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Arteta to Replace Lacazette with £15m Striker
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Arteta to Replace Lacazette with £15m Striker

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has made Celtic striker, Odsonne Edouard a target, as a potential replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, according to the UK Telegraph. For some time now, Leicester City have felt they had won the race to sign the 23-year-old, with a £15million agreement close to being reached. However, Arsenal have been monitoring Edouard for over a year and will look to make a move for the striker, who will have just one year remaining on his contract with Celtic this summer. Lacazette will also have just one year left on his deal this summer, and the Gunners are set to make a decision over whether he will be sold or handed a contract extension. Leicester believe they are in a strong position to sign Edouard, as Brendan Rodgers has already managed th...
Europa League: Arteta Gets Warning to either win Trophy or be Sacked
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Europa League: Arteta Gets Warning to either win Trophy or be Sacked

  Former Tottenham Hotspur striker, Darren Bent, has warned Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, that he could be sacked if he fails to win the Europa League this season. The Gunners are struggling to qualify for Europe through the Premier League, as they currently sit ninth place and four points behind Spurs who occupy the last spot. However, they could qualify for the Champions League if they win the Europa League outrightly. “Yes, this season has been really inconsistent. But I don’t want Arsenal to become a club where they keep sacking managers. At some stage you’ve got to give someone a little bit of time. “The FA Cup win papers over a lot of cracks and if Arsenal go out of the Europa League and finish 10th or 11th, I think he could be out of a job,” Bent told talkSP...
Arteta Names Arsenal Player that’ll not Play Again this Season
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Arteta Names Arsenal Player that’ll not Play Again this Season

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Kieran Tierney is set to miss the remainder of the Gunners’ season due to injury. Tierney was forced off with a knee problem in Arsenal’s 3-0 loss against Liverpool in the Premier League earlier this month. The Scotland international was replaced by Granit Xhaka as Arsenal defeated Sheffield United 3-0 victory over the weekend. “He [Xhaka] had a specific role today for the game because we believed they were going to try to do something, and he had the right qualities to develop that role,” Arteta said at his post-match press conference after Arsenal’s win over Sheffield on Sunday. “It’s a joy to work with him because you would ask him to play as a centre forward, and he would say, ‘yeah, yeah, I will do my best’. That ...
Arteta ‘Losing Arsenal Dressing Room’ Ahead of Sheffield Utd Clash
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Arteta ‘Losing Arsenal Dressing Room’ Ahead of Sheffield Utd Clash

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, is beginning to lose the dressing room, according to the UK Sun. Senior members of the squad are said to be growing tired of being blamed for the club’s poor results. The Gunners are currently 11th in the Premier League table with just eight matches left this season. They sit 12 points adrift of Champions League places and the Europa League is their only hope of success this campaign. Arteta’s tactics were criticised following a 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague in their Europa League first leg on Thursday, with the Spaniard waiting until the 75th minute before making four changes. He also has a habit of leaving a big player out of his starting XI following a disappointing result, giving the impression that the individual is to blame. ...
Mikel Arteta Gives Reasons for late substitutions during 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague
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Mikel Arteta Gives Reasons for late substitutions during 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has insisted that he made his substitutions at the right time during his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague on Thursday night. This is despite coming under fire for his decisions that have now seen Arsenal’s Europa League chances hang in the balance. Arsenal conceded an injury-time equaliser with Tomas Holes header which cancelled out Nicolas Pepe’s opener. The Gunners are now in a dicey situation going into the second leg in Prague next Thursday. Arteta introduced Gabriel Martinelli in the 73rd minute and both Pepe, Mohamed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang five minutes later and many Arsenal supporters were disappointed by Arteta’s decision to wait for so long. Ian Wright had tweeted his frustration saying: “Take the chanc...
Why we Couldn’t Defeat Slavia Prague – Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta
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Why we Couldn’t Defeat Slavia Prague – Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, has given reasons for his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague at the Emirates on Thursday. Nicolas Pepe put Arsenal in front late in the first leg of their quarter-final tie but the visitors hit back with a dramatic injury-time goal through Tomas Holes. The result means that the Gunners will hope for a better result in the second leg with Slavia now in a more advantageous position. Arteta’s side failed to take a number of opportunities during the game and the Gunners’ Europa League ambition is now hanging in the balance. Arteta told reporters after the game, “It’s difficult [to beat them] because they were a good opponent. They have beaten some big teams and are really difficult to play against. “They have a lot of man-to-man si...
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal criticised after 1-1 with Slavia Prague at Emirates
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Mikel Arteta, Arsenal criticised after 1-1 with Slavia Prague at Emirates

  Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has criticised manager, Mikel Arteta and his players after their deflating 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in the Europa League on Thursday night. Nicolas Pepe almost secured a narrow win for Arsenal at the Emirates in the first leg of their quarter-final tie after he fired the hosts ahead with a late goal. But the visitors shocked the English side with a dramatic injury-time equaliser through Tomas Holes, a result that has now given Slavia an advantage ahead of the second leg next week. Arteta’s side failed to take a number opportunities before the two late goals and the Gunners Europa League ambitions are now hanging in the balance. Wright expressed his disappointment with the result and Arsenal’s finishing during the match and also cri...
Arteta Opens up on Dropping Aubameyang, Pepe against Slavia Prague
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Arteta Opens up on Dropping Aubameyang, Pepe against Slavia Prague

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has explained why he dropped several players for the Europa League clash with Slavia Prague. Gunners captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli all started from the bench. Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe all came back into the team, as well as Granit Xhaka, Willian, Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares. “We had to pick the right team to try and start the game in the best possible way and as well have the options to change the game. “In Europe we have the possibility to make five subs and that’s a big thing. We want to use our full squad in the best possible way,” Arteta told BT Sport. The Gunners missed a host of great chances to score, before Nicolas Pepe came off the bench to score what looked like a l...
Arsenal Given Names of Five Players to Sign for Arteta
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Arsenal Given Names of Five Players to Sign for Arteta

  Former Arsenal midfielder, Michael Thomas, has urged the club to sign five new players for their manager, Mikel Arteta, this summer transfer window. The five players are Achraf Hakimi, Ryan Bertrand, Yves Bissouma, Martin Odegaard, and a left-winger. Thomas stated this ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Slavia Praha on Thursday night. “I don’t think Arsenal need to be thinking about a new manager just yet,” Thomas told CaughtOffside. “A new manager will experience the same issues until they have their own team of players in place to produce what they want. “I think Arteta needs to finish the season on a high with the Europa League and try and get more of his own players integrated into the team. “If then he cannot get his group of players to perf...
Europa League: Arteta Identifies Arsenal Players he will drop
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Europa League: Arteta Identifies Arsenal Players he will drop

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has vowed to drop players in his squad, who act like they are on holiday. This follows Emmanuel Petit’s brutal review of his former club. Petit, who won the Premier League and FA Cup during his time with the Gunners, criticized the club’s recent recruitment and said too many players treat it like a “holiday retreat”. Arteta, speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Slavia Prague, says he has taken Petit’s assessment on board and vowed to change his mind about Arsenal. “He [Petit] knows the club well. He was here in their most successful years and has that opinion. I’m here to change that opinion. “I am here to give my evaluation of what I see every day and where we are and I know where we are and where we want to go. ...
Arteta speaks on ‘little mafia’ within Arsenal squad
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Arteta speaks on ‘little mafia’ within Arsenal squad

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has told his players they must take Gary Neville’s harsh criticism “on the chin” ahead of their Europa League quarter-final clash against Sparta Prague on Thursday. The Gunners were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool on Saturday night, with their lethargic performance even more damaging than the result. Neville, speaking on Monday Night Football, particularly laid into skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette, branding them a “little mafia”. While Arteta would not be drawn on whether a disconnect had emerged between himself and his players, he feels any criticism of the side was justified. When asked to respond to Neville’s “little mafia” comments at a press conference on Wednesday, Arteta replied: “No, no respons...
Mikel Arteta Reacts to Arsenal midfielder’s plea to leave Emirates
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Mikel Arteta Reacts to Arsenal midfielder’s plea to leave Emirates

  Mikel Arteta has responded to Lucas Torreira’s emotional public plea to leave the club. Arteta is calling on the midfielder to remain calm after the Arsenal midfielder requested to be sold this summer following the death of his mother. Torreira joined Arsenal in the summer of 2018 and made a positive impression under former manager, Unai Emery. The Uruguay international, however, found life much difficult during his second season at the club, after Emery put him in a more advanced role. He then featured prominently during the early weeks of Arteta’s reign but was hit by an ankle injury and he is now struggling to win his place back in the team upon his return to fitness. The midfielder was sent out on loan to Atletico Madrid following Arsenal’s decision to sign...
Gary Neville reveals some Arsenal players have become ”mafia” against Artet
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Gary Neville reveals some Arsenal players have become ”mafia” against Artet

  Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has claimed a group of Arsenal players have constituted themselves into “a little mafia” under Mikel Arteta. Neville was speaking about the Gunners’ 3-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend on Monday Night Football. According to him, he felt “uncomfortable” with what he saw at the Emirates on Saturday night. Neville singled out their front six – Dani Ceballos, Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette for criticism. He said: “I have to say, coming out of Saturday, we don’t know what goes on behind the scenes at Arsenal but there were a few of those players on the front part of the pitch, it looked like a little mafia. “It looked like a little group of players who w...
Carragher wants three players dismissed from Arsenal, says Aubameyang, lazy
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Carragher wants three players dismissed from Arsenal, says Aubameyang, lazy

Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, has described Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s performances for the Gunners this season as ‘lazy’. Carragher also urged Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, to get rid of three Arsenal players, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Willian. According to him, It will be a ‘painful’ process for Arsenal, but Lacazette, Pepe and Willian need to move on. The former defender stated this ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League tie against Slavia Praha on Thursday. Arteta’s side head to the game after losing 3-0 to Liverpool in the Premier League over the weekend. “It’s going to take a lot of pain for Arsenal,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “It’s the players, get rid of them. Stick with Arteta and get the young players in the team. “Odegaard h...
Arsenal vs Slavia Prague: Arteta told to drop Aubameyang, Start Martinelli
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Arsenal vs Slavia Prague: Arteta told to drop Aubameyang, Start Martinelli

  Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has urged manager Mikel Arteta to drop captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. According to him, Gabriel Martinelli should take Aubameyang’s place in the starting XI. Arteta dropped Aubameyang a few weeks ago for the North London Derby clash against Tottenham Hotspur, after he arrived late for a team meeting. The Gabon striker was again ineffective as Arsenal lost 3-0 to Liverpool on Saturday. And ahead of their Europa League quarter-final clash against Slavia Prague at the Emirates, Keown feels Arteta has to make a similar decision again. “Arteta has a big decision to make on his captain. He set an example by dropping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the north London derby recently. “Should Arteta not be dropping him for perfo...
Arteta ‘in Shock’ and Calls on Arsenal to Show ‘big balls’ after Liverpool loss
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Arteta ‘in Shock’ and Calls on Arsenal to Show ‘big balls’ after Liverpool loss

The Gunners were crushed 3-0 by the Reds at the Emirates, and their manager was not happy Mikel Arteta has said Arsenal’s dismal loss to Liverpool left him "in shock," and has called on his players to show "big balls" and fashion a response. Arsenal’s outside hopes of making a late push for the European places suffered a huge setback with a 3-0 loss to Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday. The score flattered Arsenal, as they were second best in every facet of the game.
Arsenal vs Liverpool: Arteta ‘not Suspicious’ of Aubameyang After New Contract
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Arsenal vs Liverpool: Arteta ‘not Suspicious’ of Aubameyang After New Contract

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted he is “not suspicious” that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s poor form this season is connected to the new long-term contract he signed in September. Aubameyang had been prolific for the Gunners since he joined from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. The Gabon striker won the Premier League golden boot in his first full season and finished as the second highest scorer in 2019/2020. But Aubameyang has found things tougher this campaign, scoring just 14 goals in 31 appearances so far. When asked about any link between Aubameyang’s form and his new deal, Arteta said: “It is easy to connect things like that, but I am not suspicious of that. “I have seen, and we have had many conversations, about what he wanted to do from last ...
Arsenal vs Liverpool: Arteta’s Team news Confirmed
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Arsenal vs Liverpool: Arteta’s Team news Confirmed

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has confirmed the latest update on his team ahead of the Gunners’ Premier League tie with Liverpool on Saturday night at Emirates. Arteta said Bukayo Saka has not trained with Arsenal’s squad ahead of the Liverpool clash, while Emile Smith Rowe has some discomfort in his hip. Arsenal head to the game following a 3-3 draw with West Ham United in their last Premier League encounter on March 21. “Bukayo has not trained with the team yet,” Arteta said at his pre-match press conference on Thursday. “He has been doing some individual work. “We had to pull him out of the England squad, unfortunately. He is feeling better, but he has not trained with the team yet. “Emile has some discomfort in his hip, and that is why they decided to k...
Arteta Speaks on Bringing Aguero to Arsenal
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Arteta Speaks on Bringing Aguero to Arsenal

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is uncertain about Sergio Aguero’s future with the club. Arteta who did not directly respond to questions about Aguero’s future said the player has the talent to seek out opportunities. “we will see what happens with him in the future”, Arteta said when asked about Sergio Aguero. Aguero is set to leave Manchester City this summer when his contract expires. The 32-year-old is believed to be considering a move to Barcelona, where he could link up with compatriot Lionel Messi. But he has also been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG. Arsenal could also be a potential destination for Aguero, with Arteta, who coached the forward at City, adamant he is still an elite striker. When asked if he believes Aguero can still pe...
Arsenal Fears Chelsea Could Hijack Odegaard Deal
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Arsenal Fears Chelsea Could Hijack Odegaard Deal

