Arsenal boost as Serge Gnabry refuses to sign Bayern contract, Pepe to leave for just £25m, Brandt transfer latest

ARSENAL have been handed a boost as Serge Gnabry has refused to sign a new contract at Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, the club are reportedly preparing to sell £70m record signing Nicolas Pepe for just £25m.

Elsewhere, Erling Haaland's transfer move to Manchester City could help Mikel Arteta land top target Gabriel Jesus.

And the Gunners are reportedly one of four Premier League clubs to begin 'discussions' for Argentine international Paulo Dybala.

Keep up to date with all of the latest updates from the Emirates in our live blog…

  • Justin Lawrence

    Hleb cried after Arsenal exit

    Former Arsenal star Alexander Hleb has revealed he burst into tears when ex-boss Arsene Wenger decided to sell him.

    Hleb said: "It’s still difficult for me to explain why I left Arsenal.

    "I was absolutely happy there. Arsene completely trusted me, it was idyllic. And then I decided to leave.

    “I was on vacation and agents and managers convinced me that I had to go to Barcelona. To be honest, I didn’t really understand what I was doing. At some point, I realised, ‘Oh god! I’m leaving Arsenal!’

    “When Arsene said that it was a matter of hours, I felt devastated. It was really hard for me to accept that. Wenger did everything to make me stay at Arsenal.

    “He even texted me as I was fishing. ‘Alex, I won’t let you go, we need you here.’ I cried when I read it.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Bowen's fighting talk

    West Ham star Jarrod Bowen is fully focused on Arsenal despite the Hammers' success in Europe.

    He said: "West Ham versus Arsenal is a massive game.

    "We respect Arsenal and they’re in a great bit of form at the minute and really pushing for that top four place and we’re pushing to get into that top six, so it’ll be a great game.

    "It’s a London derby, they’re in great form and we want to get the better of them."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Richards makes Gabriel Jesus plea

    Micah Richards has urged Man City not to sell key striker Gabriel Jesus amid the Brazilian's links to Arsenal.

    Richards said: "With Man City, we always know they'll create chances, it's just about taking them.

    "He was linked about potentially moving away, but if it was my decision, he wouldn't be going anywhere because he's a vital part of this team.

    "The way he presses from the front, the way he reads the play and his all round game has just got better over the years."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Merson's Arsenal/West Ham prediction

    Arsenal have a huge chance of beating West Ham today, Paul Merson thinks.

    He said: "This is the perfect time for Arsenal to play West Ham and beat them.

    "This is a nothing game for West Ham, but it could prove to be a massive result for Arsenal.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    Morning Arsenal fans

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has rejected the notion of Arsenal needing to copy Liverpool in order to win the Premier League.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, Arteta highlighted Liverpool’s project for comparison, but revealed they were not able to copy The Reds.

    Mikel Arteta has also admitted that Arsenal suffer without Thomas Partey in the side.

    Arteta said: “The stats are there and they are unquestionable.

    “The win rate when Thomas is there is higher. It is something that is not good for us because in the last two seasons he has not been there as much as we want."

    Man Utd and Arsenal are two of four Premier League clubs chasing soon-to-be out of contract Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, reports say.

    The Argentine is set to let his contract run out in Turin and will embark on a new adventure.

    And according to ESPN, Man Utd and Arsenal are two of four Prem teams interested in signing Dybala.

    The report has also revealed that Newcastle and Tottenham are the two other English teams keeping tabs on his situation.

  • Jon Boon

    Hickey a target

    Bologna youngster Aaron Hickey has reportedly been identified as a potential target by Edu, according to reports.

    The left-back is flying in Serie A with five assists and one goal in the league this campaign.

    Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli believe Hickey is being watched carefully by the Gunners, who are looking for cover for Kieran Tierney.

    Sources add that the Gunners remain unconvinced with Nuno Tavares, and believe the 19-year-old Scot could be fill the role.

  • Jon Boon

    Remember him?

    Ex-Arsenal star Johann Djorou is unrecognisable as he shares an image on Instagram sporting dreadlocks and a beard.

    The Swiss defender retired from the game in 2021, after a spell with Danish Superliga club FC Nordsjælland.

    He is best remembered for appearing 140 times for the Gunners from 2004-2013.

    And, judging by his choice of shirt in his latest Instagram snap, he still has a soft spot for the North London giants.

  • Jon Boon

    Brandt interest

    Arsenal could steal Julian Brandt for just £16.5million, according to a reports.

