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ARSENAL are back in individual training as the Premier League targets a June 12 restart.

There looks to be a busy summer ahead at the Emirates with the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still uncertain and Mikel Arteta stating that he only wants players who are committed to the club.

Follow all the very latest updates from North London below…

  • YOR KIDDING

    Emmanuel Adebayor attempted to “motivate” his fans by showing off his array of luxury cars on Instagram.

    The former Arsenal and Tottenham striker has faced huge criticism recently having decided not to donate to his native Togo's coronavirus fight.

    A post on the Team Adebayor social media account, thought to be run by his representatives, revealed a luxury black and gold Rolls Royce inside an impressive garage.

    Two 4×4 Mercedes, a Range Rover, a BMW sports car and two Porsche off-roaders are joined by another Mercedes hatchback and a Merc people carrier to make up the incredibly expensive collection.

    The caption read: “Monday Motivation.

    “This video is not a message to tell you, 'SEA has made it'. But rather to say, 'You can do it too!'.

    “All you need to do is believing in yourself and keep working even when no one is watching. Tag a friend who needs to see this.”

  • AUBA AND OUT

    Mikel Arteta has fired what The Mirror describe as a “subtle warning” to captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    Speaking to Ian Wright, the Gunners boss commented: “The moment we mention Arsenal you know what it means around the world.

    “Everybody wants to come here. We have a very clear idea of what we are. It doesn’t need much convincing and if they do then it’s not a good starting point.

    “If i have to convince a player to stay or join us then I am a little bit …. it holds me back a little bit.

    “It has to be ‘I want to play for that club, they represent the values and style of play I want’. That’s the emotion I want to see here.

    “Same with the players that are here, what’s your feelings, what are the things that you have towards the club. That’s what interests me.”

  • GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal are being urged to dump Mesut Ozil and join Manchester United in the race for Jack Grealish.

    The playmaker has been Aston Villa’s star man this season and looks destined for bigger things this summer.

    Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on taking Grealish to Old Trafford.

    But Kevin Campbell reckons Mikel Arteta should move for the England hopefully instead, claiming Grealish is miles better than current Gunners No10 Ozil.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal could be forced to sell up to six players this summer as they continue paying for Nicolas Pepe.

    Former boss Unai Emery agreed a £72m fee with Lille last summer, with payments to be staggered over the next few years.

    It means Arsenal face raising funds each summer just to keep up their end of the bargain.

    And it’s reckoned as many as six first-team stars could be sold to help pay for Pepe’s stay.

    Finally, Arsenal have suffered a huge transfer blow as long-term target Nabil Fekir is not interested in an Emirates move right now.

    The Frenchman has continued to fire on all cylinders since swapping Lyon for Real Betis.

    Fekir is still keen to play for an elite side, but he would prefer either Real Madrid or Barcelona and is happy to wait a while longer for either one to make a move.

  • STILL GAME

    Arsenal have reportedly expressed ‘concrete interest’ in Bayern Munich youngster Angelo Stiller.

    Sport Bild claims the Gunners are ready to take advantage of his dwindling contract, which expires in 2021.

    But Bayern may demand a buy-back clause should they allow Stiller to move to the Emirates this summer.

  • KID NAB-BING

    Nabil Fekir does not want a move to Arsenal but could be forced to join anyway, reports AS.

    The Frenchman has made clear to Real Betis that he wants to stay at the club unless a bid from Real Madrid or Barcelona comes in.

    However, Betis are in need of funds, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, and willing to sell to any club who can afford their £43.5m asking price.

  • GREALY GOOD

    Kevin Campbell has urged Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil and join Manchester United in the transfer race for Jack Grealish.

    Campbell told the Metro: “Arsenal need an all-rounder in midfield,

    “Arsenal need someone in the middle of the pitch who not only can create, he can break the play up, but he’s got legs, we miss that. We’ve been a strong spine for years.

    “There was talk of should we go for Jack Grealish or James Maddison, these type of guys would improve Arsenal.

