6pm Arsenal news LIVE: Icardi’s son wears Gunners shirt, Partey’s team-mate discusses Arsenal transfer, Ozil updates – The Sun

ARSENAL fans are waiting patiently for news on Project Restart as the Premier League looks to get back on its feet.

And Mesut Ozil's representatives have said he intends to stay at the club until the end of his contract.

Follow all the very latest updates and gossip from the Emirates below…

  • TOUCH & GO'

    Arsenal expect to miss out on signing Angel Gomes, according to reports.

    The Manchester United youngster, 19, has failed to sign a new contract at Old Trafford, which expires at the end of the season.

    His agent, Pini Zahavi, has reportedly held talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia over a switch to West London.

    Gomes is seen as one of the most talented youngsters in English football, after winning the Under-17 World Cup with England in 2017.

    But at 5ft 3in, his slight build has seen him lag behind team-mates Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood in getting first-team football under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

  • GUNNER HAPPEN?

    Mauro Icardi's wife Wanda Nara fuelled rumours of a potential move to Arsenal as she posted a snap of their son wearing a Gunners shirt.

    The Argentinian striker is currently on-loan at Paris Saint-Germain from Inter Milan but speculation is mounting he could be involved with a huge swap deal involving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang going to the San Siro.

    Now Icardi’s partner Wanda, who is also his agent, has stirred up talk of the sensational transfer by sharing a picture of her blonde-haired boy eating a donut while in an Arsenal top to her 6.5 million Instagram followers.

    The youngster is in possession of the red and white Puma shirt that Mikel Arteta’s men wore last season.

  • IN FOR THE KELL

    Celtic starlet Daniel Kelly is reportedly at the centre of a five-way transfer battle as Premier League teams look to lure him south of the border.

    According to the Glasgow Times, Kelly has starred for the Hoops in the U-15 side all the way to the U-18s.

    And they claim that Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all interested in the youngster as they look to lure him to snare him away from Scotland.

    They also add that both Leicester and Tottenham are keeping tabs on the highly-rated box-to-box midfielder.

    Celtic are said to be desperate to keep hold of the player as they look to avoid losing him on a nominal fee.

  • BECKS APPEAL

    Man Utd legend David Beckham quizzed Spurs boss and former Chelsea chief Jose Mourinho on how to look after his Inter Miami stars after paying a visit to Tottenham's North London stadium before the coronavirus lockdown.

    He told AIA: “As an I owner I want to help my team be the best they possibly can.

    “To get insight from a manager as experienced and successful as Jose was a real privilege.

    “There’s a lot of science and new thinking in the game since I was a player but it’s clear that simple things like a solid routine and great sleep are still really important.”

  • SHKORE DRAW

    Shkodran Mustafi thought you might like a cartoonised version of a picture of him on his phone.

    So here he is.

  • JOIN THE PARTEY

    Thomas Partey’s Ghana team-mate Kasim Nuhu reckons his pal would relish playing in the “best league in the world” by signing for Arsenal.

    Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Nuhu told TV3 on Instagram: “Atletico Madrid is a very good club so he is playing one of the biggest clubs in the world and Arsenal are also one of the biggest.

    “For me, it is his decision because playing for Atletico Madrid is the same as playing for Arsenal.

    “The two teams always make the same category in the league, fighting for the third and fourth place to play in Champions League.

    “But as we all know the Premier League is the best league in the world so if he joins Arsenal I will be happy for him.”

  • IT'S A SUAR SPOT

    Denis Suarez revealed he was only “30 per cent” fit during his nightmare loan spell with Arsenal.

    The 26-year-old midfielder was unable to reach his full potential because of a build-up of fluid in his groin.

    He said: “I played in my first game against Manchester City and then 10 days later I got injured against BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

    “I had too much pain in my groin. I did tests and scans and nothing was in my groin, but there was a big edema (build-up of fluid) around the pubic bone.

    “I had sharp pain when I ran, when I shot, when I passed.

    “It was so difficult, I was at something like 30 per cent of my fitness.”

  • HEALTH VS WEALTH

    Premier League stars reluctant to restart the season have been told to consider their own financial futures.

    A number of big-name players have voiced their concerns over safety following plans to recommence the campaign next month.

    At least one representative from each club — either the captain or PFA delegate, or in a number of cases both — will dial in to today’s call ahead of a proposed June 12 restart.

    Union chiefs will also be involved and a PFA source said: “We all want to play again if it is safe but have a duty to express our concerns and the players will express theirs.”

    Player concerns are also shared by some team medics and executives, even at clubs that are strong backers of Project Restart and despite the Government green light for behind-closed-doors sport from the start of June.

  • ON THIS DAY

    It was two years ago to the day that Arsene Wenger said goodbye to Arsenal fans for the last time.

    Le Professeur's Gunners won 1-0 at Huddersfield to clinch three points in his final match in charge before leaving the club.

    Wenger stayed behind and embraced fans before leaving the ground.

  • ROLL OF THE DYCHE

    Sean Dyche reckons going to the supermarket is more dangerous for footballers than doing their job.

