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No club is taking Aubameyang – Mikel Arteta

Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, has dismissed speculation claiming that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed to join Barcelona.

Earlier this week, reports in Spain claimed that Aubameyang has already told Barca that he would be willing to join them.

The 30-year-old will have just one year left on his contract at the end of the season.

But Arteta is adamant that Aubameyang is happy at Arsenal and the striker is not looking to leave.

Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta

“As far as I know, I think a week ago, we were discussing that he said he was so happy, that he didn’t agree with the things that were being written in the media, that he has his future here.

“I’m so happy with that so that’s where I’m standing at the moment,” Arteta said during his Friday press conference.


Xhaka, Mustafi Among 5 Players Mikel Should Sell On January Transfer.

On Boxing Day, Mikel Arteta will take charge of his first game as Arsenal manager, the Gunners travelling to the south coast for a clash with Bournemouth.

After the meeting with the Cherries, the Spaniard will have just one more match before he can start making changes to his squad, with the north London outfit welcoming Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium on 29th December. If Arteta and Arsenal are to end the season on a high, they’ll need to be rather active during the January transfer window.

There are a number of positions in the team that desperately need strengthening. However, if they’re to make the necessary additions to the side, the Gunners must shift some of the deadwood currently littering the Emirates.

Here’s five Arsenal players Arteta should look to move on next month.

Granit XhakaHe may have been reintegrated following a petulant gesture towards his own fans back in October, but Granit Xhaka is not fully forgiven.

The midfielder was stripped of the club captaincy for his behaviour in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, with that incident showing he lacks the character needed to succeed at the top level.

Of course, it’s not just Xhaka’s attitude that falls short of the required standard. He’s been a liability for the entirely of his career in north London, and the team are often worse with the Swiss around.

He’s self-destructive, so the Gunners should rinse themselves of Xhaka before he deals any more damage. Hertha Berlin seem to be interested, and Arsenal would be well advised to sell him to the Bundesliga side.

Shkodran MustafiIt’s really not an overstatement to say the £36m purchase of Shkodran Mustafi was the worst signing Arsenal football club have ever made.

How he’s still kicking around at the Emirates is just baffling. The Gunners should have sold him during the last transfer window…and the transfer window before that…and the one before that. You get the picture.

Arsenal have to accept they’ll never get their money back, having been conned by Valencia into paying a ludicrous fee for Mustafi. The sooner he’s gone, the sooner Arteta can start working on bringing in a reliable defender.

Calum ChambersCalum Chambers isn’t a bad centre-back, but he’s never going to be Champions League quality. He’ll probably never be Europa League quality, either.

Arsenal have to be admired for their faith in the Englishman, who’s been with them since 2014 after switching from Southampton for £16m.

When he joined, Chambers was a teenager with huge potential. Fast forward half a decade, and he’s a fully-grown man who never really kicked on and took his game to the next level.

The 24-year-old isn’t getting any better. It’s high time the Gunners cashed in and looked for a new face to build their defence around.

Konstantinos MavropanosOver the course of his two full campaigns as an Arsenal player, Konstantinos Mavropanos has made a grand total of four Premier League appearances for the club. Like Chambers, he’s another who just isn’t going to make the grade for the Gunners.

It’s clear the centre-back lacks the quality to challenge for a starting berth. Competition for places is essential as Arteta aims to get the team back up and running, and Mavropanos cannot help in that regard.

If the Greek is sold in January, the money Arsenal recoup can spent on a defender who’ll actually bring something to the squad, rather than simply make up the numbers.

It should be clear where Arteta should focus in terms of revamping the side. He’s inherited a woeful defensive line, and it’ll take plenty of chopping and changing before he’s fixed the Gunners’ issues at the back.

Joe WillockJoe Willock reminds me of Arsenal academy graduate Kieran Gibbs. Not for his playing style, but for the way he is treated by the coaching staff at the club.

It’s as though they’re desperate for him to come good and be their new homegrown star, overlooking the youngster’s mediocre talents because he’s been in the academy since the age of five.

This is the world of top-level sport. It’s cutthroat, and there’s no room for sentiment. Arsenal must cut ties with squad members like Willock. They’re a drain on the team, and will never be good enough to get the Gunners back in Champions League contention. [Editor’s note: this entry is absolutely melted and I do not endorse it]


I will create winning mentality – Mikel Arteta Promise Arsenal.

…to convince the players

Mikel Arteta says he will try to install a “winning mentality” at Arsenal after being appointed as Unai Emery’s successor in north London.

It’s the 37-year-old’s first step into management after spending three years working alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, where Arteta has been credited for having a major impact on their success.

But after returning to the club where he spent the last five years of his playing career, Arteta says Arsenal’s players have to be prepared to accept “a different way of thinking” if they want to start being successful once again.

“I have to try to convince the players about what I want to do and how I want to do it,” Arteta said, quoted by The Telegraph. “They have to start accepting a ­different process, a different way of thinking, and I want to get all the staff and everybody at the club with the same mindset.

“We have to build a culture that has to sustain the rest. If you do not have the right culture, in the difficult moments the tree is going to shake.

“So, my job is to convince everybody that this is how we are going to live, and if you are going to be part of this organisation it has to be in these terms and in this way.

“What I have learnt [from Guardiola] is mostly that you have to be ruthless. You have to be consistent and you have to fit every day the culture of the club to create a ­winning mentality.”

Arteta has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Arsenal and will be watching on as Freddie Ljungberg takes charge of his last game against Everton on Saturday.

Arsenal’s new boss will be in the dugout for the first time when they face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Boxing Day.


Mikel Arteta confirmed as Arsenal’s new head coach.

…leaves his role as Manchester City assistant manager

…replace Freddie ljungberg

Arsenal have appointed Mikel Arteta as their new head coach on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Arteta leaves his role as Manchester City assistant manager and replaces Freddie Ljungberg, who took over as interim head coach following Unai Emery’s sacking at the end of last month.

Ljungberg oversaw two draws, two defeats and one victory during his time in temporary charge, and departs his role with Arsenal 10th in the Premier League table.

Arteta returns to the club where he iplayed 150 games between 2011 and 2016, winning two FA Cups and two Community Shields in the process. City and Pep Guardiola were intent on Arteta remaining at the Etihad Stadium, but the offer from the Gunners proved too enticing for their former midfielder to turn down.

The domestic treble winners were angered by Arsenal’s approach for the Spaniard after pictures emerged of Gunners chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and lawyer Huss Fahmy leaving his Manchester home in the early hours of Monday morning.