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3 interesting reasons Arsenal should consider signing Kalidou Koulibaly

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As the season draws by the day, Arsenal continues their search to sign players ahead of the new season.

It’s crystal clear that the club needs reinforcements in every position even as players like Petr Cech (retired) and Aaron Ramsey (Juventus) has left the club at the end of last season.

The London outfit had some weaknesses within the team last season as they failed to finish in the top four positions in the Premier League.

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With a lot of defensive inconsistency and the need for squad depth, the Gunners must sign quality players to improve the defensive unit.

One of the players credible and suitable to excel in Arsenal’s defense is Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly even as we take a look at some of the individual qualities he can bring to the Unai Emery’s Arsenal.

Genuine Physical Presence

Arsenal might be renowned for its flair and free-flowing movement at the back as we have seen from Spanish fullback Hector Bellerin. But, the Gunners needs a physical presence at the back four as this will be to their own advantage in a 50-50 situation.

Arsenal has been physically overpowered in almost occasion defensively with Nacho Monreal struggling to cope with strikers like Anthony Martial and want away forward Romelu Lukaku.

But with the physical presence, Koulibaly brings alongside his aerial awareness expect the Napoli star to be an instant hit at the heart of the defense for Arsenal.

Defensive Stability

The African star has been a source of encouragement for African players aspiring to ply their trade as a defender in Europe.

That’s why the Senegalese center back would be a good addition to the squad even as Unai Emery and Arsenal benefits from his ability to withstand pressure from attacking opposition.

He’s in good shape as he’s inspired his Senegal’s side in the AFCON 2019 alongside Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

A possible move for the player will ensure increased stability for Unai Emery and Arsenal even as the club aims (struggle) to keep French player and skipper Laurent Koscielny at the Emirates.

The Player’s Mental Assertion

The player has got good mental ability as he’s inspired Italian side Napoli in the Italian Serie A. The player’s ability to coordinate the defense, make interceptions is one of the reasons why Napoli may not let him go as he is a prized asset to the club with a lot of interest for his services from big teams in Europe.

But the big task is can Arsenal splash the cash for the player’s signature even as they are in a form of hold-up via the signing of forward Wilfred Zaha from Crystal Palace?

Unai Emery’s and the club must take a bold step in signing the player as he will bring some level of assertion Arsenal needs in the defense. The way the player handles possession is a delight to watch even as he makes intelligent break-up at the heart of the defence.

This is an interesting fact about his overwhelming quality as he’s got a strong mentality to flourish at Arsenal as a player.

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European Trio Keen On January Swoop For Arsenal Star

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Three European sides are reportedly keen on a January swoop for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

This is according to the report from the Daily Mail which claimed that three clubs want to rescue Granit Xhaka from his nightmare at North London giants Arsenal.

The three European sides are German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, Premier League outfit Newcastle United and seven-time European champions AC Milan.

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was named the club captain earlier this year after the votes from the players as conducted by manager Unai Emery.

The Swiss international had been acting as the club’s skipper since the exit of Laurent Koscielny in the summer before his appointment was confirmed in September.

His reign as the permanent Arsenal captain didn’t last long before Unai Emery removed him from the role on the back of his conduct towards the club’s fans during a recent league game.

Granit Xhaka used expletives against the fans while he was being subbed off for young Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka during the Premier League game at home to fellow London side Crystal Palace.

The incident overshadowed the game which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Xhaka has missed the last four games in all competitions for the Gunners as a result of the incident.

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Newcastle United Swoop In To Sign Arsenal Outcast

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Premier League outfit Newcastle United are eyeing a loan swoop for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka during the January transfer window.

According to The Times, the Magpies want to launch an ambitious loan bid for Swiss international Granit Xhaka.

The Arsenal midfielder was recently stripped off his role as skipper after his faceoff with the fans during the London Derby clash with Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

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The £35m signing from German Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach walked off the pitch to a chorus of boos from Arsenal fans following his reaction to being substituted on the hour mark for young winger Bukayo Saka while the Gunners were searching for the winning goal with the scoreline at 2-2.

The Premier League clash ended in a 2-2 draw.

Granit Xhaka issued an apology for his actions four days later and has been left out of the Arsenal squad for the last four games.

The Swiss international vice-captain has missed the games against Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vitoria Guimares and Leicester City.

Widespread reports claimed that the Swiss midfielder is considering a move away from the club and a loan transfer to Newcastle United could be the route out of Arsenal for the former FC Basel star.

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Arsenal Board In Disarray Over Potential Appointment Of Club Legend

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The Arsenal board is in disarray following the disagreement over the potential appointment of a former player.

This is according to the report from the Daily Mirror which revealed that the Arsenal board members are divided over the possible appointment of club legend David O’Leary.

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick wants to welcome David O’Leary into the board in a football advisory role but that move was met by resistance from the head of football operations Raul Sanllehi who believes that the recently appointed technical director Edu is already handling a similar post.

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David O’Leary is the record appearance maker for Arsenal after he spent 19 years at the club.

In addition, David O’Leary is an ambassador for the club and he’s seen in the majority of the Arsenal home games.

Arsenal are a club in crisis with manager Unai Emery also facing a lot of pressure after the underwhelming start to the new league season in the English top flight.

The Gunners have made their worst start in the league for the first time in almost four decades after a return of just 17 points from the first 12 Premier League games.

