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EMILE SMITH ROWE has seen his fine form this season rewarded in his first England call up.

Gareth Southgate has picked the Gunners star for the internationals against Albania and San Marino.

Meanwhile, Gunners fans have been given the hairdryer treatment by former rival boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Fergie has laid into the Wenger Out brigade, which he sees as having got the legendary Gunners boss sacked in 2018.

We've also the very latest on Dusan Vlahovic, with Arsenal reportedly battling with North London rivals Tottenham for his signature.

And in a boost for Arteta, Granix Xhaka has returned to training as he continues his comeback from a knee injury.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Jack Figg

    THIERR JERKER

    Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Thierry Henry's reinvention from winger to striker at Arsenal turned the Old Trafford atmosphere 'toxic'.

    The United legend enjoyed a fierce rivalry with Arsene Wenger's Gunners in the early 2000s as the two sides often went head-to-head for the title.

    And Fergie has revealed Wenger's masterstroke decision to play Henry through the middle after he arrived in North London shifted the atmosphere at United.

    Ferguson admitted, via The Mirror, in the documentary 'Arsene Wenger: Invincible': "It became toxic for a while.

    "The big change that made Arsenal was reinventing [Thierry] Henry. And the goals… he was fantastic.

    "You're always looking in the rear-view mirror to see who's coming up behind you, and when you see someone you accelerate.

    "Arsenal were catching us up, and their team was good enough to go above us, there's no question about that."

  • Justin Lawrence

    ROWE PRAISE

    England boss Gareth Southgate has praised Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe for how he's settled into the Three Lions setup.

    Rowe was called up for England's next batch of World Cup Qualifiers and Southgates been impressed by what he's seen of the Gunners youngster in training so far.

    Southgate said: "We have brought him to be involved with the team in the two matches. He has settled really well.

    "He obviously knows a couple of his club teammates and Phil [Foden] from the U17s. This is a group that makes new players very welcome so it's not a difficult environment to settle in and his quality has been apparent from the way he has trained."

  • Justin Lawrence

    SPURS SLUR

    Former Arsenal chief David Dein has revealed that Patrick Vieira's first words in English was a Tottenham slur.

    Dein brought Vieira to Arsenal in 1996 along with ex-boss Arsene Wenger.

    And to get Vieira accustomed to life in London, Dein got the retired midfielder an English teacher to help the Frenchman master the language.

    But Dein got a shock when he checked in on Vieira a few weeks later to see how he was getting on.

    Dein recalled: "After a couple of weeks I went down to the dressing room and I said: 'Patrick, can you speak something in English?'

    "He said 'yes Mr. Dein'. I said: 'What can you say?' He looked at me and he said: 'Tottenham are [explicit].'

  • Justin Lawrence

    RAMS WORRY

    Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn still has some reserves about Gunners No.1 Aaron Ramsdale.

    Ramsdale's fine form for Arsenal this season has his name get thrown in the hat to become England's No.1 keeper.

    But although Winterburn is a fan of Ramsdale and his heroics, the ex-Gunners defender still wants to see if the former Sheffield United goalie can produce the same from consistently like David Seaman.

    Winterburn said: "I love what I’m seeing with the back four and the goalkeeper. I think there’s some great unity there between them.

    "But that’s over a short period of time, we want to be seeing this over an extended period of time. Why did people talk about David Seaman so much?

    "Because of the longevity he produced, week-in, week-out, season after season after season.

    "We want to hope with Ramsdale now we’ve got a goalkeeper who can do that."

  • Justin Lawrence

    TOO EASY

    England under-21s head coach Lee Carsley says academy football is “a bit too easy” for Folarin Balogun.

    ButCarsley accepts the striker has a lot of competition for regular football at the Gunners.

    “You need testing,” he said. “Watching him in the Under 23's for Arsenal, it’s probably a little bit too easy for him and he’s passed that level.

    “I imagine he wants to play for Arsenal and pushing for a position but it’s such a big club with a lot of competition.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HOLIDALE

    Aaron Ramsdale has revealed England’s heroes were treated to an incredible ‘lads holiday’ during their Euro 2020 campaign – including a private Ed Sheeran gig.