    The Burnley boss exclusively told Danny Higginbotham: “The protocols will be really stringent to make sure it's as safe as it can be.

    “Ironically, the players can then go down to the supermarket and mix with 400 people they have never met in a confined area. “People say, why aren't footballers treated like everyone else?

    “Then we go, OK let's treat them like everyone else.

    “Why have we got to train say 12ft apart when you can then go to Tesco and stand 6ft apart from people who may not have been tested. That's weird, surely?”

  • GROUNDS FOR CONCERN

    Premier League bosses face an uphill battle to persuade police chiefs to lift the demand to use neutral stadiums.

    League chief executive Richard Masters held a virtual meeting with Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the country’s top football cop, and officials from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport after the 20 PL clubs urged him to seek a change in policy.

    It was Dep Chf Con Roberts who told Premier League leaders there were 12-15 “high risk” matches that simply could not be played at home venues over fears of fans congregating outside grounds.

    He told SunSport in a statement that the meeting had been “positive”, adding: “We will be jointly exploring a range of options to identify a way forward.

    “That needs to be one that minimises any risks to public safety and unnecessary pressure on public services but facilitates a sensible restart to the season, to support the economic and morale benefits associated with the sport.”

  • TOUCH & GO'

    Arsenal expect to miss out on signing Angel Gomes, according to reports.

    The Manchester United youngster, 19, has failed to sign a new contract at Old Trafford, which expires at the end of the season.

    His agent, Pini Zahavi, has reportedly held talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia over a switch to West London.

    Gomes is seen as one of the most talented youngsters in English football, after winning the Under-17 World Cup with England in 2017.

    But at 5ft 3in, his slight build has seen him lag behind team-mates Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood in getting first-team football under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

  • GOOD MORNING GOONERS

    Mesut Ozil is unlikely to leave the Emirates this summer, according to agent Erkut Sogut.

    Fenerbahce have been linked with the German, whose contract expires in 2021.

    Sogut said: “Mesut has a one-year contract. There will be no change in this regard.

    “So what happens next, time will show. Mesut will be 32 years old and will have a few more years in his career.”

    But one midfielder heading out the door is Dani Ceballos.

    The Spanish international has endured a difficult, stop-start season at the Emirates.

    And as a result, Mikel Arteta will let the 23-year-old head back to his homeland at the end of the season, according to Spanish outlet El Confidential.

    The Gunners hope to reach an agreement with Real Madrid to keep Ceballos until the current Premier League season can be completed but they have no intention of keeping him for 2020/21.

    Meanwhile, doubt has been cast on Arsenal’s ability to host matches when the Premier League restarts.

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan believes it is “too early” to talk about capital teams getting back in action.

    A spokesperson of Khan told the Standard: “Sadiq is extremely keen for the Premier League and professional sport in general to resume.

    “However, with the country still in the grips of this crisis, and hundreds of people dying every day, he believes that it is too early to be discussing the resumption of the Premier League and top-flight sport in the capital.”

  • FEAR WE GO

    Premier League chiefs will today host a crunch meeting to attempt to convince fearful players it is safe to return.

    Clubs are aware of growing worry from some stars that they feel forced back into action.

    The PFA union will express these doubts in the teleconference but SunSport understands the majority of players are now desperate to get back on the pitch.

    And Prem bosses are confident that their safety protocols will convince the rest.

    England stars Raheem Sterling, Tyrone Mings and Danny Rose — plus Manchester City’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero — have publicly voiced fears over football returning while the coronavirus daily death toll is still well into three figures.

    At least one representative from each club — either the captain or PFA delegate, or in a number of cases both — will dial in to today’s call ahead of a proposed June 12 restart.

  • NEU PLAN?

    Premier League bosses face an uphill battle to persuade police chiefs to lift the demand to use neutral stadiums.

    League chief executive Richard Masters held a virtual meeting with Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the country’s top football cop, and officials from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport after the 20 PL clubs urged him to seek a change in policy.

    It was Dep Chf Con Roberts who told Premier League leaders there were 12-15 “high risk” matches that simply could not be played at home venues over fears of fans congregating outside grounds.

    That led to the initial decision to proceed with the neutral stadium plan, before clubs united to urge Masters to push for home grounds to be used.

    Dep Chf Con Roberts told SunSport in a statement that the meeting had been “positive”, adding: “We will be jointly exploring a range of options to identify a way forward.

    “That needs to be one that minimises any risks to public safety and unnecessary pressure on public services but facilitates a sensible restart to the season, to support the economic and morale benefits associated with the sport.”

  • GO GO GOMES

    Manchester United have set themselves a deadline for sealing Angel Gomes’ future amid interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.

    Daily Mail report on the club planning to end negotiations by May 21 if a new contract cannot be agreed before it expires at the end of the season.

    Barcelona, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund are also said to be keen on the 19-year-old.

    Gomes has only featured six times for United this season and was earlier said to have been offered a £30,000-a-week deal by the club.

