Coutinho can 'LEAVE Barcelona in summer', Aouar transfer BOOST, Odegaard future, Lacazette new contract latest

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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  • 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."

  • Jake Lambourne

    HEC OF A SIGNING

    Right-back Hector Bellerin has emerged as a summer target for LaLiga outfit Real Betis.

    The 26-year-old is expected to depart the Emirates in the summer after ten years spent at Arsenal.

    And according to ABC, the Spain international could be on his way back to his native country.

    They claim that contact has been made with his representatives about a move.

    Bellerin is said to be keen on a move back to Spain, with Betis identifying him as their main target.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOING, GOING, GUEN

    Marseille are reportedly keen on bringing Matteo Guendouzi back to France in the summer.

    The French midfielder – who will return from his loan spell at Hertha Berlin – faces an uncertain future at the Emirates after falling out with Mikel Arteta.

    And according to L'Equipe, the 22-year-old is being eyed up by the Ligue 1 giants.

    With just one year left on his deal, the Gunners could decide to cash in on the player.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PHIL YER BOOTS

    Arsenal have been given the green light to land Philippe Coutinho but will have to wait until July, according to reports.

    The Brazilian is just one of the names up for grabs from Barcelona this summer as they look to reduce their staggering wage bill.

    Arsenal looked into the possibility of landing Coutinho on loan last summer but were put off by the financial aspect of the deal and instead signed Martin Odegaard.

    However, they are set to reignite their interest with Everton also interested, according to Sky Sports.

    Coutinho is currently undergoing rehabilitation on knee surgery having been ruled out of action since January.

    He will hold off making a decision on his future until July when he can start training again.

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Kieran Tierney heard his knee ‘pop’ — and feared his Euros dream was over.

    The Arsenal star crashed to the ground in agony after a collision with Liverpool midfielder James Milner in a 3-0 home defeat on April 3.

    Feeling sharp pain from his left knee, Tierney became deeply concerned he could be destined for the operating theatre.

    He said: “I heard the pop from my knee and it immediately went through my mind ‘Is this bad? Is this my season done?’

    “I was worried about it being long term. Arsenal were on course for a European final and I didn’t want to miss the ties we had coming up or the end to the season.

    “Then there was Scotland and the Euros. There was everything to play for.”

    Meanwhile, Arsenal and Aston Villa are in a transfer fight for Emiliano Buendia, according to reports.

    The Norwich playmaker, 24, enjoyed a stunning season helping fire the Canaries to a second Championship promotion in his three years at Carrow Road.

    Arsenal were linked with him last year and look set to revive their interest.

    According to The Telegraph, the Gunners may be forced to act quickly if they want to secure the Argentine.

    It is thought Aston Villa are prioritising a new No10 and preparing a bid.

    And finally, Patrick Vieira has begged Arsenal’s owners to sell up as he confirmed that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek will return with another takeover offer.

    The Frenchman, 44, told the ITV Football Show Podcast: “In the last couple of years I believe that the club didn’t take the right direction.

    “And I think it is time for change. If the change doesn’t happen, I believe that Arsenal will be in a difficult position.

    “We can only make a judgement from outside. We watch every single Arsenal game and it is difficult to recognise the club that we used to play for.

    “It’s difficult to understand the reasons why Arsenal went down the last couple of years but obviously losing Arsene [Wenger] and not finding the right sort of crew to handle the fact that Arsene wasn’t there wasn’t in place.

    “And I think every single year Arsenal didn’t get through to the Champions League or even this year to the Europa League. So this is a big disappointment for all of us as Arsenal fans.

    “But we get to the time where everybody at the club, the Kroenke’s need to get more involved to take Arsenal back where the club should be.

    “If that’s not the case, I think it is time for them to let the club go and let somebody else take care of the football club.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TIER JERKER

    Exclusive by Derek McGregor: Kieran Tierney heard his knee ‘pop’ — and feared his Euros dream was over.

    The Arsenal star crashed to the ground in agony after a collision with Liverpool midfielder James Milner in a 3-0 home defeat on April 3.

    Feeling sharp pain from his left knee, Tierney became deeply concerned he could be destined for the operating theatre.

