5pm Arsenal news LIVE: Partey transfer EXCHANGE for Guendouzi, David Luiz telling Thiago Silva to join, Arteta on Saliba – The Sun

ARSENAL take on Norwich City on Wednesday night as the Premier League rolls on.

And Atletico Madrid, rather conveniently, are reported to be interested in Matteo Guendouzi, while Arsenal still want Atleti's Thomas Partey.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…

  • OUT-FOXED

    Prem boss Richard Masters admitted the League may not be able to be completed if the Leicester coronavirus lockdown is extended.

    But Masters confirmed that WHATEVER happens Liverpool are now champions.

    He said: “We can clearly cope with the situation in Leicester should it mean that the club can't play home games for the foreseeable future or just this weekend. We can adapt to that.

    “If it were to happen in multiple areas or the course of the virus creates other risks there is the chance we might not be able to complete the season.

    “We have to get through to the end of July, complete our 380 games. That is all dependent on the course of the virus.

    “The clubs decided to deal with the issue of curtailment and what would have happened if the season wasn't completed – there would be a discussion when it occurred.”

  • FOLARIN THE SAME PATH

    Gunners fans fear losing yet another future talent in the shape of Folarin Bolagun, as supporters draw comparisons with the departure of Serge Gnabry.

    Bolagun, 18, is set to quit the Emirates this summer after failing to agree a new deal with the North London side.

    His contract expires next summer but the Gunners are likely to cash in on the starlet this year after failing to persuade him to extend his stay.

    Mikel Arteta's side rejected a £5million offer from Championship side Brentford in January for the striker.

    But they now appear to be resigned to losing the youngster and will listen to further offers in order to prevent him running down his deal and leaving for free further down the line.

  • MER TO COME

    Paul Merson reckons Chelsea will topple Liverpool and win the Premier League in the next few years after their transfer splurge. 

    The ex-Arsenal star told Sky Sports: “With Liverpool putting up records like they have with their players being as good as they are, it's only a matter of time before the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid come calling,

    “In three or four years, I'd be quite shocked if Chelsea don't win the Premier League.”

    He added: “To go and beat Man City was massive. It was massive because everyone is looking to close the gap.”

  • WILLIAM'S A CONQUEROR

    Arsenal have agreed to extend William Saliba's loan at Saint-Etienne to allow him to play in the French Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain.

    When asked about Saliba, Arteta revealed: “I think he needs to stay there.

    “We've got an agreement with Saint-Etienne and he's been over there all year.

    “He has earned his right to play that final if their manager wants to do that.

    “So I think we have to give him the opportunity to do that, to enjoy that and we can have him after that.”

  • GOOD VALUES

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has backed Tesco-bag toting Kieran Tierney after the Scot was spotted with a bag for life from Britain's most-popular supermarket on Sunday.

    Arteta said: “About the Tesco bag – this is Kieran, he's a very humble, normal guy.

    “He does what he feels is right.”

  • ARSENAL FIXTURES

    Here are the Gunners' current confirmed games and where they're on the telly.

    Kick-off times after July 12 – including the FA Cup semi-final on July 18 or 19 – are yet to be confirmed.

  • AGENT LUIZ

    Thiago Silva has reportedly been approached by Arsenal to discuss a free transfer – with David Luiz facilitating the talks.

    It comes after the announcement PSG skipper Silva will leave the French capital after the conclusion of the Champions League in August.

    The Gunners are desperate for a marquee centre-back signing and the 35-year-old provides Mikel Arteta with much needed experience and the back.

    According to le10sport, Arteta has contacted Silva about a move.

    And Luiz, who received a surprise one year contract extension at the Emirates, has served as an intermediary and will push his long-time Brazilian team-mate to make the move to England.

  • HART IN RIGHT PLACE?

    Joe Hart looks destined to end his uneventful spell at Burnley and look for one final move away to kickstart his career again.

    The former England No1 moved to Turf Moor in 2018 but has made just 24 appearances, three coming this season.

    The Gunners were linked with the English stopper after Bernd Leno was stretchered off against Brighton this month.

    It led to speculation Mikel Arteta could try and make an emergency move for Hart to replace their sidelined No1, though Leno could only be out for four weeks.

    A move to the Emirates would likely mean Hart acting as back-up or only playing for a limited time, which has frustrated the former Manchester City keeper for the past few seasons.

    Here are the odds on Hart joining the Gunners.

  • 'MIL'S ON WHEELS

    Arsenal are battling Bayern Munich with Hammerby’s teen striker sensation Emil Roback.

    The Swedish ace, 17, now has to choose between interested clubs.

    Club director Jesper Jansson told Fotboll Direkt: “There is a strong interest… he has also been to Arsenal.

    “Yes, I understand the interest.

    “He is forward with a great physique and speed and already a skilled scorer.”

