Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Hibs loss REACTION, Maddison interest, Aouar latest, fans rally round England ace Saka

ARSENAL lost their first pre-season game of the summer 2-1 to Hibs – a game in which new signing Nuno Tavares didn't play a part of.

Meanwhile deals for Houssem Aouar and Albert Sambi Lokonga are edging closer.

And according to reports, the North London club are stepping up their interest in Leicester City ace James Maddison.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY JOSE MOURINHO

    The future is bright for English football — you only have to look at the number of excellent young players coming out of your academies to realise that.

    Sure, there is sadness and frustration at losing the Euro 2020 final to Italy.

    But if I compare the academies at Premier League clubs now to how they were when I first arrived in England in 2004, then the improvement is vast.

    I hope leading Premier League managers don’t just think of their own clubs but also the national team and that they give these young English guys more chances.

    READ THE REST OF JOSE’S THOUGHTS HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY CHARLIE WYETT

    Harry Maguire has paid tribute to England’s penalty takers — and admitted he would not have taken one for his country at such a young age.

    Maguire said: “When I was 19 or 20, I would have been standing there saying ‘I don’t want to take one’.

    "There is no chance I would have been putting my hand up at their age.

    “So look at the courage and bravery of these young lads, look at the age of Bukayo, Jadon and Marcus.

    “The things I have gone through have made me more confident and have given me belief.

    “I am able to handle those situations better, now I am happy to take one and I executed it well.

    “These people who are being abusive would not be able to handle the pressure.

    “It is the highest amount of pressure you will feel, so to do it at their age and to show such bravery should be applauded.

    “I spoke with the three lads afterwards. I have checked up with them and seen how they are but they are courageous lads.

    “They should be applauded rather than criticised.

    “I took a penalty in a play-off final shootout for Sheffield United when I was 19 but doing it for England is completely different.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    WORK OF ART

    Angry Gooners had #ArtetaOut trending by half-time as Arsenal lost their opening game of pre-season to Hibs.

    The Gunners lost 2-1 in Scotland on Tuesday, producing some woeful defending while also missing a penalty.

    And Arsenal supporters were quick to take to Twitter to voice their dissent.

  • Anthony Chapman

    STAND TOGETHER

    Hibernian showed solidarity with Bukayo Saka before beating Arsenal 2-1 tonight.

    The Gunners star received vile racist abuse after missing a penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

    And Hibs made their support for Saka clear by presenting Arsenal with one of their club shirts adorned with the winger’s name on the back.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FT – HIBERNIAN 2 ARSENAL 1

    The Gunners were unable to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in Edinburgh tonight as they lost their first pre-season game of the summer.

    Having trailed 1-0 at the break, Arsenal went 2-0 down before Nicolas Pepe missed a penalty.

    Emile Smith Rowe netted a consolation goal at the death, but after an epic defensive howler for Hibernian's first goal, Mikel Arteta looks to have his work cut out.

  • Anthony Chapman

    KIT’S A MYSTERY

    Emile Smith Rowe sparked a social media frenzy by hiding his Arsenal shirt number – leaving fans trying to figure if he will be starting or parting.

    Supporters were split on whether last season's No32 – still a prime Aston Villa target – was covering up an 11, 10 or 8 top in a series of puzzling poses during pre-season training.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HT – HIBERNIAN 1 ARSENAL 0

    Not a great start for the Gunners in Scotland as they trail Hibs at the break.

    Martin Boyle put the hosts ahead after 21 minutes.

    And Arsenal have it all to do in the second half.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY JORDAN DAVIES

    Jorge Mendes is still in contact with Arsenal technical director Edu over a move for Wolves star Ruben Neves.

    The Gunners are interested in the Portuguese midfielder as a potential new partner for Thomas Partey with Granit Xhaka linked to a switch to Roma this summer.

    And SunSport understands that Neves’ agent Mendes is in constant communication with Edu in an attempt to get a deal over the line as soon as possible. 

