Arsenal news LIVE: Daniel EK takeover LATEST, Gunners interested in Fekir move, Brighton draw reaction – latest

ARSENAL drew 0-0 with Brighton at the weekend as their Premier League winning run came to and end.

The Seagulls had the majority of chances in the game, and were made to rue their misses.

On the transfer front, the Gunners are said to be interested in Real Betis' Nabil Fekir.

And talk of Daniel Ek potentially raising his bid to buy the north London club has intensified after comments from club legend Thierry Henry.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    GUEDS WHAT

    Arsenal and Liverpool are keeping tabs on Valencia star Goncalo Guedes ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is according to Fichajes, who claim that Guedes could leave the Spanish outfit in the near future.

    The Bats are in need of a financial boost and that is why the winger could leave.

    The Portugal international is highly-rated by both the Gunners and the Reds

  • Kostas Lianos

    BELL RINGING

    Arsenal hero Kevin Campbell has advised his former club to sign Borussia Dortmund star and England international Jude Bellingham.

    Campbell told the Highbury Squad: “Why not?”

    “This young man was at Birmingham, just up the M6. Nobody took the chance and he had to go to Dortmund.

    "If we have to pay the money, and if we want somebody to be in there [midfield] for years to come, we’ve got to pay the money”

  • Kostas Lianos

    SAKA UPDATE

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka hobbled off after 90 minutes during the Gunners' clash with Brighton.

    Saka's substitution caused concern among the north Londoners' faithful.

    But manager Mikel Arteta put fans’ fears at ease with some positive news regarding the winger's condition.

    Arteta is confident the England international has only suffered a minor knock and "should be fine".

    The Spanish boss said: "He should be fine. He got a knock, but he should be fine"

  • Kostas Lianos

    TAKE THAT

    Arsenal ace Takehiro Tomiyasu admitted Brighton gave the Gunners a hard time at the Amex Stadium.

    Tomiyasu said: "I am not happy with the result but I have to think positively about the one point because they controlled the game most of the time.

    "We will take one point. I’m not happy with the result but we have to be positive.

    “I am happy about the clean sheet. You have to think positively because in the box I think we won the duels.

    "Only in the box. In other spaces we lost the duel most of the time. We have to improve this”

  • Kostas Lianos

    MACEY OPENS UP

    Hibernian goalkeeper Matt Macey opened about his time at Arsenal.

    Macey told the Daily Record: “I get asked a lot if I could have left Arsenal earlier. It’s not always as easy as that at a big club.

    "There are responsibilities for the manager to protect, in terms of players picking up injuries at the top level.

    "One thing I’d say is that every summer, I always looked to go and play football, whether it was on loan or to leave Arsenal.

    "For whatever reason it didn’t happen. I’m just lucky that when I did decide to make the jump, it worked out really well at Hibs”

  • Kostas Lianos

    WHITE REACTS

    Arsenal star Ben White issued a three-worded statement after his team's goalless draw with Brighton.

    White returned to the Amex Stadium, where he spent five years before joining the Gunners, to take on his former team.

    The defender moved to the Emirates following a whopping £50million deal.

    White tweeted: "Another clean sheet"

  • Kostas Lianos

    POTTER REACTS

    Brighton manager Graham Potter praised his players after the goalless draw with Arsenal.

    Potter said: The performance was fantastic. I loved our intensity, our courage. I thought it was a wonderful performance and I'm really proud.

    "The hardest part of football is putting the ball in the net but we tried everything. Sometimes you don't get what you deserve, but that's life. We can take a lot from the performance.

    "We've been playing well for a while and our performances are consistent. Lots of our performances last season were good but we weren't getting the result so I had to answer questions on that which is normal.

    "That was a step up in performance today. It was as close to perfect as you can get, especially in that first half"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ART ATTACK

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claimed his team didn't deserve anything more than a point against Brighton following their goalless draw at the Amex Stadium.

    Arteta said: "I think it's a point gained because I don't think we deserved anything more than that.

