Arsenal news LIVE: Saka new contract, Ronaldo 'hopes' Gunners win Premier League, Edu's sporting director role – latest | The Sun

Arsenal news LIVE: Saka new contract, Ronaldo 'hopes' Gunners win Premier League, Edu's sporting director role – latest | The Sun

11/19/2022

BUKAYO SAKA is still in talks with Arsenal over extending his contract with the club, it's been reported.

The England star and the Gunners are confident that they will agree a deal once Saka is back from the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo shockingly revealed that he "hopes" Arsenal win the Premier League title in the bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.

Morgan, who is a huge Gooner himself, asked the Portuguese icon if he would like to see Arsenal lift the title.

And Ronaldo replied by saying: "I like the team. I like the coach. I think they have a good team and if Manchester United don't win the Premier League, I will be happy if Arsenal do."

Meanwhile, the Gunners have appointed Edu Gaspar as their first ever sporting director – securing his future in North London amid interest from other top clubs in Europe.

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  • Jake Sanders

    No more help Mik

    Manchester City will not sell any more players to Arsenal, according to Football Insider.

    The reigning Premier League champions let Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer window.

    And the pair have played a key part in seeing the Gunners emerge as City's closest challengers in the title race.

    But Pep Guardiola is not prepared to give his assistant manager Mikel Arteta any more help moving forward.

  • Jake Sanders

    Ronaldo rooting for Arsenal

    Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo wants Arsenal to win the Premier League if the Red Devils ending up missing out.

    In his explosive interview with Piers Morgan, the legend said: "Manchester first, and if not, Arsenal is some team that I like to see play.

    "I like the team. I like the coach. I think they have a good team. 

    "And if Manchester United don’t win the Premier League, I will be happy if Arsenal do."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Good morning Arsenal fans!

    Club legend Jack Wilshire has made his peace with no longer being a player.

    Now coaching the Arsenal Under-18s, Wilshere has become fully immersed in the all – consuming life of planning training sessions, analysing data, systems, man-management and picking the team.

    He was, of course, one of the most gifted midfielders of this generation — before injuries cruelly cut short his career.

    So now Wilshere has become a Sun World Cup columnist, who will be giving readers the benefit of his knowledge from competing on the biggest stages for Arsenal and England and learning the ropes as a fledgling coach at the Emirates.

    He also revealed that when he was slagged off by ex-pros as pundits he took matters into his own hands — and rang them up!

    Aaron Ramsdale keeps being trolled by his England team-mates over Arsenal topping the Premier League table.

    The Gunners goalkeeper is with the Three Lions squad as they prepare for the World Cup in Qatar.

    Ramsdale has revealed that players are winding him up about him going on about Arsenal being top.

    The 24-year-old said: “Most of the banter is coming from Conor Coady and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    “They keep walking around pretending that I’ve said, ‘Five points clear’, every day.”

    Meanwhile, Real Betis ace William Carvahlho is reportedly being targeted by Arsenal ahead of the January transfer window.

  • Alex Cole

    Saka contract talks drawing to conclusion

    Arsenal are confident of agreeing a new contract with England star Bukayo Saka.

    That is according to Football Insider, who claim the Gunners and Saka have made a lot of progress.

    Negotiations have been taking place for months and the North Londoners have let it be known to commercial partners that they expect a full agreement to be sorted soon.

    The winger looks set to put pen to paper on a five-year contract worth nearly £200,000-a-week.

  • Alex Cole

    Southgate's spot-kick practice

    Keeper Aaron Ramsdale, 24, revealed: “It can become detrimental if they are taking them against goalkeepers because we then start to know where they are going.

    “If I know where you are going seven times out of ten and I start cheating and going early and start saving them, you might start worrying about it.

    “We have something which is called a skills net where the corners are open.

    “At the moment the lads are just working on technique.

    “Everybody can take penalties, it is just those fine pressure-margins which we can’t recreate out there unfortunately.”

    Southgate’s attention to detail helped the Three Lions beat their spot-kick hoodoo in the last-16 win over Colombia at the last World Cup.

    It was their first penalty shootout triumph in a World Cup — at their fourth attempt.

