ARSENAL take on Norwich City TONIGHT as the Premier League season rolls on.
And Atletico Madrid, rather conveniently, are reported to be interested in Matteo Guendouzi, while Arsenal still want Atleti's Thomas Partey.
Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…
GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS
Mikel Arteta's men will return to Premier League action tonight against Norwich.
It's been a busy week of transfer talk since Arsenal's 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Sunday.
The Gunners have agreed to extend William Saliba's loan at Saint-Etienne to allow him to play in the French Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain.
Arsenal signed him last summer then loaned him straight back to the French club for the season.
His loan deal was due to expire on June 30, but Arteta believes it is only right to let the defender play in the match.
When asked about Saliba, he said; “I think he needs to stay there.”
In other news, Arsenal fans are fearing losing another future talent in the shape of Folarin Bolagun.
The 18-year-old is set to quit the Emirates this summer after failing to agree a new deal.
His contract does not expire until next summer, but the club are expected to cash in on the starlet this year after failing to persuade him to extend his stay.
AC Milan, Southampton and Brentford are among the clubs that are keeping an eye on him.
Meanwhile, Paul Merson has claimed Mesut Ozil is “one of the worst players in the world” without the ball.
The ex-Gunners star said: “He's not interested when they don't have the ball.
“How can you give someone £350,000-per-week when we all knew that was his style of play?
“If he hasn't got the ball, he's one of the worst players in the world.”
ROME TO IMPROVE
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has extended his loan agreement with Roma.
After signing the deal, he said: “I'm very pleased.
“I'm happy to extend my stay here, because I still have things that I haven't achieved yet that I want to achieve.
“I'm looking forward to it.”
Mikel Arteta remains in regular contact with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard worked as Guardiola's assistant at the Etihad from July 2016 until December 2019.
Arteta told Goal: “He's a person that I have huge respect and admiration [for], and we talk about a lot of things.
“When I need advice or I want him to support me he's always there and willing to help me.
“For me, it's great to have someone like him around.”
GO ON SON!
Arsenal have submitted a transfer bid for Sporting Lisbon star Joelson Fernandes, according to reports.
The 17-year-old winger has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola claim Arsenal have made an official move for the teenager.
But Borussia Dortmund are also said to be preparing a summer move for him.
Following on from Merson's comments regarding Mesut Ozil, here's how much the midfielder earns at Arsenal.
Look away now Gunners fans…
WHAT A MES
Paul Merson has labelled current flop Mesut Ozil as “one of the worst players in the world” without the ball.
He told Sky Sports: “He's not interested when they don't have the ball. How can you give someone £350k-a-week when we all knew that was his style of play?
“If he hasn't got the ball he's one of the worst players in the world! I would say that. Name me a worse player in the world when their team doesn't have the ball.
“I've never seen somebody so disinterested when they don't have the ball, but he hurts you at the other end!
“Can Arsenal form a team around him? At the moment, it's at the stage where you can't do that.”
Prem boss Richard Masters admitted the League may not be able to be completed if the Leicester coronavirus lockdown is extended.
But Masters confirmed that WHATEVER happens Liverpool are now champions.
He said: “We can clearly cope with the situation in Leicester should it mean that the club can't play home games for the foreseeable future or just this weekend. We can adapt to that.
“If it were to happen in multiple areas or the course of the virus creates other risks there is the chance we might not be able to complete the season.
“We have to get through to the end of July, complete our 380 games. That is all dependent on the course of the virus.
“The clubs decided to deal with the issue of curtailment and what would have happened if the season wasn't completed – there would be a discussion when it occurred.”
FOLARIN THE SAME PATH
Gunners fans fear losing yet another future talent in the shape of Folarin Bolagun, as supporters draw comparisons with the departure of Serge Gnabry.
Bolagun, 18, is set to quit the Emirates this summer after failing to agree a new deal with the North London side.
His contract expires next summer but the Gunners are likely to cash in on the starlet this year after failing to persuade him to extend his stay.
Mikel Arteta's side rejected a £5million offer from Championship side Brentford in January for the striker.
But they now appear to be resigned to losing the youngster and will listen to further offers in order to prevent him running down his deal and leaving for free further down the line.
MER TO COME
Paul Merson reckons Chelsea will topple Liverpool and win the Premier League in the next few years after their transfer splurge.
The ex-Arsenal star told Sky Sports: “With Liverpool putting up records like they have with their players being as good as they are, it's only a matter of time before the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid come calling,
“In three or four years, I'd be quite shocked if Chelsea don't win the Premier League.”
