‘Fake’ - Arsenal target responds as title prediction made

All the latest news surrounding Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s men prepare to face Brighton this weekend.

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Arsenal are preparing to face Brighton as they look to keep up the pressure on Manchester City.

The Gunners know their Premier League title fate is out of their hands, but they must continue to take care of their own business in the hope City slip up between now and the end of the season. Brighton will provide a stern test to Arsenal’s title bid this weekend, especially after they suffered a surprise drubbing at the hands of strugglers Everton last time out.

As preparations for that one continue, we have rounded up all the latest news surrounding the Emirates Stadium.

Raphinha responds

Reported Arsenal transfer target Raphinha has rubbished talk he could leave Barcelona this summer.

He told reporters in Spain: “Fake news. Whoever shared that news is not well informed [and] not professional.” Raphinha only joined Barca from Leeds United last summer, and he has made a good impression this season, featuring regularly under Xavi Hernandez.

There has been talk Raphinha could leave to make space for new signings, but it seems the Brazilian has no intention of leaving.

Hamann’s title prediction

Former Liverpool star Didi Hamann believes there is still hope for Arsenal in the title race.

Hamann told BestGamblingSites: “Well, if they don’t win away to Everton, and if they do make changes, I think it’ll be a tough game.

“I can see Everton getting something out of it. What they did against Brighton was brilliant on Monday. We know Goodison Park will be bouncing, it’s a very hostile atmosphere and it will be on Saturday. I don’t think Manchester City will win away to Everton on Saturday, and if they don’t, then I think we have a title race again, because if they do draw and Arsenal win, then it’s only one defeat stopping Arsenal from potentially winning the title.

“I don’t expect Arsenal to win the title in the end, but I certainly think it’s possible we’ve got a much closer title race again from Sunday night. I think Everton will get something out of the game, which will be enough to make it a one game swing. Arsenal will be ahead with one more game played, if they do win at home to Brighton.”