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Two former Arsenal strikers in SUPPORT of Wenger´s transfer policy

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While there have been plenty of former Arsenal players, including the TV pundits Paul Merson and Thierry Henry, as well as every man and his dog with an opinion about Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, ready to jump on the bosses back and bemoan his failure or refusal to use the summer transfer window to sign [.

Arsene Wenger reveals that Arsenal don’t need to buy a striker this summer

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Every Arsenal fan and their dogs expected Arsene Wenger to buy a new striker last summer to complement (if not replace) Olivier Giroud, and that seemed to be confirmed by the Gunners interest in Luis Suarez, but nothing came of it and we got Mesut Ozil instead to calm the fans frustration. But the fact [.

How Arsenal forged a secret weapon out of Sanogo

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It seems that everyone, including the Arsenal fans, had pretty much forgotten about Yaya Sanogo. When the Gunners signed him on a free transfer from a second division French club in the summer, it is fair to say that he did not exactly set our pulses racing and there were plenty of jokes going around [.

FIFTEEN players (like Alex Song) that regret leaving Arsenal

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Players Who Regret Leaving Arsenal by Dan S.

Last week Arsene Wenger was quick to squash any hope Alex Song may have had of returning to Arsenal. Song has failed to establish himself in Barcelona's star studded midfield and was hoping that a return to the Emirates might be his solution to a lack of game time at the Spanish giants.

RVP – it’s just that Nic Anelka thing all over again

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By Tony Attwood

I appreciate that to many Arsenal fans of a younger vintage, or perhaps converted to the cause by the success and high profile brought to the club by Arsène Wenger, might not remember or even know that once upon a time we had a forward called Nic Anelka.

But Anelka is important [.

Arsenal’s Best Ever Transfer Manager

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We judge managers on many criteria, the most obvious of which is winning trophies.

But not far behind the acquiring of silverware comes the ability to find great players and bring them to The Arsenal.

In those stakes there are some interesting contenders for the crown of our club's best ever "picker".

Arsenal’s Best Ever Transfer Manager

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We judge managers on many criteria, the most obvious of which is winning trophies.

But not far behind the acquiring of silverware comes the ability to find great players and bring them to The Arsenal.

In those stakes there are some interesting contenders for the crown of our club's best ever "picker".

Bring me the head of the Dead Snake

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Morning all,

the dust has settled somewhat following Sunday's drama, and if anything illustrates how quiet things have gone from the club's point of view, it's that one of the main stories on the official website is the news that Luis Boa Morte is joining South African side Orlando Pirates of the Caribbean.

Didier Drogba

Juventus Sign Nicolas Anelka

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Scared off but the wage demands of Didier Drogba, Juventus have gone with a cheaper former Chelsea striker, signing Nicolas Anelka on loan from Shanghai Shenhua for the rest of the season. Anelka is reported to be getting paid €600,000 for five months, plus performance-related bonuses and an option to extend for another year.

Nicolas Anelka Keen On Liverpool Return

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Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is eyeing a return to the Premier League after struggling to settle in China, with his preferred choice of transfer being Liverpool, according to The Sun.
The 33-year-old moved to Shanghai Shenhua in January 2012, where he was briefly named player-manager following the sacking of Jean Tigana.

Letters from Shanghai: Limitations arise and the Asian Champions League dream is lost

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai

All good things have to come to an end eventually and the long shot that was Shanghai Shenhua belatedly saving their season and qualifying for the Asian Champions League is now off the table after the team was humiliated 4-2 by the high-flying Guizhou Renhe on Sunday.

How much for 100+ goals?

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It occurred to me the other day that Robin van Persie must be one of the best pieces of business Arsene Wenger ever made for Arsenal, just on goals alone. When I thought about it further, I wondered where he would rank among the top strikers over the last 20 years or so, in terms of the cost of each goal scored; there can't be many strikers who score 100 goals or more for a club that come cheap.

Giovanni Moreno debuta en las redes chinas

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31.07.2012 - El Shanghai Shenhua dirigido por Sergio Batista carretea sin levantar vuelo en China. Con 6 puntos cosechados de los últimos 15 en juego se mantiene a 3 puntos de puestos de descenso y esta vez, por la 19º jornada de la Super Liga, rescató un empate en su visita al puntero Guangzhou Evergrande (de Darío Conca, Lucas Barrios y Marcelo Lippi) remontando (2 veces) el resultado.

