Arsenal news LIVE: Gunners to LAUNCH a move for Dybala, Djed Spence back on radar, Ramsdale REVEALS Saka transfer role

ARSENAL lost to 3-0 to Crystal Palace on Monday night in a damaging dent to their Premier League top four hopes.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are preparing a major summer move for Paulo Dybala according to reports.

The Argentine international has stalled on his contract negotiations with Juventus and could be heading elsewhere in the transfer window.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are reported to be interested in signing Gunners captain Alexandre Lacazette on a free transfer.

A move to the Nou Camp would see the Frenchman link up with former Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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    Gunners to return for Isak

    Arsenal are looking for answers after last night's debacle at Selhurst Park, and believe they may lie with the signing Real Sociedad striker Aleksander Isak.

    And in an ironic twist, the Gunners are hoping to take advantage of the situation if Sociedad fail in their own quest to land European football.

    Fichajes report (via Football.London) that Isak would be one of four players that will definitely depart San Sebastian if the Basque club slip out of the European picture altogether – having lead LaLiga in November.

    The Londoners were in for Isak during the January transfer window, but were unable to complete a deal with Sociedad still fighting on all front.

    The ongoing transfer saga appears to have affected the Swede's form with the 22-year-old managing just three goals for club and country in the past five months.

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    Good morning, Arsenal fans

    The Gunners suffered a huge top four set-back last night, being battered 3-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

    Mikel Arteta’s side got off to a terrible start when Jean-Philippe Mateta nodded home Joachim Andersen’s header to grab a deserved lead on 16 minutes.

    Things got even worse in the 24th minute, when Jordan Ayew made it two.

    A dreadful mix-up between Nuno Tavares and Gabriel Magalhaes allowed the Ghanaian to race in on goal from Andersen’s low pass.

    Ayew made no mistake, coolly slotting past the returning Aaron Ramsdale.

    The Gunners desperately tried to get back into the game in the second-half, but to no avail.

    And Wilfried Zaha added gloss to Palace’s win 16 minutes from time – tucking home the resulting spot kick after he was fouled by Martin Odegaard.

    The result sees Arsenal stay fifth, having been leapfrogged into the top four by Spurs on Sunday.

    Arteta was without Kieran Tierney yesterday, after the Scot returned from international duty with an injury.

    SunSport understands the Scotland left-back, 24, reported back for the Gunners after international duty with an issue which will likely require surgery.

    Meanwhile, the Premier League FINALLY scheduled Arsenal’s postponed clash with Spurs.

    The two rivals will meet at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday, May 12 in the third to last game of the season.

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    Mikel Arteta continued

    Quizzed by Sky Sports, Arteta added: "Congratulations to Palace for the game they played but we made it impossible for ourselves with the way we competed.

    "You have to be physical and run and then you earn the right to play. We were really inconsistent on the ball and that is unacceptable.

    "We were poor, especially in the first half. I apologise to our supporters. We didn't have the presence today or the composure to dominate the situation so that is what I'm most annoyed with.

    "Some days you are not there and you are late all the time. They got on top of it and had a good atmosphere and we could not get out.

    "When we had the big chances we didn't score to give ourselves the best chance to get back in the game.

    "First of all we need to put our hands up and get the criticism we deserve. Then we accept it, look ourselves in the mirror and look to the next game. This was not good enough.

    "We have to face the challenge and the opportunity is in our hands. We have to be honest with ourselves and support each other."

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    Mikel Arteta speaks after loss

    Following his side's 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, the Arsenal boss said: "From the beginning we were not at the races. When you come here you have to compete. you have to win duels and second balls and be aggressive and we were none of those and top of that we were really poor on the ball.

    "We tried in the second half, we had three or four big chances but the only half chance they had they got a penalty.

    "It is time to accept the criticism, put your hand up and apologise because this performance was not good enough for this club and then react. When everything goes well everyone wants to be there and be supportive.

    "Congratulations to Palace because they deserved to win the game. They always play like this.

