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Arsenal"s Theo Walcott says he was abused by fans

Abuse from Arsenal fans wasn't fair but now I know how to deal with it, says Walcott

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

10:03 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

10:04 GMT, 20 April 2013

Winger Theo Walcott has revealed that he has received plenty of abuse during his time at Arsenal, but that he has learnt to avoid it all as he continues to mature.

The 24-year-old's future was in doubt at the beginning of the season, but he signed a new 100,000-a-week deal in January to end speculation he might leave the Emirates.

His form has varied over the past few season between being at the fore of the Gunners' attack and going missing in games.

Why bother Theo Walcott says that he avoids message boards and Twitter criticism

Why bother Theo Walcott says that he avoids message boards and Twitter criticism

Bruised: Walcott got a battering on the pitch against Everton as he felt the force of their midfield

Bruised: Walcott got a battering on the pitch against Everton as he felt the force of their midfield

Walcott says he didn't feel like the criticism he got was justified: 'Last year against Tottenham in the first half, I got a lot of abuse from the fans, which wasn't fair,' he said to The Times.

'I'm sure they would be nice to my face. People always are nice when they meet you. They would come up to me and say, ''We hope you stay, but respect your decision.''

His desire to play a more central role in Arsenal's front three is no secret, and Arsene Wenger has used him to spearhead the attack on several occasions, most notably when they beat Newcastle 7-3 and Walcott scored a hat-trick.

Taking the full force: Walcott has had his fair share of knocks against Spurs

Taking the full force: Walcott has had his fair share of knocks against Spurs

He has learnt to take the good with the bad, however, and says he now knows to keep his distance from some fans' opinions.

'It's only on message boards or Twitter and stuff – or when it's in a crowd – that it turns nasty, and that's why I avoid all that stuff.'

Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott has been injured for the past month, and is raring to get back into the thick of the action.

He started their 0-0 draw with Everton and will hope to feature again as Arsenal travel across london to play Fulham.

Incensed: Arsene Wenger was angry with what he felt was over-physical play from Everton

Incensed: Arsene Wenger was angry with what he felt was over-physical play from Everton

But it's not always been so easy for Walcott to muster the confidence that he deserves to be on the pitch.

After being thrown into the spotlight in 2006 when Sven-Goran Eriksson picked him for England's World Cup squad, he found it hard to live up to early expectations.

'At times, with myself maybe, I haven't believed how good I am. People around me, my agent, my dad, say that to me sometimes. I think that might be the case.'

Just as with Gareth Bale, another former Southampton youngster, it took Walcott several years to justify his big money move.

But now a regular in the side, and with Wenger saying he will spend in the summer, both his and the club's future may be going in the right direction.

Recovering: Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott is just getting back to full fitness after several weeks out

Recovering: Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott is just getting back to full fitness after several weeks out

Arsenal 0 Everton 0 – match report: Champions League picture muddied by draw

Arsenal 0 Everton 0: Rough and tumble night ends all square as top four fight rumbles on

PUBLISHED:

20:38 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:39 GMT, 16 April 2013

Arsenal and Everton slugged it out for a share of the spoils which does little to boost either sides' top four hopes.

The two came into the match in third and sixth place respectively, and remain there after a draw which will be remembered more its blood and thunder style than it will the football on show.

Such was the ferocity of the opening exchanges that tempers flared as the players left the pitch at half-time after Everton's Kevin Mirallas squirted Jack Wilshere with his drink.

Back on the pitch, Olivier Giroud wasted the two best chances enjoyed by either side, sliding one effort wide from an excellent Aaron Ramsey cross, then falling in a heap when well found by Theo Walcott.

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No way through: Despite the best efforts of all concerned, neither side were able to find a goal

No way through: Despite the best efforts of all concerned, neither side were able to find a goal

MATCH FACTS

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs (Monreal 90), Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere (Oxlade-Chamberlain 68), Cazorla, Walcott (Podolski 69), Giroud Subs not used: Mannone, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Gervinho

Booked: Arteta, Monreal

Everton: Howard, Baines, Gibson, Jagielka, Mirallas (Oviedo 90), Distin, Barkley (Jelavic 76), Pienaar, Coleman, Fellaini, Anichebe (Naismith 90) Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Hitzlsperger, Neville

Booked: Gibson, Pienaar, Barkley

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Attendance: 60,071

Latest Premier League table and results

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Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

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Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Kevin Miralles squirts Jack Wilshere with water at half-time of Arsenal v Everton

You squirt! Mirallas sprays Wilshere with water at half-time of Arsenal v Everton

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

20:16 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:35 GMT, 16 April 2013

Arsenal and Everton were involved in a furious half-time tunnel brawl after Kevin Mirallas nonsensically squirted water in Jack Wilshere's face.

