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OLEKSANDR ZINCHENKO'S move to Arsenal is complete, according to reports.

Reports that the Ukrainian was considering staying to fight for his Man City place are wide of the mark, says transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

Meanwhile, the trailer for Arsenal: All or Nothing has been released and features a brawl involving Alexandre Lacazette and Bernd Leno.

Elsewhere, the Gunners have reportedly been handed a huge boost in their quest to sign Lucas Paqueta after Lyon slashed their asking price by £21million.

And talks are reported to have begun with another Brazilian – Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils favourites if Dembele leaves Lyon

    Manchester United have been priced as the leaders of the race to sign Lyon forward Moussa Dembele.

    Sky Bet place United at 5/1 favourites to sign the former Fulham striker, ahead of Southampton, Arsenal and West Ham.

    The Red Devils face a shortage of strikers currently, with only Cristano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial as recognised 'number nines' at the club currently.

    And both of their futures at the club are uncertain.

    Sky Bet odds

    Manchester United – 5/1
    Southampton – 6/1
    Arsenal – 8/1
    West Ham – 12/1

    Martial was sent on loan to Sevilla for the latter half of last season after falling out of favour at Old Trafford, but has lead the line impressively in United's pre-season friendlies so far, scoring in all three games.

    Ronaldo has not made the trip to Thailand and Australia, citing personal reasons, and has also made his intentions clear that he wants to play Champions League football next season, which Manchester United cannot offer.

    The Portuguese came out saying he wishes to leave the club, but is finding a new one hard to come by.

    New United manager Erik ten Hag has since said the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is in his plans for next season and is not for sale.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Trusty loaned to Brum

    Arsenal have sent promising centre-half Auston Trusty on loan to Birmingham to continue his development.

    The USA Under-23 international has made a season-long move to John Eustace's Championship side.

    The 23-year-old joined the Gunners from Colorado Rapids in January.

    Then he immediately re-joined the MLS club on loan until the end of May.

    Trusty told the Birmingham website: "It feels great and I am honoured.

    "I am blessed and excited for the new chapter and the new challenges. I am just really happy to be here.

    "I am a centre-back but I'm willing to run, to get stuck into challenges and willing to make sacrifices for my team-mates. That is the kind of player you are getting for the team.

    "I know it is going to be a challenge and the intensity is going to be tough, but I am just really looking forward to it."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners caught in brawl

    The trailer for Arsenal's hotly anticipated All or Nothing series has finally been released.

    The eight-part show, which will begin to arrive on Prime Video on August 4, follows Mikel Arteta's side throughout the 2021/22 season.

    And – if the trailer is anything to go by – it promises to be an explosive watch.

    All or Nothing Arsenal Official Trailer Released

    The two-minute clip contains footage of the Arsenal players getting into what appears to be a brawl on the training ground – with Bernd Leno and Alexandre Lacazette visible in the melee.

    Other key talking points from the trailer include Arteta raging at his players in the changing room as he slams down a big laundry basket in front of the squad.

    The series will also address the club's decision to strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the captaincy – which eventually led to his contract being terminated as he left for Barcelona in January.

    The clip shows Arteta telling the rest of the Gunners that Aubameyang was no longer their skipper.

    Arteta is the focus for much of the trailer and it is expected that the show will feature him heavily in much the same way as Tottenham's edition starred Jose Mourinho.

    The first three episodes will be released on Prime Video on August 4, followed by the next three on August 11. The final two parts will then be available to stream from August 18.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Fabio can be 'next Bernardo Silva'

    Arsenal have struck gold and unearthed the next Bernardo Silva thanks to the arrival of Fabio Vieira, claims Emile Smith Rowe.

    The Hale End graduate, 21, was full of praise for new signing Vieira, who completed a £34million transfer from Porto to Arsenal in June.

    Even though the pair will likely be competing for the same spot in the squad, Smith Rowe said: "He's very similar (to Silva).

    "He's a very good passer of the ball, his left foot is very good and he likes to create goals and score them himself.

    "I've already played against him at international level, so I can't speak highly enough of him, and the fans should be really excited.

    "At the Euro Under-21s, they (Portugal) beat us 2-0 and he was unbelievable in that game."

    Vieira, 22, worked his way into the Porto first team as the season progressed, and eventually finished the season with seven goals and 16 assists in all competitions.

