Gooner Talk Archives for January 2009

Hannover & Barca lined up for pre-season

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Arsenal will be playing German side Hannover 96 just days before the Emirates Cup as Arsene Wenger's squad plan their pre-season preparations for the 2009/10 campaign. The AWD Arena is home to Dieter Hecking's experienced team and strong line-up's are very likely. An Austrian tour is also planned this July.

Arsenal left-back on his chant, injury & right foot!

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Gael Clichy revealed all in an exclusive interview on France television earlier this morning. The French fullback, who missed the latter part of the season with a back injury, spoke about the Arsenal fans' chant for him and his problematic back injury while Gael's father talked about his 'natural' right foot!

Denilson rated 16th best in League

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Brazilian midfielder Denilson has been rated as the 16th most efficient player in the Premier League by statistics experts Actim Index. Despite being criticised by many Arsenal fans this season, Denilson proved to be a reliable figure in central midfield during Cesc Fabregas' three-month absence.

VIDEO: Arshavin’s best international goal

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It's Andrey Arshavin's 28th Birthday today. Everyone at Gooner Talk would like to wish the Russian playmaker a fantastic Happy Birthday and I think I speak for everyone when I say we can't wait to see you back in action this pre-season. There wouldn't be an Arshavin article without showing a goal of his, [.

Will YOU watch the FA Cup final?

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After narrowly missing out on both the FA Cup and Champions League finals, Arsenal fans have been left to question 'what could have been' — at least until pre-season begins in late July. We witnessed two ex-players in Sylvinho and Thierry Henry winning the Champions League on Wednesday, but a former Gunner in Ashley [.

Bendtner close to signing new contract

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Nicklas Bendtner is close to agreeing a new deal with Arsenal, and the Dane has reiterated his commitment to the Gunners' cause. The 21-year-old has been at the club since 2004 after joining from FC Copenhagen. This season has been his breakthrough campaign after scoring 15 goals. He told Ekstra Bladet: "It is of course [.

We’re yet to agree terms, says RVP

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Arsenal forward Robin van Persie has put Arsene Wenger in a nervous disposition after the Dutchman stalled on signing a new long-term deal with the club. The 25-year-old is Arsenal's top scorer with 20 goals and the Premier League's top passer with 11 assists. Van Persie's contract runs out in two seasons, but Wenger wants [.

Healey takes a hit for Mars Balls!

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Sporting legends Pat Cash, Darren Gough, John Barnes and Austin Healey show that watching is good but playing is better. This year is shaping up to be a great one for British sport. MARS is channelling the nation's spirit and optimism for sport and encouraging the country to go out, get active and play [.

Player Profile: Lorik Cana + Video

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Continuing on from yesterdays Player Profile, here is someone who will be touted to join Arsenal in the coming months; Lorik Cana. The 25-year-old Marseille midfielder has admitted that he's likely to leave L'OM this summer after seeing his team lose to Bordeaux in the race for the Ligue 1 title.

Best defence in Europe? I don’t think so.

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Walcott & Gibbs selected for Under-21’s

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Arsenal's English contingent of Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs have both been selected in Stuart Pearce's 23-man England Under 21 squad for this summer's European U21 Championship. 20-year-old Walcott has found himself at the centre of a club-versus-country row as he is also in the senior squad for England's World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan [.

Player Profile: Tranquillo Barnetta + Video

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Potential Arsenal target Tranquillo Barnetta is strongly being linked with the Gunners' after asking to leave Bayer Leverkusen. The 24-year-old versatile winger, who has made 27 appearances for Switzerland, scoring 6 times - has previously been touted to join Arsenal with the former St. Gallen star's drawing comparisons to Freddie Ljungberg.

Arsenal are FA Youth Cup winners 2009!

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The Youth team pick up their second trophy of the season with a 2-1 over Liverpool at Anfield (6-2 on aggregate). more to come

LIVE WORKING STREAM: Liverpool v Arsenal [Youth Cup Final]

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It’s up for grabs now.. just like in ‘89

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Although it won't be considered as big as an achievement, Arsenal's youngsters have the chance to pick up some silverware tonight as they take on Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup final 2nd leg. Just like 20 years ago, Arsenal have the chance to pick up some silverware against the Reds. The Gunners bring [.

Mensah rumour is NOT true

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Contrary to reports, Jonathan Mensah has NOT been contacted by Arsenal representatives. Yesterday, a small-time Arsenal blog posted an article stating that Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger has taken an interest in the South Africa Free State Stars defender. They also published fabricated quotes - reportedly from Mensah - which said he had been contacted by [.

