8.30am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Saliba 'has no future at club', Xhaka up for sale, Burnley build-up

ARSENAL are gearing up to face Burnley in the Premier League after their final Europa League game of the season at Dundalk.

We have the latest transfer news from the Emirates and all the team updates ahead of this weekend's clash.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    WIZARD OF OZ

    Mikel Arteta has hinted that Mesut Ozil could be recalled to his squad in January.

    Speaking ahead of tonight's match against Burnley, the Gunners gaffer said: "He’s not in the squad right now.

    "I’m focusing just on the players we have here.

    “But, whatever happens in January, we have some time to decide.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TALK OF THE TOWN

    Arsenal's FA Cup final victory against Chelsea in August was the ninth most talked about sporting event on social media in 2020.

    And the Gunners are also the eighth most talked about team on Twitter this year.

    Mikel Arteta added the Community Shield after victory against the Blues, but his side are struggling this term.

    Still, at least they're a hit with fans online….

  • Jake Lambourne

    LAWR AND ORDER

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes Arsenal will beat Burnley 2-0.

    The BBC Sport football expert said: “Since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed his new contract, his form has been indifferent.

    “Although you could say that he has been stuck out on the left wing rather than playing as a centre-forward so what are people expecting from him?

    I would still back Arsenal to beat Burnley, but what Arteta really needs is a good performance from his team too. Some of them are coasting at the moment and they are not earning their corn.

    That is not something you could ever accuse any Burnley players of. They are in the bottom three at the moment but I am expecting them to gradually climb away from trouble, partly because of their willingness to scrap.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SWAP DEAL

    Inter Milan are keen to offer Arsenal a swap deal between Christian Eriksen and Granit Xhaka, reports say.

    The Dane has struggled to hold down a position in Antonio Conte's squad, making just four starts this season.

    As a result, his future in Milan appears up in the air with Inter said to be open to selling Eriksen.

    According to Tuttosport, Inter will look to recoup £27million for the playmaker, meaning a swap deal emerges as a possible alternative.

    It is added that they could offer Eriksen, 28, to Arsenal in a bid to land Xhaka, also 28, in exchange.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WIL I NEVER

    Arsenal star William Saliba reportedly has no chance of breaking into Mikel Arteta's first-team plans this season.

    Eurosport claim the Frenchman could now be sent out on loan to further develop his game.

    The report adds that it was believed the 19-year-old would be pushing for a place at the Emirates this season.

    Yet Arsenal boss Arteta feels Saliba still needs a 'transition year' to get him to the required level to play in the Premier League.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BURNLEY PREP

    The Arsenal players in training today ahead of tomorrows clash with Burnley.

    The Gunners are looking to pick up just their fifth win of the season, and are currently fifteenth in the table, on thirteen points.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HAPPY GU LUCKY

    Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi scored a 25-yard screamer into the top corner for Hertha Berlin.

    The on-loan midfielder received the ball on the edge of the box against Borussia Monchengladbach and arrowed into the roof of the net.

    Guendouzi has made six appearances since moving to Germany for the season after the Frenchman was cast aside by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta following his spat with Neal Maupay in the fiery 2-1 defeat to Brighton in June.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LAST TIME OUT

    Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were on the scoresheet the last time Burnley were the visitors to the Emirates.

    Both players are finding it hard to hit their stride this season, with the Gunners losing six out of eleven Premier League games this season.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    BLOW FOR GUNNERS

    Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai has reportedly secured a move to RB Leipzig from Austrian outfit RB Salzburg.

    The Hungarian winger had been linked with the Gunners, among a number of Europe's clubs, but it looks as if he will become a RB Leipzig player.

    Szoboszlai, 22, has four goals and six assists in just ten league games this season for Salzburg.

    He has also bagged two goals in the Champions League.

    It's a blow for Mikel Arteta, with the Hungarian international having a release clause of just £23million.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    GUNNERS WANT GAB

    Reports today suggest Mikel Arteta is keen to snap up the signature of Palmeiras forward Gabriel Veron.

