Englands Saka funds operations for Nigerian kids,published at15:18 18 November
Englands Saka funds operations for Nigerian kids
I cant wait for Saka to take this stage and thrive - Ramsdale
Aaron Ramsdale says he cant wait to see Bukayo Saka thrive on the international stage at the World Cup.
Saka, 21 already has 20 caps for England and has recovered impressively since missing the decisive penalty in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
The kids a lovely boy. He has time for everyone and works super hard. Very rarely misses a training session, Ramsdale said.
He used up that motivation of criticism but also the love everyone gave him - that gave him a boost. He had the pressure of the whole club on him last season and he has dealt with that and everything else.
He is thriving now. I cant wait for him to take this stage and thrive over here.
Since Euro 2020 Saka has scored 15 goals in the Premier League, becoming one of Arsenals main players in their rise to the top of the table.
On supporting Saka after the Euro 2020 disappointment, Ramsdale added: More through the criticism side. It was probably the first time he received it. I got relegated so signing for Arsenal was a difficult period.
I managed to talk him through that. Also when we got out of the top four he felt like it was his fault. Its just a game of football and theres more to it. On the pitch and off it hes a more complete person.
Aaron Ramsdale says Jordan Pickford being given Englands number-one jersey ahead of the World Cup is fair but insists he is motivated to stay ready for when called upon.
Pickford has been Englands starting goalkeeper at the last two major tournaments and is expected to start the opening game on Monday against Iran.
I see it as fair. Obviously squad numbers are squad numbers. He has done extremely well for England and done well for Everton as well and so has Nick Pope, Ramsdale said.
It is not just me racking up the clean sheets. Popey is as well. We have a great bond between us in the goalkeeping group and Marg [Martyn Margetson] looks after it really well.
Nick Pope and Ramsdale were again the back-up goalkeepers at Euro 2020, with the Newcaste number one also doing the role at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Ramsdale added: We need all three of us to train properly to get the number one to its best. We are all training like a number one at the minute and then it wont be difficult for two of us to try and flip the switch and help out.
It is something Popey and I have done before. So whoever gets that first game will have full support from the group. You never know with tournament football anything can happen and you just have to be ready.
Technical Director Edu Gaspar has been appointed as Arsenals first-ever Sporting Director.
His new role will involve over-arching responsibility for all Arsenals academy activities, alongside continuing with existing responsibilities across mens and womens football.
In recent weeks there has been speculation over Edus future, with manager Mikel Arteta stating hehoped he would remain at the club.,external
Edu told the club website:,externalIm delighted to have this new role which I see as an evolution and consolidation of the way weve been working. We are making good progress in all areas of our mens, womens and academy and we are all excited about what can be achieved.
I look forward to building on the hard work of so many people and helping all of us grow together and enjoy more success, and am thankful for the trust the club has put in me. We move forward together.
Fulham, Bayer Leverkusen and Villarreal are interested in signing Portugal right-back Cedric Soares, 31, from Arsenal in January.(ESPN),external
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Bukayo Saka plays a vital role for England and Im confident he will make some World Cup appearances. It will be a proud moment if he scores.
Gareth Southgate will be happy he took my advice and brought Ben White along and Im excited to see him get some minutes too.
Under-21 captain Matt Smith says he wants to give it one more go at Arsenal after a string of loan moves.
The midfielder, who regularly trains with the clubs first team, has had loan spells at Swindon, Charlton and Doncaster Rovers since 2020.
He is yet to make his Arsenal debut and told the clubs website: Being patient and needing to wait for your opportunity can be frustrating for any player, but the key is how you react to having to be patient, and thats massive for the boss with the values that he has. You have to find a way to make that frustration a good thing and use it in training to show that you really want it. Sulking and keeping your head down is not going to benefit you in any way. Every day is an opportunity to impress and show the boss that youre ready, so every single time I go over with the first-team, thats what I try to do.
I had enjoyed all three of my loans and obviously gained a lot of experience and developed as a player massively from them, but when it came to making a decision on where to play my football this season, I knew I wanted to give it one more go at Arsenal.
I think sometimes it can be forgotten that the reason players go out on loan is to develop as a person, as a player, and ultimately come back with a view to make it into the first-team, and thats what was the ambition for me. I feel like I had done my time out on loan. I could have gone out again but something about that didnt feel right, so I didnt think it would do me any harm to give it a go and stay here up until January, at least.
Cedric Soares has revealed how family input makes him feel he was destined to play for Arsenal.
The 31-year-old defender joined Southampton from Sporting Lisbon in 2015, before moving to the Gunners in 2020.
When I first arrived in the UK with Southampton, my father said I would play for Arsenal, said Soares.
We came to watch a game here at the Emirates, the three of us. My father turned to my agent and said this is the place where you need to bring my son.
This was back in 2015, my first year in the UK. My father now tells me that I am playing for the club that I wanted to be at. Its actually crazy, and its true. When I left Southampton there were two big teams interested in signing me, and one of them of course was Arsenal. But in the end, it was an easy decision for me to make, because that had been in my mind.
Arsenal midfielder Charlie Patino, whose contract runs out next summer and is currently on loan at Blackpool, is being tracked by Barcelona.(Calcio Mercato, via Express),external
Shakhtar Donetsk want 100m euros (87.75m) for Ukrainian Mykhaylo Mudryk, who has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle United.(Athletic - subscription required),external
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Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal are all interested in signing Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, with Inter Milan hoping the 27-year-old will sign a new deal. (90min,external)
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With Gabriel Jesus continuing to play well but not scoring as many as you might expect from a table-topping striker, Arsenal have received a big boost from goalscoring midfielders in these first 14 games.
Granit Xhaka has already trebled his tally from last season with three, Partey has notched a couple and Martin Odegaard is averaging a goal nearly every other game.
