‘He’s The One That Got Away’ – Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger Reveals Just How Close He Came To Signing Cristiano Ronaldo In 2003

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Cristiano Ronaldo has long been confirmed as a sworn-in member of Arsene Wenger's 'Nearly Men XI', having flirted with the possibility of signing for Arsenal as a younger man.

Back in 2003, Ronaldo came to London Colney to have a look around and was even presented with an Arsenal shirt with his name on the back by Wenger himself, only for Manchester United to wade in and gazump the deal after being enraptured by the 18-year-old winger during a pre-season friendly against Sporting Lisbon a few weeks later.

Arsenal got a real gem in Yaya Sanogo (plus video)

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The story of Yaya Sanogo! by Ash

With another day looking set to go past with no confirmation of Arsenal signing anyone, I thought we'd take a look at Arsenal's first summer signing in closer detail. Yaya Sanogo had stated on many occasions ever since early June, that he was going to be signing for the Gunner's this summer, but with no official confirmation from the club, many believed we wouldn't even be signing this unknown talent, but behold it was finally confirmed on the club's website Arsenal.

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Arsenal are working on deals to mark Santi Cazorla from Malaga and lad midfielder Nuri Sahin on debt from Real Madrid. HTTP://

Are Arsenal about to announce another signing?

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Arsene Wenger and Arsenal may be about to announce the capture of their third player this summer. Arsenal fans need something to cheer them up after their top goal scorer and club captain Robin van Persie broke his silence and stated that he will not be extending his contract at the Emirates. 25-year old Hugo [.

Jack Wilshere excited by Podolski signing

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The news that Arsenal managed to sign the top German striker Lukas Podolski has already attracted the first few reactions, and it seems that Podolski is going to be in for a very warm welcome on the Emirates. It's not only the fans who are ecstatic for the announcement Wenger made saying that Podolski is [.

Mikel Arteta – Better than Fabregas!

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The signing of the season: Mikel Arteta by KJ This summer Arsenal lost three key players from the midfield. We lost Fabregas due to ambition; we lost Nasri to money and lost Wilshere to injury. Wenger on the last minute of the transfer deadline decided to dabble in the market and spent £10 million to [.

Wenger: No agreement on Podolski……yet!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that he's one of Lukas Podolski's admirers, but also stated that there was no agreement between Arsenal and the German striker so far. Arsenal has been linked with the German international hitman since the end of last summer, but despite the intense interest a move was not made real [.

The reasons why Arsenal should NOT buy Eden Hazard

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I have recently been ridiculed for claiming that ‘Arsenal don't need Eden Hazard'. I stand by this statement now; the Milan game has done nothing to change my opinion. Don't get me wrong, the Belgian is an excellent, world-class player who would strengthen any squad in the world, including Arsenal.

Another typical Wenger signing!

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Arsenal have been linked with quite a few Borussia Dortmund players this season since playing them twice in the Champions League, especially the young genius Mario Gotze, but in typical Wenger style, the Gunners have instead bought another midfielder from the Bundesliga club. The 19 year-old Thomas Eisfeld is available for less than half a [.

Yossi Benayoun to sign permanent deal with Arsenal?

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Aside from the usual suspects, Mario Gotze and Eden Hazard, or the likes of Lukas Podolski and Moussa Sow rumoured to join the Gunners, there is one player who is almost certain to sign a permanent deal with the club next summer. Yossi Benayoun, whose goal gave Arsenal the win against Aston Villa, is the [.

Arsenal Still In With A Chance of Signing Eden Hazard – According To His Agent Anyway

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Over the last few weeks the speculation has been increasing that Eden Hazard will be signing for Real Madrid sooner rather than later, but there may be hope for us yet according to the players agent John Bico. Bico said, "He has shown from the beginning of the season that he is able to play [...]

Arsenal In Talks With Italian Club Over Potential Signing

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Last month we brought you the news that Arsenal had been keeping a close on Ousmane Drame of Italian Serie B side Padova. Well they have taken their interest a step further and are now in talks with the players agent according to Italian website Mediagol. Drame, 19, is in high demand and his agent [.

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Exclusive: Read all about it, Shay Given decides that he actually wants to play football after joining, basically Newcastle again... Given AVTV exclusive by rbondy007 Quick rundown: Aston Villa is a big club (Used to be), joke about goalkeeper age best years to come (Cheap laugh) , It will be a pleasure to play [.

Rooney warns United against relaxing about 10-point lead over champions

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POSTED: February 2nd 2011 NewsUpdate LONDON, Feb 02: Wayne Rooney has warned Manchester United to beware Chelsea even though they dealt more efficiently than either the champions or Arsenal in disposing of Aston Villa 3-1. Arsenal are five points adrift and Chelsea 10 points adrift behind but strengthened in attack and defence by the £70m [.


