Gunners face Emerson Royal transfer battle, Buendia WANTS Arsenal move, Joe Willock LATEST, Ek takeover STILL alive

EMI BUENDIA is Arsenal's top transfer target this summer, according to reports.

While Dennis Bergkamp has told Arsenal fans Daniel Ek is STILL interested in buying the club off Stan Kroenke.

Elsewhere, the Gunners will have a better chance of signing Eduardo Camavinga than any other club if they make a serious bid, according to reports.

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  • Chisanga Malata

    BELLERIN SIDELINED

    Mikel Arteta has revealed Hector Bellerin won't be fit to play in the Gunners' final match of the season against Brighton.

    He said: “Hector is not fit so he won’t be there playing the last game. Like everybody that has a contract he remains here."

    Hector Bellerin won't play against BrightonCredit: Andy Hooper
  • Chisanga Malata

    'TRYING TO HURT YOU'

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has claimed his side is in a better place following the departure of several bad influences.

    He said: "The best thing has been to keep a team, a staff, employees and everybody together.

    “In those circumstances when you are not winning and when there are so many people, some inside and some outside, that are trying to hurt [you].

    "And to keep them together and block that and be so strong, I think that is some achievement.

    "As normally when that happens [makes a cracking sound], that cracks and everything falls, and it didn’t.”

    When asked if the 'some inside' were still at the club, the Spaniard replied: “No.”

  • Chisanga Malata

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS 

    Mikel Arteta is not getting too excited at the prospect of celebrating St Totteringham’s Day again — as Arsenal are nowhere near where they should be.

    If Spurs fail to win at Leicester tomorrow, the Gunners can overtake their bitter local rivals with a final-day home victory over Brighton.

    That would be the first time since 2016 that Arsenal have finished the season as top dogs of North London after 22 unbroken years of lording it over the mob from the other end of the Seven Sisters Road.

    And the prospect of nicking the last European spot from Spurs would only add to the party atmosphere for Arsenal fans, who have not had a lot to cheer about recently.

    Boss Arteta understands the importance of the occasion and said: “Anything that makes our supporters happy and helps us to get to a better position is all positive.”

    Mikel Arteta's first full season in charge of Arsenal has been anything but a successCredit: EPA

    Yet even if Arsenal do climb above both Spurs and Everton to secure Europa Conference League qualific­ation, it will not be nearly enough for their demanding manager.

    He said: “We have two more points than last season — but it’s nowhere near where we want to be.

    “Every Arsenal supporter should be aiming for us to be winning trophies and, when that is not the case, they are not going to be happy. There cannot be any other ambition at this football club.

    “But there is only one winner of the Champions League and one winner of the Premier League and the rest of the teams all failed.

    “Finishing second or third is not a big achievement but our supporters know what has been going on here.

    “It’s not because of what has happened today, yesterday or last year. We all know where this club used to be, but that is the past and now we need to focus on the future.”

  • Jack Figg

    TIP OF THE ICE-BERG

    Dennis Bergkamp says Spotify boss Daniel Ek and the Arsenal legends won’t give up their bid to take over the Gunners.

    Current owner Stan Kroenke has rejected an initial £1.8billion bid from Ek, who has support from Bergkamp and fellow Invincibles Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.

    Bergkamp said: “We can’t force anyone to sell. 

    “I understand that, in addition to that offer, Daniel has now reached out twice to Josh Kroenke [Arsenal director and Stan’s son] and his bankers. 

    “Whatever Kroenke’s intentions are, it would be good if we at least have a conversation with each other. In the interests of the club. 

    “Regardless, Daniel is not a quitter and neither are we football boys. We are here to stay.”

  • Jack Figg

    NET WORTH

    Arsenal may pursue Barcelona's second-choice goalkeeper Neto in the summer transfer window.

    That is according to a report from Mundo Deportivo, which claims that the Brazilian shot-stopper is set to play his last match for Barca when they visit Eibar on Saturday for the season's climax.

    The 31-year-old, who was targeted by the Gunners last January, will fill in for Marc-Andre ter Stegen between the sticks as the German star is set to undergo knee surgery.

    Arsenal are reportedly looking to sell their No1 goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the summer following a series of high-profile mistakes in recent months against the likes of Everton, Wolves, Olympiacos, West Ham and Liverpool.

    The same goes for back-up keeper Alex Runarsson, who has failed to impress as Leno's No2 since his £1million move from Rennes in September.

