An Arsenal youth side will take on Maidenhead United in a pre-season friendlyÂ on Tuesday 28th
July. More details on friendly fixtures will be released as we get them. Admission to the game will
be as follows: Adults: Â£10 Concessions: Â£6 Under 16s: Â£2
League 2 side Dagenham & Redbridge have announced the signing of Arsenal full back Abu Ogogo on a
two-year deal deal. Born in Epsom in November 1989, Abu began his career as a trainee at Arsenal.
He signed his first professional contract for the Gunners' in September 2007. Although not making
any first team [.
Marseille's combative midfielder Lorik Cana has been granted permission to leave the Ligue 1 club
this summer. The 25-year-old is a target of many clubs around the world, most notably Arsenal,
Liverpool, Wolfsburg and Spurs. L'OM's sporting director Jose Anigo admits that they will not stay
in the way of their skipper if he does [.
Reported Gunners' target Felipe Melo helped Brazil to overcome a 2-0 lead and defeat the USA 3-2 in
the Confederations Cup Final. For 74 minutes of the FIFA Confederations Cup final, it looked like a
massive upset was taking place. But that's when Brazil turned the clock to midnight on the American
run to the [.
FenerbahÃ§e's 16-year-old wonderkid Mehmet TopÃ§u is attracting interest from a whole host of
European clubs, with Premier League giants Arsenal said to be leading the race for his signature.
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Robin van Persie is looking up to none other than US President Barack Obama, after the Gunners'
forward revealed that ArsÃ¨ne WengerÂ gets inspiration from the American during his team talks. The
25-year-old bared all in an interview with News of the World and surprisingly admitted that French
tactician Wenger studies Obama to gain more [.
Arsenal boss ArsÃ¨ne Wenger has spoken about why he chose to stay at the Emirates Stadium instead
of leaving for the new Galactico era at Real Madrid. Wenger is currently on holiday in
Villefranche-sur-Mer, where he lived in 1987-94, and was yesterday honoured with a medal after his
glory with French giants AS Monaco.
Time to laugh at our arch-rivals once again. This time, it's not for their shocking form in the
league, but instead, their new goalkeeper kit. Is Heurelho Gomes wearing a hoody? Whatever it is,
it's definitely going to be joked about next season.
It's very rare that I would dedicate an article to the death of someone non sports-related, but
last night, a music legend passed away in Michael Jackson. Paramedics were called to the singer's
Beverly Hills home at about midday on Thursday after he stopped breathing. He was pronounced dead
two hours later at the UCLA [.
England Under-21's play their European Championship semi-final against Sweden tomorrow evening and
Theo Walcott is desperate to face the in-form Swedes. Despite being a regular in Fabio Capello's
senior side, whizkid Walcott opted to play for the Under-21's as well as the senior's friendlies
much to Arsene Wenger's annoyance.
Arsenal striker Carlos Vela inspired Mexico to victory over Venezuela last night â€” after
combining with Tottenham's Giovani dos Santos. The International friendly was an experimental game
for El Tri coach Javier Aguirre who used a number of fringe players in the starting eleven. Spurs
forward dos Santos set-up reported Portsmouth target Vela for the [.
It's starting to become a bit of a bore for many tabloid-reading Gooners'. Our ever-loyal skipper
Cesc Fabregas has once again committed himself to Arsenal despite saying the same thing repeatedly
for the past season or so. December 08 'My Future Belongs At Arsenal FC' April 09 'What I Want Is
To Stay' June 09 [.
CSKA Moscow rejected a bid from Arsenal for goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, according to the Russian
press. Life.RU, the news source that broke the Arshavin transfer story, revealed that Arsene
Wenger's men have put in a Â£12 million bid for the Russian international. Of course, these reports
could easily be rebuffed, but if you remember correctly [.
Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino has categorically denied saying that his team-mate and
reported Arsenal target Felipe Melo will probably be 'sold' this summer. British tabloid The Daily
Mail latched onto quotes from the Italian press earlier this evening, but they were denied just an
hour ago after Gilardino insisted that his comments were completely [.
