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Arteta backed for summer spree EXCLUSIVE, Arsenal interested in £35m Sander Berge, Daniel Ek latest – transfer updates

ARSENAL again fans protested against their ownership outside the Emirates before the Villarreal draw which dumped them out of Europe.

On the pitch, a goalless draw was enough to see former boss Unai Emery knock the Gunners out and progress to the Europa League semi-final.

Meanwhile, Daniel Ek and his consortium have held a meeting with the Arsenal Supporters Trust as the Spotify founder steps up his takeover bid.

However, the Kroenke family are reportedly planning a huge summer of spending on transfers as they look to get angry Gunners fans on side.

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  • HE’S A KEEPER

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.

    The Gunners are waiting to hear about Onana's appeal after he was banned for failing a drugs test.

    According to Goal, Arsenal are tracking the goalkeeper but his availability is a potential stumbling block.

    Anana is currently serving a 12-month suspension for a doping violation which runs until February.

    The Cameroon keeper has launched an appeal against the ban which will be heard in June.

  • REBEL ALLIANCE

    The Premier League's Big Six have agreed to multi-million pound fines from Uefa - as a condition of being allowed back into European football.

    Uefa chiefs confirmed they had agreed “reintegration measures” with the nine clubs - including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, City and United.

    As a condition of the deal, the nine - completed by AC Milan, Inter and Atletico Madrid - will share a slap on the wrist £13m “goodwill” payment to be ploughed into youth and grassroots football, including in the UK.

    But all nine, who Uefa said had “acknowledged their mistake”, also agreed to give up five per cent of the money they would have received from Uefa for their next European campaign.

    And they agreed they would face massive fines of £87m if they joined any future breakaway, or £43.5m if they merely committed to any such new league.

  • TAKING THE BISS

    Yves Bissouma is wanted by Manchester City, according to reports.

    Arsenal had been one of many clubs fighting for the Brighton star but could struggle to hold off Pep Guardiola’s advances.

    The Star describe City as ‘confident’ of pulling off a deal for the £30million-rated midfielder.

  • PART AND PARCEL

    Martin Keown has slammed Thomas Partey's first season at Arsenal.

    And he also reckons Martin Odegaard failed to do his job properly against Villarreal.

    The Gunners icon said after last night's Europa League exit: "We thought we were signing the next Patrick Vieira [in Thomas Partey] but he hasn't looked like that at all.

    "We made a mistake, we should have had two midfield players side by side. We didn't have the right balance in that midfield.

    "Odegaard didn't seem to want to go and press and in midfield Villarreal were just able to pass by."

  • GREAT SCOTT

    Alex Scott also believes it will take a long time for Arsenal to return to the top.

    She added: "You need to question are [the owners] going to put in the funds? Is the investment there?

    "Does this team want to get back to the top? Because it’s going to take a lot of work.

    "And the fact that we’re now going to struggle even to get into European competition next season.

    "I can only see it getting worse because you’re not even going to attract players to come to the club.

    "It's been a mixture of the recruitment over the last couple of seasons.

    "When Mikel came in he had to assess the squad and move players on, the whole Mesut Ozil situation which lingered over the club.

    "The transfers with Willian, so I think there’s a number of things in place with the club at the moment that needs sorting out and looking at."

  • SCOTT OF BOTHER

    Alex Scott slammed Arsenal after their shock exit from the Europa League - and admitted they just aren't good enough.

    She told CBS: “I need a minute to compose myself.

    "I’m getting all hot – well, I was hot throughout that whole game.

    "It’s hard – being connected with the club, being an Arsenal ambassador, growing up at the club – to see what I’m seeing.

    "I know the reaction straight away is that passion as a fan and seeing the embarrassment.

    "But actually when you do break it down, this Arsenal team is simply not good enough."

  • AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a huge disappointment for Jamie Carragher in last night’s defeat.

    The striker had just 14 touches before being taken off on 80 minutes, by far the lowest of any player who started the 0-0 draw.

    In fact, Willian had more having only played the final 10 minutes.

    And Carragher told CBS Sports: “Sometimes you can have too many attacking players on the pitch because you cannot get the ball back. And that was the problem.

    “Aubameyang hardly touched the ball in the first-alf because there was no one in midfield to win the ball back and give them the ball.

    “I thought [Mikel Arteta] got it massively wrong again and almost played into Villarreal’s hands.”

  • LIFE SUPPORT

    Mikel Arteta has insisted he is giving his whole life to the Arsenal job - and has vowed to fight on as manager after the Europa League heartache.

