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Andre Santos signs for Gremio on loan from Arsenal

I came to be a champion! Santos thinking positive as Arsenal confirm Gremio switch

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

06:27 GMT, 11 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:10 GMT, 11 February 2013

Andre Santos has joined Gremio on loan until the end of the season.

Santos moved to Arsenal from Fenerbahce in August 2011, but has failed to hold down a regular place in Arsene Wenger's first team.

Close: Andre Santos is on the verge of leaving Arsenal and returning to Brazil

Close: Andre Santos is on the verge of leaving Arsenal and returning to Brazil

New boy: Arsene Wenger brought in left back Nacho Monreal in January

New boy: Arsene Wenger brought in left back Nacho Monreal in January

The form of Kieran Gibbs and the
arrival of Nacho Monreal means the Brazilian left-back has made only six
starts for the Londoners this season and he has now been given a chance
to play regular football back in his homeland.

'I came to be a champion with the club,' 29-year-old Santos told Gremio's official website.

Arsenal signed Santos from Fenerbahce for 6.8million in August 2011.

A picture of Santos arriving in his
homeland, where he last played for Corinthians in 2008-2009, greeted by
cheering fans was posted on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Arsenal forward Lukas
Podolski put a post on his official Twitter account which read:
“@Andre-santos27 We will miss you man, I wish u all the very best
Gunner God bless you”.

Santos made 26 appearances for Arsenal, scoring four goals.

Kieran Farrell forced to retire due brain damage following defeat to brain damage

Heartbroken Farrell forced to retire from boxing after suffering brain damage in title bout

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

23:53 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:04 GMT, 9 January 2013

Kieran Farrell has been forced to retire from boxing after suffering brain damage during his English title defeat to Anthony Crolla in December.

The 22-year-old lightweight was rushed to hospital having collapsed after the final bell and was later found to have bleeding on the brain.

Farrell, who had won his previous 14 fights, was told by his doctor on Tuesday that returning to the ring could be fatal.

Fears: Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight, he was later taken to hospital

Fears: Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight, he was later taken to hospital

'I will never box again,' he confirmed on Twitter. 'The next punch to my head could be fatal & the BBBofC wouldn't licence me.

'I asked if I had a 4-year-long break would I be able to box He [his doctor] told me I have long term brain damage, once it's damaged it won't mend.

'I was expecting the worst but it's worse when it's told to you, I'm heartbroken. I need a few days to get my head round it.'

End of the road: Kieran Farrell takes a punch from Anthony Crolla in a fight that was his first professional defeat

End of the road: Kieran Farrell takes a punch from Anthony Crolla in a fight that was his first professional defeat

Toe to toe: Farrell and Crolla exchange blows

Toe to toe: Farrell and Crolla exchange blows

Farrell's promoter Dave Coldwell tweeted 'Can't really express how upset i feel right now. Boxing has been his life & we'll be there for him to help keep him involved.

'He put a brave face on things when we spoke earlier but there's going to be so much down times for him, he knows that but he also knows he's not on his own.'

Coldwell also revealed he plans to host a benefit dinner in April for the former Central Area champion.

Luke Shaw transfer – Arsenal in pole position

Arsenal in pole position to sign 5m-rated Southampton left-back Shaw

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UPDATED:

23:17 GMT, 29 December 2012

It’s advantage Arsenal in the chase for 5million left-back Luke Shaw, a Premier League regular for Southampton at 17.

Arsene Wenger has signed Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the club and will use that relationship to move for Shaw as Chelsea are also interested.

Wenger is looking to add to his
options at left-back with Brazilian flop Andre Santos nearing the exit
door and Kieran Gibbs' niggling injury problems continuing to interrupt
his progress.

Shaw thing: The left-back has become a regular for Southampton

Shaw thing: The left-back has become a regular for Southampton

Wigan v Arsenal live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Wigan v Arsenal – as it happens from the DW Stadium

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UPDATED:

14:17 GMT, 22 December 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Wigan host Arsenal at the DW Stadium to start the weekend's action. The Gunners will aim for a third straight league victory when they travel north to an injury hit Latics side that have taken just one point from their last four games.

