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Arsenal told why transfer miss is not a blow

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Former Italy international and Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano has told Dusan Vlahovic that his decision to snub Arsenal and sign for Juventus was “sensationally wrong”

Dusan Vlahovic was the top target for Arsenal with their North London rivals Tottenham also making moves to snap him up.

The search for Dusan Vlahovic became necessary after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fallout with manager Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium.

The player wasn’t convinced about Arsenal and had to decide for Italian giants Juventus.

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However, Cassano believes the Gunners would have been a better option for Vlahovic, who is a “second-tier player” despite scoring 17 goals in 21 games for La Viola this season before completing his £66.6million transfer on Friday, with Arsenal heavily linked earlier in the January window.

“Juventus will not change with Allegri, neither next year nor in ten years,” the ex- Roma, AC Milan and Inter forward said on Christian Vieiri ‘s Twitch channel, Bobo TV, via Metro.

“In my opinion, [Vlahovic’s decision] is sensationally wrong. For the type of player I think he is he needed to make an intermediate step to a team like Arsenal, Tottenham [Hotspur], or Sevilla, who signed [Anthony] Martial.

“For me, you know, he has always been a second-tier player.”

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Journalist reveals the club Mykhaylo Mudryk wants to join

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CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has made it clear that Mykhaylo Mudryk is more interested in a move to Arsenal as he is impressed by Mikel Arteta’s style of play.

A number of top European clubs have identified Mykhaylo Mudryk as their targets but words from the winger, having learnt of interest from Arsenal suggests he is keen on a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Mudryk makes it to the Gunners shortlist as he is being tipped to be the best option for the club in January.

Although, the North London outfit must be willing to pay hugely for the winger as his stocks have risen.

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Jacobs believes Arsenal could yet be able to bring in the youngster for a considerably lower figure of £56m – and that there certainly seems to be a willingness on the player’s side.

Jacobs told GiveMeSport: “From Mudryk’s point of view, he wants Arsenal, it’s as simple as that.

“He said that many times, including directly to me in an interview that I did about two months ago, he said he can’t say no to Arsenal.

“He’s spoken directly with Zinchenko, his countryman; he’s very impressed by Mikel Arteta and the style that the team play.”

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Presented with two midfielders, Arsenal told who to pick and sign

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Arsenal have been handed the suggestion of either signing Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice as the club is keen on a midfielder ahead of the January transfer window.

Of lately, Jude Bellingham has been linked away from Borussia Dortmund and there are indications that he could leave in 2023 with the Gunners being linked.

However, former Gunners man Kevin Campbell said his old side should go for Rice if they have to choose between the two.

He told The Highbury Squad: “I truly believe this is the truth. If you are going to pay £100m, who would you buy? Would you buy Bellingham or would you buy Rice?

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“I’d buy Rice. All day long. Bellingham is good and he is younger.

“But the game Rice has is perfect for what we have or what we are going to need. I am thinking he is a natural successor to Thomas Partey, who does things in a different way, but he can control a game himself, like Bellingham.”

Meanwhile, Man United are also keen on the signature of the Borussia Dortmund youngster as manager Erik ten Hag is also working hard to stabilize his team ahead of the second half of the season.

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Journalist confirms one deal Arsenal will definitely strike in January

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Charles Watts has confirmed that Arsenal will attempt bro bring in a midfielder in the January winter transfer window.

Manager Mikel Arteta has already made it clear that the club will attempt to make some signings in January so as to add depth to the squad.

Reports claim that the Gunners will attempt to bring in a midfielder and a winger with Shakhtar Donetsk winger, Myhaylo Mudryk, Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans and Palmeries star Danilo all linked.

Watts has now confirmed that the North London outfit have a serious interest in Danilo. He said on his YouTube channel.

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“I believe Arsenal did actually make a bid for him towards the end of the summer transfer window and were told in no uncertain terms: look, it’s not happening now.

“Now, that may well change in January because Palmeiras are in a position now where they can start looking at accepting offers, potentially, and Arsenal will be doing a lot of groundwork when it comes to him.

“They’ve been talking to the club, been talking to their representatives for a long, long time. Everyone kind of knows where everyone stands in that situation, but it’s just a case [of] firming up that interest.”

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Arsenal, United target told the club he should join

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Should Arsenal and Man United target Cody Gakpo listen to the advice of former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel, he would be heading to the Anfield to join the Reds.

This is as Babel urged the in-form forward to join Liverpool if he to make a choice.

Although, the former Liverpool star noted that Arsenal would be a perfect choice to make at the moment.

Babel believes Gakpo needs to take a range of factors into consideration when deciding his next club.

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He told The Athletic: ‘You see him linked to clubs in England, such as Manchester United. Everyone has the right price so let’s see how he develops in the tournament. He has shown enough quality that he is ready for the next step, whether it’s in January or next summer.

‘As a Liverpool fan, I would tell him to go to Liverpool if they make an approach! Arsenal would also be an incredible team for him, with the current manager and the project that they’re building. He has to follow his heart.

‘When you are a young Dutch player, it is flattering to be linked to big clubs in England, but going from the Dutch league to the Premier League is a big step. Not every player is able to adapt and able to survive in the Premier League.

‘There are a lot of players who are written as the next star, then they go to the Premier League and they can’t cope. Dutch mentality is different to English mentality, and you have to learn a new set of rules.

