Just Arsenal Archives for January 2010

Fabregas and Vermaelen unlikely to face Chelsea

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Arsenal's hopes of winning the big London derby took a big blow when Arsene Wenger revealed that his captain Cesc Fabregas has less than a 50% chance of facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. When asked about the Arsenal injury news, and specifically Fabregas' chances of making it, Wenger said today: "I don't know.

Carlos Vela’s ban inspires team-mates to go on strike!

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Arsenal's Carlos Vela and Celtic's Efrain Suarez were both banned for six months for attending a party after their country's 1-0 friendly win over Colombia, but their Mexico team-mates have decided to go out on striker in a bid to get the bans overturned. Most of the team were at the party, but Nestor de la [.

Stoke boss – Arsenal’s record is worse than ours, and Wenger MUST apologise!

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The row between Stoke City and Arsenal looks set to run and run, as the Stoke Chairman Peter Coates has reiterated that he still demands an apology from Arsene Wenger for the comments he made about Ryan Shawcross. It seems from the official Opta stats this season, Stoke have committed 78 fouls compared to Arsenal's 74, [.

Can Arsenal REALLY beat Chelsea? (And Predict the Score Competition)

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Arsenal will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in the biggest game of the season so far. With Arsenal four points behind this is a real six-pointer. So my question just has to be; What team can Arsene pick to beat Chelsea? After the awful result last week against West Brom, Wenger made six changes [.

Has Wenger found another freebie? Steven Pienaar to join Arsenal?

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It was reported during the summer that the Everton and South African international midfielder Steven Pienaar is keen to join Arsenal on a free transfer next summer. the 28 year-old has refused to sign a new contract with the Toffees but has decided to cash in with one last big move while he can. There are [.

Eboue – Watch out Chelsea, we’re confident!

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Emmanuel Eboue thinks that last week's Arsenal result against West Brom was just a minor blip, and the Gunners are ready to compete with the best, starting with the assault on Chelsea's 100% home record next week. "We started very well in the league, but last Saturday's defeat was a big blow," Eboue said.

Wenger – Fabianski had a faultless game (Do you agree?)

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In a game of penalties (scored and missed), Arsenal came away with the three points from Belgrade last night, and Arsene Wenger believes that the much-maligned Lukasz Fabianski had a "faultless game". All (well, nearly all) the Arsenal fans have been clamouring for Arsene Wenger to drop Manuel Almunia after the defeat to West Brom, but [.

Wenger – I have confidence in Fabianski

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Arsene Wenger has been trying to puff up Manuel Almunia since failing to purchase Mark Schwarzer (or any other keeper!) during the transfer window, but the Spaniard reverted to type in last weeks diabolical defeat by West Brom at the Emirates. Now that Almunia is (cough,cough) injured, Wenger is again professing his belief that Lukasz Fabianski [.

Arsenal close in on South African international defender

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It seems that Arsene Wenger could still sign another centre-back as extra back-up, as it has been revealed today that the South African international defender, Siyanda Xulu, is in London on trial right now. He is currently under contract to Mamelodi Sundowns in the South African Premiership. Xulu was voted the Young-Player-of-the-Year in South Africa in [.

Predict the Score in Belgrade and win a Just Arsenal T-Shirt

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Absolutely no-one in the world predicted that West Brom would beat Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend, so the quicker we draw the line under that one and forget it the better. So quickly on..... Tonights Champions League match at Partizan Belgrade could never be as easy as the 6-0 win over Braga, but surely the [.

Wenger – The team is depressed but I’m not worried about playing Fabianski

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that his team is very depressed after their inexplcable defeat to West Brom this weekend, and they now have to pull themselves back from the brink to face a confident Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League. "The mood was very, very low because we were all ­disappointed," said Wenger.

Yet another injury – or Almunia gets the elbow!

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Arsenal lengthy injury list just got another name added to it, and the good news is that it is Manuel Almunia that has another one of his mystery "elbow" problems. "We have Manual Almunia out," said Wenger. "He has a problem with his elbow. He caught it when he made the penalty on Saturday." It is more likely [.

Almunia voted second-best player against West Brom

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Well here is an interesting story to come out of this weekends embarrassment by West Brom at home. The official Arsenal website holds a weekly poll on the supporters Player-of-the-Week, and obviously this week's winner just had to be Samir Nasri after his one-man attempt to save the points, but no-one would have guessed that [.

Partizan Belgrade defender – Wenger is GOD!

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Arsenal face Partizan Belgrade tomorrow in the Champions League, and desperately need a good performance to help them forget the dire game against West Brom this weekend. One of the Belgrade defenders, Stefan Savic, spent ten days on trial with Arsenal last year, and has nothing but admiration for Le Prof.

Arshavin – It just wasn’t our day!

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The Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin says that the team blew the opportunity to catch up with Chelsea, but it was just one of those days! He thinks that the Gunners will just have to use the next "opportunity" when they face the League Leaders next Sunday. He said: "We will need to use our opportunity next [.

