Just Arsenal Archives for January 2010

Do we want Tottenham to win at Old Trafford? Yes!

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Come onnnnnn Tottenham! Come onnnnn Tottenham! Its not often you will hear me cheering for the Spuds, but I would just love them to take all three points away from Man Utd in this evening's game at Old Trafford. The last time Spurs won there was in 1989 when Gary Linneker scored the winner, but with [.

Wenger – Wilshere and Szczesny are ready to sign new contracts

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is very hopefully that the club will soon be able to announce new contract extensions for both Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny (From now on to be referred to as Chesney after last nights discussion!) Chesney only has six months left on his deal, but Wilshere is still 18 months away [.

Should Bendtner and Walcott start against West Ham?

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Now that Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott have returned to full fitness, as they proved in the midweek win over Newcastle, should Arsene Wenger let them both start again today against West Ham? With the Champions League match against Shakhtar coming up on Wednesday, it is time for Wenger to start his squad rotation tactics to [.

Wenger admits Szczesny negotiations, tells a joke, then makes fun of reporters!

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Arsene Wenger had quite an interesting press conference today ahead of tomorrows match against West Ham, and after all the pressure he has had to put up with so far this season, he seemed reasonably calm, relaxed and generally amused! First of all he was asked about the excellent performance of Wojciech Szczesny against Newcastle, and [.

Wenger – The priority remains the Champions League

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Arsene Wenger has spoken to the press again about Arsenal's aims for the season, and although he re-iterated the desire for Arsenal to "go as far as they can" in every single competition that they enter, there must sill be certain competitions that take priority, like the Champions League, as it is the most important [.

Wenger – We will see the REAL Bendtner in the next few weeks!

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The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is pleasantly surprised at how strongly Nicklas Bendtner has returned from injury. The Danish international scored one excellent goal when he came on as a substitute at the end of Arsenal's win at Manchester City, and scored with another brilliant effort in the 4-0 win at [.

Who is the Arsenal target Benedikt Howedes?

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There have been numerous rumours lately (including the Daily Mail this morning) linking Arsenal with the Shalke centre-back Benedikt Howedes, but how many people have actually heard of this young German before? Well he is 22 years old, and was languishing in the reserves at Schalke until 2008, but he quickly established himself once he was [.

Celtic want Szczesny in January

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Arsenal's goalkeeping situation has been complicated (to say the least) since Arsene Wenger made a concerted attempt to sign Mark Schwarzer during the summer transfer window. He kept faith with Manuel Almunia over Lukasz Fabianski at the beginning of the season, with Mannone and Szczesny in reserve. Just a couple of months later and Vito Mannone [.

Arsenal v West Ham team news and Predict the Score competition

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Arsenal have jumped back into second place in the Premiership and can now start brushing aside opponents while waiting for Chelsea to inevitably drop points, starting with the visit of lowly West Ham United this weekend. Arsene Wenger will be pleased to have a very large fit squad to choose from as Fabregas, Bendtner and Walcott [.

Houllier – I want to avoid Arsenal, they’re flying!

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Arsenal have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup with every intention of going all the way this season, but there are some difficult teams in the draw with them. Man Utd made hard work of beating Wolves on Tuesday, and Alex Ferguson seems to have taken over from Wenger's policy of only playing his [.

Walcott – We really want to win the Mickey Mouse Cup!

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott had a brilliant return from injury by scoring twice in last nights Carling Cup win over Newcastle, but he made it quite clear that the team intends to try and win the competition, even though many people don't consider it to carry much prestige. Just last season Arsene Wenger himself said [.

Wenger – Walcott will continue to develop

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Theo Walcott may have only just returned from injury, but he marked his return by carrying on from where he left off, scoring goals. He scored twice as Arsenal went through to the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup as usual, and Nicklas Bendtner also scored again to show he is back to full fitness. But Wenger [.

Wenger – We’re in it to win it!

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Arsene Wenger is famous for playing his youth team in the Carling Cup to give them much-needed experience of competitive games, but with the need for Arsenal to end their trophy drought, Wenger has decided to play a team made out of 80% experienced players in an attempt to get past Newcastle and into the [.

