August 18, 2022

The latest news from around the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal and Mikel Arteta prepare for next weekend’s Premier League clash against Newcastle United with some warm-weather training.

It’s Saturday! But Arsenal are not in action this weekend.

Instead the Gunners have taken advantage of the very first Premier League winter break and are in Dubai for a spot of warm-weather training before returning to the UK next week.

The north London outfit’s last outing was a goalless draw away at Burnley six days ago – a result which kept their unbeaten record across all competitions in 2020 under Mikel Arteta intact.

However, there’s not been too many victories to celebrate during this period.

Two wins from the last 17 Premier League games is hardly the form of a side hoping to seal a top-four spot, so Arsenal really need to make the most of the winter break and hit the ground running against Newcastle United a week tomorrow.

With that said, here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.

Wenger return

According to the Mirror, the Arsenal hierarchy are keen to bring the Arsene Wenger back to the club, with senior figures said to have already made approaches.

This won’t have been the first time Wenger has been contacted about a return.

But is a comeback on the cards?

Speaking about previous contact from Arsenal chiefs earlier in the season, Wenger revealed the one condition that could see him return to the club.

“I have been in touch with some people at the club but I felt when you go like that you cannot be half in, half out,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “You let people who come in work their way. And I wanted to take a complete distance.

“It’s still a bit early, maybe, to go back. I haven’t been back at the club.”

Lallana to Arsenal?

The January transfer window officially closed eight days ago and it doesn’t reopen for another five months, but speculation surrounding potential summer targets for Arteta hasn’t cooled down.

In fact, rumours linking Liverpool’s Adam Lallana with a free transfer to the Emirates has got supporters talking.

According to The Mail, the midfielder has informed the runaway Premier League leaders of his desire to depart Anfield upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.

With the Reds looking unlikely to offer Lallana a new deal, it’s claimed that his decision to leave is based upon his desire to play regular first-team football next season.

But will he be swapping Merseyside for north London?

Click here to see how Gunners supporters have reacted to the surprise transfer rumour.

Martinelli’s admission

Gabriel Martinelli’s stunning form this season has reportedly attracted interest from Real Madrid.

Okdiario claim Madrid are sending scouts to London to monitor the teenager’s performances and have apparently been encouraged by Martinelli’s recent dig at Arsenal for blocking him from accepting an U23 call-up by Brazil.

The Santiago Bernabeu is fast becoming the home for promising Brazilian youngsters with Rodrygo and Vinícius Júnior being joined by Reinier during the January transfer window.

But Martinelli says he’s focused on matters with the Gunners.

“No, nothing has come to me. I am focused here doing my job at Arsenal and my head is here,” he told Marca when asked if contact from the Spanish giants had been made.

Leno aims dig at Emery

Arsenal were not a team under Unai Emery, according to Bernd Leno.

In arguably the most damning assessment of Emery’s 18-month tenure at the Emirates Stadium, Leno has revealed that the Spanish tactician confused things behind the scenes and has credited Mikel Arteta for steadying the ship.

“He [Arteta] has, in this short time made a big impact,” Leno told reporters. “You can see the intensity we play, also the structure in the team and the mentality [away] from the pitch.

“Before I don’t want to say it was a mess it was a little bit confusing, everyone was doing different things.

“We were not a team! Not in the dressing room, not on the pitch and you could see this. I think with Mikel its changed completely.

“The first day he came he wasn’t talking too much about tactics, he was talking about how we behave in the dressing room, when we go to the games we have to be more professional and more like a team.”





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