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Atletico keen on Lacazette, now open for a swap deal

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An emerging report claims that Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid are now desperate to land Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer transfer window and are ready to swap two players to be able to achieve this.

This is not the first time the French striker is being linked with the Madrid team with speculations that the Gunners had offered him for Thomas Partey but it was rejected by the Spanish La Liga club.

Now, it is reported that Atletico Madrid are open to a swap deal but have not included Thomas Partey in the deal. Marca reports that they are offering both Vitolo and Thomas Lemar to the North London club in exchange for the former Lyon striker.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time Thomas Lemar is being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, having failed to make an impact in Atletico Madrid since joining in 2018.

What is unclear is if the Gunners are still interested in offloading Alexandre Lacazette with manager Mikel Arteta already hinting that he wants to keep the player at the club.

However, efforts by the Gunners to land Thomas Partey have been proving difficult with no development on the deal for the past days.

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 may now play regularly in the Champions League with United

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There are suggestions that North London outfit Arsenal will now have a better chance of playing in the Champions League in the coming years as Man United and Liverpool could quit the biggest European tournament.

It is reported that the Red Devils and the Merseyside outfit are part of the clubs in Europe who are pushing to have the European Premier league and it is feared that it will put an end to their participation in the Champions League.

Reports claim that the world football governing body, FIFA is backing the move for the proposed European Super League competition that will reshape the global pattern of the game.

It is also understood that more than a dozen clubs in Spain, England, Germany, Italy, and France are founding members of the competition and it could start in 2022.

However, five clubs in the English Premier League are expected to be involved but the three other clubs are yet to be known as Man United and Liverpool have been confirmed.

This means that the fate of the Champions League is unknown but should the North London outfit refuse to join, it is believed that they stand a better chance in securing qualifications as two other top teams will be leaving.

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How much time does Mesut Ozil have at Arsenal?

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It will only take a miracle for German International Mesut Ozil to play for Arsenal again. The Premier League list has been submitted by the North London outfit and he was missing again.

This is another development in the controversy surrounding Mesut Ozil at Arsenal as he was earlier snubbed from the Europa League list which means he will no longer play any competitive game for the club.

Mesut Ozil has not played any game competitive for the North London outfit since the restart of the league and has refused to leave despite receiving offers from a number of clubs.

With his contract expected to expire in the coming summer, it is very unlikely that he will remain at the club until the end of his contract as he has earlier insisted.

This is because he will be match rusty and redundant and that could force him out of the club in the January transfer window.

It is now understood that some clubs in the MLS are desperate to land Mesut Ozil and will make a move for him in the January transfer window. The decision is left for the World Cup winner to make if he will continue to remain at the Emirates Stadium or will leave in January.

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Will Arsenal join European Premier League?

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There are possibilities that the English Premier League outfit Arsenal will join the movement to start the European Premier League competition as it is claimed that they are being approached by the initiators.

Two Premier League outfits Man United and Liverpool are reported to be part of the initiators and they could be among those that have approached the North London club to join in the movement.

It is understood that the European Premier League could end the UEFA Champions League as it is proposed to start in 2020 after receiving the backing of the world football governing body, FIFA.

The proposed European Premier League is expected to involve 18 teams, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, and others from the top leagues in the world.

A source has confirmed this development to Sky Sports and he made it clear that it is potentially the most important development in the world club football for decades.

However, the North London outfit are yet to confirm the development and it is not reported if they have accepted the offer or not.

Howbeit, it is unlikely that the UEFA Champions League will be abolished as it might continue to give opportunities to other interested clubs and leagues.

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What Arsene Wenger told Ozil after Premier League snub

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has already released names of the Premier League squad and as expected, the name of the clubs outcast Mesut Ozil is missing.

This suggests that the German international midfielder will no longer be playing for the club anymore as he was also snubbed from the Europa League squad.

The former Real Madrid player has been involved in a lot of controversies at the Emirates Stadium and that is believed to be the reason why he has not played any competitive game since last season.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has sent a message to the Arsenal outcast on how to go about his career after he is now aware that he will not be playing for the club again.

The legendary Arsenal manager has told Mesut Ozil to start training again so that he can prepare for a career with another team in the future, noting that it is the only way out for the German international.

Arsene Wenger stated that he has not spoken to Mesut Ozil since he left the club but the best thing for the player is to ensure that his level does not club if he must save his career.