    The Iceland international has struggled to step up in the Europa League and had an absolute nightmare when the north Londoners lost 4-1 to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

    Based on these reports, manager Mikel Arteta will soon be in dire need of a new goalkeeper after recently selling Emiliano Martinez and Matt Macey to Aston Villa and Hibernian respectively.

    Neto, who has only amassed a mere 16 appearances since joining Barcelona from Valencia in a swap deal that included Jasper Cillessen in 2019, is not the only Arsenal target.

  • Jack Figg

    OH MY SHKOD

    Schalke have announced that Shkodran Mustafi will be released at the end of the season after just three months spent with the German side.

    The Arsenal flop only joined the Bundesliga outfit in February after having his contract terminated by the Gunners.

    And having failed to make an impression during his short spell at the Veltins-Arena, the 29-year-old defender will be on the lookout for a new club in the summer.

    Mustafi only agreed a deal until the end of the campaign when he linked up with Schalke, and following their relegation, the club have revealed he will not be offered a new contract.

    The centre-back has featured in 12 Bundesliga fixtures, with the club losing eight games in which he has played and have conceded a whopping 30 goals.

    He was even guilty of a calamitous own goal during the 5-0 defeat against Wolfsburg where he headed beyond goalkeeper Frederick Ronnow.

  • Jack Figg

    BRUCE ALMIGHTY

    Steve Bruce vowed to still try to hold onto Arsenal ace Joe Willock long-term.

    He said: “We will try to test their resolve. We will try our utmost.

    “We must respect that he is Arsenal's player and he's 21.

    “When you have six in six and you are the youngest player to do it, and he's somebody else's player so we are up against it. We will try our best.”

  • Jack Figg

    LOCK & KEY

    Allan Saint-Maximin has urged Newcastle to land Joe Willock on a permanent deal.

    The Arsenal loanee, 21, has scored in his last six consecutive matches to fire Toon to Premier League safety.

    Saint-Maximin also compared his relationship on the field with Willock to that of lethal Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

    He added: "My relationship is really good with Joe inside and outside the pitch, and you can see how that helps a team when you have players like that – like Harry Kane and Heung-min Son at Tottenham."

    Saint-Maximin, undoubtedly Newcastle's shining light in a disappointing campaign, was also speaking openly about his own future.

    Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said interest in Saint-Maximin, 24, is 'inevitable' this summer.

    And whilst the tricky winger admitted he is eager to win trophies, he suggested landing the quality of Willock will help convince him to stay.

  • Jack Figg

    ART ATTACK

    Fabrizio Romano is adamant that Arsenal are going to continue with Mikel Arteta in the dugout.

    Romano said on the Here We Go podcast: “Arsenal’s intention is to go on with Arteta, I would say 100 per cent, because they are convinced with Arteta, they are convinced with the project.

    “They think that one year with this kind of manager, he needs time.

    “The season has been really disappointing and they know about it, but they want to continue with Arteta, so at the moment the situation is planning with him about players to sell, players to sign and rebuilding in the summer.

    “So Arteta is the man for Arsenal”

     

  • Jack Figg

    EUR ON

    Mikel Arteta opened up on how he will balance watching the European Championship and spending time with his family over the summer.

    He said: You have to find the balance. There is a lot of work to do, a lot of reflection to do and a lot of decisions to be made.

    "It will take time to do that. But at the same time as well, you have to disconnect.

    "It's been almost two years with no break and they [our families] deserve some time with us and I think our bodies and minds need a rest to be more efficient and have more clarity in our vision."

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  • Jack Figg

    SHEAR JOY

    Alan Shearer joked that Arsenal loanee Joe Willock may prefer to stay at Newcastle because he will want to play for a “big club” next season.

    Willock joined the Magpies on loan during the January transfer window and has put together a raft of impressive performances while the Gunners are likely to miss out on European qualification for the first time in 25 years.

    Shearer told Match of the Day: “Well, he might want to play for a big club so he might want to stay at Newcastle.

    “I’m joking Arsenal fans! I’m joking!”

    Credit: PA

     

  • Jack Figg

    PEP TALK

    Danny Murphy praised Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe after his performance against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

    Murphy told Match of the Day: “I think he suffered from the pressure of the price tag, but he’s certainly got talent.

    “He’s quick, skilful, direct. Like so many players he’s been up and down with his form. Today he showed those bits of magic we’ve seen from him on occasions. Goals ultimately is where you’re judged as a forward player.

    “He looked hungry. He looked sharp. He looked fit… He’s got 14 goals this season which isn’t a bad return considering they’ve had a poor season.

