Advertisement Nketiah has received advice from ‘idols’ Wright and Henry (Picture: Getty)Despite his impressive pre-season performances, Nketiah may still be loaned out this summer and Bristol City have registered a strong interest in the promising attacker.Asked about a possible loan move, Nketiah replied: There was talk of that and it was close to happening in January but the club decided that I should stay and I tried to finish the season as strongly as possible.‘We’ll see what happens in the future but I’m just enjoying the tour and in the future decisions will be made.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I need to keep pushing, keep working and as for the season I want to be playing regularly. After the pre-season tour, it’s something that I’ll look at with my family and speak to the manager and see what’s best for me.‘I feel like I have a great relationship with the fans. It’s nice that they notice that and sing my name. That’s a dream come true. Even out here the fans are screaming my name.‘They travel all around the world to see us play and support us. I always try to give them something back and I’m so grateful that they have taken to me like that as one of the boys from the academy and I hope it can continue.’MORE: Arsenal expect to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos ahead of Tottenham Comment Advertisement Eddie Nketiah reveals help from Arsenal ‘idols’ Thierry Henry and Ian Wright Nketiah has scored three goals in two games for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)‘Him being one of my idols [working with him] was a dream come true. The two guys here are very good too.‘I feel we have a good relationship and [Alexandre] Laca[zette] gave me a nice assist on my second goal [against Fiorentina] so I am grateful.‘I am always happy to get their advice and learn from them and take it into the pitch when I can.’ Tom OlverMonday 22 Jul 2019 7:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Eddie Nketiah has had an impressive pre-season in front of goal for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah has said he is ‘grateful’ for the advice he’s received from club legends Thierry Henry and Ian Wright.Nketiah has caught the eye in pre-season for Arsenal, scoring three goals in his last two matches, and Unai Emery hopes the 20-year-old striker can play a major part this upcoming season.Bundesliga outfit Augsburg were on the verge of agreeing a loan deal for Nketiah last January, but the Gunners pulled the plug on the move, feeling it was in the forward’s interest to continue training with Emery’s first-team.It appears Nketiah has now earned Emery’s trust and the England Under-21 international has thanked those who have helped him along the way on his journey.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I was with Ian Wright not too long ago and got some advice and it’s always nice to speak to those guys who have been your idols,’ he said.‘I worked with Thierry as well and it’s great to get that advice off top strikers and we’ve also got two top strikers here at the club at the moment.‘I try to learn as much and take what I can and use it in my own game, Thierry was great for me, not just on the pitch but off the field as well. He is a nice guy, very approachable.
Forrest is hoping Tierney will stay at Celtic (Picture: Getty)Celtic winger James Forrest insists Kieran Tierney is ‘coping well’ and ‘working hard’ to get himself back to full fitness amid speculation linking his team-mate with Arsenal.‘Ask anyone in our dressing room, we all want KT to still be here,’ Forrest said.‘He’s been a great player for us and everyone is hoping that come Friday he is still here.‘We want him to get back playing for us. He came with us for pre- season and we still see him at training every day.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘But considering how long the talk about Arsenal has gone on, I think he’s handled it really well. KT is still only 22, so he’s coped well.‘Every day there seems to be something new in the story.‘But he’s just keeping himself to himself and working hard. That’s credit to him.’MORE: Romelu Lukaku unhappy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Paul Pogba handling and Mason Greenwood claims Arsenal identified Tierney as their top left-back target at the start of the summer (Picture: Getty)Tierney is yet to return to pre-season training after undergoing a double hernia operation, but Lennon is confident the Scot will be back playing again before the end of the month.‘He’ll be fit in a week or two. He still has some abductor pain, but I think the pubic problem is starting to settle and he’s over the double hernia,’ he said.‘I know there is talk of him being out for another eight weeks, but that’s nonsense. I don’t know where that’s come from.‘He’s missed the whole of pre-season, but I’d say he’s more or less a week away from getting back integrated to the training.‘Add another week or ten days on top of that before he’s ready to play.’ Celtic boss Neil Lennon predicts Arsenal will make last-ditch bid for Kieran Tierney Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 9:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link902Shares Comment Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal are likely to make another bid for Kieran Tierney, claims Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Picture: Getty)Celtic boss Neil Lennon admits he would be ‘surprised’ if Arsenal don’t make another bid to sign Kieran Tierney before Thursday’s transfer deadline.Unai Emery made Tierney his priority left-back target at the start of the summer, but the Gunners were unsuccessful with their two opening offers for the 22-year-old Celtic left-back.Last month, there were reports that Arsenal were confident of agreeing deal for Tierney after restructuring an offer of £25million for the Scotland international.However, the north London club appear to have stalled in their talks for Tierney, which has come as a shock to Lennon with just hours remaining of the transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Celtic manager, though, believes Arsenal are likely to make last-ditch attempt at signing the full-back.‘We were talking about it on the plane over here as it’s all gone a bit quiet, which is surprising for me,’ Lennon said ahead of Celtic’s Champions League clash with Cluj.‘I know these deals can get done at a minute to twelve.‘I’d be surprised if there wasn’t another offer for Kieran, but delighted.’
Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Feb 2020 11:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Comment Arteta was reportedly willing to lose Ozil had Arsenal bosses agreed to the deal (Getty)Interestingly, had the move for Ozil been made earlier, Arsenal already had targets they wanted to pursue.The Gunners had been looking at Spain international Dani Olmo as a potential successor, but he opted to join Bundesliga side RB Leipzig earlier in the January window, while Yannick Carrasco was also on their radar before his return to Atletico Madrid.MORE: Charlie Nicholas rates Arsenal’s transfer window after Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares signingsMORE: Unai Emery slams Arsenal fans and rates Mikel Arteta’s start as managerMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Mikel Arteta agreed to deadline-day sale of Mesut Ozil but Arsenal bosses pulled the plug Ozil had been a mainstay under Arteta, though he has been far from his creative best (Getty)Although Ozil is back playing regularly under Arteta – having been frozen out by previous manager Unai Emery – the move was given serious consideration by all parties.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe German was willing to listen to the offer, which would have seen him continue to take home a massive pay cheque, while Arteta gave the transfer the go-ahead.However, the Mirror’s report claims the 11th-hour offer gave Arsenal little time to work out the deal and they would not have been able to sign a replacement, so they ‘reluctantly’ pulled the plug.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal have tried to offload Ozil – who is the club’s highest earner on £350,000-a-week – in the past without any success, and will not doubt be frustrated that they have failed to get him off their books.Ozil has started Arsenal’s last six Premier League matches but has only provided one assist, in a defeat to Brighton, all season, while he has not scored a league goal since April. Advertisement The German playmaker had a lucrative offer to leave the Gunners in January (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta reportedly sanctioned the deadline-day sale of Mesut Ozil after Arsenal received a last-minute approach for the playmaker, only for club bosses to later veto the deal.Arsenal had a relatively busy end to the January window, bringing in centre-back Pablo Mari from Brazilian side Flamengo and securing a last-minute deal for Cedric Soares from Southampton.However, according to The Sunday Mirror, Arsenal could have been even more active on deadline day when they received a big offer for Ozil from an unnamed Qatari club.
Advertisement Fabregas felt Nasri and Van Persie were on his level (Picture: Getty)‘I have to say that I asked to leave in 2010 after the World Cup, I asked Arsene, I was very serious about it. He told me absolutely not, I pushed it to be honest a little bit. I went to his house, I went to his office. He said no chance, we kind of agreed if the next season was going to be the same then we’ll look into it. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Once we lose it [the league], I think we lost at Bolton, that was my last game for Arsenal. That day we lost I kind of gave up unfortunately. It’s a really bad word to say but I was drained mentally, I didn’t think I could do it anymore. ‘I needed a new motivation. I needed people surrounding me living for football who are giving absolutely everything as I used to and you know it wasn’t meant to be. So in 2011 I said enough is enough and I really pushed it.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Seeing some behaviours from certain players or something like this made me feel I wanted to check something else. ‘If it was not because of that, I would not have left Arsenal at that time. It was the perfect club for me and I could not have left Arsenal for another two years at least. ‘Then Xavi would have been 33,34 and I could have moved at the right time, but I felt I have to. You are working, giving it your all. Every loss I felt it was my fault. It made me take the decision earlier than I should have.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Fabregas left Arsenal in 2011 (Picture: Corbis via Getty)Cesc Fabregas felt he had to leave Arsenal and return to Barcelona sooner than planned because most of the players weren’t at ‘his level’. The former Chelsea midfielder felt that only Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri were operating at the same level ‘mentally and technically’ and he grew frustrated by other players who didn’t have the same commitment or quality.Fabregas, who now plays for Monaco, was club captain when he departed the Emirates in 2011 and admitted he was ‘suffering’ during his final years under Arsene Wenger.