    Smith Rowe also enjoyed a productive season but saw his form dip away during the second half of the campaign, managing just two of his 10 goals in the Premier League in 2022.

    Along with Vieira, The Gunners have also completed the signing of Man City forward Gabriel Jesus for £45m, as well as goalie Matt Turner and Brazilian youngster Marquinhos. The club have now turned their attention to Oleksandr Zinchenko in a deal which could reach £32m.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners to continue spree after Zinchenko

    Arsenal will reportedly continue to splash the cash once they announce the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.

    The Gunners have agreed a deal rising to £32million for the versatile Ukrainian left-back.

    Zinchenko is poised to put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal with the 25-year-old set to leave the Citizens' pre-season tour of the US to undergo a medical.

    His arrival will take Arsenal’s summer spending to around £115m following the signings of Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner.

    And according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, the North London outfit are planning a "big" transfer as they look to bring in another winger.

    Arsenal lost out to Barcelona in the race to prise Brazilian ace Raphinha away from Leeds.

    Meanwhile Arsenal were dealt a blow when former star Serge Gnabry ended speculation over his future by extending his stay at Bayern Munich.

    And Sheth has stated that the Gunners remain in the market for a new wideman.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Nu NO to Marseile

    Arsenal outcast Nuno Tavares has rejected the chance to join Marseille on a season-long loan.

    The Mirror report that the Portuguese youngster would prefer to remain at the Emirates and fight for his place in the first team.

    However, the imminent arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to mean Tavares drops even further down the pecking order.

    While the Ukrainian is being brought in as a midfielder, his ability to play at left-back will offer cover when Kieran Tierney is injured.

    Sport Witness reported earlier this week that the Gunners are keen to move Tavares on before the close of the transfer window.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Clauss set to snub Prem giants for Marseille

    Several Premier League clubs have been linked with Lens wing-back Jonathan Clauss this summer including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

    Indeed, United were reported to have submitted a €7m bid yesterday afternoon and were thought to be in advanced talks.

    However, the news this morning is that the players has agreed a move to Marseille.

    Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Jonathan Clauss will undergo medical tests as new OM player in the morning.

    “Full agreement completed after the opening bid made 10 days ago, Lens have accepted €8m fee. Manchester United links, wide of mark.”

  • Sam Dymond

    How Gunners could line up

    Arsenal fans are eagerly anticipating the season opener with a lot more excitement than this time a year ago.

    Many feel Mikel Arteta's new-look team will pick itself, but there are still some areas up for debate.

    Will the Spaniard favour Gabriel Martinelli in attack over Emile Smith Rower?

    Where will Oleksandr Zinchenko be deployed?

    And who will partner Gabriel in defence?

  • Sam Dymond

    Battle of the flying forwards

    It's just 17 days until Arsenal kick-off the new Premier League season with a London derby at Crystal Palace.

    And it's a game that's already being billed as a battle between flying forwards Wilfried Zaha and Bukayo Saka.

    Both players are electric operators in attack, and are sure to be central to the success of their clubs this season.

    Here's how they compared throughout the last campaign.

  • Sam Dymond

    Emile: UCL disappointment will drive us

    Emile Smith Rowe hopes that Arsenal can use the despair of missing out on Champions League forward to push them to glory next season.

    The Gunners missed out on the top four last term despite being well-placed in March.

    However, six defeats in their last 12 games including a 3-0 humbling at rivals Tottenham ultimately cost them a crack at Europe's stellar competition.

    “It’s definitely tough looking back on it, it was in our hands," the England international told the Evening Standard.

    “The Spurs game was tough. It wasn’t a nice atmosphere [in the dressing room]. All of the boys were down.

    “The manager picked us up and we had another chance after that, but it didn’t go our way in the end.

    "Going forward, we have just got to stick together as a team. We are a young team, we are still getting there. It’s fuel for us going forward and we can’t wait to start the season.”

  • Sam Dymond

    Transfer watch: Zinchenko to Arsenal?

    Reports are emerging that Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to leave Manchester City's training camp later today in order to finalise his move to Arsenal.

    His medical at London Colney is expected to take place in the next few days.

    This one is only a matter of time.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Transfer watch: Leno to Fulham?

    Negotiations between Arsenal and Fulham continue over Bernd Leno, but the clubs are still some way off in their valuation of the goalkeeper.

    The Gunners are holding out for £15m, while the Cottagers – who Leno wishes to join – are only prepared to pay £10m.

