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Ospina confident of winning trophies at Arsenal


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'They're one of Europe's best sides' – Chambers delights in Arsenal move

The 19-year-old right-back has become the latest player to leave Southampton after the Gunners concluded a €20 million deal to make him their fourth acquisition of the summer


New Arsenal signing Calum Chambers has expressed his delight at joining “one of the top sides in Europe” after his €20 million move from Southampton was made official.

The 19-year-old right-back, who can also play in midfield, made 21 league appearances for the Saints last season having progressed through the club’s youth academy.

He becomes Arsenal’s fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina and has penned a “long-term” contract with the Gunners.

“I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal,” Chambers told the club’s official website. “They are a team I have much admired for their playing style, and a team who have been one of the top sides in Europe for many years.

“I’m looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates today and beginning preparation for the season ahead.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone at Southampton FC for everything they have done for me and for making this move possible.”

Southampton have already sold Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw to rival Premier League clubs this summer, with Morgan Schneiderlin also the subject of speculation linking him with Arsenal and Tottenham.

Wilshere apologises for smoking on holiday

The 22-year-old was pictured with a cigarette in his mouth during a party on a post-World Cup holiday in Las Vegas and admits he regrets his actions

Jack Wilshere admits he regrets smoking on a post-World Cup holiday and insists he will work hard to re-discover his best form and fitness ahead of what he describes in personal terms as a “big season”.

Wilshere caused controversy when pictures of him smoking in a swimming pool during a Las Vegas party surfaced earlier this summer, immediately after England’s failed World Cup campaign.

Boss Arsene Wenger voiced his disapproval of his player’s actions and the two have since held talks, and the 22-year-old has now publicly conceded his actions were a “mistake”.

“The smoking? Of course I regret it,” he told reporters. “I’ve been seen before doing it. I said then I made a mistake and I have made a mistake again. People make mistakes.

“I’m young and I’ll learn from it. I realise the consequences it has and the effect on kids growing up. I have kids myself and I don’t want them growing up to think their dad smokes and it’s okay for a footballer to smoke because it’s not.

“It’s unacceptable and I will accept the consequences and I will move on.”

Once heralded as the future of the Arsenal and England midfield, Wilshere started just one of three matches in Brazil – a dead rubber against Costa Rica – and was criticised last season by Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, who suggested the 22-year-old had failed to develop his game in the four years since his Gunners breakthrough.

Wilshere admits this is a “big season” on a personal level and is hoping past injury problems do not re-surface to prevent him rising back to the top of his game.

“This is a big season for me,” he added. “I came back early to pre-season to show people my commitment. I am fully committed to the club and to my job and I want to show everyone that.

“Over the past few seasons I’ve had a few injuries. This season I’m looking to have a really great pre-season and get a really good base of fitness and take that into the season.”

New York Red Bulls 1-0 Arsenal: Henry inspires win over former club


Arsenal lost their only game of their US tour as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against the New York Red Bulls at the Red Bull Arena.

Bradley-Wright Phillips grabbed the only goal of the game as he got on the end of Thierry Henry’s corner to give the MLS outfit the lead in the opening half.

The hosts also had a goal chalked off as an American team secured victory over a Premier League side for the first time this pre-season.

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