7.50am Arsenal news LIVE: Mikel Arteta coronavirus update, Upamecano transfer latest, swoop for Man Utd defender – The Sun

ARSENAL will not play again in the Premier League until at least May after Premier League extended its coronavirus suspension by four weeks.

Mikel Arteta has spoken out about coronavirus as he recovers after testing positive for it, while the Gunners have revealed plans to help deal with the crisis including donating money to charity and helping out the youngsters in the local area.

Meanwhile, there is interest in Manchester United's on-loan defender Chris Smalling and updates on Dayot Upamecano.

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  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Mikel Arteta has urged the nation to help the NHS by staying at home to avoid the coronavirus which laid him low.
    The Arsenal boss insists: “We are living in a unique situation and owe a massive gratitude to everyone involved in healthcare, hospitals, people in services and people, trying to provide food and transportation.
    “I know the situation in Spain and we are a little bit behind them in the UK so I encourage everybody to be sensible and stay at home.
    “We have to help the NHS as much as possible and give the opportunity for elderly people to get the treatment they require more than anyone else.
    “I had a difficult three or four days with a bit of temperature, a dry cough and some discomfort in my chest.
    “Now I am feeling completely recovered but my main concern was the people that I’d been in contact with. That’s when a bit of fear comes in.”

    But time at home has also helped Arteta plan for a busy summer, with the Spaniard reportedly keeping tabs on Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler.
    Sky Sports claim the LaLiga side need to raise money to balance the books this summer.

    The Gunners are also said to have launched their bid to sign Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.
    Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claims the Gunners have made an offer and asked their Premier League rivals “for information” regarding a potential summer deal.
    The report suggests that the on-loan Roma defender has made a return to England a ‘concrete option’ to be closer to family members following the coronavirus pandemic.

  • UPA THE ANTE

    Arsenal have been put on red alert after Dayot Upamecano revealed he is ready to hand in a transfer request in a bid to force through a transfer.

    The French defender, 21, has a £55million release clause in his contract and could leave if any club matches that fee.

    But, German outlet Bild have claimed Upamecano will hand in a transfer request if no club matches the valuation in a bid to force through an exit.

  • SUAR NOTE

    Ian Wright has slammed Arsenal for their infamous £40million + £1 offer for ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in 2013.

    He told the BBC: “It’s a nightmare to think about because there was a time when he could have gone to Arsenal but they made that ridiculous bid, a pound extra.

    “He left a Liverpool side that should have won the league to go to Barcelona when they were amazing – and made them better. He’s amazing.”

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta admits he has struggled to cope with more than two weeks away from the training ground and only limited contact with the Arsenal players via the club’s WhatsApp group.

    But his enforced isolation has allowed him to catch up on quality time with his family and he admits: “I have three kids with a lot of energy and for 17 years I haven’t had the chance to wake up with my family and spend a lot of dedicated time with them.

    “We are in a world where everything is social media, but this is a unique opportunity to realise how much we all need each other.

    “How important is touching and hugging each other? I miss that with a lot of people I love and we can’t do that at the moment so we have to be emotionally more open.

    “We have to tell each other what we are feeling and emotionally I feel very fulfilled because now I am giving my kids everything,which is not something I’m not always able to do.

    “We are living with a virus that is putting the world aside and transforming everything that we prioritise in life.

    “So we have to learn these important lessons and not forget about them in two or three months’ time.”

  • ART OF WAR

    Mikel Arteta has urged the nation to help the NHS by staying at home to avoid the coronavirus which laid him low.

    The Arsenal boss insists: “We are living in a unique situation and owe a massive gratitude to everyone involved in healthcare, hospitals, people in services and people, trying to provide food and transportation.

    “I know the situation in Spain and we are a little bit behind them in the UK so I encourage everybody to be sensible and stay at home.

    “We have to help the NHS as much as possible and give the opportunity for elderly people to get the treatment they require more than anyone else.

    “I had a difficult three or four days with a bit of temperature, a dry cough and some discomfort in my chest.

    “Now I am feeling completely recovered but my main concern was the people that I’d been in contact with. That’s when a bit of fear comes in.”

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Arsenal ‘make transfer offer for Chris Smalling’ as Man Utd demand £25m fee for on-loan Roma defender – The Sun

ARSENAL have reportedly launched a bid to sign Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.

Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claims the Gunners have made an offer and asked their Premier League rivals "for information" regarding a potential summer deal.

