Gooner Talk Archives for January 2008

Wenger Won’t Buy Or Sell On Deadline Day!?

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Arsene Wenger told Sky Sports News that he has no interest in letting any more players leave the club and won't recruit any more bodies into the paper-thin Arsenal squad before deadline day ends in the next 4 hours. The 58-year-old Frenchman was speaking before the Arsenal Reserve side took on Chelsea at Undehill - a [.

Match Report: Arsenal 4-0 FC Porto

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Arsenal kicked-off match day two of their Champions League campaign with a tie against FC Porto of Portugal. The Gooners inside Ashburton Grove anticipated a much improved encounter than the poor performance and 3 points dropped against Premier League newcomers Hull City last weekend. Arsene Wenger's 'sweeping changes' involved replacing Emmanuel Eboue with Samir Nasri, other than [.

Match Preview: Arsenal v FC Porto (Champions League)

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Arsene Wenger said he felt "physically sick" after Sunday's shock defeat by Hull City but the Arsenal manager will be hoping to get his European campaign back on track with a win against Portuguese Champions FC Porto this evening. The Gunners' only previous home defeat to a newly promoted side was against West Ham in February [.

Carling Cup Clash Screened On Sky Sports

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Arsenal's Carling Cup tie with Wigan Athletic has been pencilled in to be broadcast live on Sky Sports next month. Arsene Wenger's young Guns were rewarded for the mauling efforts against Sheffield United with a game which could see the likes of Egyptian frontman Amir Zaki come up versus Gavin Hoyte.

Gunners Starlet Wilshere Has Pre-Contract Agreement

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Jack Wilshere has a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal when he signs on pro forms in January which will see him make an enormous £15,000 a week The 16-year-old was promoted to the first team after impressing boss Arsene Wenger during pre-season and was subsequently rewarded with the number 19 shirt.

Crowd Trouble At The Grove Against Hull

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Not going to talk about the embarassing display on the pitch. We all know it was sh*t and not good enough. Aside from the match, I am angry, really angry about the ticketing situation that saw two Hull muppets get seats in the middle of the North Bank upper yesterday. When Hull scored, they showed themselves and [.

Brazilian Youngster Detinho Linked With Gunners Move

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Corinthians striker Detinho is the player being linked with a transfer to Arsenal after Richard Law told a Spanish newspaper that a deal is "progressing well" with a "Carlos Vela type-player". Brazil based scout Sandro Orlandelli has been keeping tabs on the highly-rated 19-year-old with the speedy forward reportedly keen to make a move during the [.

Porto Warm Up For Arsenal Tie With Convincing Victory

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Porto got back to winning ways in the league by beating Pacos de Ferreira 2-0 Friday night with goals by Raul Meireles after a great assist from Lisandro Lopez (pictured above, right), and Hulk after being set up by man-of-the-match Meireles. Jesualdo Ferreira decided to rest star man Lucho Gonzalez ahead of the Champions League [.

Match Report: Arsenal 1-2 Hull City

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Arsenal took on Premier League newcomers Hull City at the Emirates Stadium on a sunny Saturday evening in north London. 14 goals in the Gunners' last 4 games gave Arsene Wenger's side something positive to build from and it looked set to continue with an easy-looking game against Phil Brown's troops.

Carling Cup 4th Round Draw: Young Guns Meet Latics

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Match Preview: Arsenal v Hull City (Premier League)

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Premier League leaders Arsenal take on surprise package Hull City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners are flying high at the top of the Premiership and take on top-flight debutantes Hull on the back of a 6-0 destruction of Championship side Sheffield United by their youngsters in the Carling Cup, but expect manager Arsene [.

Cesc Aims To Up His Game

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Arsenal midfield maestro and Euro2008 Champ Cesc Fabregas believes he will have to raise his game after the performances of Arsenal's young guns on Tuesday night. Arsene Wenger used a squad with an average age of just 19 for the Carling Cup clash with Sheffield United at the Emirates, but still saw his talented men [.

