Good morning and welcome to football.london’s live coverage of Mikel Arteta’s pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s first game of the 2020/21 Premier League season against Fulham.
The Gunners’ campaign officially began with their Community Shield victory over Liverpool at Wembley on August 29, but now Arteta and his side will embark on their first full season together.
Leading up to the game, the Spaniard received a promotion in regard to his job title. First appointed as head coach in December, his title now stands as ‘first team manager’ as he continues to work on developing the squad further with technical director Edu.
In more off-pitch news, Vinai Venkatesham has also become the club’s chief executive.
As well as having a focus on newly-promoted Fulham, Arteta is expected to be quizzed on the status of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract. The 31-year-old is expected to sign a new three-year deal with the club with his current contract expiring next summer.
The manager is also likely to be asked about signings Arsenal could potentially make in the latter stages of the transfer window. Deadline day stands at October 6 with Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar emerging as top priorities in midfield.
Follow below as our club writer Art de Roche brings the updates from the Gunners manager as they come.