It’s finally here. The Gunners return to action in the Premier League starting off with a huge clash against Tottenham in the first North London Derby of the season.
Arsenal can make a real statement regarding their Premier League title credentials today with a win against their fierce rivals and have been boosted by the return of three key players. Mikel Arteta revealed that Thomas Partey, Kieran Tierney and Oleksandr Zinchenko will all be involved in the matchday squad for the game against Spurs after the trio all struggled with injuries over the international break.
A Deadline Day move for Douglas Luiz failed to come to fruition in the summer transfer window, but reports continue to link the Aston Villa star with a move to the Emirates Stadium in January with Arteta keen to bolster his squad heading into the new year. Steven Gerrard provided an interesting update on the Brazilian midfielder’s contract situation at Villa Park with his current deal set to expire next summer.
With that being said, make sure to keep up to date with all the latest Arsenal news and gossip, as well as build-up ahead of the North London Derby, here on the football.london live blog.
Cesc Fabregas claims he helped Arsenal scout defender William Saliba when the Gunners were interested in the youngster.
The Frenchman continues to impress since returning to the club from his loan spells.
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The Gunners secured a huge win over North London rivals Tottenham this afternoon with an emphatic 3-1 win.
Arsenal are said to be readying a fresh new £40m bid for Wolves captain Ruben Neves this January, according to reports.
The 25-year-old has been constantly linked with a move away from Molineux with the Gunners, Man Utd and Real Madrid all said to be interested in the midfielder.
With the lure of European football perhaps to big to turn down, Neves has progressed well with Bruno Lage’s side and continues to repay the side who brought him to England back in 2017.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was keen to show his vital qualities within the Gunners side, as Thomas Partey fired the hosts ahead early on.
Latching onto a square ball on the edge of the area, the Ghanaian international laced his effort into the top corner, much to the jubilation of the home crowd.
Forming into huddle however following the goal, some may have missed what the Arsenal midfielder did following the goal.
Bukayo Saka has become the youngest player to appear in 50 successive league games for Arsenal, surpassing Cesc Fabregas’ previous record.
The 21-year-old has gone from strength to strength under Mikel Arteta and starts for the Gunners this afternoon.
Both Martin Keown and Cesc Fabregas agree Arsenal’s cohesion seems to have increased following the sides impressive start to the campaign.
Bidding to now extend their strong start against bitter rivals Spurs this afternoon, much will be made of how the Gunners cope with Tottenham’s trio of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Richarlison across the 90 minutes.
Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has outlined which players he feel will be key to Arsenal’s success during today’s upcoming North London Derby.
The Gunners are bidding to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table, after amassing an impressive 18 points from the side’s opening seven games.
Now, with another chapter set to be wrote against the club’s biggest rival, Spurs themselves could leapfrog Mikel Arteta’s side into pole position with victory this afternoon.
According to reports via the Daily Mail, Arsenal are said to be considering a January move from Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli.
The 24-year-old joined the Italian side last summer and has made 49 apperances since his loan move.
With the Gunners seeking extra bodies as European football once again kicks off, Arteta may be forced to look to further enhance his options in the middle of the park.
With just under two hours until kick-off at the Emirates, anticipation is beginning to build ahead of this season’s first North London derby.
Manager Mikel Arteta may have a managerial headache when forced to pick his time this morning, as the Gunners go in search of their seventh Premier League victory of the season.
Some injuried personnel have since returned to training this week, with perhaps the biggest clue via the players personal social media posts this morning.
Set to wear the armband for only his second North London derby, Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has rallied the Gunners home support.
Stating how he would love to feel the roar of the clubs fans, he has penned some matchday notes ahead of today’s huge clash.
”I have some good memories of this game, I scored my first Premier League goal in the derby a couple of years ago, but that was in an empty stadium and I would love to have that feeling in front of our supporters.”
According to reports via Mail Online, Arsenal defender William Saliba is said to be in ‘no rush’ in regards to signing a new deal with the club.
Following an impressive loan spell with Ligue 1 side Marseille this season, the French international has made a blistering start to the season recieving plaudits from players and pundits alike.
At just 21, Saliba will surely be seen as part of Mikel Arteta’s long term plans given his statement start to the 22/23 term.
Former Newcastle United forward Alan Shearer has also provided his thoughts on Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus early season antics, insisting the Brazilian is making a huge difference to the sides frontline.
“He [Jesus] is the game-changer,” said Shearer.
“He sets the tone from the front. Defenders hate forwards who are prepared to run in behind and make it hard for them. He is the one that sets off the closing down.
“Everyone will look at him and see he’s had that success at Manchester City and he wants to take that attitude into the Arsenal team – he’s made a huge difference.”
Arsenal’s summer signing Gabriel Jesus is plotting more success with the club ahead of the forward’s very first North London derby later today.
The Brazilian international has been in fine form to begin the 22/23 campaign, registering four goals and three assists so far for the Gunners.
Speaking ahead of the North London Derby to Arsenal’s club media, Jesus said: “I’ve played a few derbies before and I can feel what it means to play a derby game. Of course, I’ve never played here before! The north London derby will be my first and I want to win, like every game.
“I understand it’s a derby – it’s a game different from most – but at the same point, it’s a game. It’s a game we have to focus on and do our job. Because we are playing at home, we have to think about just doing our game. It’s our home.”
It’s North London derby day, and with all eyes on the 12:30 kick-off, the Gunners are presented with an early chance to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Having suffered heartache last season at the hands of their closest rivals, Mikel Arteta’s side have made a valiantly start to the campaign and could now inflict pain on Spurs, as domestic action springs back into life.
Ahead of the game, Arteta confirmed a number on injury concerns, with our comprehensive list detialing just who will miss out for Arsenal later today…
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