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Mikel Arteta ready to sell Matteo Guendouzi after repeat offences
Head coach Mikel Arteta is considering the sale of midfielder Matteo Guendouzi with his behaviour not up to the standards he expects.
Back in December, reports claimed the 21-year-old was caught by his boss on camera acting up during training.
The reports explains in details that Mikel Arteta had the Frenchman’s card marked from early in his reign when he saw Guendouzi acting up while re-watching training footage.
While Arteta’s back was turned, a distracted Guendouzi could be seen messing about, sometimes doing ‘silly dances’ at a time when the manager wanted full focus from his players.
And the latest incident the 21-year-old was heavily involved in the unsavoury scenes at the Amex on Saturday following his side’s loss to Brighton, frustrating Mikel Arteta and is open to offloading him over the midfielder’s antics.
David Luiz agree one-year contract with Arsenal
David Luiz has agreed a new one year contract with Arsenal after the Gunners held talks with the Brazilian’s agent.
The 33-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea last summer, drew heavy criticism for his error strewn cameo performance against Pep Guardiola’s side last which saw him sent off after 26 minutes and left his side suffered to a 3-0 defeat.
Immediately after match David Luiz apologised but many critics believed the display against City would signal the end of his Arsenal career as he current deal at the club will expire at the end of this month.
But, after head coach Mikel Arteta held talks with the Brazilian’s agent the 33-year-old agreed to stay at Emirates beyond this summer with one years contract extension.
Cedric Soares pen new four-year deal
Cedric Soares, who joined Arsenal on loan from Southampton in January agreed four-year deal with the north London club.
Soares who yet to make an appearances for the Gunners because of struggle with knee ligament and facial injuries, will stay beyond this summer.
The 28-year-old agreed a sixth-month deal with Gunners back in January, however, manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly impressed by the attitude of him players in training and believes he can make more telling contributions to his first team plans going forward.
Pablo Mari joins in a £14m permanent transfer
Defender Pablo Mari, who is out for up to four months with ankle ligament damage, has also joined on a permanent deal from Flamengo.
The Gunners have reportedly pay around £14million for the 26-year-old Spaniard after agreed four-year deal with the north London club.
Mikel Arteta on David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Dani Ceballos and Cedric Soares contract situations
The Gunners boss remains confident Arsenal can complete deals to keep David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Dani Ceballos and Cedric Soares at the club.
‘I’m confident that we can do it. I hope so,’ he said of completing deals for the quartet.
‘It’s very complicated with the timing of it and some of the legal issues that are involved with that.
‘The club is trying to finalise everything in the next few hours and we have no choice, we have to do it and even more with all the injuries we’ve had. We are trying to resolve this.’
Mikel Arteta on Pablo Mari permanent deal
Mikel Arteta say: ‘We’ve been trying to get the deal done because we were happy with what Pablo can bring to us and the club were trying to finalise the deal.
‘I think the club will announce that as quick as possible when everything is sorted. There were some legal issues that needed to get done, but our intention is to keep him.’
Mikel Arteta on Bernd Leno injury
‘Well we thought it was going to be a more significant injury,’ Arteta said.
‘We don’t know the extent of the injury still but at least we know the cruciate ligaments are not damaged.
‘That was the biggest fear at the start. He was more positive and in less pain today so that’s good news.’
Mikel Arteta on Gabriel Martinelli injury
‘We had some really bad news again yesterday,’ added Arteta.
“In training in the last action he got hit by another player.
‘He’s damaged his knee, the doctors are assessing the extent of the injury but it’s not looking good at all. We don’t know (how long he will be out) but he’s looking at months.’