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12.30pm Arsenal news LIVE: Arteta and Edu’s battle over midfielder, Mustafi ‘free transfer’, Dundalk build-up – The Sun

ARSENAL were beaten 1-0 by Leicester as Jamie Vardy secured the Foxes first away win against the Gunners in 47 years.

Meanwhile Shkodran Mustafi has reportedly rejected a new contract and told the club he will leave on a free transfer in the summer.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

  • Marc Mayo

    AU ABOUT THAT?

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to disappoint since signing his new £350,000-a-week contract at Arsenal.

    The 31-year-old is now without a goal in five Premier League games after he drew a blank in the 1-0 defeat against Leicester on Sunday.

    His last strike in the top-flight came in the season-opening win against Fulham at Craven Cottage – before he put pen to paper on his lucrative deal.

    Prior to his new deal, the ex-Borussia Dortmund striker averaged 2.8 shots per game, but it is now down to just one.

    And his shots on target have dropped from 1.3 to 0.6, with his touches in the opposition box now at 2.4 every match from 4.8.

  • Marc Mayo

    FANS’ REVOLT

    Bookies have slashed the odds on the Premier League shutting pay-per-view games.

    Fans switched off when asked to pay £14.95 for certain matches, despite not being able to attend games.

    And reports suggest crunch talks are underway to solve the matter.

    Ladbrokes have cut the odds of PPV games being binned to 3/1.

    A spokesperson for the bookmaker said: “It should hardly come as a surprise to Premier League chiefs that PPV games would go down like a cup of cold sick with fans, and following poor viewing figures we've slashed the odds accordingly it's axed.”

  • Marc Mayo

    DUN’T GO THERE

    Arsenal host Dundalk on Thursday night in their second Europa League clash of the season.

    Arteta could be tempted to shuffle his pack with the huge Premier League game against Manchester United on the horizon.

    Runar Alex Runarsson could replace Bernd Leno to make his Arsenal debut.

    With no David Luiz or Rob Holding, due to injury, Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes will likely partner-up in the heart of defence.

    Nicolas Pepe could join Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah in a front-three.

  • Marc Mayo

    WEN WE WERE YOUNG

    Jack Wilshere has spoken to Arsene Wenger for his next step after leaving West Ham.

    The former Arsenal star is without a club and contacted his old boss for help with agreeing a settlement with the Hammers.

    He told BBC: “I spoke to Arsene when we were negotiating everything with West Ham and he was helpful.

    “When the time is right, as and when I have some options, where they are and what would be best for me, he would probably be the one I would call, yes.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SAL OF THE CENTURY

    William Saliba WILL prove to be a top Arsenal signing, according to an old team-mate.

    Saint-Etienne defender Harold Moukoudi believes the youngster has ‘enormous potential’ that he can fulfill in London.

    He told French outlet Fotboll Transfers: “With the qualities he has, I'm sure he will take the chance when he gets it.

    “He has enormous potential and he will succeed, I am sure of that.”

  • Marc Mayo

    OUR HOUSS

    Ian Wright has not given up hope of Arsenal signing Houssem Aouar.

    The midfielder committed his future to Lyon ahead of the transfer window shutting and the Gunners signed Thomas Partey instead.

    While the Ghana midfielder does impress Wright, he wants to see Aouar arrive too.

    The former striker told Premier League Productions: “Already from [Partey’s] first game he’s got more interceptions individually than the rest of Arsenal’s midfield. He’s somebody that can win the ball but he can progress the ball.

    “They still need more, he’s not the main one and that’s why Arsenal went for Houssem Aouar as well.

    “I’m hoping they can still get him at some stage but Partey is a massive improvement on what Arsenal have got.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ALEX'S ANGST

    Alex Hleb has revealed his regret at leaving Arsenal.

    The Belarus midfielder left the club in 2008, joining Barcelona for a short-lived spell in Spain.

    And he has told the club's podcast: Many years later and I still think about it.

    “I don't understand. To this day I still don't understand what happened or why I made the decision.

    “Of course, Barcelona in that moment was the best team in the world but I was really happy at Arsenal at the time.

    “I had friends, I enjoyed the coach, I was playing for one of the best teams, the fans, the stadium, everything! The fantastic championship, the Premier League, everything!

    “Why I left, I don't understand. Barca, of course, were the best team at the time and everybody wants something to try but really I was 100 per cent happy at Arsenal.”

