1pm Arsenal news LIVE: Aubameyang and Lacazette slam seats vs Dundalk, Saliba LATEST, Nelson nearly left in summer – The Sun

ARSENAL are looking to avoid three-straight Premier League defeats as they head to Old Trafford on Monday.

We've the very latest build-up ahead of the clash against Man Utd, as well as an update on the future of Reiss Nelson.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below…

  • Etienne Fermie

    PEPE TALK

    Mikel Arteta has talked about Nicolas Pepe, after the Ivorian scored an impressive goal against Dundalk in the Europa League last night.

    Addressing whether Pepe's price-tag has added pressure to his shoulders, Arteta said: “I don't think he's got that. I think he's so willing to do well and show everybody – first of all, his team-mates and myself – and also the fans that he is a player that can make the difference every week.

    “Obviously, he's not been first choice in a lot of the games at the moment but, to be fair, he's played quite a lot of the moments, some better than others. It's about finding the consistency.

    “Not through the games, but during the games as well to be most instinctive and to be able to do the right things in many, many occasions where he has to make the right decisions on the pitch.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    ON THE BAL

    Folarin Balogun has spoken after being handed a senior Arsenal debut from the bench against Dundalk in the Europa League last night.

    After the dream occasion, the 19-year-old told the club's website: “Yeah it feels great.

    “It's a moment I have been waiting for for a little while so to finally get it feels great.

    “I can only thank Mikel and the staff for this opportunity and I look forward to doing it more often.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    AUBA-REACTION

    Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang and Alexandre Lacazette appeared to slam seats in frustration during Arsenal's 3-0 win against Dundalk.

    The pair seemed to react in anger when Kieran Tierney blazed an effort over the bar despite the fact the Gunners were 3-0 up and cruising.

    Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe scored three goals in six minutes either side of half-time.

    And Tierney came on to replace Granit Xhaka in the 74th minute as Mikel Arteta looked to shore things up.

    But soon after, the Scotsman found himself joining in with an Arsenal attack.

    However his miss appeared to spark an angry reaction from his team-mates who were sitting on the bench.

  • Etienne Fermie

    FAIR PLAY

    Dundalk may have lost their marquee Europa League showdown with Arsenal – but they broke a record in the process.

    The Irish minnows slumped to a 3-0 defeat against a youthful Gunners XI.

    And while the loss will be disappointing, they have etched their name in the history books.

    After the full-time whistle sounded, Dundalk officially became the first team in Europa League history to complete a match without committing a single foul.

    The Gunners failed to draw a single free-kick during their win, in which Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock found the net.

    Incredibly, no Champions League match has ever finished without one team failing to foul an opponent.

  • Etienne Fermie

    PEPE TALK

    Arsenal take on Manchester United in a crunch-match this weekend, and SunSport have predicted how Mikel Arteta could line up his men for Sunday's trip to Old Trafford.

  • Etienne Fermie

    TOP GUNNERS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hinted that he could be ready to field some of his fringe players against Manchester United at the weekend, after they swept past Dundalk 3-0 in the Europa League.

    The Spaniard said after the match: “I'm really pleased with the way we went about the game.

    “Our attitude from the beginning was spot on, we attacked and created a lot of situations inside the box.

    “We gave a chance to a lot of players who haven't played many minutes this season and it is something really positive because they showed they are well-prepared, they are at it, and they are ready when we need them.

    “They are always in the frame to play. It is not if we lose or win, it is what they bring to the team. How they train, what they are showing. Results at the end are consequences of many things, but individually how they do things is what determines whether they have the opportunity to play or not.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    TIER-SHIRT

    Kieran Tierney turned up at Arsenal in just a t-shirt last night despite the freezing winter temperatures.

    The Gunners beat the Irish side 3-0 at the Emirates but the real highlight was before the match with fans stunned as the Scot arrived with just one layer on.

