Arsenal are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League, with a five point advantage over closest challengers Manchester City. The defending champions are in turmoil after Monday’s revelation that they had been charged with more than 100 alleged breaches of Premier League rules. The Gunners have been warned that that crisis could light a fire in the belly of City players. That warning comes as a former scout revealed the reasons behind Arsenal’s failure to sign Jude Bellingham and Brighton captain Lewis Dunk dealt a blow to their chances of signing Moises Caicedo. Here, Mirror Football rounds up the latest Arsenal news. Arsenal have been warned that the crisis hitting Manchester City could spark a renewed title fight. City are five points behind the Gunners but club legend Martin Keown fears that Pep Guardiola’s men could be given fresh motivation by the charges. “I’m pretty certain this will only galvanise the City players. This can be used as fuel to get back to the top of the Premier League table,” Keown told talkSPORT. “There’s a feeling that the world is against them now, the ramifications are huge. These players will want to hit back, they’ll use this as energy. They’ll have the best lawyers in the world against this and they’ll want to get the truth out.” HAVE YOUR SAY! Who will win the Premier League this season? Comment below.
Enzo Fernandez was the star of the show on a dim night for Chelsea after they were held to a goalless draw against Fulham on Friday. The Argentina World Cup winner, who made the £106million move to Stamford Bridge on deadline day, was thrown straight into the XI by Graham Potter as the Blues looked to get back to winning ways in the Premier League. Although it was a positive performance from the midfielder, he was unable to help his side to three points. Chelsea huffed and puffed but did not have enough guile and creativity to break down a compact Fulham side in west London. Following the full-time whistle, Kepa was full of praise for Fernandez and teammate Benoit Badiashile for their performances. Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa has heaped praise on Enzo Fernandez and Benoit Badiashile after they impressed in the Blues‘ goalless draw against Fulham. The Spaniard also stood out as he made a handful of excellent saves to ensure the Blues kept their third successive clean sheet in the Premier League. Badiashile has been pivotal to Chelsea’s up-turn in defensive form, while Fernandez added an extra dimension to the Blues‘ midfield. “Enzo arrived yesterday [Thursday], had one training session and then played 90 minutes. I think everyone saw his quality and how well he played. He is a big player for us, and hopefully he can help us a lot,” Kepa told the club’s website. “Benoit is a really good guy, very calm and has big quality with the ball. He’s also strong in the air, he’s having a great impact on the team and hopefully we can keep doing this.” “Kepa added:”Personally, I am feeling good and happy, with a lot of confidence. Every player is running a lot and covering spaces and pressing, so it is the work of 11 players, not just me. “It’s a big game against West Ham next week. We have all of the week to prepare for it and we’ll go there for a win, for the three points because we need it.” Mason Mount’s future is firmly in doubt after talks over a new Chelsea contract were put on hold – and the two parties are reportedly ‘a long way apart‘ on coming to an agreement. The 24-year-old has less than 18 months left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, having come through the ranks, and he has since progressed into an integral first-team player. Mount last signed a new contract in July 2019 after impressing on loan with Frank Lampard at Derby but is now coming to the end of that deal. According to the Daily Mail, negotiations between Mount’s representatives and the club were halted after the England international rejected an offer as he felt it was below what others are earning. Mount pockets £80,000-a-week at the moment – but that staggeringly doesn’t even put him inside the top 20 paid players at Chelsea. It is understood Mount is hoping to treble his wages to around £240k-a-week but the club are offering significantly less than they are paying the likes of expensive recruits Sterling and Fofana. Todd Boehly has spent over £600million since he took over at the west London club last summer and splashed more than half of that in January. West Ham manager David Moyes has reiterated to Arsenal and Chelsea that in order to sign Declan Rice they’ll have to stump up a British-record transfer fee – and then some. Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been strongly linked with the West Ham captain, who Moyes has maintained will cost a pretty penny if he were to leave the London Stadium. Rice, 24, has been one of the Premier League’s best central midfielders for the past three seasons and a key player for England at two major tournaments. The Scottish boss declared after West Ham’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Saturday: “Declan was a top player in the first half, he showed so many things. Undoubtedly he’s going to be a top player and undoubtedly he’ll be a British transfer record and more whenever he leaves West Ham.“. Asked if his star’s departure now feels inevitable, Moyes replied: “I hope it’s not! A lot’s been said about it and when you see what’s been happening with prices, I think Declan will be blowing that out the water when it comes around.”
