4.25pm Arsenal news LIVE: Leno injury UPDATES; BT Sport say incident ‘too distressing’ to show, Mari transfer LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL are back in action at Brighton TODAY as they hope to return to winning ways.

The Gunners were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City in their big return on Wednesday in a game David Luiz will hope to forget.

For the latest from Brighton vs Arsenal CLICK HERE or continue below for the latest Gunners transfer updates…

  • PEPE TALK

    It's 1-0 to Arsenal in the 67th minute thanks to a glorious curling strike from Nicolas Pepe!

    That's Arsenal's first goal in the restart, but can they hold on for all three points?

    CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE LATEST UPDATES WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • BRIGHTON VS ARSENAL

    We're in the second half now at the Amex and the score is 0-0.

    Arsenal suffered another injury worry when Bernd Leno was stretchered off in the first half after a collision with Neil Maupay.

    CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE LATEST UPDATES WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • DRESSING DOWN

    Arsenal have shared pictures of their socially distanced dressing room ahead of this afternoon’s match at Brighton, offering an insight into how stars are maintaining safety protocols behind the scenes.

    Used to the luxurious dressing rooms of the Emirates, facilities today for Gunners stars are back to basics.

    Gone are the spacious lockers, benches and even places to hang up their shirts.

    Instead, in a plain-white room, Arsenal players have their shirts folded over their chairs – with shorts and socks sat on each seat.

    Boots, meanwhile, are beneath the basic chairs.

    All positions are spaced at least two-metres apart.

    Players also have sliders for moving around the dressing room.

  • Here's how the Gunners are lining up against Brighton at the Amex.

    Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe have returned to the starting XI while Rob Holding partners Shkodran Mustafi in defence.

    Dani Ceballos starts in midfield with Matteo Guendouzi.

  • STAYING SUT

    Arsenal are going to have to put up with Mesut Ozil and his huge £350,000-a-week wages for one more year, according to reports.

    The German playmaker could not even make the 20-man matchday squad for the trip to Manchester City in midweek – a decision coach Mikel Arteta described as “tactical”.

    With 12 months left to run on his deal, Ozil is reportedly happy to stay in North London no matter what.

    ESPN describe the Gunners as keen to get rid of the 31-year-old, in order to free up some much-needed cash.

    Ozil will earn a basic salary of £18million in the coming year and is comfortably the club's top earner.

    That breaks down as £50,000 per day and a healthy £2,083 for every hour that passes between now and his contract's June 30 2021 expiry date.

  • PAP IT UP

    Arsenal are said to be ready to swoop for French starlet Pape Gueye amid his legal dispute with Watford.

    A representative for the Le Havre midfielder insists that he will not join the Hornets, with a treble-your-money offer on the table at Emirates Stadium.

    Nigel Pearson's side face a huge battle to keep hold of Gueye, 21, who they signed to a five-year deal in April.

    And yet the agent who struck the deal, Bakari Sanogo, has been accused of misleading his former client.

    The agent stated: “Pape will not go to Watford. The contract was signed in January, but it has not yet taken effect and no one can force it.

    “After that, Watford can ask for severance payments, but they cannot force Pape to play for them.

    “This clause was fixed by the club at £4.5m, but it is far from the reality of today since the value of the players dropped by half with the health crisis.

    “The value of Pape was evaluated between £1.8-£2.7m and today Transfermarkt value him at £1.45m. The club that wants to sign him must therefore negotiate to drop his clause with Watford.”

  • NAP IT IN THE BUD

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta's desire to revamp his defence has suffered a blow after Gabriel Magalhaes reportedly agreed to join Napoli.

    The Lille centre-back is one of several targets said to be interesting the Premier League side ahead of the summer window.

    Everton and Chelsea were also tipped for a move yet the French outfit have agreed a deal to sell Gabriel, according to FootMercato.

    A five-year contract worth £1.8m-a-season is said to have been agreed between the player and his new club, who will pay around £20m for his services.

    Earlier in the week, Lille boss Christophe Galtier admitted that his team are set to lose the defender and fellow star Victor Osimhen.

  • DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM

    Exclusive: Arsenal paid dearly for David Luiz’s mistakes but it’s the same old problems dogging them.

    A mindset change is needed. They have have taken the lead in 12 games this season, winning just six.

    Every team throughout history has had instances when you will be on the back foot during 90 minutes.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re Liverpool or Norwich, the tide changes. It’s about how you adapt to it.

    Arsenal have their way of playing but you can’t carry on regardless.

    You can see it with Virgil van Dijk, how he communicates and marshals others if Liverpool need to regroup for ten minutes.

    The likes of Vincent Kompany, John Terry and Tony Adams were exactly the same — dealing with what is at hand.

    But you look at Arsenal and there is nobody near that level and there has not been for over a decade.

  • MARI-D UP

    Arsenal have reportedly exercised the option to make Pablo Mari's switch permanent in a £14million deal despite his season-ending injury.

    The Spanish defender, 26, joined the Gunners on loan from Flamengo in January until the end of the season.

    They paid an initial £4.2million to take the ex-Manchester City man on a temporary basis.