    The Borussia Dortmund winger, 25, is seemingly surplus to requirements at the Bundesliga giants, although he has seven goals and eight assists in the league this year.

    Germany international Brandt is said to be game for a move overseas, with the Premier League his preferred destination, according to Bild.

    The Gunners were linked with a move for the 37-cap star in January, but couldn't get a deal over the line.

  • Jon Boon

    Training day

    Arsenal stars Takehiro Tomiyasu and Nuno Tavares were all smiles in training as the Gunners prepare for Sunday's match against West Ham.

    The Japanese star recently returned to the fold after an injury, and is in contention to start.

    While Portugal defender Tavares will be looking to build on his goal last week with a solid display.

    Credit: Getty
  • Jon Boon

    Osimhen 'dreams' of Arsenal

    According to reports, brilliant Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen "dreams" of playing for Arsenal.

    Nigerian publication cite a report from Corriere dello Sport that the Napoli forward wants a move to the Emirates this summer OR their rivals Manchester United.

    Unsurprisingly, the Serie A club will fight tooth and nail to keep their star man.

    And they will only entertain offers north of £84million.

  • Jon Boon

    Thankful Xhaka

    Granit Xhaka has thanked Gunners fans for voting him as their Player of the Month/

    "I want to say thank you very much for voting me as Player of the Month," said Xhaka.

    ‘It’s very special for me, but I want to say thank you as well for the support. Of course at home, but away as well.

    "We will try to achieve our goals for this season."

    Xhaka hasn't always found favour with the supporters, admitting that he knows they will never always see eye-to-eye, after an infamous bust-up where he retaliated to being booed off the pitch by mouthing to supporters to "f*** off".

  • Jon Boon

    Player of the month

    The votes were cast on Arsenal's official website for the Gunners' Player of the Month for April.

    Deservedly, the nod has been given to Granit Xhaka – who has starred this campaign.

    The much-maligned midfielder has never been a crowd favourite, especially after he was booed off by his own fans during Unai Emery's reign in 2019 against Crystal Palace – and responded by mouthing "F*** off" in their direction.

    But, it appears he has won them over with this latest award – and starred against Chelsea and Man Utd to help his side climb back into the top four.

  • Emillia Hawkins

    Dybala at the centre of four-way Prem transfer battle

    Man Utd and Arsenal are two of four Premier League clubs chasing soon-to-be out of contract Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, reports say.

    The Argentine is set to let his contract run out in Turin and will embark on a new adventure.

    And according to ESPN, Man Utd and Arsenal are two of four Prem teams interested in signing Dybala.

    The report has also revealed that Newcastle and Tottenham are the two other English teams keeping tabs on his situation.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Emillia Hawkins

    Arteta provides injury updates

    Ahead of Arsenal's Premier League clash with West Ham on Sunday, Mikel Arteta provided an update on injuries within the team.

    On Bukayo Saka: "Hopefully he will be fine. He had some issues in the final part of the game but he's recovered well and we expect him to be available."

    On Thomas Partey: "He's progressing but he had a significant injury, a recurring injury as well, so we don’t expect him to make progress that quickly to see him this season, but hopefully I am wrong."

    On Takehiro Tomiyasu: "You only know that when a player's been out for a long spell when you put him on the pitch. He hasn’t started any matches yet. He's lacked a bit of time on the pitch so it’s a decision we will make tomorrow."

  • Emillia Hawkins

    The Arsenal way

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has rejected the notion of Arsenal needing to copy Liverpool in order to win the Premier League.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, Arteta highlighted Liverpool's project for comparison, but revealed they were not able to copy The Reds.

    He said: "There are things you can try to compare, and you can acknowledge how other clubs have been through these processes and these phases of a project, like Liverpool.

    "But what the league was six years ago and what the league is today is completely different. We need to focus on what we want to do and how we are going to execute it, and not look too far ahead."

  • Emillia Hawkins

    Mino Raiola's family release statement

    Super-agent Mino Raiola has died aged 54, his family have confirmed.

    In a statement posted on Twitter, it was announced the Italian sadly lost his health battle.

    It read: "In infinite sorrow we share the passing of the most caring and amazing Football Agent that ever was.

    "Mino fought until the end with the same strength he put on negotiation tables to defend out players.

    "As usual, Mino made us proud and never realized it.

    "Mino touched so many lives through his work and wrote a new chapter in the history of modern football.

    "His presence will forever be missed. Mino's mission of making football a batter place for players will continue with the same passion.

