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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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Arsenal transfer roundups: problem with Coutinho transfer

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On Saturday, Arsenal will close out their 2019/20 season almost a year after it started.

After enduring their worst Premier League finish in 25 years and with the chance of no European football for the first time since Arsene Wenger arrived in north London, it has been a torrid year for the club.

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Nevertheless, after moving on from Unai Emery and bringing in Mikel Arteta midway through the campaign, the Gunners hope that their former captain can now conduct a successful rebuild from the dugout.

Such hope is predicated on their ability to add talent to a weak squad. And there are a number of swirling rumours of potential departures and arrivals as a crucial FA Cup final against Chelsea looms.

Here is the Arsenal transfer round-up.

Aubameyang future depends on FA Cup final
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future might be dependent on the result of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Having finished eighth in the Premier League, Arsenal must win the FA Cup final to secure a Europa League place for next season.

The Gunners’ budget depends greatly on having European football. With their finances already stretched, missing out would be catastrophic to the team’s capabilities in the transfer market – including the prospect of signing their top goalscorer to a new deal.

Mikel Arteta has made his feelings clear on the matter. He wants to keep Aubameyang. But winning the FA Cup final and securing European football may be necessary to doing that.

From both sides, European football is needed. Aubameyang wants to compete in Europe and may look to leave the club without it, while Arsenal need the added revenue the Europa League provides to be able to afford their club captain. Saturday’s FA Cup final, then, is crucial.

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Gunners face competition from United for Magalhaes

Gabriel Magalhaes has attracted interest from five different clubs, including Arsenal and two Premier League sides.

Those Premier League sides includes:Manchester United, who are keen to add elite quality at the position to partner £80million man Harry Maguire, and Everton, who were very close to signing Gabriel in a £20m deal earlier this year, with the Brazilian even having visited their training ground before lockdown.

Arsenal are also eager to sign a centre-back. William Saliba will arrive after his year-long loan at Saint-Etienne, but the Gunners are on the lookout for a long-term partner for the Frenchman to solve their defensive issues.

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Gabriel has performed well for Lille this season, but to sign the 22-year-old, Arsenal will first will have to offload several of their ageing, under-performing defenders, including Sokratis.

French champions Paris Saint-Germain and Italian side Napoli also monitoring Gabriel’s situation closely.

The Coutinho problem


On Wednesday, as reported by a source known to NobleSports, the sources journalist reported that Arsenal are ‘best placed’ this summer to sign Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich.

First, NobleSports reported that Coutinho is Arsenal’s ‘dream’ signing, before Mundo Deportivo added that while the Gunners are the frontrunners, the price is a major problem.

Barcelona want to recoup as much of their initial investment in Coutinho as possible and ‘only want money’ this summer. They are reportedly looking for as much as €80m.

Such a price will be difficult for Arsenal to meet, who are more likely to sign Coutinho on a loan agreement or swap deal.

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Agent reveals Coutinho plans on Arsenal

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Arsenal have been handed a transfer boost after Philippe Coutinho’s agent said the player is targeting a return to the Premier League this summer.

The Gunners have reportedly emerged as front runners to land Coutinho, who has also been linked with Chelsea, Tottenham, Leicester and Newcastle.

But his agent Kia Joorabchian said the former Liverpool star will not make up his mind until after Bayern Munich have been knocked out of this season’s Champions League.

Coutinho has spent the season on loan at Bayern, who have a three-goal advantage as they prepare to host Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on August 8.

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With Barcelona looking to get the 28-year-old off their wage bill this summer, Coutinho has been linked with Arsenal, as manager Mikel Arteta is believed to be a fan, and the midfielder’s agent Joorabchian has close links with the Gunners hierarchy.

And Joorabchian has reiterated that high on his client’s list of priorities is a return to the league where he starred for five seasons with Liverpool before his 2018 move to Camp Nou.

“Because the Champions League is going to run all the way until August 23, I think it will be difficult for players like Coutinho to make any commitment or move until that date,” Joorabchian told NobleSports.

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“He has the Champions League at the moment and they have to qualify for the next round [against Chelsea], and then he could play Barcelona, believe it or not.

