Just Arsenal Archives for January 2009

Sagna – Chelsea swept Arsenal aside!

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The Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna admitted that Chelsea were far superior to Arsenal in all departments in the 3-0 defeat on Sunday, but he bemoaned the bad luck of losing Robin Van Persie at such a vital game. In the two games since Van Persie got injured, Arsenal have failed to score, after scoring in every [.

Wenger – Chelsea were lucky and the ref was rubbish!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn't believe that the 3-0 loss to Chelsea was a fair reflection of the result, and after his depressed ramblings after the match he has now issued a statement explaining his thoughts on the game. But he started by giving the reasons Arsenal lost. The first reason he gave was that [.

Ashley Cole – I doubt Chelsea will beat the Invincibles record!

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The Chelsea defender Ashley Cole knows he is in a great team, but he doesn't think that anyone will ever beat the Arsenal Invincibles record of 49 games without defeat.

"I'm in a great team now but to go 49 games unbeaten is going to take a lot of beating," Cole said. "It was a bit freakish.

Van Persie – Placenta cure had no chance with my ankle

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The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie went to see the controversial "placenta cure" clinic run by Marijana Kovacevic in Serbia soon after being told of the extent of his injuries, but now says that with the new diagnosis there was no hope of it being successful.

But he doesn't regret the visit, despite it obviously being a waste of time.

Drogba – Arsenal are strong, and this game could decide the title!

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The Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is aware that Arsenal are probably Chelsea's main challengers for the Premiership, and thinks that tomorrows game could be a title decider.

He realises that a win for the Blues would create a massive gap against the Gunners, and could be good enough to give Chelsea an unassailable lead, but he also knows that it is not going to be in the slightest bit easy.

Time for Wenger to tie up Chamakh?

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With the news that Robin Van Persie will be out for the rest of the season, will the Arsene Wenger finally realise that he needs to draft another striker into the Arsenal team?

Could it be possible that Wenger has already come to an arrangement with the Bordeaux striker for him to move to the Emirates at Christmas?

Wenger – Arshavin will get over World Cup depression

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he didn't play Andrei Arshavin from the start of the losing game against Sunderland because of his depressed state.

Arshavin's country, Russia, had been beaten 1-0 by Slovenia to consign them to the also-rans in next summers tournament, and Arshavin admitted that he had told Wenger "I don't want to play football.

Wenger – Walcott won’t be playing anytime soon

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has returned to training with the first team, but Arsene Wenger has issued a warning that he will not be risking the young England star until he is certain he is 100% fit and back to his best. So there is little chance that he will be playing against Chelsea tomorrow.

Chamakh still wants Arsenal move in January!

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The Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh saw his team qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but still reiterated that he wanted to move to the Premiership next year, and if it would help Bordeaux to get a transfer fee then he would even move in January.

It seems that the reported interest from Juventus has not stopped him wishing to move to England, probably as he scored in a 2-0 win over the Italian team in the Champions League.

Eboue – Chelsea are strong and focused, but i believe in Arsenal!

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The Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Eboue thinks that it will be very difficult to beat Chelsea on Sunday, with his Ivory Coast team-mate Didier Drogba in such fantastic form, but he "believes in his team."

"I know this team, I know Chelsea, they have some really good players and I think that this game will be very difficult for both teams," Eboue said.

The day India woke up to Arsenal!

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Yesterday i published a brilliant story that Tony Attwood from Untold Arsenal had written especially for the 11Gunners website.

Well today i am now going to publish the reciprocal story that the 11Gunners wrote for Untold Arsenal! And here it is:

Arsenal and India: all you never knew

By 11 Gunners

When David Beckham curled one of his trademark free kicks at the ‘Theatre of Dreams', little he would have known that a nation was awakening into a sporting renaissance of sorts.

Arshavin tells Wenger -”I don’t want to play football”

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The Arsenal and Russia midfielder Andrei Arshavin has admitted that he is depressed after Russia failed to beat Slovenia in the World Cup Play-offs, and says that he is finding it hard to concentrate on the domestic competitions.

In an interview with the Russian Sport Express newspaper Arshavin said: "People close to me tell me that I need to forget what happened as soon as possible and turn my attention to club business, to the Champions League,"

"But that's easier said than done.

Tottenham close to signing Patrick Vieira?

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In a shock announcement this morning in the Mail, it seems that Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has been given permission to speak to the Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, and reports from Italy claim the Vieira is set to agree to a deal.

They say that Inter Milan have given their blessing to the move, and Harry is going to offer Vieira a £35,000 a week pay-as-you-play deal, and a "source close to the player" says he will accept if he is guaranteed regular first team action.

Arsenal have a defensive crisis before Chelsea game, but Silvestre feels confident!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking at his lack of defenders before facing a Chelsea team that is flying at the top of the Premiership, and it looks like he will have a couple of rookies holding the fort.

Kieran Gibbs was diagnosed with a broken metatarsal yesterday to put him on the treatment table alongside Gael Clichy and William Gallas.

Fran Merida to miss Man City game after straight red card last night

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The Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida was given a straight red card in last nights Reserve League top-of-the-table clash with Aston Villa, and will now not be available for the Carling Cup clash against Man City.

Arsenal were 1-0 up through Sanchez Watt just past the half-hour mark, when Merida gave him a perfectly placed centre from a freekick 25 yards out, but within four minutes Arsenal were educed to ten men.

Armand Traore – Being a Muslim has helped my career

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The Arsenal defender Armand Traore has become more depply immersed in the Muslim way of life and believes it has helped him in his life and his career.

