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Germany's Lukas Podolski celebrates with the FIFA World Cup 2014 Trophy

Should all Arsenal’s German internationals have been given so much time off?

It’s become a popular guessing game in recent weeks: when might one of Arsenal’s World Cup winners actually pull on a Gunners shirt again?

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Calum Chambers of Arsenal

All Guns Blazing: Calum Chambers should be shielded before England hype begins

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Alex Bellotti asks why key positions still haven’t been filled after two years, and why Calum Chambers could be the bargain of the summer

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Ravi Patel, Middlesex

Middlesex cricket column: Positive Spin with Ravi Patel

I was ecstatic to be picked for the England Lions recently, but there is still a way to go before I can think about playing international cricket.

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Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic (AP Photo)

Wenger gives his verdict on Besiktas draw as Bilic apologises for touchline antics

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains confident his men can finish the job and qualify for the Champions League after battling to a goalless draw against Besiktas in Istanbul, where midfielder Aaron Ramsey was sent off.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Ten man Arsenal earn vital draw with Besiktas in Champions League play-off

Arsenal survived a hostile atmosphere and the sending-off of midfielder Aaron Ramsey to leave Istanbul with what could prove a priceless goalless draw against Besiktas in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.

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Chetan Patel (centre) and his Hornsey team-mates are dismayed as Ben Scott survives an lbw decision against Ed Harton. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hornsey slip further off the pace in relegation fight after collapse at Hampstead

Hornsey slipped further off the pace in the relegation battle after being skittled for just 65 runs in a heavy defeat away at Hampstead.

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Great Britain's Desiree Henry crosses the line to win the women's 4x100m relay final during day six of the 2014 European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich. By Adam Davy/ PA

Islington teenager Desirèe Henry wins European gold in 4X100m

A teenage Islington sprinter has helped Great Britain to it’s greatest ever European Championships medal haul.

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North Middlesex's Joel Hughes took 5-47 en route to a victory over Stanmore. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex take a giant step towards safety with fifth successive home win

North Middlesex took a giant step towards securing their Premier Division safety as a fifth successive home win took them 14 points clear of the drop zone.

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North London players celebrate. Pic: Max Flego

Monar lifts North London into top half of Division Three table

Spinner Pete Monar lifted North London into the top half of the Division Three table as they beat Harrow Town by 19 runs in a low-scoring encounter.

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Will Russell (centre) celebrates with his Highgate team-mates. Pic: Max Flego

Russell stars with bat and bat to keep victorious Highgate in the promotion spots

Will Russell took five wickets and then smashed an unbeaten 86 to keep Highgate’s Division Three promotion challenge on course against struggling Ickenham.

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Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action against Crystal Palace (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Wenger hails ‘remarkable’ Chambers and gives his verdict on Sanchez after Arsenal beat Palace

Arsene Wenger praised new signings Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez after Arsenal’s late 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.

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Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey celebrates with his team-mates (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Ramsey to the rescue again as Arsenal edge out battling Crystal Palace

Aaron Ramsey came to Arsenal’s rescue yet again with an injury-time winner to see off managerless Crystal Palace.

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Arsenal's new captain Mikel Arteta (centre) shows off the Community Shield trophy with Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez

Ex-Arsenal star backs Wenger’s decision to make Arteta captain

Former Arsenal star Brian Talbot believes Mikel Arteta is the “best choice” to lead the Gunners on for the forthcoming season.

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Dawid Malan, Middlesex

Middlesex cricket column: Opening up with Dawid Malan

After a mixed week in the Royal London Cup we need to win our last two games against Notts and Kent to have any hope of qualifying.

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Highgate's no9 batsman Johan de Silva was the top scorer in the match with 49. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate rue missed opportunity in promotion race after draw at struggling Kenton

Highgate spurned the opportunity to go level on points with Division Three leaders Wembley after a losing draw against struggling Kenton in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

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Arsenal's Charlie Nicholas (r) tries to slip the ball past the tackle from Manchester United's Kevin Moran (l). Picture: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

All Guns Blazing: A look back at Arsenal’s best opening day results

In the Gazette’s weekly Arsenal fan column, avid Gooner and journalist Layth Yousif looks at the club’s recent success and recalls their best opening day results

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Connor Nurse bats for North Middlesex. Pic: Max Flego

Denly can’t do it all himself as North Middlesex lose at Richmond

North Middlesex’s excellent recent run of form in the Premier Division came to an end as they were defeated at Richmond in a low-scoring encounter.

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Hornsey's Adam Rossington was the top scorer in the match with 50. Pic: Max Flego

Hornsey drop into relegation zone after defeat against Finchley

Hornsey’s relegation concerns continue to mount in the Premier Division after a defeat against fellow strugglers Finchley dropped them into the bottom two with four games left.

