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ARSENAL fans are eager to see their team in action once again as Project Restart draws nearer.

It's just over a fortnight until the Gunners are set to face Man City on June 17, while we've also the very latest on their approach for Ryan Fraser.

Follow all the latest updates from North London below...

  • MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Many Gunners fans have been unhappy with how the club has been run in recent years, with title challenges few and far between at the Emirates.

    Former defender Martin Keown, however, believes that he has the perfect solution.

    He told talkSPORT: “It would be something special to see Arsene Wenger come onto the board.

    “I don’t think so somehow, I think he’s said recently he doesn’t want to do that, never saw himself as someone who would sit on the board but they could do a lot worse.

    “You know that I feel that would be almost the perfect answer for Kroenke, the young Josh Kroenke, he needs that older person perhaps around, someone with the experience.

    “Other people would think that it would be intimidating for [Mikel] Arteta – I don’t think so.

    “If you’re a successful-type personality, you don’t really mind who else is in the building. You embrace that knowledge that could come in through the door.

    “So I would applaud that if Arsenal Football Club were to bring Arsene Wenger onto the board.”

    Meanwhile, the Gunners are believed to have offered contracts to David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – although ESPN claim that Chelsea are still quietly optimistic that they can snatch the latter.

    For now at least, fans can look forward to seeing Aubemeyang and Co soon, with the Premier League expected to announce the times for the remaining fixtures today with the big restart incoming.

  • NOTHING TO LUIZ – ICYMI

    David Luiz is set to pen a two-year contract extension at the Emirates, according to the president of one of his former clubs.

    Luis Felipe Vieira, chief of Portuguese giants Benfica, still enjoys a good relationship with the Brazilian defender.

    And he told A Bola: “”I spoke to him yesterday, we have a father to son relationship. He was in the car with the agent, and will renew with Arsenal for two years.

    “David Luiz loves Benfica, but he’s 33 years old and wants to earn more money.

    “His salary in England is unthinkable in Portugal. It may be that it becomes a case like Rui Costa, who called me one day, was embarking to Mozambique, and said it was time to return, for me to make a contract, define a salary, which he signed.

    “If David Luiz does the same, he can return.”

  • GIVE US A BELL

    Arsenal could be set to face a battle to keep full-back Hector Bellerin this summer, according to reports.

    The popular Spaniard has endured an injury-plagued year at the Emirates.

    And Todofichajes claim that Paris Saint-Germain are readying a move to bring him to the Parc des Princes.

    The price quoted is around £26.7million.

  • FRIENDLY FOES

    Premier League clubs have been granted permission to play friendlies under strict conditions, prior to the division's return later this month.

    Having not played since March, teams are hoping to sharpen up with matches prior to the league's restart, an idea that the Telegraph reveal has been accepted by the Premier League.

    Matches will be able to take place at training grounds or stadiums, although sides must travel for more than 90 minutes – and players must journey to games in their own cars and in kit.

    No referees will be admitted, so coaching staff will have to officiate.

  • EMERICK ROLLED

    Arsenal will keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the end of his contract if they can’t get a decent price for him this summer.

    Aubameyang is about to enter the final year of his £180,000-a-week Emirates contract and has so far resisted all the club’s efforts to extend his stay.

    But Arsenal will not be panicked into selling their star striker to the first bidder just to avoid the risk of losing him for nothing next year.

    Head of football Raul Sanllehi declared that no player will be allowed to run down his contract after Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck all left the club as free agents.

    But that policy could be relaxed this summer in the face of a massively depressed transfer market.

    And that threatens to wreck Aubameyang’s hopes of a move if the cost of a replacement striker far outweighs the fee Arsenal would get for him.

    When Barcelona made a tentative enquiry in January, they were quickly scared off by talk of a £50million price tag.

    But his value has plummeted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which has destroyed every club’s transfer budget.

    Now Arsenal would do well to pocket £20million for a player who turns 31 in two weeks’ time.

  • WIZARD OF OS

    Gunners target Victor Osimhen has been urged by Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr to leave Lille this summer.

    The 18-goal 21-year-old has also been linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham – and Rohr believes that playing at a higher level will help his Super Eagles chances.

    He told Le Quotidien du Foot: “Victor Osimhen, I think, will have a very big opportunity to go from Lille, perhaps in the Premier League, to a very, very big club.

    “If we have players playing at a very high level for their clubs, our level at the Super Eagles would grow also.

    “(But) if he is signing for a very big club – you have seen the clubs ready to buy him now – he is not so sure to play because there’s big competition for the starting places in the team.

    “(Although) it would be better to play in a better club than Lille.”

  • BIG BENN

    Ismael Bennacer left Arsenal for Empoli in 2017 to little fan reaction, having made only one appearance for the first-team.

    That match, an ill-fated 3-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday, didn't earn Bennacer any more senior opportunities under Arsene Wenger.

    But having played well enough in Italy to earn a big move to AC Milan, the Algerian international has admitted that he has no regrets over his time in North London.

