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  • September 13, 2022

ARSENAL will reportedly battle Liverpool for the signing of Aston Villa ace Douglas Luiz.
The Gunners saw THREE bids rejected by Villa on deadline day and now they could face competition from the Reds in landing their top midfield target come January.
Meanwhile, UEFA have confirmed Arsenal's Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven is POSTPONED after the death of the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth's funeral has become the focus for national police forces, including the Met and it has put a strain on the level of officers available to monitor safety at football grounds.
However, the Gunners' Premier League fixture this weekend against Brentford WILL go ahead but it has been moved from 2pm to 12pm.
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Arsenal set for fixture congestion
Arsenal are facing a fixture backlog after suffering a second postponement in the space of five days.
Thursday’s Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven is definitely off following discussions with UEFA and the Metropolitan Police.
Arsenal's trip to the Brentford Community Stadium was given the green light because it is a Category Three match in security terms.
But the Gunners are struggling to find a slot to reschedule the PSV match, which must be played before the final Europa League group games on November 3.
The next two weeks are out of the question because of an international break.
And the only week after that which does not already have European commitments has a full midweek of Premier League fixtures.
Wenger backs Arsenal for title tilt
Arsene Wenger has broken his Arsenal silence and backed Mikel Arteta’s team to launch an unlikely title challenge.
The most successful manager in the club’s history has never been back to the Emirates since his brutal sacking in 2018 and has steadfastly refused to comment on the team he left behind.
But now the 72-year-old Frenchman has opened up on the current state of play and cannot hide his admiration for the job being done by Arteta.
Wenger said: “I would say they are moving in the right direction. I honestly think there is no weak position in the team… they are young, promising players and they have bought well this year.
“There is no completely dominating team this season and Arsenal has a chance with the potential that is there.
“We used to be in the top four and why not again? You cannot even rule out the fact that they can fight for the title and hopefully they can do it.”
This weekend’s Premier League fixture list
Friday 16 September
20:00 Aston Villa v Southampton (Sky Sports)
20:00 Nottingham Forest v Fulham
Saturday 17 September
12:30 Wolves v Man City (BT Sport)
15:00 Newcastle  v AFC Bournemouth
17:30 Spurs v Leicester City (Sky Sports)
Postponed Brighton v Crystal Palace
Sunday 18 September
12:00 Brentford v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
14:15 Everton v West Ham (Sky Sports)
Postponed Chelsea v Liverpool 
Postponed Man Utd v Leeds 
Arsenal vs Man City in doubt
Arsenal may have to postpone their top of the table clash with Manchester City next month – to accommodate their re-arranged fixture with PSV Eindhoven.
The Gunners have been forced to call off their Europa League fixture against the Dutch club on Thursday due to concerns of policing following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
They now have to find an alternative date or face forfeiting the game – and with the World Cup looming they are running out of options.
PSV forfeit unlikely, say Arsenal
Arsenal are optimistic they won't have to forfeit their postponed Europa League clash against PSV Eindhoven.
The Gunners' group stage match with PSV had to be rearranged due to lack of police resources as forces have been redeployed to work on The Queen's state funeral on Monday.
The North Londoners were scheduled to take on the Dutch side at the Emirates on Thursday but had to be called off just like other London fixtures.
That has created quite the headache for Arsenal as there there is no available date to play the game before the group stage is due to end on November 3 before the World Cup.
UEFA regulations dictate that Mikel Arteta's side must find a new date to stage the fixture or forfeit the game.
According to the Evening Standard, however, Arsenal are confident they can find a solution to the matter as they continue negotiating with the relevant authorities.
Balogun showing a 'refreshing mindset', says Henry
Speaking to Amazon Prime Video, Henry said: "I’m really happy for him because in general English players don’t go abroad.
"Normally players are loaned either to another Premier League side or in the Championship.
"He’s a very English-style player who likes to run down the channels but he was missing something, which was his finishing.
"He’s now starting to score goals regularly and I’m happy for that – happy he has gone abroad.
"It’s especially so considering he is a Londoner, in general Londoners struggle to leave London.
"When I heard he was coming to France, it made me think he has a refreshing mindset."
Henry praises Flo
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has praised Folarin Balogun for his decision to join Reims during the summer transfer window.
Balogun, 21, signed for the Ligue 1 side on a season-long loan last month.
The striker has already made an impression in France, scoring five goals and assisting two in just seven appearances.
He earned his first award last week after being named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Month for August.
And Arsenal icon Henry believes the young star will only improve during his time in France.
Prem showdown at noon
Arsenal yesterday confirmed that their clash with Brentford on Sunday will go ahead.
