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William Saliba: Arsenal expresses fears in reply to Saint Etienne

Timothy Aiyeku



William Saliba

Arsenal Football Club have expressed fears over the safety and welfare of their player William Saliba, a reason why he would not be allowed to join his former team Saint Etienne for a Cup final later in July.

The French club had faulted Arsenal for not releasing the Brazilian for a loan extension as an agreement for the term was not reached. This could be leading to a war of words after Saint Etienne claimed the Gunners were “imposing absolutely unacceptable sports and financial conditions”

In a reply to Saint Etienne, Arsenal in a statement said in their dealing with the French outfit, the sole aim is to help and protect William Saliba’s welfare as well as the interest of the club.

The North London outfit noted that Saliba’s contract with Saint Etienne had ended on June 30 and they were willing to release him for the French Cup final against PSG on July 24 but an agreement was not reached.

According to Arsenal, Saliba is just returning from injury and to protect him, Saint Etienne was asked to follow clear training plan with the player and that must happen with collaboration and supervision by Arsenal staff to ensure the player is fully fit to start the new season but an agreement was not reached on that.

While the player might be disappointed with this development, Arsenal will maintain their stance to ensure the welfare of the player because of the need for him to be fit for next 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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Opinion: Mesut Ozil saga reveals true Arsenal friends

Timothy Aiyeku



Mesut Ozil

A lot of people, including fans, former players, and pundits have had something to say on the exile of Mesut Ozil from the Arsenal team which puts an end to his spell at the Emirates Stadium while his contract expires in the coming summer.

The German international has not been in any of Arsenal’s game since the restart of the Premier League after the coronavirus pandemic and manager Mikel Arteta has insisted that he has left him out for football reasons.

Efforts to have him leave the club with reported interests from several clubs failed. He will now have to stay at the club without playing any game as his name was not included in the seasons’ squad for the Premier League and the Europa League.

The agent of the former Real Madrid star has blasted the Spanish boss for what he described as unfair treatment of his client, insisting that Mesut Ozil was not given the chance to prove himself as he has been working hard in training.

Mesut Ozil has also given his reaction; by protesting his exclusion and that has gotten Arsenal fans divided with some taking his side and others believing the exclusion from the team is justifiable.

Former players also delve into the sage with Jack Wilshere insisting that he sees no reason why Mesut Ozil would be left out of the current Arsenal squad, adding that he is one of the best midfielders in the world.

All the reactions have revealed the true friends of the North London outfit and those who only pretend to be.

It is a known fact that the manager has the decision of who plays and who does not as he is held responsible for whatever the outcome is. Standing with the club makes you a true friend and fan but backing a player who is not loyal to the club will be regarded as otherwise.

However, Mesut Ozil could be forced to leave in the January transfer window to save his career and also end the saga that places the club in a negative perspective.

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Arsenal target could be set for a move after giving a hint

Timothy Aiyeku



English Premier League outfit Arsenal have been linked with the signature of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard and are expected to make a move for him in the summer transfer window.

The situation now gets clear for the North London outfit to make the move as Odsonne Edouard admits he wants to play at a higher level than the Scottish league.

Through his goals, Odsonne Edouard made Celtic the Scottish champions for the ninth successive times and finished top scorer with 22 goals in 27 appearances.

In an interview with Telefoot, he said he has been with the Scottish giants for three tears and he is looking forward to a higher challenge at the right time.

The 22-year-old noted that he is focused on finishing the season with Celtic but he will have to make the right decision when the time is ripe but he failed to mention the country he would love to go.

The North London outfit are interested in the signature of Odsonne Edouard and have tipped him to replace Alexandre Lacazette at the club with the French man not sure of staying at the Emirates Stadium beyond this season.

Arsenal have continued to struggle with goal-scoring with Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not in the best of form and the former Lyon striker is not able to help to fill the gap.

Odsonne Edouard could be the deal for the Spanish boss as he is younger and have proven to have all it takes for the bigger level he hopes for.

However, Alexandre Lacazette will not be lacking in options of where to go if he is to leave Arsenal in the summer window as he is attracting interest from Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid and the Italian Serie A giants Juventus. He will also be welcomed at his former club, Lyon.

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The only way out to Aubameyang’s poor goal form revealed

Timothy Aiyeku



Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not been in goal scoring form, a development that has affected the North London outfit as they lost their last two Premier League games against Man City and Leicester City.

This has raised concerns amongst fans and analysts as he the Gabon International has been marked to lift the Gunners team this season with his goals, having started on a good note by winning the Community Shield for the club with his goals.

However, the solution for Arsenal has been revealed Mail online Columnist, Jordan Seaward as he wrote that other players must step up now to help the club so as to stop the overreliance on the former Borussia Dortmund forward for goals.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s highest goalscorer since he joined the club in January 2018 and he has been consistent which warmed him a new and improved deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Jordan Seaward stated that the North London outfit have other attackers in the team like Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, and Willian stressing that they have to rise the occasion to deliver goals for the club if they must save the season.

“Arsenal cannot continue to be over-reliant on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“When he is on song, they need not worry, but when he is in a rough path – as he is right now – there needs to be someone else they can turn to” he wrote.

He noted that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must walk through a difficult time and must be helped by his teammate to overcome in a good time.

Meanwhile, critics have lamented the fact that the Gabon International went quiet with goalscoring as soon as he was handed the new deal at the start of the season. He is now one of the highest paid players at the club.

Manager Mikel Arteta has backed the former Borussia Dortmund to return to his best as quickly as possible because of the need to start winning again.

Concerns over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s form have been motivated by Arsenal’s poor form from the last two Premier League games.

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