MIKEL ARTETA is plotting an overhaul at Arsenal after winning his own personal battle with coronavirus.
Valencia's Carlos Soler, Athletic Bilbao's Unai Nunez and Espanyol's Marc Roca could all join in a £97m triple swoop, while Lucas Torreira is subject of renewed interest from AC Milan.
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AUBA TO YOU
Jamie Carragher has disagreed with Virgil van Dijk's decision to put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Sergio Aguero in his dream five-a-side team.
The Sky Sports pundit, who was picking a full XI, went with a 4-3-3 formation and he left out the Arsenal striker in favour of his Manchester City counterpart.
“I was thinking about Aubameyang and the only problem with Aubameyang is he plays in so many different positions across the front three that I thought it's hard… he doesn't play on the left all the time,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Sometimes he plays up front, sometimes he plays in a front two with Lacazette, now and again he plays on the right.
OLE HITS BACK
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists footballers are “easy targets” and have been unfairly criticised during the coronavirus crisis.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP hit out at Premier League stars for not taking a pay cut last week.
But speaking to Sky Sports, United boss Solskjaer said: “For me football is an easy target sometimes.
“For me it's unfair to call on any individual or footballers as a group because I already know players do a great amount of work in the community, and players are doing a lot to help this situation.
“Discussions are taking place between players and clubs, what kind of contribution they'll make. It's not easy for anyone, and to be called out is not fair for me.
“Mistakes are being made and have been made by loads of people and that's how we learn as well.
“Now it's about making better decisions, good decisions, I think we all want to help the NHS, the communities, and I think it's important every single club do what they think is right.
“We're all good people, and I'm sure we all want this to be over with as soon as possible. For me it's about following the guidelines from the government as well.”
Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel doesn't think Liverpool should be handed the Premier League title if the season is scrapped.
“You can't dispute that [Liverpool deserve the title]. What are they, 25 points ahead?” he said.
“So really, really sad for them, but you have to finish it. You have to win it, in order to say that you won it.
“If you're Liverpool, would you have it handed to you? In Belgium, they gave it to Club Brugge. Is that really how we want to win a championship?
“I'm not sure, if I was Liverpool, that I would have it handed to me, even though I'm 25 points ahead. One of the biggest results I ever took part in winning was the European Championships in 1992.
“I know this is not the same, but it's along those lines. We weren't even qualified, but we got in there because of the war in Yugoslavia and ended up winning it.
“It stands as one of the biggest results I've ever achieved. But we did play to win it.”
OUT OF LUC
AC Milan are reportedly lining up a fresh £35million swoop for Arsenal star Lucas Torreira after they failed in their bid to bring him back to Italy last summer.
The Uruguayan midfielder, 24, was on the radar of the Serie A giants last summer but failed to move – instead staying at the Gunners.
The former Sampdoria ace has looked close to his best now under the leadership of Mikel Arteta.
He had already played nine times in 2020 before the season was called to a halt.
But AC Milan are still confident in landing their man at the second attempt.
Italian outlet Corriere hello Sport even suggest Torreira is keen to head back to Italy with his agent “sending positive signals” to Milan chiefs.
RINGING THE WRONG BELL
Hector Bellerin is the subject of interest from Serie A, according to reports.
Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte isn't shy of recruiting from the Premier League.
The former Chelsea boss has signed Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young and Christian Eriksen this season.
And according to FC Inter News, the Italian wants to add Hector Bellerin to his ranks as well.
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