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    Arsenal ratings: Bukayo Saka and goalscorer Eddie Nketiah star but Kolasinac struggles as Gunners win in Carabao Cup

    MIKEL ARTETA just loves playing in the cup.
    His side edged past Leicester 2-0 to secure their spot in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

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    Christian Fuchs’ own goal broke the deadlockCredit: AP:Associated Press

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    Arsenal celebrate taking the lead against LeicesterCredit: AP:Associated Press

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    Eddie Nketiah stabs home Arsenal’s second goalCredit: AFP or licensors

    The performance was far from convincing as a second-string side failed to light up the King Power.
    Nicolas Pepe’s perseverance ended in Christian Fuchs’ own goal after the break and Arsenal did not secure the win until Eddie Nketiah stabbed in on 90 minutes.
    SunSport’s Josh Graham serves up his player ratings for the Gunners.
    Bernd Leno – 6/10
    Important early block from Kelechi Iheanacho reminded Gooners why Arteta was prepared to sell long-serving shot-stopper Emi Martinez to Aston Villa.
    Got away with one when he was left in no man’s land as James Maddison’s gorgeous chip hit the woodwork.
    Rob Holding – 5
    Struggled with the pace of Leicester’s attack at times, perhaps surprised to still be on the books at the Emirates after strong rumours of a move to Newcastle on loan.
    David Luiz – 6
    A mature performance from the skipper on the night – biggest challenge came from his own keeper who clocked him with an elbow in the first period.

    Sead Kolasinac – 4

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    Sead Kolasinac struggled for ArsenalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Looked like a man who wants to be elsewhere with talk he is keen to go back to Schalke.
    Lost the run of Ayoze Perez who should have buried a free header late on.
    Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 5
    Not his most impactful appearance, struggled to get to grips with Demarai Gray early on.
    Sloppy on the ball at points and saw far less of him than Bukayo Saka going forward.
    Joe Willock – 5
    A rare start in the centre of the park and truth be told Willock didn’t really make the most of it.
    Mohamed Elneny – 5
    Found it tough up against James Maddison, did little to stop one wondering where Mesut Ozil is.
    Bukayo Saka – 8

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    Bukayo Saka impressed yet again for ArsenalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Provided a constant threat going forward down the left and should have had an assist in the 20th minute when he flashed a delicious ball across the box.
    Beautiful feet and interplay surely should have won his side a first-half penalty but he was denied a stonewaller with VAR not in play.
    Quieter after the break but the 19-year-old continues to show his excellent versatility.
    Nicolas Pepe – 7
    Somehow persevered long enough to help bundle the ball in off Christian Fuchs to break the deadlock.
    Showed some nice touches in the second half when he was far more influential.
    Eddie Nketiah – 8

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    Eddie Nketiah celebrates his late goalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Always keen to run in behind and linked up well with Saka and Nelson.
    Wes Morgan’s heroic goalline clearance had prevented him nabbing a goal before he stabbed home a well-deserved strike after 90 minutes.
    Reiss Nelson – 7
    Constant threat cutting in from the left and sending gorgeous curling efforts goal-bound off his right foot.
    Spurned a glorious opportunity all alone in the box after 30 minutes and his team-mates could be heard bemoaning his final product at times.

    SUBS
    Willian (on for Nelson, 72) – 6
    Dani Ceballos (on for Willock, 78) – 6
    Hector Bellerin (on for Saka, 87) – N/A

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    Arsenal predicted to suffer bleak £120m losses if fans don’t return as supporters’ trust warns things could get worse

    ARSENAL have been warned to expect losses of over £120million if football remains behind closed doors.
    Few clubs make as much money as the Gunners do on a matchday – with that income completely lost since the coronavirus pandemic began.

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    Plans to let fans back into football grounds are being hit by the second coronavirus waveCredit: EPA

    In 2018-19, Arsenal made £96million in matchday revenue alone, a huge proportion of their total £394m turnover.
    Such a reliance on fans coming to Emirates Stadium left the club particularly vulnerable to the circumstances they now find themselves in.
    Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have delved into the figures to estimate potential losses of £120m if the situation does not improve.
    Matchday revenue for the protracted 2019-20 campaign is down to around £77m after the final weeks of the season went behind closed doors.
    And the Trust reckon Arsenal will only be able to make £20m in matchday revenue in 2020-21, on the basis stadium capacity is restricted to 25 per cent.
    This would set the North London club on course for a £44m loss in 2019-20 and £83m in the current campaign – totalling losses around £120m.
    Premier League clubs are pushing for fans to return to stadiums but a second coronavirus wave threatens to slam the door on test events.

    Furthermore, the reality could be even worse with these estimates predicated on TV money remaining steady throughout the new season, as well as commercial and retail income.

    Arsenal have one of the biggest wage bills in Europe
    The predictions are just the latest stark warning of football’s financial outlook from the very top of the game, right down to grassroots level.
    Arsenal have already made 55 staff members redundant amid the pandemic, with the bulk of the squad agreeing a wage cut.
    However, Mikel Arteta has been able to revamp his squad with Gabriel Magalhaes and Pablo Mari arriving for a combined £35m.
    Willian signed a three-year deal worth £220,000-a-week last month before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang extended his contract to reach £350,000-a-week.
    The club have recouped over £20m from the sales of Emiliano Martinez and Sam Greenwood, with owner Stan Kroenke refinancing the debt accrued when building Emirates Stadium.

