4pm Arsenal news LIVE: Gunners agree FOUR deals – David Luiz REACTION, William Saliba UPDATE, Aubameyang urged to LEAVE – The Sun

4pm Arsenal news LIVE: Gunners agree FOUR deals – David Luiz REACTION, William Saliba UPDATE, Aubameyang urged to LEAVE – The Sun

June 24, 2020

ARSENAL have confirmed permanent deals for David Luiz, Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari while extending the loan of Dani Cellabos.

And the Gunners are continuing the assess the serious injury suffered by Bernd Leno, and could bring in Joe Hart or Claudio Bravo as a replacement.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…

  • TIER-JERKER

    Kieran Tierney has claimed Arsenal have reacted well to their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

    The Scot told Sky Sports: “Obviously it’s not the result we wanted or the result we had worked hard for, but it’s something we need to deal with.

    “The bus journey was quiet on the way home, but I think we’ve reacted well in training.

    “We’ve got a point to prove and we need to go out there and get the results that the manager wants and the fans deserve.”

  • MUSTANG SALI

    Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel has claimed the French club are in talks with Arsenal about extending William Saliba's loan spell for a further month.

    The 19-year-old – who joined the Gunners from the Ligue 1 side last year before returning on a season-long loan – is set to depart Les Verts on June 30.

    But St-Etienne are desperate to keep hold of the teenage centre-back for their Coupe de France final clash against Paris Saint-Germain on July 24.

    Speaking to reporters, ex-Leicester gaffer Puel has stated that no agreement with the North London giants has yet been reached regarding Saliba's short-term future.

    In quotes obtained by Foot Mercato, he said: “William is at the end of the contract at the end of the month.

    “He takes great pleasure in training with his team. We will see what can be done to keep him a little longer with us.”

  • NOT IMPRESSED

    Petit, who also played for both Arsenal and Chelsea, added: “If I was David Luiz, of course I would sign a new deal and I would also say a prayer of thanks to the Arsenal directors every time I wake up.

    “Even when he last won the Premier League with Chelsea, he's not the same player any more.

    “This guy has lost something. To be honest, it's a joke. Find some proper defenders.

    “Are you telling me there are no young talented defenders on the market? I just don't get it.”

  • PET HATE

    Emmanuel has branded former club Arsenal a “joke” for offering David Luiz a new one-year deal.

    The 49-year-old claimed the defender “hasn't been a proper footballer” for years as he launched a scathing attack on Mikel Arteta's side.

    Speaking to PaddyPower, he fumed: “David Luiz hasn't been a proper footballer for about three years.

    “But I'm not surprised that he has been given a new contract at Arsenal, because I've been very disappointed in relation to the club's activity in the transfer market.

    “I've been particularly upset in relation to the defenders.

    “We all know one of Arsenal's major weaknesses is their defence and nothing has changed. This makes me miss Arsene Wenger.”

  • POTENTIAL XI

    David Luiz could find himself at the heart of Arsenal's defence again next season after he put pen to paper and signed a new one-year deal at the Emirates.

    The Gunners announced the news of the Brazilian's contract extension on Wednesday morning, while they also confirmed that Pablo Mari and Cedcric have signed permanent deals.

    Fans have been left less than impressed by Luiz's new deal, as they wanted him off their books following his nightmare performance against Manchester City last week.

    Mikel Arteta is set to have limited funds to bring in his targets in the upcoming transfer window, with the club looking likely to miss out on European football.

  • SILVA-WHERE?

    Arsenal could miss on the signing of free agent Thiago Silva after Fiorentina's general director Joe Barone confirmed he wants to bring the defender back to Serie A.

    The Brazilian centre-back will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the month, bringing an end to eight trophy-laden years in France after joining from AC Milan in 2012.

    There has been speculation that Silva's priority is to play in the Premier League, where he is willing to take a huge pay cut on his £325,000-a-week wages in order to compete in England.

    Mikel Arteta's side have been heavily linked with a move for the 35-year-old, as he looks to bolster his defence, but knows he has limited funds available to him.

    But Fiorentina are vying to bring him back to Italy, as they eye up another marquee signing having secured the services of Franck Ribery last year.

  • 28 TILL HE'S 29

    Liverpool fans are in a fierce debate on social media over whether it's worth them signing Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

    Let's remind ourselves of what Arsenal fans thought when they were linked with a player who was 28, but one fan thought was 29.

    Cue one of the all-time classic Twitter exchanges.

  • 'PANDEMIC TO ARSENAL'

    Arsenal fans have vented their fury at the club on social media for offering David Luiz a new one-year at the Emirates.

