Take a look at the list of Premier League players deemed surplus to requirements by their respective clubs this summer here. There are some mighty fine names on the list, with the Brazil-bound Frank Lampard one of the biggest following Chelsea's decision to release the veteran midfielder.
Take a look at the list of Premier League players deemed surplus to requirements by their respective clubs this summer here.
There are some mighty fine names on the list, with the Brazil-bound Frank Lampard one of the biggest following Chelsea's decision to release the veteran midfielder (though contract talks are scheduled for after the World Cup).
To say that Tony Pulis has given Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh a new lease of life is an understatement. The former Arsenal man is now doing a passable impression of a salmon in order to win possession from opposition throw-ins before they've even been taken. Eagles fans at yesterday's win over West Brom appreciated [.
A Nicklas Bendtner goal? The night after a Marouane Chamakh goal? See you later, folks, we're heading down to the bunker in the hope of sheltering from the apocalypse. Everybody's favourite late night workout fanatic put Arsenal into an early lead in their game against Hull this evening.
Arsenal defeated Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Manchester United rescued a heroic victory at Old Trafford, Liverpool won comfortably against West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland notched their first victory of the season. Stats and analysis below...
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Arsenal faced adversity midway through the second half when Mikel Arteta was harshly sent off for fouling â€“ former Gunner â€“ Marouane Chamakh.
Arsenal remained top of the table on Saturday after they defeated Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park 2-0 despite going down a man in the second half. Mikel Arteta converted a penalty after Serge Gnabry was brought down in the box, but the Spaniard was sent off minutes later for a last-man offense on Marouane Chamakh.
For sheer entertainment value, this might just be the best game ever.
Arsenal's stunning comeback against Reading in last season's Capital One Cup is one that'll go down in the history books. Down 4-0 after 37 minutes, Arsenal got one back just before the break and entered the second half with a mountain to climb.
Arsenal to pay Bendtner to leave, close to signing new keeper - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal quite understandably are one of the busiest clubs in the country and in Europe at the moment to get some deals done on the final day. Having wasted the precious time throughout the summer it is now or never for the Gunners, and so far they have started this frantic day on a positive note.
Crystal Palace have signed Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on a one-year deal.
While Chamakh has been the butt of jokes for a couple of years since joining Arsenal in 2010, this will be a wonderful opportunity at Crystal Palace to prove the doubters wrong in a team where he should have a regular starting spot if his performances are positive.
Crystal Palace manager Ian Halloway has confirmed today that the club will be bringing out-of-favor Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh to Selhurst Park pending a medical, according to Goal.com.
The club will make Chamakh their seventh signing of the year, with Jose Campana, Stephen Dobbie, Dwight Gayle, Elliot Grandin, Kevin Phillips, and Jerome Thomas all agreeing to join the recently promoted Premier League side in their campaign to remain in the Premiership this season.
Arsenal Must Not Be Consumed By Suarez chase - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal should not be consumed by Suarez
The Suarez saga has been dragging on for close to a month now, and I am sure none of Arsenal's fans, players or management ever expected a swift resolution. Just take an objective look at the situation: a world class player central to his team's plans has 3 years left on his contract, and wishes to go to a team that his club competes with (or aspires tocompete with).
Arsenal players who could have won trophies at their former clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Much has been made of Arsenal players who left the club and have gone on to achieve success â€“ Thierry Henry fulfilled his European ambitions with Barcelona and picked up a couple of La Liga titles along the way, Ashley Cole won pretty much every trophy available in club football after his controversial move to Chelsea, and even Emmanuele Eboue has two league title now.
Exodus continue at Arsenal but can they land Suarez? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal continue their mass exodus this season, as manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the departures of two more players â€“ Gervinho andMarouane Chamakh.
The Gunners have received a financial boost this season with a reported Â£70 million transfer war-chest, but so far only one player has been signed, youngster Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre on a free transfer.
Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace are the new frontrunners in the race for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. The England international was expected to join Newcastle, but that deal broke down after a meeting with Magpies director of football Joe Kinnear. Fulham then became the 29-year-old's most likely destination.
Arsenal have strengthened their strikeforce by bringing in French striker Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer from French club Auxerre. The 20-year-old perfectly fits the bill for being called as an Arsenal signing â€“ French, young, and cheap. Arsenal fans, though, will be hoping that this experiment pays off much better than the Marouane Chamakh experiment.
Following up on the speculation last night that Arsenal are close to signing a deal for Marouane Fellaini while, at the same time, Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis was bragging that Arsenal could afford Wayne Rooney if they wanted to, former Arsenal footballer Stewart Robson says that Wenger shouldn't be handed the Â£70 million war chest because he'll simply waste the money.
