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Arsenal continued their emphatic start to pre-season yesterday as they beat Nurnberg 5-3 in Germany. The Gunners were 2-0 down at the interval, but five second-half goals – including two from Gabriel Jesus on debut – ensured victory for Mikel Arteta’s men.

Attention will now be turned to their pre-season tour of the US, where they will face Everton on July 17.

In the meantime, Edu and co. will be working tirelessly off the pitch to help bolster Arteta’s squad ahead of the new season. Plenty of names continue to be linked, including Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Leicester City star, Youri Tielemans.

With that in mind, sit back and let football.london bring you all the latest Arsenal related news.

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According to The Athletic, Manchester City defender Olexandr Zinchenko could stay at the Etihad Stadium despite interest from the likes of Arsenal and Everton.

Lyon playmaker Lucas Paqueta is open to a move to Arsenal this summer, according to French outlet Media Foot.

The Brazilian international has also been linked with a move to Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal hero Paul Merson has claimed that Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans would fit in at his old club.

“Youri Tielemans would fit nicely at Arsenal if James Ward-Prowse takes the soft option and stays at Southampton,” Merson told the DailyStar.

According to French outlet Lequipe, Marseille President Pablo Longoria is currently working on a loan deal to try and sign Arsenal fullback Nuno Tavares.

Arsenal frontman Gabriel Jesus has admitted he enjoyed playing with fellow striker Eddie Nketiah against Nurnberg on Friday.

“Two strikers, it was a little bit different. It was so good to play with him,” the Brazilian said after the game.

Edu has finally spoken about Arsenal’s transfer hopes for the first time since the signing of Fabio Vieira.

AFTV caught up with the technical director ahead of the preseason game with Nurnberg and cheekily asked if signings were coming.

“We never talk about players that are not ours. As I said before, we can still improve the team in the market and we’re going to try to do it, but I won’t go into any specific names,” he said after the 5-3 win over Nurnberg.

Mikel Arteta has decided to call up Lucas Torreira for Arsenal’s preseason tour of the United States.

Despite the midfielder saying there was ‘no chance’ he would play for Arsenal, the Gunners manager has made a big call this summer.

Previously linked with a move to Arsenal, Club Brugge forward Charles de Ketelaere looks to be on his way to Serie A with a new bid from Milan on the horizon.

German outlet BILD have claimed that Bernd Leno was not involved in Arsenal’s friendly against Nurnberg due to the impending switch to Premier League side Fulham.

French outlet Media Foot have claimed that Arsenal are ‘pushing’ to sign Lyon playmaker Lucas Paqueta. The move is taking play ‘behind-the-scenes’ which makes sense considering football.london revealed the club have implemented strategies to limit leaks of their transfer business.

According to today’s edition of L’Equipe, Marseille President Pablo Longoria is working on securing a loan deal for Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares.

The clubs have an excellent relationship after the deals for William Saliba, Matteo Gunedouzi and Sead Kolasinac.

Speaking after the 5-3 win over Nurnberg, Mohamed Elneny, who captained the side in the second half, spoke of title ambitions

“I think we pushed really hard to be top four last season but unlucky we didn’t make it,” said Elneny. “But this season we go again, and we try to win the league, to try to do as much as we can to put this Arsenal football club to the place they deserve.

According to transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, Lazio are demanding a fee of around £75m for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Speaking to Wettfreunde, he said: “I don’t think they will come to an agreement. [Claudio] Lotio wants a lot of money for his players. I don’t think any club will pay the price they ask.

Even with Arsenal’s style of play, I don’t think he’s the right player for them. He’s a very good player, even off the ball. I think he could be a better fit for Manchester United or Chelsea.

At the moment there is no club willing to invest the £75m Lazio are asking for Milinkovic-Savic. So I think it’s very difficult for him to leave Lazio at the moment.”

Arsenal are ‘pushing’ hard to beat Newcastle United to sign Lyon star Lucas Paqueta, according to French outlet Media Foot.

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Along with the lengthy transfer saga that involved Gabriel Jesus, there were the intensifying links to Youri Tielemans which suggested he too would become an Arsenal player. However, that hasn’t proven to be the case, at least not yet.

football.london understands that talks between the club and Tielemans’ representatives have been ongoing for a number of months, though an official bid is yet to be made. Various reports claim that personal terms have already been discussed and that the player is eager to join.

Arsenal have been linked to several names already this summer, but it is the lack of movement surrounding Tielemans that’s left supporters confused when he’s there for the taking. Additionally, its believed that a deal could cost just £25million due to his contract situation.

A new midfielder has already arrived in north London this summer after Fabio Vieira signed from FC Porto and although the Portugal U21 international can play in central midfield, he is very attacking-minded and operates best as a No.10. Because of this, it’s unlikely that the addition of Vieira is directly linked to a move for Tielemans.

It would seem that it’s more connected to the numbers Arsenal already have in that area of the pitch, and one of the players that are contributing to that number is Lucas Torreira. The Uruguayan spent last season out on loan at Fiorentina and enjoyed a successful spell with the Serie A side.

It was expected that Torreira would complete a permanent switch to the club this summer, although there were people “acting in a bad way” who “managed to prevent this from happening”, the player confirmed.

So as of today, Torreira remains under contract at Arsenal and he may well find himself on the plane with the rest of the squad as they fly out to America next week to continue their pre-season. That’s according to his agent, who says the Gunners have requested that his client now returns to London.

“Torreira to Juve? In fact, he would like to stay and play in Italy, but today Arsenal has called him up for the tour they will do in America, so he seems to be part of the program,” he told Sport Italia via JuventusNews24.

What happens with Tielemans remains to be seen, but if reports are to be believed, it appears that Arsenal have already laid out much of the groundwork in order to wrap things up swiftly.