George Graham – Be realistic, Arsenal need a new keeper…

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The ex-Arsenal manager George Graham thinks it is obvious that the Gunners are not going to be good enough to challenge for the top honours unless they replace Manuel Almunia with a top-class goalkeeper, and he doesn't think they should just be looking at Mark Schwarzer. Graham said: "I think if you're going to really be [.

Adam Kemp – Same Old Arsenal!

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It has been a while, but Adam Kemp has decided to write another Guest Post. He has picked the timing perfectly to write an I-told-you-so article! He has previously derided Arsene Wenger for not replacing Manuel Almunia, and also for not spending Arsenal's massive profits on improving the squad enough to win a trophy.

Arsenal to raise their bid for Pepe Reina in January?

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Today's report linking Arsenal with a bid for Liverpool's Pepe Reina sounds like so much wishful thinking, but the speed with which the News of the World got the rumour printed and in the papers for this morning was quite impressive! They report that Arsene Wenger approached Liverpool with a £15m bid in the summer, and [.

How much longer can Wenger defend Almunia?

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There were many bad performances to complain about yesterday in Arsenal's defeat to West Brom, but when Arsenal went two down thanks to a schoolboy error from Manuel Almunia, there was immediately a mountain to climb. And then the third goal looked like the Keystone Kops running about in the six-yard area, with everyone trying to [.

Wenger – We got what we deserved. Nothing!

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I dread to think what Arsene Wenger said to his Arsenal team in the dressing room after the game, but to be 3-0 down to a team that was BOTTOM of the Premiership last weekend is not easy for a manager of his calibre to understand. The team didn't look to have the desire to [...]

WTF? So what the hell went wrong with Arsenal?

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I don't really know what to say to be honest. Yes Arsenal have got a few injuries, but after OUR RESERVES beating Tottenham at the lane during the week, you would think that we had a much stronger team than West Brom.. So most of the players that played today had a rest during the week, [...]

Despite the injuries, Arsenal will have a strong team today

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The Gunners are nigh on invincible at home, and despite the lengthening injury list that seems bever-ending, Arsene Wenger still has the personnel available to field a very strong team against West Brom. Having scored 16 goals in the first three home games, Arsenal will be looking to extend that record, and with Chamakh as the [.

Wenger – All our injuries come from accidents or bad tackles

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had a very (un)interesting interview in the Daily Mirror, which seemed to consist of the reporter simply asking him 100 times why he didn't go for a drink with other Premier League managers after games! His answers, in a nutshell, are that he likes to get home as quickly as [.

Wenger – You can’t make careers AND spend money!

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Arsene Wenger launched into a long tirade about how many players he has brought through from the youth team rather than buy instant replacements in the transfer market, after he felt he was being accused of making too much profit! "What is unbelievable is that people reproach me for making a profit," said Wenger "People who lose [.

Predict The Score for Saturday and win a JustArsenal.com T-Shirt!

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Okay it is time to get your predictions in for tomorrows game, although I am not allowed to mention who we are playing (so I won't!). If you DON'T know who we are playing then you shouldn't be entering the competition anyway! This weeks competition is kindly being sponsored by Online Gambling in the UK, which [.

Iceman Walcott set for early return

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There are a couple of stories this morning saying that the Arsenal winger, Theo Walcott, is set to recover quickly from his ankle ligament damage that he sustained playing for England a couple of weeks ago. The Daily Mail says that he has been using some strange new treatment, and it sounds pretty scary to [.

Wenger reveals even more injury problems ahead of West Brom match

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Arsenal's unbelievable injury record doesn't seem to be showing any signs of improvement, despite Arsene Wenger replacing the Gunners medical team last season. It looks like there is a race on to get quite a few first-teamers fit in time to face Chelsea on Sunday week. We are all aware that Cesc Fabregas is hopeful that [.

Wenger – Can I have a touchline ban every week! (And why we will keep buying kids)

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Arsene Wenger was forced to watch the Carling Cup match against Tottenham on Tuesday from the stands, and not only did he see the team win comfortably, he also quite enjoyed the view! He said: "Honestly, I don't know what I would have done if the game had been against Man United or Chelsea. But will [.

Wenger – We will give Szczesny a new deal if he is patient

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Arsenal's young fourth-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny voiced his dissatisfaction with being left out of the Carling Cup squad against Spurs in midweek, but Arsene Wenger believes that he should be more patient and realise that keepers mature later than infield players. Wenger also said that he is willing to offer the young Pole a new contract [.

Wenger relieved for Gibbs but not so sure about Cesc’s quick recovery

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The two injuries that Arsenal sustained this last week are proving to be not so bad as first thought, and the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is especially relieved that the young defender, Kieran Gibbs, has not broken another metatarsal so soon after recovering from his last one. "It was a big relief because to go through [.

