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Lacazette out with a knee problem

Alexandre Lacazette in action against Chelsea

Striker Alex Lacazette had an arthroscopy on his left knee in London on Tuesday morning.

The minor procedure was a success and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation.

It is envisaged that he will return to the squad within four to six weeks.

Emirates and Arsenal have announced a five-year extension to their long-running shirt partnership. This will see Emirates branding feature on the shirts and training kit of all of our teams until the end of the 2023/2024 season.

It is the largest sponsorship deal ever signed by the club and will see the shirt partnership with Emirates, which started in 2006, run to at least 18 years.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: "Our shirt partnership is the longest running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport. This mutual commitment is testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship. Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world. 

"Emirates is a great partner for Arsenal - a world-class brand with a truly global reach. The airline plays a significant role in our ambitions to extend our influence and following around the world. The new deal, extending our shirt partnership until 2024, underlines how much both organisations value and benefit from the relationship."

As part of the extended deal, we will fly on Emirates' award-winning planes on pre-season tours. Emirates will retain marketing rights to develop campaigns and initiatives around the world. Our home will continue to be known as Emirates Stadium up to 2028, as part of the extension agreed in 2012. 

Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said: "Arsenal's strong appeal and influence around the globe, combined with their ambitions as a club, make them an ideal partner for Emirates, with values that reflect ours as a brand. As a long-standing supporter of football, we are passionate about the game and are a proud partner to the team.

"As a business, we are hugely committed to supporting sports all over the world and our relationship with Arsenal is no different. Our partnership with Arsenal Football Club is a great combination of two truly global brands and we're very pleased to have extended this relationship for five more years - connecting fans from around the world with one of the greatest teams in the world."
Emirates first signed its sponsorship agreement with the club in 2004, providing the airline with naming rights to the stadium until 2021 and a shirt sponsorship that began in the 2006/2007 season. 


Our game at Leicester has been postponed

Our Premier League fixture at Leicester City has been postponed.

The match, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 17, will be moved due to the Foxes' participation in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final over the same weekend.

Stay close to for news of when the game will be rearranged for.


Ainsley - What I've learnt from each position

It has been quite a journey for Ainsley Maitland-Niles: from striker, to winger, to central midfielder, to now playing on the left side of our defence.

The 20-year-old has made a big impression since breaking into the first team, but what lessons has he picked up along the way from his early days as a forward to where he is now?

"It’s nice to have that sort of responsibility [as a striker in my early days], that ‘Ainsley’s going to get you goals’" he told Arsenal Player. "I did that most years but then there was a year where I was a bit too small and people started growing quickly. Then they decided to put me on the wing.
"It’s just more of a movement thing [out there] and trying to off-balance defenders so that you can get behind them. I was always quick so it was just about using your brain more.
"Me and the coaches then had a few discussions where they believed that I had enough technique and some of my talents were wasted out wide when the game goes through the middle. They took a gamble with me by deciding to play me in midfield for a few games. 

"It paid off, I had a few good games in there and they saw me start to grow physically. My footballing intelligence started to get better too and I sat down with Carl Laraman and Steve Gatting, and we made a plan on how I could develop as a central midfielder.
"Being a wide player is similar to playing as a left back or left wing-back," he added. "Central midfield is obviously about the technique and awareness, so you always know what’s going on around you. When I go up front, or around those sorts of areas, setting people up, my end product needs to be right."


How Auba and Henry are similar... but different

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

As soon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced as our new No 14, fans and pundits were quick to liken the Gabon international to Thierry Henry.

Auba certainly started his Arsenal career with a finish our record scorer would have been proud of, impudently dinking the ball over Jordan Pickford to cap a promising debut last weekend.

Arsène Wenger is pleased with how the forward is settling in here - but what about those comparisons?

“I would say [Auba is like] Thierry Henry with his quality of runs,” the boss said. “But it’s a bit too early to compare him to the best player ever who played here. He has played one game. But it’s a good example to follow.

“His finish was brilliant. His finishing is good. You don’t score by coincidence for so many years, if you score many goals. Even in five-a-side he’s able to score goals, so when the guys can repeat that at the top level it means they have that quality. 

“Running-wise, he’s a good example to follow. But Thierry came a bit more to the ball as well, participated more in the game.

“He looks to be a happy boy. He has a positive smile and very professional attitude. It’s a bit early for me to tell you more about him - it’s only [been] one week. 

“I met him a few times before by coincidence and he looks highly focused on his job. He looks a guy who needs to be completely focused, involved in his team. He looks to me like that.”

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