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Napoli to snap up another Arsenal target

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Italian Serie A outfit Napoli are on the verge of snapping up the signature of Real Madrid star player, James Rodriguez, according to Corriere dello Sport.

North London outfit Arsenal have been on the case of the star player for months but they seem to lack the capability to land him.

James Rodriguez spent two seasons away from Los Blancos in German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munch on loan and he is not expected to return back to the Spanish capital.

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Reports claim that James Rodriguez is not willing to work under manager Zinedine Zidane again and will seek to move elsewhere.

Arsenal were handed the opportunity to land the playmaker but they have got a very slim summer transfer budget which is no way close to the £89 million that is required for James Rodriquez.

It is therefore reported that Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has agreed on personal terms with the player as he has been able to convince the club to move in for the Colombia international ahead of the coming season.

This leaves Arsenal with a major blow as they have lost another opportunity to bring in a top quality player that can help them win titles in the coming season.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Why Man Utd Midfielder Is Labelled A Flop By Arsenal Legend

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Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has labeled Manchester United midfielder Fred a flop on the back of his poor displays in the colours of the Red Devils.

While he was on American media outlet NBC, Arsenal legend Lee Dixon criticized Fred as he said that the Brazilian international is not good enough for Manchester United.

He went on to say that Manchester United is in big trouble if they have to rely on players like Fred.

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The Brazilian has failed to live up to his expensive price tag since he moved to the Premier League.

Fred left Ukrainian outfit Shakthar Donetsk for Manchester United at the start of last season and has not produced assured displays for the club in almost two years at the Theatre of Dreams.

Manchester United paid 52 million pounds for the signing of Fred.

He was one of the major culprits for Manchester United in their last league game at Newcastle United and that was pointed out by Arsenal legend Lee Dixon.

Fred was one of the worst players on the pitch as Newcastle United beat Manchester United at St. James Park.

Newcastle United beat Manchester United by a lone goal courtesy the goal from debutant Matty Longstaff.

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Arsenal In New Contract Talks With Deputy Skipper

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Premier League giants Arsenal have reportedly opened talks of a new contract with star player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a bid to secure his long-term future at the club.

This is according to Italian publication La Gazzetta Dello Sport which revealed that the Gunners want to tie their deputy skipper to a new deal.

Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has less than two years left on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium.

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He was recently named the deputy skipper at Arsenal by manager Unai Emery following the exit of former captain Laurent Koscielny to French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux controversially.

Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka was made the Arsenal captain last month by Unai Emery who conducted an election amongst his players.

Apart from Gabonese international Aubameyang, the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil were also named deputy captains.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has established himself as one of the best strikers in the Premier League following his move from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for a then club-record fee of 57 million pounds at the start of last year.

He won the Golden Boot Award in the Premier League last season alongside the Liverpool duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah with 22 goals.

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Arsenal, Chelsea Tipped For EPL Top Four

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London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea will make the top four at the end of this EPL campaign according to renowned commentator Ian Darke.

According to the Premier League commentator, he has gone with the bookmakers as regards Arsenal and Chelsea joining title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City in the top four at the end of the current league season.

Ian Darke tipped Arsenal and Chelsea for the Premier League top four while he was speaking on ESPN.

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He also talked about top four contenders Leicester City adding that their result against Manchester United showed that they will miss out on the Champions League places at the end of the season.

Only the top four positions on the Premier League will guarantee Champions League football for next season.

Leicester City suffered their first league defeat of the season after they were beaten 1-0 by an out-of-sort Manchester United team at Old Trafford last month.

The Foxes have maintained their push for a place in the top four this season with the former Premier League champions presently occupying the fourth position on the table at the moment.

Leicester City are ahead of Chelsea on goal difference.

Chelsea are in fifth position with 14 points which is the same as that of the Foxes.

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