Latest Arsenal News as Erling Haaland Makes Martin Odegaard Admission Ahead of Man City Clash

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and his team are set to face a significant challenge in proving their title aspirations at the end of this month, as they prepare to confront Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite a break of over a week-and-a-half from playing, Mikel Arteta and his squad have had little time to rest.

Many of the players under Arteta’s guidance are currently engaged in international duties, leaving the manager anxiously monitoring their performances in the days to come. Nonetheless, Arteta can draw some comfort from the fact that Arsenal currently occupy the top spot in the Premier League standings as the season’s climax approaches.

Arsenal presently hold a slender lead over Liverpool, albeit only on the basis of goal difference. Their upcoming clash with Manchester City presents a pivotal moment in their quest for the title, offering a rare opportunity to potentially end their two-decade-long championship drought.

Arsenal FC News compiles the latest updates and build up from around the Emirates as we count down to the Gunners’ next significant fixture…

Erling Haaland Lauds Odegaard

Erling Haaland has praised Martin Odegaard, admitting that Manchester City would benefit from having the Arsenal captain among their ranks.

While City and Arsenal compete for the Premier League title, Haaland, 23, and Odegaard, 25, are teammates on the Norway national team. Despite their club rivalry, the two will soon face each other in domestic competition.

Haaland has lauded Odegaard’s midfield prowess ahead of their upcoming encounter, suggesting that even City’s formidable team could be enhanced by his presence.

He said: “Yes, I think so. There’s a good player, and a player that plays for our rivals. He’s just signed a new contract, so it’s not a topic, but at City we have a lot of best players in the world.”

“You have changed a little. You were more like a little b in the beginning. You were so childish. You have grown up more in the last couple of years,” he told The Big Decision documentary.

“But you saw it in the first (international) camp, in the videos when you dance and sing. It looks like you are 12 years old and the biggest little b. Honestly! I don’t think he does things because he thinks they are really cool.

“But maybe he wants to get a reaction and maybe be a little funny. I just laugh at him. I do not take it seriously when he does crazy things. He could walk in with some sick shoes on or a sick bag, but I don’t think ‘here’s Erling, he loves this’.”

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Fabregas Hails Arteta Mikel

Cesc Fabregas asserts that Mikel Arteta has successfully eliminated the toxicity that lingered at Arsenal towards the conclusion of Arsene Wenger’s illustrious tenure.

Arteta, since assuming the managerial role in December 2019 following Unai Emery’s departure, has revitalized Arsenal’s status as contenders for titles. Emery, who is now managing Aston Villa, struggled to make a significant impact after being entrusted with emulating the legacy of Wenger at the Emirates.

Having spent many years under Wenger’s guidance and having shared the pitch with Arteta during his own tenure at Arsenal, Fabregas commends his compatriot for the remarkable effort he has invested in altering the atmosphere within the club.

In an interview with the BBC Planet Premier League podcast, Fabregas suggests that Arteta’s implementation of his vision has been pivotal, resulting in the suppression of conflicting voices within the club. Moreover, Fabregas contends that the emphasis on “standards” has contributed to Arsenal’s notable improvement on the field.

“I think it’s quite simple. Arsenal was merged into a big mess,” Fabregas said. “I think there were too many people talking. There was a lot of toxicity I would say within the club. It doesn’t necessarily need to be in the club, but around the club and he [Arteta] just came in.” he said via the Mirror.

“He had an idea, he had his methodology, style of play, and he put it all together. He had the bravery, even though he’s a young coach, to put it all together and to say, right, this is the standards, this is what I want to do.”

“I think he keeps repeating those words. In press conferences, he talks about intentions, he talks about character, about running, about standards.”

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