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Arsenal cancel Sokratis’ contract as Real Betis target leaves Emirates Stadium on a free transfer
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Arsenal cancel Sokratis’ contract as Real Betis target leaves Emirates Stadium on a free transfer

The defender's deal was due to run until the end of the season but he has not been part of Mikel Arteta's plans during the 2020-21 campaign Arsenal have confirmed that defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has had his contract terminated by mutual consent. Sokratis’ deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but the 32-year-old has been freed up during the January transfer window to find a new club. The Greek centre-back had spent two-and-a-half years at the Emirates Stadium, but had not been included in Mikel Arteta’s squads for the Premier League and Europa League this season.
Ozil Set To Terminate His Arsenal Contract And Move To Fenerbache
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Ozil Set To Terminate His Arsenal Contract And Move To Fenerbache

The 32-year-old still has half a season left on his Arsenal contract but both parties are in advanced talks which they expect to lead to an agreement to terminate it. That would pave the way for the move to Istanbul in the coming days. Ozil has not played for Arsenal since a 1-0 win over West Ham in March and has been frozen out by boss Mikel Arteta. He joined the club in a £42.4m move from Real Madrid in 2013 and helped them win the FA Cup three times. Ozil spoke of his admiration for the Turkish side during a social media question-and-answer session during the week. "Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country," he told followers. Media reports in Turkey earlier this month claimed Fenerbahce would be signing Ozil in January. And when ...
Mikel Arteta Planning A Clear Out In The Arsenal Squad
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Mikel Arteta Planning A Clear Out In The Arsenal Squad

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is ready to rebuild his Arsenal squad and is now ready to let go of a few players. The manager is willing to let go of these few players in order to influence the funds for getting the new guys. Already, midfielder Mesut Ozil seems to be on his way out of the Emirates this January transfer. The team rebuild will happen during the January transfers as well as the summer transfers. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also on the verge of joining another club. Other players who The Gunners would be getting rid of are; Shkodran Mustafi, Mohamed Elneny, Callum Chambers, and Lucas Torreira. Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Folarin Balogun, and Konstantinos Mavropanos are also part of the players leaving. Mesut Ozil and Sokratis are part of his list but a...
Arteta Blasts Agent of Nigerian-born Striker
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Arteta Blasts Agent of Nigerian-born Striker

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has lashed out at Folarin Balogun’s agent, over the striker’s future. Speaking ahead of the FA Cup clash against Newcastle, Arteta on Thursday said he was unsure about Folarin’s representatives. Talks have been ongoing for months between the two parties over a new contract, with the 19-year-old’s current deal due to expire at the end of the season. But the discussions have yet to find an agreement, with Arsenal set to lose Folarin for free in the summer. Arteta remains hopeful a deal can still be done but admits he is unsure exactly what Balogun’s agent is thinking. “You need three parties to make a deal. For sure, the club wants to make a deal, the manager wants to make a deal, the player wants to stay and I’m not sure about the agent,” Ar...
Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Planning To Promote Youngster From Gunners Academy
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Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Planning To Promote Youngster From Gunners Academy

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is planning to promote Miguel Azeez later in the season, according to reports. The Spaniard has seen young trio Joe Willock, Bakuyo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe all impress when called upon this term. And it seems he’s ready to use the club’s academy as he looks to steer them up the Premier League table. With funds tight at Arsenal, Arteta has been forced to use players from the club’s academy. nd, with superstars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe misfiring, that decision has paid off. Saka has been the best of the bunch for Arsenal, with the 19-year-old scoring three goals and resisting one assist from 15 league matches this term. Willock has done well in recent weeks, too, while Smith Rowe’s impressive performances at No 10 has prov...
Arsenal Midfielder Mesut Ozil Agrees Three-Year Deal With Fenerbahce In Turkey To End Arsenal Career
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Arsenal Midfielder Mesut Ozil Agrees Three-Year Deal With Fenerbahce In Turkey To End Arsenal Career

Arsenal midfielder and Germany international player Mesut ozil is set to finally end his arsenal career after rumors says the midfielder is set to join Turkish side Fenerbahce. Mesut Ozil joined arsenal from real Madrid in 2013 but since the appointment of Mikel Arteta he hasn't played a single game under Arteta which caused alot of people to criticize Mikel Arteta. Reports says that it is a big move for Ozil so he could regain fitness again and get more playing time, he agreed three and half years contract which brings to an end his £350,000 per week deal at London club ARSENAL. It was also reported that Mesut ozil was in talk with america side DC united, Mesut ozil himself posted a throwback photo of himself in istanbul and captioned the photo 'THIS CITY'. Arsenal signed ...
Arsenal Off To Worst League Start In 39 Years After North London Derby Defeat
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Arsenal Off To Worst League Start In 39 Years After North London Derby Defeat

