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ARSENAL fans are eager to see their team in action once again as Project Restart draws nearer.

It's just over a fortnight until the Gunners are set to face Man City on June 17, while we've also the very latest on their approach for Ryan Fraser.

Follow all the latest updates from North London below…

  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Ryan Fraser’s move to the Emirates has moved a step closer after he signed up with Mikel Arteta’s agent, according to the Mirror.

    The Bournemouth winger has left long-term representative Jon McLeish and will become a free agent on July 1.

    Arsenal are confident of landing the left winger, who had 15 assists and eight goals last season, on a Bosman.

    Meanwhile, Hector Bellerin is unlikely to leave the club this summer but reports suggest the club must improve to guarantee his long-term commitment.

    Serie A sides Inter Milan and Juventus are said to be interested in the right-back amid the Gunners' financial uncertainty.

    In other news, Arteta is reportedly hoping to raise funds by flogging striker Alexandre Lacazette, who isn't in his long term plans.

    But according to L'Equipe, the Frenchman has no desire to move to Inter Milan, who are interested in his signature as they look set to lose Lautaro Martinez.

    And finally, Arsenal are “locked in talks” with Mousa Dembele’s representatives, according to L’Equipe.

    The Gunners have been watching the Lyon striker for a number of months after a dip in form from Lacazette.

  • LET'S PLAY BALL

    The Sky Bet Championship is set for a June 20 resumption after the English Football League agreed on a provisional return date.

    The Premier League announced on Thursday that play is due to return on June 17 following the coronavirus suspension that began in mid-March.

    The EFL followed suit on Sunday evening, announcing that the Championship is set to restart around the same time.

    In a statement, the EFL said: “Following Saturday's announcement by the Government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of 20 June 2020 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

    “The date is subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and Government guidance is met; and that clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds.

    “After discussing various approaches, and, the importance of completing the season in a similar timeline to that of the Premier League to avoid any potential issues with promoted and relegated clubs, the Sky Bet Championship season is set to conclude with the Championship play-off final on or around 30 July 2020.

    “Final details are still to be confirmed following further discussions with the League's Broadcast partner, Sky Sports.”

  • JU KNOW WHO

    Hector Bellerin is unlikely to leave Arsenal this summer but reports suggest the club must improve to guarantee his long-term commitment.

    Serie A sides Inter Milan and Juventus are said to be interested in the right-back amid the Gunners' financial uncertainty.

    After three straight seasons in the Europa League, Arsenal may not even qualify for Europe this season as Mikel Arteta wrestles with the club's slide.

    And ESPN eport that Bellerin believes in his compatriot's ability to turn things around.

    However it is added that rumblings of a move away will grow serious if the Gunners remain in the doldrums.

  • CRY NO MOUR

    Jose Mourinho has told players worried about the season restarting to stop being selfish and get on with it.

    The Tottenham boss admitted last week he was worried about players getting injured by the rush to resume the campaign.

    But after the Government gave the green light for the Premier League to return on June 17, the Special One seems to have changed his mind.

    He said: “We shouldn’t be selfish, we shouldn’t demand too much. It’s our time to give.

    “Everyone has pre-season injuries in normal seasons so we cannot expect now not to have an injury here and there.

    “We cannot ask for more than the authorities are giving us, which is maximum security.

    “I think now it’s time just to play and to give people what they want.”

  • HOOPLESS WITHOUT IT

    Tony Cascarino reckons Arsenal need a Michael Jordan-type character to get the best out of Mesut Ozil.

    He said on TalkSPORT: “You have to be real on this, because when you pay someone a huge indifferent salary compared to everyone else at a football club, he has to make the difference on the field.

    “So that’s going to come with criticism, as much as you might think it’s unfair and some people think it’s bullying, it carries a price.

    “When you watch The Last Dance and you see how Michael Jordan got more out of a player, you sort of think you wish Arsenal had that type of player to get more out of Mesut Ozil.

    “Not just the manager, but a player sitting next to him in the dressing room who might be thinking you’re not doing enough.”

  • GUNNERS ROUND-UP

    After another busy week of preparation, it now looks likely that the Premier League will be returning on June 17.

    Arsenal will face Man City on that date, knowing that three points would take them above North London rivals Spurs into eighth place.

    In the transfer market, Ryan Fraser’s move to the Emirates has moved a step closer after he signed up with Mikel Arteta’s agent, according to the Mirror.

    The Bournemouth winger has left long-term representative Jon McLeish and will become a free agent on July 1.

    Arsenal are confident of landing the left winger, who had 15 assists and eight goals last season, on a Bosman.

    In the long-running Thomas Partey saga, the Gunners are reportedly still the side “most interested” in signing the Atletico Madrid star.

    Partey has been repeatedly linked with a move to North London but talks surrounding a deal appear to have been pushed back by the outbreak of Covid-19.

    Spanish media outlet AS suggest that before the coronavirus crisis, the Gunners and boss Mikel Arteta were ready to stump up the money for the 26-year-old's release clause.

    And finally, TalkSport host Georgie Bingham has labelled the decision to give Mesut Ozil £350,000-per-week as Arsenal's 'biggest mistake of the last 10 years'.

    She said: “Listen, nobody’s career can be all flowers and rainbows and I realise that and I think Ozil has had a really tough time.

    “I also think there are times when he gets hung out for no reason. But I also think it is Arsenal’s biggest mistake of the last 10 years.

    “I think Arsenal were really stupid handing it out and it’s something that we beat them with.”

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