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Arsenal Holds A Christmas Party

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Life's good for Arsenal at the moment. Top of the table and the once-juggernaut Manchester United is currently going through a crisis of basic functioning. Kind of like the guy who got married in his teens, the falls apart in spectacular fashion when his wife leaves him because he realizes he doesn't actually know how to do anything.

A magnificent response from Arsenal as they shred Spurs, 5-2

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szólj hozzá: Arsenal Tottenham 3:2 HIGHLIGH

Football is a funny old sport. The sharks were out circling Wenger and Arsenal before this match with so many negative articles written, admittedly many here on this blog. Spurs had outwitted Arsenal according to Amy Lawrence and there was no escaping some of the salient points she made.

Kieran Gibbs: Available for Arsenal's CL fixture against Milan

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Slowly some of those long standing absences are working their way back into the Arsenal squad and not a moment too soon. The latest update has Kieran Gibbs ready and available for next week's Arsenal Champions League first leg against AC Milan if Wenger so desires. Thomas Vermaelen stuck at left back might finally get some relief and relocate to his more familiar centre back role with Laurent Koscielny.

Wilshere may not be out for the remainder of the season

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Arsenal can confirm that Jack Wilshere has suffered a small stress fracture to the right foot which is in a different location to his original injury. He will be reassessed in two weeks by Arsenal's medical team. If all goes well (keeping fingers crossed), Wilshere might be back in time for Arsenal's Ides of March schedule.

Of Jack Wilshere and today's FA Cup match against Villa

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The Ox in the box will be quick as a fox to knock of Villa's socks

Jack Wilshere was set for a return mid February setting the medical world abuzz with his miraculous return. Then he suffered a stress fracture in the same ankle during training and now the story is he's lost for the rest of the season or at least a good portion of it.

What has happened to Aaron Ramsey?

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Half time at White Hart and its a familiar breakdown in defense that gives Spurs the one goal lead.

Emmanuel Adebayor floats the ball into the box. Per Mertesacker gets fronted easily by Rafael Van Der Vaart and Bakary Sagna fails to track back leaving the Dutchman free to control with a hint of a hand before he chests the ball down and finish past Szcezsny.

Naked mummies, other Egyptian malarkey, and oh, I don't know what's wrong with Arsenal

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By Darshan Joshi, writing from Sydney

It is fair to say Arsenal are being unravelled.

The word ‘unravelled' always brings me back to those Egyptian mummies. What if the hundreds of yards of linen used to wrap these Pharaohs of old acted as a way of preserving not just the bodies of these dead kings, but their lives?

This weekend is a collectors item

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  • A Bakary Sagna goal, the second in his professional career.
  • An Arsenal keeper being man of the match twice in a week. (not officially but Fabianski has been superb)
  • An Ashley Cole mistake leading to Sunderland's third goal.
  • Chelsea losing at home
  • Chelsea losing 3-0 at home.

Liverpool vs Arsenal

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Jack Wilshere could see some face time at Anfield

Arsene Wenger completed one very important order of business signing a three year contract that sees him continue as Arsenal coach till 2014.

He also believes that his coaching philosophy- catch them young, watch them grow has reached its limit with the present group of Gunners.

Van Persie's heroics are not enough to save Arsenal's title hopes

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It's over. And just as well.

Gives Arsene more time to go back to the drawing board to figure out how to budge Arsenal past the also ran status. If one is fine with third place and a possible CL quarterfinal result then do not tinker with this squad. If however, Wenger thinks the present composition is going to get us a Premiership title then he lives in Pandora.

AudioBoo: Half-time Thoughts

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Arsenal Station continues to test out AudioBoo here with a few thoughts on the Wolves match at half-time.

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Red hot Gunners rise to the occasion to power past Porto

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Samir Nasri pulled the strings and Nicklas Bedntner compiled a hat-trick as Arsenal put in a dynamic collective performance to overwhelm Porto.

They say that every Arsenal attack is what makes Arsene Wenger's heart tick the free-flowing football constituting the pumping of blood through repeated, rhythmic contractions.

It’s Not As Bad As It Seems… Yet

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Now, having had almost twenty-four hours to cool down, I believe I am ready to assess Sunday's match with Manchester United in a decidedly non-Arsenal Action-type way. I won't be calling for Wenger to resign and I also won't be pronouncing our title challenge dead on arrival. My regular readers will know that I am fully behind and committed to Arsene Wenger and that I am hardcore optimist when it comes to the Arsenal.

Song offered to Barcelona…

The Goon Blog at related • 0 views is rumored Arsenal sent Barcelona a CD last night, featuring tracks like T.I's 'You Can Have Whatever You Like', aimed at Pep Guardiola with his recent interests in Fabregas, Eboue and maybe even Alex Song if this site is to be believed.

The CD also has songs dedicated to recently departed Barca star Alex Hleb; ('Silly Boy' Rihanna), 'Slip n' Fall by Baba Khan', (aimed at the diving Dani Alves).

Arsenal Star “Wouldn’t Turn Back On” £20m Real Madrid Move!

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Proof that footballer's should not open their mouths unless they really really have to!

The Rumour

ARSENAL ace Bacary Sagna admits he would be tempted by a move to Real Madrid.
According to reports in his native France, Real are weighing up a £20million bid for the 26-year-old right-back.

Why the full back has been the most important position this season

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The defensive shield may have been getting most of the plaudits but the cautious nature of Sagna and Clichy has been the real reason for Arsenal's recent defensive stability.

For two players supposedly having below-par seasons, their contribution to Arsenal's success in the second half of the season could not be more greater.

Sagna: get your hair on for the Bolton game please!

