Bergkamp says Ek Arsenal takeover STILL alive, new home shirt LEAKED, Odegaard Real Madrid LATEST, Berge for £17.2m

DENNIS BERGKAMP has told Arsenal fans Daniel Ek is STILL interested in buying the club off Stan Kroenke.

Elsewhere, the Gunners will have a better chance of signing Eduardo Camavinga than any other club if they make a serious bid, according to reports.

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The Rennes star, who is also target for Real Madrid, is said to be high on the Gunners' radar this summer.

And Arsenal were celebrating another three points in the Premier League as Nicolas Pepe netted a brace in a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

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  • Marc Mayo

    LJUN TO WATCH

    Nicolas Pepe’s starring role against Crystal Palace last night came as no surprise to Freddie Ljungberg.

    The former Arsenal coach and caretaker manager recalled to BT Sport how often the winger would perform so well in training.

    He noted: “I like him. He's awkward to play against. Has good speed. One against one he's very, very good

    “This [his goal] is what I saw in training every day and it's what you want to see in every game.

    “Of course there's other parts of his game he needs to learn but if you can put him in these situations he's lethal all the time.”

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  • Marc Mayo

    TOP DOIG

    Hibernian youngster Josh Doig has been likened to Arsenal star Kieran Tierney by former Gunners goalkeeper Matt Macey.

    Brighton are strongly linked with the 19-year-old defender, who has been tipped to follow in his countryman’s footsteps and impress in the Premier League.

    Macey said: “For me [comparisons to Tierney] are absolutely not unrealistic for Josh, he can go as far as he wants.

    “He’s coming up to a big moment in his career, he has obviously had a lot of big moments already in terms of his age and making that breakthrough.

    “He’s very level headed and he’ll take it in his stride. For me he can go right to the top. I have seen a lot of young players at Arsenal and he would be right up there, for sure.

    “Kieran and Josh obviously play the same position and I can see the similarities in their playing style. Josh is maybe a little bit younger than when KT made his move to Arsenal, but he can go on and do well.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SAKA CONCERN

    Martin Keown was concerned that Bukayo Saka had picked up a knock after being substituted last night.

    In the 64th minute, Mikel Arteta replaced the England star to leave the ex-player and pundit confused on BT Sport.

    He said: “One assumes that Saka must have an injury, or some sort of a problem.”

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  • Marc Mayo

    ROMAN EMPEROR

    Roman Abramovich has reportedly told Chelsea not to make the same ‘mistake’ as Arsenal and Tottenham.

    The Blues owner is said by the Telegraph to be worried by the prospect of his side celebrating merely qualifying for the Champions League, as they do in North London.

    And Abramovich is hoping to turn Thomas Tuchel’s third-placed team into a title-winning force next season.

  • Marc Mayo

    PEP’D UP 

    Mikel Arteta heaped praise on Nicolas Pepe after his two-goal performance at Selhurst Park.

    The boss said: “It’s my feeling and it’s everybody’s feeling in the coaching staff, and his own feeling that he’s come a long way this season.”

    “He hasn’t had the consistency sometimes in the gametime, but I think in Europe he’s been terrific and in the Premier League he’s started to show much more what he’s like, and he’s very hungry.

    “I think he’s changed a lot in his mentality and his willingness to do much more.”

  • Marc Mayo

    BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT

    Arsenal are reportedly in the hunt for Real Betis full-back Emerson Royal.

    The 22-year-old is coming to the end of a two-year spell with the club, who have an agreement with Barcelona for a £5million summer switch.

    But, should the Brazilian not want to play second fiddle to Sergino Dest at the Camp Nou, Sport name a number of clubs chasing his signature.

    Arsenal, Everton, Villarreal, AC Milan and more are said to be monitoring the situation, with the Gunners potentially seeking a replacement for Hector Bellerin.

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  • Marc Mayo

    CONTE’S COMMANDS

    Antonio Conte will set out his demands for the summer in a meeting with Inter Milan club president Steven Zhang today.

    Romelu Lukaku, Nico Barella and Lautaro Martinez are the players he will describe as indispensable, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    That could spark a bidding war for Achraf Hakimi, who has interested Chelsea and Arsenal in recent months, amid the club’s financial woe.

