Arsenal 0 Leicester City 1

Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score a customary goal against Arsenal and send Leicester to within a point of the Premier League summit with a first win at the Gunners’ home since 1973.Vardy, 33, had missed two games with a calf injury but was reintroduced after a largely sterile opening hour at Emirates Stadium and promptly ended a 262-minute Leicester goal drought in the league. The former England international headed home fellow substitute Cengiz Under’s smart pass to bring up a remarkable 11th Premier League goal against Arsenal in 12 appearances. Only Wayne Rooney, with 12, has more goals.

Until Vardy’s arrival Leicester had barely threatened but they have now won their opening three away league games for the first time. Arsenal were disappointing and, despite dominating possession and having 12 shots on goal, never looked like seriously testing Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as they slipped to a first home league defeat of 2020. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta criticised the decision to disallow an Alexandre Lacazette header for offside early in the first half. Arsenal thought they had scored in the opening minutes when Lacazette headed in from a corner, but Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were both offside.

From that point Arsenal controlled the game for the most part, but, despite Kieran Tierney raiding with intent down the left, they struggled to bust open the organised visitors. Arsenal had 11 shots in the first half but Schmeichel’s only save of note came from the one effort after the break, pushing out a decent volley from Hector Bellerin. Aubameyang, who has now gone five Premier League games without a goal for the first time, was largely anonymous. Thomas Partey made a much-vaunted full league debut in midfield but was not alone in failing to shine as Arsenal moved the ball painfully slowly at times. They have scored only eight goals in six league games this season. They have managed fewer at this stage in one of the previous 20 campaigns, when they scored five goals in 2015-16.

Rapid Vienna 1 Arsenal 2

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said there is more to come from “fantastic” Thomas Partey after the midfielder’s superb full debut in the 2-1 Europa League win at Rapid Vienna. David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two goals in five second-half minutes after a Bernd Leno mistake had gifted Taxiarchis Fountas the opener to ensure the Gunners began Group B with a victory. But it was the performance of £45m deadline day signing Partey that stood out. The former Atletico Madrid player was a calm presence in midfield, breaking down attacks and building play with apparently effortless ease.

It was only Partey’s second appearance in an Arsenal shirt after a late cameo in the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City in the Premier League at the weekend, and Arteta is excited by what is to come from the Ghana international. For a long time in this game, the performance of Partey was the only highlight. The midfielder oozed class, breaking up play with well-timed tackles, getting the ball forward with calm and accurate passes and being alert to any danger posed by the hosts. Partey made a particularly crucial intervention in the first half when he prodded the ball from under the feet of Fountas as the Rapid Vienna forward was about to shoot.

After a tight first half in which chances were few and far between, the hosts took the lead after a big error by Leno. The goalkeeper’s attempted pass was intercepted by Fountas, who then fired home from a tight angle. Another error by Leno almost gifted the Austrians a second when he hit a clearance straight at Fountas, but he was able to recover and parry the striker’s effort. Arsenal lacked quality in the final third as they struggled to open up the hosts but found their bite when Aubameyang came off the bench. Luiz put Arsenal level when he headed in Nicolas Pepe’s free-kick and Aubameyang secured the win when he tapped in from Hector Bellerin’s excellent assist. Leno still looked nervous dealing with passes back to him and another poor clearance hit Luiz and deflected to Fountas, but this time Rapid Vienna’s top scorer could not capitalise.

Ozil Left Out In The Dumps

German playmaker and universal waste Mesut Ozil has not been included in Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad and as a result, the player would not be able to feature for the Gunners until next February at the earliest. Ozil has been a then most expensive signing and key member of Arsenal’s attacking play for the most part of the past seven seasons after making the switch from Real Madrid in 2013. Premier League rules clearly state that Arsenal must submit their 25-man squad Tuesday afternoon and the squad must include maximum of 17 non-homegrown players over the age of 21.

Arsenal failed to move on some fringe players during the transfer window and as a result, two senior stars cannot be registered to play during the first half of Premier League season. As a result, Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have been informed that they won’t be making the final 25-member squad. Ozil’s played his last match for Arsenal against West Ham and this was the final match before football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. Arsenal is currently at the fifth place in Premier League 2020-21 standings with nine points from five matches. The Gunners will next take on Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday, October 25.

