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ARSENAL have reportedly held talks with Luka Jovic's representatives ahead of a possible summer bid.

Meanwhile, SunSport can exclusively reveal that the Gunners are ready to offer Bukayo Saka a new deal which will quadruple his wages.

And PSG are reported to be considering Mikel Arteta to replace Mauricio Pochettino.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Arteta: We need 100 goals for title

    Arsenal need to be scoring 90 to 100 goals each season if they want to be competing with the Premier League's top teams.

    That's the view of Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, whose side were reminded of the work still to be done when failing to net against Liverpool for a fourth time this season last Wednesday.

    Arteta was reported in The Mail as saying: "To be with the top teams in this season, you need to score 90 to 100 goals, at least. Somehow you need those goals in the team. Don't ask me how, but you need them.

    "They have to come. That contribution, how it's done and how possible it is to happen, you have to find the right pieces to do that. But it's non-negotiable, that's for sure."

    Arsenal have netted 59 times in all competitions this season, and have been linked with a host of new forwards including Alexander Isak, Armando Broja and Paulo Dybala.

  • Sam Dymond

    Gunners say hello to Melo

    Reports in Italy suggest that Arsenal are planning an end-of-season swoop for Juventus' Arthur Melo.

    The Londoners contacted Juve about the Brazilian's availability during the January transfer window, but were unable to agree a deal for the 25-year-old.

    However, it now seems as though Gunners officials are ready to return to the negotiation table with an improved offer.

    The former Barcelona midfielder is under contract in Turin until 2025, but is expected to depart in the summer to help fund a move for reinforcements.

    The Old Lady have been linked with Chelsea pair Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho, and are also likely to need a new forward after yesterday's news of Paolo Dybala's intended exit.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Morning Arsenal fans

    What news to wake up to!

    SunSport have exclusively revealed that Bukayo Saka is set to be rewarded with a new contract following his stunning form.

    It is understood how Arsenal are prepared to quadruple his wages from £30,000-a-week at the Emirates.

    Saka has been a key player this term having chipped in with ten goals in all competitions.

    In other news, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took a swipe at his Arsenal critics after leading Barcelona to a barnstorming El Clasico victory.

    The former Arsenal captain scored twice in a 4-0 win at the Bernabeu, moving Barca within 12 points of the La Liga leaders.

    Aubameyang now has nine goals for his new side, less than two months after Mikel Arteta booted him out of the Emirates on a free transfer.

    Taking to Twitter after the match, he simply stated: "‘Hello from the finished player."

    Meanwhile, William Saliba has been called up to the French national team for the first time.

    The 20-year-old centre-back has been in superb form on loan at Marseille this term, and has been drafted into the squad by Didier Deschamps for the games against Ivory Coast and South Africa as a replacement for the injured Benjamin Pavard.

    And finally, Arsenal have been put on red alert with Paulo Dybala to depart Juventus at the end of the season.

    The Argentine ace will be available on a free transfer having failed to agree terms on a new deal in Turin.

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    Arsenal to QUADRUPLE Saka salary

    Arsenal are prepared to QUADRUPLE Bukayo Saka’s salary to reflect his growing importance to the club, SunSport has revealed.

    Figures from Spotrac emerged today which showed the England star, 20, is on £30,000-a-week at Arsenal and is the second lowest paid player in their first team.

    Now the Gunners are preparing to offer him a new weekly deal worth around £125,000 to end any speculation about a summer move.

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    Gallagher: Xhaka booking was correct

    Retired referee Dermot Gallagher says Granit Xhaka's booking against Aston Villa on Saturday was for an 'accumulation of offences'.

    Some Gunners fans felt the first-half yellow for their battling Swiss midfielder was harsh.

    He was booked by ref Andy Madley for fouling Emiliano Buendia.

    But Gallagher told Sky Sports:"The referee actually signals that it's for an accumulation of offences.

    "If you look at the referee now, it tells you it wasn't just for that, it was one that had been coming."

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    Saka's second lowest Arsenal wage

    Bukayo Saka is on £30,000-a-week at Arsenal and is the second lowest paid player in their first team, according to reports.

    According to Spotrac, only left-back Nuno Tavares, 22, earns less with £27,000-a-week.

