Arsenal news LIVE: Everton build-up, Calvert-Lewin 'to replace Lacazette', Gunners and Spurs to battle for Kulusevski

ARSENAL are targeting three points against Everton on Monday Night Football after defeat to Manchester United.

And reports suggest that the Gunners are eyeing up a swoop for Toffees frontman Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

While Raheem Sterling is said to find the idea of a move to Arsenal "extremely attractive".

And Dejan Kulusevski continues to be linked to the Premier League, with North London rivals Spurs and Arsenal said to be interested.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON EVERTON

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta addressed the situation at Everton as manager Rafa Benitez has come under fire.

    Arteta admitted he still has a soft spot for the Toffees after spending six years at Goodison Park.

    He said: "There are a lot of teams that are going through that because this is a league has become that competitive that the moment you lose a game or two, the pressure is coming for everybody.

    "It is no different there. Obviously it's a very special place to go back there because I had some amazing years there, so I'm looking forward to it"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON TRANSFERS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists the club's transfer stance hasn't changed ahead of the January window.

    Arteta said: "No there's no change. I think we have to focus on the players that we have.

    "Try to make them better and take more chances than we're doing because we need more margins in games to win games and that's what we have to do without losing our solidity defensively, which we have been good at.

    "And try to add more goals to the team because we have some goals there"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON AUBAMEYANG

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he is concerned with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failing to score in his last five matches but insists he still has faith in him.

    Arteta said: "Well, you always are [concerned] when your main striker isn't scoring goals but he is trying his hardest.

    "He is aware of how much we need him as a team to score goals and at the moment, they are not coming.

    "But the rest of the things we are asking him to do, he is trying his best"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON MAN UTD

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes his team was better than Manchester United despite Thursday's 3-2 loss at Old Trafford.

    Arteta said: "Yeah and that was I think the mood after the game.

    "That we were extremely disappointed because we threw the game away and I think we should have taken more out of that game.

    "It was very pleasing for periods, because the performance that you are able to put in against that team was very positive.

    "But as well you need to know how to win those games when you are as dominant as we were in periods against them"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON XHAKA

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had some "very positive" news regarding Granit Xhaka's recovery.

    Arteta said: "Granit is progressing well, he is doing all the right things and he's feeling better but no more news on that.

    "It's very positive because the evolution he is doing is great.

    "He is partially training with the team and he is heading in the right direction"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON SMITH ROWE

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he may have to make a late assessment on Emile Smith Rowe's condition.

    Smith Rowe was substituted during the second half of Thursday's defeat at Manchester United after sustaining a knock.

    Arteta said: "He had some discomfort during the game and we decided to take him off.

    "He's been evolving well over the last few days, so we have to wait until tomorrow to see how he is"

  • Kostas Lianos

    KING DAVID

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Lille star Jonathan David ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is according to the Evening Standard, who claim the Gunners consider David as a proper replacement for Alexandre Laccazette, whose contract runs out in the summer.

    The Gunners could be on the search for a new centre-forward considering both Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are into the final months of their respective deals with the club.

    David is leading the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts with 11 goals in 17 matches

  • Kostas Lianos

    PARTEY CRASHER

    Arsenal's midfield is struggling because of Thomas Partey's poor form.

    That is according to Gunners legend Alan Smith, who claims the team "doesn't look right" in the middle of the park.

    Smith told Off The Ball: "There are still some problems within that side.

    “The midfield doesn’t look right. Thomas Partey’s not playing particularly well, at the moment and that’s hindering the team I think”

  • Kostas Lianos

    CHELSEA 3-0 ARSENAL

    Chelsea have won the Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

    The Blues defeated Arsenal 3-0 in what poses as a repeat of the 2018 final.

    The west Londoners capped their impressive success thanks to a goal by Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr's brace

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  • Kostas Lianos

    AUBAMEYANG CRITICISM

    Former Tottenham ace Darren Bent criticised Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and suggested he has a lot to learn from Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Bent told talkSPORT: “When you look at Aubameyang and you look at Ronaldo, one of the biggest differences to me is the hunger and the desire.

    “I look at Ronaldo and he is absolutely starving hungry to score goals.

