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Arsenal to strike a deal for 21-year-old in a free transfer

Timothy Aiyeku

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English Premier League outfit Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Ligue 1 club Nice defender Malang Sarr ahead of the summer transfer window if reports from French outlets are to be believed.

It is reported that the Gunners have been trailing the defender for some months having identified him as a defender with a big prospect and will look to bring him in this summer transfer window.

The 21-year-old will wrap up his contract with Nice at the end of the season which makes him a free player. The Gunners are hoping to take advantage of the situation to bring in the defender, knowing they do not have enough funds to engage in the summer transfer window.

With Arsenal reported to be sending another youngster Konstantinos out on loan, Malang Sarr will be a perfect replacement as manager Mikel Arteta will seek the player to partner with new recruit William Saliba in the coming season.

However, Arsenal will face competition from Italian Serie A side Torino for the Nice defender, the reason why Mikel Arteta is making efforts to land him as soon as the summer window is opened.

Mikel Arteta has, therefore, called on the club management to ensure huge financial budget in the summer transfer window.

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

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Should Leno be given Kepa Arrizabalaga’s treatment?

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After seeing German goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s mistake against Rapid last Thursday, during the Europa League clash, one will be forced to ask if Bernd Leno be relieved of his first-team duties or a change be enforced by manager Mikel Arteta in the playing from the back style.

The North London outfit risked a defeat in their first Europa League game of the season after they conceded a cheap goal, no thanks to Bernd Leno in an attempt to build the attack from the back
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Arsenal are on a mission of rebuilding the team and more to that is the fact that results must be visible, starting from this season. All errors that could cost the team must not be entertained and that must be made very clear to the German goalkeeper.

As a matter of fact, the Gunners do have other goalkeepers in the team and can be forced to give others the chance if they can be able to perform confidently in terms of the build-up attack from the back than surprise that happened with Bernd Leno in Austria.

The same treatment as meted on Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga can be done to Bernd Leno, knowing that he can be relegated to bench roles if the errors become consistent.

More to that is the fact that a new style of building an attack be adopted by the Spanish boss if he insists on playing Bernd Leno and not jeopardize the good efforts of other teammates in subsequent games.

There is no doubt about Bernd Leno’s quality and Level as a top player but with Mikel Arteta showing already showing that he is more of a business-minded manager, especially in the handling of Mesut Ozil, such might reflect on other players to keep the right culture and standard at the club.

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EPL: David Luiz thinks Liverpool must not exaggerate Virgil’s injury

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Arsenal defender David Luiz is already having the opinion that English Premier League giants Liverpool are over talking about the injury of their defender Virgil Van Dijk as it is not supposed to go that way.

The Dutch defender received a tackle from Jordan Pickford against Everton in the Merseyside derby game which affected his knee and it is feared that his season has already ended because he will be spending the next few months on the treatment table.

The Brazilian defender has pleasing and comforting words for the Liverpool defender but claims it is not a big deal for a player to be injured because football is a contact game and such is bound to happen if the player is unlucky.

Speaking before Arsenal’s Leicester City game the former Chelsea defender claims that the laws of the game cannot be changed to avoid such incidents, hence, Liverpool must get to work.

David Luiz stressed that it football, situations like injurers are bound to happen, noting that it is part of the job as a footballer but that should not happen without apologies and humility for all to see.

Football is made to make people happy according to David Luiz and that is why it is most important to protect the football in itself.

However, Liverpool are reported to be in the market to secure a cover for the former Southampton defender as they continue the bid of defending the Primer League title after securing a 2-1 win against Sheffield United on Saturday night.

It would be recalled that the Reds team won the Premier League last title last season by finishing top with 18 points ahead of second-placed Man City.

Liverpool will resume football action on Tuesday night when they play host to Midtjylland at Anfield in the Champions League encounter. It will be their second game after a 1-0 win against Ajax last week.

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EPL: Liverpool get strong message from former Arsenal star

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English Premier League title holders Liverpool have been given a strong message to secure the signing of a quality defender in the coming January transfer window.

The Reds team have suffered a major setback in their bid to defend the English Premier League title with the injury of Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk, who is no doubt one of the most important players in the team.

Virgil Van Dijk suffered a major knee injury in Liverpool’s Merseyside derby against Everton and will be out for the long term, the reason why Paul Merson thinks it would be wise for manager Jurgen Klopp to secure a new high-quality defender as a cover for the former Southampton defender.

Paul Merson sent his words to the Merseyside outfit through his column for the Daily Star by stressing that in addition to the fact that Liverpool players need to get together like never before, the club must also buy in the January window.

The former Arsenal man noted in his column that the Jurgen Klopp’s team would be talked down as a one-man team if they begin to lose games because of the absence of Virgil Van Dijk.

Paul Merson was clear about the fact that Virgil Van Dijk is the best defender but for Liverpool to be the best team in the world, they must win without one player.

However, he noted that the Reds team can boast of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip but these players are not in the same class as the former Southampton player, hence, there is a need to get a defender that can serve as a cover as well as play alongside Virgil Van Dijk when he returns.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have continued to be a strong team, even without Virgil Van Dijk. They secured a 2-1 win against Sheffield on Saturday night.

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