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Sam Allardyce reveals how he once missed out on Robert Lewandowski

Big Sam: How I missed out on Champions League hotshot Lewandowski

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

08:25 GMT, 26 April 2013

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09:01 GMT, 26 April 2013

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has revealed how he missed out on signing Robert Lewandowski – during his time in charge at Blackburn.

The Borussia Dortmund striker was set to hold talks with Rovers in 2010 as he looked for a move from Polish club Lech Poznan.

But the cash-strapped Blackburn board struggled to find the money and the Iceland volcanic ash cloud put the final nail in the coffin when Lewandowski's flight to England was cancelled.

Dortmund stepped in to secure a deal for a fee reported to be around 4.5million euros and the rest is now history.

On target: Lewandowski was set to hold talks with Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers in 2010

On target: Lewandowski was set to hold talks with Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers in 2010

Allardyce told Sky Sports: 'It's true. He was put forward to sign very strongly by our recruitment staff and unfortunately it was one that got knocked back.

'My distant memory isn't that great but I think (former Rovers chairman) John (Williams) and the board said we are not going to commit that amount of money.

'I think they wanted three or four million euros but we were particularly strapped financially at the time at Blackburn. I watched him play. But I didn't get the chance to meet him.

'I think his agent said he couldn't come over because of the ash cloud, yes. He's probably worth 40 million euros now.'

Missed out: Allardyce was keen to sign Lewandowski but the Rovers board could not find the cash

Missed out: Allardyce was keen to sign Lewandowski but the Rovers board could not find the cash

Allardyce is now left to rue the missed opportunity to sign the Pole who scored four goals against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday night.

He said: 'I think about it every time I see him play.

'He would have had a period of getting used to the level and the physical presence, but with a talent like that it wouldn't have been too long before he started to shine and score goals.

'The level he is playing at now is unbelievable, not just his scoring ability but his ability to retain possession.

'There were a lot of people looking at him at that time as well but we had the edge over everyone else because of the attraction of the Premier League.

'He could have used us as a stepping stone but it didn't happen.'

The one that got away: Lewandowski moved from Lech Poznan to Dortmund for a reported 4.5million euros

The one that got away: Lewandowski moved from Lech Poznan to Dortmund for a reported 4.5million euros

Mario Gotze signs for Bayern Munich, blow Arsenal Manchester City

Pep talk! City and Arsenal miss out on Gotze as Bayern close in on 32m deal

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

05:53 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:09 GMT, 23 April 2013

Arsenal and Manchester City look to have missed on Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze after reports in Germany claimed he has agreed to join Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the most coveted talents in Europe but it is the Bavarian giants who look to have won the race after triggering the forward's €37million (32m) release clause.

The Germany international has, according to Bild, already signed a long-term deal with $7m a year (6m).

All smiles: Mario Gotze (right) is reportedly set to join Bayern Munich in the summer

All smiles: Mario Gotze (right) is reportedly set to join Bayern Munich in the summer

Gotze, who could face his new employees in the Champions League final at Wembley on May 25, has scored 14 goals for his club this season and has won 22 caps for Germany.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had been prepared to finally splash the cash this summer and meet the Gotze's clause but he will now have to look elsewhere.

The youngster had looked set to remain at the Westfalenstadion
for another year having apparently set his sights on a move to Barcelona.

Main man: Gotze (left) has been tracked by the biggest clubs in Europe including Manchester City

Main man: Gotze (left) has been tracked by the biggest clubs in Europe including Manchester City

‘I am very happy at Dortmund and
satisfied with the way we are progressing as a team,’ he said earlier this month. ‘Any
thoughts about playing for another team are very much for the future,
but Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United could be interesting.

'But I'm not thinking of that at the moment.

'I'm happy in Dortmund and very happy how things are going. Therefore, it is still a bit away'

Andre Schurrle: Chelsea close in on 20m deal after talks with Leverkusen chief Rudi Voller

Chelsea close in on 20m Schurrle as Leverkusen hold talks over deal

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

22:20 GMT, 18 April 2013

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UPDATED:

08:52 GMT, 19 April 2013

Andre Schurrle's 20million transfer to Chelsea moved a step closer after Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller flew to London for talks with Stamford Bridge bosses.

‘It was good to meet Chelsea officials, and the discussions went well, but no decision has been made yet,’ said Voller, who was accompanied by his Leverkusen assistant Michel Reschke on Thursday.