Wigan 0 Arsenal 1

Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, Maloney, McArthur, McCarthy, Jones, Di Santo, Kone.

Subs: Pollitt, Caldwell, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Fyvie, Golobart.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott.

Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Coquelin, Ramsey, Arshavin, Gervinho.

Booked: Wilshere

Goal: Arteta 60 (pen)

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

73mins: Another chance for the home side as David Jones hits a rasping first-time left-foot shot inches wide of the goal. Szczesny was stranded.

70mins: Figueroa tries his luck from range but his effort takes a deflection and Szczesny makes the save.

Kone then has a chance as he cuts in from the left but again the Polish keeper is up to the task. Better from Wigan.

68mins: It turns out Di Santo was asked to remove an earring, hence his brief stay on the touchline. It certainly appeared as if it was news to him.

66mins: Di Santo is still on the touchline despite the fact there seems to be nothing wrong with him. He looks bemused before finally being allowed on. It was as if he decided to send him to the sin bin rather than book him!

64mins: Arsenal win a free kick after Di Santo's late challenge on Kieran Gibbs. Bafflement ensues as the WIgan player is told to leave the field for an unknown reason. He stands on the touchline while the fourth official tries to explain the situation.

In front: Mikel Arteta scores from the penalty spot for Arsenal (above) before celebrating

In front: Mikel Arteta scores from the penalty spot for Arsenal (above) before celebrating

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta

60mins: GOAL!

Theo Walcott is bundled over by Jean Beausejour inside the area and the referee points to the spot. Arteta steps up and sends AL Habsi the wrong way.

58 mins: PENALTY TO ARSENAL!

53mins: Arsenal have certainly been much better so far in this half. Wigan can barely get the ball out of their own half.

51mins: Arsenal win a free kick in a promising position 25 yards from goal but Podolski crashes the ball into the wall with his left foot.

49mins: Chance! It's Oxlade-Chamberlain again who receives the ball on the right from Cazorla and this time he picks out Walcott who is in space but Al Habsi makes a fine one-handed save. Walcott may well feel that he should have done better though.

48mins: Maloney also does well at the other end but opts to hit the byline rather then cross and Per Mertesacker is on hand to force the Scot to run the ball out of play.

47mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain makes a determined start to the half with a delightful dummy to reach the byline but he couldn't quite pick out a team-mate in the box.

46mins: Here we go again…

1.35pm: Wigan had the edge in the first half but there was little to get excited about to be honest. Arsenal need to improve to get the win that would take them up to third.

HALF TIME: WIGAN 0 ARSENAL 0

46mins: Two minutes added on

45mins: Maloney gets his revenge on Wilshere, chopping him down in the Arsenal half. No booking for him though.

43mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain races up the right wing but Maynor Figueroa does very well to stop the England international at the byline.

Flying in: Santi Cazorla challenges Ronnie Stam as Arsenal take on Wigan

Flying in: Santi Cazorla challenges Ronnie Stam as Arsenal take on Wigan

40mins: Wilshere is the first player to go in the book for a challenge on Maloney. The fans want a red and the Wigan players surround the referee but to be honest, in my eyes, it was a good challenge. Wilshere won the ball and didn't lead with both feet. It was a robust but fair challenge for me.

39mins: Arsenal win a corner and Walcott's ball is headed back across goal by Arteta but none of the visiting players can get it under control and Wigan clear.

37mins: The home fans are not happy after Kone is flagged offside on the left touchline. Maloney does well to find the Ivorian who looks to be inches offside but few would have complained had the advantage been given to the forward.

33mins: Cazorla looks the only danger for Arsenal at the moment and he produces more trickery to find Walcott on the edge of the box but he is closed down before he can get the shot away.

31mins: Ronnie Stam gets into a good position on the right wing but his final ball lets home down. That's quickly becoming the story of Wigan's half.

