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ARSENAL have qualified for the FA Cup semi-final, where they will meet Man City.

And Atletico Madrid, rather conveniently, are reported to be interested in Matteo Guendouzi, while Arsenal still want Atleti's Thomas Partey.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…

  • LAYVIN NOT LEAVIN'

    Arsenal have suffered a transfer blow after Paris Saint-Germain confirmed Layvin Kurzawa had committed his future to the club.

    The French international left-back was due to become a free agent at midnight tomorrow with a host of clubs chasing his services.

    The Gunners were one of those leading the chase for the 27-year-old and were thwarted in an attempt to get him for £6m in January.

    Now their hopes of luring him across the Channel to London have ended after today’s announcement.

    PSG ended speculation over Kurzawa’s future by confirming he had penned a new long-term deal.

    Now he is under contract at Parc des Princes until 2024, despite looking set to depart for months now.

  • LOS CAUSE

    Arsenal will not attempt to buy Dani Ceballos when his loan from Real Madrid expires.

    Spain midfielder Ceballos was the Gunners’ FA Cup hero with the extra-time winner in Sunday’s quarter-final at Sheffield United.

    It was only last week that Arsenal agreed a deal with Madrid to extend his stay at the Emirates to the end of the season.

    But overall the 23-year-old has failed to convince manager Mikel Arteta to sign him on a permanent basis.

    And now his future is up in the air as he is unwilling to return to Madrid where he does not figure in Zinedine Zidane’s plans.

    Arsenal paid a £3.5million loan fee to sign Ceballos for the season and agreed to pay his full £55,000-a-week wages.

  • GUENDOUZI PART-ING?

    Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are reportedly plotting a stunning swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi and Thomas Partey.

    El Gol Digital claims Mikel Arteta is ready to ditch Guendouzi this summer following his recent bad-boy antics.

    Guendouzi previously failed to impress Arteta with his attitude in training.

    And most recently the Frenchman was involved in a post-match bust-up with Brighton’s Neil Maupay.

    He was subsequently dropped from the squad for games against Southampton and Sheffield United.

    Arsenal are believed to have drawn up a list of potential replacements.

    Porto star Danilo Pereira is of interest but would cost £55million, well out of Arsenal’s price range.

  • A SQUAD OF TWO HALVES

    David Bentley reckons old club Arsenal need to get rid of half their team.

    The ex-Gunners and Spurs midfielder is adamant Mesut Ozil and David Luiz must go – even though the Brazilian just signed a new deal.

    Bentley, who won seven England caps, told 888.com: “Mesut Ozil and David Luiz are on large money and if Arsenal can move these players on then Arteta will be able to spend money on transfers.

    “I don’t know what the thinking is at boardroom level because Arsenal need to ship out half the team and get a good core in.

    “That’s difficult but can be done.”

  • RAY OF SONSHINE

    Arsenal have reportedly “prepared an offer” for Sporting Lisbon's Joelson Fernandes.

    The 17-year-old is being watched by a number of top European clubs.

    Portuguese outlet Record suggest the Gunners are set to make an offer for the wonderkid.

    He is on the books of superagent Kia Joorabchian who is already on good terms with Arsenal chiefs with players like David Luiz and Cedric Soares on his client list.

  • MONDAY MOTIVATION

    Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has begun his week by fine-tuning his skills.

    The centre-back can be seen practicing his kick-ups and challenging fans to see how many they can do in 60 seconds.

  • BEING DEFENSIVE

    Arsenal have plenty of injury problems in the centre of their defence.

    Gunners flop David Luiz was the latest to come off with an ankle problem in the FA Cup victory against Sheffield United over the weekend.

    Pablo Mari is also injured and Mikel Arteta is likely to look for reinforcements in the transfer window.

    Here are the potential candidates…

  • JUSTIN CREDIBLE

    Arsenal are looking at a swap deal that would see Justin Kluivert head to the Emirates – with Henrikh Mkhitaryan staying where he is.

    Mkhitaryan has enjoyed his loan spell at Roma this season and could be a cheap, permanent acquisition for the Italian club.

    Kluivert – son of Dutch legend Patrick – plays as a winger.

    He has scored four goals in 19 appearances this season, with two assists as well.

  • SHED A TIER

    Arteta has backed Kieran Tierney to keep improving at the Emirates.

    The defender impressed in yesterday's FA Cup quarter-final win over Sheffield United.

