Gooner Talk Archives for January 2009

Gallas given Gunners start & more on Arshavin

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Former Arsenal skipper William Gallas is likely to start for the Gunners in tomorrow's crucial Premier League tie against Everton at Goodison Park. The 31-year-old French centre half has been missing from the Arsenal side for several weeks due to a niggly hamstring injury. With Johan Djourou and Kolo Toure, the latter rumoured to of fallen out [.

Match Preview: Everton v Arsenal (Premier League)

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Arsenal's bid to secure a top-four finish faces a stern test when the Gunners head to Goodison Park to take on Everton. Arsene Wenger's side are currently fifth in the table and are five points ahead of their opponents, but are three points adrift of fourth-placed Aston Villa - a margin that could be doubled before [.

Match Report: Everton 1-1 Arsenal

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Everton dominated at Goodison Park, but fortunately for us Gunners Robin Van Persie smashed home an equaliser in the dying minutes. Makeshift striker Tim Cahill gave Everton the lead early on scoring his 100th goal of his career. Arsenal looked a tired and and below par side who on the night probably deserved to lose until [.

Wenger Must Prove His Abilities

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With Wednesday's last-gasp away draw to Everton, even the most amateur of supporter could see just how lacking in attacking quality the current Arsenal side are. Unfortunately, it appears that Wenger is so blinded by his 'belief' in the current squad that a blind man in a fog has more sight than he.

Zenit Director: “We’re waiting for Arsenal response”

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Zenit St Petersberg director Maxim Mitrofanov revealed that talks are still progressing with Arsenal over the transfer of Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin. The 27-year-old is closing in on his ideal move to the Gunners after several weeks of firm interest from the north London giants. However, Zenit official Mitrofanov admitted that Arsenal are yet to 'conclude [.

Wenger not concerned about ‘top four’ finish + N’Zogbia rubbish

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A top-four finish seems to be of no immediate concern to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who believes his side can achieve a Champions League place. The Gunners are currently placed fifth in the English Premier League table, eight points adrift of leaders Manchester United and five points behind Aston Villa, who currently occupy the fourth-spot.

Reports: Lachter ‘already in London’

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Andrei Arshavin's agent has been in London today for another round of talks with Arsenal officials over the transfer of Zenit St Petersberg's star player. According to SovSport, Israeli-based Dennis Lachter has been negotiating 27-year-old Arshavin's contract, which could see him earning up to £70,000-a-week if the Russian new sources are to be believed.

Reports: Lachter ‘already in London’

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Andrei Arshavin's agent has been in London today for another round of talks with Arsenal officials over the transfer of Zenit St Petersberg's star player. According to SovSport, Israeli-based Dennis Lachter has been negotiating 27-year-old Arshavin's contract, which could see him earning up to £70,000-a-week if the Russian new sources are to be believed.

Wenger not concerned about ‘top four’ finish + N’Zogbia rubbish

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A top-four finish seems to be of no immediate concern to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who believes his side can achieve a Champions League place. The Gunners are currently placed fifth in the English Premier League table, eight points adrift of leaders Manchester United and five points behind Aston Villa, who currently occupy the [.

Zenit Director: “We’re waiting for Arsenal response”

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Zenit St Petersberg director Maxim Mitrofanov revealed that talks are still progressing with Arsenal over the transfer of Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin. The 27-year-old is closing in on his ideal move to the Gunners after several weeks of firm interest from the north London giants. However, Zenit official Mitrofanov admitted that Arsenal are yet [.

Wenger Must Prove His Abilities

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With Wednesday's last-gasp away draw to Everton, even the most amateur of supporter could see just how lacking in attacking quality the current Arsenal side are. Unfortunately, it appears that Wenger is so blinded by his 'belief' in the current squad that a blind man in a fog has more sight than he.

Match Report: Everton 1-1 Arsenal

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Everton dominated at Goodison Park, but fortunately for us Gunners Robin Van Persie smashed home an equaliser in the dying minutes. Makeshift striker Tim Cahill gave Everton the lead early on scoring his 100th goal of his career. Arsenal looked a tired and and below par side who on the night probably deserved to [.

Match Preview: Everton v Arsenal (Premier League)

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Arsenal's bid to secure a top-four finish faces a stern test when the Gunners head to Goodison Park to take on Everton. Arsene Wenger's side are currently fifth in the table and are five points ahead of their opponents, but are three points adrift of fourth-placed Aston Villa - a margin that could be [.

Gallas given Gunners start & more on Arshavin

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Former Arsenal skipper William Gallas is likely to start for the Gunners in tomorrow's crucial Premier League tie against Everton at Goodison Park. The 31-year-old French centre half has been missing from the Arsenal side for several weeks due to a niggly hamstring injury. With Johan Djourou and Kolo Toure, the latter rumoured to of [.

