Aouar 'available for £25m', Odegaard's future LATEST, Willian 'wants to rejoin Chelsea', Daniel Ek takeover UPDATE

ARSENAL have received a boost in their long pursuit of Lyon defender Houssem Aouar.

After the Ligue 1 side missed out on Champions League football, reports suggest the centre-back could be available for just £25million.

We've the very latest on Willian, plus an update on the Gunners takeover and Martin Odegaard's future.

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  • Dylan Terry

    NEW EIRA

    Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has begged the club’s owners to sell up as he confirmed that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek will return with another takeover offer.

    The Frenchman, 44, told the ITV Football Show Podcast: “In the last couple of years I believe that the club didn’t take the right direction.

    “And I think it is time for change. If the change doesn’t happen, I believe that Arsenal will be in a difficult position.

    “We can only make a judgement from outside. We watch every single Arsenal game and it is difficult to recognise the club that we used to play for.

    “It’s difficult to understand the reasons why Arsenal went down the last couple of years but obviously losing Arsene [Wenger] and not finding the right sort of crew to handle the fact that Arsene wasn’t there wasn’t in place.

    “And I think every single year Arsenal didn’t get through to the Champions League or even this year to the Europa League. So this is a big disappointment for all of us as Arsenal fans.

    “But we get to the time where everybody at the club, the Kroenke’s need to get more involved to take Arsenal back where the club should be.

    “If that’s not the case, I think it is time for them to let the club go and let somebody else take care of the football club.”

  • Dylan Terry

    MANA'S A GUNNER

    Mana Iwabuchi has signed for Women’s Super League giants Arsenal after being heavily linked with a summer move. 

    The former Bayern Munich and Aston Villa forward’s switch to North London ends months of speculation. 

    It is thought the playmaker, who began her senior career at 16 in Japan’s top flight, had been eyed as a replacement for ex-Gunners forward Jill Roord.

    Details of the deal for Iwabuchi are yet to be disclosed by Arsenal.

    The club says the deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

    But the Japan star, 28, said: “I’m so happy to finally be able to announce that I am an Arsenal player. I know the club has wanted to sign me for a long time now, so it’s a great honour to be able to play for Arsenal.

    "There are so many amazing players and I can’t wait to get started.”

  • Dylan Terry

    AOU ABOUT THAT

    Arsenal have been given a major boost in their quest to sign Houssem Aouar with the Lyon midfielder reportedly available for £25million.

    The Gunners were heavily linked with a move to sign the 22-year-old last summer, but were priced out of a deal to bring the Frenchman to the Emirates.

    It was claimed that the playmaker agreed to link up with the North Londoners who failed to stump up the £54m needed to secure his services.

    According to L’Equipe, Aouar’s price tag this summer is over half of what Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was previously demanding.

    They state that an offer between £22m-£25m could be enough to prise the player away from the Groupama Stadium.

    That is because Lyon failed to qualify for the Champions League after William Saliba – on loan at Nice from the Gunners – scored the winner in Sunday’s 3-2 victory.

    And Arsenal could reignite their interest in Aouar with boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu known to be huge admirers of him.

  • Dylan Terry

    PEPE STRIKE SHORTLISTED FOR MAY GOAL OF THE MONTH

  • Dylan Terry

    SAND STORM

    Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge has dropped a hint regarding his future amid interest from Arsenal.

    Berge has fuelled speculation that he could link up with Mikel Arteta’s side after posting a picture of him with Odegaard on his Instagram story on Monday night.

    Berge shared a photo of the two enjoying a meal out, with Arsenal fans left convinced they was discussing potential moves to the club.

  • Dylan Terry

    ARSEN-ALL OVER

    Willian is keen to quit Arsenal and re-join Chelsea just 12 months after leaving on a free, according to reports.

    The Brazilian forward, 32, walked away from Stamford Bridge last year after the Blues refused to offer him a three-year contract extension.

    Chelsea famously refuse to offer more than one-year extensions to players over the age of 30, but were willing to compromise and hand Willian a two-year deal.

    But Willian instead opted to sign a three-year deal at Arsenal.

    Things haven’t gone smoothly for the winger though, after a tricky debut season in North London.

    It’s now believed Willian and is keen to quit the Emirates – with a number of clubs monitoring his situation.

    Willian believed to have offers from across Europe, with David Beckham’s Inter Miami also keen.

    But Sky Sports now say the forward is keen to head back to Chelsea, where he played over 300 times in seven years – helping the club win two Premier League crowns.

  • Dylan Terry

    ON THIS DAY

    On this day in 1989, Arsenal won the title in the final minute of the season by beating Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield.