28mins: And indeed, Wigan remain on top at the DW Stadium while Arsenal look devoid of ideas. Martinez's side could do with adding a cutting edge however and indeed, getting their noses in front before Wenger delivers his team talk at the interval.

25mins: It's an obvious and rather pointless saying but Wigan really do need to make the most of such opportunities against Arsenal. The Gunners don't look to be in great shape and could well be there for the taking.

23mins: Chance! Aruna Kone bursts clear on the left and drags his shot across goal when he looked set to put Wigan in front.

19mins: Wilshere is limping after a late challenge, hopefully the midfielder will run it off soon.

Tussle: Arsenal's Theo Walcott (right) turns away from Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy

Tussle: Arsenal's Theo Walcott (right) turns away from Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy

17mins: Visiting fans are in good voice, something that can't always be said about the Emirates. Maloney has received treatment for a cut on his head after an accidental collision with Sagna.

15mins: Arsenal haven't looked particularly fluent so far, Cazorla's skill aside, and Jack Wilshere fails to win a free kick on the edge of his box.

13mins: The game has settled down again after that flurry of activity. Shaun Maloney is looking bright as he looks to help create openings for the home side.

11mins: Al Habsi is called into action again, this time after Lukas Podolksi charges through before letting fly from the edge of the area but the Oman international is on hand to save.

9mins: Brilliant from Cazorla. He flicks the ball through McCarthy's legs to Mikel Arteta who feeds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but his shot from just inside the box is beaten behind by Ali Al Habsi.

8mins: Arsenal have been sloppy so far and Wigan look to be in no mood to let them off the hook.

7mins: Di Santo does well to latch onto a lofted ball, again on the right wing, but his cross is poor and floats over the waiting players in the box.

5mins: James McArthur feeds Franco Di Santo on the right but his cross is easily cut out by Thomas Vermaelen.

Eyes on the ball: Wigan's Jean Beausejour keeps close watch on Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Eyes on the ball: Wigan's Jean Beausejour keeps close watch on Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

3mins: Wigan aren't afraid to get at Arsenal from the start and remember, they went 2-0 up early on at the Emirates last season before holding on for a 2-1 win.

2mins: Bacary Sagna wins the first corner of the game which is flighted in by Walcott only to be comfortably clear.

1min: We're off and Arsenal are straight on the attack through Walcott but he loses possession in the Wigan half.

12.40pm: Just minutes away from kick off in Wigan.

12.35pm: Arsenal could do with some reinforcements too and we revealed today that Wenger has his eye on Barcelona's David Villa. Read the full story here.

It's one of those signings that would be brilliant if it comes off but I can't help feel that Villa will opt to remain in Spain. It would however represent something of a shift in policy from Wenger, paying a decent fee, at least for the loan, for an experienced player.

12.30pm: Martinez also wants to bring Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez in on loan. The highly-rated Mexican has been unable to force his way into the first team at Old Trafford.

Meeting of minds: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez greets Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left)

Meeting of minds: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez greets Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left)

12.20pm: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has already been busy in the transfer market. Honduras international midfielder Roger Espinoza has joined him at the DW Stadium.

'He is a player we have been following closely since June 2010, when he made his debut in the World Cup versus Chile,' said Martinez.

'In that game, he showed tremendous potential and slowly, he has been developing into an exciting footballer over the last three seasons in the MLS and has enjoyed terrific experiences at international level – specifically his role with Honduras in the Olympic games.

'The games versus Spain and Brazil in that tournament showed the winning and strong mentality that he possesses, which will be an important asset to our squad.'

12.15pm: Arsenal will fancy scoring a few this afternoon then and Santi Cazorla will be looking to add to his hat-trick from Monday night. The Spaniard has been a revelation a the Emirates since joining from Malaga for just 12million in the summer.

Cazorla has seven strikes to his name so far, just two behind his biggest total for a season.

