ARSENAL will not play again in the Premier League until at least May after Premier League extended its coronavirus suspension by four weeks.
But the Gunners have revealed plans to help deal with the crisis, including donating money to charity and helping out the youngsters in the local area.
Meanwhile, Dayot Upamecano has told RB Leipzig that he wishes to leave when the transfer window reopens in a huge boost for the North Londoners.
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TAKING THE MKH
Roma loanee Henrikh Mkhitaryan has claimed that his side are playing “better football” than his parent club were during his time in North London.
The Armenian, borrowed by the Serie A side this season, has enjoyed his season in Italy, scoring six goals in 13 appearances in his new league.
And he told The Times: ” When I was at Arsenal, I had different things asked from me by the coach, people were expecting different things from here.
“The philosophy of Emery was different from Fonseca, but here I’m feeling much better because we’re playing better football and I think it matched me.
“I prefer Fonseca’s football because we’re playing very offensively, we’re trying to have the ball all the time here and of course I like this kind of game.”
Arsenal are interested in signing Chris Smalling from Manchester United, according to reports.
The 30-year-old has played well on loan at Roma this season, making 21 appearances in Serie A.
And according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, the Gunners have already made a bid for the defender.
PAY DAY DELAY?
The PFA want urgent talks with the Premier League and Football League — as stars expect to be asked to defer wages.
Some top-flight clubs have been in talks with the PFA over whether it would be acceptable to delay a portion of wages until the crisis ends.
This would improve the cash flow of some teams with all players set to get their money.
The PFA have warned clubs they would fight tooth and nail over any pay cut and they have now called for formal talks between themselves, the Premier League and EFL.
In a statement, the PFA — run by union chief Gordon Taylor — said: “As with other industries, the current Covid-19 crisis is having a severe impact on the game’s finances.
“Several clubs have already approached players with a view to imposing pay deferrals.
“In order to deal with this situation, we have called for an urgent meeting with the Premier League and the English Football League to discuss how we might proceed.”
AL MY FAULT
Ex-Arsenal star Alexander Hleb has admitted that he is to blame for failing at Barcelona.
The Belarusian arrived at the Camp Nou in 2008 after leaving the Emirates, but things didn't quite work out for him in SPain.
He said: ” It was entirely my fault, not [Pep] Guardiola’s. He did everything possible for me to help me adapt to the country and the club quickly and to learn the language. I acted like an idiot. The group was really good.
“I had a great career. I made a few mistakes but I keep the good memories from all the clubs.
“Barcelona was the best club in the world and I was very happy at Arsenal.”
TIE HIM DAN
Arsenal are confident they can extend Dani Ceballos' deal if coronavirus sees the Premier League season extended beyond June 30.
The Spaniard is on loan from Real Madrid and is set to return at the end of this campaign.
But after coronavirus saw the season suspended until April 30 – with many expecting the football blackout to continue after that date – Ceballos' future was cast into doubt.
However, senior Arsenal figures are not concerned by the situation and are confident Real Madrid will not block an extension, according to the <a href="https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-agree-dani-ceballos-loan-loan-extension-real-madrid-a4397071.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitterechobox=1585133004″>Standard.
There is said to be no option-to-buy clause in the deal with the 23-year-old keen to break into Los Blancos' first XI.
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