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ARSENAL are in international week with their spirits down after a 3-0 beating by Aston Villa.

Marcelo Bielsa’s entertaining Leeds United are next up for the Gunners after the break.

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  • John Hutchinson

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Bukayo Saka started as England beat Ireland 3-0 at Wembley last night.

    It also emerged Arsenal reportedly snubbed a 'substantial' Roma bid for Alexandre Lacazette in the summer – and his high price tag will again deter admirers in January.

    The Gunners concentrated on keeping Lacazette’s strike-partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the last transfer window.

    But they still reportedly rebuffed Roma’s offer as too low.

    The Athletic’s David Ornstein tweeted: “Arsenal did receive a substantial offer towards the end of the transfer window just gone from Roma for Lacazette.

    “It fell below their valuation for him and so he stayed put. I can’t imagine that situation would develop again in January.”

    Elsewhere, Mesut Ozil is filling his spare time by launching his streetwear clothing brand and modelling the new gear.

    In transfers, Arsenal are eyeing RB Leipzig pair Ibrahima Konate and Christopher Nkunku in a double transfer raid, according to reports.

    The Gunners and Chelsea are also said to be in a battle to sign Jerome Boateng on a free transfer.

    And the North Londoners have reportedly 'already held talks' with transfer target Dominik Szoboszlai.

    Finally the Premier League has madea new £200million bailout offer to the Championship.

    But the EFL’s top clubs remain SPLIT on whether to accept the money.

    Premier League chiefs have tabled the outline of their new offer, which emerged after huge pressure from MPs.

    It was enough for clubs in League One and Two to get the nod to sign up to their own £50m offer, which had been rejected last month because the Championship was not included.

    Yet while the new offer was welcomed in principle, there was pushback from some Championship clubs who were concerned about the details.

    Some were upset the money is in the form of loans, drawn from future ‘solidarity payments’,rather than as a simple sum.

  • William Pugh

    EFL HELP – EXCLUSIVE

    The Premier League has madea new £200million bailout offer to the Championship.

    But the EFL’s top clubs remain SPLIT on whether to accept the money.

    Premier League chiefs have tabled the outline of their new offer, which emerged after huge pressure from MPs.

    It was enough for clubs in League One and Two to get the nod to sign up to their own £50m offer, which had been rejected last month because the Championship was not included.

    Yet while the new offer was welcomed in principle, there was pushback from some Championship clubs who were concerned about the details.

    Some were upset the money is in the form of loans, drawn from future ‘solidarity payments’,rather than as a simple sum.

  • William Pugh

    LACA CASH

    Arsenal reportedly snubbed a “substantial” Roma bid for Alexandre Lacazette in the summer – and his high price tag will again deter admirers in January.

    The Gunners concentrated on keeping Lacazette’s strike-partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the last transfer window.

    But they still reportedly rebuffed Roma’s offer as too low.

    The Athletic’s David Ornstein tweeted: “Arsenal did receive a substantial offer towards the end of the transfer window just gone from Roma for Lacazette.

    “It fell below their valuation for him & so he stayed put. I can’t imagine that situation would develop again in January.”

  • William Pugh

    FULL-TIME!

    England 3 – 0 Ireland

  • William Pugh

    GOALLLLL – CALVERT-LEWIN!

    England 3 – 0 Ireland

    54. Saka appears to escape the clutches of Christie as he races to the by-line, but the Ireland man clips his feet and ref blows for a pen.

    And in the absence of Kane, Calvert-Lewin steps up.

    The Everton forward sends the keeper the wrong way as he sticks the ball in the top left corner.

    Three Lions, three goals!

  • William Pugh

    GOOOALLLL – SANCHO!

    England 2 – 0 Ireland

    31. Sancho has been making nuisance of himself in the box and it had paid off!

    Grealish picks out Sancho on the left of the box as the Dortmund man pushes the ball to his left to draw in the defence, before quickly cutting back on his right.

    He fires it low, between the legs of Hendrick, and sends the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.

  • William Pugh

    GOALLLL – MAGUIRE!

    England 1 – 0 Ireland

    18. Following Randolph's clearance of Saka's shot, England earn a corner.

    Mount whips the ball in, but Ireland head it out of the box- the ball lands to Winks.

    The Tottenham man crosses it back to the six-yard area where Maguire guides it down into the back of the net.

    The world's most expensive defender bags England's first goal!

  • William Pugh

    KICK-OFF!

    England vs Ireland has kicked off at Wembley with Bukayo Saka starting and Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the bench.

    And you can keep up to date with kick-by-kick action from North West London with our LIVE BLOG.

  • William Pugh

    ALL G-ROWE-N UP

    Emile Smith Rowe joined in with Arsenal training today.

