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Arsenal Name 20-Man Squad For Friendly Against New York Red Bulls

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Arsenal Football Club has announced its squad for this Saturday's friendly against New York Red Bulls in the 2014 New York Cup.

Arsenal footballers, manager Arsene Wenger and staff departed England earlier today on their way to New York City. Meanwhile, Arsenal supporters from across North American and England will be making their way to Harrison, New Jersey for Saturday's match, which kicks off at 5pm ET (and will be shown live on ESPN2).

How Sami Khedira Would Fit In At Arsenal

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Since the end of May, Arsenal has been linked with a host of defensive midfielders to fill the void in the middle of the pitch for the north London club. The Gunners deployed Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini for much of the season last campaign (they also even used Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at times).

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 Unveil New Figure-Hugging Puma Kit After Brief But Fancy Light-Show In London (Video & Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

Not a kit for the more portly fan, it must be said, Arsenal's new kit suppliers officially unveiled their tight-fitting new strips after a snazzy unveiling by the London Eye which featured a hologram of Arsene Wenger over the Thames (no, really).

As for the kits themselves, which were modelled by Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini in the window of the Puma shop in Carnaby Street, they are pretty classic in style with the continuation of the yellow and blue away combo sure to please Gunners' fans.

Arsenal midfield maestro could be off to Italy

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Arsenal midfield maestro could be off to Italy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal fans must be buzzing at the moment with reports flying around in the media that the Gunners are closing in on securing deals for two quality players, Alexis Sanchez andMathieu Debuchy, from Barcelona and Newcastle United respectively.

What Arsenal need this summer – Part 2 (midfield and attack)

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Last week I considered some of the summer chin scratchers facing Arsene Wenger with respect to his goalkeepers and defence. This week, it's the midfield and the forward line that come under the microscope. Whilst I think the squad needs some bolstering numerically at the back, there are some more nuanced questions about how the coaching staff tinkers with the formula further forward.

From Italy: Fiorentina set their sights on two Arsenal stars

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From Italy: Fiorentina set their sights on two Arsenal stars - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports in the reliable TMW, Serie A side Fiorentina have set their sights on two Arsenal players Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen in order to strengthen their squad in the summer.

Photo: Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs show off their DJ skills

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This pair of DJs are doing things the Arsenal way: keeping it on the deck(s). Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs were DJs at the Arsenal Foundation ball...

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Thursday Kickoff: Arsenal interested in Martinez; Pogba to remain at Juve; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With four place and UEFA Champions League qualification confirmed, Arsenal have already begun to look at options to add to their squad for next year.

Reports in England state that Arsenal have already made an enquiry to see whether Bayern Munich would sell defensive midfielder Javi Martinez, who has also been linked this spring with a move to Barcelona.

Blow for Arsenal: £20m German midfielder shies away from move

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Blow for Arsenal: £20m German midfielder shies away from move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Long term Arsenal target and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender has reportedly distanced himself from an impending switch to the Emirates according to an interview which has appeared in German national daily Bild.

Hull vs Arsenal: Gunners’ Midfield Reunion Key in Cup Final Warmup

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Hull vs Arsenal: Gunners' Midfield Reunion Key in Cup Final Warmup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In a precursor to the FA Cup final, Arsenal travel to the KC Stadium tomorrow to meet Steve Bruce's overachieving Hull City.

This match should see Arsenal's fist choice midfield of Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Mesut Ozil reunited for the first time since the Boxing Day match against West Ham.

Monday Kickoff: Arsenal facing injury crisis; Atletico not concerned over Costa’s knee; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The sweat on Arsene Wengers brow is dripping from his forehead as he worries in anticipation of a mid-week English Premier League clash against West Ham.

Following a 120-minute performance from Wenger's squad on Saturday afternoon, the Gunners usual strength in midfield has been decimated with almost everyone dealing with either injury or fatigue.

European Weekend Rewind: Everton defeat Arsenal; Atletico hang on to win; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For the last 16 seasons, Arsene Wenger has managed Arsenal to a top-four, Champions League-qualifying spot in the English Premier League table.

After Sunday's trip to Goodison Park, the Gunners are going to need some outside help if they are to make it 17 straight.

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta apologises for Chelsea defeat

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Mikel Arteta has said sorry to Arsenal fans for the "embarrassing" 6-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend. The Spaniard vowed that he and his team-mates would strive to make amends for the thrashing. He told the club's official website: "It's not good enough with the way we started the game. "If you give the ball [.

