Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Arsenal Considered £10m Bid For Kiev's Centre-Back

ARSENE WENGER is weighing up a £10million swoop for Dynamo Kiev star Pape Diakhate.

The Senegal centre-half excelled against Arsenal in the clubs’ Champions League meetings.

But the Gunners could face strong competition from Manchester City, while Portsmouth boss Tony Adams has also been linked with the defender.

Arsenal boss Wenger wants to bolster his backline and is certain to move for Diakhate if either under-fire William Gallas or wantaway Kolo Toure leave during the transfer window.

Diakhate, 24, is a Senegal international but holds a French passport after playing several years with Nancy.

He has been with Dynamo Kiev since last season and is regarded as one of the best centre-halves in the Champions League this season.

Gallas has come under fire for some poor games and his public outburst against his team-mates last month.

Toure is also understood to be unsettled football at the Emirates and City boss Mark Hughes has been tipped to make a £10m swoop for the Ivory Coast star.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Arsenal Eyeing On Arshavin, Inler and Matuidi

Arsene Wenger has promised Arsenal will defy the credit crunch to spend big in the January transfer window.

The Gunners boss has set his sights on Zenit St Petersburg playmaker Andrei Arshavin and another central midfielder to boost his squad, as revealed in Mirror Sport last week.

Arshavin's agent Dennis Lachter said last night: "We know that Arsene Wenger likes the look of Arshavin. But I like the look of Angelina Jolie and it doesn't always mean you get what you want.

"Arsenal were interested in signing him last summer and they still are, so we will wait and see what happens. There has been a lot of interest in him this time as well from England, Spain and Italy." Wenger claims Arsenal have been gripped by the "economic crisis" and warned they will not pay big money for their signings in January even though fans are crying out for new faces.

But Wenger is prepared to spend £12m on Russian midfielder Arshavin, who is being hawked around Europe with Juventus also interested. Arsenal are also keen on St Etienne's Blaise Matuidi and Udinese hardman Gokhan Inler, who both fit Wenger's criteria of being young holding midfielders.

Wenger : We Want A Creative Playmaker

Arsene Wenger admits he is looking to sign reinforcements in the January transfer window but expects to have limited funds at his disposal.

Arsenal defeated Portsmouth 1-0 at the Emirates yesterday but they trail Liverpool, the Premier League leaders, by ten points going into the second half of the season and have Cesc Fabregas, Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott out with long-term injuries.

"I want a creative midfielder," the Arsenal manager said. "That is to say a second midfielder, because my team is right in terms of manpower and experience. I can't spend money I don't have. The [global financial] crisis is upon us and we feel it at the club."

Arsenal have been linked with is Andrei Arshavin, the Zenit St Petersburg playmaker, but Wenger refused to confirm he is chasing the Russia forward. "There's no point in giving me names," he said.

Wenger Looking For Another Spanish Midfielder

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing to launch a £10 million bid for Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta according sources. With Cesc Fabregas out for four months Wenger sees the combative midfielder as the ideal replacement for his captain.

Arteta scored twice for Everton in a 3-0 win at home to Sunderland on Sunday and despite being one of the Toffees most consistent performers David Moyes maybe interested in cashing in on his Spanish ace in order to strengthen his attack.

Moyes has been informed by Chairman Bill Kenwright that he can only sign new talent in January if he sells during the transfer window.

Wenger admitted to Canal Plus journalists that he is keen to sign to midfielders if he can in January, however he would not reveal who his targets were.

Wenger said: "I don't need to announce a name, because when you do that there is 50% less chance of making the signing. But I need a creative midfielder and eventually another midfielder, because we are short."

Friday, December 19, 2008

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE last 16 Draw: Arsenal vs Roma!!

Arsenal v Roma
Chelsea v Juventus
Villarreal v Panathinaikos
Sporting Lisbon v Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid v Porto
Lyon v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Liverpool
Inter Milan v Manchester United 

Well that was pretty quick. There are some blockbuster ties there, no doubt. Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri will return to Stamford Bridge with Juventus, Jose Mourinho takes his Inter Milan side to Manchester United, Liverpool face nine-time champions Real Madrid, while Arsenal will not be too displeased with the Roma draw. It's all looking pretty tasty. 

Who Arsenal Gonna Face??

In less than one hour,we will know which team will play against Arsenal in the last-16 round of UEFA Champions Leagus this season.Most probably Arsenal will face one of these team:

AS Roma
FC Barcelona
Bayern Munich

So guys,what is your prediction? Which team you hope will face Arsenal in the knock-out round?
We'll see!!

Another Gunners' On His Way to Barca?

Barcelona are lining up Arsenal's Robin van Persie to take over from Thierry Henry next season.

The Catalan club believe the France international will prefer a move back to England to be closer to his daughter.

Van Persie, who played alongside Henry for Arsenal, fits the left-sided attacking role Barca would be seeking.

The Dutch international is contracted until 2011 but would find the chance to join the team many observers feel are playing the best football in Europe hard to resist.

Van Persie would link up with Alexander Hleb who joined Barcelona from Arsenal earlier this year.

Alongside the rumors,lets watch the video of Van Persie from Adidas.Enjoy!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tomas Rosicky On The Training Ground Again!!

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set to return to training this week after his lengthy injury lay-off.

The Czech international, with just 61 first-team appearances since joining from Borussia Dortmund in May 2006, has been out of action since January.

He has a damaged hamstring and underwent surgery in Germany last month after his recovery was slower than expected.

"We have to assess him to see how he has progressed and he should start training slowly again this week," Wenger added.

"First it will be a build up of his strength to get him outside and run a little bit at the beginning of January if it all goes well."

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Arsene Wenger Keep Eye on Pato

Reports in the Italian press indicate that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a firm admirer of AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato and could make a move for the young Brazilian in the January transfer window.

