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Wenger outlines his love for Arsenal and Paris ahead of Champions League clash

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed to reporters on Monday that he had thrice rejected the chance to manage Paris St. Germain, simply because of his love for Arsenal.

Wenger, who is closing in on his 20th anniversary as Manager of Arsenal, said, "I always remained loyal to Arsenal because it's a club that has the qualities I love - and that's why."


Borussia Dortmund not looking to rush back stricken star

Borussia Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc has said that forward Marco Reus will remain on the sidelines due to the injury he has in the abductor muscle, which prevented him from joining Germany during the Euro football championship in France.

In remarks published by Kicker on Monday, Zorc said that Reus' return date is yet to be determined, and stressed that the 27-year-old should take all the time he needs to fully recover.


Wenger: PSG 'damaged' by Zlatan departure

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes his team will take on a considerably weaker Paris St. Germain team in their UEFA Champions League opener tomorrow, compared to the side that lined up in Ligue 1 last season.

Speaking to reporters today, Wenger said that he believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic's departure from Paris has left the side lacking not just their most potent goal threat, but also the Swede's leadership qualities.


Arsenal get defensive boost ahead of PSG clash

There is good news for Arsenal fans on the defensive front ahead of the Gunners' trip to France to take on Paris St. Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.

31 year old defender Laurent Koscielny, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday by scoring a goal and picking up a black eye, has traveled with the team to the French capital and is expected to be available for selection for the Gunners' Champions League opener.


Ancelotti looking to unleash Ribery and Costa on Rostov

New Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti feels the quality of Douglas Costa and Franck Ribery means they can play together in the Bavarian football giants' XI. Brazil winger Costa is back in contention having made his comeback from a thigh injury off the bench in Saturday's 2-0 Bundesliga victory at Schalke.

Costa is set to play a part in Bayern's Champions League group stage opener against Russian club FC Rostov on Tuesday and that could pose a problem with the 25-year-old occupying a similar role to club stalwart Ribery, who endured an injury-hit 2015-16 season.


UEFA Champions League Preview: FC Bayern München vs FC Rostov

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller is expecting an "intense" UEFA Champions League group stage clash against Russian football club FC Rostov in Munich on Tuesday. Rostov qualified for the Champions League for the first time this season, beating RSC Anderlecht in the third qualifying round before stunning AFC Ajax 5-2 on aggregate in the play-offs.

Unfortunately for their first ever trip to Germany, Rostov have drawn the five-time European champions, whose last Champions League win came in the 2012-13 season. Since then the Bavarian giants have not reached the final of Europe's premier club football competition, falling in the semi-finals consecutively in the last three seasons.



UEFA Champions League Preview: FC Barcelona vs Celtic

FC Barcelona need to pick themselves up from their shock defeat at home against newly promoted Alaves on Saturday night as they prepare for this football season's Champions League group stage opener at home against Glasgow Celtic on Tuesday. The two sides have played each other 10 times previously in the Champions League with Barcelona having won on 6 occasions, and having drawn twice. Both of those draws though were interestingly at the Camp Nou.

The most recent competitive meeting between the two side was as recently as 2013, where Neymar scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 thumping of the Scottish champions in Barcelona. The two teams did face each other in pre-season this summer, a game which ended 3-1 in favour of the Catalans.



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