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Arsenal: Arteta Drops Toney From List, Jesus’ Return Date, and Nketiah’s Woes

Mikel Arteta has reportedly scraped off Ivan Toney from his transfer wish list in the summer. This follows after the striker pleaded guilty to multiple betting breaches that are currently being investigated by the FA. That kind of unethical conduct is what cost Aubameyang his place at Arsenal although the circumstances were different for the Gabonese striker. Toney pleading guilty is definitely a red flag. 

“Arteta will definitely drop his interest in Ivan Toney after his contravention of betting rules. It is those kind of scandals that proved detrimental for Aubameyang on his place at the club. Those kind of mentalities in the squad is what Arteta wants to dissociate himself from completely. That is probably the reason why Arsenal have been very quiet regarding rumors linking them to the talisman,” reported Ian Baker.

Screenshot: Arsenal transfer target Ivan Toney is likely to be banned for 15 matches if judged guilty 

Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus has now returned to full training with the rest of the squad. He is still a long way from recovery but will reportedly be available before the clash against Crystal Palace in two weeks time. The medical team believes that with enough support therapy in the next few days, the Brazilian will be back on the pitch in no time to fight for his place in the starting eleven.

Gabriel Jesus is finally back in full training. (Image: Courtesy of Google)

My opinion

Nketiah is definitely going to be dislodged from the starting eleven when Gabriel Jesus returns. That would not have been said out loud a month ago when the 24 year old striker was clinical in front of goal. Even now Trossard is the one manning the #9 role at the moment so that Nketiah can get back on his toes and start scoring goals.

Nketiah has not scored in the last 9 games. (Image: Courtesy of Google)

In Nketiah’s stead, Trossard has been phenomenal in the starting eleven. He has three goal involvements in five appearances for the Gunners which is not a bad stat for a new player. He is very demanding of the ball and changes positions with Martinelli synchronously and that probably explains why Martinelli has been effective in the last couple of games. 

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