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Arsenal will miss out on top four finish unless Arsene Wenger makes key summer signing

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Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp doesn’t expect Arsenal securing a return to the UEFA Champions League until manager Arsene Wenger signs a top quality defensive midfielder.

Top-four hopes

Arsenal managed to create some top-four challenge hopes earlier in the month after they were 5-1 winners against Merseyside outfit Everton at The Emirates Stadium.

Winter duo of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang impressed in the team’s resounding win over the Toffees in the League.

However, Spurs were 1-0 winners against Wenger’s team in the derby encounter at Wembley Stadium on Saturday following Harry Kane’s winner.

Defensive midfielder needed

The Gunners haven’t had a natural defensive midfielder in their squad since Brazilian Gilberto Silva and Frenchman Patrick Vieira dominated the midfield.

Former Spurs midfielder Redknapp doesn’t expect the Gunners competing for a Champions League spot finish again until Arsene Wenger signs a proven player in the defensive midfield position.

Arsenal acquired Granit Xhaka in a £33million deal from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2016.

Struggling Xhaka

The Switzerland international has struggled to make a positive impact at the club and has constantly been criticised heavily for his poor disciplinary figure.

The Gunners are seven points adrift fourth-placed Spurs with 11 matches to go in the 2017-18 League season.

Arsenal will play Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium later in the month.

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Confirmed!! Arsenal finally seal loan deal for Denis Suarez

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British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror reports that the North London side Arsenal have finally reached an agreement with Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona to have Denis Suarez switch to the Emirate Stadium on a loan deal.

The Gunners are reported to have agreed to pay the sum of £2 million to land the central midfielder but there is also an agreement for a permanent buy from the Catalans at the end of the season.

This development is coming after weeks of speculations and talks between both sides as they earlier refused to agree on a common stand.

While the Spanish side requested to have the player sold on a permanent basis, the North London outfit insisted that they will have the Spanish player on loan before seeking to complete the deal for a permanent move in the coming summer window.

It was revealed that should the Gunners decide to activate the option of a permanent buy, they will have to pay the sum of £20 million to pull the deal through.

Meanwhile, Gunners Manager Unai Emery is believed to be a strong fan of Denis Suarez and he is believed to be the man who insisted on the deal to fall through.

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Man City opt out of race for Arsenal target

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It has been reported that English Premier League leaders Manchester City are now out of the race to secure the signature of Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid star player Isco.

Isco has been on the wanted list of a number of English Premier League sides including Arsenal Chelsea and Juventus but the North London side were reported to be winning the race alongside Man City.

However, the Premier League defending champions Man City are now reported to have ruled out seeking for his signature anymore.

This is after it was revealed that Man City will not be making any signature in this winter transfer window as they will only wait until the coming summer window to be able to strike a deal.

Meanwhile, the Gunners team are also limited by lack of enough funds for this January winter transfer window which makes them ready to wait until the coming winter window before they can be able to strike a deal.

Although, the North London side are seeking for a number of options in this winter window with the condition of having them on a loan deal.

Arsenal are currently in the fifth position with six points behind Chelsea who are currently in the fourth position.

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Earlier report on Ramsey’s Juventus move changed

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Emerging reports claim that Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey will no longer be leaving the North London side Arsenal to the Italian Serie A giants Juventus at the end of the season as earlier reported.

The former Cardiff midfielder failed to agree on personal terms with the Gunners to have a new deal that will have him remain at the club which is the reason why the club agrees to let him go.

A number of big sides including Liverpool, Bayern M8unich, Barcelona and Real Madrid were all interested in the signature of the Wales international but he opted to have his future with the Serie A champions.

With reports claiming that an agreement has been reached with his official announcement expected at the end of the season, latest report claims that Ramsey will now leave the Emirate Stadium to Juventus in this winter window, before the end of the month.

Suggestions are that the latest development came about from the need of the Gunners team to secure an addition in this winter window while the Italian side are desperate to land him as well.

However, the Gunners are reported to be ready to accept an offer of £10 million to let Ramsey leave.

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Ozil transfer talks causes rift in European giant club

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It has been reported that the expected move for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil by Italian Serie A outfit AC Milan has caused rift and division at the club.

Mesut Ozil has been reported to be leaving the North London this winter window having fallen out with manager Unai Emery over his poor performance which has failed to improve.

It was claimed that the Spanish boss seeks the sale of the German international midfielder so as to be able to cash in on him to execute other transfer deals in this winter window.

With AC Milan reported to be interested, emerging reports from Italy claim that there is now a disagreement between former Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis and Paolo Maldini over whether to buy the former Real Madrid player or not.

It is reported that one of the parties is not convinced that Mesut Ozil will give in a quality performance owing to the huge weekly wage he will commit the team.

However, Mesut Ozil has made it clear that he is not willing to leave the club at the moment but will rather remain at the fight for his shirt.

Meanwhile, a starting role for Mesut Ozil is no longer guaranteed especially when it comes to big games.

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Mesut Ozil China move speculated

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Embattled Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League by former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas.

The Arsenal legend thinks this is the best time for the team to part ways with the former Real Madrid star as he has got just little to give to the team.

