Arsenal news LIVE: Gunners FACE Liverpool as Zinchenko COULD return, Spurs STEAL Saliba chant | The Sun

Arsenal news LIVE: Gunners FACE Liverpool as Zinchenko COULD return, Spurs STEAL Saliba chant | The Sun

October 9, 2022

ARSENAL could welcome Oleksandr Zinchenko back to action against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Ukraine international was absent for Mikel Arteta's in their Europa League win over Bodo/Glimt, but it is believed that he could return for the Gunners when they host Liverpool.

And now Arteta will be hoping his men can build on that with a victory over Liverpool – something they have failed to do in their last TWELVE Premier League fixtures.

In other news, Arsenal fans are fuming as rivals Tottenham Hotspur appear to have stolen their chant for William Saliba.

Their noisy neighbours have adopted the Gunners' song and applied it to Yves Bissouma, debuting the tune in their win against Brighton on Saturday.

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  • Alex Cole

    ICYMI – Aubameyang eyes Paris return

    In other transfer news, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is rumoured to be plotting his Chelsea exit just two months into his Stamford Bridge stay as he eyes a sensational switch next summer.

    French publication Foot Mercato have claimed that the 33-year-old is already eyeing up another move for next summer, this time to Ligue 1 titans Paris Saint-Germain. The same report suggests that Christophe Galtier’s side are just as keen on the potential deal.

    So keen in fact, the Parisians have already made contact with Aubameyang’s representatives to determine just how likely any switch is.

    The striker is thought to have always been keen on plying his trade in the French capital and joining PSG would see him reunite with his old Saint-Etienne boss in Galtier.

  • Alex Cole

    Good morning Arsenal fans!

    The Gunners face Liverpool in a huge clash today with Mikel Arteta’s men facing Jurgen Klopp’s underperformers in the Premier League.

    Arsenal were overtaken in the table by Manchester City yesterday following their win over Southampton but will regain top spot with a win.

    Last time out in Premier League action, Arsenal secured the bragging rights, beating rivals Tottenham 3-1.

    Liverpool were dealt further disappointment as the mood at Anfield is the polar opposite to that at the Emirates, drawing 3-3 with Brighton.

    Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu are prepared for a tough test but the latter believes the support of the fans can see them through.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal fans are fuming after claiming Tottenham stole their personalised chant for William Saliba and used it to serenade Spurs star Yves Bissouma in their win over Brighton.

    Since the start of the season Gooners have sung Saliba’s name to the tune of ‘Tequila’ by The Champs.

    But Spurs hijacked the tune in their trip to Brighton on Sunday, leaving some Arsenal supporters fuming.

    One said: “I know that ain’t the Tottenham fans using the Saliba chant on Yves Bissouma. Have some shame.”

    Another added: “Tottenham fans chanting ‘Bissouma’ copying the Saliba chant is the single cringiest thing I’ve ever heard… especially considering you just got banged by us. Absolute freak of a club.”

    However, it is worth noting that Brighton used to sing it about Bissouma before either North London rival did.

  • Kealan Hughes

    PSG plotting Aubameyang transfer

    Former Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is rumoured to be plotting his Chelsea exit just two months into his Stamford Bridge stay as he eyes a sensational switch next summer.

    French publication Foot Mercato have claimed that the 33-year-old is already eyeing up another move for next summer, this time to Ligue 1 titans Paris Saint-Germain. The same report suggests that Christophe Galtier's side are just as keen on the potential deal.

    So keen in fact, the Parisians have already made contact with Aubameyang's representatives to determine just how likely any switch is.

    The striker is thought to have always been keen on plying his trade in the French capital and joining PSG would see him reunite with his old Saint-Etienne boss in Galtier.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Liverpool injury blow before clash

    Liverpool midfielder Arthur Melo is facing up to four months out injured, according to The Athletic.

    The midfielder at Anfield arrived on loan from Juventus late on deadline day in the summer, but has played just 13 minutes of first-team football for Jurgen Klopp’s side despite the Reds’ poor form.

    And now the Brazilian will now face an extended period of time on the sidelines after picking up an issue in training on Monday, and will have surgery this weekend.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Tony Adams a dancing delight

    Arsenal legend Tony Adams has been winning plaudits for his performance on Strictly Come Dancing.

    Voting is now open and Adams could breeze through to next week after a performance that included a security uniform and glitter pants.

    Pundit Chris Sutton wrote: "Tony Adams has produced the greatest ever performance on Strictly."

    And TV presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell added: "Well that obviously deserves the full 40. Go Tony Adams! #Strictly."

