Olivier Giroud Continues to Show His Worth to Arsenal But Does He Get the Credit He Deserves?

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The curious case of Olivier Giroud is one which has intrigued followers of English football both on the inside and outside of Arsenal Football Club for the past two seasons. The Frenchman has scored twenty goals in all competitions this season and is the club's leading goalscorer. However there is still great doubt as to whether or not he should be leading the line for the Gunners as we approach his third season with the club.

Mathieu Flamini allegedly warned by FA for threatening to blind Stoke’s Marc Wilson

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Rumours coming out of Arsenal suggest that Mathieu Flamini was cautioned by the FA over suggestions that he threatened to blind Stoke defender Marc Wilson. We can't verify how much factual basis there is to the suggestions. Certainly the Frenchman was seen having words with Wilson while pointing to his eyes during yesterday's game.

Video: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are title contenders

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Arsenal are in with a chance of winning the Premier League this season, according to Arsene Wenger. After a promising start to the campaign, the Frenchman believes that his side are among four or five who teams who are genuine title contenders. He said: "I believe we have a chance and my full energy has [.

Video: Arsene Wenger praises ‘patient’ Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised the patience of his side as they secured a 1-2 away win against Marseille in their Champions League opener. The Frenchman was happy to see his players ride out a strong performance from the home team in the first-half, then take their own chances in the second-half.

Video: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud shows off his seated keepy-uppies

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Arsenal's Olivier Giroud has had an excellent start to the season. We can't really envisage a need for his seated ball juggling skills in the Premier League, but Gooners can rest assured that the Frenchman has them in his arsenal should they ever be required. The former Montpellier forward showed off his skills during a [.

Mathieu Flamini says it feels like he never left Arsenal

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Arsenal signing Mathieu Flamini says he feels like he's come home after returning for a second stint with the Gunners. The Frenchman, snapped up on a free transfer this summer, made his second debut in last weekend's north London derby win over Spurs. And after Jack Wilshere's illness pushed him into the team perhaps a [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ‘confident’ of signings

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Here's the scene at London Colney, where Arsene Wenger's arrival is imminent. Our cameras are all set up #AFCvTHFC (@Arsenal) August 30, 2013 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is confident of making signings before the transfer window closes on Monday. But the Frenchman said he will not be making panic buys.

Video: Mathieu Flamini says he has ‘unfinished business’ at Arsenal

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New Arsenal signing Mathieu Flamini says he has "unfinished business" at the club he left five years ago to join AC Milan. In his first interview since rejoining the Gunners, Flamini paraphrased Wayne Rooney in declaring his lifelong commitment to the cause. He said: "It feels good to be back home. I have some unfinished [.

Video: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t ‘know what to say anymore’ on transfers

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he doesn't know what to say anymore when it comes to the club's transfer plans. The under-fire Gunners boss appeared to be fed-up of rejigging his stock answer about working hard to bring in the right players before the end of the transfer window. The Frenchman finally ran out of [.

Video: Arsene Wenger refuses to comment on Arsenal transfer targets

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to comment on potential signings in the final week of the transfer window. The Frenchman was presented with the names of Real Madrid trio Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil, as well as being asked more generally about who he hopes to sign. But he would not [.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal fans have been ‘brainwashed’

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"I'm about doing the things well for the club I love so I'm happy that we are back on track" (@Arsenal) August 25, 2013 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims the club's supporters have been brainwashed by the media. The Frenchman said that an over-the-top reaction to the Gunners' activities on [.

Video: Olivier Giroud’s awesome kneeslide (Fulham vs Arsenal)

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01 by Samusleep The heavens opened at Craven Cottage during the first-half of Arsenal's 3-1 win over Fulham today. Olivier Giroud used the drenched pitch to aid him in a typically stylish kneeslide. The Frenchman elegantly slid across the pitch, halted himself neatly at the edge of the grass and managed a smooth dismount.

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka excused from Everton match on ‘compassionate grounds’

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West Brom have confirmed that veteran striker Nicolas Anelka has been excused from this weekend's game against Everton for compassionate reasons. A statement on the club's website reads: "West Bromwich Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will not be involved in Saturday's game at Everton. "The club have excused the striker from club duty on [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the quality of the match is more important than transfer talk

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Arsene Wenger has dismissed the whirlwind of transfer speculation surround Arsenal saying that tomorrow night's match against Fenerbahce is what really matters. The Gunners have been linked, unsuccessfully, with a series of targets over the summer. The latest player to be targeted by the north London club is Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye.

