'Got to move on': Kevin Campbell claims reported Arsenal target has to move this summer

Sam Preston April 13, 2021
‘Got to move on’: Kevin Campbell claims reported  Arsenal target has to move this summer
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Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell watched Yves Bissouma boss the game for Brighton last night against Everton and hopes the Gunners swoop this summer.

Campbell was in the Sky Sports Monday Night Football studio to watch another of his old clubs Everton labour to a 0-0 draw with Brighton.

He and Jamie Carragher agreed that Bissouma was the best player on the pitch.

Football.London reported in January that Arsenal were weighing up a summer bid for Bissouma, who is reportedly a Gunners fan.

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“If you get any change out of £40-50 million, you’ve done well,” said Cambell when asked how much Bissouma will cost this summer.

“He’s that good. He’s young, aggressive, good on the ball, gets you up the pitch. Got good energy. “We’ve seen with the overhead kick he can go for goal.”

When Jamie Carragher put it to him he’s an Arsenal fan, Campbell said: “Hopefully! He’s an Arsenal fan, so I hear. He’s head and shoulders Brighton’s best player. Being down the bottom of the table, he’s too good for that now.

“There comes a time when he’s got to move on and I think this summer is that time. He can help us jump. He’s got to be playing for a team with ambitions to challenge for Europe or winning trophies.”

Bissouma may well feel that this summer is the right time to leave Brighton and the Seagulls may well cash in and reinvest the money into the next young star they can mould.

But he might also feel that the club is going places under Graham Potter – it remains to be seen.

If he is an Arsenal fan and Mikel Arteta makes a concrete offer, it seems like he’d want to move.

But it’s all up in the air so far going into yet another summer window which will be impacted by the pandemic.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.