ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE emerged from the bench to seal the winner for Arsenal against West Ham.
But off the pitch they appear further away than ever from a new deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang.
Yet, John Stones is wanted by the club to join from Manchester City – but only if the Gunners part with £50m.
Follow all the latest updates from the Emirates below…
Arsenal and Manchester City are monitoring Aston Villa’s 17-year-old sensation Jaden Philogene-Bidace, according to reports.
The Villans winger impressed for the club’s Under-18s side this season, scoring six goals in ten games, and has since been promoted to the Under-23s.
Philogene-Bidace has also trained with Dean Smith's first team, and is highly thought of at Villa Park.
However, his contract expires in the summer and Villa are yet to convince him that his future belongs in Birmingham.
That has opened the door for interest from other clubs who may look to land the teenager in the summer.
According to Football Insider, Arsenal are said to have joined the Citizens in registering the interest for the emerging talent.
BOY DON GOOD
Arsenal are reportedly looking to re-sign Donyell Malen for £48m, according to reports.
The Dutch international has been in sensational form for PSV this term, scoring 11 goals in 14 games this season.
And French outlet Le 10 Sport say the Gunners see Malen as a long-term replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been linked with a move away from north London in the summer.
The Dutchman spent two years at Arsenal between 2015 and 2017 but failed to break into the first team under Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman flogged Malen for just £500,000 – but the tricky attacker has gone from strength to strength since.
'I LOVE VAR!'
Arsenal profited from a VAR decision to overcome West Ham 1-0 in a tight encounter at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.
A lengthy delay after Lacazette scored to check an offside on Mesut Ozil left Gunners manager Mikel Arteta sweating on the decision.
But, when it went his way, it's fair to say Arteta was delighted.
“It was very long,” he told TalkSport. “When the goal was disallowed my staff came from the bench and said it was a goal.
“I am very pleased. Finally, it works, VAR works for us…I love VAR!”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was full of praise for Pablo Mari, who made his Premier League debut for the Gunners in their 1-0 win over West Ham.
The Spaniard showed he has the ability to be a leader in a side that's been crying out for a vocal presence in its defence.
Arteta said: “I think he was very good and in the first half he took a few moments to sort out what he needed to do.
“He's brave, he's willing, he's impressive without the ball and he has a presence.
“He is very vocal around his team even if he’s only been two days here, but he has that ability and that character. I’m really pleased with him.”
Arsenal are reportedly ready to meet Man City's transfer demands for John Stones, according to a new report.
TEAMtalk claim that the Premier League champions want to recoup the £50m transfer outlay they paid Everton for the England centre half.
Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham and Stones’ former side Everton have also been listed as registering an interest in the centre-back.
Arteta knows the 25-year-old well from his time as Pep Guardiola’s No 2 at City, but the move would prove a major U-turn for the Spaniard.
Back in January, Arteta told TalkSport: “John is a player I really liked and we followed him before we signed him when I was at City and I worked with him for many years and know him well.
“Obviously when I look at centre-backs he’s got many attributes I like from one, but we are not interested in him.”
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