Just Arsenal Archives for January 2011

Szczesny v Almunia as Arsenal’s Number One? NO CONTEST!

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Turn the clock back to 2010 in the match at St Andrews against Birmingham City. Samir Nasri had just netted what looked to be the winner in the match. Just seconds from time, on their last attack, Birmingham found a half decent ball for Kevin Phillips. The veteran came up with a scuffed, poor effort [.

Has Chamakh blown his last chance at Arsenal?

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Another abject performance from Marouane Chamakh in the League Cup match against Manchester City, overshadowed by Park Chu-Young despite the South Korean's average performance, will have cast even more doubt on his "second-choice" position in the pecking order of strikers. Recently he had this to say about having the bit-part role at the club: "It [.

Who is the best solution for Left-Back at Arsenal?

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The left back position of Arsene Wenger's era has been a rather stable position, Sylvinho to Ashley Cole to Clichy. Ever since Gael Clichy's departure to Manchester City, the left back issue is becoming a very pressing one. Though Clichy was not the best option, he was still a pretty decent player. It is also [.

Wenger – Arsenal’s youngsters battled well but were a bit naive in defence

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Arsene Wenger rotated his team as expected for the game against Man City last night, and although he thinks his youthful Arsenal squad played with "heart, quality and desire", he feels that they were a bit naive when it came to Sergio Aguero's winning goal just seven minutes from the end of the game.

Classy Ligue 1 striker invites further Arsenal bids

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The Lille striker Moussa Sow was rumoured to be on his way to Arsenal last summer, but the French champions refused to allow both Gervinho and Sow both leave in the same season, especially as they were so successful together. But Sow now only has 18 months left on his contract, and he is not [...]

Arsenal v Man City – Live streaming link and 18-man squad named

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The Arsenal v Man City game is coming closer and the excitement is building. I have a feeling that the Gunners are going to be doing the business tonight and I am glad to say that (living in Spain) I have found an excellent live streaming link for the match. But to start with here [...]

Gourcuff linked with loan move to Arsenal in January

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Arsene Wenger has been an admirer of the French international midfielder Yoann Gourcuff for many years, since he was a youth player at Rennes in fact, but currently the 25 year-old is languishing on the bench at Lyon and the French press are reporting that Arsenal have arranged a deal with the French giants to [.

Wenger must play Arsenal’s reserves – and a win would be a bonus!

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When the Carling Cup draw pitched Arsenal against Manchester City, Arsenal fans were already anticipating a tough, nearly impossible to win match against the dominant team in the League at present. Indeed, there is reason to believe so. The Manchester City squad is a very deep one with immense quality – even players like Nigel [.

Wenger has an ace up his sleeve for tonight’s game..The Ox!

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Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger didn't want to give away too much of the team he's going to use today against Manchester City, but he did say that Chamberlain, Frimpong and Park are going to be on the field, and Chamakh or Benayoun will also probably get to play. It's very important for Arsenal to win [.

Mancini threatens to play schoolkids against Arsenal

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The Man City manager Roberto Mancini is incensed that the FA have scheduled both his team and Liverpool to play in the League Cup Quarterfinals just two days after facing each other in the Premier League, in fact he thinks that the players should have a formal protest and he personally should pick schoolkids to [.

Arsenal Need To Sign Backup For Sagna In January – Where’s Eboue?

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Emmauel Eboue was a cult hero for the Gooners. Naturally, it was shocking to hear of the news that he had left the club for Galatasaray. Arsene Wenger was no slouch either, signing Carl Jenkinson in response to the Ivorian's departure. As the experienced Eboue had proven to be an able deputy to the fantastic [.

Is Third or Fourth good enough for Arsenal every year? YES!

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4th, 4th, 3rd, 4th, 3rd, 4th. Our league standings from seasons 2005/2006 to 2009/2010. Mediocre results. No titles for the past 6 years. Bereft of glory, unlike our rivals United or Chelsea. Enduring problems at the back. The question will have been posed to all Arsenal fans worldwide. Does the problem lie with the boss?

Mario Gotze wants move to “Arsenal or Barcelona”

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There have been numerous Arsenal rumours linking the "German Jack Wilshere" with a move to the Emirates, with Arsene Wenger reported to be willing to pay up to £30m to tempt the young German international to play alongiside our Jack. Borussia Dortmund have continually denied that there is any chance that they would sell Gotze, [.

Wenger makes excuses for Arshavin’s performance

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Andrei Arshavin was given a rare start by Arsene Wenger in this weeks game against Fulham, but as usual he seemed distracted and uninterested. The little Russian was pinpointed by most Arsenal fans as the biggest flop of the match, but Wenger thinks that he should be excused because he hasn't played for a while.

Wenger to gamble on playing Van Persie against Man City

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Arsene Wenger is facing a second match on Tuesday against Man City just three days after the 1-1 draw with Fulham. After that match the Arsenal boss admitted that tiredness and fatigue was affecting some of his stars, including Van Persie, but now he has declared that he will have to take a gamble on [.

Wenger – Gervinho needs to stop thinking!

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Arsene Wenger is convinced that his new signing Gervinho will start scoring goals for Arsenal, as soon as he stops thinking about it! The Frenchman is more than happy with Gervinho's contribution to the games he's played in but needs to stop worrying when he finds himself in a goalscoring postion. "At the moment, Gervinho [.