Both sets of players piled in after the Everton forward sprayed liquid from his water bottle straight at the Gunners talisman.

It is understood the tunnel fracas saw a livid Wilshere throw a punch at Mirallas before players from both teams were separated before making their way back to their respective dressing rooms.

1) Get the drink

1) Get the drink

2) Open the drink

2) Open the drink

3) Squirt the drink

3) Squirt the drink

Gunning for you: Jack Wilshere was understandably furious with Kevin Mirallas as they left the pitch

Gunning for you: Jack Wilshere was understandably furious with Kevin Mirallas as they left the pitch

Handbags: The spat spilled over into the tunnel with a handful of other players weighing in on both sides

Handbags: The spat spilled over into the tunnel with a handful of other players weighing in on both sides

Tunnel of shove: Wilshere and Mirallas are separated as they head into the heart of the Emirates

Tunnel of shove: Wilshere and Mirallas are separated as they head into the heart of the Emirates

Tensions were already running high after a high octane opening 45 minutes of the Champions League qualification crunch clash.

The Gunners felt David Moyes' side
should have been down to 10 men after Toffees midfielder Darron Gibson
escaped a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Theo Walcott.

And the animosity spilled into the tunnel area as Mirallas took the cocky step of splashing the England midfielder in the face.

The angry exchange was not the first time Arsenal have been involved in a heated tunnel altercation.

In October 2004, after Manchester
United ended Arsenal's 49 game unbeaten streak in the league at Old
Trafford, the Gunners did not react too kindly.

Angered at the manner of United's 2-0
victory, Arsene Wenger allegedly called Ruud Van Nistelrooy a cheat as
he passed him in the tunnel, provoking the fury of Sir Alex Ferguson.

As the United boss remonstrated with
Wenger, somebody from within the Arsenal dressing room threw a pizza
slice at the United boss.

And then in February 2005, infuriated
by Patrick Vieira's attempts to bully Gary Neville prior to the return
game at Highbury, Roy Keane reacted furiously, jabbing his finger at the
Frenchman before telling his midfield rival: 'I'll see you out there'.

Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott out of Arsenal"s Premier League clash with Reading

Crocked Wilshere STILL missing for Arsenal and Walcott is out, too… but Wenger confident Gunners will finish in top four

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

09:56 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:17 GMT, 28 March 2013

Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of Arsenal's Barclays Premier League clash with Reading on Saturday.

The Arsenal midfielder hasn't played for the North London outfit since he injured his ankle in their defeat at Tottenham earlier this month.

Theo Walcott, who picked up a pelvic muscle tear on international duty, will also miss the visit of the relegation-threatened club this weekend.

Sidelined: Jack Wilshere will not be fit to face Reading at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday

Sidelined: Jack Wilshere will not be fit to face Reading at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott

Blow: Theo Walcott left the England camp early after picking up a groin strain before the San Marino clash

'Wilshere is still out,' said Wenger. 'Walcott is an accident that could have happened.'

The Arsenal boss also insisted he had no issue with England manager Roy Hodgson.

'When it’s competitive for England, like it was in the last two games, the manager has to pick his best team,' added Wenger.

'There's no ideal way when your
international manger is under pressure to deliver. There can be
complications between the two medical departments – because you can send
a player who is half-injured and they still play, so it is about
communication. But we have a good relationship with England.'

Arsenal host Reading on Saturday four
points adrift of rivals Tottenham having played one game less, and
despite the injury concerns at Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger remains
confident the Gunners will qualify for the Champions League.

'There are nine games to go, five at
home and four away, and with the form we showed at Bayern Munich and
Swansea, I think we have a very good chance of finishing in the top
four.

'We have a special desire to be together at this club. This is a good opportunity for us and we want to grab this chance.'

Reading will arrive at the Emirates
seven points adrift of safety and under a new regime after former
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins was appointed earlier this week.

'We may play a team who are fighting
not to go down, but we fight to get in the top four so those games are
just as important for us, too,' added Wenger.

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New England Nike kit: "Leaked" image of rumoured away shirt

Is this the new England kit 'Leaked' image claims to be latest Three Lions' away strip…

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

13:59 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:17 GMT, 20 March 2013

The new England kit will be launched next month but have fans already been treated to a first look at the away strip

A leaked image was posted on various internet sites, claiming that this red jersey will be worn by Roy Hodgson's men.

