4.45pm Arsenal news LIVE: Danilo Pereira is Partey alternative, Lacazette’s farcical warm-up, Aubameyang to Juventus – The Sun

ARSENAL are in FA Cup action this weekend when they visit Sheffield United.

And the Gunners are willing to move for Porto's Danilo Pereira if a deal for Thomas Partey cannot be done this summer.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…

  • GUNNER LEARN

    Joe Willock has revealed how Arsenal training has changed lately – for the better!

    He told the club website: “There was a bit of edge in training, people were a bit angry, we had to test each other, we had to push each other to the limit and try to come out and show it in the game today.

    “I feel like we defended well together and got a clean sheet and scored two goals.

    “The edge in training is a good thing.”

  • ED TURNER

    Chelsea icon Joe Cole has questioned why Arsenal technical director Edu extended the contracts of David Luiz and Cedric Soares.

    He told BT Sport: “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.”

    Before adding: “Cedric – if you're looking to go and compete with Liverpool and Chelsea and you go and sign a 29-year-old full-back who's arguably not played at that level where he's regularly competing against top sides, and you're asking him make a difference, then giving him a four-year contract.

    “If I'm an Arsenal fan, I would be asking questions of Edu and the people making these decisions. I feel sorry for Arteta because he's got a lot of promise as a young coach.”

  • CHAIN OF COMMAND

  • HAVE A BASH

    Sheffield United's Chris Basham has called for his team to “put things right” against Arsenal.

    He said: “We have got a quarter-final in the cup on Sunday and we need to put things right and get that spark back which we had three or four months ago.

    “We didn't lay a glove on Manchester United and are very disappointed with our own performance.”

    “We are disappointed with the way we have let the manager and staff down.”

  • ARSENAL PRIDE

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  • DON'T DILLY-BALY

    Liverpool have not given up hope of signing Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports in Italy.

    Speculation is rife that the Napoli defender has already agreed to join Manchester City in a deal worth over £72million.

    However the prospect of aligning Koulibaly with Virgil van Dijk is said to be too good to dismiss for Jurgen Klopp's team.

    TuttoMercatoWeb report on a Liverpool plan to launch an official bid for the centre-back in the coming days.

    As well as Liverpool and City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Newcastle have all been linked with a move.

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is determined to bring in the full £90m asking price he has set for the 29-year-old.

  • MATT FINISH

    Man Utd, Barcelona and Real Madrid have got the green light to go for Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi – after Gunners boss Mikel Arteta suggested he could be on the way out at the Emirates.

    Guendouzi was dropped by Arteta for the trip to Southampton on Thursday following his antics and ill-discipline in the defeat to Brighton.

    The Gunners chief publicly rebuked the Frenchman, who in turn reportedly suggested he could quit North London.

    Despite his short fuse, 'Sideshow Bob' lookalike Guendouzi has impressed since his £7million move from Lorient in 2018.

    Arsenal held its own disciplinary hearing after the incident at Brighton when Guendouzi grabbed Seagulls striker Neal Maupay by the throat.

    After that meeting, Guendouzi made it clear he would quit the club, according to reports in France.

  • HART BREAK

    Celtic will offer Arsenal target and free agent Joe Hart a Scottish Premiership lifeline – if they fail to sign Fraser Forster in a permanent deal.

    The Hoops are hoping to keep the on-loan Southampton goalie after an impressive campaign in Scotland.

    But Saints could be ready to offload the stopper for a major fee after he rediscovered his old form.

    So Bhoys chief Neil Lennon has lined up the ex-England keeper Hart as a back-up plan.

    Hart, 33, will be released by Burnley.

    He had struggled to displaced Tom Heaton and then Nick Pope over the last two seasons.

  • FORMER WIZARD OF OZ

  • GUNNING FOR THE CUP

  • OUT OF LAC

    Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has been slammed for his attitude in a pre-match warm-up.

    Lacazette had his boot laces undone while swapping passes with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Southampton.

    Former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid forward Florent Sinama-Pongolle, a pundit for French TV, said: “Lacazette is a substitute and doesn't have his laces tied up – these are the little things that you have to guard against and be careful about.

    “These little things unfortunately speak about the attitude and the team spirit at the moment.

    “Arteta's not their father and he can't be a cop who's behind them all the time – they're professional players who have an image to give off and these are things that you have to sort out very, very quickly.”

