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    Arsenal’s drab Crystal Palace draw brilliantly summed up by Jamie Redknapp to the tune of Bad Boys

    JAMIE REDKNAPP was left singing the tune of Bad Boys to cap off his analysis of Arsenal’s bore draw with Crystal Palace.
    Thursday night’s mid-table stalemate saw neither side able to snatch a winner at a freezing Emirates Stadium.

    And, as Sky Sports’ coverage signed off, former midfielder Redknapp produced a hilarious summary.
    Host Kelly Cates reminded viewers that the film Bad Boys For Life was available, prompting her colleague to make up his own spin on the iconic theme song.
    Redknapp – who was married to pop star Louise for 19 years – sang out: “Bad game, bad game. Whatcha gonna do when it’s not 3-2!?”
    Redknapp and Cates, along with fellow pundit Alex Scott, burst into laughter in the studio.

    Cates jokingly told the ex-Tottenham man to ‘just stop’ before promising him ‘a cup of tea and a sit down’.
    Scott remarked that Redknapp had been reduced to the tune by the drab draw, telling him: “That’s what that game has done to you.”
    But Redknapp doubled down, telling Cates: “C’mon Kel that was meant to be your line.
    “That was a poor game, I’m sorry.”

    Jamie Redknapp produced a hilarious ditty to round off Sky’s showCredit: PA:Press Association

    Arsenal and Crystal Palace failed to set pulses racing on Thursday nightCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Palace travelled back across the capital unbeaten in their last five encounters with Arsenal.
    James Tomkins hit the bar before Bernd Leno athletically denied Christian Benteke’s header.
    Roy Hodgson’s side remained in 13th, two places and a point behind Arsenal.
    The Gunners stretched their undefeated run to five games, with four clean sheets in a row.
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    Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals he’s ‘struggling a lot’ after goal-shy season and worst form in ten-years

    ARSENAL captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has struggled to keep smiling during his worst form in ten years.
    The superstar striker has managed just three Premier League goals all season and admits that his performances so far have left a lot to be desired.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he is ‘strugging a lot’ with his formCredit: Reuters

    And he reveals that it has been difficult for him to lift flagging spirits in the dressing room when he has not exactly been leading by example.
    He told Sky Sports: “I have struggled a lot since the start of the season and sometimes it’s difficult to be as positive as you can be.
    “I try to be a cool and calm leader in the dressing room but maybe there are times when you are not in the right mood.
    “But you have to find a way to change that so you can give the right vibes for the rest of the guys.

    “In football you have ups and downs so you try your best to manage it as well as you can.
    “My performances until now have not been the best but I still think I can turn this around and that is what I am trying to do with the team.”
    Aubameyang, 31, has scored 76 goals in just 126 appearances for Arsenal since his £56million move from Borussia Dortmund three years ago.
    Now he is hoping that his extra-time strike in Saturday’s FA Cup win against Newcastle will prove a turning point against Crystal Palace on Thursday.


    Aubameyang has failed to find the net regularly since signing his new dealCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    The Gunners are looking to make it five wins in a row and Aubameyang says: “We are playing well at the moment and we have to keep on this way.
    “If we win the next couple of games that are coming up we can turn the situation around.
    “We are not so far from the top six so this is the moment to get back into the competition.”
    Arsenal could be boosted by the return of Thomas Partey, who has managed just 279 minutes of Premier League football since his £45m summer move from Atletico Madrid.
    The Ghanaian international has finally recovered from a persistent thigh strain and manager Mikel Arteta can’t wait to unleash his midfield powerhouse.

    He says: “It’s incredible that we are in January and Thomas has played so few games for us so we haven’t really seen the impact that he can have on our team.
    “Obviously we’ve missed him because his presence brings something different to the side.
    “It’s just not about his talent or his physicality, it’s who he is a person. He makes the players around him better and that’s a big quality.
    “It’s been a difficult few months for him because he knows how much he can help the team and feels a big responsibility that he hasn’t been able to do that yet.
    “He’s so willing and keen to be part of things but he’s had to deal with the injuries, with the lockdown and moving to a new country.
    “He wanted to do everything straight away and maybe he was rushing too much because he didn’t want to be alone at home.
    “But now he’s in a really good place, he’s settled in with the dressing room and the staff and hopefully now we can see his special character on the pitch.”
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    How Arsenal could line-up against Crystal Palace with Martinelli, Thomas Partey and Gabriel ALL pushing to start

    MIKEL ARTETA could be handed a triple fitness boost for Arsenal’s clash with Crystal Palace on Thursday.
    The Gunners hope to have Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Martinelli back for the Emirates Stadium clash.

