Sport Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring

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

Former Premier League stars David Beckham and Thierry Henry were involved

LA Galaxy beat New York Red Bulls in MLS play-offs

David Beckham created the 15th-minute winner for Mike Magee as the LA Galaxy beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 in their Major League Soccer Western Conference semi-final, first-leg match last night.

Arsenal style inspired Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed how years of watching Arsenal on television helped him secure his £15million move to the Emirates Stadium.

Booed off in pre-season after gift of late goal, it's same old Arsenal

Old ghosts haunt the Gunners as even Henry's return to the Emirates fails to lighten gloom

'Unsettled' Fabregas out of Emirates Cup

Arsene Wenger wants to be sure captain Cesc Fabregas remains committed to the Arsenal cause but insists if he is not, the club will not sell the Spain World Cup winner to Barcelona on the cheap.

2014 World Cup dates confirmed by Fifa

The 2014 World Cup finals will start on June 12 and finish on July 13, FIFA announced today.

David Beckham offers backing to Mario Balotelli

David Beckham has stuck up for Mario Balotelli in the ongoing row over his ill-advised back heel in Manchester City's friendly in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Win premium tickets to see Arsenal play at the Emirates Cup

Emirates Stadium is once again playing host to the Emirates Cup on Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July, and we’ve teamed up with Arsenal to offer a lucky reader the chance to win a pair of premium Club Level tickets to the first day of the high profile pre-season tournament.

Peter Bills: England's overseas player selection row

Talking Rugby...

The Football Men, by Simon Kuper

It might seem perverse for someone who makes his living writing about and interviewing footballers to say: "I do believe that you can access truths about the game by speaking to Arsène Wenger, if he feels like telling you. I don't believe you can access them by speaking to Wayne Rooney."

Aston Villa release 10 players including Nigel Reo-Coker, John Carew and Robert Pires

Nigel Reo-Coker, John Carew and Robert Pires are among 10 players released today by Aston Villa.

Thierry Henry urges Aston Villa midfielder Robert Pires to join MLS

Aston Villa midfielder Robert Pires revealed he has received a plea from former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry to join him in Major League Soccer next season.

Business Diary: Rooney seventh on soccer rich list

Last month's unfortunate swearing into the camera incident may yet cause Wayne Rooney even bigger financial problems – many people think this is what cost him a Coca-Cola sponsorship deal – but according to a ranking compiled by Forbes, the Manchester United star remains Britain's highest-earning football star, at least for now. Still, he's only seventh on the Forbes list – his $20m pay is only half the earnings racked up by David Beckham. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry are all ahead of the England striker too.

Thierry Henry to play Arsenal with New York Red Bulls

Thierry Henry is set to return to Arsenal this summer with the New York Red Bulls confirmed as part of the line-up for pre-season Emirates Cup.

Lee Dixon: Bendtner must back up big talk with big performances

Notes from the Nou Camp

James Lawton: If Arsenal pass their acid test it will be overdue vindication of a club operating with rare sanity

Whatever mood Wenger carries into the Nou Camp tonight, he must fear he has waited too long for confirmation of all his best hopes
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