‘I was the captain, I always felt so much pressure on myself,’ Fabregas told Arseblog. ‘I had to lead this team to win something… I gave everything. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘Sometimes, I used to go home after we lost and I used to cry, I used to suffer, I used to spend sleepless nights suffering. ‘And then you lose a game, you’re in the bus like this destroyed and then you hear some players laughing, thinking about where they will be going out later. This was going on for a few years. Fabregas felt he had to leave (Picture: Getty)‘Yeah, we were playing beautiful football and I enjoyed that side of things but I was putting pressure on myself to lead, to do everything and at one point I felt kind of lonely. ‘Especially in the last two or three years, I felt Robin and Samir were the only players – it’s not an arrogant thing to say, it’s how I felt at that time – I felt they were the players who were at my level mentally and technically. ‘Robin, I couldn’t count on him unfortunately for many points of the season because he was injured. He was a world class player, a leader but he couldn’t help me on the pitch for many seasons unfortunately many parts of the year. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘When I first left and I saw the season he made after when he was not injured at all and at the peak of his level, I was like “are you serious, man?”.’Fabregas admitted he tried to leave a season earlier but ‘gave up’ on his Arsenal career after they failed to land the title in the 2010/11 season.‘Many things came in my head, I have to admit I was a bit empty, I was drained mentally, physically, in my soul knowing I’m giving everything, knowing a few signings the club could have made but didn’t happen,’ added Fabregas. Comment Cesc Fabregas blames former Arsenal team-mates for forcing him to make Barcelona transfer Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Mar 2020 12:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares
Vieira now manages Nice in France (Picture: Getty Images)‘There’s one more that people won’t think of, when I played against Portsmouth, do you remember Papa Bouba Diop? He played for Fulham as well.‘Big, massive, they used to call him the wardrobe. Get involved with him physically, you’re absolutely wasting your time.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I always found him awkward to play against.‘Look, he wasn’t a Patrick Vieira, of course he wasn’t, but he still had talent. As far as players being awkward to play against, I always found him a nuisance.’MORE: Paul Scholes names the Manchester United legends who ‘loved’ arguing with Sir Alex FergusonMORE: Manchester United still intend to sign Jude Bellingham, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish in next transfer windowFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 May 2020 7:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link287Shares Advertisement Man Utd legend Paul Scholes names the two Premier League opponents he hated facing Scholes often got the better of his midfield opponents (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed he despised coming up against ex-Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira and former Fulham hardman Papa Bouba Diop as they were so ‘awkward’ to deal with.As well as being known for his exceptional passing range, the tough-tackling midfield general amassed the fifth-most yellow cards of any player in Premier League history over his 20-year career at Old Trafford.Scholes won an impressive 11 league titles under Sir Alex Ferguson and earned 66 caps for England, but despite his many accolades, he hated the physical challenge posed by Vieira and Bouba Diop.He told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘As a midfield player, especially the way I played, I didn’t really have to beat people, I didn’t have to be stronger than the other person, I didn’t have to be quicker than the other person, it was more my passing that beat them.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I suppose the awkward ones… obviously Patrick Vieira, he’s so long, he’s so big. You think you’ve got the ball, next minute he nicks the ball over your head.‘He was a clever player as well, he could play one-twos around you, he could score goals, he could make goals.
Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Jul 2020 11:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Arsenal looking at Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca as alternative to Thomas Partey Roca has impressed this season again despite Espanyol’s relegation (Picture: Getty Images)‘First of all the players we already have here, if there is anything extra to help them more and give them a better environment, and then, if we go into the market and we have to do things, to decide which ones to do and how quickly we can do them.‘We are completely ready for that, and I also have a really good understanding with [technical director] Edu. We have been working together very closely to put together a plan that we are convinced can be successful.’MORE: Atletico Madrid reject Arsenal’s £22.8m bid plus Matteo Guendouzi for Thomas ParteyMORE: Mesut Ozil’s agent speaks out on Arsenal future and reveals likely leaving dateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. The Spaniard has enjoyed a fine season and Arsenal aren’t the only club interested (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are looking at Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca as they consider alternatives to Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey, according to reports in Spain.The Gunners are eager to reinforce their midfield during the summer transfer window, though Atleti are playing hardball over a deal for Partey with an opening offer of £23million plus Matteo Guendouzi rejected.Arsenal have a tight budget this summer due to the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis and that has seen them begin looking at cheaper alternatives to Partey. Advertisement Partey is Arsenal’s top midfield target but he will cost £45m in cash (Picture: Getty)The Gunners have already been linked with Porto’s Danilo Pereira and now Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims Arsenal are also interested in Espanyol defensive midfielder Roca.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhile the 23-year-old enjoyed a strong campaign individually, his team finished bottom of La Liga and have been relegated to the second division of Spanish football.Roca is virtually certain to be sold as a result, with Espanyol holding out for €20million (£18m) – less than half what Atletico are demanding for Partey – though the Spaniard could well be available for even less than that.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBut Roca’s fine displays mean there is plenty of competition for his signature, with Atletico themselves interested along with Sevilla, Villarreal and AC Milan.Arteta has made no secret of his desire to bring in several new faces this summer, telling Sky Sports earlier this month: ‘I am encouraged that we are on the same page, and that we are going to try to do our best to evolve the team.
by Metro Read More 1/1 Read More Saliba spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)Fulham were another team heavily linked with Saliba and Championship side Brentford also explored a temporary deal for the young defender ahead of Friday’s deadline.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterThursday 15 Oct 2020 11:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link306Shares / 1 min. story Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected Coming Next But the teenager, who was given a chance to impress in pre-season, will be fighting for a place in Arsenal’s first-team after Arteta revealed the club expect no further business ahead of their clash with Manchester City.Asked whether he expects any more players to go out on loan, Arteta replied: ‘Not at the moment.’Pressed on whether Saliba will be staying at Arsenal, the Spaniard bluntly responded: ‘Yes.’ Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Read More William Saliba will be staying with Arsenal for the time being (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has confirmed that William Saliba will not be going out on loan and will remain with Arsenal until at least January.Saliba is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Gunners since joining the club from Saint-Etienne back in July 2019 and had looked set for a temporary move away from north London.The 19-year-old central defender was loaned back to Saint-Etienne last term and was reportedly ‘devastated’ that Arsenal failed to reach a similar agreement with the Ligue 1 outfit for this season. Read More Skip Ad There was no place for either Mesut Ozil or William Saliba in Arsenal’s Europa League squad (Picture: Getty)Saliba was among the players who missed out on a place in Arsenal’s Europa League squad which was announced last week.Mesut Ozil was also left out and Arteta insists it was a ‘really difficult decision’ but one he had to make.‘Well he wasn’t the only one that wasn’t in the squad,’ the Arsenal head coach added.‘It was a really difficult decision for me to make because to leave players out of the squad at that level where they know they can’t get involved is really tough.‘I don’t like it at all but the decision had to be made because we have a limit on foreign players and unfortunately we have to make a decision.’ Arteta will be tempted to throw Partey straight in at the deep end this weekend (Picture: Getty)Deadline-day signing Thomas Partey could feature in the north-west but will have to make an immediate impression in training if he is to make his full Arsenal debut.‘Well he was here just yesterday and he is getting familiar with everything around the club,’ Arteta said.‘Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him. ‘We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days.‘I have seen the buzz around the place, the fans are really happy, I have seen some really positive reactions after we bought him, the same with the team, the squad and the staff. AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think he is a player we had the radar on for a long time and we have managed to bring him in and I think he will be a really important addition to the team. ‘He got to know some of his team-mates [already]. Not all of them, because some are still on international duty but we will have everyone back today and it will be a good day for him to get to know everyone.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Kevin Campbell urges Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to throw Thomas Partey straight in against Manchester CityMORE: Mikel Arteta keen for Arsene Wenger to return to Arsenal deadline day move to West Ham SPONSORED Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings Read More PLAY Skip Top articles Partey could make his debut against Manchester City on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are preparing for what could be one of the toughest tests of the campaign at the Etihad this weekend but Arteta’s men will fancy their chances against an out-of-form Manchester City side.After all, Arteta – who worked as Pep Guardiola’s assistant for three-and-a-half years before taking charge of the Gunners – outwitted his fellow countryman en route to last season’s FA Cup triumph. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirms William Saliba will not be going out on loan Advertisement Comment