By Noel Whelan

18th May, 2022 | 10:15am

Arsenal could gazump Newcastle after source's Dominic Calvert-Lewin reveal - pundit

Dominic Calvert-Lewin will hold out for an Arsenal move despite “stepping up” talks with Newcastle over a summer switch, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 25-year-old Everton hitman is better suited to Mikel Arteta’s side.

This site revealed on Saturday (14 May) that Calvert-Lewin’s representatives have held early talks with Newcastle as they make their pitch to lure him to the north-east.

Football Insider has also revealed (27 April) that the England international’s preference is to join Arsenal this summer.

Calvert-Lewin netted his first goal since August 2021 during Everton’s 3-2 defeat against Brentford on Sunday (15 May).

Whelan claimed the onus has now been shifted onto Arsenal to kickstart talks if they are to capture the striker.

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“I still believe he would suit Arsenal more than Newcastle,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“But at the same time, if Newcastle are the side stepping up the talks – then that onus has just been put on Arsenal and Mikel Arteta to react.

“They’re trying to get the business done early and get the representatives sat down to try and reach a deal.

“I think Calvert-Lewin will probably be hoping Arsenal come in. The window isn’t even open yet, so this is one I can see going on all summer.

“I think Arsenal are the better fit. But if Newcastle can get him in, with a few others – he’ll be a massive player for them.”

Calvert-Lewin has notched just four league goals in what has been an injury-hit 2021/22 campaign.

The 25-year-old managed 21 goals in 39 games across all competitions last term.

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