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Gareth Bale has banana thrown at him during Tottenham v Arsenal

Bale strikes back after Arsenal fan throws banana at him in north London derby

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

17:09 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:09 GMT, 3 March 2013

Gareth Bale had a banana thrown at him by an Arsenal fan as he went to take a corner in Sunday's north London derby.

The linesman removed it from the pitch and no further action was taken after the incident.

Bale got his own back soon after, being
played in by Gylfi Sigurdsson and prodding the ball past Wojciech
Szczesny to open the scoring for Spurs against their arch-rivals at White Hate Lane.

Incident: The linesman holds the banana thrown at Gareth Bale as he went to take the corner

Incident: The linesman holds the banana thrown at Gareth Bale as he went to take the corner

When bananas are thrown on to football pitches they are usually in incidents with a racial connotation.

Inter Milan fans recently racially abused AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli by bringing inflatable bananas to the San Siro for their recent derby.

Arsenal fans call for Arsene Wenger to resign after FA Cup defeat to Blackburn

Worst ever for Wenger: Fans call for Arsenal boss to resign after FA Cup shocker

By
Andrew Warshaw and Joe Bernstein

PUBLISHED:

21:07 GMT, 16 February 2013

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UPDATED:

02:07 GMT, 17 February 2013

Despondent Arsene Wenger rued another devastating defeat as the worst season in his 16-and-a-half-year Arsenal reign plumbed new depths amid a torrent of abuse at the Emirates.

With Bayern Munich visiting north London in the Champions League on Tuesday, Wenger made seven changes for yesterday's FA Cup fifth-round tie with Championship side Blackburn but suffered another humiliation as his team were again humbled by lower league opposition.

Colin Kazim-Richards's 72ndminute winner not only extended Arsenal's trophyless drought to eight years but was the first time under Wenger's tenure that the Gunners had lost in the FA Cup to a team outside the Premier League.

Tought to take: Arsene Wenger reacts as Arsenal slumped to defeat against Blackburn

Tought to take: Arsene Wenger reacts as Arsenal slumped to defeat against Blackburn

With Arsenal's board set to review
their manager's position at the end of the season – and Wenger himself
understood to be considering his position – Everton manager David Moyes
last night emerged as a shock contender to take over next season.

Elsewhere, seven arrests were made as
a heavy police presence at Luton's FA Cup clash with Millwall ensured
there was no chance of a repeat of the hooliganism that erupted when the
sides met in 1985.

Three hundred Bedfordshire police
were on duty in the Kenilworth Road area as a 'small minority' of fans
were involved in a tense stand-off after Millwall's 3-0 victory.

Barnsley striker Marlon Harewood was
alleged to have been abused by a fan during his side's 3-1 win over MK
Dons, with the home side's manager, David Flitcroft, intervening.

Decider: Colin Kazim-Richards fires past Wojciech Szczesny to dump the gunners out of the FA Cup

Decider: Colin Kazim-Richards fires past Wojciech Szczesny to dump the gunners out of the FA Cup

At the Emirates, Wenger's postmatch
press conference lasted barely five minutes as he was bombarded with
questions about his side's continuing frailties in a season now in
danger of going into freefall.

'It's very painful and very disappointing,' said Wenger, whose
side were knocked out of the League Cup by League Two Bradford in
December.

Even when he brought on first-choice players Theo Walcott,
Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, they failed to find a way through
Michael Appleton's resolute side and were booed off.

Lifelong Arsenal
fan and Ryder Cup golf hero Ian Poulter tweeted: 'Utter crap Wenger
that's your lot you have to go, take a bow you've done an amazing job
over the years but enough is enough …'

Down and out: A dejected Jack wilshere reacts to Kazim-Richards' goal

Down and out: A dejected Jack wilshere reacts to Kazim-Richards' goal

'We had 11 international players
on the pitch at the start of the game,' said Wenger, whose side had 26
shots – 12 on target – and totally dominated possession.

'But we made a
massive mistake on the goal.'