The report suggests that the on-loan Roma defender has made a return to England a ‘concrete option’ to be closer to family members following the coronavirus pandemic.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was weighing up a move for his former player, who he managed during his time at Old Trafford.

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11pm Arsenal news LIVE: Mkhitaryan to take pay cut to stay at Roma, Fabregas ‘tried Alonso transfer’, Upamecano boost – The Sun

ARSENAL will not play again in the Premier League until at least May after Premier League extended its coronavirus suspension by four weeks.

But the Gunners have revealed plans to help deal with the crisis, including donating money to charity and helping out the youngsters in the local area.

Meanwhile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ready to take a massive Arsenal pay cut — but only if he can remain at Roma.

Get all the latest Arsenal news and gossip here…

  • MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal are increasingly confident they can keep Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid if – or surely when – the Premier League season is greatly extended by the coronavirus crisis.

    The Spanish playmaker was in his best Emirates form just weeks ago when Covid-19 forced football into its enforced break.

    Meanwhile, the Gunners have reportedly joined Manchester City and Liverpool in the hunt for Schalke centre-back Malick Thiaw, 18.

    Two players linked with Arsenal, Newcastle stars Sean and Matty Longstaff, have swapped agents – as suitors like Manchester United and Inter Milan jostle for pole position.

    But one ace seemingly not keen to return despite being a Gunners player is wideman Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

    The Armenian is said to be willing to accept a huge pay cut – but only if Arsenal let him stay on loan with Roma.

    That news is almost as unusual is having a day virtually clear of speculation over Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    But that's what happened in the last 24 hours – after Barcelona's interest seemed to dim, leaving United and Chelsea in the driving seat should he exit the Emirates as expected in the summer.

    Away from transfer talk, the Gunners are thought to among eight Prem clubs reportedly determined to stop Manchester City from delaying their Champions League ban, pending an appeal.

  • RIKH ROLLED

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ready to take a massive Arsenal pay cut — but only if he can remain  on loan at Roma for another year.

    The Armenian winger, 31, knows he does not figure in the plans of Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and wants to extend his stay with the Serie A club.

    But Roma are unwilling to match Arsenal’s £22million asking price.

    And the north Londoners will not allow him to spend another year away on loan if he has only 12 months left on his contract because that would result in him leaving for nothing in 2021.

    That has led to Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola hinting the player might be willing to sign a new Arsenal deal on around half of his  £180,000-a-week wages.

    But he would only extend his contract if the Gunners allowed him to remain in the Italian capital for another season.

  • COURT SHORT

    Football's bid to resume the season could face legal challenges on health grounds from players and clubs.

    As it stands, it is even unclear when it will be LEGAL for players to train, let alone play matches.

    Sports lawyer Nick De Marco QC believes individual players or whole clubs could refuse to return, in disputes that may end up in court.

    De Marco, who has represented high-profile clients such as Harry Kane, Tyson Fury and a number of ­Premier League clubs, said: “I think it’s quite likely to happen.

    “We’ve seen a great divergence of opinion when and if you should have a lockdown, and its extent.

    “There are decisions being made for political and commercial reasons, and there are different medical opinions. So the likelihood of some people thinking it’s safe to return back to work earlier than others must be quite high.”

  • TAKING THE MKH

    Roma loanee Henrikh Mkhitaryan has claimed that his side are playing “better football” than his parent club were during his time in North London.

    The Armenian, borrowed by the Serie A side this season, has enjoyed his season in Italy, scoring six goals in 13 appearances in his new league.

    And he told The Times: ” When I was at Arsenal, I had different things asked from me by the coach, people were expecting different things from here.

    “The philosophy of Emery was different from Fonseca, but here I’m feeling much better because we’re playing better football and I think it matched me.

    “I prefer Fonseca’s football because we’re playing very offensively, we’re trying to have the ball all the time here and of course I like this kind of game.”

  • SMALL CHANGE

    Arsenal are interested in signing Chris Smalling from Manchester United, according to reports.

    The 30-year-old has played well on loan at Roma this season, making 21 appearances in Serie A.

    And according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, the Gunners have already made a bid for the defender.

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Man Utd and Arsenal among eight Premier League rivals to gang up on City to make sure Champions League ban is kept – The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY must try to fight not only a ban on playing in the Champions League but also EIGHT Premier League rivals, reportedly looking to prevent the Citizens from gaining a stay of execution.