    However, the £35m price tag on Neves is still a stumbling block in the negotiations.

    And SunSport also understands that despite another of Mendes' clients Nuno Espirito Santo – former Wolves boss now at Tottenham – still being a huge fan of Neves, he is unlikely to join Arsenal's North London rivals.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ARSENAL TEAM NEWS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the line for Arsenal's first pre-season friendly of the summer against Hibernian.

    Other first-team aces involved include Willian and Mo Elneny.

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles starts after his loan at West Brom, with Sead Kolasinac also featuring following his Schalke spell.

    And a number of youngsters including Eddie Nketiah have also been given the chance to impress.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    TAKE KEHR

    Arsenal have reportedly approached Paris-Saint German about the availability of Thilo Kehrer.

    The Metro claims he is seen as an alternative option to £50million-rated Brighton star Ben White.

    Kehrer has struggled for minutes since joining PSG from Schalke in 2018.

    And with just two years left on his contract, the German could be allowed to leave this summer.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MADD FOR JAMES

    Arsenal are on the verge of making an offer for James Maddison according to reports.

    And the Gunners are thought to be favourites to clinch a deal for the Leicester City star, who is 24, ahead of Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham.

    Mikel Arteta is looking to refresh his side following the club finishing eighth in the Prem last term.

    And the Emirates outfit are aiming to bolster their midfield with Granit Xhaka expected to leave this summer.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    ALL WHITE

    Arsenal are set to ramp up their efforts to buy Brighton ace Ben White.

    The Gunners are thought to be leading the race to sign the centre-back and are locked in negotiations with Seagulls officials.

    The club have reportedly had two bids knocked back with the Seagulls thought to be after £50million.

    With the Euros finished the Emirates side are expecting to speed up their work on a deal.

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SAKA SUPPORT

    Josh Kroenke and Mikel Arteta are reported to have spoken to Bukayo Saka following England's Euros 2020 final loss.

    The Gunners starlet, 18, was left distraught following his spot-kick miss against Italy at Wembley.

    The Evening Standard says Kroenke, Arteta and chief executive Vinai Venkatesham have all contacted the winger since the dramatic match on Sunday.

    And the club's stars, including Emile Smith Rowe and club captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, have posted heartfelt messages of support.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GUNNER GET NEVES

    Ruben Neves is rumoured to be in the running to replace Granit Xhaka in Arsenal's midfield.

    And the CIES Football Observatory reckon the Wolves midfielder's true value could be around £25million to £34million.

    The Wolves midfielder, 24, is reported to have been offered a five-year deal to move to the Emirates.

    Football London says the club are looking to seal a deal before the end of the summer transfer window.

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SALIBA SORTED

    William Saliba's loan switch to Marseille looks pretty much done with the player reportedly pictured posing with a scarf of the Ligue One side.

    Saliba has struggled to make a breakthrough at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta.

    And the centre-back, 20,is yet to play a single senior appearance for the club.

    The player hopes his next loan spell will help boost his chances at Arsenal.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SMALL CHASE

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Everton Under-18 starlet Thierry Small, according to reports.

    And The Athletic claims the left-back, 16, who is regarded as one of the Toffees' brightest young prospects, is also a Man United target.

    Small, who moved to Goodison Park from West Brom's academy in 2020, was reportedly absent from pre-season training on Monday 5 July.

    And the player is thought to have missed Rafa Benitez's first week leading the Toffees.

    It has been reported the club are keen to offer him his first professional contract when he turns 17 on August 1.

    Small has been linked with a move away from Merseyside with the player being a target for Arsenal, Juventus and Bayern Munich last season.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    NO GO JOE

    Joe Willock could be set to remain at Arsenal following his impressive half-season loan spell at Newcastle.

    Mikel Arteta is thought to want to take a closer look at the player during pre-season, according to 90min.

    And it suggested the midfielder could end up staying at the Emirates.

    Willock, 21, enjoyed a successful stint with the Toons helping them finish twelfth in the top-flight last term.