The Gunners were condemned to their sixth Premier League reverse of the new campaign, making some unwanted history in the process Arsenal's woes were deepened in defeat on Sunday as their north London derby loss to Tottenham continued to pile the pressure on Mikel Arteta, leaving the club facing their worst league start for almost four decades. The Gunners were condemned to their sixth Premier League reverse of the new campaign, leaving them closer to the relegation zone than to the summit thanks to goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane. With almost a dozen top-flight games under their belt already, Arteta's side look to be facing an uphill battle to secure a top-six berth once more, having only qualified for this year's Europa League through their FA Cup victory in August. ...
Mourinho congratulates Arteta for ‘tough match’ as Tottenham beat Arsenal in derby
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Mourinho congratulates Arteta for ‘tough match’ as Tottenham beat Arsenal in derby

The home side returned to the top of the Premier League after beating their city rivals but the coach says it was anything but an easy win Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said Arsenal made it difficult for his side as they won 2-0 in the north London derby on Sunday, and congratulated Gunners counterpart Mikel Arteta after the match. Spurs took the lead just 13 minutes into the Premier League clash when Son Heung-min smashed home from outside the box. Harry Kane doubled his side's lead when he ran onto a pass from Son and put it past Bernd Leno in first-half stoppage time.
‘Very interesting!’ – Arteta savours Mourinho insights from Tottenham documentary
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‘Very interesting!’ – Arteta savours Mourinho insights from Tottenham documentary

The Spanish coach kept a close eye on the Spurs manager when he watched the all-access TV series Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta says he has learned from Jose Mourinho after watching his Tottenham counterpart in the team's documentary series. Spurs were the focus of an Amazon series which followed them throughout the 2019-20 campaign and was released this year. Arteta confirmed that he has watched the show and gained some insight from the successful coach ahead of their clash on Sunday.
Arsenal Outcast Guendouzi ‘Worth Every Penny’, Says Hertha Berlin Chief
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Arsenal Outcast Guendouzi ‘Worth Every Penny’, Says Hertha Berlin Chief

The Frenchman was cast aside by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta following his spat with Neal Maupay in the fiery 2-1 defeat to Brighton back in June. Guendouzi, 21, had to bide his time on the fringes, before sealing a season-long loan move to Hertha on Deadline Day, after a recommendation from Friedrich’s former Germany team-mate, and Gunners academy boss, Per Mertesacker. After recovering from coronavirus, Guendouzi has become an important figure for Hertha, featuring in their last four Bundesliga matches. And Friedrich, 41, has raved about the Gunners misfit’s impact, while also highlighting Mertesacker’s role in the transfer. He said: “He’s a fantastic player. “We spoke to Arsenal before the transfer obviously, and I also spoke to Per Mertesacker, with whom I played in the...
Arsenal boss Arteta admits ‘something is missing’ with the Gunners
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Arsenal boss Arteta admits ‘something is missing’ with the Gunners

The Gunners have now gone 476 minutes without scoring a goal from open play in the Premier League Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has admitted that "something is missing" with his side, who have gone five straight Premier League games without a goal from open play. The Gunners have only scored once in those five matches - a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty against Manchester United on November 1 in a 1-0 win for the Gunners. It has been a struggle offensively for the Gunners, who enter Sunday's match against Wolves in 14th place in the league table.
Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Has Drafted In Four Youngsters For His Side’s Europa League Trip To Molde
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Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Has Drafted In Four Youngsters For His Side’s Europa League Trip To Molde

ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta has drafted in FOUR youngsters for his side’s Europa League trip to Molde. After struggling in the Premier League, Mikel Arteta is set to give youth a chance in Europe. Most recently, the Gunners slipped to a 0-0 draw at Leeds after Nicolas Pepe was sent-off for a headbutt. In their previous match, they were thumped 3-0 by Aston Villa. Arsenal now sit 12th in the Premier League table after their horror start to 2020-21, scoring just nine goals in nine games. However, the Gunners have won all three of their opening Group B fixtures in the Europa League – while averaging three goals per game. And having beaten Molde 4-1 at the Emirates earlier this month, Arteta is seemingly confident he can win in Norway with a youthful XI. The Arsenal chief ha...
‘More complicated with Emery and Arteta’ – ‘Maestro’ Ozil backed by ex-Arsenal captain Koscielny
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‘More complicated with Emery and Arteta’ – ‘Maestro’ Ozil backed by ex-Arsenal captain Koscielny

