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ARSENAL players are back in individual training with the Premier League looking to restart on June 12.

But Gunners fans may never see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang represent their club in the flesh again with Luka Jovic being lined up as a possible replacement.

Follow all the latest gossip and transfer news from North London below…

  • NAB HIM

    Arsenal are keen to snap up Betis star Nabil Fekir in the summer transfer window, reports Marca.

    The report adds that Newcastle and AC Milan are also in the hunt for the former Lyon captain.

    However, all three clubs' attempts may prove unsuccessful as the Spanish paper also says Fekir would only leave Betis for Real Madrid or Barcelona this summer.

  • GREAT LEIP FORWARD

    Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Dayot Upamecano after RB Leipzig's managing director Oliver Mintzlaff said the club will sell the defender if they can't agree a new contract.

    He told Sport1: “We know the terms of our players' contracts and I know them very well – especially that of our top performers.

    “For us, it is a no go that the top performers will be allowed to leave our club free of charge.

    “That's the case with Timo Werner and that will be the case with Dayot Upamecano. I have the economic stability of the club in mind.

    “We have to sell before we buy anything. But I see the need to sell only to a limited extent. We have a good squad.”

    However, the Gunners will still have to sell a number of players if they are to meet his £53m release clause.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Or should that be G'Day – as the Premier League is looking to go Down Under to play their final 92 matches.

    Talks are ongoing for a stunning scheme for the matches to take place in four stadiums in Perth, Western Australia.

    English agent Gary Williams has masterminded the plan after Red Devils legend Gary Neville put forward the idea that the matches could take place abroad.

    Williams has been in contact with the Australian government and Ministry for Sport to get their backing for the eye-catching idea.

    It has already been put to the Prem, while several clubs have also been alerted and are happy to oblige.

    One club official said: “We go on world tours in pre-season. This is no different. And the climate in Australia is ideal just now.”

    Williams’ eight-point proposal to the Prem is:

    1. Fly all 20 squads to Perth. Airlines would be delighted with the custom and are available.

    2. Base them in their own hotels, with facilities, and isolate for up to afortnight if they have to. Perth is currently in tourist ‘off season’anyway.

    3.  Play games at several top venues in the city, behind closed doors or even with a limited number of local fans.

    4. Slash the number of medical tests needed, possibly only two in total rather than the proposed twice a week.

    5.  Remove the need for police to control closed venues in England when the games are played.

    6.End concerns about travel arrangements and hotel stays. The clubs would use the same bases, close to grounds, for the duration.

    7. Allow families to travel over towards the end of the campaign to give them a much-needed break in a safeenvironment.

    8.  Easy for TV coverage, with various kick-off times to suit English schedules.

    Perth has four major sporting venues that can be used — Optus Stadium (capacity 65,000), Perth Oval (20,500), cricket’s WACA (24,500) and Joondalup Arena (16,000).

    Brummie Williams said: “I have had discussions with contacts at Premier League clubs and they like the idea. I have also spoken with government officials and they are enthusiastic. We are speaking again this week.

    “Everybody is safe here. The government has lifted many restrictions.”

  • SMALL FIRE EVADES GUNNERS

    Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is confident that Arsenal target Chris Smalling wants to stay at the Stadio Olimpico – and will do all he can to make it happen.

    Although cutting a deal with the Red Devils once the season ends is far from straightforward for Roma, Fonseca is optimistic of at least sealing another temporary deal, while the Gunners were keen before he made the loan switch to Serie A.

    The Portuguese coach told ESPN: “I will do everything I can to keep him at Roma next year too.

    “I know he wants to stay, let's see what happens.

    “He's an amazing man, so humble, so professional. He is adored by the fans and established himself as one of the leaders in the dressing room.

    “It's not easy for English central defenders to adapt so quickly to Italian football, the record there isn't good. But he has been amazing.”

  • OZIL DISHES OUT £80K AID

    Mesut Ozil has shown his generosity once more by donating £80,000 to help Muslims whose Ramadan has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Arsenal midfielder – who played for Germany but is of Turkish descent – will help provide food and aid for 16,000 people throughout the holy month, which began on April 23.

    Charity organisation Turkish Red Crescent can now provide iftar, the evening meal which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast with, to families across Turkey and Syria, via 2,000 packages.

    Group member Kerem Kinik said: “At the Red Crescent, we stand by those in need 365 days a year.”

    Of course, we do this thanks to donations made by philanthropist friends who follow our work. As donations increase, we will be able to reach even more people in need.

    “Thanks to our brother Mesut, we will be able to deliver packages provided to people in need – delivering them as soon as possible.”

    Ozil secretly pays for 1,000 kids’ operations and feeds 100,000 homeless people.

    But he was one of three players who did not accept Arsenal's proposal of a squad-wide pay cut to help them financially amid the Covid-19 crisis.

  • BOTCH-IT RESTART

    Bosses at a Premier League club have told their players they can OPT OUT of Project Restart for health and safety.

    But that sparked outrage among fellow top-flight pros, unhappy they have not received the same offer.

    The revelation came on the players’ WhatsApp group which was initially between the 20 club captains — but has swelled to over 100 members.

