ARSENAL are gearing up for this Sunday's North London derby against Spurs – and will be without the suspended Eddie Nketiah.
But on the transfer front the Gunners are edging closer to a deal for Thomas Partey while Dayot Upamecano could be available for a much lower fee than expected.
Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below..
GOOD MORNING GOONERS
The clock is ticking and we enter the final countdown to Sunday’s North London Derby.
Mikel Arteta takes his in-form Arsenal to bitter rivals Tottenham looking to make it five-games unbeaten.
And goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez will go into the clash full of confidence having convinced the Gunners to stick with him long-term.
Arteta looks set to shelve his transfer plans for a new back-up stopper after the goalie’s superb recent form since replacing Bernd Leno.
And Martinez, who has kept three cleans sheets out of four, could even get a new deal.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has also blasted bad boy Matteo Guendouzi and says he is not good enough.
He said: “His biggest quality is his personality. I’m not sure he’s really good enough if I’m absolutely honest.
“I think if you do have misdemeanours and you play well on the pitch that seems to get you back in and that may be the problem for him.
“[Lucas] Torreira now is back from injury, [Granit] Xhaka is playing better in that position, [Dani] Ceballos is controlling games for Arsenal.
“It’s going to be difficult for the young man to get back in but everybody deserves a second opportunity, but it starts from the training pitch.
“They may want to use him though in terms of selling players, we talk about the financial difficulties, probably Arsenal need to sell before they can buy in the summer.
“It may be that he takes the opportunity to offload him in the summer but we’ll have to wait and see what Arteta intends to do.”
LET'S GO LENO
Arsenal have some positive news about goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The German was stretchered off against Brighton and suffered a ligament sprain on his right knee.
But the club have reported he is progressing very well in recovery.
The aim is to return to full training BEFORE the end of the season.
Great news for the Gunners.
DON'T YOU DIERE
Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere has fired off a warning to Gunners outcast Matteo Guendouzi.
Guendouzi has reportedly been training alone since he lost his head against Brighton and grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat.
Aliadiere says the midfielder could damage his career prospects with his attitude problem.
He told Football London: “It’s hard. When you’re young you just don’t think of the consequences in the long term.
“A bad experience, a second bad experience, a third bad experience.
“Eventually if you have enough bad blood at clubs it will impact your career.”
Arsenal are lining up a potential swoop of French defender Malang Sarr.
The 21-year-old is a free agent after his Nice contract expired.
According to Marca, Arsenal and RB Leipzig are just two of the clubs who have offered Sarr a deal.
Arsenal have failed in their bid to overturn Eddie Nketiah's red card from the game against Leicester.
The Gunners striker will now serve a three-match ban.
The first game of which is the North London derby against Tottenham.
Arsenal fans have praised former boss Arsene Wenger after Fifa announced they were taking control of VAR.
Gunners supporters were fuming when Jamie Vardy somehow escaped punishment for kicking Shkodran Mustafi in the head.
To make matters worse the retired England ace bagged a late equaliser.
But now Fifa – where Wenger now works – have confirmed they want the system to be used the same way across the world.
Football London suggest Fifa have sent a letter to football associations saying they are taking on a greater role over IFAB.
Dani Ceballos has hinted that he would be happy to remain at Arsenal for another season.
The 23-year-old is currently on loan from Real Madrid for the remainder of the season but his long-term future remains unclear.
Ceballos has remained resilient during his time with North London outfit.
His long-term ambition is to become a first-team regular at Madrid, but the midfielder admitted in an interview last month that he isn't likely to achieve that next season with Zidane's Madrid.
Under Arteta, Ceballos has gradually become more integrated with the team and the Spaniard has quickly formed a solid midfield partnership alongside Xhaka since the restart began.
He captioned this Instgram post with 'This is my team. Let's go gunners!'