  • Dylan Terry

    SEAGULLS SWOOP

    Brighton have joined the race for Celtic striker and Arsenal transfer target Odsonne Edouard.

    The French forward, 23, is also being chased by Leicester.

    But the Seagulls hope their promise of a regular starting berth could convince Edouard to head to the South Coast.

    Former Paris Saint-Germain kid Edouard may find it difficult to dislodge first-choice Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho should he go to the FA Cup-winning Foxes.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal’s interest is understood to be dependent on whether Alexandre Lacazette stays or goes this summer.

  • Dylan Terry

    BUEN BATTLE

    Arsenal and Aston Villa are in a transfer fight for Emiliano Buendia, according to reports.

    The Norwich playmaker, 24, enjoyed a stunning season helping fire the Canaries to a second Championship promotion in his three years at Carrow Road.

    But Daniel Farke faces a huge battle keeping hold of his star man this summer.

    Arsenal were linked with him last year and look set to revive their interest.

    According to The Telegraph, the Gunners may be forced to act quickly if they want to secure the Argentine.

    It is thought Aston Villa are prioritising a new No10 and preparing a bid.

  • Dylan Terry

    RENNES FOR THE HILLS

    Arsenal target Eduardo Camavinga has handed in a transfer request but the teenage sensation has his heart set on Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

    The Rennes midfielder, 18, is one of Europe's hottest properties following yet another brilliant season.

    PSG are one of the clubs monitoring his situation closely and believe he is the future in their midfield.

    And it appears his head has been turned after telling Rennes he won't be signing a new contract.

    Camavinga has just a year left on his current deal meaning the club will be forced to flog him this summer or lose him for nothing.

    According to RMC Sport, Rennes are prepared to play hardball having slapped a £100million price-tag on their star man.

    With the current financial crisis in football due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rennes risk pricing out Europe's biggest clubs for his signature.

    The report adds how club owner Francois Pinault is hoping to spark a bidding war with Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid also all interested.

  • Alex Terrell

    CAMINGS AND GOINGS

    Arsenal target Eduardo Camavinga has handed in a transfer request but the teenage sensation has his heart set on Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

    The Rennes midfielder, 18, is one of Europe's hottest properties following yet another brilliant season.

    PSG are one of the clubs monitoring his situation closely and believe he is the future in their midfield.

    And it appears his head has been turned after telling Rennes he won't be signing a new contract.

    Camavinga has just a year left on his current deal meaning the club will be forced to flog him this summer or lose him for nothing.

    According to RMC Sport, Rennes are prepared to play hardball having slapped a £100million price-tag on their star man.

  • Richard Forrester

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal’s season may have ended on Sunday, but a number of players and staff are up for individual gongs this week.

    Boss Mikel Arteta has been nominated for Manager of the Month for May, after guiding his side to five consecutive domestic wins.

    And Nicolas Pepe, who finished the season in a rich vein of form, could win another end-of-season double.

    The Ivorian, having scored twice during the final day 2-0 win Brighton, has been nominated for Goal of the Month for his effort against West Brom, as well as Player of the Month.

    In the latter, he will be up against Joe Willock, who has impressed on loan at Newcastle United.

    Meanwhile, in transfer news, Willian reportedly wants to leave Emirates Stadium, just one season into his three-year deal.

    And controversially, the Brazilian is believed to want to join Chelsea.

    In terms of incomings, the Gunners have been linked with impressive Celtic star Odsonne Edouard.

    But they will have to compete with Brighton and Leicester, as revealed by SunSport last night.

    Finally, Bukayo Saka was named in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man England squad for Euro 2020.

    The talented teen is Arsenal’s only representative in the Three Lions camp.

    Southgate, 50, is expected to whittle his squad down to 26 next week.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – CE-BYE-LLOS

    Dani Ceballos has taken to Instagram to thank Arsenal fans as he departs the club for a second time.

    The Spaniard has spent the last two seasons on loan in North London.

    And while things largely haven’t gone well on the pitch in that time, Ceballos, 24, still has plenty of amazing memories to take back to Madrid with him.

    None more so than helping the Gunners win the FA Cup last season.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    GOAL OF THE MONTH?

    Here's the Nicolas Pepe strike that has been nominated for May's Goal of the Month award.

    Pick that one out.

  • Etienne Fermie

    WILL TO WIN

    Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe has been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for May.

    And he's joined on the shortlist by on loan star Joe Willock.

    The pair have been put forward for the award alongside Aaron Ramsdale, Gareth Bale, Christian Benteke, Sadio Mane and Rodrigo.

