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ARSENAL are ready to resume their Premier League campaign with a crunch clash away at champions Man City on Wednesday.

And on the transfer front, they are determined to keep hold of at least one of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang while bringing in Thomas Partey.

Follow all the latest transfer gossip and Gunners news below…

  • PART-ING WAYS

    Atletico Madrid have “given up” on keeping Thomas Partey, according to Spanish outlet Cope.

    The report also adds that Arsenal are the most likely club to secure the Ghanaian's signature.

    However if Partey joins the Gunners it remains to be seen whether they will meet his £43.5m release clause or offer Atleti target Alexandre Lacazette in exchange.

  • MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Ian Wright has urged Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal – with Brazil skipper Thiago Silva targeted to join him.

    Skipper and top scorer Aubameyang, 31 next Wednesday, claims no new contract is being discussed as he enters the final year of his current deal.

    But Gunners' legend Wright said: “If the season was still going and he continued scoring goals he'd be in a strong position.

    “If he does see that contract out, are the same people going to come for him?

    “Arsenal have probably got a deal on the table three, maybe four years for somebody that for me, we need to stay.”

    Meanwhile, the Gunners are thought to be duelling Spurs for PSG club captain Silva.

    The centre-back, 35, will be freed along with the French champions' record scorer Edinson Cavani at the end of the prolonged campaign. French hitman Odsonne Edouard is “flattered” to be linked with Arsenal – but claims he is focused on helping Celtic win a tenth straight Scotish title

    And the Gunners, as well as Manchester City are said to be keen on Swedsh defensive midfielder, Armin Gigovic, 18.

    He broke into second flight side Helsingborgs IF's team at the start of the season.

  • SPURS EYE ARSENAL TARGET SILVA

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho wants to beat Arsenal and Everton to Brazil skipper Thiago Silva on a free this summer.

    Mourinho needs to boost his defence with Belgium stalwart Jan Vertonghen set to leave when his deal runs down this season.

    Paris Saint-Germain say club captain Silva and record goalscorer Edinson Cavani will leave after the conclusion of the Champions League campaign.

    Both players’ contracts are due to expire this month.

    And the French champions’ sporting director Leonardo revealed they will not be handed extensions – beyond temporary ones to allow them to play in Europe.

  • GIG ECONOMY COULD BOOST GUNNERS

    Arsenal and Manchester City are being linked to Swedsh prodigy Armin Gigovic.

    Helsingborgs IF are reportedly prepared to sell the defensive midfielder, 18, this summer after being hit financially by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Under-19 international Gigovic broke into his Swedish second-tier club's first-team at the start of the season.

  • PED-GO

    Arsenal youth team goalkeeper Pedro Virginia is to return to Portugal and join Porto.

    The 16-year-old shot-stopper signed for the Gunners four years ago when he was aged just 12.

    He told Record: “It was a very good experience in England. It was four great years with a great team, but now I came to FC Porto, a super team, one of the best in Europe, and I am very happy.

    “The scouts have been following me for eight years now and it was a dream of mine for a long time. The collective goals are to win as many competitions in training and the individual goal is to play at Estádio do Dragao.”

  • SILVA PLATTER

    Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Thiago Silva.

    The Brazilian centre-back will be released by Paris Saint-Germain this summer after eight years in the French capital.

    The news was announced by PSG sporting director Leonardo and signals the end of an era for the 35-year-old.

    But Silva revealed some good news for the Gunners – he wants to stay in Europe.

    He told Brazilian magazine Caras: “Everyone knows the affection I have for Fluminense.

    “But I still have goals to reach in Europe.”

  • OD CHOICE

    Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard is “flattered” by interest from the Gunners but will not be leaving Celtic.

    The striker is looking forward to trying to help the Hoops go for a tenth SPL title in a row.

    He told The Mail: “Winning ten in a row is very important for the club, the players and the fans.

    “Of course, I would love to be part of it. No one knows what will happen in the future but I want to be a part of it.

    “My first target right now is to play football again after so much time away from the pitch. I only set personal targets for myself once the season actually starts. At the moment, I am still under contract with Celtic and my priority is to get back playing again. In the future, we will see what happens.

    “[The interest from Arsenal] shows you are working hard and doing the right things as a player. It is flattering, but I just concentrate on trying to play well for Celtic. That's what I am focused on at the moment.”

  • MAKE THE WRIGHT CALL

    Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been urged to stay in North London by club legend Ian Wright.

    The Gunners striker revealed earlier today that there is no contract offer on the table from Emirates bosses.

    His deal runs out next year and the Gabon international has been heavily linked with a number of clubs.

    Wright said: “f the season was still going and he continued scoring goals then he'd be in a strong position.

    “But I think the position he's in now – we're talking about someone who's going to be 32 next summer.

    “He is getting into a situation where if he does see that contract out, are the same people going to come for him?

