Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are set to play their game in hand against Manchester City on June 17th, a date usually reserved for holidays or international commitments, while clubs are hard at work trying to secure new signings
According to the gossip columns, Arsenal and their Premier League rivals have been using this unprecedented time off to make decisions on squad-building in the summer, and it could all change at the Emirates as Arteta looks to build a team in his own image.
Here are the latest transfer rumours and gossip coming out of the Emirates Stadium…
Aubameyang offered contract extension
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been offered a new contract extension at Arsenal, according to French outlet L’Equipe (via Get French Football News ).
The France-born, Gabon international striker has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances since joining the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in January 2017, but has frequently been linked with moves away this summer.
He’s Arsenal’s top scorer once again this season, having notched 21 goals in 30 games in all competitions.
His current contract is set to expire in 2021, and few details on his new offer have been released.
The Gunners have seen Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey run down their contracts in recent years and will be looking to avoid similar issues with Aubameyang.
However, ESPN have disputed the claim of a new contract offer.
Coutinho agent gives transfer update amid Arsenal links
Kia Joorabchian, the high-profile and outspoken agent of Philippe Coutinho, has provided an update that hints at a Camp Nou exit for the Barcelona star this summer.
Coutinho, 27, struggled to make an impact with the La Liga giants after his reported £105m move from Liverpool in January 2018. He’s spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich but reports suggest the Bundesliga club won’t look to make it permanent.
“He has a desire to come back to the Premier League at some point,” Joorabchian told Sky Sports (via The Mirror).
“It may not happen this year, it may happen this year – we don’t know. We really have not discussed anything for now.
“It’s up to Bayern Munich whether or not they want to extend the loan. It’s purely Bayern’s decision, we have a will to stay, and we will see about next season when we get back to this ‘new normal’.
“We’ve had some conversations with Bayern about next season [already].”