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Latest Arsenal transfer rumours: Gunners make Mari decision, £42m Partey move, Grillitsch battle

Arsenal’s hopes of securing Champions League football now hang by a thread after their shock Europa League exit to Olympiacos on Thursday evening.

Holding a one-goal lead from the first leg, the Gunners looked in a prime position to get the job done and seal their passage to the round-of-16.

But the Gunners were left stunned by their Greek opponents, who netted a 119th minute winner to win 2-1 on the night and progress on the away-goals rule after the overall tie ended 2-2.

Now, Arsenal’s only hope of gaining Champions League football next season is by finishing this season inside the Premier League’s Champions League spots – a task that is a lot easier said than done.

With the FA Cup now remaining as the Gunners’ only trophy hope left this season, a big summer of change beckons for head coach Mikel Arteta, as he will look to try and stamp his own authority on the squad he inherited from Unai Emery.

With that in mind, here is a round-up of the day’s very latest Arsenal transfer news.

Gunners plan to keep Mari

Sports Mole are reporting that Arsenal have informed Brazilian club Flamengo that they intend to sign on-loan centre-back Pablo Mari on a permanent basis this summer.

Mari, 26, is yet to play for the club since his arrival last month.

Despite that, Arsenal have plans to keep hold of the former Manchester City man, who will now be limited to even less opportunities following the Gunners’ Europa League exit.

It is reported that Arsenal have already met with Flamengo bosses regarding the formalities of a £13.68million deal being made official this summer.

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Arteta ready to swoop for Partey

Arsenal chief Arteta is ready to meet the £42million buy-out clause in the contract of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey in an attempt to bring him to the Emirates Stadium this summer, report the Mail.

It is no secret that Arsenal are in need of a major overhaul this summer, with the midfield area likely to be one of the most important positions that needs bolstering.

And Partey would most certainly do that, with the Ghana international being renowned for his tough-tackling and ability to buzz around the midfield area.

It is reported that the Gunners have already made contact with the midfielder’s representatives about a summer move.

Gunners face battle for Grillitsch

Arsenal are one of three Premier League clubs set to battle it out to land Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch this summer, according to Sportslens.

The Austrian international, who has delivered a string of fine performances in the Bundesliga this season, is a target for Arsenal, Newcastle United and Southampton.

The 24-year-old is a defensive-minded midfield player, who looks to break up play and set up attacks.

This season, he has chipped in with one goal and claimed three assists.