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    FA Cup 3rd round draw: Date, start time, live stream FREE, TV channel as Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea await fate

    THE FA Cup third round is right around the corner, but first – the draw!All the Premier League big boys enter at this stage of the competition, after the second-round proper is played this weekend.
    Leicester beat Chelsea 1-0 in the FA Cup final last seasonCredit: Marc Aspland – The Times

    Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and last season’s finalists Chelsea will all be included in the draw, as will holders Leicester.
    Leicester overcame Chelsea 1-0 in a hard-fought final last May thanks to Youri Tielemans sensational goal at Wembley in front of just 22,000 people.
    The Foxes proved, once again, that you don’t have to be one of the big six to pick up major silverware, so every team can count themselves a potential winner of this campaign’s competition.
    And it all begins with the highly-anticipated third round draw.
    When is the FA Cup 3rd round draw?

    The draw for the 2021/22 FA Cup third round draw will take place on Monday, December 6.
    There is no specific time yet confirmed for the draw, but it will be held during ITV’s coverage of Boreham Wood vs St Alban’s City, which kicks off at 7.45pm UK time.

    What channel is it and can it be live streamed?

    The FA Cup third round draw will be shown live on ITV4 in the UK for FREE.
    You can also live stream the draw from the ITV Hub, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
    You can also keep up to date with the draw right here on SunSport with our live blog.

    What teams are in the draw?
    All 20 Premier League teams and all 24 Championship teams will be in the hat for the draw on Monday.
    And they will be joined by the winners of the 20 fixtures which take place in the second round of the competition this weekend.
    Ball numbers, however, are yet to be confirmed.
    Premier League

    Aston Villa
    Crystal Palace
    Man City
    Man Utd
    West Ham


    Bristol City
    Cardiff City
    Huddersfield Town
    Luton Town
    Nottingham Forest
    Sheffield United
    West Brom More

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    Watch hilarious moment goalscorer’s shirt and CORNER FLAG stolen in Stockport’s giant-killing FA Cup win over Bolton

    STOCKPORT COUNTY’S FA Cup giant-killing of Bolton was delayed after the corner flag and goalscorer’s shirt were nicked during their crazy celebrations.After an enthralling 90 minutes ended 3-3, two goals from the non-league side helped them defeat League One Wanderers 5-3 after extra-time to book their place in the second round.
    One fan could clearly be seen stealing the corner flag during the chaosCredit: BBC
    The supporter than ran off into the crowd with the flagCredit: BBC
    Crankshaw threw his shirt in celebration and it was briefly lost in the crowdCredit: BBC
    But when Ollie Crankshaw netted Stockport’s fifth right at the end of the 120 minutes to seal the victory, play could not resume as one fan had stolen the corner flag during the celebrations, which saw a number of supporters spill onto the pitch.
    Crankshaw’s shirt was also momentarily taken from him after he whipped it off and threw it towards the crowd following the goal.
    Both were eventually returned and the referee blew his whistle almost immediately after play restarted.
    Reacting to the hilarious moment, one person said: “Limbs for County omg, the most Stockport thing tho for someone to steal the goalscorers shirt and the corner flag.”
    While another jokingly added: “Stockport goalscorer takes off his shirt, goes into crowd, sparks pitch invasion, irretrievably loses shirt and a corner flag in the chaos. I think he’ll take the booking.”
    It was an epic night for the fifth-tier side as they beat Bolton in a classic FA Cup first-round replay.

    Elias Kachunga gave Bolton the lead after just two minutes as they threatened to make light work of the side two divisions below them.
    And things went from bad to worse for Stockport moments later when Ash Palmer scored an own goal to double the visitors’ lead.
    Stockport pulled one back from the penalty spot through Paddy Madden, before Amadou Bakayoko made it 3-1 after just 28 minutes.
    But the National League outfit, who drew 2-2 away at Bolton to force a replay, refused to lay down and brought themselves back into the match on the stroke of half-time through Scott Quigley.
    And in the 85th minute the comeback was complete as Palmer netted at the right end to force extra-time.
    Heading into an additional 30 minutes, Quigley scored his second of the game in the first period as Edgeley Park erupted.
    A nervy period ensued for County fans, but those concerns were put to bed in the 119th minute when Crankshaw sealed the victory.
    And a pitch invasion quickly ensued as the home fans celebrated Stockport pulling off a huge FA Cup shock. More

