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PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a new three-year contract at the Emirates.

And the Gunners are reportedly making a bold £36.5m bid to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

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  • CALM DAN

    Tim Sherwood has launched a scathing attack on “average” Dani Ceballos by claiming the Arsenal star will be found out this season.

    He said: “Ceballos in my opinion is average. I think he’s too weak for the Premier League and I think he’ll get found out this year.

    “I think they need a little bit more guile in there. You need a player in there like Mesut Ozil in that middle of the pitch.

    “When teams are scared of the pace of Saka and Aubameyang and Lacazette and they want to defend deep where’s the guile where’s the player who is going to open the teams up. Ozil is the man to do that.”

  • PREDICTED XI

    Mikel Arteta is preparing to lead Arsenal into their first home game of the season against West Ham on Saturday.

    The Gunners go into the 8pm kick off on the back of a 3-0 opening-day win over Fulham.

    And to boost spirits at the club even further, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has since signed a new three-year deal, quashing speculation he could quit this summer.

    The Gunners boss will be buoyed by the return of some first-team stars for the clash with the Hammers, too.

    David Luiz appears to be fit following his injury, while Dani Ceballos looks set to be available after returning for another season-long loan from Real Madrid.

    Bernd Leno will likely start between the sticks, with Arteta fielding another 3-4-3 ahead of the German.

  • MORE ON HENRY

    The documentary will be about the Frenchman's life and times, after recent shows about Nicolas Anelka, as well as the Man City and Spurs All or Nothing docs.

    Ellin added: “It’s the friendships, the family dynamic, all that stuff behind the scenes.

    “It’s inspired by Thierry’s life, similar to how Entourage was inspired by Mark Wahlberg.

    “We've just finished the script.

    “The world is closed down, and my opening scene takes place at a full Wembley stadium. But we can do that with cardboard cutouts and CGI.

    “Thierry will consult as well as his manager to help us to make it as authentic as possible.”

  • HENTOURAGE

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is to be the focus of a new Entourage-style show about his glamorous life in football.

    The ex-Gunner is working with the creator of the original hit Hollywood series Doug Ellin to make a similar show about the world of football.

    Doug said the show will be inspired by Henry's life – just like Entourage was based on the life of actor Mark Wahlberg.

    The HBO show was based on Mark's experiences as a young actor in Hollywood and the wild parties and excesses of the LA scene.

    Ellin revealed: “It's a show set in the world of football. We’re actively trying to get that going right now.

    “Thierry Henry was in the Entourage movie so I’ve known him a long time. And Darren Dein, who is his long-time manager, is a good friend of mine.”

  • G-RAY AREA

    Arsenal have reportedly had a £10million transfer bid for David Raya rejected by Brentford.

    The Spanish goalkeeper, 25, is wanted by the Gunners to fill the void left by Emi Martinez’s £20m move to Aston Villa.

    That is despite the impending arrival of fellow stopper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is attempting to revamp his goalkeeping department.

    And the Telegraph claim they have stepped up their pursuit of Raya in recent days.

    The Bees star is keen to test himself in the Premier League after missing out on promotion last season following his side’s defeat to Fulham in the play-off final.

  • WEEKEND FIXTURES

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  • CARABAO ABOUT THAT

    Liverpool and Arsenal could meet in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup following Thursday night’s draw.

    There’s also a London derby on the cards with Chelsea potentially heading to rivals Tottenham.

    Manchester United face a trip to either Preston or Brighton and holders Man City could take on one of Millwall or Burnley.

  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Houssem Aouar is still being tipped as the next big arrival at Arsenal.

    But the £36.5m-rated Lyon playmaker could yet be joined by long-term target Thomas Partey.

    Reports in Spain say Atletico Madrid believe the Gunners remain a “threat” to their hopes of keeping Ghana anchorman.

    But the LaLiga giants are “confident” of keeping the 27-year-old midfielder.

    Brentford are said to have turned down a £10million Arsenal bid for Spanish keeper David Raya.

    But the Telegraph claim the Gunners still want the ex-Blackburn star, even though Dijon stopper Runar Alex Runarsson is on the brink of arriving to replace Aston Villa new boy Emiliano Martinez.

    And after the relief of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang agreeing a new £350,000-a-week deal, it has been revealed just how serious Barcelona were in their pursuit of the 31-year-old

    Sky Sports say the La Liga giants made an unsuccessful contract offer to the Gabon frontman's representatives.

  • CARABAO CUP CRACKERS

    Liverpool and Arsenal could meet in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup following Thursday night’s draw.

    There’s also a London derby on the cards with Chelsea potentially heading to rivals Tottenham.

  • NOU CHANCE

    Barcelona failed with a late move to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Nou Camp this summer.

    Speculation over the 31-year-old’s future was finally ended this week when Arsenal announced he had signed a new £350,000-a-week contract.

    However, Sky Sports claims that came after the La Liga giants unsuccessfully made a contract offer to the Gabonese hotshot’s representatives.

    New Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants a new attacker after telling Luis Suarez he can leave, with Inter Milan also keen.

    Aubameyang was out of contract next June with the North London club wary of losing him for nothing at the end of the campaign.

  • HIGH-RISE HEARTACHE

    Here are what Arsenal's sales that left for PENNIES could be worth now.

    It doesn't make great reading for the Gunners.

  • ATLETICO PARTEY NOT OVER

    Atletico Madrid believe Arsenal will be a “threat” but are still “confident” of keeping midfielder Thomas Partey.

    That's according to reports in Spain, where Ghana anchorman Partey, 27, has been a key player in LaLiga.

  • BEES 'REJECT ARSENAL BID FOR RAYA'

    Brentford have reportedly turned down a £10million Arsenal bid for Spanish keeper David Raya.

