Arsenal news and transfers LIVE: James Ward-Prowse warning, Nketiah contract, Martinez lawsuit

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The transfer window continues to rumble on and the Gunners continue to be linked with a plethora of names. Last summer Arsenal spent over £140m on new signings and an equally busy window this time around.

Mikel Arteta is preparing for the return of European football next season and strengthening all areas of his squad is a must. Today we will have updates on the pursuit of Fabio Vieira and Lisandro Martinez as well as the latest news on the pursuit of Raphinha.

With that in mind, sit back and let football.london keep you up to date with the latest news from the Emirates.

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Guardiola reassures

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola may have already reassured Eddie Nketiah that he will play regularly at Arsenal next season.

Read how HERE.

Pep Guardiola has already explained why Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus can play together at Arsenal. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) (Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Raphinha Preference

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona aren’t very worried about Raphinha joining another club.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with the Brazil international lately.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Leeds winger Raphinha. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

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Nketiah puts the work into it!

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Arsenal projects

According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal are planning to spend £70m next week on deals for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.

The Gunners have already agreed a deal to sign Portuguese playmaker Fabio Vieira, football.london understand.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

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Ward-Prowse Tips

Paul Merson has told Arsenal to try to sign Southampton star James Ward-Prowse before he is taken by someone else.

Writing in his Daily Star column, Merson said: “Arsenal cannot allow West Ham to buy James Ward-Prowse.

“I think he’s a great signing for whoever gets him. I think he’s one of the best ball passers in England. He and Trent Alexander-Arnold see things that few other English players see do and they can spray it on the pitch because they have such a good range of passes.

“I don’t understand why Arsenal aren’t going all out to try and get James Ward-Prowse out of Southampton.”

Arsenal have been asked to sign James Ward-Prowse this summer. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Asensio move?

According to Sport, Arsenal are ‘determined’ to sign Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio this summer.

The report claims manager Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the Spain international and wants to bring him to the Emirates Stadium in the coming months.

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio (Photo by Mateusz Porzucek/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images) (Image: Mateusz Porzucek/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

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Louie Chandler

Priority Lisandro Martinez

Arsenal are set to prioritize a move for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez this summer after a bid for the Argentina international was rejected, according to The Athletic.

The Gunners are targeting moves for Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha, Youri Tielemans and Martinez after agreeing a deal with FC Porto playmaker Fabio Vieira.

PAMPLONA, SPAIN – JUNE 05: Argentina’s Lisandro Martinez attends the International Friendly match between Argentina and Estonia at Estadio El Sadar on June 05, 2022 in Pamplona, ​​Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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Fabio Vieira comes out of the silence

Fabio Vieira has spoken for the first time after reports emerged that the Porto midfielder is set to join Arsenal this summer, in an interview with The Mirror.

Fabio Vieira is closing in on a move to Arsenal this summer. (Photo by Diogo Cardoso/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

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Raphinha Incentive

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has urged the Gunners to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha this summer.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Wilshere said: “For someone who has only been in England for two years, he has a lot of experience.

“He came to England and clicked straight away. He was in a relegation battle last year so he knows he’s ready to fight.”

“I think he would be a good [signing] for Arsenal. It will be expensive, of course it will be.”

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Raphinha of Leeds celebrates scoring the first goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Brentford and Leeds United at Brentford Community Stadium on May 22, 2022 in Brentford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

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