Just Arsenal Archives for January 2010

Will Van Persie ever play a full season again?

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I have a Guest Post just come in from Graham in London, and it is a very well thought out piece addressing the problem of Robin Van Persie, who is due to make yet another comeback from injury tonight. Over to you Graham... Shades of Marco? If Robin van Persie was born a horse he would have [...]

Wenger – A strong Carling Cup team, but still young!

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There have very many noises coming out of the Emirates this season about how much Wenger is desperate to win a trophy, even if it is the Carling Cup. And he has backed up his words by playing what looks like stronger teams in every round. Well he said again yesterday that he still intends to [...]

Carlos Vela to move to La Liga in January

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The Arsenal and Mexico striker Carlos Vela is reported to be looking at other clubs in a desperate attempt to gain some first team football, which is sadly lacking at the Emirates for the ever-promising-but-not-delivering youngster. His brother revealed last week that Vela was keen to make a move, possibly as early as January, as he [.

Van Persie to play tonight – Bendtner to leave?

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The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has been given extra time off to approach full fitness, but it seems that Wenger has now decided that he is ready to play tonight. At the weekend Wenger said he was unsure whether he should leave him to get a little fitter or to play him, and he has [...]

Arsenal linked with England U21 keeper

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The Arsenal transfer rumour mill has been linking the Gunners with many different goalkeepers over the last six months, but for once the whispers are saying that Arsene Wenger is actually interested in an English one for a change. Since Manuel Almunia got the elbow (I mean injured his elbow!) the two Poles, Lukasz Fabianski and [.

Mannone – I want to stay at Hull

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The Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone was the unlucky (or lucky!) one of the four keepers at the Emirates that was deemed surplus to requirements this season, and he was allowed to move to Hull City on loan, while Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny had to stay at Arsenal to fight for their places.

Arsenal v Wigan & Predict the Score

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So Carling Cup time comes around again and Arsenal face Wigan for a place in the semi-finals and it seems that Wenger is serious about winning it this time, although you can be sure he will be expected to make another seven changes from this weekend's team that faced Aston Villa. The Villa boss Gerrard [.

Arsenal open talks with Lorient over £10m Gameiro

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It was recently reported in numerous publications that Arsenal were interested in signing the 23 year Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro, but today it is being said that the player's agent has been given permission to commence negotiations with the Gunners. The Metro says that £10million will be the opening gambit for discussions, but they also say [.

Wenger – Villa win proves we can win without Fabregas

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Arsene Wenger was understandably pleased to see his team resist a fight-back from Aston Villa to go to the top of the League for a short period, but there was obviously the worry when Villa pulled a goal back at the beginning of the second half just like Tottenham did last week. "I believe we had [..

Wenger to bid £10m for Cahill in January

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Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal team concede another two goals yesterday against Aston Villa which will only have increased his resolve to to strengthen the Gunners back line. Although publicly he will always say that he is more than happy with his three remaining centre-backs, he knows that one more is needed if Arsenal are going [.

Carlos Vela looking for Gunners exit

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The Arsenal and Mexico striker Carlos Vela has had enough of being a peripheral player at the Emirates, and is now looking to find another team as soon as possible, according to his brother Alejandro. In an interview quoted on mediotempo.com (in Spanish) Alejandro said: "The reality is that there is significant interest from other [.

Benedikt Howedes is Wenger’s best option to plug the defence?

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Here is the second Guest Post by Graham from London who wrote a great post yesterday about where (he thought) Wenger went wrong in the last five years. Well now he is offering solutions that may help the Arsenal manager fix the defensive problems he should have sorted out some time ago...... Defensive Holes need plugging!

Wenger – Arsenal should have beaten Spurs by 5 or 6 goals!

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Arsenal face Aston Villa today needing a win after the Gunners lost last weekend's Premier League fixture to Tottenham at the Emirates, but Arsene Wenger refuses to blame his defenders for conceding the goals. Harry Redknapp's side looked dead and buried at half-time, being on the wrong end of a two-goal deficit, but Tottenham somehow [.

Mourinho – Wenger should shut up and try and win something!

