Gooner Talk Archives for January 2010

VIDEO: RVP nets a brace against Mexico

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Walcott starts against Vela’s Mexico side

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Theo Walcott is more convinced than ever that he belongs on football's biggest stage, and he will have to let his feet do the talking during tonight's friendly against Mexico.

The Arsenal winger starts against a Carlos Vela-led side, with the England man admitting that he deserves to be in Fabio Capello's final 23-man squad.

Marouane Chamakh – Welcome to Arsenal

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VIDEO: Chamakh’s goals in the Champions League

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Marouane Chamakh is finally an Arsenal player.

Chamakh's arrival at the Emirates Stadium has been in the pipeline for several months after he revealed he would not be signing an extension to his contract allowing him to leave on a free this summer.

To celebrate his arrival, Gooner Talk have found a video of Chamakh's 5 goals in the Champions League for Bordeaux this season.

Arsenal finally announce Chamakh signing

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Arsenal finally signed Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux on a free transfer Friday after months of rumors over the Morocco striker's future.

The 26-year-old Chamakh was linked with Arsenal for several months before Friday's announcement.

Liverpool had also been rumored to be interested in Chamakh, who had been free to negotiate with clubs since January because he was in the last six months of his contract with Bordeaux.

Brilliant Premier League end of season compilation!

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Nasri left out of France’s World Cup Squad

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Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has not been included in Raymond Domenech's provisional 30-man squad for this summer's FIFA World Cup.

Les Bleus will go to the World Cup without Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, Nasri and former Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira after coach Raymond Domenech decided to omit all three from his provisional squad on Tuesday evening.

VIDEO: Vela’s sumptuous chip against Fulham

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Arshavin & van Persie start against Fulham + Chamakh could be at the game!

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Andrey Arshavin returns to the Arsenal starting line-up for the last game of the season against Fulham.

A point would secure third place and automatic Champions League qualification for the Gunners, with Tottenham lurking behind in fourth.

French fullback Gael Clichy returns from injury, while an inexperienced bench includes Henri Lansbury who has been on loan at Watford this season.

VIDEO: Marouane Chamakh — almost an Arsenal player

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Marouane Chamakh has admitted that it is extremely likely that he will be joining Premier League side Arsenal after stating that he will be playing in England next season.

26-year-old Chamakh has been with Bordeaux for a long time and his all action displays up front have been one of the main reasons why Bordeaux have been so successful in recent years,winning last seasons Ligue Un title and reaching this years Champions League semi finals.

Happy Birthday Cesc!

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VIDEO: van Persie’s first goal back since his return

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Vela & Traore start against Blackburn

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Carlos Vela has been handed a start ahead of Eduardo at Ewood Park today.

The Mexican striker, who has seen limited game time this season, plays upfront with Theo Walcott and the returning Robin van Persie.

French fullback Armand Traore also plays while Alex Song, Gael Clichy and Nicklas Bendtner are being rested.

Arshavin’s agent: “Time will tell” on Barcelona move

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Andrey Arshavin's contradictory agent has once again stirred up speculation that the 28-year-old will be leaving Arsenal in the coming months, by refusing to rule out a summer move to Barcelona.

Earlier last week the Russia international heaped praise on Barcelona and said playing for the Spanish champions at some stage "would be the peak of my career".

Team Predictions: Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal

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Arsenal play Blackburn tomorrow in a game which is likely to have an 'end of season' feel about it.

The Gunners still haven't fully secured third place yet, but a point against Blackburn will almost certainly wrap it up with Spurs and Man City lurking closely behind.

Russian maestro Andrey Arshavin is a major doubt to play in Monday's clash, while Johan Djourou and Kieran Gibbs both took part in training this week, although neither will be considered due to lack of match practice.