Barcelona midfield maestro Xavi revealed Cesc Fabregas' nickname in the Spanish national team. Both
players are in South Africa ahead of their Confederations Cup semi-final game with the USA tomorrow
evening. Xavi however, decided to give his opinion on the nicknames of his compatriots instead of
the game itself!
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expecting much more from Nicklas Bendtner next season and revealed
that he'll play a larger role in the Gunners' team next season. The 21-year-old Danish striker, who
scored 15 goals in 50 appearances last campaign, had an on-off season due to niggly injuries and
dips in form.
He was signed for a club-record fee which amounted to Â£17 million. He was the man who scored
against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, and his goals in the penultimate two
games of the 2004/05 season helped keep Arsenal's unbeaten run in the Premier League going. Known
in his homeland as a [.
Every summer Arsenal are linked with a whole host of unknown, young and unproven players. However,
after the recent acquisition of Ajax skipper Thomas Vermaelen, it seems that Arsene Wenger may be
going for the more 'experienced'-type players. Gooner Talk have put together a list of five
Defensive Midfielders who have been linked with Arsenal, [.
Arsenal defender Kolo Toure won't be leaving the club this summer, and despite reports on other
websites,Â he hasn't been pictured in Manchester either. After the confirmation of Thomas
Vermaelen's signing yesterday evening, a certain blog posted an article with images of Toure
reportedly in his car travelling through 'Manchester streets'.
Arsenal will continue their pre-season excursions to Austria with the news that the Gunners' will
play a Viennese amateur team next month. SC Columbia have announced a friendly against Arsene
Wenger's side which has been scheduled for the 21st July. The game at the Wiener Stadtliga is
already being dubbed the biggest in the Floridsdorf-based [.
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Thomas Vermaelen from Dutch giants Ajax for an undisclosed
fee. The 23-year-old has constantly been linked with Arsene Wenger's side during the last fortnight
and the centre half's admitted that it was the Frenchman who made al the diffrence in his move.
Image credited to The Daily Mail Arsenal and Russia playmaker Andrey Arshavin received the mark of
Saint Tatyana from the Russian Orthodox Church yesterday. The 28-year-old earned the award due to
his work with the orphans of Russia, he's the first football player in his country to receive the
Gooner Talk posted a video of him scoring for Brazil earlier on, but it looks like Felipe Melo will
stay at Fiorentina despite Arsenal's apparent interest. Almost a fortnight ago, the 25-year-old's
agent remained adamant that La Viola was the place for him and admitted that he's tied to
Fiorentina until 2012.
Arsenal target Felipe Melo scored from a free kick to send Brazil on their way to victory against
their USA counterparts in the Confederations Cup. The combative Brazilian midfielder is reportedly
on Arsene Wenger's transfer shortlist, with several tabloid newspapers putting a Â£15 million price
tag on the Fiorentina star.
Sweden's Under-21 star Marcus Berg has received interest from all of the England's top four Premier
League clubs, according to the Swedish media. The 22-year-old is hot property after he bagged a
hat-trick during the Swede's 5-1 annihilation of Belarus earlier in the week, his agent revealed
that Spain is the 'ideal' destination for [.
I would just like to take this opportunity to apologise for Monday's fixture list blunder. After
the the proposed 'fixtures' were released on Sky Sports News, I immediately posted an article
stating those games, unfortunately they were actually 'tester games' and completely wrong. I even
received an e-mail from NetResult, on behalf of the Premier [.
Check out these videos of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger giving an interview to Australian broadcaster
SBS whilst in Malaysia this week. The French tactician shares his views on the footballing
philosophy which he has brought to England, the rise of Barcelona as well as the Australian
national football team.
The ever-professional that is Bacary Sagna released a statement on Arsenal.com earlier saying that
he's 100 percent committed to the Gunners' cause. After rumours linking Sagna with a move to Real
Madrid in the French press, he immediately refuted them by issuing the following: "This is a great
Club and I'm proud to wear the [.
Thomas Vermaelen's representatives have revealed that the Ajax skipper will be joining Arsenal this
summer, despite the deal dragging on. Highly-rated centre back Vermaelen is close to completing his
move to the Emirates, but because he's on holiday, the transfer has been held up by almost a week.