Ozil remains a target for MLS side DC United, according to the Daily Star and a January exit now looks likely. Ozil, 32, who is under contract with Arsenal until June 2021 and earns a reported 350,000 pounds ($452,830) per week, has not played for Mikel Arteta’s side this season. Arteta had said last month that his team is “evolving” and that Ozil would find it difficult to find a place in the squad, casting doubts over his future at the club.

Manchester City 1 Arsenal 0

Stand-in skipper Raheem Sterling scored the only goal as Manchester City returned to winning ways in their Premier League clash with Arsenal. Sterling, given the armband by manager Pep Guardiola with Fernandinho on the bench and Kevin de Bruyne injured, finished off the rebound after Phil Foden’s 23rd-minute shot had been saved. Arsenal had chances to level but City keeper Ederson denied them with three excellent first-half saves and both David Luiz and Pepe were off target with free-kicks in good positions after the break. The result extended a miserable run of away results against their fellow ‘top six’ members for Arsenal. They have now failed to win in their last 29 such meetings, since a success at City in 2015.

Guardiola is yet to drop a point against the Gunners in five encounters at Etihad Stadium since he succeeded Manuel Pellegrini as City manager in 2016. More importantly for his side, after picking up a single point from their last two games, they were able to claim maximum points in this one. The three points came even without De Bruyne and with the returning Sergio Aguero restricted to an hour’s action on his first appearance since June after recovering from a knee injury. Aguero escaped a caution after placing his arm on assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis’ neck as he argued against a decision.

As might have been expected from a meeting between Guardiola and the man he spent three-and-a-half years alongside in the City dug-out, Mikel Arteta, this was a tactical blitz. At one point, Willian was operating as centre-forward and Sterling was sitting deep in midfield. After Aguero’s exit, Bernado Silva briefly went into the false nine role as both men tried to keep the other guessing. Arteta was able to bring on £45m new-boy Thomas Partey for his debut near the end but the truth is, he doesn’t have the strength in depth afforded to Guardiola. Both sides suffered disruption in the build-up, although the loss of Aymeric Laporte and Mendy to injury had less of an impact on City as the delay in finding out the Premier League were prepared to allow Kieran Tierney to play had on the Gunners.

Arsenal Signs Thomas Partey

Arsenal have signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on a long-term deal after paying his 50m euros (£45.3m) release clause. The 27-year-old Ghana midfielder made 35 league appearances and scored three goals for Diego Simeone’s side as they finished third in La Liga last season. He played 188 times for Atletico after joining the club in 2011. Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 24, has moved in the opposite direction and joined the La Liga side on loan. Arsenal have been linked with Partey, who has 29 international caps, throughout the summer transfer window.

Partey won the 2017-18 Europa League and 2018 Super Cup with Atletico and signed a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano in 2018, until the end of June 2023. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high-quality player to our squad. “He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years. “We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”

Torreira – who joined Arsenal from Sampdoria for £26m in July 2018 and has made 89 appearances for the Gunners – moves to Madrid on a season-long loan. Arsenal had already added Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes for 26m euros (£23.14m) from Lille, former Chelsea forward Willian on a free transfer and re-signed Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid during the summer window. The Premier League side’s French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 21, has secured a loan move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin. Arteta’s side have won three of their opening four Premier League games as they look to improve on last season’s eighth-place finish.

Matteo Joins Berlin On Loan

Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has joined Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan. The France Under-21 international has made 82 appearances for us since joining from French side Lorient in summer 2018. Matteo started his career at Paris Saint-Germain’s academy before joining Lorient. He went straight into our first-team squad when he joined us, with only three players making more appearances than Matteo in his debut season of 2018/19. Everyone at Arsenal wishes Matteo well for the season.

Bayer Leverkusen remain in talks about signing Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac, with the Bundesliga club preferring a loan deal with an obligation-to-buy option, while Lucas Torreira is on the verge of joining Atletico Madrid on loan and is having his medical in the Spanish capital. Hertha Berlin’s 18-year-old defender Omar Rekik is joining Arsenal. The transfer fee is estimated at €1m. He will train with the first-team.

