There’s a whole lot going on at Arsenal today and not very much at all, so let’s take a look at the top five stories so far.

1Mikel Ateta says his goodbyes at Manchester City

OXFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Mikel Arteta, Assistant Manager of Manchester City looks on as Manager of Manchester City, Josep Guardiola reacts during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Oxford United and Manchester City at Kassam Stadium on December 18, 2019 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
OXFORD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 18: Mikel Arteta, Assistant Manager of Manchester City looks on as Manager of Manchester City, Josep Guardiola reacts during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Oxford United and Manchester City at Kassam Stadium on December 18, 2019 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

According to David Ornstein, Mikel Arteta has said his goodbyes at Manchester City and it was an emotional affair after being there for three-and-a-half years.

A removals van was also reportedly seen outside his house as he wastes no time getting back to London.

2Arsenal set to announce Arteta on Friday

Manchester City's Spanish assistant manager Mikel Arteta takes his seat for the UEFA Champions League football Group C match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on November 26, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Mikel Ateta’s Manchester City mugshot (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

David Ornstein also revealed more about Arsenal’s intentions for unveiling their new head coach which seems like it will be happening on Friday. Arsenal do love a Friday announcement.

3Freddie set to stay alongside Mikel

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Freddie Ljungberg, Interim Manager of Arsenal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

One of the big concerns many Arsenal fans had was ‘what would happen to Freddie Ljungberg when a new guy came in’ but it seems as if the club are going to do the right thing and keep him on. Had Arsenal opted for a bigger-named manager, say a Max Allegri, that would have been very unlikely.

4China won’t shut up about Mesut Ozil

A supporter of China's Muslim Uighur minority holds a placard of Arsenal's Turkish origin German midfielder Mesut Ozil reading
A supporter of China’s Muslim Uighur minority holds a placard of Arsenal’s Turkish origin German midfielder Mesut Ozil reading “Thanks for being our voice” past flags of East Turkestan during a demonstration at Beyazid square in Istanbul on December 14, 2019. – Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, a German footballer of Turkish origin, expressed on December 14, 2019 support for Uighurs in Xinjiang and criticised Muslim countries for their failure to speak up for them. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)

China have now pressured Pro Evolution Soccer into removing Mesut Ozil from their 2020 in China. I’ve a more detailed article written about this that you can read here.

5Arsenal goalkeeper saves penalty

Arsenal u18s away to Cheltenham Town (Photo via Twitter / GaryGunnerJone1)
Arsenal u18s away to Cheltenham Town (Photo via Twitter / GaryGunnerJone1)

As there isn’t much else going on in Arsenal land that isn’t Mikel Arteta or Mesut Ozil related, that gives me a chance to point out that an Arsenal goalkeeper saved a penalty this week. For real. And he’s only 16.

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