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I am disappointed – Arteta speaks after Arsenal’s defeat.

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Speaking after the match, Arteta discussed an array of matters having now seen his side gain nine points from their opening five league matches of the 2020/21 season.

There were chances for Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a tight affair, but the contest was settled by Raheem Sterling’s first half strike.

While the 1-0 scoreline demonstrates a vast improvement from the club’s most recent trip to face City, the end result was nevertheless the same. Having had chances in the match, Arteta claimed he was proud of the performance, but was disappointed to see his side play so deep.

“Upset obviously not to get anything from the game the way the game went because I felt that we kept growing and growing and having more belief that we could actually get something from it,” he said.

“At the same time I’m extremely proud about the way we played individually and collectively to put the performance that we put in tonight in this stadium. It’s not an easy thing to do. I think we had a real go.

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“It’s upsetting to see your team so deep. In the second half we were really aggressive, we played in the opponents’ half, they had a lot of issues to get out of our pressure. We could have created more, I think, in the final third.

Much of the talk pre-match centered around whether deadline day signing Thomas Partey would jump straight into Arteta’s starting lineup, but the Spaniard opted to keep the £45m addition on the bench for the Etihad showdown. On the topic, Arteta insisted it was too soon to thrust the Ghanaian into action.

“We will see how quickly we can make it with him but as well we have to respect that process and that time for him because he only trained a day really with us,” he said.

“It’s a lot of new information, it’s a completely different game model for him to understand. We have to respect a little bit that. When he came on he looked good.”

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It looked as if the Gunners would be handed a lifeline late in the first half, as Kyle Walker’s high foot came within inches of connecting with Gabriel Magalhaes’ head in the penalty box.

Hoping for a VAR review, referee Chris Kavanagh opted to blow the whistle for half time seconds late, indicating no second look had taken place.

“You need everything to go your way to get a win here and obviously when you have the three or four big chances we had you have to put them away because you know that in your box that’s going to be the case,” Arteta concluded.

“It’s that situation, I’ve seen it back, I just ask for the refs to watch it back and I don’t think they checked it because it took two seconds for the whistle to go.

“I am disappointed with that.”


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Final score: Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United

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Arsenal scored two quick-fire team goals to extend Sheffield United’s point-less start to the Premier League season – although the Blades did manage their first goal.

2020/2021 Premier League
2-1
Saka (61′)
Pepe (64′)
McGoldrick (83′)

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Match Report
The Gunners did not really get going until the 60th minute when Bukayo Saka celebrated his first England call-up with a header from Hector Bellerin’s cross.

Three minutes later they doubled their lead with Nicolas Pepe’s good run and finish into the bottom corner – finishing off a move with 19 passes.

They looked completely in control until David McGoldrick curled home the Blades’ first league goal of the season.

But it was not enough to affect the outcome and United have now lost seven consecutive top-flight games for the first time since 1975.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal move onto six points from three games, having lost 2-0 to champions Liverpool last Monday.

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Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

5′ Leno makes a timely clearance

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12′ Basham makes an important deffence

29′ Nketiah’s header too straight

37′ Aubameyang’s shot over the bar

38′ Yellow Card! Berge booked

44′ Aubameyang’s bycicle kick stopped

61′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Sheff Utd (Saka)

64′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Sheff Utd (Pepe)

78′ McBurnie’s long shot parried by Leno

83′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Sheff Utd (McGoldrick)

Line-ups
Arsenal XI: Willian, Luiz, Aubameyang, Leno, M.Elneny, Bellerin, Tierney, Ceballos, Gabriel, Nketiah, Saka

Subs: Lacazette, Xhaka, Runarsson, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Willock

Sheff Utd XI: McGoldrick, Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Robinson, Egan, Lundstram, Osborn, Burke, Berge, Ramsdale

Subs: Sharp, Fleck, Norwood, W. Foderingham, M. Lowe, McBurnie, Ampadu


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Final Score: Fulham 0-3 Arsenal

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Game is over and the final score is Fulham 0-3 Arsenal. Willian and Gabriel shone as Mikel Arteta’s side swept to three points away at Fulham.