    Assuming there is no late Premier League twist, it will be the fifth campaign in a row without the Champions League and first out of Europe completely since 1995-96.

    Asked why that is the 'trend', Arteta said: "They are things to analyse more internally, I am sorry.

    "We have done that. There are things that we cannot discuss here. I take full responsibility for my part, for sure.

    "Since I arrived here what I have tried to do, giving my life, my best ability, investing every drop of energy that I have emotionally to support everything that has been going around with my knowledge, with staff, with all the players that are trying to contribute with all the club to give our best.

    "But so far it has not been enough and when the question mark comes, why it is not enough? Is it just a thing? Is it the manager? Is it any other stuff? What is it?

    "And then this is football. Again, I repeat myself, last night that ball goes in we win 1-0. You are in the final and it is a different world. But today that world doesn’t look very nice."

  • RIGHT SAID FRED

    Arsenal’s offensive output is the key issue behind the club’s struggles, according to Freddie Ljungberg.

    The Swede praised Mikel Arteta for taking the blame for their semi-final exit but felt his attackers should have done more.

    He told BT Sport: “I like that he’s protecting his players, but personally, if you look at the two legs, they had four shots on target in both legs - that’s not good enough

    "They’re not creating enough clear chances and that’s a big problem for them."

  • ICE BERGE

    Arsenal are reportedly in the fight for Sheffield United star Sander Berge.

    The midfielder is said to be available for £35million in the summer via a relegation release clause.

    And Sky Sports have outlined a number of clubs interested in his signature, including Everton.

  • DROPPED HIS GAARD

    One moment of Arsenal’s draw really irked Lee Dixon.

    Martin Odegaard taking his time to swing in a corner left the former right-back irate.

    He said: “This game is lacking intensity from Arsenal, they need to get a goal, come on.

    “I understand being patient and playing your game but Martin Odegaard went to take a corner and he walked over. 

    “Why is he walking over? Get over there and put the pressure on.”

  • ART DEALER

    Mikel Arteta is the bookies' joint-favourite if a Premier League manager is to lose their job in the final weeks of the season.

    Coral have slashed the Spaniard's odds of being sacked before the first game of next season from 5-1 to 5-2 after Arsenal's Europa League exit.

    And he is among the most likely to be fired before the campaign is out, too.

    Next Prem boss to be fired in 2021-22 odds:

    2-5 No manager to go
    8-1 Mikel Arteta, Sam Allardyce
    10-1 Scott Parker
    20-1 Roy Hodgson, Steve Bruce

  • TAKING THE BISS

    Yves Bissouma is wanted by Manchester City, according to reports.

    Arsenal had been one of many clubs fighting for the Brighton star but could struggle to hold off Pep Guardiola’s advances.

    The Star describe City as ‘confident’ of pulling off a deal for the £30million-rated midfielder.

  • ‘EMBARRASSMENT’

    Martin Keown was one Gunners hero to take a swipe at Mikel Arteta last night.

    The ex-defender felt the factor of losing to his predecessor, Unai Emery, will be hard to take for the Arsenal manager.

    He told BT Sport: “It's a huge job at this football club. [Arteta's] inexperience has perhaps cost him.

    "He's still the manager, but it felt this was the rescue package and his players didn't turn up. 

    “He was outsmarted by the previous manager which is a bit of an embarrassment.

    "Arsenal looked lost. We couldn't get out and they made us nervy. We haven't really laid a glove on them and we haven't gone down fighting."

  • LAST LAUGH

    Arsenal's rivals queued up to tease the Gunners last night after the semi-final exit.

    We'll save you from the bulk of it, and provide only Jermaine Jenas' tweet for a taste...

  • SCOTT TO DO BETTER

    Arsenal icon Alex Scott has described her disappointment at seeing the club fumble their huge opportunity in the Europa League.

    She told CBS Sports after last night's game: “I need a minute to compose myself. I’m getting all hot – well, I was hot throughout that whole game!

    "It’s hard – being connected with the club, being an Arsenal ambassador, growing up at the club – to see what I’m seeing.

    “I know the reaction straight away is that passion as a fan and seeing the embarrassment. But actually when you do break it down, this Arsenal team is simply not good enough.

    “And you need to question are [the owners] going to put in the funds? Is the investment there? Does this team want to get back to the top? Because it’s going to take a lot of work.

    “And the fact that we’re now going to struggle even to get into European competition next season, I can only see it getting worse because you’re not even going to attract players to come to the club.”

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