Summer is approaching and the transfer window can be seen in the distance.
Arsenal will be looking to strengthen their squad and sell several players this summer, with Josh Kroenke telling supporters at a recent Fans’ Forum that he is “excited” for what’s to come.
The last time Kroenke made that promise was in 2019 when the Gunners signed Kieran Tierney, Nicolas Pepe, William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli, but it remains to be seen whether the upcoming window will have the same impact.
Following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Villarreal in the first leg of their Europa League tie in Spain, Mikel Arteta’s side took part in a training session before flying back to London later on Friday afternoon.
And there was one face in particular who caught the attention of fans across social media, with talk that Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves had spontaneously dropped into Arsenal’s training session in Valencia…
Since when did we sign rueben neves admin? pic.twitter.com/IGw36YihFN
— Anthony Iaconi (@antman2311) April 30, 2021
When did we sign Ruben Neves?#KroenkeOut
— Pain In The Arsenal (@PainInThArsenal) April 30, 2021
Of course, it wasn’t Neves training with the Gunners. Instead, it was 28 year old assistant coach Miguel Molina, a trusted lieutenant of Arteta’s coaching team at Emirates Stadium.
Molina arrived from Atletico Madrid in the summer and is an expert in the tactical periodisation methodology.
He has a background in sports science and works closely with the first team in all training sessions, sometimes taking part as you can see in the photo above.
At 3pm today until 11:59pm on Monday, all sports channels across the entire Reach network, including football.london, will join the boycott of social media as part of the campaign against online hate.
So far this season players at all of the capital’s top-flight clubs have been subject to horrendous abuse – from Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Willian to Tottenham’s Son Heung-min, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Reece James to Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
No dressing room has been spared this disgusting plague. Enough is enough.
That is why the Premier League, FA, Kick It Out and Women’s Super League have been joined by clubs up and down the country as well as organisations from cricket, rugby, cycling and horse racing in staging the boycott. Above all they want the social media platforms to take more responsibility for keeping hate out of our sport.
As journalists this is not a decision we take lightly but we believe it is important that Reach titles add their voices to the calls for greater action against the epidemic of online hate and be a force for good in the communities we serve.
As the nation’s biggest sports publisher we will of course continue to create the outstanding sports content – from Premier League to local matches – for which we are famous. We just won’t be sharing this content on social over the weekend.
Our news accounts will also continue to share the biggest breaking news this weekend, including covering the impact of this boycott.
Arsenal fans will be hoping to have a fully fit squad to choose from when they face Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang making a brief cameo appearance in the defeat at Estadio de la Ceramica.
David Luiz, Lacazette and Tierney are also expected to be part of the travelling squad for the crucial game against the Magpies.