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Arsenal news: Edu set for £40m transfer battle as target makes major Cristiano Ronaldo admission

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Eric Cantona slams Stan Kroenke Highbury decision.

Speaking to The Athletic, Eric Cantona blasted Stan Kroenke’s decision to move Arsenal away from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium back in 2006. The ex-Manchester United star said: “The trips are about going inside the passion of football, understanding the story of a club, how football is used, then how you live your life.

“We were speaking about my favourite football stadiums earlier but now all the stadiums are called Emirates or Allianz. These stadiums lost the soul and history of the club, like Arsenal and West Ham.

“I played at those old stadiums, like Highbury and Upton Park. I spoke with some Arsenal fans and they hate these (new) stadiums.

“These fans lost the soul of their clubs. Fortunately, Old Trafford is still Old Trafford. Anfield is still Anfield.”

All three London clubs explored the possibility of bringing in Villarreal star Pau Torres in the summer but were put off by his £40million valuation, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

In his CaughtOffside column, Romano wrote: “Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham also explored this possibility but didn’t want to spend €40-45m. I think it’s a very good opportunity on the market; he has experience, quality, left footed. A very good CB.”

Torres will have just a year remaining on his current deal with the La Liga outfit next summer which could spark a bidding war between the Gunners, Blues and Lilywhites.

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Mykhaylo Mudryk makes Cristiano Ronaldo admission

Mikel Arteta could look to bring in his very own ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ after transfer target Mykhaylo Mudryk revealed in an interview with The Times that he mirrors his game on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Mudryk said: “It’s more comfortable for me when I play on the line where I can show all my potential one against one. I have more space to move to the front and I can create a lot more chances when I play on the line.

“There are more people in the middle. But, you know, the middle is also OK for me. My inspiration is Cristiano Ronaldo because of what you can do if you work hard and believe in yourself.

“I like the way Cristiano plays. I see myself like that – a winger. But I need more time to change my position from 11 or 7 to 9. With time it is possible.”

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