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Key Arsenal midfielder could miss Dortmund clash

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Arsene Wenger would be a proud manager after the Gunners pulled off a spectacular 4-1 victory over Norwich. Wenger would hope for some more of the same when Arsenal host Borussia Dortmund in mid-week although Mathieu Flamini could be absent from his usual starting position after the midfielder picked up a concussion on Saturday.

Flamini clashed with Norwich’s Alexander Tettey just before the half-hour mark but managed to get back into the game within minutes. However, the Frenchman could not carry on and Wenger eventually pulled off the 29 year-old off with 37 minutes on the clock.


Real Madrid wait on Bale Fitness

Gareth Bale has been diagnosed with a muscle injury to his left thigh and Real Madrid have admitted they don’t yet know how long it will be before the Welsh winger is back in action.

Bale has been troubled by the injury since his arrival in the Spanish capital from Tottenham, only managing to make two appearances following his world-record transfer.

The injury flared up during the warm-up for the Getafe game; although tests carried out the following day ruled out a significant problem, it did reveal a slight issue.


Bayern thrash Man City, Man United held in Ukraine

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Manchester giants United and City continued their struggles this season as they failed to emulate the performance of their Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League, dropping crucial points on Matchday 2.

Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Manchester United

Manchester United were away to Shakhtar Donetsk, and had to be content to leave Ukraine with a share of the spoils after former Chelsea target Taison drew Shakhtar level in the 76th minute, cancelling out Danny Welbeck's opportunistic 18th minute opener. Both goals came as a result of defensive errors with Welbeck reacting quickly after Yaroslav Rakitskiy failed to clear Marouane Fellaini's cross from the right byline. The Shakhtar player appeared to lose his footing at the worst possible moment leaving Welbeck free to smash the ball home from a few yards out.


Giroud: Mesut was unbelievable

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Olivier Giroud put in a very good shift as Arsenal beat Napoli 2-0 in a crucial home game in the UEFA Champions League last night. Giroud helped create the first, and also started the move for the second goal, that he eventually scored. Apart from the goals, Giroud's hold up play was top notch as he brought the scintillating Arsenal midfield into play. Giroud scored his 6th goal of the season in 10 appearances and he seems to be carrying on from his wonderful pre-season with the club. He looks fit and strong, and ready for battle whenever he wears the club’s colours.

However, it is the Gunners’ record breaking signing, Mesut Ozil, who stole the show last night. He scored a wonderful first goal for his new club, effortlessly guiding an Aaron Ramsey pass into the back of the net from 18 yards out. He then managed to penetrate into the Napoli penalty box before finding Giroud for the second goal.


Wenger falling in love with Ozil all over again

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is beside himself, completely falling in love with Mesut Ozil just like every other Arsenal fan on the planet.

The German international had a dream home debut in the Champions League last night for Arsenal, scoring and making a goal as the Gunners out classed Napoli 2-0 in a completely one-sided contest at the Emirates, and Wenger could stop himself from singing the praises of his newest acquisition.


Fabregas heads Barcelona to controversial win over Celtic

A Cesc Fabregas header 15 minutes from time allowed Barcelona to pick up a hard fought 1-0 win at Celtic Park in controversial circumstances after the Hoops were reduced to 10-men with their skipper Scott Brown given his marching orders for a non-existent foul on Neymar.

The Catalan giants had an opportunity for redemption after their shock defeat at Celtic Park in last season's Group Stages of the Champions League, and Barcelona was forced to do it the hard way as they sorely missed superstar striker Lionel Messi who was out with a hamstring injury.

The entire contest was dominated by Barca, who finished the game with a staggering 82% possession, but Celtic had their chances in the game, arguably even earning the better opportunities to score. Barcelona failed to register an attack of note in the first half despite bossing the ball with Neymar and Andres Iniesta particularly guilty of leaving their shooting boots at home.


Chelsea rout Steaua Bucharest to go second in Group E

A brace from Brazilian midfielder Ramires, an own goal from Steaua Bucharest defender Daniel Georgievski and a late Frank Lampard strike gave London giants Chelsea a very much deserved 4-0 win at the National Arena in Bucharest to bring their UEFA Champions League campaign back to life following a shock defeat at home to Basel on matchday 1.

Chelsea made the trip to Bucharest in serious turmoil having failed to hit top form so far this season under the returning Jose Mourinho, but they had little trouble in disposing off the threat posed by the Romanian Champions, who had beaten them at this very ground last year 1-0 in the Europa League.


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