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ARSENAL have made an enquiry to sign Barcelona forward Memphis Depay this summer, according to reports.

The Dutchman could be the perfect replacement for Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette who are both set to leave the club in June.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta remains interested in luring French veteran Samuel Umtiti to the Emirates according to reports.

Reports in Spain says Umtiti is looking for a coach who could offer him minutes and their confidence, with Mikel Arteta being seen as fitting the bill perfectly..

And Gabriel Jesus could still be open to a move to North London despite the club set to miss out on Champions League football.

In the midfield, the Gunners could be ready to sign Jesus' Man City team-mate Ilkay Gundogan.

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  • Alex Cole

    Gunners saving the No14 shirt for a striker?

    Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has been handed a new shirt number in a sign that the club will bring in a striker this summer, writes Jake Lambourne.

    The Brazilian winger has worn the No35 at the Emirates since arriving from Ituano in 2019.

    Having chipped in with five goals and as many assists in 28 Premier League games this term, the youngster will don the No11 shirt from next season.

    Martinelli had called for the No14 shirt after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left to join Barcelona earlier this year.

    And fans believe that the fact the No14 has been left free means that it is being saved for a new centre-forward…

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal face battle to tie Saka down to new deal

    Arsenal reportedly face a battle to keep Manchester City target Bukayo Saka if they miss out on a top four finish this weekend, writes Anthony Chapman.

    The Athletic claims the Gunners want to hand their star man a lucrative new deal this summer.

    Saka, 20, has just one year left on a £30,000-a-week contract, although Arsenal have the option to extend it for a further 12 months.

    Mikel Arteta is ready to make Saka one of his top-paid players after the ace struck 12 goals in all competitions this term, however Arsenal’s chances of keeping Saka could be in jeopardy.

    That’s because the England international, with 14 caps to his name, is desperate to play in the Champions League.

    One major suitor for the versatile winger is Manchester City.

    Pep Guardiola is thought to be a big fan, and Saka could be in line to replace the ageing Riyad Mahrez.

    Liverpool have also been linked with Saka this year.

    And should either club come forward with a bid, Arsenal could struggle to convince Saka that his future lies in north London.

  • Alex Cole

    Pepe 'not a great signing', says Winterburn

    Nigel Winterburn has claimed that record-signing Nicolas Pepe was a waste of money.

    Arsenal appear to have thrown away a Champions League spot with two key defeats in a week.

    Mikel Arteta‘s men look likely to record a fifth placed finish, but could pip rivals Tottenham to fourth should Norwich pull off an unlikely win.

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    Ahead of the final round of Premier League fixtures, Paddy Power caught up with ex-Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn.

    Winterburn was asked his opinion on Pepe after another disappointing season.

    He said: “If Nicolas Pepe leaves Arsenal, he won’t go down as a great signing simply because of the amount of money he cost.

    "It was a huge amount of money, and it was a risk which looks as if it isn’t going to work out.  

    “There have been periods where he’s done okay but there’s also been times where he’s been left out of the team for long spells.

    “Money wise, we can’t hide from it. Arsenal haven’t got value for money.” 

  • Alex Cole

    Man City ‘expecting striker to make transfer request to leave’

    Manchester City are reportedly expecting Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus to submit a transfer request in his bid to depart the Etihad, writes Jake Lambourne.

    And it has also been claimed that the Gunners are set to make a £35million offer for the Brazilian striker as Mikel Arteta eyes up a reunion at the Emirates.

    Jesus has one year left on his deal at the Etihad and has no desire to extend his stay with the Premier League leaders.

    The ex-Palmeiras ace believes he will struggle for minutes next season following the arrival of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

    And City are now prepared to offload him to avoid losing the ace on a free transfer in 2023.

    According to ESPN, the Citizens are now expecting Jesus to ask for permission to leave.

    They even state that Pep Guardiola will not stand in the way of him departing the club.

  • Alex Cole

    2022-23 home kit release

    What do we think of the new kit Arsenal fans?

    Credit: Jamie Stoker 2020. All Rights Reserved.

    Freddie Hudson, Head of Arsenal in the Community, said: "We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve been doing to bring our community together and support the lives of people in our local area for more than 35 years.

    "People are the heartbeat of our community and the £5 donation from our home shirt sales will provide vital support for the local projects that serve our diverse community in north London so well. 

    “The last couple of years have been especially tough and the impact continues to be felt, but it’s amazing what we can achieve when we all come together to support each other.

    "We continue to draw inspiration from those who make the Arsenal family so special, and we’re thrilled to be able to give a little back in this unique way.” 

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal unveil new 2022-23 home kit

    Arsenal have unveiled their new 2022-23 home kit with a zig-zag collared design and £5 from every shirt bought through the club will go to The Arsenal Foundation.

    The Gunners' fresh design will be worn in a season where they return to European competition after having a season off.

    Mikel Arteta's men look likely to record a fifth placed finish, but could pip rivals Tottenham to fourth should Norwich pull off an unlikely win.

    Adidas have stuck with red as the prominent colour, with the sleeves white.