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    Paddy Madden: It takes more than big spending to succeed – but Stockport have it

    PADDY Madden knows Stockport are spending big to try and return to the Football League – but it takes more than money.It is a matter of who you spend it on rather than how much you spend.
    Paddy Madden insists Stockport have what it takes, as well as the cash, to get back into the Football LeagueCredit: Getty
    Which points to why he dropped two levels and out of the Football League. He wants to add another honour – it is not for a hefty pay cheque.
    Irishman Madden swapped League One Fleetwood for National League County, who paid in the region of £250,000.
    So far, things are not going to plan but new boss Dave Challinor has been brought in to mould the expensively-assembled squad into challengers.
    But striker Madden, who had a trial at the club when he was 16-years-old, is adamant the spirit is there to reawaken a sleeping giant at Edgeley Park.
    He said: “I’ve been at clubs before where they’ve just splashed money out but without bringing in the right characters, you’re not going to get promoted.
    Madden moved to Stockport from FleetwoodCredit: GETTY
    “It’s about making sure everyone is right and there’s that winning mentality to get the team up. We’ve a great group here who are all pulling in the same direction.
    “I’m 31 now and Stockport are a sleeping giant, so helping them back into the league is something is something I’d be remembered by.
    “And at 31, I could tick off another thing. I’ve been promoted from League One and League Two, so getting promoted from the National League would complete a trio.
    “I knew about the club and its fan base before I came but being here now showed me how big it is and with the direction the chairman wants to take it in, it’s only going to get bigger.”
    Madden and Stockport get the chance to see how good they can really be with an FA Cup trip to nearby Bolton.
    Stockport face Bolton, and potentially Elias Kachunga, in today’s FA Cup tieCredit: REX FEATURES
    5,000 fans snapped up tickets – it would have been a lot more if they could get them.
    And it sees a reunion with fellow Dubliner Eoin Doyle, who he first encountered in the heat of his home city’s biggest derby, and a win would give Stockport belief they can achieve their main aim.
    He added: “Eoin and I took a similar path. He was at Shamrock when I was at Bohemians, which is a big derby in Dublin.
    “You’d get 7,000-8,000 fans for that game as the north side of Dublin is Bohemians and the south side is Shamrock Rovers.
    “It’s definitely the biggest derby in Ireland. For a normal game, you’d get 3,000-4,000.
    Madden faced Bolton striker Eoin Doyle during his days with Bohemians in Ireland
    “We played against each other in that game and have come across each other over here. We’ve had a lot of battles.
    “It’s a good test for us. Bolton are a big club who have done quite well but we’ll see where we stand against a good team.
    “We know we have a good squad but it’s about doing it on the big occasions. This season hasn’t been as good as we wanted but it’s about gathering momentum and kicking on.
    “And if we can go out and cause an upset, it would give us more confidence that we need and that we have a really good squad here.
    “We showed what we can do at Dover last Saturday on probably the worst pitch I’ve ever played on. If we can do it today, it will keep breeding that confidence.” More

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    Arsenal 3 Brighton 0: WSL leaders dispatch Seagulls to seal FA Cup final duel with Chelsea

    ARSENAL toppled stubborn Brighton to set up an all-London FA Cup final with Chelsea in December.Two goals in four minutes from Kim Little and Beth Mead and a strike from Leah Williamson secured a gritty 3-0 win at Meadow Park.
    Beth Mead scored as Arsenal beat Brighton 3-0 to set up an FA Cup final with rivals ChelseaCredit: Getty
    Captain Kim Little opened the scoring for Gunners in the second halfCredit: Reuters
    The North London giants will be keen to avenge the 3-1 loss they endured in the last FA Cup final clash between the top tier’s top dogs.
    Mead told BBC Sport: “We had the disappointment last time myself included. 
    “What a feeling (it would be) to go and win an FA Cup, one of the biggest trophies in the women’s game and the men’s game. 
    “It will be a good game. Hopefully, we can try and get the win.”
    Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall said: “The closest I’ve come to being at Wembley was when I bought tickets for Adele a few years ago but then my wife and I couldn’t go. I’m definitely going this time.
    “It feels a little bit surreal, to be honest. I never imagined having the chance to receive a trophy or success so so quickly, so really feels like a great opportunity for us to go there and compete.
    “I’m really enjoying watching us play at the moment. I think we play some exciting football.
    “Apart from the Barcelona game, I think we have scored at least three goals in every game that we played so far in competitive games.”