    “Hopefully for Arenal fans they’ll see him progress a bit more next season. He’s got to play regularly. He’s got to produce this kind of form week in week out to keep the likes of Bukayo Saka out”

  • Jack Figg

    UP FOR THE CUP

    The prospect of the World Cup coming every TWO years took a huge step forward after Fifa voted to back the idea.

    Fifa President Gianni Infantino is a supporter of the concept, which is bitterly opposed by European chiefs.

    But a proposal to establish a “feasibility study” into the idea of holding both the men’s and women’s World Cups on a two-year cycle passed by a substantial margin at the virtual Congress of the 211 member associations.

    Saudi Arabia’s proposal was supported by 166 nations, with only 22 opposed and 21 abstaining – Pakistan and Chad are currently suspended by Fifa.

    Only the Saudis, backed by Morocco, spoke about the motion, although a smiling Infantino promised: “This will be looked at by the Fifa administration and all stakeholders.”

    But Infantino also signaled he will use the study to look at significant changes to the number of international matches played in qualifying campaigns.

    Infantino, in his earlier address to the world game, said: “We face challenges and questions about how many matches can a player play per year.

    “Do we want more games or less, but more meaningful, games? The International Match Calendar is global and has to take into account the variety of situations around the world.

    “Our starting point is not that the calendar is full and nothing can change. Instead we have a blank sheet of paper and we are open to take on board all views and opinions about how to make it better.

    “We cannot just look at the final tournament in isolation. We have to look at qualifying competitions as well.”

  • Jack Figg

    ODE OPTIONS

    Arsenal are reportedly set to reignite their interest in Emiliano Buendia if Martin Odegaard returns to Real Madrid.

    The Norwegian playmaker is on loan from Los Blancos and a string of impressive displays has led Mikel Arteta to seek an extension – or even a permanent deal.

    Real are said to want Odegaard, 22, back in the summer although the future of coach Zinedine Zidane may be a factor in that decision.

    According to Goal, Arsenal are planning to bid for Buendia or Real Betis star Nabil Fekir if he moves on.

    Buendia, 24, won the Championship's and Norwich's Player of the Season award having led the Canaries to promotion.

    Long tipped as a top target for the Gunners, the Argentine has reportedly been scouted at length by the North London club.

    A deal would cost upwards of £40million with Norwich back in the Premier League and Buendia under a three-year contract.

  • Jack Figg

    SEE LU, LATER

    Arsenal confirmed David Luiz will leave the club on a free agent at the end of the season after just two years at the club.

    The Gunners signed the Brazilian centre-back, 34, from Chelsea in an £8million deal in the summer of 2019.Luiz has since gone on to help them win the 2019-20 FA Cup in 73 games at the Emirates.

    But Mikel Arteta has confirmed Luiz will walk away from the club this summer after negotiations over a contract extension collapsed.

    And Arsenal's official Twitter account posted an image of Luiz, simply captioned with a heart emoji following the news.

    On Luiz's departure, Arteta said: “He’s a player who has won everything in football and has earned every right to do so through who he is as a player and as a person.

    “I had the privilege to work with him for 18 months. I really enjoyed it. I think we got on really good. I think we had some great moments together.

    "He’s been really helpful, someone who we really like and appreciate so much. So I say thank you to him and wish him the best of luck in his next chapter.

    "I’m sure knowing David that he will have many more to come as a player and in the future somehow related to the game.”

  • Jack Figg

    NOT WILL-ING

    Mikel Arteta appears to have wrecked Newcastle’s hopes of signing Joe Willock by revealing he is planning to have the star back next season.

    The 21-year-old left the Gunners in January and headed to St. James’ Park on loan for the rest of the campaign.

    Willock has since become a huge hit on Tyneside and scored the winner against Sheffield United on Wednesday.

    That was his sixth consecutive goal for the Magpies – and Toon boss Steve Bruce is desperate to keep him.

    Newcastle are hoping they can tempt Arsenal into selling the midfielder for a fee of around £20million once the transfer window re-opens.

    However, the North London side’s manager Arteta insisted today that Willock will be coming back to them.

    He said: “I am really happy that things have gone so well because of the potential that he has.

    “I think it was great for him to go away and have a different experience.

    “He has grabbed that opportunity in a really positive and remarkable way and he will come back to us, we will have a conversation with him and plan the next years for him.”

  • Jack Figg

    FINAL BELL

    Hector Bellerin may have played his last game for Arsenal.

    The Spanish right-back has been ruled out of the Gunners' final game of the season against Brighton with a knock.

