Klopp’s Arteta dig, Granit Xhaka transfer hint, Vlahovic update

Mikel Arteta’s men will have the chance to make up for the recent 4-0 humiliation to Liverpool when they host Newcastle United tomorrow afternoon in the weekend’s early kick-off.

The game could be Eddie Howe’s first (live) game in charge of the Magpies.

Howe was made to miss the first match of his tenure after testing positive for Covid-19 and watched on from a hotel room in Tyneside as the Magpies drew 3-3 with Brentford.

Newcastle are still without a win in the Premier League and Arsenal fans will be hoping that record remains in what should be a routine victory for the Gunners.

But it is not all about the game, either.

The January transfer window opens in just over a month and there is every chance that Arteta will be looking to continue his squad overhaul.

With all that in mind, stay tuned throughout the day and we will ensure that you do not miss a thing from north London.

Ramsdale’s Ronaldo ‘hope’

Arsenal goalkeeper has admitted he is excited to face Cristiano Ronaldo when the Gunners travel to Old Trafford next week.

“I’d never thought I’d play against Ronaldo, but I really hope he’s on it against us because it gives me a chance to test myself,” said Ramsdale, who was speaking at Amazon’s Black Friday Live event.

“As much as you want to go somewhere like that (Old Trafford) there’s no better feeling than getting on top of someone and saying I’ve had a full-on battle with Ronaldo.”

Mari exit?

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is unhappy with his current game time at the club, according to Flamengo transfer expert Mauro Sant Anna.

Sant Anna has claimed that the Brazilian club want to bring Mari back to the club in January, with a loan deal potentially on the horizon.

Klopp sends Arsenal dig

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has sent a thinly-veiled dig at Arsenal, comparing them to 15th placed Aston Villa.

Klopp said: “The Premier League makes steps every year. It’s not about the top teams, the improvement of the league can be seen in (the) positions below.

“Brighton, Villa, Arsenal, Wolves… It’s just the league is so strong, really tough and exciting. For sure the best league I’ve had here so far.”

Kroenke financing statistic

Arsenal fans took to social media to vent their frustrations with owner Stan Kroenke after a study showed that the American billionaire has barely been financing any of their transfers.

Xhaka latest

Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl hasrefused to rule out Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka returning to the Bundesliga club.

Speaking in a press conference, he said: “Granit had a great time here.

“We are pleased that he has a very close relationship with the club and the region.

“We still have irregular contact. He has already hinted at it several times.”

Smith Rowe and Saka verdict

Arsenal technical director Edu has hailed Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka ahead of their clash against Newcastle United.

“We have to be really proud of that as a whole club, because it’s not just one person who is responsible for that – it’s the whole club,” our technical director, Edu, said.

“There are a lot of people involved across the organisation – from Hale End, the academy, coaching and performance staff, the medical team and all the other areas should be proud.”

Arteta on Klopp spat

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has opened up on his touchline spat with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

“With the situation I had with Jurgen, I think you have to be spontaneous and do what you do,” Arteta said. “I will always defend my club, my team and the players on the pitch.”

Asked how his players responded to the altercation, he replied: “I don’t know, it’s who I am. If I feel like this, I will react and if I feel I have to defend my players then I would do it.”

Nketiah latest

Goal’s Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts has claimed that the Gunners will be happy to let Eddie Nketiah leave in the January transfer window if the offer is right.

Watts told his YouTube channel: “He’s not playing any Premier League football at the moment, hasn’t played a minute all season.

“So if a deal can be done for Eddie in January, then I don’t think they’re going to stand in his way.”