    "If we did deserve. We never felt in control of the game. We struggled to break the press.

    "But we did defend well in the last 15-20 metres of the pitch. It was a performance where we need to improve in other areas.

    "We struggled to break down their man-to-man press and lost a lot of duels. We didn't take the game where we wanted to take it and we were uncomfortable"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    BIDDING WAR

    Arsenal could reportedly reignite their interest in Real Betis star Nabil Fekir following his impressive start to the season.

    Fekir has amassed two goals and as many assists in nine games in all competitions and is tied down at Betis until 2023.

    According to Fichajes, the attacking midfielder could be tempted to leave in 2022.

    The France international has been linked with a move to the Gunners, as well as West Ham and Everton

  • Kostas Lianos

    EK-OVER STILL ON

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry revealed that Spotify owner Daniel Ek has not given up on his bid to buy the club and is 'here to stay'.

    Henry is part of Ek's consortium to take control of the Gunners alongside fellow Invincibles Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.

    Henry told Sky Sports: "To be able to get there, you need to have someone to respond on either side, it didn’t happen yet.

    "We, he, is here to stay. Let’s see what’s going to happen. I think it’s going to be long.

    "I think you remember me saying it’s going to be long. How long it’s going to be, I don’t actually know but we are here to stay”

  • William Pugh

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Mikel Arteta worries Arsenal have swapped a circus of speculation over his future for a "rollercoaster" of fixture congestion.

    The Gunners' boss believes only their defending "in the last 15 or 20 metres of the pitch" merited praise in Saturday's 0-0 draw at in-form Brighton.

    But that shows Arteta's raised expectations as it followed three straight Premier League wins, after starting with three successive defeats.

    And with the pressure over his position seemingly off, the Spaniard reckons the international break could be crucial.

    He said: “We have to improve individually and collectively and prepare well because a roller-coaster is coming with the amount of games.

    “I’m never happy with a point, but I don’t think we deserved anything more than that."

    Meanwhile, it's claimed Stan Kroenke WILL sell Arsenal to Daniel Ek, but only if the Spotify CEO tables an "irresistible’"offer after having a bid rejected in May.

    The Gunners are reportedly still keen on Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir.

    But West Ham and Everton are also being linked with the 28-year-old.

  • Ian Tuckey

    AURIER SET FOR VILLARREAL

    Ex-Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier is set to join Villarreal under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, reports say

    The Ivorian, 28, is a free agent after leaving Spurs in August.

    According to Carrusel Deportivo, Aurier will undergo a medical at Villarreal on Monday ahead of signing for the Europa League holders.

    It's unclear at this stage how long the defender's reported contract will be.

    Aurier left Tottenham by mutual consent on deadline day after four years with the club.

    The right-back made 77 Premier League appearances for the North London outfit, helping them reach the Champions League final in 2019.

    Aurier's reported move to Villarreal comes as a bit of a surprise as the bookies had tipped him to join Real Madrid.

    Rumours also suggested he was interested in joining Tottenham's arch rivals Arsenal – but that now seems highly unlikely.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA: SAKA FINE

    Boss Mikel Arteta believes crocked Bukayo Saka should be fine following Arsenal's 0-0 draw at Brighton.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WILL EK KROENKE CONQUER?

    Stan Kroenke WILL reportedly sell Arsenal to Daniel Ek, but only if the Spotify CEO tables an ‘irresistible’ offer having an bid rejected in May.

    That is according to finance guru Kieran Maguire, who told Football Insider: “Money talks in business, and money talks to Stan Kroenke.

    “If Daniel Ek comes up with an offer that is irresistible, Kroenke will accept. He is a businessman and understands value.

    “What Ek has failed to do date is come up with something acceptable. If he does, I’m sure Kroenke will consider it.

    “He has ambassadors like Henry and Bergkamp but he would be far better operating behind closed doors.

