Gooner Talk Archives for January 2010

VIDEO: The Spirit of Adams lives on

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Tony Adams is probably the greatest captain Arsenal have ever had not only for his outstanding leadership qualities, but also for the way he overcame adversity, both on and off the pitch.

In contrast, Arsenal's players of today are often called spineless and cowardly. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Schwarzer: “I’m biding my time waiting for things to happen”

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Fulham shot stopper Mark Schwarzer has spoken about his pending move to Arsenal, admitting that he's "waiting for things to happen".

Manager Arsene Wenger has been chasing the 37-year-old Australia keeper all summer but two separate £2m offers have been rejected.

And despite Manuel Almunia's man-of-the-match performance in the 2-1 win at Blackburn, Wenger believes he needs a new goalkeeper to sustain a credible title challenge.

Juventus close in on Traore signing

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Italian giants Juventus are close to signing Arsenal youngster Armand Traore on loan, with the Frenchman flying into Turin today to complete the move.

The story, which first emerged on Sky Sports News yesterday afternoon, became concrete after Juventus director general Beppe Marotta stated that he had asked for Traore on loan.

Wilshere arrested and released on bail

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was arrested early on Sunday morning and released on bail.

More to come.

Champions League draw in full + Squillaci won’t play at Blackburn

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Arsenal have arguably been handed a favourable Champions League group draw, after being paired with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, Portugal's SC Braga, and FK Partizan of Belgrade.

The draw was made earlier this evening and many pundits are already suggesting that the Gunners will breeze through their group.

Vermaelen yet to give away possession this season

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There may have only been two league games played this season, but even opposition fans have got to admit that this particular statistic is outstanding.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is yet to give the ball away in 180 minutes of Premier League football, with all of his 69 passes being to his own team-mates.

Bendtner on the road to recovery

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Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner has revealed that he'll wait for his groin injury to "completely clear up" before making a return to action for the Gunners.

The striker had surgery to rectify the problem in November last year, but said the pain had returned during Denmark's World Cup campaign in South Africa.

Mini-Bio & Video: Sebastien Squillaci

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Arsenal look set to announce the signing of Sebastien Squillaci tomorrow evening, making him Arsene Wenger's third acquisition of the summer.

Experienced French international Squillaci will sign a 3-year deal after Sevilla accepted Arsenal's £5.3 million offer for the defender.

Squillaci set to sign for Arsenal on 3 year deal

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Sebastien Squillaci will become Arsenal's third signing of the summer shortly — after it was announced that he would fly to London tonight ahead of a medical at the club's London Colney training ground tomorrow morning.

The 30-year-old's departure from Sevilla was revealed on their official website, with a 3-year deal in the region of £5.

Gunners squash the Tangerines – Arsenal 6-0 Blackpool

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Arsenal comprehensively beat newly-promoted Blackpool by 6 goals to nil. A Theo Walcott hattrick was one of the highlights of the match.

Ian Holloway's side had Ian Evatt sent off early on for a challenge on Marouane Chamakh and from then on the game was only going to get worse for the Seasiders.

Arsenal v Blackpool – Fabregas & van Persie on the bench

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Almunia (c)
Sagna Song Vermaelen Clichy
Wilshere Diaby Rosicky
Walcott Chamakh Arshavin

Subs: Fabianski (GK), Djourou Gibbs, Eboue, Fabregas, Vela, van Persie.

“There’s a little bit of a darker side in him” (Video proof to back up Wenger’s claims)

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he would have loved to see Paul Scholes in a Arsenal shirt, but revealed that he doesn't admire the tackling side of the veteran midfielder.

The Manchester United star has started the season in brilliant form and, while Wenger is a massive fan, he does have issues with the little genius.

Jack Wilshere starts at Anfield

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Arsene Wenger has handed a start in midfield to 19-year-old Jack Wilshere, as the youngster gets given a chance to show what he's all about.

The other major team news is that goalkeeper Manuel Almunia starts and captains the side.

