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Nadal plans to make return on South American soil at the VTR Open in Chile

Nadal's comeback is hotting up as he plans a return in Chile

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Liv Lee

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16:44 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 17 January 2013

Rafael Nadal will return next month at the VTR Open in Chile.

The competition starts on February 4 and will be the first tournament the world No 4 has competed in since Wimbledon, where he was knocked out in the second round by the relative unknown Lukas Rosol.

Since then Nadal has been recovering from a knee injury.

On the way back: Nadal made it to the final in last year's Australian Open, but has been out injured since last June

On the way back: Nadal made it to the final in last year's Australian Open, but has been out injured since last June

He was supposed to return to action
earlier this month but was sidelined by a stomach virus and forced to
wait another few weeks.

It will be the first time Nadal has
played on South American soil since 2005 and no doubt the 11-time Grand
Slam winner is itching to get back on the court, having posted numerous
updates and photos of his recovery on his Facebook page.

Lukas Podolski hits out at Arsenal formation

I want to play up top, says Podolski as Arsenal star hits out at Wenger selection policy

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 7 November 2012

Lukas Podolski has joined Theo Walcott in voicing his unhappiness at being played out of position at Arsenal.

The Germany international has been deployed on the left of Arsene Wenger's attacking trio this season.

Yellow peril: Podolski wants to play as a centre-forward for Arsenal

Yellow peril: Podolski wants to play as a centre-forward for Arsenal

Podolski has scored four goals since arriving from Cologne in the summer.

But, like his team-mate Walcott, the 27-year-old wants to be used as a centre-forward with Wenger's preferred 4-2-3-1 system.

Desire: Walcott is also keen on playing up top for the Gunners

Desire: Walcott is also keen on playing up top for the Gunners

'I'd rather play as a central attacker,' said the former Bayern Munich forward.

'On the left I have to do a lot of defensive work, constantly running up and down. I am not a classical winger.'

Theo Walcott wanted by Liverpool in in January for 8m

Kop go for Theo! Rodgers tells Liverpool to launch 8m bid for contract rebel Walcott

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 1 November 2012

Liverpool are poised to launch an 8million bid to prise Theo Walcott from Arsenal in January.

The England forward is out of contract in the summer and Arsenal are trying to convince him to sign a new deal before Christmas.

The 23-year-old has rejected a five-year contract worth 75,000 a week, saying he wants to switch from the wing to a central striking role and also play more regularly.

Wrangles: Theo Walcott is in fine form for Arsenal but has not agreed a new deal

Wrangles: Theo Walcott is in fine form for Arsenal but has not agreed a new deal

Saving the day: Walcott scores Arsenal's fourth goal in the comeback at Reading

Saving the day: Walcott scores Arsenal's fourth goal in the comeback at Reading

Stats add up for Theo

The leading Arsenal goalscorers in all competitions since start of 2011/12

Goals (all comps)

Robin van Persie 37
Theo Walcott 18
Gervinho 9
Mikel Arteta 7
Yossi Benayoun 6
Thomas Vermaelen 6
Laurent Koscielny 5
Alex Oxlade-
Chamberlain 5
Lukas Podolski 4
Aaron Ramsey 4

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is
ready to offer both those things. He wanted to sign Walcott in the
summer and will revive his efforts ahead of the January window.

Rodgers, who is desperately short of
strikers after loaning Andy Carroll to West Ham and losing Fabio Borini
to a broken foot, bemoaned his small squad following Liverpool’s Capital
One Cup defeat by Swansea.

He wants to sign two forwards with
Walcott his main target to share the goalscoring burden with Luis
Suarez. And Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted on Thursday that he
may be forced to sell if Walcott fails to agree a new deal.

He said: ‘I wouldn’t like to (sell
Walcott). I’ve not even thought about that, because at the moment I
think we will still manage to make a deal with him.

'But there is urgency. How much I
don’t know, but there is urgency. We want to sort it out before
Christmas, one way or the other.’

