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  • September 11, 2022

FORMER Arsenal chief David Dein has shockingly admitted that he lost Ashley Cole to Chelsea over £5thousand a week.
Cole was an integral part of the 2004 "invincible" winning team but he went on to claim more success with the Blues.
Meanwhile, Denmark strike Jonas Wind has begged for the Gunners to sign him in what would be a dream transfer.
Wind, 23, has had a nightmare start to the season for new club Wolfsburg, and would love to switch to the Emirates instead.
And keep up to date with all of the Queen's tributes from members of the Arsenal squad.
Can't say no
Shakhtar Donetsk star and Arsenal transfer target Mykhaylo Mudryk has admitted he "couldn't say no" to the Gunners if they tried to sign him.
Speaking to CBS Sports, Mudryk said: "My dream is to play in Premier League, of course.
"Arsenal is a very good team, very good manager – so from my side, I can’t say no to Arsenal!"
He added: "But a transfer is not just up to my decision"
Luiz targets Arsenal move
Aston Villa ace Douglas Luiz is keen on a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window.
That is according to Football Insider, who claim Luiz has told friends he is open to joining the Gunners.
Villa have held talks with the midfielder over a new deal but have yet to reach a breakthrough.
The Brazil international’s deal expires at the end of the campaign and he can discuss a pre-contract agreement with clubs overseas from the New Year.
That means the North Londoners would still have to pay a fee with Villa valuing the 24-year-old at £30million, however the asking price could be lowered out of fear of losing the player for free
London games uncertain
Premier League matches scheduled to take place in London next week could be moved because of policing issues after The Queen’s passing.
Elizabeth II died aged 96 on Thursday, which marked the end of her historic 70-year reign.
No sporting events are expected to take place during Her Majesty’s funeral, which is scheduled for Monday, 19 September.
But millions of people are still likely to descend to London on the Sunday, which will provide a major drain on the Met’s resources, to pay tribute to Her Majesty.
That could mean that there will not be enough police officers available for Brentford vs Arsenal
Wind wants Arsenal transfer
Wolfsburg ace Jonas Wind has admitted he wants to play for Arsenal, just months after moving to the Bundesliga.
Wind revealed sealing a transfer to the Emirates would be a "dream" come true.
The forward told Bulinews.com: "If we look into the future, Arsenal would be a dream destination for me, as it has always been my favourite club.
"In general, I think the Premier League is the best league in the world, and it would be exciting to play there"
Why Ashley Cole left
Former Arsenal chief David Dein revealed that the Gunners struggled financially compared to Manchester City, Chelsea and Newcastle which made it difficult to retain stars like Ashley Cole.
Cole departed from the North Londoners for local rivals Chelsea in 2006 “over five grand a week”.
Dein revealed in his new autobiography ‘Calling the Shots’: “Arsene [Wenger] and I would come out of board meetings feeling we’d been knocking our heads against a brick wall.
“We lost Ashley Cole over five grand a week. It was a very difficult time”
David Dein exit
Ex-Arsenal chief David Dein revealed that his exit from the club still haunts him.
Dein had his contract of employment harshly terminated in April 2007.
But he never received a valid explanation as to why his 24-year stint in north London ended so abruptly.
Dein said in his new autobiography titled 'Calling the Shots': "I’m a glass half-full person. I want to be positive, I want to be the guy who puts a brick in the wall, who builds something.
"That was the worst I felt apart from when my mother, and my brother Arnold, died. I left with tears in my eyes. Brutal, yes, that’s how I’d describe it. It was a combination of fear and jealousy.
"I was fairly high-profile and I think the rest of the board were upset that I was trying to source outside investment, talking to Stan Kroenke about my shares.
"They wanted to keep it a closed shop. But I could see where the game was going"
Meeting the Queen
It's worth remembering Arsenal are the only football club who were invited for afternoon tea with the Queen.
It was Thierry Henry who did the introductions to Her Majesty to his team-mates.
Amusingly upon arrival, then manager Arsene Wenger said: "It's quite big" as the team coach entered Buckingham Palace.
He added: You could play a good football match here."
Arsenal are the ONLY football club to ever be invited for afternoon tea with the Queen 👑pic.twitter.com/tNJlKgr8j7
Smith Rowe boost
Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe has delivered a welcome boost to the Gunners by reporting back for training
The England international was reported to be "distressed" after warming down following the Man Utd defeat and had to return to the changing rooms nursing an injury.
However, team-mate Cedric Soares shared an image with Smith Rowe on a pair of exercise bikes.
The midfielder then uploaded the image to his Instagram stories – captioning the photo: "Let's go" with a muscle and praying hands emoji.
