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ARSENAL had a £26million bid for former Manchester City attacker Ferran Torres rejected according to reports.

It has been claimed that the staff at Barcelona were initially willing to let him go until head coach Xavi made a u-turn on the deal.

Meanwhile, the North London outfit have confirmed their Europa League squad and it includes Marquinhos and three other potential debutants.

And Thomas Partey has been surprisingly called up to the Ghana international team despite missing Arsenal's last three matches through injury.

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  • James Colasanti

    Bellerin misses Champions League cut

    Neither ex-Arsenal star Hector Bellerin or former Chelsea ace Marcos Alonso have been included in Barcelona's squad to face Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League tomorrow.

    Explaining the omission of his new full-backs, Barca manager Xavi said: "They are two signings, they have to get used to what we are doing.

    "They haven’t had minutes this season and they need a little more physical work. Saturday they will be in the squad."

  • James Colasanti

    Xavi 'blocked Torres Arsenal switch'

    A £26million move by Arsenal to sign Ferran Torres was reportedly scuppered by Barcelona boss Xavi.

    The Gunners were set to seal a deal for the former Manchester City forward until Xavi overruled his board’s decision to let him leave, according to El Nacional.

  • James Colasanti

    Bellerin's big Barca deal

    Barcelona have reportedly added a £50million termination clause into Hector Bellerin's contract.

    The Catalans could only offer the defender a one-year-deal when they signed him on deadline day due to FFP rules.

    So the LaLiga giants have inserted the safeguard for the player in the deal, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.

  • James Colasanti

    Ghana call-up injured Partey

    Ghana call-up injured Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey for upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Nicaragua.

    Partey has been injured and unavailable for the Gunners for their last three matches and last week boss Mikel Arteta said he is likely to be out "for a while".

    He has 40 caps and his national team are set to play Brazil on September 23 and Nicaragua four days after that.

  • James Colasanti

    Saka 'could still play Zurich'

    Bukayo Saka could still play in Thursday's Europa League clash against FC Zurich – despite not being named in the official Arsenal squad list submitted to Uefa.

    The team at football.london have clarified the details of the red tape surrounding the 21-year-old England star.

    Their article says: "There is one notable absentee. That player is Bukayo Saka, who doesn't appear to be registered for the clash, despite being the only notable first-team option on the right-wing.

    "However, that doesn't necessarily mean he won't be involved in the game in some capacity.

    "That's because the youngster can be included on a so-called 'B list' which allows younger players to join the squad and be of use to them without taking up a squad place."

  • James Colasanti

    Arsenal 'must protect crown jewels'

    Mikael Silvestre has urged Arsenal to tie down three of their best young players on long-term contracts.

    The retired Gunners defender, 45, says the club must move now to secure the services of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba for many years to come.

    Former France star Silvestre told bettingexpert: "It is extremely important as Arsenal has been losing players on free transfers too many times before.

    "Now that the team is performing and you can see the progression.

    "It’s a young group of players so they need to tie them up for much longer because if you go on the market and try to buy these players now it’s going cost you a lot of money."

  • James Colasanti

    Gunners set sights on Zurich

    Arsenal return to European action this week and here are some useful details on the tie…

    The Gunners will begin their quest for Europa League glory with a 5.45pm kick-off on Thursday against Swiss giants FC Zurich at the Stadion Letzigrund.

    The two sides have never made in competitive action.

    The early Prem leaders are expected to make changes to the side which lost to Manchester United on Sunday, with Fabio Vieira, Eddie Nketiah and Matt Turner in line for starts.

    The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2, and BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game via their app.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Morning Arsenal fans

    Arsenal have confirmed their Europa League squad and it includes Marquinhos and three other potential debutants.

    The Gunners start their European adventure away to FC Zurich this Thursday.

    Brazilian wonderkid Marquinhos, 19 – whose debut fans are eagerly anticipating – is named on the list.

    Youngsters Matt Smith and James Hillson are also included.

    American goalkeeper Matt Turner – also yet to appear for the North London club – is on the roster.

    Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus felt they were the better side in Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United.

    The Gunners fought back to level at 1-1 and were on top until a late Marcus Rashford brace gave their old enemies all three points.

    Jesus said: “The feeling is frustration because we play, we control the game and the first two goals we concede we were better than them, the opponent.

    “And then we just concede. But now is the time to learn from it and improve.”

    Nuno Tavares has slammed Arsenal for not including an option to make his Marseille loan move permanent.

    He said: “I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position. When signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused. 

    "With my agents, we always wanted this purchase option, but Arsenal didn’t.

    “Now I’m at OM, and with or without an option, I’m happy. At Arsenal, I would have probably only played in the cup."