Hands off: Brendan Rodgers will have to work hard to get Walcott

Hands off: Brendan Rodgers will have to work hard to get Walcott

Hands off: Brendan Rodgers will have to work to get Walcott from Arsene Wenger

Walcott has started just three games
this season but scored a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 7-5 win over Reading in
the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. He is their top scorer with seven goals.

Wenger added: ‘I always said it is
important that he plays in the right position and that certainly would
be through the middle in the future. He showed that again on Tuesday
night.

‘The positions on the flanks are
changing – you need to do a lot of defending and he should be dedicated
more to offensive work.

‘It’s better (for Walcott to express
his views) in private. I have always come out publicly and said that I
see him in the future through the middle as well.

‘He loves to score goals. He has good
pace, makes excellent, intelligent runs, and what has changed with Theo
is he’s become a very good finisher.

‘Take, for example, his first goal the other night at Reading. It was a real finisher’s goal.

Burden: Luis Suarez is Liverpool's only fit and firing striker

Burden: Luis Suarez is Liverpool's only fit and firing striker

‘In our team, we have freedom of
movement. Nobody is handcuffed. When we have the ball, we have a lot of
freedom to move. It’s important to know where we go, but I think Theo
has learned a lot on that.’

Walcott, who has 28 England caps, joined Arsenal from Southampton, aged 16, for 12.5m in 2006.

Arsenal would want to at least recoup
that fee but Liverpool’s offer will reflect the fact that he is free to
leave in the summer.

Theo Walcott could be sold in January

Wenger faces up to Walcott exit as Arsenal boss admits winger could go in January

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UPDATED:

14:06 GMT, 1 November 2012

Arsene Wenger has hinted he could be forced to sell Theo Walcott in January if the Arsenal winger does not agree a new deal by Christmas.

Walcott's current contract expires at the end of the season and the 23-year-old rejected a new five-year, 75,000-a-week offer in August.

The England international has repeatedly stated his desire to play as a centre-forward rather than on the wing and Wenger agreed this is where he sees Walcott playing 'in the future'.

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Wrangles: Theo Walcott is in fine form for Arsenal but has not agreed a new deal

Wrangles: Theo Walcott is in fine form for Arsenal but has not agreed a new deal

The Frenchman remains confident
Walcott will commit his future to Arsenal but, when asked whether he
could sell him in January to avoid him leaving for nothing in the
summer, Wenger said: 'I wouldn't like to (sell him). I've not even
thought about that, because at the moment I think we will still manage
to make a deal with him.

'But there is urgency. How much I
don't know, but there is urgency. We want to sort it out before
Christmas, one way or the other.'

Walcott has started only three games
this season but scored a hat-trick in Arsenal's 7-5 win at Reading in
the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

The goals took his tally for the season to seven in 12 appearances, although nine of those have come as a substitute.

Saving the day: Walcott scores Arsenal's fourth goal in the comeback at Reading

Saving the day: Walcott scores Arsenal's fourth goal in the comeback at Reading

Stats add up for Theo

The leading Arsenal goalscorers in all competitions since start of 2011/12

Goals (all comps)

Robin van Persie 37
Theo Walcott 18
Gervinho 9
Mikel Arteta 7
Yossi Benayoun 6
Thomas Vermaelen 6
Laurent Koscielny 5
Alex Oxlade-
Chamberlain 5
Lukas Podolski 4
Aaron Ramsey 4

Wenger praised the improvement in
Walcott's finishing, but said he would prefer it if the player's desire
to play up front was kept in-house.

The Arsenal boss said: 'I always
said it is important that he plays in the right position and that
certainly would be through the middle in the future. He showed that again on Tuesday night.

'The positions on the flanks are
changing – you need to do a lot of defending and he should be dedicated
more to offensive work.

'It's better (to express these
sentiments) in private than public. I have always come out publicly and
said that I see him in the future through the middle as well.

'He loves to score goals, Theo. He
has good pace, (makes) excellent, intelligent runs, and what has changed
with Theo is he's (become) a very good finisher.

'I would like to take an example on his first goal the other night at Reading. It's a real 'finisher' goal.

'In our team, we have freedom of movement. Nobody is handcuffed. When we have the ball, we have a lot of freedom to move.

