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OLEKSANDR ZINCHENKO'S transfer to Arsenal has been confirmed by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, and the player is having his Gunners medical today.

The Ukrainian, 25, said his goodbyes to City pals in Houston, Texas, and is currently on his way to put pen to paper with the Gunners in a deal said to be worth £30million plus £2m in add-ons.

Meanwhile, the trailer for Arsenal: All or Nothing has been released and features a brawl involving Alexandre Lacazette and Bernd Leno.

Elsewhere, the Gunners have reportedly been handed a huge boost in their quest to sign Lucas Paqueta after Lyon slashed their asking price by £21million.

And talks are reported to have begun with another Brazilian – Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Zinchenko shirt number issues

    Man City star Oleksandr Zinchenko is closing in on a move to Arsenal, but there is an issue with kit numbers.

    Zinchenko follows Man City teammate Gabriel Jesus in making the move to the red side of North London.

    The Brazilian striker took the iconic No.9 shirt but Zinchenko has options limited.

    His favourite No.11, that he wears at the champions, is unavailable as Gabriel Martinelli has just switched to it.

    The versatile Ukrainian is also fond of the No.17 that he dons while playing for his country and what he wore as a youngster for FK Ufa but that is taken by Cedric Soares.

    There is some confusion over the No.12 shirt at Arsenal, a number previously worn by Thierry Henry for a brief period.

    William Saliba is expected to have this number if he stays at the club but currently on the Arsenal website no squad number is assigned to him.

    However, the issue could perhaps be resolved via the No.35.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Vieira's raring to go

    Fabio Vieira can't wait to get his Arsenal career going.

    He told the club's media: "It’s been good, everyone has welcomed me and I’m ready to start this new challenge.

    "It’s a small injury I picked up one month ago with the national team but now I feel better and in a few days I’ll come back.

    “I’m really excited, I can’t wait to get started and play with our supporters at Emirates Stadium. It’s an honour for me to be here."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta gives players redemption shot

    Mikel Arteta has given Arsenal's fringe players a chance to shine next season.

    He said during the club's pre-season tour: "Every player that is contracted by the club is treated in the same way, and everybody said on day one that this is a clean sheet to start to build what they want to build at this football club.

    “Then we have to make decisions in relation to their needs and the levels that they show."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tielemans to discuss Leicester future

    Arsenal transfer target Youri Tielemans will sit down with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers to discuss his future this week, according to reports.

    The Belgium international, 25, has just one year left on his contract at the King Power Stadium.

    Tielemans has consistently refused offers on new terms but has remained committed to playing for the Foxes.

    He is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle.

    According to Sky Sports, the midfielder will sit down with Leicester boss Rodgers this week and discuss his future at the club.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal tipped for title race

    Gabriel Jesus can help fire Arsenal into the title race next season.

    His arrival at The Emirates has made Arsenal's rivals sit up and take notice.

    On that list is Liverpool ace Fabinho, who said to The Athletic: “Tottenham have bought some good players, Arsenal too with Gabriel Jesus going there, Chelsea too.

    “Everyone has been reinforcing because everyone wants to beat City. That means the Premier League will be at a really good level this season.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Jesus wants five year stay

    New Arsenal signing Gabriel Jesus wants to remain at The Emirates for at least five years.

    He made the switch to North London this summer from Man City, and isn't going anywhere anytime soon, he revealed.

    The striker told TNT Sports: "Well, as I said, I always like projects in my life, I like to do things not only thinking about today, but thinking about the long term. I came here not to stay one or two seasons, but to stay five.

    “So that’s my thought. That’s why I chose to come to Arsenal, a very big club in England, where they have a very beautiful history, and who unfortunately is dormant a little bit.

    "Coming to a club that hasn’t won a league for a long time and that has been improving every year. The decision was also very important.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta reveals transfer plans

    Mikel Arteta has no plans of slowing down in this summer's transfer window.

    The Spaniard's already brought in Matt Turner, Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Jesus, and Marquinhos.

    Jesus' Man City mate Oleksandr Zinchenko is set to be added to that list imminently.

    But Arteta's still got a few more players he wants to bring to the Emirates.

    He said to Arsenal's media: "We’re in the market to keep improving the squad but there are so many parties involved and sometimes things don’t happen as quickly as you want.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    'Get Kante immediately'

    Arsenal have been urged to sign N'Golo Kante immediately.

    The urgent plea was delivered by Gunners legend Kevin Campbell.

    He told Football Insider: "For me, if the money was right – I’d do it straight away. He’s someone who knows how to operate in the Premier League, that’s for sure. Yes, he suffered a few injuries last season, but his numbers are still frightening.

    “He’s still one of the best around, and that midfield area is still a massive problem area for Arsenal.

