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James Maddison gives hint to Arteta

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James Maddison has been on the wish list of English Premier League side Arsenal for a while as manager Mikel Arteta is keen to add a creative player to his team.

The 24-year-old is one of the options being considered before the end of the summer transfer window this month.

The player has now given Mikel Arteta a better idea of how he could be used and his best position on the pitch, should he complete a £60million deal in this summer’s transfer window.

This means Arsenal will be landing a No’ 10 and a No 8 if the player is brought in from the Foxes.

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“No.8 definitely,” Maddison said when asked for his preferred position, as per Leicestershire Live.

“I played as a No.10 at the start of last season, and then when the gaffer [Rodgers] came in, I transitioned into a No.8, and sometimes I play off the left.

“I don’t want to be labelled as a No.10. I’m not a No.10. I can’t remember a game where I’ve played as a No.10 this season, maybe West Ham at home.

“Being a No.8 has made me add that defensive side to my game.

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“I’m never going to be a big tackler, I’m never going to go around smashing people. It’s that awareness and that responsibility of getting little toes in, little interceptions, because as a No.8 you find yourself deeper a lot, so I’ve had to add that.”

With reports that Leicester are set to reopen contract talks with midfielder Youri Tielemans amid reported interest from Liverpool James might be available for the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta is known to have fielded his side in a 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-3 formation, but his dream is to transition into playing a 4-3-3 system.

“For me the way we occupy space and who is going to move in there is more important than the formation,” he told DAZN last December

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“We want to move to a 4-3-3.”

As Maddison’s preference is to play as a no.8, he could operate next to Thomas Partey and another midfielder, thus completing the Spaniard’s tactical dream at the Emirates Stadium.

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Wilshere speaks on his future, mentions Mikel Arteta’s name

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Jack Wilshere has spoken about his football career and his future as he continues to train with the Arsenal team.

There were claims that he would be signed by Arsenal but this has been refuted by Mikel Arteta who says there is no chance the former player will be an Arsenal player again.

However, Wilshere has insisted that he wants to join a club that suits his pattern as he continues to be hopeful about getting one.

Speaking to beIN SPORTS, Wilshere said choosing a team where he is able to play with freedom and a ‘smile on his face’ will be paramount.

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‘The most important thing for me with where I go next is style of play. That could be in England, that could be in Spain, in the Middle East, it could be wherever,’ he said.

‘The most important thing for me is that I speak to the coach and have an understanding of the way they play.

‘I can watch some games that they’ve played and see how I’m going to fit in because as I come towards the end of my career – and I’m 30 now – I want to enjoy the last few years.

‘I want to enjoy playing football and have a smile on my face and play football the way that I think it should be played and the way that I can fit in best.’

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Meanwhile, Wilshere hailed Arteta’s opening two years in charge of Arsenal and believes the squad have come on leaps and bounds under his former team-mate.

‘He’s a manager who has a clear philosophy and a clear style of play,’ he added.

‘I think when you work at that over and over again, players get better at it and players become comfortable.

‘I think you can see that in certain games this year where they’ve played really well, unbelievable… I think back to the Tottenham game at home and Manchester City against top, top teams where they dominated in spells during the game.

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‘That’s credit to the manager and his staff. He’s brought the team a long way.

‘They’re still improving and they’re a young team with a young manager as well so there are going to be bumps along the way, but I think they are on the right track.’

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William Saliba makes stunning transfer decision as his loan spell with Marseille is almost over

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French defender William Saliba has made a surprise decision over his future as he prepares to round up his loan spell with Marseille.

The young defender was signed by Arsenal but never given the chance by Mikel Arteta to play a single game before he was loaned out of the club.

While he was away, he proved his potential and has been impressive with the Ligue 1 outfit.

However, it was expected that William Saliba would decline a return to the Emirates Stadium as a result of his earlier experience but that is not happening.

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Reports claim he has decided against a permanent move to Marseille and wants to return to the North London outfit.

While Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes were called upon for the job at the center of the defence, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers were backup defenders.

However, the situation seems to be changing in the summer, with Pablo Mari likely to leave on a permanent basis and Chambers out of contract at the end of the season – with the defender expected to leave on a free transfer.

No doubt William Saliba will get his chance at the Emirates Stadium as he is keen to prove what he has to offer the Gunners team.

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Steven Gerrard speaks on the future of player Arsenal is interested in

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Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has spoken about the future of Douglas Luiz at the club as he is being linked with Arsenal

Arsenal have long been admirers of Douglas Luiz, having tables their interest back in the summer alongside Italian giants Roma.

“No, we haven’t opened contract talks yet with Douglas,” Gerrard confirmed. “I think in this period and in this window, it has been the case of trying to strengthen the current squad, make additions and, also, find destinations for some of our younger players in terms of loans.

“Dougie has done OK for us. We’ve been happy with his training level and the performances that he has given.

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“We still think that there’s room for him to get better and improve. You know, he had a bit of an injury when we first arrived and we still think there’s another gear or two for Dougie to go into.

“He’s doing us a job as a No.6 at the moment. We know that he maybe prefers to play a bit more advanced but he’s helped us out an awful lot on the back of Nakamba’s injury.

“We rate the player extremely high and we’re hoping from now until the end of the season, he can really perform at his best and help the team moving forward.”

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Journalist reveals why Arthur Melo has not joined Arsenal, drops major hint

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Football journalist Dean Jones has disclosed why Arthur Melo has not accepted to join Araebal as the Gunners are keen.