It’s possible that the plan is to wait until the futures of certain players like Torreira are resolved before potentially revisiting a deal later down the line. Either that or other priorities are currently being worked on, which of course cannot be ruled out.

Arsenal chief Edu claims the club are “working on” more arrivals this summer.


The Gunners’ technical director was quizzed during their pre-season tour and clearly isn’t resting on his laurels despite completing some big deals already. Mikel Arteta has seen Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira arrive for big money, whilst Marquinhos and Matt Turner have also moved to the Emirates.

Arsenal were in need of a new No. 9 after losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in recent months, whilst Vieira is highly-rated in his native Portugal. The North Londoners narrowly missed out on the top four last term and Edu is looking to invest to ensure they return to the Champions League.

Renowned YouTube channel AFTV asked: “Some signings coming, please?” Edu simply replied whilst smiling: “Working on it, yes, we’re working on it.” Arsenal invested over £100million last summer on the likes of Martin Odegaard, Benjamin White and Aaron Ramsdale.

This summer, they could yet spend a similar amount as they continue to be linked with a host of players including Leicester ‘s Youri Tielemans, Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez and Lucas Paqueta of Lyon. Arteta recently told reporters about the chances of more business: “There are more things that we would like to do if we can. Obviously the market will dictate what we can do. So far we are happy with what we have done.”

Asked specifically about Tielemans, Arteta replied: “We can improve the team still in the market and we are going to try and do it, but we are not going to go into any specific names.” The Belgian’s contract at the King Power Stadium will soon expire, which may force the Foxes to cash in.

Arsenal have also welcomed back William Saliba from his loan spell in France and the centre-half could finally be given a chance to impress under Arteta. A new central midfielder appears to be on the radar with Granit Xhaka previously looking to leave the Emirates.

A full-back is also on the shortlist after the Gunners missed out on Aaron Hickey, who has joined Brentford. Kieran Tierney has been hampered by injury issues and cover is needed, especially with Arteta seemingly unsure on Nuno Taveres, who joined last year. Raphinha has been linked with a move to Arsenal previously but those rumours have eased in recent weeks, with Chelsea and Barcelona appearing to lead the race for the Leeds United winger.

It doesn’t take much for an Arsenal transfer theory to catch fire as not much gets past supporters when it comes to potential new signings.

And following Friday afternoon’s 5-3 pre-season friendly win over FC Nurnberg, there is a section of the Gunners fanbase that is getting rather excited about the idea of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans possibly becoming the club’s fifth arrival so far this summer.

The reason for this is mainly down to what could have been an accidental slip of the tongue or just a complete coincidence from the Arsenal commentary team whilst providing coverage of the game in Germany as many listeners took note of rumoured transfer targets such as Tielemans, Paulo Dybala and Lisandro Martinez being mentioned.

But it was a rather surprising four-word claim regarding the Belgium international that has triggered a stunning transfer theory amongst some fans on social media as many picked up on the commentator stating: “With Tielemans coming in” at one point during the second half.

Now, football.london understands that Arsenal do hold an interest in Tielemans having held meetings with his representatives at London Colney. However, there is little sign that a deal is close as things have cooled off recently with the club now being linked with alternatives.

In the past week alone, Ismael Bennacer – a former Gunners player currently at AC Milan – Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta and Lens’ Seko Fofana are just some of the midfielders to have been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium before the summer transfer window closes.

With that said, whilst revealing that Arsenal are still in the market to bolster their squad after completing deals for Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Gabriel Jesus, manager Mikel Arteta has refused to comment on any specific targets by name: “We never talk about players that are not ours,” he said after the win over Nurnberg.

“We can still improve the team in the market and we’re going to try to do it, but I won’t go into any specific names. There are more things that we would like to do if we can. But obviously, the market will dictate what we can do. So far we are happy with what we’ve done.”

Arsenal hero Paul Merson has told his old club to try and sign Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have already brought in four players this window, signing Brazilian duo Marquinhos and Gabriel Jesus as well as American shot-stopper Matt Turner and Portuguese playmaker Fabio Vieira. Another midfielder that has been heavily linked with a move in recent times is Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans.

football.london reported earlier this year that the Belgium international’s agent had a meeting with technical director Edu at the club’s London Colney training ground, with The north London club certainly interested in the player. football.london also understands that the Gunners have been holding off on finalising a deal but reports of other teams being interested in acquiring his services could potentially change their stance.

Now, Arsenal legend Merson has told his former club that Tielemans would be a good signing before claiming that Lazio maestro Milinkovic-Savic would be the best option for Mikel Arteta’s side. “Youri Tielemans would fit nicely at Arsenal if James Ward-Prowse takes the soft option and stays at Southampton,” he wrote for the DailyStar.

“I start to worry when that happens when a player plays it safe like that. What are you going to do, realistically, at Southampton? West Ham wanted Ward-Prowse and that would have been a good move for him too because they will finish above Saints.

“But I said before that Arsenal should have gone in for him. The thing is, if he’s staying at Southampton, maybe he doesn’t have the ambition? Leicester’s Tielemans would tick the box for Arsenal. He’d be a decent alternative. But Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is the player I would go for.

“If Arsenal get either of those two, they have had a major window. Now more than ever, Arsenal need a top-class midfielder to compete with the best. And I think Savic is a lovely player. A really top-drawer player. The way he played for Lazio last season, I personally think he is the best midfield player in Italy.

“I know Manchester United have been linked with him in the past, but why there isn’t a queue of clubs lining up to buy the Serbian, I do not know. I think a lot of clubs are missing a trick. The thing with Tielemans is that he plays in the Premier League. He already has the know-how. He’s proven. And Arsenal don’t have time for bedding players in.”

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