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ARSENAL saw off Liverpool to keep alive their slim chances of reaching the Europa League.

Mesut Ozil sent a defiant message of 'I AM READY' to Gunners boss Mikel Arteta ahead of the showdown, but was left out of the squad once again.

And on the transfer front, Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be sold for £20m as the saga surrounding Thomas Partey rumbles on.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • REISS 'N EASY

    Former Arsenal academy boss Andries Jonker said developing Reiss Nelson has been one of the easiest gigs in his career.

    He tole the Mirror: “Everybody could see his talent, and by everybody I mean absolutely everybody.

    “Whether it was a coach or the opposition coach or a parent or a grandparent watching.

    “Everybody would recognise the talent of that little boy.

    “In youth football, you always have players who everybody who sees the player thinks, ‘this is a special one, he might be able to make it’.

    “I think Reiss Nelson was a great example of that. I saw him first when he was 14, and there was hardly any doubt about it, he was very talented.

    “It’s a long way from there to the first-team, but you could see he had the talent.”

  • BIG CONCERN

    Mikel Arteta has “big concerns” over his summer transfer budget – or lack thereof – as he sent a defiant message to the Arsenal board.

    When asked about his summer budget, Arteta told Sky Sports: “It's a big concern.

    “You can see how [Liverpool] build their squad and there is no magic, you need to improve the squad with quality, quality players.

    “And we need a bigger squad to compete in this competition. That is the challenge.

    “It's a massive job. You only have to look at the difference between the two teams – it's enormous.

    “The gap in many areas we can't improve it in two months.”

  • WELCOME TO THE GUN SHOW

    Arsenal ran out for the second half against Liverpool with the sound of WWE star Triple H's theme tune blaring.

    Fans loved the choice of music and it seemed to do the trick for the Gunners as they hung on to pull off a shock 2-1 win over Liverpool.

    Speakers at the Emirates Stadium blasted out Motorhead's The Game just as the Gunners stars jogged back onto the field after the interval.

    Fans went wild when they noticed the tune and flooded social media with hilarious comments.

    One said: “Anyone else hear Triple H theme tune before the second half of the Arsenal v Liverpool game.

    “Was expecting him to come storming down the tunnel spitting water every where.”

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal bounced back from defeat in the north London derby with an impressive 2-1 win against Premier League champions Liverpool.

    Jurgen Klopp’s men took the lead at the Emirates through Sadio Mane.

    But Arsenal fought back before the break thanks to strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson.

    It means their European dream is still alive, while Liverpool have blown the chance to amass a record number of points.

    Meanwhile, Thomas Partey looks set to snub an Arsenal move for a new Atletico Madrid deal.

    The midfielder has long been linked with an Emirates switch, with a swap for Matteo Guendouzi recently touted.

    But Ghana Soccernet claims Partey has decided to remain in the Spanish capital.

    And he will soon pen a new long-term deal worth £130,000-a-week in a huge blow for Mikel Arteta.

    Finally, Arsenal defender Sokratis could be heading for the exit door. 

    The Independent suggest the 32-year-old may be allowed to leave. 

    Mikel Arteta is set for a summer squad overhaul and Stuttgart are believed to be interested in the player.

    The German side could swoop with Sokratis entering the final year of his Gunners deal. 

  • VERDICT BY MARK IRWIN

    Whatever Arsenal do in their two remaining Premier League games against Aston Villa and Watford, they are going to end the season with their lowest points total since 1995.

    And even this shock victory handed to them on a plate by sloppy Liverpool cannot disguise the size of the task facing Mikel Arteta.

    For they still trail Jurgen Klopp’s team by a mammoth 40 points, which would be the furthest they have EVER finished behind the Champions in the club’s history.

    So you really shouldn’t read too much into this result.

    READ THE REST OF THE VERDICT HERE

  • RATINGS BY FRANKIE CHRISTOU

    Arsenal put their North London Derby woes behind them by responding with a 2-1 victory over Premier League Champions Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.

    But who was the best man on the pitch?

    And did anyone fail to impress?

    READ THE PLAYER RATINGS IN FULL HERE

  • ON THE VIRG

    Virgil van Dijk “turned into the most Arsenal centre-back ever” after he gifted the Gunners a goal with a rare error.

    The Dutchman showed shades of David Luiz as his mistake allowed Alexandre Lacazette to equalise, setting Arsenal on their way to a 2-1 win.