    Veron has bagged 10 goals in 29 games for Brazilian side Palmeiras, and is an Under-17 World Cup winner with Brazil.

    Arsenal will be up against the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Fiorentina to secure the services of Veron.

    The 18-year-old can play anywhere across the forward line, and his signature will reportedly cost around £23million.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    WHAT A SIGHT

    Here's a picture Arsenal fans have been waiting to see.

    Gabriel Martinelli is back in full training for the Gunners after a serious knee injury.

    Tomorrow's game against Burnley may be too soon for him to play from the start, but the youngster could be named on the bench.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HAVING A LAUGH

    Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe share a joke in Arsenal training this aftermoon.

    Smith-Rowe impressed in the Europa league victory over Dundalk on Thursday, and will be hoping that he is forcing his way into Mikel Arteta's thoughts for the Premier League.

    With Nicolas Pepe suspended for tomorrow's clash with Burnley, Smith-Rowe will be eager to feature at some point in the game at Turf Moor.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MATCH LATEST

    The Gunners have provided fitness updates on the squad ahead of tomorrow's game against Burnley.

    David Luiz is back in training but continuing to be assessed after his head injury in the game against Wolves last week, but may feature tomorrow.

    Gabriel Martinelli is back in full training after injuring his knee in June.

    The youngster featured for the Under-21's in the EFL Cup this week and is not far from a first team return.

    Thomas Partey remains unavailable after injuring his thigh in the North London derby last week, and Arsenal are set to be without the midfielder for a number of weeks.

     

  • Josh Graham

    LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

    Former Arsenal keeper Petr Cech has released a Christmas single with Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth for charity

    The pair have joined forces for the catchy song ‘Drawing Straws’, with the ex-Premier League goalie on drums and rock and roll loving Ainsworth on vocals.

    Petr Cech has released a song showcasing his drumming this Christmas

    All proceeds will be going to charities associated with dementia – an issue the two former footballers are keen to tackle.

    Cech famously suffered one of the game’s worst head injuries in a game against Reading in 2006 when he fractured his skull and wore a protective headguard when he returned.

    Ainsworth, himself, has been an advocate of limiting headers in training.

  • Josh Graham

    PAT RICE

    West Ham's Declan Rice admits Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is his role model but he also wants to emulate the ability of Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.

    He told The Times: “The main one I’ve always watched is Kante in my position. Sometimes in games, I get sucked out of position a little bit, attracted to the ball.

    “I’m so enthusiastic to get the ball back for the team, I’m probably just better off saving my legs sometimes. I do more running than I should, put it that way.

    “I’m so enthusiastic just to go and win the ball back where pretty much everything would come through me anyway if I stood right in the middle. That’s what Sergio Busquets and Kante do.

    “I’ve also tried this season to run forward with the ball when there’s a bit of space.

    “The king of that was [Patrick] Vieira, and Yaya Toure. I’ve seen many, many clips of them doing that.

    “The reason I like doing it is because it catches the eye and you don’t really get a lot of central defensive midfielders now that carry the ball forward so I want to keep doing that.”

  • Josh Graham

    BRAVE BEATTIE

    Gunners heroine Jen Beattie bravely revealed she has been living with breast cancer while playing in the top flight in an emotional BBC interview.

    And the WSL ace – who was diagnosed in October – says she 'automatically thought the worst' and asked her doctor: “Am I going to die?”

    Arsenal defender Beattie, 29, who has been capped 130 times for Scotland, bravely admitted that she wanted the normalise the conversation around the disease.

    Beattie told BBC Football Focus:  "I found a lump in my breast. I checked them quite regularly I would say.

    "But something just felt a little bit different and after various tests, I got diagnosed with breast cancer at the start of October. 

    "It kind of does seem like a massive blur. I live a totally healthy lifestyle. I don’t drink, take drugs and I’m  a professional sports star and still that can happen."

  • Jake Lambourne

    OLIVIER TWIST

    Olivier Giroud has rubbed further salt in the wounds of Arsenal supporters by stating his goal in the Europa League final was the best header of his career.