    Tierney hadn't made an appearance for the Gunners under Arteta prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, but has featured in all four games since the restart.

    Arteta said: “He’s been training incredibly hard through [the] COVID-19 [lockdown].

    “It’s been a tough moment for him in the last six or seven months and to move here from a different city, a different football club.

    “He is a kid with an incredible attitude and he is so willing to learn and to put in everything he has. He has a massive heart and I am delighted to have him in the team.

    “He’s a kid who is going to get better and better and better.”

  • HARD TO DEFEND

    Arsenal's transfer policy has been slammed as “muddled” by Joe Cole after David Luiz and Cedric Soares were handed new deals.

    Luiz, who has endured a horror return to Premier League action after the coronavirus pandemic, will stay for another season.

    And Soares, who hasn't even played a game since joining on loan from Southampton, has reportedly agreed a four-year-deal.

    Pablo Mari will also join on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

    The decisions appear to have been made by Arsenal's technical directory Edu – with Cole bemused by them.

    Speaking on BT Sport, the former Chelsea and England star said: “The one person I feel sorry for in all this is Mikel Arteta.

    “Because he looks like a great coach and it looks like there is some kind of system he is trying to implement.

    “We know David Luiz has been a top player and won everything in the game.

    “But the performances this season, I don't know who's taking the decision to make him another year's contract.

    “Arguably one of their biggest games of the season, Arteta left him out.

    “For me that's a big signal, he's left his most experienced player out of the biggest game against Man City – and then you give him another years contract. [It's] muddled thinking.”

  • 'CAN BE DONE'

    Former Arsenal man David Bentley reckons Arsenal need to get rid of half their team.

    The ex-Gunners and Spurs midfielder is adamant Mesut Ozil and David Luiz must go – even though the Brazilian just signed a new deal.

    Bentley told 888.com: “Mesut Ozil and David Luiz are on large money and if Arsenal can move these players on then Arteta will be able to spend money on transfers.

    “I don’t know what the thinking is at boardroom level because Arsenal need to ship out half the team and get a good core in.

    “That’s difficult but can be done.

    “The major problem is that we don’t know if they’re singing from the same hymn sheet at boardroom level.

    “David Luiz is problematic.

    “He’s a great technical player but if you want to bring the youth through and create a winning mentality is he really the type to help with that?

    “You look at Liverpool – and Manchester United are trying to do it too – and they build a solid foundation that allows the players to express themselves.

    “If you have solid back-four and solid spine of the team it’s easier for the young players to step into that.

    “Instead, Arsenal leak goals and look vulnerable.”

  • PEP IN HIS STEP

    Mikel Arteta has told Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe he wants him to be more consistent.

    The winger looked brilliant without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and scored a penalty in the Gunners' 2-1 win over Sheffield United yesterday.

    Arteta wants to see more of the same from the 25-year-old.

    He said: “It’s very important to try and understand a player and find out what his feelings are, how hard it’s been to adapt to a new country and a language that he doesn’t understand.

    “I don’t know him from before, but he is very willing and he is a player with incredible potential.

    “However, he needs to take care of moments in the game when he disconnects himself a little bit.

    “He cannot do that, and I will be very persistent with him to try to change that.

    “He also needs to be decisive in every game because if he is at his best he is a player who can make the difference.

    “There are things to work on and improve but he is heading in the right direction.

    “He is doing things very well too, like realising what he needs to do for the team when we don’t have the ball. I am very pleased with him.”

  • THE BARD

    Arsenal have reportedly made an offer for Levante midfielder Enis Bardhi with Mikel Arteta looking to bolster his squad.

    The North Macedonia international has no shortage of suitors with the 24-year-old looking likely to leave at the end of the season.

    Bardhi has impressed for the LaLiga side this season – chipping in with four goals and four assists in 28 games in all competitions.

    He still has two years left to run on his deal in Spain, but according to Onda Cero, he could be on the move at the end of the campaign.

    They state that the Gunners have lodged a firm offer for the player, but they have competition in the race to secure his services.

    It has been claimed that as well as Arsenal, Serie A side Fiorentina are desperate to bring him to Italy.

    And an unnamed Bundesliga side are also said to be interested in landing Bardhi.

  • ARD AS NAILS

    Arsenal are no longer pushovers – according to Ainsley Maitland-Niles, writes Charlie Wyett.

