MIKEL ARTETA is still waiting for his first win as Arsenal boss after a Chelsea late-show at the Emirates.
Leading with ten minutes to go, Arsenal somehow managed to surrender a 1-0 lead and lost their fourth home match on the spin.
Meanwhile, RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano is tipped for a move tot he Premier League, with Arsenal among a trio interested in the young French defender.
Follow all the latest gossip and updates from North London below…
ARSENAL target Frenkie De Jong may be regretting joining Barcelona after admitting that the Premier League is the strongest in the world.
The 22-year-old was unveiled by the La Liga champions this summer having agreed a £65million deal from Ajax earlier this year.
De Jong has since settled well into life at the Nou Camp, but he admitted in an interview with The Mirror that the Premier League is superior to La Liga.
He said: “I used to think that La Liga was the strongest football league in the world. You could see their dominance in European Cup competitions.
“The Spanish clubs always progressed a long way and often grabbed the main trophies, the Champions League and Europa League.
“But the Premier League has gained power over the last few years.
“When it comes to pure skills, La Liga is better. But because of the sheer intensity, the English competition is at a slightly higher level.”
ALAN SHEARER believes there are encouraging signs at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta, if they can keep their stamina.
The former Newcastle and England star exclusively told the Sun that the Gunners were excellent for the first 80 minutes against Chelsea, before faltering towards the end.
He said: “In the first half they looked compact and tight at the back – not something that can be said too often.
“The whole team appeared organised for large parts and it looked as though they had a different attitude.
“They put in a huge amount of effort, which they have regularly lacked in the past.
“Then, with just seven minutes to go, the old Arsenal came back to bite and they self-destructed.
“Firstly, you can’t legislate for individual errors with Bernd Leno, who has rarely been the culprit, gifting Chelsea an equaliser.
“Then, instead of settling for 1-1 which would have been a good result, they went charging up the pitch at the end and left themselves wide open at the back.
“Even then they could have stopped the winner, with Shkodran Mustafi needing to get tighter to Tammy Abraham.
“One thing Arteta will now definitely know is that he desperately needs to bring new defenders in if they are to kick on.”
CHELSEA and Arsenal are set for a transfer battle for 22-year-old Athletico Paranaense midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
The Brazilian is attracting attention from both clubs according to the Daily Mail after an impressive display this season.
He has been an option for Chelsea for a while, since before their transfer ban.
Guimaraes has been capped for the U-23 squad and Benfica as well as Atletico Madrid are keen on him.
He has provided two goals and one assist this season so far, in 25 appearances.
Despite a busy upcoming transfer window for both of them, they will both be after the Rio-born star.
Arsenal for one, could be losing Granit Xhaka who looks set to be joining Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are now able to buy players after the second part of their ban was uplifted.
PAUL MERSON praised Mikel Arteta's tactics against Chelsea – as it did not remind him of Arsene Wenger.
The former Gunners star told Sky Sports: “For the first half against Chelsea, it didn't look like Arsene Wenger was in charge.
“And that's the biggest compliment I can give.
“They worked their socks off, but were never going to keep that up for 90 minutes, because they haven't done that in 10 years.
“That high pressure, closing down, Chelsea couldn't get out or put two or three passes together.
“You looked at Arsenal in that first half and thought: 'Well this is Arteta's team'.
“He'd got them closing down. But obviously, they were going to fade. Chelsea took advantage of that, and fair play to them.”
SHKODRAN MUSTAFI will cost £60m if he lets his contract run down.
Should the Gunners allow the much-maligned German to see out the rest of his £80,000-a-week contract, they will have shelled out almost £60million in transfer fees and wages on the defender alone.
Mustafi, a £35m signing from Valencia in 2016, has only made three appearances for the north London club this season.
And he stands to rake in another £8.3million in wages if Arsenal fail to shift him on in the upcoming transfer windows.
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