Arsenal are stuttering on their Premier League title charge and an injury to William Saliba isn’t helping. Meanwhile, the Gunners are preparing for what’s set to be a crucial summer transfer window.
It’s crunch time for Arsenal and nearly the biggest night of their season.
After slumping to three successive draws, most recently Friday’s 3-3 thriller with rock-bottom Southampton, the Gunners make the journey to face Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Wednesday. Mikel Arteta is attempting to keep a lid on his team’s emotional state, having seen his stars wilt under the pressure in recent weeks.
Although they’re five points ahead of City, the reigning champions have played two games less. Arsenal are being told by pundits, supporters and even striker Gabriel Jesus to go to Manchester and win – or else their hopes will be in tatters. There is, however, still plenty going on aside from Wednesday’s potential title decider.
Here’s a round-up of the latest news from the Emirates.
Maitland-Niles confirms exit
Ainsley Maitland-Niles will leave Arsenal this summer, the 25-year-old has confirmed. Maitland-Niles, who’s been a Gunner since the age of six, has spent the season on loan at Southampton and could remain with the Saints once his contract back at the Emirates expires in June.
“It’s been a great journey [at Arsenal] but it has come to an end now. It’s time for a fresh start and to find a new home,” the defender, who can also play in midfield, is quoted as saying by The Athletic. “Southampton is a great club to be at and progress and get some minutes under my belt. Of course, if they were to make an offer, I’ll be more than happy to stay.”
Read the full story HERE.
Arsenal fear Saliba’s season is over
Fears are growing at Arsenal that William Saliba may not play again this season. The French centre-back, 22, has already been on the sidelines for six weeks after suffering a back injury during the Gunners’ Europa League last-16 defeat at home to Sporting Lisbon on March 16.
As Arsenal’s hopes of him being available for Wednesday’s trip to Manchester fade, The Mail are reporting that club medics fear a long-term absence if Saliba is rushed back too soon. The France international is willing to play through the pain barrier but he risks a lengthy spell out of action later down the line.
Read the full story HERE.
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