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ARSENAL are hoping Lisandro Martinez will be next to follow Fabio Vieira through the Emirates door this summer.

And despite having a reported offer of £25 million rejected, the Gunners are set to launch another bid for Ajax centre half.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are hoping to wrap up a deal for Gabriel Jesus quickly and what could go in their favour is that the Brazilian is keen on joining according to reports.

But that won’t be the only thing Mikel Arteta will be hoping gets wrapped up quickly as Granit Xhaka’s booking against Leeds in December is being investigated by the National Crime Agency.

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  • New Arsenal keeper speaks

    Incoming Arsenal keeper Matt Turner has bid farewell to his New England Revolution team-mates.

    In a virtual press conference, he said: “I’m just focused on saying goodbye to these fans who hold a special place in my heart.

    “They welcomed me to this team, made me feel like a superstar even when I was playing [at USL League One’s] Richmond [Kickers].

    “It’s been tough with COVID, not getting the chance to be with them one-on-one, signing autographs as frequently. I hope Sunday we’ll rectify all that and leave on good terms.”

  • Xhaka’s yellow card vs Leeds investigated by National Crime Agency

    Granit Xhaka’s yellow card against Leeds in December is being investigated by the National Crime Agency after a £65,000 bet on him getting booked was placed, writes Kealan Hughes.

    It follows a six-month inquiry by the FA after being alerted to the incident by leading bookmakers.

    The Arsenal star, 29, was booked for timewasting in the 86th minute of the Premier League match at Elland Road.

    Xhaka delayed taking a free-kick with the Gunners leading the game 4-1 at the time, prompting referee Andre Marriner to show him a yellow card.

    Bookies were alerted after a bet of £65,000 was placed during the game on him being booked in the match. It won the punter £250,000.

    There has never been any suggestion of any wrongdoing by Xhaka or any other Arsenal player with the investigation not examining the midfielder’s behaviour.

    In January a betting source told SunSport: “This bet was flagged to all bookmakers, because it was so big and it paid out.

    “The investigation is looking at the bet rather than Xhaka’s behaviour —– it is not unusual for him to be carded at all.”

  • Merson makes transfer plea

    Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to buy Southampton star James Ward-Prowse amid interest from West Ham.

    He told the Daily Star: “Arsenal cannot allow West Ham to buy James Ward-Prowse. I think he is a great signing for whoever gets him.

    “I think he is one of the best passers of the ball in England. Him and Trent Alexander-Arnold see things few other English players do and they can spray it around the pitch because they have such a good range of passing.

    “I don’t understand why Arsenal are not pulling out all the stops to try and take James Ward-Prowse from Southampton.

    “Arsenal need to buy experience and they would be buying an experienced England international who knows the Premier League and would make a huge difference to them.”

  • Arsenal’s relentess transfer plans

    Arsenal have no plans of slowing down in the transfer market despite landing Fabio Vieira.

    The Gunners are tailing top priority target Lisandro Martinez of Ajax, according to The Athletic.

    And they could be in luck as the defender is open to a transfer, the report adds.

    Plus, Arsenal are looking to bring in Gabriel Jesus as swiftly as possible, it was also stated.

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  • Vlahovic speaks on Arsenal snub

    Dusan Vlahovic has finally opened up over snubbing Arsenal for Juventus and insisted there was only one club for him.

    When asked about the offer from the Gunners, he told The Telegraph: “Maybe my agent knows but I never talked to anyone about it.

    “I just had one club in my mind because Juventus is Juventus. There is nothing else to say.

    “And now I feel honoured to be given this jersey. It’s incredible every time I put it on.”

  • Not a Fab deal for Porto

    Porto’s decision to sell Fabio Vieira to Arsenal for £34m hasn’t sat well with former club president José Fernando Rio.

    He thinks Porto have undersold the attacking midfielder.

    Speaking to Rádio Renascença, via Record, he fumed: “The financial administrator had already announced the need to realise between €70-100m in capital gains this year, and I was already waiting for the bleeding to start.

    “Obviously, we have to discount the intermediation costs. At Porto, we never know they are high or low, but normally they are quite high.

    “President Pinto da Costa has been filling his mouth with numbers, saying that Porto has a situation that allows players to be negotiated only through the release clause, and we see that this is not true.”

  • Good morning Arsenal fans

    Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira underwent a medical at Arsenal on Friday afternoon ahead of a £30m move to the Emirates.

    The Gunners agreed a transfer fee for the 22-year-old earlier this week, and are also understood to have agreed personal terms with the player.

    Assuming his medical runs smoothly, Vieira will pen a five-year contract with the Premier League club.

    Porto then released a statement informing the market of an agreement to sell Fabio Vieira to Arsenal.

    The Portuguese club announced that a ‘deal was complete for the amount of €40m, and of these, €5m are dependent on achievement of sports objectives.’

    Meanwhile, Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League has resulted in them missing out on Yves Bissouma.

