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ARSENAL had a weekend off to reflect on a disastrous start to the Premier League season.

The Gunners currently sit rock bottom of the table and some reports suggest they have approached Antonio Conte to take over from Mikel Arteta.

But in a boost to Arteta, Thomas Partey and Ben White have returned to training.

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  • Marc Mayo

    MORNING, GOONERS

    Thomas Partey is battling to return for a match no-one thought would be under such a huge spotlight just a month ago.

    Manager Mikel Arteta admits bottom side Arsenal have missed the midfielder in their shocking start to the season of three Premier League defeats.

    The Ghana star is back training ahead of Saturday's home game against Norwich, who like Wolves and the Gunners have yet to earn a point this term.

    Liverpool have reportedly joined Arsenal in monitoring Valencia's versatile midfield ace Carlos Soler.

    And Konstantinos Mavropanos’ Stuttgart loan deal could become a permanent £3million move next summer.

    The Gunners' Greece defender, 23, is back for a second season with the Bundesliga club following a temporary spell at Nurnberg.

    It's claimed Arsenal offered their former youth midfielder Glen Kamara a five-year contract to return from Scottish champions Rangers over the summer.

    In the end, though, the Gunners brought in top Belgium prospect Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    Lastly, Galatasaray are tipped to up their interest in £12.5million-rated Arsenal anchorman Mohamed Elneny before Turkey’s transfer window shuts tonight.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NO-GO MO AFTR GALATASARAY OFFER

    Arsenal have reportedly rejected Galatasaray's latest offer for Mohamed Elneny.

    Sky Sports say the Turkish giants again contacted the Gunners about the 29-year-old midfielder this week.

    And Galatasaray only have until tomorrow to come back with a better bid and seal a deal – before the Turkish transfer window closes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NO TREBLES ALL ROUND

    Ex-Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero left a Prem legacy that put many clubs as well as other players to shame.

    And here's one of the more offbeat but still staggering facts, according to this tweet.

    He totalled more hat-tricks in ten years at the Etihad – 12 – than each of City's so-called Big Six rival CLUBS managed.

    Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea managed 11 apiece, with Liverpool bagging ten and United seven.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LIVERPOOL EYE ARSENAL TARGET SOLER

    Liverpool are reportedly lining up a move for Valencia star Carlos Soler as a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum.

    Fichajes claims Jurgen Klopp will target the versatile midfielder, 24, next summer despite interest from Arsenal.

    The German boss parted ways with Wijnaldum on a free transfer at the end of last season.

    But after failing to secure a replacement in the transfer window, Klopp will look to bring Soler to Anfield next year after the ace entered the final two years of his Mestalla contract.

    The two-time Spain international, who made his debut this month, has been at Valencia his entire career, scoring 26 goals in 188 games.

    Soler has started the new season in flying form with three strikes in as many appearances.

    And after recording his best effort last season with 11 LaLiga goals, Soler looks to be improving all the time.

    Klopp believes the Spaniard is ideal to replace Wijnaldum, who departed Liverpool on a free transfer for Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SWINDON KO YOUNG GUNNERS

    Joel Ideho's wonder equaliser failed to save Arsenal Under-21s from a 2-1 Papa John's Trophy exit at Swindon.

    Mohammad Dabre put the League two hosts in front on his first professional start.

    And although 18-year-old Ideho levelled before the break, Dion Conroy rewarded Swindon's spree of chances after the interval with a winner.

    Joel Ideho fires the Gunners level in their cup exitCredit: Getty
    Arsenal scorerJoel Ideho of Arsenal takes on Mohammad Dabre, who put Swindon in front with his first senior goalCredit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    SOUTHGATE JOY FOR SAKA

    England manager Gareth Southgate hopes Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has found “closure” after his Euro 2020 final penalty miss.

    The 20-year-old scored against Andorra at the weekend, ironically the same net he missed the penalty shootout-deciding spot-kick.

    After the game, Southgate said: “It was a lovely moment for him to score.

    “He got a fabulous reception before and during the game. You can see how popular he is with the team.

    “From my perspective he doesn’t need closure [over the penalty at the Euros].

    “The talent that he has, he is a hugely exciting player. No need from our side for closure.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    LOAN DEAL COULD PAN OUT PERMANENTLY

    Konstantinos Mavropanos' Stuttgart loan deal could become a permanent £3million move next summer.

    Arsenal's Greece defender, 23, is back for a second season with Bundesliga club following loan time at Nurnberg.

    And Bild say his renewed deal with Stuttgart includes a buy clause.

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS 'WANTED OLD BOY KAMARA'

    Arsenal offered their former youth player and current Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara a five-year contract over the summer, one report says.

    Watford were also linked with the Finland hero, 25.

    But Football Insider suggest the Gunners were exceptionally keen.

    In the end, though, Arsenal signed Belgium prospect Albert Sambi Lokonga.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    OWEN JOINS WENGER'S WORLD CUP DRIVE

    Former Chelsea defender John Terry and ex-Manchester United striker Michael Owen have joined ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's Fifa brigade battling for a World Cup every two years.