Wenger is likely to have funds to spend at the turn of the year to strengthen his stuttering squad, following a board meeting on Friday in which the budget for the winter transfer window was discussed at some length.

With Emmanuel Adebayor struggling with injuries and Nicklas Bendtner misfiring, the Frenchman will have identified his forward line as a potential area for reinforcement - if not in January, then certainly at the end of the season, despite having Eduardo still to return from injury.

Valencia striker David Villa has been linked with a move to the Emirates, but if a report in the Gazzetta dello Sport is to be believed, then Pato is also in Arsenal's sights.

The Italian sports daily suggests that Wenger has been keeping tabs on Pato for some time and wishes to get in contact with the nineteen year old to make his interest known, even if a January deal may be out of the question.

Wenger Found a Potential Player to Replace Gallas

According to reports, Arsene Wenger has found a potential replacement for William Gallas is the French defender is allowed to leave Arsenal Football Club.

Gallas has been the subject of much controversy of late, after he publicly criticised his team-mates ahead of their Premier League trip to Manchester City.

This resulted in the former Chelsea being axed for the Eastlands clash and stripped of the captaincy, and his future at the Emirates has been in some doubt ever since.

And now the Sunday Mirror claim the Gunners are looking to replace the 31-year-old with Juventus ace Giorgio Chiellini, although the Italians rate the 24-year-old at around £15million.

Arsenal Will Be Van Bommel's Next Destination?

Mark van Bommel wants to join one of the Premier League’s ‘big four’ according to his former club.

Set to leave Bayern Munich upon the expiry of his contract next summer, the 28-year-old would be welcomed back with open arms by PSV Eindhoven.

“His club Bayern Munich want to become the German champions, they will not let him go during the winter break,” director Jan Reker has been quoted as saying.

“But reports that Mark isn’t interested in a new PSV adventure are untrue.

“Van Bommel never said ‘no’ to PSV, but if he can join a big club in England, like Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United, he will go there.”

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Porto 2-0 Arsenal : Can Wenger Stop This Before his 700th game?

Porto beat an under-strength Arsenal side 2-0 on Wednesday to clinch top spot in Group G of the Champions League.

With the two teams already guaranteed a place in the first knockout round, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, in his 700th game in charge of the London side, rested several first choice players and chose to field young reserves instead.

The home side opened the scoring when defender Bruno Alves headed home a Raul Meireles corner after 39 minutes and doubled their lead thanks to a fine finish from Argentina striker Lisandro Lopez on 54 minutes.

The victory gained some revenge for the Portuguese champions 4-0 defeat at Arsenal in September.

"Our tactics were stronger and we had an excellent second half", Porto's coach Jesualdo Ferreira told Portuguese television.

"I don't recall any goal opportunity for Arsenal. We deserved to win and the victories in the last three qualifying matches serve to give us confidence for the knockout phase"

After an even opening half hour of few chances, Alves's goal was all too easy as he rose unmarked to score Porto's first goal against Arsenal in their fourth Champions League meeting.

Lopez then latched onto a deft through ball from midfielder Fernando to ensure Porto's unbeaten home record against English club's stretched to 12 matches.

Arsenal's best chance for a consolation goal came two minutes from time when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area but Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner feebly struck the set-piece straight at Brazil goalkeeper Helton.

"Many of our player have little injuries and we know in the championship we are in a position where every game is vital to us and that's what we decided to protect them this week," Wenger told Sky Sports, defending his selection.

Vela set for key Porto role

Arsene Wenger is expected to turn to Mexican youngster Carlos Vela in Arsenal's Champions League tie at Porto.

The teenager has impressed in the Gunners' Carling Cup run this season, hitting a hat-trick against Sheffield United and netting a superb goal in the following round against Wigan.

Vela has come off the bench in four of Arsenal's European games so far but is set to start in Portugal, after Wenger opted to rest Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor.

"Vela is a great player and a great striker," said Wenger on the club's website.

"He is 19 years old and has adapted very well. Every chance he has been given, he has played well, and he will get another chance to show that again [on Wednesday night]."

William Gallas and Abou Diaby are also set to return but Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri are out injured, while Wenger revealed Manuel Almunia will be the captain and not Gallas, as some reports suggested.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Arsenal 1-0 Wigan : One Goal Not Enough??

Emmanuel Adebayor poked home the only goal of the game as Arsenal triumped over a spirited Wigan Athletic at the Emirates Stadium.

Steve Bruce's side started brightly as they pressured the ball and were able to control the tempo with Wilson Palacios proving a constant menace to the Arsenal backline.

However, despite their pedestrian opening, the Gunners took the lead in the 16th minute as Wigan failed to clear a corner and Cesc Fabregas looped the ball back into the box where Emmanuel Adebayor reacted quickest to beat Chris Kirkland.

The hosts continued to frustrate though and the Latics tried to capitalise on the uneasy atmosphere with Emile Heskey going perilously close with a header from Henri Camara's cross.

The game burst into life in the second period with both sides attacking at every opportunity. Initially it was the Gunners taking the upper hand as they tried to put the game beyond doubt, Adebayor and Denilson both striking the woodwork.

Wigan introduced Amr Zaki after the hour mark and he had an immediate impact as he twisted on the edge of the box and forced a fine save from Almunia. However, the Spanish stopper saved his best for the resulting corner as the ball dropped to Mario Melchiot who struck from point-blank range and Almunia somehow stuck out an arm to block.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

VELA n Co. line-up to beat Burnley tonight!

Arsène Wenger has named an 18-man squad for tonight's Carling Cup Fourth-Round tie against Burnley at Turf Moor.

The squad is as follows...

