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Mikel Arteta told to drop highest-paid player from Arsenal squad immediately
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Mikel Arteta told to drop highest-paid player from Arsenal squad immediately

Tony Adams has advised Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta to drop his captain and highest-paid player, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, from Arsenal squad. Aubameyang is the highest-paid player at the Emirates with a weekly wage of £250,000 but his current performance for the club no longer match that wage. The 32-year-old has now gone four games without a goal following another poor showing against Newcastle on Saturday. Aubameyang, who played in the absence of Alexandre Lacazette, struggled to make an impact and recorded the miss of the season when he somehow struck the post when just four yards out from a virtually unguarded goal. The Gabon international has also missed his last two penalties and Adams, a former Arsenal legend, believes Arteta would be best served by taking Aubameyan...
‘You’re Naive’ – Rio Ferdinand Slams Arteta for challenging Klopp during Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool
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‘You’re Naive’ – Rio Ferdinand Slams Arteta for challenging Klopp during Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool

Rio Ferdinand has labelled Mikel Arteta naive for challenging Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp at the weekend during Arsenal’s 4-0 bashing at Anfield. The Arsenal manager was involved in a heated spat with Klopp on the Anfield touchline. The two managers became enraged, with Arteta furious in a rare show of emotion, confronting Klopp and both were shown yellow cards for their actions. And former Manchester United defender, Ferdinand sees the incident as an avoidable mistake from Arteta, adding that the Spaniard showed his naivety by doing so. “I watched the game and Liverpool just turned the screw. They turned the screw after Arteta and Klopp’s spat on the touchline, which Arteta started,” Ferdinand told Vibe with FIVE. “That was naive, for me. At Anfield you don...
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Arteta Gives Update on Injuries to Aubameyang, Partey
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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Arteta Gives Update on Injuries to Aubameyang, Partey

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said he cannot guarantee Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will play against Liverpool on Saturday. Aubameyang had returned early from international duty with Gabon after he picked up the knock. Arteta was asked on Friday if Aubameyang’s early return was planned. “No, it wasn’t pre-planned. We had to assess him and see how he is and make decisions. We have a lot of players who have been through different game issues, little injuries so today we have to test everybody,” Arteta replied. When asked if he had come back with a particular injury Arteta adds: “Let’s see how everybody is. We have to see them today before assessing and making a judgement.” On the fitness of midfielder Thomas Partey, Arteta added: “Same again. He couldn’t pla...
Wenger snubs Fabregas, Van Persie, reveals Arsenal player he regrets selling
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Wenger snubs Fabregas, Van Persie, reveals Arsenal player he regrets selling

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has admitted he regretted selling Nicolas Anelka during his time at the club. The 72-year-old sold over 500 players during his 22-year stint with the Gunners. Anelka arrived in England as an unknown 17-year-old and left for Real Madrid as the most exciting young striker in European football. Before he left, the Frenchman led Arsenal’s attack during the second half of the 1997/1998 season in the absence of Ian Wright and won the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Arsenal made a staggering £22.5 million profit on Anelka who had cost just £500,000 from Monaco and bought Thierry Henry with the proceeds. Anelka failed to shine in Madrid and endured a nomadic career that saw him represent over a dozen clubs, including five more in Engla...
Wenger reveals why he rejected Man Utd job
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Wenger reveals why he rejected Man Utd job

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has claimed Manchester United were one of the clubs he turned down. When the club’s new owner, Stan Kroenke, bought a majority share in the club, Wenger revealed he questioned whether he made the right decision to sign a three-year extension. “I still today wonder if I did the right thing, because life was never exactly the same after [Dein’s departure]. “I thought I had to go to the end of this project, but I could’ve gone to the French national team, England national team twice or three times. I could’ve gone to Real Madrid twice, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, even to Manchester United. “My fatal flaw is I loved too much where I am… where I was.” Wenger eventually left Arsenal in 2018 after 22 years at the helm. Since his exi...
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Arteta receives double injury boost ahead of EPL clash
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Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Arteta receives double injury boost ahead of EPL clash

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is likely to have Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney available for selection when they take on Aston Villa on Friday. Both players returned to full training on Thursday. Saka emerged a doubt for the Premier League game after he was scythed down from behind by James McArthur during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. The 20-year-old was taken off during the half-time break. Arteta, speaking at his pre-match press conference, said he would give Saka every chance to prove his fitness in the hours leading up to kick-off. Tierney, who was absent from Wednesday’s training session due to minor bruising, also took part in drills at London Colney. Midfielder Granit Xhaka, who suffered a knee injury in Arsenal’s north London derby victory over Tottenham ...
Arsenal’s squad to face Crystal Palace revealed [Full list]
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Arsenal’s squad to face Crystal Palace revealed [Full list]