Fabregas insists he will recover to face Chelsea

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The Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas pulled a hamstring in last weekends game against Sunderland, and the Gunners medical team have forecast that he won't return for "two to three weeks", but the player himself thinks that he can speed up his recovery enough to be ready to face Chelsea next weekend. He said: "The injury is [.

Wenger must try and win Carling Cup this season!

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After Arsenal's fantastic win over Tottenham on Tuesday, the other results in last nights other Carling Cup matches also went the right way to signal a great chance of a trophy for Arsenal this season. Other than the holders Man Utd winning easily at Scunthorpe, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City were all eliminated by lower level [.

Wenger – No more excuses this year, we’re capable!

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Arsene Wenger believes that the years of building his young Arsenal team into a force to be reckoned with in Europe are now over, and they are ready to take on the best and start winning trophies. "Of course I want to win trophies." he said. "Our hopes for the season are always the same: we [...]

Bassong and Redknapp accuse Nasri of diving – What do you think?

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It was all square after 90 minutes with all to play for in extra time, but just after the restart Samir Nasri fell over in the box and Arsenal took the lead through the resulting penalty. Both the Tottenham defender involved, Sebatien Bassong, and the Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, both believe that Nasi cheated the [.

Szczesny – Wenger’s forgotten me, I want a “move option”

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The young Polish keeper Wojceich Szczesny was spoken of very highly in the summer, and many pundits are tipping him to be the future Number One at Arsenal, but he feels neglected and forgotten by Arsene Wenger. All the signs are saying that Szczesny is still only fourth choice at Arsenal, and if Mark Schwarzer had [.

Wenger – Wilshere was outstanding, but Gibbs joins injury list

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On a fantastic night for Arsenal there was extra praise from Arsene Wenger for the young midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has forced his way into Arsenal's first team this season. "He was outstanding," said Wenger. "I'm a bit cautious with him because you don't want him to get too much praise too early but in the [.

Is Wenger trying to win the Carling Cup? Or was it just against Spurs?

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Arsene Wenger is well-known for blooding his youth players in the Carling Cup, and last season even went so far as to say that to win it wouldn't be anything to celebrate, but last nights game at White Hart Lane seemed to indicate a different approach. With Nasri, Wilshere, Koscielny, Rosicky, Denilson and Co in [.

Wenger – Fabianski can show his massive talent against Spurs

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may have spent the summer trying to acquire Mark Schwarzer from Fulham, but (true to form) the Frenchman is going to play his second string side against Tottenham tonight, which will include Fabianski in between the sticks. This will mean a return for the Pole to White Hart Lane, where his [.

Wenger to miss Spurs game, while Redknapp says Arsenal fans want trophies

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Arsene Wenger is very likely to accept the FA's punishment of a touchline ban on tonights game against Tottenham, because if he appeals and loses, he will be given a two-game ban, which would mean he will be absent from the games against West Brom and Chelsea. The FA announced their punishment in a statement which [.

Rosicky – Nasri and Chamakh refused to take the penalty!

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Thomas Rosicky blew his chance to put Arsenal two goals in front of Sunderland on Saturday, which proved to be the Gunners undoing as Darren Bent went on to score an equalizer in the 95th minute. Arsene Wenger said after the game that he expected Samir Nasri to take the penalty, but as acting captain, Rosicky [.

Fabregas likely to miss the West Brom and Chelsea games

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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is now likely to miss the crucial Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday week after he revealed on his Twitter page the expected extent of his problem. He said: "I have some fluid but nothing bad in the muscle and I hope I can be playing in two weeks," Arsene [.

You can be a real Arsenal fan wherever you live!

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I am sure you have all read Adam Kemp's post on real Arsenal fans only coming from North London, well today's Guest Post is from a REAL Gooner that lives in Belgium! Walter Broeckx is a regular poster over on Tony Attwood's Untold Arsenal but this is his first one on Just Arsenal News. He [...]

Arshavin – We were lucky and unlucky, but the fans were great!

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The little Russian striker Andrei Arshavin has been musing on the strange game at Sunderland on Saturday, and says that although the Arsenal fans won't be happy with the final result, they should "understand that our victories are ahead". "Today we had, as expected, a difficult match." he said. "Our opponent played well, but I [.

Given can leave Man City for Arsenal in January

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After the total chaos at the end of the transfer window, when Mark Schwarzer was desperate to join Arsenal, and Shay Given was supposed to replace him at Fulham, it now looks like we could go through the same situation in January, but according to today's Metro, Given will move straight to Arsenal. The Man City [.

Denilson – Arsenal are better than Chelsea and WILL win a trophy this year

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The Brazilian midfielder Denilson doesn't think that Arsenal should be disheartened by losing two points this weekend, thanks to the extra time equalizer at Sunderland, and still believes that his team are still on track to be the best club in England. "You can't expect to win at Sunderland," he said.