Uefa banned City from the competition for two years and handed down a fine of £25million for "serious breaches" of Financial Fair Play regulations in February.

Last season's league champions immediately denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear their name – but domestic rivals are now throwing their weight behind the authorities.

According to Daily Mail, eight of the Premier League's top ten have submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to ensure City cannot play in the Champions League while their appeal is heard.

A CAS statement in March confirmed the Manchester side had began the appeal process and they can apply to have their punishment held off until their case is heard.

That could gain them entry to next season's competition, should that begin before the process is completed.

Of the top-ten, only City and Sheffield United are said to have not signed the application, with the standings completed by Liverpool, Manchester United, Leicester, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Wolves and Burnley.

Reports that rivals were furious with what they see as City's disregard for the rules have circulated for some time.

And when proceedings do begin, the body will not only have City's legal team to contend with – but also their rivals'.

The Mail quote one source as saying: "For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League.

"The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment and — should they win the appeal — get off scot-free, which would be outrageous."

Pep Guardiola's club were accused of attempting to deceive financial officials by covering up millions of funding by their Emirati owners as legitimate sponsorship income.

The coach himself has always maintained that his bosses have been open and honest, giving him confidence of overturning the ban.

Guardiola said in February: “We are going to fight like we have fought every single game and day we are together until the end of the season.

“We are optimistic that at the end the truth will prevail and next season we will be in the Champions League.”

However all CAS cases are currently suspended until May 1, at least, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright ranks Wes Morgan above Steven Gerrard – because he’s lifted a Premier League title – The Sun

GUNNERS legend Ian Wright has placed Wes Morgan above Steven Gerrard in his all-time top ten Premier League captains list.

The former Arsenal hotshot says it’s because of Morgan’s memorable role in leading Leicester City to  an incredible Premier League title win.

Leicester City were rank outsiders for the title in 2015-16 and given odds of 5000-1 of finishing top of the table.

Yet it’s a fairytale feat they managed to pull off in stunning fashion, with Morgan leading every single one of their 38 games.

And it’s an achievement Wright highlighted as the reason for his decision to rank Morgan higher than Liverpool icon Gerrard.

The former Arsenal frontman was having a debate with Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer when Lineker questioned whether Morgan should be ranked higher than Gerrard.

On the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast, SunSport columnist Wright said: “Wes Morgan won a Premier League title with a Leicester side no one expected. The fact is Steven Gerrard nearly did it. He nearly led Liverpool to it.

“But Wes Morgan with the team he had and the way Leicester did it – it's a miracle.

“It's the miracle of the Premier League, with journeymen and people we didn't know.

“Obviously [N'Golo] Kante and [Riyad] Mahrez, they came out of the blue, [Jamie] Vardy. And then he [Morgan] had to keep them going through that season.”

Jamaican international Morgan scored twice in two league games during the Foxes’ title winning season.

Goals included the winner in Leicester’s 1-0 home victory against the Saints.

And while Gerrard might not have lifted a Premier League title, the Reds captain helped his team pull off an unforgettable Champion’s League win.

He led his side to glory in the competition in dramatic fashion in Istanbul with Liverpool beating AC Milan on penalties to capture the 2005 trophy.

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright ranks Wes Morgan above Steven Gerrard – because he’s lifted a Premier League title – The Sun

GUNNERS legend Ian Wright has placed Wes Morgan above Steven Gerrard in his all-time top ten Premier League captains list.

The former Arsenal hotshot says it’s because of Morgan’s memorable role in leading Leicester City to  an incredible Premier League title win.

Leicester City were rank outsiders for the title in 2015-16 and given odds of 5000-1 of finishing top of the table.

Yet it’s a fairytale feat they managed to pull off in stunning fashion, with Morgan leading every single one of their 38 games.

And it’s an achievement Wright highlighted as the reason for his decision to rank Morgan higher than Liverpool icon Gerrard.

The former Arsenal frontman was having a debate with Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer when Lineker questioned whether Morgan should be ranked higher than Gerrard.

On the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast Wright said: “Wes Morgan won a Premier League title.

“With a Leicester side no one expected. The fact is Steven Gerrard nearly did it. He nearly led Liverpool to it.

“But Wes Morgan with the team he had and the way Leicester did it.

“It's a miracle. It's the miracle of the Premier League, with journeymen and people we didn't know.

“Obviously Kante and Mahrez, they came out of the blue, Vardy. And then he [Morgan] had to keep them going through that season.”

