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Arsenal star reveals he does not talk to Mikel Arteta

One Arsenal star has revealed his relationship with Mikel Arteta, stating that he hasn’t spoken to the manager because Arteta is busy

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In just a matter of a few days, it appears that all the goodwill surrounding Arsenal could vanish, and their season could be shattered after just one defeat against Aston Villa last weekend.

The situation becomes even more daunting when considering that their European campaign could also be at risk of ending on Wednesday in Munich. A crucial Champions League quarter-final second leg hangs in the balance following last Tuesday’s 2-2 draw in London.

The disheartening defeat against Aston Villa means Arsenal are now trailing Manchester City by two points, with just six matches remaining before the end of the season.

Despite the perceived struggles, Arsenal are making plans to bolster their defensive ranks this summer, with plans underway to sign a left-back amid speculation surrounding Kieran Tierney’s future at the club.


Tierney, currently on loan at Real Sociedad, embarked on the temporary move following Mikel Arteta’s preference for Oleksandr Zinchenko as the starting left-back last season. Despite being contracted until June 2026, Tierney’s future at Arsenal appears uncertain, with recent remarks suggesting a lack of communication with Arteta.

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney (Image credit: Getty Images)

In an interview with talkSPORT, Tierney hinted at his uncertain future, stating, “We’ll see. I’m not talking to Arteta, he’s busy [at Arsenal].”

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Following Sunday’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa, reports from The Athletic indicate that Arsenal are prioritising the signing of a left-back in the upcoming summer transfer window. Zinchenko, who started against Villa, faced criticism for his performance, reigniting discussions about reinforcing the left-back position.

While Zinchenko’s contributions in build-up play were instrumental last season, Arsenal’s defensive solidity improved with Jakub Kiwior, who formed a promising partnership with winger Gabriel Martinelli. Jurrien Timber, a £38 million signing, initially filled the left-back role this season but suffered a season-ending ACL injury.

The potential recruitment of a dedicated left-back would provide versatility within the squad, affording Zinchenko, Timber, and Kiwior opportunities in alternate roles. However, Tierney’s prospects of reclaiming his place at Arsenal seem increasingly bleak, likely leading to a permanent departure from the club.

Remaining at Real Sociedad could be a viable option for Tierney, although competition from teammate Javi Galan complicates matters.

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