Chamakh desperate to play against Spurs

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The new Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is really keen to face Tottenham in his first ever local derby. He understands that Wenger likes to play the Young Guns in these games but he is still hoping to be picked so that he can savour the atmosphere properly. He said: "I have spoken to the French players [.

Wenger to get £50m transfer fund for January!

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I know we get these stories every year about this time, as the yearly financial results are announced by Arsenal. This is expected to reveal a massive reduction in the debt levels, as well as an estimated £220million turnover. The Daily Mail has worked out how much of the (to be announced) profit has come from [.

Wenger – Rosicky shouldn’t have taken the penalty!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had many reasons not to be happy after yesterdays heartbreaking Sunderland equaliser in the 95th minute, and not just because of the added time at the end. He was asked if he had expected Rosicky to take the penalty, as both Robin Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas were not on the [.

Predict the Score (v Spuds) and win a T-Shirt

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There were two readers that predicted the correct score of 1-1 in the Sunderland game, but Iyke pipped Akash to the prize because he correctly forecast Fabregas as the first scorer. Iyke please send me your full address (my email here) and I will get the T-Shirt in the post to you. So now we move [.

Are Arsenal fans bothered about winning a trophy?

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I am pleased to present the second Guest Post from Ralph J., whose first one got such a positive response from everyone. On a day when Arsenal contrived to somehow NOT go top of the Premier League, Ralph wants to ask all Gooners a simple question...... Since when do trophies not matter in football? I am really [.

A Comedy of Errors and Arsenal Lose a Chance to go Top

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Todays draw with Sunderland is a very difficult game to make a commentary on, as there was just so much that happened in a strange sort of way! To start with it looked at first view as if Cesc Fabregas scored a very lucky goal when a poor clearance bounced into the Sunderland net, but after [...]

Today’s Predict The Score Competition – Win a T-Shirt!

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I'm a bit late starting this weeks Predict the Score Competition but as it's a late kick-off it gives every extra time to add their guesses. First of all I have to say congratulations to Nik, who was the only one to correctly predict the 6-0 scoreline against Braga. Please send me your full address Nik, [.

Wilshere – Fabregas is the best midfielder in the world, and a great leader!

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The young Englishman Jack Wilshere has been speaking about his admiration for his captain Cesc Fabregas, and how he hopes to emulate his success at Arsenal. He doesn't believe there is anyone better equipped for him to learn his trade from, and he would love to follow in his footsteps. Wilshere said: "Watching Cesc when he [.

Wenger – To succeed at Arsenal you need to love football (not money)

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Arsene Wenger was at at Question and Answer session with the fans the other day, and he was asked if the enormous wages that top players earned can affect the way that footballers live, and could alienate them from the grass-roots supporters. "I don't believe money has a disturbing role in football," Wenger replied.

Stoke to take further action as Wenger refuses to apologize

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Arsene Wenger seems to have started this season with the target of upsetting as many opposing managers as possible, and he is definitely succeeding! First of all he called Paul Scholes a dirty player, and now he has started a long-running war of words with Sam Allardyce and Owen Coyle about the way that their [.

Wenger – My job is to keep the shareholders happy!

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I have spent the summer listening to Arsenal fans saying that Arsene Wenger should be spending some of the massive profits he has made from selling players to improve the Arsenal squad. They intimated that if he spent even half of the profits made, Arsenal would be able to compete with the Chelsea and Man [.

Clichy – Wilshere’s good, but he ain’t Cesc yet!

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The Arsenal full-back Gael Clichy is certain that young Jack Wilshere is full of talent for his age, but he can't be compared with the captain Cesc Fabregas just yet. The England U21 star needs a few more gams for the Gunners before he could be classed in the same League as Fabregas, who was [...]

Time to drop Arshavin and make Wilshere a certain starter?

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Arsene Wenger seems to keep the faith with Andrei Arshavin, despite his form being indifferent at best. Yes he has the occasional flash bit of footwork that comes off, but most of the time he seems to be passing the ball to empty space or straight to an opponent. The official Arsenal website has said that [.

Wenger – I had to play Wilshere or he would leave

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken out about the reasons he wouldn't buy another midfielder in the transfer window, despite calls for a top-class back-up for Alex Song. And the two main reasons were; Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey! "I believe that I always wanted to develop the players I have," Wenger said.

Ramsey – My leg is strong and hopefully I’ll be back soon

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The young Aaron Ramsey, whose leg was so cruelly broken last season, is well on the road to recovery now, and thinks that he will come back stronger sooner rather than later. He also feels so confident that he is sure that he won't be worried about going in for strong tackles again when he is [...]

Bendtner rejects “appalling” Danish rumours

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The Arsenal and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner has not played for the Gunners this season as he has been suffering from a groin strain for the last nine months, and every time it seems like he is ready to return to the squad it flares up again. For some reason the Danish papers have started [...]

Let’s raise our glasses to Professor Wenger!