French Duo Fit For Hull Game While Song Remains A Doubt

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Arsenal's French defensive duo Gael Clichy and summer signing Mikael Silvestre are fit for Saturday's Premier League match with Hull City. Clichy, 22, was on the receiving end of a strong challenge from Bolton's Kevin Davies and was immediately driven to hospital with what looked like at the time, a broken leg.

Lawrenson’s Words Will Come Back To Bite Him…

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On last week's Match of the Day, BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson claimed that if tackles like the one Gael Clichy received at Bolton were banned, the game would be 'for the jessies'. The former Liverpool defender's words will certainly come back to bite him. First Gael Clichy. Now Man United's Rodrigo Possebon.

Awesome Youngsters Will Play Premier League Football

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Arsene Wenger says he would not be afraid to play any of his young Gunners in the Premier League after Arsenal demolished Sheffield United 6-0 in the Carling Cup. Wenger had named a side with an average age of only 19 - and was not disappointed as the youngsters stepped up to the challenge to leave [.

Match Report: Arsenal 6-0 Sheffield Utd

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Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger named his youngest ever team for Tuesday evening's third round Carling Cup clash with Championship side Sheffield United. Wales Under-21 midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 16-year-old Jack Wilshere, reserve team captain Gavin Hoyte, Kieran Gibbs and Mark Randall all started, while first-year scholar Emmanuel Frimpong, also 16, and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, 17, were on [.

Match Report: Arsenal 6-0 Sheffield Utd

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Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger named his youngest ever team for Tuesday evening's third round Carling Cup clash with Championship side Sheffield United. Wales Under-21 midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 16-year-old Jack Wilshere, reserve team captain Gavin Hoyte, Kieran Gibbs and Mark Randall all started, while first-year scholar Emmanuel Frimpong, also 16, and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, 17, were on [.

Stream Links: Arsenal v Sheffield Utd (Carling Cup)

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LINKS WILL BE REMOVED SHORTLY Due to popular demand, Gooner Talk will provide free links to tonight's Carling Cup tie against Sheffield United. The match is NOT being broadcast on live UK TV but may be shown on a Middle Eastern channel of some sort. Gooner Talk have found the following links for this evenings game (Not 100% [.

Breaking The Habits And Moving On - Take That, World

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It's late, I'm hungry and the thought of waking up early tomorrow morning (more like later today) for school, along with all the mandatory responsibilities that goes with it, just won't go away. And it's not an appealing thought, by the way. It's like a little scratch on the roof of your mouth that definitely [.

Barazite Keen To Follow Young Dane’s Example

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Nacer Barazite hopes his loan spell at Derby will help him to follow Nicklas Bendtner into Arsenal's first team. Dutch youngster Barazite has impressed since moving to Pride Park last month, dropping down to the Championship in a bid to gain some valuable experience. Bendtner enjoyed a similar education at Birmingham during the 2006/07 season before breaking [.

Djourou Signs New Contract Ahead Of Carling Cup Tie

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Johan Djourou has signed a new, long-term contract with Arsenal which will reportedly see him stay at the club until 2012. The 21-year-old Switzerland international centre-back joined the Gunners from Etoile Carouge in 2003. Born in the Ivory Coast but raised in Geneva, Djourou has made four appearances this season most recently coming off the bench to [.

Match Preview: Arsenal v Sheffield Utd (Carling Cup)

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As if the first team wasn't youthful enough, Gunners manager Arsène Wenger has consistently used the Carling Cup to blood promising youngsters. Expect, then, to get a first home glimpse of Welsh wonderkid Aaron Ramsey and maybe even teenage English winger Jack Wilshere who impressed in pre-season.

Bendtner And Vela Expected To Continue Strike Partnership

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Arsene Wenger's Young guns face Sheffield United in the Carling Cup this Tuesday, with the youngsters and squad players expected to get a full 90 minutes. That means Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela will most likely partner each other on the night. We saw their frightening partnership in pre-season against Burgenland, Stuttgart and Ajax and [.

