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Why you should ignore the all the Koscielny stories

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It's a very quiet one this morning and given it's a bank holiday weekend, I'm not going to hunt high and low, like a common Morten Harket, for Arsenal news.

There are a few bits, however, and we can start with a headline in the Mirror which might give cause for alarm Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny vows transfer situation will be settled before World Cup.

Why Arsenal Must Keep Faith With Lukas Podolski

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Why Arsenal Must Keep Faith With Lukas Podolski - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lukas Podolski is the an intriguing piece in the Arsenal puzzle as they fight towards Champions League football next season.

He is concurrently the Gunner's most potent offensive threat and biggest defensive liability.

Why Olivier Giroud is not good enough to lead Arsenal’s line next season

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Olivier Giroud's performance against West Ham this week summarised the limitations of his abilities as a lead striker. The French forward missed a...

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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.

Wham Bang, thank you Arsenal.

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What I want to know is this: exactly what happened in the dressing room at half time? Any ideas? Was it even legal?

The first half was one of those end of season games between two mid-table sides with nothing to play for. Only it shouldn't have been. Sure, the odd bit of skill here and there, but generally looking more like twenty two footballers who had never met before.

Wham Bang, thank you Arsenal.

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What I want to know is this: exactly what happened in the dressing room at half time? Any ideas? Was it even legal?

The first half was one of those end of season games between two mid-table sides with nothing to play for. Only it shouldn't have been. Sure, the odd bit of skill here and there, but generally looking more like twenty two footballers who had never met before.

Arsenal 3-1 West Ham: 3 goals, 3 points.

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Last night was the fourth time in four games that we've conceded the first goal to West Ham, and the fourth time we've come back to win. As I mentioned on yesterday's blog, it was always going to be tough against an Allardyce team under these specific circumstances, but we did what we had to.

Tactics column: On Giroud

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As the last line of defence for struggling Norwich City, John Ruddy has had to be at his best to keep out some of the best strikers in the Premier League. He has, however, still had the misfortune of conceding the two goals of the season, an audacious forty-yard volley by Luis Suarez and a "ridiculous" team goal finished by Jack Wilshere.

Olivier Giroud ‘to be sold’ by Arsenal this summer

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Arsenal will seek to offload striker Olivier Giroud this summer, according to the Sun on Sunday. Although Arsene Wenger is yet to commit his own...

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Same Old Story For Wenger And Arsenal

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Whoscored.com took an in-depth look this week at another end of season slump by the Gunners.

A couple of things stand out in the post.

Arsene Wenger made a decision a year ago that he wanted a small squad, and that decision is really coming back to haunt him. When Arsenal went to Bayern in the Champions League last month, they did not even have enough fit players to make up a full subs bench.

Arsenal Have Max’d Out With Giroud

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I think it is incredible just how much we have been able to achieve this season with a striker like Giroud.

I remember describing him as a French Andy Carroll without a pony tail: good in the air, slow on the ground and a poor first touch, then Carroll got the pony tail cut off.....hmmmmmm.

Arsenal Have Max’d Out With Giroud

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I think it is incredible just how much we have been able to achieve this season with a striker like Giroud.

I remember describing him as a French Andy Carroll without a pony tail: good in the air, slow on the ground and a poor first touch, then Carroll got the pony tail cut off.....hmmmmmm.

Olivier Giroud is staying at Arsenal, says agent

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will not be leaving the club this summer, according to his agent. The France international has been linked with moves to Italy for football reasons and a return to his homeland for personal reasons in recent weeks. But the 27-year-old's agent Michael Manuello says his client has now intention of quitting [.

Video: Olivier Giroud’s goal makes it Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

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Allow Lukas Podolski to define the corridor of uncertainty for you. The German served up this superb assist for Olivier Giroud as Arsenal came from 0-1 down to take a 2-1 lead at home to Swansea.

A Good Man in Charge

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Mr Wenger's 1000th game in charge may there be many more.

