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Arsenal suffering major setback in race to sign sensational £13m sensational defender

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Arsenal are facing big setback as Brentford have gone ahead in the race to sign Scottish sensation Aaron Hickey.

Hickey, 19, has been on an upward curve since joining Bologna in 2020, scoring five goals in 35 appearances for the Serie A side this season as a defender.

Brentford are understood to now favourites to sign the full-back in a £13million deal despite interest from fellow Premier League club Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, failure to secure a place in the Champions League next season is expected to damage Arteta’s ability to attract and fund signings this summer.

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Speaking after his side’s setback at Newcastle, the Spaniard was evidently frustrated to hand a massive advantage to Tottenham in the top-four race.

He said: ‘It’s a really tough night. Normally, I can sit here and I can defend, but what we’ve done today, it’s not easy.

‘Newcastle were one hundred times better than us in every department from the beginning to the end and it’s hard to accept to accept, but you have to accept it and that’s the reality of what happened today on that pitch.

‘We knew (what was at stake), but we didn’t cope with it. We didn’t compete, we never got into the game, we put ourselves in trouble time after time, we lost every duel. Every aspect of the game we were second best.’

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Liverpool given reasons why they should beat Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea, for signature of EPL star

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Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has urged Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to enter the race for Brazilian winger Raphinha, who has been strongly linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona.

Raphinha is understood to be on his way out of Leeds but has been urged in his destination as he is one of the hottest in the current transfer window.

‘My message to Liverpool is, “Go on, get in there and get him, and future proof for the prospect of Mohamed Salah leaving in a year,’ Collymore told the Daily Mirror.

‘If Jurgen Klopp can show the boy how to play with more tactical discipline, the Reds will have one hell of a potential threat down the left or right with a promise of goals if he stays high up the pitch rather than drifting.

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‘I look at Chelsea and think they are all right for that kind of player, they have good players left and right.

‘People will say that if you can hone his talent and skills, he can give you the same ‘Wow!’ factor , or at least a similar one, to Eden Hazard, even though they’re different players. But I just don’t see him as an automatic pick there.

‘With Arsenal, he would go there and carry on in the same vein as he plays at Leeds, where I don’t think he is as tactically aware as I’d like him to be, a lot of what he does is off the cuff.

‘But if you’re looking at Klopp and what he has done with Salah and Sadio Mane then he could do the same with Raphinha.

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‘If Liverpool, on the back of good business with Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho, were to get Raphinha and tell him to watch Salah for the next year, not only will he learn but it would also put Mo under a nice bit of pressure to make him think, ‘Am I going to stay or am I going to go?’

‘Nobody is comparing Raphinha to Salah because you can’t compare anyone to Salah. But he has rapid pace, amazing skills and ability, and he can be polished to score more goals and get more assists.

‘If Klopp can do that then, all of a sudden, by this time next year, Liverpool could have an all-new front three and it will be as if people have blinked and not even noticed, which would be amazing.’

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Arsenal are as good as signed Gabriel Jesus, see reasons

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It would be safe to state that Arsenal are good as signed Gabriel Jesus from Man City even though it has not been confirmed by both parties.

The Brazilian has a year left in his contract with City but with the coming of Erling Haaland, he has decided to part ways with the club for more playing time.

Gabriel Jesus is top on the list for Mikel Arteta and efforts are made by the Gunners to sign him.

However, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are keen to snap up the deal and sign the attacker ahead of Arsenal but the Gunners have held their grip and have continued to lead in the race.

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Reports also confirm that the striker has preferred to join Arsenal ahead of other suitors.

His relationship with Mikel Arteta while they both worked together at Etihad Stadium has also helped him to consider a move to Arsenal ahead of other suitors.

Howbeit, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has iced the transfer saga by confirming that Arsenal have finally reached an agreement with Man City for the signature of the striker.

He added that personal terms will now be decided for the Gunners to seal a £45 million move to the Emirates Stadium.

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His tweet reads “Arsenal and Manchester City have reached full verbal agreement today for Gabriel Jesus. Deal in place after new meeting – been told guaranteed fee is £45m.

