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Arsenal evening headlines as William Saliba beats Odsonne Edouard to French honour, Ceballos hint

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William Saliba is France’s number one wonderkid

After signing William Saliba for £27million a year before the hype arrived this summer, Arsenal could have saved themselves millions, even if it meant sacrificing a year’s worth of action as they loaned him back to Saint-Etienne for the season.

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This weekend, Saliba was voted France’s number one wonderkid in a Twitter poll. Via Get French Football News, Saliba won a poll with more than 50,000 votes after passing through several rounds and beating out Odsonne Edouard in the final.

Other star players like Eduardo Camavinga, Houssem Aouar and Dayot Upamecano were included in the initial poll, but Saliba beat all of them.

While the results of the poll are a little dubious, however, it is fair to say that Saliba would not be an Arsenal player next season had the club not swiftly acquired him last year.

Ceballos open to leaving Real Madrid

After signing for Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid last summer, midfielder Dani Ceballos might now be open to leaving the Bernabeu on a permanent amid concerns about his playing time ahead of the rescheduled European Championships in 2021.

Ceballos had intended to return to Madrid and fight for his place, but with Zinedine Zidane turning to other options, should his playing time dwindle next season, he could find his place in the Spain set-up under threat, which he says would be a major problem.

“My objective is to play in the European Championship and Olympic Games, and when they are happening you need to find a team where you feel important,” Ceballos told Canal Sur Radio via the London Evening Standard.

“The future is far away, we can’t predict what will happen in a month and a half. Now we are focused on the postponed game against Manchester City on the 17th.”

Ceballos had earned a regular starting role under Mikel Arteta prior to the current suspension of the season. Perhaps he could be convinced to rejoin the Gunners in the summer, especially if his relationship with Arteta continues to flourish.

The four positions Arteta wants to address

This summer, Arsenal have plenty of work to do in the transfer market. And, per reports, there are four main positions that Arteta would like to see the club address if they have the resources to do so.

According to Goal, Arteta has raised right-back, centre-back and central midfield as his main positions of concern. Loanees Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari can both be signed on permanent deals in the summer, filling the first two positions, while Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey is viewed as the ideal candidate in central midfield.

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“Good Person”: Rafael Nadal Opens up on His Relationship With Rival Novak Djokovic

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Many tennis fans wonder how Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic get along outside the tennis court. Their conduct towards each other on the tennis court is always respectful, and that translates outside the court as well, as admitted by Nadal. The Spaniard spoke about his relationship with Djokovic, whom he called a good person.

“I have a good relationship with him. Is a good person. We must relativize things between us,”  Nadal said, in a recent interview, throwing light on his camaraderie with Djokovic.

There was also speculation among fans as to what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic spoke about at the end of their French Open 2020 final. Interestingly, it was one of the most one-sided battles they have played over the years. However, Nadal said that Djokovic, with whom he shares a strong relationship, simply congratulated him and nothing more.

Rafael Nadal understands why Novak Djokovic did not say much

I could not talk to him. He congratulated me on the track and that’s it. It is normal,” Nadal said. He said he understands that Djokovic was not in a mood to talk, as no one usually is, after a heartbreaking loss.

When you lose a game like that, you don’t really want to talk. I understand it,” Nadal added.

Nadal avenged his one-sided loss in the 2019 Australian Open final against Djokovic. The two men also shared a respectful exchange during the trophy ceremony post their match. Nadal lauded Djokovic and said he hopes to keep facing him, further adding to their already great rivalry.

What you’re doing in tennis is very very special. Hope to keep facing you [Djokovic] on the court for the next couple of years,” Nadal said to Djokovic.

The mutual respect between the two stars

Despite not having a conversation with Nadal after the match, Djokovic spoke highly of Nadal in his post-match presser. Djokovic highlighted why Nadal is a great champion. He also admitted that it was one of those days where Nadal was simply the better player and there was not much he could do to tame the ‘King of Clay’.

I was also thinking that these conditions are more favorable to me. I was feeling great throughout the tournament playing. […] But, yeah, I mean, Rafa has proven everybody wrong. That’s why he’s a great champion. He just played a fantastic match today,” he said.

The two champions are expected to resume their rivalry at the ATP Finals next month. While they will not face each other in the Round Robin stage, the anticipation of another Nadal-Djokovic final is already running high.

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