  • WAT ON EARTH

    Watford supporters are the Premier League’s biggest potty mouths, a study found.

    They get a red card for using foul language about their relegation-threatened team online.

    But where does your team rank?

  • WHAT A VARCE

    Arsenal fans fumed as Trent Alexander-Arnold escaped a red card despite a horror tackle.

    The studs up challenge on Bukayo Saka was reminiscent of the one that saw VAR dismiss Eddie Nketiah against Leicester.

    What did you make of the tackle?

  • FULL-TIME

    It's all over at the Emirates and Arsenal have beaten Premier League champions Liverpool 2-1.

    The visitors took the lead through Sadio Mane but Arsenal battled back thanks to strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson.

    And Liverpool have now lost their chance to amass a record amount of points in a season.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL MATCH REPORT

  • DANI BOY

    Nigel Winterburn wants Arsenal to keep Dani Ceballos next season.

    He told Gambling.com: “Arsenal definitely need to have a creative midfield player. Ceballos is a different type of creative midfield player, different to any other Arsenal have got.

    “He’s comfortable on the ball, has a good passing range and likes to get on the ball and take risks.

    “You can look at passing stats and say ‘this player has completed 95% of his passing today’ but how effective was his passing? That’s what counts.

    “Ceballos is a player who is happy to take a risk with a pass, and maybe that means he has a lower percentage of passes completed but at least he’s trying to make things happen and often he does.

    “Sometimes you need a player, either starting or on the bench, who is willing to take those risks, and Ceballos won’t shy away from that.”

  • ‘I’M SORRY’

    Sacked Arsenal Fan TV pundit Claude Callegari has issued a grovelling apology for making a racist comment towards Tottenham star Son Heung-min.

    He said: “I want to make an apology unfortunately – what happened here a few days ago with the game against Spurs.

    “The timing was all wrong when I made the comment and it has caused a lot of offence.

    “I want to apologise to Spurs fans and Son for that, for the offence it has caused.

    “What can I do? It has caused a lot of offence and I want to apologise, I admire Son as a player.

    “It wasn't meant in that way but as it has caused a lot of offence, and it has.

    “I'm going to apologise to you, the Spurs fans, and especially Son and his family at how it has come out and there is not more that I can say than that.”

  • BAK TO BASICS

    Nigel Winterburn admits he’s been impressed by Bukayo Saka this season.

    He told Gambling.com: “I remember speaking to Freddie Ljungberg at an Arsenal Under-21 game when Saka hadn’t even made his debut for the U21s.

    “I was asking him who is he most looking forward to seeing in the first team, and he had no hesitation in saying this boy Saka would make the first team.

    “He told me he was so level-headed for his age, has a good attitude and all the attributes to make an impact at the top level once he got his opportunity.

    “I think we’ve seen already that Freddie was right, he’s got a huge amount of talent – he’s fearless and can play in several positions and looks comfortable in any one of them.

    “Arsenal had to get him signed up and it gave everyone a lift when he put pen to paper. They couldn’t have allowed to let a young talent of that calibre walk away from the club.

    “The reaction of the fans, had that happened, would have had a devastating impact on the club, so I’m very pleased that he’s signed a good deal.”

  • CHAMBOLIC

    Arsenal were forced to give Liverpool a guard of honour at the Emirates.

    And playing for the visitors was none other than ex-Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain!

    It's half time now and Arsenal are winning 2-1 following goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson to cancel out Sadio Mane's opener.

    FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • GAME ON

    We are 15 minutes into the game and it's all square at the Emirates.

    Arsenal will be hoping all those changes don't upset the balance of the team as they keep an eye on the FA Cup semi-final against Man City this weekend.

    Can Liverpool take advantage of the Gunners' new-look XI?

    FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG.

  • TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal have made plenty of changes to their starting XI to take on champions Liverpool.

    Cedric, Rob Holding, Bukayo Saka, Lucas Torreira and Reiss Nelson are in.

    Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac, Dani Ceballos and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are dropped.

    Arsenal XI: Martinez; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Cedric, Xhaka, Torreira, Saka; Nelson, Pepe, Lacazette

    FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • GUNNER BE GOOD

    Arsenal face a tough test against new Premier League champions Liverpool tonight.

    Mikel Arteta's men are still reeling from defeat to Spurs in the north London derby.

