Arsenal have joined Tottenham in the race to host Anthony Joshua’s next title fight.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium remains his preferred venue when Joshua defends his IBO, WBA, WBO and IBF belts against Kubrat Pulev this summer.
However Arsenal have made a late bid to steal the event, set to take place in June, away from their north London rivalsHow Arsenal’s XI could look on the first day of next season
Mikel Arteta is reportedly closing in on his first permanent signing, as the Gunners boss looks to strengthen his central midfield options.
Reports in France claim Arsenal are nearing an agreement for Le Havre midfielder Pape Gueye, with a fee in the region of €6million being suggested.
The 21-year-old’s contract with Le Havre will expire in June 2021 which means he’s likely to be available for a cut-price deal this summer unless he signs a new deal at the Stade Ocaane.
If Gueye does indeed arrive in north London this summer, here’s a look at how Arsenal’s starting line-up could look on the opening day of next season.
David Luiz on why Pablo Mari will succeed at Arsenal
David Luiz is convinced Pablo Mari will prove to be an excellent addition to Arsenal, having spoken to the Spaniard’s former coach at Flamengo Jorge Jesus.
Mari joined Arsenal on an initial loan until the end of the season with the Gunners having the option to permanently sign the Spaniard from Flamengo should he prove to be a success in England.
The 26-year-old has taken a rather circuitous route to the top of European football. Mari spent three years on Manchester City’s books but was loaned to several clubs across the continent to varying degrees of success before opting to join Jorge Jesus at Flamengo.
In Brazil he proved to be a shrewd addition as the centre-back played a crucial role in Flamengo winning the league title and Copa Libertadores. Luiz, who was coached by Jesus at Benfica between 2009 and 2011, keenly followed Mari’s success and is convinced he will be a great addition to Arsenal.
The three things Mikel Arteta wanted to change
Mikel Arteta has been in charge at the Emirates Stadium for almost two months.
The new head coach has taken charge of nine matches so far at Arsenal, but the Gunners still sit in 10th place in the table, 10 points adrift of Chelsea in the last Champions League position.
During the Spaniard’s first press conference Arteta outlined three areas of the team he wanted to change.