Advocaat: Arshavin decision NOT yet made

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Zenit St Petersberg head coach Dick Advocaat admits that the Russian side have yet to make up their minds on whether to accept Arsenal's offer for highly-rated playmaker Andrei Arshavin. Advocaat and his players have been at a training camp in the luxurious surroundings of Dubai since Monday. Despite Arshavin wanting a move away from the [.

Bracewell-Smith ‘deeply hurt’ from board sacking, reveals Brady

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Former Arsenal director Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith is still 'deeply hurt' after her removal from the Gunners board last December, according to close friend Karren Brady. Bracewell-Smith, who's family have a previous wealth of share ownership at the club, owns a 15.9% stake in the club and is the third largest shareholder in the club following Danny [.

Arshavin deal to be wrapped up in next TWO DAYS

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As Gooner Talk told you yesterday, Zenit St Petersberg are hopeful of completing the deal of Andrei Arshavin to Arsenal in the next 48 hours. 27-year-old versatile playmaker Arshavin attracted Arsene Wenger's interest on the strength of two spectacular Euro 2008 performances against Sweden and the Netherlands as well as some astute games in the Champions [.

Match Preview: Cardiff City v Arsenal (The FA Cup)

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This game features two sides who love to get the ball down and play it, so it should make interesting viewing for the neutral. Last year's finalists Cardiff have had a very good season by all accounts and currently sit in 6th position in the Championship. Arsenal on the other hand have been slightly disappointing [.

[LIVE Stream] Cardiff City v Arsenal [WATCH IT LIVE]

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Our good friends over at Gooner Streams will be streaming live coverage of today's FA Cup tie against Cardiff City online. Click here to watch this game live. Coverage starts at 17:15, while the game itself kicks off at 17:30 (BST). Don't forget to join the Gooner Talk forum and chat with fellow Gooners about the latest issues [.

Match Report: Cardiff City 0-0 Arsenal

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Aaron Ramsey returned to the place where he spent 9 previous years learning his football education. Ninian Park was the venue for Arsenal's tie with Cardiff and it proved to be a hotly-fought contest in which many chances were squandered. Cardiff City Starting XI Enckelman McNaughton - Rae - Gyepes - Parry Johnson - Ledley - Kennedy - [.

Rewind: Cardiff City 0-0 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.

AA Watch: Live updates of Arshavin’s ‘imminent’ move to the Emirates

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Here at Gooner Talk we strive to make things just that little bit more easy for you. And because of that, we've decided to publish live updates of Andrei Arshavin's ongoing move to Arsenal. According to Setanta Sports, the move is 'imminent' and as we revealed on Saturday, Zenit St Petersberg will make their [.

AA Watch: Live updates of Arshavin’s ‘imminent’ move to the Emirates

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Here at Gooner Talk we strive to make things just that little bit more easy for you. And because of that, we've decided to publish live updates of Andrei Arshavin's ongoing move to Arsenal. According to Setanta Sports, the move is 'imminent' and as we revealed on Saturday, Zenit St Petersberg will make their [.

Match Report: Cardiff City 0-0 Arsenal

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Aaron Ramsey returned to the place where he spent 9 previous years learning his football education. Ninian Park was the venue for Arsenal's tie with Cardiff and it proved to be a hotly-fought contest in which many chances were squandered. Cardiff City Starting XI Enckelman McNaughton - Rae - Gyepes - Parry Johnson - Ledley - Kennedy - [.

Rewind: Cardiff City 0-0 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.

[LIVE Stream] Cardiff City v Arsenal [WATCH IT LIVE]

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Our good friends over at Gooner Streams will be streaming live coverage of today's game against Hull City online. Click here to watch this game live. Coverage starts at 17:15, while the game itself kicks off at 17:30 (BST). Don't forget to join the Gooner Talk forum and chat with fellow Gooners about the latest issues [.

Match Preview: Cardiff City v Arsenal (The FA Cup)

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This game features two sides who love to get the ball down and play it, so it should make interesting viewing for the neutral. Last year's finalists Cardiff have had a very good season by all accounts and currently sit in 6th position in the Championship. Arsenal on the other hand have been [.

Arshavin deal to be wrapped up in next TWO DAYS

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As Gooner Talk told you yesterday, Zenit St Petersberg are hopeful of completing the deal of Andrei Arshavin to Arsenal in the next 48 hours. More to come.

Bracewell-Smith ‘deeply hurt’ from board sacking, reveals Brady

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Former Arsenal director Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith is still 'deeply hurt' after her removal from the Gunners board last December, according to close friend Karren Brady. Bracewell-Smith, who's family have a previous wealth of share ownership at the club, owns a 15.9% stake in the club and is the third largest shareholder in the club [.

