10.15am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang set to STAY – Arteta, Partey deal in instalments, Upamecano swap – The Sun

ARSENAL have made it into the FA Cup final after a brilliant victory over Man City at Wembley.

And on the transfer front, Kia Joorabchian is reportedly looking to take clients Philippe Coutinho and Willian to the Emirates, while the Gunners are looking at financially viable means of signing Thomas Partey and Dayot Upamecano.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • PIERRE WE GO

    Mikel Arteta says that when he speaks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Arsenal captain “sounds pretty convinced” he will stay.

    Arteta said after the FA Cup semi-final win over Man City: “I think everyone has good moments and bad moments, the way he looks at it when I speak with him, he sounds pretty convinced.

    “But if he can see the success and direction we are taking, it is the right one, I think he'll be more positive about it.

    “Big players get criticism when things don't work. But he showed today on the pitch – not talking – what he can do.”

  • DIGIT DANGER

    Kieran Tierney has apologised after he was pictured with his middle finger up to the camera during Arsenal's FA Cup celebrations yesterday.

    The former Celtic man starred again as the Gunners sealed their place in the FA Cup final with a 2-0 win over Manchester City.

    But he has issued an apology after goalkeeper Emi Martinez posted a snap which showed the defender gesturing to the camera – which has since been deleted.

    Taking to Twitter, Tierney said: “Didn’t realise this was getting posted. Was a joke with the Kitman.

    “I’m so sorry if it caused anyone offence – wasn’t meant in any way.”

  • GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FAN

    Arsenal thumped Manchester City 2-0 last night to book their sport in the FA Cup final.

    Mikel Arteta's men were indebted to a captain's performance from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who bagged a brace to give his side a real chance of some silverware.

    The Gabon striker bounced back from spurning a great early chance to poke home from record-signing Nicolas Pepe's ball in the 19th minute.

    The Gunners doubled their lead when Kieran Tierney sent Aubameyang on his way again.

    In other news, Santi Cazorla is set to leave Villarreal with the Spanish playmaker expecting to play his last game for the club this weekend.

    The former Arsenal star, 35, is yet to decide on where he’ll be plying his trade next season, whether it be as a player or a coach.

    But the diminutive midfielder has been linked with a possible Emirates return, working as a coach for Mikel Arteta.

    Other rumoured options include a potential megabucks move to Qatari side Al Sadd, according to the Metro.

    Cazorla has experienced a resurgence during his second spell at Villareal, recovering from injury issues that plagued the later stages of his time at Arsenal.

    Meanwhile, the Gunners are reportedly ready to pay the £41million release clause of Sporting Lisbon star Joelson Fernandes – dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

    And now, according to Portuguese website A Bola, the Gunners are not wasting time in getting the 17-year-old winger on board.

    The Londoners are reported to be “on the verge” of triggering the teen's release clause.

  • GUNNER BE NERVY

    Arsenal have been forced to put their summer transfer business on hold until they find out if they will be playing in Europe next season.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been busy trying to identify targets to improve the squad he inherited from Unai Emery.

    But his Emirates bosses are refusing to make any offers for any players he has shown an interest in until they discover how much cash they will have to spend.

    Arsenal are two points off North London rivals Tottenham in seventh and face Aston Villa and Watford in their remaining two games.

  • LUIZ YOURSELF

    David Luiz addressed his critics following his defensive masterclass against Manchester City.

    He said: “The criticism on me? I think it's part of the football.

    “I understood during my career that football is about survival so every day you are going to defend for your team.

    “So it's about survival. I was working hard every single day after my mistakes.

    “I took the blame, my trainer had to understand that. I had to be humble and work more for the team.

    “We have a final to play this season and we will try and win a title for this club because this club deserves to win a trophy.”

  • FULL TIME

    It's all over! Arsenal have secured a 2-0 win over Pep Guardiola's side!!!

  • RED ALERT

    The Gunners are experts at throwing away the lead.

    But for now, City are chasing the game.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has doubled the club's tally.

    Here's how the first goal looked…

  • GUNNER WIN?

    Things are looking good for Mikel Arteta's men at half-time.

  • GUNNER RETURN

    Santi Cazorla is set to leave Villarreal with the Spanish playmaker expecting to play his last game for the club this weekend.

    The former Arsenal star, 35, is yet to decide on where he’ll be plying his trade next season, whether it be as a player or a coach. 

    But the diminutive midfielder has been linked with a possible Emirates return, working as a coach for Mikel Arteta.

    Other rumoured options include a potential megabucks move to Qatari side Al Sadd, according to the Metro. 

  • AS IT HAPPENS…

    Arsenal vs Manchester City will get underway at 19:45!

    To keep up to date with all of the action as it happens, visit SunSport's dedicated LIVE blog.

  • DANNY BOY

    Arsenal have been urged to sign Danny Ings if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves this summer.

    Martin Keown reckons Southampton star Ings, 27, would be the perfect replacement after bagging 20 Premier League goals this season.

    He told TalkSport: “Ings is doing it now at the highest level. Where would he go if he was going to one of the top clubs?

    “Would Arsenal be a club if Aubameyang left? I don’t want to speculate.

    “But when you’ve got 20 goals to your name then everybody is interested in you if suddenly you need a striker.

    “There’s no doubt the top clubs will be really interested in what he does and he continues to get better and develop and he’s still young enough to get better.”

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta has jumped to the defence of Arsenal's hierarchy after it was slammed by Tony Adams.

    The Gunners boss told reporters: “I have a really good relationship with Edu, with Raul with Vinai Venkatesham and I am in direct contact with the club owners.

    Previously, Adams told talkSport: “My fundamental issue is with recruitment.

    “I think the club is going through such a recruitment issue at the moment – it's not relying on the agents.”

