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Reason why William Saliba may not return to Arsenal

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It is feared that Arsenal youngster William Saliba who has been loaned out of the club to French Ligue 1 outfit Nice may not return despite expectations that he will form part of the club’s future.

This is after the statement credited to the player upon his arrival in France which suggests that he is unhappy with manager Mikel Arteta, making a return to the club unlikely.

William Saliba said he does not believe that Mikel Arteta gave him a chance to prove himself upon his arrival at the Emirates Stadium.

The 19-year-old centre-back recently completed a loan move back to the French top-tier with Nice after failing to make a single competitive game for the senior Arsenal team this campaign.

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Speaking to reporters at a press conference, after he was thrown straight into Les Aiglons’ starting XI, Saliba said:

“The coach immediately told me that I was not ready. I would have at least liked to have had a chance to rediscover my rhythm. But this is football, it’s like that.”

The French defender had a full 90 minutes on his Nice debut, but it ended in a 2-0 loss to Brest.

The ex-Saint-Etienne defender is expected to return to Arsenal in the summer according to the loan terms but there are already talks of a possible extension of his Nice contract until 2022.

While confirming his loan move, Mikel Arteta said “He cannot be involved because he’s not in the squad,” when asked why Saliba wasn’t involved against Pep Guardiola’s side.

“We made that decision with him and we’ll see what we’re going to do in January. We are talking about it [loan move] yes.”

Meanwhile, the Spanish boss was earlier quoted to have expressed his regret at not including William Saliba in his squad for the season.

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“I feel really bad for William Saliba,” Arteta told reporters. “Because we had so many central defenders, we decided to leave him out of the squad, which was really hurtful for me to do.”

“He’s feeling a lot more confident around the place, his language is improving and he’s starting to understand much better what we’re doing physically,” he added.

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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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Tottenham to defeat Arsenal again? As race for star player is given backing by Pundit

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Paul Robinson has urged Tottenham to beat Arsenal again to the signing of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans this summer.

This would mean this second defeat after the one on the pitch that ended 3-0 against the Gunners.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former White Hart Lane number one said the 25-year-old is an “upgrade” on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and should be signed .

Robinson’s charge to Tottenham is coming after Arsenal have held talks with Tielemans’ representatives regarding a move to the Emirates.

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It is also understood that the Belgium international is keen on joining Mikel Arteta’s side this summer if they qualify for the Champions League.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if Spurs should get in on the act, Robinson said: “100 per cent.

“He is a top player. A player that I really admire. He would add real quality to that Tottenham squad.

“When you look at what [Rodrigo] Bentancur has brought to the squad, somebody like Tielemans would be perfect for that midfield.

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“Hojbjerg is a very good player but he’s not of that top level that Spurs require. If they want to be regulars in the top four they need to upgrade that position. I think Tielemans would be add more quality.”

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Fans should be excited as Arsenal issues Champions League lifeline after latest stunning development

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Arsenal fans now have reasons to be excited as the club have been handed a potential “lifeline” in terms of qualification for the Champions League in future seasons.

Finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, who made this development known while speaking exclusively to Football Insider, spoke about Uefa’s reboot of their flagship competition set to be rolled out ahead of 2024-25.

Places in the new 36-team format were due to be handed out according to individual clubs’ 10-year Uefa coefficients and this would be awarded based on a country’s European performance the previous year.

This means the EPL will stand the chance of the Premier League securing a fifth spot in the competition, going by recent performance.

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Plumley said they will be relieved that the new system will act as a “safety net” in years to come and clubs like Arsenal that could finish fifth, could land the opportunity to be in the Champions League.

“It certainly helps,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“Whichever way you spin the Champions League reforms, it was always going to benefit big Premier League clubs.

“This is a bonus for the ‘big six’, and if you look at the league table at the moment, it is the ‘big six’.

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“Two of those at the moment have to miss out and this scenario could see only one of them miss out. Certainly for Arsenal, it’s a safety net or a lifeline for years to come.”

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Arsenal will be at the next level with this marquee signings, a deal still possible

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Arsenal have been told that Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling could take Arsenal to the next level if they sign him this summer.

This is according to former Gunners and Everton striker, Kevin Campbell while speaking exclusively to Football Insider.

Arsenal have shown interest in the forward who has a big reputation in the EPL and they are ready to explore a move for him.

Sterling has just over 12 months on his contract at the Etihad and has parked talks over a new deal until the summer at the earliest.

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How relationship with Arteta during his time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant between 2016 and 2019 may help convince Sterling to consider a move to Arsenal.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on a potential move for Sterling, Campbell said: “We would take him.

“He would be a marquee signing.

“If he came in the top end of the pitch is sorted. There would be experience and youngsters. Arteta would have pace, talent and know-how in the forward positions. We would be sorted.

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“It would be a heavy outlay to bring in Sterling but if you want to be up there challenging you need players like him. He is the type of player you need.

“He’d be a brilliant signing but how feasible it is I don’t know.”

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Arsenal hero makes “It’s easy to criticize” claim as he counters verdict on White

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Kevin Campbell has countered the criticism of Ben White by Man United hero Gary Neville after Arsenal lost 2-0 at Newcastle United on Monday night.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker said “it’s easy to criticise” the 24-year-old for his involvement in both goals but stressed that a major problem is that his teammates didn’t “help him out.”

Recall that Gary Neville, while speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (16 May), blamed White for his defending for both goals.

The game was England international’s first since the 3-1 win over Man United last month as he has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of White’s performance, Campbell said: “It is easy to criticise Ben White but let’s get it right, there was no way Arsenal were winning that game anyway.

“You could blame Ben White but it was his first game back. Yes, maybe he made a couple of bad decisions but his teammates could have helped him out.

“[Aaron] Ramsdale could have bailed him out on the first one but nobody looks at that.

“White gets caught out for the second one. He gets attracted to the ball. It was smart play from Callum Wilson.

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“Arsenal were not in the game. I cannot think of one time they bothered the goalkeeper so you cannot pinpoint it on White.”

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Arteta gives reasons why Arsenal refused to sign last January window

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Mikel Arteta has given reasons why Arsenal took the gamble by not signing a single player in the January transfer window.

It is assumed that the failure of the club to have signed a player in the winter window, especially after parting ways with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the reason why they struggle to make it to the Champions League after the last defeat against Newcastle.

Ultimately, Arsenal also offloaded Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Ainsley Maitland-Niles which made the team look

Pressed on the significance of not signing anyone when the opportunity was there, the Gunners boss said in his post match press conference: ‘We have done what we can, and with what we were allowed to do, what we could do and the resources we had from the start of the season.

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‘The team that we were able to build is what we were able to build and it’s the team that has taken us all the way here.’

‘It’s a really tough night,’ the Arsenal manager added when asked to assess a defeat which could have far reaching consequences.

‘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.

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‘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 and Newcastle totally deserved to win the match, probably by a bigger margin as well.’

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