Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners ANNOUNCE Zinchenko, Brighton 'want' Nuno Tavares, Saka contract UPDATE | The Sun

ARSENAL have officially announced the signing of Ukrainian captain Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The former Manchester City ace was reduced to tears having made the £32 million switch to his boyhood club.

And this move could play into the hands of Premier League rivals Brighton who are closing in on a deal for Arsenal full-back Nuno Tavares according to reports.

Meanwhile, the North London hierarchy are still trying to tie Bukayo Saka down to a new contract which will reportedly be around the £200,000-a-week figure.

IN: Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko
OUT: Alexandre Lacazette (released)


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  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta gets top four warning

    Mikel Arteta will lose his job if he Arsenal don't make the Champions League, according to Tony Cascarino.

    He told talkSPORT: "If Arsenal don’t make it, Arteta will lose his job.

    “I think he’s done everything he can to make his team as competitive as possible, but you now have to make the top four.

    “Unless they only narrowly miss out… but it would have to be the smallest margins or a dramatic end [to save him].

    “Performances week-in, week-out will also count, because that will affect the feeling at the club.

    “I went to a couple of games at the Emirates at the end of the season, and it was rocking. People called it a library, but it was rocking at the end of the season.

    “But if they don’t make the top four Arteta will be gone – that’s what happens.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Aubameyang wants Lewandowksi partnership

    Ex-Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has expressed his desire to work alongside Robert Lewandowski at Barcelona.

    He said via the Metro: "I was really excited because I know him well we played together at Dortmund and had some nice times over there.

    “I was just happy and when this was official we are reunited and we had some fun words about the past, but I am really happy because this is how Barcelona will compete, with great strikers and that’s what this club is all about.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    'Zinky Winky' belts out classic

    Oleksandr Zinchenko serenaded his new Arsenal team-mates by belting out disco classic 'It's Friday then' for his initiation song.

    And Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale posted footage of Zinchenko's initiation song to his Instagram account.

    The squad clapped and laughed along as Zinchenko sang away while standing on a chair at the team's Orlando hotel.

    New boy Zinchenko has also immediately earned himself a Teletubbies-themed nickname from his team-mates in what has been a brutal welcome.

    Ramsdale captioned his video of Zinchenko signing "Zinky winky" in reference to Teletubbies character Tinky Winky.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta shares transfer plans

    Mikel Arteta has revealed he plans to make more signings this summer but won't reveal how many.

    He said: "There is still a few things that we would like to do in and out and that will be determined by the possibilities that are on the market.

    "We still have some players that are in contention to stay or go and the moment we have news we will communicate that."

    "We do have a number. We cannot share it."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Zinchenko reveals Arsenal inspirations

    Oleksandr Zinchenko has revealed that he was inspired by Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas as a youth.

    He told Arsenal's website: "I would like to say this is a boyhood dream come true, because I was a massive fan when I was a kid.

    "[When] Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas [were] playing here, I was just enjoying watching those games, that Arsenal."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tavares linked with Brighton

    Brighton have joined the race to sign Nuno Tavares, according to reports.

    But the Seagulls face strong competition for the Arsenal left-back.

    Reporter Fabrizio Romano tweeted about the interest from the south coast.

    It is understood Graham Potter's side have reached out to the Gunners asking for the potential conditions for a deal.

    Marseille were looking on course to complete a deal for the 22-year-old, who joined Arsenal on a four-year deal in 2021 for £7million from Benfica.

    However, talks are over meaning that potential deal has collapsed.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Saka offered new contract

    Arsenal have reportedly offered Bukayo Saka a £150,000-a-week contract that would see him more than DOUBLE his money.

    The Gunners are desperate to fend off interest from Manchester City and are keen to secure their talent on a long-term deal.

    Saka, 20, has rapidly grown into one of Arsenal's best players and his consistently high-level performances have not gone unnoticed.

    The Mail report the club are now prepared to make him one of the best paid players in a signal of how important he is.

    The England international only has two years left on his deal and his wages of £70,000-a-week is dwarfed by several players across the league.

    If he were to double his money, it would see him among the club's highest-paid players.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lacazette gets stung by bees

    Former Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out of action after getting stung by bees.

    The Lyon forward was in the forest near the Ligue 1 side's Sint-Michielsgestel hotel in the Netherlands as they complete their pre-season tour.

    And the 31-year-old was the recipient of seven bee stings that have forced him to sit on the sidelines whilst he recovers.

