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Arsenal given Kylian Mbappe transfer instruction and two reasons for Jadon Sancho decision

Mikel Arteta has been putting his players through their paces ahead of Arsenal's final game of the season. The Gunners will welcome Everton to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, knowing a win could beat Manchester City to the Premier League title.

Arsenal will be determined to extend their unbeaten streak following a resolute win over Manchester United. The Gunners climbed into first place over the weekend, but they were swiftly knocked off their perch after City cruised past Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday evening.

While the title may be the reigning champions' to lose, Arteta will be keen to end the campaign with another victory. In other news, the summer transfer window is just around the corner and Arsenal continue to be heavily linked with some big names.

So, with that being said, football.london has rounded up the biggest Arsenal stories on Thursday, May 16.

Arsenal learn Mbappe deterrent

Willian Gallas has warned Mikel Arteta that Kylian Mbappe wouldn't be a suitable signing for Arsenal. The 25-year-old forward has recently confirmed that he'll be leaving Paris Saint-Germain following the expiration of his contract at the end of the season.

He's been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but the Premier League has also been mooted as a potential destination. Speaking to Genting Casino, the former Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs defender said: "The football Arsenal play and their system would not suit Kylian Mbappe.

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"He's a very intelligent player, and probably the best attacker in the world, with Vinicus Jr, but he needs to receive the ball all the time and Mbappe wants to make the difference in the game all by himself.

"Like how Vinicius Jr did against Bayern, where he controlled the game himself. Arsenal don't play like that, they play as a team, and Mbappe would not fit in their system."

football.london says: "As much as I understand where Gallas is coming from, I don't think any team can say no to Mbappe. Gabriel Martinelli has struggled to impress this season, so the PSG ace would be a brilliant replacement on the left-wing.

"In fact, the 'Martinelli inside forward role' would be perfect for Mbappe. I think the main problems would be the Frenchman's wage demands, signing-on fee and attitude. Not behavioural, but his approach to the move – Arteta will want to guarantee that Mbappe doesn't already have his eye on another switch down the line."

Edu eyes Sesko swoop

Arsenal have been given a major boost to their hopes of signing Benjamin Sesko this summer. The 20-year-old striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League recently as he continues to impress for RB Leipzig in the Premier League.

According to The Telegraph, the Gunners hold a strong interest in Sesko, who sees his contract at the Red Bull Arena expire in 2028. The report states that Arsenal are in 'pole position' to sign the Slovenia international, with Mikel Arteta eager to further bolster his frontline.

Sesko spent four years at Red Bull Salzburg before joining RB Leipzig in 2023. He's since established himself as one of the top young prospects in Germany, scoring 13 goals in 30 Bundesliga games.

football.london says: "Sesko would be an excellent signing for Arsenal. Standing at an almighty six foot five, he'd offer the Gunners something different up front. The Slovenian is no slouch either so he wouldn't limit how Arteta wants to play. If he does join though, Kai Havertz would likely be benched following his poor performances in midfield."

Sancho to Arsenal?

Emmanuel Petit has urged Arsenal to sign Jadon Sancho but steer clear of Bruno Fernandes in the summer transfer window. Speaking to Grosvenor Sport, the former Gunners midfielder said: "I was saying how impressed I was with Jadon Sancho in the Champions League on commentary - he looks like a new player, so fit, thin and explosive.

"He’s like dynamite on the pitch, so explosive on the ball with Adeyemi on the left flank - so hard to catch. He’s back to his best and Man United look so far away from them, so if Arsenal want him, why not? You can put the best player in the world at Man United at the moment and they’d look average in two months."

Petit added: "He’s the captain and one of their better players, but I’m not sure Arsenal need him. Odegaard also has a better mentality and isn’t always upset, throwing his arms up in the air to his teammates.

"When you’re captain, you have to be a leader in difficult times and show why you’re the captain. The behaviour of Arsenal players and their commitment to the cause, I’m not sure Fernandes has the same standards."

football.london says: "I disagree. As good as Sancho has been at Borussia Dortmund this year, I just don't think he's what Arsenal need. Arteta already has Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard on the left – he doesn't need another senior option in that position unless it's an obvious world-class upgrade on the duo. Like a Rafael Leao, Vinicius Junior, Kylian Mbappe or Rodrygo, for example."

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