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6.30pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Willian APPROVED by Arteta, Aubameyang will only leave for Barca, Partey LATEST

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG will stay at Arsenal... unless Barcelona try to rock the boat with a last minute bid.

Meanwhile Willian's move from Chelsea has been approved by Mikel Arteta and he is expected to arrive at the Emirates very shortly.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here...

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy4 minutes ago

    SAK IT OFF

    Arsenal have taken a cheeky swipe at the Premier League on social media, after teenage sensation Bukayo Saka was omitted from their Young Player of the Season shortlist.

    The 18-year-old burst onto the scene earlier in the campaign, wowing Gunners fans and quickly becoming a key figure at the Emirates.

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy37 minutes ago

    RVP UP TO THE JOB

    Robin van Persie has joined Advocaat's Feyenoord coaching staff after admitting: “I can't say no to Dick.”

    The Manchester United and Arsenal legend has got his pecker up after the coronavirus lockdown with his first coaching job.

    Van Persie, 37, retired as a player with Feyenoord last summer after winning 102 Holland caps, having also spent 11 years in the Premier League.

    And RVP says it was too hard to turn down working under ex-Rangers, Sunderland and Dutch national boss Dick Advocaat.

    He told Feyenoord's website: “Dick called me and asked if I wanted to come. And I couldn’t turn Dick down.

    “It is not an official position. So it’s hard for me to give it a title. I don’t see myself as a strikers’ coach, for example.

    “I think it’s a win-win. I’ll find out here whether I like doing this and I’ll help the staff a bit.”

  • EDS HAVE ROLLED

    Arsenal scouts sacked in the last 48 hours are reportedly separate to the 55 redundancies announced by the Gunners yesterday.

    The North Londoners were hammered from all angles when they confirmed up to 55 members of staff will be let go in the coming weeks

    And it has now emerged recruitment staff also relieved of their duties were part of an unrelated recruitment shakeup by technical director Edu.

    Head of recruitment Francis Cagigao was given his marching orders despite more than 20 years of service.

    And he departs alongside several other long-serving members of the scouting department including senior scouts Brian McDermott and Peter Clark.

    But the shakeup is all part of Edu's plan to implement a recruitment blueprint of his own, according to Goal.

  • ROD FOR HIS OWN BACK

    SunSport's David Fraser writes: “Ozil is now paid an obscene £350,000 a week to sit on the bench and do absolutely nothing.

    “And that is exactly what Rodriguez would end up doing.”

    Here's how the two matched up last season…

  • ANYONE'S GUEZ

    Comment by SunSport's Dave Fraser: “Arsenal have been linked with a massive summer move for James Rodriguez – and what a mistake that would be.

    “Mikel Arteta is looking to orchestrate a major summer overhaul, including the signings of Willian and Philippe Coutinho.

    “Arsenal, more often that not, play 4-3-3 – with two central midfielders and one holding midfielder or vice versa.

    “Occasionally they'll play in a 3-4-3-cum-5-2-3 formation – both of which involve just two centre-mids.

    “None of their current systems require a No10… just look at Mesut Ozil.”

    Read More HERE.

  • EDS HAVE ROLLED

    Arsenal scouts sacked in the last 48 hours are reportedly separate to the 55 redundancies announced by the Gunners yesterday.

    The North Londoners were hammered from all angles when they confirmed up to 55 members of staff will be let go in the coming weeks.

    And it has now emerged recruitment staff also relieved of their duties were part of an unrelated recruitment shakeup by technical director Edu.

    Head of recruitment Francis Cagigao was given his marching orders despite more than 20 years of service.

    And he departs alongside several other long-serving members of the scouting department including senior scouts Brian McDermott and Peter Clark.

    But the shakeup is all part of Edu's plan to implement a recruitment blueprint of his own, according to Goal.

  • ANGEL GABRIEL

    Arsenal and Man Utd target Gabriel has posted a cryptic tweet ahead of speculation linking him with a move away from Lille.

    The Gunners are believed to be in pole position to land him, but the Red Devils, Everton and Napoli are also looking to secure his services.

    And with the player understood to be on his way out of France, the defender has posted a pic of him in action on Twitter, captioning the photo with a glancing eye emoji.

  • TOR BLIMEY

    Lucas Torreira has commented on his future as he continues to be linked with a move away from Arsenal.

    Quoted by Sport890, the midfielder has said: “Today I need to think about my future very well.