12 Carlos VELA
16 Aaron RAMSEY
21 Lukasz FABIANSKI (GK)
24 Vito MANNONE (GK)
26 Nicklas BENDTNER
28 Amaury BISCHOFF
35 Francis COQUELIN
40 Kieran GIBBS
41 Gavin HOYTE
43 Fran MERIDA
51 Rene STEER
56 Emmanuel FRIMPONG

Van Persie : Beat Wigan is The Turning Point, NOT Chelsea!

Robin van Persie insists Arsenal must beat Wigan on Saturday - to ensure their hard work at Stamford Bridge does not go to waste.

Van Persie and the other senior stars will have tonight off at Burnley as the next generation of Gunners' talent aims to make the Carling Cup semi-finals for the third straight year.

But after his one-man show demolished Chelsea to take the Gunners back into the top four on Sunday, the Dutch striker admits another defeat next weekend would ruin everything that was accomplished against the Blues.

Van Persie, who netted twice in the 2-1 win at the Bridge, beamed: "There's still a long way to go - but we showed a big, big example to everyone at Chelsea.

"I'm really happy about the team spirit because if you look at the last couple of weeks, it's been difficult. We've been losing points and that was frustrating.

"The feeling we had at the end was just amazing and we showed that with our reaction to the fans. We have answered the questions and the critics, because it has been very difficult and we've been losing points.

"To win that game, especially with the way we defended in the last 20 minutes, showed a lot of character, a lot of self-belief.

"Everybody thought, 'OK, we can really win this game if we fight and stick together', and this is what we did. It was a big compliment for the whole team and we need to bring the team effort into the next game as well.

"But we will see in the next home game if we are really through the bad period, because that is what it's all about, consistency.

"Over the last few weeks we haven't had that. We had a fantastic game against Manchester United and then in the next game, we lost against Villa. If we win against Wigan we will have made a big step."

Van Persie, one of the targets of the outburst from William Gallas that cost the skipper the armband, went out of his way to deny any remaining ill-feeling towards the French defender, although the reverberations are still evident.

But strike partner Emmanuel Adebayor was adamant that the Gunners had shown they are still a force to be reckoned with as long as they can stay united.

Adebayor said: "It was a very big win for us. We went through a lot of difficult moments, people wrote us off in the Premier League and now, it's a message we sent out to every team that we believe in ourselves and can do something.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gunners 5-2 Fenerbahce

Arsenal took control of Champions League Group G with a stunning 5-2 demolition of Turkish side Fenerbahce in Istanbul on Tuesday night.

Arsene Wenger opted for a 4-5-1 formation in the Sukru Saracoglu stadium but the Gunners grabbed goals through Emmanuel Adebayor (10), Theo Walcott (11), Abou Diaby (21), Alexandre Song (49) and Aaron Ramsey (90), with Luis Aragones' hosts replying through Mikael Silvestre's own goal on 19 and Daniel Guiza's clever finish 12 minutes from time.

The victory put the Gunners on seven points from three group games, and Adebayor got the ball rolling after latching on to Cesc Fabregas' throughball and sidefooting past goalkeeper Volkan Demirel.

It was 2-0 a minute later when Fabregas this time played in Walcott, who waltzed past Demirel and netted clinically from a tight angle.

But the hosts got one back when Guiza's volley across the face of goal flew past skipper Manuel Almunia into the net off the unlucky Silvestre's boot.

In a pulsating start, a fourth goal arrived on 21 minutes when a long ball found Diaby, who outmuscled two defenders and fired home a left-footed strike.

Guiza had a volleyed goal ruled offside and fired wide of the upright before the break, but the visitors were 4-1 up four minutes after the interval when Song brilliantly volleyed home from 12 yards after some clumsy defending.

Guiza was denied a second goal by a brave Almunia block on 67, with Emmanuel Eboue clearing the follow-up shot off the goal-line.

But the Spain striker did the find net for a second time on 78 when he lifted the ball over Almunia with a cheeky chip.

It was the Gunners who had the last laugh, however, as sub Ramsey slammed a low 18-yard shot in off the post in stoppage time to cap a five-star display.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fabregas Denied Contract Breakdown

Cesc Fabregas on Sunday dismissed media reports that he turned down a contract worth 90,000 pounds (116,000 euros) a week at Arsenal as nothing more than "mischief-making".

The 21-year-old reacted to a News of the World article which linked him with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona, saying the reports were unfounded.

"A newspaper report suggesting that I have rejected a new contract is untrue," the Spaniard told the club's website.

Fabregas, who was shortlisted for the European Player of the Year award on Sunday, added that he was happy to stay in London.

"The article is just mischief-making. Everybody knows I have a long-term contract and that I am happy here. I'm focussed on doing my best for Arsenal."

Beckham On Loan Spells to Arsenal??

David Beckham is considering a winter loan move back to European football in a bid to continue his international career and overtake World Cup captain Bobby Moore's record of 108 England caps.

Manager Fabio Capello has told The Mail on Sunday that Beckham will be dropped from England's squad for the international friendly against Spain in February. By then the season in the United States, where Beckham plays for LA Galaxy, will be over and Capello will ignore him if he is not playing competitive football.
Fabio Capello

Beckham, 33, is weighing up whatever options would allow him to play on during the winter and retain his place in Capello's squad. A spokesman for Beckham said: 'In the next few weeks we will have an idea what David is doing in January and February.'

Although Capello is happy to award Beckham his 108th cap against Germany next month, which would equal Moore's record for an outfield player, he insists that Beckham will be axed from the squad for the friendly against Spain in February.

Capello said: 'For the next game Beckham can play. Whether he will play, I don't know. But for the game against Spain he won't play. He will not be in the squad.' Beckham, who was revealed yesterday as one of the FA's ambassadors for their 2018 World Cup bid, is attempting to help LA Galaxy prolong their season beyond the end of this month by making the Major Soccer League play-offs.
David Beckham

But, after a disappointing campaign, that seems unlikely and Beckham's only scheduled competitive club football in the next four months would be tour matches in Australia and New Zealand.