Jamaican international Morgan scored twice in two league games during the Foxes’ title winning season.

Goals includes the winner in Leicester’s 1-0 home victory against the Saints.

And while Gerrard may not have lifted a Premier League title, the Reds captain helped his team pull off an unforgettable Champion’s League win.

He led his side to glory in the competition in dramatic fashion in Istanbul with Liverpool beating AC Milan on penalties to capture the 2005 trophy.

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Arsenal and Liverpool have watched France U21 centre-back Evan Ndicka with both eyeing summer transfer for left-footer – The Sun

LIVERPOOL and Arsenal both have their eyes on young centre-back Evan Ndicka as they look to swoop him up in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The left-footer currently plays for Eintracht Frankfurt and is fancied by the Premier League duo, according to Sky Sports.

The 20-year-old talent is one of just a few left-footed centre-backs so can make for an interesting addition as well as add something different to the squads.

France Under-21 Ndicka has also gained the attention of other top clubs such as Valencia and Sevilla as well as the two Milan clubs.

Tracking of the ace is currently on hold with football suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

All English football, along with football in other leagues as well as most global sporting events, have been postponed.

The Premier League will definitely not return before April 30.

Arsenal made their own left-footed centre-back singing in January, in Pablo Mari.

Despite that being on an initial loan deal, they still have the option to make that permanent in the summer window.

When it comes to the Reds, there is uncertainty regarding Dejan Lovren, who has made only nine Premier League starts this campaign.

Arsenal and Tottenham are understood to be keeping tabs on the Liverpool defender ,as well as there being reported interest from Lazio.

Ndicka would make a good addition to Jurgen Klopp's defence with him making 14 starts in the Bundesliga before the suspension was decided.

He has also made a total of 25 appearances across all competitions for Frankfurt.

Ndicka pulled his weight during the Europa League last 32 victory over RB Salzburg and the last 16 first leg defeat to Basel.

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8.30pm Arsenal news LIVE: Wenger spotted in Gunners shorts, Aubameyang to United EXCLUSIVE, Thomas Partey transfer – The Sun

ARSENAL are out of action until at least April 30, with football across the country suspended due to coronavirus.

Yet, there remains plenty of news on the Gunners with former manager Arsene Wenger spotted in London wearing attire from the club.

Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is once again being linked with a move away from Arsenal with Manchester United the latest side linked.

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  • TIT FOR TAT

    Emannuel Petit believes Philippe Coutinho would thrive back in the Premier League should he leave Barcelona on a permanent deal.

    He said: “I’m pretty sure it would work out for him [returning to England]. He fits perfectly with the Premier League.”

    “He’s got the vision, the technique, the speed, he can strike, he has the creativity.

    “We all know what he is capable of. I was a big fan of his when he was at Liverpool. I would be very, very happy to see him back in the Premier League.

    “He won’t go back to Liverpool. When I was at Barcelona, they wanted me back at Arsenal, and it was tempting – I was close to returning to Arsenal.

    “But at the end of the day, I was thinking ‘Emmanuel, you need to be honest with yourself. If you left a year ago it was for a reason.’

    “If Coutinho is honest with himself, since he left Liverpool they have won the Champions League and they’re on the way to winning the Premier League. Liverpool haven’t needed him, so why would he go back to Liverpool?”

  • PHIL WITH REGRETS

    Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit reckons Chelsea and Man Utd target Philippe Coutinho must often question his decision to swap Anfield for the glitz and glamour of Barcelona.

    The former Liverpool star signed for the La Liga leaders in January 2018 for an eye-watering £142million.

    His dream move came 18 years on from Petit’s famous £7million switch from Highbury to the Nou Camp.

    It was a surprise transfer from Arsene Wenger’s team the World Cup winner came to regret.

    And the former Gunners star believes the Brazil international must feel the same about his situation.

    Petit told the Mirror: “If I was Philippe Coutinho, every morning I would wake up and think to myself, ‘Why, why, did I sign [for Barcelona] in Spain?

    “And do you know why I say this? Because, I can remember the time when I’d wake up, when I was at Barcelona, when I left Arsenal, and I was thinking the same way, ‘Why did I leave? Why did I leave? Why did I leave?’

    “And to be honest with you I am sure Coutinho has been asking himself the same question for a while now.

    “He left for Bayern Munich, he does sometimes play well but he’s not really a first-team player.”

