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Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Xhaka to STAY, Gunners 'make Lautaro Martinez enquiry', Ben White SIGNS, Locatelli update

ARSENAL have unveiled £50million defender Ben White – but are not stopping there.

Inter Milan want to buy Hector Bellerin and the Gunners are also trying to open talks over a move for red hot striker Lautaro Martinez with the San Siro club.

Meanwhile the Gunners are also reported to be in talks with Lyon's Brazil Olympic midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

And James Maddison could yet join the club with Leicester reportedly not considering him to be "untouchable".

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    FEE SET

    Clubs will have to pay £30million to sign Renato Sanches from Lille this summer, according to L'Equipe.

    Barcelona, Liverpool and Arsenal are all said to be interested in the 23-year-old who has turned his career around in France.

    After disappointing at Bayern Munich and during his shock loan to Swansea Sanches has enjoyed some success with Lille, even winning a league title last season.

    With Arsenal on the look for a creative midfielder as a long-term replacement for Mesut Ozil, could a move for the Portugese international be on the cards?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MORE TO COME

    Mikel Arteta has told new £50million man Ben White that he won't be Arsenal's last significant signing this summer, according to the Athletic.

    The Gunners have been linked with a move for Inter forward Lautaro Martinez, while James Maddison and Martin Odegaard have also been mentioned as Arsenal targets.

    Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares have already been brought in by Arteta this summer, but with the promise of more to come then Arsenal fans can start to get excited about the 2021/22 season.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

    If you missed the action from yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Mind Series then here it is.

    Goals from Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham, who’s been linked with a move to Arsenal, secured victory for the European champions while Granit Xhaka scored for Arsenal.

    But there was concern for the Gunners as Thomas Partey hobbled off before the break with an ankle injury, with the midfielder set to have a scan today as Arsenal sweat on the severity of the injury.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    NO LUCK WITH LAUT

    Arsenal have been dealt a transfer blow with Atletico Madrid the new favourites to sign Lautaro Martinez, JOSHUA JONES reports.

    The Gunners are on the hunt for a new striker with Alexandre Lacazette's contract expiring next summer.

    And they had identified the Inter Milan striker as a potential replacement with the Argentine expected to leave the San Siro.

    He even switched agent to Alejandro Camano who sealed team-mate Hakim Achraf's transfer to PSG this summer.

    However, AS in Spain state Atletico want to wrap up a deal ahead of Arsenal.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists Granit Xhaka will STAY at the club after transfer talks with Jose Mourinho's Roma collapsed.

    The Spanish manager said: “Granit is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad and a player that we rate and value so much.

    “He only trained for two days but still wanted to play in this game and I think that is a very clear commitment from him that he wants to be here.”

    Fenerbahce are thought to be considering signing Arsenal star Cedric Soares, who has made just 15 Premier League appearances in the last 18 months.

    And new signings Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga made their Arsenal debuts in the 2-1 friendly defeat to Chelsea.

    Around 20,000 fans attended the match at the Emirates, the club's largest home crowd since March 2020.

    Goals from Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham, who's been linked with a move to Arsenal, secured victory for the European champions.

    Thomas Partey was substituted in the first half with suspected ankle damage and could miss Arsenal's Premier League opener against Brentford on August 13.

  • Thomas Blow

    ARSENAL V CHELSEA REPORT

    Arsenal fans got a first look at summer signings Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares.

    But the £75million trio couldn’t save the Gunners from pre-season defeat by an under-strength Chelsea team.

    And to make matters worse for boss Mikel Arteta, midfielder Thomas Partey was forced off with an ankle injury sustained in a first-half challenge with Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    With just 12 days to go before their opening Premier League game of the new season away to Brentford, that has to be a major concern.

    But just as alarming for the Emirates’ biggest crowd since lockdown was first imposed 18 months ago was their team’s continuing ability to shoot themselves in the foot.

    Click here to read Mark Irwin's match report

  • Thomas Blow

    WHAT THE BELL

    Hector Bellerin had Arsenal fans fuming as his howler gifted Chelsea a winner in their pre-season friendly.

    The Spaniard, 26, came on at right-back, replacing Calum Chambers at the Emirates.

  • Thomas Blow

    HE'S AL-WHITE

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka helped Mikel Arteta decide to sign Ben White this summer.

    The Spaniard made White his top defensive target after Sevilla ace Jules Kounde made it clear he wasn’t interested in joining the Gunners.

    Before sanctioning a move, however, Arteta sought out Saka’s opinion on White after training with him on England duty at Euro 2020.

    And according to The Athletic, the winger’s feedback was ‘overwhelmingly positive’ – so the Gunners decided to press ahead with a deal.

  • Thomas Blow

    XHAKA LATEST

    Mikel Arteta insists that Granit Xhaka is staying at Arsenal after talks over a move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma collapsed.

    The 28-year-old Swiss international captain had his heart set on a move to Serie A after five years at the Emirates.

    But Arteta said: “Granit is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad and a player that we rate and value so much.

    “He only trained for two days but still wanted to play in this game and I think that is a very clear commitment from him that he wants to be here.”

  • Thomas Blow

    OH AUBA

    It's one year since Arsenal defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley to win the FA Cup for a FOURTEENTH time.

    The final is remembered for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's attempt at lifting the trophy and base at the same time.

    The Arsenal skipper's effort didn't end well, dropping the prize on the floor.

    It's a good thing the Wembley turf is soft!

  • Thomas Blow

    CEDRIC LATEST

    Fenerbahce are considering signing Arsenal star Cedric Soares, according to reports.

    The Portuguese full-back, 29, joined the Gunners initially on loan in 2020, before it was announced the deal was made permanent that summer.

