Arsenal news LIVE: Mari returns to Monza training after stabbing as Tielemans set for Gunners move – updates | The Sun

Arsenal news LIVE: Mari returns to Monza training after stabbing as Tielemans set for Gunners move – updates | The Sun

December 16, 2022

ARSENAL defender Pablo Mari has returned to training for Serie A side Monza after being stabbed earlier this year.

One person was killed and five injured after a knifeman went on a rampage in a Milan shopping centre in October, with Mari wounded.

The defender joined in with team exercises and underwent some individual training as he looks to make his return to the pitch.

Elsewhere, Arsenal are leading the race for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans and are said to be in pole position for the Belgian despite interest from Barcelona.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Fulham target Soares

    Fulham are keen on Arsenal ace Cedric Soares ahead of the January transfer window.

    The Whites are eager to bring in out of favour Soares, according to Sky Sports.

    After first making enquiries in the summer, the Cottagers are set to follow up their interest in January.

    The right-back has made just two substitute appearances for the Gunners this season.

    Both the defender and Fulham manager Marco Silva are Portuguese

  • Kostas Lianos

    White reunites with fiancee

    Arsenal ace Ben White has reunited with his fiance, Milly Adams after quitting England for "personal reasons".

    White, 25, left the Three Lions' World Cup camp on November 30 before the start of the knockout campaign.

    Reports then surfaced of a potential bust-up with manager Gareth Southgate's assistant coach Steve Holland.

    However, Southgate played down allegations that the centre-back had gone home as a result of a row.

    White has since rejoined his Gunners team-mates in Dubai on Saturday, before taking part in his first training session on Sunday.

    And the defender has also reunited with fiancee Milly

    Credit: Splash
  • Kealan Hughes

    Good morning Arsenal fans!

    Pablo Mari is back in training with Monza for the first time since being stabbed in a horror knife attack.

    One person was killed and five injured after a knifeman went on a rampage in a Milan shopping centre in October.

    Mari, who was saved by Napoli icon Massimo Tarantino, was airlifted to hospital after being stabbed in the back.

    And the Arsenal loanee, 29, underwent surgery the following day to repair muscles damaged in the incident.

    Mari gave Monza pals a boost as he joined in team exercises while also completing individual work.

    Arsenal are reportedly in pole position to secure the services of Youri Tielemans for a cut price with his contract set to expire in the summer.

    The Gunners are supposedly leading the race to sign the Leicester man ahead of Barcelona.

    The 25-year-old is free to speak to overseas clubs regarding a free transfer in the summer from January 1.

    But it’s the Foxes Premier League rivals Arsenal that are closest to signing Tielemans according to Spanish newspaper reports.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal urged to chase Morocco star

    Ex-Arsenal ace Ray Parlour believes the Gunners should go after Moroccan star Sofyan Amrabat.

    The 26-year-old – labelled the best midfielder at the tournament by the French President – has seen his stock rise as the African nation got all the way to the semi-finals.

    Parlour told TalkSport: “Amrabet, I tell you he’s a player. If I was Arsenal, I’d be looking at him. Central midfield, he can get his foot in. Very good player.”

  • Alex Cole

    Wenger’s claim

    Mindless Wenger said: “You know when you go to a World Cup, you know you can’t lose the first game.

    “The teams who have the experience to perform in tournaments like France and England played well in the first game.’ 

    “The teams who were mentally ready, with a mindset to focus on competition, and not the political demonstrations.”

  • Alex Cole

    Wenger labelled ‘stupid’ after bold statements

    Arsenal icon Arsene Wenger has been “brainwashed” into making “stupid statements” since joining Fifa, according to Norway manager Stale Solbakken.

    The Gunners legend, 73, who joined football’s world governing body in 2019, is currently the organisation’s head of global development.

    He hit the headlines during the World Cup for claiming the teams that had focused on football over politics had fared better on the pitch.

    This was viewed as a pointed dig at Germany and Denmark – who were vocal in their opposition of the competition going to Qatar and subsequently lost their first game.

    They both went on to exit the tournament in the group stage.

  • Alex Cole

    Striking problems

    Arsenal have lost star striker Gabriel Jesus to a knee injury, leaving Eddie Nketiah as the only striker in Mikel Arteta’s squad.

    Bosses at The Emirates will wait to assess all the players who have returned from the World Cup before deciding how to approach the January window.

    Jesus is said to have responded well to surgery, with Arsenal having moved quickly to bring him back from the World Cup, though his recovery time is still unclear.

    Here’s what the Gunners will miss as they look for a replacement.

