Gooner Talk Archives for January 2009

Patrice Evra insults Arsenal AGAIN!

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"At Manchester United we've been winning the Premier League for 3 years and they [the media] just start talking about us in France. Arsenal haven't won a trophy in 5 years, they win 6-1 against Everton and it's like they've won the World Cup!" It's not the first time Evra's insulted Arsenal.

Picture of the Week: Arsène Wenger

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Celtic player sent off for DIVING! & Mowbray blames Eduardo!

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Celtic midfielder Aiden McGeady was sent off for DIVING as the Hoops claimed a 1-0 win at Hibernian to go level on points with SPL leaders Rangers. Just days ago, Arsenal frontman Eduardo was accused of diving after winning a dubious penalty in the Champions League play-off clash against Celtic at Emirates Stadium.

Fourth official was WRONG, admits LMA chief

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"Although correct in law, it was completely out of context in the game and it was followed by the nonsense which followed over where Arsene Wenger should sit," said Bevan. "I've spoken to Keith Hackett and he fully recognises the situation was an error and an apology will follow to Arsene Wenger.

Embarassing.

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Who remembers when Sir Alex Ferguson criticised the abusive fans and poor security at Emirates Stadium? And Arsene Wenger replied with this: "We always want to respect our opponents and respect the dugout because the way we want to behave at Arsenal is to respect everybody." Wenger got sent from the dugout by the fourth official today after [.

Mike Dean & United fans are an absolute disgrace

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Mike Dean's decision to send Arsene Wenger off for the last 10 seconds of the game was absolutely ludicrous! We were also denied a stonewall penalty after Darren Fletcher felled Andrey Arshavin and then Dean awards Rooney a dubious pen straight into the second half! Let's be honest, even a neutral could see that the referee [.

Is THIS is a penalty?

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Video footage to come.

van Persie starts as lone striker against United

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Confirmed Starting XI Almunia Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Clichy Song Eboue Denilson Diaby Arshavin van-Persie Subs: Mannone (GK), Silvestre, Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Bendtner, Eduardo.

Team Predictions: Manchester United v Arsenal

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Crozillian striker Eduardo looks set to start against Man United tomorrow evening. The experienced frontman made big news after winning a dubious penalty during Arsenal's Champions League play-off second leg with Celtic. Despite that controversy, Gunners boss Arsène Wenger will still give him his chance upfront along with the returning Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin.

VIDEO: Denilson’s superb game against Celtic

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Watch this fantastic video of Denilson's performance against Celtic in the Champions League. The industrious Brazilian midfielder put in a superb shift, and the compilation picks out his most impressive contributions. Enjoy!

VIDEO: Favourite Man United Games: Part 2

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21 Jan 2007 Premiership

Artur Boruc is the real cheat!

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Eduardo may have been charged for deceiving the referee, but his goalkeeping opponent Artur Boruc has already done some deceiving of his own — by cheating on his wife! The Celtic 'keeper went ballistic when Arsenal's frontman took to the ground without little contact in midweek. Boruc is now engaged to Sara Mannei, 24 the stunner [.

United fans lament Arsenal’s ‘easy’ CL draw

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Manchester United's fans are already moaning about Arsenal's apparent 'luck' in the Champions League group stage draw. On a popular United forum, many of the members lamented the Gunners' draw stating that Arsène Wenger's side always get it 'easy'. "It's ridiculous, Arsenal nearly always have the easiest group.

VIDEO: Favourite Man United Games: Part 1

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Another United blog are posting their favourite past clips of our derbies, so we thought we'd do the same! Check out part 1 of Gooner Talk's Favourite Man United games below. 17 September 2006 Premier League Emmanuel Adebayor scored five minutes from the end to give Arsenal a first Premiership victory of the season and halt [.

Arsenal handed trips to Holland, Greece and Belgium

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Arsène Wenger is not one to take other team's for granted, but deep down, he's probably pleased with the outcome of this evening's Champions League Group Stage draw. The Gunners' managed to avoid several European giants in Real Madrid and Juventus, instead, drawing Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar, Greek champs Olympiakos and current Jupiler League winners Standard [.

