Gooner Talk Archives for January 2010

Jagielka’s injury prevents rumoured Arsenal move

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Everton defender Phil Jagielka's potential move to Arsenal has been put in doubt after the 27-year-old reportedly suffered a recurrence of his troublesome knee injury.

Fabregas “I want to continue to fight for every title possible”

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Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has openly revealed to Spanish magazine DIR Emotions that he is a Barcelona supporter, but also said that he wants to continue to "fight for every title possible" whilst at the Emirates.

The 23-year-old, who has been linked with a move back to former club Barca all summer, admitted that the last conversation he had with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was one of the "most difficult" he'd ever had.

Ronaldinho ruled out of the Emirates Cup

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Arsenal fans who were hoping to see AC Milan star Ronaldinho at the Emirates Cup have been left disappointed by the news that the Brazilian is set for a month on the sidelines with a muscle injury.

Schwarzer deal still on the cards despite arrival of Hughes

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Arsenal are set to rekindle their interest in Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer after former Manchester City boss Mark Hughes agreed to become the club's new manager.Â

It was originally thought that Hughes had priced himself out of the job by demanding to bring in his own backroom staff, but these reports appear to be wide of the mark which means he is now back in the frame for the role to replace Roy Hodgson.

Wenger looking to bring in experienced Mertesacker

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Germany defender Per Mertesacker is the player Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to bring in to solve the club's defensive crisis, according to Mirror Football.

Wenger wants needs to make at least two defensive signings, with both William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre departing.

Report & Highlights: SC Neusiedl 1919 0-4 Arsenal

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Arsenal continued their pre-season preparations by coasting to a 4-0 victory over Austrian part-timers SC Neusiedl 1919.

English forwards Theo Walcott and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored before the break before substitutes Marouane Chamakh and Carlos Vela added second-half goals.

Team Predictions: SC Neusiedl 1919 v Arsenal

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Arsenal play their second game of pre-season in Austria against third division side SC Neusiedl 1919 later this evening.

After comfortably disposing of Barnet last weekend, the Gunners continued their good pre-season with a 3-0 victory over Sturm Graz last Wednesday. France midfielder Samir Nasri scored twice to take his tally to three thus far.

Brady roasts Arsenal’s senior youngsters after heavy defeat

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Fringe players Mark Randall and Gavin Hoyte were slammed by Liam Brady after their awful showing against Welling United, Gooner Talk can reveal.

The attitude of some of the country's most privileged and highest paid youngsters was brought into question as the likes of Nacer Barazite and Jay Simpson were thumped 4-1 by Blue Square South side Welling.

The Gooner Talk & Young Guns Fantasy Football League 2010/11

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The 2010/11 Gooner Talk and Young Guns Fantasy Football League has opened its doors for the new season.

To play for free against thousands of football fans from around the world, here's all you have to do:

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Report & Highlights: SK Sturm Graz 0-3 Arsenal

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A double from Samir Nasri and a goal from Henri Lansbury gave Arsenal acomfortable 3-0 win over Austrian side Sturm Graz at the UPC Arena.

French midfield maestro Nasri struck twice in the first half to put Arsenal in control before highly-rated youngster Henri Lansbury added a deserved gloss to the scoreline with a well-taken goal after the break.

Goodbye and good luck Eduardo!

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Shakhtar Donetsk have announced the signing of Eduardo from Arsenal for a fee of £6.2 million.

The 27-year-old Croatian international failed to hold down a regular place with the Gunners last season as he struggled to regain form and fitness following a shocking double leg break at Birmingham City in February 2008.

Frimpong rewarded with start against Sturm Graz

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Nordtveit Djourou Vermaelen Traore
Wilshere Frimpong Nasri
Walcott Chamakh Arshavin

Team Predictions: SK Sturm Graz v Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger's side arrived for their annual pre-season tour of Austria on Monday night, and began training this morning in preperation for tomorrow's game against SK Sturm Graz.

The Gunners' traditionally come to Austria for the most intensive part of their pre-season; with barely any distractions and the sweltering heat and humidity being significant factors, this is where Arsenal's pre-season training truly begins.

Exclusive: Arshavin set to sign new contract

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Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin is close to sealing a contract extension with the Gunners, Gooner Talk understands.

