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ARSENAL got revenge over Southampton as they cruised to a 3-1 victory at St Marys.

On the transfer front, Martin Odegaard has finally signed for Arsenal on loan until the end of the season.

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  • Joe Brophy

    S-MART DECISION

    Arsenal could hand Martin Odegaard a debut when they welcome Premier League leaders Manchester United to the capital on Sunday.

    Speaking about his new No.11, Mikel Arteta said: “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season.

    “Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while.

    “Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ODE ONE IN

    Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid.

    The attacking midfielder will spend the rest of the season at the Emirates, having completed his medical earlier in the week.

  • Joe Brophy

    INTER HIM AGAIN

    Inter Milan have performed a dramatic U-turn and will KEEP former Arsenal target Christian Eriksen.

    Antonio Conte confirmed the change of stance after the Dane scored a dramatic late winner in Tuesday's Milan derby.

    After the game, Conte told Rai Sport: "Eriksen will stay here at Inter.

    "He’s not leaving because we’re not signing any players, so we won’t let him leave the club.

    "I’m so happy for his goal."

  • Joe Brophy

    HOLDING DOWN A PLACE

    Rob Holding has shared his delight at reaching a milestone 100th appearance for Arsenal in the 3-1 win over Southampton.

  • Joe Brophy

    GAR RACE

    Eric Garcia is set to be offered another Manchester City escape route as Arsenal prepare to battle Barcelona for his signature.

    The 20-year-old defender has rejected an extension at the Etihad and becomes a free agent in June.

    He has been linked for months with a move to LaLiga giants Barca, whose academy he for City in 2017.

    Ronald Koeman is desperate to strengthen his squad at the Nou Camp, especially defence, and their financial woes make him an ideal target with him available on free in six months time.

    However, Mundo Deportivo claims his return to the Catalan side is not a foregone conclusion.

    And now Arsenal are set to swoop and try to keep Garcia in the Premier League.

  • Joe Brophy

    SPEC14L FRIEND

    Alexandre Lacazette paid tribute to friend and team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Tuesday night.

    Arsenal captain Aubameyang, 31, missed the game at Southampton on the south coast due to personal reasons.

    And after killing the game off with Arsenal's third goal of the game, Lacazette paid tribute to his fellow forward with his choice of celebration.

    The French striker, 29, raised one finger on his right hand and four on his left, signifying '14' – Aubameyang's shirt number.

  • Joe Brophy

    SHERE JOY

    Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere netted an impressive first Bournemouth goal in the FA Cup fourth round win over Crawley.

  • Joe Brophy

    FINE ART

    Mikel Arteta has claimed that Bukayo Saka is becoming the complete player.

    He said: “Bukayo is doing really well and is always asking to train more and improve in areas that he can do better.

    “That was certainly one, at producing the final bit in the box to score or assist, and he’s doing that much more often.

    “He’s able to do that with the work he has put in and the intelligence he’s shown on the pitch, and with the capacity he has to understand the game from different positions. He becomes a really complete player.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ROWE NO

    Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Emile Smith Rowe was forced off during Arsenal's win over Southampton due to a muscle problem.

    The midfielder came off after 72 minutes on Tuesday night having sat out the weekend's FA Cup defeat due to a knock.

    And Gunners boss Arteta confirmed that he never actually expected Smith Rowe to complete the game.

    He told reporters: "[Smith Rowe] was injured for the FA Cup game and we knew that probably today he could not play the whole game.

    "He had some muscular discomfort and had to come off again."

  • Marc Mayo

    MORNING GOONERS

    Arsenal exacted immediate revenge on Southampton following their FA Cup exit by beating the Saints 3-1 last night at St Mary's.

    The Gunners were made to work for the victory after falling behind to Stuart Armstrong's third minute strike.

    But Nicolas Pepe then got the visitors on level terms, before Bukayo Saka fired Arsenal ahead, with Alexandre Lacazette wrapping up the three points in the second half.

    The win lifts the North Londoners above Chelsea and up into eighth place in the Premier League.

    And in more good news for Arsenal, they look set to announce the loan signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.

    The Norwegian international has completed his medical, and all that is left now is for Arsenal to confirm his arrival.

    In other news, Santi Cazorla has once again stated he would return to the Emirates as a coach if he is asked.

    Quoted by AS, he said: “If I am given the opportunity and he (Mikel Arteta) believes that I can help him, it is something that I would not mind and would leave the door open to enjoy that experience with him.

    “But there is nothing for today, it will be seen.”

    And finally, Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Marseille left-back Jordan Amavi.

    According to L’Equipe, the FA Cup holders are among a trio of clubs hoping to lure Amavi away from France in the summer on a free transfer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL TIME

    What a result for Arsenal!

    Mikel Arteta's men had the worst possible start, but they recovered and dominated for the rest of the match.

    The Gunners are now up to eighth in the table.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LAC IS IN!

    What a lovely Arsenal goal and it's 3-1!

    Cedric finds Saka with a beautiful cross field pass, who looks for Lacazette in the box.

