Backpage roundup: Afellay available, Wenger wants ‘special’ players only, Wilshere won’t be rushed and more

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Wenger to Be Patient with Wilshere Arsene Wenger has said that when injured midfielder Jack Wilshere regains full fitness, it will be like a fresh new signing for the club, but has insisted that the England international will not be forced back into action ahead of schedule. Wilshere has been on the sidelines due to […]

Alex Song curbs his attacking instincts to help stop Stoke

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It’s often cast as the sporting equivalent of the descent to Hades – where brutality reigns for what seems an eternity and only heroes emerge unscathed – and Arsenal prepared as if they were entering the Britannia Stadium as such. But just as Stoke City had a gameplan to stop Arsenal based on exaggerated muscularity, so did […]

Arsenal dodges bullet while Wenger protects Ramsey

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With Arsenal dropping another two points in a 1-1 draw at Stoke on Saturday, they dodged a major bullet when Newcastle was humbled 4-0 at Wigan. If Newcastle had won, like most fans expected, they’d be just one point behind the Gunners for third place with a game in hand. A win over Stoke might […]