Just Arsenal Archives for January 2010

Wenger – We wanted Campbell to return, but now I need to buy another centre-back

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Arsene Wenger has admitted that he was keen on bringing Sol Campbell back to Arsenal next season, but says that he wasn't too surprised that he chose to move to Newcastle instead. Campbell has just moved into a new house in Northumbria with his new bride, and with Newcastle being local and promising the 36 year-old [.

Wenger – Fabregas will stay at Arsenal for years!

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Arsene Wenger is adamant that he intends to make his captain Cesc Fabregas stick to the terms of his contract at Arsenal, which still has five or six years left on it. He said: "I always said Cesc Fabregas will be our captain next year and that we want to keep him. "Despite all the speculation last [.

Phil Jagielka and Per Mertsacker will do for Arsenal!

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This is a Guest Post by Edward Sai Kuen Sikorski (an occasional contributor) Thoughts on Wenger's transfer dealings This summer has been no different. New rumours come out everyday about who the managers will purchase. Could it be the new World Cup star Müller or maybe even Özil? The World Cup has lead to new star players, [.

Cagliari drop Marchetti after transfer request

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It is now looking more and more likely that the Italian keeper Frederico Marchetti will be coming to Arsenal as it has been revealed that the 27 year-old has put in a de facto transfer request. Cagliari dropped Marchetti from the side that faced Bastia in a "friendly" last night, but the game was marred [.

Arsenal rumours July 29th – Mertsacker, Tasci, Veloso, Frey and Schwarzer

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Arsene Wenger was interviewed after the friendly match with Neusiedl and during the session he was directly asked if he was trying to sign Per Mertsacker, and although he didn't give a straight yes, he did emphasise that Arsenal still needed another centre-back. He said: "There are people we consider and are analysing and we look [.

Arsenal rumours July 30th – Afellay, Melo, Fabregas, Marchetti and Schwarzer

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The schizophrenic ramblings of Cesc Fabregas yesterday has reignited the Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting a replacement. Carlos Puyol's outburst has suggested that Fabregas is being kept against his will, and if he demands a move when he meets with Wenger next week, Arsenal will be put in a no-win situation.

Can Fabregas win back the respect of Arsenal fans? (Comment & Win a Season Review DVD)

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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has made it plain that he wants to return to his "home" of Barcelona this season, but Arsene Wenger refuses to listen to offers for a player that signed a bumper five year contract last year. Here are a few of Cesc's comments this summer: Cesc May 13th: "I want to [.

Giovinco leaving Juventus, and wants Arsenal move

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The young Juventus midfielder Sebastian Giovinco has been linked with a move to Arsenal for the last few years, and is now finally ready to leave the Italian giants. According to his agent, Luca Pasqualin, he is very keen on Arsenal making their interest "concrete". He said: "We have spoken to four teams in Italy regarding [.

Wenger expects Bendtner, Fabregas and Van Persie to miss Liverpool game

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Arsenal fans are certainly used to having injury problems, so before a game it is normal to think "who is available" before discussing line-ups, but to have Arsene Wenger to expect three top players not to be available for the first game of the season must be a first! The good news is that, although Johan [.

Mertsacker is top of Wenger’s wish list, with Vertonghen in reserve

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Arsene Wenger got a shock yesterday when Sol Campbell decided to take the offer from Newcastle rather than return to Arsenal, and now he is in desperate straights defensively and needs to find another solid centre-back immediately, or maybe even two! The Mirror reports this morning that Arsenal have given up on prising Phil Jagielka away [.

Arsenal v Neusiedl highlights – Chamakhs first for the Gunners

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Arsenal won their third pre-season match easily enough, and still havent conceded a goal. In fact although all four of Wengers goalkeepers have now had game-time, none of them have had much to do! Vito Mannone did everything that was asked of him in the second half yesterday, and even managed to save a soft penalty [.

Djourou injured! Wenger needs to move fast for a defender!

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Arsenals third easy win of the pre-season last night was marred by the sight of Johan Djourou limping off in the first half. The French centre-back has only just returned to playing after missing the whole of last season through a knee injury. With Gallas, Senderos, Silvestre and Campbell all leaving Arsenal this summer, Djourou was [.

Clichy – Do we want to be a good team, or win trophies?

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The Arsenal defender Gael Clichy feels that Arsenal now have the expertise and the experience to step up from being the nearly-boys to being Champions of England. He reckons the team has grown and must make their talent bring results after five years in the wilderness. "I remember a few years ago saying it was a [.

