Arsenal news LIVE: Gunners maintain 100% Europa League record, Martinelli contract talks and Arteta wants Locatelli

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    Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Manchester City has been postponed in favour of their Europa League match with PSV Eindhoven, which was also moved after the death of The Queen.

    Oleksandr Zinchenko remains a doubt for the Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta as he still deals with a calf problem.

    Mohamed Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe are still long-term absentees for the North Londoners.

    Gabriel Martinelli, on the other hand, missed training on Wednesday and poses as another doubt.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal face a struggle to keep hold of technical director Edu after his impressive work.

    The ex-Gunners ace returned to the Emirates in 2019 and has thrived in his role after turning Arteta’s side into Premier League contenders.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the 44-year-old chief is attracting interest from several European clubs.

    The former midfielder’s name is said to have been “discussed internally” as a suitable technical director, although the identity of the suitors is currently unknown.

    However, the Brazilian is “100 per cent focused on the Arsenal project”, with the club seeing him as a “key figure” in their plans.

    And Arteta doesn’t know a specific return date for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

    Zinchenko has been sidelined as he is nursing a calf injury that will keep him out for quite some time.

    But the full-back could return before November 20 when the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar.

    Arteta simply replied, “Yes” when asked if the 25-year-old Ukrainian would return before the World Cup.

    Finally, Arsenal are confident about the contract situation of two key players.

    That is according to Caught Offside, who report the Gunners are “optimistic” William Saliba and Bukayo Saka will sign new deals.

    The young pair has been very influential during the North Londoners’ stunning start to the season.

    Saka and Saliba’s deals run out in 2024 and Arsenal want to tie them with long as well as lucrative deals.


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