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    Ajax confirm Arsenal’s transfer interest in banned keeper Andre Onana but Lyon lead race

    AJAX have confirmed Arsenal’s interest in banned goalkeeper Andre Onana. But French club Lyon are seemingly in the lead for his coveted signature. Onana, 25, was handed a 12-month ban in February after testing positive for a banned substance. The Cameroon international’s suspension has since been reduced to nine months. And Onana has a number […] More

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    Wayne Rooney hands Jack Wilshere career lifeline as ex-Arsenal star trains with Derby ahead of new season

    WAYNE ROONEY is giving Jack Wilshere a career lifeline with the former Arsenal midfielder training with Derby. Wilshere, 29, confirmed his second Bournemouth exit in May after making 17 appearances last season, scoring twice.  He helped Bournemouth reach the play-offs after finishing sixth, but they were beaten by Brentford over two legs. After spending the summer considering […] More

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    Arsenal starlet Joe Willock wanted by Monaco with French giants ready to rival Newcastle in transfer battle

    MONACO are ready to rival Newcastle in the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock, according to reports. The 21-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Magpies last season, scoring eight goals in 14 Premier League appearances. Willock also managed to pick up the final Player of the Month award of the league season. […] More

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    Diego Costa ‘considering £50k-a-week Besiktas transfer offer’ after seven months without a club following Atletico exit

    DIEGO COSTA has been handed a career lifeline after Besiktas offered him a contract, according to reports.The former Chelsea striker, 32, terminated his contract at Atletico Madrid in December 2020 after slipping down the pecking order.
    Diego Costa has been offered a two-year deal worth £50,000 a week by Besiktas, say reportsCredit: PA
    Luis Suarez’s arrival from Barcelona the summer before, combined with Moussa Dembele’s loan move to the Wanda Metropolitano that winter, saw Costa ask to leave.
    However, he failed to find a new home in the January transfer window, despite being linked with Benfica, Marseille, Atletico Minero, Sao Paulo and Palmeiras.
    Costa hasn’t kicked a ball professionally in SEVEN months now but has been offered a lifeline by Turkish giants Besiktas, according to Nicolo Schira.
    The transfer guru reports that Costa has been offered a TWO-YEAR deal worth around £50,000 per week.
    Now Besiktas are waiting to hear back from the former Spain and Brazil international.
    Schiro tweeted: “Talks ongoing with the free agent #DiegoCosta.
    “The Turkish club have offered a contract until 2023 (€3m/year).
    “[They] now are waiting for the choice of the striker, who is reflecting on the bid.”
    It will prove a monster pay-cut for Costa, who was on a reported £270,000 at Atleti.
    Costa had been keen to leave in pursuit of first-team football, but the LaLiga champions were more than happy to be rid of his wages having been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
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    It’s believed Costa has demanded too much from potential suitors as deals continued to crumble.
    Earlier this year, then-Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas let slip the forward was demanding roughly £260,000 a week.
    But after seven months in the wilderness, Costa may accept £50,000 per week to get back into the game.
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    Chelsea in Kounde talks, Lukaku ‘not for sale’, Messi new contract, Ronaldo to stay Juventus – latest transfer news

    CHELSEA have reportedly opened talks with Sevilla star Jules Kounde.The Blues look to have moved ahead of Man Utd in the race for the Frenchman, who has three years left on his current deal.
    We’ve also got an update on Romelu Lukaku, with Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta saying he is staying at the club.
    Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona contract is set to be revealed within the next week, while Cristiano Ronaldo is set to stay at Juventus.
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    EXCITED
    Paul Pogba may delay making a decision on his Manchester United future until 2022, KEALAN HUGHES reports.
    The midfielder, 28, has been linked with a move away with Paris Saint-Germain one club said to be interested.
    The Frenchman is said to be excited by the moves for Jadon Sancho, 21, and Raphel Varane, 28, with the latter edging closer to an Old Trafford switch after United and Real Madrid agreed a fee.
    As such, a transfer to PSG may now seem less desirable for Pogba.
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    PLAN OF ACTION
    Reports suggest that Arsenal Technical Director Edu is considering a player-plus-cash deal to secure the services of Lautaro Martinez.
    Football.london are reporting that Edu is keen to use Inter’s interest in Hector Bellerin as well as a lump sum to bring the £60million rated striker to the Emirates.
    With the future of Alexandre Lacazette up in the air Mikel Arteta is keen to add to his forward line, and with just two years remaining on Martinez’s contract the Nerazzurri may be forced to cash in before it’s too late.
    PERSONAL TERMS AGREED
    This is a big one.
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Chelsea have AGREED personal terms with 22-year-old defender Jules Kounde.
    The club have agreed a contract with the Frenchman that runs until 2026 and are in advanced talks with Sevilla regarding a transfer fee.
    That one has progressed quickly!

