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ARSENAL have moved a step closer to signing Gabriel Magalhaes, with some reports claiming the Brazilian is flying to London for a medical today.

And the Gunners will have to wait for the decision of new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman if they want to sign Philippe Coutinho, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

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

  • WIN TOGETHER, LUIZ TOGETHER

    Arsenal’s new signing Willian revealed close pal David Luiz convinced him to join the Gunners.

    Willian told the Arsenal club website: “He's very happy. We played together in the national team, we played together at Chelsea, and now at Arsenal again.

    “I think we can do great things together, I hope so, but I'm very happy to be with him again.

    “He said, 'Come to Arsenal, come to Arsenal, I want you to come!' So that was the conversation.

    “He is a very nice guy, a top player and I'm very excited to play with him again.

    “Of course [he helped in the past], many times. Many times when I had difficult times at Chelsea he was helping me a lot.”

  • GIFT OF THE GAB

    Gabriel Magalhaes could be an Arsenal player in a matter of hours, according to reports.

    L'Equipe state that the player is determined to link up with fellow Brazilians Willian and David Luiz in North London and 'only hours away from reaching a contractual agreement with Arsenal on a five-year deal'.

    Metro go further by stating that a number of sources claim the defender is flying in to London to have a medical today.

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal could land £27m Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes within days after he reportedly agreed a five-year contract.

    Napoli are still hovering around the 22-year-old in case Manchester City complete a £63m swoop for the Italian giants' defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

    But the Gunners are said to be Magalhaes' preferred option despite Napoli matching their bid.

    And The Times say Arsenal have settled personal terms with the Brazil Under-20 star after other suitors like Everton dropped out of the running.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have announced the signing of Tim Akinola on free transfer after he left Huddersfield.

    He spent last season out on loan with Lincoln City, where he caught the eye in their youth set up.

    Gunners transfer chiefs Per Mertesacker and Lee Herron were so convinced they signed the midfielder without a trial.

    Finally, Mikel Arteta has warned he won’t tolerate Arsenal’s players taking their foot off the gas just because they won the FA Cup.

    “I will be looking at the players when they come back from their holidays to see how they have reacted to winning the Cup.

    “Are they going to be more relaxed because they’ve won something or they are going to say ‘OK, what we’ve done is nothing?'

    “We need to apply ourselves better to get to the next level.

    “We have to improve in a lot of areas and dominate many aspects of the game that at the moment we can’t control.

    “If this is the mindset, then I’ll be very happy. Because if we make the right decisions I’m very positive that we can bring the club back to the top.”

  • SOK IT TO ME

    Napoli are closing in on a move for Arsenal defender Sokratis.

    Alfredo Pedulla claims the Greek ace is no longer wanted by Mikel Arteta.

    And his move to Naples would see Arsenal become the frontrunners to sign Gabriel, with the Lille man also the subject of a bid from Gennaro Gattuo's side.

  • POWER SERGE

    Arsenal fans online told Serge Gnabry he is “welcome back any time” after his stunning goal in the Champions League semi-final.

    The ex-Gunners midfielder scored a screamer to give Bayern Munich an 18th minute lead against Lyon.

    He doubled Bayern's lead 15 minutes later with a much simpler finish to set them on their way to a 3-0 win.

    And supporters of the North Londoners were quick to praise him on Twitter.

    One wrote: “You're welcome back here any time mate @SergeGnabry.”

    Another tweeted: “Things I would do to have our starboy back.”

    Before one said: “I'll pay for his flight, his driver and his hotel.”

  • EXCLUSIVE BY JUSTIN ALLEN

    Southampton are among the clubs trying to sign ex-Arsenal and Man Utd star Danny Welbeck for a cut-price £5.5million.

    The Watford striker wants to leave Vicarage Road after relegation to the Championship and it has emerged he has a release clause in his contract. 

    It has sparked a lot of Premier League interest. 

    Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big fan and wants to land the former England striker, who has only been with the Hornets for a season.

    He only has one more year left on his Watford contract. 

    The 29-year-old ace is seen as a bargain buy and a deal will almost certainly be struck before the new season. 

  • ART OF WAR

    Mikel Arteta has warned he won’t tolerate Arsenal’s players taking their foot off the gas just because they  won the FA Cup.

    “I will be looking at the players when they come back from their holidays to see how they have reacted to winning the Cup.

    “Are they going to be more relaxed because they’ve won something or they are going to say ‘OK, what we’ve done is nothing.’?

    “We need to apply ourselves better to get to the next level.

    “We have to improve in a lot of areas and dominate many aspects of the game that at the moment we can’t control.

    “If this is the mindset, then I’ll be very happy. Because if we make the right decisions I’m very positive that we can bring the club back to the top.”