Asked if the current season was his
worst, Wenger hit back: 'It is not over yet. For you maybe, but not for
me. It's important to focus on our next game. It's a good opportunity to
show we have character.'

Famous victory: Michael Appleton (left) congratulates Jason Lowe after victory at the Emirates

Famous victory: Michael Appleton (left) congratulates Jason Lowe after victory at the Emirates

Wenger's contract runs out in 2014
and he has so far refused to discuss a new one. If he leaves at the end
of the season, he may look to return to France.

Aware of Wenger's perilous position,
Moyes has told Everton he is unlikely to discuss his own future until
the summer when his current deal runs out.

Despite his close relationship with
owner Bill Kenwright, there is irritation inside Everton at Moyes's
tactics, which they regard as a form of blackmail to push for new
signings.

Into the last eight: Blackburn claimed a morale-boosting win, continuing Appleton's fine start as boss

Into the last eight: Blackburn claimed a morale-boosting win, continuing Appleton's fine start as boss

Arsenal fans call for Arsene Wengerto resign after FA Cup defeat to Blackburn

Worst ever for Wenger: Fans call for Arsenal boss to resign after FA Cup shocker

By
Andrew Warshaw and Joe Bernstein

PUBLISHED:

21:07 GMT, 16 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:56 GMT, 16 February 2013

Despondent Arsene Wenger rued another devastating defeat as the worst season in his 16-and-a-half-year Arsenal reign plumbed new depths amid a torrent of abuse at the Emirates.

With Bayern Munich visiting north London in the Champions League on Tuesday, Wenger made seven changes for yesterday's FA Cup fifth-round tie with Championship side Blackburn but suffered another humiliation as his team were again humbled by lower league opposition.

Colin Kazim-Richards's 72ndminute winner not only extended Arsenal's trophyless drought to eight years but was the first time under Wenger's tenure that the Gunners had lost in the FA Cup to a team outside the Premier League.

Tought to take: Arsene Wenger reacts as Arsenal slumped to defeat against Blackburn

Tought to take: Arsene Wenger reacts as Arsenal slumped to defeat against Blackburn

With Arsenal's board set to review
their manager's position at the end of the season – and Wenger himself
understood to be considering his position – Everton manager David Moyes
last night emerged as a shock contender to take over next season.

Elsewhere, seven arrests were made as
a heavy police presence at Luton's FA Cup clash with Millwall ensured
there was no chance of a repeat of the hooliganism that erupted when the
sides met in 1985.

Three hundred Bedfordshire police
were on duty in the Kenilworth Road area as a 'small minority' of fans
were involved in a tense stand-off after Millwall's 3-0 victory.

Barnsley striker Marlon Harewood was
alleged to have been abused by a fan during his side's 3-1 win over MK
Dons, with the home side's manager, David Flitcroft, intervening.

Decider: Colin Kazim-Richards fires past Wojciech Szczesny to dump the gunners out of the FA Cup

Decider: Colin Kazim-Richards fires past Wojciech Szczesny to dump the gunners out of the FA Cup

At the Emirates, Wenger's postmatch
press conference lasted barely five minutes as he was bombarded with
questions about his side's continuing frailties in a season now in
danger of going into freefall.

'It's very painful and very disappointing,' said Wenger, whose
side were knocked out of the League Cup by League Two Bradford in
December.

Even when he brought on first-choice players Theo Walcott,
Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, they failed to find a way through
Michael Appleton's resolute side and were booed off.

Lifelong Arsenal
fan and Ryder Cup golf hero Ian Poulter tweeted: 'Utter crap Wenger
that's your lot you have to go, take a bow you've done an amazing job
over the years but enough is enough …'

Down and out: A dejected Jack wilshere reacts to Kazim-Richards' goal

Down and out: A dejected Jack wilshere reacts to Kazim-Richards' goal

'We had 11 international players
on the pitch at the start of the game,' said Wenger, whose side had 26
shots – 12 on target – and totally dominated possession.

'But we made a
massive mistake on the goal.'

