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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Podolski: Hell will freeze over before I sign for Spurs

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has mocked a rumour he could join Tottenham in January, insisting "hell will freeze over" before he moves to the Gunners' North London rivals.

The German is yet to start a Premier League match this season and one report suggested he could make a £10million switch to Spurs when the transfer window opens.

Posting a link to the rumour on Twitter, Podolski wrote: "Hell will freeze over before this transfer would happen. #Poldi #aha #AlwaysAGunner #NeverCheatYourClub #AFC #Redarmy".

Arsenal and Tottenham are currently level on points in the table and the two sides drew 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium last month.

Meanwhile, UEFA has dropped its disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal in regards to their Champions League meeting with Galatasaray earlier this month.

The London club were charged with "insufficient organisation (lack of body searching)" after fireworks and missiles were thrown on to the Emirates Stadium pitch during a 4-1 home win on October 1.

A statement published by European football's governing body on Monday confirmed disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal had been closed, while Galatasaray have been fined 50,000 euros (£39,570).

The statement added: "The Turkish team have also been ordered to contact Arsenal FC within 30 days for the settlement of the damages caused by its supporters."

At the Emirates, several flares were thrown onto the pitch from the section where the 3,000-strong travelling Galatasaray supporters were located towards the end of the first half, causing the Group D match to be briefly halted.

There were disturbances before the match, when Galatasaray fans had let off flares in streets around Finsbury Park and thrown some into the Tollington Arms pub.

Also punished by UEFA on Monday evening were Swiss club Basle, who have been fined 340,000 euros (£31,640) after objects were thrown by home fans during their 1-0 Champion League victory over Liverpool at St Jakob-Park on October 1.

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