Top Six Premier League Bad Boys of the Season so far

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Top Six Premier League Bad Boys of the Season so far - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the likes of Mario Balotelli and Joey Barton out of sight (for now), there is room for a new batch of bad boys to vilify!

While none of the players on my list are 'pantomime villains' as the aforementioned two most certainly were, this bunch have been noticeably card-happy this season, falling nicely into the necessary parameters I've set.

What They Said: Arteta targets trophy win, Fellaini backs Moyes to shine

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What They Said: Arteta targets trophy win, Fellaini backs Moyes to shine - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mikel Arteta has stressed on the importance of winning a trophy this season, saying it would represent a big turning point for Arsenal.

The Gunners are without a trophy since 2005, but they have the best chance to end that drought this season.

Tactics Column: Arteta provides the drive for Arsenal in an advanced role

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There were many moments of individual and collective brilliance in Arsenal's 4-1 FA Cup win over Everton, but it was the contributions of Arsenal's two elder statesmen, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky, that stuck in the mind. Of course, Arteta was involved in the major flashpoint of match, finishing with aplomb a penalty which had to be retaken, highlighting his mental toughness.

The pressure’s on, can Arsenal react?

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Morning all.

Another tough week looms ahead. There's the small matter of Manchester United and Liverpool (again), and the very real need to change the mood around the club.

Any kind of humping, like the one we got on Saturday, is bound to affect the perception of where we are, what we're doing and how we do it.

Premiership : It Was Like A Car Crash At Liverpool, Says Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta

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It has been a nightmare of a weekend for Arsenal fans, and a comparatively sunny one for Liverpool ones, after they were hit with that meteoric 5-1 disaster on Saturday.

While nothing is guaranteed in football (you could be planning your tactics all week or all year!

Arsenal should have Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta fit for Liverpool clash

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The @Arsenal boss at his pre-match press conference #LFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/OVzJpE9aFs Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 6, 2014 Arsenal midfielders Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta should be fit for this weekend's trip to Liverpool, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. England international Wilshere is back in contention, although his is a slight doubt for the Liverpool clash, [.

Old wine, or new bottle, or old wine in new bottle?

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End of the year, and part of the ritual is to take stock, and look forward towards the future with glorious plans and renewed expectations. And what a fantastic year this has been for Arsenal fans! At the midway stage in the Premier League last year, Arsenal was lying 7th, well off the pace for Champions League qualification, and even off Spursday football places.

Old wine, or new bottle, or old wine in new bottle?

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End of the year, and part of the ritual is to take stock, and look forward towards the future with glorious plans and renewed expectations. And what a fantastic year this has been for Arsenal fans! At the midway stage in the Premier League last year, Arsenal was lying 7th, well off the pace for Champions League qualification, and even off Spursday football places.

Arsenal player ratings vs Chelsea: Sagna and Ozil the Gunners’ best

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Arsenal player ratings vs Chelsea: Sagna and Ozil the Gunners' best - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw on Monday night, with neither side able to break the deadlock in what turned out to be a cagey affair.

The hosts had the lion's share of the ball, but only started to get glimpses of Petr Cech's goal in the last 20 minutes.

Arsenal player ratings vs Napoli – Flamini & Koscielny outstanding

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Arsenal player ratings vs Napoli – Flamini & Koscielny outstanding - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Napoli on Wednesday night but the result was enough to see the north London side progress to the knockout rounds of the Champions League at the Italians' expense.

Napoli 2 Arsenal 0: Wenger was right to bench Ramsey

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Napoli 2 Arsenal 0: Wenger was right to bench Ramsey - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal progressed through to the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Wednesday night, despite being beaten 2-0 by Napoli in Italy.

The Gunners knew that they only needed to avoid losing by three goals, and Arsene Wenger set his team up with damage limitation in mind.

GIF It: Mikel Arteta sent-off (Napoli vs Arsenal)

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Arsecast

Arsecast Extra Episode 20 – 09.06.2014

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Here's this week's Arsecast Extra: I'm joined as always by James from @Gunnerblog.

On this week's show we chat about the upcoming World Cup and James' hope not to contract yellow fever. We look at Arsenal players at the tournament and who might stand out, as well as answering your questions about potential signings at right back and up front, whether Arsene Wenger doing TV punditry will affect his Arsenal work this summer, which player would be the best dancer and much more.