Asked if the current season was his
worst, Wenger hit back: 'It is not over yet. For you maybe, but not for
me. It's important to focus on our next game. It's a good opportunity to
show we have character.'

Famous victory: Michael Appleton (left) congratulates Jason Lowe after victory at the Emirates

Famous victory: Michael Appleton (left) congratulates Jason Lowe after victory at the Emirates

Wenger's contract runs out in 2014
and he has so far refused to discuss a new one. If he leaves at the end
of the season, he may look to return to France.

Aware of Wenger's perilous position,
Moyes has told Everton he is unlikely to discuss his own future until
the summer when his current deal runs out.

Despite his close relationship with
owner Bill Kenwright, there is irritation inside Everton at Moyes's
tactics, which they regard as a form of blackmail to push for new
signings.

Into the last eight: Blackburn claimed a morale-boosting win, continuing Appleton's fine start as boss

Into the last eight: Blackburn claimed a morale-boosting win, continuing Appleton's fine start as boss

David Villa on Arsenal radar as Arsene Wenger ponders swoop for Barcelona star

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal chase Barcelona star Villa as Wenger aims to bolster attacking options

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22:04 GMT, 21 December 2012

Arsenal are exploring an audacious swoop for Barcelona striker David Villa.

And Wojciech Szczesny's future as the Gunners' first-choice goalkeeper is growing increasingly uncertain with Sunderland custodian Simon Mignolet the latest to emerge as a January target.

But it is the possible capture of Villa that will excite Arsenal fans going into the festive period.

Wanted: Arsenal could make an audacious swoop for Barcelona striker Villa

Wanted: Arsenal could make an audacious swoop for Barcelona striker Villa

Arsene Wenger and his backroom team have discussed a January swoop for Villa, a forward the Gunners boss has admired for several years.

The Gunners would rather take the 31-year-old on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal depending on how he takes to the Premier League.

But if the price is right, Arsenal would stretch to a long term deal in January.

Keeping the bench warm: Villa has become frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at Barcelona

Keeping the bench warm: Villa has become frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at Barcelona

Sources in Spain indicate Barca could let Villa leave should he indicate a preference to depart given his lack of first-team football.

Wenger has made bolstering his strikeforce a top priority next month.

Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Adrian Lopez and Edin Dzeko all feature on Wenger's list, while Thierry Henry is expected to return for a third spell at the club.

That's handy: Henry is set for a return to Arsenal in January

That's handy: Henry is set for a return to Arsenal in January

Wenger's search for a new goalkeeper to challenge Szczesny has seen him turn to the impressive Mignolet.

The Arsenal manager is unhappy with the level of competition Szczesny has at the moment and wants an experienced keeper to push the young Pole and even replace him.

Pepe Reina, Asmir Begovic and Michel Vorm are other goalkeeping possibilities.

Approach: Arsenal are poised to make a bid for Sunderland stopper Mignolet

Approach: Arsenal are poised to make a bid for Sunderland stopper Mignolet

Szczesny is unlikely to be happy about the prospect of sitting on the bench should the new arrival push him out of the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha is set to decide on a move to either Manchester United or Arsenal next month.

The England international has privately set his heart on leaving Selhurst Park in January for a move to an elite top flight club.

And it is understood Zaha is weighing up solid offers from Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium.

Wojciech Szczesny spotted at nightclub after cup defeat

Szczesny and pals spotted enjoying a night out despite Arsenal catastrophe

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UPDATED:

13:46 GMT, 13 December 2012

The night after crashing out of the Capital One Cup in embarrassing fashion to League Two Bradford, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and a few team-mates dusted themselves off for a night out in London.

The Arsenal players were seen dressed up and enjoying themselves at hotspot the Aura Club on Wednesday night.

Man about town: Wojciech Szczesny relaxing the night after Arsenal's embarrassing defeat

Man about town: Wojciech Szczesny relaxing the night after Arsenal's embarrassing defeat

Arsenal’s season looks to be in
meltdown, with supporters finally turning on manager Arsene Wenger after
another cup defeat, arguably his worst defeat since taking over at the
club in 1996.