Bob Wilson – Wenger hated buying English players

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The Arsenal legend Bob Wilson has been speaking about Arsene Wenger's policy of buying foreigners over Englishman, and says that the Frenchman even said that Arsenal would go bust if they bought English players! A new report today shows that Wenger has bought a total of 83 players since arriving at Arsenal 14 years ago, and [.

Tom Cruise – Fabregas is my role model, but I still want to beat Spain

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The Arsenal defender Tom Cruise, who is currently playing for the England U19 side in the European Championships in France, says that Cesc Fabregas is a great example to him, and one of the best players in the World. The England side are just about to play Spain in the semi-finals of the tournament, and he [.

Sol Campbell in for Newcastle medical today!

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It has just been announced that Sol Campbell has decided to sign for Newcastle United this season after declining offers from Celtic, Sunderland and Arsenal. Campbell has just returned from his honeymoon and it looks like he has chosen family life over long-distance travelling, as he and his new wife have just moved into a newly [.

Gibbs and Djourou are keen to start the season, Ramsey to follow…

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Well it looks like Arsene Wenger is sticking to his guns, and bringing more youngsters through rather than buying ready-made replacements, but the Arsenal manager will be certainly heartened by the reduction in last seasons big injury list. Robin Van Persie missed most of the year, and he has now played through to the World Cup [.

Arsenal rumours 26th July – Vertonghen, Stekelenburg, Lukaku, Wickham and Bakambu

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There is an air of desperation in the media's Arsenal transfer rumours today, especially when they make the main link Jan Vertonghen. The ex-team-mate of Thomas Vermaelen quite clearly said in his interview that he wouldn't consider leaving Ajax for another year at least, but the papers have turned it into a come-and-get-me plea.

Arsenal and Man Utd linked again as Mesut Ozil refuses new contract

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The German international midfielder Mesut Ozil was one of the stars of the World Cup this summer, and is likely to be very sought after as soon as he comes on the market. Werder Bremen have been trying desperately to get him to sign a contract extension, but risk letting him go on a free [...]

Wenger turns down David James on a free!

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The England goalkeeper David James is preparing to go to Scotland for talks with the Celtic manager Neil Lennon about a possible free transfer, and the Mail has revealed that the ex-Portsmouth stopper was offered to Arsenal as the solution to their keeper crisis, but Wenger declined the offer. This to me only confirms that Arsenal [.

Akinfeev – If Arsenal called I would sign for them (or Man Utd..)

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The Russian international goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev thinks he is ready for a move to the Premiership, and after talking to his mate Andrei Arshavin, he is especially keen on moving to Arsenal and London, with Man Utd being his second choice. The CSKA Moscow star believes that if a good offer came in for him the [.

Iniesta – Fabregas will stay at Arsenal one more year to win the title

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At last it seems that the Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has told his mates from Spain and Barcelona to stop the high-pressure tapping up, and to start helping him rebuild his relationship with the Arsenal fans before the new season starts. The Barca star Andres Iniesta, who score the winner for Spain in the World Cup [.

Arsenal rumours July 24th – Mertsacker, Gallas, Rosicky and “Magic” Honda

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All the latest Arsenal transfer news seems to be concentrating on the much-needed centre-back, and it is now being reported that Arsene Wenger has given up hope of persuading Everton to let Phil Jagielka leave at a reasonable price, and he has now turned his attention to the German defender Per Mertsacker.

Forget the League – Time for Wenger to try and win a Cup!

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It was blindingly obvious to everyone last season (including Arsene Wenger) that Arsenal were just three class players away from being World-Beaters. Wenger also repeatedly told the fans that the problems were mainly in defence, and "something had to be done", so with Senderos, Silvestre and Gallas leaving, Arsenal fans expected to see a couple of [.

Arsenal in Almunia talks with Osasuna?

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There is a report this morning saying that Arsenal are still trying to find a Spanish club to take Manuel Almunia off their hands to make room for Mark Schwarzer in the squad. The Goon Blog says this morning that Arsenal were in talks with the Spanish La Liga side Osasuna, but they have a stumbling [.

Arshavin – Forget Schwarzer, its not on the agenda!

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The Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin has been speaking to the press today, and he seems to be pretty certain that Arsene Wenger will not be signing another goalkeeper this summer, as he already has four of them in the squad. "They say that the signings haven't finished." said Arshavin. "We have four goalkeepers and we conceded [.

Arsenal rumours 23rd July – Zapata, Honda, Wilshere, Schwarzer and Campbell

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All the papers today are suddenly certain again that the Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer is definitely on his way to the Emirates, and the word is that Arsene Wenger has told both Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski that neither of them will be first-choice keeper in the new season. This rumour has been never-ending since the [.

Flamini joins Hleb on the scrapheap. £6m anyone?