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The Real Madrid Jose Mourinho has never been the shy, retiring type, and he reacted extremely angrily after reading that Arsene Wenger called for The Special One to be punished by UEFA for telling his players to get sent off against Ajax this week. Mourinho took advantage of a loophole in UEFA's rules to make sure [.

Merson thinks Fabregas may be faking it……

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The ex-Arsenal legend Paul Merson has become a bit of a pundit on the TV after his fall from grace with the rumours of drinking and (massive) gambling, but he is thought to still have a lot of contacts within Arsenal Football Club and he has some interesting opinions on why Cesc fabregas hasn't been [.

Arsenal linked with Zezinho – the “New Ronaldo”

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You would think that Zezinho was a very unusual name, and Arsenal were linked with a Brazilian of that name for well over a year when he was with Juventude, but he moved to the Brazilian giants Santos instead of Arsenal. Well now Arsenal are being linked with another player of the same name! But this [.

Zagreb boss admits £17m offer from Arsenal!

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Arsenal have carried through their defensive problems from last season, and it has been made worse by the longterm achilles problem sustained by Thomas Vermaelen, but it seems that Arsene Wenger is still ctively searching for another top class defender to bring in in January. According to the vice-president of Dinamo Zagreb, Zdvravko Mamic, Arsenal recently [.

Did Wenger’s era end in May 2006?

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I have yet another Guest Post today from Graham in London, who has been thinking for a while about how Arsenal have managed to be trophyless for so long. He gives his opinions but he also asks a few questions of Arsene Wenger. Has he lost his focus on success, and become the ultimate miser? [...]

Ramsey – I’ll be ready to fight for my place again soon

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The Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey may have spent the last nine months recovering from his broken leg, but after coming through 45 minutes of a reserve game against Everton he can now see himself fighting for a piece of first team action in a very short time. "I have been waiting for this a long time, [.

Wenger – Fabregas is a big blow, but Almunia could start

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This weekends game against Aston Villa is become of the utmost importance as Arsenal attempt to stop the rot after two embarrassing defeats to Tottenham and Braga, but as usual it is the injuries that are yet again the talking point. The versatile supersub Emmanuel Eboue is expected be out for anything from 4 to 8 [.

With Fabregas out who will lead against Villa? (And Predict the Score comp)

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Arsenal seriously need to bounce back from their disastrous week that saw them lose two games they should have won, and, even worse, giving away a two-goal lead to their hated rivals Tottenham, but who can galvanise the team? Before we discuss it I would first like to thank the sponsor of this weeks Predict the [.

Djourou – Arsenal have the quality, but we need the desire

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The young Arsenal defender Johann Djourou has been given many chances in the Gunners first team this season due to the longterm injury to Thomas Vermaelen and the regular suspensions of Laurent Koscielny, and he believes that the Arsenal squad has the quality to bounce back from their awful run of results, But "it's just [.

Have Van Persie and Bendtner had enough chances?

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I am being inundated with Arsenal Guest Blogs lately, probably due to the terrible results the Gunners have been getting lately (Well who hasn't other than Tottenham!), but this is a new one from Scotty, who we haven't heard from for a long long time. Scotty has always spoke sense in the past so I am [.

Who could replace Wenger? Mourinho, Redknapp or Adam Kemp?

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As you can guess from the title, this is yet another Guest Post from Adam Kemp. I have been getting a lot of positive vibes about Adam lately although I generally disagree with most of his views, but at least he is more than willing to put his thoughts out on the web for discussion. [...]

Arsene Wenger – The facts! (Adam Kemp replies….)

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Well it seems that the readership of JustArsenal is finally coming around to Adam Kemp's point of view; i.e. Wenger can't take the Gunners any further. Judging by this mornings comments (after the post from Ahmed The Pros and Cons of Wenger) it seems that all and sundry feel that AW has lost the [.

The Pros and Cons of Arsene Wenger…..Please discuss

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I have a very interesting Guest Poster this morning who is asking some valid questions that a lot of Arsenal fans are probably asking themselves this morning. Over to you Ahmed...... Is Wenger still the man? BY AHMED MUNADIR Mr. Wenger has done a lot for the red half of North London. He's uncovered gems [.