    "We’ve seen them play games where the midfield just can’t get a grip – especially when Thomas Partey isn’t there."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Smith-Rowe's new target

    Emile Smith-Rowe is looking to come back with a bang when he returns from injury.

    The Gunners midfielder admitted he didn't get as many assists last season, which he's intent on changing during this campaign in order to secure a spot in England's World Cup team.

    He said: "I need to keep improving my stats because I didn’t really get many assists last season.

    “I’ve been watching clips of my game, noting the timing of my passes and where I should have played it to create more chances.

    “And I’ve been watching footage of Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Mount to see what those creative players are doing.

    “The World Cup is definitely a target but first of all I want to get as fit as I can to get as many minutes as possible to show what I can do.”

  • Jack Figg

    Morning, Arsenal fans

    Oleksandr Zinchenko is off to Orlando to complete his £32million move and join the Gunners on tour – with the promise of more signings to follow.

    The Ukraine left-back decided not to stay and fight for his Manchester City place after they accepted the Gunners' bid this week.

    Emirates boss Mikel Arteta has already brought in Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner.

    And a winger could be next, although Serge Gnabry has committed to Bayern Munich and Barcelona beat off Prem clubs to sign Raphinha from Leeds.

    Lyon have reportedly slashed their valuation of attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta to ‘just’ £34m.

    In fact, Goal Brazil claim Arsenal’s technical director Edu has already held talks with Paqueta’s representatives.

    But Leicester’s Youri Tielemans is still thought to be Arteta's dream option.

    Emile Smith Rowe has likened his new Gunners' midfield team-mate Fabio Vieira to Manchester City stylist Bernardo Silva.

    And Arsenal outcast Nuno Tavares has rejected joining Marseille on a season's loan.

  • Ian Tuckey

    How Gunners bowled up a morale-boosting tour

    Emile Smith Rowe has already experienced the full rollercoaster of emotions involved in playing for Arsenal, writes MARK IRWIN.

    Now the young England star is looking forward to the real thing as he heads to Florida’s famous Universal theme park tomorrow.

    In the past few weeks he has beaten “competitive” boss Mikel Arteta at ten-pin bowling and loved every minute of the club’s dining room "wheel of fortune".

    And the player known as the "Croydon De Bruyne" has also been studying footage of the real thing as he looks to take his game to the next level.

    For Smith Rowe, 21, is making the most of every minute of pre-season to help him secure a place in England’s World Cup squad later this year.

    ESR revealed: “I need to keep improving my stats because I didn’t really get many assists last season.

    “I’ve been watching clips of my game, noting the timing of my passes and where I should have played it to create more chances.

    “And I’ve been watching footage of Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Mount to see what those creative players are doing.

    “The World Cup is definitely a target but first of all I want to get as fit as I can to get as many minutes as possible to show what I can do.”

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  • Ian Tuckey

    De Ligt confirms Prem snub for Bayern

    Bayern Munich have confirmed the signing of defender Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus.

    The 22-year-old Holland international had been heavily linked with Chelsea after talks over a new deal with Juve broke down.

    But he has now snubbed the Blues in favour of sealing a transfer to the German champions in a deal which runs until 2027.

    Speaking about the move, he told the club website: "I'm very happy to become a player for this great club.

    "FC Bayern are the most successful club in Germany, one of the most successful clubs in Europe and in the world.

    "I felt the genuine appreciation from the sporting management, the coach and the board right from the start, which convinced me.

    "On top of that, FC Bayern is a brilliantly run club with big aims. I'm very glad that I'm now becoming part of the FC Bayern story."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils favourites if Dembele leaves Lyon

    Manchester United have been priced as the leaders of the race to sign Lyon forward Moussa Dembele.

    Sky Bet place United at 5/1 favourites to sign the former Fulham striker, ahead of Southampton, Arsenal and West Ham.

    The Red Devils face a shortage of strikers currently, with only Cristano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial as recognised ‘number nines’ at the club currently.

    And both of their futures at the club are uncertain.

    Sky Bet odds

    Manchester United – 5/1
    Southampton – 6/1
    Arsenal – 8/1
    West Ham – 12/1

    Martial was sent on loan to Sevilla for the latter half of last season after falling out of favour at Old Trafford, but has lead the line impressively in United’s pre-season friendlies so far, scoring in all three games.

    Ronaldo has not made the trip to Thailand and Australia, citing personal reasons, and has also made his intentions clear that he wants to play Champions League football next season, which Manchester United cannot offer.

    The Portuguese came out saying he wishes to leave the club, but is finding a new one hard to come by.

    New United manager Erik ten Hag has since said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is in his plans for next season and is not for sale.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners target more buys after Oleksandr

    Arsenal will reportedly continue to splash the cash once they announce the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.