    DONE DEAL
    Another done deal to report.
    Former Liverpool and Crystal Palace centre-back has joined Montpellier after leaving Crystal Palace as a free agent.
    According to L’Equipe the 31-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the French side after an eight year spell in the Premier League.
    DONE DEAL
    Sheffield Wednesday have announced the loan signing of Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
    The 24-year-old joins up with the recently relegated Owls on a one-year loan deal in a bid to further his development.
    Peacock-Farrell acted as back-up to Nick Pope last season but a campaign in League One should see him feature regularly and pick up some much needed game time.
    RUNARSSON DEAL OFF
    It’s been reported in recent days that Runar Alex Runarsson was on the verge of a loan move to Turkish side Altay Spor.
    Runarsson has failed to impress at the Emirates since joining the club from Dijon last summer with the club eager to send the Icelandic international out on loan.
    A move to Turkey was all but done two days ago but now football.london are reporting that the deal has been cancelled.
    Disagreements over a loan fee are said to be the reason, with a deal for the 26-year-old now looking increasingly unlikely.
    ANOTHER ARSENAL ENQUIRY
    Following an enquiry for James Maddison the Gunners have also reportedly made an enquiry for Inter Milan striker Lauro Martinez.
    Spanish outlet Fichajes are reporting that the Argentinian international has been made available for around £60million, with Mikel Arteta eager to add attacking reinforcements.
    The 23-year-old scored 27 goals in 38 Serie A games last season, helping to fire the Nerazzurri to a first Serie A title in ten years.
    However with Ben White set to arrive from Brighton for a reported £50million, outgoings are likely to be needed before Mikel Arteta makes more moves in the transfer market.
    SALES NEEDED
    Manchester United will need to sell players in order to make any more additions, KEALAN HUGHES reports.
    United signed Jadon Sancho last week in a deal that will cost the club around £73million.
    And after agreeing a £40m fee with Real Madrid for Varane the Red Devils are committed to spending £113m this summer.
    According to The Telegraph United are targeting an overall net spend between £75m and £100m.
    That means players will have to be sold, particularly if United are to land Kieran Trippier.
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    AU REVOIR ANTONEE?
    Relegated Fulham full-back Antonee Robinson could be on his way out of West London.
    The 23-year-old American international is attracting interest from abroad, with French outfit Bordeaux said to be interested in a loan move for Robinson.
    Robinson was previously on the verge of a move to AC Milan last year, but the move was cancelled at the last minute as an irregular heartbeat was detected on Robinson.
    Manchester City and Wolves are also reportedly keen on Robinson, but Bordeaux are favourites to sign him at this moment in time, according to RMC Sport.
    ARSENAL ENQUIRY
    The Gunners have reportedly made an enquiry for Leicester City star man James Maddison.
    Mikel Arteta is thought to be a keen admirer of the 24-year-old England international, who has been linked with a move to North London for a number of months.
    And now football.london are reporting the Gunners have enquired regarding Maddison’s availability but have been put off by the Foxes £60million asking price.
    With Ben White set to arrive from Brighton for a reported £50million, outgoings are likely to be needed before Mikel Arteta makes more moves in the transfer market.