Arsenal’s squad to face Crystal Palace in today’s English Premier League, EPL, tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has named a 25-man squad to tackle Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal head to the game following a 0-0 draw with Brighton in their last encounter. The Gunners are currently in the 13th position on the EPL table with 10 points from 7 games. Below is Arsenal’s squad against Crystal Palace; Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Aaron Ramsdale, Arthur Okonkwo and Karl Hein Defenders: Cedric Soares, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Calum Chambers, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney, Nuno Tavares and Sead Kolasinac Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Albert Sambi...
Arteta reacts as Thierry Henry questions Arsenal’s progress under him
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Arteta reacts as Thierry Henry questions Arsenal’s progress under him

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has labelled remarks made by club legend Thierry Henry as “just another opinion”. Henry, in an interview this week, questioned the Gunners’ progress under Arteta. Arsenal have won 10 points from their last four Premier League fixtures, but Henry doesn’t feel things are going in “the right direction”. When asked whether he had read Henry’s comments, Arteta told a press conference on Thursday: “I haven’t. I am just hearing them from you.” Henry also said Arsenal had “suffered” in their 0-0 draw at Brighton in their most recent league game. Pressed on whether it was helpful for a former player to make such remarks, Arteta added: “It’s just another opinion. You have to respect that.”
Arsene Wenger finally gets new coaching job
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Arsene Wenger finally gets new coaching job

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, will finally return to management for the first time since leaving the Gunners in January 2018. Wenger is participating in the 2022 Riyadh Season Cup, coaching a combined team consisting of players from two of the Kingdom’s biggest clubs. It’s Wenger’s first professional coaching role since ending his 22-year stint at Arsenal. The Riyadh Season begins this month, with global entertainment festivals running until March next year. The events will be spread across 14 different zones in the Saudi Arabian capital. One of those will be the Riyadh Season Cup, where a team of Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr players will take on European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain that boast the likes of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. Wenger will take...
Arsenal confirm Jack Wilshere’s return
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Arsenal confirm Jack Wilshere’s return

Arsenal have confirmed that ex-England international, Jack Wilshere, has been training with the club. The 29-year-old has been without a club since he left Bournemouth at the end of last season. However, Wilshere is looking to keep fit, with the hope of getting a new club soon. Until then, the Gunners have allowed their former midfielder to work on his fitness at the Colney training ground. “He is going to be training sometimes with us, he is going to be around the place. “He is going to be continuing his coaching badges that he is very interested in, try to get him fit, try to get his experiences across to our players, our young players, our academy and I think it is great influence to have around,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said.
Arteta eyes two EPL strikers to replace Lacazette
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Arteta eyes two EPL strikers to replace Lacazette

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has identified Premier League strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins as possible replacements for Alexandre Lacazette, according to the UK Sun. Lacazette has scored 67 goals in 174 appearances for the Gunners. However, the 30-year-old is into the final months of his current deal and is looking to leave in 2022. Lacazette is yet to start a Premier League game this season and the club has not offered him a new contract. Instead, Arsenal have identified Everton’s Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Watkins as targets to replace him. Calvert-Lewin, 24, enjoyed a breakthrough last term, scoring 21 goals in all competitions. Watkins, meanwhile, thrived in the Championship with Brentford before moving to Villa last year and netting 16 goals...
Brighton vs Arsenal: Leno Lied about me – Arteta hits back
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Brighton vs Arsenal: Leno Lied about me – Arteta hits back

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted he had a conversation with Bernd Leno over him losing the No. 1 goalkeeper spot to Aaron Ramsdale. Arteta urged the goalkeeper to concentrate on regaining his place in the side. Leno has not made a Premier League appearance since August 28. In an interview this week, he claimed “there was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance.” Ramsdale, who arrived in a £30 million deal from Sheffield United this summer, has quickly established himself as the side’s first choice, starting in all three subsequent league wins over Norwich City, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur. However, when asked about Leno’s comments ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, Arteta said: “I had a very ...
Arteta ‘pretty worried’ about injury blow after 3-1 win over Tottenham
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Arteta ‘pretty worried’ about injury blow after 3-1 win over Tottenham

