GABRIEL MAGALHAES is in London to complete his move to Arsenal, according to reports.
Meanwhile his new team-mates are playing a friendly at MK Dons as Gunners fans get a first look at William Saliba.
Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…
MK DONS 1 ARSENAL 2
32' MK Dons have scored!
Rob Holding bullets a header past his own goalkeeper and suddenly Milton Keynes are back in the game.
FOR GOODNESS SAK
30' Bukayo Saka is moving gingerly after taking a heavy challenge at Stadium: MK.
He should be okay, however, and appears to be carrying on.
MK DONS 0 ARSENAL 2
10' It's another for the Gunners!
Eddie Nketiah is on hand to tuck the ball home after a nice pull-back by Bukayo Saka.
Could be any number, this!
MK DONS 0 ARSENAL 1
5' Forgotten man Mohamed Elneny is on the scoresheet early!
The Egyptian pounced on a poor pass to net from at least 40 yards with the goalkeeper helpless!
Great start for the Gunners.
The Gunners are underway at Stadium: MK!
WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DON
The stage is set, Stadium: MK is ready – kick off is approaching in Arsenal's first match of 2020-21!
Mikel Arteta's starting XI for this evening's clash with MK Dons has finally been released!
The headline news is the inclusion of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid his contract talk.
Elsewhere Bernd Leno returns from injury, while forgotten man Mohamed Elneny is in from the start – and new-boy William Saliba appears in Arsenal colours for the first time.
There's still no word on the Gunners' starting XI for this evening's clash with MK Dons.
We'll have you covered as soon as it drops.
MK Dons are looking forward to this evening's match!
Here is the XI that the Gunners will face in their first pre-season match of the 2020-21 campaign.
AS Monaco have been rebuffed in a bid for Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe, according to reports.
The attacking midfielder spent time on loan at Huddersfield last year before a fresh crack at the Gunners' first-team.
Mikel Arteta began to cast his eye over Smith Rowe when pre-season training began on Monday.
The Mail report on Monaco's early approach being rejected with Arsenal rating the 20-year-old at between £10million and £15m.
Leeds and Fulham are also named as interested parties in a loan deal for Smith Rowe.
While his hometown club Crystal Palace have made their interest in a permanent deal known.
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GUNNER BE FUN
Jonathan Dinzeyi has revealed he has ALWAYS been a Gooner, even when coming through the ranks with rivals Tottenham.
After signing on a free, he told Arsenal.com: “It's a great feeling (to become an Arsenal player).
“Arsenal is a massive club and they were actually the first club I supported as a child.
“They have a great history and with the new manager coming in who likes to play a lot of young players.
“I think it's a great opportunity for me to show the fans and the coaching staff what I'm about. I'm really excited to get started now.”
TUTU'S A TAFFY
Cardiff have signed Jordi Osei-Tutu on loan for the season from Arsenal.
The right-winger, 21, will get game-time under Neil Harris after spending last season on loan at Bundesliga 2 side VFL Bochum.
The Ghanian-Englishman said: “I thank the manager for having the belief to bring me to such a wonderful club.
“I like to get up and down the pitch, attack and defend. I can't wait to get started.”
Arsenal have no representation in Gareth Southgate's latest England squad for the upcoming Nations League fixtures.
Who's going to play left back, Surely Saka should be there?
Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac has his heart set on a return to his former club Schalke, according to reports.
The 27-year-old hasn't exactly settled into like in London, and even experienced some of the darker sides to living in the capital when he and his pal Mesut Ozil were attacked by knife-wielding thugs.
Kolasinac fought off the attackers with his bare hands before fleeing and finding refuge in a Turkish restaurant.
Due to “private reasons” the Arsenal man wants a move back to Germany, but the two clubs will have to work a deal out due to his wages being too high for the German club to pay.
Arsenal fans responded to a tweet claiming that the signing of Gabriel might just help them avoid relegation.
The Arsenal faithful didn't find the joke funny in the slightest.
CARDIFF WANT TUTU
Cardiff City are reportedly closing in on signing 21-year-old Arsenal right back, Jordi Osei-Tutu on a season-long loan deal.
The right back spot was identified as a key area of improvement for The Bluebirds, and they believe that Tutu is their man.
