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EXCLUSIVE-ISH: Silent Stan snaps up nags for RVP miracle cure

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by JAMES CURTIS The news this afternoon is that Stan Kroenke has ditched plans to invest in further shares at Arsenal by the end of the month, instead choosing to wait until the new year to take his shareholding to the magic 29.99% figure.

This is because Silent Stan has plunged $1 million into a Montana ranch thought to be 10,000 acres and containing 4,000 horses, in an effort to rear as much placenta as possible after yet another Arsenal player has fallen short to an ankle injury.

The Future Ownership Of Arsenal

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by VIC CRESCIT In a light week for Arsenal on-field news I thought I'd pause today and have a look at the future prospects for ownership at Arsenal.Â

Yesterday saw a bloc of 32 Arsenal Holdings shares traded off-market. I think it's reasonable to assume that Alisher Usmanov's Red & White Holdings Ltd was the buyer.

Is Stan The Man?-Wolves

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Yesterday bought us news that Silent Stan Kroenke has upped his stake by two hundred shares to 18,594 or 29.9%. One hundred of these shares were bought from our esteemed chairman Peter Hill-Wood, he who famously pronounced that we didn't need "his sort" when Kroenke bought into the club via ITV plc's 9.

TGIF:Kroenke owns Arsenal FC, & We will be top of the league after Xmas!

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There is only one big issue today, the news that Arsenal Football Club is now effectively owned by Stan Kroenke. I say this rather tongue in cheek, in that until all the shares are owned by Mr Kroenke, this is more a question of voting rights with the effective control of the club that is conferred upon Stan Kroenke by virtue of this shareholding.

Kroenke moves ever close to takeover bid

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by CARL EDLRIDGE Stan Kroenke has snapped up another 427 shares in Arsenal's parent holding company, at a cost of £3.6million, as the Yank moves closer towards the takeover threshold, reports the Daily Mail.

Kroenke is now the largest individual shareholder in Arsenal, with a stake of 29.

Back Page Round Up

Gibbs injury blow…AW lifts lid on ‘red light, green light’ tactics

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by CARL ELDRIDGE Crocked Kieran Gibbs will give Arsene Wenger another injury headache ahead of the trip to Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.

The young left-back hobbled out of England U-21's 0-0 draw in Lithuania last night and this morning's paper report on the injury which comes after RVP was sidelined with ankle ligament damage.

A tall tale about Aaron Ramsey

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by CARL ELDRIDGE Here's a tall story from the Sun (for a change), which tells us that aspiring midfielder Aaron Ramsey has grown two inches in the last year.

The redtop says Arsenal's 18-year-old whizkid wins his 11th Welsh cap today when Scotland provide the opposition in Cardiff.

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We’ll just have to cope without Robin Van Chocolate Leg

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by JAMES CURTIS It would seem the November injury curse stretches beyond just Arsenal playing staff. This dreaded plague is now spreading among Arsenal fans too as I write this with a fractured leg, sustained over the same weekend as Van Persie ruptured his ankle ligaments playing for the Dutch against Italy.

Where Arsenal stand today

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By Paul Williams The season is beginning to take shape now, everyone has played enough games for the hopes and worries to be well set. So far the season for Arsenal has been generally good. However, we are entering November – a month all Arsenal fans have learnt to worry over.

Today we take on Wolves and all sensible comment would suggest another three points, after all we have only lost 2 games all season and the Manure defeat was, to say the least, undeserved.

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The Injury Gremlins Strike Yet Again!

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by VIC CRESCIT Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Somebody at the club must have repeatedly run over a black cat in a tank. Yet again the injury curse has struck. Robin van Persie will be out, as things stand at the moment, for at least six weeks. He did his right ankle ligaments landing badly after a tackle playing for the Netherlands in their goalless draw in a friendly against Italy in the Stadio Adriatico in Pescara on Saturday.

FTK Blog: FA bottles it over sanctions against Man U and Liverpool players

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Sickening is how I would describe the Kung Fu kick meted out by Jonny "The Hitman" Evans of Man Utd against Drogba of Chelsea last Sunday. But lets be fair, Man Utd have included Kung Fu in its training ever since Cantona was accused by a Shaolin Master based in Moss side Manchester of having poor technique in his kung fu kick pictured above.

Fletcher’s rant at Wenger and Nic needs an op

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by CARL ELDRIDGE There is plenty of fall-out from the weekend's Premier League games and the highlight has to be Darren Fletcher's ludicrous, laughable and lamentable claim that Arsene Wenger's comments after our game with them at Old Trafford has caused him grief with refs ever since.

The Daily Mail reports that Wenger accused United of playing ‘anti-football' after Arsenal's 2-1 defeat in August.

Gunner gangsters shoot ‘em up…

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by JAMES CURTIS Ronald Koeman and his trusted staff accommodated the away dug-out last night wearing long black trench coats, black ties and matching leather gloves. As Arsenal pounded the Alkmaar goal one of his grey-haired men scribbled notes into small black book. It was like watching a scene from The Untouchables.

Fans’ fears after Kroenke’s share swoop

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by CARL ELDRIDGE Arsenal fans are fearful for the future of the club after Stan Kroenke increased his stakeholding to 29.6 per cent — just short of the threshold for an obligatory takeover of 29.9 per cent, reports the Times.

Kroenke yesterday purchased another 427 shares in the parent company of the North London club from the estate of Ernest Harrison, a British industrialist, at a cost of £3.

Clichy out of Alkmaar tie

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by JAMES CURTIS Arsenal will be without Gael Clichy when AZ Alkmaar arrive at the Emirates tomorrow evening ahead of another Champions League encounter.

Bendtner has already been ruled out for at least four weeks with a groin problem, proving the Gunner's winter injury list is about as traditional as Christmas pudding.

