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ARSENAL have been in Dubai for some warm-weather training as they prepare for Newcastle when they return from their winter break.

There has been talk of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but former Gunners star Paul Merson believes they should keep the Gabon striker even if they lose him for nothing.

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano continues to be linked with a summer move to the Emirates.

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

  • HEC OF MANAGER

    Hector Bellerin is remaining optimistic about the future of Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.

    The Spanish right-back believes the Gunners will be going full throttle soon enough under his fellow countryman.

    Bellerin told the club's website: “Mikel has always been very tactical in his work and in his whole life. He's very professional with very clear ideas.

    “It's very early doors in time. [Mikel] has a new philosophy and the way he has implemented it in te last few games that we've played, there's been a big change.

    “I think sometimes we need to be a bit more efficient in front of goal [but] that's also something that comes with confidence.

    “When you see that you're playing better and controlling games better, the goals are something that's going to come. I'm sure you're going to see that very quickly.”

  • NO MIKY MOUSE TALE

    Mikel Arteta has insisted Arsenal can still qualify for the Champions League.

    That is despite his side being 10 points off fourth-placed Chelsea and six places back on them.

    The Gunners are also eight points behind Sheffield United.

    He said: “At the moment we are far from it but there are a lot of games to play.

    “It is very tight. Everybody is giving points away. It will depend on us.

    “If we are able to put three or four wins in a row, we will be much closer.”

  • YING AND YANG

    Arsenal should keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at all costs – even if it means losing him on a free next season.

    That is the view of former Gunner Paul Merson who thinks the striker is too valuable to let go this summer.

    He said: “I thought Aubameyang would be about 31 or 32 when he left, and if I was Arsenal I'd keep him in the summer.

    “I'd keep him and say, you know what, give us what you can next year and get us into the Champions League and you can go for free.

    “It's hard to buy goals, and he's a natural scorer.”

  • BRILL FROM BRAZIL

    David Luiz has been talking with his pals in Brazil over the arrival of Pablo Mari.

    The Spaniard,26, arrived from Flamengo at the end of the January window.

    His new team-mate Luiz said: “He’s a great player. It was a pleasure for me seeing Pablo doing really well in Brazil. I hope he can help us.

    “He did amazing under Jorge Jesus, a coach I know very well, he’s my friend and one of the top coaches in the world.

    “I speak with Jorge every week, he’s really my friend. He told me to welcome him [Mari] in the best way because he is ready to play.”

  • CHRIST ALMIGHTY

    Bernd Leno stunning Wag Sophie Christin has shared snaps of herself soaking up the sunshine in Dubai after joining Arsenal's warm-weather training camp.

    The 22-year-old has uploaded a number of photos to her 62,900 Instagram followers in the United Arab Emirates as she makes the most of the Gunners' winter break.

    Christin – who has been in a relationship with the German goalkeeper since August 2015 – has uploaded pictures of herself drinking cocktails, walking on the beach and taking selfies with her blonde beau.

    In Christin's latest post, she shared an image of her in a white dress as she stands by the sea with the Dubai skyline in the background.

    Captioning the snap, she said: “Sunset goals.”

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