    “One’s [36]. How old is Aubameyang, 33? I understand that. He’s not the greatest because of his hunger, it’s because of his ability. You can be hungry to score goals.

    “But I look at Aubameyang sometimes and he’s not in the box, there’s times when he’s getting beaten by the defenders. Listen, his biggest attribute is his pace. So there are times when Arsenal are struggling in games, what do you have to do?

    “You have to clip it over the top, just roll it down the channel and let him use his pace and get Arsenal up the pitch. It’s like he doesn’t even do that sometimes.

    “As the ball went wide, he’s not in the box. At times, there have been occasions where he has carried Arsenal on his back – pre-[signing a] contract.

    “The cup final, the start of the following season, he carried Arsenal on his back and he was fantastic. That player is not the same player that you see today”

  • Kostas Lianos

    EVERTON-ARSENAL PREVIEW

    Arsenal take on Everton in the Premier League tomorrow at Goodison Park.

    The Gunners have no new injuries to worry about after the defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, especially after Bukayo Saka's comeback from his own injury problems.

    But manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he may have to make a late assessment on Emile Smith Rowe’s condition.

    Smith Rowe was substituted during the second half of Thursday’s defeat at Manchester United after sustaining a knock.

    Arteta will still be without Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka due to a knee ligament and ankle injury respectively

    Everton boss Rafa Benitez, on the other hand, is dealing with an injury headache as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has been out since the win at Brighton in August, is still nursing a thigh problem.

    Salomon Rondon also picked up a thigh strain in the thumping at the hands of Liverpool.

    In midfield Tom Davies and Andre Gomes are not expected to play whereas Yerry Mina is also out of action

  • Kostas Lianos

    BAB BOY

    Manchester United's new interim manager Ralf Rangnick once gave former Arsenal ace Per Mertesacker the "biggest bing in the world" for eating a kebab.

    Mertesacker said: "Where I used to have nutrition setbacks – like eating a doner kebab in the classrooms and the next day I got the biggest b*ing in the world

    "I remember it to this day.

    "He said: 'If you do that again and don't take care of your nutrition, you'll be gone.'

    "These moments when a coach and a mentor gives you the right triggers, you quickly learn from them"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    'EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE'

    Arsenal would be an 'extremely attractive' club for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling to join.

    Ian McGarry told the Transfer Window podcast: "It's the case that his representatives have met with Manchester City and are saying to them that their player does not wish to continue or indeed explore an extension on his contract.

    "Instead they would prefer to explore the option of a loan deal, which they would like to begin in the January window. Whether or not that's possible remains to be seen but there are several interested parties, including Arsenal.

    "We know that Sterling himself turned down the opportunity to join Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent basis last summer but the idea of moving back to London, the idea of having the guarantee, almost, of a starting place in another elite Premier League club is extremely attractive to him.

    "It's whether or not Manchester City of course would want to see him play for a rival with regards to Champions League placings, title, etc"

  • Kostas Lianos

    KULUSEVSKI REMINDER

    Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly locked in a transfer battle over Juventus ace Dejan Kulusevski.

    And neither side have taken the advantage over the other in signing Kulusevski

    According to Calciomercato, both Gunners and Spurs have ‘opened preliminary talks’ with the 21-year-old's agents.

    And both clubs are said to be keen on a loan deal with the option to buy the forward.

    Juve though would prefer to sanction an immediate permanent deal, and are willing to listen to offers in the region of £25million for the Sweden international

  • Kostas Lianos

    LEW BEAUTY

    Arsenal reportedly want to sign Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin to replace Alexandre Lacazette, whose contract expires next summer.

    That is according to the Mirror, who report that the Gunner want to land Calvert-Lewin to replace Lacazette, who looks to be on his way out of the club.

    The former France international is being tracked by clubs from across Europe, including Atletico Madrid, Newcastle, West Ham and Juventus.

    Calvert-Lewin has missed the majority of this season with a fractured toe

  • Joshua Mbu

    BIG BEN

    Summer arrivals Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale are amongst some of Arsenal's most expensive signings ever.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BENITEZ PRAISES ARTETA

    Ahead of Arsenal’s game against Everton, Toffees boss Rafa Benitez has called on his side to follow Mikel Arteta’s example.

