ARSENAL fans are eager to hear more news of Project Restart after the Bundesliga restarted this weekend.
It looks set to be a busy summer at the Emirates, and we've got the very latest on Marash Kumbulla, Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka.
Follow all the latest updates from North London below…
The Premier League has announced six players from three clubs have tested positive for coronavirus as doubts over Project Restart continue.
Top-flight bosses had pencilled in a return date of Friday June 12 for the first match back from the lockdown.
The League confirmed there have been six positive test results from 748 players and staff.
Those individuals will now self-isolate for 14 days.
GUNNING TO GET GOING
Arsenal stars were snapped arriving at work as they look to get back to business.
The Gunners became the first Premier League side to return to training at the end of April, as players worked on different pitches and had their own footballs to avoid any threat of cross-contamination.
But boss Mikel Arteta, was joined by David Luiz and Hetor Bellerin as they arrived for training in a larger number with players returning back to England.
Under the new measures individual training is allowed while groups of no more than five players are permitted per pitch, with training times staggered.
MES THE MAN
Mesut Ozil and Arsenal have enjoyed plenty of success in the FA Cup in recent years, winning the tournament in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
And the club ended their nine-year wait for silverware six years ago this week.
It would prove to be a successful summer for Ozil who then won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) May 17, 2020
MOUS THE MAN
Arsenal are ramping up their interest in Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby, according to reports.
And the winger's signing could represent a change in how Arsenal attack under Mikel Arteta.
Le10Sport say the Gunners will look to land the 20-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain star this summer despite funds being depleted due to the coronavirus crisis.
Leverkusen's Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund are also keen on him.
With five goals in 27 appearances in all competitions, Diaby has chipped in nicely as the back-up man to Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea target Kai Havertz.
And he supplied two assists in Monday's 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.
LAY HIM DOWN
Arsenal face competition from Atletico Madrid and Barcelona for PSG full-back Layvin Kurzawa.
Boss Mikel Arteta is bound to bring in some defenders in the summer with question marks over many of the current crop.
And according to Teamtalk, Kurzawa is one of the names on the shortlist.
Hi contract is up in the summer, and he is expected to be looking for around £100,000-a-week.
Arsenal are reportedly chasing Benfica's Rafa Silva.
Newspaper Correio da Manhã says that the Portuguese giants however will not let the player leave easily.
And Arsenal may have to meet the player's release clause, which is believe to be £75m.
The winger has nine goals and six assists for Benfica this season.
LINE THEM UP
Arsenal are set for a busy summer transfer window with Mikel Arteta tasked with returning the Gunners to their former glory.
The Premier League side are in danger of missing out on Champions League football for the fourth consecutive campaign, making it harder for them to attract their key targets.
And with a number of players are set to depart the Emirates at the end of the season, with funds said to be limited, the North Londoners could turn to bringing youngsters to the club.
SunSport thinks this could be a potential starting XI next season.
What do you think Gunners fans?
Arsenal have blown their chances of getting £100million for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
That's the opinion for ex-Gunner Jeremie Aliardiere who thinks the club should have acted sooner with the Gabon striker.
Speaking to Goal the Frenchman said: “Arsenal are in the worst position you can imagine again because you’ve got a top quality player who assures you of 20-25 Premier League goals a season who is one year away from leaving on a free.
“Or, he gets sold to Barcelona or Real Madrid and for what? How much can you expect for him now? Nothing compared to what if you’d sold him last summer.
“They could have asked for £100 million.”
'AMAZED IF NOT'
Jamie Carragher has warned a Premier League star is bound to test positive for Covid-19.
Tests will be carried out on players today after clubs agreed a return to training.
Former Liverpool and England star Carragher – now a pundit with Sky Sports – said: “I’ll be absolutely amazed if no one tests positive for Covid-19 up and down this country. I fully expect that to happen.
“I think the results come out this afternoon and it is something we should not get massively hysterical about if it does happen.
“I think it will happen and that player then has to isolate. But that’s bound to happen.
