Arsenal have 'SUBMITTED' £43m offer for Jesus, Bologna sporting director in town to 'discuss' Hickey deal – Spurs latest

ARSENAL have reportedly submitted a £43m bid to lure Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus to the Emirates this summer.

The Brazilian could be surplus to requirements following the arrival of Erling Haaland, and Mikel Arteta is hoping to persuade Jesus to make the switch.

Meanwhile, Italian outfit Bologna's sporting director, Riccardo Bigon will be in London tonight to discuss a potential deal for full-back Aaron Hickey according to reports.

And stay right here for the ENTIRE build up to the HUGE North London derby between Arsenal and Spurs where Champions League qualification hangs in the balance.

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

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Petit transfer advice

    Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has warned his former club must sign "at least four or five" players, including Lens midfielder Seko Fofana, to challenge for the Premier League title.

    Petit told SunSport's Alex Cole on behalf of Genting Casino: "They need at least four or five players to improve the team.

    "They need two players in midfield. I really like Seko Fofana from Lens.

    "He is box-to-box midfielder. He is a very talented player"

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    Winterburn on Hickey

    Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn claims Bologna ace Aaron Hickey "fits the bill" at the Emirates.

    Winterburn told  FreeSuperTips: "It's a signing that fits the bill at Arsenal which I've spoken about plenty of times, bringing in young players to develop them.

    "Right and left-back is certainly a position that needs strengthening in depth, and you want players challenging the first-choice players. If form drops or there's injuries, then you step in and keep your place until your own form drops.

    "You want that competition for places in your squad. I haven't seen masses of him only a few snippets, but some of the reports I've been reading.

    "One of his old managers suggest he's a bit like Phillip Lahm, so if he is then it would be a great addition to the squad. He's only 19 so it's a young age, but he's had a lot of experience already which is incredible.

    "That fits exactly with the model Arsenal have taken through this season and it looks as if they'll continue that model throughout next season as well"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Nigel Winterburn prediction

    Arsenal star Nigel Winterburn hinted that his former club has the advantage ahead of tonight's North London derby.

    Winterburn told FreeSuperTips: "It's so difficult to really predict, obviously we all know what's at stake and I'm not sure how the players are going to react to the situation. It's going to be an amazing atmosphere and it'll come down to who deals with the game best.

    "It depends how you look at it, we could say that Tottenham have to win and for Arsenal it'll be alright if they come away with a draw. But I wouldn't want Arsenal to go in with that attitude because I think it's slightly negative, so I'd love for Mikel Arteta to set us up to win.

    "That's the attitude I'd like to see because one incident can change a game in these sorts of atmospheres. Hopefully a sending off doesn't jeopardise what looks like a fantastic game.

    "Both teams could win, but Arsenal for me are in pole position, they know what they need to do, so let's hope there aren't any more twists along the way"

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    Winter is coming

    Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn is "hopeful" his former club will stand tall tonight against Tottenham.

    Winterburn told FreeSuperTips: "We all know that if Arsenal win, they are in the Top 4. But I'm very hopeful Arsenal can go there and pick up a result that keeps them in a strong position going into the final couple of games.

    "Even if it was a draw, we'd know that one win from the last two games would be enough, so it's a really good position to be in. I think for the last few weeks it's been a case of dealing with your own games and then looking at the other results later on.

    "It's flipped around a little bit, Arsenal were in pole position at one stage, then they had that run of three games where Tottenham took advantage, but they slipped up and Arsenal took over again.

    "Arsenal are in the driving seat right now, everything relies upon them and for Arsenal it's just about putting in the big performances until the end of the season for fourth.

    "Potentially now, dare I say it, third place is getting that close, but if you're giving me fourth now then I would certainly take it because I was nervous at the start of the season"

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    Reiss Nelson talks

    Arsenal ace Reiss Nelson will hold talks with manager Mikel Arteta over his Emirates future as Feyenoord look to keep him on loan for another season.

    Nelson linked up with the Eredivisie giants last year after being deemed as surplus to requirements by the Gunners.

    According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Dutch outfit is desperate to keep him at the club for another season.

    Romano tweeted: "Reiss Nelson will discuss with Mikel Arteta to understand his Arsenal future soon.

    "Feyenoord want to keep him on loan for one more season, as they can’t afford permanent move.

    "There’s interest from English clubs to buy Nelson but priority will be to understand AFC [Arsenal] plans"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Hickey closing in

    Arsenal areset to open talks with Bologna as they eye up a summer swoop to sign Aaron Hickey.