A great November for Arsenal – for a change!

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Arsenal fans loathe the month of November. Not for winter, the Guy Fawkes Night or Remembrance Day, but for Arsenal's traditionally horrible luck and form in the month. Last season, Arsenal suffered no less than 4 defeats out of 8 matches in the month. In the 2009/10 season Arsenal suffered 2 defeats out of 5 [.

Arsenal Show Hunger and Desire on Off-day – But a Little Too Late!

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When Vermaelen somehow managed to nip the ball past Szczesny, many Arsenal fans had that same "one of those days" feeling. The Arsenal team had been playing poorly for the whole match and while we were unfortunate not to be a goal up, we found ourselves a goal down at our own end. The tempo [...]

Martin Jol: Van Persie is another Thierry Henry

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The Dutch manager Martin Jol saw his Fulham team manage to stop Robin Van Persie from scoring, but he still thinks that his fellow countryman is as good a striker as the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. Jol said after the game yesterday: "He is another Thierry Henry. He is very productive. The only chance he [.

Wenger – At least we keep our unbeaten run going!

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Arsene Wenger was not too unhappy at dropping two points to Fulham yesterday, and he thinks that his Arsenal team were still tired after the exertions of beating Borussia Dortmund in midweek to ensure qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League. "The positive again is that we have shown exceptional spirit, desire and [.

Arsenal v Fulham live streaming – One to bookmark!

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I have found this excellent live streaming site based in Spain that has excellent reception on the computer and doesn't get cut off half-way through the game! And just in case it did get cut off at any time, they have FIVE streams for each channel. It is definitely the ONLY good streaming site I [...

Arsenal vs. Fulham Preview – Team news and Prediction

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After an emphatic win over Dortmund in the Champions League, the Gunners host Fulham at the Emirates in a match described by Wojciech Szczesny as 'vital', and rightfuly so. A win could see Arsene Wenger's team back in the top four and few would bet against them to get the job done. Fulham have never [.

Wenger to rotate against Man City – Good idea or not?

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Arsene Wenger commented recently that "I will certainly play some players who have played less, but still we will try to have a good mixture between young players and experience so we have a good chance to win the game". He is referring to the League Cup 5th round match against Manchester City. Squad rotation [.

Gervinho needs to get on the scoresheet today

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Arsenal are in their best form since the start of the season. From the back, we have a goalkeeper who has the ability to match his confidence, a solid defence bar a few careless moments, a flexible and fluid midfield and of course van Persie. The press naturally would need to find the weak [...]

Now FC Anzhi target Arsene Wenger

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The Sport-Express newspaper is reporting that Russian money bags Anzhi Makhachkala are targetting Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as a potential candidate for the vacant hot-seat at the Dinamo Stadium. After taking over Arsenal way back in 1996, the Frenchman has won 3 premier league titles, 4 FA Cups and has gifted us with the beautiful, [.

Fulham’s depleted squad should be swept aside by Arsenal

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While Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky look to have been confirmed as available for the Gunners, Fulham Arsenal's opponents on Saturday evening have far more significant injury concerns. Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff is out of the clash at the Emirates with a calf problem and countryman Stephen Kelly's groin injury keeps [.

Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsene Knows Best!

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The young Arsenal and England U21 striker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived at the Emirates in the summer after a year of negotiations with his old club Southampton. He immediately stamped his arrival at Arsenal in both of his first two games for the Gunners and Arsenal fans have been clamouring for Wenger to play him in [.

Would Arsenal Really Spend £20 Million For This Brazilian?

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According to recent speculation, the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Renato Augusto could be on his way to the Emirates. His recent performances for the German side have led to a lot of speculation over his future with numerous top European clubs, including Arsenal, said to be interested. The 23-year-old is naturally an attacking midfielder but is [.

Should Arsenal play a weakened team against Olympiakos?

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Now that Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages as winners of their group, then surely Arsene Wenger will play a team made up completely of reserves that didn't play in the game against Wigan on the preceeding weekend? When asked, Wenger said that he would "respect the competition", and he will still [.

Wenger admits Arsenal are short of defenders

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Arsene Wenger has more than enough centre-backs this season after suffering with injury after injury in that department last year, but now the extras are being used to cover the wide defenders. When Arsenal played Dortmund on Wednesday Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Johann Djourou were all used during the 90 minutes.

Feyenoord look set to sign Arsenal starlet after loan period

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Just after Sanchez Watt completed his move to Sheffield Wednesday yesterday, Oguzhan Ozyakup seems to be set to go back to the Netherlands to join Feyenoord. The 19-year-old midfielder is looking to gain some valuable first-team experience and is prepared to go out on loan to do so. The Dutchman also revealed that he was [.

Real Madrid star ‘desperate’ to join Arsenal?

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The Daily Mirror is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero is 'desperate' to join the Gunners in January. This coming after Arsene Wenger insisted that he is happy with the squad at hand and is unlikely to sign anyone this coming transfer window. "At the moment, in the transfer we are just interested in [.