Thomas Partey is now flying to London! Atlético Madrid board have received the notification 1 hour ago from Arsenal for Thomas.

Arsenal Fire Loyal Mascot Of 27 Years

Arsenal fans’ lovable mascot Gunnersaurs has been sacked after 27 years of service as the club looks to cut costs amid the coronavirus crisis. The club has deemed the role to no longer be essential due to the absence of fans at the Emirates. This decision, however, has been met with considerable hostility from the fans. Jerry Quy, the man inside the costume since the birth of the mascot in 1993, has been let go as the Arsenal board wants to ease the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This decision has left the fans furious. From fans to club legends, a host of those associated with Arsenal have bid teary-eyed goodbyes to the famous mascot.

The part-time mascot has been a club loyalist. Apart from seeing the club through the highs and lows, including the Invincibles of 2003-04, Jerry Quy also missed his brother’s wedding in order to be available to entertain fans during a home game. Despite his incredible commitment, he has been relieved of his duties given the situation. With no supporters to entertain, Arsenal have deemed Gunnersaurus’ job surplus to requirements.

Earlier, Arsenal became the first Premier League team to agree pay cuts with their first-team squad of 12.5% over 12 months, although that was reduced to 7.5% after the Gunners qualified for the Europa League by winning the FA Cup. The club, however, made as many as 55 posts redundant as they look to overcome the financial pinch they are facing due to the absence of fans in the stadium.

Arsenal 2 Sheffield United 1

Arsenal scored two quick-fire team goals to extend Sheffield United’s point-less start to the Premier League season – although the Blades did manage their first goal. The Gunners did not really get going until the 60th minute when Bukayo Saka celebrated his first England call-up with a header from Hector Bellerin’s cross. Three minutes later they doubled their lead with Nicolas Pepe’s good run and finish into the bottom corner – finishing off a move with 19 passes. They looked completely in control until David McGoldrick curled home the Blades’ first league goal of the season. But it was not enough to affect the outcome and United have now lost seven consecutive top-flight games for the first time since 1975.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal move onto six points from three games, having lost 3-1 to champions Liverpool last Monday. It was far from Arsenal’s best performance of the season – but they made it four wins from four games in all competitions, against teams other than Liverpool. They could have been down to 10 men in the first half when David Luiz pulled back Oliver Burke as the Scot chased onto a poor back-pass, with Bernd Leno coming out of his box to clear, but the referee and the VAR team did not deem any punishment necessary. It took 28 minutes for the game’s first attempt as Eddie Nketiah flicked a header towards goal. That was the longest wait for a shot in any Premier League game in 2020. The Gunners had the better chances in the first half but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced a good diving save from Aaron Ramsdale and then hit an acrobatic volley at the goalkeeper.

Sheffield United had a red card let-off of their own as Sander Berge was only booked for a lunging tackle on Aubameyang, who was hurt but able to carry on. Their two strikes were worth the wait, the result of fine passing moves. Aubameyang lifted a pass over the top to Bellerin, whose clipped cross was headed into the top corner by Saka at the far post. And then substitute Pepe played a one-two with Bellerin before running at the Blades defence and slotting home via the base of the post. Their main disappointment will have been losing a clean sheet and causing a few tense moments late on when the game looked safe.

Torreira To Leave On Loan

Atletico Madrid set to agree on an agreement with Arsenal over the transfer of Lucas Torreira. Lucas Torreira was heavily tipped to join Atletico Madrid this summer as Los Rojniblancos wanted to bolster their midfield this summer. In the latest update by Deportes COPE, Atletico Madrid has reached an agreement with Arsenal to hire the services of Torreira on a loan deal with an option to buy next season for €18 million. It has further been reported that the current loan deal will cost Atletico Madrid around €2 million. The addition of Torreira is crucial for Diego Simeone’s side as Hector Herrera is speculated to leave.

