Arsenal predicted line-up against Man City in first game of Premier League return with Chambers and Soares back training – The Sun

MIKEL ARTETA can now start formulating his line-up for a return to Premier League football on June 17.

A daunting trip to Manchester City is first up for Arsenal, who are hoping to welcome some injury absentees back into their squad.

Calum Chambers is training after surgery on knee ligament damage initially expected to keep him out until September.

It remains highly unlikely that he will play much this season however, but the defender confirmed recently that his operation "went well".

January loan signing Cedric Soares has joined his new teammates for the resumption of training as he pushes for a first appearance for the club.

A question mark hangs over Lucas Torreira's availability also after the Uruguayan suffered an ankle injury in March.

The midfielder headed back to South America during the initial phase of the coronavirus lockdown for treatment.

Should he not make it back in time, Torreira's absence will likely keep Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka in the two central midfield roles.

It is in defence where Arteta has his biggest conundrum with David Luiz set to leave on June 30.

Should he choose not to play the Brazilian, the Arsenal boss could go with Pablo Mari alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos as his centre-back pairing.

A selection decision must also be made between Bukayo Saka and Sead Kolasinac at left-back, with Kieran Tierney to consider if the Scot is fit for action after overcoming a shoulder problem.

Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil are well-primed for a start in the first game back.

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10pm Arsenal news LIVE: Fraser free transfer expected, Coutinho talks THIS WEEK, Dembele set for loan – The Sun

ARSENAL are back in training as the Premier League's return draws closer, with talks over full contact set to take place this week.

And we have all the latest transfer news on Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Ryan Fraser and Bukayo Saka.

Get the latest news, gossip and updates from the Emirates here…

  • FREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER

    Arsenal are “confident they are favourites” to sign Ryan Fraser, according to the Daily Mail.

    The Bournemouth winger is a free agent at the end of the season and was targeted by the Gunners in last summer's transfer window.

    He was also strongly linked with Liverpool in January, but the North Londoners reportedly believe they are now back in pole position for his signature.

  • TRI YOUR BEST

    Arsenal are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Rob Holding, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

    Pablo Mari and David Luiz are set to start off as Mikel Arteta's first-choice centre-back partnership.

    The Gunners boss has identified these three players as the ones he is prepared to sell to bring in funds.

  • TURN OF FRASE

    Arsenal are reportedly in pole position to land Bournemouth ace Ryan Fraser this summer despite interest from rivals Tottenham.

    The Cherries winger, 26, looks set to leave the South Coast for free when his contract expires at the end of the season.

    And, according to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are “confident” of sealing a summer swoop for the Scottish international.

    That is despite recent reports that Fraser would snub Mikel Arteta's side for neighbours Spurs… and a shot at the Champions League.

  • FEK OFF

    Arsenal are reportedly unwilling to meet the asking price of former Liverpool target Nabil Fekir.

    The Frencham almost joined the Anfield outfit as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

    But instead he left Lyon to join Real Betis.

    But the LaLiga side was £44.5m for the attacking midfielder and that is far too much for pretty much every club in light of the coronavirus crisis.

  • TAG YOU'RE IT

    Arsenal target Nicolas Tagliafico's agent has told Ajax his man will leave the club this summer.

    The Argentinian joined the Dutch side in 2018 but his performances have attracted attention all over Europe.

    Agent Ricardo Schlieper said: “We are looking for a transfer from Tagliafico.

    “We have agreed with Ajax for a departure this year.

    “After spending two and a half seasons at the club, now is the perfect time.”

  • GO WITH THE FLO

    Arsenal have confirmed a new signing – to their medical team.

    Flo Newton has been appointed first-team doctor to Mikel Arteta's side.

    She has been working with the senior setup on occasion since the summer where she joined them on their tour of the USA. Her appointment was officially confirmed today by the Twitter account of the Arsenal Performance and Research Team.

    The message read: “Huge welcome to Flo Newton who has officially joined as first-team doctor.

    “Flo is a familiar face to all at Arsenal having worked as part of the Academy for a number of years.

    “Flo will work alongside [head of medical services Dr] Gary [O'Driscoll] and the rest of the team.”

  • BEATEN TOON IT

    Newcastle have opened talks with Philippe Coutinho and lead Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign him, according to reports.

