ARSENAL will visit Fulham on Saturday, September 12 for their opening Premier League match.
But the Gunners could see their move for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes sabotaged by Prem rivals Manchester United.
Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…
Lille defender Gabriel is now believed to be close to joining Arsenal ahead of Manchester United.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the 22-year-old could become a Gunners player by Saturday.
But that is only if the Red Devils fail to raise their offer to the centre-back.
It has been claimed that Lille prefer Gabriel to join Napoli, but the player is keen on a switch to the Premier League.
Well it's clear to see what Ian Wright thinks about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's contract situation…
FOLLOW THE CROWD
Arsenal have announced plans to have fans back in the Emirates stadium on October 3 against Sheffield United.
Supporters have been unable to attend matches since March, when the season was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic.
By the time the season resumed in June, all games were completed behind closed doors.
The same protocols will be in place when the new campaign kick off on September 12, but the government announced they will target reduced crowds returning to football matches in October.
And Arsenal have informed their fans they will attempt to follow the plan.
An email read: “We are continuing to work hard with the Premier League and UK Government on plans to bring fans back to stadiums, initially with reduced capacities.
“We are disappointed that our home fixture against West Ham United on Saturday 19 September will be played behind closed doors, but based on current Government guidelines, we hope to be able to welcome supporters back to Emirates Stadium for the Sheffield United game scheduled for Saturday 3 October.
“We will share full information regarding fan attendance at reduced capacity matches by Wednesday 2 September.”
Newcastle have been linked with Juventus misfit Aaron Ramsey – including matching his £400,000-a-week wages.
The former Arsenal midfielder has also reportedly been offered to Wolves after struggling for a regular start with the Italian champions.
Now Tuttojuve suggest the Magpies are willing to pay the 29-year-old FOUR TIMES the salary of their current top-earner Jonjo Shelvey.
Ramsey managed just four goals in 35 games for Juve last term, rarely adjusting to their system.
And new boss Andrea Pirlo, who replaced sacked Maurizio Sarri, is said to want a clear-out to fund new buys.
On top of that, the Old Lady are looking at ways of cutting their costs as football takes a hit from the coronavirus pandemic.
REST-LESS RED DEVILS
Manchester United have the second fewest number of days to prepare for the new season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have 34 days from crashing out of the Europa League against Sevilla in the semi-final to their opening league fixture.
But the Red Devils have a whole six days MORE than unlucky Arsenal.
The Gunners will compete in the Charity Shield just 28 days after winning the FA Cup at Wembley.
SOK IT UP
Arsenal defender Sokratis is reportedly poised to ask the club to rip up his contract and allow him to join Napoli.
The Greek centre-half found himself out of Mikel Arteta's starting XI towards the end of the season.
And with William Saliba back from his loan and Gabriel Magalhaes close to completing a £27million move from Lille, Sokratis' days at the Emirates look numbered.
According to to Corriere del Mezzogiorno, the 32-year-old has already held talks with Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso.
He has one year left on his contract at Arsenal, and is hoping the club allow him to leave early.
Former Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a doubt for the start of the season after picking up a knee injury in training.
The Liverpool midfielder suffered a knock from a challenge during the side's pre-season camp in Austria.
The 27-year-old was flown back to Melwood to begin his rehab with Liverpool's medical team.
Boss Jurgen Klopp said the Ox's injury was similar to the one Jordan Henderson suffered against Brighton towards the end of last season.
He said: “Really unfortunate. An unfortunate situation as well, it was a challenge [in training]. It looks very similar to what Hendo had, which keeps him out for – we don't know for sure exactly how long.
“But for this pre-season he will not make a game. Arsenal for sure not, and then we will see. The next game is probably two weeks later, but I don't know.
“We have to wait but it is far away from being perfect, of course. It is really hard for him and hard for us, but it is not to change.”
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Arsenal should sell Hector Bellerin this summer, according to Gunners legend Charlie Nicholas.
Boss Mikel Arteta is poised to continue re-shaping the squad this summer, and the defence will clearly be a priority.
And while Nicholas expects the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Calum Chambers and even Rob Holding to be fearing for their future, Bellerin is a surprise name on his list of possible exits.
The Spanish defender, 25, joined Arsenal from the Barcelona academy in 2011, and has gone on to make 204 appearances in all compeitions.
Speaking to Sky Sports, on the prospect of flogging Bellerin, Nicholas said: “I would contemplate and look at, people have been mentioning, somebody like Bellerin if the right money came.
“Now, Bellerin has been a star but since his bad injury he's never really recovered fully.
“If we can get him fit again and get him going again, then I'm all for Bellerin staying here.”