He has decided to have an operation to remove his tattoos next summer as his Muslim faith forbids them.

"I am going under the knife at the end of the season to remove the tattoos," he said.

Drogba, Ballack, Lampard and Ashley Cole all fit to face Arsenal

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Just last week it was assumed that Chelsea's injury list meant that Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard would not be fit enough to face Arsenal in Sunday's crunch match at the Emirates, but the news today is that all three of them, plus Michael Ballack, will all now be able to play.

Didier Drogba broke a rib against Man Utd and was expected to be out for another fortnight, but he was fit enough to play against Porto last night.

Lightweight Arshavin guaranteed Barcelona move

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I am sorry but this is the best article i have seen for ages. Tony Atwwod from Untold Arsenal (one of the best Arsenal blogs around, okay maybe he is THE best) wrote this, and i love him for it!

Most newspapers have editorial conferences where the leading planners in the paper sit around a big table and argue about the main stories and features of the next edition.

Wenger – Gallas and Arshavin will be okay for Chelsea, but Gibbs is in a bad way

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw William Gallas and Andrei Arshavin injure each other when jumping for a cross from Cesc Fabregas last night, and he feared the worst, but after analyzing the injuries he has concluded they should both be okay to face Chelsea on Sunday.

But poor Kieran Gibbs is definitely out for at least three months after he suffered a broken metatarsal last night.

Wenger – We needed to win before Chelsea match

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was pleased with his teams performance in the 2-0 win over Standard Liege last night, especially in the first half, and expressed that it was important to bounce back after the loss against Sunderland, and renew the team's confidence before the meeting with League leaders Chelsea.

Arsenal set to beat Liverpool and Man City to sign English wonderkid

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The QPR youngster Raheem Sterling is considered one of the most promising young strikers in English football a the moment, and today's Sun says that he is close to agreeing to sign for Arsenal after talking to the Gunners youth supremo Liam Brady.

It seems that Liverpool and Man City have also made overtures to QPR, who could expect about £750,000 in compensation, but Arsenal are now favourites to sign him, especially as he won't have to move from his home in North London.

Wenger – If Vela does well i won’t move for Chamakh!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has lost two of his first choice strikers to injury, which has revived speculation that he may consider a move for the Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh in the January transfer window.

But Wenger is keen to see how his young Mexican star Carlos Vela performs in the next few weeks before making a decision on the transfer situation.

Liege confident of beating Arsenal tomorrow!

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The Belgian Champions Standard Liege are feeling confident ahead of tomorrows Champions League tie against arsenal at the Emirates.

Liege stunned Arsenal by taking a 2-0 early lead in the reverse fixture, and believe they should have won it, and the massive win against Olympiakos in the last round has boosted their belief.

Arsenal linked with £18m Italian goal machine

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Today's Arsenal transfer rumour comes out of Italy, and probably generated by the loss of Robin Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner to injury.

The Italian papers say that Arsene Wenger is considering an £18m bid for the prolific Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini, who has scored 8 goals in 13 appearances this season in Serie A.

Fabregas – I respect Chelsea, but we can beat them!

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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas thinks that this week is very important to Arsenal's season. They desperately need to beat the League leaders Chelsea next Sunday if they are going to seriously challenge for the title this year.

"The Chelsea game is vital. We have to win, and we will be ready for it.

Fabregas – Maybe Walcott got burned out, but he’s looking sharp again now!

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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas thinks that Theo Walcott has been really unlucky this season, and blames it on his involvement with the England U21's over the summer.

"It has been really bad luck for him since the start of the season probably because of what happened in the summer," said Fabregas.

Kroenke buys more shares and inches closer to Arsenal takeover

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The American billionaire shareholder has bought another ten Arsenal shares today, which takes him to just 0.1% away from a takeover at the club.

Just a few more and he will reach the 30% which will trigger his bid for a complete takeover at the club.

The BBC explained the official rules of what will happen if he gets the magic 30%.

The placenta used on Van Persie was from a woman – not a horse!

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The controversy surrounding the "miracle cure" clinic that the Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie visited last week, looks set to continue for a while.

The latest Premiership player to talk about his treatment in Serbia is the Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun, who insists that Marijana Kovacevic told him that he was using placenta from a woman to massage his leg, not from a horse as has been reported previously.

Wenger – We should still score without Van Persie

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw his team fail to score for the first time this season, and lose for the first time in 13 games, and he was not very impressed!

He refused to pinpoint the cause as the lack of Van Persie in attack, and says the team should be scoring goals even without the prolific Dutchman, and they now have the chance to prove it against Standard Liege in the Champions League.

Van Persie “quack placenta clinic” under fire from Serbian FA

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The Serbian FA have decided to join in the growing furore over the unlicensed "miracle cure" practised by Marijana Kovacevic on footballers from around the world, despite numerous claims that it has been proven to be successful.

The "placenta treatment" has been used by numerous Liverpool players, Arsenal's Robin Van Persie and Chelsea's Frank Lampard, amongst others, and a respected agent, Zoran Stojadinovic, said that Albert Riera has benefited from the treatment.

Sanchez Watt and Alex Song both sign new extended contracts at Arsenal, but no news on Merida

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The latest young star to emerge from Arsene Wenger's awesome academy is the 18 year-old striker Sanchez Watt. He made his first-team debut in the Carling Cup against West Brom earlier this season, and marked the occasion with his first goal for the club too.

He followed that up with another good game against Liverpool, and it seems he has done enough for Arsene Wenger to sign him up on a long-term deal, and it has been announced today that both he and Alex Song have committed their futures to Arsenal.