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ARSENAL beat Dundalk to make it a perfect six from six in the Europa League.

We've the very latest on matters in the transfer market, including the latest on Houssem Aouar and Mesut Ozil's future.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners maintained their 100 percent Europa League record as they thrashed Dundalk 4-2 last night.

    Mikel Arteta’s men are the only team in European competition this season to win all six of their group games.

    Eddie Nketiah, Mohamed Elneny, Joe Willock and Folarin Balogun found the back of the net for the Gunners.

    Arsenal will be back in action this weekend when they take on Burnley at the Emirates.

    In other news, John Barnes has urged Arsenal players to step up and save Mikel Arteta from the chop.

    Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “The Arsenal players have shown they are good enough by winning the FA Cup so they need to take some responsibility.

    “Arteta is a relatively new manager and I hope get gets given time, but the players really need to step up.

    “Aubameyang has since signing a new contract been really struggling.

    Meanwhile, Robin van Persie has revealed he tried to get Arsenal to sign Juventus defensive rock Giorgio Chiellini.

    During an appearance on the Effe Relativeren Podcast, Van Persie said: "At a given moment I felt called upon to say what Arsenal could do better in order to win the league.

    "I felt we lacked a winning mentality, and asked Arsene Wenger to sign Giorgio Chiellini."

  • Joe Miles

    'HAS THE QUALITY'

    Emile Smith Rowe's creativity impressed Mikel Arteta during the win over Dundalk.

    After the match, the manager said: "He played in a position that doesn't suit him perfectly for his qualities.

    "You can see every time he's around the ball that something's going to happen.

    "He has a lot of creativity and has the quality to receive the ball and do things."

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  • Joe Miles

    ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta wants Folarin Balogun to commit his future to the Gunners.

    The Arsenal manager said: "Well we're having some discussions with the player.

    "He knows we want to retain him at the club.

    "We know that the length of his contract at the moment is an issue but we're trying to resolve it the best possible way. We want him to stay.

    "He said to me that he wants to stay at the club, hopefully we can reach an agreement and extend his contract."

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  • Joe Miles

    PLAYER RATINGS

    Arsenal were already through as table-toppers before the Europa League clash against Dundalk.

    But an exciting game finished 4-2 to Mikel Arteta's side.

    Mohamed Elneny netted a worldie, with Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock also finding the net.

    The goalscoring was rounded off by 19-year-old American striker Folarin Balogun from the bench as he continues to impress.

    Here, SunSport's John Hutchinson rates how the Gunners fared.

  • Joe Miles

    IT'S ALL AUBA

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has failed to impress since signing his new Arsenal deal.

    Have the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun done enough to replace the Gabon ace?

    The stats say so…

  • Joe Miles

    ED HUNTER

    Eddie Nketiah proved he is the man to lead Arsenal’s charge back up the Premier League table with a goal in Thursday’s 4-2 Europa League win at Dundalk.

    The Gunners have struggled to put the ball in the back of the net this term, scoring just ten goals in the Prem – the fourth-lowest effort in the top flight.

    What makes matters worse is that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks to have lost his magic touch, scoring just ONCE from open play this season.

    Reports even claim Mikel Arteta is facing the chop if he fails to pick up points in games against Burnley, Southampton and Everton.

    And the time has come for a change up front when the Clarets visit the Emirates on Sunday.

    SunSport's Anthony Chapman has given his verdict on Nketiah here.

  • Joe Miles

    WAY TO MO

    Arsenal's clash against Dundalk is all over.

    The Gunners maintained their 100 percent Europa League record as they cruised into Monday’s last 32 draw.

    Joe Willock and Folarin Balogun scored in the second half before the match ended 4-2.

    Click HERE to read SunSport's match report in full.

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  • Joe Miles

    MO TO COME

    Mohamed Elneny scored a screamer for the Gunners in the 18th minute.

    After Smith Rowe laid the ball back to him, he struck the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.

  • Joe Miles

    DUNDALK1 – 2 ARSENAL

    The Gunners are in the lead after 45 minutes of action.

    Eddie Nketiah opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

    Mohamed Elneny doubled Arsenal's tally just six minutes later.

    But Jordan Flores pulled one back from Dundalk to breathe life into the tie.

