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Again! Ousmane Dembele tells club he wants to leave

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Ousmane Dembele

North London side Arsenal have been handed a boost in the pursuit of Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele with reports that he has finally told the Catalan side that he is now ready to move away from the club.

Should the player be granted his wish, Arsenal will be in place to secure the signature of the French man as he will now be available in the winter transfer window which reopens in coming weeks.

The North London side are also facing the battle from Liverpool who are also keen to be interested in Dembele’s signature but they are placed at a better advantage with the player knowing that he will only secure more playing time at the Emirates Stadium.

As a way of pushing a move through, Dembele is reported to be putting up some negative behaviour which includes missing out of training without any official permission.

Although, the agent of the World Cup winner is interested in Dembele staying put at the Spanish La Liga with Barcelona having previously refuted the speculations.

But with the latest report, he has officially told the club officials that he will be leaving the club in January when the transfer window reopens and Arsenal have been tipped to be the destination.

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Arsenal, United told the player now available for cut-price

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Kostas Manolas

English Premier League outfit Arsenal have been told that their star target and AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas is now available for sale and for a cut-price fee ahead of the coming summer transfer window.

It is claimed that AS Roma are struggling to secure qualification to the Champions League ahead of the coming season and an agreement has been reached that he would be allowed to leave the club if that fails to happen.

However, Kostas Manolas will have his release clause triggered and would be available for the Gunners and the Red Devils for a fee of about £31 million.

This, therefore, means that the North London outfit and the Man United team will have to battle for the signature of the star defender as it is not looking likely that the Serie A outfit will secure qualification.

Both Arsenal and Man United are desperate in need of defenders and that department will be the focus for the two sides.

The North London outfit have conceded most goals so far this season amongst the top six teams, especially at the start of the season which makes it important for them to land a defender in the coming summer window.

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Agent drops transfer hint as Arsenal plan to act fast on United

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Gabriel Martinelli

North London outfit Arsenal are set to snap up Man United long-term target Gabriel Martinelli ahead of the coming summer transfer window if reports in Brazil are to be believed.

The Gunners are ready to spend some cash in this coming summer window so as to strengthen their team ahead of the coming season with the Brazilian international as a major target.

However, it is claimed that Gabriel Martinelli has been on the radar of Man United for a long period of time but the Gunners are keen to play fast to land him ahead of the Red Devils.

Gabriel Martinelli will come in to replace Denis Suarez who is reported to be leaving the team at the end of the season after failing to impress on his loan spell.

Meanwhile, it is claimed that the North London outfit have got just £40 million available to spend in the coming transfer window but it could be increased should they secure qualification to the Champions League next season.

Gabriel Martinelli’s agent Marcos Casseb has therefore dropped the hint that there are plans for his client to move abroad and he expects that to happen in the nearest possible future. This gives hope to Arsenal and Man United.

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Arsenal make u-turn in decision for Denis Suarez

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The North London outfit Arsenal are reported to have made a u-turn in their decision to keep Spanish player Denis Suarez ahead of the coming season.

The Gunners were able to capture Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona and had the option of signing him on a permanent deal but that will no longer happen, according to claims that he has not been able to impress manager Unai Emery.

Denis Suarez has just been able to earn six appearances since joining the Emirates Stadium with no start yet to his name. He has worked with the Gunners boss in Sevilla but there has not been a repeat of results since he joined.

Suggestions are that Denis Suarez will not be able to meet up with the rigour of the English Premier League and will need a lot of time to be able to adapt but there seems to be no patience from the club for that.

However, Arsenal are expected to move in other direction for the signature of a replacement as they look to get busy in this coming summer window.

A number of names have been speculated to be interesting the North London outfit and it is expected to see them fly the club’s colours ahead of coming season.

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How Hector Bellerin’s pace developed, Des Ryan

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Hector Bellerin

Arsenal Academy head of sports Des Ryan on Spanish right full-back Hector Bellerin seems to have an explanation for why his pace for the North London outfit Arsenal was discovered along the line.

The pacy wing-back joined Arsenal from Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona in 2011 to be with the Academy until he was handed the opportunity of first-team football. No doubt that his pace is a major factor that was considered by the former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Des Ryan, therefore, noted that from the inception, Hector Bellerin was identified as a high-level player who is now at the big stage because of his hard work and dedication, stressing that he is known for his skill and strength.

He noted that while the Spanish star was with the Academy, they ensured the use of functional competence, mobility, stability, flexibility and running technique because of his natural talents which include his speed.

Des Ryan, therefore, stressed that all that happened to Hector Bellerin was an evolution and not a revolution because of the natural talent he has got.

However, Hector Bellerin is now being linked away from the club to Barcelona where he first started as a youth player and there are suggestions that he could be released but for the right fee.

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Arsenal have first summer target in place

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Gelson Martins

North London outfit Arsenal have got their first summer transfer target to move in for with interest in Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid star Gelson Martins who is on loan with French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.

Gelson Martins has been on the radar of the North London outfit for many months with an inquiry reported to have been made in the last January winter transfer window but the Gunners could not forge ahead with an offer because of their financial restrictions.

