Here is your Arsenal morning digest on Friday, April 9.
Gunners face Buendia competition amid transfer links
The Gunners have been linked with the Norwich City star since last summer, with the 24-year-old shining in the Championship this season.
“Everything seems to indicate” that Buendia will leave Carrow Road once the season is over, the report claims.
However, it won’t be straightforward for Arsenal to land the Argentine attacker, with Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal all keen on his signature.
Buendia was on the Gunners’ shortlist of creative midfield signings in January, football.london understands.
Arteta details ‘bad decision’ that cost Gunners win
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has spoken about the “bad decision” that cost his side a late equaliser against Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
The Czech outfit levelled the game in stoppage time to ensure they’d go into the Europa League quarter-final second-leg at 1-1 with a crucial away goal.
Nicolas Pepe had given the Gunners the advantage just moments before, but after some sloppy defending from a Slavia corner, Tomas Holes equalised.
Speaking after the game, Arteta said his team overplayed in a dangerous situation which led to the costly corner.
He said: “I don’t think they switched off. I think they made a bad decision playing the ball into an area where we got trapped. From there we conceded the corner.”
Arteta added: “I think the players stepped in and they gave absolutely everything. We managed that really well in certain moments we were much more aggressive today and we created some big chances.”
Merson hails Xhaka importance after Liverpool defeat
Paul Merson thinks Granit Xhaka’s absence in Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday highlighted a “glaring issue”.
Xhaka didn’t feature for the Gunners with the Reds easing to victory in north London via Diogo Jota’s brace and Mohamed Salah’s strike.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson brought up an issue that his old club have when the Swiss international is missing.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the ex-Gunners man said: “The defeat against Liverpool just goes to show you how good Granit Xhaka is. He became a better player not playing against Liverpool.
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“People say to me they don’t know what Xhaka does. He doesn’t score goals, he doesn’t make goals and gets booked and all that, but give him his due, what was glaring to see in Arsenal’s defeat is that he wants the ball.
“In times of trouble he will always try to get on the ball – and that’s what (Arsenal) didn’t have.
“No-one was showing for the ball and, in the end, the goalkeeper was just booting the ball.
“Honestly, it was mind-blowing.”