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Rio Ferdinand says Arsenal fans would 'rip' the Emirates apart if Edu signed £30m man

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Former Premier League winner Rio Ferdinand has had his say on rumours linking Arsenal with a shock summer move for Manchester United star Jesse Lingard.

Four months ago, no Arsenal fan would’ve even entertained the thought of seeing the Englishman wear the famous red and white.

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Lingard’s dance move at the Emirates after he scored for Manchester United a few years ago rubbed supporters the wrong way. Nobody liked him on the red side of North London, but could things change?

The 28-year-old has been a real game-changer for West Ham since joining them on loan in January. He has scored eight goals and has provided four assists in nine starts, including one-a-piece against Arsenal last month.

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Lingard is in hot demand at the moment. West Ham would undoubtedly love to sign him on a permanent deal, but if a report from The Sun is to be believed, Mikel Arteta is interested in his services this summer as well.

Ferdinand, however, believes that Arsenal fans wouldn’t want him anywhere near the Emirates after his moonwalk back in United’s 3-1 win over us in the FA Cup back in January 2019.

He said on Vibe with Five: “Yeah but you know what, they (Arsenal fans) wouldn’t have him there. The way he moonwalked off that pitch once, they wouldn’t have it. The fans would rip the place apart. He disrespected the Emirates in a way that has never been seen.

“Listen, West Ham will have a fight to get him, by the way, because I think other teams are going to be like: ‘Listen, we want him’.

“He’s not going to go to Arsenal over West Ham, obviously but there will be other teams. He ain’t going nowhere near Arsenal.”

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The Insider’s View:

A few months ago, rumours of signing Lingard would have angered every Arsenal fan on the planet.

However, there are a few supporters out there now who would love for him to come in and have the kind of impact he is having on the other side of London at West Ham.

12 direct goal involvements in nine starts in the Premier League is an absolutely outstanding return. Manchester United have now slapped a £30 million price-tag on his head (Daily Mail), and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see a club fork out that kind of money to sign him.

However, the chances of Arsenal signing Lingard and United selling him to a direct rival is very slim this summer.

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