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Wenger defends Arsenal midfielder over nightclub visit

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down Mesut Ozil's trip to a Berlin nightclub, saying the playmaker was only there for half an hour to wish his friend a happy birthday.

It had been reported Ozil spent longer there, less than 24 hours after missing Arsenal's win over Newcastle through illness.

Mesut Ozil missed a game when he was in Berlin. Credit: PA

"He went out for half an hour to a birthday for his friend to wish him well," the Arsenal manager said on Thursday morning.

"You can't stop someone wishing happy birthday to a friend!"

Arsenal midfielder back for Liverpool clash

Jack Wilshere is used to being injured. Credit: PA

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit to face Liverpool on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The England midfielder played 45 minutes of a friendly against Brentford on Wednesday, his first action this suffering an injury against Manchester United. Although Wilshere is available, Wenger hasn't decided if he will use him, the Frenchman said: "I don't know whether he will be involved yet."

West Ham striker opens up about freak foot injury

West Ham striker Enner Valencia has explained how he ended up in hospital after a broken cup lacerated his foot.

The Ecuadorian international missed three weeks of action due to the incident, but is expected to be back for this weekend's game with Leicester City.

Enner Valencia was treated in hospital. Credit: PA

“Basically, what happened is that about one or two o’clock in the afternoon, a cup that was on the toilet where I kept the toothbrushes and toothpaste fell on the ground and broke,” Valencia told West Ham's official website.

“I picked up the pieces and I didn’t realise I had missed a piece. Then, in the middle of the night I went to the toilet bare-footed and half-asleep and stepped right on it."


Brazil 2014 World Cup stadium in Natal up for sale

Brazil's World Cup stadium in Natal is up for sale as the company that owns it is suffering from cash flow problems following a corruption scandal.

The 2014 World Cup stadium in Natal is up for sale. Credit: PA

Natal's Dunas arena is being sold by owner Grupo OAS, with the company also trying to sell the 50 percent share it owns of the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador.

The company has struggled for months with the impact of a corruption investigation at state-controlled oil company Petrobras, which undercut the builder's access to financing.

An economic downturn, government austerity and a slumping currency has also taken its toll, leading to Grupo OAS to announce it is selling its stakes in the stadiums and other businesses to focus on the core construction business.

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