    But it's not clear if the amount of stings is the issue, or if he's suffered an allergic reaction, according to Daily Cannon.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Zinchenko makes De Bruyne joke

    New Arsenal signing Oleksandr Zinchenko has shut down claims he looks like Kevin De Bruyne by playfully declaring he's the most handsome one out of the pair.

    He said: "I'm much, much, much more handsome than him.

    "We're not talking about football skills but come on, you cannot compare.

    "He knows, he knows."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tielemans makes Arsenal move priority

    Arsenal target Youri Tielemans is desperate to join the Gunners, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    Romano said: "It is his priority. I would say it’s a clear choice because the player would love to move, he would love to join Arsenal, but it’s up to Arsenal to submit a proposal and go strong for him.

    "He’s waiting for Arsenal since April, since May. This is when the contact started – it was the end of April, beginning of May.

    "They are still there, they are discussing but still no official bid, just approaches and contacts. It’s up to them now to decide if they want to go for Tielemans as a priority after signing Zinchenko, or if they want to go for different positions.

    "Because the player is out of contract next summer, Arsenal know it’s a big opportunity on the market having a player like Tielemans available like this."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Zinchencko shirt number leaked

    Arsenal new boy Oleksandr Zinchenko's shirt number has been leaked.

    The left-back will don the No.35 shirt after completing his transfer from Man City to Arsenal.

    His shirt number was revealed in a mishap by Arsenal Direct.

    Former occupiers of the shirt include want-away Gunner Luca Torreira and Gabriel Martinelli, who's been handed the No11 top for next season.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Odegaard keen to be captain

    Martin Odegaard has expressed his feelings on the Arsenal captaincy role.

    He said: "It’s not something I think about. I think about the future, and to make that as good as possible, so we’ll see what happens. I always enjoy responsibility.

    "I’m captain for my country (Norway) and it’s a nice experience, so I enjoy that.

    "I don’t know anything about the situation here, I think that question is for Mikel (Arteta) and the club, but if he asked me of course I would be happy to do it."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Odegaard on new team-mates

    Martin Odegaard can't wait to play alongside Arsenal's new signings.

    He told The Athletic: "I think the new signings have been really good. All of them came in and have been really good — working hard, good personalities.

    "So I think all of them bring something good to the team.

    “Fabio is still injured, and we’ve seen Matt [Turner] play and Gabi, so I think they’re all going to be good for us and especially me playing close to Gabriel up front will be really fun.”

  • Alex Cole

    Odegaard's silky turn sends fans wild

    Martin Odegaard displayed a mind-blowing move at training last week that Arsenal fans just can't stop talking about.

    Spirits were high in the Gunners' camp mid-way through their tour of the US.

    And a video has done the rounds on social media of the Norwegian international producing the turn of the century.

    Reuell Walters was bamboozled as Odegaard, 23, executed the silkiest of skills.

    With the ball on his left foot, the play maker turned 180 degrees with a flashy flick of his right toe to nudge the ball and create space between him and the defender.

    The control and the body contortion required for the turn was made to look effortless by Odegaard.

  • Alex Cole

    More on bellerin to Betis

    Iglesias previously proposed the idea of crowdfunding a move for Bellerin on Twitter, but the Spanish side could instead sell Alex Moreno to fund the transfer.

    Bellerin has been patient for a move and is still working hard in training despite reportedly having no intention to stay at Arsenal.

    The defender has also attracted the attention of Jose Mourinho at Roma and is also believed to have held talks with Atletico Madrid about a transfer, which means his time could soon be up in north London.

  • Alex Cole

    Borja Iglesias on Bellerin to Betis

    Arsenal star Hector Bellerin wants to move back to Real Betis, according to his former team-mate Borja Iglesias.

    Iglesias is keen to reunite with the Spaniard and in an interview with Estadio Deportivo he said: “Yes, I miss Hector Bellerin.

    “I’m thinking of doing the crowdfunding we said we would do to get him back.

    "I come out of training and people ask me if Bellerin is coming, and they tell me that they are starting a piggy bank here to raise money.

    “Bellerin really wants to come back. He has always said that he wants to play here, what happens is that he has been there for a long time at Arsenal.

    "It is a complicated situation because he has a contract. I have always said it. I hope he is here as soon as possible because he gives us a lot inside and outside the locker room.”

  • Alex Cole

    Will the Gunners finish the 2022-23 season with a flourish?

