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Premier League and Italian clubs line up to sign Jack Wilshire after he leaves Arsenal

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Midfielder Jack Wilshire has confirmed he will be leaving Arsenal this summer when his contract expires.

He had been offered a new deal at the Emirates but has declined to take it up after having had discussions with new boss Unai Emery, who said Wilshire would only be a bit part player next season.

This brings to an end Wilshire’s 17-year association with the Gunners.

“I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have done due to purely footballing reasons,” he said.

But there are no shortage of clubs queuing up to sign 26-year-old Wilshire. Top of the list are West Ham United; new manager Manuel Pellegrini wants him as he rebuilds the squad – plus it would mean he would stay in London.

Another London club, Crystal Palace, are interested. Manager Roy Hodgson worked with the player when he was with England, so he knows him well.

Outside of London, Everton are rumoured to be interested and Wilshire would fit into new manager Marco Silva’s style of play. He would also be cheap, as the transfer budget there isn’t massive.

More outside bets for a move are newly-promoted but ambitious Wolverhampton Wanderers – who could afford his high wages without a problem – and Southampton.

There also rumoured to be interested from Italy. AC Milan has been mentioned, as have Sampdoria. It is thought Wilshire may be open to a move abroad – and the Italian style of play may suit him.

Arsenal to sign Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno

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Unai Emery is wasting no time in overhauling his Arsenal squad, as he looks to set to bring in Bayer Leverkusen’s German international goalkeeper Bernd Leno in a £22 million deal.

Leno had been expected to sign for Napoli – Leverkusen admitted he had an agreement with the Serie A side – but it seems that Arsenal have stolen in ahead to sign him, according to German newspaper SportBild.

Arsenal are now hammering out the personal terms of the deal with the 26-year-old, and it is hoped the deal will be concluded before the weekend.

Should Leno join, he will compete with 36-year-old Petr Cech for the number one spot, and it is thought that current back-up stopper David Ospina will be sold.

Leno is highly-rated in Germany – despite missing out on the country’s 23 for the World Cup – and has made 304 appearances in all competitions for Leverkusen, and kept more than 100 clean sheets.

More transfers are expected at Arsenal in the coming weeks as Emery seeks to build the squad in his own image. Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira is also close to joining the club, according to reports.

Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid competing for Milinkovic-Savic signature

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Several of Europe’s top clubs, and Arsenal, are reportedly interested in signing Lazio’s Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – but the rivalry is pushing the price up.

Manchester United have long been rumoured to be interested in signing him, although that may wane now they have signed Fred. Others interested include, inevitably, Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid. Arsenal are also said to be looking at making a bid.

Milinkovic-Savic enjoyed a stellar season for Lazio, scoring 12 goals – the most of any midfielder in Serie A. This alerted many top clubs around Europe.

Lazio initially put a €100 million (£88 million) price tag on the 23-year-old Serb, but due to the interest in him it has been reported the cost has gone up to £115 million.

Such a tag would put off Arsenal, who have to be mindful of Financial Fair Play rules. They also can’t offer Champions League football.

However, the other clubs would still be interested in making the signing. Although in all cases, it may trigger another player leaving the club that buys Milinkovic-Savic.

Arsenal look to sign Nice star Jean-Michael Seri

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Arsenal look to set to make a bid for Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, following the appointment of Unai Emery as manager.

Emery is a fan of Seri – having tried unsuccessfully to sign him for Paris St-Germain in January – and could rekindle his interest again.

Seri has a release clause of £35 million in his Nice contract, and is the subject of interest from several major European teams after a stellar season for the club. Teams rumoured to be interested in him include Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund.

Emery is expected to be busy in the transfer market – even if he is rumoured to only £50 million to spend – as he sets out to make the Gunners title contenders once more.

Midfield is one area that is set for strengthening, as Santi Cazorla has left the club, and Aaron Ramsey’s future is also uncertain.

But Arsenal – like Chelsea – can only offer Europa League football next season, which could put them at a disadvantage if Seri wants to play in the Champions League.