    England forward Saka, 20, has been in sensational form for the Champions League-chasing Gunners this season and has ten goals and five assists so far.

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    Women's FA Cup London derby

    Women's FA Cup holders Chelsea will go to Arsenal in the semi-finals of this season's competition.

    The Blues beat the Gunners in last year's final.

    The other last-four tie sees West Ham hosting Manchester City.

    Both games will be played on Sunday, April 17, with the final at Wembley on May 15.

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    Auba explains goal celebration

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has explained his unusual goal-celebration in Barcelona's 4-0 win over Real Madrid on Sunday.

    The former Arsenal skipper touched his head with two fingers and held out his other hand in front of him after bagging one of his two goals.

    He has now told Diario Sport it is a special celebration inspired by his favourite animated series and is known as the 'Super Saiyan' gesture.

    Auba said: "“It was a ball from Dragon Ball. With it you can make a wish.

    "I wanted to win and score a goal for my grandparents, who are gone. A friend of mine gave it to me. I thought about it today.”

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    Piers Morgan's cheeky Auba tweet

    Piers Morgan tweeted a cheeky message to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta about ex-captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's terrific form in Spain.

    Auba scored twice for Barcelona in a 4-0 win at big rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday night.

    The Gabon star left Arsenal to join Barca last month after Arteta had stripped him of the captaincy due to disciplinary issues.

    Journalist and Gunners fan Morgan tweeted: "UPDATE: Aubameyang scores again in El Clasico.

    "Two goals & one assist so far, and it’s still only the 53rd minute. You watching Mikel Arteta?"

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    Where might Wenger return?

    After revelations Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger might be open to a return to management, speculation has begun over which team he might want to take charge of.

    Such is the Frenchman's standing in the game, it is hard to imagine he would be short of offers.

    Wenger, 72, has not been a club manager since ending his trophy-laden 22-year spell as Gunners boss four years ago.

    In recent times he has been making waves with some outspoken and innovative views in his role as Fifa's Chief of Global Football Development.

    And after he told beIN Sports 'I would still do it', the Express have suggested possible managerial jobs for him with a list of five teams made up of Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, France and England.

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    Overmars gets Royal Antwerp position

    Former Arsenal favourite Marc Overmars has been given a technical director role at Belgian top-flight side Royal Antwerp.

    Retired Dutch winger Overmars, 48, won a Premier League and FA Cup Double with Arsene Wenger's Gunners in 1998.

    He was director of football at Ajax until last month when he left in controversial circumstances after he admitted sending inappropriate images of himself to female staff.

    Antwerp’s general manager Sven Jaecques said: “It is important to give people new opportunities and to turn the page."

  • Sam Dymond

    Gooners defend ridiculous Xhaka caution

    It's not often that Arsenal fans leap to the defence of Granit Xhaka, but they're firmly siding with their much-maligned midfielder after he was yellow carded in Saturday's win at Aston Villa.

    The Swiss midfielder was booked by referee Andy Madley a minute into first half injury time at Villa Park following a tussle with Emi Buendia, with the match official indicating that the punishment was for persistent fouling.

    The only problem is that it was Xhaka's first foul of the game, and the only one he committed in the entire 90 minutes.

    Asked if the player's reputation had gone against him, former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher told Sky Sports News' Ref Watch: "The referee points to a series of past offences so it was one that had been coming, I think that's why he gets it. It's not that he's picked on."

    Arsenal fan Liz Mair tweeted in response: "Ah, the infamous “we’re counting fouls in previous games towards cards' rule, I see…"

  • Sam Dymond

    Dybala exit to fuel transfer frenzy

    Premier League clubs have been placed on red alert after it was announced that contract talks between Paulo Dybala and Juventus had broken down.

    After two hours of negotiations this morning, the striker's agent revealed that the striker would not be signing a new deal in Turin, and would leave the club this summer on a free transfer.

    A number of English clubs had been linked with the 28-year-old in recent months including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, but the expectation was that the forward was about to commit his future to Juve.

    This afternoon's revelation is now likely to start a bidding war as clubs prepare attractive packages for the Argentine.