'It's important to know where we go, but I think Theo has learned a lot on that.'

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Rafael Nadal plays down hopes of December comeback in Abu Dhabi

Injury-hit Nadal plays down hopes of December comeback in Abu Dhabi

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UPDATED:

08:40 GMT, 10 October 2012

Rafael Nadal concedes it is unlikely he will play tennis again in 2012.

Nadal has not picked up a racket since suffering a surprise second-round exit to Czech Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon in June.

Since then, the 26-year-old has missed the Olympic Games and US Open as he battles ongoing knee soreness.

Rafael Nadal has not picked up a racket since June

Injury blow: Rafael Nadal has not picked up a racket since June

There were reports Nadal could return at the Abu Dhabi exhibition
tournament, starting on December 27.

But when asked whether he would make a comeback before the end of the season, Nadal said: 'Impossible, no. But difficult, yes.

'I want to go day-by-day, I go every day to the gym, the swimming pool to continue with my recovery. I am trying not to think that far.

'It has been very, very tough for me because I feel that my knee didn't improve in the right way … but the last couple of weeks the improvement in my knee is something that I can really feel.

'That helps me to keep working hard doing every day what I have do.

'I am working to try to come back to practice on the tennis court in a not very long period of time.'

Rafael Nadal of Spain

Rafael Nadal of Spain

Nadal, an 11-time grand slam winner, has suffered his fair share of niggles over his career but very few long-term injuries and admitted he was unsure of how long this setback may persist.

'That is something I will know when my I feel my knee completely without pain when I start to practice,' he said.

'I didn't have in the past this long period of time outside of the tennis court, outside of the competition.

'I can imagine when I come back I will need time to practice and practice more and more every day, maybe that will take one month and a half.

'The most important thing is to continue with the treatment … when I don't feel nothing, hopefully that will happen soon, I will come back on the tennis court.'

Lukas Podolski wants to get Arsenal tattoo

Podolski ready to make his mark at Arsenal… by getting a club tattoo on his arm

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UPDATED:

08:39 GMT, 21 September 2012

Lukas Podolski admits he could be tempted to have another tattoo if things continue to go well at Arsenal.

Podolski has the crest of home-town club Cologne inked on the inside of his right arm as a mark of respect for the team he joined at the age of 10, and left for the second time this summer in an 11million deal.

And the German striker, who endured a difficult three-season stint at Bayern Munich before returning home in 2009, is hopeful of making a similarly lasting success of his time at the Emirates Stadium.

Body art: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski has a tattoo of former club Cologne on the inside of his right arm

Body art: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski has a tattoo of former club Cologne on the inside of his right arm

'Cologne meant so much to me because I was there for a long time, maybe I will do the same with Arsenal because I like this club,' Podolski said.

'It is a big club and maybe we can do a tattoo. We can speak about this in the next three or four years.'

Podolski netted his third goal in as many games when the Gunners came from behind to beat Montpellier away in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

And along with fellow summer signing Santi Cazorla, the 27-year-old has integrated quickly into an Arsenal side reshaped following the 24million sale of captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United.

He added: 'When I came on the first day to the club everyone made it easy for me.

Talking to the boss: Podolski and Brazilian defender Andre Santos talk to Arsene Wenger during training

Talking to the boss: Podolski and Brazilian defender Andre Santos talk to Arsene Wenger during training

For club and country: German defender Per Mertesacker with Podolski

For club and country: German defender Per Mertesacker with Podolski

'Not only the team around the team, the coaches, the physios, the president and all the staff make it easy for me.

'We have only played four or five matches and I have three goals and I am very happy about the good start for me and for the team.

'We must keep fit and well – it is a long, long season.'

Cool as you like: Podolski scores against Montpellier

Cool as you like: Podolski scores against Montpellier

Arsenal have conceded just a single goal in the Barclays Premier League so far, and that following a mistake by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the 6-1 thrashing of Southampton.

Going forward the Gunners have looked almost irresistible, with the only thing missing being Olivier Giroud finding the net for the first time.

Podolski admits Arsenal's passing style very much suits his game, whether playing wide on the left or down the centre.