    But according to Coluna Do Fla in Brazil, the Emirates club decided to take up the chance to sign Mari for good.

    The report says the total cost of the transfer could be as high as £14m when bonuses and other fees are taken into account.

    Mari has featured just three times under Mikel Arteta since his arrival earlier in the year.

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal are going to have to put up with Mesut Ozil and his huge £350,000-a-week wages for one more year, according to reports.

    With 12 months left to run on his deal, Ozil is reportedly happy to stay in North London no matter what.

    ESPN describe the Gunners as keen to get rid of the 31-year-old, in order to free up some much-needed cash.

    Ozil will earn a basic salary of £18million in the coming year and is comfortably the club's top earner.

    That breaks down as £50,000 per day and a healthy £2,083 for every hour that passes between now and his contract's June 30 2021 expiry date.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are set for crunch talks with David Luiz ahead of the defender's contract expiring at the end of the month.

    The club can propose a temporary extension until the end of the season or activate an automatic 12-month renewal clause inserted into the player's contract.

    However, according to the Mail, Arsenal do not want to pay Luiz his £120,000-a-week wages for another season.

    By contrast, Luiz reportedly wants a two-year deal having been a regular throughout the Gunners' turbulent season.

    Finally, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears to have hinted at an Arsenal exit by apparently liking a tweet by a journalist praising his performance while bemoaning his teammates in the 3-0 defeat to Man City.

    The tweet read: “Once more Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led Arsenal (and Man City) in interceptions. 

    “He did everything asked of him on defence but didn't have the guile behind him.

    “He's running himself to the ground for Arsenal and that feels like bad news.”

    And The Mirror claims Aubameyang liked the tweet, therefore appearing to agree with the sentiments expressed.

  • NO MARI WORRY

    Mikel Arteta admits he still plans on signing Pablo Mari permanently this summer.

    The defender is out for the rest of the season after suffering an ankle injury against Man City.

    Mari is on loan from Flamengo and has an £8million permanent transfer clause in his deal.

    Arteta said: “It looks like a really nasty injury for Pablo. But his move cannot be affected just because he gets hurt defending our club.”

  • ART OF WAR

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta denies he was looking to make a point to under-performing players with his team against Man City.

    The likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe were all left out of the starting XI.

    He said: “I never use any line-up or squad to send any message because the messages I send are always face-to-face with the players concerned.

    “I tell them what I expect from them and what things are not working from both sides to get a better performance.

    “Every case is completely different. Nico had a few issues in the last weeks and needed  a little more time to play and the same with Laca and with Mesut.

    “But it’s not about sending messages. That’s not my way, for sure.”

  • DWIGHT DECISION

    Sean Dyche warned the Prem big boys: You will not get Dwight McNeil on the cheap.

    Burnley’s £50million-rated winger, 20, has been linked with both Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Leicester and a host of others — including Italian giants Juventus.

    But boss Dyche said: “The club is an incredibly strong position financially. That hasn’t changed because of Covid.

    “If anyone does want to knock on our door and ask for our players, we know the true worth of them.”

  • WILD THING

    Chris Wilder confirmed Sheffield United are ready to take legal action if their ‘ghost goal’ costs them European football against the likes of Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal.

    The Hawk-Eye cock-up against Aston Villa robbed his Blades of going fifth — a Champions League spot if Manchester City are banned.

    Sports Lawyer Nick De Marco QC feels the club may have a case for compensation if they miss out.

    And boss Wilder hinted they may take action ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Newcastle.

    He said: “I’ve not had anything back off the board or CEO. There will obviously be a discussion above me about the situation.

    “That’s only right and I think everybody would expect that.

    “I suppose we will only know after our final game at Southampton.”

  • WAT A MESS

    Arsenal are said to be ready to swoop for French starlet Pape Gueye amid his legal dispute with Watford.

    A representative for the Le Havre midfielder insists that he will not join the Hornets, with a treble-your-money offer on the table at Emirates Stadium.

    French outlet Le Phoceen claim the Gunners are ready to move after Pape’s agent dismissed the Watford transfer.

    He said: “Pape will not go to Watford. The contract was signed in January, but it has not yet taken effect and no one can force it.

    “After that, Watford can ask for severance payments, but they cannot force Pape to play for them.

    “This clause was fixed by the club at £4.5m, but it is far from the reality of today since the value of the players dropped by half with the health crisis.

    “The value of Pape was evaluated between £1.8-£2.7m and today Transfermarkt value him at £1.45m. The club that wants to sign him must therefore negotiate to drop his clause with Watford.”

  • FREE AND EASY

    Premier League clubs are in talks with BT Sport to show games for FREE to season-ticket holders for the rest of the 2019/20 campaign.

    So, if you're a season-ticket holder at a club and one of their home games is on BT Sport, you could be able to watch it at no cost – even if you are not a subscriber.

    A statement read: “BT Sport is working with Premier League Clubs to offer their season ticket holders free access to home Premier League matches, broadcast on BT Sport, for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

    “The BT Sport Match Pass is for eligible season ticket holders of participating clubs who do not already have BT Sport.

    “We are speaking to all clubs to put in place the processes to make this happen.