Muamba Ready For Gunners Challenge

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Bolton Fabrice Muamba's recent performances haven't lived up to the hype surrounding the Reebok hardman. Wanderers boss Gary Megson believes he has something to prove tomorrow evening, in a game which will see Muamba face his former team. Gary Megson says the England under-21 international's form has dipped since starring on the opening day of the season [.

Match Preview: Bolton v Arsenal (Premier League)

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Arsenal will be looking to shoot down the white's in a tough looking clash at the Reebok tomorrow afternoon. Gary Megson's side don't have a very good record against Arsene Wenger's boys, and pundits are already writing them off despite Arsenal's draw against Kiev in midweek. Games between the two sides usually create plenty of goals, and [.

Man United Release New Jersey

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Moving away from tomorrows League game against Bolton. Here's a couple of pics which should get some fans laughing - take a look at this. From Redstate: Manchester United is arguably the largest sports team in the world and its team shirt is recognized just about everywhere. Emblazoned on the front is the logo of the team's [.

Merson: Spurs Are A Shambles

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Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has launched a scathing attack on the Gunners' bitter rivals Spurs in his newspaper column by dubbing the north London side a "shambles". Under Spanish coach Juande Ramos Tottenham have made their worst league start in 34 years, with just one point from their opening four Premier League games.

Bolton v Arsenal Team News: Bendtner & Eboue Handed Starts

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Nicklas Bendtner and Emmanuel Eboue have been handed starts by Arsene Wenger as the Gunners' take on Bolton later this evening. Dutch forward Robin van Persie has been dropped to the bench, while Theo Walcott is also replaced despite putting in a energetic performance against Dynamo Kiev during midweek.

Match Report: Bolton 1-3 Arsenal

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Arsenal took on a tough Bolton side at the Reebok this afternoon looking to extend their points in the Premier League table. Arsene Wenger left Robin van Persie and England ace Theo Walcott on the bench for the trip to the Reebok Stadium. Nicklas Bendtner was handed a start to partner Emmanuel Adebayor up front and Emmanuel [.

Clichy Only Suffers ‘Shin Bruising’ After Injury Scare

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Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy has NOT broken his leg during this evening's Premier League win over Bolton Wanderers after the official website confirmed that the Frenchman only suffered "shin bruising". The 22-year-old had be taken to hospital following a challenge from Trotters striker Kevin Davies, who was booked for the tackle, and Cesc Fabregas claimed after [.

Chances Galore

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One has to wonder what goes on at shooting practice behind the sacred doors at London Colney.  Despite racking up a more than healthy number of goals in the club's last handful of games, I have become more and more frustrated at the amount of simple chances that appear to evade the team all too [.

Chances Galore

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One has to wonder what goes on at shooting practice behind the sacred doors at London Colney.  Despite racking up a more than healthy number of goals in the club's last handful of games, I have become more and more frustrated at the amount of simple chances that appear to evade the team all too [.

Walcott: I Won’t Be Bullied

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Wing sensation Theo Walcott says he is enjoying becoming the hatchet men's top target. Arsenal star Walcott was on the end of some brutal treatment in the Ukraine on Wednesday. Dynamo Kiev's Andriy Nesmachniy battered Walcott so much and so often Arsene Wenger claimed the defender deserved three red cards.

Clichy Suffers ‘Shin Bruising’ After Bolton Scare

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Match Report: Bolton 1-3 Arsenal

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Arsenal took on a tough Bolton side at the Reebok this afternoon looking to extend their points in the Premier League table. Arsene Wenger left Robin van Persie and England ace Theo Walcott on the bench for the trip to the Reebok Stadium. Nicklas Bendtner was handed a start to partner Emmanuel Adebayor up front and Emmanuel [.

Bolton v Arsenal Team News: Bendtner & Eboue Handed Starts

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Nicklas Bendtner and Emmanuel Eboue have been handed starts by Arsene Wenger as the Gunners' take on Bolton later this evening. Dutch forward Robin van Persie has been dropped to the bench, while Alex Song is also replaced despite putting in a workman-like effort against Dynamo Kiev during midweek.

