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ARSENAL were hammered 3-0 on a disastrous return at the Etihad as Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari were injured while David Luiz was shown a red card.
Luiz will now miss the game against Brighton this weekend and could be on his way out of the club in summer, while Mesut Ozil has shown his defiance after being dropped from the squad.
Follow all the latest transfer gossip and Gunners news below…
GIFT OF GAB
Chelsea and Arsenal look set to miss out on a move for Lille star Gabriel.
Le10Sport claims Napoli have agreed a £20million deal with the French club for their Brazilian centre-back.
Chelsea were understood to be keeping close tabs on Gabriel after his brilliant Ligue 1 season.
But both the Blues and Arsenal appear to have lost out to Napoli, although the Coppa Italia champions are yet to strike personal terms with Gabriel.
Pablo Mari is reportedly set to miss the rest of the season after limping off the pitch during Arsenal's 3-0 defeat to Man City.
The Athletic claims he has suffered serious ankle ligament or tendon damage.
Mari, on loan from Brazilians Flamengo, may need surgery to fix the problem.
And it could dash his chances of securing a permanent Emirates switch.
The aftermath of Arsenal’s disappointing display against Manchester City has rightly centred around the disappointment of the early injuries and the walking accident that is David Luiz.
But it was Mesut Ozil’s absence from the 20-man squad that had most Gunners fans talking.
It could mean among Arsenal’s incoming will be a new alternative style creative midfielder.
The days the old-style passing Number 10 in a 4-2-3-1 look to be on the wane and Ozil may be the fall guy as Mikel Arteta looks to refashion his squad for the future.
HAVE A GO
Kai Havertz fuelled transfer speculation as he appeared to 'like' a tweet demanding Chelsea to sign him.
The Bayer Leverkusen star is believed to be a big-money target for Frank Lampard.
And a move could be on after Havertz liked a tweet in the wake of Timo Werner’s signing demanding Chelsea also splash out on him too.
Manchester United are also thought to be extremely keen on the German playmaker.
Arsenal were linked with a move for Havertz in April but are unlikely to have the funds required to complete a deal.
EXCLUSIVE BY SIMON RICE
Fikayo Tomori is Chelsea's most valuable English academy star, putting headline grabbers Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham in the shade.
An exclusive study shows that at Arsenal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a more valuable asset than fellow homegrown talents Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson.
Meanwhile at Manchester United, a slightly more predictable result reveals that Marcus Rashford outdoes Jesse Lingard, Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood.
SunSport teamed up with Carteret Analytics, a London-based investment company who work closely with football clubs around the world.
Their detailed analytics, which are used by numerous clubs as part of their recruitment process, finds the 'Intrinsic Value' of a player – the monetary value of their contribution to increasing the probability of winning matches.
GOME WITH THE WIND
Angel Gomes’ Manchester United future is still up in the air with just two weeks to go until his contract runs out.
Chelsea are believed to be strong suitors for the whizkid.
And Arsenal were linked with a move last month.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he doesn’t know if Gomes will stay at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer wants the youngster to stay but will not stop him should be opt to leave.
He said: “With Angel, he's a top kid we've had at the club for so many years, we've offered him a deal and hopefully he'll take that and if not I wish him all the best.
“From what I understand it's not too far away, if not we'll wish him all the best.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering a move for Roma sensation and Arsenal target Cengiz Under.
The Red Devils boss looks increasingly unlikely to land long-term target Jadon Sancho this summer.
And football365 report he may turn his attention to the Turkish 22-year-old forward, who would be available for a reported £30million, a fraction of the price of Sancho or Federico Chiesa.
Negotiations could also be helped by using Chris Smalling – currently on loan with Roma – as a makeweight in a deal.
However, Arsenal have Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Roma and could also be in a strong bargaining position.
CAR CRASH TV
Nicklas Bendtner bought a £300,000 Rolls-Royce despite being unemployed – and was labelled “brainless” and “insane” by his girlfriend.
The former Arsenal striker was released by Copenhagen in December but that didn't stop him splashing out on the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith, for many the ultimate supercar.
But it is clear his partner Philine Roepstorff did not approve of the purchase.
Appearing in the reality TV show they present in Denmark, Philine said: “He needs to understand he doesn't actually have a job right now. It is some mega-fancy car that no one has in Denmark. He only wants it because he wants everything that people don't have at home.
“I just gave up. I have nothing more to say. He has no sense of reality. It's so insane. He just thinks if you want something, you can have it. It is because he has lived the way he has lived.”
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European clubs could be given three months to complete their business with a transfer window open until October.
Uefa released a statement today calling on player registrations and squads to be all done and submitted by October 6 and therefore proposed the transfer window closed the day before.
