ARSENAL lost 3-0 in their huge North London derby clash with Tottenham on Thursday night.
The Gunners have put themselves under huge pressure heading into the final two games of the season, as they sit just one point above Spurs in the race for a Champions League spot.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly submitted a £43m bid to lure Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus to the Emirates this summer.
The Brazilian could be surplus to requirements following the arrival of Erling Haaland, and Mikel Arteta is hoping to persuade Jesus to make the switch.
Meanwhile, Italian outfit Bologna’s sporting director, Riccardo Bigon will be in London tonight to discuss a potential deal for full-back Aaron Hickey according to reports.
Keep up to date with all of the latest updates from the Emirates in our live blog…
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Arsenal receive Champions League blow
Arsenal’s Champions League hopes have been dealt a huge blow by Tottenham.
Spurs inflicted a 3-0 loss on their London rivals in the tense Prem clash.
A Harry Kane double, along with a strike by Son was enough to give the home side a win.
The Gunners are now just one point ahead of Tottenham with two games to go.
Morgan blasts Arsenal’s poor display
Arsenal fan Piers Morgan was left fuming by his team’s miserable showing in tonight’s north London derby.
Morgan vented his frustration on Twitter, questioning his trust in Mikel Arteta as a manager.
He blasted: “Can Arteta-crazed Arsenal fans remind me again why I should trust a process that involves spending £250m in 2yrs, giving our best striker to Barcelona, and losing 5 of our last 10 League games in crucial run-in with nothing else to play for? I’m struggling.”
Arsenal legend stuns fans
Arsenal fans were left baffled after former Gunner Theo Walcott said he wants the north London derby to finish a DRAW.
Despite spending 12-years playing for Arsenal, Walcott revealed he wanted to “sit on the fence” when picking a winner for the match.
The 33-year-old, now playing for Southampton, left some fans furious while appearing as a pundit for the game on Sky Sports.
Walcott revealed he wanted the crunch game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to end with the spoils shared.
He said: “Hopefully tonight, I’m playing on the fence, it’s going to be a nice little draw.”
Fan-flare at White Hart Lane
Emerson Royal celebrated with a FLARE against Arsenal after Harry Kane put Tottenham 2-0 up in the North London derby.
He ran to the corner to celebrate with the Spurs faithful, with one supporter throwing a flare onto the pitch.
And Royal was quick to pick it up before holding it in the air as he revelled in the atmosphere.
Fans were loving it as they took to social media to comment on the ex-Barcelona right-back.
One tweeted: “Iconic. Emerson Royal holding Tottenham flares.”
Another posted: “Absolutely incredible.”
Tottenham take 3-0 lead
Tottenham are running riot against Arsenal this evening.
The Lilywhites have trebled their lead against the Gunners.
This time, it’s Harry Kane’s partner Son who’s added a goal for the North Londoners.
Arteta reveals close Pochettino relationship
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that he sees ex-Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as a father figure in the sport.
Arteta and Poch got to know each other at PSG back in the day.
And Arteta revealed that the pair are still extremely close despite their club allegiances.
Arteta said: “My relationship with Mauricio comes out since I was 18 years old and I always said that for me he was like a football father.
“I have an extraordinary relationship with him, but unfortunately for my experience as a player he was a coach of Spurs and I was here at the time. And that relationship doesn’t change, but that wasn’t the case [of me being close to joining Spurs].”
Get a Hold of that
It was the second time Holding tussled with Son during the game.
Holding’s evening got off to the worst possible start after he was the butt of the jokes on social media for wrestling Son to the ground early on.
One user wrote “Holding thinks he’s auditioning for WWE” as he dragged Son to the floor and manhandled him on the deck.
Not Holding up well
Rob Holding dealt Arsenal a blow in their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League by being SENT OFF within 33 minutes.
A cynical elbow on Tottenham star Son Heung-Min, while already on a booking, saw Holding shown a second yellow card and his marching orders.
Gary Neville summed up the incident as “madness” while on commentary duty for Sky Sports.
Spurs double the lead
Spurs have made it 2-0 against Arsenal.
Harry Kane has hit the net once again in the Prem clash.
And to make matters worse, Gunners defender Rob Holding has been sent off.
Tottenham take the lead
Tottenham have drawn first blood in the North London derby.
Spurs were awarded a penalty after Cedric clumsily toppled Son.
And Harry Kane was on hand to cooly slot home from the spot.
Vlahovic’s ready for hell
Arsenal transfer target Dusan Vlahovic has told Juventus fans he’s prepared to go to hell and back for them if it will make them happy.
Vlahovic made the outlandish admission following Juve’s loss to rivals Inter Milan.
Vlahovic said after the defeat: “Matches like these hurt. But if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that I’m ready to go down to hell with you if it will bring you back to paradise.”
Conte laments Cristian Romero loss
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has admitted that Cristian Romero’s absence isn’t good news ahead of his side’s match against Arsenal.
Conte lamented: ” Cristian Romero received a kick on his hip against Liverpool. It is not positive. We found a good balance with Romero, Dier and Davies.
“But we trust Sanchez and this solution. I am sure he is going to play a fantastic game. Our approach tonight has to be right. The whole game has to be right.”
Arsenal want Calvert-Lewin
Arsenal will reportedly turn their attention to Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin if they miss out on Manchester City ace Gabriel Jesus.