    The Magpies have moved to land the ex-Liverpool man ahead of their imminent mega-money Saudi backed takeover.

    Reports earlier today suggested the Gunners plan to start discussions with the 27-year-old soon while United and Chelsea have been linked for months.

    But the Toon have beaten the Premier League trio to the punch and begun talks with the playmaker and his camp, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.

  • BELE ACHE

    Barcelona will reportedly listen to loan offers for winger Ousmane Dembele, putting the likes of Arsenal and Juventus on red alert.

    The Gunners are said to be in competition with the Old Lady in the race to sign the French winger at the end of the season with the Blaugrana looking to ship him off.

    According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona are prepared to let Dembele leave on an initial loan deal as they look to get him off their wage bill.

    They state they don't want his value to carry on dropping, and hope a loan spell will see his price increase at which point they can flog him.

  • LOAN RANGER

    Arsenal have received a big boost with Barcelona reportedly willing to let Ousmane Dembele leave on loan last season.

    The Daily Mail report that Barca are very keen to get the former Dortmund man off their wage bill and would be willing to accept an initial loan deal.

    It had already been reported that the Catalans had dropped their asking price to £37m for the winger.

  • COUT OUT

    Two conditions will have to be agreed before Arsenal can make their move for Philippe Coutinho.

    According to Caught Offside, the Gunners only want to sign him on loan.

    Barcelona want around £70million for the former Liverpool star and Arsenal are not prepared to splash the cash.

    Mikel Arteta's cash-strapped side also want Barcelona to contribute towards his £250,000-per-week wages.

  • GUNNER TRAIN

    Arsenal's squad were back at the training ground today – in small groups, of course.

    Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette are among the stars that were spotted at London Colney.

  • WORK OF ART

    Mikel Arteta was barking orders from behind his facemask at Arsenal training today.

  • THREE & EASY

    The Premier League have finally given the go head for 3pm games to shown live on TV – with some matches even set to be aired for FREE.

    Top-flight bosses have dropped its opposition to the game being shown to compensate for them being behind closed doors.

    The long-standing blackout was lifted last month, but Prem bosses initially claimed they still wouldn't allow 3pm matches to be broadcast.

    But now they have had a “change of heart”, according to The Times – with the previously blocked games now allowed to be shown.

    There are 92 Premier League matches left to be played this season, with the restart pencilled in for June 12, although some fear it may be more like June 26.

    Every match will be broadcast via some medium to make up for the fact fans are not allowed to watch live from inside the stadium.

  • GUNNER GET ONE

    Bolstering Arsenal's defence is at the top of Mikel Arteta's to-do list.

    The Gunners have been linked to a number of big names ahead of the summer transfer window.

    Here's some of the most likely options…

  • PHIL US IN

    The Gunners are set to thrash out a deal with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho this week with the attacker Mikel Arteta's “dream” signing. 

    Bayern Munich have rejected the chance to turn the Nou Camp outcast's loan deal into a permanent arrangement.

    According to Mundo Deportivo the Emirates camp are so desperate to land the midfield maestro that they have pressed for negotiations to start within “the next few days” to get a deal over the line.

    Arteta reckons Coutinho will undergo a resurgence if he moves to the Emirates, and will “lead Arsenal to compete against both Liverpool and Manchester City”.

    Barca are thought to be asking around £71million for the Brazil ace – which has put a spanner in the works for the cash strapped Gunners.

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly prepared to listen to offers for three of his central defenders this summer.

    David Ornstein of The Athletic revealed the Gunners will listen to bids for Rob Holding, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi.

    The Arsenal boss is planning to strengthen his defence this summer by bringing in some fresh faces.

    Arteta has been linked to the likes of Dayot Upamecano, Samuel Umtiti and Jerome Boateng.

    But first, he must get rid of the deadwood in his squad.

  • THIERR UP

    Manchester United reportedly rejected the chance to sign Thierry Henry before he joined Arsenal as Sir Alex Ferguson claimed “he's always f***ing injured”.

    According to Old Trafford's former head of security Ned Kelly the Red Devils were the Frenchman's “first choice” ahead of the Gunners.

