12pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang contract BOOST, Ozil rejects Fenerbahce, Thomas Partey LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL face Aston Villa tonight as the Premier League season hurtles towards its finale. 

And on the transfer front, the Gunners may have found a way to sign Philippe Coutinho with Barcelona reportedly keen to bring in Matteo Guendouzi in exchange.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • HE'S MY IDOL

    Danilo Pereira has welcomed comparisons with Arsenal’s French midfield legend Patrick Vieira.

    Pereira, 28, said: “It is an honour to be compared to this kind of legend.

    “I also have to thank Abel Xavier for these words, sometimes I don't like to be compared to another football player but to me it is an honour to see Abel Xavier talking about me in that way.

    “I grew up seeing Patrick Vieira playing in Arsenal, he is one of my idols so it is very good to hear that.”

  • IT'S NO PIE IN THE SKY

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has stated once again he is confident Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will put pen to paper and agree a new deal at the Emirates.

    The Gunners striker still faces an uncertain future in North London with his contract at the club to expire in 2021, with Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly weighing up moves.

    Juventus have also been linked with the Gabon international, but it is claimed that Aubameyang favours a switch to the Nou Camp should he depart Arsenal.

    Arteta said: “I don’t know, to put a date right now is very difficult.

    “I like the way the conversations are going, I like what I’m hearing. I’m sure for both parties, the quicker we can do it, the better for everyone.

    “I am confident he will extend his stay.”

  • PATRICK PER-EIRA

    Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Arsenal.

    He told Stats Perform News: “I think he [Arteta] is doing a really, really, good job there.

    “He is a really good coach who started as the second coach at [Manchester] City, so he has a little experience and Arsenal play very good football and I think he is doing very well there.

    “He is a Spanish coach, he is a bit similar to Portuguese coaches, they also want to play with the ball and improve with the ball, so I think he is a good coach.

    “The style I think I can fit there, the way he plays also thinking on the ball, the team always has to be together – I think it is a good way to play.

    “Of course I like to be here in Porto to be here in my country, but I want to be in a better league like the Premier League.”

  • STONES MOVE ODDS

    John Stones could be set for a sensational move away from Manchester City this summer.

    The England ace has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad and Ladbrokes make it just 5/2 he reunites with former coach Mikel Arteta at Arsenal when the transfer window opens.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “If Arteta wants defensive reinforcements and familiar faces then he could kill two birds with one Stones later on this summer.”

  • IT'S ISTAN-BULL

    Mesut Ozil has reportedly snubbed a move to Fenerbahce but could be offered an Arsenal escape route by Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The 31-year-old winger has yet to feature under Mikel Arteta since the Premier League’s restart and only has 12 months remaining on his £350,000-a-week deal.

    Despite being frozen out, German publication Bild claim he has rejected an advance from Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce.

    They claim his massive wages prove to be the major stumbling block, with the star now planning to sit out the rest of his contract.

    However, newly-crowned Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir are ready to make an offer for the 2014 German World Cup winner.

    That is according to 90min, who have “been informed that Istanbul Basaksehir are prepared to formalise interest in Ozil that initially began last summer” once the window re-opens.

  • START THE DAY WRIGHT

    Blimey, doesn't Wrighy look jacked these days?

    The former Gunners record scorer shared this image from his trip to the gym.

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  • WHY PEP HIT OUT

    Pep Guardiola took a swipe at Arsenal because he is unhappy at their pursuit of a harsh ban for Manchester City.

    City, who play Watford tonight, also have a suspicion the North London club were the ringleaders in a bid to keep them out of the Champions League.

    Eight clubs went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in March to urge them to block any City attempt to get their appeal against a Uefa two-year Champions League ban delayed.

    Guardiola hit out at the group in a stinging tirade last week — and the belief at the Etihad is the Gunners and Liverpool were behind the plot.

    City also suspect they were involved in a group call between clubs to plan their next move after CAS had overturned the ban.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Mesut Ozil has reportedly been handed a career lifeline by Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The newly-crowned Super Lig champions already boast a number of ex-Premier League stars including Demba Ba, Martin Skrtel and Gael Clichy.

