Arsenal handed Camavinga transfer BOOST, Dembele £25million interest, Aarons could replace Bellerin

Arsenal handed Camavinga transfer BOOST, Dembele £25million interest, Aarons could replace Bellerin

ARSENAL are looking to make a big statement in the transfer market by securing Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga.

The France international had been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid, but his agent has suggested the Gunners' lack of Champions League football will not prove a stumbling block if they want to do a deal.

Arsenal are also considering a move for Atletico Madrid loanee Moussa Dembele, valued at £25m by parent club Lyon.

And the Gunners are willing to sell Hector Bellerin for around £35m, with Max Aarons of Norwich a potential replacement.

Get all the latest Arsenal news, transfer gossip and updates with our live blog…

  • Thomas Blow

    ARTETA'S MEDIA RANT

    Mikel Arteta has slammed the press following Arsenal's 1-0 victory at Chelsea last night, claiming they are 'putting words in his mouth'.

    The Gunners boss told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I don't accept somebody putting words in my mouth that I don't say.

    "When it's related to my players, they're going to hit a wall.

    "They can try to give their opinions from the outside, that's fine, but to try to break what we have inside there is not possible."

  • William Pugh

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    It will be a welcome feeling for Arsenal fans this morning to wake up after a positive display from their team.

    For all the negatives about the 2020-21 campaign, Mikel Arteta's side showed grit and determination to defend resolutely and earn themselves a 1-0 victory over London rivals Chelsea.

    Emile Smith Rowe's first half goal gave the Gunners a much-needed win and one that lifts them up into eighth place in the Premier League table.

    Speaking after the match, Arteta said: "It’s been a really tough season because we’ve faced something unprecedented in the outside world and in this football club.

    "But we put all our passion, our energy, our knowledge and our togetherness to get through any obstacle and try to be as good as we can."

    The Spaniard also hit back at what he felt was an incorrect depiction of his words before the game surrounding the motivation of his players.

    With the victory, Arsenal have now given themselves an outside chance of Europa League qualification next season.

    And goalscorer Smith Rowe felt it was a huge win that the team desperately needed.

    The 20-year-old said: "I feel like it was an important result, and for our season.

    "It was really tough, and we had to work hard and dig deep. We worked on [the high press] in training this week, and I feel like we did well to make them make a mistake.

    "I think it showed our character, and just how much fight we’ve got in us. We defended really well in patches and after this tough season, it was a good performance."

  • Dylan Terry

    GOOD NIGHT FOR ARSENAL

    So, Arsenal pick up a much-needed London derby win at Stamford Bridge as their quest for European football goes down to the final few games.

    Mikel Arteta's side now finish off their Premier League campaign with matches against Crystal Palace and Brighton.

    Can they make the Europa League for next season? We wait to find out.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Dylan Terry

    GUNNING FOR IT

  • Dylan Terry

    CRAZY STAT

    Absolutely bizarre statistic. Shows how much Lampard struggled at the end of his reign at Stamford Bridge.

  • Dylan Terry

    ARSENAL STUN CHELSEA

    Arsenal have shocked Chelsea with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. Emile Smith Rowe scored the only goal of the game after a horror backpass from Jorginho in the first half.

    The Gunners move into eighth place in the Premier League table. Chelsea's spot in the top four remains a little uneasy.

  • Dylan Terry

    OFF THE BAR TWICE

    Chelsea have just hit the bar twice in the final minute of normal time against Arsenal. The Gunners are clinging on.

  • Dylan Terry

    MAIT A MOVE

    Manchester United are interested in a shock transfer for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to reports.

    The Arsenal academy graduate, 23, has spent the second half of this season on loan at West Brom.

    And despite the Baggies getting relegated, the England international impressed with his performances under Sam Allardyce.

    According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are considering an approach to Arsenal when he returns to his parent club.

    However, the report adds they would face competition from three other Premier League sides – Everton, Leeds and Southampton.

  • Dylan Terry

    DISALLOWED GOAL

    Christian Pulisic has just had the ball in the back of the net for Chelsea but he was clearly offside before bundling home from two yards. May have used an arm as well.