    Tierney's team-mates were seen wrapped up in thick coats and tracksuits as they turned up at the stadium.

    Until hilarious footage showed the hardy 23-year-old strolling past in just a thin pick club polo shirt.

  • Etienne Fermie

    GERM-ANENT TRANSFER

    Matteo Guendouzi has described his Arsenal stay as 'two good years' in a possible hint his Gunners career is over.

    Mikel Arteta fell out with the midfielder last season and exiled him from the team, before sending him on loan to Hertha Berlin.

    And it was fellow outcast Mesut Ozil who talked up the prospect of a stint in Germany to Guendouzi.

    The 21-year-old told Kicker: “I played over 80 games [at Arsenal] and had a good, intense time there. I learned a lot there in terms of the sport and I grew up there. It was two good years for me.

    “I also had a very good relationship with Mesut Ozil and Bernd Leno, both of whom told me a lot of good things about the Bundesliga.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    TAKING THE MIK

    Mikel Arteta was delighted after his side easily beat Dundalk 3-0 in the Europa League last night.

    He said: “I'm really pleased with the way we went about the game.

    “It's always a danger that you feel it could be a comfortable game and then you make it really complicated. That wasn't the case. I think our attitude from the beginning was spot on.

    “We knew they were going to use a really low block and what we had to do, I think we did it better [than against Rapid Vienna]. We were insistent in the way we attacked. We generated a lot of situations in the box and we got the right goals in the right moments.

    “After that, we could manage the situation. Overall, the fact that we gave the chance to a lot of players who haven't played many minutes this season is something that's really positive because they showed that they are well prepared, they are at it and they are ready when we need them.”

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal stormed to a 3-0 win over Dundalk in the Europa League last night.

    Goals from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe sealed a resounding victory for Mikel Arteta's men.

    And there was even a senior debut for highly-rated young forward Folarin Balogun.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal tried to send Reiss Nelson out on loan this summer – but the determined playmaker wanted to stay and fight for his place.

    Nelson has made just four appearances this season, all in cup competition, but did get a start against Dundalk.

    Arteta revealed he planned to send the 20-year-old out on loan for the season, to receive vital game time following the arrival of Willian.

    Arteta said: “We ended up with a large squad at the end of the transfer market.

    “We had a few plans in mind with Reiss. One of them was as well to send him on loan to get more minutes because of the competition we have upfront.

    “The reality is he has been really good in training. He wants to stay here. He wants to fight for his place.”

    Finally, Arteta feels bad for axing William Saliba from his European squad.

    He said: “I feel really bad for William Saliba.

    “Because we had so many central defenders, we decided to leave him out of the squad which was really hurtful for me to do.

    “I was hoping that Pablo would be back in two weeks but he had a setback and then we don't have Pablo and we don't have William when he's fit and available to play.

    “But when you make those decisions, you can't always think about every possible outcome.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    RATINGS BY TOM BARCLAY

    Joe Willock starred againt Dundalk with a brilliant goal.

    But Granit Xhaka had a quiet night at the back.

    READ OUR PLAYER RATINGS HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    VERDICT BY TOM BARCLAY

    Nicolas Pepe's moments of magic have been few and far betwen since joining Arsenal for a whopping £72million.

    But he provided one tonight with an ingenious goal to kill off Irish minnows Dundalk just after the break.

    READ THE REST OF THE VERDICT HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    DALK DONE

    It's game over at the Emirates and Arsenal have stormed to a 3-0 win over Dundalk in the Europa League.

    Goals from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe sealed a resounding victory for Mikel Arteta's men.

    And there was even a senior debut for highly-rated young forward Folarin Balogun.

    READ OUR FULL MATCH REPORT HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    TWO TO THE GOOD

    Arsenal are 2-0 up against Dundalk thanks to goals from Eddie Nkethiah and Joe Willock.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    LUK OUT

    Inter Milan are lining up a swoop for ex-Arsenal star Gervinho.

