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De Bruyne joined Chelsea for £7m with reports in Germany claiming Wolfsburg have spent £16.7m on the Belgian who has made just nine appearances for the Blues

Per Mertesacker celebrates after Arsenal's victory over Aston Villa

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The Gunners looked to be cruising until Christian Benteke pulled one back for the home side

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Pep Guardiola's side are becoming judged on how heavy a defeat they can inflict

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker celebrates the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace

Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal: Per Mertesacker says the Gunners are in confident mood ahead of Champions League tie

The Gunners lost 2-1 to the German side when they met at the Emirates

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Kevin de Bruyne forced to train with Chelsea Under-21s following poor performance

Jose Mourinho was infuriated with display in the Capital One Cup

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Player analysis: Mesut Ozil - the £42.5m record signing for Arsenal

A closer look at the Germany international who has been at Real Madrid for three years

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The leader of Germany’s new anti-eurozone party has called for a police clampdown on extreme left-wing groups after he and fellow party members were attacked with knives and pepper spray by masked activists chanting “Nazis out” at a weekend political rally.

The red and green Amplemä-nnchen signs began life in Communist East Germany but could be making a comeback elsewhere in the EU

Go ahead: Bring back East Germany’s little traffic light man, say researchers

Study suggests that pedestrians respond more quickly to icon of Communist era

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Former Wigan striker Franco Di Santo moves to Werder Bremen

The Argentina international was a free agent

World War II Veteran, Ian Hammerton, pictured at his home in Dartford, Kent (Picture: Jason Alden)

Normandy veterans speak: Ian Hammerton - ‘We just wanted to get off the beach quickly’

Lieutenant Ian Hammerton, 91, from Dartford, Kent, is one of a small band of surviving  D-Day officers. He was among the first to land at Juno Beach on 6 June 1944. He commanded five “flail” or “crab” tanks, belonging to the 22nd Dragoons, equipped with frontal booms and chains to detonate mines

Normandy Voices: Captain Ian Hammerton

Mr Hammerton was among the first to land at Juno Beach on 6 June 1944

Dortmund sign Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is joining Champions league finalists Borussia Dortmund from Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen.

Barcelona's head coach Tito Vilanova (R) talks to his players during a training session

Tito Vilanova pledges to carry on at Barcelona

The Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova, has vowed that he will still be in charge next season – as long as his health allows him to continue.

In his hands: Dietmar Machold had clients all over the world for his violins

The Great Stradivarius Fiddle

An expert on violins faces trial, charged with dealing in fake instruments

Marko Marin is to join Chelsea

Chelsea signing Marko Marin wants Roberto Di Matteo in charge

Chelsea new boy Marko Marin believes the London club is "the perfect fit" for him and hopes the man who recruited him, Roberto Di Matteo, is still the man in charge when he arrives.

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Public service workers in parts of Germany walked out on strike today in a dispute over pay.

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