Gooner Talk Archives for January 2010

Play Fantasy Scout: Which hidden gem should Arsenal sign?

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There is just one day left until the transfer window closes and Arsenal have been linked with a whole host of players in different positions. Some supporters believe that Arsene Wenger needs to strengthen upfront, while others have suggested that the defensive areas need more depth.

PICTURE: Arsenal go all-red ahead of ‘Lace Up, Save Lives’ event

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Arsenal's Emirates Stadium will turn red this Sunday as Arsenal play host to Manchester United, in a game which sees both clubs show their support for the RED ‘Lace Up. Save Lives' partnership that raises funds to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Every supporter who attends Sunday's game will be given a flag to hold up [.

Highlights: Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal

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Eboue & Song return for United + Vermaelen bonus

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African duo Emmanuel Eboue and Alex Song will be in the Arsenal squad to face Manchester United this Sunday. Both players returned from African Cup of Nations duty in midweek, with defensive midfielder Song expected to start in the weekend's vital title clash. Meanwhile, Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen's foot injury isn't as bad as first feared.

Vermaelen’s season over after fracturing his fibula

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen may miss the majority of the season after leaving Villa Park on crutches with a suspected fractured fibula. Full Article To Come.

What’s YOUR ideal Arsenal line-up against Villa?

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Arsenal's injury crisis looks like it's starting to fade with the news that Nicklas Bendtner and Samir Nasri will return to the squad to face Aston Villa tonight. Danish striker Bendtner returns after three months out with groin trouble, while Samir Nasri has shaken off his hamstring injury earlier than expected.

Wenger admits Gallas problems ahead of vital period

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Arsenal's quest to win the Premier League title this season could be hampered by a defensive nightmare, according to Arsene Wenger. The French manager claims centre back William Gallas has been close to being injured on a large number of occasions so far this season and this is why he was left out of Arsenal's [.

Nice chief opens the door for Remy departure

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OGC Nice's club President has admitted that it will be difficult to keep Loïc Remy at the French side, after their supporters horrific treatment of the player last week. The 23-year-old was spat at and verbally abused by fans as he left Stade du Ray following Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Auxerre.

Highlights: Stoke City 3-1 Arsenal

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Campbell, Fabregas & JET start, Arshavin on the bench

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Sol Campbell makes his second debut as an Arsenal player against Stoke today. The English defender is accompanied in defence by versatile Frenchman Francis Coquelin as well as his fellow countryman Mikael Silvestre and Armand Traore. Forest Gate-born youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas also starts, as we exclusively told you yesterday.

Emmanuel-Thomas handed start against Stoke City

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Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has been rewarded for his continued progress in the Arsenal Reserve team after being handed a place in today's starting XI against Stoke. The 18-year-old midfielder, who was captain of last season's FA Youth Cup and Academy League Cup 'double' winning team, recently signed a new long-term contract at the club which led many to suggest [.

Team Predictions: Stoke City v Arsenal

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A team full of largely fringe players looks set to be fielded in tomorrow's FA Cup fourth round tie with Stoke City. Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has revealed that he wants to rest several key players, which will mean the likes of Craig Eastmond, Jack Wilshere and Armand Traore will have a chance to impress.

Wenger admits striker desire as agent reveals Remy contact

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Loic Remy's agent has revealed that the French frontman will leave Lille in the next 48 hours — and he didn't rule out Arsenal as a possible destination. The 23-year-old, like many prospects in his homeland, has been earmarked as 'the new Thierry Henry' and admittedly does have similar qualities to the former Gunner including blistering [.

Zézinho move in doubt after injury setback

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Highly-rated Brazilian forward Zézinho's move to Arsenal has been put in doubt after the 17-year-old sustained a thigh injury during pre-season training with Juventude. The injury is expected to rule him out for at least 3 weeks which is a massive blow for the diminutive young winger, who has been the subject of several bids from [.

