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What Paul Merson said about Aubameyang and Arsenal future that could further divide the fans

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Arsenal fans are already divided over the situation with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates Stadium, on whether he should leave or be accepted back to the team.

The Gabon international striker has been accused of disciplinary issues and was banished from the team, in addition to stripping him of his captaincy.

Paul Merson has therefore said he doubts if Aubameyang would be welcomed back into the team but noted that he is needed, especially after the club failed to sign Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina.

‘Honestly, I’m not sure about bringing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in from the cold.

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‘I’m not sure how far down the line this is now. It’s not just down to the club either, you have got to see how the player is feeling.

‘To be honest, I thought Mikel Arteta chopped his nose off to spite his face in regard to Aubameyang in the first place. It’s not like Arteta has got the biggest squad in the world.

‘With Aubameyang, Arsenal need to have a sit-down meeting with him.

Merson added: ‘There’s a lot to this story and probably it could have been handled better on both sides, but now, it needs to get sorted out.

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‘For me, Aubameyang, on his day, is still one of Arsenal’s best players.

‘A lot has gone on, that is for sure, but now, with the struggles in the transfer market, it looks like Arteta might have to go back to Aubameyang with his tail between his legs and ask: “Have you got another six months for us please?”

‘Then they may be able to sort something out after that when the summer transfer windows opens.’

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Emmanuel Petit introduces South American attacker to Arsenal, deal could happen after his claim

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Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has introduced his ex-team to Brighton attacker Alexis Mac Allister as he claims his addition will add depth to Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Saka remains the only senior player for the left flang in the attack and that could make Arteta and Edu listen to Petit to make a move in the January winter transfer window.

“If I were Edu, I’d make an offer for Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton, I really like him,” said Emmanuel Petit. Mac Allister has been playing in a slightly deeper role for the Seagulls this campaign, so his versatility could make him extremely useful for the Gunners if he was to join the London giants.

The 23-year-old attacker has scored six goals so far this campaign, and this sort of threat could make him a useful signing to Arsenal’s side, especially when he adds force with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus.

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Meanwhile, a midfielder still remains top on the agenda of the North London outfit as the Gunners have observed their are short in that position following the injuries of Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey.

Emile Smith Rowe has also been ruled out until December, meaning there is a need to add depth to Mikel Arteta’s squad.

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Medical expert makes big claim after last-minute Partey decision

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Medical expert Ben Dinnery has claimed that Arsenal will be grateful that Ghana made a last-minute decision to pull Thomas Partey out of the starting XI before their clash against Nicaragua last Tuesday.

This development had thrown concerns into the Gunners camp but Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, said the decision was a good one as it helps Partey to be available for the North London derby against Tottenham.

Partey, 29, started the 3-0 win over Brentford in the Gunners’ last match before the international break having missed the previous four games with a hamstring issue and was absent for his country despite making the trip to his country home.

Dinnery saluted Addo for his safety-first approach and predicted that Partey will be ready for the clash against Tottenham on Saturday (1 October).

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“My understanding is that it is a minor issue,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“You want to commend Ghana for pulling him out of the firing line just moments before kick-off. If not, that might have exacerbated the issue further.

“I think now he has a very good chance of making that North London derby.
Mikel Arteta trusts and likes him as a player. That indicated that he threw him straight back in there when he recovered from that previous thigh injury. On that occasion, he fit in seamlessly.

“So, get him back to the training ground, get some sessions, and he will have a very good chance of starting against Tottenham.“

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Sutton exposes Antonio Conte, says he’s set this trap to for Arsenal

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Chris Sutton has warned Arsenal that Antonio Conte has set a trap ahead of their derby clash on Saturday.

The Gunners are top on the log and are desperate to retain that position with a win against their North London rivals.

Sutton therefore noted that Arsenal’s possession football will be used as a trap by Tottenham as their rivals will capitalize on their approach to pull fast and counter attacks.

‘Arsenal will look to control Saturday’s north London derby. They will want to keep the ball and take the game to Tottenham,’ Sutton wrote for the Daily Mail.

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‘But that risks playing into Antonio Conte’s hands. He loves it when his team can sit tight and strike on the counter.

‘It’s a specialty of Conte’s. With Son Heung-min now finding form, they could do damage to Arsenal.’

Howbeit, it will be an opportunity for the Gunners to have a revenge of the painful defeat to Spurs away from home in May, which went a long way to costing Arsenal a spot in the Champions League this season.

Recall that the Gunners suffered a 3-0 defeat with Rob Holding receiving a red card in the first half which was followed by a Harry Kane brace and a strike from Son.

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Will Arsenal truly sign this Gabriel Jesus ally in coming transfer window after pundit’s claim

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Kevin Campbell has backed Arsenal to reignite their pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic if the centre-forward becomes available.

Arsenal made efforts to sign Vlahovic, an ally of Gabriel Jesus in January but failed as the striker opted to join Juventus instead.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Highbury favourite suggested Mikel Arteta “will make room” in his side for the 22-year-old Serbian.

With four years left in Vlahovic’s contract in Turin, a move away cannot be ruled out.

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When asked by Football Insider if there was a need for Vlahovic after Gabriel Jesus’ start to the season, Campbell said: “We will make room for him.

“Listen, I understand that he chose Juventus but if he is available we will make a spot for him.

“We could use him in certain games. Let’s not forget that Gabriel Jesus is that good he can play down the middle and out wide. You need the flexibility to change in game.

