Arsenal falling behind Premier League rival in the race for Nathan Collins

Arsenal is set to miss out on the signing of Stoke City defender Nathan Collins after Burnley tabled a bid that the Potters may well accept.

Arsenal is one of several top teams who have been targeting a move for the 20-year-old.

The powerfully built defender is one of the best youngsters in England’s second-tier and Stoke has tried their best to keep hold of him.

Burnley remains convinced that he is ready to make the step up to the Premier League and they are insisting on signing him.

The Sun reports that they have tabled an improved bid of around £12m for his signature.

This offer is set to be accepted unless a better one comes in for his signature.

The report says Manchester United and Chelsea are two other top teams who have been tracking him.

Arsenal remains one of the best places for youngsters to develop and they are probably a better club for Collins to join at this stage of his development.

However, they will have to put in an acceptable offer for his signature for that to happen.

The Gunners have lost David Luiz, but they will welcome back William Saliba from his loan spell at Nice and he would be keen to become an Arsenal regular.

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  1. here we go, BURNLEY beats the mighty arsenal to the signature of a highly promising footballer. bet nobody ever thought they would read those headlines. oh dear,oh dear.

    1. But how is it possible that arsenal seems to be in the race to sign every player (promising, average, good, world-class, rejects from higher positioned clubs)? Because I see a different one linked to the club every day.. am I missing something?

      1. It’s the silly season
        I’m guessing more authentic news will trickle out when there is actually something to report

  2. Before everybody gets carried away and says how can we lose out to Burnley for this lad is there any real eveidence that we were really interested in him. Any Tom Dick or Harry can write that Arsenal were interested in a player, doesn’t make it true though.

  3. I’m gonna have a cup of tea in the morning and I’m going to beat Arsenal to it…

    An Arsenal player was seen going to pay for his shopping but was beaten to the counter by an old lady…

    Frank McAvennie’s one-year-old son says he’ll never play for Arsenal even though his Dad was too s**t to play for them…

    Etc etc… etc..
    Any point getting on this media bandwagon and publishing this rubbish here?

  4. The bigger concern is that Leicester City are moving quickly in the market. Leicester City are prepared to buy Edouard from Celtic, as a long term replacement for Vardy and Soumare as a DM for around a total of £36 million.
    Brendan Rogers managed Edouard at Celtic, when he was banging them in for fun. Somare has been linked with Arsenal in the past.
    If Leicester City puls off these two moves, it will be a further example of their good business in the market.

  5. Why on earth should Arsenal be interested in more defenders when we have 6 proper defenders unless MA wants to play 7-2-1. Arsenal should focus on CM, CAM, RB and a back up LB.

    1. GFL, I’m concerned Arteta is looking to play with 10 CB’s and a goal keeper, playing for 0-0 draws (with a bit of luck) every game.

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