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BEN WHITE'S England World Cup exit stems from a bust-up with assistant coach Steve Holland according to reports.
It is also understood that White has been unhappy in the camp alongside struggling to mix with his Three Lions teammates.
Meanwhile, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has hinted at buying a new striker in January to replace injured Gabriel Jesus.
He said after his side's 3-0 win over Lyon: "What we can do after that when we know the timescale better and we know when we can have him back we will look at the options and try to make the right decisions.
"I feel my squad is really good, and unfortunately we’ve had injuries, but we will see what we can do to be stronger."
And Arsenal have reportedly set their sights on Porto star Pepe – but they could have to battle Chelsea for his signature.
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Arsenal women lead at half-time against Aston Villa.
The Gunners got off to the worst possible start – falling behind after six minutes from Kirsty Hanson's strike.
However, they fired back with an own goal from Rachel Corsie and Vivianne Miedema to lead 2-1 at the break.
Eddie Nketiah has sent a message Mikel Arteta that he's ready to fill the void left by Gabriel Jesus's injury.
The Brazilian is set for a spell on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery.
Nketiah, 23, has insisted if he gets his chance he can help the team. He also wished his team-mate the best in getting fit.
He said: "I have been working hard, I’ve been working hard all season and I’m sure when I get the opportunity I’ll be able to come in and help the team.
"I spoke to him [Jesus] and wished him a speedy recovery. It is never nice to see anyone miss a World Cup and also for us as a team he is a big player, we are going to miss him. We are all behind him."
Ben White and Thomas Partey are already at Arsenal's Dubai training camp.
The pair were pictured on a set of exercise bikes as they ramp up their fitness ahead of the Boxing Day clash with West Ham.
White returns after he left the England World Cup training camp for personal reasons, with reports circulating that he had a fall out with Steve Holland.
While Partey's Ghana were knocked out at the group stages.
David Luiz stunned his fans on social media with his new hairdo and shredded physique while staying fit during the World Cup break.
Former Chelsea and Arsenal ace Luiz, 35, has been playing for Flamengo since he left the Emirates last year.
The former Brazil international showcased his trimmed physique and left his 23.1million followers in awe.
The photo attracted almost 66,000 likes as he included a short caption, which read: "Training".
Devastated England fans last night drowned their sorrows after the Three Lions lost a nail-biting World Cup quarter-final 2-1 to France.
England battled hard in the second half but heartbroken Harry Kane hit his second penalty of the night over the bar – and with it missed a golden late chance to draw the Three Lions level again.
John Andrews, 39, who watched in Bristol, said: “We didn’t deserve to lose and should have had a penalty in the first half. 
“I couldn’t believe some of the decisions the ref gave. I’m gutted.” 
Gemma Wilson, 32, from Bristol, said: “I really thought Rashford’s free-kick was in. 
“We deserved to get more out of the game. France were lucky. I’m so proud of the team.”
Arts practitioner Andrew Walker, 26,  who watched in Newcastle, said: “I’m proud of the team. I think the penalty that Harry Kane missed was just down to pressure.
“Losing to France is no disgrace, they are the World Champions at the end of the day.”
Notoriously tough-scoring French newspaper L'Equipe gave Bukayo Saka a higher match rating than Kylian Mbappe in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final.
England winger Saka was superb throughout the 2-1 defeat – and scored a seven out of ten from L'Equipe.
Mbappe on the other hand was given a five, with right-back Kyle Walker doing well to keep the shackles on the France dangerman.
But, despite Saka's score, he wasn't Player of the Match in the eyes of the French newspaper.
Instead that honour went to France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The captain was given an eight out of ten, higher than anyone else on the pitch.
Devasted England stars have been pictured leaving their Qatar World Cup base after the painful loss to France.
The Three Lions fell to a 2-1 defeat against a depleted French team with Aurelien Tchouameni and Olivier Giroud scoring.
Ghana international Thomas Partey has also returned to train with the club after failing to make it out of the group in Qatar, while USA goalkeeper Matt Turner is back after being knocked out in the last-16 by the Netherlands.
All three could be involved against AC Milan on Tuesday night.
Granit Xhaka, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Gabriel Martinelli are all expected to return to training this week ahead of the Premier League's return after Christmas.
It is not clear when England duo Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale will rejoin their club teammates, though they are expected to be given some holiday time before returning.
Oleksandr Zinchenko was not part of the main group training in Dubai as he continues to recover from a small calf problem.
The injury is not connected to the calf problem the former Manchester City man suffered in September which saw him out for a month.
