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Lupoli Set For Italy Return

Arsenal's striking starlet Arturo Lupoli will return to Italy when his conttract expires in the summer

The Italian had been tipped but his Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and team-mate Thierry Henry as the successor to the French striker but it now seems that it will not happen.

Lupoli arrived at Arsenal two and a half seasons ago after scoring an average of 1.5 goals per game in Parma's youth team.

Arsenal fan's were unaware of his talents at first but they sonn became interested in him when he began to repeat his goal-scoring exploits for the reserve team.

Lupoli's agent now says that the midget is off to Italy with teams such as Inter, Milan, fiorentina and Napoli all showing a keen interest in the teenager.

Lupoli's agent said: "He is liked by Torino, Napoli and Fiorentina, but Inter and Milan have registered their interest in the last few days.

"Although he is very young, his contract is set to expire because the player wants to go home, despite Arsenal`s interest in renewing his contract.

"As a result, they are now ready to sell him in January for a small fee rather than losing him for nothing at the end of the campaign.

"The only obstacle is that Derby County, who signed him on loan until June, are still counting on his services."




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Date:Tuesday January 2 2007

Time: 3:32PM

Your Comments

He looks to have talent, but is very lightweight. I haven't seen enough of him at Derby to say whether this has been rectified. But with the respective form of Bendtner and Stokes, perhaps the writing was on the wall?
Little Dutch
Your right LD, he is a little lightweight but he makes up for it well with his movment. He's an Owen-type player.
simmy8_2000
yes owen got his fair share of headers, but I do think it pays to be a 6 footer in the modern premiership. it just gives you an extra dimension if you have size on your side. besides, arsenal already have way too many shorties in the side. but he is a great 6 yard box man and I wish him well.
gazzap
It makes me a little angry when players act like that. I know it's just a fact of life that people move on to defferent jobs but Arsene has brought him over here, educated him, brought his overall game on no end and now he want's to bu**er off back to Italy. Show some loyalty lad!
simmy8_2000
having seen him a few times, i'll be sad if he does leave arsenal. Perhaps the most impressive thing i'd seen of his game besides his finishing was his running into positions, and the way he shapes his body upon receiving and despatching the ball. A very intelligent player, you can see it in his game... »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
Indeed Wingston. I used t be a regular at Barnet and he certainly seems to have what it takes be one of the best.
simmy8_2000
I agree with simmy - he should at least TRY to make it here. I personally disliked Bendtner's claims for a first team place, but this is the complete opposite. By going to Italy, he is also saying I am not good enough to try and make it at Arsenal, he hasn't given himself a chance. I really rate him, and I wish him well.
G4L
I wish him well - at Arsenal. This boy is the real deal, he's pukka (as Del Boy would say). There is no doubt that he will be a 20 goal a season striker. As G4L said, if he doesn't try he will never know.
simmy8_2000
A clear indication that Wenger intends to give Stokes a crack?!? With Henry comitted for another 4/5 years, Adebayor, van Persie & Walcott all in place & Vela still to come in, it would be difficult to see where Lupoli will fit in. I also reckon either Bendtner or Stokes (who ever is the lesser player) to depart within the next 12 months.
Rocky7
You say that Rocky but if his agent is to be believed then we offered him a new contract. I woul love to see him stay, your not tipped to replace Henry for nothing.
simmy8_2000
Call it once bitten twice shy if you want, but I don't believe anything agents say. He's probably just saying that to drive the price up, because surely if Arsenal want to keep him he must be worth getting into a bidding war for!!
Rocky7
i did indeed find it interesting though, when wenger said a few weeks ago that bendtner and stokes would be going nowhere in the transfer window, so it woud seem that arsene either is fine about letting him go, or is resigned to the fact lupoli's determination in leaving is real enough. For lupoli's part, maybe he has looked into his own crystal ball, and just does not see himself getting a chance to prove himself in the arsenal first team. A pity, i had real high hopes of this guy becoming the fabled fox-in-the-box that we so often hear spoken about. »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
hmmm, not sure how much of this is true, will watch from afar, i like him and hope he stays, he is one of the most lethal finishers i have seen, but then wnger rates this carlos Velez when he arrives !
PUREGOLD
i think vela's still about a season and a bit away from qualifying to play in the prem... so intrigued about this kid, hard to find info aboput how he's getting along... »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
***** off then!
Goofle
 

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