Espanyol to rival Anzhi for Squillaci in January

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It was reported last week that the Russian moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala were keen on rescuing the Arsenal defender Sebastien Squillaci from his nightmare scenario at the Emirates, and Arsene Wenger will be pleased to know that the Spanish side Espanyol are also interested in the ex-French international.

Arsenal Winger Sanchez Watt Set For Another Loan Move!

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It is being reported that League One outfit Sheffield Wednesday have made a move for Arsenal youngster Sanchez Watt on a loan deal until the end of January. The 20-year-old winger has been in blistering form for the reserves so far this season and was recently rewarded with fresh terms. Watt is held in high [.

Dortmund manager realises that Arsenal are NOT a one man team

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Wherever Arsenal finish in each competition this season, one thing that is almost certain is the continuation of the attention paid to Robin Van Persie as supposedly the Gunners' main source of success. Despite the Dutchman's colleagues performing equally as well in their own right, the solid displays of other squad members are sometimes overlooked.

Klopp – We lost Gotze early, but Van Persie is a class player! (plus Highlights)

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The Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp saw his team lose 2-1 to Arsenal thanks to yet another couple of goals from Robin Van Persie, but he was rueing the fact that both Mario Gotze and Sven Bender had to be replaced early on in the game. But even without his best player on the pitch, [...]

Diaby (LANS lol!), but does he still have a future at Arsenal?

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Arsenal fans will be reasonably content to see Abou Diaby return to the team LANS (Like A New Signing) the enigmatic Frenchman will probably provide further cover for the midfield behind Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey, but many Gooners will remember Diaby's infuriating inconsistency, from his red-card horror show at St.

Arsenal v Dortmund Preview – A win is on the cards!

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Later tonight, Arsenal host Borussia Dortmund in a crucial game for both sides and I have recently been told off for not having a matchday thread lately, so here it is! Arsene Wenger's team are in a rich vein of form both domestically and in Europe. The weekend's victory over the Swans made it five [.

Wenger – Man City can’t abide by Financial Fair Play Rules

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Arsene Wenger may have overseen the growth of Arsenal by preparig to be self-sufficient ahead of the introduction of UEFA's Fair Play Rules, supposedly next year, but now he thinks that the new policy will be unworkable with all the new investment going into some teams through rich benefactors. Wenger knows full well that Man [.

Bob Wilson – Incredible Szczesny can win Arsenal the title

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Everyone in the world is rightly focusing on the brilliant form of Robin Van Persie in the Arsenal attack, but the Arsenal legend Bob Wilson believes that the continuing excellence of the young Pole Wojciech Szczesny is just as important if Arsenal are going to go on to challenge for the Premiership title.

Wenger – Szczesny may be cocky, but he thinks deeply!

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Wojciech Szczesny always seems to be taking the mickey out of Arsenal team-mates, and his self-confidence is big enough to challenge even Nicklas Bendtner! But Szczesny himself says that he is also careful to lidten to criticism, from himself as well as others. "People still say I am over-confident," he said, "but I am a [.

Arsenal’s good news about ahead of the Dortmund match

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Ahead of the game that could seal the Gunners' progression from the group stages, Arsène Wenger offered very little bad news regarding the Arsenal squad for the Borussia Dortmund encounter on Wednesday evening. While Tomas Rosicky will be disappointed to be unable to face his former side with "a small thigh strain", Abou Diaby's recovery [.

Alex Song must support shaky Mertesacker more often

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When it comes to players who played a defensive role in Arsenal's midfield, Arsenal fans will remember the likes of Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit for their excellent ability in controlling the Arsenal midfield. The Romford Pele is fondly remembered too for his 'lungs of steel'. ... Alex Song, though, plays a rather different role [.

Gazidis – All the top teams want to be like Arsenal

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The Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis reckons that Arsenal's prudent fiscal policy is the envy of the footballing world, and believes that it will keep Arsenal in the top level of football for the forseeable future. There have been rumblings lately that the new UEFA Fair Play regulations will be unworkable and unenforcible, but Gazidis [.

We know Van Persie’s talks have stalled, but no-one’s talking about Walcott’s contract?

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Arsene Wenger is constantly having to field questions about whether Robin Van Persie will be renewing his contract at Arsenal this summer, with Wenger pledging to do whatever he can to convince the Dutchman to stay, but why is no-one talking about Theo Walcott's contract. The English winger's deal at the Emirates ends at exactly [.

Walcott content with form for Arsenal – Is he now considered as important as Van Persie?

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The Gunners' return to European contention in seventh place – and just three points from third – may have been almost solely attributed to freescoring Robin Van Persie, but the Dutchman himself has unselfishly claimed that his relationship with Theo Walcott is the foundation for such an attacking threat.

Vito Mannone joins Fabianski in wanting to leave Arsenal

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Just when it was starting to look like Arsenal had managed to sort out there goalkeeping problems with Wojciech Szczesny looking good as Number One, and Lukas Fabianski and Vito Mannone as backups in case of injury, it seems that neither of the understudies are happy with their position. Fabianski has now said several times [.

Wenger – Arsenal are Big Boys now!

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Arsene Wenger promised at the end of last season that he would be trying to add some height to the team for those awkward games against Stoke et all, who thrive on the big physical side of the game, and it looks like he is satisfied with his work. After the win against Norwich Wenger [...]

