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ARSENAL take on Man City in a big FA Cup semi-final at Wembley this weekend as they look to keep all avenues to Europe open.

And on the transfer front, Kia Joorabchian is reportedly looking to take clients Philippe Coutinho and Willian to the Emirates, while Alexandre Lacazette appears to have opened talks with Juventus.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,

    Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal’s money men to back rookie boss Mikel Arteta in the transfer market.

    The 47-year-old told SunSport: “Arteta is the right man to take the club forward and you have to take a gamble to get better players.

    “The problem will be attracting the players. They have to sell the club.

    “Investment will be very important. To get back into the Champions League, which is massive revenue, it probably takes a bit of a gamble. More quality of players.

    “Football is all about money now. To have any chance to break back in the top four you have to spend money.

    “It doesn’t always mean buying really expensive players – it’s about the right recruitment. Look at the positions you need.

    “Your scouting has to come into their own. And they need the right characters.”

    Parlour's words come after super agent Kia Joorabchian was reportedly revealed as looking to bring his Brazilian clients Philippe Coutinho and Willian to Arsenal at the end of the season.

    Both players’ future appear uncertain with Willian set to become a free agent having so far failed to agree terms on a new deal to keep him at Chelsea.

    The 31-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to join the Gunners’ rivals Tottenham with Jose Mourinho looking to be reunited with the player.

    Meanwhile, Barcelona are understood to be desperate to get Coutinho off their wage bill having flattered to deceive at the Nou Camp following his ill-fated switch from Liverpool in January 2018.

  • NOT A FAN

    Prem clubs face a further £450m black hole after the Government confirmed next season will start without fans inside grounds.

    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport confirmed a series of “pilot events” with spectators this summer, including the World Snooker Championships and Glorious Goodwood.

    But as SunSport revealed, turnstiles will not be routinely opened until at least October 1.

    That means the first three weekends of the new campaign will be played behind closed doors, costing clubs around £90m between them in lost gate receipts, with Spurs and Manchester United missing out on more than £5 for every match played behind closed doors.

    And even when the gates are opened, clubs understand that they will be allowed a maximum of 25 per cent of capacity inside, with the government confirming that “social distancing restriction” will be in place.

    SunSport also revealed that clubs are set to hold ballots of season ticket holders to determine who is allowed inside.

  • PARLOUR TRICK

    Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal’s money men to back rookie boss Mikel Arteta in the transfer market.

    The 47-year-old told SunSport: “Arteta is the right man to take the club forward and you have to take a gamble to get better players.

    “The problem will be attracting the players. They have to sell the club.

    “Investment will be very important. To get back into the Champions League, which is massive revenue, it probably takes a bit of a gamble. More quality of players.

    “Football is all about money now. To have any chance to break back in the top four you have to spend money.

    “It doesn’t always mean buying really expensive players – it’s about the right recruitment. Look at the positions you need.

    “Your scouting has to come into their own. And they need the right characters.”

  • FINE ART

    Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai's agent has claimed many clubs have made offers for the player amid interest from Arsenal.

    Matyas Esterhazy told Nemzeti Sport (via HITC ) that there are “several” offers for the 19-year-old.

    He added: “We have time, there is no need to rush.

    “Seasons in some countries are not even finished. We are seeking the best solution for Dominik. Decision may be taken in the upcoming weeks.”

  • MAGIC OF THE CUP

    Arsenal have announced their display which will feature on Wembley Stadium’s West Stand during their FA Cup semi-final against Man City.

    In a statement on the club's website, the Gunners said: “In a display designed to represent our heritage, we have charted our success from 1930 through to 2017 in a photographic display of iconic moments from victorious finals accompanied by the club crest and year.

    “Fans may even spot yellow ribbons which have been hand-tied by Arsenal staff members.”

  • FIVE GUYS

    Arsenal will reportedly put five players up for sale to fund their transfer summer plans.

    According to Bleacher Report, the Gunners are keen to guide Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil and Ainsley Maitland-Niles towards the exit door before next season.

    Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future will also be considered if the club cannot tie him down to a new contract.

  • REAL BOOST

    Arsenal have been handed a boost in their bid to sign Dani Ceballos on a permanent deal this summer after Real Madrid's president admitted the club would have to agree cut price deals.

    Florentino Perez told El Transistor: “The situation is really bad.

    “It's difficult to ask the players to take a pay cut to help deal with the situation and then make signings like that. That can wait. Madrid will sign the best again when the situation changes.

    “This year has been the most difficult for me. We lost important income from the stadium. We had to talk to the players for them to do their bit. If they hadn't voluntarily lowered their salaries, the company would have suffered losses.

    “It's an exceptional situation.”

  • LEEDS LIVE

    Arsenal will travel to Elland Road for a league game for the first time in over a decade after Leeds United achieved promotion to the Premier League!

    Huddersfield have beaten West Brom 2-1 meaning the Whites have returned to the top flight for the first time in 16 years.