All Arsenal’s international players text Arsene Wenger to say they are OK

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Arsene Wenger's mobile phone was busy last night and this morning as Arsenal's international players text their boss to report that they had come through their respective matches unscathed. The Frenchman would have anxiously awaiting news on his players' fitness with just days to go until the start of the new Premier League season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Luis Suarez move is ‘on standby’

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his club's attempts to sign Luis Suarez is "on standby" while the striker resolves his differences with Liverpool. The Frenchman indicated that the Gunners cannot move forward with any deal until the Reds and their wantaway star come to an agreement over whether he will be allowed to leave the [.

Olivier Giroud says Arsenal need two or three new players

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says the club needs to sign two or three new players this summer in order to show the required level of ambition. The Frenchman says the Gunners need to open the chequebook to show the current squad and the fans that they mean business. And he's quite happy for the new [.

Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini wants Premier League return

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Ex-Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is plotting a return to the Premier League. The AC Milan star has been offered a new two-year contract at the San Siro but is set to reject it in favour of moving back to England. He said his also considering offers from other countries. The Frenchman looked destined to become [.

Video: Nicolas Anelka looks delighted to have signed for West Brom

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You don't become Le Sulk without being a pretty moody so-and-so. Even after signing a nice new contract to return to the Premier League, Nicolas Anelka was unable to lift the gloom. The Frenchman agreed a deal to join West Brom on a one-year contract. The Baggies become his sixth Premier League club, joining Arsenal, [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: RVP moved to Man Utd because he was like a 39-year-old woman

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Robin Van Persie left Arsenal for Manchester United because his biological clock was ticking, according to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman compared his former star striker to a 39-year-old woman who wants her first baby. And he seemed to acknowledge that RVP had to leave in order to fulfil his ambition of winning the [.

Video: Arsene Wenger suffers zip problems yet again (Arsenal 3-1 Norwich)

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's ongoing war with his coat saw another vicious battle at the weekend. In the opening stages of Saturday's home win over Norwich, the Frenchman was captured by TV cameras once again engaged in hand-to-hand combat with his knee-length puffa jacket. This time it was the zip that was causing Wenger problems.

The Ox and The Coq

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A matter of luck

Looking back at the start of the season (I know it has only just begun and we haven't played that many games but allow me to indulge in it) and especially after the departure of Alex Song, at that time I really thought that Francis Coquelin would be a confirmed starter. It's no rocket science that he is one who could play in a similar role to the one vacated by Song.

Arsenal Debate: Should Wenger bring Thierry Henry back in January?

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Does Wenger get Henry on loan this winter? Last January, Wenger did something extraordinary for Arsenal by bringing back one of his finest pieces of work in Thierry Henry. It was a mesmeric return for the Frenchman who netted in his first appearance of his loan spell against Leeds in typical fashion.

Arsene Wenger slams Juventus over Van Persie negotiations

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Arsene Wenger criticizes Juventus in RVP transfer saga by AM In an interview to Corriere dello Sport, Arsene Wenger has mocked Juventus' attempt to sign Robin van Persie this summer. The Frenchman said that the Italian giant tried to get van Persie on the cheap before Arsenal sold the Dutchman to Manchester United for 24million.

Arsenal midfielder targets revenge

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Injuries form a brutal reality of football that every player hopes to avoid as much as possible but for Arsenal's Abou Diaby, a background plagued by injuries is now only powering a redemption mission.

The 26-year old Diaby has featured minimally for the Gunners over the last two seasons and recently admitted that an extended period on the sidelines sometimes led him to the shocking lows of depression.

Gunner admits to ‘moments of depression’

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Abou Diaby has opened up about the extent of his sadness during a long spell on the sidelines last season, conceding that there were moments when he was depressed to be out of action.

Diaby, 26, made a total of five appearances across all competitions for Arsenal last season and despite making a successful return to start off the current campaign, the Frenchman has not forgotten his frustrating journey to regaining full fitness.

Newcastle United

Young Frenchman May Get Start Against West Brom

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Ben Arfa must have a good chance of starting the game tomorrow at West Brom, but Alan Pardew has again said that the Frenchman still has to dislodge Moussa Sissoko or Yoan Gouffran from the starting eleven, and both have been excellent so far this season. 21 year-old Massadio Haidara - could get start tomorrow [.