Wenger hits back at Fabianski boo-boys

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Arsene Wenger has stated that tonight he will be playing the young Pole Wojciech Szczesny in goal against Newcastle tonight, and he has used the opportunity to express that he was annoyed by the criticism aimed at him for keeping faith with his other Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski. After a run of bad performances at the [.

Newcastle v Arsenal team news – Toons to play reserves so bet on Arsenal!

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As we know Arsene Wenger has indicated that he intends to play a strong team for Arsenal's visit to Newcastle in tonights Carling Cup match at St James Park, but he has also said that Wojciech Szczesny, Craig Eastmond, Henri Lansbury and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas are expected to figure at some stage, while Nicklas Bendtner and [.

Wenger hints at his next new striker

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Everybody knows that Arsenal have been decimated by injuries since the summer, and although Arsene Wenger splashed a little bit of cash on bringing in Marouane Chamakh, it is still common knowledge that one more top class striker is needed to cover for the never-ending injury problems. Robin Van Persie is perpetually on the treatment [.

Arsenal transfer rumours October!- Afellay, Lukaku and Mertsacker

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I am amazed to find that there is enough Arsenal gossip around to make an article, despite there still being another ten weeks until the window opens. But I think we can blame Arsene Wenger for encouraging them as he said last week: "We have still resources available to bring one or two players in [.

Fabianski – Time for an apology?

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Is there any Arsenal fans out there that can honestly say that they have never criticised Lukasz Fabianski since the end of last season? Come on, everyone knows you were sniggering behind his back and calling him names, like FlappyHandski, and shouting for Wenger to get rid of him (and Almunia!) during the transfer window.

Tony Pulis is right! Wenger HAS influenced referees!

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Since the start of this season, the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has seemed to launch a one-man cusade against reckless tackling in the Premier League, and has come under fire from other managers for his comments. Sam Alladyce, Owen Coyle and Tony Pulis have all accused Wenger of trying to influence referees ahead of clashes against [.

Fabianski – Great win! But don’t forget the clean sheet!

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The (current) Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was very happy that the team easily beat a ten-man Man City, but was even more pleased that he (and the defence of course!) managed to keep his first clean sheet out of eight away matches this season. He said: "I'm just happy that I could help my team and [.

Wenger – Nasri is now a great player!

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The Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has gradually works his way into the Arsenal first team, and this season his performances have warranted his name being one of the first on the team-sheet every week. He has played nearly every game and is now the Gunners top scorer this season with an amazing 7 goals in 9 [.

Mancini – We would have beaten Arsenal with 11 men

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The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is convinced that the referee made a mistake in sending off Boyata after just five minutes of the match against Arsenal yesterday, and also believes that his team would have taken all three points if he had stayed on the pitch. "I do not agree with the referee.

Has this Arsenal victory changed Adam Kemp’s mind?

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An occasional Guest Poster on Just Arsenal, Adam Kemp, has often been villified by the readers for his pessimistic outlook on Arsene Wenger's management abilities, but surely after yesterday's brilliant game (and result!) he will be feeling more optimistic about Arsenal's chances of a trophy this season?

Can Bendtner and Walcott make a big difference today?

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Arsenal have been (as usual) ravaged by injuries in the last couple of months, but the situation is easing slowly back to normality. The return of Fabregas for the Shakhtar victory is a great boost to the team and he is certain to lead out the Gunners at the Eastlands this afternoon. Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent [.

Fabregas – We were unstoppable, but we have to keep calm!

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An Arsenal side with their captain Cesc Fabregas in it has an air of invincibility about it that seems to be missing when he isn't on the pitch, and so it proved yet again yesterday. Despite missing a penalty, Fabregas was still given the Man of the Match award for his leadership qualities, and he [.

Wenger – Arsenal can’t afford the wages of a star like Rooney

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he thinks that the wage offered to Wayne Rooney by Manchester United seems shocking, but he has nothing against it if the club can afford it, and he doesn't think that Arsenal could afford to pay any one player that amount in wages, despite the massive profits [.

