HECTOR BELLERIN could be set to end his nine-year stay at Arsenal, according to reports.
Meanwhile Gunners fans are waiting for the imminent signing of Gabriel Magalhaes to be confirmed.
Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…
EERIE WE GO
Soccer Saturday's sacked presenters could go from cheerio to eerie show – with a spot on 2020’s “haunted” I’m a Celebrity.
Sky Sports stunned their popular programme’s fans by axing former top-flight superstars Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas, Scott Minto and Phil Thompson.
Now ex-England winger Le Tissier, in particular, is being tipped for ITV’s hit series, hosted by Ant ‘n Dec.
The Southampton legend is rated 6/4 to appear in this year’s special version – where he could practice some creepy-uppies in the “haunted” ruins of Gwrych Castle in Wales.
Former Arsenal maverick Charlie Nicholas is 3/1 and one-time Chelsea left-back Minto 6/1 – with even Liverpool hero Thompson given a ghost of a chance at 10/1.
Sky Sports praised the “great job” done by the long-serving pundits but revealed their football punditry is having what could become a major revamp.
Mikel Arteta can’t hide his excitement at the prospect of Lionel Messi coming to the Premier League with his former club Manchester City.
The Arsenal boss has been closely monitoring developments at Barcelona since Messi stunned the club with his transfer request.
Ambitious City are leading the chase for the Argentine superstar and Arteta says: “If Messi comes to England we’re all going to enjoy it.
“I have been a Barcelona fan since I was a young boy and it’s sad to see the best player in football history leaving that club.
“He has been linked with more clubs than any other player in the world but even if he comes to one of our Premier League rivals it will be good for football.
“If you want to have the most competitive league in the world you need to have the best players. And in my opinion Messi is the greatest of all time.”
The FA will not reimpose the blackout until fans return and it may not be reinstated until capacity crowds are permitted.
The purpose of the blackout – brought in during the 1980s – is to protect live attendances and grassroots participation.
But after Covid-19 turned the world upside down, the league had to have a rethink.
And after play restarted in April all remaining games in the 2019-20 season were available to watch – some even for free as the BBC hosted their first ever live Premier League coverage.
All games in the Championship, League One and League Two will be watchable for fans.
Premier League chairmen are set to officially follow suit in a meeting on Thursday.
LIVE AND KICKING
Fans are set to once again be able to watch EVERY Premier League game live on TV.
First reported by The Times, The FA confirmed the Saturday 3pm TV blackout will be lifted for the start of the new season on September 12.
Meaning it is almost guaranteed that all games in the English top flight will be available to watch for British viewers until fans return to stadiums.
The blackout was previously abolished for Project Restart as all games were broadcast live after the coronavirus-enforced break in play.
Originally, the Premier League suggested they would abide by Sky Sports and BT Sports' usual contracts which would see 40 per cent of games unavailable on live tele.
But clubs feared this could see many turn to illegal streams and are keen to again allow season ticket holders to watch games through access codes to subscription services…
As of yet, there are no plans to call up replacements for those that have tested positive.
The Mail add that England players will be tested prior to their arrival at St George’s Park on Monday, and again as soon as they report for duty.
With many players returning from holidays after a long season, there is a fear that a number of stars have contracted coronavirus.
COR BLIMEY – BREAKING!
England's preparations for their Nations League double header next month have plunged into chaos after THREE players tested positive for Covid-19.
According to the Daily Mail, three members of Gareth Southgate’s side have tested positive for coronavirus in recent days.
And they now face an anxious wait over whether they will have to withdraw from the squad ahead of the clashes against Iceland and Denmark.
Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire has already been dropped by Southgate due to his antics in Mykonos.
It has been claimed that England staff know who the players are that have contracted the deadly bug.
But it has been stated that there is a growing belief that it is inevitable they will have to withdraw amid the Premier League Covid-19 outbreak.
ART OF RECOVERY
Mikel Arteta has opened the door to a shock Arsenal return for Matteo Guendouzi.
The French midfielder has been out in the Emirates cold since his falling-out with boss Arteta more than two months ago.
But now the fiery 21-year-old has been told that his slate has been wiped clean after failing to attract any offers to match Arsenal’s £30million valuation.
Arteta confirmed: “I have spoken to Matteo during the break and I have been really clear that everybody starts from zero.