    “I have a contract with the club and I have to respect it, obviously if I have to leave it will be for the best.

    “We have to be calm and wait.”

  • HOW IT'S GUNNER LOOK

    Mikel Arteta is planning a major summer overhaul at Arsenal and his starting XI could look very different next season.

    The Gunners have most recently been linked with South American trio James Rodriguez, Philippe Coutinho and Willian.

    And if they land all three stars, the Gunners' attack would intimidate most Premier League defences.

    Here's how Arsenal could line-up…

  • SAKA SHOCK

    Arsenal have tweeted out their shock after Bukayo Saka was failed to be nominated for the Premier League Young Player of the Year award.

  • ROD HELP US

    Arsenal are reportedly desperate to land James Rodriguez from Real Madrid but face a fight with Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Gunners are keen to snap up the Colombian ace after it emerged his Los Blancos career was over.

    Spanish outlet AS reports Mikel Arteta's side are the team most interested in rescuing Rodriguez from the Bernabeu.

    European big-hitters PSG are also thought to be keen on the 29-year-old as he is offered around by agent Jorge Mendes.

    And it was previously reported that Rodriguez was set for a sensational cross-city move to join Real's rivals Atleti.

    Talk of a £13.5million deal to swap Madrid sides began after it became clear he had no future under boss Zinedine Zidane.

  • OUT OF LUC

    AC Milan are reportedly keen on bringing Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira back to Serie A after two years spent in England.

    According to the Telegraph, the Italian club are battling Fiorentina for the Uruguayan's signature.

    However they state that a move to join Milan is the most likely destination.

    Torreira lost his place in the starting XI when football returned in June, with Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos the preferred pairing under Mikel Arteta.

  • WILL I NEVER

    Willian has reportedly been left 'upset and offended' by how his time at Chelsea has come to an end.

    According to ESPN, the Brazilian – who is understood to be close to joining Arsenal – felt as though the Blues lacked the desire to keep him.

    This is despite the 31-year-old rejecting a two-year deal by Chelsea to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

    Willian is keen to remain in London, choosing to sign for Arsenal ahead of Barcelona and Inter Miami.

  • PENNY DREADFUL

    Ex-Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez cost Manchester United a staggering £20MILLION per Premier League goal and £28,800 per TOUCH thanks to his sky-high £505,000 a week wages.

    The Chilean forward, 31, joined the Old Trafford ranks in January 2018 as part of a swap deal with the Gunners, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way.

    At the time, fans believed the club had played a blinder in signing a superstar without paying a penny.

    However, the “free” signing has actually cost the club an eye-watering £60m – with just THREE Premier League goals to show for it.

  • GIFT OF THE GAB

    Arsenal and Lille are reportedly confident that a deal for Gabriel can be reached.

    French media claim that the Gunners could sign the Brazilian defender as early as next week.

    Manchester United and Everton had been keen to snap him up.

    But after Mikel Arteta's side qualified for Europe, they have stepped up their pursuit of the centre-back.

  • WILL POWER

    Arsenal are set to confirm the signing of Willian on a free transfer, according to Sky Sports.

    They claim the Brazilian has agreed a three-year deal, with the Gunners beating Barcelona and Inter Miami to his signature.

    It has been stated that Willian wants to play under Mikel Arteta and work with his fellow Brazilian Edu at the Emirates.

  • XHAK ATTACK

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is reportedly leading a players' revolt following the club's decision to make 55 members of their staff redundant.

    The Daily Mail claim that the Gunners squad were left angry after news broke of the announcement as they took pay cuts in order to ensure no-one would lose jobs during the coronavirus crisis.

    And it has been claimed that Xhaka was the most vocal member of the squad as they voiced their dismay at the news.

    Players will now speak to the club about the redundancies as they continue to raise their concerns.

  • DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Arsenal are close to a double announcement with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new deal and Willian to join on a free transfer.

    The Telegraph state that Aubameyang will be the second-highest paid player at the club once he pens his new three-year deal.

    And the Gunners' move to sign Willian on a free transfer is reportedly close to being announced after the Brazilian winger, 31, rejected Chelsea's latest two-year contract extension offer – demanding three years or no deal.

    And Arsenal have taken advantage of the West London stand-off by handing Willian a three-year contract worth £100,000 per week, say ESPN.

    Romano confirmed the deal was on the brink of going through, too – with Arteta fully on board.

    His tweet continued: “Willian approved also by Arteta. Just a matter of time and he'll until 2023 – confirmed.”

