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David Ornstein provided update on Mikel Arteta future at Arsenal
Speaking recently on Sunday Supplement podcast, David Ornstein discussed the mounting pressure on Gunners manager, Mikel Arteta, following club’s recent run of poor form in Premier League.
Following their 2-0 loss to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Arsenal find themselves languishing in 15th place in the Premier League table, having won just once in their previous seven league games and taking just 13 points from their 11 top-flight games so far this season.
However, speaking on the Sunday Supplement podcast prior to the club’s latest loss, David Ornstein stated his belief that the Arsenal board are fully invested in Mikel Arteta, regardless of the recent results, and that the Spaniard is seen as a long term appointment by the Arsenal hierarchy.
He said: ‘The pressure on Mikel Arteta is internal in terms of what they put on themselves but other than that, it is purely external. To my understanding Arsenal fully support Mikel Arteta – from the hierarchy of the ownership, right down to the playing squad.
‘Mikel Arteta is the long term project for Arsenal, they’ve invested in him fully, they’re not a club that wants to keep chopping and changing managers. They’re not going to do something with Mikel Arteta unless things go cataclysmically wrong for the club, and I just can’t see that.
‘I think that Arsenal have the ability to do a lot better than they are [currently doing]. I think very highly of Mikel Arteta, people I speak to with far more knowledge of the game than me say that he’s going to be one of the best coaches in world football, whether it’s going to be at Arsenal or elsewhere.’
Arsenal have 16-day to sign Dominik Szoboszlai
Arsenal would have to pay Dominik Szoboszlai’s release clause of €25m in full within two weeks of triggering it, according to The Athletic.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder is in fine form and has scored eight goals and contributed nine assists across all competitions for Red Bull Salzburg so far this season.
Szoboszlai’s performances for the Austrian club have seen him garner the attention of top clubs across Europe, including Premier League sides Arsenal and AC Milan.
What makes the Hungary international an attractive prospect for the January transfer window for many clubs is the €25million release clause in his contract.
However, Dominik’s admirers would need to pay the clause in full just two weeks from triggering it, with no instalments available.
Given the current football landscape, the full payment requirement could cause a number of the Hungarian’s suitors pause for thought.
And Dominik’s potential buyers would also be required to agree to a 20 per cent sell-on clause, which applies to the entire future transfer fee rather than just the profit.
Another stipulation in the agreement requires the player to inform RB Salzburg of his wish to leave the club by 15th December and bids must be lodged by end of the month for a transfer to be sanctioned in January.
If Dominik Szoboszlai stays at the club beyond January, the same stipulation comes into effect again in the summer, with notice having to be given by 30th June and offers having to be made by 15th July.
Arsenal made enquiries about sign John Stone
Arsenal have reportedly submitted an enquiry to Manchester City over the potential availability of English centre-back John Stones.
According to a report by 90 min, Arsenal have asked City to inform them if John Stones were to become available for a transfer. The Gunners are among the clubs keeping a keen eye on the 26-year-old English defender and his situation at the Etihad.
Arsenal have bolstered the heart of their defence in each of the last two summer transfer windows, with David Luiz and Gabriel Magalhaes, in particular, becoming regulars from those who were signed in this period. Furthermore, William Saliba is touted for a bright future at Arsenal even though he is yet to make his debut for the North Londoners.
Apart from the aforementioned trio, Mikel Arteta also has the likes of Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi at his disposal, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos is on the club’s books as well. While Mustafi and Sokratis are expected to be offloaded at the earliest, the Arsenal boss still has plenty of centre-backs available to him.
However, the report suggests that Mikel Arteta, who previously worked with Stones at Etihad, is a huge fan of the player and thinks that the 26-year-old still has a bright future ahead of him.
It further adds that City would be open to a sale, which should boost Arsenal’s prospects; and the Gunners have made an enquiry over his availability.
Latest on Thomas Partey injury
Mikel Arteta has confirmed that he will have discussions with midfielder Thomas Partey about his injury and the incident that played a part in Tottenham’s second goal in the North London derby.
The Gunners suffered a 2-0 defeat to their rivals on Sunday, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min combining for both goals.
The second goal was made a lot easier by Thomas Partey walking off the pitch as Spurs went on a counter attack. The midfielder pulled up with an thin injury problem.
Mikel Arteta frantically tried to get him back on the pitch, but it was too late. The space had already been vacated and Tottenham were clinical in front of goal.
The Ghanaian was making his first appearance since returning from an injury he suffered in November. It appears he has now suffered a recurrence of that problem.
However, Mikel Arteta still maintains that the summer signing should have stayed in his position.
He said: ‘I was trying to push him back onto the pitch because I don’t think he realised the gravity of the situation when he left his position but that probably was because he was in a lot of pain.
‘There’s nothing we can do at the moment to resolve that.
‘It happened so quickly, I think it was a four versus three situation for us and suddenly they were coming to us and Thomas was walking to me. I wanted him on the pitch doing whatever he could for the team in that situation.
‘I tried to push him, I haven’t spoken to him so I don’t know exactly how it happened and whether he felt something really serious. We will look at it and then we will talk about it.
‘It is in the same area, unfortunately. We don’t know how bad it is. He will have an MRI scan.’