    Brighton, who were appearing in a cup semi-final for the first time in 45 years, have developed a reputation as a tough team to breakdown.
    And this proved that to be the case in the opening period at Meadow Park with the Seagulls keeping the scoreline level in the first half.
    One of the earliest Arsenal efforts came via Beth Mead in the eighth minute with the forward showing quick feet to send a Seagulls defender sliding on the turf before the ball was hoofed out of danger.
    And moments later Brighton attempted to counter with ex-Gunner Danielle Carter latching on to a long pass from Megan Walsh, before Jen Beattie got the ball away.
    Ex-Arsenal ace Danielle Carter was Brighton’s most dangerous threatCredit: Getty
    Arsenal had a decent shot on goal a little later with Jordan Nobbs’ angled strike being comfortably caught by Walsh.
    And the hosts had an excellent chance of going in front minutes before half-time with Albion skipper Victoria Williams clearing Nikita Parris’ goal-bound header off the line.
    The second half saw the floodgates open for Arsenal netting twice in five minutes with Mead wrong-footing her marker to tee up Little the 48th minute.
    And the in-form Lionesses forward got on the score sheet moments later nutmegging Maya Le Tissier to slot the ball home past Walsh.
    Brighton, who brought on Emma Koivisto in the second-half, came close to netting themselves shortly after, with the Finland full-back firing narrowly wide in the 60th minute.
    Leah Williamson got on the scoresheet for the hosts heading in their third goal against AlbionCredit: Reuters
    But the hosts crushed any hopes of an Albion comeback with Leah Williamson’s bullet header sealing a 3-0 victory and a trip to Wembley for Jonas Eidevall’s side.
    Of the game, Hope Powell said: “When we got the ball, we turned over too quickly and too cheaply, but I’m very proud at the way we committed ourselves.
    “We tried, we kept running for the 90 minutes but on the day, we were just beaten by a better team.”
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    Arsenal 5 Tottenham 1: Gunners trounce Spurs to set up Women’s FA Cup semis duel with Brighton

    NIKITA PARRIS and Mana Iwabuchi turned on the style as Arsenal survived a Women’s FA Cup scare before putting Tottenham to the sword. The duo combined to clinical effect with Caitlin Foord with the trio netting four goals as the WSL leaders claimed their semi-finals spot in a 5-1 win.
    Nikita Parris was on target with a goal close to half-time during Arsenal’s defeat of TottenhamCredit: Getty
    Mana Iwabuchi netted as the Gunners progressed to the semi-finals of this year’s delayed Women’s FA CupCredit: Getty
    The result saw Arsenal go unbeaten in 19 games across all competitions since losing to Chelsea in February.
    And it brought them a step closer to their dream of winning the contest for the fifteenth time with a semi-final duel with Brighton next. 
    Gunners boss Jonas Eidevall said: “It feels like we’re scoring a lot at the moment, and we look so threatening in our offence, but I think we can be a lot better still. 
    “But from a results perspective and the way we look in attack sometimes it’s excellent, but I still think there are some areas we can improve.
    “I think it’s about the consistency, to be honest.
    “We’re at a really, really high level, but there are maybe one or two percentages we can get better at. It’s more about being consistent over 90 minutes
    Rehanne Skinner’s gutsy Spurs side – currently unbeaten in the league – began the game brightly taking the fight to their hosts. 
    And they momentarily silenced the home fans with Rachel Williams walloping home a left-footed fifth-minute strike past an outstretched Lydia Williams. 

