Aubameyang trains ahead of Olympiacos clash
After being dropped from the starting line-up for Sunday’s North London derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears to have moved on from what happened.
The Gabon international was axed from the starting XI because of disciplinary issues, with Mikel Arteta – the Arsenal manager – handing the captaincy to Alexandre Lacazette in his absence.
But Arteta insisted that a line had been drawn underneath the situation and was keen to move on, as he wanted to concentrate on preparations for tomorrow’s UEFA Europa League clash with Olympiacos.
And judging by Aubameyang’s character during training at London Colney on Tuesday, he has most certainly moved on from what happened at the weekend.
He appeared to be in a buoyant mood, laughing and joking and donning a massive smile on his face.
Gunners handed N’Dicka advantage
Arsenal may have an upper hand in the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Evan N’Dicka this summer thanks to Nicolas Pepe.
The 21-year-old is said to be currently valued at just under £20million, but it is claimed that anyone wishing to sign him will have to “dig deep.”
However, Gunners ace Pepe could hand the north London club an advantage in the race to sign him because his agent is Michael N’Cho Ibou, who played a key role in helping Arsenal land Pepe in the summer of 2019.
With that in mind, Arsenal are aware of N’Cho Ibou and could be the front-runners in the race to sign N’Dicka this summer.
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Youngster set for Arsenal exit
Gunners striker Luke Plange is edging closer to signing for Championship side Derby County, a report by Arsenal Youth claims.
The 18-year-old, who has scored seven times in 23 appearances for Arsenal at Under-18s level, has previously had a trial at QPR.
Now, though, after discovering that he will not be offered a deal by the Gunners, he looks poised to join Derby come the summer.
He is not set to be offered his first professional deal by Arsenal, meaning he looks set to be forced to drop down into the Championship in an attempt to make a name for himself.
Unai Emery proved right about Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka continues to surpass expectations in every game he plays for Arsenal and England.
The 19-year-old made his breakthrough season during Unai Emery’s first season in charge of the Gunners – and hasn’t looked back since.
And it’s no surprise to see former Arsenal assistant and Under-23s manager Freddie Ljungberg lauding the winger on Sky Sports.
Ljungberg started working with Saka as a 15-year-old in the Gunners’ academy and spoke ahead of the north London derby about how eager the youngster was to learn.
“He’s been with Arsenal his whole life, he loves the club, he knows what it means,” Ljungberg said.
“I’m so happy every time he does well because he deserves it, he works so hard every day.
It was former head coach Emery who handed Saka his debut in a Europa League match against Qarabag in December 2018.
Emery revealed in an exclusive interview with football.london what made him stand out from the rest.
“When he started playing regularly you could look at him and see he’s a very good player,” he said.