    Comedian Tim Vine said: "I can’t breathe!! Tony Adams ain’t in the bottom two tonight. #StrictlyComeDancing."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arsenal fans fume at Spurs

    Arsenal fans are fuming after claiming Tottenham stole their personalised chant for William Saliba and used it to serenade Spurs star Yves Bissouma in their win over Brighton.

    Since the start of the season Gooners have sung Saliba's name to the tune of 'Tequila' by The Champs.

    But Spurs hijacked the tune in their trip to Brighton on Sunday, leaving some Arsenal supporters fuming.

    One said: "I know that ain’t the Tottenham fans using the Saliba chant on Yves Bissouma. Have some shame."

    Another added: "Tottenham fans chanting ‘Bissouma’ copying the Saliba chant is the single cringiest thing I’ve ever heard… especially considering you just got banged by us. Absolute freak of a club."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Ramsdale prepared for big test

    Aaron Ramsdale doesn’t believe it’s possible for a team as good as Liverpool to become bad overnight, so he’s expecting a big test on Sunday.

    He said: “You don’t stay at the top of the league for so long like they have if you become a bad team overnight.

    "So we’ve got to be on our game like we have been throughout the start of the season.

    “Hopefully it’s one [where] we can get the Emirates rocking again and give another good weekend.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Tomiyasu highlights importance of fans

    Takehiro Tomiyasu is feeling confident ahead of visit of Liverpool on Sunday and feels the Arsenal faithful can play an important role once again.

    He told 90min: “Liverpool is still Liverpool. Of course it will not be an easy game.

    “As I said everyone needs to be helping the team. But we are better than last season and we are confident to beat them. We have no fear.

    "We are playing at home with 60,000 people behind us. We need to try and get three points.

    “To be fair, the atmosphere of the dressing room is very good. We are confident and we are top of the League. We are ready to beat them. We have got a lot of games in October until the World Cup, so every player has to be ready to play, to help the team.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Matt Turner appreciates "amazing" Ramsdale

    Matt Turner is amazed by Aaron Ramsey after watching the Arsenal no. 1 on training and revealed he and his team-mate are helping each other.

    Speaking to CBS Sports, Turner said: “Aaron brings a great calmness to the field with the ball at his feet.

    “Honestly it’s amazing. To get to learn from him, see what he sees, talk through moments, he and I have developed a really great relationship over the course of these past few months.

    "We’re looking to help each other in different ways.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Saliba receives Van Dijk comparison

    Former Tottenham defender Michael Dawson compared William Salbia to Virgil van Dijk and praised the centre-back's start to the season.

    He said on Sky Sports News' Soccer Saturday: "Virgil is the best around, I think he's magnificent.

    "But what Saliba has done this year – he's like a new signing.

    "Yes, we never saw him in an Arsenal shirt before this season, but Mikel Arteta has given a young player an opportunity and hasn't he grabbed it with both hands. Wow.

    "He has to do it consistently for a lot of years to get to Virgil van Dijk's level. He's had the opportunity, doing it at a big football club, top of the league, winning seven games and only losing to Manchester United."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Guardiola keeping eye on Arsenal

    Pep Guardiola admitted he would have one eye on Arsenal’s game with Liverpool after Manchester City went top of the Premier League.

    The champions lead the way after a routine 4-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, with Erling Haaland scoring his 15th League goal in just nine games for the club.

    Speaking to BBC Sport after City’s win, Guardiola said: "We will see the result from Arsenal and Liverpool, always in Premier League there are good games."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Trouble brewing for Alexandre Lacazette

    Ex-Arsenal captain Alexandre Lacazette is set to be hauled in for crunch showdown talks with Lyon.

    The Frenchman re-joined the Ligue 1 side in the summer after leaving the Gunners on a free transfer.

    However, just a few months after joining his future already looks bleak.

    Manager Peter Bosz revealed he would be speaking to the striker, but denied there was a rift between the pair.

    During a press conference, he said: "I will speak to him about that, not to you (a journalist).

    "In response to your question: is there a fracture (between me and Lacazette)? – no.”

  • Alex Smith

    Super-computer predicts Liverpool win

    A super-computer has made Liverpool the favourites for tomorrow's clash with Arsenal.

    They saw the visitors have a 43 per cent chance of winning despite their unconvincing form compared to the Gunners this season.

    Arsenal have been handed a 34 per cent chance at victory.

  • Alex Smith

    Jesus on tightrope

    Gabriel Jesus risks a suspension if he picks up one more yellow card.

    He has been booked four times in the Premier League and five gets you a one match ban.

    Mikel Arteta has stressed that his picking up of yellows is something he is now actively trying to avoid but due to his style of play it is always a possibility.

