Arsenal news LIVE: Paqueta BIDDING war, Morata SNUBS Gunners, Wright comments, Gabriel transfer UPDATE – latest

ARSENAL are reportedly set to enter a bidding war with Newcastle for Lyon's Lucas Paqueta this summer.

Meanwhile, Alvaro Morata has ruled out all moves to the Premier League for this summer according to reports.

The former Chelsea striker has made it clear that he doesn't want to return back to the division which 'left him in the dark'.

Ian Wright has stated that his Arsenal have no chance of finishing in the top four with their current injuries.

Mikel Arteta's men may have to go without Kieran Tierney AND Thomas Partey for the remainder of season which includes a lot of tough fixtures.

And Gabriel has responded to the Barcelona interest rumours with words Gooners around the world will love to hear.

Stay up to date with all the latest from the Emirates in our live blog…

  • Kostas Lianos

    Good morning Arsenal fans

    Juventus star Alvaro Morata has responded with a 'sharp no' to an approach from Arsenal.

    The Gunners had contacted Morata's representatives regarding a summer move to the Emirates, but the player has no intention of returning to London.

    The 29-year-old spent two difficult seasons at Chelsea between 2017 and 2019, and refers to his previous experience in the English capital as 'the dark'.

    Reports in Italy quote the Spain international, who plays on loan at Juve from Atletico Madrid, as 'not having good memories' of his time in the Premier League and has felt much more comfortable since in Turin and Madrid.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly set for a bidding war with Newcastle over Lyon star Lucas Paqueta after Paris Saint-Germain appeared to pull out of the race.

    The Gunners are eyeing a summer swoop for Paqueta to replace Granit Xhaka if he's swayed by a move to Roma in the summer.

    The Magpies are also keeping tabs on the versatile midfielder, who can play as a No8, No10, centre-forward or even a winger.

    However, both Premier League sides can breathe a sigh of relief as the ChronicleLive claim PSG are no longer pursuing the Brazil international.

    The Parisians are said to be focussing on recruiting Paul Pogba from Manchester United on a free transfer instead.

    And Arsenal have been handed a boost following speculation linking Gabriel Magalhaes with a move to Barcelona.

    Reports in Spain this week suggested that Barca were preparing to make a move for Gabriel to satisfy their need for a left-sided centre-back.

    However, an interview with the Brazilian has given the Gunners hope that he will stay at the Emirates despite the attention from elsewhere.

    Gabriel told Premier League Productions: "I feel good. I feel at home at Arsenal. It’s a great squad to be a part of and together I am sure we can achieve a lot. I am very happy here.

    "Reaching the top four is our aim, but we know how tough it will be. It’s a big challenge but I do believe we can get there. We are working hard and it’s the target we want to achieve. We have to stick together. We need to be focused to get good results.”

    Finally, Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims his former club has no chance of finishing in the top four after injuries to key players. Such as Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey.

    Wright told the Arseblog podcast: "There's no way. When we lose Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, and Kieran Tierney, there's no we can stay in that top four with the players that we have got at the moment without those three.

    "I'm not bothered about fourth because I knew we haven't got the goals in our team, and we haven’t got the experience in it.

    "I'm feeling top-six. I don't want us to start dropping as that can have a detrimental effect on such a young squad. Have we got enough firepower to take us [to a top four finish]? It looks like we haven't at the moment"

  • Kostas Lianos

    More from Sokratis

    Sokratis added to SunSport's Kostas Lianos: “I’ve known Aubameyang for many years, I know what he can do as a footballer. I am certain of what he will do at Barcelona.

    “I wish him good luck and all the best. The same goes for Arsenal despite the way I also left. I wish them well.

    “[The way I left] Was not the best, I was left out of the team. But it’s a matter I haven’t spoken about yet, I respected the manager’s choice. I spoke with him.

    “I am a professional, I worked for the club and love the club. I will definitely continue to be a friend and fan just like I am for all the other clubs I played for, such as Dortmund and [AC] Milan”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    'Not correct choice'

    Former Arsenal ace Sokratis Papastathopoulos doesn't think ex-team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's dismissal from the club was the "correct choice".

    Olympiacos star Sokratis told SunSport's Kostas Lianos: "Aubameyang is not the only one who left this way from Arsenal, other players also left like that; including myself.

    “That was the team’s choice, each footballer works for the team and has to respect that choice.

    “I don’t know and personally I don’t think it was the correct choice, the matter could have been resolved differently"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Kahnt let you go

    Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has insisted Robert Lewandowski will stay at the club this summer following links with Arsenal.

    Lewandowski has also been linked with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United.

    Kahn told Amazon Prime: “We have a contract with Robert. We've always said that we'd start talks.