Walcott – Man City are strong, but anything can happen!

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is aware that Man City will be very difficult to beat at the Eastlands today, but he thinks that in this years Premier League this season anything could happen! "Man City have some fantastic players, but we have just to take the positives from the Shakhtar game and I am sure [.

Clichy – We have winning mentality, but injuries get in the way

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The Arsenal defender Gael Clichy really believes that his team could be beating top sides like Chelsea and making a serious challenge for the Premiership title. It has been suggested that the the Gunners are not mature enough or don't have a "winning mentality", but he believes it is luck and injuries that have always [.

Wenger – I think Premier League and UEFA will fight over Fair Play Rules

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Although Arsenal are one of the best managed clubs in the country, and make a healthy profit every year, the same can not be said about the other 19 teams in the Premiership, and Arsene Wenger thinks that this is going to lead to a confrontation between EUFA and the Premier League over the new [...]

Wenger – Arshavin is better than you think!

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There has been a lot of criticism of Andrei Arshavin from the fans lately for his seeming lack of enthusiasm on the pitch, and in an article I wrote yesterday regarding his contracts talks, 80% of the comments were in favour of selling the little Russian. But Arsene Wenger thinks that the figures show that he [.

It’s official! FIFA announce Wenger as the Manager of the Decade!

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It seems it is time for the Wenger Haters to sit up and listen to this bit of news, as the official FIFA Statistics department, known by the catchy name of International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFTS), have done an in-depth study of all the votes for the first nine years of this [.

Arsenal defence still a worry ahead of crucial Man City clash (Preview and Predict the Score comp)

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The undoutedly biggest game of the weekend is Arsenal's visit to the Eastlands on Sunday, and the winning team will be rightly considered to be Chelsea's biggest challengers for the title this season. Arsenal could move above City on goal difference with a win, or Roberto Mancini's side could open up a six-point gap on the [.

Wenger – We have weaknesses, but we will try to win everything this year!

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There will be a million stories about Arsenal today after the shareholders meeting yesterday, but one of the most interesting quote that caught my eye was Arsene Wenger saying that he intended to go for every trophy this season, which gives me hope that we could have a day out at Wembley next year (whether [.

Arshavin contract talks falter – Should Wenger sell him?

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The Russian winger Andrei Arshavin has been roundly criticised for his seeming lack of enthusiasm on the pitch for Arsenal this season, and he started on the bench on Tuesday and was only brought on when it was clear Arsenal had sewn up the points. Many fans have advocated leaving Arshavin out of the team for [.

Wenger – I have money to spend, but I won’t!

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Arsene Wenger has (as usual) told the fans and shareholders that he has funds to buy players in the January transfer window, but he will only buy someone if he thinks that they can fit in with the Arsenal way of playing. He hardly needs to tell us that he has got the money available, [...]

Rosicky – No room for bad luck, It’s time to prove ourselves!

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The Czech midfielder Thomas Rosicky was instrumental in Arsenal's Champions League demolition over Shakhtar Donetsk, and he thinks it is time for the Gunners to carry that form over into the Premier League, starting with this weekends crunch match against moneybags Manchester City. Many considered that Arsenal were unlucky to lose to Chelsea a few weeks [.

Fabregas – It won’t be easy to win at Man City, but we’re feeling good!

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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has returned from his hamstring injury just in time to lead out the Gunners in the crucial Premiership match against Man City at the Eastlands this weekend, but admits that it has never been easy to beat them, even before they started spending hundreds of millions in the transfer market.

Arsenal won’t sign Rooney, but Tottenham would!

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The Man Utd and England striker Wayne Rooney has made it clear that he won't be signing a new contract at Man Utd, despite Alex Ferguson promising to make him the best paid player in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger was never likely to pay the amount of wages that Rooney would command, and it would [.