    Kelly told beIN Sports: “In the tunnel after the game my phone goes, Eric's [Cantona] older brother Jean-Marie says, 'Ned, tell Alex [Ferguson] that Thierry Henry wants to come to the club',

    “Now this was before he went to Arsenal, his first choice was Manchester United. So I go to the boss and say, 'boss, I've just had Jean-Marie Cantona on the phone, he had said Henry wants to come to the club'.

    “He [Ferguson] says, 'no way, he's always f****** injured'. He went to Arsenal, the rest is history.”

  • MATT'S YOUR LOT

    Jeremie Aliadiere has urged Matteo Guendouzi to grow up if he wants to progress with the Gunners.

    He told Goal: “He's grown up as a player, he's matured massively as a player and every year he gets better.

    “I think that's what he's missing and that's why he's not playing as much under Mikel [Arteta] because Mikel is not really up for that.”

    He added: “You can be the best player, but if you don't have the right attitude and right mentality, that will cost your career. I don't care how good you are.”

  • 'YOU'VE WON NOTHING'

    Goalkeeping legend Jose Luis Chilavert has had a pop at Pablo Mari for saying that Argentine club Velez Sarsfield don't exist.

    The unique goalscoring stopper, who bagged 67 career goals from free kicks and penalties, played for the Buenos Aires club for 10 years.

    Velez are currently managed by former Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze.

    Mari suggested the club didn't exist, after he and Lucas Torreira were grilled in a 'what you know' Q&A with Arsenal TV.

    Angry Chilavert tweeted: “Pablo Mari, the one that doesn’t exist is you.

    “Velez Sarsfield are Club World Champions and champion of all international tournaments in South America. It shows that you haven’t won anything.”

  • SIGN DA TING

    Norwich midfielder Charlie Gilmour has told Bukayo Saka to sign a new deal with Arsenal.

    The versatile wide man, 18, has been tipped to sign a new deal with the Gunners amid interest from Liverpool.

    After Saka posted a snap of himself as a youngster in Arsenal kit with the caption “Kid with a dream”, Gunners youth product Gilmour replied.

    He left the comment: “Sign da ting fam.”

  • ROC COLLECTION

    Real Madrid are set to swoop for Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca, a target for Mikel Arteta.

    The 23-year-old has been increasingly impressive for the LaLiga side and would make a suitable addition to the Arsenal squad.

    Dani Ceballos – who is also owned by Real – is set to leave the Emirates at the end of the season, suggesting that Zinedine Zidane’s squad could be overloaded with midfielders anyway.

    That might mean that Casemeiro could leave Real to make way for Roca.

  • NO FORGIVENESS

    Cesc Fabregas admits he is still angry over Wayne Rooney's “dive” during Arsenal's famous 'Pizzagate' clash with Manchester United… sixteen years later.

    The Red Devils ended the Gunners' 49 game unbeaten run after their incredible Invincibles season and the Spaniard has lifted the lid on the fiery match.

    Fabregas said: “We were so disappointed, we were angry, we were upset for the way it went.

    “Don’t get me wrong, it had to come to an end the Invincibles, the 49 games, and it can happen. It was at Old Trafford, against a great team, against a great Manchester United team.

    “But I think it’s the way it happened. First of all, Gary Neville, what he did to [Jose] Antonio Reyes, mamma Mia!”

  • TURN OF FRASE

    As reported below, Arsenal are reportedly in pole position to land Bournemouth ace Ryan Fraser this summer despite interest from rivals Tottenham.

    The Cherries winger, 26, looks set to leave the South Coast for free when his contract expires at the end of the season.

    And, according to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are “confident” of sealing a summer swoop for the Scottish international.

    That is despite recent reports that Fraser would snub Mikel Arteta's side for neighbours Spurs… and a shot at the Champions League.

    The former Aberdeen man signed for Bournemouth for less than £500,000 in January 2013, when they were in League One.

    And he made his name in Eddie Howes' side last season, finding the net seven times and adding 14 assists – the second best tally in the Premier League.

  • GOOD MORNING, ARSENAL FANS 

    Arsenal are back in pole position for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser – and still in the chase for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

    That's the verdict on the transfer speculation front overnight, with Spurs said to be keen on Scotland star Fraser and Manchester United interested in Frenchman Rabiot.

