Arsenal news LIVE: Morata SNUBS Gunners, Ian Wright's top four comments, Gabriel transfer UPDATE – latest

Arsenal news LIVE: Morata SNUBS Gunners, Ian Wright's top four comments, Gabriel transfer UPDATE – latest

April 14, 2022

ALVARO MORATA has ruled out all moves to the Premier League for this summer according to reports.

The former Chelsea striker has made it clear that he doesn't want to return back to the division which 'left him in the dark'.

Ian Wright has stated that his Arsenal have no chance of finishing in the top four with their current injuries.

Mikel Arteta's men may have to go without Kieran Tierney AND Thomas Partey for the remainder of season which includes a lot of tough fixtures.

And Gabriel has responded to the Barcelona interest rumours with words Gooners around the world will love to hear.

Stay up to date with all the latest from the Emirates in our live blog…

  • Sam Dymond

    Five before North London derby

    Arsenal will face Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a potentially season-defining derby on May 12.

    However, the Gunners have five other Premier League games to navigate ahead of that contest, starting this Saturday at Southampton.

    And they include to other all-London affairs at Chelsea and West Ham, as well as another crunch match at home to Manchester United.

  • Sam Dymond

    Tavares unsure of defensive role

    Arsenal's Nuno Tavares has not yet fully grasped the concept of playing left-back, according to former Gunners great Nigel Winterburn.

    The 22-year-old Portuguese defender has so far failed to adequately deputise for the injured Kieran Tierney, resulting in some embarrassing withdrawals.

    Tavares was substituted after just 35 minutes of the Premier League club's FA Cup exit to Nottingham Forest, and only lasted ten minutes longer during last week's thrashing at Crystal Palace.

    Mikel Arteta took no chances for the game with Brighton last time out, and instead opted to start midfielder Granit Xhaka at left-back.

    And Winterburn – one of the best to play the role in the club's history – feels it's down to a lack of understanding of what's required.

    In an interview with Mirror Football, the 58-year-old said: "I just don't think he fully understands the complete role of a full-back and I think there's a lot more he needs to learn defensively in terms of the situations he puts himself in.

    "He needs to learn that side of the game very quickly and get back to the form going forward that he showed earlier in the season. The problem is when you've had a couple of games like the ones he's had, then your confidence just drops so quickly.

    "You can also lose the trust of the supporters, so it makes it difficult to come back when that happens.

    "I don't see him at this minute in time as a viable option for Arsenal due to his performances."

  • Sam Dymond

    Arsenal anxious of Saints' fast starts

    Mikel Arteta and his team will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Saturday after a disheartening fortnight.

    The Gunners have lost consecutive games to Crystal Palace and Brighton to leave them off the pace in the race to finish in the top four.

    The North Londoners now visit Southampton, who will be looking to get at Arsenal's fragile defence that is without Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu and the protective midfield layer that is Thomas Partey.

    And as Arsenal-supporting statistician Orbinho pointed out this morning, the Saints have made a habit of starting sharply against them in recent years.

    In each of the last eight Premier League games against Arsenal in which Southampton have scored, they have done so in the opening 20 minutes:

    • Southampton 1-3 Arsenal, Jan 2021 (S Armstrong 3')
    • Arsenal 1-1 Southampton, Dec 2020 (Walcott 18')
    • Arsenal 2-2 Southampton, Nov 2019 (Ings 8')
    • Southampton 3-2 Arsenal, Dec 2018 (Ings 20')
    • Arsenal 3-2 Southampton, Apr 2018 (Long 17')
    • Southampton 1-1 Arsenal, Dec 2017 (Austin 3')
    • Arsenal 2-1 Southampton, Sept 2016 (Cech OG 18')
    • Southampton 4-0 Arsenal, Dec 2015 (Martina 19')

    • Sam Dymond

      Saka named PFA Player of the Month

      Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has been named the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month for March.

      The Gunners forward continually impressed during the month, contributing two goals and an assist.

      The 20-year-old netted the winner in a 1-0 victory at Aston Villa while setting up Martin Odegaard before scoring a goal of his own in the 3-2 success over Watford.

      Saka beat Harry Kane, Kai Havertz and Ivan Toney to claim the award.

    • Sam Dymond

      Morata won't consider London return

      Spanish striker Alvaro Morata has responded with a 'sharp no' to tentative enquiries from Arsenal.

      The Gunners had contacted the forward's representatives regarding a summer move to the Emirates, but the player has no intention of returning to London.

      The 29-year-old spent two difficult seasons with Chelsea between 2017 and 2019, and refers to his previous experience in the English capital as 'the dark'.