    Dybala has scored 113 goals in 283 appearances for the Old Lady, and has 32 international caps for his country.

  • Sam Dymond

    Arsenal prepare for April run in

    Mikel Arteta's men took a huge step towards securing fourth place and Champions League football on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Aston Villa.

    Arsenal are now three points clear of their fierce north London rivals Tottenham in fifth, although they do still hold a crucial game in hand over Spurs.

    The next month's schedule appears key to deciding which club will land fourth spot, and for the Gunners that means some big game,

    After the international break, Arsenal have London derbies with Crystal Palace and Chelsea, games against south coast clubs Brighton and Southampton, and a crunch clash at the Emirates versus Manchester United.

  • Sam Dymond

    Coutinho would be Arsenal's best ten

    Philippe Coutinho would be a better number ten than Martin Odegaard if Arsenal hijacked Aston Villa's move for the Brazilian at the end of the season.

    That's the view of Glen Johnson, who believes the transfer would be a real possibility should the Gunners go on to wrap up fourth spot and Champions League football.

    Speaking to Bettingodds.com, former England international Johnson said: “If Arsenal got the chance to sign [Coutinho], then they need to sign him. He would be the best number ten they’ve got without a shadow of a doubt. I think the move is a possibility if Arsenal get fourth.

    "I’ll never stop singing his praises. When [he] enjoys his football then he’s got all sorts in his locker. He’s come to the hardest league in the world, into a team that was struggling, and he’s running the show.”

    Coutinho had one shot and created one chance in Villa's 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

  • Sam Dymond

    Gerrard right to criticise Saka

    Ally McCoist and Jamie O'Hara have backed Steven Gerrard over comments he made regarding Bukayo Saka.

    The Aston Villa boss responded to suggestions that his team had been too physical in dealing with the in-form Arsenal man in their Saturday lunchtime meeting.

    Gerrard said: "He’s an outstanding talent. I love him. But he can’t complain about that side of it, that’s football."

    Discussing the issue on the talkSPORT breakfast show, pundits agreed with the Liverpool legend.

    McCoist said: "I agree 100% with Gerrard, and I think the physicality in the game has dropped around 60% in the last 30 years."

    O'Hara, meanwhile, felt that the implementation of video officials ensures that players are being looked after. He said: "You do get protection, a lot more than you used to.

    "You're going to take hits! There are going to be players who mistime tackles and go in hard, but with VAR the protection is there."

  • Sam Dymond

    Saliba earns Les Bleus call

    Arsenal defender William Saliba has been called up to the French national team for the first time.

    The 20-year-old centre-back has been in superb form on loan at Marseille this term, and has been drafted into the squad by Didier Deschamps for the games against Ivory Coast and South Africa as a replacement for the injured Benjamin Pavard.

    Gunners fans are desperately hoping that Saliba figures in Mikel Arteta's long-term plans with his current Ligue 1 club incredibly keen to make his temporary move permanent.

    Saliba has previously represented his country at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 level.

  • Sam Dymond

    Gunners fancy new flying Dutchman

    Arsenal are the latest club to an express an interest in PSV's Cody Gakpo, according to reports.

    The 22-year-old winger has been enjoying an impressive season with Eindhoven in the Eredivisie, contributing 16 goals and 15 assists in all competitions for the Dutch side.

    Gakpo was heavily linked with a move away from PSV in January, but instead signed a one-year extension to his current contract that now runs until 2026.

    While The Athletic believe no release fee was inserted into the new deal, it is understood that PSV will entertain approaches in excess of £40 million.

    Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool are also understood to be tracking the highly-rated youngster.

  • Sam Dymond

    Auba hits back at Arsenal critics

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took a swipe at his Arsenal critics after leading Barcelona to a barnstorming El Clasico victory.

    The former Arsenal captain scored twice in a 4-0 win at the Bernabeu last night, moving Barca within 12 points of the La Liga leaders.

    Aubameyang now has nine goals for his new side, less than two months after Mikel Arteta booted him out of the Emirates on a free transfer.

    The Spanish tactician axed Aubameyang from his first-team set-up towards the end of 2021 after a reported bust-up, and that led to some fans calling the Gabon international a ‘finished’ player.

