Just Arsenal Archives for January 2011

Tom Cruise and Mark Randall released by Arsenal

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Arsenal have released two of their players that were thought to be rich talents and expected to become stars of the future. Tom Cruise has often been called the Top Gun after his illustrious namesake, and Mark Randall is another that was expected to break into the Arsenal first team but always seemed to fall [.

Arsenal raise bid for Samba to £10 million

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It is being reported this evening that the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still adamant that the Blackburn defender Christopher Samba is the right man to strengthen the Gunners' defence from set-pieces next season, and has decided to increase his bid. Wenger originally went for Samba in January but was turned down point blank, and [.

Henri Lansbury Given Arsenal Ultimatum

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Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury has avowed to break into the Gunners first team next season after spending the last six months at Norwich City, where he helped the Norfolk side win promotion to the Premiership. The 20 year-old was very proud to help the Canaries in a momentous season, but Lansbury's one wish is to [.

Charlton coach – Jenkinson to Arsenal is not a done deal

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It has been rumoured for some time that the Charlton defender Carl Jenkinson was on his way to Arsenal, and the Charlton coach Chris Powell says that, although it is still looking likely to happen, the deal has not been concluded yet. The Finnish FA reported that they had got permission from Arsenal for Jenkins [.

AC Milan in talks with Arsenal over Fabregas

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There are reports in Italy today that the AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani spent the weekend in London after watching the Champions League Final, and pre-arranged a meeting with a representative of the Arsenal board. SportItalia reckon that Galliani has made contact with Arsenal to fnd out exactly what price the club will agree on [.

Jack Wilshere wins Arsenal fans Player-of-the-Season trophy

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The 19 year-old Jack Wilshere has taken the Premiership by storm this season, and has easily won the Arsenal fans Player-of-the-Year competition with 41.4% of the vote. The official Arsenal site runs a yearly poll for the fans to see who they have been the most impressed with, and although Robin Van Persie has had [.

Belgian star issues come-and-get-me plea to Arsenal

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced that he will be "active" in the transfer market, and he is specifically looking for mature and experienced players. Surely one of his targets must be a strong defensive midfielder to cover for Alex Song, and to help out the defence at set-pieces. Well the Belgian star Axel [.

Aaron Ramsey’s expects new arrivals this summer

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The Welsh captain Aaron Ramsey is already like a new signing for Arsenal after missing most of last season with his broken ankle, but he still expects Arsene Wenger to bring in some more competition for places at the Emirates. There have already been hundreds of Arsenal transfer rumours after Wenger revealed that he would [.

Kroenke – Arsenal have funds to invest….

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The new Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has promised fans that there is money to be spent this summer on transfer targets, but he added the rider "...and will do so wisely". Whether that means that they will only buy quality players that are guaranteed to improve the team, or buy bargain basement players that may [.

Alex Song – Arsenal were too over-confident, but we’ll learn..

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The Arsenal midfielder Alex Song thinks that the answer to to the Gunners' problems this season is simple; they have to stop assuming that there are easy games and hard games, and just play with the same intensity whoever the opponent. The biggest problems started after losing the Carling Cup Final against Birmingham, when every [.

Bale – Spurs are better than Arsenal, will finish above them, and will win the League!

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The Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has had a good season, and loved being the star of Spurs run in the Champions League, but he has suddenly become just a touch over-optimistic. Amittedly Tottenham have had a very good run of results against the Gunners in the last few games, but they haven't finished above Arsenal [.

Arsenal favourites to sign Gervinho?

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There is a report today that says that both Arsenal and Liverpool are both making overtures to the Lille striker Gervinho, and the Guardian reckons that the Gunners are the favourites to sign the Ivory Coast international. Gervinho has made it clear that he won't be signing a new contract at Lille, despite winning Ligue [.

Arshavin – I’m not going to leave Arsenal despite failure

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The little Russian maestro Andrei Arshavin has spoken about the rumours that say that Arsenal are intending to cash in on him this summer. Arshavin is adamant that there is no problem between himself and Arsene Wenger, and he will still be playing at the Emirates next summer. "Don't believe the rumours.

Wenger bids £8m for Samba to start centre-back search

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Arsene Wenger is reported this morning as having begun his search for a big experienced defender to partner Thomas Vermaelen next season, and he has decided to make an opening bid for the Blackburn captain Christopher Samba. The Mail reports that Wenger has offered £8m for the Congo international, but it is unlikely that Rovers [.

