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FREDDIE LJUNGBERG and Arsenal are in desperate need of a win as they prepare to face West Ham on Monday.

Defeat to Brighton on Thursday was their ninth Premier League match without a win in what was the Swede's first game in charge at the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta is said to be among the candidates to become the next permanent manager at Arsenal, with the former midfielder reportedly keen on the job - along with former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have joined the Arsenal and Manchester United in their bid to sign Merih Demiral from Juventus.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners news, updates and transfer gossip below...

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    FREDDIE LJUNGBERG believes Arsenal must use the resolve of the Invincibles from 2003-04 as their inspiration to battle back.

    He said: “It is frustrating to lose games. We haven’t won for a long, long time.

    “The players are low, and we need to try to get going.

    “When we were the Invincibles, we lost at Manchester United away after 49 games unbeaten. It wasn’t fair because we didn’t agree with the ref’s decisions on that day.

    “After that we didn’t win a few games in a row and our confidence went straight down.

    “There was one game where we were losing to Everton in the League Cup.

    “But at half-time the players got together with Arsene, and we came out fighting in the second half and won 3-1.

    “That was the turning point for us. So we all have to stick together and when you are low, find that power, change that momentum and go again.”

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    EXCLUSIVE by Alan Nixon: ARSENAL will not cut short striker Eddie Nketiah’s loan to Leeds, despite his lack of game time.

    The England under-21 ace has not started a Championship game for the Elland Road club this season.

    And Bristol City and some Premier League clubs have tried to hijack the 20-year-old’s stay.

    Nketiah is said to be unhappy with his lack of playing time while Arsenal fans are annoyed he is not being given the chance to develop.

    The Gunners have a clause to recall Nketiah next month but are happy for him to continue in Yorkshire.

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    FREDDIE LJUNGBERG fears Arsenal may struggle for years to reach the same level as under icon Arsene Wenger.

    The Swede takes his troops to West Ham tomorrow on their worst run of form for 42 years.

    Ljungberg, 42, said: “Everyone wants to win things here. This is the club I have in my mind.

    “But it has been a couple of tough years. When Sir Alex Ferguson left United, it took them a long time to recover.

    “Arsene had been for 22 years. So it will be tough. I think everyone knew that. And it has shown it will be.”

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    ARSENAL are ready to revive Chris Smalling's career in the Premier League by making a move next summer, according to reports.

    The England international has been in sensational form on-loan at Roma this season after falling out of favour at Manchester United.

    Smalling, 30, was even watched by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate as he helped shut out Inter Milan in their 0-0 draw on Friday night.

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Smalling will return to United at the end of the season but it's unlikely that he will remain a Red Devil.

    And the Mirror report how Arsenal are ready to make their move in a bid to tighten up their leaky defence.

    The Gunners have conceded 23 in 15 league games this season and their central defence has been one of the main problems in their decline.

    Smalling will still have two years left on his contract at United on his return and his availability is braced to cause a scramble among Arsenal's league rivals.

    Both Leicester and Everton are keen admirers and are braced to fight for his signature at the end of the season.

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    CAN Freddie Ljungberg finally mastermind a first Arsenal league win since October 6?

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    IS there a single Arsenal fan that is confident?

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    FORMER Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac wants the Arsenal job and his team have made contact with the North Londoners, according to reports.

    The Croatian is also expected to watch the Gunners at West Ham on Monday night.

    The 48-year-old was sacked by Bayern in November and Hansi Flick has taken temporary charge until the end of the season.

    Kovac was spotted at Goodison Park on Saturday and watched Everton's 3-1 win over Chelsea accompanied by his representatives.

    His visit to Goodison sparked rumours he could be about to step into the vacant Toffee's manager role.

    But Kovac moved quickly to quash the suggestion insisting he is only in England to catch a few games while he is on a break.

    However there may be more to it than meets the eye as Kovac is keen on the Arsenal job, according to Goal.

    Kovac's people are also said to have got in touch with the Gunners to express their man's interest.

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    PATRICK VIEIRA has admitted he “can never ignore” the call of Arsenal as former teammate Edu looks to secure the Nice boss' services.

    The Gunners' technical director is reportedly making the case for Vieira as the club look to replace Unai Emery.

    Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta are also said to be in the running for the role that the Frenchman would consider.

    Vieira told Canal Plus: “You can never ignore a club where you've spent nine years.”

    However the ex-midfielder is content with life on the French Riviera and indicated that he wouldn't request to leave easily.

    He added: “Honestly, I'm focused on this project at Nice, I feel very good here.

    “It's a very exciting project. I've always said that I'm very happy in Nice.

    “We're all working to move the club forward and there is potential.”

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    DANI CEBALLOS and Rob Holding remain unavailable to Freddie Ljungberg as the Swede aims to get his first win as interim Arsenal boss tomorrow night against West Ham.

