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The US Sun
 2021-09-07

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.

But in a boost to Arteta, Thomas Partey and Ben White have returned to training.

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CONTE BELIEVE IT

Arsenal have been linked with Antonio Conte following Mikel Arteta's miserable start to the season.

Reports in Italy over the weekend even claimed that the Gunners had 'agreed terms' with the former Chelsea boss.

The rumours have since been rubbished by experts including Fabrizio Romano.

But that doesn't stop Arteta being under immense pressure, with his side having lost three out of three in the Premier League so far this season.

A Conte appointment might not be imminent, but what's the harm in dreaming, Arsenal fans?

THAT'S FAB

Bukayo Saka made it to the top five of Arsenal stars with the most appearances before turning 20.

Saka registered his 92nd game for the Gunners two weeks ago against Manchester City - equalling Theo Walcott's record.

But the England international will not get to break Cesc Fabregas' record tally as he turned 20 on Sunday during the international break.

No teenager has ever amassed more appearances for the Gunners than Fabregas, who sits on top of that list with 151 games.

Arsenal have a chance of getting some points on the board as the face 19th placed Norwich City.

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GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

Arsenal have been handed a huge fitness boost with THREE key players back in training.

Thomas Partey, Ben White and Gabriel all took part in Monday's session.

And Mikel Arteta hopes he can call on the trio for Arsenal's crunch clash against fellow bottom feeders Norwich this weekend.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are prepared to let FIVE first-teamers leave on free transfers next summer.

Football.london claims Arteta and Edu are ready to move the quintet on so they can free up room for fresh faces.

It’s believed Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Mo Elneny, Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac will all be allowed to agree pre-contracts elsewhere come January.

And Arsenal are happy to forgo transfer fees for all of them.

Finally, Willian has opened up on his Arsenal exit.

He told Corinthians TV: “I really thought a lot, together with my family and close people. Unfortunately, my time at Arsenal was not good, I wasn't happy at the club.

“I don't need to go into details, but I wasn't happy and I thought that returning to Brazil was the best option.

“I studied some other opportunities, but I wanted to return to Corinthians, to my home, to be close to my family.

“It’s the club that projected me to the world, revealed me. The right time to come back was this.”

Let's take a look at Arsenal's next five games.

Can Mike Arteta pick up his first points - and goal - of the season against Norwich?

FIVE ALIVE

Arsenal are prepared to let FIVE first-teamers leave on free transfers next summer.

Football.london claims Mikel Arteta and Edu are ready to move the quintet on so they can free up room for fresh faces.

It’s believed Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Mo Elneny, Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac will all be allowed to agree pre-contracts elsewhere come January.

And Arsenal are happy to forgo transfer fees for all of them.

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TAKING THE MIK

Mikael Silvestre does NOT think former club Arsenal are good enough to finish in the top six this season.

He told NetBet: "At the moment, no [they won't get top six].

"It was a work in progress last season and it looks like it could be similar this season.

"So it will be difficult for Arsenal."

BUK THE TREND

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been full of praise for Arsenal and England star Bukayo Saka.

The Liverpool ace said: “He’s an unbelievable lad, on and off the pitch.

“He’s fantastic. He’s like a little brother figure to a lot of us, he’s someone who is always walking around with a smile on his face no matter what’s going on.

“The way he’s reacted from what happened in the summer, coming back, scoring a goal really put the icing on the cake for him,”

NOR BLIMEY

Arsenal have been handed a huge fitness boost with THREE key players back in training.

Thomas Partey, Ben White and Gabriel all took part in Monday's session.

And Mikel Arteta hopes he can call on the trio for Arsenal's crunch clash against fellow bottom feeders Norwich this weekend.

ART ATTACK

Former England ace Carlton Palmer reckons Arsenal will miss out on Europe again if they continue with Mikel Arteta.

He told the Transfer Tavern: “You look at Arteta who’s coming in there, he wants to give it a Man City flare, but they haven’t got Man City players.

“The striker, who will score you 25, 30 goals, has gone off the boil because now it’s pass, pass, pass. He’s not that player. He need the ball fed through for him to run onto to score.

“He needs the ball gone early for him to score. Arsenal have lost that identity of what they’re about. Arteta’s trying to bring a Man City feel to Arsenal when he hasn’t got the players to do that.

"So I’ve said before the start of the season, I think Arsenal will struggle, I really do believe they’ll struggle, I don’t see them being any better than ninth or tenth in the league.”

SACK RACE

Mikel Arteta is the odds-on favourite to be the first Premier League manager sent packing.

According to Betfair, the Arsenal boss leads Crystal Palace’s Patrick Vieira in the stakes.

Others included are Watford’s Xisco and Newcastle’s Steve Bruce.

