ARSENAL are preparing for a huge game against Leicester as they look to keep their Champions League hopes alive following an encouraging 2-0 win at Wolves.
And on the transfer front they are edging closer to a deal for Thomas Partey while Dayot Upamecano could be available for a much lower fee than expected.
Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…
Brendan Rodgers has backed Mikel Arteta after the Arsenal boss completed four wins on the bounce.
The Leicester boss said: “I think Mikel’s done very well since he’s gone in, he’s gone in to a club with huge expectations, which he knows from his time being a player there.
“But he’s gone in on his first job into a huge task and I think how he’s dealt with it so far has been outstanding.”
New pictures of Arsenal in training show that Matteo Guendouzi is still training alone and Pepe still has not returned to training after missing Arsenals's previous match because his wife went into labour.
ARTETA BREAKING RULES
Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has been accused of breaking Premier League rules by giving his players a pep talk whilst they have their water break.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder bemoaned big clubs breaking the rules on giving team talks during drinks breaks and stated that Arteta was a key offender during Arsenal’s recent FA Cup win over Sheffield United.
The Sheffield United manager was opposed to rule changes that saw drinks breaks and the option of five substitutions brought in as part of Project Restart.
He said: ''We were told against Arsenal we weren’t allowed before the game to give team talks and then I saw Mikel gather his troops and start delivering a team talk and I thought that rule, that directive we got from the Premier League, has gone straight out the window,
“If you look, there aren’t many people having a drink, they’re having a little sip and there’s quite a lot of huddling going on and managers and coaches getting into the players.''
Maybe the Gunners boss needs to be discreet when he gives his players advice.
Former England and Chelsea winger Karen Carney's BBC column, had some opinions about the future of Brazilian international David Luiz.
''David Luiz may not be the future of Arsenal but he can help shape it, and that's why I think he was offered a new contract.
He was criticised for his performance against Manchester City in June – where he was sent off and gave away a penalty – but this squad is young and very inexperienced, and the fact there was such a long debate over who should be captain, shows there is a lack of leadership within the team.''
Luiz, 33 won't be playing with Arsenal until the end of his career but he Carney thinks he has valuable insight for the up and coming young talent.
May he can impart some of his wisdom on them.
NO TOP FOUR
Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction on Arsenal's hope to get that Champions League spot
Writing for the BBC, the football expert gave his opinion on the North London outfit.
''Arsenal got a good win at Wolves, thanks to a lovely finish by Bukayo Saka and it was a great game to watch. The outcome could have been very different, though, so I don't feel as if the Gunners are on a charge towards the top four, or anything like that.''
DEFENDER HOPE DASHED
Arsenal's hope to sign Dayot Upamecano may have been blighted as the defender is expected to sign a contract extension to prevent him from leaving on a free.
Lepizig's CEO Mintzlaff told Kicker: “I assume that he [Upamecano] will also play for us next season. We are in good talks to find a solution to prevent him from leaving on a free transfer next year,”
Upamecano was a transfer target for Arsenal, whilst also being highly rated by Manchester United.
Both clubs would be able to sign him for nothing when his contract expires in 2021, which has put Leipzig in a difficult situation this summer.
The Bundesliga club want to cash in on the talented 21-year-old rather than let him leave for free.
'BALL IN YOUR COURT
Arsenal are reportedly looking to sign midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan again for next season with Mikel Arteta confirming talks are being made.
The 23-year-old has become a key player for the Gunners since the restart of football – starting in the last four Premier League games.
And he came off the bench last weekend to send the North Londoners into the FA Cup semi-final after scoring an injury time winner away at Sheffield United.
SunSport exclusively revealed last month that Arsenal were not looking to permanently sign the Spaniard once his loan spell expires at the end of the season.
But it appears that the club still want him on their books, with the Times claiming Arsenal want Ceballos until 2021.
They state that the player has accepted the fact he will not feature regularly under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette could reportedly be on his way out of the club this summer with three European heavyweights interested.
Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid are all interested in signing the 29-year-old, according to L’Equipe.
Lacazette has endured a tough season that has culminated in him losing his place in the team on Project Restart to rookie Eddie Nketiah.
The French striker has netted 10 goals in 32 games this season, but he will do well to hit the 19 he bagged last campaign.
Despite his struggles however, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen for the former Lyon man to stay at the Emirates.