Russian Star – Arshavin not good enough for Premier League

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The ex-Man Utd and Russia star Andrei Kanchelskis watched Arsenal get beaten by Tottenham at the weekend and, as usual, doesn't have nice things to say about Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin. A couple of months ago Kanchelskis bad-mouthed Arshavin saying that he had no idea of how to act as captain of Russia, and did not have [.

Wenger – I was wrong to gamble on Fabregas

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Arsene Wenger was left staring in frustration again as his weakened team lost another game that should have been easy to win last night, and yet again he believes that the refereeing against Braga left a lot to be desired, especially when Carlos Vela was denied a clear penalty after being tripped in the goalkeepers [.

Wenger – Fabregas handball was a “reflex”…and a bad one!

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Far from being the influential captain that was expected of him, Cesc Fabregas contrived to give Tottenham a penalty in Saturdays derby, which contributed to the Gunners throwing away a 2-0 lead. It was a totally schoolboy error from Fabregas, and he got absolutely slaughtered on the Arsenal blogs after the game.

Can Wenger blame bad luck yet again?

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Adam Kemp is rapidly becoming my alter-ego on Just Arsenal, and just like Mr Hyde he always seems to appear when things are going extremely badly for Arsenal. But his prophesies seem to be coming true more and more often, and the readers comments seem to suggest that they think he is talking sense. So here [.

Wenger – Arsenal need to learn how to accept defeats

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Arsene Wenger and his team are understandably depressed after losing the big North London derby on Saturday, but he is happy that the team have a quick chance to get over it by securing a win at Braga tonight. Wenger said last night: "It was difficult yesterday, more than today because we are now in [.

Wenger – Arshavin needs a rest, and Clichy and RVP aren’t fit

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The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has taken a slightly weakened squad to Portugal for the Champions League match tomorrow night against Braga. He has decided to leave Andrei Arshavin back in Londn for another rest after the little Russian played for his country in midweek. "Arshavin is not in the squad because I want to give [.

Wenger blames international games for Spurs defeat

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn't think there is anything wrong with his teams mental ability or their desire to win, he just thinks that the amount of games played, culminating in the international games in midweek, contrived to make them tire in the second half against Tottenham. "I cannot deny that we missed an opportunity [.

Why the Doom & Gloom from Arsenal fans? It’s only two points!

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Okay we lost to Spurs at home. By the law of averages they had to finally win a game at Arsenal one day, and considering that Chelsea lost (again!) as well, it really isn't that bad. There are a lot of games being played at the moment, and despite Saturdays loss, Arsenal have still dropped less [...]

Predict the Score v Braga and Win a JustArsenal T-Shirt

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As we could all understand, NOBODY came close to predicting the unbelievable result against Spurs at the weekend, but this weeks Champions League match against Braga should be a little easier (I hope!) The sponsor of this weeks competition is Pokernews.com, who are specialists in UK online poker. I would appreciate it if you could give [.

Wenger – Basic errors and bad luck caused Spurs defeat

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Arsenal and their fans were totally stunned when they saw their team throw away a comfortable 2-0 at half-time against their great rivals Tottenham to lose 3-2. Spurs hadn't won away at Arsenal for 17 years, and it looked like things were going according to plan again until Gareth Bale popped up with a consolation goal [.

Time for changes? (Or ar least an apology from Wenger…)

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Last week I received quite a few emails and comments asking where Adam Kemp was now that Arsenal had rallied to within two points of the League leaders Chelsea, well today the Gunners are STILL two points behind Chelsea, and Mr Kemp has decided to give us his view this week. This is a Guest [...]

Redknapp – Spurs can beat Arsenal and win the title

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The Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp firmly belives that his vastly-improved Spurs team has the players now to finally beat Arsenal and then go on to claim their first Premiership title. With Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal all capable of dropping points, he thinks that if his team win at the Emirates today and get a run [.

Arsenal to sign Japanese starlet – If he can get work permit!

