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ARSENAL are reeling from another defeat, this time at the hands of Aston Villa.

But Thomas Partey has hailed boss Mikel Arteta despite a run of poor results.

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  • Josh Graham

    WHEN IN ROME

    Juventus are eyeing a shock free transfer for ex-Manchester United flop and former Arsenal man Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to reports.

    The Roma ace has regained the form that saw him earn a switch to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund in 2016.

    Mkhitaryan, 32, joined the Italian side in August last year from Arsenal and has been a key figure as Roma push for a Champions League spot.

    He has scored nine and assisted eight in 20 Serie A appearances with his side sitting fourth in the league.

    His contract expires at the end of the season and reports in Italy claim their rivals are ready to take advantage.

    According to Calciomercato, Juventus are prepared to offer him a surprise deal if contract negotiations hit the rocks.

    Roma and Mkhitaryan are locked in talks but Juve have close links with his agent, Mino Raiola.

  • Josh Graham

    SHK HORROR

    Former Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi suffered a terrible debut for Schalke as they were thumped 3-0 by RB Leipzig.

    And his new boss Christian Gross admitted he was not '100 per cent satisfied' with the centre-back's showing after arriving from the Gunners.

    Shkodran Mustafi struggled on his Schalke debutCredit: Reuters

    Gross said: "I’m not 100 per cent satisfied with his performance, but with his commitment.

    "He tried everything. He stabilised the defence and gave many instructions. For the future, he is definitely the right transfer, I am convinced of that. He is a great personality and will help us tremendously in our situation,"

  • Josh Graham

    UNAI WORK WELL TOGETHER

    Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi has named former Gunners duo Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery as the best player and coach he has worked with.

    Guendouzi is due to return to the Emirates at the end of the season following the conclusion of his loan to Hertha Berlin.

    But that did not stop the 21-year-old from controversially naming two departed Gunners as the greatest duo he has been involved with.

    When asked to name the best player he has ever played with, he unequivocally told The Mirror: “Mesut Ozil.

    “Technically, whether he’s on the pitch during a match or on the training ground he has a technical ease.

    “He reads the game better than everyone else. He’s a player I’ve loved playing with.”

    The youngster was then asked who the best manager he has worked under is, to which he simply replied: “Unai Emery.”

  • Josh Graham

    LAC OF CLARITY

    Arsenal fans were left berating the 'serious inconsistency' of refereeing decisions at the weekend after Alexandre Lacazette was denied a penalty against Aston Villa.

    That came before Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was awarded a soft call in the Reds' big match with Manchester City at Anfield.

    Alexandre Lacazette was deemed to have fouled Emi MartinezCredit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail
    Ruben Dias gave a way a penalty for this challenge on Mo SalahCredit: AP:Associated Press

    Trailing Villa 1-0 away from home, the Gunners looked to have a strong case for a spot-kick when Emi Martinez hauled his former team-mate Alexandre Lacazette down in the penalty area, grabbing his shirt in the process.

    But to their astonishment, a free-kick was instead awarded the Midlanders' way. The next day, City defender Ruben Dias made the slightest contact on Salah's arm, with the Egyptian subsequently throwing himself to the ground.

    But unlike the Gunners, the reigning Premier League champions found themselves looked upon kindly by the officials.

    One fan wrote: "Lacazette got hauled to the ground vs Villa and didn't get a pen, yet Salah gets a pen very little contact here?

    "There's contact there, but that's still a dive to me. There's a serious inconsistency in the level of officiating in the league."

  • Josh Graham

    G'DAY FOR MAT

    Aussie keeper Mat Ryan made his Arsenal debut in the 1-0 defeat away at Aston Villa, fulfilling a lifelong dream as a boyhood Gooner.

    The on-loan Brighton shot-stopper impressed despite the defeat and wasn't at fault for Ollie Watkins' deflected second-minute winner.

    Mat Ryan made his Arsenal debut over the weekendCredit: AFP

    After the game, he said: "Unfortunately I wasn't able to help us with the result. It was a deflection and I haven't watched it back yet, but there wasn't a lot I could do I don't think.

    "It felt good to be out there though, I loved being out there. It still hasn't quite sunk in that it's my childhood club that I grew up supporting that I've just played for. 

    "But I'm sure it'll start to sink in a bit now that I've got a moment to reflect on it. I wanted the perfect start with the result but it wasn't meant to be."

  • Josh Graham

    PLAYING HIS PART

    Thomas Partey has opened up on the 'amazing' Mikel Arteta tactic that is helping him thrive at Arsenal.

    The Ghanaian was the Gunners' summer marquee signing after his £45million deadline day switch from Atletico Madrid.

    Thomas Partey lifted the lid on Mikel Arteta's tactical man managementCredit: Tom Jenkins-The Guardian

    On working for Arteta, Partey, 27, told Stadium Astro: "Mikel is helping me a lot. At Atletico, I played in a similar position.