    The Gunners seemed overwhelming favourites to sign Fraser – until recent reports suggested the 26-year-old had a preference for linking up with Jose Mourinho.

    Now, though, the path once again seems clear for Mikel Arteta to make the pocket-sized dynamo one of his first signings.

    As for the enigmatic Rabiot, he has struggled to maintain a regular place for the Serie A kings this season.

    And the Gunners have been increasingly mentioned over a player who could cost around £27million.

    Spanish outlet  Mundo Deportivo suggest Arsenal are also keen on ex-Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho – if they could tempt Barcelona into an initial loan deal.

    Arteta might baulk at the  £71.5m fee – so he would first want to make sure the Bayern Munich loanee rediscovers the scintillating form he has lost since departing the Premier League in January 2018.

    Chelsea and even Liverpool are also reportedly monitoring the 27-year-old's situation.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas still feels angry over Wayne Rooney's “dive” during Arsenal's famous 'Pizzagate' clash in 2004 when Manchester United ended the Invincibles' 49-game unbeaten run.

    Fabregas told ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand on FIVE’s new Locker Room YouTube series: “The emotion was that we lost against a great team, which can happen, but we didn’t feel we should have lost.

    “We didn’t think it was the right time to lose our Invincible run.”

  • PLAY-DAY LOANS: EXPERT VIEW

    As SunSport revealed some Prem clubs might consider payday-style loans, a financial expert involved in this area explains why the sport has arrived at such a situation.

    The specialist said: “Football has lived way beyond its means for years and now they’ve run out of money.

    “It’s like any other market in a downturn, so when you’re desperate for money you go to the people who have it and they dictate the terms.

    “Firms are being asked for loans from clubs who don’t necessarily have the assets to command better rates.

    “Liquidity in football clubs is very low and most of those looking for cash are asking for tide-over money of £30m-50m over six months.

    “There’s no rule to say the lender can’t set whatever rate it likes if they know the client is desperate.”

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10am Arsenal news LIVE: Ashley Cole dig at Arsenal ‘culture’, Aubameyang LATEST, Tagliafico open to Gunners transfer – The Sun

ARSENAL have returned to training in small groups as the Premier League takes its first steps towards a restart.

But will Gunners fans ever see captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the flesh again as PSG prepare to test the water with a £35m transfer bid?

Follow all the latest updates and gossip from North London below…

  • S-KAI'S THE LIMIT

    Kai Havertz is the hottest homegrown talent in Germany, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and both Manchester clubs keen on bringing him to England.

    So SunSport ran the rule over Bayer Leverkusen’s £70million-rated hitman against Borussia Monchengladbach — and two-goal Havertz certainly lived up to the hype.

    Read the full piece on all his best and worst attributes by Phil Thomas here.

  • COLES IN THE CULTURE

    Ashley Cole revealed he left Arsenal for Chelsea because the club's winning culture was falling apart.

    Speaking to Gary Lineker on the BBC, Cole said: “When I first started at Arsenal you had the core, the Seamans, the Keowns, the Vieiras, the Henrys, the Adams and when they started to leave I felt there were holes in the culture of what it was before.

    “I felt it was falling apart a bit. There were gaps missing and they were not filled.”

  • SHOW THEM YOUR ARSENE

    Arsene Wenger said he will never go back to Arsenal, even as a spectator.

    The Frenchman told BeIN Sports: “Would I return to the Emirates Stadium?

    “I always said to myself that I would be leaving Arsenal completely. That's the decision I made.

    “I managed the club for 1,235 games, I've had good and bad times there, but we always tried to defend the club’s values. And I think we managed to do it.”

  • ICYMI – HAVERTZ COY ON FUTURE

    Kai Havertz was tight-lipped on his future after another impressive Bundesliga display yesterday, helping Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-1 win at Borrusia Monchengladbach.

    Havertz landed a second double within a week of the German top-flight resuming, having steered them to a 4-1 victory at Werder Bremen on Monday night.

    Against Monchengladbach, the 20-year-old opened the scoring in the seventh minute before scoring from the spot in the second half.

    Havertz – who has been linked with a host of Premier League teams including Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal – now has 10 goals and seven assists since the turn of the year.

    But when asked after his latest double for Leverkusen about his future, he replied: “I do not like to say, of course, that there is a lot of speculation.