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After the news today that Barcelona are willing to dispose of Alexandr Hleb for a measly £3m if they can find anyone willing to take him off their hands, it seems that he is not the only ex-Arsenal player that is finding it hard to find a job outside North London! Mathieu Flamini left Arsenal at [..

Wenger – No replacement for Eduardo, but we are still short in defence

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Arsene Wenger has clarified that he is definitely not going to be replacing Eduardo now that he has left for Shakhtar Donetsk, but he has kept the Arsenal fans guessing by saying that he still intends to make a "defensive signing", yet again not specifying if it would be a goalkeeper or a defender! When talking [.

Has Jay Simpson played his last game for Arsenal?

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The young Arsenal striker Jay Simpson scored twice for the Gunners in the facile win against Barnet last weekend, but according to reports he is now looking for another club to further his career. Simpson was hoping that his performance at Underhill would have persuaded Arsene Wenger to take him to Austria for the usual Arsenal [.

Hleb available for just £3million

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The ex-Arsenal star Alexsandr Hleb famously forced Arsene Wenger to sell him to Barcelona just two summers ago, but having failed to prove himself good enough to play for the Spanish giants, is now being touted around the lower echelons of the Premeir League at a cut-price £3m as Barca are desperate to take him [.

Eduardo – Arsenal will always be in my heart

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The Croatian striker Eduardo Da Silva leaves Arsenal today after three years, and we can only reflect on what might have been if he hadn't suffered that horrific injury.... He is going to Shakhtar Dnoetsk to hopefully revive his career but he has issued a personal thank you to the club and the fans who have [.

Arsenal rumours July 21st – Handanovic, Schwarzer, Van Der Wiel, Andy Najar and Eduardo confirmed

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The official Arsenal website have finally confirmed that Eduardo has joined Shakhtar Donetsk, despite it being common knowledge for the last couple of days. The Croatian striker scored an impressive 20 goals in just 67 appearances for the Gunners, and they said nice things about him in the official announcement, which ended: Eduardo's recovery from [.

Sol Campbell to be Wenger’s final “defensive signing”?

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According to a report today, Arsene Wenger is not in a hurry to sign another defender as backup to Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen, because he is nearly certain that Sol Campbell will re-sign for another year at Arsenal. The London Standard "understands" that as soon as Campbell returns from his honeymoon, he will be back [.

“Magic” Honda still a possibility for Arsenal?

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Arsene Wenger said that he thought that the CSKA Moscow and Japan star Keisuke Honda was the star of the World Cup. He said: "This Japansese team is based on a solid and collective defence in which everybody knows exactly what to do," "When they get the ball they can give it to Honda – [...]

Rosell – Fabregas transfer still possible up to Aug 31st!

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Despite Arsene Wenger's complete refusal to discuss any possibility of Cesc Fabregas moving to Barcelona, the Spanish club are still refusing to give in. The Barca president Sandro Rosell is going to make another attempt to speak to Arsenal to see if negotiations are possible. There have been numerous reports that Fabregas is going to officially [.

Eduardo pleased with Shakhtar move, and Remy to replace him?

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The transfer of the Arsenal striker Eduardo to Shakhtar Donetsk still hasn't been formally announced by the Arsenal website, but it is now common knowledge. The Croatian striker has been a shadow of his former self since he returned from his broken leg, but after passing a rigorous medical, Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu is hopeful [.

Eduardo joins Shakhtar, Almunia next to go?

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Just a few days ago, Arsene Wenger made a statement rubbishing the rumours that Eduardo Da Silva would be leaving the Emirates this summer. He said: "Eduardo is an Arsenal player and I am expecting a lot from him this season," "He had a terrible injury – he went through hell – but I think his [..

Arsenal to raid Ajax for £42m star trio!

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There is a report coming out of Italy (of all places!) saying that Arsene Wenger is going to return to Ajax with a massive offer for three of their World Cup stars. Calcio News 24 has reported that Arsenal are targeting goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, right-back Gregory van der Wiel, and the Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, [.

Van Persie given Number 10, Vela gets 11, and vuvuzelas are banned from Arsenal!

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Arsenal have just revealed that Robin Van Persie is going to be wearing the Number 10 shirt made famous by another Dutchman, Dennis Bergkamp, and recently vacated by the departing William Gallas. The Mexican striker Carlos Vela has been allocated the Number 11, which makes me think that his exploits at the World Cup must have [.

Szczesny – I’m staying at Arsenal and I want to be Number One!

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The young Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has taken heart from Arsene Wengers words this weekend, and believes that he has as much chance as anyone of being Arsenal's first choice keeper next season. Arsene Wenger played Lukasz Fabianski, Vito Mannone and Szczesny in Saturdays freindly against Barnet, and said after the game: "At the moment, in [.

