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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

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Gunners reportedly make 'take it or leave it' bid

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud reveals Bayern Munich move

Frenchman almost signed for Bundesliga champions before move to the Emirates

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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

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

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

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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

A look ahead to tonight's FA Cup Third Round replay at the Emirates Stadium

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Barcelona tell Arsenal: David Villa's not for sale

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

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

Arsenal manager admits he was not aware of Michu

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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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