Though the Mexican midfielder has been included for Atletico Madrid’s next La Liga game against Villarreal. If the deal gets completed then Atletico Madrid would be signing second Urugyaun this summer. As Luis Suarez has already arrived from Barcelona and have given an impactful start to his career with the Madrid based club. Torreira never managed to have an impact at the North London club and last season he received even lesser minutes as he has massively slipped in Mikel Arteta’s pecking order.

Signed in 2018 from Sampdoria, Torreira had a great start to his Arsenal career, but never consistent enough to make him stand out. Though Arsenal’s midfield will probably get thinner this season after the departure of Torreira, as Arsenal’s attempt to sign Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar remain inadequate. But the rise of Mohamed Elneny and Dani Ceballos remaining at Arsenal for another season may keep Arteta’s plans afloat for a while. Now it remains to seen whether Torreira manages to bring a revival to his career at Atletico Madrid with the 24-year-old having ample time to make amends.

Leicester City 0 Arsenal 2

A Christian Fuchs own goal and Eddie Nketiah’s poked finish gave Arsenal victory over Leicester City and set up a potential Carabao Cup fourth-round tie against Liverpool.There was little Fuchs could do as Nicolas Pepe’s angled effort hit him after coming off the post and went in. Nketiah settled the tie in the closing stages, stabbing in after fine work from substitute Hector Bellerin. Earlier, City’s James Maddison hit the post on his first start of 2020-21. Arsenal will play Liverpool in round four if the Premier League champions beat League One Lincoln on Thursday.

Wednesday’s result continued the Gunners’ impressive start to the season, during which they have won the Community Shield on penalties and secured back-to-back Premier League victories. Manager Mikel Arteta made seven changes but still fielded a strong side, although there was again no place for Mesut Ozil. The XI did include previously maligned club record signing Pepe, who was solid without being spectacular on Wednesday, but played a key role in the opening goal with a good run and persistence at the end of it. Bukayo Saka again demonstrated his readiness for regular first-team action, while Nketiah remains a predatory finisher. He almost scored with a chip that Wes Morgan headed off the line, before he did settle the tie by prodding the ball past Danny Ward from close range.

Arguably just as interesting as those included by Arteta were those he left out of his side, including midfielders Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi. Ozil has not been involved at all since the 2019-20 season resumed in June, having previously started every Premier League game under Arteta before lockdown.

Reunnarsson Joins Arsenal

Goalkeeper Alex Runarsson has joined us on a four-year contract from French club Dijon. The 25-year-old Iceland international (full name Runar Alex Runarsson) joined the Ligue 1 club in July 2018 and made 13 appearances for them in all competitions last season. Alex started his career with KR Reykjavik in his home country. He went on to join FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark, where he made 62 appearances during a three-year spell, before moving to Dijon. Alex will wear the number 13 shirt.

Technical director Edu said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Alex to our squad. We have been monitoring him for some time and from the analysis, he has strong attributes that we look for in a goalkeeper and as a person.” Mikel Arteta added: “We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position.” Runarsson will replace Emiliano Martinez as the no.2 to Bernd Leno after the Argentine international sealed a £20m transfer to Aston Villa earlier in the week.

His father Rúnar Kristinsson, a former midfielder, is the only Icelander to have more than 100 caps. Having previously represented his country at youth level, Rúnar was called up to the Iceland senior squad for the 2017 China Cup. He earned his first senior cap in a friendly personal loans online no credit check against the Czech Republic on 9 November 2017. n May 2018, he was named in Iceland’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Arsenal 2 West Ham 1

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised his side’s mental strength after Eddie Nketiah’s late winner maintained their 100% start to the season against West Ham.The result condemned the Hammers to a second successive defeat – the third time in the past four seasons they have lost their first two matches. “What I like is the approach the boys had in the last 25 minutes where I could see they were a bit down and then they lift it,” Arteta said. “Probably a few months ago we would have drawn or lost that game and today we win it. In the end you have to find a way because there will be games like this through the season.” The Gunners largely controlled the opening stages of the contest and deservedly went ahead when Alexandre Lacazette headed in from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s chipped cross.