Wenger picked a strong side worth nearly 67million to face the League Two outfit — total cost 7,500 — but after scoring a late equaliser to take the tie to extra time Arsenal lost on penalties.

The under-fire manager was subjected to yet more humiliation when Bradford captain Gary Jones insisted Torquay had proved more difficult to beat than Arsenal.

Jones delivered a scathing assessment, arguing Arsenal players should hang their heads in shame after putting up less fight than Torquay in a League Two fixture three days earlier.

Mid-table Torquay kept Bradford at bay until bowing to an 85th-minute goal from one of Tuesday’s substitutes, Alan Connell, and Jones was in no doubt about who had inconvenienced them more.

‘I think it’s safe to say Torquay gave us a tougher game,’ said the 35-year old, whose previous claim to fame was making a record number of appearances for Rochdale.

‘It was like a role reversal, because Torquay defended really well against us, whereas it was us defending really well against Arsenal.

‘When you look at what the two teams cost (Bradford 7,500, Arsenal over 65million), it is an incredible result. Without a shadow of a doubt, if I was an Arsenal player heading home after that, I would be embarrassed.’

Upset: Arsenal went down to Bradford on penalties on Tuesday night

Upset: Arsenal went down to Bradford on penalties on Tuesday night

Olympiacos 2 Arsenal 1: Match report

Olympiacos 2 Arsenal 1: Yet another bad night for the Gunners… but Wenger still didn't see it

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07:52 GMT, 5 December 2012

Arsenal players stood dejected as smoke wafted across the pitch from the flares going off behind Wojciech Szczesny’s goal.

It was happening again. Kostas Mitroglou had scored for Olympiacos and another Gunners defeat had been snatched from the jaws of victory.

Tomas Rosicky had put Arsenal ahead in an encouraging first half but they never looked like recovering from goals by Giannis Maniatis, scored from a corner that should not have been given, and Mitroglou.

Taking the lead: Olympiacos' players congratulate team-mate Giannis Maniatis after scoring the second goal

Taking the lead: Olympiacos' players congratulate team-mate Giannis Maniatis after scoring the second goal

MATCH FACTS

Olympiacos: Carroll, Diakite, Manolas, Contreras, Torosidis, Paulo Machado, Maniatis, Fejsa (David Fuster 60), Greco, Djebbour (Ibagaza 82), Abdoun (Mitroglou 72).
Subs Not Used: Megyeri, Pantelic, Fetfatzidis, Siovas.

Booked: Fejsa.

Goals: Maniatis 65, Mitroglou 73.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Squillaci, Vermaelen, Meade (Angha 83), Coquelin, Rosicky (Arshavin 46), Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Gervinho.

Subs Not Used: Shea, Ansah, Hajrovic, Monteiro, Akpom.

Booked: Coquelin, Szczesny, Squillaci, Chamakh.

Goal: Rosicky 38.

Attendance: 30,000

Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

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Wenger, though, insisted — once again — on remaining upbeat. ‘I believe it was a positive game,’ he said. ‘We left eight or nine players at home and we had a positive game.

‘We had a good first half. We dropped physically in the second because many players lack competition and therefore we couldn’t take the chances for a second goal.

‘We also got a bad decision on their first goal. I’m not against a fifth referee but you would like them to be concentrated on their job.’

You could argue this result did not matter as Arsenal had already qualified for the knockout stages and now avoid teams such as Real Madrid by finishing second in Group B.

But that would be to underestimate the importance confidence plays in this club’s performances, no matter who is in the starting XI. The manager fielded a second string XI but, apart from 20-year-old Champions League debutant Jernade Meade at left back, they were still experienced, boasting nine internationals. It should have been good enough to beat a Greek side who themselves made six changes from their last league game, being already assured of a place in the Europa League.

Lone striker Marouane Chamakh, making only his second start of the season, showed all the touch and confidence of a footballer who has not played since October 30, although his downward header from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross found Rosicky, who teed up Aaron Ramsey, only for the Wales midfielder to miscue horribly.

