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8am Arsenal news LIVE: Milik cut-price ‘anti-Juve’ transfer, Lacazette to Inter, Ozil splits from Adidas

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

And we have all the latest transfer news with the Gunners reportedly leading the race for Arkadiusz Milik, who Napoli are said to be desperate to sell to anyone other than Juventus.

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

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    SING WHEN YOU'RE WINNING

    Premier League TV plans will include the option of fake crowd noise and could give fans rare dressing room access, according to reports.

    TV coverage is one of the items on the agenda at today's meeting between all 20 Premier League clubs.

    Sky are said to be one of the channels considering the move for the games that will be played behind closed doors from June 17, according to the Mirror.

    Supporters had the option to listen to fake crowd noise during recent Bundesliga matches and the feedback was mixed.

    Some fans got behind the idea but many said it was “too weird” and had to “mute the unnatural sound”.

    As a result, Sky could offer each game on two of their channels – one with crowd noise, and one without.

  • MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    As the Gunners prepare for the Premier League’s return later this month, they could be set to play a friendly against West Ham United in order to sharpen up.

    The league have given clubs permission to play preparation matches, so long as they do not have to travel more than 90 minutes.

    And the Hammers have sounded out the Gunners, as well as Crystal Palace, to play warm-up games.

    When matches do eventually return to Emirates Stadium, they will be behind closed doors – but Arsenal are exploring ways to get their fans involved in another way…

    According to football.london, they have been in contact with Danish club Aarhus, who have been allowing supporters into their ground virtually via video-conferencing technology.

    Meanwhile, on the transfer front, skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future appears to remain a hot topic of conversation.

    And pundit Gary Neville has been scathing in his assessment of how the Gunners have conducted their business.

    He told The Football Show on Sky Sports: “Arsenal find themselves in this position far too often.

    “I think a [three-and-a-half-year] deal for a player who cost £60m, you would at least want that fourth year just so you can control him if he does well in the first two seasons, which he obviously has.

    “That's the mistake that's been made from day one with Aubameyang. The fact they are in this position now is through mistakes that have been made previously.

    “I think Arsenal are in a position where the players can call the shots. They can keep him for another year, but then he would leave for nothing.”

    With the Premier League gearing up for its June 17 return, fans are eagerly anticipating the upcoming fixture announcement, with matches set to air on Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and, for the very first time, the BBC.

  • ICYMI – THREE STRIPES & YOU'RE OUT

    Adidas will end Mesut Ozil's £22million sponsorship deal at the end of the season, according to reports.

    The Arsenal midfielder's current deal with the sportswear giant is set to expire in the summer.

    But according to Bild, Adidas have decided against renewing his sponsorship contract.

    The source states that Ozil's public image could have impacted the company's decision.

    He stepped down from international football in 2018 after accusing the German FA of racism.

    Ozil claimed he was hung out to dry after meeting up with Turkey president Recep Erdogan.

  • VICTOR-IOUS

    Rumoured Arsenal target Victor Osimhen's asking price is lower than originally expected, according to reports.

    After a breakout season for the Nigerian in Ligue 1, Lille have been expected to demand a fee similar to the £72million received by Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe last year.

    But according to Alfonso Pedulla, a potential suitor could now land the 21-year-old for between £49m and £53m.

    Chelsea, Napoli and Spurs are also believed to be interested.

  • ARSENAL TOGETHER

    Defender David Luiz has taken to social media to thank a social inclusion officer at Arsenal for all his good work during the coronavirus pandemic.

    And the Brazilian also admitted that this is the sort of thing that makes the Gunners so special.

    He wrote: “Ashley is a Social Inclusion Officer @AFCCommunity

    “During this crisis he’s been delivering emergency supplies into the community – including here at @NHSHomerton

    “People like Ashley are what makes @Arsenal so special

    arsenaltogether

    https://twitter.com/DavidLuiz_4/status/1268163225767620609

  • 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.

  • MORE ON HAMMERS FRIENDLY MATCH

    On the prospect of playing friendlies against Arsenal and Crystal Palace prior to the league's restart, Hammers boss David Moyes' motives are clear.

    He said: “If you consider this a preseason, then a few clubs would have had a few friendlies under their belts.

