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I am disappointed – Arteta speaks after Arsenal’s defeat.

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Speaking after the match, Arteta discussed an array of matters having now seen his side gain nine points from their opening five league matches of the 2020/21 season.

There were chances for Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a tight affair, but the contest was settled by Raheem Sterling’s first half strike.

While the 1-0 scoreline demonstrates a vast improvement from the club’s most recent trip to face City, the end result was nevertheless the same. Having had chances in the match, Arteta claimed he was proud of the performance, but was disappointed to see his side play so deep.

“Upset obviously not to get anything from the game the way the game went because I felt that we kept growing and growing and having more belief that we could actually get something from it,” he said.

“At the same time I’m extremely proud about the way we played individually and collectively to put the performance that we put in tonight in this stadium. It’s not an easy thing to do. I think we had a real go.

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“It’s upsetting to see your team so deep. In the second half we were really aggressive, we played in the opponents’ half, they had a lot of issues to get out of our pressure. We could have created more, I think, in the final third.

Much of the talk pre-match centered around whether deadline day signing Thomas Partey would jump straight into Arteta’s starting lineup, but the Spaniard opted to keep the £45m addition on the bench for the Etihad showdown. On the topic, Arteta insisted it was too soon to thrust the Ghanaian into action.

“We will see how quickly we can make it with him but as well we have to respect that process and that time for him because he only trained a day really with us,” he said.

“It’s a lot of new information, it’s a completely different game model for him to understand. We have to respect a little bit that. When he came on he looked good.”

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It looked as if the Gunners would be handed a lifeline late in the first half, as Kyle Walker’s high foot came within inches of connecting with Gabriel Magalhaes’ head in the penalty box.

Hoping for a VAR review, referee Chris Kavanagh opted to blow the whistle for half time seconds late, indicating no second look had taken place.

“You need everything to go your way to get a win here and obviously when you have the three or four big chances we had you have to put them away because you know that in your box that’s going to be the case,” Arteta concluded.

“It’s that situation, I’ve seen it back, I just ask for the refs to watch it back and I don’t think they checked it because it took two seconds for the whistle to go.

“I am disappointed with that.”


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Ceballos sees Guardiola as ‘possibly the best coach in the history of football’


Dani Ceballos thinks Mikel Arteta can be a success as a coach because of what he’s learned from Pep Guardiola.

Arteta, who is Ceballos’ coach at Arsenal, worked as Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City for the past two seasons before taking the job at the Emirates stadium.

“I’m very happy with Mikel,” Ceballos told NobleSport’s Reliable source

“He, as an assistant, learned from possibly the best coach in the history of football.

“He has some basic concepts and a winning mentality.

“I think he’s going to be one of the best coaches [in England] very soon.”

Ceballos returned to Real Madrid’s training ground to do some recovery work from injury during the first half of the season, where he spoke to Zinedine Zidane.

“When I was at Valdebebas two or three months ago, he told me that he was following the Premier League, that he’d seen me play and that he was happy that I was getting the minutes that I didn’t have at times before,” Ceballos said.

“My relationship with him is good.

“He always used to say that I was like him, that I was a energetic player that needed to play lots of games in order to play at a high rhythm.

“He always said that my future is at Real Madrid and to be patient because I might get the opportunity.”


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COVID-19: Mikel Arteta’s wellbeing as provided by soulmate.


Mikel Arteta’s wife has given a promising update on the recovery of her husband after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Arsenal announced late on Thursday that various personnel at the club, including all first team players, had gone into self isolation after learning of Arteta’s condition.


The announcement came under an hour after the Premier League insisted that matches this weekend would continue as normal – a decision that was reversed soon after Arteta and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the virus.

Arteta’s wife, Lorena Bernal, took to Instagram to provide an update on the state of the Arsenal head coach.


“I want to say thank you to everyone who sent good vibes, texts, emails and calls, really it’s been overwhelming,” she said.

“I understand as well that you want to know what’s going on.


“My husband is feeling fine, he is well. It’s true that he had symptoms of the virus but the symptoms would have never stopped him from going to work in a normal situation.