    You can keep up to date with all the coverage on our SunSport Live Blog HERE.

  • ART OF WAR

    Pep Guardiola has pinpointed Arsenal's “special” trait Manchester City need to be aware of in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final.

    He said: “I said before that no semi-final is easy, never.

    “They are always tight. We lost semi-finals in my first year here, and the players know it will be so tight.

    “I have the same opinion of Arsenal and Mikel, my opinion didn’t change when they beat Liverpool or lost to Brighton, not for one second.

    “We expect a tough game. They [Arsenal] have something special, team spirit.

    “Mikel has created that from outside. They celebrate, they fight, they are creating something special and they are fighting for something special. It will be difficult.

    “I’m pretty sure the right person to bring them back is in, when the club support him they have the right man.

    “I’ve a feeling he is creating something unique, if they give him what he needs they’ll be a contender in future years.”

  • ED STRONG

    Arsenal are set to face Manchester City's first choice goalkeeper Ederson at Wembley on Saturday – with cup goalie Claudio Bravo ruled out through injury.

    Pep Guardiola generally uses the former Barcelona No1 for domestic cup matches and has continued with the policy all season.

    So Ederson will take his place in goal against Arsenal as City look to book a place in the final for a second successive year.

    Guardiola said: “Eddie is going to play because Claudio is a little bit injured.

    “He was not on the bench for the last games because he has a muscular problem and he’s not able to play on Saturday.”

  • LILLE TOO LATE?

    Manchester United have reportedly contacted Victor Osimhen's agent in a late bid to hijack Napoli's move for the Lille striker.

    The Red Devils are one of many European clubs including Arsenal that have been linked with a summer transfer for the 21-year-old Nigerian.

    According to reports in Italy, Serie A giants Napoli were believed to be on the verge of signing him after agreeing a £46million fee with Lille.

    Yet respected journalist Ciro Venerato claimed that United have not given up the race to land Osimhen just yet.

    He told CalcioNapoli24: “A few hours ago Manchester United phoned Osimhen’s new agent to find out if he had signed with Napoli.

    “If an offer from United comes, there would not be many possibilities because they have an economic power superior to that of Napoli.”

  • THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

    Arsenal fans, do you like this attitude from Mikel Arteta?

  • FRANK DISCUSSION

    THOMAS FRANK has poured cold water on speculation that Chelsea have opened talks with star Brentford player Said Benrahma.

    The Stamford Bridge club – along with West Ham and Arsenal – are interested in signing the £40million-rate winger this summer.

    Frank – whose team are right in the mix for automatic promotion to the Premier League – dismissed the linkS as “rumour”.

    He said: “I haven’t heard anything from my co-directors of sport.

    “I don’t know anything and if I haven’t been told anything then I don’t think it’s true. It’s a rumour.

    “He’s enjoying his football at Brentford and we’ve a big aim to go for so I think it’s easy to know this isn’t true.”

  • GETTING SHIRTY

    Alexander Lacazette has revealed he is “still waiting” for his signed shirt from team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a hilarious Twitter exchange.

    The Gabon star said: “You… better I don't speak.”

  • MIKE-Y MOUSE TO MIGHTY MOUSE

    Pep Guardiola believes Mikel Arteta is creating “something special” at Arsenal.

    Guardiola's Manchester City side face the Gunners in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.

    Guardiola said: “I expect a tough, tough game. They have something special.

    “Mikel has created – they have team spirit – how they celebrate goals, how they fight for every ball, they have started to create something special.”

  • HE'S THE LINK

    Mikel Arteta has given Alexandre Lacazette glowing praise after he helped turn the result around during the 2-1 win against Liverpool.

    The Gunners boss said: “I really like Alex.

    “I said even before I joined here, he’s the type of striker I really like.

    “The way he can link play… he’s a massive competitor, he hates to lose, he goes for every ball, you see in every challenge how he is ready to go, how hard he works.”

  • RELOAD FOR GUNNERS

    Super agent Kia Joorabchian is reportedly looking to bring his Brazilian clients Philippe Coutinho and Willian to Arsenal at the end of the season.

    Both players’ future appear uncertain with Willian set to become a free agent having so far failed to agree terms on a new deal to keep him at Chelsea.

    The 31-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to join the Gunners’ rivals Tottenham with Jose Mourinho looking to be reunited with the player.

    Meanwhile Barcelona are understood to be desperate to get Coutinho off their wage bill having flattered to deceive at the Nou Camp following his ill-fated switch from Liverpool in January 2018.

    Coutinho, 28, has spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich where he has helped them claim the domestic double, but it is unlikely they will turn his stay into a permanent transfer.

    SunSport reported earlier this week how the Blaugrana have offered both Arsenal and Newcastle the chance to sign the former Inter Milan ace.

  • PREDICTED XI

    Arsenal go into Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City knowing they must win to keep their European dream alive.