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  • ARTS 'N CRAFTS

    Mikel Arteta could bring Mesut Ozil back into the fold for Arsenal's home clash with rock-bottom Norwich tomorrow night.

    The German hasn't featured for almost four months with his last appearance coming in a 1-0 home win over West Ham on March 7.

    He was also forced to miss the FA Cup victory over Sheffield United with the club citing a slight back problem.

    However with a gruelling run of fixtures, Ozil could return to the XI against the Premier League basement boys.

    Arteta knows his side will dominate possession and believes the German's creativity could be key in unlocking Norwich's leaky defence.

    The gaffer is likely to start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack after resting the Gabon ace against the Blades.

  • GUEN VS PARTEY

    Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are reportedly plotting a stunning swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi and Thomas Partey – but who's better?

    SunSport takes a look.

    CLICK HERE TO READ OUR IN-DEPTH FEATURE ON GUENDOUZI VS PARTEY

  • SO DISINTERESTED

    Merson added: “How can you give someone £350k-a-week when we all knew that was his style of play?

    “If he hasn't got the ball he's one of the worst players in the world! I would say that.

    “Name me a worse player in the world when their team doesn't have the ball?

    “I’ve never seen somebody so disinterested when they don't have the ball, but he hurts you at the other end!”

  • NO TRACK BACK, NO BACKTRACK

    Paul Merson reckons he knows why Mesut Ozil isn’t playing for Arsenal.

    The former Highbury midfielder told Sky Sports: “I think Ozil is a prime example of a player who has to play in a proper team, that is going to be right up there, dominating football matches.

    “He's got to play in a majorly successful team.

    “He can't play in this Arsenal team, here's why: he's not going to change his game now in his 30s, and Arsenal aren't going to change their game for him.

    “He isn't tracking back, chasing players, and you need him in a team where you're getting 70 per cent of the ball each week, and he'll play. You get players around him, let him play.

    “We all know how Ozil plays, you give him the ball and he'll find you.If you don't have the ball, he won't win it back for you for love nor money.”

  • WOUT ABOUT THAT

    Arsenal and Newcastle will lock horns in a battle to land towering Dutch striker Wout Weghorst, according to reports.

    The 6ft 5inch frontman is braced to leave Wolfsburg after scoring 16 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances.

    Weghorst, 27, has scored an impressive 16 goals or more in each of his last four seasons for the German side and AZ Alkmaar.

    With a contract until 2023, Wolfsburg will look in the region of £32million to let him leave.

    According to Bild, his availability could spark a transfer tug-of-war between the two Premier League sides as they both eye summer deals for a new striker.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is looking to bolster his strikeforce particularly with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang expected to leave.

    The fee won't be a problem for Newcastle who are expected to splash plenty of cash once their £300million takeover bid goes through.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,

    Midfielders Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos are tipped for the Emirates exit door – with Thomas Partey a possible arrival but Layvin Kurzawa staying at PSG.

    Reports in Spain suggest Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is ready to ditch recent bad-boy Guendouzi – opening the way to a possible swap with Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey.

    Ghana anchorman Partey has been linked with the Gunners all summer.

    Porto's Danilo Pereira is also said to be on a list of potential replacements for Guendouzi – but is valued at an unrealistic £55million.

    Elsewhere, PSG have confirmed France left-back Kurzawa is signing a new deal until 2024 – just as his contract was due to expire.

    And Arteta will not try to buy Spain playmaker Dani Ceballos when his extended season's loan from Real Madrid ends.

    The 23-year-old fired the Gunners' extra-time winner in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Sheffield United.

    But injuries and erratic form have cost him a possible place in Arteta's longer-term thinking – and he is also out of Real chief Zinedine Zidane’s plans.

    Arsenal, though, are being linked with Sporting Lisbon's Joelson Fernandes, 17.

    Portuguese outlet Record say the Gunners are “preparing an offer” for the frontmanamid interest from a string of other European giants.

  • LAYVIN NOT LEAVIN'

    Arsenal have suffered a transfer blow after Paris Saint-Germain confirmed Layvin Kurzawa had committed his future to the club.

    The French international left-back was due to become a free agent at midnight tomorrow with a host of clubs chasing his services.

    The Gunners were one of those leading the chase for the 27-year-old and were thwarted in an attempt to get him for £6m in January.

    Now their hopes of luring him across the Channel to London have ended after today’s announcement.

    PSG ended speculation over Kurzawa’s future by confirming he had penned a new long-term deal.

    Now he is under contract at Parc des Princes until 2024, despite looking set to depart for months now.

  • LOS CAUSE

    Arsenal will not attempt to buy Dani Ceballos when his loan from Real Madrid expires.

    Spain midfielder Ceballos was the Gunners’ FA Cup hero with the extra-time winner in Sunday’s quarter-final at Sheffield United.

