1.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Evan N'Dicka interest, Tierney RETURN, Firpo links, David Luiz red card DECISION

ARSENAL are preparing for the trip to Aston Villa as the games come thick and fast.

And the Gunners will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing 2-1 to Wolves in the week, a match in which they went down to NINE men.

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    ARTWORK

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been recognised for flipping his side's form by being nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month for January.

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    TIME FOR A RUN OUT

    Arsenal are set to hand third-choice keeper Alex Runarsson a first Premier League start against Aston Villa this weekend.

    The 25-year-old Icelandic international deputised for Bernd Leno in the Gunners' defeat to Wolves earlier this week after the German was sent off for handling outside his area.

    How Arsenal could line up against Aston Villa

    And with back-up shot-stopper Mat Ryan facing a race to be fit for the weekend, Runarsson could well start for the North London side.

    The Gunners will also be without centre-back David Luiz after he failed in his appeal against the red card he was shown at Molineux.

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    INTER HIM

    Inter Milan could reportedly let FIVE players leave in the summer including Chelsea and Arsenal target Achraf Hakimi.

    Manchester City have also keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old full-back this season.

    Inter Milan desperately need to raise £146million to ensure they can compete next season.

    Transfer fees combined with the coronavirus pandemic have plunged the club into financial crisis.

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan could get rid of five players in the summer.

    Hakimi has been named alongside Aleksandar Kolarov, Ashley Young, Danilo D'Ambrosio and Matteo Darmian.

    Premier League target Hakimi joined Inter from Real Madrid for £36.3million in the summer of 2020.

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    JAN STARS

    Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Bernd Leno are both up for the Premier League Player of the Month gong for January after the Gunners' resurgence.

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    ABUSE MUST STOP

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta slammed recent online abuse of players which is hurting football and society.

    Arteta said: "There are all types of different abuses and I think it has to be eradicated completely.

    "I think social media has a big responsibility on that, because then you talk about the mental health of the players and the public and how exposed they are.

    "I am all open and I'm for people to have their opinions, but not just to be insulting people, abusing people and using a screen on somebody's mobile phone to tell them whatever you want, to a person that you don't even know.

    "That for me has to be eradicated, because it is causing a lot of damage in football and a lot of damage to public people.

    "So I think we have to be really strong on that and I think you guys [the media] as well have a big part to play to support us and the industry here."

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    PEP TALK

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has praised Nicolas Pepe's reaction to being dropped and urged the Ivorian to continue his recent good work.

    Arteta said: "Even when we made decisions not to play him, he kept working hard.

    "He has improved in a lot of areas and has been much more consistent for 90 minutes.

    "He’s a threat at the moment because he’s been scoring goals, he’s been assisting players, he’s been a real threat. He needs to continue doing that."

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    NO MATCH OF THE DAY

    Gary Lineker revealed he believed David Luiz's red card against Wolves SHOULD have been overturned.

    The Gunners failed with their appeal against the decision and the Brazilian centre-back will be suspended for three games.

    Meanwhile, Southampton were successful in overturning Jan Bednarek's dismissal for a similar challenge.

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    MORE LUIZ ON WILLIAN

    David Luiz told Willian to calm down and things will finally happen for him at Arsenal.

    The Brazilian defender told ESPN Brasil: "So he’s a guy who will go through this, he will go through this moment and he’ll still bring a lot of joy to Arsenal, to this club. Because there’s this turbulence, just as I had in the first months.

    “It’s not easy, you change clubs, from one rival to another, you have all the cannons facing you. Everything you do people will compare.

    "Supporters on one side who loved you are sad because you left and are nervous. Supporters on the other side, who cheered against you, are like, ‘I’m not going to like this guy who came from the other side’.

    “You end up feeling, in a way, just a little until you adapt. My first months weren’t easy, and that’s what I try to pass on to Willian. ‘Calm down, things will work out, things will happen. Just keep working because you’re you, there’s no way to change. You’re a great person and you’re a great player. Calm down. Things are going to happen’.

