Arsenal in talks to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund

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Arsenal are in talks to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a reported £53 million.

A deal for the 28-year-old Gabon international is seen as the sort of marquee signing that Arsenal need, especially with the expected departure of Alexis Sanchez this week.

Aubameyang has been a consistent scorer for Dortmund for several years and is rated as one of the top strikers in Europe. While the Bundesliga side have always previously rebuffed any interest from other clubs, they apparently have indicated that they may be prepared to sell now – possibly because he has had disciplinary problems at the club in the past year.

A fee of £53 million has been speculated, although Dortmund are said to be wanting £60 million, so this could be the cue for protracted negotiations – although Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to want to conclude his transfer business as soon as possible.

With Sanchez set to go – although Manchester City have pulled out of a potential deal over Sanchez’ reported £400,000-a-week wage demands – and Theo Walcott also seemingly heading out of the exit door, Wenger needs a high-profile signing to appease fans, who are unhappy at the club’s current league position and seeming inability to hold onto their biggest stars.

Speaking of Sanchez, he could now go to Manchester United in a player-plus-cash deal, although that could be dependent on whether Armenian winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan is prepared to move in the other direction.

Should Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang both join Arsenal – and it is a very big ‘if’ – it would reunite the pair who had great success together at Dortmund.

Arsenal target Bordeaux star Malcom to replace Alexis Sanchez

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With Arsenal seemingly accepting that Alexis Sanchez will exit the club – possibly within days – Arsene Wenger is moving to replace him with Bordeaux winger Malcom.

It is believed that a deal is close for Malcom, with Arsenal prepared to pay £45 million for the 20-year-old Brazilian.

Manager Arsene Wenger was coy when asked about whether Malcom was his top target, saying: “It’s better I don’t come out on any specific name.”

Malcom joined Bordeaux in 2016 from Brazilian side Corinthians and since arriving he has scored 15 goals in 68 appearances. He has also played for Brazil’s U20 and U23 sides.

While Bordeaux have endured a terrible run of form in Ligue Un recently, Malcom has remained a bright spark.

A move for Malcom would make sense, and fits with Wenger’s previous transfer strategy of buying in young talent. It would also help to take some of the sting out of fans’ feelings at seeing Sanchez – as well as potentially Theo Walcott – exit the Emirates. Wenger has admitted that if Sanchez leaves, the club will need to sign a replacement.

Arsenal are also being linked with Manchester United’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Mkhitaryan is in and out of the United side and manager Jose Mourinho could be prepared to do business – especially if United are successful in their attempt to sign Sanchez from under rivals City’s noses.

All the factz on Manchester United v Stoke City in the Premier League

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The final match of this week’s round of Premier League fixtures sees Manchester United host Stoke City. Paul Lambert has been named as Stoke’s new manager, but he will not be in charge of the team tonight. The match kicks off at 8pm, and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

• The past three matches between the sides have ended all square, most recently 2-2 at the Bet365 Stadium in September.
• United have drawn their last two home matches, having won 9 of their previous 10. The only defeat in that run came against Manchester City.
• Stoke have only have one win and 3 draws away from home this season – only West Brom have an equally poor record.
• United haven’t lost at home to Stoke since April 1976 in all competitions – a run of 17 matches.
• If Peter Crouch scores, he will become Stoke’s record goal scorer in the Premier League. He is currently level with Jonathan Walters on 43.

All the factz you need on Liverpool v Manchester City, including which TV channel its on

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The second game in the Premier League today sees Liverpool take on Manchester City at Anfield. The match kicks off at 4pm and is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* City walloped Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad earlier in the season.
* However, Anfield isn’t a happy hunting ground for City: they haven’t won there since 2003.
* Liverpool are unbeaten in 13 league matches.
* However, City are unbeaten in 22 league matches this season and 30 in all.
* Liverpool have kept 9 clean sheets in their last 13 away matches.

All the factz on AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal in the Premier League, including what TV channel its on

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The early kick-off in the Premier League today sees Arsenal travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on AFC Bournemouth. The match kicks off at 1.30pm and is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Arsenal won 3-0 earlier in the season. Last season’s encounter at the Vitality was memorable: Bournemouth were 3-0 up with 20 minutes to go before Arsenal came back to draw 3-3.
* Bournemouth are unbeaten in 3 PL matches – 1 win and 2 draws.
* Arsenal have drawn 5 of their last 7 PL matches, winning and losing 1.
* Bournemouth haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 9 matches.
* Arsenal aren’t good on their travels – just 3 wins in 11 matches this season.