6am Arsenal news: Danny Welbeck issues injury update, chase for Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso hots up and Alexandre Lacazette delights fans
THE international break has arrived but Arsenal and their squad are still hitting he headlines.
Read on below to find out why, plus all the other latest news, views and gossip from around the Emirates.
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GET WEL SOON
DANNY WELBECK has returned home after the operation on his broken ankle he picked up against Sporting Lisbon.
The Gunners striker posted a photo on Twitter as he hobbled home on crutches with his foot in plaster.
ARSENAL are eyeing up Real Betis star Junior Firpo to provide competition at left-back.
The Dominican Republic-born defender has a £43.5million release clause – but the Gunners could lose out to Manchester City as the player’s agent is Pep Guardiola’s brother, Pere.
HOME SWEET HOME
URUGUAY will be hoping Lucas Torreira can use his local knowledge to help defeat Brazil at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.
The Gunners midfielder has been a standout performer in North London this season as a makeshift Uruguayan outfit try to stop the likes of Neymar, Willian, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus.
ARSENAL will face a tremendous battle if they wish to sign £35m-rated defender Mario Hermoso.
The 23-year-old has become one of La Liga’s hottest prospects at Espanyol – but Real Madrid have the option of triggering a buy-back clause in his contract.
Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini is reportedly being chased by ArsenalGetty – Contributor
ARSENAL have been unveiled as the hardest working team in the Premier League, with statistics showing they have covered the most distance this season.
The Gunners have covered 1375.7km this term, just ahead of local rivals Tottenham – having been sixth in the standings at the same stage last year.
LACE ‘EM UP
THIERRY HENRY has teased Arsenal fans after admitting that he might have to come out of retirement to save Monaco.
The ex-Gunners striker has failed to win any of his first six games in his first managerial job, with the principality club suffering multiple injuries along the way.
MESUT OZIL rejected £1million-a-week offers to remain at Arsenal.
Former Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny has done a superb job at Juventus after legend Gianluigi Buffon moved onEPA
The German signed a new three-year deal in January and has even been rewarded with the captain’s armband under Unai Emery – but could have earned £650,000 more every seven days in Asia.
GUNNERS’ hopes of signing Ousmane Dembele have been dealt a major blow after his agent revealed he is happy at Barcelona and keen to prove his worth.
Speculation has been swirling that the Frenchman could leave after going AWOL – but his agent Moussa Sissoko insists he is enjoying life at ‘a big club’ and boss ‘Ernesto Valverde loves him’.
GI WHIZZ, SZCZESNY
JUVENTUS goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has spoken on how he has managed to replace Gianluigi Buffon seamlessly between the sticks.
The 28-year-old has established himself as the Old Lady’s No 1 shot-stopper after the Italian legend joined Paris Saint-Germain in the summer on a free transfer.
ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE has turned down France’s late call-up to replace Anthony Martial – and Gunners fans are delighted.
Supporters were unhappy their striker was overlooked in the first place for the Manchester United ace – but Lacazette refused just two hours after being awarded a place.
ARSENAL are looking to add to their youth talents with 17-year-old sensation Vilius Piliukaitis.
The Lithuanian has so far impressed in youth matches while on loan at Blackburn Rovers – attracting further interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.
‘HERE TO HELP’
GUNNERS target Ousmane Dembele has received support from Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique after going AWOL.
The Frenchman was dropped for the Real Betis defeat after failing to turn up to training or notify them that he was ill.
COT WHAT IT TAKES
ARSENAL wonderkid Ben Cottrell has interested Borussia Dortmund and Marseille after impressing in the under-18s.
German side Dortmund are no strangers to pinching a n English talent, having turned Jadon Sancho from a prodigy into a global star and England international.
FORMER Arsenal favourite Santi Cazorla left fans in tears after his incredible gesture following Villarreal’s 2-2 draw against Rayo Vallecano.
The Spaniard gave the family of a 14-year-old Rayo fan Jorge Munoz – who died in a car accident last week – his shirt, posed for photographs and signed some memorabilia.
DANNY WELBECK gave his Arsenal team-mates a pep talk from hospital before the Gunners’ match against Wolves.
The England international is recovering from ankle surgery after he was injured against Sporting Lisbon last week.
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THE UN AND ONLY
HENRIKH MKHITARYAN has praised the culture change at Arsenal since Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger.
The ex-Manchester United ace claims there is more belief among the players and fans since the Spaniard arrived.
SCHICK OF IT ALL
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Now the Gunners could be in for Schick – if these latest reports are anything to go by.
NO COMING BECK
ARSENAL are facing the increasing prospect that crocked striker Danny Welbeck will be ruled out for the season.
The England striker required oxygen after suffering a horror injury in the 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.
HOT PEPE BACK ON MENU
UNAI EMERY will rethink his transfer plans – with Lille’s £45m winger Nicolas Pepe a renewed target as the Arsenal boss faces up to Danny Welbeck missing the rest of the season.
England striker Welbeck is due to undergo surgery this weekend after breaking his right ankle in Thursday’s Europa League win over Sporting Lisbon.
BLING AND THE YANG
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has been crowned the EA Sports Player of the Month for October after five goals for Arsenal.
The Gabon striker, 29, ended the Gunners three-year wait for the prestigious prize – but many fans on social media criticised Aubameyang’s selection.