Gooner Talk Archives for January 2010

Fabregas, Gerrard, Villa & Drogba do battle at the O2 (Video)

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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has been confirmed as a participant in July's A:3K Football tournament, in which six of the world's best players will compete in a series of gladiatorial games of skill at the 02 Arena.

The footie stars will battle it out in a tournament testing their skills in front of a huge live audience and millions of TV viewers.

He’s done it again…

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After his theatrics at the Emirates and most notably at the Nou Camp, Barcelona's Sergio Busquets has done it again. The Spanish defensive midfielder, once an Arsenal target, used a mixture of diving and play acting against the Gunners over the two-legged tie. Tonight, as Barca faced Inter Milan, he did it again.

Ronaldinho & co set to star at Emirates Cup

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A whole array of European talent will be on show during July's Emirates Cup competition after Celtic, AC Milan and Lyon were announced as the participating teams in the tournament.

Six years ago today..

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When dawn broke on April 25, 2004, Arsenal had yet to lose after 33 games of what would be an historic Premiership campaign. The title would surely be heading to Highbury; it was just a matter of where Arsène Wenger's side completed the formalities.

White Hart Lane would have been the choice of most Arsenal fans and, after second-placed Chelsea were beaten by Newcastle in an earlier kick-off, Arsenal's task became clearer.

VIDEOS: van Persie’s ‘revenge’ on Adebayor + Song v Bellamy

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Robin van Persie never forgets.

And as you can see below, Emmanuel Adebayor was made well aware of that when Arsenal's Dutch frontman took him out during yesterday's game.

Meanwhile, things also boiled over when Craig Bellamy picked a fight with Alex Song. Check out both videos underneath.

Highlights: Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City

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van Persie starts and captains Gunners against City

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Sagna Campbell Silvestre Clichy
Nasri Song Diaby
Walcott van Persie (c) Rosicky

Substitutes: Mannone, Traore, Eboue, Eastmond, Eduardo, Vela, Bendtner

Team Predictions: Arsenal v Manchester City

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Arsenal could be boosted with the return of Alex Song against Manchster City if he passes a late fitness test tomorrow morning.

However, the Cameroonian midfielder, who has missed the last three games with an inflamed cartilage, is the only major change possible from last week's defeat at Wigan.

PICTURE: Arsenal’s net spending in Premier League era

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Arsenal's net spending in the Premier League era is £32 million, the 11th lowest since the league began.

The table below represents the clubs per season net spend on purchasing players from the beginning of the Premiership season 1992/93 to date.

Purchases is the total spent on buying players, sold is the total received from the sale players and net is Purchased minus sold giving a total of the money spend on players.

Some good news for next season..

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Alex Song has rubbished constant newspaper reports by revealing  that Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas will definitely not be leaving the club this summer.

The Spaniard has long been linked with a move to Barcelona whilst Manchester City and Real Madrid are also reportedly interested despite continual denials from Fabregas and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Highlights: Wigan 3-2 Arsenal

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Match Report: Wigan 3-2 Arsenal

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Wigan scored three goals in the final ten minutes to come back from 2-0 down to beat Arsenal 3-2.

The Gunners appeared to be coasting to victory on the back of goals either side of half time from Theo Walcott and Mikael Silvestre, and with it hauling themselves to within three points of leaders Chelsea.

VIDEO: Superb Abou Diaby compilation

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Team Predictions: Wigan v Arsenal

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Robin van Persie could start against Wigan tomorrow after playing the last 22 minutes of Wednesday's defeat at Tottenham.

The Dutchman faces a late fitness test on his tight muscles but may start his first Arsenal game since the 4-1 win at Wolves on November 7.

Meanwhile, Denilson and Alex Song are out with groin problems while Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out for the season.

Spurs bring out DVD of 2-1 league win

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Small time Spurs have brought out a DVD of last night's 2-1 Premier League win over Arsenal.

Harry Redknapp's men took less than 24 hours to release a DVD of an 'unforgettable night', in which they describe Jermain Defoe as 'unstoppable leading the line' despite being largely anonymous for 90 minutes.

Report & Highlights: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal

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Danny Rose hit a wonder-goal on his Premier League debut as Tottenham overcame Arsenal 2-1 in the North London derby at White Hart Lane.

