Arsenal Aouar bid, Gabriel update, Tierney ‘scared,’ new youngsters, kit & more: Latest update from Thursday 20 August 2020 here

Since our last update, Arsenal have announced another signing, the Premier League fixtures were released, Gabriel is almost an Arsenal player, Arsenal are ready to pay full whack for Thomas Partey, and Auba’s new deal will be announced soon.

Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes of Losc Lille during the during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Valencia CF and Losc Lille at Estadio de Mestalla on November 5, 2019 in Valencia, Spain (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes of Losc Lille during the during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Valencia CF and Losc Lille at Estadio de Mestalla on November 5, 2019 in Valencia, Spain (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

You’ll find all the juicy transfer gossip at the bottom.

Arsenal news and gossip Mega Update #3

Premier League fixtures released

Which side will Calum Chambers be playing for in Arsenal's first game of the season? via Fulham FC
Which side will Calum Chambers be playing for in Arsenal’s first game of the season? via Fulham FC

Arsenal will start their 20/21 Premier League campaign with a trip to Craven Cottage to face Scott ‘Football Writer’s Manager of the Year 2021’Parker’s newly-promoted side.

Arsenal’s 20/21 fixtures via Arsenal.com

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Arsenal news

Arsenal away kit 20/21 launched via Arsenal direct

Arsenal have finally launched their 20/21 away kit and it is now available to buy onlie. It is believed Arsenal will wear it during Arsenal vs PSG Feminines this weekend in their Champions League quarter final.

Arsenal's Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez gives indications during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 1, 2020. (Photo by MIKE EGERTON / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez gives indications during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 1, 2020. (Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Emi Martinez has been chatting about needing minutes again. I’ve lost count, I think this is the third time he’s said he’ll leave if he doesn’t play. I think Arsenal get it, Emi.

Willian after signing for Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)
Willian after signing for Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Willian has been speaking to EPSN in Brazil about how he had no intention of leaving Chelsea but felt ‘discredited’.

This follows after he said he was offended at how Chelsea handled his contract negotiations, reportedly offering him a two year deal before the lockdown and refusing to negotiate after that.

He has also been speaking to Arsenal about what Gabriel Martinelli and David Luiz said to him before he joined the club:

I’m also fairly sure the Daily Mail have ordered all headline writers to mention that Willian is earning £220kpw even though that includes all his bonuses and is not actually his weekly wage.

Arsenal injury news

Gabriel Martinelli after surgery
Gabriel Martinelli after surgery

No new updates but you can keep up-to-date on all Arsenal injuries and news here.

Arsenal club and player gossip

Arsenal 2020/21 Away Kit (Photo via FootyHeadlines.com)
Arsenal 2020/21 Away Kit (Photo via FootyHeadlines.com)

The away kit is being probably being launched this week. Simon Collings from the Evening Standard tweeted to say it was being launched later this week and that Arsenal’s women would wear it against PSG in their Champions League quarter-final this weekend, but he seems to have deleted the tweet.

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang holds the winner's trophy as the team celebrates victory after the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, on August 1, 2020. - Arsenal won the match 2-1. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang holds the winner’s trophy as the team celebrates victory after the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, on August 1, 2020. – Arsenal won the match 2-1. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign a new deal with Arsenal this summer, with only the final paperwork and announcement left to come.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal speaks to Dr Gary O'Driscoll, Team Doctor of Arsenal following a knock to his head during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal speaks to Dr Gary O’Driscoll, Team Doctor of Arsenal following a knock to his head during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Napoli want to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal, regardless of the fact the two clubs are competing for fellow centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes.

 AS Roma are also reportedly interested in him.

Arsenal women update

Joe Montemurro, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the FA Women's Continental League Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal Women and Reading Women at Meadow Park on January 15, 2020 in Borehamwood, England.
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 15: Joe Montemurro, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the FA Women’s Continental League Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal Women and Reading Women at Meadow Park on January 15, 2020 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Joe Montemurro has been speaking ahead of Arsenal vs PSG Feminines this weekend in the Champions League quarter-final.