Beckham, who will have to clear any moves back to Europe with LA Galaxy's owners, the Anschutz Entertainment Group, is likely to train with Arsenal, as he did last year. But training alone was not enough to earn Beckham a place in Capello's first squad in February and Premier League rules state that any loan period for a player from abroad has to run from the beginning of the transfer window until the opening of the next transfer window.
David Beckham

That effectively rules him out of playing on loan for Arsenal's first team as the transfer period would have to run from January until June, which LA Galaxy would not allow.

Beckham could play for Arsenal's reserves but Capello would be satisfied only by first-team action.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Arsenal 3-1 Everton

Arsenal kept themselves in the title hunt as they came from behind to win.

Leon Osman put Everton ahead when he exchanged passes with Steven Pienaar and converted at the near post.

Samir Nasri equalised with a low shot from 20 yards and Robin Van Persie headed Arsenal in front after Tim Howard had parried Cesc Fabregas’ shot.

With Arsenal then in the ascendancy, substitute Theo Walcott played a one-two with Abou Diaby before slotting in the third through Howard’s legs.

It was a remarkable turnaround for Arsenal, who had looked far from assured at the start - largely because of their untried defence, which included debutant Mikael Silvestre in the centre.

With William Gallas and Bacary Sagna out, Arsenal were hoping their emergency line-up would be enough to keep out an Everton side that had won only once in their last eight matches.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Preview : Injury May Spoilt Gunners' Title Run Against Everton

( Emirates Stadium)

Arsenal suffered more than most during the international break with William Gallas (hamstring), Bacary Sagna (knee) and Nicklas Bendtner (ankle) all picking up injuries that will keep them out of the Gunners’ game against Everton.

It is unlikely that any of the three will be available for next Tuesday’s Champions League game with Fenerbahce.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said that the absence of the three players was “a heavy loss” but he was cheered by the news that Robin van Persie, Johan Djourou, Cesc Fabregas should all be available.

Wenger told Arsenal TV Online: "Unfortunately we have lost some players over the 10 days - William Gallas, Bacary Sagna and Nicklas Bendtner. These are heavy losses and we have to compensate them"

SO,what do you think Gooners? Can Arsene's army beat Everton and continue their title race?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fabregas' Injury Scare Us

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has suffered a suspected broken nose while playing for Spain.

The 21-year-old managed to finish his country's 2-1 victory in Belgium, but medical staff confirmed the injury after the game.

Fabregas will now report back to Arsenal for further treatment, though it will be hoped he can play on regardless.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be desperate to make sure his prized midfielder is fit - as Fabregas himself has highlighted the club's small squad.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Arsenal Legend Keen On Fabregas

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira says young Gunner Cesc Fabregas is on his way to becoming the best midfielder in the world - and can achieve all his ambitions at the Emirates Stadium.

"I think he is learning every year," he said. "Now he is a top quality player. He is one of the best.

"In the years to come he can be at the top."

And although Fabregas continues to be linked with a return to his boyhood club Barcelona, Vieira is convinced the 21-year-old can achieve all his ambitions with the Gunners.

"I think if the club matches the same desire as the player, then why not?" said Vieira.

Tomas Rosicky The Returns

Tomas Rosicky's agent maintains the Arsenal winger's recovery is "going according to plan" and he could yet return before the year is out.

Rosicky, 28, has been hit by a series of niggling injuries since his £7million move to Emirates Stadium from Borussia Dortmund in May 2006.

The midfielder limped out of the Premier League clash with Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium in January and has not featured since, also missing Euro 2008 because of the hamstring-related problem.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admits it is very difficult to say just when the Czech winger will be fit for action again - but remains hopeful it will be before the end of the year.

However, reports the problems were more serious, even career-threatening, and required further direct medical treatments have been dismissed out of hand by the player's agent.

"What appeared about Tomas being hospitalised in London is complete nonsense," Rosicky's representative Pavel Paska told Czech newspaper Denik Sport.

"Tomas, as part of his recovery scheme, visits the hospital for various therapies and the same happened last time.

"A sudden setback in his health or some headaches, as I have read about somewhere, have not happened to Tomas.

"Everything is going according to the plan. Tomas' first comeback was rash, now we are treating the situation more carefully."

Paska added: "The recovery will be long-term.

"The team of specialists that cares for Tomas, has been enlarged by another specialist which means the player will be cared for at the best level."

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Aaron Ramsey

Hi Goooners!! First of all I would like to apologize for not updating this blog for a long time. This is just because of my capability to online was very limited. And today I will serve you with a couple of good news of our so-called 'superstars'!

Rising young Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey is set for a place in the full Wales squad - despite being only 17 years of age.

 Although Wales boss John Toshack has decided not to promote the £5m signing from Cardiff from the under-21s for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier in Germany, he says Ramsey will be in his squad for November's game in Denmark.

Toshack has earmarked Ramsey and West Ham's Jack Collision for promotion to the senior squad.

He said: "We decided that we would wait until after the UEFA play-offs before moving them up to the seniors.

"That won't change. We have friendlies in November and February, and those two will be the next to step up. Brian Flynn will then start again building his next under-21 squad.

"We know all about Aaron. We are working on where we fit him in and how we compliment his talent. Arsene Wenger said something very similar a few weeks ago.

"They have both been in the squad, Jack had a couple of games as substitute. They both know they will be the next two youngsters to make the step up."

Gunners Striker Ready For WCQ

Robin van Persie has recovered from a hamstring injury and declared himself fit for Holland’s game against Norway on Wednesday.

The Arsenal star was unavailable for his country’s 2-0 win over Iceland on Saturday, but he has told coach Bert van Marwijk that he is ready to start their next match.

"I'm available," he said.

“Now I will wait and see whether the coach needs me."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Jack Wilshere = Liam Brady

Arsene Wenger feels Jack Wilshere has the potential to one day become an Arsenal legend like Liam Brady.

