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Arsenal news :  “Alaba to Arsenal is basically done” – Gunners handed massive boost to sign Bayern
Arsenal fans are collectively calling for David Alaba to join them this summer after Bayern Munich completed a club-record deal for Lucas Hernandez. Last week, Alaba admitted that he’s open to the idea of leaving Bayern and, in the candid interview, the 26-year-old left-back once again raised the fact that he’s a lifelong Arsenal fan. ‘I was [an Arsenal fan as a child]. When you’ve been an Arsenal fan as a kid you will be one your whole life in some way,’ he said. The Austrian, who has won a Champions League and seven Bundesliga titles with Bayern, has also made no secret of his desire to play in the one day. So when the German giants wrapped up a deal for Atletico Madrid left-back Hernandez on Wednesday, Gooners immediately began dreaming about the prospect of Alaba arriving in north London. Hernandez has long been linked with a move to the Allianz Arena and Bayern finally got their man for a club-record fee of €80million (£68m). The France World Cup-winner has signed a five-year contract with Niko Kovac’s side and will join up with his new team-mates ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Hernandez, though, is not necessarily a straight replacement for Alaba as Bayern as both players are capable of playing in a number of positions. Alaba has played across the back four and is also comfortable in central midfield, while Hernandez has experience at centre-half as well as at left-back. However, this didn’t stop Arsenal supporters getting excited: @DatGuySheeks: 80 million for Hernandez !? Mmhmm Bayern. That means Alaba to Arsenal is basically done. @ArsenalsVoice: Does this open the door for us to sign ‘Arsenal Fan’ David Alaba. @GunnerLDN3: Alaba now that Bayern have got hernandez? would love him at Arsenal. can also play cm.
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Unai Emery leaves Arsenal stars exhausted on the hottest day of the year
Please Subscribe and Enjoy More Unai Emery continued to step up the intensity of pre-season training for his Arsenal stars with an exhausting session on the hottest day of the year so far.The likes of Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers were hardly able to stand come the end of the session with temperatures hitting 30 degrees.Despite the heat, Emery ensured he got every last ounce of energy out of his players with another gruelling workout at the club's London Colney base.The Gunners took to Facebook to share a video of their players completing a sprinting exercise, writing: 'We knew pre-season was tough.and the boys are being worked HARD'.Full-back Bellerin can be seen collapsing to the floor the moment he crosses the line as Mustafi and Carl Jenkinson quickly follow suit.Chambers, dripping in sweat, is also forced to hit the deck as team-mates Rob Holding and Eddie Nketiah shake their heads at the camera on their way to the changing rooms.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has clearly stayed in shape during the summer, looked to be faring far better than the majority of his team-mates as he caught his breath the end of the first week of pre-season training.The Gunners have one of the toughest starts to the new Premier League campaign as they begin at home to champions Manchester City.While some of his players continue away at the World Cup, Emery cut an animated figure as he continued to look to imprint his philosophy ahead of the new campaign.The Spaniard was pictured issuing clear instructions to Bellerin and the rest of the squad as he neared the end of his firs full week on the training pitch.While his team-mates are hard at work, Mohamed Elneny is enjoying an extended break following Egypt's exit from the World Cup.The midfielder is sunning himself in the Maldives after his team were knocked out of the tournament at the group stage, losing all three of their matches.But the 25-year-old looks to have got over the disappointing display as he shared a video of himself performing keepy-ups by the pool in his luxury villa.Elneny challenged fans to share videos of themselves doing the same, promising to share the best video to his 3.
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Arsenal news :  How Newcastle takeover could affect Liverpool, Arsenal, Man Utd and Big Six
Newcastle may well be on the cusp of something massive.  They are the latest team to potentially receive an influx of wealth, which could change the landscape of the football club for years to come.   Mike Ashley has agreed to stand down after 12 years in charge on Tyneside and sell Newcastle to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan for a whopping £350million.   Sheikh Khaled, who previously attempted a £2billion takeover of Liverpool, is a member of the member of the Abu Dhabi royal family.  He is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Gulf states, and as a result has some serious financial clout.   Perhaps one of the most exciting facts from a Newcastle fans' perspective is that Sheikh Khaled is also a distance relative of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.  The Citizens were a run of the mill team when Sheikh Mansour took over at the then named City of Manchester Stadium.   Money was instantly injected into the club, who managed to sign Real Madrid forward Robinho for a staggering £32.5million back in 2008.  Manchester City had just finished the season in ninth and could offer the Brazilian no Champions League football nor the prospect of a serious title charge.  But money speaks, and it wasn't long before more quality players followed suit.  There is nothing to suggest Newcastle will influence the transfer market in quite the same way as Manchester City did 11 years ago, should the takeover go through.  But betting markets are already standing up and taking note.   Newcastle, for example, are 25/1 to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain this summer - shorter odds than Barcelona (40/1), Manchester United (66/1) and Bayern Munich (80/1).  Of course, the World Cup winner won't be signing for the Tyneside club, but the sheer fact his name is being linked with Newcastle shows the direction the Magpies could be heading.  As things stand the Big Six operate in a different league to the rest of the English top flight, but securing a top-four spot is very competitive.   Both Manchester United and Arsenal missed out on Champions League football this season and neither club will cherish the prospect of further competition.  One of Sheikh Khaled's first jobs will be to tie down Rafa Benitez to a new deal.   The Magpies manager has already proven he's top boss after he won the Champions League with Liverpool back in 2005.  With proper funding the Spaniard certainly has the potential to turn Newcastle into a top seven team, later, perhaps even a top four team.  Many things are already in place at Newcastle to help with the transition from mid-table side to royalty. The club boasts a huge stadium, a proud history and passionate fans.  Should the takeover go through this summer it should be an interesting one.  Benitez isn't the kind of manager to go wild with a transfer budget, but he'll certainly relish the prospect of making a few signings.  There won't be much pressure to achieve too
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal ready to offer Crystal Palace THREE players to sign Wilfried Zaha amid £80m
The Gunners will be hopeful of a busy summer as they look to kick on under Unai Emery. One man heavily linked with a move to Arsenal is Palace's Zaha, who this week admitted he wanted to leave the Eagles in the coming months. The winger is keen to join a team playing Champions League football, something which Arsenal will miss out on should they lose the Europa League final against Chelsea later this month. Palace also want £80m for Zaha this summer.  But according to the Sun, Arsenal have launched an opening offer of £40m. The Gunners are unlikely to be able to match Palace's inflated estimation. But up to three players could head south of the river as part of any deal for Zaha. The Sun claim Arsenal are open to allowing Calum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson and Reiss Nelson to move as makeweights.  Emery is keen to expand his squad this summer. The Gunners boss was seen in the stands at yesterday's La Liga clash between Levante and Atletico Madrid. Emery felt that taking time out from preparing his Arsenal side for their Europa League final was no big deal. With the Chelsea clash in Baku still over a week away, he took the opportunity to scout some Atleti players.  Diego Simeone's side finished Los Rojiblancos' campaign with a 2-2 draw away to the La Liga's 15th-placed side. Levante took a two-goal lead through Erick Cabaco and Roger Marti. But Rodri and Sergio Perez found the net in the second half to ensure that Atletico ended the season with a point.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal transfer news: Nicolas Pepe breaks silence on £65m summer switch
Arsenal are one of many in a pack of clubs hunting the signature of Pepe as they look to strengthen their forward line ahead of next season. Manchester United and Chelsea are also keen on the Ivorian international and would have more money to spend in the coming months. France Football reported last week that Arsenal have opened talks with Lille about a potential transfer but the French club’s asking price will be too high for the Gunners. And now Pepe has spoken about his future, but has still refused to let out his decision. "We don’t talk about it, the season is not over yet," he told beIN Sports. “Once it is finished we will be able to talk about it, but now no.” It’s also thought that Arsenal’s budget for the summer will be around £40million, while Lille will ask for around £65m for Pepe, who is Ligue 1's second top scorer this season with 20 goals. Arsenal could boost their budget for the summer, however, by winning the Europa League against Chelsea.  Winning the Europa League would also put Arsenal into net season’s Champions League, something manager Unai Emery knows is of huge importance. “We prepare like when it’s an international break,” he said. “We will have two days off and for the first week we will not be thinking about the final. “We will train three days in London and then next weekend we will have it off and then we will start on Tuesday in London with three days training preparing with all of our focus on the final.  “We will go to Baku three or four days before the final, Saturday I think, and prepare for the match over the last three training sessions. “It’s the same as when we have an international break.” Pepe may make his decision based on whether Arsenal will be playing Champions League football next season. The Gunners haven’t been involved in the competition since the 2016/17 season.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal ON VERGE of first summer signing who will join director-to-be Edu at Emirate
And the Gunners will subsequently make their first signing of the transfer window by bringing in Gabriel Martinelli. The 17-year-old has been lined up as Unai Emery’s opening addition to his squad ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Martinelli would arrive from Brazilian side Ituano and help fill the void at right wing.  Despite his age, the teenage talent could well be drafted straight into the first-team squad.  And he is now on the verge of committing himself to Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail. Martinelli’s capture would begin Edu’s career as technical director at the Emirates. The Brazilian, who was part of Arsenal’s Invincibles squad, is helping lure his young compatriot to north London with him. Edu is currently coordinator of the Brazilian FA national teams.  And the 40-year-old is on course to be appointed in his new role back with the Gunners. Monchi was the priority to come in off the back of Sven Mislintat’s shock departure earlier this season. But he has opted to return to Sevilla after leaving Roma rather than head to Arsenal. Edu, though, is seen as an ideal candidate and there are less hurdles to overcome now with appointing the former midfielder. The 2004 title winner was reluctant to take the job at Arsenal before because Brazil are hosting the Copa America this summer. The tournament ends in July, however, and while that is in the middle of the transfer window, Arsenal are willing to wait now.  The delay experienced so far in finding a suitable candidate means holding on for Edu for three more months is not a big issue. With Martinelli poised to join him at Arsenal, manager Emery has identified other positions he needs new signings to fill. The Daily Mail add the Spaniard is after a centre-half, a left-back and another attacking wide player. Emery has enjoyed a successful first season in charge and could have Champions League football as a lure for new players too. Arsenal know they will climb into third spot today with four games to play if they beat Crystal Palace at the Emirates (4pm) while they are also preparing for a Europa League semi-final against Valencia.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal transfer news: What Ornstein said when asked about Umtiti, Maguire, Bailly d
Appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport, Ornstein provided an up-to-date look at Arsenal’s plans for the summer window. The BBC Sport expert revealed that as it stands, Unai Emery will have around £40million to strengthen his squad although that figure will be “significantly” boosted if they reach the Champions League by beating Chelsea in the Europa League final on May 29. Ornstein also revealed that Emery has made centre-back and a box-to-box midfielder his two key demands for the summer as he looks to bolster his squad and restore their status as a consistent top-four team again. Arsenal’s defence leaked 51 goals in 38 top-flight games in Emery’s first season and the north London outfit have never conceded more than that in the era. Shkodran Mustafi was among the defenders to come in for strong criticism with Arsenal guilty of countless cheap mistakes at the back throughout the campaign. The transfer window opens tomorrow - Thursday May 16 - clubs can begin to do deals with one another although transfers involving players from foreign leagues cannot be officially completed until the FIFA window opens on June 11. And the beginning of the summer market means Arsenal fans can expect to see their team linked with a vast number of defenders, with early speculation having seen Djene Dakonam of Getafe linked with a £30m move. But Ornstein - the ever-reliable oracle of Arsenal transfer news - could not offer much insight for supporters as to whether Emery will be chasing one of Leicester’s Maguire, Barcelona star Umtiti or Manchester United outcast Bailly.  All three may be out of Arsenal’s price range given Maguire reportedly slapped an asking price of around £75m on Man Utd-linked Maguire’s head last term, while Umtiti was a key member of France’s World Cup-winning team last year and at 25, has time on his side which would likely see Barca ask for a sizeable fee. Bailly may be the most attainable of the trio but United are thought to be reluctant to sell the Ivorian to direct rivals unless their £30m price tag is met. Asked by one listener on 5 Live about the trio, Ornstein said simply about any interest in Maguire: “No idea.” Quizzed the same question about Umtiti, the reporter added: “No idea.  “There is a Barcelona link there with Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and Umtiti is seen to be surplus to requirements at Barcelona but I don’t know.” Then, when asked about Bailly, Ornstein continued: “There’s been reported interest in him.” What the transfer expert could tell Arsenal fans, however, was that Emery has plans to strengthen in two particular positions. He explained: “Despite still waiting to appoint a technical director, sporting director, director of football, they have identified targets and conversations are underway.   “They’re looking for experience and youth in their recruitment. Their priorities are a central defender and a box-to-box midfielder.  “Previously in January they came close to a deal fo
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Arsenal news: Kylian Mbappe sends classy message to Unai Emery
Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain on loan in 2017 when Emery was the manager and they went on to win a domestic treble. Emery was sacked by PSG in the summer but Mbappe’s move was made permanent for around £166m. The teen star then played a pivotal role as France won the World Cup in Russia. But Mbappe has expressed his gratitude to Emery and wished him luck in English football with Arsenal. “I do not forget that he helped me adapt to this big team, which was not easy,” he told France Football. “I have a lot of respect for this man even if he did it not succeed in Paris. “He won titles before and I hope he wins them again after. “I sent him a congratulatory message when he signed for Arsenal, and now, I am following from afar." On Monday, Mbappe became the first winner of the Kopa trophy, which picks the best under-21 player of the year. The 19-year-old beat the likes of Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roma’s Justin Kluivert and Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic. “I am very happy to receive this award," Mbappe said. "This rewards a great year, which I realised thanks to all my team-mates at PSG and with the national team. "I will never forget the adventure of the World Cup. “It's a good time to thank them. And it's an extra motivation to keep working. "My next goal? It is to win everything. “It will be with hard work and help from my team-mates."
