1pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Martinelli injury update, Xavi on Gunners job, Isco wants move abroad, Saliba latest

1pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Martinelli injury update, Xavi on Gunners job, Isco wants move abroad, Saliba latest

December 23, 2020

ISCO's agent has put Arsenal on red alert by admitting he's keen on a move outside of Spain.

Meanwhile Gunners fans are waiting for news on Gabriel Martinelli, who went off injured just 47 minutes into his return against Man City.

Follow all the latest below…

  • Craig Mahood

    WHERE ARE POINTS COMING FROM?

    Looking forward for Arsenal, they have seven Premier League games before the end of January.

    With a game against Manchester United, away game at high-flying Southampton and London derbies against Chelsea and Crystal Palace, an accumulation of points looks unlikely at the moment.

  • Craig Mahood

    TEAM OF KIDDERS

    Jamie Redknapp 'feels sorry for the youngsters' as he blasts the Arsenal team as a 'team full of kidders'.

    He also suggests there is only a few players Arteta can trust.

    Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, Redknapp said: "It's a real problem for Mikel Arteta – losing 4-1 at home is not ideal.

    "The last win they had was on November 1 at Man Utd. To be fair I thought they were onto something then.

    "All of a sudden things have gone and they're now devoid of confidence.

    "Of course they can sack the manager, but the bigger problem is there's only three or four players you can trust.

    "There are too many that, no matter what you do, will let you down.

    "It's a team full of kidders right now and I feel sorry for the young players."

  • Craig Mahood

    GOOD FOR GOONERS

    Gabriel Martinelli has taken to social media to announce he is fit and ready to go again.

    Widespread fear amongst Arsenal fans unraveled last night after the youngster had to be taken off injured early with a kick to the shin.

    Arteta had tried to calm those nerves yesterday saying it was 'just a bit of swelling'.

    But Martinelli has confirmed on Twitter that he is fit and looks now to be included against Chelsea on Boxing Day.

    He posted: "Feeling fine and ready to go again."

  • Craig Mahood

    MIDDAY UPDATE

    ICYMI – what has happened so far today

    • Cech: "Arteta needs time"
    • Runarsson deleted Twitter after abuse
    • Martinelli injury 'not serious'
    • Arteta planning ahead 'for next two windows
    • Rodgers price shortened for next Gunners boss

    GIVE ARTETA TIME – CECH

    Petr Cech has said Mikel Arteta needs more time and hopes his players start stepping up to help him.

    He has called on the Gunners hierarchy to stick with the Spaniard.

    He said: "At the moment when you hit the wall this is the moment you need everybody to pull in the same direction & help you out.

    “This is the hardest part in football because it's easy to suddenly say this is not working & do something else but you cant do that all the time"

    ISCO BLOW

    Arsenal have been hit with a blow after Real Madrid playmaker Isco ‘set to join Juventus on loan’, reports say.

    They also say the interest in Isco has not been followed up and the player’s decision is made.

    The Star suggest the Spaniard has got his wish to get out the club and will join the Italian giants.

    VINNER WINNER

    Arsenal are ‘considering a loan swoop’ for Real Madrid misfit Vinicius Jr.

    The Star say that Arteta’s approach of bringing in defensive reinforcements first is ‘over’ and a lack of goals is something they will look to address.

    They also say the Gunners retain a good relationship with the 20-year-old’s agent.

    Madrid will listen to offers for the inconsistent winger in the window and are open to the idea of letting him leave on loan.

    STAT ATTACK

    Last night's stats, courtesy of Sky Sports.

    More tackle percentage at least

    ON THE BRINK

    ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta is under mounting pressure at the Emirates – and there are some top contenders to replace him.

    The heat was turned up a notch after Arsenal were beaten by Arteta's former employers Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.

    Paddy Power have priced Allegri as the 23/10 favourite to take over but there has also been a shortening of the price on next second favourite Brendan Rodgers, now 3/1 having previously been priced at 15/2.

    Former boss Arsene Wenger is 40/1 meanwhile Mauricio Pochettino is 20/1, although is  as short as 16/1 with other bookies.

    Arsenal next manager odds: Paddy Power

    • Max Allegri 23/10
    • Brendan Rodgers 3/1
    • Thomas Tuchel 11/2
    • Patrick Vieira 10/1
    • Diego Simeone 10/1
    • Rafa Benitez 10/1
    • Eddie Howe 11/1
    • Ralph Hasenhuttl 11/1
    • Thierry Henry 12/1

    • Craig Mahood

      SOCIAL TURN OFF

      ARSENAL goalkeeper Alex Runarsson deleted his Twitter account after last night's clash with Man City.

      The 25-year-old received abuse on social media after his gaffe in the Carabao Cup quarter-final loss.