Arsenal fears they will lose Martin Odegaard to Premier League rivals, Chelsea as Real Madrid will demand £50 million for the player this summer, the Daily Star reports. Odegaard arrived at the Emirates in January for a six-month loan. The Gunners paid a fee of £1.8m but did not agree to an option to buy clause in the deal. Real valued Odegaard at £30m at the time but after his outstanding displays under Mikel Arteta, Arsenal is worried the LaLiga giants will make them cough up £50m to bring him in on a permanent deal. It is believed that the 22-year-old Norwegian is keen to continue in London, but it remains to be seen which of the teams in the city he might be playing for in the 2021/2022 season.
Arteta Expresses Interest in Managing PSG
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Arteta Expresses Interest in Managing PSG

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has expressed an interest in coaching Paris Saint-Germain in future. Arteta sent one year on loan at PSG between 2001 and 2002. During his spell in France, he won the Intertoto Cup before leaving Barcelona for Rangers. His history with the Ligue 1 club has led to links with a possible return. Arteta was in December mentioned as a potential candidate when Thomas Tuchel was sacked, before Mauricio Pochettino was appointed. “I love Paris, I love Paris,” Arteta told BeIN Sports FR. “I have very good memories from over there. It was my first club as a professional. The club is always in my heart. “You never know, but I have a lot of work to do (at Arsenal).”  
Arteta lining up summer targets for Arsenal with Gunners ‘planning everything’ for next window
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Arteta lining up summer targets for Arsenal with Gunners ‘planning everything’ for next window

The Spaniard admits work has already begun on identifying players that could be drafted into his ranks at Emirates Stadium Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal have already started planning for the summer transfer window, with the Gunners in the process of lining up potential targets. Work over the winter saw the north London outfit trim their squad, with deadwood such as Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi cleared from the Emirates Stadium decks. There is still much to do, with a 10th-place standing in the Premier League proving as much, but Arteta is confident that he and technical director Edu can make an ambitious club more “competitive”.  
Mikel Arteta Points out why Dinamo Zagreb defeated Mourinho’s Tottenham 3-0
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Mikel Arteta Points out why Dinamo Zagreb defeated Mourinho’s Tottenham 3-0

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has suggested that Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham’s shock Europa League exit from the Europa League to Dinamo Zagreb was because the opposition was taken for granted. According to the Spaniard, the shock defeat shows the strength of opposition in the competition is still “taken for granted.” While the Gunners were able to move into the next stages of the Europa League after a 3-2 aggregate win over Olympiacos, their north London rivals, Tottenham crashed out to Croatian side, Dinamo Zagreb. Mourinho’s side suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat away in Zagreb, giving away a 2-0 lead from the first leg in London. Mislav Orsic scored a superb hat-trick to send the Premier League side crashing out of the competition. Reacting to Tottenham’s exit, ...
Arsenal vs Olympiacos: Aubameyang Confirms Discussion With Arteta after Punishment
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Arsenal vs Olympiacos: Aubameyang Confirms Discussion With Arteta after Punishment

  Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has said his disciplinary situation with manager Mikel Arteta has been resolved. Aubameyang was dropped from the starting XI for the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Tottenham last Sunday, after he arrived late for the squad’s meet-up before the game. On Wednesday, Arteta said he and Aubameyang have addressed the situation ahead of their Europa League fixture. Nowe, the Gabon striker also insists he is now keen to move on from the incident. “On my own situation, I have spoken with the boss and it’s all done now – we move on,” Aubameyang wrote in his matchday programme notes ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League tie with Olympiacos. “I’m focused on the next game and it’s a big one for us. We fought so hard last Thursday to get in this...
Arsenal vs Olympiacos: Arteta Names who to Blame for Martinelli’s Snub
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Arsenal vs Olympiacos: Arteta Names who to Blame for Martinelli’s Snub

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has accepted full responsibility for Gabriel Martinelli’s recent absence. The 19-year-old burst onto the scene last season, where he netted 10 goals in all competitions for the Gunners. But he picked up a serious knee injury in June, which ruled him out of action until December. Since returning to action he is yet to complete 90 minutes and has largely had to settle for cameo appearances off the bench. Ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League last-16 second leg against Olympiacos, Arteta was asked if Martinelli was to blame for his lack of minutes. But he replied: “No if anything it’s my fault. He’s done everything perfect. “His attitude cannot be any better. He needs to be a little bit patient and he will get his chance.”
Arteta Decides on Aubameyang’s Status as Arsenal Captain
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Arteta Decides on Aubameyang’s Status as Arsenal Captain