  • Alex Cole

    Ramsdale reveals England penalty prep

    England are practicing penalties WITHOUT goalkeepers in a bid to avoid more shootout heartache, reveals Aaron Ramsdale.

    Gareth Southgate does not want his stars’ confidence plummeting because his keepers are saving too many in training.

    So the Three Lions, who agonisingly lost the Euro2020 final on penalties to Italy, are training for spot-kicks using a skill net which forces players to hit corners.

  • Alex Cole

    Wilshere on Arsenal's current plight

    Still only 30, a fully-fit Wilshere would probably have been in Qatar. But he’s not bitter, he’s philosophical about how life has turned out.

    Yet Wilshere still looks back on his England career wondering what might have been, with a plea to the current squad to make this opportunity count.

    Wilshere said: “In 2018 when I was watching the World Cup on TV I was thinking, ‘I should have been there.’ It was difficult viewing.

    “I was close to selection and fit when Gareth picked the squad — but I’d got an injury during one of the earlier camps, which would have been the chance to show him what I could do. I still feel I should have gone though. But I’ve accepted I’m finished with playing.

    “I’ve got my head around it, I’m just concentrating on coaching and loving it.

    “Earlier in the season we played Tottenham and I was sat thinking about the game and how we would play, then one of my coaches asked if I missed being out there playing and I actually realised that I didn’t.

    “I don’t get that feeling any more. That’s credit to the Under-18 team I’ve been working with, they’re top, they give everything — they make me think and challenge me.

    “Arsenal are doing so well now and I’m there in the directors’ box with my boss Per Mertesacker.

     “We are talking about the game and what we need to do to get our Under-18 players to that level.

    “My thought process is completely different to when I was a player.”

  • Alex Cole

    EXCLUSIVE: Wilshere reveals pundit pleasantries

    Former England star Jack Wilshere knows criticism from ex-players and fans could affect players at the World Cup.

    But when he was slagged off by ex-pros he took matters into his own hands — and rang them up!

    The former Arsenal midfielder said: “I had a few comments from ex-players on TV, once from Jamie Redknapp and then from Paul Scholes, so I called them.

    “With Jamie it was when I’d come back from injury, I said, ‘I think you out of everyone should understand, you went through it too’.

    “He was very respectful and said he hadn’t really thought about it like that.

    “When Paul Scholes had a go at me he was really good  when I contacted him, he ended up helping me.

    “You go in the dressing room after a game, players are straight on their phones going through Twitter.

    “You can get 2,000 good comments and there can be one negative one, especially if it’s detailed, that can really get into your head. It screws your mind.”

  • Alex Cole

    Wilshere becomes part of The Sun's World Cup panel

    Jack Wilshire has made his peace with no longer being a player.

    Now coaching the Arsenal Under-18s, Wilshere has become fully immersed in the all – consuming life of planning training sessions, analysing data, systems, man-management and picking the team.

    He was, of course, one of the most gifted midfielders of this generation — before injuries cruelly cut short his career.

    So now Wilshere has become a Sun World Cup columnist, who will be giving readers the benefit of his knowledge from competing on the biggest stages for Arsenal and England and  learning the ropes as a fledgling coach at the Emirates.

  • Alex Cole

    Gunners show interest in La Liga star

    Real Betis ace William Carvahlho is being targeted by Arsenal ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is according to Fichajes, who claim Betis are dealing with financial problems and Carvalho’s departure would help their situation.

    However, the midfielder is also being targeted by Newcastle and Leicester who are also looking to bolster their midfield options.

    Arsenal are looking to strengthen in the middle of the park as Thomas Partey is dealing with regular injury woes

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal’s next five fixtures

    Arsenal will now not play again until Boxing Day due to the World Cup break.

    But here is their schedule after domestic football returns at the end of 2022.

    • West Ham (H) – December 26
    • Brighton (A) – December 31
    • Newcastle (H) – January 3
    • Tottenham (A) – January 15
    • Man Utd (H) – January 22

    ICYMI – Ronaldo admits he wants Arsenal to win the league

    Manchester Untied superstar Cristiano Ronaldo revealed he “hopes” Arsenal win the Premier League title – before quickly correcting himself in an interview with SunSport’s Piers Morgan.