However, the Hammers, who always looked dangerous on the counter-attack, levelled just before the interval when Michail Antonio bundled in Ryan Fredericks’ cross at the end of a sweeping move. While Arsenal continued to enjoy more of the ball after the break, David Moyes’ side created the better openings in front of goal with Antonio heading against the bar and seeing a scuffed close-range effort saved by Bernd Leno. But, Nketiah’s late tap-in from a Dani Ceballos pass ensured Arsenal continued their fine home record against the Hammers, having won 11 of the last 12 meetings at Emirates Stadium.

While there have been considerable signs of improvement at Arsenal since Arteta took charge last December this performance appeared to fizzle out after Lacazette had registered his 50th goal in all competitions for the club. The crispness of passing, swift attacking and solidity at the back were all noticeably missing and it allowed West Ham a route back into the encounter. However, the pleasing aspect for the Spaniard will be that his team were still capable of eking out a victory from an under-par showing. Nervy at the back throughout, Arteta’s side survived several close scares and struggled to break free of their lethargy despite the introduction of £72m winger Nicolas Pepe. It took another substitute, Nketiah, to make the difference, with his tap-in coming eight minutes after he had come on to replace Lacazette.

Martinez Joins Aston Villa

Emiliano Martinez became Aston Villa’s third signing of the summer transfer window on Wednesday. And the goalkeeper was quick to get to know his new surroundings at Bodymoor Heath as he posed for photos around the training ground.

The goalkeeper arrives at Villa Park on a four-year deal with a stellar reputation following an outstanding end to the 2019/20 campaign with the Gunners. With trophies in the cabinet, Martinez felt like it was the right time to start a new journey.

“When I won the FA Cup and the Community Shield, I told my family that it’s time to have a new challenge,” he told VillaTV. “He [Dean Smith] explained why he wants me here, the process that he wants from the club and also the playing style, and that’s why I decided to come here. “Aston Villa gave the opportunity, I trust the process, the playing style and I truly believe that we can have a good season. “I always decide with my family, I ask for opinions and they all said good things about Villa. “I always follow my instincts, and I had no doubts about coming here.” Martinez, who had two years remaining on his Arsenal contract, impressed when he stepped in for Bernd Leno when the German was injured following June’s Premier League restart, but was absent from the matchday squad for the opening weekend win at Fulham.

The Argentine kept nine clean sheets in 23 games last season and helped Arsenal win the FA Cup, and also started in their Community Shield triumph over Liverpool at the start of 2020/21. The 28-year-old posted an emotional farewell message generic priligy to Arsenal supporters on Tuesday, in which he outlined his frustration at a lack of playing time during the majority of his time at the club. In a post on Instagram, Martinez, who joined Arsenal from Independiente in 2010, said: “I could not be happier to leave through the front door, with the Arsenal fanbase supporting me.

“I’m very grateful for the 11 years at Arsenal, even if it was hard for me and I suffered through my time. “Season after season I was trying come back to the club I love to try and have my chance. “I’m proud to have overcome my frustration and show the Arsenal fanbase what it missed ten years ago. I knew I could do the same thing years before. “It was hard, but I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel.”

Aubameyang Signs New 3 Year Arsenal Deal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract with Arsenal. Having put pen to paper on his new deal, our 31-year-old captain wanted to break the news on Arsenal.com and on social media by telling fans LIVE that he was staying, with the ambition to lift more trophies and leave a long-term legacy. The Gabon international signed from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and has since made 111 appearances and scored 72 goals. In his first full season with us, Auba jointly won the Premier League Golden Boot with 22 goals.

Last season he netted 29 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice in the Heads Up FA Cup final victory against Chelsea. He kicked off this season in similar fashion, scoring against Liverpool in the Community Shield as we lifted the trophy on penalties.

“Signing for this special club was loans for people on ssi never in doubt,” Auba said. “It’s thanks to our fans, my team-mates, my family and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here. I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal.”

Mikel Arteta added: “It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us.  He’s a superb player with an incredible mentality. Being the player to have taken the least amount of time to reach 50 goals with this club tells you everything you need to know about him and his way of working. He’s an important leader for the team and a big part of what we’re building.  He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here.”

Technical director Edu said: “It’s clear Auba loves the club and everything we stand for on and off the pitch. He’s obviously a very important part of the team so we’re all delighted he has committed his future to us. It’s a big boost for everyone – fans, team-mates and staff.”