    “I'm concentrating on this season and will see what happens afterwards.”

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    It's a big day for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He will race in today's Monaco Grand Prix for McLaren – but only on a computer game.

    He is taking part in the virtual GPs as the F1 season has not started due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Aubameyang will partner British Lando Norris in the online race.

    He said: “I've been practising but it's really hard! I've tried to train every day – hopefully Lando will help me because some of the turns are really, really hard.”

    Meanwhile, Arsenal target Willian has fuelled speculation that he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

    He said: “It's a difficult situation, Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change.

    “I don't know if it will be possible to stay.

    “My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning games.”

    Finally, the club have confirmed they will refund ticket holders for their ten remaining matches this season.

    The Gunners have four home fixtures and six away games left in the current campaign.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Former FA and Arsenal chief David Dein says next season should run from February until November.

    He says rewriting the football calendar would give leagues the time they need to finish the postponed campaigns safely.

    And Dein believes a season starting in 2021 could have fans in stadiums.

    In a virtual talk to pupils for the Speakers For Schools charity, ex-FA and Gunners vice-chairman Dein said: “I’d like to see next season recalibrated. One reason is we don’t know what’s going to happen.

    “Will this season actually be able to finish in June and July? I wouldn’t put pressure on ourselves. If we have to, let’s finish this season in October or November.

    “We’d give ourselves ample time for the players to have a break. I’d like to see next season run from February to November. With luck, we could be in a position to have fans back.”

  • ON TRACK

    Project Restart was boosted with news of just two more positive tests in the Premier League.

    Out of 996 tests conducted last week, two people came back positive, from two different clubs.

    In the first round of testing, six players and staff from three different clubs were found to have Covid-19, from 748 samples.

    There were more tests this time because Norwich's first set, conducted last Tuesday, were not included in the initial figures, and because the number of tests per club was increased from 40 to 50.

  • HAV TO LOOK ELSEWHERE

    Kai Havertz has remained tight-lipped about his future amid interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.

    After scoring twice for Bayer Leverkusen, he was quizzed about his future.

    He told Sky: “I do not like to say, of course, that there is a lot of speculation.

    “I'm concentrating on this season and will see what happens afterwards.”

  • 'RIGHT TO THE TOP'

    Thierry Henry has revealed he is a huge fan of Gunners transfer target Odsonne Edouard.

    The 22-year-old striker had scored 28 goals for Celtic this campaign.

    Scotland and Rangers icon Ally McCoist has now let slip Arsenal’s all-time top scorer is a big fan.

    He told talkSPORT: “I spoke to Thierry Henry at the Liverpool vs Leicester City game and he really rates Edouard.

    “He was saying in France in particular [he is highly regarded] and he personally really, really thinks he’s got a chance of going right to the top.”

  • RIDING SHOTGUNNER

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will race in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix for McLaren – but only on a computer game.

    F1's season has not even started due to the coronavirus pandemic but they are running virtual GPs.

    This week they should be racing around Monte Carlo but have to settle for an online version where the Arsenal striker will partner British racer, Lando Norris.

    He said: “I've been practicing but it's really hard! I've tried to train every day – hopefully Lando will help me because some of the turns are really, really hard.

    “I said to my team before that I love challenges, and this one is a big one for me, so I'm happy to do it with Lando.”

  • BUILD FROM THE BACK

    Mikel Arteta is determined to bolster his defence during the summer transfer window.

    Here's some of his top targets…

  • LUC IS IN

    Lucas Torreira is back in business – and it looks his lockdown workouts have paid off.

  • FAB CHOICE

    Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Arsene Wenger cut short a holiday in Paris to meet him as a 15-year-old – pulling out all the stops to bring him to Highbury from Barcelona.

    Speaking to Rio Ferdinand on the ex-United defender's new YouTube series, he said: “Arsene Wenger was in Paris for holiday but he flew in a private jet to meet me. David Dein came to London Colney to meet me.

    “This shocked me in a way, like 'wow, Arsene Wenger', I am 15-years-old, I am nobody and this guy is breaking up his holiday to meet me. This for me was like 'wow'.

    “And then we are talking, he spoke to my mother, asked what I was like when I was little. He showed me the training ground and I just fell in love, I fell in love with the whole project, the whole thing.”

