Arsenal latest: Featuring 'Group of Death', Podolski injury and Flamini return

News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

Arsenal can stake a claim for the 'Group of Death' in this seasons Champions League. The Gunners have been dealt an extremely difficult group where they will face off against Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille in the group stages of the Champions League.

Arsenal have re-signed former player Mathieu Flamini. AC Milan released the French international earlier this summer, and he has been training with The Gunners in order to stay fit. He left the club five years ago on a free transfer to join the Rossoneri, but has now signed a three-year deal at the club - and could be available for the North London derby this weekend.

Ahead of that game Theo Walcott has been speaking about the two clubs, suggesting that Arsenal remain stronger than Spurs.

Tottenham have added several new players to their squad this summer and The Gunners are being tipped to finish below Spurs this season.

Walcott however fails to see how the additions made at White Hart Lane make Spurs a better team.

Lukas Podolski could be out for 10 weeks with his hamstring injury. It was originally believed he would miss just three weeks of the season, but further test suggest he will be out of action for at least double that moment.

He injured the muscle in the Champions League tie against Fenerbahce on Tuesday night.

Wales are ready to get tough with Arsenal over the availability of Aaron Ramsey. The midfielder has been in excellent form recently and has been called up for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Macedonia and Serbia at the start of next month.

But Ramsey currently has a groin problem and Chris Coleman is concerned Wenger will simply use the international games as a chance to give his player some time off.

Finally, and Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew insists that Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye will play this weekend. The Toon take on Fulham, and despite Cabaye pulling out of the previous two games he is being told to play in the next fixture.

Arsenal have already made a £10 million bid for the French international.


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