Man United Release New Jersey

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Moving away from tomorrows League game against Bolton. Here's a couple of pics which should get some fans laughing - take a look at this. From Redstate: Manchester United is arguably the largest sports team in the world and its team shirt is recognized just about everywhere. Emblazoned on the front is the logo of the team's [.

Merson: Spurs Are A Shambles

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Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has launched a scathing attack on the Gunners' bitter rivals Spurs in his newspaper column by dubbing the north London side a "shambles". Under Spanish coach Juande Ramos Tottenham have made their worst league start in 34 years, with just one point from their opening four Premier League games.

Manchester United Release New Shirt

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Moving away from tomorrows League game against Bolton. Here's a couple of pics which should get some fans laughing - take a look at this. From Redstate: Manchester United is arguably the largest sports team in the world and its team shirt is recognized just about everywhere. Emblazoned on the front is the logo of the team's [.

Match Preview: Bolton v Arsenal (Premier League)

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Arsenal will be looking to shoot down the white's in a tough looking clash at the Reebok tomorrow afternoon. Gary Megson's side don't have a very good record against Arsene Wenger's boys, and pundits are already writing them off despite Arsenal's draw against Kiev in midweek. Games between the two sides usually create plenty of goals, and [.

Muamba Ready For Gunners’ Challenge

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Bolton Fabrice Muamba's recent performances haven't lived up to the hype surrounding the Reebok hardman. Wanderers boss Gary Megson believes he has something to prove tomorrow evening, in a game which will see Muamba face his former team. Gary Megson says the England under-21 international's form has dipped since starring on the opening day of the season [.

Rosicky Expected Back Early November

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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky still appears short of a return to action according to media reports - but could be fit in a couple of months time. The 28-year-old winger has been sidelined since January with a thigh injury, and it doesn't appear as if he sees himself playing again any time soon.

Match Report: FC Dynamo Kyiv 1-1 Arsenal

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Arsenal faced a tough trip to Kiev, somewhere they have been before on many occassions yet never come out of with a win. But with 11 goals in the Gunners last three matches the team were on a high as they kicked off their Champions League campaign. Dinamo Kiev Starting XI Bogush Betao - Diakhate - Mykhalyk - Nesmachniy Vukojevic [.

Match Report: Dinamo Kyiv 1-1 Arsenal

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Arsenal faced a tough trip to Kiev, somewhere they have been before on many occassions yet never come out of with a win. But with 11 goals in the Gunners last three matches the team were on a high as they kicked off their Champions League campaign Dinamo Kiev Starting XI Bogush Betao - Diakhate - Mykhalyk - Nesmachniy Vukojevic [.

Kyiv v Arsenal: Song Replaces Eboue In Starting XI

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Arsenal midfielder Alexander Song has been drafted into the starting line-up ahead of tonights Champions League group stage tie against Dynamo Kyiv. The versatile Cameroonian replaces Emmanuel Eboue - who sustained a knock in the 4-0 triumph over Blackburn on Saturday - and should 'bulk' up what looks like a physically weak midfield.

Match Preview: Dynamo Kyiv v Arsenal (Champions League)

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Arsenal, and especially Arsene Wenger, continue with their quest to win the UEFA Champions League and prove themselves as being one of the best teams in Europe. They qualified with ease against Twente, winning 6-0 on aggregate, and they will feel confident they can come out of this group and earn a place in the [.

Celtic’s Peter Lawwell Linked With Gunners’ CEO Post

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Arsenal have targeted Celtic's chief executive Peter Lawwell, and it appears that he's the current favourite to replace already-departed Keith Edelman according to The Daily Telegraph. Edelman had held the job since 2000 and was instrumental in steering the club through its move from its old home Highbury to its new Emirates Stadium at Ashburton Grove.

Nasri Still Out, Vela Back In

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Arsenal midfield maestro Samir Nasri has been ommitted from Arsene Wenger's 18-man squad for the trip to Dynamo Kiev tomorrow night through injury. The French star has failed to recover from his knee injury in time and has been left at home. Youngster Jack Wilshere, who made his debut for the club in the Gunners' 4-0 win [.

