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ARSENAL had a weekend off to reflect on a disastrous start to the Premier League season.

The Gunners currently sit rock bottom of the table and some reports suggest they have approached Antonio Conte to take over from Mikel Arteta.

In a transfer boost however, long-term target Andre Onana looks set to be available for free next summer – but Inter Milan are in pole position to grab his signature.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    EDU'S FAITH

    Arsenal technical director Edu has faith in club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to score 40 goals between them this season.

    The Gunners are yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League.

    He told Sky Sports: "The case here is we really believe in the players we have in the squad.

    "Maybe other people don’t but we do. If we start to see the squad together, we believe in the squad.

    "I sit with Mikel and we see the squad. We have a striker [Aubameyang] there who delivers to us 25 goals every single season. 

    "We have another one [Lacazette] who delivers 15-20 goals every season.

    "We have two very powerful young players from the academy in Saka and Smith Rowe. We believe in them and our squad."

  • Joshua Mbu

    NO DEAL

    There's NO pre agreement between Antonio Conte and Arsenal.

    According to reputable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, there's no verbal agreement with any club despite him being available.

    Federico Pastorello – an agent close to Conte – is quoted as saying; "Rumours about Arsenal pre-deal are not true."

  • Joshua Mbu

    SUPERSTAR

    Lee Dixon thinks Arsenal have a superstar on their hands in Bukayo Saka.

    After the 20-year-old's performance yesterday, Dixon said: "You forget what an age [Saka is performing like he is at].

    "He was basically one of the two who carried the Arsenal team last season.

    "For such a young player, everybody was looking at him to change a game, to win a game.

    “And he’s come into the England side – certainly in the Euros – he was the one that got the ball.

    "And today, we saw he’s got a pass, he’s got a cross, he’s got the ability to take players on and commit players.

    "He’s going to be an absolute superstar, I’m pretty sure of that.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Arsenal had the biggest net spend this summer.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'KEEP SHINING'

    Man Utd's Luke Shaw, England team-mate of Bukayo Saka, has sent the 20-year-old a classy birthday message.

    Saka scored a goal yesterday and got an assist.

    And Shaw made sure to highlight it.

    He said: "Happy Birthday to not only a special player but an even more special guy.

    "Keep shining bro."

  • Joshua Mbu

    TOP PERFORMANCE

    Arsenal's Bukayo Saka put in a good performance on his 20th birthday.

    The winger scored England's fourth goal of the game, and also picked up an assist.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SAK THAT

    Roy Keane hilariously trolled Arsenal after watching Bukayo Saka net for England.

    Saka headed home England's last goal in a 4-0 drubbing of Andorra at Wembley.

    Unfortunately for the birthday boy, who turned 20 on Sunday, he has not had such luck for the Gunners this season – having lost all three Premier League games so far.

    And Manchester United legend Keane joked Saka should enjoy the win "because he's not getting any at club level."

    Keane said on ITV: "I'm sure he can enjoy the win, because he's not getting any at club level."

    The punditry panel, including Arsenal legend Ian Wright, couldn't help but see the funny side to Keane's off-the-cuff remark.

  • Joshua Mbu

    NEXT FIVE

    Arsenal take on Norwich next at the Emirates on September 11.

    It's a bottom of the table clash, with both teams looking to get their first league win of the season.

  • Marc Mayo

    MORNING, GOONERS

    Birthday boy Bukayo Saka's late header yesterday means he has netted more times for England this season (once) than Arsenal have Premier League goals or points.

    The Gunners' wideman rounded off a mediocre 4-0 defeat of Andorra by converting at the Wembley end where he missed the decisive penalty in the Three Lions' Euro 2020 shootout defeat against Italy two months ago.

    Saka's goal, on his 20th birthday, earned the largest roar of the afternoon.

    He said: "Really happy with the support everyone gave me. It means a lot and it made a difference to me."

    Pundit Roy Keane joked Saka should enjoy the rare moment of joy as his club struggle.

    Meanwhile, Emirates boss Mikel Arteta has a major decision to make over his keeper for his rock-bottom side's home Prem clash with Norwich.

    Only Arsenal, Norwich and third-bottom Wolves are still point-less.

    But nine goals conceded in three games mean Arteta is thought to be considering dropping Bernd Leno to give ex-Sheffield United No1 Aaron Ramsdale his Prem debut.

    Arsenal's technical director Edu has, though, claimed responsibility for the woeful start.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KEANE TROLLS GUNNERS

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane trolled Arsenal after birthday boy Bukayo Saka rounded off England’s 4-0 win over Andorra.

    Saka headed into the same Wembley where he missed the deciding penalty in July’s Euro 2020 final shootout defeat against Italy.

    And with Arsenal reeling from three straight Prem losses, Keane told ITV:“I’m sure he can enjoy the win, because he’s not getting any at club level.”