GIFT OF THE GAB
Arsenal have been dealt another blow in their pursuit of Lille ace Gabriel with reports claiming the defender is weighing up a move to join Man Utd.
The Telegraph's Sam Dean has tweeted: “Hearing that Gabriel Magalhaes & his camp are more than happy to wait before making a final decision.
“There is no immediate deadline, despite some reports. As reported by @TelegraphSport, afc were very much leading the race before mufc interest.
“This could drag on and on…”
WIN TOGETHER, LUIZ TOGETHER
Willian revealed close fried David Luiz convinced him to join the Gunners.
Willian told the Arsenal club website: “He's very happy. We played together in the national team, we played together at Chelsea, and now at Arsenal again.
“I think we can do great things together, I hope so, but I'm very happy to be with him again.
“He said, 'Come to Arsenal, come to Arsenal, I want you to come!' So that was the conversation.
“He is a very nice guy, a top player and I'm very excited to play with him again.
“Of course [he helped in the past], many times. Many times when I had difficult times at Chelsea he was helping me a lot.”
Lyon have reportedly rejected a bid from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar involving outcast star Matteo Guendouzi.
The French midfielder looks increasingly likely to head for the Emirates exit after falling out with Mikel Arteta.
Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Roma and Unai Emery's new club Villarreal are all linked with Guendouzi.
According to L'Equipe, via GFFN, Arsenal attempted to move on the 21-year-old by offering him in a player-plus-cash deal for Lyon star Aouar.
At 22, Aouar has become an integral part of the Ligue 1 side's midfield and is said to be valued at £54million.
The Champions League semi-finalists are not optimistic about their chances of holding on to the attacking midfielder.
CAN'T HIT A BARNES DOOR
John Barnes thinks Philippe Coutinho should join Arsenal as they are the “best fit” for him.
Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “I don’t think Tottenham would be interested, as I don’t know if the way that Jose Mourinho likes to play will suit him, as he likes the ball and having a lot of possession, whereas Mourinho doesn’t necessarily play that way.
“Arsenal could be the best club with the style of football they play.
“Chelsea could be another good match, because of the way Frank Lampard sets up his team, so with that in mind, Arsenal or Chelsea would be the best solution for him.”
HOUSE IN ORDER
Ruthless Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is looking to offload TEN stars this summer in order to raise some much-needed transfer funds, according to reports.
The Gunners are in the midst of a major overhaul on and off the pitch after a sub-par 2019-20.
Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League last term – a staggering 43 points adrift of champions Liverpool and closer to 20th than first.
But to fund a spate of new signings, Arsenal will first have to sell some deadwood.
And The Times are claiming ten flops are being pushed out.
Four defenders are being put up for sale, with Calum Chambers and Rob Holding mentioned by name.
Here are the big games Gunners fans can look forward to next season.
Take note of those two North London derbies!
Wolves and Newcastle have joined Tottenham in the race to sign £20million-rated Arsenal ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to reports.
Earlier this month, SunSport revealed the Gunners academy graduate had been put up for sale as Mikel Arteta aims to raise transfer funds.
Tottenham quickly became early favourites to land him but Wolves and Newcastle have now entered the race, say Sky Sports.
After a tricky season, Arsenal are undertaking a major overhaul both on and off the pitch.
Raul Sanllehi and Pat Rice have left the club, while a host of players are thought to be up for grabs this summer.
Maitland-Niles, 22, is one almost certain to quit this summer, reported to have claimed it was “in his best interests” to leave having joined the club aged 16.
P-RICE OF PROGRESS
Arsenal legend Pat Rice has been axed from his role in the club’s scouting team.
The Gunners are currently overhauling their recruitment department behind the scenes as part of a move to a more data-driven model.
The Emirates outfit have already announced that transfer guru Raul Sanllehi has left the club.
And Rice, who has been connected to Arsenal for over 50 years as a player, coach and finally a scout, has also seen his job axed.
However, the 71-year-old will still remain a part of the Gunners through his duties working as a club ambassador.
Rice lifted both the First Division and FA Cup during his playing days at Arsenal where he amassed 528 appearances.
THIS IS MY JAM
James Rodriguez Real Madrid exit could be scuppered by his £140k-a-week wage demands, reports claim.
The Colombian appears set for the Bernabeu exit, having made only eight LaLiga appearances for the club in the last three years.
Injuries have prevented the once-fourth most expensive player of all time to cement himself back in Zinedine Zidane's first-team this season, having returned from a two-year loan at Bayern Munich.
And with the 29-year-old having just a year remaining on his contract, Los Blancos would be willing to accept £22million.