    “What he’s doing now, it just seems like he’s trying to get celebrity endorsements.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SANCHEZ HIINTS AT INTER EXIT IN CRYPTIC POST

    Former Arsenal and Manchester United frontman Alexis Sanchez hinted he could be on his way out of Inter Milan with a cryptic social media post.

    Sanchez has been struggling at Inter this season as he has only been able to amass a total of 70 minutes across all competitions as well as one assist in four appearances.

    The Chile legend, 32, was an unused substitute on Saturday when the Nerazzurri defeated Sassuolo 2-1 at the Mapei Stadium with manager Simone Inzaghi preferring Joaquin Correa and Lautaro Martinez up front.

    Inzaghi also brought summer signing and former Manchester City star Edin Dzeko from the bench.

    Sanchez took to Instagram after the match and posted a controversial story showing an abandoned Ferrari covered by sand with a message in Spanish.

    The Chile international appeared to be slamming the club for the lack of minutes he is getting at the San Siro.

    Sanchez's message read: “Realise that you can worth a lot, but if you are in the wrong place, you are not going to shine.”

    The 32-year-old deleted the post a few minutes later but it had already gone viral by then.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GABRIEL'S MAG-NIFICENT RECORD

    With all the fuss about £50million Ben White and young Gunns like Emile Smith Rowe, Gabreil Magalhaes' role in Arsenal's transformation has crept under the radar – almost…

    How about these stats for starters?

  • Ian Tuckey

    FRANK: WORLD KNOWS WHO WE ARE NOW

    Thomas Frank says the world are finally starting to know who Brentford are, writes DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    The Bees followed up holding Liverpool for a draw by winning 2-1 at West Ham today to climb up to seventh in the Premier League.

    And boss Frank said the West London club are starting to be more than just a nice story as an addition to the top flight.

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    He said: “Outside the Premier League, outside London, outside the UK – everyone in the whole world, they don’t even know how to pronounce us.

    “They don’t know us. So we need to show it on the pitch.

    “I know the quality of Liverpool and West Ham and playing them away. To get four points from those games is remarkable.”

    Brentford have now claimed 12 points from their opening seven matches, and even the ever-positive Dane is slightly taken back by how well his team are doing.

    He added: “I’m always honest so I believe in the team and the players massively and I believed that we could do something in the Premier League.

    “Also from the beginning I know that we would be strong defensively and that we’d be brave. But those points – that’s a lot.

    “It’s well deserved. Not stats or expected goals or anything, it’s what I see with my own eyes. It’s definitely deserved.

    “Just before we scored my assistant said it would be a good point, but I said I thought we could go on and win. And we did.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    STILL ALL WHITE AT THE BACK

    Arsenal's £50million summer buy Ben White hailed "another clean sheet" after yesterday's 0-0 draw at his in-form old club Brighton.

    Victory would have put the Gunners in top half of the table after their run of three straight Prem wins following three defeats ended.

    But sixth-placed Brighton were well worth the draw

  • Ian Tuckey

    NOT FEK NEWS

    Arsenal could reportedly reignite their interest in Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir following his impressive start to the season.

    The 28-year-old, who has chipped in with two goals and as many assists in nine games in all competitions, is tied down in Spain until 2023.

    Betis are understood to be keen to hand him fresh terms at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, but Fichajes claim he could be tempted to depart in 2022.

    They state that the player is on the radar of the Gunners, as well as West Ham and Everton.

    And while they insist that Fekir is happy in Andalusia, a big contract offer could convince the midfielder to make the move to the Premier League.

    The Spanish news outlet states that Arsenal want to make Fekir their ‘new star’.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MIK'S IT UP

    Mikel Arteta has demanded his Arsenal side prepare for the ‘roller coaster’ of games that is coming after the international break.

    Speaking after the Brighton draw, he said: “We have to improve individually and collectively and prepare well because a roller-coaster is coming with the amount of games.
     
    “I’m never happy with a point, but I don’t think we deserved anything more than that.
     
    “We got a point because we defended really well in the last 15 or 20 metres of the pitch, and for the rest I think it was a game that we have to improve and do better in many other areas.
     