The 16-year-old scored his first senior goal as part of the youthful Gunners side - with an average age of just 19 - who ripped Sheffield United apart to win 6-0 in the Carling Cup at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

"He is a quiet boy, very determined and focused. For the rest, the talent is there. You have seen that again," said Wenger, who has entrusted the future of the club to former midfielder Brady - an FA Cup winner in 1979 and now head of the Gunners Academy.

"When you are a manager of a boy like that who has the talent, you are always cautious to put too much pressure on him and too high a level of expectation.

"I believe it is all in there, but also that I have a responsibility to nurture him and get him in the right development over the next two or three years, that will be vital.

"From 16 to 19 is a very important age for the development of a football player - and Jack has skipped a few classes!"

Wenger added: "People tell me he is a bit like Liam Brady, because he has good balance and change of direction. I believe later [in his career] he will be a central midfielder or behind the strikers."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Video Highlight - Young Guns Fire In Carling Cup

ARSENE Wenger enjoyed a night to savour as another generation of young stars stepped off the Arsenal production line to inflict a 6-0 drubbing on an experienced Sheffield United side today.

The youngest starting line-up ever sent out by the club -- with an average age of just 19 -- put the Blades to the sword with a pass-and-move masterclass that resulted in an embarrassingly one-sided League Cup third round tie in which Mexican teenager Carlos Alberto Vela claimed a hat-trick.

Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner, who scored both of Arsenal's first two goals, may be on the fringes of Wenger's first-team squad.

But this was proof that the Gunners' reserves of youthful talent run deep with Alberto Vela's hat-trick sandwiched around a 25-yard strike from 16-year-old Jack Wilshere.

Here is the highlight of the game.Enjoy it!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Young Defender Sign New Deal

Swiss defender Johan Djourou has pledged his future to Arsenal after signing a new, long-term contract at Emirates Stadium.

The 21-year-old Switzerland international centre-back joined the Gunners from Etoile Carouge in 2003.

Born in the Ivory Coast but raised in Geneva, Djourou has made four appearances this season - coming off the bench to replace injured Gael Clichy in the win over Bolton on Saturday which sent the Gunners top of the Premier League.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Luck Not With Clichy

Gael Clichy was lucky not to have suffered a fracture after the Arsenal left-back left the field at half time with the help of the medical staff, following a challenge by Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies.

The Frenchman was taken to a hospital for X-rays and the North-London club, who won the league game at the Reebok Stadium 3-1 on Saturday, announced later that Clichy had not suffered a broken leg.

“Gael Clichy suffered only bruising to his shin during the game at Bolton on Saturday,” read a brief statement.

“He went to hospital for a scan but they found no fracture. As a result, Gael was able to join up the rest of the Arsenal squad for the journey home.”

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, however, was not at all happy by the tackle from Davies, who only got a yellow card for the foul.

"It is a shin injury which means the tackle was quite high," he said. "Was it an accident? Was it mistimed? Only Davies can answer that.

"I did not really see the impact, so I have to watch it on video. We except the physical challenge and we respond well to it.

"We have no problem with a physical game. It is part of the charm of the game but kicking someone is not in the rules.”

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas claimed that Davies should have been shown the red card.

"Last season we had a player sent off for much less than the challenge on Clichy,” said the Spaniard, who saw his Gunners team-mate Eduardo suffer a horrific leg break earlier this year in a league game at Birmingham City.

"After seeing the damage to Clichy's leg you have to ask why it wasn't the same punishment."

Review : Bolton 1 - 3 Arsenal The Great

Arsenal went top of the Premier League after coming from behind to beat bogey side Bolton 3-1 at the Reebok Stadium.

Kevin Davies headed the hosts ahead on 14 minutes before Emmanuel Eboue and Nicklas Bendtner netted in quick succession to hand the lead to Arsenal before half-time.

Theo Walcott, on as a substitute, created a third late on for Brazilian midfielder Denilson who secured all three points for Arsenal to make it four wins out of five so far this season.

Arsene Wenger's side will now stay top of the table overnight with Chelsea not taking on Manchester United until Sunday.

Bolton had won four of their previous five encounters with the Gunners at the Reebok and the match appeared to be following that rather well-worn script when Kevin Nolan forced a good save out of Manuel Almunia with a dipping 25-yarder early on.

That feeling continued when Davies opened the scoring on 14 minutes, the flat-track bully - so often a thorn in Arsenal's side - netting a simply executed goal by rising above Kolo Toure and heading Joey O'Brien's corner past Almunia.

But that was about as far as the story followed the script, as Arsenal immediately asserted themselves on the game and gained the upper hand during a thrilling 10-minute period of play which culminated with two goals in a minute.

Eboue registered his first goal in an Arsenal shirt when he slotted home from close range on 26 minutes. Replays showed the Ivorian was in an offside position when Bendtner's cute pass found him, but the linesman's flag stayed down and the goal stood.

And then just a minute later Arsenal took the lead, this time Bendtner sliding in to finish from Denilson's centre from the left.

Perhaps Bolton had not been prepared for the ferocity of the fight-back, but there was no doubting that it had been coming. The woodwork had twice been struck in the immediate lead-up to the goals, Adebayor hitting the base of an upright when put through on goal moments before the post denied Alexandre Song a header from a corner.

Bolton were simply blown away by Arsenal's fluent passing game but Gary Megson's side are a tough proposition, especially on their home turf, and they managed to carve out a couple of chances before half-time.

On both occasions, it was Nolan who went close to restoring parity, but the Bolton skipper was first denied by an excellent Almunia save before seeing a sidefooted volley bounce the wrong side of the post.

Bolton's frustration was borne out as the first half neared its conclusion, Davies lunging in on Gael Clichy with a shocking tackle that resulted in the Frenchman heading to hospital for a check-up and the Bolton striker picking up a yellow card. It could easily have been red.