The former Germany international has been given support by a former team-mate who played alongside him under the Arsene Wenger era at Emirates Stadium Estranged Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been defended by former Gunners centre-back Laurent Koscielny. The former Germany international playmaker is presently out of the picture at the Emirates Stadium, having been left out of the Premier League squad and the Europa League squad by manager Mikel Arteta. He has been involved in a very public battle with the club, notably offering to pay the wages of sacked mascot Gunnersaurus having refused to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus crisis. As the club’s highest earner, his case has been regularly debated in the media, and Koscielny has backed his former colleague.
Mesut Ozil’s agent says Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has ‘failed to be honest’ about player.
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Mesut Ozil’s agent says Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has ‘failed to be honest’ about player.

Mesut Ozil's agent has inclined up the playmaker's debate with Arsenal by asserting Mikel Arteta has not been honest about the purposes behind banishing him from the squad. It appears to be sure Ozil has played his last game for Arsenal after he was discarded from their Premier League and Europa League squad this month. On Wednesday Arteta said he had "fizzled" Ozil, who has not highlighted since March, by not getting the best out of him yet Ozil's camp are determined that his nonattendance is inferable from factors past exhibitions in preparing or games. "Arsenal fans merit a legitimate clarification, not [Arteta] saying: 'I failed Özil,'" said Erkut Sogut, Özil's delegate, in a meeting with ESPN. "You didn't bomb Özil: you neglected to be reasonable, legit and straightforward a...
Partey And Gabriel Offer Unconvincing Arsenal Tantalizing Glimpse
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Partey And Gabriel Offer Unconvincing Arsenal Tantalizing Glimpse

The two big-money signings enjoyed impressive individual outings in Austria but elsewhere there was sloppiness in Mikel Arteta's ranks Arsenal spent £70 million ($93m) to bring in Thomas Partey and Gabriel during the off-season and that is already looking like money well spent. We saw the two big-money summer additions start for the first time for the Gunners on Thursday night and each produced a top class display as Mikel Arteta’s side edged past Rapid Vienna to get their Europa League campaign off to a winning start. Partey was superb in the middle of the park, showing exactly why Arsenal opted to trigger his £45m ($60m) Atletico Madrid release clause in the final hours of the transfer window. And behind him, Gabriel continued his impressive start to the season with...
“I Failed With Ozil” Arteta Says, As Excludes Ozil Totally From The Arsenal Squad
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“I Failed With Ozil” Arteta Says, As Excludes Ozil Totally From The Arsenal Squad

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he feels he has "failed" with midfielder Mesut Ozil after leaving him out of his 25-man Premier League squad. The German, who had also been omitted from the Europa League squad, can now only play for Arsenal Under-23s until his deal expires in summer 2021. The 32-year-old, who joined Arsenal for a then club record £42.4m in 2013, has not played for the club since 7 March. "My conscience is very calm because I have been really fair," said Arteta. "What I can say from my side is that it is just a football decision. My level of communication with him has been really high and we know what to expect with each other. "Obviously a player of that dimension, with the career he has had, everything that happens around him has a big impact. It has been...
‘Loyalty Is Hard To Come By’ – Mesut Ozil Reacts To Arsenal PL Squad Snub
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‘Loyalty Is Hard To Come By’ – Mesut Ozil Reacts To Arsenal PL Squad Snub

The ex-Germany international has promised to keep fighting for a place in Mikel Arteta's team despite being left out of his manager's top-flight plans, Mesut Ozil has reacted after being axed from Arsenal's 25-man Premier League squad, claiming "loyalty is hard to come by". Mikel Arteta left the German out of his official squad for the 2020-21 top-flight season on Tuesday, having kept him on the sidelines since the Gunners' return to action post-lockdown back in June. That decision has proven to be the last straw for the midfielder, who has posted a message to his followers on social media outlining his disappointment. *"This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I've played for over the past few years. I'm really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have...
Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal Career All-but Over After He Was Left Out Of New 25-man Premier League Squad
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Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal Career All-but Over After He Was Left Out Of New 25-man Premier League Squad

Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil is set for more misery at the Emirates by being left out of the 25-man Premier League squad, according to reports. The German playmaker is yet to play a single minute of action in any competition for the Gunners this season having fallen out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta, with the 32-year-old, who earns £350,000-a-week, failing to impress. But now he is set to sink to a new low in his exile from the team, with the Spanish boss preparing to leave him out of his domestic squad, according to reports reaching MCI. Arsenal will submit their list of players on Tuesday, with Ozil set to join centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos in being omitted, the report adds. Ozil had been hoping to make a comeback in the Gunners side this season but he looks set for no ...
Mikel Arteta Furious That VAR Failed To Take A Second Look At Kyle Walker’s High Kick
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Mikel Arteta Furious That VAR Failed To Take A Second Look At Kyle Walker’s High Kick

