Arsenal could receive another blow as £35m star who loves Thierry Henry hints at ‘heroic’ snub


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Arsenal target Cody Gakpo could now stay at PSV Eindhoven in a potential blow to Edu and Mikel Arteta’s summer transfer plans.

Arsenal are already in low spirits having lost 2-0 away at Newcastle United on Monday night.

That result means it’s now incredibly unlikely that Arsenal will manage to get into the Champions League.

Missing out on the top four will have a huge impact on Arsenal’s summer transfer business and some targets may no longer be attainable.

PSV star Gakpo has now indicated a potential blow for Arsenal as he weighs up his future.

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Arsenal target Cody Gakpo could now stay at PSV Eindhoven

Arsenal have been chasing Gakpo in recent times ahead of a possible summer bid.

The Athletic reported in March that Arsenal have even had ‘serious discussions’ about signing Gakpo.

A fee of around £35million was mentioned in that report with Arsenal fighting alongside the likes of Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Gakpo has even admitted that he likes Arsenal and grew up loving Thierry Henry, ramping up hopes of him joining the Gunners.

However, Gakpo may now have offered Arsenal another blow just as they deal with their Champions League hopes fading.

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Gakpo has been quoted by FC Update in the Netherlands as saying that staying another year at PSV is a real option.

Gakpo admitted that he doesn’t want to risk joining a new club and then sitting on the bench, risking his World Cup place with the Netherlands.

The 23-year-old, who has racked up 21 goals and 15 assists this season, also talked up his emotional pull to PSV – all of which makes Arsenal’s task even harder.

“I’ve been with PSV since I was six. I’ve been coming here almost every day for seventeen years. PSV is almost my second home,” said Gakpo. “I also consider my love for the club in the decision I ultimately make.”

“It would be a shame if I went somewhere where I wouldn’t get a job at all, so that I would miss the World Cup. I’ll keep that in mind. I want to keep playing well to go to the World Cup. I will now calmly compare all options and see what is best for me. Staying another year is also an option. You have to consider everything and see what is best for your development,” he added.

Former PSV ace Kenneth Perez recently suggested that Gakpo rejecting Arsenal would be ‘heroic’ – and it could happen this summer.

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