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Football: Wenger upbeat about Arsenal's prospects

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that whatever happens to the club in the final weeks of the season, the future is bright for the north London side. Long time Premier League leaders Arsenal have slipped to fourth in the table ahead of this weekend's trip to Hull -- a dress rehearsal for the FA Cup final between the two clubs at Wembley. Wenger has yet to sign a contract extension, prompting doubts over whether the 64-year-old Frenchman, who recently took charge of his 1,000th Arsenal match, will be back for another campaign.

Football: Pressure on PSG ahead of Lyon final date

If they had their way, France's leading clubs would have done away with the League Cup a long time ago, but Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon both need the boost of winning Saturday's final. The sides meet at the Stade de France in the final of the country's secondary knockout competition just six days after Lyon beat the capital club 1-0 at the Stade de Gerland in Ligue 1. Under normal circumstances, PSG would be the heavy favourites, but a difficult last 10 days have considerably increased the pressure on Laurent Blanc's side.

Football: Ozil in line for Arsenal return, says Wenger

Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil could make his return from a hamstring injury at Hull City this weekend, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday. "I think (Kieran) Gibbs will be out for the weekend but (Nacho) Monreal is possibly available and Ozil could be available to travel as well," Wenger told a press conference. "I will see that on Friday and Saturday." Germany international Ozil has not played since going off at half-time of his side's 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 on March 11.

Football: Arrasate extends Real Sociedad deal

Jagoba Arrasate has extended his contract as coach of Real Sociedad until June 2016, the Spanish top-flight side announced on Wednesday. "Confidence in Jagoba is total. He is 35, he is a part of the family at this club and we are convinced as to his ability and that he will get better with experience," said the Basque club's president Jokin Aperribay at a press conference. Arrasate, whose existing deal was due to expire at the end of this season, is still hopeful of leading the team into Europe.

Football: No Brazil move for Anelka -- Mineiro

Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro said Tuesday they have scrapped plans to sign controversial French forward Nicolas Anelka. Director of football Eduardo Maluf indicated Mineiro had been unable to contact the former Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea veteran and would not pursue their interest in the 35-year-old. "At no time did we manage to speak to the player," Brazilian media quoted Maluf as saying.

Football: Refreshed Giroud can lead Euro bid says Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes Olivier Giroud's decisive contribution to Arsenal's vital 3-1 win over West Ham is a sign the France striker is back to his best in time to fire his side into the Champions League. Wenger's team climbed back above Everton into fourth place in the Premier League thanks to Giroud's inspired strike and a brace from Lukas Podolski at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Football: No Brazil move for Anelka -- Mineiro

Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro said Tuesday they had scrapped plans to sign French forward Nicolas Anelka. Club director of football Eduardo Maluf indicated Mineiro had been unable to contact the former Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea veteran and would not pursue their interest in the 35-year-old. "At no time did we manage to speak to the player," Brazilian media quoted Maluf as saying. Mineiro, current club of veteran Brazil star Ronaldinho, confirmed to AFP the deal was off.

Football: Rennes edge past Angers to reach final

Two-time French Cup winners Rennes reached the final of this season's competition with a nervy 3-2 win over Ligue 2 side Angers on Tuesday. Rennes, who won the Cup in 1965 and 1971, will hope for better luck in the final on May 3 than their last visit to the Stade de France in last season's League Cup final where they lost 1-0 against Saint-Etienne.

Football: Rennes edge past Angers to reach final

Two-time French Cup winners Rennes reached the final of this season's competition with a nervy 3-2 win over Ligue 2 side Angers on Tuesday. Rennes, who won the Cup in 1965 and 1971, will hope for better luck in the final on May 3 than their last visit to the Stade de France in last season's League Cup final where they lost 1-0 against Saint-Etienne.

Football: Podolski double keeps Arsenal Euro bid alive

Arsenal came from behind to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League as Lukas Podolski's double inspired a vital 3-1 win over West Ham on Tuesday. Arsene Wenger's side are in danger of failing to reach Europe's elite club competition for the first time in 17 years after a miserable run saw them surrender fourth place to Everton. The Gunners needed a victory over their London rivals to climb back into fourth, but their European bid looked in dire straits when Matthew Jarvis struck for the visitors late in the first half at the Emirates Stadium.
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