Wenger – Walcott and Fabregas could figure tonight

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Arsene Wenger is happy to see that both his captain Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott have recovered from minor setbacks to their injuries, but he is not certain yet if either of them will start tonight's game against Shakhtar Donetsk. He admitted that both of them are in the squad today, but he is yet [.

Arshavin and Diaby dropped as Arsenal romp home

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There was a new incisiveness about Arsenal last night as Arsene Wenger made some slight changes to the formation of the team. Everyone was extremely happy to see the captain Cesc Fabregas return to the team and partner Jack Wilshere in midfield for the first time. You would think that Wenger had been reading Just Arsenal News [.

Arsenal interest confirmed in giant Senegalese defender

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It seems that Arsene Wenger is still keen on reinforcing the Arsenal defence as it has been revealed today that the Gunners are maintaining their long-held interest in the Tromso defender/midfielder Kara Mbodj. Arsenal have been watching the Senegalese giant for the last few months and it has been noted that he can play either in [.

I’m going to sell Arshavin and buy Akinfeev! What would you do?

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Every Arsenal fan this summer had an opinion on who Arsene Wenger should have bought and sold to improve the squad, and every week we all argue on Just Arsenal about who the Prof should be dropping to the bench (like Arshavin and Diaby last night!) or who he should be playing week-in and week-out. Do [.

Wenger – Arsenal are NOT a dirty team!

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Arsene Wenger has been publicly proclaiming that there are many teams in the Premiership that have no qualms about aiming to hurt his more skilful Arsenal players every week, and he has sparked a massive debate about the quality of tackling at the highest level. But his words came back to bite him this week when [.

Arsenal v Shakhtar Predict the Score competition

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Mannone goes to Hull and Xulu fails to make the grade

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So the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has finally made up his mind which one of his four goalkeepers he is going to discard this season, as we hear that Vito Mannone has joined Hull City on loan until January for now. Both Mannone and Wojciech Szczesny had both voiced their displeasure at being left out in [.

Van Persie to return in time for meaningless International friendly!

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The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie hasn't played for the Gunners for the last seven weeks since he injured his ever-problematic ankle in the match against Blackburn at the beginning of the season, but he is expected to recover in the next couple of weeks. The bad news is that he will be ready just in [.

Eduardo – Our Brazilians can surprise Arsenal

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Shakhtar Donetsk may not be one of the European powerhouses, but they are building up a good reputation in Europe with yearly appearances in the Champions League. They have also rebuilt the team with a Brazilian heartbeat, with no less than seven Brazilians in the side if you count the Brazilian-born Croatian international Eduardo.

Wilshere admits fault but Chamakh denies everything!

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Arsenal are now officially the dirtiest club in the Premiership according to the latest stats. They show that the Gunners are the only club in the Premiership to have been given three red cards up to this stage of the season, and this weekend's culprit, Jack Wilshere, admits that he fully deserved to be sent [.

Is Chamakh a blatant diver? Scott Dann thinks so!

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A few weeks ago I got an email from an Arsenal fan in America (Hi Rick!), who asked if he was the only one that thought Marouane Chamakh seemed to fall over in the box very easily. I didn't think much about it at the time, but after Saurdays game, maybe it's time to ask [...]

Bendtner – I’ll still get 20 goals this season

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You just can't help but admire the mans limitless confidence, and Nicklas Bendtner is never worried about not meeting his targets. His prediction that he would win the Golden Boot at the World Cup and help Denmark to the title was the last big one I remember! But now the Arsenal striker is fully recovered from [.

Fabianski, Eboue, Djourou, Squillaci & Clichy – Is Arsenal’s defence strong enough?

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With the new Arsenal injury statement telling us that Laurent Koscielny has joined Thomas Vermaelen, Manuel Almunia and Bacary Sagna on the treatment table, the Gunners are down to the bare bones in defence. To me it seems lucky that it is just Birmingham at home, because the line-up tomorrow really needs to have some playing [.

I agree with Fabregas about moving to Spain!

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I can certainly understand why Cesc Fabregas is keen to return to Spain, and it has nothing to do with winning trophies! It is the weather, the doom and gloom. The terrible cuts that are coming and will make England a desperately depressing place for many years to come. But rather than sit around [.

