Sport Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring

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

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere 'gutted, sad and devastated' at missing out on Euro 2012 and the rest of the season

The Football Association heard the news they were dreading last night as Arsene Wenger definitively ruled a "devastated" Jack Wilshere out of the European Championship. Wilshere has not played all season after an ankle surgery.

Miranda Hart and her Miranda co-star Sarah Hadland appear in a Sport Relief sketch which saw Hart mistaken for a male tennis professional

First Night: Sport Relief, BBC1

The night of light entertainment that never leaves a dry eye in the house

Scott Parker was sent off against Arsenal at the Emirates

Tottenham not worried 'one bit' by Arsenal revival insists Scott Parker

Scott Parker has declared faltering Tottenham are not worried "one bit" by Arsenal's recent resurgence.

Van Persie’s duff chip proves decisive as heroic Arsenal beat Milan 3-0 but still go out of Champions League

Wenger rage at referee as Arsenal fall just short

Arsenal 3 Milan 0 (Milan win 4-3 on aggregate)

Southampton prospect Luke Shaw playing for England U17s

Arsenal face a battle for Saints' £4m teen

Arsenal face intense competition to sign the Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, with Chelsea and Manchester City both now in the race for the 16-year-old who is rated as one of the best prospects in English football.

Stars of 2012: Luke Shaw, Football

Stars of 2012: On the brink of the big time

You may not know them now... but you will by the end of 2012 – 'The Independent' writers identify their sport's hottest prodigies

Mancini hails unsung hero Zabaleta

Roberto Mancini credited unsung hero Pablo Zabaleta with making the decisive contribution to Manchester City's crucial Premier League win over Arsenal yesterday.

Theo Walcott hopes new signings lift Arsenal

Theo Walcott insists he is not worried about the future at Arsenal.

Theo Walcott 'sure' Arsenal will make new signings

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is "sure" manager Arsene Wenger is on the verge of strengthening his squad.

Two jailed for burgling footballer Theo Walcott

Two burglars have been jailed for stealing £40,000 of property from the family home of the footballer Theo Walcott as he played in a Champions League game.

Arsenal's £12m Chamberlain so much more than a Walcott clone

Former Saint has familiar pedigree but will add bite rather than pace to Wenger's midfield

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott to undergo ankle scan

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed forward Theo Walcott has left the club's training camp in Germany to undergo a scan on a recurring ankle problem.

Arsene Wenger 'dizzy' at size of transfer fees

Arsene Wenger may be left "dizzy" by the current inflated prices of the transfer market, but may be left with no option other than take a cut-price deal for want-away Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and then stump up the cash for his targets.

Theo Walcott welcomes Gervinho impact at Arsenal

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott believes new team-mate Gervinho will prove to be "a breath of fresh air" for the Gunners.

Defoe's wrist injury compounds striker crisis for Capello

Fabio Capello's striker shortage for England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland a week on Saturday became more acute yesterday when Jermain Defoe became the latest player to pull out of the squad.

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