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ARSENAL star Bukayo Saka spoke with Kim Kardashian after the model visited the Emirates.

Meanwhile, Gunners' legend Patrick Vieira has been sacked as manager of fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace.

Elsewhere, Arsenal are sweating over the fitness of Takehiro Tomiyasu after he left the Emirates on crutches in midweek.

William Saliba was also injured and is being assessed before this weekend's Crystal Palace clash.


Stay up to date with all the latest from the Emirates Stadium…

  • Tony Robertson

    Chelsea join Rice race

    Chelsea have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Declan Rice, reports suggest.

    The West Ham looks destined to leave the Hammers this summer.

    And journalist Florian Plettenberg took to Twitter to confirm Chelsea's interest in a deal for their former academy star.

    He said: "Chelsea is definitely in the race and highly interested – confirmed!

    "He’s one of the top candidates in order to strengthen the defensive midfield."

  • Tony Robertson

    Gunning for Caicedo

    Arsenal are preparing a new offer for Brighton's Moises Caicedo according to reports.

    The Gunners saw a £70million bid rejected by Brighton for the Ecuadorian in January.

    Caicedo penned a new four-year deal at Brighton earlier this month.

    And despite his new contract, Football Insider claim that Arsenal will go back in for Caicedo at the end of the season.

    The report stipulates the Seagulls will demand up to £90m to part ways.

  • Tony Robertson

    Hodgson to replace Arsenal legend

    Patrick Vieira is set to be replaced at Crystal Palace by the manager he replaced, Roy Hodgson.

    The 75-year-old is willing to step back into management with the Eagles until the end of the season.

    It comes after Vieira, who has bemoaned the lack of investment in the squad, failed to pick up a single win since the World Cup.

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  • Tony Robertson

    Arsenal wage bill revealed

    Arsenal's annual wage bill has been revealed, and they are getting great value for their money.

    The Gunners pay their players just shy of £98million – less than any other top six rival.

    Manchester United and Chelsea both more than double Mikel Arteta's league leaders do, paying just under and just over £212m respectively.

    You can read the full list here.

  • Tony Robertson

    Southgate explains White England omission

    Ben White's omission from the England squad was because there are too many other good options.

    Three Lions boss Southgate explained: "With Ben, it is similar for Ben and Trent [Alexander-Arnold].

    "We have players ahead of those two and we are blessed with talent.

    "Kyle [Walker] and Tripps [Trippier] were the ones who played during the World Cup and have been consistent while Reece [James] has come back."

  • Tony Robertson

    Numbers game

    Here's what the numbers say about £100million-rated Declan Rice.

  • Tony Robertson

    Arsenal using Rice as 'smokescreen'

    Lee Dixon has accused Arsenal of using their headline-making pursuit of Declan Rice as a "smokescreen" to pursue other players.

    The Gunners have been linked with Moises Caicedo in the past, and while reports for other players have remained somewhat fleeting, Dixon belives the club are working on deals behind the scenes.

    However, it will come at the cost of NOT signing Rice.

    Dixon told "I don't think Arsenal will pay £100million.

    "I don't think Rice is worth £100million to be honest. I think West Ham are going to want even more than that. I don't know who Arsenal are looking at.

    "But based on the way they've recruited so far I would suggest that they've got alternatives. It might be that Rice is a bit of a smokescreen, and they're not really that interested.

    "I think he’s a really good player but I’m not convinced he will be at Arsenal next season."

  • Tony Robertson

    Arsenal vs Crystal Palace preview

    Arsenal go into this London derby knowing it is now league or bust for their season.

    The Gunners failed to hold their nerve during a penalty shootout against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League, leaving them with just the league to focus on.

    They already have a five-point lead at the top of the table, but could extend it with a win against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

    Key points:

    • Kick off will be at 2pm UK time.
    • Unfortunately, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace will not be broadcast live in the UK.
    • You can keep up to date with all the action at the Emirates by following SunSport's live blog.

    You can read SunSport's full preview, including team news, here.

    Souness blasts 'nonsense' Arsenal tactic

    Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has blasted Arsenal's tactic of bringing home comforts with them as "nonsense".

