Arsenal are through the Champions League group stages after beating Udinese 2-1 in Italy last night, winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate.

The Gunners went down 1-0 in the first half, but showed strength and determination to battle their way back into the match and claim the win.

Wojciech Szczesny made a vital save from a penalty to keep Arsenal in the game, before the goals from Van Persie and Walcott sealed victory.


Manchester City confirmed the signing of Samir Nasri yesterday, after a £23 million deal was agreed with Arsenal for the French international.

The new signing said it was ‘a big relief’ to finally have joined City, dubbing his club the new ‘galacticos’ after signing a four-year deal.

Chelsea unveiled new signings Orio Romeu and Romelu Lukaku this week, and also confirmed the signing of Valencia’s Juan Mata for £26 million.

Lukaku joins from Anderlecht, with Romeu arrived from Barcelona.

Arsenal have made an improved £22 million bid for Yann M’Villa amid reports that a sensational move for Real Madrid’s Kaka has been rejected.

Harry Redknapp could launch a bid to bring Joe Cole to Spurs after admitting he would be ‘lying’ if he said he was not interested in a deal.

Elsewhere, Joey Barton is on the verge of moving to QPR, Liverpool are close to signing Sebastian Coates, and Aston Villa want Darren Gibson.

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