Strike it lucky: Olympiacos' Kostas Mitroglou scores the second goal

Strike it lucky: Olympiacos' Kostas Mitroglou scores the second goal

Going ahead: Mitroglou celebrates his goal

Going ahead: Mitroglou celebrates his goal

Olympiacos’ finishing was poor in the
first half, with Djamel Abdoun, Rafik Djebbour and Vassilis Torossidis
missing excellent chances.

Gervinho and Rosicky, though, were
impressive, combining for Arsenal’s 38th-minute opener.

Gervinho made a
strong, determined run to the byline and held off two defenders before
passing back to Rosicky, who finished with a right-foot strike into the
bottom corner for his first goal since March.

On level terms: Giannis Maniatis celebrates making it 1-1

On level terms: Giannis Maniatis celebrates making it 1-1

But Arsenal were guilty of forcing attacks without Rosicky’s guile in the second half.

Paulo Machado’s downwards header sent
Szczesny scampering across his goal. Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco
awarded a corner, although Szczesny claimed he had not touched the ball,
and Olympiacos duly scored, with Maniatis stabbing the ball home.

Tracking his man: Aaron Ramsey challenges Djamel Abdoun for the ball

Tracking his man: Aaron Ramsey challenges Djamel Abdoun for the ball

Incidents like this tend to expose
Arsenal’s fragility and they allowed substitute Mitroglou time and space
to turn and shoot home from just outside the box in the 73rd minute.

‘We need a good Christmas present now
(in the draw),’ said Wenger. ‘The important thing now is to focus on the
championship and forget about the Champions League and get ourselves
back in decent form in the championship.’

Frustrated: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw his side throw away the lead

Frustrated: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw his side throw away the lead

Going ahead: Arsenal's players celebrate after Rosicky's goal

Going ahead: Arsenal's players celebrate after Rosicky's goal

The chase is on: Olympiakos goalkeeper Roy Caroll fights for the ball with Arsenal's Mauane Chamakh

The chase is on: Olympiakos goalkeeper Roy Caroll fights for the ball with Arsenal's Mauane Chamakh

Arsenal 0 Swansea City 2 match report

Arsenal 0 Swansea 2: Michu's late double piles more misery on Wenger on day of protest at The Emirates

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UPDATED:

17:15 GMT, 1 December 2012

Swansea condemned Arsenal to a 2-0 home Barclays Premier League defeat as Michu fired in two late goals at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had been second best for long spells, and despite an improved performance after the break, the Swans earned reward for their persistence when Spain forward Michu grabbed a late brace.

Jeers greeted the final whistle at Emirates Stadium, as manager Arsene Wenger's side dropped more points and fell further behind in the battle to break back into the top four.

Gunners fans backing the 'Black Scarf Movement' had demonstrated around the ground before kick-off, complaining at the perceived commercialisation of the club following their move to the Emirates Stadium.

Double blast: Swansea's Michu netted twice to settle this match 2-0 in their favour after Arsenal again failed to perform

Double blast: Swansea's Michu netted twice to settle this match 2-0 in their favour after Arsenal again failed to perform

Great finish: Michu curls a shot home to give Swansea the lead on 87 minutes

Great finish: Michu curls a shot home to give Swansea the lead on 87 minutes

Wild celebrations: Michu soaks up the acclaim of the travelling supporters after scoring

Wild celebrations: Michu soaks up the acclaim of the travelling supporters after scoring

Another painful afternoon: Olivier Giroud looks dejected as Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 home loss to Swansea

Another painful afternoon: Olivier Giroud looks dejected as Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 home loss to Swansea

On the pitch, Wenger opted to deploy
Ivory Coast forward Gervinho in the central striker role ahead of Theo
Walcott, who had netted an early goal in the midweek 1-1 draw at
Everton.

However, it was Swansea who were the
first to press, with a free-kick into the Arsenal penalty area
eventually being hacked away by Per Mertesacker.