    The Gunners have agreed a deal rising to £32million for the versatile Ukrainian left-back.

    Zinchenko is poised to put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal with the 25-year-old set to leave the Citizens’ pre-season tour of the US to undergo a medical.

    His arrival will take Arsenal’s summer spending to around £115m following the signings of Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner.

    And according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, the North London outfit are planning a “big” transfer as they look to bring in another winger.

    Arsenal lost out to Barcelona in the race to prise Brazilian ace Raphinha away from Leeds.

    Meanwhile Arsenal were dealt a blow when former star Serge Gnabry ended speculation over his future by extending his stay at Bayern Munich.

    And Sheth has stated that the Gunners remain in the market for a new wideman.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners linked to 'bargain' Lucas

    Lyon could tempt Arsenal to bid for midfielder Lucas Paqueta by valuing him at 'just' £34million.

    The Mirror say the French giants are prepared to cash in on their Brazil superstar – for half the original asking price.

    Leicester's Youri Tielemans is thought to remain the main target for Gunners' boss Mikel Arteta.

    But Goal Brazil claim Arsenal’s technical director Edu has held talks with Paqueta’s representatives.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Oleksandr off to Orlando to seal Arsenal move

    Oleksandr Zinchenko will fly to Orlando TODAY to finalise his move to Arsenal after saying farewell to his Manchester City team-mates.

    The Ukrainian, 25, has left the City squad in Houston, Texas, and is currently on his way to put pen to paper with the Gunners in a deal said to be worth £30million plus £2m in add-ons.

    The left-back is expected to undergo his medical within the next 24 hours as the final touches are put on his transfer.

    He is set to sign a four-year deal with Mikel Arteta's men.

    The news comes shortly after he gave an interview to City’s website about their preparations for the new season.

    He said: “The target now is to try and build up our physical conditions and the tactical side of things.

    “There are a lot of different things [to work on] obviously after a long vacation, a little bit more than three weeks.

    “Now it’s time to work, to be ready and prepare ourselves as much and as well as we can."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Clauss set to snub Prem giants for Marseille

    Several Premier League clubs have been linked with Lens wing-back Jonathan Clauss this summer including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

    Indeed, United were reported to have submitted a €7m bid yesterday afternoon and were thought to be in advanced talks.

    However, the news this morning is that the players has agreed a move to Marseille.

    Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Jonathan Clauss will undergo medical tests as new OM player in the morning.

    “Full agreement completed after the opening bid made 10 days ago, Lens have accepted €8m fee. Manchester United links, wide of mark.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Toon and Gunners in Asensio boost

    Marco Asensio has reportedly sacked his agent – and that could put Arsenal and Newcastle on red alert.

    The Real Madrid man continues to be linked with a transfer away from the Bernabeu this summer.

    But with no deal done, he is said to have ditched his representatives to get a transfer over the line before deadline day.

    As reported by El Larguero, the playmaker – who used to be looked after by Horacio Gaggioli – made the decision in order to "find a way out" of Madrid.

    However, the Spanish radio station claim there have been no official offers tabled for the 26-year-old yet.

    It is thought, though, that AC Milan have been in contact with Jorge Mendes, who could be dealing with Asensio's potential switch.

    The 28-cap Spanish star looks set to be available on a cut-price deal this summer.

    He is into the final year of his Bernabeu contract and looks increasingly unlikely to pen an extension after allegedly rejecting a previous offer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Paqueta price boost for Gunners

    Arsenal’s hopes of signing Lucas Paqueta have been boosted by the news that Lyon will lower their asking price for the Brazilian.

    The Gunners were previously quoted €65m for the attacking midfielder – but Media Foot now suggest that a bid in the region of €40m will tempt the Ligue 1 club into doing business.

    However, the Londoners face competition from Premier League rivals Newcastle United.

    The Toon Army notoriously pipped Arsenal to the signing of Bruno Guimaraes back in January, and may now use the player’s status as Paqueta’s compatriot, former teammate and friend to lure the playmaker to the north-east.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils favourites if Dembele leaves Lyon

    Manchester United have been priced as the leaders of the race to sign Lyon forward Moussa Dembele.

    Sky Bet place United at 5/1 favourites to sign the former Fulham striker, ahead of Southampton, Arsenal and West Ham.

    The Red Devils face a shortage of strikers currently, with only Cristano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial as recognised 'number nines' at the club currently.

    And both of their futures at the club are uncertain.

    Sky Bet odds

    Manchester United – 5/1
    Southampton – 6/1
    Arsenal – 8/1
    West Ham – 12/1

    Martial was sent on loan to Sevilla for the latter half of last season after falling out of favour at Old Trafford, but has lead the line impressively in United's pre-season friendlies so far, scoring in all three games.

