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Granit Xhaka ready to return for Arsenal with Unai Emery’s blessing

• Swiss midfielder could start against Southampton on Saturday• Emery: ‘He wants to come back and we are going to decide’Unai Emery has left the door open for Granit Xhaka to return to the Arsenal side, suggesting he may even consider him for Saturday’…

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Granit Xhaka ready to return for Arsenal with Unai Emery’s blessing

• Swiss midfielder could start against Southampton on Saturday• Emery: ‘He wants to come back and we are going to decide’Unai Emery has left the door open for Granit Xhaka to return to the Arsenal side, suggesting he may even consider him for Saturday’…

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Granit Xhaka ready to return for Arsenal with Unai Emery’s blessing

• Swiss midfielder could start against Southampton on Saturday• Emery: ‘He wants to come back and we are going to decide’Unai Emery has left the door open for Granit Xhaka to return to the Arsenal side, suggesting he may even consider him for Saturday’…

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England’s Marcus Rashford back in the goal groove after confidence takes a hit

• Manchester United striker emerges from ‘tough period’• Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori stunned at his progress in past yearMarcus Rashford feels the confidence is flooding back into his game after a run of nine goals in 10 matches for Manchester United and E…

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Arsenal say Unai Emery is ‘the right man for the job’ and will stand by him

• Club urges fans to get behind manager and struggling team• Xhaka says he is ready to play again after captaincy furoreArsenal’s hierarchy have given Unai Emery a public vote of confidence, backing him to turn their fortunes around but adding a clear …

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Unai Emery admits Granit Xhaka may have played his last game for Arsenal

• Manager says midfielder has told him he is not ready to play• Ceballos injury means Mesut Özil is in line to start at LeicesterUnai Emery has admitted for the first time Granit Xhaka may not play for Arsenal again, with the troubled midfielder inform…

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Granit Xhaka out of Arsenal squad for Wolves match after clash with fans

• Captain booed by own fans after being taken off last week• Emery: ‘We need to be focused 100% on the match’Unai Emery has confirmed that Granit Xhaka will not be involved in Arsenal’s match against Wolves on Saturday as the player continues to regrou…

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Granit Xhaka out of Arsenal squad for Wolves match after clash with fans

• Captain booed by own fans after being taken off last week• Emery: ‘We need to be focused 100% on the match’Unai Emery has confirmed that Granit Xhaka will not be involved in Arsenal’s match against Wolves on Saturday as the player continues to regrou…

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‘Just crazy’ – Curtis Edwards leads Djurgården into final-day drama in Sweden

Former Middlesbrough academy player’s team are top in a title race reminiscent of last season’s in England – but with three clubs involvedThe last few weeks in Sweden have, Curtis Edwards admits with a laugh, been “just crazy”. Djurgården’s players wou…

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Granit Xhaka ‘devastated and sad’ after Crystal Palace game, says Unai Emery

• Arsenal captain was jeered off by his own fans when substituted• Captaincy up in the air and no decision on a fine yetUnai Emery says Granit Xhaka is “devastated” after his traumatic departure from the Emirates Stadium pitch on Sunday, but the Arsena…

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Granit Xhaka a lightning rod for Arsenal’s drift under Unai Emery | Nick Ames

Arsenal captain’s shocking fallout with fans borne of frustration at slow decline caused by mismanagement on and off the pitchNot for the first time, it was Héctor Bellerín who spoke the most sense. Sixteen hours had passed since Granit Xhaka’s thunder…

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Harry Kane out to settle old score with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk | Nick Ames

Spurs striker ready for Anfield rematch four months after Liverpool centre-back dominated in Champions League finalIn Harry Kane’s head the Champions League final will always be an occasion that, as he put it in July, Tottenham allowed to “slide by”. T…

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Mauricio Pochettino concerned by Tottenham’s Amazon Prime series

• ‘I feel that now I’m more like a producer’• Pochettino worried about extra workloadMauricio Pochettino has admitted that he has concerns about Tottenham’s participation in a new Amazon Prime documentary, fearing it will add to an already formidable w…

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Arsenal’s Nicolas Pépé admits he has struggled to adapt to Premier League

• Pépé believes Europa League goals will lift his confidence• Lack of proper pre-season a hindrance, record signing saysNicolas Pépé accepts he has had difficulties adapting to life at Arsenal but hopes his dramatic double intervention in Thursday’s 3-…

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The Fiver | Spending your school holidays locked away praying for Maurizio Ganz

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It doesn’t take a long stretch into The Fiver’s Tin-addled memory to foggily recall a time when taking too much of a liking to non-mainstream foreign teams left you labelled as a “football hipster”. Th…

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Sheffield United v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

All the Premier League action from Bramall LaneEmail Nick or get in touch via Twitter 7.09pm BST Sheff Utd: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McGoldrick, Mousset. Subs: Luke Freeman, McBurnie, Sharp, Robin…

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Harley Willard: ‘Iceland’s a good place just to concentrate on your football’

The winger, who was part of the Guardian’s first Next Generation in 2014, talks about rebuilding his career after being released by SouthamptonLast December, Harley Willard made one of those sliding-doors decisions that can turn anyone’s life around. H…

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Salzburg arrive at Anfield as supreme finders and polishers of diamonds

Liverpool’s Mané and Keïta came via the Austrian club whose scouting system is virtually peerless in Africa and beyondWhen Lee Kawanu knew Red Bull Salzburg were keen to sign two of his best young players, he was happy to wait. Plenty of established Eu…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Bayern Munich: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm BST kick-offLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s gamesAnd you can get in touch with Nick by email or Twitter 7.19pm BST We’ll dig into the nitty gritty shortly – in the meantime, help yourself to the Bayern l…

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Arsenal have edge as they and Manchester United try to regain old glory | Nick Ames

This fixture used to revolve around the likes of Vieira, Keane and Keown as both sides have work to do to be title contendersIt caused a flutter of interest last week when Arsène Wenger was quoted referring to the manager’s position at Manchester Unite…