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A lot of Arsenal fans thought that the Japanese Under19 international Ryo Miyaichi was definitely going to sign for the Gunners after impressing Arsene Wenger this summer. The 17 year-old came for a trial during the summer, and after some rave reviews he was thought to be certain to be snapped up as soon as he [.

Wilshere, Van Persie, Koscielny and Bendtner return for Arsenal – Lennon and Defoe back for Spurs

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This weekends big North London derby is shaping up to be a test between two top teams with most of their greatest players fit to take part. The latest Arsenal injury news is that we have Laurent Koscielny back from a two-game suspension and will be likely to partner Squillaci at the back, and Jack [.

Bendtner apologises to Wenger and retracts ultimatum…

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Nicklas Bendtner made a very rash statement last week to the Danish press, saying that Arsene Wenger must make him first-choice striker at the Emirates, or he would prefer to be sold. Bendtner said: "If the situation does not change, if I continue to sit on the bench at Arsenal, then I have to change and [.

Sagna – Be nice to Gallas this weekend!

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The Arsenal and France defender Bacary Sagna has called on the Arsenal fans to be nice to William Gallas this weekend when he returns to the Emirates with Tottenham Hotspurs. Gallas had a tempstuous time at Arsenal and not a few fans were glad to see the back of him, and I'm not sure they were [...]

Vote for Nasri in the FIFA Goal of the Year competition

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It was a truly exquisite piece of genius by Samir Nasri in the Arsenal win over Porto back in March last season. He had the ball over on the right wing, and was being watched by one of the Porto defenders. He looked up and immediately decided to go it alone. He jimked to the left and [...]

Gareth Bale – Spurs are ready to beat Arsenal

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The new Tottenham wonderboy Gareth Bale, who is an Arsenal supporter according to his old room-mate Theo Walcott, believes that Spurs are more than capable of taking all three points off the Gunners this weekend. "It will be a massive test obviously away at Arsenal but we'll be ready for it. "We need to win every game [.

Arsenal and Tottenham fighting over £12m Bundesliga star

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There are various sources claiming that both Arsenal and Spurs are both interested in signing the Werder Bremen midfield star Marko Marin. The German 4-4-2 football site claims that both North London teams have sent scouts to watch the young playmaker again after he impressed (and scored a belter of an equaliser) in the Champions League [.

Redknapp – Walcott should play down the middle for England

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The Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that Theo Walcott's form this season has earned him the right to be playing down the middle for the England team alongside Andy Carroll. Walcott is generally used on the wing by Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger has also said that he could be used in the same role as [.

Clichy agent – No truth in transfer rumours

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The Arsenal left back Gael Clichy has been linked with a move away from the Emirates in the last few days, with both Real Madrid and Juventus named as possible suitors, but today his agent denies there is the slightest thread of truth in them and has no idea where the rumours started. The afent, Ivan [.

Phillipe Mexes keen on Arsenal move

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With Arsenal's continuing defensive problems and the possibility that Thomas Vermaelen may have played his last game this season, Arsene Wenger is still being linked with top class centre-backs that could be available in January. One of these is the talented French international Phillipe Mexes, who is out-of-contract at Roma next summer and is looking for [.

Bayern Munich and Juventus weighing up Bendtner offer?

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This is probably an excellent insight into the way the minds of football writers at the red-tops work. We had a situation last week when an (unfit) Nicklas Bendtner made a rash statement about wanting to be in the Arsenal first XI, or he would rather be sold. This weekend Arsene Wenger left Bendtner at home [.

Predict the Score Comp v Sp&%*$!!! (plus last weeks result)

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It is the great North London derby next weekend, but I'm not legally allowed to tell you who we are playing, but lets just say that it is a MUST-WIN game for the Gunners against the S$&£$!!!! But how many will Arsenal win by? (We surely must win?) First of all let me tell you about [...]

Shay Given still keen on January move

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The Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given could have been the catalyst for Mark Schwarzer to move to Arsenal at the end of the summer transfer window, or he could have even joined the Gunners himself once Fulham had put the block on Schwarzer moving to the Emirates. But Given decided to stay with City but he [.