Now that the Gunner seems to be ready with some funds in the coming summer window, they could move in for Gelson Martins who could also be available for a transfer as long as he can be guaranteed regular playing time.

The North London outfit had secured the signature of Denis Suarez from Barcelona on a loan deal in the last winter window but he has failed to live up to expectations and there are claims that he could be allowed to leave the cub at the end of the season.

Gelson Martins could be the man to take Suarez’s space at the Emirates Stadium as he has been condemned to make an impact at the Spanish capital.

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Mertesacker makes incredible revelation about Arsenal Academy

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Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker and current Academy head coach has explained all that is happening in the club’s Academy, stressing that it is not limited to the success on the pitch for the gifted youngsters.

The former defender noted that much is being done to prepare the young lad for life off the pitch despite having it in mind that future Arsenal fans are being developed.

He noted that it would be a delight to see Arsenal produce medical doctors despite being professional footballers so that any player who does not make it in football can have a good life to live.

Per Mertesacker stressed that the attention of everyone is to see him promote stars to the first team, noting that it would be done in the nearest future but more should be expected as well.

However, the Academy coach said he has his eyes on winning the FA Youth Cup and the Premier League 2 as the preparation for life’s success continues for the youngsters.

The Academy coach has achieved a level of success at the Emirates Stadium with three FA Cup titles and that puts him in the right frame to take the Academy to win more titles at the Youth level.

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Emery turns attention to La Liga defender

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery is reported to have turned his attention to La Liga outfit Getafe defender Djene Dakonam ahead of the coming summer transfer window.

The North London outfit boss has been interested in the star defender for a long time which is the reason why he embarked on a scouting journey to watch the star player in their goalless draw against Valencia on Sunday.

The Gunners and Barcelona had submitted formal offers for Djene Dakonam in the last summer transfer window and they are set to battle again in this coming window with claims that the La Liga giants have not given up on his signature.

The talented 27-year-old defender has a running contract with Getafe and a release clause of £31 million.

The North London boss has already given the hint that there will be additions to the team in the summer window after failing to do businesses in the last January winter transfer window.

A major priority for the North London outfit is the defence and Djene Dakonam has been tipped to be a great addition as the future of France international defender Laurent Koscielny could be on his way out. He is being wanted by a number of teams in the La Liga.

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The secret of what Ozil does to opponents revealed

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Mesut Ozil

English Premier League outfit Arsenal Spanish defender Nacho Monreal has hailed German international Mesut Ozil for the quality he brings to the Arsenal team since.

The former Real Madrid star has faced his most challenging Arsenal career this season as he was relegated to the bench and almost left out of the Unai Emery team.

The Gunners boss had complained about the performance of the German international to the team, noting that he does not contribute as much as he earns at the club.

However, Nacho Monreal said despite the challenges faced by the former Real Madrid star, he still gave his all in training, stressing that Mesut Ozil is a committed Arsenal player.

He stressed that Mesut Ozil is important to the team and of top quality and he has been contributing with his passes and assists, in addition to the goals so far.

Nacho Monreal, therefore, exposed the fact that Arsenal opponents are usually wary whenever they see the star player on the pitch because they understand how much damage he can do to them.

However, Mesut Ozil has been linked away from the Emirates Stadium but he has insisted on staying back to fight for a starting role at the club.

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FIFA blasted over concussions after David Ospina collapses

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David Ospina

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina who is currently on loan at the Italian Serie A outfit Napoli had collapsed in a game against Udinese on Sunday.

The Colombia stopper has been rushed to the hospital with his condition being awaited to be known.

However, campaigners of concussions, Fifpro and Taylor Twellman who have been forced into retirement as a result of injuries have called on FIFA to introduce temporary concussion substitute so that injured players can be assessed for a longer period of time off the pitch.

FIFA has in their defence, stated that team doctors are in care of their players, hence, they have the responsibility of deciding how long the player remains outside because of the sensitivity of the situation.

In their argument, fifpro, the world player’s union have accused FIFA of not getting it right as regards the current concussion protocols, noting that the failure of the world governing body in this regard risks the health of the players.

However, it has been established by manager Carlo Ancelotti that the injury is not a serious one which hints that David Ospina could return back to the team anytime soon because he is now under supervision to be sure of his current state.

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Badnews! Arsenal keeper collapses in Serie A game

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David Ospina

English Premier League outfit Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is reported to have collapsed in Napoli’s game against Udinese in their Italian Serie A tie on Sunday.

The Columbia international stopper is currently on a loan deal with the Serie A outfit where he has continued his development and improvement in his game as well.

Arsenal loanee David Ospina was, therefore, rushed out of the stadium in a stretcher for further medical treatment before he later regained his consciousness.

The incident had occurred early in the game but had already conceded 2 goals before he was replaced by his second Alex Meret.

So far, David Ospina has made 21 appearances for Napoli and has recorded 4 lean sheets to put his team in second place behind Juventus.

Meanwhile, it was expected that David Ospina will return to the Emirates Stadium where he would be replacing legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech who is ready to hang his boot at the end of the season with an announcement already made.

However, the North London outfit will be left with no choice than to move in for another goalkeeper as it is not certain if David Ospina will return before the start of the season as a replacement for Petr Cech.

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