5pm Arsenal news LIVE: Saliba included in Premier League squad, Meunier plays down Gunners links, Vinicius Junior targeted – The Sun

ARSENAL recovered from a disappointing start to claim a 2-2 draw in the first North London Derby of the season against Tottenham last weekend.

But their attacking line-up could have been even better, had they made the incredible signing of Vinicius Junior from Real Madrid – although they did allow Henrikh Mkhitaryan to join Roma on loan.

Follow all the latest news and gossip from the Emirates right here…

  • LEEDS striker Patrick Bamford has hinted he is excited at potentially playing with on-loan Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah up top.

    Asked by Leeds Live if they will play together, he said: “I think so. He’s played across, I think before he came here, he’s played across the whole front three so he’s not just a striker.

    “He can play number nine, number seven, number 11. You saw last year only briefly that me and Kemar Roofe sometimes played together. I know it was hard with both of us being injured.

    “I think the only time we’ve really played together was Brentford, when he came on and scored, but I think that whole game – one striker against three centre-backs – makes it difficult.

    “For his goal, having two strikers up there automatically takes away the focus, they can’t just focus on one of you.

    “Eddie was then free to score so I think it has its positives and in certain systems, having two strikers works. But we just believe in what the gaffer wants, we believe in everything he does.”

  • ARSENAL star David Luiz received a direct message from Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen after last month's Facebook storm.

    A fake post from a user pretending to be Christensen claimed hit out at Luiz after the Brazilian quit Stamford Bridge for the Emirates.

    Sharing a picture of the two defenders together, the snap was captioned: “No player is bigger than the club.”

    Chelsea quickly denied then post was from Christensen – with the Danish defender and Luiz close friends – after it went viral on social media.

    Now it has emerged Christensen contacted Luiz himself to assure the Brazilian he had nothing to do with the post.

    Reports claim the pair are still friends and have been unaffected by the fake post.

  • THOMAS MEUNIER has played down speculation that he could leave PSG in January.

    The Belgian defender, 27, has been linked to Manchester United and Arsenal as he is in the final year of his contract at Parc des Princes.

    But he has vowed to stay with the French champions and fight for his place.

    He told RTBF: “I could have left but it was not done because there was nothing that suited the club or myself.

    “Nothing was 100 per cent for it to work. I have always said that I wanted to stay in Paris.

    “I still have one year on my contract and I still hope an extension can be secured.”

  • WILLIAM SALIBA has been included in Arsenal's 49-man Premier League squad this season despite being loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the campaign.

    In what could turn out to be a genius move by the Gunners, the French centre-back is in line to qualify as a homegrown player.

    Saliba, 18, joined the North London side in the summer for £27million with the club fending off interest from rivals Tottenham.

    As part of the arrangement with St-Etienne, the teenage defender was loaned back to the Ligue 1 side.

    But that hasn't stopped Arsenal from naming him in their squad, with Saliba able to qualify as a homegrown player should he be registered in the next two seasons.

    Players don't need to be English to be able to qualify as homegrown, but they must have spent at least three years at an English club before they turn 21.

  • ARSENAL fans will be watching this one on repeat. Unstoppable.

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