Gooner Talk Archives for January 2008

Carling Cup Sacrifices and The Pre-Mature Arrival of Bad Luck

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It was a very suspicious looking Arsene Wenger, who when asked by Sky Sports about Arsenal winning silverware, chose only to speak of the League title and the Champions League. It is blindingly obvious to all that have watched Arsenal play over the years that Wenger has (rightfully) seen the League and the Champions League [.

Former Winger Overmars Returns To Professional Football

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Ex-Arsenal winger Marc Overmars will be coming out of retirement to play for Dutch side Go Ahead Eagles next season. The 35-year-old Ernst-born winger had been working as the Eagles' technical director since retiring from football in July 2004. He was a member of the Ajax team that won the European Cup in 1995 against A.

10 Facts About FC Twente

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Leading up to Arsenal's Champions League clash with Steve McClaren's FC Twente side, Gooner Talk have put together ten facts on the Eredivisie giants. 1. Twente are currently rebuilding their stadium which means they will have to play the match in Vitesse Arnhem's stadium - the Gelredome (pictured).

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

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It's worrying times already for Arsenal and their fans and the season hasn't kicked off yet! Tomorrow afternoon the Gunners' kick off their Champions League campaign with a big-money qualifying game against Dutch side FC Twente. Arsene Wenger's side are missing the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Abou Diaby, Kolo Toure and Samir Nasri with long-term [.

Match Report: Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle United

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Arsenal came into their third league match of the season hoping to replicate the controlled performance that brought a welcome midweek win against FC Twente.  The Gunners had yet to really get going in the premiership this season, and Kevin Keegan's Newcastle side were hoping to further blemish their start to the campaign.

Match Preview: Arsenal v Newcastle Utd (Premier League)

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Unbeaten Newcastle travel to the Emirates this weekend after a midweek Carling Cup extra-time win over Coventry. Confidence is growing on Tyneside with Kevin Keegan's new signings making a big impression. However, they should face an Arsenal side determined to get back on track in front of their own fans after a surprising 1-0 defeat at [.

Reports - AS Saint-Étienne Matuidi Close To Gunners Move

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Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the signing of Saint Etienne's deep-lying playmaker Blaise Matuidi according to Sky Sports News. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with a number of midfielder's this summer since declaring that he was looking to bring one quality player in midfield to the Emirates Stadium earlier this summer.

Arsenal Face Tricky European Tests

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Arsenal have been drawn in Group G along with FC Porto, Fenerbache and

Senderos Over The Moon With Milan Move

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AC Milan new-boy Philippe Senderos has labelled his move to the Italian giants as a ‘dream come true', after penning a twelve-month loan deal with Carlo Anceletti's side. The 23-year-old stopper was a surprise swoop for the Rossoneri as they looked to strengthen their back line for a Scudetto push.

Philippe Senderos has described his move to AC Milan as a ‘dream come true

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Philippe Senderos has described his move to AC Milan as a ‘dream come true', after penning a twelve-month loan deal with the Italian champions. The Swiss international had a difficult campaign at Arsenal last season including an error against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League, and he will now spend this season at the San Siro [.

Match Report: Arsenal 4-0 FC Twente

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Arsenal bounced back from last weekends Premier League defeat to Fulham with a superb win over Steve McClaren's FC Twente. Nicklas Bendtner started ahead of below-par Emmanuel Adebayor while Kolo Toure was dropped to the bench mainly thanks to Johan Djourou's previous performances in the side. Arsenal Starting XI Almunia Sagna - Djourou - Gallas - Clichy Walcott - [.

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

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Arsenal looked a shadow of their usual selves against Fulham at the weekend and Arsene Wenger and skipper William Gallas have both demanded urged for a ‘top-class' response as The Gunners seek to hold onto a 2-0 advantage over FC Twente and reach the group stages of the Champions League. Arsene Wenger promised a new signing [.

Gallas: Twente Is “Must Win Game” + Poland Bonus For Fabianski

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Arsenal skipper William Gallas has urged his young team-mates to bounce back from Saturday's shock Premier League defeat to Fulham, by cruising through to the Champions League group stages with a win in tonights penultimate qualifier against FC Twente. The 31-year-old captained a below-par Gunners' side at Craven Cottage and believes tonights game gives Arsene Wenger's [.

