10.15pm Arsenal news LIVE: Coutinho £10m loan transfer, Away kit LEAKED, Saliba legal dispute, Man City on June 17 – The Sun

ARSENAL know the exact date they will return to Premier League action, with a trip up the M6 to Man City scheduled for June 17.

And the Gunners' new away kit has been leaked while Mikel Arteta is still desperate to sign Philippe Coutinho but may have to settle for a loan deal.

Get the latest news, gossip and updates from the Emirates here…

  • MANY LACA RETURNS

    Arsenal posted a hilarious alternative commentary video on their Twitter to celebrate Alexandre Lacazette's birthday.

  • LOAN RANGER

    Arsenal will have to settle for a loan deal if they are to have any chance of signing Philippe Coutinho, according to ESPN.

    Barcelona are keen to recoup over half the £142m fee they agreed with Liverpool for the Brazilian, which would price the Gunners out of the market.

    However, they are willing to loan Coutinho out for a £10m fee.

    But even if a deal can be agreed with Barcelona, Coutinho's £250,000-a-week wages may prove a stumbling block for the Gunners and Tottenham.

    Most of the Arsenal squad have already agreed a 12.5 per cent pay cut, meaning wages the likes of Coutinho's could be out of the question.

    And ESPN state that would put Chelsea in pole position to land the former Liverpool man, but so far they also have been unwilling to accept Barca's demands.

  • STAT ATTACK

    Arsenal's Premier League stats up until the football blackout.

  • There will be four matches on Sundays too, at 12pm, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm.

    In order to fit in all games on TV, new kick-off times will be introduced.

    Friday and Monday games will be at 8pm, while Saturday will have FOUR matches starting at 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm.

    Midweek games, played on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays, will have 6pm and 8pm starts, allowing fans to watch footie all evening.

  • Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters confirmed earlier reports by saying: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June.

    “But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.

    ‘’Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.

    “The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.

    “We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season.”

  • IT'S BACK

    Premier League chiefs have confirmed England's top flight WILL return on June 17 – with Manchester City vs Arsenal starting the action.

    New kick-off times have been announced and all 92 remaining matches will be televised.

    As part of the plans to show every game, four matches will be shown for free on BBC for the first time.

    However, all safety requirements must be in place for Project Restart to go ahead.

  • HOMES FROM HOMES

    Liverpool's remaining home games as well as some major London derbies will reportedly be played at neutral venues.

    The measures will be taken in order to deter fans from gathering outside the stadiums, according to the Times.

  • OH DANI BOY

    Arsenal fans shared their shock after Dani Ceballos became the latest star to show off his new lockdown hair with some supporters comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Spanish midfielder had been forced to abandon his usual cropped gelled look to debut his longer curlier locks at training this week.

  • Still, in reply to one tweet asking if Arsenal fans would have Wenger back, one joked: “I would even take him as a player.”

    Another posted: “That shouldn't be a question. We need him there at our club.”

    A fellow supporter wrote: “He's got the eye to spot crazy talented youngsters, he understands the club more than anyone.”

    Another reply read: “Hundred percent but he’d never do it.”

  • WENGER IN

    Arsenal fans have called for Arsene Wenger to “come home” as the club's new chairman after Sir Chips Keswick announced his retirement.

    Lifelong fan Sir Chips, 80, stood down today after 15 years on the club's board.

    And almost as soon as it was announced, Arsenal supporters took to social media to demand a return of Wenger.

    Funny, really, considering how vociferous the Wenger Out movement was during the French legend's final few years in North London…

  • OUT FOR BLOOD

    Arsenal's new 2020-21 away kit has been leaked and the blood-splatter design has left fans totally unimpressed.

  • FRASE THE OFFER

    More competition for Arsenal to consider as Galatasaray enter the mix for Ryan Fraser.

    The Bournemouth winger is out of contract in the summer and has long been linked with the Gunners.

    But Turkish outlet Takvim name Gala as another party keen on the Scot, along with Tottenham.

    And they will evaluate whether to launch an official bid when the season comes to a close.

  • 'AN HONOUR'

    Sir Chips Keswick has released a statement to the Arsenal website upon the news he is leaving the club.

    The 80-year-old first joined the board in 2005 and has served as chairman for seven years.

    It read: It has been an honour to be the chairman of this great football club. Arsenal has always held a special place in my life and that will remain the case in the future.

    “I made my plan to retire at the end of this season clear to the board, before the global health crisis we are now experiencing.

    “The club is in safe hands with Stan and Josh, the board and the executive team. I know Arsenal will emerge strongly from this situation and I look forward, like all our supporters around the world, to seeing the team in action as soon as possible.”

    The Gunners have confirmed that the board is now made up on Stan Kroenke, Josh Kroenke, Lord Harris and Ken Friar.

  • BREAKING: SIR CHIPS RETIRES

    Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has announced his retirement from the role after seven years.

  • JOHNNY ON THE SPOT

    Former Arsenal forward John Hartson wants Arsenal fans to make their minds up on David Luiz.