    The Brighton ace has joined Tottenham for £25m.

    Bissouma was keen to join a club competing in the Champions League and is excited to work under Antonio Conte.

    And Spurs are hoping to use the allure of Champions League football to steal Napoli striker Victor Osimhen from under Arsenal’s nose.

    The Gunners had an initial bid of £51million rejected by the Serie A side earlier this week as they eye a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.

    Man Utd have also been linked with a move for the Nigerian.

    However, according to journalist Lorenzo Amuso, Spurs could well get there ahead of them both.

    Finally, Arsenal have reportedly had a £25m offer for Lisandro Martinez rejected by Ajax.

    But the Gunners remain undeterred and will press forward with another bid, according to The Athletic.

    It should be smooth sailing for the Gunners if they hash out terms with Ajax as the defender is keen on joining the North Londoners, the report adds.

  • Ozil set for career switch

    Mesut Ozil is set for a new career once he hangs up his boots – by becoming a PROFESSIONAL GAMER!

    Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut told The Telegraph: “He will go more into esports, play himself and maybe become an esports athlete.

    “He’s really good, to be honest, at Fortnite and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he is competing.

    “He owns a team – M10 Esports – and he has players.

    “He has a gaming house in Germany.

    “He has football, like Fifa, and Fortnite.”

  • Arsenal bid rejected

    Arsenal have reportedly had a £25m offer for Lisandro Martinez rejected by Ajax.

    But the Gunners remain undeterred and will press forward with another bid, according to The Athletic.

    It should be smooth sailing for the Gunners if they hash out terms with Ajax as the defender is keen on joining the North Londoners, the report adds.

  • New Arsenal keeper speaks

    Incoming Arsenal keeper Matt Turner has bid farewell to his New England Revolution team-mates.

    In a virtual press conference, he said: “I’m just focused on saying goodbye to these fans who hold a special place in my heart.

    “They welcomed me to this team, made me feel like a superstar even when I was playing [at USL League One’s] Richmond [Kickers].

    “It’s been tough with COVID, not getting the chance to be with them one-on-one, signing autographs as frequently. I hope Sunday we’ll rectify all that and leave on good terms.”

  • Vlahovic speaks on Arsenal snub

    Dusan Vlahovic has finally opened up over snubbing Arsenal for Juventus and insisted there was only one club for him.

    When asked about the offer from the Gunners, he told The Telegraph: “Maybe my agent knows but I never talked to anyone about it.

    “I just had one club in my mind because Juventus is Juventus. There is nothing else to say.

    “And now I feel honoured to be given this jersey. It’s incredible every time I put it on.”

  • Merson makes transfer plea

    Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to buy Southampton star James Ward-Prowse amid interest from West Ham.

    He told the Daily Star: “Arsenal cannot allow West Ham to buy James Ward-Prowse. I think he is a great signing for whoever gets him.

    “I think he is one of the best passers of the ball in England. Him and Trent Alexander-Arnold see things few other English players do and they can spray it around the pitch because they have such a good range of passing.

    “I don’t understand why Arsenal are not pulling out all the stops to try and take James Ward-Prowse from Southampton.

    “Arsenal need to buy experience and they would be buying an experienced England international who knows the Premier League and would make a huge difference to them.”

  • Arsenal’s relentess transfer plans

    Arsenal have no plans of slowing down in the transfer market despite landing Fabio Vieira.

    The Gunners are tailing top priority target Lisandro Martinez, according to The Athletic.

    And they could be in luck as the defender is open to a transfer, the report adds.

    Plus, Arsenal are looking to bring in Gabriel Jesus as swiftly as possible, it was also stated.

  • Wilshere makes transfer plea

    Jack Wilshere has urged former club Arsenal to sign Leeds ace Raphinha.

    Wilshere told talkSPORT: For someone who’s only been in England for two years, he’s got a lot of experience,” Wilshere told talkSPORT.

    “He came to England and just clicked straight away. He was in a relegation battle last year so he knows he’s up for a fight.

    “I think he’d be a good one for Arsenal. He’ll be expensive, of course he will.”

  • ‘The Antonio Conte factor’

    Tottenham’s signing of Yves Bissouma despite interest from Arsenal and Man United shows players want to join the Lilywhites ahead of their rivals.

    That’s the view of Jamie O’Hara who reckons Spurs boss Antonio Conte possesses the pulling power over his Prem counterparts.

    O’Hara told Grosvenor Sport: “I know there were other teams after him – Arsenal, Man United – but it seems as if players are starting to pick Spurs over anyone else, which is the Antonio Conte factor.

    “The Bissouma move is extra sweet for Spurs fans. That’s the biggest thing right now, Spurs are getting players over their rivals like Arsenal.

    “For Spurs to get a player of that quality over Arsenal just shows where they are now and how big getting that Champions League spot was.

    “It’s showing that Spurs are going to attract the better players to their team.”

  • Bissouma realises Champions League dream

    Yves Bissouma has revealed he can’t wait to play in the Champions League with Tottenham.