Key: Andre Schurrle's Chelsea move could depend on Michael Becker, the man who sealed Ballack's deal

Key: Andre Schurrle's Chelsea move could depend on Michael Becker, the man who sealed Ballack's deal

Makeweight: Kevin de Bruyne (left), on loan at Bremen from Chelsea, could be used as part of the Schurrle deal

Makeweight: Kevin de Bruyne (left), on loan at Bremen from Chelsea, could be used as part of the Schurrle deal

Persuading Chelsea winger Kevin De
Bruyne to join Leverkusen on loan, rather than pursue a permanent
15million move to Borussia Dortmund, is one of the key elements to a
deal being struck, and Voller and Reschke were flying on to Brussels to
meet the 21-year old’s agent.

Meanwhile, Schurrle’s
representatives, Ingo Haspel and Dr. Michael Becker, are expected in
London on Friday for negotiations with Chelsea about a proposed five-year
contract for the Germany forward.

Becker negotiated former Germany
skipper Ballack's free transfer from Bayern Munich in 2006 and has
emerged as a key figure in Schurrle's proposed 20million move from
Bayer Leverkusen.

After impressing on loan at Werder Bremen this season, De Bruyne is in demand in the Bundesliga, with Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke all vying for his services.

Dortmund have even indicated a willingness to buy him outright for 15million, but Chelsea are thought to favour Leverkusen's proposal of taking him on loan next season as a temporary replacement for Schurrle.

With De Bruyne aware of Dortmund's intentions, there could yet be some hard bargaining before a deal for Schurrle is concluded to everyone's satisfaction.

Chelsea are in for a shock if they pursue their interest in Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez.

The Bayern target man will figure on Jose Mourinho's wanted list, should the outgoing Real Madrid coach return to Stamford Bridge, and is ready for a fresh start after slipping down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena.

Big-name signing: Becker sealed Michael Ballack's move to Chelsea from Bayern Munich in 2006

Big-name signing: Becker sealed Michael Ballack's move to Chelsea from Bayern Munich in 2006

MICHAEL BALLACK

But while Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted his position will be reviewed at the end of the season, he was adamant the 27-year old will not be allowed to leave on the cheap.

Chelsea can expect to be quoted at least 20million for a player who cost 30million from Stuttgart four years ago.

Meanwhile, John Terry has tipped David Luiz to be his long-term successor as Chelsea captain. ‘I think so,’ said Terry, when asked if Luiz might inherit the armband one day. ‘Hopefully I have a few years left but he pushes the lads, demanding a lot from himself and others.’

Chelsea want Manuel Pellegrini as manager – says agent

Chelsea target ex-Real Madrid boss Pellegrini after failing to land Guardiola and Klopp

By
Matt Fortune

PUBLISHED:

17:24 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:24 GMT, 15 February 2013

Pedigree: Pellegrini spent a year as Real Madrid boss

Pedigree: Pellegrini spent a year as Real boss

Chelsea have made an approach for former Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini, according to the Chilean’s agent.

The 59-year-old is currently in charge of Malaga, but has been widely linked with a move away during the summer due to the perillous financial situation at the La Liga club.

Pellegrini has enjoyed a mixed career in Spain following his first move to the country, with Villarreal in 2004. There, he led the Yellow Submarine to the brink of a Champions League final, before they were beaten by Arsenal in the 2006 semi-final.

His spell at the Andalucian club ended
in 2009 when he took charge at Madrid. His year in the capital, though,
ended empty handed despite a haul of 96 points leaving them second to
Barcelona.

Interim: Benitez (left) is in charge at Chelsea until the end of the season

Interim: Benitez (left) is in charge at Chelsea until the end of the season

Chelsea, meanwhile, are currently being led by Rafael Benitez on an interim basis and are on the hunt for a permanent manager.

Roman Abramovich has missed out on No 1 target Pep Guardiola, who joined Bayern Munich, while Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp dismissed suggestions last week that he would move to Stamford Bridge.

Missing out: Abramovich has failed to land both Guradiola (left) and Klopp (right)

Missing out: Abramovich has failed to land both Guradiola (left) and Klopp (right)

Missing out: Abramovich has failed to land both Guardiola (left) and Klopp (right)

And now speaking to Spanish paper El Mercurio, Jesus Martinez has revealed Chelsea, as well as Italian side AS Roma, have enquired about his client.

He said: ‘Less than 15 days ago we had an offer from Roma, but we declined outright. We said no because we are midway through the season.

‘Chelsea and other clubs have asked, but nothing else official has been said. Manuel would love to manage in the Premier League, but he’d also like to go to Germany, Italy and other championships. There is plenty of time to analyse where he will be next season.

Highly rated: Pellegrini's Malaga won their Champions League group this season

Highly rated: Pellegrini's Malaga won their Champions League group this season

‘Manuel has a contract with Malaga. I believe that in April or May we will know clearly what will happen with his future, to see if the sporting project is changing and we need to make a decision.