In the 14th minute Arsenal goalkeeper
Wojciech Szczesny made a fine double save after Angel Rangel had been
played in on the overlap down the right and fired in a low, angled drive
with his follow-up effort also blocked by the agile Pole.

Arsenal failed to get any sort of
rhythm together in the first 20 minutes, far too careless in possession
and lacking ideas in the final third.

Duck and cover: The result piles more pressure on Arsene Wenger, who was booed at the final whistle

Duck and cover: The result piles more pressure on Arsene Wenger, who was booed at the final whistle

Dejection: Theo Walcott can only stare into space as Swansea celebrate Michu's first goal with three minutes to play

Dejection: Theo Walcott can only stare into space as Swansea celebrate Michu's first goal with three minutes to play

Pot shot: Jack Wilshere sees his effort blocked by Swansea's Angel Rangel

Pot shot: Jack Wilshere sees his effort blocked by Swansea's Angel Rangel

Bounce: Arsenal Santi Cazorla leaps for the ball with Sung-Yeung Ki at the Emirates

Bounce: Arsenal Santi Cazorla leaps for the ball with Sung-Yeung Ki at the Emirates

Midfield tussle: Ki and Mikel Arteta battle for the ball in the middle of the park

Midfield tussle: Ki and Mikel Arteta battle for the ball in the middle of the park

Match facts

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Arteta, Wilshere (Rosicky 78), Walcott, Gervinho (Oxlade-Chamberlain 66), Podolski (Giroud 67)

Subs not used: Mannone, Ramsey, Squillaci, Coquelin

Bookings: Vermaelen

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Ki, de Guzman (Tiendalli 73), Schechter (Moore 67), Michu

Subs not used: Cornell, Monk, Agustien, Richards, Donnelly

Goals: Michu 87, 90

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Attendance: 60,098

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Carl Jenkinson, in for injured
right-back Bacary Sagna, whipped a cross through the six-yard box, but
Gervinho could not make contact.

The hosts finally got some momentum,
with Santi Cazorla headed at Swans goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel after
another good cross from Jenkinson.

Nathan Dyer suddenly burst clear
through on goal from a flick by Miguel Michu, but Arsenal captain Thomas
Vermaelen made up the ground to produce a brilliant sliding block just
as the Swansea forward shaped to shoot.

Eight minutes before the break Michu
was bundled over by Mikel Arteta at the edge of the Arsenal penalty
area. Jonathan de Guzman whipped his free-kick up over the wall, but
also the crossbar.

Arsenal offered little in way of
attacking threat, and when Podolski did send over a good cross from the
left, Gervinho failed to make a clean connection as the ball bounced
away to the corner flag – which just about summed up the first half for
the hosts.

Arsenal emerged with much more vigour for the restart.

Cazorla shot straight at the goalkeeper following good work by Jack Wilshere.

Gervinho's run to the edge of the Swansea box was halted by Chico, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on.

Aerial battle: Angel Rangel outjumps Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski

Aerial battle: Angel Rangel outjumps Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski

Anger: Fans protested in the streets outside the Emirates Stadium before the match with Swansea

Anger: Fans protested in the streets outside the Emirates Stadium before the match with Swansea over the way they perceive the club is being run

Protest: A group of Arsenal supporters marched outside the Emirates Stadium before kick-off in protest at the way the club is being run

Protest: A group of Arsenal supporters marched outside the Emirates Stadium before kick-off in protest at the way the club is being run

There was still threat on the
counter-attack from Swansea, though, as Rangel got clear again down the
right, with Szczesny making another important block at the near post.

With 24 minutes to go, Wenger made a double change as Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Podolski and Gervinho.

French striker Giroud was put clean
through straight away, but was caught by a desperate lunge from Chico –
with referee Clattenburg indicating he felt the Swansea defender got the
slightest of touches, much to the disbelief of Wenger.

With 11 minutes left, Wilshere was
replaced by Tomas Rosicky as the injury-plagued Czech midfielder made
his first appearance since May.

Swansea created another good opening
when substitute Dwight Tiendalli cut into the right side of the Arsenal
box, but again Szczesny produced a smart block.