Sports manufacturing giants Nike are now in control of the Football Association kit sponsorship – including branding of the National Football Centre at St George’s Park – after replacing long-standing partners Umbro.

Is this the new England away kit This 'leaked' image claims to be the latest offering from sports giants Nike

Is this the new England away kit This 'leaked' image claims to be the latest offering from sports giants Nike

It is understood that Nike will officially unveil the new Three Lions' shirts on St George's Day, April 23.

The likes of Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Ashley Cole can look forward to wearing the new white home kit on May 29 at Wembley against the Republic of Ireland, with the away number to be debuted in Rio this summer.

England play Brazil in June as part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations, which plays a prominent part in the rumoured away design with a gold FA badge crest embroidered on the chest.

The minimalistic all-red jersey – pictured above – apparently has a polo collar with buttons to complete a smart look, that appears to be inspired by England's historic 1966 World Cup success.

All smiles: Wayne Roney

Training day: England's Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson

Kit special: Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson – all Nike athletes – can look forward to the new strip

Nike, however, refused to confirm whether the 'leaked' image is the genuine article but admitted all will be revealed soon.

'Nike creates different design options and samples at different stages in the kit design process,' a spokesperson told Sportsmail.

'We will unveil the actual designs later this year and until then we cannot comment on images of England kit designs that are circulating on the web.'

England will play in the white Umbro home kit for the last time in the forthcoming World Cup 2014 qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro before switching to the Swoosh.

Farewell: England players will wear Umbro for their next two World Cup qualifying games for the last time

Farewell: England players will wear Umbro for their next two World Cup qualifying games for the last time

Players need to “stand up” says Lampard ahead of San Marino

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Arsenal suffer a blow as their target David Villa is offered a new Barcelona contract

Arsenal blow as target Villa will be offered new Barcelona deal

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

13:42 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:06 GMT, 18 March 2013

Arsenal could miss out on signing David Villa after Barcelona have offered him a new contract.

The striker is due to be a free agent in 14 months time, with several English clubs sniffing around to see if they can get him for a reduced price.

However, Barcelona feel he still has a very important role at the club and staying in Spain may be his best chance of competing for a place in the national side.

Natural: David Villa scored in Barcelona's 4-0 win against AC Milan

Natural: David Villa scored in Barcelona's 4-0 win against AC Milan

Arsenal's striking problems have been well documented of late, with Arsene Wenger allowing Theo Walcott some time up front before switching back to Olivier Giroud for the most recent games.

Forward Marouane Chamakh is currently on-loan at West Ham after failing to convince his manager that he has much of a future at the club.

As for Villa, Spain's record goalscorer has been out of favour at the Nou Campafter returning at the start of the season from eight months out with a broken leg.

Rival: Alexis Sanchez is Villa's biggest competition in the team

Rival: Alexis Sanchez is Villa's biggest competition in the team

The 31-year-old joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2010 for a fee of 35million, and is reportedly on a deal worth 7m a year.

If first-team football is what Villa wants, then he may wait until the summer and consider his future before signing any new contract.

Record: Villa is Spain's top goalscorer with 53 goals in 86 games

Record: Villa is Spain's top goalscorer with 53 goals in 86 games

Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott show off matching Ferraris ahead of Tottenham v Arsenal

Is this the way to White Hart Lane Wilshere and Walcott show off matching Ferraris

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

18:34 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:01 GMT, 1 March 2013

Jack Wilshere arrived at Arsenal's training ground on Friday in a flashy Ferrari to match team-mate Theo Walcott's wheels.

The 21-year-old sported the same model of the famous Italian car as Walcott did last week as Arsenal fine-tuned their preparations for the north London derby at their Colney base on Friday.

The Gunners make the short trip across north London on Sunday to take on their arch-rivals Tottenham in a potentially make-or-break clash.

Next stop Tottenham: Jack Wilshere in his Ferrari at Arsenal's Colney training ground

Next stop Tottenham: Jack Wilshere in his Ferrari at Arsenal's Colney training ground

Snap: Wilshere's team-mate Theo Walcott in the same Ferrari model

Snap: Wilshere's team-mate Theo Walcott in the same Ferrari model

Arsene Wenger will hope Wilshere's performance at the weekend is just as impressive as his car if the Gunners are to pick up three valuable points in the race to secure Champions League football next season.

