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ARSENAL are all set to confirm Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

Plus we've got the very latest on the Thomas Partey saga as Mike Arteta looks to get his side in order ahead of the Premier League restart this weekend.

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  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Mikel Arteta's Arsenal job title has changed from ‘head coach’ to ‘first-team manager’.

    CEO Vinai Venkatesham confirmed: “Going forward Mikel will join a really strong team with Edu and they'll be working really, really closely together to manage all the other elements of our football operations that are so important.

    “Whether that is analysis, recruitment, high performance or medical, they'll be looking after those areas together.

    “And they'll also together be responsible for our technical recommendations, whether that's players that we're going to buy, whether that's players that we're going to sell, whether that's players that we're going to loan.

    “Of course, working closely with me and the board and working closely with the owners on the financial elements to make final decisions.”

    Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel has sensationally ruled out making a £30million move for Matteo Guendouzi.

    Paris Saint-Germain were reported to be frontrunners for the unwanted Arsenal midfielder.

    But Tuchel insists he is not interested as the French side close in on versatile Roma ace Alessandro Florenzi.

    Tuchel said: “I'm confident over the Alessandro Florenzi signing from AS Roma.

    “We're also in talks to keep Eric Choupo-Moting here. Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal? No.”

    Finally, William Saliba will make his Arsenal debut against Fulham this weekend.

    David Luiz is out for around a month after picking up a neck injury.

    And it means £27million man Saliba will be thrust straight into Arteta's defence against the Cottagers.

  • COVID CATASTROPHE

    Arsenal chiefs have conceded the Covid-19 crisis has been the toughest spell in the club’s 134-year history.

    Managing director Vinai Venkatesham said: “This has been the toughest nine months of Arsenal’s 134-year history and we have had to take hard decisions for the long-term health of the club.

    “We are looking at a different economy post-coronavirus and nobody really thinks this is going away in the next six months.

    “And the Government announcement this week means it’s possible we won’t get fans back in the stadium in October.

    “I would hope we can find a solution that would get fans back in a safe way.

    “But our matchday, commercial and broadcast revenue streams will be impacted for a long time and we needed to restructure to deal with that.”

  • NO TO MATTEO

    Thomas Tuchel has sensationally ruled out making a £30million move for Matteo Guendouzi.

    Paris Saint-Germain were reported to be frontrunners for the unwanted Arsenal midfielder.

    But Tuchel insists he is not interested as the French side close in on versatile Roma ace Alessandro Florenzi.

    Tuchel said: “I'm confident over the Alessandro Florenzi signing from AS Roma.

    “We're also in talks to keep Eric Choupo-Moting here. Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal? No.”

  • ART OF WAR

    Mikel Arteta's Arsenal job title has changed from ‘head coach’ to ‘first-team manager’.

    CEO Vinai Venkatesham confirmed: “Going forward Mikel will join a really strong team with Edu and they'll be working really, really closely together to manage all the other elements of our football operations that are so important, whether that is analysis, recruitment, high performance or medical, they'll be looking after those areas together.

    “And they'll also together be responsible for our technical recommendations, whether that's players that we're going to buy, whether that's players that we're going to sell, whether that's players that we're going to loan.

    “Of course, working closely with me and the board and working closely with the owners on the financial elements to make final decisions.

    “But those are going to be their responsibilities and I think we're going to have a really dynamic team to drive this club forward.”

  • TV GLEE

    The Premier League have adjusted their fixture schedule for week three of the new season – following the news that all games in September will be televised.

    PL chiefs had initially angered fans by revealing that 160 games would NOT be shown on TV in the 2020-21 season – despite no fans yet being allowed into grounds.

    These included 11 in September, meaning that even diehard regulars wouldn't be able to watch their teams in action live.

    But following pressure from supporters and the government, the Premier League performed a swift U-turn on September's games.

    And the schedule has now been fully amended accordingly, with the PL having now updated their week three fixture list.

    READ THE FULL CHANGES HERE

  • LACA SENSE

    Lyon admit they tried making an audacious loan move for Alexandre Lacazette in January.

    Sporting director Juninho revealed: “In January I called Alexandre Lacazette to chat a bit with him because he was having problems at Arsenal.

