Mikel Arteta makes Dominic Calvert-Lewin U-turn, eyes new signings

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Arsenal’s pursuit of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin has dropped, as Mikel Arteta begins to explore Europe ahead of the Gunners’ key summer transfer window.

Despite speculation that the Everton attacker has been identified to succeed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal are purportedly likely to pass on a summer pursuit for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. After Mikel Arteta’s move to expel the Gabonese star from the team earlier this year, the Gunners ousted Aubameyang.

Following a behavioral incident, the Londoners’ ex-skipper was deprived of the armband and sidelined from the club. He then joined Barcelona in January.

Arsenal, on the other hand, failed to sign a replacement during the January transfer window and is anticipated to renew their hunt in the summer. Calvert-Lewin was one of a number of players linked with a transfer to the Emirates in the final days of the winter transfer window, but it now tends to look like the Gunners will not revive their pursuit of the 25-year-old at the end of the season.

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According to a recent story from The Telegraph, Arsenal have ‘cooled’ their interest in the England midfielder, who has had a difficult season. Calvert-Lewin scored 21 goals in 39 games for the Toffees last season, but his season has been marred by injury.

After a blistering start to the season, when he scored three goals in as many games, the striker has been without a goal since August, and has gone scoreless in his past nine league appearances since returning from injury at the start of 2022.

Following his recent problems, Arsenal and Mikel Arteta are anticipated to shift their attention to other targets in order to rebuild their offensive ranks. The Gunners are in severe need of attacking reinforcements and are poised to be busy this summer, with Alexander Isak and Cody Gakpo appearing as possible targets.

Gakpo has been a sensation for PSV in the Eredivisie this season, netting 17 goals and providing 15 assists in just 38 appearances. And the £42 million forward has indicated at a summer move to the Premier League, acknowledging that he “really loves” Arsenal.

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The Sun quoted the 22-year-old, who has also been rumoured in a transfer with Liverpool, as saying “The Premier League is a big league. Virgil van Dijk plays there with Liverpool so I like to watch them. We are not the same kind of league but I think we try to look at the Prem and learn about it. Everybody wants to play one time in the Prem. I don’t favour one team but I like Arsenal a lot.”

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