A fuming Mikel Arteta revealed his fury over VAR’s failure to check a possible penalty when Kyle Walker raised his boot dangerously to challenge Gabriel during Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester City. The incident happened just moments before half-time, but Arsenal’s animated appeals for a penalty were swiftly waved away by the referee. Walker’s foot was head high as he attempted to challenge Gabriel from a corner and came close to making contact with the Arsenal man. https://twitter.com/SkySportsPL/status/1317517335624822784?s=20 And Arteta was incensed at full-time after VAR appeared to opt against reviewing the incident. ‘That has to be checked [by VAR],’ Arteta said after the 1-0 loss. ‘They said that they checked, and I asked ‘How the hell have you checked if you took two second...
Arsenal unveil new signing Thomas Partey after his £45m move from Atletico Madrid (photos)
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Arsenal unveil new signing Thomas Partey after his £45m move from Atletico Madrid (photos)

Thomas Partey has finally been unveiled as a new Arsenal player after joining the club in a £45m deal. Arsenal coach, Mikel Arteta signed the Ghanaian midfielder on deadline day after the club paid Atletico Madrid his release clause to seal the deal. After the signing, Arteta said : "We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we're now delighted to add such a high-quality player to our squad. "He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years. "We're very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He's an intelligent footballer and we're looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress ...
Arsenal Wants To Sign Jorginho From Chelsea As Torreira Nears Exit
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Arsenal Wants To Sign Jorginho From Chelsea As Torreira Nears Exit

Arsenal is eager to sign in Jorginho from London rivals Chelsea, according to Sky Sports. Jorginho is one of the midfielders the Gunners are keen on, with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar also on their radar. Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, was Pep Guardiola’s assistant when Manchester City came close to signing Jorginho from Napoli in 2018. However, the Italian international appears to be part of Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea and captained the side in both of their Premier League games so far this season. While Arteta continues to search for a new midfielder, it looks as though they will be without Lucas Torreira for the 2020/2021 season as he nears a move to Atletico. The LaLiga side is keen to take the Uruguay international on loan and retain the option ...
Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Casts Doubt Over Mesut Ozil Future
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Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Casts Doubt Over Mesut Ozil Future

Arsenal misfit Mesut Ozil is facing an uncertain future at the Emirates Stadium after Mikel Arteta snubbed the German for the win over Leicester City in the Carabao Cup. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted it is hard for outcast Mesut Ozil to barge his way into his plans at present. The Gunners’ top earner continues to pocket a hefty wage, despite not featuring at all since football restarted. Ozil was left out completely as Arsenal beat Leicester 2-0 at the King Power Stadium, despite a host of fringe players making the team. And Arteta says he must pick the players in the best shape, hinting Ozil will struggle to get back into the starting XI at the Emirates. “The players that we are changing that we are using,” he said after victory. It is very difficult for Mes...
Arteta: Arsenal were lucky against West Ham and still very far away from where we want to be
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Arteta: Arsenal were lucky against West Ham and still very far away from where we want to be

The Gunners were fortunate to claim all three points and their manager believes plenty of work lies ahead Mikel Arteta admitted Arsenal were lucky in a 2-1 win over West Ham, but was pleased with his team's belief on Saturday. After Michail Antonio cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette's opener at Emirates Stadium, Eddie Nketiah came off the bench to score an 85th-minute winner for Arsenal. West Ham had 14 attempts at goal to Arsenal's seven, although Bernd Leno was only forced into two saves.
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Boost for Arsenal as David Luiz back ahead of schedule

The Brazilian defender had looked to be set for a spell on the sidelines, however he has recovered quickly and could return to the pitch soon David Luiz has returned to full training following a neck injury ahead of schedule, in a boost for Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta. The Brazilian defender signed a contract extension last season and remains a key first-team player for Arteta's FA Cup holders, despite making a number of high-profile errors that have led to fierce criticism from fans and pundits. Luiz however is a popular and respected member of the first team at Arsenal, which meant his recent suffering of a neck problem, which threatened to keep him out for a period of matches, was a real blow for the Gunners.
Aston Villa complete signing of £20m Arsenal goalkeeper
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Aston Villa complete signing of £20m Arsenal goalkeeper

