North London giants Arsenal have the opportunity to close the gap on the leading teams in the Premier League when they make the short trip to face Watford at the Vicarage Road on Sunday evening.
The meeting between Watford and Arsenal is one of the remaining three week 5 games in the Premier League.
Arsenal started the weekend in fifth position with seven points from their first four games but results from Saturday’s set of matches has seen them drop to seventh spot on the table.
A win over Watford will take Arsenal to third spot on the table and a 10-goal win will take them above Premier League champions Manchester City on the table.
For Watford, they are the bottom team in the Premier League table after just one point from the first four games.
The poor start to the season led to the dismissal of Spanish tactician Javi Gracias from his job as the Watford boss and he has since been replaced by former club manager Quique Sanchez Flores who will face the first game of his second spell at the club against Arsenal later on Sunday.
Ahead of the game against Watford, Arsenal boss Unai Emery might recall Dani Ceballos for the game in place of Lucas Torreira from the starting XI for last game at home to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Unai Emery will certainly make an enforced change due to the injury to Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal XI vs Watford: Bernd Leno; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, David Luiz, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Sead Kolasinac; Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos, Matteo Guendouzi; Reiss Nelson, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicholas Pepe.
Real Madrid Contact Unsettled Arsenal Striker Over Transfer
This is according to the report from The Times which said that Real Madrid are even willing to include one of their players in a possible deal for the unsettled Arsenal player.
It was revealed that Real Madrid have been in touch with the representatives of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over a transfer to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu next summer.
The former European champions have resolved to include Luka Jovic in a deal to sign Aubameyang.
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Serbian international Luka Jovic has not been able to prove himself at Real Madrid as he has struggled for playing time under manager Zinedine Zidane.
Gabonese international Aubameyang has turned down a new contract offer at Arsenal to put his future at the Emirates Stadium in doubt.
He has 18 months left on his contract at Arsenal and the club is likely to be open to offers for the unsettled player if he doesn’t sign a new deal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal at the start of last year and he has maintained his status as the leading goalscorer for the Gunners since his transfer from German club Borussia Dortmund.
Freddie Ljungberg Told To Drop This Defender Ahead Of West Ham Game
Interim Arsenal manager Freddie Ljungberg has been advised to drop defender David Luiz from his starting XI for the upcoming league clash with fellow London side West Ham United.
Freddie Ljungberg was advised by former Arsenal teammate and fellow club legend Martin Keown.
According to the Daily Mail, Martin Keown said that interim Arsenal manager Ljungberg needs to drop David Luiz from his team or switch to a three-man defence because the Brazilian international likes to drop too deep thereby causing problem for the other defenders.
Arsenal signed David Luiz from fellow London side Chelsea in the summer for a fee believed to be around £8m.
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David Luiz has played in all but one league game since his arrival from Chelsea in the summer.
The Brazilian international centre back was seen as the man to finally bring calm to the Arsenal defence but the opposite has been the case.
With David Luiz in the Arsenal XI, the team has kept just one clean sheet in 14 league games and that was the Bournemouth game at home.
David Luiz scored the only goal of the game as the Gunners beat Bournemouth 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium courtesy the first half strike from the Brazilian centre back.
Wolves To Demand Huge Compensation Package From Arsenal
Wolverhampton Wanderers will demand a huge compensation package from Arsenal for Nuno Espirito Santo to join them as their new manager.
This is according to the report from the Daily Mail which revealed that Wolves kept some details of the new contract signed by Nuno Espirito Santo last summer shortly after the Midlands club secured promotion to the Premier League.
Nuno Espirito Santo signed a three-year deal at Wolves until the end of the 2020/21 season.
Wolves didn’t talk about the clause of an additional year in the contract signed last summer.
Ex-Valencia boss Nuno Espirito Santo has done a very good job at Wolves and its not surprising that Arsenal are interested in him.
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Arsenal have installed Freddie Ljungberg as an interim manager at the club on the back of the dismissal of Unai Emery last month.
Spanish tactician Unai Emery lost his job as the Arsenal manager amidst the winless run which stood at seven games before his exit.
That winless run has extended to nine matches following the Premier League games against Norwich City and Brighton and Hove Albion.
Arsenal played out a 2-2 draw with Norwich City last weekend in the first game under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg before losing 2-1 to the Seagulls at home on Thursday night.