    The punditry panel, including Arsenal legend Ian Wright couldn’t help but see the funny side to Keane’s off-the-cuff remark.

    Saka, though, was focused on his role in a predictably-straighforward England victory.

    The (just) 20-year-old told ITV: “The perfect birthday present for me. I am really happy we got the win and I can celebrate my birthday with this.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOAL HERO SAKA'S JOY AT CROWD RECEPTION

    Bukayo Saka admitted the crowd reception on his birthday blew him away as he discovered he is no England fall-guy after his Euro penalty heartache, writes DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    Credit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

    Saka’s first game back at Wembley after missing the vital spot-kick against Italy saw the Arsenal youngster receive the biggest cheer of all from the Three Lions fans.

    And he celebrated turning 20 in style by heading home the final goal as England buried Andorra 4-0 to move a step closer to qualifying for the World Cup.

    The Arsenal winger said: “Really happy with the support everyone gave me. It shows how proud they are, I’m happy we could give them the win.

    “It means a lot and it made a difference to me, hearing fans cheer my name made me believe everyone supports me.

    “This is what I dream about, playing at Wembley in front of my family on my 20th birthday.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    BRAZIL GAME SUSPENDED AS HEALTH CHIEFS RUSH ON

    Brazil’s World Cup qualifier with Argentina was sensationally suspended after Brazilian health chiefs entered the PITCH and stopped play – as three Prem stars had not completed quarantine.

    Emi Martinez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso all started for Argentina despite being ordered to isolate for Covid-related reasons.

    The trio, plus Emi Buendia, travelled from England to play for Argentina, but the UK is on Brazil’s red list.

    The players were supposed to complete a stint in quarantine.

    They were ordered to go into isolation immediately – but three of them were part of Lionel Scaloni’s starting XI to face Brazil.

    The Prem aces failed to evade the authorities, though, as health officials raced on to the pitch and halted the game after seven minutes.

    The likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar appeared to remonstrate with the health chiefs but their efforts – so far, at least – have failed.

    Even if the four players avoid quarantining in Brazil, they won’t enjoy the same luck when they return to the UK.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'SCHOLES GOOD ENOUGH FOR ARSENAL'

    Football fans reckon England’s Soccer Aid team could beat Premier League strugglers Arsenal at this moment in time.

    The Gunners failed to score or pick up a point in their first three Prem games of the season, with pressure mounting on manager Mikel Arteta.

    Arsenal lost to newly promoted Brentford, European champions Chelsea and Prem holders Manchester City in the opening weeks of the season.

    Arteta’s side have managed just one win this term, a 6-0 rout over West Brom’s kids in the League Cup.

    England’s Soccer Aid XI – which lost 3-0 to a World XI – was made up of ex-professionals and celebrities.

    Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Paul Scholes were among the Three Lions legends on display, with singer Olly Murs leading the team.

    After seeing the XI, one fan tweeted: “England’s Soccer Aid XI would beat Arsenal at the moment.”

    While Soccer Aid winner Piers Morgan tweeted: “I’d take Paul Scholes in Arsenal’s current midfield.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    LINGARD LEADS 4-0 ENGLAND WIN

    Two-goal Jesse Lingard led England’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Andorra in second gear at Wembley.

    Harry Kane’s penalty made it 2-0 on 72 minutes to spark a late spree topped off by birthday boy Bukayo Sako heading the fourth for the runaway Group I leaders.

    Jude Bellingham shone in the first half, while debutant striker Patrick Bamford had few chances to shine directly on goal.

    And generally the all-changed Three Lions dominated without hitting top form, although 62nd-minute subs Kane, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount heled rev up the action.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SAKA GOAL GETS LOUDEST ROAR

    England fans roared their joy as birthday boy Bukayo Saka headed the fourth goal against Andorra – to help further banish his Euro 2020 final shootout woe.

    The Arsenal speedster timed his run effortlessly to nod in Trent Alexander-Arnold's quick-thinking. short corner.

    Jesse Lingard had earlier drilled goals either side of sub Harry Kane's penalty.

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    GOOD ONA OMEN FOR GUNNERS?

    Arsenal target Andre Onana has rejected a new contract offer from Ajax and will leave for free next summer, reports say.

    And reigning Serie A champions Inter Milan are in advanced talks over a potential four-year deal.

    Credit: Rex

    According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Onana has decided to leave Ajax next summer for free.

    The keeper – who has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs including Arsenal – has rejected a contract extension.

    And cash-strapped Inter have decided to make the first move for the goalkeeper, offering the Cameroonian international a four-year contract.

    Inter Milan are also eyeing Arsenal No1 Bernd Leno, reports say. 

    According to Italian outlet Tuttosport, the cash-strapped Serie A champions Inter will target affordable alternatives in the next transfer window.

