Just Arsenal Archives for January 2011

Fabregas out, Szczesny out for a month, Vermaelen out for ????

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The yearly Arsenal injury glut looks to be kicking in just in time for the crucial Premiership run-in. To start with Cesc Fabregas had a recurrence of his never-ending hamstring problems 15 minutes into the Barcelona match, and he played on and probably made it a lot worse. He is expected to miss this weekends [.

Paul: Did Wenger pick the wrong team? (And Jack was brilliant)

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Here we have another Guest Post about the Barcelona game, and Paul is not sure that Arsene Wenger put the right XI on the pitch at the start...... A wrong selection, A Star and An Awful Touch by Paul Arsenal immortality beckoned for the self-proclaimed greatest striker in the world. Through on goal with the [.

Damien Martinez prepares to join Arsenal squad to face Man Utd

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The young Argentinian goalkeeper Damien Martinez has suddenly found himself as Arsenal's second-choice keeper, while the Gunners are waiting to hear how long Wojciech Szczesny could be out injured after dislocating his finger against Barcelona. The 18 year-old is expected to join the Arsenal squad as cover for Manuel Almunia, the only fit senior goalkeeper [.

Ferguson breaks silence to praise Arsenal!

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The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has broken his self-imposed media black-out to speak about Arsenal's title challenge. Man United, as a club, decided to stop speaking to the media before the 3-1 loss to Liverpool because they did not like how Ferguson's post-match comments about referee Martin Atkinson were reported after the Chelsea [.

Arsenal Target Mexes – I’ll decide in the summer

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The Roma defender Philippe Mexes has not ruled out a move to the Premier League this summer leaving the door open for Arsenal to make a move for the player. The French centre-back has a contract that expires in June alerting top clubs to his availability if he does not extend his stay at Roma. [...]

Busquets – Forget the ref, Arsenal had no ambition!

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The Barcelona defender Sergio Busquets thinks that the furore from Arsenal about the referee in Tuesday nights game is only being used as a cover for Arsenal's "lack of ambition" on the field. In fact he thinks that Barcelona have just as much reason to complain about the ref. Busquets said: "Even if we start [.

Henry: Were Arsenal the victim of a UEFA conspiracy?

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After Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League by having to play Barcelona with just ten men, today's Guest Poster is Henry, who dares to ask the unthinkable...... Technology, Charges and UEFA Agendas by Henry Guys, not sure any of you mentioned this, but did you see the ref go to the Barca medical [.

Michael: The Good News and the Bad News after Barcelona…

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Another interesting Guest Post from Michael......... The Good News and the Bad News In the wake of Arsenal's disappointing Champions League exit at Camp Nou, it's important to take stock of things and evaluate where the team stands. That being said, here are three positives to take out of the loss to Barca, and (keeping [.

Ricky: Which reserves does Wenger NEED to let go?

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We have a new Guest Poster this evening. Ricky is keen to know what the Just Arsenal readers think about which players in the squad are not good enough for the Gunners, and who Wenger should replace them with. But we are not looking for crazy suggestions, but possible ways to make Arsenal good enough [.

Clichy – We’re changed, we will win, and I’ll score!

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The French defender Gael Clichy thinks that Arsenal are a far different proposition to the team that got beaten 4-1 at the Nou Camp last winter, and they are more than capable of getting a result tonight. He thinks that the Gunners have grown in confidence since they finally broke the voodoo of losing to [.

Gaz: No excuses, Barcelona totally outclassed Arsenal

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OUTCLASSED IN EVERY WAY by Gaz Where can you start after watching a game like this tonight? We were completely dominated from the first whistle to the last. Barcelona were simply brilliant, and left our beloved Arsenal looking like a bunch of amateurs. I have never seen a game at any level of football in [.

Adam Kemp: We deserve better, but we may win the title now!

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Adam Kemp Outclassed, Conned, and out of yet another competition. So near and yet so far, so close to another great night for the gunners, only to be plunged into the deepest agony amid controversy and injustice. Arsenal were yet again destroyed in the Nou Camp, just when we thought we may have a [.

Wenger – The referee ruined the game

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Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal team outclassed by Barcelona last night, but the fact remains that before Robin Van Persie was sent off the Gunners were still in the driving seat to go through to the quarter finals, and Wenger thinks that the referee basically handed the tie to Barcelona on a plate. He said: [.

Wenger – We can defend when we have to…

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Arsene Wenger is well aware that Arsenal only need a draw with Barcelona to go through to the next round of the Champions League, so he could defend and play for a 0-0 draw, but he also knows it is an "unrealistic" scoreline considering the attacking nature of both sides. But he is very sure [...]

