Here are your Arsenal evening headlines for Wednesday, February 24
Arsenal’s full-back options
Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey remains a long-term target for Arsenal, report the Mirror, with the future of Hector Bellerin remaining uncertain.
Bellerin’s Arsenal career could be approaching a crossroads this summer with the 26-year-old holding two years on his contract but with long-standing interest from former club Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG came close to signing the Spain international last summer but Bellerin was persuaded to stay in north London however is now evaluating his options once again with Arsenal set to miss out on Champions League football.
Lamptey has emerged as one of the most promising attacking full-backs in the Premier League following his switch to Brighton from Chelsea but signed a new long-term contract at the Amex in January.
Partey’s on the plane
Thomas Partey has travelled with the Arsenal squad to Athens for their Europa League round of 32 second leg clash against Benfica, football.london understands.
The Ghanaian midfielder has missed Arsenal’s last three games due to suffering a muscular injury during the defeat to Aston Villa on February 6.
The 27-year-old has taken part in one training session ahead of the second leg in Athens on Thursday, which is the Gunners’ ‘home’ leg with the match being played in Greece due to coronavirus restrictions.
Meanwhile, Rob Holding won’t feature against the Portuguese side due to concussion.
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New deal for Azeez
Arsenal are set to hand highly-rated starlet Miguel Azeez a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium, according to reports.
The 18-year-old is tipped by many to become the latest Hale End academy graduate to break their way into the first-team, in the wake of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe becoming regulars.
Azeez made his debut for the club as a late substitute in December’s Europa League victory over Dundalk but his future has been hanging in the balance with his current deal expiring at the end of this season.
However, the Sun reports that Arsenal are negotiating a long-term deal that will tie up the teenager’s future at the club.