How do Chelsea and their manager celebrate this astonishing feat? By a typically snide remark which tells the whole story of our two clubs and why Chelsea, however many trophies they buy, will always be the 2nd club in London.

Rarely do two managers so precisely mirror the ethics of their clubs.

A Good Man in Charge

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Mr Wenger's 1000th game in charge may there be many more.

How do Chelsea and their manager celebrate this astonishing feat? By a typically snide remark which tells the whole story of our two clubs and why Chelsea, however many trophies they buy, will always be the 2nd club in London.

Rarely do two managers so precisely mirror the ethics of their clubs.

Arsenal attacking star set to be forced out of the club

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Arsenal attacking star set to be forced out of the club - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal attacker Olivier Giroud could leave the club this summer, with his wife reportedly willing the striker to return to France in order to save their struggling marriage.

The 27-year-old was revealed to have cheated on his wife, Jennifer, with modelCelia Kay last month, and while the couple have reportedly begun to reconcile, Giroud has been told the only way they can get past his infidelity together is to move back to the continent.

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud meets agent with links to Galatasaray and PSG

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been spotted in a meeting with a top agent who has strong links to Galatasaray and Paris Saint-Germain. The France international met UK-based Muzzi Ozcan for a 45-minute discussion on Thursday evening. The meeting took place at Aubaine restaurant in Hampstead at around 5.

Possible Arsenal Starting Lineup Against Tottenham + Prediction

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Possible Arsenal Starting Lineup Against Tottenham + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane in yet another crucial North London Derby on Sunday, with both sides desperate to get their respective Premier League campaigns back on track.

Arsenal player ratings vs Bayern Munich – Gunners out despite brave show

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Arsenal player ratings vs Bayern Munich Gunners out despite brave show - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal bowed out of the Champions League tonight despite a brave performance against Bayern Munich in Germany, with the 1-1 draw enough to put the Gunners out of the competition, 3-1 on aggregate.

Arsenal Heading To Wembley

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Arsenal are a step close to ending their nine year trophy drought ager beating Everton 4-1 at the Emirates on Saturday, a result that will send them into the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley next month.

Mesut Ozil ended his three-month wait for a goal to give the Gunners a perfect start before Romelu Lukaku's first half equaliser.

Tactics column: On Stoke

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Sometimes management and the routine of selecting teams works in hunches and intuition gathered over time rather than any piercing tactical insight. That's why Arsene Wenger opted for Yaya Sanogo for crucial matches against Liverpool and Bayern Munich in the FA Cup and Champions League respectively.

Stoke ‘surprised and disappointed’ Charlie Adam has been charged for stamp on Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud

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Stoke City say they will "appeal vigorously" against an FA charge relating to a stamp on Arsenal's Olivier Giroud by midfielder Charlie Adam. The Scotland international sparked outrage among Gunners fans when pictures showing Adam's boot on Giroud went viral during Saturday's game. An FA statement said: "Stoke City's Charlie Adam has today been charged [.

Three strikers Arsenal could target this summer

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Arsenal have been linked with plenty of centre forwards over the last six months, with the North London side lacking a world-class striker to convert chances created by their stellar midfield. Although Olivier Giroud has contributed goals and had a good start to the season, the lack of a reliable back-up has caused the France [.

Give Us A Fighting Chance

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Wiltooooooord

If you use a free classifieds web to search for the name Sylvain Wiltord, I bet you can still find memorabilia of him still available for purchase. Probably most famous for the goal at Old Trafford (if you're the Arsenal persuasion) or that one in Euro 2000 (if you're the France persuasion), Wiltord did what was needed of him to ensure that he goes down in the history books as one of major influencers for both teams.

Olivier Giroud ‘begged’ for threesome with Arsenal team-mate and ‘sexy brunette’

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud begged a 'sexy brunette' to have a threesome with him and a team-mate, according to The Sun. The French star, who has been dogged by revelations about his personal life in recent weeks, is said to have asked the woman to 'romp' with him and a fellow Gunners player ahead of [.