Melo is a major midfield target for Mikel Arteta with a loan option being considered.

Dean Jones said the reason why the player has not joined is because he wants to be sure he is making the right decision as the Juventus player wants a permanent move and not a loan deal.

This is what Jones said about the Juventus midfielder.

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“The player needs convincing that this is the right move for him. What I’m told from a contact in Italy is that he can imagine himself becoming a part of this Arsenal project, but not for four or five months,” Jones said.

“For a player like him to make that switch from Serie A to the Premier League and settle into the side and the style of football and become a part of the team, without knowing whether or not he’s going to be staying, that’s not really what he’s looking for and from what I’m told, he wants a longer-term deal.

“With Juventus, if he’s going to go, they’d prefer it to be permanent. Arteta definitely likes him, Allegri would take him or leave him to be honest. It’s doable, and it’s certainly more doable than Vlahovic ever was.”

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Campbell cast doubt over Arsenal’ target, gives reasons why Arteta should not sign him

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Former Arsenal star, Kevin Campbell has expressed concern about Arsenal’s move for Alexander Isak as he doubts his chances of succeeding at the Emirates Stadium.

The North London outfit have need for a striker as they are not sure of the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates Stadium.

Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic was targeted as the first option for the Gunners but obviously, he wont be joining which calls for an alternative.

The Swede has emerged as the most likely striker that will join the Gunners if any deal will happen this January transfer window as the Real Sociedad man has been on their radar for some time now.

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Campbell uses Andriy Shevchenko, who struggled at Chelsea after a distinguished career at AC Milan. as proof that anyone can struggle in England.

He tells Football Insider: “Isak is young, quick and hungry. He hasn’t got the goals that Vlahovic has got but sometimes you cannot read too much into that.

“We have seen the likes of Shevchenko, who was a goal machine, come to the Premier League and not do it. Who is to say that Isak won’t come into the team and hit the ground running. You just never know. He has all of the attributes to do so.”

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Former EPL striker says Arsenal want to make a ridiculous contract decision, warns against it

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Former Premier League striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed that Arsenal will be making a ridiculous decision to hand Mikel Arteta a new contract.

Since taking over in 2018, Arteta has helped the North London outfit with an FA Cup win and the Community Shield.

However, the team has been struggling of lately and it is feared that Aubameyang top four chance will be lost.

Reports claim that Spanish boss boss being considered for a new contract by the club.

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He told Football Insider: “I think it’s ridiculous.

“Arsenal should give Arteta a new contract if they finish in the top four. I don’t see why you would give him a new contract if they finish sixth or seventh.

“There’s every chance Arsenal could even finish seventh or eighth this season. I don’t see why they would give him a contract yet.”

From 113 matches in charge of Arsenal so far, the 39-year-old has won 62, drawn 20 and lost 31. That gives him a win rate of just under 55 per cent.

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Agbonlahor is not the first pundit to have raised questions about Arteta’s long-term future.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson said at the weekend that the ex-Everton player may have taken the club as far as he can.

“I think this is their ceiling at the moment,” he told ESPN FC’s Extra Time.

“I think in maybe a couple of years time when the likes of [Bukayo] Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and these sort of players, [Gabriel] Martinelli who’s had a good spell in the team, and some of the younger players come through, I think Arsenal will be a good side.

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“But I just think it’s hit its ceiling at the moment.

“I think they’ve gone as far as they can with Arteta this season and I think top four would be a great position for them. I don’t think they’re going to get it.”

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Journalist reveals why Arsenal failed to sign Vlahovic with big claim of an alternative made

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Arsenal have obviously missed out of the race to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic this January window despite being their top target as he is believed to be joining Juventus.

The North London outfit are in search of a striker as the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club is not certain.

Football journalist Dean Jones has claimed that some people at Arsenal did not believe in Dusan Vlahovic, which could be the reason why he was not signed.

According to him, Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin highly rated and considered by some people at the Emirates Stadium.

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“No, I don’t think Arsenal ever really thought they would get him, but they gave it a go. From what I was told by people around Arsenal anyway, a lot of people feel that Vlahovic isn’t a good fit for Arsenal, he’s not the type of player who will thrive in the system that Arteta would be building. There’s always been a thought that Isak or Calvert-Lewin would be better for what Arsenal are building towards, but we’ll find out now because they’ll have to go down a different path anyway,” Jones said.

Howbeit, Mikel Arteta obviously needs to reinforce as his team have been struggling to win games since the start of the season.

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After losing out on Dusan Vlahovic, Arsenal confirm striker deal

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Just after it was clear that Dusan Vlahovic, a top target was leaving Fiorentina for Juventus, a deal for Arsenal striker Tyreece John-Jules to League One outfit Sheffield was on Wednesday, confirmed on-loan until the end of the season.

The graduate of the Arsenal academy – had previously been in the second-tier with Blackpool, only to see his temporary stint at Bloomfield Road cut short having failed to make much of an impression.

He is one of the few players in the academy that have been penciled down to make it into the first team with time, hence he would not be sold but be given the opportunity to improve his game.

John-Jules made just 12 appearances for the Tangerines in all competitions, his last coming in a 2-1 loss against Nottingham Forest back in October, and failed to find the back of the net.

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He will now join an Owls sid as they seek a return to the Championship.

This is obviously not the news the fans wish to hear at the moment because of their anxiety over the January transfer window.

With days counting, the North London outfit are yet to seal any deal despite struggling to win games this new year.

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