Xhaka's Europa League vow
Granit Xhaka wants Arsenal to win this year's Europa League.
The Gunners are one of the favourites and got close in recent years – losing to Chelsea in the final and Villarreal in a semi-final.
And the Swiss midfielder believes now it's time the North Londoners got their hands on the trophy.
“(I was) Very disappointed, first of all, because when you get to the final you want to win it, for sure,” he said thinking back to that Chelsea defeat.
“But you can only learn about this. Three years later we are still here now in the Europa League – and it’s time to win
Gakpo audition
Cody Gakpo could be set for an Arsenal audition next week.
The PSV winger was linked with a move to the Emirates in the summer – as the Gunners hunted for more firepower.
However, the transfer never materialised and the 23-year-old Holland international stayed with the Eredivisie side.
As fate would have it, PSV travel to Arsenal on Thursday in the Europa League and Gakpo will be looking to impress.
Europa League
Arsenal's game against PSV in the Europa League is likely to go ahead, according to reports.
The Premier League has gone on hiatus as the nation mourns the death of the Queen.
But according to Sky Sports, UEFA are determined that the show must go on.
They said: "Discussions have been ongoing between UEFA and all the British teams in #UCL, Europa League and Europa Conference League competitions and all matches are expected to go ahead."
Petit urges move for Brighton ace
Ex-Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit has urged his former club to make a move for Brighton midfielder Alexis Ma Callister.
The Seagulls ace has been inspirational this season for the club, as they got off to a great start in the Prem – currently sitting in fourth spot.
Peter, speaking with Lord Ping, talked about the Gunners' transfer business.
"Not signing Arthur Melo isn’t a big miss for Arsenal. But I know they were looking for that link between the midfield and striker," he said.
"If I were Edu, I’d make an offer for Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton – I really like him."
Ration the salaries
David Dein has championed the success of Arsene Wenger, despite having to 'ration the (players') salaries' and look for bargain deals.
The former co-owner spoke to the Daily Mail – ahead of the release of his new book.
And he said: “You look at football now – Chelsea, Manchester City, even Newcastle. We didn’t have the same muscle. We had wealthy people, but not billionaires,” Dein said.
“We didn’t have enough money to finance the new stadium and finance the team. We were trying to dance at two weddings. Arsene and I would come out of board meetings feeling we’d been knocking our heads against a brick wall.
“We lost Ashley Cole over five grand a week. It was a very difficult time. There was a lot of friction because of the cost of the stadium and we had to ration the salaries. Arsene used every bit of skill in his body to find cheap players. A lot of managers wouldn’t have taken that. He did it without qualms, he just got on with it.”
Wind wants Arsenal transfer
Wolfsburg star Jonas Wind has admitted he wants to play for Arsenal, just months after moving to the Bundesliga.
Wind revealed sealing a transfer to the Gunners would be a "dream" come true.
The forward told Bulinews.com: "If we look into the future, Arsenal would be a dream destination for me, as it has always been my favourite club.
"In general, I think the Premier League is the best league in the world, and it would be exciting to play there"
Luiz targets Arsenal move
Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz is keen on a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window.
That is according to Football Insider, who report that Luiz has told friends he is open to joining the Gunners.
Villa have held talks with the midfielder over a new contract but have yet to reach a breakthrough.
The Brazil international’s deal expires at the end of the season and he can discuss a pre-contract agreement with clubs overseas from the New Year.
That means the North Londoners would still have to pay a fee with Villa valuing the 24-year-old at £30million, however the asking price could be lowered out of fear of losing him for free
Dein talks Arsenal exit
Ex-Arsenal chief David Dein has revealed that his exit from the club still haunts him.
Dein had his contract of employment brutally terminated in April 2007.
But he never received a valid explanation as to why his 24-year stint in north London ended so suddenly.
Dein said in his new autobiography titled 'Calling the Shots': "I’m a glass half-full person. I want to be positive, I want to be the guy who puts a brick in the wall, who builds something.
"That was the worst I felt apart from when my mother, and my brother Arnold, died. I left with tears in my eyes. Brutal, yes, that’s how I’d describe it. It was a combination of fear and jealousy.
"I was fairly high-profile and I think the rest of the board were upset that I was trying to source outside investment, talking to Stan Kroenke about my shares.
"They wanted to keep it a closed shop. But I could see where the game was going"
Why Ashley Cole left
Former Arsenal chief David Dein revealed that the Gunners struggled financially compared to Manchester City, Chelsea and Newcastle which made it difficult to retain players like Ashley Cole.
Cole left the North Londoners for local rivals Chelsea in 2006 “over five grand a week”.
Dein revealed in his new autobiography ‘Calling the Shots’: “Arsene [Wenger] and I would come out of board meetings feeling we’d been knocking our heads against a brick wall.
