Gooner Talk Archives for January 2009

Highlights: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool

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Vieira mural set to be in place for Spurs game

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Patrick Vieira returns to the Emirates Stadium this weekend — as a mural on the side of the arena! The former Gunners skipper, who currently plays for Inter Milan, will be depicted on a mural with legends Eddie Lewis, Lee Dixon and Joe Mercer, as Arsenal continue their 'Arsenalisation' process of the stadium.

Column: Some Arsenal fans need to get a sense of perspective and lose the blame culture

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It is always a bit dodgy writing something so close to the end of the game, emotions are still running high and there is a tendency to say something a little stupid. However, the doom-mongers are out in force after we let slip a two goal lead away at West Ham, it could have been [...]

Highlights: West Ham United 2-2 Arsenal

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Eboue & Diaby start against West Ham, Nasri benched

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Mannone Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Clichy Fabregas (c)Â - Song Diaby Eboue van Persie Arshavin Subs: Almunia (GK), Nasri, Eduardo, Ramsey, Silvestre, Gibbs, Bendtner.

Wenger dismisses keeper concerns

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Arsene Wenger has come out to declare in public his confidence in the current crop of goalkeepers at his disposal. The Arsenal manager claims there is enough strength in the keepers on their books to help them battle for trophies and upset the football odds both domestically and in Europe.

Team Predictions: West Ham United v Arsenal

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Arsenal can welcome back Eduardo for Sunday's league game at Upton Park after the Crozillian frontman recovered from a thigh injury. Eduardo's fellow strike partner Nicklas Bendtner also has a good chance to play with the Dane taking part in a training session at London Colney earlier today.

Highlights: AZ Alkmaar 1-1 Arsenal

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Sagna & Clichy return, Mannone keeps place in goal

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Fullbacks Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy return to the fold for tonight's game with Alkmaar. The latter makes his comeback from injury, while Sagna returns after being rested during the weekend's game against Birmingham. Vito Mannone keeps his place in goal and Emmanuel Eboue also starts.

Team Predictions: AZ Alkmaar v Arsenal

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Arsenal will be without Theo Walcott for their Champions League group game with AZ Alkmaar tomorrow evening, after the Englishman was ruled out for 3-4 weeks with a knee injury. The 21-year-old sustained his injury during the 3-1 triumph over Birmingham City at the weekend, while fellow midfielder Tomas Rosicky is also missing from the squad [.

This season could be Arsenal’s best chance of glory in years

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It is looking like United can be beaten whilst still possessing that luck that can get them out of bad situations, you make your own luck though. Chelsea seem to have lost that edge that gave them resilience like no other, their only stand out performers this season have been Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole, [.

Highlights: Arsenal 3-1 Birmingham City

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Defoe set to miss North London derby

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Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will miss the upcoming North London Derby at the end of the month, after being sent off against Portsmouth this afternoon. The England frontman, who is considered Tottenham's main goal threat, was shown red following a shocking stamp on Pompey's Aaron Mokena.

Match Report: Arsenal 3-1 Birmingham City

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Arsenal beat Birmingham thanks to goals from Robin van Persie, Abou Diaby and Andrey Arshavin. Full report to come.

Eboue, Gibbs and Walcott start against Birmingham

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Mannone Eboue Gallas Vermaelen Gibbs Fabregas Song Rosicky Walcott van Persie Diaby Subs: Almunia, Sagna, Ramsey, Silvestre, Wilshere, Arshavin, Traore

VIDEO: Arshavin nets Russia opener & Clichy injury worry

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Andrey Arshavin capped off a good week for his country with a goal against Azerbaijan. The Russian playmaker bagged an early goal after 'keeper Agahev failed to hold Alan Dzagoyev's low shot from just inside the box. Russia had already clinched second place in Group 4 behind Germany, and will enter the playoffs for a spot in [.

Gazidis a force for good – Cesc withdraws from Spain squad

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Well, it seems the aftershocks from earthquake Maradona have died down and it is business as usual for Europe's finest as the fears of a World Cup without the likes of France, Portugal, Germany and South Americas Argentina were proven unfounded. Oh well, better luck next time. There was quite a kerfuffle over the England game [.

VIDEO: Carlos Vela scores for Mexico

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Mexico eased to an easy win over El Salvador and qualified for the World Cup Finals in the process last night. Arsenal's Carlos Vela got on the scoresheet in the dying minutes of the second half. Check out his cheeky flick below.

Internationals: Senderos, Cesc, Vermaelen & Gallas grab goals + more

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Arsenal's International stars were in action for their respective countries tonight and it was the FIFA 2010 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 video [.

Arsenal scouting Lille starlets

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Arsenal scouts are keeping tabs on Lille OSC stars Eden Hazard and Adil Rami. Former Gunners skipper Tony Adams was present at the Stadium Lille-Metropole to watch August's Europa League clash with Racing Genk — Hazard and Rami were apparently Adams' main reason for being there. Both players are said to be the 'next big thing' coming [.

Do Arsenal really need another striker?

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At the beginning of this season we were crying out to Arsene to bring us a replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor. As the transfer window shut we only managed to bring in one key signing, a defender, Thomas Vermaelen. We complained again that our manager was too stubborn and tight with the money acquired from selling [.

Arsenal TV to return next season

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Arsenal have struck a deal with media giants MP & Silva which will see the Gunners official TV channel back on our screens from next season. "Arsenal is unquestionably one of the world's most successful and best-known clubs, so we are extremely delighted to be chosen as the international partner for Arsenal TV," said Andrea Radrizzani, [.

The real Cesc is back – missing Denilson – Rosicky + AA

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Thought i'd leave it until after the game to write the column this week and what a game it was. It typified Wenger's reign, slightly leaky at the back but going forward there was some scintillating play. Cesc Fabregas was right back on form and he displayed why he is one of the worlds best [.

Match Summary & Highlights: Arsenal 6-2 Blackburn Rovers

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An irresistible Arsenal, led by Cesc Fabregas, carved apart a Blackburn side that led twice in the first half at the Emirates. Rovers were in front twice but failed to hold on to their lead and trailed by half-time thanks to the magnificent display from Fabregas in midfield. The second half was straightforward for Arsenal as [.

Team Predictions: Arsenal v Blackburn

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Arsenal have lost one striker ahead of this weekend's Premier League tie with Blackburn, but they have arguably gained two with the return of Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott. Goal poacher Eduardo has been ruled out with a recurrence of a thigh problem. However, England international Walcott played 45 minutes agaisnt Olympiacos Under-20s on Tuesday after making [.

VIDEO: Arsène Wenger — 13 years at the Arsenal helm

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Arsenal's greatest ever manager celebrated 13 years in charge of the club yesterday. The Gunners have since evolved from a team built on the traditional English attributes of hard graft, defensive craft and a team spirit forged in snooker halls and bars into a club synonymous with sophistication and breathtaking attacking flair.