Exclusive: Adebayor WILL stay at Arsenal

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On the back of our Adebayor article earlier, Gooner Talk can reveal that the Togolese frontman will not be leaving Arsenal this summer. Speaking to Spanish daily Marca, Adebayor remained adamant that he'll be staying at the Emirates for many seasons to come - but didn't rule out a move to Spain in 2-3 [.

A Man City view on Emmanuel Adebayor

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Quite a lot has been said about Emmanuel Adebayor in recent weeks. After being criticised by his own fans, it is looking more and more likely that the Togolese striker will exit the Emirates this summer - possibly to moneybags Manchester City. Speaking in his post-match press conference during yesterday's 4-1 win over Stoke City, [.

Bendtner: I played like a Sunday League player

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner admits that he wasn't performing at the highest level earlier this season. The 21-year-old Dane received abuse from sections of the Arsenal fans after appearing lackadaisical and weak in certain Premier League matches. However, Bendtner hit back by scoring 15 goals and finally winning over the Gooner faithful.

Top 5 Arsenal matches this season (VIDEOS)

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Whether they won, drew or lost you could be guaranteed that Arsenal would provide footballing entertainment in whatever match they played in. Gooner Talk have compiled a selection of our favourite Gooner games this season along with highlights; check it out and give your views on the Top 5 Arsenal Matches this campaign!

Well played Emmanuel Eboue!

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Everyone's favourite Ivorian Emmanuel Eboue was hounded by eager Arsenal fans in the Emirates Stadium car park yesterday evening. The versatile winger received autograph requests from Gooners and as the true gentleman Eboue is, he obliged. But it turned out bigger than a usual signing session, over 50 supporters surrounded Eboue's car and asked the [.

VIDEO: Arsenal players’ lap of appreciation

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Rewind: Arsenal 4-1 Stoke City

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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: Arsenal 4-1 Stoke City

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The Gunners finish their season on a high with a crushing victory over Stoke. More to come.

Premier League Final Standings

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Champions: Manchester United (UEFA Champions League 2009–10 Group stage) Runners up: Liverpool (UEFA Champions League 2009–10 Group stage) Champions League spots: Chelsea (UEFA Champions League 2009–10 Group stage) Arsenal (UEFA Champions League 2009–10 Play-off round) UEFA Europa League 2009–10 Play-off round: Everton (UEFA Europa League 2009–10 Play-off round) Aston Villa (UEFA Europa League 2009–10 Play-off round) Fulham (UEFA Europa League 2009–10 Third qualifying [.

Match Preview: Arsenal v Stoke City (Premier League)

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Legend Henry watches EVERY Arsenal game (inncluding the Reserves!)

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits that he would welcome Thierry Henry back to the club if a move became a possibility, and revealed that he's still in contact with the 30-year-old Frenchman. Record goalscorer Henry, who notched 214 goals during 8 seasons, also failed to rule out a return when quizzed in his 'Thierry [.

Gallas’ Silence Speaks Volumes

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You'd have thought that rather than simple knee ligament damage, William Gallas was recovering from tongue surgery; such has been the defeaning silence from the ex-Arsenal skipper. Gallas was too easy a target for hostile Arsenal fans at the end of the 07/08 season and the start of the 08/09 season.

Wilshere stars in Youth Cup final masterclass

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Arsenal put four past Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup 1st leg at Emirates Stadium on Friday night. More to come.

Wenger: Arsenal Players & Agents need to shut up!

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Only recently Emmanuel Adebayor reiterated his commitment to Arsenal. Despite that, tabloid newspapers and Stephane Courbis (his agent) continue to encourage the speculation linking Ade with a move away from the club. Arsene Wenger has sent out a message to the representatives of Adebayor, but more importantly; to his own players.

Your Predictions: Arsenal v Stoke City

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It's the final game of Arsenal's season on Sunday afternoon as the Gunners' take on Stoke City at Emirates Stadium. The comments section below is the best place to get your opinions and predictions across for Sunday's game in north London. Once our new prediction feature becomes more and more popular, competitions will be available [.

Arsenal Reserves Goal of the Season

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Jack Wilshere v Stoke City (Away)

2009/10 Away Kit: Your Opinions

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As we revealed last week, Arsenal will be wearing a brand-new Blue away kit during the 2009/10 campaign.

Reports: Matuidi still an Arsenal target

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St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi still could move to Arsenal, after the Ligue 1 outfit's director of football Damien Comolli was contacted by the Gunners.