    Such was the strength of Arsenal’s attacking ranks that Gunners boss Jonas Eidevall was able to rest in-form aces Beth Mead, Vivianne Miedema and skipper Kim Little.
    And the trio of Nikita Parris, Mana Iwabuchi and Tobin Heath who all started proved to be just as deadly in attack.
    And it was England forward Parris who came close to levelling for the home side as she jinked her way into the box before her sixth-minute shot was blocked. 
    But the slim lead of Skinner’s players evaporated when Iwabuchi showed some deft control as she squeezed the ball past Josie Green to thump in Arsenal’s equaliser. 
    Rachel Williams stunned the hosts with an early opener for TottenhamCredit: Getty
    The Gunners, now dominating their opponents, took the lead moments after the half-hour mark.
    This came via a dangerous Heath cross from the left bouncing into the goal off Tottenham starlet Asmita Hayle.
    And Arsenal increased their tally to three in the thirty-third minute courtesy of Caitlin Foord’s first of the evening. 
    The Australian netted off the back of a Nikita Parris’s cross following a lovely one-two between Iwabuchi and Parris on the edge of the 18-yard box. 
    There was no let-up from the hosts who were relentless in attack in the first half’s closing stages. 
    Their fourth goal came through Parris heading the ball home over Spence in the forty-fourth minute. 
    Caitlin Foord nabbed a brace for ArsenalCredit: Getty
    The second half saw summer signing Frida Maanum come on for Lia Walti. 
    The Norway international came close to nabbing her first Women’s FA Cup goal sending a shot past Spence’s post. 
    Chioma Ubogagu came close reducing the deficit for Tottenham forcing keeper Williams to palm her bottom left shot out of danger. 
    But the visitors conceded again when Caitlin Foord poked home her second of the evening following a pinpoint cross from substitute Beth Mead. 
    And the Gunners saw out the 5-1 win ahead of their league clash against Aston Villa next following by their Champions League duel with Barcelona. 
    Tottenham are looking to bounce back from their loss by maintaining their unbeaten run in the WSL
    And they have a trip to Leicester up next with the Foxes yet to pick up a win in the top-flight.
    Rehanne Skinner says Tottenham will turn their attention to their match against Leicester next in the leagueCredit: PA
    Skinner said: “Arsenal are a fantastic side and we’re in a growth phase where we’re trying to get to the point where we can compete with that on a regular basis
    “It’s a cup game anyway so it’s always got a different feel to it.
    “But when we get going into the weekend, it’s certainly a big focus on the league and that’s going to be the main thing that we talk about from this point forwards. 
    Women’s FA Cup Quarter-Final Results
    Brighton booked their place in the final four of the Women’s FA Cup courtesy of a 1-0 win against Charlton. 
    Fliss Gibbons sealed Albion’s victory with a bottom corner volley with the Seagulls facing Arsenal in the semis. 
    Elsewhere Manchester City bounced back from their injury woes with a thumping defeat of Leicester. 
    A Khadija Shaw hat-trick and a Vicky Losada boomer were among the goals netted in a 6-0 win for Gareth Taylor’s side 
    Meanwhile, Chelsea knocked four past as set up a semi-final clash with Man City. 
    Goals included a second-half brace from Fran Kirby and an injury-time effort from Pernille Harder.

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    Man City boss Taylor criticises ‘super late’ Women’s FA Cup player rules changes

    GARETH TAYLOR hit out at late changes to Women’s FA Cup player registration rules that have affected his injury-hit Manchester City squad.Coordinators of the contest, delayed from last term, say quarter-final teams can register three new players who took part in the competition at an earlier point.
    Gareth Taylor says information on player registration changes for the Women’s FA Cup has come too lateCredit: Getty
    However, players cannot feature if their former clubs are still involved in the competition.
    This means City’s former Arsenal and Tottenham aces Ruby Mace and Alanna Kennedy will not be part of their club’s clash with Leicester this evening.
    Taylor told reporters: “We didn’t get the information until really, really recently, which causes us kind of even more frustration.
    “Getting that information to us a little bit quicker would help. It has come super late.
    “I think it’s wanting to know that information sooner rather than later.”
    The rule comes as a blow to City with the side currently battling with injuries.
    The club had eight first-team members unavailable for their last league match which ended in a 5-0 away loss to Arsenal, their heaviest defeat in the Women’s Super League.

    Players currently out of action include skipper Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze, Ellie Roebuck, Karen Bardsley and Chloe Kelly.
    The Academy Stadium side, who lost three of their last four matches across all competitions, will be looking to bounce back against Leicester.
    And Foxes forward Jess Sigsworth says her side will approach the game with no fear.
    I know last season when Leicester played City, they only lost 2-1. We’re so excited to go and play themJess Sigsworth
    The former Man United striker and her Leicester team-mates are yet to pick up points in the WSL having lost their opening three league matches.
    But they hope to give Man City a run for their money on their rivals’ home turf.
    Sigsworth said:  “This is where we know we can put things right. We can go and showcase what we can actually do.
    “And then we can go into Sunday against Spurs confident and hopefully take all three points there.
    Jess Sigsworth says Leicester will approach their match against Man City with ‘no fear’Credit: Getty
    “We’re going with no fear, all we’re doing is looking forward to it now.
    “This team can do really well against them. I know last season when Leicester played City, they only lost 2-1. We’re so excited to go and play them.
    “Unfortunately for Man City, they have got a few injuries. It’s never nice when players get injuries, but it may be a good time for us to play them.”


