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German youngster seemingly very unlikely to join the north London club this January

Wenger calls for belief from Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has challenged his young Arsenal side to show they have the hunger for success by delivering victory against Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight.

Theo Walcott turns focus to Manchester United

Theo Walcott would love to show Barcelona just what Arsenal can do should they meet again in the Champions League next year - but knows Arsene Wenger's men must now concentrate on delivering a top performance at Old Trafford.

FA pay Liverpool compensation for Steven Gerrard injury

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Rio Ferdinand wants to see 'refocused' Wayne Rooney

Rio Ferdinand is hoping Wayne Rooney will recapture his best form for England and Manchester United.

Arsenal youngsters ready for England says Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott believes the experience already gained by Arsenal team-mates Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs mean they have an advantage over him in coming to terms with an England call-up.

Arsene Wenger wants 'common sense' in Robin van Persie row

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains common sense must prevail over Robin van Persie' club-versus-country row.

Vermaelen return put back again, manager admits

It slipped out so quickly that hardly anyone noticed, but afterwards the news began to sink in. Asked by a shareholder about the club's injury problems Arsène Wenger mentioned that, "I could not say when [Thomas] Vermaelen will play again".

Gibbs injury only short term

Arsenal have confirmed England defender Kieran Gibbs suffered only a minor foot injury during the 4-1 Carling Cup victory at Tottenham last night, and is set to be out of action for only the "short term".

Wenger: Wilshere made a mistake but is ready for action

Wayne Rooney is not the only footballer who has been on the news not the sports pages of late, but Arsène Wenger believes his young Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is fully focused on the job in hand, namely helping his side beat Bolton Wanderers at the Emirates today.

Wenger rues Theo Walcott injury blow

Arsenal have suffered mixed fortunes ahead of their clash against Bolton with the return of Samir Nasri soured by the loss of winger Theo Walcott for up to six weeks.

Fabio Capello hoping to shine under pressure

Fabio Capello is crossing his fingers that intense pressure will continue to bring out the best in him.

Wenger: hat-trick proves Walcott is a fast learner

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Walcott: David is still a professional and inspiration

Theo Walcott's potential is one of the reasons Fabio Capello has chosen to dispense with the services of David Beckham, but the Arsenal winger says he has enormous respect for the former England captain. Walcott, who made a successful return to the England side in the 2-1 victory over Hungary, described Beckham as "one of the perfect professionals" and said the former England captain had been in contact over the summer to help lift his spirits following his disappointment at being omitted by Capello from the World Cup squad.

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