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ARSENAL are less than two weeks away from a return to Premier League action against Man City at the Etihad.

And they have received a massive boost on the transfer front with top target Thomas Partey reportedly expecting to move to the Emirates this summer.

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

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    DANI OOP

    Dani Ceballos made a fool of fellow Spaniard Hector Bellerin with a cheeky nutmeg during training.

  • MORNING ARSENAL NEWS

    Ghanaian media have claimed Gunners target Thomas Partey is “desperate” to seal his £44.8million move to Arsenal this summer.

    The Atletico Madrid midfielder, 26, has reportedly told those closest to him that he wants to make the switch to North London.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have been told to fork out around £35 if they want to land summer target Justin Kluivert, according to reports.

    They had been hoping to lure him by offering Roma £13m and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a permanent basis.

    But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the cash-strapped Serie A side want to make serious money on the young winger, and won't deviate from their asking price.

    In other news, Julian Draxler is reportedly closing in on a £20million move to Hertha Berlin.

    According to Foot Mercato, the ex-PSG ace is set to leave France and return to the Bundesliga.

    It had been stated that the Gunners were keeping tabs on Draxler, but it appears Hertha are leading the race to sign him.

    And finally, Arsenal wonderkid Alfie Matthews, 18, has hinted at a transfer after posting a cryptic message on his Instagram story about a “big move” amid Newcastle talk.

    The U-18 star posted one picture of him looking down at his boots, with the caption: “Another good session today! We keep pushing towards this big move.”

  • RIGHT TOP PLAYER

    Ally McCoist hopes former Rangers star Mikel Arteta will swoop for Celtic star Odsonne Edouard… so his old club can finally win the Scottish title.

    Leicester are also interested in the striker, who has bagged 27 goals and 19 assists in 45 games this term.

    Leigh Griffiths has been among the Hoops stars to urge Edouard to stay and help Celtic win 10 in a row – something Rangers achieved in the 1990s.

    McCoist said: “The telltale sign, I'm reading a few of the Celtic boys, and they are coming out and asking him not to move, to wait another year.

    “No way, I'm clearly of the opposite opinion, get him away, and if he goes to Leicester or Arsenal, I tell you what, they will be getting a right top player.”

  • HIPS DON'T LIE

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have a new novel goal celebration ready for the Premier League restart.

    And if Arsenal’s star striker, 30, scores in their re-opening night clash at Manchester City, he must remember where the special TV camera is!

    Prem stars will be urged to look for a pitchside ‘celebration’ camera to mark goals.

    Aubameyang — who infamously donned a Black Panther mask after scoring against Rennes in the Europa League in March last year — said: “Everybody is happy to be back at training with our mates.

    “Now we’re just waiting for the referee’s whistle to start the Premier League again. “I am ready to start scoring goals and have some celebrations.

    “But I won’t be able to hug my team-mates so I’ll try to do some dancing stuff if I score.”

  • GUNNING FOR IT

    Mikel Arteta is in the midst of plotting his ultimate starting line-up as the return to Premier League football on June 17 looms closer. 

    The Gunners were recently contacted by the Hammers in the hope of setting up a friendly match – and the North Londoners are looking to welcome a number of injury absentees back into their squad including Kieran Tierney and Lucas Torreira.

    The Premier League has given clubs permission to arrange warm-up games now that training is stepping up ahead of the June 17 restart.

    Here's how Arsenal could line-up against the Hammers.

  • PIRES CONTINUED

    Robert Pires has explained how while he hopes to complete his coaching badges in Spain, he has no preference towards which team he would coach.

    He said: “I think that in the years to come, I will decide to take the coaching diplomas. And I plan to do it in Spain.

    “I can't say which team I'm going to coach. Honestly, I can't choose.

    “You can't know where you're going when you're a coach.

    “I could tell you that I'm going to train Arsenal, Metz, Reims, Marseille or Villarreal, but no I can't.”

