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Arsenal news LIVE: Vlahovic transfer race with Tottenham, Watford build-up, Xhaka back in training, Tierney LATEST

ARSENAL are back in Premier League action today as they welcome Watford to the Emirates.

The Gunners could welcome back Keiran Tierney after his recent ankle injury, with Mikel Arteta targeting a fourth-straight win in all competitions.

We've also the very latest on Dusan Vlahovic, with Arsenal reportedly battling with North London rivals Tottenham for his signature.

And in a boost for Arteta, Granix Xhaka has returned to training as he continues his comeback from a knee injury.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Arsenal haven't lost since the 5-0 defeat at the Etihad to Man City.

    A win today will put them level on points with high flying West Ham.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'SHOULD WIN'

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson says his former club 'should be able to win' against Norwich later today.

    Merson does, however, highlight Watford's strength on the counter attack.

    Writing in his column for Sportskeeda, Merson said: “Arsenal are flying in the Premier League. They’re playing really well at the moment, but they need to be careful against Watford. 

    “Arsenal got great results against Leicester and Aston Villa, and they’re playing with plenty of pace and energy.

    “Watford are a decent team on the counter and stunned Everton last week. Arsenal are building their team very well at the moment, and are nine games unbeaten now. They have a couple of hard matches after Watford, and going into their Liverpool game with a ten-match unbeaten streak would help the team.

    “Arsenal had no points in their first three games and weren’t able to score a goal, while Tottenham were at the top of the Premier League table. Spurs have now sacked their manager, and Arsenal are flying – it’s a strange game, this.

    “In four weeks’ time, Arsenal could well be battered by Liverpool and we’d be calling them flat-track bullies. 

    “But we have to give them credit where it’s due, and they are defeating teams that they should be putting away. Arsenal are looking good at the moment and should be able to win this game.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    UP NEXT

    Arsenal face Watford at home today.

  • The Sun

    FUTURE STAR

    William Saliba has started all but one of Marseille's 16 games so far this season and has been vital in helping the club burst into the top four in Ligue 1.

    Marseille are just two points behind Lens in second place and will be aiming to secure Champions League football for next season.

    The 20-year-old French defender joined Arsenal from Saint Etienne for £27m in 2019 and has since been on loan in Ligue 1, including a spell at Nice last season.

    And Arsenal are keeping a keen eye on his development in the French top flight, with Mikel Arteta reportedly impressed with Saliba's performances.

    Saliba could have a huge future at the Emirates if he is able to keep up his current impressive form.

    But he will have to displace the established and in-form duo of Ben White and Gabriel, who have helped Arsenal win five of their last seven.

    Credit: Getty
  • The Sun

    THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

    Whoever manages the social media accounts of Bruno Fernandes and Gabriel Martinelli had an absolute nightmare tonight.

    Not long after Man Utd's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford, a picture of Martinelli in Arsenal training appeared on Bruno Fernandes' Twitter account.

    The picture, which showed Martinelli alongside teammates including Emile Smith-Rowe and Mohamed Elneny, was captioned "Goooood vibes".

    The picture was quickly deleted and posted on the correct account, but not before a few fans noticed and replied.

    @Buckmufc said: "Bruno’s PR team getting the sack before Ole."

    @Djsim1970 added: "The 2nd time today Bruno has been made a mug of."

    United fans will be even more furious given the nature of United's defeat today against their local rivals.

    The Portuguese playmaker hasn't posted again since the blunder, despite usually posting after games.

  • The Sun

    HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has claimed in an interview with the club that his hometown of San Sebastian has helped shape him as a person and as a coach.

    He said: “For me, it’s the most beautiful town on Earth. It’s a town that is built between the ocean and the mountains, so it’s astonishing.

    "It’s the culture. It’s the education that I got with my family. It’s where I was raised.

    "I haven’t spent enough time there and that makes me sad, because sometimes I feel like I’m too far away from there, but at the same time, it’s why I am where I am today.

    "For the place where I was born in I have no question about that because that toughness that is very characteristic of Basque people.

    "That has helped me in a lot of difficult moments that I have in my life or through my playing or coaching career.”

    Arteta was born and raised in San Sebastian before moving to Barcelona to join their famous youth academy, La Masia.