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal transfer news: Emery tipped to sign up to SIX players this summer - here’s w
That is according to BBC reporter David Ornstein, who says how successful he is in bringing in his targets will depend on the Europa League final. The Gunners have set up a mouthwatering clash with rivals Chelsea in final in Baku on May 29 and will guarantee Champions League football next season should they win it. If they lose, it will be a third season running without Arsenal being in Europe’s premier competition and that will affect the finances available. Emery has had a decent first season in charge since replacing Arsene Wenger last summer but the club narrowly missed out on a place in the top four.  With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Laczette in attack, the Gunners have maintained their goal scoring prowess, but at the back they have been poor once again. But according to Ornstein, Emery is looking to strengthen up to six positions on the pitch. Top priority is to bring in a central defender and a box to box midfielder, while secondary to that he wants a wide forward, another striker, a left-back, and a right-back. “I don’t think it will be the most spectacular summer for Arsenal but I do think they have some very important business to be done,” he said on Radio 5 Live.  “It all depends on their budget. If they’re playing Europa League football next season it looks like it will be around £40m. If it’s Champions League it would be significantly higher. They also have revenue streams coming on board with the new Adidas kit deal. “If it’s Europa League you’ve got to remember it’ll be their third year in that competition. They’ve also heavily invested in the last year or so, especially in the striking department, and they are adamant they will not break Financial Fair Play. “Despite still waiting to appoint a Technical Director/Sporting Director/Director of Football, they still have identified targets and conversations are underway. They are looking for experience and youth in their recruitment. “Their priorities are a central defender, Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph mentioned the Getafe and Togo centre-half, Djene Dakonam, he’s under contract until 2023 with a reported value of £13.5m.  “The other priority is a box to box midfielder. Previously, in January, they came close to a deal for Christopher Nkunku from PSG – this is course is to replace Aaron Ramsey. Adrien Rabiot is a player they’ve tried to sign in the past, and they have a long-standing interest in him, however he is a complex individual and has had some issues off the pitch. “As a sort of secondary brief they’d be looking for a wide forward and in January came close to a deal for Ivan Perisic, and had interest in Yannick Carrasco. Possibly a centre-forward with Danny Welbeck leaving, and Eddie Nketiah would go on loan if they did bring a centre-forward in. “There is interest in bringing in a left back and possibly a right back, but again those are secondary to the centre-half and box to box midfielder. “Not to forget they’d be looking to in
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Arsenal news :  What Arsenal plan to do if PSG launch Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer bid this su
Aubameyang has enjoyed a red-hot season at the Emirates, registering a joint-highest 22 goals under Unai Emery. The Gabon international will be desperate to get his name on the scoresheet once again when Arsenal face Chelsea in the Europa League final. The London rivals will go head-to-head in Baku later this month in the showpiece occasion of a competition Aubameyang has already bagged in eight times. PSG boss Thomas Tuchel will have his eyes trained on the 29-year-old if the latest transfer speculation is to be believed. However, Arsenal have no intention of selling Aubameyang if Paris Saint-Germain get in touch over a potential big-money summer deal. The BBC claim Arsenal plan to rebuff any advances for the striker, who left Borussia Dortmund for north London in January 2018. Aubameyang has two years left to run on his contract, so the Gunners are under no pressure to do business. Emery will be desperate to keep hold of Aubameyang, who’s struck up an impressive partnership with Alexandre Lacazette this season.  Aside from the interest of PSG, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has linked with Real Madrid, who are set to spend big this summer. However, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has played down speculation that either of Emery’s star forwards could be on their way out. "No, no," Balague said, when asked about the mounting rumours surrounding Aubameyang and Lacazette. "Neither of them are wanted by both teams.  "Top players of course but [Real and Barcelona are] not after either of them. "Arsenal will have those two top strikers for another season at least." Arsenal ace Lacazette has scored five goals of his own in the Europa League so far this term. Like Aubameyang, he will be hoping to put Chelsea to the sword in Baku on Wednesday May 29.
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Arsenal news :  Ajax confirm star will exit in transfer boost for Arsenal and Man Utd
Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will leave the club this summer - it's just a matter of where.  Ziyech, the left-footed Moroccan international, played a starring role in the Dutch club's run to the Champions League semi-finals.  The 26-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable campaign in Amsterdam, scoring 21 goals and registering 24 assists for Erik ten Hag's side as they completed a domestic double.  Scouts have flocked to the Johan Cruyff Arena to keep tabs on the club's star names, and Ziyech has impressed.   Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been watching him - as have Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, with the pair eyeing him as replacement for Arjen Robben and Christian Pulisic respectively.  Bayern have already made contact with the player's representatives.  Ziyech has been non-committal on his future thus far, saying after the club sealed the Dutch title this week "That [a move] will come by itself. When that happens, everyone will automatically hear it."  Ajax are resigned to losing the ex-Twente star for a relatively meagre £25million, due to a release clause in his contract.  But Overmars admits he will go with their blessing.  "He leaves when a top club comes," said the Ajax boss. "He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League.  "Many big clubs are buzzing around him. We promised Hakim [that we would] agree to a good transfer."  Ziyech was named the club's player of the year after his displays.  He is expected to be part of the Morocco squad at this summer's Africa Cup of Nations also, with the Atlas Lions having been drawn in Group D, alongside Namibia, South Africa and Ivory Coast.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal star Aubameyang reveals how it feels to share the  Golden Boot
Aubameyang started the day on 20 goals - two behind Salah - but bagged a brace to make it 22 for the season as the Gunners ran out 3-1 winners at Burnley. Mane also scored twice to take his tally to 22 as three players shared the prize for the top scorer for the first time since 1999. The Gabon striker came within inches of winning it outright as he missed the chance of a hat-trick late on at Turf Moor. But he says it is an honour to share the accolade with the Liverpool duo. I’m happy that we won and that I’m sharing the [Golden Boot] trophy with two other guys that I like,” he said. “My team-mates knew I was in contention. Me? I said nothing to the guys because I didn’t want them to only focus on me. “I’m a team player and if I wasn’t scoring, it wouldn’t have mattered. But I scored and I’m really happy for that. I have to be thankful to the team. “It was a tough season but I had the chance to score goals, because the team played a great season.  “Of course the last months were not the best in the , but the whole season, we put in a great effort. “I was near (to a hat-trick) but sometimes that can happen.” Aubameyang and Arsenal’s attention now turns to a Europa League final with Chelsea in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday, May 25. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was expected to miss the game because of political tensions between Azerbaijan and the attacker’s native Armenia.  However, boss Unai Emery says he will do all he can to ensure his player can be involved. “It is a political issue. We want to play with him,” Emery said. "He works well. We will do all possible to play with everyone available for the team.”  Emery also questioned’s decision to issue just 6,000 tickets to each club despite the Olympic Stadium’s 68,700 capacity. “The problem is for the supporters,” he added. “I would prefer to play closer to England so we could move supporters to be with us. “But I don't know how they decided to play there. There will only be 6k for us and Chelsea but the stadium has a capacity for 70,000. I think it will be full but not with our supporters or Chelsea supporters.”