    The Brazilian centre-back was set to become a free agent at the end of the club, but the Gunners announced on Wednesday morning that he has committed his future at the Emirates until 2021.

    Commenting on the news, one supporter tweeted: “My day is ruined and I woke up no more than 30 minutes ago.”

    Another posted a meme, which read: “Man who thought he'd lost all hope loses last additional bit of hope he didn't even know he still had.”

    A third added: “Wow! I have literally have nothing to say. You're a bigger pandemic to Arsenal fans than COVID-19.”

    One dissatisfied supporter quipped: “Damn it Arsenal you just can’t let me be happy for one day.”

  • ARSENAL FIXTURES

    Here are the Gunners' upcoming games.

    Resuming tomorrow against Danny Ings and his fit-and-firing Southampton pals.

  • MAU STICK

    A section of Arsenal fans are being mocked for celebrating new arch-enemy Neal Maupay's penalty miss for Brighton against Leicester this evening.

    The Frenchman enraged the Gunners when he scored a last-gasp winner against them on Saturday, having accidentally played a part in the incident that saw goalkeeper Bernd Leno suffer an injury.

    One account celebrated by writing: “Maupay missed a penalty”, accompanied by a picture of Matteo Guendouzi hugging Leno.

    Another wrote: “News emerges that Leno’s injury isn’t as bad as initially feared & Maupay misses a penalty just minutes later? Lovely stuff.”

    And one joked: “Maupay still choking I guess” accompanied by a picture of Guendouzi throttling him in the aftermath of Saturday's match.

  • BREAKING

    Arsenal have confirmed contract extensions for four players including David Luiz.

    Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have both penned long-term deals and Dani Ceballos has extended his loan spell from Real Madrid.

    A statement on the club website read: “We are delighted to confirm that defenders David Luiz, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have agreed contracts to stay with us beyond the end of this season.

    “In addition midfielder Dani Ceballos has extended his loan from Real Madrid until the end of the current 2019/20 season.”

  • WAIT, WHAT?

    When you find out Arsenal have offered David Luiz, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares new deals.

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has not suffered ligament damage and will only be out for a maximum of six weeks.

    Mikel Arteta revealed: “We thought it was going to be a more significant injury.

    “We still don’t know the full extent but at least we know the cruciate ligaments are not damaged and that was our biggest fear at the start.

    “But he is more positive and in less pain today so that’s good news and hopefully he will only be out for four to six weeks.”

    Meanwhile, Arteta has been fighting to keep David Luiz, Dani Ceballos, Pablo Mari and Cedric at Arsenal past the end of the month.

    Arteta said: “It’s very complicated with the timing of it and some of the legal issues that are involved.

    “But we have no choice. We have to do it because of all the injuries we’ve had and we are trying to resolve this and I’m confident I can keep them all.”

    Arteta also revealed he is set to sign loanees Mari and Cedric on permanent transfers, while the Athletic claims they have already penned respective four-year deals.

    Arteta added: “We’ve been trying to get the deal done because we’re happy with what Pablo can bring us.

    “There were some legal issues that we needed to get done but our intention is to keep him on a permanent transfer and I think the club will announce that as soon as possible.

    “It was the plan to sign Cedric from the start but he’s been so unlucky with injuries and he hasn’t yet played for us.

    “But we think he’s a player that will improve the squad and will give us more depth so hopefully we can do it.”

    However, teen winger Gabriel Martinelli is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

    Arteta lamented: “We had some really bad news again on Monday. He got hit by another player in the last moments of training and he’s damaged his knee.

    “The doctor is still assessing the extent of the injury, but it’s not looking good at all.

    “We don’t know how long it’s going to be out for, but it’s looking like months.”

  • LEN-WOO

    Mikel Arteta admits he’s relieved that Bernd Leno’s injury isn’t as bad as feared.

    Arteta revealed: “We thought it was going to be a more significant injury.

    “We still don’t know the full extent but at least we know the cruciate ligaments are not damaged and that was our biggest fear at the start.

    “But he is more positive and in less pain today so that’s good news and hopefully he will only be out for four to six weeks.”

  • REINFORCEMENTS

    Mikel Arteta has been fighting to keep David Luiz, Dani Ceballos, Pablo Mari and Cedric at Arsenal past the end of the month.

    The deadline for out-of-contract players is midnight tonight.

    Arteta said: “It’s very complicated with the timing of it and some of the legal issues that are involved.

    “But we have no choice. We have to do it because of all the injuries we’ve had and we are trying to resolve this and I’m confident I can keep them all.”

