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Gascoigne: Arsenal and Wenger gave me £50,000 for treatment

Former England and Spurs star Paul Gascoigne says Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger supported the 47-year-old.

Gascoigne received £50,000 from the North London club for hospital treatment.

The former midfielder was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in October, but says he is doing better now.

Paul Gascoigne has battled addiction for a long time. Credit: PA

"I rang up (Arsenal) physio Gary Lewin and told him I wasn't feeling great," Gascoigne told the Sun.

"He said to go to hospital as he feared it was pneumonia. Wenger then agreed to arrange £28,000 to pay for treatment. Arsenal also paid £22,000 when I had hip treatment."

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Wenger: I tried to sign Barcelona star Messi for Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims the club tried to sign Barcelona star Leo Messi when he was a teenager.

The Gunners acquired Cesc Fabregas at the time, but failed to land the Argentine, with rumours circulating that they were unable to buy a flat for Messi's family.

"I think in the end, he was not so keen to move, because it was at a period where Fabregas came, and Fabregas and Messi played together in the same team (at Barcelona Academy). We wanted to take Fabregas, Messi and Pique. It worked only for Fabregas," said Wenger.

"It was not completely down to a flat in the end. It was down to the fact that, in the end, Messi was comfortable at Barcelona."

Hodgson can use Walcott how he wants says Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsene Wenger says he won't be asking England manager Roy Hodgson to use Theo Walcott sparingly in upcoming internationals against Slovenia and Scotland.

Walcott is part of a 26-man squad, but has barely featured for Arsenal since returning from cruciate ligament injury that kept him out for ten months.

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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
Even the manager has to warm up. Credit: PA

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.

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