    "We thank everybody fo the huge amount of support received during these difficult times and ask for respect and privacy of family and friends in this moment of grief.

    "The Raiola Family."

  • Emillia Hawkins

    Arsenal target Gnabry refuses new contract

    Arsenal's hopes of landing Serge Gnabry have been given a boost after reports that he is refusing to sign a blockbuster Bayern Munich contract.

    The winger would reportedly see his pay double if he put pen to paper, but is yet to do so.

    The stand-off could open the door to Arsenal tempting the superstar back to the Emirates.

    Gnabry left the club in 2016, but has since gone on to make a name for himself playing in Germany.

    But Bild report that contract talks with Bayern have stalled, despite big money being on the table.

    The German newspaper say Gnabry could potentially double his wages from a reported £6.7m a year to between £14m and £16m.

    Credit: Getty
  • Emillia Hawkins

    Cedric set to reject Newcastle offer

    Cedric Soares is set to snub a move to Newcastle and pledge his future to Arsenal, according to reports.

    The full-back has seized opportunities at the Emirates this season and could spurn advances from other teams.

    Clubs both in England and abroad are interested in the former Southampton defender.

    But Sports Witness report that Soares does not want to go anywhere, despite the interest in him.

    And newspaper Correio da Manha report that a source close to the player told the outlet: "It's speculation. There are no offers. Cedric has no interest in leaving Arsenal."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Xhaka on Man United goal

    Granit Xhaka has revealed that his goal for Arsenal in their 3-1 win over Man United was special.

    He said to TV2: “It was special. My whole family was in the stands, my father came from Switzerland to watch the match

    “It’s always special when you score at home, but this was special because I had not scored in a long time for Arsenal.

    "It was a key moment for me. I forgot everything there and then. I just wanted to enjoy it with my teammates, with the fans, with the people around. It was a good feeling.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Brandt new opening

    Arsenal could make a move for Borussia Dortmund ace Julian Brandt this summer.

    Brandt has been deemed surplus to requirements at the German club who are open to letting him go for around £16.5million, Bild report.

    And the Gunners could pounce on the winger they tried to sign in January's transfer window once again.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta on Arsenal legends

    Mikel Arteta has revealed that he's happy to have legends such as Jehns Lehmann and Gilberto back at the club as the pair hung out with Edu earlier this week.

    Arteta told Sky Sports: "I always said they are all welcome here.

    "The experiences they had together, what they transmitted as a team, and what they actually achieved was phenomenal.

    “That’s for the history and the legacy of the Premier League, so for us to have contact, for them to feel welcome here, and for them to be supportive with what we want to do, I think it’s something really valuable and important.

    “I was really pleased to see them back here with smiles on their faces, feeling relaxed and doing something that is natural, and that should happen in a natural way because it’s their club.

    “The way Arsenal is viewed today is because of players and people like them.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta wants team investment

    Mikel Arteta has alluded to Arsenal's board that the team needs investment this summer.

    He told DAZN: "People have thrown themselves into the team, they have felt what the team transmits, they feel identified with the young people, with the model.

    "That is what is going to give us a lot of strength; it is going to give us an advantage to take another leap forward.

    "Which we already know where it is going and which is going to require investment and time again."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal can Gnab him

    Arsenal hopes of landing Serge Gnabry have been given a boost after reports that he is refusing to sign a blockbuster Bayern Munich contract.

    The stand-off could open the door to Arsenal tempting the superstar back to the Emirates.

    Gnabry left the club in 2016, but has since gone on to make a name for himself playing in Germany.

    But Bild report that contract talks with Bayern have stalled, despite big money being on the table.

    The German newspaper say Gnabry could potentially double his wages from a reported £6.7m a year to between £14m and £16m.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta on Partey's presence

    Mikel Arteta has admitted that Arsenal suffer without Thomas Partey in the side.

    Arteta said: "The stats are there and they are unquestionable.

    "The win rate when Thomas is there is higher. It is something that is not good for us because in the last two seasons he has not been there as much as we want.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Mikel Arteta Arsenal plea

    Mikel Arteta has urged his Arsenal side to keep their momentum against West Ham to secure the final Champions League spot.

    He said: "We all know how difficult it is to win games in the Premier League and now we had two really good results that put us in a really good position.

    "But it is about doing it again at West Ham.

    “I think in the league when you are able to win consecutively away and at home, it gives you a huge platform and things quickly change. We have some momentum now and we want to make the most out of it.”

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