Arsenal news LIVE: Gabriel fights off masked ROBBER, Sterling 'extremely attracted' to Gunners move, Saka INJURY doubt

GUNNERS star Gabriel had to fight off masked thieves who tried to steal his car, it has been revealed.

The defender, 23, initially handed over a watch and the keys to his £45,000 Mercedes before fighting off the robbers in the garage of his own home.

Elsewhere, Raheem Sterling is said to find the idea of a move to Arsenal "extremely attractive".

Meanwhile Bukayo Saka is a big doubt for Arsenal's match at Man Utd after picking up an injury at the weekend.

However, the England star is not set to be out long-term.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GUNNER WIN

    Here's a stat that will make Gunners fans a little more confident ahead of tomorrow night's clash against Manchester United.

    United are winless in their last six Premier League meetings with Arsenal.

    The Red Devils have never gone seven league games without a win against the Gunners before.

    But Mikel Arteta's side have lost just once in their last 12 games, and come into the game brimming with confidence.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WOULD BE KUL

    Arsenal are targeting a move for Juventus forward Dejan Kulusevski in the January window.

    And contact has already been made between the club and representatives of the Sweden international.

    However, Tottenham are also said to be keen on a deal for the 21-year-old.

    Transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio has told Sky Sports: "Arsenal want him.

    "The first contacts with the agents (have been made). Juventus bought him for £30 million plus bonuses. So, it depends on how much Arsenal want to invest on this player.

    "But, I know that the first contacts have been made by the parties."

    Credit: AFP
  • Giacomo Pisa

    GAB HORROR

    Arsenal star Gabriel fought off a baseball bat-wielding robber who attempted to steal his car from his garage.

    A pair of thieves followed the £27m centre-back and his friend home before demanding the footballer’s keys, phone and watch as he got out of his Mercedes.

    Shocking CCTV footage showed the hooded robber, Abderaham Muse, lunge at the Brazilian with the silver bat.

    But the Gunners star jabbed him in the face before wrestling and grabbing his hat until the robber managed to escape and ran away with his accomplice.

    They sprinted past a third member of the gang, who had been making sure the electronic gates outside the home remained open.

    Muse, 26, was jailed for five years last month after police linked him to the robbery in August through DNA from the hat that had fallen off during the scuffle.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'IDOL'

    Gabriel Martinelli will be hoping his goal against Newcastle at the weekend will earn him a place in Arsenal's starting line-up against Man Utd on Thursday.

    If it does, the 20-year-old will go up against Cristiano Ronaldo, someone he previously described as his 'idol'.

    Martinelli said in 2020, as quoted by football.london: "My idol is Cristiano Ronaldo.

    "I admire him very much for the strength of will he has, for the way he works and for everything… for the individual and collective awards he earns.

    "He is a guy who does not conform, always wants more. That is what I want for myself, to always be conquering things. He is an example."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BATTLE FOR FOURTH

    Ex-Premier League striker Neil Lennon remains unconvinced that Arsenal have what it takes to nail down the fourth and final Champions League spot.

    He also has doubts over Manchester United, and believes Leicester have what it takes to go one better this season.

    Lennon told Express Sport: "[Ralf] Rangnick is a very experienced manager, Mikel [Arteta] isn’t.

    "Arsenal have spent a lot of money and they’re starting to find a bit of form.

    "Brendan will want to be in the mix, and if they can find a bit of consistency, get their key players back and maybe add in January, which I’m sure he’ll want to do, then there’s no reason why they can’t hit the top six or top four.

    "That fourth position is open, Man Utd on paper would still be favourites, but they have been so inconsistent this season, as have Arsenal.

    "All they [Leicester] need is a couple of wins to put them back in the mix, and Brendan’s experience will be invaluable in that."

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Bukayo Saka is struggling to be fit for Arsenal’s trip to Manchester United but has not suffered a serious long-term injury.

    The England winger was forced off by a thigh problem shortly after scoring the opening goal during Saturday’s 2-0 home win against Newcastle.

    But a scan on his tight quadriceps muscle has confirmed that he has sustained only minor damage.

    There is even an outside chance that he could be available for the trip to Old Trafford, although it is unlikely that he will be included in the starting line-up.

