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Arsenal Injury Woes As Ramsey Out For A Month

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I don't know what it is with the Arsenal medical staff, but the Gunners seem to lose more top players to injuries every season than anyone else in Europe,. And barely six weeks into a new season another injury crisis is hitting Arsenal.

On Monday ESPMN reported that midfielder Aaron Ramsey is likely to be out "for about a month" with the hamstring injury he picked up against Tottenham at the weekend.

Laurent Koscielny Perfects the Art of Spiking During Dortmund Loss

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The Champions League kicked off in earnest tonight however Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny got a bit mixed up between the codes of football and volleyball as he perfected the art of spiking?

And just for the record he also collided with the post trying to keep out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang game winning goal which made it 2-0 to the hosts!

Arsenal vs Manchester City Predicted Lineups

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The Barclays Premier League returns to action this weekend and to kick off the busy weekend in British soccer, Arsenal will host the reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday at 7:45 AM (ET). With both sides having some injury issues, let's take a look at who the managers could select to start the important match.

Besiktas vs Arsenal Preview: UEFA Champions League Playoff 1st Leg

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For the second successive year, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side travel to Turkey hoping to clinch a place in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage with Slaven Bilic's Besiktas the Gunners' final obstacle.

Arsenal do however have some significant fitness issues ahead of today's clash with Yaya Sanogo, who had been given the nod ahead of Olivier Giroud for the start of Arsenal's domestic campaign, being deemed not fit enough to travel.

Saturday Rewind: Arsenal win late, Man United drop opener, and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the game tied at one in front of an increasingly frustrated crowd at the Emirates, Aaron Ramsey conjured some stoppage-time magic.

The Arsenal midfielder finished from close range in the waning moments Saturday, leading the way in a 2-1 Arsenal victory over Crystal Palace.

5 Observations From Arsenal’s Win Against Crystal Palace

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Arsenal started off the 2014/2015 Premier League game with a late win against a very defensively sturdy Crystal Palace side. Hangeland opened the scoring with a good header in the first half, yet a good header from Laurent Koscielny and a tap-in from Aaron Ramsey earned Arsenal their first three points of the season.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Player Ratings; Premier League Gameweek 1

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Arsenal snatched a victory out of the hands of defeat with a 2-1 victory against London rivals Crystal Palace in their first Premier League match of the 2014/15 season.

Despite the turmoil going on inside of the club due to Tony Pulis leaving his position as manager on Thursday night, Palace put up a solid effort, with new centre back Brede Hangeland scoring from a good header.

Conquering The Palace, Shorn of A Cap

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Getting ourselves into a skipping mood

The Premier League is back. Or if you're being a little fussy, the Barclay's Premier League is back. Not sure why, BPL is not something that stuck with me. Much rather the EPL than the BPL. Anyway, I'm digressing and how you or me prefer to call it makes no difference of any sorts.

Full Arsenal injury update ahead of Premier League opener

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With Arsenal's German contingent of Ozil, Mertesacker and Podolski still recovering from winning the World Cup, we were obviously all worried when we heard that the other important half our defensive duo, Laurent Koscielny, picked up a knock on his ankle against Man City last week. But Arsene Wenger has now put our minds to [.

Join the JustArsenal.com Fantasy Football League

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With the new season starting just next week, it is time for us all to pick our fantasy football teams for next season. The JustArsenal.com League has been created by northbankgooner and you will find the private league on www.premierleague.com. The code is 916399-328114. There is only one rule. Absolutely no Spurs players allowed to [.

United miss out on target

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Manchester United are set to miss out on Thomas Vermaelen, after the Belgian's move to Old Trafford was believed to be off, as Arsenal blocked the deal for their captain.

The Belgian had been linked with a switch to United this summer, after falling behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the pecking order at the Emirates and Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, had admitted the 28-year-old could leave North London between now and the end of the transfer window.

Chambers: a midfielder, really Arsène?

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The most interesting and exciting part of Wenger's post Emirates Cup interview to me was that he seems to genuinely believe that Chambers can play in the midfield.

I don't know enough about him to form an opinion but contrast that with Vermaelen for example?

We have spent hours and hours of blog time trying to persuade each other that Vermaelen could and should play as a DM in certain situations.

United to table £12m bid for defender

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Manchester United are set to bid £12m for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen after receiving the green light from Arsene Wenger, as the Arsenal manager admitted the Belgian could leave the Emirates between now and the end of the transfer window.

The Guardian reports that United are ready to open negotiations with Arsenal for a player considered to be one Louis Van Gaal's main targets of the summer, but they'll face stiff competition from Barcelona, who could have a slight advantage in the race to sign the Belgian, given Arsenal would prefer selling Vermaelen abroad than to a direct rival.

