Giroud Downplays Ankle Injury, Gunners Replotting Rooney and Suarez Moves, Eto’o Claims to Have Rejected Arsenal…

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Giroud Downplays Ankle Injury Olivier Giroud has revealed that the ankle injury he picked up in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday is nothing serious, and he should be fit to play in Wednesday night’s Champions League group match against Olympique Marseille. The France international twisted his ankle against […]

Gervinho and Chamakh Leaving, Rodgers Accuses Arsenal Of ‘Playing Games’, Wilshere Wants Suarez…

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Gervinho and Chamakh On Verge Of Arsenal Exit Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho are close to leaving Arsenal for pastures new. The Gunners are ready to take a hit of almost £4million on Gervinho just two years after signing him from Lille for £10.8m. He is currently in Italy finalising his […]

Backpage Roundup: Gunners Hesitant to Pull the Trigger on Fellaini, Koscielny Reaffirms Desire to Stay, Adams Blames Foreigners and More

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Gunners Hesitant to Pull the Trigger on Fellaini Transfer Everton FC midfielder Marouane Fellaini is keen to join Arsenal FC, but the massive cost attributed to the transfer means that the Gunners are a bit hesitant to pull the trigger. The Belgian giant’s representatives recently rejected Arsenal’s initial contract offer and demanded a six-figure salary […]

Backpage Roundup: Gunners Expecting Bayern and Barca’s Bids for Koscielny, Juve Drop Out of Higuain Chase, Fabregas’ Barca Dream and More

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Gunners Expecting Bayern and Barca’s Bids for Koscielny Arsenal FC are set to receive bids from European giants Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona for their star defender Laurent Koscielny. (Goal.com) In order to discourage interest in the French centre-half, his price has been upped to €23.5 million, but it doesn’t seem that it would stop […]

Backpage Roundup: Perez Won’t Accept £25M for Higuain, Wenger ‘Not Scared to Spend’ Big, Fabregas Staying at Barca, Grenier Might Too and More

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Perez Tells Higuain Suitors to Not Even Bother Bidding Just £25M Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told Arsenal and Juventus to forget about signing Gonzalo Higuain if they believe he will accept offers of £25.5 million for the Argentine forward. It was previously thought that Los Merengues would sell Higuain for a transfer fee […]

Backpage Roundup: Monreal’s Advice for Gunners, Sanchez Wants Barca Stay, Vela Rejects Arsenal Return, Jovetic’s Affinity and More

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Monreal’s Advice for Gunners Nacho Monreal believes that he and his Arsenal teammates should pay no attention to their critics and instead spend all their energies on achieving a top four finish this season. It has been another disappointing season for the Gunners as their trophy-drought is set to cross the eight-year mark at the […]

Backpage Roundup: Henry Set for another Arsenal Return, Mertesacker Recalls Debut Season Struggles, Gunners Won’t Be Complacent Against Montpellier, Bendtner Unsure About Arsenal Future and More

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Henry Could Return Again Arsene Wenger has refused to rubbish media speculation that Arsenal legend and New York Red Bulls superstar Thierry Henry could be back playing at Emirates once again in January. Henry, 35, originally left the Gunners for Barcelona in 2006 but returned for a successful short-term loan deal last season and scored […]

Backpage roundup: Frimpong not fully fit, Gallas disagrees with Wenger, Arsenal losing N’Koulou battle, Szczesny set to return and more

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Frimpong Still Not Fully Fit Emmanuel Frimpong feels that his fitness is not at a level yet where he can play regular football for Arsenal’s senior side and he needs a few more under-21 matches to get back in proper shape. The 20-year-old midfielder has recovered from a serious cruciate ligaments injury that he suffered […]

Backpage roundup: Arsenal linked With Real’s Benzema, Wilshere stars for U-21s, Wenger targets instant recovery, Santos going nowhere and more

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                          Arsenal to Get Benzema If Real Land Falcao Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for French striker Karim Benzema, who could be available at a knockdown price if Los Merengues decide to sign Atletico Madrid goal machine Radamel Falcao. (Metro) […]

Backpage roundup: Fabregas believes in Wenger, Szczesny remains number one, Vertonghen snub claims, Vermaelen confident, Wilshere return close and more

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Fabregas Has Faith in Wenger Cesc Fabregas has hailed Arsene Wenger’s ability to turn talented youngsters into world class players and is confident that the Frenchman will keep Arsenal in the hunt for title glory this season. Despite losing high quality players such as Robin van Persie and Alexandre Song this summer, the Gunners still […]