    Now a growing number of stars believe that they are being railroaded into playing again before it is safe, with a June 12 resumption mooted

    SunSport understands one club has emailed its squad individually, making it clear if they are uncomfortable with playing a game — let alone the remainder of the campaign — then they are free to avoid it.

    It has caused stars from players at remaining clubs as they do not want individuals to be open to criticism if they take their own decision not to play, preferring to be a united front.

  • PREM PONDER EFL CASH BOOST

    EFL clubs could receive a multi-million-pound handout from the Premier League if they get their season going.

    The remarkable gesture has been discussed by several top-flight owners who are concerned for the levels outside the elite.

    And the news was relayed in a confidential memo sent out from the PFA to players yesterday.

    The leaked document read: “The Premier League are conscious that behind-closed-doors football is costly for the EFL and have obligations to support the lower leagues…

    “It may be that once they get back playing they will know the financial damage they face and then look to help the EFL.”

    This money would be extra cash and on top of the existing ‘solidarity’ payments that help many clubs to survive.

  • PERTH-ECT SOLUTION?

    The Premier League is being offered an amazing Plan B escape route — to end the season in sunny Australian city Perth.

    Worried chiefs are trying to find ways of playing the final 92 games in England — with a neutral venue masterplan in place — but are constantly finding hurdles.

    TV pundit Gary Neville claimed the top flight should finish behind closed doors overseas.

    And now English agent Gary Williams is masterminding the astonishing alternative.Williams, who lives in the Western Australian capital, has received backing from the local Perth senator.

    He is also in contact with the Australian government and Ministry for Sport to get their backing for the eye-catching idea.

    It has already been put to the Prem, while several clubs have also been alerted and are happy to oblige.

    One club official said: “We go on world tours in pre-season. This is no different. And the climate in Australia is ideal just now.”

  • GUNNERS ARE A 'SELLING CLUB'

    Arsenal legend Tony Adams believes skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be on his way out because the Gunners have become a selling club – but says Mikel Arteta will do all he can to keep the striker.

    Former England defender Adams insists Arsenal's philosophy has changed since Arsene Wenger's golden age of battling to maintain their top stars.

    He told Sky Sports: “If I was a coach I'd be saying 'Don't sell Aubameyang at any price, we need to recruit, bring players through the academy and keep our best players'.

    “Quite possibly, he could walk out the door.

    “I loved [ex-boss] Arsene Wenger's principles, that no player was bigger than the club, and he moved players on if it made sense for the club financially.”

  • ODS ON A WINNER

    Kris Boyd believes Odsonne Edouard would walk straight into the Arsenal team.

    “Edouard — a player Brendan Rodgers signed for Celtic — is high on Mikel Arteta’s shopping list at Arsenal,” the former Rangers striker said.

    “Celtic don’t need to sell Edouard. A problem will only arise if the 22-year-old starts itching for a move.

    “I’d say that Edouard would have been my ideal strike partner.

    “I honestly believe Edouard could go all the way.

    “There’s no doubt he could walk into the Arsenal team.”

  • SANCHEZ HAS TASTE FOR CHILE

    EX-ARSENAL striker Alexis Sanchez is being tipped to finish his career with home country giants Universidad de Chile – after his injury-hit loan spell with Inter Milan.

    Antonio Conte seems sure to reject the Italian club's option to make the 31-year-old's deal from Manchester United permanent.

    But despite his slump in form since leaving Arsenal in January 2018 Salnchez is still attracting interest from clubs like Roma.

    And now Universidad de Chile president José Luis Navarrete has told DirecTV: “I have talked with Alexis Sánchez and he’s a fan of La U.”He wants to retire or play in the Universidad de Chile.” 

  • GENEROUS MESUT

    Mesut Ozil has made an £80,000 donation to help provide food during the month of Ramadan, according to reports.

    The German was criticised for failing to agree terms on a pay cut last month but he is determined to help Muslims in Syria and Turkey for iftar, the meal taken at the end of the day’s fast.

    Kerem Kinik, the head of the Turkish Red Crescent said: “Thanks to our brother Mesut, we will be able to deliver packages provided to people in need – delivering them as soon as possible.”

    Former Real Madrid midfielder Ozil is said to donate around £2million a year to charity.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID!

    It's former Arsenal centre-back David O'Leary's 61st birthday.

  • MISS YOU ROCKY

    Ian Wright has paid tribute to his pal David Rocastle on his birthday, who died in 2001.

    The pair, who both hail from Brockley in South East London, starred for the Gunners together in the 1990s.

    'Rocky' also played 14 times for England but tragically died at the age of just 33 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

    Wrighty has shared this brilliant retro pic of the pair together all suited and booted.

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    Brockley Boys ??♥️ SE4

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  • STRIKING THE WRONG TONE

    Arsenal legend Tony Adams believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be sold in the summer as his former employers continue to be a selling club.

    Asked by Sky Sports whether it is likely he will leave, he said: “Quite possibly, he could walk out the door.

    “I loved [former manager] Arsene Wenger's principles, that no player was bigger than the club, and he moved players on if it made sense for the club financially.

