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Barca & €ity: Pay up, or shut up

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How many times over the past couple of years have we seen players and officials associated with Barcelona speak about Cesc Fabregas? We now have the manager of Manchester City pretty much begging Samir Nasri to join him in Manchester.

The first few times it is a bit irritating after a while it becomes maddening eventually it's just humiliating.

Arsenal – Barcelona Preview

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Apparently there's some sort of match tomorrow. Weird you would have thought you would have heard something about it in the media.

This is, obviously, a match that doesn't need any hype. Barcelona are almost universally acknowledged as the best team in the world at the moment, and frankly, it's hard to argue with that assessment.

Is Wenger’s refusal to spend costing Arsenal?

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Following Arsenal's 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle many fans have been left frustrated with the team's weakness in certain positions.

 The defeat which was a massive blow to the team considering Chelsea also lost meaning Arsenal lost the chance to close the gap on the current champions and league leaders.

Injuries, Liverpool and excitement

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15th August Liverpool vs Arsenal

You should already have that date firmly in your diary. Arsenal fans across the world are waiting to see how our un-strengthened team will perform  on Sunday.

Shall we quickly review our transfer business so far this season (not inc youth or reserve team players) :


Laurent Koscielny, Marouane Chamakh.

Bargain Buys: Fran Mérida

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Fran Merida in a pre-season match for Atletico Madrid.

The Barcelona academy product has returned to Spain after a relatively disappointing spell at Arsenal in the Premiership. Don't let this fool you though as a move back home could be the perfect answer for this young starlet's career.

Atletico fan Fran Merida explains reasons behind Arsenal exit

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Former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida revealed he is extremely proud to finally be an Atletico Madrid player, a team he supported as a child. Speaking to AS, the 20-year old who failed to make an ...

Fran Merida: Arsene Wenger was very displeased with my departure but wished me luck

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Fran Merida is no longer an Arsenal player. The young Spanish talent opted to leave North London to join Atletico Madrid despite being comfortable with the Gunners. Speaking at the press conference in which he was ...

I’d love it, I would just love it, if…..

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Yesterday, Atletico Madrid announced/unveiled Fran Merida as their new player and I have to admit, I am very sad we have not been able to keep him....

Barca born Fran, stolen by our mighty fine manager (well, he used to be) from the Spanish Club, Barcelona a few years ago has finally left us.

Fran Merida – Thanks Arsene, but Spanish football suits me better!

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The young Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida has confirmed his arrival at Atletico Madrid on their official website, and says he is "eternally grateful" to Arsene Wenger for looking after him since he arrived at the Emirates, but the the Spain U21 international believes that his style of play is much more suited to La Liga [.


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Source: Sp Ftball Sprts/New season coming up, which means new uniforms & thus more marketing drives as fans rush to their local Sports stores to buy up the "new image outfits". FC Barcelona recently presented their new uniform with the presentation of new signing David Villa & ATLETICO DE MADRID used the presentation today of their new signing , the ex-Arsenal midfielder FRAN MERIDA, to show off

[Video] Adios Fran, Merida officially presented by Atletico Madrid

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Former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida was officially presented by his new club, Atletico Madrid, this afternoon. The 20-year old opted to leave the Gunners and move to Spain after failing to make it into Arsene Wenger's ...

Arsenal Plan Barcelona Playmaker Raid: Wenger Looks to Snap Up Nou Camp Starlet Gai Assulin

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Emirates boss considers move for Israeli teenager.

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Chelsea and Arsenal are weighing up a summer bid for Barcelona's exciting teenage playmaker Gai Assulin.
The Israeli is struggling for first team opportunities with the Catalan giants, and is available on a free transfer.

Sol Campbell on his way out as well? “I’ve spoken with Neil Lennon about moving to Celtic”

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Arsenal are set to face a very turbulent summer on the transfer market after Sol Campbell revealed he is seriously considering a move to Celtic. With Fran Merida already leaving for Atletico Madrid, Cesc Fabregas poised ...

Arsenal Youngster Fran Merida Joins Atletico Madrid

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By Chris Wright

Arsenal have confirmed that Fran Merida will join Atletico Madrid when his contract at the Gunners expires on July 1st.

The 20-year-old Spanish midfielder will join the La Liga side on a four-year contract after spending nearly four years at the Emirates.

Arsenal Starlet Fran Merida Signs for Atletico Madrid: Did Wenger Give Him a Chance?

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Emirates starlet ups sticks and leaves.

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Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida is to return to Spain after he signed for Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.
The 20-year-old Merida, who has joined on a four-year deal, has been at Arsenal since 2006 after he was signed by boss Arsene Wenger from Barcelona.

We really are after Messi then… 14M for Cahill, go for it!

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Well, the 19-year-old lad dubbed 'The New Messi' that is ....... How many times have players been referred to as 'The New X, Y Z'? Too many to mention and seldom do they come anywhere near the player they are likened to! Just look at Diaby!

I stole this from one of the reports yesterday, just hope there is no copyright

Arsenal are being linked with a move for Barcelona youngster Guy Assulin.

Fran Merida joins Atletico Madrid as Newcastle United want Jack Wilshere on loan

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Atletico Madrid have on Sunday announced the signing of Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida who moves to Spain on a free transfer. After failing to make it into the first eleven with the Gunners, the 20-year old ...

