Gooner Talk Archives for January 2009

The Gooner Review – OUT TOMORROW! (Video)

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Well the time has come... The Gooner Review film will be "live" for sales from tomorrow. The final version is an 85-minute film about Arsenal's 2008-2009 season, presented by Paul Kaye and featuring Nick Hornby, Bob Wilson, Judge Jules, Peter Marinello, Perry Groves and many many more. Available from www.

Kerrea Gilbert HASN’T joined Leyton Orient

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Highly-rated Arsenal fullback Kerrea Gilbert hasn't joined Leyton Orient, contrary to reports. Since 2006, the 22-year-old has been out on loan spells at Cardiff City, Southend United and most recently, Leicester City. But despite reports on another Arsenal blog, Gilbert hasn't been signed by League 1 side Orient and he didn't play 45 minutes of [.

Hannover 96 0-1 Arsenal

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Arsenal secured a narrow victory over German side Hannover on Wednesday night, and it was the returning skipper Cesc Fabregas who grabbed the winning goal. More to come + match highlights

VIDEO: Kolo Toure – An Arsenal Legend

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Fabregas handed start against Hannover

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Gooners will get their first taste of Cesc Fabregas in action this pre-season as the Arsenal skipper starts against Hannover 96 tonight. The game in Germany marks Cesc's first game back since returning from the Confederations Cup and he's expected to play the first 45 minutes as he gradually improves his fitness levels in [.

Emirates expectations on the wane

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With under three weeks to go before the start of the new campaign what are the expectations for the next 12 months? Arsenal legend Ian Wright wrote in The Sun this week that he believes the club cannot seriously challenge for the Premier League title. Wrighty admits the Gunners have fallen so far behind Manchester [.

PICTURE: Toure shakes hands with City representatives

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If you haven't heard already, Kolo Toure is in Manchester putting the final touches to a deal said to be in the region of £16million. The defender was pictured shaking hands with Man City representatives just minutes before he undertook a medical in a local hospital. We will keep you updated on the transfer, so [.

Toure transfer set for conclusion this evening

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Arsenal defender Kolo Toure will complete his £16million move to Manchester City later this evening. As we revealed on Monday, Toure's reasons for moving are unknown but it is expected that the 'money-factor' plays a big part in his transfer. The 28-year-old experienced Ivorian international is pencilled in for a 15:00 BST medical at City's [.

HIGHLIGHTS: Szombathelyi Haladás 0-5 Arsenal

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Szombathelyi Haladás 0-5 Arsenal

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Arsenal continued their pre-season preparations with a comprehensive victory over Hungarian top-flight side Szombathelyi Haladás at the Rohonci úti Stadion. Nicklas Bendtner and the returning Eduardo both grabbed first half braces before substitute Robin van Persie followed suit by slotting home a penalty on 66 minutes.

Eduardo & Toure start against Szombathelyi

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Kolo Toure passed a late fitness test to start against Hungarian side Szombathelyi Haladas. Eduardo also made the starting XI, and partners Nicklas Bendtner upfront. Mannone Eboue Toure Djourou Traore Wilshere Ramsey Song Denilson Eduardo Bendtner Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Silvestre, Vermaelen, Gallas, Senderos, Van Persie, Arshavin Check back for [.

City close to signing Kolo Toure

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It appears that Kolo Toure is on the verge of completing a £14 million move to Manchester City, which would make him the second Arsenal player to join City in the space of two weeks. The Ivorian centre-half didn't train with Arsene Wenger's side ahead of their pre-season friendly with Szombathelyi later this evening.

VIDEO: Vela guides Mexico to Gold Cup victory

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Reports: Arsenal make £15m bid for Huntelaar

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Real Madrid's wantaway hitman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is on Arsene Wenger's transfer shortlist, after reports in Spain suggest that the Gunners' have made a £15million bid for the Dutchman. Lots more to come!

Manchester City was Adebayor’s THIRD CHOICE! + Stats that prove he’s reliant on Cesc

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Emmanuel Adebayor tried to engineer a move to Arsenal's Premier League title rivals before completing his transfer to Manchester City, according to Sir Alex Ferguson. The greedy 25-year-old or his agents made a "desperate" bid to engineer a move to a top four club before committing to Mark Hughes' side.

“Aston Villa wanted me” – Read Thomas Vermaelen’s interview in full

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Thomas Vermaelen has revealed all in an exclusive interview with Belgium daily Sport Wereld. The £10million signing from Ajax discusses issues from the London transport system, to competition for places at Arsenal. Gooner Talk have published extracts of the interview, so check it out below.