    He said: “I heard the pop from my knee and it immediately went through my mind ‘Is this bad? Is this my season done?’

    “I was worried about it being long term. Arsenal were on course for a European final and I didn’t want to miss the ties we had coming up or the end to the season.

    “Then there was Scotland and the Euros. There was everything to play for.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FINAL COUNT

    The FA have confirmed that an extra 2,000 tickets have been made available for the Championship play-off final on Saturday.

    Brentford and Swansea City will do battle at Wembley for a place in the Premier League.

    The Bees currently boast Arsenal academy star Josh Dasilva who swapped Hale End for west London back in 2018.

  • Joe Brophy

    BUEN BATTLE

    Arsenal and Aston Villa are in a transfer fight for Emiliano Buendia, according to reports.

    The Norwich playmaker, 24, enjoyed a stunning season helping fire the Canaries to a second Championship promotion in his three years at Carrow Road.

    Arsenal were linked with him last year and look set to revive their interest.

    According to The Telegraph, the Gunners may be forced to act quickly if they want to secure the Argentine.

    It is thought Aston Villa are prioritising a new No10 and preparing a bid.

  • Joe Brophy

    FIELD OF DREAMS

    Throwback to that memorable night at Anfield back in 1989…

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  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT THE EK

    Patrick Vieira has begged Arsenal's owners to sell up as he confirmed that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek will return with another takeover offer.

    The Frenchman, 44, told the ITV Football Show Podcast: “In the last couple of years I believe that the club didn’t take the right direction.

    “And I think it is time for change. If the change doesn’t happen, I believe that Arsenal will be in a difficult position.

    “We can only make a judgement from outside. We watch every single Arsenal game and it is difficult to recognise the club that we used to play for.

    “It’s difficult to understand the reasons why Arsenal went down the last couple of years but obviously losing Arsene [Wenger] and not finding the right sort of crew to handle the fact that Arsene wasn’t there wasn’t in place.

    “And I think every single year Arsenal didn’t get through to the Champions League or even this year to the Europa League. So this is a big disappointment for all of us as Arsenal fans.

    “But we get to the time where everybody at the club, the Kroenke’s need to get more involved to take Arsenal back where the club should be.

    “If that’s not the case, I think it is time for them to let the club go and let somebody else take care of the football club.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WRIGHT IDEA

    Ian Wright made a Gooner's day by sharing a social media post pleading for Arsenal's Women's Champions League games to be played at the Emirates.

  • Joe Brophy

    ONE IN A MIL

    Former Arsenal star Olivier Giroud is reportedly keen on joining AC Milan when his Chelsea deal expires this summer.

    French magazine Le10Sport claims the Chelsea striker, 34, is certain to leave Stamford Bridge after Saturday’s Champions League final.

    And he now has the San Siro in his sights.

    Giroud has been at Chelsea since 2018 after a move from London rivals Arsenal and has gone on to score 39 goals in 119 games, as well as winning the Europa League.

  • Joe Brophy

    TAP HIM UP

    Arsenal are reportedly in negotiations to prise highly-rated centre-back Edmond Tapsoba away from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

    The 22-year-old has been earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga since joining the German side from from Portuguese outfit Vitoria in January 2020.

    Manchester United have also been linked with a move for the Burkina Faso international having scouted him this season.

    And according to Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari, Arsenal have joined the race to sign the defender.

    He has claimed that the player is at the top of Mikel Arteta's wishlist as he looks to bolster his backline.

  • Joe Brophy

    WIL I NEVER

    Willian is keen to quit Arsenal and re-join Chelsea just 12 months after leaving on a free, according to reports.

    The Brazilian forward, 32, walked away from Stamford Bridge last year after the Blues refused to offer him a three-year contract extension.

    After a difficult first season at the Emirates, it is now believed Willian is keen to quit the club – with a number of sides monitoring his situation.

    The winger is said to have offers from across Europe, with David Beckham’s Inter Miami also eyeing a move.

    But Sky Sports now say Willian is keen to head back to Chelsea, where he played over 300 times in seven years – helping the club win two Premier League crowns.

  • Joe Brophy

    WIL I NEVER

    Arsenal's rivals Spurs have joined the race for former Gunners target Wilfried Zaha.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Brighton have joined the race for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

    The French forward, 23, is also being chased by Leicester and Arsenal.