    Nicolas Pepe has been in hot form this monthCredit: Reuters
  • Etienne Fermie

    EM-BELIEVABLE

    Arsenal are 'seriously considering' a move for Norwich star Emi Buendia, according to reports.

    The Argentine impressed for the Canaries this season, as Daniel Farke's side romped to the Championship title.

    And according to Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners have 're-started talks' with his representatives having held conversations in December.

    Buendia, 24, won his second Championship title this seasonCredit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    NIC OF TIME

    Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe has been nominated for May's Premier League goal of the month award.

    The Ivorian winger finished the season in red hot form for Mikel Arteta's side.

    And it is his beauty against West Brom that has earned him the nomination.

    He will be up against goals from Danny Welbeck, Bertrand Traore, Luke Thomas, Ferran Torres, Edinson Cavani, Phil Foden and Steven Bergwijn.

    Nicolas Pepe slapped a beauty past West BromCredit: AFP
  • Etienne Fermie

    MUY BUEN

    Arsenal and Aston Villa are in a transfer fight for Emiliano Buendia, according to reports.

    The Norwich playmaker, 24, enjoyed a stunning season helping fire the Canaries to a second Championship promotion in his three years at Carrow Road.

    But Daniel Farke faces a huge battle keeping hold of his star man this summer.

    Arsenal were linked with him last year and look set to revive their interest.

    According to The Telegraph, the Gunners may be forced to act quickly if they want to secure the Argentine.

    It is thought Aston Villa are prioritising a new No10 and preparing a bid.

    Norwich ace Emiliano Buendia is a transfer target for Arsenal and Aston Villa
  • Etienne Fermie

    PICK THAT OUT

    Arsenal Women's star Vivianne Miedema has won the WSL's goal of the season.

    And not bad to do it in a North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium!

  • Etienne Fermie

    TAKING THE MIK

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been nominated for May's Premier League Manager of the Month award.

    The Spaniard guided the Gunners to wins in their final five domestic matches of the campaign.

    These results included a stunning 1-0 win at Chelsea, but wasn't enough to seal the North Londoners European football for next term.

    Arteta, 39, is up against Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes and Jurgen Klopp for the gong.

    Mikel Arteta guided Arsenal to five domestic victories on the bounceCredit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    OD ONE OUT

    SunSport Exclusive by Tom Barclay

    Brighton have joined the race for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

    The French forward, 23, is also being chased by Leicester and Arsenal.

    But the Seagulls hope their promise of a regular starting berth could convince Edouard to head to the South Coast.

    Former Paris Saint-Germain kid Edouard may find it difficult to dislodge first-choice Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho should he go to the FA Cup-winning Foxes.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal’s interest is understood to be dependent on whether Alexandre Lacazette stays or goes this summer.

    Odsonne Edouard has plenty of Premier League interestCredit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    CALLING A CEB

    Outgoing loanee Dani Ceballos has wished Arsenal a hearty thanks on social media this afternoon.

    The Spaniard, 24, wrote: "Thanks @Arsenal and thanks to all Gunners.

    "I wish you all the best and the success that I'm sure will come.

    "Let's go Gunners!

    "Goodbye

    "THANKS FOR ALL!"

  • Etienne Fermie

    WILF HUNTER

    Tottenham and Everton have reportedly joined the race for long-term Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha this summer.

    The 28-year-old winger is once again facing an uncertain future as he looks to depart Selhurst Park in his quest to win silverware.

    And with just two years left to run on his contract in South London, the Ivory Coast international is unlikely to pen a new deal.

    According to Goal, both Spurs and the Toffees are chasing Zaha, while long-term admirers Arsenal are now claimed to be eyeing up Norwich's Emiliano Buendia instead.

    Credit: Alamy
  • Dylan Terry

    CIAO JOE

    Joe Montemurro is rumoured to be close to becoming Juventus Women’s head coach following his Arsenal departure, according to reports.

    The 51-year-old is top of the Serie A Women’s side’s shortlist for the role according to the Italian newspaper Affari Italiani.

    Speculation has grown following the news of Rita Guarino’s decision to leave the Italian champions after four years at the helm.

    Guarino, 50, had been in charge since the Old Lady’s women’s team was established in 2017.

    Juve, who crushed Inter Milan in their final Serie A game of the 2020-21 season, won their fourth top-flight title this year.

    And the Turin juggernauts have dominated the Italian women’s game since their creation winning one Cup and two Super Cups.

    Australian Montemurro has Italian parents and spent five years as a player in the country.

  • Dylan Terry

    ARSENAL BACK SAKA AFTER ENGLAND CALL-UP

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