    Bellerin, 26, has spent eight years with Arsenal but he is expected to leave the Emirates this summer.

    Boss Mikel Arteta is planning a transfer exodus and Bellerin is one of the names on the chopping block.

    The full-back wants a new challenge in Europe and Arteta is eager to let him leave and land a new right-back to fill his boots.

    Arsenal hope to raise as much as £35million for a player who still has two years to run on his contract — but may be forced to slash their asking price.

    Arteta was quizzed on his future ahead of the game with Brighton but remained tight-lipped on the situation.

    Reported by Arsenal's website, he said: "Hector is not fit [for Sunday] so he will not be playing the last time.

    "Like everybody that has a contract, he remains here."

    Credit: Getty

     

  • Jack Figg

    ROYAL RUMBLE

    Arsenal and Everton are interested in Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal, according to reports.

    The Brazilian has spent the last two seasons on loan at Real Betis, as he looks to establish himself in LaLiga.

    Emerson, 22, hopes to impress parent club Barca during pre-season, aiming to become their first choice right-back next term

    But should he look likely to have to play understudy to Sergino Dest, the former Atletico Mineiro starlet will look elsewhere.

    According to Sport, Emerson wouldn't be short of suitors, with Villarreal and AC Milan both keen.

    But they reckon that the player himself prefers the idea of moving to England.

    Arsenal are a particularly good fit, especially if Hector Bellerin completes a rumoured move to Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Jack Figg

    FORM-AL DISCUSSION

    Mikel Arteta thought little of the fact Arsenal would be second in the table from the last 23 Premier League games.

    He said: "Yes, it is very good but the league is played over 38 games.

    "But at least it shows that we are able to do it and when we have a little bit more of a normal context, more normal situations.

    "I am very positive about what we can do, but at the end of the day wee are judged on what we have done over the whole season and it is not, for sure, where we want to be."

    Credit: Getty

     

  • Jack Figg

    TAKING THE MIK NOW

    Mikel Arteta hopes a line can be drawn under takeover talks after Spotify founder Daniel Ek failed in a bid to buy the club from Stan Kroenke.

    Arteta said: "I really hope so because it has been very clear where the owners are standing.

    "I think I have given my view on the situation.

    "Just for the benefit of the club, which is the only interest really of everyone who supports the club, the aim is to get the unity and togetherness that we need to be back where we want. That’s all."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    After his injury time strike against Crystal Palace, will Gabriel Martinelli start against Brighton?

  • Jake Lambourne

    EUR HAVING A LAUGH

    Journalist David Ornstein has claimed Arsenal's transfer business won't be affected if they fail to qualify for Europe.

    He told Sky Sports: "I know with Arsenal they [the transfer plans] have already been submitted by Edu and Mikel Arteta to the board of directors and they are very clear in what they want to do.

    "Whether they will be able to do it will depend on the finance which is made available by the owners and whether they will be able to attract players.

    “I know of a number of players Arsenal have made proposals to, very attractive, and they do have a plan to get back into the big time.

    “Edu & Arteta are selling an impressive project to potential recruits but many of those players have ambitions to play in the Champions League or at least the Europa League so they are not considering those proposals at this point.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOP DOIG

    Hibernian youngster Josh Doig has been likened to Arsenal star Kieran Tierney by former Gunners goalkeeper Matt Macey.

    Brighton are strongly linked with the 19-year-old defender, who has been tipped to follow in his countryman’s footsteps and impress in the Premier League.

    Macey said: “For me [comparisons to Tierney] are absolutely not unrealistic for Josh, he can go as far as he wants.

    “He’s coming up to a big moment in his career, he has obviously had a lot of big moments already in terms of his age and making that breakthrough.

    “He’s very level headed and he’ll take it in his stride. For me he can go right to the top. I have seen a lot of young players at Arsenal and he would be right up there, for sure.

    “Kieran and Josh obviously play the same position and I can see the similarities in their playing style. Josh is maybe a little bit younger than when KT made his move to Arsenal, but he can go on and do well.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ACCESS ALL AREAS

    Take a look at all the unseen footage from Arsenal's win at Selhurst Park below.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FINAL BELL

    Hector Bellerin may have played his last game for Arsenal.

    The Spanish right-back has been ruled out of the Gunners' final game of the season against Brighton with a knock.

    Boss Mikel Arteta is planning a transfer exodus and Bellerin is one of the names on the chopping block.

    The full-back wants a new challenge in Europe and Arteta is eager to let him leave and land a new right-back to fill his boots.

    With Europe still a possibility, here how Arsenal start against the Seagulls.

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