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal boost at transfer decision of Real Madrid star but Hazard and Pogba could ve
The Colombia international has been on a two-year loan deal with the German champions from Real Madrid. But despite enjoying more first-team football than he did in Spain, Rodriguez has never been able to completely feel at home in Bavaria and has now decided that his time there is up. During his two seasons at the Allianz Arena he scored 15 goals and provided 20 assists in 67 appearances in all competitions, helping Bayern win the Bundesliga title twice. The German giants had the option to purchase the playmaker permanently for £37m but, according to Sky Germany, Rodriguez isn’t keen on staying at the club.  He wants to return to Real Madrid where his representative, super agent Jorge Mendes, will discuss his next move. And his next destination could potentially be in the with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea having been linked with him in recent times. The Gunners were heavily tipped to make a January loan move and are now said to have repeatedly enquired about his availability ahead of the summer transfer window. Manchester United and Chelsea have also emerged as options for Rodriguez in recent weeks, with the pair known admirers of the player.   Elsewhere at Arsenal:Arsenal boss Unai Emery eyeing £18m Argentina international to replace Aaron RamseyArsenal star Lucas Torreira makes WORRYING transfer admission when asked about futureUnai Emery's Arsenal plan revealed by Guillem Balague - 'it will all make sense'    And they could have the upper hand on Arsenal due to Real Madrid’s interest in two of their stars. Real boss Zinedine Zidane has a huge rebuilding job to do this summer at the Bernabeu and is expected to bring in several new faces. On the top of his wish-list is Blues star Eden Hazard who has been linked with the Spanish giants for months. Chelsea want to keep the Belgium international but may be forced to cash in as he only has one year remaining on his contract.  Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has also been linked with Real after admitting that the would love to play for Zidane one day. Los Blancos could use Rodriguez as a makeweight for either player this summer, putting Arsenal’s efforts to sign him in doubt. Should the Gunners lose out to Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku next week, head coach Unai Emery may only have £40m to spend on players this summer. A successful effort to sign Rodriguez would then leave him with next to nothing to sign other players.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal planning to HIJACK Everton deal: Unai Emery is a big fan
Arsenal are battling the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester Untied for a spot in the top four. Wednesday's defeat to Wolves has seriously hampered their aims, however, after Nuno Espirito Santo’s men beat them 3-1 at the Molineux. The Gunners have won just once away from the Emirates in the since February 10 but Unai Emery is set to be backed in the transfer market this summer. With the departure of Aaron Ramsey, who is joining Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season, the Spaniard is desperate to land a replacement.  A number of targets have been touted such as Kerem Demirbay, Nicolo Barella and Ever Banega. But ESPN are now reporting that Emery is desperate to land Andre Gomes this summer ahead of Everton, where he is on loan from Barcelona. The Catalan club are open to selling the Portuguese after failing to make an impact at the Nou Camp. The Toffees managed to secure a loan deal last summer and the former Valencia star has performed well during his time at Goodison Park.  Marco Silva is desperate to make him a permanent player in his squad but ESPN report that Emery is attempting to muscle in on the deal, which could spark a bidding war. Barcelona are demanding £26m for the midfielder and Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal director of football and former Barca chief, worked on the deal that brought him to Los Cules back in 2016. Like Emery, Sanllehi is still a big fan of the 25-year-old and would be open to making a move for the Portugal international. Gomes is currently serving a three-match ban after accepting a charge of violent conduct.  The Everton loanee appeared to stamp on Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in stoppage time as Everton lost at Craven Cottage. The incident was missed by referee Lee Probert in the 2-0 defeat earlier this month. He has already served one of those games after missing the Merseyside outfit’s brilliant 4-0 win over United. But the Grijo-born star will be absent from their next two fixtures against Crystal Palace and Brighton, potentially returning for the final match of the season against Tottenham.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal boss Unai Emery plots bargain summer transfer deal which ONE Gunners ace wil
Arsenal have made regular checks on Claude-Maurice, who has scored 14 goals in the second tier of French football this season. The 20-year-old, who has been capped at under-20 level by France, is one of the hottest properties outside Ligue 1 and is a former team-mate of Arsenal ace Matteo Guendouzi. Claude-Maurice is rated at around £9million and fits into the budgets of both the sides now that the transfer window has opened. But they are facing competition from France where Lille want him to replace Nicolas Pepe who has been watched by Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. While Monaco and Eintracht Frankfurt have been keeping close tabs on his progress over the last few months but would struggle to compete with Arsenal. Guendouzi, who joined Arsenal from Lorient last summer, could play a part in bringing his former team-mate Claude-Maurice to north London. The youngster has impressed for the Gunners in his debut campaign, but failed to help the club secure a top-four finish. Charlie Nicholas has urged Unai Emery to be active in the summer transfer window, and suggested that defenders should be the priority.  "We need a whole new backline,” the Scot boldly stated of the ninth best defence in the league on Sky Sports. “I am disappointed that Petr Cech is retiring. I would have encouraged them to give him another year. “Bernd Leno has got mistakes in him and would have benefited from Cech giving him a helping hand. "We are looking for four defenders, so on top of the crazy situation of letting Aaron Ramey go for nothing, it is not great. They need two centre-backs and two full-backs.”  "Hector Bellerin will come back and play right-back, as Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be pushed on potentially,” Nicholas added. “Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac are good to have as squad players. Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are getting on a bit now. “Shkodran Mustafi must be released in my opinion. Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding are still to come back when they are fit.” Arsenal take on Chelsea in the Europa League final on Wednesday May 29 as they look to return to the Champions League.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal ready to trigger £31m transfer clause - Kostas Manolas has one foot out the
The Greece international could see his five-year stay in Rome come to an end this summer. Manolas has long been linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico, and the has regularly been touted as a destination. Chelsea and Manchester United have shown interest in the past, as have Arsenal themselves. And it appears the Gunners could be back in for the 27-year-old as Unai Emery aims to reinforce his backline.  Arsenal’s defence is their weakness at present and quality options are limited within the current squad. Sokratis Papastathopoulos turns 31 next month while Laurent Koscielny has shown his age in recent times too as injuries continue to plague the experienced Frenchman.  Shkodran Mustafi has been a liability in the side this term and Emery wants to offload the German as part of his necessary defensive overhaul. Konstantinos Mavropanos is raw and inexperienced at the top level at just 21, while Rob Holding is still developing his game too, having spent the bulk of this season on the sidelines through injury.  Away from centre-half, right-back Hector Bellerin is out long term with a knee injury, while 33-year-old left-back Nacho Monreal is coming towards the end of his time at Arsenal. Manolas, who turns 28 in June, would be joining at the peak of his career.  And according to Italian outlet Il Messaggero, Arsenal are prepared to pay the £31m it would cost the land him. It is said Manolas and team-mate Edin Dzeko both have one foot out the door at the Stadio Olimpico already as the transfer window opens.  Manolas is tied down until 2022, but Arsenal want to lure him to north London. Their worry in signing the highly-rated defender is Juventus’ interest as well. Choosing the Serie A champions instead of Arsenal would allow Manolas to remain in Italy. Champions League football is guaranteed in Turin, too, whereas the Gunners must beat Chelsea in the Europa League final on May 29 to be able to offer the same luxury.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal team news vs Everton: Predicted line up – Three face fitness tests, Ozil dec
Arsenal have a number of injury concerns ahead of their meeting with Everton at Goodison Park. Unai Emery’s side picked up a valuable victory against Newcastle on Monday night and are now looking to consolidate their hold on fourth place. The Gunners are currently well-placed in their pursuit of Champions League football, sitting a point behind Tottenham in third and holding a game in hand over their immediate rivals. However, Arsenal need to make that extra match count and head into their clash with the Toffees waiting on the availability of Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka. Ramsey suffered cramp against the Magpies but avoided any more serious injury and should be in contention to feature this weekend. Koscielny is also likely to start, having withdrawn from the matchday squad ahead of the 2-0 win over Newcastle due to a bruised foot. Xhaka missed out on Monday due to a tight groin and could well be rested by Emery with a Europa League quarter-final against Napoli on the horizon. Meanwhile, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is one booking away from a two-match suspension so could be left out in favour of Nacho Monreal in a back three.  The Greek international only needs to make it past one more week before the threshold for another ban moves up from 10 to 15 yellow cards. Lucas Torreira is set to serve the final match of his three-game suspension and Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding remain long-term absentees. Emery also has a decision to make regarding Mesut Ozil, with the German having impressed last time out against Newcastle. Ozil has often not been trusted against high-intensity, particularly away from home, but has made a strong case for his inclusion here. Arsenal predicted line-up vs Everton –  (5-3-2): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang
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Arsenal news :  The THREE Arsenal stars who must shine if Napoli are to be beaten
There are few cities in Italy as passionate about football and few stadia as intimidating as the San Paolo, which is built on volcanic rock. Napoli fans are legendary for the noise they generate and Thursday night promises to be another potentially explosive event. Arsenal go there with a massive advantage as they hold a two-goal lead in the tie and somehow managed not to concede an away goal in the first leg. But you can bet they will be facing a totally different Napoli team in this game who will battle for every ball and sweat blood for the cause.  So while Arsenal have a lead to protect and can’t afford to be too cavalier, they should remember that an away goal would be priceless. With that in mind, here are three players who will need to shine for Unai Emery if the Gunners are to pass one of their biggest tests yet. 1 – AARON RAMSEY “Awesome,” was Emery’s verdict on Ramsey’s display against the Italians in the first leg at the Emirates. And he’s not usually someone to lavish praise on any of his players, which shows the depth of feeling behind the comment.  Ramsey may be off to Juventus soon but has looked totally focused on Arsenal and is in his best run of form for some time. He gave his team the lead in that game, had two more decent efforts saved, and smashed one over from 12 yards. On another day he could have had a hat-trick. At his best Ramsey is always breaking into the box with pace at just the right moment, providing a goal threat and generally causing chaos. But he will have another important role in the second leg, where he is likely to play once again in a deep-lying midfield role. Ramsey needs to know when to stick and when to twist in this one, because for years Arsenal have turned getting caught on the counter into an artform. They can’t let that happen here.  2 – PETR CECH The former Chelsea great is desperate to bow out on a high at Arsenal before he hangs up his gloves this summer by winning the trophy. And he has looked as safe as houses for most of the club’s European campaign, keeping five clean sheets in seven games. His leadership and presence are as important as his goalkeeping ability and all will no doubt be tested in Naples.  If Arsenal concede early then nerves will begin to jangle and any sign of weakness from Cech will be pounced on by Napoli. Cech has been here before of course. He won this trophy with Chelsea in 2013 and was in goal when they famously lifted the Champions League too, saving two penalties in the final. There is no reason to believe he won’t be anything but reliable again on Thursday night, and he will need to be if Arsenal are to go through.  3 – MESUT OZIL Arsenal’s biggest enigma divides opinion like Marmite, but there’s no denying that when he’s on form he is a matchwinner. Emery has not always used Ozil much away from home this season and did not start with him at Watford on Monday either. But if he plays it’s hard to see how the former Germany star will not be key as he is so often t
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Emery back in for international star as another target makes final decision
Arsenal are being constantly linked with reinforcements in the January transfer window.  In many way Unai Emery's new-look side have exceeded expectations in the Premier League, where they sit only three points off the Champions League places.  But the Spaniard knows he needs a long-term replacement for the departing Aaron Ramsey.   WIN £25,000 for FREE with Footie5 - click here to play  He also has defensive problems with Rob Holding out long-term and Laurent Koscielny struggling for fitness.  With this in mind - and to aid that Champions League push - Arsenal will dip into the market this window.  But who will be coming in to the Emirates over the next three weeks?  Here's what's caught our eye... Herera still an option for Arsenal  Hector Herrera is still on Arsenal's radar - despite reports he is on the way to Milan.  The Mexican international, 28, has been with Porto since 2013 and has played 149 times for the Portuguese champion.  A box-to-box player is blessed with energy and is available on a free transfer this summer.   However many clubs are chasing him including Sevilla and Atletico Madrid in Spain, the likes of Tottenham , Crystal Palace in England as well as Inter Milan and Roma.  While Portuguese outlet Record believe Inter Milan is his most likely destination, O Jogo think the other teams - including Arsenal - still have a chance.  Like Ramsey, he is available on a free this summer and European team can negotiate with him now. Suarez makes it clear he wants to join Arsenal - and he's told Barcelona  Barcelona star Denis Suarez is keen to join Arsenal in January.  Mirror Sport understands the 25-year-old midfielder is making it clear he fancies the switch this month and is hoping the clubs can make it happen.   Arsenal are keen on Suarez and he is their No1 target as they look to do a loan move with a view to a permanent £15m transfer this summer.   Barcelona are reluctant to let Suarez leave this month even though he has a buy-out clause in his contract and there is still some way to go before a deal looks remotely likely.  But it is believed that is currently the only serious deal that Arsenal are working on at the moment as Unai Emery knows there are very limited funds in this window.  Mirror Sport reported on December 22 that Arsenal were not expecting a busy window because of the financial restrictions and it could just come down to one small deal and a potential loan.
