ARSENAL resume their Premier League campaign with a clash on Sunday against Leeds.
Off the field, the Gunners are reportedly in talks with Isco while there are shock reports that David Luiz and Dani Ceballos were in a ‘training ground fight’.
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FIX THE LEAK
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he wants to find out who leaked details of the training ground scrap between David Luiz and Dani Ceballos.
He said: “I don’t like the fact that that incident comes out at all.
“And I will find out where it is coming from and if that is the case, that goes completely against what I expect from each other, the privacy and the confidentiality that we need, and there will be consequences.”
When asked if he will address his staff regarding the matter, the Spaniard replied: “Yes.”
PUT A SOK IN IT
Arsenal defender Sokratis made his first appearance since the FA Cup final.
But it was only for the Under-23s against Everton.
His contract expires in the summer and he is believed to be looking at his options in January.
BUK THE TREND
Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka is not worried about burning out despite racking up the minutes for the Gunners and England.
The versatile 19-year-old played in all three Three Lions games during the international break, playing 232 minutes and he has started all but one of Arsenal’s eight Premier League games.
He said: “It’s a lot of minutes but as a kid this is what you dream of. So I can’t now turn around and say I don’t want to play it because I am living my dream, playing for England.
“I played all three games – who’d have thought I would do that? So I’m not going to complain.
“I just have to trust the people in charge will manage me in the correct way and continue to help me thrive and progress as a player.”
Arsenal are reportedly on red alert with Barcelona worried Ousmane Dembele will run down his contract.
The Frenchman has struggled of late and turned down a deadline day move to Manchester United.
The Express reports the Gunners are interested with Mikel Arteta looking to improve his attack.
Dembele’s deal expires in 2022 but cash-strapped Barca are keen to cash in this January.
Arsenal tried to sign Chelsea midfielder Jorginho in the summer, it has been revealed.
The Athletic reports the Gunners attempted to use instalment-based payment structures to land two of their top three targets.
The Italy international was on the shortlist along with Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.
Partey was the only star to arrive at the Emirates after Arsenal activated his £45million Atletico Madrid release clause on deadline day.
AUBA THE MIDDLE
Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang should play as an out-and-out striker, according to former Gunners forward Paul Merson.
Aubameyang has bagged just two goals in the league this term, featuring mainly out on the left for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Merse told Sky Sports: “When Aubameyang is out on the wing, he can go 15 minutes without touching the ball. You can’t have your star player going that long without touching the ball.
“How many goals would Jamie Vardy get for Leicester if you played him out on the left wing? Not as many as he gets now, that’s for sure.
“Defences are starting to work him out. They are starting to nullify the threat from him from out wide and making life hard for him.
“They are stopping the cut-inside and shot into the far corner. Something has got to change. At the moment, he’s not seeing enough of the ball where it matters.”
GET WILL SOON
Willian ‘looks lost’ at Arsenal and nowhere near his Chelsea form, according to Paul Merson.
The Brazilian winger, 32, arrived at the Emirates ahead of this season on a three-year deal that Blues brass refused to offer him.
Merse told Sky Sports: “Willian was unbelievable at Chelsea last year.
“For me, he was probably one of the best players. He was phenomenal – an outstanding talent.
‘He has gone to Arsenal and he looks lost. They have got to get him performing.”
AUBA AND OUT
Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith reckons skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still hungry for goals but there needs to be a tactical change to spark him into life.
Smith told the Evening Standard: “The fact that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hasn’t scored from open play in the league since the opening day does tend to point in a worrying direction.
“If one of the world’s best finishers can’t find the net in seven games, what does that say about the team as a whole? Well, it says for a start that the number of chances created has dropped. The Gunners don’t carve out the opportunities of old.
“In fairness, that’s bound to happen when a coach is concentrating on organisation and solidity, when he’s determined to eradicate flimsy defending in favour of a disciplined approach that gives little away.
“Some say he is wasted on the left, but I can’t agree with that when he has shone so brightly from that position in the past. Mind you, his success from that flank partly depends on the centre-forward’s input and Alexandre Lacazette has fallen into a slump that’s not helping. It might be time to move the captain inside.
“As for the accusation Aubameyang has lost his hunger after signing that humongous contract, I’m not having that. The 31-year-old doesn’t seem the type to coast along. He likes scoring too much to be going through the motions.
“A lack of creativity doesn’t help his cause, a shortfall that leads to Arsenal struggling against sides adopting a low block. Leeds, however, don’t go near that tactic, with Bielsa insisting on attacking verve. As a result, this might be a day for Auba’s huge grin.”
MARC MY WORDS
Arsenal are one of the ‘best teams’ in the Premier League according to Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.
The Gunners travel to Elland Road on Sunday and Leeds’ Argentine coach praised their opponents – who are just four places and two points ahead of them.
He said: “Arsenal is one of the best teams in the league. They have players of hierarchy…
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