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In an exclusive interview with Mirror, Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has urged Arsenal to sign Victor Osimhen or Ivan Toney in order to offload the pressure on the team.

The Gunners have had another fine start to the campaign and they are currently just one point behind league leaders Manchester City after 12 games into the season.

Meanwhile, the club are almost into the round of 16 stage of the Champions League. A victory over Lens after the international break would cement first position in their group.

Despite the positives, the club are still lagging in the centre-forward department. They still lack a high-profile striker, who can register 20 to 25 goals over an entire season.

Speaking to Mirror, Campbell said that the club will have to decide by January whether they need a centre forward. He added that a new striker would help them in the big games.

He said: “In the end, they will have to decide by January, do they need a centre forward. Twenty to 25 goals in the Premier League. You know, in those big, tight games. I think it will help them.”

“Is it always easy to find the right centre forward? I think eventually if they get someone like that, the right centre forward to compliment the attack – you need them to be able to play to dislodge defences.

“Some defences understand your frequency but you bring in another player to change that frequency and other things happen. Bringing on someone really changes it up.”

When pressed on who the Gunners should sign, Campbell mentioned Osimhen and Toney. With the high price tags involved, Campbell added that Arsenal may wait until the summer to purchase the right striker to offload the pressure on the team.

He added: “Osimhen. But is he going to cost too much money? There’s Ivan [Toney]. I think they’re good [in other areas of the pitch]. Center forward is one thing they might need to look at and see the possibilities, see what’s out there, or wait until next season.”

“But if the right person comes along, an out-and-out striker, that can unlock those tight games, knows what to do in those positions, and also keeps defence occupied to then free up other people, they should maybe look at it Christmas time – if not, definitely next season. The right person will offload the pressure on the team, I think.”

Arsenal could delay striker pursuit until the summer

Much has been said about the Gunners’ striking options this season, but the club have continued to win games. It has been a team effort with several players contributing goals.

Eddie Nketiah turned up with a sublime hat-trick against Sheffield United. The Gunners graduate also won a crucial penalty in the 1-0 away win versus Crystal Palace this season.

Gabriel Jesus scored the third goal in the 3-1 win over Manchester United. He recently registered a goal and an assist in a man of the match performance against Sevilla on the road.

With injuries to Jesus and Nketiah, Leandro Trossard got his chance this month. He has made the most of the opportunity with two goals and an assist in his last two appearances.

Hence, the Gunners are not facing a major crisis up front and may reevaluate their position next summer.

Instead of purchase a striker, the focus could be on bolstering the midfield department.

Thomas Partey is currently out with a fresh thigh injury and may not return until January. If he recovers in time, he would need to report with Ghana for the African Cup of Nations.

Mohamed Elneny could also be away with Egypt. This would leave the club short in the defensive midfield department. Ruben Neves is considered as a target for the Gunners.

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Martin Odegaard was back to his best vs Wolves

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Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard was back to his best during the 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Gunners made it three league wins on the bounce after beating Wolves at the Emirates Stadium. Bukayo Saka opened the scoring in the sixth minute.

A wonderful bit of team play contributed to Odegaard doubling the lead in the 13th minute.

Arsenal should have been out of sight with the chances in the final third, but they had a nervy finish in the end after Matheus Cunha scored, four minutes from time.

A defensive mishap from Oleksandr Zinchenko paved the way for the goal, but the Gunners managed to hang on for a well-deserved victory over Gary O’Neil’s side.

In our view, Odegaard was clearly the man of the match with one of his best performances of the season.

The Norwegian was inconsistent with his form earlier this campaign, but he appears to be finding his feet at the right time for the Gunners in their title pursuit.

Against Wolves, he had 97 touches with 77 passes at an accuracy of 89 per cent. He had no defensive work to do, but was brilliant with his attacking display.

Odegaard managed six key passes and created three big chances for Gabriel Jesus, Leandro Trossard and Eddie Nketiah respectively, but they failed to extend the lead.

The Gunners should have been out of sight with at least a five-goal margin, but they were made to work hard for the victory after a late consolation strike from Cunha.

The win over Wolves has seen the club extend their lead at the top of the table to four points.

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Serbia’s Hamad Medjedovic crowned Next Gen ATP Finals champion

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Twenty-year-old Serbian sixth seed Hamad Medjedovic is crowned the Next Gen ATP Finals champion with a captivating victory over Arthur Fils in Sunday’s final.
Twenty-year-old Serbian sixth seed Hamad Medjedovic was crowned the Next Gen ATP Finals champion with a captivating victory over Arthur Fils in Sunday’s final.
Emulating the feats of his compatriot Novak Djokovic in November’s ATP Finals, Medjedovic brought home another trophy to Serbia with a 3–4[6], 4–1, 4–2, 3–4 [9], 4–1 victory in just after two hours.
Medjedovic’s success caps off a stellar breakthrough year for the 2003-born protege, who reached the first round of Wimbledon and the French Open for the first time in 2023 and came close to breaking into the top 100, getting as high as world number 102 in October....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

“I can’t believe I have won this title, but it’s going to give me a lot of confidence for 2024. Arthur is an amazing player; he’s Top 40 for a reason, so I’m really happy,” Medjedovic said on the court.
“It was tough after the first set. I changed my clothes and recovered and started to play good again. I didn’t play good when I had match points in the fourth set. I wasn’t relaxed, I was very stiff. Thank God I recovered and I was just trying to stay relaxed as much as I could and I managed to do it in the end.”

2023 ATP Finals Champion: Novak Djokovic 🇷🇸2023 Next Gen ATP Finals Champion: Hamad Medjedovic 🇷🇸Learning from the best 👀 pic.twitter.com/ie284rcZ3M— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) December 2, 2023
Making a name for himself throughout the tournament with his blistering serves, the Serbian fired 19 aces past Fils throughout the contest and won 88% of points behind his first serve in total.
Medjedovic also kept his mistakes to a minimum, only producing nine unforced errors and 32 winners, as well as saving all four break points he faced against his French foe.
The 20-year-old recovered from a couple of early unforced errors in the fourth-set tie-breaker to bring up two match points, although he failed to take either of them as Fils took the contest to the distance.
However, an inopportune unforced error from Fils on break point allowed Medjedovic to establish an early two-game lead in the fifth set, and the Serbian quintessentially confirmed his champion status with an ace on match point.
Alongside his Next Gen supremacy, Medjedovic also took home three Challenger level titles in the 2023 season, as well as getting to the semi-finals of the Astana Open and Swiss Open on the ATP Tour.
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Team News: Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid injury, suspension list, predicted XIs

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Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest injury and suspension news ahead of Sunday’s La Liga clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona will be aiming to return to winning ways in La Liga when they host Atletico Madrid on Sunday night.
Xavi’s side are currently fourth in the table, level on points (31) with third-placed Atletico ahead of this weekend’s huge fixture, and here Sports Mole rounds up the team news....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

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BARCELONA

Out: Gavi (knee), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (back)
Doubtful: None
Sports Mole’s predicted XI: Pena; Araujo, Kounde, I Martinez, Cancelo; Pedri, Gundogan, De Jong; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Felix

ATLETICO MADRID
Out: Pablo Barrios (knee), Thomas Lemar (Achilles), Vitolo (knee)
Doubtful: None
Sports Mole’s predicted XI: Oblak; Gimenez, Witsel, Hermoso; Molina, De Paul, Saul, Koke, Riquelme; Morata, Griezmann

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.
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