Sead Kolasinac: Arsenal full-back out till January with ankle injury

Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac will be sidelined until January after injuring the ligaments in his right ankle during Sunday’s 3-0 defeat by Manchester City. The Bosnian, 26, came off after 40 minutes at the Emirates. Arsenal say the defender is “aiming to return to full training in January.” Meanwhile, fellow left-back Kieran Tierney has had surgery after dislocating his shoulder in the 3-1 win at West Ham on 9 December. The Scotland international is expected to return to training in March.

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Man City manager expects ‘quick’ decision on Mikel Arteta after holding Arsenal talks

Pep Guardiola expects a quick decision on whether Mikel Arteta will become Arsenal’s new manager and says he cannot make an argument for the former Gunner not taking the job. Manchester City expect to have Arteta in the dug-out for the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Oxford on Wednesday. City’s assistant manager has spoken with senior Arsenal figures about the possibility of replacing Unai Emery. “I think it [the decision] is going to happen quick,” said Guardiola. “Why not [go]? It’s a good argument.” Arteta, 37, took part in City training…

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Mikel Arteta: Arsenal in talks with Man City over coach

Arsenal are in talks with Manchester City over the availability of coach Mikel Arteta. It is not known whether Arteta, 37, has been offered the chance to succeed Unai Emery, who was sacked in November. Gunners chief executive Vinai Venkatesham was pictured outside the Spaniard’s home after both flew north following City’s 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. City boss Pep Guardiola says he would not stop Arteta if he decided to leave. It is understood Arteta has told City this was his second conversation with his old club…

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Clubs unlikely to bite the Chinese hand that feeds

Arsenal’s decision to distance the club from midfielder Mesut Ozil’s criticism of China’s policy towards its Muslim Uighur minority won’t surprise anyone familiar with the scramble by Europe’s soccer powers for a slice of the expanding Chinese market. China is now the English Premier League’s most lucrative overseas market, with the country paying 564 million pounds for a three-year TV rights deal, while Italy, Spain and Germany have also pocketed big deals. Wolverhampton Wanderers are fully Chinese-owned, while the owners of English champions Manchester City sold around 13 percent of…

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Some talking points from the Premier League weekend

A few talking points from the Premier League weekend: A TALE OF TWO INTERIM MANAGERS Feisty Scot Duncan Ferguson’s impact in the two matches he has taken charge of at Everton has been obvious, with the team showing the kind of spirit that made the striker a cult figure at Goodison Park during his playing days. They followed up a 3-1 home win against Chelsea last week with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday and while Everton remain at the wrong end of the table…

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Arsenal: Freddie Ljungberg has flatlined and lifeless Gunners are heading south

Mikel Arteta’s pained expression, caught on camera as he watched Manchester City embarrass and dismantle Arsenal, could be interpreted in a variety of ways by the cynics. Pep Guardiola’s highly regarded assistant could have been frustrated by Manchester City’s failure to add to the tally that gave them a 3-0 half-time lead – or maybe he had let his mind wander to the horror that might await him should he become Arsenal’s preferred target to succeed sacked Unai Emery. Former Gunners midfielder Arteta was, of course, fully focused on Manchester…

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Arsenal came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Standard Liege and progress to the last 32 of the Europa League as group winners.

The Gunners were all but through before kick-off, with the hosts needing to win 5-0 to prevent the visitors from going through to the knockout rounds – a result that looked even more unlikely after a first half Arsenal edged. However, Samuel Bastien put the hosts ahead just after the restart when his shot deflected off Sokratis and beyond the wrong-footed Emiliano Martinez. The goal boosted the hosts but visibly knocked the fragile confidence of the Arsenal players, who became even more nervy when Standard Liege got a second as…

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Arsenal came from behind to end their nine-match winless streak as Freddie Ljungberg enjoyed his first victory as interim manager at the expense of his former club West Ham.

Eighteen-year-old Gabriel Martinelli marked his full Premier League debut by side-footing an equaliser which cancelled out Angelo Ogbonna’s deflected first-half opener at London Stadium. Within nine minutes, Nicolas Pepe had curled a magnificent second into the top corner and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired in a third. The salvo turned the game on its head and piled the pressure on West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, whose side have taken four points from their past nine league games and conceded three times in three successive home games. The Hammers remain a point above…

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Managerless Arsenal’s season plummeted to a new low as they were beaten by Brighton in interim manager Freddie Ljungberg’s first home match in charge.

Alexandre Lacazette marked his 100th Gunners appearance by heading his side level after Adam Webster had given the visitors a first-half lead. With the score 1-1, there was frustration for Ljungberg and Arsenal when David Luiz thought he had made it 2-1 with a volley but it was correctly ruled out following a VAR check for offside. Neal Maupay headed Brighton’s winner from Aaron Mooy’s cross to leave Arsenal on their worst winless run since 1977 – and 10 points off a Champions League spot. Where do Arsenal go from…

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Arsenal: Freddie Ljungberg should not get manager’s job on long-term basis – Chris Sutton

Freddie Ljungberg is not the right man to manage Arsenal on a long-term basis, said former Blackburn striker Chris Sutton. Ex-Gunners midfielder Ljungberg, 42, is in interim charge of the club after they sacked Unai Emery last month. “Freddie said he was 100% sure they would get into the top four but based on what? It’s fantasy,” said Sutton on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club. “They need to get someone in place that they are going to get a reaction from.” Ljungberg, who played for Arsenal between 1998…

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