Arsenal have slammed FOUR of their players after they breached coronavirus lockdown rules. David Luiz, Granit Xhaka, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette are all said to have broken the guidelines set by the Government – and by the Gunners themselves. The North Londoners confirmed to Sky Sports all players had been spoken to about their behaviour. Pepe was filmed enjoying a kickabout with mates in a park, while Xhaka and Luiz met up in Southgate. Lacazette was snapped talking to a car valeter on his driveway. Hopes the club might sneak into the Champions League off the back of Uefa’s coefficient ranking were dashed on Thursday.
Arsenal are fourth in the table according to European football’s accumulative points system earned over the past five years. But Uefa have confirmed that “sporting merit” must be used to determine qualifiers if the season cannot be completed – meaning a points-per-game tally or play-off. In the world of transfers, one man unlikely to arrive at Emirates Stadium is Eduardo Camavinga. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is reportedly pushing through his side’s bid for the 17-year-old Rennes prodigy. Arsenal can nonetheless count on Pablo Mari’s services next season though, if they complete a £10million deal for the loanee centre-back that The Athletic report as likely.
Mesut Ozil could have grounds to cancel his Arsenal contract if they impose a pay cut without his consent. As reported by the Daily Star, article 14 of Fifa’s ’Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players’ states: “A contract may be terminated by either party without consequences of any kind (either payment of compensation or imposition of sporting sanctions) where there is just cause. “Any abusive conduct of a party aiming at forcing the counter-party to terminate or change the terms of the contract shall entitle the counter-party (a player or a club) to terminate the contract with just cause.” Mesut Ozil’s Erkut Sogut has already warned Arsenal that the legality of any pay cut on his client may be questionable.
Thomas Partey has dealt Arsenal a blow by distancing himself from comments made from his father about leaving Atletico Madrid. The Ghana midfielder’s dad Jacob had said Arsenal were in talks with Atletico over a move for the 26-year-old.