  • SPORTING CHANCE

    The Gunners are reportedly ready to pay the £41million release clause of Sporting Lisbon star Joelson Fernandes – dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Fernandes drew the instant comparison when he broke Ronaldo's record as the youngest ever player to represent Sporting.

    And now, according to Portuguese website A Bola, the Gunners are not wasting time in getting the 17-year-old winger on board.

    The Londoners are reported to be “on the verge” of triggering the teen's release clause.

    But as you might expect with a player compared to the great Ronaldo, there is plenty of interest.

  • LATEST TEAM NEWS

    The Gunners have released their latest injury updates ahead of the clash against Manchester City.

    • Calum Chambers – Knee injury.
    • Cedric Soares – Cup-tied.
    • Bernd Leno – Knee injury.
    • Pablo Mari – Ankle injury.
    • Gabriel Martinelli – Knee injury.
    • Eddie Nketiah – Suspended.

    ON YOUR MARTS…

    Martin Keown has given his expert opinion on Gunners star Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

    Speaking on Stadium Astro, he said: “I do think that Maitland-Niles is really talented.

    “He just gives you the feeling that sometimes he is never in a rush, doesn't do things quick enough.

    “But recently, when he came on, he has more urgency in his game, so I can see a player starting to emerge.”

    TO BE CONTINUED

    Leeds, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Sheffield United all dispatched.

    What's been the highlight of the cup run so far, Gooners?

    NELSON'S COLUMN

    Reiss Nelson has discussed what he needs to do to maintain his place in the Arsenal XI.

    With a vital role in the midweek win over Liverpool, the young winger knows he must stay injury free to stay in the side.

    He told BT Sport: “For me it’s been a bit more tricky because I went out on loan and came back and it was hard because we were changing managers I had to wait for my opportunity.

    “Then I got injured, I played again then I got injured so it’s been hard for me. But now with Mikel as a boss he’s given a lot of confidence.

    “For me I’ve got to keep going and keep being patient and nail down my first-team spot.

    JUST A LILLE PROBLEM

    Arsenal's pursuit of Jonathan David has hit a serious snag after the Canadian forward stated his desire to join Lille.

    The Ligue 1 side have bid £23million for the Gent man and he has told L'Equipe that he wants to see through the deal.

    David said: “I want to come to Lille.

    “I have had a very good season. For me, my next step, is Ligue 1.

    “And the footballing project at Lille is fantastic. They are a very good team in France.”

    THE ONLY WAY IS UP

    Arsenal are still interested in Dayot Upamecano, who is their top defensive target in the transfer window according to Bleacher Report.

    But the Gunners will only be able to sign him in a swap deal as the Frenchman's £55m release clause is out of their price range.

    Should they not be able to snap up Upamecano, it is reported that they will turn their attention to PSG's Thiago Silva on a free transfer.

    If the Gunners want to exchange a player, one man who will be allowed to leave is Alexandre Lacazette.

    The striker is not in Mikel Arteta's plan as the Gunners boss targets Celtic's Odsonne Edouard, and it had been suggested he could be used as a makeweight for Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey.

    CAZ ALL, FOLKS

    Could Santi Cazorla return to Arsenal?

    The 35-year-old's exit from Villarreal at the end of the season has been confirmed by the LaLiga club.

    Rumours are already floating around that the Gunners will try and bring the Spaniard into Mikel Arteta' coaching team.

    Qatari side Al Sadd are also said to be looking into bringing in Cazorla, who is yet to decide whether or not to retire.

    JOE ON THEN

    Sporting CP teenager Joelson Fernandes is a major target for Arsenal, according to reports.

    The 17-year-old has a release clause worth £41million and A Bola say a bid is imminent.

    Talks are said to have stalled over the starlet a new deal – with Barcelona and Juventus also keen.

    GAME DAY

    It’s not quite how we’re used to for FA Cup semi-final weekend

    But Wembley Stadium is ready to host Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City tonight.

    JOHN ON THE SPOT

    Paul Merson wants to see Arsenal go for John Stones to shore up their defence this summer.

    The former Gooner believes a whole new spine to the side is necessary with a midfielder and striker on their radar too.

    He wrote in the Star: “They need a centre-back, a central midfielder and another striker. The whole spine of the team really.

    “And I think he might go for John Stones at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola doesn’t seem to trust him, and Arteta has worked with him before.

    “Arsenal need an out and out defender, not another David Luiz who knows how to play the ball out from the back but makes a lot of mistakes.

    “But Stones is English, young enough to improve, and Arteta will know all about him and know he fits into the system.”

    YOUR LLOS

    Arsenal do not want to lose Dani Ceballos in the summer, Mikel Arteta has said.

    The midfielder is on loan from Real Madrid and there is no pre-agreed fee to make his switch permanent.

    Arteta told reporters: “Well, that’s a conversation that we’re having with the club to see what we can do in the future with him.

    “But I’m really, really happy with his progress and how much he’s improving and giving to the club.

    “I always say as an example, he’s a loan player, but when you see how he celebrates for every goal and the way he trains every day and how much he cares, I’m really happy with him.”

    HOLD ON

    Rob Holding has been named in Garth Crooks’ Premier League team of the week for his performance against Liverpool.

    The BBC pundit praised the Arsenal defender for facing up to Sadio Mane with confidence.

    He wrote: “At first I thought Mane had the better of Holding but as the game wore on it was clear that the Arsenal defender was determined to come out on top and, in the end, he did.

    “Mane was Liverpool's biggest threat on the night and all credit to Holding as he never shirked his responsibility even after the Liverpool striker put his side 1-0 up only a few minutes into the game.

    “Holding has had his fair share of injuries this season but with a run of games he might find himself a permanent feature in the Arsenal defensive line-up.”

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