According to him, Mesut Ozil does not fit the team and should have been the one leaving the club and not Wales international Aaron Ramsey at the end of the season.

Charlie Nicholas is of the opinion that the German international midfielder remains the highest paid player with a weekly wage of £350,000 but has been relegated to bench roles at the club.

However, speculations are that the Gunners boss Unai Emery is desperate to have the Mesut Ozil leave the club as he has failed to give performance equivalent to his weekly take home.

Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid star made it clear that he will not get himself disturbed about the various media speculations but will rather keep his head down to working hard until he achieves the best for himself.

Mesut Ozil has been inconsistent for his side ad most importantly; he has not been able to secure starting roles especially in important games.

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How Arsenal will secure a top four finish, Xhaka

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is upbeat that the Gunners will secure a top four finish this season so as to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Having lost out of the English Premier League title race, the only battle left for the North London outfit is the Champions League spot which has been seeming difficult especially with the competition from West London side Chelsea and Manchester United.

However, Gunners star midfielder, Granit Xhaka is confident that a top four finish will enable him to secure Champions League football and also have the qualifications in double as Europa League champions.

The Swiss international is of the opinion that his North London side can emerge as the winner of the ongoing Europa League so as to gain automatic qualification to the Champions League.

Arsenal are missing out of the biggest European tournament for the second consecutive season and manager Unai Emery hopes to return the team as part of the mandate given to him.

Xhaka stated that he still set his sight on winning a title this season with the Gunners team in addition to returning the club to winning ways.

However, Arsenal are fifth place in the Premier League table with six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

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Martin Keown hints on Chelsea raid for Petr Cech

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Arsenal legend Martin Keown had hinted that the West London side Chelsea will make an attempt to return their former player Petr Cech to the Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old recently announced his decision to part ways with the North London side and retire completely from football at the end of the season.

There is no doubt that the legendary goalkeeper is one of the best the Premier League has ever produced having broken a number of records in addition to winning a number of trophies including the Champions League.

The world class goalkeeper had a11 years spell at Chelsea before moving to Arsenal in 2015 but he could return to the West London side to pick up a coaching role as the Blues management would seek him to impart his wealth of experience on the youngers and upcoming goalkeepers.

This is according to the Arsenal legend who says that Chelsea are likely to offer Petr Cech a role at the when he finally hangs his boot at the end of the season.

According to him, it would be a big opportunity for young players to have Petr Cech available to impact by means of coaching as he will inspire them to want to become a world class keeper.

Meanwhile, reports claim that Petr Cech’s current owners wish to hand him the same coaching role at the Emirate Stadium which means Chelsea will have to battle to land him.

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Arsenal will lose out on signature of James Rodriguez – report

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The race might be over for the North London side Arsenal in the pursuit of Bayern Munich attacker James Rodriguez in this January winter transfer window.

The Gunners have longed being linked with the star player with speculations that the deal would be sealed in coming days.

However, latest reports hints that Italian Serie A outfit Napoli have already entered the race which will no longer be a smooth run for the English Premier League side.

Corriere dello Sport says Arsenal could lose out in their bid to sign James to the Serie A outfit because of the keen interest already shown by Napoli.

Also, James has got a relationship with Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti and seeks to link up with him again

The best of the Colombian’s season at Real Madrid was under manager Carlo Ancelotti with the memory expected to play a part in his decision making.

More so, the North London side are being limited by the fact that they have got no enough funds for this winter transfer window and that could affect their bid for quality players like James.

The Gunners team have made it clear that they will only participate actively in the coming summer transfer window.

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What Emery said of Chelsea game will anger fans

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This weekend promises to be a very big one for both Arsenal and Chelsea fans as eh both clubs set to meet in the Premier League encounter later on Saturday.

The clash between the North and West London sides is way more than a struggle for three points but it is a struggle for the fourth place spot which is highly contested.

Both sides missed out of this season’s Champions League and they are struggling for a return with a top four finish.

However, Gunners manager Unai Emery is of the opinion that the game will be a major decider knowing that there is already a six points between his side and the West London club.

A defeat for the North London side will mean a nine-point gap with 15 games to go which will be too big for his side to cover.

The former PSG boss admitted that his side must secure a win or risk losing out of the Champions League race for next season.

According to him, the game remains a big opportunity for his side to cover the gap and most importantly give the Blues a good fight that will keep them under pressure until the end of the season.

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Unai Emery speaks on rift with Sven Mislintat

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery has reacted to the speculations on the media that he has fallen out with the club’s head of recruitment.

This is following the reports that Sven Mislintat would be leaving the club for the German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munch for failing to be on the same page with some of the club’s hierarchy.

The report claims that the rift between the Spanish boss and the head of recruitment came to be as a result of the efforts to land Spanish La Liga outfit star Denis Suarez with the duo taking different positions on the deal.

It has been made clear that the Gunners will not sanction any major deal this winter window as a result of the lack of funds which has being a major bone of contention with the Denis Suarez deal.

However, the former PSG boss in is reaction stated that media reports of a rift with the team’s head of recruitment is surprising as he noted that they have been in talking terms and working together towards having additions at the club.

He made it clear that it has not been easy to secure a deal in this winter window but stressed that they have both been working together for the past two to three weeks.

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