Wenger: Worrying Times Ahead After City’s Emergence

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed the Gunners face much stiffer competition to qualify for the Champions League this season following the emergence of moneybags Manchester City. The Gunners as part of the Premier League's reported big-four have never struggled to gain entry into Europe's premier club competition in recent years.

Kyiv Boss Scouts Arsenal Ahead Of Wednesday’s CL Match

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Dynamo Kyiv boss Yuri Semin already has a fair knowledge of his Champions League opponents, Arsenal, but it has most likely broadended after the experienced coach travelled 1340 miles to watch Arsene Wenger's side thrash Blackburn 4-0 on Saturday. Semin was accompanied by head coach Yuri Semin and assistant manager Valeri Zuyev while the Gunners triumphed [.

Ex-Gunner Luzhny Scouts Arsenal Ahead Of Wednesday’s CL Match

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Dynamo Kyiv boss Yuri Semin already has a fair knowledge of his Champions League opponents, Arsenal, but it has most likely broadended after the experienced coach travelled 1340 miles to watch Arsene Wenger's side thrash Blackburn 4-0 on Saturday. The 40-year-old former Highbury defender earned over 70 caps whilst at the club and will be looking [.

Promoting From Within: The Reason We’ll Always Be Here

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Every summer it seems that yet another star, a great player - be it our leading marksman or the steel of our midfield - that, thanks to Wenger, has grown into an icon for the club with a worldwide reputation of quality to go with that, leaves the club for what most of the departers [...]

Jibril Back At Hearts After Arsenal Trial

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Highly-rated Hearts of Oak youngster Tawrick Jibril is back at his parent club after trials with some of Europe's elite - including Arsenal - did not materialize. The 16-year-old midfielder attracted a lot of foreign interest during the summer window and apparently caught the eye of Arsenal's chief scout Steve Rowley.

Clichy & Eboue Doubtful For Kiev Tie

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Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Eboue could miss Wednesday's Champions League group stage match at Dinamo Kiev after sustaining seperate injuries during this afternoons 4-0 rout against Blackburn. Both players were victim to kicks from Rovers' players with the latter winning a penalty after being brought down in the box by Stephen Warnock.

Clichy & Eboue May Miss Kiev Tie

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Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Eboue could miss Wednesday's Champions League group stage match at Dinamo Kiev after sustaining seperate injuries during this afternoons 4-0 rout against Blackburn. Both players were victim to kicks from Rovers' players with the latter winning a penalty after being brought down in the box by Stephen Warnock.

Match Report: Blackburn 0-4 Arsenal

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Emmanuel Adebayor scored a hat-trick as Arsenal strolled to a comfortable victory over Blackburn at Ewood Park. It was always going to be a test for Arsenal seeing as how the last performance away from home was a dire 1-0 loss to Fulham. After a stunning double win over Twente and Newcastle at the Emirates.

Wilshere Included In Squad For Rovers Trip & Nasri Passes Late Fitness Test

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Arsenal midfield maestro Jack Wilshere has been added to the travelling party ahead of tomorrow's Premier League tie against Blackburn Rovers. The 16-year-old was promoted to the first team after impressing boss Arsene Wenger during pre-season and was subsequently rewarded with the number 19 shirt.

Match Preview: Blackburn v Arsenal (Premier League)

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Arsene Wenger's first ever game in charge of Arsenal was a 2-0 win against Blackburn at Ewood Park; the same scoreline would be welcomed with opened arms if it was to occur tomorrow. Blackburn have registered one league win in five seasons against the Gunners side, and lost eight of the 10 fixtures.

‘Minor Setback’ For New-Boy Silvestre While Nasri Remains A ‘Doubt”

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Arsenal new-boy Mikael Silvestre is unlikely to make his debut against Blackburn this Saturday after the Frenchman sustained a "minor setback" on his current thigh problem. Silvestre, 31, has yet to make his debut for the Gunners' since joining from Manchester United last month but Arsene Wenger believes he will be fit for next Wednesday's Champions [.

