Arsenal to open talks with striker this week, Lacazette message sent, Gunners opens talks with 37-goal hitman, Arteta told Brazilian target ‘fantastic’ ahead of possible Arsenal move

Arsenal to open Auba talks, Lacazette message sent, David talks opened, Silva fantastic defender in Arsenal roundup…

Arsenal have intensified their efforts to sign Gent star Jonathan David, reports have come out and claimed.

Arsenal fans have been frustrated in recent weeks about the future of their star man Aubameyang, who is showing all the indications that he wants to pack his bags, jump on a plane and leave the club.

The likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan, PSG and Real Madrid have all shown a keen interest in trying to secure a possible deal, but with the coronavirus stopping all football, it means they will have to wait until the pandemic is over to open up official talks.

That has meant that Mikel Arteta has been eyeing up several options for Arsenal should Aubameyang depart the club in the summer, with the very impressive David very high up on the shopping list of the Spaniard.

He’s since proven himself as one of the brightest talents in world football having scored a phenomenal 37 goals and provided 15 assists in 83 appearances for the club.

And Belgian newspaper HLN claim Arsenal have entered ‘exploratory talks’ with Gent to discuss the player’s availability in the upcoming transfer window.

David has admitted his desire to play in the Premier League, meaning that Arsenal have the perfect opportunity to beat off the likes of Barcelona to try and get a deal done, but his massive £70 million asking price may come as a stumbling block.

Arsenal legend Paul Merson insists Alexandre Lacazette can step up to a new level – even if strike-partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves.

The French forward, 28, has just over two years left on his current contract at the Emirates having joined in a £52million deal from Lyon in 2017, but it’s believed he will be allowed to leave the Gunners should they fail to break back into Europe’s top competition for 2020-21.

Arsenal are currently in a battle to get back inside the top four spots and get Champions League football, but have had an inconsistent season so far, so many have already begun to speculate about the players that could leave the club in order to play Champions League football and challenge for some silverware.

Despite being the most important player at the Emirates right now, there has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media suggesting that Aubameyang will be packing his bags at the end of the season and moving on in search of adding some silverware to the cabinet.

And if that happened, it will mean that Lacazette will need to step up in order to help fill the goals void that Auba will leave, even though he is arguably the one Gunner not to noticeably improve under boss Mikel Arteta.

However, Merson has opened up and claimed that Lacazette will be able to reach a new level, he told Sky Sports: “There’s a lot more to come from Alexandre Lacazette, he’s a top drawer player.

“You’ve got Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a world-class centre forward who scores goals.

He’s a one out of two merchant, where you get two chances and score one, there aren’t many of them in the world.”

Arsenal transfer target Thiago Silva is still a “fantastic” defender, according to former France World Cup-winner Frank Leboeuf.

With Mikel Arteta seeking to improve a number of key areas of the pitch this summer transfer window, there has been alot of speculation in the media that he wants to spend some serious money to acquire the services of a new defender.

the results may have picked up for the Arsenal before the coronavirus outbreak stopped football, but the Gunners have still conceded over 50 goals in the Premier League, and needs work ahead of next season.

Add that to the news that David Luiz could be leaving the club during the summer transfer window after failing to extend his 12 month deal with the Gunners, means that Arteta seriously needs to sign an experienced defender.

And that has led to speculation in the media which has suggested that Arteta is ready to offer Silva a big money contract to make that move to the Emirates in the summer, but despite all the hype about a possible deal, Leboeuf says there are concerns over the character of the experienced centre-back.

Asked if Silva would be a good signing for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, Leboeuf told ESPN FC: “Well he’s definitely a fantastic player.

“We were talking about the character [of players] and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a real character, he’s been criticised a lot at Paris Saint-Germain and also after the 2014 [World Cup] about his non-character, the guy was crying very easily and it’s why maybe Paris Saint-Germain didn’t win the Champions League.

“He didn’t play the first leg against Barcelona [in 2017] and then he was playing for La Remontada, so he’s been criticised a lot and they’ve never been really nice to him because I think for example Marquinhos is stronger mentally than him.

“But he’s definitely a fantastic player, he’s not done yet, he’s still in a good shape and he will fit, he will fit in many, many clubs in the Premier League for sure.”

European football expert Julien Laurens says discussions between Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will take place once the Premier League resumes later this month.

Despite being the most important player at the Emirates right now, there has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media suggesting that Aubameyang will be packing his bags at the end of the season and moving on in search of adding some silverware to the cabinet.

It is believed that the likes of Barcelona are ready to jump in and offer him a way to La Liga, while Manchester United are also keen, despite the fact that Arsenal are still in deep talks with the Gabon hitman about signing a massive £300,000-a-week contract, which is what he is reportedly demanding.

There has been so many reports in the media about whether or not he is leaving the club, whether he is staying at the club and fans are becoming frustrated about seeing their star man in the transfer headlines so much, especially during a time that is not good for many.

But now, amid the speculation Laurens has claimed that talks over a new deal at the club will not take place until the season resumes, Laurens said on the DAILY EXPRESS: “They haven’t properly started talking concrete talks about a new deal and what the future holds because of the pandemic, because they’re really focused right now on being as ready as possible for when the league resumes, which is fair. Then after that they will talk.

“It’s very clear it’s either he’s happy to sign a new deal and the club wants to keep him for longer, he’s 31 at the end of the month, so you have to be careful of what you do, you can’t give him a 10-year deal when he’s 31.

“But if he doesn’t want to sign a deal or you can’t find an agreement or anything like this, then you either sell him now and get a bit of money, maybe £20m-£25m, or you keep him and he runs down his contract and in the following summer in 2021 he goes for free.”

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