Lacazette was Arsenal’s record signing when he joined in a £54million move from Lyon in 2017.
GO TO SLEEP
Sokratis Papastathopoulos branded Granit Xhaka the Greek word for w***** during a hilarious Instagram exchange.
The Swiss midfielder posted a photo on his account with a smile on his face during training.
And Sokratis, 32, replied: “Go to sleep re malaka every day you post foto!!!”
It turns out 'malaka' is a rude word, translating as the Greek for w*****.
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Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal are in talks with Real Madrid about Dani Ceballos.
“Yeah, we are talking to the club,” Arteta said when asked if he was aiming to retain Ceballos’s services.
“Obviously we don’t own the player, he’s not in our hands so the clubs will need to have a communication and see what we can do.
“I’m really happy with him, the way he’s evolving, and I love how much he likes to play football – the passion he puts into every training session and every game, you just have to see his celebrations.
“I think he’s evolving in the right way and he’s becoming a really important player for us.
“We have to be open to different situations. And I think the market will give us the opportunity to do certain deals like this [swaps] but at the moment I cannot comment on any of that.”
GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS
Matteo Guendouzi has been made to train alone for the last two weeks, according to reports.
The fiery 21-year-old was involved in a scuffle with Neal Maupay following the Gunners' 2-1 defeat to Brighton on June 20.
He has subsequently failed to even make a matchday squad as Arsenal have won their four matches since.
And according to The Athletic, the Frenchman has been training alone with a fitness coach, on instruction from boss Mikel Arteta.
The rift has gotten so deep, that the Gunners are considering cutting ties with their talented, if volatile, schemer this summer.
Guendouzi could even be used in a swap deal, with Arsenal chiefs to meet with the players' representatives in the coming days.
The likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are believed to be interested in the France Under-21 international.
Elsewhere, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s bother Willy has hit out for playing the striker on the wing.
During an Instagram Live chat with the Gunners forward, he said: “I like Mikel, he's a good coach.
“He's a good coach but I don't like when he puts my brother on the left.
“I don't like this, but he's a good coach.”
And Thomas Partey reportedly wants his transfer to Arsenal completed “as quickly as possible” to avoid falling out with the Atletico Madrid brass.
The 27-year-old midfielder has emerged as a priority signing for Mikel Arteta, with Partey too wanting the Emirates switch.
According to Jordan Choco, the player has informed Atletico he does not want to clash with their hierarchy and instead hopes for a deal to be wrapped up quickly.
Emiliano Martinez has moved to defend error-strewn Arsenal defenders David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi.
He told Sky Sports: “David has been at the top for so many years and it's the same with Musti.
“Sometimes when you make mistakes at big clubs you get punished. With Arsenal, people always seem to blame the defence for defeats. But I feel really safe behind them.
“They have experience and they are constantly talking through the whole game. When you play behind them, it's not like what people say. It's not, 'Oh, they make mistakes, they don't know how to play football'.
“I feel really safe, and now that we've kept three clean sheets on the bounce in the Premier League, people are starting to say that the defence is actually solid.”
GUEN GOING GONE
Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi has been training alone since his red card in the 2-1 defeat at Brighton.
The Atheltic claim that the Gunners are keen to move on the 21-year-old France midfielder and have offered him for sale or as part of a swap deal.
Emiliano Martinez has hailed former teammate Mikel Arteta's managerial skills since he returned to Arsenal.
He told Sky Sports: “We knew Mikel would be a good manager when he signed here, but we didn't know he would be this good.
“He is incredible. He knows how to deal with experienced players, with young players. He gives us a gameplan against anybody and gives us hope when we do the training sessions.
“He knows what position you have to be in in every department, whether you are a goalkeeper, a striker or a left-winger. And then, when we go into the games, those scenarios we worked on in training actually happen, so we start believing in every word that he says.
“When he says something now, we are so willing to listen to him because we know he will take us to another level. That's Arteta.”
Emiliano Martinez has opened up on seizing his chance at Arsenal.
He told Sky Sports: “It's been up and down in my Arsenal career, to be honest.
“There was something I had inside me that said, 'Why am I not getting my chance in the club that I love?' But God always puts you in the right place at the right time. I've worked really hard over the years and been really patient and now I'm getting the rewards.