2020/2021 Premier League
0-3
Lacazette (8′)
Gabriel (49′)
Aubameyang (57′)


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

7′ Odoi’s shot stopped

8′ GOAL! Fulham 0-1 Arsenal (Lacazette)

18′ Odoi’s cross too high

21′ Elneny’s shot blocked

27′ Willian’s free-kick hits the post

37′ CLOSE! Aubameyang’s attempt stopped

46′ Kebano’s free-kick cleared off

47′ Aubameyang’s cross blocked

49′ GOAL! Fulham 0-2 Arsenal (Gabriel)

55′ Yellow Card! Bellerin booked

57′ GOAL! Fulham 0-3 Arsenal (Aubameyang)

67′ Leno denies Mitrovic’s effort

73′ CHACNE! Xhaka’s shot blocked

78′ Aubameyang’s good chance blocked by Hector

79′ Subs! Ceballos replaces Xhaka

83′ Bellerin’s cross blocked on the box

86′ Subs! Nketiah in, Lacazette out

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Line-ups


Fulham XI: D. Odoi, T. Cairney, T. Ream, N. Kebano, M. Hector, Ivan Cavaleiro, J. Bryan, J. Onomah, H. Reed, M. Rodák, A. Kamara

Subs: Le Marchand, Areola, Knockaert, C. Christie, B. De Cordova-Reid, Mitrovic, Anguissa

Arsenal XI: Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Leno, Xhaka, M.Elneny, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Tierney, Holding, Gabriel

Subs: Kolasinac, Macey, Pepe, Ceballos, Willock, Nketiah, Saka.


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Arsenal still keeps Coutinho in sight

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Bayern Munich have confirmed Philippe Coutinho will return to parent club Barcelona, marking the occasion with a ‘thank you and goodbye’ message for the Brazilian.

Coutinho won the Champions League with Bayern during his loan spell, scoring in the quarter-final and replacing goalscorer Kingsley Coman in the final against Paris Saint-Germain.

The German champions had an option to make the move permanent but have opted not to exercise it, prompting links with Arsenal.

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As part of the club’s message to the outgoing player, Bayern board member Hasan Salihamidzic described Coutinho as “outstanding”.

He said: “Even though FC Bayern and Philippe Coutinho are parting ways after just one season, his commitment in Munich has made it clear what an outstanding player he is.”

While Coutinho has been linked with Arsenal for much of the summer, the arrival of Ronald Koeman as Barcelona’s new manager means the future of a number of Barca players may be affected.

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Ceballos joins Arsenal yet again

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Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Dani Ceballos on loan for the second successive season.

The deal doesn’t include an option to buy for the Gunners or anything similar.

Real Madrid still want to keep the midfielder on their books and the player himself doesn’t want to give up on his dream of making it at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

With Zinedine Zidane still in charge, though, the 24-year-old knows he must seek a move away from Los Blancos in order to play regularly.

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According to LaSexta, talks between Arsenal and Real Madrid were already at an advanced stage when Ceballos trained at Valdebebas on Monday.

Confirmation of the agreement between the two clubs is expected to be made on Tuesday.

Arsenal was the player’s preferred destination – he thinks he can keep improving under Mikel Arteta.

Ceballos made 37 appearances in his first loan spell at the Emirates Stadium last season.

The Spaniard is the latest player to leave Real Madrid this summer after Reinier Jesus and Takefusa Kubo.

Exits for Brahim Diaz, on loan to AC Milan, and James Rodriguez, permanently to Everton, are also pending official confirmation.

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Happy New Month

From Arsenal’s flopp to Bayern’s UCL – Sergi Gnabry

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Serge Gnabry has reflected upon his rise after helping Bayern Munich to win the Champions League.

Gnabry featured as Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final in Lisbon but made just one Premier League appearance while on loan at West Bromwich Albion from Arsenal in the 2015-16 season.

The winger was always seen as a very talented player and, having overcome the setbacks caused by injuries and that challenging loan spell, he has proceeded to fulfil his vast potential.

Gnabry told NobleSports Relaibe source: ‘Winning that trophy is the best thing that could have happened. The spirit we talk about came through and we are the best team in Europe. It was always going to be difficult and in the end we came through.

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‘As long as it was 0-0, they have some incredible talent, lucky they didn’t score and happy we did.

Coman scored the winner in the 59th minute with a header following a cross from Joshua Kimmich.

Gnabry was full of praise for the impact that his team-mate made.

He said: ‘The King helped us extremely, We knew it was going to be difficult for them and for him to come in and score was incredible.’

One of Bayern’s strengths is their ability to keep pushing forward, with the club having a squad with a healthy mix of young and experienced players.

Gnabry says that the Bayern youngsters are eager to replicate the success that the club has enjoyed in the past.