    “The Clubs will be communicating directly with their eligible season ticket holders.”

  • LEAGUE SCUPPERED

    The League Cup is set to lose the top seven Premier League clubs next season as fixture congestion reaches “critical levels”.

    The dates for two rounds of next term's Champions League and Europa League are likely to clash with the competition.

    As reported by The Times, the League Cup faces the prospect of playing without seven of the top Premier League sides as the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc on the football calendar.

    The EFL is weighing up all its options and is yet to make a final decision – but it seems almost certain that the top clubs will be ruled out of the Cup in order to compete on the European stage.

  • GIFT OF GAB

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta's desire to revamp his defence has suffered a blow after Gabriel Magalhaes reportedly agreed to join Napoli.

    Chelsea were also tipped for a move yet the French outfit have agreed a deal to sell Gabriel, according to FootMercato.

    A five-year contract worth £1.8m-a-season is said to have been agreed between the player and his new club, who will pay around £20m for his services.

  • WIZARD OF OZ

    Arsenal are going to have to put up with Mesut Ozil and his huge £350,000-a-week wages for one more year, according to reports.

    With 12 months left to run on his deal, Ozil is reportedly happy to stay in North London no matter what.

    ESPN describe the Gunners as keen to get rid of the 31-year-old, in order to free up some much-needed cash.

    Ozil will earn a basic salary of £18million in the coming year and is comfortably the club's top earner.

    That breaks down as £50,000 per day and a healthy £2,083 for every hour that passes between now and his contract's June 30 2021 expiry date.

  • TELE-MISSION

    The Government will reportedly demand EVERY Premier League match be shown live on TV until fans can return to stadiums.

    But the move is set to put them on collision course with Sky Sports and BT Sport.

    The Government wants to ensure matches are made available to as big an audience as possible, with fans not allowed to go to stadiums.

    But, having shelled out £5bn between them to broadcast games between 2019 and 2022, BT Sport and Sky Sports fear they will lose subscribers if fans cancel their accounts and watch the free-to-air matches only.

  • PIE IN THE SKY

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears to have hinted at an Arsenal exit by apparently liking a tweet by a journalist praising his performance while bemoaning his teammates in the 3-0 defeat to Man City.

    The tweet read: “Once more Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led Arsenal (and Man City) in interceptions.

    “He did everything asked of him on defence but didn't have the guile behind him.

    “He's running himself to the ground for Arsenal and that feels like bad news.”

    And The Mirror claims Aubameyang liked the tweet, therefore appearing to agree with the sentiments expressed.

  • AU DEAR

    John Barnes reckons Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could become another Mesut Ozil

    He told BonusCodeBets: “The only person who's worth that kind of money and being the highest paid player is a player who is 100% committed to the club. 

    “Not a player who, if things aren't going well, he wants to leave and then hold the club to ransom. 

    “First of all, the most important thing, regardless of money or contracts, is does he [Aubameyang] want to be at Arsenal? 

    “And then, if the club feel that he's fully committed, regardless of whether they're mid table or in the top one or two, then he is worth that. But that is a question mark. 

    “It was the same thing with Ozil. Had Ozil been that committed to Arsenal in terms of warranting that that salary? 

    “We know he has the ability, but it may not turn out that way. So, it's a question of Arsenal knowing or feeling that he's committed to the football club.” 

  • PIZZA THE ACTION

    Football fans couldn't wait to get stuck in on Wednesday – with Just Eat recording a staggering 1,300 orders PER MINUTE for the return of the Premier League.

    Orders on the Just Eat app revealed the peak time for orders was 6.15pm – shortly after kick-off between Aston Villa and Sheffield Utd, as 1,300 people ordered a takeaway every minute.

    They then had a 33 per cent increase in orders from the Birmingham area as players went in for half-time at Villa Park.

    As Man City went into half-time ahead of Arsenal at 9pm, there was a 15 per cent increase in orders.

    The peak time was between 6pm and 7pm as takeaway fans placed an incredible 76,000 orders.

    Pizza was the most popular meal throughout the evening, followed by Chinese and Indian.

    Making up the top five most popular orders across the UK were chicken and kebabs.

  • FELIX FINE

    Atletico Madrid rejected a £136million bid for Joao Felix from a mystery unnamed Premier League club before lockdown, according to reports.

    The reportedly serious bid would have seen the youngster move at the end of this season but the Spanish outfit immediately rejected the approach, claim Goal.

    Atletico paid £126m for his signature last summer using money made from Antoine Griezmann's departure for Barcelona.

    But he is yet to pay back Atletico's huge investment with just eight goals and three assists from 29 league games this campaign.

  • DAVE DECISION

    Arsenal are set for crunch talks with David Luiz ahead of the defender's contract expiring at the end of the month.

    The club can propose a temporary extension until the end of the season or activate an automatic 12-month renewal clause inserted into the player's contract.

    However, according to the Mail, Arsenal do not want to pay Luiz his £120,000-a-week wages for another season.

    By contrast, Luiz reportedly wants a two-year deal having been a regular throughout the Gunners' turbulent season.

Source: Read Full Article