ARSENAL's are ready to up their bid for Houssem Aouar after being publicly knocked back by Lyon's president.
Meanwhile Thomas Partey is reportedly keen on joining the Gunners from Atletico Madrid, where he has had no progress in new contract talks and was benched in their emphatic win over Granada.
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TAKING THE MIK
Mikel Arteta has voiced his concerns about the players are set to go on international duty next month during the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “We have much more information right now than we had many months ago when that happened.
“The bubbles that the Premier League, the clubs and the Government have been able to create to try and keep everybody as safe as possible are working really, really well.
“But we all know that issue is still there.”
Before he added: “Obviously when everyone has to fly away to very different countries, I think at the moment it is a little bit of an experience.
“We don't know what the outcome is. We want to believe that they are going to follow a lot of things that implemented and working well so fingers crossed we don't get any bad news.”
Arsenal fans are convinced Thomas Partey will join them after he was left on the bench for Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone left him on the sidelines for today's LaLiga game against Granada.
one Arsenal fan said: “Thomas Partey is on the Atletico bench and he wasn't in their kit photoshoot either.
“Something is definitely happening behind the scenes.”
Another supporter said: “Partey on the bench for Atletico is good news.”
Football Pundit Graeme Souness believes Arsenal are ‘nowhere near’ challenging for the Premier League title.
Despite his damning verdict, he took the time to praise several Arsenal stars, including new signing Willan.
Writing for The Times Souness said: “Arsenal are nowhere near challenging for the Premier League.”
He went on to say: “I’ve always been a fan of Willian and have no fears that he still has a couple of years left at the highest.”
Gareth Bale has sent a message to Arsenal following his move back to Tottenham.
Bale, 31, has expressed his desire to get back involved in the North London derby.
He said: “It's always good to score in the North London Derby, and it's always better to be on the winning side.”
Arsenal are reportedly trailing AC Milan and Manchester United in the race to sign teenage sensation Alex Luna.
Luna, 16, has reportedly been scouted by Arsenal on a number of occasions, according to the Mirror.
The Mirror also claim that the Gunners are behind both United and Milan in the battle for his signature.
Arsenal remain determined to sign Thomas Partey this summer after seeing two offers rejected by Atletico Madrid.
Fans are convinced that Atletico Madrid are preparing for the departure of Partey, after the star was left on the bench for the La Liga clash with Granada.
This caused to mass speculation on Twitter with one fan saying: “Diego Simeone Preparing for Life without Partey. You love to see it.”
Arsenal have a rising talent coming through the under-18's ranks in the name of Marcelo Flores.
Flores, 16, has enjoyed an excellent start to the season and scored a brace yesterday as the U-18's beat Crystal Palace 3-2.
The Mexican youth international has already trained with the Arsenal first-team and is likely to be included in more if he continues with his impressive form.
Arsenal's Granit Xhaka is happy with the club's recruitment process this summer.
He expressed how new signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes have added “a lot of quality and mentality” to the Gunners’ dressing room.
Speaking on Willan he said: “Willian knows how to win titles.”
West Ham have identified Arsenal target Daniele Rugani as the man to help improve their defence.
The Gunners were interested in Rugani this summer as they aimed to strengthen their squad but didn't make a formal bid for the player.
The Hammers are the only club to have opened talks about the former Empoli defender, who played just 10 times in Serie A last season.
Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney has returned to full training ahead of the Premier League match against Liverpool on Monday.
Tierney was withdrawn from the Gunners' starting XI ahead of the 2-1 win against West Ham last week after suffering an injury in the warm-up.
But boss Mikel Arteta confirmed in midweek that the Scottish defender's groin issue was a minor one and that he is now back training.
Arsenal's bid for Lyon's Houssem Aouar has been turned down for being too low.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said their offer Aouar is “too far away” from the player's value and he won't be leaving the club this transfer window.
He tweeted: “Arsenal are too far away from Houssem's value. We are counting on him to perform against Lorient and guide Lyon into the Champions League next season.”
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has admitted that he is baffled at why the club would sell midfielder Lucas Torreira.
He said he believes that the Uruguayan is a good player, and that he would be a loss to the team if he left.
Keown said: “But I do feel he is a good player, but for some reason Arteta, not just Arteta to be honest, Emery was the same, did not really turn to him.
“A massive mystery. I thought it would be a loss to the team, but you can’t argue with Arteta because he is getting results.”
Arsenal fans have showered praise on Granit Xhaka for his incredible turnaround at the club.
He was close to leaving the club this summer but boss Mikel Arteta convinced him to stay.
Arsenal’s official club Twitter was on hand to recognise the star’s journey, posting a birthday appreciation tweet with the message, “The passion. The commitment. The work rate.”
