Premier League leader Arsenal said its fiscal-year profit declined after the north London soccer club earned less from selling players and wage costs rose.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Song completed his move to Barcelona after passing a medical exam, the Spanish club said. He’s joined on a five-year contract.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Chelsea and Arsenal scored late goals to win and keep their places at the top of English soccer’s Premier League.
Queens Park Rangers signed Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton to a four-year contract, the Premier League club said on its website.
West Bromwich beat Liverpool 3-0 and Swansea and Fulham both won 5-0 on the opening day of English soccer’s new Premier League season.
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli won’t face further punishment for his foot-first challenge on Arsenal’s Alex Song two days ago.
Thierry Henry marked his return to Arsenal, where he scored a club-record 226 goals before leaving for Barcelona in 2007, by grabbing the winner in an F.A. Cup match against Leeds.
Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen won to advance in soccer’s Champions League, while APOEL Nicosia became the first Cypriot club to reach the round of 16.
Chelsea defeated Fulham 1-0 to increase its lead in English soccer’s Premier League over Manchester United, which tied Manchester City 0-0.