    How the assistant referee did not see that offside I'll never know. VAR rule it out anyway.

  • Dylan Terry

    ROWE TO GLORY

    Emile Smith Rowe with his fourth goal of the season tonight.

  • Dylan Terry

    CHELSEA 0-1 ARSENAL

    Arsenal take a surprise lead into half-time at Stamford Bridge after frustrating Chelsea for the first 45 minutes.

    Chelsea gifted the Gunners the opener following a shocking backpass from Jorginho, with Emile Smith Rowe finishing it off for the visitors.

  • Dylan Terry

    SMITH ROWE GOAL

    Here is the goal that separates Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

  • Dylan Terry

    CHELSEA 0-1 ARSENAL

    A horrific backpass from Jorginho sees Kepa claw the ball out just in front of the goal line, but Aubameyang recovers the ball for Smith Rowe to bundle it home from close range.

  • Dylan Terry

    KICK OFF

    We are underway at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea vs Arsenal.

  • Dylan Terry

    TUCHEL'S THOUGHTS

    And here is Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel's preview of the match.

  • Dylan Terry

    CHELSEA VS ARSENAL

    Mikel Arteta's thoughts ahead of tonight's London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

  • Dylan Terry

    ARSENAL XI

    Arsenal make five changes 72 hours on from beating West Bromwich Albion.

    Pablo Mari comes into the defence for Callum Chambers, which means Rob Holding shifts over to right-back.

    Meanwhile, Kieran Tierney is back so Bukayo Saka moves forward from left-back to replace Willian.

    Thomas Partey is selected over Dani Ceballos in midfield, Martin Odegaard is in for Nicolas Pepe, and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back to the lead with Gabriel Martinelli dropping to the bench.

    Manager Mikel Arteta goes with his trusted 4-2-3-1 approach for the trip to West London.

  • Dylan Terry

    ARSENAL ARRIVALS

    The manager and the players have arrived at Stamford Bridge ready for tonight's London derby.

  • Dylan Terry

    ARSENAL TEAM NEWS

    And here is your Arsenal line-up:

  • Dylan Terry

    CHELSEA TEAM NEWS

    Here is the Chelsea team to face Arsenal this evening:

  • Dylan Terry

    STAMFORD READY

    Stamford Bridge is ready to play host to Chelsea vs Arsenal this evening. Not long to wait until we have crowds back in attendance…

  • Dylan Terry

    LAST TIME OUT

    Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-1 at the Emirates back in December with Granit Xhaka's free-kick the pick of the bunch.

  • Dylan Terry

    ARTETA PRAISES TUCHEL AND CHELSEA

    Mikel Arteta has talked up Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel ahead of the clash this evening.

    He told the club website: "Probably they’ve been the best team in the league in the last few months, what Thomas [Tuchel] has been able to do since he arrived has been exceptional.

    "He put the team in two finals, the way the team is looking, how solid they are defensively as well, how composed and regular they have been in their performance has been excellent.

    "I think it is the pride in the shirt that we wear [that motivates us], and that we want to win.

    "Winning is going to put us in a much better position in the table, which is going to make us… the chance to finish where is mathematically possible, but it doesn’t depend on us     at the moment."

    Credit: Getty
  • Dylan Terry

    CHELSEA VS ARSENAL

    Check out the full details of tonight's London derby through our piece here.

    Thomas Tuchel's men look set to take a top four spot in the Premier League after a brilliant win from behind against Manchester City.

    The Gunners meanwhile saw off West Brom last time out but are set to miss out on European football for the first time in 26 years.

    Credit: PA
  • Dylan Terry

    ICE BERG

    Arsenal will have to pay Sander Berge's full £35million release clause to land the midfielder despite Sheffield United's relegation.

    Yorkshire Live refuted claims that the Norwegian could be available for a cut-price £12m after the Blades dropped out of the Premier League.

    Berge is still £10m cheaper than United's original £45m asking price due to a relegation clause in his contract with the future Championship outfit.

    Liverpool and Arsenal have both been linked with moves for the 23-year-old, who has just returned to action following a lengthy injury.

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