    And the youngster was pictured messing around with the club's cameraman this afternoon.

  • William Pugh

    KROO ARE YA?!

    Fans have leapt to the defence of their heroes in the surprise row between Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Toni Kroos.

    The Real Madrid star called out various top players, including Aubameyang, for their 'nonsense' celebrations. The striker's occasional use of a superhero mask, be it Spiderman, Batman or Black Panther, appears to irk Kroos.

    Having seen the German's remarks, Aubameyang tweeted: “By the way does this Toni Kroos have kids?

    “Just to remember i did it for my son few times and I will do it again. I wish you have kids one day and make them happy.”

    Kroos fan Josh tweeted: “Toni too busy winning to be arguing with Europa League teams.”

    While one Twitter user posted: “Auba is 100% spot on. Why does Kroos care so much? Auba does this for his kids and fans around the world. Being petty about it like Kroos is very weird for a grown man.”

  • William Pugh

    MODEL PRO

    Mesut Ozil is filling his spare time by launching his streetwear clothing brand and modelling the new gear.

    The Arsenal midfielder will not be pulling on a Gunners shirt any time soon after being left out of both the Premier League and Europa League squads for this season.

    So rather than twiddling his thumbs, Ozil decided to be proactive.

    He took to Instagram to share the news of his latest venture.

    Accompanying a photo in a hoodie and joggers, the ex-Germany international wrote: “Excited to announce the launch of @m10streetwear, a contemporary brand producing relaxed & stylish clothing designed for everyday wear. I'm really happy to finally share this personal project with you all.”

    M10 Streetwear describe the company's clothing as 'relaxed, comfortable and stylish… designed for everyday wear'.

  • William Pugh

    IT'S ON!

    England have been given special Government permission to play their Nations League clash with Iceland at Wembley next week.

    The FA have successfully persuaded health officials to make an exception to their universal travel ban from anyone travelling to the UK from Denmark because of a mutated form of Covid-19.

    It means the Iceland team WILL be allowed entry to the country to play the match on November 18 having taken on Denmark just three days earlier.

    SunSport revealed last week how the game was in doubt because of the new regulations imposed in a rush last Saturday denying any non-British nationals entry if they were travelling from Denmark.

    The FA have been locked in talks with the government ever since. But with a review of the regulations not planned until Saturday they had started to make plans to play the fixture in Germany.

    But the Department of Transport have agreed a limited exemption for a ‘small number’ of Danish and Icelandic footballers to travel back from Copenhagen without the need to isolate. That means Gareth Southgate’s side will now be able to conclude their Nations League campaign.

  • William Pugh

    HAIR WE GO

    Dani Ceballos hopes to take his game at Arsenal to a new level after showing off a dramatic fresh haircut.

    Ceballos is yet to score in the Premier League.

    But he looks to have the target in sight after shaving off his trademark locks.

    Ceballos looked like a new man as he showed off his tightly-cropped barnet.

    However, with winter coming, he may soon regret opting for such a close shave.

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  • William Pugh

    LEIP OF FAITH

    Arsenal are eyeing RB Leipzig pair Ibrahima Konate and Christopher Nkunku in a double transfer raid, according to reports.

    The Gunners want to bolster their squad so may make moves for the duo next year.

    According to Bild, Arsenal have been keeping a close eye on both players. Konate, 21, is a French centre-back with a release clause of £45million.

    That would make him a cheaper alternative than team-mate and compatriot Dayot Upamecano.

    Upamecano was a target for Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid in the summer before signing a new deal at the Bundesliga club.

    Konate missed the beginning of the season but is now in the side on the right of a Leipzig back three with Upamecano and Willi Orban.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAVING A PARTEY

    Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has once again spoke of his admiration for Chelsea legend Michael Essien.

    He told the club's website: “He's a fantastic midfielder. He fights for every ball, he's a great legend.

    “For me, he's one of the best midfielders that we've ever had in Africa. 

    “I think we've all seen what he has done at Chelsea, what he has done for the Black Stars and for me, he's my idol.

    “I grew up watching Michael Essien, [Sulley] Muntari, the Ayew brothers – they are the people I look up to and they made a lot of impact on Ghanaians. I think this is my moment and I have to make sure I take it.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    JER THE ONE

    Arsenal and Chelsea are in a battle to sign Jerome Boateng on a free transfer, according to reports.

    And London rivals Tottenham may join the chase for the German defender.

    According to Sport Bild in Germany, Bayern Munich will refuse to offer Boateng a new deal.

    The former Manchester City man, 32, is out of contract at the end of the season.