    “No disrespect to Mesut Ozil, but Ozil is on the wrong side of his Arsenal career with a year left on his contract after this.

    “But we need someone who’s going to be in there with legs, we need creativity, and someone that when the games not going particularly well, he can get stuck in and knuckle down as well.

    “We’re being shown up by the likes of Sheffield United, Chris Wilder who has done a fantastic job there, they haven’t got the quality that Arsenal have but they’re above us in the league. Why?

    “Because they’ve got a system and they fight, grab and battle, and they’ve got some quality there as well. If we can’t match these teams, we don’t deserve to be up there.”

  • PREM START FEARS

    Doctors from all 20 Premier League clubs have told football chiefs the proposed season restart is NOT safe in a 100-point letter.

    Medics put together a long letter to PL medical advisor Mark Gillett and director of football Richard Garlick listing 100 questions and potential problems.

    According to The Athletic, the letter – split into ten different sections – revealed multiple Covid-19 concerns they believe have not yet been addressed.

    The concerns, according to the report include:

    • “Approving guidelines that still carry risk of death.”
    • “Liability, insurance and testing for players, staff and their families.”
    • “Possible transmission via sweat and goalkeeper gloves.”
    • “Suspicions that some clubs are already ignoring guidelines.”
    • “Increased risk for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups.”
    • “Ability of emergency services to attend training ground incidents.”

    TWICE AS NICE FOR RICE

    West Ham should DOUBLE Declan Rice's wages in order to keep him out of Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal’s clutches, according to Hammers legend Tony Cottee.

    Cottee told the We Are West Ham podcast: “There's only two ways to keep Declan at our football club.

    “That is to win a cup or to play in Europe. They are the only two ways to keep a young talented player like Declan at the club for the next two or three years.

    “The problem is, your career goes so quickly and Dec needs to see the club making progress, he doesn't want to be fighting a relegation battle every year.

    “West Ham need to have a good cup run and be in the top ten.

    “And the one other thing the club can do at this moment in time to protect Declan and to protect the club is to give him a new contract.”

    REAL DEALS

    Real Madrid are set for a mass exodus with reported Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal targets Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez on their way out this summer.

    According to Marca, the Bernabeu hierarchy have given strict orders for the club to sell before they buy due to the financial uncertainty surrounding the killer virus.

    Bale and Rodriguez are just two of five big-earners set to be axed by Zinedine Zidane.

    It’s reckoned Paul Pogba, Eduardo Camavinga and Erling Haaland are all on his shopping list.

    PEPE TALK

    Arsenal could have to sell six players to fund the remaining fee left to pay for Nicolas Pepe.

    The Gunners splashed a club record £72million in the summer to sign winger Pepe from Lille on a five-year contract.

    Bleacher Report have now claimed the Gunners are looking to sell up to six players in the next window to ensure they have the cash to cover the money owed to Lille.

    Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and strike partner Alexandre Lacazette have both been linked with a move away from London recently, with Mesut Ozil also named as a potential way of recouping money.

    LAC OF TRUTH

    Alexandre Lacazette has poured cold water on rumours suggesting he had spoken to Koke about a move to Atletico Madrid.

    The Frenchman replied to a tweet from his agency, which said: “Twitter is magic, it's not nice to lie to Atleti fans.”

    Adding a Pinocchio emoji, Lacazette wrote: “Not nice at all.”

    BETTER THAN HENRY

    Martin Keown has told Nicolas Anelka he should have stayed at Arsenal and achieved what Thierry Henry has.

    It was only once wantaway Anelka left in 1999 that Arsene Wenger replaced him with an out-of-sorts Juventus youngster Henry.

    Keown described Anelka as: “[The] best 17-year-old I’ve ever seen.

    “In fact, everything [Thierry] Henry did, I think Anelka could have done for Arsenal if he’d had wanted to stay.

    “But you can’t stop that player, once he’s through he’s rapid, no backlift, great control, he’s away.

    “He used to do that in training every time I saw him, he loved that position.”

