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Arsenal legend reveals who will be England No. 1 between Ramsdale and Pickford

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Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has expressed confidence that Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale will be England’s No 1 in Qatar World Cup.

Ramsdale was forced to withdraw due to injury, but should his form continue this year, Winterburn thinks he has done enough to replace Jordan Pickford as England’s number one goalkeeper.

“I think what Gareth Southgate has done is that those players that have been in form get brought into the squad,” Winterburn told TribalFootball.com, FreeSuperTips.

“I think he likes to watch them; see how they perform and how they integrate into the squad.

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“I’m quite clear that if Aaron Ramsdale continues to perform at the same level up until the World Cup, then I’d be surprised if he doesn’t take over the number one spot for England.

“In saying that, Gareth Southgate has always stuck by players who have had a slight dip for their club but haven’t let England down and always performed for England.

“That makes it difficult for someone to be left out, but we’ll have to see what happens, that’s just my evaluation of the situation.

“You never know until it happens how someone reacts to playing for the national team, but Ramsdale at the moment is doing everything right.

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“He’s exerting a lot of pressure on the goalkeepers ahead of him and if it comes back playing the way he has, then there’ll be a big chance that he will be England’s number one.”

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Arsenal handed major hope in move for Serie A star

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Serbia manager Dragan Stojkovic has handed major hope to Arsenal as he issued a ‘never say never’ take on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic possibly leaving Lazio during the summer transfer window.

Stojkovic has told Tuttosport that there are chances of a late transfer move for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, expressing confidence that the 27-year-old would excel in Europe.

Although Lazio are reluctant to sell Milinkovic-Savic having turned down a €50m (£42.25m) offer by Juventus in May.

It is understood that Lazio President Claudio Lotito is willing to part ways with the midfielder but he is expecting a luring offer from all of his suitors.

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“Never say never in the transfer market,” Stojkovic said. “From a technical point of view, I keep thinking that Milinkovic-Savic would be ideal for Juventus midfield.

“But I am only the coach of Serbia and I have great respect for Lazio, which is an important club. It is not for me to make these decisions. One thing is certain: Milinkovic-Savic is a top player, and would be an added value for any team.”

Howbeit, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is not top on the wish of Mikel Arteta but he could be an alternative if other deals fail to pull through before the end of the window.

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Pundit says Arsenal now working against the clock to sign this EPL star

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Football pundit Dean Jones has claimed that Arsenal are now working against the clock to seal the signature of Youri Tielemans from Leicester City.

The club fans have wished to have the midfielder as they showed their love to him during the Saturday’s 4-2 win over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.

It is now unclear what the situation is as the Gunners seem to be mute over this but according to Dean Jones, Arsenal may have ‘left it too late’ to sign the Leicester City midfielder.

The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium throughout the summer, but a formal offer has not been submitted with September’s deadline fast approaching.

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Jones therefore says that Arsenal are now working ‘against the clock’ to sign Tielemans as Leicester have got ‘plans of their own to fulfil’ before the window slams shut on September 1.

In an interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “Arsenal are against the clock on this one now. I mean, they’ve just left it too late.

“Leicester have got plans of their own to fulfil, this isn’t a team that are knocking around at the bottom of the Premier League.”

Meanwhile Arteta says work is being done to keep some of the fringe players away before bringing in more signings.

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Arteta says new player can play four positions, makes revelation

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has disclosed that one of the summer signings Fabio Vieira is another versatile player that can play about three positions on the pitch.

He made this claim as the player is gradually returning to fitness and set to be ready for games

Asked to name Vieira’s best position he said: ‘That’s something the player is going to tell us.

‘We are already trying him in different positions in training, and he’s played on the left, right, as a false nine and an attacking midfielder, so it’s good.

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‘He doesn’t want to be locked in any one position, because he’s so used to it, and that’s a really positive thing for us.’

On how long it will take Vieira to adapt to English football, he added: ‘That’s a question mark that’s very difficult to respond to right now.

‘It might take him now time to get there, depending on who he’s playing with and how the game goes – it could take him no time to adapt.

‘What I can tell you is that he’s doing everything he can to make that process really short.’

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Fabio Vieira missed the preseason despite his early switch from Porto to Arsenal this summer transfer window.

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Barcelona handed chance to sign this one Arsenal star

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Barcelona have been given the chance to land Hector Bellerin this summer transfer window.

The Spanish defender is believed to be keen on a move away from the club but an agreement is yet to be reached with his preferred destination, Real Betis.

Bellerin still has over 10 months remaining on his current contract in north London, but leaving for free will not be out of place.

Technical director Edu has allowed some squad players to leave for free transfers in recent years in a bid to clear up the club’s wage bill and that could happen in this case.

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Speaking about offloading players to football.london last month, Edu said : “If you imagine, ‘Oh, no problem: this season we’re going to expose the player a little bit more and then we sell them’ – no, be realistic.