    But the Telegraph say the Gunners still want the ex-Blackburn star, even though Dijon stopper Runar Alex Runarsson is on the brink of arriving

    The claim is that the promotion-seeking Bees will only sell Raya if they could have the 25-year-old back on loan for the season.

  • NO PALACE D-RAHMA

    Said Benrahma's hopes of a dream Premier League move is on hold again – as Crystal Palace prioritise signing a new striker after he was linked with Arsenal earlier this summer.

    Palace have been tracking the Brentford playmaker as Roy Hodgson continues to revitalise his squad in the first few weeks of the season.

    And the Bees would sell the 25-year-old for around £25million.

    Palace are set to make around £11m from the sale of Alexander Sorloth to RB Leipzig but boss Hodgson believes bringing in another goalscorer is his most pressing need.

  • READY FOR A RUN IN

    Runar Alex Runarsson will have a medical at Arsenal today, before completing his transfer as Emiliano Martinez's replacement, according to the Telegraph.

    It Icelandic keeper, 25, will join from Dijon on a long-term deal.

    Emirates cutl hero Martinez completed a £20million move to Aston Villa earlier this week.

    And Mikel Arteta still wants to use that cash, plus other sales, to sign a defensive midfielder.

  • GUNNERS' AKPOM WINDFALL

    Arsenal are reportedly in line to receive £1.1million from Chuba Akpom’s move to Middlesbrough.

    Reports claim the PAOK striker, 24, is on the verge of a £2.75m Teeside switch.

    And 101 Great Goals add that former club Arsenal will pocket a tasty 40 per cent of the fee.

    Akpom has been a smash hit during his two years in Greece, scoring 18 goals in 79 matches to do the Double.

    And PAOK are now on the verge of reaching the Champions League group stage after beating Benfica to set up a winner-takes-all match against Krasnodar.

    However, it looks like Akpom will not be there to help his team against the Russians as a move to the Riverside looms.

  • DOOR OPENS FOR HOUSSE

    Houssem Aouar coUld be the subject of a £36.5million Arsenal bid within days.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta still hopes to offload fringe stars to boost his bid for the Lyon playmaker.

    And Telefoot Chaine in Aouar's native France suggest Arteta is now ready to make his first major move for the 22-year-old.

    Manchester City and Juventus were also said to be big admirers of the Under-21 international earlier this summer.

    But Arsenal are now clear front-runners.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Former Arsenal Women’s star Alex Scott is poised to replace Sue Barker as the host of A Question Of Sport, reports CLEMMIE MOODIE.

    The 35-year-old, who starred in last year’s Strictly, impressed BBC bosses after two previous appearances on the long-running series.

    She is due to meet with execs next month before castings and contracts are signed in December, with a formal announcement in the new year.

    A source said: “Alex is being lined up as host, as a direct replacement for Sue.

    “Like Sue, she’s a former sportswoman and she also has five years of broadcasting under her belt.

    “She’s a natural on camera and, crucially, lives and breathes all things sport.”

  • AUBA-ACHIEVER

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on course to break Ian Wright's Arsenal scoring record.

    The Gabonese star signed a bumper new three-year contract at the Emirates.

    And if he keeps banging them in at the same rate he could leapfrog Wright in Arsenal's all-time top scorer chart.

    Wright's long standing record sees him sitting second in the list.

    The charismatic goal machine bagged 185 goals for the Gunners in the 288 games he played in red and white.

  • INFLATION SENSATION

    Here are what Arsenal's sales that left for PENNIES could be worth now.

    It doesn't make great reading for the Gunners.

  • HOLDING ON

    Rob Holding is ready to snub the chance of a loan move from Arsenal, reports DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    The defender started the Gunners' opening day victory over Fulham in place of injured David Luiz.

    He also played the full 90 minutes as Mikel Arteta's side lifted the Community Shield with a win over Liverpool.

    But that hasn't stopped speculation the ex-Bolton man, 24, is set for the Emirates exit this summer.

    West Ham have been named among the clubs keeping tabs on Holding's availability, with David Moyes' side linked with a £5million loan move.

    The Hammers are on the lookout for a new centre-half after, so far, failing in their attempts to sign James Tarkowski from Burnley.

  • ICYMI – AOUAR LATEST

    Arsenal are being linked with an “imminent” £36.5million bid for main target Houssem Aouar.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta still hopes to offload fringe stars to boost his bid for the Lyon playmaker.

    And Telefoot Chaine in Aouar's native France suggest Arteta is now ready to make his first major move for the 22-year-old.

    Manchester City and Juventus were also said to be big admirers of the Under-21 international earlier this summer.

    But Arsenal are now clear front-runners.

  • EFL BAILOUT PLEA

    EFL chiefs have told Prem clubs a £200MILLION bailout is “urgent” to keep them all alive, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    Discussions between the Prem and EFL chairman Rick parry have intensified in recent weeks as the reality of starting the season behind closed doors bites.

    Parry has reminded the top tier that playing without fans will cost the 72 EFL clubs around £20m per month, adding up to £200m over the whole season.

    While the Prem sides are open to helping out, SunSport revealed they are likely to demand stringent conditions over how the money is distributed and spent.

    But there is a genuine fear that, without funds being made available soon, clubs could go bust “within weeks”.

    The concerns come as Macclesfield, booted out of the EFL last month, were wound up at the High Court over debts of more than £500,000.

  • TRAINING DAY

    Runar Alex Runarsson was in training with Dijon yesterday.

    A video shared by the Ligue 1 side showed the Icelandic international between the sticks at the French club's training ground, going through drills.

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