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Arsenal striker Giroud tipped to bench Mbappe for World Cup

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Robert Pires has called for France to play Arsenal's Olivier Giroud over wonderkid Kylian Mbappe for next summer's World Cup in Russia. The 18 year-old set the world alight last season as he smashed onto the scene in spectacular fashion, and is now a part of the most expensive attacking line-up in world history.

Griezmann urged to better himself at Arsenal not Man United

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Robert Pires has told Antoine Griezmann that he should join Arsenal this summer, as he would have more to learn by joining us over Manchester United. The French forward has become one of the most wanted players on the market following an amazing three seasons with Atletico Madrid where he has scoreda total of 77 [.

Arsenal stars ALL happy with Wenger´s transfer summer?

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It may have been completed a little late for some Arsenal fans, I know that I spent a lot more time than I would have liked worrying about whether the transfer window would be another very disappointing one, but in the end Arsene Wenger did spend quite a lot of money this summer. He also [...]

Arsenal legend backs Vardy to be successful signing

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Pires is keen for Vardy to sign for Arsenal! A lot of footballing legends, famous names and journalists have had their say on the Jamie Vardy to Arsenal rumour and although debates seem to be split on the matter, the latest comments seem to be in favour of the Englishman's potential move to the Gunners.

Olivier Giroud wants 25 League goals this season – I wish!

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Giroud has high ambitions for Arsenal by Darren N There is nothing wrong with confidence in the Arsenal players but listening to Olivier Giroud I would say there is a fine line between confidence and madness! I agree that when Arsene Wenger used Theo Walcott as competition for the centre-forward spot the Frenchman suddenly started [.

Wenger takes Arsenal great’s advice on DM transfer target

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There have already been a large number of names put forward by various parts of the football media about which players Arsenal will sign in the January transfer window, always assuming that Arsene Wenger agrees that is. The main candidates have been strikers and defensive midfielders, with the latter surely the main priority after one [.

Arsenal legend reveals Wenger may sacrifice Champions League?

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Arsenal would be facing a very tricky and crucial first week back after the latest international break even if Arsene Wenger did not have to cope without six regular first team players (it was seven but at least the boss has revealed that Hector Bellerin is fit again). Two Premier League away games, at West [.

Arsenal insider reveals three BIG reasons for EPL title belief

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Many of us Arsenal fans have been here before over the last 10 years, only for something like all the injury problems and our heavy losses in some big away games of two years ago to come along and leave the latest challenge for the Premier League trophy in tatters. Up until this season, however, [...

Walcott on why he can’t get a game for Arsenal

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Theo Walcott is finding it very hard to get his place back in the Arsenal First XI after returning from a year out injured, and the England winger believes that this is the best squad that Arsene Wenger has assembled since the Invincibles, and the competition for places is very fierce right now. Theo has [.

The TWO stars backed to lead Arsenal to GLORY

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With every improvement in performance from Arsenal and every game we win to keep climbing up the Premier League table, thoughts inevitably turn to whether the current version of the Gunners is good enough to emulate the sort of success that we had in the first decade under the managerial reign of Arsene Wenger.

Former Gunners says Khedira transfer means Arsenal STILL have title chance

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The Arsenal transfer rumours about the Germany midfielder Sami Khedira did not stop when the summer transfer window closed. If anything, they have increased and plenty of media outlets, including the Daily Star, seem to think that Arsene Wenger will be going back in January to sign the 27-year old fr4om Real Madrid.

Relax Arsenal – Ozil will shine like me says club legend

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Only one Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla, has started and played in more games than club record signing Mesut Ozil this season. That gives a clear indication of how much Arsene Wenger has relied on the German international this season but also suggests a reason why his form has tailed off so much after a great [.

Arsenal’s £100m transfer rumours! Who should Wenger buy?

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So it looks like it is time for the Arsenal fans to start guessing as to who Wenger is going to buy in the summer (if he is still the manager of course!) According to the Telegraph, Wenger will have £100 million pounds to play with as the Gunners make more and more money from [...]

Arsenal CAN win Premier League with Ozil says Pires

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It is quite hard for most Arsenal fans to keep our feet on the ground at the minute. It seems to be asking for trouble to get too optimistic about the chances of winning the Premier League title for the first time since the amazing feats of the Invincibles led to the Gunners being champions [...]

Pires says Arsenal must make Ozil the 1st of many BIG transfers

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Robert Pires is one of the many former players who have kept close ties with Arsenal Football Club. He is also the latest former Gunner to return to the Club to train and keep himself match fit, so he has been able to see at first hand what effect the record signing Mesut Ozil has [...]

Ozil at Arsenal can be as good as Zidane!!