    “Arsenal have probably got a deal on the table three maybe four years for somebody that for me, we need him to stay.”

  • KUR BLIMEY

    Former Arsenal target Layvin Kurzawa is now wanted by Chelsea.

    The Gunners were reportedly interested in the Paris Saint-Germain left-back in January.

    But now London rivals Chelsea are lining up a summer move, according to France Football.

    The 27-year-old will be able to sign on a free and could be an alternative signing to Leicester's Ben Chilwell.

  • CALL FOR BACK UP

    After it was announced that Thiago Silva would be released by PSG in the summer, could he move to Arsenal to help solidify the Gunners defence?

    The North London side have failed to convince onlookers with their displays at the back this season and sit ninth in the table.

    There are a number of candidates who could be brought to the Emirates to give boss Mikel Arteta more options in the heart of defence.

    This handy graphic runs you through the options…

  • MAR GAMES PLEASE

    Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is set to leave the club in search of more game time.

    The Mirror report the ace wants to leave this summer in order to find regular first-team football.

    The 27-year-old has been in North London for the best part of a decade but has only made 25 first-team appearances.

    The majority of his time has been spent on loan and he is currently no2 behind Bernd Leno.

  • WENG AND A PRAYER

    Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has shutdown talk of a return to the club, two years after he left the Emirates.

    Former centre-back and TV pundit Martin Keown said it would be “special” if the Frenchman could return to North London.

    Arsenal's club chairman Sir Chips Keswick retired in May after 15 years in the job.

    But Wenger, 70, ruled himself out of the running to replace the 80-year-old despite recognising he was favourite to take on the job.

    He told beIN Sports: “The candidate says there is no candidate.”

  • THE WRIGHT STUFF

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said the Gunners need to put pressure on Manchester City in their Premier League clash on Wednesday.

    Mikel Arteta takes his side to his old stomping ground the Etihad as the English top-flight restarts after Covid-19 but the game will be behind closed doors.

    Wright told Premier League productions: “When players are playing in an atmosphere where you don’t feel the intense pressure of having to appease the fans, they relax even more.

    “Arsenal have to go there and really put them under pressure. They have to let Man City know that even though there’s no fans they are really going to make this difficult for them.

    “If you sit off teams and switch off against players like De Bruyne and Aguero, you’re going to get punished.

    “You have to ignore the lack of atmosphere and deal with the players for what they are and how good they are and what they are capable of doing.”

  • GUNNER GO

    Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted there is NO new Arsenal deal on the table for him.

    The Gabon striker has effectively issued a come and get me plea to rival clubs.

    With his deal expiring next June, the 30-year-old has been linked with a £20million transfer to Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    He told Telefoot: “Recently I haven't received an offer but of course there have been discussions with the club.

    “It's them who have the keys and for them to do their work. Afterwards we will see what happens.”

  • BIG WERNER

    Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno fears international team-mate and friend Timo Werner's arrival at Chelsea can help them win the Premier League.

    Leno believes the RB Leipzig striker's “killer instinct” can make the West London club a real force.

    Werner is expected to complete a £54million move this month.

    Leno, 28, told Sky Sports Germany: “With his qualities and killer instinct, I’m afraid I have to say, he could be strengthening Chelsea.

    “The Premier League is faster, more physical. But I think he’s good for it. Timo is an extremely fast player.

    “I would be happy for him, Chelsea is a great choice, no question about it.”

  • ON THE VIRG

    Arsenal youth team goalkeeper Pedro Virginia is to return to Portugal and join Porto.

    The 16-year-old shot-stopper signed for the Gunners four years ago when he was aged just 12.

    He told Record: “It was a very good experience in England. It was four great years with a great team, but now I came to FC Porto, a super team, one of the best in Europe, and I am very happy.

    “The scouts have been following me for eight years now and it was a dream of mine for a long time. The collective goals are to win as many competitions in training and the individual goal is to play at Estádio do Dragao.”

  • IT'S PR-EXIT

    Arsene Wenger fears Brexit could sound the death knell for the Premier League as the greatest global sports brand.

    Restrictions on trade and economic damage could stop the top, top players from coming to England – and in turn make sure the best foreign coaches go elsewhere.

    Wenger, who still lives in London, told the Mirror: “Certainly, subconsciously maybe for some people, it was to regain some sovereignty of their own destiny. And football is completely the reverse.

    “When I arrived, English football belonged to English people. Today, the English Premier League belongs to foreign people.

    “How will that change? That will depend now on how Brexit will be applied to football.

    “Will people inside Europe be considered as foreign players who cannot play in the English Premier League? I don't know.

    “But if the rules are restrictive, they will kill the superiority of the Premier League.

    “Because today the Premier League depends on worldwide exposure, with the best players and worldwide ownership with multi-billion owners from around the world.”

  • IN FOR HIM

    Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly set for a transfer battle for Southampton outcast Fraser Forster.

