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Lacazette breaks silence over speculations of his swap with Partey

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Alexandre Lacazette

This is the first time that Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be responding to the speculations that have flooded the media over his future at the Emirates Stadium.

Some reports claim that Alexandre Lacazette is unhappy at the Emirates Stadium after he was handed some bench roles in the last season and wants to leave the club while other reports claim the Gunners chief wants him to leave to be able to cash in from his signature.

All the reports also point to the fact that the North London outfit have offered him to Spanish LA Liga club Atletico Madrid to be able to bring in Thomas Partey this summer transfer window.

However, the player in his response claims he is unofficially aware of the reports and cannot act base on speculations but noted that he is not pleased if it is true.

According to him, the Gunners chiefs do not make a decision but the manager (Mikel Arteta) and he is confident that he has the Spanish boss’ trust to succeed at the club in the coming season.

Alexandre Lacazette still has two years left in his contract with the North London club and he has no intention to quit this early, knowing that Mikel Arteta has faith in him

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

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EPL: Liverpool legend reveals something special about Arsenal

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Liverpool legend John Barnes has affirmed that Arsenal is now a stronger team with the recruitment of Thomas Partey in their team, adding that he will help them to find the right balance.

The Ghanaian international joined the North London outfit in the summer transfer deadline day from Spanish la Liga outfit Atletico Madrid after his release clause of £45 million was activated. His first game for the club got everyone talking and the Liverpool legend also has his voice to lend.

After watching the North London outfit lose against Leicester City, John Barnes is not losing any faith in Mikel Arteta’s side as he expressed confidence that the new signing will help find a balance in the team and help going forward.

The Liverpool legend added that with the former Atletico Madrid midfielder, Arsenal defence will be well shielded as well as the transition from the back to attack.

He said that Arsenal are currently being affected by the strange season with everything going on, citing the Liverpool 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa as one of the effects of the new normal but he is confident that all teams will soon be settled.

John Barnes hailed the Arsenal team for having a good structure process under the Spanish boss as it helps them to look better than they were two seasons ago. The top-four target is a possibility for Arsenal according to the Reds legend.

However, John Barnes argued that the North London outfit have not been scoring goals but that does not mean they do not have good attackers but they are only trying to settle well in the season and will soon get back to their best.

The burden of Arsenal’s goal drought lies on the shoulders of Gabon international forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he has been backed by manager Mikel Arteta to start scoring again.

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Nicolas Pepe is told he risks getting Mesut Ozil treatment

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Ivory Coast star Nicolas Pepe was impressive in Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Dundalk on Thursday night but he has been warned by former player Martin Keown that he risks getting the same treatment as Mesut Ozil if he does not get better with his consistency.

Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal squad for all major competitions this season and that means he would be forced to leave with the January transfer window being considered to save his career.

The attitude and performance of the former Real Madrid playmaker are cited as the reason why manager Mikel Arteta continued to snub him from games before deciding to leave him out of the team after he refused to improve.

Martin Keown, reacting to Nicolas Pepe’s goal and performance in the Europa League game said “These are the moments from Pepe that we were expecting when he first arrived.”

He lamented that the fans are yet to see enough of the former Lille player, adding that his best must be seen more often to be able to seal his place in the team.

Martin Keown noted that Mikel Arteta might have claimed to fail Mesut Ozil but such an excuse cannot be given of the Ivory Coast star because he has been given the opportunity but he has to get the best for himself.

“We’ve all talked about Ozil not being around and the manager saying he failed the player. What about Pepe now? We’re moving onto the next generation. How do you get the best from him, and is he getting the best for himself?”

However, manager Mikel Arteta has promised to help Nicolas Pepe and guide him towards consistency of performance.

The Spanish boss is encouraged by the fact that Nicolas Pepe is willing and he has hinted on helping him to be at his best every week.

The Ivory Coast international scored five league goals in his first season in England, against the 22 he scored in his final season with Lille.

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Mikel Arteta says what will happen at Old Trafford

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After securing a 3-0 win in the Europa League against Dundalk on Thursday, Mikel Arteta has stated that his team will go to Old Trafford at the weekend to win the game.

Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, and Nicolas Pepe were all on target for the Gunners in the easy win to give the club a perfect record in the Europa League this season.

The North London outfit will now face a crucial Premier League game against the Red Devils on Sunday with the hope of continuing their winning streak. The Gunners have lost their last two league games against Man City and Leicester City and cannot afford another this weekend.

Mikel Arteta, who spoke after the Europa League game, urged his players to turn their attention to the weekend trip to Old Trafford against an unbeaten Man United team for the last four matches.

“After losing the way we lost against Leicester, it was painful at home and took us a few days to digest that defeat.

“But you have to react straight away with a win with this type of attitude and let’s get ready

“We go to Old Trafford and we try to win against them” he concluded.

Mikel Arteta hailed his team for the easy win on Thursday night, stating that ir was made easy with discipline and seriousness noting that any opponent can cause damage if they aren’t 100 percent.

However, the North London outfit cannot boast of that record of wins against Man United at the Old Trafford but with the new system and attitude under the Spanish boss, much more can be expected from the game.

The North London outfit will seek to regain their respect from the Red Devils and that makes it a game to look forward to with the Gunners now having the presence of Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes in the team.

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