    There were plenty of Gooners annoyed at yesterday's reports that the centre-back will leave the club when his contract expires in June.

    But Hartson has called them out as exactly the ones criticising Luiz since he signed from Chelsea last summer.

  • BREAKING: PROJECT RESTART ON TRACK

    The Premier League is set to return on 17 June with Manchester City hosting Arsenal and Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United.

    Project Restart has been handed a huge boost after talks between the 20 clubs were held today.

    It is understood that the “majority” of Premier League clubs are keen to get the ball rolling next month.

    The initial plan was for football to return on Friday June 12 – but it is now expected to be delayed by just under one week.

    Players need more time to get back to match fitness to avoid the risk of injuries.

    But the four clubs with games in hand, due to the Carabao Cup final, are preparing for a midweek start before the full resumption days later.

  • PO-PO A GO-GO

    Police in England have reportedly given the green light for MOST Premier League games taking place at regular venues.

    Neutral grounds were touted as a major part of Project Restart but were met with fierce opposition from several teams.

    The Mail now reports that police are happy for games to be held across the country, in each of the 20 grounds.

    Yet they still hold reservations over a small number of high-profile matches that could still attract fans to gather outside the ground – breaking coronavirus restrictions.

  • AUBA AND OUT

    Mikel Arteta is on a mission to transform his Arsenal team into title contenders this summer.

    But the Gunners boss faces losing his top scorer and star centre-back in the upcoming transfer window.

    Paris Saint-Germain are said to be a weighing up a £35million move for contract rebel Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The Gabon international, who has scored 20 times this season, has just one year left on his current deal at the Emirates.

    And former Chelsea star David Luiz is reportedly set to quit the Gunners next month once his contract expires.

    Here, SunSport's Joseph Miles delivers an expert verdict on just how that transformation may pan out…

  • UNO MINUTO

    Bruno Fuchs is the latest name linked with Arsenal in the gossip columns.

    Website Todo Fichajes report on Ajax moving towards a deal with Internacional for the defender.

    But the Gunners are keeping a close on eye on things, along with Monaco and Manchester City.

    Fuchs is rated at £4.5million and reportedly wants a move to Europe this summer.

  • BIRTHDAY BOY

    It’s many happy returns for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette today as the Frenchman turns 29.

    The club are celebrating their No9 with a compilation of his best bits at Emirates Stadium.

  • MONEYBALL

    Latest figures released by financial giant KPMG are not good reading for the Gunners…

    The list has named Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable club.

    Worth £2.95billion, Los Blancos are just ahead of Manchester United in second – at £2.84bn.

    Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool make up the top five with the Premier League leaders rising two places since the previous valuations.

    Manchester City are followed by Chelsea in seventh place, falling behind the Reds at a decreased value of £1.88bn.

    Tottenham jump up to eighth and Paris Saint-Germain are next.

    Hanging on in the top ten, Arsenal’s worth fell 13.2 per cent and is now rated at £1.57bn.

  • THERE YOU GHER

    Jamie Carragher is “not surprised” David Luiz is set to leave Arsenal.

    Reports suggest the centre-back's contract expires next month and the Gunners will not offer a renewal.

    And former Liverpool defender Carragher thinks William Saliba's summer arrival means Luiz will be no big loss for Arsenal.

    He told Sky Sports: “We know he can lack concentration and make poor decisions and that's cost certain teams. That's why he's moved on in his career.

    “I know Arsenal are really excited about the prospect of Saliba coming in who will be joining next season. He's only 19, so I still think they need a little bit more experience in that position.

    “To be honest, it's no surprise they won't be renewing David Luiz's contract.”

  • MER TO COME

    Paul Merson reckons Mikel Arteta will flourish when football returns.

    The Gunners’ transfer market plans are set to be held back by the coronavirus crisis and the ex-midfielder believes Arteta will be able to coach his young squad with less pressure.

    “I think this situation helps someone like Mikel Arteta. Arsenal need such an overhaul of players that it's actually almost impossible to get that many players in.

    “There's now an opportunity for him to work with the current crop, and I think it actually takes the pressure off of Arteta, and now anything is a bonus.

    “Arsenal's expectations will be nowhere near as high as they were a few months ago. I think he'll now be given loads and loads of time to build. He's young, he's enthusiastic, and he'll want to work with younger players.

    “He's not a Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, who I'd call your Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroys, they're just dealing in majors, nothing else! Arteta is the type who might work from the ground up with lesser players.”

  • SAK IT TO ME

    Arsenal remain “confident” of signing Bukayo Saka up to a new deal.

    Football.London report of the club’s optimism in tying down the young winger past his 2021 expiry date.

    Fans had become worried by a cryptic Instagram post by Saka.

    He posted on the social media site that he was a “kid with a dream” amid speculation he will have plenty of offers to leave the Emirates.

  • COACH TRIP

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes the coronavirus pandemic will increase the emphasis on coaching ability.

    With the quiet transfer market, managers will be forced to work harder to get the best out of their squads – rather than just buying in new talent.