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Arsenal news :  5 things we noticed as Arsenal board plane to Baku
Arsenal are en route to Baku ahead of their Europa League final clash with Chelsea on Wednesday.  The Gunners boarded their plane to head to Azerbaijan on Saturday as they continue to prepare for the huge game.  Unai Emery's side know a major European trophy is not the only thing up for grabs, with a chance to snatch a spot in the Champions League despite missing out on a top four finish.  There is a mixture of excitement and anticipation surrounding the club ahead of their all-English clash against Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea.   Here's a run down of five things we spotted as Arsenal boarded their plane to set off to Baku. 1) Youngsters feature  Youngsters Xavier Amaechi and Buyako Saka are both involved in Arsenal's travelling party to Baku.  Manager Unai Emery specifically asked for them to be left out of England's squads for the latest slate of fixtures to allow them to be involved in the Europa League final.  They were both spotted getting on the plane to Azerbaijan - and with 12 substitutes permitted in the final there is a chance they could feature. 2) Packing his bags?  Reports have suggested Laurent Koscielny could be on his way out of Arsenal this summer.  The experienced centre-back has spent nine years at the Emirates but talks over a new contract have stalled.  He's been linked with AC Milan and other Serie A clubs.  Could the Frenchman have packed his bags for one last Arsenal hurrah in Baku? 3) Excitement creeping in  Excitement is building for Arsenal ahead of the game.  Lucas Torreira is looking to end his first season in English football with some major silverware after making a significant impact for the Gunners.  The pint-sized Uruguayan looked visibly excited as he boarded the plane ahead of arguably the biggest game of his career so far. 4) Travel companions  Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi were pictured sitting next to each other on the plane - but they didn't look like best buddies.  Ozil was seen grinning with Mustafi's facial expression suggesting he knew he had a long journey ahead!  The Gunners faced a relatively long flight to Baku, so hopefully the two Germans weren't quite sick of each other by the end... 5) Welbeck is back  Danny Welbeck has not played for Arsenal since suffering a nasty ankle injury in November.   The striker is set to depart the club at the end of the season with Everton linked with a move.  But he could be set for one last appearance as he remains an outside bet to feature in the Europa League final.  Welbeck has travelled with the squad to Baku, and whilst he remains unlikely to be thrown in, he could feature on the inflated subs bench.
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Arsenal news :  Who Unai Emery was watching on scouting mission this weekend
With Arsenal without a game over the weekend, Gunners boss Unai Emery took himself back to former club Valencia.  Emery coached Los Che for four years between 2008 and 2012.  And he was back at his old stomping ground on Saturday to see his former club in action against surprise package Getafe.  The Madrid club have enjoyed a stellar campaign and, miraculously, find themselves in Champions League contention.  In Valencia, they held their more illustrious hosts to a goalless draw on Sunday, keeping them fourth and two points clear of fifth place.  Much of the success of Jose Bordalas' side has been underpinned by their defence, which has conceded just 24 times in La Liga so far this term.  To put that into context, only Atletico Madrid and Valencia have conceded less.   According to AS in Spain, Emery's visit wasn't merely to check up on his old club - potential Europa League opponents for this current club.  Instead, Emery was keeping tabs on a member of the Getafe back line.  A key man in defence for the relative minnows this season has been Togo international Djene Dakonam.  Signed by Getafe in 2017 from Belgian side Sint-Truidense for just over £2million, Djene has impressed in the two seasons since.  Such has been his growth this term, he has captained the side on occasions and now Getafe are pointing interested clubs towards his €35million release clause.   Getafe president Angel Torres was reportedly contacted by Arsenal about the player last summer.  It appears that interest, at a time when they are looking to strengthen and continue rebuilding, remains.   Arsenal have conceded 39 times in the this term; only Manchester United in the top seven have conceded more.
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Confirmed: Arsenal complete ‘successful’ transfer talks for 1st January signing
Arsenal held a meeting with Yannick Carrasco’s agent last week, with a departure from Chinese club Dalian Yifang looking ‘increasingly likely’, according to reports. French outlet Foot Mercato (via GFFN) report that Arsenal held a meeting with Carrasco’s representatives on Tuesday, which apparently went very well. At this stage, it seems increasingly likely that the Belgian will leave China, and a bid for the winger is seemingly now ‘imminent’. Meanwhile, La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira reports that Dalian Yifang are already looking for a replacement for Carrasco, by trying to bring in Dimitri Payet of Olympique Marseille.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal transfer rumours: TODAY'S best gossip for Gunners fans
Unai Emery narrowly missed out on securing Champions League football in his first season at the club by finishing fifth in the , just one point behind rivals Tottenham. But they still have one more chance to achieve the feat should they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final on May 29. If they do win it, the club’s transfer budget will look much healthier than it does now. As it stands, Emery reportedly has around £40m to spend on players this summer but would like to bring in up to six new faces.  The top priority though is to sign a central defender and a box-to-box midfielder. Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam continues to be linked with a move to the Emirates. The 27-year-old has been a key man for the Spanish club this season as they chase down a Champions League spot and has a release clause of £30m. Emery also needs to replace the outgoing Aaron Ramsey, who is set to join Juventus on a free transfer.  Arsenal have been linked with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder’s Christopher Nkunku and Adrien Rabiot in the past but they are unlikely to pursue them this summer. West Ham star Declan Rice has also been touted as potentially making the move to the Emirates but the England international would not come cheap. Should Arsenal qualify for the Champions League, they may be able to afford to splash out on another forward. Rennes striker Ismaila Sarr has been strongly linked with a move to the club this season and scored against the Gunners when they faced each other in the Europa League back in March.  Rennes are likely to want around £25m for the winger, who has scored 12 goals for the Ligue 1 side this season. But Sarr is not short of potential suitors, with Liverpool, Roma and AC Milan also being linked with a move for the Senegalese star. Arsenal also reportedly sent scouts to watch Lyon striker Moussa Dembele in their 3-0 win over Marseille. Dembele has scored 17 goals in 40 games since making the move from Celtic last summer.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal squad revealed ahead of Everton clash as Emery ponders changes
Arsenal will hand late fitness tests to Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka ahead of Sunday's fixture at Everton .  Koscielny and Xhaka have been struggling with respective foot and groin injuries but Aaron Ramsey is fit after a minor groin problem of his own.  Lucas Torreira remains suspended, Danny Welbeck is out with an ankle injury, and knee issues continue to sideline Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding.  Emery said: "Aaron trained normally and all the players are working.  "We are thinking game by game and we know seven matches, and five away, for us is a big challenge. We have confidence now but we know it is very difficult. It's a long way for the last matches.  "We hope we can take the next matches. Three points like Sunday with Everton is the most important because we know also the other teams are going to demand a lot of us.   "Everton won against Chelsea 2-0 and drew against Liverpool in their last matches at home."  Mesut Ozil, 30, is pushing to retain his place, having featured less for Emery in away fixtures.  "(Mesut) is working well and helping us. I am very happy with him," added Emery.  "The team has good effort and good spirit and each player is helping us with his quality. This is the spirit I want. They are doing that and Mesut is another."   Arsenal are currently level on points with fifth-place Chelsea, who face West Ham on Monday.   Provisional squad: Leno, Cech, Maitland-Niles, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Sokratis, Monreal, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Elneny, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Suarez, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah.
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Arsenal news :  Man Utd star Antonio Valencia could join Arsenal as star's father confirms exit
That’s according to the Ecuadorian full-back’s father Luis Valencia. Valencia, 33, will leave Old Trafford at the end of the current campaign as he hasn’t seen much action this season under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And when asked by Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo what options Valencia had on the table - the fulll-back's father offered up a selection of teams. "He definitely will not continue in Manchester,” he said. "He wants a change in the air and the club is not going to renew him either. Like everything in life, everything comes to an end. "Arsenal, West Ham, Inter Milan and one club from China are options, but in football everything is changing. "He wants to choose the best option, but above all he wants to sign a contract for two years. "Not for the money, but for peace and hopefully, he told me, be hired by a team that fights for important things.” Arsenal’s first-choice right back Hector Bellerin is out with injury until the beginning of next season at the very least. He suffered an ACL injury in the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Chelsea in the earlier this season. The Sun are reporting that Arsenal are after Crystal Palace right-back Aaron-Wan-Bissaka and are willing to give up Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson to get him. Valencia confirmed himself that he was leaving Manchester United after 10 years with the club, following speculation about whether the club would renew his contract. Solsjkaer had his say on the situation at the time, noting that it would be great to get Valencia on the pitch a few more times before he leaves. "He is one of the winners left in the dressing room but I’m not sure if Manchester United and Antonio will agree on the next year so it depends if he gets back on the pitch in the next few months,” he said. “But he’s the captain, great servant to the club so hopefully I can get him on the pitch and show what he can do."
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal believe David Alaba and Umtiti deals POSSIBLE as Emery plots five new signin
Unai Emery will be hoping he’ll have plenty of funds available to spend after only being able to sign loan players this January. The Spaniard has enjoyed a productive first year in charge at the Emirates and they remain on course for a top four finish and Europa League glory. But he’ll be keen to strengthen his ranks this summer, particularly his injury-depleted backline which has leaked 39 league goals this season. According to The Independent, Arsenal want to make five new signings and top on their priority list is Bayern Munich’s David Alaba. The Austrian was once recognised as one of the world’s best full-backs but his development has plateaued since the departure of Pep Guardiola. The Bavarians have already completed the capture of World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid for £68million, he will join up with his new club this summer. And his arrival could spell the end for Alaba who maybe keen to seek a new challenge should Arsenal make their interest concrete. The report also states that Emery is eying Barcelona’s World Cup winning Samuel Umtiti.  With the Catalans keen on bringing Matthijs de Ligt to the Nou Camp should finances comply, the Frenchman may also be available at the right price. Clement Lenglet has impressed this season during Umtiti’s spell on the sidelines and he is now very highly thought of by Ernesto Valverde. While Arsenal’s defence is clearly in need of a revamp, they will also be keen on signing a winger in the summer. The Gunners fought hard to secure the loan signing of Denis Suarez from Barcelona on deadline day, but the former Villarreal man is yet to make a competitive start. For that reason it remains unlikely that the north London club will be willing to active their option to buy clause at the end of the deal. The club’s budget will depend on whether they qualify for next season’s Champions League. The revenue from the competition will put added imputes on the the final stretch of the season. Arsenal return to action this weekend when they take on Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.
