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Arsenal – Why Vardy should not be taken for granted

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Arsenal will welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium on Monday evening for their 9th Premier League game of the season.

There are suggestions that the game will be one to be won by the North London side as they bid to extend their winning run to 10 games in addition to a personal record that needs to be set by manager Unai Emery.

It has been all good for the Gunners who started slow with two consecutive defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea but they have since bounced back, winning every single game to the last that was played against Fulham.

A pause was experienced as a result of the international break and with a return; Arsenal will face the former Premier League winners with top striker Jamie Vardy looking like a threat.

So many things have been said about the England international and they must not be taken for granted by the Spanish manager’s defence knowing his goal ration which has been consistent since he helped his side win the league.

Vardy has been identified as one of the few strikers in the league including Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah who have been consistent and are difficult to silence.

Should Arsenal win, they stand a chance of returning to the fourth position ahead of Tottenham.

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Arsenal in talks with West Brom over right-back

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North London outfit Arsenal are reported to be in talks with West Brom over the sale of star player Carl Jenkinson on a permanent deal.

Carl Jenkinson did not get enough playing time under manager Unai Emery and that seems to have gotten him frustrated to want to leave the club and he has been given an escape route to West Brom.

The 27-year-old was handed just eight games under Unai Emery last season and could be the end of his stay at the club, after coming through the ranks of the youth team.

However, West Brom are not the only club in the chase of Carlo Jenkinson as Celtic are also reported to be interested in his signature because they seek to replace Mikael Lustig, who is set to join KAA Gent.

It is also suggested that Carl Jenkinson will wish to leave the Emirates Stadium as he can no longer be guaranteed of a first-team football under the Spanish boss.

Meanwhile, it has been suggested to Arsenal to let go of the player to be able to cash in for more additions.

It is no longer news that manager Unai Emery only has £40 million to engage with, in this summer trader window.

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Arsenal agree deal, announcement on July 7

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If emerging reports are to be believed, English Premier League outfit Arsenal and Italian Serie A side Napoli have agreed on a deal for this summer transfer window.

The report claim that Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina will no longer be returning to the Emirates Stadium as he has already agreed to remain at Naples to have regular playing time.

David Ospina spent the entire last season on loan with the Serie A outfit and has made it clear that he would not be leaving the club for a return to the Emirates Stadium.

It can be concluded that David Ospina was sent parking by the coming of Brend Leno from the Bundesliga as the German international was able to find his way into the team to become a first choice stopper.

However, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will pay £4million for the Colombia international who proved his worth in a total of eight clean sheets to help Napoli.

With legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech already out of the Emirates Stadium for retirement, it is expected that David Ospina would return back to provide an option to Bernd Leno but the Gunners boss seems not to be interested in working with him and might have an option already.

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The Man City deal that Arsenal will benefit from

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English Premier League outfit Arsenal are set to benefit from the report that defending champions Man City are set to secure the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.

Despite winning the English title for the second consecutive year, The Citizens are still keen to strengthen their squad and have identified the Spanish La Liga outfit player as an ideal man to fit into the team.

It is claimed Man City are willing to pay the sum of €70 million for the star player with a possibility that it would be concluded in coming days.

However, Atletico Madrid will have to find a replacement for the star player and they have identified Arsenal player and Swiss international Granit Xahaka as an ideal option.

Already Granit Xhaka has been linked away from the Emirates Stadium with claims that he is unhappy after enduring a difficult last season.

This could be a blessing in disguise for the North London outfit as they will be able to cash in from the sale of the Swiss international to increase the £40 million that is available for manager Unai Emery to engage in this summer transfer window.

It has been concluded that Arsenal will not reject a bid for Granit Xhaka.

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Arsenal to announce Brazilain as first signing

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North London outfit Arsenal are reported to be getting set for their first summer announcement with claims that the deal for Brazilian international Gabriel Martinelli is almost confirmed.

Gabriel Martinelli has been on the radar of the Arsenal team for a long time and it was suggested that terms have already been agreed upon by the player while talks between both clubs are ongoing.

It is claimed that Man United had the opportunity to secure the Brazilian starlet two years ago but they had turned down the opportunity to do so when he had a trial at the Old Trafford in July 2017.

Arsenal are reportedly willing to pay about £6 million for the Ituano striker, who celebrates his 18th birthday today.

It is suggested that he could find his way unto the first team just like Mateo Guendouzi did when he first joined Arsenal last summer window.

Gabriel Martinelli is a young talent who has shown big prospect to lead in coming years and that has already been observed by the Gunners boss Unai Emery who is the one keen on the player.

However, Arsenal have got need of more additions in this summer window if they must challenge for titles next season as there are lots of strengthening needed in the squad.

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Shock bid, United linked with Arsenal striker

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In what seems to be a shock to many, Man United have been linked with a move for Gabon international and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in this summer transfer window.

It is expected that the Red Devils will move in for a number players in the summer transfer window but no one anticipated the interest in the former Borussia Dortmund.

This gives a hint that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might be available for a move this summer as the Red Devils are not alone in his chase. Two Chinese outfits are reported to have submitted an offer each for the star striker with a proposal to pay him £300,000 weekly.