Panionios 1-0 AEK

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A disappointing end to what has been a very disappointing bunch of playoff games for AEK. I knew going into it all that we'd be pretty tired and worn out, but I was hoping for better than 4th place but what can you do? Honestly I can't complain, I'd rather see us win the Cup and finish 4th rather than finish 2nd but not win the Cup.

Sunderland ‘good enough for Europe’

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Sunderland new signing Sulley Muntari reckons the Black Cats need to bounce back from a disappointing few weeks if they want to finish in the Premier League top six. The former Portsmouth midfielder arrived in the north-east on loan from Inter Milan during January and made his debut in Sunderland's disappointing defeat to Stoke City [.

TFC Academy

It's a bloody big De Ro

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Yeah... let's just pretend that didn't happen  A few weeks back, the prodigal return of Scarberian superstar Dwayne De Rosario was the talk of TFC Land. Yesterday, Jermain Defoe happened. BOOM! De Ro was now the side dish of off-season signings. A few hours later... BOOMIER! TFC was/is in the middle of trying to snatch Michael Bradley away from AS Roma.

No signings? There's an "Ap" for that.

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The Kingmaker
TFC got their Argentine! No, no... calm down sports fans, Max Urruti is not donning the "famous" red of TFC yet but Toronto has added a Buenos Aires-born product in the form of Manny Aparicio.
The latest product from Danny Dichio's School of Hard Knocks aka TFC Academy, 17-year old Aparicio becomes TFC's eighth graduate to join the first-team.

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Fancy a right ol' knees up me china? 'Ave a butcher's hook as TFC release Defoe teaser!

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Put an 'at on yer barnet - you're off to Canada chappie!  You lot ain't gonna Adam & Eve it! We've been Hank Marvin for a bit 'a good news for ages but it finally looks like Toronto FC pulled their finger out and put up the dosh to half-inch Jermain Defoe off the Lilywhites. Oh the look on your boat race!

THE STARTING 11: Reasons why Diego Forlan would consider Toronto FC

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A hair-raising possibility!  There is much to say about the widely rumoured imminent signing of Uruguayan forward/ shampoo & conditioner aficionado Diego Forlan. We will cross that elderly South American bridge when (and if) we come to it. Who knows... we may only be hours away from the unveiling of the TFC marketing department's newest star the next legend to don the famous TFC Red.

LETTERS FROM CAMP: Payne management

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"It's good to talk..."  With just a few days before The Reds go all snowbird and head down to Orlando ("WHOOO! SPRING BREAK!"), Kevin Payne took time away from packing his mesh "Daytona Beach '84" tank-tops to hold a round-table discussion with some members of the mainstream Toronto football media.

Major League Soccer

StartingXI: Eric Hassli

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Starting XI 1.) How would you describe your time in Vancouver playing for the Whitecaps? Eric: "My time in Vancouver was amazing!!" 2.) What was a better Caps moment for you. First MLS games against Toronto with the two goals ... Continue reading →

Timbers sign midfielder Freddie Braun, goalkeeper Jake Gleeson

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PORTLAND, Ore.— The Portland Timbers announced today the signing of midfielder Freddie Braun and goalkeeper Jake Gleeson. Both are products of the Timbers' development team, the Portland Timbers U-23s. Timbers general manager/technical director Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement. In 2010, Braun and Gleeson guided the Timbers U-23s to a record-setting season in United Soccer Leagues' [.

FCD Signs Ricardo Villar

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Just received a press release from the FCD front office that we have officially signed Brazilian international midfielder Ricardo Villar. Villar has been quite the traveler over his career, enjoying stints in Brazil, U.S.A., Austria, Asia, Germany, and Greece. I'm interested to see how the pick up works out.


THE STARTING 11: Descriptions found on Toronto FC scouting reports/sexy singles ads

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Seriously? Not one striker?
Even though "Family Day" is a day off for some - and Arkansas' sexiest holiday - there is no time for Toronto FC to relax. With only a couple of weeks left before the regular season, very big gaps remain - especially up front - yet the club only seems capable of finding a daily influx of semi-pro holding midfielders and defenders.

FCD Acquires 18-year-old Colombian Striker Fabian Castillo

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Just received this breaking news from FCD....

FC Dallas has acquired 18-year-old Colombian striker Fabian Castillo from Deportivo Cali, the club announced today. Terms of the deal will not be disclosed per league and team policy, and are subject to receipt of the player's visa, International Transfer Certificate and a medical exam.