Arsenal Reserves Face Tough November Test

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Arsenal Reserves will play Championship side Norwich City at Carrow Road in November after the Canaries withdrew from the Football Combinations League East. Neil Banfield's side have agreed to bring along a side on Tuesday, November 18, with the game taking place at 7.30pm. "Other opponents are being sought for fixtures in the next few months as [.

Fabregas In, Senderos Out - Twente Team News

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Arsenal midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas is set to return from a hamstring injury as the Gunners' play the return leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifier against FC Twente at Emirates Stadium tomorrow evening. Switzerland international Phillipe Senderos won't play though. The 23-year-old was today undergoing a medical with Serie A giants AC Milan.

Inler Opts At Udinese Stay Thanks To Last Gasp Meeting

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After a meeting yesterday evening with Udinese boss Pasquale Marino, reported Arsenal target Gokhan Inler will be staying at the Stadio Friuli despite recent quotes from his agent suggesting the 25-year-old's future may lie elsewhere. Gooner Talk told you several days ago that the Switzerland international was on the verge of a move to north London but according [.

The Importance of Being Cesc Fabregas

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If the first two Premier League games of the season have taught Arsenal anything it's that Cesc Fabregas has to be kept in bubble wrap. With Tomas Rosicky's never-ending injury saga, Fabregas is the only pure creative force left in Arsenal's midfield. The West Brom match kicked off in style, it seemed that Fabregas wasn't to [.

Milan Get Another Gunner

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Reports in Italy today suggest that Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos is close to securing a season-long loan move to Italian giants AC Milan. The loan, which will see Swiss international Senderos reunite with ex-Gunners' team-mate Mathieu Flamini, has an option to make the switch permanent which could come into place if the 23-year-old impresses during his [.

Traore Looking For United Scalp

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Speedy French fullback Armand Traore will be desperate to give Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger a title boost tonight, as the 18-year-old's new Pompey side take on Manchester United at Fratton Park. Traore, 18, makes his Portsmouth debut against United following last week's season-long loan move from Arsenal.

Fulham’s Paintsil Likely To Face FA Charge

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Fulham defender John Paintsil may regret his horror challenge on Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Eboue if the FA view television footage of the tackle which occured during the Gunners' surprise 1-0 loss at Craven Cottage. Several television pundits pointed out that Referee Martin Atkinson was in a good position to witness the hack-down, despite that, Atkinson failed to [.

Match Report: Fulham 1-0 Arsenal

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Craven Cottage has traditionally been a successful hunting ground for Wenger's Arsenal, but a Fulham side boasting several new signings looked to bounce back from their opening day defeat by Hull. Arsenal on the other hand, looked to continue from where they left off against West Brom with another 3 points hopefully in the bag.

Inler On The Verge Of Arsenal Move

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Gooner Talk are not known for jumping the gun, but we can reveal today that Udinese midfielder Gokhan Inler will complete a move to Arsenal in the coming week. The 24-year-old has agreed a 4-year deal with the club after his agent, Dino Lamberti, revealed talks went well with Arsene Wenger and Arsenal officials in north [.

Gunners Legend Brady Given “Clean Bill Of Health”

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Arsenal's Head of Youth Development officer Liam Brady has been discharged from hospital in Dublin following his health scare on Thursday morning. Brady, 52, who is also the Republic of Ireland's assistant manager, was taken to Beaumont Hospital early on Thursday morning after complaining of back and chest pains and was detained overnight for tests.

Match Preview: Fulham v Arsenal (Premier League)

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Arsenal play away to fellow Londoners Fulham in Saturday's Premiership derby at the Craven Cottage The Gunners managed to win on the opening weekend to newcomers West Brom, while the Cottagers had started their campaign with a loss against another newly-promoted side - Hull City. The signing of MikaeL Silvestre has gone a long way to assuage [.

Nasri Fit For Fulham Tie, Song and Silvestre Could Play

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Midfield maestro Samir Nasri will play against Fulham despite sustaining a thigh injury whilst on International duty for France. Gooner Talk told you two days ago that Samir Nasri would be fit for Saturday's Premier League clash with Fulham and the official site have now confirmed it. New-boy Mikael Silvestre could also be involved while Alex Song [.