    The shoulders have stripes leading up to the collar, which has a zig-zag design.

    The kit will make its debut on the final game of the season against Everton on May 22.

  • Alex Cole

    Aubameyang retires from international football

    Ex-Gunner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly retired from international football.

    The Barcelona forward won 72 caps for Gabon, and had been captain of his country until the time of his retirement.

    In a letter to the Gabonese FA, Aubameyang wrote, as reported by Mundo Deportivo: "After 13 years of pride in representing my country, I announce that I am ending my international career.

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    "I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all those who have supported me in the good like the bad times.

    "I will keep a lot of good memories like the day I made my debut at romnisports, or the day I came back from Nigeria with the African Ballon d'Or.

    "And sharing it with all the people was an unforgettable moment. I thank our President, his Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba who has always supported the Panthers and has always worked for football to evolve in our country.

    "I would also like to thank all my coaches, staff and the players that I have come across during this career.

    "Finally, I thank my father who gave me the desire to do like him, hoping to have made him proud by wearing our colours."

  • Alex Cole

    Art attack for next season

    Arsenal are set to hand boss Mikel Arteta another huge transfer warchest despite missing out on Champions League qualification, reports claim.

    The Spaniard spent £150million on fresh talent last summer, as he attempts to rebuild his squad, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.

    The Gunners looked set to achieve a surprise top four finish – only to blow it in the final weeks of the season.

    Should Tottenham avoid defeat at Norwich on Sunday, Arsenal will be consigned to the Europa League.

    According to the Telegraph, however, failure to reach Europe's premier competition won't affect the North Londoners' spending power.

    Club chiefs view the upcoming window as a "major opportunity" to bolster their squad.

    Despite missing out on a lucrative Champions League payday, many of Arsenal's targets will remain the same as if they had qualified.

    Whether they will still be able to attract that high class talent, remains to be seen.

  • Alex Cole

    First Dybs for Spurs or the Gunners?

    Tottenham are reportedly in talks to sign Arsenal target and Juventus free agent Paulo Dybala, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.

    Transfer guru Pedro Almeida claims Spurs have joined local rivals Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for the Argentina forward.

    And Antonio Conte’s Juve links could seal the deal, with sporting director Fabio Paratici already holding talks with Dybala’s representatives.

    The versatile attacker, 28, has confirmed he will leave Turin when his contract expires next month.

    Dybala has been at Juventus since 2015 after a move from Palermo.

    And he is regarded as one of world football’s top talents, having won five Serie A titles and four Italian Cups.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Morning Arsenal fans

    Arsenal have contacted Barcelona regarding a summer swoop for Memphis Depay.

    The Gunners are in the market for at least one forward, and ABC believe they are now contemplating making the Dutchman their first choice.

    Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah isn’t at the level to play for Arsenal.

    That’s the opinion of Gabby Agbonlahor who reckons Nketiah’s compatriot Alexandre Lacazette is getting too old to deliver the goods.

    Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT: “They play with one striker. Nketiah, for me – he’s a decent player but not Arsenal level.

    “He’s not going to be the striker to get you into the top four. [Alexandre] Lacazette [also] looks like he’s ageing a bit.”

    Elsewhere, Arsenal could add Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti to the club’s ranks this summer.

    The Gunners have reportedly been offered the chance to sign the defender.

    According to SPORT, Barca are keen to offload the injury-prone star as they undergo a squad revamp in the summer months.

    Finally, Juventus are planning to raid Arsenal when representatives from the club come to England to speak with Paul Pogba.

    Along their travels, Juve reps plan to continue talks with Arsenal duo Gabriel and Thomas Partey, according TuttoSport.

    However, Juve are focused on wrapping the deal for Pogba when they make the trip before turning their attention to the Gunners pair, the report states.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tomiyasu will be missed

    Arsenal will miss the crocked Takehiro Tomiyasu who Ian Wright reckons can do everything.

    Wright said after the defender was injured against Newcastle: "He’s been magnificent.

    "Him as a player is one missed because of his versatility, not just his defending, but his attacking too.

    “His defending one v one. Positional play. He sniffs out danger. He does everything. And he will always tries to play."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Door remains open for Bellerin

    However, the door has been left open for Bellerin to return to Betis one day.

    Betis' president Haro admitted that the club shared an affinity to Bellerin as his parents are from the Spanish region.

    Haro added: "It’s true that he’s been enamoured with everything involved in Beticismo because his parents are also Beticos.

    "Let’s hope we cross paths again somewhere along the way.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Bellerin set for Arsenal return

    Hector Bellerin will return to Arsenal this summer after a lona period at Real Betis.

    Betis president Angel Haro made the admission, and said: “Hector is a fantastic player and a very good person.

    "It was a loan we had from Arsenal, now he returns to Arsenal and from there, we will see…”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Juve plan Arsenal swoop

    Juventus are planning to raid Arsenal when representatives from the club come to England to speak with Paul Pogba.

    Along their travels, Juve reps plan to continue talks with Arsenal duo Gabriel and Thomas Partey, according TuttoSport.

