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English Premier League outfit Arsenal are monitoring AC Milan star Franck Kessie and could make a move for him in the coming summer transfer window.

The Gunners face a battle for his signature against their North London rivals Tottenham after watching the Ivory Coast international impress in Serie A.

The Italian Serie A outfit were earlier seeking the sum of £45 million for the signature of Franck Kessie but it is believed that they could come down on the fee to have him available at a cheaper price. A fee within the region of £23 million could be enough to convince him of a move away from the San Siro in the summer.

The 23-year-old has a running deal with the Serie A giants till June 2022 but AC Milan are hopeful of securing a renewal after enjoying his service and being aware of the several interests in his services.

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Kessie only joined AC Milan three years ago on loan from Atalanta before the move became permanent for £21.6 million in July 2019. He has played in every match since play restarted in Italy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is feared he might be tempted away any time soon.

However, Kessie seems not to be keen on leaving AC Milan despite learning of the interests in his signature. He said “I have never even thought of leaving the club and no one here asked me to do so. Wearing this shirt, which is like a second skin to me, is a source of pride for me and my family.”

“Was I close to leaving in January? Only journalists thought this, not me and the club. No one, from the president to the coach, told me to leave. I will respect my contract until the end,”

His words have been backed by AC Milan director Paolo Maldini who claimed that Franck Kessie is unwilling to leave and will extend his stay at the club.

“As a player and captain I was uncompromising, but many of my footballing certainties in these two and a half years as a manager have been demolished,”

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“I talk about how to build a team and how to manage it. Sometimes a caress is needed, sometimes we need more than a reproach, we are not all the same. I have learned that in recent months. Franck has shown his love for Milan. He wants to bring this club back to the top, like so many others here in the club.”

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Long-term target reminding Mikel Artea of his potential with his last game

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Long-term Arsenal target Houssem Aouar seems to be reminding manager Mikel Arteta of his potentials with another goal for Lyon this weekend.

Recall that the North London outfit made an attempt to land the creative midfielder but an agreement was not reached with the French Ligue 1 side before Arsenal went ahead to sign Thomas Partey.

The French man has now scored his fourth goal in 14 games from central midfield this season and there is no doubt that he is loving life in France but a deal to Arsenal would have been appreciated as well.

However, it is yet to be seen if Arsenal will be attracted to Houssem Aouar anymore, especially with the presence of Emile Smith Row in the team and Martin Odegaard.

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Both young lads seems to have filled the vacant space in the midfield and have continued to develop under manager Mikel Arteta.

With the new project that involves young players, it is almost impossible for the Spanish boss to make a call to the French midfielder anymore.

Arsenal have gone a number of games without a defeat and Mikel Arteta will be hoping that it continues so as to get the team back in the Champions League.

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It might be too early but Smith Rowe makes big claim over future at Arsenal

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Life seems to be good at the Emirates Stadium as Emile Smith Rowe has revealed that he wants to be at Arsenal forever.

The 21-year old midfielder only signed a new five-year contract with the Gunners last season but he is satisfied with the experience so far and wants to enjoy it until the end of his career.

He told the Evening Standard that “I’d love to be here forever”.

“I hope so, I definitely hope so.”

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He continued by saying: “If Arsenal want me for the rest of my career, then I am going to stay here forever. It’s always difficult to stay at one club for your career, but for me personally I’d love to be here forever.”

Emile Smith Rowe was one of the goalscorers against Aston Villa on Friday night as he continues to establish himself as an important Arsenal player

Recall that he was a top target for Aston Villa at the start of the summer transfer window but Arsenal insisted that he would nto be sold.

Arteta has identified Emile Smith Rowe as a major part of the club’s future and he is also happy that the young lad is paying back the trust in him.

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Arsenal establish contact with 35-goal Super striker

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English Premise League club, Arsenal have reportedly made enquire about Super Eagles and KRC Genk forward Paul Onuachu.

The North London side are looking to improve their attack, especially with reports that Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah could be sold anytime soon. Newcastle United are reportedly interested in the service of the former French striker.

Onuachu has an impeccable record in front of goal over the past 18 months, having scored an astonishing 35 goals for Genk last season to alert some of Europe’s biggest clubs of his abilities.

He was unable to secure a move away from Belgium last summer but he has put that disappointment behind him and has notched 11 goals already this term.

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Now he is attracting a number of interests from clubs in England and Spain. Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested in the services of the Nigerian international.

However, the North London outfit has lined up Fiorentina’s striking sensation Dusan Vlahovic as an option.

Manager Mikel Arteta has already given the hint that the club’s transfer activities will continue in the summer transfer window, especially after Edu claimed that the club is on a project and a lot is being invested to ensure the project becomes a reality.

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What Wenger said in 2012 that is helping Mikel Arteta and will continue to help him

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Mikel Arteta took everyone by surprise again by playing out the 4-4-2 formation against Aston Villa on Friday night and it was really helpful as it helped his team to score and press high.

The Gunners came out of that game with a 3-1 win.

Now that the formation looks perfect for him, the words of legendary manager Arsene Wenger has been recalled that will help Mikel Arteta going forward in the usage of the 4-4-2 formation.

“The 4-4-2 formation is the formation that is the best suited to the dimension of the football pitch,” the legendary former Gunners manager told FIFA TV back in 2012.

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“Why? Because 60 per cent of your team – that means the two central defenders, the two central midfielders and the two strikers – cover naturally 60 per cent of the surface of the pitch.