Last month, Manchester United players arrived for work in a fleet of brand new Chevrolets as part of a 357m sponsorship with the American car giants.

Patrice Evra, Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia and Tom Cleverley took delivery of their 184mph Chevrolet Camaro while Javier Hernandez acquired a Corvette.

Preparation: Walcott and Wilshere in training

Preparation: Walcott and Wilshere in training

North London derby scores highest in Premier League games

Back of the net! North London derby averages most goals per game of ANY Premier League match… and here's some recent classics

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

12:24 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:57 GMT, 28 February 2013

Goals, dismissals, comebacks, bust-ups – the north London derby has had plenty of all of these over the years.

Now Sportsmail can reveal that the battle between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal provides the most goals per game in the Premier League when at least 10 matches have been played.

Of the 41 league games fought between the two sides, 121 goals have been scored, or 2.95 goals per game.

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And another: Robert Pires scores in Arsenal's 5-4 win at White Hart Lane in November 2004, just one of the classic games between the side's over the years

And another: Robert Pires scores in Arsenal's 5-4 win at White Hart Lane in November 2004, just one a number of classic games between the side's over the years

LAST SIX WHITE HART LANE MEETINGS

October 2011: Spurs 2-1 Arsenal

April 2011: Spurs 3-3 Arsenal

April 2010: Spurs 2-1 Arsenal

Feb 2009: Spurs 0-0 Arsenal

Sep 2007: Spurs 1-3 Arsenal

April 2007: Spurs 2-2 Arsenal

In the last five games alone, a staggering 28 goals have been scored. That's even before you get to belters like Tottenham's comeback in the 4-4 draw at the Emirates in November 2008 and Arsenal's 5-4 win at White Hart Lane in 2004.

With Arsenal going for broke for fourth place and Tottenham playing their best football of the campaign (helped by the scintillating form of Gareth Bale), there could be goals galore on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners may be short on firepower at the moment, but Theo Walcott will be looking to add to his four goals in the last four north London derbies.

On the other side of the divide, Bale has netted four PL goals against Arsenal, the equal-most for a Tottenham player alongside Rafael van der Vaart.

Coming in a close second on average goals per game is Manchester United against Everton, with 121 goals scored in 42 Premier League games, or 2.88 goals per game.

This means that if a single goal is scored on Sunday afternoon, the contest will become the highest-scoring match in the Premier League era.

The argument over which English derby is the fiercest, most entertaining and most important has been running for years, with each and every fan in the country convinced their special rivalry is the one and only.

Fierce: North London derbies aren't just full of goals, with plenty of scuffles over the years, while Spurs have come out on top at White Hart Lane in recent years

Fierce: North London derbies aren't just full of goals, with plenty of scuffles over the years, while Spurs have come out on top at White Hart Lane in recent encounters

Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker and teammates Luka Modricand Gareth Bale celebrate after scoring a goal against Arsenal in 2011
PREMIER LEAGUE DERBIES

Liverpool v Everton: 92 goals in 41 games (2.24 goals per game)

Man City v Man Utd: 88 goals in 31 games (2.83 gpg)

Sunderland v Newcastle: 55 goals in 21 games (2.61 gpg)

But in comparison with the Merseyside, Manchester and Tyne-Wear derbies, North London's finest come out on top.

In the 41 Premier League games between Liverpool and Everton, 92 goals have been scored, equalling 2.24 goals per game.

Meanwhile, the Manchester derby has produced 82 goals in 31 games (2.83 goals per game), while Premier League encounters between Newcastle United and Sunderland have seen 55 goals in 31 games (2.61 goals per game).

VIDEO: North London derby classics from the past decade

Arsenal financial figures show 120m in the bank after 17m six-month profit

Arsenal are sitting on whopping 120m in the bank… so why did they only spend 8.5m on a full back in January as their rivals left them behind

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The club, who are under increased pressure from fans to start competing in the transfer market, also showed that money was made on player sales once again, despite including the extra funds used to improve the contracts of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and others.

The news will receive mixed reviews from fans who are growing impatient at the lack of ambition shown in the market.

Show me the money: Arsenal have released their financial figures to show they turned a profit once again

Show me the money: Arsenal have released their financial figures to show they turned a profit once again

Arsenal were off the pace in the battle for fourth when the January transfer window opened, yet they waited until the final hours to strengthen their squad, only then spending a minimal 8.5m on left back Nacho Monreal.