      Reports in Italy quote Morata as 'not having good memories' of his time in the Premier League, and has felt much more comfortable since in Turin and Madrid.

    • Sam Dymond

      Gunners looking at young Turk

      Arsenal have opened talks with Turkish international Kerem Akturkoglu over a potential €20million summer move.

      The 23-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Tottenham, but press reports now suggest that it is the Gunners in pole position to sign the winger.

      Negotiations with Galatasaray will begin at the end of the season according to Star (via Caught Offside).

      Akturkoglu has totalled 11 goals and ten assists in all competitions for the Super Lig strugglers this term.

    • Sam Dymond

      Arsenal to investigate homophobic abuse

      Arsenal are looking into alleged homophobic abuse during their Premier League game with Brighton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

      Two home supporters were ejected during the 2-1 defeat, and the Gunners have confirmed that the matter is now being investigated further.

      A statement from the club read: "We have been made aware of incidents of homophobic abuse at our home fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

      "Arsenal should be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, and we want to be clear that any kind of discriminatory abuse is not welcome at our club.

      "We can confirm that two supporters were ejected from the stadium, and we stepped up stewarding operations in areas where abuse was reported.

      "The incidents that were reported are now being investigated by the club, and we will take the strongest action possible against perpetrators who can be identified.

      "We'd also like to remind supporters that homophobic abuse is a hate crime and punishable by the law. Please think before you chant."

    • Sam Dymond

      Barca target 'at home' with Arsenal

      Arsenal have been handed a boost following speculation linking Gabriel with a move to Barcelona.

      Reports in Spain this week suggested that the LaLiga giants were preparing to make a move for the Brazilian this summer to fill their need for a left-sided centre-half.

      However, an interview with the defender has given Gooners hope that defender will stay at the Emirates despite the attention from elsewhere.

      "I feel good. I feel at home at Arsenal," Gabriel told Premier League Productions.

      "It’s a great squad to be a part of and together I am sure we can achieve a lot. I am very happy here.

      "Reaching the top four is our aim, but we know how tough it will be.

      “It’s a big challenge but I do believe we can get there. We are working hard and it’s the target we want to achieve. We have to stick together. We need to be focused to get good results.”

    • Sam Dymond

      Wright: No chance of top four

      Arsenal legend Ian Wright says the club have no chance of finishing in the top four after injuries to key players Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey.

      The Gunners are likely to be six points behind their North London rivals Tottenham in the battle for Champions League football before they next play at Southampton on Saturday.

      And Wright believes that recent fitness issues – coupled with the club's inability to address their attacking situation in January – will cost his former club.

      "There's no way," Wright said on the Arseblog podcast.

      "When we lose Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, and Kieran Tierney, there's no we can stay in that top four with the players that we have got at the moment without those three.

      "I'm not bothered about fourth because I knew we haven't got the goals in our team, and we haven’t got the experience in it.

      "I'm feeling top-six. I don't want us to start dropping as that can have a detrimental effect on such a young squad.

      "Have we got enough firepower to take us [to a top four finish]? It looks like we haven't at the moment."

    • Etienne Fermie

      Morning, Arsenal fans

      Eddie Nketiah is under fire – while Darwin Nunez and Antonio Rudiger are under the microscope.

      Arsenal legend Ian Wright blasted academy product Nketiah for not progressing 

      Manager Mikel Arteta seems certain to target new strike power this summer.

      But Wrighty reckons Nketiah, 22, could have been 'that f***ing centre-forward there for f***ing years'.

      The ex-England hitman added: "Something has happened somewhere along the line."

      Benfica's Darwin Nunez is still being talked about as an incoming option.

      But there's also been no let-up in reported interest for the £68million-rated Uruguayan from Manchester United and Chelsea.

      Blues' centre-back Antonio Rudiger is again at the centre of speculation following his heroics in vain against Real Madrid.

      United, PSG, Barcelona and Juventus are amongst his main admirers as the German's contract expires this summer. 

      Finally, midfielder Granit Xhaka has slammed keyboard warriors for not criticising him to his face.

      But the Swiss ace insists he won’t leave the Emirates until the Gunners ‘achieve something special’.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Xhaka sick of keyboard warriors

      Granit Xhaka has challenged his detractors to say it to his face rather than hiding behind keyboards.

      The Swiss midfielder has had a volatile relationship with some sections of the Arsenal fanbase since signing from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.

      Some Gunners fans feel he has not been consistently good enough in the heart of their midfield, while others say his hot-headed temperament has occasionally cost the team.

