Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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JOHAN DJOUROU reckons Arsenal's intensive pre-season training camp in Austria will pay dividends at the end of the campaign.

The Swiss defender said: "We have built the foundation for the season ahead. We are prepared and we have tried to work a lot. It has been good for us."


SHAUN CUMMINGS has joined MK Dons on a month's loan.

He will link up with Roberto Di Matteo and Eddie Newton, his former youth-team coach.

Chelsea want the striker to gain first-team experience and are hopeful he will one day be good enough to challenge for spot in their first team.


ROY HODGSON will send a number of first teamers to non-League Kingstonian this evening.

Hodgson is set to give Lee Cook, Hameur Bouazza, Chris Baird and Erik Nevland a run-out at Kingsmeadow.

The rest of the first XI are being kept fresh to take on Birmingham tomorrow.


BENOIT ASSOU-EKOTTO is likely to return to France on loan before the start of the new campaign.

The left-back played the second half of Wednesday's win at Leyton Orient after a long spell out with injury, but is third-choice in his position behind Gareth Bale and Gilberto.

West Ham

ALAN CURBISHLEY plans to strengthen his squad within the next fortnight. Switzerland defender Valon Behrami has been the only recruit so far but the boss said: "I'm hopeful of signing two or three players before the start of the season."


ALAN PARDEW is hoping to be handed the majority of the ?2.5 million from the sale of Madjid Bougherra so he can reinvest in his squad.

The defender was last night sold to Scottish side Rangers after turning his back on Premier League new boys West Brom.

Crystal Palace

NEIL WARNOCK has told Ben Watson he will not play again for Crystal Palace, having refused to sign a new contract.

The 23- year- old midfielder is a ?2million target for Birmingham, who hope to complete a move before the Championship season starts next week. …

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