Gooner Talk Archives for January 2010

Gunners draw Latics in Carling Cup Quarter Final

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Arsenal have drawn Wigan Athletic in the quarter final of the Carling Cup.

Carling Cup Quarter Final Draw in full:

Arsenal v Wigan
Birmingham v Aston Villa
West Ham v Man Utd
Ipswich Town v West Brom

Ties to be played week commencing 29 November

“I only care about playing football,” admits Nasri

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Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed that he would rather "concentrate on playing football" rather than discussing a new contract extension with the club.

The 23-year-old has had a stunning start to the season scoring seven times in his last seven appearances, including the opening goal in the 3-0 win over Manchester City at Eastlands last Sunday.

VIDEO: Wojciech Szczesny’s impressive Arsenal performance

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He's on the verge of signing a new long-term contract extension with Arsenal, while many Gooners are already suggesting that he should be no.1 for the rest of the season.

Wojciech Szczesny is a name that you're likely to hear quite a lot in the near future.

Arsenal cruise to Carling Cup win over Newcastle

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Theo Walcott scored a superb double as Arsenal beat Newcastle 4-0 at St. James' Park. The victory keeps up Arsenal's average of 3 goals per game this season.

This season Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has actually fielded stronger teams than in recent years but his line-up at St James' Park still showed nine changes from their weekend Premier victory over Manchester City.

Szczesny handed start in goal at St James’ Park

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Highly-rated goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is set to start only his second match for Arsenal after Arsene Wenger confirmed that the 20-year-old would start for the Gunners against Newcastle United in the fourth round of the Carling Cup tomorrow.

Szczesny impressed on loan at Brentford last season and was quoted as saying he wanted to be farmed out again this term if he wasn't given more first team football.

Arsène Wenger statistically “World’s Best Coach of the Decade”

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Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger is the World‘s Best Coach of the 1st Decade (2001-2010) — according to the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.

The long-serving Gunners manager was the clear winner of the honour, organised by FIFA's aforementioned statistics body, for the first time since he joined Arsenal in 1996.

Szczesny starts in goal against Newcastle

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Highly-rated goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is set to start only his second match for Arsenal after Arsene Wenger confirmed that the 20-year-old would start for the Gunners against Newcastle United in the fourth round of the Carling Cup tomorrow.

Szczesny impressed on loan at Brentford last season and was quoted as saying he wanted to be farmed out again this term if he wasn't given more first team football.

Which Arsenal side would you field on Wednesday?

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Arsenal could have been forgiven for wanting an easy time of things in the fourth round of the Carling Cup after their fantastic 4-1 victory over arch-rivals Spurs in the last round.

There was no such luck for Arsene Wenger's side though, as they pulled Premier League new-boys Newcastle United out of the hat for their last 16 tie.

VIDEO: Alex Song’s brilliant finish against City

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Mark Randall joins Rotherham on loan

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Arsenal youngster Mark Randall will hope to try and resurrect his Gunners' career after agreeing to join League 2 side Rotherham United on a 3-month loan deal

Randall has previously enjoyed a loan spell at Burnley in 2008 and MK Dons last season. However, the emergence of players like Henri Lansbury and Jay-Emmanuel Thomas has meant that Randall has been unable to break into the Arsenal first team.

Happy Birthday Arsène Wenger!

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Everyone at Gooner Talk would like to wish Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger a Happy 61st Birthday today!

Wenger has “no idea” when Vermaelen will be fit

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Arsenal boss Arséne Wenger revealed that he has "no idea" when defender Thomas Vermaelen will play for Arsenal again this season, after being questioned by supporters at today's AGM.

The 24-year-old has missed Arsenal's last nine games with an Achilles injury that he picked up while on international duty for Belgium.

Arsenal force five past Shakhtar + Match Stats

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Arsenal fans celebrated all six goals at the Emirates as Eduardo scored a late consolation in a 5-1 thrashing for his Shakhtar Donetsk side.

Both sides had won their two games going into this crucial Group H clash, but only Arsenal looked like the real deal in a scintilating performance in north London.

Arsenal smash Shakhtar for six

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Fabregas & Rosicky return for Shakhtar clash

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Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas returns to the starting line-up for tonight's Champions League Group H tie with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk.

Fabregas has not played since Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Sunderland last month, but trained alongside his team-mates at London Colney yesterday.

Gunners Set to Reload/ Possible Pole Vault

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With the return of a plethora of players, namely Cesc, Theo, and Bendtner, it appears that there is a light at the end of the international week tunnel. Last game, Arsenal were once again taught a lesson in professionalism and efficient football, but this weekend gives the squad the chance to start afresh.

Arsenal youngster Eastmond arrested for ‘flashing’ incident

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Highly-rated Arsenal youngster Craig Eastmond was arrested and released on bail after an allegation of indecent exposure in a South London nightclub.

The 19-year-old, who signed a lucrative long-term deal with the club earlier this year, was one of the outstanding performers in the 2009 season's FA Youth Cup success.

Fabianski continues in goal for Gunners

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Fabianski
Eboue Squillaci Djourou Clichy
Wilshere Song Diaby
Nasri Chamakh Arshavin

Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Denilson, Rosicky, Walcott, Vela, Bendtner.

Wilshere Wasted…England In Tatters

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So this is Capello's new England. The promised mixture of youth and experience, the example of lessons learned from the World Cup, unleashed upon the Continent's best teams. And then stepped up Montenegro.

Tonight's 0-0 draw served to illustrate the problems that have been apparent in the English squad for over a decade: lack of end product, no fluidity, and no cohesion between midfield and attack.

Sagna ruled out of action for ‘three weeks’

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Speaking to France Football, the former Auxerre man said:

"I'm currently in rehabilitation. It will take three weeks, I'll take my time before I return."

Nasri & Clichy feature in France victory

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France 2-0 Romania Samir Nasri & Gael Clichy

France moved top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group D off the back of their 2-0 success over Romania, which was kick-started by substitute Loic Remy's strike 10 minutes from time.

Arsenal duo Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy both started the game, with the latter supporting Nasri down the left hand side.

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal – Drogba does the damage once again

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Arsenal's nemesis Didier Drogba kept up his remarkable goalscoring record against the Gunners as Chelsea managed to secure at 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

The Ivorian forward flicked in an Ashley Cole cross with his back to goal to give his side a first half lead, and despite Arsenal enjoying plenty of possession, it was a lead that Chelsea never really looked like losing.

Gooners: Are We Surprised?

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Chelsea's 2-0 defeat of Arsenal was a perfect display in efficient, composed football by the hosts. This was a seemingly deja vu contest of watching the Arsenal Reds held at bay by the Chelsea Blues. The fact that many Arsenal supporters seem to lack too much surprise at the result is a testament to what we've been conditioned to accept by Arsene Wenger and the Club as a whole.

Wenger: “We dominated the game”

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"The game should have been over almost before it started. We missed too many chances. We have to be more clinical."

"We dominated this game quite surprisingly in my opinion. It was surprisingly easy. But we go home with zero points."

Wilshere starts at Stamford Bridge

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Arsene Wenger has opted to start with Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby in midfield against Chelsea today, while summer signing Sebastien Squillaci is captain for the Gunners.

Poland international Lukasz Fabianski keeps his place in the starting XI after impressing at Partizan, but Denilson, Rosicky and Djourou drop to the bench.