6pm Arsenal news LIVE: Mari to make £10m permanent transfer, Xhaka and Pepe break lockdown, Partey talks CONFIRMED – The Sun

ARSENAL continue to wait for news on the return of the Premier League.

But the Gunners are pressing ahead with their transfer plans and are reportedly set to make Pablo Mari's loan a permanent transfer for £10m.

Follow all the latest updates from North London below…

  • SO KEANE TO WIN

    Manchester United and Arsenal’s rivalry at the turn of the century was embodied by Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira’s person duel.

    That is according to Ian Wright, he has spoken of how the midfield dynamos were incredibly focused on getting one over eachother whenever their title clashes came around.

    Wright told the Match of the Day: “It was the Keane-Vieira rivalry.

    “I remember Patrick’s demeanour and intensity changing in training in the week leading up to the game against United. He went up a notch, a lot sharper. It was brilliant to watch.

    “For the two players that they were, the incident in the tunnel was brilliant for those times of great players going at it. They were just winners.”

    Alan Shearer added: “You could see it, Roy was desperate to go onto the pitching saying, 'get out there and we will see'.

    “The number of times people have said they are going to take you out on the pitch or offered to fight you in the dressing room.”

  • GUNNERS TRIBUTE

    Arsenal have issued their condolences following the passing of former player Dave Bacuzzi at the age of 79.

    The London-born defender also featured for Manchester City, Reading and Cork Hibernians.

    He died on Wednesday following complications related to Covid-19.

    An Arsenal statement read: “Dave, the son of England international Joe Bacuzzi, was born and bred in Islington and an England youth international.

    “He joined us from Eastbourne United in March 1958 as a 17-year-old and remained with us for six years, playing 48 first-team games and more than 100 other representative matches before being transferred to Manchester City for £25,000 in April 1964.

    “The thoughts of everyone at Arsenal Football Club are with Dave’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”

  • PORT OF CALL

    ARSENAL star David Luiz has claimed it will be one of the greatest feelings of his life when he returns to Benfica.

    The defender, 33, made his name with the Portuguese giants before he reluctantly joined Chelsea in 2011.

    Luiz was just 19 when he signed for Benfica in 2007 after initially joining them on loan from Brazilian club Vitoria.

    He spent four years with the Primeira Liga side before the Blues forked out £21.5million to secure his services.

    The defender is now under contract with Arsenal until next year, but has no intentions of finishing his career in North London.

    Speaking to SporTV, Luiz revealed he wants to star at the Estadio da Luz once more before he hangs up his boots.

    He said: “I never lost my connection with Benfica, I have that in my heart, everybody knows I want to come back.

  • MARI-AGE MADE IN HEAVEN

    Arsenal look set to turn Pablo Mari’s loan move from Flamengo into a £10million permanent deal – despite the fact he’s made just TWO appearances since his January arrival.

    The Spanish defender, 26, has featured just once in the Premier League, in the 1-0 win over West Ham, despite the Gunners’ defensive troubles.

    Mari also played in Arsenal‘s 2-0 FA Cup win over Portsmouth – and faced Liverpool during December’s Club World Cup while still with Flamengo.

    In spite of his lack of action, Mikel Arteta clearly sees potential in Mari to be part of his future back-four, with youngster William Saliba to return in the summer.

    David Ornstein revealed Arsenal chiefs are keen on making a move on the Ornstein & Chapman podcast.

    Ornstein said: “I understand it’s very likely they’ll make the loan deal for Pablo Mari into a permanent deal for around £10m.”

  • CAM AND GET ME

    Real Madrid are reportedly in pole position to land Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga at the end of the season.

    Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is said to be a huge fan of the 17-year-old with the player believed to be a top priority as the Spanish look to sign a defensive midfielder.

    Arsenal had been linked with a move for the teenager, but it now appears that Real are the only ones still in the race to secure his services.

    According to Marca, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund are no longer interested in Camavinga due to his desire to move the Bernabeu.

    They state Rennes are looking to sell the player for around £53million.

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