Nothing quite counters the pressures of work than a game of football. Whether that be a game after leaving the office with friends, or a trip to a match on a Saturday afternoon, it provides the perfect release. But what happens when football is your livelihood?
Lot of highest-profile names appear on the Premier League free transfer list, which was released today.
Twelve months ago Florent Malouda played for Chelsea in the Champions League Final, but after turing down offers to move elsewhere last summer, he spent the last year training with Chelsea's academy kids.
Mesut Ozil has completed his first television interview as an Arsenal footballer.
Arsenal's newest signing was interviewed by Sky Sports News in Germany, where Mesut Ozil described how he's looking forward to playing in the best soccer league in the world. Ozil even found a way to slot in a "Let's go Gunners" soundbite.
Andrey Arshavin's time at Arsenal has generally been a bit of an embarrassment but this might be a new low. Footage has emerged of a drunk-looking Arshavin staggering around outside a London nightclub, seemingly trying to pick a fight. It appears Arshavin wants to get back into the club to track down a fellow [.
The north London club is thrilling the path to continue its winning strikeâ€”three so farâ€”versus Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday to reach one of the last two sits available through the English Premier League and to catapult itself in to next year's Champions League.
Yet in the next season Arsenal may face dealing with a blank spot in their roaster due to a possible pair of hanged boots.
This piece of news came out yesterday. About Andrey Arshavin (haven't mentioned this name in a long time) mooting the possibility of retiring at the end of the season. My first thought was one of anger and disappointment. How can someone be so easy-going about ending one's career.
Andrey Arshavin is ready to quit soccer at the end of this season, aged 32. According to The Evening Standard, the footballer has become so disillusioned with the sport as well as the lack of viable alternatives away from Arsenal that he is considering hanging up his boots when his contract ends this summer.
Chelsea have failed in their attempts to have a billboard mocking misfiring striker Fernando Torres removed. The poster is part of a series of Paddy Power adverts focusing on under-performing Premier League imports. Backed by a TV campaign, the adverts suggest the players should seek alternative employment until they start pulling their weight on the [.
If you would allow me, let's travel back in time a bit. Not that long, just to the start of December where we are hoping to maximise the games and earn 3 points from most of the games, if not all. Just a week into the month and we have not gotten a single point out of this month.
Dining in swanky over-priced restaurants seems a natural by-product of having a grotesquely large disposable income. But true to his delightfully unconventional nature, Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin bucks this trend quite dramatically. According to McDonald's workers in the Hampstead branch of the â€˜restaurant' chain, the diminutive Russian is a regular.
Andrey Arshavin has 75 caps and 17 goals for the national team of Russia, but it does not look as if he will be getting any more in the near future. The Coach of Russia is Fabio Capello, and he has only used Arshavin once since taking over after Euro 2012. Capello has announced his latest 35 man squad for the upcoming friendly against USA and the Arsenal player is not in it.
How does one go about explaining what happened in that game. From a purely entertainment point of view, we got what we paid for and more. From a deeper team analysis, we did escape from what could have been a very embarrassing defeat. From a medical point of view, each one of us who witness that game, should go for a check-up and ascertain if our hearts are able to take anything more.
Moments ago Arsenal.com released the 18-man squad that will be for Arsene Wenger to pick from in tonight's Capital One clash with fellow English Premier League club, Reading FC at the Madejski Stadium. The complete list is as follows:
Serge Gnabry of Arsenal (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
6 Laurent Koscielny 12 Olivier Giroud 14 Theo Walcott 18 Sebastien Squillaci 20 Johan Djourou 22 Francis Coquelin 23 Andrey Arshavin 25 Carl Jenkinson 26 Emmanuel Frimpong 29 Marouane Chamakh 36 Damian Martinez (GK) 40 Hector Bellerin 46 Thomas Eisfeld 47 Serge Gnabry 53 Jernade Meade 54 Ignasi Miquel 60 James Shea (GK) 64 Nico Yennaris
The talented Arsenal youth are prevalent throughout the selection while stars Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta all get a deserved rest after three tough fixtures in the past week against Norwich, Schalke 04 and Queens Park Rangers.
Andrey Arshavin of Arsenal (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Arsenal's 31-year-old Russian winger Andrey Arshavin could be next potential massive Major League Soccer signing in the coming transfer period. Metro has tipped the Gunner's outcast forward as a target for the United States top tier football league as of Oct.
Andrey Arshavin was the most expensive signing ever for Arsenal until Arsene Wenger made the genius move of bringing Santi Cazorla to the Emirates this summer, and that must simply be the best transfer into the Premier league this year.
Despite sometimes showing his brilliance for the Gunners, Arshavin has not done enough and must know that his career at Arsenal is all but over.
Arsenal have surprised everyone this season with their form and all the new players have all settled in well. The defence is well organised and miserly. The midfield is fantastic, outpassing everyone and controlling every game they play. The strikers have all chipped in and are causing serious problems to opposition defences.
On to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup we go after we handed League One side, Coventry City a beating at the Emirates Stadium last night. 6 goals were scored by us and it was spread around 5 players. Indication that even with the second string side, we have able quality all around.
The little Russian meastro Andrey Arshavin has had a miserable couple of seasons stuck out on the wings, while every single Arsenal blog in the world has insisted that he should be played in a central role behind the striker(s) which is where his talent is used to his best potential.
Now, finally, Arsene Wenger has realised this fact and Arshavin was imperious in last night's Capital One Cup game against Coventry.
Andrey Arshavin is set to add to his one substitute appearance this season as Arsenal take on Coventry in tonight's League cup match. The 31 year old winger has found life hard at the Emirates since returning from a loan spell at his former club, Zenit. The Russian has had to make due with limited playing time but Wenger insists that he respects Arshavin and that the player is keen to still make an impression at the Emirates.
One round of international completed and we're safe. Safe in the sense that there are no reports
of any of our players look to have suffered any injuries. In fact, it was a successful night of
football for some of our players. Getting on the scoresheet and so on.
So, that's goodbye and thank you from Asia to Arsenal. Another pre season tour to this continent
done and many more fans have the pleasure to be up close and personal with the club that they
support. No doubt, there will also be plenty who were enthralled by this visits and have pledge
their allegiance to the club mast.
The transfer window may be closed throughout most of Europe but one country in which it is still
open is Russia, and one club there is trying to take advantage of that by luring Manchester United
A circus, saga, soap opera, whatever you want to call it, the Robin van Persie mess has finally
been sorted out with Manchester United reportedly paying either Â£22 or Â£24 million to Arsenal to
bring the Dutch striker up to Old Trafford. Personally...I think it's about time the farce is over
and although Van Persie's a top-class striker, I don't really think the Gunners will miss him that
You could make a couple decent squads out of the players that Premier League clubs have discarded this summer. Looking down the list of released professionals can certainly raise some eyebrows. A number of managers will be licking their lips knowing that top talent can be acquired for free.
Some top castaways have already been snatched up by other clubs.