Gooner Talk Archives for January 2008

Cesc Challenges Young Gunners

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Long-term injury-victim Cesc Fabregas is convinced Arsenal can compete for the game's top honours in his absence. The 21-year-old Spain midfielder has been told he must have complete rest for a month before he can even think about making the first steps back on the long road to recovery from a medial ligament injury [.

Rewind: Arsenal 1-0 Portsmouth

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Welcome to Gooner Talk's highlights feature, ‘Rewind'. Rewind will provide you with post-match highlights to every single Arsenal first team game giving you the opportunity to watch the goals you've missed, or want to see again. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the mighty Arsenal on your computer screen.

Exclusive: Wenger On Arshavin - “Be Patient”

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Gooner Talk can exclusively reveal that Arsene Wenger has refused to deny the consistent rumours concerning Russia forward Andrei Arshavin. Zenit St Petersberg star Arshavin has attracted an array of admiring clubs on the strength of two spectacular Euro 2008 performances against Sweden and the Netherlands, Arsenal are said to be one of them.

Match Report: Arsenal 1-0 Portsmouth

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A legend returned to the Emirates for Arsenal's crucial Premier League clash with Portsmouth. That legend of course is Tony Adams, the former Gunners captain looked to cause an upset in front of a 60 thousand-strong  crowd. Nicklas Bendtner was handed a surprise start ahead of Robin van Persie who Arsene Wenger rested to the [.

Bendtner Given Surprise Arsenal Start

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Nicklas Bendtner has been handed a place in today's starting line-up as Arsenal take on Portsmouth later this afternoon. The Danish striker hasn't had the amount of playing time he would of liked this season, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger opted to rest Robin van Persie today and play the gangly frontman Bendtner upfront [.

Inter Midfielder Dacourt Receives Arsenal Offer?

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could be considering offering Inter Milan midfielder Olivier Dacourt a 6 month contract at the club. Dacourt, 33 - formerly with Leeds and Everton - may be allowed to leave Inter at a cut price £400,000, and French tactician Wenger has reportedly instructed his scouts to check on the player's [.

Match Preview: Arsenal v Portsmouth (Premier League)

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Porstmouth coach Tony Adams returns to Arsenal tomorrow afternoon where he will pit his wits against his old boss Arsene Wenger and an inconsistent Emirates side. The Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw by Aston Villa at Villa Park on the Boxing Day, while Pompey suffered a 4-1 defeat by West Ham United [.

Rewind: Aston Villa 2-2 Arsenal

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Welcome to Gooner Talk's highlights feature, ‘Rewind'. Rewind will provide you with post-match highlights to every single Arsenal first team game giving you the opportunity to watch the goals you've missed, or want to see again. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the mighty Arsenal on your computer screen.

The Kids Are Alright

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When Zat Knight rifled in a ninety-second minute equaliser I was left screaming.  Standing up with TV remote in hand, I pondered throwing it against the wall, before choosing to wing in it into the safer option of the sofa.  There was an overwhelming and painful sense of Deja-Vu that every Arsenal fan [.

Match Report: Aston Villa 2-2 Arsenal

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A pivotal game in Arsenal's season was taking place in a chilly Villa Park earlier this evening. And what a game it was. Mikael Silvestre and Emmanuel both returned to the starting XI after a short spell out of the line-up. Aston Villa boasted the likes of Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonhlahor, both of whom [.

Match Preview: Aston Villa v Arsenal (Premier League)

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The race for a Champions League place hots up on Boxing Day when third-placed Aston Villa entertain an Arsenal side that are three points and two places below Martin O'Neill's team. Since suffering successive defeats to Newcastle United and Middlesbrough in early November, Villa have embarked on an impressive six-match unbeaten run in the [.

Youngster Wilshere NOT Going Out On Loan

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Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere will NOT be shipped out on loan this January, contrary to reports from the British tabloids. 16-year-old Wilshere, who signs his professional contract next month, will stay at the Gunners to continue his long-term development. British tabloid The Daily Mail stupendously forgot to do their research on the story, and in [.

January, Arshavin, and the Possible Unstoppable Squad

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The necessity for taking advantage of the transfer window this January has always been obvious, however it has certainly never before been this requisite. A team lacking a defensive partner to match Cesc's guile, a defense looking for a dominant center back, and doubts surrounding Ade's commitment, Nasri's integration, and the injury woes of [.

Was Arshavin really at London Colney last week?

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Russia captain Andrei Arshavin DID visit Arsenal's Hertfordshire-based London Colney training ground last week, Gooner Talk understands. In a progressive meeting, that included new chief executive Stan Lazaridis and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, Arshavin was shown round the state-of-the-art facilities and spoken to by Wenger himself - who can speak Russian.

Gallas: I Have Coaching Aspirations

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Former Arsenal captain William Gallas has reiterated his commitment to the Gunners cause and revealed that after his retirement, a possible coaching role could be something in the pipeline. Speculation has been rife in the British press recently that the centreback could be set for a January departure, as several clubs in Europe have [.

Alonso Apologises, Cesc Unavaliable For Three MONTHS?

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Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas is expected to discover the extent of his knee injury tomorrow afternoon, with Guillem Balague suggesting it could be worse than first thought. The 21-year-old Spanish international limped out of yesterday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool and will miss the entire festive programme.

Arsene Wenger and the January transfer window

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Listening to Arsene Wenger talk about the January transfer window one comes away with the distinct impression that he loathes it. He also loathes talking about potential transfers as well and would rather prefer to believe that his squad is on the verge of playing great football. To have to bring someone in [.

Rewind: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

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Welcome to a Gooner Talk's highlights feature, ‘Rewind'. Rewind will provide you with post-match highlights to every single Arsenal first team game giving you the opportunity to watch the goals you've missed, or want to see again. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the mighty Arsenal on your computer screen.

Match Report: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

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Anything but a win was required for Arsenal to stay within touching distance of Premier League leaders Liverpool at a chilly Christmas-esque Emirates. Rafa Benitez was unable to attend the game in north London due to kidney stones, but it didn't stop the Reds from challenging for the three points.

Nasri Welcomed Back For Liverpool Clash

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Arsenal's French midfielder Samir Nasri returns to the starting XI for the Gunners' crucial Premier League tie with Liverpool later this afternoon. Nasri, 21, replaces fellow countryman Abou Diaby, who drops to the bench after a below-par performance against Middlesbrough last Saturday. The full line-up, including subs, is as follows: Almunia Sagna - Gallas - Djourou - [.

Match Preview: Arsenal v Liverpool (Premier League)

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Arsene Wenger's Arsenal play host to Premiership leaders Liverpool in the match-up that is guaranteed entertainment, at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The Gunners have been inconsistent this season and as such are occupying fifth place in the table after having suffered defeats against Fulham, Hull City, Stoke City, Manchester City and Aston Villa.

Fiszman Takes Different Opinion On Draw & Your Views

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Danny Fiszman and Arsene Wenger both have differing views on Arsenal's Champions League draw after the Gunners were drawn with Italian giants AS Roma earlier this morning. French tactician Wenger revealed this afternoon that the draw is a '50-50′ for the north London side, but club director Fiszman gave an alternative view whilst speaking [.

Arsenal’s burgeoning new industry: Loaning Players

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One of Arsene Wenger's biggest headaches is finding enough games for his players to play. First team games are usually divided amongst the top sixteen players, meaning the rest of the squad have to make do with the meagre reserve squad schedule. The problem is exacerbated by the rise of the young guns [.

Nasri Back For The Big One, Again.

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French midfield maestro Samir Nasri will return to Arsenal's squad for Sunday's game with Liverpool, Gooner Talk understands. The Frenchman was a doubt for this weekend's clash after being the subject of a vicious foul against Wigan two weeks ago. More to come soon.

Gunners Board Oust Bracewell-Smith Out, Gazidis Welcomed In

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Arsenal have made major changes in the boardroom after announcing a re-structuring of their board of directors. Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith and Richard Carr both depart from the board, but Carr will stay on as a director of the club. This potentially allows her to leave the lockdown agreement with the other directors and dispose of [.

Youngsters Randall & Gibbs Strike As Dudu Comes Close

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Croatian forward Eduardo made his long-awaited comeback this evening as Arsenal Reserves secured victory over Portsmouth at Barnet's Underhill stadium. The 25-year-old sustained a fractured left leg and dislocated ankle in Arsenal's 2-2 draw at Birmingham in the Premier League last term which some believed could end the frontman's career.

