Arteta reacts to Arsenal draw, Mikel admits delight after striker message, Arsenal backed to wrap up top class defender

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has tipped Mikel Arteta to sign a top class defender this month.

This is Arteta’s first transfer window as boss of the Arsenal and he has been linked with all sorts of players over the past few weeks, with many believing that he will be backed if he wants to sign a few players this month.

But Arsenal have once again been poor at the back, as Sokratis and David Luiz are not the partnership to help the side get back inside the top four, meaning that Arteta will need to spend some serious money in order to improve this back-line.

Carragher doesn’t think that Arteta will be able to fiddle around with personnel too much now, but he expects the former Everton midfielder to find a ‘top class’ defender in a few months.

“There is not much he can do to reshape the squad in mid-season,” Carragher told the Telegraph.

“But I will be shocked if Arsenal’s back four does not have different personnel at the start of next year.

“Arteta will be looking forward to getting a close look at William Saliba, the highly-rated 18-year-old centre-back on loan at St Etienne.

“He will want another top class defender.

“I do not expect Soktratis and Luiz to be symbols of the Arteta era because of their age and their unsuitability to his style.

“They currently represent why Arsenal got into the mess they did.

“When Arteta played for Arsenal, they were a skilful but timid side.

“The team he took over had allowed the timidity to overshadow any of the skill it possessed.

“Nine years after first joining as a player, Arteta may finally bring the combination of silk and steel Arsenal have lacked for too long.”

Mikel Arteta has discussed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future and says he was “thrilled” to read the striker’s recent positive programme notes.

Aubameyang was signed by legendary boss Arsene Wenger just before he decided to leave the club just a few seasons ago, and the striker has gone on to become one of the best forwards in the game, becoming a real source of goals for the Arsenal.

However, he has been stalling on a new contract with the Gunners for months now as there is feeling that he is not happy with the direction of the club, believing that he would be challenging for Premier League titles and playing Champions League football by now.

BUT the striker and new captain insisted he is ‘loves’ Arsenal and wants to help ‘get the club back to where it belongs’.

“I would also like to react to some of the rumours that are going around about me in the media,” Aubameyang wrote. on the Sky Sports website.

“People like making up stories and they should focus on what’s happening on the pitch. They talk too much and it does my head in!

“I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club. I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs.”

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And now Arteta has opened up and admitted he is delighted that the Gabon striker gave such positive message, telling the TalkSport website after he was asked if he was confident the Gabon ace would stay: “I don’t know, we haven’t discussed that. But I’m confident that he’s very happy here because that’s what he said in the media.

“I was very pleased to read those comments. He knows exactly what I think about him and obviously he’s a massive player for us.”

Pushed on if talks would take place in the summer, Arteta added: “My intention is to keep Auba obviously because I know that if we keep Auba with us, we’re going to be stronger and closer to winning football matches. That’s the only thing.

“But at the moment we’re in the middle of the season and we haven’t discussed anything further on that at the club.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has had his say on the weekends draw with Crystal Palace.

Arsenal played some brilliant football at times at Palace during the weekend, and after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again netted to give the Gunners the lead, it looked like it could be a vital three points for the Gunners.
But A GOAL from nowhere from Jordan Ayew saw the game finish 1-1 and leave Arsenal well off the pace for a top four spot, as they languish well down the Premier League order.

Here is some reactions from the Boss, Sokratis and Palace defender Gary Cahill after the result.

Arteta told BT Sport: “The first 35 minutes is exactly what I want our Arsenal team to play like. We were dominant in the right positions and created chances. After that we started to give free-kicks and give balls away.

“In the first 15 minutes of the second half, credit to them because they pushed. They started to put men up front and we struggled. We switched off completely for the goal and that’s unacceptable.

“I don’t think we let our concentration slip. To control Palace for 90 minutes here is impossible. They put balls in the box and you have to defend the situation.

“I haven’t seen [Aubameyang’s red card incident], but I think it was a harsh challenge. There was no intention, but I think he mistimed it.”

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said: “The first third of the game wasn’t much fun to watch. We weren’t getting very close to them and we weren’t getting possession. They’re a very technical team.

“The players did exceptionally well. We realised we’ll have to give up some of our protection – we did that and it started to fit into place for us.

“In the last two-thirds of the game I’m really delighted with the team. I thought in terms of general play and the amount of questions we were asking, I thought we were good value for the point.”



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