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ARSENAL continue to await the return of the Premier League, but they are in danger of losing three players when the transfer window begins.
Contract talks with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have reportedly been scrapped, Dani Ceballos claims he has been told his future lies at Real Madrid and Fifa rules suggest Mesut Ozil would have grounds to cancel his contract if a pay cut is imposed on him.
Follow all the latest updates from North London below…
IT'S COMING HOME
Premier League football could be back on TV within weeks — in a major boost for bored Brits.
Boris Johnson has been briefed on plans for matches to be played behind closed doors and sees the resumption of live sport as key to boosting the morale of the nation after weeks of being shut inside.
Other football leagues, tennis, cricket and horse racing could also resume under detailed proposals to be thrashed out between ministers, Public Health England officials and sporting bodies.
Sport is considered one of the first activities that can return after the coronavirus lockdown as it is simple to control compared to reopening pubs, theatres or cinemas.
But first the Government would have to meet its five restart tests — including cutting death and infection rates.
And sports would have to meet a strict set of criteria, including being able to maintain social-distancing and keeping all involved safe from infection.
There would have to be regular testing of participants — paid for by clubs or the sport’s chiefs so as not to block frontline workers.
It is understood that some games could be aired on public platforms to stop people going round to pals’ homes if they were only available on Sky or BT Sport.
Dani Ceballos says he has been given assurances that his future lies with Real Madrid.
The 23-year-old, currently on loan at Arsenal from the La Liga barely featured in Zinedine Zidane's side last season.
This term the midfielder has been in impressive form for the Gunners and has quickly become a fan favourite.
Ceballos told DAZN: “When I was at Valdebebas (Madrid's training ground) two or three months ago, he (Zidane) told me he was following the Premier League, that he had seen me play and that he was happy I was getting the minutes I hadn't had previously.
“My relationship with him is healthy. He always told me I was like him; that I was a player who needed to play a lot of games in order to play at a high rhythm.
“He has always said that my future is at Real Madrid and that I should be patient because it's possible I'll have an opportunity.”
SIGHT FOR SOAR EYES
Cedric Soares hopes to secure a permanent move to Arsenal despite failing to play a single minute for the Gunners since joining them on loan.
The Portuguese international right-back arrived at the Emirates nursing a knee injury he suffered playing for Southampton the week before transfer deadline day.
SunSport says the delay in completing the season could yet give Soares the chance to make a contribution before his loan deal expires.
And he's keen to make an impression on Mikel Arteta as he looks to earn himself a long-term deal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be on his way out of the Emirates with the Gunners rumoured to have scrapped plans for new contract talks.
The Daily Star claim the Gunners are reluctant to sell their top scorer, but the club reportedly cannot afford to keep him.
Aubameyang, who earns £200,000-a-week, is rumoured to be pricing himself away from the North London side.
The Gabon international, who's one of Arsenal's top earners, is keen to play Champion's League football next season according to the Daily Mail.
Martin Keown reckons Arsene Wenger would have united the entire Arsenal squad to make a collective choice over taking coronavirus wage cuts.
Three Gunners stars including Mesut Ozil, who earns £350k-a-week, have reportedly declined the plan.
And the Metro claim this is due to concerns over how the money will be spent.
Keown told talkSPORT: ‘I’m going to suggest that he (Wenger) should still be at the club in some capacity, and I think if he had have been, these sorts of situations [he was] first class in dealing with.
“The message would have gone out very strongly to the players, I understand they want to know all the facts and the situation of the football club before they commit to large deferrals or wages they’re not going to receive, but by now the principle of why they’re doing it should have sunk in.”
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