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‘I don’t expect’… Journalist is now hearing something different about Ivan Toney and Arsenal

Ivan Toney continues to be strongly linked with a move to Arsenal.

The extent of these links change depending on who you’re asking.

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‘I don’t expect’… Journalist is now hearing something different about Ivan Toney
Thu 21 December 2023 16:45, UK
Ivan Toney continues to be strongly linked with a move to Arsenal.

The extent of these links change depending on who you’re asking.

 

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Some are steadfast in their belief that this deal will happen in January, others name Arsenal as strong favourites, while others state that the player himself wants to sign for Arsenal.

By-and-large, the suggestion has been that Toney could well be heading to the Emirates this month. However, according to Alex Crook, that isn’t quite the case.

Speaking on TalkSPORT (21/12/23 7:58AM), the journalist has shared his latest information on Toney, and he’s led to believe that Toney won’t be moving in the January window.

Toney won’t be moving
Crook shared what he knows about the striker.

“Well, we know there’s interest from Arsenal and to a lesser extent Chelsea. But I think it’s going to be a difficult deal to be done in January.

“We’ve mentioned before that Brentford are confident that Ivan Toney will sign a new contract, probably with a release clause and I think it’ll be interesting to see which clubs try to activate that release clause in the summer.

“I don’t know if Arsenal are going to spend the type of money it would take to prise Ivan Toney away from Brentford in this transfer window.

“They spent big in the summer, there’s the argument that if they had Ivan Toney then you would make them favourites for the Premier League title.

“They might feel that bearing in my mind they’re spreading the goals around they’ve got enough in their armoury to see them through until the end of the season anyway.

“I don’t expect Ivan Toney to move in January, I think it would take a massive bid to persuade Brentford to sell.

Ivan Toney maybe feels that he owes Brentford at least until the end of the season because of course they haven’t been able to use him for the first half of the season because of his betting ban.”

Fair enough if Toney stays
If Toney does decide to stay at Brentford in January we really can’t hold that against him.

The striker may well feel some semblance of loyalty to the Bees. After all, they did give him his big break in the Premier League and they stuck with him throughout this whole betting fiasco.

Toney has been treated well by the west London club, so perhaps as a gesture of goodwill, he will sign that new deal with a release clause that allows him to move in the summer.

There are plenty of conflicting reports about Toney’s future and potential move to Arsenal, and this is certainly a situation to keep an eye on.

Are you for real’… Roy Keane stunned by Gary Neville’s prediction for Liverpool vs Arsenal this weekend

 

Roy Keane has backed Liverpool to at least get on the scoresheet against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Reds drew a rare blank last weekend against Manchester United. The 0-0 at Anfield means they head into their next Premier League match in second place, with the Gunners top.

It’s undoubtedly an enormous game for both sides. As a result, it’s getting plenty of build-up already. Always keen to give their views on things, Keane appeared alongside Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville on the Stick To Football podcast to preview the game.

“I don’t think Liverpool will lose at Anfield,” predicted Reds legend Carragher. “I think it will be 1-1.” Neville went next and although he disagreed with Carra, his own prediction was given short shrift by former United teammate Keane.

“I don’t think Liverpool will win. I think Arsenal will win. But Liverpool are just mad,” said the pundit.

Liverpool won’t score for two games in a row at home, are you for real?” fumed Keane in response. “Someone has spiked his Christmas dinner!”

Keane takes Neville down a notch
Keane has been in the news plenty following Liverpool’s draw against United last week.

The Irishman is never far away from the headlines. His no-nonsense take on things often feels a little performative though, and it definitely was on Sunday.

Reacting to Virgil van Dijk’s claim that ‘only one team tried to win the game’ between the two giants, Keane accused the Reds captain of ‘arrogance.’

However, the tough-tackling former midfielder can at times give a good and balanced view on things. He did play at the top level for a long, long time after all. He knows good football when he sees it.

Of course, only time will tell who is right. But after their team’s 5-1 demolition of West Ham United last night, Reds fans will head into Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash in much better spirits.

Liverpool showed what they can do when not having to break down a team who have simply come to park the bus. West Ham had a little bit of a go, but they couldn’t lay a glove.

Unlike United, Arsenal will also come out with a plan to attack at Anfield. This should suit Liverpool, who will have much more freedom to play. For us, it could go either way. But like Keane, we think the Reds will score. Hopefully they can keep it tight at the other end and take a massive three points.

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