      And he deleted his account online after the 4-1 defeat at the Emirates.

      Icelandic backup Runarsson featured in a much-changed Arsenal side that was hammered by Pep Guardiola's men.

      He joined the Gunners in September from Dijon and made his debut the following month in the Europa League.

      Runarsson made an error in the 54th minute when he punched Riyad Mahrez' free-kick into his own net.

      READ MORE HERE

    • Craig Mahood

      PLANNING AHEAD

      Mikel Arteta has revealed Arsenal already have plans in place for the next two transfer windows.

      The Gunners were one of the busier Premier League clubs in the summer, acquiring the services of four new players.

      Arteta and Arsenal's technical director, Edu, weren't under the illusion that the team's problems would be resolved in one transfer window and, as such, have made long-term recruitment and exit plans.

      The Spaniard: "The planning is done, what we want to do in January and in the summer.

      "Sometimes you can do it, sometimes not depending on a lot of factors.

      "Edu is dealing with that at the moment and I'm focused with all the games, we don't have much time to spend energy now on that because it's very clear what we want to do.

      "My job is to make the most out of this squad, the players that we have.

      "We know what we want to do and we will try to execute it knowing that the actual context, market and what we've been through makes it's difficult."

    • Craig Mahood

      ARTETA'S PROBLEM?

      A lot of scrutiny fired in the way of Mikel Arteta.

      But have his players done enough themselves to avoid criticism.

      The player ratings from last night's defeat 👇

      (With a reminder that Martinelli only played 45 minutes)

      Runnarsson 4

      Mustafi – 5

      Gabriel – 5

      Kolasinac – 6

      Soares – 5

      Elneny – 6

      Ceballos – 5

      Maitland-Niles – 6

      Willock – 6

      Lacazette – 7

      Martinellli – 8

      Subs – Pepe 6, Smith Rowe 7, Balogun 6

    • Craig Mahood

      BOTTLED IT

      Aaron Ramsey booted a water bottle in frustration after being hooked just 19 minutes into Juventus’ match against Fiorentina.

      The Welsh midfielder, 29, was hauled off before the halfway mark in the first period after Juan Cuadrado’s red card.

      It meant the Welshman’s difficult spell in Italy continues.

      After his 2019 free transfer from Arsenal, the midfielder started just 14 games in the 2019-20 campaign – despite his staggering wages of £400,000 per week.

      He has enjoyed more game time this season, which will come as a relief to Wales fans ahead of next summer’s Euros.

      Ramsey’s start against Fiorentina was his tenth of the season, coming on in a further three while making every matchday squad he has been fit for.

      READ MORE HERE

    • Craig Mahood

      NIGHT-MAHRE

      Arsenal keeper Alex Runarsson will have wanted to do a Runar after his howler against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

      The Gunners' Icelandic backup somehow punched Riyad Mahrez' free-kick into his own net to put City 2-1 up in the 54th minute of their 4-1 defeat.

      Alexandre Lacazette's strike cancelled out Gabriel Jesus' third minute opener and Arsenal were very much in the game.

      But their momentum was dashed just before the hour mark when the Icelandic let the ball slip through his hands.

      City won a free-kick just on the edge of the box.

      Mahrez whipped it towards Runarsson's side of the goal with the 25-year-old looking certain to stop it.

      He set himself and prepared to punch the fierce effort away.

      But rather than deflecting the ball away, he somehow managed to divert it into his own net.

    • Craig Mahood

      GAB GOOD NEWS

      Arteta was quick to dismiss any fears that Martinelli's injury was serious after the game.

      Martinelli tried to continue after getting a kick in the first-half but hobbled off looking frustrated.

      Bur Arteta says it was just a bit of swelling and doesn't appear too serious.

      He said: "No, no, no, it was just a really bad kick on his shin and it was swelling up, and he was in pain and came off."

    • Craig Mahood

      GARY DIG

      Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has fired a dig at Arsenal for their handling of the Mesut Ozil situation.

      Following another defeat, Lineker took to Twitter….

    • Craig Mahood

      CROCKED

      Arsenal have been dealt a major blow ahead of their crucial clash with Chelsea after Gabriel Martinelli limped out of the game with Manchester City through injury.

      Teenage forward Martinelli was making his first start in nine months having finally overcome a knee injury suffered in training.

      And he had shown his class with a brilliant run and cross to set up Alexandre Lacazette for the equaliser in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at the Emirates.

      But the 19-year-old took a nasty bang to the top of his foot in a challenge with City goalkeeper Zack Steffen in first-half stoppage time, which needed three minutes of treatment.

      Arteta said: [At half time] he was pushing, he was saying he was completely fine, that he wanted to carry on.

      "When he was [back] on the pitch, he was uncomfortable so it was an easy decision to take him off."

