Arsenal news LIVE: Manager of the Month, Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, Saka contract UPDATE, linked with Lang

MIKEL ARTETA has been nominated for February's Manager of the Month award having won all three games during that period.

Rio Ferdinand encourages the Arsenal hierarchy to go and get a deal done for Manchester City forward, Gabriel Jesus.

Bukayo Saka is happy and in love with the club according to Fabrizio Romano despite not signing a new contract as yet.

And the Gunners are reportedly showing interest in talented Dutchman Noa Lang.

Stay up to date with all the latest from the Emirates in our live blog…

  • Anthony Chapman

    Guendouzi takes swipe at Arsenal

    Matteo Guendouzi took a final parting blow at Arsenal as he completed a permanent move to Marseille.

    The midfielder boomed: "It was a carefully considered choice. There were very good discussions with the president, with the coach and people in my family.

    "We really made the best decision altogether. For me, it's the best choice I've made in many years."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Mkhitaryan hangs up his boots

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan has retired from international football aged 33.

    The Armenian earned 95 caps and scored 32 goals during an impressive 15-year national team career.

    Mkhitaryan had captained his nation since 2015.

    But the former Man Utd and Arsenal star has decided to call it a day – having last played for them in a 4-1 defeat to Germany back in November.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Next up for Arteta's Arsenal

    Let's take a look at the Gunners' next five fixtures…

  • Sam Dymond

    Gunners says yes to Noa

    Arsenal are said to be 'extremely' interested in Club Brugge winger Noa Lang, according to French media.

    The Dutchman has been watched repeatedly by representatives from the Emirates, while there has also been alternative Premier League attention from Leicester.

    Lang has been captained three times by the Netherlands, and has contributed eight goals and 12 assists for Bruges in all competitions this season.

    It is understood that a bid of around €35million will be enough to tempt the Belgian club into doing business.

    The 22-year-old would certainly fit in well at Arsenal. He's been sent off five times in his career, including twice in the past eight games.

  • Sam Dymond

    Impressive Gunners on a roll

    Arsenal return to action on Sunday after a ten-day break, and will be hoping to do what Manchester United couldn't – score against Watford.

    The signs are good for the Gunners too, considering that they have found the net in all 15 of their Premier League meetings with the Hornets.

    In fact, it's only against West Bromwich Albion that Arsenal have a better 100% Premier League scoring rate, having struck in all 26 games against the Baggies.

    And, of course, the recent form of Mikel Arteta's team is impressive too. Since losing consecutive league games to Manchester United and Everton at the start of December, Arsenal have taken 22 points from 27 available to them in the Premier League (W7 D1 L1) – no side in the division have claimed more over the past nine matches.

  • Sam Dymond

    Manager of the Month nominations

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is in the running to be named the Premier League's Manager of the Month for February.

    The Gunners won all three of their league games last month, twice defeating Wolves while also seeing off Brentford.

    The Spaniard is nominated alongside Newcastle's Eddie Howe, Southampton's Ralph Hasenhuttl, and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp.

  • Sam Dymond

    Rio: Jesus can save Arsenal

    Rio Ferdinand sees Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus as the perfect player to head Arsenal's attack next season.

    The Gunners are short of options up front after the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last month, and have so far failed to land any of their desired transfer targets.

    Speaking on the Vive with FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand told transfer expert Fabrizio Romano: "If I was Arsenal, I would go and buy Gabriel Jesus."

    Romano responded by stating that he expects the Brazilian's role at City to be looked at in the summer: "I'm sure that Gabriel Jesus' situation, alongside of Raheem Sterling's situation, is something that needs to be clarified in the coming months for Manchester City. They're both out of contract in 2023."

    Jesus has had something of a stop-start season with City, only managing two Premier League goals in 15 starts.

  • Sam Dymond

    Arteta one of world's best

    Mikel Arteta is currently one of the best coaches in the game, according to a player that the Arsenal manager allowed to leave the Emirates.

    Pablo Mari was sent out to Udinese on loan for the season by the Gunners gaffer, but was still full of praise for his former boss.

    The 28-year-old centre-back told ESPN: "I have to say [Mikel Arteta] is one of the best coaches in the world because when he does the game plan… I have never seen it like this.

    "How he finds solutions for us and makes it easy to play the game: I've never seen something like this. That means he is an amazing coach. To give you the tools to play a game more easily, that's amazing because when you go to the pitch, you already have in your head the type of thing you have to do to play easy."

  • Sam Dymond

    Tierney: Facing Pepe is 'horrible'

    Kieran Tierney has reiterated Mikel Arteta's recent assessment that Nicolas Pepe is a player reborn by revealing that the Ivorian is a nightmare to play against in training.

    Arsenal boss Arteta has recently praised Pepe for his attitude since returning from the African Cup of Nations, pointing to his match-winning cameo as a substitute against Wolves just hours after the birth of his second child.

