute banger in training.

    Could he be in contention to return to the side tomorrow?

  • sstreet

    OD ONE IN

    Martin Odegaard is already keen to stay at Arsenal in the long term, according to reports.

    The Norwegian has chosen the number 11 jersey for his stay at the Emirates and Defensa Central claim there is a very important reason for that.

    Odegaard could have had Mesut Ozil's number 10 shirt, but that is set to go to Emile Smith Rowe from next season.

    (Under Premier League rules, Smith Rowe cannot take the number 10 shirt this season as he already has a squad number.)

    And the Real Madrid loanee has therefore gone with number 11 knowing it will still be free in 2021/22.

    And in his pre-Man Utd press conference, Mikel Arteta also suggested Arsenal were keen to make the deal permanent.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART DEALER

    Arsenal fans will be hoping the club splash the cash yet again in the summer having offloaded a number of fringe players this month.

    The likes of Mesut Ozil and Sokratis have had their contracts terminated in January, while Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba have been loaned out.

    And the Gunners could also have money to play with as the contracts of David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi will expire at the end of the season.

    Arsenal could also cash in on Alexandre Lacazette, with the French striker's deal in North London to expire in 2022.

    The FA Cup holders could also part ways with the likes of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, who left the club on loan in October.

    Depending on where Arsenal finish in the Premier League table this term, Mikel Arteta could be given a healthy budget to continue the transformation of his team.

    Here are two ways how Arsenal could line up…

  • Jake Lambourne

    OD TO JOY

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Arsenal's loam signing of Norwegian compatriot Martin Odegaard.

    Odeegaard could make his Gunners debut against the Red Devils on Saturday at the Emirates.

    Commenting on Odegaard, Solskjaer said: "Martin is a very talented young player and we know from the national team that he can cause any team problems.

    "I just hope he’s not finding his form on Saturday. Wish him all the best.

    "He’s a good boy, good attitude, right character, so I’m sure they’ve made a good signing there."

  • Jake Lambourne

    REWIND

    Arsenal will complete a Premier League double over Manchester United for the first time since 2007 if they win at the Emirates this weekend.

    So we thought that would be a good opportunity to take a look back at both sides' teams from 13 years ago when the Gunners prevailed.

    Arsene Wenger's side came into the clash having defeated Alex Ferguson's men earlier on in the season at Old Trafford.

    On that day, the visitors capitalised on Cristiano Ronaldo giving the ball away, with Emmanuel Adebayor slotting home four minutes from time to snatch all three points.

    And Arsenal had even more reason to feel positive about the return fixture at Highbury because they welcomed back Thierry Henry to the side, after he played no part in the game earlier on in the season at the Theatre of Dreams.

    Here's how the two teams lined up…

  • Josh Graham

    ODE TO CREATIVITY

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has insisted new boy Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe can play together.

    Odegaard signed on loan from Real Madrid this week and Arteta said the Gunners 'need options'.

    Ahead of Saturday's clash with Manchester United, the Spanish gaffer said: "Of course, they can play together, and it is not about pushing somebody else [out of the team].

    "Emile has earned his right to play the way he is performing – and Martin has to earn that.

    “Emile cannot play every single game, as we knew the other day. For example, in the FA Cup he was injured, he could not play.

    “The other day [against Southampton on Tuesday], he could only play certain minutes because he was struggling for the last minutes.

    “It has been a massive step for him for what he was doing three, four months ago and what he is doing right now. We need options.”

  • Josh Graham

    MAR TO COME

    On this day last year Pablo Mari signed for Arsenal.

    A little has changed since then…

  • Josh Graham

    ALRIGHT MAIT

    Southampton have surged to the front of the queue to take Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan.

    The Athletic reports Saints have contacted the Gunners in the last 24 hours.

    Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed he is hopeful of bringing in another signing – potentially on loan – before the end of the season.

    Recently capped England international Maitland-Niles has struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta and his versatility would be welcomed on the South Coast as he looks to play his way into the delayed Euro 2020 squad.

  • Josh Graham

    OD CALL

    Martin Odegaard is in line to make his Arsenal debut against Manchester United on Saturday evening.

    But the Gunners could be without key pair Kieran Tierney and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    Here's how Mikel Arteta's side could line up.

     

  • Josh Graham

    MIK OF THE BUNCH

    Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes was labelled as the ‘best player in the league’ by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

    The two sides meet on Saturday and Spaniard Arteta is well aware of the opposition’s quality.

    He said: “You look at the stats and what he [Fernandes] provides to the team it is unquestionable that he has improved them dramatically and for many periods he has been the best player in the league probably.

    “The impact he’s had has been tremendous. They paid a big price to do that – Martin’s [Odegaard] situation is completely different.”

  • Josh Graham

    REAL DEAL

    Arsenal legend Lauren has backed 'absolutely brilliant' Martin Odegaard to star in the Premier League for the Gunners.