    HAALAND QUOTES
    Chelsea target Erling Haaland has been questioned by Sky Germany regarding the Borussia Dortmund striker being linked with the Blues.
    Haaland seemed to quiet down rumours though, telling the German outlet:
    “Before yesterday I haven’t talked to my agent in a month… you to tell me.
    “But I hope they are just rumours, as €175 million would be a lot of money for one person.”
    BREAKING NEWS
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has declared that Jules Kounde is a top target for Chelsea.
    Last season’s Champions League winners have opened negotiations with Sevilla for the transfer of the highly rated 22-year-old Frenchman.
    Kounde is reportedly open to a move due to the prospect of playing Champions League football.
    He’s also been linked with a move to Manchester United but that would be some signing for Thomas Tuchel.
    BERGE BACK IN TRAINING
    Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge is back in training for the Blades, cooling speculation of a potential transfer.
    The 23-year-old has a £35million release clause in his contract, with Arsenal and Napoli both reportedly interested in signing the Norwegian international.
    Yorkshire Live are reporting that no official bid has been made for the Norwegian who missed the Blades pre-season tour to Spain, sparking rumours of a move to North London.
    BID MADE
    Aston Villa have made an opening bid for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.
    According to Sky Germany Villa have submitted a £25million bid for the 23-year-old Jamaica international.
    Bailey has two years left on his contract so reports suggest Villa’s opening bid will be rejected but Leverkusen are willing to listen to further offers.
    Bailey has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United in the past so a move to Villa Park would be a major coup for Dean Smith and Co.
    NOT DONE YET
    With the transfer of Raphael Varane almost inevitable, Manchester United are already turning their attention to other targets.
    The Manchester Evening news are reporting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring in a central midfielder amid uncertainty surrounding the future of Paul Pogba.
    Saul Niguez, Eduardo Camavinga and Declan Rice are all names that have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
    But with £70million being spent on Jadon Sancho and around £40million on Raphael Varane Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may need to move some players on to free up funds for further transfers.
    AU REVOIR AMINE
    Arsenal target Amine Adli is unlikely to renew his contract with French side Toulouse.
    The 21-year-old forward was named French Ligue 2 player of the year last season after bagging eight goals as well as eight assists.
    Mikel Arteta is thought to be an admirer of the youngster, with Brendan Rodgers and Leicester also keen on him.
    Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, Toulouse president Damien Comolli said:
    “Is there a possibility that he will renew [his contract]? No. I haven’t believed it for a long time.
    “We’ve had a dozen discussions and at a certain point, when the player doesn’t want to, he doesn’t want to.  
    “For me, he will leave. He doesn’t want to stay.”

    WAITING GAME
    Granit Xhaka is reportedly eager for Arsenal and Roma to tie up a deal for the transfer of the midfielder.
    The 28-year-old has been linked with a switch to Rome since before the Euros with a deal being seemingly inevitable.
    But in recent days negotiations seem to have stalled with Arsenal holding out for £17million, a fee which Roma aren’t keen on paying.
    And now Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting that Xhaka is so keen for a move he is willing to give up part of his outgoing payment from Arsenal in a bit to force a move through to Jose Mourinho’s Roma.
    ERIC’S UNSURE
    Reports emerging from Old Trafford are stating that the imminent arrival of Raphael Varane may also signal the end of Eric Bailly’s United career.
    According to ESPN Eric Bailly is eager to seek clarification of his future at the club when he returns from representing Ivory Coast at the Tokyo Olympics.
    The 27-year-old only signed a new contract with the club in April after assurances regarding his playing time, but the arrival of Raphael Varane may change that.
    Watch this space.
    TOBY TALKS
    Spurs have this morning confirmed the transfer of centre-back Toby Alderweireld to Qatari club Al-Duhail SC.
    In a video posted on Spurs’ Twitter account, the Belgian said:
    “Hi guys, I want to thank you for everything in the last six years.
    “It’s been an unbelievable road for me, it’s been an honour to play for Spurs and from the moment I arrived I felt [at] home, I felt welcomed.
    “And it was a pleasure to play for this club, [and] for the badge.
    “I wish you all the best for the future and I’m sure we’ll meet again.”
    PHIL STEAM AHEAD
    West Ham boss David Moyes is eager for a reunion with Manchester United defender Phil Jones, according to reports.
    With the imminent arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid the Red Devils are open to the departure of Jones, who has made just eight appearances in the last two years.
    Hammers boss David Moyes worked with Jones during his spell as United boss and is keen to bring the 29-year-old to East London.
    Jones still has two years left on his contract but some reports are suggesting United would be willing to let him leave on a free transfer.
    MARTIN RUMOUR STARTIN’
    Martin Odegaard is feeling ‘disconnected’ at Real Madrid and ‘considering’ Arsenal return.
    The Norwegian said playing for Los Blancos was his dream earlier this month as the Gunners plotted a move to get him back.
    He joined Arsenal in January and thrived in the latter part of last season but returned to pre-season with Madrid and played in the defeat to Rangers on Sunday.
    Now, Cadena SER claim the distance from his teammates is affecting him as he now ponders a move back to Arteta’s side.

