1.30pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gabriel Magalhaes ‘medical TODAY’, Aouar bid, Aubameyang new deal LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL will visit Fulham on Saturday, September 12 for their opening Premier League match.

And the Gunners will hope to have Gabriel Magalhaes available on that day with the defender reportedly set to complete a £22m move to the Emirates as soon as today.

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

  • WITCHING AUOAR

    Lyon have reportedly rejected a bid from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar involving outcast star Matteo Guendouzi.

    The French midfielder looks increasingly likely to head for the Emirates exit after falling out with Mikel Arteta.

    Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Roma and Unai Emery's new club Villarreal are all linked with Guendouzi.

    According to L'Equipe, via GFFN, Arsenal attempted to move on the 21-year-old by offering him in a player-plus-cash deal for Lyon star Aouar.

    At 22, Aouar has become an integral part of the Ligue 1 side's midfield and is said to be valued at £54million.

    The Champions League semi-finalists are not optimistic about their chances of holding on to the attacking midfielder.

  • HIGH FLIER

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brother has shared photos of him and the Arsenal striker heading on a private jet.

    Aubameyang is still waiting on confirmation of a new Arsenal contract.

    He since shared a photo himself and wife Alysha in Milan.

  • BRINGS TIERS TO MY EYES

    Arsenal fans are *LOVING* this creation.

    And there is absolutely no reason why they wouldn't.

    Hang it in the home changing rooms at the Emriates.

  • PRIME CUT

    Amazon Prime Video have released the 20 fixtures fans can watch for free in the 2020/21 Premier League season – including Liverpool against Tottenham.

    Just like last season, the online streaming platform won the rights to two complete match weeks.

    An extra two additional individual fixtures will be confirmed at a later date.

    But in the two rounds of Premier League matches already in the Prime diary, Spurs' trip to Anfield is the standout tie.

    Amazon have the midweek games from December 15 to 17 as well as the round of fixtures between the Boxing Day games and New Year, from December 28 to 30.

    All 20 matches will be shown live on Amazon Prime Video across the two three-day windows.

  • GABRIEL LATEST

    Gabriel Magalhaes is set for his Arsenal medical today, according to reports.

    The Lille defender, 22, looks on course to complete a £22million transfer to the Gunners in the coming days.

    And according to journalist Duncan Castles, he will get checked over by doctors before signing a five-year deal at the Emirates.

    But it is likely he will need to have the medical in France due to coronavirus lockdown measures.

    Arrivals in the UK from France must go into a 14-day quarantine.

    Unless he can somehow get an exemption, that would mean the Brazilian would not be able to meet up with his team-mates until early September.

  • ARSENAL'S BIG BATTLES

    Here are the key fixtures for the Gunners this season.

  • COMETH THE AOUAR

    Manchester City are ready to rival Arsenal for the signature of Houssem Aouar.

    According to reports, the Lyon midfielder is being highly sought-after among Europe's top clubs.

    According to Matt Spiro, his price has jumped from £36million to around £54m, following Lyon's impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals.

  • OPENING WEEKEND STATS

    Here are some preview facts ahead of this weekend, courtesy of Opta.

    • Fulham have lost each of their last five Premier League matches against Arsenal, conceding nine goals in their two defeats against the Gunners the last time they were in the top-flight in 2018/19 (1-5 home, 1-4 away).
    • Arsenal and Fulham have only met on the opening day once previously in the top-flight, with the Gunners coming from behind to beat the Cottagers 2-1 on MD1 in 2007/08.
    • Arsenal are looking to win on MD1 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2009/10 (three in a row), while Fulham have lost their opening day game in each of their last two seasons, losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace in 2018/19 and 1-0 to Barnsley last season.

    GAME OF MARBLES

    Arsenal have unveiled their new away kit, which has a rather fetching marbling effect.

    ARSENAL RUN-IN

    Here are the Gunners' final five games of the next new season.

    Sat May 1 – Newcastle (A)

    Sat May 8 – West Brom (H)

    Weds May 12 – Chelsea (A)

    Sat May 15 – Crystal Palace (A)

    Sun May 23 – Brighton (H)

    FIRST FIVE GAMES

    Here are the Gunners' first games in the new Prem season. Note that 'Saturday' games are subject to change, as usually happens when the broadcasters have their say.

