There is a lot that goes on at Arsenal that we don’t get the chance to cover, so below you can find all the Arsenal news and gossip that we didn’t get a chance to cover properly.
You can find these headlines being gathered on the homepage of Dailycannon.com each day, hopefully helping to save you some time as we wade through the nonsense for you.
Arsenal news 9 February 2021
The big story today looks set to be William Saliba’s interview with RMC in which he said, “When I saw that the coach changed a lot changed for me too.
“In this year there has been a lot of change. He judged me on two-and-a-half matches. I would have liked for him to play me more. But he told me I wasn’t ready.
“I was waiting for him to give me a chance, but football is like that. When I initially came to Arsenal the league looked very good so I showed up to training and wanted to train on my own to show the coach I was ready.
“I am happy now, I want to play for Nice. The idea when you’re part of a team is a better feeling for me.”
Arsenal news roundup 8 February 2021
⊕ More Arsenal job cuts: Further job cuts at Arsenal, this time within the club’s ticketing department. However global fan groups are urging Vinai Venkatesham to reconsider a decision the club say will offer a “effective service” to supporters around the world. [James Benge]
⊕ Arsenal vs Benfica: According to Portuguese publication Mais Futebol, it’s increasingly likely that both legs of the last 32 Europa League clash between Arsenal and Benfica will take place at neutral grounds. [Arseblog news]
⊕ Mike Dean has asked not to officiate a Premier League game this weekend after receiving online abuse and death threats after handing out two controversial red cards [Sky Sports] More on Arsenal referees here.
⊕ Mat Ryan says Arsenal are not giving up on the Champions League. “There is still a lot of the season left and hopefully we can finish it off strongly and get up and around the European places and qualify for the Champions League,” said Ryan. [Evening Standard]
⊕ Hector Bellerin has designed shirts that will feature in FIFA21 after being asked by EASports [Mediafax]
⊕ Thomas Partey on Martin Odegaard: “”It’s difficult when you play against him. I remember playing against him, he’s so intelligent, he is always quick on the ball, he doesn’t give you a chance to win the ball,” he told Stadium Astro.
“It’s amazing to have him here. I hope he has a great season and he’s able to help us achieve what we want to achieve.”
⊕ Granit Xhaka is convinced that, despite the slump leading up to Christmas, Arsenal are on the right path. “We had the run without wins but even during that time, I think we have played without any self-doubt,” he says. “Our mistakes, like the red cards – my own included – have been the fault of each of us rather than one with the plan.
“As a collective, we’ve been functioning well and we can do something special, including this season. We are playing a very tight, compact game of late and we are also gleaning a lot of respect from the other big teams we are playing. I think we are bound for glory.” [Guardian]
⊕ Thomas Partey has been speaking about how he spent lots of money buying instant noodles for girls in order to please them. [Ghanaweb]
⊕ Martin Odegaard: A report from Spain claims Real Madrid will not sell him but are open to allowing him to extend his loan by another year [Defensa Central]
⊕ Marc Overmars reportedly wants a switch to Arsenal [Sport Witness] .“At Ajax, everything in terms of transfers ends up on the plate of director of football affairs Marc Overmars,” Voetbal Primeur report him saying.
“He wants nothing more than to be the spider in the web that guards all the lines. Delegation is not his forte, but the Haller affair proves that a “right hand” is harmless.
“It is an open secret that he does not reject a new challenge at a major foreign top club or with his former employers FC Barcelona and Arsenal.
“He has been associated with those two clubs before.”
⊕ Arsenal’s women losing against Manchester City this weekend got more coverage in the Daily Telegraph than Arsenal’s men who are no treated as if they’re a side like Brighton:
Arsenal's women losing this weekend got more coverage in the Telegraph than the men losing
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) February 8, 2021
⊕ Beth Mead and England ready to tackle Northern Ireland [Whitby Gazette]