Mikel Arteta issues blunt warning to Arsenal forwards

Tanya Simon
January 17, 2020

Aubameyang was sent off after a rash challenge on Crystal Palace's Max Meyer at Selhurst Park on Saturday after VAR decided his late tackle should have been upgraded from a yellow card to a straight red.

Arteta also took time to praise Chris Wilder's side as the Gunners step up their focus on Saturday's match.

"It is a big shame, it is a big loss for us because as well, we know it was not his intention. But unfortunately he mistimed the tackle, he made a decision and we have to accept it". Players have to step up. After struggling for form following his summer arrival, Luiz has excelled under Arteta, his passing range and aggressive positioning helping Arsenal to play out from the back smoothly and press high with intensity.

The sheer reliance on Aubameyang's goals are borne out in the statistics, with the former Borussia Dortmund man hitting 14 of Arsenal's 29 Premier League goals this season and all-but three of their goals away from the Emirates Stadium.

"I think that's the best medicine for strikers".

"John is a player that I really like", the Spaniard said.

"I don't know, the doctors are assessing him still".

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"When I look at centre backs he has many attributes that I like from one, but we're not interested".

Arsenal have provided an injury update on Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac, ahead of their clash with Sheffield United this weekend.

The left-back will miss the Sheffield United game due to a thigh injury, with Kieran Tierney already a long-term absentee with a dislocated shoulder.

Premier League sides have often used venues in the Middle East for warm-weather training, but Manchester United have scrapped their plans to travel next month in the wake of an American air strike at Baghdad airport that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

Arsenal's update claims: 'Being assessed ahead of next week, but will not be available for Sheffield United'.

"If we are advised by the club and the people making those decisions that it's not safe, we won't be going anywhere".

The forward will now serve a three-match ban, sitting out Arsenal's league matches against the Blades and Chelsea as well as the FA Cup fourth-round match on the south coast. Palace knew it. So rather than dropping off Arsenal, they positioned themselves a little higher up the pitch and forced the ball to Sokratis, who was unable to pick apart their defensive structure.

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