“I think there’s a real hunger because we’re representing this great club in the most prestigious tournament in the world,” he told Arsenal Digital.

“We’re a united group that loves putting on this strip and being part of this tournament. We want to give that every opportunity and we’re delighted that we got the opportunity to finish the tournament, and that we are in the top eight in Europe. That alone is a massive achievement but I do believe that we have the opportunity to go further.”

Malin Gut via Arsenal.com
Malin Gut via Arsenal.com

Arsenal will qualify for next season’s Champions League only if they win the tournament.

Montemurro has also been praising one of Arsenal’s latest additions, Malin Gut.

Arsenal loan news

Matt Smith after signing on loan with Swindon Town FC (Photo via Smith on Instagram)
Matt Smith after signing on loan with Swindon Town FC (Photo via Smith on Instagram)

Academy midfielder Matt Smith completed his loan move to Swindon Town this week, following recent squad involvement with the Arsenal first team.

Arsenal youth news

George Lewis via Arsenal.com
George Lewis via Arsenal.com

Arsenal announced the signing of George Lewis on Tuesday and the 20-year-old winger will initially join up with the u23s.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, Lewis said, “My playing style is very direct. I like to dribble a lot, I like to express myself on the field, so they can expect a show from me, yeah!”

He also admitted his family are Arsenal fans. “Yeah, all of my family are Arsenal fans. When I was growing up, I really looked up to players like Adebayor, he was a really big role model for me, as well as Thierry Henry, and yeah, just to mention some of them.”

Arsenal youth gossip

via Kayden Harrack on Twitter
via Kayden Harrack on Twitter

Arsenal have reportedly given a trial to former Queens Park Rangers youngster Kayden Harrack, 16, who can play at centre-back or in midfield.

Ben Sheaf (Photo via Twitter)
Ben Sheaf (Photo via Twitter)

Arsenal have also told Ben Sheaf he is free to leave this summer on a permanent basis. Coventry have been thinking over a six-figure bid and it’s now being reported that the club want £750,000 for him.

Jonathan Dinzeyi with Tottenham Hotspur (Photo via Dinzeyi on Instagram)
Jonathan Dinzeyi with Tottenham Hotspur (Photo via Dinzeyi on Instagram)

Arsenal are set to sign another young player on a free transfer, bringing in Jonathan Dinzeyi after his release from Tottenham Hotspur.

Ex-Arsenal news

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (L) and Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman (R) watch from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on October 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF
Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger (L) and Everton’s Dutch manager Ronald Koeman (R) watch from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on October 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

On Tuesday it was reported that Arsene Wenger had phoned up to ask about taking over the Netherlands national team job when Ronald Koeman moved to Barcelona, a job Wenger turned down. But it seems it’s all just nonsense, unless Wenger is lying.

It has, however, been confirmed that Koeman is the new Barcelona boss.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal celebrates scoring his second and the teams the third goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Arsenal and AZ Alkmaar at the Emirates Stadium on November 4, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 04: Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal celebrates scoring his second and the teams the third goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Arsenal and AZ Alkmaar at the Emirates Stadium on November 4, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Cesc Fabregas, meanwhile, has been talking about the moment he fell in love with Arsenal.

“The first game I watched after I moved in was the Man United vs Arsenal game from 2003 where Ruud van Nistelrooy missed the penalty,” Fabregas told The Athletic.

“I watched it with Paul, Mark and Noreen at the house, and I couldn’t believe it. The amount of shouts, the passion they showed for the game and for Arsenal. It was unbelievable.

“I found that feeling very soon with Arsenal. I knew very, very quickly how special that club is. They made sure I understood from day one.”

Fabregas added: “I wasn’t homesick because I knew what I was there to do.

“I was training with the first team from day one. I just loved it. Playing with the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Dennis Bergkamp… I just loved it.”