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Here I have another Guest Post from the ever-optimistic Emma Uzo, who is a gentleman from Nigeria (sorry about the mistake, at least its understandable!). After his plea to Gooners to start supporting Manuel Almunia yesterday, today he is saying that we should all celebrate having such a mild-mnnered professor as the manager of Arsenal.

A sublime performance from a quality Arsenal team…

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I dare anyone to say that Arsenal are not ready to win trophies after yet another fantastic performance that completely wiped out the Portugese Champions Braga. Arsenal dominated the match from the kick-off, and once Fabregas had put away the penalty for the first goal the result was never in doubt. Arsene Wenger hailed it as [.

Arshavin – Arsenal weren’t fantastic!

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The little Russian maestro Andrei Arshavin scored a goal in Arsenal's 6-0 rout of Braga last night before being taken off after an hour, but he doesn't think that the team played any better than usual! "I wouldn't say we played a fantastic match. We've shown what we can do and that we know how to [..

Stop picking on Almunia! (And Fabianski….)

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I had a nice surprise this evening to come home to this Guest Post from a brand new poster (NO it's not Adam Kemp!). It remains to be seen what the readers make of her post, but for me I thought it very uplifting and definitely worth a read. So I present to you Emma [...]

“Chamakh will be a great player for Arsenal!”

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Arsene Wenger said this morning that Marouane Chamakh had already become an important player for Arsenal, despite only playing four games for the Gunners so far. And now the French defender Bacary Sagna has echoed his statements and agrees that Chamakh has slotted into the team really well. "He has improved already," Sagna said.

JustArsenal interview – On Chamakh, Wenger and Sunderland!

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The top Sunderland FC Website Salut! Sunderland (run by Colin Randall) has an interview every week with an opposing teams website, and as they are playing the Gunners next week, he contacted Just Arsenal News for my views on the upcoming game. I have decided to reprint the Q&A session so that the regular readers of [.

Wenger – Chamakh is already important to us

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Arsene Wenger chased Marouane Chamakh patiently for a year, and having arrived he has been a crucial addition to the Arsenal squad. He was supposed to give Wenger an extra option with Robin Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner already in the team, but as they have both been injured (as usual) he has been left [.

Diaby – I’m lucky I’ll only miss two or three games!

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All the Arsenal faithful were extremely worried about Abou Diaby when they saw the diabolical tackle from Bolton's Paul Robinson last weekend, but he has now confirmed that he should be okay after missing just a couple of games for the Gunners. "I will miss our first game in the Champions League but to be honest [.

Wenger – Diaby and Vermaelen to miss Braga match

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There is nothing but bad Arsenal injury news for tomorrows Champions League match against Braga at the Emirates. Thomas Vermaelen still hasn't recovered from his injury received playing for Belgium last week, and Abou Diaby is definitely going to be out for the next two games, and even Arsene Wenger has no idea when he [.

Braga striker warns Arsenal “We’re not just tourists!”

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Sporting Braga's Brazilian striker Mattheus thinks that Arsenal are in for a surprise tomorrow night if they underestimate the Portugese underdogs, and the 27 year-old fully believes that Braga can take the points at the Emirates! "We have already achieved our first success of the season by reaching the group stages of the Champions League," Mattheus [.

Silvestre – There is a reason we left…..

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Arsenal lost quite a few defenders this summer. Mikael Silvestre, William Gallas and Sol Campbell all decided to pursue the twilight of their careers away from the Emirates, and Silvestre implied it was because of a problem with Arsene Wenger. He said: "There must be a reason why Sol Campbell, William Gallas and myself all left [.

Alex Song – We can fight when we need to fight!

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The Arsenal midfielder scored an excellent goal in Arsenal's 4-1 win over Bolton this weekend, and he has echoed his managers statements that the team have now matured enough to be able to mix it with the more physical sides in the Premier League. "At Blackburn away, we know what happened there last season," Song said.

Levy – Tottenham unlikely to stay in top four!

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It's noce to hear a bit of sense from someone at Tottenham for a change! The Spurs chairman Daniel Levy thinks it is unlikely that his team will be able to regain the top four place they won from Man City on the last day of last season, and he refuses to spend lots of [...]

Wenger – Fabregas is back!

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Arsene Wenger saw his unbeaten Arsenal side remain in second place in the Premiership with an emphatic 4-1 win over Bolton, and was even more pleased that the Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas was instrumental in creating three of the goals. In the first few games of the season Fabregas looked lacklustre and out-of-sorts, with many commentators [.

Wenger: 1,000-nil to the Arsenal!

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Arsene Wenger's Arsenal teams have now scored an amazing 1001 League goals since he took charge back in the Dark Ages, and he is very proud that his attacking style always serves up loads of goals for the fans. It is very rare now that we hear the famous chant of "1-0 to the Arsenal!" often [...]

