12pm Arsenal news LIVE: Shock Aubameyang statistic, Gunners accused of Ozil ‘double standards’, Mustafi future in doubt – The Sun

ARSENAL are in international week with their spirits down after a 3-0 beating by Aston Villa.

Marcelo Bielsa’s entertaining Leeds United are next up for the Gunners after the break.

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  • Jake Lambourne


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    Arsenal have reportedly 'already held talks' with transfer target Dominik Szoboszlai.

    The RB Salzburg star, 20, has caught the eye after a brilliant breakthrough season where he helped his side into the Champions League.

    The Gunners were linked with a bid for the central midfielder over the summer.

    But the Hungary international instead pledged his loyalty to RB Salzburg.

    However things could all change come January.

    According to Sportwitness the player's agent Matyas Esterhazy 'talks with Arsenal and who knows who’.

    And clubs will be delighted to learn that Szoboszlai has a release clause of just £22.5million.

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    Jamie Carragher has named his top five toughest opponents ever – with Thierry Henry and John Terry included, but no Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The former Liverpool and England star went toe-to-toe with some of football's best-ever players.

    Having played for 16 years, Carragher took on the best the Premier League and Champions League in his 737 career games.

    The defender also won 38 caps for England.

    And now, Carragher has told talkSPORT who he believes to be the five best players of his generation.

    Carragher named Paolo Maldini, Terry, Xavi, Lionel Messi and Henry, leaving no room for United legend Ronaldo.

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    Toni Kroos has hit out at Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over his 'nonsense' mask celebrations.

    The prolific Gunners skipper has been known to don an accessory after scoring a goal, including a Black Panther mask against Rennes two seasons ago.

    Aubameyang, 31, also wore Spiderman and Batman masks during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

    The Real Madrid star, 30, told Einfach mal Luppen: “I find it very silly.

    “Even worse is if there are any objects hidden in their socks.

    “Aubameyang once celebrated and took out a mask. That's where it ends with me.

    “I don't think that's a good role model, either. What nonsense.”

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    Lee Dixon told Nicolas Pepe to simply 'play better' if he wants more game time.

    Arsenal's record signing has made just one start in the Premier League this season.

    Pepe admitted he is 'frustrated' following his slow start to the 2020-21 campaign.

    Former Gunners star Dixon, 56, responded to the 25-year-old with three stern words of advice.

    He simply tweeted: “Play better then.”

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    Bukayo Saka has praised Harry Kane for helping him settle in with England – even though he plays for arch-rivals Tottenham!

    Versatile Gunners wing-back Saka won his first Three Lions cap against Wales last month.

    Even though he plays for Arsenal’s fierce rivals Spurs, Saka has heaped praise upon Kane for ‘putting an arm around me’ and guiding him through his first experiences of the England camp.

    Saka said: “All the boys have been so good with me from the first minute I came in.

    “Harry Kane put his arm around me, he spoke to me and asked me how I was.

    “For him to do that, it helped me settle in much quicker and made me feel comfortable to be myself around everyone.

    “That helps me not just off the pitch but also on the pitch too, because I feel like I can be myself, express myself and play with the confidence that I play with back at my club.”

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    Harry Maguire has taken more shots in the Premier League this season than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    Just let that sink in… an old-fashioned centre-back has had more attempts on goal than one of the world’s top strikers.

    The Arsenal captain has taken just TEN shots this season – the 51st highest tally in the league.

    For context, Man Utd skipper Maguire – a centre-back – has taken 11 shots.

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    The Gunners have been accused of ‘double standards’ and ‘discriminating’ against outcast Mesut Ozil.

    The Council of Turkish Cypriot Associations yesterday wrote an open letter to the Prem club.

    And it criticised their treatment of Germany’s Muslim World Cup winner.

    The letter also accused Arsenal of ‘overtly discriminating against our community.’

    The organisation represents the UK’s 300,00 Turkish Cypriot population.

    Chairman Ertugrul Mehmet claims the club have treated Ozil ‘differently from other non-British players making a stand against injustice.’

    Arsenal distanced themselves from Ozil’s criticism of the Chinese government over the plight of Uighur Turks back in December.

    Yet the letter claims the Gunners did not do the same when team-mate Hector Bellerin called for people to vote in the UK’s general election under the hashtag: F***Boris.

    The club also supported skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and their Nigerian fans in last month’s protests against police brutality.

    Meanwhile, on the transfer front, Arsenal are reportedly chasing Lille star Yusuf Yazici – who has been labelled ‘the next Ozil’.

    The Mail claims Mikel Arteta's side are tracking the 23-year-old attacking midfielder following some stunning performances this season.

    Yazici has scored seven goals in just eight games for Lille – including TWO hat-tricks in the Europa League.

    That’s a huge improvement on his first season for the French side, where he scored just once in 25 games.

    Before he moved to Ligue 1, Yazici was already a star in Turkey with Super Lig side Trabzonspor, where he netted 22 goals in 100 games.

    And finally, Shkodran Mustafi’s father insists ’nothing is ruled out’ as the Arsenal ace approaches the end of his contract.

    Mustafi’s deal expires next summer, five years after his £36million switch from Valencia.

    And his father Kutjim has now admitted Mustafi is open to all offers come January.

    He told Sport 1: “Nothing is ruled out.

    “We can imagine everything because Shkodran is a free transfer in the summer.”

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