    And the young Gunner established himself as a fan favourite after netting eight goals in 14 games for Steve Bruce's side.

     

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Hector Bellerin was pictured travelling to Arsenal's pre-season tour of Scotland amid his uncertain future.

    The right-back is believed to be open to a move away from Arsenal after eight years with the club, where he joined at youth level.

    Inter Milan and PSG are among those linked with him, while manager Mikel Arteta looks set to raise funds this summer by selling unwanted players.

    But for now, Bellerin will feature in Arsenal's pre-season preparation starting with a friendly against Hibernian.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have told Roma they are only willing to accept an offer of £17million for Granit Xhaka, according to Gazetta dello Sport via FourFourTwo.

    The wantaway midfielder is thought to be close to leaving the Gunners with personal terms with Jose Mourinho's side reportedly agreed.

    But it is thought the Serie A giants are yet to meet the price Arsenal have slapped on the player.

    It is thought of the leadership qualities of the Switzerland skipper – who has made 220 Arsenal appearances – appealed to Roma.

    Finally, Portugal star Renato Sanches has emerged as a midfield transfer target for Arsenal, according to reports.

    Sport Witness claims the Lille ace is one of three attacking midfielders the Gunners are eyeing as they seek to strengthen their options ahead of next season.

    Lyon's Houssem Aouar and Rennes Eduardo Camavinga are also on the Gunners' hit list.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEVER SAY NEVES

    Arsenal have reportedly started talks with Wolves over signing Ruben Neves.

    Mikel Arteta wants to bring the Portuguese in as a replacement for Roma-bound Granit Xhaka.

    The North Londoners are said to be willing to offer the 24-year-old a five-year deal.

    But Wolves want at least £35million for their star midfielder, says Record.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HIB HIB HOORAY

    Is this how Arsenal will line up against Hibernian?

    Mikel Arteta’s men face the Scots in their first pre-season friendly.

    And new boy Nuno Tavares could be among those turning out for the Gunners north of the border.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HAAL ABOARD

    Erling Haaland has condemned racist abuse of Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho.

    The England trio were targeted by sick trolls after missing penalties against Italy.

    And Borussia Dortmund star Haaland, linked with a Premier League move this summer, says he was left ’speechless’ by the attacks.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HEC OFF

    Hector Bellerin was pictured travelling to Arsenal's pre-season tour of Scotland amid his uncertain future.

    The right-back is believed to be open to a move away from Arsenal after eight years with the club, where he joined at youth level.

    Inter Milan and PSG are among those linked with him, while manager Mikel Arteta looks set to raise funds this summer by selling unwanted players.

    But for now, Bellerin will feature in Arsenal's pre-season preparation starting with a friendly against Hibernian.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TIME’S UP

    Arsenal are still struggling to find buyers for an entire team of unwanted stars with the new season just one month away.

    Mikel Arteta’s team face their first pre-season friendly away to Hibernian and have travelled to Scotland with a 30-man squad.

    But with no European football at the Emirates next season, Arteta wants to slash his numbers as part of a major overhaul.

    HERE ARE ELEVEN PLAYERS WHO COULD GO

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM STEVE GOODMAN

    Arsenal star Cedric Soares is poised to begin next season with a smile on his face … after an exotic holiday with his stunning missus.

    Portuguese beauty Filipa, 31, and left-back Cedric have now returned from a lavish beach vacation.

    She posted a series of holiday snaps on Instagram, some showing her footballer husband but a number of her alone.

  • Anthony Chapman

    3AM LIONS

    England Euro stars let their hair down and reunited with loved ones after a rollercoaster ride.

    Gareth Southgate's Three Lions had a Wembley party on Sunday night after an unforgettable month ended in heartbreak.

    They've been in a Covid-secure bubble away from families for six weeks and provided some special memories for the nation.

    And they got to see their loved ones on Sunday night in a suite at Wembley.

    TAKE A LOOK AT THE PARTY HERE

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