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TFC to sign Julio Cesar! No not that one. (Now with 70% more delicious confirmation!)

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Somebody needs a cuddle.
It's the beginning of the week and that means Toronto FC needs to make some news! A week after their controversial appointment of Ryan Nelsen as manager, the club are reportedly set to add a veteran presence in Julio Cesar. Now hold up Stefan Frei supporters - it's not Nelsen's teammate, the QPR goalkeeper, but Brazilian journeyman defender/midfielder Julio Cesar Santos Correa.

Bayern sign Petersen, lose Altintop to Real Madrid

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May 20, 2011 German giants Bayern Munich have bolstered their squad for the 2011/12 season by signing second division top scorer Nils Petersen from Energie Cottbus. Petersen, who has signed a three year contract, has cost Bayern a reported three million euro fee. Petersen is Bayern's first signing of the summer window as they aim [.

Barcelona and Real Madrid in for a classic final

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BARCELONA, Spain It's not like it was a gigantic to surprise to any experts who bet on soccer or any soccer fans in general, but it's still worth noting: Barcelona has advanced to the Copa del Rey final. Barcelona already had an astounding 5-0 lead over Almeria after the first leg between the teams [.

Olympics 2012 Football

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Manchester City Bos Roberto Mancini believes there is little opportunity of Robin avant-garde Persie joining the Premier League champions. HTTP://

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Chelsea consummate the signing of Brazilian playmaker Oscar on a five-twelvemonth trade for an anchorage believed to be deserving £25m. HTTP://

The Rest

Summer Of ‘Over-Elaborate Player Unveils’ Continues As Sevilla Stage Fake Kidnapping To Acquire Jesus Navas (Video)

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This could be the very moment that the summer of the 'elaborate player unveiling video' jumps the shark Sevilla have kidnapped Jesus!

Indeed, the Spanish side have announced their re-acquisition of Jesus Navas by having him kidnapped off the street, bundled into the boot of a car and taken to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Larissa 0-1 AEK

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Late getting this post up, but its a game worth mentioning. Going by reports I read online, it was yet another somewhat dissapointing performance from our players, though at least we managed to come away with a win from one of our tougher matches of the playoffs. Our only goal of the match was scored by Platellas in the 42nd minute, and its one worth watching:

I'm curious, would anyone know why Larissa is now playing in Aklazar and not their new stadium?

He's not the Messiah... he's just a naughty Newell's Old Boy

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Where's the specs Chromeo?
Like a Mountie who tells you to "get used to it", Kevin Payne finally got his man - Maximiliano Urruti is officially a Red. It took a couple of hundred days longer than originally expected... but who's counting?

Transfer windows? We don't need no stinkin' transfer windows - just an Argentine club that has fallen on hard times, a player who hadn't been paid and broke up with them and possibly a little help from the "Thanks for Not Touching Clint Dempsey Fund for Disabled Clubs".


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He is a winger form Seville. Figaro. Figaro.

While this may not be the Spanish-speaking droid you were looking for, Toronto FC (former long-distance mistress of Diego Forlan) has signed 24-year old wide midfielder Alvaro Rey. The winger, whose name translates to "The King of Dudes Named Alvaro" has spent much of the summer on trial with The Reds but they unceremoniously let him go a few weeks ago.

Toronto FC signs Richter, Earthquake-related puns to be made

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All bundled up for the overstated Canadian cold... brrrrrrrrrr...
Y-014B - The Yorkies Toronto FC new signing form

Name : Ryan Richter Club : Charleston Battery College : La Salle University Years as a pro : 2 Acquired via : ☐ Trade / ☐ Free Agent / ☑ Waivers / ☐ Coerced out of retirement Because of interest : □ Montreal signed him / ☐ Stolen from Montreal / ☑ none of the above

Say something nice: Ryan Richter has been biding his time for his breakout move, and this could be it.

THE MATCHUP: Shining Lights to the west

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His name is "Shiny McShine"
Funny roof thingy? Check. Sweaty Lenarduzzi?

You wait O'Dea for a defender - then Darren comes along

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By the scruff of the neck...Well not exactly "the bossman" TFC supporters may have expected but an intriguing signing nonetheless. After the disappointment of being stymied in their quest to land Olof Mellberg a couple of weeks back, The Reds had to look elsewhere for a Don Garber Approved (TM) defender and instead landed young Irish International Darren O'Dea.

Douglas signs contract with Braga

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Braga have scooped up Guimaraes'Â striker Douglas and signed him to a 4 year contract after the striker did not sign back on with Guimaraes. The 25 year old Brazilian scored one goal in the past campaign.