8.30am Arsenal news LIVE: Partey expects Gunners transfer, Premier League fixtures, Aubameyang boost, Milik LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL are less than two weeks away from their return to Premier League action against Man City at the Etihad.

And they have received a boost on the transfer front with top target Thomas Partey reportedly expecting to move to the Emirates this summer.

Follow all the latest updates from North London below…

  • MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly wants to lure Kieran Tierney away from Arsenal after just one season.

    The defender has been limited to just five Premier League appearances since his arrival from Celtic due to injuries.

    According to The Transfer Window Podcast, Leicester City have set their sights on signing the 22-year-old should Ben Chilwell join Chelsea.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal could secure a cut-price transfer for Arkadiusz Milik after Napoli reportedly dropped their £45million asking price for anyone but Juventus.

    According to La Repubblica, Arsenal are in pole position to land the 26-year-old this summer, but face a fight from a number of Premier League clubs.

    In other news, Ally McCoist hopes former Rangers star Mikel Arteta will swoop for Celtic star Odsonne Edouard… so his old club can finally win the Scottish title.

    He said: “The telltale sign, I'm reading a few of the Celtic boys, and they are coming out and asking him not to move, to wait another year.

    “No way, I'm clearly of the opposite opinion, get him away, and if he goes to Leicester or Arsenal, I tell you what, they will be getting a right top player.”

    And finally, ESPN have reported that Gunners target Depay will be available for just £30m this summer as he has rejected the chance to extend his Lyon deal.

  • NEW PROBLEM

    The Premier League are reportedly “fully considering” calls to pull the plug on Newcastle's £300m takeover.

    Public Investment Fund and dealmaker Amanda Staveley were hoping to complete the deal that would finally see Mike Ashley relinquish control.

    But now, according to The Telegraph, Premier League executive Richard Masters has been contacted by lawyers representing the fiancee of murdered Jamal Khashoggi.

    Hatice Cengiz insists the deal, which would give the PIF an 80 per cent stake in Newcastle, is in breach of the PL’s owners’ and directors’ test.

    Journalist Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

    Independent investigators claim Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was directly involved — which he denies.

  • VICTOR-IOUS

    Rumoured Arsenal target Victor Osimhen's asking price is lower than originally expected, according to reports.

    After a breakout season for the Nigerian in Ligue 1, Lille have been expected to demand a fee similar to the £72million received by Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe last year.

    But according to Alfonso Pedulla, a potential suitor could now land the 21-year-old for between £49m and £53m.

    Chelsea. Man Utd, Napoli and Spurs are also believed to be interested.

  • WE REALLY GIVE A FUCH

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly scouting Internacional centre-back Bruno Fuchs.

    The 21-year-old has played just four games in the Copa Libertadores this season.

    Technical director Edu is clearly keen to use his connections in South America to unearth value-for-money talent at the Emirates.

    And 6ft 2in centre-back Fuchs would be another Brazilian addition to join the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Spaniard Pablo Mari, who is on a buy-to-loan deal.

  • RIGHT SAID FRED

    Former Spurs striker Freddie Kanoute has admitted that he hopes reported Arsenal target Thomas Partey stays in LaLiga with Atletico Madrid this summer.

    He told Goal: “There are a few exciting [African] players in LaLiga in my opinion.

    “I really like Thomas [Partey] of Atletico Madrid.

    “He’s a player who is going to keep improving, and there have even been rumours of him leaving to other clubs.

    “We hope to keep him in LaLiga as long as possible.”

  • WRIGHT STUFF

  • BIG BEN

    Man City are showing an interest in AC Milan's £45million-rated midfielder Ismael Bennacer, according to reports.

    Bennacer, 22, spent two years on Arsenal's books before departing for Italian club Empoli in 2017.

    And reports say City boss Pep Guardiola has already made contact with the Algerian international over a potential return to the Premier League this summer.

    A move to the Etihad would see Bennacer team up with international teammate Riyad Mahrez.

    Last summer, the pair helped Algeria to their first African Cup of Nations victory since 1990 – with Bennacer voted Player of the Tournament.

    The midfielder made one League Cup appearance for Arsenal as a 17-year-old in 2015 but was otherwise overlooked and left the Gunners in search of first team football in 2017.

  • FULL FIXTURE LIST

  • PREM FIXTURES IN

    Arsenal's televised Project Restart fixtures have been leaked!