Arsenal’s next Captain

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The other day LB wrote an interesting post entitled"Is Thomas Vermaelen still needed?This led me to think about the player as a captain and conversely the captain as a player.

Before looking at individuals in those roles I got to thinking just what should we look for in a Club Captain, note the capital letters, in my opinion the Club Captain is equally as important as The Manager, The Chief Executive or The Owner.

Arsenal to appoint a new captain

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ArsèneWenger is reported to be ready to appoint a new club captain. With the departure of the present incumbent, Thomas Vermaelen, looking ever more certain the position needs to be filled. Thomas has apparently agreed terms with Man U, although so far no negotiations over a fee have taken place.

Arsenal to appoint a new captain

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ArsèneWenger is reported to be ready to appoint a new club captain. With the departure of the present incumbent, Thomas Vermaelen, looking ever more certain the position needs to be filled. Thomas has apparently agreed terms with Man U, although so far no negotiations over a fee have taken place.

United set to snatch rivals’ captain

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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has agreed to join Manchester United this summer and he could become Louis Van Gaal's first signing if the two clubs manage to agree a fee for the Belgium international.

The 28-year-old has just one year left on his current £70,000-a-week deal at the Emirates but while he remains the club's captain in May he lifted the FA Cup at Wembley even though he did not play a single minute in the final he's lost his starting spot to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker and only managed 14 Premier League appearances last season.

Koscielny Tells Wenger We Need FOUR New Signings

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny says that Arsene Wenger need to bus at least four players, including a top-class striker, if the Gunners are to compete for the title next season.

"We'll need a goalkeeper, a right back, a midfielder and a striker," said Koscielny at France's pre-World Cup training camp.

Koscielny cup error ancient history after Arsenal fans’ vote

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The Arsenal fans have voted for the French central defender Laurent Koscielny to be given third place in the Arsenal Player of the Season awards, with nearly 12 percent of the overall votes. That is two years in a row that the France international has made it into the top three and is further confirmation [.

Koscielny cup error ancient history after Arsenal fans’ vote

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The Arsenal fans have voted for the French central defender Laurent Koscielny to be given third place in the Arsenal Player of the Season awards, with nearly 12 percent of the overall votes. That is two years in a row that the France international has made it into the top three and is further confirmation [.

Arsenal Defender Laurent Koscielny Says ‘We Will Do Everything to Win The FA Cup’ [VIDEO]

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Arsenal face Hull in the FA Cup final today in a bid to end their 9 year wait for a trophy. FATV spoke to Arsenal stalwart defender Laurent Koscielny on his excitement, the desire to win this trophy, the talent of Sagbo and playing at Wembley.

Koscielny discusses what Arsenal will need to do in the FA Cup Final to try to win it, as well as how a victory would relieve so much pressure off the Arsenal team.

FA Cup Final Preview: Arsenal ‘Cup villains’ to stand up to underdogs Hull City

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FA Cup Final Preview: Arsenal 'Cup villains' to stand up to underdogs Hull City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Welcome to this year's'Soccerlens FA Cup Final Preview', with team news, stats and predictions below...

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Ramsey’s 15th and Jenkinson’s 1st – match review

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Many called this game a dead rubber but most were thinking first and foremost who would start and more importantly how to avoid injuries while keeping up the momentum of four successive wins in preparation for the Cup Final.

We weren't disappointed. We started the first half in quite a cautious fashion and Ruddy made a couple of excellent saves, although I thought Giroud should have scored around the 32nd minute.

Ramsey’s 15th and Jenkinson’s 1st – match review

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Many called this game a dead rubber but most were thinking first and foremost who would start and more importantly how to avoid injuries while keeping up the momentum of four successive wins in preparation for the Cup Final.

We weren't disappointed. We started the first half in quite a cautious fashion and Ruddy made a couple of excellent saves, although I thought Giroud should have scored around the 32nd minute.

Laurent Koscielny Extends Contract With Arsenal Football Club: Nightly Soccer Report

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French defender Laurent Koscielny has signed a new contract with Arsenal Football Club.

The news will come as a boost to Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger. Koscielny joined the Gunners in 2010 from French club Lorient, and has become a popular and key part of the Arsenal defense, where he has formed an effective partnership with Per Mertesacker in the middle of the back four.

Arsenal and Manchester United to EACH lose a long-serving star?