    And 90min claims Ozil is the next name on their shopping list.

    With only a year left on his £350,000-a-week contract, Arsenal are keen to get him off their wage bill.

    Meanwhile, Unai Emery is set to take the reins at Spanish side Villarreal.

    Current boss Javi Calleja will leave the La Liga side despite leading them to a Europa League place this season.

    Marca report that Emery has already been signed up to replace him at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

    The 48-year-old has been out of work since he was sacked by the Gunners earlier this season.

    In other news, Dani Ceballos says he is “very happy” at the club amid uncertainty about his future.

    The Spaniard has been on a season-long loan at the Emirates from parent club Real Madrid.

    He told Sky Sports: “The truth is I'm very happy at Arsenal.

    “It's a club in which I already have a year of experience, so it would be very easy to return.

    “I wouldn't have to adapt to a new league or new club with a different manager and players. I think it would be a good step for me.”

  • PEP SWIPE

    Pep Guardiola took a swipe at Arsenal saying he does not respect the club’s hierarchy.

    Manchester City were unhappy at how the Gunners lured Mikel Arteta as manager back in December.

    And following Arsenal’s shock FA Cup semi-final defeat of City on Saturday, Guardiola said: “I have all the respect for what they are on the pitch, not much off the pitch.

    “So congratulations to them and good luck in the final.”

  • MADE OF STONE

    Arsenal may have received an unexpected boost in their pursuit of John Stones.

    That's because Man City are on the verge of snapping up Bournemouth's Nathan Ake for £35m.

    Stones is already on the fringes at the Etihad and would almost certainly be up for sale should Ake join.

    Mikel Arteta is known to be a keen admirer of the former Everton man from his time as City assistant.

  • GUEN THEN

    Axed Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi have been warned: Show your team-mates you are worth keeping.

    Ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Aston Villa, Arteta said: “It’s not just me that needs to give a green light. Everybody has to be supportive.

    “Without that support it’s very uncomfortable.

    “If you show you have decided to do the best not only for yourself but for the club, I think everyone will welcome you.

    “I sense great chemistry at the moment. They’re all on board and they can rely on each other.

    “Most important on the pitch is they know what to expect from each other, not a flick of a coin with a few players.”

  • GUNNER DO IT?

    Arsenal's squad got straight back to business at London Colney today.

    Up next, it's Aston Villa.

  • LAC OF OPTIONS

    Juventus could swoop for Alexandre Lacazette if they fail to sign Woves star Raul Jimenez.

    Tuttosport claims the Wolves striker is their top target ahead of the summer transfer window.

    But the Arsenal striker has emerged as the club's back-up options.

    Lacazette has 12 goals and four assists for the Gunners this season.

  • TURKISH DELIGHT

    Mesut Ozil has reportedly been handed a career lifeline by Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The newly-crowned Super Lig champions already boast a number of ex-Premier League stars including Demba Ba, Martin Skrtel and Gael Clichy

    And he looks to have slipped even further down the pecking order since Mikel Arteta’s arrival.

    Indeed, Ozil has featured just 18 times this season, yielding one sole goal.

    And with only a year left on his £350,000-a-week contract, Arsenal are keen to get him off their wage bill.

  • GUNNER FLOP?

    Arsenal return to action tomorrow against Aston Villa in the Premier League.

    Mikel Arteta's men will be brimming with confidence after consecutive wins over Liverpool and Man City.

    Let's hope this does NOT happen…

  • FERD IT HERE FIRST

    Rio Ferdinand has compared Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Thierry Henry after his masterclass against Man City.

    He told the Daily Mail: “It's a great goal, the composure was fantastic – played on by Mendy.

    “The young centre-half, Garcia, has got to see that – you've got to know who you're playing against.

    “When there are players who are willing to run in behind you, you've got to try to cover that area, but once he's in there, he reminds you a bit of Thierry [Henry] when he's bearing down on goal like that.”

