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Mikel Arteta gives Ian Wright his Arsenal verdict – and fans will love it

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The Spaniard finished his playing career at Arsenal and returned to the Emirates Stadium last December as he was appointed head coach following the sacking of Unai Emery.

 

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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has opened up what could be in store for the club this summer.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey amid other names, while captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be heading through the exit door.

Speaking with club legend Ian Wright, the Spanish tactician has insisted that it should not take much in terms of convincing players to join or stay with Arsenal.

“The moment we mention Arsenal, Ian you know what it means around the world,” Arteta said. “Everybody wants to come here and we have a really clear idea of what we are.

“It doesn’t need much convincing and if they do, for me it’s not a good starting point.

“If I have to convince a player to stay or to join us. To Arsenal? (Arteta grimaces) It holds me back a little bit.

“It has to be ‘what do we have to do? I want to play for that club and represent exactly the values the style of play that I want:

“That’s the kind of emotion I want to hear at the start.

“And the same with the players that are here. Once you finish what are the feelings you have towards the club? That’s what really interests me.”

Arteta’s comments are likely to delight Arsenal fans.

But will it be enough to convince Aubameyang to sign a new deal and stay at Arsenal as well as getting a possible deal for Partey over line?

Only time will tell.

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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