Arsenal are now working on personal terms with Gabriel’s camp – final step to get the deal completed very soon.

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Pundit faults Arsenal transfer business despite confirmed deals already

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Former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie laments that Arsenal do not have the needed experienced players in their team as they should have.

Frank McAvennie also noted that from the signings so far, the team still have a lot to do because experience is highly needed in the season.

This is as he urged the North London outfit to immediately conclude the signature of Gabriel Jesus from Man City, noting that the 25-year-old could easily score 20-goals per season for Mikel Arteta’s side.

When asked if he thought Jesus would fit in at the Emirates, McAvennie told Football Insider: “I think he could fit in anywhere.

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“I think he’d be a good signing if he went to Arsenal, I think that’s the kind of player the fans want. He can score goals for fun.

“He would be their 20-goals a season man easily because his movement is great, and he knows where to go. He’s banging in goals left, right and centre.

“So I think if Jesus came in it would be great. Sometimes you’ve got to just shoot, 15, 20 yards out you just have to shoot. Let the strikers get the rebounds.

“If I was an Arsenal fan I would want some experience coming in, somebody that can walk into the dressing room and just take over.

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“They’ve not got any big players now – they’ve not got [Patrick] Vieira, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Thierry Henry, these boys just oozed quality and class. That’s the kind of players I would like Arsenal to bring in and that’s the kind of players I think Arsenal should be bringing in.

“They’ve got enough players with potential, they should be bringing in ready-made, experienced players.”

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Fans receive bashing for criticizing Nketiah’s new deal, Jersey 14

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Gabby Agbonlahor has blasted “stupid” critics of Eddie Nketiah’s new after he took the famous number 14 shirt at Arsenal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker insisted times have moved on from Thierry Henry and Nketiah must back himself to thrive under the pressure.

“It will add a bit of pressure but I like it,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“He’s bold in doing that. There have been players in other clubs like Joelinton who had the nine shirt, Alan Shearer’s number, at Newcastle and didn’t like the pressure so he changed. Some players can handle it, some can’t.

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“You’re using Thierry Henry’s number but that was 16 or 17 years ago the last time he wore it, maybe longer. You can’t think ‘I’m not going to wear that shirt’.

“Harry Winks wears number eight for Spurs, Gazza’s number.

“I don’t think it matters. The shirt’s available, you back yourself, you’re young, still improving, why can’t you wear it?

” I don’t see the issue and I don’t think Arsenal fans will see the issue. Times move on. There’s nobody else who you think should have that 14 shirt.

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“Anybody who’s commented on it saying he shouldn’t have it is stupid, to be honest.”

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Arsenal fans given reasons to be excited about Fabio Vieira’s signing even before watching him

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Lille defender Jose Fonte has asked Arsenal fans to get excited with the signature of Fabio Vieira even before watching him player.

This is as the defender backed Fabio Vieira for big things at the Emirates Stadium in the coming season.

Vieira moved to the North London outfit from FC Porto earlier this week for a fee of €40m.

He was a surprise signing as the move was not known to the media until it was about to happen.

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Speaking to talkSPORT, however, former West Ham and Southampton defender Fonte gave his verdict on the deal.

“He’s a very exciting young player who is very talented on the ball and intelligent,” said Fonte.

“Arsenal fans should be very excited because he’s the sort of player that they’ll like and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the Premier League.”

Meanwhile Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta also hailed Fabio Vieira as a great addition to his team.

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“I am very excited that we have identified and signed such a special talent.” Mikel Arteta told Arsenal Media

“Fabio is a very creative player that will bring high quality and versatility to our attacking play. We welcome Fabio and his family to our club and are looking forward to starting work with him ahead of the new season.”

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Pundit shocks fans with hints about Nuno Tavares’ Arsenal future

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Football pundit Noel Whelan has shocked the fans by stating that Nuno Tavares still has a long-term future at Arsenal and will not leave the club permanently.

While noting that the defender can leave on loan this summer, a permanent move will not be considered.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League forward insisted Tavares needs to find consistent form after a “mixed” debut campaign for Arsenal in 2021-22.

