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Partey drops Arsenal debut hint, Aubameyang donate to blacks, 5 Arsenal players and their futures decision.



Thomas Partey insists he is ‘prepared’ to make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City this weekend and says he ‘likes’ to play in big matches. Mikel Arteta’s side return to Premier League action on Saturday with a trip to the Etihad to face Pep Guardiola’s Man City.

The Gunners have won three of their four league matches so far this season – only losing to Premier League champions Liverpool. Manchester City, meanwhile, drew 1-1 with newly-promoted Leeds United before the international break, a week after they were thumped 5-2 by Leicester City.

Partey wants to be involved for Arsenal on Saturday and says he will be ‘prepared’ to play as Arteta looks for success against the team he used to coach.

But Arsenal’s deadline day signing insists the final decision will be made by Arteta and says his presence will depend on how quickly he gets up to speed with his new team-mates. Asked whether he expects to be involved against Manchester City, Partey said: ‘Well, it’s the decision of Mikel.

Arsenal captain Aubameyang proud to donate Black Lives Matter shirt to museum

The African star is helping in the historic documentation of the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has donated one of his Black Lives Matter shirts to the Museum of London to support their ‘Collecting Covid’ project.

The Black Lives Matter protest against racism shook the entire world at a time when most countries including England were on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the restart of the 2019-20 Premier League season in July, all 20 clubs added the Black Lives Matter logo to their shirts to show solidarity with the BLM movement.

Aubameyang’s shirt is the first item collected by the museum and it will be used to highlight the role football played in creating social change.

“I am proud to be the latest black player to captain Arsenal and it’s an honour to have the opportunity to donate my Black Lives Matter shirt to the Museum of London’s Collecting Covid project,” Aubameyang told the club website.

“I hope this will be remembered as the moment that football stood against all forms of racism and that it will inspire young people for the future.”

The Collecting Covid project is aimed at gathering records of Londoners’ lives during the coronavirus pandemic which will help the future generation learn about the events.

Mikel Arteta and Edu must decide on five Arsenal players and their futures

He may not be Arsenal’s head of football anymore, but the words spoken by Raul Sanllehi back in May 2019 was a message to be followed through with:

“At the end of the day, the real essence of the problem was that we had reached the last year of the contract,” Sanllehi told Arsenal’s official YouTube channel in May 2019 when asked about Aaron Ramsey’s move to Juventus.

Alexandre Lacazette

The Frenchman may have endured an incredibly tough season last year, but Arteta has remained a big fan of Alexandre Lacazette. The platform he creates at the top of the pitch to attack from, alongside the pressing of opposition defenders has been crucial to the Spaniard’s vision for the Arsenal attack.

Despite this, at 29-years-old, with just under two years left on his current deal, Lacazette’s situation brings with it an interesting dilemma. Either stand by him as one of the key experienced members of the squad, or cash in for a younger, more explosive piece to the puzzle.

As things stand, it appears Lacazette is content at Arsenal and Arteta is settled with him in the side. The Spaniard may be looking for the right time to tie up a new deal but doing so before it’s too late is essential as clubs across Europe will know the quality he possesses.

“He is really happy here, he wants to keep improving and contributing to the team,” Arteta said when asked about his striker’s future in September.

“I know how good he is, the impact he is having. He knows about the competition he has with the front players, and again he needs to demand of himself to be the best striker at this football club, the same as the rest. He was very happy to hear that and the way he has been training and conducting himself has been excellent.”

Calum Chambers

At the club for six years, Calum Chambers made his competitive debut alongside Mikel Arteta. Since then, he has had loan spells at Middlesbrough and Fulham, played right-back, centre-back and central midfield, and is now on the verge of returning from a horrid ACL injury.

Upon arrival in December, Arteta made it clear that Chambers was part of his plans at centre-back. He has done so again by including him in this season’s Europa League squad – unlike Sokratis, for example – which, when he is match fit, will give the 25-year-old a chance to truly impress.

Sead Kolasinac

Of the players on this list, the future looks most bleak for Sead Kolasinac. Failing to get a move in the summer, it appears looking for a potential buyer in January will be crucial.

The risk of keeping him beyond that point is losing the potential for a profit upon selling which will of course be important to Arsenal given the current financial state of football.

Mohamed Elneny

At 28-years-old, a decision on Mohamed Elneny won’t need to be made as quickly, especially considering he wouldn’t be moved on for a too big a fee.

Currently he has a place in the side as more of a rotational option and that works. If Arteta would prefer a different option in the future, however, letting Elneny go would be understandable.

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