Eduardo Return Gives Boss Christmas Dilemma

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Tuesday December 16, 2008, 19:00 - Barnet's Underhill stadium. That's the time and place Eduardo da Silva is pencilled in to make his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt since suffering a horrific fractured fibula and a dislocated ankle 10 months ago against Birmingham. It has indeed been a very long wait, one that [.

Video: Clichy Goes Bare, As Bendtner Jokes In Pre-Season

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With thanks to Arsenal Croatia, Gooner Talk can exclusively provide hilarious footage of Gael Clichy quite literally 'going bare' during the Gunners' pre-season camp in Austria. After messing around with club photographer Stuart Clarke's camera, fullback Clichy went red-faced as Danish forward Bendtner pulled his training shorts down!

The Agony of Watching Arsenal

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Watching the Gunners play this season has been pure agony. Gone are the free flowing attacking displays. What we have now we saw yesterday against Middlesbrough, a tortured and flawed performance from a team flirting with mediocrity. You don't see Arsenal players smile anymore, well ... they do if they happen to score.

Veloso Set To Leave Sporting On The Cheap & Player Bio

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Portugal international midfielder Miguel Veloso could well be set for a January transfer window exit, and for a very cheap fee, according to the player's agent. Fiorentina and Arsenal are ready to make a move for the player. The player's representitive Paulo Barbosa confirmed. "The last meeting of ours was dated two months ago, we [.

Rewind: Middlesbrough 1-1 Arsenal

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Welcome to a Gooner Talk's highlights feature, ‘Rewind'. Rewind will provide you with post-match highlights to every single Arsenal first team game giving you the opportunity to watch the goals you've missed, or want to see again. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the mighty Arsenal on your computer screen.

Match Report: Middlesbrough 1-1 Arsenal

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Anything was possible going into today's game at Middlesbrough. Both sides have had inconsistent runs of form recently, and with Boro's superb record against Arsenal, a tough game was on the cards for Arsene Wenger's young men. French tactician Wenger welcomed back five senior players, two of whom included Robin van Persie and Emmanuel [.

Team News: Big Guns Back For ‘Boro Tie

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has welcomed back five of his senior stars into the Gunners line-up for this afternoon's Premier League game against Middlesbrough. After the midweek Champions League defeat to Porto, fullbacks Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy return. Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie also make their comeback since sustaining slight [.

Match Preview: Middlesbrough v Arsenal (Premier League)

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Gareth Southgate's Middlesbrough take on Arsene Wenger's Arsenal in the Premiership at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. Boro are in the 12th place in the table after their four-game winless run since the last success that came at Aston Villa last month. The Gunners, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss in the Champions [.

Bogey Boro Set To Face Depleted Gunners Side

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If Arsenal are claim this year's Premier League title, then they will certainly need to triumph over the 'lesser sides' of the league. One of those sides is arguably Gareth Southgate's Middlesborough troops. And with the likes of Kolo Toure and Samir Nasri missing from Arsene Wenger's team selection, Saturday's lunchtime game becomes a [.

Rewind: Arsenal 1-0 Wigan Athletic

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Welcome to a Gooner Talk's highlights feature, ‘Rewind'. Rewind will provide you with post-match highlights to every single Arsenal first team game giving you the opportunity to watch the goals you've missed, or want to see again. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the mighty Arsenal on your computer screen.

Arsenal need an interceptor, not an enforcer

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Arsenal's indifferent form this season which has contributed to three loses already has been attributed to a lack of a defensive midfield enforcer; someone who looks to tackle the ball in restart play. With Flamini and Gilberto gone, Denilson and Song occupy their places. However watching the Arsenal youngsters defeat Wigan in the Carling Cup without [.

Unfortunately, Arsenal Are Becoming a ‘Big Club’

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Supporters of the idea that Arsenal are a big club have credible attributes to their theory. League Titles. The 'Invincibles.' World-Class players. A 60,000 seater stadium. Massive wage bill. Global audience. Typical attributes of a big club. Opponents will point to the departures of Flamini and Hleb, the lack of trophies since 2004, a team policy [.