Xavi – Everything is now in Barcelona’s favour

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The Barcelona midfielder Xavi is not in the slightest bit worried about Arsenal's visit to the Nou Camp this evening, and thinks that a simple 1-0 win will be enough for the Catalans to go through to the next round. Xavi said: "We're playing at home and we will be able to exploit our passing [...]

Fabregas – Even Van Persie was surprised he was fit!

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Cesc Fabregas was amazed as anyone when Robin Van Persie decided to join in the Arsenal training session yesterday morning, and says that this was not any part of "mind games" on Arsene Wenger's part. In fact he said that even Van Persie was surprised that he felt good enough to try playing so quickly.

Bramble – Arshavin could have fallen over and got a penalty

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The Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has practically admitted that he knocked Andrei Arshavin over when he was just about to shoot on Saturday, and said that perhaps the Arsenal striker was "a little too honest" by not calling for a penalty. "Maybe he was a little bit too honest. But I would say it was [.

Song out but VAN PERSIE IN for Barca clash

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We all heard the bad news this morning that Alex Song has no chance of playing for the Gunners against Barcelona tomorrow, but then Arsene Wenger drops the bombshell that the ever-injured Robin Van Persie is included in the squad! Just last week Arsenal fans were told that the Flying Dutchman would be out for [.

Ahmed: Blaming Wenger and the reserves is wrong!

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Plenty of Blame to go around by Ahmed Munadir There have been a few cries from a few Arsenal supporters calling for Wenger's head, and saying he is pretty much to blame for some of the things that have happened to Arsenal FC over the past 6 years. Lets take a step back and look [...]

Gaz: Lets just thank Kenny and Dirk for giving Arsenal the title

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ARSENAL FOR THE TITLE. IT COULD BE WRITTEN IN THE STARS. by Gaz Just want to start off by saying a massive thankyou to a man called Kenneth Dalglish, for a magnificent managerial performance against Man Utd. He couldn't give a toss about my gratitude, as his only concern is Liverpool fans, but thankyou Kenny [.

Redknapp: Arsenal are now favourites for the title!

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The Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has finally seen the error of his ways and has named Arsenal as the team most likely to win the Premiership title. Liverpool beat Man Utd yesterday meaning that, having lost to Chelsea last week, Alex Ferguson's team have lost two games in a row for the first time for [.

Ralph J: The Rise and Fall of Arsene Wenger

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The Rise and Fall of Arsene Wenger by: Ralph J (aka Gunnersfan) In the glory days, Arsenal had won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups under Arsene Wenger making him Arsenal's most successful manager in terms of trophies; I repeat a "manager" and NOT "an accountant" as some people seem to be confused [.

Should Wenger cut his losses and sell Fabregas and Van Persie?

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Here is a Guest Post from an American Gooner called Michael. He has an interesting view on the situation at Arsenal from the other side of the Atlantic...... Arsenal's Real Problem: Injuries Arsenal have a serious problem in personnel. No it isn't Squillaci or Diaby or Denilson or Bendtner. These players would be perfectly functional [.

Luke Shephard: Arsenal simply need BETTER reserves

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Here is another Guest Post, this time from Luke Shephard who is becoming a bit of a regular contributor and deservedly so......... Some players simply aren't good enough. I have normally been positive in the past. But there are some things that are just inevitable and must be said. There's no doubt in my mind [.

Gaz: On Sunderland, Barcelona and Adam Kemp

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Another Guest Post from Gaz, and unusually it includes a response to last night's Guest Post from Adam!.... Gaz: Disappointing draw hurts us, but hasn't killed us. Like every Gooner, I am gutted that we failed to beat out of form Sunderland at the Emirates yesterday. What hurts me most though is that we seemed [.

Adam Kemp: Yes it IS Wenger’s fault!

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As Adam said when sent it. Here is my article as requested.......... Same old Arsenal misfire yet again when it truly matters. I was looking forward to my trip to the Emirates today, as I was expecting to see nothing less than an Arsenal win. Oh how fate smiles at this sides ‘consistent' inability to [.

Aaron Ramsey – The story so far (in his own words)

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The Wales and Arsenal midfielder is approaching full recovery from the broken leg he sustained last year at the hands (or studs!) of Ryan Shawcross. He has now given a full interview (in the Independent) detailing his agony and recovery, so I will just leave it to him to tell it..... The original injury: "When [.

Can we beat Barcelona if we can’t beat Sunderland or Birmingham?

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Arsenal had an absolutely fantastic win over Barcelona at the Emirates a couple of weeks ago, but did the effort take too much out of them? In the next game the Gunners lost Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott, and not to mention the recurrence of Cesc Fabregas' injury. Since then Arsenal have lost to [.

Nasri – I may leave Arsenal but I’ll never join Spurs!

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Samir Nasri has revealed once again that the rumours suggesting he has agreed a new contract with Arsenal are wide of the mark, and he refuses to rule out the possibility of him leaving the Emirates. He also says that he may even join another English club (surely not Man City?) but he would NEVER [..