    “If it is one thing the clubs are not going to get it’s game practice. So getting the opportunity to do that gives us the chance to do that.

    “All these things are subject to the protocols. We have to have everything right. We can’t ask teams to travel, we are not intending to travel.

    “We will abide by the guidelines. We don’t want anything to go wrong in the build up to the start of the Premier League.”

  • LONDON CALLING

    West Ham are planning a London derby double-header in their build up to the restart of the Premier League.

    They have contacted Arsenal and Crystal Palace in the hope of setting up friendly matches to put their players through their paces.

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

    But there are strict rules which include teams not travelling further than 90 minutes and players must get there alone without the normal team bus.

    West Ham also want to play teams they have already met twice in the Premier League so will not face in competitive action once the campaign gets underway again.

  • PEEPING TOMS

    West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek has named former Arsenal star Tomas Rosicky as his favourite ever player.

    The Czech ace was taking part in an online Q&A when quizzed on the matter.

    And with no hesitation, he went for his compatriot and namesake.

    The popular, if injury-prone creator played 246 times for the Gunners across a ten-year period – and famously scored a rasping North London derby winner against Spurs in 2014.

    He is also a hero in his homeland, having won 105 caps for the Czech Republic.

  • ARSENAL ZOOM DATE

    The Gunners are exploring ways to allow fans into the Emirates virtually ahead of the Premier League's restart behind closed doors.

    Supporters are unlikely to be allowed back in stadiums for quite some time, but Arsenal are hoping to find a solution to bring supporters closer to their team.

    According to football.london, Arsenal have been in contact with Danish club Aarhus, who have been allowing supporters into their ground virtually via video-conferencing technology.

    And a Gunners spokesperson said: “We’re exploring multiple ways to bring fans into the stadium 'virtually'.”

  • RIGHT SAID FRED

    Former Spurs striker Freddie Kanoute has admitted that he hopes reported Arsenal target Thomas Partey stays in LaLiga with Atletico Madrid this summer.

    He told Goal: “There are a few exciting [African] players in LaLiga in my opinion.

    “I really like Thomas [Partey] of Atletico Madrid. He’s a player who is going to keep improving, and there have even been rumours of him leaving to other clubs.

    “We hope to keep him in LaLiga as long as possible.”

  • WELL I NEV-ER

    Gary Neville has hit out at Arsenal's handling of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's contract situation, claiming that the Gunners allow players to “call the shots”.

    The 30-year-old has persistently been linked with a summer move away from Emirates Stadium in recent weeks – as he prepares to enter the final year of his deal.

    And an unimpressed Neville told The Football Show on Sky Sports: “Arsenal find themselves in this position far too often.

    “I think a [three-and-a-half-year] deal for a player who cost £60m, you would at least want that fourth year just so you can control him if he does well in the first two seasons, which he obviously has.

    “That's the mistake that's been made from day one with Aubameyang. The fact they are in this position now is through mistakes that have been made previously.

    “I think Arsenal are in a position where the players can call the shots. They can keep him for another year, but then he would leave for nothing.”

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    PREM CORONA SCARE

    One Premier League player has tested POSITIVE for coronavirus from one club, but they remain anonymous.

    The league said in a statement: “The Premier League can today confirm that on Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June, 1197 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, one has tested positive from one club.

    “Players or Club staff who test positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.

    “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.

    “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”

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    CURRENCY EXCHANGE

    Birmingham City want “guaranteed cash” if United are to land Jude Bellingham, according to reports.

    ESPN claim that the Blues know they need cold hard cash after the coronavirus crisis and need a large slice of the transfer fee up front.

    United had been proposing a structured deal that allows them to make a series of payments over years with incentives.

    But Birmingham know there are several parties interested and Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Arsenal are also in the hunt.

    Bellingham had a tour of the Carrington training complex before the coronavirus lockdown, where he met Sir Alex Ferguson as well as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a tour and talks.

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    PREM FIXTURES UPDATE

    The Premier League have not announced the dates and kick-off times of their fixtures because the broadcasters are scrambling to get their ducks in a row.

    Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon have all paid for rights and are set to broadcast live games, even thought the BBC only has a highlights package.