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    How Qatar World Cup will affect 2022-23 Premier League season with six-week November break and June FA Cup final

    THE FA Cup Final is set for a JUNE date next season as a result of the Winter World Cup fixture squeeze.Prem clubs will have a six-week league break from November 13 until Boxing Day because of the tournament in Qatar.

    The FA Cup final is set to take place in June because of the long break earlier in the seasonCredit: Getty
    And in a draft fixture list sent to clubs ahead of today’s “shareholder” meeting in London, the full implications of congestion are laid out.
    The Prem is now set to start on August 6, a week earlier than this term, with midweek fixtures at the end of August – meaning five games before the transfer window shuts – and the middle of October.
    But with Uefa intending to play all six group games in its three competitions before the World Cup kicks off and the Carabao Cup early rounds to fit in as well, it means just 16 top flight matches will have been played before the Prem resumes on December 26.
    The fourth round of the Carabao Cup has been pencilled in for the midweek between the December 18 World Cup Final and Prem restart, giving clubs a potential “warm-up” game.
    But it still means leading clubs who go all the way in the two domestic cups and in Europe face playing up to 40 matches between Boxing Day and the end of the season.
    To make that possible, the Prem campaign will be extended until the last Sunday in May, with the FA Cup Final completing the season on June 3, one week before the Champions League Final in Istanbul.


    That proposed schedule, which will impact on clubs’ ability to embark on lucrative pre-season tours, will be just one of the items discussed as clubs hold one of their scheduled meetings in the capital for the first time since February 2020.
    But the biggest issue of contention is likely to be the planned “Owners Charter”, described as “toothless” by some clubs.
    Clubs finally received the revised nine-point document on Thursday, despite asking for updates since the original proposals were rejected at the summer meeting.
    The Charter was supposed to be a way of ringfencing the current structure of the game, with clubs facing sanctions for involvement in any future breakaway proposals.
    But there is anger among the clubs, some arguing the lack of defined punishments is unacceptable while others are furious at what they consider a flawed process.
    Despite the frustrations, club bosses recognise that they will have little option other than to sign up to the proposals at the meeting, aware that anything else would leave them open to charges of seeking to reopen the Super League issue.
    Yet there is genuine unhappiness that the questions and arguments raised by clubs earlier in the year have not been properly or adequately addressed.
    It is understood the Charter will see the clubs seal their commitment to the football pyramid, with entry to other tournaments and competitions having to be earned on the field.
    That is an attempt to bind all the clubs – including the Big Six – into a position where any negotiations about a self-elected elite would be a breach of regulations and open them up to significant punishments.
    But all the Big Six, badly burned by the furious fan reaction to April’s attempted putsch,  insist they are now committed to the Prem and have no interest in any Super League concept.
    And other clubs argue that by failing to nail down exactly what punishments could apply to any potential rebels, the League is failing to take advantage of the ideal opportunity to nail down the coffin on the idea for good.
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    Mesut Ozil was the final member of 2014 FA Cup winning team to leave Arsenal… but where are they now?

    MESUT OZIL finally ended his Arsenal saga in January when he moved to Turkey.The German midfielder, 32, was been frozen out under Mikel Arteta for the best part of a year, despite collecting £350,000 a week.
    Mesut Ozil left Arsenal for Fenerbahce in JanuaryCredit: Getty
    Mesut Ozil celebrates with his Gunners team-mates at Wembley in 2014Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    Ozil agreed to give up a chunk of his remaining salary in order to leave the club on good terms.
    His departure meant he was the last of the 2014 FA Cup winners to leave the Emirates.
    Ozil bid farewell to his Gunners team-mates and staff and it was current boss Arteta who captained the North Londoners to glory at Wembley seven years ago.
    SunSport takes a look at what happened to all of Ozil’s fellow Cup winners after they mounted a comeback to beat Hull City 3-2 after extra time.
    Lukasz Fabianski
    Polish shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski left Arsenal as his contract expired in the summer after the FA Cup win. He joined Swansea where he spent four years before signing for West Ham for £7million in 2018.
    The 36-year-old is now David Moyes’ No1 at the London Stadium and kept a clean sheet against Southampton at the weekend.

