Villa 1-2 Spurs: Post Mortem on Kaboul & Capoue

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The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noted that the best part of 48 hours have elapsed since the curtain came down on events Villa Park, but for that long have I been ruminating on the various ills within our mob, and particularly the rearguard.


Up in attack, while things can hardly be said to be beetling along in a state of serene success, the general gist of things is just about in credit rather than debit.

Man City 4-1 Spurs: The Definitive Verdict On All 4 Pens

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Since the players could not blow their nose without that wretch awarding another penalty this afternoon, it might simplify things to report on things by giving names to the various spot-kicks. So the one that involved Lampard, Lamela and possibly a gust of wind we shall christen ‘Reginald'; the red card fiasco will be ‘Phyllis'; our glorious opportunity shall be known as ‘Maxine'; and the other one can be ‘Greg'.

West Ham 0-1 Spurs: The Draconian World of Chris Foy

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Regular frequenters of this corner of the interweb will be well aware that here dwells no particular fan of Kyle Naughton, primarily for the crime of simply not being Top Four/Five/Six standard (although in addition to this he also spent most of last season convincing me that he was still a whippersnapper with plenty of time to improve, rather than being 25 years of age – 25!

Newcastle 0-4 Spurs: Three Reasons to Rejoice

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1. The Return of Kaboul

Slaughter a calf! Inflate a balloon! Find a young maiden and go down on bended knee! For, ye gods be praised, Kaboul is back, and in the team, chest puffed, pace increasing, eyebrows immaculately plucked. The return of Kaboul quite possibly makes me happier than winning four-nil away from home.

Swansea - Spurs Preview: The Striking Selection Dilemma… Again

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And so the interminable wait continues, amongst just about every Spurs fan of my acquaintance, for the Sherwood bubble to burst, so that those sharpened knives can be plunged with gusto. Nevertheless, it's four wins and a draw in the league, and another win or draw would seem to be on the agenda today.

Sunderland 1-2 Spurs: Post-Match Verdicts On Dawson & Defoe

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Six points in four days – but perhaps more importantly, a performance that in parts had us clearing our throats and purring. For around 25 glorious minutes we were treated to a glimpse of how the world might look if the wolf really does lie down with the lamb, famine and disease are shoved under the carpet and Spurs get their act together.

Sunderland-Spurs Preview: The Daws-Out-Defoe-In Campaign

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It seems you can't sneeze these days without another Spurs fixture hurtling towards you. This presumably gives Messrs Levy, Baldini and Villas-Boas a degree of smug satisfaction, because even if the XI on the pitch each game can do no more than trundle the ball sideways and backwards, on paper at least we do have a squad eminently capable of coping with two games per week.

Man City - Spurs Preview: Daws Against This Lot? Heaven Help Us

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It's a rummy thing, but having spent all season enviously eyeing the opposition net from around 20 yards, we now toddle off to the home of the Champions-elect, where they routinely run rings around all-comers, and I feel a darned sight more upbeat about our chances of finding the net. The primary reason being that old ‘Deep-Lying Opposition Defence' chestnut, which has become rather a curse at the Lane, but tends to be less of an issue on our travels - and against this free-scoring, attack-minded mob and their glittering array of creative superstars it ought not to be a problem at all.

Spurs - Chelski Preview: Opportunity Batters at the N17 Door

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Nothing says "What ho, welcome back to the country old bean" after a few weeks in sunny climes surreptitiously eyeing the bikini-clad locals better than a ding-dong with that ‘orrible blue-clad lot from yonder.

Marvellous - if slightly discombobulating – times at the Lane these days, with a record of 8 wins from 9 this season, just the one nut conceded and a veritable wad of clean-sheeted victories with which to impress the lady-folk.


Spurs Holiday Musings - Liverpool Loss & Fond Farewells

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AANP has just biffed off on holiday this last week (Malta, since you ask), and these sunny retreats to foreign climes would not be worthy of the name if they did not at some point involve tracking down an English-themed watering-hole to watch Spurs get thoroughly dismantled, to the mirth of the nearby pink-faced denizens.

A Hero For Our Time

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Spurs comprehensively dismantled QPR yesterday at White Hart Lane with a first half display of sustained flowing football that was delightfully easy on the eye. Everyone contributed and there's a confidence about the way they went about taking control of the game from the kick-off that is remarkable given this is only Pochettino's third competitive match in charge.

Spurs 1-2 West Ham: One of History’s More Subdued Revolutions

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As revolutions go this was one of the more muted ilk, defeat at home to West Ham being unlikely to go down in history as the moment that inspired the worldwide lilywhite renaissance.

The Encouraging Start

Things actually started brightly enough, with a swash here and a buckle there. The starting line-up drew a few nods of approval, with the selection of two strikers for a home game against weak opponents representing the sort of tactical masterstroke that seemed to elude the previous incumbent.


