1pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Coutinho offered LATEST, Aubameyang set to STAY – Arteta, Partey price in instalments – The Sun

ARSENAL will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final after the Blues stunned Man Utd at Wembley. 

And on the transfer front, Kia Joorabchian is reportedly looking to take clients Philippe Coutinho and Willian to the Emirates, while the Gunners are looking at financially viable means of signing Thomas Partey and Dayot Upamecano.

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

  • PARTEY POOPERS

    Arsenal have put a bid for Thomas Partey on hold as they await the outcome of his contract talks with Atletico Madrid.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners are on standby as Partey dicusses a potential new deal with Atleti.

    The 27-year-old midfielder has long been linked with a switch to the Emirates.

    The Ghanaian ace currently has a release clause of £45million and could be part of Mikel Arteta‘s summer squad overhaul.

    But Diego Simeone‘s side are locked in talks with the player over a new contract which could see both his release clause and wages double.

  • JUST 'LIPPE SERVICE?

    Arsenal and Barcelona are reportedly in talks over a sensational swap deal between Matteo Guendouzi and Philippe Coutinho.

    The Gunners are keen to offload the French midfielder with Mikel Arteta freezing him out of the side following his antics away at Brighton last month.

    He hasn’t been involved in any matchday squad since the 2-1 defeat at the Amex Stadium on June 20, leading to Barca and Real Madrid to become interested in the youngster.

    Meanwhile the Blaugrana are desperate to get Philippe Coutinho off their wage bill having failed to prove himself at the Nou Camp since joining from Liverpool in 2018.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano announced on social media that Arsenal have been offering Guendouzi out to clubs with the player having no future at the Emirates.

    Asked by a fan on what is the latest on Guendouzi, he tweeted: “Arsenal are offering him to many clubs to find a good swap deal. Let’s see. Transfers market has just started.”

  • JI-VENTUS

    Juventus have joined Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to sign Raul Jimenez from Wolves, according to reports.

    Tuttosport claim the Italian side are set to make a move for striker Jimenez and are likely to offload Douglas Costa to fund a deal.

    But if a move for United target Jimenez does not materialise the Old Lady have lined up a swoop for Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette as Plan B.

    Jimenez has impressed since making his stay at Molineux permanent in July.

    Wolves smashed their transfer record to land the player from Benfica for £32million and he has repaid their faith by bagging 26 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions this season.

  • GO ON MY 'SON

    Arsenal have “made formal contact” with Joelson Fernandes’ agent after he rejected a new contract at Sporting Lisbon.

    The left winger, 17, has played 31 games for the Portuguese club this season.

    According to the Mirror, they could offer one of their young players as makeweight in a swap-plus-cash deal.

    Arsenal are known to be working on a tight budget this summer and would go for players they see as having value for money.

  • 'BAHCE FROM THE BRINK

    Mesut Ozil is being seduced by a switch to Turkey, to end his Arsenal nightmare.

    The German playmaker, who has Turkish heritage, has had offers from the MLS, Japan, Spain and Italy.

    But DHA claim a switch to Fenerbahce is likely.

    Ozil, 31, has not played a single minute of competitive football since the resumption of the Premier League.

    Mikel Arteta has not made him part of his plans, with the Gunners pushing for – but missing – a top four place and reaching the FA Cup final.

  • ADIOS SANTI

    Santi Cazorla was given hero's farewell by Villarreal as his team-mates threw him in up air following his last ever game for the club.

    The LaLiga giants confirmed the Arsenal legend, 35, would be leaving the club at the end of this season.

    And after starring in a 4-0 final-day win over Eibar, Cazorla was given a fitting goodbye by his first – and potentially last – club.

    Cazorla notched an assist in the win to bring down the curtain on his spectacular season for Villarreal.

    He was subbed off in the 82nd minute against Eibar to a standing ovation from the few personnel in the stadium.

    After the game, he was given a guard of honour by BOTH teams – and thrown in the air by his Villarreal pals.