    “We felt uncomfortable to break the press and they had sequences of control in the game. And it was a difficult game.

    “But in the end we showed some resilience and we have to be happy with the block of games we have played and the results that we got, but I think we have to improve.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    CENTRE OF ATTENTION

    Mikel Arteta has praised the centre-back pairing of Gabriel and Ben White.

    The pair have conceded just one goal from four games played together at Old Trafford.

    Arteta said: “Yeah [I’m impressed] because they’ve never played together and because they have struggled a little bit with the language and they didn’t have any time to work together in pre-season either.

    “They’re getting a really good connection, good chemistry, and I think their qualities match and complement each other really, really well.

    “I think both of them [yesterday] were terrific.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    GAP-RIEL IN EMERGENCY TRIP

    Arsenal defender Gabriel made an emergency midnight trip to the dentist after losing two teeth in the draw at Brighton on Saturday.

    The defender collided with Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez in the air.

    Gabriel lost two teeth on impact in a freak accident.

    The Brazilian has now lost teeth against Brighton home and away in 2021.

    Gabriel is said to have sprinted over to the touchline to give his missing tooth to Arsenal coach Shad Forsythe.

    But it seems it wasn't the whole tooth as he was seen walking around the Amex pitch looking for something at full-time.

    The 23-year-old took to Instagram to share his before and after photos, after a late night trip to the dentists to repair the damage.

    Gabriel thanked the dentist surgery for their service and was back smiling with his pearly whites.

    Gabriel getting his teeth fixed on late notice isn't the only reason to smile this weekend.

    The Gunners kept a clean sheet away from home against an in-form Brighton team.

    The valuable point pushed Arsenal up to 12th in the Premier League table, seven clear of 18th placed Burnley.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LOFT-Y HEIGHTS

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright heaped praise on Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s starring role in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Southampton.

    Loftus-Cheek, 25, was handed his first Premier League start of the season and he repaid the faith Thomas Tuchel showed in him.

    As well as providing the assist for the first goal the midfielder added energy to a Chelsea attack which had scored just one goal in three games.

    Wright was amazed with his display, and said on Match of the Day: “What was good about Ruben Loftus-Cheek is that after the injury he had, going to Fulham, I didn’t think we’d ever see him go back to this kind of form.

    “The display today was magnificent. People say about Ruben Loftus-Cheek about his energy and it looked like he was playing in himself.

    “But today, in his own box, in midfield, everything. One of the things he’s going to have to do to stay in this Chelsea team, especially as someone who played in a pivot as a [midfield] two, is score more goals.

    “The power, the skill, he’s got everything. People say he hasn’t got the energy, look at him now, this is scary.

    “Looking at a Loftus-Cheek who looks to me like he’s got the fire in his belly back. He’s dangerous.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA HAILS RAMSDALE

    Aaron Ramsdale has been lauded by Mikel Arteta following the goalkeeper’s third clean sheet out of four Premier League games played.

    Asked whether the Gunners have been missing a character like Ramsdale between the sticks, Arteta said: “I don’t know.

    “The way we decided to recruit Aaron was [after] going through a big process where we wanted to know a lot about his personality, his character, the way he can handle playing under pressure at a big club.

    “He is showing he is ready to do that and I’m really happy with his performances and what he is bringing.

    “That’s one of the reasons I think defensively we have been really difficult to concede goals.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    THANKS EMILION

    Emile Smith Rowe made a rain-soaked young fan’s day by gifting his shirt after Arsenal’s draw at Brighton.

    The heart-warming incident occurred at the end of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Amex.

    The kid held up a sign that read: “Emile I’m soaked, can I have your shirt?”

    And Smith Rowe kindly obliged at the final whistle.

    He walked over to the group of cheering Arsenal fans and as he went over he removed his jersey.

    The young fan looked gobsmacked as Smith Rowe picked him out in the crowd and the kid’s day was made as he ended up with the playmaker’s top.

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