ARSENAL can secure a route into the Europa League if they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final this Saturday evening.
Meanwhile the Gunners have expressed an interest in Jack Grealish while Mikel Arteta has reportedly demanded the board do whatever it takes to sign Philippe Coutinho.
Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…
Arsenal have told Brentford they want £8million for rookie striker Folarin Balogun.
This is despite the 19-year-old never playing a first-team game and out of contract next summer.
Sky Sports report that Brentford, who will meet Fulham in the Championship play-off final, enquired about Balogun in January.
But despite the teenager never looking like getting a start for the Gunners, he was kept hold of.
Balogun is regarded as one of the most promising talents in the Arsenal academy, having gained a reputation as a deadly finisher in front of goal.
Able to also represent Nigeria on the international stage, Balogun first came to attention during the 2017/18 season when he chipped in with 12 goals in 25 games.
Arsenal want at least £8m for Brentford target Folarin Balogun.
That's the claim from Sky Sports over a 19-year-old striker with no first-team experience.
The New York-born starlet will be a free agent next summer unless he does a U-turn and agrees a new Gunners' contract.
Man Utd have the best scoring record for players 26 and under – based on these stats.
But there is one anomaly in the figures regarding Spurs and their England skipper Harry Kane…
Mesut Ozilis reportedly OUT of tomorrow's FA Cup final clash with Chelsea after spending time in Turkey.
The German hasn't even featured on the Gunners' bench since the 2-0 victory over Southampton on June 25.
And there will be no return to action against the Blues at Wembley.
According to Gooner Talk's Chris Wheatley, Ozil has spent “the last few days” in Turkey and is out of contention entirely.
A back issue is the official reason for the 31-year-old's absences of late.
Prior to English football's restart, Ozil had started every single Premier League match under Mikel Arteta.
But the German World Cup winner has found himself frozen out since.
MAG YOUR MOVE
Gabriel Magalhaes' entourage are reportedly in the UK to hash out transfer talks with Manchester United and Everton chiefs.
Lille owner Gerard Lopezadmits the Brazil centre-back, 22, who has also been linked with Arsenal, is likely to move on this summer.
Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign a long-term centre-back partner for Harry Maguire, despite Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho sitting top of his transfer wish list.
United signed Maguire for £85million from Leicester last summer while Victor Lindelof, 26, has been at Old Trafford since 2017.
But their performances together this season have left some at United concerned and even more desperate to land a new defender.
IN WITH A SHOUT FOR COUT
Arsenal could land Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho for just £9MILLION and Matteo Guendouzi, according to reports.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is certain to continue a squad overhaul in the summer despite the uncertain economic times due to coronavirus.
And according to The Independent, Arsenal appear a likely destination in a cash plus player move.
Arteta is desperate to offload Guendouzi after bombing him out of the squad for the final few games of the season.
And Barca are reportedly keen to consider the French midfielder as a makeweight in any deal.
But with Juventus also interested in Guendouzi, Arsenal will have to play their hand carefully.
Another option to bring Coutinho to North London would be a season-long loan.
PIERRE SHOULD BE PROUD TO BE HERE
When asked whether he felt it could be Aubameyang’s last game in a Gunners shirt, manager Arteta said: “No, I don’t have that feeling.
“It’s a package at the end, you need to have a lot of ingredients on the table to persuade a player of his level to be at this football club.
“It is a massive day. I wouldn’t like to talk or link too much these two factors but it’s a reality obviously that financially it would be really helpful and obviously from the sporting side as well to play in Europe for this club is a must.
“Don’t forget that he still has a contract here with us and we want to keep him and do it in a more long term.
“But at the moment he is with us and I think he should be really proud of where he is as well.”
NOT AUBA AND OUT VS BLUES
Arsenal fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Mikel Arteta hassuggested the FA Cup final against Chelsea will NOT be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's last match for the club.
But the North Londoners are relying heavily on winning the FA Cup and more importantly, on nabbing a Europa League spot for next season to fund a major offer for Auba.
Auba has just one-year left on his deal and the North Londoners are desperate to renew their skipper's contract.
Boss Arteta has even urged the club to get a deal done on more than one occasion in recent weeks.
However finances have often proved a stumbling block for the cash-strapped Gunners, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
If Arsenal qualified for the Europa League, it would provide a huge financial boost to Arteta’s hopes of revamping the squad and holding onto Auba.
BEST OF FRENEMIES!
Mason Mount looked up to David Luiz for years – on Saturday he will look him straight in the eye.
