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Mikel Arteta fires warning over bows of Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Özil

Manager outlines standards Arsenal players have to meet‘They must be 100% committed to our culture’Mikel Arteta has outlined the standards Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Özil and any other wayward Arsenal players have to meet if they are going to play long-te…

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Arteta still sure Aubameyang will stay and says Arsenal must not sell assets

Manager says best player must not finance improvementsArteta: ‘I feel Auba wants to continue with us’Mikel Arteta has warned that Arsenal must not sell their prize assets if they want to improve, with their prospects of building a side that can challen…

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William Saliba back at Arsenal after row over extending Saint-Étienne loan

Saint-Étienne claim conditions to extend loan ‘unacceptable’Arsenal say they were unable to agree fitness plan with clubArsenal are at loggerheads with Saint-Étienne after being accused by the Ligue 1 club of imposing “absolutely unacceptable sports an…

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Arsenal manager challenges overlooked Mesut Özil to show some pride

Mikel Arteta prepares for Norwich’s visit on WednesdayMatteo Guendouzi also needs to show right stuff, he addsMikel Arteta wants Mesut Özil to feel “hurt and disappointed” at his continued absence from the Arsenal team and has again challenged the play…

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Kia Joorabchian’s growing influence sheds light on Arsenal’s identity crisis | Nick Ames

The super-agent’s involvement in some eyebrow-raising deals has sparked fears that the once famously resourceful club no longer has a coherent approach to recruitmentIt is not unusual to hear Kia Joorabchian offering his thoughts via TalkSport but, whe…

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Mikel Arteta refuses to say Guendouzi will be at Arsenal next season

Midfielder was dropped after involvement in fracas at BrightonManager tight-lipped when asked if player would remain at clubMikel Arteta has refused to guarantee Matteo Guendouzi will be an Arsenal player next season, amid suggestions that the midfield…

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Arsenal’s Emiliano Martínez out to seize rare chance with both hands | Nick Ames

The Argentinian goalkeeper has had years of loan spells and warming the bench but can stake a claim to be Arsenal’s No 1 after Bernd Leno’s injuryEmiliano Martínez might reflect that, had it not been for a tumultuous afternoon in Stoke, the past five s…

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Mikel Arteta confident Bukayo Saka will sign new Arsenal contract

‘I am very positive everything is going to be done very shortly’Teenager’s contract runs out next JuneMikel Arteta believes Bukayo Saka will soon sign a new contract at Arsenal and put to bed one of the sagas that could lead to a turbulent summer at th…

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Newcastle United v Aston Villa: Premier League – live!

Live updates from St James’ Park, kick-off 6pm (BST)Man Utd v Sheffield Utd | Wolves v BournemouthNorwich v Everton | Email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 5.42pm BST Do you like football? I hope so. Because we can also treat you to these:Manchester United v…

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Newcastle United v Aston Villa: Premier League – live!

Live updates from St James’ Park, kick-off 6pm (BST)Man Utd v Sheffield Utd | Wolves v BournemouthNorwich v Everton | Email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 5.42pm BST Do you like football? I hope so. Because we can also treat you to these:Manchester United v…

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Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s knee injury not as serious as feared

Leno hopes to be back training in four to six weeksPablo Mari out for up to three months with ankle injuryArsenal’s goalkeeper Bernd Leno hopes to be back training in four to six weeks after confirmation that the knee injury he suffered at Brighton was…

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Arsenal’s Guendouzi escapes FA action over grabbing Maupay’s throat

Midfielder reacted after defeat at BrightonVAR deems it was not a red-card offenceMatteo Guendouzi has escaped punishment from the Football Association for his role in the fracas that followed Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton after VAR ruled he had not com…

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Arsenal’s Guendouzi escapes FA action over grabbing Maupay’s throat

Midfielder reacted after defeat at BrightonVAR deems it was not a red-card offenceMatteo Guendouzi has escaped punishment from the Football Association for his role in the fracas that followed Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton after VAR ruled he had not com…

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Arsenal have no margin for error in race for Europe, admits Mikel Arteta

Manager says his side must string some wins togetherArteta unsure whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will stayMikel Arteta accepts Arsenal have no scope to falter as they aim to close the gap on the European places, with time running out to compose the …

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Arsenal and Arteta begin 10-game tightrope walk that may decide future | Nick Ames

The Gunners risk being left behind by rivals if they fail to rise to the challenge of qualifying for the Champions LeagueOn Wednesday afternoon Arsenal’s players will hold their team meeting at one of London’s airports, fly to the north-west, board two…

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Arsenal and Arteta begin 10-game tightrope walk that may decide future | Nick Ames

The Gunners risk being left behind by rivals if they fail to rise to the challenge of qualifying for the Champions LeagueOn Wednesday afternoon Arsenal’s players will hold their team meeting at one of London’s airports, fly to the north-west, board two…

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Mikel Arteta optimistic Aubameyang will sign new Arsenal contract

Striker needs to be sold on club’s future firstChampions League qualification would ‘persuade anybody’Mikel Arteta is optimistic that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign a new contract at Arsenal but accepts his captain needs to be sold on the club’s p…

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Premier League restart preview No 14: Norwich City

Daniel Farke may need five wins from the remaining nine games to stay up and was hit by a positive Covid-19 test this weekendWhat was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? “It would be a little miracle,” declared Daniel Farke of…

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Toby Alderweireld: ‘I will not sign the petition for my own statue’

Residents of the Tottenham defender’s home town of Ekeren have collected hundreds of signatures in the hope of seeing a likeness of the Belgium international, but he will not be signing himselfIt is not beyond the realms of possibility that Ekeren, jus…

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Premier League Project Restart: the key questions answered

The clubs have agreed upon a set of regulations before next week’s resumption of top-flight games behind closed doorsThe 20 clubs unanimously approved the matchday protocols on player health and safety on Thursday, meaning the final phase of Project Re…