9am Arsenal news LIVE: Arteta seething over red card, Nketiah BANNED for Tottenham clash, Tierney man-of-the-match – The Sun

ARSENAL were pegged back to draw 1-1 with Leicester, and Eddie Nketiah will miss this Sunday's North London derby against Tottenham after his quick red card.

But on the transfer front the Gunners are edging closer to a deal for Thomas Partey while Dayot Upamecano could be available for a much lower fee than expected.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below..

  • RED RAGE

    Mikel Arteta was left seething as Eddie Nketiah saw red while Jamie Vardy escaped without punishment.

    Arsenal boss Arteta put Nketiah on during the second half of the clash against Leicester with his side leading 1-0.

    Arteta fumed: “The red card, he [Eddie] cannot see the player and didn't want to hurt anybody. You have to understand he is a young kid.

    “It can be a red card but Leicester have to play for ten men after 42 minutes. For one challenge between the 40 and 45 minutes.

    “If we review incidents of that type we review them all. It has to be something equal for everybody because it changes the game for everybody.

    “If Eddie is a red card for sure the other is a red card.”

  • MASTER OF NUN

    Arsenal will have to battle Everton and West Ham for Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez.

    The 23-year-old has fuelled speculation he is set to depart this summer by snubbing yet another offer.

    AS claims he has “declined to renew” due to making only 12 starts in La Liga this term.

    And now the Gunners and Hammers are leading the chase for his services.

    The Premier League duo are also joined by the Toffees, who are also weighing up whether to fork out the £27million release fee that is inserted into Nunez’s current deal.

    However, it looks far from certain that the centre-back will be arriving in England, despite AC Milan also showing interest.

  • LUCKY VARDY

    Mikel Arteta believes Jamie Vardy should have seen red along with Eddie Nketiah.

    “I have my opinion, I prefer to keep it like this,” he said after last night's 1-1 draw with Leicester.

    “What I am saying is if you review incidents of that type you should review them all.

    “If Eddie's is a red card then for sure the other is a red card.

    “If (Nketiah) can be a red card then Leicester has to play with 10 men after 42 minutes – that has to be a red card as well.”

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal’s Champions League hopes look to be over after they conceded a late equaliser against Leicester.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the home side ahead in the first half.

    But Jamie Vardy’s 84th minute strike saw Leicester bag a point to remain in the hunt for a top four finish.

    Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta admits he is desperate to sign Dani Ceballos on a permanent deal from Real Madrid.

    The Arsenal boss said: “Yeah, we are talking to the club.

    “Obviously we don’t own the player, he’s not in our hands so the clubs will need to have a communication and see what we can do.

    “I’m really happy with him, the way he’s evolving, and I love how much he likes to play football – the passion he puts into every training session and every game, you just have to see his celebrations.

    “I think he’s evolving in the right way and he’s becoming a really important player for us.

    “We have to be open to different situations. And I think the market will give us the opportunity to do certain deals like this [swaps] but at the moment I cannot comment on any of that.”

    Finally, Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette could reportedly be on his way out of the club this summer with three European heavyweights interested.

    Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid are all interested in signing the 29-year-old, according to L’Equipe.

    He’s lost his place in the team to Eddie Nketiah, while Gabriel Martinelli is also pushing for starts.

  • ARSENAL VERDICT BY ROB MAUL

    One of the great joys for any coach – not to mention a loyal fan – is watching the rise and blossoming of young talent at their football club.

    And there will be an immense feeling of satisfaction and excitement within the Arsenal youth ranks at the development of Bukayo Saka in his first year as a professional.

    READ OUR FULL ARSENAL VERDICT HERE.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS BY SAM MORGAN

    Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved they can lead the line for future Arsenal seasons.

    But who will need to do more if he wants to remain at the club?

    READ OUR ARSENAL PLAYER RATINGS HERE.

  • SPOILS SHARED

    Arsenal looked to be heading for a win at the Emirates.

    But Jamie Vardy's 84th minute equaliser secured a vital point for Champions League-hunting Leicester.

    READ OUR FULL MATCH REPORT HERE.

  • GETTING TENSE

    Just 25 minutes left and Arsenal are still 1-0 up at the Emirates.

    These final moments could be pivotal in the race for top four.

    Can Leicester find a way back?

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG.

  • BREAK STUFF

    We're almost at half-time here and Arsenal have taken a commanding 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The striker is now one goal behind Jamie Vardy – on the field for Leicester – in the race for the golden boot.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG.

  • GUNNER BE GOOD

    We are five minutes in at the Emirates as Arsenal look to keep their heads in the race for a European finish.

    Meanwhile, Leicester have just seen Chelsea move past them in the table to third.

    Who will come out on top in this crunch clash?

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG HERE.

  • TEAM NEWS

    Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lead the line for Arsenal against Leicester.

    Bukayo Saka completes the front three with Nicolas Pepe returning to the bench following the birth of his child.

    Arsenal XI: Martinez; Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney; Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang

    FOLLOW ALL OF THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG HERE.

  • BETTER THE NEVILLE YOU KNOW

    Gary Neville was caught up in a fierce Twitter row with an Arsenal fan – after calling the Gunners defence “uncoachable”… in November.

    Immediately after Unai Emery was sacked, the Sky Sports pundit pointed the finger at the Arsenal back-line.

    Still bearing a grudge now in July, one fan took to Twitter to share the current Premier League clean sheet stats – with Mikel Arteta leading a superb charge up the table in 2020.

    Looking at the whole season, the Arsenal fan sarcastically captioned the clean sheet stats: “Uncoachable.”

    But Neville was quick to react, saying: “Are you bragging?

    “You’ve conceded 8 more goals than Sheffield United, 5 more than Wolves and 10 more than Leicester who you play tonight.