‘Our first intention is to respect our commitment, but that also depends on the conditions which exist.’

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Borussia Dortmund 2: match report

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Borussia Dortmund 2: Hummels grabs late leveller for Germans

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21:38 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:47 GMT, 13 February 2013

Mats Hummels headed home a late equaliser to giver Borussia Dortmund the advantage in their last-16 clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

Douglas Costa looked to have given the home side a narrow lead with a well-taken goal in the second half before Hummels nodded in Marcel Schmelzer's corner.

Shakhtar took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Darijo Srna whipped home a free kick from 25 yards only for Robert Lewandowski to score a crucial away goal 10 minutes later.

More to follow…

Game on: Borussia Dortmund celebrate after Mats Hummel's header earned them a draw in Ukraine

Game on: Borussia Dortmund celebrate after Mats Hummel's header earned them a draw in Ukraine

Match facts

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Rakitskiy, Chygrynskiy, Rat, Fernandinho, Hubschman, Alex Teixeira (Eduardo 83), Mkhitaryan, Taison (Douglas Costa 62),Luiz Adriano.

Subs Not Used: Kanibolotskiy, Stepanenko, Shevchuk, Devic, Ischenko.

Booked: Fernandinho.

Goals: Srna 31,Douglas Costa 68.

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Felipe Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer, Kehl, Bender, Blaszczykowski (Leitner 80), Gotze, Reus (Schieber 90), Lewandowski.

Subs Not Used: Langerak, Subotic, Sahin, Bittencourt, Halstenberg.

Goals: Lewandowski 41, Hummels 87.

Att: 52,000

Ref: Howard Webb (England).

Curler: Darijo Srna whips a free kick over the wall and into the net to give Shakthar the lead

Curler: Darijo Srna whips a free kick over the wall and into the net to give Shakthar the lead

Curler: Darijo Srna whips a free kick over the wall and into the net to give Shakthar the lead

In front: Shakhtar celebrate after taking the lead against Borussia Dortmund in Ukraine

In front: Shakhtar celebrate after taking the lead against Borussia Dortmund in Ukraine

Equaliser: Robert Lewandowski pulls the trigger to level the score for Dortmund in Ukraine

Equaliser: Robert Lewandowski pulls the trigger to level the score for Dortmund in Ukraine

Equaliser: Robert Lewandowski pulls the trigger to level the score for Dortmund in Ukraine

Crucial: Dortmund celebrate after grabbing a vital away goal against Shakhtar in the first leg

Crucial: Dortmund celebrate after grabbing a vital away goal against Shakhtar in the first leg

Cracker: Douglas Costa looked to have won the first leg for Shakhtar when he scored in the second half

Cracker: Douglas Costa looked to have won the first leg for Shakhtar when he scored in the second half

Advantage Shakhtar: Douglas Costa celebrates after giving his side the lead against Dortmund

Advantage Shakhtar: Douglas Costa celebrates after giving his side the lead against Dortmund

Germany plan England friendly and USA tour in build-up to 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Going global: Germany plan England friendly and USA tour ahead of World Cup in Brazil

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Thrashed: England's last match with Germany was a 4-1 loss in the 2012 World Cup when Frank Lampard's effort was deemed not to have crossed the line

Bierhoff was unveiling Germany's agenda for 2013 in an interview on the website of the German Football Association (DFB), and those plans include a trip to the United States at the end of the Bundesliga season.

Undertaking such a long trip at the end of the domestic season is a subject of debate in Germany, but Bierhoff has defended the decision.

'It has been the case that even the players have not been fully convinced about the sense of these kinds of trip, yet afterwards, they are all so enthusiastic because they realised how much they benefited from it,' he said.

'That will be the case again this time. Miami and Washington are two beautiful cities and we can have a good time there as a team, get to know ourselves better and grow.'

Strong: Most of Germany's side come from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

Strong: Most of Germany's side come from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

Strong: Most of Germany's side come from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

However, Bierhoff is not sure a first-choice squad will be able to make the trip.

Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, who account for the lion's share of Joachim Low's current squad, meet in the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal, which means one of their season could be over in time for the players to make the trip.

However, the Champions League final falls just days before Germany's planned first game stateside and Bierhoff expects that to interfere with his plans.

'I am fully convinced that we are going to have at least one German side in the final of the Champions League,' he said.

'I would be pleased if that were the case, even if we would then take a squad with a few fresh faces to the USA with us.'