Arsenal transfer rumours Oct 20th – Podolski, Gotze, Van Persie, Abidal and Pogba

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Despite Arsene Wenger saying the other day that Arsenal were unlikely to buy anyone in January every Sunday always brings a new batch of Arsenal rumours, and this week is no different. First off all we have the Koln forward Lukas Podolski, who has been linked with the Gunners for a while. The Bundesliga side [.

Dortmund confident of beating Arsenal after Gotze sinks Bayern Munich

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Arsenal forced a draw against Borussia Dortmund in Germany in September with the German Champions forcing an equaliser in the last minute, but the Gunners could face a sterner opponent this time around. Dortmund have improved in the Bundesliga since then and proved they were back in contention with a hard fought 1-0 win over [.

Jack Wilshere aiming to return to action on Jan 24th

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Arsene Wenger revealed last week that Jack Wilshere's recovery was going well, and today it has been reported that the Arsenal medical team have targeted the reserve game against Fulham on January the 24th as the England midfielders expected return to action. Wilshere announced that he had finally been able to walk without the aid [.

Van Persie – I have to work on my finishing!

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The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie scored twice today as the Gunners beat Norwich 2-1, but he thinks he should have scored more considering the chances he had during the game and said that his finishing is not up to scratch. He said after the game: "We know Norwich away is a tough game and [...]

Wenger – I will respect my contract at Arsenal for the next two years

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Arsene Wenger was quoted by L'Equipe as saying that he could possibly leave Arsenal at the end of this season, but as he explained after today's 2-1 win at Norwich, it was in answer to a leading question. But let Wenger explain it himself: "No I wouldn't think about quitting. If you read the interview [.

Bendtner – If Sunderland make the Champions League I will stay!

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The Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, currently on loan at Sunderland, believes that he is good enough to only play for one of the top teams in Europe, and unless Steve Bruce can do the impossible and drag the Black Cats into the Top Four this season, he will be off next summer. Obviously he already [.

Wenger – I won’t buy Cahill, Bolton were too greedy

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Arsenal seemed certain to buy Bolton's Gary Cahill in the summer, but when Wenger finally made a move for him the Reebok Chairman Phil Gartside publicly castigated the Gunners for putting in a 'derisory' offer. Wenger hates any of his transfer dealings made public, especially in such a disrespectful way, and immediately broke off talks [.

Wenger – No rotation for Arsenal against ‘dynamic’ Norwich

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Arsene Wenger is well aware that Norwich have had a great start to the season and acknowledges that Arsenal will face at difficult test at Carrow Road. He was asked if he would be taking the chance to rest players like Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott, and he said that that was not an [...]

Arsenal transfer rumours Nov 18th – Damiao, Podolski, Arshavin and Andy Polo

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Arsenal are set to face Norwich City in the early lunchtime kick-off today, but the papers still have room for a few Arsenal rumours this morning, and none of them look really promising to me! First of all we have some agent in Brazil suggesting that Arsene Wenger is interested in one of Tottenham's targets [.

Kieran Gibbs – Sick note extraordinaire!

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When Arsene Wenger sold Gael Clichy to Manchester City in the summer, did he really think that Kieran Gibbs would suddenly shake off his never-ending injuries enough to become the regular left-back? Gibbs record with Arsenal has been abysmal, and in his sixth season at the club the most league appearances he has made in [.

With Gibb’s problems should Wenger make Vertonghen a priority?

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The latest Arsenal injury news regarding Kieran Gibbs will have come as no surprise to Arsenal Fans given his previous chequered history in the Gunners treatment room, but will Wenger do anything to correct the problem in January. Arsenal have been linked with the Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen for some time, and as he is [.

Norwich v Arsenal betting tips for this weekend

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The international week is over (thank whichever God you want!) and even though we've had almost only friendly games, it was an exciting one nevertheless, even though I found it hard to drag myself away from InstantPokerMoney.com to watch it! Arsenal's midfielder Thomas Rosicky managed to snatch the qualification to the EURO 2012 with the [.

Van Persie thanks Wenger for making him a star – and Walcott for assisting!

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Robin Van Persierecently celebrated his 100th goal for Arsenal, and was only too happy to admit that it was Arsene Wenger's influence that pointed him in the right direction to become an awesome goalscorer. He said: "I'm so thankful for having met him because he made a big difference in the way of seeing, looking [.

Chamakh happy to be understudy to Van Persie – and “long may it continue”

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The French striker Marouane Chamakh has been continually linked with a move away from Arsenal in January after being very disappointing after his bright start to his career at the Emirates, but it seems that he is more than happy to sit on the bench for the Gunners until his chance comes along. "It would [.

Arsenal linked with Birmingham ‘keeper Butland – To replace who?

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With the first-team goalkeeping situation of the last few seasons at last looking resolved, Arsenal are reportedly preparing a bid for Birmingham stopper Jack Butland. The England Under-21 player hasn't conceded a goal since mid-September and is looking to progress his career after receiving the national call-up.