12.10pm: Wigan are not exactly in great form themselves, winning one of the their last seven in the Premier League and have kept just two clean sheets this season.

12.05pm: So, Theo Walcott leads the line for Arsenal again today but still hasn't put pen to paper on a new deal. Five of his English team-mates did just that this week but Walcott remains hesitant it seems.

12pm: Here, as promised, is the Wigan line-up:

Al-Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, Jones, McArthur, McCarthy, Maloney, Di Santo, Kone.

Wigan are in the midst of an injury crisis and of eight likely absentees only James McCarthy makes the starting line-up after recovering from an ankle problem, although captain Gary Caldwell (hamstring) is on the bench.

11.50am: I will have the Wigan team news for you shortly but in the meantime, how do you see this one going

Every game is must win for the Gunners at the moment, and this is no different.

Email me your thoughts at [email protected] or tweet me @martin_domin

11.45am: Arsenal are unchanged from the side who beat Reading 5-2 on Monday night.

Full team: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski

11.40am: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the opening chapter of this weekend's Premier League action. The DW Stadium plays host to Wigan against Arsenal at 12.45pm.

Saturday opener: Wigan host Arsenal at the DW Stadium to start the weekend's action

Saturday opener: Wigan host Arsenal at the DW Stadium to start the weekend's action

Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson sign new deals at Arsenal

Five young British Gunners extend deal at Emirates… but Walcott still hasn't signed

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UPDATED:

15:51 GMT, 19 December 2012

Arsenal have confirmed five of their new-look British core have signed long-term contracts with the club.

As Sportsmail exclusively revealed this morning, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson have all agreed fresh deals with the Gunners.

And the north London club confirmed the news this afternoon.

Proud: (From left to right) Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all penned new deals

Proud: (From left to right) Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all penned new deals

Manager Arsne Wenger said: 'We are
delighted that these five young players have all signed new long-term
contracts. The plan is to build a team around a strong basis of young
players, in order to get them to develop their talent at the Club.

'Jack
is certainly the best known, the leader of this group – but the other
four players are exceptional footballers, and we’re very happy that we
could conclude their new deals at the same time.

I'm in: Jack Wilshere is one of five of Arsenal's young British players to sign a new deal

I'm in: Jack Wilshere is one of five of Arsenal's young British players to sign a new deal

Wenger continued: 'Gibbs, Jenkinson,
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey and Wilshere represent a core of the squad
and it’s an extension for a long period for all of them.

'I’m a strong
believer in stability and I believe when you have a core of British
players, it’s always easier to keep them together and that’s what we’ll
try to achieve going forward.'

Committed: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) agreed a long-term deal to stay in north London

Committed: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) agreed a long-term deal to stay in north London

Me too: English left back Kieran Gibbs also pledged his future to Arsenal

Me too: English left back Kieran Gibbs also pledged his future to Arsenal

Arsenal’s push to keep their best British talent indicates a deliberate shift in Wenger’s thinking.

After basing his sides around foreign
players for years, the manager seems to have had a change of heart after
the likes of Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael
Clichy all left the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking after the thumping win at
Reading, Wenger said: ‘We have a core of good young English players and I
hope we will be able to build a team around them and that they can
achieve something together.’

Another British player who continues to negotiate a new deal at the club is Theo Walcott. The striker rejected a deal worth 75,000 a week in August, and hopes to get closer to 100,000.

VIDEO: Watch Arsenal's players as they sing some Christman chants

Arsene Wenger tells Arsenal players to get back to business

Wenger challenges his wounded Arsenal players to bounce back after Bradford horror show

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14:27 GMT, 16 December 2012

Manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his battle-weary Arsenal squad to look within themselves and provide a response at Reading tomorrow night.

The Gunners head to Madejski Stadium in need of a confidence boost following the shock penalty shoot-out defeat at npower League Two Bradford.

Despite their inconsistencies, Arsenal remain within striking distance of the top four of the Barclays Premier League, as yesterday's results left them three points off the top four, albeit without Tottenham and West Brom having played.

