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ARSENAL recorded a vital win in the West Midlands as they saw off Wolves thanks to strikes from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette. 

And David Ornstein has given a big update on the futures of Matteo Guendouzi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…

  • AUBA THE MOON

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang “loves it” at Arsenal, but the owners must offer him a contract “at the level he would expect” if they want to keep him, according to David Ornstein.

    Ornstein commented: “I think he's happy in London, he loves it at Arsenal but equally he'll want to win trophies, [that's] his expectation.

    “But the interest has to be there. It seems there's some from Inter Milan, Juventus. Others may come forward when the window's open.

    “I think if Arsenal offer him a contract at the level he would expect then he'll sign it, but that's a massive

    'if'.”

  • PART-ING COMPANY

    David Ornstein has dropped the biggest hint yet that the Gunners could trade Matteo Guendouzi for Thomas Partey.

    Although not mentioning the Atletico Madrid star by name, The Athletic journalist said the Gunners were keen to use Guendouzi in a “big swap” deal.

    Ornstein commented: “I think it looks like his [Guendouzi's] time at Arsenal is coming to an end.

    “Arsenal are offering him in exchange for players they'd like to come in in swap deal.

    “It doesn't need me to say but that story is true.

    “If they as a club think they could bring in money or a big swap deal then clearly that's something they've thought through and as things stand I think there's a good chance he'll be leaving.”

  • GOOD MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal kept their Champions League dream alive with a fine 2-0 win away at Wolves.

    Goals from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette sealed the result for Mikel Arteta’s men, who beat a team above them in the league away from home for the first time since 2015.

    Meanwhile, a delighted Saka claimed his goal against Wolves, coupled with a new contract, equalled “a week I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

    The teenage winger added: “I’m 18 and I only came from the academy this season. My dream is just to play for this club.

    “We knew how tough this game was going to be and we fought for every duel and that’s why we got over the line today.

    “We can see what the manager is building and we’re delighted to get a fourth win in a row. 

    “We all put in such a shift and this is what we’re improving on so much. Now it feels like we’re more together as a team.”

    Finally, Arteta hailed the win over Wolves as one of the best he’s had at Arsenal.

    He said: “This was one of the best results I’ve had as the Arsenal coach and it’s definitely a step forward.

    “Weeks ago it looked impossible for us to compete for a Champions League place and we know the fixtures we have in our next games are against Leicester, Tottenham and Liverpool.

    “But if we play at this level of intensity against any team we’ll make it hard for them.

    “The reason we’re still alive and can win against any team is because we enjoy to suffer together and if you do that in difficult moments then you get rewarded.”

  • ARTFUL DODGER

    Mikel Arteta admits he only started goalscorer Bukayo Saka against Wolves because Nicolas Pepe was unavailable at the last moment.

    He said: “I had a lot of doubts about what to do before the game so the moment we had a situation with Nico it was clear.

    “I was trying to find something for Nico and in that position he (Saka) struggled in the first-half.

    “But he scored a really good goal and what I really liked is that when things weren’t going for him he didn’t let his head go down and be disappointed. He kept trying and trying.

    “That was his first League goal and hopefully there will be many more to come.

    “He has the ability in the opponents’ box to produce an assist or to finish an action.

    “The move was really good and he was in the right spot at the right moment for a very important goal.”

  • BUKA-WOO

    Bukayo Saka claims his goal against Wolves coupled with a new contract equals “a week I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

    The teenage winger added: “I know where Kieran Tierney likes to cross it and anticipated that the ball would come to the edge of the box so I made sure I was there.

    “I knew the gaps would be at the far post and luckily it was a good finish and I managed to guide it in.

    “I’m 18 and I only came from the academy this season. My dream is just to play for this club.

    “We knew how tough this game was going to be and we fought for every duel and that’s why we got over the line today.

    “We can see what the manager is building and we’re delighted to get a fourth win in a row. 

    “We all put in such a shift and this is what we’re improving on so much. Now it feels like we’re more together as a team.”

  • ART OF WAR

    Mikel Arteta has hailed the win over Wolves as one of the best he’s had at Arsenal.

    He said: “This was one of the best results I’ve had as the Arsenal coach and it’s definitely a step forward.

    “Weeks ago it looked impossible for us to compete for a Champions League place and we know the fixtures we have in our next games are against Leicester, Tottenham and Liverpool.

    “But if we play at this level of intensity against any team we’ll make it hard for them.

    “The reason we’re still alive and can win against any team is because we enjoy to suffer together and if you do that in difficult moments then you get rewarded.

    “We all know we have the ability to hurt teams but at the moment we don’t have the ability to batter teams for 95 minutes.

    “When you’re not able to do that then you have to be able to compete as a team with all 11 players and five substitutes.

    “We know that we have no margin for error and we have to try to win every remaining game.”

  • ARSENAL VERDICT BY JOSHUA JONES

    Despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang yet to sort out his future and no major new signings, Arsenal may well have done their best bit of business this year already.

    Bukayo Saka signing a new long-term contract at the Emirates in the week is a bigger coup for his club than it is for the player himself.

    READ OUR ARSENAL VERDICT HERE.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS BY JOSHUA JONES

    Bukayo Saka was the toast of North London this evening as he helped the Gunners to a 2-0 win over Wolves.

    Alexandre Lacazette also scored after coming off the bench.

    But was Saka actually the best player on the pitch?

    And who was Arsenal's worst at Molineux?

    READ OUR ARSENAL PLAYER RATINGS HERE.