The slow start has led Arsenal to a disappointing 6th position after 12 games.

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Manchester United To Compete With Arsenal And Liverpool For 7-goal Striker

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Manchester United are impressed with West Brom youngster Jovan Malcolm following his goalscoring exploits for the Baggies U18 side which have seen him scored seven goals in the five matches.

The highlight of his performance so far was when he scored four goals against Liverpool in one of the U18 Premier League fixtures.

It is believed that the highly-rated youngster is attracting Solskjaer’s attention but the Red Devils will need to contend with the Gunners for his services.

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According to reports via The Mirror, the Gunners are keeping close tabs on the youngster as they look to upgrade their academy this summer.

Liverpool are also in the race to sign the player as he caught the club’s attention after scoring four goals against the young Reds.

The Merseyside club haven’t been enjoying much success when it comes to their youth teams but they hope things will change this season.

However, West Brom are reportedly doing everything possible to retain the 16-year-old beyond this campaign as they hope to give him some first-team actions next season if they return back to the country’s topflight League.

As it stands, none of the interested clubs has made an official approach towards signing the youngster, but that could change as soon as the January transfer window commences.

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Top Three Arsenal Options To Replace Unai Emery Revealed

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Arsenal fans have had their say on the three options to replace underfire manager Unai Emery in the Gunners’ dugout.

The Gunners Faithfuls polled 1,300 votes to choose their top three candidates to replace Unai Emery as the Arsenal manager.

The Arsenal fans voted on Football London to determine their managerial preferences for the Gunners dugout with former midfielder Mikel Arteta amassing almost one-third of the votes.

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Mikel Arteta is the assistant manager to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and the Spaniard is highly rated in the footballing world though he’s yet to handle a managerial job in his short career on the sidelines.

The former Arsenal and Everton midfielder was linked with the Gunners job last summer by Unai Emery but his compatriot has not been able to live up to the expectations from fans and club bosses.

Unai Emery signed a two-year contract when he became the Arsenal manager last summer with the option of a third year and it looks like this season would be the final campaign for the three-time Europa League winner at Arsenal.

Ex-Juventus boss Maximiliano Allegri resigned from the Old Lady job in the summer and he came second during the aforementioned polls with 17.5% of the votes ahead of Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers who came third with 17.2% of the total votes.

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Why Unai Emery Is Not The Right Man For Arsenal Job

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Arsenal fans have unanimously agreed that Unai Emery is not the right man for the managerial job at the club.

This is a result of the poll conducted by Football London amongst the Arsenal fans with 97.5% reaching the conclusion that Spanish tactician Unai Emery is not the man to take the North London giants forward.

They want the former Valencia and Almeria manager to leave the club either this season or in the summer.

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Unai Emery is a man under pressure to hold on to his position as the Arsenal manager after leading the Gunners to their worst start in the Premier League era with just 17 points from the 12 games played.

Arsenal have won four Premier League games all season with their last win coming at the start of last month against South Coast outfit Bournemouth whom they beat 1-0 courtesy the early header from summer signing David Luiz.

It was the Brazilian defender’s first goal for Arsenal since joining them from London rivals Chelsea in the summer in a deal worth £8m.

Arsenal and Unai Emery were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City in their last game in the Premier League and that has taken their winless run to five games in all competitions.

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Ex-Arsenal Manager Bags New Job Amidst Bayern Links

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been appointed into his first job since leaving the Gunners last summer.

The Frenchman has been appointed the chief of global football development at FIFA and he will be in charge of football development on the world stage.

Wenger will oversee football development in both men’s and women’s games worldwide including coaching programmes, training programmes and coach education programmes.

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The former Arsenal manager has been linked with the vacant Bayern Munich job but the latest development puts an end to those rumours.

His appointment at FIFA was confirmed by the football body on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger is not the only manager associated with the vacant Bayern Munich job.

The likes of Ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) boss Thomas Tuchel, Ex-Juventus manager Maximiliano Allegri and former Schalke 04 boss Ralf Rangnick.

Bayern Munich are on the search for a new permanent manager following the exit of Niko Kovac who was sacked last week shortly after the heavy defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the league.

10-man Bayern were thrashed 5-1 by last season’s Europa League semi-finalists but the Bavarian giants have since responded with two straight wins in all competitions.

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Europa League: Eintracht Frankfurt Skipper To Miss Arsenal Game

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Eintracht Frankfurt captain David Abraham will miss the Europa League title with Premier League giants Arsenal later this month after he was given a lengthy ban.

David Abraham has been suspended for seven weeks after his push on Freiburg manager Christian Streich during their German Bundesliga clash at the weekend.

The Eintracht Frankfurt Skipper shoved Freiburg manager Streich as he attempted to retrieve a ball for a throw-in with his team trailing hosts Freiburg 1-0 in added time.

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The incident led to a massive brawl between the two sets of players and David Abraham was thereafter sent off.

Apart from the seven-week ban given to him, the Eintracht Frankfurt captain was also fined to the tune of €25,000 (£21,410).

David Abraham will now miss the remaining German Bundesliga games this year as well as the last two group games in Group F of the Europa League.

David Abraham will miss the Europa League trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal on November 28 in what’s a Matchday Five clash before sitting out the Matchday Six game at home to Vitoria Guimares FC of Portugal.

Eintracht Frankfurt are in second place with six points and four points off leaders Arsenal ahead of their game.

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