    The current squad has a reputation for buckling under pressure but they delivered an impressive fightback to beat Sheffield United in the FA Cup finals.

    Arsenal, who won 2-1 thanks to Dani Ceballos’ injury-time winner, will now face Manchester City in the semi-finals at Wembley.

    Maitland-Niles, 22, said:“A lot's been said about the character of this group. We've been building a lot of character to come back and keep fighting. I think the Cup win was just the icing on the cake and we showed people we can really do it.

    “I think you really saw at 1-1, to come back and rally and get that late goal to push on and get that win against a Sheffield United team who have done well this season showed what we're about.

    “We're a team in progress, just like a lot of other teams, and we're trying to win as many games as we can to please the fans.”

    As for reaching the semi-finals, Maitland-Niles, who played at wing-back against the Blades, said: “It's an amazing feeling. Every club wants to go to Wembley and play. We haven't had the best of results away recently so it was good to pick up that win.”

  • GUEN NOWHERE

    Arsenal have told Matteo Guendouzi they have no intention of selling him this summer, according to reports.

    The Gunners have won two games on the bounce since Mikel Arteta dropped the Frenchman from his squad.

    Guendouzi is said to have a meeting with the Arsenal bosses coming up this week to discuss his future at the club.

    According to the Mirrror, the Gunners made it clear they do not want to offload him at the end of the season.

    But the 21-year-old has told the club he is open to leaving this summer as he believes he is not trusted by Arteta.

    Guendouzi landed himself in hot water when he grabbed Neal Maupay's throat during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

    And he infuriated club bosses by allegedly bragging about his £40,000-per-week wages to his opponents.

  • VAN WITH A PLAN

    Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has warned it will take “years” to fix the club's problems.

    The Dutch striker, who played nearly 300 games before jumping ship to Manchester United, says the club needs a different breed of defenders.

    Arsenal narrowly scraped past Sheffield United to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

    The Gunners conceded a horror goal with just three minutes to play, David McGoldrick pouncing on a loose ball after an awful mix up from a long throw.

    Dani Ceballos was Mikel Arteta's saviour, firing in from close range a minute into injury time.

    But despite the win, Van Persie offered a scathing assessment of the performance and the club in general.

    He told BT Sport: “You can see [Arteta's] hand on this team. But you can that this team is not fully connected yet.

    “If you look at the connection from defence to midfield to strikers, they are not connected, they are not moving as one.

    “He is still searching, but I do believe that if you give him time – and he should have all the time he needs, not just months, he should get years – I do believe that he can get it right.”

  • IV HAD ENOUGH

    Arsenal could be thwarted in their efforts to land Dominik Szoboszlai as a successor to Mesut Ozil.

    The Gunners are reportedly eyeing the Red Bull Salzburg playmaker in this summer transfer window.

    But former Emirates chief exec Ivan Gazidis could get in the way of a deal.

    AC Milan – where Gazidis now works – have also had a long-running interesting in Szoboszlai, with claims in Italy they are also in talks over a move.

    Gazidis, who left Arsenal in 2018 to join AC Milan, is said to be eyeing Szoboszlai as part of an exciting, young group of players to form the backbone of their rebuilt.

  • AUBA AND OUT

    Juventus have reportedly made a decision on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future.

    And the Arsenal striker will seemingly NOT be heading to Serie A.

    Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik is Maurizio Sarri's preferred choice, according to reports.

    However, Atletico Madrid are also in for the 26-year-old Polish international and have promised to double his wages.

  • PARTEY TIME… AND MORE!

    Arsenal are “close” to landing Thomas Partey and have THREE more LaLiga options lined up, according to reports.

    One of whom has a huge £136million release clause.

    Mikel Arteta is said to have his eyes on three more midfield stars in the upcoming window.

    Spanish publication La Razon say a deal for Atletico midfielder Partey is “close”.

    The Ghana international, 27, is contracted at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2023 but will ONLY leave this summer if his £47m release clause is triggered.

    Levante midfielder Enis Bardhi is another player Arteta is interested in and he is valued at around £18m.

    Marc Roca is on Arteta's radar too and could be signed for less than his £36.4m valuation is Espanyol are relegated.

    Valencia's Carlos Soler is also said to have got the attention of Arsenal scouts.

    He has a colossal £136m release clause but Valencia are said to need to “balance the books” and could sell him on the cheap.