Who will win on Sunday between Arsenal & Stoke? (Video)

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Arsenal face Stoke in the FA Cup this Sunday, with many suggesting that the tie will be a tight affair. The BetFair lads have been discussing their views on the game. Check out their thoughts below:

Highlights: Arsenal 4-2 Bolton Wanderers

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Match Report: Arsenal – Bolton Wanderers

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Arsenal are the Premier League leaders after producing a magnificent comeback against Bolton on Wednesday night. Full Report To Come.

Team Predictions: Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers

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Arsenal have lost three and gained two from last Sunday's clash at Bolton. Midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Samir Nasri have been ruled out for three weeks, while Fran Merida sustained an ankle injury after coming on as a substitute. However, Arsene Wenger is boosted by the return of Theo Walcott and Denilson, who have been out with [.

Highlights: Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Arsenal

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Nasri & Ramsey out for 3 weeks

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Arsenal midfielders Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey have been ruled out of action for at least three weeks, boss Arsène Wenger confirmed. France star Nasri sustained a thigh injury in yesterday's pre-Bolton training session while Ramsey has an identical injury to the 22-year-old. Full Article To Come.

Match Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Arsenal

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Spanish duo Cesc Fabregas and Fran Merida gave Arsenal all three points in an entertaining clash at Bolton's Reebok Stadium. Full report to come.

Eastmond handed surprise start at Bolton

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Just days after signing a new contract, Arsenal midfielder Craig Eastmond has been handed a start against Bolton today. The 19-year-old replaces the injured Denilson who had been covering for Alex Song in the defensive midfield position. Gael Clichy makes his return, but only to the bench.

Team Predictions: Bolton Wanderers v Arsenal

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Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy have been included in the Arsenal squad set to face Bolton tomorrow. Both players are fit-again and likely to start after recovering from hamstring and back injuries respectively. The problem position for Arsenal seems to be in defensive midfield, with Denilson still injured and Alex Song at the African Nations Cup, Abou [.

Golden Oldie: Bergkamp nutmegs Alex Song

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Alex Song is currently Arsenal's midfield lynch-pin and 'wall' between defence and midfield. Unfortunately for him, we've found a video clip which he would have hoped to forget! The 22-year-old is seen below being nutmegged by Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp in a Champions League pre-match warm-up between Arsenal and Villarreal at Highbury.

Arsenal face Bolton twice in 4 days

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Arsène Wenger's troops are set to face Bolton Wanderers twice in 4 days after the Premier League confirmed the rearranged fixture. The game was actually meant to be played last week, but due to the severe snow in North London it was deemed unplayable by Arsenal. Bolton's new boss Owen Coyle had a good record against Arsenal during [.

Cameroon lose their first group game in ACN

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Alex Song's Cameroon side made a poor start to the African Cup of Nations, after they lost 1-0 to Gabon at the Estádio Nossa Senhora Do Monte in Lubango. More to come.

PICTURE: Adebayor wears Arsenal shirt in SSN interview

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Arsenal mistake reveals Campbell signing?

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 Sol Campbell is on the verge of re-signing with Arsenal after the club's official website accidently revealed the deal earlier this afternoon. Full Story Developing. Updates Set To Continue Throughout This Evening.

Fabregas & co expected back for Bolton clash

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Arsenal will gain some much-needed firepower for Sunday's clash with Bolton after Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott returned to training earlier this morning. The Gunners duo have both been out after sustaining rib and hamstring injuries respectively. Arsene Wenger has already confirmed that Fabregas should return at the Reebok, although he's yet to speak on Walcott's chances [.

Highlights: Arsenal 2-2 Everton

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Match Report: Arsenal 2-2 Everton

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Tomas Rosicky's late deflected equaliser gave Arsenal a point in a thrilling match at a snowy Emirates Stadium. Everton opened the scoring when Leon Osman nodded in Landon Donovan's corner. Shortly after, a deflected Denilson strike beat Tim Howard to set up an fascinating second half. Steven Pienaar looked to have grabbed all three points for David Moyes' [.

Super Bowl Betting

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The Super Bowl XLIV may be a few weeks away, but that hasn't stopped people from going nuts when it comes to precognitive Super Bowl betting action. One team that is getting some major love is the +800 Minnesota Vikings who have a first week bye, and perhaps one of the most balanced teams in [.

