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Arsenal optimistic Laurent Koscielny will be fit for Bayern Munich

Arsenal hope the return of Laurent Koscielny can help bring more consistency to the squad.

Arsenal are optimistic that Laurent Koscielny will return to action for the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich later this month, sources have told ESPN FC.

Koscielny, who suffered a hamstring injury in Arsenal's shock 3-2 defeat at home to Olympiakos, was expected to be out of action for three weeks.

The central defender missed last weekend's 3-0 win over Manchester United and he was forced to withdraw from international duty with France this week.

However, Koscielny is making a quicker...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Dinamo Zagreb's Arijan Ademi fails doping test after UCL win vs. Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side let themselves down by conceding a second goal, as they lost 2-1 away to Dinamo Zagred in the Champions League.
Dinamo Zagreb were able to pull a surprise victory over Arsenal after Olivier Giroud was sent off in the first half and goals from Josip Pivaric and Junior Fernandes.
Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper Eduardo Carvalho talks about how difficult it was to defeat a team like Arsenal in UCL.

UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Dinamo Zagreb player Arijan Ademi after the midfielder failed a doping test following his team's shock Champions League win over Arsenal last month, the Croatian club have confirmed.

Ademi, 24, played the full 90 minutes of Dinamo's 2-1 win over the Gunners in their Sep. 16 Group F opener at the Maksimir Stadium.

In a statement on their official website, Dinamo would not provide details of the failed test but said they were "surprised" by the Macedonia...

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Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte would consider Spain call

Aymeric Laporte has attracted interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte would consider playing for Spain if he doesn't get called by France before the European Championships next summer.

France has never summoned the 21-year-old for senior duty, but he has featured regularly at youth level, captaining all of the various categories. Aymeric has lived in Bilbao since he was 15 and is eligible to play for Spain, whose senior side has been hit by injuries at his particular position.

Should Vicente del Bosque request Laporte's...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Lionel Messi tells Sergio Aguero to wear his No. 10 for Argentina

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Sergio Aguero could be considered the third-best player in the world following his five-goal match against Newcastle over the weekend.
Relive the most exciting moments in the past week of world football including five goals from Sergio Aguero, fancy footwork and some jaw dropping strikes.
The ESPN FC panel go over their English Premier League team of the weekend, as Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez remain the top players.
Sergio Aguero's quintuple against Newcastle United catapulted Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Sergio Aguero deserved his five-goal haul in the 6-1 win over Newcastle, after a difficult run of form for the Argentine forward.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop singles out 5-goal Sergio Aguero and David Silva in the 6-1 thrashing of Newcastle.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero equaled the Premier League record for goals in one game with five against Newcastle United.

Sergio Aguero  will adopt the No. 10 shirt for Argentina while it is left vacant due to the injury of its usual wearer, Lionel Messi.

Messi suffered a knee injury last month  and will not take up his usual role as Argentina captain when the Albiceleste take on Ecuador on Thursday in the first of two CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers.

"I spoke to the kitman and he told me it is obligatory -- someone has to use it because the numbers go from 1 to 23," Aguero told the Manchester City website.


 By Kelvin Leong

Zulfahmi ready to help Singapore in star duo's World Cup absence

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discusses Singapore's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Afghanistan at National Stadium on October 8th.

With Safuwan Baharudin and Hariss Harun suspended for Singapore's AFC World Cup qualifier against Afghanistan on Thursday, Zulfahmi Arifin is ready to step up in the middle of the park.

Bernd Stange's team go into the Group E match without their two most influential players, leaving Izzdin Shafiq as the only recognised central midfielder.

As the coaches tried out different combinations at Geylang field in Monday's session, one player was quietly going about his business on what was his 24th birthday.


 By PA Sport

Reports: FIFA ethics committee recommends Sepp Blatter suspension

FIFA's ethics committee has made the recommendation to suspend president Sepp Blatter for 90 days, according to multiple reports.
Four FIFA sponsors - Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Visa and McDonald's - have called for beleaguered president Sepp Blatter to resign immediately.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has very strong opinions about FIFA, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, and the system that he feels needs to change in world football.
Honorary FIFA vice president and current FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-joon responds to allegations of fraud and corruption.

FIFA's ethics committee has made the recommendation to suspend president Sepp Blatter for 90 days, according to multiple reports.

The suspension has to be confirmed by Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee.

A former adviser of Blatter, Klaus Stoehlker, has told The Guardian the ruling was made pending an ongoing criminal investigation involving the FIFA president by the Swiss attorney general.