December 1, 2020

Arsenal morning headlines as Flamini addresses takeover rumours, Thomas Partey transfer advice – Football.London

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Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Tuesday, November 17.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny tests positive for Covid-19

The Egyptian FA has confirmed Mohamed Elneny has tested positive for Covid-19 while away on international duty.

The Arsenal midfielder had been due to play for his country against Togo in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, but has returned to Cairo following the discovery.

Elneny is the second member of Egypt’s squad to return a positive test, after Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, and will miss Arsenal’s upcoming Premier League meeting with Leeds United as he isolates in accordance with government rules.

However, none of Egypt’s other players returned a positive test ahead of the Togo game.

“The results of the medical swab conducted by the first national team mission upon its arrival in Togo showed negative all of the players except for the player Mohamed Elneny, the national team player, and Arsenal, who showed positive results without showing any symptoms,” a statement from the Egyptian FA read.

Elneny has featured prominently for the Gunners this season, playing five times in the league and on several more occasions in cup competitions.


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Former Arsenal man Emmanuel Adebayor’s surprise role in Thomas Partey deal

Thomas Partey has wasted no time making an impact in an Arsenal shirt following his deadline day move from Atletico Madrid.

The 27-year-old has played five times for the Gunners since arriving in October, impressing in the win away to Manchester United in particular.

While many individuals helped push the Ghanaian in the direction of the Emirates Stadium, the part played by Emmanuel Adebayor will come as news to many.

The Togolese striker, who played more than 100 times for the Gunners between 2006 and 2009, has revealed he encouraged Partey to move to north London.

“He told me that some clubs in England namely Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and others have shown interest in him and he needs advice,” said Adebayor.

“I advised him to go to Arsenal because I have had the opportunity to play there and I think it will be good for his development.

“Arsenal is more than a club, it is a family and I’m impressed with his performances so far in the Premier League.”

Ex-Gunner Flamini addresses billionaire rumours and takeover links

Mathieu Flamini has been busy outside football since leaving the Emirates Stadium.

The French midfielder, who had two spells with the Gunners, last played for Getafe in the 2018/19 season.

However, he is also a co-founder of GF Biochemicals, a geo-energy company, and the growth of his business led to reports he had a net worth of €30bn.

This had prompted rumours of a takeover bid, but Flamini has moved to play this down after previously clarifying the €30bn figure related to the value of the market his company was keen to attack.

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“Don’t ask me how I’ll be involved in football, because it’s not something I’ve thought about. But, definitely,” he told The Athletic.

“It’s something which I’ve been part of forever in my life. I will always want to be part of this community.”

Flamini was part of the Arsenal team which reached the 2006 Champions League final in his first spell, and spent three seasons back in London after rejoining in 2013. He had already co-founded GF Biochemicals with business partner Pasquale Granata before rejoining the club.