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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 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.

Everton and Southampton chase Theo Walcott signature

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Everton and Southampton are both believed to be lining up bids for Arsenal striker Theo Walcott this month.

Walcott has become an increasingly peripheral figure at The Emirates, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may be prepared to offload the 28-year-old, and a bid of £20 million could be enough to tempt him into selling.

Both Everton and Southampton are in the market for new signings to try and kick-start so far underwhelming seasons in the Premier League.

It is thought that Everton have the financial clout to offer something close to Walcott’s current wage, thought to be £110,000 per week. However, whether Walcott would be prepared to uproot his family to move to the northwest is unclear.

Meanwhile, Southampton are closer to his current base, but they are not thought to be able to offer that much. The lure of returning to his first club could be another tempting factor for Walcott.

Walcott himself hasn’t said anything publicly about the possibility of a move, but at this stage of his career it is likely he will be wanting to play regular first team football, especially if he wants to revive his – admittedly faint – chances of an England recall in time for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

But any deal may hinge on whether Alexis Sanchez exits Arsenal – Manchester City are said to be lining up a new bid for him – and if any replacements can be brought in. Wenger would be unlikely to let two players go without having at least one new face coming into the club.

However, if Walcott – Arsenal’s longest-serving current player – does stay put this month, it is likely he will leave in the summer.

Manchester City make £20 million offer for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez

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Premier League frontrunners Manchester City are understood to have made a bid of £20 million to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

City are believed to have offered Sanchez, who is out of contract in the summer, a five-year contract worth £250,000 a week, according to The Guardian.

This is City’s latest attempt to sign Sanchez, they came close in the summer with a £60 million offer, but the deal collapsed when Arsenal couldn’t sign Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar as a replacement.

Sanchez, 29, who is free to talk to clubs about signing a deal in the summer, has also attracted interest from European giants such as Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich, but it is thought City are still in pole position to secure his signature. Sanchez played under City manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, and they are also runaway leaders of the Premier League.

Should Arsenal let Sanchez go, then the Gunners could again look to Lemar as a replacement, although he could cost more than £90 million. Arsenal are also thought to be interested in Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez and Cristian Pavón of Boca Juniors.

Should the deal go through, it would also conclude another long-running transfer saga, following Barcelona finally completing a £142 million deal for Philippe Coutinho last weekend.