Arsenal news round-up: Thomas Partey interest, Kieran Tierney & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's futures


Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures have been announced and that means that football is nearly back.

Mikel Arteta has been working his players hard during the enforced break from action with each player having a personalised training programme to get stuck into at home.

The squad are now back at London Colney and preparing for a return to top flight action in just over two weeks time.

Plenty is going on off the pitch as well as the club look ahead to next season and start to eye up potential summer additions.

Here are the latest news stories to come out of Emirates Stadium in the last 24 hours.

Mikel Arteta picks out Arsenal transfer targets


Mikel Arteta is hoping to sign four players this summer as Arsenal prepare for the new Premier League season.

According to Goal, the Gunners will be looking for a centre-back, a right-back, a central midfielder and a striker.

One key target could be Thomas Partey, who the report claims would be available if Arsenal could meet Atletico Madrid’s £44million release clause.

The North London club will be looking at a number of different options in each position, however much will depend on which – if any – of the European competitions that Arteta’s side find themselves in next term.

Celtic will be hoping Arsenal keep Kieran Tierney


Celtic will be watching the situation regarding Kieran Tierney with a close eye this summer.

According to reporter Duncan Castles, the 22-year-old could be a surprise target for Leicester City as they look to tighten their grip on the top four.

While this is potentially bad news for Arsenal, it could also have a knock-on effect to Tierney’s previous club.

According to The Sun, Celtic inserted a 15% sell-on clause into the deal to take the full-back to North London, however there’s a twist.

That 15% is against the profit made in a sale, and not the overall sum.

With Kieran Tierney costing Arsenal £25million last summer, they’ll be praying that the Gunners attract an offer of more than that in order to get their hands on a slice of the pie.

Should the full-back sell for less than £25million, then the Bhoys would miss out and the clause would expire.

Ray Parlour urges Arsenal to keep hold of Kieran Tierney


The Arsenal legend has urged Mikel Arteta to keep hold of the in-demand full-back amid Leicester City interest.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Parlour said: “Well, he would be playing Champions League football next season if he did move to Leicester, but I’d be amazed if Arsenal let him go.

“What I’ve seen of him when he’s played, he looks a very exciting player.

“His age as well will come into it; he’s only a young lad.

“I would definitely keep him, and once he’s fit give him a run in the team and have a look at him properly.”

‘Arsenal must sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’, says Ray Parlour


Ray Parlour believes that Arsenal must cash in on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he refuses to sign a new contract.

The striker has just one year remaining on his contract which means that the Gunners risk losing him for nothing next summer if no agreement is reached – something which Parlour believes cannot be an option.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Parlour said: “I think you’ve got to sell him if he doesn’t sign a contract, and then take the money and try to replace him.

“It’s really difficult to keep a player if he doesn’t want to stay.

“It’s a big decision to make, but I don’t know what sort of money you could get for him if he doesn’t want to stay. If you get a good fee for him then you have to try and go out and replace him.

“That is difficult, but it has happened at every single club when players come to the last year of their contract.

“I’m praying that he wants to stay and Arsenal can sign him on a new contract and he can be there for the next two or three years under [Mikel] Arteta.

“It all depends on the manager as well, if they get on, and also if he feels the club is going forward.

“That is the big decision the club have got to make, but hopefully he stays.”

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