    He went back to play for San Sebastian club Real Sociedad after leaving Rangers in 2004, but failed to establish himself in their team.

    He then left to join Everton, where he made a big impression and eventually joined Arsenal for a reported fee of £10 million in 2011.

    Arteta stayed at the Emirates until his retirement in 2016.

  • The Sun

    NORTH LONDON TRANSFER DERBY

    Arsenal are reportedly set to go head to head with rivals Spurs for in-demand Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic in January.

    Vlahovic was thought to be Spurs' preferred candidate to replace Harry Kane, should the England captain have left for Man City in the summer.

    But since Kane stayed, a move for Vlahovic never materialised, opening the door for Arsenal to sign the 21-year-old striker.

    Vlahovic has already scored ten goals in 12 games for his club this season and will cost a pretty penny, with Arsenal prepared to pay £68m for the Serbian.

    Fiorentina are happy to accept the offer, but reports suggest the player remains unconvinced about a move to the Emirates.

    It is claimed he is waiting to see if a better offer comes in next summer, though the Gunners are reportedly determined to land their man.

    His contract expires at the end of next season and La Viola are reportedly prepared to cash in now rather than lose him for free then.

  • The Sun

    GLORY DAYS

    Arsenal may not be featuring in a European competition this season, but they have countless memories from recent years to keep them going.

    On this day eight years ago, Aaron Ramsey scored the only goal of the game as the Gunners beat German giants Borussia Dortmund 1-0 at the Signal Iduna Park.

    It was an Arsenal team that included Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud and went on to finish second in the group.

    The Dortmund team included current Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as well as Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus.

    Arsenal went on to be beaten 3-1 on aggregate by another German side, Bayern Munich, in the round of 16.

    While Dortmund eventually lost 3-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 to the eventual winners Real Madrid.

  • The Sun

    THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

    Arsenal under-23s were 3-0 down to Leicester under-23s but managed to pull it back for a 3-3 draw with a trio of goals in stoppage time.

    Late goals from Tim Akinola, Omari Hutchinson and Folarin Balogun earned the point in Division 1 of Premier League 2.

    Arsenal under-23s are top of their league with 23 points from 11 games, narrowly ahead of West Ham and Man City's under-23s in second and third.

  • The Sun

    XHAKA BACK

    Granit Xhaka was back in training today at Colney after several weeks out injured.

    The Swiss international was injured in Arsenal's 3-1 win over Spurs at the end of September and was expected to be out for around eight weeks.

    But with Xhaka back in light training today, it is hoped the player could be available for Arsenal after the international break.

    The Gunners take on Liverpool at Anfield on 20 November and boss Mikel Arteta will hope that Xhaka will be fit enough to feature by then.

  • Justin Lawrence

    WORK OF ART

    Arsenal's squad reportedly high-five a huge mural of Arsene Wenger on their way into training every day.

    The floor-to-ceiling picture adorns the wall at the entrance of their London Colney base.

    And next to the giant portrait is a quote from Arsenal legend Wenger.

    It reads: “Here you have the opportunity to get out the greatness that is in each of you.”

    It's thought to be the work of boss Mikel Arteta, 39, who is keen to stay connected with club's roots, according to The Athletic.

  • Justin Lawrence

    1000 GAMES

    Mikel Arteta is delighted to have reached his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal.

    Arteta leads the Gunners for the thousandth time against Watford on Sunday in what he calls an incredible journey.

    He said to Arsenal: "An incredible and big journey! A lot has happened, not only at the football club but around the world.

    "That obviously has had a huge impact in everything that we have lived in the last two years.

    "But I am so privileged to be where I am and I am really enjoying the opportunity and the challenge that we have ahead."

  • Justin Lawrence

    KLOPP PRAISE

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his contribution against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

    Although the Reds head coach does want more from the ex-Arsenal midfielder.

    He said: “He played a really good game against Atletico (in midweek), very mature.

    “He had his ‘Oxlade-Chamberlain’ moments – good with the ball and all that kind of stuff – but we need ‘Mr Oxlade-Chamberlain’ as well, the mature one, the calm one, the closing one.

    “We had a proper talk before the game about what we expect and he fulfilled the role really well and I was happy with him.