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Sokratis, Ozil, Torreira, Cech - Arsenal team news and expected XI vs Leicester
Sokratis has given Arsenal an injury scare ahead of the return of the Premier League this weekend.  Unai Emery’s side are in sparkling form having won nine games on the spin in all competitions, a run that included six successive victories in the league.  Arsenal sit fourth in the table, just two points behind leaders Manchester City, and will be looking to make it 10 wins in a row when they host Leicester City on Monday night.  But they could have to make do with Sokratis after the defender was forced off after just 45 minutes as Greece were beaten by Finland in the Nations League on Monday night.  Reports in Greece state that the 30-year-old suffered an ankle sprain, although there have been no suggestions yet as to the extent of the injury.  Emery will be hoping the centre-back can recover in time for Monday’s game against Leicester, with fellow centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos still sidelined.  Koscielny is still due to return to full training at the start of next month from the ruptured Achilles he suffered against Atletico Madrid in May, while Mavropanos has a groin problem and is not expected back until the end of October.  So Arsenal’s options at centre back will be somewhat limited should Sokratis miss out on Monday night, although Rob Holding has been in fine form recently and started the 5-1 win at Fulham before the international break alongside Shokdran Mustafi.  Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil will return on Monday to bolster the Arsenal attack having missed out at Craven Cottage due to back spasms.  Danny Welbeck and Petr Cech are continuing to be assessed at London Colney with hamstring issues, but have not been ruled out of facing the Foxes and Ainsley Maitland-Niles is back in contention for the first time since fracturing his leg against Manchester City during the first game of the season.  Lucas Torreira is due to arrive back at London Colney on Thursday having played for Uruguay in Japan on Tuesday afternoon.   Expected Arsenal XI vs Leicester : Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Ozil, Lacazette. Keep up to date with the latest news, features and exclusives from football.london via the free football.london app for iPhone and Android . Available to download from the App Store and Google Play .
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Arsenal news :  Europa League prize money: How much will Arsenal and Chelsea make if they reach fina
Arsenal and Chelsea can both make it through to the final this evening to make it an all English showpiece in Baku later this month. The Gunners are in Valencia looking to defend their 3-1 win from their first leg. Unai Emery managed Valencia from 2008 to 2012 and then won the Europa League in 2014, 2015 and 2016 while in charge of Sevilla. Meanwhile, Chelsea are in action against Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge.  The tie is evenly poised after Pedro cancelled out Luka Jovic’s effort in the first leg. Both sides have pocketed a wealthy income from competing in Europe’s competition and they could be about to get a whole lot more. Both teams are preparing for their matches as: - Chelsea fans PLEAD with Eden Hazard to listen to Jurgen Klopp's advice - Arsenal supporters are FURIOUS with Unai Emery over this transfer decision Europa League prize money Similar to the Champions League, the prize money received by the clubs is divided into fixed payments. That is based on participation and results, as well as variable amounts which depend of the value of their respective markets. For this season, group stage participation in the Europa League awarded a base fee of €2,920,000 (£2.5m). A victory in the group paid €570,000 (£489,000) and a draw €190,000 (£163,000). Each group winner earned €1,000,000 (£858,000) and each runner-up €500,000 (£429,000). Reaching the knock-out stage triggers additional bonuses: €500,000 (£429,000) for the round of 32, €1,100,000 (£944,000) for the round of 16 and €1,500,000 (£1.29m) for the quarter-finals. Arsenal and Chelsea both topped their groups to pocket £858,000 that sees them both earning a whopping £2.61m in total from prize money in the competition to day. What more can Arsenal and Chelsea earn? The semi-finals earns €2,400,000 (£2.06m). The losing finalists receive €4,500,000 (£3.86m). Finally, the Europa League champions will get €8,500,000 (£7.3m) this year.
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Done Deal ? – Kingsley Coman pictured in an Arsenal shirt – “Arsenal have offered €50m”
Please Subscribe and Enjoy More Seeing a club still active in the transfer window after five signings shows it is not over until the window finally get shut. This has been the case of Arsenal so far this window. The Gunners have completed five signings this summer in Stephan Litchesteiner, Sokratis Pappstathopoulous, Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, and Matteo. Reports now coming from France are claiming the North London giants are one of interested suitors in Bayern Munich’s winger Kingsley Coman this summer. The report went further adding that the Gunners have lodge a bid of around €50million to secure his signing this summer while the player himself is believe keen on joining Arsenal. Although, base on the club’s financial perspective, the reported €50million according to reports from France seems a little unlikely to happen given that Arsenal do not have enough transfer budget left to play around with this summer. It’s the consistency at which the report keeps making rounds that makes one wonder if a move is really on the horizon and with Coman showing some glimpses of interest in the club, one just have to wait and see how things unfold this summer. Coman is an exceptionally talented player who has all the ingredients to succeed at the Emirates. And with Franck Ribery becoming older, there is every chance that he will become a crucial member of the Bayern Munich squad in the near future and also, he will play in the Champions League this season. Leaving an opportunity to play in the Champions League for Europa League looks bleak but the window works in some surprising ways which has also many other players switching UCL for Europa in likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan leaving Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United, Paul Pogba leaving Juventus for Manchester United and Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester United. Coman, however, had added some fuel to this rumours via his social media account. The Frenchman took to Instagram to like a photo that linked him with a move to the Gunners. .
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Arsenal news :  Chelsea suffer HUGE injury blow ahead of Europa League final with Arsenal
Chelsea take on Arsenal in Baku on May 29 but Kante faces a race to be fit in time. Kante suffered a calf strain against Watford towards the end of the season but recovered fairly quickly. Express Sport understands, however, that Kante is now a major doubt for the biggest game of Chelsea’s season. Kante had virtually recovered from the strain but it’s thought his knew injury is a knee problem. The France international has been one of Chelsea’s most important players since he joined the club in 2016. Manager Maurizio Sarri is also sweating over the fitness of trusted midfielder Jorginho, who also suffered a knock in training last week. Chelsea are already without Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after they both ruptured their Achilles tendons. Stalwart central defender Antonio Rudiger is also out after picking up a knee injury which requires surgery.  Sarri, whose future at Chelsea is unstable following rumours that the Italian will be replaced by Frank Lampard once the season is up, spoke about Chelsea’s season in a news conference earlier this week. "I think we had a good season, with a lot of problems of course," he said. "We lost two, three games very badly, but we finished third, we got to the League Cup final, a very difficult competition. “Now we have the opportunity to play the Europa League final.  "I'm very happy to stay in the and Chelsea is one of the most important clubs in the ." Sarri is reportedly in talks to take over at Juventus where Massimiliano Allegri has left his post as boss. Lampard has an important playoff final with Derby to worry about and has played down talk linking back to his old club. Arsenal will be desperate to pick up the win over Chelsea in Azerbaijan as their Champions League qualification hopes rest on it. The Blues have already qualified for next season’s competition, having finished third in the .
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Arsenal news :  Emery ready to offload three big-name flops after learning of transfer budget
Unai Emery wants to launch a major summer rebuild after Arsenal’s Europa League Final disaster - but will have to do it on a strict budget.  Emery was desperate for the club to get back into the Champions League to give him the funds to help fund a major overhaul of his players.  Gunners boss Emery wants to completely shake up the squad and sees this summer as key to his entire time at Arsenal.  But Emery has been left with as little as £40m to spend on new players and must do it amid a difficult backdrop this summer.  Arsenal are set to bring in former midfielder Edu as their technical director but his arrival from Corinthians has been held up and therefore he cannot start working on their summer plans  Emery will also have to generate more cash by selling players with big names Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all potential casualties.  The biggest problem will be offloading them but Emery has had enough of under-performing players who do not fit into his style or philosophy which was highlighted in brutal fashion by the Europa League final humiliation to Chelsea .  The Arsenal manager was already uncertain about Ozil who is on £350,000-a-week but that only served to underline the problem but they could face having to subsidise his wages if they want to push through a loan or permanent deal with Inter Milan.  They could trim around £50m off the wage bill if they can shift all three and that would give them money to play with because the sky-high wage bill has become a chronic problem and a bigger obstacle to his plans than limited funds for new players.  Arsenal have a big squad with even fringe players on big money and that will curtail his plans this summer. They will save money on Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck who are leaving on free transfers but Ramsey’s departure now looks a costly disaster for Arsenal.  Arsenal want Bournemouth ’s highly-rated Ryan Fraser who has a year left on his contract but any ideas of a more ambitious move for Crystal Palace ’s Wilfried Zaha look dead in the water without Champions League cash.  They also want a box-to-box midfielder to replace Ramsey and a centre half to boss the defence but know that shifting Mustafi - who has two years left on his contract is an obstacle to any ins and outs.  Laurent Koscielny has one year left on his deal, wants an extension and could move if he does not get it which leaves Emery with a dilemma over his captain.  But Emery is desperate to get tough and rebuild and sees this summer as key to his long term plans at Arsenal and fears that unless he can overhaul the squad to inject more steel and winning experience then they will fall short again.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal boss Unai Emery demands FOUR new signings - who should the Gunners buy?