    YOU'RE ALL LIONS

    The England men's team have made a “significant donation” to the NHS, using match fees dating back to September 2018.

    The move, which was instigated and orchestrated by the squad, comes in conjunction with the playerstogether movement involving Premier League players and will go towards the NHS Charities Together.

    A players' fund already exists to support a selection of good causes, with a portion now steered directly towards the under pressure health service during the coronavirus pandemic.

    A statement released on the official England Twitter feed read: “Following positive discussions with The FA, the England senior men's squad are pleased to confirm that a significant donation from their international match fees will be made to NHS Charities Together via the playerstogether initiative.

    “This contribution will be taken from a fund already set aside to support a variety of worthy causes using all match fees collated since September 2018. We are also grateful to The FA for committing their support to the playerstogether initiative for the foreseeable future by helping to raise awareness and funds to assist throughout the fight against COVID-19 and beyond.

    “This is in addition to the senior women's squad's commitment to playerstogether as we stand united as England players behind the nation during this crisis and our collective prayers and thoughts remain with all those affected.”

    SHORT SHRIFT

    PFA chief Gordon Taylor has revealed Premier League matches may not be the full 90 minutes if and when the 2019-20 season resumes from the coronavirus lockdown.

    The remainder of the English top flight looks likely to be played behind closed doors and in neutral stadiums across the country this summer.

    But here is how the table would look if the season had taken Taylor's bizarre suggestion and played only 80 minutes per match.

    FORS OF NATURE

    Manchester United have been “fending off interest” from Arsenal for highly-rated youngster Omari Forson.

    The midfielder, 15, was drafted in from Tottenham’s academy, while he also worked with the West Ham academy.

    According to the Mail, the Red Devils have “moved quickly” to tie him down to professional terms, which kicks in on his 16th birthday.

    Forson plays alongside another highly-rated youngster in Hannibal Mejbri.

    The Gunners have been closely monitoring Forson, an England Under-16 international.

    Forson plays either attacking midfield or on the wing, playing seven Under-18 Premier League games this term.

    NICE TO SEE JU

    Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey arrived for Juventus training today as the Serie A moved a step closer to restarting the season.

    The Italian champions were taking every precaution necessary over player safety by testing each and every member who entered the facility for coronavirus.

    Only the Juve stars who remained in the country over the lockdown period turned up to training including Leonardo Bonucci, Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado and Carlo Pinsoglio.

    They were medically screened in the car park before heading inside the facility to work on their fitness.

    Italy has been one of the worst-hit nations with over 210,000 confirmed cases and just under 30,000 deaths.

    The Juventus players will remain under strict government protocol that includes maintaining a safe distance between players and training among small groups.

    FOR 'LET

    Thomas Partey wants to join Arsenal this summer and hopes a deal can be done with Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

    The Ghana star, 26, is high on Mikel Arteta's wish list as the Gunners boss looks to strengthen in the middle of the park.

    And according to The Telegraph, the holding midfielder has made it clear he is intent on making the switch to North London.

    It is thought he is desperate to prove himself in the Premier League next season.

    The reports come following his standout performances across both legs of the Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool, which the Spanish side won 4-2 on aggregate.

    Partey's release clause in his Atletico contract is around £43.5million but it is unlikely Arsenal will be able to afford that, especially if they miss out on the Champions League.

    KID NAB-BING

    Nabil Fekir does not want a move to Arsenal but could be forced to join anyway, reports AS.

    The Frenchman has made clear to Real Betis that he wants to stay at the club unless a bid from Real Madrid or Barcelona comes in.

    However, Betis are in need of funds, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, and willing to sell to any club who can afford their £43.5m asking price.

    GROUNDS FOR CONCERN

    Arsenal would be the Premier League club MOST affected by games being played behind closed doors, according to the Telegraph.

    The Gunners make a lot of money out of their hospitality suites at the 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium.

    And the latest research suggests Premier League clubs could lose around £878million from coronavirus.

    'NOT NICE TO LIE'

    Alexandre Lacazette has played down rumours he called Antoine Griezmann for tips on what life is like at Atletico Madrid.