Fabregas – Its not easy being an Arsenal fan!

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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has been talking about how great the Gooners are, yes thats the ever-suffering Arsenal fans like you and me! And he seems to understand what the team puts us through (like losing to West Brom at home!) and is grateful for undying loyalty. He was talking about the introduction of Arsenal's [.

Has Wenger bought too many French defenders?

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Another Guest Post from the welcomed Ralph J. After Arsenal lost to Chelsea I wrote a post asking what the readers verdict on Koscielny and Squillaci was, and today Ralph wants to discuss the whole Wenger philosophy of having a totally French defence. Over to you Ralph...... The French connection – tres bien?

Saturdays Predict the Score – And a long drive ahead!

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This weeend's game is a must-win match to restore Arsenal's confidence, but with some of our big guns back we are all hoping that the Gunners can get themselves back on track in the title race. All the boys have been saying how they fully expect to catch Chelsea, well now is the time for them [...]

Keepers: Marchetti, Iraizoz and Boruc all linked with Arsenal!

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It seems to be the new game in Fleet Street to try and find a link between Arsenal and any goalkeeper in the world that doesn't smile when he talks to his manager, and if they can't find a new candidate they simply revive an old one! The first one I came across tonight is from [...]

Wenger – Ramsey has made a huge step forward!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is extremely happy to see the way that Aaron Ramsey has recovered from his broken leg, and he is amazed by the progress he has made on the training ground in the last month. "He is back running and he is back kicking the ball," Wenger said. "You would be amazed [...]

Wenger – I want to win everything…without losing money!

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Arsene Wenger was in France commentating on the European Qualifier win over Luxembourg yesterday, and he was interviewed by one of the local newspapers after the match. After discussing the local area and whether Wenger thought that Diaby was the new Vieira (he said no!), they then asked the Arsenal manager if he was still [.

Djourou – Arsenal can catch Chelsea

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The Gunners may find themselves seven points behind the leaders in the Premiership at the moment, but it is good to see that the players are still full of confidence that they can fight their way back into contention, just like they did twice last season. Jack Wilshere sounded a rallying call to the Arsenal [.

England blow it and Wilshere is wasted on the bench

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The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere helped the England U21s to beat Romania in the U21 play-offs on Friday, but was robbed of the chance to celebrate with his team-mates because he was promoted to the England senior team for yesterdays game. But even though England were struggling to find a way through the Montenegrin defence for [.

Bendtner – I’m going to play against Birmingham!

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The Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner hasn't played for the Gunners since April, but he believes that his recovery from the never-ending groin injury has been so successful that he will be able to take part in this weekends game against Birmingham. "It feels absolutely fantastic," said Bendtner. "I am sure that I will be involved in the [.

Stekelenburg – I want to leave this summer for a top club

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The Ajax and Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has been variously linked with both Arsenal and Manchester United this year, with both of them in the market for a top-class keeper, and he has decided that next summer is the time for him to move on to progress in his career. He was asked if he thought [.

Wilshere – We CAN beat Chelsea and we CAN win the League

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The young Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is the Gunners most improved player this season, and has broken into the Arsenal first team as well as into the senior England squad. He was one of the best players for Arsenal when they were defeated by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but he doesnt believe that Chelsea were [.

Sagna and Vermaelen injuries leave Arsenal light at the back

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The usual Arsenal injury news from the international break could again highlight the Gunners lack of experienced cover at the back. This weekends game against Birmingham may look easy on paper, but it is certain that Arsenal can't afford any more slip-ups against weaker teams if they are to still harbour hopes of challenging for [.

Arsenal and Man Utd chasing Egyptian “David Beckham”

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A very interesting Arsenal transfer rumour has just appeared on the Sky Soccer website. In their usual manner of speaking Sky "understands" that both Arsenal and Manchester United have been making enquiries about the Egyptian winger Ahmed Elmohamady, who is currently on loan at Sunderland from ENPPI in Egypt.

Sagna out, Hleb returns, and Schwarzer in?