Benzema – Thanks Arsenal, but I’m staying in Madrid

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The little French striker Karim Benzema was spoken about in glowing terms by Arsene Wenger the other day, and as he is not given many chances by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, it was assumed that Benzema would be sold this summer. Wenger will need a replacement for Nicklas Bendtner, and there are many Arsenal [.

Is Salomon Kalou the answer for Arsenal?

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There have been numerous rumours in the last few days that the Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has had enough of waiting for first team chances at Stamford Bridge, and that he could be the perfect replacement for Nicklas Bendtner in the Arsenal squad. After five years in the Premiership (albeit as a sub most of [.

Wenger wants Nasri decision quickly as Downing awaits

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It has been reported that one of Arsenal's chief scouts was at the Aston Villa v Liverpool game at Villa Park last week to have a last-minute check on Stewart Downing, who, according to today's Mail, Arsene Wenger has pinpointed as a possible replacement for Samir Nasri. Downing rose to the occasion and scored the [.

Ramsey – I’m happy and I can handle the pressure

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Aaron Ramsey is looking forward to being captain of his country again tomorrow when Wales take on Northern Ireland, and he thinks that his progress from being on a hospital bed with a broken leg at this point last year, to beng captain of Wales. Now he is looking forward to finishing his rehabilitation by [.

Wilshere’s advice to Man Utd – Get in Barcelona’s faces!

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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere played with honour against Barcelona earlier in this season's Champions League, and now Man United have to beat the Spanish giants to win the trophy. Wilshere thinks that Alex Ferguson's team should learn from Arsenal's win over Barca at the Emirates. He said: You must hold your shape and get into their [.

Arsenal linked with French Young-Player-Of-The-Year Sakho?

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It is being reported today that Arsenal are still interested in a bid for the Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho, who won the French Young-Player-Of-The-Year award last night. Arsene Wenger has been an admirer of Sakho for some time now and it seems that he is preparing to spend a lot of money for the [.

Agent confirms Arsenal bid for prolific Colombian hitman

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When it comes to Arsenal transfer rumours there is usually lots of smoke but very little fire, but it seems that the news that the Gunners are keen on signing Porto's hotshot striker Radamel Falcao are not without substance. The Colombian hitman has an amazing record of 39 goals in just 41 games for Porto [.

Arsenal signing of another Barcelona youngster confirmed in Spain

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The seasonal poaching of Barcelona youngsters by Arsene Wenger seems to continue apace. The Gunners have just been ordered to pay £300,000 compensation to the Spanish giants for Jon Niquel Toral-Harper, who recently decide to join Arsenal instead of staying at the Nou Camp. Now today it seems that the Spanish Daily Sport is reporting [.

Man United begin tapping up of Samir Nasri

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There were reports yesterday that Man United are watching the contract negotiations at Arsenal with Samir Nasri and are preparing to offer the young Frenchman the chance to win some trophies if he moves to Old Trafford, and today Nasri's France team-mate Patrice Evra has begun to turn the screw by telling Nasri he is [.

Wenger finally decides to make a move for Eden Hazard

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It would seem that the Belgian youngster Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Arsenal since he was in nappies, and he is far and away the one foreign youngster that just about every Arsenal fan would love to see arriving this summer, whether Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri are still at the [...]

Wenger to offer Patrick Vieira coaching role at Arsenal

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The Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira may have spent the last couple of seasons of his footballing career at Man City, but he is still held in the highest regard by Arsene Wenger and Arsenal fans everywhere. In fact the 34 year-old scored the winning goal for the Gunners when Arsenal last won a trophy back [.

Inter Milan to bid £10m for Alex Song?

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According to a report this morning Inter Milan have decided that they want Alex Song to shore up their midfield next season. The Italian giants are aware that Song still has three years left on his contract at Arsenal, but their coach Leonardo has told the Inter bosses to do what they can to bring [.

Arsenal want 10m Euros for Munich-bound Nicklas Bendtner?

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The Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has made it clear that he is looking for a new club this summer, and the Dane's father has said that Bayern Munich had previously declared an interest and he is hoping that they will follow it up with a concrete bid. The Guardian, which doesn't normally do crazy Arsenal [.

Arsenal and Spurs both chasing £25m hotshot striker

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There is a report today saying that both Arsenal and Tottenham are keen on signing the Porto striker Radamel Falcao. The Colombian hitman has been unbelievably prolific since arriving in Portugal with an amazing 41 goals in just 50 games. He has helped the club to the Portugese title this season but has decided it [.

