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PHILIPPE COUTINHO has emerged as a summer transfer target for Arsenal.

The Brazil star, 29, has resurrected his career at Aston Villa and proved he is still a top Premier League player since his January loan move.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are entering talks with Bukayo Saka over a new contract, according to reports.

The 20-year-old sensation continued his stunning season with the winning goal in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Coutinho's Villa.

And images for Arsenal's new home shirt next season have been leaked, with fans swooning over the Adidas design.

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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.

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    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.'

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.’”

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    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.”

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    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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    Conte ready for top four

    Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says Arsenal and West Ham can finish in the top four.

    Conte said: “Usually there are four teams in England that, in my opinion, in this moment are better than the others. I am talking about City, United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

    “But if any of these four teams fail for the season and miss to stay in one of the four places, I think that now in this moment, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, they need to be ready to try to stay until the end. Very close, very close. “

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arteta told to sign Lewandowski

    Arsenal have been told to launch an audacious bid to sign one of Robert Lewandowski or Erling Haaland this summer.

    according to former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, the north London outfit should be aiming high with their next big-money purchase — singling out Haaland and Lewandowski as ideal additions this summer.

    He told Stadium Astro: "Would they be in for Haaland? I am sure they would love him, I am sure Mikel Arteta is speaking to [Arsenal midfielder Martin] Odegaard to try to speak to him."

    Former Stoke manager Paul Lambert added: "If I was Arsenal, and I would take an absolute stab at this one, I would go and try to get Lewandowski from Bayern.

    “If he’s making noises to try and get out, I would say ‘you know what, I’m going to try this one’.

    "They’ve got everything there. If you don’t buy a raffle ticket, you never know if you can win. Lewandowski, Haaland, why not try it?

  • Kealan Hughes

    West Ham eye Arsenal star

    West Ham and Lyon are interested in signing Alexandre Lacazette, according to Fichajes.

    Lyon has been looking to do a deal for their former top goal-scorer, but David Moyes’ Hammers also like what they have seen from him recently.

    The English club will look to give him a deal to move across town and join their side, with the Frenchman's contract expiring in the summer.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arsenal target speaks about future

    Ajax defender Noussair Mazraoui has named his demands for the type of club he wants to join this summer amid interest from Premier League sides Arsenal and Leeds United.

    Speaking to Dutch publication NOS, the Moroccan fullback revealed that he is eager on joining a team where he will be a key member of the first-team that is ideally playing in a big competition.

    He said: "The name of the club is important, but I also look at the plan of action. How I see myself at the club and how big the competition is.

    "All of that added together will ultimately be the deciding factor.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arsenal dealt striker transfer setback

    Arsenal are in the market for Portuguese forward Rafael Leao – and want the AC Milan star as one of two forwards this summer.

    But Leao might be a long shot for the Gunners to bring to the Emirates Stadium this summer, with AC Milan keen to tie him down to a long-term deal.

    The Portuguese has a contract expiring in 2024 and with AC Milan mounting a title challenge this season, Leao wants to commit his future to the Rossoneri, according to renowned transfer guru, Fabrizio Romano.

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    Gerrard sends warning to Saka

    Steven Gerrard has issued a message to Bukayo Saka after the Arsenal star’s comments on asking for more protection from rival players.

    He 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.

    "That’s all on the back of earning a living in English football. He’ll learn and he’ll learn quick.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Saka asks refs for protection

    Bukayo Saka believes he needs more protection when players are deliberately trying to kick him off the pitch, as against Aston Villa on Saturday.

    Most notably, Tyrone Mings caught Saka badly on the ankle after leaping into a challenge, but he was far from the only one.

    After the game, Saka was asked in his TV interview with BT Sport about what he’d said to the referee as they both left the pitch.

    Saka said: “I wasn’t obviously complaining but I just wanted to let him (the referee) know that that’s my game.

    “I’m going to run at players and sometimes I need a bit more protection when players are purposefully trying to kick me. So that’s what I was letting them know.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Gunners to finally sign Coutinho?

    Arsenal is looking to hijack Aston Villa’s transfer for former Liverpool star, Philippe Coutinho.

    The Brazilian is on loan at Villa from Barcelona for the rest of this season.

    Spanish news outlet, Sport, claims Arsenal is now preparing an offer for him.

    The Gunners had been linked with a move for him repeatedly during the early days of Mikel Arteta’s time as the club’s manager.

    They could now add him to their squad, but the report maintains that Villa has the first option to sign him.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arsenal the right club for Saka

    Dion Dublin has told Bukayo Saka he should reject any advances from Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to remain at Arsenal.

    That's because Dublin believes Mikel Arteta is the man to get the best out of Saka, and his form this season is proof with the England man scoring his tenth goal of the season at Aston Villa.

    Reacting to the wide man’s performance against Villa, Dublin said on BBC Match of the Day: “He was outstanding today, look at his stats.

    “He’s going to be at the highest level for a very long time, because his attitude’s great.

    "He’ll get more goals because I know Arteta’s the right manager for him.”

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