8.20pm Arsenal news LIVE: Xhaka and Torreira fit to face Watford, Sancho nearly joined under Wenger, Mertesacker’s new book – The Sun

ARSENAL are targeting three points in Sunday's short trip to Watford as they look forward to the Premier League's return.

But they could have been celebrating an English two-goal hero on Tuesday night, had Arsene Wenger signed Jadon Sancho.

Follow all the latest news and gossip from the Emirates right here…

  • BERND LENO has joined in on the constant battle for footballing supremacy in London by claiming Arsenal is 'THE club' in the city.

    Leno, 27, joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen last summer in a £22.5million deal as the long-term replacement for the now-retired Petr Cech.

    The German is now settled as Arsenal's No 1 and is happy to fan the flames of the Gunners' rivalry with Tottenham and Chelsea.

    Leno told German outlet Sport Bild: “You can't compare, of course Arsenal is a world club, THE club here in London.

    “Not Chelsea, not Tottenham – Arsenal is the club here with fans around the world.”

  • GOOD NEWS for Gunners fans ahead of the weekend game with Watford.

    Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira picked up knocks while away on international duty but the club are adamant they are fit to play.

    An update on the Arsenal website today read: “All players who were on international duty will have returned to us by Thursday morning.

    “No international players have reported injuries during this period.

    “However, all international players will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match.”

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  • ARSENE WENGER has written off Manchester United kids as not being “mature enough” to compete for Premier League.

    The legendary former Arsenal manager revealed that the Red Devils current crop of youngsters will struggle to match the heroics of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

    He told beIN SPORTS: “When you see Man United they are one of the examples where there is a potential there.

    “But they have not found a collective way. Maybe these players are not mature enough to carry the team play of a team like Man United all together.

    “That’s the big question mark now. You feel there is something coming out but it’s not ready.

    “That’s why I say when you watch them play they are not candidates to fight for the championship.

    “Will they emulate what Giggs, Scholes, Beckham did over a number of years? Personally I’m not convinced.”

  • MERTESACKER, in his role as head of Arsenal's academy, has also been talking to players about the threat of gang violence.

    Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were infamously attacked in the summer by thugs attempting to steal their watches.

    Both players sat out subsequent matches amid fears for their safety.

    Mertesacker told The Associated Press: “Once these things happen it is an eye opener to where the world is in terms of poverty around London and how can we make sure that it is not going to happen again.

    “The major part of what car you drive, what you wear in terms of your jewellery. So you need to be risk-aware in those days that anything can happen at any time.

    “And these are examples you are trying to avoid.”

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