    The two former England skippers are now on Fifa’s “Technical Advisory group” helping Wenger, which will be launched in Doha tomorrow.

    Wenger’s new team also includes Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and his ex-Stamford Bridge team-mate Geremi, German superstars Jurgen Klinsmann and Lothar Matthaus, Italy’s Marco Materazzi, Roberto Carlos, Peter Schmeichel and Yaya Toure.

    They will give heavyweight support as Wenger officially outlines his World Cup proposals.

    And despite the growing backlash from European football, which brought a rare outbreak of unanimity at a two-day meeting of the European Club Association in Geneva, Wenger and Fifa President Gianni Infantino believe their campaign is gaining momentum.

    Outside Europe, there is thought to be widespread backing for the idea, which could be put to a vote of the 211 Fifa members next year.

    And that reality fuelled the fury and anger in Geneva as Fifa was accused of attempting to railroad the plans through without any proper consultation.

    Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano was among those making their objections public.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PARTEY STILL IN DOUBT

    Thomas Partey's fitness is still in doubt for Arsenal's high-pressure home match with Norwich on Saturday despite his return to training.

    The midfielder's drive has been missing since he injured his ankle againt Chelsea on August 1.

    He played no part in a 4-0 friendly with over a young Brentford side last week as he works his way back to a full return in training.

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    PREM WANT ALL-CLEAR ON WORLD CUP SANCTIONS

    Fifa has been put under pressure to announce Prem clubs will NOT be sanctioned for keeping their players back from this week’s World Cup qualifiers.

    Mexico, Chile and Paraguay have demanded their stars should be banned from club action this weekend after they were not released.

    Brazil are also considering a similar stance after six top flight clubs including Liverpool and Manchester City refused to let their players fly back for action.

    But now the influential European Club Association has stepped into the row by suggesting the chaos surrounding Brazil’s abandoned game with Argentina is evidence Fifa must rule out any punishment on Wednesday.

    Charlie Marshall, the ECA chief executive, said: “This has to be sorted out within the next 24 hours.

    “Liverpool and the other clubs need to know if they can play their Brazilians or not or whether Fifa is going to enforce the five-day rule for not releasing the players.

    “If Fifa is not going to sanction the clubs then they need to tell them.

    “It also needs to be explained how Brazilian players based in England should have been able to avoid quarantine there but not Argentina players.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ELNENY'S GALA DEAL BACK ON?

    Galatasaray are tipped to ask Arsenal again about Mohamed Elneny before Turkey's transfer window shuts tomorrow.

    The Egypt defensive midfielder's contract runs out next summer.

    And after Turkish reports suggested yesterday Galatasary might be withdrawing their interest for now,Sky Sports suggest they are still keen on the 29-year-old.

    Turkish outlet Milliyet. suggested a £12.5million transfer fee deal was the basis for any negotiations.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    OZIL LINKED TO MLS AND QATAR

    Former Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is reportedly 'unhappy' at Fenerbahce after being substituted in recent games.

    The 32-year-old linked up with the Super Lig outfit in January after he mutually agreed to terminate his contract at the Emirates.

    But according to AS, the ex-Real Madrid ace is already frustrated in Turkey.

    Ozil, who was ruled out of Fenerbahce's last game against Altay due to injury, hasn't completed the 90 minutes in any of his four games this term.

    The 2014 World Cup winner has started three games, while he came on as a substitute in his last outing against Antalyaspor on August 22.

    Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira has been giving starlet Muhammed Gumuskaya chances this campaign with the 20-year-old putting in impressive displays.

    And AS claim that Ozil is unhappy at being constantly hauled off, which has led to rumours he could be on his way out in January.

    They state that a move to America and Qatar could be in the pipeline, with Ozil's recent trip to the latter intensifying speculation regarding his future.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ENGLAND TOPS SUMMER SPREE

    English football’s summer spending dwarfed the rest of Europe, new Fifa figures reveal.

    England totalled £832.4m from June 1 to August 31 – more than next two countries Italy and France combined.

    Fifa’s International Transfer Snapshot shows Italy spent £343.9m and France £311.4m.

    The Prem’s sum includes of course ex-Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku re-joining Chelsea from Inter Milan for £97.5m, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho moving to Old Trafford for £73m and Ben White’s £50m switch from Brighton to Arsenal.

    England also topped the number of incoming transfers (380) and outgoing ones (494).

    And for transfer fees received, England was third on £297.5m, with Germany picking up the greatest sum, £335.9m.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PEPE'S CALF-TIME ENTERTAINMENT

    Nicolas Pepe says he loves exchanges with Arsenal fans and recalls the "funniest one".

    There's not been much light relief for the struggling Gunners so far this season.

    But he told the club's website:“I often see fans out in the street, or in a restaurant maybe.

    "And of course on social media you hear from the fans.

    “But the funniest one was when I was on holiday in Miami. I bumped into a fan who showed me his Arsenal tattoo on his calf.