Why Almunia is still No.1 choice for Wenger

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by CARL ELDRIDGE Manuel Almunia proved he is good enough to keep Arsenal on track for honours this season with his performance against the team-that-dare-not-speak-its-name on Saturday.

Questions were asked earlier in the season about the Spaniard and one or two errors didn't exactly provide the cornerstone of a defence for his suitability as the No.

English Premier League

Could Alisher Usmanov Win The Takeover Battle?

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With a majority of the first-team squad either in the treatment room or away on international duty this week I thought I'd blog again on ownership. I know many Gooners don't give a stuff who owns the club as long as we're successful. I for one beg to differ. Leadership and thus success comes from the top.

Is Fabregas the best midfielder in Europe?

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by JOSH My friend posed this question to me on Sunday morning after Cesc moved to the top of our goalscoring charts for this season. Was this just another knee jerk reaction after a sumptuous run of form, or is Fabregas turning the corner from potentially world class, to one of the best midfielders in the world?

Could our many spoken languages could be a barrier to success?

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Robin van Persie now delivering the form that we always knew that he could provide as long as he stayed fit. With a goal in each of the last seven games he is fast becoming a major threat to defences in the Premier league and Europe with his quick feet and eye for goal. He lacks only the perfection of his set pieces to truly become the player who alongside Fabregas can fashion a real charge at the premiership title.

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FTK Blog: How much do you want the Carling Cup?

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No TGIF during the International break, so it gives me a chance to go back to traditional blogging. The subject for discussion this week is the vexed question of silverware at Arsenal football Club. The persistent refrain of Arsenal MUST win something this season if the youth experiment is to be hailed as a success is rather doing my head in.

Is Aaron Ramsey Ready To Start For Arsenal?

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by AKSHAY Before the start of the season, Arsene Wenger had said in an interview that youngster Aaron Ramsey was very close to breaking through into the first team and that he had a set him a target of 15-20 games this season. Before the match against Wolves, barring his two starts in the league cup he had made only cameo appearances as a substitute in the league and Champions League, mostly replacing Fabragas and he had also scored his first Emirates and league goal for Arsenal vs.


AW eyes Yaya Toure (Part 558)

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by CARL ELDRIDGEÂ We're not quite in the doldrums as far as Arsenal coverage goes ahead of the international weekend but we aren't far off, folks. But there are a few tales pertaining to the glorious Gunners to bring you not least of which is the Daily Mail's yarn that both Arsenal and Manchester United have both lodged an interest in signing Yaya Toure from Barcelona at the end of the season.

WIN! Free lager up for grabs for Gooners

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by CARL ELDRIDGE Arsenal face Manchester City in the quarter final of the Carling Cup next month and Gooners everywhere are praying Arsene Wenger's Young Guns can overcome Mark Hughes' side, complete with Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure. Â Robin van Persie has already stated he'd love to play against City and his reasons no doubt refer to the incident in the 4-2 Premier League defeat in which Adebayor kicked RVP in the face.

Charlotte: Arsenal babe of the week

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by CARL ELDRIDGE I've been to a good few Arsenal games over the past four decades but never have I had the pleasure to bump in to a Gunners fan quite as lovely as this buxom babe. More's the bleedin' pity!

So when this rather appealing snap landed at arsenalinsider we thought it only right and proper to share it with our growing army of visitors.

Accountability helps humiliate Spurs

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by JAMES CURTIS The rage in Cesc Fabregas' eyes was uncontrollable as he raced to one corner of the Emirates, executed a mini knee-slide and bounced back up with clenched fists to celebrate Arsenal's second goal. Just one minute earlier Robin van Persie had circled the same section with his arms flung out and chest pumping having opened the scoring.

Ha, ha…now go tidy the Haringey junk yard, Harold

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by CARL ELDRIDGE Allow me to get a few things off my chest as we reflect on the total destruction of the Haringey Pretenders with a highly convincing, highly enjoyable and ultimately an easy-peasy 3-0 win at the home of football yesterday.

First, a quick memo to Robbie Keane who claimed that Harold 'Steptoe' Redknapp's bunch of over-hyped, over-paid under-achievers were an altogether better squad than that of the glorious Gunners.

The Rest

Agonising wait to discover the extent of RVP’s ankle injury

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by CARL ELDRIDGE It looks likely that we won't know until late tonight or, more probably, tomorrow morning just how bad is the ankle injury RVP sustained playing against Italy for Holland at the weekend.

Reports suggest the in-form striker will have his injury assessed in Holland this evening with a series of scans but speculation is mounting that the problem will leave him sidelined for up to three months.

WIN AFC ticket! It’s Theo the Lion…enter our caption competiton

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by CARL ELDRIDGE I am only guessing here but surely to heaven this picture is a result of the upcoming Children in Need campaign. The snap dropped into our mailbox and we thought, you know what, let's see just how inventive you lot can be. So, I have a spare ticket for the Arsenalv Standard Liege Champions League game later this month at the Emirates and I'll give it to the best caption sent in to us here at arsenalinsider by the end of the week.

Wolves And The International Break

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A decent win in the Black Country on Saturday, aided by some iffy Wolves defending and goalkeeping. Still we weathered the early storm Wolves whipped up quite well, although a lack of sharpness on their part in front of goal helped.Â

Now we head into an international break with a number of our European players featuring in crucial World Cup play-offs, not least France v Ireland.

Arsenal’s team effort wins man of the match award

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by JAMES CURTIS With 10 minutes left on the clock and Arsenal 4-0 up at Molineux, a friend asked me who I thought was man of the match? Arsenal were scoring at will once again so you'd think it would be easy to pick a star man.

There were plenty of rewarding individual performances.