Gooner Talk, with thanks to Sky Sports, can reveal Arsenal's first 6 Premier League games of the
2009/10 season next August. After completing their pre-season campaign, the Gunners' start off with
a tough trip to West Ham at Upton Park. Following that game, there are some tricky home ties
against newly-promoted Burnley and FA Cup [.
Gooner Talk can reveal Arsenal's first 6 Premier League games of the 2009/10 season next August.
After completing their pre-season campaign, the Gunners' start off with a tough trip to West Ham at
Upton Park. More to come.
Arsenal target Mamadou Sakho admits that there was 'never any question' that he'd stay at PSG this
summer. The 19-year-old said: "I want to formally refute the statements that have been published in
the press. There was never any question that I leave the PSG. No transfer is under study.
Saint Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi will sign for Everton this summer, according to French
radio station RMC. 22-year-old Matuidi is extremely highly-rated in his homeland and it's no secret
that Arsenal's French scout Gilles Grimandi has already watched several Les Verts matches this
ArsÃ¨ne WengerÂ has been present in Malaysia this week helping improve the image of Â oil firm
Castrol. The company recruited Wenger to be the face of the Castrol Index a player-rating that
involves 18 cameras a game, a team of statisticians and a complex mathematical formula to come up
with a player's true value.
Referee Rob Styles is expected to retire from refereeing Premier League football today. He calls
time on a 22-year career in which there have been many ups, downs and complete question marks.
Renowned for his lapses in high profile games, Styles will recently be remembered for handing
Cristiano Ronaldo a penalty against Bolton last season, [.
A quick reminder to all readers: If you're a keen Twitterer or an avid Gooner Talk reader than
don't forget to follow us @GoonerTalk! We'll be tweeting throughout the summer posting all the news
that hits our ears. Our Twitter followers will even gain access to previews of our articles before
they're even published!
PSG defender Mamadou Sakho could be on his way to the Emirates Stadium after his agent revealed
that Arsene Wenger have put in an offer for the France Under-21 starlet. Last month, Gooner Talk
published reports stating Arsenal's interest in 19-year-old Sakho. We then went on to tell you how
Gunners' defender Mikael Silvestre [.
Simple question really. The Portugese winger will finally get his wish and complete an Â£80 million
move to Real Madrid in the coming days. Surely this transfer will not only weaken United, but also
strengthen the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea (and us) in the summer? Give your views below + more
Here's a clip of Spurs striker Robbie Keane being fooled by some dedicated Bulgarian Gooners!
Republic of Ireland international Keane was asked to sign an autograph after Bulgaria's match with
Ireland at Sofia Airport. Little did Keane know, he was actually signing a photo of him missing a
penalty from the Arsenal v Spurs match [.
Theo Walcott's England side lead Andorra by 3 goals to nil in the first half at Wembley Stadium.
The 20-year-old whizkid has done well throughout the 45 minutes, setting up Frank Lampard's goal as
you can see below. Check back at full time for more match highlights.
Football manager ArsÃ¨ne Wenger has given his backing to the Council of Europe's 47-country
campaign against racism and discrimination. Wenger said: "I support the Council of Europe in its
campaign against discrimination. I believe everybody who loves football should just enjoy how great
the players are and nothing else.
Scotland legend Jim Leighton told reporters yesterday that Manchester United manager Sir Alex
Ferguson was close to becoming Arsenal boss in 1986. "We were in Santa Fe before we actually went
into Mexico and Sir Alex was offered the Arsenal job, and George Graham would have been his
assistant," said Leighton.
Arsenal's sponsors Emirates have admitted that they weren't expecting the Gunners' to win any
trophies last season. "We didn't expect them to win the Champions League or the Premiership," Tim
Clarke told Reuters on Tuesday. "So long as they finish in the top half." Nice to know we have the
backing of our own [.
Kieran Gibbs bagged a brace as England Under-21's romped to a 7-0 win over Azerbaijan at Stadium
MK. Chelsea youngster Michael Mancienne put England ahead after just 48 seconds, turning home the
rebound after a header from James Tomkins, making his Under-21 debut, hit the post. The lead was
doubled on 26 minutes, courtesy of [.
