Bissouma latest, Coutinho can 'LEAVE Barcelona in summer', Aouar transfer BOOST, Odegaard future latest news

ARSENAL will have to wait until July to approach Phillipe Coutinho – but the Brazilian is reportedly free to leave Barcelona.

Reports also suggest that the Gunners could land long-term target Houssem Aouar for just £25m after Lyon missed out on the Champions League.

We've also the very latest on Martin Odegaard, as well as an update on Alexandre Lacazette's Emirates future.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    WHAT A PHIL-ING

    Barcelona could let Arsenal transfer target Philippe Coutinho go in the summer.

    That is according to Sky Sports, who claim that Coutinho's turbulent stint at Barca is likely to end soon.

    However, the Blaugrana are not willing to let the ex-Liverpool star go before July as he continues his rehabilitation from a number of injury problems.

    The attacking midfielder has had three separate surgeries on his knee alone since January

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  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,

    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has reportedly opened talks with Roma over a shock transfer to link up with Jose Mourinho.

    The Gunners finished the season in eighth meaning the Emirates outfit will be without European football for the first time in over two decades.

    And Arteta is expected to oversee a mass exodus from north London with the likes of David Luiz, 34, already confirmed to be leaving.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has now claimed that Xhaka is among the players with offers to quit Arsenal this summer.

    The report adds that former Tottenham boss Mourinho is a fan and has already begun talks to bring the Swiss international with him to Roma.

    A return to the Bundesliga where Xhaka spent four years at Borussia Monchengladbach has also been mooted.

    Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah is reportedly wanted by Brighton.

    And that could spark a swap deal involving highly-rated Gunners target Yves Bissouma, 24.

    Latest Brighton claims Graham Potter is targeting a move for Nketiah, 21, in order to prevent another season battling relegation.

    The likes of Danny Welbeck and Neil Maupay failed to hit the target regularly, forcing Brighton to scrap for their top-flight status for the entire campaign.

    Nketiah is facing a bleak future at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette set to stay put.

    Fellow youngster Folarin Balogun has also signed a new deal under the premise of more first-team football.

    And finally, Real Betis are looking to sign Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin this summer, according to reports.

    The Spanish right-back, 26, is set to be sold this summer with boss Mikel Arteta looking to move on from a host of big-name stars.

    Bellerin is joined by the likes of Bernd Leno and Matteo Guendouzi on Arteta’s list, with the Gunners looking to raise about £35million in transfer funds.

    Now Bellerin – Arsenal’s current longest-serving player – is a target for boyhood club Real Betis.

    The LaLiga side want to sign the full-back initially on a loan deal with a view to buy, say reports in Spain.

  • Joe Brophy

    PEP TALK

    A potential swap deal for Yves Bissouma will not only lower the Brighton star's fee but also secure Nicolas Pepe's spot at the top of this list.

  • Joe Brophy

    ED HUNTER

    Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah is reportedly wanted by Brighton.

    And that could spark a swap deal involving highly-rated Gunners target Yves Bissouma, 24.

    Latest Brighton claims Graham Potter is targeting a move for Nketiah, 21, in order to prevent another season battling relegation.

    The likes of Danny Welbeck and Neil Maupay failed to hit the target regularly, forcing Brighton to scrap for their top-flight status for the entire campaign.

    Nketiah is facing a bleak future at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette set to stay put.

    Fellow youngster Folarin Balogun has also signed a new deal under the premise of more first-team football.

  • Joe Brophy

    ARSENE IN

    Arsenal fans have been sending a lot of love to former manager Arsene Wenger.

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  • Joe Brophy

    BRIGHT IDEA

    Arsenal are reportedly battling Liverpool for the signing of Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.

    The Mali international, 24, is expected to depart the Amex Stadium in the summer.

    Commenting on his future, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Yves Bissouma is appreciated and he’s ‘one of the options’ in the Arsenal list as midfielder but NOT the first one.

    “Arsenal are also looking at different kind of players in this position.

    “Many clubs are interested in Bissouma – Liverpool too. The race is open.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TIER DROP

    Andy Robertson believes Arsenal star Kieran Tierney's attitude will turn him into an even greater player in the future.

    He told PLZ Soccer: "KT [Tierney] is a fantastic, fantastic footballer.

    "He’s a pleasure to play alongside, when we play five at the back, me and him have got the balance right defensively and we’ve proven to people that we can play in the same team, which some people doubted, and you know, KT I’ve got a lot of time for him as a person and as a footballer, he’s an incredible player.

