7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Martinelli injury update, Xavi on Gunners job, Isco wants move abroad

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…

  • 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."

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  • 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."

  • Etienne Fermie

    DROP YOUR GUARD

    Here's what Pep Guardiola had to say on his old pal Mikel Arteta after the match.

    He revealed: "I didn't speak with him. We'll speak 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 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."

    Credit: Reuters
  • Etienne Fermie

    THE WRIGHT STUFF

    We should hear from boss Mikel Arteta soon, but in the meantime, feast your eyes upon Duncan Wright's player ratings from this evening's defeat by clicking here.

    It's fair to say he wasn't overly impressed by Runar Alex Runarsson's display…

  • Etienne Fermie

    FINAL SCORE: ARSENAL 1 MAN CITY 4

    The Gunners were briefly shone a glimmer of hope in this EFL Cup quarter-final, when Alexandre Lacazette cancelled out Gabriel Jesus' opener.

    But City, looking for their fourth consecutive triumph in this competition, went through the gears in the second-half, with efforts from Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte getting the job done.

    The match was further marred for Arsenal by Gabriel Martinelli's injury, on what was the Brazilian's first start since March 2.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    73 MINS – ARSENAL 1 MAN CITY 4

    Pep Guardiola's side are on easy street now!

    Terrible, static defending from a curling Phil Foden cross finds Aymeric Laporte, who, unmarked, nods into the back of the net.

    It could get embarrassing.

  • Etienne Fermie

    59 MINS – ARSENAL 1 MAN CITY 3

    And that, should be that.

    Phil Foden has clipped the ball over Runarsson to give City a commanding lead.

  • Etienne Fermie

    55 MINS – ARSENAL 1 MAN CITY 2

    Disaster for Runarsson!

    Riyad Mahrez strikes a free-kick straight at the Icelandic keeper… but it slips through his fingers!

  • Etienne Fermie

    MARTINELLI INJURED

    Terrible news Arsenal fans, Gabriel Martinelli has succumbed to that injury sustained towards the end of the first-half.

    He's been replaced by Nicolas Pepe.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    SECOND HALF KICK-OFF!

    Arsenal are back underway at the Emirates, can they pull off the upset?

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  • Etienne Fermie

    HALF TIME: ARSENAL 1 MAN CITY

    Mikel Arteta's side made a dreadful start to proceedings, with Gabriel Jesus heading the visitors into a third minute lead.

    But the Gunners have grown into the match, with Alexandre Lacazette heading in Gabriel Martinelli's cross.

  • Etienne Fermie

    32 MINS – ARSENAL 1 MAN CITY 1

    Well that wasn't in the script!

    Alexandre Lacazette has headed Arsenal level.

  • Etienne Fermie

    3 MINS – ARSENAL 0 MAN CITY 1

    Oh dear. Gabriel Jesus heads City into a third minute lead.

    That was all a bit too easy.

  • Etienne Fermie

    KICK-OFF!

    Arsenal's League Cup quarter-final against Manchester City is underway!

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  • Etienne Fermie

    MAN CITY XI

    Now let's take a look at the Man City lineup that Arsenal must try and get past this evening.

    13. Steffen 3. Dias 9. Jesus 11. Zinchenko 14. Laporte 16. Rodri 20. Bernardo 25. Fernandinho 26. Mahrez 27. Cancelo 47. Foden

  • Etienne Fermie

    ARSENAL XI

    Here's how Mikel Arteta has lined his team up to face Man City this evening.

    13. Runarsson 6. Gabriel 8. Ceballos 9. Lacazette 15. Maitland-Niles 17. Cedric 20. Mustafi 25. Elneny 28. Willock 31. Kolasinac 35. Martinelli

  • Etienne Fermie

    UNDER THE LIGHTS

    The Gunners take on Man City tonight in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.

    Mikel Arteta's side have been in woeful form, but perhaps a cup distraction could provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the Spaniard's players.

    Team news should drop in around half an hour.

  • Etienne Fermie

    GUNNER TURN OFF

    Arsenal's players look bored and are struggling with Mikel Arteta's system, according to Gary Neville.

    The Sky Sports pundit believes Arsenal are currently having the same issues Manchester United had.

    In Neville's latest podcast, he told Sky Sports: "I think Mikel Arteta has to do one thing in the next few weeks: results may not come, performances may not come, but he's got to make those Arsenal players look like they are enjoying themselves.

    "At the moment, they don't look like they are enjoying themselves. On Saturday they looked like a bunch of players struggling and toiling with how they'd been asked to play, maybe they didn't believe in the system, or maybe they don't believe the players next to them are good enough. Something is not right.

    "Although I didn't look like I enjoyed my football, because I was always really serious on the pitch, I did love playing in this Sir Alex Ferguson team. It was a thrill, we would go forward and were committed.

    "I think Arsenal fans, and most football fans, are the same. They won't accept being bored. To me, the Arsenal players look bored, and the football they're producing looks like a real struggle."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    CHRIS THE REDEEMER

    Arsenal are reportedly 'looking at' a shock move for former Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.

    Gazzetta Dello Sport claim Eriksen could return to North London in red with Inter Milan set to offload the Dane less than a year after he arrived from Spurs.

    Eriksen has found himself frozen out under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at the San Siro.

    And he could provide the attacking spark the Gunners need with Mikel Arteta's side sitting 15th in the Premier League, four points off the relegation zone.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    DROP THE MIKE

    Former England star Michael Owen has had his say on Arsenal's League Cup clash with Manchester City later this evening.

    He told BetVictor: "It’s now seven matches without a win for Arsenal.

    "The last thing Mikel Arteta needs is a visit from Manchester City, but that’s exactly what he’s got.

    "I’ve been impressed with City’s defensive displays recently. They really seem to have turned the corner in that regard.

    "With that in mind, I fear for the Gunners once again. The home side have failed to score against the Citizens in each of their last 3 matches at the Emirates, and I won’t be surprised if history repeats itself again."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    TESTING SURGE

    London's six Prem teams will be tested twice a week for Covid as League bosses try to ensure the season is not seriously disrupted.

    The new testing regime will see players and staff at Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Spurs and West Ham reverting to the 72-hour sampling rules that came in for Project Restart in the summer.

    League bosses sanctioned testers from scientific company Prenetics to reduce their visits to once a week this season.

    But the sudden switch of the capital and the rest of the South East to the new Tier Four has brought in the immediate ramping up of testing.

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  • Craig Mahood

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    MIKEL ARTETA has turned to rookie midfielder Catalin Cirjan amid Arsenal's Premier League struggles.

    Cirjan, who signed his first professional contract last year, has been promoted to first-team training on a permanent basis by the under-pressure Gunners gaffer.

    The 18-year-old has been posting snaps on his social media accounts of practice sessions in recent weeks.

    He was joined in training by fellow teenagers Miguel Azeez, Nikolaj Moller, Folarin Balogun and Ben Cottrell on Monday ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash against Manchester City.

    Cirjan's representative, Catalin Sarmasan, told Metro: "From today, he will train daily only for seniors, he is confidently waiting for his debut in the Premier League."

    Sarmasan added on Twitter: "Happy to confirm @CirjanCatalin1 is now officially part of Arsenal's first-team squad.

    "He's got a fantastic progress ahead of him. He'll work hard and achieve his dreams!

    "Good luck, Cata! I'm proud of you!"

    Cirjan, a creative central midfielder by trade, joined Arsenal from Romanian side Viitorul Domnesti in the summer of 2019.

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