    Mikel Arteta's side will face Liverpool and Manchester City in these opening games!

    Sat Sept 12 – Fulham (A)

    Sat Sept 19 – West Ham (H)

    Sat Sept 26 – Liverpool (A)

    Sat Oct 3 – Sheffield Utd (H)

    Sat Oct 17 – Man City (A)

    FIXTURES RELEASED

    Arsenal will travel to Fulham on the opening day of the Premier League season on Saturday, September 12.

    GLASGOW 'JUDAS' SHAME

    Kieran Tierney has revealed someone spray-painted 'Judas' near his home after his move to Arsenal was announced.

    The left-back quit boyhood heroes Celtic last summer after sealing a £25million move to the Gunners.

    The move split opinion among the Hoops faithful with some furious at one of their own walking out ahead of the Nine in a Row campaign

    And Tierney has revealed he was left heartbroken reading Twitter messages from supporters during the transfer.

    Speaking on Open Goal's Keeping the Ball on the Ground Podcast, he said: “It was just sad the way it ended. People turning and all that.

    “Some people make it out to be what it's not and it's not that at all.”

    WIN TOGETHER, LUIZ TOGETHER

    Arsenal’s new signing Willian revealed close pal David Luiz convinced him to join the Gunners.

    Willian told the Arsenal club website: “He's very happy. We played together in the national team, we played together at Chelsea, and now at Arsenal again.

    “I think we can do great things together, I hope so, but I'm very happy to be with him again.

    “He said, 'Come to Arsenal, come to Arsenal, I want you to come!' So that was the conversation.

    “He is a very nice guy, a top player and I'm very excited to play with him again.

    “Of course [he helped in the past], many times. Many times when I had difficult times at Chelsea he was helping me a lot.”

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Gabriel Magalhaes could be an Arsenal player in a matter of hours, according to reports.

    L'Equipe state that the player is determined to link up with fellow Brazilians Willian and David Luiz in North London and 'only hours away from reaching a contractual agreement with Arsenal on a five-year deal'.

    Metro go further by stating that a number of sources claim the defender is flying in to London to have a medical today.

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal could land £27m Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes within days after he reportedly agreed a five-year contract.

    Napoli are still hovering around the 22-year-old in case Manchester City complete a £63m swoop for the Italian giants' defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

    But the Gunners are said to be Magalhaes' preferred option despite Napoli matching their bid.

    And The Times say Arsenal have settled personal terms with the Brazil Under-20 star after other suitors like Everton dropped out of the running.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have announced the signing of Tim Akinola on free transfer after he left Huddersfield.

    He spent last season out on loan with Lincoln City, where he caught the eye in their youth set up.

    Gunners transfer chiefs Per Mertesacker and Lee Herron were so convinced they signed the midfielder without a trial.

    Finally, Mikel Arteta has warned he won’t tolerate Arsenal’s players taking their foot off the gas just because they won the FA Cup.

    “I will be looking at the players when they come back from their holidays to see how they have reacted to winning the Cup.

    “Are they going to be more relaxed because they’ve won something or they are going to say ‘OK, what we’ve done is nothing?'

    “We need to apply ourselves better to get to the next level.

    “We have to improve in a lot of areas and dominate many aspects of the game that at the moment we can’t control.

    “If this is the mindset, then I’ll be very happy. Because if we make the right decisions I’m very positive that we can bring the club back to the top.”

    SOK IT TO ME

    Napoli are closing in on a move for Arsenal defender Sokratis.

    Alfredo Pedulla claims the Greek ace is no longer wanted by Mikel Arteta.

    And his move to Naples would see Arsenal become the frontrunners to sign Gabriel, with the Lille man also the subject of a bid from Gennaro Gattuo's side.

    POWER SERGE

    Arsenal fans online told Serge Gnabry he is “welcome back any time” after his stunning goal in the Champions League semi-final.

    The ex-Gunners midfielder scored a screamer to give Bayern Munich an 18th minute lead against Lyon.