Porstmouth Sign Arsenal Left Back Traore

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As we revealed to you just a couple of hours ago, Portsmouth have signed Armand Traore on a season-long loan deal. Pompey boss Harry Redknapp Joining Arsenal from AS Monaco,Traore has been used mainly as a reserve, although he has been a regular fixture in Wenger's young Carling Cup team. His first team debut came against West [.

Traore Close To Pompey Loan Move

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Arsenal left back Armand Traore is closing in on a season-long loan move to Harry Redknapp's side, Portsmouth. The fleet-footed 18-year-old found himself out wide left in Arsenal's reserves last season and slowly but surely became more comfortable and happy in the more attacking role. With Mikael Silvestre's move from Manchester United to Arsenal, it has freed [.

McLintock: Silvestre Is A Very Good Signing

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New Arsenal signing Mikael Silvestre has been praised by Gunners' legend Frank McLintock who believes it's a good bit of business done by Arsene Wenger. The 31-year-old completed his £750,000 move last night and signed a 2-year deal and become another member of Arsenal's almost all-French backline.

International Round-Up: Van Persie, Sagna And Djourou In Action

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With just one game into the new Premier League campaign, International friendlies already become the main talking point of the week with several Arsenal players starring for their respective countries. Here at Gooner Talk, we look to bring you the latest updates and results on how the Arsenal players are doing for their countries with a [.

Silvestre Passes Medical And Is An Arsenal Player!

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Arsenal have secured the signature of Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £750,000. The 31-year-old has played over 249 games for the Premier League champions and has surprising swapped Manchester for north London. Silvestre was reportedly undergoing a medical at bitter neighbours Man City last night when his [.

Gallas Appointed As France Vice Captain

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Arsenal skipper William Gallas has been appointed France vice-captain by Les Bleus boss Raymond Domenech ahead of this evening's game against Sweden. Former Gunners' striker Thierry Henry has been made captain in a bid to lift the team after their flop at Euro 2008. France were criticised for an unadventurous style of play and a reclusive lifestyle [.

Silvestre To Arsenal? You Got To Be Kidding…

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Arsenal have been linked with a whole host of players throughout the summer but one of the most unlikely names to have been mentioned is Manchester United's defender Mikaël Silvestre. The 31-year-old has played over 249 games for the Premier League and Champions League winners and the media have today linked him with a move to [.

Reports - Wenger Still Wants Inler

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is to make one final attempt to sign Swiss International Gokhan Inler from Serie A side Udinese, according to reports in The Daily Mail. Inler, 24, would be the ideal replacement for Mathieu Flamini who joined AC Milan on a free in July and has all the characteristics to become one of [.

Injury Blow For Nasri

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Samir Nasri has been ruled out of France's friendly with Sweden on Wednesday because of a thigh strain. The Arsenal midfielder was called into Les Bleus' squad on Monday following the withdrawal of winger Hatem Ben Arfa, who injured his adductors at the weekend. But Nasri will not board Tuesday's flight to Gothenburg, the French Football [.

The Annual Arsenal Write-Off and Winning Ugly

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There are myriad annual sporting events: Wimbledon, The Six Nations, The British Open Championships and of course the Barclays Premier League. Internally, The Premier League has it's own idiosyncratic, yearly occurrences and every Arsenal fan's personal favourite is the Gunners 4th place prediction.

Nasri Brought Into France Squad + Arsenal Youngsters Join Salamanca On Loan

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Impressive midfielder Samir Nasri has been called up to the France squad set to face Sweden after Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa pulled out due to injury. The 21-year-old former Marseille star scored a goal on his debut against West Brom on Saturday and will be hoping to carry his club form onto country.

Boro Complete Hoyte Signing

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Middlesbrough have completed the £3million signing of full-back Justin Hoyte from Arsenal on a four-year contract. The 23-year-old, a former England Under-21 international, has agreed a deal to stay with the Teessiders until the summer of 2012. On his move, Hoyte seemed surprised at how quick everything had been sorted.

The Same Old Story; Arsenal In A Nutshell

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The season has just started, which means that I, no matter how sad it may seem, suddenly have a purpose in life again. The grass of The Emirates has just been mowed with extreme, almost perverse, precision - God, it looked perfect for yesterday's encounter with newly promoted WBA, Tottenham's ambitions, however ridiculous they may [.

