Arsenal news LIVE: Leicester build-up, Odegaard and Tierney injury latest, Saliba to STAY after impressing at Marseille

ARSENAL head into their early Saturday clash against Leicester City with a few question marks over injured players.

Martin Odegaard appears to have overcome injury problems to make himself available for the Foxes clash, while Kieran Tierney is also expected to return to the fold.

The Gunners are set to keep William Saliba after his impressive stint at Marseille, according to reports.

The centre-back has been sent out on loan three times since arriving at the club in 2019, but Gunners chiefs are said to be happy with his progress.

Arsenal have some injury concerns after the 2-0 win over Leeds on Tuesday night, with Ben White, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding all doubts for the weekend.

Mikel Arteta's side head to Leicester on Saturday hoping to continue a strong run of form in the Premier League.

Meanwhile Emile Smith Rowe has spoken of his desire to stay at the Emirates for good, while we have the very latest on Alexandre Lacazette's future.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    EXPENSIVE DEP-ART-URE

    Mikel Arteta will pocket a cool £5million if he is sacked by Arsenal, according to reports.

    The Spaniard has relieved some of the pressure he was under earlier this season and it has now emerged the Gunners would face a hefty pay-out if they were to axe him now.

    Arteta, 39, earns £5m-a-year at the Emirates, according to Goal.

    He signed a three-and-a-half-year deal in December 2019 when he replaced Unai Emery.

    That will see him earn around £7m if he remains in his job for the full contract term – having pocketed nearly £10m already.

    It is common for a gaffer to receive 12 months pay upon being relieved of their duties – unless specific contract clauses dictate otherwise.

    And this would see Arteta pick up a cool £5m if he gets the boot.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FOX HUNTERS

    Arsenal take on Leicester City tomorrow lunchtime knowing that a win would see them leapfrog the Foxes in the table.

    The Gunners are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions since their 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City in August.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will be eager to keep up the momentum on Saturday.

    Although Arsenal face a tough test in the shape of Brendan Rodgers' Leicester, who currently sit above them in ninth on goal difference.

    Here is how the North London outfit could start should Kieran Tierney and Martin Odegaard be declared fit.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON GAARD

    Martin Odegaard may find himself on the bench against Leicester due to injury.

    The Norwegian playmaker started from the dugout against Aston Villa.

    And Mikel Arteta has stated that he is not yet fully fit.

    He said: "Well he came back a little bit late don’t forget that.

    "He had an injury in pre-season, he picked up an injury recently as well."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOP TIER

    Arsenal gaffer Mikel Arteta has claimed that left-back Kieran Tierney is in contention to feature against Leicester, but Ben White has failed to train ahead of the match.

    Speaking of Tierney in his pre-match press conference he said: "He’s progressing training. Let’s see how he is today.

    "He felt a bit better last few days but he wasn’t 100 per cent to start the other day. We’ll see how he is in the last 48 hours."

    Commenting on White, he remarked: "He hasn’t trained yet so we will have to see how he’s feeling and see how he is."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAL SEARCHING

    Mikel Arteta has revealed the club have been keeping tabs on Willian Saliba during his loan spell at Marseille.

    Asked whether the club saw him in action against PSG last week, he said: "As a club we are always in touch.

    "Edu and Ben were there to watch him and keep a close eye on the progress he’s making.

    "I think there is room. It will depend on what happens with other players and that’s not a conversation to have now."

  • Jake Lambourne

    MARK MY WORDS

    Former Liverpool ace Mark Lawrenson has claimed Leicester will beat Arsenal 2-1 at the King Power Stadium,

    The BBC Sport pundit said: "I am still not convinced by Arsenal, especially on the road.

    "They are on a nice little unbeaten run but, other than Tottenham, they have not beaten anyone you wouldn't expect them to – their other wins were against Norwich, Burnley, AFC Wimbledon, Aston Villa and Leeds.

    "The Gunners were fortunate to nick a point at home to Crystal Palace too and, although they have turned a corner in terms of results, really you are just waiting for the next poor performance from them – because it will come.

    "Leicester left out Jamie Vardy for their Carabao Cup win over Brighton on Wednesday.

