Good afternoon and welcome to football.london’s live coverage of Mikel Arteta’s pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Community Shield clash with Liverpool.
The Gunners return to Wembley less than a month after winning the FA Cup final for a record 14th time. Although younger players began their pre-season on August 14, the bulk of the squad returned on August 22.
Heading into the game, Arteta’s side will be rusty having played just one pre-season friendly against MK Dons. Liverpool on the other hand returned last week and have two games under their belt.
Whilst the game will be a major talking point, the Spaniard is also expected to field questions on the potential signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille. As revealed by football.london on August 23, a full agreement was reached between for the centre-back with medicals and announcement all that’s left to sort.
Alongside this, Arteta is likely to be quizzed on the status of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract situation. The 31-year-old is expected to sign a new three-year deal with the club this summer but with no announcement made yet, anticipation has grown during the off-season.
Follow below as our club writer Art de Roche brings the updates from the Gunners head coach as they come.