    "He’s still young, people forget that he has a lot of potential ahead of him to get even better and he already is a fantastic player, but he’ll only get better and better with his attitude."

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT THE HEC

    Real Betis are looking to sign Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin this summer, according to reports.

    The Spanish right-back, 26, is set to be sold this summer with boss Mikel Arteta looking to move on from a host of big-name stars.

    Bellerin is joined by the likes of Bernd Leno and Matteo Guendouzi on Arteta's list, with the Gunners looking to raise about £35million in transfer funds.

    Now Bellerin – Arsenal's current longest-serving player – is a target for boyhood club Real Betis.

    The LaLiga side want to sign the full-back initially on a loan deal with a view to buy, say reports in Spain.

  • Joe Brophy

    JACK OUT OF THE BOX

    Jack Wilshere has been released by Bournemouth as his second spell with the club was brought to an end.

    Wilshere rejoined the Cherries in January, four years after he first left, and played 17 times for the club, scoring twice.

    He helped Bournemouth reach the play-offs after finishing sixth, but they were beaten by Brentford over two legs.

    Facing another season in the Championship, the Cherries confirmed Wilshere’s departure but wished him all the best.

    A statement read: “A class act on and off the pitch.

    “We’d like to thank Jack Wilshere for his efforts since returning to the club and wish him all the best moving forward.”

  • Joe Brophy

    AWARD SEASON

    Arsenal may be tempted to hand Alexandre Lacazette a new deal should fans name him their player of the season.

  • Joe Brophy

    OUT OF LAC?

    Arsenal reportedly remain undecided whether to hand Alexandre Lacazette a new contract.

    The 29-year-old French striker – who has top scored for the Gunners this season with 17 goals – has just a year left on his deal.

    Commenting on future, Goal journalist Charles Watts said on his YouTube channel: “Lacazette’s future is going to be decided very, very soon.

    “I think we’ll find out very quickly about what’s happening with Alexandre Lacazette.

    “Talks are being held over the next couple of weeks or so with him regarding his new contract, possible new contract, or whether he moves on.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TIERNEY ON THE EUROS

    Arsenal missed out on the Europa League final, losing in the semis to Villarreal.

    But Tierney is now rested for a big summer. He added: “I feel strong and I’m massively excited about the Euros.

    “It will be brilliant to be reunited with the squad again and we’ll be giving it everything we’ve got over the next month.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WILL I NEVER

    WIllian is 100 per cent leaving Arsenal this summer.

    That is according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who has declared he will NOT be joining another English side.

    It has been claimed that Willian was keen on a return to Chelsea, but Romano has ruled out that transfer.

    Speaking on his Here We Go podcast, he said: “Willian. Willian is leaving the club, I want to confirm that Willian is leaving the club.

    “There is nothing going on with other English clubs, but he’s leaving the club, so 100 per cent, Willian is going to leave.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ALL THE MOUR REASON

    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has reportedly opened talks with Roma over a shock transfer to link up with Jose Mourinho.

    The Gunners finished the season in eighth meaning the Emirates outfit will be without European football for the first time in over two decades.

    And Arteta is expected to oversee a mass exodus from north London with the likes of David Luiz, 34, already confirmed to be leaving.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has now claimed that Xhaka is among the players with offers to quit Arsenal this summer.

    The report adds that former Tottenham boss Mourinho is a fan and has already begun talks to bring the Swiss international with him to Roma.

    A return to the Bundesliga where Xhaka spent four years at Borussia Monchengladbach has also been mooted.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LOAN RANGER

    Arsenal defender Konstantinos Macropanos could reportedly be yet again shipped out on loan next season.

    According to Kicker, Stuttgart – where Mavropanos has enjoyed this campaign at – are keen on keeping hold of the Greece international on loan once more.

    And that deal could include an option to buy clause.

    But it has been claimed that Lazio are also in the race to lure the centre-back away from the Emirates.

    Mavropanos has featured in eight games for the Gunners since he made the move to North London in January 2018.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BOY WONDERS

    Take a look at Arsenal's latest instalment of their 'UnClassic Commentary' series.

    The latest episode involved Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe covering the 2-0 Premier League win over Newcastle in January.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BISSOUMA BATTLE

    Arsenal are reportedly battling Liverpool for the signing of Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.

    The Mali international, 24, is expected to depart the Amex Stadium in the summer.

    Commenting on his future, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted: "Yves Bissouma is appreciated and he’s ‘one of the options’ in the Arsenal list as midfielder but NOT the first one.