    The Gunners‘ best bet of qualifying for the Europa League next season looks to be by winning the domestic trophy as they currently languish in ninth spot in the Premier League.

    Mikel Arteta’s side have already faced the Citizens since the restart of football, where they were outclassed at the Etihad as City eased to a 3-0 victory.

  • BOJO’S FAN PLAN

    Boris Johnson has announced football fans should be allowed back into stadiums by October in a huge boost for next season.

    Supporters have been banned from entering grounds since football returned – with just 300 players, staff and personnel allowed inside.

    But now the Prime Minister has revealed fans may be allowed back early on in the 2020-21 season, subject to trial runs.

    Pilot tests will begin as early as NEXT MONTH with a view to having fans in stadiums as soon as possible.

    Johnson claimed: “From 1 August we will pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadia with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn.

    “From October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia.”

  • BLUES FOR COUT?

    Chelsea are favourites with the bookies to land Philipp Coutinho from Barcelona, with Arsenal installed as second-favourites.

    Here are the current odds from Coral:

    • 10-11 Chelsea
    • 3-1 Arsenal
    • 5-1 Bayern Munich
    • 6-1 Liverpool, Man Utd
    • 8-1 Tottenham
    • 10-1 PSG, Inter Milan

    MODEL PRO

    Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry has scored off the pitch as well as on it after bagging himself a model girlfriend.

    The 25-year-old – who scored in the German Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month – is on a well-earned break before he is due to return ahead of the resumption of the Champions League.

    And he has wasted no time in jetting off with his partner Sandra Jerze – who posted a snap of the two together on holiday in Greece.

    SunSport reported in April how the ex-Arsenal winger had been cosying up to the 23-year-old and were in the early stages of a relationship.

    But the two have now went official in their romance, with Swiss beauty Jerze sharing a picture of them during their Greek getaway.

    The model posted the picture on her Instagram story to her 28,900 followers.

    THAT S-MARTS

    Arsenal have revealed that Gabriel Martinelli is out until the end of 2020 while Pablo Mari will play no further part this season.

    Brazilian forward Martinelli picked up a knee injury in training last month, with the 19-year-old requiring surgery to repair a lesion in the cartilage of his left knee.

    His fine form led him to being given a new long-term deal at the Emirates, with the player thanking fans for all their support this term.

    In a club statement, the Gunners said: “[Martinelli is] currently recovering in a knee brace after his operation, which took place during the last week of June.

    “Surgery was successful, with consultants and our medical team very encouraged with Gabi’s current progress at this stage of his recovery.

    “[He is] currently at our training centre every day receiving specialist attention and support from our medical team and will continue his recovery throughout the close season, with the aim of a return to full training by the end of 2020.”

    COUT ME IN

    Arsenal could be edging closer to a double deal for Philippe Coutinho and Willian thanks to their excellent relationship with agent Kia Joorabchian.

    Since Edu took over as technical director, the Gunners have cultivated ties to lifelong Arsenal fan and Brazil specialist Joorabchian.

    This was seen in their moves to sign his clients Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares in the January transfer window.

    And now the Mirror reports that Joorabchian is actively looking to send Coutinho and Willian to the Emirates.

    THE ‘RIEL DEAL

    Arsenal have reportedly lodged an offer for Lille centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes – but face a battle to sign him.

    According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Napoli are leading the chase for the 22-year-old Brazilian.

    Another club interested in Gabriel is Arsenal's Premier League rivals Everton.

    There are another two unnamed clubs monitoring the situation too.

    Foot Mercato has previously reported that Napoli were prepared to pay £20million for the defender.

    Gabriel joined Ligue 1 Lille from Avai in his native Brazil back in 2017.

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    SunSport can exclusively reveal Arsenal face missing out on target Malang Sarr because they delayed making their move to sign him this summer.

    The Gunners have approached the representatives of the France Under-21 international to see if he would be interested in making the move to Emirates Stadium.

    But Sarr, 21, has already been sounded out by clubs in Italy and Germany about a free transfer deal and it is understood the Arsenal interest has come too late.

    Torino have already offered the Nice star a long-term contract and the chance to play regular football in Serie A.

    But options in the Bundesliga are also open to him and it is believed he is more likely to move there, seeing it as the best way to continue his development as a player.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly lodged an offer for Lille centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes – but face a battle to sign him.

    According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Napoli are leading the chase for the 22-year-old Brazilian.

    Chelsea have also been linked with a summer bid.

    It’s reckoned Gabriel could be available for just £20million.

    Finally, Arsenal are reportedly “still keen” on signing Justin Kluivert from Roma this summer.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, Mikel Arteta could get the attacker as he will be available for £27million.

    Speculation has mounted that the 21-year-old could be involved in a player exchange deal with Arsenal.

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan has shone at Roma while on loan this season and is keen to make the move permanent.

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