All the factz you need to know on today’s Premier League matches

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The final day of the 2017/18 Premier League season sees all 20 clubs kick-off at the same time. While most of the big issues have been settled – champions, champions league qualification and relegation – there is still plenty to play for. All matches kick off at 3pm. Here are the factz you need to know:

Burnley v AFC Bournemouth

* Burnley beat Bournemouth 1-2 at the Vitality Stadium earlier in the season.
* Burnley are assured of 7th place – their highest league finish since 6th place in the old Division 1 in 1974.
* Bournemouth have won just 1 of their last 12 away matches (6 defeats).
* Cherries manager Eddie Howe has used just 21 players this season.
* There have been just 30 goals scored in 18 previous PL matches at Turf Moor this season: 15 each for Burnley and their opponents.

Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion

* The sides played out a goalless draw back in December at the Hawthorns.
* Palace are in good form – 4 wins in their last 7 matches and just 1 defeat.
* West Brom have also hit form, just slightly too late to stave off relegation: they’ve won 3 and drawn 2 since Darren Moore took over.
* The Baggies have won as many matches in their last 4 outings as they did in their previous 42.
* Palace could finish 10th this season – their equal highest placing in the PL era, despite losing their first 7 matches.

Huddersfield Town v Arsenal

* Huddersfield’s last victory at home over Arsenal came back in 1971 at their old Leeds Road ground.
* Huddersfield have won just 3 of their last 17 league matches, losing 9.
* They have also scored just 28 goals – only Swansea have netted fewer.
* Arsenal have lost all 7 of their PL away matches in 2018.
* This is Arsene Wenger’s 1235th game in charge of the Gunners.

Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Liverpool thrashed Brighton 1-5 at the Amex back in December.
* Liverpool need to avoid defeat to go through the whole season unbeaten at home.
* But they have won just one of their past 5 league matches, although they have only lost one as well.
* Brighton have won just 1 of their last 8 PL matches, losing 4.
* Brighton haven’t won in their last 12 away matches, losing 8. They have only scored 10 goals away from home all season.

Manchester United v Watford

* United won 2-4 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season.
* Manchester United are guaranteed to finish in second place – their highest placing since 2012/13 – Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge when they won the title.
* Watford’s won last time out against Newcastle was their first in 8 matches.
* Watford haven’t scored in any of their last 8 away matches.
* United have kept 18 clean sheets this season – a League high.

Newcastle United v Chelsea

* Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-0 in December. The Blues also beat the Magpies 3-1 in the FA Cup.
* Newcastle have lost their last 4 matches. They won the 4 before that.
* Chelsea are unbeaten in 6, winning 4 of those matches.
* Newcastle could finish 10th today, if they better Crystal Palace’s result. But if they lose and other results don’t go their way they could finish as low as 15th.
* If Eden Hazard scores, he will move up to third on Chelsea’s all-time PL top scorer list. He’s currently tied on 69 with Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink.

Southampton v Manchester City

* A 96th minute winner from Raheem Sterling secured all 3 points for City in the reverse fixture in November.
* Saints have won 2 of their last 3 matches to secure their PL status.
* A win for City will see them become the first top flight team in history to reach the 100-point mark.
* A win would be their 32nd of the season – which would be another English top-flight record, beating Spurs’ mark from 1960/61.
* Saints aren’t great at home – winning just 19 points at St Mary’s so far this season. Only West Brom have won fewer points on home turf.

Swansea City v Stoke City

* Stoke beat Swansea 2-1 in the reverse fixture.
* Swansea need to win, hope Southampton lose and have a 10-goal swing to them to stay up.
* Swansea’s main problem has been goals – they’ve got just 27 all season.
* Stoke haven’t won in 13 PL matches (6 defeats).
* Stoke also have the worst away record – just 1 win and 10 point won.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City

* Leicester beat Spurs 2-1 earlier in the season, thanks to goals from Vardy and Mahrez.
* Spurs are guaranteed a top-4 spot for the third time in four seasons – they haven’t had a run like that since the 1960s.
* Leicester have won 1 of their last 6 matches, losing 4.
* Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances at Wembley Stadium. He’s also scored 9 times against the Foxes.
* The last 0-0 draw between the sides was back in 1948.

West Ham United v Everton

* Everton thrashed the Hammers 4-0 at Goodison Park last November, with Wayne Rooney bagging a hat-trick.
* West Ham have lost 5 of their last 10 PL matches, winning just 2.
* Everton have won 4 of their last 10 PL matches, losing 3.
* West Ham have lost 10 games by a margin of 3 or more goals this season – no top flight side has lost more than that since West Brom in 1985/6.
* Everton have beaten West Ham 24 times in 43 PL matches. The Hammers have won on just 7 occasions.