However, he warned against getting swept away in the hype as Arsenal prepare for Sunday's trip to champions Manchester City.

'The team and [manager] Arsene [Wenger] make it easy. Last week we played very well. This is the style of football that I like, we play with one or two touches,' he said.

'We play straight to the front, but we have only played four matches and we are not ready to speak about the title or the Champions League.

'We must carry on playing like the last few matches and we must keep on fighting.'

Jack Wilshere returned to training with the squad this week after missing the whole of last season with an ankle problem, but the England midfielder will not be rushed back into action.

Szczesny, meanwhile, missed the midweek trip to France because of a rib problem, so Vito Mannone could again deputise at City.

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are ready for tough fixtures

Excited Wenger believes Arsenal are ready for tough run after shredding Saints

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18:27 GMT, 15 September 2012

Arsene Wenger is excited by his Arsenal side's form and has backed them to kick on from Saturday's 6-1 thrashing of Southampton in what looks to be a difficult set of upcoming fixtures.

The Gunners dominated proceedings in north London and had built a four-goal advantage over Saints inside the opening 37 minutes, before going onto net twice more in the second half.

Gervinho's brace alongside own goals from Jos Hooiveld and Nathaniel Clyne, a Lukas Podolski free-kick and Theo Walcott's late effort did the damage at the Emirates Stadium.

Lethal: Gervinho was on fine form as Saints were put to the sword

Lethal: Gervinho was on fine form as Saints were put to the sword

The performance bodes well for Arsenal as they prepare for a tough couple of weeks that sees Wenger take his side to Montpellier in the Champions League, before league matches with Manchester City and Chelsea.

'In the first 45 minutes we were at a particularly high level,' the Gunners boss said.

'We had a good combination of pace, speed of our passing and quick combinations. The movement was excellent.

'We were quite lucky as well because they conceded two own goals, but overall I think it was a level of continuity with what we have shown at Liverpool.

'The game was very interesting to watch. We lost a bit of urgency in the second half, but that is human. We controlled the game and remained serious.

'It is a big week coming up because we go on Tuesday to Montpellier, then on Sunday we play at Man City.

'We have two interesting weeks coming up because we play Man City, Chelsea and Montpellier in the Champions League.

'We know much more about the team. There is a positive energy in this team – a desire to play, a desire to play well together and real team play so it is very exciting.'

Arsenal will be boosted by the return of Abou Diaby from a hip problem for those fixtures after a win in which the only negative was the end of the hosts' three-match clean sheet record due to a Wojciech Szczesny clanger.

The Poland international, making his return from a rib injury, spilt a high cross from the right under pressure from Rickie Lambert, allowing Danny Fox to lash home on the stroke of half-time.

'I think he was disappointed,' Wenger said. 'That was the negative of the day, that we conceded a goal.

'We can dwell over that but you have to concede at some time, but it happened like it happened.'

The three points puts Arsenal third in the standings, while leaving visitors Southampton rooted to the bottom of the table.

Looking forward: Arsene Wenger is hoping for good things this season

Looking forward: Arsene Wenger is hoping for good things this season

Nigel Adkins' side have lost all four of their matches since returning to the top flight and were given a hiding today as they failed to cope with the Gunners' speed and directness.

'We just played a very good team and the big thing is – we highlight it all the time – if you have good possession of the football and you turn it over cheaply, the players at this standard are going to punish you,' the Saints manager said.

'Obviously Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are two talented football players. They were ruthless today.

'When the fixtures came out, people were looking at Man City, Man United, Arsenal – three games that on paper we would probably get a good chasing in.

'Today we have come out on the back of a poor scorelines, but from my point of view it just highlights the standards in the Barclays Premier League and what we have to aspire to.

New boy: Maya Yoshida had an unhappy debut

New boy: Maya Yoshida had an unhappy debut

'When we look at it, I think we actually started the first five minutes all right. We kept good possession of the ball and that is what we looked to do.

'But when you score an early goal anywhere, it gives the opposition the upper hand.

'We'll analyse the goals ourselves tomorrow and there are probably things you think you could do better on.'