      The uneasy dynamic came to a head in 2019 when Xhaka was substituted in a draw against Crystal Palace.

      Fans booed him as he left the pitch and he responded by clapping sarcastically, cupping his ear and mouthing the words ‘f*** off’.

      Xhaka who was stripped of the Gunners’ captaincy by former boss Unai Emery after that incident, has also been heavily criticised on social media in the wake of poor results.

      Now the 100-cap Switzerland star has told the The Players’ Tribune : “Of course, it’s quiet when we win, but as soon as we lose a few games the same critics will be back.

      “This is how football works, but I will not change for some guy who is hiding behind a keyboard. No chance. It’s a bit funny because in real life nobody has ever said to me, ‘You are s***.’ Never.

      “Nobody says it to my face. What do they say? The usual, ‘Ah, you are the best, you’re so good….’.

      “Some people mean it but others then go online and say, ‘Get him out of our club.’ So, next time say it to my face. ‘Granit, today you were s***.’ No problem! I promise, I will take that in a

      Granit: Tell me I’m s*** to my face

      Granit Xhaka has challenged his detractors to say it to his face rather than hiding behind keyboards.

      The Swiss midfielder has had a volatile relationship with some sections of the Arsenal fanbase since signing from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.

      Some Gunners fans feel he has not been consistently good enough in the heart of their midfield, while others say his hot-headed temperament has occasionally cost the team.

      The uneasy dynamic came to a head in 2019 when Xhaka was substituted in a draw against Crystal Palace.

      Fans booed him as he left the pitch and he responded by clapping sarcastically, cupping his ear and mouthing the words ‘f*** off’.

      Xhaka who was stripped of the Gunners’ captaincy by former boss Unai Emery after that incident, has also been heavily criticised on social media in the wake of poor results.

      Now the 100-cap Switzerland star has told the The Players’ Tribune : “Of course, it’s quiet when we win, but as soon as we lose a few games the same critics will be back.

      “This is how football works, but I will not change for some guy who is hiding behind a keyboard. No chance. It’s a bit funny because in real life nobody has ever said to me, ‘You are s***.’ Never.

      “Nobody says it to my face. What do they say? The usual, ‘Ah, you are the best, you’re so good….’.

      “Some people mean it but others then go online and say, ‘Get him out of our club.’ So, next time say it to my face. ‘Granit, today you were s***.’ No problem! I promise, I will take that in a

    • Ian Tuckey

      Gunners hit out at homophobic abuse vs Brighton

      Arsenal have hit out at homophobic abuse at home to Brighton last Saturday.

      The Gunners revealed two fans were thrown out and stewarding will be 'stepped up in the areas where abuse was reported'

      They said in a statement on their website: "Arsenal should be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, and we want to be clear that any kind of discriminatory abuse is not welcome at our club.

      "We can confirm that two supporters were ejected from the stadium, and we stepped up stewarding operations in areas where abuse was reported.

      "The incidents that were reported are now being investigated by the club, and we will take the strongest action possible against perpetrators who can be identified."

      "We’d also like to remind supporters that homophobic abuse is a hate crime and punishable by the law. Please think before you chant.

      "We’d like to thank those who came forward to report the incidents on Saturday. We can only address this kind of abuse with the help of our fans as allies."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Chelsea face fight to keep Rudiger

      Transfer interest in Antonio Rudiger is set to ramp up this week after Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League.

      Rudiger, 29, scored in the second leg against Real Madrid but Chelsea let their 3-0 lead slip and exited the competition.

      Now the Spanish giants could rub salt in the wounds by making an approach for Rudiger in the coming days.

      The centre-back is out of contract in the summer and there has been a lot of talk about his future with Chelsea desperate to keep hold of him.

      Several foreign clubs are keen on Rudiger and are ready to make a move now Chelsea are out of Europe. According to reports, Rudiger was not prepared to decide his future while the Blues remained in the Champions League.

      Barcelona have previously held talks with the German’s representatives about a possible move.

      Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are also said to be interested in Rudiger and might believe now is the right time to make a move.

      Meanwhile, Manchester United have been monitoring Rudiger’s situation but first the club will likely need to sort out their managerial situation.

      Erik ten Hag has reportedly verbally agreed to join the Red Devils on a four-year deal.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Hazard 'rules out Arsenal move'

      Chelsea legend Eden Hazard won't even talk to Arsenal about a move, reports say.

      Hazard has been tipped for at least a loan exit from Real Madrid this summer.

      And the Gunners were said to be keen on the Belgium star, 31.

      But in the past week Borussia Dortmund have emerged as favourites to recruit him.