Arsenal Debate – Is Wenger right to not fear Spurs spending spree?

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In the Arsenal press conference today ahead of the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday, Arsene Wenger was thrown plenty of questions about the transfer business this summer. It is hardly surprising that the subject came up, given the fact that out close neighbours and rivals have outspent even Manchester City this summer, while [.

Another crazy Arsenal transfer rumour

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Arsenal in for Mbia? by Stefan

This transfer rumour should be good for a laugh. Arsenal are apparently the favourites to `land` QPR `star` Stephan Mbia this summer after they suffered relegation and their top earners are being moved on as quickly as possible, a report in today's Daily Star has claimed.

Fellaini or Capoue for Arsenal? Let’s look at the stats

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Let's Play Moneyball by NS

Moneyball (2011), as some of you might know, is a Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt based upon the true story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players (Courtesy IMDB).

What is Ramsey hinting about Arsenal and Wanyama?

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Does Ramsey know something we don't? by AH

Aaron Ramsey has been speaking to the media a lot recently about Arsenal's ambitions and things going on at the club, but he also spoke about one player who has been consistently linked with the Gunners since the mid-season.
The player in question is Celtic's Victor Wanyama, who is a midfielder with all-round qualities, although he acts best in a defensive midfield role.

Arsenal target Wanyama will not sign this summer

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If there is an element of truth to all the transfer rumours you hear involving Arsenal, then Arsene Wenger's list of targets must be as thick as the Yellow Pages. Well it looks like Le Prof can cross one of those names off his list today, as the talented and powerful defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama has revealed his intention of staying at Celtic.

Arsenal transfer rumours – Capoue, Kalou and Patricio

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There is a lot of transfer rumours around concerning Arsenal at the moment, but none of them seem to be good for us! For starters the Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, who has been touted as Arsene Wenger's top target this summer, has now come out and announced that his dream move would be to the French Champions Paris Saint Germain, and not only that, but he says they are already in talks about the move.

Arsenal transfer rumours-Capoue and Toulalan

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The summer transfer window does not open for a good few weeks yet, and the players that Arsenal are seriously targeting may be different depending on whether we finish in the Champions League or Europa League places, but you can bet that Arsene Wenger, his scouts and the backroom staff are working on the signings that they want to make.

Arsenal Rumours: Wenger to match Mario Gotze’s buy-out clause?

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As the season progresses there are more and more Arsenal transfer rumours appearing in the papers, and today's Mail is suggesting that the Gunners are going to try again for Dortmund's Mario Gotze this summer.

They claim that the 20 year-old, who is happily known as the German Jack Wilshere, has a £30m buyout clause at Dortmund, and they believe that Wenger is willing to double his current record signing to build a super young side to make Arsenal a force for many years to come.

Arsenal and Diaby’s injury hell continues!!

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It seems as if Abou Diaby's career at Arsenal is never going to fulfill it's early promise, after the French midfielder has picked up another injury that will keep him on the sidelines for an extended period of time.

The official Arsenal website has revealed that Diaby has injured his left knee while training yesterday, and the medical tests have shown that he tore an anterior cruciate ligament.

Arsenal need another Patrick Vieira

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The General and the Finisher by Chunners

Luca Toni has told Stevan Jovetic to join a real ‘top club' rather than Arsenal. Well, that hurt, Luca.

The first half of Arsene Wenger's reign at Arsenal raised our expectations to such an extent that the past eight years can be described as somewhat of a failure.

Should Arsenal take Chalobah from Chelsea?

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There is a story in the papers today about the possibility of Arsenal making a summer move for the 18-year old Nathaniel Chalobah. The defensively minded midfielder is currently on loan at Watford until the end of the season, and is hoping to travel with the England under 21 squad ti Israel for the European Championships this summer.

Arsenal could face competition for Capoue from QPR

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We do not know if Arsenal tried to sign Etienne Capoue from Toulouse in January, but he could have been the player Arsene Wenger was referring to when he said that a club had rejected a late transfer window offer for one of the Arsenal targets. Toulouse had sold Sissoko to Newcastle, and would have been left very light in midfield if they had also sold Capoue.

The problem with the Arsenal defence

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Following the gift of two goals to local rivals and direct competition Tottenham at the weekend, the Arsenal defence has come under the microscope again. It is not the first time this season that the Gunners have been shockingly exposed at the back, although the defensive record is actually pretty good.

Arsenal board to insist Wenger spends Big this summer

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Arsene Wenger is set to have a meeting with the Arsenal board, and the Frenchman will be left in no doubt that he is expected to make full use of the transfer war chest that will be available to him in the summer. The club officials do still have faith that Wenger is the man to make Arsenal great again, but feel he needs to change his transfer policy somewhat and buy players who are already proven at the top level.