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will turn his attention back to off the field issues after guiding the Gunners to a magnificent win over Fulham in their opening Premier League fixture. Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes both made a huge impact on debut, and Arteta will be hoping he can bring in more quality additions before the end of the transfer window. The main talking point at the Emirates Stadium right now is around the goalkeeper situation. Emiliano Martinez is understood to be nearing a move away from the club, while David Raya from Brentford is being lined up as his replacement. Emiliano Martinez has completed a medical with Aston Villa ahead of a £20m move away from Arsenal. The Argentine goalkeeper was left out of the squad that beat Fulham on Saturday, with Bernd Leno returning t...
Arsenal In Talks To Sign £54m Star As Arteta Looks To Seal Double Swoop
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Arsenal In Talks To Sign £54m Star As Arteta Looks To Seal Double Swoop

Arteta the Gunners boss is now focussed on overhauling his midfield and The Athletic journalist David Ornstein claims that Arsenal have held talks over a potential deal to sign Lyon attacking midfielder Aouar this summer. The 22-year-old has developed into one of the best young attackers in French football in recent years and he starred for Lyon last season having contributed 9 goals and 10 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions. Aouar’s potential has alerted a host of top European clubs and it appears Arsenal are in the running to sign the French U21 international but The Sun suggests that any deal would set the north Londoners back around £54m. Arsenal’s finances are tight so they’ll need to raise money if they’re to afford Lyon’s asking price and Ornstein claims the Gunn...
Arsenal to complete Ceballos transfer as Real Madrid star arrives for medical
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Arsenal to complete Ceballos transfer as Real Madrid star arrives for medical

The Spain international will spend a second successive season on loan with the Gunners having impressed in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign Dani Ceballos will soon be announced as an Arsenal player again after arriving in England to undergo a medical and complete his return to the Gunners. The Spain international will spend a second successive season on loan with Mikel Arteta’s side having rejected several offers to go elsewhere during the summer. It is understood that Arsenal will cover all of the 24-year-old’s wages while he is north London and that the deal does not include an obligation to buy at the end of the campaign.
Why I Choose Arsenal FC – Gabriel Magalhaes
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Why I Choose Arsenal FC – Gabriel Magalhaes

Gabriel Magalhaes said the influence of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu convinced him to join the Gunners after completing a reported £22 million ($30 million) move from Lille on Tuesday. The 22-year-old defender was also in demand from Manchester United and Napoli after impressing as Lille finished fourth in the curtailed 2019/20 Ligue 1 season. Gabriel adds to Arsenal’s growing Brazilian contingent since the club’s former midfielder Edu left his role as coordinator for the Brazilian national team to become technical director last year. Arteta, who has guided the Gunners to the FA Cup and Community Shield in his first nine months in charge, also helped swing Gabriel’s final decision. “Edu and I had several chats about Arsenal and the new project, we had...
Arsenal Officially Announce Signing Of Gabriel Magalhães
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Arsenal Officially Announce Signing Of Gabriel Magalhães

Arsenal have completed the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille in a deal worth up to £27million. The central defender becomes Mikel Arteta's second major arrival of the summer transfer window. Arsenal have seen off competition from Everton, Manchester United and Napoli for Magalhaes, who completed a medical last week ahead of signing a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium. The 22-year-old who will wear our number 6 shirt joins fellow Brazilian Willian in joining the Gunners this summer. The former Chelsea winger arrived on a free earlier in mid-August after his deal at Stamford Bridge expired. Arsenal have long been hampered by defensive frailties but appear to be a more solid proposition under Arteta, who took charge last December. Magalhaes' arrival coupled with William...
After Winning Community Shield, Arsenal Boss Arteta, Speaks On Aubameyang Signing New Deal
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After Winning Community Shield, Arsenal Boss Arteta, Speaks On Aubameyang Signing New Deal

After Winning Saturday’s Community Shield Trophy, Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Speaks On Aubameyang Signing A New Contract. Arsenal defeated Liverpool on Saturday after star striker, Aubameyang netted an early goal to get the Gunnar’s above marks keeping Liverpool on score lines with them. They won 5-4 on penalties and the Gabon striker’s stay at the club could be questioned as his eyes are on the league title and the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TROPHY which he would definitely not win with Arsenal. Arsenal Coach Mikel Arteta believes the striker would renew his contract with Arsenal, in his words he said – Ads “I keep saying the same thing [on Aubameyang’s future]. I try to do my job which is to convince him that he’s at the right place and the right environment here to produce...
We’re Going To Enjoy If Messi Comes To England – Mikel Arteta
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We’re Going To Enjoy If Messi Comes To England – Mikel Arteta

