Alexis Sanhez scored the only goal of the match against Besiktas as the Gunners qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stages. Mathieu Debuchy was sent off with 15 minutes to go. Arsenal are in pot 3 for the UEFA Champions League draw tonight.

Defender Cosmin Moti heroics send Bulgarian side Ludogorets through into the group stage of the Champions League for the first time. Goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was sent off in the final minute of the extra time. Ludogorets won the shoot-out 6-5 as Moti saved two penalties and scored the first penalty.

Rafael Benitez’s Napoli crashed out of the UEFA Champions League after a shameful  3-1 defeat to Athletic Bilbao. Napoli took the lead after a Marek Hamsik strike in the second half, but the Spanish side scored thrice in 13 minutes.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is out for 4-6 weeks due to a hamstring injury. Didier Drogba or Fernando Torres are expected to replace him in the starting XI.

Liverpool are placed in pot 3 of the UCL draw and expected to be placed in a difficult group. Best scenario- FC Porto, FC Basel, Liverpool, AaB Aalborg. Worst scenario- Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, AS Roma.

Defending champions Manchester City face Sheffield Wednesday at Etihad in the third round of Capital One Cup. Chelsea will host Bolton Wanderers , Arsenal will host Southampton and Liverpool face Middlesbrough at Anfield in the third round of Capital One Cup.

Bayern Munich are closing in on Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso in a £8m deal. He is  expected to undergo a medical today. Earlier this week, Xabi Alonso announced his retirement from international football.

Manchester United youngster Wilfried Zaha is all set to join Crystal Palace in a season-long loan deal.

According to the very reliable Di MArzio, Arsenal have made a €15 million bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Greek international defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

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