Paul Merson Urges Former Club Arsenal to Sign West Ham Star Declan Rice

​Paul Merson has come out in rousing support of Englishman Declan Rice, suggesting that his former club Arsenal should move for the holding midfielder. 

Rice, 20, recently made the decision to change his national eligibility from Ireland to England, in the hope of breaking into Gareth Southgate’s team – and it’s something Merson thinks has only added to the midfielder’s value.

Mark Noble,Declan Rice

“​Now he’s chosen England, he’s just added to his value. Everyone is looking for young English talent. He ticks all the boxes,” Merson wrote in his column for the ​Star.

“He’s got a massive future in the game but he’s got to keep on doing it and not get distracted by all the hype around him. He’s got to make the right decisions for his career, but there’s no reason to think he won’t because he’s handled this decision well.

“​West Ham will hope they can hang on to him for as long as possible, because he has become one of their most important players. I suspect that he will just keep on getting better and better.”

​Arsenal are in the market for midfield help as both ​Aaron Ramsey and ​Mesut Ozil look to be on their way ​out of the club, and Merson went on to typically suggest that the West Ham midfielder would be a perfect acquisition.

Felipe Anderson,Declan Rice

Merson wrote: “He signed a new contract but it’s not worth a whole lot of money and he could certainly earn a lot more elsewhere. Any of the top teams would take him. Manchester United and Arsenal both need a midfielder.”

Whether he decides to stay with the Hammers or make the switch to a top six club, Rice looks set to have a huge future in English football.

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Tottenham Favourites to Sign AC Milan Star Ahead of North London Rivals

Tottenham Hotspur are favourites to beat north London rivals Arsenal to the signing of AC Milan star Suso.

The Spaniard is currently in contract talks with the Italian giants, but has attracted interest from clubs including Juventus and Arsenal.

The Mirror report that Spurs are looking to win the race for the 25-year-old ex-Liverpool player’s signature, especially if it means denying Arsenal his services. So far this season, Suso has scored six goals and provided eight assists in 26 appearances across all competitions.

Simone Padoini,Fernandez Suso

Suso has a £35m release cause in his current deal, which ​Milan are looking to increase during these contract talks.

Mauricio Pochettino has long been an admirer of the winger, especially as he can play in a number of positions. The Argentine will be battling it out with ​Arsenal boss Unai Emery for a player who has admitted that he is open to a return to the Premier League.

Suso made 21 appearances for ​Liverpool after his debut in 2012 and left England permanently in 2015 to go to Italy, where his career has taken off, but admitted in a recent interview: “Premier League football is different, I would call it special. I would like to play for Liverpool again someday. I grew up there and it is a big club”.

Having not signed a player in either of the last two transfer windows, Pochettino will be hoping to add to his squad in the summer and provide more strength in depth.

Fernandez Suso

Out of the two rival London clubs interested in the Spaniard, ​Tottenham seem to be the front-runners. Pochettino will be keen to get the deal over the line and to add Suso to his talented squad so that they can make another title challenge next season. 

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Emmanuel Petit Praises Matteo Guendouzi & Insists There Is More to Come From Arsenal Youngster

Former Arsenal midfielder ​Emmanuel Petit has lavished praise on youngster Matteo Guendouzi, claiming the midfielder can continue to improve and achieve great things with the club.

Petit, who won the Premier League title and FA Cup in his first season in north London, insists the young Frenchman has the potential to become a future Gunners captain, having been impressed with his debut season in English football.


​​Guendouzi’s ease at adjusting to life in the Premier League has surprised many and Petit, speaking to football.london, has admitted that watching his fellow countryman has rekindled memories of watching himself play, claiming the youngster has very similar traits to himself.

“Matteo reminds me of the days back at the start of my career. The energy on the pitch the desire, the anger. He wants to show to everyone that he is worth it,” Petit began.

“I hope Guendouzi keeps this motivation and this commitment until the end of his career. It’s going to be hard and it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be difficult, but he is so very important for Arsenal’s squad in terms of spirit.”

Mattéo Guendouzi

Petit went on to suggest that Guendouzi has the ability to add many different facets to his game, suggesting that he wants to see more from the midfielder as he progresses.

He added “Guendouzi is already like the engine of the team, always running, always trying to get the ball back. The only thing I want to see from him now is to keep doing more. He has impressed a lot of people, but he can do much more on the pitch – I’m sure of that.

“Physcially, mentally, he can do even more. He can be one of the leaders of the team and one of the best. If he can add more qualities to his game, he is a little shy for example. I’ve seen him follow the action up front but he’s still had his mind that this is not my responsibility to score goals or give assists.”

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Kai Havertz on Arsenal’s Radar With Rising Leverkusen Star Identified as Mesut Ozil Successor

​Arsenal have expressed an interest in signing Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, who would act as a direct replacement for Mesut Ozil.

The German midfielder has fallen out of favour this year under new manager Unai Emery, and it’s understood that the club are readying a bid for Havertz’s services; with their move likely to be made at the end of the season.

Italian publication ​CalcioMercato claim the ​Gunners have been tracking the 19-year-old this season and have identified him as a potential target, should Ozil decide to call time on his career in north London.


Havertz has appeared in all 21 Bundesliga games for his side this term, scoring eight times and contributing three assists. He has also made his mark in Leverkusen’s Europa League campaign, having scored three and assisted three more in the competition.

Ozil’s season, meanwhile, has been plagued by inconsistency, and he has started just 13​ Premier L​eague games all year.

On just six occasions has the World Cup winner completed a full 90 minutes in the league thus far and Emery could be ready to offload their highest paid player when the next transfer window swings round.

Should Arsenal’s interest in Havertz materialise, the attacking midfielder would serve as a direct replacement, vacating the spaces behind the striker. His impressive performances have even drawn comparisons with the Arsenal man, and Havertz could be ready to fill his number 10 jersey at the Emirates.

Mesut Ozil

In last month’s transfer window, Emery declared the club had insufficient funds to make any permanent signings. Though they did secure the services of Barcelona’s Denis Suarez on loan until the end of the season, many are expecting Emery to enjoy a much busier summer in the transfer market as he looks to stamp his authority at the club.

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The Stat That Shows Arsenal Face an Uphill Battle to Keep Europa League Hopes Alive

Arsenal have it all to do in north London next week following their 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Europa League knockout stage match against BATE Borisov.

A goal from midfielder Stanislaw Drahun pegged Unai Emery’s side back just before half time, while Alexandre Lacazette’s late red card added insult to injury for the travelling Gooners.

BATE Borisov v Arsenal - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First Leg

Emery was confident in his post-match press conference that his side could turn things around next week, but history shows that things might not be so straightforward for the Premier League giants.

Stats released by Opta show that Arsenal have been knocked out of their last six European knockout ties when losing the first leg. The last time they overturned a result was during the Champions League against Porto during the 2009/10 season.

Even though history is against them, fans still appear to be confident that they can get the better of BATE Borisov when they return for the second leg next week.

​​Thursday’s result was the first ever win for the Belarusian side against Arsenal in European competitions, having not played a competitive match in two months.

The Gunners secured a 10-2 aggregate win against BATE Borisov when they met two years ago in the Europa League, fixtures which saw former striker Olivier Giroud score his 100th goal for the club and defender Rob Holding notch his first.

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal have a long break before the return leg due to their exit from the FA Cup, but Emery will ensure that his players don’t slack off as they look to avoid the most embarrassing week of his short career in north London.

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