    It is thought that Fulham's flirtation with breaching Financial Fair Play is a factor in their offer.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Tavares rejects Marseille loan move

    Arsenal outcast Nuno Tavares has rejected the chance to join Marseille on a season-long loan.

    The Mirror report that the Portuguese youngster would prefer to remain at the Emirates and fight for his place in the first team.

    However, the imminent arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to mean Tavares drops even further down the pecking order.

    While the Ukrainian is being brought in as a midfielder, his ability to play at left-back will offer cover when Kieran Tierney is injured.

    Sport Witness reported earlier this week that the Gunners are keen to move Tavares on before the close of the transfer window.

  • Sam Dymond

    Gunners closing in on Zinchenko

    Oleksandr Zinchenko WILL be an Arsenal player in the coming days with the deal's paperwork currently being prepared.

    The Gunners have agreed a fee of £30m with Manchester City for the Ukrainian, and personal terms are not considered an issue with the player eager to work with Mikel Arteta again.

    Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the Londoners are busy finalising official contracts and scheduling a medical for the 25-year-old.

  • Sam Dymond

    Lyon lower Lucas asking price

    Arsenal's hopes of signing Lucas Paqueta have been boosted by the news that Lyon will lower their asking price for the Brazilian.

    The Gunners were previously quoted €65m for the attacking midfielder – but Media Foot now suggest that a bid in the region of €40m will tempt the Ligue 1 club into doing business.

    However, the Londoners face competition from Premier League rivals Newcastle United.

    The Toon Army notoriously pipped Arsenal to the signing of Bruno Guimaraes back in January, and may now use the player's status as Paqueta's compatriot, former teammate and friend to lure the playmaker to the north-east.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    Morning, Arsenal fans

    Oleksandr Zinchenko will have the final say on joining the Gunners and top target Youri Tielemans is also talking over his future.

    Manchester City are happy with Arsenal's £30million bid for left-back Zinchenko.

    But the Ukraine ace must now decide if he wants to stay at the Etihad to fight for his place.

    Tielemans, meanwhile, is tipped to hold discussions with Foxes' boss Brendan Rodgers.

    The Belgium midfielder has declined to extend his contract beyond next season.

    Manchester United, as well as the Gunners, are said to be keen on the 25-year-old.

    Valencia are still hovering for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.

    The Uruguay midfield star, 26, was loaned to Fiorentina last season and seems unlikely to break into Mikel Arteta’s plans.

    Finally, Gabriel Jesus's representatives say the Gunners had to beat off eleventh-hour interest from Chelsea to sign the Brazil striker.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Juventus keen on Magalhaes

    Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes and Villarreal star Pau Torres are reportedly on Juventus’ four-man shortlist to replace Bayern Munich-bound Matthijs de Ligt.

    German champs Bayern sealed a £68m deal for Holland hero De Ligt despite earlier interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

    Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is looking to bring in a replacement quickly, after also losing Giorgio Chiellini join LAFC on a free transfer.

    The Serie A giants are known to be interested in Brazilian Gabriel.

    And now Mundo Deportivo has stated that the ex-Lille man is one of four players on Juve’s radar.

    Along with Gabriel, it has been said that Spain international Torres is a possible option.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Oleksandr weighs up Arsenal move

    Oleksandr Zinchenko is weighing up whether to take a new challenge at Arsenal – or stay to fight for his place at Manchester City, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.

    The champions are happy with the Gunners offer of around £30 million for the versatile Ukraine international.

    But the 25-year-old has yet to agree to a move to North London – where he would link up with his former City coach Mikel Arteta.

    In the past, Zinchenko has turned down moves to Wolves and Napoli as he preferred to stay at the Etihad where he knows he will win trophies.

    He is currently with Pep Guardiola’s squad on their two-match US tour and has been playing a full part in training and the community activities.

    He even gave an interview to City’s website about the preparations for the new season from their training base here in Houston.

    Zinchenko said: “The target now is to try and build up our physical conditions and the tactical side of things.

    “There are a lot of different things (to work on) obviously after a long vacation, a little bit more than three weeks.

    “Now it’s time to work, to be ready and prepare ourselves as much and as well as we can."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Qatar to ease vaccine rules for World Cup

    QATAR World cup chiefs are set to allow unvaccinated players to avoid quarantine this November, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    But players who have not had the latest jab will have to take extra tests throughout their stay in the Gulf state.

