Arsenal news LIVE: Ben White injury, Tierney and Holding concern, Leeds WIN reaction, Saliba set to STAY

Arsenal news LIVE: Ben White injury, Tierney and Holding concern, Leeds WIN reaction, Saliba set to STAY

ARSENAL are set to keep William Saliba after his impressive stint at Marseille, according to reports.

The centre-back has been sent out on loan three times since arriving at the club in 2019, but Gunners chiefs are said to be happy with his progress.

Arsenal have some injury concerns after the 2-0 win over Leeds on Tuesday night, with Ben White, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding all doubts for the weekend.

Mikel Arteta's side head to Leicester on Saturday hoping to continue a strong run of form in the Premier League.

Meanwhile Emile Smith Rowe has spoken of his desire to stay at the Emirates for good, while we have the very latest on Alexandre Lacazette's future.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL HAIL 'BRAVE' CAVALLO AFTER HE COMES OUT AS GAY

    The Gunners have thankedAdelaide United's 'brave' and 'inspirational' Josh Cavallo after he became the world's only top-flight male footballer to come out as gay.

    Cavallo,21, said it had been 'exhausting' leading a 'double life' but he was 'finally 'comfortable' to publicly reveal his sexuality.

    He added in his social media message: "All I want to do is play football and be treated equally."

    Many fans praised Arsenal's 'classy' response but it still attracted some trolls.

    This tweet below, though, resonated with the majority – who hope Cavallo's statement will encourage millions of people around the globe to feel more comfortable about their sexuality, whether or not they choose to reveal it publicly.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TOON OVER THE MOON ABOUT OVERMARS

    Arsenal icon Marc Overmars will reportedly accept Newcastle’s offer to become their new director of football.

    De Telegraaf claims the Ajax chief is ready to agree terms on a lucrative contract with mega-rich Toon following their £300million Saudi takeover.

    Overmars is currently tied down to Ajax until 2024 in the same role.

    But Newcastle have no qualms about paying hefty compensation to bring the Dutchman back to England.

    Journalist Valentijn Driessen told Voetbalpraat: “Overmars will go, I think. If he gets the chance, he goes.

    “Overmars has to start in January or February, because he has to put together the squad for the new season.

    “And his successor must do that for Ajax.”

    It was revealed last week that Newcastle were targeting Overmars to take charge of their transfer business.

    The former Barcelona star had also been linked with a return to Arsenal.

    But Overmars is instead looking set to link up with a new boss at St James’ Park.

    Graeme Jones is interim gaffer at Newcastle following Steve Bruce’s exit.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SAMBI CAN BE A RAY OF LIGHT

    Sambi Lokonga’s laser-like passing skills are being predicted to come in handy for Arsenal this season.

    Football.london says the Belgium starlet notched up an impressive 100 per cent accuracy during Arsenal’s draw against Brighton earlier this month.

    And the player is said to have won 100 per cent of his defensive duels in that game.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    OVERMARS IN TOON

    Marc Overmars is reportedly due to hold talks with Newcastle over the plans to create a director of football role at the club.

    It is thought the former Arsenal star is high on their list of targets for the job.

    Dutch football expert Valentijn Driessen told the sports show Voetbalpraat: "That is a great new challenge.

    "He has now been at Ajax for ten years, he has shown all the tricks there.

    "And he also knows that with Ajax he will never become the new Bayern Munich, or the new Paris Saint-Germain and therein ultimately lies his challenge, to possibly do the trick again with a step to another club, but then to get even higher."

    Overmars is rumoured to be keen to leave Ajax next year.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    CLASSY GUNNERS

    An Arsenal fan has revealed the effort the club put in to ensure his autistic Gunners supporting son could enjoy attending his first-ever football match.

    The supporter known as Dave was at the Gunners' 2-0 win against Leeds in round 16 of the Carabao Cup. He recounted his experience in a series of posts on Twitter.

    When it looked as if the shouts of 50,000 fans at the ground would unnerve his son, stadium staff stepped inviting the father and son to watch the rest of the game in a sensory room.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    INJURY HEX

    Superstitious Arsenal fans fear the club's infamous November injury curse could be about to strike.

    The Emirates outfit have repeatedly been beset by injury issues in the second to last month of every year since the 2009-10 season.

    On Tuesday Ben White was subbed off due to illness during the side's 2-0 win against Leeds.

    And Kieran Tierney and Martin Odebaard are both out with knocks.

    It is hoped the duo will be available for Arsenal's clash with Leicester.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GUNNER GET PAID

    Arsenal could be set to receive a £9.5million cash boost before next summer thanks to Matteo Guendouzi.

    The 22-year-old, who is currently on loan at Marseille, has reportedly impressed in midfield for the Ligue One club.

