Real Madrid interested in £25m Arsenal star as Rio Ferdinand delivers top four prediction

Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Saturday, February 12.

Kieran Tierney links

According to Spanish outlet El Espanol, La Liga outfit Real Madrid are interested in signing Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney.

The report claims that the Spanish giants are keen to bring in a left-back in the summer transfer window and have identified the Scotland international as one of their primary targets.

Tierney arrived at the north London club from Celtic back in the summer of 2019, signing for a reported £25million.

He has since made 81 appearances for the Gunners, scoring four goals and providing a further 12 assists for his teammates.

Ruben Neves’ criticism

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves was left unimpressed by the goal Arsenal scored during their win against Bruno Lage’s side, as well as the Gunners’ celebrations after the full-time whistle.

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Neves said: “We did well but we are struggling to score goals and conceding a lot on set-pieces.

“With their goal there is some doubt about whether it was a foul or not but that’s football. We are used to these decisions.

“We need to improve a lot on scoring goals because we are creating chances but we’re not good enough in that part of the game.

“I can accept the decision about their goal but in some games they give it and in some games, they don’t. They need to do the same decisions in every game because it’s frustrating for us.

“We saw the way they celebrated the win and that shows the level we are. I didn’t see Arsenal celebrating like this in the past 10 years – it was like they won the league.”

Rio Ferdinand’s prediction

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Arsenal don’t score enough goals to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

When asked on BT Sport why the Gunners won’t get top four, Ferdinand said: “Goals. Aubameyang has gone, not that he was banging them in when he was there, but he was a big player, the captain.

“I like Mikel Arteta and what he’s trying to do there. Arsenal, great history, but in recent years, they have not shown you anything that will convince you that they’re going to be consistent enough to get into the top four.”

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