Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.
Arteta has already the answer to transfer dilemma
Dani Ceballos is unlikely to remain with Arsenal past the end of this season after spending two years in north London on loan from La Liga giants Real Madrid.
If the Spaniard isn’t retained, it is reasonable to suggest that Mikel Arteta will want a midfielder to act as a direct replacement for the 24-year-old who has been a regular in his two years at the club.
Well, luckily the answer to Arteta’s transfer dilemma has already been answered.
We at football.london have taken a look at four players Arsenal could realistically target this summer and one of the names included is Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.
The Frenchman s very dynamic in possession and this summer could be an ideal time to chase his services given the financial struggles of many Ligue 1 clubs as a result of the global pandemic.
Arsenal’s core players for next season
Speaking of Arteta, the Spaniard has already begun his preparations for next season after Thursday night’s Europa League elimination by Villarreal at the Emirates.
Ahead of his side’s match with West Brom, Arteta has stated that he still believes Arsenal can achieve the ambitions he set out for them at the start of his reign.
“I know that we have disappointed a lot of people as well and that really hurts because we wanted to give the best to everything and to everybody,” he said.
“But what I think clear in mind is that if we are able to do what we want to do right now there is no doubts that we are going to achieve it. If not I wouldn’t be sat here.”
So, as thoughts begin to turn to next season who exactly should Arteta look to build his Gunners side around?
Click here as football.london takes a look at seven players who will almost certainly form the core for Arsenal in 2021/22.
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Willock matches Rashford record
One Arsenal player who is in the form of his life at the moment is Joe Willock.
The midfielder – on loan at Newcastle United – was on the scoresheet once again on Friday night as Steve Bruce’s side shocked Leicester City with a 4-2 win at the King Power Stadium.
Breaking the deadlock by capitalising on a mistake by Caglar Soyuncu to place the ball beyond Kasper Schmeichel, Willock has now scored in four Premier League games in a row.
And as the tweet above points out, he is the youngest player to do so since Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford did so back in January 2019.
Whether this convinces Arteta to give the 21-year-old another chance next season remains to be seen.
But to have matched Rashford’s record shows Willock is on the right path when it comes to being a goalscoring option from midfield.