Max: Arsenal to play in Malaysia and China this summer

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Arsenal Heading For Asia by Max Baker Arsenal Football Club is heading to Asia for their 2011/2012 pre-season tour Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis confirmed. The tour will consist of two matches, the first in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur against a Malaysian XI on July 11 and the second in China where the Gunners [.

Offers for Arshavin and Sagna to be considered

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There is a report today that states that the Russian side Zenit St. Petersberg are keen to bring back their prodigal son Andrei Arshavin to the Russian League. Arshavin arrived from Zenit to great fanfare two years ago, but his skills seem to have diminished after a brilliant opening season. There has been zero discussions [.

Arsenal helping Barcelona ahead of Champions League Final

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Considering the ongoing animosity between Arsenal and Barcelona, it comes as a bit of a surprise that the Gunners are helping out Cesc Fabregas' old club by allowing them to use their London Colney training facility this week. Barcelona are worried that the new eruption of the volcano in Iceland could cause massive disruption to [.

Wenger admits liking for Real Madrid striker

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Arsene Wenger has promised the Arsenal fans that he is expecting a "busy summer" and, other than strengthening the Gunners defence, he will be working to replace any players that leave. One of those is certain to be Nicklas Bedtner, who has already announced that he is looking for another club, and there have been [.

Diaby – It’s hard for Arsenal fans without trophies for six years

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The Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby thinks that it must be really difficult for Arsenal fans nowadays when they have seen the club go six years without winning a trophy of any kind. He understands the fans frustration and realises how important it is for them. "Here in England the football is like a religion.

Arshavin – Everything was against us!

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the little Russian maestro Andrei Arshavin says that no matter what Arsenal did at the end of the season, everything was bound to go wrong. The Gunners only won two of their last 12 games and it seemed that they couldn't win against a paper bag in a storm. Arshavin was at a loss to [...]

Carl Jenkinson confirmed as an Arsenal player

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The Charlton youngster Carl Jenkinson no longer plays for Charlton, he now plays for Arsenal! The youngster, who has opted to play for the Finland international team (by birth) rather than play for England, has been given permission by Arsene Wenger to meet up with his Finnish team-mates at a training camp next week.

Wilshere – I still want to play for England U21s this summer

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The Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere has admitted that he was immensely surprised at how his work-rate had deteoriated in the last few weeks, which led him to withdraw from the England squad to play in the U21 European Championships next month. But the 24 year-old also said that he was left frustrated because he really [.

Inter Milan favourites as Clichy refuses new Arsenal contract

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It is being reported today that Gael Clichy is joining Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner on the Arsenal transfer list. Goal.com "understands" that Clichy has refused to sign a new contract and has informed Arsene Wenger that he is looking to leave the Emirates this summer. The 25 year-old defender has been with Arsenal for eight [.

Miyaichi thanks Feyenoord for helping him grow

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The newest Arsenal starlet Ryo Miyaichi has come on leaps and bounds since arriving in Europe and has become a favourite with the Feyenoord fans where he has been on loan since January. The Japanese striker is to rejoin the Gunners for the pre-season ahead of Arsenal applying for a new work permit (and the [.

Max: Arsenal to sign Owen Hargreaves?

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Transfer Target: Owen Hargreaves by Max Baker Several news outlets are reporting that Arsenal are in the hunt to sign the former England international Owen Hargreaves. The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said he intends to release the injury-plagued midfielder who has played in just four matches in the last three seasons, one [.

Wenger – I’m going to be very active, but so will everyone else!

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Arsene Wenger is well aware that his Arsenal team need a summer overhaul, and he has already admitted that he is going to add some experience and maturity to his inexperienced team. With Nicklas Bendtner and Denilson having both told Wenger that they are leaving, the manager already has two players that he is looking [.

Wilshere WON’T be playing for England U21s

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The England U21 manager has decided to do a U-Turn on the involvement of the Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in next month's European U21 Championship, and it looks like he will also be letting Liverpool's Andy Carroll have the summer off to recuperate after a strenuous season for both youngsters. Arsene Wenger put together a [.

Wenger – Please understand that other clubs don’t follow the rules

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Arsene Wenger has issued a plea to the fans to understand that Arsenal have to be sensible in the transfer market this summer. The French coach blames the pressure put on the club by the wages and transfer fees on offer from teams with "unlimited resources" makes it difficult for the Gunners to compete on [.