    Here are the next five fixtures for the Gunners

    • Man City (away) – June 17 – PL – 8pm kick-off
    • Brighton (away) – June 20 – PL – 3pm kick-off
    • Southampton (away) – June 23 – PL – 6pm kick-off
    • Sheffield United (away) – June 27 – FA Cup – 5pm kick-off
    • Norwich (home) – July 2 – PL – 6pm kick-off

    IT'S TOTT IDEAL

    Daniel Levy has called for talks to find a way to get fans back into stadiums after Tottenham were forced to take a £175million loan from the Bank of England to deal with the crisis caused by Covid-19.

    Tottenham Hotspur Stadium limited has taken the finance available through the government’s CCFF Scheme to help the club through the financial turmoil caused by the global pandemic.

    But with social distancing measures likely to remain in place for months to come, the Spurs chairman says it is vital for live events industries to come up with a plan with the government which would ease the cash-crisis caused by playing in empty stadiums.

    Levy said: “We have always run this Club on a self-sustaining commercial basis. I said as early as 18 March that, in all my 20 years at the Club, there have been many hurdles along the way but none of this magnitude – the COVID-19 pandemic has shown itself to be the most serious of them all.

    “It is imperative that we now all work together – scientists, technologists, the Government and the live events sector – to find a safe way to bring spectators back to sport and entertainment venues.

    “Collectively we have the ability to support the development of new technologies to make this possible and to once again experience the passion of fans at live events.”

    GUNNING FOR IT

    Mikel Arteta is in the midst of plotting his ultimate starting line-up as the return to Premier League football on June 17 looms closer. 

    The Gunners were recently contacted by the Hammers in the hope of setting up a friendly match – and the North Londoners are looking to welcome a number of injury absentees back into their squad including Kieran Tierney and Lucas Torreira.

    The Premier League has given clubs permission to arrange warm-up games now that training is stepping up ahead of the June 17 restart.

    Here's how Arsenal could line-up against the Hammers.

    BIRTHDAY BOY

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    INJURY RATES SET TO SOAR

    Players may be at an increased risk of injury as professional sports rush back into action following the coronavirus stoppage, a global union representing 85,000 athletes said on Thursday.

    Some football leagues in particular have condensed a large number of fixtures into a short space of time in an attempt to complete the season.

    “Many players will not have had access to the necessary training methods to ensure that they have the necessary fitness and conditioning to compete,” said the World Players' Association (WPA), whose members play in the NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL, European soccer and Australian Rules football, among others.

    It added: “At the same time, many sports will be eager to make up for lost time and revenue which may result in compressed schedules and elevated demands on playing and training load.”

    WPA executive director Brendan Schwab pointed to a study conducted by Australian sports scientist Joel Mason last month which suggested an increased injury rate in the Bundesliga since Germany's professional soccer league restarted on May 16.

    According to the study, a pre-stoppage rate of 0.27 injuries per match this season climbed to 0.88 in the first round of matches following the restart.

    DILLY DALLY

    Top flight clubs avoided a vote – but effectively kicked the can down the road – if a second wave of coronavirus kicks in, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    While there remains a split over what should happen if the season is “curtailed” by a second outbreak of Covid-19, the clubs opted to avoid a spat.

    And rather than pit the divisive issue to a vote, the teams took a position that it was not necessary to fight over a situation that may never actually arise.

    An agreement was reached that the debate will only be reopened if the season is forced into stopping for a second time.

    That avoided the faultlines between the clubs being further exposed.

    If the season cannot be finished, a points-per-game option is available, but clubs facing relegation are not keen on it.

    PREM'S HIGH FIVE

    Premier League clubs have again put off a decision on what to do if the restarted League cannot be completed, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    In a surprise move, the clubs agreed that the issue will not discussed UNLESS it becomes necessary because of a second shut-down.

    But the clubs did vote to approve a vote urged by Chelsea which means managers will be able to make five substitutions for the rest of the season.

    And there was also approval for another Chelsea proposal for teams to put nine players on the bench for the final part of the campaign.

    The latest meeting of the 20 Shareholder clubs lasted just under three hours.

    BARGAIN TARGETS 5 – EDINSON CAVANI

    The Gunners could reignite their interest in the 33-year-old after they missed out on signing him in January.

    Le10 Sport claim he is set to leave for free when his contract expires in the summer as Inter Milan are unable to meet his salary demands.

    Arsenal could secure his signature without paying a penny, but would have to match his reported £171,000-per-week wage.