  • Marc Mayo

    I’LL BE XHAK

    Granit Xhaka has outlined his intention to play for Arsenal next season.

    The midfielder’s contract runs for another two years and he wants to see it out despite Mikel Arteta planning to cash in on several players this summer.

    He told RP Online: “There are always rumours at the end of the season, that’s for sure.

    “But I still have a two-year contract in London and I am very happy with my family here.

    “First of all, I’m looking at a successful Euro 2020 with the national team.”

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  • Marc Mayo

    HELLO JOE

    Newcastle fans made their wish clear after another goalscoring performance from Arsenal loanee Joe Willock.

    Now the youngest player to net in six consecutive Premier League matches, the midfielder was met with chants of 'Joe Willock, we want you to stay'.

    And Willock did not dismiss the notion when quizzed by Sky Sports following the Toon's win over Sheffield United.

    He said: "I'm not sure. I need need to have a conversation and see what the best move for me is.

    "I've made friends for life and made a really big connection with the fans.

    "It's one of my options and I am going to consider it."

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  • Marc Mayo

    MART TO ART

    Gabriel Martinelli has admitted to being frustrated by Mikel Arteta's team selection.

    After scoring the win at Crystal Palace, the striker opened up on regularly being left out of the starting XI.

    He told BT Sport: "I am always ready. When Mikel needs me, I will be there and come on and score a goal.

    "It's not easy [not starting] but as I said I am always ready when Mikel needs me I will be there."

  • Marc Mayo

    RISE AND SHINE

    How good a feeling is it after this performance?

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal kept their Europa Conference League qualification hopes alive following a dramatic 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

    Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring five minutes before half-time and Christian Benteke equalised in the second half.

    It looked like the Gunners were going to drop some more Premier League points, but Gabriel Martinelli put them back ahead in the first minute of stoppage time before Pepe sealed the win for the visitors soon after.

    The north Londoners have endured a difficult season, which saw fans clashing with majority shareholder Stan Kroenke following the European Super League fiasco.

    That led to Spotify co-owner Daniel Ek making a bid to buy the club with the support of Invincible legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.

    But Ek stated recently that Arsenal’s hierarchy have turned down his initial offer.

    He said: “Inaccurate reports emerged today saying I have not made a bid for Arsenal football club.

    “I think it’s important to correct the record. This week, an offer was made to both [Director] Josh Kroenke and their bankers that included fan ownership, representation at the board and a golden share for the supporters.

    “They replied that they don’t need the money. I respect their decision but remain interested and available should that situation ever change.”

    Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is already looking ahead for next season and is considering some transfer options.

    Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga is among his top targets, but the Gunners have "no chance" of signing him in the summer transfer window.

    That is according to The Athletic as Camavinga has been linked with a host of Europe's top hitters, such as Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    The midfielder has impressed in Ligue 1 this season and Arteta sees him as the perfect partner for Thomas Partey at centre-half.

    However, it seems like the 18-year-old Frenchman may be heading somewhere else.

    Sheffield United star Sander Berge is also another target and the north Londoners have reportedly made an initial £17.2million bid for the midfielder.

    Arsenal have joined Liverpool and Tottenham in the bidding war over Berge, who has stood out at Bramall Lane ever since his move from Genk last year.

    The 23-year-old may also be keen to move to the Emirates if his Norway team-mate Martin Odegaard stays put in the summer.

    Berge appears to be leaning towards Arsenal over the Reds and north London rivals Spurs.

  • Kostas Lianos

    ODE TO ROY

    Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson coached his very last Premier League match at Selhurst Park as he will be leaving top-flight football at the end of the season.

    Hodgson saw Palace lose 3-1 to Arsenal following two late goals on stoppage time by Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe.

    However, the 73-year-old took the mic after full-time and shared some emotional words with the home crowd one last time.

    Here's what he had to say:

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARTETA REACTS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had a few words to say after the Gunners' dramatic 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

    Arteta said: "It was a crucial moment for us because we wanted to go into the final day with every chance of going into Europe.

    "If somebody told us in November, December that we would have the chance to qualify for Europe in the last game, I would have said 'you are crazy'.

    "It was touching just being in the dressing room before, listening to them [fans] singing creating an atmosphere. I'm sure they [Arsenal fans] will turn up, support the team and we need to create again that strong connection with the fans"

  • Kostas Lianos

    WINNING GOALS

    Here's how Arsenal beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

    Gabriel Martinelli put the Gunners ahead after one minute of stoppage time.