    “I said to myself, 'Why not do a loan for six months with us where you will enjoy yourself, play all the games and score the goals like you know how to? And then you go back to Arsenal or somewhere else'.”

  • GUEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH

    Arsenal are ready to sell Matteo Guendouzi to Paris Saint-Germain.

    Football London claims the midfielder has no future under Mikel Arteta.

    And Arsenal believe they can get £30million from PSG for the Frenchman this summer.

  • NO FREE RIDE

    The Premier League have launched a crackdown on illegal streaming services and IPTV ahead of the new season.

    England's top flight aims to put a stop to ALL illegal online match viewing in a bitter blow to freeloading armchair fans everywhere.

    The Prem have thrown money at the problem in a bid to finally quash the money sapping issue.

    And Scottish tech firm Visualworks have developed cutting edge software to help them in their fight, according to the Daily Record.

    The tool will warn users of the dangers of signing up to free or low price IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) services.

  • SHAAR THING

    Arsenal have joined the race for Stephan El Shaarawy.

    Di Marzio claims the Italian forward is desperate to quit Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua after just one year.

    And he has his sights set on a return to old side Roma.

    However, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen.

    And all three have apparently made contact with El Shaarawy's agent.

  • SAL BY DATE

    William Saliba will make his Arsenal debut against Fulham this weekend.

    David Luiz is out for around a month after picking up a neck injury.

    And it means £27million man Saliba will be thrust straight into Mikel Arteta's defence against the Cottagers.

  • FROM SUNSPORT'S MARTIN LIPTON

    Prem players have agreed to dump the Black Lives Matter slogan in favour of a new anti-racism message.

    The 20 club skippers confirmed SunSport’s report that the Black Lives Matters logo worn during last season’s restarted campaign will be replaced by the sleeve badge declaring “No Room For Racism”.

    The badge will feature on all player and officials’ shirts throughout the season to “act as a constant reminder of the commitment by the Premier League, its clubs, players and PGMOL to eradicate racism”.

    Players will continue to “take a knee” in support of the anti-racism movement, a gesture inspired by the death of American George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota earlier this summer.

  • PIE IN THE SKY

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's new contract will make him Arsenal's best-paid player.

    But how do the rest of Mikel Arteta's squad compare?

    Check out the mind-boggling figures below!

  • RIF RAF

    Barcelona outcast Rafinha is reportedly being eyed by Arsenal and Leeds.

    The midfielder has returned to the Nou Camp after a loan at Celta Vigo.

    But Sin Concesiones claims Ronald Koeman has no room for Rafinha in his squad.

    The academy product is now available for just under £13million.

    And both Arsenal and Leeds are keen on taking Rafinha to England.

  • ARSENAL FIXTURES

    Here are the Gunners' games to open the season.

    And their clashes against fellow 'Big Six' opponents.

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  • FRESH THREADS

    Kieran Tierney is enjoying Arsenal's new third kit.

    In fact, he brought his special Tesco bag for life into the Emirates, just so he could take it home on the bus.

    He posted on Instagram: “This is Arsenal. Family.”

  • BELLERIN BID FLOR-ED

    Paris Saint-Germain will turn their efforts to signing Roma right-back Alessandro Florenzi, after Arsenal turned down their bid for Hector Bellerin.

    PSG sporting director Leonardo is determined to act quickly and secure a new right-back after their defeat in the Champions League final.

    But the Ligue 1 side’s offer to the Gunners was too low on Bellerin, so they’ve opted to go for the Italian instead, according to Fabrizio Romano.

  • DONE DEAL

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new three-year contract is signed, sealed and sorted, according to David Ornstein.

    He claims the deal was negotiated by Raul Sanllehi before he left the club and has been finalised by Edu and director of football operations Huss Fahmy.

    Aubamaeyang will become Arsenal’s highest earner – leapfrogging Mesut Ozil.

  • AOUAR LATEST

    Arsenal reportedly face competition from Manchester City in the race to prise Houssem Aouar away from Lyon this summer.

    The 22-year-old has already been the subject of a player-plus-cash deal from the Gunners, but the offer was swiftly rejected by the Ligue 1 outfit.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has stated that the North London side remain keen on bringing him to the Emirates.