VIDEO: Henri Lansbury’s penalty against Ukraine U19’s

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Cana is a Sunderland player!

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Steve Bruce has surpassed most Sunderland's fans expectations today by wrapping up the signing of Lorik Cana from Marseille for £5million. The reported Arsenal target had attracted interest from several European powerhouses, but instead, the Black Cats have landed their man in a major coup for Bruce's side.

Poll: Huntelaar or Chamakh?

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They're both highly rated forwards with massively different price tags, but which one would you want at Arsenal? Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Centre Forward Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Last season: Real Madrid - 20 (apps) 8 (goals) International Record: 2004–2006 Netherlands U-21 22 (apps) 18 (goals) 2006– Netherlands 23 (apps) 13 (goals) Marouane Chamakh Forward/Playmaker Height: 1.

Chamakh travels with Bordeaux squad

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Arsenal target Marouane Chamakh flew to Canada with the rest of his Bordeaux squad yesterday morning, despite the Moroccan indicating that he wants a move to England. The 25-year-old, whose future remains unclear, took to the air on Thursday with the Champions Trophy beginning this Saturday.

Nasri blow gives Wenger food for thought

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger might have been plotting the departure of striker Emmanuel Adebayor, but he certainly didn't foresee the injury to Samir Nasri. The France midfielder will be missing for around three months after fracturing his fibula at the club's Austrian training camp on Tuesday.

Wenger’s next most likely youth signing!? (Video)

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How long will it take before Arsene Wenger sends his scouts to Bolivia to watch this record-breaking 12-YEAR-OLD play? Mauricio Baldivieso became the youngest player ever to play in professional football when he came on as a substitute for Aurora in a Bolivian Clausura championship match.

HIGHLIGHTS: SC Columbia 1-7 Arsenal

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UPDATE: Eduardo NOT out for two months with injury.

HIGHLIGHTS: SC Columbia 1-7 Arsenal

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Thomas Vermaelen’s official squad number revealed

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Summer signing Thomas Vermaelen has chosen the number 31 shirt to wear during the 2009/10 season, it has been revealed. The Belgium international signed from Ajax last month for a £10million fee and was touted as a replacement for fellow centre-half Phillipe Senderos.

SC Columbia 1-7 Arsenal

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Goals from Nicklas Bendtner (2), Aaron Ramsey (2), Robin van Persie (2) and William Gallas give Arsenal a splendid start to their Austrian tour. More to come.

Bendtner & Arshavin start against SC Columbia

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Almunia Eboue Vermaelen Djourou Silvestre Wilshere Denilson Ramsey Diaby Arshavin Bendtner Subs: Mannone, Szczesny, Toure, Gallas, Sagna, Senderos, Song, Traore, Van Persie.

PICTURE: Nasri being carried off injured

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Get well soon Samir!

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Everyone at Gooner Talk would like to wish Samir Nasri a quick and easy recovery after the Frenchman sustained a fractured fibula during pre-season training earlier this morning. 22-year-old Nasri was on the receiving end of a challenge from his compatriot Abou Diaby, and is expected to be out of action for up to [.

Young Gunners grab late win

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A thrilling encounter between Lincoln City and an Arsenal XI was played out at Sincil Bank Stadium on Monday evening. The Gunners' had their work cut out after the Imps equalised late on, but Luke Ayling secured victory with a headed effort past 'keeper Rob Burch. Previous to that, goals from Gilles Sunu and Jay [.

Barazite, Watt & JET included in squad for Lincoln

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An Arsenal fringe side will take on League 2 opponents Lincoln City later tonight, with the majority of the Gunners' FA Youth Cup winning squad set to figure. More to come. JAMES SHEA SEAN McDERMOTT DANIEL BOATENG LUKE AYLING IGNASI MIQUEL TOM CRUISE OGUZHAN OZYAKUP CONOR HENDERSON NACER BARAZITE FRANCIS COQUELIN JAY EMMANUEL-THOMAS GILLES SUNU SANCHEZ WATT RHEMA OBED LUKE FREEMAN JAY SIMPSON

VIDEOS: Marouane Chamakh – The Moroccan prodigy

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Picture of the week: Emmanuel Adebayor

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Chamakh reiterates his Arsenal ‘dream’

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Bordeaux forward Marouane Chamakh has once again reiterated his desire to leave the Ligue 1 giants, prompting further rumours linking Arsenal with a move for the Moroccan ace. The 25-year-old, who has scored 46 league goals for Les Girondins, is believed to be interesting a number of Premier League clubs including Arsene Wenger's Gunners'.