The 29-year-old, who was linked with Barcelona in January, is expected to pen a 1-year extension which will see him at the club until 2013.

GPS tracking system makes its debut against Barnet

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Arsenal's medical team have finally introduced a new state-of-the-art GPS tracking system which is expected to ease the club's injury problems in the long term.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis announced the idea at a Q & A with Arsenal shareholders in May, with many of them questioning ways to reduce Arsene Wenger's injury list.

Reports: Eduardo closing in on €7.5m Shakhtar move

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Arsenal striker Eduardo is on the verge of completing a €7.5 million move to Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk, according to reports in Croatia.

The 27-year-old has never found his form since sustaining a horrific broken leg against Birmingham in February 2008.

Wenger: Gallas & Silvestre to leave & Joe Cole – “maybe”, Schwarzer – “no”

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that defenders William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre are expected to find new clubs shortly, while 'keeper Mark Schwarzer won't be joining the club anytime soon.

The Arsenal boss spoke on several issues after the 4-0 pre-season triumph over Barnet.

Joe Cole set to join Liverpool on a free transfer

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Reported Arsenal target Joe Cole is on the verge of completing a free transfer to Liverpool, with bookies across the UK suspending bets on him joining the Reds.

Highlights: Barnet 0-4 Arsenal

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New signing Koscielny starts at Underhill + Almunia surprise omission

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Arsenal's new defender Laurent Koscielny makes his pre-season debut against League 2 side Barnet today. The 24-year-old is joined by Harvard Nordtveit, who returns from a successful loan spell in Germany.

A mixture of youth and experience is incuded in the starting XI. Armand Traore, Jack Wilshere, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Jay Simpson all want to impress the watching Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Smalling shows Wenger why he was never worth £10 million (Video)

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Manchester United new-boy Chris Smalling conceded a penalty on his debut against Celtic — showing Arsene Wenger exactly why he was never worth the £10 million fee United paid for him.

Smalling, 20, famously chose Alex Ferguson's side over Arsenal last January, signing a pre-contract with the Red Devils.

Denilson ruled out of Barnet match due to injury

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Brazilian midfielder Denilson hasn't been included in Arsenal's 22-man squad to face Barnet tomorrow after suffering a reoccurence of the groin injury which dogged him towards the end of last season.

Team Predictions: Barnet v Arsenal

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Arsenal's pre-season gets underway at Barnet on Saturday afternoon with the Gunners' set to field a strong-looking starting eleven.

New signings Marouane Chamakh and Laurent Koscieleny are both expected play some part in the game, while a mixture of fringe and senior players are also included.

PICTURE: Cesc bundled into Barca shirt by Spain team-mates

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Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas is pictured below celebrating Spain's World Cup triumph by being bundled into a Barcelona shirt by Blaugrauna stars Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol.

Fortunately the 23-year-old was quick to take the shirt off after appearing rather embarrassed.

Wenger rules out signing an ‘offensive’ midfielder this summer

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Joe Cole won't be arriving at the Emirates Stadium this summer after Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that the Gunners are 'sufficiently covered' in the midfield department.

Cole, 28, has been the subject of transfer speculation from a whole host of clubs since the England ace was released by Chelsea at the end of June.

Fabregas sets up Spain’s World Cup winning goal

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Cesc Fabregas helped his Spain beat Holland 1-0 in the 2010 World Cup final to win the tournament for the first time in their history.

Both teams had chances to win the game in normal time but an extra half hour was needed to separate them and Andres Iniesta crowned a magnificent performance with the winning goal only four minutes from the end.

Koscielny reveals his strengths and weaknesses + more

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Laurent Koscielny has spoken for the first time to the French media since joining Arsenal and admits "everything has gone quickly for me".

The 24-year-old completed his £10 million + bonuses move from Lorient yesterday, who predominantly plays as a centre-back, made 40 appearances for the Ligue 1 side last season.

DJ Tim Westwood to front new ‘Pimp my World Cup’ campaign

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The News of the World has signed up hip-hop DJ Tim Westwood to front its brand new World Cup marketing campaign – promising to ‘pimp' its readers' experience of the tournament and, in the words of Westwood: "Turn your World Cup up to the max."Â

It is the first in a series of brand marketing activities featuring the DJ made famous fronting the MTV show ‘Pimp My Ride' and has been designed to promote the newspaper's market-leading football coverage and promotions in the run-up to this summer's tournament.