    “We started doing that a long time ago”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Is it Paul over?

    Juventus star Paulo Dybala is reportedly set for transfer talks with Inter Milan.

    Arsenal are believed to be keen on Dybala, who is expected to leave Juve this summer.

    According to Gazzetta, talks are ongoing between the forward's representatives and Inter chiefs.

    They add that the 28-year-old's representative will arrive in Italy next week for further talks.

    It's claimed that the Nerazzurri are becoming more likely to be the Argentina international's landing spot this summer

  • Kostas Lianos

    Bremer bidding war

    Liverpool have entered the fray for Torino ace Gleison Bremer, who is also targeted by Manchester United and Arsenal.

    And the Reds are willing to part with £25milllion to pip their Premier League rivals to Bremer's signature, according to Tuttojuve.

    The centre-back has also attracted interest from other top bidders, including Juventus and Bayern Munich.

    But the Prem clubs have the economic advantage over their European rivals in the race for the Brazilian

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  • Kostas Lianos

    More from Wright

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright added: "But if you’re at Arsenal, in London, a team that’s so capable, the manager has got something, you could be that f**king centre-forward there for f**king years.

    "Something has happened somewhere along the line.

    "I don’t know what’s happened, because there’s an opportunity for someone to go into that team and be a number nine and he’s there – what’s going on?!

    "I’m not hearing anything with his contract, is he leaving?"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Lost his Ed

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has criticised Eddie Nketiah for failing to seize the opportunity to become the club's main striker.

    Wright told Arseblog: "For the last [however] many games we’ve got left, I would probably sit Eddie Nketiah down and say, 'Listen, I don’t know what the f*** is going on in your head, but we’ve got rid of [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, you’re an up-and-coming striker.

    "'You were here in the spell when he wasn’t scoring, you’re here now when Alexandre Lacazette isn’t scoring, you’re a centre-forward and when you’re coming on I’m not seeing it'.

    "He needs that talk to say there is an opening as a number nine at Arsenal for someone who can do this job, and he’s young enough to do that job and get in the box.

    "And I’m thinking to myself, when I was coming through, I remember at Crystal Palace I had Trevor Aylott, Andy Gray, and all I was thinking was: 'If I could just have one f***ing chance to have a run in this team'.

    "And it does seem to me, when you look at Eddie as a striker who we thought of as the box striker that we need. I was thinking we had a replacement for Aubameyang and Lacazette – but what has happened to Eddie in that respect? Your job as a number nine is to take over from these guys!

    "So that’s one of the most frustrating things for me, to see that there’s a striker there, I don’t know if he’s going to leave or not, it doesn’t seem like there’s any contract talks going on, maybe he’s made his mind up"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Paul Merson tip

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson is still backing his former club to get a top-four finish because "Tottenham have still got a Tottenham in them".

    In his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: "I still feel Arsenal have got a chance.

    "Arsenal have got to go to Chelsea and Tottenham have still got to face Liverpool, which will be a different game.

    "I still feel Arsenal are in it because Tottenham have still got a Tottenham in them.

    "I don't mean that in a horrible way, but they still have got a Tottenham in them"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Granit Xhak attack

    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has challenged his detractors to criticise him to his face rather than hiding behind keyboards.

    Xhaka, told The Players’ Tribune : "Of course, it’s quiet when we win, but as soon as we lose a few games the same critics will be back.

    "This is how football works, but I will not change for some guy who is hiding behind a keyboard. No chance.

    "It’s a bit funny because in real life nobody has ever said to me, 'You are s***.' Never.

    "Nobody says it to my face. What do they say? The usual, ‘Ah, you are the best, you’re so good….’.

    "Some people mean it but others then go online and say, ‘Get him out of our club.’ So, next time say it to my face. ‘Granit, today you were s***.’ No problem!

    “I promise, I will take that in a positive way. I respect an honest opinion, but I have no time for lies”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Wenger's game changer

    Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger is still seeking to remake football in his own image.

    Wenger was the frontman for the controversial and dumped biennial World Cup plan.

    But the legendary manager, who is FIFA's head of global football development, remains keen on changing the laws of the game to make football more entertaining.

    The Frenchman's plans to trial a new “daylight” offside law, giving a huge advantage to the attacking team, have been iced pending the potential introduction of “semi-automated offsides” calibrated near-instantly by skeletal “limb-tracking” technology for the World Cup.

    The 72-year-old, though, still believes allowing kick-ins instead of throw-ins in the defensive half, if they are within five seconds of the ball going out, will speed up play.

  • Kostas Lianos

    More from Xhaka

    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka suggested that his bad disciplinary record may be down to him caring "too much" about the club.