Southampton's task was made all the more difficult at 2-0 down after Jos Hooiveld went off injured, forcing Adkins to hand new signing Maya Yoshida his debut in the 28th minute.

'We lost Hooiveld after a period of time with a calf injury,' Adkins said. 'We'll have to see how serious it is.

'Maya has only had one training session with us. He has just been to Japan and he was thrown right in at the deep end.

'I think he did ever so well as he grew into the game but it is not easy as he has got to know his team-mates.'

Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0 – match report

Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0: Life after RVP proves hard to bear as Gunners draw blank

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16:05 GMT, 18 August 2012

Arsenal started life after Robin van Persie with a frustrating goalless draw against Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.

The Holland striker – whose 30 goals had dragged the Gunners into third place last season – yesterday completed a 24million move to Manchester United, having made it clear earlier in the summer he would not be signing a new deal.

Arsene Wenger's side, boasting summer signings Lukas Podolski, the German striker, and impressive Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla in the starting XI, enjoyed plenty of possession, but lacked a killer instinct in the final third.

No way through: Arsenal dominated possession but were unable to force their way past Sunderland

No way through: Arsenal dominated possession but were unable to force their way past Sunderland

MATCH FACTS

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott, Gervinho, Podolski. Subs not used: Mannone, Andre Santos, Giroud, Ramsey, Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin.

SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O’Shea, Richardson, Larsson, Colback, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon, Campbell. Subs not used: Westwood, Wickham, Kilgallon, Meyler, Bramble, Saha, Elmohamady.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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When a clear opening eventually came
their way late in the second half, substitute Olivier Giroud, who netted
21 goals for Montpellier last season, fired wide.

While there were plenty of positives
to take from the workrate of his side, manager Arsene Wenger will know
there must be an improvement in conversion rate if Arsenal are to
challenge over the course of the season.

New skipper Thomas Vermaelen received
a warm welcome from the returning Arsenal faithful, along with summer
signings Cazorla and Podolski in the starting line-up.

It was a lively start by the hosts, but Sunderland remained dangerous on the counter through Stephane Sessegnon.

Bright start: Lukas Podolski put in a solid hour-long shift up front for his new club

Bright start: Lukas Podolski put in a solid hour-long shift up front for his new club

On six minutes, the Arsenal defence
was opened up as James McClean slipped into the penalty area, but his
shot was blocked smartly by Wojciech Szczesny.

Spain international Cazorla, signed
from Malaga, almost made himself an instant hero when he charged
forwards and unleashed a 20-yard effort which Black Cats keeper Simon
Mignolet beat away.

Sunderland created another decent
opening when the ball was worked to Jack Colback at the edge of the
Arsenal area, but his low effort was straight at the keeper.

Attacking threat: The likes of Abou Diaby, Gervinho and Santi Cazorla all banged on the Sunderland door

Attacking threat: The likes of Abou Diaby, Gervinho and Santi Cazorla all banged on the Sunderland door

Attacking threat: The likes of Abou Diaby, Gervinho and Santi Cazorla all banged on the Sunderland door

Attacking threat: The likes of Abou Diaby, Gervinho and Santi Cazorla all banged on the Sunderland door

Gervinho skipped away down the left
and rode a couple of tackles before cutting the ball back across goal,
only for Cazorla to drill it wide.

Arsenal continued to press Sunderland deeper as Abou Diaby's low, 20-yard effort was touched around the post.

The visitors, however, set up with two banks of four and were hard to break down.

Sunderland also looked to get forwards themselves, with the best success again coming down the left flank though Sessegnon.

Running man: Theo Walcott was a thorn in the side of the visitors' defence for the most part

Running man: Theo Walcott was a thorn in the side of the visitors' defence for the most part

Arsenal finally pulled some passes
together as Theo Walcott was played into the right and his cutback to
the near post was hacked behind before Podolski could get there.

The second half opened the same
pattern, with the hosts were left frustrated by some stern defending as
much as their own poor choice of final pass.

