All the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip, plus build-up to the Gunners’ Premier League clash against Newcastle after the mid-season break.
The mid-season winter break is almost at an end.
Arsenal will be back in Premier League this weekend when they host Newcastle United
Before the mid-season winter break, the Gunners drew 0-0 with Burnley – 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 will want to return to action with a bang.
Mikel Arteta makes Arsenal promise and explains what he learnt from Pep Guardiola
Mikel Arteta has insisted on creating his own managerial identity despite learning a great deal in the three years he spent as Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager at Manchester City.
The Spaniard joined Guardiola’s coaching staff immediately after retiring as Arsenal captain in 2016. With three-and-a-half seasons of experience as a No.2. he decided to take the next step when he was appointed the Gunners head coach in December 2019.
Since his return to Emirates Stadium, Arteta has overseen improvements in performances even if results haven’t picked up as quickly as desired. So far he has managed nine games, won three, drawn four and lost one.
The 37-year-old admitted that he does miss his old mentor, however, and that he had a real learning experience as his understudy.
Arsenal get injury boost
The trip to Dubai has seen January loan signing Pablo Mari train with his new teammates, while Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Tierney and Reiss Nelson are making good progress following injury.
Meanwhile, Cedric Soares took to the training pitches for the first time on Monday.
Elsewhere, the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka were put through their paces at the club’s training base in Dubai on Monday afternoon.
Mesut Ozil provides fresh update on his Arsenal future
Mesut Ozil has refused to commit his long-term future to the club, and says he will wait to see what happens before deciding on his next move.
The 31-year-old’s Arsenal contract expires at the end of next season, with the playmaker being linked with lucrative moves to Turkey and USA in recent months.
Ozil’s Arsenal future looked to be in serious doubt when he was frozen out of the squad by former boss Unai Emery earlier this season.
Arsenal ‘close in’ on Pape Gueye
According to a report from France, Arsenal are close to signing Pape Gueye from Le Havre in a deal close to €6million.
The defensive midfielder has less than 18 months on his current deal with the Ligue 2 outfit and this means they risk losing him for nothing in the summer of 2021.
Should Gueye make the move to north London in the summer transfer window, he would become Mikel Arteta’s first permanent signing as Arsenal head coach.