Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Flops hold crisis talks after Man City thumping, Ozil trolls ex-club, Nketiah EXCLUSIVE

ARSENAL'S Etihad flops are reportedly set to hold crisis talks after their incompetent defeat at Manchester City.

Granit Xhaka was sent off for a horror challenge as the Gunners defence fell to pieces during a City onslaught, before they went on to lose 5-0.

Meanwhile Eddie Nketiah is the subject of a £12million offer from Crystal Palace, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

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  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal suffered a heavy 5-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad, which marked their worst start in 67 years.

    The Gunners have lost all of their first three matches in the Premier League and have conceded a total of nine goals without scoring once.

    City picked up an easy victory thanks to a brace by Ferran Torres and goals by Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Rodri.

    Granit Xhaka was also sent off during the first half in what marked his fourth red card as an Arsenal player.

    The Gunners endured yet another poor result and thus players are set to hold crisis talks.

    Talks are going to be led by captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who criticised the way the team performs.

    Meanwhile, manager Mikel Arteta insists he is still the right man to turn things around at the Emirates.

    However, the current situation is highly likely to increase scrutiny and pressure on the under-fire head coach.

    Arteta addressed the recent criticism he has received during his post-match press conference.

    The Spaniard said: "I always said and I will be the one, I’ve been more critical of myself and taking the blame every single time only when we have defeats.

    "I stand here today and I question myself and I have to try to have the right people around me and look at every decision that we make, that I make and try to improve it and change it if we believe that we should have done something different of course."

    Meanwhile, Arsenal wantaway player Willian is going to decide his future on Sunday.

    The former Chelsea star has been enduring a hapless stint at the Emirates ever since his move from the Blues in 2020.

    According to ESPN Brazil, the winger's future could become clearer by tomorrow and he may even be on the move by next week as Corinthians are keeping tabs on him.

    Arteta has admitted that the club is currently in talks with the Brazil international's agent to come up with a resolution over his future.

    He said: "We are having some conversations with him and the agent. We’re evaluating the position we’re in at the moment."

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON XHAKA

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted he was angry with Granit Xhaka after the midfielder's red card in the 5-0 thrashing to Manchester City.

    Xhaka picked up his fourth red card as a Gunners player during the first half against City.

    Arteta told BT Sport: "I am [angry] because of the consequences that it had to the team.

    "I must say that the line we are being judged with is really, really thin because we have seen actions like that in the first two Premier League games and nothing happened and I am disappointed"

  • Kostas Lianos

    LINEKER ON ARTETA

    Gary Lineker addressed rumours suggesting time is running out for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

    Arteta has seen the Gunners enduring their worst start in 67 years and pressure is piling up.

    Lineker hopes the north Londoners' 5-0 loss to Manchester City won't turn out to be the "straw that breaks the camel's back".

    The Match of the Day host tweeted:

  • Kostas Lianos

    CRISIS TALKS

    Arsenal players are set to hold crisis talks after their heavy 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.

    Talks are going to be led by captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who criticised the way the team performs after the Gunners were condemned to their worst start in 67 years.

    Meanwhile, manager Mikel Arteta insists he is still the right man to turn things around at the Emirates.

    However, the current situation is highly likely to increase scrutiny at Arsenal

  • Kostas Lianos

    READY FOR A TRIP

    Manchester United have rekindled their interest in Kieran Trippier, who was previously linked with Arsenal.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim that United may not be done yet after signing the likes of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    However, it seems like the Red Devils will only make a move if Diogo Dalot leaves before deadline day.

    Dalot has attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund but signs show he will stay put at Old Trafford

  • Kostas Lianos

    THAT '70s SHOW

    Arsenal have endured a miserable start to their Premier League campaign having lost all of their first three matches.

    The Gunners have also conceded nine goals without scoring once so far this season.

    In fact, the north Londoners find themselves bottom of the table at this point in the campaign for the first time since 1974.

    More below:

  • Kostas Lianos

    WILLIAN UPDATE

    Arsenal wantaway player Willian is going to decide his future on Sunday.

    The former Chelsea star has been enduring a hapless stint at the Emirates ever since his move from the Blues in 2020.

    According to ESPN Brazil, the winger's future could become clearer by tomorrow and he may even be on the move by next week as Corinthians are keeping tabs on him.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted that the club is currently in talks with the Brazil international's agent to come up with a resolution over his future.

    Arteta said: "We are having some conversations with him and the agent.

    "We’re evaluating the position we’re in at the moment"

  • Kostas Lianos

    SAL' ALL ABOUT?