“40 per cent – that means the two wide players on each side – four players cover 40 percent of the pitch. That means it is rationally and mathematically the best-suited system to cover in a rational way the surface of a football pitch.”

However, MIkel Arteta has been asked if he had found the ‘perfect’ system. He said “We were trying a formation against what we thought they were going to do – what we believed could work,” the Spaniard said in his post-match press conference.

“Then it’s down to the players to execute it, and they did really well.”

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Gael Clichy hints at what Aubameyang will do to Arsenal this season

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Former Arsenal defender, Gael Clichy has claimed that the good goalscroing form by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will help the gunners to have a better outing this season.

Aubameyang struggled for goals last season but it is a different story already this term as he has started on a good note so far.

Should this continue, Gael Clichy says he will be of help to Arsenal this season.

“The striker position is a very difficult one because only if you are [Lionel] Messi or [Cristiano] Ronaldo can you take the ball from your own half and dribble past five or six players and score,” Clichy said as quoted by Metro.

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“You always need your teammates around as a striker. Obviously, his form wasn’t great because you need to score goals as a striker.

“I am happy for him because he is a great guy and he has got quality and he is only outnumbered by Salah who is in top form and is probably one of the best players in Europe right now. That speaks for itself.

“Arsenal will need Aubameyang scoring a lot of goals to have a great season. But again, it’s important that you keep your players in the right position and Aubameyang offers you so much when he’s down the middle rather than on the wings.”

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Two players almost confirmed to leave Arsenal next summer

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From every indications, Dinos Mavropanos and Matteo Guendouzi are set to leave Arsenal in the summer as they are no longer needed by manager Mikel Arteta.

The duo have been away from the club but are expected to complete permanent moves away from the club this summer.

There is a rebuilding at the Emirates Stadium which includes players with future and a considerable age. The duo are both within the rage range but landing a space at the club is almost impossible at the moment.

Mavropanos, the 23-year-old centre-back, was nominated Bundesliga Rookie of the Month in February but the precence of Ben White makes it difficult for him to return. Stuttgart paid a €500,000 loan fee for Mavropanos and have an obligation to buy him for €3million (£2.5m) next summer.

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“In both cases we would have the chance to take him. I think it’s relatively clear what’s going to happen to him,” said Stuttgart’s Sven Mislintat.

Meanwhile, Guendouzi’s €11m (£9.5m) permanent option will be triggered by Marseille should the French giants avoid relegation this season.

Hertha’s coach Pal Dardai described him as ‘rebellious’ and likened his behaviour to that of someone of a much younger age.

“It’s like he’s in puberty sometimes, rebellious,” he said. “You have to know where the limit is. He has to learn, learn like a beast.”

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While their exit is as good as confirmed, events in the coming months could lead to a change of situation.

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Why Arsenal’s new formation is bad news for Martin Odegaard

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Arsenal manager saw his enjoy good football and drove home with three points against Newcastle United on Friday night.

Pundits attributed this new stride to the formation used by manager Mikel Arteta which will be bad news for Martin Odegaard as he might not be favoured for a starting role and regular playing time.

Arteta has rarely played with a 4-4-2 formation against Aston Villa but with Alexandre Lacazette dropping deep, it became 4-4-1-1 and it seemed to work wonders.

This helped the Gunners to easily score more goals and played with high intensity for 90 mins. It will not be a surprise if Mikel Arteta continues with this formation.

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However, it is bad news for Martin Odegaard because Alexandre Lacazette will now have more of the opportunity and could land more playing time at the detriment of the former Real Madrid player.

This is obviously not the initial plan for the player by manager Mikel Arteta especially after looking forward to his return to the club on a permanent deal and working hard to make it happen.

Recall that Arteta was clearly delighted when the £35million deal was announced.

Asked what Odegaard can bring, the Spaniard said: “A lot of things that he brought last season. He made us better, we needed more options and alternatives for creativity.

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“He is still a really young man but he has huge experiences in clubs already and has unique talents for the way we want to play so I am really pleased the club have made the effort.”

Sadly, there won’t be a place for Odegaard in a 4-4-2 formation.

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Arsenal could hurt Newcastle plans unknowingly

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With the new takeover at Newcastle, the new owners are already dreaming of becoming one of the biggest teams in the Premier League.

While restructuring is inevitable, they also have the money to spend for the recruitment of the best coaches, players and backroom staff.

Former Arsenal player, Marc Overmas is one of the major target for the new Newcastle United owners because of the great job he did with Ajax and how much of impact it has made.

Reports claim that he has been penciled down to be brought to the club but his relationship with Arsenal could halt this dream.

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Van der Vaart had earlier hinted that Overmars would prefer a move to Arsenal ahead of Newcastle, a development that could hurt the new owners.

Speaking to Ziggo Sport, Van der Vaart said “He is doing so well that everyone wants him,” Van der Vaart said. “I think it’s great what they’ve been doing for years, with Edwin van der Sar together. It doesn’t surprise me.

“Maybe it’s a nice challenge at Newcastle United, but I think he’d much rather go to Arsenal. He has more of a reputation there, a connection, but I don’t think he’s going to do this.”

Ex-Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt also said: “I understand the interest from Newcastle. If you see what Marc Overmars has done for Ajax, with his buying and selling policy, I think he has learned a lot at Ajax in a way.

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“He has done a fantastic job. I don’t think there is a better person for the position. The question is: is he going to make profit for a club that is going to spend millions?”

However, Newcastle United are yet to make any official contact with Marc Overmas and it is yet to be seen if he will accept the offer.

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