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Footballing news for Monday, May 9, 2016.

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Arsène Wenger knows true value of reaching Champions League again | Amy Lawrence | Football | The Guardian
Arsenal reached the verge of a 19th consecutive year in Europe’s elite but the landscape has changed so much not even clubs like Manchester City are sure to play every year

Giroud pleased to draw a line under tough time | Arseblog News - the Arsenal news site

Olivier Giroud admits he was relieved to end his scoring drought against Manchester City having gone 15 Premier League games without a goal.

Wilshere sympathy for Welbeck over new injury | Arseblog News - the Arsenal news site

If there’s one man who you can be sure would empathise with another over an injury, it’s Jack Wilshere. The England midfielder’s career has been punctuated by prolonged absences, so it’s clear he feels for Danny Welbeck after the striker damaged his knee in the 2-2 draw with Man City yesterday.

UEFA president Michel Platini to resign after FIFA ban reduced

Michel Platini will resign as UEFA president after his ban from FIFA was reduced to four years rather than overturned.

Has Petr Cech really been worth 10-15 points to Arsenal this season?

It had practically become a cliché. Petr Cech, following his arrival from Chelsea, will be worth another 10 to 15 points to Arsenal. Such is his quality, so went the common consensus, the goalkeeper will keep out some efforts that the likes of Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina previously could not. The transfer was seen as a key turning point. So has that theory panned out?

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind | SBI Soccer

Alejandro Bedoya netted a goal for Nantes, while DeAndre Yedlin and Timmy Frankfurt led the way for their respective clubs as relegation battles continue.

West Ham sell more than 50,000 season tickets for Olympic Stadium | Football | The Guardian

West Ham have sold more than 50,000 season tickets for their new home at the Olympic Park – the second highest in the Premier League

Footballer Bernardo Ribeiro, 26, dies after playing game in Brazil | Football | The Guardian

Really sad - Former Newcastle Jets player Bernardo Ribeiro has died after falling ill during a match with suspected heart problems.

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend | Football | The Guardian
Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane could work together for England, Liverpool show their progress and Jack Wilshere could have returned just in time

Manchester City vs. Arsenal: Arsene Wenger Comments on Olivier Giroud After Draw | Bleacher Report
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal 's 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday saw the return of the "real Olivier Giroud."

Man City owners to give Manuel Pellegrini a LS Lowry painting as leaving gift - ESPN FC
Pellegrini is a known art collector, with Lowry's estimated to cost anywhere from a few thousands pounds all the way up to several million.