    However, Juve are focused on wrapping the deal for Pogba when they make the trip before turning to the Gunners pair, the report states.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal offered Barca star

    Arsenal could add Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti to the club's ranks this summer.

    The Gunners have reportedly been offered the chance to sign the defender.

    According to SPORT, Barca are keen to offload the injury-prone star as they undergo a squad revamp in the summer months.

    But it's yet to be seen if the Gunners will take up Barca's offer.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal face injury crisis

    Arsenal are facing an injury crisis ahead of the final day of the season as FOUR first team players miss out on training.

    According to Sky, four first team players were missing from Wednesday's training session, including Takehiro Tomiyasu, Emile Smith-Rowe, Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White.

    Tomiyasu was forced off midway through Monday's game with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

    White and Gabriel have also been struggling with hamstring issues recently.

    And while nothing has been confirmed, Smith Rowe could also be on the treatment table.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Piers questions Arteta decision

    Piers Morgan has slammed Arsenal's decision to hand Mikel Arteta a new contract while scrutinising the Spaniard's managerial record.

    Piers tweeted: "Still trying to get my head around an Arsenal manager being in charge for 2.5yrs, spending £250million on players, then losing 13 League games this season & failing to qualify for the Champions League – but STILL getting a new 3yr contract.

    "Inexplicable."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gakpo speaks on future

    PSV ace Cody Gakpo has revealed he's open to a transfer if he's guaranteed regular football amid interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United.

    But with the World Cup looming, Gakpo declared he's yet to make a decision on his future this summer.

    Gakpo told De Telegraaf: "Anything can happen this summer. I will now calmly compare all the options and see what is best for me. Staying another year is also an option.

    "It would be a shame if I went somewhere where I wouldn't get a [game] at all and I could miss the World Cup. I'll keep that in mind."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Sterling tipped for City stay

    Raheem Sterling has been tipped to stay at Man City and snub Arsenal's advances.

    That's the view of Steve McManaman, who reckons Sterling won't want to leave City for Arsenal if the Gunners aren't in the Champions League next season.

    McManaman told Horseracing.net: "I can’t see Raheem going to Arsenal if they’re not in the Champions League and personally I believe he should stay at Manchester City.

    "He’s brilliant at Manchester City, even though admittedly Pep Guardiola likes to chop and change."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal devoid of world-class players

    Arsenal have a squad full of average players.

    And they don't have any world-class performers in their time, unlike rivals Spurs.

    That's the view of Agbonlahor, who continued: “Looking at Tottenham, they have two world-class players in Kane and Son. Arsenal have zero.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal have 'over-achieved'

    Arsenal's hopes of a Champions League spot are rapidly diminishing after the Gunners' loss to Newcastle.

    But the club have overachieved this season, even if they do finish in fifth spot behind Tottenham.

    That's according to Agbonlahor who added: “I’ve seen a lot of pundits trying to hammer Arsenal for a disappointing season. Arsenal have overachieved!"

  • Justin Lawrence

    Nketiah isn't 'Arsenal level'

    Eddie Nketiah isn't at the level to play for Arsenal.

    That's the opinion of Gabby Agbonlahor who reckons Nketiah's compatriot Alexandre Lacazette is getting too old to deliver the goods.

    Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT: “They play with one striker. Nketiah, for me – he’s a decent player but not Arsenal level.

    “He’s not going to be the striker to get you into the top four. [Alexandre] Lacazette [also] looks like he’s ageing a bit."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lokonga will come good

    Lokonga will come good in the Premier League like Belgian counterparts Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

    The Belgian pair both took awhile to adapt to the Prem, but are now two of the league's biggest stars.

    And it will be the same for Lokonga, his brother claims.

    He continued: "Other players like Kevin De Bruyne or Romelu Lukaku have also taken time to establish themselves in the English Premier League.

    "The difference with the Belgian league is big, and Arsenal is not a mid-table club."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lokonga has no worries

    Lokonga isn't worried about his lack of playing time this season as he understands that there's a number of talented stars in Arsenal's midfield department.

    That's according to his brother, who added: “We would have signed with both hands for a first season with 33% of playing time. And Albert is improving every day, especially in training.

    “But the competition is tough in the team, with boys like Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka or Mohamed Elneny, and the coach must respect a certain hierarchy.

    “He has so much talent; sometimes it seems so easy for him that maybe the coach expects more from him?

    "He shouldn’t rest on his abilities. And maybe he needs to show more in training. I’m not worried, and neither is he."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lokonga set for Arsenal stay

    Albert Sambi Lokonga's brother has ruled out a transfer move away from Arsenal for the midfielder.

    Lokonga's brother, Paul-José M’Poku, told RTBF: “It’s (a transfer) out of the question, at least for him.

    "He is very well integrated into the club and the city, he is happy, although he hopes to play more next season, and his potential would deserve it.

    “And there will be European games. I talked to him on the phone on Monday; he was disappointed because, with the defeat in Newcastle, the Champions League has moved away, but there will be the Europa League, and he is positive about his season.”

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