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Could this mean Shkodran Mustafi’s time at Arsenal is up?

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Vigil van Dijk off to Arsenal?

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The Dutch defender handed in a transfer request almost a month ago. Word on the street was that Liverpool was leading the race to sign the Dutch defender but ended up apologizing to the Saints publicly after they were caught tapping up the player.

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino seems reluctant on letting the 26 year old Dutchman leave as he was looking forward to bolster up his defense by adding another defender Wesley Hoedt from Lazio.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal were in the race to sign the Dutchman but Chelsea dropped out after signing Antonio Rudiger for a much cheaper price. And Liverpool got themselves kicked out after tapping up the player.

Arsenal remain the only team leading the race to get the Ex-Celtic man’s signature. Southampton have put a £50m price tag on the defender.

The defender only desires to leave his club to play European football. During his tenure at Celtic, he had the opportunity to play in the Champions League but since his arrival in 2015 he hasn’t had any Champions League and it doesn’t seem possible that Southampton will qualify for the Champions League any time sooner.

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If rumors of Arsenal inquiring of the Dutchman’s services come out to be true, it could only mean one thing i.e. the departure of Shkodran Mustafi.

Shkodran Mustafi  who joined Arsenal last season for a fee around £35m from Spanish club Valencia has been feeling uncomfortable at the North London club and could well be on his way to sign for Serie A side Inter Milan.

Inter Milan initially made an attempt to sign

Shkodran Mustafi on loan but Arsenal rejected the offer. Arsenal will only let the defender go if Inter Milan pay the same price Arsenal paid when signing him from Valencia. And Arsenal’s request seems fair.

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Koscielny who’s 31 and Mertesacker aged 32 don’t seem fit to play the whole season. Mertesacker has claimed that he’s only fit to play once a week and also he retires next year. Calum Chambers is injured and hasn’t made an appearance for Arsenal in a year and on top of that, Rob Holding is having nightmares and seems to have lost his confidence after barely managing to win 4-3 against Leicester.

It’d be really nice to get to keep Mustafi and van Dijk. But then again, the Boss has said that he needs to make space for new players. So, in order for a player to come, some players have to leave.

We all hope that the club emerges stronger after this window is over. ')}

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Arsenal v Brighton: preview, team news, possible XI, prediction & more

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Match Preview: Arsenal hope to bounce back against Brighton after Palace

Arsenal will be hosting Brighton at home this Saturday as they look to get back on track after Monday’s loss. Brighton themselves are desperately in search of a win, after consecutive losses and their last result being a draw.

The Gunners had to face a setback against the Eagles and had to see Spurs climb above them in tables over the weekend. Still, Arteta’s men hold a game in hand over Conte’s team and are tied on points.

Arsenal had no bite in attack or defense against Crystal Palace

After a couple of key injuries to Partey and Tierney, it’ll be a test for Arteta to find solutions. The coach, however, is full of optimism.

“We have to show tomorrow the energy, the commitment and the passion that we want to play the game tomorrow in front of our fans,” he said via Arsenal.

Team News

Kieran Tierney will be out for this game and his injury might keep him out for the rest of the season. Arteta confirmed the left-back had surgery but didn’t confirm any timeline for his return.

“He just had surgery yesterday, so it’s very early to understand how everything is going to develop, he’s going to be out for the period that we estimate and in which condition he will be after that period I think it’s too soon to say something else.”

Another player that will miss the game is Thomas Partey, who is struggling with a thigh injury. “It’s a little bit ambiguous but he has a significant injury. We will have to keep assessing him but he will be out for some weeks,” he said.

Further elaborating, “It’s an area he had a previous injury and he felt it straight away and he’s not fit.”

Possible Arsenal Starting XI

Arsenal: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Nuno; Lokonga, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette

Result Prediction

Arsenal 2 – 1 Brighton

We fully expect Arteta’s men to get back to winning ways after that setback on Monday night. Brighton, while they shouldn’t be taken lightly, are winless in their last seven games.

 

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What Arteta said about Tavares, players leaving in January and MORE!

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Check out everything Mikel Arteta had to say about Nuno Tavares, if he regrets players leaving in January

It is safe to say that Nuno Tavares, just like the team and Arteta, did not have a great performance on Monday. However, it is those defeats that test the mentality and separate the best from the average.

Arteta talked about how to give the youngster confidence and why he decided to take him off. “Always I speak with the players and I spoke with Nuno because I care about how feel. We are here to help them and make their careers better.”

Regardless, he understood it wasn’t a decision that was great for the Tavares but one he understood.

“That was a decision that hurt him, obviously, but he understands that it was for the benefit of the team and he respects that.” via Arsenal’s official website.

When asked how he intends on getting the best out of Tavares, he said:

“His confidence probably wasn’t the best because he wasn’t playing a lot of minutes as well and probably wasn’t at his best and he needs the rhythm, the competition and the understanding with his teammates.”

Quite evidently, there is a deep mutual respect and understanding between the players and Arteta. The mutual respect between players and coach goes a long way as defeats shape character in tough patches of form.

Arteta does not have regrets over letting players leave

The Gaffer was asked whether letting players leave in January was the right decision. He reaffirmed and asked back if he should justifying those decisions again and again.

“I don’t know if we have to justify it, we have to make a decision based on what we see every day, ” he said.

The former Everton man continued, “How the players can contribute in the role that they have at the club, or if they cannot do it or they don’t want to do it, we find solutions and that’s what we always try to do.”

 

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Arteta on Palace defeat, Brighton game, fight for top 4 and more

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Check out everything Arteta had to say about Arsenal’s game against Brighton and more

Arteta and Arsenal were faced with an unexpected setback with a humiliating defeat at Selhurst park. The Gunners looked done and out of the game from the kick off whistle.

When asked how the defeat impacted the squad, Arteta had a bit to say. “Embrace the challenge. You lost, now you want to win, it’s hurting and it’s still hurting. We lost two big players, two really important players for us for sure.” Via Arsenal.

While his tone suggested he blamed injuries, he accepted responsibility and to accept the result.

“But whenever that happens you can’t cry for it because they are not going to be available for us. So we have to find other solutions and we have to be as good and as competitive as we have been.”

Arteta was also asked about what were his expectations for the match against Brighton. The Spaniard said the usual things one says before a game about his opponent.

“They’re a team with a lot of personality, a coach that is very willing to play, that is very aggressive in the way they press, that wants to dominate the game and they have good players to do that but they are very difficult to beat.”

Besides just complimenting Brighton, he commented on their set piece intelligence and defense.

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The coach was also asked about if the belief of finishing top four is still there. His comments implicated he wants the squad to move on from the defeat and focus on the task ahead.

“[The setback] has happened and it’s happened with nine games to go and we have to react now.

We have to show tomorrow the energy, the commitment and the passion that we want to play the game tomorrow in front of our fans.”

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