    And now Tierney has reiterated the winger's recent resurgence. In conversation with Rob Holding, the Scot lifted the lid on his toughest opponent during practice sessions: "I'd say Pepe all day. I play against him every day and it's a horrible experience. He's good."

    Holding backed up the left-back's claim, responding: "Yeah, it’s not nice. I wouldn’t want to have one-on-ones against Pepe every day."

  • Sam Dymond

    Singo also on Arsenal radar

    Another right-back on Arsenal's summer shortlist is Torino's Wilfried Singo.

    The 21-year-old Ivorian has impressed in Turin over the past two seasons, and has been tipped for the bigger stage.

    Singo already has over 50 Serie A appearances to his name, and won his first senior international caps back in June.

    The defender's contract is up in 2023, but it is believed that a bid of £15million will secure his services for next season.

    As ever, Tottenham have also been linked with the Gunners' transfer target.

  • Sam Dymond

    Gunners plotting move for Spence

    Arsenal are among a number of top European clubs tracking Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence.

    The 21-year-old has been enjoying a brilliant season on loan at Nottingham Forest, helping the Championship side shoot up the table under Steve Cooper's management while also reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup.

    Spence's rampaging performances from defence have captured the attention of those at the Emirates, but Sky Sports suggest that they face competition from north London rivals Tottenham as well as Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

    The Gunners had looked well-stocked at right-back, but concerns have emerged over the fitness of summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu following a spate of injuries.

  • Chisanga Malata

    Morning Arsenal fans

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Robert Lewandowski as the star’s future remains up in the air.

    The 33-year-old Polish striker has less than 18 months left on his deal at Bayern Munich.

    He could leave for nothing in June 2023 or, if the Bundesliga giants decide to cash in, possibly go this summer.

    That has led to a number of clubs beginning to circle – and now Arsenal have apparently joined the chase.

    That is according to FourFourTwo, who state the Gunners are interested in bringing him to the Emirates.

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    Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for Middlesbrough defender Djed Spence, according to reports.
    The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest from Middlesbrough and has attracted the attention of some huge clubs during his spell.

    Spurs had two bids rejected for the young star on deadline day in January – both were reportedly under Middlesbrough’s £15million valuation.

    And Arsenal are also keen on the man who starred in Forest’s 1-0 FA Cup win over the Gunners.

    However, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are now in the running to sign him. According to Sky Sports, the German giants have been scouting Spence and will continue to do so in the coming weeks.

    Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig are also interested and have been tracking his progress at Forest.

  • Dylan Terry

    Vardy overtakes Wright as golden oldie

    Jamie Vardy finally became the Premier League’s most prolific old timer as Leicester won for the first time in 2022 on Tuesday night.

    Brendan Rodgers’ men were the only top-flight team yet to record a victory in the calendar year before they overcame Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor.

    The former England striker struck late to make it 94 league goals since he turned 30 years of age.

    The finish, his first in the Premier League since he netted a brace against Watford on November 28, saw him surpass the record set by Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

  • Dylan Terry

    Race for the top four

    The race for the top four in the Premier League is hotting up.

    Manchester United currently occupy the final Champions League place, but Arsenal are just two points behind them with three games in hand.

    It is there for the Gunners to claim. But if they falter then the likes of Man Utd, West Ham and Tottenham could be ready to pounce.

  • Dylan Terry

    Arsenal 4-0 Reading

    Arsenal have beaten Reading 4-0 in the Women's Super League this evening.

    Goals from Vivianne Miedema, Katie McCabe, Leah Williamson and Stina Blackstenius gave them a comfortable victory.

    The Gunners now sit five points clear at the top of the WSL – but have played two games more than Chelsea in second.

  • Dylan Terry

    Arsenal's next five games

    Arsenal are hopeful they can secure a top four place come the end of the season.

    Next up for the Gunners is a trip to Watford on Sunday, before they then face a tricky run of Premier League games.

    Home matches against Leicester and Liverpool are followed by trips to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

  • Dylan Terry

    Scotland brace for World Cup play-off delay

    Kieran Tierney may be forced to wait to find out whether he will be playing at the World Cup with Scotland.

    The Scots are due to host Ukraine at Hampden in their play-off semi on March 24 with the winners travelling to Wales or Austria five days later.

    But with Ukrainian club football on hold as a result of the Russian military invasion Fifa is now likely to rule it would be unfair to ask Oleksandr Petrokov’s team to play a vital match with such scant preparation.

    And with the final two “intercontinental” slots in the 32-team World Cup field not scheduled to be decided until June and the April 1 draw expected to see the unseeded teams split into geographical pot, the Scots and Welsh are not braced for an unplanned delay.

    FA of Wales chief executive Noel Mooney confirmed: “We have spoken to Fifa and Uefa about the play-offs.

