Theo Walcott celebrates after giving Arsenal the lead in their 3-1 win over West Ham

West Ham 1 Arsenal 3 match report: Theo Walcott calms Arsene Wenger fears as Arsenal come back to win

Cole gave Hammers the lead with Arsenal string a fourth-straight match without a win in the face before Walcott and Podolski sent them back to the top

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has praised the team for coming through Group F despite missing out on progressing as group winners

Napoli 2 Arsenal 0: Mathieu Flamini praises Gunners for coming through tough group and claims he has no preference they face in last 16

The gunners could have made life easier had they drawn in Naples and secured top spot in Group F but missed out after Borussia Dortmund secured a late win in Marseilles

Olivier Giroud will start for Arsenal against Everton

Arsenal v Everton: Olivier Giroud returns for the Gunners in place of Nicklas Bendtner

Frenchman has scored 10 goals for Arsene Wenger's team this season

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

Per Mertesacker would welcome 'reward' of new contract at Arsenal

The Germany international says he is beginning to feel settled at the Etihad

Points made: Olivier Giroud celebrates opening the scoring

Arsenal 2 Southampton 0 match report: Artur Boruc howler and Olivier Giroud double vision keeps title in focus for Arsenal

Arsenal striker takes advantage of showboating by Southampton goalkeeper Boruc to break deadlock and secures victory with a penalty that consolidates top spot

Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen vows to stay and fight for his place at Arsenal, despite transfer rumours linking the captain with an exit

The Belgian international has struggled to break into the side in 2013

Aaron Ramsey scores Arsenal's winner in Dortmund

Manchester United v Arsenal analysis: Aaron Ramsey revival at Arsenal fuelled by shedding the fear factor

Gunners midfielder had to dig deep to turn setbacks into salvation

Jack Wilshere dives in on Jonathan De Guzman during Arsenal's clash with Swansea

Unbeaten finish to last season has set Arsenal up for capitalising where their rivals have failed says Jack Wilshere

The Gunners have recovered from an opening day defeat to record nine straight wins in all competitions

Arsenal set to be boosted by the return of Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski in the coming weeks, confirms Arsene Wenger

The Gunners sit top of the Premier League table despite a lengthy injury list

Zinedine Zidane has claimed £86m for Gareth Bale is 'incomprehensible'

Transfer news: Zinedine Zidane claims £86m for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is 'incomprehensible' after Tottenham switch

Former world-record transfer Zidane believes the fee is too much for any player although he is looking forward to helping Bale develop to his full potential

Aaron Ramsey, left, celebrates his second goal
Luis Suarez has returned to the fold at Liverpool

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger concedes defeat in Arsenal's pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

But Gunners manager remains hopeful of new additions before the window closes

Yohan Cabaye

Transfer news: Newcastle reject Arsenal offer of £10m for midfielder Yohan Cabaye

3-1 defeat on Saturday has led to large areas of the fans calling for significant money to be spent on the squad but Cabaye will do little to calm the Gunners defensive crisis

Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal against Aston Villa

Transfer news: Arsenal must make signings before the window closes admits Olivier Giroud

26-year-old is the latest Gunner to speak out over the lack of signings this summer and wants to see new faces in the squad even if it impacts on his own first team chances

Arsène Wenger is unlikely to rush for signings in the next two weeks

Arsène Wenger moves to placate fans who call for end to era of Arsenal austerity

Gunners manager at pains to insist he would love to spend but is after quality signings

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