And while interested suitors such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Lazio wouldn't be deterred by this fee, his salary is another matter.
Marca claim that all interested parties that have contacted agent Jorge Mendes are only willing to pay around HALF of Rodriguez's £140k-a-week salary.
IN BLACK AND WHITE
Leeds United have made a third bid of £25million for Brighton centre-back Ben White, according to reports.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a stunning loan spell at Elland Road last season, featuring in all 46 games as the Whites were promoted back to the Premier League.
And boss Marcelo Bielsa is desperate to land him on a permanent basis as he prepares to take on the top flight.
White is Leeds' No1 target this summer, with the Whites having already lodged bids of around £18.5m and £22m for his services.
With Brighton having turned them down, however, Sky Sports claim that a third of around £25m plus add-ons has now been submitted.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all shown interest in the Seagulls ace.
West Ham are so desperate to axe Jack Wilshere they are willing to pay a chunk of his £100,000-a-week wages at another club, according to reports.
The former Arsenal midfielder, 28, has started just six times since moving across London in 2018.
Injuries and lack of form have hindered him badly – with Wilshere managing just 35 minutes of football since October.
The club are now in talks with Wilshere over buying out the final year of his contract, according to The Times.
Should they fail to come to an agreement, West Ham will look to sell Wilshere this summer.
With his £100,000-a-week wages likely to prove a stumbling block in any potential negotiations, the Hammers are willing to pay the difference.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has dropped a huge hint that he is ready to make a big announcement for Arsenal fans.
On holiday with his brother Willy, the Arsenal superstar said on an Instagram live session: “Guys, have a good night, enjoy and hopefully great news for everybody.”
Arsenal have been joined by Real Madrid and Juventus in the race to sign Houssem Aouar – as Lyon conceded they may have to sell him.
The young midfielder, 22, starred for the French side in the latter stages of the 2019-20 Champions League to garner attention from some of Europe's biggest.
And having missed out on a spot at Europe's top table for the upcoming campaign, Lyon's sporting director Juninho Pernambucano has confessed Aouar could leave.
Frenchman Aouar is of Algerian descent – and is said to idolise Real Madrid star Karim Benzema and manager Zinedine Zidane.
In fact, Aouar and Benzema's families know each other as they are from the same area of Lyon.
Madrid chief Zidane is another France star of Algerian descent and is said to be very “attentive” in his pursuit of Aouar, according to Mundo Deportivo.
WILL TO WIN
Willian has promised he will show Mikel Arteta’s faith in him byWINNING the Champions League and making Brazil’s next World Cup squad.
He said: “Arsenal have given me what I wanted and now I will show they have made a good decision.
“My age is no big thing. If you look after yourself, live right and train right, today’s players can still be at top level when they are 35. For me it is not a problem.
“I have a lot to play for with Brazil too and I want to be at the next World Cup.
“If I do well at Arsenal then that will happen.”
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GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS
Yesterday, it was reported that Arsenal’s bid to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes has been hijacked by Manchester United.
Gianluca Di Marzio reports United’s bid on Friday has caused Gabriel to ask for more time to weigh up his future despite the Gunners agreeing a £22.7million fee.
Arsenal have reportedly had a bid rejected by Lyon for Houssem Aouar.
L’Equipe reports Arsenal attempted to snare the star by offering Matteo Guendouzi plus cash.
Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was snapped on a private jet by his brother who posted shots to Instagram.
The Gabon international is still yet to officially announce he has put pen to paper on a new deal at The Emirates.
Team-mate Hector Bellerin was seen having a smoke on his Italian holiday with family.
Arsenal have a London derby first up next season as they take on newly-promoted Fulham in the league.
But the Gunners are in Charity Shield action before then and will only have had 28 days off since their FA Cup triumph at Wembley.
Mikel Arteta’s men have the fewest days between seasons compared to their top six rivals.
Utility man Ainsley Maitland-Niles could make the unpopular journey between North London clubs.
The Daily Mail reports Spurs are lining up a bid for the 22-year-old after SunSport revealed he was up for sale earlier this month.
WILLIAN SUNSPORT EXCLUSIVE
Willian has a simple message for his Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: “Please stay.”
Brazilian star Willian, who has just signed from Chelsea, believes great things are coming for the Gunners.
The winger told SunSport: “I joined Arsenal because we can challenge for titles but Pierre will be a big part of the plan.
“He has to stay — it is very important to me.
“This is a guy who gets 25-30 goals a season and we have to keep a player like that.
“He’s one of the best players in our team and somebody I want to be making chances for.”
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