    The Arsenal team were pictured with a replica of the clock from the Clock End of the Emirates.

    This is in a bid to improve morale when away from home.

    However, Souness berated the move, telling the Mail: "I read the story about Arsenal taking their home comforts into opposition dressing rooms and had to read it again to make sure it wasn't a joke.

    "Really? Is this what the modern game has become?

    "So Arsenal players arrive at Fulham to find their own clock is on the wall along with their own pictures and stickers?

    "It's extremely strange and only a winning manager can get away with that.

    "The Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is doing a fine job but he has form for such nonsense."

    • Tony Robertson

      Odegaard declares title race 'straightforward'

      Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has declared the club's title race to be "straightforward" after being knocked out of the Europa League by Sporting Lisbon.

      Odegaard has called on his team-mates to show their mentality and bounce back.

      He said: "We have to show it now. It is pretty straightforward for us now, it’s only the league.

      "We just have to focus on every game — it’s 11 finals for us. Just come back on Sunday, that’s all that matters now."

    • Tony Robertson

      Ex-Arsenal star rolls back the years

      Former Arsenal ace Lukas Podolski rolled back the years by scoring a sensational free-kick as he inspired his team to victory.

      Podolski, 37 scored the equaliser and winner for Gornik Zabrze in the Polish first tier.

      The German international made 82 appearances for the Gunners between 2012 and 2015.

    • Tony Robertson

      Mitoma performance

      Here's a look at how the winger has performed in the league this season.

      His most recent assist allowed Solly March to condemn Crystal Palace to another defeat, ultimately leading to the sacking of Gunners legend Patrick Vieira.

    • Tony Robertson

      Mitoma transfer blow

      Arsenal have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Brighton star Kaoru Mitoma, after reports emerged suggesting he will be offered a record new deal by the Seagulls.

      The 25-year-old is said to be available for around £35million following superb displays since arriving in for just £2.7m in the summer.

      Arsenal are said to have held an interest since January, but a report from TeamTalk suggests Manchester City and Real Madrid are considering offers, while Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs.

      But Brighton, who are on a European charge, are not looking to sell, and are instead set to offer the Japan international a new deal, which could see him become the highest-paid player at the club.

    • James Orr

      William Saliba injury latest

      Arsenal are sweating on Europa League casualty William Saliba for Sunday’s home Prem clash with Crystal Palace.

      Saliba and fellow defender Takehiro Tomiyasu went off early in yesterday’s 1-1 draw and 3-3 aggregate stalemate with Sporting Lisbon, which was followed by a 4-3 exit on penalties.

      Boss Mikel Arteta said: “William, I don’t know.

      “He had some discomfort and could not carry on, so we had to take him off.”

    • Gary Stonehouse

      Morning, Arsenal fans

      Mikel Arteta will have his big Gunns back in midfield as Arsenal bid to go eight points clear in the Prem this weekend.

      Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey are expected to replace Jorginho and Fabio Vieira at home to managerless Crystal Palace on Sunday.

      But the most exciting change following Thursday's Europa League shootout woe against Sporting Lisbon could be in attack.

      Bukayo Saka seems certain to return on the wing – while fit-again main striker Gabriel Jesus is eyeing his first Prem start of the year.

      But Europa League casualty William Saliba is a slight doubt.

      Fellow defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, who likewise hobbled off early against Sporting, left the Emirates on crutches and faces longer out.

      Arteta said: “With Tomi, it’s not looking good. He was in quite a lot of pain."

      The Spanish manager is demanding a huge improvement from Thursday against 12th-placed Palace, who sacked Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira yesterday following a 12-game winless run.

      Second-placed City play in the FA Cup instead, at home to Burnley today.

      Finally, the Gunners have renewed the contract of midfielder Marcelo Flores.

      The three-cap Mexico star is on loan at Spanish second-tier club Real Oviedo.

    • Ian Tuckey

      'Saka, Odegaard and Haaland battle for player of year'

      Arsenal are tipped to have two of the three main contenders for PFA player of the year.

      John Barnes believes Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard will rival Manchester City goal machine Erling Haaland.