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Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo were previously the top two favorites for the Arsenal job which is vacant after the dismissal of Unai Emery.
Spanish manager Unai Emery spent 18 months at Arsenal before his sack last week on Friday.
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He was appointed the manager at Arsenal last summer as the replacement for legendary manager Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman spent 22 years at Arsenal before being replaced by Unai Emery who led the Gunners to the Europa League final in his first campaign at the Emirates Stadium.
Unai Emery and Arsenal were beaten by Chelsea in the Europa League final.
He departed Arsenal after a run of seven games without a win in all competitions namely the Premier League, the Europa League, and the Carabao Cup.
That winless run has stretched to nine games in all competitions.
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North London giants Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow in their quest to appoint a new manager following the news that top target Mikel Arteta won’t be available until the end of the season at least.
Arsenal were informed that Mikel Arteta won’t be available till the end of the season by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
The Manchester City boss made this known in his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the Manchester Derby clash with Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.
According to him, Mikel Arteta is not going anywhere till the end of the season.
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Mikel Arteta is a former Arsenal skipper and the Spaniard has been linked with a return to the Emirates Stadium in a managerial capacity.
He came close to bagging the Arsenal job last summer before senior club officials decided to give the position to Unai Emery but things didn’t work out for the former Valencia, Almeria and Sevilla manager.
Arsenal sacked Unai Emery last week Friday and the search for a new manager is on though club legend Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in charge of the team for now.
He has managed the team in the last two games.
Arsenal Star Pulls Out Of Contract Extension Talks
This is according to the publication from the Daily Mirror which revealed that Arsenal are in danger of losing their star player this summer unless they want to risk him walking out of the club for free.
Gabonese international Aubameyang will have one year left on his Arsenal deal at the end of this season and the Gunners won’t have any choice but to listen to offers for him next summer if his stance on a new contract remains the same.
Aubameyang is not ready to commit his long-term future to the Gunners since he’s not convinced that the team is on the right path.
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Arsenal are in a distant 10th position on the table with just four wins from 15 games in the Premier League.
They are without a manager at the moment after the dismissal of Unai Emery.
Interim manager Freddie Ljungberg is in charge of the team but the club legend is unlikely to get the job full-time.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed for Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and he has scored 52 goals for the club.
Top Arsenal Managerial Target In Contention For Premier League Award
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo is in the running for the Premier League Award for November’s Manager of the Month.
This is according to the four-man shortlist unveiled for the award on Friday.
Nuno Espirito Santo is a top target for the Gunners who are without a permanent manager at the moment.
Arsenal left themselves in a managerless position following the dismissal of Unai Emery towards the end of last month.
Former Valencia, Almeria and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) manager Unai Emery lost his job at Arsenal following the run of games without a victory.
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The sacked Arsenal boss led the team to a run of seven games without a win and that run has been extended to nine matches with two games more under caretaker manager and club legend Freddie Ljungberg.
Arsenal drew 2-2 with hosts Norwich City and also lost 2-1 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion to take the winless run to nine matches in all competitions.
Nuno Espirito Santo is seen as one of the top contenders to replace Unai Emery as the permanent Arsenal manager.
The Wolves boss has done a good job at the Molineux and his team is up to the fifth position on the Premier League table after just two defeats from 15 games.
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Interim Arsenal manager Freddie Ljungberg has not started well in his new role following the dismissal of Unai Emery at the end of last month.
Club legend Freddie Ljungberg was named the temporary manager at Arsenal in the wake of the sacking of Spanish tactician Unai Emery for poor results and he has recorded a solitary point from his two games in charge of the team ahead of the Hammers game.
That solitary point came in his managerial bow against Norwich City last weekend as the Gunners were only able to secure a 2-2 draw away from home against the league newcomers.
The Norwich City game was followed by the disappointing loss at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.
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The Gunners were beaten 2-1 by the Seagulls courtesy the late goal from French striker Neal Maupay.
Record signing Nicholas Pepe has started the two games under Freddie Ljungberg from the bench but he made a very good cameo during the second half of the Brighton game and that has almost certainly earned him a place in the Arsenal XI For the away game at West Ham United.
Starting Arsenal XI: Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka; Mesut Ozil, Nicholas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Alexandre Lacazette.