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At least five clubs want to sign young Arsenal target

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It is not often that a League One player becomes one of the most sought after signings but that is what is happening with Arsenal target Joe Aribo.

In addition to our interest, the Charlton Athletic midfielder is now on the radar of Manchester City, Celtic, Rangers, Southampton and Rennes, according to a variety of reports.

The Addicks themselves are desperate to hang on to the 22-year-old who’s contract expires in the summer, however, with so many clubs interested, including at least two in the Champions League, possibly three with us, then it is hard to see how they will hang on to the youngster.

Aribo has had a stellar season and even though he is playing in a lower league he has shown more than enough to interest so many top-flight clubs.

Our interest has been well documented and even acknowledged by the Charlton manager Lee Bowyer who said,


“We are trying our hardest to get Joe to sign a contract.

“The speculation with Arsenal, if that is the case, shows we have done a good job with him.

“He was hardly playing last season, now he has got teams like Arsenal supposedly looking at him.”

Aribo certainly fits the profile of the sort of player that we want to sign, he is in the mould of Aaron Ramsey with his driving runs and best of all, he comes without a transfer fee.

But if we are to sign him we will need to offer him more than what our competitors can offer, which is a promise of regular first team football at the highest level which makes winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League critical if we are to persuade the youngster to sign for us.

If I was to hazard an educated guess I would say that we are probably the front runners to sign the lad but it is far from certain at this stage.

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Video – Aubameyang and Lacazette celebrations so cool even Liverpool players copying it

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Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette goal celebration has become so iconic that even Liverpool players are now imitating it.

I was on Twitter and saw this video posted up by Liverpool and was intrigued, I mean, we are playing them on Saturday and much to my surprise I saw Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk celebrate a goal in training with the Auba and Laca handshake celebration.

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They say flattery is the biggest compliment but come on guys, get your own celebration, you score enough goals to be able to think of something.

Being cool is not something you can train for, it comes naturally and so I suppose it is understandable that the Liverpool boys felt they had no choice but to rip off the Arsenal hit man.


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Should David Luiz be named as an Arsenal captain?

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I have a routine that I undertake each day when it comes to Arsenal, I check the news sites, visit some of my own personal Gooner websites, Untold Arsenal as an example and check out the latest videos on Youtube, normally from AFTV.

Today, I checked the news, mainly rubbish and clickbait, as usual, read a few articles and then jumped onto Youtube and saw that Claude and Ty have done a video for AFTV titled David Luiz for Arsenal Captain?

Now, I have yet to watch the video and so have no idea what they have said and this article is in no way a reflection of their comments.

But it got me to thinking, should David Luiz be the Arsenal captain?

Well, anyone that has read my previous posts on the Brazilian will know I simply do not rate him as highly as some do, I do not think he is good for Arsenal long term and believe he is a liability these days and therefore it will come as no surprise to anyone that I am vehemently opposed to Luiz being named the Arsenal captain.


For starters, I simply do not see him a true Arsenal player, to me, he is a Chelsea outcast that we have picked up.

I know some will say that is being silly but I felt the same about Petr Cech as well and cannot change my belief system.

As for his leadership qualities, I ask what leadership qualities? Are we talking how he lead Brazil to their greatest ever humiliation losing 7-1 to Germany on their own ground in the world cup?

No, I do not feel he has the leadership qualities Arsenal are looking for, I do not feel that he understands the Arsenal culture, I do not feel he has the quality to be even guaranteed a first-team spot on a regular basis.

He is an Arsenal player now and so I will support him every time he pulls on the shirt but it does not mean that I have to delude myself and claim that he is some sort of fantastic player with outstanding leadership qualities.


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Arsenal star's agent admits he neared surprise Gunners exit – 'There was the possibility'

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The Uruguay international proved a real hit at last year’s World Cup in Russia, earning a move to the Emirates Stadium from Sampdoria.

He got off on the right note too, scoring against Tottenham in the north London derby to instantly prove a hit with supporters.

But as the season went on, his form dipped amid claims he was missing Italy and struggling to adapt to life in England off the field.

Now the player’s agent Pablo Bentancur has admitted that the pair discussed a return to Serie A in months gone by.

“There was the possibility. Giampaolo is in the heart of Lucas,” Bentancur told TMW.

“But Arsenal said he had no intention of selling the boy.

“Lucas is fine, the club are happy with him. This will be the year of consecration. With the Arsenal shirt.

“Milan is Milan, it will always be an important team, even if today it has some economic problems.”

AC Milan were the club most serious about signing Torreira if he became available.

That’s after his former boss at Sampdoria, Marco Giampaolo moved to the San Siro.

Speculation was ignited after the midfielder spoke to press at the Copa America while on international duty.

“I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country,” he said.

“The language [barrier] has cost me, to be able to relate with my peers and with the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have dialogue.

“And so is the climate. You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you arrive late to your home and it is cloudy.

“It is strange a little bit, the sun, the more of us that we are here and we are accustomed to having always or almost always the sun. But as the years pass, I’m going to be adapting.”

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