No Arsenal Move For Appiah

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Theo Can Handle The Pressure

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Theo Walcott has vowed he can cope with the pressure of being England's great new hope after scoring an amazing hat-trick in Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Croatia. Walcott took home the match ball and asked all the England squad to sign it after opening his international account in stunning style.

International Round-Up: Walcott, Clichy, van Persie + More In Action

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Arsenal's International stars were in action for their respective countries tonight and it was the World Cup Qualifiers that became the main talking point of the evening. 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 brief summary of [.

Domenech Hands Clichy France Start

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France coach Raymond Domenech has handed Arsenal left back Gael Clichy his first senior start in les Bleus' World Cup Qualifier against Serbia this evening. The 23-year-old was on the bench for Austria's 3-1 mauling of Domenech's men last Wednesday, but after Man United fullback Patrice Evra's abysmall peformance, Clichy finally gets his well deserved start.

Nasri Misses Out While Walcott, Cesc & Bendtner Expected To Play

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France midfield maestro Samir Nasri will miss his countries World Cup qualifier against Serbia this evening because of pain in his right knee. Nasri felt a nagging pain after Tuesday's training session, and coach Raymond Domenech decided to rest him "only as a precautionary measure," said team press officer Francois Manardo.

Good Luck With That, Pavlyuchenko.

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New Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has wasted little time in declaring his aim to shoot down arch rivals Arsenal this season. Pavlyuchenko arrived at White Hart Lane from Spartak Moscow in a reported £14 million deal last Monday and while he is yet to make an appearance for his new employees the Russian ace is [.

Giovinco’s Agent Rubbishes Arsenal Reports

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Juventus wing star Sebastian Giovinco's agent has denied speculation the 'Old Lady's' midfielder has held talks with Premier League club Arsenal. Reports in the English media, as well as Arsenal blogs, claim the 21-year-old has been in touch with the Gunners over a possible move to London. Contrary to those reports, Giovinco's representative, Andrea D'Amico, insists there [.

Giovinco Agent Rubbishes Arsenal Reports

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Juventus wing star Sebastian Giovinco's agent has denied speculation the 'Old Lady's' midfielder has held talks with Premier League club Arsenal. Reports in the English media, as well as Arsenal blogs, claim the 21-year-old has been in touch with the Gunners over a possible move to London. Contrary to those reports, Giovinco's representative, Andrea D'Amico, insists there [.

West Ham Favourites To Sign Appiah As The Ghanaian Jets Into London

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Midfield powerhouse Stephen Appiah is set to sort out his club future this week with Premier League side West Ham now the new favourites to acquire the Ghana international. Appiah, 27, played for Ghana on Friday evening and came-on after 22 minutes to replace Michael Essien and make his return to fitness, in his nation's World [.

Walcott Full Of Confidence Ahead Of Crucial WCQ

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is looking forward to England's World Cup Qualifier against Croatia next Wednesday and remains upbeat about his future International chances. The youngster has long been heralded as the hope for English football and his remarkable rise hit its heights at the end of the 2005/06 season when he was sensationally selected in England's squad [.

M’Bia Still Wants Arsenal Move Against Rennes’ Wishes

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Rennes midfielder Stephane Mbia has revealed that Arsenal failed with a late bid to sign him during the summer transfer window but admits he still wants a move to the Premier League - preferably with a big side like Arsenal. Long-time Everton target Mbia has been retained by the Ligue 1 side against his wishes, as [.

Walcott Full Of Confidence Ahead Of Penultimate WCQ

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is looking forward to England's World Cup Qualifier against Croatia next Wednesday and remains upbeat about his future International chances. The youngster has long been heralded as the hope for English football and his remarkable rise hit its heights at the end of the 2005/06 season when he was sensationally selected in England's squad [.

Hill-Wood: We Might Be Next…

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Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill-Wood would like to maintain Arsenal under the current ownership, but realises shareholders could accept a big bid if it comes in. The Gunners supremo is well aware that mega-rich foreign investors are now targeting the top Premier League clubs following this week's takeover agreement between Manchester City and the Abu Dhabi Group [.