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Just as it looked like Arsenal's injury list was easing, we find out that Bacary Sagna has injured himself in training with the French squad. As usual on the international break we have yet another injury to an Arsenal player and are we surprised? NOT! The French defender is not in a hurry to return and [.

Dalglish – Jack Wilshere is one of England’s best players

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The Liverpool legend Kenny Daglish reckons that the Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere should definitely be lining up for Fabio Capello's England side when they face Montenegro on Tuesday night, and believes he has earned the right to be considered one of the best players in England, despite his tender years.

Nasri – I’m not a wide boy!

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The Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has been in brilliant form for Arsenal this season, but thinks he could be an even better player if Arsene Wenger let him play down the centre instead of his usual position for the Gunners on the wing. The French coach Laurent Blanc gave Nasri a more central role as France [.

Russian legend says “Arshavin plays on his own”

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The Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin is captain of Russia, and led them to a crucial win over the Republic of Ireland this week, but a legend of the Russia side that won the European Championships, Viktor Ponedelnik, doesn't think he is passionate enough to be captain. When Ponedelnik won glory with Russia, Igor Netto ruled the [.

Arsenal to fight Chelsea for Begovic

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Although Arsene Wenger has four goalkeepers at his disposal, he thinks that two of them are far too inexperienced to play in the Premier League, and the fans think that the other two are just not good enough! Everyone knows that Wenger tried to buy Mark Schwarzer during the summer, and this is why there are [.

Predict the England Score and win a Just Arsenal News T-Shirt

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England face Montenegro on Tuesday night aiming to extend their 100% record in the European Qualifiers so far. This should be the hardest test to date as their opponents have also won the first three games, all by a 1-0 scoreline. England will have to be in top form to break down a difficult defence [.

Pearce confirms that Wilshere will join full England squad today

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The Arsenal midfielder helped the England U21's take a slender 2-1 lead over Romania ahead in the play-off for a place at the Euro U21 Championship in Denmark this summer, but he won't be there for the return leg on Tuesday. Wilshere must have done enough to convince Fabio Capello that he will be starting for [.

Nasri and Chamakh full of praise for Laurent Blanc

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After being left out of the World Cup squad, the Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri looks like he is set to be a regular for France now that Laurent Blanc has taken charge. Nasri has nothing but praise for his new international boss and intends to become the star of the show in the new regime. "My [...]

Watch out Man City! Arsenal’s big guns are coming to get you!

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The League table has an impostor in the top three at the moment, as Manchester City have moved into second place. The mighty Arsenal have dropped to fourth place, three points behind City, after successive league defeats to West Brom and Chelsea, which makes the game against City on the 24th a massive six-pointer in [.

Mancini – Only Arsenal can match Chelsea

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The Man City coach Roberto Mancini may be in charge of the team sitting pretty in second place in the Premiership, but he doesn't believe his team are ready yet to actually win the title, despite being the only team to take any points from the Double winners this season. Mancini said: "After the game against [.

Robbie Keane – Arshavin still has to prove himself in England

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The Republic of Ireland are set to face Russia in the European Championship Qualifiers tonight, and although Andrei Arshavin's team are expected to be favourites to win it, their recent home defeat against Slovakia has left them desperately needing the three points. "We cannot lose," said Dick Advocaat, who replaced Guus Hiddink earlier this year.

Now Mannone is annoyed he isn’t playing!

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The goalkeeping situation at Arsenal always seems to be a drama no matter who is between the sticks. Fabianski is currently installed between the sticks with the young Pole Wojciech Szczesny on the subs bench after moaning that he really needs to play. Well now Vito Mannone is basically saying the same thing as he seems [.

Arsenal set for another £80m property windfall – Buy shares now! (Or players?)

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Arsene Wenger has signed a new contract for the next three years, and with his prudent transfer policy and the board's property developments this is definitely a time to be investing all your spare cash in Arsenal shares! The Gunners have paid off the loan that they borrowed to develop the old Highbury ground so the [.

Should Arsenal go for the Carling Cup? Or can Wenger turn it around?