    “The problem is, when you haven’t played for a long time and you consider the situation, you think you have to convince people.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    ONE CLUB

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants the club's identity to be one of unity.

    Arteta reckons unity is the key to success, so it's vital that the Gunners play as one.

    "For me if I have to define our identity, it is one word now: unity, the past that we had in recent months, it is only one, unity.

    He told Arsenal: "Without unity you can't achieve what we want to achieve and unity means every person that works in the organisation.

    "It's our way of playing, it our way of transmitting, our way of playing, it is our way of transmitting our values, our way of connecting with our fans, our ownership is everybody, uniform, thinking in the same way, with the same purpose, without any individual agendas, without any egos, just that's the task."

  • Justin Lawrence

    XHAK BACK

    Arsenal have given an update on Granit Xhaka's injury update.

    The Switzerland international suffered a knee injury during his side's 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby at the end of September.

    Arsenal said: "Granit is making good progress in the initial stages of his recovery from a medial knee ligament injury sustained on September 26.

    "The current aim is for Granit to be back in full training early in the New Year."

  • Justin Lawrence

    ARTETA'S TEARS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed that he was in tears upon returning to Rangers.

    He told Arsenal: “There is some sort of memory here (in the UK) of what you’ve done or what you’ve achieved or what you were as a part of a journey in a certain moment of a career of a football club.

    “I had the privilege of going back to Glasgow and play a friendly against Rangers.

    "Walking through the door and seeing the emotion of those people to see you again and remember those experiences in such a beautiful way really moved me.

    “I was there and I wanted to cry. They helped me raise and probably understand British football in a different way because I was in Glasgow and it was tough for some moments but then I have incredible memories about it.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    GUNNERS PRIDE

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants his players to wear the Gunners shirt with pride.

    He told Arsenal: "First of all, [what I want for everyone is] the feeling to be privileged to represent this club and be in the position that you are, every time you come through that door.

    "If that is lost, you have to go, get in your car and drive home and come back the next day with a different thought, because we're not going to move the club the way we want [without that].

    "That is the purpose, and without a real purpose I don't think we're going to achieve what we want."

  • Justin Lawrence

    'I GET IT'

    Paul Merson has agreed with Arsenal supremo Stan Kroenke's reasoning for joining the European Super League.

    Kroenke explained that he didn't want the Gunners to be left out of a new league involving the biggest clubs in the continent.

    And Merson told Sky Sports: "It's true what he [Kroenke] said, they weighed it up.

    "Was it better with Arsenal in the Super League or not in the Super League and at the time course it was it was at the time.

    "Then soon as they listened to the fans, they weighed it up and they were one of the first to pull themselves out of it.

    "I understood Arsenal doing. Arsenal was struggling, they’re not the Arsenal."

  • Justin Lawrence

    GUNNAR GONE? 

    Arsenal defender Dinos Mavropanos has revealed he could leave the Emirates for good at the end of the season.

    The 23-year-old Greek centre-back, who joined the North London club in 2018, has been on loan at Bundesliga side Stuttgart since the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign.

    He helped guide the German outfit to ninth place last season, featuring 22 times in all competitions.

    And now questions are being posed as to what the future holds for Mavropanos, who has two years left on his Arsenal contract.

    When asked if he can see himself staying at Stuttgart, he told BILD: "Of course I can imagine that.

    "But we have to wait and see. For me, everything is perfect at the moment. The club and the city."

  • Justin Lawrence

    FIOR GOODNESS SAKE

    Arsenal are willing to match Fiorentina’s £68million asking price for Dusan Vlahovic in January, according to reports.

    But the Serbian wants to wait for a better offer.

    Arsenal are one of a number of clubs monitoring the 21-year-old’s situation.

    Despite Vlahovic being about to enter the final 18 months of his contract, Fiorentina will demand £68m for their star man in January.

    According to DiMarzio, this asking price hasn’t deterred the Gunners.

    Mikel Arteta’s side are willing to make a bid for the 6ft 3in ace.

  • Justin Lawrence

    WRIGHT CHOICE

    Arsenal hero Ian Wright has admitted that he is jealous of Tottenham’s appointment of Antonio Conte.