  • GET EM IN

    Ex-Arsenal boss Unai Emery is set to take the reins at Spanish side Villarreal.

    Current boss Javi Calleja is set to leave the La Liga side despite leading them to a Europa League place this season.

    Marca report that Emery has already been signed up to replace him at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

    The 48-year-old has been out of work since he was sacked by the Gunners earlier this season.

  • CITY SLICKERS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's goal against Man City on Saturday was rather similar to Nacho Monreal's in the 2017 FA Cup semi-final…

  • DAN PLAN

    Arsenal star Dani Ceballos says he is “very happy” at the club amid uncertainty about his future.

    The Spaniard has been on a season-long loan at the Emirates from parent club Real Madrid.

    He told Sky Sports: “The truth is I'm very happy at Arsenal.

    “It's a club in which I already have a year of experience, so it would be very easy to return.

    “I wouldn't have to adapt to a new league or new club with a different manager and players.

    “I think it would be a good step for me.”

  • PAUL OVER

    Paul Merson have slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his tactical blunder against Chelsea.

    In his Sky Sports column, the ex-Arsenal star said: “If that’s Jose Mourinho, he is playing his strongest team. You win trophies, you are judged on trophies.

    “Solskjaer has to win something. If he wins the FA Cup it’s massive for him.

    “The race is on Solskjaer, he’s not going to be manager at United for the next 15 years is he?

    “When you lose games, you’re out. If he loses his job and has an FA Cup, he has an unbelievable CV.

    “If Mourinho was in United’s position, knowing he has Arsenal in the final, he plays his strongest possible team.

    “I was flabbergasted at Solskjaer’s team selection. I couldn’t believe it.”

  • SARR SUBJECT

    Arsenal have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Malang Sarr with the player reportedly being eyed up by clubs in Germany and Italy.

    The 21-year-old is available on a free transfer after failing to extend his contract at French outfit Nice, leading to a host of teams vying to secure his signature.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has taken to Twitter to state the French youth international is in talks with clubs from Germany and Italy.

    Romano was asked by one fan on any updates on the futures of Sarr as well as fellow Arsenal target Dayoy Upamecano.

    But it was bad news on both front for the Gunners, as he said: “No updates abt (sic) Upamecano mate.

    “And Malang Sarr is in talks with Bundesliga/Serie A clubs.”

  • ART OF CONSISTENCY

    Mikel Arteta has told his players they have to back up their defeats of Liverpool and Manchester City.

    The Gunners took down Liverpool mid-week before knocking City out of the FA Cup in their Saturday semi-final.

    But the Spaniard has told his stars they need to be more consistent.

    He said: “It's not good enough to just do it for a week so we haven't done anything, just won two games that give us a big plus in the league and the sense that if we are all doing our best we can beat any team but now we have to be consistent and do it every three days.”

  • GOALS GOALS GOALS

    Arsenal have won their last seven meetings with Aston Villa in all competitions by an aggregate score of 23-3.

    Will this one be another comfortable win for Mikel Arteta's side?

  • ALTERNATE XI

    Could Mikel Arteta rest his thunderous front three?

    We're not sure whether he'll go for broke or he'll let the front three of Lacazette, Aubameyang and Pepe rest their legs.

    Everything is a build-up to the FA Cup final on August 1 as it stands, with the Gunners out of the running for top four.

  • PREDICTED XI

    Mikel Arteta will have the option to shuffle the pack for Arsenal’s trip to relegation-threatened Aston Villa.

    The Spaniard will already be without Shkodran Mustafi after the German limped out of the FA Cup win over Manchester City.

    He picked up a hamstring strain late on at Wembley and Arsenal have confirmed that the defender will miss Tuesday’s clash at Villa Park.

    Mustafi was replaced by Rob Holding against City and the England centre-back looks set to line-up from the start alongside David Luiz.

    Arteta has a choice to make on the opposite flank, with Kieran Tierney impressing recently on the left side of a back three.

    Should the Scot keep his place ahead of Sead Kolasinac then Bukayo Saka could be recalled at wing-back after he was benched for the Wembley trip.

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