Gooner Talk Archives for January 2010

Invigorated Arshavin Adds to Arsenal Impetus

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Saturday's 4-2 win away to Aston Villa was a chance for the squad to prove their mettle in the absence of their captain. Players such as Rosicky, Nasri, and Wilshere were given more responsibility in the centre of the park. Yet, what was most comforting was the apparent return to form of dynamic Russian Andrei Arshavin.

Gunners draw Leeds in FA Cup third round

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Arsenal have been drawn to play against newly-promoted Championship side Leeds United in the third round of the FA Cup.

Vela set for January loan move to Championship side

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Several high-flying Championship sides have been put on red alert after Mexico starlet Carlos Vela was earmarked for a January loan move away from Arsenal.

Vela, 21, who is expected to start Wednesday's Carling Cup quarter final against Wigan, has been unable to command a regular place at the Emirates since making his debut in the summer of 2008.

Wenger begins legal action against British newspaper

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has begun legal proceedings in relation to today's front page in British tabloid newspaper The Sun.

Times journalist Ben Smith revealed the news on Twitter earlier this evening after The Sun continued to link Wenger to French rapper Sonia Tatar with a headline of: "Wenger's Mistress: I'm Pregnant.

“I had a hesitation to play Cesc”, admits Wenger

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his Cesc Fabregas gamble backfired on Tuesday.

The World Cup winning captain has been struggling with a hamstring injury this season, and Wenger considered resting him for the trip to Braga.

However, the French coach eventually gambled on Fabregas, and this backfired as the midfielder suffered a recurrence of the problem.

Arsenology: Three Gunners Wide

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For most, Fantasy Football is a study in the methods used to reap the biggest points return for ample use of funds allotted. Supporting a particular club sees a conflict of interest arise as most fans subconsciously pick players from their clubs as the building blocks of their fantasy squad.

Chamakh scores from ‘keeper’s attempted clearance (Video)

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A piece of ingenuity from Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh gave his Morocco side a 1-1 draw away to Northern Ireland.

The 26-year-old scored in the 56th minute after goalkeeper Alan Blayney's attempted clearance flew straight into the boot of the onrushing Chamakh and subsequently into the net.

Your View: Arsenal players on Twitter

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Social networking site Twitter has become exceedingly popular with Arsenal's footballers in the past few weeks. Skipper Cesc Fabregas was the first notable player to sign up, before fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere and others followed just days later.

Almost 10 first team players are 'tweeting' currently, with some Gooners suggesting that Arsenal should follow Manchester United's stance on Twitter by banning their players from it.

Arsenology: The Evolution of Alex Song

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Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are not unfamiliar with some of the best youth players in the world.

And although they are typically heavily criticised for such a paradigm of thought when it comes to player selection, their youthful exuberance, creativity and entertainment-value is a bench-mark that most clubs can only dream of achieving.

Former Gunner Gallas makes poor error for Tottenham (Video)

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A terrible mistake by ex-Arsenal defender William Gallas saw Spurs squander a 1-0 lead against Sunderland and continue their run of no wins in their last four Premier League games.

Neither Gallas nor centre back partner Younes Kaboul had the defensive nouse to intercept the ball, pushing forward and allowing Asamoah Gyan to follow up his brace against Stoke by slotting home his fifth goal already since his club-record capture.

Gunners Bac to their best – Everton 1-2 Arsenal

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Superb goals in either half from Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas helped Arsenal climb up to second following an impressive 2-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park

French full-back Sagna had only one Gunners goal on his CV going into the game but he doubled his tally after 36 minutes, drilling a powerful shot into the roof of Tim Howard's net after Samir Nasri's drive had been parried.

The soundless crowd

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Arsenal 0 Newcastle 1

The Emirates, a stadium that holds 60,355 seated football fans. The second highest in the league behind Old Trafford. Probably the most modernistic stadium in the league, construction of the stadium began in February 2004 and was officially opened in October 2006.

RvP is back!

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Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has been included in today's squad to face Newcastle, according to Mirror Football.

Vice-captain van Persie took part in his first full training session yesterday since injuring his ankle against Blackburn Rovers in August and is a surprise inclusion for the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium later this afternoon.

Lacklustre Arsenal lose at home against Newcastle

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A lacklustre performance from Arsenal saw Newcastle come away from the Emirates Stadium with all three points on Sunday afternoon.

Magpies 'keeper Tim Krul pulled off a couple of top drawer saves, the best of which was a full length dive to stop a Samir Nasri drive. Lukasz Fabianski at the other end dropped another clanger as he came for a ball he was never going to win and saw Andy Carroll barge his way in for the winning goal.

Cesc misses out as Shakhtar look for Champions League revenge

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Arsenal will be without Cesc Fabregas for Wednesday's Champions League Group H game against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Spaniard will not feature against the Ukrainian champions after suffering a recurrence of his recent hamstring injury while playing 90 minutes against West Ham United on Saturday.