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has decided he will not take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang off captaincy duties despite his disciplinary issues last weekend, according to the UK Sun. Aubameyang was dropped to the bench for Arsenal’s Premier League derby win against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after the striker broke the club’s rules by arriving late to a team meeting ahead of the game. The Gabonese international looked furious on the bench throughout the match at Emirates. He did not also take part in the post-match warm down, choosing to leave the Stadium early instead. Some had suggested Arteta may choose to strip Aubameyang of the captaincy in order to further punish the 31-year-old for his behaviour. However, Arteta considers that the issue has been dealt with and does not w...
Thierry Henry Points out What Arsenal Lack Under Arteta
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Thierry Henry Points out What Arsenal Lack Under Arteta

  Former Arsenal skipper, Thierry Henry , has said the team lacks consistency under manager Mikel Arteta. Henry was speaking on Monday Night Football, a day after the Gunners beat Tottenham 2-1 in the North London Derby. He insisted that the “table doesn’t lie” and Arsenal should be doing better than their 10th-placed position in the Premier League. When asked if Arsenal are making progress under Arteta, Henry said: “First and foremost, I would say yes in a way because I think Mikel bought himself some time by winning the FA Cup. Some people will say, “Yeah that’s last year”. “But on the way of winning it, the teams he won against bought him some time with the Arsenal fans and the team because he had something to show at the end of the season. “Now what I think t...
Arsenal Star, Ainsley Maitland-Niles tells Arteta his Best Position
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Arsenal Star, Ainsley Maitland-Niles tells Arteta his Best Position

  Arsenal loanee, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, has admitted he prefers to play in central midfield. The 23-year-old is currently on loan at West Brom from Arsenal. Maitland-Niles was struggling for playing time under Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, earlier this season. The player had started just five times in the Premier League for Arteta’s side before he joined West Brom in the January transfer window. The England international has played in several positions since making his breakthrough at the Gunners, but he has been given a chance to impress in central midfield under West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce. However, Maitland-Niles has now revealed that he is keen to get more game time in that position because he feels comfortable in the central midfield. “Versatility ...
The Arsenal Project is Going to ‘Bang’ – Arteta
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The Arsenal Project is Going to ‘Bang’ – Arteta

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has expressed his optimism that his project at the club will ‘bang’ once football returns to normal after the pandemic. The Gunners have endured a disappointing campaign so far during Arteta’s first full campaign in charge and travel for Thursday night’s Europa League tie with Olympiacos knowing that winning that competition is their best route back into Europe next season. The 1-1 draw with Burnley on Sunday, leaves Arsenal 10th in the Premier League with 11 games left. Arteta remains adamant that there has been improvement and says the difficulties his team have faced throughout the pandemic, will actually work to Arsenal’s advantage in the long-term. When asked what the past year has been like, Arteta said: “We have created a real...
I Am Happy With Odegaard – Mikel Arteta
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I Am Happy With Odegaard – Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted he is happy with on-loan Real Madrid man Martin Odegaard who is showing his quality each week at the club. Mikel Arteta believes Odegaard is really a quality player and that is one of the reasons he was brought to the club and that Arsenal will benefit from his talent. Speaking ahead of Thursday Europa League against Olympiacos Areta revealed how happy he is with the 22-year-old. ‘I’m really happy with him,’ Arteta said during a press conference. ‘I think he has settled really, really quickly within the team, with what we demand of the players. ‘His behaviour, his attitude, his work rate has been phenomenal. ‘He has had better moments than others during games to give us the special qualities he has. ‘But overall I am really...
Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette Offered to Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Juventus
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Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette Offered to Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Juventus

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette 'offered to Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Juventus by his representatives' with Frenchman 'keen for a new experience overseas' Alexandre Lacazette enters the final year of his Arsenal contract this summer He has endured limited game time under Gunners boss Mikel Arteta this term The Frenchman has scored nine goals in 23 matches in the league this season European giants Barcelona, Juventus and Atletico Madrid have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Alexandre Lacazette. Lacazette - who will enter the final year of his Arsenal contract this summer - has been in and out of the first team this season under Mikel Arteta, scoring nine goals in 23 matches in the Premier League. And according to Calciomercato.com, Lacazette is ready to le...
Arteta Reacts as Referee Marriner Refuses to Award Pieters’ Handball
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Arteta Reacts as Referee Marriner Refuses to Award Pieters’ Handball

  Mikel Arteta has insisted that Arsenal should have been awarded a spot-kick during their 1-1 against Burnley on Saturday. Firstly, referee Andre Marriner pulls out a red card and sends off Erik Pieters for deliberately blocking Pepe’d shot on the line, he said. After a review by the Video Assistant Ref, it was found that the ball struck the player on the shoulder and VAR overturned it. Arsenal had another penalty appeal when Pieters handled the ball inside his own box but Burnley survived the strong claim by Arsenal. Reacting to the penalty appeal after the game, Arteta told reporters, “If that is not a penalty then someone has to explain to me what is.”
Burnley vs Arsenal: I’m Really Disappointed, we Gave Them Hope – Arteta
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Burnley vs Arsenal: I’m Really Disappointed, we Gave Them Hope – Arteta

