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Arsenal target latest Merseyside starlet

Arsenal are a club that has always had its eyes firmly on youth. They are famous for recruiting young starlets and turning them into stars, before eventually losing them to richer clubs.

Their newfound status as a selling club notwithstanding, their latest pursuit is that of John Stones, the upcoming Everton starlet, who has stepped up to the plate after being promoted as a replacement for the injured Phil Jagielka.

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Premier League Transfer Rumours: 11th April, 2014

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Arsenal keen on Everton defender

Arsenal are lining up a summer swoop for young Everton defender John Stones according to the Metro, and are believed to have tracked his progress right from his time at former club Barnsley. Despite Arsenal's interest, it is hard to see Roberto Martinez being ready to sell one of his best young players.

Newcastle want Arsenal striker

21 year old Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, who has impressed greatly on his loan spell at Olympiakos has emerged as a shock summer target for Newcastle United according to the Daily Star. It will be interesting to see though if the Arsenal Manager next season (whoever he might be) wants to give the player a run out before taking a decision on his future.

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Bayern Munich 3-1 Manchester United: Player Ratings

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Pep Guardiola taught David Moyes a football lesson at the Allianz Arena as Bayern Munich steamrolled Manchester United 3-1 to progress 4-2 on aggregate to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. It was always a herculean task to tame Bayern in their own backyard but United and their back line accounted themselves well for most of the game. Once Bayern found a riposte to Patrice Evra’s opener, the flood gates were open and sapped the fight out of United.

For the first hour, United stayed on the heels of Bayern Munich and in fact led briefly following a thunderous strike from Evra in the 57th minute. The lead lasted mere seconds as Mario Mandzukic levelled things and then Thomas Muller got Bayern ahead in the 67th minute following some ordinary defending from United. After that it was all one way traffic as Bayern piled on the pressure and deservingly added a third in the 76th minute through a deflected Arjen Robben finish. The scoreline could have been worse for United had substitute Claudio Pizarro not hit his effort straight at David de Gea late in the match. For David Moyes and Manchester United, the defeat ended their European sojourn this season and by all counts they look out of Champions League for at least the next season.

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Bayern outclass Man United, Atletico stun Barcelona

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Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid punched their tickets to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League with contrasting victories on Wednesday night against Manchester United and Barcelona respectively. Both ties were tantalizingly poised at 1-1 heading into the home legs for the two teams which eventually emerged victorious.

Bayern dominated the first half of their game against United, keeping 70% of the ball and having 13 shots on goal to Man United's 1, but shockingly failed to hit the target even once. United took the lead against the run of play in the 59th minute through Patrice Evra, but the joy on the faces of the travelling Manchester United supporters lasted barely 60 seconds as Mario Mandzukic levelled the tie, stooping to meet Franck Ribery's cross.

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FA Cup Preview: Arsenal vs Wigan Athletic

Arsenal will enter the hallowed grounds of the new Wembley Stadium, hoping to banish the ghost of that fateful night, when they lost the League Cup final 2-1 to Birmingham City. The only other time that they have played there, also culminated in a 2-1 defeat to eventual winners Chelsea in the 2009 FA Cup semi-final. Arsene Wenger is now in charge of a side that is beaten and battered, both in psyche and morale. From being considered title contenders just a few weeks ago, the Gunners must now once again grapple for a fourth place finish and the FA Cup is their one and only redemption, from a season that promised so much.

The defending champions of the FA Cup, Wigan Athletic have lost only twice since the 11th of February, they have now beaten Manchester City twice in as many years, a feat which Arsenal last achieved in 2009. The Latics are in contention for a play-off spot and there is a real belief among the fans at the DW stadium that a return to the Premier League won’t be the only celebration they will be indulging in this year.

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Arsenal lineup real superstar signing for the summer

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has confirmed his club’s interest in signing 32-year old Real Madrid shot-stopper Iker Casillas. Cazorla wants his compatriot to join him in North London, but admits that the Spanish ace has a tough decision to make.

Speaking of Arsenal’s interest in the 32-year old, Cazorla told the Daily Star, “I've told Iker I would like him to join Arsenal. But so far he has just been curious about my experience in England, "His situation is very complicated, but he has to make a decision. Lots of clubs want him, including Arsenal. But I think it would be very difficult to leave Real because he knows what he has at Madrid, and what he could find at another club."

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Dynamo Kyiv midfielder gives Arsenal boost

Younès Belhanda has long been linked with a move to London giants Arsenal and in customary fashion, this window too has strongly touted the midfielder to make a summer move to the Emirates.

This time though it is the player himself who is giving wind to the rumours by calling Arsenal his favourite club. The 24-year old Moroccan was quoted France Football as saying, “How long will I stay at Dynamo? I don’t know. If I have opportunities to go higher, I will seize them. I am dreaming about England. Every player wants to play in England one day. I have to experience that. My favourite club? Arsenal, of course.”

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