    The Three Lions reached the final only to lose to Italy on penalties.

    But Arsenal stopper Ramsdale, 23, has recalled the amazing treat day they enjoyed between their final group game against Czech Republic and last 16 win over Germany.

    The England ace – pushing Jordan Pickford for the No1 jersey amid a red-hot run of form – revealed their St George’s training facility was turned into the perfect play area for big kids.

    He even revealed the national team FaceTimed Tom Cruise before being treated to an advanced screening of Top Gun: Maverick.

  • Justin Lawrence

    NO TWEETS

    Arsenal star Martin Odegaard has revealed that he doesn't use Twitter.

    Although the 22-year-old is on Instagram, he stays away from Twitter because he doesn't reckon it has a purpose.

    He said: “It’s been a while since now, really. It was really because I never used it and had no need for it

    "I think a lot of rubbish in general is there. I have no need to be there. I probably did not have a Twitter update for a long time, then I thought there was no point in having it, so then I just deleted it.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    PLEASED AZEEZ

    Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has praised Portsmouth loanee Miguel Azeez for scoring his debut goal for the club.

    19-year-old Azeez, who's on loan from Arsenal got on the scoresheet for Pompey against Crystal Palace’s under-21s, and took to Twitter to celebrate his achievement after the game.

    Azeez posted “Win, goal, assist, last night."

    His goal caught the attention of Lacazette who chipped in with three smiling face emojis and love hearts.

  • Justin Lawrence

    LION FAMILY

    Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale has revealed that Tottenham star Harry Kane was one of the first to make him feel welcome in the England setup.

    Speaking to the Tubes and Ange Golf Life channel, Ramsdale said: "The first proper time I was called up and straight away it was like I’d been there for years.

    “You talk about experienced players like Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Kyle Walker.

    “You could just go and sit on their table, have food with them and it was like I’d known them for ages."

  • Justin Lawrence

    ROWE THE BOAT

    Emile Smith Rowe could make his senior England debut when the Three Lions face Albania at Wembley on Friday night.

    The Arsenal youngster has enjoyed a sensational start to the season under Mikel Arteta, netting five times in 13 games and impressing with his influential performances.

    Those displays earned him a call-up to the England set-up following the withdrawals of Marcus Rashford and James Ward-Prowse.

    Smith Rowe can play in a couple of different positions, either off the left or through the middle as a No10.

    This means Gareth Southgate could opt to play him in a central role with Phil Foden and Gunners teammate Bukayo Saka providing the width and Harry Kane up front.

    Or he may choose to go with the 21-year-old on the left and Saka on the other side of Kane.

  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT HAPPY

    Virgil van Dijk has declared war on Arsene Wenger – insisting: Your World Cup plans will wreck players' health.

    And the Liverpool defender said he and his Kop teammates will hold showdown talks with the former Arsenal boss.

    VVD said: "A meeting is planned for the near future between Liverpool players, including myself, and Arsene Wenger.

    "It is to do with the plan to stage the World Cup finals every two years, and we will give our opinions as players.

    "I think that when senior players from Liverpool and other clubs give their opinions, the authorities have to listen to us.

    "The numbers of matches are piling up. On the one hand, playing in games is the greatest thing we can do.

    "But we also need to take a good look at players' health and safety, and the gap between the end of one season and the start of another.

    "That is in order that everybody can recover properly."

  • Justin Lawrence

    TYL HIM UP

    Arsenal are keen on a move for RB Leipzig's American sensation Tyler Adams.

    The versatile 22-year-old has a reported release clause of just £32.25million.

    And according to German outlet SportBILD the Gunners are keeping a close eye on the midfielder.

    Arsenal were linked with Adams in the summer but after splashing the cash on the likes of Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale a move never materialised.

    However Mikel Arteta and Emirates chiefs are now eyeing another swoop for their long-term target.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SAK SPEED

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has teased England teammate Kyle Walker about being faster than him.

