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ARSENAL are in Dubai for some warm-weather training with as the Arteta revolution starts to take shape.

Rumours abound that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette's places at the club are all under threat.

Meanwhile, Arsenal also believe they can beat Man Utd to James Maddison's signature – along with secure the signing of Dries Mertens on a free transfer.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below…

  • SHAKE IT UP

    Boss Mikel Arteta is ready to shake up his struggling squad in the summer with big names set to leave and arrive.

    Performances have improved under the Spaniard since his appointment in December but more quality is needed to turn those 13 draws in the league this season into wins.

    With the prospect of missing out on Champions League football, a number of first-team stars could head for the exit door.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil could all be shipped out.

    Dayot Upamecano could link up with summer signing William Saliba while Pape Gueye, James Maddison and Celtic superstar Odsonne Edouard could spearhead the attack.

  • 'A PRETTY BIG COUP'

    HEARN said: “Terms are, I’d not say agreed, but we’re in a good position. We have an agreement in principle for a June fight. Spurs is our preference and now Arsenal have come in.

    “When you go to other countries, like in the Middle East, you have Saudi Arabia, they hear Abu Dhabi or Qatar are looking at a fight. Well now it’s like Spurs and Arsenal.”

    Despite opening its doors in 2006, the Emirates Stadium is yet to host a boxing match but Hearn encouraged Arsenal to stamp their authority and make their ground a “sports entertainment destination”.

    Tottenham already have a deal in place to host NFL matches at White Hart Lane, with the groundstaff able to divide and retract their grass football pitch to reveal the American football field beneath.

    Hearn added: “It’s not been done before at Arsenal, but I don’t see why not. If you want to establish yourself as a sports entertainment destination, it’s a pretty big coup to get this fight.

    “It’s the north London race for this fight. Tottenham is our preference, but we’re talking to Arsenal and they’ve come in and said, ‘How do we make this happen?’.

    “I get the feeling that Arsenal and the Emirates would quite like to nick this. It would be like a little one-upmanship for them.

    “Emirates was such a revolutionary stadium, but almost feels old now. It’s quite interesting.”

  • GUNNING FOR IT

    ARSENAL are trying to get one over arch-rivals Tottenham… by plotting to host Anthony Joshua's next fight.

    The Watford-born star, 30, is expected to take on Kubrat Pulev in the UK later this year.

    It will be the first defence of his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts since beating Andy Ruiz Jr in their December rematch.

    Tottenham's brand-new £1billion stadium was the most likely option for the potential bout, with a date in June on the cards, and remains AJ's preference.

    But now Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed Arsenal are hoping to stage the bout.

    And Gunners staff were reportedly informed they would need to work this summer at a major event.

  • UP THE ANTE

    TOTTENHAM could join Arsenal in the race for French defender Dayot Upamecano in the summer, after boss Jose Mourinho ran the rule over the 21-year-old over the weekend.

    The Portuguese was in the Allianz Arena crowd as Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig produced a 0-0 stalemate in their top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash.

    Mourinho was an interested spectator as he used Spurs' winter break to scout out their Champions League round of 16 opponents RB Leipzig.

    And while preparation for next week's first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was the primary reason for the 57-year-old's attendance, he may have also been watching Upamecano with particular interest.

    The Lilywhites could find themselves in the market for a defender in the summer, with popular stalwart Jan Vertonghen's contract set to expire.

    And with Mourinho having seemingly frozen out fellow centre-back Juan Foyth, a move for another centre-back wouldn't come from out of the blue.

    Upamecano has long been linked with a move to their North London rivals Arsenal.

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta says Arsenal could still reach the Champions League spots this season.

    The Gunners sit ten points behind Chelsea in fourth and have won just one league game under Arteta since the Spaniard took over at the Emirates in December.

    But the Spaniard is confident his side can make a late push for the top four when they return from their winter break.

    “I want to go game by game,” he said. “At the moment we are far from it, but there are a lot of games to play.”

    “Everybody is giving points away. It will depend on us. If we are able to put three or four wins in a row, we will be much closer.”

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