    He tweeted: “Arsenal board [as Arteta too] are convinced that Houssem Aouar is a real ‘top player’.

    “And Aouar would love to move to Premier League. But after refusing Guendouzi as part of the negotiation, OL don’t want to accept any swap deal.

    “Price tag €60m (£55m) and no new bid yet from afc.”

  • PIC OF THE BUNCH

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new £250,000-a-week contract at Arsenal will reportedly be announced in the next few days.

    For now, check out these wonderful pictures the club have released (despite not yet announcing the contract).

  • FAN PLAN IN BALANCE

    Prem boss Richard Masters has admitted he is in the dark over when fans will be allowed back into grounds, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    League chiefs had hoped to open all turnstiles from October 1 with a staged return of supporters for the first time since March.

    Clubs including Spurs and Manchester United were keen to run trials of selected fans at their opening home game of the campaign this month.

    But with the Government having banned “social” gatherings of more than six people and Doncaster races putting the final three days of the St Leger meeting behind closed doors, Masters was unable to say how it will affect Prem plans.

    He said: “We are always subject to a government decision and they haven't made that decision yet.

    “All I can say is that the Premier League and the Premier League clubs stand ready willing and able to continue with our test events and test proposals and open our turnstiles from October 1 if we are given permission to do so.”

  • LION OF SIGHT

    Lionel Messi has come to the aid of a visually-impaired young Arsenal fan – by gifting him a pair of high-tech £4,200 glasses.

    The charitable Barcelona superstar, 33, has teamed up with Israeli company OrCam to help blind and visually-impaired people around the globe.

    OrCam have developed a MyEye device, which can assist people in reading text and identifying faces.

    At £4,200, however, the device doesn't come cheap.

    But now each year, Messi will gift a device to young people with inspirational stories.

    And some of these kids will even get to meet the Argentine ace.

  • GOING, GOING, GUEN?

    Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly considering a move for Matteo Guendouzi.

    Arsenal are hoping to sell the Frenchman for £30million this summer to raise transfer funds.

    According to Football London, PSG are plotting a move for the Gunners star.

    Guendouzi played for the French side's academy from 2005 until 2014 when he left to join Lorient.

    The Ligue 1 giants have been monitoring his progress ever since – but they are not the only club that want him.

    Spanish side Valencia have held talks with Arsenal over a move for Guendouzi.

  • ANNOUNCE AUBA!

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's new contract is expected to be announced this week, with Arsenal fans expecting the Gabon star to stay at the Emirates.

    The star striker's current deal expires in less than a year's time, but supporters have been left on tenterhooks all summer as to an announcement over the deal.

    Aubameyang has dropped a series of hints since the Gunners won the FA Cup final as to whether he will be staying beyond next summer.

    According to ESPN, Arsenal are expected to announce the new deal before the opening Premier League clash against Fulham on Saturday.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners are set to make a new bid for Lyon's Houssem Aouar.

    Mikel Arteta has prioritised signing a midfielder this window but had a £31.2m PLUS player offer turned down by Lyon.

    According to FabrizioRomano, Arsenal are in talks with Aouar's agent ahead of an improved bid.

    But Lyon have made it clear they will not entertain anything lower than their £54.5m valuation.

    And they are also not interested in any move involving a swap.

    Elsewhere, Aston Villa are racing to sign Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez in time for their opening league match against Sheffield United next week.

    Villa manager Dean Smith has identified Martinez as the solution to the club's goal-keeping problems, as Tom Heaton is out injured and Pepe Reina has joined Lazio.

    They have launched a £20million bid for Martinez, after their initial offer was turned down as it fell short of the Gunners valuation.

    Smith is optimistic of the deal going through as Martinez has rejected Arsenal's latest contract proposal.

    And finally, the Gunners have thrown themselves into the race to sign Sporting Lisbon's 18-year-old Nuno Mendes – but they'll have to compete against Prem rivals Manchester United and Liverpool.

    Portuguese outlet O Jogo reports the North London club are now the most interested Premier League side in the player.

    Arsenal also face competition from AC Milan for the Portuguese starlet, with the Serie A side reportedly launching a bid worth £13.5million.

    But Sporting are understood to be holding out for a much bigger sum – something that could derail Mikel Arteta's pursuit of the left-back.

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