  • HAV A LOOK

    Arsenal target Kai Havertz scored twice today in Bayer Leverkusen's win over Monchengladbach.

    After he opened the scoring in the seventh minute, he scored from the spot in the second half.

    The 20-year-old has been directly involved in 17 goals for his club in 2020 with 10 goals and seven assists.

    Not bad, eh?

  • DOR IS OPEN

    Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has revealed that Mario Gotze will be leaving the club at the end of his contract this summer.

    Arsenal have been long-term admirers of the 27-year-old – who has made only five Bundesliga starts this season.

    Zorc said in today's pre-match press conference: “We will part ways with Mario Gotze this summer.

    “It was a mutual and respectful decision. Mario is a great man.”

  • RACE FOR FAB

    Arsene Wenger flew from Paris to Barcelona in a desperate bid to beat Manchester United to the 15-year-old's signature when he was Arsenal boss.

  • PIERRE-EMERICK AU-BACK-MEYANG

    Arsenal's Gabonese striker looks absolutely thrilled to be back in training.

  • LA LA LAND

    Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez has confirmed that LaLiga will return on June 8.

    The league’s president Javier Tebas has been desperate to follow the Bundesliga’s lead and resume the 2019-20 season.

    And with LaLiga clubs having stepped up their training this week – now allowed to do so in groups of up to ten – Sanchez has officially given the green light to a June 8 return in a press conference.

    All 20 teams have 11 games remaining, with Barcelona leading Real Madrid by two points at the top of the table.

  • FEELING BLUE

    Arsenal target Willian has hinted he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of his current contract, as the Blues “are not going to change” their offer.

    The Brazilian signed for the West Londoners in 2013 and is believed to be very settled with his family in England’s capital.

    He said: “It’s a difficult situation, Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change.

    “I don’t know if it will be possible to stay. My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning games.

    “I have a clear head and I’m focused for the rest of the season that we have left. Let’s see what happens.”

  • LOOK WHO'S BACK

    Arsenal have posted footage of their players back in training ahead of a potential Premier League return.

  • Ex-Stoke chief Pulis told the BBC’s That Peter Crouch Podcast: “I did a coaching session and Patrick Vieira and Jens Lehmann were there and Vieira told me, ‘You were the only club Wenger talked about and tried to work on things but we just couldn’t beat you!

    “He said, ‘We turned up for a cup game and we’d worked for two days on defending the long throw — and then Rory Delap was sub!”

    Pulis added: “We only found out Rory Delap could throw the ball like that when the lads had a competition. He picked it up and hurled it to the back post.

    “I remember the first time Wenger called us a rugby team. It was the third time on the bounce we had beaten them at home.

    “Wenger came one year and complained about the grass being too long.

    “He wrote a letter to the FA. The referees and the linesmen had to come and measure the grass!”

  • ARS-ACHE

    Tony Pulis says his Stoke side rattled Arsene Wenger so much the Arsenal boss demanded the FA ban his Potters' long throws.

    The former City chief claims Wenger became completely obsessed with his side, particularly their long-throw expert Rory Delap.

    Wenger also asked for the FA to investigate the grass at Stoke's ground – which he claimed was too deliberately grown too long to stop the Gunners' fancy football, says Pulis.

    The then Arsenal chief also dubbed Stoke a rugby team during their various sparring matches between 2008 and 2013.

    Pulis says Wenger wanted to BAN throw-ins and replace them with kick-ins.

  • EMI-RATE THAT

    Arsenal confirmed they will refund ticket holders for their ten remaining matches this season.

    The Gunners have four home fixtures and six away left in the current campaign, which has been suspended due to coronavirus.

    And with fan safety impossible to guarantee, it is “inevitable” all 92 Premier League games still to play will go ahead behind closed doors.

    Therefore, the Emirates club said they will reimburse supporters who have already paid for their seats.

  • PARTEY TIME

    Ex- Chelsea and Ghana icon Michael Essien admitted he would have loved to have played with Arsenal target Thomas Partey.

    Partey is also Ghanaian and has been linked with the Gunners for months.

    And Essien told South African reporter Carol Tshabalala: “Thomas is such a good player. I’d have loved to play with him.

    “He is a young and talented player making waves in Europe.

    “He is one player I’d liked to play alongside but it will never happen.

