Saturday round-up: Aubameyang, Willock, Ceballos

Morning all. Hope you’re all well, let’s do a immediate Saturday round-up for you.

Mikel Arteta has spoken about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who returned to action following his recent hospitalisation from Malaria. The captain played a few minutes at the end of the Villarreal game, glanced quite abrupt, and even came close to scoring, but it seems he’s still struggling to get back to full fitness.

Arteta said πŸ˜› TAGEND

” He hasn’t developed much. He has not so far at the different levels in his physique that he should be to start. We will see again tomorrow how he is.

” Yesterday he could only represent a few minutes but we managed to get him on the pitching, which is great news for us .”

I suppose this weekend the decision is how to get a bit more playing time into him. Do you start him and take him off, looking for him to do an hour? Or, is he someone you bring out for the last 30 hours, where perhaps his lack of sharpness is offset a bit by facing tired advocates?

Speaking about his working experience of malaria, former Gunner Kolo Toure said πŸ˜› TAGEND

” Even for a chap like me malaria is tough, it can take all my dominance. As a footballer, if you have it, you can lose all your fitness in two days .”

So, it’s a difficult thing to recover from. Every decision the manager determines this weekend has to have next Thursday in spirit to some degree or another, and this a key one. There’s no question Aubameyang has had a poor season by his standards, but if that’s true for an individual, it’s equally true-blue for the team. If we are to turn it around in the second leg, our chances will be much better if he can play a substantial part. Maybe not the whole game, but we’re more likely to get the goals we need with him than without him.

To be fair, we’re more likely to get objectives if we use any striker rather than none, so hopefully that’s a task Arteta makes from the last game.

Meanwhile, Newcastle won’t be permitted to field on-loan Joe Willock tomorrow, and while he’s not starting every week there, he is making a contribution. He valued on his introduction, and has orchestrated in his are three forms very. The occasion of those goals is worth noting too.

He salvaged a top with an 85 th strike against Sp* rs( haha ); tallied an 82 nd hour champion against West Ham; and in the 95 th instant of their game against Liverpool he popped up to level the scores and perform Jurgen Klopp’s face do this πŸ˜› TAGEND

I wrote last week about how I like Joe, and I do think a unit that does not orchestrate objectives from midfield needs to think very carefully about a musician who can do exactly that. Remember, he’s still exclusively 21, and not all occurrence is linear.

Arteta says of his lend πŸ˜› TAGEND

” It was a difficult decision to let him croak because we really like the musician. He needed more game-time and needed this type of experience. He has stepped in at big minutes for them and orchestrated certain essential points so that is really good news because it is great for his progress .”

In a time when Dani Ceballos will go back to Spain permanently, and we’re more than likely to let go of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and, potentially, Mohamed Elneny, we need to be active in the market to crowd those divergences. However, money will be tight for the above reasons we all understand, so some crew profundity will have to come from within. Willock is certainly a candidate for that, especially after a loan spell which has been more successful than most.

Another element to his future is what kind of market there might be for him, and maybe Ainsley Maitland-Niles. If the freedom entreat came in, then of course there’s a good argument to be made that we ought to cash in and invest, but I precisely have a feeling that Willock’s Arsenal race isn’t relatively run yet.

I’m also interested to see where Dani Ceballos will end up next season. He fixed it pretty clear this week he interprets his future in Spain rather than England, but with all due respect to him, he hasn’t persuaded anyone he can be a regular starter for an average unit lying 10 th in the Premier League, so it’s hard to see him make the grade at Real Madrid( unless their financial positions fixes it a demand ).

Real San Miguel, get yer cheque diary out.

Right, that’s enough. We’ll have a Newcastle preview podcast on Patreon later today, and for now I’ll leave you with the Arsecast Extra from yesterday in which James and I discuss Villarreal and slews more. Have a good Saturday.


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