“What you did two weeks ago or two years ago doesn’t really matter. It’s what you are able to contribute to the team now.
“I have told Guendouzi that at the moment he’s like any other player in the squad. He deserves to be treated exactly the same and I will do that to the best of my capability.”
GAB GRAB CLOSE
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits Gabriel Magalhaes's arrival has yet to be sealed – but expects skipper Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to sign a new three-year contract.
Lille's £25million Brazilian centre-back Gabriel was expected to sign earlier this week after the Gunners beat off Manchester United, Napoli and Everton for the 22-year-old.
But ahead of Saturday's Community Shield against Liverpool, Arteta said of the Under-20 international: “Regarding Gabriel we cannot announce the deal yet. It’s not finalised.
“You all know he’s a player we like. Everything is okay when both parties signs, the club and the player agrees the terms and he goes through the medical.
“Sometimes in the final stages it is not as easy as it looks but, again, we are pretty positive that we can do it.
“When we get him I will be pleased. He’s a player we followed and we’re determined he’s the right profile for our squad.”
SPUR OF THE MOMENT
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit out at Tottenham by saying “s***, we know” when asked his thoughts on the club.
Arsenal skipper was asked the question by a fan during a livestream on Twitch.
And the Gabon international showed his loyalty to the red side of North London – despite no official confirmation of a new deal at the Emirates for the 31-year-old.
Aubameyang was playing the popular video game Fortnite with his brother Willy.
When a Gunners fan popped up with the cheeky question.
The former Borussia Dortmund star replied: “What do we think of Tottenham? Ha. S**t, we know.”
Tottenham fans have been left sighing after uncovering old Arsenal supporting tweets from imminent arrival Matt Doherty.
The Wolves defender has never hidden his allegiance to the red half of North London.
However, the signing could become marred by old tweets sent by Doherty while still a youngster at Molineux.
In one 2012 post, the right-back proclaimed to “love Arsenal forever and ever and ever”.
And that led to Spurs fans asking the Irishman to quickly erase his Gooner past.
Tottenham supporter Alex tweeted: “Yo delete this ASAP.”
WILL THERE'S A WAY
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been impressed with what he has heard so far from new signing Willian.
The summer recruit from Chelsea said he wants to help the club win the Champions League.
Speaking to the club website, Arteta said: “Well, it is the right spirit! I want players who are optimistic and willing and they want to win for our club.
“That is the feeling I got from the first day I met Willian: he is not satisfied with what he has done in his career, which is a lot.
“And he is going to bring some special qualities for our team, and the type of attitude and mentality that you just mentioned in your question.”
LET'S PLAY BALL
Arsenal youngster Daniel Ballard has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad.
The centre-half was on loan last season with Swindon before the loan was cut short by injury.
He featured recently for Arsenal in their 4-1 friendly win against MK Dons.
JUST WAIT AND OSEI
Cardiff have snapped up Arsenal wing-back Jordi Osei-Tutu on a season-long loan deal.
The 21-year-old is the sixth Gunners youngster to head out on loan this summer having spent last year with VfL Bochum.
In Germany's second-tier, Osei-Tutu was instrumental in his side's escape from relegation trouble.
Having found a home in midfield, he scored three and set up three during a vital 11-game unbeaten run late in the campaign.
Although he was left in tears during a pre-season outing for the 2.Bundesliga team when he suffered a racist abuse against Swiss side St Gallen.
Osei-Tutu has already made his first outing in a Bluebirds shirt, in a 3-0 friendly win over Newport.
Rival fans sometimes will do anything to discredit something your club has done, or a player they have signed.
It appears a Spurs fan has pulled out ALL the stops to make it seem as if imminent Arsenal signing Gabriel, was a Tottenham fan.
It was a good attempt, but Arsenal fans were quick to spot the error!
THAT'S A RAP
Arsenal fans are left devastated as Magalhaes or Aubameyang ‘announcement video’ filmed at Emirates turns out to be a rapper.
Fans have been left majorly underwhelmed after a supposed “announcement video” being filmed at the Emirates turned out to be nothing of the sort.
Arsenal fans are still patiently waiting for the announcement that Gabriel has signed, and the news of Aubameyang's new contract.
But they thought the wait was finally over when a fan sparked huge excitement during a stadium tour.
He filmed an unknown figure standing in front of a camera on the Emirates pitch while wearing the new Arsenal away shirt.