Advocaat: Arshavin decision NOT yet made

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Zenit St Petersberg head coach Dick Advocaat admits that the Russian side have yet to make up their minds on whether to accept Arsenal's offer for highly-rated playmaker Andrei Arshavin. Advocaat and his players have been at a training camp in the luxurious surroundings of Dubai since Monday. Despite Arshavin wanting a move away [.

Party-boy Clichy (pics)

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Trying to think of a reason for Gael Clichy's recent slump in form? Well, thanks to Faker Blog, we can show you some hilarious photos which show the French fullback out partying last month. See more pics over at our good friends, Faker Blog.

Gunners on the cusp of challenging for the Title

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It could have been a great weekend. At halftime Villa was losing and Man United and Chelsea were tied. Then Stoke took the lead and in an instant visions of Arsenal vaulting ever closer to the top started churning in my mind. Villa's comeback was annoying, but I found myself cheering on Bolton, the [.

Reports: Arshavin agrees personal terms with Arsenal

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Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin has agreed personal terms with Arsenal according to reliable news source Life.RU. The article also states that newly-appointed chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been allowed to bumper Arsenal's current bid up another 5 million euros. 27-year-old Arshavin visited London during his summer holiday's last month, and told the Russian site about [.

Arsenal on the verge of Pole-partnership

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Arsenal are set to join up with Polish side Slask Wroclaw in what looks like a potential feeder-club deal. According to Wroclaw boss, Ryszard Tarasiewicz, the Gunners have made arrangements for scout Gilles Grimandi to analyse and look over some of Wroclaw's hot-prospects. "In the coming weeks, Gilles Grimandi, an Arsenal official, will fly to [.

Gallas remains tight-lipped on RVP & Nasri ‘rift’ + Video

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Former Arsenal skipper William Gallas replied with an embarassed smile when asked about a possible rift with team-mates Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri. The 31-year-old French International also maintained his committment to the Gunners in what proved a fascinating watch on France 2's 'Stade 2′ evening show.

Arsenal’s Weekend Performance

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Hull City While Saturday's contest with Hull City was by no means their best performance, it nevertheless shows an ever-apparent resilience that the current Arsenal side lacked just a few months ago. On an unbeaten run that has showed more defensive solidity than offensive firepower, this team is becoming increasingly more substantive than stylish, [.

Rewind: Hull City 1-3 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.

Match Report: Hull City 1-3 Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger's Arsenal looked for revenge as they took on Hull City at the KC Stadium. With Manchester United, Chelsea and Aston Villa all winning earlier today, victory at Hull was essential for a Gunners team that had lost to the same opponents at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season. Could it be a different result [.

Exclusive: Arshavin agent answers Gooner Talk

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Gooner Talk have managed to catch up with Andrei Arshavin's representitive, Dennis Lachter. The 27-year-old Russian hotshot has been linked with Arsenal for several months now with Ivan Gazidis looking to broker a potential £14 million pound deal. Arsenal officials, lead by Gazidis, had been invited to Zenit St.

Exclusive: Lachter answers Gooner Talk

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Gooner Talk have managed to catch up with Andrei Arshavin's representitive, Dennis Lachter. The 27-year-old Russian hotshot has been linked with Arsenal for several months now with Ivan Gazidis looking to broker a potential £14 million pound deal. Arsenal officials, lead by Gazidis, had been invited to Zenit St.

[LIVE Stream] Hull City v Arsenal [WATCH IT LIVE]

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Our good friends over at Gooner Streams will be streaming live coverage of today's game against Hull City online. Click here to watch this game live. Coverage starts at 17:15, while the game itself kicks off at 17:30 (BST). Don't forget to join the Gooner Talk forum and chat with fellow Gooners about the latest issues [.

Match Preview: Hull City v Arsenal (Premier League)

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With Arsenal currently sitting outside the top four in 5th position in the league, can Arsene Wenger and his team get back into form and the top four where they belong? With Hull's form stalling in recent weeks, the Gunners will be eager to post a convincing victory as they form begins to [...

Arshavin deal close, Eduardo bags Reserves hat-trick

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remains 'hopeful' that Andrei Arshavin will be a Gunners player by the end of the current transfer window. 27-year-old versatile forward Arshavin has attracted an array of admiring clubs on the strength of two spectacular Euro 2008 performances against Sweden and the Netherlands, and it's Arsenal who are in the [.

The Title is still up for grabs and transfers ???

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I cannot believe it. Back in early December I was asserting that the Gunners needed to win everything in December in order to keep pace with the leaders ... and they didn't. Draws with Middlesboro, Liverpool, and Villa were amongst the results that also included  wins against Chelsea and Portsmouth.