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Arsenal and Manchester United to EACH lose a long-serving star? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United and Arsenal may be sworn enemies, but they both have common ground as we approach the summer transfer window, with the pair both facing the prospect of losing a stalwart defender come the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger reveals Laurent Koscielny is close to signing new Arsenal contract

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is close to signing a new contract, manager Arsene Wenger has claimed. The France international has been a rock in...

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VIDEO: Arsenal players’ sing-song their worst ever ‘performance’?

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VIDEO: Arsenal players' sing-song their worst ever 'performance'? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Kids these days want to be two things when growing up: a footballer, or a singer. While such a small percentage of youngsters achieve their dream, not one kid grows up to be BOTH, and judging by Arsenal's 'singing footballers' video, we can only pray that One Direction's occasional dabbling in the beautiful game remains the only slight exception to the rule.

Per Mertesacker

Defensive worries increase ahead of Besiktas

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So an interesting first Premier League weekend is almost over. Only Burnley v Chelsea left, but we've seen wins for Man City, Sp*rs and Liverpool, and a defeat for United which included a bird doing a poo in Ashley Young's mouth. I don't know that you can ask for more unless someone launched a gnu with a septic colon into the air and it covered van Persie in .

A central defensive signing is crucial for Arsenal this summer

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It's quite interesting to look at Arsenal's squad on the official site. For all the talk of Sami Khedira, and people still going on about Loic Remy for some reason I can't really fathom, the shortcomings further back are blindingly obvious.

See for yourself:

I think we know there are efforts being made to rectify the fact we have just one goalkeeper.

Koscielny is Key

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Watching the World Cup and our players representing their countries it is possible to view their performances without the bias of an Arsenal match. I would like to highlight our central defenders.

Having enjoyed the Germany/ Algeria game it became apparent that Mertesacker was being focussed upon by the Algerian midfield.

Koscielny is Key

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Watching the World Cup and our players representing their countries it is possible to view their performances without the bias of an Arsenal match. I would like to highlight our central defenders.

Having enjoyed the Germany/ Algeria game it became apparent that Mertesacker was being focussed upon by the Algerian midfield.

Koscielny is Key

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Watching the World Cup and our players representing their countries it is possible to view their performances without the bias of an Arsenal match. I would like to highlight our central defenders.

Having enjoyed the Germany/ Algeria game it became apparent that Mertesacker was being focussed upon by the Algerian midfield.

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Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace: points over performance

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I've said a number of times recently that one of the biggest challenges we face is starting this season well because of the summer we've had. Yesterday was evidence of that. We were team that looked a long way from its best in terms of match fitness and sharpness, giving debuts to three new players, playing against a Crystal Palace side that may not have had Pulis on the sideline but he was very much part of their essence, so to speak.

Franck Ribery Makes 23-Man French World Cup Squad Despite Dodgy Back

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By Alan Duffy

Despite seeing his preparations for Brazil 2014 hampered by a recurring back injury, French heart-throb Fronck Ribery has still made Didier Deschamps' final 23-man squad for the tournament this month.

The Bayern Munich winger is still fighting to be fit for Les Bleus' first game of the tournament.

Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: Ozil shines in comfortable win

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After a season in which most games have been a struggle, in one way or another, I could get very used to occasions last night when the opposition turned up, but only physically. And even then, just barely.

It was apparent from the start that Newcastle were there to go through the motions, and that's about it.

Karim Benzema

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Alexander Dominguez

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By DAN KARELL

France failed to score on Wednesday for the first time at the 2014 World Cup, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.

During France's scoreless draw with Ecuador, Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez practically stood on his head to preserve a clean sheet, making nine saves and denying Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema, and Antoine Griezmann from clear goalscoring opportunities.

Second Teams: France

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Guest writer Antoine Hoppenot joins PSP's Second Teams series by telling you exactly why France is the second team you should follow and cheer for after the U.S. in the World Cup.

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On Arsenal’s decision to pass on Cesc + Koscielny on transfers

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Ok, let me start this morning with some qualifiers.

I fully accept that Arsene Wenger, when making a decision about bringing back Cesc Fabregas, is coming at it from a much more informed position than I am. Only he knows what he's planning to do this summer in the transfer market and he likely feels that the money at his disposal can be better used elsewhere.

He’s staying Laurent, Kos signs a new deal

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Good news everyone!

We kick off this morning's Saturday round-up with Laurent Koscielny's new deal. The Frenchman has signed his second extension since joining back in 2010, meaning his future is secured. With some real uncertainty about the rest of our central-defensive options, at the very least we've got the Mertesacker/Koscielny Axis of Awesome tied down, and even those who always find something to complain about won't be able to find anything to moan about regarding this.