Robert Lewandowski to Manchester United or Manchester City rumours played down

Dortmund chief plays down Lewandowski to Manchester rumours

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UPDATED:

16:36 GMT, 15 December 2012

Robert Lewandowski won't be joining either Manchester City or Manchester United at the end of the season, according to his club Borussia Dortmund.

The German champions have dismissed reports that the striker will move to City in exchange for Edin Dzeko next summer and rumours that he might leave for United in a 12m deal.

The 24-year-old marksman has nine goals in 15 Bundesliga matches this season, though Borussia are a long way behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich in the standings.

Manchester move Robert Lewandowski, seen here playing for Borussia Dortmund against Manchester City in the Champions League, could be on his way to either City or United

Manchester move Robert Lewandowski, seen here playing for Borussia Dortmund against Manchester City in the Champions League, could be on his way to either City or United

'There has been no contact from Manchester City, either about Robert Lewandowski or any other player,' said Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke.

'There has also been no contact (about him) with any other club.'

Star buy: Lewandowski has scored nine goals in 15 Bundesliga matches already this season

Star buy: Lewandowski has scored nine goals in 15 Bundesliga matches already this season

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson personally scouted the Pole when Borussia played Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in November, while Inter Milan and Arsenal have also been linked with him.

Dortmund have tried to get him to sign a new deal but it is believed the player would prefer to follow in the footsteps of Shinji Kagawa to Old Trafford.

Kris Commons wants Celtic to face Manchester United in Champions League

Bring on the Battle of Britain! Commons hoping Celtic draw Man United in Europe

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18:18 GMT, 6 December 2012

Kris Commons believes Celtic are a match for anyone in the last 16 of the Champions League but would prefer a tie against boyhood heroes Manchester United.

The Hoops midfielder slammed in a dramatic late penalty in the Group G decider against Spartak Moscow at Parkhead last night to seal the 2-1 win and a place in the knockout stages of the competition along with section winners Barcelona.

Neil Lennon’s men could face United, Malaga, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke or Paris St Germain when the draw is made on December 20.

Battle of Britain: Celtic's Kris Commons (left) wants to draw Man United in the next round

Battle of Britain: Celtic's Kris Commons (left) wants to draw Man United in the next round

Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1 at Parkhead on their way to reaching 10 points and it is that victory which Commons holds up as evidence of the Scottish champions’ confidence.

However, the Mansfield-born Scotland international, who played for Stoke, Derby and Nottingham Forest before his move to Celtic in 2011, would like another trip to Old Trafford.

'I think we can beat anyone on our day, we have proved that, not only in the SPL but in Europe, we can beat top, top sides,' he said.

'With our fans and the way we set out to win games, I don’t think anyone will fancy coming to play us.

'So it’s going to be a tough draw for whoever it is. There are a few really tough sides but being a boy from down south, I would like to play Man United.

'I’ve played them before a couple of times but I was a Man United fan as a kid so for me, to get the chance to play against that club and play at that stadium again would be a dream come true again.'

The 29-year-old was speaking at Lennoxtown as he nursed a dead leg which saw him taken off on a stretcher five minutes from time following a challenge from Kim Kallstrom which earned the Spartak midfielder a second yellow card.

The Scottish champions went into the match knowing they would qualify for the knockout stages only if they got a better result against Spartak, consigned to the bottom of the table, than Benfica got in the Nou Camp.

In the 81st minute with the game tied at 1-1 after Gary Hooper’s opener had been cancelled out by Ari, a roar swept around the stadium which suggested that Barca had scored.

Bring it on: Commons wants to try his luck against players like Wayne Rooney (centre)

Bring it on: Commons wants to try his luck against players like Wayne Rooney (centre)

However, it was an erroneous call, the game in the Nou Camp finished goalless and had Commons not scored with the spot-kick that Lennon could not bring himself to watch, then it would have been Benfica and not Celtic who would have gone through.

Commons said: 'I thought Barcelona were winning anyway so I just thought, “I will smash this in, we have done our part but Benfica are losing anyway”.

'We got the feeling from the crowd that Barcelona had scored. We didn’t really feel that we needed to press and force the issue to get a goal.

'I could then sense the fans were anxious and with the manager willing us to get a goal and also bringing on Lassad.

Rocket: Commons drills home the spot-kick that sent the Hoops through

Rocket: Commons drills home the spot-kick that sent the Hoops through

'I would have thought someone from the sideline would have said, “listen, we need a goal because at this point in time we are going out”.

'So taking the penalty I had no idea what the consequence was – or I would have probably given it to Lassad.

'He was a big goalkeeper and the only worry was that his feet were still going to be in the middle as he dived.