    World football transfer fees are set to plummet in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • LUIZ CHANGE

    David Luiz took a considerable pay cut to stay at Arsenal for one more year, according to reports.

    Gunners fans reacted with horror when the ex-Chelsea man was given a new contract.

    Luiz had a shocker against Man City and another howler against Brighton.

    He limped off injured in yesterday's 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final win over Sheffield United.

    The Telegraph reports that Luiz's pay cut has helped Arsenal to finance the permanent transfers of Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.

  • NIK IT IN THE BUD

    Arsenal are looking to complete a deal to sign Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, according to reports.

    The 19-year-old is understood to be a long-term target of the Gunners, with the club said to be interested in signing him last summer.

    And their interest in the Hungarian youngster has remained, with the North Londoners keeping tabs on his performances for the Austrian outfit this term.

    According to French journalist Manu Lonjon, Arsenal face competition from AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign the player.

    And he states that Salzburg would be willing to sell their prized asset for a fee in the region of £22million-£27m.

  • FOL OVER

    Promising striker Folarin Balogun is set to leave Arsenal, according to reports.

    The Athletic say a new contract between Balogun and the club could not be agreed.

    The 18-year-old has just a year left on the professional contract he signed in February 2016, and the Gunners are ready to sell him in the coming weeks rather than losing him for nothing next summer.

    Aubameyang praised Balogun on social media last year but the teenager will continue his development elsewhere.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,

    Mikel Arteta hailed his player's attitude following their FA Cup quarter-final win over Sheffield United.

    The Blades thought they had sent the game to extra-time when they scored at the death to cancel out Nicolas Pepe's penalty

    But Dani Ceballos struck moments later to send Arsenal into the FA Cup semi-finals.

    Asked what he liked most about the performance, he said: “I think the attitude and the commitment of every single player that was involved in the game or that was waiting for his opportunity.

    “There were really good moments where we played and we did the things I asked them to do and the way we dealt with Sheffield United’s play.

    “They are really good at what they do, the way they commit people forward, the way they play in the second phases, the way they defend outside the box.

    “I knew there were some phases that we were going to suffer and how we dealt with that… I am really, really pleased.”

    David Luiz is set to undergo a scan on his ankle after the Arsenal defender limped off against Sheffield United.

    The Brazilian was forced off in the 54th minute in an innocuous incident when he let the ball run off for a goal kick.

    Luiz immediately signalled to the bench before being taken off and was later seen icing his ankle in the stands at Bramall Lane.

    Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Matteo Guendouzi, according to France's state broadcaster TF1.

    Diego Simeone and co are said to have joined Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSG in making contact with the player's representatives.

    And Atleti may well prove to be among the most appealing options should Arsenal choose to sell, as they are keen on signing Los Colchoneros midfielder Thomas Partey.

    Guendouzi is said valued at around £36m by Arsenal while Partey has a £45m release clause with Atletico Madrid.

    And with both clubs tightening the purse strings due to coronavirus, a swap deal could be to everyone's convenience.

  • EUR WHAT?

    In a slightly worrying sign of Arsenal's new and more modest levels of ambition, Mikel Arteta has urged his side to win the FA Cup… so they can qualify for the Europa League.

    He said after the win at Sheffield United: “I am really pleased. This is a difficult place to come and get a win.

    “We are back at Wembley. I am really happy with the attitude and performance of the players.

    “It is a great opportunity to try to win a trophy and play in Europe.”

    The Gunners are currently eleven points off the Champions League – a gap that falls to nine points if Man City are banned and fifth place secures qualification.

    And they are also one point below Sheffield United in eighth – the lowest possible position that will grant a European place next season.

  • LUIZ CHANGE

    David Luiz took a considerable pay cut to stay at Arsenal for one more year, according to reports.

    The Brazilian defender put pen to paper on a new deal this week despite suggestions he may have played his last game for the Gunners following a defensive horror show against Manchester City ten days ago.

    The Telegraph reports that Luiz's pay cut has helped Arsenal to finance the permanent transfers of Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.

    According to Sportrac, Luiz was Arsenal's fifth-highest earner on around £125,000-a-week prior to his renewal.

    After his red card in Arsenal's 3-0 defeat to Man City last week, the 33-year-old returned to the Arsenal lineup in their 2-1 win over Sheffield United today – only to be forced off with an ankle injury in the second half.

    Left-footed centre-back Mari was injured himself in the loss at the Etihad and has since been ruled out for the season.

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