Hello and welcome football.londons Live Arsenal blog on Monday.
It’s matchday and the Gunners make the long journey to St James’ Park to face Newcastle in a big match of the season. Qualifying for the Champions League will last until the final day as north London rivals Tottenham jumped to fourth with a win over Burnley on Sunday.
A win over the Magpies would see Mikel Arteta’s men return to bottom place in the Champions League and play the final game against Everton. We will have all the preparations in place ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Newcastle.
But there is also plenty going on off the pitch, with numerous transfer rumors looming on the horizon. A number of players have been linked and we’ll be sure to bring you the latest as it comes out.
With that in mind, sit back and let it happen football.london keep you up to date with the latest news from the Emirates.
Can Arsenal still finish fourth? Share your thoughts below
Mohamed Elneny has confirmed he would sign a new contract with Arsenal if offered one.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Egypt international said: “I’ve said before if Arsenal want me it’s my club, it’s my family but it’s not my decision.
“I have to wait until they say ‘Mo, we want you’.
“It has felt like family since the first day I’ve been here. We really work like that here, it’s such a nice club.”
Arteta turns to Conte
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has responded to Spurs manager Antonio Conte’s recent lawsuit.
“What I’ve tried, I think, in three years here, is not to complain,” Arteta said ahead of tonight’s game against Newcastle.
“I have no complaints and I didn’t complain on Thursday either. I just said I can’t give a clear assessment of what I think about the game. And that’s it.”
Alan Shearer has claimed Arsenal will have a tough time against Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United tonight in their must-win Premier League clash.
Speaking about Match of the Day 2 on BBC One, Shearer said: “Tomorrow night is difficult. hard game. The atmosphere at St James’ Park will be electric tomorrow night, as it has been for some time, and Newcastle will give them a very, very difficult time.”
According to The Guardian, Ben White is expected to start for Arsenal tonight when they take on Newcastle at St James’ Park.
The Englishman has not played a minute since beating Manchester United 3-1 last month as he suffers from hamstring problems.
Former Chelsea frontman Chris Sutton has predicted Arsenal will slip in the race for the top four.
Speaking on BBC 606, he said: “I think Spurs are going to (finish in the top four) now. Big win against Arsenal on Thursday. Absolutely mopped the floor with it.”
He added: “Arsenal have work to do. I think they will slip.”
Jesus commandment “prepared”
Arsenal are preparing a bid for Manchester City frontman Gabriel Jesus, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
“New Messi” change?
Barcelona have announced that talented youngster Kays Ruiz-Atil has been sacked by the club just a year after his Blaugrana return.
The 19-year-old, once dubbed the ‘new Messi’, has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal, with his sacking possibly offering the club an opportunity to reignite his interest.
At least Hickey
According to Italian outlet CalcioNapoli24, Arsenal and Bologna reached a €20m-25m (£17m-21m) deal for Scotland full-back Aaron Hickey over the weekend.
The talented teenager has been heavily linked with a move to Emirates Stadium of late, with the Gunners signing his former team-mate Takehiro Tomiyasu last summer.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has predicted Newcastle United will frustrate Arsenal tonight.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Thursday’s north London derby, Neville said: “I mean, Newcastle on Monday night… that’s going to be really, really tough. It’s just going to be really, really hard.
“The pressure in that game and then it’s Everton in the last game at home. If Everton need points then they have two really tough games at this point.
“I think Tottenham will beat Burnley and I think Arsenal need to win the last two games. I’m not sure if they will. I think that was a really big blow tonight.”
Gabriel transfer idea
Arsenal are warming to the idea of selling defender Gabriel, according to Tuttosport.
The Brazilian has impressed this season, linking him with a multitude of clubs.
Paulo Dybala farewell message
Ruben Neves blows
Arsenal have been dealt a blow in the reported pursuit of Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, Sport reports.
The report states that Barcelona are trying to secure a deal for the Portugal international.
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