Arsenals captain had previously been criticised for his lack of goals and inconsistent performances away from home. Now, he is the teams top scorer in the Premier League, netting six times and four of those coming away from home.
It doesnt feel like the signing of Odegaard has been given enough credit. The former Real Madrid man turns 24 next month and keeps getting better. Considering his age and quality, 30m was an absolute steal and he has played a huge part in Arsenals success so far this season.
Now we break for the World Cup, Arsenal top of the tree at Christmas. My feet and most other Arsenal fans are still firmly planted, but dreams are becoming ever harder to ignore when you glance at the table.
Arsenal will play friendlies against Lyon and AC Milan during their warm-weather training camp for the World Cup break.
Those players not involved in the tournament in Qatar will travel to Dubai as part of the clubs preparations for when they return to Premier League action against West Ham on Boxing Day.
The Gunners face Lyon on Thursday, 8 December before taking on AC Milan on Thursday, 13 December as part of the Dubai Super Cup.
Liverpool will also be taking part in the friendly competition, but will not play Mikel Artetas side.
Arsenal have been joined by Manchester United in pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, with United boss Erik ten Hag said to have been interested in the 21-year-old since he was Ajax manager. (Sun,external)
Mudryk said in an interview with Vlada Sedan, Gunners defender Oleksandr Zinchenkos wife, on her YouTube channel that he would rather be a starter at Arsenal than sit on Real Madrids bench. But the Ukraine winger, 21, wants to speak with manager Mikel Arteta before deciding on his future.(Vlada Sedan via Metro),external
Arsenal and Liverpool are also interested in Borussia Monchengladbachs Thuram - the Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with Bayern Munich. (90min,external)
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We asked for your thoughts on Saturdays match from Molineux.
David:Julen Lopetegui knows what he needs to do and I hope he has the stomach for a fight. Again we carved out openings in the best defence in the league but no one to put the ball in the back of the net. I cant fault the players efforts and hope that when we have a fully fit squad we have the firepower to get out of bottom three.
Jon:Nuno Espirito-Santo tried a back four and got sacked. Bruno Lage tried a back four and got sacked. Back to a back three and a much better performance. Hugo Buenos becoming a rare positive in a season of despair. Still only six points off 13th so plenty to play for but Jeff needs to get the chequebook out in January (and everyone knows what we need). Over to you Julen.
Dave:No complaints about our performance against the league leaders - main difference between team was being clinical where it counts (and a bad refereeing/VAR decision first half!). There is a positive feeling that J-Lo can build on this to get us some goals and some results and hopefully out of the relegation mire and possibly deep in the Carabao Cup.
Ben:These are the games we have to win in order to challenge for the title. Not sure if the World Cup break is a positive or a negative, just have to hope that all the players return without injuries. If Mikel Arteta can strengthen in January then I think we will definitely mount a title challenge.
Tanay:A nitty gritty performance as expected at Molineux. What a feeling for us fans, top of the table for Christmas, our wishes have come true. A shout out to Martin Odegaard, who put in a captains performance. All I want for Christmas is for this dominance to continue. COME ON YOU GUNNERS!
Robert:Not as entertaining as we have often been, but concentration and determination won the day. We did not look like a bunch of 20-year-olds - we looked like a group that had been playing together for many years. Great runs off the ball, superb defending from front to back. By the way, has the youngest squad in the league ever won the title?
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Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the league to five points with a win at Wolves and two players grabbed Garth Crooks attention to make his team of the week.
Last week it was William Saliba who received the plaudits for an excellent performance against Chelsea. However,against Wolves,the Frenchman looked a little vulnerable and needed Gabriel to get him out of one or two rather tricky situations.
Its always a good sign that, when one player is having a difficult time, his partner can raise his game and fill the void. Quite apart from Gabriels performance, Arsenals defensive line-up is the real strength behind their success.
The more I see this player the more I like him. Cool under pressure, never over-celebrates and, dare I say it, brings a touch of elegance to an Arsenal side that is showing more class than Im used to seeing from the Gunners.
It would seem goals, clean sheets and a touch of sophistication in midfield from Martin Odegaard are combining to keep Arsenaltop of the table.
Find out who else made Garths team of the week here
Former Premier League right-back Stephen Kelly says Arsenal are going from strength to strength and dont look like fading away from the title challenge.
He told BBC Radio 5 Lives Football Daily: You talk about professionalism to see the job through and Arsenal have got that about them now.
People always questioned if they would fall away like last season missing out on the Champions League when they faded. They dont seem to be letting up, they are playing really good football and they dont concede too many chances.
I cant see how they arent contenders. Wolves could have been a bit of a banana skin for them. This could have been a game where they slipped up. The new Wolves manager was out here before the match, the crowd was up. Even though in the end they didnt look like causing a threat.
Arsenal looked very comfortable, they looked assured, they looked confident. Everyone had a good game and they are not carrying anyone on the pitch. Everyone knows their role.
Garth Crooks Team of the Week: Which forward is finding his rhythm?,published at21:13 13 November
Garth Crooks Team of the Week: Which forward is finding his rhythm?
I have lost count of the number of people who have pointed out that Erling Haaland will be fresh and raring to go when the Premier League season restarts after Christmas and that could be the crucial factor in the deciding the title.
Well, dont forget Arsenal have their own influential Norwegian. Martin Odegaard was outstanding at Molineux. He controls the tempo of the game and has now added goals to his armoury. If he retains his form, Arsenal will go very close.
As for Wolves, Julen Lopetegui is an excellent coach. But unless he finds a goal scorer from somewhere, his time at Molineux will be spent scrapping against relegation.
Odegaard double sends Arsenal five points clear,published at23:13 12 November
Odegaard double sends Arsenal five points clear
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