Arsenal handed new motive to complete £50m Alexander Isak deal as midfielder closes in on return

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Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.

Howe bemoans decision

Eddie Howe suffered defeat on his touchline debut as Newcastle United head coach against Arsenal, but felt a penalty decision that went against his side was the turning point of the game.

The incident in question came just moments before Gabriel Martinelli scored to make it 2-0 as Callum Wilson went down under a challenge from Nuno Tavares, leaving Howe insisting that a spot-kick should have been awarded.

“The game was decided in the incident with Callum Wilson and the penalty – a tough call against us – then they scored in the aftermath,” he said. “I don’t know why Callum would go down – he was one on one, a great chance.

“Games swing on those moments.

“It feels like those big calls have gone against us.

“I’m not seeking any controversy here but I felt the 50/50 calls tended to go against us but as the away team at a top club, sometimes that happens.”

Click here to find out why the correct decision was made as former referee Peter Walton explains all.

Lacazette hands Arsenal a new motive

Arsenal have been tipped to sign a new striker at some point in 2022.

Whether that be in the January transfer window or the summer remains to be seen, but it’s clear that it will become a priority position for Mikel Arteta and Edu to fill.

And following Alexandre Lacazette dropping a major hint that he will leave upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season, the search for his replacement should now be the main focus for the Gunners duo.



Alexandre Lacazette's current Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Alexandre Lacazette’s current Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“Of course, my agents are starting to look to the right and to the left,” he told French outlet Telefoot. “But not until January, I really want to focus myself on something.

“And then we will see what is on offer if the challenges are interesting if there are beautiful projects, how they are counting on me…so there are still many questions, I prefer to wait until January to position myself.”

Dusan Vlahovic and Alexander Isak are among the names linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks, with the latter reportedly set to cost in the region of £50m.

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Xhaka closes in on return

Granit Xhaka says he is ‘one step closer’ to making his return for Arsenal ahead of schedule.

The midfielder sustained a serious knee injury during the 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur back at the end of September – his first game back after serving a three-match suspension – and wasn’t expected to miss at least three months of action.

However, Xhaka is on course to be available at some point in December and took to Instagram ahead of the game against Newcastle to share his excitement.

“One step closer,” he wrote. “Cannot wait to get back on that pitch.”

This comes after Arteta delivered an encouraging update on the 29-year-old.

“Hopefully he will be a little bit sooner than expected, he’s training and pushing himself and all the staff so hard like he always does and he’s in a good place,” the Spaniard said. “He’s evolving well and hopefully, we can have him a little bit earlier.

“We have to see, it’s still a bit early to decide that.”

Source by Football London

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