    "The system is not the same back there, you have to be well positioned to be able to go around your marker, and here Mikel is helping a lot because I remember.

    "You don’t have to be in the same line and opposite the defender. You have time to be able to do whatever you want and this is amazing.

    "It’s just as important, you need to keep it in mind and whenever your teammates have the ball, you know who you are in line with, who you are not in line with and this is helping me a lot."

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners have been under sustained fire since Saturday's "powder-puff" 1-0 loss at Aston Villa.

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand claimed Mikel Arteta's men "just didn’t turn up" as they slumped to a second straight Premier League defeat.

    Ferdy blamed a dip in form from Arsenal's attackers and told BT Sport: “They didn’t have that cutting edge… Powder-puff."

    Ex-Gunners frontman Ian Wright went further, singling out Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette.

    Wrightyt told Match of the Day: “I just thought that the movement and some of the forward play wasn’t very good."

    But former Chelsea targetman Tony Cascarino focused on lame displays from the bench of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian.

    He said on talkSPORT: “The biggest disappointment for Arsenal is when you see two players that come on, who have been quality… 

    "Willian was poor, he kept giving away the ball and Aubameyang….I didn’t even know he’d really come on."

    Meanwhile, Arteta is waiting anxiously on midfielder Thomas Partey's fitness.

    The Spaniard said: “He had a muscular injury so we had to take him off. 

    “We will see the extent of the injury. He wasn’t feeling well enough to continue playing.”

    That problem aside, Partey is delighted with the extra freedom he has under Arteta.

    He said: “You have time to be able to do whatever you want and this is amazing."

  • Ian Tuckey

    'POWDER-PUFF' GUNNERS

    Rio Ferdinand blasted Arsenal's "powder-puff" 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

    Ollie Watkins punished poor defending inside 74 seconds, with Mikel Arteta claiming his Gunners' side dominated but failed in both boxes.

    And Manchester United legend Ferdy told BT Sport: "They started off on the worst possible footing, mistake, lack of concentration and they definitely didn’t recover for the rest of the first half.

    "Second half they were much improved but without that cutting edge. 

    "They didn’t have that cutting edge. The attacking players that have been doing really well for them in recent weeks… they just didn’t turn up."

  • Ian Tuckey

    AUBAMEYANG WAS WILL BELOW PAR

    Former Chelsea Tony Cascarino has slammed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian for their performances against Aston Villa.

    He told talkSPORT: “Arsenal got frustrated.

    “The biggest disappointment for Arsenal is when you see two players that come on, who have been quality… Willian was poor, he kept giving away the ball and Aubameyang.

    “These are two top quality players who have done a hell of a lot in football that came on and made no impact at all.

    “Aubameyang, I didn’t even know he’d really come on.

    “He’s been far too anonymous this year as a player because he is a player that Mikel Arteta can’t afford for him not to change games and make things happen.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    MY LIBA-RATION

    WIlliam Saliba has stated that Nice is the best place for him develop after he was named as the club’s Player of the Month for January.

    He said: “I feel very good, I was very nicely welcomed from the first day.

    “This is a wonderful town, a good club, very good facilities. 

    “This is a very good club, that we know is always towards the top of the table.

    “There is very big ambition here, I like the way they play, their possession play. The best option was to come to OGC Nice.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PLAY TO THE MAX

    Allan Saint-Maximin has hilariously trolled Paul Merson after the Sky Sports pundit pronounced his name wrong.

    Saint-Maximin played a key role in Newcastle's 3-2 home win against Southampton on Saturday.

  • Joe Brophy

    PARTEY POPPERS

    Thomas Partey has lifted the lid on the differences between Mikel Arteta and former manager Diego Simeone.

    He told Stadium Astro: “I think both of them have the same mentality, which is winning.

    “Both of them want to be in control, you always have the chance to create in behind and the difference is we don’t give chances, we press high.

    “We always do a high press, from the first minute to the last minute, and in Atletico sometimes you have to wait for the opposition to move around you and you hit them on the counter.”

  • Joe Brophy

    START THE PARTEY

    Thomas Partey has lifted the lid on life under Mikel Arteta.

    He told Stadium Astro: “Mikel is helping me a lot. At Atletico, I played in a similar position.

    “The system is not the same back there, you have to be well positioned to be able to go around your marker, and here Mikel is helping a lot because I remember, he said you don’t have to be in the same line and opposite the defender.

    “You have time to be able to do whatever you want and this is amazing. It’s just as important, you need to keep it in mind and whenever your teammates have the ball, you know who you are in line with, who you are not in line with and this is helping me a lot.

  • Joe Brophy

    WILL I NEVER

    William Saliba has revealed Mikel Arteta attempted to recall him from his loan early after replacing Unai Emery.

    “[Arsenal] wanted me to come back in January [2020], I didn’t, I stayed in St Étienne,” he told L’Equipe via GFFN.