Mikel Arteta has expressed his fears over football players travelling for international duty soon, in the midst of a spike in covid-19 infections.
Arteta who caught the virus back in March admitted that the Government, Premier League, and club’s plan to keep everyone safe has been working.
He said: “We don’t know what the outcome is. We want to believe that they are going to follow a lot of things that are implemented and working well so fingers crossed we don’t get any bad news.”
Arsenal are reportedly lining up a second bid for Lyon midfielder, Houssem Aouar.
Mikel Arteta is determined to land a new midfielder this summer and has identified Aouar, as one of his main targets.
The Gunners initially had a bid of £32m rejected by Lyon, but plan to go back in with a fee of £36m, according to Football.London.
GUNA BE A GUNNER
Arsenal fans seem to believe that Brazilian Jorginho is on his way to the club.
Sky Sports also reported that Arsenal are interested in signing the Chelsea star.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard dropped him from his starting XI for the first time in a Premier League game this season as the Blues drew 3-3 with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Thomas Partey is ready to move to Arsenal if a deal can be agreed, according to reports.
Football.London understands that personal terms will not be an issue for the Ghanaian midfielder, who has yet to make any progress in contract talks with current club Atletico Madrid.
However, he is still training as normal and prepared to stay in the Spanish capital should Arsenal fail to come up with the money.
COMETH THE AOUAR
Arsenal are set to dramatically up their bid for Houssem Aouar, according to reports.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed the Gunners had made an offer (thought to be around £32m) but it fell far below their asking price.
However, Football.London report that Arsenal are now ready to offer a package that could reach £45.5m.
That would consist of £36.5m upfront and £9m in add-ons.
GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS
Arsenal have had a second bid for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar rejected.
Their latest offer was estimated to be around £34million plus add-ons, but the French club are holding out for a fee close to £45million.
One player Arsenal could sell to raise funds to fund moves for Aouar and Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, is Lucas Torreira.
The midfielder hasn’t settled into life in North London, and he is rumoured to be interested in a move away from the club.
Clubs in both Italy and Spain are interested in Torreira’s services; however, Torino’s sporting director has since ruled a move out saying: “Torreira is a top player but his price is too high. It's difficult to sign him from Arsenal, not just for us.”
Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang also revealed that he considered leaving the club, with boss Mikel Arteta being a driving factor in the striker extending his stay.
Aubameyang said: “Two things persuaded me to stay, the first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us.
“I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him.”
Arsenal could also be closer to making a move for Chelsea’s Jorginho after the midfielder was left on the bench in Yesterday’s 3-3 draw away to West Brom.
Chelsea are reportedly open to letting the midfielder leave the club to free up funds to fund a move for West Ham’s Declan Rice.
Arsenal star Pierre Emerick Aubameyang may have landed himself in hot water after liking a controversial tweet.
The tweet reads: “Aubameyang. He's been so deserving of a team of the caliber of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, Liverpool, etc … Not Arsenal for years.”
MATTER OF TIME
An Arsenal fan has a brilliant response to Memphis Depay's tweet which included a photo of himself and Aouar.
LACA LINK UP
Arsenal forward Alexander Lacazette could be one of the key people behind convincing Lyon midfielder, Houssem Aouar to join the club.
The pair know each other from when Lacazette played for Lyon.
Lacazette posted a message on Instagram to Aouar last summer after the two sides met in the Emirates Cup.
Lacazette captioned the post: “Always a pleasure to see you.”
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Always a pleasure to see you ☺️ Toujours un plaisir de vous voirBon courage pour la saison 💪🏾
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SPANNER IN THE WORKS
Lucas Torreira has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer, with the likes of Atletico Madrid and Torino heavily interested in acquiring his services.
Torreira, 24, hasn't settled into life in London as well as he would have hoped, as he continues to struggle to hold down a first team spot.
Italy is reported to be his preferred destination, but one of his routes back may have been cut off.
Torino sporting director, Davide Vagnati has come out on the record and said the club would not be able to afford the player.
Vagnati said: “Torreira is a top player but his price is too high. It's difficult to sign him from Arsenal, not just for us.”
Torreira not moving on on this window could prove to be an issue when it comes to the club signing players.
Throwback to Joe Willock's screamer ahead of their visit to Anfield on Monday night!
Arsenal transfer target Jorginho was left on the bench in today's 3-3 draw away to West Brom.
The Italian midfielders future has been in question In recent weeks with Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard interested in bolstering his midfield options.
Chelsea are preparing a move for West Ham's Declan Rice, in a move which would see him return to the club which released him when he was just 14.
Jorginho to Arsenal would help make funds available to sign Rice.
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