Ipswich want JET, and Real Madrid want Clichy?

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Arsenal's young striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has been earning rave reviews for his performances in the reserves this season, and he looks like he will soon be ready to join Arsene Wenger's first team squad or at least earn some more first team experience out on loan again. Well it is being reported today that Roy Keane [.

Crouch – If Spurs want to be the best, we must beat Arsenal!

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The Tottenham striker Peter Crouch scored his first League goal of the season this weekend, and is now all fired up about the big North London derby next Saturday. He thinks that Tottenham are now becoming regular challengers at the top of the table, and to cement their position he knows that Spurs have to start [.

Arsenal linked with Mamadou Sakho again

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The papers are yet again linking Arsenal with the young Paris St Germain defender Mamadou Sakho. Despite Wenger bringining in the ageing Sebastien Squillaci and the younger (but hot-headed) Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal still haven't got enough quality at the back to cover for present and future injuries in the Gunners defence.

Wenger – Our fighting spirit got us the points, and can win us the title

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It was a great day for Arsenal yesterday, and they have finally taken advantage when all their rivals (especially Chelsea) all dropped points. The Gunners are now just two points behind the leaders after coming through brilliantly in a difficult game at Goodison Park. Wenger believes that to take the points at Everton his team had [.

Wenger – Cesc is at 95%, but we have no idea about Vermaelen!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has seen many of his players return from injury lately, but it seems that most of them are performing at well below their capabilities at the moment. The most important cog in the wheel is of course Cesc Fabregas, who hasn't been right since returning from the World Cup in September, [.

Have Arsenal fans really forgiven Fabregas?

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Arsene Wenger and all the Arsenal fans had to put up with a whole summer of Cesc Fabregas (and all his Spain team-mates) telling the world that the Gunners captain had "Barcelona DNA", and that his rightful place was in Spain with his boyhood club. Since he came back to the Emirates (three weeks late and [.

Moyes – Wenger wouldn’t pay enough for Jagielka, but Pienaar will leave for free

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The Everton boss David Moyes has been speaking ahead of Everton's match against Arsenal, and he revealed that Arsene Wenger indeed made a bid for Phil Jagielka last summer, but he didn't come anywhere close to his own valuation of the England international. "It is true that we received an offer from Arsenal for Phil during [.

Predict the Arsenal score tomorrow and Win a T-Shirt!

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Yes its time again for the famous Just Arsenal "Predict The Score" competition! You can win one of my Limited Edition Just Arsenal News T-Shirts and impress all your friends. Tomorrow is yet another must-win game for the Gunners, and as usual I am not allowed to mention the opponents (I don't have a license apparently), [.

Wenger set for showdown talks with Holland over Van Persie

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The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was astounded that Bert Van Marwijk had named Robin Van Persie in the Holland squad to face Turkey when the Flying Dutchman hadn't played a competitive game for the Gunners for over two months. Wenger described the announcement as "surreal" and a war of words developed between himself and the [.

Wenger – Almunia’s on the train until next summer!

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Arsenal fans have had untold debates about the goalkeeping situation at the Emirates for at least a year, and it looks like it could go on for ever, or until Arsene Wenger finally makes his mind up about who should be first and second choice between the sticks . At the moment Lukasz Fabianski occupies Pole [.

Okay both Polish keepers are happy, so what about Almunia?

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It is great news for Arsenal that the young Pole Wojciech Szczesny has signed a new five year contract (and good news for him that he increased his wages by a reported 15 times!). He certainly looks to be perfectly assured and confident and a guaranteed star of the future. Presumably he is going to become [.

Wenger – Wolves forced us to defend and deserve credit

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The Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger was pleased that his team managed to bounce back after two defeats in a row, but he had to admit that Wolves made it hard for them and forced the Gunners to defend as they were desperate to hold on to their early one-goal advantage. Wenger said after the game: "We [...

Wenger – Ramsey will return soon, but won’t go out on loan!

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Arsene Wenger ha responded to recent rumours that suggested that Aaron Ramsey was fit enough to play again, and some other sources had said there was a chance that he may be sent out on loan, to either Cardiff or Fulham. There were rumours earlier this week that said that Ramsey was due to play for [.