“It’s happened in other countries and it will happen in the Premier League.”
LUK WHO'S TALKING
Former Arsenal star Lukasz Podolski has blasted his former club for their recent failure to qualify for the Champions League
Speaking to Sky Sports, Podolski said: “The potential of what the club has, it has not been good enough.
“I think they know it themselves.
“They have the potential, the history, the facilities and I think they have the money as well.
“A club like Arsenal has to play every year for the Champions League. Of course, the Premier League is hard and even against the smaller teams.
“It’s not like other leagues with two or three teams fighting for the title.”
GUNNER GET HIM
Arsenal are favourites to land Feyenoord starlet Orkun Kokcu as replacement for Mesut Ozil this summer, beating Chelsea to the punch.
Mikel Arteta is set to spend between around £23million on the Dutch-born attacking midfielder, 19, say reports in Spain.
Mundo Deportivo claim Kokcu would be a like-for-like replacement for Ozil, whose time at the Emirates appears to be over after another turbulent season in North London.
Frank Lampard's Blues had been linked with the No10, along with Spanish sides Sevilla and Real Betis – with Serie A giants Roma and Atalanta also keen.
Feyenoord don't want to sell Kokcu and, earlier this season, were determined to stave off the advances of Europe's biggest and richest clubs.
But the impact of coronavirus may have forced their hand, with £20m seemingly enough to secure the attacking midfielder.
GUNNER GOTTA SELL
Arsenal MUST sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to former Gunner striker Jeremie Aliardiere.
The Londoners' captain has just a year left on his current deal, and is no closer to signing a new contract.
And Aliadiere, who won the Premier League with Arsenal in 2004, believes the club should cash in
Speaking to Goal, the Frenchman said: “They've got to sell him, 100 per cent.
“Arsenal can’t keep losing players on a free. To be honest, I still can’t believe we’ve again got a top player, our captain, going into the summer only having one year left on his contract.
“For me, it has to be sorted when he gets to two years. Last summer he should have signed a deal or been sold. Because when you get down to one year left, in a player’s mind there is a difference.
“If I was Aubameyang and I knew I only had one year left, I would sacrifice one year of my career to go on a free and get paid a ridiculous amount of money and have all the clubs in the world chasing me. Who wouldn’t?”
Arsenal exile Henrikh Mkhitaryan has hinted he wants to make his loan at Roma permament.
The Armenian failed to make the grade at The Emirates since he joined from Manchester United in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez.
And he now admits to feeling more at home with Roma in Serie A.
Speaking in a program made for the Italian embassy in Armenia, he said: “Since the first day I arrived here in Rome, I feel very good in the club, in the city, and of course it would be nice to stay here.
“The main target will be the Champions League, other wins and titles.
“People underestimate Serie A, the Italian league, but it’s more than interesting to play here. The league is getting better and better, and last year’s transfers speak for themselves.”
MORNING, ARSENAL FANS
Ahead of their return to training, the Gunners have been busy lining up their targets ahead of the summer transfer window.
Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Borussia Monchengladbach defender Nico Elvedi at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old Swiss star looks set to leave the German club in the summer after an impressive campaign.
He could be available for £25million – and Arsenal are allegedly prepared to splash the cash.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are believed to have joined the race to sign Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy.
The 24-year-old is in-demand, having scored nine goals in 23 games this season.
Amiens have been controversially relegated from Ligue 1 and the Gunners are prepared to offer him an escape route.
But it's not all good news for the north London giants.
Ryan Fraser is set to snub a free transfer to Arsenal as he wants to join Tottenham instead.
The Bournemouth ace's contract expires this summer and despite prolonged interest from the Gunners, now looks set for a move to their bitter rivals instead.
HAV A CHANCE
Arsenal have been linked to Kai Havertz – but Bayer Leverkusen Jens Nowotny claims Jurgen Klopp can turn him into a world-class player.
His comments came after the German midfielder put in a man-of-the-match performance with two goals in a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.