The really random pre-season friendlies post

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Keeping with our recent tradition of doing really random posts in the off-season, we must now naturally move on to pre-season friendlies. Pre-season friendlies are a time of joy for the marketing heads of football clubs, assorted brands and Chinese-names-on-tshirt-writers. The global tours of English clubs this summer have practically reached the opposite ends of the world, everyone apparently glad to avoid the traffic back home during the Olympics.

Restart: Tour 2012

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Apparently, there's some small sporting event kicking off in London (we've sent our top reporters T.Cleverly and R.Giggs to check this out), but on the other side of the world, United are in pre-season. Already having thrashed Amazulu 1-0 with Kiko Macheda's goal, and a 1-1 affair with Ajax Cape Town, this match notched the level into serious.

Kagawa Goal v Shanghai Shenhua

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Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa scores his first goal for the club since his Summer move from Germany, while also picking up the Man of the Match award as United beat Shanghai Shenhua minus Anelka and Drogba in United's pre-season tour of Asia.

THE SECOND COMING OF ROMAN'S CHELSEA.

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I have to say all these rumours linking Chelsea with a whole host of players is taking me back to the beginning of the 2003/4 season when Roman Abramovich first came into the club and started his revolution.

In winning the Champions League as we know, Roman Abramovich told the players in the changing room afterwards that this was "only the beginning" and so far this summer, all the signs are there that Roman now wants Chelsea to take the next step.

The number 11 short is already "reserved" in China for Drogba!

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Fresh from scoring his 100th Premier League goal for Chelsea against Stoke at the weekend, there is yet more speculation about Didier in the press. Why is it when players leave the club, they just can't help themselves but to start rumours and speculation when if they say these people are "friends" they should just let them concentrate on the rest of the season!

Who Should Be the Next Chelsea Manager?

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Money spent on players in: 2010/11 = 99,000,000, 2011/12 = 82,000,000.

Money wasted on being impatient with managers: 8 managers since 2000 (not including Roberto Di Matteo ) = TOO MUCH!!

Total : Roman Abramovich is either very rich or very stupid.

The recent sacking of Andre Villas-Boas has added to a long line on managers in Chelsea's history.

Huge Mistake By Chelsea Who Fire AVB

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The Andre Villas-Boas era at Chelsea is over after he sacked today. Chelsea also announced assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo would take charge of the team until the end of the season.

Chelsea said in a statement on their official website, www.chelseafc.com:

"Andre Villas-Boas has parted company with Chelsea Football Club today.

Chelsea Fire AVB

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The Andre Villas-Boas era at Chelsea is over after he sacked today. Chelsea also announced assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo would take charge of the team until the end of the season.

Chelsea said in a statement on their official website, www.chelseafc.com:

"Andre Villas-Boas has parted company with Chelsea Football Club today.

DROGBA: "I think Drogba SHOULD be joining us, if all goes well".

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Nicolas Anelka has been outspoken since he left Chelsea hasn't he. We hardly heard a peep out of him during his time here but since he left he has taken the opportunity to "comment" on how he left the club and now his attention has turned to "his pal" Didier Drogba.

Anelka speaking after being introduced to the Chinese media and press has apparently let slip the fact that it looks more or less certain that this will be Didier Drogba's final swansong at Chelsea this season.

The Top Creative Arsenal Players since 2007 - Fabregas and who else?

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After my piece in defence of Aaron Ramsey on Sunday, it seemed only fitting that whoscored.com would publish this piece today, which looks at the Premier League's most creative players since 2007.

It divides the number of minutes played by the chances that a player created from open play, producing a mixture of expected and surprising results.

Time for Chelsea to sell the Drog

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Ducky's Note: Rathna Prashanth looks at a novel way to solve Torres' striking problem. By getting rid of Drogba!

Legend, proven goal scorer, leader on the pitch- these are some of the terms that describe the powerful Ivorian Drogba, aka the Top Dog of the Bridge. At 150 goals and still counting, not only has he been an amazing goalscorer for Chelsea, he has also been a tremendous athlete.

Shanghai Shenhua

Letters from Shanghai: The team functions without its star, the media does not.