    Nicolas Pepe then completed a brace to seal an important victory for the Gunners.

    Here's how it went down:

  • Kostas Lianos

    FT: CRYSTAL PALACE 1-3 ARSENAL

    Arsenal came back during stoppage time to beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park.

    Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring after 35 minutes before Christian Benteke levelled things up in the second half.

    The Gunners looked set to drop some more points but came back at the death with Gabriel Martinelli before Pepe sealed the win.

  • Kostas Lianos

    CRYSTAL PALACE 1-1 ARSENAL

    Crystal Palace have equalised with Christian Benteke after 62 minutes.

    Benteke headed the ball to the back of Bernd Leno's net after picking up a cross from Andros Townsend from a set piece.

    VAR had a look at it and it stands.

    All level at Selhurst Park!

  • Kostas Lianos

    NIC OF TIME

    This is how Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring for Arsenal against Crystal Palace on 35 minutes.

    Pepe picked up a cross from Bukayo Saka following a lovely one-two between the latter and Kieran Tierney.

    Arsenal still lead 1-0 at Selhurst Park.

    Here's how they opened the scoring:

  • Kostas Lianos

    CRYSTAL PALACE 0-1 ARSENAL

    Arsenal have opened the scoring with Nicolas Pepe just 10 minutes before half-time.

    Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney play some neat, one-touch football down the left flank before former launches a cross into the Palace box.

    Pepe is there and beats Vicente Guaita with a lovely finish.

    The Gunners really need a win as they target a last-gasp qualification to Europe

  • Kostas Lianos

    REGUI-GOAL

    Tottenham ace Sergio Reguilon may have scored the best own goal of the season.

    Reguilon accidentally slashed a cross from Marvellous Nakamba past Hugo Lloris from about 16 yards out.

    Spurs are currently 2-1 behind even though Steven Bergwijn gave them the lead.

    Ollie Watkins put Villa ahead soon after the own goal

  • Kostas Lianos

    CRYSTAL PALACE 0-0 ARSENAL

    Arsenal's clash with Crystal Palace has kicked off at Selhurst Park.

    Departing Palace manager Roy Hodson has opted for a 4-3-3 formation whereas Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has gone for a 4-2-3-1.

     

  • Kostas Lianos

    T-EK-OVER UPDATE

    Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek stated that Arsenal's hierarchy have turned down his bid to buy the club.

    Ek said: "Inaccurate reports emerged today saying I have not made a bid for Arsenal football club.

    "I think it's important to correct the record. This week, an offer was made to both [Director] Josh Kroenke and their bankers that included fan ownership, representation at the board and a golden share for the supporters.

    "They replied that they don't need the money. I respect their decision but remain interested and available should that situation ever change"

  • Kostas Lianos

    CRYSTAL PALACE VS ARSENAL TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has made two changes, after Wednesday's 1-0 win over Chelsea, for tonight's clash with Crystal Palace.

    Pablo Mari and Martin Odegaard drop to the bench, with Calum Chambers and Nicolas Pepe back respectively.

    Departing Palace manager Roy Hodgson has also made two changes from the 3-2 win against Aston Villa.

    Vicente Guaita is back in goal replacing Jack Butland, while the injured Eberechi Eze drops out and is replaced by James Tomkins

  • Kostas Lianos

    ROYAL UPDATE

    Arsenal are favourites to sign Real Betis loanee Emerson Royal from Barcelona in the summer.

    According to Diario Sport, Emerson will return to Barca at the end of the season but is not guaranteed first-team football.

    That could lead him him to the Premier League as the Gunners see him as the perfect replacement for Hector Bellerin, who appears keen to look for new challenges in his career.

    But the north Londoners could face some stiff competition from Everton, who are also eyeing the Brazil international

  • Kostas Lianos

    LIVING LEGEND

    Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has been inducted in the Premier League Hall of Fame.

    Bergkamp joins famous team-mate Thierry Henry and Newcastle great Alan Shearer, who were the first two inductees.

    The striker also takes his place next to Frank Lampard, Eric Cantona and Roy Keane.

    The Premier League prepared a short compilation for the Dutch great:

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