By Kevin Campbell

18th Nov, 2020 | 7:00am

Campbell Exclusive: Arsenal tipped to step up Celtic man pursuit after release clause reveal

Arsenal and Odsonne Edouard’s other Celtic suitors will not be put off by the striker’s mixed start to the season or a potential release clause.

That is according to former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the French 22-year-old he rates very highly.

Edouard has struggled to hit the heights of his sensational 2019-20 campaign which ended with him winning the Scottish player of the year award and a deluge of links to top Premier League and European clubs including Arsenal.

Celtic have held talks with Edouard about a new long-term contract to replace his current deal, which expires in 2022.

An agreement has yet to be sealed, with, as revealed by Football Insider, the striker keen for a release clause in any new deal.

Asked by Football Insider if Edouard’s barren run of form or a potential release clause will be putting off potential suitors south of the border, Campbell said:

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“No, I do not think so. Clubs know what Odsonne Edouard can do.

“He is just going through a difficult time at the moment. He has been injured and Celtic have not being playing well either.

“All of the forces seem like they are against him at the moment but he has proven last season what is capable of.

“I know his form will pick up and he will get back to best which is leading the line and scoring goals.

“There was talk of a move to Arsenal, that move may still happen because Edouard is a really talented player.”

Edouard has given Celtic a major boost by getting back in the goals with an early double for France Under-21s in their 3-1 win over Switzerland last weekend.

The forward has had an injury and illness disrupted start to the campaign at Parkhead, where his 13 matches in all competitions have yielded six goals.

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