On your feet: Arsene Wenger wants his players to get back on track against Reading

On your feet: Arsene Wenger wants his players to get back on track against Reading

Wenger accepts the atmosphere has been somewhat subdued at Arsenal's Hertfordshire training base this week, but maintains it is now up to the players to show their strength of character.

'There has been disappointment and frustration [this week], but that is normal when you go out in a competition like that,' Wenger said.

'However, having said that, we can only look at ourselves, get on with it and look for the future.'

Although there have been plenty of calls for a fresh voice at the helm, Wenger, 63, maintains he is the right man to turn Arsenal's fortunes around.

England defender Kieran Gibbs, 23, believes Wenger's work in developing raw talents such as himself can never be underestimated.

Eye for it: Kieran Gibbs likes Wenger's record of bringing players through

Eye for it: Kieran Gibbs likes Wenger's record of bringing players through

'He has built a reputation for signing players for a modest fee and turning them into great players,' Gibbs told www.fourfourtwo.com.

'I don't think many people in England had really heard of Thomas Vermaelen before he arrived and yet he became an instant fan favourite at the club.

'The manager has an eye for noticing the potential in promising players.'

Much has been made of the role of assistant manager Steve Bould this season after he replaced Wenger's long-term right-hand man Pat Rice.

Full-back Gibbs feels the former Arsenal centre-half has helped make an impact on the side.

'Steve has his own view of the game and goes through a lot of detail after matches,' said Gibbs.

'He makes sure everyone understands their unique roles and we have worked on a number of things, including how to face attackers and moving up the pitch as a unit.'

Aim: Santi Cazorla said Arsenal need to work on being consistent

Aim: Santi Cazorla said Arsenal need to work on being consistent

Arsenal will be out to build some momentum in their Premier League campaign with victory over the struggling Royals, having beaten West Brom last weekend.

Midfielder Santi Cazorla accepts the Gunners cannot keep throwing away points and need to show more maturity when in winning positions.

'We haven't been consistent,' the Spain international told Marca.

'There have been games where we haven't been mature enough as a team and haven't held onto the positive results. We are hoping to make up some ground.'

Cazorla impressed after his summer arrival from Malaga, and is enjoying his role at the head of an attack-minded midfield trio alongside compatriot Mikel Arteta and England's Jack Wilshere.

'I am very comfortable with where the manager positions me, support striker, with the freedom I like to have,' he said.

'The team also plays a type of football which suits me very well and I take on more responsibility every day.'

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal players deserve more time – Martin Keown

Have faith! Wenger and Arsenal players deserve more time to rectify situation

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01:27 GMT, 13 December 2012

Arsene Wenger knows he needs to put things right at Arsenal. No-one will know that more than Arsene Wenger himself.

The future without Wenger at Arsenal is unthinkable. The manager has rebuilt his side, so we should give the new team time to show they can bounce back from adversity.

Undoubtedly the talent is there. Young players such as Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny should be given time.

United front: Now is the time for manger, players and fans to stick together

United front: Now is the time for manger, players and fans to stick together

Now is not the time to judge this team –
and it would be unfair to pin all of the blame on the current squad.
There is this feeling the defeat at Bradford leaves them at a crossroads
but I don't subscribe to that.

They should be given the chance to prove they have the ingredients to overcome their current difficulties. This is a new team – let's see how they can cope. Wenger is hugely loyal to his players. He will stick by them through thick and thin.

But trust me, you will only get so long under Wenger. Once that belief gets switched to another player then it is very difficult to regain it. The defeat against Bradford will hurt to the core.

He sent out a strong team – one which included captain Thomas Vermaelen, who missed the final penalty – with the intention of winning comfortably.

Head down: Wenger refused to blame his players after their defeat

Head down: Wenger refused to blame his players after their defeat

It is in times of adversity that Wenger will learn the most about his players and the players will learn most about each other.

We nearly went out of the FA Cup against Port Vale in 1998, only scraping through on penalties. We raised our game after that and won the Double that season.