Predict the Score Competition v Braga (plus last weeks result)

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Well it was a very close run thing in the Just Arsenal Predict the Score competition against Bolton. ELEVEN players predicted the correct 4-1 scoreline and congrats to these readers: Vishan Amer Michael Plong WelshGunner Aniruddh Brother John Sanni Quadri AleGooner Djaytel Kevin Unsurprisingly nobody guessed that Laurent Koscielny would have scored the first goal and so it came down to who was the nearest to the [.

Are you a true Arsenal fan…….

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I have a Guest poster who you all know and he is quite disliked by a lot of the readers on here. Adam Kemp made a rash comment earlier on Just Arsenal News and has been soundly attacked for being a racist (amongst other things!) He believes this is unfair, and just has his own ideas [...]

Wenger – I fear Barcelona in the Champions League again

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Arsene Wenger is preparing to start off this years Champions League campaign, and he says that Barcelona is still the opponent that he would like to avoid as long as possible. Arsenal were destroyed 4-1 in the Nou Camp last season, when the side was decimated by injuries, but Lionel Messi put in such a virtuoso [.

Wenger – I won’t buy a trophy!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has continually refused to spend mega-millions buying big stars to give his team an advantage, and he has not changed his philosophy. This summer Arsenal had a nett spend of around £10m whereas some clubs (led by Man City) have invested over £100m in their quest for success.

Rapper Jay-Z is ready to buy Lady Bracewell-Smith’s shares

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Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith put her 15% of Arsenal shares on the market at the end of last season, but still hasn't found a buyer, but now the American rapper Jay-Z looks like he is ready to take over her percentage. Jay-Z, along with his partner Beyonce, is already a part-owner of the New Jersey Jets basketball [.

Wenger – It was a physical game, but I am pleased!

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Arsene Wenger saw his team face a battling Bolton team, and although it was a "competitive" game, he was pleased with the way his team controlled the match. "Overall it was a competitive game where we dominated and created many chances but it is the kind of game, when you play Bolton, that for as long [.

Fabregas phoned Hleb after Barcelona move turned sour!

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The ex-Arsenal midfielder Alexandr Hleb left the Emirates a couple of years ago in dubious circumstances, as he pulled out all the stops to force Arsene Wenger to sell him to Barcelona, but now he returns to the Premier League with Birmingham with his reputation and confidence in tatters. He realises that he made a BIG [.

Wenger – Jack is focused, but needs to go to bed earlier!

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Jack Wilshere joined the England U21 team during the international break, but only played 45 minutes with Stuart Pearce worrying that "his head wasn't in the right place". The news had broken that the Arsenal midfielder had been arrested at 3 a.m. the morning after Arsenal beat Blackburn, and although he was said to be only [.

Wenger – If Almunia makes a mistake, I will take the blame!

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Arsene Wenger tried very hard to buy Mark Schwarzer during the transfer window, and the current two first-team goalkeepers had to spend the summer with the uncertainty of whether they would still be playing for Arsenal in the new season. Any deal for a new keeper fell through, but Wenger doesn't feel in the slightest bit [.

Wenger drops hint that Vela is ready to play today

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Arsene Wenger may be missing Robin Van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott as options in Arsenal's strike force today, but he says that he is happy with the choices he has left in the squad, which could mean a start for Carlos Vela in place of Walcott. "I'm happy with the options," Wenger said.

Wenger – International injuries? It’s frustrating, but that’s life!

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Arsene Wenger has now found out that both Thomas Vermaelen AND Theo Walcott have come back after the international break with injuries, but he seems resigned to the fact now that Arsenal will always suffer when players return from these "compulsory" holidays. I suppose that Wenger has become so used to losing players, he has just [.

Nicklas Bendtner predicts return in 3 to 4 weeks

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The Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been sidelined with a groin injury that has plagued him since the end of last year, but he can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and thinks he will be back training normally at Arsenal within a month. He was asked in Denmark whether he thought [...]

Squillaci – I’m ready to play, but need time to adapt!

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The new Arsenal centre-back Sebastien Squillaci played the full 90 minutes in a reserve game against Blackburn in midweek, and although he thinks he still needs time to adapt to the English game, he believes he could play against Bolton if Wenger picks him. "Yes of course I'm ready to play against Bolton," he said.

Squillaci to play as Vermaelen joins injury list

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The French international defender Sevbastien Squillaci is going to be making his Arsenal debut a bit earlier than expected as it has just been announced that Thomas Vermaelen has joined Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott on the treatment table. Squillaci played his first 90 minutes of football this season for the reserves in midweek against [.

Van Der Wiel still wants Arsenal move, and Wellington can’t wait to return

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There is still not a lot of Arsenal news around as the players start returning from the international break, but there are just a couple of little snippets that caught my attention. The first one is a quote from the Ajax defender Gregory Van Der Wiel, who was linked continually with a move to the Emirates [.

Walcott only out for two weeks, but Spurs lose Defoe for six!

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott looked seriously injured when he was stretchered off while playing for England on Tuesday, but it seems that the injury is nowhere near as bad as first thought. The Telegraph reports this morning that the scan on his leg has revealed that it is just a sprain, and he will be [.

