Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.
Mikel Arteta’s April to-do list
Arsenal still have plenty to play for in the closing stages of the 2020/21 season.
Saturday’s 3-0 loss against Liverpool was a setback to their hopes of a top-six finish in the Premier League, but the Gunners can still seal a return to the Champions League for next term.
That is by winning the Europa League and they face Slavia Prague in a quarter-final first-leg on Thursday.
But there are three things Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta must address quickly if he’s to add the Europa League to the FA Cup he won last season come May.
Arguably the biggest thing on his to-do-list is to find the right attack after watching Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette struggle against the Reds.
Gary Neville felt ‘uncomfortable’ watching Arsenal against Liverpool
The Manchester United legend Gary Neville was on co-commentary duty for Sky Sports at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night as he watched the Gunners slump to a 3-0 loss.
And focus for Neville has been on what he saw from Arteta’s side – in particular the performances from Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alexandre Lacazette.
“I was really uncomfortable with what I saw and there have been a number of times in the last ten years when I’ve been doing Monday Night Football where my anger has emerged and grown over a couple of days since the game,” he said.
“Coming out of Saturday, we don’t know what goes on behind the scenes at Arsenal, but I have to say there were a few of those players in that front part of the pitch – it looked like a little mafia.
“It looked like a little group of players who weren’t comfortable.
“Like there was a disconnect between them and the manager.
“Like the manager looked like he had enough of them, he had that glazed-eye look. It’s instinct, but we’ve been around football quite a long time to know when a group of players are disinterested.”
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Edu told four transfers can complete Arteta’s perfect squad
Former Arsenal ace Michael Thomas thinks the Gunners should target Achraf Hakimi, a new left-back, Yves Bissouma, and a permanent deal for Martin Odegaard in the summer transfer window.
“There are a few areas,” Thomas told Goal. “But it can all depend on the finish to the season and whether they qualify for Europe or not.
“I think a right-back is needed and I am liking the links with [Achraf], Hakimi, at Inter. I saw him at Dortmund and thought this guy has an engine with some quality.
“Cover at left-back is essential. [Kieran] Tierney is fantastic and seems to only be getting better, but someone with experience who can still offer something, like [Ryan] Bertrand, would be good in there.
“[Yves] Bissouma of Brighton would be my pick for a partner to Thomas Partey in central midfield. Both are solid, can use the ball well and are 90-minute players.
“Finally, keep [Martin] Odegaard! He has great vision and works extremely well.”