    Phil Foden and John Stones’ absence from Manchester City’s US tour, following on from Chelsea confirming Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante had stayed in the Uk as a direct result of their vaccination status, had led to concerns the Etihad duo might fall foul of Qatari laws.

    They currently demand five days of quarantine for any unvaccinated arrivals in the country.

    With the short break between the end of domestic football on November 13 and England’s opening game against Iran just eight days later, any enforced quarantine would have effectively forced unvaccinated players out of the first group game through lack of proper preparation.

    But Fifa has stepped in with the Qataris to broker a deal likely to be confirmed before the start of the tournament on November 21.

    Just as in December’s Arab Cup, staged in Doha, it is now understood that World Cup squad members are likely to be excused the quarantine spell as long as they take rapid antigen tests upon their arrival in the country, then every three days and before every match.

    The news would be a relief for England boss Gareth Southgate, who views Stones and Foden as key members of his squad.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'United and Arsenal target' Tielemans set for Foxes talks

    Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans will sit down with manager Brendan Rodgers this week to discuss his future with the club.

    The Belgian international has a year remaining on his current deal at the King Power, and has so far refused any suggestion of an extension.

    He has been strongly linked with both Arsenal and Manchester United, and was expected to be the focus of a summer bidding war.

    However, offers are yet to materialise, and the 25-year-old is now open to discussing his options with the Foxes hierarchy.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Mikel keen to sort out captaincy dilemma

    Mikel Arteta has vowed to stamp out Arsenal’s captaincy problems after three years of chaos surrounding the Emirates leadership group.

    Norwegian skipper Martin Odegaard is the favourite to inherit the armband following Alex Lacazette’s recent return to Lyons.

    And Arteta is determined to bring some stability to a job which has been diminished by the recent actions of Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Laurent Koscielny.

    He admitted: “The captaincy is a topic which has been discussed a lot, especially externally, and that hasn’t helped.

    “Obviously the situation has not been very consistent with a lot of behavioural problems within those groups. That’s something we want to resolve to bring really strong leadership within the team.

    “I am very clear about how I want it. I don’t want one figurehead, I believe more in a leadership group. But in the end someone has to lead and direct others and that is really important.

    “The most important thing for a captain is that when you talk, they listen to you. He doesn’t have to be talking all the time but he has to be able to transmit his ideas in a powerful way. If you don’t have the quality to inspire people to get behind you, you cannot be a captain.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Blues fancied Jesus too

    Arsenal saw off a last-ditch bid from Chelsea to seal the signing of Gabriel Jesus, according to the player’s agent.

    Marcelo Pettinati has admitted that the Blues came in with an eleventh hour offer for the Brazilian forward.

    However, the 25-year-old has already bought into Mikel Arteta long-term vision, and had his heart set on a move to the Emirates.

    “Chelsea were one of the teams that tried to hijack the Arsenal move,” revealed Pettinati.

    “They tried very hard in the final days to get him. By that point, we’d already chosen our new project.”

    Following the transfer, Thomas Tuchel’s team turned their attention to another Manchester City forward, Raheem Sterling.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Hammers close on Broja and Lingard

    West Ham are closing on Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, Chelsea striker Armando Broja and Monaco anchorman Amadou Onana.

    The Hammers could pay around £7.5million for former loan sensation Lingard.

    Albania ace Broja is tipped for the London Stadium in at least a loan deal.

    But the Hammers are still said to fancy a permanent move.

    And the Standard say West Ham chief David Moyes is ready to make a third bid for Onana that could be worth £30m with add-ons.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Zinchenko agrees 4-year deal'

    Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko has reportedly agreed a four-year Arsenal contract.

    The Athletic's David Ornstein says the Ukraine star's move is now all sorted, presuming he passes a medical.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Saka representatives continue talks with the Gunners

    Arsenal officials remain locked in discussion with Bukayo Saka’s representatives over a mega new deal.

    Fabrizio Romano reveals that talks between the two parties have been ‘going on since February.’

    The England international’s current deal runs out in 2024, and CaughtOffside’s transfers expert believes the player will soon be valued at over €100m.

    With other Premier League clubs interested in swooping for the 20-year-old, a breakthrough in negotiations is seen as essential.

    Romano continues: “Arsenal consider Saka a key player and think his contract extension is like a new signing, it is a priority for this summer.”

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