Each individual association determines the exact market dates but it is likely the Premier League will agree to open the market at the beginning of July – although players who do swap clubs will not be registered until August and cannot play in the remainder of this campaign.
A July 6 opening would fit the maximum 12-week period that the summer window can be open for.
TIERNEY FEELING GOOD
Despite plenty of negatives for Arsenal, one major positive was that Kieran Tierney came through the full game unscathed.
He played the first half in his familiar left-back role but just four minutes after the break, David Luiz's red card meant he moved across into centre-back with Bukayo Saka dropping back.
Tierney said: “I felt good. I felt as fit as I could be this time. Matches are going to get me match fit and I've done all I could possible to get fit for a match.
“The manager's trusted me, put me in, and I'm very grateful. It's been a long six months and a hard six months but I've got there in the end. I'm just happy to get some minutes in again.
“It was hard. I thought in the first half, up until the goal, we were coping well with it. Obviously the goal right before half-time kind of deflates you a little bit. Going in at half-time at 0-0, you've got every confidence.
“Even at 1-0 we still had belief, and then the red card makes it harder as well. When people are moving positions, it's hard. A team like Manchester City are going to punish you with the ball.”
David Luiz may have had a shocker for Arsenal against Man City last night, but he is not short of suitors as his contract expires at the end of this month.
The Brazilian was said to favour a move back to former club Benfica, but Turkish website Asist Analiz report that his view has changed following an offer from Fenerbahce which dwarfs the wages offered by the Portuguese side.
It adds that team-mate Mesut Ozil has painted the club in a positive light, further convincing the former Chelsea man that Istanbul could be the right move.
'NO MATTER WHAT'
Mesut Ozil has posted a defiant message on Twitter after being left out of Mikel Arteta's Arsenal squad at Man City.
Kieran Tierney admitted “nothing went to plan” for Arsenal in their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last night.
The Gunners were forced into two early substitutions before two David Luiz errors put them in real trouble.
The Scottish left-back said: “We've worked so hard the last few months and to have such setbacks so early on in a game is never easy, especially against a team like Man City. But another disappointment is that you've not got fans out there either, so it's always a miss when there's no fans.
“Nothing really went to plan. That happens in football and you need to deal with it. Tonight we gave everything we could and things just went wrong at the wrong times. We just never recovered.”
PIERRE WE GO AGAIN
Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was getting visibly frustrated during Arsenal's first match back last night.
The striker barely got any service throughout the game as his side failed to register a single shot on target.
One incident where Kieran Tierney failed to thread him through was particularly annoying for Auba and the thousands of fans watching on from home.
'MISTER' NOT 'BOSS'
Mikel Arteta is called “Mister” rather than the traditional “boss” by his Arsenal players.
The Gunners chief arrived at the Emirates six months ago to replace Unai Emery.
And with “boss” banned, the players have gone with the new address instead, coined by Sokratis – although “Mikel” is also used by the squad.
PREM GAMES CONFIRMED
The Premier League have confirmed the kick-off times and TV scheduling for the next three rounds of fixtures from July 4 to July 13.
And Mikel Arteta's side face a horrible run of games with trips to three sides all above them in the table and vying for a Champions League place – including rivals Spurs.
Oh, and after that is a game against champions-elect Liverpool…
Arsenal's new confirmed fixtures: Wolves (a) – Sat July 4, 5.30pm, Sky; Leicester (h) – Tue July 7, 8.15pm, Sky; Tottenham (a) – Sun July 12, 4.30pm, Sky
'NOT GOOD ENOUGH'
And it was not just David Luiz Carragher blasted as he hit out at the whole team and rubbished talk of the club qualifying for the Champions League.
The Liverpool legend ranted: “I didn't expect anything different to what I saw to be honest. I know there was no crowd in here. I didn't think it was too different because I have seen Arsenal do that for the last ten years.
“Arsenal are not good enough and there is a huge job for Mikel Arteta to do. He just has to get through these nine games, obviously there was hope of these nine games before today that they could make some sort of challenge for the Champions League.
“They are not good enough to make the top four so forget where they are in the league and how many points difference there is to Chelsea or Manchester United. They are not good enough and that was evident.
“I didn't have any faith in Arsenal coming here and doing anything here, it is not just about Arsenal, Manchester City are a great team, they are not at their best obviously but no one is coming straight back in, but I never had any doubt Man City.”
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Carragher added: “It doesn't matter how old you are. David Luiz is not good enough for Arsenal. They got a young French lad coming in next season, they got [Pablo] Mari, they need to buy another one because they've got Sokratis, [Shkodran] Mustafi played tonight. These are not good enough.
“That's the problem. You've got David Luiz and you think, 'I'll get the best out of him, I'll do this or I'll do that'. You won't.
“The people at the top of the club are deciding that he shouldn't get that year extension, and they're right. If Mikel Arteta thinks he should get that year, then I think he's wrong.