    After Liverpool tomorrow, the Gunners face Leeds.

  • Alex Smith

    Ramsdale demands consistency

    Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale has stressed that his side need to keep up the standard of their performances if they are to mount a title challenge.

    The stopper said: "You don't stay top of the league for as long as they have and you don't become a bad team overnight.

    "We've got to be on our game like we have been throughout the start of the season.

    "Hopefully we can get the Emirates rocking again and have another good weekend."

  • Alex Smith

    Arsenal predicted line up

    Here is how the Gunners could line up against Liverpool tomorrow.

    Arsenal will be hoping to continue their fine form of scoring three in their last three games.

    And Mikel Arteta will surely not make too many changes to the usual side after resting some in the Europa League win over Bodo/Glimt.

  • Alex Smith

    Arteta relieved over Saliba

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he had concerns over the relationship he had with William Saliba when he was first appointed as manager.

    He told Sky Sports: "I’m really pleased. I was at many moments concerned because it was really tricky the way the relationship was at the start.

    “We bought him, we sent him on loan first because that was part of the deal. He came back, we didn’t think he was ready and then sent him back on loan.

    “A player of that potential that had that recognition already externally… how that was going to affect our relationship?

    “But we believed and I was convinced that period was going benefit him much more than staying here.

    "And the moment I saw things that gave me signals of what he could do we had no doubt he was a player for us.

    “He was really humble and determined to say ‘okayI can put that aside, I understand’. Now he’s starting to perform here and he’s been exceptional.”

  • Alex Smith

    Seeing red

    A heated North London derby saw Tottenham have two players sent off.

    The match versus Arsenal ended 0-0 despite Spurs having just nine men.

    The two players were sent off late in the game in a melee after a bad tackle.

  • Alex Smith

    Happy Birthday

    Today is Ben White's birthday.

    The Arsenal star turns 25-years-old today.

    White has excelled since his big money move from Brighton and has proved himself at both centre-back and right-back.

  • Alex Cole

    Today's Premier League games

    Here are Saturday's top fight fixtures:

    3pm

    Bournemouth vs Leicester

    Chelsea vs Wolves

    Man City vs Southampton

    Newcastle vs Brentford

    5:30pm

    Brighton vs Tottenham

  • Alex Cole

    Gunners face Klopp's Reds in crucial clash

    Arsenal face Liverpool in a huge clash on Sunday with Mikel Arteta's men facing Jurgen Klopp's underperformers in the Premier League.

    The Gunners are unbeaten going into the match, sitting top of the table as Erling Haaland leads chasers Manchester City.

    Last time out in Premier League action, Arsenal secured the bragging rights, beating rivals Tottenham 3-1.

    Liverpool were dealt further disappointment as the mood at Anfield is the polar opposite to that at the Emirates, drawing 3-3 with Brighton.

  • Alex Cole

    Team news for tomorrow

    Oleksandr Zinchenko could return as one of EIGHT Arsenal changes at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

    The left-back could replace Kieran Tierney.

    Gabriel Martinelli, Granit Xhaka and Gabriel might be the only starters to retain their places following Thursday’s 3-0 Europa League win over Bodo/Glimt.

  • James Colasanti

    Saka thrilled to meet Portman

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka looked chuffed when he had a chance meeting with Hollywood star Natalie Portman at Wembley on Friday.

    The England forward, 21, and the beautiful Star Wars actress, 41, posed for a photo together while watching England's Lionesses beat USA 2-1.

    Portman certainly knows her football as she an owner of US National Women's Soccer League side, Angel City.

    Natalie Portman with Bukayo Saka at Wembley on Friday night
  • James Colasanti

    Liverpool's 'problematic high defensive line'

    Former England keeper Paul Robinson says Liverpool have paid the price for playing a high defensive line too often this season.

    The Reds are 11 points off the title pace ahead of tomorrow's trip to early Prem leaders Arsenal.

    Ex-Leeds, Spurs and Blackburn No 1 Robinson, 42, told BetfredTV: "We have not seen Liverpool at all this season I believe.

    "I think there are too many players underperforming and the defence is being caught out for playing a high line too often.

    "They haven’t found the right formula and the front three just hasn’t worked."

  • James Colasanti

    Liverpool's Jones close to return

    Liverpool could have highly-rated midfielder Curtis Jones available again after injury for tomorrow's trip to Arsenal.

    The Reds have issued an update to say the 21-year-old took part in training this week ahead of the big clash at the Emirates.

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: "Curtis Jones was in training yesterday, it looked good – but that's now the first session.

    "He's then probably the closest [to a return]."

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