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Neil Dexter (left) congratulates Eoin Morgan on his century against Surrey. Pic: Sarah Williams

Middlesex never lost belief despite run of defeats, says Dexter

Neil Dexter says the spirit and belief in the Middlesex camp never dipped during their recent five-match losing streak in all competitions.

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Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

All Guns Blazing: Arsenal fans should look to Europe this season

As the Islington Gazette’s Arsenal fan column returns for the 2013/2014 season, Alex Bellotti looks at the club’s change in fortunes and what Gooners might expect in the season ahead.

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Valerian Spicer (right) in action against Northern Ireland's Alanna Audley-Murphy at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Islington boxer sets new targets after Glasgow disappointment

Islington BC’s Valerian Spicer will turn her focus to future opportunities to wear the Dominican vest following her disappointment at the Commonwealth Games.

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Dawid Malan, Middlesex

Middlesex cricket column: Opening Up with Dawid Malan

From a selfish point of view, we’d all like Steven Finn to play for Middlesex as often as possible – he’s a massive asset to us.

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Hannah Viner

Highgate Harriers avoid relegation in final Southern League match

Highgate Harriers’ combined team did just enough to stave off relegation by scraping a third-place finish in their final Southern League match of the season.

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North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex continue their remarkable rise after overcoming Twickenham

North Middlesex’s remarkable rise up the table continued as a strong all-round display produced a convincing 106-run victory over high-flying Twickenham.

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Hornsey captain Michael Philipson

Philipson’s latest wicket haul can’t save Hornsey from defeat

Captain Michael Philipson picked up a clutch of wickets but could not avert a five-wicket defeat that dumped Hornsey back into the relegation fight in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

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Craig Gourlay (right) exchanges a high five with Highgate team-mate Will Bowley after capturing a South Hampstead wicket. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate climb into second spot after victory over South Hampstead

A big third-wicket partnership between Chris Arul and Will Russell hauled Highgate out of trouble and secured victory over South Hampstead as they climbed to second place in the Division Three table.

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Arsenal's Joel Campbell (L) celebrates with team mate Yaya Sanogo. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Sanogo and Campbell very much part of my plans, says Arsenal boss

Arsene Wenger says he has no intention of letting four-goal Yaya Sanogo leave Arsenal this season – even on a loan deal.

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Arsenal's Daniel Crowley

Arsenal starlet Dan Crowley faces a decision between England and Ireland

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal starlet Dan Crowley says he is still undecided on whether to declare his international allegiance to England or Ireland.

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Arsenal's Tafari Moore

Arsenal right-back Tafari Moore seeks loan move to gain experience

EXCLUSIVE: Tafari Moore is seeking a loan move away from Arsenal after seeing boss Arsene Wenger sign two right-backs this summer.

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North Middlesex have won the T20 competition of the Middlesex County Cricket League for the first time

North Middlesex win T20 competition for the first time

North Middlesex have won the T20 competition of the Middlesex County Cricket League for the first time – and they now progress to the national stage.

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John Simpson of Middlesex. Pic: Sarah Williams

Middlesex need maximum points to keep cup hopes alive, says Simpson

John Simpson believes Middlesex must win all their remaining group fixtures to stay in the Royal London Cup after opening the tournament with back-to-back defeats.

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Triathlete Tim Hutchins

Former rugby player focused on Ironman target after near miss in Austria

Islington triathlete Tim Hutchins is determined to hit his 11-hour Ironman target next year after falling just short in his recent attempt in Austria.

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Syed Haider Mann (left) with referee Hugh Crawford

Islington kickboxer hopes first European title success will lead to world championship

Islington kickboxer Syed Haider Mannan has reiterated his desire to become a world champion after claiming his first European title in Manchester.

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Football See all

Germany's Lukas Podolski celebrates with the FIFA World Cup 2014 Trophy

Should all Arsenal’s German internationals have been given so much time off?

It’s become a popular guessing game in recent weeks: when might one of Arsenal’s World Cup winners actually pull on a Gunners shirt again?

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Ravi Patel, Middlesex

Middlesex cricket column: Positive Spin with Ravi Patel

I was ecstatic to be picked for the England Lions recently, but there is still a way to go before I can think about playing international cricket.

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Valerian Spicer (right) in action against Northern Ireland's Alanna Audley-Murphy at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Islington boxer sets new targets after Glasgow disappointment

Islington BC’s Valerian Spicer will turn her focus to future opportunities to wear the Dominican vest following her disappointment at the Commonwealth Games.

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Great Britain's Desiree Henry crosses the line to win the women's 4x100m relay final during day six of the 2014 European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich. By Adam Davy/ PA

Islington teenager Desirèe Henry wins European gold in 4X100m

A teenage Islington sprinter has helped Great Britain to it’s greatest ever European Championships medal haul.

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