Arsenal’s squad seems certain to look much different in 2020/21 than it did in the previous season. The club have already acquired the services of winger Willian from Chelsea, and the presence of the experienced Brazilian will add another dimension to the Gunners’ attack. The signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille has also been completed, and the 22-year-old is expected to represent the future of the team’s back line. There are things, as well, which won’t change. One of them is Dani Ceballos, who has returned for another season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to sign a new contract with Arsenal, according to multiple sources.
Aubameyang’s future was pretty much up in the air for a long time. His current deal expires in 2021, which means it has entered its final 12 months. The club have been keen to keep him for years to come, but they were reportedly willing to contemplate a sale if he doesn’t renew his commitment in order to avoid losing him for free. It has also been reported that the Gabonese forward wanted assurances on the club’s ambitions to compete for major honors before he makes his decision.
Mesut Ozil has once again confirmed his stance that he won’t be leaving Arsenal before his contract expires in 2021.
The last time the German attacking midfielder was given a game was back in March, when Arsenal beat West Ham by 1-0 at the Emirates in the Premier League. His place in the team has seemed lost from the earliest stages of the season, when Unai Emery, still at the helm back then, repeatedly claimed he was leaving Ozil out only for tactical reasons. He was given another chance to reclaim it when Mikel Arteta took over, but the fact that even the new coach hasn’t used him for such a long time points towards the player having no place in his plans. Overall, Ozil played a total of 23 games in 2019/20, scoring once and assisting three times.
Having knocked holders Manchester City out of the FA Cup in the semifinals mere days after beating newly crowned champions Liverpool in the Premier League, Arsenal have come within a step of lifting a major trophy – something not many would have expected at most points during the 2019/20 season. Coach Mikel Arteta seems to have instilled a fresh amount of self-belief into the team, as well as found a way to help players lift their individual performances to another level.
Mesut Ozil has no intention of leaving Arsenal this summer and plans to run his contract down, according to ESPN.
As you probably remember, the German was a part of a big contract problem halfway through the 2017/18 season, the last of Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign. Both him and Alexis Sanchez were making an already difficult life of the club’s decision makers even more complicated, and while Sanchez eventually left for Manchester United in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ozil signed a new contract which made him the highest paid played at the club by far, reportedly earning a whopping £350,000 per week.
Arsenal’s results have started gradually improving since Mikel Arteta took over from Unai Emery in December. Much more seems to be in place than before. There are clear ideas being implemented on the pitch, with every player working as hard as he can to fulfill the task given to him. However, it is the job of every manager to take constant looks at the squad at his disposal and ponder possible improvements; what needs to be strengthened, who are the players potentially not up to the standards required, would there be enough depth without them, and who could possibly take their places.
Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette have both spoken out in praise of Mikel Arteta and the changes his arrival brought into the Arsenal team.
First of all, it should be pointed out that the results still aren’t great. After the sacking of Unai Emery in November, the team spent a month in the hands of Freddie Ljungberg as an interim solution, until Arteta arrived and took the reins on December 22. Since then, Arsenal have played nine games in all competitions, winning three, drawing five and losing one.
It’s fair to say that having arrived in the summer for £72 million, Nicolas Pepe’s impact at Arsenal can be rightfully described as underwhelming, disappointing even. The 24-year-old winger has scored only four times in 20 appearances in all competitions so far.
The newly appointed boss Mikel Arteta has provided some explanation to that. Every player needs the right environment to settle into new surroundings, and Arteta believes Pepe found himself in a situation very different than that when he came. The atmosphere in the team and the rest of the club seemed far from stable even looking from the outside, and as the season unfolded, it only got worse with Unai Emery’s future at the club less certain with every passing week and controversies around different players popping up here and there.
Mesut Ozil made his third start of the season in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup away to Liverpool on Wednesday, and he was one of the standout performers in both teams, despite Arsenal failing to move on to the next round. It was certainly a thrilling game, given it saw 10 goals scored, and it eventually came down to penalties in which Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher managed to save the effort of Dani Ceballos, providing an advantage his teammates capitalized on.