  • Marc Mayo

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Gabriel Magalhaes has called for Arsenal to 'keep fighting' after the defeat to Leicester.

    In an Instagram post, the defender wrote: “Sometimes is not what we want but we keep fighting to win the next one.”

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    Sometimes is not what we want but we keep fighting to win the next one 💪🏽

    A post shared byGabriel Magalhães (@_gabrielmagalhaes) on

  • Marc Mayo

    BARC-ING UP THE WRONG TREE

    Samuel Umtiti has committed his future to Barcelona after a tricky transfer window.

    Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea were linked with the defender.

    Umtiti has admitted that former club Lyon held talks with Barcelona but he always wanted to remain at the Camp Nou.

    He Canal Football Club: “Lyon is my team, it is my city. It is the team that has given me the opportunity to play in Europe, in Barcelona and with the national team.

    “There were talks with them during the transfer market, but there was never anything concrete.

    “I don’t see myself in a club other than Barcelona. I have been clear with everyone on this issue.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SHERE WIL POWER

    Jack Wilshere continued his fitness kick with run at a local park after revealing his time at West Ham left him ‘sapped of confidence’.

    The former Arsenal star, 28, has been pushing himself to keep fit since having his £100,000-a-week contract at West Ham terminated by mutual consent earlier this month.

    Wilshere is keen to prove his fitness to potential new clubs after his career was derailed by a series of frustrating injuries.

    With the transfer window still open in certain nations, the former Luton youngster is hopeful of securing a team for the 2020-21 season. Wilshere is believed to favour a move to MLS.

  • John Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 'not looked the same player' at Arsenal since his big money contract signing, according to Darren Bent.

    The former Tottenham striker – who is actually a Gooner – reckons PEA is currently 'a shadow of his former self' after agreeing the £350,000-a-week deal.

    Bent said on talkSPORT: “There has been a drop-off.”

    Before he added: “But since he signed that new contract, it might be a coincidence, but he’s looked a shadow of himself.”

    In other news, Mikel Arteta believes fatigue played a factor in Arsenal's tame defeat to Leicester.

    After Sunday's match, Arteta said: “I think fatigue had a say there as well.

    “We didn’t look as sharp on the ball. We didn’t have much purpose on the ball. David [Luiz] gave us something different when we wanted to do something with the low blocks.”

    Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny has charged to Mesut Ozil’s defence, branding the Arsenal misfit a ‘phenomenon’ and a ‘very good person’.

    He told L’Equipe: “As a man, he is a very good person, who got along with all his teammates.”

    And he added: “As a player, he is, in my opinion, a phenomenon. He can find passes that no one sees, he’s a maestro.”

  • Joe Miles

    WORK OF ART

    Mikel Arteta has revealed he was 'really pleased' with the first half of Arsenal's defeat to Leicester.

    He said: “To be fair I was really pleased with the first half, the way we pressed and the aggression we showed.

    “We were effective with that and restricted them to nothing.

    “We scored the goal on the set piece which I don't know how it got disallowed.

    “We needed to be patient and not make any errors.”

  • Joe Miles

    TABLE TURNER

    Here's how the Premier League table is looking following tonight's matches.

    Arsenal are slumped at 11th in the table after six games.

  • Joe Miles

    CLOSE CAL

    Calum Chambers has shared this impressive training clip to his Instagram page.

    Nacho Monreal simply commented: “Not bad.”

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    She’s swinging nicely again! 💥

    A post shared byCalum Chambers (@calumchambers95) on

  • Joe Miles

    FOX HUNT

    Brendan Rodgers has revealed how Leicester set-up to exploit Arsenal's new set-up.

    He told BBC Sport: “No, I think it was obviously a different set-up [from Arsenal] but how our organisation was, it was able to cope.

    “It was just a few little changes, Xhaka coming out to the side meant that Dennis [Praet] could then press him instead of having to go on to the full-back, so that was just about detail.

    “But apart from that it was about closing the lines, making sure our concentration was good, and then when we had the ball looking to play through.”

  • Joe Miles

    WRIGHT MOVE

    Ian Wright doesn't sound too confident ahead of Arsenal's clash against Manchester United on November 1.

    The former Gunners star told Premier League Productions: “You look at Manchester United as well who are another team that will want to play on the break.

    “You're going to need to be able to pass through their team, be able to break them down.

    “Manchester United will do the same thing [as Leicester] and they've got even better players going forward, more than just Vardy.

