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The Super Computer Hath Spoken: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Will Make Arsenal 2% Better

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Arsenal have parted with a £55million chunk of lucre in exchange for the services of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a man who scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund.

The Gunners will no doubt be enthused to learn that, in paying the big moneyfor world football's best available goal-poacher, they have not only strengthened their tilt on Carabao Cup glory this season, but also mathematically improved their team by a clear margin.

Sam: Just a few tweaks and Arsenal will have TWO great teams!

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The First Arsenal post I have ever written Guest Post by Sam Diatta Let me start by saying in no way do I feel that Arsene Wenger will ever go for this but I feel and many will agree that these are very reasonable suggestions that will not bankrupt Arsenal. Let's be straight forward with [...]

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Man Utd ‘bid €40m’ for Real Playmaker – Spanish Report

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Man Utd 'bid €40m' for Real Playmaker Spanish Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Spanish reports, Real Madrid rejected a €40m bid from Man Utd for Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso last summer, with the matter far from finished as we approach January, due to the Spaniard's failure to sign a new contract.

Blackburn take on Manchester City tonight

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Blackburn will be playing Manchester City tonight in a Premier League match tonight. The cold and snow has seen many cancellations during the past week and fans will welcome this encounter if the weather permits. The hosts are without the service of some key players but will still be the stronger side with the huge [.

Fosters No Worries Ozometer brings Rafa out on Top

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We get sent many Press releases about various products , services and news. This one jumped out at us today and we thing you'll enjoy! We all love the pint of Fosters and the Aussie spirit even more! Just when Rafa Benitez thought things couldn't get any worse, a study published by Foster's today reveals the [.

Football News: Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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Sam Story Samueltstory@gmail.com Staff Writer Ah, yes. Day four of the Champions League group stage beckons and there are some riveting story lines to tell. Why wait? -David Beckham is heading back to Milan on loan: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/8326285.stm - Steven Gerrard misses the return match against Lyon in a near must-win match: http://news.

Late goal gives Bolton a win – Bolton 3-2 Everton

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A thrilling encounter was witnessed at The Reebok Stadium as Bolton scored a late goal to defeat Everton 3-2. The Premier League match had both sides matching the other in skill and speed. It was Chung-Yong Lee's 16th minute goal that got the proceedings going for Bolton. A free kick from Matt Taylor was scored [.

Report Card: Ballon d’Or Nominations

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With the Ballon d'Or nominations finally releasing this weekend, the headlines have mostly been devoted to the fact that world champions Italy have no representation whatsoever. But why blame the press for paying excessive attention to an irrelevant detail? After all, the award itself is destined to be heading Lionel Messi's way, which means very little is there to be talked about in terms of debating the winner, right?

Given Saves the Day for Manchester City

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Shay Given came to the rescue of a 10-man Manchester City and helped Mark Hughes' men to secure a point against Wigan at the DW Stadium. Final minutes of the game saw Given made an excellent save, as he didn't allow the home side to win the game, which they deserved from the Kick Off. Charles N'Zogbia [.

The Wednesday Wonder: Two Black Cats

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Patience is a virtue, and for two of the Premier League's best players, that patience has finally paid off. The crazy thing about it all? These two players are on the same team! And the lucky team is Sunderland.

It was just last season that Sunderland were in the heat of the relegation battle.

Quarter 1 Report Card: New Club Managers

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With the first quarter of football almost over in most leagues around Europe, now is a good time to measure the current progress of some of the giant clubs on the continent. Actually, analyzing the success or failure of clubs in general won't be nearly as exciting as identifying a more specific object of analysis.

Mart Poom: From a Reserve to a Coach

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While he was honored as Estonia's best player in the past half a century by the nation's football association, Mart Poom could not earn even remotely the same kind of respect on club level. Despite boasting a variety of Eastern European and English clubs on his resume during his early days as a player, the legendary former Estonia goalkeeper is best remembered for an extremely inactive spell as a back-up keeper at Arsenal F.

Usual Suspects set the Early Pace in the Premier League

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.With half a dozen games gone already in the Premier League this season it seems remarkable that there have been very few drawn matches – just four draws from a total of 56 games to the end of the weekend Sunday 20th September. Stoke City in tenth place have been involved in half of the drawn [...]

