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ARSENAL are targeting Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins and Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The two frontmen head up the Gunners' shortlist to replace Alexandre Lacazette, who Arsenal could look to sell in the January transfer window rather than losing him as a free agent at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are said to be interested in Real Betis' Nabil Fekir.

And talk of Daniel Ek potentially raising his bid to buy the north London club has intensified after comments from club legend Thierry Henry.

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  • Sandra Brobbey

    GUNNER THWART FIFA

    Arsenal have reportedly won their fight against Fifa in the Court of Arbitration after being fined £33,000 by the football authority.

    In March SunSport revealed the club appealed against a Fifa ruling concerning sell-on clauses they agreed when selling players.

    It is claimed the club were thought to have breached third-party ownership rules around the sales of Chuba Akpom and Joel Campbell.

    However, the Court ruled there was no wrongdoing in either of these cases.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    COUT GO TO SPURS

    Glen Johnson reckons Tottenham could be a much better destination for Arsenal target Philippe Coutinho.

    The Barcelona and Brazil playmaker has been linked with transfer moves to both clubs.

    But Johnson believes Spurs are a better prospect for the player.

    The former Liverpool and Chelsea full-back told Bettingodds.com: "He’s linked with the two big north London clubs and if he was to go to one of them then I’d say Tottenham if I’m being honest.

    ‘Philippe knows that he’s not in a great position at the moment and if he was to go to an Arsenal side who are struggling, then that could affect him even more."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    NO GOER FOR NOA?

    AC Milan could be set to move ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Noa Lang.

    The £34million-rated Netherlands winger is reportedly a target for Mikel Arteta.

    However, Sport Witness and reports in Italy claim the player's agent had discussions with San Siro officials on Tuesday.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    DERBY DEAL

    Arsenal have reportedly agreed to defer a £1.4million payment owed to them by struggling Derby County.

    The Metro reports the Rams have been given an extra 12 months by the Gunners to pay the next instalment on their acquisition of Poland midfielder Krystian Bielik.

    The Championship side recently went into administration and were late with their last payment due to be made to Arsenal.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MADRID HARD FOR ODEGAARD

    Martin Odegaard has opened up on his struggle to adapt to life in Real Madrid's dressing room prior to his Emirates move.

    The Norway playmaker, 22, joined the club at 16 and was on the fringes of the first team before embarking on three loan spells.

    Odegaard told broadcast outlet TV2: "Of course there were many tough periods.

    "I experienced a lot with both the first team and the second team. I have been close to the best and biggest.

    "It made me stronger. I feel I have grown a lot on it.

    "There were some tough periods, but also a lot of good that I have experienced. Being so close to the best in the world is special. I have learned a lot from it."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    BERND BRIDGES

    Bernd Leno could be headed for the Emirates exit according to reports.

    The Germany international is facing a battle to reclaim his spot as Arsenal's No1 keeper with Aaron Ramsdale impressing between the sticks.

    Reports in Germany claim the stopper has found the change 'difficult'.

    And German outlet Fussball claims Leno may feel the need to leave in order to secure game time and protect his place in Germany's squad.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GUNNER GET TONEY

    Darren Bent reckons Ivan Toney could give Arsenal a boost if the club were to make a move for the Brentford ace.

    The Bees forward, 25, enjoyed an impressive season for the Premier League newbies last term notching up 31 goals and 10 assists in 45 Championship games. 

    Bent told talkSPORT: "Could they lure him away from Brentford? Well, of course.

    "Yes (he would be a good fit for Arsenal). It's early days.

    "But what he has shown so far at Brentford, he is the real deal, not in terms of his goal return, just the way he is bullying people and he never shies away from a challenge."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    BALO-GONE

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly set to allow Folarin Balogun to leave the Gunners for a loan move in January.

    The 20-year-old, who signed a contract extension with the club last summer, has made just one full Prem appearance so far this term against Brentford.

    Football.London claims the player will be allowed to pursue a temporary move next year in search of more playing time at a senior level.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    WRIGHT CHOICE

    Ian Wright reportedly gave his opinion on the skills of Dominic Calvin-Lewin and Ollie Watkins when he was asked which of the players he would take to the Euros earlier this year.

    The Gunners icon is thought to be a huge fan of the pair who have both been linked with Arsenal.

    On May 1, Wright told Match of the Day: "You’d probably take Dominic Calvert-Lewin simply because of his experience at under-21 level and the fact he’s had a very good season, just like Ollie Watkins.

    Wright added: "It’s an unfair question because I wouldn’t mind taking them both."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    WAT A GEM

    Emiliano Martinez reckons Ollie Watkins is a 'nightmare' for defenders to deal with.