    Walker posted an image of himself and Saka on Instagram, and it seemed they were competing for who was the fastest.

    He captioned the post: “Had to give him a head start!”

    Saka posted in the comment section and joked that he beat his national teammate in the race.

    He commented: “You lost bro” with laughing emojis.

  • Justin Lawrence

    RAMS PUNCH

    Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale has revealed some of his saves have made team-mate Ben White want to hit him.

    White's been so impressed with his pal Ramsdale's heroics this season that he's expressed his desire to jokingly punch the Gunners stopper.

    Ramsdale told Tubes and Ange Golf Life: "Ben told me once mid-game that, 'When you make a save, I just want to punch you in the face.'

    But despite White's violet admission, Ramsdale revealed that they, along with a few others, defend the Gunners goal as a unit.

    He added: "Ben White, Gabriel, [Takehiro] Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney and Nuno [Tavares], we actually really enjoy defending and you see when us make a block or a save, we’re all together and we’re fist pumping."

  • Justin Lawrence

    FRENCH CONNECTION

    Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale has revealed that Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the lively characters in the Gunners dressing room.

    Although sometimes Ramsdale's not sure who the pair are making playful digs about when they're speaking in French.

    Ramsdale told Tubes and Ange Golf Life channel: "When Aubameyang and Lacazette are happy it’s a very loud changing room.

    “Sometimes they’ll be speaking in French and you don’t know what they’re going on about, they could be slaughtering you!"

  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT HAPPY

    Gary Neville has slammed Premier League bosses for decision to not support homeless charity Shelter.

    Top-flight clubs were hoping to back Shelter’s #NoHomeKit initiative by all wearing their change kits on Boxing Day.

    However, while the Football League has confirmed their support, the Premier League has said it goes against their rules.

    Their stance infuriated Neville who raged on Twitter: “Imagine refusing a request to raise money and awareness for homelessness.”

    But the ex-United star reckons Prem sides can change the league’s bosses mind and force them to ‘u-turn’ like prime minister Boris Johnson.

    Neville added: “A Johnson-like U-turn on its way if the clubs push hard!”

  • Justin Lawrence

    'PROUD'

    Arsene Wenger reveals he fulfilled his life's dream after turning Arsenal into the 'Invincibles'.

    Wenger led the Gunners to the double in the 2003/04 Prem campaign and didn't lose a game in the league while doing so.

    And reflecting on the period, Wenger expressed his joy at having done so with his players.

    In his new self-titled documentary, the Frenchman said: "It was the moment where I fulfilled the dream of my life.

    "The fact that I could convince this group to achieve something that they would not think would be possible.

    "I've done my job in a perfect way. I am so proud for having done it."

  • Justin Lawrence

    SAK SUPPORT

    Bukayo Saka has praised Arsenal team-mate Emile Smith Rowe for his England call-up.

    Rowe will get the chance to shine for the Three Lions in next week's international break, and Saka reckons the midfielder deserves it after the form he's been in for the Gunners.

    He said: "I think he deserves it. He has been playing extremely well for Arsenal, especially this season he is really starting to have an effect on games, scoring goals for us and winning games for us.

    “I’m really happy for him, I’m really happy he is here and I hope he can kick on and have a fantastic week, hopefully continuing his club form here (with England on the international stage) as well.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    TRANSFER BLOW

    Juventus have made signing Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic a priority, according to reports.

    The news is a blow to Arsenal, who are reportedly keen on the striker following his good form this season.

    Juventus have multiple attacking transfer targets, including Benfica's Darwin Nunez, but according to Tuttosport Vlahovic is at the top of their shortlist.

    The Serbian, 21, has scored 10 goals in 12 games this term, eight of which have come in Serie A.

  • Justin Lawrence

    PICK OF THE BUNCH

    Jordan Pickford isn't worried if Arsenal's keeper Aaron Ramsdale takes his spot as England's No.1.

    Ramsdale's been pipped to replace the Everton stopper following a string of top draw performances with the Gunners.

