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Campbell hails Arsenal for important transfer decision

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`Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has hailed the Gunners for the decision to let go of Matteo Guendouzi on a loan deal.

Matteo Guendouzi fell out with manager Mikel Arteta and has not been able to establish himself at the club again. There was no room for him and the club had to send him out on a loan deal to the Ligue 1 to continue his development.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker claimed the 22-year-old “had a problem” with Mikel Arteta and needed to be moved on this summer.

The North London outfit had on Tuesday that the centre-midfielder has joined Marseille on loan for the 2021-22 campaign

The loan deal includes an obligation-to-buy for £12 million if Guendouzi plays a certain amount of games.

He has two years remaining on his contract at the Emirates but the Gunners must cash in from his sale at the end of the day.

Campbell claimed £12 million is not a bad price for the France Under-21 international in the current financial climate.

“It does sound pretty cheap but when you think about the current financial situation in football it makes sense,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“A lot of teams don’t have the money. Only Premier League clubs have money right now. European clubs who have lots of money are few and far between.

“Guendouzi had a problem with the manager so you have to get him out of the club. His attitude wasn’t right.

“Yes, £12million is not ideal but you have got to get him off the books.”

Meanwhile, the player on his move to Marseille took a swipe at Arsenal for their lack of Champions League football.

Speaking on his move, He said “It gives me immense pride to be at Marseille,” Guendouzi told the club’s official site. “I am very happy to have come here, very happy to be in a big club, a big, historic club like Marseille.”

“I am very happy to be at Marseille today,” he continued. “Marseille are one of the biggest European clubs. We know that very well.

“They have already won the Champions’ League. That is not the case for everyone. There are many who would like to have had it.”

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Arsenal keen on signing Aaron Ramsdale

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English Premier League club, Arsenal are reportedly keen on the signature of Aaron Ramsdale to bring in competition for Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

TalkSPORT pundit Trevor Sinclair reckons it would be a “great move” for the 23-year-old as Arsenal will be helped with two top goalkeepers in the team.

He also feels Arsenal should’ve never got to this point by selling Emiliano Martinez as they plot to snap up a £30million bid for Ramsdale.

“Listen, I don’t get it,” Sinclair told talkSPORT on Wednesday.

“We’ve said before, Emi Martinez going to Villa – why? He was playing superbly well for Arsenal.

“They’ve allowed their best keeper to leave and now they are chasing their tail trying to get someone in to give competition for Leno.

“I just don’t understand how Arsenal is being run as a football club. For me, that Emi Martinez one should have never gone through.

“I know he wanted to play, but let those two goalkeepers play it out for the No.1 jersey and keep it honest.

“They’ve not done it and they’ve let him go and he has been superb at Villa.

“I think for Aaron Ramsdale, that will be a great move for him. It’s a huge club Arsenal and it is quite a big fee.”

Meanwhile, as Alex Crook told talkSPORT that Arsenal are now going ‘all in’ for Sheffield United goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale.

“It is my understanding that Arsenal have made the Sheffield United keeper their number one target,” said Crook.

“They have been linked with Sam Johnstone as well.

“But it’s all in now for Aaron Ramsdale. I am told that they have two bids rejected for the former Bournemouth goalkeeper. They are lining up a third.

“The fee could be as much as £30 million. That would be music to the ears of Bournemouth because they have a sell-on clause.”

Ramsdale has made 44 appearances for Sheffield United since joining them from Bournemouth in 2020.

He played in all 38 Premier League games for his club, but couldn’t prevent them from suffering relegation.

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Ray Parlour talks up missed Arsenal target

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Ray Parlour has a lot to say about Arsenal target Alexander Isak who has now signed a new deal at Spanish La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.

Alexander Isak, who has scored 33 goals in 89 appearances for Spanish side Sociedad, featured in all four of Sweden’s Euro 2020 matches, helping them reach the last 16 stage before losing to Ukraine.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed great form for his club and country, the reason why he has attracted interest from Premier League clubs and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was keen to add depth to his squad at the Emirates following a disappointing season.

Parlour told Gambling.com: ‘I like Alexander Isak from Sweden.

“Going forward, he’s been excellent, he’s pacey, has really good feet, a bit of strength and very direct.

“He’s been the one that has stood out for me so far in the tournament. He’s a young man with a lot of potential.

Ray Parlour was impressed by Isak during Sweden’s Euro 2020 campaign, the reason why he had all the good words for the player.

“I’ve heard he has another release clause in his contract, whether Arsenal will look at that I don’t know, but he’s one player who has really caught my eye even though they’ve gone out now.

“He looked really lively in all their games and he’s not scared to get the ball and take on players.

“I’ve been impressed with him. He’s got lots of attributes and maybe Arsenal will take a look at him as a potential player to bring in.”

Howbeit the North London outfit has confirmed the signatures of signing Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and are expected to do more signings before the end of the window.

Brighton defender Ben White is believed to be the next to join up at the Emirates Stadium as it is understood that a fee has been agreed upon between the two clubs.

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Ray Parlour advice Arsenal on how to get back to winning ways

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English Premier League club, Arsenal have been told by their legend, Ray Parlour how to get back to winning ways after a disappointing last season.

The Gunners have had a fair share of the summer transfer window with the signings of Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and it is understood that they are set to confirm the signing Ben White from Brighton.

Arsenal are believed to be on the lookout for a number of other signings this summer as Arteta gears up for his second full season in charge at the club.

However, Ray Parlour said for the North London outfit to be able to compete for any title and return to top-four finish next season, they must make at least, two or three more signings this summer.

Speaking to talkSPORT, as quoted by Metro, Parlour said: “I think they need another striker. I think they need another midfielder, alongside [Thomas] Partey.

“I think they need another player who’s mobile in there. And defensively you could argue that they need a right back, [Hector] Bellerin is talked about that he could move on.

“There is a lot of hard work to do, it’s not easy to find these players if you’re going to be successful.”

The Gunners finished in eighth place and without a trophy last season. They also failed to qualify for any of the European competitions, the first time in many years.

Mikel Arteta is on a mission of returning the club back to winning ways and has identified young and talented players to carry out the task of bouncing back from a disappointing last season.

It would be recalled that the North London club have not won the title since 2004 and they will kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to face newly-promoted Brentford on 13 August.

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