    “That’s what we try. Everyone already loves Willian here, so I know that things will happen in the best possible way soon.”

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    WILLI OR WON'T HE

    Arsenal star David Luiz has backed his fellow Brazilian and Gunners team-mate Willian to pull himself out of his current slump in form.

    The former Chelsea star has struggled to settle North of the river and ex-Blues pal Luiz is backing him to come good.

    David Luiz backed Willian to come good at ArsenalCredit: Reuters

    Luiz told ESPN Brasil: "The person Willian, few people know him. But those who know, can’t not say that they love him. Because everyone loves him as a person.

    "The player Willian everyone knows. And everyone knows Willian’s potential. And he doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone after so many years at the high level.

    "And he’s at a moment which it’s not so pleasant at the individual level because things are not happening.

    "But he’s an experienced, intelligent guy, who knows what he should know, what he must do every day.

    "You don’t see Willian murmuring to train, you don’t see Willian not training. He’s always dedicated, he’s looking for the best, to improve, to grow. You don’t see Willian with an ugly face on the bench. All those things."

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    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,

    Mikel Arteta insisted the club are managing Kieran Tierney’s fitness as well as they possibly can.

    The Gunners boss said: “It’s a different injury in this case. Kieran is a player that really pushes himself and he has to be able to perform physically at his best because he cannot help himself.

    “Even in training he can’t help himself. We are trying to manage him in the best possible way and find every possibility to give him the best chance to be fit as soon as possible, and we are here to support him as much as we can.

    “What I want is that he’s fit to play for us as soon as possible, then if he’s fit and he’s ready to represent his country, there we go, it’s one of his dreams and he needs to fulfil that. But what I want is for him to play for Arsenal.”

    Meanwhile, David Luiz will serve a suspension after losing his appeal against a red card in Arsenal’s defeat to Wolves.

    The Gunners confirmed in a statement on Thursday that they were ‘disappointed’ having ‘worked really hard’ to have the ban quashed.

    It read: “The Football Association have confirmed to us that the red card given to David Luiz on Tuesday against Wolverhampton Wanderers will stand.

    “We have worked really hard to overturn David Luiz’s red card.

    “We presented our case to the FA but are disappointed that our appeal has been unsuccessful.

    “We accept the FA’s decision and continue our preparations for Saturday’s match against Aston Villa.”

    And finally, Patrick Vieira has joined the race to become the new Bournemouth manager.

    The former Gunners midfielder is being linked with the role, while ex-Chelsea pair John Terry and Frank Lampard are also being talked up as potential candidates, according to The Mail.

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    £80M JACKPOTTY

    The Premier League's fourth-placed team could miss out on a Champions League spot next season.

    But such an £80million-plus hit for a Prem giant would need a chain of events as unusual as, say, Liverpool losing home league games to Burnley and Brighton in the same week…

    Only five teams from any country can compete in the Champions League in the same campaign.

    So Prem representation for the following campaign would first be threatened if English clubs won the Champions League AND the Europa League in one term.

    That's because the winners of those two tournaments automatically qualify for the Champions League.

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    STAR BOY

    Arsenal fans are hoping that youngster Bukayo Saka continues his amazing run of recent form.

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    EVAN ALMIGHTY

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in beating Tottenham to the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N’Dicka.

    The 21-year-old centre-back has caught the attention of both Premier League clubs in North London after emerging as a key part of the Bundesliga side’s rise to fourth in the table.

    And according to Bild, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to get in ahead of Spurs to secure N’Dicka in the summer window

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    LU BLEW IT

    Yannick Bolasie has questioned the decision to uphold the red card shown to David Luiz.

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    CASH GUZZLERS

    Arsenal have made a profit on just EIGHT transfers in the last ten years.

    Since 2010, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been the biggest money spinner while Mesut Ozil represented the largest loss.