    However, he has failed to win a first team spot – having been mostly used as cover when Kieran Tierney was injured last term.

    And when the Scotland international returned, Soares couldn't shift Hector Bellerin and Callum Chambers for the right-back berth.

    Soares' lack of action has buoyed Fenerbahce, who have targeted the Portugal international.

    Last month, the Süper Lig club appointed his fellow countryman Vitor Pereira as boss.

    According to Fotomac, Pereira is a fan of Soares and sees him fitting in perfectly on the right of 3-4-3 and at right-back in a 4-4-2.

    Fenerbahce are reportedly eyeing a loan deal with the option to buy.

  • Thomas Blow

    RAMSDALE LATEST

    Arsenal's hopes of landing Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale have reportedly hit a stumbling block.

    New Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic is standing firm over the keeper and does not want to sell him.

    Jokanovic, who intends to hold on to Ramsdale and midfielder Sander Berge, told Yorkshire Live: "If you ask me if I will sell, no.

    "I will be hurt if they leave my team. I understand this possibility exists but I hope that will not happen.

    "I am not worried, I am happy with them [Ramsdale and Berge] and I trust they will stay with me and I trust they can be happy working with me and their Sheffield United team-mates."

  • Thomas Blow

    WHAT ZIYECH?!

    Hakim Ziyech had a moment to forget for Chelsea today, as he failed to convert an open goal against Arsenal.

    But Gunners fans are full of praise for new £50million defender Ben White for getting back to clear.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FIRST OF MANY

    Arsenal new boy Ben White has taken to Instagram to thank Gunners fans for the reception after he came off the bench for his first Arsenal appearance in today's defeat to Chelsea.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    SAMBI SPEAKS

    New signing Sambi Lokonga made his first appearance at the Emirates today after arriving from Anderlecht earlier this season.

    And the 21-year-old impressed on his debut, setting up Joe Willock to score what looked like a legitimate goal, but the officials did not spot that the ball had crossed the line so the goal didn't stand.

    And after the game Lokonga said: "If I have to speak about the team, we had a really good performance but we gave away the ball and then they scored.

    "But yeah for the next time we have to be careful because I think this kind of goal we can avoid."

    On his first few weeks with the Gunners:

    "Really good, really good. I think we have a really nice group. Everybody is together, [there's] a good relationship between each other and I think that's good for the team and for the season."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CROWD PLEASER

    New boy Ben White applauds and waves to Arsenal fans after 20,000 people watched the Gunners lose 2-1 to Chelsea at the Emirates today in the Mind Series.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ARTETA ANALYZES

    And this is what Mikel Arteta had to say after another defensive error gifted Chelsea their second goal of the game:

    "It worries me because when you give the ball away when you're in the position we're in, in one or two passes they can attack your goal.

    "It's a really difficult situation to resolve. From those situations as well, we created many chances today. We need to know when to take the risk.

    "It's more about the perception and interpreting the players that we have to use in certain areas more than the actual action.

    "But you know that against these teams, they punish you in the Premier League.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ARTETA SPEAKS

    This is what Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has to say regarding speculation on the futures of Hector Bellerin and Joe Willock:

    "I don't know. I'm going to coach them and train them, and respect and look after everybody because they are our players.

    "Hopefully they can have their minds here and prepare here because they are Arsenal players and our job is to make them as good as we can."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'IT'S NOT LOOKING GOOD'

    And this is what Mikel Arteta had to say on Thomas Partey who was forced off injured before half time in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea with an ankle injury:

    "I just had a talk with the doctor. He’ll have a scan tomorrow.

    "At the moment it’s not looking good because he was in pain and he could not continue which for Thomas is pretty unusual."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    XHAKA U-TURN

    After being strongly linked with a summer switch to Roma, Granit Xhaka will now STAY at Arsenal.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano the Swiss midfielder has been offered a new contract that runs until 2025 and includes a pay rise.

    It comes after the Gunners rejected a package from Roma worth around £13million for the 28-year-old.

    And speaking to talkSPORT after today's loss to Chelsea, Arteta said:

    "Granit Xhaka is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FANS BACK

    Today's Mind Series game against Chelsea saw 20,000 inside the Emirates stadium.

    It's Arsenal's largest home crowd since March 7 2020, before the Coronavirus pandemic forced fans out of grounds.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BLUNDER

    This effort from Joe Willock clearly crossed the line in the Gunners 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Mind Series today.

    But the goal wasn't given as there was no goal line technology or VAR in use for the friendly game.

    Surely goal line technology isn't needed for that one though?

    It's way over the line!

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MATCH REPORT

    Arsenal fans got a first look at summer signings Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares, MARK IRWIN reports.

    But the £75million trio couldn’t save the Gunners from pre-season defeat by an under-strength Chelsea team.

    And to make matters worse for boss Mikel Arteta, midfielder Thomas Partey was forced off with an ankle injury sustained in a first-half challenge with Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    With just 12 days to go before their opening Premier League game of the new season away to Brentford, that has to be a major concern.

    But just as alarming for the Emirates’ biggest crowd since lockdown was first imposed 18 months ago was their team’s continuing ability to shoot themselves in the foot.

    FULL STORY

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PEEEEEEEEEEP!

    That's full time.

    Arsenal are beaten 2-1 by Chelsea at the Emirates.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOAL ALERT

    A couple of goals to bring you up to date with from the Emirates.

    Granit Xhaka's header had levelled things up for the Gunners, but a Tammy Abraham goal three minutes later has restored Chelsea's lead in the 72nd minute.

    Remember Abraham has been linked with a £40million move to the Emirates in recent days…

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