    But the Seagulls hope their promise of a regular starting berth could convince Edouard to head to the South Coast.

    Former Paris Saint-Germain kid Edouard may find it difficult to dislodge first-choice Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho should he go to the FA Cup-winning Foxes.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal’s interest is understood to be dependent on whether Alexandre Lacazette stays or goes this summer.

  • Joe Brophy

    FANDEMONIUM

    A closer look at the first time fans were allowed back in at the Emirates.

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  • Joe Brophy

    CAM AND GET ME

    Arsenal have been dealt a blow following reports that Eduardo Camavinga has his heart set on Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Rennes midfielder, 18, is one of Europe’s hottest properties following yet another brilliant season.

    And it appears his head has been turned after telling Rennes he won’t be signing a new contract.

    Camavinga has just a year left on his current deal meaning the club will be forced to flog him this summer or lose him for nothing.

    Unfortunately, RMC Sport claim Rennes are prepared to play hardball having slapped a £100million price-tag on their star man.

  • Joe Brophy

    HOUSS OF CARDS

    Arsenal have been given a major boost in their quest to sign Houssem Aouar with the Lyon midfielder reportedly available for £25million.

    The Gunners were heavily linked with a move to sign the 22-year-old last summer, but were priced out of a deal to bring the Frenchman to the Emirates.

    But L’Equipe now claim Aouar’s price tag this summer is over half of the £54m Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was previously demanding.

    They state that an offer between £22m-£25m could be enough to prise the player away from the Groupama Stadium.

    That is because Lyon failed to qualify for the Champions League after Gunners loan star William Saliba scored the winner in Sunday’s 3-2 victory.

  • Dylan Terry

    BUEN BATTLE

    Arsenal and Aston Villa are in a transfer fight for Emiliano Buendia, according to reports.

    The Norwich playmaker, 24, enjoyed a stunning season helping fire the Canaries to a second Championship promotion in his three years at Carrow Road.

    But Daniel Farke faces a huge battle keeping hold of his star man this summer.

    Arsenal were linked with him last year and look set to revive their interest.

    According to The Telegraph, the Gunners may be forced to act quickly if they want to secure the Argentine.

    It is thought Aston Villa are prioritising a new No10 and preparing a bid.

  • Dylan Terry

    THAT'S A WRAP

    Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has got his Lamborghini Aventador wrapped in holographic.

    The 31-year-old has had his £270,000 luxury vehicle re-wrapped after having his chrome gold wrap removed last week.

    Aubameyang is a known lover of supercars, with the Gabon international boasting a £2m Ferrari in his incredible collection.

    The former Borussia Dortmund striker is also the proud owner of four Lamborghini's as well as a Porsche Panamera Turbo Techart, Range Rover Sport Mansory and an Audi R8 V10.

    And he often gets his motors wrapped by celebrity car customiser Yianni Charalambous, who took off the gold wrapping he put on in 2018.

    And Yianni has taken to social media to show off the new look of the Aventador in a picture he shared to his 1.3 million Instagram followers.

    Captioning the image, he said: "Football season is finished so that means players cars need to be wrapped and sent abroad for the summer.

    "Lamborghini Avenatdor Roadster stripped from chrome gold and now re-wrapped in holographic."

  • Dylan Terry

    GUNNERS SWAP?

    Nikita Parris could be on her way to Arsenal in a sensational switch that would see Vivianne Miedema move to French giants Lyon.

    Both clubs are reported to be mulling over a swap deal with the WSL hot shot entering the final year of her Gunners contract, according to The Guardian.

    Arsenal have been looking to tie Miedema down to a new contract for this year. 

    In January former boss Joe Montemurro brushed off speculation of Lyon’s interest in the forward, who has netted 60 goals in 67 appearances for the Gunners. 

    But it is thought the club, who signed Japan forward Mana Iwabuchi, are reluctant to allow the Netherlands superstar to leave on a free transfer next summer. 

    Miedema, 24, has been heavily linked with a move to Lyon, who are one of the most dominant forces in women’s football in Europe. 

    The French outfit currently hold the record for the most top-flight title wins in France with 14 Ligue One Women’s crowns. 

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