Two In, Seven Out for Porto tie + Predicted XI

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A massive seven players are out of Arsenal's Champions League squad for tomorrow's final game in Group G against FC Porto. As the Gunners have already qualified - and with one eye on Saturday's Premier League clash at Middlesbrough - full-backs Bacary Sagna (flu), Gael Clichy (hamstring), strikers Emmanuel Adebayor (rested), Robin van Persie (thigh) and [.

Match Preview: FC Porto v Arsenal (UEFA Champions League)

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Arsenal welcome back William Gallas and Abou Diaby for the Champions League trip to Porto - but will rest captain Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, as we told you yesterday afternoon. As the Gunners have already qualified - and with one eye on Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Middlesbrough - full-backs Bacary Sagna and Gael [.

Mid December musings

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This weekend's game against Middlesborough is important and the Gunners need to play with the same steel they seem to reserve for the elite teams of the Premier League. It can be argued that our results against Middlesborough last season cost us the title. Last December we lost our first Premier League game of the [.

Match Report: FC Porto 2-0 Arsenal

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Below-par Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Porto to leave themselves with a tougher path towards Champions League glory. With his side already qualified for the last 16 and with several key men - like captain Cesc Fabregas and striker Robin van Persie - carrying injuries, manager Arsene Wenger felt confident enough to take a [.

Rewind: FC Porto 2-0 Arsenal

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Welcome to a Gooner Talk's highlights feature, ‘Rewind'. Rewind will provide you with post-match highlights to every single Arsenal first team game giving you the opportunity to watch the goals you've missed, or want to see again. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the mighty Arsenal on your computer screen.

Match Report: FC Porto 2-0 Arsenal

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Below-par Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Porto to leave themselves with a tougher path towards Champions League glory. With his side already qualified for the last 16 and with several key men - like captain Cesc Fabregas and striker Robin van Persie - carrying injuries, manager Arsene Wenger felt confident enough to take a [.

Rewind: FC Porto 2-0 Arsenal

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Welcome to a Gooner Talk's highlights feature, ‘Rewind'. Rewind will provide you with post-match highlights to every single Arsenal first team game giving you the opportunity to watch the goals you've missed, or want to see again. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the mighty Arsenal on your computer screen.

Mid December musings

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This weekend's game against Middlesborough is important and the Gunners need to play with the same steel they seem to reserve for the elite teams of the Premier League. It can be argued that our results against Middlesborough last season cost us the title. Last December we lost our first Premier League game [.

Match Preview: FC Porto v Arsenal (UEFA Champions League)

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Arsenal welcome back William Gallas and Abou Diaby for the Champions League trip to Porto - but will rest captain Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, as we told you yesterday afternoon. As the Gunners have already qualified - and with one eye on Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Middlesbrough - full-backs Bacary Sagna [.

Two In, Seven Out for Porto tie + Predicted XI

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A massive seven players are out of Arsenal's Champions League squad for tomorrow's final game in Group G against FC Porto. As the Gunners have already qualified - and with one eye on Saturday's Premier League clash at Middlesbrough - full-backs Bacary Sagna (flu), Gael Clichy (hamstring), strikers Emmanuel Adebayor (rested), Robin van Persie (thigh) and [.

Unfortunately, Arsenal Are Becoming a ‘Big Club’

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Supporters of the idea that Arsenal are a big club have credible attributes to their theory. League Titles. The 'Invincibles.' World-Class players. A 60,000 seater stadium. Massive wage bill. Global audience. Typical attributes of a big club. Opponents will point to the departures of Flamini and Hleb, the lack of trophies since 2004, a team policy [.

Arsenal need an interceptor, not an enforcer

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Arsenal's indifferent form this season which has contributed to three loses already has been attributed to a lack of a defensive midfield enforcer; someone who looks to tackle the ball in restart play. With Flamini and Gilberto gone, Denilson and Song occupy their places. However watching the Arsenal youngsters defeat Wigan in the Carling Cup without [.

Rewind: Arsenal 1-0 Wigan Athletic

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Welcome to a Gooner Talk's highlights feature, ‘Rewind'. Rewind will provide you with post-match highlights to every single Arsenal first team game giving you the opportunity to watch the goals you've missed, or want to see again. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the mighty Arsenal on your computer screen.

