Wenger Admits Chasing Higuain, Gnabry Praised, More Bender Bids, Owen Dismisses Gunners…

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Wenger Admits Chasing Higuain in summer Arsene Wenger has revealed how he tried to sign Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid this summer before the player secured his move to SSC Napoli. The Gunners boss, for the first time, has admitted he rates Higuain very highly and was in the running for his signature […]

Gibbs Hails ‘World-Class’ Ozil, Wenger’s Straight Talk, Success to be Sweeter for Arsenal, Marica Coming…

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Gibbs Hails ‘World-Class’ Ozil Kieran Gibbs is sure that his new Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil  is capable of propelling the club ‘to the next level.’ The Gunners suffered a number of failures in their pursuit of World Class players in the summer transfer window, but they managed to pull off the biggest one by landing […]

Ozil and Di Maria Reject Arsenal Interest, Podolski Hamstrung, Flamini Signs, Walcott Unconcerned…

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Ozil and Di Maria Reject Arsenal Interest Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil has followed his teammates Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria in rejecting a potential move to Arsenal. There were rumours of the trio being unsettled due to Real’s big-money move for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and their interest in Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. […]

Backpage Roundup: Arteta Retains Penalty Taking Role, No Progress Over Walcott Deal, Fans Told To Behave, Wilshere Defends Wenger’s Record and More

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Arteta Retains Penalty Taking Role Mikel Arteta will continue to take penalty kicks for Arsenal despite his last weekend’s injury time miss against Fulham, coach Arsene Wenger has confirmed. It was thought that the Spaniard would be relieved of penalty kicking duties after that miss, but Wenger has made it clear that he still has […]

Is it Walcott’s time? A look at history

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It might seem premature to write this when contract negotiations are still up in the air, but if Arsenal history is anything to go by, when one star leaves another unlikely one usually steps up from within the ranks to surprise everyone. I’ve been one of his biggest critics over the years so I can […]

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 […]

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 […]

The armband – does it mean anything?

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As I touched on in my article last week: with Robin van Persie surely set to leave Arsenal this summer, the club is about to face yet another change in captaincy, with the Dutch striker having only replaced Cesc Fabregas as skipper a year ago. I suggested Bacary Sagna as a replacement in my last […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Arteta success story continues

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There could not be a more fitting match-winner yesterday than Mikel Arteta, who fired in a glorious late winner from long range to beat moneybags Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium. While Arsenal lost big names in Fabregas and Nasri last summer – the latter, importantly, going to City – the comparibly modest Arteta was […]

Can we trust Wenger on van Persie future?

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The line “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that” comes to mind when listening to Arsene Wenger in today’s post-match press conference. “I must say we will do anything to keep him. I cannot say much more because I have said that many times,” said the manager, who was adament he […]

Cesc: Why Arsenal can’t afford to let RVP quit

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Coughing and spluttering into my cornflakes this morning as I peruse the papers for snippets of news about God’s Own. Reason for my sibilation? A certain Cesc Fabregas holding court with the Press boys on all things RVP after the England-Spain game. But in fairness once you get past the shock-horror-RVP-must-quit-Gunners headlines, our former skipper […]

Early struggle has been a lesson for us all

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It’s not often I take much from Arsene Wenger’s quotes, but something stuck with me in his post-match interview on Saturday. After a comprehensive 3-0 win over West Brom continued Arsenal’s recent revival, the boss said: “When you see where we came from and how much we have suffered that is a good lesson for […]

Wenger sounds fed up

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If a lack of confidence is a problem with this current Arsenal team it’s easy to see why, going from Wenger’s latest comments to the French media. Back in the days when there were few cooler than Wenger and he came out with his ‘prettiest wife’ comments, he unsurprisingly seemed better able to command respect […]

Raging Cesc’s Twitter rant at Arsenal ‘lies’

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Cesc Fabregas has furiously denied bad-mouthing the Arsenal and insisting he didn’t leave, as claimed in an interview, because the Gunners couldn’t win silverware in the next few years. Cesc-gate erupted yesterday with a supposed interview in which the Barcelona midfielder set out his reasons for quitting the Emirates, chief amongst them was the percieved […]

Arsenal have buy-back clause in Fabregas’ Barca deal

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Arsenal have negotiated first refusal to buy Cesc Fabregas back from Barcelona as part of the deal that saw the Gunners skipper switch from the Emirates to the Nou Camp. That’s according to the Daily Mirror, which claims that chief executive Ivan Gazidis insisted on the clause as the club drove a hard bargain with […]

Departing Cesc thanks Wenger

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As Cesc Fabregas was unveiled at the Nou Camp as a Barcelona player, the former Arsenal captain had words of thanks for Arsene Wenger. The Spaniard initially left Barca for the Gunners in 2003 to seek first-team football, and quickly established himself as one of the team’s most important players, even in his opening season […]

Fabregas Is Finally Off To Sunny Spain

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Its official Fabregas is off.  Arsenal.com announces today that they have reached an agreement in principle with Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas to move to Spain. It signals the end of the midfielder’s eight-year spell at Arsenal. Fabregas joined the Club from Barcelona as a 16-year-old in September 2003 and made 303 appearances, scoring 57 goals in all […]

Wenger handed £58m Arsenal transfer kitty

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Arsene Wenger has been told he should spend nearly all of the £58million recouped from the pending sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri on improving his Arsenal squad. That’s the story in the Mail this morning. The paper claims Fabregas’s move to Barcelona was inches away from being completed yday after the two clubs […]

Wenger set to splash £10m to bring Jadson to Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has  already moved to replace Cesc Fabregas with Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Jadson coming to Arsenal, according to reports. We are on the verge of losing Cesc to Barcelona in a deal worth up to £36million, and it seems AW has wasted no time in trying to secure a replacement. French paper L’Equipe claims […]

Arsenal On Verge Of Dann Capture?

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Arsenal are on the verge of signing Birmingham defender Scott Dann, according to the latest reports. Sky Sports News sources state that Arsenal have opened preliminary talks with Birmingham, over a possible move for Dann. The 24-year old is expected to leave St. Andrews this summer, after his side were relegated to the Championship, after […]

Wenger still keen to bring Benzema to Arsenal

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Cesc Fabregas is on the verge of leaving and Samir Nasri could be a Manchester City player before long. So who is Arsene Wenger going to bring in before the transfer deadline? All summer we have been linked with players but there is a fresh round of speculative yarns in the papers this morning with […]