Joshua Zirkzee learns Arsenal transfer incentive as Bernardo Silva sends Man City stark warning

Joshua Zirkzee
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Mikel Arteta will be determined to further bolster his squad this summer after Arsenal missed out on the Premier League title by just two points. The Gunners have already been heavily linked with numerous big names but, for now, it remains to be seen whether or not the Kroenkes will sanction another spending spree.

Last year, Arsenal forked out over £200million on Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber, the latter of whom unfortunately missed most of the campaign due to injury. The North Londoners also made plenty of sales, so perhaps Edu is plotting another clear-out.

Whatever happens this summer, Arteta won't want any progress going to waste with several clubs expected to spend big. So, with that being said, has taken a look at some of the biggest Arsneal stories on Thursday, May 23.

Man City ace sends teammates Arsenal warning

Bernardo Silva has warmed his Manchester City teammates that Arsenal will go toe-to-toe in the English top flight for years to come. The 29-year-old midfielder, who won his sixth Premier League title at the weekend, told Sky Sports: "For sure.

"I know their manager very well because he was here with us. I know how demanding and how intelligent he is. If you look at their squad, they’re very young and for sure, they’re very hungry to go after some titles so no doubt about that.

Silva added: "No, we can’t [start the season slow]. Ideally, we would like to stay on top all season knowing that it’s not easy."

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READ MORE: New Champions League format explained and what it means for Arsenal next season says: "Silva is absolutely right. However, Manchester City are no lightweights so Arsenal must continue bolstering their squad in the upcoming transfer windows. Mikel Arteta needs a world-class striker, an exciting understudy for Bukayo Saka and possibly a top midfielder to slot alongside Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard."

Serie A star told to snub Man United

Frank de Boer has told Joshua Zirkzee to join Arsenal ahead of Manchester United, Inter and AC Milan this summer. The £25m-rated striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this season following his impressive performances for Bologna in the Serie A.

Zirkzee scored 11 goals and provided five assists in the Italian top flight this term, reportedly courting the interest of some top clubs across Europe. Speaking to Italian outlet Calciomercato, as quoted by the Metro, De Boer said: "I have great respect for Arsenal, they have patience, for example they had it with Arteta who didn’t start well.

"In some clubs, if it happens like this you are already out. And he has played very well in the last two years, Inter also play well. If I have to say someone I prefer Arsenal because they have the patience to wait for him and give him confidence." says: "Personally, I don't know what all the fuss is about. Zirkzee is obviously a good player but is he good enough to push Arsenal to the next level? A where they can exceed Manchester City or get their hands on the Champions League. I'm not sure. I'd like to see him continue working with Thiago Motta at Bologna for one more season before splashing the cash."

Arsenal urged to consider Ramsdale bid

Emmanuel Petit has encouraged Arsenal to consider a £15m bid for Aaron Ramsdale. The Gunners goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium for a while now after losing his place between the sticks to David Raya.

Speaking on behalf of BoyleSports, who offer the latest Euro 2024 betting, Petit said: "£15m for Ramsdale to Newcastle? It’s a difficult one because what is the value of a player who is sitting on the bench.

"He’s barely played for the last few seasons, but for someone with two years on his contract, £15m seems quite a small amount - especially for an England 'keeper. I think the problem is that Arsenal are not in the driving seat because they know the player wants to leave.

"So perhaps £15m is good business for Arsenal overall. In the transfer window, Arsenal have got it spot on in recent years so you can’t complain about that." says: "While I agree that Arsenal should look to offload Ramsdale this summer, £15m is an insult! Yes, he's not been playing. Yes, he had his faults. But this is Ramsdale! He played a key role in the Gunners side that finished second in 2022/23, he has two years left on his contract, he's only 26 and he'll probably receive offers from Premier League clubs looking to cement a place the top six."