Fortunately Arsenal confirmed later that Clichy only suffered minor injuries and was able to return to London with the rest of the squad.

Arsenal started the second half brightly, Song forcing Jussi Jaaskelainen into making a sharp save soon after the restart, but Bolton - backed by a constant wall of sound from what was a disappointingly small gate - began to come back into the game.

Mustapha Riga was introduced as a 56th minute substitute and summer signing from Levante nearly made a big impact soon after when Almunia had to be alert to tip his well-placed effort round the corner.

But Bolton's best chance of the game fell to full-back Gretar Steinsson, who was afforded a free header from a corner with seven minutes remaining. The Iceland international could only plant his header over the bar though.

Bolton were made to rue his profligacy as Walcott burst through the hosts' defence on 87 minutes before feeding Adebayor, who in turn centred for Denilson. The youngster had the easy task of sweeping home from close range to seal just the Gunners' second win in six attempts at the Reebok.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wenger frustrated by draw

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was frustrated after seeing his side salvage a late 1-1 draw with Dynamo Kiev.

William Gallas' late strike two minutes from time rescued a point for Arsenal in their opening Group G clash.

Dynamo threatened to cause a shock in the Ukraine when Ismael Bangoura scored from the penalty spot after Bacary Sagna was somewhat harshly adjudged to have brought down Ognjen Vukojevic inside the box.

Wenger admitted he had mixed feelings at the outcome of the game.

"My feelings are a mixture of disappointment and relief," Wenger told Sky Sports 3.

"We were a goal down with three minutes to go and we didn't lose.

"We had chances and didn't take them and then we just didn't create enough in the second half.

"Then, at any moment, you cannot afford to make a mistake and we did.

"At 1-0 down at least we found the resources to fight back to 1-1 because the players gave it everything.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Preview : Dynamo Kyiv vs Arsenal

Arsenal begin their Champions League campaign on Wednesday against Dynamo Kyiv, in the second part of their three match road trip. After an up and down Champions League run last year, Arsenal will hope that they can be much more consistent this year and take the next step up to lifting the trophy with the big ears. The Champions League schedule makers were kind to Arsenal when they made this game in September rather than the bitter cold Russian winter. This will not be a home game for Dynamo, because their normal stadium, the Olimpiyskiy Stadium, has been demolished so it can be improved in preparation for the next Euro`s in four years time, so the game will be played at Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium.

Arsenal`s attack has been firing on all cylinders ever since they stuttered against Fulham. Since that game, in three games Arsenal has outscored their opponents 11-0. Last year in the Champions League, Dynamo Kyiv was the whipping boy in group F, losing all six games, including an 8-2 aggregate loss to Manchester United. Their goal differential was abysmal as well, giving up an astonishing 19 goals and only scoring 4. With Arsenal`s attack in perfect harmony as of late, Kyiv will have a difficult time improving on their defensive record from last year.

Dynamo Kyiv Team News:
Kyiv will be without Moroccan defender Badr El Kaddouri, who has to serve a one match suspension, but everybody else should be fit for the Ukrainian club.

Player to watch: Masksim Shatskikh

Arsenal Team News:
Clichy and Eboue have both been passed fit to be included in the squad, but Frenchman Samir Nasri has been ruled out for at least one more game. Silvestre is once again not fit to take part in the squad, and Eduardo, Diaby, Rosicky and Bischoff are all still out.

Almunia will start in goal, with Clichy, Sagna, Gallas, and Toure in the defense. Theo Walcott definitely will start alongside Eboue at side of midfield with Cesc Fabregas and Denilson in the middle of the park.. Adebayor and Van Persie will be the forwards.

Player to watch: Emmanuel Adebayor

Referee : Luis Cantalejo

Prediction : 3-0 easy win for Gunners!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wenger - ADUG is The Biggest Threat

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is expecting a tough battle for the Champions League places in the Premiership this season, with Manchester City the team he believes are the most capable of breaking into the top four, due to the new found spending power under owner’s the ADUG.
The Gunners have never finished outside the top four under the guidance of Wenger, but the Frenchman has picked out City, along with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and FA Cup holders Portsmouth to mount a challenge to his squad at the Emirates Stadium this season, with Wenger claiming that City have an advantage because of the money they can offer to attract the top stars of the world.

Wenger told The Sun: “This year other surprise teams could come into it like Manchester City or Tottenham or Portsmouth. It is certainly very interesting and very tight.

“Manchester City, have an advantage because they do pay a lot of money.

“This year, for the first time, the January transfer window opens when we will have only played 19 games.

“I have played seasons here when there were 24 games before then - the second part of the season is longer now.

“Teams can get that little bit more balance by buying players in the transfer window.”

Monday, September 15, 2008

Gunners vs Devils : Who's Gonna Win?

Manchester United and Arsenal will battle for Portugal star Miguel Veloso in the January transfer window, according to the player's agent.

Paulo Barbosa claims the Premier League giants will launch a £22 million bid for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder.

The 22-year-old, who can play as a holding midfielder and in defence, was linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

Barbosa told the News of the World: “Arsenal and United are both always watching Veloso and making observations. He would cost either club at least 20 million euros.

"Arsenal want Veloso for the future and a deal could be done in the January window.

"But United are also watching the situation very closely."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be interested in a midfielder after the departures of Alexander Hleb, Gilberto Silva and Mathieu Flamini.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly frustrated by Owen Hargreaves' frequent injury problems. The England midfielder missed yesterday's 2-1 loss to Liverpool with a knee injury while Michael Carrick suffered an ankle injury at Anfield.

Veloso, who was in Portugal's Euro 2008 squad, is thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League.