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?⚪☝️⚽We have to keep in mind yesterday's positive aspects. Although we are a little frustrated by the result, we still managed to have control over the match almost until the end. We have to get back on our feet quickly and learn from our mistakes. ??There's no time for regrets. We go for all this Sunday! ????This is my team! Let's go Gunners! ?⚽ ?⚪️☝️⚽️Hay que quedarse con lo positivo de ayer. Aunque estemos un poco frustrados por el resultado, controlamos muy bien el partido hasta casi el final. Hay que levantarse rápido y aprender de los errores. ??No hay tiempo para lamentaciones. Vamos a por todas este domingo! ????Este es mi equipo! Vamos Gunners! ?⚽️ @Arsenal #PremierLeague #Gunners #VamosGunners
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TIERNEY'S ‘BRILLIANT’ ARSENAL
Kieran Tierney is convinced something brilliant is being built at the Emirates Stadium under the Arteta.
Speaking via the Daily Mail he said: “The boss has been brilliant. We had a period to work closely and obviously coming back we had a few weeks to work without games.
“We did that, we worked hard every day and continued into the games – the first few results we got weren’t obviously ideal but we are building something here and it isn’t going to happen overnight.
“We are progressing well, we have still got on a long way to go but we are doing all we can, listening to everything he says and we all believe.”
Former Arsenal frontman Thierry Henry had some choice words for Jose Mourinho after the Spurs manager said: “If they [Arsenal] were top of the league or fighting for top four in a really good moment they wouldn’t enjoy the problems of others,”he said.
“You only enjoy the problems of others when you are also in trouble. In the end it says more about them.
“They don’t have much to celebrate [so] they have to get every opportunity to do it. They are in a very similar situation to us in the table.”
Henry was asked during a press conference and retorted with: ''It’s going to be funny to hear Mourinho talk about it.
“I saw the other day he already started to have a go at Arsenal, that was pretty funny at the end of the day.
“But no, listen, I didn’t think about it too much. Because I don’t think about Tottenham and I never did in fairness so it won’t change.”
YELLOW CARD HELL
Arsenal red cards were pretty abysmal but their yellow card record is just as bad.
Furthermore, no Premier League team has more yellow cards than Arsenal’s 73 in 2019/20, with the Gunners bottom of the Football Association’s Fair Play table, they only take league matched into account.
This is clearly showing the disciplinary issues throughout the Arsenal squad that Arteta needs to work on
Especially considering the the stats seem to prove that karma exists and rewards those teams who play the beautiful game the right way.
Premier League champions Liverpool are the opposite with the winning side being the fairest team in the Premier League, with only 31 yellow cards and a single red card dished out to the Reds this term.
Arsenal are Premier League’s dirtiest team this season according to official statistics from the 2019/2020 season.
Arteta has only taken charge of 16 Premier League matches – but in those 16 games Arsenal have been shown an astonishing four red cards.
No other Premier League team has received more than four red cards this entire season, meaning Arsenal have had as many players dismissed in Arteta’s 16 matches than all their rivals in either 33 or 34 games throughout this season.
RED CARD APPEAL
Arsenal have to appealed against striker Eddie Nketiah's sending off during Tuesday's draw with Leicester City.
Nketiah, 21, was booked for a challenge on defender James Justin, the red card means he is suspended for their next three fixtures which includes – Tottenham (A), Liverpool (H) and Manchester City (H).
However, the Football Association regulatory commission will be hearing the appeal and it could increase the punishment to up to double the standard ban if it is decided the appeal “had no prospect of success” or “amounts to an abuse of process”.
Premier League clubs are edging towards a September 12 start date for next season, reports MARTIN LIPTON.
But that would put the League Cup under serious threat – and spell the likely end of FA Cup replays as well.
League chiefs had proposed three potential starting weekends for the 2020-21 season, August 22 and 29 and the September date.
September 5 is impossible because it falls in the middle of what will be first international break since last November.
League chiefs were keener on an early start for a season that must finish by May 16 because of the fixed requirement for a rest period before the delayed Euro 2020.