Arsenal chase another right-back, Hoffenheim’s captain Beck

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Having already signed three national captains over the summer, it appears that Arsène Wenger wants another excellent leader at the Emirates, with Hoffenheim skipper Andreas Beck seemingly next on the Arsenal transfer target list. Despite the arrival of Carl Jenkinson, Wenger is reportedly planning a swoop on the player – which could be of up [.

England defender Phil Jones in midfield – Who could do this for Arsenal?

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The holding midfield role at Arsenal is one performed admirably by Alex Song each week, with Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin ready to play there too. The aforementioned reserve duo – the latter in particular may be growing frustrated at the lack of first team action and at least one of the two could [.

Bordeaux confirm trying to tempt Chamakh back to France

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There have been constant rumours that the Moroccan international Marouane Chamakh is set to leave Arsenal in January, either on loan or on a permanent basis, but according to the Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud neither Chamakh or Arsene Wenger will reply to his messages asking for Chamakh to move back to Ligue 1 next year.

Jenkinson wants to be a regular – How long before he achieves this?

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The transfer of Carl Jenkinson from Charlton to Arsenal in the summer wasn't expected to lead to a frequent run of games, with Bacary Sagna making the right-back spot his own. However, since the aforementioned Frenchman is out with an ankle injury sustained in early October, Jenkinson has been given the responsibility to fill in [.

Real Madrid target Wilshere – No worries for Arsenal

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Super-rich Real Madrid usually wreak havoc in the transfer periods with their ability to acquire almost any footballer they have their eye on, and Arsenal are just at risk of losing star players to them as any other team. The Spaniards have been linked with Robin Van Persie, Andrey Arshavin and even Cesc Fabregas in [.

Arsenal linked with De Jong – The fear factor that the Gunners might need?

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Today has seen a new Arsenal transfer rumour emerge in the form of Manchester City's Nigel De Jong. Tough tackling and a hardman attitude are the first thoughts that come to mind with the player but the Dutch international undoubtedly has more to offer than that. As well as his battling style, De Jong's passing [.

Arsenal turn down loan move for Squillaci – Wenger hoping for permanent exit

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It is being reported today that Arsenal have turned down a request from West Ham Utd to take the 31 year-old French defender Sebastien Squillaci on loan. The Hammers recently had Manuel Almunia at Upton Park for a month while Robert Green was out injured and Sam Allardyce was hoping for a similar deal for [.

Fabregas says that England need Jack Wilshere ‘to make things happen’

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The ex-Arsenal captain thinks that England were lacking any attacking talent on Saturday despite Frank Lampard leading his country to a famous 1-0 win over the World Champions, and thinks they will be a different prospect when Jack Wilshere returns to run the Three Lions midfield. Fabregas said: "England are a very solid team and [.

Fabianski asks Wenger to ‘resolve his future’

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The Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski is not happy being left on the bench behind his young countryman Wojciech Szczesny, and has made it clear before that he needs to be playing first-team football at Arsenal or he will miss out on going to the Euros with Poland. Now Fabianski has revealed that he has had [.

Fabregas’ honest advice to Wenger: You can’t afford to lose Van Persie

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After becoming a first-team regular at Barcelona since his move to the Nou Camp, ex-Gunner Cesc Fabregas has offered some sound advice to both former teammate Robin Van Persie and to Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. Fabregas said, "I don't know if they will keep him. It is his decision. At his age, if he wants [.

Chelsea fancy Walcott – Would he go?

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Following the likes of Juventus and Barcelona, Chelsea are reported to have targeted Arsenal pace merchant Theo Walcott for the second time after having shown interest in the player earlier this year. Arsenal fans have often grown frustrated at his lack of impact at times, often unable to finish with a direct-enough cross or shot [.

Ramsey’s leadership significant in Wales win – A future Arsenal captain?

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The majority of the attention may have been on England's victory over world and European Champions Spain, but Aaron Ramsey's Wales enjoyed an equally impressive result. Arsenal's Welshman was once again the side's captain, leading the struggling nation to a stunning victory over Norway in Cardiff. The 4-1 win was a brilliant result, considering that [.

England share similarities with Arsenal… to a point

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Fabio Capello's England have experienced some miserable results in the past year or so, such as the humiliating 4-1 defeat to Germany and the disappointing draws to Switzerland and Montenegro. For a national side that is so steeped in history and success, scorelines from certain matches haven't matched the players' unquestionable ability.

Uh-Oh – Even Holland agree that Van Persie is exhausted

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that Robin Van Persie is suffering from fatigue, and he has been desperately trying to find games in which the Dutchman can be rested, without much success it should be added! But with the international break upon us, Wenger pleaded with the Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk (who [.

Song linked to Inter – Deserved interest for a unique Arsenal talent

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Italian giants Inter Milan have been linked with an Arsenal regular who has improved every season and who looks to be on the form of their life. The name Robin Van Persie certainly springs to mind, but it now seems that it's the turn of Alex Song to be noticed for his efforts. According to [...]

Would Arsenal’s Walcott offer England anything as a centre-forward against Spain?

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This evening's international friendly against Spain at Wembley sees Theo Walcott most probably starting on the right side of midfield. Daniel Sturridge and Darren Bent look to be the pair of strikers chosen by England manager Fabio Capello but Walcott will still be wanting their position instead. It is now common knowledge that the 22 [.

“If Arsenal do not finish in the top four, Van Persie will leave next summer” – A fair prediction?