Arsenal transfer rumours Nov 11th – Krkic, Vrsaljko, Dzsudzsak and Andy Carroll

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With the transfer window not due to open for another six weeks, there seem to be an inordinate amount of Arsenal transfer rumours around today, and most of them seem to be for players that are practically unpronounceable! For starters we have the Daily Mail suggesting that Wenger is chasing the Dinamo Zagreb defender Sime Vrsaljko.

Wenger – Anyone can win the title (unless Chelsea run away with it!)

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Arsene Wenger thinks that this seasons Premier League title could be the most open ever, with nearly everyone capable of losing to anyone else, as emphasised by Arsenal's two home defeats to newly-pomoted sides. He admits there is the danger of Chelsea "running away with it", but even they have lost two (albeit very difficult) games [.

Nasri injured, but Ramsey will be back in action tonight!

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Not only did Arsenal have an unfit Cesc Fabregas, and an even less fit Robin Van Persie playing in yesterdays defeat to Newcastle, but (arguably) Arsenal's best player, Samir Nasri, was taken off with an injury. But Wenger didn't sound too worried about it after the game, when he said: "Samir has a calf problem that [.

Squillaci not worried about Newcastle defeat affecting Arsenal’s season

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The Arsenal new boy Sebastien Squillaci has slotted well into the Gunners defence this season, and believes that they still have every chance of winning the Premiership title, despite this weekends defeat at the Emirates. The French international admitted that the goal by Andy Carroll could have "been avoided" but thinks that it was just a [.

Walcott – We need to score an early goal in home games

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott thinks that the only way to open up a home game in the Premier League matches is for Arsenal to score an early goal, or the supporters get a "bit edgy." "The Emirates is a fantastic stadium, the pitch is massive, teams want to come here, put men behind the ball [...]

Alex Song – It’s good to listen!

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The Arsenal midfielder Alexander Song has improved tremendously this season, and has now started scoring goals on a regular basis to add to his defensive capabilities. He believes that he has now matured at the great old age (for Arsenal!) of 23, and is more prepared to actual listen to peoples advice when it is offered.

Vermaelen setback leaves Arsenal with another defensive crisis

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The shortage of defenders at Arsenal was highly emphasised at the end of last season when Phillipe Senderos, William Gallas, Mikael Silvestre and Sol Campbell all came to the end of their Arsenal careers. Arsene Wenger brought in Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci over the summer, and was hopeful that Johann Djourou would come back from [.

Wenger – Arshavin hasn’t been sharp, but he’s improving again

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The Russian striker Andrei Arshavin has been criticized a lot lately by Arsenal fans after his lacklustre performances for the Gunners, and last night his manager Arsene Wenger admitted that he hadn't been playing well since the last international break, but he was working to get himself back to his best.

Fabianski – Confidence is the most important thing for goalkeepers

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The Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has had a good run in the team, but after being partly at fault for Newcastle's winning goal at the Emirates this weekend, he may find that the fit-again Manuel Almunia may be reinstated between the sticks for Arsenal tonight against Wolves. But he says that he only wants to do [.

Wenger – Newcastle were mature, and we were unlucky

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Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal team lose at home to a newly-promoted team for the second time this season, but he thinks that, considering Newcastle only had one shot on target, overall Arsenal were unlucky to lose the game. The previous defeat was against West Brom, but he believes Arsenal played much better yesterday.

Joey Barton – We knew Fabianski was Arsenal’s weak point

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Newcastle United got a fantastic result at the Emirates yesterday thanks to Andy Carroll's 45th minute header past a floundering Lukasz Fabianski, and their midfielder Joey Barton revealed after the game that his team were confident that could lure Fabianski into making a mistake if they kept trying.

When Fabregas is off, Arsenal are off!

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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas had yet another poor game as he recovers (very, very slowly) from his never-ending hamstring problems, so why does Wenger keep playing him? It is not like Arsenal are short of midfielders that Wenger has no choice but to risk half-fit players, so why does he keep taking chances with his [.