Koscielny transfer set to be ‘announced’ on Monday

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Laurent Koscielny has finalised personal terms with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis and according to reports in France his move to north London is expected to be announced on Monday.

The 24-year-old is expected to sign a 4-year deal worth more than £10 million, with bonuses also included after negotiations stalled with Lorient officials on Wednesday evening.

PICTURE: Arsenal restore Highbury Clock at the Emirates

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Arsenal's famous Highbury Clock has finally been brought back to the Emirates thanks to the continued 'Arsenalisation' work at the stadium.

The iconic clock, which was erected in the early 1930s by the then-manager Herbert Chapman, will expected to be in place for the start of the Emirates Cup at the end of the month.

Koscielny deal “hours or days” away from announcement

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Lorient's general director has revealed that Laurent Koscielny will wrap up his move to Arsenal in the coming "hours or days", with small administrative details yet to be agreed.

On Saturday, reports emanating from France suggested that an official announcement would be made on Monday, but it seems that both clubs are still negotiating over minor issues which are holding up the £10.

van Persie requests squad number change for new season

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Arsenal frontman Robin Van Persie has asked for his squad number to be changed for the new 2010/11 season, it has emerged.

The Dutchman, who will be playing in his first World Cup final on Sunday, is believed to want the number 10 made vacant by William Gallas ahead of the new season, becoming the first attacking player to take that number since Arsenal legend and countryman Dennis Bergkamp retired in 2006.

Arsenal finally announce Koscielny signing

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Arsenal have finally completed the acquisition of highly-rated defender Laurent Koscielny from French side Lorient.

The 24-year-old is Arsene Wenger's second major signing of the summer after Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh signed on a free transfer in May.

Schwarzer deal close as Fulham eye replacement

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Arsenal are closing in on Fulham 'keeper Mark Schwarzer after the Cottagers opened talks with Hull over bringing in Boaz Myhill as a replacement.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants a new first-choice goalkeeper and sees the 37-year-old former Middlesbrough shot-stopper as the ideal replacement for the shaky Manuel Almunia.

Arsenal finally announce Koscielny signing

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DJ Tim Westwood to front new ‘Pimp my World Cup’ campaign

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The News of the World has signed up hip-hop DJ Tim Westwood to front its brand new World Cup marketing campaign – promising to ‘pimp' its readers' experience of the tournament and, in the words of Westwood: "Turn your World Cup up to the max."Â

It is the first in a series of brand marketing activities featuring the DJ made famous fronting the MTV show ‘Pimp My Ride' and has been designed to promote the newspaper's market-leading football coverage and promotions in the run-up to this summer's tournament.

Koscielny deal “hours or days” away from announcement

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Lorient's general director has revealed that Laurent Koscielny will wrap up his move to Arsenal in the coming "hours or days", with small administrative details yet to be agreed.

On Saturday, reports emanating from France suggested that an official announcement would be made on Monday, but it seems that both clubs are still negotiating over minor issues which are holding up the £10.

van Persie requests squad number change for new season

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Arsenal frontman Robin Van Persie has asked for his squad number to be changed for the new 2010/11 season, it has emerged.

The Dutchman, who will be playing in his first World Cup final on Sunday, is believed to want the number 10 made vacant by William Gallas ahead of the new season, becoming the first attacking player to take that number since Arsenal legend and countryman Dennis Bergkamp retired in 2006.

Koscielny transfer set to be ‘announced’ on Monday

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Laurent Koscielny has finalised personal terms with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis and according to reports in France his move to north London is expected to be announced on Monday.

The deal is expected to sign a 4-year deal worth more than £10 million, with bonuses also included after negotiations stalled with Lorient officials on Wednesday evening.

PICTURE: Arsenal restore Highbury Clock at the Emirates

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Arsenal's famous Highbury Clock has finally been brought back to the Emirates thanks to the continued 'Arsenalisation' work at the stadium.

The iconic clock, which was erected in the early 1930s by the then-manager Herbert Chapman, will expected to be in place for the start of the Emirates Cup at the end of the month.