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

Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring

Transfer news: Arsenal make £24.7m bid for Schalke star Julian Draxler - reports

Gunners reportedly make 'take it or leave it' bid

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Sport on TV: Rednall rolls out the portable carpet for the ladies

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Luis Aragones pictured after victory at Euro 2008

Luis Aragones, who led Spain to Euro 2008 victory, announces retirement

The manager had not worked in four years anyway

Didier Deschamps' France side face a tricky first leg in Ukraine

World Cup play-offs: Romania seek to spark national revival in Brazil

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(L-R) Bacary Sagna, Linford Christie, Thierry Henry and Olivier Giroud pictured together with Henry wearing a Puma-branded Arsenal kit

Has Linford Christie jumped the gun on this one? Former Olympic 100m champion tweets picture of Thierry Henry in a Puma Arsenal kit

But is it the official 2013-14 strip when the suppliers replace Nike in a Premier League record deal?

Mesut Ozil and Robert Pires have a chat during Arsenal training

Robert Pires back training with Arsenal, but could the 'Invincible' be set for a dramatic return to the Emirates?

The 39-year-old has been pictured training alongside Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker at Arsenal's London Colney training base

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud reveals Bayern Munich move

Frenchman almost signed for Bundesliga champions before move to the Emirates

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Five things Barcelona must do to recapture former glories following Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich

The once untouchable side were humiliated by Bayern Munich with a 7-0 aggregate Champions League semi-final defeat

Dennis Bergkamp during his time with Arsenal

Arsenal to honour Dennis Bergkamp with statue

Dutch legend to join statues of Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry outside Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere urged to join Barcelona by Dani Alves

Dani Alves says says the England midfielder can hit the heights of Xavi and Andre Iniesta

Jack Wilshere celebrates after eventually putting Arsenal ahead

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill wary of in-form Jack Wilshere ahead of Arsenal visit

The Gunners travel to Wearside this weekend

Michu celebrates scoring against Arsenal in the FA Cup

FA Cup replay: Arsenal v Swansea match preview

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David Villa

Barcelona tell Arsenal: David Villa's not for sale

Gunners must now turn their attention elsewhere with Adrian Lopez and Fernando Llorente possible options

Wenger:

Arsene Wenger hampered by Arsenal fans' clamour to see 'next Lionel Messi'

Arsenal manager admits he was not aware of Michu

Theo Walcott scores the first of his three goals

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain backs Theo Walcott to lead the line for Arsenal

Contract rebel has got his wish of playing in a central striking role

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