Magpies Set for Litmus Test

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The first defeat of the season is always the most tricky one to deal with. Perhaps that explains why some feel that the earlier it comes, the better. At the beginning of the 2007-08 season, a determined young Arsenal squad made a typically flying start to the campaign.

Jose Mourinho: Arrogant or Intelligent?

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Jose Mourinho has continued his special ways as he announced his Inter Milan starting eleven an entire day before his side's crucial Champions League fixture against Barcelona. The former Chelsea manager was never afraid to pull this stunt during his time in the Premier League, and his latest display raises the question: is the special one arrogant or intelligent?

PFA Chief Calls for Calm Over Adebayor

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PFA chief Gordon Taylor has urged football fans, pundits, and the FA to put a stop to the lynch mob mentality that is surrounding Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The targetman stirred up controversy over the weekend by first stamping on Robin van Persie's face before scoring a goal and sprinting the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the angry Gunners fans.

Big Signings Start With a Bang

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While Emmanuel Adebayor's infamous lack of sportsmanship this past weekend has overshadowed Manchester City's emphatic 4-2 victory over his former club Arsenal, it is impossible to overlook the strong impact he has made at the Eastlands already.

North London Takes on Manchester

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For Premier League fans around the world, the last couple of weeks have been almost too painful to endure as something very important seems to have disappeared out of our lives. But with yet another international period finally in the books, we can once again look forward to the return of our most beloved brand of football this weekend.

Thursday Throwdown: A to Z

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Another week of Premiership action is now in the books, and Thursday means one thing: it's time for the Thursday Throwdown from A to Z. Here we go...

AÂ is for Anelka. Chelsea fans should be counting their lucky stars that both Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba are in spectacular form.

Defender Merry Go Round Causes Excitement

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This summer may have seemed a bit boring as far as transfers go, but things are finally heating up. Manchester City and Real Madrid were the overwhelming big spenders during the blistering hot summer months, but with only a few days remaining the "smaller" clubs are working hard to fill out their squads for the fall and winter.

Frank Lampard - The Model Professional

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Are you a fan of Frank Lampard? Don't worry, if you choose not to answer in the affirmative, you surely have some company. While I have written several articles here at Premiership Talk to demonstrate my support for Frank Lampard, this article is not about my support.

Hull City 1 – 0 Bolton – 22nd August – New boy Jozy comes good

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. Phil Brown's Hull City put the disastrous defeat in midweek to spurs firmly behind them with a win over Bolton at the KC Stadium. It was not, however, a resounding roar for the The Tigers but rather a timid meow as the solitary goal in their 1-0 victory came completely against [...]

Darren Bent: A Man in Form

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As Chelsea strolled out of Sunderland on Tuesday night, most of Sunderland's players headed home with their heads down and their tails between their legs. One man, though, is enjoying a phenomenal start to life at a new club. That man is none other than Darren Bent.

In the first half Darren Bent gave the Black Cats a 1-0 lead over Chelsea.

Things We Know Will Happen in 2009/10

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This coming season promises to be the most exciting in years. Of course, every coming season promises to be the most exciting in years. This is one of the many truisms of English Football. Last season we gaped open mouthed as Manchester City clumsily wooed Global Franchise Entities with the promise of dreams and Ferrero Rocher.

Better Safe Than Sorry!

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When I came across this morning's comments provided by the agent of Barcelona ace Samuel Eto'o, the first word that came to my mind was diplomatic. Mr. Mesalles, who has been instrumental in promoting Eto'o to interested parties ever since Barca's treble-winning season came to an end, stated that the Cameroon international preferred to see out the one year that is left on his Barcelona contract.

Give Me the First Division and European Cup

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What is it with all of these stupid confusing names when it comes to different league names and tournaments? I'm talking about some of Europe's domestic leagues and two UEFA club competitions. Why do they have to have these fancy names like Premiership and Europa League? They should just stick with a name that is simple and that tells you what the competition is.

This Summer’s True Transfer Targets

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Plenty of transfers are floating about this summer, but almost all of them revolve around familiar faces. Premiership Talk takes a look at this summer's hottest targets.