    The Aston Villa forward has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, according to SunSport

    In November last year, the former Gunners keeper sang the praises of the highly-rated strikers.

    It is thought Emirates chiefs are eyeing the Villa ace as a possible replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.

    Martinez told Birmingham Mail: "He's been outstanding for us, not just the goal-scoring and the finishing but his work ethic.

    "He's a nightmare for defenders, we're so glad to have him."

     

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal have been given a major boost in their hunt for Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic.

    The striker has turned down a new contract with the Serie A side which would’ve made him the highest-paid player in their history.

    The Serbian forward, 21, now has 21 months left on his contract, putting the Gunners and all other interested parties on high alert.

    Meanwhile, Bernd Leno’s omission from the Arsenal first-team is having a negative impact on his international career with Germany.

    German manager Hansi Flick is reportedly considering axing Leno from his squad due to his lack of games at domestic level.

    The 29-year-old has lost his place in the Gunners line-up to new signing Aaron Ramsdale.

    And to get himself back in Flick’s good books, the keeper may consider a move away from The Emirates in future.

    Another player reportedly eyeing a transfer away from North London is Gunners winger Gabriel Martinelli.

    The Brazilian may try and force through a transfer exit due to his lack of playing time under Mikel Arteta. The Mirror claim.

    Finally, in a show of good faith, Arsenal have deferred the payments that Derby County owe them for Polish star Krystian Bielik for the time-being.

    The Rams are in financial trouble after going into administration last month and still owed the Gunners £8million for Bielik.

    Wayne Rooney’s side were supposed to pay £1.4m of that sum this month, but Arsenal have waived the fee until next year, giving the Rams time to sort themselves out, The Telegraph reported.

  • Justin Lawrence

    GUNNER HEART

    Arsenal have shown Derby County a classy gesture amidst their financial troubles.

    The Rams went into administration last month but still owed the Gunners £8million for Polish star Krystian Bielik from when they brought him in 2019.

    £1.4m of that fee was due to be paid to the Gunners this month, but the North London side will allow the Rams to skip the payment, The Telegraph report.

    But it won't be forever, Wayne Rooney's team will have to restart payments to Arsenal next year.

     

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    S-MART MOVE?

    Gabriel Martinelli could reportedly force through an Arsenal transfer exit due to his lack of playing time.

    The Mirror claims Martinelli, 20, is becoming ‘anxious’ over his Gunners future after featuring just twice in the league this season.

    The Brazilian has been an unused sub in Arsenal’s last five games.

    And with stars including Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe in good form, Martinelli may have to wait a while until he gets another shot.

    That could prompt the youngster to seek a solution in January.

  • Justin Lawrence

    FEELING BERND

    Bernd Leno's omission from the Arsenal first-team looks likely to affect his international career too.

    It's been reported that Leno is in danger of being ousted from the German national team by Hansi Flick due to his lack of games at The Emirates this season.

    The 29-year-old has lost his place in the Gunners line-up to new signing Aaron Ramsdale.

    And in order to win his place back in the German side, Leno is likely going to have to leave Mikel Arteta's side, according to the Daily Star.

  • Justin Lawrence

    FIOR SALE

    Arsenal and Manchester City target Dusan Vlahovic has rejected a new deal at Fiorentina which would have made him the highest-paid player in the club's history.

    The Serbian forward, 21, now has 21 months left on his contract and that is likely to put a number of Europe's top clubs on alert.

    Fiorentina were confident of tying their star striker down to a new deal but the club's billionaire owner Rocco B. Commisso says talks have broken down.

    In a statement on the club's website, he said: "As you know, Fiorentina made a very significant offer to the player.

    "Our proposal would have made him the highest-paid player in the history of the club.

    "We also improved our offer on a number of occasions in order to accommodate the requests of both Dusan and his entourage.

    "However, despite our efforts, those offers have not been accepted."

    Commisso added the club will now "acknowledge the wishes of the player and his entourage and quickly identify feasible, appropriate solutions."

     

  • Jake Lambourne

    AUBA AND OUT

    Arsenal legend Alan Smith criticised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Gunners’ goalless draw with Brighton.

    Smith appeared disappointed with Aubameyang’s performance at the Amex Stadium.

    The pundit expected more from the star striker after he scored against rivals Tottenham the week before.

    Smith told Sky Sports: “Yeah, I mean, having got that goal against Spurs, you would have expected him to be looking a bit sharper.

    "But certainly hasn’t seen too much of the ball in the opposition’s box.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAL SEARCHING

    Arsenal are reportedly keeping close tabs on William Saliba during his loan spell at Marseille.

    Fans were left disappointed after the Gunners allowed the French centre-back to depart yet again on loan.

    But according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the defender still has a future at the Emirates.