Chelsea’s bright, young midfielder admits he was totally starstruck when the colourful Brazilian dropped into the nursery at his former club as the academy kids were being put through their paces.
It sparked a friendship which lasts to this day and Mount has much to thank his one-time team-mate for.
But the pair will be on opposite sides in Saturday's FA Cup final and there is too much at stake for Mount to go easy on an old pal.
Mount, 21, said: “He was always brilliant with the younger boys coming through the academy. I’ve a picture with him when I was probably about 13.
“He would come over and watch us play and train and he was always brilliant with the younger boys. I always looked up to him
“You know David, he’s a very jokey character. He would come over and have a laugh with the younger boys. For us, seeing him come over, it was obviously someone we all look up to.
LIKELY CHELSEA TEAM
Frank Lampard is searching for his first piece of silverware since taking the top job at Stamford Bridge last summer.
The Chelsea boss has a big selection dilemma on his hands with Kante and Willian nearing full fitness while Ruben Loftus-Cheek has suffered a knock in training.
The West Londoners are yet to triumph in an FA Cup final against their London rivals after tasting defeat in 2002 and again in 2017.
Lamps won the FA Cup four times as a player and knows he will have to pick the perfect XI to come out trumps against Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.
Willian was left out against Wolves last time out due to an unspecified injury but is expected to be fit for Wembley.
But the Blues boss still faces a massive selection headache over the Brazilian following a bombshell announcement by his agent.
Willian is out of contract at the end of this season and his advisor revealed the player has a concrete offer on the table from one of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals.
BETIS JOIN DANI FIGHT
Arsenal have been joined in the race for Dani Ceballos by Real Betis.
The midfielder spent this season on loan with the Gunners from Real Madrid and the North Londoners want to extend his stay.
But it now seems Mikel Arteta's men have competition from Ceballos' homeland.
Real Betis have just hired former West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and club chief Antonio Cordon seems ready to back the Chilean in the transfer market.
Cordon told Spanish outlet Onda Cero: “We all know how good a player Ceballos is, we know his past and he's a very interesting player.
“Going forward, we're going to have a look at our staff, our squad and how we're going to play.
“The boss [Pellegrini] has a lot of ideas.”
SOB THE BUILDER
David Luiz has won a legal battle against a construction company that called him “amateur” and used a photo of him crying in one of their adverts.
The Arsenal ace has received around £4,400 in compensation, according to uol.com.
Wemake Construction used the famous image of Luiz crying after Brazil were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup.
Luiz sued the company for misuse of image and moral damage.
The initial complaint was thrown out but Luiz, who last season set the record for most penalties conceded over the course of a campaign, won on appeal.
Judges ruled the second time round that the construction company could not have used Luiz's image without his permission.
IS THIS THE CUP FINAL TEAM?
Mikel Arteta has insisted Arsenal's supporters deserve the “joy” of an FA Cup win.
The Gunners – who are the most successful team in the competition's history – will be up against Chelsea.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal booked their spot in the final with a win over Manchester City.
The Gabon international is expected to keep his spot in the starting XI for Saturday's trip to Wembley.
And this time he could form part of a front-three alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.
Here's how the Gunners could turn out…
GUNNERS AND KOP EYE TEEN KEEPER
Arsenal and Liverpool are chasing 17-year-old keeper Ricardo van der Laan, reports say.
The Portugal Under-18 starhas drawn admiring glances from around Europe with his displays for Belenenses' academy sides this season.
Having come onto the radar with his youth-team performances, van der Laan earned the step up to the Liga NOS side's Under-23 team.
According to O Jogo, the two Premier League giants head a lengthy queue to secure the hot prospect's signature.
And with just a year remaining on the youngster's contract, Belenenses are facing a tough ask to keep hold of him.
GRANIT WAS 'VERY CLOSE' TO LEAVING
Granit Xhaka has admitted he was “very, very close to leaving the club” following horrific abuse from his own fans.
Xhaka was booed by sections of the Emirates support as he was substituted against Crystal Palace earlier this season.
He then told fans to “f*** off” as he made his way to the touchline.
Xhaka was promptly stripped of the captaincy by then-boss Unai Emery and dropped from the squad for five games.
CAN'T EAR YOU
Jack Grealish sent fans into meltdown as he shared a cryptic post to his Twitter page.
The 24-year-old's future at Aston Villa remains in doubt amid interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
But his latest social media post appears to show he is not listening to the transfer rumours.
