Sport Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring

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

Theo Walcott celebrates one of his goals against Newcastle

Match Report: Perfect student Theo Walcott of Arsenal scores full marks with a stunning hat-trick in Newcastle hammering

Arsenal 7 Newcastle United 3: The Arsenal striker, currently being coached by Gunners legend Thierry Henry, scores hat-trick in a 10-goal thriller against weary Newcastle

Theo Walcott

Premier League: Wigan v Arsenal match preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League fixture at the DW Stadium

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Ian Wright: Arsene Wenger 'does not tell the truth' and his supporters are 'deluded'

Former striker issues withering assessment of the current situation at The Emirates

Tim Cahill

Everton face competition from Sunderland, Newcastle, Tottenham and QPR for Tim Cahill loan spell

Australian eager to return to Premier League

Klass-Jan Huntelaar
<b>Long, long shot </b><br/>
There have been Chinese whispers of a return to the Premier League for <b>Didier Drogba</b>, and despite the unpredictability of the Ivorian power-house, we give it a 0.01% chance of happening. The rumours surfaced as Shanghai Shenhua Chairman Zhu Jun supposedly threatened to put a lid on his cash-flow into the club, with the futures of Drogba and former Chelsea team-mate Nicholas Anelka looking edgy.

Didier Drogba denied possible Chelsea return: Fifa
rule out special permission for loan move

Fifa  informed Drogba that he won't be exempted from international transfer rules

The Sports Matrix: Wednesday 21 November 2012

Chelsea on verge of exit but Celtic hopes go down to wire

A view of the facilities at St George's Park

St George's Park National Football Centre will will be the catalyst for improvement in English football, says Gerard Houllier

Houllier is convinced the centre, the FA's Clairefontaine equivalent, will produce future stars

Gervinho celebrates his goal against Olympiakos

Gervinho emerging from Robin van Persie's shadow at Arsenal

The doom-mongers predicted big trouble for Arsenal when Robin van Persie packed his bags and headed for Old Trafford in the summer but perhaps they need not have worried.

John Terry celebrates his goal

Chelsea beaten by MLS All Stars despite goals from John Terry and Frank Lampard

John Terry and Frank Lampard scored as Chelsea suffered a 3-2 defeat to the Major League Soccer All Stars at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Tim signed for Everton from Millwall

Everton agree deal with MLS over transfer of Tim Cahill to New York Red Bulls

Everton could be set to complete the permanent return of Steven Pienaar after agreeing for Tim Cahill to move to New York Red Bulls.

Point of order: David Beckham's
omission has caused an uproar

Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Thierry Henry among MLS all-star team to face Chelsea

Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Thierry Henry highlight the Major League Soccer First XI team to face Chelsea on July 25 in the league's all-star game.

Coldplay, the Emirates Stadium, London

“Jump, jump with us,” Chris Martin demands before “Charlie Brown”, Coldplay’s Big Country-style stomp, and his adoring fans promptly obey, leaping in a sea of brightly lit, radio-controlled wristbands. There are numerous, very vocal Coldplay haters, but this slick indie quartet really do try awfully hard to please. Martin even apologises for “all the crap [travel, food prices etc] you have to go through to go to a concert these days”.

May 13, 2012: Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany lifts the English Premier League trophy following their soccer match against Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England.

Patrick Vieira backs Manchester City to win successive Premier League titles

Patrick Vieira believes Manchester City could succeed where Arsenal failed and win successive league titles.

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