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

Mexican Vela cleared to play after swine flu fear

A swine flu scare has hit Arsenal's preparations ahead of tonight's Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester United.

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How can it be 'our game' when top owners, players and coaches come from abroad?

Benitez failed by the players he trusted most

Untimely errors by Aurelio and Arbeloa show weight of pressure at Anfield

I will not tail off like Baptista, says four-goal hero Arshavin

Historical precedent weighs heavy on Andrei Arshavin who said yesterday that he did not want his career to follow the same downward curve as Julio Baptista, the last Arsenal player to score four goals at Anfield. The Russian international, who scored all Arsenal's goals in the 4-4 draw on Tuesday, said that his best is yet to come when he finally gets a pre-season for his new club.

Arsenal set for decisive input on title

After scoring all four goals for Arsenal in the team's 4-4 draw at Liverpool, Andrei Arshavin could end up being the deciding factor in which team wins the Premier League.

Wenger targets cup double

Arsene Wenger has all but conceded any possibility of the Premier League title but still believes the team have a realistic chance of silverware in the Champions League and FA Cup.

International Round-up: Pavlyuchenko paves the way for Russia

Roman Pavlyuchenko, who is struggling to establish himself as a regular in Tottenham's starting line-up, scored one goal and laid on the other as Russia strengthened their challenge for a place in the World Cup finals with a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan in Moscow.

Diaby's killer punch floors Newcastle

Newcastle United 1 Arsenal 3

Artful Arshavin off the mark as Gunners find their range

Arsenal 4 Blackburn Rovers 0

Rampaging Bendtner leaves Albion reeling

West Bromwich Albion 1 Arsenal 3

Gazidis predicts 'bright' Arsenal future

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis maintains the board will continue to back manager Arsene Wenger in the transfer market.

Arsenal announce financial figures

Arsenal remain confident their Highbury Square development can ride out the current uncertain economic climate, with the group's property business recording a pre-tax profit of £4.9m in half-yearly results published this morning.

Bendtner in firing line over striking failure

Amid the relief of victory, the strong displays from a series of players and the absurdity of Kolo Touré's caution for being late for the second half, there was a familiar complaint following Arsenal's Champions League victory over Roma: the failure of Nicklas Bendtner to prove again that he is as good a striker as he thinks he is.

Wenger loses the knowledge

You don’t hear the old mantra quite so often these days “Arsène knows.” And so he does. The trouble is that everyone else seems to have decided they know better.

Arsenal fans must see trophies, insists Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor insists he does not care if he fails to score another goal this season as long as Arsenal win something. The Gunners have not lifted a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup final win over Manchester United and with the Premier League title apparently out of sight, they have designs on both the FA Cup and the Champions League this year.

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