    The Gunners have struggled in the league for a while now, having last won on October 6.

    Their defence has been particularly leaky, and fans will hope that a returning Holding at some point can make a difference for Arsenal.

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    WILL Arsenal finally get back to winning ways?

  • NEIL 'RAZOR' RUDDOCK once deliberately wet himself on the pitch to put off the opposition, according to Robbie Fowler.

    The pair played together at Liverpool and Fowler claimed his loose cannon former teammate pulled the stunt to gain an advantage when the Reds were playing Arsenal.

    In Fowler's new book My Life In Football: Goals, Glory & The Lessons I’ve Learnt, Fowler, 44, wrote: “One time, close to Christmas, we were playing Arsenal at Anfield and we had a corner at the Kop end.

    “Razor trotted up from defence but instead of his usual tactic where he would hang back and time a late run from the ‘D’, he went into the box and leaned against the near post.

    “Next thing, the Arsenal defenders – we’re talking Lee Dixon, Steve Bould, Tony Adams here, hardly shrinking violets themselves – are backing away from Razor, genuinely stunned as his shorts go from red to black in a matter of seconds and there’s steam rising up from the pitch.

    “The boy Ruddock was only answering nature’s call and relieving himself, straight through his shorts, without a care in the world.

    “It may sound difficult, that, but Razor made it look p**s easy.”

  • NIKO KOVAC is reportedly after the Arsenal job and his interest has been made known to the club’s hierarchy.

    The former Bayern Munich boss is expected to watch the Gunners take on West Ham on Monday night, according to Goal.

    The 48-year-old and his representatives were spotted at managerless Everton for the Toffees 3-1 win over Chelsea, but the report states he is interested in succeeding Unai Emery at Arsenal.

    Although Kovac is not seen as a frontrunner for the job, he hopes his immediate availability could give him the edge in the eyes of the Gunners' head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu,

  • PAUL MERSON believes the Arsenal job is “one of the worst in the game” and says even Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola couldn't revive the Gunners' ailing season.

    He told Sky Sports: “I said recently that Brendan Rodgers would go to Arsenal because of the size of the club. But after the weekend and the game on Thursday, I'm thinking why would you go to Arsenal? Why? What can you do there?

    “Freddie can't be that bad but he looks like he's never managed a team before. It looks like he's lost. He's got the badges, he's got the badges and must be thinking: 'What chance have I got?' These are international players.

    “I think Klopp and Guardiola would struggle to come in and turn it around. It's one of the worst jobs in the game.

    “You look at Max Allegri, why would he take the job? He's won all those league titles. Why would he go to Arsenal.”

  • ARSENAL technical director Edu is reportedly pushing for his former team-mate Patrick Vieira to be handed the job as the club's new manager.

    The pair played together for four trophy-laden years at Highbury, in which they won the famous “Invincibles” title in 2003-04.

    And Brazilian Edu wants to bring his former skipper back to North London.

    The club have been managerless since sacking the hapless Unai Emery on November 29.

    And the Times report that, while there is an extensive list of possible contenders, Edu is pushing hard for the appointment of Vieira.

  • FREDDIE LJUNGBERG believes Arsenal must use the resolve of the Invincibles from 2003-04 as their inspiration to battle back.

    He said: “It is frustrating to lose games. We haven’t won for a long, long time.

    “The players are low, and we need to try to get going.

    “When we were the Invincibles, we lost at Manchester United away after 49 games unbeaten. It wasn’t fair because we didn’t agree with the ref’s decisions on that day.

    “After that we didn’t win a few games in a row and our confidence went straight down.

    “There was one game where we were losing to Everton in the League Cup.

    “But at half-time the players got together with Arsene, and we came out fighting in the second half and won 3-1.

    “That was the turning point for us. So we all have to stick together and when you are low, find that power, change that momentum and go again.”

  • EXCLUSIVE by Cliff Hayes: How Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is planning to fund 1,000 kids’ operations and feed 100,000 homeless people through charity work.

    HANGING on the kitchen wall inside Mesut Ozil’s multi-million pound North London house is a framed letter from his beloved mum.

    Mrs Gulizar Ozil hung it there herself shortly after he signed for Arsenal from Real Madrid for £42.5million six years ago.

    It reads: “Mesut, don’t forget, in life you are a guest in this world, like all of us.

    “God gifted you with a certain talent but he didn’t give you this just to take care of yourself.

    “If you don’t share your wealth with people who are in need then you are not my son.

    It explains why the Gunners’ £350,000-a-week Muslim superstar is on a personal crusade to help the world’s starving, sick and homeless.

    Read more of SunSport's exclusive interview with Ozil's super-agent Dr Erkut Sogut HERE:

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    FREDDIE LJUNBERG has called on his senior players to lead Arsenal to victory against West Ham on Monday.

