4pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Willian LATEST, Coutinho follows Gunners stars, Ozil – ‘I’ll decide when I go’, Partey – The Sun

PHILIPPE COUTINHO has got Arsenal fans very excited by following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Cedric Soares and Gabriel Martinelli on Instagram.

Meanwhile Mesut Ozil has declared he will stay at the Emirates next season, insisting: "I'll decide when I go, not others!"

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

  • It reads: “Those at the bottom of the merit table, and those who complete fewer than 10 matches, do not qualify.

    “Payments to those who complete fewer than 20 matches are discounted (by 40 per cent up to 14 matches and 15 per cent up to 19).

    “The distribution is otherwise based on a set number of “shares” which are split in the manner specified in the document, with the first ranked referee receiving the most shares.

    “A further email is sent on behalf of Mr Riley after the end of the season referring to PGMOL's Board having confirmed the size of the pot.

    “The maximum payment for 2014-15 was around £3,500 and the lowest was under £700.

    “Mr Riley's evidence was that merit payments would be made as indicated unless the referee group had had a 'catastrophic' season, which he thought might happen if the EFL was dissatisfied with the overall level of service.”

  • RED ENVELOPE

    Premier League referees will receive a performance-related bonus – despite a season of shoddy officiating.

    Despite the unpopular introduction of VAR, officials will yet again pocket some extra cash as they have done in previous campaigns.

    A meeting will be held on September 12 to decide on the bonus figure each referee will receive although the total amount remains unknown.

    All referees in each four divisions who have taken charge of more than ten games are eligible.

    That is unless they have endured a “catastrophic” season, according to Sky Sports.

    According to court documents written by Premier League referee chief Mike Riley, it informs refs of the size of their bonus…

  • SNAP IT SHUT

    Premier League stars have been warned to STOP sharing holiday snaps on social media over fears of their quarantine whereabouts on their return to the UK.

    Top-flight clubs are set to kick off their pre-season plans as early as next week following a condensed summer break.

    A hatful of players are currently enjoying a quick break in the sun – with the likes of Dele Alli, Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Frank Lampard all making the most of their few weeks off.

    But now Sportsmail have claimed stars have been urged to ditch social media in a bid to avoid awkward questions surrounding their whereabouts during periods of self-isolation.

    Spanish hot-spots such as Marbella and Ibiza are favourites amongst the world's best footballers.

  • TAKE A LEAF OUT OF MY BOOK

    Hector Bellerin claims he has had 50,000 trees planted as a result of his fundraising efforts.

    He said on Instagra: “Started with a cause to raise awareness of a global need to plant trees and offset carbon emissions.

    “Got told we wouldn’t plant any… ‬

    ‪”50,000 trees now planted.

    “Thank you to everyone who supported and played a part. @onetreeplanted”

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    Started with a cause to raise awareness of a global need to plant trees and offset carbon emissions. Got told we wouldn’t plant any… ‬ ‪50,000 trees now planted. Thank you to everyone who supported and played a part. @onetreeplanted

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  • LUCKY NO7

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showed his generosity after paying for a 7-a-side match in Italy and gifting every player a Gunners shirt.

    The former AC Milan youth player was visiting his brothers Willy and Catilina, before they showed up to a football centre in Varese.

    According to Gazzetta, the game also featured ex-Belarusian striker Vitali Kutuzov, who lives in the area, as well as rapper Fabio Rizzo.

    Aubameyang’s team all wore Arsenal shirts and the forward then made sure he paid for the pitch.

    The 31-year-old also handed out Gunners shirts for all the players to keep.

    Aubameyang in 2016, when playing for Borussia Dortmund, played in a tournament at the Franco Ossola stadium, situated in Varese.

  • IT WON’T BE LONG

    Kia Joorabchian also confirmed the announcement of Willian’s transfer to Arsenal is imminent.

    He told talkSPORT: “It won’t be long before we announce it. We know where he is going.”

  • COCK-UP FC

    Kia Joorabchian has launched a scathing attack on Arsenal’s recruitment policy, despite the fact that one of his clients is about to sign for them.

    Joorabchian laid into to former sporting director Sven Mislintat for the Gunners’ recent transfer flops.

    He told talkSPORT: “People forget about the previous guy, Sven.

    “He made a bunch of, I don't like to use the word, but, cock-ups with players he brought in at very, very large numbers.”

  • ONE 'N DONE

    Replays have been ditched from every round of the FA Cup next season to make sure the competition gets played, reports DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    Ties will all be decided in one day from the extra preliminary round on September 1 right through to the final on May 15.

    FA bosses have been forced to make the unprecedented change in order to cram their competition into what is fast becoming a crazily packed fixture programme.

    The qualifying rounds will be resolved by the end of October, before the first round proper sees teams from Leagues One and Two enter the tournament on November 7.

    Third round ties will be played on or around January 9 when Premier League and Championship sides enter the competition.

