Date:5th May 2022 at 12:00pm
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Arsenal remain in pole position to secure a place in next season’s Champions League ahead of north London rivals Tottenham. 

The Gunners currently sit in fourth place and have a two-point cushion over Spurs ahead of the two sides’ crucial match next week.

Mikel Arteta’s side make the short trip to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium next Thursday, in a game that will potentially decide who competes in the Champions League and who will have to settle for the Europa League next term.

Even being involved in a battle for fourth place shows a marked improvement on last term for Arteta’s side, though, as they finished last season in eighth place and missed out on any European competition for the first time in 25 years.

In response to their disastrous campaign, Arsenal spent almost £150 million on new recruits last summer, with the likes of Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale all arriving at The Emirates.

Diaby is being chased by a number of clubs across Europe

Now, it appears that Arteta is planning to spend big once again in a bid to build on the Gunners’ efforts this season.

As per SportBILD via The Mirror, Arsenal are ‘very serious’ in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby.

The German outlet claims that Arsenal have a serious interest in the Frenchman, but that they may be forced to pay a premium as the Bundesliga side have no intention of selling the player.

It is also claimed that Arsenal are not the only English side to have monitored the 22-year-old, who has scored 12 goals and provided 11 assists in 30 league games so far this season after managing 25 goal contributions last term.

The forward has been in remarkable form and is now being watched by a number of top clubs across Europe, but a deal could cost any potential suitor as much as £84 million according to the report.

The player’s current contract with the German side doesn’t expire until 2025, meaning that Leverkusen are under no pressure to sell the player.

 
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