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‘For sure, it has always been said the spirit in this group is crazy, we have a strong bond and hopefully we can build on it.’

Rio Ferdinand revealed that he met Gnabry on holiday a few years ago when the German was at a difficult stage in his career.

Gnabry explained to Ferdinand that he had lost confidence and was trying to get back on track. It is safe to say that he has managed to achieve that aim.

Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: ‘I was on a beach in Dubai and he popped up with Bellerin and he was really down. He sat down on the sunbed and told me he had lost confidence and was trying to rebuild his career.

‘It was hard work for him, but there he is today, it is how you react to knockbacks, he applied himself right and he is a great young lad.’

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Arsenal Fixtures for 2020/21

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Arsenal have a tough set of opening Premier League fixtures to negotiate, playing Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all away from home in the first seven games.

Mikel Arteta has a solid platform to build from after finishing the season on a positive note with a surprise win in the FA Cup but the three tough away days could dent any early momentum they were after for the 2020/21 season. In the Premier League, the Gunners have not won an away match against a ‘big-six’ side in their last 25 attempts.

A trip to newly promoted Fulham is their opening day fixture, followed by another London derby at The Emirates against West Ham.

Fans may be allowed back into stadiums by the time Arsenal face Tottenham in the first north London derby of the season on December 5 with the corresponding fixture at The Emirates set for March 13. Arsenal end the season with a home fixture against Brighton on May 23.

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ARSENAL’S PREMIER LEAGUE 2020/21 FIXTURES
September

12: Fulham (a)

19: West Ham (h)

26: Liverpool (a)

October

3: Sheffield United (h)

17: Manchester City (a)

24: Leicester (h)

31: Manchester United (a)

November

7: Aston Villa (h)

21: Leeds United (a)

28: Wolves (h)

December

5: Tottenham (a)

12: Burnley (h)

15: Southampton (h)

19: Everton (a)

26: Chelsea (h)

28: Brighton (a)

January

2: West Brom (a)

12: Crystal Palace (h)

16: Newcastle (h)

27: Southampton (a)

30: Manchester United (h)

February

3: Wolves (a)

6: Aston Villa (a)

13: Leeds (h)

20: Manchester City (h)

27: Leicester City (a)

March

6: Burnley (a)

13: Tottenham (h)

20: West Ham (a)

April

3: Liverpool (h)

10: Sheffield United (h)

17: Fulham (h)

24: Everton (h)

May

1: Newcastle (a)

8: West Brom (h)

12: Chelsea (a)

15: Crystal Palace (a)

23: Brighton (h)

The key dates of the Premier League 2020/21 season
The Premier League has revealed the 2020/21 season will start on Saturday September 12.

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The season is scheduled to finish on Sunday May 23, 2021 – just 19 days before the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament kicks off.

The transfer window opened on Monday July 27 and will close on Monday October 5 at 11pm. An additional domestic-only window will run from October 5 to 5pm on October 16 but Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs.

Premier League ins and outs
Who has your team signed? Who has been shipped out?

Check here for a comprehensive list of all the Premier League ins and outs from the 2020 summer transfer window, which opened on July 27 and closes on October 5.

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Willian says goodbye to Chelsea; reveal his misson at Arsenal

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Brazil star, Willian has said Arsenal is a big club and he has come to help the team win trophies.

Willian, 32, on Friday, joined the North London side on a three-year deal after his contract expired with Chelsea.

He said Arsenal is a big team and deserve to win trophies, pledging to give his best to the club on the pitch.

“I come to try to win trophies because this club deserves to win again, and I think you have to do the best as possible to win every game,” he told Arsenal’s website.

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“I always train hard and go on the pitch giving 100 per cent to help this team to win games and to win titles as well.”

He joins Arsenal on a free transfer with Chelsea unwilling to offer the multi-year contract he desired and is reportedly set to earn £200,000 ($261,000) a week.

The 2012 Champions League winner said Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta is having a “new project” with the Gunners which he wants to be a part of.

Arteta himself believes Willian’s experience will make a “difference” for the 2003/2004 Premier League winners.

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“He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still have the ambition to come here and contribute to bringing the club where it belongs,” the Spaniard explained, saying he is impressed with the talks he had with the player.

File photo: Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang holds the winner’s trophy as the team celebrates victory after the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, on August 1, 2020. Arsenal won the match 2-1. Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP

Arsenal’s technical director, Edu described his compatriot as a player with a “lot of fantastic attributes” and said he has known Willian “very well, since a long time ago” from working together with the Brazilian national team.

