Should Arsenal “gazump Leicester” to secure Celtic Star?

Former Arsenal hero claims Arsenal will ‘gazump’ Leicester in their bid to land Edouard

 Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell has claimed that Arsenal will beat Leicester to land Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard by making a “greater offer.”

The player’s current contract expires in the summer of 2022, thus making him a striker to keep an eye on. Celtic reportedly wanted a fee in the region of 40m for the striker the previous summer.

But given the 23-year-old will have a year left on his contract in the summer, they would be forced to sell the former Paris Saint Germain academy player on a cut-price deal.

The Scottish side are believed to be holding out for 20m. But Leicester believe they can get their man for around 15m.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Kevin Campbell said that if Arsenal show interest, it will be a “different story.”

“Edouard knows Brendan Rodgers but let’s watch this space.

“If Arsenal are looking at him then they will gazump Leicester and make a bigger offer. Leicester have got a few quid, don’t get me wrong but if Arsenal are interested it’s a different story.

“If Mikel Arteta is interested in bringing the age of the forward line down by a few years then they have got to start battling for Edouard. They will have to put something down on the table for him.”

The 23-year-old striker has been prolific since he made the switch to Scotland in 2018. In his 161 appearances for the club, he has scored an astonishing 81 goals and has also collected 35 assists on the way. That is a goal involvement in every 1.38 matches.

It is an impressive stat but begs the question, “Can the Frenchman perform in Premier League, one of the best leagues in the world?”

Yash Bisht

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7 Comments

  1. Gunner22 says:

    Arsenal have been known to pay over the odds for average or below average talent, while allowing our talent to leave cheap or for nothing. Also we do have the ability to hire what we really do not need, so do not rule out this transfer although Edouard is unproven on the grand stage i.e. UCL. The only consolation is that LC know what they require and know whom to hire. No surprises they are top three while we are mid table.

  2. Jd says:

    Only god knows why u think arsenal can gate crash the deal, arsenal owners don’t care about where they ended up but can u compare them to a team where the owners care and not only dat, they frequently attend matches tro show support, players don’t really see arsenal as an attractive team anymore, why would an ambitious player hoping to win something com to a team like arsenal unless u ar just like the ones frm before that didn’t care about medal but money!

    1. Yash Bisht says:

      @Jd, sorry but maybe you were not paying attention while reading. It is not I who is saying they are going to gatecrash. It is Kevin Campbell.

    2. Sean M says:

      Leicester net spend: 19/20: £14m, 20/21: £4m.

      Arsenal net spend: 19/20: £88m, 20/21: £60m.

      There’s a difference between spending a lot and spending well. Arsenal’s demise is tied not to access to funds but poor recruitment.

      (Source: Transfermarkt)

  3. wee fella says:

    Get this man in an Arsenal shirt ASAP. The scottish league is utter garbage & he stands out like a sore thumb (but in a good way). Head & Shoulders above the rest of the players here, including ALL rangers players.

  4. jon fox says:

    Sory to say but Kroenke and gazump in the same sentence is an oxymoron(words of opposite meaning). The fanciful idea that Scrooge Kroenke would gazump ANY CLUB IS too ludicrous to be taken seriously.

    Apart from which Edouard is nothing special anyway, as his fairly ordinary stats, playing against poor opponents in Scottish Prem over recent seasons, show quite clearly. I don’t want him and don’t expect our club to try for him either.

  5. Grandad says:

    As a Scotsman it pains me to admit that the quality of the Scottish Premier is very poor indeed.To put it into perspective, only Rangers and Celtic would have a chance of making the EPL and even they would be fighting relegation,until they started to benefit cash wise.Apart from possibly Aberdeen the other sides in the SPL are no better than teams in the third tier in England.Against this background ,it’s not surprising that someone of the calibre of Edouard shines, but this season he has been mediocre at best.Basically he is not good enough for Arsenal and may also struggle for a regular place at Leicester, where he is likely to end up ivo his close association with their very competent Manager.

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