  • DAN PLEA

    Dani Ceballos is reportedly ready to ask Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to extend his loan at Arsenal.

    The 23-year-old attacking midfielder produced another standout performance to help down Manchester City 2-0 at Wembley on Saturday.

    Now after helping the Gunners reach the FA Cup Final, boss Mikel Arteta wants to retain the loanee’s services.

    And according to Spanish outlet El Confidencial, the player himself is ready to plead with Madrid’s top chief in order to secure the move.

    Arsenal have already contacted the Bernabeu giants regarding a deal for another 12 months.

    However, Madrid are only interested in doing business with a permanent transfer.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners will enter the week brimming with confidence following their impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to book his side's spot in the final of the FA Cup – which will be against Chelsea.

    And the Gabon international dedicated his FA Cup double to his late grandmother.

    Alongside a picture of Arsenal celebrating, he wrote on Instagram: “That’s a team performance!!!

    “Today it’s a big day I know you not on this world anymore but your soul still with me!!

    “These two goals were for u Mémé (grandmother) for your birthday.”

    In other news, the Gunners have asked Real Madrid about keeping Dani Ceballos on loan for another season, according to reports.

    The 23-year-old attacking midfielder produced another standout performance to help down City at Wembley this weekend.

    Now after helping the Gunners reach the FA Cup Final, boss Mikel Arteta wants to retain his services.

    That’s according to a report in Spanish outlet El Confidencial, who claim the Premier League side have already contacted Los Blancos.

    However, Madrid are only interested in doing business with a permanent transfer.

    Meanwhile, Robin Van Persie believes Arsenal would be better off without European football next season.

    Although qualification for the Champions League is now impossible, the Gunners could yet reach the Europa League through their league position or by winning the FA Cup.

    He told BT Sport: “If you ask me, I would say it's better not to qualify for the Europa League, get those sessions in and go up another level, hopefully, and then go next year or the season after they can really compete with the biggest teams.”

  • ALAN SHEARER

    Arsenal fans have a right to be excited by the club's defensive improvement against Manchester City.

    And beating Chelsea in the FA Cup could be enough to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay.

    Read the rest from Shearer here.

  • STAT ATTACK

    The London rivals will lock horns in the FA Cup final.

  • FINAL CHANCE

    Arsenal will face CHELSEA in the FA Cup final.

    Frank Lampard's men booked their spot in the final with an impressive 3-1 win over Manchester United.

    The all-London affair will take place on August 1.

  • GUNNER TRY?

    Arsenal could make a move for Manchester City defender John Stones this summer, claimed Paul Merson.

    He wrote in the Daily Star: “They need a centre-back, a central midfielder and another striker.

    “The whole spine of the team really.

    “And I think he might go for John Stones at Manchester City.

    “Pep Guardiola doesn't seem to trust him, and Arteta has worked with him before.”

  • AD A BELTER

    Tony Adams has praised David Luiz after his masterclass against Manchester City.

    The Gunners legend said: “I've got to say, David Luiz was absolutely phenomenal.

    “I've been very critical of him recently and I think a lot of people have.

    “Give credit where credit's due – he had the bit between his teeth.

    “I'm thinking it [no crowd] may have helped him because in recent weeks I think the Arsenal crowd would have been on his back and I don't know how he would have reacted to that.”

  • GUNNER PLAY?

    Arsenal booked their spot in the FA Cup final with an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City.

    Manchester United and Chelsea are battling it out in the semi-final as we speak.

    As things stand, the Gunners will be battling it out against Frank Lampard's side for the silverware.

    Chelsea are 2-0 up following goals from Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount.

  • CHANGE OF HART

    Joe Hart looks unlikely to replace Fraser Forster at Celtic, according to reports.

    The former England No.1, who has been linked to Arsenal, is a free agent after being released by Burnley at the end of June.

    However, the Telegraph claims a possible move to Scotland for the 33-year-old goalkeeper is in doubt.

