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Transfer: former Aston Villa player rallies support for Man United

Timothy Aiyeku

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Former Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has rallied support for Man United in their bid to land Jack Grealish in this summer transfer window.

The Aston Villa captain is a major target for the Red Devils alongside England international Jadon Sancho from German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in the coming summer window.

A move is, therefore, being contemplated by Jack Grealish as he is focused on stopping his team from a drop so as to retain their place in the English Premier League for the coming season.

Gabriel Agbonlahor has, therefore, backed the player to make the decision on a move to the Red Devils team, noting that he would have done the same if he were to be in his shoes.

According to him, Jack Grealish deserves to play in the Champions League and will fit better in clubs like Man United and Tottenham. He added that playing in with elite players will help bring the best out of the player.

However, The Red Devils team is focused on securing a Champions League spot before shifting to the recruitment of new players with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping to strengthen to be able to challenge for titles 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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Arsenal prediction, preview against Aston Villa

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North London outfit Arsenal will resume hostilities in the Premier League on Sunday against Aston Villa as they seek to continue their winning run after defeating Man United and Molde in the Europa League.

Aston Villa have suffered two successive defeats against Leeds United and Southampton but they are still sitting ahead of the North London outfit on the log table. They both have that to settle when they meet on Sunday.

However, Mikel Arteta’s team will thread with care knowing that Aston Villa have a history of humiliating a big team. The humiliation of the English Premier League title holder’s by 7-2 earlier in the transfer window.

Nevertheless, Arsenal have conceded fewer goals this season, seeing just five goals at the back of their net from their last eight matches. It also includes three clean sheets.

Meanwhile, we expect manager Mikel Arteta to have almost the same starting XI from the game against Man United and that means giving room to Brazilian international David Luiz in the defence.

It is still unclear who will be given the nod between Nicolas Pepe and Willian, especially after declaring that the former Lille star must be consistent with his performance before he can play ahead of the former Chelsea star.

The space of Thomas Partey in the team is not negotiable and his partnership with Mohamed Elneny on the pitch could be seen again.

The highlight of the game is the return of goalkeeper Emi Martinez to the North London outfit after bidding farewell in the summer. This will be his first competitive game against his former side and we expect as sterling performance as usual.

Arsenal possible starting lineup:

Bernd Leno, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieren Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Bukayo Saka, Willian, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Chelsea Midfielder Joins Aston Villa On Loan

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Ross Barkley

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has joined fellow Premier League side Aston Villa on loan for the remainder of this season.

His loan deal to the former European champions was confirmed by the Blues on Wednesday morning.

Ross Barkley has decided to move away from Chelsea after the array of talents signed by the club left him on the fringes.

The 26-year-old would now be hoping to make his mark on an Aston Villa side that has started the season in sparkling form.

Aston Villa have won two from two league games and are currently in the top four despite playing a game lesser than 16 other teams.

Ross Barkley could make his debut for Aston Villa in the upcoming league game at home to champions Liverpool.

The Carabao Cup fourth round clash at home to Stoke City on Thursday night might come too soon for him.

He scored 11 goals in 86 appearances for Chelsea with the last of his goals coming last week during the Carabao Cup fourth round win over second tier team Barnsley.

Ross Barkley joined Chelsea from Everton in January 2018 in a £15m deal and has struggled to consistently hold a permanent spot in the first team.

He played under three managers namely Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard.

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End of the road for Man United as target signs 5-year deal

Timothy Aiyeku

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The speculations linking Jack Grealish to Man United have can now be put to rest following reports that he has signed a new 5-year deal with Aston Villa.

After hoping Aston Villa to avoid relegation last term, Jack Grealish was linked with a move to the Old Trafford with speculations that efforts are being made to snap him up but that did not work out.

Now, it is confirmed that he will be with Aston Villa for more years after penning a long-term deal with the club until 2025 as he is highly valued by the club owners.

Aston Villa owners have shown ambition to bounce back this new season with the decision to keep Jack Grealish as well as bring in other players in this summer transfer window so as to avoid the mistakes of last season.

Jack Grealish has been one of the best on Aston Villa’s book, scoring 10 goals in 41 appearances as a midfielder last season, particularly the goal he scored in the last game of the season.

However, Jack Grealish was never a priority for the Red Devils and now that they have secured the signature of Donny van de Beek, there will be no need for a new addition at the midfield.

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