Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.
The Arsenal manager faced the media ahead of the Brighton game and the main talking point from his press conference was about his long-term plans for Joe Willock who has impressed during a loan spell at Newcastle United.
“Yes, and I’m really happy that things have gone so well for him because of the potential that Joe has. I think it was great for him to go away and have a different experience.
“He has grabbed that opportunity in a really remarkable and positive way. He will be back with us, we will have those conversations with him and plan the next years for him.
“He’s got a contract and he’s going to be here. So that’s for sure.
“And he got the responsibility and the task to go to Newcastle to help them go where they want. I’m telling you that I spoke with the coaching staff and they are extremely happy because he was a key part in contributing to get the objectives that they had. So that’s a real positive for him.”
Josh Kroenke was in attendance at the Arsenal fan’s forum which took place on Friday afternoon, football.london understands.
The Gunners called their supporters groups around the world together for a virtual meeting to “discuss the club’s plans for future fan engagement.”
It comes after thousands of Arsenal fans gathered outside the Emirates Stadium to protest against the club’s American ownership ahead of their 1-0 defeat against Everton last month.
The demonstration was in response to KSE’s decision to sign up to the European Super League without any prior consultation of the coaching staff, players or fans – only to withdraw the club from the competition 48 hours later.
After attending a fans’ forum in the immediate aftermath of the Super League fiasco, Josh Kroenke promised to attend more of the events.
football.london now understands that the American businessman, who is the son of the Gunners’ overall owner Stan Kroenke, committed to attend at least one of the forums per year as part of his attempt to win back the support of fans.
This is unlikely to be enough for many supporters, though, who are expected to protest KSE’s ownership once again when they return to the Emirates for the first time since December in Arsenal’s game against Brighton on Sunday.
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Arsenal make Aarons transfer decision
Arsenal are eyeing a deal for Max Aarons ahead of the summer transfer window.
That is according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano who has also revealed that the Gunners face competition from north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the right-back’s signature.
In response to a question from a fan on Twitter regarding an update on Aarons’ future, Romano said: “Arsenal and Tottenham looking at him. Let’s see. Long race.”
If the Gunners are able to win the race for Aarons, he could be the perfect replacement for Hector Bellerin, who has been tipped to leave the club this summer.
With that said, Aarons isn’t the only Norwich star on Arsenal’s radar as recent reports suggest they are also interested in Emi Buendia.
The attacking midfielder is reportedly valued at £40m, while the right-back is valued at £18m on transfermarkt.
Could a package worth close to £60m be enough to seal a double deal for the Norwich pair as Arteta looks to bolster his first-team squad with some shrewd signing?