Arsenal are looking to revamp their squad this summer after failing to reach the top four for the third season in a row. However, the Gunners can still reach the Champions League if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final next week. Regardless, Emery wants to continue making his mark on the squad after being backed last summer with some key acquisitions. Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner all joined along with the Basque coach but Football London are reporting that he is seeking more of the same this upcoming transfer window.  Furthermore, Football London claim there are some specific positions that the former Paris St-Germain manager wants. It is claimed that Emery is demanding a new left-back, a centre-back, an Aaron Ramsey replacement and a wide forward. Arsenal have a depleted transfer budget - reported to be around £40m - but a return to the Champions League will undoubtedly see those funds exponentially boosted. With that in mind, who should the Gunners sign?  Left-back - Dream: Nicolas Tagliafico Realistic: Marcel Halstenberg There have been huge problems at the Emirates at left-back the season and Granit Xhaka was even deployed there at one point to disastrous effect. Sead Kolasinac appears to be only able to operate at left wing-back whereas Nacho Monreal could leave this summer amid interest from Barcelona. Ajax ace Tagliafico has been a sensation for the Dutch outfit this season, helping them to an Eredivisie title and a Champions League semi-final, knocking out the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus.  However, the Argentine pleaded his future to Ajax earlier this year for at least one more season - meaning the Gunners may have to look elsewhere. And that should see them target RB Leipzig full-back Halstenberg, who has arguably been the best player in his position in the Bundesliga. The 27-year-old is a machine - regularly parading up and down the flank contributing in attack as well as looking formable at the back. The German possesses all the attributes to fit into an Emery side - work-rate, pace, flair and strength.  Centre-back - Dream: Samuel Umtiti Realistic: Djene Dakonam Again, a historically problematic area for the Gunners is at centre-back - Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and even Laurent Koscileny have been guilty of some horrific defending this season. It is clear that this position should be invested into the most, Emery’s side have conceded 51 goals this year in the - worse than Wolves, Everton and Newcastle. The Gunners would love to add Umtiti to their ranks this summer as the World Cup winner appears to have lost his spot at Barcelona and will only be pushed further down the pecking order if Matthijs de Ligt arrives.  But, as is often the issue, Arsenal may not be able to afford his wages or transfer fee - and a more reasonable target has been targeted as a result. Dakonam of Getafe has been earmarked as a shock targe
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Arsenal news :  Ian Wright 'blames' two Arsenal players for Mesut Ozil's troubled spell under Unai E
That's according to legendary former Gunners striker Ian Wright. Boss Unai Emery has reintroduced Ozil to Arsenal's starting XI after freezing him out earlier in the season. The playmaker has started the last six games in all competitions as the north Londoners push to finish third in the . But Ozil's return of five goals and three assists is way down on the numbers he posted in previous campaigns.  And Wright's theory pins the blame on Arsenal's expensive frontline of Lacazette and Aubameyang not being on the same wavelength as the German. "He only needs to glimpse you, same as [Dennis] Bergkamp," the former England international said. "They only need to glimpse where you are and they will get the ball into you. "I believe some of the time the movement up the front is not good enough to really take full advantage of someone like Mesut Ozil."  Opening up about the player's exile from the team earlier in the season, Wright feels that Ozil is too good to not be involved for Arsenal. "I don't think that Mesut has learnt any lessons," he added. "I think that how he plays is how he will continue to play. "If you look at his stats and his running stats he runs back as much as anybody else. He does his fair share of that kind of stuff. "The way he plays he's too good a player to not be involved at all.  "Whatever people are saying about that he doesn't do it against the top six, I'm not interested. "Against teams like Newcastle and the rest he will do it and that's where you will pick points up. I'm satisfied with that." Arsenal face a tough challenge when they travel to Goodison Park tomorrow (2.05pm) to take on a resurgent Everton team. The Gunners have a poor away record in the top flight, having won just five times from 14 attempts on the road this season.
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Arsenal news :  Could Man City be BANNED from Champions League? What would it mean for Arsenal?
Manchester City retained their crown over the weekend with victory at Brighton. It was a close-fought battle with Liverpool throughout the campaign but Pep Guardiola’s side held their nerve on the final day. City were knocked out of this season’s Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Tottenham, who will compete in the final against Liverpool in June. The champions already claimed the Carabao Cup earlier this year and have an FA Cup final against Watford to come this weekend. But City could miss out on next season’s Champions League and Express Sport explains why.Why could Man City be banned from Champions League? City are under investigation regarding financial fair play (FFP) rules and could be hit with a one-season ban if they are found guilty of breaching the regulations.What is financial fair play? FFP rules require clubs to balance their books over a three year period. It is designed to prevent the build-up of unstable debt. UEFA states that clubs can only spend up to €5million (£4.34m) more than they earn per assessment period (three years). What have Man City been accused of? UEFA have been investigating evidence first uncovered in a series of leaks published by the German newspaper Der Spiegel in 2018. The reports alleged City had broken FFP rules by inflating the value of a major sponsorship deal.Have Man City been punished before? City were hit with a £49m fine in 2014 for a previous breach of FFP rules. They also had their Champions League squad reduced. Will Man City be banned next season? With no vote in cases of this nature, the final decision lies with chief investigator Yves Leterme. But it is understood would deem a season-long ban to be suitable punishment if City are found guilty. However, it looks unlikely that it will apply to next season’s competition as City could appeal and even take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.What could it mean for Arsenal? If City are found guilty and a ban for next season is upheld, it would afford Arsenal a Champions League spot having finished fifth in the . But, as previously mentioned, it is unlikely the case will be settled that quickly. The Gunners, though, can still secure a place in Europe’s elite competition for next term by winning the Europa League final against rivals Chelsea.
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Alexis Sanchez tells former Arsenal teammate he regrets Manchester United move and is furious with J
Alexis Sanchez regrets his decision to ditch Arsenal for Manchester United and is furious with Jose Mourinho.  The Chile international forced his exit from the Emirates in January after threatening to wind down his contract and United beat eventual champions Manchester City to his signature after agreeing an eye-watering £500,000-a-week deal.  Sanchez has been unable to reproduce his best form since his switch to Old Trafford, however, scoring just three times in 23 appearances and was dropped for Saturday’s defeat at West Ham.  Reports on Sunday claimed Mourinho had given the 29-year-old a dressing down in training earlier in the week and Sanchez was said to have been left stunned by his manager’s decision to omit him from the matchday squad.  The Daily Mirror report Sanchez held a lengthy conversation with his former Arsenal teammate Lucas Perez, who joined the Hammers in the summer, in the London Stadium tunnel and now feels he joined the wrong club.  Sanchez caused disharmony during the latter period of his Arsenal career, falling out with and criticising his teammates and he was said to have left nothing to the imagination with his antics on Saturday after learning of Mourinho’s decision.  ‘For many months people are asking for Martial, Martial, Martial,’ said Mourinho after the match, explaining his decision to axe Sanchez and hand the France international a rare Premier League start.  ‘For many months people are saying Alexis Sanchez is not playing well enough. So this week was time to agree and to say, let’s give a chance to Martial and let’s leave Alexis out.’
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Marco Reus responds perfectly after being quizzed on Mesut Ozil's retirement
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil made himself unavailable for the German national team following their dismal 2018 World Cup campaign. He posted a long statement on his Twitter, citing ‘racism and disrespect’ as his primary reasons. "Is it because it is Turkey? Is it because I'm a Muslim? I think here lays an important issue," wrote Ozil. "It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten. The 29-year-old playmaker attacked German Football Association (DFB) President Reinhard Grindel after he blamed Germany's disappointing performance in Russia on Ozil. "In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose," added Ozil. His international retirement has been a major talking point in Germany over the last two-and-a-half months. While some have shown support for Ozil, others such as Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer have all dismissed his racism claims. Germany teammate Marco Reus is currently on international duty and was asked to share his opinion on Ozil's retirement. DID YOU EVER HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH MESUT ÖZIL AFTER THE WORLD CUP?."Yes, we have written a few times," Reus told SportBuzzer in an exclusive interview. DID YOUR OPINION ABOUT HIM CHANGE AFTER EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED?."Personally, I've always got along great with Mesut, found him extremely pleasant as a human being, he always supported me and was one of the best players I've ever played with. "What has gone around, has been said enough and should finally be ticked. It does not help anyone if the subject is reheated over and over again. " Thankfully, someone has finally spoken some sense on the matter - hopefully Reus has put the subject to bed once and for all. Meanwhile, Germany manager Joachim Low commented on the possibility of a return for Ozil. "In my view, Mesut Ozil has clearly declared his retirement and closed the door by himself with that, so a comeback is not a topic," Low told Sport Bild, as per Goal. Ozil won the World Cup in 2014 but his international career appears to be over.Hopefully, he can focus on his club career now.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal striker Welbeck in line to play in Europa League final
Danny Welbeck is in line to make his Arsenal comeback and farewell in the Europa League final.The England international hasn't played since breaking an ankle in November, an injury that required double surgery.But he has returned to full training and it is understood the club are planning to take the forward to Baku where they face Chelsea on May 29. It remains to be seen whether Unai Emery deems Welbeck's fitness to be good enough to make him part of the match day squad but the former Manchester United man is hopeful of being named on the bench provided he doesn't suffer any setbacks.Emery has confirmed Welbeck will leave the Emirates due to his contract expiring. But the attacker could be handed his farewell in the club's biggest game of the season, where a win would book their place in next season's Champions League.Welbeck's potential return comes at a timely point for the Gunners, with it looking increasingly likely that Armenian forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel to Baku due to political red tape over historical tensions between Azerbaijan and his homeland.Indeed, the fact Baku has been named as the venue for the Europa League final has been met with controversy this week.Arsenal head into the game, due to no fault of their own, facing the prospect of being without one of their players in Mkhitaryan while thousands of supporters will not travel to the game owing to the logistical nightmare of getting to Azerbaijan.Talks over Mkhitaryan's predicament are ongoing, but the club are growing increasingly resigned to not having their forward available. The club are acutely aware that even the if Mkhitaryan is permitted to travel, his presence could heighten security concerns for the rest of the squad.
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Arsenal news :  Ian Wright names the three players Arsenal boss Unai Emery must sign this summer
That’s the transfer warning sent by Gunners legend Ian Wright. Unai Emery is desperate for fresh faces in order to guide his side back into the top four. Arsenal finished fifth in the but can still secure Champions League football by beating Chelsea in next week’s Europa League final. Reports have suggested Emery could be handed a budget of £100m if he can qualify for’s elite competition.  The north London side have struggled defensively this season, while they need to replace outgoing stars such as Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck. And Wright has identified three potential signings he hopes Arsenal can bring in. "Someone like Ben Chilwell,” he told the Mirror. “He is the kind of left-back who is getting better with every game.  “He's an England international now. Somebody that I'm sure is going to be sought after. "Then there is Youri Tielemans. He came over from Monaco. “He's on loan at Leicester City and he's someone that - well there are loads of teams linked with him - but he's someone that you'd want to have. "And Nicolas Pepe at Lille.  “That kind of winger with his intensity, pace and skill. “Those are the kind of players that are definitely going to improve any team, if I'm totally honest. "And they're at the age where they are going to be there for a few years. “So that's a dream list if I'm being totally honest."
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal star issues quit threat unless Unai Emery offers guarantee
Emiliano Martinez says he will quit Arsenal this summer if Unai Emery doesn't offer him the opportunity to challenge No.1 Bernd Leno.  The Gunners are set to lose Petr Cech when the season ends, with the ex-Chelsea stopper retiring.  That will leave first-choice Leno and Martinez, currently on loan at Reading - his sixth temporary spell in nine years - as senior keepers on the club's books.  Martinez, 26, has impressed at the Madejski Stadium, but says he has now reached the point where he must force the issue at the Emirates - or move on.  "I just want to know if they trust me," said Martinez. "If they want to give me the chance to become number one, I will stay there, no doubt.   " Arsenal are a club of my dreams but if they can't guarantee me any games then it's time for me to move on.  "I know I can be Arsenal number one. I've got everything to do it but I want to play games.  "I need to sit down with Unai. After the season finishes I'll have a chat with him to see what his plans are for me.  "People think I am going to be second choice but I don't know what he really wants from me. When I have that meeting, I'm going to have something on the table and then we'll move on from there.  "To be honest, I don't really know what the club wants from me.I knew they wanted me to come here to do really well. But Arsenal have always signed goalkeepers in front of me so I never know."  Martinez is currently on loan in the Championship, having played 17 times in the second half of the campaign for the Royals.  He has been first choice under Jose Manuel Gomes, and he says he wants to continue to feel valued.  "I want to feel valuable in a club. I want to feel like I am important, that's why I give everything.  "The fans see that and the club sees that. I don't care if I am on loan or permanent, I always give my best in games. I want to feel valuable wherever I am.  "I've played big games in my career like in the Champions League and I got a call-up for the national team - they are big moments in my career.  "I'm at that age now where I need to be settled in one place. I've only been three months at Reading but I've really shown I need to play regularly.  "I'm tired of going on loan, I just want to be permanent somewhere."