  • Alex Cole

    Dein wants Southgate to stay

    FA chief executive Mark Bullingham and chair Debbie Hewitt went public in their desire for Southgate to stay on in the immediate aftermath of the last eight exit.

    And another powerbroker, former Arsenal and FA vice-chairman David Dein added his opinion as he said: “In my opinion Gareth should stay.

    “The FA think the same, they want him to stay.

    “He may decide he can’t take the team any further and he may be right.

    “But even then I’d like him to stay in some capacity. Because I think he’s a decent man.”

    Dein, who will have been to 58 of the 64 World Cup matches by the end of the tournament, added: “Qatar have won a lot of friends because of this World Cup and the way it has been handled.

    “If you ask the fans and you ask the players have they enjoyed it, yes they have. And we have to ask ourselves, what is football without fans?

    “This has been a unique experience.

    “I am hoping it will change the Qataris, too. Qatar will benefit from this going forward. I hope so. That should be a legacy for them.”

  • Alex Cole

    Mulling over mulled wine

    Gareth Southgate will be given the Christmas break to decide if he wants to stay on as England boss.

    But the FA high command remains desperate for Southgate to see out his contract and take the Three Lions through to Euro 2024.

    Wembley chiefs recognise that Southgate is mentally and emotionally drained after England’s run to the quarter-finals.

    And despite some carping from outside the England camp, nobody within the Wembley set-up wants change at the top now.

    The hope within the FA is that Southgate will take time to reflect on what has happened over the past few weeks and feel he does have the appetite and desire to return for a further 18 months at the England helm.

    At the same time, there is an understanding that Southgate deserves space to recharge his batteries with his family and ponder whether he has the energy to put himself through the wringer one last time.

    With the Christmas break looming, it means the FA anticipate sitting down with Southgate early in the New Year so that a prompt decision can then be made by all parties.

  • Alex Cole

    Mari to return to play

    Mari gave Monza pals a boost as he joined in team exercises while also completing individual work.

    The Brazilian had already made a good impact at his new side before the stabbing, scoring once in eight Serie A games.

    Monza boss Raffaele Palladino is unlikely to count his chickens just yet.

    But the Italians minnows are quietly confident Mari could be available for their league return against Fiorentina on January 4.

  • Alex Cole

    Mari returns after shock

    Pablo Mari is back in training with Monza for the first time since being stabbed in a horror knife attack.

    One person was killed and five injured after a knifeman went on a rampage in a Milan shopping centre in October.

    Mari, who was saved by Napoli icon Massimo Tarantino, was airlifted to hospital after being stabbed in the back.

    And the Arsenal loanee, 29, underwent surgery the following day to repair muscles damaged in the incident.

    Mari, who was ruled out for two months, paid a surprise visit to a Monza game earlier this month.

  • Alex Cole

    Giroud dances on table in wild French party

    France were pictured wildly celebrating in their dressing room after reaching the World Cup final.

    Les Bleus were 2-0 winners over Morocco thanks to goals from Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani.

    That result means they have the chance to become the first back-to-back world champions since Brazil in 1962.

    And after the match, ex-Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and Aurelien Tchouameni led the celebrations as they danced on the table.

  • Kiro Evans

    Super League Struck a Blow

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has dealt a blow to the European Super League project.

    A non-binding report released this afternoon appears to side with Uefa and Fifa and claimed their rules were compatible with EU competition law.

    Super League ringleaders Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus believed that Uefa and Fifa were breaking competition law by threatening to sanction those who formed the breakaway league.

    A final ruling will be made by a 15-member Grand Chamber next year.

    The ESL caused outrage last year after Europe's major clubs plotted to form their own league without the consent of fans.

  • Kiro Evans

    Your Mine

    Arsenal are reportedly in pole position to secure the services of Youri Tielemans for a cut price with his contract set to expire in the summer. 

    The Gunners are supposedly leading the race to sign the Leicester man ahead of Barcelona.

    The 25-year-old is free to speak to overseas clubs regarding a free transfer in the summer from January 1.

    But it's the Foxes Premier League rivals Arsenal that are closest to signing Tielemans according to Spanish newspaper, Sport.

    They state that the North London side are willing to offer £20million to tempt Tielemans to the Emirates Stadium.

  • Kiro Evans

    Parlour Games

    Ex-Arsenal ace Ray Parlour believes the Gunners should go after Moroccan star Sofyan Amrabat.

    The 26-year-old – labelled the best midfielder at the tournament by the French President – has seen his stock rise as the African nation got all the way to the semi-finals.

    Parlour told TalkSport: "Amrabet, I tell you he’s a player. If I was Arsenal, I’d be looking at him. Central midfield, he can get his foot in. Very good player."