“After the Champions League, it’s not been a secret that he wants to come back to the Premier League if he can. He loves playing in the Premier League and is adored in the Premier League.

“It is one of his priorities… but he is also not against staying at Barcelona, so it is very much open.”

Before Joorabchian concluded: “There is much genuine interest in Philippe.

“Because he is a great player and a big success. There is always interest.”

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Arsenal transfer Roundups

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As Arsenal prepare for the FA Cup final, a game which will decide their European fate for next season, transfer talk has not died down by any stretch.

There are certain deals which are unlikely to be dependent on whether or not the Gunners are in the 2020/21 Europa League, while others – both incoming and outgoing – might drag on for weeks if not months.

Here’s the latest on the future of two current Gunners, one of whom is looking to extend his stay, as well as chat about a World Cup-winning player who could add versatility to Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Sokratis still hopes to change Arteta’s mind over Arsenal future
Arsenal centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos has no plans to leave north London, despite being almost completely frozen out of manager Mikel Arteta’s plans.

The defender didn’t play a single league minute in June or July, with his only action of any kind over the period coming as a late substitute in the FA Cup quarter-final victory at Sheffield United.

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However, according to Football.london, the former Borussia Dortmund man still hopes to change Arteta’s mind about his suitability for the Gunners’ defensive set-up.

Even with Pablo Mari sidelined by injury, Sokratis has found first-team action hard to come by and is expected to fall further down the pecking order when William Saliba returns from his loan at Saint-Etienne.

The Greek international, who joined from Dortmund in 2018, has a year left on his current deal but Arteta is understood to be keen to get him off the club’s books.

Ceballos asking price as Arsenal look to keep midfielder around

Dani Ceballos’ form under Mikel Arteta has seemingly convinced Arsenal to push ahead with a move to keep the Spain midfielder in London, but he won’t come cheap

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While it is unclear whether the Gunners would prefer another year’s loan or a permanent deal, El Confidencial claims the latter will set the club back €30million (£27m).

According to the Spanish publication, as translated by Sport Witness, Ceballos is keen on a Real Madrid exit to make sure he gets sufficient game time to put himself in contention for Spain’s European Championships squad next summer.

Ceballos only started 18 Premier League games this season, due in part to injury, but has established himself as a key man since the competition resumed in June.

If Arsenal offload Matteo Guendouzi or Lucas Torreira this summer, with both linked with moves away from north London, they may well have space and budget to keep the 23-year-old around for longer.

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Arsenal could rival Inter for versatile World Cup winner

Arsenal’s transfer budget could move more versatile players more appealing, and this might explain the club’s reported interest in Mathias Ginter.

The Borussia Monchengladbach man, an unused member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad, is being looked at by Inter Milan as a replacement for Diego Godin, but Sky Germany (via football.london) reports that Arsenal and Chelsea are also keeping tabs on the 26-year-old.

Ginter can play at centre-back or midfield, and was linked with the Gunners back in 2014 when he first broke into the German senior side.

He played 31 games for Gladbach this season as Marco Rose’s side clinched a top-four Bundesliga finish on the final day of the season, and scored his first Germany goal in a win over Belarus in November.

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Arsenal to hijack Willan from Chelsea

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Five clubs have made offers for Willian and the Chelsea winger is set to make a decision on his future after this Saturday’s FA Cup final.

His agent Kia Joorabchian confirmed two of the contracts offers come from the Premier League, two from elsewhere in Europe and one from the MLS.

Willian has been linked with a move from Stamford Bridge to join either Arsenal or link up with former boss Jose Mourinho at Tottenham after his contract expires next month.

But there is also plenty of interest from clubs in Europe and further afield and Joorabchian confirmed the 31-year-old will make a decision on his future after the final with Arsenal.

“I don’t think he’s done a U-turn or any kind of turn. He’s always been very much the same mode,” the agent told NobleSports when asked about Willian’s future.

“We had two very big offers – one from MLS which required him to move on July 1 – but he’s always been in the same mode, saying, ‘I want to finish the season at Chelsea and the day after the season has finished I will make my decision’.

