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Again, Arteta explains reason for his summer transfer pattern

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has taken a pattern in his recruitment this summer transfer window with emphasis on youthfulness.

This has been reflected in his signing of Benfica defender Nuno Tavares and Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.

The Spanish boss has also handed long-term contracts to the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli, all in their 20s, hinting that he would build his team around them.

In addition, there are a number of other youngsters in the first-team who will now have more opportunity to impress like 19-year-old Bukayo Saka and Folarin Balogun.

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It is expected that more opportunities will be provided to Folarin Balogun and Gabriel Martinelli next season too, both of whom are 20 years of age.

During an interview with Sky Sports in April, Arteta explained why he has been keen to operate in this manner.

“I love to work with young players and give them the opportunity but it’s not only that, it’s the collective aspect of the game. How we play together and how we enjoy playing our style,” he said.

“The young players have earned our trust and showed that we can believe in them – not only in the games but in the way they are around the place and the way they train every day.

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“The freedom and the quality that they are showing is because they have the right people around them as well. Young players can only sustain and evolve their level when they are surrounded by the right characters, and by senior people who make them better.”

Mikel Arteta will hope to develop with these young lads and has faith in them to return the club back to European competition.

Speaking after Smith-Rowe extended his stay with the Gunners, the Arsenal boss said: “We’re now looking forward to helping him develop further and seeing him become even more important to the strong young team we’re building.”

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David Seaman says he is disappointed with results but reveals one thing Arsenal fans should be happy about

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Arsenal hero, David Seaman, has admitted that he is disappointed by the results the past results the Gunners have produced but hints there are reasons to be happy and positive.

The North London outfit suffered defeats against Manchester United and Everton respectively, making it a worry for all fans but Seaman said they need to be happy and positive because the Gunners are heading the right direction with Mikel Arteta.

‘It was disappointing because we did have chances,’ he went on.

‘I know Mikel said he wasn’t happy with the performance afterwards, but when you look back the chances we created at really important stages of the game it was disappointing.

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‘You don’t get worried yet because I think the main part is that we’ve got to get a little bit more consistent in our performances.

‘The teams we’ve lost to, they were difficult games anyway and then Everton away is always a difficult game, they had a chance of getting them.

‘Okay, they had two goals disallowed for very slight offsides – I was loving VAR last night – but we’re going in the right direction if you look at it overall.

‘I think the fans are definitely on board and, for me, I see the great work that Mikel is doing at the training ground and long may that continue.

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David Seaman reveals why there should be no worries about Aubameyang’s form but Gary Neville’s comments

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After Arsenal’s defeat to Everton, David Seaman says his worry is not about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s dip in form but the comments made by Gary Neville about the 32-year-old striker.

Aubameyang has not been at his best with Neville calling on Arteta to drop him.

In his reaction, Seaman said ‘He’s just really low in confidence. He needs to get out on that training field and really practice his finishing, get confidence from training,’ Seaman told Sky Sports following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat.

‘He’s really lacking that confidence when it comes to that final decision and that final finish. He missed one against Newcastle, but we recovered from that.

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‘It wasn’t an easy chance last night but it was a good chance. It’s a shame that he’s going through what he does, but all strikers go through that.

‘If you look at Harry Kane at Tottenham, one goal all season and you’re thinking, “Wow, what’s happened to Harry Kane?!”, but with Aubameyang it’s just a confidence thing I feel.

‘We all know he can do it because we’ve seen him do it in the past. We’re just waiting for that little boost and hopefully he gets a two-foot tap-in and that brings his confidence back.’

But Seaman was ‘surprised’ by Neville’s comments and believes the striker is just struggling for confidence and going through a bad patch.

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‘I saw Gary Neville making those comments last night and I was a little bit surprised if I’m honest. I don’t see that, I don’t see that at all,’ the ex-Arsenal and England goalkeeper added.

‘I think it’s just the fact he’s not playing very well and he’s having one of those patches.

‘That’s why he was left out. Lacazette has come in and has been doing really well.

‘He decided to put Nketiah on we saw why because he does create a little chance for himself, but I’m not worried about the Aubameyang situation. I think he will come good very soon.’

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Gary Neville revealso why Arsenal lost last two games and might experience more

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Manchester United legend Neville disclosed that Arsenal have suffered defeats in their last two games and may experience more because they lack leaders in the team.

Gunners lost to Man United and Everton respectively and they went ahead in both games before losing it.

Neville laments that Mikel Arteta has to reply on inexperienced players in difficult away matches and it is costing them points in the harder tests.

‘He is just teetering, isn’t he?’ Neville said of Arteta on Monday Night Football after the defeat to Everton.

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‘He’s doing a good job and then he loses a few and he is under pressure. He is flip-flopping between those two things and there is no in-between.

‘I think when we talk about this being a young team in terms of the average age, when you go to places like Old Trafford and Goodison Park in a night game one or two of the young players won’t have experienced it too many times.

‘I remember my first game going to Anfield and it was tough, going to Arsenal at Highbury. You need experience to get you through those difficult moments when the crowd go up and a few decisions go against you and you can feel something happening.

‘You need comfort in there. You need that spine. Arsenal’s senior players are not really massive characters. They are not really leaders. They don’t get those young players through those difficult moments in the game so the other players just go under a little.

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‘That is natural. I think there is a lot of talent there. The young players are not the problem.

‘The problem in Arsenal’s team is that they have not got the direction or the standards around them to get them through these turbulent moments that occur at Old Trafford or Goodison and you just feel you need that arm around you. They have not got it.’