Exclusive: Wilshere Given Youth Cup Start

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been given a starting berth in tomorrow's FA Youth Cup fourth round tie against Wolves, Gooner Talk understands. The 17-year-old flamboyant star recently signed a professional contract with the club, and despite being promoted to the first team squad in August, Jack will now get his chance to shine [.

Ex-Gunner Wiltord Praises Arsenal Structure

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Rennes forward Sylvain Wiltord has praised the level of workmanship that goes on behind-the-scenes at Arsenal and admits that the Gunners have the best set-up in European football. Former Highbury-favourite Wiltord, who clocked up over 170 games for Arsene Wenger's side, was the most expensive signing in Arsenal's history.

Rewind: Arsenal 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

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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.

Match Summary: Arsenal 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

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Danish hotshot Nicklas Bendtner came off the bench to score a late winner as Arsenal made hard work of beating an injury-hit Bolton Wanderers side. In a first half of very few chances at either end, the liveliest player on show was Arsenal's Dutch striker Robin Van Persie and he went closest to breaking [.

Match Preview: Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers (Premier League)

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Arsenal are likely to make a number of changes to the team that beat Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third round when they entertain Bolton this Saturday. The Gunners, who have beaten the Trotters in all of the last four league games between the clubs, used the FA Cup to blood a number [...]

Why Signing Arshavin Makes So Much Sense

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Regular readers of this site will know that I recently advocated the acquisition of Andrei Arshavin, before concrete rumours were ever spread. At this point in time, I am delighted to see the likelihood of Arsenal actually acquiring him has evidently gone up. At 5′7″, Arshavin is not the most imposing figure.

Sky Sports News ‘created’ Arshavin rumour / Andrei wants Gunners move!

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The ever-reliable Sky Sports News were accused of being quite the opposite last night as Andrei Arshavin's shit-stirring agent rubbished rumours that the Russian is on his way to Arsenal. According to Dennis Lachter, the man who said his client was closing in on a move to north London, Gunners officials have had no [.

Arshavin move could be completed in next ten days

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Andrei Arshavin's proposed move to Arsenal could happen next week after his parent club Zenit St Petersberg admitted that they are in talks with the Gunners.

Inler interest faded in August, says Wenger

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Arsene Wenger admits that he was keeping tabs on Udinese midfielder Gokhan Inler last August, but has today ruled out signing the combative star after constant speculation linking the 23-year-old with the Gunners. Gooner Talk were the first to reveal Arsenal's interest in the defence-minded starlet "Yes, in the summer," he replied.

Rewind: Arsenal 3-1 Plymouth

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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.

Ramsey returns as Arsenal draw Cardiff

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Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey will make a fond return to his former club Cardiff City when Arsenal play the Championship high-flyers in the FA Cup fourth round next month. The Ninian Park outfit boast a talented mix of youngsters and experienced marksman such as Joe Ledley and Tony Capaldi. They currently lie fourth in [.

Match Report: Arsenal 3-1 Plymouth Argyle

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Stand-in captain Robin van Persie scored two goals as Arsenal finally saw off the brave challenge of Coca-Cola Championship Plymouth 3-1 in today's FA Cup third-round tie at Emirates Stadium. The Dutchman struck at the start and the end of the second half to secure safe passage into Monday's draw after Argyle captain Karl [.

[LIVE STREAM] Arsenal v Plymouth - WATCH IT LIVE!

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Our good friends Gooner Streams will be streaming live coverage of this afternoon's home FA Cup 3rd round tie against Plymouth Argyle. Arsenal vs Plymouth Click here to watch this game.

Match Preview: Arsenal v Plymouth Argyle (FA Cup)

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Arsenal come into this match with the aim to qualify for the fourth round of the FA Cup by beating lower league opposition in the form of Plymouth Argyle when they meet at The Emirates Stadium. For the record, under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal are unbeaten against teams outside the Premier League with their last [.

Committed Kolo is ‘happy’ despite ‘minor incident’

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Arsene Wenger insists Kolo Toure is happy at Arsenal despite the club rejecting a transfer request from the Ivory Coast defender. Toure, 27, has failed to hold down a first-team place since recovering from malaria but the £10million-rated ace has been told to honour his Gunners contract. Wenger turned down the surprise request and [.

Arshavin’s Agent confirms Arsenal move

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Russia hotshot Andrei Arshavin will be an Arsenal player in the coming days, according to his agent Dennis Lachter. Italian daily TuttoSport says 27-year-old Arshavin will sign a 5-year deal with Zenit pocketing £18m from the transfer fee. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is a known admirer of the highly-rated star, beat off competition from [.

Kolo wants to join his brother at Barca - No chance, says Hill-Wood

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Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has vowed to keep hold of Kolo Toure despite the Ivorian's desire to leave the club - and join up with his brother at Barcelona. Toure handed in a transfer request last month but Hill-Wood says it's been rejected. Manchester City are keen to land Toure if he gets his [.