Arsenal news: Saka makes title joke as Martinelli justifies Arteta’s decision

Arsenal’s youngest, brightest star Bukayo Saka is clearly brimming with confidence, while Gabriel Martinelli aims to bounce back from the penalty shootout.

Arteta tells Arsenal they must learn from Premier League setbacks

Arsenal are preparing for what could be a crucial matchweek in the race for the Premier League title as they welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates.

The Gunners know a win against the Eagles would put them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League, with Manchester City not back in league action until April 1 when they face Liverpool at the Etihad. However, there are fears Arsenal could be nursing a Europa League hangover following their elimination from the competition on Thursday night.

Mikel Arteta’s side were beaten on penalties by Portuguese giants Sporting at home, with the in-form Gabriel Martinelli the unlucky yet guilty party to see his spot-kick saved.

With that in mind, Mirror football have rounded up the latest Arsenal headlines amid their title ambitions.

Saka’s title quip

Bukayo Saka has a surprise admirer in Kim Kardashian’s son Saint, who was in attendance at Thursday night’s disappointing defeat.

While the young Gunner was unable to meet them after the Sporting game, the England international reached out via Facetime in an attempt to make up for it.

Bukayo Saka Facetimed Kim Kardashian after Arsenal’s defeat to Sporting(Instagram/Kim Kardashian)

“Sorry I missed you yesterday,” Saka explained to seven-year-old Saint. “They said you were in the player’s lounge, I had a jersey for you.”

Another child in attendance cheekily told the 21-year-old “We’ll come back if you win the Premier League”, to which Saka chuckled before replying: “When (not if) when.”

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