Bendtner is the next Arsenal player to tell Wenger he’s leaving

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The big Dane Nicklas Bendtner has voiced his frustration at his first-team chances many times this season, so it is of little surprise to me or other Arsenal fans that he has followed Denilson into the managers office to tell him that he wants to leave the Gunners this summer. Bendtner's father, Thomas, revealed that [.

Wenger – We’ve had an accumulation of disappointments, and injuries…

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Arsene Wenger saw his team fail to beat yet another mediocre team yesterday to end the season with just two wins from the last 12 games. From being contenders for the title Arsenal have dropped alarmingly to fourth place and will now have to go through qualifiers to reach the Group Stages of the Champions [.

Have Arsenal really signed the Argentinian superstar Ricky Alvarez?

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There have been numerous Arsenal rumours around the web stating that the Gunners have signed the free-agent Ricky Alvarez whose contract is up at Velez-Sarsfield in Argentina. He is currently playing for Sarsfield in the Copa Libertores and the Clausura and (so it goes) he can't reveal the deal until the club are out of [.

Bendtner, Clichy and Almunia to follow Denilson out the door?

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There was a makeshift look to the Arsenal team today that faced Fulham. There was no Cesc Fabregas (I didn't put him in the headline as we all know he has a longterm thigh injury, but that doesn't mean he will still be at the Emirates next season). Personally I think he will be staying [...]

Wenger – We can’t buy players for £50m

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Arsene Wenger saw his team limp away the end of the season in fourth place n the Premier League after just managing a late equaliser against a 10-man Fulham team. It is obvious to everyone that Arsenal need strengthening in many departments, but probably in the mind most of all. But Wenger has made it [.

Arsenal linked with yet another Lille striker!

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Arsenal have been linked with Lille's Eden Hazard since he was about 5 years old, and lately there have also been a plethora of rumblings about his team-mate Gervinho who has been running rings around the other teams in Ligue 1 this season. But now the People reckons that Arsene Wenger is also keen on [.

Arsenal to use Bendtner as bait for Dortmund star

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There have been numerous Arsenal rumours linking Wenger with a move for the brilliant young German Mario Goetze, who is regarded to be on the same level as Jack Wilshere in Germany. He currently plays for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and it seems Wenger believes he would be the perfect replacement for Sami Nasri [.

Wenger targets Premier League trio and admits he will splash the cash

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It is being reported this morning that Arsene Wenger is targeting three experienced Premier League players to give the Arsenal team the "maturity" he has said the team needs to challenge for trophies next season. The Express reports that he is looking at bring in Chris Samba from Blackburn, Gary Cahill from Bolton and Scott [.

Arsenal tell Barcelona they can have Fabregas….for £50m!

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It is being reported this morning that Arsene Wenger is willing to call Barcelona's bluff and slap a price tag of £50m on Cesc Fabregas. Today's Mirror says that Wenger will be happy to accept the money to bring in a few top-class players to rebuild the Arsenal squad. Another benefit of giving them a [.

Wenger – Only one team has beaten both Barcelona AND Man Utd this season

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Arsene Wenger thinks that Arsenal are still an excellent team, despite falling away tamely in all competitions after losing the Carling Cup to Birmingham. He strongly believes that this Arsenal team are ready to win trophies and, as he points out, Arsenal are the only side in Europe to have beaten both Champions League Finalists [.

Roma to make first bid for Denilson at £5million

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According to a report today Roma are considering making a £5m bid for Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Denilson after he said yesterday that he was keen on making a move to Italy or Spain. Denilson said that he had decided as much as eight months ago that he would be moving on this summer, so it [...]

Wenger indicates that he won’t pay Gary Cahill’s transfer fee

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There have consistently been Arsenal transfer rumours around linking the Bolton defender Gary Cahill with the Gunners, and the price has been variously quoted as anything from between £12m and £25m, which could simply depend on how many clubs are interested in buying him. Tottenham and Man City have both been reported to be interested [.

Wenger tells Nasri and Clichy – Sign quickly or you’re gone

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Arsene Wenger made a massive mistake a few years ago when he allowed Mathieu Flamini to run down his contract by delaying any talks of an extension until it was too late, thus allowing the midfielder to gain a massive payday by joining AC Milan on a Bosman transfer. Arsenal currently have two players approaching [.