Guardiola – Real Madrid want Fabregas too!

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Arsene Wenger has repeatedly snubbed any approach from Barcelona for his captain Cesc Fabregas, despite the Spanish side's serial attempts to manipulate the media into orchestrating their wishes. Today, at last, it seems that the La Liga champions have finally got the message that Arsenal have absolutely no intention of selling.

The Clock End and the North Bank to return for new season!

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The Arsenal management are continuing their "Arsenalisation" of the Emirates Stadium, and the return of the famous clock was the next step, and now the stands are going to be renamed in line with the programme. The club have just sent an official statement to me for passing on to all the Gooners, so here it [.

Joe Cole snubs Arsenal and Spurs and signs for Liverpool!

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So it seems that the bookies were right by suspending the betting on Joe Cole to Liverpool, and he has agreed a £90,000 a week deal with Roy Hodgson to join on a three year contract, and ignoring offers from Arsenal as well as from his old mate Harry Redknapp at Tottenham. It has come as [...]

Arsenal rumours July 19th – Eduardo, Giovinco, Jagielka, Joe Cole and Jay Simpson

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There are lots of interesting Arsenal transfer rumours around this morning, but the only defender being mentioned is the Everton stopper Phil Jagielka. After yesterdays reports in the Mirror that Arsenal had had a £14m bid turned down and were preparing to increase the bid to a club record £16m, it is today being mooted [.

“Arsenal can’t stop Cesc moving to Barcelona”

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Even though Arsene Wenger has totally refused to countenance any discussion of the Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas moving to Barcelona, it hasn't stopped his international team-mates spouting their mouths off to the press. Today it is the turn of the Barcelona captain Carlos Puyol, who reckons that Cesc "and his family" are "desperate" to move back [.

Van Persie – Maybe Arsenal should play dirty like Holland!

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The Arsenal and Holland strike Robin Van Persie has been defending his country's tactics in the World Cup Finals, where they were accused of being dirty and trying to stop their opponents playing, especially against Spain in the Final. He was unrepentant as he believes that the result is more important than playing the "beautiful [.

Arsenal to increase bid for Jagielka to £16m

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Arsene Wenger has consistently stated that he is still in the market for another defender to beef up the Arsenal back line, and he believes that Everton's Phil Jagielka is the man to do it. According to a report today, Wenger has already had a bid of £14m turned down for the big central defender. Jagielka seems [.

Barnet v Arsenal highlights – Simpson gets two in easy win for Gunners

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Arsenal's pre-season got off to an easy start with a 4-0 win at Underhill against Barnet in the annual fixture before the Gunners fly off to Austria for a ten day tour. Although, to be fair, Barnet's defending left a lot to be desired, but Arsenal certainly looked comfortable right from the start when the little [.

Wengers gives Szczesny Number One today and says he is “not really” interested in Schwarzer!

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The goalkeeping dilemma at Arsenal took a new twist today, as Arsene Wenger gave Wojcneich Szczesny the Number One jersey against Barnet, but only played him for the last 22 minutes. Manuel Almunia was out "injured" yet again, and Lukasz Fabianski played the first 45 minutes wearing number 21, and the second half saw Vito [.

Wenger – The rumours end here, Fabregas loves Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has maintained his dignity all through the summer while Arsenal have been under seige from the Barcelona players and management as they tried to prise Cesc Fabregas away from the Emirates, but now the Frenchman says it is time for the rumours to stop now the new season approaches. After todays game at Barnet, [.

Agent – Handanovic would love Arsenal move, but we have had no contact

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There were numerous reports yesterday coming out of Slovenia that the national goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was close to a move to Arsenal, and it was even quoted that he was ready to sign a three year contract at the Emirates, but Handanovic's agent, Federico Pastorelli, has reported that neither he, nor his club Udinese, have [.

Arsenal stick with Almunia and Fabianski as Szczesny is seen at Brentford

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Arsenal begin their pre-season campaign at Barnet today, and the Gunners fans are still waiting expectantly for news on a new goalkeeper to be added to the squad. In the meantime, the team going to Underhill will have last season's first and second choice keepers, Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski, fighting it out for the [.

Arsenal close in on Handanovic for 10m euros

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It is being reported today in Slovenia that Arsenal are close to an agreement to sign Samir Handanovic. The international keeper, who had such a good game against England at the World Cup, is reportedly close to signing a three-year contract with the Gunners, and the transfer fee will be in the region of 10m [.

Barcelona give up on Fabregas, and sign Adriano from Sevilla instead!