    Fearing for Arsenal’s future, he added: “Arsenal have some very good young players who I think can become great players for Arsenal, but without the commitment, the harmony and soul that should be in this team, it's going to be difficult for the generations to come.”

  • GIFT OF THE GAB

    Tottenham have joined the race with Arsenal and Chelsea for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

    Spurs have launched a £27million bid for the player to try and grab him from under the noses of their London rivals and Italian side Napoli, according to football website Fichajes.net.

    The 22-year-old Brazilian centre-half has made 24 appearances for the French side this season.

    Mourinho knows centre-half is the position he most needs to strengthen.

    Jan Vertonghen is set to leave next month on a free transfer.

    Although Toby Alderweireld signed a new contract, Mourinho has question marks over his pace.

  • MAN PERSIE

    Robin van Persie revealed why he left Arsenal for Manchester United.

    The Dutch striker was branded a “snake” and a “traitor” when he left the Gunners for Sir Alex Ferguson's side in a £24million back in August 2012.

    He said: “You can compare [me being at Arsenal] to being married. Me and my wife – Arsenal – were married for eight years.

    “After eight years, my wife, possibly got a bit tired of me. Those are the facts.

    “If Arsenal are not offering you a new deal… you can have different views on things but the fact is Arsenal never offered me a new deal.

    “Then you have a look around. I was ambitious. I still wanted to win the league. That is life.”

    Before adding: “One of the main facts was that Arsenal got tired of me. That was the starting point – they didn't offer me a new deal.

    “We had loads of chats with Wenger, with [Ivan] Gazidis. They gave me no decision to make.”

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,

    The Gunners have been hit with a major blow as Gabriel Martinelli is expected to be out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

    The Brazilian whizkid, 19, picked up a knock in training at the London Colney base just a day after the club's 2-1 defeat at Brighton.

    Martinelli is the latest name to be added to Mikel Arteta's growing list of injured aces – with Bernd Leno and Pablo Mari picking up knocks in the first two games since the Premier League's restart.

    While Arsenal have also suffered a transfer set back with Layvin Kurzawa reportedly expected to extend his PSG deal.

    The 27-year-old's deal expires on June 30 and Les Parisien's are desperate to keep the highly-rated left-back in the French capital.

    According to RMCSport, Kurzawa is on the brink of signing a new four-year extension to his contract in Paris.

    But on a better note, Arsenal are plotting a summer move for Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira, according to reports.

    Boss Arteta is hoping to add experience and maturity to his squad in the window, which was a big factor in signing Cedric Soares and David Luiz to new deals.

    According to ESPN, the Gunners are “exploring” the possibility of signing the 37-cap Portugal international – who has two years remaining on his contract.

    The 28-year-old boasts plenty of high-level experience, having won Euro 2016 with his country – as well as a Liga NOS title with Porto.
    His current deal possesses a £55million release clause.

    However, because of the financial effect of the coronavirus pandemic, Porto may sell for around a third of this figure.

  • EDDIE SET GO

    Jamie Redknapp has questioned Eddie Nketiah's Leeds United loan spell following his impact at Arsenal.

    He told Sky Sports: “Incredible, it really is. It makes you wonder why it didn't work out for him at Leeds.

    “What I like most about that interview is he said I like to be a nuisance.

    “Because a lot of players want to be silky and show their class, show their elegance.

    “He knows that if he does that, he can make it at the top level. He starts the press like he said, he's the first to go and close the centre-backs, Sol knows what it's like.

    “If you've got a striker that lets you have it, doesn't put you under any pressure, that's the dream.

    “When you've got someone like that breathing down your neck, it becomes a different proposition when someone is chasing you down and making it hard for you.”

  • PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

    Liverpool must pay some of their Premier League rivals millions in bonuses after clinching the title.

    Jurgen Klopp and his team have worked wonders in the transfer market in the last few years.

    But many players brought in have been heavily-incentivised, with Liverpool promising to pay huge fees to selling clubs if the player involved wins the league at Anfield.

    With the Reds finally winning their first-ever Premier League title on Thursday, the Kop crew must now fork over.

    Southampton are thought to be due a staggering £3million in fees, with Liverpool raiding the south coast club time and time again down the years.

    Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana are all former Southampton stars set to watch their former club get richer.

    Arsenal are also due a monster fee, with former Gunners ace Oxlade-Chamberlain now a Premier League champion.

  • FINE ART

    Arteta refused to comment on French reports that Matteo Guendouzi has told the club he wants to leave.