    And Football.london reports the French side may have to fork out £9.5m to make Guendouzi's switch a permanent one.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SHIRT SHRIFT

    Arsenal fans were left puzzled by Bernd Leno opting to wear the club's outfield away kit whilst in goal for the Gunners in their 2-0 win against Leeds.

    The Germany stopper earned a man of the match call for his efforts between the sticks in the Carabao Cup match on Tuesday.

    But supporters were left perplexed by the kit clash and shared their thoughts on social media.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    CUP QUEST

    Lee Dixon reckons Arsenal's only hope of a silverware win this season is a victory in the Carabao Cup.

    And the former Highbury full-back reckons his old club should go all out to win the trophy?

    Dixon told BBC Radio Five Live: “Arsenal might not get a better chance at a trophy this season.

    "Quarter-final after this game (Gunners' win against Leeds), it gets my attention as a player, you want to be involved in games like this for me.

    “Arsenal might not get a better chance at a trophy this season. Quarter-final after this game, it gets my attention as a player, you want to be involved in games like this for me.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    PARLOUR PRAISE

    Ray Parlour has hailed  Gabriel Magalhaes, Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White for helping to make Arsenal more defensively solid.

    The trio helped the Gunners to clock up an eight-game unbeaten run across all competitions.

    Arsenal's last defeat was against Manchester City in August when they were beaten 5-0 in a league encounter. The team play Leicester next.

    Parlour told talkSPORT: ‘It’s a test against Leicester this weekend so that’s where they’ve got to show their mettle a little bit.

    ‘All I can say is I’m really pleased with the back-four at the moment. I think the two centre-backs have made a massive difference.

    "If you can keep those guys fit and keep it a steadied ship at the back then they look a lot more solid."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    JOHNSON JIBE

    Sunderland gaffer Lee Johnson has reportedly taken a swipe at Arsenal and Tottenham after his team reached the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

    The Black Cats boss quipped there were "no big teams" left in the contest after his side beat QPR 3-1 on penalties to reach the competition's next stage.

    Johnson joked: "I'd love to have Arsenal away or Tottenham away if not that.

    "And then we'll wait for the really big guns when it's two legs."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    TORREIRA SHINES

    Lucas Torreira is wowing Fiorentina coaching staff with his performances for the club, according to reports in Italy.

    The Arsenal midfielder, who is currently on loan at the Serie A side, impressed with his commanding display in their 3-0 home win against Cagliari on Sunday.

    And Gazzetta Dello Sport claims the club could look to make the loan move at the end of the season.

    It is reported this could cost Fiorentina around £12million to £13m.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    PASS PRECISION

    Sambi Lokonga's laser-like passing skills are being predicted to come in handy for Arsenal this season.

    Football.london says the Belgium starlet notched up an impressive 100 per cent accuracy during Arsenal's draw against Brighton earlier this month.

    And the player is said to have won 100 per cent of his defensive duels in that game.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GUNNER GO WITH FLO

    Arsenal have a clear plan of how they plan to deploy Folarin Balogun, according to Mikel Arteta.

    The 20-year-old striker signed a new contract with the Gunners this year but has made just three senior appearances this term and played in six Premier League Two games.

    After the team's win against Leeds on Tuesday, Arteta told Arseblog: “With Flo we have a really clear project,” said Arteta.

    “The steps that he’s making, they are the right steps.

    "Don’t forget he is really young, he hasn’t played almost any professional football, and you need to go through every phase – and don’t try to jump phases when you are not ready to do so.

    “Again I’m really happy with him, he’s making the right progress and in December we will see where we are and what’s the best for him as well.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    BUG PROBLEM

    Mikel Arteta says extremely close to including Pablo Mari in his squad to face Leeds in the league cup, until an illness for the defender put paid to his plans.

    It meant the Arsenal boss turned to Calum Chambers to fill the gap with the centre-back sparking heartwarming celebrations after scoring against the Elland Road side.

    Arteta told Sky Sports: ”Pablo (Mari) was going to start but he couldn’t because he had a bug, I think there is something happening around here.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    THE ROWE SHOW

    Kevin Campbell reckons "the sky's the limit for Emile Smith Rowe" following his recent impressive performances for Arsenal.

    And the ex-Highbury frontman believes a senior international call-up for the 21-year-old Gunners number 10 could be imminent.

    Campbell told Football Insider: “He’s been brilliant of late.

    “Look, the kid loves Arsenal. He has come through the ranks. He is an Arsenal lad through and through.

    “As far as I’m concerned, he is starting to establish himself in the team. There is a lot more to come from him which is the exciting thing."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    RISE OF RAMSDALE

    Aaron Ramsdale's performances between the sticks for Arsenal has earned him praise from shot stopping analysts. 