    Merson told Sky Sports: “I just don't think clubs are going to be in a position to pay £70m, £80m on players anymore. I don't see that happening.

    “I quite like it because now coaches have got to be coaches, they've got to make these players better. I think clubs are going to be really, really cautious in the market.

    “For me, this is where coaches become coaches. It's all well and good buying £80m players all the time. Seriously, what do you need to coach an £80m player? If you're coaching an £80m player, telling them what they need to do, he isn't worth £80m.

    “The good coaches will come to the fore, and those that aren't will struggle. Some will blossom, some will not.”

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8am Arsenal news LIVE: Kolasinac’s wife held by police at UK airport, Tagliafico open to Gunners transfer, Auba latest – The Sun

ARSENAL have returned to training in small groups as the Premier League takes its first baby steps towards a restart.

But will Gunners fans ever see captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the flesh again as PSG prepare to test the water with a £35m transfer bid?

Follow all the latest updates and gossip from North London below…

  • TAGLIAFICO TO ARSENAL EXCLUSIVE

    Arsenal are chasing Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico in a £20m deal – as Mikel Arteta searches for a new left-back.

    The Gunners are understood to be keen on a left-back this summer, to allow Bukayo Saka to move naturally further up the pitch and provide cover for the injury-prone but highly-rated Kieran Tierney.

    Tagliafico is is open to a move to the Emirates, and believed to want to test himself in the Premier League next season.

    The full-back has been touted around Europe, and his reps have had contact from clubs during the Covid-19 break.

    On top of this, he has an agreement with Ajax to let him leave this summer, as long as an acceptable offer comes in.

  • GOOD MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Mikel Arteta looked as perky and healthy as ever as the Arsenal boss confirmed both his own recovery from coronavirus and the return of serious training.

    The Spaniard’s positive Covid-19 test in March was the trigger for the suspension of football across the country.

    But Arteta oversaw – from a distance – stars like David Luiz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shkodran Mustafi during strictly-controlled, socially-distanced practice sessions.

    Talking of skipper Aubameyang, Gunners fans have been pulling their hair out with frustration this summer – amid continuing stories linking the striker with numerous other clubs – now including PSG.

    But this time the suggestion was that the Gabon superstar had been doing something like that himself – as photos posted by Arsenal showed his lockdown locks in a rather unflattering manner.

    At least speculation over a switch to a major Premier League rival seems to have faded – with Chelsea even briefly mentioned, along with longer-term admirers Manchester United.

    Meanwhile, centre-back Mustafi has been linked with AC Milan – despite his improved form since Arteta took over.

    Todo Fichajes claim the Germany ace, 28, is not part of Arsenal's long-term plan. 

    The Gunners and Chelsea are both said to be tracking 18-year-old full-back Kaan Kurt, who has been playing in the German fourth tier for Borussia Monchengladbach II.

  • STUN GUNNER

    The Wag held for bringing a stun gun into the UK was the wife of Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac.

    Anxious Bella Kolasinac, 27, bought the weapon for ­protection following a knife attack on her husband and Gunners team-mate Mesut Ozil in the street last year.

    Security fears saw her flee to Germany soon after and she obtained a legal permit there to carry an “electro shocker”.

    But she did not realise the powerful device was illegal in Britain — and yesterday The Sun told how she was held by Border Force officers at London Biggin Hill Airport when it was found in her luggage.

    She could have been jailed for six months for importing a banned weapon but was let off with a caution after the flight from Frankfurt on Sunday.

    A spokesman for Kolasinac, 26, said: “It was all a misunderstanding. The electro shocker was still in its packaging and didn’t have any batteries.

    “Bella was able to prove she sent emails to the flight operators to make sure she could import it.”

  • NO SIGN OF PEPE PAYBACK

    Jeremie Aliadiere has his doubts about Nicolas Pepe's £72million transfer fee.

    The former Arsenal striker said: “I saw what he did with Lille last season and he is an amazing player.

    “So, I’m not denying his talent.

    “What I’m seeing, though, is the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history and even if you don’t want to think about the money, the fact is that money is, unfortunately, a big thing in football.

    “And when you spend that much money on a player, you expect more goals and you expect more assists.”

  • BAYERN DECLINE TO PAY COUTINHO FEE

    Bayern Munich will spark more talk of Philippe Coutinho returning to the Premier League by declining to pay a £110million option to buy the Barcelona playmaker.

    Chelsea, Manchester United, Aarsenal and even old club Liverpool have been linked with the Brazil star, 27, although financial restraints due to the coronavirus pandemic make a summer transfer less likely.

    Bayern chairman  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Der Spiegel: “The option expired and “we haven't activated it.

    “Now we're going to draw up squad planning internally (for next season) and we'll see if he still has a role to play with us or not.”

    Coutinho started just 15 of Bayern's 25 games, coming on as substitute eight times, before the Covid-19 lockdown halted football action. 

    But with Barca insisting he could still have a role back at the Nou Camp, he hopes to impress now the Bundesliga has restarted.

  • MIK'S EMOTIONS

    Mikel Arteta led the way at Arsenal training yesterday to show he has made a full recovery from coronavirus.