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has expressed disappointment following his side’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday afternoon. The Spaniard said that Arsenal gave Burnley hope during the encounter because the Gunners allowed the host to score a goal in a situation they trained for. Goals from Chris Wood and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured both Arsenal and Burnley shared a point each at Turf Moor. “I’m really disappointed with the result, but the reality is that we generated so many big chances but only scored one goal,” Arteta told Arsenal Media after the game. “When you do that, and then you give a goal to the opponent as we did, then you don’t get the referee’s decision when it is clear and obvious, then it becomes really difficult to win a football...
Burnley vs Arsenal: Arteta Reacts to Xhaka-Leno Mixup After 1-1 Draw
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Burnley vs Arsenal: Arteta Reacts to Xhaka-Leno Mixup After 1-1 Draw

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has refused to blame midfielder Granit Xhaka and goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, for the mixup that led to Burnley’s goal on Saturday. The Gunners took an early lead through captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, the hosts were level just before the break, after Xhaka received a pass from Leno and hit straight at Chris Wood. The ball bounced off Wood to make it 1-1. On Xhaka/Leno mix-up, Arteta said: “It can happen in football. It is what it is. “It’s the way I want to play, we just need to know the risk in certain areas.” Arsenal failed to find another goal at Turf Moor as they dropped points on the road.
Arsenal Very far from Being my Team – Arteta admits
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Arsenal Very far from Being my Team – Arteta admits

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has admitted the current squad is still “very, very far,” from being his own team. The Gunners have won seven of their last 12 Premier League games since Christmas. However, they travel to Burnley in Saturday’s early kick-off in 10th place, after a poor first-half of the season. When asked how close the current Arsenal side was to being what he views as his own, Arteta said: “Very far. Very, very far. “There’s still a lot to improve, a lot of quality to add. [We need to be] much more efficient in decision-making, much quicker to open situations up when advantages are there, many more situations to feel when advantages are obtained. “More control of games, more defensive actions in the opponent’s half, fewer giveaways in our own half, more c...
Arteta Complains about Tottenham’s Advantage Ahead of North London Derby
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Arteta Complains about Tottenham’s Advantage Ahead of North London Derby

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has complained about Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League scheduling ahead of the North London Derby on March 14. Spurs’ first leg against Dinamo Zagreb three days before the derby was initially supposed to take place in Croatia, but has been since moved by UEFA to London. The Gunners, however, will travel to Greece to play Olympiacos. Arteta called the change unfair, as it would allow Spurs get extra rest, while his own team must fly back from European action. “Unfortunately, it’s not going to change,” Arteta told reporters. “We can raise our voices and we should do that because we want to have two teams playing in equal conditions. “But the decision has been made and that’s it. I don’t want to use one bit of excuse going towards...
Mikel Arteta Discloses Conversation with Balogun
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Mikel Arteta Discloses Conversation with Balogun

  Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta has revealed his conversation with a young striker, Folarin Balogun over the player’s future, saying it was positive. He said the club has met and had positive conversations with the Nigerian-born England youngster and his agent, and are working to extend his deal. The teenager has just a few months left on his current deal hence the negotiation to keep him longer at the Emirates. Talks between the player’s representatives and the club have been going on for a very long time with little progress, leading to speculation about a summer exit. There are rumours that the player may leave the north London side. Arteta was asked if the player’s action was a sign of distancing himself from the club. “I wouldn’t say so,” Arteta told t...
Arsenal Is Moving In A Good Direction – Arteta After Defeating Leicester
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Arsenal Is Moving In A Good Direction – Arteta After Defeating Leicester

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said his side are "taking a direction I like" after they followed up their Europa League win over Benfica with an impressive comeback victory at high-flying Leicester. Things started badly for a much-changed Gunners side, with poor defending allowing Youri Tielemens to run unchecked down the right before firing a low shot into the far corner with just six minutes played. Arsenal refused to be adversely affected, though, and took control of the game with impressive attacking intent and far greater fluency than Leicester. David Luiz headed them level from a free-kick before Alexandre Lacazette levelled from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee (VAR) judged that Wilfred Ndidi had blocked Nicolas Pepe's shot in the box with an outstretched a...
Arteta Warns Gabriel Martinelli after Arsenal Defeated Leicester City 3-1
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Arteta Warns Gabriel Martinelli after Arsenal Defeated Leicester City 3-1

