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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta officially rules out a move for midfielder and provides Granit Xhaka update

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta officially rules out a move for midfielder and provides Granit Xhaka update

Arsenal’s midfield issues

Now in November, Arsenal are one month and two days away from their African stars departing for the Africa Cup of Nations.

For the Gunners, this will see them lose both Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from their forward line.

It is in midfield, however, that the problems begin to mount. Both Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are due to be away for up to month, and miss up to seven Arsenal fixtures depending on how far their respective nations advance in the competition.

As things stand, this would leave Arsenal with just Ainsley Maitland-Niles and summer signing Sambi Lokonga as senior options in central midfield, thanks to a Granit Xhaka injury sustained in the North London derby victory at the end of September.

Xhaka is expected to be back in mid-December, which will come as a massive boost to the Gunners, but they could yet need to strengthen further in that area.

Jack Wilshere not an option

One man who will not be joining the club, however, is Jack Wilshere. The Englishman has been training at London Colney of late, but speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Newcastle, Mikel Arteta effectively shut the door on any romantic reunion.

Earlier in the week, Wilshere was named the best player in training by young gun Bradley Ibrahim, something which inevitably caught the eye.

When drawn on the matter, however, Arteta revealed:

“No (he won’t join us) but I think it is a great compliment for Jack that the players playing alongside him think so highly of him. He is doing really well, better and better, and we know the qualities Jack has.”

Would you like to see Jack back in an Arsenal shirt, or has that ship sailed?

[Quotes via BBC Sport]

 


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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