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Kieran Tierney mentioned as major summer transfer deal is demanded of Arsenal

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Darren Bent has urged Arsenal to make another signing of a left-back a priority this summer so as to have a backup for Kieran Tierney.

Kieran Tierney has suffered a number of injuries issues that kept him out of action severally last season.

Darren Bent has therefore suggested a player like Rico Henry to join the North London club so as to solve the problem with that department.

Arsenal already have Nuno Tavares, who was signed in the last summer transfer window to provide support for Tierney, but the Portugal Under-21 international has proven to be a poor buy and may not be able to withstand the challenge.

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He probably joined the Gunners for the future and might benefit from leaving the Emirates temporarily to develop himself.

Former Tottenham striker, Bent, has now recommended a replacement to the Gunners, and he believes Brentford’s Henry is a player that will give Tierney a run for his money in that left-back spot.

He said, as quoted by Metro Sport: ‘Look at, say, Rico Henry. Fantastic left-back, even him. He could push Kieran Tierney.

Meanwhile the attack and midfield is the major priority for the Gunners as they are being linked with Gabriel Jesus and Youri Tielemans respectively.

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Pundit shocks fans with hints about Nuno Tavares’ Arsenal future

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Football pundit Noel Whelan has shocked the fans by stating that Nuno Tavares still has a long-term future at Arsenal and will not leave the club permanently.

While noting that the defender can leave on loan this summer, a permanent move will not be considered.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League forward insisted Tavares needs to find consistent form after a “mixed” debut campaign for Arsenal in 2021-22.

“A loan move shows that there’s not too much faith in a player,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“If you are allowing him to move out on loan, that says to me you’re not overly confident that he can give you what you want in the Premier League in the first team, that’s just a given.

“Maybe a loan move is best for the player to build his confidence back up as it was a mixed bag of performances. Some were very good, some were very questionable.

“Arteta saw that. He frustrated him at times because he could see what he could do one week then we saw the worst of him the next week, there was no consistency in performances.

“That’s the question mark that hangs over him. If he can put a string of really good performances together at Marseille and shows his ability consistently then he might have an opportunity next season at Arsenal.

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“For now, I think it just proves that he’s not done enough to convince Arteta he is number one choice for a full-back role, it’s not going to happen I think.

“They are doing the right thing, they are not wasting any time, they’re being open and honest and allowing him to get some regular football somewhere else.”

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Mikel Arteta and Conte for another battle after Liverpool hero tells Madrid star to join Arsenal or Tottenham

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Liverpool hero Steve McManaman has asked Marco Asensio to consider making a move to the EPL and join either Arsenal or Tottenham, where he would strive.

This obviously leaves Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and Antonio Conte’s Tottenham with another transfer battle.

McManaman, who spent four years at Real Madrid, said Asensio could become a key player at Arsenal or Tottenham and says his game would ‘suit’ the Premier League.

‘I believe Arsenal or Tottenham would be a good next move for Marcos Asensio,’ former Liverpool and Real Madrid star McManaman told HorseRacing.net.

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‘I think he would suit the Premier League. He’s a good player. He definitely needs to play more. That goes without saying.

‘Isco’s leaving. Marcelo’s left. Gareth Bale’s left. I think Real Madrid are just trying to take stock a little bit. It wouldn’t surprise me if they bought somebody else.

‘They may need a forward. They’ve got Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, but they probably need Asensio as well at this moment in time.

‘If they are to let him leave, I think they’ll bring somebody else in. They haven’t got enough forwards to let people go.

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‘He’s an excellent player, he’s just not hit the heights at Madrid as he did when he burst into the team. He probably hasn’t progressed enough for them.

‘So he hasn’t really nailed down a starting position for himself. It’ll be interesting to see what he does. Real Madrid are sometimes happy to let players run down their contracts and leave on a free.

‘They may just say “stay until the end of the season, then you can go”. It will be surprising if they let him go now without bringing somebody in, it really would.

‘The way he plays, I think Tottenham or Arsenal would suit him. You don’t want to be disrespectful to teams like Newcastle, but they’re still a work in progress.