The midfielder, who joined Sporting in 2006, has also been linked with moves to Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Adebayor and Van Persie goals beat Blackburn

An Emmanuel Adebayor hat-trick helped Arsenal beat Blackburn 4-0 at Ewood Park and move third in the league.

Robin van Persie opened the scoring on eight minutes after England hero Theo Walcott found him with a delightful pass.

Arsenal enjoyed good possession but Rovers pressed strongly for an equaliser before Adebayor got his first on the stroke of half-time, heading home a Denilson cross.

After the break, Arsenal again enjoyed better possession and Adebayor added his second from the penalty spot on 81 minutes after Stephen Warnock had been adjudged to have fouled Emmanuel Eboue.

He then got his hat-trick in injury time after rounding keeper Paul Robinson following an Aaron Ramsey through-ball.

Arsenal stamped their mark on the game with a marvellous goal in the eighth minute and Walcott was at the heart of the move.

The 19-year-old returned to the side after his superb treble for England and was full of confidence.

He cut inside and weaved his way past a couple of players before picking out van Persie in the penalty area.

The Dutch international showed the deftest of touches to beat goalkeeper Paul Robinson with a shot into the corner.

Hit back

Blackburn hit back and almost equalised two minutes later, only for Manuel Almunia to show superb reflexes and tip Roque Santa Cruz's effort over the top.

Arsenal were spraying the ball about well and van Persie came close to adding to his tally in the 29th minute but he found the side-netting with his effort.

Blackburn were making a decent fist of it, however, and Emerton made space in the 33rd minute only for Almunia to block his effort.

Five minutes later Gael Clichy did well to head away an in-swinging cross from Morten Gamst Pedersen.

Emerton then tried to pick out Santa Cruz, only for Kolo Toure to make a timely interception at the back post.

Arsenal responded immediately in the 41st minute but van Persie's left-foot effort was marginally off-target.

It was an open game and Pedersen whipped in a free-kick two minutes later that went wide of the post and Santa Cruz's header failed to trouble Almunia.

Arsenal added a second in stoppage-time and questions must be asked of the Blackburn defence.


Adebayor was left unmarked at the back post and took full advantage of the home side's carelessness by heading home a Denilson cross for his first goal of the league campaign.

The Arsenal fans were on their feet two minutes into the second half when Walcott skipped away from Ryan Nelsen and homed in on goal.

Warnock raced across to try to avert the danger but England's rising star still managed to sting Robinson's fingers with his effort.

Arsenal kept up the pressure and Toure found Walcott but his cross was headed wide by Adebayor.

Walcott then saw his shot spin off Nelsen for a corner following a flowing move that split open the defence.

Blackburn found themselves on the back foot again with both Toure and Emmanuel Eboue coming close to extending their advantage.

Toure was left frustrated at failing to score with a header while Eboue's effort from distance was gathered safely by Robinson.

Arsenal made it 3-0 in the 81st minute when Warnock was adjudged to have blocked Eboue in the penalty area.

Blackburn protested vigorously but Adebayor remained to cool to score his second goal of the game from the spot and seal an emphatic victory.

And the Togo international completed his hat-trick in stoppage-time with a cool finish after a splendid through ball from substitute Aaron Ramsey.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Walcott the SUPERHERO

On the night that Theo Walcott became English football's latest superstar, the hat-trick hero paid insisted Fabio Capello's side should no longer fear any opposition they face.

Walcott's hat-trick will go down as one of the most famous by an England player, along with those of Michael Owen, Gary Lineker and Geoff Hurst, as his goals inspired his country to the remarkable 4-1 win in Zagreb.

The 19-year-old sought not to dwell on his own performance but to praise the team as a whole and is certain they should be confident of beating any team that stands in their way.

"It just shows how together we are," Walcott told Setanta Sports. "We showed how strong we are as a whole unit. The football we were playing was absolutely brilliant and the goals we scored. We can do that against anyone.

"There were 11 stars, a whole team of stars. We've showed to everyone and the fans how strong we are as a unit. It was absolutely brilliant.

"The first two were very similar. I tend to cross things quite a lot. So I thought I'd be a bit more greedy this time.

"The third one with my left foot was just a brilliant ball from Wazza [Rooney], he was absolutely brilliant tonight.

"When you play for England you've got to put 100% in like everyone does.

"I'm just grateful that [Fabio Capello] has given me that opportunity and I've got to take that forward into each and every game and keep on improving.

"You always want to see fans happy. They were brilliant tonight. We just wanted to prove to everyone how good we are and if we keep playing like that we'll be fine.

"We're just going to keep taking every game as it comes, not get too ahead of ourselves. Just play the next game and then the one after that. If we keep playing like we did tonight it'll be absolutely brilliant."

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Cesc Get Angry With Spain Boss

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas was left angry and frustrated despite helping Spain to a 1-0 win over Bosnia in their first World Cup Qualifying match.

He supplied the crucial pass to team-mate David Villa which led to the winning goal, and while he was celebrating with the rest of the team, coach Vicente Del Bosque took him off the pitch.

He understands that he may not yet have the level of fitness of his team-mates after a muscle injury interrupted his pre-season, but he was still annoyed that he was taken off for tactical reasons.

" I am annoyed as much with myself." he said after the game, "I am always substituted when we are winning, so as to change to a defensive formation. But i want to be seen as a complete midfielder, and to be recognised as being able to play both offensive and defensive football."

It seems that he will have to convince the Spanish coach, not the rest of the world.

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Arsenal Young 'Star' Ready to Shine!

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott insists he goes into England's clash against Croatia with no fear and will relish the pressure in Zagreb if selected.

The 19-year-old got his first senior start at the weekend for the win over Andorra, with his pace offering an option to Fabio Capello for the World Cup qualifier against Croatia on Wednesday evening.

Walcott feels his style will suit Capello if they use the counter-attack against the country which defeated England twice in their last qualifying campaign.