Rosicky back for Everton match

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Czech midfield maestro Tomas Rosicky is expected to return for the home clash with Everton this Saturday, after recovering from an repetitive groin injury. The 29-year-old wasn't involved in Arsenal's FA Cup tie at West Ham last weekend due to a groin problem, but Arsene Wenger revealed that he should be back for Saturday's game.

Legia: Mucha’s Arsenal trial is ‘nonsense’

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Legia Warsaw have dismissed reports stating that their Ján Mucha has flown over to London for a trial with Arsenal. Slovakian TV station STV1 cooked up a rumour yesterday which revealed that Mucha was on the verge of a training stint at London Colney. However, the Polish side's sporting director sporting director Miroslaw Trzeciak has rubbished those reports.

Arsenal v Bolton is POSTPONED

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Tonight's vital Premier League clash against Bolton has been postponed due to the severe weather conditions in the North London area.

Slovak ‘keeper Mucha handed Arsenal trial

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Highly-rated Legia Warsaw goalkeeper Ján Mucha flew to London earlier today after being invited for a trial by Arsenal. The 27-year-old, who was previously Lukasz Fabianski's understudy at Legia, is said to be hot property in his homeland due to a terrific bunch of performances in Slovakia's FIFA World Cup Qualification group.

Team Predictions: Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers

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Tomorrow's game in hand against Bolton may not even go ahead, but we're still here to give you our team predictions ahead of the vital league clash at Emirates Stadium. With heavy snowfall expected, doubts over whether the match will be played have occurred although there is no confirmation at the moment (we'll let you know [.

Gooner Talk — The Video

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With thanks to CWDAVIESPRODUCTIONS, Gooner Talk now boast our own official promotional video! The 30-second clip, which includes some highlights of the season so far, can be seen below. Let us know what you think of the video and how it could be improved — Thanks!

Bendtner targets Bolton game as comeback

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Arsenal have been boosted by the news that Nicklas Bendtner will return to full training tomorrow, and the player himself has already targeted the upcoming Bolton match as his comeback game. The 21-year-old has been kept out the Gunners squad for over two months after firstly sustaining a groin injury, before later having to undergo a [.

Match Report: West Ham United 1-2 Arsenal

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Late goals from Aaron Ramsey and Eduardo gave Arsenal a place in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Arsene Wenger's side were heading out at the first hurdle with 12 minutes to play at Upton Park as they laboured to recover from Alessandro Diamanti's first half strike. But the Gunners finally found enough rhythm in the [.

Arsenal drawn away to Stoke in FA Cup Fourth Round

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Arsenal's reward for getting past West Ham in the FA Cup is a tough away tie to Stoke City. The fourth round draw was made just minutes after Arsene Wenger's side scored two late goals against to triumph over a spirited Hammers team. Tony Pulis' tricky Stoke team beat York City yesterday with Rory Delap's long-throw providing the [.

Highlights: West Ham United 1-2 Arsenal

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Merida, Wilshere & Vela start against West Ham + LIVE MATCH STREAMS!

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Fran Merida, Jack Wilshere and Carlos Vela all start at Upton Park in this evening's FA Cup 3rd round tie with West Ham. The fringe trio are accompanied by experienced players such as Alex Song and Eduardo, while a strong defence which consists of Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen and Silvestre also start.

Team Predictions: West Ham United v Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger looks set to field a weakened team in tomorrow's FA Cup crunch clash with West Ham, with players in key positions likely to be rested ahead of Wednesday's vital league game against Bolton. The Frenchman has already revealed that the likes of Philippe Senderos and Lukasz Fabianski will play, while Mikael Silvestre [.

VIDEO: Arsenal goals in 2009

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Portsmouth thoughts, Alex Song and the African Cup of Nations

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I'm writing this article just having watched Arsenal beat a spirited Portsmouth side 4-1 to take us within 4 points of Chelsea and further cement our place in this interesting title race. We played very well against a team that are rock bottom of the league and are involved in a seemingly public financial situation.