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So it is finally confirmed that Cesc Fabregas will be staying at Arsenal next season, and the Catalan club have instead arranged to sign the Brazilian midfielder Adriano from Sevilla instead. The new Barca president Sandro Rosell has finally understood that Arsenal will not let Fabregas leave cheaply (if at all) and have decided to go [.

Barnet v Arsenal – “The most important thing is no injuries”

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Arsenal begin their pre-season campaign away at Barnet tomorrow in their regular July meeting at Underhill, and the Barnet coach Mark Stimson believes that it could be a close game, but the most important thing is that neither side sustain any injuries ahead of the new season. "The main thing is no injuries, that is the [.

Man City move ahead of Arsenal in Pemiership betting after spending £77m

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Manchester City have signalled their intent to challenge for the Premiership title next season by buying another cutch of top-class players to add to their already star-studded squad. Today it has been announced that they have brought their spending this summer to £77m with the acquisition of the Serbian international defender Aleksandar Kolarov for £17m.

Beckham – Thierry Henry will make the MLS bigger, and I can’t wait to play against him!

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The original ambassador for the American MLS, David Beckham, believes that the arrival of Thierry Henry at the New York Bulls can only be good for football in America, and he will raise the profile of the sport even further. "I think it's great," Beckham said in an interview with Yahoo. "Thierry joining the Red Bulls [.

Shock! Barcelona player admits Fabregas plays for Arsenal!

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As just about the whole Barcelona team has said at least once (if not three times!) that the Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas should be at the Camp Nou next season, it has come as a shock to me that ONE of them has admitted that Cesc plays for Arsenal, and there is "nothing to be [...]

Arsenal and Tottenham fighting over young England star

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It is being reported today that both Arsenal and Tottenham have joined in a bidding war for the young Ipswich and England striker Connor Wickham. The Mail reports that Spurs have increased their bid for Wickham from £5 to £8m as they try to fight off interest from the Gunners. The talented 17 year-old was the star [.

Thierry Henry’s debut for Red Bulls will be against Tottenham!

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I revealed last week that the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry had left Barcelona and is due to be unveiled by the New York Red Bulls on Thursday, and has now been officially announced , and his first match will be against the dreaded Spuds in a "friendly" game on the 22nd July! Henry is over the [...]

Iniesta – We desire Fabregas: Wenger – NO! NO! NO!

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This must be one of the hardest transfer windows that Arsene Wenger has ever had to endure as every Barcelona player and his dog have been incessantly tapping up Cesc Fabregas. Today it was the turn of Spain's World Cup Final hero, Andres Iniesta, to take his turn at winding the Arsenal manager up: "Everybody [.

Arsenal rumours July 14th – Asamoah, Frey, Schwarzer, Pienaar and Eduardo

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There is not a lot of encouraging Arsenal transfer news around today, in fact most of it is quite negative. The goalkeeping situation doesn't seem to be any closer to being resolved. After the rumours that Mark Schwarzer had finally passed a medical and was ready to sign any minute, this was swiftly followed by [.

Joe Cole holds “positive” talks with Tottenham

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The Joe Cole transfer saga is now reaching a head as the player is back in town after the World Cup, and it seems that he having to make a straight choice between Arsenal and Tottenham, with Liverpool possible outsiders. But it looks like Harry Redknapp has stolen a march on Arsene Wenger as the Frenchman [.

Sebastian Frey linked as Schwarzer denies Arsenal medical

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It is looking more and more like the Arsenal transfer rumours linking Mark Schwarzer with a move to the Emirates is nothing more than a smokescreen for their true target. Very early in this transfer window, Arsene Wenger was connected with a move for the Fiorentina keeper, and Frey himself admitted that he thought it was [.

Serdar Tasci – I have great respect for Arsene Wenger (and Spurs!)

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Even though Arsenal have signed Laurent Koscielny, Arsene Wenger is still in need of another big experienced centre-back and has admitted his admiration for the German defender Serdar Tasci. According to reports both Tottenham and Juventus are also chasing him, and his agent, Uli Ferber, announced today that his client was aware of interest from [.

Van Persie blames Howard Webb for Holland’s defeat!

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Everybody in the world is in agreement that Spain fully deserved to beat Holland in last nights World Cup Final, but Robin Van Persie, along with a few other Dutch players, think that Howard Webb was instrumental in the Spain win, especially in the events leading up to Spain's winning goal. Van Persie was especially scathing [.

Fabregas commits himself to Arsenal as Wenger refuses to talk to Barca!

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Now that the World Cup is over, the new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell flew to South Africa with every intention of quickly striking a deal with Arsene Wenger, but according to an exclusive report in todays Mirror, Wenger refused to even meet up with him! So it looks like Wenger is sticking to his guns and [.

