Odegaard future LATEST, Zaha to leave Crystal Palace, Bould sacked in backroom shakeup – latest Arsenal transfer news

ARSENAL manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed the club will open transfer talks with Real Madrid over a deal for Martin Odegaard ‘in the next few weeks’.

Elsewhere, Wilfried Zaha has insisted again he would leave Crystal Palace for a ‘top’ club with reports of Arsenal and Tottenhm interest.

And, there's been a big change in the backroom with club legend and Under-23s coach Steve Bould dismissed.

Dennis Bergkamp has told Arsenal fans that Daniel Ek is STILL interested in buying the club off Stan Kroenke.

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  • Dylan Terry

    ARTETA ON KROENKE

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta couldn’t lead the club to next season’s European competitions.

    The Gunners endured a turbulent campaign that saw the fans clashing with the Kroenke family after the European Super League fiasco.

    Arteta, however, defended Josh Kroenke and claimed he “wants to take the club to a different level”.

    The Arsenal boss said: “He’s very supportive, very passionate about the club and he wants to take the club to a different level. That’s the ambition and that’s why he’s here”

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arteta has confirmed Arsenal will open transfer talks with Real Madrid over a deal for Martin Odegaard ‘in the next few weeks’.

    The Norway international, 22, made his 20th appearance for the Gunners in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Brighton.

    Arteta said: “We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we would like to do.

    “He’s not our player. We’ll have discussions in the next few weeks, but first of all we need to respect that he’s a Real Madrid player.

    Arsenal missed out on a European finish after their 2-0 win over Brighton but Arteta inists his side are moving in the right direction.

    He added: "What I can say is that when I watch the team a few months ago and when I watch them now, regardless of the result, in my opinion we are in a much better place and we will be in a much better place.

    “That’s the step but as well we now need to identify that the level is now so high that the only way to do it is to be much better next season, much more consistent and that’s the challenge ahead of us”

    In a more bizarre tale, Arsenal's Gabriel spent his afternoon searching for his tooth.

    After their 2-0 victory against Brighton, the Arsenal players met in the centre of the pitch to greet David Luiz.

    Willian then pointed at Gabriel, indicating one tooth had fallen out.

    Gabriel spent the next 20 or so minutes looking for the missing tooth with a few members of staff, later calling it an evening.

  • Richard Forrester

    DON'T LUIZ IT

    Arsenal defender Gabriel lost a TOOTH when he and his team-mates celebrated David Luiz's final game for the club.

    The Brazilian was elbowed in the face during the fun and spent several minutes searching the Emirates pitch for his missing tooth before giving up.

    After their 2-0 victory against Brighton, the Arsenal players met in the centre of the pitch to greet David Luiz.

    The 34-year-old, who is leaving the club when his contract expires in the summer, did not feature against the Seagulls due to injury.

    After making his way to the middle, Luiz was hugged by Gabriel before the rest of the squad joined the celebrations.

    It all seemed like fun and games until the players began laughing, with ex-Chelsea star Willian pointing at Gabriel.

    The 23-year-old defender then pointed at his teeth, indicating one had fallen out.

    Gabriel spent the next 20 or so minutes looking for the missing tooth with a few members of staff, later calling it an evening.

  • Richard Forrester

    ODE TO JOY

    Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal will open transfer talks with Real Madrid over a deal for Martin Odegaard ‘in the next few weeks’.

    The Norway international, 22, made his 20th appearance for the Gunners in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Brighton.

    Arteta said: “We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we would like to do.

    “He’s not our player. We’ll have discussions in the next few weeks, but first of all we need to respect that he’s a Real Madrid player.

    “We’ll have those communications. We’ve tried to make everything that we could to get Martin performing for the team, which I think he’s done.

    “He has adapted really well to our way of playing and to our football. Hopefully we have given him the hope and the feeling this could be a good place for him.

    “[Confident Odegaard will stay?] I don’t know. It’s not in our hands, I don’t know.”

  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM ARTETA

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is adamant that the team has significantly improved in recent months despite, missing out on Europe for the first time in 25 years.

    The Gunners finished eighth after Tottenham defeated Leicester and beat their north London rivals to seventh place.

    Arteta said: "What I can say is that when I watch the team a few months ago and when I watch them now, regardless of the result, in my opinion we are in a much better place and we will be in a much better place.