    The Spaniard’s positive Covid-19 test in March was the trigger for the suspension of football across the country.

    But Arteta was pictured back on the grass at London Colney and Gunners stars David Luiz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shkodran Mustafi looked happy to see their fit-again boss again during the social distancing session.

    As Arsenal continued to prepare for Project Restart next month, Premier League clubs have been asked how they want to finish the season in a shock move.

    Officials are keen to know what way the table would be settled if the full 38-game campaign does not end.It is the first step towards a vote on the ideal outcome and one that will get the necessary 14-club backing.

    The plan is still to play on and restart the matches next month, but a date has not been decided yet and the Prem need a set plan if that fails.

  • FUTURE IS UP IN THE PIERRE

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future seems more up in the air than his air.

    Just as the Arsenal skipper was mocked on social media for his untidy locks on returning to training, so he was being linked with PSG, in addition to longer-term suitors Barcelona.

    The Gabon striker is entering the final year of his contract, although Premier League interest seems to have died down, Manchester United having initially been rated as strong contenders.

  • PREM 'CONFIDENT' OF RETURN

    Premier League chief executive Richard Masters insists they are “as confident as we can be” about restarting in June.

    He said the Prem would be “flexible” about a restart date, having previously targeted June 12 after the coronavirus pandemic halted action on March 13.

    Masters told the BBC: “There is some momentum. We've taken the first step.

    “It's great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.”

    He said the Prem would learn from the Bundesliga's return last weekend, which went smoothly despite being behind closed doors.

    British football could even be played out to empty stands until next year.

  • SPLIT END OF THE PIERRE SHOW

    Shocked fans have been teasing Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over his post-lockdown hairstyle after the Gunners put out photos of the players back in training.

    The Gabon striker himself seemed to relish the return to practice sessions, albeit strictly controlled and individualised.

    But supporters were less than charitable about less-flattering locks, posting comments in social media like “Lol what happened to Aubameyang” amid coiffure comparisons to Liverpool frontman Sadio Mane.

  • CUT-OUTS FOR SHUT-OUTS

    Three Premier League clubs are interested in having cardboard cut-outs in empty stands when top-flight football returns.

    SunSport understands those behind the new ‘Stay at Home – Be at the Game’ project have held talks with club officials – two sides in the top half of the table – about adopting the concept.

    If those discussions prove successful, then £20 recyclable and water-proof cut-outs could be placed in stadiums when the Premier League resumes in June.

    Some of the money raised will be donated to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus.

    Top US sporting bodies like the NBA and MLS have also shown an interest as international sport looks set to return behind closed doors in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    It is the brainchild of ingenious German super-fan Ingo Muller, who has organised almost 14,000 cut-outs of fans and season-ticket holders for his beloved Borussia Monchengladbach.

    It will go live to the world when the Bundesliga side face Bayern Leverkusen at the Borussia-Park on Saturday afternoon.

  • GAEL HOWLS AT DEFENCE

    Ex-Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy has slated the Gunners for leaking too many goals.

    Admitting that his spell in North London also saw them concede too many, he said: “Even today’s team they have that quality to score four goals in 10 minutes.

    “Don’t ask me why Arsenal have always been able to do this but they can also even today concede goals for fun.”

  • MILAN'S TAF LOVE

    Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi is being linked with AC Milan – despite his improved form since Mikel Arteta took over as Gunners boss.

    TodoFichajes claim the Germany star is not part of Arsenal's long-term plan.

    And they say the 28-year-old is on a list of rearguard targets for Serie A giants Milan, who are worried about their poor defensive record.  

  • STRICTLY BALL ROOM

    With the Gunners back in training at London Colney, Arsenal have underlined what a different world it is practicing under the coronavirus lockdown.

    In a statement on their website, they say: Our first-team squad is strictly abiding to the Government protocols which were developed with club doctors, independent experts, players and managers.

    “They will undergo regular testing for COVID-19 and must keep a safe, two-metre distance from each other at all times as they work outside.

    “Only players and key staff are permitted at London Colney at this time.

    Our players must bring their own kit, boots and water bottles with them each day.”

  • GUNNERS WILL BE PATENT

    Arsenal target Willian has reiterated that he is keen to stay at Chelsea for the rest of the season, even if that means playing into July and August.

    The Brazilian, 31, has a contract till June 30, but according to the Athletic the winger will continue at Stamford Bridge no matter what.

    The terms of any short-term deal into July and August are unclear.

    And Willian is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham ahead of next season, with no shortage of options elsewhere around Europe.

  • KURT-SHIP

    Arsenal and Chelsea are both tracking German teenager Kaan Kurt.

    The full-back has played this season for Borussia Monchengladbach II in the country's fourth tier but has yet to appear for the club’s first team.

    Kurt, 18, who has played at German international youth level right through until the under-19s, mostly plays as an attacking right-back but can also operate on the left.

    He is contracted with Gladbach until 2022 and would cost about £4million.

    Kurt also played three times for Turkey's under-17s and has attracted interest from Fenerbahce.