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has admitted he is “pretty worried” about a potential injury layoff for Granit Xhaka. Xhaka was forced off during their 3-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday. The Swiss midfielder was caught by a falling Lucas Moura and had to be assisted off the pitch by medical staff following a lengthy treatment on the pitch. It was the only bad note for Arsenal on a day they blew their rivals away. Arteta now fears that a lengthy spell for Xhaka, who only returned from a three-match suspension. “I’m pretty worried because it doesn’t look very positive at the moment,” Arteta told his post-match press conference. Arsenal play Brighton next in the league.
Carabao Cup: Arteta names Arsenal player he is ‘proud of’ after 3-0 win over Wimbledon
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Carabao Cup: Arteta names Arsenal player he is ‘proud of’ after 3-0 win over Wimbledon

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said he is proud of Eddie Nkeitah, following their 3-0 win over Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday. Arteta noted that the forward “fully deserved” his goal because he trained “like a beast”. Nketiah was handed his first appearance of the season after being named in Arteta’s starting XI for the match. The 22-year-old pulled off an impudent backheeled finish with 10 minutes left at the Emirates. The Gunners had gone ahead thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty and Emile Smith Rowe’s effort. “I’m so proud of this kid,” Arteta told Sky Sports when asked about Nketiah’s display. “He hasn’t played much, there’s a lot of speculation around him. The way he trains, the way he behaves, he’s always willing to help ...
Arteta clears air on ‘clash’ with Leno
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Arteta clears air on ‘clash’ with Leno

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has denied reports that Bernd Leno reacted badly to being dropped for their 1-0 victory over Norwich in the Premier League. Arteta insists Leno responded like a “top professional” in training. Aaron Ramsdale was picked to start the game at the Emirates last Saturday, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal sealed the Gunners’ first win of the campaign. Ramsdale is yet to concede a goal since his arrival, after keeping a clean sheet on his debut in their 6-0 win over West Brom in the Carabao Cup. Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Burnley this weekend, Arteta refused to reveal which goalkeeper would be given the nod. “It’s the same in every position. We want them to make each other better. “We are competing against the opponent and we are not ...
Burnley vs Arsenal: Arteta to be without three key players for EPL clash
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Burnley vs Arsenal: Arteta to be without three key players for EPL clash

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, will be without three key players when they take on Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday due to injury and suspension. The players are Mohamed Elneny, Rob Holding and Granit Xhaka. Arsenal disclosed this in a statement via their website on Thursday. The Gunners head to the game following a 1-0 victory against Norwich City in their last Premier League encounter. The statement read, “Mohamed Elneny – Left hamstring. Mo has worked hard with the medical team after suffering a hamstring strain and is aiming to be back in full training next week. “Rob Holding – Right knee. Rob sustained heavy bruising to his right knee during training ahead of the Norwich City match last weekend. Rob has progressed his rehabilitation back into training but wil...
Champions League: Guardiola explains why he screamed at Mahrez during Leipzig wi
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Champions League: Guardiola explains why he screamed at Mahrez during Leipzig wi

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said he was unhappy with Riyad Mahrez for ignoring his half-time instructions during their 6-3 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League. It was Guardiola’s 87th victory in the competition, overtaking legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger into third place. The game was also the highest-scoring European game of the Spaniard’s career, with Nathan Ake, Jack Grealish, Joao Cancelo, Gabriel Jesus and Mahrez all getting on the scoresheet. Despite his side netting six goals, in the 63rd minute with City 4-2 ahead, Guardiola called Mahrez over and berated him, screaming in his face. Grealish also received similar treatment from the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss. When asked why he was so unhappy with Mahrez and Grealish, Gua...
Wilshere confirms he’ll speak with Arteta over Arsenal return
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Wilshere confirms he’ll speak with Arteta over Arsenal return

Jack Wilshere has said he will speak with Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, after being invited to train with the first-team squad at his former club. The 29-year-old is a free agent after he was released from Bournemouth at the end of last season. Last week, Arteta invited Wilshere to return to the club. “To hear him come out and say the door is always open is nice. “I think that it can only help me. As you said, being around good players, training with world-class players and, as well, just being in a team environment is something that I am interested in. “I am sure that I will have a conversation with someone at the club over the next couple of days,” Wilshere told Sky Sports News. Arteta and Wilshere were regular midfield partners at the Emirates and both lifted the FA...
Arteta reveals his ‘lowest’ point of this season
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Arteta reveals his ‘lowest’ point of this season