So, write Wenger off at your peril. He's proved his doubters wrong on many occasions – he did last season when he led the club to third. I, for one, would not be surprised if he does it again.

Laugh it up: Bradford fans enjoyed a great day out at Arsenal's expense

Laugh it up: Bradford fans enjoyed a great day out at Arsenal's expense

Sean Fitzpatrick: New Zealand will beat England by 15 points

Twickenham's not a great hunting ground for All Blacks… but we'll win by 15 points

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22:30 GMT, 30 November 2012

Twickenham hasn't always been fruitful for the ever-impressive All Blacks, but former New Zealand international and pundit Sean Fitzpatrick tells Sportsmail why his country will put Stuart Lancaster's England side to the sword.

Form so far

Good, but they need to win all four games on tour to be deemed a success back home.

That's the beauty of the All Blacks. We've beaten Scotland, Italy and Wales. Now for England.

Flair player: Dan Carter will hope to leave England's hopes of salvaging this series in tatters

Flair player: Dan Carter will hope to leave England's hopes of salvaging this series in tatters

High standards expected

Our mantra is to remember the losses more than the wins. I still recall losing to the 1993 Lions in Wellington. It was my worst game for the All Blacks.

We 'park' our victories pretty quickly.

I'm sure Richie McCaw will remember the pain of losing the 2007 World Cup quarter-final to France more than winning the final last year.

How good is this team

They have improved since winning the World Cup. They play a simple game and what they do, they do very well. They build unbelievable pressure and hardly make a mistake.

They have such strength that a good player becomes a very good player. Everyone does his job. Other than Dan Carter and McCaw, there are not many superstars – they are not showy.

Fearsome: Richie McCaw is ready to pick up another win over England

Fearsome: Richie McCaw is ready to pick up another win over England

Playing at Twickenham

It's not a great hunting ground – it's quite a difficult environment to play in and it's usually the last game.

All Blacks to look out for

No 8 Kieran Read, player of the year and the best No 8 in the world. He leads by example.

He's got the raw ability of a No 8 – big, fast and strong – a great work ethic and passion for the jersey.

He improves each week. No 15 Israel Dagg is the new Christan Cullen, a real talent improved from 12 months ago.

One to watch: Sean believes we should look out for Kieran Read (right)

One to watch: Sean believes we should look out for Kieran Read (right)

Any advice

England have to put the All Blacks under pressure for 80 minutes. They have to create space, take their chances and be hugely physical.

Basically, they need the game of their lives.

Prediction

The All Blacks to win by 10-15 points. But Twickenham is a difficult place to go to and the All Blacks will be wary.

*Sean Fitzpatrick is a rugby commentator for Sky Sports, who will show the men's and women's England-New Zealand games on Saturday as part of Sky's year-round rugby union coverage.

Theo Walcott and Bacary Sagna not on Arsenal"s 2013 calendar fuelling exit rumours

EXCLUSIVE: Is Theo out of the picture for 2013 Walcott omitted from Arsenal's new calendar as fears over imminent exit grow

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02:41 GMT, 28 November 2012

Theo Walcott and Bacary Sagna have been omitted from Arsenal’s official 2013 calendar, fuelling speculation they will become the next big-name players to leave the club.

Walcott, who had been on the front cover in each of the previous four calendars, is stalling on a new five-year deal worth 75,000 a week. Meanwhile, Sagna’s future remains far from certain as he enters the final 18 months of his contract.

Manager Arsene Wenger said the club had started talks with the France full back. ‘We are hopeful. He had some big injury issues but with him and (Carl) Jenkinson, you need two players and we want to keep them,’ he said.

Movember contender: Theo Walcott wont be in Arsenal's calendar

Movember contender: Theo Walcott wont be in Arsenal's calendar

Arsenal's 2013 calendar

But Inter Milan want to sign the right back with Arsenal ready to listen to offers for Sagna next summer if a new deal cannot be agreed.

