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These Players Shouldn’t Be Blamed For United Woes — Louis Saha

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Manchester United were far from impressive during their seven previous matches in all competitions, no thanks to lack of goals and lack of clear-cut opportunities.

Angry United fans are pointing accusing fingers at Marcus Rashford for missing some glorious chances, but former United winger Louis Saha sees no wrongdoings in the young man’s display so far.

According to Saha, neither Rashford nor fit-again striker Anthony Martial should be blamed for the team’s poorest start to the season in their history.

The former Red Devils star claimed that players have all it takes to score goals but they haven’t seen much supply from the midfielders

Saha also failed to point out Paul Pogba for blames as he said the Frenchman isn’t surrounded by top quality players unlike how it used to be in the past.

“Don’t get me wrong, those guys have talent and all that — I really like the potential, it is enormous”

“But they are playing in a configuration where there is no link to express themselves”.

He claimed that his days at Old Trafford were successful because he had world-class players around him who provided many opportunities.

“I had big players around me. If I was not performing people could blame the squad, the tactics.”

“‘Cristiano [Ronaldo] hasn’t scored?’ We didn’t play well. ‘[Ruud] van Nistelrooy didn’t score?’ He didn’t have the opportunities, we didn’t cross. Because of the guy: He. Will. Score.”

Though Saha didn’t openly criticize Solskjaer for the unwanted run of results, he blamed the club for letting go of top and highly experienced players, including Lukaku and Sanchez, in the summer.

“Who is big enough in that squad to be saying, ‘This is falling down’? Apart from Pogba. It is unfair to him, unfair to the squad.” Saha concluded.

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EPL: Arsenal to take this big decision to land Aouar, fans may not like it though

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Houssem Aouar

English Premier League club seem to be desperate to land their midfield target Houssem Aouar from French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon and that could lead them into making big decisions.

The Gunners have had an earlier bid rejected while a swap deal proposal was turned down with Lyon keen to take Houssem Aouar’s asking price of £54 million.

With manager Mikel Arteta desperate on a midfielder, the club could be forced to make some big decisions, including selling some of the players to be able to raise some funds for the deal.

The Independent reports that French striker Alexandre Lacazette could be the man to be sold to raise some funds for the deal with two years left to the end of his contract.

It is understood that the former Lyon striker will not be lacking in suitor once he is asked to leave the club as Italian Serie A outfit Juventus are one of those expected to make a move for him.

However, this reported decision to sell Alexandre Lacazette might not go down well with the fans that have much faith in the striker to help deliver goals. The French striker has also not been lacking in his duty to score this season.

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Emmanuel Adebayo on his way back to the EPL

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Former Arsenal striker and Togo international Emmanuel Adebayo could be on his way back to the English Premier League as he is reported by The Sun to be on the wanted list of West Brom.

Emmanuel Adebayo has been on the books of Paraguay club Olimpia but his contract with the club ended in July and he has been a free player since then.

It is understood that West Brom manager Slaven Bilic is a big fan of Emmanuel Adebayo and thinks the Togo international striker can still make a mark in the Premier League this season.

Slaven Bilic is, therefore reported to have held talks with Emmanuel Adebayo and it was a positive one as the player is also interested in another spell in the English Premier League.

The West Brom boss is positive that the experience of the former Arsenal, Man City, Real Madrid, and Tottenham striker can help bolster his attacking options this season.

Emmanuel Adebayo can boast of 97 Premier League goals to his name and he could round it up to 100 with the opportunity of playing with West Brom this season.

Should personal terms be agreed upon between the two parties, Emmanuel Adebayo will be making a surprise return to the English Premier League.

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EPL: Wright takes a dig at Man United in “van de Beek comment”

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has taken a dig at Man United by claiming that their new signing Donny van de Beek would have fit into the Gunners system more than the Red Devils.

Donny van de Beek is the only major signing by Man United this season after joining from Ajax to add to the options in the midfield.

Ian Wright claims the Dutch midfielder could have been better at Arsenal when he spoke on The Kelly & Wrighty Show. He noted that Donny van de Beek’s quality already exists at the Old Trafford before his coming, adding that he does the same thing as Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

The Arsenal legend admits the Dutch midfielder is a great player but he might not give more than what the Red Devils already have because his preferred positions are already being handled by great players.

However, the Gunners are currently in the search for a new midfielder as they are making efforts to convince Atletico Madrid and Lyon for the signatures of Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar respectively.

Meanwhile, Man United have given the hint that they are still in the summer transfer market to land players that will help improve their team for the season’s challenge.

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EPL: How Arsenal will prise away Aouar from Lyon revealed

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Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has given the hint that the North London outfit Arsenal will snap up the signature of Houssem Aouar from French Ligue 1 outfit by leaving it close to the end of the summer transfer window.