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai

The full time whistle had barely sounded when Shanghai Shenhua's goalkeeper, Wang Dalei turned to the home fans behind him with a face of unchecked elation. Overwhelmed with relief, stalward Yu Tao fell to the ground and remained there for several minutes.

Malouda Uncertain About Career

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The arrival of Weder Bremen's Marko Marin at Stamford Bridge could spell doom on the careers of some of the club's seasoned players. Florent Malouda who has had one of his worst season's as a Chelsea players is now unsure of his stay at West London.

With 2 goals and 37 appearances for the Blues this season, it is easy to see why the 31 year old is a worried man.

ANELKA: "There are no friends in football!"

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I wondered being honest, how long it would take until we heard from either Nico Anelka or Alex after their departures from Chelsea back in last month's transfer window and it hasn't taken long.

The Sun over here in the UK leads with an interview Anelka has given about the end of his Chelsea career and claims he was left to rot with the reserves.

Anelka Reveals Why He Snubbed PSG For Shenhua

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To anyone who follows the beautiful game, Anelka's move to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua did not make sense. What is even more interesting is Anelka's recent revelation that he snubbed PSG and a chance to re-unite with former coach Carlo Ancelotti for a little known Chinnese team.

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Chelsea v QPR - Who should start for Chelsea?

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OK people, time to get back to the reality of the Premier League and the situation we find ourselves in, chasing for fourth place.

This Sunday, Chelsea take on QPR at Stamford Bridge and will be looking for a massive three points to keep the pressure on Tottenham and Newcastle above us with Newcastle coming to the Bridge next Wednesday.

KEVIN DE BRUYNE SIGNS FOR CHELSEA!

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Well after signing Gary Cahill, it hasn't taken Chelsea long to get their business done before the game tonight as the Belgian side have announced that we have signed Belgian International Kevin De Bruyne on a five and a half year deal for a reported £7m. DeBruyne will remain with Genk on loan until the end of the season.

Anelka's message for the Chelsea fans.

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Nico Anelka, speaking ahead of his "new adventure" in China has taken the time out to release a statement thanking the Chelsea fans for their support in "four wonderful years" at the club. The statement in full says:
"I want to thank you all for the support you have always provided.

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Letters From Shanghai: The king is dead. Long live the king.

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai

Events in Shanghai have taken a dramatic turn in the last week and suddenly a season of promise is teetering on the edge of complete chaos following a dressing room mutiny that ousted Joan Tigana from the Shenhua bench and put in its place, the team's star player, Nicolas Anelka.

Letters From Shanghai: Captain Anelka?

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai

With the Chinese Super League (CSL) now in full swing, Shanghai Shenhua, having spent an offseason gleefully cranking up expectations, are now being forced to finally back up their big talk - and so far it is not going well.

You have only yourselves to blame for this mess!

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It's headlines like this we wake up to this morning with The Sun claiming from their so called "Chelsea source" that there is player unrest and AVB has lost the dressing room.

The basis of this information has come about because apparently Nico Anelka was banned from the club's Xmas do by AVB so the players organised a separate one and didn't tell AVB for Anelka.

The Rest

Getting Schooled by 3NIL. Our friends at 3NIL are back, and this...

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Getting Schooled by 3NIL.

Our friends at 3NIL are back, and this time they're paying homage to two of the world's most famous football academies, or schools, in the world. Without further ado, here are ‘La Masia' and ‘Clairefontaine'.

Reading Worksheet 1: Start of the Chinese Football Season 2012

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In our first reading worksheet of the season we preview the start of the 2012 Chinese football season.

Rafa Not The Answer At Chelsea

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Rafael Benitez's agent has reiterated his desire to return to work in England but stressed there had been no contact from Chelsea.

There have been several reports today that Chelsea had approached Benitez with a view to him replacing Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge. But Manuel Garcia Quilon told journalists that Chelsea had not been in touch.

New Arsenal Signing marks the Future of Transfers at the Emirates

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When Wenger first came to England, the other title contenders had more or less sewn up the scouting network on the British Isles, the next George Best or Denis Law was going to be snapped up by United or Liverpool.

He had his connections in France and other parts of the continent... he stole a massive march on Fergie and Co by signing the likes of Anelka and Fabregras whilst the rest were scouting on a cold evening at Turf Moor.