  • EIR OF CONFIDENCE

    The “energy” is back at Arsenal now Mikel Arteta is in charge, Patrick Vieira believes.

    In a video for Adidas with Ian Wright, the former Gunners captain insisted he will always support the team but has newfound optimism under the current coach.

    Vieira said: “When you're a Gunner, always a Gunner.

    “So I keep watching them all the time.

    “I watch their games and what is really interesting with Arteta is that he brings the energy back.

    “And it looks like they are playing for the club, but for the manager as well. I think that’s really important.”

  • VENI VIVI VICI

    A year ago today, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Vivianne Miedema bagged a special honour for Arsenal.

    The pair both won their top-flight Golden Boot trophies.

    Aubameyang shared the honour with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, each on 22 goals, and Gunners’ women’s star Miedema also finished on 22.

  • DEN’S DESIRE

    Denis Suarez’s loan stint at Arsenal maybe didn’t go to plan… at all.

    But the Spaniard has revealed that he rejected several offers, including permanent deals, to try his luck at Emirates Stadium.

    Celta Vigo midfielder Suarez told The Athletic: “The truth is that I rejected the two clubs in Seville, as well as AC Milan, and I chose Arsenal.

    “I took the risk of going on loan. I could have signed a four-year or five-year contract with the other clubs.

    “This shows how much I wanted to play for the Gunners.”

  • PAT’S ALL FOLKS

    There is no sense of rush for Patrick Vieira as he continues his coaching career following links to Arsenal.

    Some thought the club’s Premier League winning captain was the ideal man to replace Unai Emery before Mikel Arteta was brought in.

    But the Frenchman, 43, is content to continue learning his trade at Nice.

    He told an Adidas promotion: “I really don’t know what the future will be, but you know doing this job it was like being a player. I want to play at a high level.

    “I wanted to play for the national team. I wanted to go to the World Cup. I wanted to play with the best players and there’s no doubt that as a coach I have the same kind of ambition.

    “I will want to manage a team that will have a chance to win the Champions League, to play in the Champions League competition. But at the moment, honestly, right here at Nice, I'm in the perfect place.”

  • ART OF THE DEAL

    Dani Ceballos should utilise Mikel Arteta’s vast knowledge of the Spanish and English games to better adapt to the Premier League, says Philippe Senderos.

    The Swiss defender believes the Arsenal boss is the best in the business at bridging the gap to football on these shores.

    He told Radio Marca: “It's never easy to adapt to English football.

    “But if you are to do it then the best possible coach is Mikel Arteta.”

  • NO KHAN DO

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan believes that it is still too early to see Premier League football return to the capital.

    Top-flight chiefs are hoping to get the league back up and running as soon as possible, with the potential for games to be played behind closed doors at neutral venues.

    A number of clubs are unhappy with the idea of surrendering home matches, however – including London trio Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.

    And a spokesperson of Khan told the Standard: “Sadiq is extremely keen for the Premier League and professional sport in general to resume.

    “However, with the country still in the grips of this crisis, and hundreds of people dying every day, he believes that it is too early to be discussing the resumption of the Premier League and top-flight sport in the capital.

    “As a Liverpool fan, Sadiq of course wants the Premier League to return, but it can only happen when it is safe to do so, and it cannot place any extra burden on the NHS and emergency services.”

  • PER FOR THE COURSE

    Per Mertesacker believes Mikel Arteta is capable of leading Arsenal back to the glory days.

    Now in charge of the club’s academy, the former defender believes the Gunners have the right man in charge to push back to Champions League football.

    The Mirror quote him as saying: “His leadership is fantastic and I felt it myself, just being vice-captain and learning from him, how to handle situations, how to man up, be the captain and show it.

    “But as well, to have the empathy and the feeling for people.

    “I learned a lot from him and I can only say that our working relationship is great and our personal relationship is great, so I can see a fantastic future for us.”

  • SUT BACK DOWN

    Mesut Ozil is going nowhere for now, the player’s agent Erkut Sogut has asserted.

    Speculation is growing that Fenerbahce will make a move for the Gunners playmaker in the summer but his representative has moved to quell those rumours.

    Sogut is quoted by Turkish-Football.com as saying: “Mesut has a one-year contract. There will be no change in this regard.

    “So what happens next, time will show.

    “Mesut will be 32 years old and will have a few more years in his career.

    “Mesut and his family will make a decision. It will be the best of all.

    “I cannot speak about Mesut and Fenerbahce because I have no right to speak on this matter according to the principle of confidentiality.”

  • SEND FROM HEAVEN

    Philippe Senderos believes Thierry Henry was in a class of his own while at Arsenal.

    After spending seven years on the Gunners’ books, the 35-year-old feels Henry and Cesc Fabregas were his best teammates in North London.

    He told Radio Marca: “Henry in those years was on another level.

    “However, the one who saw the game the clearest was Cesc Fabregas.

    “He played with us like he was a child playing in the garden of his house.”

    Senderos also praised Arsene Wenger for “revolutionising” English football.

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