    WANT OUT
    Thomas Tuchel has admitted some of his Chelsea stars will want out the club this summer.
    The European champions are looking to challenge for league success to add to last season’s Champions League.
    With the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley returning from loans, Tuchel admits some are angling for a summer departure.
    Some of them want to look absolutely for the chance to stay, some of them want to maybe leave.
    They’re humans, they’re not robots and that’s why we have to accept it’s not the easiest situation also for them.
    But what I’ve experienced every day is the complete opposite – it’s a very positive group, hardworking, full of desire to learn, hungry in every training session and ready to go.
    It’s such a good mix with the five or six guys who were with us here in the last half-a-year. I’m absolutely happy because it’s so much easier than I thought, it’s so easy and so nice to be the coach of these guys.Thomas Tuchel
    NOT FOR LAC OF TRYING
    Atletico Madrid are set to renew their interest in Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, reports claim.
    ESPN report that Diego Simeone wants more competition up front having relied heavily on veteran Luis Suarez to win LaLiga last season.
    Atleti now see Lacazette as a solution to their striking conundrum, with Simeone a long-term admirer of the Frenchman.
    They were heavily linked with a move for the Gunners forward last summer and had even tried to sign him when he was at Lyon in 2017.
    SunSport revealed Lacazette is now available after the Emirates side made the decision to not offer their No9. a new contract.
    EVERTON ARE INTER HIM
    Everton are interested in signing defender Stefan de Vrij, according to reports.
    The Inter defender has emerged as a Toffees target, though no bid has yet been lodged.
    Simone Inzaghi is the new Inter boss and has already coached De Vrij and reportedly doesn’t want him to leave this summer.
    And Tuttosport say Everton have made contact with his agent, Mino Raiola.
    BAT OFF
    Michy Batshuayi is being chased by Turkish side Trabzonspor.
    The Chelsea striker is back at Cobham after a loan spell at Crystal Palace.
    And outlet Milliyet claim the Turks are in for the Belgian forward.
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    Chelsea ‘open Jules Kounde transfer talks and Sevilla defender open to Blues move’ in Man Utd blow

    CHELSEA have reportedly opened talks with Sevilla for main defensive target Jules Kounde.Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims that the 22-year-old is open to joining the Blues as he remains keen to play Champions League football.
    Chelsea have made their move to sign top target Jules Kounde from SevillaCredit: Getty
    EXCL. Chelsea have opened official talks with Sevilla for Jules Koundé. He’s the main target as centre back, negotiations ongoing to reach an agreement. 🔵 #CFCKoundé is open to accept Chelsea as next clubs as he wants Champions League football. Now it’s up to the two clubs. pic.twitter.com/M4bVua2NU7— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 27, 2021

