Arsenal news LIVE: Club ‘politics’ Leno SLAMS, Wilfried Zaha BLOW, Europa League squad update – latest


Hello Arsenal fans

Arsenal travel to Zurich tonight to mark their return to the Europa League.

Hosts manager Franco Foda is expected to have a well-stocked squad for his big game against the Gunners.

However, Foda will have to continue without centre-half Ilan Sauter and Shakhtar Donetsk loanee Bogdan Viunnyk as they are both injured.

Elsewhere, the North Londoners remain light in midfield with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny still in the treatment room, while Reiss Nelson goes through his own recovery process.

But Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was dealt another blow as Emile Smith Rowe suffered the injury during Manchester United’s warm-up.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa ace and Arsenal summer target Douglas Luiz will leave Villa Park as a free agent next summer.

Luiz was chased by three top Premier League clubs this summer after entering the final year of his contract.

Chelsea were known to be enthusiastic before eventually opting for Juventus ace Denis Zakaria on loan.

Liverpool have also been keeping tabs on the midfielder until they secured Juve’s Arthur Melo on loan.

But it was the Gunners who led the charge for Luiz on transfer deadline day, having a £23million offer turned down by Villa.

But although he is happy to stay at the Midlands this season, UOL report that the Brazil international has already decided to leave Steven Gerrard’s side when his contract expires in 2023.

The 24-year-old is eager to extend his tenure in the Premier League.

And Fulham star Bernd Leno launched a scathing attack on Arsenal by revealing he left the club because of ‘politics not performance’.

Leno told Sport Bild: “When I realized it wasn’t about performance or quality, I knew I had to go.

“In preparation, I saw that it was not about performance, but only about politics. It was clear to me: I had to get out of here.

“The most important thing for me is to find my rhythm.

“Especially after I couldn’t train properly at Arsenal and had no preparation. It’s up to me to focus on the national team again.

Finally, Arsenal were frustrated late in the summer transfer window due to their move for Wolves ace Pedro Neto which was sabotaged by Nottingham Forest.

The Gunners’ bid for Neto collapsed when Molineux’s side raised the winger’s price after Morgan Gibbs-White’s exit.

Gibbs-White was sold to Forest for up to £42.5m but it will require all add-ons to the deal to be met, with an upfront fee of just £25m.

According to The Athletic, the deal left the North Londoners “alarmed” as they knew Wolves could raise their asking price for the Portugal international.

That’s exactly what happened as Wolves demanded £50m for the 22-year-old ace which was more than Arsenal were willing to splash out.


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