    It was only last week that Arsenal agreed a deal with Madrid to extend his stay at the Emirates to the end of the season.

    But overall the 23-year-old has failed to convince manager Mikel Arteta to sign him on a permanent basis.

    And now his future is up in the air as he is unwilling to return to Madrid where he does not figure in Zinedine Zidane’s plans.

    Arsenal paid a £3.5million loan fee to sign Ceballos for the season and agreed to pay his full £55,000-a-week wages.

  • GUENDOUZI PART-ING?

    Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are reportedly plotting a stunning swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi and Thomas Partey.

    El Gol Digital claims Mikel Arteta is ready to ditch Guendouzi this summer following his recent bad-boy antics.

    Guendouzi previously failed to impress Arteta with his attitude in training.

    And most recently the Frenchman was involved in a post-match bust-up with Brighton’s Neil Maupay.

    He was subsequently dropped from the squad for games against Southampton and Sheffield United.

    Arsenal are believed to have drawn up a list of potential replacements.

    Porto star Danilo Pereira is of interest but would cost £55million, well out of Arsenal’s price range.

  • A SQUAD OF TWO HALVES

    David Bentley reckons old club Arsenal need to get rid of half their team.

    The ex-Gunners and Spurs midfielder is adamant Mesut Ozil and David Luiz must go – even though the Brazilian just signed a new deal.

    Bentley, who won seven England caps, told 888.com: “Mesut Ozil and David Luiz are on large money and if Arsenal can move these players on then Arteta will be able to spend money on transfers.

    “I don’t know what the thinking is at boardroom level because Arsenal need to ship out half the team and get a good core in.

    “That’s difficult but can be done.”

  • RAY OF SONSHINE

    Arsenal have reportedly “prepared an offer” for Sporting Lisbon's Joelson Fernandes.

    The 17-year-old is being watched by a number of top European clubs.

    Portuguese outlet Record suggest the Gunners are set to make an offer for the wonderkid.

    He is on the books of superagent Kia Joorabchian who is already on good terms with Arsenal chiefs with players like David Luiz and Cedric Soares on his client list.

  • MONDAY MOTIVATION

    Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has begun his week by fine-tuning his skills.

    The centre-back can be seen practicing his kick-ups and challenging fans to see how many they can do in 60 seconds.

  • BEING DEFENSIVE

    Arsenal have plenty of injury problems in the centre of their defence.

    Gunners flop David Luiz was the latest to come off with an ankle problem in the FA Cup victory against Sheffield United over the weekend.

    Pablo Mari is also injured and Mikel Arteta is likely to look for reinforcements in the transfer window.

    Here are the potential candidates…

  • JUSTIN CREDIBLE

    Arsenal are looking at a swap deal that would see Justin Kluivert head to the Emirates – with Henrikh Mkhitaryan staying where he is.

    Mkhitaryan has enjoyed his loan spell at Roma this season and could be a cheap, permanent acquisition for the Italian club.

    Kluivert – son of Dutch legend Patrick – plays as a winger.

    He has scored four goals in 19 appearances this season, with two assists as well.

  • SHED A TIER

    Arteta has backed Kieran Tierney to keep improving at the Emirates.

    The defender impressed in yesterday's FA Cup quarter-final win over Sheffield United.

    Tierney hadn't made an appearance for the Gunners under Arteta prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, but has featured in all four games since the restart.

    Arteta said: “He’s been training incredibly hard through [the] COVID-19 [lockdown].

    “It’s been a tough moment for him in the last six or seven months and to move here from a different city, a different football club.

    “He is a kid with an incredible attitude and he is so willing to learn and to put in everything he has. He has a massive heart and I am delighted to have him in the team.

    “He’s a kid who is going to get better and better and better.”

  • HARD TO DEFEND

    Arsenal's transfer policy has been slammed as “muddled” by Joe Cole after David Luiz and Cedric Soares were handed new deals.

    Luiz, who has endured a horror return to Premier League action after the coronavirus pandemic, will stay for another season.

    And Soares, who hasn't even played a game since joining on loan from Southampton, has reportedly agreed a four-year-deal.

    Pablo Mari will also join on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

    The decisions appear to have been made by Arsenal's technical directory Edu – with Cole bemused by them.

    Speaking on BT Sport, the former Chelsea and England star said: “The one person I feel sorry for in all this is Mikel Arteta.

    “Because he looks like a great coach and it looks like there is some kind of system he is trying to implement.

    “We know David Luiz has been a top player and won everything in the game.

    “But the performances this season, I don't know who's taking the decision to make him another year's contract.

    “Arguably one of their biggest games of the season, Arteta left him out.

    “For me that's a big signal, he's left his most experienced player out of the biggest game against Man City – and then you give him another years contract. [It's] muddled thinking.”

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