    He said: “The emotion is too much but I just say thank you to God.

    “It’s my dream to play Champions League, when I was young I was watching it every day.

    “I can’t believe I’m going to play in it with Spurs, I’m so happy.”

  • In the Hick of time

    Arsenal are reportedly set to launch an £18million summer transfer bid for Aaron Hickey.

    And they are willing to include a sell-on clause to persuade Italian side Bologna into a deal.

    And to convince Bologna it’s a deal worth making, the Gunners will also include a clause entitling the Italians to a chunk of Hickey’s next transfer fee.

    Arteta wants Hickey to become his third signing of the summer.

    Arsenal have already landed Brazilian winger Marquinhos and are now set to welcome Porto playmaker Fabio Vieira.

  • Not a Fab deal

    Porto’s decision to sell Fabio Vieira to Arsenal for £34m hasn’t sat well with former club president José Fernando Rio.

    He thinks Porto have undersold the attacking midfielder.

    Speaking to Rádio Renascença, via Record, he fumed: “The financial administrator had already announced the need to realise between €70-100m in capital gains this year, and I was already waiting for the bleeding to start.

    “Obviously, we have to discount the intermediation costs. At Porto, we never know they are high or low, but normally they are quite high.

    “President Pinto da Costa has been filling his mouth with numbers, saying that Porto has a situation that allows players to be negotiated only through the release clause, and we see that this is not true.”

  • Arsenal’s costly European failure

    Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League has resulted in them missing out on Yves Bissouma.

    The Brighton ace has joined Tottenham for £25m.

    Bissouma wanted Champions League football

    He was keen to join a club competing in the Champions League and is excited to work under Antonio Conte.

    Arsenal had regularly been linked with Bissouma during the last two seasons, but will now look to pursue Youri Tielemans.

  • Osimhen transfer battle

    Tottenham are reportedly preparing to swoop in and steal Napoli striker Victor Osimhen from under Arsenal’s nose.

    The Gunners had an initial bid of £51million rejected by the Serie A side earlier this week as they eye a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.

    Reports have stated Mikel Arteta‘s men are now considering a club record £86m bid to get a deal over the line.

    Man Utd have also been linked with a move for the Nigerian.

    However, according to journalist Lorenzo Amuso, Spurs could well get there ahead of them both.

    This is because Antonio Conte‘s side are able to offer Osimhen Champions League football next season.

  • It’s Asensio ‘at all costs’

    Arsenal have been busy putting their disappointment of missing out on the Champions League behind them, and have been making strides in the transfer market.

    A deal for Porto’s Fabio Vieira has been all but confirmed, talks for Gabriel Jesus are progressing, and, now, they are pushing hard for Marco Asensio.

    According to Sport (via Sports Witness), the Gunners want to sign the Spanish international ‘at all costs’.

    Asensio has been in talks with current club Real Madrid regarding a contract extension, but is aware that a place in the first team at the Bernabeu is far from guaranteed.

    The 26-year-old is eager for game time ahead of November’s World Cup, and would consider a move to the Premier League – and sources close to Madrid understand that Arsenal are best placed to make a move for the forward.

  • Nketiah to pen new deal

    Eddie Nketiah is poised to put pen to paper on a new Arsenal contract, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The young striker had looked destined to leave the Emirates this summer once his current deal reached its conclusion.

    However, a run of starts and important goals towards the end of the season prompted both parties to reconsider their position, and the 23-year-old now looks set to stay.

    Nketiah’s new contract is expected to keep him at the Emirates until 2027, and will ward off interest from a number of Bundesliga clubs.

  • Porto confirm Vieira’s Arsenal move

    Porto have released a statement informing the market of an agreement to sell Fabio Vieira to Arsenal.

    The Portuguese club announced that a ‘deal was complete for the amount of €40m, and of these, €5m are dependent on achievement of sports objectives.’

    There has yet to be any official confirmation from Arsenal, who are understood to be carrying out the midfielder’s medical at this moment.

  • Second coming? Jesus wants Arteta reunion

    Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is eager to reunite with Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

    Sky Sports’ journalist Melissa Reddy has revealed that the Brazilian striker is keen on the idea of playing for his former coach, who he enjoyed a good relationship during their time together at the Etihad.

    Arteta was assistant to Pep Guardiola when Jesus joined City in 2017, and would often offer the Brazilian striker advice and individual coaching sessions.

  • Vieira to undergo Arsenal medical

    Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira will undergo a medical at Arsenal this afternoon ahead of a £30m move to the Emirates.

    The Gunners agreed a transfer fee for the 22-year-old earlier this week, and are also understood to have agreed personal terms with the player.

    Assuming his medical runs smoothly, Vieira will pen a five-year contract with the Premier League club.

    The Portuguese playmaker created a league-high 14 assists in the Primeira Liga last season, and was voted player of the tournament at last year’s European Under-21 Championship.

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