The Gooner Review - Coming soon on DVD!

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A comprehensive insight into Arsenal's 2008-09 season will be available on DVD soon. The Gooner Review is a feature-length documentary on Arsenal's 2008 - 2009 season created by the fans, for the fans. Endorsed by Arsenal legend Bob Wilson, the film will feature interviews from members of supporter's associations, ex-players, Gooner celebrities and fans [.

Who’s your Arsenal player of the season?

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Another trophyless season, but many positives to take out of it. Who is the player that you feel has made the biggest, most impressive contribution to the Arsenal cause this campaign? Here are my Top 5 contenders: Denilson - Quietly impressive. Those are the words I would use to describe this flamboyant Brazilian midfielder.

Arsenal must be jealous, says United’s Evra

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After Saturday's match, Manchester United defender Patrice Evra spoke about the game criticising Arsenal's 'physical' approach. Evra received several kicks from Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and co. He said: "I dont know why they tried to kick me. They must be jealous I'll play in a Champions League final.

Gunners’ boss met Madrid officials in 2003

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Arsenal have been rocked by news that manager Arsene Wenger says working at Real Madrid 'interests him'. "With Perez the project will be strongly interesting for any coach," Wenger told Telefoot. "Allow me to remain discreet on that matter," he added. In 2003, Wenger reportedly met Madrid president Florentino Perez in Paris, the Frenchman was [.

Wenger ‘watching’ Newcastle’s Bassong

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Newcastle boss Alan Shearer has welcomed Arsene Wenger's interest in Sebastien Bassong, using it as evidence to award the centre back a new contract. The French stopper, who was offered a contract extension in early March, has been one of Newcastle's most consistent performers this term and it's no surprise Shearer wants to tie [.

Young gunners secure Academy League title

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Arsenal's under-18 side claimed the Premier Academy League title at White Hart Lane earlier this afternoon, forging a 1-0 victory against fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur. In what was a heated game, Rhys Murphy notched the only goal before late Spurs' pressure almost paid off due to Luke Ayling's late red card.

Silvestre linked with Sakho swap deal (Video)

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Paris-Saint Germain centre half Mamadou Sakho has been touted to join Arsenal in a move which could see Mikael Silvestre move the other way. The 19-year-old, whose contract runs out in 2010, shot to prominence in 2007 when he captained his country at FIFA's Under-17 World Cup and further added to his impressive CV [.

Vote: Should Adebayor stay or go?

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Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor says Gunners fans are wrong to vent their frustrations at him and his team-mates despite a fourth trophyless season. After watching his Football Focus interview yesterday afternoon, I have come to my own conclusion that it's probably best for him to part ways with the club.

Rewind: Manchester United 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.

Match Report: Manchester United 0-0 Arsenal

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More to come as United retain their Premier League trophy despite a spirited peformance from Arsenal

Watch the second half of Man Utd v Arsenal LIVE & FREE

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Our friends over at Free Footy Streams will be showing LIVE, FREE coverage of today's Premier League clash between Manchester United and Arsenal. Sir Alex Ferguson's side have the league title within their grasp, only Arsene Wenger's under-fire youngsters can halt their parade - at least for now.

LIVE FREE STREAM: Man Utd v Arsenal (12:45)

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Our friends over at Free Footy Streams will be showing LIVE, FREE coverage of today's Premier League clash between Manchester United and Arsenal. Sir Alex Ferguson's side have the league title within their grasp, only Arsene Wenger's under-fire youngsters can halt their parade - at least for now.

Team News: Adebayor injured & Song starts in defence

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Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been ruled out of the squad to face Man United this afternoon after sustaining an injury.

Match Preview: Manchester United v Arsenal (Premier League)

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Arsenal last won the league at Old Trafford in 2002 after Sylvain Wiltord clinched the title with his famous goal, or even more infamous celebration. Things have changed massively since then though, Arsenal have moved into a new stadium, United are arguably the best club in the world and the north Londoners have Mikael [.

Emmanuel Adebayor for sale on eBay

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"Had enough of watching your players run round endlessly, working for the team? That time is over - once you get this lanky African in your starting line-up, you can kiss goodbye to any kind of graft or grit that is usually associated with your average player. He'll stroll, he'll walk, he'll canter [.

Your Predictions: Man Utd v Arsenal

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Can Arsenal halt Man United's title parade? The comments section below is the best place to get your opinions and predictions across for tomorrow's game at Old Trafford. Once our new feature becomes more and more popular, competitions will be available for the fans who guess the correct scoreline and goalscorers!