      Ex-Liverpool stylist Barnes also reckons the Gunnrs need fit-again Gabriel Jesus firing on all cylinders if they are to fend off City to win the title.

      He told BonusCodeBets: "Right now you would look at Saka, Odegaard and Haaland for the PFA Player of the Year.

      “Saka will be in with a shout.

      “Saka might be a better candidate for young player of the year but there’s still a long way to go.” 

      “The player of the year is an individual award and it shouldn’t go to whoever wins the league. It’s about the best and most consistent player.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      'Trossard is great surprise'

      Leandro Trossard's razor-sharp start to his Arsenal career has impressed and surprised Liverpool legend John Barnes.

      The former England winger praised the ex-Brighton wideman's football brain and winning mentality.

      Barnes told  BonusCodeBets: “He can play anywhere in the midfield and he can also play out wide.” 

      “He can attack with the ball and he works hard for the team. Importantly he’s got a good attitude.” 

      “Trossard is a Belgium international for a reason.

      “He’s done better than I expected. He’s surprised me but he’s intelligent and knows how to fit into any system. He’s done very well for Arsenal.” 

    • Ian Tuckey

      Arteta admits Saliba doubt

      The Gunners are sweating on Europa League casualty William Saliba for Sunday's home Prem clash with Crystal Palace.

      Saliba and fellow defender Takehiro Tomiyasu went off early in yesterday's 1-1 draw and 3-3 aggregate stalemate with Sporting Lisbon, which was followed by a 4-3 exit on penalties.

      Boss Mikel Arteta said: “William, I don’t know.

      "He had some discomfort and could not carry on, so we had to take him off.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Kard’s on the table for Saka

      Bukayo Saka may have been on the end of a loss on the pitch last night, but fans have cheekily joked he may be in line for a win in his DMs.

      Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League against Sporting CP after Gabriel Martinelli missed his spot-kick in the shootout.

      Saka converted his and was also the only player to be filmed by surprise visitor Kim Kardashian.

      Kim’s appearance at the Emirates left fans baffled.

      But it seems the visit was for both leisure and business, with her son Saint West, seven, donning an Arsenal shirt while Kim is also filming a mystery documentary at the North London ground.

      The reality TV star took to Instagram during last nights visit and filmed Saint cheering Saka’s name as he stepped up to take his penalty.

      Eagle-eyed fans picked up on this and rushed to social media to joke about Kim sliding into Saka’s private messages.

      One user said: “Arsenal let Bukayo Saka down. He was a win away from Kim Kardashian sliding into his DM’s.”

      A second fan joked: “Kim K was rooting for Saka💀😂.”

      Others joked about the 21-year-old’s “star power”, while also adding that Kim’s recognition was the one win from the night.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Saka face-times Kim after Emirates visit

      Bukayo Saka chatted with Kim Kardashian on FaceTime after the reality star and model's visit to the Emirates on Thursday.

      Kim, 42, was in the stands with Gunners mad son Saint to watch Arsenal lose on penalties to Portuguese side Sporting in the Europa League.

      She uploaded footage to her Instagram story on Thursday of Saka scoring his spot-kick in the shootout.

      Kim captured son Saint, seven, cheering Saka's name as he converted from 12 yards.

      And Arsenal and England star Saka, 21, then FaceTimed Kim and her group on Friday.

      TV superstar Kim filmed Saka on FaceTime to son Saint, who wore an Arsenal shirt.

      In an adorable moment, Gunners hero Saka kindly revealed he had a shirt for them and apologised for not seeing them at the Emirates on Thursday.

      Arsenal star Bukayo Saka FaceTimes Kim Kardashian to offer match-worn shirt to son Saint

      In the clip, Saka was heard saying: "Sorry I missed you guys yesterday.

      "They said that you was in the players lounge. I had one shirt for you."

      Saka added: "Tell them to let me know when they're coming back and I'll sort them some T-shirts."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Flores lands new deal

      Arsenal have renewed the contract of highly-rated youngster Marcelo Flores.

      Flores currently plays on loan at Real Oviedo in Spain’s second division and shows huge promise.