    But the four media bodies have to announce the fixtures at the same time.

    That means we won't hear about firm dates and kick-off times until potentially NEXT WEEK.

    Luckily we already know Manchester City are playing Arsenal on June 17, as well as Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

    For fans who have waited nearly three months to watch their team in some form or another, that doesn't leave much time to decide which beer, crisps and pizza to buy for their Premier League viewing.

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    THREE STRIPES & YOU'RE OUT

    Adidas will end Mesut Ozil's £22million sponsorship deal at the end of the season, according to reports.

    The Arsenal midfielder's current deal with the sportswear giant is set to expire in the summer.

    But according to Bild, Adidas have decided against renewing his sponsorship contract.

    The source states that Ozil's public image could have impacted the company's decision.

    He stepped down from international football in 2018 after accusing the German FA of racism.

    Ozil claimed he was hung out to dry after meeting up with Turkey president Recep Erdogan.

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    TURN ON FRASE

    Frank Lampard wanted to make a move for Bournemouth’s Scottish winger Ryan Fraser, only for the board to overrule him.

    The club were ready to make a grab for the player, who is out of contract at the end of the season, back in January.

    But the hierarchy decided the 26-year-old was a no-go, according to the Athletic.

    Arsenal are front-runners to sign the workhorse winger when his contract expires at the end of this month.

    He is, as with other players out of contract, expected to remain at the South Coast club until the season concludes.

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    VALUE FOR MONEY

    SunSport has collated the most-expensive players in football after the coronavirus crisis.

    Football has been hit severely, with some clubs paying their players in full, while others have reduced their wages.

    Here is how transfer values will look after the crisis.

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    WE REALLY GIVE A FUCH

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly scouting Internacional centre-back Bruno Fuchs.

    The 21-year-old has played just four games in the Copa Libertadores this season.

    Technical director Edu is clearly keen to use his connections in South America to unearth value-for-money talent at the Emirates.

    And 6ft 2in centre-back Fuchs would be another Brazilian addition to join the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Spaniard Pablo Mari, who is on a buy-to-loan deal.

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    AUBA 'TOO GOOD' FOR ARSENAL

    Jamie Carragher reckons Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is too good for the Gunners, but they need him to get back into the top four.

    The Liverpool legend said on Sky Sports: “It's OK having rules in place where you say 'we're never letting players go on a Bosman ruling.'

    “But if you're Mikel Arteta I'd be looking at it thinking 'have we got more chance of getting in the Champions League if Aubameyang stays?'

    “At this stage there's no doubt about it Aubameyang is too good for Arsenal and we had that at Liverpool at times with Luis Suarez and certain players.

    “You're desperate to keep hold of them because you're thinking as a club 'we want to build around this player.'

    “I think he gives Arsenal a greater chance of getting into the top four and that's where they need to be.”

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    PREM STREAMING ON AMAZON

    Amazon is set to stream live Premier League games, WITHOUT the need for a Prime membership.

    The online shopping giant-turn-video-service will broadcast 33 games for free in the UK.

    Great news for footie fans!

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    BOX-TO-BOX STAR

    Arsenal have reportedly been in talks with Danish club AGF Aarhus to discuss their experiences having pitchside fans on big screens.

    The club put 40-foot screens next to the pitch where fans could watch the game via a webcam, while their face is beamed on to the screen.

    Some of the shots were less than flattering.

    According to Guardian reporter Peter Hoest, the club are looking at ways to create a better atmosphere at the Emirates while no fans are physically allowed in.

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    EXCLUSIVE

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

    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.

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    INTER LAC SWOOP

    Inter Milan have reportedly identified Alexandre Lacazette as their No1 target should Lautaro Martinez leave for Barcelona.

    The Arsenal forward fell out of favour under Mikel Arteta before football's shutdown, as the coach surveyed his more youthful options.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Inter moved onto Lacazette as their back-up plan after deciding that Timo Werner of RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, whose contract expires soon, were too expensive.

    The Serie A side recently sent a staunch message to Barcelona in their pursuit of Martinez, stating only his £100million release clause will be enough to force through a deal.

    As the main target of a potentially very busy summer for the Catalans, they are expected to try and tempt a sale by offering a variety of player exchange deals.

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