  • VID-S THE BILL

    Mikel Arteta will look again at signing World Cup star Domagoj Vida to sure up their defence.

    The Gunners’ shambolic defence has been an Achilles heel for three consecutive managers, Arteta included.

    According to Turkish paper Aksam, the required sum to sign the 31-year-old former Dynamo Kyiv ace is just £6million.

    Such experience could be crucial adding some steel to Arteta’s defence with William Saliba set to come in at the end of the season.

    Vida was impressive alongside Dejan Lovren in Croatia's march to the World Cup final two summers ago and had been tipped for moves to one of Europe's big clubs, but he went to Besiktas in the end.

  • BAME CONCERNS

    The Government will today be asked for immediate research on whether BAME players are at enhanced risk by the planned return to contact training, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes will urge the country’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van Tam, to intercede and demand proper answers.

    The fears of the players has been articulated by Watford’s Troy Deeney, worried about the impact of potential Covid-19 infection on his five-year-old son.

    Chelsea have also given fearful N’Golo Kante dispensation not to return to training unless he feels confident in his health and safety.

    But while Barnes has previously spoken to Premier League chiefs over the concerns, asking for more research to be undertaken before the green light can be given by the players, the union chief will now press the issue again.

    By going direct to Van Tam at a three-way video meeting this afternoon, also attended virtually by League bosses and medical chiefs, Barnes wants to make it clear that the issue must be properly addressed before players will assent to a full training ground return.

  • ROBERT THE GOOSE

    Ray Parlour has revealed that Arsene Wenger told Pat Rice to stop having a go at Robert Pires, because he would go into his shell.

    Parlour told talkSPORT: “Arsene Wenger knew exactly the characters he could have a go at and the players he couldn’t.

    “I remember Pat Rice, we came in at half-time in one game and Robert wasn’t playing well, and Pat went to have a shout at him…

    “But Arsene Wenger said: ‘No, shut up Pat!’

    “’Keep going Robert,’ he said. ‘Keeping getting the ball, keep trying’.

    “You knew if you had a go at Robert you might as well take him off, because he wouldn’t respond to that.

    “Other players respond to people having a go at them, so as a manager you really have to know the characters you can really have a go at and will respond to it, and Arsene Wenger had that.”

  • GRIEF IS A THIEF

    Jose Antonio Reyes’ heartbroken mum Mari has lost 6st while grieving for the ex-Arsenal star after his tragic death.

    The former Real Madrid winger's dad Paco was speaking to Spanish publication Marca almost a year on from the 116mph car crash that took his life.

    He said: “You can't even imagine [the pain].

    “My only way out is to go to the cemetery at nine in the morning and home again.

    “We didn't leave here [our house] at all. My wife has already lost 6st and she hasn't stepped onto the street.

    “I haven't even seen a football match.”

  • PRICE WAS A TAD DIERE

    Jeremie Aliadiere has his doubts about Nicolas Pepe's £72million transfer fee.

    The former Arsenal striker said: “I saw what he did with Lille last season and he is an amazing player.

    “So, I’m not denying his talent.

    “What I’m seeing, though, is the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history and even if you don’t want to think about the money, the fact is that money is, unfortunately, a big thing in football.

    “And when you spend that much money on a player, you expect more goals and you expect more assists.”

  • ON THIS DAY

    It was 15 years ago that Patrick Vieira lifted the FA Cup after the Gunners beat Manchester United on penalties in the FA Cup final.

    The domestic cup was the last major trophy he won with Arsene Wenger's side.

  • WILL POWER

    Arsenal target Willian has reiterated that he is keen to stay at Chelsea for the rest of the season, even if that means playing into July and August.

    The Brazilian, 31, has a contract till June 30, but according to the Athletic the winger will continue at Stamford Bridge no matter what.

    The terms of any short-term deal into July and August are unclear.

    And Willian is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham ahead of next season, with no shortage of options elsewhere around Europe.

  • DANI’S DATE

    Has Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos revealed the start date for the Premier League?

    The Spaniard, on loan from Real Madrid, has suggested the players are getting ready to restart on June 20.

    The 23-year-old told RTVE: “We are going to start a week late with respect to what is being talked about in Spain, which is June 12, and we are going to start the league on the 20th.

    “Forty-eight hours ago we passed the tests and the truth is that the entire team have given a negative result.”

  • 'TYPICAL ARSENAL'

    Clichy has also described how the Gunners conceded four goals after being 4-0 up at Newcastle in 2011, infamously drawing 4-4 at St James' Park.

    He told Premier League Productions: “This was typical Arsenal.

    “We could go anywhere and play anyone off the park then all of a sudden we could crumble in just a few minutes.

    “We were young, we had plenty of talent but people were talking about what we were missing and maybe that was a bit of experience.

    “We were an amazing team but we lacked character, if you want.

    “Even with a lead of three goals, we could feel the fans pushing and after the second goal I could feel that it was going to be difficult [to win].”

