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Can Arsenal REALLY cope with just SIX defenders?

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I am happy and relieved that Arsene Wenger accepted that Yaya Sanogo was not enough and that Arsenal needed to sign another centre forward, especially with Olivier Giroud being out of action until around the end of the year. And I'm not going to be down on the Frenchman for signing Danny Welbeck either, it [.

DONE DEAL but this defender is heading OUT of Arsenal

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There is finally some action for Arsenal as the summer transfer window starts collecting glasses and shouting drink up please, it's time. But this transfer action is not really what we want to see, as it sees a player leaving Arsenal rather than one coming in. The report in the Daily Mail reveals that the [.

Arsenal defence to face Man City for Community Shield?

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This will be the first time in years that Arsenal have featured in the Community Shield, in fact the first time since the name change, but it will be a useful exercise for us and certainly a game we want to win, especially as it is against one of the teams most likely to challenge [...]

Is Sanabria the next Barcelona starlet on his way to Arsenal?

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Arsenal set to sign another Barca wonderkid! by Ash It's a well-known fact that Arsenal have one of the best youth academies in Europe and although it shouldn't be confused with the fact that we produce lots of quality players, in fact the majority come through the ranks after joining from another club early in [.

What Wenger SHOULD be doing at Arsenal

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If I were Wenger. by Jak

I am sure all of us at one point or another, or constantly for that matter, have fantasized about being Arsenal's manager. I know I always choose Arsenal in my Football Manager campaigns. So this post is about being in charge instead of being frustrated on the sidelines, for one brief moment having the power to spend this legendary 70 million transfer kitty and decide on the lives of footballers.

Gunners defence in the firing line again!! should we panic?

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Having conceded two goals in each of the Emirates cup games, the Arsenal defence is under the microscope again, as it was for much of last season. Arsene Wenger has spoken about the need for more defensive stability, but also suggested that the fitness of the players was a big reason for the Galatasaray goals, and that should not be a problem when the Premier League season starts in less than two weeks.

Arsenal youth not good enough (yet) and friendlies mean nothing

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Assessing the Enirates cup by Uche

Before tempers run any higher, I will like to remind us all that the results of Arsenal's games against Napoli and Galatasaray in the just concluded Emirates cup, do not reflect the true strength of our first team. The results are disappointing for sure.

FINALLY- Arsenal about to complete 1st (non-free) transfer

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The Emirates cup is over and Arsenal have just one more game before the Premier League season kicks off with the visit of Aston Villa. In the space of 10 days, the Gunners also travel to Fulham and have to get past the two legs of the Champions League play-off. One thing the Emirates cup proved was that Arsenal need some more players, although most of us have known that for a while.

Nagoya Grampus vs. Arsenal Preview, Prediction and Live Stream

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Arsenal have been filling their boots so far on this tour of Asia, with seven goals in each of the first two games, but the idea is to build up to the start of the season, so it will be better to get a tougher test today, and I am sure that the Japanese side Nagoya Grampus will provide it.

They are in the middle of their league season, so will be better prepared and probably much fitter than the Gunners, so we will need to be on our mettle.

Video: Vietnam 1-7 Arsenal

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Arsenal eased to a 7-1 victory in their pre-season friendly against Vietnam. French striker Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick his second is worth watching out for in the video above and was joined on the scoresheet by Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Chuba Akpom (2) and Ignasi Miquel. Vietnam pulled a goal back late on [.

Vietnam vs. Arsenal Review – Goals Galore again for Gunners

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Arsene Wenger made quite a few changes to the starting line up for the second Arsenal game of the pre-season tour of Asia against Vietnam. With concerns that the back problem could keep club captain out of the Gunners for quite an extended period at the start of the season, Wenger gave Sagna another chance to show what he can do in central defence.

Vietnam vs. Arsenal Preview, Prediction, Line-up

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Vietnam vs Arsenal preview, line up and score prediction by KJ

Arsenal got off to a brilliant start on their Asia tour with a 7 – 0 drubbing of the Indonesia dream team. It was a fairly tame affair and we never got out of second gear (understandably).

I'd expect a very similar match considering these sides (no offence) are nowhere near the level required to even put up a challenge to a Premier League club, let alone Arsenal (watch how this comes back to bite me in the butt).

Indonesia Dream Team v Arsenal Preview and Line Up

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Indonesia Dream Team vs Arsenal preview, predicted line up and score line prediction by KJ

It's been a long, tiresome two months since we last saw the Arsenal play but we are finally back and this time it's the first of four pre-season matches we'll play on our tour of Asia.

We've taken a solid 24-man squad with the exclusion of our two Spaniards (who are recuperating from the Confederations Cup), Vermaelen (for a back injury), Gervinho (illness apparently but we all know it's because he's looking to leave the club) and finally Sanogo (who was playing for France in the U20 World Cup which they also just won).

Which young Arsenal players will step up?

