It has been a busy week for Arsenal with plenty of incomings, outgoings and football at all levels. Here’s everything you need to know.
Saturday 5 September – Friday 11 September
Arsenal named Mikel Arteta ‘first-team manager‘, changing his title from ‘head coach’.
“Mikel’s been here since the end of December and the last nine months have probably been the most challenging nine months in Arsenal’s history – and we’ve been around for 134 years. Despite all of those challenges, Mikel has been driving this football club forward,” chief executive Vinai Venkatesham told Arsenal Digital.
Kim Little, Vivianne Miedema and Leah Williamson were named in the PFA Team of the Year.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
Arsenal launched their third kit, basing it on the sky from European away nights which, let’s face it, is just designer nonsense for ‘I saw a photo I thought would look good’.
Arsenal announced the return of Dani Ceballos.
Arsenal re-signed 21-year-old defender, Lotte Wubben-Moy.
Tyreece John-Jules joined Doncaster Rovers on loan. Ben Sheaf spent the 19/20 season there.
Ben Sheaf joined Coventry City on loan.
Alfie Matthews left Arsenal.
David Luiz picked up a neck injury.
Sokratis picked up a calf injury.
Emile Smith Rowe picked up a shoulder injury.
Arsenal’s u21s beat Ipswich Town 2-1 at Portman Road to progress in the EFL Trophy.
Arsenal women got their FA WSL campaign off to the best start, beating Reading 6-1 with a hat-trick from Jill Roord, two from Vivianne Miedema and another from captain Kim Little. They are top of the table after the first round of matches, two points clear of Manchester United and Chelsea who drew 1-1.
Arsenal lost against Aston Villa in friendly at the Emirates.
Despite going down to 10 men in the second half, Southampton u23s pulled off a comeback from 1-0 down to win against Steve Bould’s u23 side. A disappointing start to the PL2 season for Arsenal.
Premier League 2 and U18 Premier League fixtures were confirmed.
Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick as he captained England’s u21s against Kosovo and then followed that up with another a few days later against Austria.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his senior England debut.
Daniel Ballard made his senior Northern Ireland debut.
Four Arsenal players made their loan debuts with mixed results.
Karl Hein made his senior international debut for Estonia.
Xhaka and Leno both impressed in Switzerland-Germany draw.
Beth Mead, Leah Williamson and Jordan Nobbs have all been included in the England Women’s squad for their September training camp.
Arsenal’s match against West Ham on 12 September has been moved to an 8pm kick-off to accommodate TV selections.
Arsenal’s game against Liverpool on 28 September has been moved back 15 minutes to 8.15pm.
Arsenal women were drawn against Spurs in the FA Cup quarter-final. The game will be shown live on BBC Two on 26 September, kick-off 5.15pm.
Liverpool vs Arsenal kick-off time on 28 September 2020 was moved back 15 minutes.
Arsenal were drawn against Leicester in the Carabao Cup. The match will take place at the King Power Stadium sometime in the week beginning 21 September.
Hector Bellerin invested in Forest Green.
Cedric Soares gave a big interview to Gaffer.
Francis Cagigao gave an interview about his sacking by Arsenal after 25 years at the club saying, “You can’t afford to be bitter in life and you have to have a thick skin and get over things quickly. I’m very proud of the time I spent and I’m proud of my personal achievements and I also very privileged to have worked for Arsenal FC.
“It was club where I was able to learn, where I met and worked with some incredible people over the years.”
Lyon confirmed they have no interest in taking Matteo Guendouzi as Arsenal try to land Houssem Aouar. Their sporting director Juninho told French radio station Top of the Foot: “I get on very well with Edu, we spoke on the phone. Aouar is really appreciated by Mikel Arteta.
“Guendouzi was discussed during the call, he is a great player, but he is the wrong profile. We are not interested in that at all, we cut the conversation.”
Juninho also confirmed he would call Alexandre Lacazette when he was having problems at Arsenal. He said, “In January, I called Alexandre Lacazette to chat a bit with him because he was having problems at Arsenal and I said to myself: “Why not do a loan for 6 months with us where you will enjoy yourself, play all the games and score the goals like you know how to? And then you go back to Arsenal or somewhere else.”
Torino president confirmed his side’s interest in Torreira but said nothing was agreed yet.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan spoke about leaving Arsenal for Roma after Alexis Sanchez said he wanted to leave Manchester United after 1 day.
Emil Roback admitted he picked AC Milan over Arsenal.
Matt Macey hopes to leave Arsenal this summer for regular football in 2020/21, whether that’s on loan or a permanent deal.