8am Arsenal news LIVE: Icardi offered in incredible Aubameyang swap, Partey ‘hoping for Gunners transfer’ – The Sun

ARSENAL are back in individual training as the Premier League looks to restart on June 12.

There looks to be a busy summer ahead at the Emirates with the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still uncertain, but there's good news on Thomas Partey.

Follow all the very latest updates from North London below…

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Premier League clubs opposed to the restart fear Liverpool will play the kids once they have won the title, REPORTS MARTIN LIPTON.

    And they say that will wreck the integrity of the competition.

    Jurgen Klopp caused a storm in February by fielding the Reds’ youth team in a 1-0 FA Cup replay win over Shrewsbury.

    Now some top-flight rivals are arguing he will repeat the trick as soon as his runaway leaders bag the title — and they claim that is a reason to stop Project Restart.

    Monday’s meeting of the 20 shareholder clubs will be a critical staging post on the journey towards a potential June 12 return to playing matches.

    Clubs that have already played Liverpool twice this term fear they will suffer if Klopp opts to protect his stars once the Prem crown is theirs.

  • THAT'S MAUR LIKE IT

    ARSENAL have been offered Mauro Icardi in a swap deal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, incredible reports from Italy claim.

    The 27-year-old Argentina striker – whose wife Wanda Nara is also his agent – plays for Paris Saint-Germain, on loan from Inter.

    But tuttosport say it is unclear if the Ligue 1 champions want to sign him permanently.

  • MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu remains a target for the Gunners this summer with the player valued at around £23million.

    But the North London side are set to battle London rivals Chelsea for his signature at the end of the campaign.

    Emirates chiefs have already made contact with the 19-year-old's representatives following his impressive spell of form.

    Meanwhile, Willian has handed Arsenal a major transfer boost by denying having talks with Tottenham.

    The Brazilian looks almost certain to leave Chelsea at the end of this season as he hunts for a three-year-deal and North London seems a likely destination.

    Willian's Chelsea contract expires this summer and the club have only offered him a two-year-deal but the winger wants three.

    Arsenal's hopes of signing Dayot Upamecano have been handed a boost, with RB Leipzig reportedly dropping their asking price for their much-coveted defender.

    According to Bild, they will accept bids of around £34million for the Frenchman, having previously been expected to stick to his £52million release clause.

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

  • FRENCH FANCY

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  • KING HENRY

    Thierry Henry has revealed his solo goal against Liverpool at home during his 2003/04 season is his best ever goal.

    Speaking to Sky Sports' The Football Show, he said: “When you look at that goal, nothing in it makes sense.

    “Why am I there with Gilberto Silva when the ball is cleared up? I don't even know why I'm there. All I know is when the ball came I saw the goal.

    “I told you that stadium had a heart but Michael Owen scored before half-time and the heart of that stadium wasn't going.

    “When I watch my goals, I never really get goosebumps but watching this one, I can remember and relive that moment when I felt the heart of the stadium going again.

    “I rarely felt like that, when the heart of the stadium went back beating again.”

  • TAKING THE MKH

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan has begged Arsenal to hash out a transfer agreement with Roma and insisted “my time in London is over”, according to reports in Italy.

    The Gunners flop has spent this season on loan at the Serie A side and is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract with the North Londoners.

    The winger arrived at the Emirates in January 2018 as part of the swap deal with Manchester United involving Alexis Sanchez.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, he told his employer: “My time in London is over, I hope you manage to find an agreement with Roma because my desire is to remain.”

  • RETURNING TO THE KING

  • SERIOUS SAM

    Samir Nasri has opened up on the doping scandal that rocked the former Arsenal star's career.

    After visiting the Drip Doctors medical centre while on holiday in Los Angeles, the Frenchman was banned for 12 months by Uefa.

    The scandal broke while Nasri was on loan at LaLiga side Sevilla and he has now spoken of how he lost any desire to play football once the investigation began.

    He told an Instagram Live discussion: “What happened in Los Angeles ruined my season.

    “It was an injection of vitamins that was legal and I had a prescription.

    “I was destroyed because I thought I was going to be banned for two years.

    “I didn't want to play anymore after that.  I even told [Sevilla boss, Jorge] Sampaoli to leave me out, but he always wanted me to play.

    “I was lost, I was anxious and angry with everything. I didn't show it on the pitch but football was over for me.”

  • DEAL BREAKERS

    Premier League clubs have been given until June 23 to settle the futures of their soon to be out-of-contract stars.

    There are 86 top-flight players set to be available on a free transfer come June 30, but the league are desperate for fair ground rules to be implemented surrounding their futures and the integrity of the competition.