The Gunners are confident that the Ukraine international will be fit for the Premier League's return, Arsenal back in action on Boxing Day when they host London rivals West Ham.
Before then they face two friendlies against Italian clubs, AC Milan in Dubai before hosting Juventus at The Emirates on December 17.
Ben White has returned to Arsenal training after withdrawing from the England camp earlier this month.
The Gunners defender has joined his teammates in Dubai, having left the Three Lions squad on November 30 for personal reasons.
England boss Gareth Southgate played down reports that the former Brighton man had left following a bust-up with assistant Steve Holland.
White arrived in the Middle East on Saturday before taking part in his first session with the squad on Sunday ahead of their friendly against AC Milan on Tuesday at the Al-Maktoum Stadium.

Supporters instantly hit back at the Premier League leaders’ Twitter account as they blasted the tweet.
“Not your finest decision posting this,” blasted one as another said: “Read the room.”
A fellow footy fan wrote: “I wouldn’t want to be an Arsenal fan right now.”
“Pathetic,” slammed another. “You’re an English team.”
Those sentiments were echoed by hundreds more, with a fellow Twitter user saying: “This is not the time for an English club to even ‘think’ about doing this. I am extremely disappointed.”
While another said: “Sometimes it’s good to take a breath before pressing post these situations. What were they thinking?”
The 21-year-old Saliba is part of Didier Deschamps’ squad in Qatar.
However, his only appearance at the World Cup came in their final dead-rubber group match where France were defeated 1-0 by Tunisia.
England fans went in two-footed on Arsenal after a tweet they sent out following the heartbreaking World Cup defeat to France.
The Three Lions were knocked out as Olivier Giroud secured Les Bleus a 2-1 win to seal a semi-final spot.
But the defeat was made even more painful as skipper Harry Kane, who had equalised earlier from the spot, blasted a late penalty over the bar.
The striker and his team-mates were left in tears following the final whistle – but the North London-based club had other things on their mind.
Despite Bukayo Saka, who was fouled in the build-up to France’s opener, and Aaran Ramsdale both being part of the England squad, they shared a photo of Frenchman William Saliba with his country’s flag decked around his neck.
And Arsenal captioned the tweet with: “Our Wilo. A World Cup semi-finalist.”
Bukayo Saka did Arsenal proud last night while turning out for England.
The 21-year-old had lumps kicked out of him by France and won the penalty for Harry Kane's equaliser.
It was, however, ex-Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud who dumped England out of the World Cup, handing France a 2-1 win.
Defender William Saliba will be happy, though.
He's into a World Cup semi-final.
Onto the transfer news… Arsenal have a free run at Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix, according to reports.
The Portugal forward has reportedly been made available by the LaLiga club.
Arsenal are said to be interested, and they won’t face competition from Bayern Munich.
And Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has urged the Gunners to replace Gabriel Jesus with Brentford star Ivan Toney, whom the ex-midfielder compared to Ian Wright.
Parlour told Sports Lens: “The problem you’re going to have in January is who’s available? I’ve always said Ivan Toney of Brentford.
“I’d go and try to get him if I could. I don’t think you’ll get him in this window but he’s who I’d go for.
“I think he’s similar to Ian Wright the way he plays and scores his goals”
AC Milan are reportedly interesting in signing Ferran Torres.
The former Man City forward, who is also being tracked by Arsenal, has been a success at Barcelona.
However, it is believed the Catalans are willing to listen to offers – given their dire financial situation.
Arsenal have a free run at Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix, according to reports.
The Portugal forward has reportedly been made available by the LaLiga club.
Arsenal are said to be interested, and they won't face competition from Bayern Munich.
"Bayern are no longer interested in Joao Felix, contrary to recent reports in Spain," Sport1 journalist Karry Hau has revealed.
The Portuguese striker was an option for Bayern last summer, but Félix is no longer an issue at Bayern."
When Fabio Vieira settles into Premier League, a former Arsenal star is predicting big things.
Kevin Campbell believes the Portugal star will by 'dynamite' when he acclimatises to life on our shores.
“Once he gets his Premier League legs, he’s going to be dynamite. I think he’s going to be outstanding," Campbell told The Highbury Squad.
"You can play him anywhere up there. He will hurt teams just like Bernardo Silva can. He will be a really good player [in] 18 months. He’ll be good."
William Saliba is key to Arsenal's success, according to legend Emmanuel Petit.
Petit told Wettbasis: "He's made a huge leap forward this season, he's asserted himself at Arsenal and he's also a key part of the Gunners' successful season. He already seems very mature and very calm in his game.
