Arsenal lead race for £24m star as Gary Neville makes worrying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claim

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I wish I could be providing you all with a lot more positivity in today’s Round-Up but Arsenal don’t know what that is, it seems.

Despite the disappointment of another unacceptable performance, there is a positive update off the pitch as Edu looks to get an early head start with a potential new signing. I think we can all agree that it’s desperately needed!

Here are just a few of the main stories doing the rounds today.

Arsenal lead Zakaria race

Arsenal have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, according to Fussball Transfers.

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The Gunners have reportedly held talks with the 25-year-old whose contract expires in the summer. The Swiss international could become a free agent if a new deal or pre-agreement transfer cannot be finalised.

Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Juventus have also been linked with the player.

Our view: Well, Arsenal certainly need something and a new central midfielder wouldn’t hurt. With Thomas Partey struggling for form and Sambi Lokonga still developing, Zakaria would add much-required quality and experience despite only being in his mid-twenties. Cut-price too? Hard to look past it.

Gary Neville reveals his Auba concern

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes a rocky relationship between Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and manager Mikel Arteta could be on the horizon.

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Eddie Nketiah, who has reportedly rejected Arsenal’s latest contract offer, was given the nod to be substituted on ahead of the club captain with 20 minutes to go during last night’s defeat to Everton.

Aubameyang, however, wasn’t introduced until the 85th minute.

Speaking on Monday Night Football after the game, Neville said: “I think there will be a problem with Aubameyang off the back of this game.



Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped to the bench for last night's clash with Everton
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped to the bench for last night’s clash with Everton

“I don’t think he’ll like the idea of Eddie Nketiah coming on before him. I don’t think he’ll like the idea of being a substitute, full stop.

“There’s always that little bit of a bug there between Arteta and Aubameyang. I know he’s the captain but he leaves him out and it just feels like something that’s a little bit awkward, and it’s going to cause a problem.”

Our view: I’m split on this. In terms of Aubameyang being on the bench, that’s fine. His performances have been below par and a different option was needed.

What doesn’t sit right with me though is Nketiah being introduced before him, and I would understand Auba’s frustration with that. It didn’t make much sense at all.

No time to Partey just yet

Thomas Partey has opened up on his Arsenal career so far and admitted he isn’t too happy with his individual performances.

The Ghanaian arrived in 2020 after the club decided to activate his £45 million release clause but has failed to reach the heights he achieved at Atletico Madrid.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Partey said: “I give myself four [out of 10], because there are moments I can really hurt the other team but there are also moments where I allow myself to lose focus and that’s when everything goes down.

“This is when you realise that you have to get better.”

Our view: It’s good to hear Partey being open and honest about his performances in an Arsenal shirt. He has been unfortunate with injuries and has struggled for a consistent run of games, but I expect him to really push on now he’s fully fit.

As he admitted himself, we all know he is capable of providing so much more. I’m confident it will come.

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