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By 1970's Gooner "Samson is something of a Herculean figure, using massive strength to combat his enemies and to perform heroic feats unachievable by ordinary men. Like wrestling a lion, slaying an entire army with nothing more than a donkey's jawbone and tearing down an entire building". This extract from Wikipedia was pointed out to me in one of my recent posts dealing with Sagna's sudden

Sagna “We are young and gifted” But keep your hair on please!

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By 1970's Gooner Bakary Sagna has been speaking from the base of the France National team at Clairefontaine about Arsenal's fantastic start to this season's campaign. He feels that this is a result that has been partly prompted by all the critics and doubters. ‘We did not expect to be first and to have such an outstanding beginning to the season.

Diarra’s move baffles

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By 1970's Gooner Arsenal have signed Lassana Diarra from Chelsea for about £2 million. Diarra 22, was in the final year of his contract. He was brought in from French club Le Havre in 2005 as a natural replacement for Makelele. But Chelsea still have Makelele on their books having agreed a one year extension to his contract. They also have Michael Essien, Steve Sidwell and John Obi Mikel so

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Uruguay 0 France 0 Redux: Refereeing Decisions the Only Talking Point in this Rubbish

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Uruguay's Diego Forlan in action with France's Bakary Sagna (L) (Credit Image: © Action Images/ After an exciting 90 minutes to open the World Cup hours earlier, leave it to Uruguay and France to completely bore everyone to tears. To...

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La Liste for Nigeria and Turkey

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Two friendlies coming up Nigeria on June 2 and Turkey on June 5. Here's the list of players. What do you think?

The big surprise is that Florent Malouda got the call, perhaps showing that Raymond Domenech can look past personal feuds to actual current form?

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All of the 2010 South Africa World Cup Squads!

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I have done a deep research into the squads of 23 going to South Africa and have compiled them below for the 32 countries which will attend the World Cup.

It's a monster of a list, and basically the only navigate it is to Control F a country or group. I have put it in the Group orders starting at A, and ending at H with all of the teams with their squads in their respective groups, I have also listed the clubs the players play for in brackets.

Los seleccionados de los rivales de México

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Cada vez hay más listas de convocados, seleccionados, preseleccionados y con todo y todo, para no hacernos "bolas" tenemos aquí los actuales convocados de los rivales de grupo de México para el Mundial 2010.


Porteros: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Shu-Aib Walters (Maritzburg United), Rowen Fernandez (Arminia Bielefeld, ALE), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates)

Defensas: Matthew Booth(Mamelodi Sundowns), Siboniso Gaxa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Innocent Mdledle (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bongani Khumalo (Supersport United), Tsepo Masilela(Maccabi Haifa, ISR), Aaron Mokoena(Portsmouth, ING), Bryce Moon(PAOK, GRE), Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk, BEL), Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows), Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates)

Medios: Surprise Moriri (Mamelodi Sundowns), Franklin Cale (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lance Davids (Ajax Cape Town), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Fulham, ING), Andile Jali (Orlando Pirates), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows), Steven Pienaar (Everton, ING), Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan, RUS)

Delanteros: Benni McCarthy (West Ham United, ING), Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyabonga Nomvete (Moroka Swallows), Bernard Parker (FC Twente, HOL)


Porteros: Hugo Lloris (Lyon/FRA), Steve Mandanda (Marsella/FRA), Cédric Carrasso (Burdeos/FRA), Mickaël Landreau (Lille/FRA)

Defensas: William Gallas (Arsenal/ING), Eric Abidal (Barcelona/ESP), Bakary Sagna (Arsenal/ING), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ING), Rod Fanni (Rennes/FRA), Gaël Clichy (Arsenal/ING), Marc Planus (Burdeos/FRA), Anthony Réveillère (Lyon/FRA), Adil Rami (Lille/FRA), Sébastien Squillaci (Sevilla/ESP)

Medios: Abou Diaby (Arsenal/ING), Alou Diarra (Burdeos/FRA), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid/ESP), Yoann Gourcuff (Burdeos/FRA), Yann M'Vila (Rennes/FRA), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ING), Jérémy Toulalan (Lyon/FRA)

Delanteros: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea/ING), Hatem Ben Arfa (Marsella/FRA), Jimmy Briand (Rennes/FRA), Djibril Cissé (Panathinaikos/GRE), André-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse/FRA), Sidney Govou (Lyon/FRA), Thierry Henry (Barcelona/ESP), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich/ALE), Mathieu Valbuena (Marsella/FRA).

La Liste for Faroe Islands and Austria

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This is it. For all the marbles. The group of players that will (absolutely positively will) get us at least to the UEFA playoffs for a World Cup slot.

Only "nouveau" is Nicolas Douchez from Rennes. (And FOUR goalkeepers? Have Lloris and Mandanda not impressed Domenech enough to guarantee their spots for next summer?

New List. Same As The Old List

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New! Shocking! Amazing! Unusual!

Except not really.

Clichy and Diaby are back from injury. Vieira is not called up. Remy merited a recall. Other than that...

No new players on the list for the WC qualifiers against Romania and Serbia. Domenech is obviously assuming that the old guard can get the new job done.

The List for France’s WC Qualifiers

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Here's the list for our World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Austria. These games make me nervous. After watching Austria in Euros, I'm thinking that they especially are underrated and could deliver a shock. (Like they did in that friendly with Italy last week. As my co-blogger Chris said, they scored four goals!

The Rest

The Premier League Horror Hair Starting XI

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This team would win neither titles nor plaudits.  But, they certainly would entertain.  They may even possibly scare small children.  Without further delay, here is the most follically challenged/enlightened team in the English Premier League. Manager: Joe Kinnear (Newcastle) Joe Kinnear is old school and tempestuous, his hair coincides.