Gooner Talk Archives for January 2010

Vermaelen ruled out of Chelsea game, Cesc has “little chance”

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told reporters after the 3-1 win over Partizan Belgrade that Thomas Vermaelen will not be fit for Sunday's trip to Chelsea, while captain Cesc Fabregas has a "little chance."

Carlos Vela suspended from Mexico team for 6 months

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Arsenal and Mexico striker Carlos Vela has been suspended from playing for his national side for 6 months, after having an after-match party following their 1-0 friendly win over Colombia last week.

Vela's team-mate Efrain Juarez also received the lengthy ban, while a handful of other Mexican players were slapped on the wrists with fines.

Spurs put to the sword by superb Gunners

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Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri scored two penalties in extra-time to help Arsenal to a 4-1 victory over north London rivals Tottenham in the third round of the Carling Cup.

Reserves star Henri Lansbury had given the Gunners the lead in the first half at White Hart Lane, but Robbie Keane equalised just after the interval despite being in a clearly offside position.

Arsenal start with strong side for North London Derby

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Fabianski
Eboue Djourou Koscielny Gibbs
Wilshere Denilson Rosicky
Lansbury Vela Nasri

Subs: Almunia, Sagna, Clichy, Eastmond, Arshavin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Chamakh.

Should Wenger field a full-strength team against Spurs?

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will again use the Carling Cup to give the world a glimpse of the club's future by blooding his youngsters. The competition has been used by the Frenchman in the past to educate the likes of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere on the demands of first-team football.

Quality in Abundance

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Last night's 6-0 drubbing of Portuguese side Braga was Arsene's proteges at their very best. Of course, many pundits have been quick to nullify Arsenal's performance and classify it as a case of weak opposition, but the adage that there are no weak teams in this stage of the Champions League nevertheless rings true.

Gunners Showing Improvements

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This past Saturday's 4-1 drubbing of Bolton Wanderers was a good test for the squad in this new campaign. No one needs to be lectured about the boorish tactics which a majority of boss Owen Coyle's side employ. I suppose the x-rated challenges by Cahill, Davies, and Robinson could be discussed, but that dead horse has already been well and truly beaten.

Carlos Vela finishes off a 24-pass move (Video)

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Mexico striker Carlos Vela's goal for Arsenal against Bolton today ended a sequence of 24 passes, the most for a Premier League goal this season.

Vela scored Arsenal's fourth and final striker after being on the pitch for just 3 minutes.

It was the Gunners' 1001st Premier League goal under Arsene Wenger, one which is typically Arsenal-like.

Arsenal score their 1000th Premier League goal under Arsene Wenger

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Alex Song has scored Arsenal's 1000th Premier League goal under manager Arsene Wenger.

Manuel Almunia — One More Chance

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When Arsene Wenger revealed that the goalkeeper who started at Anfield on August 15th would be Arsenal's no.1Â for the 2010/11 campaign, most Gooners began to worry.

The Gunners chief failed to land Fulham's Mark Schwarzer despite a summer of interest, while Almunia had admitted that the possible imminent arrival of another experienced goalkeeper at Arsenal would be unsettling.

VIDEO: Arsenal new-boy Ryo Miyaichi

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Arsenal's newly-signed Japanese youngster Ryo Miyachi shows his technical ability in the video below.

The teenager, who was also said to be on the radars of European giants AC Milan and Ajax, will sign for the Gunners after his contract with Chukyo High School expires at the end of September.

Bendtner prepares for “big step forward” next week

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has begun his well-awaited return from injury by taking part in running exercises at London Colney, and the Dane admitted that next week he faces "a huge step forward" as he trains with the ball for the first time in 3 months.

My basic form is now fully in place, and I have started to sprint.

Transfer Window…The Mourning After

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Yesterday marked the closing of the transfer window, something we Gooners have come to fear/put all our hopes into. In past years, we've made some rather stunning purchases, but alas, the most obvious one of the entire summer never came to fruition. Call it what you may, from Wenger's intransigence to perceived failure of the higher-ups to nab his transfer targets, the purchase of a quality goalkeeper which the majority of fans thought was an obvious necessity never materialised in quite underwhelming fashion.

Transfer Window…The Morning After

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Yesterday marked the closing of the transfer window, something we Gooners have come to fear/put all our hopes into. In past years, we've made some rather stunning purchases, but alas, the most obvious one of the entire summer never came to fruition. Call it what you may, from Wenger's intransigence to perceived failure of the higher-ups to nab his transfer targets, the purchase of a quality goalkeeper which the majority of fans thought was an obvious necessity never materialised in quite underwhelming fashion.