  • Alex Cole

    Young duo in Europa League squad

    Arsenal have named young prospects James Hillson and Matt Smith in their Europa League squad.

    Keeper Hillson, 21, has impressed for their Under-21s, while midfielder Smith has made his mark with their Under-23s.

    The Gunners start their Europa League campaign at FC Zurich on Thursday evening.

  • Alex Cole

    Gunners ‘need Eriksen-type player’, says Merson

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson says the current side lack a player like Christian Eriksen.

    The Great Dane produced his latest result-influencing midfield performance for the Red Devils in their 3-1 win over the Gunners on Sunday.

    Merson told Sky Sports: “The thing with Eriksen that Arsenal have not got is that ball through the lines – he did it in the first half with Bruno Fernandes for the first goal.

    “Arsenal have got Saka and Lokonga but they are not going to put the ball through the lines and that was the difference for me between the two teams. It was Eriksen’s passing.”

  • Alex Cole

    Will we see Marquinhos in Europa League?

    Arsenal have confirmed their Europa League squad and it includes Marquinhos and three other potential debutants.

    The Gunners start their European adventure away to FC Zurich this Thursday.

    The squad of 24 players was revealed on the official Uefa website on Monday.

    And Brazilian wonderkid Marquinhos, 19 – whose debut fans are eagerly anticipating – is named on the list.

    He made 33 first team appearances during his time with Sao Paulo and was a part of the squad which won the Compeonato Paulista in 2021.

    Mikel Arteta and Edu began tracking Marquinhos several months before the summer window, after being alerted to his exploits in the Brazilian Serie A.

    After forking out around £3million to acquire his services, Arteta may finally hand him some minutes in the Europa League.

  • Alex Cole

    Tavares happy at Marseille and wants to stay

    Nuno Tavares has slammed Arsenal for not including an option to make his Marseille loan move permanent.

    In an interview with RMC Sport he said: "At Arsenal, I do not know if it was a problem of competition with Kieran Tierney, but for me, that's not even the point.

    “I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position. When signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused. With my agents, we always wanted this purchase option, but Arsenal didn't.

    “Now I'm at OM, and with or without an option, I'm happy. At Arsenal, I would have probably only played in the cup.

    “I came to Marseille to play in my position, in the Champions League, in the league and in the cup. Marseille gave me this opportunity.”

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal were the better side, says Jesus

    Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus felt they were the better side in Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United.

    The Gunners fought back to level at 1-1 and were on top until a late Marcus Rashford brace gave their old enemies all three points.

    Jesus said: “The feeling is frustration because we play, we control the game and the first two goals we concede we were better than them, the opponent.

    “And then we just concede. But now is the time to learn from it and improve.”

    The feeling is frustration because we play, we control the game and the first two goals we concede we were better than them, the opponent.

    Gabriel Jesus

  • Alex Cole

    Happy birthday Bukayo Saka

    Arsenal and England youngster Bukayo Saka celebrated his 21st birthday today.

    What a player. Happy birthday No7.

  • Alex Cole

    VAR let us down, says Odegaard

    Martin Odegaard believes the decision to penalise him for a foul on Christian Eriksen before Gabriel Martinelli scored a disallowed goal was “never a foul”.

    The Gunners captain spoke to Sky Sports afterwards and blasted referee Paul Tierney’s decision – aided by Lee Mason who was monitoring VAR.

    He said: “In my opinion, it’s never a foul.

    “It’s a soft challenge and for VAR to come in, it needs to be clear and obvious. For me, it’s very, very soft.”

    It’s a soft challenge and for VAR to come in, it needs to be clear and obvious. For me, it’s very, very soft.

    Martin Odegaard

  • Alex Cole

    Arteta a 'sore loser', says Keane

    Roy Keane was having no time for Mikel Arteta’s sour grapes.

    The Spaniard wasn’t happy with the officiating at Old Trafford – as the Gunners fell to their first loss of the season.

    After the game, the Sky Sports pundit blasted the Gunners manager.

    He said: “He’s a sore loser. Every time he loses a game, I listen to him, it’s about what they didn’t do properly or the officials – stop making excuses!”

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal and Chelsea blocked Newcastle moves this summer

    Arsenal and Chelsea were both reportedly reluctant to loan players to Newcastle United this summer, according to reports.

    Both London clubs view the Magpies as a threat, claim the Telegraph, and didn’t want to entertain any business with the Toon Army.

    The Gunners are believed to have blocked Ainsley Maitland-Niles moving to Eddie Howe’s side, even though the player was said to be keen.

    While Blues stars Conor Gallagher, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja were all linked with a move to the North-East – only to find themselves staying put this summer.