But that would have opened the possibility of Manchester City, Manchester United and Wolves all missing the opening weekend if they are still involved in the rescheduled Champions and Europa League mini-tournaments.
GIVING THEM STICK
Arsenal have shared a video of Emiliano Martinez screaming at his defenders during Arsenal's 1-1 draw against Leicester.
SARR IN THE MAKING
Arsenal have made an approach for French Under-21 defender following his departure from OGC Nice.
Spanish outlet Marca claims the Gunners are leading the race for the centre-back’s signature but will face stiff competition from RB Leipzig.
Sarr is available on a free transfer after letting his contract with Ligue 1 side Nice expire.
The 21-year-old will now have a queue of clubs trying to sign him with Arsenal believed to be leading the race.
Sarr was a key figure for Nice this season, having started 16 league games.
Neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo made the cut in Robin van Persie's 2020 Ballon d'Or ranking.
The Dutchman posted his top three footballers of the year online ahead of the current season coming to a close.
With the nominations usually released in November, the business end of the campaign is often the best time for players to stake their claim.
For ex-Manchester United and Arsenal hero Van Persie, the top gong is currently heading in Robert Lewandowski's direction.
A whopping 21 goals since the turn of the year have helped Bayern Munich to another domestic double and few would bet against the Bavarians going far in August's Champions League showdown.
Bagging a goal a game is no mean feat for any striker but the Pole's stunning 51 strikes in 41 games this season place him among the favourites for the 2020 honour.
PUSH COMES TO JOV
Real Madrid are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Arsenal target Luka Jovic this summer.
The 22-year-old has endured a disappointing debut season at the Bernabeu – scoring just twice in 25 games in all competitions.
Jovic – who penned a six-year deal with Los Blancos when he joined from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer – now looks to be on the move again.
The front page of Spanish newspaper Marca states that Real are unconvinced about his long-term future and are ready to cut ties with the £53million forward.
It had been speculated that Mikel Arteta earmarked Jovic as a possible replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal.
But SunSport previously reported how the Gunners face competition from Milan in the race to prise the Serbian away from Madrid.
TARK IS CHEAP
Arsenal fans cannot believe Burnley defender James Tarkowski escaped a red card for a dangerous challenge on Jarrod Bowen.
Young Gunners forward Eddie Nketiah was given his marching orders for a similar offence during the draw with Leicester.
Tarkowski was only cautioned for his studs-up challenge West Ham star Bowen.
Referee Michael Oliver was convinced the 27-year-old only deserved a yellow card.
But ex-Premier League referee Mark Halsey thinks otherwise.
He said: “James Tarkowski was a lucky boy not to be sent off for a studs-up challenge above Jarrod Bowen's left knee.”
Chelsea have reportedly been offered Arsenal legend Aaron Ramsey or Adrien Rabiot in exchange for Jorginho by Juventus.
Former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is believed to be ramping up his pursuit of his former Napoli and Stamford Bridge lieutenant.
Tuttosport claims his Juventus side are currently in talks with Chelsea over a deal.
It states the Serie A giants want to pay a transfer fee in instalments due to the current financial crisis caused by the coronavirus.
But to sweeten the deal, they are willing to add either the 28-year-old Welshman or French midfielder, 25, as part of the package for Jorginho.
The playmaker cost Chelsea £58million two years ago when he arrived from Napoli with Sarri, 61, in West London.
MORE ON GUENDOUZI
And according to France Football, Arteta came down harder on Guendouzi than Sokratis which the young Frenchman took exception to.
The tensions continued to bubble away back at the team hotel with the midfielder and manager involved in a shouting match.
Just days later, Guendouzi was given a dressing down by technical director Edu for going topless during some down time.
Matteo Guendouzi clashed with Mikel Arteta in his Dubai meltdown and has ignored David Luiz's pleas to be more professional, according to reports.