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said he was at his “lowest” point this season following a 5-0 defeat at Manchester City last month. The heavy loss at the Etihad left the Gunners bottom of the Premier League. Arteta saw Arsenal lose their first three league matches, before Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Norwich City lifted them to 16th. The Spaniard has now revealed how his friends and family helped him cope. He said: “You are upset with yourself, you are angry, you are tired. “You just want to hit yourself because you’re not doing things right and you’re not getting the outcome you think you deserve. After the loss against City probably I was at the lowest. “You start to try to analyse things, you hear different opinions … And then starts the importance of having the f...
Wenger rates Arsenal’s squad under Arteta
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Wenger rates Arsenal’s squad under Arteta

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said the club’s current boss, Mikel Arteta, has a “quality” squad. Wenger, however, expressed sympathy over the Gunners’ difficult start to the new season. Arsenal faced both the reigning European and Premier League champions in two of their first three fixtures. Before Saturday’s narrow 1-0 win against Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta’s side endured the club’s lowest point. The north London club went into the international break with a record of three games played, with zero points, zero goals scored and nine goals conceded. However, the victory over the Canaries lifted the Gunners off of the foot of the table and into 16th. Wenger told beIN Sport: “First of all, I like to usually say what I think – I believe in...
Arteta tells Arsenal players to take COVID-19 vaccine
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Arteta tells Arsenal players to take COVID-19 vaccine

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has urged his players to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Arteta warned that “the team will pay the price” of another outbreak within the squad. Granit Xhaka became the latest member of the Gunners’ squad to test positive while away on international duty with Switzerland. This season alone, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Alex Runarsson missed the start of the campaign after contracting the virus. The £50million summer signing Ben White was also ruled out of games against Chelsea and Manchester City due to his own positive test. “We are trying to explain all the reasons why we believe it is the right thing to do,” Arteta said. “How much it will protect first of all the club, secondly their teammates and the en...
Arteta welcomes Wilshere Arsenal training facility
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Arteta welcomes Wilshere Arsenal training facility

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said Jack Wilshere is welcome to come and train with his squad. Wilshere is still without a club after he was released by Bournemouth. The former England international left the Championship side at the end of last season and recently trained with Serie B side, Como. However, a deal couldn’t be done as the midfielder doesn’t have an EU passport. The 29-year-old was once tipped to be the next big English talent but has been plagued by injuries all through his career. Arteta played alongside Wilshere during his time at Arsenal and may have offered his former teammate a lifeline as he looks to salvage his career. He was asked on Thursday if Wilshere could train at their London Colney facility and he said: “He is someone that I know who I s...
Wenger reacts to Arsenal’s poor start, speaks on taking over from Arteta
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Wenger reacts to Arsenal’s poor start, speaks on taking over from Arteta

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has insisted the club is “in good shape” despite their miserable start to the 2021/2022 season. The Frenchman has backed the Gunners to bounce back from their opening three defeats. Arsenal are rock bottom in the Premier League on -9 goal difference, after losing to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City. Current manager, Mikel Arteta, has been hamstrung by some injuries to first-team players as well as multiple COVID cases and has not been able to field anything close to his strongest XI. Arsenal will be back in action after the international break against Norwich City, who are also winless this season, and there are already suggestions the match could be a must-win game for Arteta. Wenger told BILD LIVE: “Today the club is in goo...
West Brom vs Arsenal: Arteta singles out two players after 6-0 win
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West Brom vs Arsenal: Arteta singles out two players after 6-0 win

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has praised debutant Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard, following their 6-0 win over West Brom in the Carabao Cup second round. It was the Gunners’ first win of the season, following back-to-back 2-0 defeats in the Premier League to Brentford and Chelsea. Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a hat-trick, while Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette also got on the score sheet. Arteta told Sky Sports: “The attitude the team had from the beginning [was good]. We were disappointed not to win the two games in the league. “When you lose the most important thing is to win the next match to get some confidence. We scored some good goals.” Odegaard and Ramsdale were making their first appearances this season....
Arteta given October deadline to avoid Arsenal sack
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Arteta given October deadline to avoid Arsenal sack

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has been given until October to save his job, according to the UK Telegraph. The Gunners have started the 2021/2022 season miserably losing their first two matches. Arteta’s men lost 2-0 to newly-promoted Brentford on the opening day, before another 2-0 defeat at the Emirates against Chelsea on Sunday. Although Arteta has claimed silverware in successive seasons since his arrival in 2019, with FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs, he is now under pressure. The Spaniard was heckled by furious fans after the Chelsea game, with the supporters asking him to resign. However, the board will remain patient with the 38-year-old until after the international break and give him a chance to turn things around.
Arteta reacts to Arsenal fans booing players during 2-0 defeat to Chelsea
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Arteta reacts to Arsenal fans booing players during 2-0 defeat to Chelsea