  • HARD EXIT

    Kieran Tierney has revealed someone spray-painted 'Judas' near his home after his move to Arsenal was announced.

    Speaking on Open Goal's Keeping the Ball on the Ground Podcast, he said: “It was just sad the way it ended. People turning and all that.

    “Some people make it out to be what it's not and it's not that at all.

    “Weeks before when Arsenal had bid people were like that 'you're a rat if you go, you're terrible, you're never a Celtic fan.

    “I'm like 'this is breaking my heart reading this' and as soon as this gets announced it's going to blow up.

    “And the worst thing I did when it got announced was go on Twitter. [There were] thousands of tweets, threats and all sorts.

    “When I went home two days later after signing, there was spray paint on the walls, 'Judas' outside my bit.”

  • ROD ONE OUT

    Arsenal are weighing up a move for Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul.

    Golazo Goal claims the attacking midfielder, 26, has caught Mikel Arteta's eye.

    Mesut Ozil looks set to be sold by Arsenal.

    And De Paul would be the perfect replacement.

    However, he is also attracting interest from Juventus, Napoli and Inter Milan.

    And the Argentine could prefer to stay in Italy this summer.

  • OH DANI BOY

    Arsenal want to re-sign Dani Ceballos on loan for a second season.

    Mundo Deportivo claims Mikel Arteta is locked in talks with Real Madrid about bringing the Spaniard back to the Emirates.

    Ceballos was one of Arsenal's key players after the restart.

    And Real do not have a place for him in their star-studded squad.

  • TAKE YOUR PICK

    Wolves could reportedly swap Raul Jimenez for Juventus trio Aaron Ramsey, Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro.

    Andrea Pirlo took charge of the Serie A side earlier this month and is believed to be ready for a huge clear out, says Tuttosport.

    Jimenez and Costa have both been linked with Manchester United this summer.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal icon Ramsey has been tipped to join Chelsea with Jorginho heading the opposite way.

    Reports earlier this year even claimed the Welshman could be welcomed back at the Emirates just a year after his exit.

  • RIEL DEAL CLOSE

    Arsenal could land £27m Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes within days after he agreed a five-year contract.

    Napoli are still hovering around the 22-year-old in case Manchester City complete a £63m swoop for the Italian giants' defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

    But the Gunners are said to be Magalhaes' preferred option despite Napoli matching their bid.

    And The Times say Arsenal have settled personal terms with the Brazil Under-20 star after other suitors like Everton dropped out of the running.

    Lille reportedly expect Gabriel to decide his future this week.

  • DONE DEAL

    Arsenal have announced the signing of Tim Akinola on free transfer after he left Huddersfield.

    The 19-year-old was released by Huddersfield after just a year with the club.

    He spent last season out on loan with  Lincoln City, where he caught the eye in their youth set up.

    Gunners transfer chiefs Per Mertesacker and Lee Herron were so convinced they signed the midfielder without a trial.

  • EL’S BELLS

    Mohamed Elneny is reportedly set to return to Arsenal this week after finishing his loan spell at Besiktas.

    The 28-year-old impressed during his time with the Turkish giants – chipping in with one goal and four assists in 36 games in all competitions.

    And according to the Evening Standard's Simon Collings, the midfielder is attracting interest from a number of Super Lig sides.

    He tweeted: “Elneny will be one of those returning to pre-season at Arsenal this week.

    “Plenty of interest in him from clubs in Turkey after good season at Besiktas.”

  • GUNNER BE GREAT

    Exclusive by Jon Boon: A former coach of new Arsenal signing Tim Akinola has revealed his shock at the midfielder's move to the Premier League giants.

    The 19-year-old youngster signed for the North London club after he was released by Huddersfield Town, where he failed to break into their first team.

    “It does come as a surprise,” Vill Powell, 40, told SunSport.

    “I've got to admit a move to Arsenal from Huddersfield certainly wasn't expected from what I saw with his time with us.

    “He joined us on loan when we had a few injuries. He was a quiet lad, but a really combative midfielder.

    “He was box-to-to-box, won the ball back well and he had a positive impact while he was with us.

    “Physically his frame isn't imposing or big, but what he does do really well is he covers a lot of ground and gets the ball back quickly.

    “I can see why a Premier League club might've picked Tim up, but it's come as a surprise at our football club.”

  • BACK IN THE SADDLE

    Arsenal will learn their fixtures for the 2020-21 season tomorrow, with the full list announced at 9am.

    The Premier League gets back underway on September 12, with all games to be crammed in by May 23 as the league gets concluded in time for Euro 2020.

    Top sides may hope for softer starts, given their stars' lack of a prolonged break between seasons.

    Such a problem shouldn't arise for Manchester United or Manchester City, however, with the Premier League having granted them exemptions from the opening day after their European exertions.