    "He will be rested, ready and hungry for this game, and I have a strong feeling he will score."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON THE PAUL

    Arsenal icon Paul Merson believes the Gunners will draw 1-1 away at Leicester on Saturday.

    He told Sportskeeda: "Arsenal have shown marked improvement this month but they now have a few injuries to deal with.

    "They’re a hard team to beat at the moment, and they know how to dig in when they’re not playing well.

    "I thought Arsenal were outstanding against Aston Villa – it’s the best I’ve seen them play this season.

    "Leicester City were very fortunate to win against Brentford last weekend. Brendan Rodgers has built a good team, however, and their performance against Manchester United is a testament to their ability.

    "Arsenal seem to have learnt a thing or two about earning results in difficult games, and a point here would be a good outcome for the Gunners."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNING FOR A LOAN CHANCE

    Mikel Arteta says Folarin Balogun could be allowed to go out on loan in January in a bid to get more senior-level first-team action.

    And Yorkshire Live claims the striker could be on the radar of Sheffield United in terms of a temporary switch.

    Balogun, 20, is thought to have attracted interest from Blades last season.

    It is claimed talks were held between the Bramall Lane side and the Gunners last term over a potential Balogun move.

    The New York-born Gunners starlet has netted seven goals in six Premier League Two appearances this term.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DASH HOME

    Emiliano Martinez has rushed back to Argentina to be at his dad's hospital bedside.

    The ex-Arsenal star flew home due to the family emergency and is set to now miss Aston Villa's clash against West Ham.

    The 29-year-old posted an image on his Instagram account alongside his father wearing a hospital gown.

    It is understood he had to undergo surgery, but looked in good spirits as he smiled in the snap.

    Martinez captioned the picture: "Thank you very much to the AFA and Chiqui Tapia for helping me in everything in these difficult days."

    He will now almost certainty be out of the home match against the high-flying Hammers on Sunday.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOLD STANDARD

    England stars Bukayo Saka and Mason Greenwood have been nominated for the 2021 Golden Boy award.

    Arsenal defender William Salbia – who is currently on loan at Marseille – has also made the 20-man shortlist.

    The winner will be announced before the end of the year and will cement their place as the best under 21 player of the current calendar year – as Erling Haaland did last year.

    Another England star, Jude Bellingham, is included amongst the nominations after setting the record for the youngest player to ever appear in a European Championships in the summer.

    Others who starred at Euro 2020 including Barcelona star Pedri and Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala have also been included.

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNER GO?

    Arsenal could be dealt a blow in their pursuit of Raheem Sterling if Xavi takes over as Barcelona manager, according to reports.

    Ronald Koeman was sacked by the Catalans this week and their former midfield star is the favourite to take over.

    Sterling's future at Manchester City is in doubt as his game time has diminished this season following the arrival of Jack Grealish.

    According to journalist Gerard Romero, Xavi is a big fan of the England star and could try to lure the 26-year-old to the Nou Camp if he becomes manager.

    That threatens the Gunners' chances of bringing Sterling back to London, with the forward previously admitting he would like to play abroad.

  • William Pugh

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic and Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria have zoomed into the Emirates' transfer spotlight.

    Vlahovic's Italian club seem ever more pessimistic about keeping their Serbian superstar beyond the summer.

    The 21-year-old has netted five times in ten Serie A games this season after 21 in 40 last term.

    Switzerland ball-winner Zakaria is another big name linked to the Gunners after also stalling over a new contract.

    The standout Bundesliga ace has even been compared to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.

    And of course midfield is a looming headache for Emirates manager Mikel Arteta as he prepares for tomorrow's Premier League trip to Leicester

    There could be a mini clear-out in that area at the end of the campaign.

    That's partly because the future of players like Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohammed Elneny remains in doubt.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal might have to pay Brugge £34million for Noa Lang if they want to win what could be a congested summer battle for the winger.

    .Leeds, West Ham and AC Milan are also said to be keen on the Holland star, 22.

    Finally, Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez has signed a new five-year Inter Milan contract after being linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MADELEINE PIXAR WINNER FOR HALLOWEEN

    Ex-footballer turned influencer Madelene Wright pulled out all the stops with her Halloween outfit.

    The former Charlton Athletic star, 23, looked amazing as she dressed up as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.