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has warned forward, Gabriel Martinelli, that he needs to keep working hard to get back to his best following his side’s 3-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday. Arteta also explained why he continues to overlook the 19-year-old Brazilian youngster in recent Arsenal’s matches. Martinelli has been an unused substitute in Arsenal’s last five recent games, including against Leicester City as goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette, and Nicolas Pepe gave Arteta’s side all three points against the Foxes at the King Power Stadium. Asked why Martinelli was left on the bench yet again, Arteta said at post-match: “Well, he needs to keep working and make it difficult for us [to leave him out]. “He’s a player that is going to give us a lot, but he...
Finally Arsenal Seal First Away Win At Top Three Premier League Team In Six Year
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Finally Arsenal Seal First Away Win At Top Three Premier League Team In Six Year

Yes finally Arsenal recorded their first away win against a top three Premier League team for six years when they beat Leicester 3-1 on Sunday. The Gunners went behind just six minutes into the clash with the Foxes as Youri Tielemans fired low past Bernd Leno, but Mikel Arteta's team fought back later in the half when a free-kick from Willian was met by the head of David Luiz and evaded Kasper Schmeichel's grasp, before Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty in stoppage time. Nicolas Pepe then rounded off the scoring in the second half as the visitors recorded their second win in six Premier League matches. 2015 - This was Arsenal’s first away victory against a team starting the day in the top three of the Premier League table since January 2015 (2-0 v Manchester City) – they were...
Hector Bellerin Has Reportedly Already Agreed To Leave Arsenal This Summer
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Hector Bellerin Has Reportedly Already Agreed To Leave Arsenal This Summer

Hector Bellerin is reportedly certain to head for the exit door at Arsenal in the summer transfer window. The Spain international is currently Mikel Arteta's first-choice right-back and has made 27 appearances in all competitions this term, although he continues to be criticised by a portion of the Arsenal fanbase. Bellerin was linked with an exit last summer but ended up remaining at the Emirates Stadium after conversations with Arteta, who supposedly convinced him to stay on in North London for one more season. According to ESPN, as Bellerin has fulfilled Arteta's wishes by staying loyal to the Gunners this season, the Arsenal manager will not stand in his way if he wants to move on - an outcome which both sides are expecting. The 25-year-old has been at Arsenal since the a...
Arteta Responds To Claims Arsenal Captain Aubameyang Is ‘Past His Best’ & ‘Lost
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Arteta Responds To Claims Arsenal Captain Aubameyang Is ‘Past His Best’ & ‘Lost

The Gunners boss claims to have no complaints with a striker who has hit 11 goals this season and remains an important part of future plans Mikel Arteta has shrugged off claims that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “past his best” and “lost his superpower”, with the Arsenal boss adamant that the Gunners’ club captain still has an important role to play at Emirates Stadium. Questions have been asked of a Gabonese frontman throughout the 2020-21 campaign, with a 31-year-old tied to a lucrative contract proving to be less prolific than he has been in recent times. Aubameyang does, however, have 11 goals to his name across all competitions and retains the full support of his manager, regardless of what others might think.
Arsenal vs Benfica: Arteta Names Player to Miss Europa League, Gives Update on Thomas Partey
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Arsenal vs Benfica: Arteta Names Player to Miss Europa League, Gives Update on Thomas Partey

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has confirmed that centre-back, Rob Holding, will miss the Gunners’ Europa League last-32 second leg tie against Benfica on Thursday. Arteta also provided the latest injury update on Midfielder, Thomas Partey ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Benfica at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Arteta said Partey is ‘very close’ to a return from the treatment room. According to him, the Ghanaian international is in contention for the upcoming fixtures against Benfica and Leicester City on Sunday. Recall that Partey picked up an injury during Arsenal’s Premier League 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park earlier this month. “Thomas [Partey] is very close, he’s got a final test today in training, and if he is feeling good, he will be available,” Art...
Hertha Berlin Coach Calls Arsenal Loanee, Matteo Guendouzi ‘Rebel’
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Hertha Berlin Coach Calls Arsenal Loanee, Matteo Guendouzi ‘Rebel’

  Hertha Berlin manager, Pal Dardai, has branded Arsenal loanee, Matteo Guendouzi, as a “rebel” who needs to work and learn like an animal. Guendouzi is currently on loan at Hertha Berlin from Arsenal after falling out of favour under Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta. “It’s like puberty for him [Guendouzi], he’s kind of a rebel,” Dardai told Bild. “He has to work and learn like an animal.” Guendouzi has so far made 17 appearances for Hertha. He was among the substitutes for their defeat against RB Leipzig last weekend. The 21-year-old did eventually come on for Hertha with just over 20 minutes remaining but almost immediately gifted Leipzig their second goal when he surrendered possession inside his 18-yard box. Dardai added: “In training, I always stop these kin...
Arteta Gives Reasons For Shouting at Arsenal Players During 1-0 Defeat to Man City
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Arteta Gives Reasons For Shouting at Arsenal Players During 1-0 Defeat to Man City