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  • Joe Miles

    ART OF THE MATTER

    John Barnes has urged Arsenal players to step up and save Mikel Arteta from the chop.

    The Spaniard has reportedly been given three games to save his job after a dire start to the season.

    Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “The Arsenal players have shown they are good enough by winning the FA Cup so they need to take some responsibility.

    “Arteta is a relatively new manager and I hope get gets given time, but the players really need to step up.

    “Aubameyang has since signing a new contract been really struggling."

    Before he added: “Arsenal can turn their season around but they need to show it with performances on the pitch.”

  • Joe Miles

    GUNNER WATCH?

    Arsenal's showdown against Dundalk is under way.

    Click HERE to tune into SunSport's dedicated live blog.

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  • Joe Miles

    TEAM NEWS

    Here's how the Gunners will line-up tonight against Dundalk in the Europa League.

    Calum Chambers is back in action and Emile Smith Rowe has made the starting XI.

  • Joe Miles

    'ALWAYS RESPECTFUL'

    Robin van Persie has dismissed the claims that he had a 'fight' with Arsene Wenger while at Arsenal.

    He said: "I still talk to him every now and them.

    "He is a super intelligent man… professor of mathematics, professor of German, professor of English.

    "Some people think I had a fight with Wenger in my final stages [at Arsenal], but I never had a fight with him.

    "There was never any of that, it was always respectful."

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  • Joe Miles

    NO CHIEL

    Robin van Persie has revealed that he urged Arsene Wenger to sign Giorgio Chiellini for Arsenal.

    During an interview for Kaj Gorgels' YouTube channel, he said: "At one stage I felt I needed to say where things could be improved for Arsenal to become champions.

    "I played against him [Chiellini] a few times and he is really a winner."

    Before he added: "You need those kind of winners, killers, I thought we should sign him.

    "I came up with suggestions and names based on him, my own experiences."

  • William Pugh

    DUN AND DUSTED

    Arsenal hop over the Irish sea to face Dundalk this evening in a David vs Goliath Europa League clash.

    While they’ve struggled to get going domestically this season, the Gunners remain a cornerstone of European football, one of the most famous clubs on the continent.

    But tonight they will have to deliver against the highly-motivated Irish champions in their final Group B clash.

    Mikel Arteta may well have an eye on recovering his side’s league position, and could field some youngsters this evening, having already won the group.

    But, despite already being eliminated, Dundalk will look to cause an upset, as they cherish the plum tie of their European adventure.

    Let’s take a look at some of the vast differences between the two clubs.

     

  • William Pugh

    BLUNDER-FUL

    As we approach the jam-packed Christmas schedule, the Premier League table is already starting to take shape.

    But which players are the biggest culprits when it comes to blunders?

    We take a look, with some help from bettingodds.com, with some big names making the list…

  • William Pugh

    TEENAGE DREAMS

    Manchester United bosses are on a mission to unearth more homegrown talent.

    And they want to pinch promising kids right from under the noses of their southern rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.

    Iconic star David Beckham began his career playing football as a kid for Ridgeway Rovers in Chingford, London.

    And now the club is looking for a scout to operate down south to find more footballing gems.

    The club have placed an advertisement on its website looking for an expert to find players aged 12-18 they can sign for the academy side.

    And the role also includes occasional international travel to watch exciting new prospects overseas.

  • William Pugh

    TAKING THE NIC

    Former Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka stopped turning up to Real Madrid training because his team-mates didn’t celebrate his goals, Vicente del Bosque has revealed.

    The French striker, often nicknamed ‘Le Sulk’ while at Arsenal, spent one season with the Spanish giants after he joined from Arsenal in 1999 for a then-record fee of £22.3million.

    After failing to live up to expectations at the Bernabeu, Anelka left to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2000.

    Former Madrid boss Del Bosque has revealed that the 41-year-old accused the team of not being happy for his success.

    He said: “Anelka was a player that cost us a lot of money. Real Madrid wasted €25m (£22.3m) on him and he was signed as a star.

    “He came into the dressing room one day and told us that we were not happy for his success, that we weren’t celebrating his goals. He didn’t come to training for a day or two and the club fined him.”

  • William Pugh

    ROMAN’S GOONS

    Roman Abramovich could have bought Arsenal instead of Chelsea over 16 years ago — but he was mistakenly warned off the Gunners by ignorant Swiss bankers.