      Now it seems Arsenal could be totally out of the running.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Nine Gunners who under-achieved at Arsenal

      FEATURE: Arsenal have been responsible for producing some of the Premier League's finest young talents over the years, writes EMILIA HAWKINS.

      Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have been the latest to take the league by storm in the last couple of seasons.

      However, some youngsters have not lived up to expectations.

      Ian Wright recently slammed Eddie Nketiah, 22, for not making the most of his chances at the club.

      In a passionate rant on the Arseblog podcast, he said: "If you’re at Arsenal, in London, a team that’s so capable, the manager has got something, you could be that f***ing centre-forward there for f***ing years.

      "Something has happened somewhere along the line."

      With Nketiah running the risk of becoming another failed Arsenal wonderkid, SunSport looks at eight others who failed to make an impression.

      Chris Willock – now QPR
      Fran Merida – Espanyol
      Carlos Vela – Los Angeles FC
      Arturo Lupoli – Serie D side Borgo San Donnino.
      Wellington Silva – Japanese j1 team Gamba Osaka
      Gedion Zelalem – New York City FC
      David Bentley – retired
      Serge Gnabry – Bayern Munich

      FOR A FULL GUIDE TO THESE
      EIGHT EX-GUNNERS CLICK HERE

    • Ian Tuckey

      Cavani 'tipped Utd off about Nunez'

      With Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea all linked with Darwin Nunez, it's claimed Edinson Cavani has been pressing for the Red Devils to recruit his Uruguay team-mate since 2021.

      Cavani, 35, could well depart Old Trafford in the summer, whilst 22-year-old fellow striker Nunez appears sure to quit Benfica.

      And 90Min claim the PSG legend reckons that £68million-rated Nunez would be the perfect young goal-getter that many think United need.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Xhaka's glory vow

      Midfielder Granit Xhaka has covered just about every topic today – from keyboard warriors to (not) ballet dancing.

      And here's something that everyone – from his most lavish admirers to cruellest detractors – will hope comes true.

      He's quoted as promising he won't leave until the Gunners 'achieve something special'.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Arsenal’s inexperience could prove costly

      John Barnes reckons Arsenal’s inexperience could hand Tottenham the fourth prem spot.

      Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “Arsenal have a relatively inexperienced side. A month ago, I would have said they were favourites for the final Champions League place, but we were probably all quite naïve
      in thinking they had turned a corner after they started to win matches.

      “They’re still a young and inexperienced side, but the future is bright for Arsenal and the more they stick with Arteta and the young players [the better they will get], they’ll
      be just fine.

      “Tottenham – with Antonio Conte, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have a bit more know-how and they are ahead of Arsenal in that respect.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Red cards, not Red Shoes

      Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has defended his disciplinary record and argued football "is not ballet".

      The tough-tackling Switzerland international has been sent off six times at club level so far in his career.

      Four of his reds have come playing for Arsenal and it's one of the reasons he has divided opinion.

      Xhaka says he plays "all in" and is the same in training even against his team-mates.

      Speaking to The Players' Tribune, Xhaka said: "Listen, the cards have always been part of my game.

      "They were in Germany, too. Remember the 50–50? I’m all in, and it’s the same in training.

      "If I elbow a player, I’ll be the first one to say, 'I’m sorry.' But a tackle? Come on, guys. This is not ballet."

      Xhaka says that his tough approach to games is because he is "fighting" for the club he plays for.

      However, the 29-year-old admits that maybe he cares too much.

      He continued: "If I am late in a tackle, it’s because I’m fighting for Arsenal. If I lose my temper, it’s because I care. Sometimes, maybe I care too much."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Nunez boost for Man Utd, Arsenal & Chelsea

      Darwin Nunez's new agent will now meet with top European clubs ahead of a £68million summer transfer away from Benfica, according to reports.

      The Uruguayan has been in red-hot form in Portugal this season, attracting the interest of plenty of the continent's elite teams.

      Premier League trio Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are among those to have taken a liking to the 22-year-old striker.

      According to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Nunez will definitely leave Benfica for £68m this summer.

      He claims that the forward now has a new agent that will begin negotiating with other clubs.

      Nunez is under contract with Benfica until June 2025.

      It's added that he has already been "discussed" by Man United chiefs as a potential target. While Arsenal were reportedly keen in January. Chelsea are believed to have been scouting the prolific ace. And West Ham also tried in January, only to be knocked back.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Granit: Tell me I'm s*** to my face

      Granit Xhaka has challenged his detractors to say it to his face rather than hiding behind keyboards.