    “It is their time at the Black Stars now so we have to support them and hopefully they can take it from where we left off.”

    Essien currently plays for Azerbaijani club Sabail

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Arsenal ace Sead Kolasinac’s wife held by police at airport for bringing a stun gun into the UK – The Sun

THE Wag held for bringing a stun gun into the UK was the wife of Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac.

Anxious Bella Kolasinac, 27, bought the weapon for ­protection following a knife attack on her husband and Gunners team-mate Mesut Ozil in the street last year.


Security fears saw her flee to Germany soon after and she obtained a legal permit there to carry an “electro shocker”.

But she did not realise the powerful device was illegal in Britain — and yesterday The Sun told how she was held by Border Force officers at London Biggin Hill Airport when it was found in her luggage.

Bella sobbed she had bought the device for self- defence and said she had sought permission to import it.

'MISUNDERSTANDING'

She could have been jailed for six months for importing a banned weapon but was let off with a caution after the flight from Frankfurt on Sunday.

A spokesman for Kolasinac, 26, said: “It was all a misunderstanding. The electro shocker was still in its packaging and didn’t have any batteries.

“Bella was able to prove she sent emails to the flight operators to make sure she could import it.

“Unfortunately, she was in the air with her phone off when she received an email saying the device was illegal.



“The airline had informed customs officers that she had the shocker before the plane landed.

“She didn’t declare it because she didn’t think she had done anything wrong. These devices can be carried legally in a bag in ­Germany if the owner has a permit.

"She’s obviously very ­security conscious after what happened to Sead and Mesut.”

German-born defender Kola­sinac bravely tackled two ­helmeted robbers who pounced on Ozil’s Mercedes 4×4 in ­Golders Green, North London, last July.

The unarmed player suffered slight cuts as he stood up to one of the thugs, who was armed with a foot-long spike.

Both attackers admitted robbery and one got ten years’ jail.

An Arsenal official said of the stun gun: “This is a private matter and we will not be commenting.”

Kolasinac’s spokesman denied a cosh was also in Bella’s baggage.


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6pm Arsenal news LIVE: Arteta and players arrive for training, Aubameyang transfer LATEST, Fraser keen to join Tottenham – The Sun

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…

  • SIX POSITIVE

    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.

  • 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.

  • SILVA LINING

    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?

  • FIRE SALE

    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?”

  • KING HENRY

  • MKHI TAKE

    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.”

  • CLUB ON

    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.

  • EYE SPY

    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.

  • PIERRE PRESSURE

    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.”

  • BREAKING NEWS

    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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Arsenal set to sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Roma in summer transfer window but Serie A giants won’t meet £15m valuation – The Sun

ARSENAL remain eager to shift forgotten man Henrikh Mkhitaryan but Roma are unwilling to pay their £15million asking price, according to reports.

The Gunners deemed the Armenian as surplus to requirements last summer.

This decision was made despite the 31-year-old having appeared in three of their first four matches in the Premier League this season.

Roma took Mkhitaryan to Serie A on Italy's Deadline Day, paying around £2.6million to borrow him for the year.

And boss Paulo Fonseca is keen on making the deal permanent.

He previously told Russian TV show Great Football: "I want him to stay and he also wants to stay.

"However, it should be clear that everything is now on hiatus, and we’ll have to talk to Arsenal.

“I want to continue working with him because he’s a great player and a great man."

According to Calcio Mercato, however, Fonseca's bosses at Roma are unwilling to pay the £15m asking price.

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown most clubs into financial uncertainty, with Roma no exception.

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Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal keep up transfer pursuit of Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa with his future ‘in the air’ – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED, Chelsea and Arsenal are chasing Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa after his club revealed his future is "up in the air".

The son of former Italy national manager Enrico Chiesa has been attracting interest at home and abroad this season after some stunning performances in Serie A.

Radio Toscana revealed the English clubs are chasing the 22-year-old winger.

He has scored eight goals in 30 appearances this season, including one for the Italy national side in a European Championships qualifier.

Fiorentina director general Joe Barone admitted Chiesa’s future was up in the air.