The 21-year-old is believed to have already undergone a medical at the Welsh club, he spent last season on loan at second tier German side VFL Bochum.
The youngster has the ability to play not only at right back but also on the wing, so he fits the bill for Cardiff boss Neil Harris.
One Arsenal fan on twitter is calling for his club to emulate their rivals transfer policy.
The fan highlights how Chelsea have been efficient in identifying areas which need improving, and how quick they were willing to get the players through the door to fix it.
According to reports, Arsenal are eyeing up a £27m move for Roma holding midfielder Amadou Diawara.
The Serie A side are willing to part ways with the player in order to fund their own spending spree.
Mikel Arteta's no1 target was Atletico's Thomas Partey, but it is now reported that Arsenal are unwilling to pay the Ghanian stars €50m release clause.
Diawara played 30 games across all competitions last season, he joined Roma from Napoli only last summer.
TRIP TO MK
Arsenal will face MK Dons tonight in a pre-season friendly which is set to involve Summer arrival, William Saliba.
The promising French central defender joined the club in the summer of 2019, but stayed at his old club Saint-Etienne on a season long loan.
Saint-Etienne had a poor season in the French league, they finished two places above the relegation zone in 17th.
The French club did however make it to the 2020 Coupe de France Final, which they lost 1-0 to French champions PSG.
NEWCASTLE WANT NILES
Newcastle are reportedly trying to hijack the deal to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Wolves are believed to be in advanced talks over a £20m transfer.
The versatile player isn't short of options since deciding to leave his boyhood club, and both Wolves or Newcastle would be a good move for the youngster.
Newcastle are looking to bolster the squad, they confirmed the signing of Jeff Hendrick who signed for free after leaving Burnley in the summer.
Niles would provide much needed competition to the midfield, and he could even command a starting position in the centre of midfield.
GUNNING FOR ARSENAL
Arsenal's latest signing, 20-year-old Jonathan Dinzeyi has revealed that he was an Arsenal fan growing up.
The youngster is eager to prove himself in the under 23's first before making a push for first team football.
He was previously on local Rivals Tottenham's books, but he decided to make the switch from the white side of North London, to red.
The ball-playing central defender prides himself on winning tackles and keeping clean sheets, he told Arsenals official site: “I love to tackle and win headers and keeping clean sheets for me is vital. If I don't then it really hurts me. I just love doing my job.”
“Right now I just want to start as many games as possible with the Under-23s and in the long run hopefully be involved in some cup fixtures with the first team.
“Who knows what could happen after that? It’s just about proving myself with the Under-23s right now and taking any opportunity that's given to me.”
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Arsenal have withdrawn their interest in Ghanian midfielder Thomas Partey as they are unwilling to pay the players €50m release clause.
The midfielder appeared to be rather interested in a switch to The Gunners when the rumours initially surfaced months ago.
The decision to withdraw interest comes after the Spanish side reportedly turned down an offer of €25m plus Matteo Guendouzi.
Arsenal are keen to get the young French midfielder off the books over issues with the players attitude.
Partey has been a target for some time, if the North London club manage to find a suitor for Guendouzi they may revisit a potential deal.
In an exclusive interview with Bookmakers.co.uk, Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn had is say on the soon-to-be Arsenal signing, Gabriel.
Gabriel is in London to complete his move to The Gunners and Winterburn gave his stamp of approval ahead of the move: “When someone gets linked with Arsenal I tend to do a bit of research on them and have a look at what they’re about.
“For me, it’s all about the type of personnel you’re getting as much as the ability. But he’s highly regarded, a left-sided centre-half who is supposed to be very powerful.
“Arsenal have got problems at centre-half and they can’t seem to get a consistent pairing together with the players they already have in that position, so it’s quite obvious that that’s a position Arteta feels he must strengthen.”
LOCAL LAD LEAVING
Arsenal academy graduate Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to leave the club, according to reports.
Wolves are said to be in advanced talks with Arsenal over a £20m switch, the 22-year-old is eager to experience a new challenge in his career and embark on a quest for regular first team football.
The versatile midfielder has played most of his time at professional level at right wing back and has shown flashes of brilliance in his natural position in midfield.
Wanting to play in his natural position is said to be one of the other reasons the youngster wants to leave, as he sees his chances of playing in the Arsenal midfield on a regular basis slim.
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