Adebayor, Silvestre ridiculed at AST meeting

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Emmanuel Adebayor and Mikael Silvestre were ridiculed during the Arsenal Supporters Trust gathering just days ago. Dismayed shareholders criticised the teams performances along with the players while Arsene Wenger eventually hit back at the Gunners' own critics. When a supporter dubbed French defender Silvestre a 'geriatric', Wenger fumed: "I cannot accept what you say about our [.

Arshavin returns & predicted starting XI

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Andrey Arshavin returns to the Arsenal squad for Saturday's penultimate league game against Manchester United. The 27-year-old Russian has proved a massive hit since joining the club in late January scoring 6 goals in 11 appearances and notching up 7 assists. "Andrey Arshavin is fully fit," Wenger said at Thursday's press conference.

Can Arsenal stop United winning the league?

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Manchester United take on Arsenal this Saturday lunchtime and need only a point to retain their Premier League crown. More to come.

Lift the (Virtual) FA Cup!

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If you thought that it was only Chelsea or Everton that were going to get their hands on the FA Cup this week then think again! FA Cup sponsor E.ON has applied the latest military technology – known as Augmented Reality – to the oldest domestic cup competition in the world. Bringing a modern [.

Exclusive: Pat Rice NOT retiring at end of season

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Arsenal assistant manager Pat Rice will NOT be retiring at the end of the season, Gooner Talk can exclusively reveal. This news comes as we told you yesterday that Arsenal's press office 'refused to rule out' the possibility of Rice retiring when the season ends. The ever-unreliable Arsenal News Review site published an article a [.

What do you think of the new away shirt?

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The above leaked photo is Arsenal's reported away kit for next season (2009/10). Arseblog published it earlier, but could it be our third jersey after images of a green kit were posted several months back? Which one would you prefer to buy? I personally think they both look pretty awful, but I'd probably fork [.

Arsenal fail to rebuff Rice retirement claims

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Arsenal have failed to rule out assistant manager Pat Rice's potential retirement at the end of the current league campaign. Several Gunners' fansites posted stories suggesting 60-year-old Rice would confirm his retirement from the game when the current season ends. The press office over at Emirates Stadium have failed to rule out the possibility of [.

Talk-Arsenal is Gooner Talk’s official forum!

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Match day chat, latest transfer rumours and much, much more is on offer on Gooner Talk's new forum; Talk-Arsenal. The long-term partnership includes a permanent link exchange amongst other minor formalities. As the forum gets more and more active, competitions will be available for the lucky members for visitors of both sites.

Arsenal’s 3 rumoured summer targets (Videos)

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It's almost that time of year once again. The newspapers have already started linking Arsenal with some of Europe's most exciting footballing talent - and the transfer window doesn't even open yet! Despite that, Gooner Talk have found three videos of players who could be on their way to the Emirates this summer, check them [.

Match Report: Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea

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Arsenal will have to face a top European team in Champions League qualification this August after Chelsea secured third place with a 4-1 mauling of the Gunners. Alex headed in the opener despite Arsenal's early dominance and Nicolas Anelka struck with a superb effort before half time. A Kolo Toure own goal wrapped up three points for [.

Rewind: Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea

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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.

Where do we go from here?

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Watching our collapse against Manchester United set me to thinking about what changes we need to make at Arsenal. Right now we just aren't good enough to win a trophy. We need to offload some players and we need to start looking at other players who could come in and address our shortcomings.

Where do we go from here?

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Watching our collapse against Manchester United set me to thinking about what changes we need to make at Arsenal. Right now we just aren't good enough to win a trophy. We need to offload some players and we need to start looking at other players who could come in and address our shortcomings.

Rewind: Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea

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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 Preview: Arsenal v Manchester United (UEFA Champions League)

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Arsenal take on Manchester United in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at Emirates Stadium this evening looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit. The Gunners were outplayed at Old Trafford and fortunate not to concede more goals. Could Arsenal's top players beat United's dogged stars?

Match Report: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United

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World Champions Manchester United cruised through to the Champions League final with a 3-1 win over Arsenal. Despite a decent start, the Gunners were pegged back as early as 8 minutes where Ji-Sung Park took advantage of a Kieran Gibbs slip. Just minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a thunderbolt before he struck again in the second half [.

Rewind: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United

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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.

Bendtner pulls his pants up and apologises

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Cheeky Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has apologised for his late night frolics after the Gunners' bowed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night. Danish international Bendtner was pictured with his jeans pulled down after being kicked out of Boujis nightclub at 3am (GMT) this morning due to rowdy behaviour.