    "We are humble enough to accept the criticism. You don't feel sorry for yourself because we lost players and a football match."

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    Full Time: C Palace 3 Arsenal 0

    A hammer blow for the Gunners' top four hopes, they're down to fifth!

    They got off to a nightmare start tonight, going 1-0 down through Jean-Philippe Mateta's 16th minute header.

    Just eight minutes later it was 2-0, when Jordan Ayew profited on some woeful Gunners defending.

    Wilfried Zaha made it 3-0 from the penalty spot late on, converting from 12 yards after he was fouled by Martin Odegaard in the box.

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    Wilf Zaha makes it 3-0!

    Oh dear, a nightmare evening for Arsenal gets even worse.

    Paul Tierney points to the spot after Wilfried Zaha's legs are swept from beneath him by Martin Odegaard.

    The Ivorian dusts himself down and converts the pen.

    Embarrassing for the Gunners!

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    Arsenal's Kieran Tierney fears

    Kieran Tierney fears that his season could be OVER after returning from international duty with a knee problem.

    SunSport understands the Scotland left-back, 24, reported back for the Gunners after international duty with an issue which will likely require surgery.

    And he’s now set to be out of both Arsenal's push for a Champions League place PLUS Scotland’s crunch World Cup play-off semi-final against Ukraine in June – and the possible final against Wales

    And boss Mikel Arteta said: “He came back from international duty and felt something wrong in his knee.

    "There is some damage there. We will hopefully know more on Tuesday but not looking good."

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    Second-half underway at Selhurst

    Arsenal get the second-half underway at Crystal Palace.

    Gabriel Martinelli has replaced Nuno Tavares.

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    Half Time: Palace 2 Arsenal 0

    It's been a nightmarish first-half for Mikel Arteta's men!

    Jean-Philippe Mateta nodded Palace into a deserved 16th minute, before Jordan Ayew doubled Palace's advantage thanks to more shambolic defending.

    Can Arteta do anything to get his side back in the game?

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    Goal! Arsenal trail 2-0!

    A nightmare first-half has gone from bad to worse for the Gunners.

    Mikel Arteta's side are a mess at the back, with Jordan Ayew profiting to finish past Aaron Ramsdale.

    Arsenal look all over the place!

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    Goal! Mateta scores for Palace

    Arsenal are 1-0 down at Selhurst Park, with Jean-Philippe Mateta netting for the home side.

    That could be a big goal in the top four race!

    Conor Gallagher swung a deep free-kick into the box, with Joachim Anderson's first header across goal nodded home by Mateta.

    Game on!

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    Underway at Selhurst Park

    Crystal Palace vs Arsenal has kicked off in South London.

    Can Mikel Arteta's men reclaim fourth spot?

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    Mikel Arteta names starting XI

    Here's how Crystal Palace and Arsenal will line up tonight at Selhurst Park.

    C.PALACE (4-3-3): Guaita; Clyne, Guehi, Andersen, Mitchell,Gallagher, Kouyate, Schlupp; Ayew, Mateta, Zaha

    SUBS: Butland, Ward, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Eze, Hughes, McArthur, Benteke, Edouard.

    ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Lacazette

    SUBS: Leno, Holding, Lokonga, Elneny, Nketiah, Martinelli, Ogungbo, Swanson, Flores.

    REF: Paul Tierney

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    Arsenal arrive at Selhurst Park

    The Gunners are in the house for their big clash with Crystal Palace.

    Will it be three points for Mikel Arteta and Co?

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    Credit: Getty
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    North London Derby build-up

    Here are the fixtures that will surround Arsenal's trip to Tottenham on May 12, subject to TV changes:

    May 7:

    Liverpool vs Tottenham, Arsenal vs Leeds

    May 12:

    Tottenham vs Arsenal

    May 15:

    Tottenham vs Burnley, Newcastle vs Arsenal

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    North London Derby date CONFIRMED

    The Premier League have confirmed that Arsenal's trip to Tottenham will take place on Thursday, May 12.