No sympathy for Cesc Fabregas

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Speaking just for myself and not Arsenal supporters in general, if the rumours are true that Cesc Fabregas wants to come back to the Gunners, I have a couple of choice words for him and they’re not too kind. The way Fabregas left the team was one of the most annoying and distasteful situations in […]

The ‘Makelele role’ is still important

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On the same day that Arsenal’s main defensive midfielder was confirmed as a Barcelona player, Everton overran Manchester United in a very impressive and fully deserved 1-0 win at Goodison Park. The link here? United had no midfield. Sky called it a 4-3-3 in the pre-match buildup, but it looked more like a 4-2-3-1 with […]

Constant change harming Arsenal

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It struck me yesterday that Arsenal’s starting lineup against Sunderland was almost an entirely different team from even two seasons ago. After years of being fairly quiet in the transfer market (apart from selling the occasional top player and signing the occasional teenager), Arsenal have now gone the other way: last summer saw Clichy, Fabregas […]

Backpage roundup: Song leaving, Wenger’s FFP warning, Walcott’s new deal and more

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Barcelona Agree Song Fee Arsenal have announced that they have reached an agreement with FC Barcelona for the transfer of defensive midfielder Alexandre Song. The deal, which is subject to Song passing a medical and agreeing personal terms with the La Liga giants, will see the Gunners pocket £15 million. The announcement was made through […]

Deja vu, all over again

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We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Too many times. Star player…club captain…one-man team…selling club. The words have lost all meaning. Though I have been toughened up by so many recent experiences (or perhaps simly grown numb to the modern running of Arsenal FC) I have to, as ever, express my disappointment at Arsene Wenger and […]

Chelsea 3rd worst winners ever

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I just want to make it clear quickly, that I’m not being petty here; I’ve got over Chelsea winning the Champions League and this article is not intended to have a dig (I’ve done that more than enough already), merely to have a look at something, admittedly kind of pointless, that interests me. It occurred […]

Parking the bus – why does it work?

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We’ve seen it so many times in recent years – inferior teams go to difficult games (at Barcelona and Arsenal in particular) with the sole intention of ‘parking the bus’ in front of their goal. Ironically, this term was coined by the master of this tactic, Jose Mourinho, when Spurs came to Stamford Bridge and […]

Arsenal need to get their act together

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There are few sicker sights I’ve seen in football than that of Chelsea’s Champions League celebrations last night. They are the first London team to bring home the European Cup. It should have been us. We are London’s biggest club. Chelsea were nothing before 2005 when Roman Abramovich’s millions and Jose Mourinho’s dull, defensive football […]

There’s a talented player in there somewhere

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I have to admit that I naively raised an eyebrow yesterday when Roberto Mancini, chasing a much-needed win at Newcastle, took off attacking midfielder Samir Nasri for defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong. In the end, this turned out to be the masterstroke that won City the game, and possibly the league title. Having been largely […]

EXCLUSIVE: Guardiola won’t replace Wenger at Arsenal, says Parlour

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Arsenal will miss out on snaring Pep Guardiola as a new manager because he will take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. That is the belief of former Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour, who accepts that Guardiola’s footballing philosophy – he and Arsenal have been cited as a good fit  by supporters and pundits […]

Backpage Roundup: Barca Not Interested In RVP, Denilson’s Return and More

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Fiorentina Ace Linked With Arsenal Move According to Metro’s website, Fiorentina’s midfield playmaker Adem Ljajic is a summer transfer target for Arsenal FC. Ljajic is a highly technical player and young enough to fit in the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger’s plans. He is equally adept at playing in both the midfield and at the wings, […]

The curse of being too good

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You can’t win the league and the Champions League every year. Five out of the last six of those isn’t bad, with a few other smaller trophies thrown in and the possibility of another Copa del Rey still to come this season. However, second in the league and a semi-final exit to an inferior team […]

Chelsea’s win makes third place more valuable than ever for Arsenal

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Chelsea’s unlikely draw at Barcelona and their advancement to the Champions League Final means a third place finish in the English Premier League could be essential for Arsenal if they’re to make the Champions League next season. There’s now a 50 per cent chance that Chelsea will lift the trophy on May 19 in Munich’s […]

The Di Matteo effect

Roberto Di Matteo has taken Chelsea back to basics. With his only previous Premier League management experience being his time as the manager of West Brom, he knows what it means to be in the results business. When you get a team promoted from the Championship to the top flight, it’s often all about getting […]

Arsenal Captaincy Hasn’t Changed Me, Says Robin Van Persie

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Since being given the club captaincy, Arsenal striker Robin van Persie’s performances and injury record has certainly improved a great deal, but he says that the responsibility of leading the Gunners hasn’t forced him to change his style of play at all. In an interview with Arsenal.com, van Persie said that he was extremely proud […]