Arsecast Extra 13 – 21.04.2014

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Here's this week's Arsecast Extra: I'm joined as always by James from @Gunnerblog.

On this week's bumper 50 minute (on a bank holiday no less) show the warm glow of a nice 3-0 win away from home at Hull, the form of Aaron Ramsey causes a moistening of gussets, Lukas Podolski's goals, Everton's continued good form, and your questions about Mikel Arteta's tooth, January regrets, the Mugsmashers, footballing cliches and much, much more.

Per and Mik on schedule + Arsecast 296

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Morning all, welcome to Friday. It's all right for us, commuting, drinking coffee, looking forward to the weekend and generally being grand?

But what about the Arsenal players who have no time to even wash their faces with a battered flannel because of the schedule they face. After getting back from Naples early on Thursday morning, they got a bit of a rub down and then today they're off to Manchester to face City.

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Arsenal Spieler reagieren auf gemeine Tweets

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Dieses Video zeigt die Reaktionen von Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker und Mikel Arteta auf gemeine Tweets, die mit dem Hashtag #BallOfShame versehen waren, und sich gegen eben jene Spieler richteten.Arsenal Spieler reagieren auf gemeine Tweets

Paddy Power and Arsenal Player’s Team Up in Hilarious Beat the Tweet Video

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On-line betting giants Paddy Power teamed up with Arsenal trio, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mikel Arteta for this hilarious beat the tweet video and kudo's to the players for agreeing to do it!

Arteta wants 5 wins, but Podolski’s unhappy

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Morning all, welcome to a brand new week and one that is going to prove quite testing indeed, I reckon. After 120 minutes on Saturday, and with players in zones of both red and danger, it'll be interesting to see what kind of team Arsene Wenger can cobble together for tomorrow night's game against West Ham.

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Saturday round-up: Sagna off, Wenger wants to stay

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No football today, for us anyway, so a quick round-up of what's going on this morning.

Team news

Kieran Gibbs is out with his ankle injury, Thomas Vermaelen could resume. Abou Diaby picked up a little groin strain playing for the U21s but I don't really see any reason to get bent out of shape about that because he was never going to play a significant part in what's left of this season.

Too much valium and not enough amphetamine

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You don't have to read many Arsene Wenger interviews to recognise his constant emphasis on the collective of football. His most devoted students, such as Robert Pires, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas, have all been inherently unselfish players, noted as much for their goal provision as their goal scoring.

Tactics Column: Winning ugly, the final frontier

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"Arsène Wenger believes that with a little organisation, simple instruction and faith in playing the game his way, their talent will see them through." Mikel Arteta

A 25 years younger Arsène Wenger might have been a little stung by the accusations that he doesn't do "tactics".

Pre-Mugsmashers injury ponderings, Gibbs, squad of yore

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In today's blog, an impassioned diatribe on why all football pundits are dicks and why you should send flaming bags of poo to their doors.

I kid, I kid. About the flaming poo part, obviously.

It's quiet again as we head towards our Anfield trip on Saturday. There's been no team news, as yet, but there were a couple of little worries towards the end of the Crystal Palace game.

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Saturday round-up: Arteta’s influence, Santi, Alexis and more

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Morning all, a quick round-up of what's going on seeing as those wasters who supposedly run the club haven't signed a World Class player for over 24 hours.

We got our first interview with Alexis on the official site, and while most of it is the usual stuff you hear from players, I did like the bit where he talked about his motives:

Playing regularly wasn't the only reason why I came here.

US undone by Belgium: World Cup and Arsenal round-up

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You know who I wouldn't like to be this morning? Chris Wondolowski.

Because I wouldn't have slept all night. The American had a glorious chance to send his team to the quarter-finals of the World Cup but ballooned his shot over the bar from close range and that miss is going to be like a tattoo on his brain for a long-time to come.

Sp*rs preview: up for the cup

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FA Cup third round today and the small matter of a North London derby to entertain us.

The last time the two sides met in the cup was in the 2000-1 season when we played them in the semi-final at Old Trafford. Goals from Pires and Vieira saw us through that day. Today, the manager has something of a balancing act on his hands in terms of his squad.

Napoli 2-0 Arsenal: caveat qualification

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If the home game against Napoli was our best performance of the season, last night's return fixture is probably up there with our worst.

Two second half goals for the home side, along with late winner in France for Dortmund, mean that we finish the group in second place and as such can draw one of 5 rather tasty teams in the round of 16.