    It will kick-off at 7:45pm – and could be a huge match in the top four race.

    The game will be sandwiched by a home match with Leeds and trip to Newcastle United.

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    Ramsdale on top four hopes

    Promoting the McDonald’s Fun Football Programme, Ramsdale opened up on Arsenal's top four challenge.

    He said: "As a team, we want to finish as high up the table as we can.

    “We’ve put ourselves in a great place and as a group we are improving with every game.

    “Right now, it’s about staying in the hunt so in the final few weeks of the season it is in our hands.

    “Personally, I’ve been working hard to get fully fit again. Hopefully I can help the team achieve our goal for the season and keep a few more clean sheets on the way.

    “Ultimately, if I can carry good form in to next season hopefully I can be on that plane to Qatar.”

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    Ramsdale reveals Bukayo Saka help

    Arsenal stopper Aaron Ramsdale has revealed that knowing Bukayo Saka from the England set-up helped him settle in quickly in North London.

    He said: "I felt included straight away and I didn’t have to shy away in the corner waiting for someone to talk to me.

    “We look out for each other. It’s quite natural for all of us off the pitch and we really get on.

    “Bukayo Saka was the first person to greet me when I came to Arsenal so having him in the squad was a great help.

    “For England, Gareth creates a family orientated atmosphere and that’s what it feels like when you meet up with the entire squad – long may that continue.

    “It allowed me to be myself and settle in quickly and it is one of the reasons why I have managed to make an impact this season.”

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    Aaron Ramsdale opens up

    Arsenal goalkeeper says England’s Euros heartbreak inspired him to reach new heights for the Gunners this season.

    Of last summer, he said: “Being part of a team that made history and get so close to achieving something very special has definitely given me drive and determination to be a part of the team for many more years to come.

    “I’ve taken this into my time at Arsenal as well. You see how hard people work and they try to max their level day in day out and it inspires you to become a better player.

    “Signing for Arsenal was an easy decision looking at the size of the club and the manager that they have."

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    New customers staking £20 on the Prem clash at Selhurst Park will get their money straight back if it does not come in.

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    Jovic 'heading for Real exit'

    Arsenal target Luka Jovic is being lined up for a summer exit from Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

    Marca report the Serbia striker, 24, is one of a number of stars who could be moving on after struggling for game time at Carlo Ancelotti's La Liga leaders.

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    Lawrenson tips Arsenal-Palace draw

    BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson thinks tonight's Prem clash between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park will finish 1-1.

    Writing for his Lawro's Prediction feature, the Liverpool legend said: "I love the way the Eagles play under Patrick Vieira.

    "They are very structured, but in a fluid way, and their attacks come from either side with lots of width.

    "They will cause the Gunners lots of problems but Mikel Arteta's side are dangerous too. This should be a really good game and a very close one as well."

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    Leno set to deputise again

    With Arsenal No 1 Aaron Ramsdale still not fully recovered from a stomach muscle injury, understudy keeper Bernd Leno is set to play at Crystal Palace again tonight.

    German Leno kept a clean sheet in the Gunners' last outing, a 1-0 win at Aston Villa on March 19.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: "Aaron is a doubt. He’s still feeling not great.

    "He hasn’t trained yet so we don’t know what he will be able to do on Monday."

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    Saka back to face Palace

    Arsenal talisman Bukayo Saka is back in training after withdrawing from England duty through illness and available to face Crystal Palace tonight.

    The Gunners forward was ruled out of recent Three Lions friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast after catching Covid.

    Saka has been vital to Arsenal's top-four push in the Premier League and has ten goals and five assists so far this season.

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    Zaha doubt for Gunners clash

    Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha is an injury doubt for this evening's Prem clash with Arsenal.

    The Ivory Coast star is reported to have picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty.

    Zaha is the Eagles' top scorer this season with ten goals and two assists.

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