He added: “To go and beat Man City was massive. It was massive because everyone is looking to close the gap.”
WILLIAM'S A CONQUEROR
Arsenal have agreed to extend William Saliba's loan at Saint-Etienne to allow him to play in the French Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain.
When asked about Saliba, Arteta revealed: “I think he needs to stay there.
“We've got an agreement with Saint-Etienne and he's been over there all year.
“He has earned his right to play that final if their manager wants to do that.
“So I think we have to give him the opportunity to do that, to enjoy that and we can have him after that.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has backed Tesco-bag toting Kieran Tierney after the Scot was spotted with a bag for life from Britain's most-popular supermarket on Sunday.
Arteta said: “About the Tesco bag – this is Kieran, he's a very humble, normal guy.
“He does what he feels is right.”
Here are the Gunners' current confirmed games and where they're on the telly.
Kick-off times after July 12 – including the FA Cup semi-final on July 18 or 19 – are yet to be confirmed.
Thiago Silva has reportedly been approached by Arsenal to discuss a free transfer – with David Luiz facilitating the talks.
It comes after the announcement PSG skipper Silva will leave the French capital after the conclusion of the Champions League in August.
The Gunners are desperate for a marquee centre-back signing and the 35-year-old provides Mikel Arteta with much needed experience and the back.
According to le10sport, Arteta has contacted Silva about a move.
And Luiz, who received a surprise one year contract extension at the Emirates, has served as an intermediary and will push his long-time Brazilian team-mate to make the move to England.
HART IN RIGHT PLACE?
Joe Hart looks destined to end his uneventful spell at Burnley and look for one final move away to kickstart his career again.
The former England No1 moved to Turf Moor in 2018 but has made just 24 appearances, three coming this season.
The Gunners were linked with the English stopper after Bernd Leno was stretchered off against Brighton this month.
It led to speculation Mikel Arteta could try and make an emergency move for Hart to replace their sidelined No1, though Leno could only be out for four weeks.
A move to the Emirates would likely mean Hart acting as back-up or only playing for a limited time, which has frustrated the former Manchester City keeper for the past few seasons.
Here are the odds on Hart joining the Gunners.
'MIL'S ON WHEELS
Arsenal are battling Bayern Munich with Hammerby’s teen striker sensation Emil Roback.
The Swedish ace, 17, now has to choose between interested clubs.
Club director Jesper Jansson told Fotboll Direkt: “There is a strong interest… he has also been to Arsenal.
“Yes, I understand the interest.
“He is forward with a great physique and speed and already a skilled scorer.”
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ARTS 'N CRAFTS
Mikel Arteta could bring Mesut Ozil back into the fold for Arsenal's home clash with rock-bottom Norwich tomorrow night.
The German hasn't featured for almost four months with his last appearance coming in a 1-0 home win over West Ham on March 7.
He was also forced to miss the FA Cup victory over Sheffield United with the club citing a slight back problem.
However with a gruelling run of fixtures, Ozil could return to the XI against the Premier League basement boys.
Arteta knows his side will dominate possession and believes the German's creativity could be key in unlocking Norwich's leaky defence.
The gaffer is likely to start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack after resting the Gabon ace against the Blades.
GUEN VS PARTEY
Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are reportedly plotting a stunning swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi and Thomas Partey – but who's better?
SunSport takes a look.
CLICK HERE TO READ OUR IN-DEPTH FEATURE ON GUENDOUZI VS PARTEY
Merson added: “How can you give someone £350k-a-week when we all knew that was his style of play?
“If he hasn't got the ball he's one of the worst players in the world! I would say that.
“Name me a worse player in the world when their team doesn't have the ball?
“I’ve never seen somebody so disinterested when they don't have the ball, but he hurts you at the other end!”
NO TRACK BACK, NO BACKTRACK
Paul Merson reckons he knows why Mesut Ozil isn’t playing for Arsenal.
The former Highbury midfielder told Sky Sports: “I think Ozil is a prime example of a player who has to play in a proper team, that is going to be right up there, dominating football matches.
“He's got to play in a majorly successful team.
“He can't play in this Arsenal team, here's why: he's not going to change his game now in his 30s, and Arsenal aren't going to change their game for him.
“He isn't tracking back, chasing players, and you need him in a team where you're getting 70 per cent of the ball each week, and he'll play. You get players around him, let him play.