“I always believed I could do it here and the club always believed in me as well.
“That's one of the reasons I stayed here for so long. They always believed I could become the No 1. That motivation kept me going and it's not like I haven't been progressing over the years. I was always progressing and pushing my career forward.”
RAK ON THE RADAR
Arsenal and Manchester United are both on red alert after reports Barcelona will reduce Ivan Rakitic's transfer fee to enable a sale.
The Catalan giants are willing to let the Croatian midfielder leave, but in order to avoid losing him on a free have slashed his asking price.
Spanish newspaper Sport report the club are not hiding the fact that they are prepared to allow Rakitic to leave after he slipped down boss Quique Setien's pecking order.
Barca bosses have no current plans to extend his deal and he is therefore on the market.
The former Sevilla man is in no rush to quit the Nou Camp, however, and refused to leave in January when United previously came calling.
But the Red Devils were thwarted by Rakitic's wife Raquel who wanted to remain in Catalonia.
Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus with his future at the Emirates unclear, according to reports.
The pacy Spaniard has been an ever-present, when fit, for the Gunners over the last few years.
But he now faces competition for a spot in the starting line-up form Cedric Soares, who was signed on a permanent deal last week.
And The Express report PSG are monitoring the 25-year-old with Juventus and Bayern also poised to swoop.
Southampton loanee Soares put pen to paper on a four-year deal casting doubt on Bellerin's first choice status.
Ben Chilwell and James Maddison are both injury doubts for Leicester's crunch clash with Arsenal.
The news will come as a major boost to Gunners boss Mikel Arteta as the race for a spot in Europe heats up.
On Monday, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed that he has been hit with a selection headache as Chilwell and Maddison continue to recover from injuries.
Maddison missed Saturday's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace with a hip injury, while Chilwell was substituted at the break after suffering a foot injury at the King Power Stadium.
Rodgers said: “We've got doubts over James Maddison and Ben Chilwell. They could be the two who could struggle.
“We just have to wait and see. Ben's (injury) is at the bottom of his foot, it's giving him pain.
“We'll see what the specialist says, sometimes you can play through it.”
Arsenal's new 2020-21 home shirt appears to have been leaked again, as rapper Raks has posted a picture of himself wearing the Adidas design.
The sportswear giants blundered last month, accidentally revealing the new shirt on their Canadian website.
And Raks appears to have bagged himself the top early.
The rapper, whose videos can be found on IGTV, posted an image of himself sitting at his laptop while wearing the new design.
He also made the image his profile picture, proudly showing off his team colours.
The snap shows a deep red jersey with a triangular, tessellated design.
Exclusive by Robert Grieve: Crystal Palace are plotting a £25million swoop for Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard.
The Eagles are long-time admirers of Hoops hero French Eddy, with their scouts watching him in action throughout last season.
And SunSport understands Palace are now weighing up an ambitious move to see if they can tempt the Scottish champions to part with their best player.
Celtic have made it clear the prolific striker is NOT for sale ahead of their historic ten-in-a-row bid.
Arsenal fans have recalled a social media post by Allan Saint-Maximin following speculation linking the winger with a move to Mikel Arteta's side.
The Frenchman posted a snap of his child wearing a Gunners strip months ago that has sicne resurfaced on Twitter.
Arsenal host Leicester at the Emirates tomorrow night hoping to build on their impressive win at Wolves last time out.
And the Gunners could welcome Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette back into the starting XI after both missed out at Molineux.
WORK OF ART
Mikel Arteta has transformed Arsenal's fortunes since replacing Unai Emery in December.
Based on results since January 1, 2020 the Gunners sit third in the Premier League table.
Arsenal host Leicester City in the Premier League tomorrow night.
It's an 8.15pm KO at the Emirates but the Gunners have no new injury concerns from Saturday's win over Wolves.
Mesut Ozil is being assessed over a sore back.
Nicolas Pepe is expected to be back in contention after missing out last time as his wife was giving birth.
Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has been offered to archrivals Spurs by Juventus.
According to The Telegraph, Ramsey has been offered to Tottenham in exchange for Tanguy Ndombele.
But Jose Mourinho's side have rejected the swap deal for record-signing Ndombele.
Ramsey has flopped at Juve since joining for free last summer and looks to be on his way out as the Italian side wish to cut him from the wage bill.
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