    He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I arrived in England in July 2015, then stayed in a hotel for the first two months because I didn’t want to live with a family I didn’t know.

    “I was 17 years old and couldn’t live on my own, so my sister came to live with me, then the girl I’d been dating since school who in England would go on to become my wife.

    “Finally, in September, I got some time on the pitch, but I was thrown on after two other injuries against Sheffield, played wide left in a trident attack, which I had never done before.

    “I felt incredible pressure and wasn’t sure what was going on.”

    “I never played again after that, but I have no regrets, as I still got to train with important players like Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla. I had four years left on the Arsenal contract, but I had to be at a club where they really wanted me.

    “I didn’t know Empoli, but I accepted a move down from the Premier League to Serie B because they were the club who wanted me the most.

    “I did the same when deciding on Milan – I chose them for their history too, but also because it was the best project for me.”

  • BRUNO'S A GOER

    Arsenal are interested in Brazilian defender Bruno Fuchs, according to reports.

    The Gunners have taken an interest in that particular market – having signed Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli in the last 12 months.

    And according to DAZN commentator Gustavo Fogaca, they have entered the race for 21-year-old Fuchs – alongside AC Milan and Porto.

    Fogaca told Milan News: “AC Milan, Arsenal and Porto have sent their scouts to Porto Alegre to analyse the player.

    “But nobody has made a written proposal. However, Internacional president Marcelo Medeiros, said he was willing to sell the young defender.

    And of Fuchs's cost, Fogaca added that they could be in for a bargain: “It is very difficult to make an exact estimate, especially now in times of a pandemic. Maybe, between 2-5 million euros (£1.7m-£4.5million), but it is difficult to be precise.”

  • ADRIEN RABI-GO

    Juventus could let Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot leave this summer after just one year at the club, according to reports.

    Tuttmercatoweb claim that while the Frenchman's “technical and physical” skills aren't in question, his “attitude and desire” aren't up to scratch for Juve bosses.

    This uncertainty has prompted interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including the Gunners… as well as Manchester United and Everton.

    Bonuses take the Frenchman's contract to just shy of £200,000-a-week in Turin, which any potential suitor would have to match.

    And Juve chiefs would want a transfer fee of at least £26million for the 25-year-old.

  • NOTHING TO LUIZ

    David Luiz is set to pen a two-year contract extension at the Emirates, according to the president of one of his former clubs.

    Luis Felipe Vieira, chief of Portuguese giants Benfica, still enjoys a good relationship with the Brazilian defender.

    And he told A Bola: “”I spoke to him yesterday, we have a father to son relationship. He was in the car with the agent, and will renew with Arsenal for two years.

    “David Luiz loves Benfica, but he’s 33 years old and wants to earn more money.

    “His salary in England is unthinkable in Portugal. It may be that it becomes a case like Rui Costa, who called me one day, was embarking to Mozambique, and said it was time to return, for me to make a contract, define a salary, which he signed.

    “If David Luiz does the same, he can return.”

  • BRAIN IN THE ARS

    Former Gunners defender Martin Keown believes that his old club should bring Arsene Wenger back… as chairman.

    He told talkSPORT: “It would be something special to see Arsene Wenger come onto the board.

    “I don’t think so somehow, I think he’s said recently he doesn’t want to do that, never saw himself as someone who would sit on the board but they could do a lot worse.

    “You know that I feel that would be almost the perfect answer for Kroenke, the young Josh Kroenke, he needs that older person perhaps around, someone with the experience.

    “Other people would think that it would be intimidating for [Mikel] Arteta – I don’t think so.

    “If you’re a successful-type personality, you don’t really mind who else is in the building. You embrace that knowledge that could come in through the door.

    “So I would applaud that if Arsenal Football Club were to bring Arsene Wenger onto the board.”

  • TURKISH DELIGHT

    Arsenal are lining up a bid for Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu, according to reports.

    The 21-year-old is highly thought of by Mikel Arteta, having come onto his radar while working under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

    And according to Dutch outlet Voetbal International, Feyenoord's sporting director Frank Arnesen, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur, would be willing to flog Kokcu in order to raise funds for new recruits.

    The Gunners are believed to be likely to lodge an offer within the “next few weeks”.

  • GET YOUR FIX

    We know Arsenal will be facing Man City in their rearranged match on June 17 when the Premier League returns.

    And the Premier League are now expected to announce ALL remaining fixtures before June 3.

    Stick with us here as we'll bring you the times for the Gunners' games as they are revealed.

  • FEEL FREE

    Premier League aces have been given the green light to take a knee in support of race equality by the FA.

    The growing movement behind Black Lives Matter has seen players and clubs alike make public gestures showing their solidarity.

    England star Jadon Sancho was booked at the weekend after revealing ‘Justice for George Floyd’ on a t-shirt after scoring a goal for Borussia Dortmund.

    Writing messages underneath shirts are technically still against the laws of the game but the FA have suggested they will turn a blind eye to players in England making similar statements.