In the 52nd minute at St. James' Park, the inevitable happened. Arsenal scored. Not many would have banked on the rejuvenated Laurent Koscielny to break the deadlock in such a fine fashion, putting his team firmly in the driving seat after a well taken half-volley, but it was no surprise to see another Wenger team heading for the Champions League (with the qualification round in their path) for the umpteenth time in a row (16 to be exact).
Last night I dreamt that Arsenal's manager was an evil clown, in full make up, who had a cutlass for a hand and none of the people in the press conference would ask him any questions for fear that he'd behead them. This enraged him more than being asked a question he didn't like, so he went on a frenzy, chopping and slicing and all kinds of stuff.
In 29 league games this season, Crystal Palace have scored only 19 goals the worst in the Premier League and in fact it's the lowest number of goals scored by any club in the top four leagues in England. Marouane Chamakh injured and out of tomorrow's game So if you look at [...]
1. Manchester United old boy Fraizer Campbell has struck the first blow in the title race with his two goals for Cardiff against Manchester City. 2. Roberto Mancini might have allowed himself a smugger-than-usual smile yesterday afternoon. 3. Tottenham are the Premier League's new penalty kings. They didn't get a single spot-kick last season, but [.
Crystal Palace may have been a founding member of the Premier League, but their stay in the top flight has been one of on again off again yo-yo club style. Their first trip back into the top tier sees Ian Holloway once again hoping to see if he can make promotion work.
The club's biggest signings come in the form of Dwight Gayle and loan acquisition Marouane Chamakh.
Premier League 2013-14 preview: Crystal Palace will entertain under Holloway - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Crystal Palace have been at the top flight of revamped Premier League football before, four times, and in each case, all they suffered is ignominy. Surely, they cannot draw any such confidence looking back at their past history in the Premier League.
In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend's English Premier League (and/or domestic cup) action and talking points, as well as any significant news related to English football. We welcome your thoughts in the comments section below.
Frank Lampard of Chelsea (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
FA Cup Third Round Review: Brighton's Upset, Robin's Equalizer, Suarez's Handball
We cannot talk about the FA Cup without mentioning the "magic" that it brings, right?
"It must be fun to write the blog at the moment," someone said to me in the The Tollington on Saturday.
And it is. Sitting top of the league, playing well, smashing Mugsmashers, watching the rejuvenated Aaron Ramsey, the rugged Giroud, the confident Szczesny, and players like Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla bringing that bit of top quality to proceedings is like old times.
Yesterday saw a 2-2 draw with Napoli in our first game of the Emirates Cup. Some sloppy defending from Carl Jenkinson, and a bit of unconvincing goalkeeping from Lukasz Fabianski, allowed the visitors take a 2-0 lead at half-time. This was despite the fact we'd pretty much dominated the game in terms of possession.
It has been unseasonably hot here in Ireland for the last week. Which is a great thing, don't get me wrong, but I suspect our new tropical climates means an upsurge in tropical insects and spiders. One of which bit me on the neck last night.
If that spider wasn't infused with fantastic amount of radioactivity, thus granting me awesome powers, I am going to be seriously pissed off.
Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers and James Tompkins (L) of West Ham United-Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
QPR visited Upton Park having held their opponents scoreless for two matches running, while the Hammers had earned just 4 points from their previous 5 matches coming in. The West Londoners were hoping to build on their platform of recent defensive stability to claw their way out of the bottom of the table, while the East Londoners were hoping to halt their slide down the league table with a good home performance.
I invented a new cocktail last night. It's called a vodka scrompler and it's goddam delicious. I blame that for the rather strange dream I had which involved Arsenal appointing Ben Stiller as manager, but it was the Ben Stiller from Dodgeball rather than the Ben Stiller from Zoolander or the Ben Stiller from The Royal Tenenbaums.
I woke up this morning thinking about our loan players for some reason. I can inform you that a Bendtner/Denilson hybrid is not the most pleasant image with which to bestir oneself first thing, but hey, it could be worse. And no, you don't need me to give you an example.
I was looking back through some of the archives on Arseblog News, and the second story we ever published, back on June 2nd 2011, was one in which TGSTEL expressed his desire to leave the club, saying:
we're heading towards the final day of this Premier League season, and it really seems to have flown by. There's no reason it should have, in fairness. Some of it has been excruciatingly awful and there were Interlulls galore, but here we are. Times flies when you're having ...
Morning all, a quick Saturday round-up for you ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup game against Swansea.
And it's a game which is of vital importance as this competition represents our last real hope of silverware this season. I know we're still in the Champions League and anything can happen but that won't happen.