4.30pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Koscielny 'forced to leave', Hermoso £18m link, Mustafi to stay

London rivals Chelsea have already made it via the league, but the Gunners must be victorious in Baku after only managing a fifth-placed Premier League finish.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, updates and transfer gossip below…

  • Jake LambourneMay 24, 20194:04 pm

    DEMAND for tickets for the Europa League final is so bad re-selling sites are selling them at a LOSS in an attempt to shift them.

    Arsenal and Chelsea fans have turned their backs on the big European final in protest at the decision to stage it in Azerbaijan.

    Ludicrous travel and accommodation costs along with a shortage a flights into the country have seen supporters deliver a huge snub to Uefa.

    Both clubs returned large chunks of their 6,000 allocations to leave Uefa facing the embarrassment of the match next week being played in front of thousands of empty seats.

    And the lack of interest from football fans has also caught out the re-selling websites who usually make a killing from such showpiece events.

    StubHub – one of the major players in the industry – is now trying to flog category four tickets for £19.75 – just under £7 cheaper than face value.

    They even have category one seats on sale at £73.74, a 40 per cent loss on the face value of £123.

    Contrast that against the Champions League final where StubHub has no match tickets available at all – and is flogging a car park pass by the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for up to £1,300.

  • Joshua JonesMay 24, 20193:09 pm

    ARSENAL skipper Laurent Koscielny could LEAVE the Emirates this summer as the club's new hardline transfer policy comes into force.

    The Gunners want to avoid losing more of their stars for nothing and will sell players with expiring contracts.

    According to L'Equipe, Koscielny, 33, is seriously considering his options after talks over a new deal with Arsenal have stalled.

    The idea of a fresh challenge is reportedly “more and more tempting” for the French centre-back.

    The Gunners hero, who joined from Lorient in 2010, is set to play his 405th game for the club in the Europa League final against Chelsea on May 29.

    Koscielny – currently tied down until 2020 – could become the first victim of Arsenal's new, radical approach towards stars with expiring contracts.

    The club are now set to sell players if they fail to agree a new deal to prevent another Aaron Ramsey-like transfer saga.

  • Joshua JonesMay 24, 20192:16 pm

    ARSENAL are considering a £30million summer swoop for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser – but would he be worth the monster outlay?

    The Gunners have been famously short of cash in the past few transfer windows, forced into loan moves and shrewd buys.

    But with Unai Emery in dire need of some width and creativity in his squad, Fraser, 25, could be just the man to fill that void.

    So, why are Arsenal keen on the Bournemouth man?

  • Joshua JonesMay 24, 20191:42 pm

    THAT Arsenal fans' petition to get the Europa League final moved to Wembley has now reached 13,000 signatures – double the number of fans who will travel to Azerbaijan for the game.

    Uefa have faced increased backlash over its decision to award the event to Baku following Henrikh Mkhitaryan's withdrawal from the Gunners squad for the match due to safety concerns.

    The Armenia midfielder decided to stay at home over fears he could be targeted because of the long conflict between his country and Azerbaijan.

    In addition, logistical issues prevent fans of both Chelsea and Arsenal from going to the game, with 6,000 tickets already sent back to Uefa.

    The Gunners faithful decided to take the matter into their own hands, launching a petition yesterday to get the Europa final moved to London.

    They claim that Uefa's decision to award the final to Baku “is one that unabashedly priorities profit over the sanctity of the beautiful game and the safety of its players.”

  • Joshua JonesMay 24, 20191:09 pm

    WE know what Tony Cascarino thinks, but who should Unai Emery start in the Europa League final: Petr Cech or Bernd Leno?

    Pressure is mounting on the Spanish boss to use his head over his heart and drop Cech for the clash against his old team – in what would be his last-ever match.

    Gunners fans want Cech to be left on the bench for the game that represents their only chance of silverware this season over his Blues links.

    But what do the stats say?

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