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No Ozil spat as Unai Emery refutes rumours of training ground row with midfielder

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Arsenal football club may have finally gathered their first 3-points of the season with an unconvincing 3-1win against West Ham on Saturday, however, one player’s absence sort of overshadowed the result amid rumours of a training ground bust up between Unai Emery and embattled German midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Ozil who was a surprise match day squad omission had been largely tipped to retain his place in the team in the midfield but fans were surprised to find him missing from the team.

Emery still basking in the euphoria of his first win as Arsenal manager talked about the situation in the post match press conference.

29 year-old Mesut Ozil has come under series of attack from German football chiefs after his surprise retirement from the National team following their disastrous 2018 FIFA World cup outing in Russia earlier in the summer. The player cited racism and maltreatment from the German Football Federation [DFB] as reasons for his retirement following the huge backlash he and Ilkay Gundogan received after meeting with controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May.

Unai Emery has told his star player of the Gunners support for him but, added that he must “live with” the criticism he continues to receive following his Germany retirement. Fans and supporters of the North London club will be watching from the sidelines how this latest Ozil drama will unfold.

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Manager fuels Arsenal rumours for South American forward

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Club Brugge manager Ivan Leko has fuelled the speculations linking Brazilian Wesley to the North London side after his recent claim.

The Gunners have been linked with the star player a couple of weeks and it was reported that they could strike a deal in the winter transfer window which reopens in the coming weeks.

Wesley’s boss Ivan Leko who gave his reaction to the speculation stated that his player has been left surprised by the speculations and will wish to have it happen.

He made it clear that Wesley has got all it takes to play for Arsenal at the top level because he has displayed quality in his last six months and also working hard.

Ivan Leko, therefore, hinted that the North London side could strike a deal in January transfer window when he expressed worries for his side for the remaining six months of the season, knowing that a bulk of his players are interested in a move away to other top sides.

However, Wesley could emerge as a direct replacement for England international forward Danny Welbeck who is injured and might not return to the club as a player as he would be allowed to leave as a free player at the end of the season.

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Chelsea dealt heavy blow in pursuit of Arsenal youngster

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West London outfit Chelsea have been earlier dealt a heavy blow in their pursuit of Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka as the player refused to give them his nod.

Reports according to Football.London claim that the star player turned down an offer from the Stamford Bridge to the North London side and he has no regret about that.

Bukayo Saka is one of the biggest prospects in the Gunners team and it was very evident in the quality performance he showed in his side’s Europa League clash against Qarabag.

The 17-year-old caught the attention of the football world in Europe and has been tipped to be a very special player in the future.

Bukayo Saka is already being likened to World Best player Cristiano Ronaldo in their style of play with suggestions that he will have a great career like the Portuguese man.

However, manager Unai Emery had praised the young lad for making such an impact at his young age as he promised to hand him more playing time in the team.

The North London side are known to be lovers of youth players and have over time invested a lot in them just like it was done in the days of former manager Arsene Wenger.

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Arsenal, Tottenham to battle for 23-year-old versatile midfielder

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Florian Grillitsch

North London sides Arsenal and Tottenham are reported to be in a battle for the signature of Hoffenheim versatile midfielder Florian Grillitsch ahead of the winter transfer window which reopens in coming weeks.

The 23-year-old has been impressive for the German Bundesliga outfit after joining from Werder Bremen in January which has made him linked with a number of clubs across Europe.

Reports state that the Gunners and their North London rivals are in the front queue of the race for the player and they will battle to secure his service as both sides are keen on having him as early as in January.

Florian Grillitsch has just had a goal to his name in the 18 games under his belt for the Bundesliga side. He is linked already away from the club and might not remain in Germany.

The Gunners are keen to have the star midfielder so as to have him as a replacement for departing Wales international star Aaron Ramsey.

Ramsey will leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season after he failed to agree on a new and improved deal with the club with his current deal set to run out at the end of the campaign.

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Europa League: Chelsea and Arsenal get favorable draws

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Europa League round of 32 draws take place earlier today and the two Premier League clubs taking part in the competition were drawn with relatively small clubs.

Arsenal vs BATE

The Gunners made it through to the knockout stages of the competition as group winners, hence, it wasn’t a surprise they get BATE as their next opponent.

The Gunners shouldn’t have any problem defeating BATE who progressed from their group as runner-up to Chelsea.

Unai Emery men are in top form at the moment and they would be hoping to maintain their wonderful run of form throughout the season.

In-form or not, BATE shouldn’t cause Unai Emery any problem over both legs.

This is not to take anything away from the round-32 encounter, but it’s safe to say that Arsenal won’t have much to do against BATE.

In most of the group matches that were played, Emery gave some academy products chance to show what they’ve got.

Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah all featured in some matches played by the Emirates outfits.

The Gunners will be on the road for the first leg of the clash while the return leg is scheduled to take place at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea VS Malmo FF

Just as their Premier League counterpart, Chelsea have been paired with other minnows of European football.

Maurizio Sarri’s men are up against Malmo who was runner-up to Genk with nine points.

The Blues were winners of their group with 16 points, hence, Malmo shouldn’t be too difficult for Chelsea to overcome.

The 2012-13 Europa League winners are doing well on the European scene and they are expected to score plenty of goals against their less-fancied opponents when the competition resumes by February next year.

Considering the level of his next opponents, Maurizio Sarri should be able to give some youngsters another chance to feature with the senior players.

Reuben Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi — if they failed to go on a loan move to other clubs in January — should get some game-time against Malmo in the return leg of the encounter.

Conclusion

As much as Malmo and BATE appear as an easy draw for Chelsea and Arsenal respectively, the Premier League clubs must be in their best form to progress to the next round of the competition.

They must avoid overconfidence as that will be their greatest enemy during the game.

All in all, nothing should stop both clubs from making it through to the next phase of the competition.

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Arsenal prepare bid for exciting £40m forward

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North London side Arsenal are reported to have prepared a bid for PSV forward Hirving Lozano ahead of the winter transfer window in January.

The Gunners are believed to be submitting a bid of £40 million to be able to beat other suitors as Barcelona and other clubs in the pursuit of the player.

The Mexican international has been in great form for his side and was most especially identified during the last summer FIFA World Cup in Russia.

According to a Don Balon report, most suitors are already preparing a bid for the star player but the North London side have prepared the most which make them leaders in the race.

The Gunners look desperate for the signature of the star player having lost England international Danny Welbeck to injury. Hirving Lozano is expected to serve as a replacement for the former Man United forward since it has been reported that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Suggestions are that Hirving Lozano will join the Emirates Stadium to give big support to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in terms of goal scoring as he has also got the ability to find the back of the net.

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