6.30pm Arsenal news LIVE: David Luiz to be released, Coutinho transfer plan confirmed, Dembele to cost £44.5m – The Sun

6.30pm Arsenal news LIVE: David Luiz to be released, Coutinho transfer plan confirmed, Dembele to cost £44.5m – The Sun

May 27, 2020

ARSENAL are back in training as the Premier League's return draws closer, with all clubs agreeing to commence full contact sessions.

And there are updates on Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Ryan Fraser, while David Luiz is expected to leave before the end of the season.

Get the latest news, gossip and updates from the Emirates here…

  • SAG BUT TRUE

    Bacary Sagna has opened up about Arsenal's problems against Chelsea during his time at the club.

    Sagna told the club's In Lockdown podcast: “I believe we under-evaluated ourselves. Playing for Chelsea image-wise was something different

    “They used their image a lot, they used to have some big players in the national team and we used to talk about them more than they talked about us. Maybe in our heads, they were bigger players than us.

    “On the pitch, we had as much quality as they had whenever we played, and when we played the Arsenal way nobody could beat us.

    “I believed nobody could beat us. We used to play simple passes, one, two-touches maximum. But I believe we under-evaluated ourselves which is a big mistake in life.”

  • WILL I NEVER

    Arsenal and Spurs will fight tooth and nail to land Willian this summer.

    The winger looks set to be available on a free transfer when his Chelsea deal expires.

    And with budgets tightened due to the coronavirus crisis, a player of Willian's quality on a free transfer is too good to turn down for either North London side.

  • NEW COUT

    Mikel Arteta is keen on signing Philippe Coutinho this summer

    That is according to Spanish outlet Diario ABC, who say the Brazilian is available for £70m this summer.

    He has struggled to make an impact at loan club Bayern Munich.

    And Barca want to cash in so they can land Lautaro Martinez AND Miralem Pjanic.

  • BELE RUMBLE

    Barcelona have reportedly put Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea target Ousmane Dembele on the transfer list.

    Mundo Deportivo claims he is apparently available for just £44.5million – just three years after a £135m switch from Borussia Dortmund.

    Dembele has managed just 74 appearances in that time after suffering TEN injuries.

    The winger, 23, last played for Barcelona in late November before suffering a serious hamstring blow.

    And the LaLiga giants are now ready to cut their losses as they put their faith in Ansu Fati and Francisco Trincao instead.

  • THAT'S A PAR

    Arsenal thought they would never win the league with Thierry Henry as “he couldn't hit a barn door” when he arrived, claimed Ray Parlour.

    The Gunners legend, 47, admitted the squad had their concerns after the Frenchman joined from Juventus in 1999.

    Parlour told Sky Sports' The Football Show: “Henry was amazing, when he first turned up, we thought he couldn't hit a barn door.

    “Seven games, scoring no goals, we can't win the league with Thierry.”

    Henry silenced his critics after scoring 26 goals across all competitions during his first season in North London.

    The Frenchman, who won the league twice with Arsenal, is still the club's highest goalscorer in history after finding the net 228 times.

  • HATE TO LUZ YOU

    Arsenal are reportedly set to lose David Luiz next month once his contract expires at Emirates Stadium.

    The Brazilian only joined in an £8million deal from Chelsea a year ago in what was widely thought of as a two-year deal.

    However Sky Sports believe it was only an initial 12-month contract and no talks are planned to keep Luiz in North London.

    Premier League clubs are able to keep players whose deals run out at the end of June but all parties must agree on an extension to the delayed end of the season.

    Luiz reportedly earns £110,000-a-week at Arsenal, meaning a one-month extension to see out the campaign would cost around half a million pounds.

    According to Sky, the 33-year-old is enjoying his time at the club and wants to stay.

  • THIERR UP

    United reportedly rejected the chance to sign Thierry Henry before he joined Arsenal as Sir Alex Ferguson claimed “he's always f***ing injured”.

    According to Old Trafford's former head of security Ned Kelly the Red Devils were the Frenchman's “first choice” ahead of the Gunners.

    Kelly told beIN Sports: “In the tunnel after the game my phone goes, Eric's [Cantona] older brother Jean-Marie says, 'Ned, tell Alex [Ferguson] that Thierry Henry wants to come to the club'.

    “Now this was before he went to Arsenal, his first choice was Manchester United. So I go to the boss and say, 'boss, I've just had Jean-Marie Cantona on the phone, he had said Henry wants to come to the club'.

    “He [Ferguson] says, 'no way, he's always f****** injured'. He went to Arsenal, the rest is history.”

  • FIRESALE

    Arsenal Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have reportedly been put up for sale with the club looking to raise funds.

    Mikel Arteta boasts a number of centre-backs in his squad, and with William Saliba returning to the side from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne, the Gunners know they can't keep all their defenders.

    Pablo Mari's loan spell from Flamengo could also be turned into a permanent stay, putting further pressure on the North Londoners to sell a number of players.

    Funds are already believed to be limited due to the coronavirus crisis as well as Arsenal likely to miss out on Champions League football next season.

