Frank Lampard to stop Dominic Calvert-Lewin from Everton leaving for Arsenal


Arsenal’s chances of landing Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the summer have been rocked by Frank Lampard’s imminent appointment as Everton boss.

The incoming Goodison Park chief is a massive admirer of the England striker and has already made it clear to the club’s hierarchy that he must not be sold.

Lampard said that he intended to build the team around Calvert-Lewin, who is a powerhouse during the interview.

And that spells more bad news for Arsenal in their increasingly-frustrating, so-far fruitless search for a top striker to lead the line.

Mikel Arteta had been targeting Serbian hotshot Dusan Vlahovic only for Juventus to kill that interest on Friday with a £73million deal for the Fiorentina forward.

But even though the Spanish coach was already content to lose that race, Calvert Lewin’s pursuit did not fall within his purview.

Arteta was actually more optimistic than ever about persuading Calvert Lewin to switch Merseyside to N5 this summer, Everton being in crisis after the sacking Rafa Benitez.

Farhad Mashiri, Toffees owner, decided against his unpopular plan to replace Benitez coach Vitoria Perueira with Portuguese coach Vitoria. Instead, he chose Lampard.

The ex-england midfielder was out of work for a little over a year after being dismissed by Chelsea.

However, even though the Everton faithful are pleased with his return to management, it has brought Arteta back to square one after a difficult January window.

In their search for a striker, who should Arsenal now turn to? Comment below.

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Frank Lampard has resisted Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s departure from Everton

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This will only increase the pressure as they try to save their season by finishing in the top four of the Premier League.

If results continue to dip then Arteta’s decision to discard striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the wilderness will again be in the spotlight.

The North Londoners are without a goal in four games. It is obvious that they need a striker who has proven his worth.

Lampard can’t forget Calvert-Lewin as the solution to their problems.