ARSENAL are preparing for a return of Premier League football, but Mikel Arteta admits they have a number of transfer plans to choose from depending on how the coronavirus crisis turns out.
And eyes will be on the future of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Gabonese FA president called on him to leave the club.
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A DWIGHT TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Manchester United and Arsenal target Dwight McNeil has been urged “not to rush” his career.
Ex-Spurs right-back Kieran Trippier says his old club Bunrley's top prospect, 20, should concentrate on steadily improving his game.
Atletico Madrid ace Tripper told the Burnley Express: “Dwight has burst onto the scene, and when he trained with us last season for England he was brilliant.
“He's got to stay focused, keep performing well while he's young, and his time will come.
“I'd say don't rush anything, just keep playing.
“If I was him I'd stay put and keep playing games. Sometimes it can be difficult when you go to another club.”
MO DESERVED A GO
Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva believes the club DID manage to sign a ready-made replacement for Patrick Vieira – in Mohamed Elneny.
The midfielder joined the Gunners for what seemed a bargain £5million from Basel in the summer of 2016.
But under then boss Arsene Wenger and his successor Unai Emery, Elneny failed to consolidate a starting place.
Elneny started just 33 Premier League games in three years before being shipped out on a season-long loan to Besiktas in August.
Silva told France Football: “In the last few years, the situation has been difficult at Arsenal.
“They have very similar players in midfield, with profiles that resemble each other and not really players of the profile of Patrick Vieira, or even my profile.
“The only individual who resembled [us], that could have been Mohamed Elneny, but he didn’t play.
“Arsenal always plays positively, trying to deploy an attacking game, and it is not easy to find someone to marry the ability to play the forward game and to do the work in the shadows in the defensive phases.”
ARSENAL ACES 'REJECT PAY CUT'
Arsenal stars have rejected pay cuts across the next year in a vote on Monday afternoon.
The Telegraph claims players were asked to consider taking 12.5 per cent cuts over the next 12 months after football was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.
Incentives on new contracts were offered as terms, with any deducted wages being added on top of a fresh salary agreement.
Arsenal also offered to hand back the deducted money to any player who left for a transfer fee.
But the terms were unanimously rejected by players, with doubts over the summer transfer window and the long-term financial effects of the coronavirus crisis.
Arsenal are now left footing an enormous wage bill that runs to £230million each year.
Players agreeing to the 12.5 per cent cut would have saved Arsenal £25m.
Chiefs were willing to bring the figure down to 7.5 per cent if Arsenal qualified for the Europa League.
And there was a full rebate on the cards for Champions League qualification.
WELBECK'S £10K AID
Ex-Arsenal and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has donated £10,000 to improve conditions in his mum's hometown in Ghana. reports say.
The Watford striker, 29, who has won 42 England caps, is said to have paid for food and sanitary relief for residents in Nkawiepanin in the Atwima Nwabiagya municipality of the Ashanti region.
MECANO SET TO MOVE
Manchester United and City are being linked with £55million-rated Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano.
The France Under-21 centre-back is also reportedly interesting Spurs, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich after hinting he could leave RB Leipzig this summer.
Now Sky Sports say the two Manchester giants have leapt into the race for a 21-year-old who has a huge release clause.
City chief Pep Guardiola is determined to bolster his defence this summer after missing out on a number of top targets in January.
And Guardiola could lose Aymeric Laporte to Barcelona.
Meanwhile, United are thought to be monitoring Upamecano following his incredible spell of form.
Arsenal are believed to have had a £55million bid swiftly rejected last summer.
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