    “Scotland are giving Ukraine all the support they can. Will the games go ahead? As it stands they are going ahead. That could change. We are trying to deal with the situation hour by hour and day by day.”

  • Dylan Terry

    On this day…

    On this day 20 years ago Dennis Bergkamp scored THAT goal against Newcastle.

    With a ludicrous piece of skill, the Dutchman spun Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas before tucking the ball away to net one of THE great Premier League goals.

    Still an iconic moment two decades later.

  • Dylan Terry

    Neville warns of ESL comeback

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville has warned that the European Super League 'will make a COMEBACK.'

    Speaking at the Financial Times Football Business Summit, Neville said: "It will make a comeback I don't believe the hierarchy and elite in football that exists are going to go away.

    "They want more money, they want to create more wealth for themselves and they don't have a great interest in the wider game beyond their own clubs.

    "Tracey Crouch, the Conservative MP, has done a fantastic fan led review that was part of the Tory manifesto at the last election, it is a great report and it now needs to move through legislation in parliament and if it does then I will finally believe the ESL is dead.

    "Until that point I don't believe the ESL is dead, I believe it will come back rehashed, reworked and maybe with a cherry on it this time.

    "But the reality of it is I still don't think it will be accepted because the fans don't want it."

  • Dylan Terry

    Bayern-Atletico swap deal for Lewandowski/Felix?

    However, in a blow to Arsenal…

    Robert Lewandowski could be on his way to Atletico Madrid if Bayern Munich decide to make a move for Joao Felix, according to reports.

    The Bundesliga giants have reignited their interest in Felix, who is certainly making in impression in LaLiga.

    They considered making a move for the 22-year-old when he was still at Benfica, but they were pipped to the post by Atletico Madrid in 2019.

    However, according to Roberto Gomez and Marca, the striker could sign for Bayern Munich in a deal that would see Lewandowski go the other way.

    Gomez said: "Bayern Munich is very interested in knowing what Joao Félix's contract situation is with Atlético de Madrid.

    "Joao Félix's departure from the Munich team would open the door to the Polish Lewandowski, a player that the red and white team was able to hire years ago and who, following in the footsteps of David Villa and Luis Suárez, could contribute goals and experience to contribute titles."

  • Dylan Terry

    Arsenal interested in signing Lewandowski

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Robert Lewandowski as the star’s future remains up in the air.

    The 33-year-old Polish striker has less than 18 months left on his deal at Bayern Munich.

    He could leave for nothing in June 2023 or, if the Bundesliga giants decide to cash in, possibly go this summer.

    That has led to a number of clubs beginning to circle – and now Arsenal have apparently joined the chase.

    That is according to FourFourTwo, who state the Gunners are interested in bringing him to the Emirates.

  • Dylan Terry

    Abramovich confirms he is selling Chelsea

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has confirmed he is going to sell the club.

    He has released a statement on the club’s website in the last few minutes.

  • Dylan Terry

    Bayern join race for Spence

    Bayern Munich have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for Middlesbrough defender Djed Spence, according to reports.

    The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest from Middlesbrough and has attracted the attention of some huge clubs during his spell.

    Spurs had two bids rejected for the young star on deadline day in January – both were reportedly under Middlesbrough's £15million valuation.

    And Arsenal are also keen on the man who starred in Forest's 1-0 FA Cup win over the Gunners.

    However, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are now in the running to sign him. According to Sky Sports, the German giants have been scouting Spence and will continue to do so in the coming weeks.

    Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig are also interested and have been tracking his progress at Forest.

  • Dylan Terry

    Premier League statement

    Their statement read: “The Premier League and our clubs wholeheartedly reject Russia’s actions and will be showing support for the people of Ukraine at all matches this weekend. We call for peace and our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted.

    “A show of solidarity for Ukraine will be visible at all Premier League matches from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 March. This follows the numerous ways in which clubs have already demonstrated their support.

    “The 20 club captains will wear special armbands in Ukrainian colours and fans are encouraged to join players, managers, match officials and club staff in a moment of reflection and solidarity before kick-off at each game.

    “Big screens at stadiums will display ‘Football Stands Together’ against the backdrop of the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag. These words will also be shown on LED perimeter boards during matches.

    “This message of solidarity will also be visible to fans around the world across Premier League digital channels.

    “Logos and profiles on those platforms will change to represent the colours of the Ukrainian flag, which will also be displayed across match broadcasts both in the UK and overseas.”

  • Dylan Terry

    Prem to support Ukraine amid Russian invasion

    Premier League captains will wear yellow and blue armbands this weekend to show their support to Ukraine.

    Meanwhile the big screens at stadiums will display messages that read ‘Football stands together’ following Russia’s invasion of the country.

    The Premier League have announced plans for this weekend’s matches where they stated they stand in support of Ukraine.

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