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How Bergkamp could distract United’s transfer plan on deadline day

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From indications, Man United have planned not to allow Donny van de Beek out of the club but this could be distracted by Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp.

It is understood that Bergkamp, whose daughter is dating Van de Beek, has contacted Patrick Vieira to accelerate Van De Beek’s exit from United and Palace hopes this will smooth the player’s path to Selhurst Park.

The player who has to speak out last year, said “I don’t know what the manager thinks and what he expects from me but I played [a deeper] role before with Ajax,” when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still at the helm.

“Of course at the end I was a 10 but I also played a few games as a number six, so I think I can play this.

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“The way we play, for me, I think number six or number eight [is my best position]… I don’t care where, I just want to play so it doesn’t matter where.”

Asked what Van de Beek could do to get into the United starting XI, Rangnick said: “Just work hard. So far, as I have got to know him, he has got a top mentality.

“He works hard in every training session. He is a team player through and through. There will be games where he will get his chance to play, I am sure.

“I also had a long conversation with him last week about that and again, of course it is difficult for him right now because he also wants to play for the Dutch national team, he wants to qualify for himself and play in the World Cup in Qatar.

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“In order to do that he needs to get game time here. But I still believe we should keep him, and he should stay here, definitely until the end of this season and try to get as much game time as he possibly can.”

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Arsenal told of all summer targets, this player will end up at Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal have been told by journalist Simon Phillips that of all their summer transfer targets Douglas Luiz will be the one to end up at the Emirates Stadium.

The Aston Villa midfielder highly linked with a move to Arsenal in the last summer transfer window alongside other players like Youri Tielemans, as manager Mikel Arteta was keen on adding a midfielder.

Three different offers were submitted by the North London outfit but they were all rejected by Aston Villa with reports that they were firm on a £40 million offer which the Gunners were not willing to pay.

Now, heading into the January transfer window, the Brazilian’s future remains up in the air, and there appears to be an expectation that he will make a move away sooner rather than later.

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Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, he said: “The situation there if he does become a free agent, Chelsea will probably have a look at it.

“But I think he’ll end up joining Arsenal.”

This is a possibility as the Spanish manager could make a move for a midfielder after the injuries of Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey. There are chances that the Spaniard will not rely on the two for the rest of the season.

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How Arteta’s words to striker is helping as expected return could make Gunners attack more deadly

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The words of manager Mikel Arteta to Folarin Balogun seems to be yeilding results as the youngster is helped the youngster improve and become a man.

The striker was told to ‘develop as a man’ and he is proving himself on loan at Ligue 1 side Reims.

With five goals in 8 games, only Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Terem Moffi have scored more goals than him so far this season which suggests he’s somewhat adapted to life in his new surroundings.

More to that is that he is already thinking of his return to Arsenal to add to the fire power of the Gunners attack.

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“Before I moved, Mikel said he wanted me to develop as a man. It was kind of like an open answer and for me to interpret what me meant by develop as a man,” he said, as cited by the Mirror.

“But by moving abroad, I’m starting to learn what he meant. It doesn’t just mean on the pitch but also off the pitch. I think by the time I go back I’ll be in a better place to compete than I was before I left.”

“I realised there were certain things I would struggle with but I think that’s a good thing,” he added.

“It helps you to manage stuff you’re uncomfortable with which is important. It is still early but definitely if I am around those sorts of names at the end of the season I would be really happy with myself.”

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Aston Villa boss reveals why Arsenal’s deadline day move for Luiz failed

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Aston Villa coach, Steven Gerrard, has told fans why Arsenal’s last minutes efforts to to sign midfielder Douglas Luiz during summer transfer window deadline.

Arsenal showed late interest in the Brazilian just hours to the end of the summer transfer window after missing out in a number if names, especially Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans.

It was understood that the North London outfit had three bids rejected by Aston Villa, with the final offer worth £25 million.

Luiz will be out of contract with Aston Villa next summer, and it’s an opportunity for the club to sell him and not lose him for free in the next one year.

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The Brazilian’s dream to play for a team in the Champions League or Europa League would have come true if he made the move to the Emirates Stadium.

However, Gerrard has now claimed that Aston Villa blocked the 24-year-old from leaving Villa Park to Arsenal because they did not want to lose him this season.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Aston Villa’s Premier League tie with Manchester City this weekend, Gerrard, a Liverpool legend, said: “I have got confidence that he [Luiz] will understand the situation and the club’s decision that we didn’t want to lose a very important player and a top player so late in the window.”

He added: “From a personal point of view, I very much back the club’s decision and stance on that. I spoke to Dougie face-to-face yesterday and he understood where it was at and the position that the club was in. He very much respects the decision. Hopefully it will calm down in the hours and days to come and he will be fine moving forward.”

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Either of these two, Arsenal expected to confirm one of these midfielders before end of transfer window

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Arsenal are expected to complete the signing of a midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window with either Lyon star Lucas Paqueta Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans.