Fulham 0 Arsenal 3

Debutants Gabriel and Willian impressed as Arsenal blew away promoted Fulham in the opening game of the Premier League season. Former Chelsea winger Willian had a hand in all three goals and Gabriel – a £23m signing from Lille – scored in his first game in English football. Arsenal were highly impressive, while Fulham caused themselves too many problems at the back. Both sides have played and won at Wembley – twice for the Gunners – in the 48 days since the last Premier League season finished. Alexandre Lacazette scored the opener from close range after Willian’s effort was saved. Centre-back Gabriel then scored from Willian’s corner with his shoulder. Willian, who also hit a post from a free-kick, picked out Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng with a perfect cross-field ball and the captain curled home Arsenal’s third.

Arteta admitted he was surprised at how well Gabriel played on his first game since March when Ligue 1 was curtailed. “He hadn’t played any football for six months so to come and play a game in the Premier League after training with the team for three or four days is a big task,” he told BBC Sport. “The boy showed a lot of character and what he can do. He can still improve a lot but he had a really good game. “Willian knows the league, the country and is very settled here so I knew his performance would settle straight away.” Fulham created few chances, with last season’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic coming on with only 27 minutes to go and forcing Bernd Leno into a save.

There were signs of improvement under boss Mikel Arteta cash flow system last season, with Arsenal showing a new defensive solidity and looking confident going forward. They won the FA Cup final and Community Shield – against Chelsea and Liverpool respectively – at either end of August. Despite a pre-season break of less than a month, they are in good shape if this performance is anything to go back. Fulham had little answer to Arteta’s tactics. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was nominally a left wing-back but spent a lot of his game in midfield, with central defender Kieran Tierney playing almost as a left-back. Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka, whose Arsenal careers looked over last season, had solid performances in midfield. Leno started in goal, with Emiliano Martinez, who ended last season as number one with Leno injured, set to join Aston Villa for £20m.

For the fourth season in a row it took less than 10 minutes for the opening goal of a Premier League season, with Lacazette becoming the first player to score the first goal in two different seasons. He made no mistake from close range after Marek Rodak parried Willian’s shot. The dominant Gunners should have been further clear at half-time, with Willian striking the base of a post with a fine free-kick. The second half followed the same pattern and Arsenal made the game safe. Gabriel became the third Arsenal defender to score on his Premier League debut as he turned home Willian’s corner. He tried to head the ball but it went in via his shoulder. The new laws this season say if the ball hits the area where a T-shirt sleeve would be, that it is not handball. Aubameyang scored the pick of the goals with a trademark curling effort from another Willian pass. Willian is the first player to assist two goals on his Premier League debut for Arsenal since Ray Parlour in August 1992 against Liverpool.

Dani On Loan With Arsenal For Another Year

Dani Ceballos has rejoined Arsenal on a season long loan from Real Madrid. The Spanish international become an important component of Mikel Arteta’s side last season, and played a key part in our FA Cup success. He formed a solid partnership with Granit Xhaka, catching the eye with his energetic, committed performances, which also brought some small measure of creativity to our midfield. It was quite a turnaround from a few months previously when he gave serious consideration to cutting short his loan spell, but having been challenged by the Arsenal boss, he responded by ‘training like an animal‘, winning over his compatriot to become a regular starter.

Arteta was keen to bring him back, saying, “Dani knows really well what I think about him. He was pretty clear with me as well that his intention was to remain with us. Last season, Ceballos made 37 appearances in all competitions, despite missing months due to a serious hamstring injury, scoring twice and making two assists. He will be looking to improve on those stats during the new campaign. It’s good news for the Arsenal midfield, which is still an area of uncertainty, but securing the 24 year old – who is desperate to play for Spain in next summer’s European Championships – is a positive development.

It’s believed there are no obligatory purchase clauses attached to the deal. Ceballos becomes Arsenal’s third summer signing, with the arrivals of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes boosting the Gunners’ squad ahead of Arteta’s first full season in charge. Last season Ceballos wore the number eight shirt at the Emirates, and the Gunners have confirmed that he will once against wear the same jersey.