“He would have just taken an ibuprofen or paracetamol and he would have gone to work so really, it’s nothing major.

“Some temperatures, some headaches but that’s it. That’s his experience. My kids and I are perfectly well.

“Apparently the virus is not lethal. It could be for a certain amount of people but the majority are going to go through it with mild symptoms.”


Arteta revealed in a statement on his own Instagram account on Friday that he was feeling better.

“Hi everyone,” he began. “Thanks for all the kind words and support. I’m feeling much better already.

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“We are all facing a huge and unprecedented challenge. Everyone’s health is the only important thing right now. Respect and protect each other by following the guidelines and we’ll come through this all together.

“Well done to the Premier League for making the right decision by suspending matches. Thank you again.”


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COVID-19: Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta test positive.

...said, I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the Premier League to announce they will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss future fixtures.

Arsenal have closed their training ground as a result of Arteta’s positive test, with Gunners players and club staff who had recent contact with the Spaniard now forced to self-isolate.


“This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly,” Arteta said in a statement on Arsenal’s website.

“I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”


Arsenal confirmed the shock news just minutes after the Premier League had said all fixtures would go ahead this weekend despite the spread of the global pandemic.

Arsenal, due to play at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, said it was “clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates”.


Arsenal’s Premier League match at Manchester City on Wednesday was postponed and several Gunners players went into self-isolation after Olympiakos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis contracted the virus.

Marinakis, 52, met a number of Arsenal’s players and staff when the Gunners faced Olympiakos in a Europa League tie in February.


“Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive Covid-19 result this evening,” the Arsenal statement said.

“Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines.


“We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff.”

Arsenal are now trying to trace any other people who may have had contact with Arteta.


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Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham added: “The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is.

“Our thoughts are with Mikel who is disappointed but in good spirits. We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.”


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that the government was considering cancelling sporting events in the United Kingdom, but was not ready to do so yet.

But the news of Arteta’s positive test could force the Premier League to cancel English top-flight matches.


“In light of Arsenal’s announcement tonight confirming that their first-team coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League will convene an emergency club meeting tomorrow morning regarding future fixtures,” the Premier League said.

Arsenal are the latest Premier League club to be hit by the virus.


Leicester revealed on Thursday that three of their players have self-isolated after showing signs of the virus.

Manchester City said one unnamed member of their squad, reportedly France defender Benjamin Mendy, is in self-isolation after a family member suffered a respiratory illness.

The relative is being treated in hospital and has undergone tests for the coronavirus, which can cause shortness of breath.

Chelsea reportedly cancelled training on Thursday after a member of staff showed signs of the illness.


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Arsenal Manager send warning to city ahead clash.


Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has warned Manchester City that the Gunners are going to make things difficult for them when both sides clash in Wednesday’s Premier League fixture at the Etihad Stadium.

Arteta, a former Man City assistant coach, said Arsenal are going to do their best to beat Pep Guardiola’s men in front of their home fans.


The Spaniard said this at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

Arteta’s men head to the game after defeating West Ham United 1-0 in their last Premier League encounter, while Man City lost 2-0 against Manchester United.


“We are going to go there trying to beat them, for sure,” Arsenal’s official website quoted Arteta as saying.

“That’s going to be the game plan.

“We will put all the things we can on the pitch to make it difficult for them to create the scenarios during the game, and let’s see if we turn up on the day at our best, and we can perform and win the game.”

The kick-off time for the match is 8:30 pm.


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Torreira will be sidelined for 2 months amidst ankle injury – Mikel Arteta.


Arsenal have revealed that midfielder Lucas Torreira will be sidelined for at least eight weeks while he recovers from an ankle fracture.

Following a robust challenge, the Uruguayan went down with the injury during the 2-0 victory over Portsmouth in the FA Cup and was immediately stretchered off the field.


Since that game, Torreira has undergone plenty of tests to determine his recovery schedule, and the club confirmed on their official website that the midfielder is expected to miss between eight and ten weeks.

That could well mean that Torreira’s season is over for Arsenal. The Gunners’ final game of the Premier League season comes against Watford on 17 May, which is only nine weeks away.