    Norwegian midfielder Odegaard signed on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season and will wear Mesut Ozil's old No11 shirt.

    Lauren told Goal: "Odegaard is a fantastic player.

    “I always say that a youngster needs six or seven consecutive games in order to show what he is about.

    “Odegaard couldn’t do it at Real Madrid, but he had to replace Modric – who has been the best player in the last few years and there is no patience at Madrid.

    “He played just two games [at the start of the season] and you can’t express yourself in two games.

    “But the fact he is coming to Arsenal and he is the type of player that [Mikel] Arteta likes, I’m sure he is going to give him those games to express himself and we will see a real talent because he is an absolutely brilliant player.”

  • Josh Graham

    ELITE TIER

    Kieran Tierney is 'one of the best left-backs in the Premier League', according to Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn.

    Fellow left-back Winterburn praised the Scot's consistency saying he isn't 'flashy' but is 'seven out of ten and above every week'.

    Winterburn told FreeSuperTips: "When Kieran Tierney first came to Arsenal, he was injured and unable to train with the team. He came in on a separate rehabilitation programme initially, but now we are starting to see what he can really produce on a regular basis.

    “He’s one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, when you consider his consistency, his crossing and the chances he creates.

    “How successful he will be will depend on how many games he plays, how many trophies he wins, but he's up there with the best full-backs in the Premier League. His level of performance has been great.

    “You don't need anything flashy from your defenders, you need them to do their job well and be seven out of ten and above every week, which is exactly what he does.”

  • Josh Graham

    MAR THE MERRIER

    Martin Odegaard could stay at Arsenal beyond the end of the season, according to boss Mikel Arteta.

    The Norwegian put pen to paper on a six-month loan deal from Real Madrid this week.

    Martin Odegaard could be at Arsenal beyond the end of the seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    But if Arteta, a huge fan of the midfielder, has anything to do with it, Odegaard could stay in North London for much longer.

    Asked about the prospect, the Spaniard, 38, said: "Yes, he certainly has all the qualities and characteristics that we are looking for.

    "Then it will be down to two things. First of all, how well he adapts here and how much of an impact he can have in our team.

    "Secondly, what Real Madrid and the player think about it because he’s owned by Real Madrid and the player has a big say in that too."

  • Josh Graham

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is expected to be fit to play Manchester United on Saturday.

    The Ghanaian midfielder hobbled off in the second-half of the 3-1 win over Southampton on Tuesday.

    But Goal reports he has recovered well and is expected to be available to play.

    Partey – who cost £45million from Atletico Madrid on deadline day in October – will undergo a final check today ahead of the game.

  • Josh Graham

    SHOW EM WHO'S BOSS

    Emile Smith Rowe must rise to the challenge of added competition after Martin Odegaard's arrival at Arsenal, according to Jamie Redknapp.

    Smith Rowe, 20, has been a constant in Mikel Arteta's side since the Boxing Day win over Chelsea and the Gunners have taken 16 points out of 18 since.

    Emile Smith Rowe will face competition in the No10 role for new boy Martin OdegaardCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Speaking on the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast ahead of the Manchester United game on Saturday, Redknapp said: "Emile Smith Rowe has come in and been a revelation. They needed someone to light the flame, give them that spark.

    "For Emile Smith Rowe this is the dream. He's an academy boy and you can see he's doing a great job, the fans love him. I hope with Odegaard coming into the club, that doesn't stop him being instrumental in what they're doing.

    "The hardest thing for him will be – and I'm sure he knows this – where he plays is a position where you're always looking for the best in the world or players in that position to be a No10 or wide man.

    "He's competing with some of the best. So he's going to have to always maintain these standards he's producing right now.

    "But I've been so impressed with him, I love his work ethic, I love the way he runs with the ball, he's been a breath of fresh air for this team, exactly when they needed it."

  • Josh Graham

    CLUB LEE-GEND

    On this day 33 years ago Lee Dixon signed for Arsenal.

    The defender bagged nine major honours and is fourth on the Gunners' all-time list for most appearances.

    He now works as a TV pundit.

  • Josh Graham

    LOOKING FOR A MAIT

    Arsenal are reportedly contemplating sending Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan to aid West Brom's relegation fight.

    The 23-year-old star has dropped back in Mikel Arteta's plans since starring in last year's FA Cup final and Community Shield triumphs.

    Those displays helped earn him his first England caps but he has not started a league game that Arsenal would go on to win since the opening day of the season.

    According to The Athletic, a loan move away could be on the horizon with West Brom very interested in a deal.

    Maitland-Niles' versatility, as an option in both midfield and defence, is said to be attracting Sam Allardyce.

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING GOONERS

    Mikel Arteta is still in the dark about Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Portugal following the UK’s ban on travel to Portugal.

    The club have been told they will not be given a sporting exemption for the scheduled second round tie which was due to be played in Lisbon on February 18.

