Arsenal news LIVE: Jack Wilshere makes shock TRANSFER, captaincy confusion explained, Lacazette trolls Toney

ARSENAL swept aside London rivals Brentford in their pursuit for the top four.

Hale End Academy youngster's Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka fired the Gunners to a 2-1 win.

But Christian Norgaard's stoppage time constellation goal, put a minor blip on the performance.

Shortly after the game, Alexandre Lacazette took to social media to take a dig at Ivan Toney's criticism comments from earlier on in the season.

The Gunners captain tweeted: "Nice kick about with the boys" with a kiss emoji and tagging the Arsenal official account.

Granit Xhaka was involved in more captaincy issues when he refused to take the armband from Eddie Nketiah.

Mikel Arteta later cleared up the mishap by stating that it was a moment of confusion as Kieran Tierney is next in line to skipper the side and it has nothing to do with Xhaka's commitment issues.

Arsenal lost out Dusan Vlahovic to Juventus in January and it has been revealed that the hot prospects agents were pushing for a move to the Serie A giants all along.

Lucas Torreira was set to be involved in a swap deal to land Vlahovic which eventually fell through.

And Torrira's agent mentioned that: "Fiorentina wanted to sell him, but the agents said he had to go to Juventus – you always do what the player wants."

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Good morning Arsenal fans

    Arsenal have enquired about the possibility of signing Napoli star Fabian Ruiz in the summer transfer window.

    Ruiz is under contract with the Partenopei until the end of next season but he has refused to sign a new deal with the Italian club.

    So the Serie A giants know this summer is the last realistic chance they have to recoup some money for the 25-year-old.

    Barcelona and Real Madrid have both been linked with a move for the midfielder this summer.

    According to The Mirror, however, the Gunners may have joined the bidding war for the Spain international after meeting with his representatives in an attempt to understand his demands.

    Meanwhile, the north Londoners are interested in landing Juventus loanee Alvaro Morata in a sensational summer transfer.

    Morata has been put up for sale by parent club Atletico Madrid and is free to leave from July onwards.

    According to Tuttomercarto, Arsenal have made the striker one of their targets going into the summer.

    Manager Mikel Arteta is keen  to bring in new centre-forwards after losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona in January.

    Arteta is also expected to be without Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah next season, with both out of contract come June.

    The Spain international is understood to be open to a move to the Emirates, despite his Premier League struggles while at Chelsea.

    And ex- Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has signed for Danish team Aarhus Gymnastikforening.

    Wilshere has been without a club for almost a year ever since leaving Bournemouth in 2021.

    The midfielder had been training with the north Londoners as his search for a return to football dragged on.

    But the former England international has found his move with AGF confirming the deal.

    Finally, Arsenal have been left 'angry' after it was revealed that Juventus star Dusan Vlahovic's representatives sabotaged a potential move to north London from Fiorentina.

    The Gunners were also keen on using Lucas Torreira in the deal, swapping his loan move for a permanent transfer to the Serie A side.

    According to Torreira's agent, Pablo Bentancur, the north Londoners are furious about this situation.

    When speaking to Sport890, Bentancur said: "Now, Arsenal are a bit angry because they wanted Vlahovic.

    "Fiorentina wanted to sell him, but the agents said he had to go to Juventus – you always do what the player wants"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arteta on top-four pursuit

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits his team is getting closer to a top-four finish after beating Brentford.

    Arteta said: "It’s a long way to go. We are a little bit closer today because we won our game and it’s what we want to do.

    "We’ve got to go Thursday again and win our game against Wolves. It’s going to be a really difficult match.

    "We need to play better and better and better. That’s the aim"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arteta's Pep talk

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits he would understand if Nicolas Pepe wanted to leave this summer.

    Arteta said: “I hope he [Pepe] does [see a long-term future at the Emirates).

    “But I understand when a player doesn’t play he’s disappointed and Nico has been disappointed because he wanted to have more minutes.

    “Hopefully he can play many more minutes and he can contribute to the team because he has the ability to do it"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Potential Arsenal sign-Ings

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson claimed his former club should sign Aston Villa ace Danny Ings.

    Merson told Sky Sports: "I definitely think [Villa manager Steven] Gerrard will be looking at his situation.

    "Well, Ings for me is a goalscorer – Ings would go anywhere. If I was Arsenal, I’d take him all day long.

    "I think he’s top-drawer, but he needs to be in the team and sometimes you go to other places and it doesn’t suit the way you play"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Art of the deal

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed the reason why no additions were made in the January transfer window.

    Arteta said: "Edu and his team did a fantastic job and they continue to do that.

    "We only want the best players and the best people in this club.