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With the news that Arsenal are to leave Robin Van Persie's contract talks until the summer, London Evening Standard writer James Olley provided a candid analysis of the chances of the Dutchman staying at the club in a frank interview with talkSPORT on Friday evening. Asked if a Champions League spot would ensure Van Persie [.

Hugo Rodallega again linked to Arsenal – Would the £15 million be worth it?

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The Gunners may have been linked with some unrealistically high-profile targets over the course of the past season but one that should be equally improbable – for the opposite reason – is Wigan's Hugo Rodallega. The Colombian international started his time in the Premier League in mediocre fashion, netting three goals in his first half-season, [.

Arsenal rumours 11-11-11 – Javi Garcia, Vargas, Arshavin, Farfan and Almunia

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Of course with no football on during the InterLull, so its time for the press to create some Arsenal transfer news to keep the fans interested in reading! And so today's Arsenal rumours roundup comes exclusively from talkSport, who seem to have a fixation on the Gunners today. First off all they have Arsene wenger [.

Van Persie contract talks postponed – The right move by Arsenal?

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In a decision that will be hugely welcomed by Robin Van Persie, discussions about his future at Arsenal look to be postponed until the summer. Whereas Arsenal fans in general want the potentially sticky situation resolved as soon as possible, the club's board has chosen to wait until the end of the season.

Alex Song sets his sights on more goals for Arsenal: Is this a problem?

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With his Arsenal goalscoring record improving year upon year, Alex Song has aimed for continuing this trend, setting himself targets in his increasingly attacking play. Speaking to Arsenal.com, he said, "I'm very happy, although you always want to do more. Last season I scored five goals and this time I'd like to score eight or [.

Wenger creates another international – Koscielny to get first cap

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Just three seasons ago, Laurent Koscielny's future was looking nothing more than average in terms of footballing future, the defender having difficulties getting chances and proving his talent. However, after a move to centre-back at Tours, his career looked promising once more, and Wenger's decision to bring him to the Emirates underlines the progression he [.

Eden Hazard and Marvin Martin both choose Spain over Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger's search for a top class midfielder to fill Cesc Fabregas' boots at the Emirates took a double blow yesterday as two of the most likely contenders, Eden Hazard and Marvin Martin, both announced that they would prefer to move to La Liga than the Premiership. Eden Hazard now seems certain to be moving [.

“There’s no need to rush into things” – Patience and maturity from Oxlade-Chamberlain

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With his name listed among those of the most promising young talents in European football, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be forgiven for expecting a lot from his first season at Arsenal, especially with his considerable £15 million price tag. However, the young Englishman – quite possibly an inclusion in Fabio Capello's squad this weekend – has [.

Coquelin wants out due to lack of games – What does he expect?

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He may be only 20 years old and only just emerging into Arsène Wenger's first team, but Francis Coquelin has accused Arsenal of treating him unfairly in not giving him enough playing time. Speaking to France Football, the midfielder said, ""I thought I had a shot to play so I decided to stay at Arsenal.

Arshavin – I’m glued to the bench and may leave Arsenal

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Andrei Arshavin has never been scared to speak his mind, and from his comments over the years you could imagine that he has not been very happy after his first six months at Arsenal. Now very rarely plays the full 90 minutes of any game for Arsenal, and he has admitted that he's not very [...]

Should Arsenal fans really be disappointed if Wenger doesn’t spend in January?

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The Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has never been known to spend huge amounts on players but with this season starting in worrying fashion, Gunners fans have piled on the pressure for him to open his chequebook in January to ensure that the promising revival will continue until May. The North London club has been linked [.

Should Arsenal let Emmanuel Frimpong go out on loan?

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He may have only made six first team appearances for the Gunners, but Emmanuel Frimpong is already attracting interest from other Premier League teams looking to add some clout to their midfield. Norwich City and Swansea City are among the main parties interested in the Ghanaian – who has chosen his African roots over his [.

Dortmund star issues ‘come-and-get-me’ plea to Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger sent his top scout Steve Crowley to watch Borussia Dortmund's Champions League game against Olympiakos recently, and it seems that Arsenal are closely watching one of their German stars. The obvious target is of course Mario Gotze, with many rumours linking Wenger with a big money move for the 'German Jack Wilshere' in [.

Wenger slams the ‘mockery’ of international football

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Arsene Wenger has never been a great fans of international football matches, especially 'meaningless friendlies'. It always seems to end with one or two Arsenal players coming back with injuries and Wenger certainly does not approach these games with 'joy'. "It is certainly not a joy for me but hopefully it is not a pain [.

Wilshere recovering well – But have Arsenal missed him as much as expected?

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Showing signs of becoming the next Liam Brady for the Gunners, 21 year-old Jack Wilshere's absence after injuring his ankle in late July was considered by many as to being the end of Arsenal's season before it had even begun. The fact that the club had been struggling for consistency with him in the team [.

Was Wilshere right to promise to stay at Arsenal for life?

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At a time when money so often talks louder than anything else in football, Jack Wilshere has expressed his loyalty to Arsenal by ensuring that he will stay at the club for the rest of his career. Speaking to iFilm London, he said, "Can I promise I will be at Arsenal forever? I can promise [...]