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A big part of Arsene Wenger's philosophy at Arsenal involves bringing on talented young players, and he has certainly had a fair amount of success in that area. It has been a while since a young player broke through from the academy and stamped his authority on the first team, and it is high time that somebody did.

Williams transfer to Arsenal back on due to Vermaelen injury

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It was reported that the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen was going to miss the Gunners' tour of Asia because of a back injury, which is bad news for the club's pre-season preparations, and even worse news for the Belgium international. Vermaelen, as we know, has his work cut out getting a starting place ahead of the central defensive partnership that finished last season.

Arsenal don’t need a new centre-back – We have Miquel!

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Miquel for 4th choice by Ash

Many know that this summer transfer window is absolutely vital for Arsenal, and the club needs to get it right if they are to be ambitious and compete amongst the big boys next year, especially if we want to challenge for the Premier League and go far in both domestic and European competitions.

Should Micah Richards replace Sagna at Arsenal?

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Why Arsenal should sign Micah Richards by LM

With the stories circulating about Bacary Sagna's future, heightened by his poor performance in the draw against United at the weekend, Arsenal may be on the look out for a replacement right back this summer. If the rumours were to be true and we were on the market I do not believe there would be anyone more suitable than Micah Richards to be the man to fill the gap, especially as he is a Gooner himself.

New Arsenal defender Will not be Williams!!

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Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a new central defender for his Arsenal squad. With an estimated £70 million burning a hole in the Fremchman's pocket, Arsenal fans are hoping for some big name additions in some key positions, and central defence is one of the most crucial.

The Gunners are currently operating with just three first choicers in Koscielny, Vermaelen and Mertesacker.

Defensive Crisis for Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger may well be wishing he had not been so cautious in last month's transfer window, because Arsenal now look like being without three key defenders for tomorrow's game at Sunderland. Captain Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs and Laurent Koscielny are the players injured, leaving just Per Mertesacker as a first choice centre back.

Will Santos ruin Arsenal’s season?

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Towards the end of the first half against Liverpool yesterday, most Arsenal fans will have experienced a sick feeling in their stomach, accompanied by a cold, clammy sensation that smells of pain and defeat. As Kieran Gibbs left the field to be replaced by Andre Santos, we all feared the worst. The only positive is that the injury gave Arsene Wenger 24 hours to find a replacement.

Arsenal Announce Capital One Cup Starting XI to face Reading FC

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Theo Walcott of Arsenal (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arsenal has just released the first team for tonight's Capital One Cup match at the Madejski Stadium against Reading FC as listed below. Manager Arsene Wenger has made 11 changes to the

Arsenal Starting XI: Martinez, Jenkinson, Djourou, Koscielny, Miquel, Coquelin, Frimpong, Walcott, Arshavin, Gnabry, Chamakh

The Gunners opted for a mixture of youth and experience with the inclusion youngsters such Damian Martinez, Ignasi Miquel and Serge Gnabry but hope to maintain their composure with the appearances of first team regulars Laurent Koscielny, Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin.

Arsenal Debate: Should we sell Djourou and promote Miquel?

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Is Miquel ready for first team football? by KJ

Rumours are starting to pick up that Djourou could be on his way out of Arsenal very soon. It was reported that Napoli scouts were at the Switzerland game against Iceland. They were there scouting Djourou as a possible recruit.

Arsenal defender linked with January transfer to Italy

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The news that one of Arsenal's defenders could be the subject of a transfer to Serie A in Italy could be better and it could be worse. It is not Koscielny, Mertesacker or Vermaelen, so that is a great relief. On the other hand, it is not Sebastien `the Squid` Squillachi so that's very disappointing.

A serious win – Arsenal 6 Coventry 1

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On Sunday, we faced a side called City that played in sky-blue. And last night, it happened again. Except the City from Coventry is very different to the one from Manchester in one key respect: Sheikh Mansour did not decide to take his country's cash to the Midlands.

Coventry City were once a proud and persistent member of the top division, ranking only behind Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton for their unbroken run at the top.

A serious win – Arsenal 6 Coventry 1

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On Sunday, we faced a side called City that played in sky-blue. And last night, it happened again. Except the City from Coventry is very different to the one from Manchester in one key respect: Sheikh Mansour did not decide to take his country's cash to the Midlands.

Coventry City were once a proud and persistent member of the top division, ranking only behind Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton for their unbroken run at the top.

No Koscielny in Arsenal squad for Coventry

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Arsene Wenger has named his 18-man squad fro the third round of the Capital One cup against Coventry City tonight. The main surprise, for me, is that Laurent Koscielny is not included. The French international central defender has been unable to get his place back to due to the excellent form of Per Mertesacker.

Arsenal to mix youth and experience against Coventry

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Coventry City have had a dreadful start to the season, with five league defeats in a row. Their new manager Mark Robins is desperate to avoid another dent to his sides fragile confidence and may have hoped for a young and inexperienced Arsenal side in tonight's Capital One cup clash. He is going to be out of luck, however, as Arsene Wenger has vowed to field a strong and competitive side at the Emirates.

