Gooner Talk Archives for January 2010

Koscielny deal to be announced at end of week

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VIDEO: van Persie’s brilliant goal against Cameroon

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Clichy, Diaby, Gallas & Sagna play in France defeat

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Hosts South Africa grabbed their first win of the 2010 World Cup by defeating France 2-1 but it failed to put them through to the second phase.

'Bafana Bafana' gave their fans the perfect gift in the 20th minute when central defender Bongani Khumalo nodded home from a Siphiwe Tshabalala corner.

Koscielny trains with Lorient ahead of Arsenal move (Video)

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Laurent Koscielny took part in a open-doors training session earlier this afternoon as the 24-year-old closes in on his £9 million move to Arsenal.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Lorient centre-back, as William Gallas' contract talks are believed to have reached an impasse while Sol Campbell's future is still undecided until after the World Cup.

France camp in disarray after Anelka sent home

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France striker Nicolas Anelka has been sent home from the World Cup after after refusing to apologise for his half-time rant at coach Raymond Domenech.

Anelka was asked to apologise by French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes and, upon refusing to do so, was asked to leave the squad.

VIDEO: Bendtner’s cheeky ‘Cruyff turn’ against Holland

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Koscielny: “I’ve met with Wenger & don’t want to miss this opportunity”

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Laurent Koscielny has lifted the lid on why he is so desperate to join Arsenal and how the move came about.

The 24-year-old only joined Lorient last summer for £1.5m and is growing frustrated at Lorient's demands as they try to push the fee higher.

"Arsenal is one of the biggest European clubs, who plays in the Champions League.

Arsenal away to Liverpool for Premier League opener

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Arsene Wenger's men finished third last season, a full 11 points behind champions Chelsea, and their quest for silverware this campaign could not get off to a more tricky start than a trip to Anfield.

Key fixture dates for the diary show a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on October 2nd, while the first north London derby against Spurs is scheduled for November 20th.

Gallas on the verge of Juve move

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William Gallas is close to leaving Arsenal after his representative met with Juventus officials in Turin on Tuesday, Tuttosport has revealed.

The 33-year-old's contract expires at the Emirates Stadium this month and refused to sign the Gunners' offer of a one-year contract extension.

VIDEO: Cesc stars in Spain advert

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This viral video was released by Nike before Spain's loss with Switzerland earlier this evening.

Unfortunately for them, the title is 'ES NUESTRO AÑO. SERÁ NUESTRA ERA' which translates as 'This is our year. Our era.'

Arsenal skipper Fabregas features towards the end of the video, enjoy!

Fabregas takes dig at Arsenal’s pre-match preparations

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Want-away Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Spain's pre-match preparations are better than those he has experienced whilst at the Emirates.

The 23-year old, who still has hopes of joining Barcelona this summer, admitted that the differences between club and international life are vast when it comes to preparing for their games.

Domino’s Football Frenzy

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Since pizza is one of England's favourite meals to eat while watching football, Domino's Pizza will follow the game together with all British fans. To coincide with England's campaign in South Africa, Domino's Pizza is hosting three competitions with delicious prizes.

Domino's Pizza has launched a competition on Facebook to find the current squad's best lookalikes.

What do YOU think of Arsenal’s new away kit?

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Arsenal have finally revealed what the 2010/11 away kit will look like.Â

The Gunners brand-new yellow jersey is meant to 'reflect their past' bringing the club back to its Woolwich Arsenal days.Â

‘Victoria Concordia Crescit', which translates as ‘Victory Through Harmony', can be found on the reverse of the club badge while redcurrant shorts and yellow socks complete the look.

Adebayor’s phone goes off live on TV!

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With little Arsenal-based news floating around at the moment, we've found this gem which is likely to make you laugh.

Emmanuel Adebayor has been doing punditry work for the BBC's World Cup coverage, and during today's Japan v Cameroon game the Togolese frontman's phone went off live on air!

VIDEO: Wenger & youth boys star in Nike viral

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Arsenal youngsters, along with boss Arsene Wenger, are starring in another Nike viral 'The Chance'.

'The Chance' gives youngsters a chance to win a place in the Nike Academy in the UK from July 2011 to May 2012, complete a pro-level football training program run by Nike and the Premier League, and play against top pro clubs.

Sagna, Gallas & Diaby start for France

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France XI: Lloris, Sagna, Abidal, Gallas, Evra, Govou, Toulalan, Diaby, Gourcuff, Ribery, Anelka

Lorient President: “The door stays open for Koscielny transfer”

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Lorient president Loic Fery remains adamant that a deal with Arsenal can be sorted for Laurent Koscielny, after revealing that the "door will stay open" for a possible switch.