    "When we are in a rush and the reasons are not right for getting a player into the club, we decide not to do it"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Fabian Ruiz statement

    Napoli star and Arsenal target Fabian Ruiz has admitted that he is flattered by links to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    Ruiz said: "It’s flattering to hear about these clubs' interest in me, that's for sure.

    "Right now, I only think of Napoli, I am very comfortable here and we have big challenges ahead.

    "The idea of returning to Spain in the future is always present: it is my home"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Wilshere reacts to move

    Jack Wilshere has opened up on his move to Aarhus Gymnastikforening after almost a year as a free agent.

    Wilshere said: “Since I started training with Arsenal, I have never hidden the fact that it was to be ready for 2022 and for a new club.

    “Now the right club is here, and it will be an exciting new challenge for me. I am in a place in my career where I need to get started again after a difficult period and AGF have offered me that opportunity.

    “For that I am very grateful, and I will do everything I can to live up to the expectations. I am very much looking forward to contributing to the team"

  • Kostas Lianos

    This is Gunner sting

    Arsenal have been left 'angry' after it was revealed that Juventus star Dusan Vlahovic's representatives sabotaged a potential move to north London from Fiorentina.

    The Gunners were also keen on using Viola loanee Lucas Torreira in the deal, swapping his loan move for a permanent transfer to the Seri A side.

    According to Torreira's agent, Pablo Bentancur, the north Londoners are furious about the situation.

    When speaking to Sport890, Bentancur said: "Now, Arsenal are a bit angry because they wanted Vlahovic.

    "Fiorentina wanted to sell him, but the agents said he had to go to Juventus – you always do what the player wants"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Alv some of that

    Arsenal are interested in signing Juventus loanee Alvaro Morata in a sensational summer transfer.

    Morata has been put up for sale by his parent club Atletico Madrid and is free to leave from July.

    According to Tuttomercarto, the Gunners have made the striker one of their targets going into the summer.

    Manager Mikel Arteta is desperate to bring in new centre-forwards after losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona in January.

    Arteta is also expected to be without Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah next season, with both out of contract in June.

    The Spain international is understood to be open to a move to the Emirates, despite Premier League struggles while at Chelsea

  • Kostas Lianos

    More from Musah

    Valencia ace Yunus Musah opened up about his decision to swap England for the US.

    Musah said: “I enjoyed my time with England, the coaches and the players, it was amazing but there came a time where I was playing first team at Valencia and the US coaches were talking to me a lot about the projects they had and I felt that I would play a part in it.

    “We have a great team in the US and the project could be something big”

  • Kostas Lianos

    No regrets for Musah

    Valencia ace Yunus Musah doesn't regret dropping Arsenal for the LaLiga giants.

    Musah said: "Seeing the likes of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud, I wanted to be like them.

    “I was aspiring to be the next step at Arsenal because I was under them. I played with [Bukayo] Saka and Emile [Smith Rowe] and they’re great players.

    “I’m so happy they’re now playing in the first-team at Arsenal but my decision to leave was that I felt that Valencia had a great plan for me.

    “They provided me with so much trust as you can see and with everything they were offering it sounded like a great plan”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Gunning for Ru

    Arsenal have enquired about the possibility of signing Napoli star Fabian Ruiz in the summer.

    Ruiz is under contract with the Partenopei until the end of next season.

    But he has refused to sign a new deal with the club, so the Serie A side know this summer is the last realistic chance they have to recoup some money for him.

    Barcelona and Real Madrid have both been linked with a move for the midfielder.

    According to The Mirror, however, the Gunners may have joined the race for the Spain international after meeting with his representatives in an attempt to understand his demands

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Wilshere finds new club

    Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has signed for Danish team Aarhus Gymnastikforening.

    Wilshere has been without a club ever since leaving Bournemouth last year.

    The midfielder had been training with the Gunners and manager Mikel Arteta as his search for a return to football dragged on.

    But finally, the former England international has found his move with AGF confirming the deal

  • Kostas Lianos

    Lacazette trolls Toney

    Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has brutally trolled Brentford's Ivan Toney after the Gunner defeated Brentford with a score of 2-1.

    The Bees beat the north Londoners 2-0 when they met earlier this season, which led to Toney tweeting: "Nice kick about with the boys."

    And following Arsenal's victory over Toney's Brentford team, the France international exacted his revenge by simply tweeting out the same statement

    Thus, Lacazette tweeted: "Nice kick about with the boys"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arteta clears up captaincy confusion

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has cleared up the confusion around why Granit Xhaka didn't take the captain's armband during the Gunners' win over Brentford.

    The armband went to Kieran Tierney instead when Alexandre Lacazette left the field.