    Leno, 29, is coming into the final year of his contract meaning Inter can negotiate a pre-contract from January 2022.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BIRTHDAY BOY SAKA SETS UP ENGLAND OPENER

    Arsenal birthday boy Bukayo Saka has been in the thick of it as an England side with ELEVEN changes dominate Andorra in today's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

    And it was the 20-year-old's deflected cross that was rifled in well by Jesse Lingard for the 18th-minute breakthrough.

    Credit: Reuters

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    ED-ING OUT?

    After failing to sell Eddie Nketiah this summer, Arsenal could be set to make a huge loss on the young striker, whose deal expires at the end of this season.

    As such, he’s free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January and could end up leaving the Emirates on a free if Arsenal are unable to tie him down to a new deal.

    The Gunners has tried to offload him for around £20m this summer, but with nobody prepared to match their asking price, they retained the young striker.

    Crystal Palace registered serious interest in the player, but after failing to negotiate a deal with Arsenal they instead secured the services of Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard for around £15m.

    It remains to be seen whether Nketiah will be able to force his way into contention at Arsenal, particularly with the emergence of Folarin Balogun in the same position.

    If he can be convinced that he is part of Mikel Arteta’s plans going forward, he may become open to penning a new deal, but as it stands the forward looks set for pastures new and could potentially leave for free.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MY ED IS ON THE BLOCK

    Arsenal chief Edu has claimed responsibility for the club’s poor results on the pitch but calls for patience from Arsenal fans, claiming that their decisions are made with a view to building long-term success.

    Gunners fans are losing patience with the club’s senior management and coaching staff as they struggle for results and have questioned their recruitment strategy.

    With the club not participating in any Europe this season, there is little excuse for not challenging domestically and fans will demand either an improvement in results or changes in the club’s hierarchy before long.

  • The Sun

    BUKAYO BIRTHDAY PRESENT

    Bukayo Saka starts for England this afternoon on his 20th birthday and will be hoping to cap his special day with an equally special performance.

    He lines up in an experimental starting XI featuring Sam Johnstone in goal, Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield and Patrick Bamford up front.

    Mikel Arteta will be watching on with his hands over his eyes for fear of his young starlet picking up any injuries on international duty.

  • The Sun

    THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE

    Arsenal got their season off to a winning start in the Women's Super League with a thrilling 3-2 win over rivals Chelsea thanks to two second half goals from Beth Mead and a great team performance.

    The Gunners beat last season's WSL champions to set down their market for the season and show they're here to compete after a disappointing third place finish last time out.

  • The Sun

    STRONGEST XI

    AFTV Presenters have given their take on Arsenal's strongest line-ups and have managed to agree on the same starting XI…

    GK Leno, RB Tomiyasu, CB White, CB Gabriel, LB Tierney, CM Partey, CM Lokonga, RW Saka, CAM Odegaard, LW Smith-Rowe, ST Aubameyang.

    Thoughts?

  • The Sun

    BIRTHDAY STAR-BOY

    Gunners ace Bukayo Saka turns 20 today and could mark the occasion with a start for England tonight against Andorra at Wembley.

    The youngster has already earned ten caps and cemented himself as a key player and fan favourite for both club and country.

    He's already notched up 92 competitive appearances for Arsenal and fans are sure that he's the man to build the team around going forward.

    The sky's the limit for this special player – happy birthday, Bukayo!

  • The Sun

    NKETI-OUT

    After failing to sell Eddie Nketiah this summer, Arsenal could be set to make a huge loss on the young striker, whose deal expires at the end of this season.

    As such, he's free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January and could end up leaving the Emirates on a free if Arsenal are unable to tie him down to a new deal.

    The Gunners has tried to offload him for around £20m this summer, but with nobody prepared to match their asking price, they retained the young striker.

    Crystal Palace registered serious interest in the player, but after failing to negotiate a deal with Arsenal they instead secured the services of Celtic's Odsonne Edouard for around £15m.

    It remains to be seen whether Nketiah will be able to force his way into contention at Arsenal, particularly with the emergence of Folarin Balogun in the same position.

    If he can be convinced that he is part of Mikel Arteta's plans going forward, he may become open to penning a new deal, but as it stands the forward looks set for pastures new and could potentially leave for free.

  • The Sun

    BATTLE FOR NUMBER 1

    Arsenal were thrashed 5-0 by Man City last weekend and it could well mark the end of Bernd Leno's ownership of the number 1 spot, with £25m man Aaron Ramsdale waiting in the wings for his opportunity.

    Ramsdale was a part of the England squad for the Euros this summer after injuries to Dean Henderson and Nick Pope and played in all 38 of Sheffield United's games in the Premier League last season as they were relegated.

    The German goalkeeper has been Arsenal's number 1 since he signed from Bayer Leverkusen for £22.5m in 2018, making 100 Premier League appearances for the club.

    The 9-cap Germany man could well fall out of favour under Arteta if Ramsdale is given the nod to start against Norwich on Saturday and if that is the case, could end up seeking pastures new before too long.

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