Video: Drogba Disgrace REMIX & More!

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Warning: This video contains language of an adult nature.

Arshavin scoops Premier League award

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Andrey Arshavin has capped off a breakthrough month in English football by winning the Barclays Player of the Month award - just days after scooping Arsenal's monthly accolade. The 27-year-old provided Gooners with a breathtaking range of skills, goals and style last April. Arshavin bagged four goals during the game at Anfield in what was an [.

Match Preview: Arsenal v Chelsea (Premier League)

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Arsenal and Chelsea both have to pick themselves up after midweek disappointments in the Champions League, to contest a London derby on Sunday, which is about nothing more than pride. For Arsenal, the season is now over. They are out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage, out of the Champions League at the semi-final [.

Match Report: Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea

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Match Preview: Arsenal v Chelsea (Premier League)

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Arsenal and Chelsea both have to pick themselves up after midweek disappointments in the Champions League, to contest a London derby on Sunday, which is about nothing more than pride. For Arsenal, the season is now over. They are out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage, out of the Champions League at [.

Arshavin scoops Premier League award

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Andrey Arshavin has capped off a breakthrough month in English football by winning the Barclays Player of the Month award - just days after scooping Arsenal's monthly accolade. The 27-year-old provided Gooners with a breathtaking range of skills, goals and style last April. Arshavin bagged four goals during the game at Anfield in what [.

Video: Drogba Disgrace REMIX & More!

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Warning: This video contains language of an adult nature.

Bendtner pulls his pants up and apologises

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Rewind: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United

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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: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United

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Another season without silverware as the Gunners crash out of the Champions League. More to come.

LIVE BLOG: Arsenal v Manchester United

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Arsenal v Manchester United

Domino’s Pizza Football Special

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For two Champions League nights only, Domino's Pizza are offering ‘Buy One Get One Free' on any Medium or Large Pizza. Offer available online only – for collection or delivery – T&Cs apply. Visit Domino's Pizza Football Special and select Meal Deals.

Match Preview: Arsenal v Manchester United (UEFA Champions League)

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Arsenal take on Manchester United in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at Emirates Stadium this evening looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit. The Gunners were outplayed at Old Trafford and fortunate not to concede more goals. Could Arsenal's top players beat United's dogged stars?

Can we stem United’s attacking flow at Emirates?

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Sir Alex Ferguson's side have never won at the Emirates Stadium, but winning doesn't matter where tomorrow's Champions League semi-final second leg is concerned. As long as Arsenal don't score, or the game ends a score draw, United will progress to the final and their fans can start booking their tickets for Rome.

PICTURES: Players training at Colney today

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Team News: Gibbs, Silvestre & RVP all train

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Arsenal fans will be pleased to hear the news that defenders Kieran Gibbs, Mikael Silvestre and Dutch frontman Robin van Persie all trained with the squad ahead of the Gunners' Champions League clash with Manchester United.

42% chance of Gunners’ going to Rome

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There is a 42 percent chance of Arsenal making the Champions League final this May - if the stats are to be believed. French daily L'Equipe revealed today that 42 percent of the teams who have lost 1-0 in European first legs have gone onto qualify by winning in the second leg. More to come.

Arsenal’s silverware hopes relying on 9 returnees

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If Arsenal really are going to win a trophy this season, it will have to come in the Champions League. That means a win over Manchester United on Tuesday is inevitably vital. 9 players are all set to return for the crucial semi-final at Emirates Stadium. Robin van Persie is one of them, the [.

Rewind: Portsmouth 0-3 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.

Video: New Arshavin chant

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After his four goals against Liverpool, three assists today at Portsmouth, Gooner Talk have found the new Andrey Arshavin chant that will take the terraces by storm. Check it out:

Match Preview: Portsmouth v Arsenal (Premier League)

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A victory at Fratton Park will guarantee Arsenal fourth place and Champions League football for next term, but Arsene Wenger's focus will surely be on this season's competition and Tuesday's semi-final, second leg against Manchester United. The Gunners were highly-fortunate to come away from Old Trafford with a 1-0 defeat and with a titanic clash looming [.

Match Report: Portsmouth 0-3 Arsenal

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More to come..

Almunia should be England number 1 - Wenger

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Arsene Wenger is sure that Manuel Almunia should be England's number one as he is the best 'keeper qualified to play for the country. Manuel is eligible to play once he gains dual English/Spanish citizenship in January next year and on a number of occasions he has himself declared interest in the England [.