      The attacking midfielder’s deal was set to expire in June and he attracted plenty of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

      According to the Evening Standard, however, the Gunners have extended the 19-year-old’s contract for another two years.

      The North Londoners have triggered a clause included in Flores’ previous deal that allows them to keep him until 2025.

      Arsenal did the same with fellow rising star Charlie Patino’s contract earlier this season.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Arsenal’s leaky Emirates

      Arsenal fans were forced to move seats to avoid getting soaked after the Emirates’ roof began leaking during Thursday’s Europa League Last-16 clash against Sporting Lisbon..

      Water poured down into the stands two places as the Gunners’ supporters fled to avoid being drenched.

      The rain water came streaming down into the stands in two areas – one on the half-way line and another behind a goal during the Sporting clash.

      A large area of empty seats was clearly visible on the live TV broadcast on BT Sport.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Gon with the wind-up

      Sporting hero Pedro Goncalves scored an incredible goal from near the halfway line against Arsenal on Thursday.

      And the former Wolves man then appeared to brutally troll Gunners star Granit Xhaka at full time.

      The Portuguese side beat Arsenal on penalties after the Europa League tie finished 3-3 on aggregate.

      Gabriel Martinelli's missed spot-kick saw Sporting win the shootout 5-3.

      There were wild scenes in front of the travelling fans at full time, with Goncalves soaking it all in.

      The 24-year-old seemingly mocked Xhaka's goal celebration by putting his thumb to his nose and waving his fingers.

      Arsenal midfielder Xhaka had pulled out the same celebration earlier in the match after giving Arsenal the lead.

      The Switzerland international then dedicated the goal to his young daughter Ayana after scoring.

      Xhaka's wife, Leonita Lekaj, posted a video of his goal to her Instagram story with the caption: "Goaaal for Ayana he promised. We love you best daddy @granitxhaka."

      Leonita then posted a video of their daughter, Ayana, copying the celebration.

      And some Arsenal fans on social media were left fuming at Goncalves.

      One wrote on Twitter: "No way Goncalves is doing Xhaka’s celebration for his daughter. What a p****."

      Another said: "Do that in front of Xhaka I dare you lol."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Martinelli will bounce back

      Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta backed Gabriel Martinelli to get over his shoot-out heartache after the Gunners crashed out of the Europa League on penalties against Sporting Lisbon.

      Arteta said: “When you take the decision to take a penalty, the possibility of missing is always there. But Gabi will learn from it like Bukayo Saka did two years ago. This result is a huge blow. We really wanted to go through and fight for this competition. We tried for 120 minutes and penalties but it wasn’t enough.

      “The effort the boys put in even when we were not at our best and the hunger they showed to win was incredible. We gave the ball away many, many times and we need to look at ourselves because we can’t keep relying on the last 20 minutes to win these games.

      “It’s true that in the last 15 minutes we had the chances and then in extra-time the chances to win it. But when it goes down to the penalties there’s always a lot of uncertainty and tonight we lost it.

      “The disappointment of this result is not going to go away quickly, but at least it brings us clarity. Now we have 11 games to play in the League and we have to recover our energy and pick ourselves up for a cup final against Crystal Palace on Sunday.”

    • Kostas Lianos

      Odegaard rallying cry

      Martin Odegaard has called on his Arsenal team-mates to show how strong their winning mentality is after being knocked out of Europe, writes SunSport's Jack Rosser.

      Asked about their new mentality, Odegaard said :"We have to show it now. I think it is pretty straightforward for us now, it’s only the League. We just have to focus on every game. It’s 11 finals for us. Just comeback on Sunday, that’s all that matters now.

      "We have to move forward now. We have to look to Sunday. It started already now in the changing room and we get ready. We just have to change the mindset again. I think everyone is disappointed, but we have to move forward and just be ready for Sunday.

      "I think every time we have lost this season we have learned something from it.Every time we have comeback and changed the situation again.

      "That is what we are going to do again and the next game comes quick, so it’s a good opportunity to strike back.

      "We are always together, even if we lose. It’s been a good season, a lot of wins, but we have to be together in the tough moments as well. That’s what we are going to do now."

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