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    ICYMI

    Mikel Arteta praised Arsenal’s ‘incredible’ work in the January window as he insisted the Gunners are starting to resemble his long-term vision.

    Arteta said: “The first transfer window was a very rushed one because I just arrived. The other two we had a little more time.

    “If you see the amount of transactions we’ve done in this window, it’s incredible. Credit to the club, credit to Edu for the work that he’s done because it’s not easy to get the amount of things that we’ve done in one window.

    “I know that most of them was to get some players out and create some space around the team, but it’s still not an easy thing to do in this window or this market.”

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    GOAL OF THE MONTH

    Kieran Tierney's wonder solo goal against West Brom and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's settler vs Newcastle is up for the best January strikes.

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    RON-BELIEVABLE LINE-UP

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the best footballers on the planet.

    And they have played alongside plenty of other world class talent during their glittering careers.

    SunSport has collated a best XI of players the pair have played alongside for club and country including one Arsenal legend…

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    GIOR DROPPING

    Giorgio Chiellini says he was a fool to turn down Arsenal as a teenager.

    He told Goal: "In hindsight, I was a fool to decline that offer.

    "I was 16, I played in Serie C, I got a huge offer.

    "I didn't feel ready. If I had accepted, it would have given the impression of betraying Livorno."

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    CALF WAY UP

    Emile Smith Rowe revealed his superstition behind why he wears his socks low.

    He said: "I try to be free in my mind.

    “There’s one thing I do, which is wear my socks low.

    “I feel like that gives me a lot of freedom, I don’t know why. It’s just a little superstition.

    “I feel like I always have a lot of freedom on the pitch all the players give me confidence and that makes it even easier for me.”

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    NO MAR OF THAT

    Neymar has hinted that the Premier League does not interest him – having been turned off by the game's physicality.

    He told the Mail: "I do not get to watch a lot of the Premier League.

    "But I have heard that there's a lot of physical contact involved in the game.

    "But the French league also has too much physical contact!"

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    PAT ON THE BACK

    Patrick Vieira has joined the race to become the new Bournemouth manager.

    The former Gunners midfielder is being linked with the role, while ex-Chelsea pair John Terry and Frank Lampard are also being talked up as potential candidates, according to The Mail.

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    LU-SING OUT

    David Luiz will serve a suspension after losing his appeal against a red card in Arsenal's defeat to Wolves.

    The Gunners confirmed in a statement on Thursday that they were 'disappointed' having 'worked really hard' to have the ban quashed.

    It read: "The Football Association have confirmed to us that the red card given to David Luiz on Tuesday against Wolverhampton Wanderers will stand.

    "We have worked really hard to overturn David Luiz's red card.

    "We presented our case to the FA but are disappointed that our appeal has been unsuccessful.

    "We accept the FA's decision and continue our preparations for Saturday's match against Aston Villa."

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    SEASON STATS

    It has been an incredibly topsy turvy season so far for Mikel Arteta's Arsenal.

    Here are all the stats you need to know.

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    GUNNED DOWN

    Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini has lifted the lid on his failed move to Arsenal in 2001 as he claimed he was a 'fool' to reject the club.

    The Italy international claims the Gunners offered him a huge salary when he was just 16, but felt it would be a betrayal to leave Livorno.

    Giorgio Chiellini admitted he was a 'fool' to turn down Arsenal aged 16Credit: AFP

    Arsene Wenger was keen to bring the defender to North London, but Chiellini has revealed he was too loyal to Livorno, a decision he now regrets.

    The nine-time Serie A champion has stated that he was offered a whopping 200million Italian Lira-a-year by Arsenal, which was roughly around £66,000-per-year.

    Speaking to So Foot via Goal about his failed move, the 36-year-old said: "In hindsight, I was a fool to decline that offer.

    "I was 16, I played in Serie C, I got a huge offer for just under 200 million lira-a-season.

    "I didn't feel ready. If I had accepted, it would have given the impression of betraying Livorno."

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