    Guendouzi was slammed by fans after he grabbed Brighton striker Neal Maupay by the throat following the club’s 2-1 loss.

    Asked about the player’s alleged request, Arteta said: “I said the other day in the press conference what was an internal issue and we will deal with it privately.”

  • ART OF WAR

    Arsenal now have a tricky game at Sheffield United in the FA Cup sixth round.

    And Arteta is hoping to win the Cup as both a player and manager after skippering the club to their 3-2 win over Hull in the 2014 final.

    Hoping to reach the semi-finals at Wembley, Arteta said: “It is always exciting to go to Wembley. Although without fans it will not be the same.

    “I will try and transmit to the players about the experience of Wembley and it will be worth the effort. We only played on Thursday but we must go again.”

  • XHAKA BOOM

    Yet despite showering him in praise, Arteta fell short of saying whether he would be prepared for Xhaka to be captain again in the future.

    He said: “Hopefully, I have 24 captains. There is not one way to be a captain. Be yourself, express yourself and play with passion.”

  • XHAKA CRACKER

    Mikel Arteta claims Granit Xhaka has always been a leader – and is delighted the club’s fans can now hear his booming voice.

    Midfielder Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy by former Emirates boss Unai Emery in November with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking over the role.

    The Swiss international's relationship with the supporters had hit rock bottom and he reacted angrily to jeers after being substituted against Crystal Palace in October.

    Yet Xhaka has remained a loud voice on the pitch and he could be heard barking orders in the 2-0 at Southampton on Thursday.

    Smiling when asked about Xhaka, boss Arteta said: “He is a natural leader.

    “He is always 100 per cent committed, not just for himself but for his team-mates – all the time. I am happy you can hear him.”

  • DAN'S OUR MAN

    Arsenal are plotting a summer move for Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira, according to reports.

    Boss Mikel Arteta is hoping to add experience and maturity to his squad in the window, which was a big factor in signing Cedric Soares and David Luiz to new deals.

    According to ESPN, the Gunners are “exploring” the possibility of signing the 37-cap Portugal international – who has two years remaining on his contract.

    The 28-year-old boasts plenty of high-level experience, having won Euro 2016 with his country – as well as a Liga NOS title with Porto.

    His current deal possesses a £55million release clause.

    However, because of the financial effect of the coronavirus pandemic, Porto may sell for around a third of this figure.

  • GUEN THEN

    Manchester United are interested in signing Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal, according to reports.

    It is claimed that the 21-year-old has informed Gunners bosses that he would like to leave the Emirates this summer, because he doesn't feel “trusted” by manager Mikel Arteta.

    The midfielder is believed to be unhappy after being dropped for Thursday's 2-0 win over Southampton, and has drawn the interest of a number of Europe's top clubs.

    Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be keen on the France Under-21 international.

    And according to L'Equipe, Manchester United are also eager to swoop for his signature.

  • THROWING SHADE

    Mesut Ozil was mercilessly mocked by Arsenal fans for using an umbrella during the game against Southampton – have now earned £1MILLION without playing since the restart.

    The Gunners playmaker, 31, failed to make it off the bench as his side scraped a much-needed win against Saints.

    And fans on Twitter just couldn't help but tear into him, with one sharing a picture of Ozil and his umbrella, captioned: “Mesut Ozil – Arsenal 2019-20 Skillz+Highlights |HD|”.

    Another tweeted: “Ozil is gonna be chillin' under that umbrella earning 350k/week until his contract runs out.”

    A third wrote: “Ozil dropped motivational quotes through this week only to end up sitting under an umbrella??”

  • GAB-SMACKED

    Arsenal have been hit with a major blow as Gabriel Martinelli is expected to be out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

    The Brazilian whizkid, 19, picked up a knock in training at the London Colney base just a day after the Gunners' 2-1 defeat at Brighton.

    Martinelli is the latest name to be added to Mikel Arteta's growing list of injured aces – with Bernd Leno and Pablo Mari picking up knocks in the first two games since the Premier League's restart.

    On their club website, Arsenal wrote: “Left knee. Sustained injury during training on 21 June. Successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee.

    “Will not be available for the current schedule of remaining 2019/20 matches.”

  • KOUL STORY BRO

    Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly set to join Manchester City in a £72million deal this summer.

    The Napoli defender had attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    Newcastle were also hoping to convince him to join them ahead of their proposed takeover.

    But according to Italian source II Mattino, he is set to chose Man City as he wants to play under Pep Guardiola.

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