Ignasi Miquel loves the new Arsenal coaching team and is ready to step up

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Ignasi Miquel talks about the influence of Bould and Banfield Young Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel has praised the influence of Steve Bould and Neil Banfield on his Arsenal career so far. Both Bould and Banfield have been promoted to first team coaching staff this season by Wenger. Bould, who was part of George Graham's famous [.

Arsenal hold Kitchee FC, 2-2 in pre-season friendly

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Gervinho was excellent. So was Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby. But in a familiar refrain, the defense was shambolic. Arsenal gave plenty of leg up to a very enterprising local team through Ignasi Miquel's giveaway and then flailed about in a losing attempt to clear the ball. Can't quite believe we only have only one more pre-season warm up left, against Koln.

Arsenal 2 – 2 Hong Kong Kitchee FC by KJ Today it was an early morning kick-of

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Arsenal 2 – 2 Hong Kong Kitchee FC by KJ Today it was an early morning kick-off for the final match of Arsenal's Asia tour. This was definitely a more relaxed match than the one against Man City and this was reflected in the starting line-up: Szczesny Eastmond Djourou Miquel Gibbs Coquelin Diaby Chamberlain Walcott [.

Futbolita Exclusive: Arsenal Preseason with Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain & More

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The Futbolita team took a little break earlier this week to spend preseason with Arsenal in Asia and to meet some friends old and new and more importantly, to bring you exclusive updates! We're off to cover Man City (with a huge surprise for Kun Aguero) this weekend, but before that, here's a selection of photos from the arrival of the Gunners.

Arsenal in Malaysia 2012 : Day 3

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Another chapter on Arsenal's adventure in Malaysia closes as the journey continues to Beijing. Yesterday saw Arsenal defeating a Malaysia XI side, coming back from a goal down to salvage a win in the closing phase of the second half. Lots of happy fans and lots of happy sponsors. But more importantly, if not the workout, the heat alone would help the players shed a few extra stones picked up in the off season.

Some good performances ( AND A CUP ) for Arsenal

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I know it is only the first outing in pre-season but the two 45 minute games at St. Mary's in Southampton yesterday gave Gooners some real positives. Firstly, we got our hands on a trophy at last. Get used to it lads. More importantly, Arsene Wenger gave some players a chance to push their cases [...

Are Barcelona trying to poach Arsenal defender?

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This question could refer to three different Arsenal players. Reports have linked Barcelona to Thomas Vermaelen, Ignasi Miquel and now Laurent Koscielny. Don't the Spanish side know any other teams to look at? The worry for me is that Koscielny, like a couple of other Gunners, only has a year to run on his current [.

Going To Miss His Bubbly Self

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Toure in better times

Happy Friday to you. 13th a number lucky to some and not so much to others. We find today a story on a young centre back at Arsenal who might be going out on loan to a Championship club. Ignasi Miquel is supposedly on the radar of Brighton who are riding on the wave of their success in recent seasons.

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Arsenal exits means Wenger is planning last minute surprises!

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Miquel to Leicester City by Ash

Arsenal's squad seems to be getting weaker and weaker by the day as today we have sent Ignasi Miquel out on loan to Championship side Leicester City. He is the 3rd player to be loaned out from the club this summer, also joining a whole host of players to go through the exit door and this major overhaul at the club doesn't seem as promising as we all thought.

Malaysia XI 1-2 Arsenal: Report

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Two late, late goals from unlikely sources - Thomas Eisfeld and Chuks Aneke meant that Arsenal snatched victory from a determined and dangerous looking Malaysia XI side, at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The hosts had put themselves one up, and deservedly so, seconds before the half time whistle through a thunderous strike from about 25 yards, from Mohamad Azmi Muslim.

Malaysia XI 1-2 Arsenal: Report

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Two late, late goals from unlikely sources - Thomas Eisfeld and Chuks Aneke meant that Arsenal snatched victory from a determined and dangerous looking Malaysia XI side, at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The hosts had put themselves one up, and deservedly so, seconds before the half time whistle through a thunderous strike from about 25 yards, from Mohamad Azmi Muslim.

Malaysia XI vs Arsenal 2012 - Free Live Streaming Links

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Arsenal will start their 2012 Asia Tour in Malaysia, just like last year - at the Bukit Jalil Stadium against the Malaysia XI side. This is the first time this season that Arsenal fans will have a chance to see their first team in action, as the pre-season friendlies thus far have seen the participation of exclusively reserve and youth players.

Malaysia XI vs Arsenal 2012 - Free Live Streaming Links

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Arsenal will start their 2012 Asia Tour in Malaysia, just like last year - at the Bukit Jalil Stadium against the Malaysia XI side. This is the first time this season that Arsenal fans will have a chance to see their first team in action, as the pre-season friendlies thus far have seen the participation of exclusively reserve and youth players.