6.30pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ceballos and Luiz ‘training ground fight’, Isco linked, Eriksen for Xhaka swap LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL resume their Premier League campaign with a clash on Sunday against Leeds.

Off the field, the Gunners are reportedly in talks with Isco while there are shock reports that David Luiz and Dani Ceballos were in a 'training ground fight'.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip below…

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    Arsenal are one of the 'best teams' in the Premier League according to Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.

    The Gunners travel to Elland Road on Sunday and Leeds' Argentine coach praised their opponents – who are just four places and two points ahead of them.

    He said: “Arsenal is one of the best teams in the league. They have players of hierarchy in all of their lines.

    “They have a manager who proposes a style which distinguishes the team.

    “He’s a coach who, once he has his team playing how he projects. Tactically, if you watch Arsenal closely they show things which I haven’t seen in any other team.”

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    Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed his unlikely childhood hero.

    The Gabon striker revealed it was fellow African forward and ex-Liverpool and Bolton ace El Hadji Diouf.

    He told Senegalese paper Stades: “I got to know the Senegalese national team thanks to El Hadji Diouf, who was playing in Lens at the time and who made us dream.

    “I loved El Hadji Diouf so much, that in 2002, I coloured my hair with white powder, my friends did the same.

    “After each Lions match at the 2002 World Cup, we danced, sang my friends and I.”

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    CED & DONE

    Mikel Arteta revealed January signing Cedric Soares has continued to fight despite his injury struggles at Arsenal.

    The Gunners boss said: “I've seen a big change in Cedric in the last month or so. I think his performances in the Europa League have been much better.

    “He needed some time to adapt to our way of playing and most importantly, he needed his fitness levels to be at the standard we need. That was impossible because he had some injuries when he came here.

    “He had a really bad injury in his knee, after that he broke his nose and he had some difficulties but again he's a lad who's trying really hard every day in training.

    “He's accepting the situation and he's fighting against it to prove us wrong and we'll try to provide him more opportunities.”

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    Dominik Szoboszlai is reportedly a key target for Arsenal as owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment prepare to make further investments.

    The Gunners are known to be interested in the Red Bull Salzburg playmaker, who could be brought in to the Emirates in January.

    It has even been claimed that the North London outfit have already held talks with the player's agent Matyas Esterhazy.

    And now The Athletic have stated that the 20-year-old could be the latest addition to the squad following a summer that saw a number of arrivals to the club.

    As well as extending Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's contract, Arsenal signed the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Willian and Thomas Partey.

    Despite a positive start to the season, Arsenal languish in 11th spot in the Premier League after losing three out of their last four games.

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    It was part of the fabric of Wembley.

    Before the Arch, everybody knew the Twin Towers.

    But just as much a part of the experience was the walk along Wembley Way from the Tube station, surrounded by fans and colours.

    And, in the distance, rising up, the walkway, officially ‘the Olympic Steps’. Built in 1974, to avoid fans having to plot their way through a long-disused coach park.

    Now, just like those towers, the walkway is part of history too, being demolished to create a new approach to the new home of the English game.

    But if concrete could talk, what tales it would tell.

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    Mikel Arteta says coping with the stresses of 'all-consuming' Premier League management is easier because he loves what he does.

    He said: “At the moment in the actual context [of Covid-19] it makes it that way.

    “I feel so privileged to be where I am because I love so much what I do, I love to be sitting representing this football club and having the opportunity to spend time with these players and staff.

    “But I think it becomes a job every time you are resolving issues and resolving problems. If you get shocked by that every day, then energy-wise it is very consuming.

    “I come in now and I am expecting something to come in through the door and give me bad news and having to react quickly because I know it is coming right now.

    “I try to prepare myself and my mood in the morning to say, ‘Okay, let’s see what we face today and let’s go for it.”

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    Arsenal Women could be hit with a further injury crisis after Vivianne Miedema was forced to pull out of international duty with a hip complaint.

    The Gunners currently have FIVE first-team players on the treatment table.

    The Dutch national team confirmed the news on Friday that the striker would miss the upcoming fixtures with the USA and Kosovo.

    They said: “Vivianne Miedema has to miss the upcoming international match due to a hip injury. Victoria Pelova has been called up as her replacement. Get well soon Vivianne Miedema.”

    Jordan Nobbs, Steph Catley, Lisa Evans, Jen Beattie and Noelle Maritz all missed the Gunners’ dramatic 1-1 draw with Chelsea last time out.

    And losing Miedema, 24, would be a major blow to Joe Montemurro’s side.

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    “And I would like him to say which are the coaches that he calls and speaks on the phone with them. He has the right, the power to call the players he wants.

    “He wants to win matches, especially after a defeat the next match, even being a dead rubber, is an important match. I sympathise totally with that.

    “But of course we all know that Sterling is going to play for City against us. When Eric Dier left the national team injured in the past month, he didn’t play two matches for Tottenham.