    The French forward, 28,has been tipped fo a switch to the Wanda Metropolitano.

    But his agency and the player himself both played down rumours he is pushing for the switch.

    Responding to a tweet suggesting he called Griezmann, Score Agencies said: “It's not nice to lie to fans of @Atleti.”

    Lacazette responded: “Not beautiful at all.”

    TAYLOR MADE

    Premier League games could last less than 90 minutes when football returns, according to PFA chief Gordon Taylor.

    The controversial Professional Footballers’ Association supremo said: “I’m talking about protocol that’s coming out, I’m talking about the future.

    “We don’t know the future, what we do know is what propositions have been put forward and ideas.

    “More subs, games possibly not being full 45 minutes each way, neutral stadiums, there’s lots of things put forward.

    “We’re trying to wait to see what proposals are and have the courtesy to let the managers and coaches and players assimilate all those and come to a considered view.”

    LAC OF TRUTH

    Alexandre Lacazette has poured cold water on rumours suggesting he had spoken to Koke about a move to Atletico Madrid.

    The Frenchman replied to a tweet from his agency, which said: “Twitter is magic, it's not nice to lie to Atleti fans.”

    Adding a Pinocchio emoji, Lacazette wrote: “Not nice at all.”

    MORE ON PARTEY

    As we reported last night, Arsenal target Thomas Partey has reportedly told friends that he's keen on sealing a move to the Emirates this summer.

    The Telegraph claim the midfielder, who has a £45million release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid, is hopeful a deal with the Gunners can be struck.

    The Ghanaian has been made a priority target by Mikel Arteta this summer, with the Spaniard desperate on adding more defensive cover to his central midfield.

    Yet Arsenal's already limited budget was further hit following the coronavirus pandemic meaning the club may have to sacrifice at least one of four players to sign Partey.

    Among those is striker Alexandre Lacazette, who Atletico are said to be interested in signing in order to solve their goalscoring woes.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are still facing a summer tug-of-war for Partey, with Juventus and Bayern are also eager to prise away Atleti's No5, as well as Manchester United.

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Yesterday was a busy day as SunSport exclusively revealed Premier League stars will be banned from spitting and ordered to wear snoods or masks as the full list of training rules were revealed.

    Six Prem teams – including West Ham and Brighton – also emerged who are putting 'Project Restart' at risk because they do not want to play matches at neutral stadiums.

    But it was revealed top flight games will be shown on YouTube for FREE when the season resumes.

    And SunSport also exclusively revealed Wembley is back as a potential venue as club chiefs fight to return.

    But the Premier League's foreign players are facing pressure from their families over alleged railroading into a return.

    Their thoughts are in line with Ian Holloway who exclusively told SunSport he fears 'killing' players if football rushes to return from the coronavirus delay.

    In transfers, Arsenal will fight Chelsea for Orkun Kokcu as Mikel Arteta targets the 19-year-old Feyenoord midfielder in a £23million deal.

    The Gunners 'lowered Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s transfer fee to just £10m' with Roma refusing to pay the original asking price.

    Mesut Ozil's close friend revealed Fenerbahce are 'working on a transfer' for the midfielder.

    And Aaron Ramsey revealed he quit Arsenal to get out of his 'comfort zone' after eleven years without winning the title.

    Gunners target Thomas Partey also 'told pals' he's keen on a £45m move from Atletico Madrid.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal duo Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin topped the club’s GPS fitness tracking app stats.

    Former right-back Lauren revealed the Invincibles were always FIGHTING in training as he said he had bust-ups with Thierry Henry and Sol Campbell.

    And finally, SunSport revealed Arsenal and West Ham donated £50k worth of snacks to NHS heroes fighting coronavirus at London hospitals.

    START THE PARTEY

    Arsenal target Thomas Partey has reportedly told friends that he's keen on sealing a move to the Emirates this summer.

    The Telegraph claim the midfielder, who has a £45million release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid, is hopeful a deal with the Gunners can be struck.

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