The fixture was under threat due to the policing issues surrounding the weekend’s games.
But it will now start two hours earlier than scheduled, at noon.
Arsenal vs PSV Eindhoven postponed
Arsenal’s Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven – which was scheduled to take place on Thursday – has been postponed due to policing issues.
An official statement read: “UEFA today announced that the UEFA Europa League tie between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven, originally to be played on Thursday 15 September, has been postponed with a new date to be communicated in due course.
“This is due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
Partey's significant injury history
Partey is now into his third season at the Emirates following a £45m move from Atletico Madrid.
But previous injury woes means Partey has missed 36 matches for the Gunners.
More on Partey's return
The Ghana international took on a starring role in the Gunners’ opening three games – wins over Crystal Palace, Leicester and Bournemouth.
And his presence in Arsenal’s side will be a huge boost to Mikel Arteta following the 3-1 defeat to United earlier this month.
An injury to fellow midfielder Mo Elneny saw Albert Sambi Lokonga play next to Granit Xhaka at Old Trafford.
Arteta had been hoping to land another powerful midfielder on deadline day.
But he was left empty-handed when Aston Villa rejected a £23million bid for Douglas Luiz.
Injury boost for Gunners
Arsenal have been given a huge boost ahead of Sunday’s clash at Brentford.
That’s because Thomas Partey has returned to full training following a thigh injury.
The midfielder, 29, had missed Arsenal’s last three games against Fulham, Aston Villa and Manchester United.
But CBS Sports claim Partey could be back in Arsenal’s XI when they travel to Brentford this weekend.
Kane ‘tempted’ by Bayern switch
Tottenham striker Harry Kane is reportedly “tempted” by the prospect of a transfer to Bayern Munich.
Kane, 29, was linked with a move to Germany throughout the summer window, but Arsenal's North London rivals refused to sell him.
Club chief Oliver Kahn has already confirmed that Kane is the priority target.
Although a move did not materialise before deadline day, the German giants are still eager to lure him to the Allianz Arena.
And according to Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenburg, Bayern Munich are already in talks with Kane’s representatives over a potential transfer NEXT summer.
Legends meet up
Arsenal legends Arsene Wenger, Pat Rice, Ian Wright, Lee Dixon and Thierry Henry were at Cambridge Theatre last night for the release of David Dein's Autobiography.
Gunners icons Jens Lehmann, Gilberto Silva, Davor Suker, Martin Keown, Kolo Toure and Anders Limpar were also in attendance for the former owner's book launch.
Flo so happy, says Henry
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has leapt to the praise of in-form striker Folarin Balogun.
The 21-year-old is on loan at Ligue 1 club Reims, where he has five goals in six games.
Henry told Amazon Prime Video Sport France: “I’m really happy for him because in general English players don’t go abroad.
“Normally players are loaned either to another Premier League side or in the Championship.
“He’s a very English-style player who likes to run down the channels but he was missing something, which was his finishing.
“He’s now starting to score goals regularly and I’m happy for that – happy he has gone abroad.
“It’s especially so considering he is a Londoner, in general Londoners struggle to leave London.
“When I heard he was coming to France, it made me think he has a refreshing mindset.”
Arsenal juggle options
The Gunners are struggling to find a slot to reschedule the PSV match, which must be played before the final Europa League group games on November 3.
The next two weeks are out of the question because of an international break.
And the only week after that which does not already have European commitments has a full midweek of Premier League fixtures.
The most likely scenario is that Arsenal will seek to postpone their top of the table Premier League game against Manchester City scheduled for October 19 and play PSV the following evening.
But that would still require the agreement of both the Premier League and City.
Prem chiefs are already struggling to find a space in a tight fixture list to reschedule all the games which were called off last weekend.
With absolutely no breathing space before football shuts down for six weeks for the World Cup in Qatar, the earliest potential opportunity for another round of games would be some time in January.
Gunners face moving schedule due to postponed fixtures
Arsenal are facing a fixture backlog after suffering a second postponement in the space of five days.
But the Gunners did have good news after their clash with Brentford was given the go ahead to take place on Sunday at midday.
Thursday’s Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven is definitely off following discussions with UEFA and the Metropolitan Police.
The decision was taken due to the severe limitation on police resources and organisational issues surrounding the many thousands of people heading to London to mourn the Queen.
With 3,000 PSV fans due to travel from Holland for a match which was classed as Category One by the police, it was clear that there would not be sufficient officers in attendance at the Emirates.
Arsenal's trip to the Brentford Community Stadium was given the green light because it is a Category Three match in security terms.
Showdown at noon
Arsenal yesterday confirmed that their clash with Brentford will go ahead.