    It is understood Celtic have turned their attention to the European market in their search for a new stopper.

  • PLAYING IT KOUL

    Arsenal wanting to sign Kalidou Koulibaly is “ridiculous”, claimed pundit Mark Lawrenson.

    Speaking to Football Focus, he said: “They are really good going forward, but at the back, they are hopeless.

    “Where do you get them? They are not around [centre-backs].

    'They're talking about Koulibaly for £90million and he's 29. It's ridiculous.”

  • WILL I NEVER

    Joe Willock has urged team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to pen a new deal at the club because he loves to play with him.

    He told The Beautiful Game Podcast: “Obviously, everyone knows he's an amazing guy, not only is he our captain, he's a massive, massive player for us.

    “I don't really know what's going on with that stuff, but, I love to play with him.

    “As I said, he's an amazing guy and hopefully he'll stay at the club and I can learn from him even more.”

  • MOUR PRESSURE

    Jose Mourinho has claimed Arsenal's win over Manchester City puts more pressure on his Tottenham side.

    He said: “They did very well yesterday and deserve to be in the final. They have one match to lose or to win.

    “If they win they are in Europe. I think it puts more pressure in this group of where we are because there is a 50 per cent possibility they win the cup.”

  • WILL I NEVER

    Chelsea star Willian has given an update on his future amid interest from the likes of United and Arsenal.

    Speaking on YouTube channel De Sola, he said: “No, not for the time being. Chelsea aren't jealous.

    “They didn't say anything. At least they showed no jealousy. They're letting go!

    “Just kidding, I already had a conversation with the club a few months ago, even before the break.”

  • EMPRESSIVE

    Emi Martinez appreciation tweet…

  • EUR CALL

    Robin van Persie believes Arsenal would be better off without European football next season.

    Although qualification for the Champions League is now impossible, the Gunners could yet reach the Europa League through their league position or by winning the FA Cup.

    However, the ex-Arsenal and Manchester United frontman reckons a season out of Europe could benefit the Gunners in the long run, as it would grant manager Mikel Arteta more time with his squad on the training pitch.

    He told BT Sport: “You can look at it from two ways really because Arsenal don’t really want to be in the Europa League, they want to be in the Champions League.

    “From one point of view, you can say it’s better for Mikel to have extra training sessions, to work on the tactics, to work on fitness, to go up another level, which is needed to compete at the highest level against the top teams.

    “If you ask me, I would say it’s better not to qualify for the Europa League, get those sessions in and go up another level, hopefully, and then go next year or the season after they can really compete with the biggest teams.”

  • TIE HIM DAN

    Arsenal have asked Real Madrid about keeping Dani Ceballos on loan for another season, according to reports.

    The 23-year-old attacking midfielder produced another standout performance to help down Manchester City 2-0 at Wembley last night.

    Now after helping the Gunners reach the FA Cup Final, boss Mikel Arteta wants to retain his services.

    That’s according to a report in Spanish outlet El Confidencial, who claim the Premier League side have already contacted Los Blancos.

    However, Madrid are only interested in doing business with a permanent transfer.

    Their president Florentino Perez has already stated they need to sell before any big-name arrivals due to the monetary impacts of the coronavirus crisis.

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  • 'FOR YOU' NAN

    Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has dedicated his FA Cup double to his late grandmother.

    The 31-year-old was in sensational form as his two goals helped see off Manchester City.

    After the game the Gabon international uploaded a picture of him celebrating with his team-mates after scoring, with an emotional caption.

    He wrote: “That’s a team performance!!!

    “Today it’s a big day I know you not on this world anymore but your soul still with me!!!

    “These two goals were for u Mémé (grandmother) for your birthday.”

  • MONEY MANAGERS

    Marcelo Bielsa is set to be handed a new £8million-a-year contract – which will make him better paid than Mikel Arteta.

    The Leeds boss, 64, is set to be handed a bumper new contract after ending 16 years of hurt by guiding the Elland Road side back to the Premier League.

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