Arsenal are just days away from returning after more than three months with their first Premier League game back set for Wednesday evening.
The Gunners will be desperate to improve on their efforts so far when they do restart, but boss Mikel Arteta knows he must also begin preparations for next season, when Arsenal will be hoping to make a much better go at it.
The coronavirus shutdown has given clubs plenty of time to identify potential transfer targets for what could be an intriguing summer transfer window at the Emirates Stadium and beyond.
Here we have the latest transfer gossip surrounding the Gunners.
Arsenal suffer Edouard blow
Arsenal’s hopes of signing Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard may have been dealt a blow with the Frenchman revealing he doesn’t plan on leaving Celtic.
After winning the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year, Edouard said: “Winning 10 in a row is very important for the club, the players and the fans.
“Of course, I would love to be part of it. No one knows what will happen in the future but I want to be a part of it.
“My first target right now is to play football again after so much time away from the pitch. I only set personal targets for myself once the season actually starts.
“At the moment, I am still under contract with Celtic and my priority is to get back playing again. In the future, we will see what happens.”
Edouard is under contract at Celtic Park until 2022 and there are ‘ongoing’ discussions over a new deal.
Arsenal edge ahead of Milan
Arsenal have moved ahead of AC Milan in the race for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
That’s according to TuttoSport, who say Milan have suffered a blow at the hands of the Gunners as they look to replace potentially outgoing centre-back Mateo Musacchio.
Upamecano has a release clause of £53m, which given his talent at the age of just 21, is being seen as a bargain.
The French under-21 international has already racked up 80 league appearances for Leipzig despite his relative youth, joining the Bundesliga club from RedBull Salzburg in 2017.
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Arsenal hoping to offload Maitland-Niles
Arsenal are hoping to offload youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer.
That’s according to the Sun, who say the Gunners are hoping to get £20m in return for their versatile 22-year-old.
The report suggests Arsenal are hoping to offload Maitland-Niles in order to fund a new contract for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang’s contract expires in 2021 and the Gunners are desperate to keep him around, though they can manage it financially is another question.