    Meanwhile, Brazilian side Flamengo are reportedly plotting a January transfer for Arsenal outcast Pablo Mari.

    The Gunners defender has started just two Premier League games so far this campaign.

    He is expected to 'consider his options' if his game time does not improve in the coming weeks, according to football.london.

    Mari's former club Flamengo are interested in a move for the centre-back, but would rather a loan deal to a permanent transfer.

    Finally, Arsenal showed an interest in signing Sergino Dest over the summer – and Barcelona are now making him available for transfer.

    That’s according to a report from Mundo Deportivo, who have been discussing players that can leave the Camp Nou.

    Barca want to bring in Manchester City attacker Ferran Torres and may look to engineer a part-exchange deal.

    And Dest is listed as one of the players Barcelona are making available.

  • Anthony Chapman

    MONEY FOR NOTHING

    Alexandre Lacazette is set to leave Arsenal on a free transfer next summer.

    The Frenchman admits his agent is looking for a new club as his deal approaches its final stages.

    Mo Elneny is another player who could go for nothing.

    But they wouldn't be the first big names to see their Emirates deals run down in recent years…

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEXT UP

    Let's take a look at Arsenal's next five games…

  • Anthony Chapman

    SAK RACE

    Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe are both in contention to start against Man Utd.

    Bukayo Saka is unlikely to be fit in time for Thursday's clash.

    And Martinelli could get the nod after his goalscoring cameo against Newcastle at the weekend.

    However, Pepe is knocking at the door and Arsenal are keen for the Ivorian to justify his hefty £72million price tag.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FER REAL

    Rio Ferdinand has hailed Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale as a ‘phenomenon’ since moving to the Emirates.

    Ferdinand said: “Ramsdale’s been an inspired signing

    “There were a lot of people doubting him, he’s had two or three relegations in his career already.

    “But the saves he’s making on a regular basis, he’s actually allowing (Arsenal) to keep clean sheets.

    “It’s six clean sheets in 10 games, that’s phenomenal.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

    Man Utd host Arsenal on Thursday in what is sure to be a mouth-watering encounter.

    Both sides have players in mixed form ahead of the crunch Premier League clash.

    But is this the best possible combined XI between the two clubs?

  • Anthony Chapman

    NIC OFF

    Nicolas Pepe is running out of time to prove himself at Arsenal.

    It is more than two years since the Ivorian international became the club’s £72million record signing from Lille.

    But he has still not been able to nail down a place in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.

    Pepe’s prospects are unlikely to change any time soon after finding himself behind fans’ favourites Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe in the Emirates pecking order.

    And though he still has more than two years to run on his £140,000-a-week contract, Arsenal could soon consider selling him before his value drops much further.

  • Anthony Chapman

    SILVER WHERE?

    Plenty of money has been spent since Arsene Wenger left Arsenal.

    But the Gunners are still without a Premier League title since 2004.

    Will Mikel Arteta's signings move Arsenal back into the race for English football's ultimate prize?

  • Anthony Chapman

    USE YOUR ED

    Arsenal chief Edu has admitted that he wants to bring Arsene Wenger 'closer' to the Gunners once more.

    He said: "It was great to see Arsene Wenger the other day at the screening for his new documentary.

    "We had a good conversation, and I said to him that he cannot realise how important he is for my career.

    "I told him I would like to see him a bit closer to the club and to myself as well in the future. That would be a real, real pleasure and special for everyone here.

    "I also told him I was so proud to see myself in his film – it brought back lots of great memories about that Invincibles team!"

  • Anthony Chapman

    MAR MOVE

    Brazilian side Flamengo are reportedly plotting a January transfer for Arsenal outcast Pablo Mari.

    The Gunners defender has started just two Premier League games so far this campaign.

    He is expected to 'consider his options' if his game time does not improve in the coming weeks, according to football.london.

    Mari's former club Flamengo are interested in a move for the centre-back, but would rather a loan deal to a permanent transfer.

  • Anthony Chapman

    MO IDEA

    Mo Elneny’s father has attempted to play down talk of his son’s departure from Arsenal.

    Elneny Snr said: “Mohamed’s contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season.

    “The club does not intend to terminate his contract. His playing in the Liverpool match proves his coach’s belief in him and his abilities.