    "He showed me it and said, ‘This is our year!’”

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  • Ian Tuckey

    CHAMBERS EYES LONGER GUNNERS' DEAL

    Arsenal could extend Calum Chambers’ contract, reports say.

    According to football.london, the Gunners have an option in his contract to extend for a further year.

    Chambers’ current deal expires at the end of the season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL WILL BE NOR-HOPERS IF THEY LOSE

    Even Arsenal's own media team are piling on the pressure for Saturday's bottom-two Premier League cash at home to Norwich.

    The Gunners are already in a flap with three losses, no goals scored and nine conceded in their three Premier League games so far.

    And defeat to the Canaries would compound Arsenal's worst ever Prem start.

    The Gunners tweeted: "All eyes on #ARSNOR

  • Ian Tuckey

    FIVE BIG TESTS

    Here’s a reminder of Arsenal’s next five fixtures.

    The Gunners face Norwich City at home, before travelling to Turf Moor to face Burnley.

    The North London derby is on September 26.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BISS IS IT

    Yves Bissouma – previously linked with a move to Arsenal – is a potential transfer target for rivals Man Utd.

    As reported by Metro, United are ready to join the race for the £40m-rated star.

    Now in the final two years of his contract, any prospective bidder may have to get in soon and sign him in January – or risk rivals getting involved.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MORE PEPE

    Nicolas Pepe has described playing in empty stadiums as " a bit dead".

    And is enjoying playing in front of his home fans at the Emirates.

    He told Arsenal.com: "Frankly, the difference with an empty stadium is that the match feels a bit dead.

    "You can hear each other on the pitch but it’s the fans that really bring that 12th man. That’s what everyone misses.

    “To be honest I played in a lot of empty stadiums before I turned pro, so it didn’t surprise me that much – but there isn’t anything that’s better about playing in an empty stadium than a full one. For me an empty stadium doesn’t have any positives.

    “I tried to play the same in an empty stadium as I do when there are fans, but for me when you hear the crowd sing – especially if they call your name – it’s really emotional.

    “It shows you the fans really care about you and it makes you really feel part of the club.

    "It pushes you and when you hear them singing your name, it gives you an extra push. It really makes you want to score a goal and return the favour."

  • Joshua Mbu

    TOUGH CROWD

    Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe recalled his first appearance playing in front of a crowd in Paris as a kid.

    Speaking to Arsenal.com, he said: "As a kid I played mostly in and around Paris.

    "We had trips to the 93rd department (an area to the north east of Paris with a reputation for violence and drug trafficking).

    "Pretty much everywhere really. Matches were on a Saturday or Sunday morning with our parents who’d take us and we’d make convoys of three or four cars.

    "We were playing everywhere really: Porte des Lilas, Aubervilliers, Montreuil.

    “The first time I played in front of fans was really early. I was 12 years old. We went to play against Clichy-sous-Bois (in the eastern suburbs of Paris).

    "The stadium was in the middle of the hood so the pitch was surrounded by guys from the estates.

    “It was a great atmosphere because when you’re young you don’t realise that there were so many people there for a regional match. It was good though, I enjoyed it.”

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  • Joshua Mbu

    BES BE OFF THEN

    Arsenal appear to have failed in their bid to sell Mohamed Elneny after Besiktas reportedly ended talks over a transfer.

    The midfielder’s wage demands are said to have been a major stumbling block in his return to the Istanbul club.

    Reports in Turkey suggested Besiktas were keen on bringing back the Egyptian following his loan stint with the team two seasons ago.

    With just one year left on his contract, a fee of around £12.5million was named as enough to tempt the Gunners into a sale.

    But, according to talkSPORT, the deal collapsed over Elneny’s salary demands.

    The 29-year-old reportedly asked for over £40,000-a-week to leave Arsenal.

    Besiktas follow Super Lig rivals Galatasaray in pulling out of a move for the player.

  • Joshua Mbu

    POST-WENGER

    Here's a list of Arsenal's signings post-arsine Wenger.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'CLOSURE'

    England manager Gareth Southgate hopes Arsenal's Bukayo Saka has found "closure" after his Euro 2020 final penalty miss.

    The 20-year-old scored against Andorra at the weekend, ironically the same net he missed the penalty shootout-deciding spot-kick.

    After the game, Southgate said: "It was a lovely moment for him to score.

    “He got a fabulous reception before and during the game. You can see how popular he is with the team.

    “From my perspective he doesn’t need closure [over the penalty at the Euros].

    “The talent that he has, he is a hugely exciting player. No need from our side for closure.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    TROLL APOLOGISES

    An internet troll who made racist comments towards England's Bukayo Saka has apologised.

    The unnamed person posted racist emojis on Saka's account shortly after his Euro 2020 final penalty miss.

    When approached by BBC Radio 4's documentary team from File on 4, he said: "It was a big mistake, I was angry, and I didn't know what, if he saw the monkeys, what he would feel.

    "I really want to apologise to Saka, it was a mistake and I will not do it again for him and any black player."

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