Arsenal (and Liverpool) chasing Scott Parker – says Redknapp

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The Gunners have thrown away loads of winning positions this season, and Arsene Wenger has already said that he is looking to add some maturity to the Arsenal team. He said yesterday: "If you look at the way we lost some games in the decisive moments, we need to add some maturity to our team." [...]

Wenger – If only Van Persie was fit all season….

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Arsene Wenger has been voicing his frustration at Robin Van Persie missing the first half of the season, and can only imagine how many more goals he would have scored if he had remained fit all the way through, something the Dutchman has never managed ever since he arrived at Arsenal. He said: "Robin has [.

Sagna convinced that Fabregas is staying at Arsenal

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It seems that the Arsenal players are pre-empting any tapping up off Cesc Fabregas by Barcelona this summer, and Bacary Sagna is the latest to assure the fans that their captain will still be at the Emirates next season. Fabregas himself implied this weekend that he was staying, and now Sagna has told Sky Sports [.

Juventus tracking Theo Walcott?

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The Arsenal transfer rumours are coming thick and fast as the transfer window approaches, and some are more believable than others. The Metro today reckons that the Italian giants Juventus (who are on course to end up 7th in Serie A) are looking for a complete overhaul of the team, and Arsenal's Theo Walcott is [.

Anthony: There are some positives for Arsenal this season….

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Trying to look at some positives at a very negative time! by Antony Armstrong As a disappointing season comes to a close, we come to the time of year where we look backward in order to look forward. We had a real chance for glory this year with Carling Cup and Premier League trophies well [...]

Carlos Vela told he will only be a reserve at West Brom

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The young Mexican striker Carlos Vela has spent the second half of the season out on loan at West Brom, and despite a few successes as an impact sub, he has only made three starts for the Baggies. The West Brom first-team coach Michael Appleton said yesterday: "We don't know what kind of transfer fee [.

Arsenal set to choose Samba over Cahill

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It was reported yesterday that the Bolton defender Gary Cahill had told his friends that he was optimistic of moving to Arsenal next season, but according to todays Mail it seems that the English international is only one of four options in that position that Arsene Wenger is considering. The other three are reported to [.

Van Persie to be offered new five-year contract

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The Dutch striker Robin van Persie has had another brilliant half a season after recovering from his usual injury problems, and it is being reported that Arsene Wenger is now preparing a new five-year contact for him, which will mean the 27 year-old will end his career at the Emirates. Robin still has two years [.

Wenger intends to play Miyaichi next season

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The Japanese genius Ryo Miyaichi joined Arsenal in January, but because of work permit problems he had to spend the rest of the season on loan at Feyenoord in Holland. He immediately became a first-team regular and scored on his debut. Wenger received weekly updates on his progress and they were all extremely positive.

Wenger – Picking Wilshere for U21s is the wrong decision

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Arsene Wenger has made it quite clear that he doesn't want Jack Wilshere to play for the England U21 side this summer after playing over 50 games already this season. But Jack himself is very keen to represent his country, and Stuart Pearce desperately wants to win the competition so he was always going to [.

Wenger expects Fabregas and Arshavin to be at Arsenal next season

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Arsene Wenger has no intention of selling his best players, and especially Cesc Fabregas and Andrei Arshavin, despite the numerous rumours to the contrary. Fabregas has been tapped up by Barcelona for a few years and there have been many rumours lately that Arshavin will be sacrificed this summer to make room for further acquisitions [.

How much is Denilson worth and who would buy him?

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We now know that Denilson has asked Arsene Wenger if he can leave because he wants to play regularly and win a place in the Brazil national team (No sniggering at the back please!) Denilson told the press about his meeting with Wenger. He said: ""I went to see him and told him of my [...]

Arsenal to beat Tottenham to £9m Ligue 1 striker

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There have been many reports lately that the Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was keen to take Lille's prolific striker Gervinho to White Hart Lane, but today L'Equipe reckon that the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is the most likely to win the race to sign him. Lille are close to winning the Ligue 1 title and [.

Arsene Wenger warns England over Andy Carroll

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Arsene Wenger has steadfastly maintained that Jack Wilshere should not be going to the European U21 Championship this summer after playing over 50 games already this season, especially as he has already been promoted to Fabio Capello's senior side. Now it seems that Liverpool are trying to get Stuart Pearce to exempt their £35m striker [.