    Xhaka added: "If I am late in a tackle, it’s because I’m fighting for Arsenal.

    "If I lose my temper, it’s because I care.

    "Sometimes, maybe I care too much"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Xhaka addresses disciplinary record

    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has defended his disciplinary record and argued football "is not ballet".

    The tough-tackling Xhaka has been sent off six times at club level so far in his career.

    Four of the midfielder's reds have come playing for the Gunners and it's one of the reasons he has divided opinion.

    Speaking to The Players' Tribune, Xhaka said: "Listen, the cards have always been part of my game.

    "They were in Germany, too. Remember the 50–50? I’m all in, and it’s the same in training.

    "If I elbow a player, I’ll be the first one to say, 'I’m sorry.' But a tackle? Come on, guys. This is not ballet"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Lead the Paq

    Arsenal are reportedly set for a bidding war with Newcastle for Lyon star Lucas Paqueta after Paris Saint-Germain appeared to pull out of the race.

    The Gunners are eyeing a summer swoop for Paqueta to replace Granit Xhaka if he's swayed by a move to Roma.

    The Magpies are also keen on the versatile midfielder, who can play as a No8, No10, centre-forward or even a winger.

    However, both Premier League sides can breathe a huge sigh of relief as the ChronicleLive claim PSG are no longer pursuing the Brazil international.

    The Parisians are said to be focussing on recruiting Paul Pogba from Manchester United on a free transfer this summer

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Gabriel not keen for move

    Arsenal have been handed a boost following speculation linking Gabriel Magalhaes with a move to Barcelona.

    Reports in Spain this week suggested that Barca were preparing to make a move for Gabriel this summer to fill their need for a left-sided centre-back.

    However, an interview with the Brazilian has given the Gunners hope that he will stay at the Emirates despite the attention from elsewhere.

    Gabriel told Premier League Productions: "I feel good. I feel at home at Arsenal.

    "It’s a great squad to be a part of and together I am sure we can achieve a lot. I am very happy here.

    "Reaching the top four is our aim, but we know how tough it will be.

    “It’s a big challenge but I do believe we can get there. We are working hard and it’s the target we want to achieve. We have to stick together. We need to be focused to get good results”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Wright statement reminder

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims his former club has no chance of finishing in the top four after injuries to key players Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey.

    Wright told the Arseblog podcast: "There's no way.

    "When we lose Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, and Kieran Tierney, there's no we can stay in that top four with the players that we have got at the moment without those three.

    "I'm not bothered about fourth because I knew we haven't got the goals in our team, and we haven’t got the experience in it.

    "I'm feeling top-six. I don't want us to start dropping as that can have a detrimental effect on such a young squad.

    "Have we got enough firepower to take us [to a top four finish]? It looks like we haven't at the moment"

  • Kostas Lianos

    No Mor of that

    Juventus star Alvaro Morata has responded with a 'sharp no' to tentative enquiries from Arsenal.

    The Gunners had contacted Morata's representatives regarding a summer move to the Emirates, but he has no intention of returning to London.

    The 29-year-old spent two rough seasons with Chelsea between 2017 and 2019, and refers to his previous experience in the English capital as 'the dark'.

    Reports in Italy quote the Spain international, who plays on loan at Juve from Atletico Madrid, as 'not having good memories' of his time in the Premier League, and has felt much more comfortable since in Turin and Madrid

  • Sam Dymond

    Five before North London derby

    Arsenal will face Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a potentially season-defining derby on May 12.

    However, the Gunners have five other Premier League games to navigate ahead of that contest, starting this Saturday at Southampton.

    And they include to other all-London affairs at Chelsea and West Ham, as well as another crunch match at home to Manchester United.

  • Sam Dymond

    Tavares unsure of defensive role

    Arsenal's Nuno Tavares has not yet fully grasped the concept of playing left-back, according to former Gunners great Nigel Winterburn.

    The 22-year-old Portuguese defender has so far failed to adequately deputise for the injured Kieran Tierney, resulting in some embarrassing withdrawals.

    Tavares was substituted after just 35 minutes of the Premier League club's FA Cup exit to Nottingham Forest, and only lasted ten minutes longer during last week's thrashing at Crystal Palace.

    Mikel Arteta took no chances for the game with Brighton last time out, and instead opted to start midfielder Granit Xhaka at left-back.

    And Winterburn – one of the best to play the role in the club's history – feels it's down to a lack of understanding of what's required.

    In an interview with Mirror Football, the 58-year-old said: "I just don't think he fully understands the complete role of a full-back and I think there's a lot more he needs to learn defensively in terms of the situations he puts himself in.