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has explained why he was shouting a lot at his players from the touchline during their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. Raheem Sterling’s header in the second minute proved to be the winner at the Emirates Stadium. Speaking after the game, Arteta defended his vocal approach, as Arsenal players struggled to create against City. “Every movement, every detail, every position is key. “The moment we don’t get it, they’re going to exploit it straight away and they are going to make you look like a poor team. “Probably I do it too much. I don’t know, but I think it’s very necessary for them that I give them guidance. I can see from the outside what they are going to do and when you are there at 100mph you lose a second or two and...
Arsenal vs Benfica is a Final For Us – Arteta
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Arsenal vs Benfica is a Final For Us – Arteta

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said this week’s Europa League second-leg clash against Benfica is a “final”. Arteta was speaking to the media, after the Gunners suffered their 11th Premier League defeat of the season to Manchester City on Sunday. Raheem Sterling scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for the league leaders at Emirates Stadium, extending their winning run in all competitions to 18 matches. It is a result which leaves Arteta’s men facing an uphill task in qualifying for next season’s Champions League, as they are 11 points off the top four. The winners of the Europa League will secure automatic entry to the Champions League and Arteta has underlined the importance of that option with the tie finely poised at 1-1 after the first leg. “We have a fin...
We Suffered a lot, Arteta Knows Everything – Guardiola
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We Suffered a lot, Arteta Knows Everything – Guardiola

  Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has said that his team suffered a lot following their 1-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday. Guardiola also praised Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, adding that his former assistant “knows everything” about football. Raheem Sterling’s first-half goal ensured Man City defeated Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. Speaking after the game, Guardiola told Sky Sports: “It was hard like we expected it would be. We suffered a lot. It’s difficult to play against Arsenal and Mikel [Arteta]. That’s why I give the players incredible credit for this victory. “Mikel knows everything. He’s so good. It’s not because he’s my friend. He’s so clever. I learn a lot watching his teams. Today I learned something that I can use in the future. He knows everything abo...
Mikel Arteta Criticized for Starting Odegaard Ahead of Smith Rowe
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Mikel Arteta Criticized for Starting Odegaard Ahead of Smith Rowe

  English television presenter and pundit, Alex Scott, has criticized Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta’s decision to start Martin Odegaard ahead of Emile Smith Rowe against Manchester City. Odegaard had a poor game and was replaced by Smith Rowe in the second half, but Scott believes Arteta should have started the England youngster ahead of the Real Madrid loanee. Arteta saw Man City defeated Arsenal at Emirates following Raheem Sterling’s early goal. “Today, you look at Odegaard. For me, he was bang average,” Scott told Sky Sports after the game. “And so you question the decision actually with Smith Rowe not being selected ahead of him. “I think we’re going to see his [Odegaard’s] real qualities over the next couple of weeks. “Is he good enough to be in this starti...
Arsenal vs Man City: We Lacked Quality – Arteta Gives Reason for EPL 1-0 Defeat
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Arsenal vs Man City: We Lacked Quality – Arteta Gives Reason for EPL 1-0 Defeat

    Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has said that his team was defeated 1-0 against Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday evening because the Gunners lacked the quality to score goals. Arsenal had seven shots against Man City in the game, but only one of those was on target as Raheem Sterling’s first-half goal gave Pep Guardiola’s men all three points against the host at Emirates. The result against Man City means Arsenal are now in the 10th position on the Premier League table with 25 points from 34 games. Speaking after the game, Arteta told Sky Sports, “When we conceded the first goal, it put us in a difficult situation. “It was tough. With the formation and the players they use, they are really comfortable. “After that, the team reacted really w...
Arsenal Boss Arteta Hails Man City As ‘Best In Europe’
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Arsenal Boss Arteta Hails Man City As ‘Best In Europe’

Mikel Arteta believes his Arsenal team will be facing the best side in Europe when they take on Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. City have won a club-record 17 successive games across all competitions and are 10 points ahead of local rivals Manchester United at the summit of the English top-flight heading into this weekend's round of fixtures. Arteta knows City well after working under manager Pep Guardiola in Manchester for three years before returning to manage Arsenal, having previously played for the Gunners. "I think they are the best team in Europe at the moment," Arteta said of City. "The way they are performing, the football they are playing and the consistency of the results, take all that it and it makes them the best team...

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