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Arsenal chase deal to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

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Arsenal are keen to sign Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha this summer, but the two clubs are poles apart over their valuation of him, according to reports. 

Zaha turned in many man-of-the-match performances last season as Palace finished comfortably in mid-table, scoring 10 goals and making a further 5 assists.

This has understandably aroused the interest of top clubs in England and Europe. Eagles boss Roy Hodgson accepts that it will be difficult to hold onto their star man, who is believed to have said he wants to leave in pursuit of Champions League football.

Arsenal are the first to show their hand, but only want to pay £40 million for him, whereas Palace want double that, according to The Sun on Sunday.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is seeing to boost his squad this summer but how much of a budget he has is dependent on whether or not the side makes the Champions League. They finished outside the automatic places in the Premier League, but if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final they will win a place in the tournament.

Arsenal’s qualification for the Champions League could also influence Zaha on whether to sign or not.

Should the Gunners qualify, then they could go back in with a better offer. They could also offer a player in part exchange, such as highly rated youngster Reiss Nelson.

Chelsea are also thought to be interested, but they are currently appealing against a transfer ban so can’t sign anyone at the moment.

Palace bosses won’t let Zaha leave on the cheap, so Arsenal will have to come back with a better offer.

Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal set for battle to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire

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Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is set to be the subject of a transfer battle between Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal this summer. 

Maguire, 26, has been impressive again for the Foxes this season, building on his breakthrough international tournament last summer at the World Cup.

There was plenty of interest in signing him last summer, with Manchester United particularly keen, but no deal was made – largely as Leicester played hard-ball and refused to sell.

However, there is likely to be interest from top clubs again this summer. Manchester United are – still – looking for a central defender and Maguire would fit the bill.

Arsenal are another club that are seeking to plug a leaky defence, and Tottenham are also looking for reinforcements, especially if Toby Alderweireld leaves, as is expected.

Chelsea are also thought to be interested, but given their transfer ban was upheld this week, they are out of the running.

But it is likely to take a British record fee for a defender to secure Maguire’s services. A fee of £60 million has been reported and seems realistic and could get Leicester to sell.

All the factz on Arsenal v Brighton, including which TV channel its on

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The final match in the Premier League today is at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal take on Brighton & Hove Albion. 

Arsenal need a win to boost their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Meanwhile Brighton can play with freedom, with Cardiff’s relegation having been confirmed yesterday.

The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* The sides drew 1-1 earlier in the season at the Amex Stadium.
* Arsenal have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in the PL.
* Brighton have limped over the survival line – just two wins in their last 16 matches and no wins in their last 7.
* Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs one goal to reach 20 league strikes this season. Only 5 Arsenal players have reached this milestone previously in the PL era.
* Goalscoring away from home is a major problem for the Seagulls – they have drawn a blank on 8 occasions – only relegated Cardiff and Huddersfield have worse records.

All the factz on Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal

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You may have missed it, but there is another Premier League match tonight and it is also of great importance to the Champions League race.

Arsenal travel north to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. The Gunners will be going all out for a win to reclaim a place in the top four and one of the all-important Champions League slots. Wolves won’t be taking things easy either, as they are still in with a shout of finishing 7th, which could secure a Europa League place for next season.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm, but it isn’t carried on TV in the UK. Here are the factz you need to know:

  • Arsenal grabbed an 86th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.
  • Wolves haven’t beaten Arsenal in the league since 1979 – a run of 16 matches.
  • Wolves aren’t in great form either – they’ve won just two of their last 9 PL matches, losing 4.
  • The Gunners are in better form – they’ve won 6 of their last 10 PL matches, losing 3.
  • However, Wolves are good at home – they’ve won 7 of their last 9 matches in all competitions at Molineux. Meanwhile, Arsenal have kept just one clean sheet away from home in the league.

All the factz on Arsenal v Crystal Palace

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It’s a London derby as Arsenal take on Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. 

A win for Arsenal would boost their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Meanwhile Palace are looking for points to banish any lingering fears of relegation.

The match kicks off at 4pm. Here are the factz you need to know:

* It ended 2-2 at Selhurst Park earlier in the season.
* Crystal Palace haven’t beaten Arsenal since 1994. Of the 17 matches they’ve played since Arsenal have won 14.
* The Emirates is a fortress for the Gunners – they’ve won their last 10 PL matches here.
* However, Palace are great away from home, winning 3 of their last 4 matches and have they have won more points on the road than at home this season.
* If Christian Benteke plays, it will be his 200th PL appearance.