    "Arsenal are also looking at different kind of players in this position.

    "Many clubs are interested in Bissouma – Liverpool too. The race is open."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAKE XHAK

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka could be set for a summer switch to Roma to link up with Jose Mourinho.

    According to Di Marzio, the Serie A side are desperate to bring the Swiss international to Italy.

    And is has been stated that Roma are already in talks with his representatives over a move.

    German clubs are also monitoring his situation should the Gunners decide to sell him.

    Xhaka has arguably been Arsenal's most consistent midfielder this term, with Mikel Arteta putting huge trust in him.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HIT THE ROAD JACK

    Jack Wilshere has declared he is unsure of what the future holds for him after being released by Bournemouth.

    Taking to Instagram, he said: “Thank you to everyone @officialafcb for the last five months.

    “My team-mates, All the staff and especially the fans. You were amazing last time and continued to support me this time.

    “Being honest, I don’t know if this is the end. The coming weeks will tell.

    “Unfortunately we didn’t reach our goal of promotion but there is plenty of positives and experience to take into next year to get this club back where it belongs!

    “Have a good summer.”

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  • Jake Lambourne

    JACK-ED IT IN

    Jack Wilshere has been released by Bournemouth as his second spell with the club was brought to an end.

    Wilshere rejoined the Cherries in January, four years after he first left, and played 17 times for the club, scoring twice.

    He helped Bournemouth reach the play-offs after finishing sixth, but they were beaten by Brentford over two legs.

    Facing another season in the Championship, the Cherries confirmed Wilshere's departure but wished him all the best.

    A statement read: "A class act on and off the pitch.

    "We'd like to thank Jack Wilshere for his efforts since returning to the club and wish him all the best moving forward."

  • Jake Lambourne

    HOW ABOUT MAT?

    Matteo Guendouzi has lauded former boss Unai Emery's style of play as Villarreal were crowned as Europa League champions.

    And the French midfielder – who was signed by the Spanisrd at Arsenal – has taken to social media to congratulate Emery on his fourth trophy.

    He tweeted: "What a journey! This Football… so smart and elegant! You made the dream of an entire city, of a club, a team, and of all the fans come true! You did it!

    "You know how to win trophies! Hats off Monsieur Emery. You are so unique."

    Bedore adding: "I am honoured and proud to have had the opportunity to evolve by your side.

    "Words will never be strong enough to qualify your personality, your benevolence and your authenticity in human relationships. All my congratulations coach Unai Emery and bravo to Villarreal."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON THIS DAY

    Four years ago today, Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final.

    It was Per Mertesacker's first start and second appearance of the season.

    Relive his epic performance below.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    LAC RUN OUT?

    Arsenal reportedly remain undecided whether to hand Alexandre Lacazette a new contract.

    The 29-year-old French striker – who has top scored for the Gunners this season with 17 goals – has just a year left on his deal.

    Commenting on future, Goal journalist Charles Watts said on his YouTube channel: “Lacazette’s future is going to be decided very, very soon.

    “I think we’ll find out very quickly about what’s happening with Alexandre Lacazette.

    “Talks are being held over the next couple of weeks or so with him regarding his new contract, possible new contract, or whether he moves on.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    A GOOD EBENING

    Unai Emery has credited losing with Arsenal in the 2019 Europa League final as a key factor as to how Villarreal beat Man Utd last night.

    Speaking after the Europa League final victory in Gdansk, he said: "I believe it’s not a sporting revenge at all. I try to enjoy every moment, winning and losing.

    "I try to create new circumstances, so everywhere I have been, even in England at Arsenal, I have learnt a lot, met many people, other cultures and football.

    "At the end of that story was professional frustration, but some other doors opened then.

    "Winning today is a satisfaction, but for my club today, as it was when I was at Sevilla.

    "When I was at Arsenal, we played a Europa League final and could not win but it is a process, from that game I learnt a lot to win this one maybe."

  • Jake Lambourne

    WILL I NEVER

    WIllian is 100 per cent leaving Arsenal this summer.

    That is according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who has declared he will NOT be joining another English side.

    It has been claimed that Willian was keen on a return to Chelsea, but Romano has ruled out that transfer.

    Speaking on his Here We Go podcast, he said: "Willian. Willian is leaving the club, I want to confirm that Willian is leaving the club.

    "There is nothing going on with other English clubs, but he’s leaving the club, so 100 per cent, Willian is going to leave."

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