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has questioned manager Mikel Arteta's decision to offload William Saliba on loan and instead play with Sead Kolasinac at centre-back.

    Wright told Premier League Productions: "You’ve got to show [Riyad] Mahrez down the line, Kieran Tierney lets him come inside and look how easy that is for Ferran Torres to go in there, in between the centre-backs, no-one is picking him up. Too easy.

    "I think between the goalkeepers and the central defenders it’s all too easy.

    "And I’m supposed to believe that [Sead] Kolasinac – someone that they’re trying to get rid of – is better than William Saliba?"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON AUBAMEYANG

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta agrees with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saying that the players should perform with more pride.

    Arteta said: "Well, if he feels that I completely agree.

    "They are the ones that are on the pitch and they are the ones who have the feelings no one can have the feelings apart from them.

    "So if that’s the case that’s good"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON CRITICISM

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has addressed recent criticism he has received following the team's horrid start to life in the Premier League.

    The Gunners endured a heavy 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, which has piled up the pressure for Arteta.

    He said: "I always said and I will be the one, I’ve been more critical of myself and taking the blame every single time only when we have defeats.

    "I stand here today and I question myself and I have to try to have the right people around me and look at every decision that we make, that I make and try to improve it and change it if we believe that we should have done something different of course"

  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM ARTETA

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta still believes he can get results with his current group of players.

    The Gunners endured a devastating 5-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad earlier today.

    This capped a horrid start to the season for the north Londoners, who have lost all of their three first Premier League matches having conceded nine goals without scoring once.

    Arteta said when asked if he still believes results will improve with his current squad: "Yes I do. If not I wouldn’t be sitting here"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA MESSAGE

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta thanked the fans for their support throughout their 5-0 loss to Manchester City.

    Arteta said: "To the fans all I can say is thank you so much.

    "We have 3,000 fans here, they were absolutely fantastic and in condition with the team throughout the game. That’s why you saw the reaction after the game.

    "All the players and myself, we have to do that and say thank you, because this doesn’t happen very often in football and we have to value what they’ve done today"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA REACTS

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta summed up his reaction to the Gunners' 5-0 loss to Manchester City.

    Arteta said: "Really disappointed with the things that happened on the pitch. Obviously the summary after three games and losing the three of them it doesn’t make it any easier.

    "I think we started the game really well and took the game the way we wanted. We were really competitive, but in the first action the ball is wide, we don’t stop the cross, we don’t deal the runners and defend the box well enough. If you do that here it’s impossible to win a football match with so many basic things that have to be done better.

    "After that we concede the second one which I think is a clear punch on Calum Chambers’ face so I don’t know how the goal is allowed. We continue going and after another 20 minutes Granit [Xhaka] gets the red card and we have to play 60 minutes with 10 men against the best team in the league. So, a very difficult day yeah"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM AUBA

    Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted the Gunners will have to "look in the mirror" and the senior players must step forward after their 5-0 loss to Manchester City.

    Aubameyang said: "We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and stick together. That’s the only way to go forward.

    "We are a team and we have to stick together in this moment and as a senior player, we have to show this to the younger players. It’s not going to be easy but we have to give our best.

    "We have to say the truth between each other and be honest"

  • Kostas Lianos

    AUBA ON XHAKA

    Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admitted that Granit Xhaka's red card changed the Gunners' game plan but admitted the team didn't "do enough" regardless.

    Aubameyang said after the Gunners' 5-0 loss to Manchcester City: "I just think, as a team, we didn’t do enough.

    "When you play against City, even in 11v11, you have to take risks and you have to be brave on the ball and we didn’t do that today.

    "After the red card, it was a completely different game but as I said, it wasn’t enough and everyone has to raise their levels"

  • Kostas Lianos

    AUBA ON ARTETA

    Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that it will be "difficult" for Mikel Arteta to regroup his side after the Gunners' horrid Premier League start.

    This comes amid rumours suggesting Arteta's grace period is slowly coming to an end.

    Aubameyang said after Arsenal's 5-0 loss to Manchester City: "It will be difficult [for Arteta to build his squad].

    "We have to play with courage and we have to play with everything.

    "As I said, we have to take risks and we just didn’t do enough today and that’s it.

    "We have to talk between us players and I think that’s now important because we’re Arsenal and we need pride"

  • Kostas Lianos

    AUBAMEYANG LATEST

    Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won't be going to Juventus this summer.

    That is according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who claims Juve have no interest in signing Aubamayeng.

    The star striker has been linked with an exit from the Emirates along with Alexandre Lacazette.

