Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta handed huge injury worry as big contract update emerges


Your Arsenal morning headlines on Sunday, September 10.

Gabriel injury concern

Arsenal have suffered another injury scare this week after Gabriel Magalhaes was forced off in Brazil's 5-1 win over Bolivia.

Earlier in the game, the Gunners star was on the receiving end of a horror challenge from Bolivia's Diego Ibanez in the fifth minute. Ibanez's attempt to win the ball went completely wrong, striking Gabriel in the chest with his right knee.

Gabriel stayed on and played another 80 minutes in South America. Physical therapy doctor, Dr. Rajpal Brar, provided a brief update on his initial assessment of the injury. On Twitter, he wrote: "Thigh issue for Arsenal CB Gabriel Magalhaes. Unsure if it's contact related or a muscle pull."

He later provided another update: "Based on what multiple people have told me, sounds contact related. Overall good news."

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Balogun on exit

Folarin Balogun has opened up about his Arsenal exit for the first time since completing his €40million (£34million) move to AS Monaco.

The 22-year-old secured his move away from the Emirates Stadium late in the transfer window following months of speculation surrounding his future.

And speaking whilst on international duty with the United States, Balogun has claimed the move to France wasn't a difficult decision. "In the end when Monaco were interested it was, really, an easy decision for me," he told Offside with Taylor Twellman.

"I told my agent: 'This is the only place I wanted to go.' And luckily for me, he made it happen."

Odegaard contract

Arsenal are planning to continue talks with Martin Odegaard over a new contract, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Talks with the Gunners captain are expected to continue over the next weeks or months. Odegaard's new deal will be another star player secured for years to come following deals for William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Bukayo Saka, Aaron Ramsdale, Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson.

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