'I wanted to go as high as possible without ballooning it over the bar and lucky enough for me it hit the underside of the bar and went in after the bounce and then into the roof of the net.

'My heart sank for a millisecond and then I was able to celebrate.'

Liverpool have the youngest squad in the Premier League but Bundesliga and Ligue 1 dominate European list

Liverpool boast the youngest squad in the Premier League… but they're a long way behind German and French top flights

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11:28 GMT, 4 December 2012

When he took over at Anfield in the summer, Brendan Rodgers made no secret of his wish to introduce a philosophy of attractive, attacking football to restore Liverpool's glory days.

And central to that was bringing through the club's talented young prospects – the likes of 17-year old Raheem Sterling and 19-year-old Andre Wisdom – into the first team.

Little wonder then that Liverpool have the youngest squad in the Premier League this season, with an average age of 25.6 years.

Teenage kicks: 17-year-old Raheem Sterling has been brought through into the Liverpool first team by new manager Brendan Rodgers this season

Teenage kicks: 17-year-old Raheem Sterling has been brought through into the Liverpool first team by new manager Brendan Rodgers this season

Breakthrough: Liverpool have also played defender Andre Wisdom, 19, in 12 matches this season

Breakthrough: Liverpool have also played defender Andre Wisdom, 19, in 12 matches this season

This puts them just ahead of Newcastle United (25.7), who have 19-year-old Gael Bigirimana and 20-year-old Sammy Ameobi among those making a breakthrough, and Aston Villa (also 25.7).

Villa have a young complexion to their attacking options, with 21-year-old Andreas Weimann and 22-year-old Christian Benteke making an impact this season.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Norwich City are all tied on 26.2, with Southampton on 26.4 and Manchester City on 26.6.

Making an impact: Austrian striker Andreas Weimann has made 12 appearances for Aston Villa so far this season

Making an impact: Austrian striker Andreas Weimann has made 12 appearances for Aston Villa so far this season

But an analysis of the top leagues in Europe shows that the Premier League is trailing far behind in terms of promoting young players to senior games.

The top 12 on the list are all from the German Bundesliga or France's Ligue 1, with Werder Bremen boasting the youngest average age of 23.1.

Aside from captain Clemens Fritz, who is 31, Bremen's entire squad is aged between 18 and 25, putting them a good way in front of Hoffenheim in second.

Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Freiburg and Borussia Monchengladbach also feature in the top ten.

European leaders: German side Werder Bremen have the youngest squad in Europe's top divisions, including Nils Petersen (left) and Marko Arnautovic, both 23

European leaders: German side Werder Bremen have the youngest squad in Europe's top divisions, including Nils Petersen (left) and Marko Arnautovic, both 23

It is most likely a result of a process of rigorous youth development overseen by the DFL (German Football League) over the last decade which has required all sides in the top two divisions to invest in top class academy facilities.

Elsewhere, Roma come in joint 13th with an average of 25.3 years, Bayern Munich are joint 16th with 25.7, Barcelona joint 22nd on 26.3 and Real Madrid back in 24th with 26.5.

THE YOUNGEST SQUADS IN EUROPE

AVERAGE AGE OF THE SQUAD:

1 – Werder Bremen (Germany) – 23.1 years

2 – Hoffenheim (Germany) – 23.7

3 – Rennes (France) – 23.8

4 – Nice (France) – 24.0

5 – Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) – 24.1

6= Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – 24.3

6= Freiburg (Germany) – 24.3

7= Lyon (France) – 24.5

7= Nancy (France) – 24.5

8 – Sochaux (France) – 24.6

9= Pescara (Italy) – 24.7

9= Toulouse (France) – 24.7

10= Nuremburg (Germany) – 24.9

10= Greuther Furth (Germany) – 24.9

PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS IN TOP 30

15= Liverpool – 25.6

16= Newcastle United – 25.7

16= Aston Villa – 25.7

21= Arsenal – 26.2

21= Manchester United – 26.2

21= Norwich City – 26.2

23= Southampton – 26.4

25= Manchester City – 26.6

28= Sunderland – 26.9

30= Chelsea – 27.1

30= Swansea City – 27.1

Olympiacos v Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City live

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Olympiacos v Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City – as it happens

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04:00 GMT, 4 December 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Champions League as Arsenal and Manchester City wrap up their respective group stage campaigns. The Gunners are already through to the last 16 but must win to have any chance of topping the group.

The already eliminated Manchester City also need three points at Borussia Dortmund to avoid finishing bottom and book a place in the last 32 of the Europa League. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

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Euro stars: Despite poor league form, Arsenal have impressed in the Champions League this term

Euro stars: Despite poor league form, Arsenal have impressed in the Champions League this term