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Arsenal facing transfer PROBLEM because of Man Utd, Liverpool and Nicolas Pepe

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to the transfer window to strengthen his squad, regardless of whether or not they win the Europa League.

But Manchester United and Liverpool are looking to do the same, with both clubs interested in securing Pepe’s signature.

The Lille star, who is also in the Gunners’ sights, has enjoyed a stunning campaign with the Ligue 1 giants.

The 23-year-old has bagged an impressive 20 goals from 36 league outings, clocking up 11 assists along the way.

Express Sport understands Arsenal are interested in securing Lorient hitman Alexis Claude-Maurice.

But Lille want him too as a replacement for United and Liverpool target Pepe.

Should one of Arsenal’s domestic rivals swoop for the star, then Lille may go in for Claude-Maurice.

And that would give the Gunners a problem, with Emery eager to sign Claude-Maurice as well this summer.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move to Pepe.

But United, according to journalist Duncan Castles, have enquired about the player Arsenal are also tracking.

“One of the clubs interested in Pepe [that] have expressed an interest to Lille is Manchester United,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.

“I’m told that last week a phone call went in to one of the Lille directors to enquire about the cost of a transfer for Pepe, who’s been outstanding in the French division this year, scoring goals and creating goals with a great deal of pace, actually a very good fit to what Manchester United would need on the right wing, to ask whether he would be available for sale.

“So Manchester United have shown their hand there. They’ve not gone any further.

“I’m told there’s been no bid and there’s been no further contact with Lille since that enquiry.

“But, again, the market’s beginning to move.

“Clubs like Lille who have players like Pepe who they know they will sell this summer, they very openly advertised and set a fee for him, would like to have as many of the big clubs bidding for him as possible, are waiting for one of these big clubs to make a move and inject money into the market so they can spend and recruit elsewhere, and those moves have implications for everyone else.”

Arsenal have also been linked with Kostas Manolas, Wilfried Zaha and Samuel Umtiti.

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Arsenal fans rage at Dele Alli goal vs Watford – ’VAR is a Tottenham fan’

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Arsenal fans could not believe Tottenham’s luck as they secured a late draw against Watford.

Ben Foster dropped the ball in the 86th minute and Dele Alli gobbled up the chance to snatch a point.

VAR checked the goal to make sure there was nothing wrong with it, and ruled it legal despite the ball appearing to come off the top of Alli’s arm.

Yet the big screen inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium initially read ‘No Goal’ which sent the Watford supporters into raptures.

However on the field, the Hornets were instructed to kick off and restart play.

It’s not the first time Tottenham have had to rely on VAR to spare their blushes.

Last season Raheem Sterling scored in the Champions League quarter-finals in the final minutes and thought he’d sent them through to the last four.

But VAR ruled out the goal and also did the same in the Premier League back in August when Gabriel Jesus scored in injury time against Spurs.

Arsenal fans were keen to point out today was not the first instance of Tottenham getting a decision in their favour.

“VAR is a Tottenham fan,” one fan tweeted.

Another said: “Once again Tottenham saved by the luck of VAR and refereeing decisions…

“It’s getting repetitive now.”

A third said: “Deulofeu should’ve had a penalty in the first half! That was a stonewall penalty! VAR is so biased especially towards Tottenham and Liverpool.”

Another wrote: “VAR helping Tottenham as usual.”

A fifth said: “It’s ridiculous how VAR keeps favoring Tottenham.”

Tottenham can also count themselves lucky they didn’t give away a penalty in the first half.

Jan Vertonghen appeared to trip Gerard Deulofeu in the box, but the challenge went unpunished.

Tottenham are up to seventh in the table while Watford remain winless.

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Man Utd boss Solskjaer questioned by Stelling as Arsenal comparison made – EXCLUSIVE

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to start using his young talent, just like Unai Emery does at Arsenal.

That’s the view of Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, who has seen United struggle at the beginning of the season.

Solskjaer’s side have won just two of their first eight matches and face table-toppers Liverpool on Sunday.

Solskjaer has looked short in attack though still only uses the likes of Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong sparingly.

And Stelling believes Solskjaer, who only took over as manager last December, needs to back his young talent during his struggles as boss.

“Watching against Newcastle, I watched Solskjaer on the touchline and he looks a bit lost,” Stelling told Express Sport. “He looks like he’s as shocked as anyone else.

“Of course he says the right things but he looks as bewildered as anyone else and doesn’t know what the heck to do about it.

“You can argue that the players he has brought in have done well, so he’s in credit for that. But he doesn’t know his best side, that’s quite clear.

“He doesn’t know how to get the best out of Rashford, and not just Rashford.

“And even though he sings the praises of the young players, if he’s not starting Mason Greenwood, when they’re in a run like this, when is he going to start them?

“Even letting Sanchez and Lukaku go, he still will not put the kids in from the start.

“I just think there are so many mixed messages, are they good enough or are they not good enough? There’s only one way to find out.

“Arsenal are doing it, for different reasons, but they are putting their kids in and it’s paying dividends. From a United perspective, they’ve got nothing to lose.”

Manchester United host Liverpool at 4.30pm on Sunday.

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Watford striker Danny Welbeck goes down injured after just 55 SECONDS against Tottenham

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Watford striker Danny Welbeck goes down injured after just 55 SECONDS against Tottenham as the former Arsenal and Manchester United man’s fitness woes come back to haunt him

  • Danny Welbeck went down with an injury less than a minute into the game in N17 
  • He signed for Watford on a free transfer with hopes of playing regular football 
  • But he is now set for a spell on the sidelines in what could be another ankle issue
  • Fans have called on the player to retire with injury problems plaguing his career 

Watford forward Danny Welbeck strengthened his injury-prone reputation after he was forced to come off against Tottenham just 55 seconds into the game.

The former Arsenal and Manchester United star has struggled with fitness issues for a majority of his career but a fresh start at Vicarage Road gave him hope of putting those problems behind him for good. 

Danny Welbeck goes down injured under no challenge as Watford's physio's give treatment

Danny Welbeck goes down injured under no challenge as Watford’s physio’s give treatment 

But any optimism Welbeck had turned over a new leaf were immediately quashed less than a minute after kick off when he went down with no one around him at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu after briefly being attended to by medics.

Welbeck missed much of the 2018/19 season for Arsenal, with an ankle injury ruling him out for six months, and its possible the problem has now resurfaced.

The 28-year-old has made three starts for the Hornets this season after signing on a free transfer from the Gunners this summer.

He is ushered off the pitch as his injury problems come to light in yet another league season

He is ushered off the pitch as his injury problems come to light in yet another league season

He is ushered off the pitch as his injury problems come to light in yet another league season

Welbeck has a history of fitness woes and missed six months for Arsenal in the last campaign

Welbeck has a history of fitness woes and missed six months for Arsenal in the last campaign

Welbeck has a history of fitness woes and missed six months for Arsenal in the last campaign

It had been hoped he might be able to chip in with goals to boost Watford’s charge to stave off relegation, but he is now set for a spell on the sidelines. 

And football fans have been quick to poke fun at Welbeck given his history with injuries, with some urging him to retire.

One user pointed how Welbeck sustained his injury without any contact from an opposition player, while another said he should consider ‘calling time on his career’.



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