    Clubs are expected to have three options.

    According to The Athletic, the first could see them hand out-of-contract stars a “season 2019-20” extension, taking them until midnight of the day that the campaign finally finishes – with no change in terms.

    The second would be to make a normal offer of a multi-year extension, while the third will be to notify them that no offer is forthcoming.

    High-profile stars Willian, David Silva and Jan Vertonghen are among the 86 set to be left in limbo.

  • RAMPAGE

    Juventus ace and former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey can handle playing for Manchester United, according to former Wales boss Chris Coleman.

    He told beIN Sports: “If it’s not going to happen for him, he’s definitely the type of player that could handle playing for Manchester United.

    “Because when you play for Manchester United the jersey is much heavier than when you’re playing for another club in the same league, a smaller club with all due respect, and the weight of the jersey is not the same.

    “When you’re playing for a big club you’ve got to be able to handle that week in, week out. And he’s certainly got the appetite for that.”

  • FAN'S VIEW – Dave Seager

    It was nearly impossible to pick the best XI foreign Arsenal players I have watched live.

    There were a few tricky decisions when I did the same with British players recently but this challenge proved much tougher – especially with some of the stars I left out.

    When you consider the number of fabulous imports we have been lucky to watch, Arsenal have been blessed.

    Of the 11 usual starting players in the unbeaten 2003/04 campaign, only Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell were English.

    So, is it just a case of those nine Invincibles plus two or have we had better?

  • BLOCK SHOCK

    FA bosses will intervene if Prem clubs try to null and void the season.

    SunSport reported today the “Special Share” granted to Wembley chiefs at the formation of the Prem allowed them to block any attempt to axe relegation from the top flight.

    But senior FA officials also believe the powers would let them step in and overturn any vote to end the season prematurely.

    That aligns with the belief of Premier League chief executive Richard Masters that the competition cannot be cut off in its prime.

    It could set up a possible clash between the two bodies, although at this stage they appear to be on the same page and that would only change if the League’s stated position was overturned by its 20 member clubs.

    The FA are also understood to believe that proper criteria of “sporting merit” should be applied to determining relegation issues and European qualification if the League cannot resume and be played to a conclusion.

    One senior official declared: “The ideas of either null and void or no relegation is simply unacceptable.”

  • ON THIS DAY

  • CRACKDOWN

    Spitting, shirt swapping and team celebrations will all reportedly be banned when Premier League football returns from the coronavirus blackout.

    The top flight is pushing ahead with plans to resume matches on June 12 in a bid to finish the season and avoid financial meltdown.

    But strict sanctions will be in place in a bid to prevent any new Covid-19 cases among players, according to the Telegraph.

    Stars will also be prohibited from sharing water bottles under measures to get football back under way.

    The new rules could be in place for up to 12 months as football chiefs desperately try to finish the season.

  • 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.

  • WHERE WILL HE GO?

    Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes that Chelsea winger Willian will shun a move to join the Gunners in favour of a switch to Spain.

    The Brazilian international is set to be a free agent at the end of the season after failing to agree a new deal at Stamford Bridge – despite Frank Lampard keen for him to stay.

    But Arsenal legend Keown has stated that he doubts whether Willian will make a move across London.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I don’t see him going to Arsenal.

    “I think he’s aiming for Barcelona or Real Madrid. He’s an incredible talent.

    “Chelsea will be weaker if he goes but Frank Lampard knows what he’s doing. I’m sure he wants to keep him.”

  • COMBATIVE SPIRIT

    Arsenal's Invincibles were always fighting in training, according to former Gunners defender Lauren.

    He even admitted to being involved in a scrap with Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

    Speaking to the Arsenal website, the 43-year-old said: “Of course there was fighting. I love at Arsenal that the journalists didn't go to the training sessions.

    “In our time if the journalists were to attend training there would be history every single day.

    “How competitive we were – all fighting between ourselves. I had a fight with Thierry [Henry], Thierry with Martin [Keown], Patrick with Freddie [Ljungberg].

    “We were all very competitive and we were all fighting because we all had big egos, big personalities but by the time the games arrived, we were fighting for the same goal.”

  • 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.

  • DARK ARTS

    Gary Neville believes the Premier League is trying to blackmail clubs into playing again – by threatening them with relegation if they refuse.

    Top-flight chiefs will meet on Monday to discuss how best to implement Project Restart and complete the season, currently suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.

    A number of clubs at the bottom of the table are said to be against plans to play matches at neutral venues. But they have been warned if they do not agree, the season could be scrapped, which could result in them facing the drop.