Arteta’s remarks come after reports surfaced that Messi has conveyed his message to Barcelona that he no longer wants to stay with the club. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said he is going to enjoy if the “best player in football history” Lionel Messi joins a Premier League club as it will make the league competitive. Arteta’s remarks come after reports surfaced that Messi has conveyed his message to Barcelona that he no longer wants to stay with the club. The 33-year-old sent a fax to the club, asking them to allow him to activate a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave on a free transfer this summer, Goal.com had reported. “He has been linked everywhere, you know? He has more clubs than any other player in history after him. I’ve been a Barcelona fan since I...
Arsenal boss Arteta clears Guendouzi for Villarreal move
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Arsenal boss Arteta clears Guendouzi for Villarreal move

Wantaway Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has agreed personal terms with Liverpool. RMC says the Reds have agreed a four-year deal with Thiago. Jurgen Klopp's side are on track to complete a £27million move for the Bayern Munich star. Thiago has already said his goodbyes to his team-mates in Germany. The source states that the 29-year-old has even already found somewhere to live in England. Liverpool and Bayern Munich now have to reach an agreement over the transfer fee.
Mikel Arteta to play Willian in new Position as Brazilian Undergoes Arsenal Medicals
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Mikel Arteta to play Willian in new Position as Brazilian Undergoes Arsenal Medicals

Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, intends to play Willian in a central position next season, the UK Mirror reports. Willian has already confirmed his Chelsea exit and is believed to have undergone his medicals with the Gunners. During his time at Stamford Bridge, the 32-year-old was mostly used as a right winger. However, Willian’s always felt that he was used incorrectly and that his best position is in a more central role behind the striker. Arteta clearly agrees and plans on using Willian in a no.10 role next term. While the length of Arsenal’s contract offer is believed to have been key in Willian’s move to the Emirates, Arteta’s plans for him have clearly influenced his thinking. He will however take a slight salary cut from his £120,000-a-week deal wi...
Willian Undergoes Medical at Arsenal
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Willian Undergoes Medical at Arsenal

Brazil winger, Willian, has reportedly undergone his medical at Arsenal on Monday, after confirming on Sunday he is leaving Chelsea. According to The Telegraph, Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, made a special request to the club’s board and asked them to “specifically” sign Willian, despite his age. Arteta is said to be a big fan of the 32-year-old and strongly believes that he will improve the Gunners next season. DAILY POST recalls that Willian had announced he is leaving Chelsea after seven years at Stamford Bridge. The former Shakhtar Donetsk star confirmed his exit in an open letter to fans on Sunday. Arsenal had since made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian worth over £100,000-a-week.
Willian: Arteta Told Brazil Winger is Better than Pepe, Will Make Gunners Stronger
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Willian: Arteta Told Brazil Winger is Better than Pepe, Will Make Gunners Stronger

A former Arsenal midfielder, Perry Groves, has urged manager, Mikel Arteta, to conclude the signing of Chelsea winger, Willian, this summer because he would make the Gunners’ stronger’. Groves also believes that Willian is far better than Arsenal’s record signing, Nicolas Pepe. DAILY POST recalls that Arsenal had already made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian. The deal will see the Brazil international earn more than £100,000-a-week at the North London club. Willian, 31, will be a free agent once Chelsea’s Champions League campaign concludes this month after he recently rejected the Blues’ latest offer to sign a new two-year contract at Stamford Bridge. “It is a no-brainer, an absolute no-brainer,” Groves told talkSPORT on Arsenal’s pursuit of Willian. ...
Arsenal Board Reach Decision to Sell Utility Player Despite Arteta’s Plea
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Arsenal Board Reach Decision to Sell Utility Player Despite Arteta’s Plea

Arsenal board have decided to sell utility player, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, this summer despite a plea from manager, Mikel Arteta, to keep the 22-year-old, according to The Telegraph. Arteta had appeared to deem Maitland-Niles surplus to requirements but the player’s end-of-season form, where he featured in the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City, convinced the Spaniard that he had a future at the North London club. The former Man City assistant coach made this point to Arsenal hierarchy, but the club is under pressure to raise cash this summer and have overruled his decision by putting Maitland-Niles up for sale. Arteta is believed to have also made the case that Maitland-Niles could prove crucial for Arsenal’s Europa League campaign next season. However...
Arteta Chooses Between Willian and Coutinho
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Arteta Chooses Between Willian and Coutinho