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Today I have a new Guest Poster called AFC Chazza. He is seriously thinking about starting his own Arsenal blog and has (very bravely) decided to showcase his first article on Just Arsenal News. Our readers are well known for not pulling their punches, so I invite everyone to give their honest opinion on Chazza's [.

Diaby – Wenger told me I could replace Vieira, so I turned down Chelsea

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The Arsenal and France midfielder Abou Diaby is in France with the national team at the moment and has been talking to the press ahead of the two upcoming European Championship Qualifying games, and he has revealed that he was ready to sign for Chelsea but turned them down in favour of the Gunners. He said [.

Fabregas – In England you get booed for playing good football!

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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas thinks that if the Stokes or Boltons of the English Premier League played in Spain, they would get booed by their own fans, and that La Liga teams always aspire to play good football above the tough-tackling and hoofing of English football. He seems to believe that playing quality football is [.

Aaron Ramsey just three weeks away from full training as Wenger’s injury list eases

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Arsenal's seemingly never-ending injury list could be eased considerably in the coming weeks with the news that Aaaron Ramsey is getting close to full fitness and should be back in training with the Gunners first team in just a few weeks time. Wales caretaker boss Brian Flynn said yesterday: "I've spoken with Aarron and he's making [.

Nasri – Three reasons why we are a better team this year

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The Arsenal and France midfielder Samir Nasri believes that there are three good reasons why Arsenal are a much stronger squad than last season, and they are made up of a defender, a midfielder and a striker! First of all he was impressed with how well Laurent Koscielny has settled into the side. "I am surprised [.

So whats the verdict on Koscielny and Squillaci?

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Arsenal lost William Gallas, Sol Campbell, Phillipe Senderos and Mikael Silvestre during the summer, and he brought in the two new Frenchmen Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci as replacements (improvements?). Kossy seemed to be okay while he was partnered with Thomas Vermaelen although he made a few glaring mistakes as well, but I originally just put [.

Arsenal chasing Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku

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There has been persistent rumours over the summer that both Chelsea and Arsenal have been making overtures to the giant Drogba lookalike Romelu Lukaku, and this week it has been suggested that Arsene Wenger is also willing to bring his 16 year-old younger brother Jordan over to London as part of the deal to help [.

Vermaelen is a big worry for Wenger, but Diaby is okay

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It looks like Arsenal will be carrying on with an the two new boys in the centre of defence for a while yet, as Thomas Vermaelen is still some way from recovery. He injured his achilles tendon while on duty with Belgium during the last international break, and it is taking a lot longer to [...]

Bendtner – I’m back and in the best shape ever!

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The Arsenal and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner is extremely pleased to be back in training with the Arsenal team, and is now feeling no more pain from the groin strain that has had him sidelined for the last few months. He said: "I'm pretty excited and I can not say anything other than that it goes [.

England U21 v Romania U21 preview and Predict the Score competition

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There are three young Arsenal players in the England U21 squad to face Romania on Friday and it is an extremely important match for Stuart Pearce's team. It is the first leg of the European Championship play-offs, which is why both Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere have been dropped down from the senior squad.

Fabianski – I played well, shame about the result!

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The Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski thinks that he had a very good game against Chelsea, and there was little that he could have done to stop the two goals that gave Chelsea the points in the biggest London derby. "I was unlucky on Drogba's goal," Fabianski said. "It hit the post and only just went in.

Wenger – We were outstanding, but our quality is not enough

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that his team played well enough to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday, but they lost simply because they didn't score with the chances they were given. He said after the game: "I just think we have made a demonstration that you can play well and lose the game.

Schwarzer – I still want to join Arsenal in January

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The Fulham and Australia keeper Mark Schwarzer has been telling the Australian press that he really tried hard to force Fulham to see him to Arsenal in the summer, and he is still desperate to have the chance to play in the Champions League with the Gunners: "It was probably one of my hardest periods ever," [.

Time for a rethink? Time to face facts? Will Arsenal ever beat Chelsea?