VIDEO: Walcott stars in Nike ad

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Highlights: Arsenal 3-1 Celtic

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Match Report: Arsenal 3-1 Celtic

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Full report to come. Apologies for delay.

Team Predictions: Arsenal v Celtic

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Wales starlet Aaron Ramsey could be deputise for the injured Cesc Fabregas tonight, as Arsenal take on Celtic at the Emirates Stadium. After the skipper sustained a hamstring strain, Wenger admitted that he's prepared to give the Welshman his big chance in Europe. "It is another chance for him," said Wenger.

Pre-Match Atmosphere: Arsenal v Portsmouth

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Highlights: Arsenal 4-1 Portsmouth

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Highlights: 1-0 2-0 2-1 3-1 4-1

Match Report: Arsenal 4-1 Portsmouth

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French midfielder Abou Diaby's first-half double and goals from William Gallas and Aaron Ramsey helped Arsenal ease their way to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Portsmouth that took the Gunners' tally to ten goals from their opening two league games. Arsene Wenger's side had delivered an impressive statement of intent with last weekend's 6-1 victory at [.

LIVE Match Streams: Arsenal v Portsmouth

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Confirmed Team: Eduardo, Eboue & Gibbs start

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Almunia Eboue Gallas Vermaelen Gibbs Fabregas Denilson Diaby van Persie Arshavin Eduardo Subs: Mannone, Sagna, Clichy, Ramsey, Song , Merida, Bendtner

Team Predictions: Arsenal v Portsmouth

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Arsenal have half-a-dozen players sidelined for today's game against Pompey – Carlos Vela (ankle), Theo Walcott (back), Tomas Rosicky (hamstring), Samir Nasri (broken leg), Johan Djourou (knee) and Lukasz Fabianski (knee). But Eduardo could start after shrugging off the groin problem that forced his late withdrawal from the midweek win at Celtic.

Theo in line for surprise return at Portsmouth

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Arsenal midfielder Theo Walcott could make the substitutes bench against Portsmouth tomorrow after the England star shrugged off a back injury to resume training today. Full Story To Come..

NEW: ‘Arsenalisation’ pics – scarves, seats & more!

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If you weren't aware of it before, you certainly will be now. Emirates Stadium has been undergoing an 'Arsenalisation' process in recent weeks. This includes, stand out images from the club's history adorning the concourses, whilst a couple of the images below show a cannon which has been painted ahead of tomorrow's league clash with Pompey.

VIDEO: Eduardo returns but Walcott still out

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Get your FREE, EXCLUSIVE Vermaelen wallpaper!

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Thanks to Vince from ASCFR, we can provide you with an free, exclusive 'Verminator' wallpaper. The no-nonsense Belgian defender has proved to be a massive hit in his first two Arsenal games, and you can show your appreciation by having Vermaelen on your desktop! Click on the thumbnail below to see the full wallpaper:

Arsenal’s new formation will add defensive steel, not just goals

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It's no secret that the style and success of Barcelona's 2008-2009 team has inspired Arsenal to opt for a 4-3-3 formation this season. Without getting carried away after only two competitive games, it is clear that the formation is the best way to get the most out the abundance of attacking minded players that Arsenal [.

What the Gunners need to Buy

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I believe the Gunners need to purchase just two more players, but there is the potential that Arsenal may buy as many as four players. This will depend on whether Emmanuel Eboue stays at Arsenal and that Barcelona's interest is not serious. Eboue is obviously flattered by the interest shown by the Blaugrana and I'm sure [.

Highlights: Celtic 0-2 Arsenal

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Match Report: Celtic 0-2 Arsenal

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Arsenal grabbed two fortuitous goals to beat Celtic at Parkhead in the Champions League first leg play off. Full Report to come + Reaction

LIVE Match Stream: Celtic v Arsenal

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Unchanged team start against Celtic

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Arsenal field an unchanged team in their Champions League first leg play-off against Celtic tonight. The Gunners come into the game with spirits high after a terrific drubbing of Everton 6-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday. Starting in a 4-1-2-3 formation, Arsenal boast three of the most sought-after attackers in European football; Cesc Fabregas, Andrey Arshavin and [.