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Arsenal transfer news live on Deadline Day
It is set to be a busy day for Arsenal as the clock ticks down towards the transfer window slamming shut at 11pm.  The Gunners are looking to get two new signings through before then, with Denis Suarez likely to seal his loan move from Barcelona before the end of the day.  But will anyone else be joining the 25-year-old? The club are said to be in advanced talks with Chinese club Dalian Yifang to sign Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco.  And could they even make one last attempt to sign Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, having been frustrated in their efforts so far this month?  Stay with us throughout the day for all the breaking news as we get it.23:11Suarez confirmation 'removed' Arsenal are yet to announce their signing of Denis Suarez. Barcelona jumped the gun on Wednesday and confirmed his loan move, with the option of a permanent deal. But the article on the Barcelona website was soon deleted and although the deal will go through, it has not yet been confirmed by the Gunners. Arsenal should tie up the loose ends early on Thursday and then finalise their other loan signing.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal identify new summer transfer target as Unai Emery plots rebuild
Emery is set to have a busy summer with a number of comings and goings likely. The Spaniard will have a modest transfer budget at Arsenal but can increase that with sales. Aaron Ramsey will depart on a free while there are plenty of rumours surrounding the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Danny Welbeck will leave and Emery could replace him with Chalov, according to Sky Sports News. Chalov was top-scorer in the Russian , scoring 15 times for CSKA. The 21-year-old also netted against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the Champions League. Chalov has three years left on his contract at his current club and may not come cheap for Emery. The Arsenal boss recently admitted he needs to spend if he wants to improve his team with the Gunners finishing fifth in the . He said: ”I think we can improve first, by spending money to achieve players.  “In the past the club have done great work in watching players, finding and signing young players and developing our players in the academy. "I have big respect for our work, for our players in the academy. “I want to develop the players here—giving them progress to achieve something at a big club like we are. “We can also achieve [buy] some players who are in other teams, who can come here and give us this performance—like [Virgil] Van Dijk with Liverpool." Aubameyang has appeared to put rumours of him leaving to bed on social media. The striker liked a tweet saying: “To everyone saying sell @Aubameyang7 youre just pure mad, this guy in his first full season had the joint golden boot, with the majority of that from the wing?! “People needs their heads testing. This guy is the closest we'll come to TH14 [Thierry Henry]. “The man will become a legend #MyStriker”
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Arsenal news :  How Arsenal's nine loan players have fared this season and what future holds
Unai Emery sent nine Arsenal players out on loan this season to get first team experience elsehwere.  Some have enjoyed brilliant seasons in which they have been a major part of their temporary club's campaign.   Others have struggled to make the most of the opportunity, with injuries holding more than one Arsenal loanee back this season.  Here we take a look at how all nine Arsenal players fared on the road and what the future may hold for them in the coming campaign. Matt Macey   On loan at: Plymouth   Position: Goalkeeper  The youngster endured a disappointing loan spell at Plymouth this season, who were relegated from League One at the end of the campaign.  Macey was in and out of the first team at Home Park, and found himself on the wrong end of criticism from fans for his inability to keep a clean sheet.  His future at the Emirates doesn't look particularly bright, especially considering the amount of keepers already at the north London club. Takuma Asano   On loan at: Hannover   Position: Forward  It's safe to say that this particular loan deal was nothing short of a disaster, although given the fact Arsenal included a compulsory purchase clause - which would have been triggered if the striker was performing well - the Gunners aren't going to mind.  Asano started pre-season well enough and even found the back of the net in Hanover's 6-0 win over Karlsruhe in the German Cup.  But after failing to impress in his next three matches he fell down the pecking order at the Bundesliga club, who later refused to play him to prevent them from activating the aforementioned clause. Calum Chambers   On loan at: Fulham Position: Centre-back / defensive midfield  , and will likely win the club's Player of the Year award.  Initially the Englishman was played in both his familiar centre-back role and on the right, but looked shaky in a sloppy defence.  Chambers was later moved into a central defensive midfield position, and flourished.  He regularly turned in man of the match displays and grew in confidence, becoming a safe pair of hands as Fulham's defensive record improved.  It remains to be seen whether he will ever be good enough to crack Arsenal's first team but he is certainly capable back-up, especially as he can play in a number of positions. Kelechi Nwakali   On loan at: Porto   Position: Forward  Like Asano's, Nwakali's loan deal didn't exactly go to plan for either party.  The Nigerian joined the Portuguese giants at the start of the season hoping to gain some valuable experience playing in the country's top flight.  He quickly found this was going to be harder than he thought but eventually got a chance to represent Porto B, and made the most of his opportunity.  This earned him a call-up to represent Nigeria Under-23s, but after doing so he was denied access back to Portugal as his single-entry visa was no longer valid. Krystian Bielik   On loan at: Charlton   Position: Centre-back / defensive midfield  Like Chambers, Bielik
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Premier League top scorers: Aubameyang CATCHES Hazard in Golden Boot race – no Salah, Kane
Premier League top scorers are lighting up the league in 2018/19 with five stars racking up at least six goals so far during the campaign. Eden Hazard has been near-unstoppable for Chelsea, but Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has powered his way to the top after another goal at the weekend. Surprisingly, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane fall short of the top five after sluggish form – by their high standards – to start the season. However, the star duo have clicked into gear in recent weeks and will be hoping to climb their way up among the other elite stars. Take a look below to reveal the five Premier League top scorers leading the way in the Golden Boot race.5. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 6 goals The Reds have put teams to the sword this season. Mane has grabbed an early lead over Mohamed Salah.4. Glenn Murray (Brighton) – 6 goals Chris Hughton will be delighted with veteran striker Murray who has contributed a terrific goal tally so far.3. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 6 goals Three of Aguero’s strikes came against Huddersfield. He will be hoping to find some consistency in the coming weeks.2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 7 goals The Gunners’ main man fired blanks at the start but he has quietly gone about launching himself into the mix.1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 7 goals The Chelsea hero has been the Premier League player of the season so far and will be desperate to maintain his red-hot form.
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How Unai Emery reacted when Joachim Low tried to visit Mesut Ozil in Arsenal training
Mesut Ozil sent shockwaves through world football when he retired from international football this summer.In a lengthly statement released across social media, Ozil detailed how he had been subjected to racism within the German Football Association and decided to quit after the World Cup in Russia."In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose," Ozil penned in his statement back in July."This is because despite paying taxes in Germany, donating facilities to German schools and winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014, I am still not accepted into society.I am treated as being 'different'." The release went onto cover numerous other issues, addressing the media and sponsors as well as the controversy surrounding his meeting with Turkish president Recep Erdogan.Ozil's announcement was met with a variety of reactions with some coming out in support for the Arsenal midfielder and others - most notably Uli Hoeness - expressing their disapproval.Perhaps the most anticipated reaction came from Germany manager Joachim Low, however, upon the return of international football in September.He noted during a press conference: "Nowhere within my team during my time here, there has been not even as hint of racism.The player has not called me.In the past that was the case when players retired."Mesut decided on a different path.I repeatedly tried reaching him via message or phone but that was not possible.I have to accept that." The comments received a mixed reception and it was clear that Low wanted to contact Ozil about the decision, something that has become apparent this week.According to Bild, Low decided to visit Arsenal's training ground this week having been present in London for FIFA's 'The Best' awards.He intended to speak with Ozil during the visit but the former Germany player refused to do so, with his decision backed by Unai Emery.Both Low and Oliver Bierhoff were refused access to speak to Ozil by the Arsenal manager himself, despite plans being made with the player's camp.Instead, the Germany boss had to settle for conversations with Per Mertesacker, Bernd Leno and Shkodran Mustafi.Bierhoff told Bild after the visit: “We would have liked to talk to Mesut, but we have to accept that he doesn’t want to speak with us right now.” So, it's clear that both Arsenal and Ozil still have no intentions to speak with key figures in the German Football Association about his decision to retire from international football.Ozil clearly wants to focus on his football with Arsenal and leave behind what has been a distressing time in his career.There's every reason to suggest both Low and Bierhoff had good intentions, but hopefully they respect Ozil's decision to move on from the matter.No matter how the news is handled going forward, though, every party can agree that racism has no place in football nor wider society.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal transfer news: The FIVE academy players who could save the club MILLIONS
The Gunners have the chance to crown an encouraging first campaign under Unai Emery by winning the Europa League next Wednesday. Arsenal travel to Baku to face Chelsea in the final for their first European cup final since 2006. It will be the final game in an Arsenal shirt for Petr Cech, while Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck have both already played their last games for the club. Emery will not have the same financial firepower to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United in the summer, but head of football Raul Sanllehi has declared that the club have already started their summer recruitment plans as they seek to make further progress. But which young talents from the reserves and youth teams could make the jump into the first team next season and add some squad depth?Reiss Nelson Arsenal have had no shortage of firepower going forward this season,with Pierre-Emerick Aumabeyang and Alexandre Lacazette combining for 35 goals in 2018-19. But beyond their usual starting pair, Emery may find himself short of options next season, especially with the exit of Welbeck.  Nelson, however, could be the man to plug the gap, particularly out wide. Having been nominated for the Bundesliga Rookie of the Year award this season, he has had a superb breakout season while at Hoffenheim. The 19-year-old Londoner scored seven goals in 23 league games this season, and has also made an impact on the England youth system, having featured at all levels from under-16 to under-21.Bukayo Saka Saka became one of the most talked-about prospects in England this season after making his first team debut for Arsenal aged just 17.  The winger came on as a substitute for Alex Iwobi in the Gunners’ 4-1 win at Fulham in January. Saka is seen as a future leading man for Arsenal, having made his way through the academy through to the first team. Arsenal have still struggled from wide areas since losing Alexis Sanchez 18 months ago, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan their only recognised world class winger. And with no wingers linked with the club this summer, Arsenal could look to Saka to make an impact next season. Florian Balogun Balogun is another player who could potentially be an answer to Arsenal’s lack of depth up front. The 17-year-old has been prolific for the Arsenal youth sides, having scored 25 goals in 19 games in the under-18 , and one goal in five 2 appearances. Balogun, originally from New York, has also caught the eye of Aubameyang, who tweeted a fire emoji while talking about the player after Arsenal profiled him on their website.  The youngster admitted that he styles himself on Aubameyang, and told Arsenal’s website last year: “The real hard work continues and I want to keep progressing so that I can make it into the first team."Yunus Musah Arsenal’s 16-year-old prodigy nearly left last year for Juventus, before agreeing a professional deal at The Emirates. The youngster broke into the under-18 squad this
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal locked in talks over first summer signing… Mino Raiola could be key - Schira
Arsenal are set to undergo one of the most important transfer windows in their history and need to choose wisely on who they decide to buy. Reports in recent weeks have suggested that they will only have a budget of £40million. The Gunners missed out on qualification for next season’s Champions League, finishing fifth in the after dropping points to Leicester, Wolves, Everton and Brighton late in the season. They do, however, remain in contention to win the Europa League where they come up against Chelsea in the final on May 29. Glory in Europe would likely boost their transfer budget by £25m, it’s been claimed. And according to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, they’ve made a move the necessary steps to secure their first signing of the window. Schira revealed that the Gunners are interested in signing Roma star Manolas this summer. “#Arsenal are really interested in signing Kostas #Manolas, who is expected to cost €36M (termination clause) from #Roma. Contacts ongoing between #Gunners and his agent Mino #Raiola. #transfers #AFC,” his tweet read.  The deal, however, could rest on the Manolas’ agent Mino Raiola’s FIFA ban. The ban was originally handed out by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) for no specific reason but it was extended to a ‘worldwide effect’ by FIFA. Raiola, who represents the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as well, was originally sure that the ban wouldn’t affect the transfer dealings of some of his players because of the Italian restriction. But FIFA released a statement last week explaining that the ban had been increased to a worldwide scale.  “The Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has today decided to extend the sanctions imposed by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) on the intermediaries Carmine and Vincenzo Raiola to have worldwide effect. Carmine Raiola is suspended for a period of three months and Vincenzo Raiola for a period of two months,” FIFA said. “The decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified today and takes immediate effect.” Pogba has been linked with a move away from Manchester United this summer but a deal may be in trouble if Raiola can’t do business this summer. Matthijs de Ligt is also represented by Raiola and has been tipped to make a move to Barcelona this summer.