  • GAME OVER

    It's all done at Molineux and Arsenal are 2-0 winners over Wolves.

    Goals from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette set the Gunners on their way.

    READ SUNSPORT'S DETAILED MATCH REPORT HERE

  • GUNNER BE GOOD

    Not long to go here and the score remains 1-0 to Arsenal.

    Wolves will be desperate for at least a point to keep their Champions League dream alive.

    Can the Gunners hold on?

    FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG.

  • GOAL!

    Arsenal take a 1-0 lead moments before the half-time whistle at Wolves.

    Bukayo Saka scores a delightful goal to celebrate his new contract signed just days ago.

    FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG.

  • LITTLE NICKY

    Arsenal are without Nicolas Pepe against Wolves after his pregnant wife went into labour.

    The club announced the news on social media, writing: “Nicolas Pepe misses today's game due to personal reasons, as his wife has gone into labour.”

    Gooners on social media had questioned why the Ivorian star had not been put in the starting XI when it was announced earlier this afternoon.

    But congratulations poured in after the news was announced.

    It is believed to be the first child of Pepe and his wife, who are both devout Muslims.

  • FOLLOW THE GAME LIVE

    Kick-off is approaching fast at Molineux, Gunners fans.

    Nervous? Join us HERE for build-up and then live text commentary of a huge game in the European race.

  • WARY OF WOLVES

    Wolves' team to face Arsenal.

  • TEAM NEWS IS IN!

    Arsenal's team to face Wolves at Molineux this evening.

  • TWO HOURS TIL ARSENAL ARE XHAK

    Arsenal vs Wolves kicks off in little more than an hour.

  • WHAT A MES

    Mesut Ozil's stats do not make for good reading at Arsenal.

  • Morgan hit back: “Your tweets to me over the last 4 months: March: ‘STOP SCARE-MONGERING!’ April: ‘Sorry mate, you were right!’

    “May: ‘STOP CRITICISING THE GOVT!’ June: ‘The Govt’s a shambles!’ That’s what I call nonsense.”

    Cricketer-turned-conservationist Pietersen then fired: “I slap you when I see you! That won't be nonsense!”

    But the tweet was removed by Twitter for “violating rules against abuse and harassment”.

  • TAKING THE KP

    Kevin Pietersen Twitter was temporarily locked after he jokingly threatened to “slap” Arsenal fan Piers Morgan.

    The pair were involved in a social media spat as they discussed the reopening of pubs in England on Saturday morning.

    Morgan started the exchange by tweeting: “Reopening Britain's pubs on a sunny Saturday in July was dumb enough.

    “Letting them open from 6am is stupefyingly stupid. Does anyone at No10 have a brain? Or do they just want us all to die? Serious questions.

    KP replied: “Average age to die is around 80! Small % death rate. Stop your nonsense, fat boy!”

  • LUC WHO'S BACK

    Arsenal have teased Lucas Torreira's return ahead of their game at Wolves this afternoon.

  • MART MY WORDS

    Gabriel Martinelli had some positive words for Arsenal fans after signing a new contract with the club.

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta thinks the gulf between Arsenal and the Premier League teams above them is still very big.

    Speaking ahead of his team's trip to Wolves today, he said: “It looks like it's [the top two clear of the rest] at the moment and what happened in the table for the last two or three years suggests that.

    “But things change very quickly. Look how Liverpool have evolved in the last four or five years. Manchester United as well is looking really strong at the moment.

    “They are making a lot of good decisions. Leicester the same, Wolves with the season they are having.

    “It’s going to be a challenge but that gap has to be closed. For us, the margin that we have for improvement is still very, very big.”

  • IT'S VARCICAL – EXCLUSIVE!

    West Ham vice-chair and SunSport columnist Karren Brady wants VAR scrapped from the Premier League next season.

    She said: “VAR was brought in to reduce the number of innocent mistakes a referee makes during a game.

    “But in this strangest of football seasons, it is clear VAR has not corrected those mistakes.

    “It has made its own.

    “Because the ref on the pitch has simply been replaced by one in a box — and not the penalty box. One in a box in a remote location in Stockley Park.”

  • For Akpom Arsenal would receive 40 per cent of the fee if he moved to a British club, but only 30 per cent if he went elsewhere.

    While Frosinone would pay the Gunenrs 30 per cent of the fee if Campbell was sold back to the UK, but only 25 per cent if he went anywhere else.

    The clauses were not initially declared prompting an investigation which began in January.

    Fifa's disciplinary committee found Arsenal to be violating rules for entering into contracts that influenced other clubs, and also for failing to declare data in its Transfer Matching System.

    Fifa disciplinary committee member Thomas Hollerer wrote: “The committee considers that, by the mere existence of these clauses, Frosinone and PAOK FC are influenced by Arsenal in employment and transfer-related matters.

    “The committee considers that the relevant clauses undoubtedly grant Arsenal the ability to influence in employment and transfer-related matters the independence, policies and the performance of PAOK FC and Frosinone’s teams.”

  • PAIN IN THE ARSENAL

    Fifa have fined Arsenal £34,000 and warned them about their future conduct regarding transfers.

    It comes after an investigation into the sales of Chuba Akpom and Joel Campbell in 2018, undertaken by the Associated Press.

    Akpom was sold to Greek club PAOK, while Costa Rica forward Campbell joined Italian side Frosinone.

    But the North Londoners included variable sell-on clauses in their contracts which are prohibited.

    The contracts stated that if the clubs sold the players back to the UK, the Gunners would receive a bigger fee than if they offloaded them elsewhere…

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