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (C) shelters from the sunshine beneath an umbrella during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on June 25, 2020. (Photo by Andrew Matthews / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil (C) shelters from the sunshine beneath an umbrella during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on June 25, 2020. (Photo by Andrew Matthews / POOL / AFP)

Alan Smith has warned Mesut Ozil he will ‘live to regret wasted years’ if he doesn’t leave Arsenal.

Ozil wants to play and Arteta wants to play him, it’s hardly him wasting the time, is it?

Arsenal transfer gossip

Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes (L) fights for the ball with Rennes' Senegalese forward Mbaye Niang (R)during the French L1 Football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Lille (LOSC), on September 22, 2019, at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes, northwestern France. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)
Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes (L) fights for the ball with Rennes’ Senegalese forward Mbaye Niang (R)during the French L1 Football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Lille (LOSC), on September 22, 2019, at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes, northwestern France. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

Lille have now reportedly accepted offers for Gabriel Magalhaes from Arsenal, Napoli and Everton, who were supposed to have withdrawn from the race and probably have.

According to Telefoot in France early on 19th August, Arsenal had offered the 22-year-old defender a five-year deal which he was keen to accept but Napoli reportedly upped their salary offer for the player ‘considerably’.

It is expected that this will all come to some sort of conclusion by the end of the working week. Then again, the Lille president also thought it would all be sorted out by the end of July, yet here we still are.

We could, however, be nearly there.

Later on 19 August, it was reported, again, that Gabriel had made his decision. He has said ‘yes’ to Arsenal’s five-year deal:

This was also reported in the Times, about which you can read more here. And then L’Equipe said it’s all nearly done:

https://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Transferts-gabriel-lille-tout-proche-d-arsenal/1162827

Atletico Madrid's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) celebrates with Atletico Madrid's Argentine forward Angel Correa after scoring during the Spanish league football match between Valencia CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on February 14, 2020. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)
Atletico Madrid’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) celebrates with Atletico Madrid’s Argentine forward Angel Correa after scoring during the Spanish league football match between Valencia CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on February 14, 2020. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)

Arsenal have told Thomas Partey and his camp that they’ll pay his release clause to Atletico Madrid soon.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Dani Ceballos (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal are still in negotiations with Real Madrid over another loan for Dani Ceballos for next season, according to reports in Spain.

Non Arsenal football news

A Liverpool player has tested positive for Covid during their pre-season in Austria. The Daily Mail report that they are still carrying on with preparations for the Community Shield as planned.

Arsenal vs Liverpool in the Community Shield is due to take place on Sunday, 29 August 2020.

From the papers

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: A copy of the new tabloid sized The Guardian newspaper with its new masthead is pictured for sale on January 15, 2018 in Bristol, England. In a cost-cutting move, publisher Guardian News & Media has ditched the distinctive Berliner size after just over 12 years and outsourced the printing of the tabloid to Trinity Mirror. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Manchester City are being offered Kalidou Koulibaly for £60m with Napoli keen to complete a deal [Daily Mirror]

Abdoulaye Doucoure is ready to join Everton but Watford are holding out for £25m. [Daily Mirror]

Bayer Leverkusen have told Chelsea they want a deal for Kai Havertz wrapped up by August 28 [Daily Mirror]

Manchester City and Manchester United will not be required to play on the opening weekend of the next Premier League season because of their exertions in Europe this year [The Times]

Premier League clubs are facing a season ticket nightmare in the scramble to comply with the government’s ‘Track and Trace’ scheme [Daily Mail]

Wigan Athletic paid their administrators up to £500 an hour in fees during their doomed bid to avoid relegation to League One [Daily Mail]

Football League clubs are preparing to start their new season in 10 days’ time – a full week earlier than expected [Daily Mail]

Former Premier League and Senegal striker Demba Ba has called on football to condemn China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims, whatever the financial cost.

Mesut Ozil has already done this and Arsenal hung him out to dry so they could stay on the good side of China.

Arsenal Aouar bid, Gabriel update, Tierney ‘scared,’ new youngsters, kit & more: Latest update from Thursday 20 August 2020 here