It is the absence of Walcott from the calendar that will cause the biggest stir given his status as one of Arsenal’s poster boys.

Thomas Vermaelen, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Wojciech Szczesny, Aaron Ramsey, Andre Santos, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker have all been included.

In September, the club sent out
‘Junior Gunner’ membership packs with Robin van Persie on the front,
despite the fact he left the club in August, causing major discontent
among fans.

Arsenal insisted the omission of Walcott and Sagna from the calendar bears no indication over their futures.

Walcott,
23, is hoping for an instant recall for Wednesday clash against Everton
after recovering from a shoulder injury with Arsenal wanting to bounce
back from Saturday’s disappointing goalless draw at Aston Villa.

Wenger was heckled by his own supporters at Villa Park, but the 63-year-old insists he is unfazed by the disgruntled fans.

On their way Andrey Arshavin and Bacary Sagna are two more players that could be heading for the Arsenal exit door

On their way Andrey Arshavin and Bacary Sagna are two more players that could be heading for the Arsenal exit door

‘That some fans are not happy when you play 0-0 at Aston Villa, I can understand because I am not happy,’ he said.

‘But look, I am not worried about me. I am worried about the club and the team, and to do the best for the club and the team.

‘I think I have always shown my 100 per
cent commitment and loyalty to this club. I can only give my best and
let people judge. The criticism does not hurt at all.’

Jumping for joy: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one player who is part of Arsenal's future

Jumping for joy: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one player who is part of Arsenal's future

Theo Walcott out of Arsenal v Montpellier with shoulder injury

Walcott forced out of Montpellier clash but Wenger hopes shoulder injury is not serious

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UPDATED:

14:20 GMT, 20 November 2012

Theo Walcott has been ruled out of Arsenal's Champions League clash with Montpellier on Wednesday due to a shoulder problem.

The England forward sustained the injury during Arsenal's 5-2 derby win over Tottenham at the weekend but was able to play on and scored the Gunners' fifth goal in injury-time at the end of the match.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed Walcott had not trained on Tuesday and would have a scan to determine the extent of the injury although he thought it would be short-term.

Warming up: (left-right) Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny, Johan Djourou in training at London Colney on Tuesday

Warming up: (left-right) Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny, Johan Djourou in training at London Colney

Stretch: Jack Wilshere prepares for the Champions League match against Montpellier

Stretch: Jack Wilshere prepares for the Champions League match against Montpellier on Wednesday

Gervinho is back in the squad for the Emirates Stadium tie.

Wenger hopes Walcott's problem will not prove too severe.

He said at Tuesday afternoon's pre-match press conference: 'The injury he got during the game with his shoulder, we have to scan that today and see if there is no damage. He will be out for tomorrow. It should be short-term.

'We will miss [Andre] Santos as well, who has a muscle strain in his abdomen. The two players coming in the squad are Gervinho and [Kieran] Gibbs.'

Keen eyes: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with coaches Steve Bould (left) and Neil Banfield (right)

Keen eyes: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with coaches Steve Bould (left) and Neil Banfield (right)

Lukas leading the way: Podolski (front) and team-mates warm-up on Tuesday morning

Lukas leading the way: Podolski (front) and team-mates warm-up on Tuesday morning

Walcott, 23, has yet to agree new deal at Arsenal, and as such could leave at the end of the season on a free transfer.

Wenger has ruled out selling the forward during the January transfer window should the impasse over negotiations not be resolved.

The Gunners boss said: 'There's a risk, yes, but that we are ready to take.

'A successful season is more important for us than this risk that is only a financial risk, apart from the losing the player.

'If we sell him, we lose him anyway.

On the ball: Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain works on his passing with Wilshere

On the ball: Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain works on his passing with Wilshere

At work: (left-right) Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson and Thomas Vermaelen

At work: (left-right) Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Thomas Vermaelen

'I believe that we started the season with this squad and we want to finish the season with this squad.

'What is important is what we achieve together for the season – to do that I just think that Theo is a big part in that.'