Before he picked up a knee injury in the first Arsenal match of pre-season that forced him to have surgery and miss perhaps the whole first half of the new season, it was being reported that the German centre back Per Mertesacker was going to be given the task of replacing Mikel Arteta as club captain.
Arteta joins Man City!
It’s official, Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has joined Premier League rivals Manchester City. But as you will be more than aware, Arteta has joined the Citizens as a coach rather than as a player.
There might still be more of the current Arsenal squad to be heading for the Emirates exit door during the summer transfer window, with the England trio Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain three of the Gunners that could be on their way.
Flamini IS leaving Arsenal!
After much debate over the past few weeks since the closure of the domestic season, it was questioned whether Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini would be leaving the club. Now after weeks of waiting for a decision, Arsenal fans can finally rest easy knowing Flamini will be leaving the club after all!
There has been little mention of Mathieu Flamini leaving Arsenal this summer despite the whole world and his dog knowing that Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Flamini were all out of contract this summer. Matheiu was the only one of the three that actually featured in a few games last season and he wasn’t completely useless, and it seems that Wenger certainly hasn’t ruled out the idea.
The Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was given a one-year extension by Arsene Wenger last summer, but only managed to make two starts in the whole campaign due to ongoing injury problems. He still made good use of the year by studying for his coaching exams and working with the youth sides to gain extra experience on the coaching side.
Granit Xhaka is reported to have flown into England to complete a medical with Arsenal ahead of his proposed move from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Swiss international midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to North-London, with the Gunners believed to have scouts keeping an eye on him for much of the year.
Arteta officially calls time on his professional career!
After what was a rather remarkable way of ending yet another Premier League season with plenty of twists and turns, Arsenal’s captain Mikel Arteta officially confirmed the expected, in that he was retiring from the professional game.