“A loan move shows that there’s not too much faith in a player,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“If you are allowing him to move out on loan, that says to me you’re not overly confident that he can give you what you want in the Premier League in the first team, that’s just a given.

“Maybe a loan move is best for the player to build his confidence back up as it was a mixed bag of performances. Some were very good, some were very questionable.

“Arteta saw that. He frustrated him at times because he could see what he could do one week then we saw the worst of him the next week, there was no consistency in performances.

“That’s the question mark that hangs over him. If he can put a string of really good performances together at Marseille and shows his ability consistently then he might have an opportunity next season at Arsenal.

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“For now, I think it just proves that he’s not done enough to convince Arteta he is number one choice for a full-back role, it’s not going to happen I think.

“They are doing the right thing, they are not wasting any time, they’re being open and honest and allowing him to get some regular football somewhere else.”

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Mikel Arteta and Conte for another battle after Liverpool hero tells Madrid star to join Arsenal or Tottenham

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Liverpool hero Steve McManaman has asked Marco Asensio to consider making a move to the EPL and join either Arsenal or Tottenham, where he would strive.

This obviously leaves Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and Antonio Conte’s Tottenham with another transfer battle.

McManaman, who spent four years at Real Madrid, said Asensio could become a key player at Arsenal or Tottenham and says his game would ‘suit’ the Premier League.

‘I believe Arsenal or Tottenham would be a good next move for Marcos Asensio,’ former Liverpool and Real Madrid star McManaman told HorseRacing.net.

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‘I think he would suit the Premier League. He’s a good player. He definitely needs to play more. That goes without saying.

‘Isco’s leaving. Marcelo’s left. Gareth Bale’s left. I think Real Madrid are just trying to take stock a little bit. It wouldn’t surprise me if they bought somebody else.

‘They may need a forward. They’ve got Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, but they probably need Asensio as well at this moment in time.

‘If they are to let him leave, I think they’ll bring somebody else in. They haven’t got enough forwards to let people go.

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‘He’s an excellent player, he’s just not hit the heights at Madrid as he did when he burst into the team. He probably hasn’t progressed enough for them.

‘So he hasn’t really nailed down a starting position for himself. It’ll be interesting to see what he does. Real Madrid are sometimes happy to let players run down their contracts and leave on a free.

‘They may just say “stay until the end of the season, then you can go”. It will be surprising if they let him go now without bringing somebody in, it really would.

‘The way he plays, I think Tottenham or Arsenal would suit him. You don’t want to be disrespectful to teams like Newcastle, but they’re still a work in progress.

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‘I think the better a team he goes for, would help Asensio. I don’t think he’s a player that you could stick in that Newcastle team at the moment and hope that he’s going to beat ten men and score loads of goals.

‘He’s not that type of player. I think he’s more suited to a well-rounded team. Tottenham and Arsenal; teams that are around the top of the league and play that style of football.’

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What Eddie Nketiah said in his ‘challenge’ message to Gabriel Jesus

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Eddie Nketiah, in a message, warned potential new Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Jesus that he will ‘relish the challenge’ of extra competition and is ready to fight to keep his starting role.

Gabriel Jesus is top on Arsenal agenda as Mikel Arteta’s number one transfer priority this summer is to sign a striker that would replace both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Asked about the prospect of Arsenal bringing in a new striker, Nketiah told the Telegraph: ‘Every team needs a squad to compete. The club is always looking for ways to strengthen.

‘They have extended my deal and they have done that for a reason.

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‘Whoever comes in, you relish the challenge. You make them feel welcome, and then you fight and compete.’

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old bagged 10 goals in all competitions – getting on the scoresheet every 113 minutes last season, despite his lack of playing time.

But in comparison, Jesus, who is two years older, netted 13 times in all competitions for City last season, as well as laying on 11 assists, averaging a goal involvement every 107 minutes.

Eddie Nketiah has been awarded a new long-term contract because of his performance last season while the iconic 14 Jersey, previously worn by Thierry Henry was handed to him.

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