    The goalkeeper has been on loan at Scottish giants Celtic this season, with the Hoops believed to want to sign him permanently.

    But according to Football Insider, Chelsea “are assessing the keeper amid doubts over his future at St Mary’s Stadium”.

    Rumours persist that Frank Lampard is ready to move on first choice Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer after a series of high-profile blunders.

    He ended up losing his place in the team to back-up Willy Caballero, who recently agreed a one-year extension at Stamford Bridge.

    Southampton are ready to listen to offers this summer for 32-year-old Forster who was another two years left on his current £70,000-a-week deal.

  • GUNNING FOR IT

    Boss Arteta will now have a clear idea on his line-up for a return to Premier League football THIS WEDNESDAY.

    A daunting trip to Manchester City is first up for Arsenal, as the travelling Gunners attempt to desperately regain some ground on a Champions League spot.

    Here's how Arsenal could line up for the Etihad clash:

  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners are tipped to win the fierce battle for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano – but are ready to sell Ainsley Maitland-Niles to fund more recruits.

    That's the pick of the transfer talk from around the Emirates, amid claims the Gunners will  make a £60million transfer decision on whether to keep striker Alexandre Lacazette in the coming weeks.

    Italy's Tuttosport say Leipzig have told AC Milan, Frenchman Upamecano is heading for Arsenal.

    The 21-year-old's £53million release clause, which expires on June 30, has not deterred a string of European giants.

    But the Gunners' persistent pursuit seems to be paying off.

    Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff said: “Upa is an extremely important player for us and one of the most sought after talents in this position in Europe.

    “One thing we know is that we have a very clear understanding with him and his adviser, that we will not let him go free.”

    Meanwhile, the Gunners are said to want £20million for right-back Maitland-Niles.

    And as for Lacazette, Emirates boss Mikel Arteta is thought to be keen to retain the Atletico Madrid target.

    But Arteta's transfer budget is largely reliant on how much he raises from sales, putting the 29-year-old's future in doubt.

  • RAMSEY TOTT SHOCK

    Tottenham have been offered the shock chance to bring Aaron Ramsey back to the Premier League.

    The former Arsenal midfielder is at Juventus but the Italian giants are facing tough financial decisions due to coronavirus.

    And it means Spurs are in a bizarre position to sign a player who was a major star for their most hated rivals before moving to Italy just a year ago.

    The £400,000-a-week Welshman may have to be offloaded to help the Serie A champions reduce costs in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The wages could prove a stumbling block but interested teams could hope to negotiate a lower transfer fee in order to get a deal done.

    Ramsey was left out of Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus squad for the Coppa Italia semi-final victory over AC Milan on Friday night.

    And Tottenham are just one of several leading English clubs to be placed on alert to Ramsey’s surprise availability.

  • NO MAIT'S RATES

    Arsenal are willing to sell Ainsley Maitland-Niles to fund new signings — but want a staggering £20million.

    The right-back has slipped out of the picture under Mikel Arteta and could be on his way when the season ends.

    But the Gunners want a top price for the 22-year-old home-grown ace and other fringe men.

    Boss Arteta may also sacrifice some of the young players who are already attracting interest in the transfer market.

    Emile Smith Rowe is fancied by a few, but it would also take a big offer to shift the 19-year-old prospect who has been on loan at Huddersfield this season.

    Arsenal need the cashto put together an improved contract offer for skipper and strike star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang — or find his replacement.

    They are keen on Celtic’s French striker Odsonne Edouard but his valuation is around £30m, so either option will be difficult.

  • GUNNERS HAVE UPA HAND

    RB Leipzig have reportedly told Milan that defender Dayot Upamecano is heading for Arsenal.

    The 21-year-old's £53million release clause has not deterred a string of European giants.

    And Tuttosport say his club have now alerted Milan to Upamecano's likely switch to the Emirates.

    With Upamecano's contract expiring next summer, Leipzig will accept a bid for the Frenchman rather than lose him for free.

    But Arsenal need to get moving as the release clause expires on June 30.

    Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff said: “Upa is an extremely important player for us and one of the most sought after talents in this position in Europe.

    “One thing we know is that we have a very clear understanding with him and his adviser, that we will not let him go free.”

  • CAVANI AND SILVA PINING

    Prem giants will be on alert after PSG confirmed record scorer Edinson Cavani and Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva are on the way in August.

    United were linked with Uruguay legend Cavani in January before signing Odion Ighalo on loan, whilst Chelsea have previously monitored the 33-year-old.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are thought to be keen on at least one major recruit in defence, although at 35 Silva is unlikely to be the answer for Mikel Arteta's squad.

    PSG Director of football Leonardo said: “Cavani and Thiago Silva? Yes, we are coming to the end.

    “It was a very difficult decision. These are players who have marked the history of the club.

    “Their stories were so beautiful. But yes, we are coming to the end.

    “We had to make a logical decision, economically speaking and with regard to the generation that is coming through.”

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