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ARSENAL take on Norwich City this Wednesday 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…

  • 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.”

  • 'CAN BE DONE'

    Former Arsenal man David Bentley reckons 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 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.

    “The major problem is that we don’t know if they’re singing from the same hymn sheet at boardroom level.

    “David Luiz is problematic.

    “He’s a great technical player but if you want to bring the youth through and create a winning mentality is he really the type to help with that?

    “You look at Liverpool – and Manchester United are trying to do it too – and they build a solid foundation that allows the players to express themselves.

    “If you have solid back-four and solid spine of the team it’s easier for the young players to step into that.

    “Instead, Arsenal leak goals and look vulnerable.”

  • PEP IN HIS STEP

    Mikel Arteta has told Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe he wants him to be more consistent.

    The winger looked brilliant without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and scored a penalty in the Gunners' 2-1 win over Sheffield United yesterday.

    Arteta wants to see more of the same from the 25-year-old.

    He said: “It’s very important to try and understand a player and find out what his feelings are, how hard it’s been to adapt to a new country and a language that he doesn’t understand.

    “I don’t know him from before, but he is very willing and he is a player with incredible potential.

    “However, he needs to take care of moments in the game when he disconnects himself a little bit.

    “He cannot do that, and I will be very persistent with him to try to change that.

    “He also needs to be decisive in every game because if he is at his best he is a player who can make the difference.

    “There are things to work on and improve but he is heading in the right direction.

    “He is doing things very well too, like realising what he needs to do for the team when we don’t have the ball. I am very pleased with him.”

  • THE BARD

    Arsenal have reportedly made an offer for Levante midfielder Enis Bardhi with Mikel Arteta looking to bolster his squad.

    The North Macedonia international has no shortage of suitors with the 24-year-old looking likely to leave at the end of the season.

    Bardhi has impressed for the LaLiga side this season – chipping in with four goals and four assists in 28 games in all competitions.

    He still has two years left to run on his deal in Spain, but according to Onda Cero, he could be on the move at the end of the campaign.

    They state that the Gunners have lodged a firm offer for the player, but they have competition in the race to secure his services.

    It has been claimed that as well as Arsenal, Serie A side Fiorentina are desperate to bring him to Italy.

    And an unnamed Bundesliga side are also said to be interested in landing Bardhi.

  • ARD AS NAILS

    Arsenal are no longer pushovers – according to Ainsley Maitland-Niles, writes Charlie Wyett.

    The current squad has a reputation for buckling under pressure but they delivered an impressive fightback to beat Sheffield United in the FA Cup finals.

    Arsenal, who won 2-1 thanks to Dani Ceballos’ injury-time winner, will now face Manchester City in the semi-finals at Wembley.

    Maitland-Niles, 22, said:“A lot's been said about the character of this group. We've been building a lot of character to come back and keep fighting. I think the Cup win was just the icing on the cake and we showed people we can really do it.

    “I think you really saw at 1-1, to come back and rally and get that late goal to push on and get that win against a Sheffield United team who have done well this season showed what we're about.

    “We're a team in progress, just like a lot of other teams, and we're trying to win as many games as we can to please the fans.”

    As for reaching the semi-finals, Maitland-Niles, who played at wing-back against the Blades, said: “It's an amazing feeling. Every club wants to go to Wembley and play. We haven't had the best of results away recently so it was good to pick up that win.”

  • GUEN NOWHERE

    Arsenal have told Matteo Guendouzi they have no intention of selling him this summer, according to reports.

    The Gunners have won two games on the bounce since Mikel Arteta dropped the Frenchman from his squad.

    Guendouzi is said to have a meeting with the Arsenal bosses coming up this week to discuss his future at the club.

    According to the Mirrror, the Gunners made it clear they do not want to offload him at the end of the season.

    But the 21-year-old has told the club he is open to leaving this summer as he believes he is not trusted by Arteta.

    Guendouzi landed himself in hot water when he grabbed Neal Maupay's throat during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

    And he infuriated club bosses by allegedly bragging about his £40,000-per-week wages to his opponents.

  • VAN WITH A PLAN

    Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has warned it will take “years” to fix the club's problems.

    The Dutch striker, who played nearly 300 games before jumping ship to Manchester United, says the club needs a different breed of defenders.

    Arsenal narrowly scraped past Sheffield United to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

    The Gunners conceded a horror goal with just three minutes to play, David McGoldrick pouncing on a loose ball after an awful mix up from a long throw.

    Dani Ceballos was Mikel Arteta's saviour, firing in from close range a minute into injury time.

    But despite the win, Van Persie offered a scathing assessment of the performance and the club in general.

    He told BT Sport: “You can see [Arteta's] hand on this team. But you can that this team is not fully connected yet.

    “If you look at the connection from defence to midfield to strikers, they are not connected, they are not moving as one.

    “He is still searching, but I do believe that if you give him time – and he should have all the time he needs, not just months, he should get years – I do believe that he can get it right.”

  • IV HAD ENOUGH

    Arsenal could be thwarted in their efforts to land Dominik Szoboszlai as a successor to Mesut Ozil.

    The Gunners are reportedly eyeing the Red Bull Salzburg playmaker in this summer transfer window.

    But former Emirates chief exec Ivan Gazidis could get in the way of a deal.

    AC Milan – where Gazidis now works – have also had a long-running interesting in Szoboszlai, with claims in Italy they are also in talks over a move.

    Gazidis, who left Arsenal in 2018 to join AC Milan, is said to be eyeing Szoboszlai as part of an exciting, young group of players to form the backbone of their rebuilt.

  • AUBA AND OUT

    Juventus have reportedly made a decision on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future.

    And the Arsenal striker will seemingly NOT be heading to Serie A.

    Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik is Maurizio Sarri's preferred choice, according to reports.

    However, Atletico Madrid are also in for the 26-year-old Polish international and have promised to double his wages.

  • PARTEY TIME… AND MORE!

    Arsenal are “close” to landing Thomas Partey and have THREE more LaLiga options lined up, according to reports.

    One of whom has a huge £136million release clause.

    Mikel Arteta is said to have his eyes on three more midfield stars in the upcoming window.

    Spanish publication La Razon say a deal for Atletico midfielder Partey is “close”.

    The Ghana international, 27, is contracted at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2023 but will ONLY leave this summer if his £47m release clause is triggered.

    Levante midfielder Enis Bardhi is another player Arteta is interested in and he is valued at around £18m.

    Marc Roca is on Arteta's radar too and could be signed for less than his £36.4m valuation is Espanyol are relegated.

    Valencia's Carlos Soler is also said to have got the attention of Arsenal scouts.

    He has a colossal £136m release clause but Valencia are said to need to “balance the books” and could sell him on the cheap.

    World football transfer fees are set to plummet in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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