    The report adds that a potential deal will now come down to whether Chelsea can agree a fee with the LaLiga side for the centre-back.
    SunSport previously reported that Manchester United were also interested in Kounde – despite nearing a move for his compatriot Raphael Varane.
    Tottenham attempted to join the race for the Frenchman only to be snubbed as Spurs fail to offer Champions League football next season.
    London rivals Chelsea meanwhile are the current European holders and have been keeping tabs on Kounde over the last month.
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    Thomas Tuchel is eager to land a new central defender this summer with Thiago Silva turning 37 in September.
    Kurt Zouma has also been linked with a move away while academy graduate Marc Guehi has already sealed a move to Crystal Palace.
    Kounde was part of the France squad that suffered a shock loss to Switzerland in the Round of 16 at Euro 2020.
    The former Bordeaux star made 34 top-flight appearances for Sevilla last term and scored three goals as Julen Lopetegui’s side finished fourth.

    Kounde can play at both right-back and centre-half, the sort of versatility that is enticing several Premier League clubs.
    He is under contract until 2024 at the Spanish side, and was a second-half substitute in Sevilla’s 4-0 loss to Chelsea back in December.
    Bayern Munich stalwart Niklas Sule is another name thought to be among Tuchel’s list of defensive targets at Stamford Bridge this summer.
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    Arsenal ‘refuse to give up on Martin Odegaard transfer and Real Madrid midfielder is keen to return to Emirates’

    ARSENAL have NOT given up hope on signing Real Madrid ace Martin Odegaard, according to reports. The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the Gunners, making 20 appearances in the process.
    Odegaard wants to fight for his place at Real, but is open to returning to ArsenalCredit: GETTY IMAGES
    But the Norwegian wonderkid only managed to play a part in four goals across all competitions.
    According to Football.london, Odegaard wants to fight for his place at Real, but hasn’t shut the door completely on a return to Arsenal.
    Real are interested on listening to offers for Odegaard, who has failed to stake a claim to a first team place since joining at the tender age of 16.
    Odegaard enjoyed his time in London and posted a heartfelt message to the club and its supporters once his loan had expired.
    He said: “Arsenal, Thank you so much for these 6 months.
    “My time with the Arsenal family will always hold a special place in my heart.
    “I wanna [sic] thank everyone in and around the club for the way you made me feel like a part of the family since the first day.
    “Special thanks to the fans, even without you guys at the stadium for the majority of the season, I felt you with me at all times.
    Martin, you are in Madrid. Wake up, macho.Tomas Roncero
    “A huge thank you to the boss and his staff for everything I’ve learned during my stay. Thank you also to all my teammates for such a great time on and off the pitch.
    “Will miss you all. Thank you, gunners family. Always in my heart.”
    Since returning to his parent club, Odegaard has been blasted for his performance in Real’s shock 2-1 pre-season loss to Scottish champions Rangers.
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    Spanish outlet AS’ Tomas Roncero has warned Odegaard to “wake up”.
    In his review of the loss, Roncero said: “Odegaard is the eternal promise. Surrounded by homegrown players, he should have said ‘here I am’.
    “What is there to do? Like at Arsenal, do they all play for him? Martin, you are in Madrid. Wake up, macho.”
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    Arsenal’s worst XI of the 21st Century includes Francis Jeffers, Gervinho and one of Arteta’s current squad