Uploading the footage to Reddit, he captioned it: “I'm on a stadium tour and they're filming Aubameyang in the new away kit.
“New contract incoming.”
But after a string of detective work on Twitter, fans finally realised the man was, in fact, a rapper called Yizzy filming a music video.
Long-time striker target Odsonne Edouard could be in line for a shock move to Arsenal after his club Celtic's disappointing Champions League exit to Hungarian side Ferencvarosi.
With striker Lacazette possibly departing, a move for the young French forward isn't far fetched.
Ally McCoist believes the early exit could affect the strikers whereabouts for the upcoming season, McCoist told TalkSPORT: “Edouard, certainly on current form, is the most valuable player in the country.
“And he must be sitting there thinking – with the greatest of respect to Odsonne Edouard – is he going to say ‘ok that’s us out of the Champions League but I’ve to 10 In A Row to look forward to’?
“No he’s not! Come on, that’s a west of Scotland thing between Rangers and Celtic. That’s not going to affect a big striker with the ability of Odsonne Edouard.
“He wants to play at the top level, and he will play at the top level because he’s a top player. It’s given him something to think about.
“Clearly Celtic will benefit when the time is right for Odsonne Edouard to move – and I think he will move.
“I’m not saying for a minute it’ll happen in the next two or three months, but he will at some point move. But that result has certainly given him and his agent something to think about.”
Arsenal fans are hoping for some good news today, they want Gabriel announced OR the good news that captain Aubameyang has signed a new contract.
LENO TO START
Leno is set to return between the sticks for Arsenal this weekend with last season's hero Emiliano Martinez a doubt for the Community Shield clash against Liverpool.
Martinez has not trained since returning from Portugal due to the quarantine restrictions.
Either way, Arteta has two reliable keepers to his disposal this season, they'll look to build on last season's FA Cup glory and knock off Premier League champions Liverpool this weekend ahead of the start to the new season.
ON THE LUC OUT
Fiorentina have made signing Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira their “top priority” this summer, according to reports.
The 24-year-old appears surplus to requirements at The Emirates with Mikel Arteta happy to sell.
Torreira had an impressive three year spell in Italy with Sampdoria, but the midfielder has failed to stamp a regular starting spot down at Arsenal since his switch in 2018.
Fiorentina are reportedly desperate to bring the Uruguayan back to Italy.
SANSON ATTRACTS INTEREST
French Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson is attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal.
According to reports, the 26-year-old £25m man is being tracked by the likes of Arsenal, West Ham, Fulham, Wolves and Burnley.
Marseille are open to negotiate a deal as they look to re-shape their squad ahead of the new season.
The hunt for a new midfielder continues for Arsenal as Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira could be out the door.
ANNOUNCEMENTS NOT QUIZZES
Arsenal fans clearly don't want quizzes, they want signings and contract announcements.
SIGN DA TING!
Arsenal's best bit of business this summer may not necessarily be a new signing, but in the form of a new contract for an existing player.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is yet to sign a new contract at the club as he goes into the final year of his deal, he is by far Arsenal's most important player.
The 31-year-old has scored 70 times in just over 100 appearances for the club as well as being club captain.
The deal taking so long to get done drew a response from Arsenal legend Ian Wright where he said it was “Taking so long gonna sign da ting myself”.
ARSENAL TARGET AMADOU
According to reports, Arsenal remain heavily interested in 23-year-old Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara.
The North London club are actively looking for a replacement to Thomas Partey, who they have been long-time admirers.
Atletico seem unwilling to budge on their £45m price tag, so Arsenal could seek a £27m move for Diawara instead.
A potential swap deal including Lucas Torreira cannot be ruled out, with the Uruguayan midfielder wanting a return to Germany after failing to settle into life in London and failing to secure a regular first-team spot.
Arsenal and Everton target Jeremie Boga has been hailed by his Sassuolo coach Roberto de Zerbi as the best winger in Europe.
The Ivorian left Chelsea last summer for the Italian side, and he has since earned some well deserved praise for his performances scoring eleven times in the League last season.
Roberto de Zerbi stands by his earlier comments: “I think so.
“I’m biased, but I don’t think I’m so wrong about what I said.”
The £25m man could make his return the England, and could it be yet another young Chelsea star that was let go coming back to haunt them?
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