    • Craig Mahood

      DEFEAT…AGAIN

      Another disappointing defeat for the Gunners, this time in the League Cup quarter-final.

      We'll have reaction throughout the day, with updates on Gabriel Martinelli's injury, too.

    • Alex Terrell

      ‘NELLI CHRISTMAS

      Micah Richards has told Arsenal fans not to expect too much of Gabriel Martinelli after he hobbled off injured again.

      While the knock doesn’t look serious, the former Man City right-back urged caution.

      He said: "It's too early. He's only 19 years of age, it's too much pressure to put on a young man's shoulders.

      "Will he be the answer? We don't know, time will tell. But what he has done, he's shown he can score goals at this level and it's confidence.

      "When you're that young, you play with just a freedom and excitement and you're not worried about the outside noise.

      "Sometimes the kids can save some of the seniors at times."

    • Alex Terrell

      PEP TALK

      Pep Guardiola has told Arsenal to back pal Mikel Arteta despite Manchester City taking the Gunners apart — again.

      The City boss said: “Everybody knows we are judged on results, but I worked with him for the most successful period our club had in its history. We cannot have had our success without him.

      “I learned a lot about him. As well as being an incredible human being, he is an incredible manager.

      “I know his proposals and what he will do. You just have to be patient. I am not somebody to tell people what to do.

      “But not even a little run of bad results is going to change my opinion.

      "He is an outstanding manager with an incredible work ethic and puts the club in front of any other decisions he has to make."

    • Alex Terrell

      RED FACED

      Jamie Redknapp reckons Arsenal will have the same problems if they sack Mikel Arteta and bring someone else in.

      The former Spurs and Liverpool midfielder said: "It’s a real problem for Mikel Arteta. People are saying ‘he’s going to lose his job’ and losing 4-1 at home is not ideal.

      "The last win they had was the first of November against Manchester United.

      "In his defence that day I remember doing the game we thought 'they're on to something special here'.

      "We saw a very talented midfield player in Partey who looked exceptional. The way they set up I thought ‘they might be good’ and all of a sudden things of turned they’re devoid of confidence.

      "Of course you can go and sack the manager but the bigger problem is there’s only three or four with a manager coming in you think ‘I can trust.’"

    • Joshua Jones

      GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

      It was another disappointing outing for the Gunners last night, as they were trounced 4-1 by Manchester City at the Emirates.

      The match got off to a nightmare start, when Gabriel Jesus was given the freedom of the six-yard box to nod home in the third minute.

      Alexandre Lacazette’s header had the Gunners level, but a Runar Alex Runarsson howler from a Riyad Mahrez free-kick gifted City another lead.

      And this time, it was not to be relinquished, with Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte adding further strikes.

      After the game, Mikel Arteta said: "A really hard one to take considering how the game went.

      "Against this level opponent when you give away the goals that we did it makes it impossible."

      And on his gaffe-prone keeper Runarsson, he added: "He hasn’t played a lot of games for us, he hasn’t adapted to the league and that’s it. We all make mistakes and we have to support him.”

      On his buddy Arteta, Pep Guardiola said: “I didn’t speak with him. We’ll speak in the next days.

      “What can I say in our position as a manager we’ll be judged by the results. Only I can say I was with him for a long period, the most successful period our club had.

      “Sometimes in our job we need time. It’s time to be patient. He’s an outstanding manager, incredible work ethic and puts the club in front of any decisions he has to make.”

      The match was further marred by Gabriel Martinelli’s injury, sustained in a challenge with Zack Steffen.

      He had been making his first start since March 2.

    • sstreet

      TAKING IT ON THE SHIN

      Mikel Arteta appeared to suggest that Gabriel Martinelli's injury is not too serious, but added that he did have bad swelling on his shin.

      Arteta said: "It was just a really bad kick on his shin and it was swelling up, and he was in pain and came off."

    • Etienne Fermie

      MIKEL ARTETA SPEAKS

      On the match, the Spaniard said: "A really hard one to take considering how the game went.

      "Against this level opponent when you give away the goals that we did it makes it impossible."

      And on his gaffe-prone keeper Runar Alex Runarsson, he added: "He hasn’t played a lot of games for us, he hasn’t adapted to the league and that’s it. We all make mistakes and we have to support him."

      Credit: EPA
    • sstreet

      'HE WANTED TO TRY'

      Mikel Arteta has admitted that he only sent Gabriel Martinelli out in the second half against Man City because the Brazilian insisted on continuing.

      Martinelli looked in agony after colliding with City goalkeeper Zack Steffen in the first half, but got up and kept playing after being treated by the medical staff.

      However he ultimately hobbled off injured two minutes into the second half.

      And Arteta said: "He was pushing saying that he was completely fine. He wanted to try [to continue] so we gave him the possibility to try."

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