City fans pleased with Adebayor capture

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After looking around several Man City forums, I've seen various views on the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor's move to Manchester City. The majority of them seem to believe that the Togolese frontman is a fantastic signing and will be a massive figure in their league campaign this season.

Ade: “I had Wenger’s blessing to leave the club”

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Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor admits that it was a slightly difficult in leaving Arsenal, but revealed he always had Arsene Wenger's blessing to sign for City. "I can't wait to play for City's fans and show them what I can do," he said. "I was born to play football and that is what [.

Highlights: Barnet 2-2 Arsenal

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Apologies for the site not being updated recently. I've had my own computer trouble which meant that I wasn't able to log onto the Internet! Arsenal drew 2-2 with Barnet yesterday, and after attending the match at Underhill, I was fantastically impressed to see Tomas Rosicky returning in a Gunners shirt.

A day inside Andrey Arshavin’s life..

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If reality TV show Big Brother ever wanted to get a footballer on their show, then there main target would be Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin. His every move seems to pictured by his official website this summer! You can see below what a usual day in the Arshavin household is like for him. From signing [.

Grimandi: Arsenal’s youth policy is a success

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Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger warned beforehand that he wasn't planning to go crazy in the transfer market this summer. The Frenchman instead relies on his youth policy, with Cesc Fabregas a prime example of the success within it. One of Wenger's close allies, Gilles Grimandi, has been speaking about the overall outlook on Arsenal's scouting [.

Vucinic rejects Spurs, what about Arsenal?

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Roma striker Mirko Vucinic rejected a move to Spurs yesterday, and admits that he'd be willing to leave the Giallorossi if they need to sell him. Could Emmanuel Adebayor's departure signal Arsenal's interest in him? Vucinic played against Arsenal in last season's Champions League quarter-final, but an impressive performance from the 25-year-old was overshadowed by his weak [.

Ade granted work permit

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According to Sky Sports, Emmanuel Adebayor has ben granted a work permit ahead of his proposed move to Manchester City

Adebayor’s name was NEVER on City website! (Proof)

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At least not yet! The Gunners frontman is on the verge of completing a big-money move to Manchester City but contrary to reports, the Sky Blues haven't posted Adebayor's name in their squad list. An Arsenal blog called 'Arsenal S*OT', renowned for their shoddy journalism, published a 'print screen' image of City's player profiles.

Vote: Who will replace Emmanuel Adebayor?

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A quick poll guys. There will obviously be be quite a few suggestions, but try and take your pick from the options below. Do you think Nicklas Bendtner can fill Ade's boots? Could someone like Marouane Chamakh be brought in? Maybe a super-bid for Sergio Agüero could be forged?! Vote NOW!

Rosicky & Senderos included in squad for Barnet

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Arsenal have revealed who is likely to be participating in Saturday's pre-season curtain raiser against Barnet. The friendly at Underhill looks set to welcome several players back from loan spells, and others from long-term injuries. One of the latter is Tomas Rosicky who has been rumoured to start the game, while centre back Philippe Senderos [.

Vote: Do you really want Ade to leave?

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With reports claiming Emmanuel Adebayor is on his way to Manchester City, Gooner Talk want to know: Do you really want the Togolese frontman to leave? There are many reasons for and against a potential transfer, obviously making a £20million profit would be one, but can the likes of Nicklas Bendtner step up to the [.

Bentley finally gets what was coming to him!?

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Ex-Arsenal midfielder David Bentley was punched in the face as he sat in a restaurant with his heavily pregnant fiancée. The England international, who rates himself as the 'next David Beckham', was left reeling in his chair as an attacker decked him before running out of the bar. Bentley's agent, Robert Segal said: "David is pretty [.

PICTURE PROOF that Man United have signed a ‘has-been’!

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Michael Owen will be wearing a Manchester United shirt next season. The injury-plagued England forward was surprisingly signed by Sir Alex Ferguson despite his inconsitent record with injuries. Added to that, Owen is a former Liverpool player, something that probably won't go down too well with the United faithful!

Join the forum and chat with your fellow Gooners

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WIN An Arsenal jacket with latest GT competition!