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‘I think the better a team he goes for, would help Asensio. I don’t think he’s a player that you could stick in that Newcastle team at the moment and hope that he’s going to beat ten men and score loads of goals.

‘He’s not that type of player. I think he’s more suited to a well-rounded team. Tottenham and Arsenal; teams that are around the top of the league and play that style of football.’

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What Eddie Nketiah said in his ‘challenge’ message to Gabriel Jesus

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Eddie Nketiah, in a message, warned potential new Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Jesus that he will ‘relish the challenge’ of extra competition and is ready to fight to keep his starting role.

Gabriel Jesus is top on Arsenal agenda as Mikel Arteta’s number one transfer priority this summer is to sign a striker that would replace both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Asked about the prospect of Arsenal bringing in a new striker, Nketiah told the Telegraph: ‘Every team needs a squad to compete. The club is always looking for ways to strengthen.

‘They have extended my deal and they have done that for a reason.

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‘Whoever comes in, you relish the challenge. You make them feel welcome, and then you fight and compete.’

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old bagged 10 goals in all competitions – getting on the scoresheet every 113 minutes last season, despite his lack of playing time.

But in comparison, Jesus, who is two years older, netted 13 times in all competitions for City last season, as well as laying on 11 assists, averaging a goal involvement every 107 minutes.

Eddie Nketiah has been awarded a new long-term contract because of his performance last season while the iconic 14 Jersey, previously worn by Thierry Henry was handed to him.

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One big reason Arsenal would beat United for signature of Ajax star disclosed, Pundit speaks

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It is understood that Manchester United could lose to Arsenal in the race to sign Lisandro Martinez this summer transfer window.

Reports claims the main reason is because of concerns over the Ajax defender’s height.

The Gunners have already indicated to Ajax that they are willing to pay €30 million (£25.8m) for the versatile Argentine this summer.

United have yet to make an approach but might just drop the bid as The Athletic’s David Ornstein claims that the 24-year-old may not meet their physical requirements for their defensive role.

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‘Lisandro Martinez is a firm target for Arsenal for the left centre-back role and he can also operate at left-back in the mind of Arsenal,’ Ornstein told HaytersTV.

‘He’s a player that Mikel Arteta wants to sign. Arsenal have had an approach worth around €30m rejected by Ajax, that interest will not drop.

‘The question is who else is interested in him? Of course, he’s played for Erik ten Hag in the past, and there are reports Erik ten Hag would like to bring him to United now.

‘The problem is that Manchester United are focusing on Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen, there may also be concerns if Lisandro Martinez is tall enough for the left centre-back role because I don’t know of Manchester United looking to do what Arsenal would like, which is to use him at left-back as well.

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‘As things stand, I think Arsenal is the most probable destination for Lisandro Martinez, who is said to be keen on a move but this could have twists and turns with a number of clubs admiring such a good player.’

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How Edu pulled the magic to effortless sign high demand winger

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There is no doubt that Edu was magical to have snapped up the signature of Marquinhos from Sao Paulo at a time when several other clubs were waiting for the right time.

Wolves had threatened a legal action because they had initial agreement with the player before now, only to learn of his move to Arsenal.

Julio Cesares, the Sao Paulo president, when confirming that Marquinhos would be sold to Arsenal, said “The Marquinhos issue is a well-known issue, which he couldn’t manage anymore, he didn’t want to stay, he was tried everything.

“Even before the game against Racing, when he blew up, he didn’t want to stay. It was a contractual matter.”

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With his ‘FIFA-approved’ deal due to expire in July – and Wolves happy to wait – Edu chose to act and cough up €3.5m to convince Sao Paulo to sell in May as the player is supposed to be free because his contract was running out.

Eventually, Cesares was happy to accept Arsenal’s proposal after gaining €3.5m when the winger should have gone for free.

“We still depend on the sale of athletes,” he said.

“We came from a pandemic, where the window (January) was very conservative. The market felt it. Though it looks like it is now on the mend. The Russian market, which was a good market, Ukraine, etc., no longer exist. China also no longer exists. So it all starts to reduce…”

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Cesares’ fellow board member Carlos Belmonte explained: “We have a spectacular relationship with Edu Gaspar, who told us that he knew that Marquinhos could leave for free, but that he was still going to look for funds to pay for São Paulo, because he wants to have a relationship with São Paulo.