England Bonus For Walcott

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been promoted to the England senior side after Head coach Fabio Capello selected him in a 23-man squad against the Czech Republic next Wednesday. Walcott had originally been named in the England Under-21 squad but Stuart Pearce must now do without the Arsenal youngster.

Match Report: Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

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Arsenal kicked off the new Premier League season with a hard-fought win against newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion. French international Samir Nasri marked his debut with an early goal as well as a fine performance as the Gunners took all three points. First Half A sunny Emirates Stadium welcomed both sides as the new Premier League campaign kicked off, and [.

McClaren: Arsenal Are The Best Premier League Side & New Look GoonerTalk!

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FC Twente boss Steve McClaren has played down his sides chances of pulling off a shock win against Arsenal and he believes that the Gunners' are the best footballing side in the Premier League. The Gunners will travel to face the Dutch outfit in the first of two legs as red hot favourites, and McClaren concedes [.

Gunners Boss Wenger Dismisses Henry To United Rumours

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Arsène Wenger has dismissed rumours linking former striker and skipper Thierry Henry to Manchester United by revealing the only club he'd join in England is Arsenal. While Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, the £30m asking price has so far put off would-be suitors and, according to the [.

Theo Recalled To England U21’s

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Arsenal's no 14. Theo Walcott has been selected in a England Under 21 squad set to take on Slovenia Under 21's next Tuesday. Stuart Pearce has selected a side full of England first teamers with the likes of Micah Richards, Tom Huddlestone and Gabriel Agbonlahor looking to get a run-out. Pearce said: "It is a very strong [.

Match Report: FC Twente 0-2 Arsenal

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Arsenal went into tonight's vital Champions League qualifier against Steve McClaren's new side, FC Twente, with a multitude of players injured. FC Twente bossed the first half with some slick passing but Arsenal gritted their teeth and ground out an ugly 2-0 victory to go into the second leg with a very comfortable lead.

Hoyte Closes In On Boro Move

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Arsenal have accepted Middlesbrough's reported £3.5million offer for full-back Justin Hoyte after both clubs agreed that the fullback can talk to the north East side. Boro are keen to get a right-back in place before the start of the season, having sold Luke Young to Aston Villa. However, with the opener against Tottenham set for this [.

Baggies Forward Miller Gearing Up For Emirates Clash

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Former Manchester City starlet Ishmael Miller insists West Brom will not be phased by the high-standards of the Premier League when they take on Arsenal this weekend. Tony Mowbray's promoted side could hardly have been given a tougher test than the clash at the Emirates Stadium. The Saturday lunchtime televised clash will launch the Premier League season [.

Sp*rs Keeper Denies Arsenal Link

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Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes insists that he has never had any contact with North London rivals Arsenal; as he began to seek a transfer away from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven. "I was told by the press about Arsenal, but they never made any official offer for me," Gomes told setantasports.com. "I opted to join Tottenham because they [.

Aliadiere To ‘Convince’ Hoyte Into Signing For Boro

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Middlesborough boss Gareth Southgate is hoping Jeremie Aliadiere will convince ex-Arsenal team-mate Justin Hoyte to join the Teesside club. The 23-year-old is wanted as a replacement for already-departed Luke Young and Arsenal accepted a reported £3.5million bid from Southgate's side yesterday afternoon.

Match Preview: Arsenal v West Brom (Premier League)

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Arsenal entertain West Bromwich Albion in the 2008-2009 Premiership curtain raiser at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be looking to put the disappointment of last season behind him. In a season that promised so much the Gunners ended the campaign without a trophy.

Wenger: Quality Over Experience

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was questioned about what characteristics he was looking for in a possible new signing and revealed that he puts quality above experience when searching for a new star. Wenger has been overly critcised by certain segments of Arsenal fans after selling experienced players and buying un-proven youngsters in the summer transfer window.

Wenger: Quality First, Experience Second

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Arsene Wenger was questioned about what characteristics he was looking for in a possible new signing and revealed that he puts quality above experience when searching for a new star. Gunners boss Wenger has been overly critcised by certain segments of Arsenal fans after selling experienced players and buying un-proven youngsters in the summer transfer window.