    But fans thought it only went to Tierney as Xhaka refused the duty.

    However, Arteta said: "It's because Kieran was the next in line, that’s why.

    "Maybe Eddie [Nketiah] didn't pick it up [who was to get the armband] and Granit told him you have to give it to Kieran. That's it"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Thomas Frank reacts

    Brentford manager Thomas Frank insists he is only focused on his team despite clubs lower in the table are amassing points.

    Frank said: "I think it is about us, what we can do.

    "Focus on the next training, the next game, that is the most important thing. We have done that the whole season, it is only about us.

    "Every team in the Premier League, if you are in the bottom 10, have spells like this"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Arteta praises Arsenal duo

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has sang Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe's praises.

    Arteta said: "I understand the supporters love that song [Rockin all over the world].

    "Everybody loves that song because they are players that have been raised in our system.

    "I am really happy that we have players that take the responsibility and they manage to win games for us. It is really impressive at that age"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Mikel Arteta reacts

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta refused to get carried away in the Premier League's top-four race after the Gunners beat Brentford 2-1 at the Emirates.

    Arteta said: "There is a long way to go. But we are a little bit closer today because we won our game. It is what we have to do. You can see with the results how tough it is to win in this league.

    "So we need to go on Thursday again, prepare very well, against Wolves it is going to be a really difficult match.

    "We need to perform well to win and play better and better and better, that's the aim. We cannot look too far. Things change very quickly. It's really difficult to win matches in this league"

  • Justin Lawrence

    Starting Au new

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored his first goal for Barcelona since joining from Arsenal.

    The 32-year-old Gabon international scampered onto a long ball over the top in the 23rd minute of a LaLiga game against Valencia on Sunday.

    He raced clear and fired an unstoppable strike into the top corner as he hit the back of the net for the first time in Spain.

    The ex-Gunner then celebrated with his trademark front flip as he kick-started his career with Barca.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta's frank assessment

    Mikel Arteta's refusing to get carried away with Arsenal's win over Brentford and is firmly focused on the Gunners' next game against Wolves.

    The Gunners took a step closer to Champions League qualification after their win against Brentford but Arteta acknowledges they've still got a long way to go before their spot is secure.

    He said: “It’s a long way to go but we are a little bit closer today because we have won our game and that’s what we have to do.

    "You can see with the results how tough it to win in this league. We have to go on Thursday again.

    "We need to prepare really well because against Wolves it’s going to be a difficult match and we’ll need to perform well to win and play better and better and better. That’s the aim.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lacazette brutally trolls Toney

    Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has brutally trolled Ivan Toney after the Gunner beat Brentford 2-1.

    Brentford beat the Gunners 2-0 when they met earlier this season which led to Toney tweeting: "Nice kick about with the boys."

    And following Arsenal's win over Toney's Brentford team, Lacazette exacted his revenge by simply tweeting out the same statement.

  • Nyle Smith

    Could be a fabulous signing

    Arsenal are set to open talks with Napoli over midfield maestro Fabian Ruiz this summer according to reports.

    Come June, the Spaniard will only have one year left on his deal and with contract negotiations breaking down, Ruiz could be available for as little as £16 million plus add-ons.

    The 25-year-old is one of Serie A's highest rated midfielders who has eight contributions in 25 appearances this season – four goals and four assists.

    Newcastle are also in the mix for Ruiz' signature but the Gunners remain favourites to lure him to the Emirates.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gabriel shows Saka love

    Arsenal star Gabriel Magalhaes declared his love for teammate Buyako Saka after the Gunners' win over Brentford.

    Saka scored the winning goal in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Thomas Frank's side.

    And Gabriel let the winger know just how much he appreciates him on Twitter.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta clears up captaincy confusion

    Mikel Arteta has cleared up the confusion around why Granit Xhaka didn't take the captain's armband during Arsenal's win over Brentford.

    The duty went to Kieran Tierney instead when Lacazette left the field.

    But fans thought it only went to the defender as Xhaka refused the duty.

    However, Arteta said: "It's because Kieran was the next in line, that’s why.

    "Maybe Eddie didn't pick it up [who was to get the armband] and Granit told him you have to give it to Kieran. That's it."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Music to Arteta's ears

    Mikel Arteta thanked the Arsenal fans for their support during the Gunners' win over Brentford.

    He also let the Gooners know he appreciates the song they created for Smith-Rowe and Saka that everyone 'loves.'

    Arteta said: "Thank you to the supporters again for the atmosphere they created.

    “I understand they love that song and everybody loves that song because they are players that have been raised in our system and I’m really happy that we have players that come and take the responsibility and they manage to win games for us, which is really impressive at that age.”

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