    “After that, the fans were really looking forward to my arrival, I certainly didn’t imagine that it would happen like this.

    “Aside from that, it is football, I have learned that nothing is certain, you can be there, in your game, and then things can go south. I took a lot of experience from it, at least I will be ready for the future.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Mikel Arteta has delivered an update on Thomas Partey’s fitness after the midfielder went off with another injury.

    The Arsenal boss said: “He had a muscular injury so we had to take him off.

    “He could not carry on playing. “I don’t know [how bad it is]

    “We will see the extent of the injury.

    “He wasn’t feeling well enough to continue playing so we had to take him off.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Aston Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor has made a bold claim that his former side will finish above Arsenal this season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WRIGHT NOISE

    Ian Wright has singled out Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette as he insisted the pair should have done more against Aston Villa.

    He told Match of the Day: "I just thought that the movement and some of the forward play wasn’t very good.

    "Pepe has got to do more for Emile Smith-Rowe. He’s that No. 10, he needs something, he needs an option.

    "He could have gone inside, gone outside, he’s running towards it, nothing. It was quite easy for Villa, who were very organised.

    "Lacazette, I don’t think he needs to be out there [in wide areas] now. He should be in this position [the box] because you’ve got Saka there, you’ve got [Hector] Bellerin running.

    "If you’re going to have the centre-forward out there [wide], you need somebody to be in there [in the box] and more of a threat. There’s not enough threat in that box."

  • Jake Lambourne

    AUBA AND OUT

    Former Chelsea Tony Cascarino has slammed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian for their performances against Aston Villa.

    He told talkSPORT: "Arsenal got frustrated.

    “The biggest disappointment for Arsenal is when you see two players that come on, who have been quality… Willian was poor, he kept giving away the ball and Aubameyang.

    “These are two top quality players who have done a hell of a lot in football that came on and made no impact at all.

    “Aubameyang, I didn’t even know he’d really come on.

    “He’s been far too anonymous this year as a player because he is a player that Mikel Arteta can’t afford for him not to change games and make things happen.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WILL POWER

    WIlliam Saliba has stated that Nice is the best place for him develop after he was named as the club's Player of the Month for January.

    He said: "I feel very good, I was very nicely welcomed from the first day.

    "This is a wonderful town, a good club, very good facilities. 

    “This is a very good club, that we know is always towards the top of the table.

    “There is very big ambition here, I like the way they play, their possession play. The best option was to come to OGC Nice.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    LOOKING AHEAD

    Arsenal's next match is at the Emirates next Sunday when they host Leeds.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAL SERACHING

    William Saliba has revealed Mikel Arteta wanted to recall him from his loan spell at St-Etienne last year following the sacking of Unai Emery.

    Saliba, now on loan at Nice, told L'Equipe: "[Arsenal] wanted me to come back in January [2020], I didn’t, I stayed in St-Etienne.

    "After that, the fans were really looking forward to my arrival, I certainly didn’t imagine that it would happen like this.

    “Aside from that, it is football, I have learned that nothing is certain, you can be there, in your game, and then things can go south.

    "I took a lot of experience from it, at least I will be ready for the future.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BACK OF THE NET

    Arsenal target Neto could be on his way out of Barcelona in the summer.

    The Gunners could bring in another goalkeeper at the end of the season, despite bringing Mat Ryan to the Emirates in January.

    But the Australia international is only on loan, and it remains unclear whether they will turn their back-up's loan spell into a permanent stay.

    Should they look elsewhere, they could reignite their interest in Brazilian shot-stopper Neto.

    According to Marca, the 31-year-old will be allowed to depart the Nou Camp for a £13.2million fee.

  • Jake Lambourne

    EUR JOKING

    Mikel Arteta has admitted the defeat to Aston Villa could prove costly if Arsenal want to secure a spot in Europe next season.

    He said: "It's a big blow because when you consider the performances that we've put in in both games, we've got zero points out of that.

    "We just give the opponent the game. We need to come back. We've done it this season and we have to do it again.

    "We have a week now to prepare for the next game against Leeds and then focus on that, keep maintaining all the right things we are doing and the way the team is evolving.

    "We need to stop certain things that are costing us the games."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta has stated Arsenal's inability to convert their chances and their mistakes in the opening stages of their clash with Aston Villa saw them lose.

    He said: "Those [top-four] teams don't make those mistakes.

    "Those [top-four] teams cannot play four or five times in the first 22 games of the season with 10 men. It doesn't happen. There's not a team in the world that can sustain that.

    "If you concede a goal early or make an error, the team has to react. The team reacted and we had more than enough to still come back and win the game.

    "If you don't do one thing, you have to do the other. If you are not ruthless enough in the opponent's box then of course you are going to lose the game."

  • Jake Lambourne

    PARK IT IN

    Take a look below at the highlights from Villa Park as Arsenal succumbed to a second consecutive Premier League defeat.

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