    “He didn’t play the Premier League match and the Europa League match. He needed a couple of weeks to recover. And Raheem is going to play.

    “These are the little details that I think Gareth should explain to us all.”

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    Jose Mourinho has called on Gareth Southgate to name and shame the Prem managers who try to stop their stars from playing for England.

    The Spurs boss is unhappy Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling will face the North Londoners tonight after withdrawing from Southgate’s Three Lions squad through 'injury'.

    Mourinho said: “Gareth Southgate, I read, supposedly told that some club managers put pressure on the players not to play for the national team.

    “And because of that he feels sometimes the need to call club managers to cool down the emotions and control a difficult situation for him.

    “I would like him to say who. I would like him to say which are the coaches who put pressure on the players not to play…

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    'MOVE ON'

    Willian has been ‘dealt with internally’ by Arsenal after his break in Dubai during the international fortnight – with Mikel Arteta insisting the issue is ‘resolved’.

    The Brazilian forward, 32, was spotted in Dubai after posing for a photo with Salt Bae despite coronavirus guidelines banning all but essential travel.

    Willian had not been called up for Brazil’s matches with Venezuela and Uruguay – with rules suggesting he should have stayed in London.

    But Arsenal boss Arteta has revealed the issue with Willian has been ‘resolved’ and he now just wants to move on ahead of this weekend’s trip to Newcastle.

    Asked if Willian would play this weekend, Arteta briskly replied: “You keep asking me for more and more issues.

    “Whatever happens with any issues or things that we don’t expect, as always we will try to resolve them internally. That’s been dealt with and explained, and we move on.”

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    Mesut Ozil did not name a single Arsenal player in his dream five-a-side team.

    But the Gunners outcast did include THREE players from former club Real Madrid.

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    Former Fulham and Brighton defender Liam Rosenior will help choose the next FA chairman.

    Rosenior has been appointed to the six-person panel to find the successor to disgraced Greg Clarke. But Wembley chief executive Mark Bullingham has revealed he believes it is unlikely that the next head of the FA will be a former player.

    Paul Elliott, Les Ferdinand and even Gary Lineker have been suggested as potential candidates to become the public face of the FA.But Bullingham said: “There are two main areas of the role.

    “One is to be an absolutely brilliant ambassador and represent us on both the international and domestic stage. I think players can absolutely do that. But there’s a second requirement to run the board of the FA.

    “We have a complex stakeholder board and it’s hard to see that someone who has never run a board would be able to step in and run a complex stakeholder board of a £450million organisation with 760 employees.

    “We are doing a board review and I would love to have player representation on the board. But if you are asking me if that has to be the chair role, my personal answer would be no.”

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    Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on young midfielder Joe Willock.

    Speaking ahead of this weekend's game with Leeds, the Spaniard explained how impressed he has been with the Gunners' academy product.

    He said: “I mentioned with Joe that I've been really impressed with him, the way he's handled the situation of not having much game time in the Premier League.

    “I haven't seen him train like he's done in the last five or six weeks under difficult circumstances.

    “I think the reflection of that is the way he's playing in the Europa League when he's had the minutes, or the Carabao Cup in this case. He has a chance like everybody else to play on Sunday.”

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    PAY UP

    Prem boss Richard Masters has again been asked by MPs to explain why the £50million lower division bail out has not been agreed.

    Masters and EFL chairman Rick Parry were both grilled by the DCMS all-party select committee last week over the continued stand-off.

    Committee head and Tory MP Julian Knight said he would send out public letters to both men on a weekly basis until the situation was resolved.

    And now Knight has published the first batch of correspondence, telling both the Prem and EFL MPs are “disappointed that you have not yet come to an agreement that will ensure the survival of football clubs through the current pandemic.”

    Knight added: “There is enough money in the game to save football clubs but we are beginning to doubt whether there is enough leadership to make that happen.

    “We urge you to stop squabbling and come to an agreement. Fans have been waiting too long. We expect, and the fans deserve, better.”

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    Mikel Arteta is expecting a big challenge from Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday.

    Speaking ahead of the 4:30pm kick-off, he said: “That they will go full gas like they always do and they have had two weeks to prepare for the game, they don’t have as many internationals as us and I don’t expect them to change too much.

    “They are very loyal to their principles, to the way the play and they approach every game the same way, which is to win and to be very aggressive with and without the ball and try to win.

    “It doesn’t matter where they play, what I have seen from them in the last season, it is not a concern about who they play against, it is about what they do.”

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    Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny will fly home together from Egypt after both tested positive for coronavirus.

    Both players are self-isolating and will miss their club’s weekend games after being two of 16 Premier League players to catch Covid during the international break.

    The duo will be tested on arrival in the UK and will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine period as stated by the government’s coronavirus rules.

    Salah will miss Liverpool’s clash with Leicester at Anfield, one of a number of absentees for the Reds.