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How Arsenal will line-up with fresh crop of young stars from around Europe including Elvedi, Dennis and Saka – The Sun

ARSENAL are set for a busy summer transfer window with Mikel Arteta tasked with returning the Gunners to their former glory.

The Premier League side are in danger of missing out on Champions League football for the fourth consecutive campaign, making it harder for them to attract their key targets.

And with a number of players are set to depart the Emirates at the end of the season, with funds said to be limited, the North Londoners could turn to bringing youngsters to the club.

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10.15pm Arsenal news LIVE: Partey offered to Liverpool EXCLUSIVE, Aubameyang to Madrid LATEST, James Rodriguez linked – The Sun

ARSENAL fans are patiently waiting for news on Project Restart as the Premier League looks to get back on its feet.

The Gunners haven't been in action since March 7, when they beat West Ham at the Emirates thanks to a goal from Alexandre Lacazette – but there's speculation that they could be about to lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Follow all the very latest updates and gossip from the Emirates below…

  • CECH MATE

    Former Arsenal keeper Petr Cech has named Wayne Rooney as his toughest opponent.

    He told Chelsea’s official website: “Every time we played against United I had to make sure I was aware every time he had the ball, because he was very unpredictable and very clever.

    “He is a guy who can chase, who can fight, who can run, who is clever with his shot.

    “He could score from the halfway line, he could try and chip you if you were too high. That was a challenge I enjoyed.”

  • EXCLUSIVE BY OSCAR PAUL

    Atletico Madrid want to swap Thomas Partey for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    Partey is keen on a move to the Premier League and has been heavily linked with Arsenal.

    The Gunners have made the defensive midfielder a top summer target but Atletico doubt they can afford his £45million buyout clause.

    The Spanish giants are resigned to losing the Ghana international, 26, and are eyeing a straight swap for the Liverpool star Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  • HOT ROD

    Arsenal target James Rodriguez has been urged to leave Real Madrid and move to the Premier League this summer.

    Former Inter Milan star Ivan Cordoba told the Daily Mail: “James Rodriguez is the best player for us Colombians.

    “It depends on him – he has everything he needs to do well.

    “I wish James would go to England because there are so many interesting options for him.

    “James is already at one of the best teams in Real Madrid, but the Premier League would be a great destination. Those who buy him will make an excellent choice.”

  • GUNNERS ROUND-UP

    Arsenal players might be back in training, but Project Restart hasn't yet been approved by the government.

    The Gunners are hopeful that the season gets going again soon – and there's plenty of activity going on behind the scenes at the Emirates.

    It's reported that Real Madrid want a transfer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sorted by June 15 or will look elsewhere for a new striker.

    The Arsenal captain, 30, is out of contract next year and is not expected to sign a new deal at the Emirates.

    It means the Gunners need to make a decision on his future in the comings months – either sell him this summer or let him leave for free in 2021.

    A £30million offer is expected to be enough to convince the North London club to let Auba go.

    While Arsene Wenger has admitted that he still worries about Arsenal – and hopes Mikel Arteta can rediscover the club’s culture.

    He told talkSPORT: “I worry about the club still a lot and I watch all of the games.

    “I believe there is a culture in the way to play football at Arsenal that I want to be respected, and I hope Mikel can get that back.

    “I’m very proud and happy to contribute a little bit to improve things.”

    And Arsenal target James Rodriguez has been urged to leave Real Madrid and move to the Premier League this summer.

    Former Inter Milan star Ivan Cordoba told the Daily Mail: “James Rodriguez is the best player for us Colombians.

    “It depends on him – he has everything he needs to do well.

    “I wish James would go to England because there are so many interesting options for him.

    “James is already at one of the best teams in Real Madrid, but the Premier League would be a great destination. Those who buy him will make an excellent choice.”

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Arsenal target Thomas Partey ‘tells pals he’s keen on £45m Gunners transfer from Atletico Madrid – The Sun

ARSENAL target Thomas Partey has reportedly told friends that he's keen on sealing a move to the Emirates this summer.

The Telegraph claim the midfielder, who has a £45million release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid, is hopeful a deal with the Gunners can be struck.

The Ghanaian has been made a priority target by Mikel Arteta this summer, with the Spaniard desperate on adding more defensive cover to his central midfield.

Yet Arsenal's already limited budget was further hit following the coronavirus pandemic meaning the club may have to sacrifice at least one of four players to sign Partey.

Among those is striker Alexandre Lacazette, who Atletico are said to be interested in signing in order to solve their goalscoring woes.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are still facing a summer tug-of-war for Partey, with Juventus and Bayern are also eager to prise away Atleti's No5, as well as Manchester United.

Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to press ahead with a move.

But the 26-year-old's agents were recently forced to apologise after uploading a social media post asking fans to vote on his next club.

It was previously reported that Arsenal's hopes of landing the holding midfielder this summer rest on their bid to qualify for the Champions League.

Partey himself came in for particular praise for his performances in the European competition during Atletico's 4-2 aggregate win over Liverpool.