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted the fans are behind him. Arteta and the players were booed off at half time and full time, as they lost 2-0 to Chelsea on Sunday. Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Reece James saw the Gunners lose two games in two league fixtures. It is 67 years since they lost their opening three and they face Manchester City next weekend. When asked about the frustrated supporters voicing their frustration, Arteta said: “No. I saw a lot of excitement from them at the beginning. “They really tried to push the team. When you are 2-0 down at half time nobody is happy. We are fooling ourselves if we think they were. But in the second half they were behind them. Even the players were saying that they felt it. But in the end, they were frustrated. “...
Arteta, Aubameyang clash as Arsenal set deadline to sack manager
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Arteta, Aubameyang clash as Arsenal set deadline to sack manager

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has seen his relationship with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang become strained, even as the board’s faith in him begins to waver, according to Eurosport. The Gunners lost their first Premier League game of the season 2-0 to Brentford last Friday. Aubameyang was unavailable for the game along with strike partner Alexandre Lacazette. Their absence was attributed to illness, but there have been suggestions that something else is at play. It is understood Aubameyang is free to leave if a suitable offer was received, as his relationship with Arteta has soured. During a pre-season in which the striker failed to net a single goal, there has been noticeable ‘friction’ between the manager and the club’s top earner which has created a p...
Arteta apologizes after Arsenal’s 2-0 Defeat to Brentford
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Arteta apologizes after Arsenal’s 2-0 Defeat to Brentford

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has apologized to the club’s fanbase following their 2-0 loss at Brentford. The Gunners opened their 2021/2022 Premier League season with defeat to the newly-promoted side. Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard scored in either half to fire the hosts to victory. Speaking after the game, Arteta admitted it wasn’t “the result or performance” he wanted. He said: “First of all, thank you because of the support that they are giving to the team, the travelling fans that were here. “And after that, I apologise for the result and we know that we have to improve. “We have two big games coming up right now and we need to a different performance to get a different result.”
Brentford vs Arsenal: Arteta to Sell Aubameyang
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Brentford vs Arsenal: Arteta to Sell Aubameyang

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, is ready to sanction a move away from the club for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the UK Times reports. The Gunners begin the new Premier League campaign against Brentford on Friday, with doubts over the future of some of their squad members. Despite saying the club would carry out an unprecedented overhaul of its squad back in March, Arteta has only been able to bring in three new players this summer. Arsenal, meanwhile, have been unable to shift many of the players who appear to have been deemed surplus to requirements. The likes of Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira and Reiss Nelson are still on the books. The returns of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli will provide the Spaniard with some fresh options ...
Xhaka is staying at Arsenal’ – Arteta confirms Roma move is off
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Xhaka is staying at Arsenal’ – Arteta confirms Roma move is off

The Swiss star was expected to hook up with Jose Mourinho in Italy - but that is no longer happening Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Granit Xhaka’s proposed move to Roma is off - and that he expects the midfielder to be a "key member" of the team this year. Earlier in the summer, the defensive midfielder seemed destined to link up with Jose Mourinho at the Serie A club, though last week reports started to circulate that Xhaka would remain with the Gunners. Xhaka recently returned to training before scoring in Arsenal's 2-1 friendly defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, with Arteta's comments coming after the match.
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Wenger’s next Coaching Job Revealed

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has been touted as the next head coach of Switzerland, according to Blick. Wenger has not held any managerial position since he left the Gunners in 2018. However, the Frenchman has not officially retired. He is now being linked with the vacant Switzerland role after Vladimir Petkovic stepped down after seven years to join French club Bordeaux. Wenger is one of several candidates for the job. Wenger – who is currently working as FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development – had previously been contacted about the role in 1995. However, the Swiss federation were unable to agree terms with him back then.
Arteta warns Smith Rowe after player takes Ozil’s no 10 shirt
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Arteta warns Smith Rowe after player takes Ozil’s no 10 shirt

