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2019 06 28 Retrieve

[Arsenal may lack the funds to put a deal in place for Zaha, with Unai Emery said to have just £45m ($57m) to work with this summer] I would say Arsenal need to break the bank for Zaha. He’s got a proven track record in the Premier League. He can hit the ground running. He would be an excellent addition to Unai Emery’s squad and boost their attacking options. He would also create space for [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette to run into in dangerous areas. He can carry the ball in transition and is a dangerous player. He would be my preferred option. He’s strong, he’s fast. He would settle in straight away. He can play wide left, wide right, through the centre and he’s still young at 26 years of age. He would be my man for the club to target first and foremost as an attacking option. I think he would be a superb addition to the squad. Yes, he won’t come cheap but the fee would be paid in instalments so it wouldn’t necessarily be £60m up front

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Arsenal legend refuses to discuss ‘M word’ amid ongoing talk of Mourinho arrival] There’s been a lot of rumours flying about, about a new manager coming in. There’s that ‘M’ word that I don’t even want to mention. Yeah, Mickey Mouse. I don’t want to mention him, who was manager of our rivals, two of our rivals and apparently got spotted having dinner with Raul [Sanllehi], which is nonsense. But I wouldn’t have him anyway, I wouldn’t have him anywhere near the club.

[Mourinho is not the only name that Campbell would take out of the reckoning if a new coach is sought, with it his opinion that the best man for the job is already on Arsenal’s books]

I’d have none of them. I’d have Freddie [Ljungberg] in. [Mourinho’s] not in, he’s not in, and Emery’s gone. So if that’s the case I’d have none of them and I don’t have to choose one. Yeah [it’s got that bad] that fans could sell their soul to the devil. I say that just as a saying. Sell their soul to Mourinho who has absolutely lambasted Arsenal, taken the mickey out of Arsenal, taken the mickey out of Arsene Wenger when he was our manager, specialist in failure and all that. That’s aimed at us, that isn’t just the manager, that’s aimed at us. This is how it is

[It remains to be seen when or if Arsenal will take action, but Campbell believes they should act swiftly to stop the rot which has started to set in under Emery] Should the board act now? For me I think Unai Emery’s a nice man, he’s a nice man, but I don’t want nice men, I don’t want a nice man. He’s ruining a lot of people’s weekends to be honest.

I could take a defeat if the team performed. I could take a defeat. I’m not saying I like defeats, I said I could take a defeat if the team perform and get beat. But when they don’t perform, and they’re not performing, and they’re throwing away leads on a regular basis, for me, sorry, there’s got to be change and there’s got to be change now.

As far as I was concerned, the board would need to act now to rectify and to steer the ship in the right direction because the players to me look as though they’re not focused - they’re unfocused. They look like they haven’t got that togetherness, like you see with Liverpool and Man City.

Even though they’re 3-0 down, Man City are grafting, they know exactly what to do, they’re sticking to the game plan. Arsenal look like they’ve got no game plan. They’ve got no plans whatsoever and that’s why it’s so disjointed and that’s why we’re throwing away leads on a regular basis

2020 03 16 Retrieve

[Kevin Campbell says Arsenal need William Saliba to be ‘horrible’ when he officially completes a switch from St Etienne this summer] He [Arteta] already knows what he’s going to get from [Mesut] Ozil, from [Alexandre] Lacazette, from Sokratis [Papastathopoulos], from David Luiz and all the experienced guys because he’s coached against them at Man City. He knows what they are, he knows they’re not stupid. But what’s he going to get from these talented youngsters, do they have the right attitude for Arsenal?

If they don’t, they’ve got to go. It’s so important he gets ruthless with everyone, because we could be waiting on a [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles to cross that gap and it never happens. You’ll always feel a bit sorry, say he never got the chance, but it’s nonsense now, it’s his fourth manager and the jury’s still out so something’s got to give.

He knows what he’s going to get from the [Shkodran] Mustafis of this world. He’s got to recruit new. Saliba’s coming in, fantastic, we want Saliba in there. “We want someone horrible at the back, probably another centre-half in there. Rob Holding, we’ve not heard about him, he’s another one that will be tested. Arteta has come from a place at City where you know what you’re going to get, these guys are trusted, they’ve got that consistency to perform.

We had it, but we haven’t got it anymore, and it’s going to have to be a ruthless streak, that’s why I say rip it up and start again. Arteta, for me, is going to start doing that now because he hasn’t got time to be messing about

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Kevin Campbell says Arsenal must work hard to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] They find themselves scrambling really because he is your best striker, he guarantees you 20 goals a season and there is still a question mark over whether he is actually going to stay at the football club, which should never happen. It’s going to cost the club a lot more money to replace a player like Aubameyang and you’re not guaranteed anything. I think there has to be some serious talking going on behind the scenes. I’m sure Mikel Arteta wants to keep Aubameyang

[Should Arsenal fail to reach a new deal with Aubameyang, they risk losing on a free transfer next summer] He’s the club captain as well so that adds a little bit of spice to it. But Arsenal seem to always do this with their top players, and I think it will be a travesty if they let him go. I think they have got to really show some mettle and keep the likes of Aubameyang at the football club