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Football: Arsenal reveal rise in turnover

Arsenal on Monday reported a rise in turnover to £242.8 million ($389 million, 288 million euros) as the Gunners claimed their improved finances was a significant factor in the club record signing of Mesut Ozil. Despite reduced profits due to a drop in income from player sales and an increase in players' wages, Arsenal saw overall turnover rise in the year ending May 31 2013 from £235.3 million the previous year.

Football: Wenger says Ozil doesn't want easy' Arsenal life

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted club-record signing Mesut Ozil didn't leave Spanish giants Real Madrid because he wanted an easier life with the north London club. German playmaker Ozil left Spain for England in a £43 million move on transfer deadline day, with Ozil saying he no longer felt as involved in the plans of Real manager Carlo Ancelotti following Gareth Bale's world record switch to the Bernabeu from Arsenal's arch-rivals Tottenham.

Football: Ozil eyes title tilt in first Arsenal season

Record Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil said on Thursday that he believes the club can challenge for the English Premier League title this season. Ozil arrived from Real Madrid for a reported fee of £42.4 million ($66 million, 50 million euros) on transfer deadline day in a deal that shattered the Gunners' transfer record. Arsene Wenger's side have not won the league title since 2004 and last finished in the top two in 2005 but when asked if Arsenal could finish top next May, Ozil replied: "Of course.

Football: Ozil eyes title tilt in first Arsenal season

Record Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil said on Thursday that he believes the club can challenge for the English Premier League title this season. Ozil arrived from Real Madrid for a reported fee of £42.4 million ($66 million, 50 million euros) on transfer deadline day in a deal that shattered the Gunners' transfer record. Arsene Wenger's side have not won the league title since 2004 and last finished in the top two in 2005 but when asked if Arsenal could finish top next May, Ozil replied: "Of course.

Football: Ozil confident of Arsenal success

Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil on Thursday expressed confidence that he can hit the ground running at the Emirates Stadium and help the club end their eight-year trophy drought. Ozil signed from Real Madrid on Monday for a reported fee of £42.4 million ($66 million, 50 million euros) after being told he could no longer be certain of a first-team place at the Bernabeu following the arrivals of Isco and Gareth Bale.

Football: Loew bemused by Real selling Ozil to Arsenal

Mesut Ozil's move to Arsenal is good for the German national side, coach Joachim Loew believes, but he is bemused by Real Madrid's decision to sell their midfield star. Ozil, 24, joined Premier League side Arsenal for 50 million euros (US$65.88m, £42.5m) on Monday's transfer deadline day after Real completed the signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur. Loew said he was happy to see Ozil move to the Gunners to work under coach Arsene Wenger, but bemused as to why Real let him go.

Football: Loew bemused by Real selling Ozil to Arsenal

Mesut Ozil's move to Arsenal is good for the German national side, coach Joachim Loew believes, but he is bemused by Real Madrid's decision to sell their midfield star. Ozil, 24, joined Premier League side Arsenal for 50 million euros (US$65.88m, £42.5m) on Monday's transfer deadline day after Real completed the signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur. Loew said he was happy to see Ozil move to the Gunners to work under coach Arsene Wenger, but bemused as to why Real let him go.

Arsenal buy German Ozil from Real in record deal

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal made their first major signing of the transfer window when they smashed the club record to buy Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid just minutes before the deadline on Monday. The Londoners confirmed it was a record but did not disclose the fee. Media reports said the 24-year-old cost 42.5 million pounds ($66.15 million), eclipsing the previous highest of 15 million pounds paid for Russian Andriy Arshavin in 2009.

Football: Ozil dismisses Madrid exit talk

Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has denied suggestions he could be set to leave the club before the end of the transfer window next week. Premier League duo Manchester United and Arsenal had been linked with Ozil who is starting his fourth season at Los Blancos after joining from Werder Bremen in 2010. However, he insisted his future lies in the Spanish capital. "I have a contract until 2016, I feel very good here and get on well with my teammates. For me it is an honour to play here with this team," he said at a promotional event on Wednesday.

Drogba's Galatasaray face huge Real Madrid task

By Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Didier Drogba and his Galatasaray team mates have a tough task when they try to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday. Drogba, who won the title last season with Chelsea, will take some cheer from his performance in Saturday's domestic championship game against Mersin Idman Yurdu when he scored two second-half goals in a 3-1 win.
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