    According to Corriere de Bologna, the Gunners will hold talks with the Serie A outfit imminently as they see Hickey as a possible replacement for Nuno Tavares.

    Napoli, Aston Villa and Newcastle have also been linked with the left-back.

    But the North Londoners are said to be leading the transfer race

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    Shock and Aur

    Liverpool are leading the race to sign Monaco star and Arsenal transfer target Aurelien Tchouameni in the summer.

    That is according to French journalist, Julien Maynard who claims the Reds are in pole position to land Tchouameni in a mega-money coup.

    That’s despite interest from other European heavyweights such as Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Premier League rivals Manchester United.

    The Merseysiders and Real are leading the race, with the former holding a slight advantage

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    Arsenal transfer advice

    Liverpool legend John Barnes insists Arsenal need a striker more like Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez rather than out-of-contract Eddie Nketiah.

    Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “Arsenal might give Eddie Nketiah a contract. Arsenal correctly feel they need a centre-forward who will be there week in, week out. They don’t believe he’s the long term forward needed to be in the top two or three.

    “He’s part of the squad and he’s doing well at this moment in time, but it won’t make Arsenal suddenly feel they no longer need a striker. They may negotiate with Nketiah but regardless of what happens there, they’ll still need a striker.

    “If they wanted him to stay, they would have offered him a contract. To be in the top two or three, they’ll need to go and get someone like Lautaro Martinez or a centre-forward who will be their No1 striker for years to come”

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    Conte message to players

    Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has told his players to start acting like a “big team” in North London derbies.

    Conte said: “I understand its importance and I understand the rivalry between the two teams. But in the past, when I played other derbies, with Inter [Milan] or Juventus, I always said that a derby is one game or two games in one season.

    “A big team has to think that you have to win the derby, not because it's your rival, but because you get three points. These three points bring you nearer to winning something important at the end of the season, not only focused on beating your rival.

    “Our mind has to be open for an important target, and for winning a derby to be a way to reach an important target. We know very well that if we don’t get three points then probably we finish in fifth in the table.

    “There is a big rivalry, we know very well, the players know very well, and we want to give satisfaction to our fans and we'll try to do our best. But it's a game”

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    Jesus offer made

    Arsenal have submitted a £43million bid for Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus.

    That is according to GOAL, who report that an offer has been "formalised" and that negotiations are "close to an end".

    The deal for the striker, 25, has been "sewn together" by fellow Brazilian and the Gunners' technical director Edu.

    The 25-year-old's game time under City manager Pep Guardiola will be limited with the club announcing the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund

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    Gunner do it

    Arsenal legend Martin Keown has tipped the Gunners to seal Champions League qualification with a 2-1 win over North London rivals Tottenham tonight.

    Keown told the Daily Mail: "Tottenham are dangerous and have become so much more difficult to beat under [Antonio] Conte.

    "Their front three is different class, and I’ve been immensely impressed by their new signings, [Dejan] Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur.

    "But I believe this will finish 2-1 to Arsenal, with the confident [Eddie] Nketiah bagging the winner"

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    Hickey talks incoming

    Arsenal are set for transfer talks with Bologna over Aaron Hickey ahead of the summer window. 

    That is according to Corriere dello Sport, who claim that the Gunners could start negotiations for Hickey in the coming days.

    The Italian club is open to a deal with the hope of banking £17million for the left-back.

    The Serie a team's sporting director Riccardo Bigon is happy to talk with the North Londoners, although Napoli are also keen on the Scotland international

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    Gabriel Jesus confirmation

    Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus' agent has confirmed transfer negotiations with Arsenal, admitting his client likes the project at the Emirates.

    That is a major boost for the Gunners' chase for a striker as they face the prospect of having no one to lead the line in June, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah set to become free agents in June.

    Jesus' agent Marcelo Pettinati has admitted that the Brazil international likes the project that Arteta is putting together.

    Pettinati told transfer expert Fabrizio Romano: "We had talks with Arsenal about Gabriel Jesus, we like the project – it’s a possibility we’re discussing"

  • Etienne Fermie

    Morning, Arsenal fans

    The Gunners start the day closer to Jesus and hope to end it in the holy land of the Champions League.

    Arsenal are reportedly on the brink of agreeing a transfer fee, wages and length of contract for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

    But of course boss Mikel Arteta's focus is on tonight's Prem derby at Tottenham.

    Victory would put the Gunners an uncatchable seven points clear of fifth-placed Spurs with two games left.

    Arteta, though, admits he could be without England stars Bukayo Saka and Ben White.

    Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are definitely still missing through injury.

    But even if the Gunners do clinch a Champions League spot, Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit believes they will need “at least four or five” players to challenge for the Prem title next term.

    Finally, winger Reiss Nelson is tipped to hold talks with Arteta over his future, with Feyenoord keen to keep the 22-year-old on loan for another season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal trail in hunt for Tchouameni

    Liverpool lead the race for Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni this summer, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.

    Julien Maynard claims Jurgen Klopp’s side are in pole position ahead of Manchester United, Arsenal, PSG and Juventus for the France star.

    Tchouameni, 22, has been in terrific form this season, scoring five goals in 48 games for his French club and becoming a regular at international level.

    The tenacious midfielder has also become a regular in Didier Deschamps’ international XI.

    And Tchouameni is seen by many as a future global superstar.

  • Ian Tuckey

    How Arsenal could line up at Spurs

    Mikel Arteta admits Bukayo Saka and Ben White are both doubts for tomorrow’s derby trip to Spurs, writes JOSHUA JONES.

    The Arsenal boss has declared that he will assess the pair ahead of the crucial clash away at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    Saka, 20, was taken off early in Sunday’s win over Leeds and replaced by Nicolas Pepe.

    White, meanwhile, missed the game completely, and the win at West Ham, due to a hamstring strain.

    Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Arteta discussed his side’s latest injury news.

    He said: “Thomas (Partey) is still out, Kieran (Tierney) is still out and with Ben he is still a doubt.

    “We have to assess him and see how he is feeling, which is much better. With Bukayo it’s the same.”

    A win for the Gunners would guarantee a top-four finish and therefore a return to the Champions League.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Tonight’s Prem action round-up

    Kevin de Bruyne’s four goals put Manchester City three points clear of Liverpool at the top with a 5-1 romp over Wolves.

    Pep Guardiola’s men need four points from their final two games to clinch their fourth title in five seasons.

    KDB’s sensational display included a hat-trick from the seventh to 24th minute, with Leander Dendoncker firing a brief equaliser and Raheem Sterling tapping City’s late fifth goal.

    Chelsea thrashed ten-man Leeds 3-0, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku finishing clinically.

    Leeds winger Dan James saw red on 24 minutes for a shocking high challenge on Mateo Kovacic.

    Everton wasted chances to move four points clear of the drop zone as they drew 0-0 at relegated Watford.

    And Jamie Vardy’s double, plus a strike from Jamie Maddison, sealed Leicester’s 3-0 victory as bottom side Norwich slumped to a fifth straight Prem loss.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Liverpool head Utd and Arsenal in Aurelian race

    Liverpool lead the race for Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni this summer, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.

    Julien Maynard claims Jurgen Klopp’s side are in pole position ahead of Manchester United, Arsenal, PSG and Juventus for the France star.

    Tchouameni, 22, has been in terrific form this season, scoring five goals in 48 games for his French club and becoming a regular at international level.

    The tenacious midfielder has also become a regular in Didier Deschamps’ international XI.

    And Tchouameni is seen by many as a future global superstar.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners closer to Jesus

    Gabriel Jesus has been sitting on the bench for Manchester City tonight – yet also moving closer to joining Arsenal.

    That's the claim as the Brazil striker seeks regular Prem starts and Champions League football next season andis still moving closer closer to moving.

    UOL suggest the Gunners are nearing agreement on transfer fee, wages and length of contract.

    Erling Haaland's upcoming switch from Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad should ease Jesus' switch.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Brilliant Odegaard deserves new skipper role

    Martin Odegaard is in the form of his life and rightfully the new Arsenal skipper.

    That's the view of ex-Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder Gus Poyet as the Gunners prepare for tomorrow's crucial Prem trip to Spurs.

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    Norway superstar Odegaard has justified his permanent switch from Real Madrid

    Poyet told BoyleSports: “I think Odegaard is the most important position for them.

    "I wasn’t expecting him to get the captaincy after the Xhaka situation, but there is something that Arteta knows more than us.

    "He’s given him extra responsibility and has taken it very well. 

    “He was trying to find his position in a team, going out on various loans, but now he’s showing his quality and enjoying his football.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Petit urges Arsenal to splash out

    Emmanuel Petit has warned Arsenal must sign “at least four or five” players to challenge for the title, writes ALEX COLE.

    The Gunners can clinch a Champions League spot with a win against local rivals Tottenham on Thursday night.

