A new era has begun at Arsenal, when Mikel Arteta took over the Gunners on Sunday.
Arteta watched from the grandstand at Goodison Park on Sunday as his new team drew 0-0 against Everton. Since the opening weekend of the season, she has remained at the other end for the first time without conceding a goal in the Premier League.
Before this game, Arteta spoke to the media and promised to “burn every drop of blood for this football club to make it better”.
The 37-year-old started work at Arsenal’s Colney training base in London on Sunday. His squad is expected to work on Christmas Day as he plans to train his team for his first responsible game, the trip to Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
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But before that, there will be a lot of things that require Arteta’s immediate attention in his storage compartment. football.london takes a look at the issues at the top of his task list.
Deal with Aubameyang
The gap between Arsenal and its captain has been growing for some time. The joyful leader of the summer has been replaced by a grumpy figure who appears to take on the responsibility given by the armband, especially in times of great upheaval as the voice for the changing room.
To make matters worse, Willy, the brother of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, replied to an Instagram post from controversial fan broadcaster AFTV: “Ljungberg Arteta is the same, not an experience.”
The Arsenal striker shouldn’t be blamed for using his brother’s social media (and football.london understands that it was not), but at the same time it is significant that there was no response from Aubameyang and the post was not deleted. It seems that Aubameyang wasn’t so disappointed with what his older brother said that he asked him to withdraw the comments.
Negotiations between Aubameyang and Arsenal over a new deal have been suspended since the summer and he has told the club that he does not intend to restart them. Unless anything remarkable changes in Arteta’s first months, the trophies he longed for will not be available to the 30-year-old.
It should be a dilemma of what to do next with Aubameyang, but there will be no dilemma. If he does not renew his contract, he must be sold. Even in his 30s, a reliable goalscorer like the Gabonese international could significantly strengthen Arsenal’s till when sold – and that requires a buyer to show up.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring against West Ham.
(Image: (Photo by Julian Finney / Getty Images))
This won’t be the end of Arsenal’s contract crises, Alexandre Lacazette’s term ends 12 months later and he’s no less alienated. But at least for the French international, the Gunners still have some time. Aubameyang will require Arteta’s immediate attention.
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