    Now they are in talks with UEFA and Benfica about playing the game at a neutral venue in a country which will not require players going into quarantine.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have been dealt a transfer blow as Juventus are reportedly set to open talks with Lyon about Houssem Aouar.

    The Gunners have been heavily linked with the midfielder but look set to be pipped by the Italian giants who want him to move in the summer.

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was adamant Aouar would not be sold in January.

    And that suits Juve who want to agree a deal to bring him to Turin in the summer, according to Sky Italia.

    In other news, Mikel Arteta revealed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could still feature against Manchester United as ‘things are looking better’.

    The skipper missed the last two games for personal reasons with his mother being taken ill.

    At his press conference today, Arteta said: “I spoke with him yesterday and things are looking better at the moment but we’re going to have to wait and see.”

    And finally, Ainsley Maitland-Niles reportedly wants to leave Arsenal on loan this month.

    The versatile Gunners man is said to be looking for game time to secure his place in England’s Euro 2021 squad this summer, according to the Mirror.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WRIGHT NOISE

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Chelsea have the potential to become 'frightening' under Thomas Tuchel.

    He told Optus Sport: "If it works out how I believe it might work out for Chelsea because they’ve got the players to do it, Chelsea are going to be pretty dangerous if they get it right with him.

    "Because what I like about him is he’s not really fussed about what they say upstairs, if they say something that makes him unhappy he will let them know.

    "And he doesn’t care if the star players are giving him any kind of problem, he will let them know. He’s doing what he’s doing and it’s straight down the line.

    "So if they buy into that then obviously we’re going to see a different kind of Chelsea with a different kind of ruthlessness and steeliness to them and intensity, and that could be quite frightening."

  • Jake Lambourne

    IL NEWS

    Arsenal goalkeeper Dejan Iliev has returned to the club following his loan spell at Shrewsbury.

    The North Macedonian made just three appearances for the League One outfit since joining in October.

    He is now back in North London, where he could possibly depart once again on loan.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WRIGHT STUFF

    Ian Wright has praised Thomas Partey as the Arsenal midfielder continues to impress in his debut season.

    Speaking to Premier League Productions, Wright said: "He’s a game-changer simply because of the way he plays in midfield. He’s somebody that does not pass the ball sideways.

    “He wants to pass it forward and that gets everybody forward.

    “If you’ve got players like Emile Smith Rowe and Saka in an area where they can both pick up the ball, progress with the ball and run, then all of a sudden you have their defenders running backwards.

    “You have people making runs and you are starting to create, which we weren’t doing a few weeks back.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART DEALER

    Arsenal duo Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock are just two players that could depart the Emirates on loan before the end of the window.

    Sky Sports' Dharmesh Sheth said: "MIkel Arteta says he needs to talk to a number of players who aren't getting regular first-team football at Arsenal just now and in the next three or four days decide if they are going to stay at Arsenal or go elsewhere.

    "Reiss Nelson is one, a loan move to the Championship is being talked about. You remember last season Emile Smith Rowe went on loan to Huddersfield Town and really benefited from it.

    "He came back and is now one of Arsenal's star players. They're hoping, perhaps, that Nelson can do the same. There is still time for Nelson to force himself into Arsenal's first team – his contract runs until the summer of 2023.

    "That's the same time Joe Willock's contract runs until. Odegaard's arrival has, perhaps, pushed him down the pecking order so, perhaps, he may be made available for loan."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GIVE ME NOU-THING

    Man City centre-back Eric Garcia is tipped to rejoin Barcelona and play for NOTHING until the summer.

    Nou Camp presidential candidate Victor Font also believes City will accept just 3million euros (£2.65million) for the Arsenal target, 20.

    TalkSPORT quote Font as saying: “Eric García is ready to make an effort [to leave City this month] and not be paid this season

    “The movements we have made lead us to understand that the signing is possible now, the club can manage it financially.

    “Ronald Koeman and our sporting structure consider his signing fundamental to aspire to win titles this season. So we ask the managing committee to sign Eric this week.

    “Why not sign him? If he’s ready to not be paid this season… City will accept €3 million plus variables. How do we motivate Koeman if the only request he’s made is denied?”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PEPE TALK

    Nicolas Pepe had one of his best matches in an Arsenal shirt on Tuesday.

    And fans will be hoping for more of the same throughout the season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CHAMP OR CHUMPS

    Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn is backing his former club to challenge for a Champions League spot.

    Speaking to FreeSuperTips, he said: “This has just been such a crazy season. Arsenal were in such poor form for a long period of games, and suddenly, they've won five and drawn once.

    "You look at the table and see every other team slipping up, and suddenly we're only five points away from the Champions League places.

    "Yes, we have played a couple more games than some of the teams around us, but there has been a real mentality switch at the club, and rather than looking down, you’re looking up and thinking positively.

    "Arsenal have given themselves an uphill battle with the early losses in this campaign, but it might not be beyond them to get a Champions League place, particularly this season.

    "Maybe therefore they’re making so many changes in the FA Cup with European ambitions in mind.”

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