Can Arsenal win the Champions League with this form?

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Since Arsene Wenger's team managed to reach the Champions League final in the 2005-2006 season and went head to head with Barcelona, the Catalan club seemed to have always been the Gunner's executioner. And while the Spaniards went on to win another two Champions League trophies after that final, Arsenal was always stopped in their [.

Should Gibbs now be considered second choice left-back for Arsenal?

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When Ashley Cole controversially left the Gunners to join Chelsea in 2006, substitute left-back Gael Clichy was given the chance to prove his capabilities on a permanent basis and didn't let Wenger down. Now the Frenchman has himself left the club – in this case to Manchester City – one would have assumed that his [.

Would big name transfers really make Van Persie more likely to stay at Arsenal?

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Pato, Kaka, Ribéry... Regardless of Wenger's spending limit looking concreted at around £10-15m, these are all names that have been continuously linked to Arsenal, the majority of which would cost far more than its manager would be willing to spend. Still, he has been urged to splurge on top talents in order to keep Robin [.

How much better would Arsenal be doing had the early season nightmares not taken place?

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Painful defeats to Liverpool and Manchester United plus a sorrowful draw at Newcastle ensured a turbulent start to the 2011/12 season for the Gunners, with a small mountain to climb before September had even begun. European qualification may have been secured but the league campaign was looking destined for some degree of failure.

Szczesny – Back Arsenal to win the League!

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Arsenal's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny stated in the People yesterday that he would bet on Arsenal's success in the Premier League this season. The 21-year-old goalkeeper said that he is confident that Arsenal has a real chance to win the title this season despite the very poor games they had at the start of 2011/12.

Van Basten: Arsenal is where Van Persie belongs

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Despite links to Italy, Spain and Russia, as well as Manchester, Robin Van Persie has effortlessly continued with his astonishing form for Arsenal with another stunning performance, goal and pair of assists. In response to the speculation, fellow Dutch legend and former Netherlands manager Marco Van Basten told the Sunday Mirror, "'I still think Arsenal [.

Arsenal players may need a break but they don’t want it!

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After four games in twelve days, nobody would argue with an Arsenal player needing time out of club football for the international break, but it is pleasing to know that for the majority of them, it couldn't be more unwelcome. Having collected 19 points out of a possible 21 in their last seven games, Arsène [.

Wenger – Arsenal are improving and the teams above are catchable

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It is always good to see Arsene Wenger in a good mood after an Arsenal game, and you find him more satisfied that when the Gunners totally dominate a match, score three goals AND keep a clean sheet. It has given him further confidence that his team are still heading to challenge for a top [...]

Arsenal’s Oxlade-Chamberlain England call-up likely – What about Jenkinson?

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One of the Gunners' most recent youngsters to hit the headlines of late is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who, at just 18 years of age, has already managed a hattrick at Under-21 level for England and has scored twice for Arsenal in just four appearances. Now, with the pair of friendlies coming up against Spain and Sweden [.

Granero ‘not a target’ for Arsenal – Is anyone overly bothered?

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According to the Mirror, Arsène Wenger has ruled himself out of a possible move for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero. If this is true, it seems like a sudden end to his apparent interest that has been ongoing since the summer. Being linked with a player from the likes of Real Madrid may sound promising [.

Such a different Arsenal for West Brom to face

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Arsenal's 2-2 all draw with West Brom in March was among the worst overall displays of the season, with so many players failing to live up to any level of expectation. They were lucky to escape with a draw and the confidence-draining result led them to another draw the very next week against Blackburn.

With West Brom’s lack of attacking options, Arsenal shouldn’t concede

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While Arsenal only have the injured Chamakh as an unavailable striker, West Brom have bigger worries concerning their attacking force. Their top scorer from last season, Peter Odemwingie, is a doubt and faces a late test on his knee. Shane Long – their most prolific player of this campaign with three goals – will not [.

Now is the moment to back Arsenal to win the Premiership and RVP for Golden Boot!

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If you ever thought about placing a special bet on your favourites this might probably be about the perfect time to do so. You can place this bet at any other time, but you won't probably find a better moment than this. Arsenal started the season very poorly and after only a few games they [...]

Wenger: There could be a storm coming – but it’s better than quicksand!

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Arsene Wenger has seen his Arsenal team put together an excellent run of form to move back up the table, but he says that they must not get into a comfort zone as they are still far from challenging for the title, or even fourth place just yet. He believes that the Gunners just need [...]

Arsenal send Steve Rowley for another look at Mario Gotze ahead of offer

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According to a report this morning, Arsene Wenger is extremely serious about signing the young German international Mario Gotze, who is known as the German Jack Wilshere at the Emirates. It has often said that these two playing together could form the most awesome midfield partnership at Arsenal for the next decade if Wenger can [.

Lack of height no longer an issue for Arsenal – Watch out West Brom!

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The last few seasons have seen Arsenal looked upon as a fragile, diminutive side with a lack of height and strength. The likes of Patrick Viera could once provide that but since then, Wenger has been accused of amassing a squad that is too short to fight. Various reports have been written in the past [.

Who would you prefer on the Arsenal bench: Chamakh or Bendtner?

