6am Arsenal news: Unai Emery targets ‘new Toni Kroos’, Gunners suffer injury crisis in defence, fans mock ‘hippy crack’ stars and Iwobi speaks about exit

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ARSENAL may have stretched their unbeaten record to a staggering 21 games but it came at a cost against Huddersfield.


Thursday January 01, 1970

Shkodran Mustafi limped off leaving the Gunners facing a major injury crisis in central defence.


Thursday January 01, 1970

Shkodran Mustafi limps off after picking up a hamstring injury
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Read this and more with the latest news, gossip and updates from the Emirates Stadium.

UNITED AND GUNNERS WATCHING ‘NEW TONI KROOS’

MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal are watching Hertha Berlin wonderkid Arne Maier.

The 19-year-old has been labelled the ‘new Toni Kroos’ in the Bundesliga.


Thursday January 01, 1970

NEEDS MUST

ARSENAL are suffering a crisis in central defence after Shkodran Mustafi limped off in the win against Huddersfield.

He joins fellow central defender Rob Holding on the treatment table.

DIVE ANOTHER DAY

GRANIT XHAKA, Shkodran Mustafi and Matteo Guendouzi were all booked for diving on a feisty afternoon in North London which saw 33 fouls and nine yellow cards.

Referee Paul Tierney certainly had his work cut out at the Emirates as Arsenal and Huddersfield’s players, coaching staff and fans all climbed on his back.

JUST FOR THE CRACK

ARSENAL’S shamed hippy crack stars were mocked by fans who threw balloons onto the pitch during their game against Huddersfield this afternoon.

‘FELT I WASN’T RATED’

ALEX IWOBI revealed he almost left Arsenal for Crystal Palace after feeling unloved at the Emirates

Nigerian forward Iwobi has been one of the key figures this season under new boss Unai Emery.


WING-ING IT

A THREE-MAN defence is not a new creation nor is it particularly revolutionary – but it has given Arsenal a new lease of life.

And two players are reaping the rewards more than most: Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac

GUNNER LEARN

UNAI EMERY resisted severely punishing the Arsenal stars caught inhaling ‘hippy crack’.

The Gunners boss has taken a dim view of the scandal exposed by The Sun.

SPECIALIST IN WINNING

ARSENE WENGER picked up another award last week and joked he should have left Arsenal earlier in order to win more trophies.

The Frenchman was handed the lifetime achievement award by the League Managers Association (LMA) after earning a similar gong at the Leaders Sport Awards in October.