Gooner Talk Archives for January 2009

Cesc Fabregas gets to grips with new Nike boots (Pics)

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Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has been introduced to a new weapon of choice, designed to give playmakers game-winning control ;— the Nike CTR360 Maestri's. Fabregas, Manchester United's Paul Scholes, Landon Donavan and Andres Iniesta have all been used as promotion tools for the superb-looking new boots.

Highlights: Arsenal 2-0 Olympiacos

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Match Report: Arsenal 2-0 Olympiacos

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Late goals from Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin secured victory for Arsenal after dominating much of the game against Olympiacos. More to come.

Eboue & Rosicky handed starts against Olympiacos

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Mannone Eboue Gallas Vermaelen Clichy Fabregas Song Diaby Rosicky van Persie Arshavin Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Senderos, Gibbs, Ramsey, Eduardo, Vela

PICS: Arsenal stars train ahead of Olympiacos clash

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Arsenal have been training at London Colney ahead of tonights Champions League tie with Olympiacos. England star Theo Walcott has returned to full training, while Carlos Vela also looks likely to be included after recovering from an ankle problem. Enjoy the pics below (courtesy of Zimbio/Getty images).

Van Persie receives Wenger backing

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Arsène Wenger has thrown his support behind Robin van Persie after the striker hit the headlines at the weekend for admitting he exaggerates the fouls made on him. With the diving debate one of the hot topics for conversation after Eduardo was banned by UEFA, a decision which was subsequently overturned, for a ‘dive' against Celtic, [.

Team Predictions: Arsenal v Olympiacos

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Theo Walcott will return to the Arsenal fold tomorrow — in a behind-closed-doors friendly against an Olympiacos XI. The England star has been missing since pre-season after sustaining a back problem, but he will return tomorrow for the first time. Danish frontman Nicklas Bendtner was involved in a car accident yesterday evening, the 21-year-old is set to [.

Its time that Gael Clichy was dropped

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Yesterdays win was fantastic in my book, we were made to show a few characteristics that have been beyond the side in the last few seasons. I said this before the game on Twitter to GilbertoSilver of Gunnerblog: I'm confident but would take a 1-0, would show real grit and application. And that we did, it was [.

Highlights: Fulham 0-1 Arsenal

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Match Report: Fulham 0-1 Arsenal

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Vito Mannone was Man of the Match as Arsenal narrowly grabbed three points against Fulham at Craven Cottage. More to come.

Bendtner & Diaby start at Craven Cottage

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Confirmed Starting XI Mannone Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Clichy Fabregas Song Diaby Bendtner van Persie Arshavin Subs: Szczesny, Silvestre, Gibbs, Eboue, Rosicky, Ramsey, Vela.

Team Predictions: Fulham v Arsenal

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Today's tea-time kick off at Craven Cottage will see Arsenal field a strong attacking team against a defensively solid Fulham side. Arsène Wenger can welcome back Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin from injury, while Theo Walcott has a 'small' chance of making the substitutes bench. "We have had Arshavin out [since the international break] and we [.

Arsenal draw Liverpool in Carling Cup fourth round

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Arsene Wenger's young guns have been handed a home tie against Liverpool in the fourth round of the Carling Cup. Arsenal comprehensively beat Championship leaders West Brom at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, but this clash sees a different sort of test for Wenger's teenage sensations.

VIDEO: Merida stars in Spain rout

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Arsenal's Fran Merida helped Spain to thrash Tahiti 8-0 in the Under-20 World Cup, with Aaron Niguez, Emilio Nsue and Kike scoring twice each. Gunners youngster Merida thumped in another from 25 yards in the 74th minute and Kike came off the bench to grab two late on, before Ander Herrera completed the rout in the [.

The long term Arsenal project

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Tuesday night, despite not presenting the mesmeric display of technical ability we have come to expect from Carling Cup ties, once again provided Arsenal fans with a tantalising glimpse at the future of the club. However, looking at these players, at those in the senior side, and at the story of the last few [.

Should Arsenal still go in for Chamakh?

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Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has expressed his anger at Arsene Wenger for 'unsettling' Les Girondins striker Marouane Chamakh during his summer pursuit of the Moroccan frontman. Despite Chamakh's eagerness to join the Gunners', Triaud believes that Wenger was waiting to see what happened with his squad before making a firm offer.

Highlights: Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

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Team Predictions: Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion

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Carlos Vela will make his first appearance of the season when Arsenal take to the field against West Brom in the Carling Cup tomorrow evening. Mexican whizkid Vela is expected to start upfront alongside Youth Cup star Gilles Sunu, while the experienced centre back paring of Mikael Silvestre and Philippe Senderos will also play.

Vermaelen – Needed Strength

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Success in football is a funny old thing. Take Barcelona's treble winning formula last season as an example. With a blend of swift, attacking play, combined with staunch, organised defending, the Catalan giants managed to outperform the majority of the top European sides. The basis for Barca's success was the quality and imagination of [.