    BARGAIN TARGETS 4 – MEMPHIS DEPAY

    ESPN have reported that Depay will be available for just £30m this summer as he has rejected the chance to extend his Lyon deal.

    He has been labelled a flop in the Premier League after he spent two seasons with Manchester United from 2015 until 2017.

    But he found his form this season as he scored 14 goals and made two assists across 18 appearances in France.

    He could be a risk worth taking for Arteta as he can also be deployed on the left-hand side of the attack.

    BARGAIN TARGETS 3 – BEN YEDDER

    Arsenal could be ready to swoop as El Desmarque claim Monaco will be forced to sell Yedder in the summer.

    It is reported that the French club are prepared to offload him for the same price they paid for him last summer – which was £35.6m.

    He has scored 19 goals and chipped in with nine assists in 31 appearances for the Ligue 1 side.

    But the Gunners will have to act fast as 29-year-old has been linked to Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    BARGAIN TARGETS 2 – ARKADIUSZ MILIK

    Arsenal are in pole position to bring the Napoli star to the Premier League this summer, according to La Repubblica.

    The Italian side are prepared to accept an offer less than £45million from an English club to avoid him joining one of their rivals.

    Milik has refused to extend his stay with Napoli even though his current contract is due to expire in 2021.

    The Polish star, 26, has 12 goals under his belt already this season.

    BARGAIN TARGETS 1

    Let's take a look at five possible transfers the Gunners could make if they lose Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer.

    LUKA JOVIC

    The Serbian has failed to impress since he made a £52million switch to Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt.

    He has fallen down the pecking order after scoring just two goals in 24 games for Zinedine Zidane's side.

    Real Madrid are keen to recoup some of the funds spent on him last June, but reports have suggested he could leave on loan.

    Arsenal face competition from AC Milan and Napoli for the struggling Serbian's signature.

    ARK OF THE COVENANT

    Arsenal could secure a cut-price transfer for Arkadiusz Milik after Napoli reportedly dropped their £45million asking price for anyone but Juventus.

    The Polish striker has found the net 12 times in 22 appearances for Gennaro Gattuso’s side this term.

    Naples chief Aurelio De Laurentiis is prepared to cash-in on the Pole for an offer below their original £45m asking price.

    Juventus are believed to be interested in acquiring Milik’s services but De Laurentiis is unwilling to sell to a Serie A arch rival.

    According to La Repubblica, Arsenal are in pole position to land the 26-year-old this summer, but face a fight from a number of Premier League clubs.

    The Poland international is appearing unlikely to extend his contract beyond its current 2021 expiry date, and he may look to follow the path of his former mentor and Arsenal icon Denis Bergkamp – who he worked closely with during his stint at Ajax.

    RIGHT TOP PLAYER

    Ally McCoist hopes former Rangers star Mikel Arteta will swoop for Celtic star Odsonne Edouard… so his old club can finally win the Scottish title.

    Leicester are also interested in the striker, who has bagged 27 goals and 19 assists in 45 games this term.

    Leigh Griffiths has been among the Hoops stars to urge Edouard to stay and help Celtic win 10 in a row – something Rangers achieved in the 1990s.

    McCoist said: “The telltale sign, I'm reading a few of the Celtic boys, and they are coming out and asking him not to move, to wait another year.

    “No way, I'm clearly of the opposite opinion, get him away, and if he goes to Leicester or Arsenal, I tell you what, they will be getting a right top player.”

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MANU

    Former Arsenal right-back Emmanuel Eboue turns 36 today.

    Manu Eboue is also celebrating today! 🎉 🎊⁠ ⁠ #Eboue #Arsenal #YouveOnlyComeToSeeEboue

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    PEOPLE CHANGE THE WORLD

    Shkodran Mustafi has posted a thoughtful and heartfelt message about educating children.

    Education doesn’t change the world. Education changes the people who will change the world. So start with your children 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 #SM20

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    TIE LOOKS SMART

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly wants to lure Kieran Tierney away from Arsenal after just one season.

    The defender has been limited to just five Premier League appearances since his arrival from Celtic due to injuries.

    According to The Transfer Window Podcast, Leicester City have set their sights on signing the 22-year-old.

    Former Liverpool manager Rodgers is said to be a huge fan of Tierney following their time together at Celtic.

    The Foxes boss is determined to sign a new left-back as Ben Chilwell looks set to join Chelsea during the summer.

    Chilwell has allegedly told his club that he wants to make the move – which is expected to cost the Blues £85million.

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