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Arteta told he has a boring side but THIS one player has the ‘spark’

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Darren Bent has tagged Mikel Arteta’s team as a boring side following their lacklustre performance against Everton but claimed that the team’s spark is Emile Smith Rowe who was missed.

The 21-year-old missed out on the trip to Goodison Park through injury as Everton came from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win over the Gunners.

Former Premier League striker Bent believes Smith Rowe’s absence was felt and urged other attackers to sit up.

‘I watched Arsenal and thought: “How boring are we now?”‘ he said on talkSPORT.

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‘We used to have an identity in the way we played, but that first half last night was hard to watch in terms of what Arsenal were trying to do.

‘You could quite clearly see that we missed Smith-Rowe – he’s the spark in that team at the minute – but it just looked so lacklustre.

‘There’s no desire in trying to get the ball back, there was no energy, we were just trying to get the ball to Saka.

‘The whole thing just didn’t fit.

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‘You can quite clearly see when Liverpool go one-up they want to get three, four, five. It’s almost like Arsenal don’t trust where they are after taking the lead.

‘Arsenal got fortunate it was only 2-1 and on any given day, any other given team can beat Arsenal.

‘They’re not hard to play against. If Norwich turn up and put it together, they could beat Arsenal.’

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Odegaard exposes Arsenal, reveals why they lose despite early leads

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Martin Odegaard has opened up on why his team lost two games despite taking early leads.

The Gunners lost against Man United and Everton respectively but in those games, they went ahead by a goal before suffering defeats.

Odegaard revealed that the team, after taking a 1-0 lead fear to lose the lead and that seems to affect the team.

Odegaard also claimed that the loss was a hard one to take, especially as the team did not perform well.

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“It’s a hard one to take. I think in general we were not at the level we needed to be at today,” he told Sky Sports after the match.

“We had some good moments but we have to do much better. We should have been better.

“It’s hard to say. That’s just how it is sometimes. It’s hard to say exactly what happened. We have to do better when we have that lead. We stopped playing and gave them the game they wanted to play.”

When asked whether he felt a mindset problem was to blame for Arsenal giving up their lead, the Norway captain said “I think it is.

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“When you’re leading 1-0 you get afraid to lose the win and in my opinion, that’s what we did wrong today.

“You go for the second goal and that was the intention but we didn’t manage to do that on the pitch.”

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Aaon Ramsdale finally opens up on relationship with Leno after taking over as first choice

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Aaron Ramsdale has confirmed that Bernd Leno is ‘perfect’ with him despite displacing his Arsenal teammate as No.1 goalkeeper.

Ramsdale only joined Arsenal in the summer after a deal worth £30million with Sheffield United and he went straight to replace Leno as No.1.

‘It can be tough,’ Ramsdale told The Times. ‘It’s the hardest position on the pitch — there’s only one place.

‘He’s been the standout for a number of years. At the moment, I’ve got the shirt but he’s perfect with me every day and I’m loving having him with me.’

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Meanwhile, Ramsdale’s transfer was greeted with criticisms from sections of the Arsenal fanbase, with some questioning the transfer fee the club shelled out but the goalkeeper responded well.

‘I saw the backlash,’ he admitted. ‘That’s when I made the decision to turn comments off, notifications off for people I don’t follow on Instagram and Twitter. People can tag me but I won’t see it, so it won’t come up on my feed.

‘When people were saying I was getting a lot of stick and abuse, I said, ‘Am I?’ Because I didn’t really know and I didn’t really care because, yes, I’ve been relegated twice but the way I looked at it was two years of completely different experiences to other people at 23 [years old].

‘It’s me and ten other people on the pitch.’

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Manager sends message to Arsenal over striker target

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Arsenal have been reported to be interested in the signature of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin with claims that they will submit a big for him.

This has drawn the attention of Everton manager, Rafael Benitez who sends a message to the North London outfit, informing them that the club are now desperate to have the striker sold.

The Gunners want the England international ahead of Alexandre Lacazette’s likely departure when his contract runs out in the summer.

Speaking before of Everton’s Premier League match against the Gunners on Monday night, Benitez said that the club would not be forced into selling any of their players and would only entertain offers on their terms.

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‘If we don’t want to sell players, we don’t need to. If we sell players, it is because we want to sell players,’ Benitez said.

‘I think the players appreciate we are trying to improve and that is what we will do until the end. We have been working on January and talking about options. Our market is clear: there are players you can get and players you cannot, that’s the reality.

‘We need to know these players want to come. In terms of our players, they cannot go if we don’t want [them] to.’

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Kevin Campbell forecasts Arsenal transfer deals, names player to leave

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Kevin Campbell spoke about Arsenal’s future transfer dealings and he claims that there are high chances that France international Alexandre Lacazette will leave the club.

The Gunners striker’s contract due to expire next summer and there are no talks for an extension.

The former Lyon striker is allowed to negotiate with foreign clubs from January 1 as he is in the final year of his deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have been linked with a whole host of strikers, including Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Lille’s Jonathan David.

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Speaking on what holds for Arsenal and transfers, the former Gunners striker said Lacazette’s exit will pave way for two or three signings at Arsenal.

‘January is very close and Lacazette only has six months of his contract left. He needs to look at what is best for him,’ Campbell told Football Insider.

‘He is one of the big earners at Arsenal. I believe his wage could probably be used to bring two or three players in.

‘It is a case of freshening things up. His replacement needs to be younger. That will improve the team even more. It is a normal trade that has got to happen.

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‘Lacazette is going to go and when he does that will make room on the wage bill for new signings”.

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