    And now The Athletic journalist David Ornstein has stated that the likes of Holding, Mustafi and Sokratis could all be heading out the Emirates door.

  • SAL IN

    William Salibais set to finally start training with his Arsenal team-mates next month – although his move to England could be delayed.

    The 19-year-old French Under-20 signed for the Gunners last summer in a £27 million deal from Saint-Etienne.

    But the centre-half remained with the Ligue 1 outfit for another season on loan to gain further experience.

    Now the remainder of the French top-flight campaign has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, his time there has come to an end.

    Saliba now has the opportunity to link up with his Arsenal team-mates in training.

    However, The Athletic’s David Ornstein has revealed his switch to the capital could be delayed due to the death of a close one.

  • WE HAVE CONTACT

    The Premier League has taken another step closer to a return to action with new Covid-19 test results expected today

    Top-flight stars will now be able to train in larger groups and even tackle each other ahead of next month's proposed return.

    But the Premier League insisted testing will continue and the health of players and staff is still of paramount importance – with the latest test results due today.

    A statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training.

    “[This marks] another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.

    “Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.”

  • IT'S GUNNER END

    Ashley Cole revealed he left Arsenal just two years after the amazing Invincibles season – because he did not think they were serial winners anymore.

    England left-back Cole quit to join London rivals Chelsea in 2006 – and says the culture was “falling apart” on the red side of London.

    Cole told the BBC: “The transition in terms of being in a different group, environment and players was easy because, at the time when I first started at Arsenal, we had a core – the Keowns, the Seamans, the Vieiras, the Henrys, the Adams'.

    “When they started to leave, I felt there were holes in the culture of what it was that brought success. I just felt it was falling apart a bit, or there were gaps missing, and they weren't filled.

    “So that transition in terms of finding myself in a different culture and the willingness and want to win, I went to Chelsea, and I had that.”

  • PHIL IN

    Mikel Arteta has reportedly “already confirmed” a transfer plan to sign Philippe Coutinho and is confident he can get the best out of the Brazilian.

    Coutinho, 27, is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but is the subject of plenty of transfer interest from the Premier League.

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester have all been linked with moves for the playmaker, who left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018.

    But according to ABC in Spain, Gunners boss Arteta has laid out a plan to make Coutinho an integral player in his side next season.

    Barcelona are looking to sell their flop and recoup some of the £145million they paid for him as they desperately raise funds for the likes of Lautaro Martinez.

    Only Lionel Messi, Frenkie de Jong and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stergen are off limits as Nou Camp bosses desperately try to patch up the leaks in their accounts.

  • STAY ON TRACK

    Man Utd and Arsenal are now able to track and trace players during training sessions to avoid coronavirus potentially sweeping through their squads.

    Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs are also among the 11 top-flight sides using the technology which shows how many players come into contact with a certain team-mate during a session – and for how long.

    The 20 clubs tested their players and staff for a third time yesterday with just eight positive results for the virus from the opening two rounds.

    While players will continually be tested during the weeks, a player could catch the virus and spread it around the team – once full contact training resumes – before the next test days later.

    Football performance analysis company STATSports also helped the Premier League in their blueprint for Project Restart and the phased training.

  • CAL UP

    Callum Chambers has opened up about returning to Arsenal training for the first time since suffering a knee injury in January.

    Chambers said: “The surgery went well and in terms of recovery I'm just cracking on with what I can do at home.

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    Another step in the right direction! #RoadToRecovery

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    “I am lucky enough to have some gym equipment here so I've been working on my strength in my leg, my knee and my quad. It's all about building up strength in the quad to then hopefully progress onto more stuff.

    “It has just been about adapting to the situation we're in and finding things I can do at home to keep myself going. The guys have been great on FaceTime and Zoom every other day.

    “They spend three hours at a time on FaceTime talking and walking me through each session, so credit to them. Without them it would have been a real struggle so they've been really good for me.

    “We've been trying to stick to morning rehab, so on some days at the moment I have double sessions where I'll do stuff in the morning and in the afternoon. It's all about keeping a routine and keeping that momentum going.”

  • LAND OF THE FREE

    Arsenalare reportedly planning for a lean summer transfer window in which they will not be able to spend any money.

    The Telegraph claim the Gunners are facing a scenario where they will only be able to bring players in on free transfers, loans or swap deals.

    The report adds that the only option for the club to pursue their top targets is if they can raise significant funds through cashing in on either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette.

    Arsenal captain Aubameyang is a target for both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain as he enters the final year on his current Emirates deal.

    While the Gunners are said to be interested in a swap deal with Atletico Madrid involving Lacazette and former target Thomas Lemar.

    Arsenal are expected to be facing a battle to keep pace with the rest of the Premier League's powerhouses in the market this summer following the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • HOLD ON

    Rob Holding has appeared to respond to rumours he could be leaving Arsenal.

    The defender has been named as a potential star the Gunners could look to sell in order to recoup money lost amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    But in a cryptic social media post, Holding looks to be paying no notice and instead focusing on training.

    He said: “Focus your energy on what you can control.”

