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Kevin Campbell still happy despite Arsenal defeat after latest news

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Arsenal had a disappointing defeat to Tottenham Hotspur during their London derby game on Thursday but that wouldn’t stop Kevin Campbell from being happy after learning of Thomas Partey’s return date.

The Ghanaian has been on the sidelines since the game against Crystal Palace and has been billed to return for the final game of the season against Everton.

Campbell said it would be amazing to have the midfielder back as the North London outfit needs to win their remaining games of the season to secure a Champions League spot.

However, staff are said to be wary of rushing back the Ghana international too early.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his reaction to the news, Campbell said: “Listen, I hope the top four is wrapped up by the Everton game.

“I hope the Everton game is a dead rubber. One thing I do know is that football is a funny old game. A couple of results can change everything.

“Having your best midfielder back and in contention would be amazing for Arsenal. You want to see all of your best players on the pitch.

“Even if he is not fit to start it would be great to have him on the bench. That way he can come on if we need him.”

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Another shock exit to happen at Arsenal as journalist gave a big hint

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Football writer Charles Watts has claimed Arsenal could experience a shock exit as he hinted that Granit Xhaka could be playing his last game for Arsenal this weekend.

This is as the Gunners failed to take advantage of securing a qualification to the Champions League with defeats against Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

While speaking on his YouTube channel, the journalist said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Granit Xhaka’s final game in an Arsenal shirt at the weekend.

“We’ll have to wait and see if that move to Roma does materialise this summer, like it nearly did last summer.

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“So it could be the final time to see a few of these Arsenal players in an Arsenal shirt.”

Xhaka recently made the headlines after he gave an explosive interview following Arsenal’s recent defeat away at Newcastle United.

He told Sky Sports (via GiveMeSport): “If someone isn’t ready for this game, stay at home. It doesn’t matter your age. If you’re nervous, stay on the bench or stay at home. You need people to have the balls to come here and play.

“It’s one of the most important games for us. We’re feeling very disappointed for the people who came over here. Sorry to them [fans], I don’t have any other words. The dressing room is very quiet. The game plan was totally different to what we did over 90 minutes.”

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Arsenal given hint they stand a chance to land this interesting Dutch star

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Arsenal target, Cody Gakpo, who said he is opened to anything that happens this summer transfer window, strongly hinted that his wish is to stay at PSV Eindhoven for another season.

He is wanted by Arsenal and is being monitored huf his desire is not to rush to leave PSV and would be happy to stay with the club to maintain stability ahead of the World Cup this winter.

‘Anything can happen this summer,’ Gakpo told De Telegraaf. ‘I will now calmly compare all the options and see what is best for me. Staying another year is also an option.

‘It would be a shame if I went somewhere where I wouldn’t get a game at all and I could miss the World Cup. I’ll keep that in mind.

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‘I have been with PSV since I was six. I have been coming here almost every day for seventeen years. PSV is almost my second home. I also consider my love for the club in the decision I ultimately make.’

Recall that Gakpo had fueled the Arsenal speculation earlier this year by saying the Gunners are a team he ‘likes a lot’.

‘The Premier League is a big league,’ he told The Sun. ‘Virgil van Dijk plays there with Liverpool so I like to watch them.

‘Everybody wants to play one time in the Prem. I don’t favour one team but I like Arsenal a lot.

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‘I looked up to (Thierry) Henry when I was younger because he was a tall guy who played on the wing.’

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Brother of Arsenal midfielder, reveals plans for the future at Emirates Stadium

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Albert Sambi Lokonga’s brother, Paul-Jose M’Poku, has stressed that a move is ‘out of the question’ for the midfielder this summer transfer window.

The 22-year-old joined the Gunners in a £17.2 million deal from Anderlecht last summer after making a impressing in the Belgian top flight he failed to replicate same performance under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, hence the limited playing time he got.

However, M’Poku insists he is calm over his brother’s future at Arsenal and says the midfielder is ‘positive’ about the progress he has made in his debut season.

‘We’re not worried,’ M’Poku told RTBF.

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‘Other players like Kevin De Bruyne or Romelu Lukaku have also taken time to establish themselves in the English Premier League. The difference with the Belgian league is big, and Arsenal is not a mid-table club.

‘We would have signed with both hands for a first season with 33 per cent of playing time. And Albert is improving every day, especially in training.

‘But the competition is tough in the team, with boys like Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka or Mohamed Elneny, and the coach must respect a certain hierarchy.

‘He has so much talent; sometimes it seems so easy for him that maybe the coach expects more from him? He shouldn’t rest on his abilities. And maybe he needs to show more in training. I’m not worried, and neither is he.

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‘It’s [leaving Arsenal] out of the question, at least for him. He is very well integrated into the club and the city, he is happy, although he hopes to play more next season, and his potential would deserve it.

‘And there will be European games. I talked to him on the phone on Monday; he was disappointed because, with the defeat in Newcastle, the Champions League has moved away, but there will be the Europa League, and he is positive about his season.’

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Gabriel Magalhaes set to leave Arsenal? Juventus talks begins, see details

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It is feared that Arsenal could lose Gabriel Magalhaes this summer transfer window as Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini has travelled to London for talks with Arsenal, according to reports in Italy.

The Brazilian defender who has been impressive for the Gunners since he joined in 2020 has been identified by Juve as a perfect replacement for Giorgio Chiellini, who is leaving the club after 17 years this summer.

However, it’s claimed that the Gunners could accept about €50 million (£42.4m) for the 24-year-old, who they signed from Lille in a £27m deal.