Willian was on the bench earlier this month when Arsenal defeated the Blues 2-1 to win their 14th FA Cup.

He won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League in his seven years stint with the Blues.

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Arsenal’s Latest

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This could prove to be a pivotal summer in the transfer market for Arsenal.

With Mikel Arteta having had half a season to assess his squad, the Spaniard will be fully aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the Gunners’ current roster.

Arsenal have a Europa League campaign to navigate in 2020/21 thanks to their recent victory in the FA Cup final, so will need a well-stocked squad of quality options.

They will hope to improve upon a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Premier League next season too.

With all of that in mind, it promises to be a busy summer of comings and goings at the Emirates Stadium. Here are the latest transfer rumours.

Three clubs keen on Maitland-Niles
If Arteta wants to do plenty of transfer business, it will help his cause if he can raise funds through sales.

One man who could be heading out of the club is Ainsley Maitland-Niles. NobleSports are reporting that three unnamed clubs – two from England and one from Germany – are interested in signing the 22-year-old.

Maitland-Niles made 15 Premier League starts for the Gunners this season, and was also in the team for the FA Cup victories over Manchester City and Chelsea.

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Ozil exit rumours ramping up

It would probably be the best for all concerned if Mesut Ozil left Arsenal this summer. His last appearance for the club was in March and he scored just one Premier League goal this season.

NobleSports have reported that the German international has been pictured on Instagram with the owner of Istanbul Basaksehir, Okan Buruk.

Needless to say, this has cranked up the rumour mill regarding Ozil’s potential exit from north London.

However, his agent Dr Erkut Sogut said Ozil would remain with Arsenal for another year when asked about it last month.

“I do not think there will be a change in the case of Mesut Ozil until the summer of 2021,” he said.

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Guendouzi to join PSG?

Arsenal are not short of players who may be leaving this summer. Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is another who has seemingly paved the way for an exit, with Arteta reportedly happy to allow him to move on.

Few people would’ve guessed that French champions Paris Saint-Germain would prove to be his next stop after Arsenal, but reports suggest that could be the case.

Guendouzi was at their academy before he made his breakthrough at Lorient, but this doesn’t feel like a realistic move for the player at this point.

But stranger transfer deals have happened in the past, so who knows?

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Eze ‘wants dream move’ to Gunners

If the above three players leave then reinforcements will be even more important for Arteta. And just as Guendouzi might return to a team who he played for as a youth, so might Queens Park Rangers’ Eberechi Eze.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder was on Arsenal’s books until he was released nine years ago, and has reportedly said it would be his ‘dream move’ if he could return to the club which he still supports.

According to the NobleSports, Crystal Palace and West Ham are interested in signing the player, who QPR will only sell if they receive an offer of £20million.

So Eze looks set to remain in London – but exactly where he will be next season is yet to be determined.

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Arsenal will close in on Willian transfer – Rudiger

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Antonio Rudiger says Arsenal will be signing one of the few players in the world who “dictates the game” if Chelsea winger Willian joins the FA Cup winners.

The Gunners are closing in on signing Willian on a£150,000-per-week, three-year deal, with the Brazilian’s Stamford Bridge contract set to expire this month.

It has been suggested that the 32-year-old could miss Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Saturday ahead of his expected free transfer to the Emirates.

And Chelsea defender Rudiger says Willian will be a big miss if he does leave the club – comparing him to former teammate Eden Hazard in terms of the impact he can have on a game.

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“Since day one of coming to Chelsea, he and David Luiz got me into the team and helped me out in the first couple of months because it was not that easy,” Rudiger told Mail Online.

He is a great guy and a really, really good footballer.

“He is calm and humble and it will be sad if I don’t see him again as a team-mate.”

Rudiger said Willian does his talking with his feet – just like Hazard, who left Chelsea for Real Madrid last summer.

“He is not the type of player who talks that much,” Rudiger said. “He does his thing on the pitch, just like Eden Hazard. By playing, he shows what he is about.

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“He is a guy who dictates the game and not many players in the world have this type of quality.

“He is always training [hard] and practicing free-kicks after. He is someone who always wants to improve.”

Chelsea will need to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Bayern on Saturday if they are to reach the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League.

Rudiger and his teammates last week missed out on what would have been a first piece of silverware for Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager when they were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

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Arsenal latest transfer possibilities

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Arsenal are looking to bolster their squad ahead of next season as Mikel Arteta looks to build on last weekend’s FA Cup triumph.

