Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Friday, April 23.
Arteta confirms Super League apology
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that he has received apologies from both Stan Kroenke and Vinai Venkatesham following the fallout of the Gunners’ exit from the European Super League.
Arsenal were one of six Premier League clubs to sign up for the new breakaway tournament before being forced to reverse their decision following a remarkable backlash across the English game.
The Gunners, alongside Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, pulled the plug on their involvement in the competition in a remarkable turn of events on Tuesday evening.
Now, ahead of tonight’s Premier League tussle with Everton, Arteta, who was in the dark over the plans up until the very last minute, has confirmed he has received a set of apologies from those above him.
When asked if he had received some apologies, the Spaniard said: “Yes. Starting from Vinai, the ownership, and everybody that is involved in the process.
“All of them with the right intentions to defend the club and put the club in the best possible position for now and for the future but accepting that the way it’s been handled obviously has had terrible consequences and that it was a mistake.
“I have to really respect that when people have genuine intentions to do the best for this football club, but if it doesn’t happen they can stand up here and apologise. I think, I’m talking for myself here, but I think I’m talking for the players and the staff and everybody working at the club, we have to accept that and move on because I think the way it’s been handled has been really good internally.”
Massive Partey prediction made
Gunners ace Thomas Partey has all of the necessary credentials to become one of the “best in the world.”
That is according to his former Atletico Madrid teammate Saul Niguez.
The Spanish midfielder made the admission during a recent interview, insisting that Arsenal’s supporters will soon see just how good he is now that he appears to overcome his recent injury woes.
Saul said: “I think having a coach like Arteta at Arsenal eased things a lot for him. He knows the language and it is a culture that suits him.
“As a player he’s incredible and if he manages to keep this consistency, he can be one of the best in the world. Honestly.
“I have known him since we were 16 or 17 years old and I’ve always felt that he was going to be a very important player. But what he has lacked is consistency, because he’s capable of doing everything.
“He scores from out of the box, he makes ground, steals, distributes, runs the game himself.
“If he ever reads this, I would like to mention again that he should improve his consistency. It’s not enough just doing one good game and then not appearing in three or four.
“He has to be more intelligent in that aspect and know what he has to do on those days in which he’s not performing as well.”
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Edu faces transfer stumbling block
Arsenal will be on the search for a new right-back this summer if they decide to sell Hector Bellerin.
The Spaniard is on the radar of both Paris Saint-Germain and former club Barcelona ahead of the summer window opening as he is eager to test himself elsewhere following a long-term stay in north London.
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Although the window is still several months away from opening, the Gunners have been linked with an array of possible replacements, including Max Aarons of Norwich City and Emerson Royal, who is currently on loan at Real Betis from Barcelona.
However, if Arsenal are to wish to sign the latter of those two aforementioned names, there are concerns as to whether or not the Gunners could reach his price tag.
That is according to a report by Estadio Deportivo, who insist the La Liga heavyweights would be looking for a fee anywhere between £21.6million and £26million.
It is claimed that the fee could be an issue for the Gunners, with them likely to prioritise a move for a left-back and attacking-midfielder this summer, although they are hopeful they can keep hold of Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard.