Arsenal news - Gabriel Jesus injury boost, Ben White 'punch' incident, FA investigation and more

Arsenal news: Tune in for all the latest transfer chatter, team and injury news from north London including updates on Gabriel Jesus, Ben White, Folarin Balogun and more.

Arsenal are preparing for the return of Europa League action as Mikel Arteta puts his players through their paces ahead of their round of 16 first leg clash against Sporting CP. The Gunners will travel to Portugal before returning to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg next week.

Arsenal fans will be eagerly waiting for injury updates from London Colney on the availability of Eddie Nketiah and Leandro Trossard. Gabriel Jesus is also closing in on a long-awaited return after spending the last three months out with a knee injury and is set to travel to Portugal with the rest of the squad.

The FA are investigating the Arsenal celebrations following Reiss Nelson’s last-minute winning goal against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. However, it seems there was one incident involving Ben White that is not being investigated as fans spotted Cherries’ goalkeeper Neto seemingly ‘punch’ the Gunners star in the back during the match.

Folarin Balogun continues to attract interest from a number of clubs ahead of the summer transfer window, with Newcastle reportedly eyeing a potential £35million swoop for the Hale End graduate. With all of that being said.

Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand agree on Declan Rice verdict amid Arsenal transfer decision

Former Manchester United stars Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand have agreed in their verdict of Declan Rice. Arsenal are set to prioritise a move for the West Ham captain in the summer transfer window.

Ferdinand has now responded to Roy Keane’s criticism of Rice last week. Speaking during the FIVE podcast on YouTube, the ex-United defender said: “That’s not his job [to score goals and provide assists].

“He’s not a goalscoring midfielder. I think Declan Rice goes to a bigger club than West Ham and becomes an even better player.”

Evra agreed with Ferdinand, adding: “I played with Declan during my time at West Ham, what I love about this kid is that he is really humble. He wants to learn and I see the progress he’s made.

“Before he would want to carry the ball too much, but now he is able to make the right decisions. Like Rio says, just because he had a bad game [vs Brighton] doesn’t mean you should kill him right away.

“One of the problems with the massive price tags is that after your move, people judge you. If we [United] bought Harry Maguire for £20million, people would not be on his case.

“The problem for Declan Rice is, people will say right now he is the future. As soon as someone pays £100million for him, people will kill [criticise] him.”

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