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Deal almost done as Arsenal hold talks with £40m-valued star

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According to media reports, Arsenal have held discussions with Jean-Michael Seri about a summer move but rivals Chelsea are on course to beat Arsenal to his signature.

Arsenal desperately keen on Seri

The Daily Mirror is claiming that Arsenal have shown interest in signing the 26-year-old this coming transfer window after having also been connected with a move to land him last summer.

As per the same article, the player who plays for Nice in the Ligue 1 is currently valued at about £40m by the French outfit – but the Blues are leading the transfer race for his service.

Should he eventually join one of the London teams this summer window, Seri will be joining a club without UEFA Champions League football next term.

Seri has been in decent form for the French club this term, netting two goals and providing five assists in 30 matches for the French outfit. He also played five times in the UEFA Europa League.

Reinforcement required in London

Both Chelsea and Arsenal are likely to be in the market for major reinforcements this summer window as they aim to assemble a team capable of winning the Premier League title next term.

The two London giants endured disappointing campaigns in the English topflight, as the Blues finished fifth and the Gunners ended up sixth.

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Two other Nigerians join Iwobi in Arsenal training

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Arsenal star player Alex Iwobi was joined by two other Nigerians in the Gunners final training ahead of their Premier League clash against Leicester City on Monday night.

The Sunday training at the London Colney saw two other Nigerian youth players, goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo and left-back Tolaji Bola involved in the workout.

Although it is almost certain that the two youngsters will not make the 18 man list for the game against the Foxes as they are not anywhere close to joining the senior team, Iwobi who has been in great form this season is expected to line up in the starting XI.

Iwobi has everything but just this – Koscielny

The North London side are currently in good form as they have won every single game in the Premier League after their 2 first defeats at the start of the season.

Iwobi is growing big into the Unai Emery team having provided a number of assists this season in all competitions. No doubt he will no longer be snubbed by the manager.

The Arsenal academy graduate will likely face his fellow countrymen, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi who are expected to be listed in the 18-man squad of the visiting team.

Iwobi, Iheanacho and Ndidi were all involved in the Super Eagles doubleheader games against Libya for the 2019 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers

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Too early to call, Leicester City boss speaks of Arsenal title credentials

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Leicester City manager Claude Puel has dismissed reports that Arsenal have now emerged as title contenders owing to their great form this season.

Puel who was speaking ahead of his visit to the Emirates Stadium noted that it is too early to call because the Premier League has a long way to go with lots of possibilities and surprises.

The Leicester City boss admits that Arsenal have been in good form and have worked hard to deserve their current place in the league table with their confidence and new playing system under the new manager.

Puel praised manager Unai Emery for doing a good job, noting that he has been able to pick up from the Arsene Wenger era to create a level of stability in the Arsenal team which was never expected.

He praised Emery for living with the pressure at the beginning of the season and has been able to move far away, adding that he has got a lot of respect for him.

However, Arsenal hope to extend their winning streak to 10 so as to further press in the race for the EPL title.

The Spanish manager has noted that he will not be carried away by the past results but will work hard to ensure his side prepare well for next games.

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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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Thierry Henry speaks on Monaco loss

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Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is not all sad about his defeat in his first game as the manager of French side Monaco.

The Henry team lost by 2 – 1 to Strasbourg on Saturday and it has got a lot of people talking on if the former Barcelona forward can turn things around.

Before he took over the job, Monaco had suffered a lot of battering which prompted the sack of the former manager.

However, in his reaction, Henry stated that there are lots of positives to think about from his 2 – 1 loss rather than the negatives so as to move on and ensure a way forward.

He noted that his side had got opportunities to have the lead until they were set back by a goal in the second half because of the red card given to Samuel which left with 10 men.

According to him, they had worked hard but the game was quite difficult for his boys to meet up.

Henry had returned to full managerial work after quitting as the assistant coach for the Belgium national team as well as leaving his job as a pundit.

The Gunners legend had snubbed the opportunity to take over as Aston Villa Manager just for France where he had started playing

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Emery, Wenger ‘clash’ over Mesut Ozil

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Former and present Arsenal managers Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery have made different claims on Mesut Ozil’s international career saga.

The German has made himself unavailable for the national team after the World Cup following their poor outing in Russia.

Ozil claimed to be racially abused by the German football association in addition to being used as a scapegoat for the national team’s poor performance.

In his thought, Wenger said that Ozil is still a major part of the German national team and will be highly needed to help their poor performance, urging German boss Joachim Low to make efforts to convince the player.

The former Gunners manager also affirms that Ozil’s absence from the national team will affect his performance as he will not be as motivated as he ought to be.

But the Spanish manager thinks Wenger is wrong about his claim on Ozil stating that the former Real Madrid player needs the international break to rest a little and freshen up for other challenges ahead.

According to him, international matches are not easy for players to combine with club football especially if they have to play two games before returning back for tough fixtures.

Arsenal will play Leicester City on Monday in a Premier League game.

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