“We lost Ashley Cole over five grand a week. It was a very difficult time”
Making his Marq
Arsenal star Marquinhos burst into tears as he celebrated a debut goal on a sombre night at Zurich.
The winger made the perfect run towards the back post to meet and fire home Eddie Nketiah’s cross after a swift counter-attack and helped the Gunners win 2-1.
The 19-year-old raced straight towards the corner flag to celebrate and fell to his knees.
The Brazilian's team-mates soon swamped him, but the emotional ace could not stop the tears of happiness.
That was before the news of The Queen's death led to a minute's silence before the start of the second half
Funny Eboue moment
Arsenal cult hero Emmanuel Eboue met The Queen in 2007 when the club was invited to Buckingham Palace after she was unable to cut the ribbon on the club’s newly-constructed Emirates Stadium.
And that led to a funny exchange between Eboue and Elizabeth II that is still fondly remembered by the Gunners.
The Ivorian told The Telegraph in 2016: “We went there and Thierry Henry said to me: ‘Please, Emmanuel, this is Buckingham Palace, it’s the Queen’s house, don’t do anything.’
“‘No problem,’ I said. ‘Don’t worry.’ So the Queen came in and went along shaking each player’s hand. After she’d finished I saw all her corgis so I said, ‘Ma’am, Ma’am’.
“She turned back and asked, ‘How are you?’ and I said, ‘Ma’am, I am OK thank you but, please, I don’t want to be a footballer anymore.’
“‘I want to look after your dogs. I want to take them for walks, wash them, feed them. I want to be a dog carer.’
“The Queen, honestly, she was laughing. Prince Philip was laughing, too. All the team were laughing”
Walcott pays tribute
Former Arsenal star Theo Walcott shared a "lovely memory" of meeting The Queen.
Her Majesty Elizabeth II invited Arsene Wenger's side to Buckingham Palace in 2007 after she was unable to cut the ribbon on the club's newly-constructed Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry introduced The Queen to his team-mates, including Walcott.
A video on the day has been shared on Twitter, and the Southampton ace replied: "Lovely memory this"
London games uncertain
As mentioned earlier, Premier League matches scheduled to take place in London next week could be moved because of policing issues after The Queen’s passing.
Elizabeth II died peacefully aged 96 on Thursday, which marked the end of her historic 70-year reign.
No sporting events are expected to take place during Her Majesty’s funeral parade and service, which are scheduled for Monday, 19 September.
But millions of people are still likely to descend to London on the Sunday, which will provide a major drain on the Met’s resources, to pay tribute to The Queen.
That could mean that there will not be enough officers available for Brentford vs Arsenal
Premier League schedule
Football matches have been postponed this weekend following Queen Elizabeth II’s passing.
However, next week’s fixtures are still scheduled to take place while we wait confirmation for the London matches – including Brentford vs Arsenal – ahead of The Queen’s funeral on Monday 19, September at Westminster Abbey.
The game between Brighton and Crystal Palace – scheduled for Saturday, 17 September – has been postponed due to planned industrial action on the rail network
Friday 16th September
Aston Villa vs Southampton
Nottingham Forest vs Fulham
Saturday 17th September
Wolves vs Manchester City
Newcastle vs Bournemouth
Tottenham vs Leicester
Sunday 18th September
Brentford vs Arsenal
Everton vs West Ham
Manchester United vs Leeds
Chelsea vs Liverpool
Can't say no
Shakhtar Donetsk star and Arsenal target Mykhaylo Mudryk has admitted he "couldn't say no" to the Gunners if they tried to sign him.
Speaking to CBS Sports, Mudryk said: "My dream is to play in Premier League, of course.
"Arsenal is a very good team, very good manager – so from my side, I can’t say no to Arsenal!"
He added: "But a transfer is not just up to my decision"
Gift of the Gab
Arsenal fans have seen the bright side after three of their Brazilian stars were left out of the national team set-up.
Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli were missing from Tite's Selecao squad.
Despite the three Gabriels being left out, fans are seeing the positives.
Arsenal fans would rather see their players remain injury-free, with the North London club currently sat top of the Premier League
Arsenal fixture update
Arsenal are hopeful that next week’s Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven will get the go-ahead.
The Metropolitan Police have indicated that they are comfortable with the fixture taking place at the Emirates on Thursday.
All football has been called off this weekend following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
But UEFA will allow British clubs to decide whether to fulfil their European games next week.
With thousands of mourners heading to the capital to pay their respects, there were concerns that the Police might not be able to cope with large crowds in London.
But the Met are confident that they can handle Thursday’s match and the Gunners hope to receive confirmation over the weekend
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