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Ian Wright makes Arsenal’s next priority crystal clear: “Offer him whatever he wants”



Arsenal legend Ian Wright was speaking after the Gunners after recorded yet another Premier League victory, this time over Liverpool, to keep them at the top of the table.

The Brazilian has been one of the stars of the Gunners’ brilliant start to the new season, which has them top of the Premier League table. Martinelli is well on the way to his best ever season of his young career and brought his goal tally for the campaign to four in the win over Liverpool last time out.

The 21-year-old was at his brilliant best against the Reds as Mikel Arteta’s side laid down a statement in their quest for an unlikely title challenge. Along with William Saliba and Bukayo Saka, Martinelli is part of a young core that has Arsenal fans dreaming of prolonged success.

Sergio Aguero gives honest opinion on ex-teammate Gabriel Jesus and reveals Arsenal fears.The trio are also all in line for new contracts, with Martinelli’s set to expire in the summer of 2024. Wright has told Emirates bosses to throw caution to the wind to ensure the forward is at Arsenal for the long haul, telling them to ‘offer him whatever he wants’.

“The way Arsenal went about that game and the way Gabriel Martinelli played… he was doing the work of two men,” Wright said on his podcast for The Ringer. “He was blazing up and down that right side. I’m telling you, he’s the one!


“With Martinelli, if I’m Arsenal, I’m going in now and offering him whatever he wants.”


Arteta was effusive in his praise for Martinelli following the win over Liverpool, believing that starring in games against the ‘big six’ was the next stage in his progression.


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Ian Wright has told Arsenal to prioritise a new deal for Gabriel Martinelli .

“He’s a great player. I think today he had an outstanding performance against a top defender and a top team and he made a difference in the game as well as the other players,” Arteta explained. “That’s the next level, to step up in these games and make things happen to win it.”


Asked if his showing meant a new contract was a top priority, he added: “We don’t get directed by an individual performance. Gabby doesn’t have to show me whether he plays well or not well today, what he deserves.


“What is clear is his hunger, his determination and his love for this game. You don’t know where he’s going to reach because he’s always asking and willing for more.”

The Arsenal boss has insisted that the club are busily working behind the scenes when it comes to new contracts. He also pleaded for calm, with supporters anxious after previous regimes allowed their star players to run down deals.

Arteta said: “We have to plan for the future and we are all working on it. Edu is on top of it and all the board. I will try to do things in the right way and plan in the best possible way and reward the players – that in our opinion – have a big future at the club. When we have something to announce we will do that.

“What happened in the past, the people that were in charge had the right reasons, or tried something that would benefit the club. We will try to do the same and make sure the club is protected and in the right place to keep moving forward.”






Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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