The news that 55 members of staff will be made redundant hasn’t gone down well, although the Gunners are still investing in recruitment – but they may have to sell players to finance some deals.

Arsenal are reportedly confident of tying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down to a new deal, with they have other targets such as winger Willian and defender Gabriel Magalhaes on their radar.

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Here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumours.

Emery hopeful of Guendouzi deal
Villarreal boss Unai Emery has reportedly called Matteo Guendouzi as he steps up his efforts to sign the Arsenal midfielder.

Guendouzi was ostracised by Mikel Arteta following a display of ill-discipline during the defeat to Brighton in June.

The midfielder’s future at the club has been cast into doubt and Emery wants to be reunited with him in Spain.

According to Foot Mercato, the former Arsenal manager has contacted the 21-year-old in a bid to persuade him to swap the Gunners for Villarreal.

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The Spanish side could explore a loan deal with an option to buy, but Arteta and the Arsenal board might prefer a straight sale.

Arteta’s Smith Rowe transfer stance
Emile Smith Rowe will be part of Arteta’s first-team squad for the 2020/21 campaign.

The attacking midfielder impressed during a loan spell at Huddersfield Town in the second half of the 2019/20 season.

Football.london understands the Gunners have told the youngster he will be integrated into the first-team group next term.

Arsenal believe Smith Rowe is a long-term option as a No10, while he can also play as a No8 in the 4-3-3 formation Arteta intends to use going forward.

“I am excited to work with him,” Arteta said of Smith Rowe last month.

“I have been talking with him and I have followed him during his spell on loan. I think he’s someone who can be pretty impressive.”

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Gunners lead Gabriel race

Arsenal have emerged as favourites to sign Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, according to NobleSports.

Napoli were previously thought to be in pole position to land the 6ft 3in defender, who enjoyed an impressive season in Ligue 1.

Everton has also been spoken of as a potential destination for the Brazilian, but Arsenal now lead the race.

The 22-year-old is reportedly keen to join the Gunners and will make a decision at some point this weekend.

With William Saliba set to arrive at the Emirates this summer after spending 2019/20 on loan at Saint-Etienne, the future looks bright for Arsenal’s backline.

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Willian agrees Arsenal terms

Chelsea winger Willian has agreed a three-year contract with Arsenal worth £100,000 a week, according to NobleSports.

The Brazil international is set to leave Stamford Bridge after Chelsea’s clash with Bayern Munich this weekend.

Willian was also linked with Tottenham, but Arsenal are now set to sign the experienced winger.

The move will be announced before the end of the month as Arteta continues with his revamp of the Gunners squad.

Willian has scored 11 goals and provided nine assists for Chelsea in all competitions this term.

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Willan agrees and joins Arsenal on free transfer

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Chelsea star Willian has reportedly agreed a three-year contract worth £100,000-per-week with Arsenal.

The 31-year-old was locked in talks over fresh terms to remain at Stamford Bridge, but has chosen to move on after the club refused to offer him the long-term deal he had demanded.

Frank Lampard was keen to retain Willian and extend his seven-year spell, but Arsenal have stepped in to seal the deal on a free transfer.

The news comes just a day after Arsenal announced 55 members of staff would be made redundant.

The club’s decision was met with widespread criticism, but head of football Raul Sanllehi and manager director Vinai Venkatesham justified the sweeping job cuts as necessary in order to continue to bring in new additions.

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Arsenal offers Willian ‘three years contract’

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Arsenal have made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian, edging them to the front of the race to sign the Brazilian forward.

Joining Mikel Arteta’s rejuvenated side and the chance to work with fellow Brazilian Edu are the reasons Arsenal are favourites to secure Willian’s signature. The Gunners have made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian, still some way short of the terms offered by Barcelona and Inter Miami.

Despite wanting the 31-year-old to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have refused to offer more than a further two years – and the chances of him being a Chelsea player when the new season begins in five weeks now look remote.

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Frank Lampard has admitted his side need to improve defensively, but that Chelsea would need to sell before they can buy, having already spent big in the attacking areas by bringing in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Willian made 47 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions and finished the season in fine form with four Premier League goals after the restart.

Chelsea open to offers for third of first-team squad
Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for up to 10 first-team players, including goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho and centre-back trio Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christiansen.

