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Paul Merson Backs Arsenal to Sign Sergio Aguero after announced his departure from Etihad
Arsenal icon Paul Merson has admitted that Sergio Aguero would be a “good choice” for Arsenal ahead of his exit from Manchester City this summer.
On Monday evening, Aguero and Manchester City shocked many by announcing on Twitter that one of their greatest ever striker, who record-breaking decade at the Etihad stadium, will leave when his contract expires in the summer.
The Argentine yet to make final decision regarding his next destination, despite Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea said to be interested in signing the superstar striker.
However, Paul Merson believed Arteta good relationship with Aguero during his time at Etihad as assistant manager and Arsenal pattern of play, could play a key role in bringing in the Argentine to Emirates.
In his role as a pundit for Sky Sports, Paul Merson said: ‘Will he stay in England or will his next move be abroad? If he stays in England, I think Arsenal would suit the style he would be looking for. They’d be a good choice.
‘Mikel Arteta was at Manchester City and the way Arsenal play – they get around the box and they do create a lot of opportunities. Arsenal do tick that box for Aguero.’
Mohamed Elneny keen to extend Arsenal contract
The representative of Mohamed Elneny has confirmed his client will stay at Arsenal – and talks to extend his contract at the Emirates stadium are progressing.
Elneny, who back on a season-long loan with Besiktas in 2019/2020, struggling in term of playing time at Emirates, and there have been suggestions the Egypt international could return to Turkey on a permanent basis – but that is not his preferred option.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who handed little chance to impress under Mikel Arteta, has reportedly interest in remains at the club beyond this season, as he enjoy his services under the Spanish coach.
According to his agent, Alan Nazmy, both parties are keen to come to an agreement on fresh terms beyond summer 2022.
Nazmy said: ‘The player has a season left on his contract and we are currently working on renewing the contract. The player’s ambitions are to continue [with Arsenal], after earning the confidence of his coach Arteta. This is his first choice.
‘There are several offers for Mohamed. In the coming period, things will be decided, whether to accept one of these offers or continue to line up at Arsenal.’
Aubameyang makes Martin Odegaard move claim
Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has vowed to do his part in convincing Martin Odegaard to remain at the Emirates beyond the end of the season.
The 22-year-old, who brought quality, composure and an ‘incredible’ work-rate to Mikel Arteta’s side, won the hearts of Arsenal fans, after joining the Gunners on a temporary deal in January from Real Madrid.
Odegaard, produced eye-catching performances in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Olympiacos, in which the Norwegian star scored a long-range effort to get his first goal in Arsenal shirt.
And this was followed just days later by Odegaard notching his first Premier League goal on the grandest of stages, in the North London Derby versus Tottenham, before produced Man-of-the-match display in Arsenal’s dramatic 3-3 draw at West Ham before the international break.
As a result, Mikel Arteta & club chief are eager to extend his time at Emirates stadium beyond this season by making his temporary deal permanent this summer, but it’s going to take some doing with Real Madrid taking a firm stance on the midfielder’s future.
Thankfully, Arsenal have the help of Aubameyang, who says he will do his bit in trying to convince Odegaard stay at Emirates beyond the end of the season. In response to a question during his live stream on Twitch, the Gunners’ skipper said: ‘Definitely I will ask him.’
Arsenal Interested In Signing highly-rated midfielder Jesper Lindstrom
Arsenal have reportedly positioned themselves in signing Brondby highly-rated midfielder Jesper Lindstrom this summer, with the attacking midfielder shining for the Danish club during 2020-21 campaign.
Lindstrom, a one-time Denmark international, has been impressed for Brondby this season despite being just 21 years of age. He has netted nine goals and furthermore nine assists during just 22 league games, earning a senior Denmark cap.
The Brondby academy product now has 58 senior appearances for the side he came through the academy with, boasting stats of 14 goals and 13 assists, in which the majority has come this season.
His standout performances in 2020/21 campaign attracted interest from numbers of Premier League with including West Ham and Arsenal.
The Gunners are in market for attacking midfielder and according to Jeunes Footeux, claim Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Lindstrom, who reportedly available for just £5million.
West Ham also monitoring the starlet while Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, who are notorious for scouting young European talent, are also interested.
Moving on to eventful weekend crucial clash against Premier League champions Liverpool, Mikel Arteta’s side hopeful of getting back to winning ways after dramatic comeback 3-3 draw against West Ham United before the international break.
Here is latest injury update on Bukayo Saka, who struggling with hamstring problem in recent weeks.
The 19-year-old versatile player made returned to the Arsenal XI against West Ham after missing the 1-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the UEFA Europa League three days earlier because of a hamstring problem.
He played 74 minutes at the London Stadium before being replaced by Nicolas Pepe. However, the highly-rated forward withdrew from the England squad due to a hamstring injury and has remained with Arsenal in a bid to recover in time for the Liverpool match.
There was some hope the Gunners star would be fit for England’s match versus Poland on Wednesday night but he was not deemed fully fit for the match at Wembley.
A return against Liverpool on Saturday would be a welcome boost for Mikel Arteta and following a two-week break from action, a rested Saka could well make it into the starting XI.