Arsenal have chosen Willian over Philippe Coutinho, according to the UK Mirror. The Gunners are now expected to seal a deal for the Chelsea midfielder by next week. Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season and build on the recent success of winning the FA Cup. Arsenal were offered the opportunity to sign Coutinho, with Barcelona desperate to get the former Liverpool playmaker off their books. But Arteta has snubbed the opportunity to sign Coutinho, even on loan for the season, in favour of landing Willian. Willian, 31, is the cheaper option of the two players and Arteta is very keen to work with him. The Gunners technical director Edu has a good relationship with Kia Joorabchian, who represents both Willian and Coutinho and is an Arsenal f...
Aubameyang Masterclass Seals First Major Trophy for Arteta
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Aubameyang Masterclass Seals First Major Trophy for Arteta

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced a moment of magic to give Arsenal their 14th FA Cup triumph in a dramatic 2-1 Wembley win over 10-man Chelsea.  The striker, whose future with the Gunners remains uncertain, slotted in a first-half penalty to cancel out Christian Pulisic’s opener, before firing home a classy match-winning strike in the 67th minute.It meant the battle of the rookie bosses was won by Mikel Arteta, with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea ending the game a man down following a red card for Mateo Kovacic.Arsenal’s success means they earn a place in next season’s Europa League, having finished a disappointing eighth in the Premier League.  An early breakthrough came after five minutes for Chelsea when Pulisic clipped in a neat close-range finish after former...
Arteta Reveals Why Arsenal Lost 2-1 to Tottenham
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Arteta Reveals Why Arsenal Lost 2-1 to Tottenham

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has blamed his individual error and lack of defensive solidity for his side’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. It is a result that damaged the Gunners’ hopes of sealing a European place. Arsenal took the lead thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s rasping drive, but a loose Sead Kolasinac pass, allowed Son Heung-Min to equalise soon after. Toby Alderweireld gave Spurs victory late on with a header from a corner. It also saw Arteta lose his first North London derby as a manager. “We gave them the game again, an individual error and the set-piece that cost us three points again. “We talked about it before the game today that set-pieces in this game are crucial, and today it cost us the t...
Tottenham vs Arsenal: Arteta Apologises to Gunners Players after 2-1 Loss
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Tottenham vs Arsenal: Arteta Apologises to Gunners Players after 2-1 Loss

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has apologised to his players following the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday evening. Arteta said he was really sorry for his players, adding that the result of the match was a massive blow in their race for European competition next season. Alexandre Lacazette’s goal was not enough as Jose Mourinho’s men defeated Arsenal, thanks to two goals from Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld. “It’s a massive blow [in the race for Europe] because we know the results this weekend. We will fight in two different ways, in the league and FA Cup, to do everything we can. “I’m disappointed and frustrated and really sorry for the boys. “The personality they showed, nullifies them and makes them hit the ball long ...
Tottenham vs Arsenal: Arteta Reveals why he Dropped Saka for London Derby
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Tottenham vs Arsenal: Arteta Reveals why he Dropped Saka for London Derby

Arsenal Manager, Mikel Arteta, has given reasons for dropping Bukayo Saka against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The 18-year-old is enjoying a fine season with the Gunners and has scored four times and provided 10 assists so far. However, Arteta, dropped Saka to the bench for their 2-1 defeat at Spurs, preferring to start with Nicolas Pepe. He was asked to explain his decision ahead of the match and suggested he is merely resting the teenager. “He’s played a lot of games, we have a lot of games coming up, we have to rotate some players, we had some issues during the week. “Every week will be a little bit different,” Arteta told Sky Sports. Saka recently signed a new four-year deal at Arsenal, which will keep him at the club until 2024.
What Arteta told Arsenal players after 2-1 defeat to Brighton
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What Arteta told Arsenal players after 2-1 defeat to Brighton

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said he told his players to control their emotions better, after a scene was created during their 2-1 defeat at Brighton last Saturday. Some of Arteta’s squad members were furious with Neal Maupay after he clashed with goalkeeper, Bernd Leno in the first half. Leno was later taken off on a stretcher and replaced with Emi Martinez. Maupay went on to score the winner late in extra time as Arsenal lost two of their matches since the restart. The striker was surrounded by Arsenal players after the final whistle and Matteo Guendouzi had to be pulled away after placing his hands around Maupay’s throat. “When we show frustration, we have to show it in the right way. “I haven’t seen the images (of Guendouzi) or what h...
Arteta Gives Update On Leno Injury After 2-1 Defeat At Brighton
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Arteta Gives Update On Leno Injury After 2-1 Defeat At Brighton