The Arsenal midfielder, 21, is currently frozen out at Arsenal following his antics at Brighton on June 20.
He was involved in a bust up with members of the Gunners staff during their mid-season training camp in the Middle East.
His first misdemeanour in Dubai involved getting into a scrap with a team-mate, thought to be Sokratis.
HE'S NO FREY-BIE
Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig have been told to cough up £50million for Arsenal target Ben Godfrey by Norwich City.
As exclusively revealed by SunSport, the German big boys are both keen to bring the England Under-21 centre-back to the Bundesliga.
Despite the Canaries looking almost certain to be relegated from the Premier League, the club are adamant their 22-year-old ace will not be leaving on the cheap.
They believe he will soon become a fully-fledged member of Gareth Southgate senior England squad and are demanding the hefty £50m from interested parties, report Sky Sports.
However, it is believed that Dortmund and Leipzig only value Godfrey at HALF that price.
The defender featured in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Watford, his 29th of the season so far, but was unable to stop his side sliding further towards the trap door.
Thomas Partey has been advised to reject a move to Arsenal, by ex-Ghana star Derek Boateng.
“He needs to be at a place where he will be happy, respected and get a lot of playing time,” Boateng told JoyFM.
“You can make all the money you want but if the coach doesn’t play you, you won’t be happy.
“I will not advise him to move to Arsenal right now because he is a Champions League player and with the look of the Arsenal team right now, they are not ready with the kind of players they have and some are going to move.
“They are playing very well but you can see the inexperience hurting them and with the way the Premier League is going right now, it is going to be really tough. If he wants to move, he has to move to a team that plays in the Champions League otherwise he will lose everything.”
ART OF WAR
Mikel Arteta has responded to claims that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is unhappy playing in a wide role for Arsenal.
The 31-year-old striker's brother criticised the Gunners boss in an Instagram Live video earlier this week for not playing the star as a centre forward.
“Yeah, he’s played there tonight unfortunately with 10 men, it’s a completely different game,” Arteta said after 1-1 draw with Leicester.
“We will look at the options that we have up front and how we can be a little bit diverse and have different options.
“But obviously we will wait to see the suspension with Eddie and how long it is, and we will adapt.”
GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS
SunSport can exclusively reveal Mesut Ozil is planning an Arsenal getaway – with the United States and Turkey his preferred destinations.
But the bad news for Arsenal supporters is that the German is still determined to see out the final year of his contract at the Emirates before moving on a free transfer.
Ozil, 31, who earns £350,000-a-week, has once again been left out of the squad by Mikel Arteta.
But he has no intentions of leaving the club at the end of this season even though Arsenal would love to cut their losses and offload him.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have launched an appeal after Eddie Nketiah’s red card against Leicester.
Nketiah was sent off just four minutes after coming off the bench for a rash challenge on Foxes defender James Justin at the Emirates.
Referee Chris Kavanagh initially cautioned the forward as he caught Justin on the knee while stretching for the ball.
But following a prolonged VAR review and then the chance to check the incident on the pitchside monitor, Kavanagh upgraded the decision to red for serious foul play.
The 21-year-old faces a three-match ban which would result in him missing the North London Derby at Tottenham, the home league match with Liverpool and the FA Cup semi-final versus Manchester City at Wembley.
Arsenal are challenging Nketiah’s red card with the FA on the grounds of “wrongful dismissal”.
Finally, Matteo Guendouzi's ex-boss believes his “attitude” could damage morale within Arsenal's squad and ruin his career.
Former Lorient manager Bernard Casoni said: “Guendouzi's problem is not physical and is not technical. It's his attitude.
“It's not good for the team or the coach. My relationship with him wasn't very good.
“He took his job seriously, his training was no problem, and his character is to always want to win.
“Sometimes when he talks it's good. But sometimes he talks badly. He talks too much.
“His talent isn't in question. He can be a top, top player and I think he can still succeed abroad.
“It's up to him to change his attitude.”
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