Mikel Arteta has showed he has no qualms about offloading senior stars and could be prepared to sanction further sales in the months to come with three stars on the chopping block
Arsenal look a different team from the one which Mikel Arteta inherited almost two years ago – but more changes look to be afoot.
The Gunners’ boss has done a decent job of shifting out the deadwood and bringing in fresh faces who are young and hungry to spearhead the club’s revival in north London.
A 3-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday got Arteta’s men back on track after three straight defeats, but it was overshadowed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s omission from the squad due to a “disciplinary breach”.
Now the Arsenal skipper faces an uncertain future in North London – and he’s not the only one who could be heading for the exit door soon.
Here Mirror Football has collated the latest news and rumours as part of the Arsenal transfer round-up for Sunday, December 12.
Aubameyang told Gunners career over
Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of Saturday’s 3-0 win over Southampton due to a disciplinary breach, as revealed by boss Arteta and has since been warned his time in north London could be over.
Former Blackburn Rovers star Chris Sutton explained to BT Sport that he expects Aubameyang to have the captaincy stripped of him, along with a drastic reduction in playing time.
“He’s [Arteta] making the rules up as he goes along, players have to adhere to the rules,” Sutton claimed.
“The big question is does Aubayemang have a future at Arsenal under Arteta?”
Sutton was then pressed on whether he thinks the 32-year-old will remain captain, to which he replied: “It doesn’t look that way, it’s not a good example to set. The truth is that Arsenal are never far away from a crisis, they have lost three out of the last four.”
Asked whether he thinks Aubameyang has a future at the Emirates, the ex-Chelsea man stated: “Not while Mikel Arteta is there.”
Maitland-Niles ‘irritated’ by Arteta
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Ainsley Maitland-Niles has endured a turbulent six months or so at his boyhood club, publicly declaring his wish to leave in the latter stages of the last transfer window.
His Gunners career then enjoyed a brief revival after a string of impressive displays in his preferred position of central midfield in the absence of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka.
However, since both of the aforementioned duo have returned, he has been exiled once again – much to his frustration according to reports.
The Mail report the England international feels misled by his manager, who assured him he would receive sufficient playing time only to then seemingly go back on his word.
With lingering interest from both Everton and Newcastle, there is every chance Maitland-Niles tries to force through an Emirates exit for the second time come the January transfer window.
Lehmann checking in on Leno
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A German goalkeeper from Arsenal’s past has reached out to one in its present after Jens Lehman phoned Bernd Leno to check in on the shot-stopper after he lost his number one status to Aaron Ramsdale.
Both keepers spent the 2009/2010 campaign together at Stuttgart and have remained friends since.
Leno has previously gone public with his feelings over the situation he currently finds himself in at Arsenal, claiming in September that he had been given ‘no clear reason’ as to why he was axed in place of the former Bournemouth keeper.
In an interview with the official Arsenal programme, Leno revealed: “I will never forget what I learned from Jens.
“I am still in touch with him. In fact he called me the other day to ask if everything is OK.
“It’s always great to speak with him because he has experienced so much in football and always has good advice.
“It’s important to stay in touch with people because the football world is very small and the goalkeeping world is even smaller.”