    “It is difficult for him to return to Egypt during this period.

    “The reports that El Ahly made a deal with him are completely false.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    RED GESTURE

    Manchester United have given fans permission to hold up an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer banner at their match against Arsenal on Thursday.

    Supporters are said to have approached the club about the touching gesture and Old Trafford chiefs have approved.

    The enormous banner will be held aloft in the Stretford End, according to ESPN.

    Arsenal’s visit is United’s first home match since the Norwegian club legend was let go.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RIP 

    Liverpool and Arsenal legend Ray Kennedy has sadly passed away at the age of 70.

    The midfielder, who made 393 appearances for Liverpool, had spent the last few years battling Parkinson's.

    He arrived at Anfield in 1974 having played more than 200 times for Arsenal, winning the league and cup double with the North London outfit in 1971.

    He would then go on to lift 11 major trophies with the Merseyside giants across an eight-year spell, winning five league titles and the European Cup on three occasions.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BUK THE TREND

    Bukayo Saka is struggling to be fit for Arsenal’s trip to Manchester United but has not suffered a serious long-term injury.

    The England winger was forced off by a thigh problem shortly after scoring the opening goal during Saturday’s 2-0 home win against Newcastle.

    But a scan on his tight quadriceps muscle has confirmed that he has sustained only minor damage.

    There is even an outside chance that he could be available for the trip to Old Trafford, although it is unlikely that he will be included in the starting line-up.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEXT UP

    Let's take a look at Arsenal's next five games…

  • Anthony Chapman

    VLA LA LAND

    Tottenham are reportedly preparing a mega-January bid for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

    TuttoMercato claims Antonio Conte has identified the 21-year-old Serb as Harry Kane’s ‘successor’.

    Vlahovic is a reported target for both Manchester United and Arsenal.

    The 6ft 3in hitman is valued at £70million and has scored 13 times in all competitions this season.

  • Kealan Hughes

    LEARNING GAME

    Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson says he is learning about the slower side of the game during his loan spell with Feyenoord this season.

    Nelson joined the Dutch side on loan in the summer when it was made clear he was not a part of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s plans this season.

    In an interview with Dutch magazine Hand in Hand, he said: "In the months that I am here, I am really impressed with Feyenoord.

    “I thought it was fantastic to come on in a packed stadium with a great atmosphere. When Dessers scored, we all went crazy.

    “When I compare English football with Dutch football, I see that in England, it’s more about running and switching quickly.

    "The pace of the matches is higher. Here it is more about tactics, I notice.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    MAR TO COME

    A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to react to the news that Marcelo Flores has received his first call-up to the Mexico senior squad.

    Flores is yet to make his first-team debut for the Gunners. However, he is a player that fans of the club will be more than aware of.

    The 18-year-old has scored six goals in nine games in the under-18 Premier League this term. He can play on either wing. However, he has been superb in the attacking midfield role this season.

    Reacting to the news, one fan said: "What a talent."

    Another simply added: "Wow."

    A third said: "Hale end production line in full effect! Best of luck my guy, do us proud."

    Credit: Getty
  • Kealan Hughes

    MATCH POSTPONED

    Arsenal's Premier League match with Chelsea has been postponed due to Chelsea's participation in the FIFA Club World Cup.

    The match is yet to be rescheduled but could take place in January once Thomas Tuchel's team return to the UK.

  • Kealan Hughes

    WAITING GAME

    Arsenal could be made to wait for one of their key targets, Ianis Stoica, after the president of his current club FCSB reiterated their transfer stance.

    Stoica has risen to prominence with FCSB this season. The talented teenager has made 15 appearances, providing six goals so far in 2021-22. After a few loan spells to kickstart his career, the winger is well on track with his parent club now.

    The Gunners supposedly put £6million on the table for the 18-year-old. However, Steaua want at least £8m plus a sell-on clause.

    Becali has now made an adjustment to his stance over Stoica’s potential transfer. Reiterating that he wants to keep the Romania under-21 international, he suggested they could multiply his value fivefold a few years down the line.

    He told Digi Sport (via Sport Witness): “I propose that Ianis Stoica stays for another three years at FCSB, to sell him for £40m.

    “At 22-23, he will be mature. He is very well put together and strong at 18, so at 21…”

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