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Arsenal transfer news live as Martinelli out of squad and Arteta draws up transfer shortlist

All the very latest Arsenal news, views and transfer rumours from football.london with build-up to the Champions League clash with FC Porto as well as the latest injury updates

to beat Brentford 2-1 at Emirates Stadium. With the north Londoners not in league action until March 31, attention now turns to the Champions League.

Mikel Arteta’s side face FC Porto in the round of 16 on Tuesday night hoping to turn around a 1-0 deficit. The Gunners are training at Sobha Realty Training Centre on Monday while Arteta will also face the press later in the afternoon to answer questions ahead of the clash. football.london will be at open training and the press conference to bring you live updates!

Elsewhere, doubts remain over the fitness of Gabriel Martinelli, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jurrien Timber. Arteta will provide an update on the trio on Monday afternoon.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has landed a new job after his decision to quit Match of the Day, while the Gunners are reportedly aiming to beat Manchester United to the transfer of Borussia Monchengladbach defender Luca Netz this summer.

Injury news
Mikel Arteta has been giving his thoughts on the clash with Porto during his pre-match press conference today. And there was plenty of interest in the injuries to Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel martinelli, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jurrien Timber.

You can read all about all of them in our daily injury update right here

Arsenal get clear Kai Havertz red card verdict
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has explained why Kai Havertz was not shown a second yellow card against Brentford this past weekend. The Arsenal star was at the centre of two huge moments at Emirates Stadium with a huge penalty shout dismissed before he grabbed the winner.

The Germany international was booked in the first half for catching Kristoffer Ajer with a stray elbow and was considered fortunate by some to avoid a second caution when he fell to the floor in the penalty area after a challenge by Nathan Collins. Despite it appearing clear the whistle was set to be blown, referee Rob Jones chose not to award a decision in either direction with Gallagher now revealing why nothing was done before explaining how VAR could not get involved.

“This is a very interesting decision,” Gallagher said on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch. “From the referees angle he sees the ball go to the right which from my experience makes me think Collins has played that ball, that’s what I’d think.

“Then you’d also think that he goes over Collins’ leg but when you see it from the other angle it’s different. Bear in mind the ref decides no penalty, the VAR then has two decisions to make. Is it a penalty? Well I don’t think it’s a penalty.

“What can the assistant do? Because he doesn’t think it’s a penalty either. He could [say it’s simulation] but what you have to remember is that the VAR says no penalty, he can’t recommend a second yellow card. The only time he can say ‘it’s simulation’ is if the referee gives a penalty because the player has then deceived the referee.

“He can then go back, give a second yellow card and send him off. So there’s the dilemma, there is no halfway house, it is all or nothing. As he doesn’t give a penalty, it’s not a yellow card. I think there is enough physical contact, if you’re going to send a player off for diving, it has to be a clear dive.

Title race prediction
We often get a number of so-called supercomputer predictions at this time of the season.

And with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all challenging for the the title, we need to know what the algorithms think is going to happen come the end of the season.

But look away Gunners fans, the BonusCodeBets supercomputer has them finishing third! It thinks Arsenal will lose to Man City and also Brighton, with draws against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester

How many points Arsenal need to win Premier League title
After the latest set of results over the weekend, Arsenal currently sit on 64 points, with Liverpool on the same tally but behind on goal difference. Man City are just a point below but do also have a lower goal difference than the two teams above them.

Given how the thrilling title race has developed over the last few months, it is entirely possible the trophy is not decided until the final day of the season. All three teams still need to face Tottenham and Manchester United, who are each chasing the final qualification spot, while Liverpool still have an away game against Aston Villa to come, a clash that both Man City and Arsenal lost.

Exactly how many points needed to win the title is unclear, however going off recent campaigns a minimum of 86 could be required. Over the past seven years, that total, achieved by Man City, was enough to win the 2020/21 season, however they have also needed as many as 100, 98 and 93 to win the Premier League in previous years.

With Arsenal now top and on the same number of games played as Man City and Liverpool, the Gunners’ title destiny is in their own hands. Securing 22 points from the remaining 30 available would take them up to 86 points, which would match the lowest tally needed to win the Premier League in recent campaigns.

If the Gunners match their recent form and pick up maximum points from their remaining ten games that would place them on 94 points. Such has been the competitiveness of this season, that would just be enough points to win the last three Premier League campaigns, but not the three before that.

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