    And the billionaire Russian oligarch tried several times unsuccessfully to lure Gunners talisman Thierry Henry to Stamford Bridge when the Frenchman was in his pomp.

    The stunning revelations have been made in book, The Club, penned by two Wall Street Journal writers. They spoke at length with executives from leading Premier League clubs.

    The book claims in 2003, Abramovich hired Swiss bank UBS to examine the economics of English top-flight football.

    One of its findings was that ‘Arsenal were categorically not for sale’.

    Abramovich instead took over Chelsea for £140m and went on to win five Prem titles and a Champions League.

  • William Pugh

    ICYMI – FOUR HIT FOR SIX

    Exclusive by SunSport’s Martin Lipton: England’s Big Six could ALL be part of a new-look Champions League.

    The latest blueprint unveiled to the Prem elite opens the way for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United AND Spurs to all share millions in extra Euro revenue from 2024.

    But the rest of the Prem would have to finish in the top FOUR to get their passport to the big time.

    Uefa chiefs’ latest plan intends to fend off the genuine threat of a breakaway European Super League.

    Europe’s governing body is now working with the European Club Association, headed by Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, to find a format acceptable to the biggest clubs.

  • William Pugh

    YOUNG GUNNS

    Mikel Arteta admitted his young stars are putting pressure on the senior men in his squad.

    The Spaniard is expected to field another young side in Ireland against Dundalk tonight and he confessed they are knocking on the door for Premier League action.

    He said: "They are putting the pressure on.

    "We have some really good examples of things that have happened in the last few months and not only players that are starting football matches in different competitions, but as well, players that have taken the spot of somebody senior in that team or that squad."

  • William Pugh

    NOT DUN AND DUSTED

    Mikel Arteta is expecting a tough test from Dundalk in the Europa League tonight.

    Soeaking ahead of the game, he said: "Well, first of all I would like to congratulate them for winning the cup on Sunday.

    "That's a great achievement, so congratulations to the club, the coaching staff and the players.

    "And yes, I saw a really brave team when they came to the Emirates and I think they will play with no fear in a beautiful stadium and they will make things difficult for us."

  • William Pugh

    ARTFUL DODGER

    Mikel Arteta has reportedly been given three games to save his Arsenal job.

    Calciomercato claims Gunners chief and former player Edu Gaspar is ready to axe Arteta if results do not improve.

    And former Juventus boss Max Allegri has apparently been lined up to take charge at the Emirates should Arteta go.

    Arsenal have won just four of their opening 11 Premier League matches this term, leaving them 15th in the table,

    The Gunners have also scored just ten goals, the fourth-lowest effort in the top flight.

    And star men including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian and Alexandre Lacazette are struggling for confidence in an ever-changing tactical system.

  • William Pugh

    DON'T AUBA LOOK HIM

    Mikel Arteta said no one is undroppable at Arsenal – not even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The Gabonese forward has not been the same since signing his bumper new £350,000-a-week contract and his boss is not afraid to leave him out the team.

    Arteta said: "No one is undroppable at the end of the day.

    "You have to find the right players to win football matches but we cannot forget what Auba has done for this club and what he's done in recent months – not years ago.

    "And as well because I see how he is training, how he is behaving and how much he wants to turn the situation around. When I see that type of hunger I stay as a strong supporter to a player when he is established in the team and the performances that he has provided.

    "Auba was one of the main guys there and today he was walking the place with an energy that wouldn't be associated to a team or a player that is suffering at the moment and this is for me the way we have to approach it."

  • William Pugh

    PARTEY POOPER

    Thomas Partey will miss the 'next few games' for Arsenal but Mikel Arteta insists they didn't rush him back.

    The Ghanaian limped off during the Gunners' North London derby defeat to Tottenham.

    But speaking ahead of tonight's Europa League game at Dundalk, Arteta said: "He got injured in the same area, but not in exactly the same spot as before.

    "He had an MRI yesterday, there is an injury there, he will miss the next few matches."

    Asked if it was an unnecessary risk to rush him back, Arteta said: "No, he did incredibly well, he was confident. We tested him three times and he had no symptoms. But in football you have a lot of unpredictable actions.

    "He went into the floor, his knee got stuck, after he needs to stretch and get up up. Immediately he put a lot of stress in a similar area and he felt it again."

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