Arsenal news LIVE: Brighton draw reaction, Nketiah transfer LATEST, Henry slams Wenger, Asensio link UPDATE


Arsenal and Brighton’s Premier League clash at the Amex Stadium ended in a goalless draw.

The Seagulls dominated most of the tempo and controlled 58.2 per cent of possession.

The Gunners are now ninth in the Premier League table with four points separating them from the top four.

Graham Potter’s men, on the other hand, are fifth and two points away from league leaders Chelsea.

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka hobbled off after 90 minutes and was replaced by Ainsley-Maitland Niles which caused concern among the north Londoners’ faithful.

But manager Mikel Arteta put fans’ fears at ease with some positive news regarding Saka’s condition.

Arteta is confident the England international has only sustained a minor knock and “should be fine”.

The Spanish head coach said: “He should be fine. He got a knock, but he should be fine.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has questioned his former manager Arsene Wenger for wanting to stage the World Cup every two years.

FIFA are keen to push through Wenger’s controversial suggestion, which has been criticised by UEFA and several top clubs, before the end of this year.

As quoted by the Associated Press, Henry said: “Do you [FIFA] actually ask the current players what they think about it?

“I played four World Cups and [three] Euros and I came out of them shattered mentally.

“And it’s not about the games I played in it, it’s the preparation for the World Cup, coming back from the World Cup after a season at your club.

“So if you play that every two years, mentally it’s tough for a player.”

Finally, Arsenal are ahead of the competition in the bidding war for Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne.

That is according to Corriere Dello Sport, who report that the Gunners are the likeliest to land Insigne but it is more possible that he will put pen to paper on a new deal with the Partenopei.

The same source claims that a renewal is ‘now not so far away’ after club owner Aurelio de Laurentiis decided to meet the winger’s agent and offered €5million (£4.3m) a year for the next five seasons.

The Italy international’s contract with the Serie A giants runs out in June, which means the North Londoners could sign him for free in January if he and De Laurentiis don’t reach a deal.

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