Mikel Arteta finds himself in a rare position this week as he is tasked with rallying his Arsenal players in an attempt to get them to recover from a league defeat. The 1-0 loss away at Everton on Saturday afternoon marked just their second league defeat all season and while they remain top for the time being, the Gunners boss will know that every single dropped point only ramps up the pressure with nearest challengers Manchester City chomping at their heels. The clash was not littered without controversial moments, such as Gabriel’s penalty that never was, but Arteta choose to use his post-match media presser as a chance to reinforce his ‘love‘ for his players and get behind them with big games against Brentford and title rivals City coming up. Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes was left furious he was tripped by Everton striker Neal Maupay but it wasn’t awarded as a penalty, though it has since been explained why a spot-kick wasn’t given. With the Gunners chasing the game late on after falling behind, Gabriel strode into the box before it appeared as if he had been tripped by Maupay, which in turn sent the Brazilian centre-back clattering into Idrissa Gueye. Referee David Coote actually awarded Everton a free-kick as a result of the coming together and though VAR analysed the incident, those in Stockley Park opted to stand by Coote’s on-field decision. Former Premier League referee Peter Walton has since explained why, telling BT Sport: “Well actually the initiation of contact was from the Arsenal player so I don’t think this will be given as a penalty kick, certainly there was enough contact there, but not a penalty kick.” Read the full story HERE. Alex Iwobi makes feelings on Arteta clear. Alex Iwobi enjoyed a bright display against his old side at Goodison Park, with the Everton ace a thorn in the side of Arsenal all afternoon. The winger netted 15 goals in 149 appearances for the Gunners after graduating from the club’s famed Hale End academy set-up. He joined Everton in 2019 for a fee of £34million, which raised eyebrows at the time. He clearly harbours no ill-feeling towards his old club, as Iwobi took to social media after Everton’s victory to write: “Nice To See Some Old Faces, Even Better To Win!”. Iwobi even took the step of singling out Arteta, whom he shared the Arsenal dressing room with while the Spaniard was still playing himself for the Gunners. The Nigerian international uploaded a picture of the pair embracing alongside the caption: “Big respect!”. Find the full story HERE. Rodri hands Arsenal Haaland warning. City midfielder Rodri has warned Arsenal that their star striker Erling Haaland could net a goal in every single game for the rest of the season. For all of Arsenal’s brilliance this term, they simply do not boast the kind of goal-scoring machine that City possess in Haaland, who could prove to be the difference between the two sides in the race for the title. “Rodri seems to think so, as he said:”We feel like we have a weapon to fear the opponents. “Of course, we have switched different things to the way we used to play before, before we didn’t have this weapon and now he is always a guarantee of scoring goals – and I think he can score more than one goal in every game.”
Deadline day is edging ever closer and Arsenal don’t have much more time to do their business. The Gunners have made two signings in January so far after Leandro Trossard made the switch from Brighton and Jakub Kiwior joined from Spezia. Mikel Arteta is keen to do more recruitment, espeically midfield following injuries to Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey. Moises Caicedo remains high on the agenda, with the 21-year-old missing Brighton’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday. The Gunners have been told that it will take offers in excess of £90million to prize the midfielder away from the Amex Stadium. Declan Rice is still Arsenal’s priority for the summer transfer window, even if Moises Caicedo makes the move to the Emirates. The Brighton midfielder is trying to force through a move to the Gunners this month after releasing a statement on his social media account. Caicedo may not be the only new midfielder Arsenal have by the end of the season with Rice still being eyed. London, the Gunners are keen to sign both players and their stance on signing Rice hasn’t changed. It is thought that the move for Caicedo will not affect the Gunners‘ pursuit of Rice who is reportedly the main target for the summer window. Arsenal are still pushing to sign Caicedo and it is understood signing a midfielder is their priority before the end of the month. Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi has suggested Moises Caicedo has made a “Mistake” with his demand to leave the club – but did not rule out his transfer exit this week. Caicedo appeared to bid farewell to the Seagulls on Friday night after posting a heartfelt message on his social media channels. Caicedo was subject of a £60million bid from Arsenal, but that was turned down by the south coast side. It now appears that the Ecuador international may be trying to force through an exit. Speaking ahead of Brighton’s clash with Liverpool, the Italian coach explained: “Moises is a good guy. We will see what happens tomorrow and the next day. We hope he stays with us until the end of the season, but this is a question of the club and Moises.” De Zerbi added: “In life you can make mistakes. There are many solutions for everyone and we will see the best solution for the club, for him and for us.” Juventus and Inter Milan are interested in a move for Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney, according to reports from TMW. The Scotland international has struggled for game time so far this season, often starting behind Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu. In actual fact, Tierney has started just four Premier League matches all season but does often come on in most games. The report suggests that the Gunners could move Tierney on if they secure a deal for full-back Ivan Fresneda from Real Valladolid. Inter and Juventus are amongst the teams interested in Tierney, who still has three and a half years left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo was left out of Roberto De Zerbi’s squad for the FA Cup fourth round game against Liverpool, with the Seagulls coming from behind to eliminate the holders. Roberto De Zerbi has given Arsenal a glimmer of hope on transfer target Moises Caicedo. Arsenal have had a £60m bid turned down for the Brighton midfielder who has been told to stay away from the club until after the transfer window shuts to remove him from the uncertainty over his future. De Zerbi admitted he was “Surprised” that Caicedo posted on social media that he wants to leave and said that Brighton would be able to move forward without him. Brighton chairman Tony Bloom is adamant that nothing has changed and they will not sell in this window as a point of principle. “Brighton boss De Zerbi said:”It’s already difficult for me to have a coach. “Caicedo is a very, very good guy. I can understand him because when you are 21 and you receive a request of a big big team playing in European competition.”I would like he can finish the season with us. Can Brighton cope without Moises Caicedo? Have your say in the comments section. “I think we need some players in some positions,” De Zerbi continued. We are a good team but we can improve in the transfer window. If we lose also Caicedo, it will be a problem for us. If we want to fight for Eueroap League or the maximum in the table. “If you want to stay like this, you can stay But I don’t like. Arsenal are desperate for a new midfielder in this window to bolster their title push amid concerns over Thomas Partey’s fitness.
Chelsea have been at the heart of an extraordinarily busy January transfer window and look unlikely to be finished there as a number of names continue to be linked with a winter move to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have been the highest spenders in the Premier League this season having backed up their huge summer outlay with a record-breaking January spend. The Blues, backed by the riches of Todd Boehly, have spent huge amounts throughout the January transfer window. The likes of Mykahylo Mudryk and Benoit Badiashile have all arrived at Stamford Bridge throughout the month. There could yet be even more additions with the Blues credited with an interest in Brighton star Moises Caicedo. It remains to be seen if they are able to agree a deal – or indeed beat-off interest from Arsenal – but the Chelsea hierarchy will certainly be trying. With that being said, take a look at the latest Chelsea-related transfer rumours from over the past 24 hours. Spanish giants Barcelona are reportedly holding talks with Atletico Madrid regarding the signing of on-loan Chelsea star Joao Felix. The Portuguese only moved to Stamford Bridge earlier in the window on a deal until the end of the campaign. Barcelona are desperate to bolster their forward options ahead of next season and according to Sport, they are considering a swoop for Felix. It is suggested that tentative talks are already underway with a positive relationship having been struck up between the two clubs following previous deals for Antoine Griezmann and Memphis Depay. Felix got his Chelsea career off to the worst possible start having been sent off on his debut against Fulham and is still yet to return from suspension. Chelsea have confirmed that Lyon defender Malo Gusto has become their seventh addition of the January transfer window. The 19-year-old right-back has moved to west London for a £26.3m deal. It will be a while before the Blues‘ faithful are able to see him in action though after he returned to France on a loan deal until the end of the campaign. He has put pen to paper on a seven-and-a-half-year deal. Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi has confirmed that the Seagulls are aiming to find a “Solution” for Moises Caicedo – albeit stopped short of confirming whether that involved a transfer or not. Speaking before his side’s FA Cup win against Liverpool, he said: “Caicedo is a good guy. We will see. We hope he stays with us but this question for the club and Moises. In life you can make mistakes. We will see the best solution for the club, for Caicedo and for us.” The Ecuadorian midfielder is being chased by both Chelsea and Premier League rivals Arsenal.