The lack of action came after a summer in which the club sold their captain, Robin van Persie, to Manchester United for 24m.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood
said: 'Our ability to compete at the top of the game here and in Europe
is underpinned by our financial performance which gives the club
strength and independence.

'Our desire is to make everyone
connected with Arsenal proud of the club. We know that comes through
winning trophies but also through the way we do things and that will
remain our constant guide.'

The financial report states the that
'profit on sale of player registrations amounted to 42.5m' – down
from 63m in 2011 but still a cause of concern to those fans who
believe Arsenal have not replaced players such as van Persie and before
him Cesc Fabregas by those of similar quality.

Hill-Wood insisted, however, that was not the case.

He added in a statement: 'Let me be
quite clear that our intention is to keep our best players and recruit
new talent to make us stronger.

'Although we were disappointed to see Van Persie leave the club, we have taken steps to secure our best
players going forward and have recently signed Jack Wilshere, Theo
Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl
Jenkinson to new long-term contracts.

'During this financial period we also
invested 40.9m in the acquisition of new players, Lukas
Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, and the extension of other
player contracts. More recently we added Nacho Monreal to our ranks from
Malaga.'

Solitary buy: Monreal (left) was Arsenal's only purchase in January

Solitary buy: Monreal (left) was Arsenal's only purchase in January

Boost: Arsenal improved the deals of six homegrown players this season, but still turned profit

Boost: Arsenal improved the deals of six homegrown players this season, but still turned profit

Feeling the heat: Arsene Wenger

Feeling the heat: Arsene Wenger

Hill-Wood said that the Premier
League club's agreement to bring in financial fair play-style spending
controls would help Arsenal.

He said: 'These new rules will be good for us, good for the Premier League and good for the game as a whole.

'It is important that we maintain the
quality and level of competition if the game is to continue being a
compelling spectacle and we believe the introduction of tighter
financial regulation will assist all clubs to compete while remaining
financially responsible.'

Arsenal's football turnover dropped
from 113.5m to 106m as a result of four fewer home
fixtures compared to the same period last year.

The report also
confirmed an extended partnership with Emirates which will be worth up
to 150m.

Hill-Wood added: 'The Emirates
partnership is one of the biggest sponsorship deals in the game and is
an endorsement of the commercial approach we are taking.'

The figures are for the half year to the end of November 2012.

Protests: Arsenal fans have grown frustrated with a lack of spending compared with high ticket prices

Protests: Arsenal fans have grown frustrated with a lack of spending compared with high ticket prices

Protests: Arsenal fans have grown frustrated with a lack of spending compared with high ticket prices

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust (AST) said the figures highlighted the need for the club to spend more money on team strengthening.

An AST spokesman said: 'These figures contain few surprises. They show that Arsenal yet again made a profit from the sale of their best players and that the club has large cash reserves.

'Arsenal fans have contributed to this financial health through paying some of the highest ticket prices in world football. A further improvement in the club's financial strength is expected when new TV monies and commercial deals come on stream in 2013 and 2014. AST members want to see this money used for more, and better, investment in the team'.

Arsenal"s Laurent Koscielny passed fit to face Bayern Munich

Koscielny shakes off bug to be passed fit for Arsenal ahead of Bayern showdown

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

13:33 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 19 February 2013

Laurent Koscielny is fit to play for Arsenal against Bayern Munich tonight.

The defender missed yesterday's training session because of a bug the Gunners feared would rule him out of the crucial Champions League fixture at the Emirates Stadium.

But manager Arsene Wenger has since learned his fellow Frenchman can be relied upon and Koscielny is likely to play at centre half alongside Per Mertesacker.

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Fit: Laurent Koscielny has been made available for selection for tonight's fixture against Bayern Munich

Fit: Laurent Koscielny has been made available for selection for tonight's fixture against Bayern Munich

Captain Thomas Vermaelen is consequently
likely to feature at left back with Bacary Sagna at right back. Carl
Jenkinson will also be included in the squad as cover for Koscielny.

The defender's return represents a significant boost for Arsenal in stressful circumstances. A heavy defeat tonight will end their last hopes of ending a run of eight years without a trophy and at a time when Wenger has been under more pressure, and receiving more criticism, than ever.

Arsene Wenger

Theo Walcott

In Arsene we trust Wenger is under considerable pressure but has put his faith in Walcott as the lone striker

Predicted Arsenal line up: Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey; Cazorla, Podolski; Walcott.

VIDEO Arsene Wenger at training with the squad a day after his angry outbursts

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