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Bernd Leno slams Arsenal “politics”, William Saliba’s future is bright, and more in the news from the Emirates Stadium

Since leaving for Premier League rivals Fulham this summer, the German goalkeeper has changed his tune, taking a jab at his former club. Video LoadingUnavailableVideo Mikel Arteta provides feedback Manchester United’s defeat Arsenal prepares to put Premier League duties aside as they return to European action this season, beginning with a trip to Switzerland to face FC Zurich in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday. But, in the midst of all the preparations for their seventh game of the season, the Gunners have been making headlines elsewhere thanks to a number of their former players, while Folarin Balogun is making headlines across the channel. Mirror Football looks at all of the latest stories from the Emirates Stadium. Bernd Leno criticizes Arsenal’s “politics” following their exit. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has slammed the club for how they treated him prior to his departure this summer, as well as the “politics” that forced him to “get out of here.” The 30-year-old joined Fulham in a deal worth up to £8 million after losing his starting spot to Aaron Ramsdale early last season, and he did not hide his disappointment at being dropped by insisting the reasons for his demotion were unrelated to his on-field performance. And, in a new verbal barrage directed at Arsenal, he has doubled down on those remarks. “I knew I had to go when I realized it wasn’t about performance or quality,” the German told BILD Sport, according to Sportbuzzer. “During the preparation, I realized that it’s not about performance, but rather politics. It was obvious to me that I needed to get out of here.” Read the entire story HERE.

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Was it the right decision for Arsenal to sell Bernd Leno this summer? Please share your thoughts in the section below. Arsenal is poised to take over as the next owner. Saliba, William With William Saliba quickly establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting defensive talents, Arsenal are already reaping the benefits of a loan to Ligue 1, and there is now hope of repeating that success with Folarin Balogun. The young striker is having a similar impact on the other side of the channel with Reims this season, with five goals and two assists in five games, but he owes a debt of gratitude to former captain Alexandre Lacazette. Balogun has now revealed that it was a trusted senior colleague who pushed him to make the move before the season started. “I remember talking to Lacazette, and he kept telling me: you need to go to Ligue 1, you’ll do well here,” he told Amazon Prime via GFFN. “Perhaps he should be my agent as well because he knows so much about football!” Read the entire story HERE. During the Arsenal starlet’s injury ordeal, David Luiz gave him “power.” David Luiz was instrumental in helping Arsenal youngster Catalin Cirjan get back fit following a second serious knee injury and despite leaving the Gunners in June 2021, it seems the 35-year-old centre back is still having an influence at the London Colney training ground. While playing for Arsenal’s under-18s against Southampton in April 2021, Cirjan badly damaged his left knee and it took him 15 months, or 480 days, to return to the field in a match against Boreham Wood for the under-21s during pre-season. However, the youngster credits Luiz with keeping his spirits high while he was sidelined and undergoing rehabilitation. Cirjan told The Athletic, “He told me to go to the first-team changing room.” “I spoke to him for an hour. He told me that he had been through similar experiences and that all I had to do was stay strong. He told me, and I believe him, that it was a test from God. It had a big impact on me and gave me the strength to get through it. It was a pleasure to speak with him, and I thank him.” Read the entire story HERE. Continue Reading
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