  • BOB A JOB

    Robert Pires has said he would like to become a manager in the near future.

    The Arsenal legend, 46, is not currently working as a full-time coach but has helped out at the Gunners' London Colney training ground in recent seasons.

    And in an interview with Moroccan journalist Zineb El Houari, the Frenchman outlined his ambitions to become a manager.

    Pires said: “There are some who have made the decision to be a coach or sports director or to be a consultant.

    “I took this route and it allows me to still be in football.

    “But, I think coaching is a good job, even if it's hard on a daily basis.”

  • PIERS FLOORGAN

    Arsenal fan Piers Morgan became a laughing stock when he fell over spectacularly while trying to sit down on a chair during the Paddy Power Golf Shootout.

    The Good Morning Britain star was giving it the big one after winning the morning challenge with partner Tommy Fleetwood as big-time sport returned to the UK.

    They saw off challenges from teams of Peter Crouch and Paul McGinley, Freddie Flintoff and Andrew 'Beef' Johnston and Jamie Redknapp and Thomas Bjorn.

    But Morgan came crashing back down to earth – literally – in the par-3 shootout.

    Returning to his seat after scoring five points by knocking one ball on the green, cameras caught the hilarious moment Morgan hit the deck.

    As he got back to his feet, Morgan was asked by presenter Georgie Bingham if he was OK.

    He said: “Thank you very much for checking after I broke my back! Honestly, all this safety today… everybody’s laughing.”

  • PASS THE POPCORN

    BT Sport viewers will be given the option to listen to artificial crowd noise when the Premier League returns later this month.

    With games being played behind closed doors, ways to increase the atmosphere have been among the many plans to liven up broadcasts in Project Restart.

    Bundesliga broadcasts on the channel have not made up for the lack of supporters, leading to some viewers finding the resumed matches eerie and lacklustre.

    Meanwhile the synthetic atmosphere laid on top of Australia's rugby league broadcasts have been well received.

    BT will give viewers the choice to stick to the empty stadiums or listen to the artificial crowd noise via the red button.

    Another feature being introduced for the Premier League's restart is a “watch together” split screen mode.

    Viewers watching on the BT Sport app can link up with a friend or family member also watching on their phone or computer – providing they have a BT subscription.

  • MINI-DERBY

    Aston Villa are set to host rivals West Brom in a behind-closed-doors friendly this Saturday as the restart of the Premier League and Championship looms closer. 

    According to the Daily Mail, the Baggies plan to take two teams to Villa Park and the possibility of two one-hour matches is on the cards, with a staff member set to referee the mini derby.

    Villa are 19th in the table and two points from safety, but could be heading for the drop if they continue their disappointing run of form when the top-flight resumes on June 17. 

    They may even swap places with Slaven Bilic's men who sit second from top in the Championship.

    The clash is reportedly being set up to boost competitive fitness levels while the Villans may look to test the fitness of their midfield maestro John McGinn.

  • CROWN JUL

    Arsenal target Julian Draxler is reportedly closing in on a £20million move to Hertha Berlin.

    According to Foot Mercato, the ex-PSG ace is set to leave France and return to the Bundesliga.

    It had been stated that the Gunners were keeping tabs on Draxler, but it appears Hertha are leading the race to sign him.

    Berlin had been linked with Granit Xhaka in January with the club keen to sign marquee players.

  • NOT FOR ME, KLUIV

    Arsenal have been told to fork out around £35million if they want to land summer target Justin Kluivert, according to reports.

    The 21-year-old, son of Dutch legend Patrick, is on the Gunners' radar as they seek attacking reinforcements.

    They had been hoping to lure him by offering Roma £13million and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a permanent basis.

    But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the cash-strapped Serie A side want to make serious money on the young winger, and won't deviate from their asking price.

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    LACA V MARTIAL

    Arsenal fans have been comparing Alexandre Lacazette's stats to that of Manchester United winger Anthony Martial.

    This makes for a fascinating comparison… should they let him go?!