  • PARTEY POOPERS

    Arsenal will have to pay Thomas Partey's full £45million release clause if they want to sign him.

    Mikel Arteta has been desperately hunting for some steel in midfield this summer.

    Earlier this year, he identified Atletico Madrid star Partey as his No1 target after another sensational season in Spain.

    But the Gunners boss has been dealt a blow after the LaLiga giants insisted his release clause be activated, according to reports.

    European transfer guru Fabrizio Romano revealed: “[Regarding] Thomas: Atletico told again… release clause (€50M) or he'll stay.”

    Partey is under contract at the Wanda Metropolitano until the end of the 2022-23 season.

    With three seasons still to run on his Atleti deal, the club are in no hurry to sell him cheaply.

    Now Arsenal must pay £45m or miss out on their top midfield target.

  • HAZARD MK II

    “He does his thing on the pitch, just like Eden Hazard. By playing, he shows what he is about.

    “He is a guy who dictates the game and not many players in the world have this type of quality.

    “He is always training [hard] and practicing free-kicks after. He is someone who always wants to improve.”

  • RUDE NOT TO

    Antonio Rudiger will certainly miss Willian if he leaves Chelsea for Arsenal.

    The Blues defender said: “Since day one of coming to Chelsea, he and David Luiz got me into the team and helped me out in the first couple of months because it was not that easy.

    “He is a great guy and a really, really good footballer.

    “He is calm and humble and it will be sad if I don't see him again as a team-mate.

    “He is not the type of player who talks that much.”

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    SunSport's Duncan Wright has revealed Arsenal have put Ainsley Maitland-Niles up for sale in a desperate bid to raise money – just days after he helped win them the FA Cup.

    Maitland-Niles has become the first high-profile casualty of the club's post-Covid-19 cost-cutting exercise, which has already seen them make 55 staff members redundant.

    The Gunners are looking for bids of around £30million for the versatile midfielder as they scramble around for funds to finance a rebuilding programme under boss Mikel Arteta.

    The decision will come as a shock to many who saw the 22-year-old academy product as an important figure in the club's future going forward.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the brink of signing a new three-year Arsenal deal, according to reports.

    The Gunners striker is set to land a bumper pay packed in excess of £250,000 a week should he stay in North London.

    The Telegraph report that “verbal promises” have been made between Aubameyang and Arsenal chiefs.

    And now the final contract is being drawn up for the 31-year-old Gabon forward to sign.

    Meanwhile, Willian is said to be joining Arsenal on a three-year deal.

    The Chelsea winger is walking away from the club at the end of his contract and will join the North London club for a £100,000-a-week deal.

    ESPN claim the transfer is imminent and he will follow David Luiz to the Emirates.

  • RY DID YOU DO IT?

    Ryan Fraser's decision to walk out on Bournemouth looks like it could backfire.

    The Scot rejected a Cherries deal of around £67,000-a-week — but Crystal Palace are offering nearer to £50,000 a week for the winger, who had hoped to earn a move worth at least double that.

    Fraser, 26, is available on a free and was being tracked by elite clubs such as Arsenal and Tottenham after his stellar 2018/19 campaign, when he scored seven Premier League goals and 14 assists.

    After failing to repeat that success, neither club has made a move.

  • ART OF WAR

    Arsenal's board has overruled boss Mikel Arteta by putting Ainsley Maitland-Niles up for sale.

    The Spaniard had told the club's hierarchy that the Gunners academy star had a future at the Emirates after his impressive performance in the FA Cup final.

    Yet SunSport revealed that Maitland-Niles has become the first high-profile casualty of the club's post-Covid-19 cost-cutting exercise.

    The Gunners are looking for bids of around £30million for the versatile midfielder as they scramble around for funds to finance a rebuilding programme under Arteta.

  • LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

    Neil Warnock thinks Rangers and Celtic would be able to finish in the top six of the Premier League.

    He told BBC Scottish Football podcast: “If you put Celtic and Rangers down in England, you’re talking about the top six.

    “Those two clubs, if they got the money that the English clubs have coming in, they would spend it. They’d spend it on good players and they would then compete.

    “I look at Celtic and Rangers – I don’t think about Man City or Liverpool, I think they’re way ahead – but I think the rest below that, Man United, Chelsea, I think Rangers and Celtic would more than cope with that.

    “The money that the Premier League [clubs] get, it wouldn’t take long (for Celtic and Rangers to compete) – within 18 months, two years.”

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