    “He was strong with that and he got Champions League football every year but it did stand in the way of recruitment – so we have become a club that is selling the best players.

    “If I was a coach I'd be saying 'Don't sell Aubameyang at any price, we need to recruit, bring players through the academy and keep our best players'.”

  • JIM'LL FIX IT

    Raul Jimenez has declared he's happy to stay at Wolves – but could not turn down a chance to sign for Real Madrid or Barcelona.

    Several clubs have been linked with the Mexican, 28, as he nears the end of his second year leading the line at Molineux.

    While speculation does not concern Jimenez, he has not been afraid to state his ambitions of challenging for titles and believes Wolves are still some way off that target.

    He told ESPN Mexico: “I find [rumours] through social media.

    “They have already put me at Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and every day comes out a new team that want me.

    “I have to be calm. If they are talking about me it is because I am doing things well.

    “I would like to continue in England. I am happy, adapted and I like the idea [of staying].”

  • HIT IN THE POCKET

    Premier League clubs stand to lose hundreds of millions of pounds if the 2020/21 season goes ahead behind closed doors.

    While the English top-flight is well known for making a fortune on television rights, a large slice of several sides' income still comes from matchday revenue.

    Naturally, it is the larger clubs who stand to lose more with Manchester United leading the way on £110million banked every season from ticket sales and other matchday earners.

    Following closely behind are Arsenal with their latest accounts revealing revenue of £96m across the course of the 2018/19 season.

  • NO SMALL MATTER

    Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is confident that Arsenal target Chris Smalling wants to stay at the Stadio Olimpico – and will do all he can to make it happen.

    Although cutting a deal with the Red Devils once the season ends is far from straightforward for Roma, Fonseca is optimistic of at least sealing another temporary deal, while the Gunners were keen before he made the loan switch to Serie A.

    The Portuguese coach told ESPN: “I will do everything I can to keep him at Roma next year too.

    “I know he wants to stay, let's see what happens.

    “He's an amazing man, so humble, so professional. He is adored by the fans and established himself as one of the leaders in the dressing room.

    “It's not easy for English central defenders to adapt so quickly to Italian football, the record there isn't good. But he has been amazing.”

  • BEYOND COM-PIERRE

    Aubameyang's FIFA 20 team of the season (so far) card is sick.

    A 91 rating is very handy indeed!

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    @aubameyang97 got a 9️⃣6️⃣ #TOTS card on #FIFA20! ??⚡️

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  • RETURN TO SENDER

    Former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos has claimed Inter would be making a 'great' signing if they swooped for Granit Xhaka.

    The Swiss midfielder found his form again for the Gunners after a well-publicised spat with fans back in late 2019.

    Under Mikel Arteta he's looking more like the player Arsenal hoped he would be and has reportedly caught the eye of Inter Milan.

    In an Instagram Live chat with Nicolo Schira, Senderos claimed that the Italians should make their move – but isn't convinced Xhaka would be tempted to leave the Emirates.

    He said: “[Xhaka] is a great player and very important for the Swiss national team and Arsenal.

    “Inter? I have heard the rumours and if they were to sign him they would be making a great purchase but I don’t know if he wants to leave Arsenal”.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID

    Former Arsenal player David O'Leary turns 62 today.

    Wishing the big man a good day!

  • MART MY WORDS

    Martin Keown has given his thoughts on his former club Arsenal raiding Chelsea for winger Willian.

    “I don’t see him going to Arsenal,” Keown told talkSPORT. “I think he’s aiming for Barcelona or Real Madrid.

    “He’s an incredible talent. Chelsea will be weaker if he goes but Frank Lampard knows what he’s doing. I’m sure he wants to keep him.”

  • KOKCU CLAIM

    Feyenoord hotshot Orkun Kokcu will join Arsenal or Sevilla this summer, according to reports.

    The 19-year-old has impressed for the Dutch side this season, starring in the Europa League.

    Kokcu is a highly-rated midfielder, but his future is uncertain after he revealed he would not be signing a contract extension with his current deal expiring in 2023.

    And according to Turkish publication Skor, he will leave Feyenoord for either Arsenal or Sevilla this summer.

  • LONDON CALLING

    Kris Boyd believes Odsonne Edouard would walk straight into the Arsenal team.

    “Edouard — a player Brendan Rodgers signed for Celtic — is high on Mikel Arteta’s shopping list at Arsenal,” the former Rangers striker said.

    “Celtic don’t need to sell Edouard. A problem will only arise if the 22-year-old starts itching for a move.

    “I’d say that Edouard would have been my ideal strike partner.

    “I honestly believe Edouard could go all the way.

    “There’s no doubt he could walk into the Arsenal team.”

  • BUT NO MOU CONTACT

    Willian also denied claims that he has been in contact with Jose Mourinho to discuss a move to Tottenham. “No, no. I did not get anything from Mourinho even though I have a good relationship with him,” he continued.

    “He is not only a great coach but also a great friend of mine. Sometimes we talk but regarding this situation, he totally respects it.

    “I learnt a bit from each of them [my other managers] but I identified myself more with Mourinho for sure. He trusted in my potential, liked my football, gave me full confidence to play. He is the best coach I have worked with.”

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