Arsenal keeping tabs on PSV winger + Video

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Arsene Wenger has taken up an interest in highly-rated PSV winger Balázs Dzsudzsák, according to his agent. The 22-year-old starred in his sides 4-3 victory over title-rivals Ajax last weekend, scoring twice and also providing an assist. Dzsudzsak's agent, Joseph Vörösbaranyi, revealed that Arsenal are interested in the Hungarian starlet.

View from the Enemy: Celtic

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Ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Scottish giants Celtic, I caught up with Bhoys blogger Kevin from 'The Lord of the Wing' who gave me his views on Arsenal, transfer business and much more. Enjoy! 1. What are your hopes for the season? To win the league back. The loss of last season still rankles and the [.

Team Predictions: Celtic v Arsenal

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Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby could start ahead of the injured Denilson tonight, after the Frenchman recovered from a troublesome groin problem. However, along with Denilson, Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas are also minor doubts with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealing that he will make his decision on them today.

Wilshere included in squad for Celtic clash

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Highly-rated midfield star Jack Wilshere has been included in Arsenal's travelling party for the Champions League play-off match with Scottish giants Celtic. 17-year-old Wilshere game to prominence during last seasons Emirates Cup tournament, and he produced similar performances in this years popular pre-season competition.

Ade stirs up Cesc debate

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As if Arsenal fans needed another excuse to hate Emmanuel Adebayor; the departed striker has now voiced his opinions on the Cesc Fabregas debate. Adebayor, who crashed home Manchester City's opening goal in their 2-0 win at Blackburn on Saturday, has said Fabregas could quit the Gunners.

VIDEO: Chamakh bags two goals for Bordeaux

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Reports in France suggest the deal is off, but Marouane Chamakh continues to show Arsene Wenger exactly why he was interested in him in the first place. Moroccan forward Chamakh bagged two goals  for Bordeaux during their 3-2 league win over Sochaux. Check out the goals below, and give your feedback on whether or not Wenger should [.

Media Reaction: Danes praise Bendtner + Jarque tribute

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Welcome to Gooner Talk's new feature, Media Reaction. Media Reaction aims to bring you the worlds opinions on Arsenal's latest matches, giving you an opportunity to see what the different press outlets are thinking and publishing. Here is our first Media Reaction article, coming off the back of the Gunners' superb 6-1 victory over Everton at Goodison [.

Highlights: Everton 1-6 Arsenal

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2-0 3-0 4-0 5-0 6-0 6-1 (Full extended highlights will be added soon)

Everton 1-6 Arsenal

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Arsenal's critics were silenced after Arsene Wenger's men took apart Everton at Goodison Park — scoring 6 goals in the process. The Gunners were three ahead at the break through Denilson, a shot from the edge of the box and two headed goals from Thomas Vermaelen and William Gallas. Eduardo made a late appearance from the substitutes [.

LIVE Video Stream: Everton v Arsenal

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Confirmed Team: Bendtner starts ahead of Eduardo

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Almunia Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy Song Fabregas (c) – Denilson Arshavin – Bendtner – van Persie Subs: Mannone (GK), Gibbs, Eboue, Silvestre, Merida, Ramsey, Eduardo.

VIDEO: Arsenal stars’ trophy pledge

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Arsenal players have starred in a Nike Football commercial, pledging to bring back a trophy to the Emirates Stadium this season. Skipper Cesc Fabregas, Eduardo da Silva, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Denilson, Nicklas Bendtner and Andrey Arshavin all appear in the brilliant ad. Check it out below.

Sky Sports: “Arsenal, Top Four? No chance!”

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Well, that's what it looks like. Sky Sports official website seem to be suggesting that Arsenal won't be finishing in the top four this season. In previous years, a Gunners star has been pictured along with a Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool player but this season Manchester City's Gareth Barry takes his place in the preview image.