    That means he can enter negotiations with European clubs over a pre-contract agreement to move in the summer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SQUAD GOALS

    Liverpool boast the most-valuable squad in the Premier League – worth just shy of £1BILLION.

    Jurgen Klopp's champions are valued at a combined £979million, according to BetVictor.

    Pep Guardiola's City come in second, with his squad valued at £944m – boosted by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

    Third-placed Chelsea sit over £200m behind Liverpool – worth £749m – with Man Utd (£732m) and Tottenham (£680m) not far behind.

    Arsenal (£562m), Everton (£457m) and Leicester (£410m) are the only other teams valued at £400m or more.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FANDEMONIUM

    Premier League chiefs are hoping new technology and a Covid “passport” will get fans back in grounds before the end of the season.

    The announcement of successful vaccine trials and a “five minute test” has added to the belief that turnstiles can be reopened during the current campaign.

    That comes as Prem chairman Gary Hoffman  works with the Government’s Sports Technology and Innovation Group, headed by Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross, to find new solutions.

    Prem chiefs have volunteered to act as a “guinea pig” for any trials, in the hope that success for football will lead to the reopening of all major sport to supporters.

    And there is already an outline deal with Government that will see Covid vaccine records added to a digital health passport carried on smartphones to potentially fast-track the return of crowds.

    The League is working on protocols that go beyond the requirements of the Sports Ground Safety Authority regulations.

    That has brought buy-in from Government scientists and the DCMS, while there have also been meetings with Cabinet Office Minister and close ally to the PM Michael Gove.

    League bosses have worked out a number of protocols to speed up the return of supporters and have vowed they are ready to bring them into operation “as soon as it is safe to go back”.

    Key to that will be the establishment of the smartphone app health passports for those who have received the vaccine and tested negative, seen as a potential standard setter for the entire sports industry.

    Clubs will ensure sanitisation ports at all entry points while it is anticipated that social distancing will be required in the initial stages of the return, reducing capacities but finally allowing clubs to start generating income through the gate.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KON AND GET ME

    Arsenal are reportedly one of many top European sides that are interested in RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.

    According to Sport Bild, the Gunners are keen to bring the 21-year-old centre-back to the Emirates to bolster their backline.

    The player boasts a £45million release clause in his contract, and Leipzig will only sell if a club matches that sum of money.

    Konate has made 75 appearances for the German side since joining in 2017 from Sochaux.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNER STRUGGLES

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has spoken of his confusion as to why the club are struggling to create chances.

    Speaking on Wighty's House Podcast, he said: “I’m confused with what’s going on.

    “It seems like we’ve got a manager who will not tolerate anything other than the best the players have got to give. So I’m really confused at the minute.

    “Shot creation, we’re 19th in the Premier League. Goals scored, 13th. Shots on target, 14th. Key passes, 17th. Expected goals, 16th.

    “They should be doing everything they can in warm-ups to get into the habit of scoring goals.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ANGEL GABRIEL

  • Jake Lambourne

    NIK OF TIME

    Arsenal have reportedly 'already held talks' with transfer target Dominik Szoboszlai.

    The RB Salzburg star, 20, has caught the eye after a brilliant breakthrough season where he helped his side into the Champions League.

    The Gunners were linked with a bid for the central midfielder over the summer.

    But the Hungary international instead pledged his loyalty to RB Salzburg.

    However things could all change come January.

    According to Sportwitness the player's agent Matyas Esterhazy 'talks with Arsenal and who knows who’.

    And clubs will be delighted to learn that Szoboszlai has a release clause of just £22.5million.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAR BLIMEY

    Jamie Carragher has named his top five toughest opponents ever – with Thierry Henry and John Terry included, but no Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The former Liverpool and England star went toe-to-toe with some of football's best-ever players.

    Having played for 16 years, Carragher took on the best the Premier League and Champions League in his 737 career games.

    The defender also won 38 caps for England.

    And now, Carragher has told talkSPORT who he believes to be the five best players of his generation.

    Carragher named Paolo Maldini, Terry, Xavi, Lionel Messi and Henry, leaving no room for United legend Ronaldo.

  • Jake Lambourne

    AUBA THE TOP

    Toni Kroos has hit out at Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over his 'nonsense' mask celebrations.

    The prolific Gunners skipper has been known to don an accessory after scoring a goal, including a Black Panther mask against Rennes two seasons ago.

    Aubameyang, 31, also wore Spiderman and Batman masks during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

    The Real Madrid star, 30, told Einfach mal Luppen: “I find it very silly.

    “Even worse is if there are any objects hidden in their socks.

    “Aubameyang once celebrated and took out a mask. That's where it ends with me.

    “I don't think that's a good role model, either. What nonsense.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GIFT OF THE GAB

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