  • STAYING PUT

    Mikel Arteta says he is set to sign loanees Pablo Mari and Cedric on permanent transfers.

    And the Athletic reports they have both penned four-year contracts.

    Arteta said: “We’ve been trying to get the deal done because we’re happy with what Pablo can bring us.

    “There were some legal issues that we needed to get done but our intention is to keep him on a permanent transfer and I think the club will announce that as soon as possible.

    “It was the plan to sign Cedric from the start but he’s been so unlucky with injuries and he hasn’t yet played for us.

    “But we think he’s a player that will improve the squad and will give us more depth so hopefully we can do it.”

  • GAB KO

    Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee cartilage injury in training.

    The young Brazilian, 19, picked up the the knock back at London Colney just a day after the Gunners' 2-1 defeat at Brighton.

    Arsenal wrote: “Left knee. Sustained cartilage injury during training on Sunday.

    “Further assessments and tests to take place in forthcoming days.”

    Mikel Arteta lamented: “We had some really bad news again on Monday. He got hit by another player in the last moments of training and he’s damaged his knee.

    “The doctor is still assessing the extent of the injury, but it’s not looking good at all. 

    “We don’t know how long it’s going to be out for, but it’s looking like months.”

  • LAYVIN IN WAIT

    PSG have reportedly offered Layvin Kurzawa a new four-year contract extension. 

    This comes as a blow to Chelsea and Arsenal who have been keeping regular tabs on the highly-rated left-back.

    According to FranceFootball, the Parisiens have offered a four-year contract extension to keep Kurzawa in their clutches and avoid him walking away for free this summer.

  • PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal’s pursuit of Thomas Partey is an 'open secret' with the club expected to land the midfielder in a £45million deal, according to reports.

    La Razon claims Mikel Arteta is desperate to sign the Atletico Madrid star this summer.

    He believes £45m is a great price for a player like Partey.

    And the player himself is keen to join Arsenal even though it is highly likely they won’t be playing Champions League football next term.

  • LU ARE YA

    David Luiz is close to securing a new one-year Arsenal deal.

    Sky Sports claims the defender will be getting another chance under Mikel Arteta despite his blunder against Man City.

    Mikel Arteta convinced the club to extend Luiz’s deal a year after joining from Chelsea.

  • BACK OF THE NETO

    Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto after Bernd Leno's horror injury at Brighton on Saturday, according to reports.

    According to Sport, however, Barca want £18million for their No2 'keeper – although their interest in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could “ease the deal”.

    The 30-year-old, who only signed for the Catalan side from Valencia last summer, is represented by agent Kia Joorabchian – who is believed to have good ties with the Gunners.

  • WEIGHS A TON

    Inter Milan have reportedly opened talks with Brescia over a move for top-rated youngster Sandro Tonali.

    The playmaker is rated as one of the most exciting kids in Europe and has already been compared to Andrea Pirlo.

    Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with moves for Tonali, who is set to go down to Serie B with Brescia.

    But Sky Italia claim Inter are in pole position to sign him this summer after already entering talks with his club.

  • MINGS TO AN END

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Tyrone Mings – but could be put off by Aston Villa's valuation of the defender.

    According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Mings is the latest defender to catch Arteta's eye.

    Arsenal are said to “like” the 27-year-old, but there are doubts over whether they can afford his fee.

    The Villans forked out £20million to sign Mings permanently from Bournemouth last summer.

  • RATTLED

    A section of Arsenal fans online are being mocked for celebrating new villain Neal Maupay's penalty miss for Brighton against Leicester this evening.

    Fans of other clubs have been quick to point out how lame a budding rivalry with the mighty Brighton looks.

    A fan from across London jibed: “This fanbase went from celebrating a 2-2 draw against Chelsea to a Maupay penalty miss because he made them cry, I never knew you could fall that far”.

    And a Manchester United fan wrote: “I'm crying, the most exciting thing to have happened to Arsenal fans post-lockdown in the Premier League is Neal Maupay missing a penalty vs Leicester”.

    Another user mocked: “From Pepe dribbling past Van Dijk and now Maupay missing a penalty what a great season for Arsenal”.

  • FEEL THE BERND

    Bernd Leno’s injury isn’t as bad as expected.

    That’s according to Football London, who claim the German’s setback against Brighton has not been ruled as extremely serious.

    It's reckoned he's avoided ligament damage and will be out for four-to-six weeks.

    Leno was stretchered off after colliding with Neil Maupay during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat.

    However, it is doubtful he will feature again before the end of the season.

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