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With Robin Van Persie showing near-perfect form this year, his fellow Arsenal strikers certainly have a huge task to challenge for a place. Of course, even if he wasn't scoring quite as much, Van Persie would still be first choice but the fringe players have a battle of their own to take part in. Whilst [.

Arsenal transfer rumours – Brek Shea, Chamakh, Podolski and Eden Hazard

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The silly season seems to have started a little earlier this year, and there are numerous Arsenal rumours going around even though there are still two months until the mid-season transfer window. The first bit of official Arsenal transfer news is that the very promising American international Brek Shea has been booked in to train [.

West Brom will miss Odemwingie more than Arsenal would miss Van Persie

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Unbeaten against the Gunners in 2010/11, West Brom will be looking to at least share the points tomorrow at the Emirates. A 2-2 draw away and a 3-2 home defeat for Arsenal were last season's results in this particular contest but a repeat of either would be undoubtedly a huge disappointment after such a brilliant [.

Arsenal v West Brom Early Betting Tips

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Arsenal will receive WBA's visit in what will be the Premier League's 11th matchday of the season. With the teams fast approaching midseason things are now settling in and the table is starting to take a more reasonable appearance so it is a lot easier to predict winners of football matches than betting at a [.

Vermaelen – Arsenal can score without Van Persie (and Arshavin is a tool!)

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After Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Marseille at the Emirates this week, many fans and pundits questioned whether Arsenal are a "one-man team" and can't get goals in Robin Van Persie isn't playing. But Thomas Vermaelen, who kept a tight defence on his return to the team, believes that Arsenal have more than enough firepower if [.

Has Arshavin really only been “average” for Arsenal?

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He may be Arsenal's record signing – a late £15m transfer from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2009 – but it is still undecided amongst many as to whether Andrei Arshavin has been money well spent or just squandered millions. The Russian international said, "Speaking honestly, I think my performances for Arsenal have been average.

Confident Koscielny still looking to improve for Arsenal and France

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Arsenal's French centre-back Laurent Koscielny has set his sights on improving even more after a terrific run of form for the Gunners. Speaking to Le Parisien, Koscielny said, "Like all the French players, I dream of the 2012 European Championship... I know that I need to keep being good to keep being called up.

Should Wenger have played Van Persie last night?

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Arsène Wenger divisively left Robin Van Persie out of the starting line-up against Marseille, looking for Park to score the goals instead. Of the change, the manager said, "The reason I left Robin out was physical tiredness that's all. He would have to play 50 matches a year. He cannot play 50 games.

Le Tissier nonsense: Arsenal are “mediocre” without Van Persie

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Matt Le Tissier may be regarded as something of a legend in English football but his comments regarding Arsenal made this morning seem to be wildly off the mark. Speaking to talkSport, Le Tissier said, [Van Persie is unbelievable and... without him, Arsenal look a very mediocre side." There is no doubt that Van Persie's [.

Uh-Oh! Van Persie’s knackered!

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Arsene Wenger last night tried yet again to give Robin Van Persie a rest, just like he did against Stoke a couple of weeks ago, but again he had no choice but to bring him on for the last half hour as Ju-Young Park fluffed his lines when given the chance to shine. It was [...]

Praise deserved for Arsenal’s adaptable central defence

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When Mertesacker first arrived at Arsenal, the first thought for Gooners and football fans in general was the mouth-watering combination of the German and Vermaelen, together in one line-up. Two such experienced leaders – and among the best defenders in their respective leagues – playing as one central-defensive partnership was a pleasing prospect.

Arsenal v Marseille – Odds Make Arsenal Good Value To Continue Winning

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Arsenal now turn their attentions back to the Champions League and with good form in the bag and a victory already against tonight's opposition in France there is little to suggest that Arsenal aren't capable of getting a big result. Arsenal's win over Chelsea makes it eight wins from nine games which dispels any credible [.

Arsenal’s holding midfield – A tough evening is in store

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Rumours are circulating that the ever-dependable Alex Song might not have shaken off a calf strain and so could be replaced by Emmanuel Frimpong in front of the Arsenal back four for tonight's encounter with Marseille at the Emirates. Whilst the general focus is very much on the attacking aspects of both teams – Van [.

Vermaelen or Santos at left-back for Arsenal against Marseille?

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Whether he is the best left-back at Arsenal or not, Andre Santos has given Gooners some moments of brilliance, such as his smooth strike at Stamford Bridge at the weekend and his similarly well-taken goal against Olympiacos. Unfortunately, though, he hasn't yet provided a flawless game for the Gunners and his last game against the [.

Van Der Vaart – Tottenham will finish above “no chance” Arsenal!

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The Tottenham midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart was in bullish mood after Spurs 3-1 win over QPR, and despite having watched the Gunners beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, the Dutchman thinks that Tottenham have a better and bigger squad than Arsenal. When asked if he considered Arsenal to be a challenger for the [.

Playing at home might not help Arsenal much tonight

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Three points tonight will secure Arsenal's progression from the group stage of the Champions League, with their opponents Marseille similarly looking for a way into the next round. Following Aaron Ramsey's late, late winner at the Velodrome, it will undoubtedly be yet another tight contest. The Gunners may have only lost once at home so [.