North London giants Arsenal have been rocked by the news that midfielder Mohamed Elneny will potentially miss their next few games after he tested positive for the dreaded virus, Covid-19. The 28-year-old was in action for the Egyptian national team as recent as the weekend.
Elneny contacted the virus while on international duty with the Pharaohs of Egypt. He played the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against the Hawks of Togo on Saturday. The Egyptians beat their opponents 1-0 at home with Mahmoud Hamdi getting the only goal of the game and the previously mentioned Elneny was an integral part of the win.
Arsenal are set to go head to head with Leicester City on Sunday in the Premier League. The Gunners will have Dani Ceballos available from injury and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available after being rested in their recent Europa League clash.
Ceballos had a small knock to his ankle hence his absence against Rapid Vienna in Austria midweek. Coach Mikel Arteta played Thomas Partey – his full debut – alongside Mohammed Elneny and Bukayo Saka. It was obvious that Ceballos would have provided more creativity compared to Saka as he is a natural central midfielder.
Arsenal’s new signing Willian has talked up the need to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been the club’s top scorer over the past two seasons. The Gabon international has only 10 months remaining on his existing deal with the Gunners, but reports claim that he has already agreed to sign an extension.
So far, there has been no official announcement and Willian has expressed his desire to play alongside the marksman and create chances for him, he told: “He has to stay — it is very important to me. This is a guy who gets 25-30 goals a season and we have to keep a player like that. He’s one of the best players in our team and somebody I want to be making chances for.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remains positive about the club’s prospects of extending the contract of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international has only 12 months remaining on his existing deal with the north London giants and so far, the club have made no breakthrough in the contract negotiations.
That has led to suggestions that he could be sold during the next transfer window but Arteta remains positive about committing the marksman to a new long-term deal, he told: “We have many discussions with Pierre, with his family and his agent. I’m pretty positive we can find the right agreement for all parties. I think it is our responsibility to make him feel this is the right next step in his career. In order to do that he needs to feel valued, he needs to feel he belongs to us and that we want him. He really needs to believe we can take this club forward in the way we want to and he’s going to be a key part.”
David Luiz has been appreciatedby Rio Ferdinand and Robin Van Persie for his performance against Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinal where the club won the match for 2-0. Luiz in the game was exceptional against the opposition with his tackles and blocks. He in the game has made 11 clearances for the club and along with Shkodran Mustafi and Kieran Tierney formed a great defensive position.
Former defender Ferdinand has told that he was standing out during the entire game and every cross that came over the line was blocked by him. In the defensive position, he didn’t do anything in the wrong foot and it has been proven that the player has done well in the same position during his time at Chelsea under the guidance of Antonio Conte.
Lucas Torreira is interested in moving to the Argentinian club Boca Juniors at some of point of his football career. He was transferred from Sampdoria to Arsenal in2018 for £26 million transfer fee.
Since his arrival at Gunners, he has put forward a good performance which has earned him many admirers and praises. He was a prominent name in the former manager Unai Emery’s team sheet which led him to have 50 appearances for the club.
Premier League is bound to be back by the end of June. Football has been suspended on England from March due to the pandemic. The league will be conducted on closed stadiums. Many clubs of Premier League has decided to refund the tickets to the fans which include Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham. The new one to join the line is Arsenal, they have decided to refund to their seasonal ticket holders.
UK is one of the countries that has been severely affected by the pandemic. There are more than 250,000 positive cases has been reported and 36,000 people have lost their lives. The Premier League committee is uncertain when the league will conclude but is looking forward to restarting the league by the end of June.
The agent of Amir Rrahmani has revealed that Arsenal had a slight interest in the player before his move to Napoli. Last summer he was an exceptional player in the Italian league Serie A which caught the attention of many Italian as well as English clubs. He has signed a deal with Hellas Verona in a four-year contract. His game gained attention during the stay here. The club was glad to have a talented defender like him with great records as a defender in the Italian league.
Napoli was quick to act and sign the player for £14 million in the January transfer window. He was then loaned to Verona in order to complete the league matches for the club. His kept up his reputation of an impressive defender in the league until all the football activity in Italy was suspended due to the spread of Covid 19.
Arsenal players have voted down the new proposal by the team management in wage cuts. They have constantly discussed the financial deals that will support the club but the players have agreed to none of these agreements.
Their new proposal is to have 12.5% wage cut for a year in order to sustain the finances if the season is called off or is played with no audience. The agreement also stated that if the players with the Champions League title then they shall be paid the full amount. If everyone is positive about the agreement then £25 million will be cut down from their annual wage £230 million.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deserves more than the north London side as he approaches the final phase of his professional career. The Gabon international has already netted more than 60 times for the Gunners in all competitions and that includes 17 in the ongoing Premier League campaign.
Despite the success, Aubameyang has yet to commit his future to the Gunners beyond the summer of 2021 and this has led to speculation that the club could part ways with his services in the next transfer window. Amidst this, Wright has said that Aubameyang deserves to play for a better club than the Gunners and he should be vying for Premier League and Champions League glory at the current phase of his career.