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Here’s another one of those training videos we get before European games. First observation is that we have a collection of very tall young goalkeepers – they make Petr Cech look normal sized. Have a look, feel free to make comments and observations of your own below. Other Europa League stories this evening include: Team […]

According to Football.London, Calum Chambers is still two weeks from fitness having picked up a hip problem in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup a month ago. The England international, who recently signed a two-year contract extension, had been expected to be back in action in time for tomorrow’s game with […]

Jack Wilshere says it’s horrible when the character of the team is questioned, and says that the only answer is on the pitch, but also that the comments made by Troy Deeney following the 2-1 defeat to Watford last weekend were not justified. In a post-game interview the Watford striker accused Arsenal of having no […]

Last week stories emerged that Marc Overmars had reached an agreement to return to Arsenal next summer, in some kind of unspecified executive capacity. The Gunners are looking to fill the gap left the the club’s chief negotiator Dick Law who left at the end of September to spend more time in the USA with […]

Arsene Wenger faced the media in Serbia this evening ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League encounter with Red Star Belgrade and revealed that Mathieu Debuchy could make his first start of the season for Arsenal. The France international hasn’t played for the Gunners since last November when he lasted just 16 minutes against Bournemouth in the Premier […]

After Troy Deeney's comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Arsene Wenger admits he may have to cut his losses and agree to sell both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window. Robert Pires has described Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil as "a warrior who wants to win something" but believes he is frustrated by the club's lack of summer signings. Ozil has been criticised after some below-par performances this season, but Arsenal great Pires defended him in an interview with Sport Bild. "Ozil is a warrior who wants to win something, and currently he makes the impression that he's annoyed Arsenal have not assembled a squad which can win something," he said. "They only spent...

After Troy Deeney's comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Last season, Granit Xhaka was the subject of some unfair criticism. A hefty price tag brought inflated expectations, while pundits and referees alike seemed to have the knives out for Arsenal's signing of the Switzerland international. This season, any such criticism would be justified. After improving across the course of 2016-17, Xhaka has hit a run of disastrous form; as such, Arsene Wenger should look to reshuffle his midfield options and give the midfielder a necessary reality check. When...

After Troy Deeney's comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Arsene Wenger admits it'll be difficult for Arsenal to catch Manchester City after the Gunners' 2-1 defeat at Watford. Arsene Wenger is adamant that Hector Bellerin's foul on Richarlison inside the box should not have been called. Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker says they must be "mentally tougher" but insists he isn't listening to Troy Deeney or other critics who accused them of lacking fight in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Watford. Deeney's comments about Arsenal lacking "cojones" and not being "up for it" dominated the headlines after Saturday's game, in which Watford came from behind to win with two late goals. "I don't know what he said," Mertesacker said when asked about Deeney in an interview with Sky Sports. "I don't pay...

After Troy Deeney's comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes he failed to develop at the Emirates because of less sophisticated coaching in the Premier League. Szczesny, who joined defending Serie A champions Juventus in the summer, spent the majority of his career at Arsenal before being loaned to Roma for two years from 2015. At Roma, he became the club's No. 1 keeper under manager Luciano Spalletti, and the 27-year-old Poland international told The Independent there is a stark difference between...

After Troy Deeney's comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around.

• Midfielder defends team-mates after ‘unjustified’ Troy Deeney criticisms• Debuchy set to return to depleted Arsenal defence for Europa League match

Jack Wilshere leapt to the defence of his Arsenal team-mates whose temperament was savaged by Troy Deeney in the aftermath of the defeat at Watford last weekend. “As a player if your attitude is questioned it’s horrible,” Wilshere said. “I don’t think the comments were justified.

“When we look back at what we did wrong I don’t think you can question our character. We will move on. We have a game tomorrow and another big one Sunday [at Everton] and the players can bounce back, we’ve see them do it. As players we haven’t spoken about it. I’m sure individually players are disappointed but comments are part of the modern-day game and we have to deal with that.”

Related: Raheem Sterling: I didn’t think for one minute about joining Arsenal

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• Manchester City forward ‘didn’t believe a word’ of transfer rumour in August• Sterling is joint top-scorer for Premier League leaders with seven goals

Raheem Sterling has stated he did not “think one minute” about Arsenal’s wish to buy him in the summer, when he learned of the club’s interest.

The forward was wanted by the Gunners as part of a deal that would have taken Alexis Sánchez to Manchester City. However Pep Guardiola did not contemplate allowing the 22-year-old to leave and Sterling has rewarded the manager’s faith by scoring six in the Premier League, seven in all competitions.

Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

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Anthony Knockaert could make the difference for Brighton, Pablo Zabaleta fed up with West Ham’s ill-discipline and Kevin de Bruyne is drawing more praise

Mark Hughes was in no doubt he had witnessed the favourites for the title. “Clearly I would say that after being beaten 7-2 but they do look significantly better than anybody else in the league in terms of our experience,” he said. Of City’s potential rivals Hughes has guided Stoke to a 1-0 win over Arsenal, a 2-2 draw with Manchester United and endured a 4-0 home reverse against Chelsea. “We’ve faced Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and we’ve acquitted ourselves fine. But they were just very clinical. The difference was De Bruyne’s understanding of what needed to be done. The quality of his passing, the weight of his passes and his understanding of the angles in terms of releasing people. You can see the reaction of his team-mates. As soon as he gets on the ball they expect him to put the right ball in at the right moment with the right pace. That’s the influence that he has on the team.” Jamie Jackson

Related: Unhappy Antonio Conte questions Chelsea’s ability to defend their title

Related: Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku insists he is no flat-track bully

Related: Harry Kane threatens to transcend Tottenham as Ronaldo showdown looms | David Hytner

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Arsenal lost their lead and nerve after the German midfielder and Troy Deeney came on with the Watford man saying the Gunners lacked ‘a bit of cojones

Tom Cleverley, the eventual match-winner, said Watford had “smelled a little bit of blood” as they took a more muscular approach to Arsenal in the final half-hour. Troy Deeney said the Gunners lacked “a bit of cojones” and that, when he rose from the bench and attempted to discover which of their three centre-backs might be least able to cope with his physicality, he found that “none of them were”. Arsène Wenger, meanwhile, said: “We played well in big parts of the game and I think on top of that we were unlucky” – thereby proving it is not only Arsenal’s players who prefer to shirk responsibility than to face it.

Related: Arsène Wenger rails at ‘scandalous’ penalty after Watford beat Arsenal

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