European Clubs backs Wenger call for ban on “meaningless friendlies”

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Arsene Wenger has stated many times that he is totally against International friendlies being played during the Premier League season, and even more vociferous about the one that is played in the week leading up to the start of the season. There is almost always at least one Arsenal player that comes back with some sort [.

Fabianski – I want to show Wenger I can be Number One!

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The Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is not lacking in confidence, no matter how many times he gets slated by the fans. I really hope he hasn't been reading Just Arsenal News this summer, as he would have seen that, although the fans were calling for Manuel Almunia to be replaced, Fabianski was the last person [.

Arsenal have more than enough quality to cover Walcott for a few weeks!

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Everyone is concentrating on the bad news about Theo Walcott (What bad news? At least his ankle isnt broken!), but no-one is looking at the positive news that Samir Nasri has recovered quicker than expected, and Wenger thinks that he may even be involved this weekend. Wenger was asked how Nasri's recovery was going, and he [.

What if Chamakh gets injured this weekend?

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How many strikers do Arsenal need to cover for the continuous injury problems suffered by Bendtner, Van Persie and Walcott. Nicklas has not been right since wrapping his car around a tree last year, and although we are expecting him back in October, there is no guarantee that he will return then, or that he [.

This weeks Predict The Score, my new T-Shirt, and a warning for Arsenal bloggers!

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At last the international break is over and we can get back to the serious stuff of the Premier League, but there are a couple of annoying things that have happened since the last league game, and I feel that I should warn all Arsenal bloggers just in case they get stung. First of all I [...]

Squillaci, Djourou and Denilson play 90 minutes for Arsenal reserves

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At last we have some good news for Arsenal fans as three top players that were lacking in fitness managed to come through a full 90 minutes last night. The reserve team had a tricky game lined up against Blackburn and Neil Banfield's side had to come from behind twice to win the game 4-3. Denilson [.

International week breeds inane headlines!

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International weeks in the football calendar are the equivalent of a summer bank holiday edition of the newspapers, and are classified as "silly season" stories. With very little for the football sites to talk about the writers and editors are searching around desperately for "news" to fill up their time and page-space.

Vermaelen – Fabregas was determined to join Barca

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The Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has added his tuppence-worth to the Fabregas to Barcelona saga, and says that the Spanish international as good as confessed to his team-mates that he was "determined" to move to the Nou Camp during the summer. Vermaelen said: "Cesc carries Barcelona in the heart, in his DNA.

Why do the media pick on Arsenal? (And Spurs are rubbish!)

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It's Guest Post time, and today the subject is Arsenal v The Media. There have been lots of stories lately saying that Spurs will be bigger than Arsenal, Man City will be bigger than Arsenal (didn't we hear those two last summer as well?), we have Big Sam, Alex Ferguson and Ryan Shawcross (spit!) all [.

Arsenal name a massive 44-player squad for Champions League!

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Arsene Wenger has named his squad for the Champions League, and because of the new UEFA rules that allow as many U21s to be nominated in a "B" list, he has listed an extra 19 youngsters above his usual quota of 25 senior players! Perhaps Wenger is just highlighting the absurdity of the new rules, but [.

Arsenal target another Barcelona youngster

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I wonder if the Cesc Fabregas tapping-up saga has led to an outbreak of war between Arsenal and Barcelona, as it has been reported in the Spanish footy paper, Sport, today that Arsenal are keeping tabs on another young Barcelona midfielder. The 18 year-old Oriol Romeu was extremely promising last season for Barcelona's reserve team, and [.

Jagielka proud of Arsenal link, and Shawcross says Wenger has got it in for him!

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Arsene Wenger tried hard to prise Phil Jagielka away from Everton in the summer, and although the player is glad to have stayed at Goodison Park, he is proud to have been coveted by such a great team as Arsenal. "It's nice, obviously, for a club like Arsenal to be linked with me. But nothing happened.

Schwarzer is just as angry as Arsenal fans!

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All the Arsenal supporters have directed their anger at Arsene Wenger for not buying a new goalkeeper this summer, but it seems that Mark Schwarzer is jus as annoyed that he wasn't allowed to move to the Emirates. He was mysteriously injured during the first few games of the season while Arsenal were still trying to [.

Robben – With Van Der Vaart, Spurs are as strong as Arsenal!

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The Dutch star Arjen Robben thinks that Robin Van Persie will be very upset that his friend and team-mate Rafael Van Der Vaart has joined Tottenham, rather than play alongside him at Arsenal. Arjen also thinks that the addition of Van Der Vaart will also make Tottenham as strong as the Gunners. He said: "With Rafa [.

What’s your best Arsenal line-up?

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We have very little to talk about on International breaks, so everyone gets bored and takes the weekend off! But not Justarsenal.com! As there is little else to do, it is time that we all had a serious discussion about which is the best (available) team for Wenger to pick for the next game against (CENSORED [.

