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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

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

Sam Wallace: If Uefa is concerned with fair play it has to reduce Rooney's ban

Talking Football: Rooney's offence was silly but to ban him for 50 per cent of a tournament is disproportionate

Cesc Fabregas loss would be 'enormous' says Andrey Arshavin

Andrey Arshavin admits it would be an "enormous" loss for Arsenal to see captain Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leave, but insists focus must remain on ending the Gunners' trophy drought.

Clichy takes off as Emirates departure lounge fills

Gaël Clichy looks certain to join Manchester City tomorrow, in a move that could see the left-back become the first of several star players to leave Arsenal this summer. The Ivory Coast striker Gervinho will, however, arrive on the same day, from Lille.

Arsenal's title hopes end with loss at Stoke

Stoke 3 Arsenal 1

Djourou finds silver lining in Arsenal failure

Johan Djourou is one of few Arsenal players who will look back at this season as a success after putting his year-long injury nightmare behind him. Switzerland defender Djourou missed virtually the whole of last term and the World Cup after undergoing surgery on a serious knee problem.

Zenit St Petersburg would welcome return of Andrey Arshavin

Andrey Arshavin would be welcome back at Zenit St Petersburg if Arsenal decide to sell the striker, the Russian club have confirmed.

We don't need massive change, insists Wenger in defiant blast

Under-pressure Arsenal manager rules out summer spending spree or coaching reform / Frenchman will not give up on title race

Arsenal title hopes dented by lacklustre draw

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International round-up: Germany remain in cruise control

Five games, five wins, and only one goal against. Germany are cruising towards the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine next year.

Lee Dixon: Fabregas return is good, but Song is the one Arsenal will really miss

As if the task of taking on Barcelona in the Nou Camp were not hard enough, Arsenal have to do it with injury ruling out key players. It's a job and a half with a full squad, but with the injuries Arsenal have got it is going to be a lot more difficult.

Why is Alves chasing more money? Because he's worth it

The last coach to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp was Esteban Vigo of Hercules. Asked recently for his plan for shutting down the most prolific team in football, he touched on the question of man-marking Lionel Messi. "There is no point," he said. "You man-mark Messi, then you have to man-mark Xavi, and Villa and Iniesta and Pedro... and then Alves scores."

Arsenal frustrated by stubborn Sunderland

Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0

Birmingham's glory leaves Arsenal to face defining run

Arsenal 1 Birmingham City 2

Arsene Wenger says Stoke game is crucial to Arsenal

Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal's chances of winning the league for the first time in seven years could hinge on tonight's crucial game against Stoke.

Arsenal in second half comeback to beat Barcelona

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