Match Preview: Arsenal v West Brom (Premier League)

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Arsenal entertain West Bromwich Albion in the 2008-2009 Premiership curtain raiser at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be looking to put the disappointment of last season behind him. In a season that promised so much the Gunners ended the campaign without a trophy.

Aliadiere To ‘Convince’ Hoyte Into Signing For Boro

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Middlesborough boss Gareth Southgate is hoping Jeremie Aliadiere will convince ex-Arsenal team-mate Justin Hoyte to join the Teesside club. The 23-year-old is wanted as a replacement for already-departed Luke Young and Arsenal accepted a reported £3.5million bid from Southgate's side yesterday afternoon.

Sp*rs Keeper Denies Arsenal Link

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Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes insists that he has never had any contact with North London rivals Arsenal; as he began to seek a transfer away from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven. "I was told by the press about Arsenal, but they never made any official offer for me," Gomes told setantasports.com.

Former Winger Overmars Returns To Professional Football

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Ex-Arsenal winger Marc Overmars will be coming out of retirement to play for Dutch side Go Ahead Eagles next season. The 35-year-old Ernst-born winger had been working as the Eagles' technical director since retiring from football in July 2004. He was a member of the Ajax team that won the European Cup in 1995 against A.

10 Facts About FC Twente

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Leading up to Arsenal's Champions League clash with Steve McClaren's FC Twente side, Gooner Talk have put together ten facts on the Eredivisie giants. 1. Twente are currently rebuilding their stadium which means they will have to play the match in Vitesse Arnhem's stadium - the Gelredome (pictured).

Fabregas - Victim Of The Preconceived Notions

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Steven Gerrard is often (too often, if you ask me) regarded as the best central midfielder currently living and breathing on the planet, and that's something that persistenly annoys me because I can't for the life of me figure out how so many can overlook our very own Fabregas. I've always drawn quite a bit [.

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

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It's worrying times already for Arsenal and their fans and the season hasn't kicked off yet! Tomorrow afternoon the Gunners' kick off their Champions League campaign with a big-money qualifying game against Dutch side FC Twente. Arsene Wenger's side are missing the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Abou Diaby, Kolo Toure and Samir Nasri with long-term [.

McClaren: Arsenal Are The Best Premier League Side & New Look GoonerTalk!

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FC Twente boss Steve McClaren has played down his sides chances of pulling off a shock win against Arsenal and he believes that the Gunners' are the best footballing side in the Premier League. The Gunners will travel to face the Dutch outfit in the first of two legs as red hot favourites, and McClaren concedes [.

Gunners Boss Wenger Dismisses Henry To United Rumours

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Arsène Wenger has dismissed rumours linking former striker and skipper Thierry Henry to Manchester United by revealing the only club he'd join in England is Arsenal. While Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, the £30m asking price has so far put off would-be suitors and, according to the [.

Theo Recalled To England U21’s

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Arsenal's no 14. Theo Walcott has been selected in a England Under 21 squad set to take on Slovenia Under 21's next Tuesday. Stuart Pearce has selected a side full of England first teamers with the likes of Micah Richards, Tom Huddlestone and Gabriel Agbonlahor looking to get a run-out. Pearce said: "It is a very strong [.

Match Report: FC Twente 0-2 Arsenal

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Arsenal went into tonight's vital Champions League qualifier against Steve McClaren's new side, FC Twente, with a multitude of players injured. FC Twente bossed the first half with some slick passing but Arsenal gritted their teeth and ground out an ugly 2-0 victory to go into the second leg with a very comfortable lead.

Hoyte Closes In On Boro Move

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Arsenal have accepted Middlesbrough's reported £3.5million offer for full-back Justin Hoyte after both clubs agreed that the fullback can talk to the north East side. Boro are keen to get a right-back in place before the start of the season, having sold Luke Young to Aston Villa. However, with the opener against Tottenham set for this [.

Baggies Forward Miller Gearing Up For Emirates Clash

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Former Manchester City starlet Ishmael Miller insists West Brom will not be phased by the high-standards of the Premier League when they take on Arsenal this weekend. Tony Mowbray's promoted side could hardly have been given a tougher test than the clash at the Emirates Stadium. The Saturday lunchtime televised clash will launch the Premier League season [.