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  • 9:38, 8 Sep 2021
  • Updated: 9:38, 8 Sep 2021

ARSENAL had a weekend off to reflect on a disastrous start to the Premier League season.

The Gunners currently sit rock bottom of the table and some reports suggest they have approached Antonio Conte to take over from Mikel Arteta.

But in a boost to Arteta, Thomas Partey and Ben White have returned to training.

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  • ROWE NO

    Arsenal could be without Emile Smith Rowe for Saturday’s clash with Norwich after the midfielder withdrew from England Under-21 duty.

    The 21-year-old left the camp due to illness but has not tested positive for coronavirus.

    England U21s faced Kosovo on Tuesday night and the Arsenal star missed the game after feeling unwell.

    Manager Lee Carsley confirmed Smith Rowe’s return home which leaves a question mark over his participation on the weekend.

    Carsley told Sky Sports: “[Smith Rowe] was just feeling unwell so we decided to send him back to Arsenal.

    “He didn’t feel 100 per cent so the best thing to do for Emile was to send him back.”

  • NET SPEND

    Arsenal had the highest net spend in the Premier League in the summer transfer window.

  • AB THAT

    Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell thinks his former club have “missed a trick” with Tammy Abraham.

    Lifelong Arsenal fan Abraham was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates.

    But instead opted to link up with Jose Mourinho at Roma on a permanent transfer.

    Campbell told Football Insider: “Honestly, do not get me started! It looks to me like he has been freed. He has had the restrainers off. Boy is he a handful. He would be in any league.

    “I truly believe Arsenal missed a trick because we still do not have anyone up the top end of the pitch who is a physical presence. Abraham causes teams a problem just by being there.

    “It is a big trick missed. I cannot believe we didn’t go for it.

    “Abraham does not get the credit he deserves. He is a damn good player. I have been watching him since he was in the youth teams. I could tell back then that he was going to be some player.”

  • PARTEY STILL IN DOUBT

    Thomas Partey’s fitness is still in doubt for Arsenal’s high-pressure home match with Norwich on Saturday despite his return to training.

    The midfielder’s drive has been missing since he injured his ankle againt Chelsea on August 1.

    He played no part in a 4-0 friendly with over a young Brentford side last week as he works his way back to a full return in training.

  • NEXT FIVE

    Arsenal face fellow league strugglers Norwich City at the Emirates next.

  • HE’S OUR GAL

    Galatasary have reportedly had a transfer bid rejected for Mohamed Elneny ahead of the Turkish market deadline.

    Super Lig clubs have until the end of Wednesday to sign players and speculation over the Arsenal man has been rife.

    According to Sky Sports, the Gunners have rebuffed an approach from Galatasaray over the midfielder.

    Elneny, 29, is out of contract at the end of the season but has spoken of his desire to sign a new deal.

    Mikel Arteta reportedly sees the player as a key member of his squad, having named him on the bench in each of Arsenal’s three Premier League games so far.

    A loan spell at Besiktas two seasons ago led to Egypt international Elneny finding form in Istanbul.

    It was presumed at the time that he would leave the Premier League but manager Arteta reintroduced him to the Arsenal setup.

    Reports in Turkey had already outlined interest from both Galatasaray and Besiktas in sealing a deal before their deadline.

  • POLAND VS ENGLAND

    England are taking on Poland in Warsaw in what is one of their most important World Cup qualifiers.

    The game is scheduled to get underway at 7.45pm.

    Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka will most likely start from the bench tonight, despite his goalscoring exploits in the last game against Andorra.

  • MORNING, GOONERS

    Thomas Partey is battling to return for a match no-one thought would be under such a huge spotlight just a month ago.

    Manager Mikel Arteta admits bottom side Arsenal have missed the midfielder in their shocking start to the season of three Premier League defeats.

    The Ghana star is back training ahead of Saturday’s home game against Norwich, who like Wolves and the Gunners have yet to earn a point this term.

    Liverpool have reportedly joined Arsenal in monitoring Valencia’s versatile midfield ace Carlos Soler.

    And Konstantinos Mavropanos’ Stuttgart loan deal could become a permanent £3million move next summer.

    The Gunners’ Greece defender, 23, is back for a second season with the Bundesliga club following a temporary spell at Nurnberg.

    It’s claimed Arsenal offered their former youth midfielder Glen Kamara a five-year contract to return from Scottish champions Rangers over the summer.

    In the end, though, the Gunners brought in top Belgium prospect Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    Lastly, Galatasaray are tipped to up their interest in £12.5million-rated Arsenal anchorman Mohamed Elneny before Turkey’s transfer window shuts tonight.

  • NO-GO MO AFTR GALATASARAY OFFER

    Arsenal have reportedly rejected Galatasaray’s latest offer for Mohamed Elneny.

    Sky Sports say the Turkish giants again contacted the Gunners about the 29-year-old midfielder this week.