PSG Interest In Bellerin

Arsenal may agree to sell Hector Bellerin to Paris Saint-Germain to help fund summer moves for Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar. Gunners chiefs know they have few saleable assets to cash-in on this summer, but they also need some additional cash to bring in manager Mikel Arteta’s top targets – including Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey. Bellerin is one of those Arsenal are considering cashing in on to help strengthen the team, following an approach from Paris Saint-Germain. PSG have made their interest in Bellerin known and the clubs have opened talks about a possible move in the coming weeks.

Bellerin has been linked with an Arsenal exit before, and is also being eyed by Juventus and Bayern Munich, but the French champions have made contact and want him as a replacement for right-back Thomas Meunier, who joined Borussia Dortmund in a free transfer earlier this summer. There has been regular contact between the two clubs over the last week with the French giants looking to pay around £30million. Arsenal would prefer Bellerin to stay – he is under contract until 2023 – but will not stand in his way if the 25-year-old full-back wants to move to Paris and the club receive the right fee.

And that will aid Arteta in his chase of Atletico Madrid’s Partey – who has a £44.5million release clause – while the Premier League club has also held talks over a possible move for Lyon playmaker Aouar. If Bellerin does leave, Arsenal will also scrap their plans to sell Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer. The versatile 23-year-old is a target for Wolves, who reportedly had an opening bid of £15m rejected by Arsenal and are expected to come back with an improved offer.

Gabriel Joins Arsenal | New #6

Central defender Gabriel has joined us from French side Lille on a long-term contract. The 22-year-old Brazilian has completed his move and will wear our number 6 shirt. Gabriel, whose full name is Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes, started his career in Brazil with Avai FC, before joining Lille in January 2017. During his time in France, Gabriel spent time on loan with Troyes in France and latterly in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb. On returning from his loan spells, the Sao Paulo-born defender became a regular in the Lille side, helping them to a fourth-placed Ligue 1 finish last season and starting all six of their Champions League group-stage matches.

Technical director Edu said: “We are delighted to have signed Gabriel. He is a player we have been studying for a while and he was in demand from many clubs, so we are proud to have agreed and completed this transfer with Lille and the player. Gabriel is a player of high quality and Mikel and his coaches are looking forward to integrating him into the club.” Mikel Arteta said: “We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal. He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team. He has proved with Lille that he is a defender with many outstanding attributes and we are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.”

Gabriel was born in the Pirituba District of São Paulo. At age 13, Gabriel took a 12-hour bus ride to Florianopolis to begin his career at Avaí but returned to São Paulo after a week due to homesickness. However, Gabriel reconsidered his decision and returned to Avaí after two weeks, eventually going on to earn his first professional contract at age 16. He went on to be part of the team that won promotion to Brasileiro Série A in 2017. On 31 January 2017, Gabriel joined Ligue 1 side Lille, signing a four and a half year contract. When he arrived, Gabriel taught himself French and went on to conduct most of his interviews in the language. After playing several matches for Lille B, he was loaned to Troyes and Dinamo Zagreb, where he made just one league appearance for each club’s senior team. Gabriel returned to Lille in 2018, starting his first match on 10 February 2019 against relegation-threatened Guingamp in a 2–0 win. He went on to make 14 appearances over the course of the season, scoring his first goal for Lille in a 5–1 win against Paris Saint-Germain on 14 April 2019.

The following season, Gabriel began to play more regularly, forming a centre-back partnership with José Fonte. Gabriel was a starter in all six of Lille’s Champions League group stage matches. Gabriel represented Brazil at under-20 level at the 2017 South American U-20 Championship. Gabriel was scheduled to be part of Brazil’s under-23 national team at the 2020 Summer Olympics; however, the event was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gabriel is a left-footed centre-back who normally plays on the left side of a centre-back partnership. However, Gabriel can also play as part of a back three. Despite his height, Gabriel is known for being pacey. Christophe Galtier spoke about Gabriel, saying “He has a lot of character for a 22-year-old boy. Despite his ninety meters, he is super fast and covers his side well. He is the player who has won the most aerial duels in the first part of the season.