Arsene Wenger wishes he could have managed Michael Carrick
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Monday June 5
02:55: Arsene Wenger has admitted he regrets not signing Michael Carrick for Arsenal.
The Manchester United star celebrated 11 years at Old Trafford with a testimonial yesterday.
Wenger has missed out on signing many a player over the year and Carrick appears to hurt the most.
He said: “I give Michael my deepest congratulations for his testimonial.
“I think he deserves it hugely.
"I would say personally I’m an admirer of his career, of his quality.”
Arsenal want Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to commit his future to the club
Sunday June 4
22:35: Arsenal are planning to thrash out a new deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, reports claim.
Liverpool have sounded out a move for the winger, with Jurgen Klopp assessing a number of options.
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But the Daily Mirror claim the north London outfit want to pay the 23-year-old in excess of £100,000 a week.
It is said Arsene Wenger intends to tie the player down to a new deal in the next few weeks.
21:45: Arsenal are interested in Wolves ace Helder Costa.
According to the Birmingham Mail, the Gunners and Chelsea scouted the Portuguese attacker, who scored 12 goals for the Championship side this season.
Costa is reportedly valued at around £20million.
Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal will keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil
20:32: Yaya Sanogo has announced he will be leaving the club at the end of the month.
He said: "My left calf is healed. It kept me off the pitch for nearly 7 months. I came back in January, with a fitness trainer. I was able to play again for the Arsenal reserves.
"Three games with four goals. It is not a lot, but it was a real source of relief for me.
"It was very hard when I was injured. You feel so mentally alone."
19.26: Arsenal could reportedly do a deal to re-sign Bacary Sagna.
Arsenal may need an emergency right-back if Hector Bellerin leaves for Barcelona.
Even if the Spaniard doesn’t quit the Emirates, Arsene Wenger may be temped to swoop for Sagna.
That is according to the Daily Star Sunday – although they claim Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Southampton are all more realistic destinations for the Frenchman.
Sagna will become a free agent when he is released by Manchester City at the end of the month.
10.23: More on Arsenal’s interest in Kylian Mbappe.
Express Sport understands a second bid from Arsenal worth £95million is in the pipeline.
But The Sun claim the gunners could struggle to land the France international as Manchester United and Real Madrid push for a deal.
It is reported that Monaco officials believe Madrid are in the best position to secure the 18-year-old this summer in a deal that could top £100m.
Ray Wilkins wants to see Kylian Mbappe at Arsenal
9.10: Arsenal are ready to make a real statement of intent and increase their offer for Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe to a world record £95million.
Arsene Wenger had an £87 million offer rejected by the French champions on Friday but he is now ready to go back in with a second bid.
Monaco have already knocked back £105m from Real Madrid but Express Sport understands the Gunners have now offered a bigger upfront payment.
Saturday June 3
17.28: Wojciech Szczesny’s proposed move to Juventus won’t happen, according to the Arsenal goalkeeper’s agent.
Szczesny is back at Arsenal following a successful two-year loan spell at Roma.
There were claims that Juventus were lining up a £14million deal for the Poland international.
But his agent has told Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy that no discussions are in place.
16:25: Ray Wilkins believes Arsenal signing Monaco starlet for £87million would be great business.
The Gunners have reportedly had a bid of £87million turned down for the Frenchman and Wilkins believes it would be worth it if they won the Premier League with him.
"He could play for you for five years and still only be 23, then he could go to Barcelona for £150million, so that's not bad business," he said on Sky Sports.
"If he wins you the Premier League, that's good business and that's the way it has to be."
Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Henry Onyekuru
13.20: Arsenal have made a transfer offer for Henry Onyekuru, the Eupen winger has confirmed.
"It’s a good feeling for a club like Arsenal to make a bid for me, this is due to my hard work in training and games," he said.
"I am waiting and working towards it and we'll see how it goes after the [Nigeria] qualifiers."
12.30: Arsenal will soon hold talks with midfielder Kelechi Nwakali about his future following his loan spell with Dutch side Maastricht.