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MAN ALIVE

Premier League champions Manchester City have the most expensive squad in Europe.

That is according to findings from CIES, who claim City's team is valued at an eye-watering £926million.

Rivals Manchester United, however, are not far behind in second place as they have closed the gap by £49m.

And struggling Arsenal are ninth in the list, despite sitting bottom of the Prem table.

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ICON HEALTH SCARE

Football legend Pele has successfully undergone surgery to have a tumour removed from his colon.

The Brazilian, 80, revealed tonight: “My friends, thank you very much for your kind messages. I thank God for feeling very well and for allowing Dr. Fabio and Dr. Miguel to take care of my health.

“Last Saturday I underwent surgery to remove my breast. Suspicious lesion in the right colon. The tumour was identified during the tests I mentioned in the last week.

“Fortunately, I'm used to celebrating great victories alongside you. I will face this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and joy for living surrounded by the love of my family and friends.”

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EXCLUSIVE BY JORDAN DAVIES

Gerhard Struber will NOT join Crystal Palace if current boss Patrick Vieira is sacked.

Arsenal legend Vieira is already feeling the heat having picked up just two points from his opening three Premier League games.

But despite being linked, SunSport can reveal that New York Red Bulls boss Struber will not swap the States for south London.

EL OF A SHOW

Mo Elneny still wants to leave Arsenal after seeing moves to Galatasaray and Besiktas reportedly break down.

But football.london claims he will be made to stay with the Gunners until next summer.

Elneny is out of contract at the end of the season.

And Arsenal would prefer he stays as cover for the entirety of the campaign before departing on a free transfer.

THAT’S FAB

Bukayo Saka has made it to the top five of Arsenal stars with the most appearances before turning 20.

Saka registered his 92nd game for the Gunners two weeks ago against Manchester City - equalling Theo Walcott's record.

But the England international will not get to break Cesc Fabregas' record tally as he turned 20 on Sunday during the international break.

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WHERE THERE’S A WILL

Willian has opened up on his Arsenal exit.

He told Corinthians TV: “I really thought a lot, together with my family and close people. Unfortunately, my time at Arsenal was not good, I wasn't happy at the club.

“I don't need to go into details, but I wasn't happy and I thought that returning to Brazil was the best option.

“I studied some other opportunities, but I wanted to return to Corinthians, to my home, to be close to my family.

“It’s the club that projected me to the world, revealed me. The right time to come back was this.”

GUNNER CHANGE?

Brendan Rodgers is the outright favourite to replace Mikel Arteta as Arsenal manager, according to Betfair.

However, there's plenty of high-profile candidates including Antonio Conte and Steven Gerrard also being linked with the role in North London.

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PELE CONCERN

Football legend Pele has been hospitalised with an undisclosed health problem.

The 80-year-old is said to not be seriously ill, but has been inside for six days now.

The Globo news site said Pele was undergoing routine examinations in Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein Hospital when the undisclosed issue was detected.

Pele's business manager Joe Fraga said there was no cause for concern.

The scare came a few days after Pele was forced to refute reports he had fainted.

REBELS REBUFFED

Uefa President Alexander Ceferin has branded the European Super League ‘disgraceful’ at a Geneva meeting involving Prem League supremos.

And new European Club Association chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi, also chairman of PSG, added: “This 'not-Super League' was defeated through integrity, togetherness, and protecting the interests of every member of our European football community.

“People have tried to divide us; they have tried to separate us; they have tried to make us weaker. They have failed.

“In fact, they have achieved the exact opposite – they brought us together. They have made us stronger.”

CONTE BELIEVE IT

Arsenal have been linked with Antonio Conte following Mikel Arteta's miserable start to the season.

Reports in Italy over the weekend even claimed that the Gunners had 'agreed terms' with the former Chelsea boss.

The rumours have since been rubbished by experts including Fabrizio Romano.

But that doesn't stop Arteta being under immense pressure, with his side having lost three out of three in the Premier League so far this season.

A Conte appointment might not be imminent, but what's the harm in dreaming, Arsenal fans?

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REDEMPTION

The Gunners have a bottom of the table clash coming up next against Norwich.

YOUNG GUN

Arsenal's Harry Clarke has won Ross County's Player of the Month awarded after a strong start to the season.

Clarke also scored a goal against defending Scottish champions Rangers.

Ross County have congratulated the 20-year-old on Twitter.

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RAM’S THE MAN

Arsenal sporting director Edu has praised summer signing Aaron Ramsdale.

The 23-year-old England international joined for £30million this summer.

Edu said: “You see the strategy.

“For every single name I can explain to you the reasons.

“Aaron Ramsdale, for example, he is a very good football player and has the potential to be a big part of the team in the future.”

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