However, there is a chance he could be ready to feature, but only if he recovers faster than expected.

In his place, Mikel Arteta can call upon the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mattéo Guendouzi, but it was Dani Ceballos who excelled in that deeper role in the recent 1-0 win over West Ham United.


The Spaniard led his team in total tackles, interceptions and passes, and was a constant menace at both ends of the field.

The Gunners will need performances like that from Ceballos for the rest of the season. They currently sit ninth in the league table, eight points and one game behind Chelsea in fourth, so they already need a minor miracle to fight their way into one of the European spots.

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Elsewhere, Shkodran Mustafi will face a late fitness test ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Manchester City (lucky Arsenal), while right-back Cédric Soares is expected to return to training this week to rotate with Héctor Bellerin.

Sead Kolašinac should be back in training by the end of March if his recovery from a shoulder injury goes well, but Calum Chambers will still be focusing on making his return from a knee injury next season.


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Aubameyang Is Going No Where – Mikel Arteta


Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta is working on convincing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the club after he scored twice to help the Gunners to a 3-2 win over Everton.

Aubameyang now has 19 goals this season and 60 in 95 games for the London club.


It has been reported that he wants to play in the Champions League next season and has been linked with a move.

“Before I took over I had my questions about him but he has shown his commitment,” said Arteta.


“I wanted him to show if he wanted to do it and do it physically.

“I’m so happy with him. He is scoring important goals and as a captain he is giving a great example to everyone else with the way he is working defensively.”


He has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona, who reportedly tried to sign him in January.

“They are completely right to want him because he is a superb player,” continued Arteta. “It’s right that big teams like him. Hopefully we can convince him this is right place to be.

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“I think it’s been tough for him because he has big expectations. He wants to play in the biggest competitions and with the best players. We have to help him do that. He needs to feel fulfilled.

“He is our most important player, no doubt the impact he has in this team. We will have to convince him to stay with us.”


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Arsenal’s manager to start Eddie against Chelsea


Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, has hinted at starting Eddie Nketiah, when they play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, NobleSport reports.

Nketiah was recalled from his loan spell at Leeds United and will stay with the Gunners until next season.


The 20-year-old was given 16 minutes of action in the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on Saturday, replacing the ineffectual Alexandre Lacazette.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continuing his three-game suspension and Lacazette off form, Nketiah might be the leading frontman this time around.

“Every player has a chance to start,” Arteta said.

“[Nketiah] is in the squad. We will assess who is in best conditions to play in who is training well and we’ll make the decision based on that.”


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2-0: Arsenal gift Mikel Arteta his first win, beat Manchester United.


Arsenal were simply unplayable! The effortless swagger, acute temerity and tactical audacity displayed by the London club on Wednesday night was too much for a spine-less Manchester United team to bear.

Amazing Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0, handing Mikel Arteta his first win as manager (Match round-up photos)

Arsenal’s new coach Mikel Arteta was handed his first win as a manager after his game plan against Manchester United was executed to plan.

Arteta’s tactics was simple;
1- Shut down United’s wing-men, therefore stopping any potential counter attacks.

2. Dominate the midfield and win all the second balls

3. Attack through United’s wing back positions.
……. And it all worked out well.

Amazing Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0, handing Mikel Arteta his first win as manager (Match round-up photos)

Arsenal started pretty well and youngster Pepe broke the deadlock as he turned in after good work from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac.

Pepe then again hit the post after making a mockery of Luke Shaw as Manchester United failed to get going before Sokratis made it two at the interval from close range.

United were better in the second half but failed to test goalkeeper Bernd Leno, granting Arteta a well deserved New Year’s gift.

More photos below.

Amazing Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0, handing Mikel Arteta his first win as manager (Match round-up photos)

Amazing Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0, handing Mikel Arteta his first win as manager (Match round-up photos)

Amazing Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0, handing Mikel Arteta his first win as manager (Match round-up photos)

Amazing Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0, handing Mikel Arteta his first win as manager (Match round-up photos)

Amazing Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0, handing Mikel Arteta his first win as manager (Match round-up photos)


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