He told Goal and Spox: “To fulfil his potential, the next step is very, very important. He has to ask himself questions.
“Are there clubs where he can develop if there is a possible change?
“Or are there only clubs where he has to arrive and function as a finished player?
“On the one hand, you need coaches like Klopp, Guardiola or Mourinho, who can take him further.”
Arsenal are reportedly set to raid Club Brugge for star striker Emmanuel Dennis.
The Mail claims the Gunners have lined up a £22million bid for the Nigerian ace as they prepare for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exit this summer.
The Gabon forward is out of contract in 2021 and unlikely to sign a new deal.
Arsenal are ready to cash in when the next transfer window opens.
And it’s believed Arteta already has a replacement lined up in Dennis.
Premier League chiefs will send spy squads into club training grounds to prevent managers cheating their way past return-to-work rules.
The 20 Prem clubs “unanimously” agreed a return to “Stage One” training from Tuesday, allowing players to undergo non-contact work individually or in groups of up to five.
But with many of the clubs simply not trusting each other to obey the rules, league bosses have assembled a crack squad of snoops who have the right to demand entry and check nobody is sneaking in extra sessions or banned contact work.
That will include being able to order clubs to hand over video of sessions and their player monitoring equipment.
Premier League director of football Richard Garlick said: “We have put in place rules and protocols around our ability to monitor clubs.
“We can request information from videoing of the sessions and GPS data, too, to show how much a team has been training.”
HAV A LOOK
Kai Havertz has showed Arsenal what they're missing with an incredible display during tonight's Bundesliga match.
Frank Lampard's side are among the long-list of clubs that are interested in signing the 20-year-old.
And the German star has produced the goods during Bayer Leverkusen's clash against Werder Bremen.
He scored the opener before Theodor Gebre Selassie bagged the equaliser.
But Havertz put his team back in the lead three minutes later to make it 2-1.
Barcelona legend Xavi has urged his former club NOT to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
According the Mirror, he said: “Mane and Aubameyang can kill you in open space.
“But Barcelona need players who know how to move in small spaces.
“I am thinking about a player who would adapt to Barcelona and it's not easy to find one.
“Samuel Eto'o was perfect as is Luis Suarez right now.”
WIZARD OF OZ
Unai Emery has hit out at Mesut Ozil for his “attitude and commitment” during his time at Arsenal.
The German midfielder has scored one goal in 18 Premier League appearances this season.
These stats show his disastrous decline at the Emirates. Ouch.
HERE’S OUR EMMAN
Arsenal target Emmanuel Dennis is set for a move away from Club Brugge this summer, his manager has confirmed.
Although the market has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, there is still plenty of value in big clubs looking to pluck starlets from smaller teams.
Brugge boss Philippe Clement has confirmed a deal for the striker is likely.
He told La Dernière Heure: “It is very likely that Dennis will leave. He can also count on a lot of interest.
'It is the time for him to take a new step.”
Newcastle and Sheffield United have also been linked to the 22-year-old Nigerian.
FEEL THE BERN
Bernd Leno has claimed the north London derby is the best atmosphere he's ever played in.
During a Q&A on the club website, the goalkeeper said: “The best atmosphere was the north London derby against Tottenham.
“It's the best I've ever played in.
“The difference between Germany and England is that in Germany you have the ultras in most of the stadiums behind the goal.
“There's like 20,000 behind one goal, singing all the time.
“In England, the fans are singing everywhere. In England it's either very loud or very reactive.”
Premier League clubs have been warned that matches may have to be played behind closed doors for a YEAR.
And the stars face 14 days in hotel quarantine before top-flight football can make its return.
The 20 clubs “unanimously” agreed at their latest “shareholder” meeting that all clubs can now enter “Stage One” of the training protocols.
The decision is the first step towards a potential return to action in June.
But League medical chief Mark Gillett warned: “It’s very clear the public and social health situation is not going to change in the next six to 12 months.
“It is important that people understand that they will have to see these cultural changes.”
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