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Frank Lampard has admitted his side need to improve defensively, but that Chelsea would need to sell before they can buy, having already spent big in the attacking areas by bringing in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Emerson, Jorginho, Victor Moses, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Michy Batshuayi are among a long list of players Chelsea would also be willing to offload.

Summer transfer window – key dates and times
The summer transfer window will run for 10 weeks from July 27 and close at 11pm on October 5.

A domestic-only window for trades between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday October 16 at 5pm. Follow all the news and analysis on Sky Sports News and across Sky Sports’ digital platforms, including with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.

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Arsenal makes brilliant progress on Coutinho’s deal

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Arsenal are growing increasingly confident of landing Philippe Coutinho on loan, with talks believed to be at an advanced stage.

Barcelona are desperate to offload Coutinho, who has struggled at the Nou Camp ever since arriving from Liverpool for £145millionin January 2018.

The Brazilian playmaker spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich but didn’t impress enough to earn a permanent move to the Bundesliga giants.

Coutinho, however, isn’t short of admirers and Arsenal have declared their interest in bringing the former Anfield hero back to the Premier League.

And according to Sport, his loan move is on the brink of being completed.

Indeed, the Spanish publication also claims that the Gunners ‘love’ the midfielder.

Arsenal’s relationship with Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has helped progress talks, with his client list including current Arsenal stars David Luiz and Cedric Soares.

Another of Joorabchian’s clients is Willian, who is believed to be close to signing for Arsenal.

“It’s no secret he wants to come back to the Premier League,” Joorabchian said at the end of July.

“It’s still very much open. There is a lot of genuine interest.

“He loves playing in the Premier League, he is adored playing in the Premier League and that is one of his priorities.”

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Coutinho is one of several out-of-favour Barcelona players up for sale, with Martin Braithwaite and Jean-Clair Todibo also available.

Braithwaite is attracting interest from West Ham, with the Spaniards wanting to recoup the €18m they paid to sign the forward.

Todibo is also being linked with the Premier League, but Everton face competition from Italian giants Roma.

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Arsenal wants Grealish but won’t meet Aston Villa’s demand

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Arsenal have joined the race to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish by expressing a serious interest, though are unwilling to meet the £80million valuation of the Midlands club.

Grealish played a starring role in keeping his boyhood team in the Premier League on the final day of the season, though is heavily tipped to embrace a new challenge this summer.

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Mikel Arteta’s side have now registered their interest with Villa, as report NobleSports but would be looking for the price to reduce significantly.

It is reported that a number of clubs are willing to pay between £50m and £60m for the attacking midfielder, though Villa’a stance has tightened now they have remained in the English top flight.

The club will hold out for around £20m more than suitors are currently willing to pay, wanting an £80m injection into their bank account after avoiding the financial hit of dropping down into the Championship.

Arsenal boss Arteta has however previously acknowledged that he is unaware whether serious funds will be provided for him this summer, as he sets about a rebuild of the north London club.

Arsenal’s summer transfer budget has been hit by their failure to qualify for the Champions league, along with the financial implications the club – like many others – has sustained due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Grealish, who will turn 25 in September, currently has three years left on his contract and Villa are under no obligation to sell.

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As reported by NobleSports this week, Villa’s strong valuation of their captain also appears to have deterred Manchester United, who are set to turn their attention elsewhere.

Grealish is said to be hopeful of a move in order to boost his England credentials, and feature for the national team during the postponed European championships which are set to take place next year.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add strength to his attacking flanks and is a known admirer of Grealish.

Villa’s demands however now mean a likely pursuit is off with sole concentration on Jadon Sancho, although a deal with his club side Borussia Dortmund is still some way off.

The German giants are still demanding at least £100m for the England international, who signed a new deal with the club last year.

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Chelsea Vs Arsenal starting Xi’s for FA cup confirmed

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The line-ups of Arsenal vs Chelsea have been announced.

Arsenal XI: Luiz, Aubameyang, Lacazette, E. Martinez, Xhaka, Bellerin, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Tierney, Ceballos, Holding

Subs: Sokratis, Kolasinac, Macey, Torreira, Nelson, Willock, Nketiah, M. Smith, Saka

Chelsea XI: Azpilicueta, Caballero, Giroud, Alonso, Kovacic, Zouma, Jorginho, Rudiger, Mount, Pulisic, Reece James

Subs: Pedro, Barkley, Emerson, Kepa, Christensen, Kante, Tomori, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.

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