Mikel Arteta to make huge Europa League decision as Arsenal show interest in £20m defender


Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.

Gunners show interest in Andersen

According to the Mirror, Arsenal are set to battle with West Ham United this summer in a fight to sign Joachim Andersen from Fulham.

The 24-year-old has impressed during his loan spell at Craven Cottage, despite Scott Parker’s team’s league position.

The report claims that the Gunners and the Hammers are both interested in the former Lyon centre-back who is valued at £20m.

Andersen has played 27 times in the Premier League this season for Fulham – and in that time, he has become one of the club’s most consistent performers.


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Arteta set to make huge call for semi-final

The form of Bernd Leno might well be a big concern for Mikel Arteta as Arsenal prepare for their biggest match of the season.

The Gunners are getting ready for their semi-final first-leg against Unai Emery‘s Villarreal on Thursday evening and there is a big call for Arteta to make.

Leno made a massive mistake in Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Everton on Friday night when Richarlison’s tame cross beat the German goalkeeper.

He bundled it into his own net for the only goal of the match and it creates a big dilemma for Arteta.



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Aubameyang delivers fitness update

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has posted a photo of him in the gym as he steps up his recovery from Malaria.

The Arsenal captain is thought to have contracted the disease whilst on international duty with Gabon.



BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring Arsenal’s goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on December 29, 2020 in Brighton, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

In an ideal world, Aubameyang would be fit enough to play in the Gunners’ semi-final on Thursday evening, but that does seem a tad unlikely given his lack of football recently.

However, the striker has updated supporters via his Instagram page, with a photo of him working out at the gym.

The caption simply read: “Working hard tho” with Aubameyang taking a selfie.





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