“He wants to be closer to eventually be able to bring younger players from Sao Paulo to Arsenal.”

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Nketiah finally opens up on why he was stopped from leaving Arsenal this summer

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Before now, Eddie Nketiah was keen on leaving Arsenal as he initially struggled for playing time.

However, his opportunity and goal scoring form at the second half of last season earned him a new five-year deal last week and also took Thierry Henry’s No14 shirt.

The player has now revealed what made it impossible to leave the Emirates Stadium after initially making up his mind.

“When you get a run of eight games in the first team, you get that database and platform to show everything you can do,” Nketiah told The Telegraph.

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“I have worked a lot with the manager on playing with my back to goal, on the spaces to drop into and link play.

“Of course it has been developed, but at the same time you don’t get here by just standing in the penalty box and scoring a goal.

“People are always going to say things, but I know what I can do. The people that have played with me, played against me, the coaches that have worked with me, I know how they feel about me.

“Every team needs a squad to compete. The club is always looking for ways to strengthen. They have extended my deal and they have done so for a reason.”

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Nketiah, on taking the No14 shirt, also said: “I joined the club at the age of 14, I wore 14 on loan at Leeds, and I even lived at No 14 at one point.

“When the opportunity came up to take it, it was hard to say no. I know what it means to the club and the fans. It’s a nice feeling, an iconic number.

“We know it is a special shirt and Thierry has made it cool to wear this shirt, just like he did with long socks and gloves. It is what we have grown up with.

“I am just trying to be the best version of myself. I’m focused on creating my own memories in that shirt, leaving my own stamp on it.”

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Leeds get option of replacement for Arsenal target as summer move is imminent

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Alan Hutton has urged Leeds United to replace Raphinha immediately in this summer as a move away is imminent.

Reports claim that Arsenal, Tottenham’s and Barcelona are interested in his service with a move possible in this summer transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs right back said that Jesse March’s side are ‘crying out’ for a striker.

Raphinha is feared to be on his way to Arsenal as the Gunners have established a firm interest in his service and are in communication with Leeds for a deal.

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When asked if Leeds would need to replace Raphinha with another big-money signing, Hutton told Football Insider: “They need to replace him.

“The problem is, if you get £60 million, to replace somebody of that quality is going to cost a lot of money.

“Leeds are crying out for a striker who is going to lighten the load on [Patrick] Bamford. Who’s going to score 20 plus goals? Of course that’s difficult, it’s never easy.

“Then you’ve also got question marks over the likes of Kalvin Phillips. Is he going to leave?

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“So yes there’s money coming in but it will have to be spread among the side to bulk out the squad depending on who goes.

“But the problem is, you’re talking about the top players here and to sell them, it’s going to cost a lot of money to replace them unless you’ve got a really good recruitment team behind you.

“It’s not always easy to find that rough diamond and I think there’s a number of positions where they need to strengthen.”

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Four Arsenal players that will possibly leave because of Vieira’s addition hinted

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Kevin Campbell has expressed fears that four Arsenal players could eventually leave the club later in the future as their positions are under threat as a result of the arrival of Fabio Vieira.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker said the new signing could take the place of Martin Odegaard, Granit Xhaka, Emile Smith Rowe or Gabriel Martinelli in the starting XI, a development that could force either of them out for more playing time.

Arsenal confirmed the signing of Vieira from FC Porto on a permanent deal and the left-footed midfielder is expected to be a regular at the Emirates after a £34.2million move

Vieira is capable of operating as an a number eight, a number 10 and out wide.

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When asked by Football Insider where he expected the Portuguese midfielder to slot in at Arsenal, Campbell said:

“If we are going to be able to compete at that top level we need to create more and we need to score more. He is a young lad who has impressive numbers.

“Whether it is Smith Rowe, Xhaka or Odegaard, we need competition for places.

“It is good to see Arsenal make a move on a player that nobody knows that much about. I have seen him a little but I don’t know much.

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“He seems very committed though. A quality player who works hard as well. A good signing.”

Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka has already been linked with a move away, he could just speed up the move.

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