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Can you write 50 words on who your ideal Arsenal signing would be? If yes, read on. We have an Arsenal jacket up for grabs thanks to the wonderful people at SoccerPro, as well as a unique Gunners' T-Shirt for the runner-up. All you have to do, is answer the question above and in no less [.

Would YOU sell Song if City made a ‘huge’ offer?

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Manchester City are on the verge of making a bid for Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, according to French daily L'Équipe. The Premier League's richest side have the defense-minded starlet on their transfer shortlist, but Gunners' boss Arsène Wenger is unlikely to budge unless a 'massive' offer is on the table.

European sides interested in ex-Gunner Bischoff

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Several respected European teams are vying for Amaury Bischoff's signature — just a fortnight after the midfielder was released by Arsenal. Portuguese winger Bischoff joined the Gunners' from Werder Bremen last summer with Arsene Wenger labelling the signing as a 'gamble' due to his previous poor injury record.

Juventus complete Melo signing

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Arsenal target Felipe Melo has officially signed for Juventus, according to TV station Sky Sport Italia. The 25-year-old recently emerged as Brazil's first-choice midfielder in the Confederations Cup tournament this summer and subsequently prompted interest from Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger.

Pre-season fixtures NOT being screened on Arsenal TV channel

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The future of Arsenal TV has been put into even more doubt with the news that no pre-season fixtures will be aired on the club's TV channel in the coming weeks. Instead, Arsenal TV Online are screening the games forcing many fans to pay a £3.99 subscription fee just to watch their coverage.

A reminder of Tomáš Rosický’s talent (Video)

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He's back. The 'Little Mozart' has returned to training and is already preparing for Arsenal's strenuous pre-season schedule later this month. A succession of injuries have sidelined the Czech star since January 2008, but he should now be fully-fit for the start of the new Premier League campaign this August.

Cana’s future to be decided at end of week

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Marseille skipper Lorik Cana's future should be resolved by the end of the week, with the Albanian yet to rule out a move to the Premier League. The 25-year-old defensive midfielder has been constantly linked to Europe's top sides with Arsenal reportedly interesting in acquiring the combative hitman.

‘Too many’ energy drinks made Arshavin ill!

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The cause of Andrey Arshavin's recent sickness has been revealed by a Russian newspaper today. Arsenal's 28-year-old became ill before Russia's World Cup Qualifier with Finland last month and was pictured being physically sick in a training session (see picture below). But instead of falling ill due to a virus or weather, it was too [.

Reports: Arsenal leading the race for Melo despite Juve’s ‘agreement’

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Felipe Melo is back in the frame for Arsenal, but it could be Italian giants Juventus who claim the midfielder's signature this summer. According to reports in Italy, Melo's parent club Fiorentina have agreed in principle to transfer the Brazilian to Juve when he returns from holiday on 28th July.

Is RVP Arsenal’s biggest signing of the summer?

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Robin van Persie has reportedly signed a contract extension which will see him become one of the Gunners' highest earners at £80,000-a-week. Van Persie is currently on holiday in the south of France and will not return for pre-season training until a week on Monday. He had been in contract talks with the club since [.

Arshavin rewards his website visitors

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Andrey Arshavin has rewarded the most 'active' visitors on his website by sending them a signed copy of next season's official club calendar. The 28-year-old was handed a medal for his work in a Russian orphanage just weeks ago, but now the man himself opted to reward his biggest fans. One of the winners, Zegik, [.

It’s the ruddy future

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Wenger Interview: Chamakh may sign if Ade leaves

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Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger gave an exclusive interview to French radio station RMC earlier this evening. Some of the questions posed to him were very interesting, and as you'll see below, so are his answers. Thanks to Vince from ASCFR for translating these. Will there be a lot of movement at Arsenal this summer?

Hertha Berlin chase ‘unwanted’ Senderos

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Bundesliga giants Hertha Berlin are preparing a bid for Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos, according to Swiss daily Blick. The 24-year-old has been lined up by the German side to replace the departed Josip Simunic, who transferred to Hoffenheim earlier today. Full Article to come.

£8million Naldo deal on the cards & Video

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Felipe Melo definitely won't be coming to Arsenal this summer, but his fellow Brazilian Naldo certainly could be. Werder Bremen's central defender has been tipped to join the Gunners' by coach Thomas Schaaf who's quoted a potential transfer fee at just under £8million. "Naldo is a great athlete and could do well at the right [.