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Snapshots: Arsenal train for Anderlecht trip

Arsenal take on Anderlecht in Belgium in the Champions League on Wednesday evening. Tonight, meanwhile, you can watch Chelsea v Maribor live on ITV

A spot of head tennis for (l to r) Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Lukas Podoslki. Credit: PA
Tomas Rosicky kicks out. Credit: PA
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Podolski claims 'hell will freeze over' before he joins Spurs

Podolski will not be joining Arsenal's London rivals, Spurs. Credit: PA

Lukas Podolski has denied rumours linking him with a £10m move to Arsenal's North London rivals Spurs by suggesting "hell will freeze over" before it happens.

Responding to a rumour published by the BBC earlier on Monday, the German international used his Twitter account to make it clear he won't be moving to White Hart Lane.

Arsenal boss admits 'regret' over Cole departure

Wenger says Cole should have spent his career at Arsenal. Credit: PA

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits that letting Ashley Cole leave the club is one of the biggest regrets of his career.

In a new book based on Arsenal's unbeatable Premier League season in 2003-4, 'Invincible' by Observer journalist Amy Lawrence, Wenger says that Cole left the club on a 'misunderstanding'.

Commenting on Cole's subsequent departure to Chelsea, Wenger says: "[Cole leaving was] A regret of my career. He left on a misunderstanding between his agent and the club.

"A fantastic fighter as well. The rest of his career has shown how big a player he is. It should have been here."

Wenger also said star striker Thierry Henry was "Usain Bolt with a top football talent".

Mesut Ozil facing 12 week lay-off with knee injury

Mesut Ozil has added to Arsenal's injury crisis. Credit: PA

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is likely to be out for 10 to 12 weeks with a knee injury, the German FA has confirmed.

Ozil played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday but, having joined up with the German national squad, complained about a problem in his left knee and was sent for an MRI scan in Munich on Wednesday.

A statement on the DFB website read: "The MRI examination today at National Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt in Munich revealed a partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint.

"The treatment is conservative, with six weeks of immobilisation of the knee joint. Mesut Ozil is likely to be (out for) 10 to 12 weeks."

The news comes as a great blow to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is already without Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey because of injuries.

Mourinho: I won't say sorry to Wenger for 'specialist in failure' barb

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declined the chance to apologise for describing Arsene Wenger as "a specialist in failure" last season, ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho (left) and Arsene Wenger. Credit: PA

"It was a consequence of something," Mourinho said cryptically of his taunt.

"It was not a deliberate first option to say something. I didn't get an apology. I don't apologise."

Wenger is yet to record a victory over a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho. His most recent attempt, in his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal last March, ended in a crushing 6-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.


Goalkeeper Fabianski 'hero' of penalty shoot-out

Stand-in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was the hero of the Wigan v Arsenal match tonight as his two saves in a penalty shoot-out helped the Gunners beat holders Wigan at Wembley to reach their first FA Cup final since 2005.

Arsenal's goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is mobbed by his team-mates after winning the penalty-spot Credit: PA

Following a bright start by Arsenal, it was Wigan who went ahead through a penalty from Jordi Gomez just after the hour.

However, Arsenal made it 1-1 with seven minutes left through Per Mertesacker, whose foul had given away the spot-kick.

After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had hit the crossbar in extra-time, it was down to penalties.

Fabianski - standing in again for regular number one Wojciech Szczesny - produced fine saves from Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison, before Santi Cazorla rolled in the winning penalty to secure a 4-2 shoot-out success.

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