“We'll be going into fresh talks with Wenger to know what the future holds for Nwakali," his agent Olumide Olowu told Complete Sports.
"I hope the young man will return to Arsenal and continue to build his future there."
9.50: Arsene Wenger has admitted he could make a bid for Leicester's Riyad Mahrez this summer who has handed in a transfer request at the King Power Stadium.
"We have not made a bid for him but personally I like the player, yes," Wenger told broadcaster BeIN SPORTS.
"I think he had a huge impact at Leicester when they won the championship like everybody else at Leicester.
"It's been a different season this year but it doesn't take anything away from his qualities.
"Have we made a bid for him? No. Not yet. Not yet means it could happen, it could not happen."
8.45: Wojciech Szczesny is set to sign for Juventus and is close to a pre-contract agreement with the club, according to The Sun.
The report says the goalkeeper will agree to a delayed move to Juve, linking up with the Serie A champions next summer after Gianluigi Buffon retires.
Szczesny will return to the Gunners for the 2017/18 season, seeing out his contract, before making the move to Turin.
8.30: Arsene Wenger is confident Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will both remain at Arsenal this summer.
The Frenchman told broadcaster beIN SPORTS: "This summer first of all they will stay at the club – hopefully they can extend their contracts.
“You cannot weaken the club and the team – unless you find a player of the same calibre.
“I believe at the moment we are not at that point. We are just focused on keeping the team together and see how to strengthen the team.”
“When you sign a contract you commit to give your best until the last day of the contract so why would they not give their best?"
8.00: Arsene Wenger is reportedly determined to pair Barcelona star Arda Turan alongside Riyad Mahrez for Arsenal next season.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo say the Gunners are accelerating plans to sign the Barcelona man who has failed to find his feet at the Nou Camp.
The report adds Wenger is dreaming of fielding him alongside Leicester's Mahrez who has informed the Foxes he wants to leave this summer.
Wojciech Szczesny is set to move to Juventus next summer
20.20: David Ospina says he is waiting for Arsenal to make a decision on his future.
“I haven’t made my decision yet,” he said, according to Sporx.
“I am waiting for Arsenal to decide, I’m on holiday and it should all be sorted by the the time it is over.
“If Arsenal are not going to give me the playing time I want they can loan me to another club.”
17.15: Arsenal have been told to improve their offer for KAS Eupen ace Henry Onyekuru.
A £6.8m fee had been agreed with the Belgium club for the 19-year-old striker, who has netted 20 goals in all competitions this season.
However, the Daily Mail say the Gunners need to increase their bid to get Nigerian Onyekuru a work permit.
15.40: Gianlugi Buffon to Arsenal? Arsene Wenger tried to make it happen but the Italian wasn't interested.
“From what I know, there have been three serious times when English clubs made an approach for me," Buffon said.
“Two of them were when I was a young player at Parma, and I know Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger asked about me – and then, when Manchester City was taken over, I know they approached Juventus.
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15:15: Mark Schwarzer believes Mesut Ozil's body language affects the calibre of club who want to sign the Arsenal star.
Ozil is out of contract at the end of next season and has received some criticism for the way he behaves on the pitch.
"He hasn't got the body language, he has that perception that he's not trying," Schwarzer said on talkSPORT.
"That works really against him and when you're talking about the elite of the elite, when you're talking about the top levels, your Real Madrids, Barcelonas, Bayern Munichs, clubs are going to be less interested in those kind of players."
13.20: Arsene Wenger has told Real Madrid president Hector Bellerin will not leave Arsenal this summer.
Bellerin has been linked with Barcelona throughout the season despite signing a new deal.
But now Diario Gol claims Wenger has been speaking to Perez and insists he will stay put.
12.30: Arsenal have reportedly had their £87million bid for Kylian Mbappe rejected by Monaco.
The Telegraph claim Monaco have knocked back the Gunners' approach as well as a record-breaking £105m offer from Real Madrid.
The Ligue 1 champions are instead keen to get Mbappe to sign a new long-term deal to ward off any further interest with his current deal set to expire in 2019.