    And the Frenchman this time makes no mistake as he tucks home from close range.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BACK UNDERWAY

    The second half has started.

    Will Arsenal be able to hang on to their lead, or extend it?

    A reminder.

    Click HERE to follow all the action from St Mary’s with SunSport’s LIVE blog.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HALF-TIME

    Arsenal go into the break deservedly in front.

    They have looked dangerous going forward and a real threat.

    But they must be wary of Southampton's counter-attacks as both Cedric and Hector Bellerin have been bombing forward.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BUK THE TREND

    Arsenal are ahead and it's a great goal from Bukayo Saka!

    The England international latched onto a through ball from Alexandre Lacaztte, rounded Alex McCarthy and slotted into an empty net.

     

  • Jake Lambourne

    PEPE TALK

    And Arsenal are level!

    Nicolas Pepe has swept him into the bottom corner after being picked out by Granit Xhaka.

    Game on!

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAINTS ROW

    Well, that didn't take long.

    Southampton are ahead and it's a fine finish from Stuart Armstrong.

    Arsenal have started well and should be ahead, but Alexandre Lacazette missed in the opening minute.

    And they have already been made to pay.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KICK OFF

    And we're off!

    Click HERE to follow all the action from St Mary's with SunSport's LIVE blog.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal have made five changes from the side that lost to Southampton.

    In a blow for Gunners fans, as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kieran Tierney has not been included in the matchday squad.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WILL IT WORK OUT?

    FAN'S VIEW – As Arsenal prepare for their second visit to Southampton in three days, the hope is that Mikel Arteta reverts to the team that had been winning in the Premier League.

    There has been a collective annoyance that the manager’s team selection for Saturday’s FA Cup Fourth Round tie left his team open to a surrendering of the trophy, hard won in the early summer.

    Despite there being numerous changes from the impressive win over Newcastle, one man, more than any other perhaps, represents the meek surrender of the cup – Willian.

    Many of the Arsenal faithful are queuing up to say 'I told you so', believing in the summer that a three-year investment in the Brazilian was a huge gamble, destined not to pay off.

    I must be honest and say that I am not in that number. While I was not super excited by the signing, I was not averse to it and could understand Arteta’s logic.

    Read more from Dave Seager by clicking HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNING FOR THREE POINTS

    Arsenal know they must put in a better performance at St Mary's after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Southampton on the weekend.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    OD TO JOY

    Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has tipped incoming Arsenal loan signing Martin Odegaard to be a success in the Premier League.

    He told the Times: "Martin Odegaard could prove to be a shrewd signing for Arsenal.

    “Mikel Arteta needs more creativity and the 22-year-old can be the spark that lifts Arsenal to the European places. If he does that he’ll have been a success.

    "He will also want to protect Emile Smith Rowe, who has thrived since his introduction but has ended up shouldering the creative burden.

    “Odegaard will be keen to prove himself to Zinedine Zidane and it could be a smart move all-round.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    SWITCH ON

    Arsenal are in talks to switch their Europa League tie at Benfica on February 18 to a neutral venue.

    The Portuguese giants are reluctant to give up home advantage for the last-32 first leg but the UK Government have imposed a wide-ranging travel ban due to the new Covid-19 variant from Brazil.

    Uefa protocols mean it would be up to Benfica to "propose a suitable alternative venue which may be in a neutral country".

    So unless government rules change, such as a travel corridor opening between Portugal and Britain, then a new venue will have to be found.

    And Uefa could step in and choose where and when the match will be played if Benfica fail to suggest a venue appropriate for both teams.

    The Gunners are due to host the second leg a week later, on Thursday, February 25.

    The PA news agency say that Arsenal consider relocating the first game as an "option" but will "await official government guidance at this stage".

  • Jake Lambourne

    SANTI CLAUSE

    Arsenal icon Santi Cazorla has once again stated he would return to Arsenal as a coach if he is asked.

    Quoted by AS, he said: "If I am given the opportunity and he (Mikel Arteta) believes that I can help him, it is something that I would not mind and would leave the door open to enjoy that experience with him.

    "But there is nothing for today, it will be seen."

    Asked what his style of play would be, he added: "I laugh a lot and I don't know if they would take me into account.

    "The style I like is Xavi's. It's the football that we've looked for in my teams. That's what I'd like but a coach must adapt to footballers."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GAARD'S UP

    Martin Odegaard has been slammed by Real Madrid legend Jorge Valdano for leaving the Bernabeu to join Arsenal.

    Valdano told El Transistor: “The quality that Odegaarded possesses is necessary for this Real Madrid team.

    “I don’t think Odegaard has played badly. Perhaps he was a bit conservative when it came to him, maybe he lacked some more daring actions.

    “But he also lacked patience to continue at Real. In the end he competes with two stars like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

    “I am more concerned about his mentality. It is not worth of a Real player to leave your place, not have that patience.

    “It’s not just any player ahead of him. I am surprised he would leave the club and leave his spot open for others.”

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