    "That's the step but as well we now need to identify that the level is now so high that the only way to do it is to be much better next season, much more consistent and that's the challenge ahead of us"

  • Kostas Lianos

    GOING FOR THE KEL

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits he is "sad" with the way the campaign ended and insists they should learn from their mistakes but also claims it is important to plan ahead for next season.

    Arteta said: "I'm sad because this club deserves to be delivered trophies and the Champions League. We haven't managed that.

    "It's not been enough. We have to be very critical of ourselves, of myself, and then prepare the best possible way for next season to take advantage of that.

    "Hopefully we can have the pre-season that I haven't had, and have time to work with those players and try to be a better team.

    "Other teams are going to get better and they're going to strengthen, so we need to get better. First of all, we have to get our players better, more consistent and help them to improve.

    "All our way of playing, our philosophy, I think is in place.

  • Kostas Lianos

    OD MAN OUT

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes to have Martin Odegaard next season but admitted it's out of the Gunners' hands as the ball is on Real Madrid's court.

    Arteta said: "Well we have a very clear opinion on what we would like to but he’s not our player.

    "We tried to make everything that we could to get Martin performing for the team.

    "Hopefully we have given him the feeling that it could be a good place for him.

    "I don’t know, it’s not in our hands"

  • Kostas Lianos

    KROENKE OUT

    That's what a section of returning Arsenal fans chanted at the Emirates during Arsenal's clash with Brighton after the European Super League fiasco.

    Supporters held signs demanding the Kroenke family's exit from the club and some even threw balloons with the same message on the pitch.

    Gunners manager Mikel Arteta, however, is pleased to have the fans back in the stands regardless of the circumstances.

    Arteta said: "Well happy with the performance the result, but most importantly having our fans back again.

    "Thanks so much to them on behalf of myself the staff and all the players"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    EUR OUT

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits he is frustrated to miss out on Europe but believes the team is in a better place and will improve.

    Arteta said: "Well it’s frustrating because last season with 61 points you were fifth and now you are eighth.

    "Yeah we can’t go against that. I can tell you what I see and what are my feelings.

    "In my opinion we are in a much better place and we will be in a much better place"

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA ON KROENKE

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta couldn't lead the club to next season's European competitions.

    The Gunners endured a turbulent season that saw the fans clashing with the Kroenke family after the European Super League fiasco.

    Arteta, however, backed Josh Kroenke and claimed he "wants to take the club to a different level".

    The Arsenal boss said: "He's very supportive, very passionate about the club and he wants to take the club to a different level. That's the ambition and that's why he's here"

  • Kostas Lianos

    FINAL DRAMA

    The Premier League season has been finalised following a dramatic last round of fixtures.

    Chelsea made it to the top four even though they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa at Villa Park.

    Leicester dropped to fifth after losing 4-2 to Tottenham, who are set to compete at the Europa Conference League play-offs.

    Liverpool took the Foxes’ place in the top four as they finished third after overcoming Crystal Palace with a score of 2-0.

    West Ham have joined Brendan Rodgers’ men in the Europa League after beating Southampton 3-0.

    Arsenal failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years despite beating Brighton 2-0 at the Emirates.

    Premier League champions Manchester City destroyed Everton with a score of 5-0, in a match that saw Sergio Aguero scoring a brace in his last ever Premier League game for the club, whereas runners-up Manchester United won 2-1 at Wolves.

    Newcastle beat Fulham 2-0, Leeds defeated West Brom 3-1 and Sheffield United bid farewell to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Burnley

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARSENAL OUT

    Arsenal have failed to qualify for Europe next season for the first time in 25 years.

    The Gunners looked set to finish seventh in the Premier League table as they beat Brighton 2-0 at the Emirates thanks to a brace by Nicolas Pepe.

    However, Tottenham fought back against Leicester and defeated Brendan Rodgers’ men 4-2 at the King Power Stadium.

    That means Arsenal finish eighth below Spurs, who are the ones that will go through to the Europa Conference League play-offs

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARSENAL 2-0 BRIGHTON

    Arsenal have doubled their lead against Brighton at the Emirates.

    Nicolas Pepe has completed a brace for the Gunners within the hour-mark.

    Pepe collected Martin Odegaard's through-ball from the right flank and has put the north Londoners in the drivers' seat.

    Arsenal are still seventh as Tottenham and Everton are losing to Leicester and Manchester City respectively

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARSENAL 1-0 BRIGHTON

    Arsenal have opened the scoring against Brighton at the Emirates.