Arsenal chief executive CEO Ivan Gazidis opened negotiations with the centre-back's club towards the end of May, but had the initial bids snubbed.

VIDEO: Cesc goal against Poland

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Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres returned to the scorers list as Spain ran Poland ragged in their final World Cup warm-up match.

The Spaniards warmed up well for their assault on the world with strikers David Villa and David Silva teaming together to make it 2-0 before the break.

Cole “hasn’t made mind up yet” over move

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Joe Cole has still not decided which club he'll be joining when his contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the month.

The 28-year-old will be released by the Blues when his contract expires on July 1st, with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp revealing that Cole will make up his mind on a deal at the end of the month.

Senderos joins Fulham on 3-year deal

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Philippe Senderos has joined Fulham on a free transfer after agreeing a 3-year deal with Roy Hodgson's men.

The 25-year-old is out-of-contract at the Emirates Stadium and he had already decided his future lies away from Arsenal in January. Senderos joined Arsenal at the end of 2002 from Servette, but he has played just over 50 games for the Gunners including the run to the Champions League final in the 05/06 season.

Bendtner close to comeback

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Nicklas Bendtner should be fit enough to play a part in Denmark's World Cup opener with Holland, according to team-mate Thomas Kahlenberg.

The 22-year-old has been been struggling with a groin injury and admitted yesterday that he's been frustrated at having to train by himself.

“I want to play in the Champions League”, says Koscielny

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Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny has admitted that he'd only join a club in the Champions League, as Arsenal prepare their third offer for the French starlet.

The 24-year-old has been hugely impressive for the Ligue 1 side, leading them to a seventh placed finish, after moving from Tours for £1.

Reports: Cole to sign after World Cup

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England ace Joe Cole will join Arsenal on a free transfer once he returns from the World Cup, according to The Mirror, Daily Mail and People newspapers.

The 28-year-old's contract at Chelsea runs out soon with Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger already revealing his interest in the talented playmaker.

Bendtner close to comeback, says Kahlenberg

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Nicklas Bendtner should be fit enough to play a part in Denmark's World Cup opener with Holland, according to team-mate Thomas Kahlenberg.

The 22-year-old has been been struggling with a groin injury and admitted yesterday that he's been frustrated at having to train by himself.

VIDEO: RvP scores cracker against Hungary

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Gallas goal gets chalked off in France defeat

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France lost 1-0 to China in their final warm-up match before the start of the World Cup in South Africa.Â

Deng Zhuo Xiang scored the winning goal in the 68th minute with a swerving free kick from 25 yards.Â

The result dealt a blow to France's confidence as the 2006 World Cup finalists have conceded a goal in each of their last three friendlies while scoring just twice.

Vela on the scoresheet while Cesc hits bar for Spain

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Carlos Vela and Cesc Fabregas were both in action for their respective countries earlier this evening. Gooner Talk have match summaries of both games with highlights also posted underneath.

Italy 1-2 Mexico

Goals from Carlos Vela and second-half substitute Alberto Medina helped Mexico to consign world champions Italy to a friendly defeat in Brussels.

Player Profile: Laurent Koscielny + video

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Arsenal are still on the hunt for Lorient centre back Laurent Koscielny after making a second bid for the highly-rated youngster.

Koscielny, 24, has been hugely impressive for the French side, leading them to a seventh placed finish, after moving from Tours for £1.2 million last summer.

Reports: Joe Cole weighing up Arsenal offer

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Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole will not make a final decision on his future until he returns from the World Cup, according to reports.

The 28-year-old England star is a free agent but his excessive wage demands of £120,000 a week have proved too much for Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.

Cesc staying put as Arsenal stand firm

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Arsenal have rejected Barcelona's bid for skipper Cesc Fabregas, meaning that the Spaniard is unlikely to depart the Emirates Stadium this summer.

The Catalan giants confirmed earlier they had submitted a written offer to the Gunners for the Spain midfielder and that the clubs were in "formal" discussions over a possible deal.

VIDEO: van Persie’s penalty against Ghana

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Walcott dropped by Capello

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Theo Walcott has been omitted from England's final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The 19-year-old was expected to make his way into the squad, but but a season of injuries and in-and-out form has cost him his place.

Three Lions boss Fabio Capello phoned him to break the news while Walcott was playing golf earlier this morning.