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I hate to say this but today's Guest Poster (the now famous Adam Kemp!) has been saying that Arsenal would lose to Chelsea every time unless Arsene invested some of the Gunners massive profit. I think that the only time we can ever hope to beat the Blues now is when Drogba retires, and then [...]

Chamakh – We are Chelsea’s equals

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The new Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has only faced Chelsea once before in his career, when Bordeaux were blown away 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League. He believes that then he was playing for a team that couldn't live with Chelsea's strength, but now he is in an Arsenal team that has the [.

Wenger – I am so sensible I’m crazy! (In fact he’s a genius)

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Arsene Wenger has made Arsenal into one of the three richest clubs in the World, and probably the only one in the top five that actually makes a profit, and he gets slaughtered by his own fans for doing it! It's time for this to stop and for all Gooners to get behind the team [...]

Fabregas – Jack Wilshere is destined for glory (and Capello confirms England call-up)

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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is convinced that the young Englishman Jack Wilshere can be a star of the Arsenal and England team, and he is likely to be used by Wenger in Cesc's place against Chelsea today. The Spanish international has only the highest praise for Wilshere. Fabregas said: "I remember Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira [.

Arsene’s shrewdness gets its biggest test against Chelsea

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Arsene Wenger kept to his policy of looking for uncut diamonds during the transfer window, and tomorrow we will find out if he has really has invested wisely or not. Marouane Chamakh has performed admirably against some of the weaker defences in the Premiership and his height has been a godsend for Arsenal's attacking capabilities, but [.

Wenger – We have to beat Chelsea AND Man Utd to win the League

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his team don't just have to beat Chelsea to win the Premiership, they have to win the "mini-league" of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd. Last season, the Gunners got eaten home and away by both teams, but Wenger believes that this season his team can come out on top.

Clichy – Enough of beautiful football, I want trophies!

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The Arsenal full-back Gael Clichy is desperate to add to trophies to the accolades of being the best footballing team, and believes it is time for the Gunners "to play ugly" because it is very hard to play beautiful football AND win the Premier League. He was asked if he thought this season could end [.

One year on and Arsenal are still injury-plagued? Why?

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This time last year Arsenal were preparing to face Blackburn in the Premier League, and they had the usual list of players on the treatment table. Nicklas Bendtner had had his car crash just a few weeks before but felt okay enough to be on the subs bench. Theo Walcott was just returning from one [...

Wenger – We WILL stop Drogba and we WILL win on Sunday!

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Arsene Wenger is going into Sundays crucial clash at Stamford Bridg under no illusions that it will be an easy game, but he is certainly convinced that his Arsenal team will beat Chelsea after four defeats in a row against their great local rivals. He knows that Drogba has a fantastic record against the Gunners, but [.

Merson – Arsenal will keep the ball but Chelsea will win!

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The ex-Arsenal alcoholic Paul Merson doesn't think his old team is powerful enough to cope with Chelsea's strength and defensive abilities, but he thinks that the Gunners will have most of the ball but just won't be able to use it! "Arsenal will dominate possession like they have in the last few meetings between these sides.

Drogba – I love playing against Arsenal

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The Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has admitted that he loves playing against Arsenal, and it's not just because he always scores when he plays them, It's because they have lots of French players! Drogba has scored an amazing twelve goals against the Gunners in the last six years, and the Ivorian always seems to be unstoppable [.

Robinson – Does Wenger want to ban tackling?

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The Bolton defender Paul Robinson was criticized by Arsene Wenger for his tackle on Arsenal's Abou Diaby a few weeks ago, and the Frenchman even suggested that it was probably worth a red card. There were fears that Diaby's ankle may have been broken, but in the end it was only bruised and he missed two [.

Hoddle – I told Arsenal to sign Wenger!

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The ex-England manager Glenn Hoddle has revealed that he knew Arsene Wenger would be successful if he came to England as manager, and even recommended him to Tottenham long before Arsenal snapped him up. Hoddle was lucky enough to play under Wenger when he joined AS Monaco during his playing career, and he was immensely impressed [.