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The Gunners are without eight first-team squad members ahead of their Champions League opener against Marseille

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British number one dropped just six games in straight sets win

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England and Reds captain has a specific training programme that allows him to recover properly and ensure he is 100% for each fixture

Arrival of Samuel Eto'o talked up by Chelsea captain John Terry

The striker has joined on a one-year deal

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Club-record signing could be thrown straight into the starting line-up having only trained with the Gunners for the first time today

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Gibson is yet to feature this term after suffering a knee injury in pre-season

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Two of Britain's biggeset gym chains today agreed to make their contracts clearer and give customers more rights to cancel their membership, after an investigation by the consumer watchdog the Office of Fair Trading.

A police fitness test has been labelled “unfit for purpose” because it discriminates against women and is geared towards overweight officers

‘Like a meat market’ – police fitness test for new recruits attacked for being sexist

Female officers were nine times as likely to fail test as men, and were wolf-whistled at

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