    Teams throughout the leagues are facing major problems getting their games played, with the first four rounds of the Carabao Cup now confirmed to be crammed into September.

  • STEER CLEAR

    Ghana boss Charles Akonnor told has urged Thomas Partey to avoid joining Arsenal.

    He told Ghanaian radio: “I honestly wouldn't want Thomas Partey to join Arsenal.

    “That is because with Atletico Madrid, he will always play in the Champions League.

    “His position is guaranteed, and he will always play.

    “It will be difficult for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League, so I would urge him to stay in Madrid.

    “Arsenal fans will kill me for saying this!”

  • MORE OZIL

    Ozil added: “I have given a lot to Arsenal, on and off the pitch, so the reaction was disappointing.

    “They said they don’t get involved in politics but this isn’t politics and they have got involved in other issues.

    “In America, we saw George Floyd killed and the world spoke up to say Black Lives Matter, and that is correct.

    “We are all equal and it’s a good thing that people fight against injustice.

    “There are a lot of black players and fans of Arsenal and it’s fantastic the club is backing them.

    “But I wish people would have done the same for the Muslims because Arsenal have many Muslim players and fans as well, and it is important for the world to say that Muslim Lives Matter.”

  • 'EVERY HUMAN IS EQUAL'

    Mesut Ozil was “disappointed” with Arsenal after their failure to back his views over the Uighur killings in China.

    Ozil took to Instagram in December to speak out against the persecution of fellow Muslims in north west Xianjiang.

    And now the 31-year-old has revealed what he thought of Arsenal’s decision to distance the club from the views expressed by their midfielder.

    Ozil told the Athletic: “Every human is equal.

    “It doesn’t matter what religion or colour you are – Muslim, Christian, Jew, black, white or anything else. We are all the same.

    “What I said was not against Chinese people, it was against whoever is doing this to the Uighur Muslims and other people who are not helping them, such as other Muslim countries.”

  • FIXTURE PILE-UP

    The first FOUR rounds of the Carabao Cup will be crammed into the first month of the season in order to get the competition played, writes DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    EFL bosses have been forced to get creative with the fixture list in order for their cup tournament to be staged following the delayed start to the new season.

    The first round, involving EFL sides, will be played on September 5 – one week before the league campaigns are due to kick-off.

    Then rounds two, three and four will be staged each midweek from September 15/16 – which will include the Premier League sides.

    Top flight teams enter the tournament in the second round, except for those involved in European competitions who come in a round later.

    The condensed timescale mean Premier League clubs are expected to play a minimum of SIX matches in the first three weeks of the new season – every weekend and midweek from September 12.

  • KEYBOARD WARRIOR TRACKED DOWN

    The Premier League has revealed it went after a fan in Singapore for threatening and abusive messages received by Brighton’s Neal Maupay, following his argument with Matteo Guendouzi.

    They said in a statement:

    Threatening and abusive messages received by the player were reported to the Premier League via its online abuse reporting system.

    Premier League investigators believe that they have tracked the location of the person responsible to Singapore and have now filed an official police complaint.

    The Premier League is liaising with local authorities and will support all subsequent legal action on behalf of Neal Maupay.

    Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “The abuse Neal received is wholly unacceptable.

    “We responded immediately to seek justice on his behalf, which in this case meant identifying the perpetrator, tracking them to where they live, and then pursuing legal action accordingly.”

  • ZECH'S IN THE POST

    Arsenal youngster Zech Medley has joined Gillingham on a season-long loan.

    The defender, 20, broke into the first team last season but was limited to one appearance on the bench this year in the Europa League.

    Medley, who joined from Chelsea as a kid in 2016, was a regular in the Under-23 side that finished sixth in Premier League Two but is now moving on.

    The 6ft 5in former England youth star will spend 12 months at the Priestfield Stadium after the Gills beat off interest from a number of clubs for his signature.

    Announcing the move on their website, manager Steve Evans said: “The lad has taken his time, spoken to numerous clubs and he is a superb addition.

    “I would like to acknowledge the support of Mikel Arteta and his staff at Arsenal for agreeing that Zech should continue his education here.”

  • FOLLOW ME BACK

    Arsenal fans are adamant Philippe Coutinho is joining them next season.

    Why? Because of his social media activity, of course.

    The Barcelona flop, who spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich, has been offered to the Gunners on loan, according to reports.

    And now he has started following Cedric Soares, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli on Instagram.

  • JET SETTERS

    Mesut Ozil is enjoying some family time away from London.

    The Germany international, 31, has headed to Turkey with wife Amine and their daughter Eda.

    He posted a picture with the caption: “First vacay with my little princess.”

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    First vacay with my little princess ❤🇹🇷

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    Babamız böyle post yaparsa Annede eksik kalmaz 😂😁🙋🏽‍♀️ #lovefamily

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  • ARSENAL WAGES

    Here is a breakdown of how much the Gunners earn.

    Imagine how much cash they would free up if they got rid of Mesut Ozil.