    But the former Premier League winner says they “need” to bolster the squad and has urged the North Londoners to go after Lens ace Seko Fofana.

    Speaking to SunSport on behalf of Genting Casino, Petit said: “They need at least four or five players to improve the team.

    “They need two players in midfield. I really like Seko Fofana from Lens. He is box-to-box midfielder. He is a very talented player.”

    Fofana, 27, played for Manchester City as a youngster, having a loan spell with Fulham before moving to Bastia and then Udinese.

    He joined Lens in 2020 and is thriving in Ligue 1, recently becoming captain of the seventh placed side. Burnley, Newcastle and Leeds are said to be keen on him.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Reiss set for showdown talks

    Reiss Nelson will reportedly hold talks with Mikel Arteta over his Arsenal future as Feyenoord look to keep him on loan for another season, writes JAKE LAMBOURNE.

    The 22-year-old winger linked up with the Dutch outfit last year after being deemed as surplus to requirements at the Emirates.

    After a difficult start to life in Holland, Nelson has impressed of late having helped the club reach the Uefa Conference League final.

    In total, the England youth international has chipped in with three goals and seven assists in 31 games in all competitions.

    But should he return to North London, he will remain behind the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe in the pecking order.

    And according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Feyenoord are desperate to keep him at the club for another season.

    He tweeted: "Reiss Nelson will discuss with Mikel Arteta to understand his Arsenal future soon.

    "Feyenoord want to keep him on loan for one more season, as they can’t afford permanent move.

    "There’s interest from English clubs to buy Nelson but priority will be to understand AFC plans."

  • Ian Tuckey

    How Arsenal could line up at Spurs

    Mikel Arteta admits Bukayo Saka and Ben White are both doubts for tomorrow's derby trip to Spurs, writes JOSHUA JONES.

    The Arsenal boss has declared that he will assess the pair ahead of the crucial clash away at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    Saka, 20, was taken off early in Sunday's win over Leeds and replaced by Nicolas Pepe.

    White, meanwhile, missed the game completely, and the win at West Ham, due to a hamstring strain.

    Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Arteta discussed his side's latest injury news.

    He said: "Thomas (Partey) is still out, Kieran (Tierney) is still out and with Ben he is still a doubt.

    "We have to assess him and see how he is feeling, which is much better. With Bukayo it’s the same."

    A win for the Gunners would guarantee a top-four finish and therefore a return to the Champions League.

  • Ian Tuckey

    How Arteta can unlock Conte's dogged defence

    ANALYSIS: Arsenal visit Tottenham tomorrow night for basically a Champions League playoff between fierce London rivals, writes LEE SCOTT and CHRIS DARWEN.

    Both sides are capable of winning – but both sides are equally capable of delivering a shocker of a performance when the pressure is on.

    What can we expect? Tottenham to be tight at the back and rapid on the break – but will Arsenal give them the opportunity to do so given that it is Spurs who need the win?

    Last weekend we saw Antonio Conte’s Spurs side frustrate a previously dominant Liverpool side and hold them to a 1-1 draw.

    While the match was relatively unremarkable the comments made afterwards by the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp were not.

    Klopp was critical of the Spurs game plan and in particular the fact that they were willing to allow Liverpool to have the majority of possession as the North London side looked to sit deep and then attack Liverpool on the counter.

    Naughty Tottenham, not just opening up and letting Liverpool get in behind.

    Given that Spurs were able to hold Liverpool to a draw, however, there has to be some justification of the style of play that we saw from Conte’s side.

    The former Serie A coach has shown himself once again to be a tactically intelligent and versatile coach.

    The question now though is whether we will see the same approach or even something similar in the upcoming North London derby.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners 'MUST sign 4-5 players'

    Emmanuel Petit has warned Arsenal must sign "at least four or five" players to challenge for the title, writes ALEX COLE.

    The Gunners can clinch a Champions League spot with a win against local rivals Tottenham on Thursday night.

    But the former Premier League winner says they "need" to bolster the squad and has urged the North Londoners to go after Lens ace Seko Fofana.

    Speaking to SunSport on behalf of Genting Casino, Petit said: "They need at least four or five players to improve the team.

    "They need two players in midfield. I really like Seko Fofana from Lens. He is box-to-box midfielder. He is a very talented player."

    Fofana, 27, played for Manchester City as a youngster, having a loan spell with Fulham before moving to Bastia and then Udinese.

    He joined Lens in 2020 and is thriving in Ligue 1, recently becoming captain of the seventh placed side.Burnley, Newcastle and Leeds are said to be keen on him.

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