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said that the club will find out the extent of Bernd Leno’s injury in the coming days. Leno went down holding his knee, following a collision with Neal Maupay in the first half of their 2-1 defeat at Brighton on Saturday. The German goalkeeper was replaced by Emi Martinez, who went on to concede the two goals. There are fears that Leno could now miss the rest of the season, but speaking to BT Sport after the game, Arteta said it was too early to tell how serious the injury is. “It doesn’t look good but we don’t know anything yet. It is too far from me, I haven’t seen the actions. “I always believe players don’t have intentions to injure people and I am sure he did not intend to do that,” Arteta said.
Apostle Johnson Suleman Reveals Why Arsenal Lost 2-1 To Brighton
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Apostle Johnson Suleman Reveals Why Arsenal Lost 2-1 To Brighton

Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries, has blamed Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, following Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday. According to the cleric, Arteta featured a weak team against Brighton, adding that most of the players the Spaniard selected are not on premiership level. Arsenal, who lost 3-0 at Manchester City on Wednesday, took the lead through Nicolas Pepe in the second half at the Falmer Stadium. However, Lewis Dunk forced the ball in for 1-1, before Neal Maupay grabbed the winner late on for the host. “When I complained about Arteta, Gunners said I should calm down,” Apostle Suleman wrote on his Twitter handle. “It’s not about the board, please. “Arteta has weak selections. Most of the players that were featured a...
Arteta slams Arsenal for ‘unacceptable’ Brighton defeat
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Arteta slams Arsenal for ‘unacceptable’ Brighton defeat

Neal Maupay struck an injury-time winner on Saturday after Arsenal threw away the lead, leaving their manager furious Mikel Arteta slammed Arsenal for an "unacceptable" 2-1 Premier League defeat to Brighton on Saturday. The Gunners went ahead at Amex Stadium through a sublime Nicolas Pepe strike but were stunned by goals from Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay. Dunk scrambled the ball over the line after a quick Brighton corner before a 95th-minute winner from Maupay, who was involved in an earlier collision that saw Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno taken off on a stretcher.
Saka, Pepe provide rare consolation on dark day for Arsenal
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Saka, Pepe provide rare consolation on dark day for Arsenal

The Gunners’ troubled week got even worse with a 2-1 defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe provided rare encouragement for Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta on a day when his Gunners side were defeated 2-1 by struggling Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League. It was already shaping up to be a difficult week for the Londoners following their midweek thumping by a rampant Manchester City side, a game which also saw injuries to Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari. That contest also included a miserable 41-minute cameo by David Luiz, who contributed an error leading to a goal and then brought down Riyad Mahrez in the box, giving away a penalty and seeing a red card.
Arteta Gives Ozil Conditions to Play for Arsenal Again
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Arteta Gives Ozil Conditions to Play for Arsenal Again

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has told Mesut Ozil that he will be restored to the team, when he “can give his best”. Ozil was dropped for the Gunners’ trip to Manchester City on Wednesday night. Before the COVID-19 enforced break, the German playmaker featured in all games since Arteta took over in December. Arteta, who claimed Ozil was left out of his squad for the 3-0 defeat for tactical reasons, told a press conference on Thursday, that he is always open with the player. “A lot has happened to him in the last few weeks and I have to respect the timing of every player. Sometimes they need a little bit of time. “It has been difficult preparation in the last two months to get players ready. “Again, I am the first one who wants Me...
Our Defeat To Man City Was My Fault – David Luiz
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Our Defeat To Man City Was My Fault – David Luiz

Arsenal defender David Luiz accepted responsibility for their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, but said he still hopes to play for the club again. Luiz, who is out of contract at the end of the month, was sent off to cap an error-strewn return to action. "It's my fault," the 33-year-old said. "The team did well, especially with 10 men. The coach is amazing, all the players are amazing, it was my fault. "I want to be here. The coach knows. He wants me to stay." Luiz only joined Arsenal last summer - moving from Chelsea on deadline day for £8m - but he was left on the bench against City amid confusion surrounding his contract status. He came on in the 24th minute after Pablo Mari was injured, and was at fault for Raheem Sterling's opener. He then hauled down Riyad Mahrez ...
‘We can’t stand still’ – Arteta issues Arsenal transfer warning
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‘We can’t stand still’ – Arteta issues Arsenal transfer warning

The Gunners boss admits he is unsure whether he will be able to bring in the targets he wants this summer Mikel Arteta has warned that Arsenal risk falling further behind their rivals if they ‘stand still’ while others strengthen this summer. The Gunners return to action for the first time in 102 days on Wednesday night when they take on Manchester City in the Premier League. Arteta’s side go into the game sitting ninth in the table, but could move to within two points of fifth with a victory, depending on Sheffield United’s result at Aston Villa earlier in the day. With fifth spot potentially enough to earn a place in next season’s Champions League due to Manchester City’s impending European ban, Arteta is acutely aware of how important the next six weeks w...