    “City, Liverpool, United and Crystal Palace also have better defensive records.

    “Tony Adams will be proud of you!”

  • OH DANI BOY

    Mikel Arteta admits he is desperate to sign Dani Ceballos on a permanent deal from Real Madrid.

    The Arsenal boss said: “Yeah, we are talking to the club.

    “Obviously we don’t own the player, he’s not in our hands so the clubs will need to have a communication and see what we can do.

    “I’m really happy with him, the way he’s evolving, and I love how much he likes to play football – the passion he puts into every training session and every game, you just have to see his celebrations.

    “I think he’s evolving in the right way and he’s becoming a really important player for us.

    “We have to be open to different situations. And I think the market will give us the opportunity to do certain deals like this [swaps] but at the moment I cannot comment on any of that.”

  • TRANSFER TALK

    Lille striker Victor Osimhen is waiting on both Manchester United and Arsenal to make a decision on whether they want to bid for him.

    The Nigerian star, 21 is set to reject a deal from Napoli as his sights are set on the Premier League.

    Napoli had agreed to a £46million fee to sign Osimhen, according to reports in Italy.

    The Serie A giants, who've endured a horror season by their high standards, were also said to have offered him a monster salary.

    Osimhen has quickly emerged as one of Europe's top prospects.

  • TEN CLEAN SHEETS

    The 'uncoachable' team has been dubbed worse since their dip in form but they have proved their critics wrong, having ten clean sheet this season.

    The North London club are joined by Manchester United with the same amount. Premier League champions Liverpool have 15 clean sheets so far with Manchester City following close behind with 13.

  • TOP FOUR RACE

    Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea fans are all uniting against Leicester tonight, as the club pushes to widen the gap and get that Champions League place.

  • KIT LAUNCH

    Arsenal will be sure to keep Pierre Aubameyang after he starred in their kit launch photos.

    However, the strikers future is still up in the air with his contract situation still unresolved.

    Aubameyang is said to be holding out for a minimum three-year contract worth £250,000 per week, but also wants assurances the club can match his ambitions, as The Mirror has reported.

    Images of three players were used in the post, which also showed Lucas Torreira and David Luiz in some of the latest kit.

  • CABELLOS EXTENSION

    Arsenal are reportedly in talks with Real Madrid over keeping defender Dani Ceballos.

    The North London outfit want to keep Caballos after he's emerged as one Arteta's key players during their recent revival.

    After telling his team to 'take a step forwards', in January, Ceballos has done exactly that, which made the Gunner boss re-evaluate his potential for long term.

    Madrid loaned the defender to Arsenal after Zidane gave the go ahead.

    He recently scored the late FA Cup winner against Sheffield United and stepped up as Matteo Guendouzi has been sidelined.

  • SEASON STATS

    Arsenal's top goal scorers include Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe. Xhaka, Maitland-Niles and Saka have tackles in the mid twenties. Pepe leads the charge with six assists and Xhaka ismiles ahead with his assists with 51 in total so far.

  • THE WRIGHT WAY

    Ian Wright shows off his Arsenal shirt in his back garden as well as showing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement as it's shown printed on the shirt.

    Whilst some of Wright's colleagues have opted to forgo their Black Lives Matter symbols, he clearly hasn't followed suit.

    Credit: Instagram

  • RODGER THAT

    Brendan Rodgers has backed Mikel Arteta after the Arsenal boss completed four wins on the bounce.

    The Leicester boss said: “I think Mikel’s done very well since he’s gone in, he’s gone in to a club with huge expectations, which he knows from his time being a player there.

    “But he’s gone in on his first job into a huge task and I think how he’s dealt with it so far has been outstanding.”

  • TRAINING PICS

    New pictures of Arsenal in training show that Matteo Guendouzi is still training alone and Pepe still has not returned to training after missing Arsenals's previous match because his wife went into labour.

  • ARTETA BREAKING RULES

    Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has been accused of breaking Premier League rules by giving his players a pep talk whilst they have their water break.

    Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder bemoaned big clubs breaking the rules on giving team talks during drinks breaks and stated that Arteta was a key offender during Arsenal’s recent FA Cup win over Sheffield United.

    The Sheffield United manager was opposed to rule changes that saw drinks breaks and the option of five substitutions brought in as part of Project Restart.

    He said: ''We were told against Arsenal we weren’t allowed before the game to give team talks and then I saw Mikel gather his troops and start delivering a team talk and I thought that rule, that directive we got from the Premier League, has gone straight out the window,

    “If you look, there aren’t many people having a drink, they’re having a little sip and there’s quite a lot of huddling going on and managers and coaches getting into the players.''

    Maybe the Gunners boss needs to be discreet when he gives his players advice.

  • LUIZ FUTURE

    Former England and Chelsea winger Karen Carney's BBC column, had some opinions about the future of Brazilian international David Luiz.

    ''David Luiz may not be the future of Arsenal but he can help shape it, and that's why I think he was offered a new contract.

    He was criticised for his performance against Manchester City in June – where he was sent off and gave away a penalty – but this squad is young and very inexperienced, and the fact there was such a long debate over who should be captain, shows there is a lack of leadership within the team.''

    Luiz, 33 won't be playing with Arsenal until the end of his career but he Carney thinks he has valuable insight for the up and coming young talent.

    May he can impart some of his wisdom on them.

  • NO TOP FOUR

    Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction on Arsenal's hope to get that Champions League spot

    Writing for the BBC, the football expert gave his opinion on the North London outfit.

    ''Arsenal got a good win at Wolves, thanks to a lovely finish by Bukayo Saka and it was a great game to watch. The outcome could have been very different, though, so I don't feel as if the Gunners are on a charge towards the top four, or anything like that.''

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