Both players have been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium with the Gunners keen on more additions before to the end of the summer transfer window.

Youri Tielemans is believed to be available with his contract with the Foxes running out next summer transfer window but the Gunners have cooled off their interest in his service with no official bid to Leicester City.

With Tielemans out of contract next summer, Leicester may feel forced into selling Tielemans, or risk losing him on a free transfer next year.

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Should Arsenal fail to land Youri Tielemans, they still have the option of making a move for Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

Paqueta has been heavily linked with a move away from Lyon this summer and The Sun reports that Arsenal could make a move for him in the coming days if they fail to land Youri Tielemans.

Either way, Arsenal have about seven days left in the transfer window, and if a midfielder still remains a priority, they’ll have to act fast.

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Arteta’s previous statement suggests Arsenal to sign in next seven days

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The Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has previously admitted that his squad lack options in a number of areas and signings would be made before the end of the summer transfer window.

With the window set to be closed, this suggests that the Gunners will seal a deal within the next five days amid links to Pedro Neto and Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners have spent over £100 million this summer transfer window but they seem to be undone with the window as Arteta looks to bring in a winger and a midfielder.

So far Arsenal have signed Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Matt Turner, Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira.

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The Spanish boss had hinted that the club may not be done there. Speaking shortly after Zinchenko joined, the Arsenal boss was asked about further incomings and left the door wide open in his response. “You can see we are a little bit short in some positions for the way we want to play, but it is something we are trying to address,” he said.

Howbeit, there have been a number of exits from the first-team with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari, Nuno Tavares, Lucas Torreira and Folarin Balogun gone on either permanent or loan deals.

Also the futures of Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles remain uncertain.

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Guardiola finally explains why City let go of Gabriel Jesus, Zinchenko, Sterling

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has finally explained why the club decided to sell key trio Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to this summer.

While Jesus and Zinchenko joined Arsenal, Sterling made a move to the other side of London, with Chelsea.

There have been insinuations that Pep Guardiola made a mistake allowing the trio out of the club despite efforts to replace them.

However, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko reunite with manager Mikel Arteta – who was assistant manager for both during his Man City days.

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The pair have already impressed, with the Brazilian having five goal involvements in his opening three, while the Ukrainian international has been the go-to left-back option so far.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Sunday, he said: “If you force one person to stay when he doesn’t want to stay, how can you get the best from him? It’s impossible. I wouldn’t want to move anyone on now. I love this squad I have.”

On the other hand, manager Mikel Arteta has been hailed for making the decision to sign Gabriel Jesus, disclosing that the Brazilian is a winner and his presence at the Emirates Stadium has helped improved the mentality in the dressing room.

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Pundit still blames Arteta for “big” exit from Arsenal

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Gabriel Agbonlahor has refused to take Mikel Arteta’s explanation for the exit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, insisting that the Spanish boss did not handle the matter properly.

The last days of Aubameyang at Arsenal were not hoped to be remembered as he was asked to train away from the team and stripped of his captaincy.

A footage emerged via the All or Nothing Documentary on Amazon Prime last week with the manager seen scolding the striker before his eventual exit from the club.

“I didn’t like it,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“I do rate Arteta and I think he’s done a lot of good things at Arsenal and I’ve loved the documentary, even though I don’t look into too much because he knows the cameras are there. If I knew the camera was there I’d be prime Sir Alex Ferguson in the dressing room.

“I understand you don’t want the player, I understand you want to get rid of him but don’t make him train on his own.

“It happened to me and it happened to people I played with. It’s the worst thing that can happen as a footballer, your mental health is at a record low.

“You’re alone, you feel like a bad egg and your teammates are scared to speak to you.

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“You’re training on your own or with the youth team and you feel demoralised. That’s what clubs try and do to force you to leave, make you so uncomfortable coming to work that you want to leave.

“I don’t like that and I’ll never like that. I don’t rate Arteta for doing that.

“He looks like he’s got the respect of the players and demands top performances but you can’t tell because it’s hard to tell with a documentary.”

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Fabrizio Romano again release latest on Arsenal’s move for Youri Tielemans

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Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has disclosed that surprises cannot be ruled out in Arsenal’s move for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans.

Tielemans has become a popular name in this summer transfer window as he has been linked with a move to the North London outfit.

It was earlier reported that personal terms have been agreed with the player but the Gunners are yet to approach the Foxes with an offer for the midfielder as interest continues to drop on daily basis.

However, Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the player wants to make a move to a club Ike Arsenal as his agent has been in contact and anything can happen at the moment.

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“As for Tielemans and how this is all affecting him, my understanding is that he is a great guy, an excellent professional, and someone who is only focused on the present. Of course he would like a top club, Arsenal have been in contact with his agents for months but have never submitted an official proposal yet.”

“Tielemans remains a name on the Gunners’ list but surprises cannot be ruled out.”

Meanwhile the Sun Sports recently tweeted that “Arsenal ‘in talks with Youri Tielemans agents for months’ but still yet to make offer for ace who’s free next summer”

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