    Conte was brought in to replace ex-Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo last week and Wright isn't too chuffed about his rivals appointment.

    Although he's happy with the Gunners' current manager Mikel Arteta, Wright acknowledged that Conte was top class.

    He said: "Not saying that our manager ain’t doing his stuff, but jealous and pleased for them really. He is a top-drawer manager.

  • Justin Lawrence

    KRON ON

    Arsenal director Stan Kroenke has revealed why he opted to join the ill-fated European Super League.

    The Gunners were among the bunch of Prem teams that had decided to branch off and form the exclusive league with several other European clubs.

    But the plans were quickly shut down after a huge backlash from fans.

    And now, Kroenke's finally spoken about why Arsenal's hierarchy decided to go ahead with the Super League plans.

    He said to Sky Sports: “We were presented with an opportunity. We asked ourselves a question, which was what was worse, a Super League or Super League without Arsenal? And we answered that question that we should be included in that. Were we wrong?

  • Etienne Fermie

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal take on Watford on Sunday at the Emirates in the Premier League.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been dealt with an injury boost with Kieran Tierney returning to training.

    Tierney has been out with an ankle injury but is in contention to return against the Hornets.

    Granit Xhaka remains sidelined with a knee injury and Arteta considers naming the same starting line-up for a third game in a row.

    Watford manager Claudio Ranieri, on the other hand, will be without Ken Sema and Kwadwo Baah due to a ligament and ankle injury respectively.

    Sema and Baah both limped off during training earlier this week ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Arsenal.

    Francisco Sierralta could return to action after taking part in first-team training but Christian Kabasele continues his recovery from a hamstring strain.

    Kiko Femenia also trained with the rest of the team despite a recent hip knock.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have informed Fiorentina they can meet Dusan Vlahovic's release clause.

    That is according to Gianluca Di Marzio, who claims the two clubs are in talks over a deal involving Vlahovic.

    The Viola are understood to have told the Gunners they want £68million for the centre-forward.

    And the north Londoners are happy to oblige as they suggested they can achieve that figure through add-ons.

    Finally, Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak admitted it "would be nice" to play in the Premier League one day amid rumours linking him to Arsenal as Alexandre Lacazette's replacement.

    Isak told The Independent: "I am in a good place at the moment, I am very happy, but one day it would be nice to play in England as well.

    "They have six or seven of the biggest clubs in the world, it is a very high level, and of course one day it would be an alternative.

    "Every player wants to be the best version of themselves and reach the highest possible level.

    "People will always count the goals, I want to score, but I want to be a modern striker. I love playing football and that means being involved as much as possible.

    I think that is why Spain has suited me very well"

  • Kostas Lianos

    GUEN, GOING, GONE

    Newcastle want to hijack Marseille's move for Arsenal ace Matteo Guendouzi.

    Guendouzi is currently on loan at the OM after finding himself frozen out by Gunners manager Mikel Arteta.

    The Ligue 1 giants have an option to make their loan move for the midfielder permanent.

    But according to Foot Mercato, the Magpies want to try and tempt the 22-year-old back to the Premier League.

    But the Frenchman is reported to 'feel particularly good at Marseille' and' isn’t thinking about a departure.'

  • Kostas Lianos

    LACA FIREPOWER

    Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette would be a perfect January solution to Manchester City's striker shortage, Shaun Wright-Phillips told Etienne Fermie.

    Wright-Phillips told SunSport: "Someone was talking to me about it the other day and I said ‘for me I would sign Ollie Watkins'.

    “Or even Lacazette, he knows where the goal is. He knows how to bring people into play and I always believe that when he plays for Arsenal, their front three behind him seem to play better, there seems to be more of a link-up between them.

    “I think he’s like someone that helps Liverpool tick, Roberto Firmino. "When Firmino plays with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, there’s more space for them to run in behind because he’ll come short.He’ll turn and he’ll drag centre-backs with him and it creates space in-behind.

    "The way Phil Foden plays, always running in-behind, Ilkay Gundogan, if Raheem Sterling plays, Riyad Mahrez, it'd just open the game up a little bit more [for them] and give the centre-backs something real to think about, instead of coming short or coming deep with that striker, they have to think about going in-behind as well”

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