Wenger – Arsenal have no need of Joe Cole or Yoann Gourcuff

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has clearly ruled out any chance of Joe Cole arriving at the Emirates this year, by saying that he fully expects Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri to fulfil the role of offensive midfielders next season. Both Nasri and Walcott were left out of their respective World Cup squads this summer, but [.

Now West Ham want talks with Sol Campbell

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Sol Campbell said at the end of last season that he was very keen on being taken back on by Arsenal for the coming year, but while Arsene Wenger has been away at the World Cup Finals, the 35 year-old has been looking at his various options for next season. Celtic boss Neil Lennon has made [...]

Would Wenger really offer Gael Clichy for Felipe Melo?

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There have been a lot of Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with the Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo since Juventus admitted they were prepared to listen to offers, but lately they are also saying that Gael Clichy could become part of the deal. TuttuSport say that Arsenal have made a firm offer to make a straight [.

Atletico Madrid to take Almunia when Schwarzer arrives?

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According to a report this morning, the 33 year-old Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is set to move back to Spain with Atletico Madrid after the transfer of Mark Schwarzer is finalised this week. There has been contradictory reports about the Fulham goalkeeper this week, with some papers saying that Fulham have rejected Arsenal's offers, and others [.

Arsenal and Man City fighting over Kwadwo Asamoah

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Kwadwo Asamoah is a promising young Ghanaian international, and he impressed watchers at the World Cup, including Arsene Wenger. Now, according to reports in Ghana, both Arsenal and Man City have contacted the player's manager regarding a possible transfer. A "source" revealed this information in the Accra Mail in Ghana, but also said that both clubs [.

Fabregas – Spain winning is more important than me playing!

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The Arsenal and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been getting used to sitting on the bench while his projected future team-mates at Barcelona play in every game at the World Cup. Although he says he is "desperate" to play, it is far more important that his country wins the game than if he gets any [.

Thierry Henry to be unveiled at New York Red Bulls on Thursday

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The Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has been released by Barcelona despite still having one year left on his contract, and it has been a very badly kept secret that he has been in negotiations with the New York Red Bulls in America. Wel the MLS tansfer window opens next Thursday and the Red Bulls have fnally [.

Van Marwjik – Van Persie will come good in the Final

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The Dutch manager Bert van Marwjik believes that Robin Van Parsie has been gradually improving since he arrived at the World Cup, and he is convinced that the Arsenal striker will carry on improving as Holland approach the Final against Spain. "Robin has really improved during the last few matches and I still have a lot [.

Why Arsenal should buy Arda Turan (video)

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The Turkish genius Arda Turan has been linked with Arsenal for the last couple of years, and he has now decided that it is time for him to leave Galatasary and Turkey, and at the moment it looks like his most likely destination is London. Both Tottenham and Arsenal have both registered their interest in the [.

Barcelona need Ibrahimovich cash to pay for Fabregas

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A report in todays Daily Star is saying that the new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is taking personal charge of the negotiations with Man City for Zlatan Ibrahimovich, so that he can ring-fence the cash received to pay for Cesc Faregas. It was revealed yesterday that the Catalan club are looking for a new £125m bank [.

Arsenal rumours July 9th – Joe Cole, Handanovic, Campbell, Schwarzer and Halliche

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After all the excitement this week, it seems that most of the Arsenal transfer rumours have been saying that Mark Schwarzer is nailed on to be the next arrival at the Emirates. It has even been reported that he had a second medical, which normally means that all the other formalities have been concluded.

Juventus – We are ready to take offers for Felipe Melo…

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Arsenal were strongly linked with Felipe Melo last summer, and with the Gunners in desperate need of a strong holding midfielder, the rumours are still in place. Wenger admitted in March that he was still keen on the Brazilian, who was on the wrong end of two red cards in South Africa. Wenger said: "We were [.

Arsenal rumours July 8th – Schwarzer, Mesut Ozil, Wright-Phillips, Asamoah and Benzema

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It is great news that Wenger has finally got Laurent Koscielny on board, although it is my opinion that he was probably forced to pay more than his original valuation considering his experience. But other than that there are still lots of Arsenal transfer rumours about, and the main one seems to be the imminent [.

Rosell – We will do a deal with Wenger ‘fast’!

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The new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is on his way to South Africa to see Arsene Wenger, and he wants a deal for Cesc Fabregas to be concluded very quickly. Despite Arsenal totally refusing (publicly) to negotiate with the Spanish giants, Rosell seems to believe that they will be able to come to a compromise over [.