    OnlyFans model Wright shared the pics of her outfit on Instagram to the delight of her 265,000 followers.

    The skimpy outfit even came complete with a set of Buzz goggles and sleeves.

    Her fans were loving the pictures on social media with more than 5,000 likes in the first 30 minutes of going online.

    The comments section was filled with people posting flame emojis with one follower also calling her “beyond f***ing sexy”.

    Last month she stunned followers with sexy pics of her latest holiday.

    She often keeps followers up to date of her travels while also leaving little to the imagination.

    Wright quit football after failing to find a club following unsuccessful spells at Charlton and Millwall.

    She was sacked by the Addicks and now works as an influencer and also has an OnlyFans account.

    The 23-year-old spends a lot of time travelling, and shared snaps from a holiday in Santorini, Greece, in August.

  • Ian Tuckey

    OUCH OF AFRICA

    Prem managers fear the Africa Cup of Nations will create a ‘nightmare’ in the New Year.

    Top stars like Egypt’s Mo Salah are due to play at the tournament, which takes place from January 9 to February 6.

    Strugglers Watford are set to be the top-flight club hardest hit with FIVE players set to go.

    Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr, Morocco’s Imran Louza and Adam Masina, plus William Troost-Ekong and Emmanuel Dennis of Nigeria could all take part.

    Hornets boss Ranieri said: “It is not only for Watford, but for the league it is a nightmare.

    “All the teams are losing some players. That is not right, but we know that and have to be ready to try and find a solution.”

    The tournament had been delayed by a year due to the pandemic.

    Several African nations have requested players leave for national training camps BEFORE the New Year.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS EYE DUSAN

    Arsenal’s pursuit of Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic has been given a huge boost as the Italian club prepare for life without him.

    The 21-year-old Serbian caught the eye of Europe’s finest with his haul of 21 goals in 40 games in all competitions last season.

    Fiorentina have been trying to tie the striker down to a new deal but talks between the two parties have stalled.

    And now Fiorentina seem to have run out of patience and are looking towards a future without their star man – who has bagged five goals in ten Serie A games this term.

    His contract ends in 2023 but the Serie A side may be willing to offload him in January, their director Joe Barone revealed.

    When asked about Vlahovic’s future by DAZN, Barone said: “There are many games remaining before January, we are very attentive on the market and for all positions, not just the attack.

    “Vlahovic is part of the team, he took a decision and we are preparing for the future, not just in terms of singles, but also in terms of the group.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    LANG COULD COST £34M

    Arsenal may have to pay £34million for Brugge winger Noa Lang.

    The Holland star is also thought to be interesting Leeds, West Ham and AC Milan.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD & ARSENAL ‘TARGET’ LAUTARO AGREES INTER DEAL

    Lautaro Martinez has signed a new five-year Inter Milan contract after being linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham.

    The Argentina striker, 24, has also had a £94million release clause removed.

    His current deal was due to end in 2023 but another three years have been added to the new arrangement.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘THE RIGHT CHOICE CAN QUICKLY TURN BARCA AROUND’

    Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas reckons the right manager can quickly turn his old club Barcelona around despite their cash problems.

    Ronald Koeman was axed after minnows Rayo Vallecano inflicted ninth-placed Barca’s fourth defeat in six games, with reserve-team chief Sergi Barjuan becoming interim boss.

    But ex-Spain stylist Fabregas told a Twitter Q&A: “Football is changing very fast.

    “There are many examples and some very recent ones of how a new manager can change a team with the same players in a short time.

    “The chosen coach will be the key.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    BUKAYO ON SHORTLIST

    Arsenal wideman Bukayo Saka is one of three England starlets on the 20-player shortlist for the 2021 Golden Boy award.

    The prize is given to the best-performing player in Europe who is under 21 with the winner selected by sports journalists across the continent.

    Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham are the other two England aces who made the shortlist.

    Barcelona’s Pedri and Arsenal loan star William Saliba are among the players who will be rivalling Saka for the prize.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS CAN CLOSE ON ZAKARIA

    EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal have been alerted to the possibility of signing Swiss international midfielder Denis Zakaria on a free transfer next summer.

