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The 24-year-old looks capable of taking the league by storm, but his £42.5m move could set him up to join a famous list of expensive flops

Olivier Giroud scores his first goal for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger expects Arsenal summer signing Olivier Giroud to build on Capital One Cup goal against Coventry

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted striker Olivier Giroud had a weight lifted from his shoulders when he scored his first goal for the club against Coventry last night.

<b>Santi Cazorla</b><br/>
Having come highly recommended by goalkeeper Jose Reina, Liverpool will step up their efforts to sign winger Cazorla according to some reports. The Spanish international has been on Liverpool's radar for a while now, but the £28m release clause in his Villareal contract has proven a stumbling block. Yet it's thought that £18m could be enough to secure the services of the 26-year-old, who has 33 international caps.

Arsenal on verge of £16m swoop for Spain winger Santi Cazorla

Arsenal have moved to tie-up the future of Laurent Koscielny, and look set to further bolster the squad with a £16million coup for Spain winger Santi Cazorla.

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<b>Alan Dzagoev</b><br/>
Alan Dzagoev has been the surprise package in this tournament. The little Russain scored three goals in the first two games to put his team into a solid position to qualify for the knock-out stage. Unfortunately he was unable to conjure up another against Greece and Russia were knocked out. The 21-year-old seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time and his bright performances are sure to see his name thrown around the transfer rumour mill a lot this summer.

Tottenham in contact with Russian striker Alan Dzagoev claims agent

Alan Dzagoev may be on the move to Tottenham Hotspur after his father and agent Tariel Dzagoev reported that Spurs are in contact with the 22-year-old Russian from CSKA Moscow.

Alan Dzagoev heads Russia into the lead
Jakub Blaszczykowski scores Poland's equaliser

Captain's strike keeps Polish hopes alive

Poland 1 Russia 1

Is Bastian Schweinsteiger that much better than Steven Gerrard?

Kevin Garside: Only narrow thinking keeps England so dull

The Way I See It: The full-backs rip forward in support of inflexible wingers in a grim reprise of Seventies football dystopia

<p><strong>Vyacheslav Malafeev:</strong></p><p>  Dealt smartly with early Czech efforts, came off his line well and handleded confortably. Powerless to prevent Pilar’s goal.<strong> 6</strong></p>

Russia v Czech Republic player ratings

Man-for-man marking from the Euro 2012 match at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw

Russia head coach Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat says Russia could be Euro 2012 dark horses

Russia face the Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 Group A opener tonight with coach Dick Advocaat believing they are dark horses to win the tournament.

‘The first trophy is to finish in the top four and that is still possible for us’ Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must show character against Tottenham

Arsene Wenger maintains it would be "criminal" for Arsenal to just sit and feel sorry for themselves ahead of Sunday's north London derby against Tottenham at Emirates Stadium.

Van Persie says it is not for him to question Wenger

Robin van Persie rubbishes talk of rift with Arsene Wenger

Robin van Persie insists there is "no problem" or "conflict" at Arsenal despite his reaction to Arsene Wenger's substitution of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.

Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring the winner

Fans turn on Wenger as United strike late

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2

Andrei Arshavin was at fault for Manchester United’s winning goal

Welbeck has the legs to leave stretched Arsenal trailing

Ferguson's fresher squad expose all Wenger's limitations

Bobby Zamora punches the air afters coring a last-gasp winner against Arsenal at Craven Cottage last night

Zamora's late show ensures dramatic riposte for Fulham

Fulham 2 Arsenal 1

Arsenal's Vito Mannone came on to replace the injured Lukasz Fabianski and endured an uncomfortable night in goal

Defensive lapses prove costly for Arsenal in Greece

Olympiakos 3 Arsenal 1

Wayne Rooney is sent off for ‘assault’. His appeal over his three game ban will be heard this week by Uefa

Sam Wallace: It's only fair to reduce Rooney's ban

There is an element of those who classify themselves as supporters of the England team who are predisposed to taking a pleasure in the many and various disasters that befall our benighted national team. If they involve Wayne Rooney, well, so much the better.

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