    Goalkeeping keeping John Harrison reckons the former Blades stopper's efforts against Villa were "unreal".

    And former Leeds striker Noel Whelan has tipped the keeper to get better and better for the Gunners.

    Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s settled in really well, quicker than anyone would have expected.

    “A lot of people may have questioned it, but at the end of the day, he is in the international set-up so he can’t be a bad goalkeeper.

    “He’s a really good age – he’s only going to get better over the years with Arsenal."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    READY FOR EDDIE

    Mikel Arteta hopes to see Eddie Nketiah stay at the Emirates with the starlet on target against Leeds in the Carabao Cup.

    The 22-year-old's current Arsenal contract is due to expire in June next year.

    And the player will have the chance to negotiate with clubs abroad from January onwards over a possible overseas move.

    Reports claim Arsenal are interested in a possible swoop for Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins with Alexandre Lacazette also in the final year of his contract.

    On Nketiah's situation, Arteta said: "I have full belief that he is going to be a top, top player and hopefully at Arsenal.

    "I’m happy to have him, he is our player, I regard him really highly and from my side I want him to stay."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    FIT THREE

    Arsenal could be in a triple fitness boost ahead of their clash with Leicester

    Club boss Mikel Arteta is expecting Ben White, Kieran Tierney and Martin Odegaard to be available for the game on Saturday.

    Tierney and Odegaard picked up knocks whilst White went off with a non-Covid illness during the team's win against Leeds on Tuesday.

    On Odegaard and Tierney's situations, Arteta said: "They were both out with two different injuries. They tried yesterday but they didn’t feel great.

    "They wanted to be involved, but they weren’t good enough to be selected today.

    "Hopefully in the next few days they can feel better and they can be available for Leicester."

  • sstreet

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal cruised into the Carabao Cup quarters with a 2-0 win against Leeds last night.

    Goals from Calum Chambers and Eddie Nketiah sealed victory at the Emirates on Tuesday.

    And Arsenal will find out their next opponents in the draw on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly battling Manchester City in the race to sign Barcelona’s versatile star Sergi Roberto on a free transfer.

    The 29-year-old, who can play as a central midfielder, right midfielder or right-back, is in the final year of his deal at the Nou Camp.

    And according to Fichajes, the Spain international will reject any contract proposal from the Blaugrana as he eyes up a fresh challenge.

    They state that negotiations over extending his stay with Barca have broken down – despite the player willing to take a pay cut due to the club’s financial difficulties.

    Finally, Arsenal and Tottenham have received a boost in their pursuit of Andrea Belotti after Torino boss Ivan Juric announced he will not sign a new deal.

    The 27-year-old is in the final year of his contract in Turin and is free to talk to foreign clubs in January.

    Juric confirmed: “Belotti won’t sign the contract extension.

    “He won’t leave in January, he’ll see himself here till the end of the season.

    “It’s useless to speculate, nothing will happen.

    “I hope he will have a great season, then we will look each other in the eyes and he will choose his future.

    “There will be no approaches, I hope he will have a good year and then we’ll see.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    COMING UP

    Let's take a look at Arsenal's next five games…

  • Anthony Chapman

    PART AND PARCEL

    Thomas Partey is reportedly 'unhappy' at Arsenal.

    That's according to Fichajes, who claim the midfield thinks it was a 'mistake' to swap Atletico Madrid for the Gunners.

    Former Atleti teammate Saul Niguez is also said to be reconsidering his decision to join Chelsea.

    And both men are finding life in the Premier League 'very tough'.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WHERE THERE’S A WILL

    Arsenal are reportedly lining up a January bid for William Carvalho.

    Calciomercato claims the Real Betis midfielder is top of Mikel Arteta’s transfer wishlist.

    But Arsenal could try to land Carvalho on loan before making a permanent offer in the summer.

    The Gunners look set to lose Mo Elneny on a free transfer.

    And Carvalho is seen as an ideal replacement.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EURO STARS

    Arsenal legend David Seaman insists the Gunners must qualify for Europe this season.

    He told the Mirror: “Anywhere in the European spots, the top six, would be good.

    “We need to be back in Europe, it does feel so weird that Arsenal are not even involved. 

    “But from where we’ve come from over the past 12 months, I think the fans can see we’re improving. 

    “Hopefully, we can get back to where we belong.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    SUPPORT TEAM

    Mikel Arteta has thanked Arsenal fans for their support against Aston Villa – and wants even more in the future.

    He said: “I can see our supporters are starting to identify with what our team projects and the players are starting to feel the connection.

    “If we can generate that positive attitude every time we play at the Emirates, it’s very powerful for us and very difficult for the opponents.

    “The more positive we are, the more our confidence will grow. A player fulfils his potential much quicker  when he is confident because when you are in a good mood you make better decisions.”

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