    Elneny will have to sit out Arsenal’s trip to Leeds on Sunday.

    In a statement on Thursday, the Egyptian FA said: “The Egyptian Federation has been in constant contact and coordination with the two clubs since each of them was infected with coronavirus.”

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    Mikel Arteta will have to contend with the absence of Thomas Partey as his side prepare to journey north to Leeds on Sunday.

    The Gunners were thumped 3-0 at home to Aston Villa in their previous match before the international break.And they will have to do so without star midfielder Partey who has officially been ruled out with a thigh injury.

    Arsenal will be forced to take to the pitch without Sead Kolasinac and Mohamed Elneny, too. Both players returned positive coronavirus test results during the international fortnight.

    Pablo Mari (ankle) has not recovered from his injury, while Gabriel Martinelli (knee) is another long-term absentee.

    Calum Chambers has returned to Under-21s action after nearly a year away with a serious knee injury.

    But this game is likely to come too soon, with Bernd Leno starting in goal behind David Luiz, Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney.

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    Thomas Partey will definitely miss this weekend's game at Leeds with an injury to his left thigh.

    The midfielder was subbed off at half-time during the Gunners' defeat to Aston Villa and the North Londoners confirmed he has still not recovered.

    An update on Arsenal's website read: “Thomas was replaced at half time during the match against Aston Villa and has sustained a strain to his left thigh.

    “Continues to be assessed, will not be available for this weekend’s match and will continue his rehabilitation.”

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    Nigerian billionaire Orji Kalu declared his intention to snap up a huge 35 per cent stake in the Gunners.

    Kalu, a senator, businessman and newspaper owner has an estimated fortune of £760million.

    Boss Mikel Arteta said he is hurt by outcast Mesut Ozil’s situation at the club.

    Arteta told beIN Sports: “I'm hurt because I don't like any player in my squad not to have the possibility to participate, or to compete, for me it is really sad because I don't think anybody deserves that.

    “But at the end of the day I'm sitting here to make decisions, to make the decisions that, in my opinion, are the best for the football club. And this is what I have to do.”

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    David Luiz and Dani Ceballos have been forced to apologise to their team-mates after the pair were involved in a training ground scuffle last week.

    Ceballos was reportedly left with a cut on his face after tempers boiled over when the Spanish midfielder launched a late tackle on the Brazilian.

    The pair are understood to have squared up last Friday at the club's London Colney HQ with ex-Chelsea star Luiz lashing out and reportedly scratching the skin of his team-mate.

    SunSport understands the Gunners are relaxed about the clash, believing it was part and parcel of competitive training.

    Ceballos – who is on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid – has denied the claims.

    Arsenal are sweating on £45million Thomas Partey’s fitness ahead of their trip to Leeds on Sunday – he is rated touch and go after limping out against Aston Villa before the international break.

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    Arsenal could block Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from going on international duty in the future, claimed Gabon's manager.

    The Gunners striker was held 'hostage' without his passport at Gambia airport for six hours during the international break. the Gabon squad had to sit around at the airport all night as they waited for permission to enter the country.

    Aubameyang documented the nightmare ordeal with his 10 million followers on Instagram. Gabon boss Patrice Neveu has now insisted 'it's over' for the 31-year-old.

    Speaking to Canal Plus, he said: “Arsenal called Pierre-Emerick. After seeing him in those conditions, it's over.

    “They won't let him come again, and it will be the same for players from other clubs.

    “It's understandable. They are high level players and when they come on international duty, they need to have a minimum of comfort.”

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    Arsenal are auctioning match-worn shirts with Poppys embroidered to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

    The shirts from the Aston Villa game are available to buy with the cash used to support the Armed Forces.

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    Mikel Arteta has spoken about Arsenal's opponents Leeds ahead of Sunday's trip to Elland Road.

    The Spanish boss told the club's website: “I know Marcelo really well because I have followed him over the years.

    “I had the possibility to work with players who have been involved with him for years and he is a manager I have always admired because what he transmits to his players and the way he manages to get his teams playing is very special.

    “They’re going to go 100mph for every ball, they way they press you, the way they challenge you, the way they go about the game for 96 minutes. They will make it a really difficult and really intense game.”

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    Arsenal's David Luiz took to social media in the wake of his fight storm with Dani Ceballos…but only to advertise a new credit card.

    The Brazilian defender has yet to comment on reports of a training ground bust-up but had time to share an advert on his Instagram story today.

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    Arsenal have been handed a boost by the return of Gabriel Martinelli and Pablo Mari to training after the international break.

    Young Brazilian forward Martinelli, 19, has been KO'd since having knee surgery in July.

    Defender Mari, 27, has been out since damaging ankle ligaments in June – and is on track to integrate into the squad after the international break after he was spotted training in Arsenal's latest video.

    Martinelli has been training since the end of last month and could add some much needed goals to Mikel Arteta's side.

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