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Arsenal now have their own Zidane in their side! by Ash Arsenal have always been known for having quite a strong midfield, especially over the course of Arsene Wenger's 17 year reign with the club. However, aside from the glory days of the early 2000's, it's hard to argue that we have never had a [..

Is Pires at Arsenal to help Ozil cope with Premier League?

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As you probably know already, the former Arsenal star Robert Pires is back at the Club. Arsene Wenger has not re-signed the 39-year old midfielder, but after the summer saga with Mathieu Flamini earning himself a new contract by impressing the manager, you never know. Maybe Pires was encouraged by that situation to try his [.

Time for Arsenal to give Thomas `Pires` Eisfeld a chance?

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Eisfeld surely deserves a great chance! by Ash Thomas Eisfeld has often been a player that has been left on the fringes of the Arsenal set up ever since he joined the club back on the final day of the January 2012 transfer window in a deal of less than half a million from German [...]

Monreal is the answer to Arsenal’s left side injury crisis

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Why Wenger likes a left wing Nacho by KJ It's well known that Arsenal have a plethora of injuries at the moment, especially to the left wing position with Cazorla, Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain. As a result, we've been forced to play Wilshere as a LW. What's interesting is that rather than opting for someone like [.

Arsenal Debate – Current team the Best since 2006?

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Is this the greatest Arsenal team in years? by Ash There has been a lot talk over the last few years about how Arsenal have done nothing but decline into the mix of a failing team, a team of past glories and a team that will take its time for a return to success. And [...]

Arsenal Debate – Invincibles played 4-4-2 – Is it really dead?

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Let's do it the Invincible way by AM

How you guys feeling during this chaotic transfer window? Optimistic? Sad? Angry? Depressed? This has been a crazy one I tell you, so I want to take our minds of us getting Suarez for 40 million or Gustavo or anyone for that matter.

I was just thinking about the good old days when Arsenal dominated the EPL, got to Champions League Finals and collected FA cup Medals every couple years.

Time for Arsenal to rekindle the “Invincibles” spirit

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Arsenal need some "invincible" spirit by FD

With the appointment, just announced, of Arsenal old boy Freddie Ljungberg into a backroom "ambassadorial" role, Gooners are reminded of the team of "Invincibles" of which Freddie was an integral part. Even though the Swede has been critical of Arsenal recently, calling for the club to sign "very good players" (that's Swedish for "top, top") if they wanted to challenge for trophies, and was less than enthusiastic about the players' celebrations after the Newcastle match, it seems the Arsenal hierarchy are happy to welcome him back into the fold.

Wenger needs to change or will fail says former Gunner Smith

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The former Arsenal and England striker Alan `smudger` Smith has been writing about his memories of the Gunners and his thoughts on the current Arsenal team. Smith left Arsenal shortly before Arsene Wenger took over in 1996, but he has always followed the Gunners and has suggested that the Frenchman is at a pivotal period in his Arsenal reign and could maybe do with being a little more flexible in his methods.

Is Pires right about Arsenal needing more British players?

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Robert Pires spent six seasons at Arsenal, from 2000-2006 and, like a lot of former Gunners, keeps the club close to his heart and follows what is happening. When he was at the club, we were enjoying a great period of success, winning two Premier League titles and three FA cups, as well as making it to the final of the Champions League, which was his last game for the Gunners before moving to Villareal.

Arsenal debate-Does Wenger need to shake up his system?

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Why is Arsenal so inconsistent by AM

During these last 3 seasons, Arsenal has been the most irregular team between the top 5 of the Premier league. Apart from the fact that we have not lifted any trophies for now 8 years, we have also not been the best during the big games.

How to solve the Arsenal midfield problem?

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The problem with the attacking midfield in my opinion is not the Arteta-Wilshere axis but the other forward midfield players. When Diaby was having his little surge, hopefully soon to return in reduced games, it was not just his defensive qualities but the fact he went beyond the main strikers on surging runs that made Arsenal so dangerous.

Cesc Fàbregas – From Trailblazer To Champion, Part 2

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In our second and final part of our Cesc Fabregas Player Spotlight, we take a look at Cesc's rise from teenager to first-team regular at Arsenal at a time when Arsenal were slowly losing members of their beloved Invincibles. We take a look at how Cesc's move to London opened doors to the Premier League that may not have been open in previous seasons.

Cazorla thanks Pires and Silva for recommending Arsenal as the Perfect Club

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When Santi Cazorla first heard about the interest from Arsenal this summer, he was flattered but wanted some advice about the wisdom of the move. His team mate at Villareal before he moved to Malaga was the one and only Robert Pires, so who better to call.

