England suffered a considerably stunning 2-1 defeat to Hibernian within the opening sport of their pre-season marketing campaign.
Conceding the opener because of a goalkeeping calamity, the place debutant Arthur Okonkwo missed his clearance, Hibs discovered themselves 2-0 up within the second half when Daniel Mackay headed in from a nook.
Maybe extra reassuringly for Gunners followers, nonetheless, was what Arteta stated after the sport, significantly surrounding the futures of Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe, each of whom have been linked with strikes away this summer season.
Smith Rowe has been the topic of bids from Aston Villa, and is but to signal a brand new contract in north London. In the meantime, Joe Willock stays a target for Newcastle United, after a profitable mortgage spell within the North East within the second half of the 2020-21 marketing campaign.
Nevertheless, when quizzed on Smith Rowe, Arteta said:
“And not using a query. Sure. He (Smith Rowe) will keep right here. 100%.
This comes as hypothesis mounts a few new contract not being far-off, and with it a change of blouse quantity to replicate his elevated significance to Arteta’s facet.
I’m informed that Emile Smith Rowe hasn’t settled on a squad quantity but with a brand new contract but to be agreed.
Arsenal stay assured that he’ll commit however nothing has been signed but. #AFC
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) July 13, 2021
The Arsenal boss was additionally drawn on the way forward for Joe Willock, who missed the defeat towards Hibernian. When requested why, Arteta revealed that:
“Nicely he (Willock) wasn’t concerned at present as a result of he had a bit groin concern. He skilled yesterday very well however we didn’t wish to threat him.
Nevertheless, he made it clear that he expects Willock to stay on the Emirates this summer season, and that he may but play an essential function for the Gunners:
Joe is a part of our plans, he’s our participant and within the time that he’s right here we’ll attempt to take advantage of out of him. He had an ideal expertise on mortgage. He was, I believe some of the essential gamers for his or her survival.”
Arsenal proceed their pre-season mini-tour of Scotland with a sport towards Rangers on Saturday.
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