    The Trust summarised: “Estimated losses of £44m this year and £80m next year.
    “And if fans don’t return soon and more broadcast contracts see reductions it could be much worse.
    “Arsenal still run a bloated wage bill (well over £200m a year) and carry significant debts – both player installments still owed to other clubs and to KSE (stadium loan legacy). We do not know yet what interest, if any, is being charged to the club.
    “Potential losses of at least £120m (possibly £150m) over 2020 & 2021 demonstrate why Arsenal have to be so careful in transfer market.”

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    Aubameyang signs new £350k-a-week Arsenal contract after months of showdown talks in huge win for Arteta

    PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has handed Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta a huge boost by signing a new three-year contract.
    The Gunners have convinced their club captain to put pen to paper on a new deal believed to be worth upwards of £350,000-a-week.

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang announced the deal himself from the Emirates Stadium pitchCredit: Twitter @Arsenal

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    Aubameyang lifted the FA Cup as Gunners captain last monthCredit: AP:Associated Press

    The club announced the extension on Tuesday with a livestream of Aubameyang on the Emirates Stadium pitch.
    “I signed da ting,” smiled the striker before he was joined by Ian Wright and Alexandre Lacazette on the call.
    He added: “I wanted to share this with you guys, I’m so happy.
    “This is my home, it’s a great day. I want to become an Arsenal legend and maybe leave a legacy.”
    Gunners legend Wright proclaimed “oh my God I love you man!” when he entered the chat.
    The ecstatic former striker told Aubameyang: “For you to sign for us in a time when we need you most, when we’ve seen legends leave us when we need them – you have legendary status.”
    Talks have been ongoing for months while the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United circle for the striker.

    A deal looked unlikely earlier in the year but Arteta’s arrival, heralding FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs, has proven key to tying Aubameyang down.

    The Gabon international has been teasing the new deal for a number of weeks, most recently posting an hourglass emoji to his 1.6million Twitter followers.
    Thought to be key to persuading Aubameyang, 31, to commit has been convincing his father.
    Arteta and Gunners legend Ian Wright have helped to woo Pierre-Francois Aubameyang as he guides his son towards a renewal.
    And their advances have been successful with the forward, who cost £56million when signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, staying put.
    Aubameyang has continually shown just how vital he is in North London, hitting 72 goals in 111 games for Arsenal.
    That continued with a strike in the opening day beating of Fulham on Saturday.

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    Aubameyang was joined by Ian Wright and Alexandre Lacazette on the livestreamCredit: Twitter @Arsenal

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    A few hints guided Gooners before the livestream beganCredit: Twitter @Arsenal

    The deal also moves him to the top of the club’s earnings tree.
    Mesut Ozil is also thought to take home around £350,000-a-week, with Willian back on £220,000-a-week.
    The decision to splash out on the chunky deals has attracted criticism after last month’s decision to make 55 staff members redundant, despite a coronavirus pandemic squad wage cut.

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    Arsenal set for £20m boost to transfer kitty with Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar top of list after Martinez sale

    ARSENAL are set for a vital boost to their transfer kitty with the sale of Emiliano Martinez.
    With the goalkeeper heading to Aston Villa for £20million, the Gunners will sign up replacement Runar Alex Runarsson for just £1.5m.

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    Lyon star Houssem Aouar is valued at £55million by the Ligue 1 side

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    Thomas Partey is free to move clubs if Atletico Madrid’s £45million release clause is met

    The 25-year-old Dijon stopper is understood to have a medical in place ahead of signing a five-year deal.
    Such a big profit margin will help in Mikel Arteta’s efforts to land another midfielder with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar top of his list.
    The Gunners are looking to get even more fringe players off their books to fund any deals before the October 5 deadline.
    Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac are all up for sale.
    The North Londoners are also willing to listen to offers for Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi.
    SunSport understands Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Rob Holding were two considered up-for-grabs.
    But Arteta has had a change-of-heart over the pair, and wants to keep them after impressing in pre-season.

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    Mohamed Elneny was also surplus to requirements, but put in a solid display in a 3-0 win at Fulham this weekend.
    Meanwhile, incoming keeper Runarsson will become their new No2 behind Bernd Leno, and is expected to play in cup competitions and the Europa League.
    The Gunners saw Runarsson as a cheap option, with Matt Macey set to stay as third-choice goalkeeper.

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    Arsenal in talks to sign Dijon keeper Runar Alex Runarsson in £1.5m transfer to replace Emiliano Martinez

    ARSENAL are in talks to sign Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson in a £1.5m deal to replace Emiliano Martinez.
    The 25-year-old Iceland stopper is understood to have had a medical in place ahead of signing a five-year deal.

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    Runar Alex Runarsson is set to occupy Arsenal’s bench this seasonCredit: Icon Sport – Getty

    He will become their new No2 behind Bernd Leno and is expected to play in cup competitions and the Europa League.
    The Gunners saw Runarsson as a cheap option, with Matt Macey set to stay as third-choice goalkeeper.
    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will then use the £20m from Martinez’s move to Aston Villa in other areas.
    He is desperate to land another midfielder with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar top of his list.
    The Gunners are still looking to get a number of fringe players off their books to fund any transfers.
    Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac are all up for sale.
    The North Londoners are also willing to listen to offers for Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi.

    SunSport understands Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Rob Holding were two considered up-for-grabs.
    But Arteta has had a change of heart over the pair and wants to keep them after impressing in pre-season.
    Mohamed Elneny was also surplus to requirements, but put in a solid display in a 3-0 win at Fulham this weekend.

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