    How we expect Arsenal to line up against Crystal Palace

    Gabriel Magalhaes is fit to start after overcoming coronavirusCredit: PA:Press Association

    Palace are unbeaten in the last four meetings between the sides but Arteta’s team enter the game on fine form.
    With four wins in a row, Arsenal also have three consecutive clean sheets following an extra-time victory over Newcastle in the FA Cup.
    Pablo Mari has played every minute of the purple patch and yet faces a nervous wait before Arteta names his team, with Gabriel Magalhaes’ availability confirmed by the club.
    The Brazilian may return at centre-back, having overcome a bout of coronavirus.

    In midfield, Partey is back in full training after recovering from a thigh problem.
    Arteta is set to make a late call on the Ghanaian’s involvement, given he has only managed one appearance since November 8.

    An alternative setup if Gabriel Martinelli is fit but Thomas Partey misses the match
    Dani Ceballos and Mohamed Elneny will compete for the central midfield spot alongside Granit Xhaka if Partey does not make the line-up.
    Emile Smith Rowe should stay in the XI amid a hugely impressive spell in the side, featuring the winner past Newcastle on Saturday.

    Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette are two other forwards in fine form and Arteta will likely deploy both men alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Thursday.

    Arsenal are monitoring Martinelli’s fitness following an ankle injury that the striker sustained in the warm-up last time out.
    The setback was particularly galling for a player who had only just returned from a long-term knee injury.
    The Gunners state that he has ‘progressed very well’ during the week but is yet to return to full training, making an appearance versus Palace unlikely.
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    Arsenal and Spurs boost in transfer hunt for Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer after playmaker ‘rejects new contract offer’

    MARCEL SABITZER has reportedly turned down RB Leipzig’s latest contract offer – alerting Tottenham and Arsenal.
    The North London rivals have both been linked with the Austrian midfielder following his stellar form in the Bundesliga.

    Marcel Sabitzer has been a key player for RB Leipzig since joining in 2015Credit: PA:Press Association

    Jose Mourinho in particular is a fan of Sabitzer’s, following his two-goal demolition of Spurs in last season’s Champions League.
    And Arsenal are thought to be chasing a creative midfielder in the January transfer window.
    A fee of around £30million has been touted with the Leipzig captain’s contract expiring in 18 months’ time.
    But the German club may be tempted to cash in soon if Sabitzer refuses to agree a new contract.

    According to Sky Germany, via Fussball Transfers, the 26-year-old has turned down an extension.
    It is said that Sabitzer would prefer leaving in the summer of 2022, when his deal expires, with the club considering a sale at the end of this season.

    Leipzig sporting director Markus Krösche told Bild recently that talks are more likely to progress in a couple of months’ time.
    He said: “We wanted to end the year first. Both sides will deal with the issue more intensively in the spring.”

    Likewise, Sabitzer has previously insisted that his contract situation will not be discussed until later in the year.
    The player stated last month: “If I read my contract correctly, it expires in June 2022, which means it runs for another 18 months.

    The club have said that there would be no contract talks during the season.
    Marcel SabitzerDecember 2020

    “We’ll have to see about everything else. I’m just doing my job. We have a game every three days, that’s exhausting enough.
    “The club have said that there would be no contract talks during the season.
    “So I’m fully focused on playing a successful season and don’t think about what will happen later on at all.”
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    Arsenal set to welcome back Matteo Guendouzi as Hertha Berlin ‘unable to afford £29m star’ after impressing in Germany

    HERTHA BERLIN have accepted that Matteo Guendouzi will return to Arsenal in the summer, according to reports.
    The Frenchman has impressed in the Bundesliga with the capital club losing just two of their last nine as they push away from the relegation zone.

    Matteo Guendouzi is set to head back to Arsenal after enjoying a solid spell in GermanyCredit: AFP

    Under manager Bruno Labbadia, Guendouzi has even scored twice including the opener in a recent 3-0 demolition of Schalke 04.
    According to German outlet Bild, Hertha are putting together a plan to replace the midfielder in the summer.
    Wolfsburg star Yannick Gerhardt is said to be the name of the top of their shortlist.
    While there is no sense that Arsenal will recall the player this month, Berlin do not have a purchase option to make his loan stay permanent.

    Therefore, the club reportedly see it as a fact that Guendouzi will leave at the end of the season, unless they can find around £29million to secure his signature.
    The 21-year-old has been widely praised since heading to Germany, and Labbadia has been delighted with his impact.

    The coach said last month: “[Matteo] is very, very valuable to us. We are happy that we were able to sign him.
    “He’s a very, very good footballer, who has a good sense of space and is technically very strong.

