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Ozil aims for Ballon d'Or


Returns for Arsenal boost level of squad competition

ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein discusses Mesut Ozil's reported appearance at a nightclub in Germany just hours after missing Arsenal's 2-1 victory over Newcastle.

One of the most interesting developments in Arsenal's season has been the competitive nature of the squad in almost every position on the pitch.

Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal are scrapping it out for the left-back position. David Ospina has taken over from Wojciech Szczesny in goal, but knows the Pole is waiting for him to slip up so he can get his place back. Theo Walcott can't get into the team because of the quality of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, meaning that only a big shift in the team's...

 By Ian Holyman

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: Monaco coach Jardim lied over handshake

Leonardo Jardim insists his side deserved to advance from the Uefa Champions League round of 16 tie with Arsenal.
ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik and Paul Mariner discuss Arsene Wenger's latest comments on the away goals rule.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says away goals are too heavily weighted, after watching his side go out to Monaco thanks to the rule in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused Monaco counterpart Leonardo Jardim of lying after he claimed he had refused to shake hands following their recent Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Jardim told media after last week's round-of-16 second leg, which Monaco lost 2-0 as they went through on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw -- that Wenger had snubbed him following Monaco's 3-1 first-leg triumph.

Speaking to L'Equipe, Wenger said TV pictures proved that he had wanted to speak...

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Bayern's Guardiola to coach Qatar in 2022; Liverpool want Walcott

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Janusz Michallik discuss Xavi Hernandez's reported spurning of MLS for Qatari club Al Saad.
Pep Guardiola looks set to take charge of the Qatar national team for the 2022 World Cup.

As the summer window draws ever closer, the transfer rumours and gossip continue to spread.

Top Story: Pep to coach Qatar in 2022 World Cup

Readers of Germany's Sport Bild recently received an eye-opener.

According to the Guardian, the German newspaper published a story indicating current Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola could be enticed by a lucrative deal to coach Qatar's national team in the 2022 World Cup, which the country will host.

Keep in mind Qatar, which will not have to quality for...

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Chuba Akpom leaves Arsenal for Nottingham Forest on loan

Chuba Akpom has made three Premier League appearances this season.

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has signed for Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season.

Akpom, 19, has made his senior breakthrough at Arsenal this season, totalling seven appearances in all competitions -- all of which have been as a substitute.

The England under-20 international signed a new long-term deal with the Gunners in February and has now been loaned out to Nottingham Forest for the remainder of the campaign.

 By PA Sport

Theo Walcott: No rift with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Theo Walcott has made eight Premier League appearances this season.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has denied reports of a disagreement with manager Arsene Wenger and that an impasse has been reached over a new contract.

Walcott, 26, is out of contract at the end of the 2015-16 season and speculation has already begun over his future.

In January 2013, the England international signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, six months prior to the end of his existing agreement, ending talk of a departure from Emirates Stadium on a free transfer.

He admits talks are still to...