    And Galatasaray only have until tomorrow to come back with a better bid and seal a deal – before the Turkish transfer window closes.

  • NO TREBLES ALL ROUND

    Ex-Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero left a Prem legacy that put many clubs as well as other players to shame.

    And here’s one of the more offbeat but still staggering facts, according to this tweet.

    He totalled more hat-tricks in ten years at the Etihad – 12 – than each of City’s so-called Big Six rival CLUBS managed.

    Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea managed 11 apiece, with Liverpool bagging ten and United seven.

  • LIVERPOOL EYE ARSENAL TARGET SOLER

    Liverpool are reportedly lining up a move for Valencia star Carlos Soler as a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum.

    Fichajes claims Jurgen Klopp will target the versatile midfielder, 24, next summer despite interest from Arsenal.

    The German boss parted ways with Wijnaldum on a free transfer at the end of last season.

    But after failing to secure a replacement in the transfer window, Klopp will look to bring Soler to Anfield next year after the ace entered the final two years of his Mestalla contract.

    The two-time Spain international, who made his debut this month, has been at Valencia his entire career, scoring 26 goals in 188 games.

    Soler has started the new season in flying form with three strikes in as many appearances.

    And after recording his best effort last season with 11 LaLiga goals, Soler looks to be improving all the time.

    Klopp believes the Spaniard is ideal to replace Wijnaldum, who departed Liverpool on a free transfer for Paris Saint-Germain.

  • SWINDON KO YOUNG GUNNERS

    Joel Ideho’s wonder equaliser failed to save Arsenal Under-21s from a 2-1 Papa John’s Trophy exit at Swindon.

    Mohammad Dabre put the League two hosts in front on his first professional start.

    And although 18-year-old Ideho levelled before the break, Dion Conroy rewarded Swindon’s spree of chances after the interval with a winner.

    Joel Ideho fires the Gunners level in their cup exit

    Joel Ideho fires the Gunners level in their cup exitCredit: Getty

    Arsenal scorer  Joel Ideho of Arsenal takes on Mohammad Dabre, who put Swindon in front with his first senior goal

    Arsenal scorer Joel Ideho of Arsenal takes on Mohammad Dabre, who put Swindon in front with his first senior goalCredit: Getty
  • SOUTHGATE JOY FOR SAKA

    England manager Gareth Southgate hopes Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has found “closure” after his Euro 2020 final penalty miss.

    The 20-year-old scored against Andorra at the weekend, ironically the same net he missed the penalty shootout-deciding spot-kick.

    After the game, Southgate said: “It was a lovely moment for him to score.

    “He got a fabulous reception before and during the game. You can see how popular he is with the team.

    “From my perspective he doesn’t need closure [over the penalty at the Euros].

    “The talent that he has, he is a hugely exciting player. No need from our side for closure.”

  • LOAN DEAL COULD PAN OUT PERMANENTLY

    Konstantinos Mavropanos’ Stuttgart loan deal could become a permanent £3million move next summer.

    Arsenal’s Greece defender, 23, is back for a second season with Bundesliga club following loan time at Nurnberg.

    And Bild say his renewed deal with Stuttgart includes a buy clause.

    Credit: Getty
  • GUNNERS ‘WANTED OLD BOY KAMARA’

    Arsenal offered their former youth player and current Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara a five-year contract over the summer, one report says.

    Watford were also linked with the Finland hero, 25.

    But Football Insider suggest the Gunners were exceptionally keen.

    In the end, though, Arsenal signed Belgium prospect Albert Sambi Lokonga.

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  • OWEN JOINS WENGER’S WORLD CUP DRIVE

    Former Chelsea defender John Terry and ex-Manchester United striker Michael Owen have joined ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s Fifa brigade battling for a World Cup every two years.

    The two former England skippers are now on Fifa’s “Technical Advisory group” helping Wenger, which will be launched in Doha tomorrow.

    Wenger’s new team also includes Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and his ex-Stamford Bridge team-mate Geremi, German superstars Jurgen Klinsmann and Lothar Matthaus, Italy’s Marco Materazzi, Roberto Carlos, Peter Schmeichel and Yaya Toure.

    They will give heavyweight support as Wenger officially outlines his World Cup proposals.

    And despite the growing backlash from European football, which brought a rare outbreak of unanimity at a two-day meeting of the European Club Association in Geneva, Wenger and Fifa President Gianni Infantino believe their campaign is gaining momentum.

    Outside Europe, there is thought to be widespread backing for the idea, which could be put to a vote of the 211 Fifa members next year.

    And that reality fuelled the fury and anger in Geneva as Fifa was accused of attempting to railroad the plans through without any proper consultation.

    Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano was among those making their objections public.

  • PARTEY STILL IN DOUBT

    Thomas Partey’s fitness is still in doubt for Arsenal’s high-pressure home match with Norwich on Saturday despite his return to training.