    He doubled Bayern's lead 15 minutes later with a much simpler finish to set them on their way to a 3-0 win.

    And supporters of the North Londoners were quick to praise him on Twitter.

    One wrote: “You're welcome back here any time mate @SergeGnabry.”

    Another tweeted: “Things I would do to have our starboy back.”

    Before one said: “I'll pay for his flight, his driver and his hotel.”

    EXCLUSIVE BY JUSTIN ALLEN

    Southampton are among the clubs trying to sign ex-Arsenal and Man Utd star Danny Welbeck for a cut-price £5.5million.

    The Watford striker wants to leave Vicarage Road after relegation to the Championship and it has emerged he has a release clause in his contract. 

    It has sparked a lot of Premier League interest. 

    Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big fan and wants to land the former England striker, who has only been with the Hornets for a season.

    He only has one more year left on his Watford contract. 

    The 29-year-old ace is seen as a bargain buy and a deal will almost certainly be struck before the new season. 

    ART OF WAR

    Mikel Arteta has warned he won’t tolerate Arsenal’s players taking their foot off the gas just because they  won the FA Cup.

    “I will be looking at the players when they come back from their holidays to see how they have reacted to winning the Cup.

    “Are they going to be more relaxed because they’ve won something or they are going to say ‘OK, what we’ve done is nothing.’?

    “We need to apply ourselves better to get to the next level.

    “We have to improve in a lot of areas and dominate many aspects of the game that at the moment we can’t control.

    “If this is the mindset, then I’ll be very happy. Because if we make the right decisions I’m very positive that we can bring the club back to the top.”

    HARD EXIT

    Kieran Tierney has revealed someone spray-painted 'Judas' near his home after his move to Arsenal was announced.

    Speaking on Open Goal's Keeping the Ball on the Ground Podcast, he said: “It was just sad the way it ended. People turning and all that.

    “Some people make it out to be what it's not and it's not that at all.

    “Weeks before when Arsenal had bid people were like that 'you're a rat if you go, you're terrible, you're never a Celtic fan.

    “I'm like 'this is breaking my heart reading this' and as soon as this gets announced it's going to blow up.

    “And the worst thing I did when it got announced was go on Twitter. [There were] thousands of tweets, threats and all sorts.

    “When I went home two days later after signing, there was spray paint on the walls, 'Judas' outside my bit.”

    ROD ONE OUT

    Arsenal are weighing up a move for Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul.

    Golazo Goal claims the attacking midfielder, 26, has caught Mikel Arteta's eye.

    Mesut Ozil looks set to be sold by Arsenal.

    And De Paul would be the perfect replacement.

    However, he is also attracting interest from Juventus, Napoli and Inter Milan.

    And the Argentine could prefer to stay in Italy this summer.

    OH DANI BOY

    Arsenal want to re-sign Dani Ceballos on loan for a second season.

    Mundo Deportivo claims Mikel Arteta is locked in talks with Real Madrid about bringing the Spaniard back to the Emirates.

    Ceballos was one of Arsenal's key players after the restart.

    And Real do not have a place for him in their star-studded squad.

    TAKE YOUR PICK

    Wolves could reportedly swap Raul Jimenez for Juventus trio Aaron Ramsey, Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro.

    Andrea Pirlo took charge of the Serie A side earlier this month and is believed to be ready for a huge clear out, says Tuttosport.

    Jimenez and Costa have both been linked with Manchester United this summer.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal icon Ramsey has been tipped to join Chelsea with Jorginho heading the opposite way.

    Reports earlier this year even claimed the Welshman could be welcomed back at the Emirates just a year after his exit.

    RIEL DEAL CLOSE

    Arsenal could land £27m Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes within days after he agreed a five-year contract.

    Napoli are still hovering around the 22-year-old in case Manchester City complete a £63m swoop for the Italian giants' defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

    But the Gunners are said to be Magalhaes' preferred option despite Napoli matching their bid.

    And The Times say Arsenal have settled personal terms with the Brazil Under-20 star after other suitors like Everton dropped out of the running.

    Lille reportedly expect Gabriel to decide his future this week.

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