Vermaelen – Needed Strength

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Success in football is a funny old thing. Take Barcelona's treble winning formula last season as an example. With a blend of swift, attacking play, combined with staunch, organised defending, the Catalan giants managed to outperform the majority of the top European sides. The basis for Barca's success was the quality and imagination of the [.

UPDATED: ‘Arsenalisation’ pics

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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, which look absoloutely brilliant. Enjoy the gallery below and leave any feedback you may have in the comments section below.

The reason behind Fabregas’ unhappy demeanor

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Yesterday saw Arsenal take the first step in challenging for the title this season, you want to know why? We have games against Fulham, Blackburn, Birmingham, Tottenham, West Ham, Wolves and Sunderland before our next top four clash, if we get 15 points out of those games we will be around the top of the table, [.

Match Report: Arsenal 4-0 Wigan Athletic

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Arsenal bounced back from last week's traumatic defeat at Manchester City with centreback Thomas Vermaelen scoring twice in a 4-0 stroll against Wigan. Croatia international Eduardo claimed the third although the ball found the net via a deflection off Emmanuel Eboue and Cesc Fabregas notched a fourth in stoppage time as Arsene Wenger's side turned on [.

Highlights: Arsenal 4-0 Wigan Athletic

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Team Predictions: Arsenal v Wigan Athletic

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Robin van Persie makes a welcome return tomorrow as Arsenal aim to bounce back from two Premier League defeats in Manchester. The Dutchman has recovered from a knee injury meaning he can play against Wigan at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow afternoon. "We have Robin van Persie available compared to the game on Wednesday night," confirmed Wenger.

Highlights: Standard Liege 2-3 Arsenal

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Match Report: Standard Liege 2-3 Arsenal

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A late 10-minute goal spree from Arsenal made sure that they came away from Belgium with all three points — Lady Luck certainly played her part though. Arsenal's Starting XI Mannone Eboue – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy Song Fabregas – Rosicky – Diaby Bendtner – Eduardo Full Report to come.

Rosicky starts in Belgium

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Team Predictions: Standard Liege v Arsenal

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Arsenal have three fresh injury blows ahead of tomorrows Champions League clash in Belgium against Standard Liege. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, midfielder Denilson and frontman Robin van Persie will all miss the opening European tie, with all three expected to be fit for Saturday's league game with Wigan.

Arsenal win Eduardo appeal!

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UEFA have revealed that Arsenal will be able to play Eduardo in their next two Champions League games, after the Crozillian frontman won his appeal. The UEFA Appeals Body today accepted the appeal lodged by Arsenal against the two-match suspension handed to Eduardo. 'Not established' Following examination of all the evidence, notably the declarations of both the referee [.

Who’s responsible for Arsenal’s results?

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Fans should not single out Wenger alone for defensive frailties or results. All the responsibilities should be shared out by everyone involved in the club. The Board has the responsibility to tell the manager what is expected and also backing the manager with sufficient resources. I think it is quite likely that the club really do [.

Photo Evidence: Adebayor DID set out to hurt RVP

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When the FA assess Emmanuel Adebayor's shocking challenges tomorrow, surely the above image is the best evidence to get him banned for 3 games?! The Togolese frontman stamped on Robin van Persie's face during Arsenal's 4-2 defeat against Manchester City yesterday. As expected, Adebayor caused all the controversy with his goal celebration and over-aggressive tackling Cesc [.

Adebayor deserves a 10 game ban + Calamity Clichy

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Well we all know what happened yesterday, one man is stealing the headlines for all the wrong reasons and it overshadows a performance from Arsenal that was tepid, lethargic and toothless. Yes, we managed to score two goals but it is not like we tore them apart on occasions, we didn't have that extra bit of [.

Who’s responsible for Arsenal’s results?

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Fans should not single out Wenger alone for defensive frailties or results. All the responsibilities should be shared out by everyone involved in the club. The Board has the responsibility to tell the manager what is expected and also backing the manager with sufficient resources. I think it is quite likely that the club really do [.

Arsenal lose, but Adebayor wins.

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25. The number 2 seasons ago we could not get enough of. Gooners around the world never would have predicted such a meteoric rise of a superstar within its ranks post TH14. Yet we were wowed and amazed by how a langky and unorthodox striker from Togo was to lead the charge in scoring for [.

Adebayor apologises for celebration – your thoughts?

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Emmanuel Adebayor's celebration after scoring against Arsenal today was perhaps the definition of OTT (over the top). Former Gunner Adebayor ran the length of the pitch to taunt the watching Arsenal fans, who were trying to storm past stewards to get to the Togolese frontman. Adebayor's celebration was pre-meditated, he knew exactly what he was going to [.

Buy 1 get 1 free at Dominos!

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It's a Tuesday, all of your mates are around watching the footy, you are hungry, so what do you do?... Good news! It is 2 for Tuesday every week at Domino's! That's right buy 1 get 1 free every single Tuesday! You can find details of this offer and a whole lot more at the Domino's [...]