“We all know how Ozil plays, you give him the ball and he'll find you.If you don't have the ball, he won't win it back for you for love nor money.”
WOUT ABOUT THAT
Arsenal and Newcastle will lock horns in a battle to land towering Dutch striker Wout Weghorst, according to reports.
The 6ft 5inch frontman is braced to leave Wolfsburg after scoring 16 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances.
Weghorst, 27, has scored an impressive 16 goals or more in each of his last four seasons for the German side and AZ Alkmaar.
With a contract until 2023, Wolfsburg will look in the region of £32million to let him leave.
According to Bild, his availability could spark a transfer tug-of-war between the two Premier League sides as they both eye summer deals for a new striker.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is looking to bolster his strikeforce particularly with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang expected to leave.
The fee won't be a problem for Newcastle who are expected to splash plenty of cash once their £300million takeover bid goes through.
GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,
Midfielders Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos are tipped for the Emirates exit door – with Thomas Partey a possible arrival but Layvin Kurzawa staying at PSG.
Reports in Spain suggest Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is ready to ditch recent bad-boy Guendouzi – opening the way to a possible swap with Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey.
Ghana anchorman Partey has been linked with the Gunners all summer.
Porto's Danilo Pereira is also said to be on a list of potential replacements for Guendouzi – but is valued at an unrealistic £55million.
Elsewhere, PSG have confirmed France left-back Kurzawa is signing a new deal until 2024 – just as his contract was due to expire.
And Arteta will not try to buy Spain playmaker Dani Ceballos when his extended season's loan from Real Madrid ends.
The 23-year-old fired the Gunners' extra-time winner in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Sheffield United.
But injuries and erratic form have cost him a possible place in Arteta's longer-term thinking – and he is also out of Real chief Zinedine Zidane’s plans.
Arsenal, though, are being linked with Sporting Lisbon's Joelson Fernandes, 17.
Portuguese outlet Record say the Gunners are “preparing an offer” for the frontmanamid interest from a string of other European giants.
LAYVIN NOT LEAVIN'
Arsenal have suffered a transfer blow after Paris Saint-Germain confirmed Layvin Kurzawa had committed his future to the club.
The French international left-back was due to become a free agent at midnight tomorrow with a host of clubs chasing his services.
The Gunners were one of those leading the chase for the 27-year-old and were thwarted in an attempt to get him for £6m in January.
Now their hopes of luring him across the Channel to London have ended after today’s announcement.
PSG ended speculation over Kurzawa’s future by confirming he had penned a new long-term deal.
Now he is under contract at Parc des Princes until 2024, despite looking set to depart for months now.
Arsenal will not attempt to buy Dani Ceballos when his loan from Real Madrid expires.
Spain midfielder Ceballos was the Gunners’ FA Cup hero with the extra-time winner in Sunday’s quarter-final at Sheffield United.
It was only last week that Arsenal agreed a deal with Madrid to extend his stay at the Emirates to the end of the season.
But overall the 23-year-old has failed to convince manager Mikel Arteta to sign him on a permanent basis.
And now his future is up in the air as he is unwilling to return to Madrid where he does not figure in Zinedine Zidane’s plans.
Arsenal paid a £3.5million loan fee to sign Ceballos for the season and agreed to pay his full £55,000-a-week wages.
Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are reportedly plotting a stunning swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi and Thomas Partey.
El Gol Digital claims Mikel Arteta is ready to ditch Guendouzi this summer following his recent bad-boy antics.
Guendouzi previously failed to impress Arteta with his attitude in training.
And most recently the Frenchman was involved in a post-match bust-up with Brighton’s Neil Maupay.
He was subsequently dropped from the squad for games against Southampton and Sheffield United.
Arsenal are believed to have drawn up a list of potential replacements.
Porto star Danilo Pereira is of interest but would cost £55million, well out of Arsenal’s price range.
A SQUAD OF TWO HALVES
David Bentley reckons old club Arsenal need to get rid of half their team.
The ex-Gunners and Spurs midfielder is adamant Mesut Ozil and David Luiz must go – even though the Brazilian just signed a new deal.
Bentley, who won seven England caps, told 888.com: “Mesut Ozil and David Luiz are on large money and if Arsenal can move these players on then Arteta will be able to spend money on transfers.
“I don’t know what the thinking is at boardroom level because Arsenal need to ship out half the team and get a good core in.
“That’s difficult but can be done.”
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