“He has two concrete offers from Premier League clubs on the table, he has an MLS offer on the table which is very big, and he’s got two other offers in Europe

“So Willian is in a very good position and he is going to make his decision after the last game of the season.”

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Willian has enjoyed an excellent season with the Blues, scoring 11 goals and laying on nine assists in 47 appearances.

Inter Miami, Manchester United and Barcelona have all asked to be kept informed about his availability, according to Sky Sports, who add that Willian could also be nearing a new deal with Chelsea.

Blues boss Frank Lampard is keen to extend Willian’s stay in west London but so far has only been prepared to offer a two-year deal instead of the three-year contract the Brazilian is seeking.

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Arsenal offers ‘whooping salary’ to Aubameyang

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Arsenal are ready to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new £250,000-a-week contract in a bid to keep him at the club, according to reports.

Aubameyang has 12 months remaining on his current deal but Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep his top goalscorer as he considers him vital to making the club top-four contenders once more.

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The Telegraph report that the Gunners are set to put their improved contract offer to the striker in the next few days but must convince him they are willing to back Arteta in the transfer market.

Aubameyang currently earns £198,000-a-week but improved offer would still see the 31-year-old on less money than the club’s highest earner Mesut Ozil, who is on £350,000-a-week.

The striker has been linked with a move to Barcelona as well as other European clubs including Inter Milan and Manchester United.

But Aubameyang has formed a close relationship with Arteta since the Spaniard took over in December and is willing to consider signing a new deal at the Emirates.

The Gunners will have another season without Champions League football and are set to finish outside the top six for the first time since 1995.

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They can still qualify for the Europa League by winning the FA Cup and doing so may convince the forward to sign the new deal.

The Telegraph’s report claims Aubameyang will need assurances that the club are willing to buy into Arteta’s vision with financial backing in the next transfer window.

The Arsenal boss may have to raise funds by selling but he was adamant he has the full backing of the club’s board following their defeat by Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Fans had flown a banner which called for owner Stan Kroenke to leave the club over Villa Park with a message that read ‘Back Arteta, Kroenke Out’.

Arteta said: ‘I have full support from the Kroenkes, the board, the sporting director and we are putting a very strong plan together to try to do as much as we can in the shortest period.’

Aubameyang has 20 league goals this season and is three behind the Premier League’s top scorer Jamie Vardy. If the Leicester striker fails to net against Manchester United, Aubameyang could share the golden boot by scoring a hat-trick against Watford.

He won the award jointly with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane last season.

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Arsenal Transfer Round-ups

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While the shock defeat to Aston Villa brought Arsenal back down to earth, there are high hopes for the club following an otherwise promising week.

The Gunners not only beat the current Premier League champions Liverpool, but then overcame Man City to book their place in the FA Cup final.

Despite their disappointing league standing, it’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal fan, and the summer window represents a chance for Mikel Arteta to implement his vision at the club further.

With that in mind, here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumours.

Arsenal set their stance on Maitland-Niles
The future of Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been a key discussion point of late.

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The youngster represents a core of talented youngsters at the heart of the club, but he has struggled to earn regular playing time under Mikel Arteta.

A report in The Athletic claimed the 22-year-old would now be looking to move on from Arsenal and seek more regular opportunities.

That has seen Brighton linked with the England youth international, but it would appear that Arteta is keen to keep the player.

Asked if he would prefer Maitland-Niles to remain at the Emirates, Arteta said, “Yes, maybe he didn’t play as much as I wanted him to play. But I played him in many different positions in some very important games as well.”

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Midfielder eyes ‘dream’ Premier League move to Arsenal

Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira has revealed he could see himself fitting into Mikel Arteta’s midfield.

Pereira, 28, has been linked with a move away from Porto this summer and has drawn interest from Arsenal in the process.

The Gunners are preparing for a modest summer in the transfer market, and that could make a £16million deal for Pereira the perfect piece of business.

The player has done little to dispel those rumours, by admitting he could see himself fitting in at the Emirates.

