Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Monday, February 22.
Arteta issues Holding injury update
The centre-back, who was one of five changes to the side that played out a 1-1 draw with Benfica on Thursday evening, was forced off with just under ten minutes remaining after being accidentally caught on the head by the studs of City right-back Joao Cancelo.
Refusing to take any risks, Arsenal opted to play their concussion substitution, replacing the former Bolton Wanderers man with David Luiz.
Issuing an update following the full-time whistle, Arteta confirmed that the Gunners had opted to use their concussion substitution and that Holding would be expected to miss some time on the training ground in the build-up to Thursday’s second-leg against Benfica in the Europa League.
Arteta said: “That’s a call that has to be given by the doctor. And that’s the communication that we got with him so we decided to make the concussion sub.
“That’s what they told me (that Holding had concussion) so if that’s the case he will miss a few days [of training] I think.”
Gunners fans make Maddison call
A section of Arsenal supporters are calling on the club to make a summer move for Leicester City star James Maddison.
The former Norwich City man continued his outstanding form with another goal yesterday afternoon, helping the Foxes defeat Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park.
Maddison netted Leicester’s first goal before Harvey Barnes scored the second to seal another impressive away victory for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The Foxes were given a helping hand in their quest for three points ahead of kick-off when Jack Grealish was not named in the Villa squad because of an injury.
But as Maddison found the back of the net, a few Gunners fans took to social media to share their admiration for the Englishman, with some saying they would prefer the Gunners to sign him this summer over Grealish, who has been a popular target with the Arsenal fans in recent months.
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Redknapp makes bold Aubameyang statement
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “past his best”.
The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder made the admission following the Gunners’ defeat to City yesterday afternoon. Deployed in the central striker role, the former Borussia Dortmund man failed to impose himself on the contest, with him starved on meaningful opportunities.
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Redknapp told Sky Sports: “This is an important time for this club and the manager right now. March 14th is a huge day for them when they play Tottenham because it’s the sort of game that can turn the tide for both teams.
“I look at that team today and you look at a team full of great players and one team with only one or two.
“I look at Aubameyang and he is past his best. He has lost his superpowers. I’m seeing now like he is going to get bullied every occasion.
“The likes of [Bukayo] Saka and [Emile] Smith Rowe – they’re the ones who are leading the way. The other players have got to step up more.”