Are Arsenal’s tactics too predictable?

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I have a Guest Post from a reader called Danny D. who has contributed many comments since the site opened, but this is the first time he felt he had something that needed discussing on Just Arsenal News. He wants to know what our readers think about Arsenal's tactics. I remember during the World Cup, Fabregas [.

Typical Arsenal? Adam Kemp thinks it was expected!

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Well so we have another game that Arsenal could have won and put pressure on Chelsea, which became even more important when we watched them drop points for only the second time this season. The first time Chelsea dropped points, Arsenal lost at home to a newly-promoted team (West Brom) and the second time, today, the [.

Wilshere – I went over the line against Zigic

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The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere got the first red card of his career for the badly mis-timed tackle on Nikola Zigic, and has regretted it ever since, especially because he had to miss three Premiership games because of it! "The suspension was frustrating and it was boring," he said. "I look back at it [the tackle] [.

Wenger – The Champions League is better than the World Cup!

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Arsene Wenger has had many (justified) complaints about international football disrupting his players and domestic preparations (Arsenal do seem to have a disproportionate amount of injuries while on international duty!) and believes that the football played in the Champions League is of a much higher quality than that played in the World Cup.

Wolves boss – Arsene Wenger should just shut up!

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The Wolverhampton Wanderers chief executive Jez Moxey has launched an amazing attack on the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after he defended Jack Wilshere's over the top tackle on Nikola Zigic at the Emirates a few weeks ago. Wenger said that it was just a mis-timed tackle and there was no malice in it at all, but [.

Predict the Score tomorrow and win a JustArsenal T-Shirt!

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Arsenal may have beaten a second string Newcastle side in the Carling Cup, but tomorrow they will be at full strength and full of confidence after beating Sunderland handsomely last weekend. Chris Hughton's job is supposed to be under pressure, but considering they are 8th in the Premier League (just six points behind Arsenal!

Arsene Wenger issues statement about secret affair with blonde

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The newspapers this morning (Well, The Sun anyway), were full of pictures of Arsene Wenger meeting a blonde in Paris on Wednesday night, and the Arsenal coach is alleged to have conducted a two-year affair with 39 year-old Sonia Tatar, a French singer. Rather than go into the sordid details, which you can certainly find on [.

Clichy and Nasri next in line for improved contracts

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As usual the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is spending his time on tying down his present players to extending their contracts rather than looking at the transfer market for replacements. Jack Wilshere has just earned himself a rise to around £50,000 a week in recognition of his massive improvement this season, and another star that has [.

Hughes – Arsenal won’t get Schwarzer!

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The whole of the last transfer window was occupied by Arsene Wenger's pursuit of the Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer, and even the big Australian himself put lots of pressure on his club to try and persuade them to let him move to the Emitates, but Mark Hughes stood firm. And just last month, Schwarzer yet again [.

Arsenal favourites to sign free-agent Ibrahim Afellay?

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The 24 year-old Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay has worked his contract with PSV Eindhoven to a T, and will become the hottest property on the market during the summer transfer window. Like Joe Cole last summer, Afellay will be able to sell himself to the highest bidder, but it is being reported today that the talented [.

If Van Persie is fit, who should be Arsenal’s #1 striker?

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Since the beginning of the season, Arsene Wenger has had no choice but to play Marouane Chamakh as Arsenal's lone striker, but suddenly the Frenchman is beginning to have many other options. Nicklas Bendtner finally returned to the squad and scored in his first two games, but he looked totally lacklustre on his own against Shakhtar [.

Eboue – We have made it hard for ourselves in Champions League

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The Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Eboue is not happy with his teams defeat in the Ukraine this week, and thinks that have now got to concentrate to make sure they go through to the knock-out stages. A win at Donetsk would have given them a six point cushion over both Shakhtar and Braga, but now they find [.

Was Wenger right to rest players against Shakhtar?

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Arsenal had won five games in a row and had got a good head of steam on when they travelled to the Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk, but Arsene Wenger elected to rest players and the game was subsequently lost. Okay it is true that if Arsenal had taken all three points then the Group would [...]