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has warned Emile Smith Rowe of the” consequences” of taking the club’s no 10 shirt ahead of the 2021/2022 season. Speaking with the Gunners’ official website, Arteta confirmed that the 20-year-old asked to be given the shirt. Smith Rowe takes over the iconic number from Mesut Ozil, who was exiled by Arteta, before being shipped to Fenerbahce in January this year. “He asked for [the No.10 shirt], so that shows you the ambition and desire. I prefer players who ask for more than maybe they can take but if they believe they can do it, don’t put a limit on it. When he asked me and asked the club that he would like to get that [number], okay, let’s go. “We talked a little bit, we discussed it and he knows the consequences of that, but he feels prepa...
Lokonga tells Arteta his best position
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Lokonga tells Arteta his best position

  New Arsenal signing, Albert Sambi Lokonga, has said his best position is in the no6 role at the base midfield. Lokonga has put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the Gunners, in a deal believed to be worth £17m. Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is rebuilding his midfield ahead of the 2021/2021 campaign, after Dani Ceballos returned to Real Madrid following the end of his loan spell and Granit Xhaka close to a move to Roma. Lokonga, 21, comes in to provide some steel, potentially alongside Thomas Partey next season. And while the Belgian is comfortable playing as a box-to-box midfielder, he has indicated his best position is in a deeper midfield role. “I can play both. I can play as a six and I can play like a box-to-box. “But people say that I’m better i...
Arteta Identifies Ben White’s ideal defensive partner at Arsenal
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Arteta Identifies Ben White’s ideal defensive partner at Arsenal

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has identified Gabriel Magalhaes as Ben White’s ideal partner in his defence, the UK Times reports. The Gunners are close to finalizing a £50million deal for White, after agreeing the fee with Brighton. With David Luiz leaving at the end of last season and William Saliba joining Marseille on loan, Arteta was keen to bring in a central defender that possesses composure and passing range. Once the formalities of his move are completed, White will compete with Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Magalhaes for a starting spot in Arteta’s strongest XI. But the Arsenal manager believes a combination of White and Gabriel, who joined from Lille last summer in a £27m deal, represents the best possible combination available to him when e...
I’m Expecting new faces – Arteta reacts after Arsenal fail to win second preseason game
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I’m Expecting new faces – Arteta reacts after Arsenal fail to win second preseason game

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said he is expecting “some new faces” to join the club, when they take part in the Florida Cup next week. The Gunners are closing in on transfer targets such as Brighton defender Ben White, after agreeing a £50million fee. With Nuno Tavares already settled in from Benfica, the expectation is that deals will be done while Arteta and his squad are in America. Following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Rangers at Ibrox in a friendly, Arteta told Arsenal Media of his immediate plans: “Now a little bit of recovery. “We trained really hard, played two games, and now we’re going to be travelling to America next week. “We didn’t have any injuries which is really positive in the first week. We’re going to have some new faces arriving probably,...
Hibernian vs Arsenal: Why Gunners lost 2-1 – Mikel Arteta
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Hibernian vs Arsenal: Why Gunners lost 2-1 – Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has explained why his team lost 2-1 to Hibernian in a pre-season friendly tie on Tuesday evening. According to Arteta, Arsenal lost to Hibernian at Easter Road because they failed to score after creating many chances against the Scotland club. The Gunners boss also said that his players were a little bit leggy against Hibernian. DAILY POST reports that goals from Martin Boyle and Daniel MacKay ensured Hibernian defeated Arsenal. Emile Smith Rowe did score a goal for the Emirates club. “Well, I’m always disappointed when we lose a football match, but it is the first game, we played with many kids and we only had four training sessions,” Arteta said at his post-match press conference. “We’ve trained really hard and you could see that the pl...
Arsenal set to bring Nuno Tavares to Emirates
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Arsenal set to bring Nuno Tavares to Emirates

Arsenal is set to bring Benfica left-back, Nuno Tavares, to Emirates this summer. The Premier League club has made the first move in the race to sign Tavares from Benfica. The Gunners view Tavares as a new backup to Kieran Tierney. According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal has been in contact with the player’s agents, with Benfica hoping for £14.5 million. Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, is keen to add competition for Tierney at left-back after the Scotland international signed a new long-term contract with the North London club last week. Tavares currently has three years left in his contract with Benfica. The 21-year-old has gone on to make 41 appearances for Benfica.
Arsenal’s £40m Bid for Ben White rejected
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Arsenal’s £40m Bid for Ben White rejected