Houssem Aouar is a top target for the Gunners and efforts to convince the French Ligue 1 giants to come down from their £54 million asking price has failed but the North London club are not giving up on eh possibility of the deal.

Manager Mikel Arteta holds the belief that his side can challenge for titles and return to the Champions League if he is able to add a quality midfielder to his team before the end of the summer window.

However, the transfer guru hinted that the Gunners will leave it late to strike the deal for the 22-year-old midfielder, adding that in the process of waiting for the last minute, Arsenal must have gotten rid of Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, and Sokratis Papa to raise some funds.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Houssem Aouar is very interested in the idea of moving to Arsenal and he is ready to give his nod as soon as an agreement is reached between the two clubs.

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EPL: Chelsea Confirm £22m Transfer

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Chelsea have increased the African contingent on their payroll following the capture of Senegalese international shot stopper Edouard Mendy.

The 28-year-old becomes the eighth signing of the summer for Chelsea after the announcement was made on Thursday.

Edouard Mendy signs for the Blues from French team Rennes after the two clubs reached an agreement of £22m in transfer fees for his services.

He has signed a five-year contract until the summer of 2025.

Edouard Mendy is now expected to become the first choice goalkeeper ahead of the troubled Kepa Arrizabalaga who has struggled for form and confidence for the better part of the last one year.

The Senegalese goalkeeper could make his first appearance with the club at the weekend as Chelsea travel to the Midlands to take on Premier League newcomers West Bromwich Albion.

Chelsea had previously signed free agents Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr in this transfer window.

Other signings include Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

With the signing of the aforementioned Mendy, Chelsea could send Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan as per the latest reports in the media.

Kepa Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in world football when Chelsea activated his £71m release clause at La Liga club Athletic Bilbao two years ago.

His loss of confidence has seen him produce howlers consistently.

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Lyon Supremo Plays Down Gunners’ Aouar Move

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Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has poured cold water on the reported interest of Arsenal in club skipper Houssem Aouar.

The Lyon supremo told French media portal Le Progres that Arsenal and other clubs will find it hard to sign Houssem Aouar in the current transfer market which will close on the 5th of October.

According to him, the best decision would be for the player to stay at the club beyond this summer’s transfer window.

Lyon don’t have European football to offer Houssem Aouar this season but the club supremo still believes that staying at the club would be the best bet for the 22-year-old Frenchman.

Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester City and Real Madrid have all been linked with a move for Houssem Aouar this summer and only the Gunners have made an official bid for him.

The Premier League giants offered cash plus Matteo Guendouzi in July and it was turned down by the French club.

Aouar was one of the best midfielders in the Champions League last season as Lyon got to the last four before they were eliminated by German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

The French junior international scored one goal plus four assists in eight Champions League matches.

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Sky Sports’ Reporter Provides Update On Man United Pursuit Of Jadon Sancho

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Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has given an update on Manchester United’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund player Jadon Sancho during this transfer window.

It’s no secret that England international Jadon Sancho is the top transfer target for the Red Devils in the ongoing transfer market.

Dharmesh Sheth provided a transfer update on Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United earlier this week

He stated that time is running out for the Red Devils to complete the transfer of Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford and that Borussia Dortmund have not softened their stance on the exit of their prized asset.

Manchester United were given a transfer deadline of August 1 to secure the signing of the aforementioned Sancho and that ultimatum was extended to August 10 but the Premier League club decided to concentrate on agents and their fees.

According to him, Manchester United still have a little time for the transfer since the market won’t be shut until October 5.

Jadon Sancho netted 17 times in the league last season as his Borussia Dortmund side missed out on the German Bundesliga title to Bayern Munich.

The 20-year-old also added 16 assists to the goal tally.

In total, he has 35 goals in 101 games for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions.

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EPL: Arsenal Eyeing ‘Late Loan Move’ For Barcelona Flop

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Arsenal are eyeing a late loan move for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho according to the publication from Spanish outlet SPORT.

The Gunners had earlier weighed up the option of signing Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona at the start of the transfer window in July but it looks like new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman wants to keep the 29-year-old at the Nou Camp.

The report mentioned earlier stated that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could still make a move for the Brazilian international before the end of the transfer window.

The Barcelona player could boost the Brazilian contingent at Arsenal further this summer.

Arsenal signed Willian from Chelsea on a free transfer this summer to take the number of Brazilian players at Arsenal to three. The other Brazilian players at the club are David Luiz and Gabriel Martinelli.

Philippe Coutinho has not lived up to his hefty price tag at Barcelona following his £142m transfer from Liverpool in January 2018.

He left Barcelona to join German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich at the start of last season after a difficult 18-month period at the start of his Barcelona career.

Coutinho played his part in the treble-winning campaign of the Bavarian giants last season.

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