    The Gunners made the breakthrough just four minutes into the second half with Nicolas Pepe.

    Pepe controlled a neat cross from Calum Chambers and smashed it past Robert Sanchez.

    This is the star winger's third goal in his last two games and it puts the north Londoners up to seventh – into the Europa Conference League – as it stands

  • Kostas Lianos

    EMERSON BIDDING WAR

    Arsenal are set for a bidding war over Real Betis loanee Emerson Royal in the summer.

    The Gunners see Emerson as the right man to replace Hector Bellerin, who looks set to leave at the end of the season, at right-back.

    Everton have also shown interest as they are looking for someone to fill in for ageing stalwart Seamus Coleman.

    According to Sport, the Brazil international has also attracted interest from Villarreal and AC Milan.

    The 22-year-old is set to return to Barcelona and hopes to impress manager Ronald Koeman.

    If Emerson fails to establish himself as Barca's starting right-back then he will look for a fresh challenge

  • Kostas Lianos

    ZAHA INTEREST

    Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha looks set for another fiery summer transfer window.

    Reports suggest that Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton are keeping tabs on Zaha.

    The star winger came just a whisker away from moving to the Emirates in 2019 but ultimately stayed with Palace.

    The 28-year-old has admitted he would like to test himself at a top club

  • Joe Brophy

    MAZZ ENOUGH

    Arsenal's rebuild has continued behind the scenes with chief medic Bruno Mazziotti reportedly let go.

    The Brazilian arrived less than a year ago following good reviews of his work with Paris Saint-Germain and his country's national team.

    However, according to Goal, the Gunners have informed him that his contract will not be renewed.

  • Joe Brophy

    ODE TO JOY

    Martin Odegaard has been given one last chance to show Arsenal why they should attempt to bring him in on a permanent deal this summer.

  • Joe Brophy

    NO JOSHING

    The Athletic claim that Arsenal owner Josh Kroenke is attending the game against Brighton today.

  • Joe Brophy

    BERT BATTLE

    Leicester are attempting to beat Arsenal in the transfer chase for Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand.

    The left-back has confirmed he will be leaving St Mary’s once his contract expires on June 30 and a raft of clubs have reportedly shown interest.

    And the Gunners have been long-term admirers with manager Mikel Arteta desperate to bring him to North London.

    Now a fresh report states Arsenal’s hopes could be about to suffer a blow.

    TalkSPORT claim that Leicester have drawn-up a one-year contract and are preparing to offer it to Bertrand.

    He will be offered a deal to join the FA Cup winners over the coming days.

  • Joe Brophy

    WHERE THERE'S A WIL

    Mikel Arteta appears to have wrecked Newcastle’s hopes of signing Joe Willock by revealing he is planning to have the star back next season.

    He said: “I am really happy that things have gone so well because of the potential that he has.

    “I think it was great for him to go away and have a different experience.

    “He has grabbed that opportunity in a really positive and remarkable way and he will come back to us, we will have a conversation with him and plan the next years for him.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FLYING WITH THE EAGLES

    Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has labelled Arsenal as ‘classy’ in his final press conference as Eagles manager.

    He said: “It was great for me, the guard of honour.

    “That really took me by surprise.

    “I am grateful and thankful that Arsenal agreed to do that. It was really strong and classy of them.

    “But when the game started then there wasn’t any suggestion that it wasn’t 100% Premier League football. We both needed to win and we both needed the points.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BOULD DECISION

    Arsenal legend Steve Bould has been SACKED after more than three decades of loyal service.

    The Gunners legend has been at the club since 1988 – firstly as a player and then as a coach.

    Bould has been working as Under-23s coach since June 2019 after taking over from Freddie Ljungberg.

    But has now been given the boot by Arsenal.

    It’s believed academy chief Per Mertesacker will take over from Bould, at least for now.

  • Joe Brophy

    WELCOME BACK

    Arsenal are itching to usher fans back into the Emirates today for the final game of the season against Brighton.

  • Joe Brophy

    WIL I NEVER

    Wilfried Zaha has insisted again he would leave Crystal Palace for a ‘top’ club after reports of renewed interest from Arsenal.

    He told The Face: “I feel like I can have another shot at the top teams, because my dream is to win things.

    “I’m good enough to go out there and compete with the best.

    “If the opportunity came, I wouldn’t turn it down, because I feel like I deserve it. It’s so I can show my kids: ‘This is what daddy won’.”

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