The last time these teams met.. + Comments announcement

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So, the season is almost upon us! Tomorrow evening Arsenal will take to the Goodison Park pitch and begin their Premier League campaign with a tough-looking clash against Everton. It's not going to be an easy task especially with 6 players ruled out but Arsene Wenger's side certainly have the ability to get past a [.

What Footballers say on Facebook..

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Bobby Zamora rejected Phil Brown's friend request Fraizer Campbell rejected Phil Brown's friend request Marc-Antoine Fortune rejected Phil Brown's friend request Michael Owen rejected Phil Brown's friend request == Arsene Wenger is not worried about his lack of transfers this summer as he has internal solutions 1 hour ago Alexander Song Billong likes this Vassakri Diaby likes this Denilson [.

Arsenal reject is throwing his career away!

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Life isn't going too well for ex-Arsenal midfielder David Bentley. First this, now this: TROUBLED England 'soccer ace' David Bentley was charged with drink driving after smashing his Porsche into a lamppost at 3am. Spurs player Bentley, 24 — who was found one and a half times over the limit — was discovered standing near the wreckage of [.

Team Predictions: Everton v Arsenal

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Arsène Wenger already has major injury concerns going into Saturday's Premier League clash against Everton and the season hasn't even begun yet! A total of 6 players will be missing from the game at Goodison Park, with the International break inevitably ruining Wenger's pre-season preparations.

Djourou injury the first of many?

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Arsenal defender Johan Djourou was sent home from international duty after suffering from inflammation in his left knee cap. The Swiss internationals injury is said 'not to be serious', but it could keep him out of Saturday's Premier League opener against Everton. This leaves Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger facing a defensive crisis with summer signing Thomas Vermaelen [.

Vieira snub is good for Gunners

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The news that Patrick Vieira looks all set to stay at Inter Milan and snub a return to North London can only be good news for the Gunners. The France midfielder and Arsenal legend had been strongly linked with a switch back to England, but it now looks a safe football bet the 33-year-old will stay [.

Hangeland future decided in ‘next 48 hours’

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has set a '48 hour' deadline for Fulham to clarify whether or not defender Brede Hangeland is Emirates-bound, according to reports in Norway. Norwegian daily VG state that Wenger wants the situation to be resolved as soon as possible with the new Premier League season returning this weekend.

Gooner Talk & The Goon Blog’s Fantasy League 09/10 – JOIN NOW!

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Gooner Talk have teamed up with The Goon Blog to bring you a joint Fantasy Football League for the upcoming 09/10 season! The wonderful people at SoccerPro will be providing us with some footy goodies for the champion and runners-up, while we may be offering prizes for the monthly winners!

VIDEO: Chamakh scores against Lens

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Marouane Chamakh scored as Bordeaux comprehensively beat Lens in their Ligue 1 opener earlier this evening. Sorry about the background music guys!

Chamakh included in Bordeaux squad

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Arsenal target Marouane Chamakh has been included in Bordeaux's 16-man squad ahead of their league opener against Lens later tonight. Full Story To Come.

Highlights: Valencia 2-0 Arsenal

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Valencia 2-0 Arsenal

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Arsenal finished their pre-season with a disappointing defeat against Spanish giants Valencia at the Mestalla. Full match summary to come.

Walcott benched in Valencia + Bendtner & RVP start upfront

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Theo Walcott hasn't been handed the dream start he hoped for against Valencia tonight. Instead, the Englishman along with fellow England Under-21 returnee Kieran Gibbs and Polish 'keeper Lukasz Fabianski all take their places on the Arsenal bench. The Gunners' awesome attacking foursome boast Andrey Arshavin, Cesc Fabregas, Nicklas Bendtner and Robin van Persie.

Team Predictions: Valencia v Arsenal

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Gooners will get a first glimpse of Theo Walcott tomorrow evening as Arsenal take on Valencia at the Mestalla in Spain. The game is Walcott's first since returning from this summers European Under-21 Championships and he's admitted that he can't wait to get back playing football again. "Because of the European Under-21 Championships, me and Gibbsy [Kieran [.

