Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Tuesday, February 23rd.
Dangote takeover latest
African billionaire Aliko Dangote has previously made his desire to takeover from Stan Kroenke at Arsenal extremely clear and a push to change ownership could occur this year.
Dangote has stated on a number of occasions that he’ll switch his attention towards purchasing the Gunners when his oil refinery being built in Nigeria is completed.
According to The Africa Report, the refinery is set to be operational in “early 2021”, meaning Dangote could start talks with Kroenke over a takeover in north London.
Dangote, Africa’s richest man, first expressed a desire for a takeover in 2015 and, five years later, there could now be movement.
Junior Firpo opportunity
Hector Bellerin could leave Arsenal at the end of the season, with Paris Saint-Germain ready to reignite their interest in the Spaniard and Barcelona holding a long-term interest in the 25-year-old.
Interest from the former could hand the Gunners an opportunity to sign Junior Firpo, following an unsuccessful loan swoop that was reported on deadline day in January.
Firpo has found opportunities limited in Catalonia and may be open to a switch to north London, which may give Arsenal the chance to utilise Bellerin as makeweight.
Capable of playing on both both sides as a full-back as well as in the heart of defence and in left midfield, Firpo’s versatility would be a huge asset for Mikel Arteta.
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Merson issues Arsenal prediction
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has issued his prediction for the final months of the Premier League and believes the Gunners have a lot of rebuilding work ahead of them, outlining the importance of the Europa League campaign.
“It’s probably now time to focus on the Europa League for Arsenal, but they’d do well to win that with the way things are going. There are some really good teams in that competition – some good English teams as well,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s a real massive rebuild job at the Emirates Stadium and I think it’s going to take a long, long time. That’s unless they’ve got some money from somewhere and they have a right go, but we’ve seen Chelsea have a right go and look where they are.
“We are talking about whether they will get in the top four and that was a lot of money, so there are no guarantees. It’s a really hard one to take for Arsenal at the moment.”