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Arsenal offered Chelsea ace Willian as Aubameyang replacement – with Gunners almost certain to cash in while they can – The Sun

ARSENAL have been offered the chance to sign Chelsea winger Willian as a cut-price replacement for skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But the Gunners are now balking at Willian’s contract demands — as he prepares to quit Stamford Bridge as a free agent.

The Brazilian ace is understood to be demanding a three-year deal which matches his current £120,000-a-week salary.

Cash-strapped Arsenal are reluctant to tie themselves to such a long-term agreement for a player who will be 32 in August.

But Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has become an increasingly influential figure at the Emirates over the past year.

He also represents the Gunners’ technical director Edu — and negotiated the signings of David Luiz and the on-loan Cedric Soares.

Now he is looking to secure one final lucrative deal for a player who cost Chelsea £32million when he joined them from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala back in 2013.

Willian has already rejected the offer of a two-year deal from Chelsea — and is also attracting interest from both Liverpool and Inter Milan.

But he is open to a move which would allow him to remain in London and could yet be open to lowering his demands to keep Arsenal interested.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta knows he will now almost certainly have to sell skipper Aubameyang this summer.

The £60m Gabon striker is about to enter the final year of his Emirates contract — and has rebuffed all the club’s efforts to extend his stay.


So Arsenal will look to sell their 20-goal top scorer for £30million this summer rather than lose him for nothing next year.

With the threat of a fourth successive season out of the Champions League looming, Arsenal have already agreed a 12.5 per cent pay cut with most of their players to tide them through the coronavirus pandemic.

Now former Gunners midfielder Arteta is facing a major issue to overhaul his squad — and with a severely restricted transfer budget — which is what makes Willian such an attractive short-term proposition.

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Arsenal star David Luiz says ‘my love for Chelsea is true’ as he reveals ‘emotional’ turmoil at shock transfer – The Sun

ARSENAL star David Luiz has said ‘my love for Chelsea is true’ as he reveals the ‘emotional’ turmoil he went through over his shock transfer across the capital.

The experienced Brazil ace was shipped off to rivals Arsenal on deadline day for £8million last summer after his second spell with the Blues.


The Arsenal defender enjoyed a trophy-laden career with Chelsea, winning the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.

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11pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil agent tells stars to REFUSE pay cuts, Torreira £35m bid, Arteta’s Spanish triple-transfer – The Sun

MIKEL ARTETA is plotting an overhaul at Arsenal with three Spanish stars on his transfer wishlist.

But Lucas Torreira could be on his way to AC Milan, while Mesut Ozil's agent has come out against wage cuts for Premier League stars.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and gossip with our blog below…

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,

    SunSport's Cliff Hayes reports that Mesut Ozil's super-agent has called for all Premier League stars’ representatives to join the bitter coronavirus wage war.
    Dr Erkut Sogut — the man who negotiated Arsenal midfielder Ozil’s mega £350,000-a-week Emirates contract — insists agents should be included in the current tense pay talks between the League, the PFA, clubs and players.
    He declared: “It is not easy for everyone but it’s time for the clubs to talk directly to the players and their representatives to solve this problem.
    “This is what we are lacking right now. And the one thing that can be done is a deferral.
    “That is a start, to say, ‘Let’s defer these payments to the end of the year or next year’.
    “That is something players and clubs can agree quickly, so the clubs know they will have no cash problems and go on for the next three months. A deferral is a protection for everyone.”

    Elsewhere, AC Milan are reportedly lining up a fresh £35million swoop for Lucas Torreira after they failed in their bid to bring him back to Italy last summer.
    Italian outlet Corriere hello Sport even suggest Torreira is keen to head back to Italy with his agent “sending positive signals” to Milan chiefs.

    And Matteo Guendouzi believes that football should NOT resume at all until the coronavirus pandemic is completely over.
    The Frenchman told Telefoot: “For me, what I think is most important is to not start things up again, no games, no training, until this epidemic stops.
    “What’s most important is everybody’s health, and not just in the football world, but in the medical world and the world in general. That’s really what’s most important.
    “I’m in favour of nothing starting up again until this virus is taken off this world.”

  • HOLD ON

    Rob Holding told Arsenal fans to stay safe and follow the government guidelines in a Q&A session on Twitter tonight.

  • SOG IT TO 'EM

    Exclusive by Cliff Hayes: Mesut Ozil's super-agent has called for all Premier League stars’ representatives to join the bitter coronavirus wage war.

    Dr Erkut Sogut — the man who negotiated Arsenal midfielder Ozil’s mega £350,000-a-week Emirates contract — insists agents should be included in the current tense pay talks between the League, the PFA, clubs and players.

    He declared: “It is not easy for everyone but it’s time for the clubs to talk directly to the players and their representatives to solve this problem.

    “This is what we are lacking right now. And the one thing that can be done is a deferral.

    “That is a start, to say, ‘Let’s defer these payments to the end of the year or next year’.

    “That is something players and clubs can agree quickly, so the clubs know they will have no cash problems and go on for the next three months. A deferral is a protection for everyone.”

  • SIMON JORDAN

    Football is in trouble. Whether it’s concerned in private or wringing its hands in public, the landscape is challenging right now.