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    FA CUP QUARTERS CONFIRMED

    Arsenal's FA Cup quarter-final has been confirmed for Sunday, June 28 and will be broadcast on BT Sport.

    Here are the full fixtures:

    Saturday June 27

    Norwich City vs Man Utd (5.30pm) BBC

    Sunday June 28

    Sheffield United v Arsenal (1.00pm) BT Sport

    Leicester City v Chelsea (4.00pm) BT Sport

    Man City vs Newcastle (6.30pm) BBC

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    NO CIDER, HOUSE RULES

    Rob Holding has revealed his move from Bolton to Arsenal was a real culture shock – and he tried ordering a cider in swanky London restaurant Nobu.

    The 24-year-old defender headed south in 2016 and had to adjust on and off the pitch.

    He said: “We went to Nobu in Mayfair and obviously I am just a normal northern lad – and they were ordering a round of drinks.

    “I’m like ‘do they have cider?’ And they looked at me like, ‘what?’ “So I just said ‘I’ll have another one of whatever you’re having’.

    “When the food came it was all raw fish. I’m not really a fish fan at the best of times, let alone raw.

    “It was funny, the difference. They were like ‘God, you are northern!’ Luckily, he took the bill.”

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    GET IT IN YOUR DIARY

    Arsenal's Premier League fixtures are CONFIRMED.

    We're just awaiting final confirmation of the FA Cup quarter-final tie against Sheffield United, which is likely to be played on June 27 or 28.

    June 17 – Man City vs Arsenal (8.15pm) Sky

    June 20 – Brighton vs Arsenal (3pm) BT

    June 25 – Southampton vs Arsenal (6pm) Sky

    July 1 – Arsenal vs Norwich (6pm) BT

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    BREAKING – FIXTURES CONFIRMED

    The Premier League has cemented the fixtures for June’s matches.

    Here they are the first load of games!

    Wednesday 17 June

    Previously postponed due to participation in the Carabao Cup Final

    Friday 19 June

    Saturday 20 June

    Sunday 21 June

    Monday 22 June

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    FINAL TOON UP?

    Arsenal wonderkid Alfie Matthews, 18, has hinted at a transfer after posting a cryptic message on his Instagram story about a “big move” amid Newcastle talk.

    The youngster had been in scintillating form for the Gunners’ Under-18s side before the youth season was KO’d due to the coronavirus crisis.

    But Matthews seems to have thrown some cold water over a future with Arsenal after posting two cryptic snaps to his Instagram story on Thursday.

    He uploaded one picture of him looking down at his boots, with the caption: “Another good session today! We keep pushing towards this big move.”

    And a short time later, the starlet posted a snap of his legs stretched out on the grass with some footballs and a net, accompanied with the caption: “These running sessions are not what I want! But we push towards this big move.”

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    LEAKED FIXTURES

    While broadcasters wrangle over who should play and when, some of the Premier League fixtures appear to have been leaked.

    Remember, these are unconfirmed as yet, but this list makes sense.

    Some serious congestion – and road miles – for the Gunners here.

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    HE'S A KIE PLAYER

    Arsenal fans are reacting to the fact that Kieran Tierney is being targeted by Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers as a replacement for Chelsea-bound Ben Chilwell.

    Rodgers and Tierney worked together at Celtic before the Northern Irishman headed to the King Power, prompting rumours of a link-up.

    But Gunners fans are having none of it on Twitter, but are happily celebrating his 23rd birthday.

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    FAN-KS FOR STAYING PATIENT

    Premier League clubs are hoping to welcome fans back to grounds as early as September – with a phased return “likely to begin this year”.

    The rest of the 2019-20 season is certain to be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    But bosses appear to be aiming to have fans in grounds from the beginning of next season, according to The Mirror.

    Clubs have already agreed in principle to kick off on the weekend of September 12-13.

    And while it's unlikely stadiums will be full, a certain percentage of the ground could be used to allow fans in while still observing social distancing rules.