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“(Arteta) is doing a really, really, good job there,” Pereira told Stats Perform News. “He is a really good coach and Arsenal play very good football.

“The style…I think I can fit there (at Arsenal). Of course, I like to be here in Porto, to be here in my country, but I want to be in a better league like the Premier League.

“I always dreamed about playing in that league. I played also in Serie A, but I think the Premier League is a huge league and one day I want to play there, to improve to be a better player. I think it’s the best league in the world.

“I grew up seeing Patrick Vieira playing in Arsenal, he is one of my idols so it is very good to hear (comparisons with the former France international).”

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Ceballos delivers verdict on Arsenal future

Dani Ceballos is open to the prospect of remaining at Arsenal following his loan spell from Real Madrid.

Ceballos still has three years to run on his Real Madrid contract, and the Gunners will need to muster £22million to keep him at the club permanently. Speaking to Sky Sports, Ceballos confirmed his intention to return to Madrid before making a decision on his future.

He told Sky Sports: “I have to be calm. I have to return to Real Madrid, and they have to make a decision because I have a contract there for three years.

“Once I know their decision, I will sit down with my family and the people close to me and see what’s for the best.

“The truth is I’m very happy at Arsenal. It’s a club in which I already have a year experience, so it would be easy to return.

“I wouldn’t have to adapt to a new league or new club with different managers and players. I think it would be a good step for me.”

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Final Score: Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal

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Game is over and the final score is Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
1-0
Trezeguet (27′)


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

7′ CHANCE! McGinn’s header wide out

27′ GOAL! Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal (Trezeguet)

35′ Yellow Card! Torreira booked

45′ CLOSE! Grealish’s long shot wide out

61′ Yellow Card! Lacazette booked

75′ MISS! Davis’ shot inches wide

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Line-ups


Aston Villa XI: Reina, El Mohamady, Hourihane, M. Samatta, Grealish, Trezeguet, McGinn, Mings, Targett, Ngoyo, Douglas Luiz

Subs: Nyland, Lansbury, Jota Peleteiro, Guilbert, Hause, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Davis, I. Vassilev

Arsenal XI: Luiz, Aubameyang, Lacazette, E. Martinez, Cedric, Kolasinac, Ceballos, Torreira, Holding, Nketiah, Saka

Subs: Sokratis, Xhaka, Macey, Bellerin, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Tierney, Willock, M. Smith.

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Arsenal in talks with Barcelona over Coutinho-Guendouzi swap

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Arsenal are reportedly in talks with Barcelona over a deal for Philippe Coutinho which could involve Matteo Guendouzi going the other way.

Coutinho has been widely tipped for a return to the Premier League ahead of next summer, with the former Liverpool attacker surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.

Chelsea, Tottenham, Leicester City and Newcastle United have all been linked with the 28-year-old, as well as FA Cup finalists Arsenal.

Guendouzi’s Emirates future has been thrown into doubt after the midfielder was dropped by boss Mikel Arteta following his antics against Brighton last month, when he grabbed Neal Maupay around the throat.

And the Gunners and Barcelona are in talks over a swap deal involving the two players, according to Foot Mercato.

The publication says Arsenal technical director Edu has long courted Coutinho, while Guendouzi has been held in similar esteem by Barcelona chiefs.

Barcelona are keen to get Coutinho off the wage bill with the midfielder having failed to hit the heights he enjoyed at Liverpool since his transfer to Catalonia in January 2018.

The Brazilian is contracted to Barcelona until 2023, so will the club a fortune if he stays to see out his contract.

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In a straight cash deal he would cost upwards of £60million, which would be a stretch for Arsenal given the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with Arteta having been told he must sell before he can buy this summer.

Therefore, the Gunners boss must find more creative solutions – and a swap between Coutinho and Guendouzi would make sense after the French midfielder was left out of the squad for Arsenal’s last eight games.

Arsenal’s priority this summer is signing defenders and then holding midfielders.

However, the Gunners have an unusual relationship with Coutinho via his agent which could help engineer a move.

Kia Joorabchian is an Arsenal fan and is good friends with Edu. He also represents Gunners defenders David Luiz and Cedric Soares.