    "He needs to learn that side of the game very quickly and get back to the form going forward that he showed earlier in the season. The problem is when you've had a couple of games like the ones he's had, then your confidence just drops so quickly.

    "You can also lose the trust of the supporters, so it makes it difficult to come back when that happens.

    "I don't see him at this minute in time as a viable option for Arsenal due to his performances."

  • Sam Dymond

    Arsenal anxious of Saints' fast starts

    Mikel Arteta and his team will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Saturday after a disheartening fortnight.

    The Gunners have lost consecutive games to Crystal Palace and Brighton to leave them off the pace in the race to finish in the top four.

    The North Londoners now visit Southampton, who will be looking to get at Arsenal's fragile defence that is without Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu and the protective midfield layer that is Thomas Partey.

    And as Arsenal-supporting statistician Orbinho pointed out this morning, the Saints have made a habit of starting sharply against them in recent years.

    In each of the last eight Premier League games against Arsenal in which Southampton have scored, they have done so in the opening 20 minutes:

    • Southampton 1-3 Arsenal, Jan 2021 (S Armstrong 3')
    • Arsenal 1-1 Southampton, Dec 2020 (Walcott 18')
    • Arsenal 2-2 Southampton, Nov 2019 (Ings 8')
    • Southampton 3-2 Arsenal, Dec 2018 (Ings 20')
    • Arsenal 3-2 Southampton, Apr 2018 (Long 17')
    • Southampton 1-1 Arsenal, Dec 2017 (Austin 3')
    • Arsenal 2-1 Southampton, Sept 2016 (Cech OG 18')
    • Southampton 4-0 Arsenal, Dec 2015 (Martina 19')

    Saka named PFA Player of the Month

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has been named the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month for March.

    The Gunners forward continually impressed during the month, contributing two goals and an assist.

    The 20-year-old netted the winner in a 1-0 victory at Aston Villa while setting up Martin Odegaard before scoring a goal of his own in the 3-2 success over Watford.

    Saka beat Harry Kane, Kai Havertz and Ivan Toney to claim the award.

    • Sam Dymond

      Morata won't consider London return

      Spanish striker Alvaro Morata has responded with a 'sharp no' to tentative enquiries from Arsenal.

      The Gunners had contacted the forward's representatives regarding a summer move to the Emirates, but the player has no intention of returning to London.

      The 29-year-old spent two difficult seasons with Chelsea between 2017 and 2019, and refers to his previous experience in the English capital as 'the dark'.

      Reports in Italy quote Morata as 'not having good memories' of his time in the Premier League, and has felt much more comfortable since in Turin and Madrid.

    • Sam Dymond

      Gunners looking at young Turk

      Arsenal have opened talks with Turkish international Kerem Akturkoglu over a potential €20million summer move.

      The 23-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Tottenham, but press reports now suggest that it is the Gunners in pole position to sign the winger.

      Negotiations with Galatasaray will begin at the end of the season according to Star (via Caught Offside).

      Akturkoglu has totalled 11 goals and ten assists in all competitions for the Super Lig strugglers this term.

    • Sam Dymond

      Arsenal to investigate homophobic abuse

      Arsenal are looking into alleged homophobic abuse during their Premier League game with Brighton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

      Two home supporters were ejected during the 2-1 defeat, and the Gunners have confirmed that the matter is now being investigated further.

      A statement from the club read: "We have been made aware of incidents of homophobic abuse at our home fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

      "Arsenal should be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, and we want to be clear that any kind of discriminatory abuse is not welcome at our club.

      "We can confirm that two supporters were ejected from the stadium, and we stepped up stewarding operations in areas where abuse was reported.

      "The incidents that were reported are now being investigated by the club, and we will take the strongest action possible against perpetrators who can be identified.

      "We'd also like to remind supporters that homophobic abuse is a hate crime and punishable by the law. Please think before you chant."

    • Sam Dymond

      Barca target 'at home' with Arsenal

      Arsenal have been handed a boost following speculation linking Gabriel with a move to Barcelona.

      Reports in Spain this week suggested that the LaLiga giants were preparing to make a move for the Brazilian this summer to fill their need for a left-sided centre-half.

      However, an interview with the defender has given Gooners hope that defender will stay at the Emirates despite the attention from elsewhere.

      "I feel good. I feel at home at Arsenal," Gabriel told Premier League Productions.

      "It’s a great squad to be a part of and together I am sure we can achieve a lot. I am very happy here.

      "Reaching the top four is our aim, but we know how tough it will be.

      “It’s a big challenge but I do believe we can get there. We are working hard and it’s the target we want to achieve. We have to stick together. We need to be focused to get good results.”

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