    But Pickford doesn't mind friendly competition with Ramsdale who he calls his pal.

    Pickford told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We get on really well, we train really hard and we push each other in training. And it just brings out the best of us.

    "If we play or we don't play we're going back to our clubs having a successful week with England and being in the right frame of mind when we're at our clubs."

  • Chisanga Malata

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal could bid for £68million-rated Tottenham target Dusan Vlahovic in January and Juventus are interested in Alexandre Lacazette.

    Those two strikers dominate the overnight transfer talk around the Emirates, although Borussia Monchengladbach are being linked with Eddie Nketiah.

    Fiorentina’s Serbia superstar Vlahovic would reportedly be reluctant to depart in the next transfer window.

    Having rejected a new contract with his Serie A club, it's thought the 21-year-old wants to wait to see if other European giants come in for him over the summer.

    France ace Lacazette is said to be a back-up option for Juve if they fail to land Vlahovic.

    And it's claimed Monchengladbach hope to sign the Gunners' 22-year-old frontman Nketiah on a pre-contract agreement in January.

    Meanwhile, RB Leipzig full-back/defensive midfielder Tyler Adams is being mentioned as on Arsenal's wish-list.

    But the USA star, 22, is valued at £34.2m.

    Finally, Ben White can't wait to measure his and Arsenal's improvement by taking on a legend at Manchester United on December 2.

    Asked what trip he is most looking forward to this season, White said: “I think probably the United game. I want to play against Cristiano Ronaldo.

    “Playing there in front of a big crowd is what I really want to do.”

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  • Ian Tuckey

    JUVE KEEN ON MARTIAL AND LACAZETTE

    Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette are both reportedly being targeted by Juventus if they fail to land Dusan Vlahovic.

    The Old Lady are battling both Arsenal and Tottenham to sign the Serbian striker from Fiorentina.

    The 21-year-old is out of contract in 2023 and has so far resisted penning an extension, leading to speculation he could soon be departing for £68million.

    Juventus are desperate to snatch him from their Serie A rivals – however they have also allegedly drawn-up a list of five potential alternatives.

    Calciomercato claims boss Max Allegri has identified both Manchester United outcast Martial and Arsenal’s Lacazette as other options.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HG KOBE 1 ARSENAL 5

    Nikita Parris bounced back from a penalty miss to help Arsenal trounce HB Koge in the Champions League.

    The forward’s clinical finish and a Jordan Nobbs effort were among a second-half flurry with the Gunners thrashing the Danish giants 5-1.

    On her goal, Nobbs said: “I've been waiting for that one. When you play midfield, you want to score goals, and it means a lot to get on the scoresheet

    “But I think the main thing is to just keep trying to perform well and help the team win whenever possible.”

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  • Ian Tuckey

    5 CLUBS RON COULD JOIN

    Cristiano Ronaldo has several options available to him if he decides to quit Manchester United at the end of the season.

    The Portuguese, 36, is reportedly open to leaving if United fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

    And with the Red Devils struggling at present and six points off the top four, CR7 could be heading for an early exit.

    But given he still has a burning desire to win the big trophies, that could mean he stays in Europe and possibly even England.

    He was linked to Manchester City in the summer and could make a daring switch across the city, or perhaps return to one of his former employers.

    Here are five clubs Ron could join if he exits United:
    MANCHESTER CITY
    REAL MADRID
    PSG
    SPORTING LISBON
    INTER MIAMI

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  • Ian Tuckey

    JU BEAUTIES

    Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette are both reportedly being targeted by Juventus if they fail to land Dusan Vlahovic.

    The Old Lady are battling both Arsenal and Tottenham to sign the Serbian striker from Fiorentina.

    The 21-year-old is out of contract in 2023 and has so far resisted penning an extension, leading to speculation he could soon be departing for £68million.

    Juventus are desperate to snatch him from their Serie A rivals – however they have also allegedly drawn-up a list of five potential alternatives.

    Calciomercato claims boss Max Allegri has identified both Manchester United outcast Martial and Arsenal’s Lacazette as other options.

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