    However, Romano insisted earlier today that Juve were prioritising Moise Kean, whom they ultimately signed

  • Kostas Lianos

    BISSOUMA BOOST?

    Arsenal appear to have been dealt with a transfer boost amid their interest in Brighton star Yves Bissouma.

    That is because Liverpool have yet to make an official enquiry for Bissouma, who has also been linked with Manchester United.

    According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds have approached the Seagulls over a possible move for the £40million-rated midfielder.

    But the Mali international isn't considered as a strong possibility to come in and replace Georginio Wijnaldum in the middle of the park

  • Kostas Lianos

    MES-ING AROUND

    Former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil appeared to have taken a swipe at his former club and manager Mikel Arteta following their 5-0 thrashing to Manchester City.

    The Gunners have been enduring a horrid start to the Premier League as they lost all of their three first matches by conceding nine goals without scoring once.

    Ozil, who now plays for Fenerbahce, took to Twitter where he posted the following: "Trust the process."

    This has been seen as a tongue-in-cheek statement targeting a saying that a large section of the north Londoners' faithful have coined in regards to giving Arteta more time

  • Kealan Hughes

    BE ALL WRIGHT

    Shaun Wright-Phillips' attempts to comfort Ian Wright during Man City’s trouncing of Arsenal were met with a wry chuckle from the Gunners legend.

    The former Citizens winger, 39, was filmed kissing his father on the head following a dismal first-half for the North London side who eventually lost 5-0.

    Wright, 57, did not hold back in his summary of the performance during the game describing the side’s defending as ‘a disasterclass’.

    During the match, the ex-Gunners frontman said: “This is really embarrassing, really embarrassing.

    “I don’t know what his game plan is. Between Cedric, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, they’re all over the place.

    "The pressing funnily enough, at the start, wasn’t bad. But other than that, the organisation is absolutely abysmal.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    'BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE'

    Rival fans are enjoying the latest chapter of Arsenal's demise, with the club now BOTTOM of the Premier League.

    In particular, social media users can't wait for Amazon's upcoming All or Nothing documentary centred around Arsenal.

    Provided they don't actually support the Gunners, of course.

    One user joked: "Amazon have announced that Arsenals new documentary will now just be called ‘Nothing’."

    While another quipped: "Arsenal doing stand up comedy tour this year then."

    Plenty of memes have been flying around.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'IT IS REALLY PAINFUL'

    Under-pressure Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was not happy with a some of the decisions made by the referees and his players after his side lost 5-0 to Manchester City on Saturday.

    Granit Xhaka was red-carded in the first half Arteta felt that in the build-up to City's second goal that Calum Chambers was punched in the face.

    He told BT Sport: "It is really painful. A lot of things happened in the game to get to where we got. I think we started the game really well, and the first time they have the ball wide into our box, we didn't defend the cross.

    "After that, we tried to go again. I think we created some situations.

    "We conceded a second one. For me it is a clear punch on Calum [Chambers'] face. The referee allows it to go and we are 2-0 down. The red card, obviously, makes it a mountain to climb."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Pep Guardiola urged Arsenal supporters to have patience with Mikel Arteta following Manchester City’s emphatic 5-0 victory over Arsenal, backing his former assistant to do a ‘good job’ as long as he is given the ‘trust’ he needs.

    He said: "All I can is that I worked two or three years together… he’s above and beyond a good manager,’ Guardiola told BT Sport when asked if he had a message for Arsenal fans about Arteta.

    "The character, the personality, the leading and he’s incredibly beloved by all of us. We were sad when he left and sometimes people expect results immediately.

    "The squad and the team that he played today, it’s not the team that he dreamed of because he has six, seven, eight players injured, important, really important, players.

    "I am a big fan of him and I’m pretty sure if they trust him, they are going to do a good job at Arsenal."

  • Kealan Hughes

    LÖW BLÖW

    Mesut Özil has reacted to Arsenal's latest defeat by aiming a cheeky dig at manager Mikel Arteta, who froze the midfielder out before his move to Fenerbahce.

    After the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City Ozil tweeted: "Trust the process" – a reference to Arteta asking fans for patience.

    But it seems Ozil and a number of fans are fed up, with several supporters leaving the Etihad early after another woeful performance.

  • Kealan Hughes

    WILL HE GO?

    Willian will decide tomorrow if he’s to terminate his contract with Arsenal and return to Brazil, according to ESPN reporter Joao Costelo-Branco.

    He reports interest in the winger from clubs around Europe, but claims Corinthians is the best option on the table currently.

    That would present Willian with the chance to move back to his native Brazil after 14 years playing in Europe.

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