    Outspoken TV pundit and Salford owner Neville said: “You can call them negotiations between the clubs or you can call them blackmail, whichever way you want to put it.

    “There is no doubt we’ve got a divided Premier League at this moment in time in respect of what the clubs want and that isn’t healthy going into this situation.

    “When you think about the message from day one in this global pandemic, everyone talked about a social approach, being together and be kind.

    “But football is not a nice place at the moment, it is full of self-interest.”They are somehow trying to get to an agreed position but it really is getting dirty behind the scenes – that we’ll relegate you if you don’t play.

    “What about health? It is unsavoury the way football is perceived at this moment in time by people outside. The clubs at the bottom were always going to get bullied by the rest of the league into playing.”

  • JUDGEMENT DAY

    Arsenal's hopes of signing Dayot Upamecano have been handed a boost, with RB Leipzig reportedly dropping their asking price for their much-coveted defender.

    The Gunners have long been admirers of the 21-year-old, but have so far been unable to stump up a fee that would tempt the Bundesliga side into selling.

    But with Upamecano fast approaching the final year of his contract, Leipzig are believed to be willing to lower their asking price in order to ensure that they are not left empty handed at the end of his contract in 2021.

    According to Bild, they will accept bids of around £34million for the Frenchman, having previously been expected to stick to his £52million release clause.

    Bayern Munich have been seen as front-runners for Upamecano's signature, but the coronavirus pandemic has shifted their transfer strategy.

    The Bundesliga champions will now prioritise prising Leroy Sane from Manchester City, as well as acquiring a new right-back.

  • TURKISH DELIGHT

    Mesut Ozil is reportedly under consideration by Fenerbahce bosses – according to a close friend of the midfielder.

    Ozil has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce for years, even reportedly telling his mother that he would play for them one day.

    And now, in an interview with SportX, as reported by Sport Witness, Ozil's next move could take him to Turkey.

    His friend, TV host and big Fenerbahce fan Acun Ilicali, said: “I receive lots of questions about Mesut Ozil.

    “I believe in the future that good things will happen. I’m not in a position to give details but I know our president is also working hard for this.

    “When his contract with Arsenal will expire, the favourites would be Fenerbahce. We are also working on that front. I really wanted to tell you in more detail, but I cannot. We’ll talk about these things when the time comes.”

  • AL OR NOTHING

    Sir Alex Ferguson fought many title deciders with Arsenal but Patrice Evra has revealed one startlingly simple approach from the Manchester United legend.

    Speaking to the UTD club podcast, the Frenchman revealed: “I remember a game. It was sometime we were playing against Arsenal.

    “It was Sunday, it was sunny, and the speech of Ferguson was like 15 seconds.

    “He was like, 'Guys, it's Sunday, it's really sunny outside. I don't want no one to f*** up my Sunday'.

    “And you know if you missed a cross or something – you don't want to be the person to do that!

    “Don't ruin his Sunday! It's very important for him!”

  • WILL HE STAY OR WILL HE GO

    Willian has handed Arsenal a major transfer boost by denying having talks with Tottenham.

    The Brazilian looks almost certain to leave Chelsea at the end of this season as he hunts for a three-year-deal and North London seems a likely destination.

    Willian's Chelsea contract expires this summer and the club have only offered him a two-year-deal but the winger wants three.

    Earlier this week it was reported Willian had agreed to move to Spurs having discussed the move with his “friend” and old manager Jose Mourinho.

    But the 31-year-old has flatly denied that is the case, according to ESPN.

    Brazilian journalist Joao Castelo-Branco tweeted: “Willian completely denies rumour that Mourinho has been in touch recently regarding playing for Tottenham. Absolutely no deal even close there. willian thfc cfc.”

  • GRAM MASTER FLASH

    Dani Ceballos is not even a fully fledged Premier League star – but no one in the English top flight earns more than him from Instagram.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard is on loan at Mikel Arteta's side from Real Madrid – with the Gunners being told they will need to shell out £44m to sign him permanently.

    Surprisingly, Ceballos is far and away the Premier League's top earner on the photo-sharing site, according to data from Online Casinos.

    They looked at a player's total number of promotional posts since the start of this season and coupled that with information from a recent report into influencer marketing.

    Combine the two and Ceballos – who has 1.9 million Instagram followers – has amassed a huge £101,193 so far this season.

    That equates to a very healthy £2,927 a WEEK.

  • SORT THIS MES

    Kevin Campbelltold Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil and then join Manchester United in the transfer race for Jack Grealish.

    The former Gunners marksman reckons his old club should cash in on the German as he feels the 31-year-old is past his best.

    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.”

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