David Villa

Real Madrid have already clinched the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, and David Villa appears to be next on the list.

Top 10 Underachievers of the Decade

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Football is a funny game - this is the sport where anything, and I mean anything, can happen completely out of the blue. For example, no one ever imagined that Brazilian star Ronaldinho, who was literally unstoppable not too long ago, would suddenly become as anonymous as he is nowadays.

The Ballad of Cristiano Ronaldo

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So it's finally come to an end. The most protracted and annoying transfer saga in Manchester United history has ended with Cristiano Ronaldo finally getting his wish to look absolutely fabulous in all white whilst topping up his tan in the Spanish Sun.

Some will inevitably see the deal, and his request for it, as inconclusive proof of their belief he is an evil, diabolical, ungrateful little grasping greasy foreign **** who should be strung up and paddled for the sheer gall of wanting to play for anyone but Manchester United.

Premiership Talk Celebrates One Year!

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Another season of the Premier League is now in the books, and Premiership Talk today celebrates its first birthday! On June 7, 2008, Premiership Talk was founded, and a year later the site stands lightyears ahead of its basic roots...although we're still talking about the same things today that we were a year ago (the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga was the very first post on Premiership Talk).

Moment of Brilliance Denies Everton

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When two extremely well-matched sides compete in a cup final, a moment of brilliance is often the difference maker. Some may argue that Everton is not in the same league as Chelsea. But with David Moyes at the helm, the Toffees have defied all odds to finish the season strong without much spending.

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Ibra Burns the Bridge Back to San Siro

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Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become the latest Barcelona star to egotistically pronounce the treble winning club's's dominance over their global rivals. Following Sweden's bitter loss to Denmark this weekend, where the spotlight was stolen away from him thanks to Nicklas Bendtner's scintillating performance for the Danes, Ibrahimovic has taken his frustrations out on former club Inter Milan.

Non-Stop Drama Raises Italian Stock

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Beyond the nation's borders, Italian football has certainly faded into the background in recent years. A devastating match-fixing scandal in 2006 bitterly overshadowed the country's World Cup triumph that year while the domestic league has clearly become a one-horse race ever since. Reigning champions Inter Milan have shown no signs of a slip up in the Serie A for the last three seasons and that trend continued with their strong start to the current season as well.

Antonio Cassano – The People’s Player

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Antonio Cassano has reinvented himself. Not only has he changed his physical approach by losing weight, he has changed his mental approach too, becoming not only more mature, but also a leader. He is now someone who visits hospitals and gives signed shirts to sick children. He is now someone who can carry a team on his back, provide assists for his teammates, and entertain the crowd.

Are You Ready for FIFA 10?

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With the arrival of the weekend, football fans across the world are returning to following their respective teams in another series of cracking fixtures. However, excitement is going to reach a whole different level next weekend, when the much awaited FIFA 10 releases in Australia (October 1) and Europe (October 2).

Skipper Terry: The Difference Maker?

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Some moments are never meant to be forgotten. The entire world of football witnessed one such shocking moment a little less than two years ago in London. On a rainy evening at Wembley, hosts England were expected to advance to the finals of Euro 2008 with just a draw needed against visiting Croatia.

Can the USA Pull off a Miracle?

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Cinderella stories happen everyday, everywhere in this world. In particular, when it comes to the world of football, we have seen quite a few of them. After all, who would have thought that Senegal would knock France out of the World Cup in 2002? Or who would have picked Greece to win it all in the European Cup of 2004?

Great Club or Faceless Global Corporation?

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Here's an analogy for you to mull over:

An entrepreneur comes up with a product. It can be any product: a website, a toaster, a killer mutant robot, you name it, but he designs and develops it. He makes it successful. It's him who brings this product to the attention of the world... and it's a truly great product.

Roman Holiday - A Diary of Rome

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Tuesday May 26th

11am – After failing in my quest to get a good night's rest the night before, I spent the morning zombified thanks mainly to the hypnotic waffling of Paddy Crerand on MUTV. After a wash and an egg (though maybe not in that order) I got in the cab and headed for Heathrow Terminal 5.