The Villa skipper posted a picture of himself with his fingers in his ears with his 318,000 followers.
One fan replied: “Kindly open them when beloved Arsenal call. Thanks.”
Another added: “Unplug those ears mate, Ed Woodward has £250,000-per-week waiting for you.”
And one joked: “Put your fingers in your ears if you're coming to Spurs.”
Chelsea winger Willian reportedly has a number of offers on the table ahead of his contract expiring.
At the end of the season, the Brazilian will have his pick of several top clubs – plus a big money deal in the States.
According to Sky Sports, Barcelona, Inter Miami, Arsenal and current club Chelsea all have deals on the table.
The largest in terms of salary is said to be David Beckham's MLS side Miami, who joined the league this year.
That contract would run until the end of their 2023 campaign, with Barcelona also meeting the three-year minimum requirement set out by the player himself.
Willian's agent, Kia Joorabchian, has stated that as many as five teams want to sign the 31-year-old when his contract expires.
Arsenal fans were convinced they had gone back in time when the club shared a snap of their kit for the FA Cup final.
The Gunners have decided to change the font on the back of their kit for Saturday's must-win clash against rivals Chelsea.
But Arsenal fans have claimed it looks so bad that Chelsea have an early advantage.
The images shared to the club's Twitter page show Kieran Tierney's shirt complete with the retro font.
Arsenal shared the snap to show the 'Heads Together' logo had been added to the bottom.
But one fan responded: “Who designed that font, William Shakespeare? Absolute disgrace. No chance we win on Saturday.”
Another added: “That font bothers me deeply.
And one Twitter user said: “I just don't know why you've gone all Age of Empires owith this font.”
One fan joked: “WTF is that font? This is Arsenal FC not FC Death Metal Music.”
Roy Keane launched a foul-mouthed rant at Gerard Pique over his friendship with Cesc Fabregas, according to the former Chelsea man.
Ex-Arsenal star Fabregas has revealed Keane flew off the handle at his own team-mate, Pique, during the 2005 FA Cup final.
In the Wembley clash, Fabregas – then only 18-years-old – threw himself into a hard challenge on Keane, and rather than react to the teenager, the Irish hothead instead lashed out at his close pal, Pique.
Fabregas and Pique have been friends since childhood, working their way through the Barcelona youth ranks together.
And, speaking to the Telegraph, Fabregas recalled: “Gerard Pique, who was at Manchester United then, told me about this afterwards and I never knew about it.
“He told me that me and Roy went into a challenge, which I remember. It was 50/50 and I must have caught him with my knee in his quad. I got him a little bit.
“At half-time, he went to Pique and started shouting at him because he knew we were friends. [There was] a bit of swearing. I can't say the exact words but it was fun.”
GUNNER GET HIM
Arsenal have set up a meeting with Sporting Lisbon star Joelson Fernandes ahead of a potential summer transfer, according to reports in Portugal.
The winger, 17, signed a three-year deal at the Primeira Liga side in February 2019.
But with his contract expiring at the end of the 2021-22 season, Sporting have been scrambled to tie Fernandes down to a new deal.
The club thought they had convinced him to stay last month.
But the deal fell apart over the finer details, such as a disagreement over the release clause fee.
Now, Sporting appear resigned to losing their star youngster.
And they could sell him as cheaply as £18million rather than allow him to see out his contract and leave on a free.
Man Utd are reportedly one of three clubs that have made a £27million offer for Lille star Gabriel Magalhaes.
French outlet La Voix du Nord claim that the Red Devils, Everton and Napoli have all made proposals to land the Brazilian defender.
The report adds that Lille have already lined up £7m-rated Ajax defender Sven Botman as his replacement.
Gabriel now has the power to choose which of the three clubs he wishes to join but his preference is to join Napoli.
Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with the centre-back in recent months.
Arsenal have been dealt a bitter blow in the race to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano after the defender signed a new deal until 2023.
The 21-year-old's deal was set to expire in June 2021, leading the Gunners to believe a deal could be reached.
But he has now committed his future to the German side.
TO BE FRANK
Mikel Arteta has hailed the job Frank Lampard is doing at Chelsea ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final.
He said: “About Frank as a player, he was absolutely top.
“The consistency he was able to play for that many years, in the position that he played at such a big club, and doing what he did, was incredible.
“Big credit to him on that. As a manager he has shown, since he went to Derby, the kind of person and ambition that he has, and the way he encourages his team to play.
“Again this season he has done a really good job. We are both young, we are both trying to learn our positions.”
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