Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during a press conference.

Mikel Arteta on Arsenal team news, Partey and Vieira’s return and Kylian Mbappe transfer

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been speaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Gunners’ boss answered questions on several topics, including the latest Arsenal team news and the fact that Kylian Mbappe will be on the move this summer.

Here is a selection of what Arteta had to say.

On team news and the injured players:

“Some of them have been progressing better than others. We have a training session again today. Some have done a few bits this week and I’m positive that hopefully we are going to get a few back for tomorrow.”

On whether any players are definitely ruled out for Burnley:

“At the moment, no.”

On whether any players have got worse or had any setbacks:

“No, there are no big setbacks on any of the injuries and Thomas Partey is progressing really well. I don’t want to say too much, but it’s looking very good and he’s on the field already.”

On if that means Partey will be back in a couple of weeks:


On whether Arsenal would be interested in Kylian Mbappe, despite it looking like he will go to Real Madrid:

“When there is a player of that calibre we always have to be in the conversation but, as you say, it looks in a different way. That’s what I would say.”

On Fabio Vieira:

“Very close. He’s been training already for a few days with the team so I think he’s very close. He’s evolved probably faster than we expected and he’s in a good place.”

On whether Vieria could be available against his former club Porto on Wednesday:

“There is a chance, yes.”

On his assistant Carlos Cuesta being linked with the Norwich manager’s job:

“That’s great. Not only with the coaching staff, but certain [other club] staff as well, other clubs trying to come and get them. It is always a really good sign that they are doing a really good job and we have the right people here.”