Wenger – Almunia is too nervous, so expect an announcement on goalkeeping soon!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger met up with a Kenyan commentator this week, Ampher Apidi, while working at the World Cup in South Africa, and for some reason granted him a personal interview. He told Apidi that the two best players he had seen at the World Cup were Mesut Ozil, and surprisingly Giovanni Dos Santos, [.

Finally it’s official! Arsenal sign Koscielny at last!

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The worst kept secret in English football has finally reached its conclusion as the official Arsenal website announce that Laurent Koscielny has become an Arsenal player today. Of course as usual they say it was an "undisclosed fee". The 24 year-old was understandably very happy with such a big move.

Olympiakos want Eduardo

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The Greek giants Olympiakos are reportedly looking to take the out-of-favour Arsenal striker Eduardo Da Silva to Greece next season. Eduardo was only used sparingly by Arsene Wenger last year, even when both Nicklas Bendtner and Robin Van Persie were both out injured, and it is thought that with the arrival of Marouane Chamakh, the [.

Agent confirms Arsenal interest in Kwadwo Asamoah

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The Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah was very impressive at the World Cup and helped his team to reach the quarter-finals, and it is only to be expected that the 21 year-old would attract attention from some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Asamoah has been linked with Arsenal for some months now, long before his performances [.

Fabregas gets all-clear to play after bone scan

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The Arsenal and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas was at the centre of an injury scare on Monday when his right leg, which he broke last season, gave him a lot of pain after training with the Spanish squad. As a result the Spain medical team undertook to give his leg a full scan, and have [...]

Rosell set for showdown talks with Wenger over 70m euro demand

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The new Barcelona chairman Sandro Rosell has angrily stated that Arsenal want 70m euros for Cesc Fabregas, and they will be lucky to get half that fee! According to Footballpress.net Rosell said on Spanish radio: "We are certainly not going to pay 70 million euros for signing Cesc FÃ bregas, which Arsenal are asking for.

Agent – Arsenal favourites to sign Serdar Tasci!

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Arsenal have been linked with lots of players at the World Cup, but today they are being reported as favourites to sign a Germany squad player that hasn't even figured in the first team yet! Serdar Tasci is an accomplished centre-back, which is obviously the position that is highest in Arsene Wenger's agenda at the monent.

Bendtner injury not improving – may miss start of season

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The Denmark and Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been suffering with a groin injury ever since he had a car crash in September last year, and it has shown no sign of improvement. He played through the pain during the World Cup, but now the injury is getting so bad that he can hardly get out [...]

Fabregas – I just want to play!

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The Arsenal and Spain midfielder has only been used as a substitute at the World Cup so far, and is desperate to get some playing time as his country faces Germany in the World Cup tomorrow. Fabregas said: "All I want is to play football. It's the semi-final of the biggest tournament in the world and [.

Keown – I’d rather have Campbell than Koscielny!

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Thomas Vermaelen joined Arsenal last summer, and quickly fitted into the team and made an impact from the start, but the Arsenal legend Martin Keown doubts that Laurent Koscielny will be integrated quite so easily. He is worried that because of Laurent Koscielny's inexperience, he may not be able to get used to the pace of [.

Liverpool now favourites to sign Joe Cole and Fabregas certain to join Barcelona!

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After the comments from Joe Cole's agent last week, it looked certain that the Chelsea midfielder would be joining either Arsenal or Tottenham, but suddenly Liverpool are now favourites to sign him. It looks like Roy Hodgson has been talking to the England man, because there has suddenly been a massive plunge in the betting market [.

Arsenal lose out on Braga keeper Eduardo

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The rumours around today that the Portugese club Sporting Braga have offered Eduardo dos Reis Carvalho to Arsenal are a little too late. While the Mail on Sunday was reporting that Arsenal were about to hijack the deal for Eduardo, the 28 year-old was already on a plane to Genoa, and according to SportItalia, will be [.

Arsenal rumours July 5th – Nasri, Schwarzer, Handanovic, Gervinho and Tasci

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There is still no official news from Arsenal about Koscielny, but there are still lots of Arsenal transfer rumours around today, including a couple of new names. After the news that Arsenal have missed out on the Portugese keeper Eduardo, we now have a link with the Slovenian keeper Samir Handanovic.

Arsenal rumours July 4th – Clichy, Melo, Rosicky, Montolivo and Khedira

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The Sunday papers usually provide us with lots of Arsenal transfer rumours, and today is no exception. It is now widely assumed that we will finally have an official announcement about Koscielny tomorrow. If not then I will be officially worried! Todays crazy rumour comes courtesy of TuttoSport in Italy, who are suggesting that Juventus will [.