However, Juventus are exploring the possibility of some players heading the other way to north London as a swap deal.

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Mikel Arteta’s side came close to signing Arthur Melo in the January transfer window and Juve remain open to letting the Brazilian midfielder leave this summer.

‘In January he was close to leaving and joining Arsenal,’ Arthur’s agent, Federico Pastorello, told La Repubblica last week.

‘He is too important a player to be marginalised, he must also think about his situation with the national team.

‘It’s not in anyone’s interest to continue in this situation.’

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However, it’s claimed that Arsenal are also interested in Juve’s versatile midfielder Weston McKennie, while the Serie A club would also be open to a deal for Moise Kean, with the Gunners in the market for a new striker.

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Arsenal fans should brace up for more heartbreaks as major transfer deals tipped to fail

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Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Araenal’s move for Gabriel Jesus and Youri Tielemans to fail if they miss out of the Champions League next season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker claimed Arsenal will not finish in the top four for the next five or six seasons as the teams below them will all improve.

The Gunners failed to make good use of their chances to finish as they lost to Tottenham Hotspur and suffered another defeat to Newcastle.

They will not hope on Tottenham Hotspur to suffer a defeat in the last game so that they can qualify, if they win against Everton.

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“It’s going to be a tough ask now for Arsenal,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I can’t see Arsenal playing Champions League football for five or six years now. They’ll be playing Thursday then Sunday and that will take it out of that squad of players.

“They’re not going to attract the players either. Gabriel Jesus won’t touch Arsenal with a barge pole now, Tielemans will be umming and erring too. It’s going to cost them in the transfer market.

“Newcastle are going to buy players, Spurs are going to attract players with the Champions League, Leicester are going to improve on their poor season because they won’t be in Europe and Man United are going to improve.

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“It’s going to be very difficult for Arsenal and I’m sure all their fans will agree.”

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Paul Merson again backs Arsenal for this one transfer decision

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Arsenal sold Nigeria international Alex Iwobi to Everton for £34 million for about three years now and Paul Merson said the right decision was actually made.

According to Merson, he is not a big fan of the Nigerian and would hold any regrets that he is away from the Emirates Stadium.

Iwobi has been a top performer of recent under Frank Lampard despite the struggling of the team for a Premier League stay.

Although the criticism of his inability to score and assist more from 181 Premier League games at Arsenal is one or the reasons why he had to leave. He only has 15 goals and 23 assists.

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In comparison, Saka, who also came through Hale-End like Iwobi, has 11 goals and six assists in the Premier League this season alone.

Nonetheless, Merson, whilst speaking to Sky Sports News, said “I’m not his biggest fan, if I am being honest.

“I think he flatters to deceive.

“But I think he has turned up. He has done well and worked from a base. And his work for the team.

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“What he does well is he takes the team up the pitch. When you are in a team that aren’t great, Iwobi will get you up the pitch.

“He should get more goals. And he should get more assists.”

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Arsenal suffering major setback in race to sign sensational £13m sensational defender

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Arsenal are facing big setback as Brentford have gone ahead in the race to sign Scottish sensation Aaron Hickey.

Hickey, 19, has been on an upward curve since joining Bologna in 2020, scoring five goals in 35 appearances for the Serie A side this season as a defender.

Brentford are understood to now favourites to sign the full-back in a £13million deal despite interest from fellow Premier League club Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, failure to secure a place in the Champions League next season is expected to damage Arteta’s ability to attract and fund signings this summer.

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Speaking after his side’s setback at Newcastle, the Spaniard was evidently frustrated to hand a massive advantage to Tottenham in the top-four race.

He said: ‘It’s a really tough night. Normally, I can sit here and I can defend, but what we’ve done today, it’s not easy.

‘Newcastle were one hundred times better than us in every department from the beginning to the end and it’s hard to accept to accept, but you have to accept it and that’s the reality of what happened today on that pitch.

‘We knew (what was at stake), but we didn’t cope with it. We didn’t compete, we never got into the game, we put ourselves in trouble time after time, we lost every duel. Every aspect of the game we were second best.’

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Gabriel Jesus coming to Arsenal, Champions League no longer decider as latest development emerge

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The latest development has hinted that Gabriel Jesus would is still keen to join Arsenal even if they fail to secure a Champions League spot.

The North London blew their chances when they fail to win against Newcastle United on Monday and they are now two points behind Tottenham.

This was earlier feared to affect the summer business of the club as most players want to play in the Champions League, which is supposed to determine their choice.

However, this does not apply to Gabriel Jesus as he is understood to be keen to leave Man City in search of regular football so that he can land regular playing time ahead of Brazil’s World Cup campaign in Qatar at the end of the year.

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forward Gabriel Jesus has not ruled out the prospect of joining Arsenal this summer despite the Gunners being set to miss out on Champions League football, according to reports.

Arsenal have already held talks with the Brazil international’s representatives to discuss a potential move in the upcoming transfer window.

Jesus is understood to be keen to leave City in order to secure more playing time ahead of Brazil’s World Cup campaign in Qatar at the end of this year.

Last week, Jesus’ representative, Marcelo Pettinati, made it clear that the 25-year-old considers a move to Arsenal as a ‘serious possibility’.

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‘We had discussions with Arsenal about Gabriel Jesus and yes, we like the project,’ Pettinati said.

‘It’s a serious possibility so we’re discussing.

‘There are six more clubs interested in Gabriel Jesus, he’s now focused on final games with Manchester City, then we’ll see what happens.’

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