Is Cesc being disloyal again? Or is it the usual wind-up?

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I first noticed the headline in the Daily Mail, which headlined: Cesc Fabregas claims Arsenal held onto him against his will, and the quotes certainly seemed to indicate they were right. Fabregas said: ‘Barcelona did all they could to sign me but Arsenal told me I had to stay, that there was no way they were [.

Arsenal beat Ajax to 17 year-old Japanese international

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The 17 year-old wonderkid Ryo Miyaichi is set to join Arsenal before the end of the year, and revealed that it was extremely difficult to choose between joining the Dutch giants Ajax or Arsenal. He said that it was a conversation with Arsene Wenger that made him decide in favour of the London team. "Mr Wenger [.

Tom Cruise looking for Arsenal exit

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The exciting young Gunner Tom Cruise is looking to speak to Arsene Wenge after being put back in the reserves for another season, and is keen to go out on loan to get some first team action and increase his overall experience. "I'd like to go out and get experience, something which would be a big [..

Wilshere dropped and told to pull up his socks!

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The England U21 manager Stuart Pearce decided to leave Jack Wilshere out of his team's 1-0 won over Portugal, as he feels that he needs to focus after a traumatic week for the Arsenal youngster. Wilshere played for the full England team in the last friendly match against Hungary, but then found himself left out in [.

Stop criticizing – Let’s be united behind Arsenal!

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I have a new Guest Post today from Ralph J, who is one of our more positive posters. There has been much wailing and wringing of hands since the transfer window closed without a new goalkeeper arriving at the Emirates, but Ralph thinks it is best we just forget that now and....... Arsenal fans unite!

Bendtner ready to start ball training

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There have been numerous conflicting reports lately about Nicklas Bendtner's groin injury, but now the great man himself has spoken up and said that his recovery is still on track, and there has been no "sudden setback" as reported in the last couple of days. The Arsenal striker was originally injured after his car crash last [.

How can a Nigerian Gooner help his team from afar?

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The international break is always very boring for REAL football fans, so I may as well tell you about another question I have received from Joshua in Nigeria. You may remember that he was the Gooner that asked "How do you define a real Arsenal fan?" which generated a hatful of interesting responses. Well Joshua happily [.

Arshavin – I’ve changed, I’ve lost my sparkle….

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The little Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin has jusy won the "Best Russian Player" award for August, but doesn't feel he deserves it, in fact he doesn't think he has played to his full ability since he arrived in England. "I am very much surprised," he said. "If I became No 1 last month that means there [.

Has Wenger let the fans down this summer?

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We have another Guest Post today from the ever-contentious Adam Kemp. He believes that Wenger has not kept his promises to invest in the team where it is needed, and has therefore thrown away any chance of Arsenal actually winning a trophy already. It will be interesting to see how many of you agree with [.

Szczesny to go out on loan again

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There could be some good news for Brentford fans very soon, as it seems that the young Arsenal keeper Wojceich Szczesny will be farmed out on loan again this season. But perhaps it is more likely that Arsene Wenger will be looking for a Championship team this time around to further the experience of the Pole, [.

Better news for Nasri and Bendtner

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It was reported last night that the Danish FA have made a statement saying that their Player-of-the-Year Nicklas Bendtner would not be playing again until next year at the earliest, but that has now been denied by his father, who says that he should be back in around a month and there has been no [..

The last Almunia article – Let’s just support the team!

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Okay everyone has made their feelings well known over the last few days, but we now have to face the fact that Almunia is going to be the first-choice keeper at Arsenal this season. I have just received this article from one of our original Guest Posters, and he is sick and tired of all [...]

Bendtner out until next year, but Arsenal have bought a Japanese striker!

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The dreaded Arsenal curse has struck Nicklas Bendtner, and the latest news from Denmark says that he will be out until next year at the earliest. The reported problem is a groin strain, but it is strange that the original injury arrived just after he started living with his sexy (and extremely rich) girlfriend Baroness [.

Mark Hughes – No bid for Schwarzer on deadline day

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While Arsenal fans the world over believed that Arsene Wenger was working frantically to get a new goalkeeper for his team, and Mark Schwarzer was just inches away from arriving at the Emirates, it seems that there was no new talks with Fulham on deadline day. There were numerous reports that Arsenal had put in an [.

No Schwarzer – But Arsenal can still win the League!

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Over the last few days, just about every post on every Arsenal blog has been about either Mark Schwarzer or Manuel Almunia, and most of them have been pretty negative. Well todays Guest Post is from another new guest who goes by the name of Sagar Vase, and he is in the opinion that, despite [...]

Reason for New Logo – and Predict the Score competition on Bolton match

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Hi everyone, due to the immense success of the "Predict the Score" competition in July, I have decided to continue with one on every League match of the season. As you all can see I have created a new Logo for Just Arsenal.com above. The reason for this is that I have been told that I [...]