    Morgan, who is a huge Gooner himself, asked Ronaldo if he would like to see the North Londoners win the Premier League.

    The Portugal captain replied by saying “I hope so” before he quickly added: “Manchester first, and if not, Arsenal is some team that I like to see play.

    “I like the team. I like the coach. I think they have a good team. And if Manchester United don’t win the Premier League, I will be happy if Arsenal do”

    Fans prefer Prem title over World Cup win

    A YouGov survey of football supporters on behalf of Betfair has revealed that a significantly larger proportion of fans would prefer their team win the Premier League rather than England lifting the World Cup.

    A large 65 per cent of the 1,116 supporters surveyed would rather their team win the Premier League, with just 29 per cent saying they would sooner see Gareth Southgate’s side triumph in Qatar.

    Three out of five Manchester United supporters (60 per cent) would rather their side add a 21st Premier League title, while a third (32 per cent) would prefer England win the World Cup.

    Ramsdale's dad to face fitness test

    Aaron Ramsdale will be hopeful to get some minutes in Qatar, but he will have to overtake regular number one Jordan Pickford.

    The Everton shot-stopper has been between the sticks for Gareth Southgate in the last two international tournaments.

    Ramsdale however joked that if he does make it on to the pitch that he will be most worried about his dad.

    He added: "There were definitely a few tears shed from him [when he got the call].

    "If I make it on to the pitch, he might not return home – he might have a heart attack.

    "He won't have any nails left, put it that way."

    Maddison sweating over fitness

    James Maddison is facing a race to be 100 per cent fit for England’s opener with Iran on Monday.

    The Leicester midfielder missed training for a second day on Friday with a knee problem sustained against West Ham on Saturday.

    Maddison trained with the 26-man squad on Wednesday but complained of soreness so was told by medics to manage the issue.

    He was out on the pitch on Friday – although without boots – for a pep talk from assistant boss Steve Holland but then returned down the tunnel.

    Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka and the Three Lions are acclimatising to the 33-degree weather and appeared to be feeling the sun.

    Fortunately, temperatures will drop to around 26C by 4pm – the local time for kick-off for the Iran clash.

    • Alex Cole

      Ramsdale on top

      Aaron Ramsdale keeps being trolled by his England team-mates over Arsenal topping the Premier League table.

      The Gunners goalkeeper is with the Three Lions squad as they prepare for the World Cup in Qatar.

      Ramsdale has revealed that players are winding him up about him going on about Arsenal being top.

      The 24-year-old said: "Most of the banter is coming from Conor Coady and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

      "They keep walking around pretending that I've said, 'Five points clear', every day."

    • Alex Cole

      Lucozade pulls branding from World Cup

      England sponsors Lucozade has pulled all its branding from the World Cup in a snub to Qatar.

      The drinks maker says its bottles will not be seen at matches, in training or at press conferences following rows over the Gulf state’s brutal laws.

      Harry Kane and teammates, such as Bukayo Saka and Ben White, will still be given drinks but they will carry no branding or logos.

      The firm said today: “Lucozade is a proud long-term sponsor of the England team but we are not an official Fifa World Cup partner.

      “We continue to support all England teams, who celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion.

      “While the England team have access to our drinks for hydration purposes we will not have a brand presence at press conferences, training session or on pitches.”

    • Alex Cole

      Gunners chief glows over Edu

      Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham had no issue giving Edu more power at the club following the first team's recent success on the pitch.

      He said: "We are delighted that Edu is recommitting his future to the Club that he so clearly loves, after making such a positive and critical contribution to our progress in his time with us so far.

      "Edu’s promotion formalises his already growing influence over our Academy operations.

      "And we look forward to Per [Mertesacker] and Edu working together to strengthen the integration between our men’s first-team and Academy yet further."

      Arsenal have undergone an incredible turnaround over the last 18 months with Edu part of the collective mindset.

      A string of solid signings – in particular Martin Odegaard – have propelled the north Londoners to Premier League title contention.

    • Alex Cole

      ICYMI – Edu promoted to sporting director

      Arsenal have announced the appointment of Edu as their first ever sporting director.