There won't be any Gooners travelling to Amsterdam this summer (at least not for footballing
reasons anyhow!), after Ajax announced that Arsenal aren't participating in this year's LG
Amsterdam Tournament 2009. Instead, Arsene Wenger's side are replaced by fellow Premier League club
If you haven't noticed already, Gooner Talk has undertaken a brand-new face-lift! The modernised,
user-friendly theme was designed exclusively for Gooner Talk by Anthony over at Fantasy Creative.
After consulting with some of our readers, we opted to stick with the 'blogger-look' and kept
several features which were used on the old theme.
Vermaelen said: "Moving to Arsenal is the right path for me. It is a great sporting challenge and
I'll also be financially better off. I think everything will be okay. There will be more talks in
the coming days."
Cesc Fabregas is following in the footsteps of William Gallas and Djibril Cisse after growing a
Mohawk! The Arsenal skipper, currently preparing for Spain's World Cup Quailfying campaign, had an
up and down season mainly due to injuries along with dips in form. After his international
excursions, Cesc will have a short holiday before returning [.
Edin Dzeko's agent revealed yesterday that he has received several offers for the Bosnian hotshot -
with one of them coming from Arsenal. Irfan RedÅ¾epagi? said. "It is not realistic for Dzeko who is
a leading player in Germany and due to perform in the Champions League to opt for an average club
like Manchester [.
Danish hitman Nicklas Bendtner gave his controversial opinion on women ahead of the Danes World Cup
Qualifier with Sweden later this evening. The 21-year-old, who is rather popular with the female
Gooner population, admitted that English girls don't even come close to that of Scandinavian
Ajax skipper Thomas Vermaelen should be an Arsenal player soon after sources in his home country
revealed that the Dutch giants have given permission for the 23-year-old's agent to begin
negotiations with the Gunners'. Vermaelen is currently on a plane to Mauritius, while his agent
SÃ¶ren Lerby forges out a Â£10 million move to [.
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France striker Karim Benzema scored a penalty to give Raymond Domenech's men an assured 1-0 win
over Turkey. It wasn't Benzema's pen that got everyone talking though, Turkey fans through objects
onto the pitch - including flares - which forced the game to be stopped for a brief moment.
France defender Bacary Sagna will start for Les Bleus' tomorrow evening when they take on Turkey in
an international friendly at Lyon's Stade de Gerland. The 25-year-old Arsenal star has been picked
in an experienced defence along with former Newcastle reject Jean-Alain Boumsong. Lloris Sagna -
Boumsong - Mexes - Abidal Diarra - Toulalan Anelka - Gourcuff - [.
Emmanuel Eboue celebrates his 26th Birthday today! The versatile Ivorian signed for Arsenal in 2005
from Belgium minnows Beveren. At present, the winger has made 94 appearances bagging 3 goals along
the way. Despite being heavily criticised throughout last season, Eboue gradually became more and
more consistent - eventually winning over most Arsenal fans.
Thomas Vermaelen is Arsenal's new centre back signing according to British media reports today.
Highly-rated Ajax defender Vermaelen has been one name strongly linked with the Gunners recently.
News firm Sport.co.uk believe that a deal will be 'confirmed' in the coming days. More to come on
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has hit back at comments from Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticising the
Gunners' transfer and youth policies. Swedish frontman Zlatan, who almost signed for Arsenal before
moving to Ajax in 2001, made claims in a Danish newspaper that Arsene Wenger refuses to buy the
'best players' and crudely stated how he feels [.
Whether you like him or not, it's seems more and more likely that Emmanuel Adebayor WON'T be
leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer. Despite reiterating his commitment days ago, unreliable
blogs and newspapers continue to link the Togo frontman with some of Europe's footballing elite.
Gooner Talk have listed 5 reasons why Ade won't be [.
Arsene Wenger will make a decision in the coming weeks on whether or not he'll be making a bid for
Saint-Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi this summer. The Arsenal boss rates 22-year-old Matuidi
very highly along with his French-based scout, Gilles Grimandi. Former Gunner Grimandi has been
present at dozens of Les Verts matches this season, [.
Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas looks likely to miss the beginning of pre-season after the Spaniard
was selected to take part in the Confederations Cup this June. The news will anger Gunners' boss
Arsene Wenger, who is already facing a probable fatigued Theo Walcott when the Englishman returns
from International duty with both England seniors [.