Match Report: Arsenal 1-0 Wigan Athletic

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Togolese frontman Emmanuel Adebayor poked home the only goal of the game as Arsenal triumped over a spirited Wigan Athletic at the Emirates Stadium. Steve Bruce's side started brightly as they pressured the ball and were able to control the tempo with Wilson Palacios proving a constant menace to the Arsenal backline.

Match Preview: Arsenal v Wigan Athletic

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Arsenal clawed back confidence and credibility in their last league outing with a fantastic 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge that took them back to fourth in the league. That victory followed two straight defeats, first 2-0 at home to Aston Villa and 3-0 away to Man City, which had seemingly signalled a bad day [.

Arsenal v Spurs - Charity Legends Match

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Spurs and Arsenal legends are coming together in a special one off derby game on 7th December at Cheshunt FC in memory of Stan Rosenthal who died from a brain tumor early this year. Half of each team will be made up by old players (the legends) and half by Spurs and Arsenal fans. The [...]

Video: Robin van Persie Compilation

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A fantastic compilation with some superb footage of Arsenal's Dutch frontman in action. Great goals, great tricks and great play - take a look and enjoy.

Eduardo Could Make Bench For Wigan Clash

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Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva will be given a place on the substitutes bench for the Gunners' Saturday afternoon League clash with Wigan this Saturday. The Brazilian-born Croatian forward has been missing ever since he suffered a horrendous fractured fibula and a dislocated ankle after being tackled by Birmingham's Martin Taylor in February earlier this year.

Get Gooner Talk On Your Mobile!

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You can now get Gooner Talk news and views, plus scores, sports news and much more sent direct to you phone using a mobile application called Natajak. All you need to do is 'CLICK HERE', register for Natajak, download it and install it on your mobile. The Gooner Talk feed will be preinstalled so you will [.

A Letter From Nike to Nicklas Bendtner

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We are writing to you today to inform you that we are terminating the contract that allows you to wear our new Nike Mercurial Vapor Rosa boots. At Nike we worked long and hard on the celebrated pink boots and each time we see a player sporting the Rosas all of us here at Nike feel [...]

Reality Check at Turf Moor

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Arsenal's Young Guns, who've flown so high this season, came crashing down to earth last night against a determined and well prepped Burnley side hungry to advance. What will frustrate the side most is that they created the opportunities to win the game but they were wasteful in front of goal and couldn't convert some very clearcut chances.

Rewind: Burnley 2-0 Arsenal

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Welcome to a Gooner Talk's highlights feature, ‘Rewind'. Rewind will provide you with post-match highlights to every single Arsenal first team game giving you the opportunity to watch the goals you've missed, or want to see again. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the mighty Arsenal on your computer screen.

Match Report: Burnley 2-0 Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger's young guns marched into another Carling Cup tie full of optimism, and why not? They had already beaten Sheffield United and Wigan in the previous rounds by great margins. Burnley were a side full of confidence, after a recent good run of form which included their very own League Cup win over another top [.

Match Preview: Burnley v Arsenal (Carling Cup)

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After their heroics against Chelsea at the weekend, a completely different Arsenal side travels up to Burnley for a tough-looking Carling Cup tie at Turf Moor. In League Cup games away from home (excluding the two legged semi-finals), Arsenal haven't lost in their last 7 outings, with a 0-1 reverse at Manchester United in 2004 the [.

Video: Away Fans Stay After Final Whistle

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As we showed you yesterday, Arsenal's support was magnificent - maybe some even over the top, but who could blame them after such a thrilling result against Chelsea? Gooner Talk have found several YouTube videos of Arsenal fans singing on after the full time whistle. It just shows the passion that these fans have for the [.

Gooner Talk’s Player of the Month: Alex Song (November 08)

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Important contributions and some solid performances for Arsenal have earned Cameroonian midfielder Alex Song GoonerTalk.com's Player of the Month award for November. How Alex Won The Award The 21-year-old defensive midfielder started the month with a loss at Premier League newcomers Stoke City. After Ricardo Fuller's first half goal, French tactician Arsene Wenger introduced Dutch maestro Robin [.