  • Alex Cole

    Spurs ‘bigger threat’ than Arsenal, says Hamann

    Spurs are more genuine title contenders than Arsenal, according to former Prem star Dietmar Hamann.

    The retired Germany midfielder, 49, who played for clubs including Liverpool and Manchester City, told the Games Cabin: “Manchester City started as favourites and I believe they will remain favourites.

    “Liverpool are five points behind them now and we know how hard it is to make points up on Manchester City.

    “I think both sides need to be aware of Tottenham. Arsenal have had spells in the past where they didn’t win for three or four games and that doesn’t usually happen to Liverpool and Manchester City.

    “So I believe Tottenham will be more of a threat to them than Arsenal.”

  • Alex Cole

    Get up and go again, says Jesus

    Gabriel Jesus, 25, says it is time for Mikel Arteta’s young side to regroup and go again after yesterday's Old Trafford loss.

    He said: “Now is the time to learn from it and improve. 

    “We are doing so well this season but there are still things to improve for everyone, as individuals and as a team.

    “If you look at our team you can see we are still young. It is the youngest team in the league, in the toughest league of the world.

    “We have to stick together and improve as a team and don’t think about this one. This one is gone. We have to learn and then do better next time.

    “We are playing so well, so good, but no one is perfect. No team in the world is perfect and we have to play to try to score and don’t concede. But sometimes the opponent has quality as well.

    “I think now it is our challenge to improve a lot of things and come back strong.”

  • James Colasanti

    Gunners 'need Eriksen-type player'

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson says the current side lack a player like Christian Eriksen.

    The Great Dane produced his latest result-influencing midfield performance for the Red Devils in their 3-1 win over the Gunners on Sunday.

    Merson told Sky Sports: "The thing with Eriksen that Arsenal have not got is that ball through the lines – he did it in the first half with Bruno Fernandes for the first goal.

    "Arsenal have got Saka and Lokonga but they are not going to put the ball through the lines and that was the difference for me between the two teams. It was Eriksen's passing."

  • James Colasanti

    Young duo in Europa squad

    Arsenal have named young prospects James Hillson and Matt Smith in their Europa League squad.

    Keeper Hillson, 21, has impressed for their Under-21s, while midfielder Smith has made his mark with their Under-23s.

    The Gunners start their Europa League campaign at FC Zurich on Thursday evening.

  • James Colasanti

    'Arsenal were better side' – Jesus

    Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus felt they were the better side in Sunday's defeat to Manchester United.

    The Gunners fought back to level at 1-1 and were on top until a late Marcus Rashford brace gave their old enemies all three points.

    Jesus said: "The feeling is frustration because we play, we control the game and the first two goals we concede we were better than them, the opponent.

    "And then we just concede. But now is the time to learn from it and improve."

  • James Colasanti

    Scholes says Arteta is 'stubborn'

    Paul Scholes says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was too "stubborn" with his approach in Sunday's defeat to Manchester United.

    Red Devils legend Scholes felt the Gunners boss should have been more flexible with his approach in a game which was 1-1 before a late United blitz saw them run out 3-1 winners.

    Scholes told the Mirror: "We talk about philosophies all the time, don't we? These managers are stubborn.

    "Arteta will be stubborn, Guardiola will be stubborn, Jurgen Klopp will be stubborn. But this man [Erik ten Hag] – you have to give him credit because he's gone away, really, from what he wants to do.

    "Now, why would you change and go back to something that didn't really work at the start of the season?

    "He's found a way of playing football on the counter-attack with this group of players – why change that?"

  • James Colasanti

    Subs were costly, says Merson

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson says they paid the price for some bad substitutions in Sunday's defeat to Manchester United.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta brought on Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira for Martin Odegaard, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Albert Sambi Lokonga with 15 minutes to go.

    Merse wrote in his Sky Sports column: "I thought the triple substitution was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction from Arteta.

    "There was another 20 minutes in the game and at 2-1 down there's another chance in the game.

    "I just thought it was too many subs at the same time and I think they lost it there."

  • James Colasanti

    Wenger's view on VAR

    Arsene Wenger says VAR might have just made his legendary Arsenal side Champions League winners in addition to all of their other top honours.

    The video review system for on-field decisions did not exist when the Frenchman was leading the Gunners tothree Prem titles and seven FA Cups during his 1996-2008 era as their manager.

    Wenger's Gunners never won European football's top club prize but reached the final in 2006.

    They lost 2-1 to Barcelona and led 1-0 before a late leveller from Samuel Eto'o – which was offside.

    Asked which game he wishes VAR had been used on, Wenger – speaking in 2019 – told beIN Sports: "It is the final of the 2006 Champions League, because I think Eto'o's equaliser was offside.

    "That would have changed the history of Arsenal Football Club."

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