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Arsenal boss Wenger coy on failed Fabregas return

Cesc Fabregas went to Chelsea instead. Credit: PA

Manager Arsene Wenger insists a potential move for former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to return to the club in the summer before he joined Chelsea was not as 'clean cut' as it might have seemed.

"We will have to discuss that one day, with all the terms... it is not as clean as that," said Wenger when asked why he chose not to bring Fabregas back to the club, when it was his decision rather than the player's.

"I cannot speak to you about that (reasons) now because that will not help us to win the game on Sunday."

Put to Wenger that it was then Fabregas who chose not to come back, the Arsenal boss replied: "I don't know, I don't know."


Police analyse video of 'homophobic' Arsenal fan chant

Ashley Cole left Arsenal for Chelsea in 2006. Credit: PA

Metropolitan police are assessing a video which appears to show Arsenal fans singing a homophobic chant about Ashley Cole.

The incident took place before Saturday's FA Cup semi-final clash between Arsenal and Reading, and was filmed by a supporter before kick-off at the Green Man pub in Wembley.

Footage appeared to show supporters signing vile homophobic abuse at former defender Cole, who left Arsenal to join Chelsea in 2005. The video has since been deleted from Twitter.

A Metropolitan police statement confirmed:

Police have been notified about a video circulating on social media and are in the process of contacting the relevant parties. No arrests have been made.

– Metropolitan police spokesperson

Palermo confirm that Arsenal have bid for Paulo Dybala

Dybala could be heading to Arsenal this summer. Credit: PA

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claims he has received an offer for striker Paulo Dybala from four clubs, naming Arsenal and Juventus as two of them.

The highly rated Argentine forward has also been linked with Premier League leaders Chelsea, but speaking to Canal Plus today, Zamparini said:

Will he stay? No, because the player and his agent aspire to a big club, and they’re right to do so. I’ve already received at least four offers.

Two were from Italian clubs, and two were from abroad, and they include Arsenal and Juventus.

– Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini speaking to Canal Plus


Federici responds to messages about Arsenal gaffe

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has responded to messages of support and apologised for the gaffe which gifted Arsenal a place in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

A horrible moment for Adam Federici. Credit: PA

Federici was arguably man-of-the-match and had kept the Gunners at bay for large periods until he allowed an Alexis Sanchez strike to trickle through his fingers during extra-time.

Writing on his official Twitter account this morning, the Australian international said:

Just like to say thank you for all your messages and how sorry I am for my mistake , we gave our all and deserved to at least take it pens. It's part of being a goal keeper and I'm sure it will make me stronger! Thank you again for your amazing support.

– Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici

Wenger admits Arsenal were 'lucky' against Reading

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepted his side were "a bit lucky" after a fumble from Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici handed them a 2-1 extra-time victory and a place in the FA Cup final.

It was far from straightforward for Arsenal against Reading. Credit: PA

The Gunners will head back to Wembley on May 30 aiming to defend the trophy after edging past the Championship side, who had rallied after going behind just before half-time to a fine goal from Alexis Sanchez.

The Gunners will head back to Wembley on May 30 aiming to defend the trophy after edging past the Sky Bet Championship side, who had rallied after going behind just before half-time to a fine goal from Alexis Sanchez.

Reading drew level on 54 minutes when Garath McCleary's volley was deflected past goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who could only palm the ball back over the line.

In the end, an error from Australian Federici proved so costly, the keeper allowing a low, angled shot from Sanchez to slip through his legs and roll over the line on 115 minutes.

It was a difficult game against a well organised, resilient, committed and physically strong Reading team.

They really wanted it Reading, they were willing to die on the pitch to go to the final and you have to congratulate them for the effort they put in.

In the end, we were a bit lucky because their keeper made a mistake and I can understand that he is distraught, but as well he kept them in the game for long periods.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
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