It remains to be seen whether Joorabchian’s relationship with Arsenal and Coutinho’s desire to return to the Premier League come together for what would be one of the most sensational transfers of the summer.

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Arsenal Vs Liverpool starting Xi’s revealed

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

Arsenal XI: Luiz, Lacazette, E. Martinez, Xhaka, Cedric, Pepe, Tierney, Torreira, Holding, Nelson, Saka

Subs: Sokratis, Aubameyang, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Macey, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Willock

Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Alisson, Firmino, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Van Dijk, Mane, Fabinho, Robertson, Joe Gomez, Alexander-Arnold

Subs: Lovren, Adrian, Shaqiri, Minamino, Origi, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, Neco Williams, Elliott.

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Final Score: Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

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Game is over and the final score is Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
2-1
Son (19′)
Alderweireld (81′)
Lacazette (16′)


Match Events


0′ Players are warming up before the game

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0′ Players stand in slient tribute for Jack Charlton

1′ Lucas’s long shot stopped by Martinez

10′ Kane’s shot denied by Martinez

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16′ GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal (Lacazette)

19′ GOAL! Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal (Son)

30′ CLOSE! Ben Davies hits the cross-bar

32′ CHANCE! Pepe’s long shot inches wide

40′ Aubameyang’s free-kick just wide out

50′ Mustafi makes timely block

59′ POST! Aubameyang almost score for Arsenal

70′ Subs! Saka replaces Pepe

71′ What a save from Martinez

79′ SAVE! Fine stop from world-class Lloris

81′ GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (Alderweireld)

83′ OFF THE POST! Kane nearly score

86′ CHANCE! Son’s shot blocked by Luiz

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Line-ups


Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Alderweireld, Son, Lucas, Aurier, Kane, Ben Davies, Winks, Sanchez, Lo Celso

Subs: Vertonghen, Lamela, Gazzaniga, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Tanganga, Sessegnon, Skipp, Gedson Fernandes

Arsenal XI: Luiz, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Mustafi, E. Martinez, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Pepe, Tierney, Ceballos

Subs: Sokratis, Cedric, Macey, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Holding, Nelson, Willock, Saka.

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Arsenal transfer conclusions leaked

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Arsenal continue to find their name on the back pages when it comes to players leaving north London and exciting names making their way over from abroad.

With the Gunners’ return to European club competition still up in the air, the consensus seems to be they will need to sell before they buy, despite having clinched permanent deals for on-loan duo Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari.

We’ve got the latest on a young talent linked with the club, as well as updates on the players who Mikel Arteta might allow to leave in order to finance more ambitious moves for bigger names.

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Espanyol relegation could aid Arsenal discount on Spanish talent
Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca is one of the names linked with Arsenal if they are unable to clinch a permanent move for on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos.

The 23-year-old, a product of Espanyol’s youth academy, was part of the Spain squad which won the European Under-21 Championships in 2019, and made his 100th La Liga appearance in his club’s 1-0 derby defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday.

Football.London notes the midfielder, who has been linked with the Gunners in the past, could be available for considerably less than his £35.8million release clause.

Espanyol’s defeat at Camp Nou confirmed their relegation, and Roca will reportedly be unwilling to spend a season in the Segunda Division.

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An accomplished short and long passer, the midfielder could serve Arsenal well either as an alternative to Ceballos or a replacement deep-lying midfielder if Matteo Guendouzi leaves this summer.

Arsenal target expected to leave Uruguay for Europe in upcoming window

Penarol manager Diego Forlan has given Arsenal a boost by revealing teenage star Facundo Pellistri is likely to leave Uruguay this summer.

The Gunners are one of a number of European clubs mentioned in connection with the 18-year-old winger, with Juventus and Newcastle United also believed to be in the race.

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“I know he can leave at any time,” Forlan told Uruguayan outlet Sport890 (via The Boot Room). “The financial situation of the club makes me think that I have to adapt to the current situation.”

Pellistri, who turned 18 in December, has featured regularly for the 50-time domestic champions since making his debut in August last year, and made his Copa Libertadores debut in a group stage win over Jorge Wilstermann.