Wenger and Holland go to war over Van Persie

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Arsene Wenger has not been happy with the Holland boss Bert Van Marwijk since Robin Van Persie was seriously injured playing a "meaningless international" against Italy a year ago. The Arsenal boss threatened to sue the Dutch FA for compensation but there was nothing he could do about it legally. Since then, Van Persie has [.

Time for Gibbs to be first choice at Arsenal? And then England?

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Jack Wilshere has showed that age is certainly not a barrier to getting in the Arsenal first team, it is the talent and maturity that matters. Judging by yet another average performance from Gael Clichy last night, it would seem to be only a matter of time before Kieran Gibbs joins him in stepping up [.

Wenger – We were complacent AND unlucky

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw his team lose their first Champions League game of the season to Shakhtar Donetsk last night, and also blow their chances of sewing up the group with two games to go. Arsenal went 1-0 up through Theo Walcott after just nine minutes, but according to Wenger the team lost concentration [.

Arsenal’s share price jumps 30% as Kroenke takeover rumours persist

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Just a couple of months ago the Arsenal shares were valued at around £10,000 each, but after the fantastic year-end financial report (which saw Arsenal's debt reduced from £297.7m to £135.6m) the price has now increased to around £13,000, which gives the shareholders a massive 30% profit in less than six months.

Is Rooney worth £250,000 a week? Walcott says Yes!

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is pleased that alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney made up their differences and that the England striker signed a new contract with Manchester United. And he believes that Rooney deserves every penny of his new mega-contract as he is one of the best strikers in the world, never mind England.

Szczesny keen on Celtic move

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The young Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny has told Arsene Wenger that he is desperate for first-team football, and has so far refused to sign a new contract at the Emirates despite only having seven months left to go. If Arsenal can't assure him of a place in the Gunners starting line-up he has threatened to move [.

Lucescu – Shakhtar are as strong as Arsenal!

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Mircea Lucescu, the coach of the Ukrainian Champions Shakhtar Donetsk, believes that there is no way his team should have ended up with the embarrassing 5-1 scoreline at the Emirates in the last leg, and is sure that his team will get their revenge in the return leg tomorrow night. He told UEFA.com: "We have been [.

Diaby – Its the fans fault that Arsenal don’t win trophies!

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The Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby believes that Arsenal are definitely amongste the elite in English football, but he says there is "something missing" when it comes to the big crunch games that could provide trophies for the club. Diaby said: "We've got into this bad habit for a little while now. Unfortunately, when it comes to [.

Bendtner – I should be first-choice centre-forward

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The Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been out injured for the last three months, but marked his return with two goals in two games, and is expected to be in the starting line-up against Shakhtar Donetsk tonight. Marouane Chamakh arrived in the summer and has been playing very well up to now, and Robin Van Persie [.

Szczesny – Play me or I will leave this summer!

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Arsene Wenger's pursuit of Mark Schwarzer and Pepe Reina in the summer is still having repurcussions now, even though the Arsenal manage wasn't successful with either purchase. Manuel Almunia must have realised that his days are numbered at the Emirates, and both Vito Mannone and Wojciech Szczesny has seen their plce in the pecking order placed [.

Fabregas still worried about his hamstring

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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas was thought to have had enough time to recover from his hamstring injury last week, but he has admitted that he was still extremely worried about during the match against West Ham this weekend. In the last few years, Fabregas had had to be sidelined with hamstring problems on five separate [.

Seriously, it’s time to drop Arshavin!

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Andrei Arshavin was a record signing when he arrived about 18 months ago, and he certainly looked extremely talented in the first few months of playing for Arsenal, but there seems to be something fundamentally wrong with his fitness, his attitude, even his ability is being called into question. We all know that Arsene Wenger generally [.

Will Wenger play reserves against Shakhtar?

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Arsene Wenger has already said that he is confident that Cesc Fabregas will be fit to face Shakhtar on Wednesday, but who else will be in Arsenal's starting XI on the night? The subs bench against West Ham consisted of Rosicky, Walcott, Bendtner, Djourou, Vela, Eboue and Szczesny, and I think that the first five of [.