Stoke v Arsenal …..Errrr!

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I really don't know what to write after that performance. So I think I'll leave it you lot! Did ANYONE have a good game???

The REAL reason why Arsenal failed to sign a striker in January

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The REAL reason why Arsenal failed to sign a striker in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal fans everywhere bemoaned Arsene Wenger's lack of activity in the January transfer window, with the majority wondering why on earth the Frenchman didn't bring in a striker to help Olivier Giroud and the inexperienced Yaya Sanogo up top.

The Last Good Friday ….. Good Luck to Norfolk Gooner

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Last Friday:

Gradually the furore over Olligate is dying down, only for criticism of Ozil over the penalty miss to be given more impetus. Surprisingly, at least to me, Wenger admitted that Ozil was not "over" the penalty miss, which seemed an odd way to restore the players confidence.

The Last Good Friday ….. Good Luck to Norfolk Gooner

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Last Friday:

Gradually the furore over Olligate is dying down, only for criticism of Ozil over the penalty miss to be given more impetus. Surprisingly, at least to me, Wenger admitted that Ozil was not "over" the penalty miss, which seemed an odd way to restore the players confidence.

Video: Arsene Wenger praises Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud’s character

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised Olivier Giroud's strength after character after he returned to the starting lineup to score two goals in yesterday's 4-1 win over Sunderland. The French striker had been rested for the previous two games, having failed to score in his previous five Premier League outings and seen revelations about his [.

Arsenal’s confidence restored as the Black Cats get blown away.

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Playing less than seventy hours after the extraordinary game against Bayern there were many questions to be answered.

Would Ozil be rested, could Giroud regain his place, would Podolski get a rare start and what physical and mental effect would it have had on those playing two games in such a short space of time?

Arsenal’s confidence restored as the Black Cats get blown away.

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Playing less than seventy hours after the extraordinary game against Bayern there were many questions to be answered.

Would Ozil be rested, could Giroud regain his place, would Podolski get a rare start and what physical and mental effect would it have had on those playing two games in such a short space of time?

GIF It: Olivier Giroud opens the scoring for Arsenal vs Sunderland

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Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland: Giroud and Rosicky press home the points

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After Chelsea spawned their way to a late, late win over Everton in the early kick off yesterday, the pressure was really on us to take three points against Sunderland.

After the midweek disappointment, recent indifferent form and with a number of changes to the team – including no Mesut Ozil in the 18 because of a 'thigh injury' – could we respond?

Sunderland preview: Giroud awakening?

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Back to Premier League action today for the first time in 10 days and it's Sunderland coming to town.

Today's team is one that will have some changes from the midweek slog against Bayern, with the manager being unspecific about exactly how many. Gibbs injury means Monreal will continue at left back, while you have to think the midfield is likely to contain both Arteta and Rosicky, who are fresher than the other options.

The Rest

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.

Some thoughts on Olivier Giroud

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Hello everyone, welcome to the very last edition ever of Arseblog. I've decided to call it quits after Jose Mourinho called around to my door last night and told me, in a very sinister voice, that I'd better stop disrespecting him and his players, otherwise I might get punched like a Crystal Palace ballboy.

Pale red dot

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This is one of those weird mornings for blogging. Everything that needs to be said about Swansea has already been said so there's no need for any further analysis or navel gazing in that regard. I don't need, and I'm sure you don't either, to read about the players needing to keep going or putting things right or showing a response or having to keep fighting or sneaking into John Terry's house and putting a funnel up his nose and blasting 5000 fire ants into his brain .

Arsenal 4-1 Everton: we were up for the cup

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So we're off to Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final after a cracking 4-1 win over Everton yesterday. The scoreline was a touch flattering, perhaps, and Everton played well, but at the crucial times we were able to step up and take our chances, and that made the difference.