ARSENAL have some thinking to do as they head into the international break off the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Leicester.
Top of the board's list of priorities will be deciding whether to keep faith in manager Unai Emery after picking up just two points from four Premier League games.
But former Gunners midfielder and current Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta has been told he is free to leave the Etihad Stadium – while the North Londoners are still searching for the hottest young prospects across the globe, including Stuttgart's Orel Mangala.
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ARSENAL are reportedly keen on £25m-rated Belgian midfielder Orel Mangala.
HLN claims Unai Emery is ready to move for the Stuttgart ace after his poor start to the season.
However, the Gunners must move quickly to secure Mangala’s signature.
It’s added that Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Roma are also interested.
ARSENAL and Manchester United have been handed a boost in their hunt for striker Erling Haaland – as Barcelona will not pay the £85million valuation.
Teenage wonderkid Haaland has lit up the Champions League this season with RB Salzburg.
Barca have already spent big on the likes of £107.6m striker Antoine Griezmann, from Atletico Madrid, and £67m Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
Nou Camp chiefs think £85m is too much for the 19-year-old despite his heroics this season, claim ESPN.
But the player is under contract until 2023 so the Austrians are convinced they can get big money for the young star.
ARSENE WENGER could soon be seeing his name in lights at Barcelona thanks to former Arsenal striker Andrei Arshavin.
The Russian has named his son Arseny in tribute to the legendary Gunners boss, for whom he played almost 150 games between 2009 and 2013.
Arseny is only six years old but is currently making a name for himself at Barca’s feeder academy based in Moscow.
And Arshavin Jnr is already on the road to stardom after being named player of the week in a competition at the Russian football factory.
Each youngster at the academy is part of a team named after one of Barcelona’s current or ex-players.
And Arshavin Jnr interestingly features for team “Messi”, after the brilliant Argentinian Lionel.
The legendary forward’s own children are being schooled by Barca’s academy back in Spain.
While Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique also have children in the system.
FIFA have hired Arsene Wenger in a full-time role leading its global work developing soccer.
The former Arsenal manager accepted Fifa's offer more than two months after it was first reported, and one week after talks with Bayern Munich about the German champions vacant head coach job.
Fifa says Wenger's title will be Chief of Global Football Development.
He will oversee the rules-making panel known as IFAB, coaching programs and technical analysis of games at Fifa tournaments.
The 70-year-old Frenchman effectively replaces Marco van Basten who was Fifa technical director until October 2018.
Wenger has worked as an analyst for broadcasters since leaving Arsenal last year after 22 seasons.
THIERRY HENRY has defended Arsenal's flop record £72million buy Nicolas Pepe – and instead blasted the whole team after a series of abysmal displays.
Striker Pepe has only scored in two out of his 15 appearances as he has struggled to cope with the demands of the Premier League following his big-money move from Lille.
And Gunners legend Henry has leapt to the defence of Pepe, with his and the team's confidence hitting rock bottom.
In an interview with Yahoo Sport he said: “When you arrive like that, you’re always going to be talked about, and people are always going to target you.
“He needs to make sure he doesn’t listen to that and go out and perform.
“People need to forget about the price tag.
“He didn’t ask to be bought for that amount of money himself.
“It’s not always easy to arrive in a team, adapt to a new style of play.
“The Premier League, as we know, is not the same as the French League or any other league, by the way.
“So he needs to adapt to that. We need to give him time.
“People like to highlight the player but if the team were playing a bit better, maybe he would be playing a bit better.
“At the minute, it’s not a Pepe thing, it’s an Arsenal thing.
“Hopefully he and the team can get better so we can get in the top four again.”
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