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‘In terms of pace, physicality, and the different game styles both you and the opponent will play week-to-week. Also the travelling, the preparation, it’s a lot to deal with.

‘When I went to Liverpool in my twenties it was like a whole new world opened. In Holland, when I was at Ajax I still lived at home with my parents and then not only was I living abroad but living by myself too.

‘It was hard not to lag behind, learning the rules of Liverpool and the English culture and the Premier League as a whole. If I was to advise Gakpo, I would say, “Choose your next club based on their style of playing.”

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Arsenal, United told how much they will now pay for target who’s firing at the World Cup

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Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has given Arsenal and Man United a hint of how much they will have to pay to sign PSV star Cody Gakpo.

Gakpo has been on the list of the two Premier League sides for the past months but with his firing form with Netherlands at the World Cup, he is tipped to have increased in value.

Joe Cole, however noted that the forward would be worth the investment.

‘He has [put his name out there],’ Cole told ITV following Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Qatar.

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‘I know there have been scouts watching him, he has come to the tournament and he is fearless. Great movement for the goal and fantastic finishing. He is going to be on everyone’s wish list.

Asked by former Netherlands international Nigel de Jong if he would pay £80m for Gakpo, Cole added: ‘I would, 100 per cent.

‘Because he’s young, we know there is value in youth, if he doesn’t quite work out you are going to cut your losses elsewhere but he looks like the real deal.

‘I know it’s Qatar, I know it’s not one of the strongest nations but against Ecuador he scored, against Senegal he scored, he is affects the game and players who affect the game, that is where the value is.

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‘I really like him, I have liked what I have seen at PSV and I am pretty sure there will be some offers on the door at PSV in January.’

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Gabriel Jesus sends message to critics before return from World Cup

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Gabriel Jesus has told his critics that his lack of goals in recent games should not be something to worry about.

This is as he assured that he will score goals when he returns from the World Cup with Brazil in Qatar.

The former Man City star who spearheaded Arsenal’s resurgence this season, has just five league goals to his name and he is yet to score since October 1st.

Speaking to Apostagolos after Brazil’s 1-0 win over Switzerland on Monday evening, Jesus insisted that his lack of goals did not matter, saying: ‘Of course I’m the player who should score every now and then, I’m here for the goals.

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‘When I’m on the field I try to score, but I also try to help. When we win, I’m happy too. To be honest, I’m not thinking about that. If I get a chance, I’ll score. I’m sure.

‘No, I don’t think [my finishing is a problem]. We can talk about finishing, but the most appropriate thing is to talk about the chances I had. It’s different football here and at Arsenal.

‘Even though I had a few chances and I lost, I’m sure it’s not about submitting. I started the season so well and nobody was asking about it. But it’s not a problem. I’ll kick the ball into the net soon and I won’t stop again.’

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Arsenal told the player that can help them save millions from signing Youri Tielemans

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Arsenal have been told that they have a youngster who can deliver good performance and there will be no need to sign Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans with millions again.

The Gunners have a need for a midfielder as they want to press for the Premier League title and have identified Youri Tielemans as a good fit.

However, the Gunners have an option in Catalin Cirjan who is impressing for the U21s this season, with Mehmet Ali’s side sitting top of Premier League 2.

The Romanian youth international, aged 19 has been in brilliant form this season and has recently offered a goalscoring threat from midfield.

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He has now added goal scoring to his game, scoring two goals on Saturday in a 4-1 win over Swansea, and also netted in a 2-1 win over Monaco and 3-1 win over Everton.

Writing on Instagram after the victory over Swansea at the weekend, the youngster said: “4-1 win against Swansea. Happy to score 2 goals!” Cirjan is highly thought of at Arsenal and was named on the bench for four of the Gunners’ Europa League group stage fixtures.

The highly-rated young Romanian midfielder joined the Gunners from Vitorul Domnesti in July 2019 he is expected to called upon for a first team duty anytime soon.

He is versatile to be able to fit in as either a No.10 or a central midfielder, Cirjan is still getting back to his best after suffering his second serious knee injury of his career in April 2021.

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Howbeit, the decision is left for manager Mikel Arteta to make.

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Pundit reveals ‘secret’ talks between Shakhtar Donetsk and Arsenal

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CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed that the talks held secretly between Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk over the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk is different from what is being reported.

According to him, Shakhtar Donetsk have been reported to be asking for a fee within the region of £100 million but Private talks between both parties say otherwise.

He Arsenal could bring in Mykhaylo Mudryk for £56m, despite recent report by The Athletic that Mudryk has an £88m price tag slapped on him by his current employers, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano has suggested that the Gunners have had ‘very positive’ discussions with the player’s representatives.

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Ben Jacobs told GiveMeSport: “There is some gamesmanship going on here. Publicly, Shakhtar are starting to say €100m, but privately, I’m told by sources at the club that €60-65m is a viable number that they might consider selling Mudryk for.

“That’s good news from Arsenal and other suitors’ perspectives that his price has risen, but not quite to €100m – at least not privately, despite what Shakhtar may say in public.

“We wait and see whether clubs feel that is market value or whether they try and play hardball. If they do leave it until the summer, there’s a chance that the price will go down a little bit further.”

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