The fixture was under threat due to the policing issues surrounding the weekend's games.
But it will now start two hours earlier than scheduled, at noon.
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Arsenal’s Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven – which was scheduled to take place on Thursday – has been postponed due to policing issues.
An official statement read: “UEFA today announced that the UEFA Europa League tie between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven, originally to be played on Thursday 15 September, has been postponed with a new date to be communicated in due course.
“This is due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
The postponement of Arsenal’s game with the Dutch giants leaves Uefa and the clubs scrambling to find a new date and the possibility, however unlikely, that the Gunners may have to forfeit a 0-3 defeat.  

It has been confirmed – there will be three Premier League games off this weekend but Arsenal WILL play Brentford on Sunday.
Brentford vs Arsenal – which along with Tottenham’s match against Leicester had been under threat – will now start two hours earlier than scheduled, at noon.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been joined by Liverpool in the race to sign Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, according to reports.
Arsenal time change
Brentford vs Arsenal – which along with Tottenham’s match against Leicester had been under threat – will now start two hours earlier than scheduled, at noon, with Everton against West Ham pushed back 15 minutes to 2.15pm.
Earlier today, the FA confirmed the return to play at all levels, with tomorrow’s Champions League game between Liverpool and Ajax, six Championship matches and the full programme in Leagues One and Two cleared.
Clubs have been “recommended” to hold a minute’s silence before all matches with players and officials wearing black armbands.
Wednesday’s Champions League games at Chelsea and Manchester City are also on but the competition anthem will not be played before kick-off at any of the games in England or Scotland.
The postponement of Arsenal’s game with the Dutch giants, though, leaves Uefa and the clubs scrambling to find a new date and the possibility that the Gunners may have to forfeit a 0-3 defeat.
This weekend’s new look Prem schedule
Friday 16 September
20:00 Aston Villa v Southampton (Sky Sports)
20:00 Nott’ham Forest v Fulham
Saturday 17 September
12:30 Wolves v Man City (BT Sport)
15:00 Newcastle  v AFC Bournemouth
17:30 Spurs v Leicester City (Sky Sports)
Postponed Brighton v Crystal Palace
Sunday 18 September
12:00 Brentford v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
14:15 Everton v West Ham (Sky Sports)
Postponed Chelsea v Liverpool 
Postponed Man Utd v Leeds 
Three Prem clashes OFF this weekend but Arsenal goes ahead
It has been confirmed – there will be three Premier League games off this weekend but Arsenal WILL play Brentford on Sunday at MIDDAY.
The statement read: “Premier League fixtures will resume this weekend after a pause to the season as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“Seven of the 10 Premier League fixtures this weekend will be played, with three matches postponed due to events surrounding The Queen’s funeral.
“Matches postponed on Sunday 18 September are Chelsea vs Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, and Manchester United’s home match vs Leeds United.
“Brighton & Hove Albion’s fixture against Crystal Palace, that was due to be played at 15:00 BST on Saturday 17 September, will also remain postponed.”
Arsenal vs PSV Eindhoven POSTPONED
Arsenal’s Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven – which was scheduled to take place on Thursday – has been postponed due to policing issues.
An official statement read: “UEFA today announced that the UEFA Europa League tie between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven, originally to be played on Thursday 15 September, has been postponed with a new date to be communicated in due course.
“This is due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
Race for Luiz
Arsenal have been joined by Liverpool in the race to sign Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, according to reports.
The Gunners tried to sign the 24-year-old in the latter stages of the summer transfer window amid a midfield injury crisis.
However, they were unable to land boss Mikel Arteta’s target.
And now they could face competition from Liverpool for Luiz’s signature in future transfer windows.
According to The Express, the Reds registered their interest in the summer, like Arsenal.
But no official move was made for the Brazil star, who has less than 12 months on his contract.
Despite signing Juventus’ Arthur Melo on loan, Liverpool could revisit Luiz in January.
And midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be used as bait to tempt Villa into selling before they lose him for FREE next summer.
Arsenal target has strop in Madrid
Fuming Arsenal target Marco Asensio threw a bottle and a bib in a dugout meltdown after not being brought on for Real Madrid.
The reigning La Liga champions made it five wins in a row and maintained their perfect start after coming from behind against Mallorca.
Tension boiled over for the 26-year-old when he was snubbed by Ancelotti.
The Spaniard could be seen ending a touchline warm-up, marching back to the dugout and throwing a training bib towards a seat.
Asensio then appears to kick out at something on the ground as he heads back to the substitute's bench.
When he sits down, he chucks a bottle down in frustration.
Asensio, who has been at Real Madrid since 2014, was believed to have been pursued by the Gunners.
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