    Ronaldo has not made the trip to Thailand and Australia, citing personal reasons, and has also made his intentions clear that he wants to play Champions League football next season, which Manchester United cannot offer.

    The Portuguese came out saying he wishes to leave the club, but is finding a new one hard to come by.

    New United manager Erik ten Hag has since said the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is in his plans for next season and is not for sale.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Trusty loaned to Brum

    Arsenal have sent promising centre-half Auston Trusty on loan to Birmingham to continue his development.

    The USA Under-23 international has made a season-long move to John Eustace's Championship side.

    The 23-year-old joined the Gunners from Colorado Rapids in January.

    Then he immediately re-joined the MLS club on loan until the end of May.

    Trusty told the Birmingham website: "It feels great and I am honoured.

    "I am blessed and excited for the new chapter and the new challenges. I am just really happy to be here.

    "I am a centre-back but I'm willing to run, to get stuck into challenges and willing to make sacrifices for my team-mates. That is the kind of player you are getting for the team.

    "I know it is going to be a challenge and the intensity is going to be tough, but I am just really looking forward to it."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners caught in brawl

    The trailer for Arsenal's hotly anticipated All or Nothing series has finally been released.

    The eight-part show, which will begin to arrive on Prime Video on August 4, follows Mikel Arteta's side throughout the 2021/22 season.

    And – if the trailer is anything to go by – it promises to be an explosive watch.

    All or Nothing Arsenal Official Trailer Released

    The two-minute clip contains footage of the Arsenal players getting into what appears to be a brawl on the training ground – with Bernd Leno and Alexandre Lacazette visible in the melee.

    Other key talking points from the trailer include Arteta raging at his players in the changing room as he slams down a big laundry basket in front of the squad.

    The series will also address the club's decision to strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the captaincy – which eventually led to his contract being terminated as he left for Barcelona in January.

    The clip shows Arteta telling the rest of the Gunners that Aubameyang was no longer their skipper.

    Arteta is the focus for much of the trailer and it is expected that the show will feature him heavily in much the same way as Tottenham's edition starred Jose Mourinho.

    The first three episodes will be released on Prime Video on August 4, followed by the next three on August 11. The final two parts will then be available to stream from August 18.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Fabio can be 'next Bernardo Silva'

    Arsenal have struck gold and unearthed the next Bernardo Silva thanks to the arrival of Fabio Vieira, claims Emile Smith Rowe.

    The Hale End graduate, 21, was full of praise for new signing Vieira, who completed a £34million transfer from Porto to Arsenal in June.

    Even though the pair will likely be competing for the same spot in the squad, Smith Rowe said: "He's very similar (to Silva).

    "He's a very good passer of the ball, his left foot is very good and he likes to create goals and score them himself.

    "I've already played against him at international level, so I can't speak highly enough of him, and the fans should be really excited.

    "At the Euro Under-21s, they (Portugal) beat us 2-0 and he was unbelievable in that game."

    Vieira, 22, worked his way into the Porto first team as the season progressed, and eventually finished the season with seven goals and 16 assists in all competitions.

    Smith Rowe also enjoyed a productive season but saw his form dip away during the second half of the campaign, managing just two of his 10 goals in the Premier League in 2022.

    Along with Vieira, The Gunners have also completed the signing of Man City forward Gabriel Jesus for £45m, as well as goalie Matt Turner and Brazilian youngster Marquinhos. The club have now turned their attention to Oleksandr Zinchenko in a deal which could reach £32m.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners to continue spree after Zinchenko

    Arsenal will reportedly continue to splash the cash once they announce the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.

    The Gunners have agreed a deal rising to £32million for the versatile Ukrainian left-back.

    Zinchenko is poised to put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal with the 25-year-old set to leave the Citizens' pre-season tour of the US to undergo a medical.

    His arrival will take Arsenal’s summer spending to around £115m following the signings of Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner.

    And according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, the North London outfit are planning a "big" transfer as they look to bring in another winger.

    Arsenal lost out to Barcelona in the race to prise Brazilian ace Raphinha away from Leeds.

    Meanwhile Arsenal were dealt a blow when former star Serge Gnabry ended speculation over his future by extending his stay at Bayern Munich.

    And Sheth has stated that the Gunners remain in the market for a new wideman.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Nu NO to Marseile

    Arsenal outcast Nuno Tavares has rejected the chance to join Marseille on a season-long loan.

    The Mirror report that the Portuguese youngster would prefer to remain at the Emirates and fight for his place in the first team.

    However, the imminent arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to mean Tavares drops even further down the pecking order.

    While the Ukrainian is being brought in as a midfielder, his ability to play at left-back will offer cover when Kieran Tierney is injured.

    Sport Witness reported earlier this week that the Gunners are keen to move Tavares on before the close of the transfer window.

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