There is no place in the starting XI for either Robin van Persie or Cesc Fabregas, with the latter being ruled out altogether due to a chest infection.

“I don’t like Tottenham. At Arsenal, no one likes Tottenham,” says Denilson

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Samba star Denilson has spoken of his dislike towards Tottenham and admitted — "They're not going to achieve more than us this season."

The 22-year-old, who is in the travelling squad set to face Liverpool tomorrow, also revealed his hopes and ambitions for the upcoming season in an exclusive interview with The Sun.

Almunia expected to start league opener despite Schwarzer interest

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will play Manuel Almunia in goal against Liverpool this Sunday, despite Mark Schwarzer's urgency to push through a move to the Emirates before the new-season begins.

The 37-year-old has been linked with a move to North London and former boss Roy Hodgson was ready to let him go until he himself left for Anfield.

Arshavin fit for Liverpool clash

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Russia playmaker Andrey Arshavin has declared himself fit to face Liverpool this weekend, as the 28-year old searches for his sixth goal in 3 games against the Reds.

The Arsenal midfielder has a habit of scoring against Sunday's opponents and boss Arsene Wenger was made to sweat on his fitness after Arshavin sustained a muscle injury last week.

Will this help bring an end to Arsenal’s injury problems?

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Harland.. hoping to ease the injuries

Arsenal have made arguably their most important acquisition of the summer — experienced physio Simon Harland who could provide at least part of the answer to the Gunners injury problems which plagued them throughout last season.

What are YOUR expectations for this season? + Polls

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Arsenal's much anticipated Premier League campaign begins this Sunday with a trip to Anfield to face rivals Liverpool. The fixture is the perfect chance for fans to wet their appetites ahead of a long season for Arsene Wenger's new-look outfit.

The Frenchman promised experience would top his summer shopping list, and he didn't dissapoint.

VIDEO: Walcott, Wilshere & Gibbs train with England

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Arsenal trio Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs trained with England today at the Gunners' London Colney training ground ahead of Wednesday's international friendly against Hungary.

Both Wilshere and Gibbs were drafted in by Three Lions boss Fabio Capello for the midweek friendly and could win their first caps for their country.

Spahic stays quiet on possible departure

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Montpellier fans are suggesting that Emir Spahic could have said his final goodbyes after the defender refused to rule out leaving the Ligue 1 club last Wednesday.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been heavily linked with a move for the 29-year-old, who has only spent one season at current club Montpellier.

I look towards the future with optimism, says Fabianski

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Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has revealed he has developed a "hard skin" after being on the receiving end of critcism for his errors in goal last season.

The Gunners' back-up shot-stopper was criticised for a number of high-profile errors last season when deputising for Manuel Almunia, who was then currently sidelined through injury.

Match Report: Legia Warsaw 5-6 Arsenal

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Arsenal fought their way back from 3-0 down to thump six past Legia Warsaw in a hugely entertaining, if somewhat defenceless, encounter.

The North Londoners found themselves three goals behind after just 37 minutes thanks to some truly woeful defending. Then goals from Marouane Chamakh and a brace from Emmanuel Eboue put them level before Kieran Gibbs made it 4-3 to the Gunners.

Frimpong & Wilshere start against Legia Warsaw

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Sagna Koscielny Vermaelen Clichy
Wilshere Frimpong Nasri
Walcott Chamakh Rosicky

The moment Robin van Persie told Arsenal fans Cesc was staying (Video)

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VIDEO: Arsenal squad for Legia game revealed

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Squad to face Legia Warsaw tomorrow: Fabianski, Szczesny, Sagna, Clichy, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Nordtveit, Walcott, Frimpong, Emmanuel-Thomas, Rosicky, Lansbury, Vela, Nasri, Chamakh.

Team Predictions: Legia Warsaw v Arsenal

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Arsenal play their final pre-season friendly tomorrow against Legia Warsaw. Less than a week later, the real stuff begins as the Gunners' travel to Anfield for their Premier League opener at Anfield.