    Clubs currently have no revenue streams, no means of income and the Premier League are faced with broadcasters who will want back £762million (around £38m per club) if games aren’t played.

    So, surely the solution is simple? Elite players will help by taking pay cuts, reducing the obligations on their stricken clubs and potentially helping other members of the so-called Football Family.

    The players’ union, the PFA, will enable the solution by preserving the here, now and future — right? Wrong!

    It’s turning into a battlefield. Apparently players have “only” had three weeks to consider this and, come on, that’s not a reasonable amount of time?

    I mean what can you do in three weeks? I know, build a 4,000-bed hospital in East London, perhaps?

    Read more HERE.

  • GUEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH

    Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi has warned against football restarting until coronavirus “is taken off this world”.

    He told French media outlet TF1: “For me, what I think is most important is to not start things up again, no games, no training, until this epidemic stops.

    “What’s most important is everybody’s health, and not just in the football world, but in the medical world and the world in general. That’s really what’s most important.

    “I’m in favour of nothing starting up again until this virus is taken off this world.”

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7pm Arsenal news LIVE: Aouar wanted by Arteta, fans demand Ed Sheeran fund NHS, Ryan Fraser free transfer LATEST – The Sun

MIKEL ARTETA is plotting an overhaul at Arsenal after winning his own personal battle against coronavirus.

The Premier League might be suspended indefinitely but the Gunners manager is said to be keen on snapping up Lyon's Houssem Aouar.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and gossip with our blog below…

  • IT'S SMALL OVER

    Arsenal have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Manchester United outcast Chris Smalling – after Roma chief Paulo Fonseca said it's a “pleasure” to have him.

    He told A Bola: “He surprised me.

    “He's a defender that had never left England and he arrived in a league very demanding of tactics, where details make the difference.

    “Chris adapted very quickly. He's an extraordinary guy, very intelligent. He has characteristics that I really appreciate in the centre.

    “He's fast, nearly unbeatable in one-on-ones. He has a great ability to read the play and anticipate. He was very important for this club.

    “If possible, I would like him to stay. He's a great professional and person, it's a pleasure to have him here with us.”

  • RUD NOT TO

    Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could be set to extend his stay in the Premier League despite looking for a move away in January.

    His agent Vincenzo Morabito told Calciomercato: “Giroud was an opportunity in January but now, given that the championships could also be played in June and July, he could decide to stay at Chelsea for another year.

    “However, everything is still uncertain, given the general situation which, in my opinion, may have cleared up in a few weeks, between the end of April and the beginning of May the picture could be more complete.”

  • CHERRY PICKED

    Exclusive by Alan Nixon: Bournemouth are set to end their ‘spend, spend, spend’ policy and open the door to selling Manchester United target David Brooks.

    Owner Maxim Demin has backed the Cherries success story during their remarkable rise to the Premier League but is now planning a change of tactics.

    Winger David Brooks, 22, would have been a wanted man if he had not missed the season with a serious ankle injury.

    Manchester United and Spurs were keen and could rekindle their interest if he regains fitness.

    The Wales international featured 33 times for the Cherries in all competitions last season.

    He chipped in with a total of seven goals and five assists, with the player getting on the score sheet against the likes of Chelsea, Brighton and Fulham.

  • TAKE AS RED

    Liverpool will win the 2019-20 Premier League title, according to Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin – even if it's in the office.

    He told Slovenian media: “I can't see a way Liverpool could be left without a title.

    “If the Premier League resumes play, Liverpool will almost certainly win the title.

    “Theoretically it's not all over, but practically Liverpool are on the verge of it.

    “If by any chance the play will not resume, we still have to find a way to declare final results, to declare champions.

    “And again I cannot see, I cannot imagine a scenario, in which the champions would not be Liverpool.

    “I understand the fans will be disappointed if it happens in an empty stadium or even in the league offices, but I believe, they will get the title one way or another.”

  • IN THE SAME BOAT

    Arsenal reportedly face competition from Chelsea in the race to sign Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.

    Foot Mercato claim the 31-year-old turned down the Gunners in January before Pablo Mari arrived on loan.

    Yet the report adds that the experienced centre-back could be interested in a cut-price move this summer after struggling for game under Hansi Flick.

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Arsenal hero Sagna warns Aubameyang transfer away would be disaster like RVP and urges club to ‘just give him £50m’ – The Sun

BACARY SAGNA has told Arsenal it would be a disaster to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave.

And the former Gunners full-back has urged the club to throw money at the striker in order to make him stay and avoid a nightmare situation like Robin van Persie's departure to Manchester United.


Aubameyang has been continually linked with a move away after Arsenal reportedly accepted the fact he would not sign a new deal and prepared to cash in.

The prolific 30-year-old's contract runs out next summer and United and Barcelona are both keen to land the Gabonese at the end of this season.

But Sagna, 37, who played for the North Londoners between 2007 and 2014 thinks his old club must avoid that at all costs.

He told Goal: "He can’t go now because Arsenal are on the way to building something strong.

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