    A Spokesperson said: “The FA strongly condemns discrimination of any kind and has endeavoured to ensure that football in England is both diverse and inclusive in recent years.

    “Where any behaviours or gestures on the pitch that may constitute a breach of the Laws of the Game have to be assessed, they would be reviewed on a case by case basis with a common sense approach and understanding of their context.

    “The power of football can break down barriers across communities and we remain deeply committed to removing all forms of discrimination from across the game we all love.”

  • PREMIER IN

    Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira have been named in SunSport's team of the Premier League's best foreign imports.

  • AD ANOTHER GO

    Tony Adams got his family involved as he recreated THAT dance from his time in charge of Granada.

    The Arsenal legend went viral in 2017 after he was caught chucking some serious shapes at the training ground.

  • BELLER-IN OR OUT?

    Arsenal could be set to lose their vice-captain Hector Bellerin this summer.

    Following repeated speculation surrounding the future of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the striker's deputy is also reportedly in talks to leave.

    According to Todofichajes, Paris Saint-Germain have held discussions with Arsenal over a summer swoop for Bellerin.

    With Thomas Meunier set to leave, Thomas Tuchel has identified the £26million-rated Spaniard as his potential replacement.

  • 'NEW PAULO DYBALA'

    Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri.

    Yet the Gunners are facing competition for the highly-promising teenager, who has been likened to Juventus ace Paulo Dybala, from Juventus and Real Madrid.

    Italian outlet Calicomercato claim Pellistri fits the mould of Arsenal's policy to recruit young and talented players following the arrivals of Matteo Guendouzi and Gabriel Martinelli.

    The 18-year-old has a £12million release clause in his contract with Montevideo-based Penarol.

    His Spanish ancestry also entitles the attacker to an EU passport which would remove any problems Arsenal could face obtaining a work permit.

  • BATTLE OF WILLS

    Arsenal have been handed a boost by reports that Real Madrid have rejected the chance to sign Chelsea star Willian.

    The 31-year-old is set to become a free agent this summer when his current deal at Stamford Bridge expires.

    The Daily Star claim Los Blancos were sounded out about his potential availability but Zinedine Zidane is reluctant to offer him a three-year deal despite remaining an admirer.

  • START THE PARTEY

    Arsenal could face competition from Juventus for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

    Calcio Mercato claim the Italian giants are considering a swap deal involving Brazil international Douglas Costa.

  • AUBA THE TOP

    Alexandre Lacazette has joined Arsenal fans in urging Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new deal with the Gunners.

  • CE-BYE-OS

    Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos has admitted he hasn't given up on his career with Real Madrid, but remains focused on his duties at the Emirates for now.

    The Spanish midfielder told Onda Cero of his current situation: “I have not spoken to Zidane, he is now focused on his players.

    “When my loan contract ends I will be a Real Madrid player again. My goal is to succeed there.”

  • AUBA TO YOU

    Chelsea are reportedly still hopeful of a deal for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    ESPN claim the Blues are continuing to monitor the Gabonese striker and would be tempted into making a move should the Gunners decide to sell this summer.

    Aubameyang is out of contract at the Emirates next year and Arsenal may be forced to cash in on the striker rather than lose him for free in 2021.

  • WENGER IN

    Martin Keown claims Arsene Wenger would be the “perfect” choice to succeed Sir Chips Keswick as Arsenal chairman.

    He told talkSPORT: “Sir Chips is somebody who had been there for 15 years, took over from Peter Hill-Wood, so I think the club have been respectful with the work he's done there.

    “It would be something special to see Arsene Wenger come onto the board.

    “I don't think so somehow, I think he's said recently he doesn't want to do that, never saw himself as someone who would sit on the board but they could do a lot worse.

    “You know that I feel that would be almost the perfect answer for Kroenke, the young Josh Kroenke, he needs that older person perhaps around, someone with the experience.

    “Other people would think that it would be intimidating for [Mikel] Arteta – I don't think so.

    “If you're a successful-type personality, you don't really mind who else is in the building. You embrace that knowledge that could come in through the door.

    “So I would applaud that if Arsenal Football Club were to bring Arsene Wenger onto the board.”

  • GUNNER STICK AROUND

    Benfica's president has confirmed that David Luiz has chosen to stay at Arsenal amid rumours of a return to his old club.

    Luis Filipe Vieira told Benfica TV: “I spoke to him yesterday, we have a father-son relationship.

    “He was in the car with his agent and will renew with Arsenal for two years. David Luiz loves Benfica, but he is 33 years old and has to earn money.

    “His salary in England is unthinkable for Benfica to pay. In England he earns €7million or €8million a year.

    “If David Luiz comes and says “I want to come back”, if he is 35 years old and in perfect condition, of course we would welcome him.

    “But now, if he came, it would only be for €1million and as a father I would say no. “David, you’re not coming, don’t be crazy, make more money!”

    “It may be that it becomes a case like Rui Costa, who called me one day and said it was time to return, for me to make a contract, offer a salary, which he signed. If David Luiz does the same, he can return.”

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