  • SION-ARA

    Ex-Arsenal stars Alex Song and Johan Djourou have been SACKED by FC Sion after the  Swiss club cut costs amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    Former Newcastle loanee Seydou Doumbia and ex-Fulham and Nottingham Forest midfielder Pajtim Kasami are also among nine players let go by the Super League outfit.

    Controversial Sion chairman Christian Constantin presented his squad with forms asking them if they were prepared to accept pay cuts.

    Many were axed after failing to meet the early deadline to reply.

    Djourou’s agent Costa Bonata fumed: “What FC Sion have done is completely incorrect. It was impossible to properly clarify the issue in the short timespan they provided.

    “And nobody at the club was contactable for questions.”

    Swiss players’ union chief Lucien Valloni said: “We expect these improper dismissals to be revoked straight away, and talks to be opened about possible alternatives.”

    However Constantin insisted: “We have all been deprived of our incomes.

  • ARE EU SERIOUS?

    Big news coming out from the Telegraph.

    They state that the Premier League could buy English football another two-month extension of football should the last Europa League spot be surrendered.

    This would enable more games to be played as that club wouldn't be taking part in Europa League qualifying.

  • TWO BEAUTY

    Inter Milan are planning another raid on the Premier League with moves for Olivier Giroud and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.

    According to the Daily Mail, the Serie A side are looking to add Chelsea forward and Arsenal striker to their ranks.

    But the report claims that audacious move will only happen if current Inter striker Lautaro Martinez – who has scored 16 goals in 31 games this season – goes to Barcelona.

    Man Utd have been linked with a switch to Aubemayang in the summer, while Spurs were keen on signing Giroud in January.

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Arsenal hardman Sead Kolasinac self-isolating with life-size Batman statue sparking brilliant responses from fans – The Sun

ARSENAL hardman Sead Kolasinac has no reason not to exercise during self-isolation – with this massive Batman statue keeping watch over him.

The Gunners star posted a series of photos of himself working up a sweat in his home gym.


And in the corner making sure he wasn't cutting any corners was the life-size model, complete with battle ropes hung round his neck.

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Kolasinac posed intimidatingly with arms folded in front of the beast, prompting one user to write: "My man is so strong that he's fighting batman."

Kolasinac, 26, earned his reputation as a hardman when he fought off blade-wielding moped thugs who tried to rob him and Mesut Ozil in July last year.

The two thieves were attempting to nick Ozil's £200,000 watch near the footballers' homes in North West London.

One of the muggers jabbed a foot-long metal spike at Kolasinac’s neck — but the Bosnia and Herzegovina ace did not even flinch.

In the video Ashley Smith, 30, and Jordan Northover, 26, are seen pulling up alongside Ozil’s parked Mercedes jeep after he drove to defender Kolasinac’s home to collect the new timepiece.

Northover climbs off the moped, pulls out the skewer and jabs it at Kolasinac, who had been leaning into the jeep chatting to Ozil.

The weapon appears to strike the footballer’s arm twice. But Kolasinac, nicknamed the Tank, leaps at the pair, who are wearing helmets, and throws a punch.

No wonder fans were fearing for other footballers are seeing Kolasinac bulk up even more.

One said: "What does this guy eat man? Adama Traore is shaking."

And another posted: "Adebayo Akinfenwa is shaking."

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Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea ALL want 3pm TV blackout axed when fight for rights comes up in 2022 – The Sun

A HOST of Premier League giants are pushing to have the Saturday 3pm games TV blackout AXED when the next round of rights are up for grabs in 2022.

All of the top-flight's 'Big Six' have pushed for the ban to be cancelled in a huge boost for fans.

In the absence of live televised games, fans are forced to keep tabs on the action on dedicated studio shows such as Sky Sports Soccer Saturday or BT Sport Score.

At present no live Saturday action can be shown between 2.45pm and 5.15pm – with that even including the smallest of highlights packages.

No goal is allowed to be shared online or on TV between those hours under Article 48 of the Uefa Statutes.

But that could now change with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal amongst those pushing to lift the embargo, according to the Mail.

The Premier League top dogs are firmly of the belief the 3pm ban will be pushed into oblivion thanks to the emergence of online giants.

Amazon Prime have already broadcast a host of top-flight games in recent seasons, including a bumper Boxing Day package this season.

Netflix, Google and Facebook have also expressed an interest in the live streaming of Premier League matches.

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