Mirror Group Launches Standalone Football Website

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The Mirror Group has launched a new standalone site which will display thousands of stunning never-seen-before images of Britain's most iconic football moments. The launch, which coincides with the new Premier League season in August, will set a new standard for football coverage online.

Your View: Celtic v Arsenal (CL Qualifier)

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If you haven't heard already, Arsenal and Celtic have been drawn together in the Champions League qualifiers. Just days after pitting their wits against Scottish champions Rangers in the Emirates Cup, Arsene Wenger's side have to face another top team as they travel to Parkhead for the first leg on Aug 18/19.

Merida on the verge of Levante loan spell

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Highly-rated midfielder Fran Merida is close to penning a season-long loan move with Spanish side Levante UD, according to reports in Spain. More to come Thanks to John for this.

Arsenal confirm Rosicky injury

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The Arsenal Press Office have told Gooner Talk that Tomas Rosicky has sustained an injury but refused to get drawn into details on the severity of it. More to come.

Fans View: This season is Song’s chance to shine

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Alexandre Song is still at the tender age of 21 but he has become a regular starter in the Arsenal team, as last season drew to an end Alex had started to reap in the good reviews and comments from the media and Arsenal fans. After Song started the first Champions League game against Manchester [.

Reports: Rosicky sustains ’serious’ injury?

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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky could be out for up to '5 to 6 weeks', after the Czech international reportedly sustained a hamstring injury in training this morning. According to radio station talkSPORT, Rosicky who only recently returned from a long-term injury will be missing for almost two months with the Arsenal press office revealing [.

Fans View: Maybe Wenger should take a leaf out of Benitez’ book?

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Sp*rs fans the best in the league?

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Chamakh: “I’m not worth more than £5m” + Interview

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* He said he has never been in London, it was false reports from the French media. He was just sick and couldn't play with the rest of the team. * There's 2 Clubs interested in him, Sunderland and Arsenal, he wants to join one of those clubs. * He said to his president that [...]

Swiss FA ‘confirm’ Senderos exit

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The Swiss Football Association have confirmed that Philippe Senderos will join Everton in the coming days. Arsenal's 24-year-old centre back was expected to fight for his place at the club following an injury-plagued loan spell at AC Milan last season. With less than a year left on his contract, Senderos is now on the verge [.

Highlights: Rangers 0-3 Arsenal

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Chamakh ‘ill’, as forward closes in on Arsenal move

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Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh has left their Royan training camp due to 'illness' according to the French club, but reports in his homeland suggest that Chamakh is in London ahead of a £10million move to Arsenal. More to come, story developing.

Rangers 0-3 Arsenal

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Jack Wilshere stole the show as Arsenal comprehensively beat Rangers to win the 2009 Emirates Cup. More to come.

Cesc, Arshavin & Eduardo start against Rangers

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Team news is in for this afternoon's Emirates Cup 2009 finale with Arsenal and Rangers. There's nine changes from the side which started against Atletico Madrid with only Eboue and Gallas keeping their places. Everyone else is on the bench and Arsene Wenger can make anything up to six changes.

Highlights: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid

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Senderos sale is good business & Vermalen injured!

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According to Arseblog's sources, Swiss centre back Philippe Senderos has completed a move to Everton. The news isn't surprising though. Just days ago, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently sold Kolo Toure to Manchester City citing 'too many centre halfs' as the main reason for letting him go.

Match Report: Arsenal 2-1 Atletico Madrid

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Arsenal opened their Emirates Cup participation with a last gasp win against Atletico, with 54, 224 in attendance. Both goals were scored in exquisite fashion, particularly the second, by our own Rusiian magician Andrei Arshavin. Arsena's Starting XI Mannone Sagna – Gallas – Djourou – Traore Eboue – Ramsey – Denilson – Bendtner Rosicky – van Persie There was a lively buzz around the stadium before [.

Match Preview: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid (Emirates Cup)

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Arsenal take on Atletico Madrid today in our own Emirates Cup at The Emirates today in what should be a very lively game, with both teams having a slick passing, attacking nature. It should be a very exciting, end to end game. Arsène Wenger will be looking to showcase the teams ability without Kolo Toure [.