      The Swiss midfielder has had a volatile relationship with some sections of the Arsenal fanbase since signing from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.

      Some Gunners fans feel he has not been consistently good enough in the heart of their midfield, while others say his hot-headed temperament has occasionally cost the team.

      The uneasy dynamic came to a head in 2019 when Xhaka was substituted in a draw against Crystal Palace.

      Fans booed him as he left the pitch and he responded by clapping sarcastically, cupping his ear and mouthing the words 'f*** off'.

      Xhaka who was stripped of the Gunners' captaincy by former boss Unai Emery after that incident, has also been heavily criticised on social media in the wake of poor results.

      Now the 100-cap Switzerland star has told the The Players’ Tribune : "Of course, it’s quiet when we win, but as soon as we lose a few games the same critics will be back.

      "This is how football works, but I will not change for some guy who is hiding behind a keyboard. No chance. It’s a bit funny because in real life nobody has ever said to me, 'You are s***.' Never.

      "Nobody says it to my face. What do they say? The usual, ‘Ah, you are the best, you’re so good….’.

      "Some people mean it but others then go online and say, ‘Get him out of our club.’ So, next time say it to my face. ‘Granit, today you were s***.’ No problem! I promise, I will take that in a positive way. I respect an honest opinion, but I have no time for lies.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Gunners could be saved.. by 'Tottenham doing a Tottenham'

      Arsenal legend Paul Merson is backing The Gunners to get a top four finish – because "Tottenham have still got a Tottenham in them", writes TONY ROBERTSON.

      Back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Brighton have seen Arsenal lose a major advantage to Spurs in their bid for the final Champions League place.

      However, despite now sitting three points behind their North London rivals former star Merson believes they can still finish ahead of them.

      In his column for Sky Sports, he said: "I still feel Arsenal have got a chance. Arsenal have got to go to Chelsea and Tottenham have still got to face Liverpool, which will be a different game.

      "I still feel Arsenal are in it because Tottenham have still got a Tottenham in them. I don't mean that in a horrible way, but they still have got a Tottenham in them."

      Antonio Conte took over as Tottenham Hotspur boss in November and a strong recent run has seen them win four on the bounce.

      This run has seen them jump three points clear of Mikel Arteta's side, despite Pep Guardiola's former disciple winning the manager of the month award for March.

      Both teams have some tricky fixtures in their run-ins, with Arsenal and Spurs facing four and three of the current top seven respectively.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Wenger wants some throws replaced by kick-ins

      Arsene Wenger might have been thrown under the bus in Qatar last month – but he managed to avoid injury and is still seeking to remake football in his own image, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

      The former Arsenal boss was the frontman for the dumped biennial World Cup plan.

      But Wenger, Fifa’s head of global football development, remains keen on changing the Laws of the game to make football more entertaining.

      Wenger’s plans to trial a new “daylight” offside law, giving a huge advantage to the attacking team, have been iced pending the potential introduction of “semi-automated offsides” calibrated near-instantly by skeletal “limb-tracking” technology for the World Cup.

      The Frenchman, though, still believes allowing kick-ins instead of throw-ins in the defensive half, if they are within five seconds of the ball going out, will speed up play.

      Wenger’s mantra is “one thing at a time” but it is still on his agenda.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Gunners must Emman up to win top-4 place

      Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit reckons Mikel Arteta's stuttering sidecan still clinch a Champions League place.

      He told Bookmakers.co.uk: “I still believe Arsenal can reach the top four come the end of the season.

      “They have the chance to play Chelsea, Manchester United, West Ham and Tottenham before the end. Arsenal’s best games this season have come against the top teams in the Premier League, so they can do it!

      “But, they have lost Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey and they don’t have a big squad in terms of quality to pick from. When you look at the bench after those players there is not an awful lot of options.

      “If those guys were all fit, I would say Arsenal would definitely be in the top four, but I’m very worried that they are all injured.”

    • Justin Lawrence

      Xhaka reveals quit plans

      Granit Xhaka admitted he was on the verge of leaving Arsenal after being booed by the club's fans when the Gunners played Crystal Palace in 2019.

      Arsenal supporters jeered Xhaka for taking long to come off the pitch when was subbed.

      The Swiss midfielder responded to the boos by removing his shirt and baiting Gooners to boo even louder.

      And he's now revealed that at that moment, he decided to leave the club although he decided to stay in the end.

      He told the Player's tribune: "My bags were packed. The passports were out.

      "I was done with Arsenal. Finished. There was a contract on the table from another club, and all I had to do was sign. I had talked with my wife, Leonita, and we had decided to leave."

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