We’ve already spoken about how big this upcoming Sheffield United game is and the implications that may come with it, and we’ve done that because the Blades are currently one of the frontrunners to claim sixth spot – and, at the very least, that’s the sort of position that Arsenal needs to be occupying.
Prior to the game, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta spoke with the media about everything from Sheffield United to the January transfer window and beyond.
On the latest on Sead Kolasinac:
I don’t know, the doctors are assessing him still – he had a normal session yesterday. He has been in some discomfort, we know this season that he had some little niggles, so we have to assess him and see if we can get him fit for Saturday or he will be out.
On Lucas Torreira:
Very similar situation. He trained yesterday as well, but still not 100 per cent confident so we will have to wait and see again.
On the nature of his injury:
It is something related to his hip, producing some pain in the muscle. I don’t know. He is a tough boy, he wants to train, he wants to play and hopefully he will be available for the weekend.
On Hector Bellerin:
He has been training with us for the past few days, he is looking much sharper, much better. He needs a little chunk of training sessions before he is ready to compete but he is looking much better.
On the latest transfer news:
I have bad news for you guys, I have nothing to say yet!
On being linked with John Stones:
No, no truth at all.
On links with AC Milan’s Franck Kessie:
No truth at all at the moment.
On having a chance to improve in the January transfer window:
Yes, but it has to be the right player, in the right context that financially we can compete and we can attract and all these factors, if you put them together, are not easy in this market.
On if he has a wishlist:
I have, yes. You need to have one always, just in case!
On Aubameyang’s red card appeal:
It has been confirmed that he is going to be suspended for three games. So we’re not going to have the player for the next three fixtures. It’s a big shame and a big loss for us, because as well we know Auba’s intention when he plays. But unfortunately he mistimed the tackle, he made a decision and we have to accept it.
Quotes courtesy of Arsenal.com
To be continued…