    It is understood that Wolves, despite their campaign finishing just four days before City's, have been denied the same privilege and will kick off again on September 12 with everyone else.

  • IN FOR KOUL

    Manchester City are reportedly closing in on the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £63million – which will be alarming for Gunners supporters…

    As it has been claimed that the Serie A side are now desperate to land Lille centre-back Gabriel Magelhaes to replace Koulibaly.

    Napoli have had a £22m bid accepted from the Ligue 1 outfit for the Brazilian, with the player to now decide between joining them or Arsenal.

    The Italian side are desperate to cash in on Koulibaly, despite the 29-year-old having three years left to run on his contract.

    This is because they need to offload the Senegal international before they can press ahead with closing the deal for Gabriel.

    According to La Gazzetta dello Sport via CalcioNapoli24, Koulibaly's time in Naples has come to an end after six years.

  • TESTING TIMES

    The Premier League has been rocked by a reported spike in positive coronavirus cases since teams returned for pre-season preparation.

    According to The Telegraph, 14 new cases have been recorded at 12 clubs who started training again last weekend.

    Officials are said to be concerned cases could continue to rise as players were pictured partying with rival stars on holiday over the past few weeks.

  • FINE ART

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says optimistic about the club's chances next season.

    He said: “I have to look at the players, how they come from holidays, how they come after winning, I want to see that reaction.

    “You know, are they going to be a little more relaxed because we've done something or are they going to come with 'Okay, this is nothing that we've done. We have to go to the next level, we have to apply ourselves better, we have to improve in a lot of areas and we have to dominate many other aspects of the game that at the moment we cannot control'.

    “If that is the mindset, then I am very positive that we will be sitting here in a year's time really happy. But I hope we take that road straight away.

    “I am very positive about where we are. I don't know if we are ahead of schedule, obviously if you had told me that we were going to win the cup before we joined then I probably would be happy with that.

    “What I am very positive and very passionate and encouraged about is what we can do in the future and if we make the right decisions I am super confident that we can bring the club back to the top.”

  • BOSSED IT

    Ashley Cole has snubbed former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after revealing that ex-Chelsea gaffer Carlo Ancelotti is his favourite manager he played under.

    He told 90min: “My favourite manager that I’ve played under, I would say is Carlo Ancelotti.

    “I played under some great ones, they were all different and I loved them for different reasons, but I just felt that with Carlo Ancelotti, I had a really, really good bond with him.

    “Of course I admired him, he was a legend as a player and then of course what he achieved as a manager. Then he came to Chelsea and he was just that man manager that everyone seemed to love, whether you were playing or not.

    “He was capable of putting that arm around you when needed – not just about football stuff, if you’re struggling off the field, he was very understanding which as players you want.

    “You see that human side in people, it’s not all about football, so for me he was my favourite, and tactically at times he was a genius.

    “He had that understanding whether to go into in-depth tactics or to trust the players to go out and deliver what he says in the team meeting.”

  • PHIL THE GAP

    Arsenal have been dealt a blow after Barcelona's president admitted that Ronald Koeman will have the final say over Philippe Coutinho's future.

    “The head coach will make the decision.

    “If he wants him to continue, next year he will play with us.”

  • LILLE TEAM TALK

    Lille captain Jose Fonte has admitted that Arsenal target Gabriel has been asking about the Premier League.

    The former Southampton player told talkSPORT: “I think it’s quite public, to be honest. The club have allowed him to speak with other clubs and he’s in the process of moving.

    “It’s just about him choosing which club, which is a great position to be in. He just needs to choose where he wants to go so that’s fantastic.

    “They are all good clubs so I’m very happy for him. He’s a great player.

    “We need to understand that it’s every player’s dream to play in the Premier League and he’s been asking questions about the Premier League and clubs in the Premier League so I try to give the best and honest opinions.”

    Fonte added: “Hopefully he will make his decision and he will be very successful with it.

    “I have no doubt about it.”

  • LEW BEAUTY

    Arsenal new boy George Lewis has listed the Gunners legend he idolised growing up.

    He told the club's official website: “All of my family are Arsenal fans.

    “When I was growing up, I really looked up to players like Adebayor, he was a really big role model for me, as well as Thierry Henry, and yeah, just to mention some of them. “

  • PARTEY POOPER

    Thomas Partey has been warned against a move to Arsenal this summer.

    The Ghanaian has been advised by his national team coach Charles Akonnor to continue playing top level European football in Spain.

    He said: “Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football.

    “His position is guaranteed and he will always play.

    “With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join them].

    “I hope that [he stays], and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.”

  • TIME FLIES

    Arsenal's first competitive match at the Emirates Stadium was 14 years ago!

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