Ramseys Back! (and Koscielny too…)

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Aaron Ramsey returns to the Arsenal squad for today's game against Sunderland for the very first time since Ryan Shawcross broke his leg last year at the Britannia Stadium. Arsene Wenger had to announce that there was no chance of Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Robin Van Persie or Alex Song being able to play today, [.

Toby: Is it really Wenger’s fault that Arsenal don’t buy?

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Here we have another Guest Post by Toby, who is becoming a bit of a regular on Just Arsenal. And I reckon he is a very talented addition to the team...... Does the manager deserve so much criticism ? Over the last few seasons the pressure on Arsene Wenger to invest heavily in the Arsenal [...]

The next three games will define Arsenal’s season?

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We have another Guest Post this morning from Shubham, who thinks that the win over Orient hasn't told us if Arsenal have recovered from the defeat by Birmingham....... Shubham Goel-Have Arsenal Really Matured From Last Season? On Wednesday we beat a lowly Leyton Orient team which tried to beat us at our own game, and [.

“Reasons To Be Cheeful” for Arsenal Fans!

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Here is another Guest Post from Gaz, who has a very positive outlook, and I just love some of his "Reasons to be cheerful"..... GAZ : REASONS TO BE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF SUNDERLAND MATCH Hope all Gooners are well on this Friday as we have a big game tomorrow against Steve Bruce's Sunderland side. I've [.

Wenger on the choice between Bendtner and Chamakh

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Arsene Wenger admitted last night that his main striker Robin Van Persie will definitely be out for at least three weeks, so now he has to choose between Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh to be the main striker in the coming games. Normally Theo Walcott could also have come into the equation but he was [.

Wenger – Van Persie could be out for three weeks, but no guarantees…

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Arsene Wenger was understandably cautious about predicting the length of time that Robin Van Persie will be on the Arsenal treatment table, but admitted that he preferred to take the optimistic view that it will only be three to four weeks. Wenger had some good news that both his other strikers, Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas [.

Fabregas confident of facing Barcelona

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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas missed the Carling Cup Final after pulling up with a hamstring problem against Stoke last week, but he is certain that he will be fit to play against Barcelona at the Nou Camp next Tuesday, in fact he thinks he will be ready to face Sunderland this weekend. He said [.

Jack Wilshere has Arsenal DNA!

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The Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere may only be 19 but he is already being hotly tipped to be the new Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal, and even Fabio Capello has announced he intends to build his future England team around the fiery midfielder. One thing Arsenal fans can be sure of is that we won't be [...]

Chamakh – It was a stupid goal to concede!

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Arsene Wenger's request for his side to show character and team spirit in the wake of the surprise Carling Cup defeat to Birmingham City on Sunday has obviously got through to the players. The Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh told the Sun that: "I don't hold anything against any player but it's a shame and stupid [.

Arsenal’s loss is just temporary!

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Yesterday's announcement that Arsenal made a £2.5 million half yearly loss between May and December 2010 should be looked at in a wider context of club finances. Much has been made of the £29.2 million profit in the corresponding period in 2009, but a quick look at the Deloitte Football Money League that was published [.

I get knocked down, but I get up again! No-one gonna keep me down!

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We have another Guest Post from Shubham. and reading it I was reminded of the song in the title. I can't remember who sang it (Chumbawumba?) but it seemed appropriate. See what you think....... Shubham Goel No Time for Licking our RED Wounds Although I may be extremely disappointed about Sunday, there is no [.

Gaz: Chelsea have re-ignited Arsenal’s season

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Its Gaz again. I've just finished watching Chelsea beat Man Utd 2-1, and its given me renewed hope for Arsenal's season. Here are my thoughts. PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE IS IN OUR OWN HANDS NOW After seeing Chelsea beat Man Utd 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, it has given me just the lift I was hoping for [...]

Chamakh or Bendtner to replace RVP?

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Okay so we all know that Robin Van Persie will be missing from the Arsenal line-up for the next few weeks (or few months if past history is anything to go by) which means that Wenger now has to choose between Marouane Chamakh or Nicklas Bendtner as the Gunners main striker. Chamakh was given a [...]

Wenger – Koscielny certainly made a mistake

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The Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was left destroyed after the fatal error that caused Birmingham to score the winning goal at Wembley, and Arsene Wenger has decided to give him a rest tonights FA Cup match against Leyton Orient. In Wenger's usual injury roundup before the match he said: "Koscielny has a tight hamstring.

Arsenal fans should Just Believe!

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I have yet another Guest Post today from Paul, who has never written for Just Arsenal News before. He is a diehard Gooner, and is fully welcome to air his views on these pages as far as I am concerned. His message is a simple one....... BELIEVE! I've been an Arsenal fan all my life, [...]