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    Focus your energy on what you can control ?⚽️

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  • MATT'S YOUR LOT

    Jeremie Aliadiere has urged Matteo Guendouzi to grow up if he wants to progress with the Gunners.

    He told Goal: “He's grown up as a player, he's matured massively as a player and every year he gets better.

    “I think that's what he's missing and that's why he's not playing as much under Mikel [Arteta] because Mikel is not really up for that.”

    He added: “You can be the best player, but if you don't have the right attitude and right mentality, that will cost your career. I don't care how good you are.”

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly prepared to listen to offers for three of his central defenders this summer.

    David Ornstein of The Athletic revealed the Gunners will listen to bids for Rob Holding, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi.

    The Arsenal boss is planning to strengthen his defence this summer by bringing in some fresh faces.

    Arteta has been linked to the likes of Dayot Upamecano, Samuel Umtiti and Jerome Boateng.

    But first, he must get rid of the deadwood in his squad.

  • HAD THE BLUES

    Bacary Sagna admits Arsenal feared playing Chelsea because “in our heads they were bigger than us”.

    Sagna told the club's In Lockdown podcast: “I believe we under-evaluated ourselves. Playing for Chelsea image-wise was something different

    “They used their image a lot, they used to have some big players in the national team and we used to talk about them more than they talked about us. Maybe in our heads, they were bigger players than us.

    “On the pitch, we had as much quality as they had whenever we played, and when we played the Arsenal way nobody could beat us.

    “I believed nobody could beat us. We used to play simple passes, one, two-touches maximum. But I believe we under-evaluated ourselves which is a big mistake in life.”

  • BELE ACHE

    Barcelona will reportedly listen to loan offers for winger Ousmane Dembele, putting the likes of Arsenal and Juventus on red alert.

    The Gunners are said to be in competition with the Old Lady in the race to sign the French winger at the end of the season with the Blaugrana looking to ship him off.

    According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona are prepared to let Dembele leave on an initial loan deal as they look to get him off their wage bill.

    They state they don't want his value to carry on dropping, and hope a loan spell will see his price increase at which point they can flog him.

  • BATTLE OF WILLS

    Arsenal and Tottenham are fighting tooth and nail to sign Chelsea star Willian with their transfer budgets hit hard by coronavirus.

    The North London clubs have both been hit in the pocket due to the enforced break from football.

    They will therefore be forced to settle for free transfers, player swaps and loan moves in order to improve their squad for 2020-21.

    Willian is one of the biggest free agents this summer, with 86 players currently either returning to their parent clubs from a loan or available for nothing.

    The Brazilian, 31, is almost certain to call time on his Stamford Bridge career, with the club not willing to offer him a length of contract he seems suitable.

    Arsenal and Tottenham could now fight to take advantage, while Liverpool and Barcelona have also been linked with the former Shakhtar Donetsk man.

  • COUTINHO TO ARSENAL LATEST

    Mikel Arteta has “already confirmed” his intention to sign Philippe Coutinho for Arsenal and is “convinced the player can regain his best level” and help the club compete with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.

    That is according to Spanish outlet Diario ABC, who claim Barcelona are ready to negotiate a sale for around £70million to help them raise funds for moves for Lautaro Martinez and Miralem Pjanic.

    Coutinho cost Barca £105m plus £35m in add-ons when he joined from Liverpool in 2018 but like a number of former Arsenal players has struggled after switching from the Premier League to the Nou Camp.

    The 27-year-old has spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich, but last week they turned down the option to sign him permanently.

    Diario ABC add that Barca are awaiting a call from Arsenal to start negotiating Coutinho's transfer, with the player having “already confirmed” his priortity to return to England.

  • GOOD MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Rob Holding, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

    Pablo Mari and David Luiz are set to start off as Mikel Arteta's first-choice centre-back partnership.

    The Gunners boss has identified these three players as the ones he is prepared to sell to bring in funds.

    Also, Arsenal target Nicolas Tagliafico's agent has told Ajax his man will leave the club this summer.

    The Argentinian joined the Dutch side in 2018 but his performances have attracted attention all over Europe.

    Also, Arsenal are set to thrash out a deal with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho this week with the attacker Mikel Arteta's “dream” signing.

    Bayern Munich have rejected the chance to turn the Nou Camp outcast's loan deal into a permanent arrangement.

  • AL HE WROTE

    Jeremie Aliadiere has urged Matteo Guendouzi to grow up if he wants to progress with the Gunners.

    He told Goal: “He's grown up as a player, he's matured massively as a player and every year he gets better.

    “I think that's what he's missing and that's why he's not playing as much under Mikel [Arteta] because Mikel is not really up for that.”

    He added: “You can be the best player, but if you don't have the right attitude and right mentality, that will cost your career. I don't care how good you are.”

  • FREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER

    Arsenal are “confident they are favourites” to sign Ryan Fraser, according to the Daily Mail.

    The Bournemouth winger is a free agent at the end of the season and was targeted by the Gunners in last summer's transfer window.

    He was also strongly linked with Liverpool in January, but the North Londoners reportedly believe they are now back in pole position for his signature.

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