    Calciomercato claim the veteran forward, now at Parma, is wanted to provide cover for Romelu Lukaku.

    At the age of 33, Gervinho is still regarded as a talent and is now in the sights of Antonio Conte.

  • Anthony Chapman

    GAME ON

    It's underway at the Emirates.

    Will Arsenal triumph in their Europa League clash with Dundalk?

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    GUNNER GET THEM

    Alex Runarsson makes his first start for Arsenal tonight against Dundalk in the Europa League.

    Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson both line up in attack.

    And there is also a start for contract rebel Shkodran Mustafi.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    WILL POWER

    Ex-Chelsea star Willian has admitted that he can get frustrated in Mikel Arteta's system, but insists that he is 'learning a lot' at Arsenal.

    Willian told Globo Esporte: “It’s been a cool, new experience. I hadn’t worked with a coach with that mindset.

    “The positional game doesn’t mean that you have no freedom on the pitch, you have the freedom to move, but many times you have to respect the position, what the coach asks, the instructions, understanding that it’ll be better for the team.

    “It may happen that you don’t touch the ball and get frustrated, but Mikel always says that, wait a minute, the ball will arrive. I’ve been learning a lot.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

    La Liga chief Javier Tebas has slammed “ignorant” Real Madrid and Barcelona for backing a breakaway European Super League.

    He said: “Little by little, this Super League idea is less clandestine, more open.

    “But it doesn’t have a large showing of support.

    “In fact, it is a very minor project that lacks economic or social depth.

    “It shows a clear ignorance of the politics of football, the culture of football, the economy of football and of the audiovisual rights of football.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM THE ART

    Mikel Arteta has apologised to William Saliba for axing him from Arsenal's Europa League squad – especially now that David Luiz is injured.

    The boss said: “I feel really bad for William Saliba.

    “Because we had so many central defenders, we decided to leave him out of the squad which was really hurtful for me to do.

    “I was hoping that Pablo would be back in two weeks but he had a setback and then we don't have Pablo and we don't have William when he's fit and available to play.

    “But when you make those decisions, you can't always think about every possible outcome.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    The next set of PPV fixtures have been announced.

    They start with Brighton hosting Burnley at 5.30 on Friday November 6.

    Two PPV games will now be played the next day, with Crystal Palace hosting Leeds at 3pm and West Ham playing Fulham at 8pm.

    Both North London sides will then have PPV games on Sunday November 8, with Spurs kicking off at West Brom at 12.30 and Arsenal meeting Aston Villa at 7.15pm.

    Despite backlash from fans, the games will still be charged at the full price of £14.95.

    But that could drop to £9.95 after next month's international break.

  • William Pugh

    T-MINUS FOUR!

    It's little over four hours until Arsenal kick off in their Europa League clash with Dundalk at the Emirates tonight.

    Stick with SunSport for build up, team news and kick-by-kick updates in our LIVE match blog ahead of kick-off.

  • William Pugh

    LEONLY WAY IS UP

    Lionel Messi took another step towards becoming the top-scorer in football history on Wednesday night.

    The Argentine superstar, 33, laid on a superb assist for Ousmane Dembele before converting from spot in the 2-0 win over a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Juventus.

    In scoring, Messi took his official career goals tally to 721 – overtaking Gerd Muller to take the fourth spot in the all-time rankings.

    But who else makes the top ten? We take a look…

  • William Pugh

    SEVENTH HEAVEN

    Frank Lampard has named Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in his dream seven-a-side team made up of stars he played against but NO Thierry Henry.

    The Chelsea boss has also opted to name two of his former England team-mates in Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard.

  • William Pugh

    TOP TIPS – SPONSORED

    Fixtures are coming thick and fast as the Premier League continues this weekend.

    We have betting tips for you from three top-flight matches, starting in Lancashire where Chelsea are looking to end a run of two Premier League draws and get back to winning ways.

    Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.

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