With five minutes left, Vermaelen's flying header just lacked the pace to beat Tremmel.

Swansea, though, took the lead when
Michu broke clear after a neat one-two with substitute Luke Moore to
slot past Szczesny and leave more questions for Wenger to answer about
the character of his side.

It got worst for the Gunners in
stoppage time when Michu again latched onto a long clearance, racing
through to beat the keeper again.

Arsenal set Theo Walcott deadline for contract talks as Arsene Wenger plans January clear-out

Tell us you're staying by end of November: Arsenal set Walcott deadline for contract talks as Wenger plans January clear-out

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UPDATED:

09:52 GMT, 30 October 2012

Arsenal want a definitive answer from Theo Walcott over his contract dispute by the end of November.

Gunners chiefs are planning a final round of talks with the forward's representatives next month, with both parties still hopeful of reaching an agreement.

If a common ground cannot be reached then Walcott will be made available during the January transfer window.

Juventus are monitoring the contract stand-off, as are Liverpool and Chelsea.

In the running: Theo Walcott (centre), who will enter a final round of contract talks with Arsenal next month, gives team-mates Jernade Meade (left) and Francis Coquelin the slip during training at London Colney yesterday

In the running: Theo Walcott (centre), who will enter a final round of contract talks with Arsenal next month, gives team-mates Jernade Meade (left) and Francis Coquelin the slip during training at London Colney yesterday

Set for a rise Walcott (right), wants an improvement to his 60,000-a-week deal, challenges Wojciech Szczesny, also back from injury, during training yesterday

Set for a rise Walcott (right), wants an improvement to his 60,000-a-week deal, challenges Wojciech Szczesny, also back from injury, during training yesterday

Walcott could head an Arsenal clear-out in an attempt to boost their coffers even further during the January sales.

Marouane Chamakh, Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci are also set to be made available.

Chamakh is wanted by former club Bordeaux, while Brazilian club Internacional are also interested in the Morocco striker.

However, 28-year-old Chamakh's possible return to France is being scuppered by his 50,000-a-week wages.

He is keen on a return, but Bordeaux
are only willing to offer him a deal worth half that and Chamakh is
unwilling to take such a drop.

Arsenal substitute Andrey Arshavin before the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Arsenal FC and FC Schalke 04 at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2012

Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh celebrates after scoring against Leyton Orient during a FA Cup fifth round replay at the Emirates Stadium in March 2011

Pointing at the exit: Arshavin (left) and Chamakh (right) are set to feature – with Walcott – in a January clear-out

Johan Djourou in action v Man City

Arsenal's French defender Sebastien Squillaci in action v Leeds United at The Emirates Stadium, in January 2011

Leaving party: Djourou (left) and Squillaci (right) are also believed to be heading out of the Emirates in January

Meanwhile, Fulham are interested in
Arshavin, while the Russian would also have options in his homeland.
Napoli are interested in signing Switzerland defender Djourou.

January's planned auction is a
continuation of Arsenal's semi-successful summer clear-out which saw
unwanted players such as Manuel Almunia, Carlos Vela and Henri Lansbury
leave on a permanent basis, while Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson and Park
Chu-young all left on loan.

Supporters will hope funds raised from
the planned January cull will be made available to Arsene Wenger to
strengthen his squad, particularly after the summer losses of Robin van
Persie and Alex Song.

Walcott is seeking a major improvement on his current 60,000-a-week deal, which expires at the end of this season.

Sportsmail understands that the
Southampton Academy graduate wants 100,000-a-week to keep him at the
Emirates – a deal that would now make him the club’s highest earner.

Wenger, however, is reluctant to go beyond their current 75,000-a-week offer.

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Theo Walcott of England and Aldo Junior Simoncini of San Marino England v San Marino Pictures Andy Hooper

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Theo Walcott of England and Aldo Junior Simoncini of San Marino England v San Marino Pictures Andy Hooper

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England v San Marino at Wembley Stadiun - Theo Walcott of England and gets clattered by Aldo Junior Simoncini of San Marino. England won the game 5-0.