    The Borussia Monchengladbach star, 24, is in the final year of his current contract and is stalling over a new deal.

    And the powerful ball winner – who has been compared to Patrick Vieira in the past – is ready to listen to offers from England.

    That is certain to interest Arsenal’s recruitment team, who are looking for midfield reinforcements with the futures of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohammed Elneny up in the air.

    Egyptian international Elneny is out of contract this summer and seems certain to leave at the end of the season.

    And versatile England star Maitland-Niles is still not convinced of his long-term prospects at the Emirates after a deadline move to Everton was blocked by manager Mikel Arteta.

    Zakaria has been a first-team regular at Gladbach since joining from Swiss club Young Boys in 2017.

    The defensive midfielder – and international team-mate of Granit Xhaka – is able to play at centre-half as well as in central midfield.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MIK’S SIX FOR THE FUTURE

    Mikel Arteta promoted SIX academy prospects to first-team training ahead of Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off against Leicester.

    The Gunners have returned to form with six wins in eight games and Arteta is keen to see what his youth players can offer following the impressive performances of youngsters Emil Smith Rowe and Buakyo Saka.

    The Spaniard also spoke about the youthful look to his side and how senior players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are now acting as role models.

    Arteta has now taken things a step further by providing some members of the under-23s side with a chance to test themselves against the first team.

    Included in the group making the step up is January signing Omar Rekik, who joined from Hertha Berln for £600,000.

    The others are: Arthur Okonkwo, Mika Biereth, Tim Akinola, Anass Salah-Eddine and Joel Lopez.

    CLICK HERE FOR OUR GUIDE TO ALL SIX

  • Ian Tuckey

    VLAHOVIC BOOST FOR GUNNERS

    Arsenal's pursuit of Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic has been given a huge boost as the Italian club prepare for life without him.

    The 21-year-old Serbian caught the eye of Europe's finest with his haul of 21 goals in 40 games in all competitions last season.

    Fiorentina have been trying to tie the striker down to a new deal but talks between the two parties have stalled.

    And now Fiorentina seem to have run out of patience and are looking towards a future without their star man – who has bagged five goals in ten Serie A games this term.

    His contract ends in 2023 but the Serie A side may be willing to offload him in January, their director Joe Barone revealed.

    When asked about Vlahovic's future by DAZN, Barone said: "There are many games remaining before January, we are very attentive on the market and for all positions, not just the attack.

    “Vlahovic is part of the team, he took a decision and we are preparing for the future, not just in terms of singles, but also in terms of the group."

  • Ian Tuckey

    R-EDDIE FOR MORE

    Eddie Nketiah is rumoured to be unsatisfied with his lack of game time for Arsenal this term.

    And football expert Ekrem Konur claims the Emirates starlet is after a new three-year contract with the club.

    It is reported Crystal Palace tried to sign the forward for £12million in August, but the deal fell through due to personal terms.

    After Arsenal’s win against Leeds on Tuesday, Mikel Arteta said: “I have no doubts about what he can offer.

    “Whatever you throw at him, he wants more and demands more of himself, and he’s another one that I am delighted to see the performance and for him to score the goal and help the team, because he totally deserves it.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    FIORENTINA COULD SELL ARSENAL TARGET DUSAN

    Fiorentina won't rule out selling Arsenal target Dusan Vlahovicin January.

    The Serbia striker, 21, was linked with the Gunners AND Tottenham last summer.

    And Manchester City, as well as Atletico Madrid, are also reportedly interested.

    Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso has already confirmed this month Vlahovic had ejected a £35m contract offer.

    Credit: Rex
  • Ian Tuckey

    CESC: WERNER LOOKS ‘FED UP’

    Ex-Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed why he believes ‘fed up’ striker Timo Werner has struggled at Stamford Bridge.

    Former Spain star Fabregas marked the 18th anniversary of his senior debut for the Gunners with a Twitter Q&A.

    Asked about summer buy Werner, Fabregas replied: “He makes so many good runs but sometimes they either don’t see him or don’t play the pass.

    “He looks fed up sometimes.”

    Chelsea have coped well in the absence of Werner and Lukaku after drafting in Kai Havertz from out wide – a Mason Mount hat-trick leading a 7-0 defeat of Norwich last Saturday.

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