    “Even though he’s young, he gives instructions. He is not at all interested in whether he speaks the language.”
    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta fell out with Guendouzi last year, before sending him out on loan.

    And the Gunners are planning a mass clear out to trim down their large squad and wage bill, which may or may not include the youngster.
    Mesut Ozil is out of contract in June and expected to leave North London, along with Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
    The exits have already begun with Sead Kolasinac loaned to Schalke at the start of January.
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    Mesut Ozil happy to leave Arsenal this transfer window… if Gunners still pay him £68K A WEEK until summer 2023

    MESUT OZIL will offer Arsenal the chance to get him out of the club this month – by spreading payment of the rest of his contract over the next three years.
    Ozil has options to leave the Emirates during the transfer window but the Gunners would need to cough up the remainder of his £350,000-a-week deal which still has six months to run.

    Mesut Ozil could be prepared to settle a long-term payment plan to stretch out his huge salaryCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    The World Cup winner is in no mood to sacrifice the remaining £8.75million of the wages due to him just so Arsenal can get him off their wage bill with Fenerbahce and DC United both interested in his signature.
    But SunSport understands he would be prepared to help the club out.
    That would be by reaching a deal which would see them reduce their weekly payments to him to £68,000 until the summer of 2023.
    Though that would see Arsenal having to keep Ozil, 32, on their wage bill for another two-and-a-half years, it would reduce their immediate wage commitment to the midfielder by £1.2m-A-MONTH.

    With Premier League clubs being bitten hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, that long-term payment plan might be attractive to the bean counters at the Emirates.
    The other option would be to come up with a cash offer covering the vast majority of the six months left on the former Real Madrid star’s contract, otherwise he is likely to stay put until the summer.

    Turkish club Fenerbahce are working hard to try to sign Ozil but an agreement is far from in place.

    That is despite Ozil falling victim to an online hoax which purported to be one of his charities seemingly announcing a deal had been done with Fenerbahce.
    The MLS is a possible next destination, with Wayne Rooney’s former club DC United making their interest known and opening talks over securing a deal to take him Stateside.    
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    Gabriel Martinelli ‘in tears and a lot of pain’ as Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirms ankle injury in Newcastle warm-up

    ARSENAL star Gabriel Martinelli was left ‘in tears’ after getting injured in the warm-up of the 2-0 FA Cup win over Newcastle.
    The Brazilian striker, 19, went down as he was going through pre-match drills, before being replaced by Reiss Nelson for the FA Cup third round clash against Newcastle.

    This was the horror moment Gabriel Martinelli injured himself in the warm-up

    Martinelli had just made a successful interception when he collapsed to the floor in obvious agony.
    His team-mates, including Mo Elneny, appeared mystified as to how the 19-year-old had injured himself.
    But it was serious enough for Gunners boss Arteta to be forced to make a last-minute change to his line-up.
    After the game, Arteta said: “I am gutted.

    “I was in my office before the game and one of the medical staff came in and said he twisted his ankle.
    “He was in tears and in a lot of pain.”
    Martinelli is only just returning to the first-team fold after months out with a serious knee injury.
    Coincidently, he picked up that in training too.


    The young Brazilian collapsed to the floor in pain – with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta later revealing he was ‘in tears’ after missing out

    Although it appeared that the striker turned his ankle, the strain it might have put on his knee will leave the Gunners sweating that it could be another serious injury.
    The teenager has helped turn Arsenal’s season around from what looked like it could turn into a relegation battle.
    And while Martinelli won’t be going anywhere, there are likely to be a few outgoings this month at the Emirates.
    Arsenal have a hefty wage bill with Mesut Ozil, whose deal expires in the summer, sitting on a huge contract after not being selected in their Premier League and Europa League squads this season.
    Arteta is determined to reduce the size of his squad by moving on players that are not involved in the first team.
    Defender Sead Kolasinac has rejoined Schalke on loan while Shkodran Mustafi is another player likely to head for the exit door.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirmed Martinelli is in ‘a lot of pain’Credit: EPA
    Arteta told the Arsenal website: “We’ve had some conversations around a few players and whether we can find some loans because the numbers we have in the squad at the moment are really big. Again, we cannot confirm anything yet.
    “We have a large squad, we knew that and a lot of things we wanted to do in the summer, we couldn’t accomplish for different reasons.
    “There are some players that are going to go on loan, they are going to leave, and that’s the priority at the moment. We cannot sustain the numbers that we have in terms of substitutions.
    “We are looking to do that and then we will see if we have the right opportunities in the positions that we need some more help. We are working with the club to find that.”
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