Crash, bang, wallop: Walcott missed five weeks of this season after this crunching challenge from San Marino keeper Aldo Junior Simoncini during England's 5-0 win at Wembley last month Pictures: ANDY HOOPER

Walcott receives treatment for a serious injury to his abdomen during the World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium

Chest pain: Walcott receives treatment for a serious injury to his abdomen during the World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium

Walcott and his manager continue to have alternative views over how the forward fits into the Arsenal team.

Wenger prefers to play Walcott on the
right wing, but the England star, keen to utilise his pace, believes he
would make an effective centre forward.

Last month, Walcott said: 'It is a
case of having trust in me up front. I was signed as a striker and it is
about time, I want to play up front. I have learnt my game on the wing.
When you look at what I did last year I think I can do even more.
Hopefully I will be given the opportunity. I am desperate for it.'

Walcott has started only two of his 10
Arsenal games this season, and only one match – the Capital One Cup
thrashing of Coventry City last month – since his contract stand-off
with the club.

Walcott is poised to make his first
Arsenal start for five weeks against Reading tonight, after returning
from the chest injury he suffered on England duty against San Marino
earlier this month.

Arsenal"s Wojciech Szczesny returns to training

Gunners boost as keeper Szczesny resumes training after six weeks out

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UPDATED:

15:59 GMT, 29 October 2012

Arsenal have been handed a major boost with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny returning to training ahead of the Premier League clash against Manchester United.

The Gunners travel to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon hoping to build on the moral-boosting win they enjoyed over QPR.

Safe hands: Wojciech Szczesny stepped up his recovery from injury when he returned to training

Safe hands: Wojciech Szczesny stepped up his recovery from injury when he returned to training

Fighting fit: Theo Walcott was also among those to feature on Monday afternoon

Fighting fit: Theo Walcott was also among those to feature on Monday afternoon

Szczesny has been out of action for six weeks having suffered an ankle injury following the 6-1 win over Southampton in Setpember.

The Pole's place in the side has been filled, unconvincingly, by Italian Vito Mannone, while the club's No 2, Lukasz Fabianski, is out for three months with ligament damage.

Szczesny has had a difficult season so far, appearing just twice, one of which featured the howler which led to Southampton's consolation in the Emirates Stadium thrashing.

Kids are alright: Thomas Eisfeld

Kids are alright: Thomas Eisfeld

Kids are alright: Emmanuel Frimpong and Thomas Eisfeld are likely to feature against Reading on Tuesday

He has been in a protective boot through October, but took part in training on Monday morning.

Arsenal's next game is on Tuesday in the League Cup, when Reading visit London, though any decision on Szczesny's availability will be made on the day of the game.

Vito Mannone wanted by inter Miland and Napoli

Inter Milan and Napoli on alert as Mannone waits to open Arsenal contract talks

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09:16 GMT, 9 October 2012


No talks: Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone

No talks: Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone

Inter Milan and Napoli are on alert after Vito Mannone admitted he has not discussed a new contract at Arsenal despite his current deal due to expire at the end of the season.

According to reports in Italy, both Serie A giants have been impressed by the once third-choice Italian keeper's start to the season, starting five of their seven Premier League games in the absence of injured No 1 Wojciech Szczesny and understudy Lukasz Fabianksi.

Mannone arrived at the Gunners as a teenager from Atalanta in 2005 and has been at the Emirates for seven years, spending spent loans spells at Barnsley and Hull.

But the 24-year-old insists he is more concerned about keeping his place in the side when Szczesny returns.

'Neither myself nor anyone from my family or friends have spoken about any deal,' he told the club's official website.

'At the moment I am really happy and just focusing on training and playing well.

'I am trying to be the No.1 for this club and win trophies. That is my only concern and I would like to make that clear.

'The boss has given me the chance. I have to keep going and prove myself in every single game.

'This is my best time at Arsenal so I would be crazy to not take the chance to put up a fight for my place.'