    Aubameyang took to Twitter after El Clasico with a stark reminder to his naysayers, posting a picture of himself doing his iconic Dragon Ball Z celebration and tweeting 'Hello from the finished player.'

  • Sam Dymond

    Saka set for contract talks

    Arsenal have held initial talks with Bukayo Saka over a new deal, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.

    The 20-year-old Gunners favourite has 15 months left to run on his current contract, although the club do hold the option of triggering a one-year extension.

    However, the performances of the England international this season has made him one of the hottest properties in the game, and Arsenal want to tie down his long-term future.

    Club officials recently met with Saka's agents, and formal negotiations are expected to begin soon.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Good morning Arsenal fans

    Arsenal's home kit for the 2022-23 season has been leaked online, with the Gunners set to sport a classic look next term.

    Adidas have come up with some timeless designs since becoming the Gunners' kit manufacturer again in 2019, and it looks like they've concocted another gem.

    The ever-reliable Footy Headlines have confirmed the leak from Turkish outlet Esvaphane.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly plotting a summer swoop to sign Philippe Coutinho.

    He joined Aston Villa on loan in January from Barcelona for the rest of the Prem season.

    The 29-year-old has impressed so far back in England.

    And that could lead to Villa deciding to turn the deal into a permanent arrangement by paying Barcelona £33.57 million for the Brazilian.

    However, now Sport claims that Arsenal are readying a move.

    Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard has told Bukayo Saka to toughen up after the Arsenal star asked referees for more protection in games.

    Saka made the request after Arsenal beat Villa 1-0 but Gerrard told the youngster that's its all part of the game as football isn't a no-contact sport.

    Gerrard said: "He’s a good player, an outstanding talent. I love him. But he can’t complain about that side of it, that’s football.

    “I’m sitting here now with screws in my hips. I’ve had about 16 operations. I’m struggling to go to the gym at the moment.

    “He said we were too rough? They didn’t commit any fouls today? Listen, it’s part of the game.

    "The last time I checked, it wasn’t a no-contact sport. I think tackles are allowed, physicality is allowed, aggression is allowed as long as it’s fair.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    William Saliba could leave Arsenal

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta may consider letting William Saliba leave the club permanently this summer, according to journalist Paul Brown.

    Saliba is currently on loan at Marseille, but is due to return to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.

    Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about Saliba, Brown said: “I think there’ll be bids for him in the summer, and if any of them come in at a certain level, it wouldn’t surprise me if Arteta says: ‘Yes, you can go.’”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Piers Morgan slams Aubameyang exit

    Piers Morgan took aim at Mikel Arteta over the manager's decision to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave the club, after the Gabonese forward scored twice in his first Clasico for Barcelona.

    He tweeted: "A free transfer. WE GAVE HIM AWAY".

    "Another brilliant goal by Aubameyang – this time in El Clasico.

    "He’s been the world’s most lethal goal machine since joining Barcelona… and with every goal he scores, he makes Arteta look more absurd for giving him away."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arsenal could make Coutinho move

    Arsenal could ‘come again’ for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho after looking at him ‘in the past’, according to journalist Dean Jones.

    The 29-year-old is currently enjoying a successful loan spell with Aston Villa after struggling to make an impact in Spanish football and is expected to depart Camp Nou on a permanent basis in the summer.

    In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “They’ve looked at him in the past, and maybe a club like Arsenal could come again.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arteta delighted with fans' happiness

    Mikel Arteta admits it feels great to hear the Arsenal fans singing his name, and he’s more than happy to accept converted doubters.

    Arteta said: "You realise it in those moments that those people have big emotions towards the club and if we can make them happy then everything just makes sense.

    “The connection that they show with the players and with me as well, we have to be very grateful because they have come on this journey and I think they believe in what we do.

    “Personally, (it feels) great, because we’ve been through a lot and, as you said, we played almost two years without crowds.

    “To build something that, in my opinion, was the most important thing, was unity around the club and a sense of direction and belonging, they were going to be really important and they give us belief and energy.”

    The lyrics of the song are: "We’ve got super Mik Arteta, he knows exactly what we need, Tierney at the back, Gabi in attack, Arsenal gonna win the Champions League!”

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