  Arsenal has seen a £40m bid for Ben White rejected by Brighton, according to Sky Sports. However, both Premier League clubs remain in talks over the defender. The Gunners are expected to return with an improved offer for the 23-year-old, who is currently at the Euros with England. White made 36 appearances in the league last season for Brighton, after spending the 2019/2020 campaign on loan at Leeds. Brighton finished 16th and had the joint-best defence in the bottom half of the league with 46 goals conceded. Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, is looking to bolster their defence after finishing eighth in the Premier League and missing out on European football. Gabriel, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, and Rob Holding were the most-used players in the middle last seas...
Transfer: Arsenal identify player to sign as Martin Odegaard’s replacement
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Transfer: Arsenal identify player to sign as Martin Odegaard’s replacement

  Arsenal have identified Leicester City’s James Maddison as their top transfer target to replace Martin Odegaard this summer, MailSport reports. Arsenal wants to bring Maddison to Emirates and believe they can strike a deal with Leicester for the player’s signature. Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, wanted Odegaard to extend his stay at the Gunners following his successful loan spell, but the midfielder has returned to Real Madrid and will now try to force his way into the club’s first-team plans under Carlo Ancelotti. Leicester had last summer rejected a £70 million offer for Maddison’s signature. Maddison, who was narrowly omitted from England’s Euro 2020 squad, signed a new four-year deal at Leicester last summer worth around £100,000 a week. The 24-year-old enj...
Euro 2020: Wenger Names Favourite for Best Player award
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Euro 2020: Wenger Names Favourite for Best Player award

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has identified Chelsea’s Timo Werner as the favourite player to win the Euro 2020 player of the tournament. Wenger also said that he likes the quality of the Germany international’s movement on the pitch. Werner endured a mixed first season at Chelsea, scoring 12 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for the west London club. “I like the quality of his runs,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “I like his movement, but he’s not… we see his conversion rate with the number of chances he has. “He’s not good enough to say, but he will be absolutely the favourite to be the player of the tournament [Euro 2020].” The Euro 2020 will kick off on June 11 – 11 July 2021. Germany is in Group F alongside France, Hungary and Portugal....
Some People Inside Arsenal Tried to Hurt the team – Arteta
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Some People Inside Arsenal Tried to Hurt the team – Arteta

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has claimed that “some people inside” the club have tried to “hurt” the team. The Gunners go into the final day of the 2020/2021 season in ninth place and could yet qualify for the inaugural Europa Conference League if they beat Brighton. It would provide a positive end to a poor campaign, during which Arteta claimed he was searching for a mole leaking information from the dressing room. When asked what the best thing about this season had been, Arteta told a press conference: “The best thing has been to keep a team, a staff, employees and everybody together. “In those circumstances when you are not winning and when there are so many people, some inside and some outside that are trying to hurt.” Pushed on whether the “people insid...
Nothing is Broken in Arsenal Squad – Arteta Insists after 1-0 win at Chelsea
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Nothing is Broken in Arsenal Squad – Arteta Insists after 1-0 win at Chelsea

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted his players are giving him 100% and nothing is broken within the squad. Arteta was speaking after the Gunners beat Chelsea 1-0 to complete a rare league double on Wednesday night. The Spaniard criticized the media for twisting his comments and claimed they were trying to “break” a bond with his players. He told Sky Sports: Nothing is broken inside. I don’t know how they want to try from the outside. They try to put things on me that I never said. “You can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. You can never doubt the efforts. “I said if I don’t get 120% off each player it’s my fault and responsibility. It wasn’t like this in the press. I’m so annoyed by that. “My players, I will defend them from everybod...
We Cannot be Crying – Arteta Vows to Carry out ‘Ruthless’ Arsenal Overhaul
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We Cannot be Crying – Arteta Vows to Carry out ‘Ruthless’ Arsenal Overhaul

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has said he will carry out a “ruthless” overhaul of his squad this summer. The Gunners are likely not to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years. They were sent out of the Europa League by Villarreal on Thursday and currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League. Following a disappointing end to the campaign, Arteta is keen to revamp his playing personnel ahead of next season. “This year is not year one. I think a project has its phases and I am telling you we are in a much better position today to be where we want to be very soon, if we do what we have to do. But we have to be ruthless. “We cannot be crying and stuck on what we don’t have. We have to see what we do have and maximise it to get what we want,” Arteta sa...
Arteta Reveals how Arsenal can Still Qualify for Europe after Europa League exit
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Arteta Reveals how Arsenal can Still Qualify for Europe after Europa League exit