QPR striker Loic Remy heading to Newcastle for medical

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Understand that Loic Remy is travelling to Tyneside now for a medical #nufc Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 5, 2013 Loic Remy is on his way to Newcastle United to complete a medical. The QPR striker is heading to Tyneside to undergo the requisite checks and discuss personal terms ahead of a move, according to [.

Newcastle aim to bring Loic Remy on loan from QPR

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Newcastle are hoping to sign QPR striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan deal, according to reports in The Chronicle. The Magpies seemed destined to capture the Frenchman in January until the R's swooped in with a very attractive salary package to win the race for his signature. Relegation to the Championship means both club [.

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye: Jonny Wilkinson helped me through depression

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Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson helped Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye to battle depression, the Frenchman has admitted. Cabaye revealed he turned to Wilkinson's book for advice as he struggled with depression after Euro 2012. The 27-year-old said: said: "Depression? I am not afraid to say that.

Newcastle put Loic Remy up in a London hotel the night before he joined QPR

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Newcastle fans were feeling pretty hard done by this week when top transfer target Loic Remy snubbed them to join QPR. But it's now emerged that the Magpies paid for the Frenchman to stay in London the night before he signed for the Hoops. Mike Ashley and co. splashed out for a hotel room and [...]

Newcastle United and Tottenham legend David Ginola set to enter football management, quite fancies a spell at Halifax Town

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With his luscious locks, silky football skills and penchant for acting, David Ginola is synonymous with a bit of glamour and sophistication. Yet of late, you'll find him grinding out a coaching badge in Wales and throwing his managerial hat in the ring for FC Halifax Town. When asked at the weekend whether he fancied [.

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye invents the sneakiest defensive tactics ever against Everton

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It's unsporting, it's poor form or, more likely, it was an innocent accident. Whatever Yohan Cabaye's motives, it was a stroke of genius and OTP can't believe it hasn't been done sooner. With Everton breaking forward during last night's pulsating 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, Cabaye tripped Fellaini near the halfway line causing him to [.


Liverpool monster Mamadou Sakho banned from the club gym

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Sakho: "It's all going well and I've settled in quickly. I'm excited about the project here." Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 20, 2013 Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been banned from the training ground gym for being too strong. The Frenchman is barred from using the equipment until the Reds get it reinforced.

Liverpool confirm signing of Mamadou Sakho from PSG

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Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Frenchman Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 2, 2013 Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho has completed his transfer to Liverpool, the Reds have confirmed. The 23-year-old has signed what the club have described as a "long-term contract".

QPR striker Djibril Cisse invites angry fan to come and see him for ‘a chat’

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Djibril Cisse has been taking QPR's relegation fight a bit too literally after suggesting he'd like to confront an irate Hoops fan. After a 1-3 defeat to Southampton in El Sackico, the QPR fan took to Twitter to claim Cisse "couldn't hit a cow's a*** with a banjo". The Frenchman responded angrily. He tweeted: "Come [.

Backpage roundup: Diaby compares himself to Yaya Toure, Wilshere nearing full fitness, Wenger’s advice for Liverpool owners and more

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Diaby: I Am More Toure than Song

Abou Diaby has said now that his injury troubles are finally over, he wants to emulate Manchester City's box-to-box midfielder Yaya Toure.

The oft-injured Frenchman started Arsenal's Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday and his marauding performance earned him the man of the match award.


David Ginola: ‘Gareth Bale transfer situation is not simple’

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Former Spurs favourite David Ginola says the situation regarding Gareth Bale's future at the club is not simple. The Frenchman said he and other people who love Spurs were desperate to see the Welshman remained at the club, but acknowledged the situation was out of the fans' control and that they would have to wait [.

Video: Marseille’s Joey Barton doubts David Beckham will make an impact at PSG

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Adopted Frenchman Joey Barton doubts whether former England skipper David Beckham can have the same earth-shattering impact that he has had on Ligue 1. The Marseille midfielder said that if Beckham did manage to play against his side for PSG he would probably not be the "main concern" for their defence.

The Rest

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra discusses Ji-Sung Park bromance

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Patrice Evra has spoken of his bromance with former Manchester United team-mate Ji Sung Park. The left-back has revealed he hasn't been able to settle down with a new roommate for away trips since his South Korean buddy departed for QPR last summer. He told the United's official website: "I know a lot of people [.