Vermaelen set for Arsenal return

Thomas Vermaelen is on the verge of an Arsenal comeback after a four-month injury lay-off, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a stress fracture of his lower back in July and subsequently missed the Gunners' pre-season preparations. But the Belgium international has returned to training this week and

Ozil can be of great help to Wilshere – Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger believes club-record signing Mesut Özil can help England midfielder Jack Wilshere thrive in a deeper role at the heart of the Gunners side. German playmaker Özil, who cost around £43 million, could make his Premier League debut at Sunderland on Saturday, having made a deadline day move

Gareth Bale gets “crunching” welcome from CR7

Having lost his tag as the world's most expensive player to Gareth Bale, it is perhaps understandable Cristiano Ronaldo would have wanted to show his new Real Madrid team-mate who is boss at the Bernabeu. In just Bale's third full training session since joining from Tottenham in a £86million move, he

“Madrid didn’t respect me”

WengerÔÇÖs ┬ú42ÔÇëmillion record signing was unveiled on Thursday atArsenalÔÇÖs London Colney training base amid a growing row over the circumstances of his departure from Madrid.┬áThe Spanish newspaper┬áABC┬áhad earlier reported allegations, supposedly from┬áReal Madrid┬ápresident Florentino P├®rez, that called into question ├ûzilÔÇÖs professionalism. ├ûzilÔÇÖs father, Mustafa, quickly responded with the threat of legal

Tiote Cheick facing fraud charges

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has appeared in court charged with using a false Belgian driving licence. The 27 year-old is also facing charges of making a false statement to obtain car insurance and of fraud, for claiming he was in possession of a genuine Belgian licence. Standing in the dock at

Tottenham fans seek legal advice over “Y word”

Tottenham Hotspur supporters have told the Football Association that they plan to stand against the authority's ban against them using the term "Yid", which has been deemed derogatory, and are seeking legal advice. On Wednesday night the FA warned that in addition to any potential banning orders "unacceptable language" could possibly

Ozil: I can make Arsenal contenders again

New Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil set himself the target on Thursday of inspiring Arsenal to again regularly challenge for the Premier League title. Arsenal's new £42 million record recruit was formally unveiled at the club's London Colney training base, and Özil confirmed that it had been the personal intervention and ambition