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ARSENAL fought back from two-goals down to pick up a 2-2 draw against Standard Liege.

Late goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka ensured that the Gunners booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages as group winners.

Now, the North Londoners begin preparations for Sunday's clash against the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Arsenal look on course to MISS OUT on hiring Carlo Ancelotti as their new permanent manager as he flies to London for talks with Everton.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below…

  • EXCLUSIVE by Dan Cutts: ARSENAL and Manchester United are keeping tabs on £42m-rated Parma star Dejan Kulusevski.

    The Swedish midfielder has had a stunning season so far while on loan from high-flying Atalanta.

    It is understood a number of other top European clubs including Juventus and Inter Milan are also after him.

    Kulusevski was available for just £8.5m last summer, before he was sent out on loan from the campaign.

    Some of the Premier League’s top sides have sent scouts to watch him in recent weeks, including United and the Gunners.

    The 19-year-old’s agent is believed to have already met clubs over a transfer before the Euro’s next summer.

  • SOKRATIS PAPASTATHOPOULOS warns that suffering Arsenal are ready to explode against Manchester City on Sunday.

    “We need one good game at our home to explode and I hope that will come on Sunday against Manchester City,” Sokratis claims as he reflects on a run of 13 games without a clean sheet.

    “We have the quality but that’s not what this game will be about.

    “To show that quality, first of all you have to do the dirty work. We have to run altogether, fight to win the duels, be tactically organised, play at pace and try to help each other.

    “Intensity is the most important thing in football. If you do the dirty work and you’re organised, you can do a lot of things.

    “The manager is trying to explain what he expects from us and he has given a lot of hard work and attention to our organisation.

    “The team who can best use their organisation will win on Sunday. If we all press together and work for 90 minutes, then we can find our best quality.”

  • ARSENAL and Everton will NOT have to pay compensation for Carlo Ancelotti following his sacking from Napoli.

    The Italian tactician is a reported target for the Premier League duo.

    And according to the Mail, he will be able to join for absolutely nothing after having his Napoli contract terminated by Aurelio De Laurentiis earlier this week.

  • GABRIEL MARTINELLI looks set to continue his fine form for Arsenal and start against Manchester City on Sunday.

    The 18-year-old Brazilian began the comeback to equalise in the 3-1 win over West Ham on Monday in what was the Gunners' first win in ten games.

    He will be expected to take Alexandre Lacazette's spot once again and begin on the left as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moves into the central striker role.

    After showing flashes of brilliance and steeliness in defence, Calum Chambers is expected to keep his place ahead of David Luiz.

    But Sead Kolasinac comes in for the injured Kieran Tierney.

  • FORMER ARSENAL defender Ashley Cole believes England full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Chilwell are not being tested enough ahead of Euro 2020.

    Asked what they need to do to step up to world-class level, he said: “I would say learn to defend, though obv­iously football is changing.

    “My worry when I watch full-backs these days is they canter back because they don’t have to sprint as they have midfielders who do that job.

    “But when they get exposed to the international stage where they have to defend one-on-one, in extra-time or whatever it is, I feel a bit we are falling short as we are neglecting the real defensive work.

    “The likes of Robertson, Trent, Wan-Bissaka and Reece at times — they are changing the way football is with how dynamic they are to get up and down, to not be in positions where they are exposed.

    “You talk about Trent and Andy Robertson, the way they attack they might as well be left-wingers.

    “But the problem is, we don’t see them in defensive areas as much as everyone defends against Liverpool.

    “For me they are not tested enough to see how good they actually are.”

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