Arsenal: Arteta provides Partey injury update
Arsenal aren’t in talks with Mikel Arteta over a new contract at the current moment in time but the Spaniard has the club’s full support, reports claim. It’s been a difficult season for the Gunners, who currently sit 11th in the Premier League table. They’re closer to the relegation zone than the summit, with the likes of Leeds and Aston Villa above them.
Arsenal went into the season on a high.
After beating Chelsea to win the FA Cup, and then bettering Liverpool in the Community Shield, many fans were expecting a good campaign.
But that hasn’t happened, with the Gunners instead enduring a troublesome season so far.
They’ve lost their last two matches against Wolves and Aston Villa, dealing their hopes of finishing in the top four an almighty blow in the process.
Despite that, reports have suggested that Arteta could be in line for an Arsenal contract extension.
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However, Football London say that isn’t currently the case with the board in no rush to enter negotiations at the current moment in time.
It’s said that Stan Kroenke has full faith in their former captain, however, and there are no plans to make changes to the coaching staff as things stand.
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Arteta looked a man heading for the sack earlier in the season.
But they were much-improved prior to their little blip and that, it seems, has been enough to buy him more time at the Emirates Stadium.
Meanwhile, Arsenal defender William Saliba has slammed Arteta for his lack of chances prior to his loan move to Nice.
He was signed under Unai Emery’s tenure in charge before Arteta took over from his compatriot towards the end of 2019.
And Saliba has now plunged his long-term future with the club into uncertain waters by saying: “He judged me on two and a half matches.
“I would have liked for him to play me more. But he told me I wasn’t ready.
“I was waiting for him to give me a chance, but football is like that.”
Arteta was furious with the officiating in his side’s defeat to Villa on Saturday, after confronting referee Chris Kavanagh on the pitch at full time.
“I keep that between me and them,” he replied, when asked what he said to the officials after the game.”
And when asked on the decisions themselves, the Arsenal boss added: “I prefer to stay on mute on that.
“As you could see, I was really animated for a few decisions and one big decision I will not discuss here as well, what happened.
“It is what it is. It is not an excuse, Regardless of those decisions, we have to win the game. It is as simple as that.”
He then added: “We completely dominated the game,” said Arteta.
“We dominated every department and we should have won the game.
“But in the Premier League when you give a goal just to the opponent and we gave them another three opportunities, and then you are not ruthless enough in the opponents’ box, you don’t win games.
“The rest, the way the team played, the energy and quality they showed, the amount of chances and situations we created, how quickly we regained the ball, how we controlled the long ball, second balls, how aggressive we were in our duels, incredible. But it wasn’t enough to win the game.
“If we are not ruthless, we [must not] give anything to the opponents.
“That is something we must do better and it cost us two games in the last four days because the reality is we should have won both games.”
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