  • Kiro Evans

    Price Serge

    Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is reportedly a January transfer target for Arsenal.

    The North London side are believed to be keen on stealing the Serbian midfielder's signature from under the noses of their Premier League rivals Manchester United.

    Reports have suggested that the Serie A side would sell him for £69m in January and for as low as £34m in the summer. The 27-year-old has been a key player for Lazio since joining the club in 2015.

    He has helped them win the Coppa Italia and has been named the club's player of the season for the last two campaigns.

  • Kiro Evans

    You're Fab

    Fabio Vieira has hailed Cedric Soares' performance against AC Milan.

    The Gunners ran out 2-1 winners in a friendly against the Italian side and Vieira responded to Soares' Instagram post on the game by hailing him as a "monstro".

    The full-back has been linked with a move to Fulham in January.

    He has only made two competitive appearances for Arsenal so far this season.

    Soares beats AC Milan's Ante Rebic to a header in a solid performance in the friendly
  • Kiro Evans

    Mudryk 'very keen'

    Mykhaylo Mudryk is 'very keen' on a move to Arsenal, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    The 21-year-old winger has long been linked with a move to the Emirates and the Gunners are reportedly preparing for a move.

    It is estimated he could cost as much as £80m but Mikel Arteta and Arsenal transfer chiefs are desperately trying to whittle that number down.

    Romano adds that talks are not advanced but the London side are working on getting the deal done.

  • Kiro Evans

    Myk a Move

    Arsenal have opened transfer talks with Mykhalo Mudryk, according to reports.

    But the Premier League leaders are hoping Shakhtar Donetsk lower their asking price.

    According to the Evening Standard, negotiations are now underway over a deal early in the New Year. 

    But Shakhtar want around £85million for their 21-year-old star, citing Jack Grealish's £100m transfer as a relative benchmark.

    However, Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal board are confident they will be willing to drop their demands.

  • Kiro Evans

    Sal by Date

    Arsenal fans were not happy after William Saliba was snubbed for a French start against Morocco.

    Illness relegated Dayot Upamecano to the bench but still Didier Deschamps opted to not pick Saliba, who has enjoyed stunning club form.

    One supporter said: “Saliba is just a tourist at this World Cup.”

    Another declared: “He is literally their best centre-back, Deschamps definitely hasn’t watched Arsenal.”

    One moaned: “What exactly is Deschamps’ problem with Saliba, who has been the best centre half in the Premier League?”

    Another added: “Saliba’s been robbed of a starting place.”

  • Kiro Evans

    Juve Got Competition

    Chelsea have entered the fight for Juventus' Dusan Vlahovic.

    The Blues were looking for reinforcements even before Armando Broja's unfortunate knee injury.

    Now they could have their sights on Arsenal target Vlahovic, who is an exciting 22-year-old striker.

    CBS reporter Ben Jacobs tweets that there is a "very real possibility" the forward could leave Turin in 2023.

  • Kiro Evans

    All For Felix

    Several Premier League clubs have got Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix in their sights.

    Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Aston Villa have all been linked to the star who reminded everyone of his ability at the World Cup.

    AS report that Atletico are willing to listen to offers of around £85m for the 23-year-old.

    The report adds that the Emirates and Old Trafford appear the most likely destinations for the attacking player.

  • Kiro Evans

    Juve Up Next

    Arsenal are enjoying a good December as they look to get fit for the return of the Premier League on Boxing Day.

    The Gunners have put Lyon and AC Milan to the sword so far with confident performances that they will hope to take into their competitive programme.

    With most of their squad returned or returning from World Cup duties, Mikel Arteta's side can look forward to their final pre-season game against Juventus on Saturday.

    Reiss Nelson scored against AC Milan as he fights for more first-team football at Arsenal
  • Kiro Evans

    All Eyes on the ECJ

    It could be an interesting day in football with the latest chapter of the European Super League saga set to play out.

    Back in April 2021, the Premier League big six along with major sides across Europe announced shock plans to form a breakaway European league that would effectively replace the Champions League.

    But the whole thing fell apart quickly when the English sides withdrew after an extraordinary backlash from fans and political figures.

    A 50-page report is set to be published today by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) examining whether world football governing body Fifa and European counterpart UEFA abused their position by banning participation in alternative competitions.

    The report is non-binding but could influence a final decision set to be made next spring. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus remain committed to the project.

  • Kiro Evans

    All Ced and Done

    Fulham are in hot pursuit of Arsenal's Cedric Soares for a January move.

    The defender has made only two sub appearances for the Gunners this season with Ben White hogging the right-back birth.

    Now newly-promoted Fulham are hoping to swoop for the 31-year-old in January to beef up their backline, according to reports.

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