Merida Leaves; Nigerian Joins Ownership Struggle

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A couple of stories today on what is otherwise a relatively slow news day:

As expected, Fran Merida's agent has confirmed that he will sign with Atletico Madrid. As he is under the age of 24, and was offered a new contract by us, we will be entitled to some kind of compensation from Atletico.


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ATLETICO DE MADRID makes its first signing for the new season; young ARSENAL FC Spanish player FRAN MERIDA who finished contract with the English Club & elected Atletico over renewing his contract. This hasn't surprised anyone as the midfielder had a pre-agreement with the Spanish Club that was sealed last January as published by local media & on this blog.

Arsenal transfer rumours May 22nd – Merida, Chiellini, Melo and Gary Cahill

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Just to start with, it looks like the expected departure of Fran Merida on a free to Atletico Madrid has finally come to pass. I consider that a real shame as he was expected to be the obvious replacement for Cesc Fabregas, and he could possibly had made his big breakthrough to the Arsenal first [...

Beware those "Exclusives"

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Some "Exclusives" to further the notion of a club in crisis.

"Exclusive" screams the headline which states that eight Arsenal players could be heading out the door led by Andrei Arshavin and Gael Clichy.

Funny thing is that with the focus fixed on Cesc Fabregas supposed Barca departure, you would think that the Spaniard would be at the top of that class.

Vela’s Extraordinary Chip Finishes Arsenal’s Damage On Fulham

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Young talented Arsenal striker Carlos Vela came on late and stars with a sensational chipping goal, as he lifted the ball with his left foot over Fulham Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer to make it 4:0 for the Gunners.

Vela was introduced with just 13 minutes remaining on the play cock, but he showed from the start a very confident performance.

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Barcelona Set La Liga Record

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Barcelona earned a record 16th straight win in the Spanish league by beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 with a Lionel Messi hat trick on Saturday. The historic win provisionally lifted Barcelona 10 points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table ahead of its fierce rival's match against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Barcelona Sets New La Liga Record

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Barcelona earned a record 16th straight win in the Spanish league by beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 with a Lionel Messi hat trick on Saturday. The historic win provisionally lifted Barcelona 10 points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table ahead of its fierce rival's match against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Ronaldo Sends Real Madrid Into Copa del Rey Semi-Finals

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A Cristiano Ronaldo goal was all that Real Madrid needed to beat city rivals Atletico 1-0 to reach the Spanish Cup semi-finals 4-1 on aggregate. Real, who have not won the competition since 1993, will place holders Sevilla in the last four while Barcelona, who saw off Real Betis 6-3 on aggregate, despite losing the second leg of their quarter-final 3-1 on Wednesday, will meet Almeria.

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Europa League Review: Leverkusen And Stuttgart Finish Top

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Bruno Labbadia Makes An Instant Impact As Stuttgart Coach.

Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart capped off their Europa League group stage fixtures with fine results that lifted them to first-placed finishes in their respective groups. Leverkusen managed to knock holders Atletico Madrid out of the tournament with a well-fought 1–1 draw, while Stuttgart, under new management, thumped Odense by a score of 5–1.

Europa League Review: Mixed Fortunes For Bundesliga Sides

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Derdiyok Scores As Leverkusen Draw In Spain.

The Bundesliga's Europa League contestants played out some very difficult ties tonight against strong opposition, with very little to choose between the sides. Borussia Dortmund suffered a poor home loss against Sevilla, while Bayer Leverkusen held on for a point at Atletico Madrid.

LIGA NEWS: Atletico Madrid president getting too big for his shoes?

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There's no denying it. The last few months have been glorious for Atletico Madrid fans. First they had that historic triumph against Fulham in the UEFA Europa League final. They then topped it off in pre-season by comfortably seeing off Champions League winners Inter Milan in the European Supercup.

Los Rojiblancos are ready to go

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After a busy summer for Quique Sanchez Flores, in which six (well five, Tiago was there on loan last season) new players arrived at the Calderon, the hard work now begins. This Friday Atletico Madrid will face Internazionale in the European Super Cup before starting the 2010/11 La Liga campaign against Sporting de Gijon only three days later.

Squad Profile: Atlético Madrid

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Squad Profiles are available for each of the twenty clubs
currently playing football in the Spanish top flight. They are an overview of each club and specifically denote players to highly consider selecting for your side. Others have been ear-marked to watch out for as they may be new to La Liga or returning from injury.


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At times, it's rather difficult to follow what players are coming and going from team-to-team and league-to-league. Below is a compiled list of the La Liga transfers for you to catch up on. Enjoy.

Last Updated: 31 July 2010


In: Leonardo Ulloa (€900k, CD Castellon), Michael Jakobsen (undisclosed, Aalborg BK), Miguel Angel Luque (free, Barcelona), Diego Valeri (loan, FC Porto), Marcelo Silva (€1.

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Summer 2010 Transfers

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The summer transfer market is off to a slow start because of the World Cup, but I expect it to warm up soon with Man City, Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea, all expected to be active in this transfer window.

The international transfer window opened signings on Wednesday, 9 June and will stay open until 1800 BST on Tuesday, 31 August.

What’s the difference between Cardiff, Blackpool and Arsenal??

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Bit of a fun one, but of course the answer is easy isn't it, we haven't played (in a worthwhile game)Â at the new Wembley!

In between the gardening and over heating in the glorious sunshine yesterday, I watched some of the play-off match between Blackpool and Cardiff and from what I saw, it was a great game of football, its such a shame that either side had to lose.