Harry Redknapp handed the 19-year-old winger his first start in the league and his decision paid off when he hit a 30 yard volley past Manuel Almunia to give Spurs a half-time lead.

Eboue starts for Gunners at Tottenham

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Arsène Wenger has made two changes from the team that lost to Barcelona last week.

In defence, Sol Campbell comes in for Mikael Silvestre to play against his former club, while Emmanuel Eboue is handed a start upfront ahead of Theo Walcott who drops to the bench.

Team Predictions: Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal

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Anything can happen in a north London derby, and Arsene Wenger will be hoping that luck goes his way for tonight's crunch clash with Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has already conceded that defeat this evening against Spurs would end the Gunners' title aspirations.

Mirror Football launches iPhone app

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The launch of the app, which will have a one-off price of £1.19, will bring the Mirror's specialist, standalone football website to a new audience of iPhone users.

VIDEO: Guess what? He’s back..

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van Persie included in squad to face Spurs

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After almost 6 months out of action, Arsenal forward Robin van Persie has been included in the Gunners squad set to face Tottenham tomorrow evening.

The exprienced Dutch frontman suffered ankle ligament damage after 10 minutes of an international friendly match with Italy in November and he recently returned to full training where Arsene Wenger feels he is physically fit.

Defeat on Wednesday would ‘end’ title hopes, admits Almunia

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Manuel Almunia has admitted that a loss for Arsenal tomorrow against Spurs would all but end their chances of winning this season's Premier League trophy.

The Gunners 'keeper, speaking a week after Arsenal's defeat at Barcelona, also revealed that he expects the atmosphere to be much tougher than the one he faced at the Nou Camp.

Videos: Clichy & van Persie have darts competition!

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Sunday proves to be superb for Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger will certainly be in positive spirits ahead of Wednesday's trip to White Hart Lane, after watching Spurs play 120 minutes against Portsmouth — and losing in the process.

The Arsenal boss would have been pleased to see his bitter north London rivals pick up injuries, with Harry Redknapp's men also likely to be fatigued for the midweek game.

Team Predictions: Barcelona v Arsenal + Shirt competition!

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Arsenal arrived in Spain earlier this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's crunch clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Defensive worries could hinder the Gunners' potential progress into the semi-finals, as Alex Song has been ruled out with a knee injury and Sol Campbell is unsurprisingly fatigued after playing on Saturday against Wolves.

Three stats that bode well ahead of tonight’s game..

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Barcelona have won 85% of games with Ibrahimovic in the side compared to 50% when the Swede is missing. Arsenal have the best attacking record in the Champions League this season: 20 goals in 9 games. The Gunners have always won when Nicklas Bendtner has been on the scoresheet this season: 8 games, 8 wins.

Rosicky & Silvestre start at the Nou Camp

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Tomas Rosicky has been passed fit to play against Barcelona this evening.

The Czech midfield maestro was a doubt after he sustained bruising on his calf due to a poor challenge from Wolves' Karl Henry at the weekend.

French defender Mikael Silvestre also starts. The 32-year-old put in an astute performance against Wolves during Saturday's 1-0 triumph.

Report & Highlights: Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal

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A supreme individual display from Lionel Messi saw him net four goals as Barcelona came from behind to beat Arsenal 4-1 at the Nou Camp and progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

Nicklas Bendtner had given Arsenal a surprise early lead, but after Messi had equalised two minutes later, he netted two more to complete his hat-trick before half-time.

VIDEO: Arsenal fans joke with Spanish TV presenter!

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There might be little to laugh about after last night's disappointing defeat at the Nou Camp, but Arsenal's fans have certainly cheered me up with this hilarious clip.

The video, from Spanish TV, shows a female presenter being drowned out to chants of 'You've only come to see Eboue' as well as another version of the song.

Marouane Chamakh can’t prevent Bordeaux defeat in CL quarter finals (Video)

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Arsenal target Marouane Chamakh couldn't send Bordeaux into the Champions League semi-finals despite a poachers goal against Lyon.

The 26-year-old, who has reportedly signed a pre-contract with the Gunners, finished a neat Bordeaux move off at the far post.

However, his goal wasn't enough as Les Girondins were knocked out on 2 3 on aggregate.

Arshavin stars in Pepsi ad with Messi & co

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