Browsing: Mikel Arteta

The 23-year-old has followed Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga to the Emirates during a busy summer of spending for the Gunners and is understood to have penned a five-year deal with the North London club.

The Scottish international, who arrived at the Emirates from Celtic in 2019 in a move worth around £25million, has put pen to paper on a five-year deal to keep him in north London until 2026.

The Gunners’ owners KSE have been widely criticised by the Arsenal fanbase during their time at the club, and their involvement in the failed European Super League project saw supporters protest outside the Emirates in the hundreds.

The Gabon international, starting his first game after returning from a bout of malaria, struck after 66 minutes – the fifth successive game in which he has scored against the Magpies – to cement the Gunners’ 17th win in 18 outings against the Tyneside club.

Balogun, 19, is tipped for a bright future despite having not yet made his league debut for the Gunners – although he has scored twice in six cup appearances for the senior side.

Having gone four games without a win and 14 without a clean sheet before their trip to Bramall Lane, Arsenal claimed a much-needed three points as Alexandre Lacazette (2) and Gabriel Martinelli struck in a comfortable triumph.

Two places and four points separate the two faltering sides in the table as things stand, with Liverpool currently occupying seventh spot while the Gunners languish in ninth ahead of their 30th league match of the campaign.

The hosts currently sit fifth in the table, where Arsenal would have expected to be – while Mikel Arteta’s men sit in mid-table obscurity, where West Ham were overwhelmingly predicted to finish.

Arsenal are currently 10th in the table, having picked up just 38 points from 27 matches this season, while Tottenham occupy seventh, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand.

Leicester are currently third in the Premier League table, level on points with second-placed Manchester United, while Arsenal sit down in 11th spot, 11 points behind fourth-placed West Ham United.

The visitors head to the Emirates Stadium sitting 10th in the table and with a game in hand over their hosts, who slipped into the bottom half as a result of their defeat at Aston Villa last weekend.