Highlights: Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal

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Match Report: Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal

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Emmanuel Adebayor secured his revenge over Arsenal as Manchester City delivered a statement of intent with a 4-2 win over the striker's former club here on Saturday. The 25-million-pound striker headed the crucial third goal for City ten minutes from time and then sprinted the entire length of the field to celebrate provocatively in front of [.

Team Predictions: Manchester City v Arsenal

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Arsenal take on Manchester City this weekend looking to put their previous defeat in Manchester behind them. The Gunners lost 2-1 to City's arch-rivals United a fortnight ago, and Arsene Wenger's men will aim to put things right at Eastlands this Saturday. However, the international break has brought major repercussions for Arsenal's squad once again, with Andrey [.

VIDEO: Cesc, Eduardo, Bendtner goals + Arshavin assist

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Cesc v Estonia Eduardo v England Bendtner v Albania Arshavin assist v Wales

Arsenal ‘officially’ appeal over Eduardo ban

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Arsenal FC have appealed against the two-match suspension imposed on striker Eduardo by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on 1 September. The UEFA Appeals Body will hear the case on Monday 14 September at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Vermaelen should be fresh for City after suspension

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Contrary to rumours, Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has not sustained an injury on international duty with Belgium. The summer signing from Ajax was rumoured to be out of Wednesday's clash with Armenia, but the 23-year-old is actually one of many Belgian stars who is suspended for the game.

Andrey Arshavin: Life should be like football

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Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin has become the latest high profile celebrity to back the Council of Europe's ‘Speak Out Against Discrimination' campaign. "I want everyone to support the campaign against discrimination," the 28-year-old midfielder declared. He added: "Football gives every player the opportunity to express his or her talent and contribute to the team, [.

Bendtner chasing central role

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Nicklas Bendtner opened the scoring for Denmark in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday and he is now hoping Arsene Wenger will play him down the middle at The Emirates. The 21-year-old, who was on target in Denmark's 1-1 draw with Portugal, has been used in a wide role by Arsene Wenger this season with Robin [.

English players are some of the biggest hypocrites out there

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I'm the Goonblogger and I will be bringing you a Sunday column every week right here on Gooner Talk. On Friday we saw the most honest player in the world who wears his heart on his sleeve *cough cough*, captain John Terry openly declare that English players never, ever dive. These are his very words: "Diving is [.

VIDEO: Bendtner smashes in beauty against Portugal

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Nicklas Bendtner netted a cracker against Portugal as Denmark went 1-0 up with just moments to go before half-time. The 21-year-old, who recently signed a new contract with Arsenal, chested the ball down before smashing in a left footed strike mashed in a left footed strike just outside the Portuguese six-yard box.

Djourou out for 6 MONTHS!

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Arsenal defender Johan Djourou will be missing for six months, L'Equipe has revealed. The Swiss international was expected to return later to the squad later month, but Djourou has been forced to get his troublesome knee cartilage problem operated on which means he will be on the sidelines for six months.

Get PAID to write about Arsenal!

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Gooner Talk are offering 3 lucky Gooners a chance to get PAID for writing regular articles on the club. All you have to do, is type up a 300-500 word opinion piece on Why Arsenal can challenge for the title this season. The submitted articles will be judged by Goonblogger and myself, while the 3 writers who [.

What a goal! — Aaron Ramsey scores a peach against Italy U-21’s

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He's been talking this week about how he's a 'different animal now' and Aaron Ramsey gave an example of his predatory instincts with a superb strike against Italy's Under-21 side earlier this evening. Arsenal's 18-year-old midfielder ran the midfield for Wales and also bagged the Man of the Match award as Ramsey fought his team to [.

Arsenal 3rd Most Valuable Football Club in the world

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Arsenal have been named the third most valuable sports club in the world by American business magazine, Forbes. They list us as being worth £837 million, while Manchester United and Real Madrid lead the valuation table respectively. Real Madrid are also the second most valuable football club at an astonishing $1.

City want anti-Adebayor chants scrapped & we want same for Wenger

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Manchester City are fretting over potential racist chants being directed at Emmanuel Adebayor during the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sept 20. Despite the fact that City have Ade's former club as their next game, they're more worried about the Manchester derby, where fans are expected to sing the racist chant towards the Togolese frontman.

Die-hard Gooner Witsel handed 11-match ban [Graphic clip]

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Standard Liege's Arsenal-supporting midfielder Axel Witsel has been banned for 11 GAMES after committing a horrendous foul on Anderlecht stopper Marcin Wasilewski . Belgian international Witsel was sent off on Sunday with just 24 minutes into the game while Wasilewski has been ruled out for 12 months.

Your Reaction: Eduardo gets 2 match ban

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 UEFA have announced that Arsenal frontman Eduardo has been banned for 'deceiving the referee' during last weeks Champions League clash with Celtic. The Gunners' CEO Ivan Gazidis gave his opinion a few days ago on Eduardo's supposed dive, something that many fans seem to agree with. "I think that if you have had an injury like that [.

Arsenal sign no-one on Transfer Deadline Day

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The Gunners fail to make any moves on the closing day of this summers transfer window. More to come.