Back in May, CalcioMercatoWeb also named Atletico Madrid and Manchester City as potential destinations for the teenager.

Betis to challenge Arsenal for Ceballos deal

Arsenal remain keen to keep Ceballos beyond this season, but could face a stumbling block in the form of the Spaniard’s former club.

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Ceballos began his career with Real Betis, helping them win the Segunda division in 2015 and cement their place in La Liga before making the switch to Real Madrid.

And now, with the player potentially leaving the Bernabeu this summer, Betis are reportedly in a tug-of-war to bring him back to Estadio Benito Villamarin.

According to Estadio Deportivo, via Sport Witness, Betis have been “exchanging winks” with their former player, though Arsenal remain eager to force a deal through.

If he opts for a return home, Ceballos could be the first signing made by Manuel Pellegrini after the former West Ham United and Manchester City manager was confirmed as Betis manager for the 2020/21 season.

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Final score: Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

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It seemed rather fanciful, during lockdown, when Arsenal’s directors offered a bonus for Champions League qualification in return for wage cuts. And, sadly, no Arsenal player should be leafing through Ferrari catalogues just yet.

The reason could be found here, in a game Arsenal should have won, but contrived to give away in the final 20 minutes. They were leading, not exactly cruising, but certainly on top when Mikel Arteta made a double substitution. Three minutes later, Arsenal were down to 10 men; 10 minutes after that Leicester were level.

It’s a myth that it is often harder to play against 10 men. It isn’t. Losing a man is a curse. But it doesn’t have to be a goal conceded, either. There are plenty of teams that, reduced, can regroup in two defensive banks, congest the key areas and hold out. Arsenal, however, are not one of those teams. Not with this defence at least. So Leicester pressed and because they are a good team with a wonderful goalscorer as spearhead, they found a way through.

Demarai Gray – on as a second-half substitute the moment Arsenal went down to 10, a smart, offensive move from manager Brendan Rodgers – whipped in a low cross, Ayoze Perez stretched for it but couldn’t get there. Jamie Vardy, however, could.

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He prodded the ball home at the far post as Shkodran Mustafi failed to cover his run. VAR had a good look at it – was Perez off, did he touch the ball, did Vardy time his run right – but Stuart Atwell was eventually satisfied.

It was a big point for Leicester, given they had surrendered third place to Chelsea earlier. This was not enough to retake it, but it at least keeps their noses in front of Manchester United, who will stay fifth even if they win at Aston Villa on Thursday.

As for Arsenal, the big pay-out is slightly closer than it looked several months ago, but they probably have too much to do – even if the Court of Arbitration uphold Manchester City’s European ban and Champions League qualification goes down to fifth.

This was a genuine chance to reel in ailing Leicester and they blew it. Indeed, for long spells the most likely outcome – three points for Arsenal – showed the differing directions of these teams. Arsenal were in the ascendency, Leicester fighting an increasingly desperate battle to hold on to what they had before football went into mothballs.

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It was not to be. Arsenal could not secure what would have been their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the league and a scoreline that used to be celebrated in these parts will always be a tall order without a defensive upgrade. Yes, that Arsenal played with 10 men for the last 16 minutes plus eight of additional time, was not the fault of the back line. But the dismal late cameo of substitute Eddie Nketiah did not necessarily have to change the game.

He is young and will learn, but it was a harsh lesson. Introduced for Bukayo Saka after 71 minutes, Nketiah was shown a red card after 75, with most of the interim period spent deliberating over whether he should be on the field at all.

The ball ran loose in the centre of the pitch and Nketiah went after it – and Leicester defender James Justin. He was high, he was late and his studs were up, it was a red card all day long.

Referee Kavanagh, however, brandished only yellow; at which point VAR Atwell rightly intervened. It was a sensible interruption, too, clearly advising Kavanagh to consult the pitchside monitor to see if he wished to alter his initial call. Kavanagh trotted across, saw what the rest of the stadium had already witnessed on their little screens, and immediately arrived at the correct decision. Nketiah was gone, without protest. He probably didn’t even get a touch of the ball.