    April promises to be a tough period as they travel to Leeds, Liverpool, West Ham and Manchester City.

    And they also will host Southampton and Chelsea in the penultimate month of the season.

    A tricky visit to St James' Park to take on Newcastle on May 6 could prove pivotal if Arsenal are to finish in the top four.

    The Gunners lost against the Magpies last season which saw Tottenham leapfrog above them in the table.

    Brighton and Nottingham Forest then follow, with Arsenal to once again finish the campaign at the Emirates, with Wolves their last opponent.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal's winter period

    November will see Arsenal play just two games before the 2022 World Cup – trips to Chelsea and Wolves.

    The Gunners' first game back after the global tournament will be a Boxing Day tie against West Ham at home, before concluding 2022 with a visit to Brighton on December 31.

    Just two days later they will welcome Newcastle to the capital, before facing Spurs away and United at home.

    Arteta will see February and March as an opportunity to pick up points in his quest to secure Champions League football.

    They will face no team that finished in the top seven of the Premier League in the 21-22 season.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal's opening three months

    Following the opening night clash, the Gunners host Leicester, before pitting their wits against newly-promoted sides Bournemouth and Fulham.

    They conclude the month with a home clash against Aston Villa, before travelling to Manchester United on September 3 in their first massive contest of the campaign.

    It stands to be a torrid October for Arteta's men who welcome North London rivals Tottenham to the Emirates at the start of the month, with the return fixture set for January 14.

    And while juggling Europa League football, they will square off against Liverpool and Manchester City at home on October 8 and October 18 respectively.

    They will also travel to Leeds and Southampton in what will prove to be a challenging time for Arsenal.

  • Alex Cole

    Gunners' Prem kick-off in just TWO weeks!

    Arsenal have a favourable start to the 2022-23 Premier League season with the club not having to face any of the 'Big Six' in the opening month.

    For the second year running, Arsenal will play away on a Friday night to kick off the new term on August 5.

    And they will be desperate to avoid a defeat like they did at Brentford last season.

    It all kicks-off in TWO weeks!

  • Alex Cole

    Bellerin wants to be back at Betis

    Arsenal star Hector Bellerin wants to move back to Real Betis, according to his former team-mate Borja Iglesias.

    The right-back, 27, spent last season on loan at Betis – the club he supported as a boy.

    And Bellerin seemingly wants to move back to Spain, where he made 23 La Liga appearances last season.

    He is likely to act as back-up to Takehiro Tomiyasu at the Emirates this season and several clubs are interested in Bellerin, including Betis.

  • Alex Cole

    Milinkovic-Savic wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea

    Chelsea and Arsenal have contacted Lazio about midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, reports in Italy claim.

    Calcio Merca say the London giants admire the Serbia star’s box-to-box style and goal record.

    But Calciomercato, suggest the Gunners, in particular, have been put off by the Serie A club’s valuation – of around £60million to £68m.

    Milinkovic-Savic netted 11 times for Lazio last term, having joined from Genk in 2015.

  • Alex Cole


    Mikel Arteta has hinted new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko will be utilised in the No10 role at Arsenal.

    Arteta worked with Zinchenko while he was an assistant coach at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.

    The Spaniard said: “He can play in both defence and midfield. He was a natural No10 early in his career and we converted him into a left-back which can do a lot of things that we want in our way of playing.

    “That versatility is something that is going to be important for the team because we have players in that position who are more specific full-backs, so I'm really happy."

  • Alex Cole

    Zinchenko was 'main focus' of summer, says Edu

    Technical Director Edu said: “I'm very pleased to see how we're working as a team here in the club.

    "We put a plan together early and Oleksandr Zinchenko was a main focus on our list.

    "We’re pleased to have Alex with us now because he has the attributes which I’m sure are going to put our squad at a different level.”

  • Alex Cole

    Arteta 'delighted' about Zinchenko transfer

    Oleksandr Zinchenko has joined Arsenal on a long-term contract from Manchester City and boss Mikel Arteta is "delighted".

    The Spaniard added: “We’re so happy Alex has joined us. He’s a player that I personally know really well and continued to follow him after my time at Manchester City.

    "Alex is a high quality player who will give us options and versatility. It's not only about the positions he can play but as well, the versatility he will give us in attack and defence.

    "Alex is a person with great human qualities and character, and I’m delighted that everyone has made this huge effort to bring Alex to the club."

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