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Arsenal press conference LIVE – Mikel Arteta on Jurrien Timber, Thomas Partey and Sheffield Ut

Hello and welcome to football.london’s live blog for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Monday evening.

Arsenal must wait until next week and after all their title rivals have played once again before they face their weekend opponents. For the second week running the pressure will be on the Gunners to secure all three points after Liverpool travel to Nottingham Forest and Manchester City face Manchester United.

Arsenal are on the verge of a major boost however having already welcomed back Fabio Vieira and Gabriel Jesus to the squad following varying absences. The squad trained at the Emirates Stadium yesterday which saw Thomas Partey continue his step up from surgery last year and perhaps most excitingly Jurrien Timber being involved in plenty of contact work too.

Both Takehiro Tomiyasu and Oleksandr Zinchenko however were not spotted. Arteta will be expected to provide the latest on all the team news and whether some will be ready for the trip up north.

Arsenal obsessions
Everyone is obsessed with Arsenal. Perhaps it is the culture of creating the most eye-catching, ear-grabbing and cringe-worthy content to grasp the attention of supporters and I can certainly testify that the Gunners have one of the most reactive supporter bases in the world.

As one myself, many a time have I been sucked into debates or latched onto the fishing rod of bait set as a trap for my staunch Arsenal ways. However, since Mikel Arteta has taken the club to a level whereby a title challenge is not a one-off and this season has perhaps seen an even greater appreciation for what his side is capable of, it has reached new heights.

From finger-pointing at Arteta himself for his touchline behaviour, persistent monotonous and mind-numbingly repetitive accusations of over-celebrating to most recently claims that the Spaniard would up sticks and join Manchester United if he was offered it – Rio Ferdinand being the claimant of that droplet of comedy. It was only recently that Arteta was forced to defend his position against inaccurate claims that he was considering leaving the club for Barcelona.

Mikel Arteta confirmed last week that the £38million summer signing would indeed be making this jump. Having suffered a knee injury in August of last year, football.londonwere told that a seven to nine-month rehabilitation timeline was the likely outcome of which March would represent the earliest potential return of that timeframe.

“I really hope so, he’s doing really well,” Arteta said when asked if Timber would be back before the end of the season. “He’s been around some players on the pitch and we are going to start to do some bits with us in the next week or so.

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