“After first being on loan (St Etienne, Nice and Marseille) he wanted to show everyone, especially coach Mikel Arteta. He anticipates the opponent's attacks very well, he is technically clean and he is now bursting with self-confidence.
“He's now one of the best defenders in the Premier League, that's for sure. He is the future of Arsenal FC, but also of the French national team."
Bukayo Saka will start for England in their crunch quarter-final against France.
The Arsenal man, who is his country's leading scorer in the competition, keeping his place despite the return of Raheem Sterling.
Will he add to his three goals in the competition?
Oleksander Zinchenko is notably missing from Arsenal training camp in Dubai.
And the mystery has been explained – with no serious injury concerns to report.
According AFC Newsroom's Connor Humm: "He’s training with the squad and getting back to full fitness.
"He’s had some muscle tightness. He’s expected to be ready for West Ham on the 26th of December."
Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a cut-price deal for bargain Gabriel Jesus replacement.
According to TEAMtalk, sporting director is putting the final touches on a deal for Memphis Depay.
The Barcelona ace, 28, has six months left on his contract and would cost a nominal fee.
During his time at the Camp Nou, he has scored 14 goals in 41 games.
Former Manchester United and Arsenal star Mikael Silvestre has picked his combined England-France XI.
And there are no less than FIVE of Gareth Southgate’s men in the side – including one who is unlikely to start against the world champs on Saturday.
Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe face off in a striker showdown tomorrow for a place in the World Cup semis.
There are sure to be thrilling battles all over the pitch as a host of star names look to make an impact.
And it has opened the door for fans to choose some brilliant combined team XIs, with both countries spoiled for choice in terms of talent.
One man who knows a thing or two about England AND France is Silvestre.
Fans have been stunned by Jordan Henderson’s sensational piece of skill on the training pitch as he mugged off Arsenal's Bukayo Saka.
The Liverpool midfielder has played a key part in England‘s victories over Wales and Senegal.
Henderson was given just 21 minutes in the opening two matches of the tournament, before he was a surprise starter against the Welsh.
And after producing two solid performances, which included scoring against Senegal, he looks nailed on to start against France.
Ahead of the game, Henderson proved that his confidence is clearly high after pulling off a wonderful trick in a training session.
He received the ball in game of rondo, a drill regularly used by the Three Lions, and audaciously managed to somehow flick the ball around his mate Saka after a brilliant spin.
Henderson is not known for his showboating, so this came as a shock to many on social media, who have been left astonished by the trick.
One said: “Hendo turning into prime Iniesta 😂.”
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has urged the Gunners to replace Gabriel Jesus with Brentford star Ivan Toney, whom the ex-midfielder compared to Ian Wright.
Parlour told Sports Lens: “The problem you’re going to have in January is who’s available? I’ve always said Ivan Toney of Brentford.
“I’d go and try to get him if I could. I don’t think you’ll get him in this window but he’s who I’d go for.
“I think he’s similar to Ian Wright the way he plays and scores his goals”
Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Eintracht Frankfurt ace Evan Ndicka, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
According to Il Romanista, the Gunners have reached an agreement with Ndicka to join on a free transfer.
The North Londoners fended off interest from Roma to land the centre-back.
The Giallorossi were considering a January move for the Frenchman but the 23-year-old wants to see out the season with Eintracht, who have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages
England must first beat France in the quarter-finals this evening in order to match their achievement of reaching the last four in Russia 2018.
And Gareth Southgate insists his team are much better equipped to beat football’s superpowers than they were four years ago.
The Three Lions boss said: “The biggest thing for me in the game is going to be our mentality.
“We’ll of course be tactically prepared. But on these nights you’ve got to have men that stand up and take on the challenge.
“That’s the bit  we’ve got to prove to people. We’ve had some outstanding nights and the next game is always the most important.
“It’s against a good level of opponent, one we’re ready for.
“One, if you’d asked me four years ago were we quite ready, I’m not sure. Now I feel differently about that, and that’s because we’ve got evidence over a long  period of results.
“Now we’ve got go and nail this type of game.”
England are set for their toughest test in the World Cup as they take on France in the quarter-finals at the Al Bayt Stadium.
Chelsea star Raheem Sterling returned to Qatar after flying home to the UK but doesn’t seem likely to take part in the match.
Arsenal ace Ben White left the squad for “personal reasons” with rumours suggesting he fell out with manager Gareth Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland.
Newcastle’s Callum Wilson is nursing a minor strain, while West Ham’s Declan Rice missed training on Wednesday due to an illness that is unlikely to prevent him from competing.
France boss Didier Deschamps, on the other hand, is set to have star man Kylian Mbappe available following an injury scare that led him to miss training
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