The sought-after star could move on if a massive offer comes in as the Italian club fights an economic meltdown caused by the coronavirus.
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Arsenal transfer target Thomas Partey’s agent deletes Instagram post asking fans to vote for next club including Man Utd – The Sun

THOMAS PARTEY'S representatives have had to apologise after a bizarre Instagram post appeared to ask fans to select the Ghanaian's next club.

The 26-year-old is in high demand, with Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United interested in securing his services.


And they were two of the contenders featured in the unusual Instagram post.

JJ Sports Management, who represent the Atletico Madrid midfielder, posted a picture of him above the line: "Pick his club".

Beneath, five badges were featured – including the Red Devils' and Gunners'.

They were also joined by that of Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.

Having swiftly deleted the post, the agency were forced to offer a grovelling apology.

Their statement read: "In view of the publication that was made today Wednesday 29 April 2020 on our Instagram account, regarding the future of our player Thomas Partey, from JJ Sport Managers we want to convey that this publication was not approved by the company management.

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Dele Alli taunts Arsenal as he claims Tottenham see Chelsea as bigger rivals because of title challenges – The Sun

DELE ALLI has taunted Arsenal by claiming Tottenham see Chelsea as bigger rivals thanks to their Premier League clashes in recent seasons.

The Spurs star, 24, has revealed his team-mates all see the Blues as bigger rivals than the Gunners – but knows it's different for fans.


Alli reckons the hot-tempered clashes with Chelsea down the years, including 2016's Battle of Stamford Bridge – thought of as one of the most shameful games in Premier League history – means Tottenham see them as their biggest rivals now.

That fateful May day, Chelsea ended Spurs' title ambitions as Alli and Co threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 and hand Leicester their first-ever Premier League crown.

Tottenham had a record NINE players booked, with 12 seeing yellow in total – with Moussa Dembele gouging the eye of Diego Costa, Erik Lamela stamping on Cesc Fabregas and Guus Hiddink being floored in a mass brawl on the touchline, to name but a few incidents.

And it's matches like that that have made Chelsea the biggest rivals of Spurs, according to Alli.

The England midfielder told Copa90: "I think if you ask the fans they will give you a different answer.

"But as players – the way things have been going with the league and the games – the rivalry with Chelsea is bigger than the one with Arsenal, because of what they have done to us in recent years.

"For fans it’s different, because the North London derby is massive, but as players I think it’s Chelsea."

The Blues have won the last four matches in all competitions against Tottenham – most recently in a 2-1 victory at the end of February.

But Spurs had won the three matches prior to that as the two London giants tussle for supremacy.

All the while, those two clubs have been battling with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for Premier League glory, while Arsenal have simply been trying to get back into the top six.

The Gunners currently sit ninth in the Premier League, a staggering 42 points adrift of the league-leading Reds.

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How Arsenal will line-up next season with Willian up front, Disasi and Saliba in defence… but no Aubameyang – The Sun

ARSENAL have been offered the chance to sign Chelsea winger Willian as a cut-price replacement for skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

SunSport revealed that the Brazilian is demanding a three-year deal which matches his current £120,000-a-week salary as he prepares to quit Stamford Bridge as a free agent.

Cash-strapped Arsenal are reluctant to tie themselves to such a long-term agreement for a player who will be 32 in August.

But Willian – who has also attracted interest from Liverpool and Inter Milan – is desperate to remain in London and could yet be open to lowering his demands.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will likely have to shift his second-highest earner off his wage bill this summer as he will be forced to sell skipper Aubameyang.

So Arsenal will look to sell their 20-goal top scorer for £30million rather than lose him for nothing next year.

And the clubs severely restricted transfer budget makes Willian, who can operate on either flank, such an attractive short-term proposition for Arteta.

The Spaniard could also have a new look central-defensive partnership of returning loan signing William Saliba and his French countryman Axel Disasi.

The Reims centre-back has shone this season to inspire his unfancied club to fifth and Arteta has been tracking the £18m-rated star since January.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno is expected to retain his place in the sticks while both Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney will feature at full-back should they shake off their injury niggles.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's chances of hopes of signing Thomas Partey this summer are said to rest on their unlikely bid to qualify for the Champions League.

Reports emerged this week that the midfielder’s dad suggested Atletico Madrid are locked in negotiations with the Gunners over a fee.

However, Partey's representatives denied talks are ongoing and claimed the reports are "totally untrue".

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