“If Arsenal ever wanted to change the system and play two up top, Vlahovic could do that. What a front two Vlahovic and Jesus would be. They would cause all sorts of problems. It is important to have flexibility.

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“At the moment I cannot see him leaving Juventus but you never know. Things are not going right there at the moment.

“If he becomes available, Arsenal should go for him. He is a killer in front of goal. He is a lefty as well which makes a huge difference.”

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Jack Wilshere sends major warning to Arsenal’s newest record breaker

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Jack Wilshere has warned Arsenal’s record breaker Ethan Nwaneri not to get carried away with all the attention that has come his way.

The teenager broke a host of records, including the one previously held by Wilshere when he was subbed on in the last minute of Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Brentford earlier this month, becoming the youngest ever top-flight player at the age of 15 years and 181 days.

The former England midfielder is now coaching the Gunners’ Under-18 side – the age group Nwaneri has recently stepped up to.

‘One thing that I learnt pretty quickly – maybe not quickly enough but looking back now I realise it – is there are a lot of people at the club who have his best interests at heart,’ Wilshere told Arsenal’s website when asked about Nwaneri.

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‘He has to listen to them. He has to somehow block out the noise. I know he has a good family around him, which was important in my case as well.

‘Keep his feet on the ground. But he is the type of kid that will do that. He’s a really driven boy.

‘I think that [giving young players a chance] is part of the tradition of Arsenal Football Club.

‘It was a big day for the whole club and hopefully we can use it as inspiration for the boys at Hale End, but also for the boys here who get to experience training every day and trying to push with our first team.’

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He added: ‘We need to give a lot of credit to everyone at Hale End. Everyone that’s helped him and supported him over the years.

‘There are some people who are really proud, and I’m one of them, but I’ve been around for a couple of months, and a little bit last season.

‘So let’s thank everyone down at Hale End for their support and their hard work. Now he’s part of my team, one of my players, so I will give him all the support and guidance he needs.’

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This January transfer decision has already been made by Arsenal

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Emerging reports have confirmed that Arsenal will make a renewed effort to sign Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz in January.

The Gunners failed in two attempts during the summer transfer deadline day earlier this month.

However, Mikel Arteta has become more desperate to strengthen in central midfield following the long-term injury sustained by Mohamed Eleneny that will rule him out until at least after the World Cup.

Luiz, who knows Arteta well from their time together at Manchester City, is keen on a move to the current Premier League leaders.

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This therefore reduces his chances of signing an extension to a contract that expires next summer.

However, Aston Villa could be forced to have him sold in the summer or risk losing him for free.

It is understood that the North London outfit are preparing to offer Villa around £15million and are confident that will be enough to convince the Midlands club to sell.

Addressing Arsenal’s pursuit of Luiz, Gerrard said: ‘I’ve got confidence that he’ll understand the situation and the club’s decision.

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‘We didn’t want to lose a very important player and a top player so late in the window. From a personal point of view I very much back the club’s stance on that.

‘I spoke to him face-to-face yesterday and he understood where we were at and the position the club was in.

‘He very much respects the decision so hopefully it will calm down in the hours and days to follow and he’ll be fine moving forward.’

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Alan Smith hints at what will determine outcome bof Arsenal’s derby game against Tottenham

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Arsenal legend Alan Smith has suggested the presence of Thomas Partey nor his absence would determine the outcome of Saturday’s north London derby.

Partey made his latest comeback in the 3-0 win over Brentford prior to the international break but suffered another injury scare while with Ghana last week.

It is yet to be confirmed, what the real situation is with Partey but Arsenal are optimistic he will be fit enough to feature this weekend.

Smith therefore told Sky Sports: ‘Partey is a big concern. He is so important to that Arsenal team and to that midfield.

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‘We saw without him against Manchester United there were big holes in that midfield that allowed Fernandes to put those balls through.

‘I don’t think that would have happened with Partey in the team and you don’t want to be reliant on one player quite to this extent, he is so important.

‘Mo Elneny is out for a period of time so they are short in midfield. They need Partey in there and that could tip the balance. With him they are so much more of a solid side able to support that talented attack.’

Arsenal will, however, definitely be without Emile Smith Rowe who underwent groin surgery this week and is out until December.

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Carragher names the two players that made Arsenal title contenders

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Jamie Carragher has named summer signing Gabriel Jesus and his young French teammate William Saliba as the two players who have made the difference for Arsenal so far this season.

According to him, they are continuing to develop under the tutelage of their “brave” manager and have turned the team to title contenders.

“If you actually watched Arsenal this season, you’d never seen them before. I mean, they do look like they could be title contenders,” Carragher told talkSPORT. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Mikel Arteta, [I] really like how brave he’s been – certainly last season – in blooding all these young players.

“Now, they’re 12 months older but [with] the signing of Jesus and Saliba coming in at the back, [it] almost feels like it’s completely changed the whole aspect of Arsenal right now. I think they could be a lot closer [to winning the league] than, you know, people give them credit for.”

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Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has played down such claims as he says his side is still working and cannot be named title contenders.

“You can ask me every day,” Arteta said when asked if the Gunners are title contenders.

“Today, we are top of the league, I am so happy. Yesterday, I was annoyed because we lost it [3-1 at Manchester United ] and we used that today as we want to get back there and show that we want to be there and that’s what we’re going to do. Push to be the best that we can be and that’s the aim and then the table won’t lie after 38 games.”

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