“I'd be worried if I was an Arsenal fan if Arteta thought David Luiz should get another year at Arsenal. I'd be worried.”
The Premier League returned last night and it was business as usual as Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville laid into Arsenal's disjointed side – and particularly David Luiz.
When asked about Luiz's action for the penalty while performing commentary for Sky Sports, Neville blasted: “Oh dear, I've no words really. I've said everything.
“He never learns, he's so rash. City started playing well 25 minutes ago in this game – when David Luiz came on.”
Carragher added: “I know Kevin De Bruyne does get a good ball in at the time and maybe it's come off the turf as well which adds the extra bit of pace but no, it's happened so often it's no surprise why he's on the bench.
“As I said before the game, I don't think there's any future here for David Luiz at Arsenal next season, that probably just puts pay to that. People keep talking about experience. Sometimes experience is one of the most overrated qualities. It's actually how good you are.”
In fairness to David Luiz, though, he came out and fronted to the cameras by speaking to Sky Sports afterwards – firstly to apologise but then also seemingly to try and strong-arm his club into extending his contract, which expires on June 30.
He said: “It was not the team's fault it was my fault. The coach is amazing, all the players did amazing, it was just my fault. I should have taken a different decision in the last two months. I didn't – it was all about my contract.”
Speaking about the “different decisions”, he added: “Different decision to try and decide my future as early as possible but I didn't. I don't want to use that as an excuse, it was my fault and that is it.
“I love to be here that is why I continue to train hard and that is why I came today. Nobody asked me to speak, it is up to me to show my face. I want to stay. The coach knows and wants me to stay, we are waiting for the decisions.”
LU-IZ TO BLAME
Carrying on with reaction from the Etihad and there was only one man to point the finger at for Arsenal, who made a decent start to the game.
But the 24th-minute introduction of David Luiz proved a key turning point – his error on the stroke of half-time allowed Raheem Sterling to open the scoring and then just four minutes into the second half it went from bad to worse as Luiz hauled down Riyad Mahrez in the box and was sent off.
Kevin De Bruyne stuck his penalty away and with that the game was over as Arsenal fans bemoaned the Brazilian once again.
Mikel Arteta very briefly explained his reasons for omitting Mesut Ozil from the squad for Arsenal's 3-0 defeat at Man City.
In his post-match interview, the Gunners boss said: “It was a tactical reason.
“Because I need players in other positions as well, so that’s why I decided to leave him out.”
GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS
Mikel Arteta was quick to rue the Gunner's bad luck as two first half injuries and an error-strewn David Luiz compounded them to a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.
The Arsenal boss told Sky Sports: “Everything went wrong from the first minute when Granit [Xhaka] got injured and we had to change the plan a little bit.
“Every possible accident that could have happened did today and [hopefully will] not [again] in the rest of the 10 games we have left.”
Arteta went on to address Luiz's horror performance, admitting that the Brazilian owned up to his mistakes and his Etihad showing won't be a factor in the decision to extend his contract.
The Spaniard added: “This won’t change things, no. Whatever we’re going to do or we did before today’s game, we’ll keep it internally.
“(Luiz) spoke in the dressing room. he is someone who is very honest and straightforward. He’ll talk to you guys and explain his feelings.
“My opinion about David hasn’t changed. From the moment I joined, what he’s done for the team, what he’s done for me, it [my opinion] won’t change because of his performance tonight.”
On a brighter note, Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Thiago Silva with the Brazilian defender willing to take a pay-cut to fulfil his ambition of playing in the Premier League.
According to the Telegraph, Silva has made it clear he isn't seeking money and is willing to take a huge drop in his £325,000-a-week wages.
It was an unhappy return to football for Arsenal as they meekly fell to a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.
The loss was one negative, with the sending off of substitute David Luiz another.
The floppy-haired defender replaced Pablo Mari who came off injured, but was heading to the changing room himself in the second half.
He tugged back Riyad Mahrez in the penalty area, then Kevin De Bruyne stepped up to send Bernd Leno the other way.
That made it 2-0, with Raheem Sterling scoring the other in the first half.
Here, SunSport's Martin Lipton rates Arsenal's players' performances in their first game back in Project Restart.
MAN CITY 3 – 0 ARSENAL
The champagne will have to stay on ice on Merseyside this weekend.
Liverpool old boy Raheem Sterling made sure that Jurgen Klopp’s men will have to wait even longer to take the Premier League crown.
A slip from Manchester City here would have meant the Reds could have clinched it with a win at Goodison on Sunday evening.
And how sweet would that have been after waiting for such a moment for 30 years – and a little bit more?
However that never looked likely once City had shaken the cobwebs off and found their stride.
Read Martin Blackburn's match report HERE.
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