      The former Gunners ace has served as the club’s technical director since July 2019, helping manager Mikel Arteta negotiate transfers.

      And the Brazilan’s fine work behind the scenes has landed him a major promotion, which will see him take a more hands-on role at the club – including at academy level.

      Edu said: “I’m delighted to have this new role which I see as an evolution and consolidation of the way we’ve been working. We are making good progress in all areas of our men’s, women’s and academy and we are all excited about what can be achieved.

      “I look forward to building on the hard work of so many people and helping all of us grow together and enjoy more success, and am thankful for the trust the club has put in me. We move forward together”

    • Kostas Lianos

      Mudryk can play in Europa League

      Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk played in the Champions League group stage, but would still be permitted to play for the Gunners in the Europa League Last 16 if he joined in January.

      The ruling states: "A player who has been fielded in the preliminary round, or in the first, second or third qualifying round, or in the play-offs of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League is entitled to play in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League for another club as from the group stage"

      Credit: Reuters
    • Kostas Lianos

      Saka contract update

      Arsenal are confident of agreeing a new contract with England star Bukayo Saka.

      That is according to Football Insider, who claim the Gunners and Saka have made a lot of progress.

      Negotiations have been taking place for months and the North Londoners have let it be known to commercial partners that they expect a full agreement to be sorted soon.

      The winger looks set to put pen to paper on a five-year contract worth nearly £200,000-a-week

    • Kostas Lianos

      Bukayo Saka praise

      Arsenal star Bukayo Saka was praised as the best winger in the World Cup.

      Arsenal and France legend Emmanuel Petit was asked by 90min France to pick the winger he prefers.

      Petit said: “I really like Bukayo Saka. I really like Ousmane Dembele too.

      "It’s true that Bukayo Saka… I actually love the boy. I love what he does on the pitch, and I love his personality.

      “So, [I’d] rather [have] Bukayo Saka”

    • Kostas Lianos

      Arsenal could sign Bellingham

      Former Chelsea ace Scott Minto has suggested Borussia Dortmund superstar Jude Bellingham could choose Arsenal instead of other top hitters like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool.

      Minto told Ladbrokes: "Up until the start of this season, everybody was saying he's Liverpool's player because they were right up there with Manchester City. But I'm still wondering whether or not they're going to make the top four.

      "He's good enough to play a key role for the very best teams in the world, and the very best team for me is Manchester City, but if Arsenal can finish in the top four, or better still, in second place, or even go on to win the title, then all of a sudden they become as attractive a proposition as City, just like that.

      "When you look at what that team is all about under Mikel Arteta, and there'd be a need for them to strengthen if they're playing on Europe's biggest stage, why couldn't they go and get a Bellingham?"

    • Kostas Lianos

      Odegaard praises Henry

      Arsenal star Martin Odegaard named his club's record goalscorer Thierry Henry as the one ace he would want to play with.

      Odegaard told BT Sport after being asked which former Gunners star he would have wanted to play alongside: "I'd have to say, Thierry Henry, for sure.

      "I'd just give him the ball, and he would score. You give him the ball in midfield, and he would score.

      "I watched Arsenal a lot. To be honest, I was a little bit of a supporter when I was younger because my best mate was a big Arsenal fan, so we always watched the games, and I enjoyed watching Arsenal"

      Credit: PA
    • Kostas Lianos

      Martinez's Arsenal snub

      Ajax chief Edwin Van der Sar revealed the Dutch champions did not even enter negotiations with Arsenal during their interest in now Manchester United star Lisandro Martinez..

      Former United goalkeeper Van der Sar told The Athletic: "Arsenal came earlier for Lisandro, but it was an amount where we said, 'Thank you very much for the offer, but we'd rather keep the player than start negotiating'.

      "With United, it was a little bit different. Over the years, we have had a few conversations: with Daley Blind and Donny van de Beek. My job is making sure I make the best decisions for Ajax."

      "I spoke with United about Erik [ten Hag], with Richard Arnold. Erik did a fantastic job here, putting Ajax back on the European map with the players we had.

      "You know, in hindsight, that managers like the players they work with, the type of football Erik wanted to play, and with Martinez there, he has shown his worth now"

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