Arsenal Debate – Wanyama or Capoue?

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Even though the transfer window is closed the papers are still keeping an eye on what the Arsenal scouts are up to. (I guess they carry on working between windows!) The Telegraph has reported that Arsene Wenger sent a scout up to Celtic Park to have another look at the strong holding midfielder Victor Wanyama in last night's 3-0 defeat to Juventus.

Papers predicting Arsenal have already set up their ONE main summer target

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With the amount of players that Arsene Wenger has brought to Arsenal over the last two summers (not to mention the talented youngsters he has coming through) it appears that he doesn't think that he needs many more additions to his extensive squad.

Today the respected UK Broadsheet the Telegraph is claiming that Wenger is only looking to buy the Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue to be the main holding midfielder next season, with just a possibility of bringing in another young striker if any of the current ones fail to make the grade.

No Arsenal bid for Cavani so who was £30m man?

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There was a rumour that spread like wildfire during January that Arsenal had made an offer of £30 million for a player. A large proportion of the speculation was that the player in question was the 25-year old Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani. The Napoli star has told the media that he knows absolutely nothing about it, however, and so I wonder who the player in question was, or if there even was such an offer made.

Who was Arsenal’s mystery “second signing”?

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Arsene Wenger made it clear a couple of weeks ago that Arsenal were in the market for two players in the transfer window. They finally sealed the deal for Nacho Monreal in the dying minutes, but it seems that Wenger failed to persuade the "second signing"'s club to let him leave.

Wenger said today: "We were close to one more signature,"

"It didn't happen because of the desires of the clubs not to sell.

Arsenal nearly got Capoue and will try again in summer

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There were a lot of names being linked with a transfer to Arsenal last month, too many to list here, and quite a high proportion of them were defensive midfielders. The Spanish international left back Nacho Monreal was the only new addition for the Gunners, though, which surprised many people who thought that a strong midfield warrior was top of the list for Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal transfer news Villa, Capoue and Maher

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First of all, there are no official moves in the transfer market to report, no reports of bids made at all. There are, as usual, a few rumours doing the rounds. Yesterday there was a flurry of activity on some of the Arsenal websites after a story broke that Arsenal were in Barcelona for talks about the signing of their striker David Villa.

Wenger denies Zaha link but praises Arsenal target Diame

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It seems as if Arsenal will not be signing Wilfried Zaha in this transfer window, leaving the path clear for Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. Newspaper reports claim that United and Crystal Palace have agreed terms, but the 20-year old winger is likely to remain at Selhurst Park for the rest of the season.

Will Arsenal lose Capoue to Chelsea?

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Arsenal are in danger of watching as all of the potential signings get snapped up by other Premier league clubs. I don't understand what we are waiting for. Maybe Arsene Wenger does not want to get his pants pulled down over transfer fees, but Arsenal need some players and we don't want to be left to pick over the players that other teams have left.

The Arsenal midfield is not working – Here is why!

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Arteta, Wilshere and Cazorla don't work together by KJ

Ever since Jack Wilshere came back from his injury, I was extremely excited to watch our technically most gifted midfield we've ever had under Wenger. I was expecting a midfield that would never lose the ball and would absolutely dominate possession.

Arsenal debate – Should Wenger take a chance on M’Vila?

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Should Arsenal sign Yann M'Vila by KJ

As we approach the January transfer window, the transfer rumours are naturally hotting up. One man's name that doesn't seem to go away is that of Yann M'Vila. We've been linked with him for the last two seasons now and it's started again in the build-up to the January window.

Have Arsenal abandoned the hunt for a defensive midfielder?

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Arsenal were thought to be on the verge of signing a big, strong, tough tackling defensive midfielder in the summer, with Yann M'Vila and Etienne Capoue two of the favourites. The window opened and closed and Arsenal, despite having money to spend did not sign an enforcer.

Arsene Wenger had said that he would only buy a player who would improve the squad, so does that mean he thought there were no defensive midfielders good enough?

Arsenal Injury News

The 2 French transfer targets pushing for Arsenal

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It seems as if Arsenal Football Club is in danger of turning into the French national team, especially if these two midfielders get their wish and a transfer to the Emirates this summer. Etienne Capoue from Toulouse and Younes Belhanda from Montpellier are keen to come to the English Premier League, and it does not take a rocket scientist to guess which would be their team of choice.

Arsenal are desperate for another Diaby

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Do Arsenal need some physicality in their midfield? by KJ

Yesterday, I talked about why I feel that teams have found out how to shut down Arsenal. As a result, Wenger will need to address this problem and I'm wondering whether the absence of a physical midfielder could be our problem.

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