    He tweeted: "Arsenal are following William Saliba's progress closely – they are really happy with the French centre-back.

    "Arsenal told Saliba weeks ago that they trust him 100 per cent for the future, he joined OM on loan to play all games as starter then he’ll be back."

  • Jake Lambourne

    MART MY WORDS

    Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli is reportedly considering his future at the club.

    The Brazilian has featured just twice in the Premier League this season, with the player an unused substitute in the last five games.

    And according to the Mirror, if his situation doesn't change, he will be open to leaving the Emirates.

    The news outlet states that a loan move could be on the cards while a permanent transfer cannot be ruled out.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNER DO BETTER

    Arsenal have been criticised by ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood for returning to “boring business” following their goalless draw with Brighton.

    Sherwood told via Football365: “Arsenal have no clue when to go long. They need to be more flexible in how they play.

    “They are hell-bent on playing out from the back – where as they [Brighton] mix it up. [They] know when to play through and they know when to go long.

    “It looked like that was after the Lord Mayor’s Show [for Arsenal]. That was the big game [Tottenham].

    "Now, we are back to the boring business and it looked boring.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    JANUARY SALES

    There is less than three months until the transfer window swings wide open again and clubs try and find some New Year deals.

    The likes of Luis Suarez, Bruno Fernandes and Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang arrived in the Premier League during previous winter windows.

    And there is already plenty of speculation surrounding who will be going where in the first few weeks of 2022.

    So SunSport rounds up some of the biggest transfers that could get over the line in January…

    Click HERE for more.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BELL RINGING

    Arsenal hero Kevin Campbell has advised his former club to sign Borussia Dortmund star and England international Jude Bellingham.

    Campbell told the Highbury Squad: “Why not?”

    “This young man was at Birmingham, just up the M6. Nobody took the chance and he had to go to Dortmund.

    “If we have to pay the money, and if we want somebody to be in there [midfield] for years to come, we’ve got to pay the money."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ALL OR NOTHING

    Arsenal fans will be given an up-close and personal insight into Granit Xhaka’s road to recovery.

    The midfielder, 29, limped off in last weekend’s 3-1 North London Derby win over Tottenham at the Emirates.

    He was then pictured with his daughter wearing a brace before the Gunners confirmed he is set to be sidelined until the New Year.

    Arsenal missed the tough tackler during Saturday’s goalless draw at Brighton but there is some optimism that the ace may return quicker than expected.

    Supporters look set to get a rare glimpse into Xhaka’s recovery.

    According to The Athletic, the star has ‘agreed to let the Amazon Prime cameras follow his recovery for its All or Nothing documentary on Arsenal’s season’.

    The doc is due to be released next year.

  • Jake Lambourne

    IN THE PAN

    Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat has confirmed plans to sign forgotten Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos for just £2.5million.

    The 23-year-old joined the Gunners in January 2018, but only made seven first-team appearances.

    Mavropanos then spent some time on loan at FC Nurnberg, followed by a season at Stuttgart – but in the summer his temporary deal was extended and the Bundesliga club have plans to make the move permanent.

    The idea is valid as long as Stuttgart remain in the Bundesliga this season.

    Mislintat revealed: "We have a purchase obligation of three million euros (£2.5m) if we remain in the league."

    Football.london are reporting that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has no plans to integrate Mavropanos into the first-team set-up, making a permanent exit more likely next summer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RON TOP

    Mohamed Salah reportedly wants £300,000-A-WEEK to stay at Liverpool – making him one of the Premier League's highest earners.

    The Egyptian's existing deal runs out in June 2023 and is thought to be demanding a similar salary to Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling, 26.

    Salah, 29, currently earns £200,000-a-week at Anfield, nearly half of what the top earners in the Prem receive from their respective clubs.

    Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, is the top earner in the division on £480,000-a-week.

    But there are seven other players receiving more than £300k every seven days and Salah reportedly wants a similar pay packet.

    Take a look at the highest earners in the top-flight below.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LAC QUALITY

    Arsenal are considering moves for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins to replace Alexandre Lacazette – but the stats prove they'd both be a downgrade on the French striker.

    The former Lyon striker has played 130 times in the Premier League for Arsenal, starting 97 times.

    Only Calvert-Lewin has played more (150), with Watkins comfortably the least experienced (42).

    Despite playing fewer games than the Everton man, Lacazette has scored MORE goals with 50 Prem strikes to his name. That's more than Calvert-Lewin (43) and Watkins (15).

    Lacazette also boasts more assists with 18 – TWICE as many as Calvert-Lewin (9) and miles ahead of Watkins (5).

    The Frenchman has the best minutes per goal ratio at just 171.4, with the England duo further back on 226.7 (Calvert-Lewin) and 246.7 (Watkins).

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