The development is believed to have unsettled the North London outfit and that is why they consider giving him a new deal as they are not interested in parting ways with the star player this summer window.

With Man United now reported to be interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it is expected that a bid would be submitted In coming days to have him form part of the building process at the Old Trafford.

But the chances that Arsenal will let go of the former Borussia Dortmund star is slim despite the fact that they will cash in an attractive fee that will help boost their transfer kitty.

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Why Arsenal might not sign Meunier this summer

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There are fears that North London outfit Arsenal will lose out on the signature of French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain defender Thomas Meunier in this summer transfer window.

The Gunners team are in search of a right back as they now lack option with the departure of Stephan as a free player.

Hector Bellerin has not been consistent due to the injuries he has had to battle with, leaving the Arsenal defence exposed.

Daily Mail has therefore reported that the Gunners team might be prised out of a move for Thomas Meunier because of the €30m (£27m) fee imposed on the player.

This makes it a setback for Arsenal and manager Unai Emery because they might not have a budget as heavy as that.

It is no longer news that Arsenal management are only handing the sum of £40 million to the Spanish boss to engage in this summer transfer window which is suspected not to be enough, going by the number of needs at the team.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are also keen on the signature of the PSG man as they have had their bid for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka turned down in this summer transfer window.

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Is this player transfer decision a blow to Arsenal?

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North London outfit Arsenal are reported to be on the verge of missing out on the signature of summer target Markus Schubert but it is yet to be known if they will be suffering a blow by that development.

It is reported that the goalkeeper is keen to move to Schalke despite the interest from the North London outfit.

Arsenal need for a goalkeeper because of the decision by legendary player Petr Cech to quit the game as a player and move into management.

Also, David Ospina is set to remain with Italian Serie A outfit Napoli on a permanent deal which means Bernd Leno will be the only experienced goalkeeper at the Emirates Stadium.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper has therefore been linked to serve as an option to Bernd Leno ahead of the coming season.

However, Daily Mail claims that the Dynamo Dresden keeper will be heading to Schalke to become the first choice goalkeeper rather than remain with his club as an option to No.1 Alexander Nubel.

However, it is unclear if his failure to come to Arsenal remains a blow knowing that the management are willing to work with Martinez as an option for the coming season.

The decision by the goalkeeper could, therefore, be a blessing in disguise for the young Arsenal goalkeeper to help him step up to the ranks.

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Arsenal swoop in to sign midfield maestro

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The search for a midfielder by north London outfit Arsenal still continues as they are now being linked with a move for Italian Serie A outfit Cagliari star Nicolo Berella.

The Gunners had indicated interest in the star player during the last January winter transfer window but a deal could not be reached for reasons that cannot be explained.

It has now become important for the Gunners team to land the star target as they have parted ways with Wales international Aaron Ramsey in this summer window.

The former Cardiff City star had refused to commit his future to the club before leaving as a free player.

However, Nicolo Barella could help Arsenal cover for the exit if the Wales international to ensure that he is not missed.

It is, therefore, claimed that Serie A side Inter Milan have already made a move for him as they seek to act fast and land the midfielder before Arsenal.

The report claims that Inter Milan have already had their bid of €36million submitted for the 22-year-old midfielder.

Barella, who has been compared with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, is also wanted by Man United, while Chelsea were linked with the Italy international last season.

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Announcement imminent – Arsenal agree deal with highly rated defender

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North London on outfit Arsenal are reported to have agreed on a deal with Wiliam Saliba on claims that an announcement would be made any moment from now.

L’Equipe report went further to claim that a five-year contract have been agreed with the player and they are concluding paper works for his signature.

The North London outfit are yet to announce any player in this summer transfer window and from this report, the 18-year-old Saint-Etienne defender could be the first.

Reports claim that he is being monitored by Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid and Man United with former manager Jose Mourinho already predicting a bright future for the star defender.

The Portuguese boss likens William Saliba to the Kurt Zouma of Chelsea and will not mind signing him if he eventually hooks up with a new job.

Arsenal have got to strengthen the team this summer transfer window, with the defence as their major focus if they must compete for titles and perform better than the just-concluded season.

Although, they have got a limited budget to engage in the summer window with manager Unai Emery being helped with £40 million.

It is yet to be seen how the money would be spent, but pundits are of the opinion that it is short of the club’s demands

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Football journalist makes big claim on Ozil’s future

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It has been a mixed feeling when talks of Mesut Ozil’s future is raised at North London outfit Arsenal.

It has been speculated severally that the German international would be sent out of the club for failing to deliver good performance despite his big weekly wage.

It is also believed that he is not liked by manager Unai Emery because of attitude and little contribution to the team.

However, German Football journalist Raphael Hongistein has hinted that the former Real Madrid star could remain and not go anywhere this summer transfer window as speculated.

He noted that the bid by the Gunners to have him sold to free their wage bill and also raise money to sign new player might not happen.

Raphael Hongistein again stressed that Mesut Ozil has a contract running with the Gunners and there is no way he can be sent packing.

However, Mesut Ozil has been linked to a move to China and Turkey but that seems not to interest him as he seeks to remain at the Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will still have a budget of £40 million to be able to sign new players but that would have been more if Mesut Ozil is placed in the market.

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