    ARSENAL are a great club and poor players do not tend to play for it. It is more a case of players not quite being at the level we as fans expect, hope for, or indeed have been used to.
    The ex-Chelsea winger is one of many Brazilians in the team
    Willian is the only member of Mikel Arteta’s current squad to make the Worst XI this CenturyCredit: Getty
    With regards to my rules when determining Arsenal’s worst XI of the 21st Century – a player must have played a minimum of 10 Premier League matches to qualify for consideration.
    This rules out failed signings that never truly played enough for us to judge.
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    Secondly, the formation of the 11 will be 4-2-3-1, simply because it has been the predominant set up this century.
    Arsenal fan Dave Seager tells us below as he picks his very own team of north London flops:
    GK: Vito Mannone
    Since Jens Lehmann, Arsenal have not covered themselves in glory in this position with no goalkeeper truly getting close to the German Invincible or Seaman’s consistency.
    Of the average bunch I think Vito Mannone was the most disappointing, and the level of his career post 15 matches in seven years at the club probably bears this out.
    RB: Nelson Vivas
    Many might shout Emmanuel Eboue, wrongly, or even Stephan Lichtsteiner after one awful season but I am opting for Nelson Vivas.
    I do so because in 2000 and 2001 as a full and regular Argentina international he was unable to edge out a 37-year-old Lee Dixon. Something a central midfielder Lauren was able to do when Vivas left.
    Nelson Vivas was unable to edge out a 37-year-old Lee Dixon during his stint at ArsenalCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    LB: Andre Santos
    In all honesty, this position has been a strong one for Arsenal for as long as I can remember with one notable exception.
    When the roll call for the century is Silvinho, Cole, Clichy, Gibbs, Monreal and now Tierney, only Andre Santos can be given this dubious honour. Enough said!
    CB: Igor Stepanovs and Sebastian Squillaci
    There have been many that have not quite been able to follow the likes of Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure – and many have tried.
    Of all the candidates, Philippe Senderos, Johan Djourou, William Gallas, Thomas Vermaelen, Pascal Cygan might stick their hands up but Igor Stepanovs and Sebastian Squillaci are easily the worst for me. 121 international caps between them too!
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    RDM: Gio van Bronckhorst
    This is one of the most difficult areas for me because truth be told we have had so much quality over the past 21 years that whoever I pick it will be a harsh one.
    The easier of the two is Gio van Bronckhorst simply because for such a talented player he never managed to do what he was signed to do, which was to replace Emmanuel Petit as Patrick Vieira’s partner.
    His career at Arsenal was marred by injury but when fit he was often utilised as a left-back and failed to rival Ray Parlour for the position he was signed for.
    LDM: Denilson
    Alongside Gio, whilst it pains me to do it, I will have to opt for Denilson.
    It may seem harsh given the young Brazilian played over 150 games for Arsenal, but he never really made the shirt his own and his demise post leaving speaks volumes.
    Arsenal fans failed to see the best of Gervinho during his two years at the EmiratesCredit: Arsenal FC – Getty
    LW: Gervinho
    Again a position graced by Marc Overmars, Robert Pires, Antonio Reyes, Samir Nasri, Andrei Arshavin, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang since the turn of the century, this position has been pivotal for Arsenal.
    Sadly, the gap and the blip came post-Nasri when Arsene Wenger invested in the wrong player from Lille. Gervinho shone in France with Eden Hazard and starred again in Italy. He singularly failed to shine or star in North London.
    RW: Willian
    After all the initial excitement, followed by seven seasons and seven loans Joel Campbell should have walked into my team but of course, that was before Willian.
    I have no idea what became of the Brazilian that played for Chelsea but no one has stunk quite like our £200k a week flop.
    CAM: Julio Baptista
    The second striker role I have given to Julio Baptista. After banging in goals for fun at Sevilla, Real Madrid beat Wenger and Arsenal to the Brazilian’s signature in 2005.
    Despite scoring 11 for the Spanish giants, he was allowed to leave on loan for the 2006/7 season and I along with most of the Arsenal faithful was super excited.
    I needn’t have been because he was a shadow of the player we all hoped for, managing only three goals in 23 league appearances. A massive disappointment.
    Francis Jeffers failed to make the grade at Arsenal after his early promise at EvertonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    ST: Francis Jeffers
    There have been many strikers who have not quite made the grade at Arsenal in the 21st Century and there is even talk of a curse on the Number 9 shirt.

    Marouane Chamakh gets bad press but actually began like a train before falling under the huge shadow of an imperious RVP and Lucas Perez failed to breakthrough.
    However, for the sheer fall from grace and failure to deliver on early promise at Everton, my striker can only be Francis Jeffers. 
    He has the chance to partner the greatest striker the league had seen between 2001 and 2004 but failed to force himself past either Nwankwo Kanu or Sylvain Wiltord for the honour.

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