Arteta issues Martinelli verdict
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta has insisted that Brazilian attacker Gabriel Martinelli will get his chance to prove his worth at the Emirates Stadium.
The versatile forward, who can play both through the middle out out wide, has struggled for opportunities in recent months after making a return from a long-term injury lay-off.
Martinelli made a return in December and looked lively over the course of the Christmas period. However, since the turn of the year he has featured just four times in all competitions, with half of those coming as a substitute.
But despite his lack of opportunities, Arteta insists he will get his chance to prove his worth, admitting that his lack of minutes on the pitch has been his [Arteta’s] own fault.
Arteta said: “If anything it’s my fault. He’s done everything perfect. He trains incredibly well every day. His attitude couldn’t be better.
“He’s really disappointed that he’s not playing more obviously having spoken to him, but he needs to be a little bit patient.
“He’s had some minutes and games as well.
“It’s true that the competition for the front positions is very tough.
“He needs to be patient and he will get his chance.”
Gunners eye N’Dicka swoop
Arsenal have opened talks with the representatives of Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N’Dicka over the prospect of signing him this summer.
The Gunners are said to be keen on adding a new centre-back to their ranks during the upcoming transfer window and N’Dicka is amongst their targets.
The Frenchman, who is 21-years-old, has gone from strength-to-strength this season and is being watched by a whole host of clubs.
Arsenal, though, are claimed to have already opened talks about getting a deal over the line for him in an attempt to bolster their central-defensive options.
But do the Gunners necessarily need to sign him? It is quite possible that they may not because Dinos Mavropanos has been impressing whilst on loan at Stuttgart this season. Should Arsenal ditch their interest and make the most of Mavropanos instead, perhaps?
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Gibbs on the move
Former Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs has verbally agreed terms to join MLS outfit Inter Miami, who are managed by former Everton man Phil Neville.
That is according to a report by ESPN, who insist Gibbs will join the American club on a two-year deal.
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Cedric’s big bromance
What a week it’s been for Cedric Soares.
The Portuguese started at right-back as Arsenal recorded a famous north London derby win over Tottenham on Sunday.
Cedric’s form for Arsenal has seen him edge ahead of Hector Bellerin in the pecking order at right-back, with manager Mikel Arteta giving a clear indication last summer as to how he plans to utilise the defender.
“He’s a different quality in the full-back area than what we have,” Arteta said.
“He’s a gifted, technical player and is probably the best we have in the final third to make the right decision and attack the box as well.
“He can play in a four or a five, he’s a really good player with experience in the Premier League that can help us.”
Smith Rowe was probably congratulating his team-mate on his call up to the Portugal squad – a huge achievement considering the competition he has at right-back.
And it’s clear that team morale is as high as it has ever been at Arsenal right now, following an impressive European victory and derby win in the Premier League.
Laca’s competitive streak
He scored the winner against Tottenham on Sunday after replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the line-up shortly before the game.
Alexandre Lacazette continues to come up trumps with important goals for the Gunners as he heads into the final year of his contract at the club.
“He’s an amazing player for us,” said Mohamed Elneny in his pre-Olympiacos press conference.
“He’s scored so many goals for the team. He’s an amazing player and loves to score. He always trains after training for finishing.”
It’s that competitive streak which makes Lacazette one of the Premier League’s most feared strikers and it’s no surprise to see those traits being displayed in training.
The Frenchman could be seen with a frustrated expression on his face as he demanded the ball during Wednesday’s session.
With Aubameyang likely to return for Thursday’s visit of Olympiacos, the 29-year-old may have to wait a few days more before he returns to Premier League action against West Ham this weekend.
Despite having minimal game time over the past few weeks there is one player who still has a smile on his face.
Gabriel Martinelli was seen in training on Tuesday practising his shooting skills – a hint at where his future position could lie.
His manager believes that it is only a matter of time before the 19-year-old will work his wait into the team, but says it requires patience from the eager youngster.
I always love Arsenal’ – Elneny ready to renew deal with the Gunners
Mohamed Elneny has confirmed his readiness to pen a new Arsenal contract with his current deal expected to run out in June 2022.
Elneny has been with the Gunners since January 2016 when he completed a permanent switch from Basel, and he was later handed an extension in 2018 after his fine performances under Arsene Wenger.
The 28-year-old has been impressive for Mikel Arteta’s side this season and he was recently applauded for getting the reward for his hard work after a stunning goal against Olympiacos in their 3-1 win last Thursday.
With 30 appearances under his belt across all competitions so far, Elneny is enjoying his time in North London even as he continues to fight for a regular starting spot.
“Of course for me I always love Arsenal. If Arsenal said to me sign a new contract of course I will be happy to do this,” Elneny was quoted by Football London.
“Of course I want to always be in the first XI, I will be available to play all the time. I do everything I have to be in the starting eleven. If Mikel decides for me to be in the pitch, I do everything in training and build myself to be available.
“If he thinks I can start I will start, if he thinks I can be on the bench when I come in I’ll do my best to hold my position. I need to always be available to help my team-mates.”
Elneny’s strike against Olympiacos in the Europa League Round of 16 was his second goal of the season, however, he revealed the daily work he is doing behind the scenes with one of the coaching staff, Steve Round.
He added: “Every day after training with Steve [Round], after training is finished he takes me for shooting training. I need to work on this because when I score goals everything becomes good for me.