    The Gunners, without a win in nine games, are still without a permanent manager after sacking Unai Emery.

    Interim boss Ljunberg said: “I want to play experienced players when it’s such a difficult situation like it is at the moment.

    “I made a conscious decision to put down the older players to take the responsibility and change the games.

    “We need to change this downward spiral.”

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    MIKEL ARTETA is reportedly keen on becoming the next Arsenal boss.

    The Mail claims Freddie Ljunberg will not be offered the job on a permanent basis after taking over from Unai Emery as interim gaffer.

    Arteta is said to be near the top of Arsenal’s wish list.

    And he would jump at the chance to ditch his Man City coaching role for the hot seat at the Emirates.

    Arteta was a fan favourite during his playing days in North London.

    And after spending the last few years working alongside Pep Guardiola, he could be the man to bring successful attacking football back to the Gunners.

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    ENGLAND'S biggest clubs could leave the Premier League and break off into a new European Super League.

    Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City could all be approached by Fifa as part of an ambitious new project that will reshape football.

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has held talks with Fifa chief Gianni Infantino over holding two leagues featuring 40 of Europe's wealthiest sides.

    It would also mean there would be a promotion and relegation format that is designed to bring through huge amounts of revenue.

    Encouraging the Premier League clubs will prove a challenge but they have been told their revenues will double.

    The world's biggest clubs from Spain, Italy, France and Germany will also be involved including the likes of Fenerbache.

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    PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has pulled the plug on Arsenal contract talks as he looks to force through a transfer to Real Madrid.

    The Gunners striker, 30, is fed up with the lack of silverware and the club's ability to even challenge for success.

    He only has 18 months left on his deal and Emirates chiefs could be ready to let him go next month in order to get as much of the £60million they paid Borussia Dortmund in 2018 as they can.

    According to the Mirror, sources close to Aubameyang say he is fed up with the club nowhere near good enough to challenge for silverware and knows he probably has four more years at the top level left.

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    ARSENAL have reportedly held their first interviews for managers to succeed Unai Emery.

    The Spaniard was sacked after the dismal 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

    Freddie Ljungberg was placed in temporary charge, but he has only managed a draw and a loss in his first two games.

    And now, according to The Telegraph, the club are pushing ahead with identifying the man who will take over in the long-term.

    The focus will apparently be on securing the services of a manager who is currently out of work and who can step in immediately.

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    NICOLAS PEPE has vowed to get fitter and sharper as he looks to end his frustrating start to life at Arsenal.

    The winger told RMC Sport, via GFFN: “I would say that my start has been a bit negative.

    “Based on my own expectations of myself, I expected a bit more. I expect more and it is up to me to work hard and make the difference in each match.

    “It is normal for people to criticise me as much as they are doing because I am not making the difference in each match.

    “I understand them. It is certainly up to me to reverse this situation through hard work.

    “There are lots of aspects that I need to improve.

    “Scoring more quickly, taking the opportunities to score that I’ve been missing. It’s like that, that’s football.

    “I also need to improve on the physical aspect because coming from France to England, there is this box-to-box aspect that you have to take into account.”

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    ARSENAL have been joined by north London rivals Tottenham and Manchester United in the race to land Juventus defender Merih Demiral.

    The Turkish central defender could become Jose Mourinho's first signings as Spurs boss, after club officials contacted the player's agent about a move according to Bleacher Report.

    United sent scouts to watch the Juve star, who has not played as many games since the summer arrival of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

    The player himself wants out after becoming disillusioned under new boss Maurizio Sarri, having only moved to the Turin club in the summer.

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    REAL MADRID are lining up a January bid for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – and plan to offer Luka Jovic in a swap deal.

    The Gunners could be persuaded to sell the Gabon frontman, 30, in January as he will be worth much less next summer when he only has a year left on his contract.

    And Real president Florentino Perez has come up with a plan to offer 21-year-old Serbia striker Jovic and cash to land Aubameyang.

    Aubameyang has already scored 12 goals for the Gunners in all competition.

    Duncan Castles' Transfer Window Podcast claim Madrid will try and tempt Arsenal with their player-plus-cash deal when the January window opens.

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    MAURICIO POCHETTINO has not ruled out managing Tottenham's arch-rivals Arsenal – and smiled when asked if he would take the Gunners job.

    The Argentine – who once famously said he would rather become a farmer in his homeland than manage the Gunners – has been strongly linked with the vacancy at the Emirates.

    TyC Sports spoke to Poch on holiday in Rosario – but he could not resist an Owen Farrell-style smirk when asked about the Arsenal job.

    He said: “‘It’s important to have a moment of calm to lower the decibels and find the energy to take on a new project, and we’ll see where that is.

    “I’m going to spend a few days here with my family and friends, and then I’ll return to London next week.”