"Robert told me not to think twice, that I'd enjoy it, that it's the perfect club for me, that Arsenal has aspirations to win the title and go far.

Giroud Loves Arsenal, but especially Diaby!

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Giroud praises the Gooners and Diaby by AM Olivier Giroud, in an interview to FIFA's official website, has praised his French team mate Abou Diaby and has also shown his delight at playing for the ‘Knowledgeable' Arsenal fans. The French international forward, who is yet to score his first goal for the Gunners, has said [.

Robert Pires has confidence in Arsenal’s new arrivals

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Former legend says that Giroud will shine by AM Former Arsenal great Robert Pires has said that, with time, Giroud will shine through. The Frenchman said that, even though Arsenal have lost some important players, Wenger will replace them eventually. Pires said – "It takes time to adapt, and it is especially hard for attacking [.

Arsenal legend thinks Cazorla will be awesome

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Arsenal Legend Robert Pires Praises ‘Brilliant' Cazorla by AM Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes Santi Cazorla is at the right club to make most of his wonderful talent and the start against Sunderland was only a trailer of things to come. In an interview to the Official Arsenal Magazine, the Frenchman who played alongside Cazorla [.

Cazorla signing brings a much-needed buzz

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When the club finally confirmed on Tuesday after weeks of rumours the signing of Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla, it brought about an excitement in me, and seemingly Arsenal fans everywhere, that hasn't been felt for a long time.

Perhaps it is simply because he joins other exciting players, Podolski and Giroud, and because we have not yet sold a big player (emphasis on the 'yet'), in what has been a refreshingly enjoyable summer transfer window.

Cazorla & Giroud & Podolski, OH MY!

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Quite the transfer market for our gunners huh!? Obviously by now we are all well aware of our latest signing, Santi Cazorla from Malaga. To be perfectly honest, even though I had only heard of the guy in passing prior to the rumor mill starting to turn, this most recent signing is the one that excites me the most.

Santi Cazorla is finally at Arsenal

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The CF Malaga man is finally a Gunner. And he's losing no time talking about his ambitions to see Arsenal end a long drought without silverware. Cazorla seems to have come to the Emirates with the right attitude. His statement should earn many more fans.

"There's a very good squad here and we want to fight for titles and win titles.

The boys hard in training – Cazorla and Sahin rumours persist

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Just a quick one today to tide us over.

For those who haven't been keeping an eye on the players, the Big Friendly German, Podolski and Sagna have been playing some publicity roles in Nigeria due to the absence of the team coming to play. There are some great photos on the Arsenal website of the boys having a good workout to consolidate their preseason training to ensure they are fully prepared for next season.

United bid for van Persie signals end to rivalry

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Perhaps worse even than the sight of talismanic striker and captain playing in the red of Manchester United, is the fact that our long-standing rival Ferguson felt he could make a bid at all. If it wasn't already pretty clear, it is now official: we are not the rivals we used to be.

It almost seems silly to say, as we have barely challenged the Old Trafford club in the last seven years, but there remained the faint, if dimming, hope that we would work our way back to the big time eventually and win some trophies at their expense.

CAZORLA

Drill a hole in your own head

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Having been linked variously with Chris Samba, Scott Dann, Kevin Doyle and Kieran Richardson over the last twelve months, it is quite understandable that's there has been a palpable sense of excitement around Arsenal this week. The acquisition of Santi Cazorla represents the third signing this summer that I have actually heard of.

Cazorlympics

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There's been another massive blank slot in my blogging compendium, but you'll forgive me: I didn't want to endure the daily pains of the transfer window, so I didn't. Well that's an element of it – another is the Olympics, the viewing of which I could safely win an Olympic gold in. Canoeing? I can now watch it and whoop.

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QPR Report Sunday: Stan Bowles Joins QPR Flashback Birthdays for Springett & Bannister..Woking Report

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- -- QPR and England Goalkeeper Ron Springett Turns 77 --- - -- Birthday for Gary Bannister -- - Flashback: Transfer Leak Infuriates QPR Chairman - - Woking Official Site Woking 1 Queens Park Rangers 2 Pre-Season Friendly 21st July 2012 Another fine performance from the Cards, particularly in the first half, ended disappointingly in a 2-1 defeat against a QPR XI – a result that hardly reflected Woking's dominance throughout most of the game.

Miffed At Losing Copa Libertadores Final, Boca Juniors’ Santiago Silva Steals Photographers’ Camera (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Nonchalant as you like, here's Boca Juniors mard-arse Santiago Silva (nicknamed 'The Tank', though 'The Tea Leaf' would definitely be more appropriate!) plucking a camera from a photographer's hand and doing one...

YOINK. Did the poor chap get his camera back?