Old friends: Sebastian Larsson, formerly of Arsenal, tried his best to give Sunderland a presence in attack

Old friends: Sebastian Larsson, formerly of Arsenal, tried his best to give Sunderland a presence in attack

On 57 minutes, Kieran Richardson
upended Walcott some 25 yards out. Podolski took the free-kick, but the
German's effort flew just over.

As the hour mark passed, Sessegnon was replaced by Louis Saha, signed on a free transfer after he left Tottenham.

The Gunners also made a change when Giroud came on for his debut, Podolski making way.

Wenger then aimed to inject some
fresh ideas into midfield as Wales captain Aaron Ramsey – part of the
Team GB Olympic squad this summer – came on for the hard-working Diaby.

Don't forget us: Jack Colback was at the heart of the good things being done by the Mackems

Don't forget us: Jack Colback was at the heart of the good things being done by the Mackems

Don't forget us: Jack Colback was at the heart of the good things being done by the Mackems

Sunderland continued to sit back, but
Arsenal failed to make the most of their possession heading into the
final 15 minutes, when Walcott was replaced by Andrey Arshavin, the
Russian whose future remains uncertain following a loan spell at former
club Zenit St Petersburg last season.

With nine minutes left, Cazorla
played in Giroud, but the French striker, so clinical in Ligue 1 last
season, fired wide from 10 yards.

Arsenal pressed in search of a winner
during four minutes of stoppage time, but had to be content with just a
point – which was greeted by boos from some home supporters.

Lukas Podolski raring to go with Arsenal

The real Podolski is almost here! New Arsenal signing raring to go

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UPDATED:

09:57 GMT, 9 August 2012

New Arsenal foward Lukas Podolski admitted he is feeling the effects of a busy summer after starring at Euro 2012.

Podolski missed the Gunners' tour of the Far East before joining his new team-mates ahead of the pre-season trip to Germany.

He will play against his former club Cologne on Sunday and assured Arsenal fans that when the season starts they will see the 'real Podolski'.

Settling in: Lukas Podolski has joined up with his Arsenal team-mates

Settling in: Lukas Podolski has joined up with his Arsenal team-mates

'I am now two weeks into training and it is not easy when you come back to your club after a European Championship or World Cup,'

Podolski told Arsenal's website. 'I need some more weeks and then you will see the real Podolski.

Weighting game: Podolksi and fellow German Per Mertesacker watch Robin van Persie

Weighting game: Podolksi and fellow German Per Mertesacker watch Robin van Persie

'It has been very good so far. This is a big club with a great coach and I am very proud to be an Arsenal player. I am looking forward to the first match of the season against Sunderland.'

The Germany international is looking forward to playing against his old employers, having enjoyed two spells at Cologne with a stint at Bayern Munich in between.

Podolski added: 'I'm back home, in my city, and looking forward to the match. This is my first match for Arsenal and I am very happy.

'I hope I can score against Cologne, it is not easy but we want to win the match and then look ahead to the game against Sunderland.

'I started my career in Cologne when I was 10 and then I was in the first team when I was 17 or 18 years old. It was a great time; they have great fans, a great stadium and it is a great club.

'Now they are in the second division, so it is not easy but I hope they will go back up to the first division.'

Santi Cazorla set for Arsenal medical

Cazorla set for medical as Gunners close in on 17.3m deal

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22:06 GMT, 1 August 2012

Santi is coming to town: The Malaga ace is set for a medical at Arsenal

Santi is coming to town: The Malaga ace is set for a medical at Arsenal

Malaga's Santi Cazorla is due to fly into London this week for a medical with Arsenal once a 17.3million fee is agreed.

With Robin van Persie poised to leave, the capture of Cazorla, 27, is the major signing of the summer that Arsene Wenger has been promising.

Wenger was beaten to the signature of
the Spain midfielder last year by Malaga, who had been seemingly
enriched by their purchase by Qatari Sheik Abdullah Bin Nasser
Al-Thani.

But the club now have to clear huge
debts by the end of the month or face relegation to Spain's second tier,
the loss of their UEFA licence and Champions League expulsion.

Adding Cazorla to the signings of
Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud represents the most significant summer
strengthening since Arsenal imposed financial constraints on transfers
in 2004.