12.40pm Arsenal news LIVE: Liverpool could be thrown out of Carabao Cup, Xhaka ‘part of the problem’, Aubameyang mocks Spurs – The Sun

ARSENAL have been drawn away to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup after a thumping 5-0 win at home to Nottingham Forest.

But the Gunners could still potentially face MK Dons instead, with the Reds accused of fielding an ineligible player during their victory in Milton Keynes.

Follow all the latest news and gossip from the Emirates right here…

  • EX ARSENAL man Paul Merson has labelled Unai Emery's decision to hand Granit Xhaka the Gunners captaincy as 'pathetic'.

    Emery also confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil would make up the leadership team at the Emirates.

    Merson told the Daily Star: “Why is Unai Emery asking his players to vote on who should be captain? It’s pathetic. Seriously. Make a decision!

    “When you start worrying about what your players think, you’re in trouble. And why does he need FIVE captains anyway?

    “Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the world but I don’t think he’s got a clue what his best team is.

    “Granit Xhaka started off captain but he’s not a foregone conclusion to start every week. So I’ll tell you someone who should be – David Luiz. And that’s why he should be captain.

    “Not as one of five either, but on his own. People look at his mistakes when they should be looking at what he’s won.”

  • BUKAYO SAKA deserves to start for Arsenal against Manchester United on Monday night, according to Charlie Nicholas.

    Saka was handed a Premier League start against Aston Villa last weekend after impressing in the Europa League – but was withdrawn early due to Ainsley Maitland-Niles' red card.

    But speaking to Sky Sports, Nicholas revealed he'd be happy for the 18-year-old to be handed another opportunity at Old Trafford.

    He said: “Arsenal will play two protectors – to my amazement, Granit Xhaka will still be in, but I would go with Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi. I would be happy with Dani Ceballos and then Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It is that easy and simple for Arsenal.”

    Alexandre Lacazette remains injured for the Gunners.

  • FORMER Arsenal starlet Carlos Vela has revealed he wants to finish his career at LAFC – despite almost joining Barcelona on loan in January.

    After chipping in with 14 goals and 13 assists, Barca came calling in the January transfer window, but a move never materialised and the club opted to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan instead.

    Speaking of the potential move on BS The Podcast, Vela said: “It was really close.

    “My second month for holidays, I was there with my pina colada and my agent called me to say 'look, Barcelona is calling you.They want you to play for four months then you can go back to LA'.

    “I said just say yes, I don't care about the money or nothing. I'm going to start training tomorrow, give me two weeks to be a little bit fit.

    “Barcelona, Real Madrid you can't say no. If it was only my choice, for sure, I'd take it.

    “It's not only the things I want, football is a business and you know how it works.

    “But, if I have everything, I want to be here for the rest of my career.

    “I'm really happy here, playing in LA. I want to be here.”

  • EXCLUSIVE by Tom Barclay: EDDIE HOWE is racking his brain to pick one player he brought to Bournemouth who never quite got the credit he deserved.

    But that is understandable when you consider he has made 85 signings for the Cherries.

    Sinking back into a comfy corner sofa in their training ground canteen, he eventually plucks out Jack Wilshere.

    Boss Howe explained: “I’ve heard a couple of people say Jack didn’t do well for us.

    “But Jack was brilliant. It was a really important signing on so many levels.”

    He explained: “The players were a bit like, ‘Wow, we’ve signed Jack’. Our opinion of ourselves suddenly went from there to up there.

    “It was a boost for everyone’s self-worth. The value of how we looked at ourselves as a team. He did that.

    “He was really good on the training ground and really popular in the dressing room. Jack elevated some players’ performances to different levels.”

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