    And they must win at the Emirates to keep their European hopes alive.

    FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • RIK ROLL

    Christian Eriksen is one of 11 players Inter Milan could sell – just six months after his £20million switch from Tottenham.

    That's according to Football Italia, with the Denmark playmaker rated at £55m despite his erratic season.

    Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino, Kwadwo Asamoah, Roberto Gagliardini, Andrea Ranocchia, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Cristiano Biraghi, Tommaso Berni, Diego Godin and Sebastiano Esposito could also leave, putting Premier League teams on alert.

  • MANE MAN

    PSG have reportedly set their demands for Neymar to seal a return to Barcelona.

    Spanish outlet El Chiringuito claim the French champions are demanding £72million PLUS Ousmane Dembele for the Brazilian.

    The report adds that PSG would only consider reducing Neymar's £153m value when the transfer window opens if they get the Frenchman in return.

    Barcelona could be happy to axe Dembele as they look to overhaul their squad this summer.

    He has been linked with a number of oversees teams including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal.

  • PARTEY HARD

    Thomas Partey looks set to snub an Arsenal move for a new Atletico Madrid deal.

    The midfielder has long been linked with an Emirates switch, with a swap for Matteo Guendouzi recently touted.

    But Ghana Soccernet claims Partey has decided to remain in the Spanish capital.

    And he will soon pen a new long-term deal worth £130,000-a-week in a huge blow for Mikel Arteta.

  • PUT A SOK IN IT

    Arsenal defender Sokratis could be heading for the exit door.

    The Independent suggest the 32-year-old may be allowed to leave.

    Mikel Arteta is set for a summer squad overhaul and Stuttgart are believed to be interested in the player.

    The German side could swoop with Sokratis entering the final year of his Gunners deal.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    The Carabao Cup is set to kick off BEFORE the start of the new Premier League season in order to rescue the competition, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    EFL chiefs plan to schedule the opening matches ahead of the beginning of the next campaign, which is currently due to start on September 12.

    The Carabao Cup will either have the first round at the end of the August and the second round during the the international break at the start of September, when England travelling to Iceland for a Uefa Nations League game on the Saturday.

    Or, the first round will start on September 5, the day the Three Lions return to action.

    Some of the clubs who are set to play in Europe were hoping it would be scrapped altogether.

    But for the EFL the cup competition accounts for about a third of its income.

  • YOU'RE WENG TO TALK

    Pep Guardiola was in a fiery mood yesterday, as he faced the press for the first time since Manchester City's Champions League ban was revoked.

    The Spaniard, combative as ever, pulled no punches as he defended his club following criticism from Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho – even bringing other Premier League sides into the debate.

    Guardiola, 49, said: “Listen – a lot of clubs invested. [Manchester] United, Arsenal – in periods before winning the leagues – invested more money than the other ones.

    “When Chelsea started to win Premier Leagues, they invested more money than the other ones.

    “I’m a good manager but I don’t win titles if I don’t have good players and good players are expensive. All the clubs spend a lot of money: Barcelona spend a lot of money, Madrid spend a lot of money, English teams spend a lot of money.

    “If we build the club, in terms of the last decade, to compete with the elite of the Premier League or Champions League, we need to invest.”

  • I AM READY

    Mesut Ozil has aimed a sly dig at boss Mikel Arteta by declaring he is fit and raring to go.

    The Germany international hasn't featured since football returned from lockdown and has been left out of Arsenal's last five matchday squads.

    Arteta had initially cited his absence down to a back injury but there has been little mention of his recovery since.

    Ahead of Arsenal's clash with Liverpool on Wednesday, Arteta was quizzed on Ozil's availability but insisted he would miss out yet again.

    The Spaniard responded: “With Mesut the situation is still the same as it was.”

    But Ozil has defied his manager on Twitter with a picture of him in training with the message: “I AM READY.”

  • ROC 'N ROLL

    Marc Roca is the subject of a tug of war between Arsenal and AC Milan after being relegated from LaLiga with Espanyol.

    The 23-year-old has been one of few bright spots for the Barcelona-based club this season.

    And he has attracted interest from abroad, with Mikel Arteta’s Gunners among the front-runners.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, they are vying for his signature along with the Rossoneri.

    Both clubs are sniffing a bargain as Espanyol could accept a significantly lower offer than Roca’s reported £36.2million release.

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