International Round-Up: Walcott, Djourou, Cesc + More In Action

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Arsenal's International stars were in action for their respective countries tonight and it was the World Cup Qualifiers that became the main talking point of the week. 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 brief summary of [.

Vodafone Chief On Gunners CEO Shortlist?

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Vodafone chief executive Paul Donovan is being linked with the job at Arsenal - to replace already-departed Keith Edelman. Edelman had held the job since 2000 and was instrumental in steering the club through its move from its old home Highbury to its new Emirates Stadium at Ashburton Grove. According to The Daily Mail, Donovan [.

Bendtner Shakes Off Knock, Djourou, Walcott & Others Start

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Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner has shaken off an ankle injury to start for his country in their World Cup Qualifier against Hungary tonight. Speedy winger Theo Walcott claims a surprising start in England's WCQ versus Andorra at the Olympic Stadium. Johan Djourou continues in defence for Switzerland v Israel while Arsenal's French trio Bacary Sagna, William Gallas [.

Appiah Returns To Fitness As Arsenal Speculation Hots Up

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Stephen Appiah played for Ghana last night and came-on after 22 minutes to replace Michael Essien and make his return to fitness, in his nation's World Cup qualifier against Libya. The free agent, following his release from Turkish club Fenerbache, had been considering terms to sign at Upton Park.

Barton Baiting and Moral High-ground

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When Joey Barton fought the law (and the law won), he gave up his right to play professional football.  Barton's criminal record contains not just a solitary infringement of the law but many.  Perhaps Barton's most gratuitous act of violence came when he assaulted of 15 year-old Everton fan in a pre-season tour of Thailand, [.

Santa Cruz Fit For Arsenal Clash

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Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz should be fit to face Arsenal in the Premier League on September 13 after declaring himself available for Paraguay. Paraguay take on Argentina in a crucial World Cup qualifier on Saturday but Santa Cruz had been a doubt because of the Achilles problem that forced him to limp out of the [.

Gilberto Backs Prem New-Boy To Adapt Quickly

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Ex-Arsenal midfielder Gilberto feels Robinho will adapt to the Premier League quickly - and the only problem he will face at Manchester City is the language barrier. City boss Mark Hughes arguably pulled off the summers biggest coup on Monday after sealing a big-money deal for the 24-year-old Brazilian.

Bendtner & van Persie Sustain Minor Knocks

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Arsenal forwards Nicklas Bendtner and Robin van Persie have sustained injuries whilst on International duty for their respective countries.

Appiah Linked + No Ramsey Bid From Cardiff

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According to reports, Arsenal are keeping tabs on Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah. It was reported that West Ham had also made an offer for the former Fenerbahce midfielder, but Arsene Wenger could also be on the look out for the experienced stalwart. Appiah is one of the most highly regarded midfielders in Africa and has been [.

Wenger - The Antithesis Of Evil As Yet Another One Bites The Dust

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September 1, 2008 was a black day for football. I'm currently lacking the words needed to describe how I feel and what I think about this indignity. Someone needs to say it but noone seems to step up. Is there a worldwide lack of civil courage? How is this not a cause for deep, deep [...]

101 Players Linked, Only 6 Signed

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With the summer transfer window slammed shut - Gooner Talk, with thanks to QuartzGooner - have compiled the list of players to have been linked with us this summer. 105 players were rumoured to be on their way to Arsenal but a mere 6 actually joined the club. These were: Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Samir Nasri, Amaury Bischoff, [.

Wenger Won’t Sell Or Buy On Deadline Day!?

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Arsene Wenger told Sky Sports News that he has no interest in letting any more players leave the club and won't recruit any more bodies into the paper-thin Arsenal squad before deadline day ends in the next 4 hours. The 52-year-old Frenchman was speaking before the Arsenal Reserve side took on Chelsea at Undehill - a [.

Transfer Deadline Day: Who Will Join? Who Will Leave?

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So here we are once again. Transfer deadline day. One of the most exciting days of the year or one of the most unnecessary? Maybe that is a debate for another time. All the focus is on the Dimitar Berbatov saga, but here at Gooner Talk, we aim to bring you the latest Arsenal transfer news [...]