David Luiz, Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had taken major part in Arsenal finals prepared ahead of their Uefa Europa League semi-finals first-leg tie against Villarreal on Thursday evening.
Luiz, who sustained knee problem in recent weeks, returning to training alongside Lacazette, Aubameyang and Kieran Tierney, who establish himself as one of the pivotal player in Gunners shirt.
Earlier this morning, Mikel Arteta has already been confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette, Kieran Tierney and club skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all in contention to face Villarreal on Thursday evening.
However, it looks like trio, who are perhaps three of the most important players in Arsenal’s entire squad, regained their fitness at the perfect time as they Mikel Arteta’s squad hoping of taking their disappointing display at weekend behind and focus on biggest match of their season.
The absence of Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, caused a lot problem in Arsenal’s last two league games, in which Mikel Arteta’s men draw one and loss one, with their latest defeat was against Everton at Emirates last weekend.
And head into their biggest match of their season, Tierney, Luiz, Lacazette and Aubameyang taken major during the Wednesday training session with rest of Mikel Arteta’s squad at London Colney after the Spaniard revealed that all in contention to face Villarreal tomorrow.
If all four proved to be 100%, you would expect all four to make the starting line-up in mouthwatering encounter with Villarreal in the Uefa Europa League semi-finals first-leg tie at Estadio de la Ceramica stadium.
The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta admits that the feeling inside the squad is that of excitement, before he revealed that he is expecting all of his absentees to make the squad.
The manager was asked what the feeling was around the squad in his pre-match conference: ‘Extremely excited to travel today and play the game tomorrow, knowing that this tie is going to take us to the final if we do the right things and we earn it. We have a tough opponent in front of us but we really want to be there.’
Arteta was then asked whether he had news on the missing players, and he confirmed: ‘They are all in contention. All of them. Including Aubameyang, Laca and Kieran. They are all in contention for the game. Yes it is good news’
Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Granit Xhaka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith-Rowe, Folarin Balogun are also involved in first-team training session and hoping of taking their side through to the final of the prestigious Uefa Europa League, by produced another solid display to seeing of the La-Liga side.
Meanwhile, Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek says he wants to bring back the ‘glory’ to Arsenal as he plans to test the resolve of the club’s American billionaire owner Stan Kroenke with a takeover bid.
The Gunners have been majority-owned by American billionaire Stan Kroenke since 2011. In that time, they have won four FA Cups but have struggled to compete for the Premier League or in Europe.
Stan Kroenke has become an unpopular figure at the Emirates Stadium, with many fans believing that he has no interest in the club.
Following the recent European Super League debacle, fans protested outside the ground, calling for him to sell his stake in the club.
This prompted Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek to declare his interest in purchasing Kroenke’s stake.
The Swede wrote on Twitter that he had been a fan of Arsenal since he was a kid and would ‘throw his hat in the ring’ if the current owners were considering selling.
He has received support from many at the Gunners, including several of the club’s legends. Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, and Patrick Vieira are all said to be part of his takeover bid, while Arsene Wenger has also offered his support.
Today, Ek has been interviewed by CNBC (via Football Daily), reaffirming his plans to buy the club.
‘I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I was eight years old. I love the team, I love the history, and of course, I love the fans,’ he said.
🗣"I want to bring the club back to its glory, I'm very serious, I've secured the funds."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 28, 2021
Daniel Ek says he is very serious and has the funds to secure a takeover of Arsenal pic.twitter.com/jqrpRRTCI7
‘I see a tremendous opportunity to set a vision for the club, to bring it back to its glory. I want to establish trust with the fans, and I want to engage the fans again.
‘I’m very serious. I have secured the funds for it, and I want to bring what I think is a very compelling offer to the owners, and I hope they hear me out.
‘I just focus on the club, I focus on the fans, and I focus on trying to bring the club back to glory. I’m first and foremost a fan. I want the club to do better. That’s my primary interest.’
🚨 BREAKING🚨— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 28, 2021
Daniel Ek has secured the funds to buy Arsenal and wants to bring a compelling offer to the Kroenke's pic.twitter.com/5Nxk2wAvac