    At present, only 300 people – including players, match officials and broadcasters – are allowed into grounds, but absolutely no supporters.

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    NO DROP FOR PREM FLOPS

    The Premier League could still end up with NO relegation at the end of the season, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    FA chief Greg Clarke is ready to make a U-turn over his promotion and relegation demands if the top flight and Championship cannot finish.

    He angered some Premier League clubs by promising to invoke the FA’s “Special Share” and insist three clubs from each division swap leagues come what may.

    But in an about-turn during yesterday’s latest virtual meeting of the 20 Prem “Shareholder” clubs, Clarke signalled he was no longer determined to enforce promotion and relegation IF a second shutdown means the leagues cannot be played to a conclusion.

    Clarke’s apparent change of stance came as the Prem clubs agreed to put their “curtailment” concerns on hold for the time being.

    The clubs agreed the issue would only come back on the table IF the League, due to resume on June 17, cannot be completed.

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    PARTEY INVITE

    Thomas Partey wants to seal his £44.8million move to Arsenal this summer, according to reports in Ghana.

    The Atletico Madrid midfielder, 26, has reportedly told those closest to him that he wants to make the switch to North London.

    According to FootballGhana he is “desperate” to make a switch to England.

    His father Jacob said in an interview that he would join a top Premier League side, but Diego Simeone is also keen to keep him in the Spanish capital.

  • MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly wants to lure Kieran Tierney away from Arsenal after just one season.

    The defender has been limited to just five Premier League appearances since his arrival from Celtic due to injuries.

    According to The Transfer Window Podcast, Leicester City have set their sights on signing the 22-year-old should Ben Chilwell join Chelsea.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal could secure a cut-price transfer for Arkadiusz Milik after Napoli reportedly dropped their £45million asking price for anyone but Juventus.

    According to La Repubblica, Arsenal are in pole position to land the 26-year-old this summer, but face a fight from a number of Premier League clubs.

    In other news, Ally McCoist hopes former Rangers star Mikel Arteta will swoop for Celtic star Odsonne Edouard… so his old club can finally win the Scottish title.

    He said: “The telltale sign, I'm reading a few of the Celtic boys, and they are coming out and asking him not to move, to wait another year.

    “No way, I'm clearly of the opposite opinion, get him away, and if he goes to Leicester or Arsenal, I tell you what, they will be getting a right top player.”

    And finally, ESPN have reported that Gunners target Depay will be available for just £30m this summer as he has rejected the chance to extend his Lyon deal.

  • NEW PROBLEM

    The Premier League are reportedly “fully considering” calls to pull the plug on Newcastle's £300m takeover.

    Public Investment Fund and dealmaker Amanda Staveley were hoping to complete the deal that would finally see Mike Ashley relinquish control.

    But now, according to The Telegraph, Premier League executive Richard Masters has been contacted by lawyers representing the fiancee of murdered Jamal Khashoggi.

    Hatice Cengiz insists the deal, which would give the PIF an 80 per cent stake in Newcastle, is in breach of the PL’s owners’ and directors’ test.

    Journalist Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

    Independent investigators claim Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was directly involved — which he denies.

Football news:

Real Madrid is ready to terminate the contract with Bale, paying him a salary for two years (ABC)
Manchester City were preparing for a meeting at CAS before UEFA issued a decision to ban them from the Champions League
Zidane about Hazard: This is a difficult situation. I hope that on Thursday he will be ready for 100%
Nemanja MATIC: I Think Manchester United deserve a place in the Champions League. If we win three games, we will get there
Wycombe reached the championship for the first time in 133 years. Akinfenwa (Yes, that Jock from FIFA) is going crazy-he was personally congratulated by Klopp
Manchester City intends to sign Lautaro, alaba and Coulibaly after the cancellation of the ban on European competitions
Griezmann suffered the first muscle injury of his career. Earlier, Barca players were dissatisfied with the medical staff