Arsene Wenger's side have had a good pre-season thus far, winning 4 out of their 5 games, but more importantly the new signings, Chamakh and Koscielny and younger players Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong, have impressed.

What do YOU make of Cesc’s statement?

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Cesc Fabregas has insisted that he is fully focused on playing for Arsenal after committing himself to the London club for another year, ending speculation over a possible move to Barcelona.

The midfielder, who attended Arsenal's Members Day yesterday, had been widely believed to be moving to the Nou Camp where he started his career, with a succession of Barca players encouraging him in public.

VIDEO: Players’ Entrance at Members Day 2010

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Thanks to ZikoGunner from ASCFR for the video. There'll be more to follow!

Members Day 2010 Gallery — Cesc is back

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Cesc Fabregas returned to training with Arsenal on Thursday and lined up for a team photo at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners captain has been at the centre of speculation linking him with a return to Barcelona all summer.

Barca, the club with whom Fabregas began his career, made a £30million bid for the midfielder earlier this summer, only to be told by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger that the player was not for sale at any price.

Bendtner ruled out until October

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Nicklas Bendtner won't be fit for Arsenal until October at the earliest, after the Dane revealed the length of his injury during a Q & A session at Emirates Stadium this afternoon.

The 22-year-old underwent surgery last November but the injury hampered his World Cup campaign with Denmark and he has now told fans not to expect him back in the side until mid-October.

Wilshere & Gibbs not included in England Under-21′s squad

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Arsenal youngsters Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs have not been selected in Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 squad for the upcoming friendly with Uzbekistan — a sign that the duo could be promoted to Fabio Capello's senior side.

Both players were expected to be involved in the upcoming 2014 European Championship qualifiers, with 18-year-old Wilshere impressing throughout Arsenal's pre-season campaign.

Galatasaray eye Rosicky acquisition

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Turkish giants Galatasaray are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky, with Gala officials meeting

Montpellier: “There has been no contact at present”

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French Ligue 1 side Montpellier has denied that there has been any contact with Arsenal over the possible transfer of defender Emir Spahic, via a statement on their official site.

Reports emanating out of Spahic's homeland Bosnia yesterday suggested that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was close to securing a deal for the 29-year-old.

Arsenal open talks with Montpellier over Spahić

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Montpellier defender Emir Spahić has revealed that talks with Arsenal have "gone as planned" and admitted that a move could be "completed soon".

The Bosnia centre back captained his national team during an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign, which saw them narrowly miss out on an appearance in South Africa.

Barca captain Puyol denies Cesc quotes

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Barcelona's World Cup winner Carlos Puyol has rubbished quotes from The Sun where he reportedly claimed that Arsenal "haven't matched" Cesc Fabregas' expectations.

Throughout the summer no fewer than 8 Barca players have spoken out on how Fabregas should join the Catalan club.

VIDEO: Arsenal target Emir Spahić

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Bosnia captain and experienced defender Emir Spahić is a target for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, however the club have yet to make a formal offer for the 29-year-old.

Montepellier stopper, Spahić, who moved to France from Lokomotiv Moscow last summer, would be a much cheaper option than Germany international Per Mertesacker.

League opener could come too soon for Cesc & co

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A whole host of senior players might not be ready for Arsenal's Premier League opener against Liverpool at Anfield in 13 days time.

With just one pre-season friendly left, the likes of Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas were expected to play some part in the Gunners' trip to Warsaw on Wednesday.

Arsenal win Emirates Cup + Wenger on Frimpong & Mertesacker

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Arsenal's English contingent showed Three Lions boss Fabio Capello exactly what talent he has waiting in the wings after the duo impressed during the Gunners' Emirates Cup winning 3-2 victory over Celtic.

Walcott's ingenuity created the third-minute opener for Mexican striker Carlos Vela, while youngster Wilshere showed superb trickery against a Bhoys side who almost put on a late comeback.