Fabrizio Romano claims the Gunners are lining up a new striker this summer.
And City slicker Jesus is at the top of Mikel Arteta’s list.
But the Spaniard is also prepared to go in for Calvert-Lewin should Pep Guardiola block Jesus’ exit.
Tottenham fans sing vile chant
Tottenham fans could be heard singing vile chants about former skipper Sol Campbell ahead of their clash against Arsenal.
The Gunners legend is a hated figure among Spurs supporters following his controversial switch in 2001.
Ahead of the match at Tottenham, a clip has surfaced online where they could be heard singing: “We’re all having a party when Sol Campbell dies.”
Fans also let off flares as they made their way to the ground for the most eagerly-anticipated derby in recent memory.
Arsenal check in
Arsenal have arrived at White Hart Lane to take on Spurs.
It is set to be the most important North London Derby in years with a place in the Champions League on the line.
But the Gunners looked composed as they strolled casually through enemy territory before the clash.
Arsenal get White and Saka boost
Arsenal have been handed a major boost ahead of tonight’s crunch north London derby against Tottenham.
Both Bukayo Saka and Ben White are in the squad to face Antonio Conte’s side, with a win enough to secure Champions League football next season.
There had been uncertainty as to whether the pair would feature tonight after boss Mikel Arteta initially labelled them as a doubt for the clash.
He said: “Thomas (Partey) is still out, Kieran (Tierney) is still out and with Ben he is still a doubt.
“We have to assess him and see how he is feeling, which is much better. With Bukayo it’s the same.”
Hugo Lloris’ Arsenal fear
Arsenal are expected to give Tottenham a difficult time this evening.
That’s the fear of Spurs captain Hugo Lloris who expects a competitive game against the Gunners.
He told Sky Sports: “It will be a very difficult game against a very competitive opponent.
“They showed a lot of quality and a lot of mental (quality).”
Gakpo told to snub Prem
Cody Gakpo will be viewed as a hero if he snubs a move to Arsenal or rivals Tottenham to remain at PSV.
That’s the view of football pundit Kenneth Perez.
He told Voetbal Primeur: “If Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur offer what they can offer, then Gakpo would be very heroic to say: ‘No, I’m staying with PSV to win the league title’.”
Gift of the Gab
Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus wants to remain in the Premier League, according to his agents.
SunSport’s Jordan Davies has spoken with Jesus’ representatives, who revealed they see the Prem as the “NBA of football”.
The striker’s reps have also previously spoken of their belief in manager Mikel Arteta’s project.
Arteta worked with the Brazil international during his spell as an assistant to Pep Guardiola at the Etihad from 2016 to 2019
Darwin Nunez price named
Benfica star and Arsenal target Darwin Nunez will cost around €75-80million (£64-68m) in the summer and many other teams are expected to go after him.
Romano told the Wondergoal Podcast: “I’m really curious to see what happens with Darwin Nunez because I see him leaving Benfica this summer.
“I’m sure. It will depend on the price because, for example, in January on deadline day, West Ham made a proposal of €45m and it was turned down because Benfica wanted €55m.
“Now I think with €55m, you are absolutely not buying him. So, what is needed is around €75-80m for Darwin Nunez, to open negotiations with Benfica”
Give him a Cal
Newcastle are planning a summer swoop for Everton star and Arsenal target Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Magpies have been linked with several names but Calvert-Lewin is their priority, according to The Telegraph.
The Toon reportedly believe the England international would be open to a move to St James’ Park.
The striker may be keen to make a fresh start after a difficult season with the Toffees
At home in Rome
Roma star and Arsenal target Tammy Abraham has dropped a major hint he is staying in Rome by posing in the club’s new kit.
The Giallorossi shared some snazzy snaps of their 2022-2023 strip on social media.
And Abraham was a focal point of the kit release – underlining his importance to the club after an incredible debut season.
This gives Roma fans hope the former Chelsea striker will stay amid interest by the Gunners
Petit transfer picks
Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit advised his former club to keep tabs on Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford.
Petit told SunSport’s Alex Cole: “At least two up front. And then speed on the wings. Players like Allan Saint-Maximin, those kind of players.
“I will keep an eye on Raheem Sterling and on Marcus Rashford, I dont know what he will do with Erik ten Hag but they need to keep an eye on him.
“If they can afford to get at least one left-back or right-back who will play in different positions like [Joao] Cancelo at Man City.
“We’ve seen when Arsenal don’t play with Takehiro Tomiyasu or Kieran Tierney, they struggle”
More from Petit
Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit insists his former club still has ways to go to close the gap between Premier League giants Manchester City and Liverpool.
Petit told SunSport’s Alex Cole: “They will qualify for the Champions League this season but they want to compete, not just on the European stage, because it’s important for Arsenal also to compete for the Premier League title.
“When you see the quality of Man City and Liverpool over the last few years. They have been so good and consistent.
“The gap between Arsenal and those clubs has improved a lot, but they still have stairs to climb until they are on their level”
Petit transfer advice
Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has warned his former club must sign “at least four or five” players, including Lens midfielder Seko Fofana, to challenge for the Premier League title.
Petit told SunSport’s Alex Cole on behalf of Genting Casino: “They need at least four or five players to improve the team.
“They need two players in midfield. I really like Seko Fofana from Lens.
“He is box-to-box midfielder. He is a very talented player”