    “It's a tough one, we knew Leicester were going to be tough and we know Manchester United are going to be tough.

    “Arsenal are going to have to dig in and find a way of getting results without scoring the perfect goal.”

  • Joe Miles

    OZMOSIS

    Laurent Koscielny has charged to Mesut Ozil’s defence, branding the Arsenal misfit a ‘phenomenon’ and a ‘very good person’.

    He told L’Equipe: “As a man, he is a very good person, who got along with all his teammates.

    “He gave a lot, helped sick children. He is a generous person, with whom I got along very well.

    “As a player, he is, in my opinion, a phenomenon. He can find passes that no one sees, he’s a maestro. He can rock a game with incredible passes.

    “We’re both part of the ‘Arsene Wenger Generation’. The coach loved him as a player.

    “It was more complicated with Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta. Knowing him, he must always be professional in training, always on time.

    “He is undoubtedly at the level demanded by the Premier League. There is probably a certain case with the club since last year. I hope both sides find a deal that works for everyone.

    “He’s a competitor. I hope to see him back on the pitch soon, at Arsenal or somewhere else, because he is a real talent.”

  • Joe Miles

    ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta has highlighted where Arsenal need to improve after the loss to Leicester.

    He said: ““Credit to them, they are really organised and it’s difficult to create chances.

    “We created one with Hector Bellerin and we didn’t convert. It’s an aspect we have to improve on.

    “To be fair I was really pleased with the first half. The way we pressed and the aggression we showed.

    “We were effective with that and restricted them to nothing.

    “We scored the goal on the set piece which I don’t know how it got disallowed. We needed to be patient and not to make any errors.”

  • Joe Miles

    CELL OUT

    Dani Ceballos has insisted he believes in his team-mates 'to the death' following the defeat to Leicester.

  • Joe Miles

    TAKING THE MIK

    Mikel Arteta believes fatigue played a factor in Arsenal's tame defeat to Leicester.

    The Gunners failed to break down Brendan Rodgers' resolute Foxes, as regular tormentor Jamie Vardy netted again in a 1-0 win.

    After Sunday's match, Arteta said: “I think fatigue had a say there as well.

    “We didn’t look as sharp on the ball. We didn’t have much purpose on the ball. David [Luiz] gave us something different when we wanted to do something with the low blocks.

    “Credit to them, they are really organised and it’s difficult to create chances.”

  • Joe Miles

    PAY-PER-BLEW IT

    Premier League clubs will tomorrow discuss cutting the Pay Per View charge to under a tenner.

    But not until AFTER next month’s international break.

    Top flight clubs have faced a fan backlash, fuelled by MPs, and branded 'greedy' for the £14.95 per game charge.

    Despite that, SunSport understands the League is to announce the five matches scheduled for the weekend of November 7 and 8 which have not already been moved for live TV screening will be shown on PPV at the current price.

    Those matches include Arsenal versus Aston Villa and Spurs’ trip to West Brom, both of which will be switched to the Sunday because of Europa League exertions.

  • Joe Miles

    BALL-ER

    Gunners star Daniel Ballard was named as the Man of the Match in his first start for Blackpool.

    The Northern Ireland international was the star of the show as his side beat MK Dons 1-0 at home.

    But he still has a lot of work to do as Blackpool are 17th in League One after just eight games.

    Ballard joined the club in October in a loan deal that will keep him there until January.

  • Joe Miles

    PARTEY TIME

    Mikel Arteta wanted to sign Houssem Aouar instead of Thomas Partey, according to L'Equipe.

    It is reported that Arteta and technical director Edu were not in agreement over the two transfer targets.

    And Edu got his way as the Gunners signed Partey for £45million from Atletico Madrid.

    He made his home debut for the club last night as Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City.

  • Joe Miles

    NOT A MUST

    This is the moment Shkodran Mustafi appears to ignore instructions from teammate Gabriel Magalhes which could have prevented Jamie Vardy’s winner for Leicester against Arsenal.

    The Foxes superstar came off the bench to net an 80th minute header at the Emirates.

    It marked Leicester’s first win at Arsenal in 47 years.

    And Vardy’s effort also spoiled Thomas Partey’s home debut following his £40million deadline day switch from Atletico Madrid.

  • Josh Graham

    AU NO!

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been shooting blanks of late.

    The skipper has not scored in their last FIVE league games.

    His worst run since joining the Gunners!

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