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ARSENAL are preparing for a return to Premier League action, but Mikel Arteta admits they have a number of transfer plans to choose from depending on how the coronavirus crisis turns out.
Meanwhile Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly received an approach from Real Madrid while Dayot Upamecano's barber has dropped a bit hint about the Frenchman's future.
Get all the latest Gunners news and gossip here…
MO DESERVED A GO
Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva believes the club DID manage to sign a ready-made replacement for Patrick Vieira – in Mohamed Elneny.
The midfielder joined the Gunners for what seemed a bargain £5million from Basel in the summer of 2016.
But under then boss Arsene Wenger and his successor Unai Emery, Elneny failed to consolidate a starting place.
Elneny started just 33 Premier League games in three years before being shipped out on a season-long loan to Besiktas in August.
Silva told France Football: “In the last few years, the situation has been difficult at Arsenal.
“They have very similar players in midfield, with profiles that resemble each other and not really players of the profile of Patrick Vieira, or even my profile.
“The only individual who resembled [us], that could have been Mohamed Elneny, but he didn’t play.
“Arsenal always plays positively, trying to deploy an attacking game, and it is not easy to find someone to marry the ability to play the forward game and to do the work in the shadows in the defensive phases.”
MECANO SET TO MOVE
Manchester United and City are being linked with £55million-rated Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano.
The France Under-21 centre-back is also reportedly interesting Spurs, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich after hinting he could leave RB Leipzig this summer.
Now Sky Sports say the two Manchester giants have leapt into the race for a 21-year-old who has a huge release clause.
City chief Pep Guardiola is determined to bolster his defence this summer after missing out on a number of top targets in January.
And Guardiola could lose Aymeric Laporte to Barcelona.
Meanwhile, United are thought to be monitoring Upamecano following his incredible spell of form.
Arsenal are believed to have had a £55million bid swiftly rejected last summer.
SLICE OF PIE
Real Madrid have made an initial approach for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to France Football.
The Gabon striker has scored 20 goals for the Gunners this season and has been attracting interest from Barcelona, Inter Milan and now Real.
Mikel Arteta is determined to keep hold of Aubameyang, but with 12 months left at the end of his contract, the situation could be beyond their control.
Arsenal could finally have the chance to snap up long-term transfer target Thomas Lemar.
The Atletico Madrid winger has fallen out of favour with the Spanish giants and could now be on his way out, according to Spanish media outlet Marca, and into the hands of the Gunners.
Arsenal have been after the 24-year-old for a long time and in 2017 things appeared as though they were getting very close when Lemar dropped what seemed to be a hint by liking a social media post.
He was playing for Monaco at the time.
A fan had posted a photo of the Frenchman with the caption ‘welcome to Arsenal’.
An account user with the name ‘thom_lemar27 liked it and it gained a lot of fan attention.
Arsenal defender David Luiz is among the footballers who have taken up teqball to help keep up their fitness in the global shutdown.
The new sport, a combination of football and table tennis, is growing in popularity especially among Brazilian players.
Luiz is among the stars posting videos of himself playing the game, invented in Hungary six years ago.
And some players have customised home furniture to provide a table and enable them to join the stayteqchallenge.
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