It is therefore expected that Mesut Ozil will abandon his earlier stance on staying at the Emirates Stadium until his contract expires in the summer and leave the club in the January winter transfer window.

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Pundit cry foul over kieran Tierney decision

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Football Insider writer Alan Hutton has suggested that Celtic manager Neil Lennon will be unhappy to have his request to play Ryan Christie for a league game while the North London outfit were able to have Kieran Tierney for the Premier League game against Man City.

It would be recalled that both players were part of the Wales national team during the international break where Stuart Armstrong tested positive and that they should have been isolated according to authorized protocols.

After insisting that players who had contacts with Stuart Armstrong should be isolated, the Gunners battled to have Kieran Tierney back in the team for the Man City game and that has been translated to be unfair to Celtic who was unable to make use of his player.

Ryan Christie missed the derby game against Rangers where his tea, lost by 2-0, and the football pundit claim that Celtic boss would be angry especially learning that the arsenal man was in action the same weekend.

However, the North London outfit ended up losing 1-0 against Man City with the presence of Kieran Tierney and that remains a setback to the team as they now prepare to play the Europa League on Thursday.

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Former Arsenal player joins Chelsea again

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The latest report has revealed that former Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has now returned as a non-contract player for his former club Chelsea.

Petr Cech retired in 2019 when he was playing for Arsenal and returned for a management role only to be listed in Frank Lampard’s squad for the Premier League season.

The former Arsenal shot-stopper was only the technical advisor role at Stamford Bridge but there was a need for him to be back in the team and it is very likely he would be seen in the middle of the sticks again.

Before joining the North London outfit, Petr Cech was flying the colours of the Blues team for 11 years with over 300 appearances, winning four Premier League titles.

Chelsea have confirmed Petr Cech will be part of the squad as an emergency cover and as a non-contract player with the situation at the club.

The goalkeeping situation seems to have changed at Stamford Bridge as Edouard Mendy is now the first-choice ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga after he was unconvincing in his recent performances.

However, it is yet to be seen if an opportunity will be available for Petr Cech to have a new debut at the club or not.

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Europa League: Arsenal predicted XI against SK Rapid Wien

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After losing 1-0 to Man City at the weekend, the English Premier League outfit Arsenal will now face SK Rapid Wien in the Europa League in their first European journey this season.

After struggling in the attack against Man City, it is expected that the North London outfit will pull out a new system and Mikel Arteta might consider playing a fairly different team to be able to pull a win.

New Arsenal signing Thomas Partey did not start in the Premier League game against Man City with the Spanish boss claiming that he is not ready for games because he has not had enough training with the club and has not fully understood the system of play despite having all the qualities to do so.

It is, therefore, unknown if the Ghanaian international will be given his full debut in the Europa League game as that decision will be left alone to manager Mikel Arteta to make.

However, the predicted starting eleven could have Bernd Leno give way for Alex Runarsson, while the set-up at the attack could be changed as well.

See predicted XI: Alex Runarsson, Sead Kolanisanc, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Cedric Soares, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, Joe Willock, Riess Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Nketiah.

The likes of Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey, Willian, Bernd Leno, Alexandre Lacazette, and Nicolas Pepe could start from the bench.

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Arsenal set for Wolverhampton battle over Bundesliga star

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English Premier League outfits Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to battle for the signature of Bayern Munich star Angelo Stiller ahead of the coming transfer window.

The future of the 19-year-old is uncertain at the German Bundesliga outfit as he is considering his long-term future at the club with his current contract set to expire next summer window.

Angelo Stiller recently made his debut for the Bundesliga outfit in the DFB Pokal and there are chances that he has already started his countdown at the club if he eventually decides to leave.

It is understood that a manger Mikel Arteta has watched the versatile midfielder and he will be making a move for him later in the summer transfer window but that will only happen if he makes the decision to leave.

German Bundesliga trio Werder Bremen, Stuttgart, and Union Berlin are reported to be keen on the signature of the Bayern Munich star which leaves him with a lot of options.

However, Wolves are the major contenders for the signature of the 19-year-old as he is believed to prefer a move to the English Premier League than remain in Germany.

Angelo Stiller is one of the players tipped to serve as an alternative to Arsenal’s summer transfer target and Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

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