    The former Gunners fan favourite opened the scoring for Chelsea against the North Londoners in the eventual 4-1 win in Baku on May 29, 2019.

    In an interview with Chelsea’s website, Giroud spoke of his aerial attributes where he was asked to comment on the best headed goal he’s scored technically.

    He said: “There are a few! I liked that one against Liverpool (at Stamford Bridge in 2018) because it was not easy. I liked the one in the Europa League final.

    “I like diving headers because it means you come with pace and you have the force of your body. Petr can tell you I maybe couldn’t have had a better connection.

    “I went 100 per cent for it and didn’t even think my friend Laurent Koscielny could put his foot and hit me. This was definitely one of the best.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WILL POWER

    Willian could yet again be included in the starting XI under Mikel Arteta tomorrow.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TROY STORY

    Troy Deeney has stated Arsenal are still a 'soft touch' under Arsenal in his exclusive SunSport column.

    He wrote: "They remain something of a soft touch — but a different sort of soft touch.

    "Not a team you can physically intimidate but a team who will always give you a chance. Burnley will believe they can win at the Emirates tomorrow.

    "They will look to exploit Arsenal’s weaknesses from set-pieces and they will look to hit them on the break, too.

    "If Arsenal play to their full potential, they should win.

    "If they lose, then Arsenal could slip towards a genuine relegation battle and Arteta will be in serious trouble."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART ACHE

    Paul Merson has stated Arsenal are in a crisis as they sit in 15th spot in the Premier League.

    He told StarSport: "I just don’t know where Arsenal are going right now.

    "The manager was talking after the Spurs game as if they’d played well. I hope he doesn’t actually believe that!

    "You would still expect them to beat Burnley. It’s a nice game for them. Burnley don’t have the pace on the counter to hurt Arsenal, and they don’t score many goals.

    "Arsenal should beat them. But it will only be papering over the cracks if they do."

  • Jake Lambourne

    EDDIE THE EAGLE

    Arsenal have won every game in which Eddie Nketiah this season.

    The England youth international has found the back of the net five times this term.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    WEN WILL IT END

    Arsene Wenger has revealed that balance is key to accommodating Mesut Ozil in a starting XI.

    The 71-year-old said: "You have two ways to see a football team.

    "You get everybody to do the same – the same intensity of work, the same defensive work – or you find a compromise.

    "You have a more creative player in the team who can do less defensive work but you build a team around him who can compensate for these deficiencies.

    "That is what you have to think about."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SORT MES OUT

    Arsene Wenger has told Mikel Arteta how he handled 'artist' Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.

    The German outcast has not played a single minute for the Gunners this season and their iconic former manager revealed how he got the best out of him.

    Wenger told ESPN's Caught Offside podcast: "He was not difficult to manage.

    "He was a guy who had a special quality as a creative player and needed to have fun.

    "He is an artist and these guys are a bit more sensitive.

    "They need support and an environment that pushes them to give their best."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAKING THE MIC

    Michael Owen believes Arsenal will just beat Burnley at the Emirates tomorrow.

    The BetVictor Brand Ambassador said: “Arsenal have been disappointing this season, so far.

    "Mikel Arteta has his work cut out; however, he’ll see this as the ideal opportunity to get back on track.

    "I go through a lot of stats in this line of work, and unfortunately for Burnley, they come last in most of them.

    "I expect the Gunners to get back on track here, albeit by a slender margin."

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Arsenal icon has urged Mikel Arteta to apologise to Mesut Ozil and recall the player back to the team in January.

    He told Starsport: "Arsenal could still be playing Tottenham NOW and they wouldn’t have scored a goal.

    "What can they do in January to fix it? Go and knock on Mesut Ozil’s door, say you’re sorry and you need him to play! Arsenal were atrocious against Spurs.

    "They never looked like scoring. Ozil’s getting £350,000-a-week and sitting at home while his team can’t score.

    I’m not saying play him against Manchester City or Liverpool, when you’re not going to see much of the ball.

    "But against teams like Spurs or Burnley, he can get on the ball and dictate things and make a few decent chances. They could re-register him in January. They’re missing a trick if they don’t."

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