Reports emerging from England and Spain indicate Arsenal are in for Canadian wonderkid Jonathan David. However, the Gunners face competition from big clubs around Europe to land his signature.
Sky Sports reports that the Canadian international’s agents and Arsenal’s representatives have conducted talks. This is from December, however, probably before other clubs entered the race.
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Jonathan David is a talented striker who plays for French club Lille, and was part of their title winning team last season. David’s transfer from Gent to Lille in 2020 cost around €30 million.
That figure makes him by far the most expensive Canadian footballer, ever. The forward has scored 25 goals during the course of his stint at Lille so far, with 12 of those coming in 26 games in Ligue 1 this season.
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Arsenal wanted to move for the Canadian striker in January, but Aubameyang’s incredibly late move didn’t allow that.
Arsenal will face competition to land the Canadian Striker
Nevertheless, Arsenal will have to beat competition from clubs like Barca and Real Madrid. For the Blaugranas, David’s on the list if they fail to land Erling Haaland in the summer.
Real Madrid may look to sign David as backup to French star Karim Benzema. It is highly probable Los Blancos will land Kylian Mbappe on a free in the summer, though.
This is all according to Spanish publication Fichajes.
Seeing such factors added up, plus Arsenal being in contact with the player’s entourage are good indicators.
The Gunners are in pole position to land the striker as replacements for possible summer outgoings. The likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Niketiah will be seeing their contracts end this summer.
With no signs of contract renewals currently, the likeliest outcome is the striker duo will end up leaving.
Alongside Jonathan David, La Real’s Alexander Isak is also on Arsenal shopping cart coming summer. Arsenal also scouted Inter’s Lautaro Martinez, however he’s likely to renew at the club.
Arsenal v Brighton: preview, team news, possible XI, prediction & more
Match Preview: Arsenal hope to bounce back against Brighton after Palace
Arsenal will be hosting Brighton at home this Saturday as they look to get back on track after Monday’s loss. Brighton themselves are desperately in search of a win, after consecutive losses and their last result being a draw.
The Gunners had to face a setback against the Eagles and had to see Spurs climb above them in tables over the weekend. Still, Arteta’s men hold a game in hand over Conte’s team and are tied on points.
After a couple of key injuries to Partey and Tierney, it’ll be a test for Arteta to find solutions. The coach, however, is full of optimism.
“We have to show tomorrow the energy, the commitment and the passion that we want to play the game tomorrow in front of our fans,” he said via Arsenal.
Kieran Tierney will be out for this game and his injury might keep him out for the rest of the season. Arteta confirmed the left-back had surgery but didn’t confirm any timeline for his return.
“He just had surgery yesterday, so it’s very early to understand how everything is going to develop, he’s going to be out for the period that we estimate and in which condition he will be after that period I think it’s too soon to say something else.”
Arteta speaking now – He says it's unclear if Partey will play again this season:
"He has a significant injury, he will be out for some weeks. It’s an area he had a previous injury and he felt it straight away."
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Another player that will miss the game is Thomas Partey, who is struggling with a thigh injury. “It’s a little bit ambiguous but he has a significant injury. We will have to keep assessing him but he will be out for some weeks,” he said.
Further elaborating, “It’s an area he had a previous injury and he felt it straight away and he’s not fit.”
Possible Arsenal Starting XI
Arsenal: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Nuno; Lokonga, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
Arsenal 2 – 1 Brighton
We fully expect Arteta’s men to get back to winning ways after that setback on Monday night. Brighton, while they shouldn’t be taken lightly, are winless in their last seven games.
Arteta on Palace defeat, Brighton game, fight for top 4 and more
Check out everything Arteta had to say about Arsenal’s game against Brighton and more
Arteta and Arsenal were faced with an unexpected setback with a humiliating defeat at Selhurst park. The Gunners looked done and out of the game from the kick off whistle.
When asked how the defeat impacted the squad, Arteta had a bit to say. “Embrace the challenge. You lost, now you want to win, it’s hurting and it’s still hurting. We lost two big players, two really important players for us for sure.” Via Arsenal.
While his tone suggested he blamed injuries, he accepted responsibility and to accept the result.
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“But whenever that happens you can’t cry for it because they are not going to be available for us. So we have to find other solutions and we have to be as good and as competitive as we have been.”
Arteta was also asked about what were his expectations for the match against Brighton. The Spaniard said the usual things one says before a game about his opponent.
Mikel Arteta went on to say that the issues we faced against Crystal Palace must be addressed against Brighton.
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“They’re a team with a lot of personality, a coach that is very willing to play, that is very aggressive in the way they press, that wants to dominate the game and they have good players to do that but they are very difficult to beat.”
Besides just complimenting Brighton, he commented on their set piece intelligence and defense.
Arteta when asked about top four
The coach was also asked about if the belief of finishing top four is still there. His comments implicated he wants the squad to move on from the defeat and focus on the task ahead.
“[The setback] has happened and it’s happened with nine games to go and we have to react now.
We have to show tomorrow the energy, the commitment and the passion that we want to play the game tomorrow in front of our fans.”
Why Arsenal will be coming back stronger from this setback
The reason for why Arsenal will be coming back stronger is very simple. The answer lies in the response Mikel Arteta had to the defeat against Crystal Palace on Monday night.
With a defeat in an ‘easy’ game against Crystal Palace, many will be hoping Arsenal can attain all points against Brighton. However, many people also underestimated the Eagles and Arsenal suffered one of their worst losses of the season.
Atmosphere built around Arsenal will be instrumental in coming back stronger
There was only 1 key positive about our game on Monday. Fans sung songs dedicated to Mikel Arteta and the atmosphere surrounding the club will be especially instrumental in tough phases like these.
Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal
Awful performance, awful result & here’s the reaction from the away fans at full time.
The best away support in the land. pic.twitter.com/vBmxSfDRyj
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Objectively, Arsenal only has one way to bounce back just like every club on the planet, with a win. Nevertheless, this is always easier said than done.
But, Mikel Arteta’s record as a coach at Arsenal indicates towards only one thing. The Spaniard has dealt with setback after setback and has finally managed to turn around Arsenal’s fortunes this season.
“This is an opportunity to see when we talk about unity, if you are on board. When everything goes well everyone wants to be there,” Arteta said in the post match interview after the loss at Selhurst Park.
Arteta: "We made it impossible for ourselves. We were really poor, really inconsistent on the ball. At that level, it is unacceptable."
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He also said: “We made it impossible for ourselves. We were really poor, really inconsistent on the ball. At that level, it is unacceptable.”
The gaffer’s response is a step in the right direction when bouncing back after a setback. Knowing what went wrong, analyzing it and then solving it.
Being a student of Pep Guardiola’s, this is part and parcel for the former Everton midfielder. His acknowledgement and honesty are traits that all successful managers possess.
Brighton themselves are desperate for a win. They have been winless in their last five games, losing four of those. Nevertheless, it would be a big mistake to take them lightly.