Marco Asensio has a contract renewal offer on the table from Real Madrid but several other top European clubs have also made contact with him through his agent Jorge Mendes. The 27-year-old has joined Mendes’s Gestifute agency a year ago as his deal at the Spanish giants ticked into the final 12 months. Last summer, sources close to the player suggested that Arsenal were in the box seat to land him – but a decision on his future has been delayed. Last season, Asensio admitted that he was less than happy with his lack of continuity at the club. He then gave an update on his future in June in which he admitted he wanted to play more and that this was an “Important moment for an important decision” over his future. Asensio has continued to find game-time limited in Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season, starting just three of the club’s 18 La Liga matches to date and completing just one of those games. Despite his love for Real Madrid, it has led to question marks on his future. A report in Marca has outlined how Los Blancos are keen to renew his deal but several other clubs have also made an approach. None of those teams are referenced, but it is believed Arsenal have continued to monitor his contractual situation. It is believed that Asensio last year was leaning towards a departure and his priority for any future contract is the promise of more minutes on the pitch ahead of any money on offer. There has been an easing of tensions between the player and club in recent weeks. Club president Florentino Perez is a fan of the forward and has made his admiration known to the player, while Asensio also was included from the start in Real Madrid’s recent victory at Athletic Club Bilbao. His decision is not definitive, but he is said to be swaying towards staying in the Spanish capital. “Asensio said last summer:”I have one year left on my contract and I have three possibilities, after the international break we will talk. “ The three future options to which he refers are the following: renew his contract, stay at Real Madrid until the summer of 2023 and then leave for free at the end of the contract or seek an exit this summer for a fee. Asensio joined Madrid in 2014 but spent his first two seasons at the club on loan spells at Mallorca and Espanyol, meaning that he was not a member of the first-team squad in Ancelotti’s first spell in the dugout. He was somewhat of a young prodigy at Madrid and he bagged double figures in his first two full seasons with the club between 2016 and 2018. He suffered a dip in form the following campaign before suffering a LCL knee ligament injury in summer 2019 – which ruled him out of action for a year.
Brighton owner Tony Bloom made his name as a professional poker player, so he knows when he has a strong hand. When you hold all the cards, you don’t need to worry when the bidding increases. You have your rivals exactly where you want them. Brighton have had enough strong hands over the past few years to know how to play them. Moises Caicedo may well have gone public with his desire to leave the club in the final days of the January transfer window, but his pleasantries won’t change their stance. Caicedo is under contract with the Seagulls until June 2025 and they are under no financial pressure to sell. The Ecuador international is being chased by Arsenal and Chelsea, who have both seen bids rejected during the past few weeks. They are not willing to sell a player who cost £4.5million from Independiente del Valle in 2021 for £55m, or £60m. Both Arsenal and Chelsea know first-hand how focused Bloom’s poker face can be and how stubborn Brighton are when it comes to transfers. The Gunners ended up forking out £50m to sign Ben White in July 2021, while the Blues coughed up £60m for Marc Cucurella in August 2022. Tottenham paid £25m plus add-ons for Yves Bissouma in the summer. The departures of White, Cucurella or Bissouma – nor that of manager Graham Potter to Chelsea – have not dented Brighton’s progress. Have they remained on an upwardly mobile trajectory under Roberto De Zerbi, and they won’t let Caicedo threaten that midway through the season. “I think he is a good guy, he is only focused on Brighton. I hope he can stay with us until the end of the season,” De Zerbi said this week. “In my opinion, that is the best solution for him and us.” “I spoke to him on Wednesday and told him it is difficult to change teams during the season. It is important for him to stay another four months with us. He is relaxed. I spoke to him like a father, not a coach. I understand when a player has a possibility to go to a big team, it is a big moment. My job is to give him the style of play, but also advice on his career and life.” De Zerbi’s insistence that Caicedo is “Only focused on Brighton” is now provably false. Caicedo is instead pitching the transfer he wants as a plus for the club. “I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which would allow them to reinvest it and help the club continue to be successful,” he wrote on Friday evening. The thing he does not appreciate, perhaps, is that Brighton don’t need the record transfer fee he speaks of. They have already sold Leandro Trossard to Arsenal for a fee which could reach £27m, in this window. Trossard had fallen out with De Zerbi and was soon to be out of contract. Once again, the transfer fee achieved appears to be at the very top end of the scale. The club has asked Caicedo to stay away from the training ground until February 1 when the transfer window will have closed. He won’t be involved in their FA Cup tie against Liverpool on Sunday. The plan is a simple one: protect your most valuable asset and sell at a time when it su