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It will have been a hugely frustrating evening for Arteta, undermining the fillip of a very creditable win at Wolves last weekend.

Leicester had the best of the first 15 minutes, and scrapped well to get back into the game after half-time, but Arsenal were on top longer. The All Blacks famously had a ‘no d***heads’ policy and, undoubtedly, Arsenal have been better since Arteta implemented one of his own.

The highest paid player at the club; a young midfielder who appeared to have overplayed his hand early during Project Restart, Arteta has dispensed with them both, and benefited. Obviously, it helps to have Norwich in any run of fixtures right now, but some of the places Arsenal have won of late – Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Southampton – have been tricky for even the best teams this season.

After a slow start, they dominated Leicester for long periods, took a deserved lead and could have had several more goals with better finishing. They looked like a team capable of being shaped by Arteta, if funds are provided for improvements in key areas.

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Kasper Schmeichel had an outstanding game, but was entirely powerless as Arsenal went ahead. The excellent Saka was the architect here. He has been a revelation this season and left the normally reliable Caglar Soyuncu on his backside, as he sped towards goal.

The cross was simplicity, as was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s finish, a tap in with Leicester’s defensive line stretched to breaking point, his 20th league goal of the season. Arsenal had a spell running riot from that point.

Saka, Lacazette and Hector Bellerin all drew excellent saves from Schmeichel, and in the 39th minute Lacazette should really have done more with a diving header from close range, instead delivering it neatly into the arms of the Leicester goalkeeper.

As for Leicester, their best chance came after 12 minutes when a ball cut back by Marc Albrighton fell to Kelechi Iheanacho. His shot was low and fierce but was kept out by stand-in Emiliano Martinez’s feet and his brilliant reactions.

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After half-time a close range shot from Justin struck David Luiz, producing a hearty shout for handball and a penalty, but referee Kavanagh was having none of it. He was right, too. Replays showed it had struck the defender flush in the face.

Ultimately, then, this was a momentum result for Leicester after their win over Crystal Palace at the weekend. A point at Arsenal is never to be sniffed at, even Arsenal in transition. Leicester last won away in these parts in 1973 – they didn’t even get a point here the year they won the league – so this was a reasonable result in a bogey fixture.

Arteta claimed Vardy could have got a red card, too, for a tussle in which his boot struck Mustafi’s face, but it looked entirely accidental to these eyes. Arsenal cost Arsenal; nobody else.

To relive the minute-by-minute action, scroll down to read Sportsmail’s live coverage of the match.

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Final score : Wolves 0-2 Arsenal

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Game is over and the final score is Wolves 0-2 Arsenal. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
0-2
Saka (43′)
Lacazette (86′)


Match Events


0′ Players are warming up before the game

0′ Players go down on their knees to support Black Lives Matter movement

10′ Traore fires his shot into the sky

26′ CLOSE! Aubameyang’s shot too straight

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29′ Dendooncker’s header wide out!

32′ Yellow Card! Luiz booked

34′ POST! Nketiah almost score for Arsenal

43′ GOAL! Wolves 0-1 Arsenal (Saka)

56′ Subs! Maitland-Niles in,Tierney out

63′ Luiz makes timely block

64′ CLOSE! Traore’s shot just wide out!

76′ Subs! Willock & Bellerin in,Saka & Soares out

83′ Torreira & Lacazette replace Ceballos & Nketiah

86′ GOAL! Wolves 0-2 Arsenal (Lacazette)

87′ CHANCE! Nevesmakes goal-line clearance to deny Willock

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Line-ups


Wolves XI: Patricio, Moutinho, Boly, Doherty, Coady, Jimenez, Saiss, Dendoncker, Castro, Traore, Neves

Subs: Ruddy, Jota, O. Buur, Jordao, Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Kilman, Pedro Neto, Campana

Arsenal XI: Luiz, Aubameyang, Mustafi, E. Martinez, Xhaka, Cedric, Kolasinac, Tierney, Ceballos, Nketiah, Saka

Subs: Sokratis, Lacazette, Macey, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Holding, Nelson, Willock.

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