Lionel Messi – Walcott Would Scare Any Defence in the World!

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott could not have got a higher praise than he got today from the world's best player, Lionel Messi. The Argentina striker reckons that Fabio Capello was crazy not to take Walcott to South Africa, and thinks that he could have made a real difference in the group stages, and he [.

“Fabregas has made it clear he wants Barcelona move now!”

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Now that the World Cup is approaching the final few games, the mind games from Barcelona have started all over again. Fabregas said the other day that he still loved Arsenal, and may still remain at Arsenal next season, but according to his Spain international team-mate Gerard Pique, Fabregas is saying quite the opposite in [.

Barcelona boss – Fabregas is still our objective!

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Joan Laporta may not still be the president at Barcelona, but the new management have stressed that they still intend to sign the Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas this summer, but they also refuse to pay over the odds! The new Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu said yesterday: "Our objective is for him to become a Barcelona [.

Arsenal rumours July 3rd – Denilson, Diakhate, Eden Hazard and Felipe Melo

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There are lots of interesting bits of Arsenal transfer news around today, but the most unlikely just has to be the report from Marca that Barcelona want either Mascherano or Denilson to replace Yaya Toure at the Camp Nou. Mascherano I can understand, but Denilson is nowhere near the finished product yet and would certainly [.

Koscielny in London and ready to sign!

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It has just been reported on FCLorient.net that the Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny is in London with his agent, Stephen Duck, and he will be confirmed as an Arsenal player imminently. They say that the deal was agreed earlier this week for a club record fee of 12m euros (including bonuses, whatever that means), and on [.

Redknapp – Spurs have a good chance of signing Joe Cole!

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The Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole still hasn't decided where he will be playing next season, but most of the rumours have suggested Arsenal or Tottenham are the front runners for his signature, especially since his agent said it was unlikely that he would move away from the Premiership, and that Cole would only move to [.

Wenger keen on ‘Magic’ Honda!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger couldn't hide his admiration for the Japanese star Keisuke Honda, prompting rumours that he may make a bid for the man who scored three goals for his country in just four World Cup matches. "This Japansese team is based on a solid and collective defence in which everybody knows exactly what [.

Mesut Ozil keen on Premiership move, but not to Arsenal!

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There have been many rumours about Arsene Wenger making a bid for the German playmaker Mesut Ozil, but the player himself is more keen on a move to either Chelsea or Man Utd. Ozil only has one year left on his contract at Werder Bremen and it looks like he will not be short of [...]

Celtic to offer captains armband to Sol Campbell?

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The Celtic manager Neil Lennon is pulling out all the stops to convince Sol Campbell to move to Parkhead next season, and he has even suggested that he will take the captaincy off Scott Brown if Campbell agrees to move to Scotland. When Lennon was asked about whether Brown would still be captain next season, he [.

Arsenal transfer rumours July 2nd – Van Persie, Schwarzer, Van Der Vaart, Gilles Sunu and Raul Meireles

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I'm starting to get depressed now as the Arsenal transfer rumours seem to have stopped mentioning Koscielny, despite Wenger promising us a defensive signing this week (Okay he said 'very soon' but it looks like procrastination, especially as he originally told us all his signings would be done BEFORE the World Cup!

Arsenal rumours July 1st – Joe Cole, Halliche, Mertsacker, Van Persie and Sol Campbell

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There is still very little in the way of positive Arsenal transfer rumours today. There has been no announcement about Laurent Koscielny which had been expected today, in fact Wenger said that a "defensive" signing would be made this week, so I suppose I should wait until tomorrow really. The only bit of good news has [.

Cesc Fabregas – I may not leave Arsenal, I love the club!

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The Cesc Fabregas farce has taken another twist today as the Arsenal captain has now back-tracked and said that he may not leave the Gunners after all, and he loves the club! Fabregas said: "I haven't said that I will definitely leave Arsenal. Everything is possible. Now I have my head and my focus on the [.

First picture of Vermaelen in the new retro Arsenal home kit!

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The new Arsenal home kit will not be available to buy from the club shop until July 29th, but I have found a sneak preview with Thomas Vermaelen doing the modeling. It reminds me of the old seventies kit worn in the days of John Radford and Charlie George. Let's hope it can bring us [...]

The Joy and Sorrow of Arsenal’s Season – by a Young Arsenal Fan

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This is the third and last winner of the Arsenal Season Review DVD Competition. by Edward Sai Kuen Sikorski Joy, pain, relief, sorrow and excitement. These are the words that describe this season. The joy when it started off so good. When we beat Everton and Fabregas showed Jarque's Arsenal shirt. When Vermaelen was powering in [.