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Medical booked at Arsenal as Yannick Carrasco emerges as Perisic alternative
Arsenal are still looking to bring in one other player before Thursday night's deadline day to add to the imminent arrival of Denis Suarez from Barcelona.  Suarez is due to arrive at London Colney on Wednesday to finalise his loan move from the Camp Nou, with a medical scheduled for later in the afternoon.  The Barcelona winger will put pen to paper on a loan deal until the end of the season, with Arsenal having an option to buy the 25-year-old on a permanent basis at the end of the season.  Speaking about what Suarez will bring to his squad, Unai Emery said: "We need wingers. A player like Suarez, I know him. He played with me in Sevilla. His quality is this."  Arsenal will pay Barcelona around £2 million to loan Suarez for the remainder of the campaign, with the Gunners then able to buy him on a permanent basis for around £18m in the summer.  Barcelona finally sanctioned the deal on Tuesday after the midfielder agreed to extend his contract until 2021, thus protecting his market value should he return to the Catalan giants at the end of the season.  Arsenal meanwhile have not given up hope of adding a second new addition to the squad before Thursday night's 11pm deadline, although getting a deal done this late will be diffiuclt.  Talks with Inter Milan over Ivan Perisic have ground to a halt, with the Serie A side currently holding firm with their insistence that any deal must be a permanent one.  Christopher Nkunku remains a target and Paris Saint Germain could still be open to letting the 21-year-old move to the Emirates on loan, but only if they manage to bring in another midfielder themselves.  "There is a real interest from Arsenal, but the discussions are quite complicated," said Nkunku's agent Jose-Karl Pierre-Fanfan on Tuesday. "There are restrictions from Arsenal’s side, they cannot do a transfer in the middle of the season.  "It is still being discussed with PSG, things could still happen in the next 48 hours, but as I said, the fact that I am here [in France] means that it does not look good."  PSG have already signed Leonardo Paredes and the Ligue 1 giants are attempting to prise Idrissa Gueye away from Everton, but so far the Merseyside outfit are refusing to do business for the Senegalese star.  That all leaves a move for Nkunku unlikely this month and Arsenal are looking at Yannick Carrasco as a possible late alternative.  The Belgium winger, who currently plays in China for Dalian Yifang, wants to return to Europe and he was offered to Arsenal amongst others at the start of the window.  At the time the Gunners focused their attentions elsewhere, but they could now look to get a deal done - although they face the same problem as they did in their move for Perisic, with Dalian Yifang wanting a permanent deal rather than a loan.  Speaking about the prospect of adding further additions to his squad before Thursday night, Emery said: "If a player can come here to help us, he will come.  "The club is working on that. But my idea
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Arsenal news :  Barcelona to sell NINE players - could Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs take adva
The Catalan side recently retained the La Liga title comfortably after another strong domestic season. But Barcelona chiefs are already looking to improve the team in the coming months. Frenkie De Jong has been brought in from Ajax, and could be joined by close friend Matthijs De Ligt this summer. Antoine Griezmann is also expected to join the Nou Camp outfit after announcing his imminent Atletico Madrid departure.  Mundo Deportivo report this transfer splurge will cost around €270m (£236m). And the publication claim as many as nine players could leave the club to free up funds. But which English teams could benefit? Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and Ivan Rakitic are the most high-profile names on the list.  Coutinho has been heavily linked with a return to England with Chelsea, despite his close ties to Liverpool and their impending transfer ban. The Brazilian continues to struggle in Spain after securing his dream move in January 2018 and Griezmann's arrival could spell the end for him at the Nou Camp. Like Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, Coutinho wants to stay put this summer. Rakitic is another name to have been heavily linked with a move to the in recent months. And reports this week suggest United are keen to land the midfielder.  Rakitic, like Coutinho, has previously stated he wants to stay at Barcelona but could now be forced to move elsewhere to free up room on the wage bill. Inter Milan are the current favourites to sign Rakitic in the coming months. United have also been linked with a move for shot-stopper Jasper Cillessen in recent days, as the Dutchman wants to move on in search of more game time. As for Umtiti, Arsenal are reportedly keen on landing the Frenchman this summer. Unai Emery is desperate to strengthen his defence in the coming months and will be hoping for more funding than was awarding to him in the winter window.  The Spaniard has publicly praised Umtiti in recent weeks, fuelling speculation a move may be in the offing. Andre Gomes will be moved on following a strong loan spell at Everton. Both the Toffees and Tottenham are keen to sign him permanently in the summer. Rafinha is finally expected to leave the club and is another to have been heavily linked with Inter Milan in recent seasons. But another expected departee Denis Suarez is unlikely to return to England after a disastrous time at Arsenal since he joined on loan in January. Marc Cucurella and Sergi Palencia are likely to be loaned out again after spending this season as Eibar and Bordeaux respectively.
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How Arsenal's starting XI could look after the January transfer window
New Arsenal boss Unai Emery splashed a moderate amount of cash in his very first transfer window in charge of the north London club.  Emery made a few select signings in the summer; Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Bernd Leno among others - not household names, but players who have all had a positive influence on the first team.  It's unclear how much money the Spaniard will have to spend in January, but both he and Arsenal's head of recruitment Sven Mislintat will have some targets in mind.   Studying this current Arsenal team, as well as looking at some of the names the club have been linked to, as reported by the Mirror's Chief Football Writer John Cross, we've created a possible starting XI for 2019.  Emery has chopped and changed his formation at Arsenal, but we believe a 4-2-3-1 suits both his style and the current crop at the club.  This often changes to a 4-2-2-2 (wide), as demonstrated below, but it's pretty much the same thing, changing depending on whether Arsenal are attacking or defending.  In goal Emery has found his No.1 in Leno, and we don't suspect he'll make many changes to his defence seen as Laurent Koscielny is on his way back from injury.  However, the left-back position is one the Spaniard could strengthen, what with Nacho Monreal getting on in age and Sead Kolasinac being out of favour.  Liverpool's Alberto Moreno, who has lost his place in the Reds first team following the emergence of Andy Robertson, is one such player the Gunners could sign.  Moreno played under Emery at Sevilla and was absolutely electric. It could be a match made in heaven for both parties.  Like Leno, summer signing Torreira looks to be a mainstay in this Gunners team, although he will be rotated with the likes of Guendouzi and co.  Next to him generally stands Granit Xhaka, who has shown signs of improvement under Emery this season.  But one man who could sign for the Gunners is Ever Banega.  Despite being 30, and significantly older than most of Emery's other signings at Arsenal, Banega shared a father-son relationship with the Gunners boss at Sevilla.  What's more, Banega ticks the boxes of what Emery is looking for to replace the departing Aaron Ramsey, who could be off in January.  Up top our Arsenal team looks a lot like it does now. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexander Lacazette and Mesut Ozil are all safe in their positions.  The Gunners could do with another winger however, and one man on their whishlist is Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.  The France international, who is currently unsettled in Spain, was discovered by Mislintat at Dortmund and appears ready for a new challenge.  Arsenal house a number of Frenchman so Dembele would be right at home should he decided to join the north London club, but his £100million valuation may provide a stumbling block for Arsenal.
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Arsenal news :  The  rule changes that will come into effect next season
Another season full of thrills and spills has come to an end - but not without controversy.  With every week of results comes another set of decisions left to be debated.  Should this have been given? What was the ref thinking there? Surely that was a penalty?!  One thing all clubs and their fans will be pleased to know, is that the IFAB (International Football Association Board) have now approved several changes to the Laws of the Game ahead of next season.  With any luck these should tighten up the games grey areas to leave us nodding in agreement more so than crying in disbelief.  Here's what will change for the start of the 2019-20 campaign... Handballs  From next season, if the ball hits an attackers arm in the build-up to a goal - be it accidental or otherwise - the goal will be disallowed.  Hardly rocket science, but it should help avoid any Fernando Llorente-style discussions going forward.  In addition, defending teams will be awarded a free-kick if an inadvertent handball creates an advantage for the opposing team. Drop balls  Old fashioned drop balls are a thing of the past, with the process of sending the ball back to the last team in possession now the due procedure.  However IFAB have a gripe about their current 'manufactured' nature.  "The current dropped ball procedure often leads to a ‘manufactured’ restart which is ‘exploited’ unfairly or an aggressive confrontation," the IFAB explained.  "Returning the ball to the team that last played it restores what was ‘lost’ when play was stopped, except in the penalty area where it is simpler to return the ball to the goalkeeper.  "To prevent that team gaining an unfair advantage, all players of both teams, except the player receiving the ball, must be at least 4m (4.5 yds) away." Substitutions  This is an interesting one.  From next season onwards, whenever a player is substituted, they no longer have to leave the field near to the dugouts.  Instead they must leave the field at the nearest point, thus avoiding any pesky time-wasters who stroll off nonchalantly late on.  How long will it be until someone doesn't pay attention and passes the ball to their teammate walking round the pitch perimeter though is another question. Free kicks  Attackers are no longer allowed in the wall at free kicks.  The wall does have to contain at least three players however, at which point all attackers must be at least a metre away.  IFAB hold pretty strong views on this one.  "There is no legitimate tactical justification for attackers to be in the ‘wall’ and their presence is against the ‘spirit of the game’ and often damages the image of the game," an IFAB statement explained. Penalty kicks  The goalkeepers staying on the line at penalties rule is one that very rarely seems to be enforced fully.  However IFAB are now stating that from next season keepers must have one foot on the line.  Not only that, but they are also forbidden from touching the posts before the
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