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MIKEL ARTETA has picked up his first victory as Arsenal manager.

The Gunners saw off Manchester United 2-0 on New Year's Day thanks to first-half goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis.

And Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka are right back in the picture after being frozen out by Unai Emery.

Follow all the latest gossip and updates from North London below…

  • NICOLAS PEPE insists Arsenal must go on a winning run now if they want to finish in the top four.

    Speaking of Arteta arrival, he said: “It is all new for us. A new system, new instructions.

    “We are adapting quickly. We performed well against United. We were solid defensively and good going forward.

    “This will really do a lot for everyone’s confidence levels.

    “Now, we have to go on a run to get to the top four.”

  • PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has praised Mikel Arteta, while also giving an update on his future.

    The Gunners Skipper said: “As soon as Arteta got here, he put things on the table.

    “He made it clear what he expected from us and that it was non-negotiable. Everyone has got to work.

    “Everyone wanted to make an effort because we have pride there, too. We wanted to regain the taste for victory and please our supporters.”

    Aubameyang has 18 months left on his deal and has seemingly put contract talks on hold.

    Speaking of his future to RMC radio, he said: “For now, I’m here, I’m 100% here.”

  • CHELSEA have been named as Arsenal's bogey team of the decade.

    The Gunners have beaten the Blues just four times out of 21 games.

  • HARRY MAGUIRE had an afternoon to forget on New Year's Day as Manchester United crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

    And fans online were quick to jump on his back with some calling him a “disaster” and questioning the whopping £85million United paid Leicester for his services last summer.

    Dean Coleman tweeted: “Another disaster class by Harry Maguire… World class defender I'll have you know.”

    And Crouch posted: “For £85m you expect a lot better. Positionally he's awful and reckless at times. Made our defence worse!”

    After Maguire played an Arsenal forward through on goal after just eight minutes, John Mc Mahon posted: “Look at Harry Maguire!

    “£80m or £8m that is pathetic defending. He can see the line and see Lindelof is playing offside!”

    Most fans focused on the huge sum of money United paid for Maguire – just £10m more than Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk  the summer before – but some were unhappy with him regardless of the cash.

    Craig said: “Not impressed. It's not even about the price.

    “When he heads it's like he doesn't even look where to. He doesn't command the defence and he is our captain.”

  • AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES appears to have lost a bet to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The Arsenal striker tagged the ex-Ipswich loanee on Twitter where he uploaded a picture of the duo.

    Captioning the post, he said: “Happy New Year everybody.

    “@Ains_7 you started f*cking Strong my G btw money by Monday.”

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