    The midfielder’s drive has been missing since he injured his ankle againt Chelsea on August 1.

    He played no part in a 4-0 friendly with over a young Brentford side last week as he works his way back to a full return in training.

    Credit: Getty
  • PREM WANT ALL-CLEAR ON WORLD CUP SANCTIONS

    Fifa has been put under pressure to announce Prem clubs will NOT be sanctioned for keeping their players back from this week’s World Cup qualifiers.

    Mexico, Chile and Paraguay have demanded their stars should be banned from club action this weekend after they were not released.

    Brazil are also considering a similar stance after six top flight clubs including Liverpool and Manchester City refused to let their players fly back for action.

    But now the influential European Club Association has stepped into the row by suggesting the chaos surrounding Brazil’s abandoned game with Argentina is evidence Fifa must rule out any punishment on Wednesday.

    Charlie Marshall, the ECA chief executive, said: “This has to be sorted out within the next 24 hours.

    “Liverpool and the other clubs need to know if they can play their Brazilians or not or whether Fifa is going to enforce the five-day rule for not releasing the players.

    “If Fifa is not going to sanction the clubs then they need to tell them.

    “It also needs to be explained how Brazilian players based in England should have been able to avoid quarantine there but not Argentina players.”

  • ELNENY’S GALA DEAL BACK ON?

    Galatasaray are tipped to ask Arsenal again about Mohamed Elneny before Turkey’s transfer window shuts tomorrow.

    The Egypt defensive midfielder’s contract runs out next summer.

    And after Turkish reports suggested yesterday Galatasary might be withdrawing their interest for now, Sky Sports suggest they are still keen on the 29-year-old.

    Turkish outlet Milliyet. suggested a £12.5million transfer fee deal was the basis for any negotiations.

    Credit: Getty
  • OZIL LINKED TO MLS AND QATAR

    Former Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is reportedly ‘unhappy’ at Fenerbahce after being substituted in recent games.

    The 32-year-old linked up with the Super Lig outfit in January after he mutually agreed to terminate his contract at the Emirates.

    But according to AS, the ex-Real Madrid ace is already frustrated in Turkey.

    Ozil, who was ruled out of Fenerbahce’s last game against Altay due to injury, hasn’t completed the 90 minutes in any of his four games this term.

    The 2014 World Cup winner has started three games, while he came on as a substitute in his last outing against Antalyaspor on August 22.

    Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira has been giving starlet Muhammed Gumuskaya chances this campaign with the 20-year-old putting in impressive displays.

    And AS claim that Ozil is unhappy at being constantly hauled off, which has led to rumours he could be on his way out in January.

    They state that a move to America and Qatar could be in the pipeline, with Ozil’s recent trip to the latter intensifying speculation regarding his future.

  • ENGLAND TOPS SUMMER SPREE

    English football’s summer spending dwarfed the rest of Europe, new Fifa figures reveal.

    England totalled £832.4m from June 1 to August 31 – more than next two countries Italy and France combined.

    Fifa’s International Transfer Snapshot shows Italy spent £343.9m and France £311.4m.

    The Prem’s sum includes of course ex-Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku re-joining Chelsea from Inter Milan for £97.5m, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho moving to Old Trafford for £73m and Ben White’s £50m switch from Brighton to Arsenal.

    England also topped the number of incoming transfers (380) and outgoing ones (494).

    And for transfer fees received, England was third on £297.5m, with Germany picking up the greatest sum, £335.9m.

  • PEPE’S CALF-TIME ENTERTAINMENT

    Nicolas Pepe says he loves exchanges with Arsenal fans and recalls the “funniest one”.

    There’s not been much light relief for the struggling Gunners so far this season.

    But he told the club’s website: “I often see fans out in the street, or in a restaurant maybe.

    “And of course on social media you hear from the fans.

    “But the funniest one was when I was on holiday in Miami. I bumped into a fan who showed me his Arsenal tattoo on his calf.

    “He showed me it and said, ‘This is our year!’”

    Credit: Getty
  • CHAMBERS EYES LONGER GUNNERS’ DEAL

    Arsenal could extend Calum Chambers’ contract, reports say.

    According to football.london, the Gunners have an option in his contract to extend for a further year.

    Chambers’ current deal expires at the end of the season.

  • ARSENAL WILL BE NOR-HOPERS IF THEY LOSE

    Even Arsenal’s own media team are piling on the pressure for Saturday’s bottom-two Premier League cash at home to Norwich.

    The Gunners are already in a flap with three losses, no goals scored and nine conceded in their three Premier League games so far.

    And defeat to the Canaries would compound Arsenal’s worst ever Prem start.

    The Gunners tweeted: “All eyes on #ARSNOR

  • FIVE BIG TESTS

    Here’s a reminder of Arsenal’s next five fixtures.

    The Gunners face Norwich City at home, before travelling to Turf Moor to face Burnley.

    The North London derby is on September 26.

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