    Bacary Sagna
    Another to leave the summer after winning the Cup, Bacary Sagna made 284 appearances for the Gunners in a seven-year spell.
    He joined Manchester City on a free and told Goal last year: “I didn’t knock at the club’s door to change contract, I respected my contract, but the way I left was a bit dirty.
    “I didn’t like it, I didn’t feel comfortable anymore. Something broke inside my head.”
    Sagna retired from the game in 2020 after leaving Club de Foot Montreal.
    Per Mertesacker
    German giant Per Mertesacker finished his playing career at Arsenal in 2018 before being named head of the club’s academy.
    He is coming up to three years in the role and previously filled in as an interim assistant coach to Freddie Ljunberg after Unai Emery was sacked in November 2019 and he now works as pundit for DAZN in his homeland.
    Laurent Koscielny
    Former skipper Laurent Koscielny angered Gooners by ripping off the Arsenal jersey in his unveiling at Bordeaux in 2019.
    It took him a year for him to apologise to Arsenal fans in 2020.
    The 36-year-old now captains the French club.
    Arsenal’s players parade the 2014 FA Cup trophyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Kieran Gibbs
    England international left-back Kieran Gibbs left Arsenal after a decade in North London in 2017.
    He signed a four-year deal at West Brom with a transfer fee in the region of £7m and still turned out for Baggies last season.
    This summer he moved to America to sign for Inter Miami.
    Mikel Arteta
    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta captained the victorious Gunners from central midfield at Wembley nearly seven years ago.
    He retired in 2016 and then spent three years as Pep Guardiola’s No2 at Manchester City before returning to the Emirates as manager in December 2019.
    Aaron Ramsey
    Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey made 371 appearances for Arsenal before leaving for Juventus on a free in 2019.
    Ramsey earns a cool £400,000 a week in Serie A.
    And despite speculation he would leave, the star remains in Italy..
    Santi Cazorla
    Spaniard Santi Cazorla left Arsenal in 2018 after a horrific Achilles tendon injury in 2016 looked like it could have ended his career.
    Cazorla returned to Villarreal after eight operations and a skin grant and enjoyed something of a renaissance before signing for Qatari side Al Sadd in 2020, where he still plays.
    Mesut Ozil
    Ozil is the last of Arsenal’s 2014 FA Cup winners to move onCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Mesut Ozil did not play for Arsenal again after the 1-0 win over West Ham in March 2020 having been axed by Arteta – who left him out of both the Premier and Europa League 25-man squad last season.
    He is now enjoying his football again in Turkey at Fenerbahce.
    Lukas Podolski
    German forward Lukas Podolski joined Galatasaray from Arsenal in 2015, before moving to Japanese side Vissel Kobe two years later.
    The Polish-born star bagged 31 goals in 82 appearances for the Gunners and returned to Turkey with Antalyaspor.
    This summer he headed to Poland to join Gornik Zabrze.
    Off the pitch, the 36-year-old is quite the businessman after opening SIX Kebab shops in Germany – with hungry crowds flocking to try his meaty offerings.
    He also owns a boozer, an ice cream parlour and a clothes shop as Podolski diversifies his income with a view to life post-football.
    Lukas Podolski owns SIX Kebab joints in GermanyCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Olivier Giroud
    Olivier Giroud crossed London to join Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018 and went on to win the World Cup with France that summer.
    The 34-year-old haunted his old side with a goal and an assist in the 4-1 defeat in the 2019 Europa League final.
    He left Chelsea after a lack of game time this summer for AC Milan after helping them to Champions League glory.
    The Gunners celebrate overturning a 2-0 deficit to beat Hull and lift the FA CupCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Jack Wilshere
    English midfielder Jack Wilshere left Arsenal for West Ham in 2018.
    But he quit the Hammers in the summer after his £100,000-a-week contract was ripped up and signed a six-month contract at Bournemouth.
    He is currently without a club.
    Tomas Rosicky
    Legendary Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky left Arsenal to return to boyhood side Sparta Prague in 2016.
    He retired a year later and is now sporting director at the club.
    Yaya Sanogo
    Talented striker Yaya Sanogo left the Gunners for Toulouse in 2017.
    But he was released by the French side in the summer after netting just 12 goals in three years is currently without a club after a short stint at Huddersfield in the Championship last season.
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