“You don’t want to sell the player. Try to avoid one more year with the problem inside, in the dressing room, expensive, not performing. Clean, take it out. Even, I’m sorry, if you have to pay. To leave is better. Because that guy is sometimes also blocking someone.”

The Brazilian added: “I know it hurts, I know it’s strange when I go to the board and say, ‘Sometimes it’s better to pay a player to leave, than maintain them’ But I consider it an investment. Sometimes people say, ‘It’s expensive’. I say, ‘No, it’s investment’. But someone will pay if you sell? No, guys – if the player is above 26, 27 and not performing, big salary, no chance.”

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Agent confirms Arsenal’s interest in defender likened to Liverpool’s Van Dijk

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Agent of Kenya international Joseph Okumu has confirmed interested from Arsenal and other clubs this summer transfer window.

Although Okumu has played down the possibility of a move this summer transfer window by insisting that he is ‘happy’ at KAA Gent.

Celtic have also been credited with interest in the defender who was likened to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

After 12 months in Belgium, Okumu may soon be ready to take another step up the footballing ladder.

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Agent says Arsenal, Dortmund and Celtic like Joseph Okumu “We have had informal interest from English side Arsenal and Scottish giants Celtic,” the 25-year-old’s representative said earlier in the summer.

“But German side Borussia Dortmund are the first side to make an official inquiry. He is open to a move if a proper agreement is reached.”

Okumu, however, was reluctant to give too much away when breaking his silence this week. The well-travelled, 6ft 4ins giant is in no rush to leave the Jupiler League so soon after arriving.

“I only think about (leaving) if there is an agreement between all parties,” Okumu says. “I rely on my agents for that.

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“So far, I’m just focusing on football. If anything becomes concrete, I’ll let you know. I’m still happy to be here. I’ll stay calm and see what happens.

“I’m playing right now and that’s fine for me.”

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Arteta finally reveals why William Saliba returned to Arsenal from Marseille

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has claimed that the reason why William Saliba found it easy to return to the Emirates Stadium after his loan spell at Marseille was because the defender has always wanted to return.

Saliba is just getting his debut at Arsenal after his £27 million move from Saint Etienne in 2019.

He was made to leave the club temporarily because he could not compete at that time.

However, that was not an issue for the France international as Arteta said the youngster made it clear that his priority was finally showing Arsenal what he could do.

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“The reality is he was very convinced and determined to come here,” said Arteta. “He had no other choice. He never suggested anything else. From the first conversations that we had with him you could see that he only had one intention, to come here and start to play football matches for Arsenal.”

Arteta was impressed. “The first impression was really positive,” the Arsenal manager said when asked whether he had seen the same composure and confidence that Saliba displayed at Selhurst Park on the Frenchman’s return to preseason training. “His body language, his presence and the confidence that he was acting with, he was very mature.”

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Arteta makes fresh claim on Arsenal’s current agenda before summer transfer window ends

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has claimed that the agenda and plan of the club at the moment is to move out players who are not in his plan before the end of the season.

The Gunners have undergone a huge squad overhaul this summer but from all indications, the club is not done as more players needed to leave the team to create some space for new players.

Arteta said, “Well, we had Bernd [Leno] and Lucas Torreira [as well as Pablo Mari]. There were a few – we had Flo Balogun going on loan as well.

“We’ve moved the squad a lot and we’re still willing to finalise the squad the way we want it. We could add something great but there are a few players that we need to find the right game time for as well. At the moment, that’s going to be difficult.”

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Arteta was also quizzed on Friday about Manchester City’s interest in Kieran Tierney.

He added, “No – and you know I’m not going to be commenting on individual cases.”

No doubt that more players are expected to join Arsenal before the end of the transfer window but that won’t happen until a level of space is created.

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Arteta asked to shun fans and hand this player a new contract at Arsenal

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He might not be the man of the fans but Alan Hutton has asked manager Mikel Arteta to hand Granit Xhaka a new contract that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium for more years

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa defender said the Swiss international is “crying out” for a new contract at Arsenal.

He added that the Spanish boss “trusts” Xhaka to play regularly in the Gunners’ midfield.

This could be after Mikel Arteta handed Granit Xhaka a starting role against Crystal Palace in the opening game of the season.

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However a decision has to be made as Xhaka has only has two years left on his contract at the Emirates.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Xhaka’s future, Hutton said: “Talk about crying out for a new deal.

“He’s been through some ups and downs at that club, it’s been well documented. We’ve seen it all but he’s showed great character to come back. It must have been really difficult for him.

“So he obviously loves the club, the fans are back onside and Arteta obviously trusts him because he plays. He plays regularly so he’s a main part of that midfield.

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“He’s a battler and you need players like that. I think he’s capable of losing his head one or two many times but he’s committed to the club.

“I think that’s somebody that’s looking for a long term deal to tie him down and he’s letting the club know he’s willing to listen if they’re going to offer him one.“

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