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Arsenal evening headlines as legend praises Gabriel improvement, Arteta wants to get ruthless

Here are your Arsenal headlines for the evening of Friday November 27.

Former Arsenal star praises Mikel Arteta for improving defender

Alan Smith has highlighted Mikel Arteta’s role in getting the best out of Gabriel Magalhaes following the Brazilian defender’s arrival at Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

Gabriel has quickly become a dominant force in the Gunners’ backline since signing from Lille and Smith has praised Arteta for the way he has integrated the new arrival in a short space of time.

“Well, you want to buy the right players for the right positions, but it’s about buying good players,” the former Arsenal player told Jack Fealy on YouTube.

“The likes of Gabriel, Arsenal do need to be creative, sometimes it’s more of a gamble. Taking more of a gamble rather than getting somebody readymade who you know is going to be good at this level.

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“But it comes down to improving players when they come into the club, the coaching that the likes of Gabriel get, and that comes down to Arteta and his coaching staff.”

Arsenal given transfer boost as Aouar is axed from Lyon squad

Houssem Aouar has been axed from the Lyon squad after refusing to train according to reports in the French media, potentially giving Arsenal a transfer boost.

The 22-year-old was the subject of intense speculation over the summer, with Aouar strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium as Arteta searched for a new creative midfielder to add to his squad.

Arsenal, however, refused to meet Lyon’s asking price for the player, with Aouar staying put. Now, the 22-year-old has been punished for refusing to warm down after Lyon’s win over Angers on Sunday.

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