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said the Premier League offers the only route for his team to play in Europe next season. The Gunners were dumped out of the Europa League on Thursday night, following a goalless draw with Villarreal. Arteta’s men had lost 2-1 in Spain last week. Their only realistic path to playing in Europe is if they finish in the top six spots. “The only way [to qualify for Europe] is through the Premier League so we know what we have ahead of us. “Today is a big disappointment because we tried everything,” Arteta told BT Sport.
Europa League: Arteta Explains Why Arsenal Failed to Qualify for Final
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Europa League: Arteta Explains Why Arsenal Failed to Qualify for Final

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has said his team failed to qualify for the Europa League final because of small details. The Gunners played out a 0-0 draw with Villarreal on Thursday night, bowing out on a 2-1 aggregate defeat. Arteta, speaking after the game, insisted they tried everything but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. “We are devastated, really disappointed, but we have to congratulate Villarreal. We tried everything until the last minute. “I think over two legs and what happened today in the second-half, I think we deserved to win the game, but the details defined this tie. “When we had the opportunities, we didn’t score. We hit the post twice, we had three big chances. They didn’t have anything but they are through,” Arteta told BT Sport...
Europa League: Arteta Receives Triple Injury Boost ahead of Villarreal Second leg
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Europa League: Arteta Receives Triple Injury Boost ahead of Villarreal Second leg

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, could have Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang feature in their crucial Europa League semi-final second leg clash with Villarreal on Thursday. Aubameyang is in contention to start against the LaLiga side, having returned to action after contracting malaria. The striker came on late in the first leg and played 77 minutes of the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Newcastle at the weekend. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Arteta said: “He played well [vs Newcastle] and he felt much better than the days before that. Obviously, scoring a goal is really important for him as well, so he’s in a good place.” Also, Tierney and Lacazette are back in full training, but Arteta will make a late call on their involvement...
Arteta Hints at Issue Between Martinelli, Tierney
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Arteta Hints at Issue Between Martinelli, Tierney

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has suggested Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney need to work on their connection down the left flank. Arteta was speaking after Martinelli was awarded man of the match, following their 2-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday. According to the Spaniard, Martinelli’s performance was aided by Granit Xhaka’s presence at left-back. Mohammed Elneny gave the Gunners an early lead, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 2-0 in the second half. Martinelli provided the assist for the second goal and recently came back into the fold, having gone seven straight league fixtures without making an appearance. Curiously, his return to the team has coincided with the absence of left-back Tierney, who has been sidelined for each of those games. And...
Why I Rejected Real Madrid Twice – Arsene Wenger
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Why I Rejected Real Madrid Twice – Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger,  has revealed that he rejected an opportunity to coach Real Madrid twice because he was involved in a project to build a new stadium that would replace Highbury during his time at Emirates. Wenger explained that he was proud of his decision to turn Real Madrid down because he showed commitment and loyalty. “When I was a kid, Real Madrid was my team,” Wenger told EFE. “I grew up watching [Alfredo] Di Stefano, [Ferenc] Puskas, [Raymond] Kopa, Santamaria, [Paco] Gento… They made an impression on me. “I liked Real Madrid, and with the passing of time, I ended up facing them.” “I almost went to Real Madrid on two occasions. Not many people can say that” he added. “But I was involved in a project to build a new stadium that would repla...
Villarreal vs Arsenal: Arteta Confirms Ceballos Ignored his half-time Instruction
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Villarreal vs Arsenal: Arteta Confirms Ceballos Ignored his half-time Instruction

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has claimed he told Dani Ceballos to be careful during his half-time team-talk in their 2-1 defeat to Villarreal on Thursday night. Ceballos was shown a second yellow card with the Gunners already two goals down. Villarreal opened the scoring in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final after Manu Trigueros fired home. Unai Emery’s men made it two, with Raul Albion ghosting in at the far post. Arteta said of the red card following the match: “I haven’t seen the action. Obviously, we talked at half-time that you have to be careful. “I was going to take him off but by the time Gabi (Gabriel Martinelli) was ready to come on, that action happened and he was out.”
I am Ready to Help Arsenal – Wenger
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I am Ready to Help Arsenal – Wenger

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said he is willing to “help” the club “in any way”, amid speculation of a possible takeover. Gunners legends like Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira are reportedly teaming up with Swedish billionaire, Daniel Ek, to buy out the club and oust Stan Kroenke from his position. Majority shareholder Kroenke and his son, Josh, have faced outrage from fans for their involvement in the failed European Super League proposal. Thousands of supporters turned up at the Emirates before a 1-0 defeat to Everton last Friday, calling for their American owners to leave. Ek, who is the founder of Spotify and a lifelong Arsenal fan, is said to be worth £3.4billion. He has announced his interest in taking over the reins in the fal...

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