Man Utd: Solskjaer explains reason for Lingard loan
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Arsenal could swoop to sign Manchester United playmaker Jesse Lingard in this summer’s transfer window. The England international has been in fine form for West Ham of late, scoring six goals and registering two assists from eight matches. So Express Sport will now take a look at how Mikel Arteta’s side could look next season with the England international, Achraf Hakimi and Yves Bissouma in their XI.
Arsenal aren’t expected to make any changes to their goalkeeping department this summer.
Bernd Leno is the club’s undisputed No 1, claiming that mantle back following Emiliano Martinez’s move to Aston Villa.
And, in reserve, Arsenal have Runar Alex Runarsson.
Mat Ryan isn’t expected to move to the Emirates Stadium on a permanent basis after touching down from Brighton in January.
So it’ll be Leno lining up for Arsenal on the first day of next season.
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Defence: Hakimi, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney
Arsenal could lose Hector Bellerin this summer, with Barcelona president Joan Laporta eager to bring him back to the Emirates Stadium.
So, with that the case, the Gunners could move for Hakimi.
The right-back only joined Inter Milan a year ago but has struggled at the San Siro and, now, may be on his way to the Premier League.
The rest of Arsenal’s defence then should then be straightforward.
Gabriel and David Luiz are Arteta’s preferred centre-back pairing, with Kieran Tierney then occupying the left-back slot.
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Midfield: Partey, Bissouma, Lingard
Arsenal would love to sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, with the Norway international shining ever since his move in the New Year.
But with Real Madrid likely to up his price, and Chelsea and Liverpool showing interest, they could feasibly move for Lingard instead.
He’d be a good asset for the Gunners, with Arteta likely to be endeared by his footballing intelligence and eye for goal.
Arsenal would also like to sign Bissouma, who has enjoyed a storming campaign with Brighton.
And, if those two deals happen, Arteta can field the pair alongside Thomas Partey in the middle of the park.
Forwards: Saka, Aubameyang, Smith Rowe
It’s been a tricky season for Arsenal, who look set to miss out on a place in next season’s Champions League for the fourth year on the trot.
But Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have both been shining lights amid a tricky season, sparkling in the Premier League this term.
They’re both important players for Arteta and, therefore, may save the Spaniard millions on potential transfer fees.
Up top, of course, will be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He’s struggled for consistency this term but, on his day, still ranks as one of the best forwards in the Premier League.
Merson urges Lingard to go
Former Arsenal star Paul Merson thinks Lingard should leave United permanently at the end of the campaign.
“I don’t see him going back to Manchester United,” Merson said.
“He wants to play football. He’s gone to West Ham to play football, now he’s got the love back a bit.
“He lost a little bit of the love of the football, I think he lost his way a little bit. Now he’s loving football again, he’s playing.
“You want to play every week. There’s no point in him going back to Manchester United and playing in the Carabao Cup games. For me, I think he’s got a chance of going. He’s fresh.
“If I was him (Lingard), I would (go to West Ham). It ticks the box for him. He’s the star man there, he gets a lot of the ball.
“They play to his strengths. For me, I think it works for him. I think it’s the perfect move.
“He’s scoring goals, he’s making goals. Fair play to David Moyes. He doesn’t get a lot of credit he deserves, he’s got a team there at West Ham.”
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