    The Gunners sit a point off fourth after recovering from three straight league defeats.

    Ahead of the game, Benitez said: “I think he (Arteta) is doing well and could be an example of a new manager at a new club under pressure from the beginning last year, from the beginning this season.

    “Little by little he has continued working the way he wants to work and the team is getting better.

    “They have also spent some money and they did well as they have signed some good players.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    NOT SO HAPPY HUNTING GROUND 

    Arsenal are without a win in their last three Premier League away games against Everton. 

    The Gunners have drawn one and lost two out of their last two trips to Goodison Park. 

    Mikel Arteta will be desperate to put an end to that run tomorrow, especially after losing against Manchester United in midweek.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Arsenal's women's team face Chelsea in the FA Cup final TODAY!

  • Joshua Mbu

    'HASN'T SCORED TEN'

    Paul Merson has slammed Everton winger Alex Iwobi, who left Arsenal in 2019 for £35million.

    Things haven't exactly worked out for Iwobi on Merseyside.

    Merson wrote: "You know there’s a problem when you’re spending nearly £40m on Alex Iwobi.

    "He’s been there nearly three years and he hasn’t even scored ten goals yet!"

  • Joshua Mbu

    SUPER SUNDAY

    There are four Premier League fixtures being played today.

    Here’s who’s playing who and when: 

    • Leeds vs Brentford, 2PM
    • Man Utd vs Crystal Palace, 2PM
    • Tottenham vs Norwich, 2PM
    • Aston Villa vs Leicester City, 4.30PM

    And there’s one more game to play, but it falls on a Monday:

    • Everton vs Arsenal, 8PM
    • Joshua Mbu

      RAM RAID

      Aaron Ramsey’s agent David Baldwin is working on a January transfer amid interest from Newcastle, according to reports, writes WILL PUGH.

      The former Arsenal star is not in Juventus boss Max Allegri’s plans and the Old Lady are willing to sell the Welshman for a ‘minimal fee’.

      Ramsey, 30, has his heart set on a Premier League return.

      And Baldwin is trying to arrange a move ahead of the winter window, according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.

      Newcastle are said to have been interested since their £305million Saudi-backed takeover went through.

      Ramsey is said to earn £400,000-a-week in Turin.

      And although he will have to take a significant pay cut to return to the Prem, he will still command a large salary which the Toon will be able to afford.

    • Joshua Mbu

      MERSON ON McGINN

      Arsenal legend Paul Merson would like to see his former club sign Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn.

      Merson admits he doesn't know how much the Scotland international will cost, but he knows Arsenal would take him.

      He said: "Yeah, maybe. I would take him at Arsenal. Arsenal, you would take him. I don’t know how much he would cost."

    • Joshua Mbu

      DAR THE ONE

      Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign Benfica forward Darwin Nunez.

      According to Traspasos, the Gunners want the Uruguayan but it could take a fee in the region of 40million euros. 

      Arsenal could lose both Alexandre Lacazette AND Eddie Nketiah next summer, with both strikers running out of contract. 

      The 22-year-old forward has scored 11 goals and provided two assists in all competitions this term.

    • Joshua Mbu

      ARTFELT MESSAGE

      Mikel Arteta says he does not have a problem with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang — despite hauling him off against Manchester United.

      The Arsenal captain was subbed with his team trailing 3-2 to the Red Devils on Thursday, causing Gunners legend Thierry Henry to claim: “Something is not right.”

      But boss Arteta is adamant he is not trying to humiliate the struggling striker, who has not scored in his last five games.

      He said: “I can guarantee you that there is not a rift with Auba.

      “I have to respect the opinion of these people but I can tell you that I have the relationship I want with him.

      “When I make decisions with 15, 20 minutes left or in the starting line-up, it is done with only one intention, to get the best out of the team.

      “You are always concerned when your main striker isn’t scoring, but Auba is trying his hardest.

      “He is aware of how much we need him as a team to score goals and at the moment they’re not coming.

      “But the rest of the things we’re asking him to do, he is trying his best.”

      Having lost their last two away games, Arteta knows it is vital Arsenal get back on track against Everton on Monday.

      He added: “This league has become so competitive that the moment you lose a game or two, the pressure is coming.”

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