  • GOOD VIBES ONLY

    Bukayo Saka has been enjoying some sunshine away from the UK after helping Arsenal win the FA Cup.

    The Gunners winger shared pictures from the front of a boat in what looks like mediterranean seas.

    He captioned the image: “Good vibes only”

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    Good vibes only ! 🛥💙

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  • FIND A HOUSS A HOME

    Arsenal have received a major transfer boost after Lyon sporting director Juninho admitted Houssem Aouar could leave this summer.

    The 22-year-old is one of the most highly-touted midfielders in Europe and is valued at £44million by the Ligue 1 side.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has admired the star for months and has been plotting a transfer swoop this window.

    Meanwhile, Premier League rivals Manchester City and Serie A champions Juventus are both also keen on signing the Frenchman.

    Juninho told RMC Sport: “Houssem Aouar? When you have great players in the squad, it is quite logical that other bigger teams with greater economic power come to seek the players.

    “There is a risk of losing important players. If we lose important players, I have already spoken with the president, we will have the right to balance the workforce.”

  • NOU THANK YOU

    Arsene Wenger TURNED DOWN the chance to replace Quique Setien as Barcelona manager, according to reports.

    The legendary former Arsenal manager was urged to end his football exile with a dream appointment at the Nou Camp.

    But according to Sport he wasn’t interested.

    The report seems strange, especially given how keen Wenger was to get back into management after he left Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 season.

    According to the Catalan publication, he wasn’t impressed with their long-term structure, while the club are looking to hire midfield legend Xavi, but can’t hire him until 2021.

  • MORE OZIL

    The German added: “Everyone was fine with a deferral while there was so much uncertainty – I would have been OK to take a bigger share – and then a cut if required, once the football and financial outlook was clearer.

    “But we were rushed into it without proper consultation.

    “For anyone in this situation, you have a right to know everything, to understand why it is happening and where the money is going.

    “But we didn't get enough details, we just had to give a quick decision.

    “It was far too quick for something so important and there was a lot of pressure.”

  • ZIL BY MOUTH

    Mesut Oil has revealed he rejected Arsenal's coronavirus pay cut as it was “rushed” – and reckons that's why he has been dropped.

    The club's highest-paid player, on £350,000-per-week, was slated after he refused to take a 12.5 per cent wage cut in April.

    The German star was one of just three Arsenal players to reject the club's proposal.

    Ozil has now insisted he did not sign on the dotted line as it was “far too quick” to make such an important decision.

    He told The Athletic: “As players, we all wanted to contribute.

    “But we needed more information and many questions were unanswered.”

  • NO MES-SING

    Mesut Ozil has insisted he will stay at Arsenal until the end of his contract next season, and declared his intention to fight his way back into Mikel Arteta's starting XI.

    Ozil told The Athletic: “My position is clear. I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club.

    “Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger.

    “I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again.”

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Yesterday was busy and HOT!

    At Arsenal it emerged they will be offered Gonzalo Higuain, Douglas Costa or Cristian Romero by Juventus in a sensational swap deal for Alexandre Lacazette.

    The North Londoners were also dealt a Dani Ceballos blow with Real Madrid now 'wanting to KEEP the midfielder' after his stunning form.

    It was also reported Arsenal ‘must pay Thomas Partey over £200,000-a-week’ after reportedly meeting his £45m Atletico Madrid release clause in full.

    Across London, Chelsea joined the Gunners in the chase for Joelson Fernandes after Mikel Arteta’s side had a £29m bid 'rejected by Sporting Lisbon'.

    And Arsenal are also said to have offered Roma Lucas Torreira in a swap deal for midfielder Amadou Diawara.

    Away from transfers, Bernd Leno married his new wife Sophie in a beautiful ceremony as the pair posed for plush wedding snaps.

    Reports also emerged suggesting Arsenal and Liverpool fans ‘will NOT be allowed to attend the Community Shield with plans for test event SCRAPPED’.

    And finally, Premier League clubs are to share an extra £170m for this season – after clubs delayed paying off the Covid-19 TV rebate.

    Domestic and overseas broadcasters forced Prem clubs to agree to a repayment of around £330m for the three-month shutdown.

    This was despite the League resuming in June and being completed last month.

    It was initially anticipated that £170m would have to be paid from this season’s planned income, a significant blow to clubs who face starting next term behind closed doors.

  • YOU'VE BEEN DAN – ICYMI

    Dani Ceballos could be recalled by Real Madrid next season, according to reports.

    The Spaniard was one of Arsenal’s star players last season, but uncertainty still lingers over his future.

    According to FourFourTwo, the midfielder may be included in Zindine Zidane’s plans next summer and told to report for duties in the Spanish capital.

    It would mark a huge blow for Mikel Arteta, who is looking forward to using Ceballos in his team next season and will leave a hole in the Gunners’ midfield.

    It remains unconfirmed what Real will do with Ceballos next season though, with Arsenal needing to convince Real that he is better off with them next term – and quick.

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