Capello also has the experience of David Beckham, who wished Walcott good luck before the Arsenal winger faced Andorra.

Walcott said: "A lot of young players have no fear, there are no pressures on them and they can go out and enjoy it.

"David came to me and told me to enjoy it and to play my football, then I'd be fine. That's true of a lot of young players.

"I've had a lot of experience at England level now, I haven't played as much as I'd wanted to. I've had a lot of experience at Arsenal too and deal with pressure.

"The main thing is to concentrate on your own performance within the team and you're fine with pressure."

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Appiah attracting interest

The midfielder is a free agent following his departure from Fenerbahce last month and as such available for transfer.

He has had injury problems in the past but proved his fitness as he played for Ghana against Libya on Friday night.

Ghana lost the match 1-0 but Appiah produced an excellent performance to impress the onlookers.

Representatives from West Ham, Portsmouth and Arsenal were all watching on, while another top European side are also thought to be interested.

27-year-old Appiah recently admitted that it would be 'his dream' to play in the Premier League.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Arsenal Last Minute Transfers

Who do you think Arsene Wenger will sign during the last minute of the transfer window which less than 5 hours from now.

The candidates are  :

Salomon Kalou(Chelsea), Miguel Veloso (Sporting Lisbon). Gokhan Inler (Udinese), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), Giovinco (Juventus), Metzelder (Real Madrid)


Wenger won't but anyone during this summer deadline transfer??

Saturday, August 30, 2008

To solve the hole in Arsenal's midfield, Arsene Wenger is reportedly pondering the possibility of signing Blaise Matuidi.

Gilles Grimandi and Arsene Wenger are both reported to have been scouting Ligue Un again, but this time their eyes are cast over talented midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Matuidi was one of the first names on the teamsheet for St.Etienne last season, and is regarded to have a promising future in France. If Wenger were to bid for the 21-year old then the figure involved would need to be large.

Matuidi is a French U21 international, and is expected to step up to the full team in the near future.

He seems like a typical Wenger signing. In England he would be thought of as a low-key recruit, he is young, has great potential, and not to be forget,he is FRENCH.

Board od Director - Wenger May Have Additonal £30m

Arsenal chief executive Danny Fiszman has reiterated the board's backing for manager Arsene Wenger, insisting the money is always available for high-profile purchases

The Gunners are classically the most thrifty of the Premier League's so-called Big Four, as they rarely invest in the transfer market to the extent that Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool do.

While the official line from Ashburton Grove has always been that the funds are there for the mega-money buys, Wenger's consistent miserliness has cast a deep shadow of doubt over the club's actual financial position.

But Fiszman, speaking at the Champions League draw last night, stressed that the manager has full control over how his kitty is spent.

He said: "If Arsene said to us, ‘I want this guy and he’s £30million, can I buy him?’ the answer is, ‘Yes’.

"Absolutely yes. It would be no problem. It’s not our decision who he spends on nor will it ever be. We back him totally."

It is widely believed - and, indeed, has even been mentioned by Wenger - that Arsenal's lack of outlay on players stems from the recent construction of the Emirates Stadium.

The venue, which succeeded the old Highbury ground and has a capacity of 60, 355, was opened in 2006 and cost over £430million.

But Fiszman dismissed the notion that the club are hindered by outstanding construction costs, pointing to the increased revenue brought in by those extra 22,000 seats.

He said: "That’s total c***. Explain how the stadium bleeds us if it’s producing an extra £30m a year?"

And yet still Wenger refuses to spend big, despite the obvious need for an experienced midfielder in his young squad.

After two entertaining yet trophyless seasons, some have suggested that the Frenchman is more concerned with maintaining a stylish brand of football than winning silverware.

But Fiszman insisted: "Absolutely not. We want to win and win badly but Arsène believes in creating teams the way he does.

"There's a dual problem for him. If we were to buy names, you are talking about relatively mature players who need to be integrated into the way Arsène plays. They don't know our style and it also impacts on the youngsters who've been brought through."

"There Must Be Two More Players In"

Arsene Wenger admits that he may still add to his red and white ranks before the transfer window closes, and concedes that there may be as many as two added players

Arsene Wenger is used to leaving transfer deals to the very last minute. On deadline day last year the Arsenal boss tied up a £2million deal for versatile midfielder-come-defender Lassana Diarra. According to the Frenchman's latest comments, further summer tranfers could be sealed in a similar manner on Monday.

"Last year it was at midnight - and we are ready to stay up all night this time if it is needed," Wenger told Sky Sports. "We have still a long time to go," he said.

"For a while they all talk the talk and nothing happens, then in the last four or five days every half-an-hour there is a headline saying someone has signed somewhere... When you have experience of transfer dealings, you know that as long as something is not signed you know it can change very quickly so you can look very silly, so you don't want to come out and announce it."

Regarding the number of players he is looking at, he mentioned:

"If we find the right players we will do it, one or two. However, I believe it's more interesting for us to focus on our strengths and quality rather than looking outside. I know it makes headlines, but it doesn't make you win games," 
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Champions League draw

Manchester United will face Celtic in a Battle of Britain in the UEFA Champions League and Fernando Torres can look forward to a return to Atletico Madrid with Liverpool following the draw in Monaco.

Last season's losing finalists Chelsea have been pitted against Italian side Roma, Bordeaux and Romanian champions CFR Cluj.

Fernando Torres will come up against his old side Atletico Madrid after Liverpool were paired with the Spanish side, Marseille and PSV Eindhoven in Group D.

Arsenal will be confident of progressing after being drawn against FC Porto, Fenerbahce and Dynamo Kiev in Group G.

United and Celtic locked horns in the group stages two years ago, with both sides claiming one win apiece in the two meetings, and it will be Gordon Strachan who pits his wits against former boss Sir Alex Ferguson again.

Bruce Rioch's Aalborg and Spanish side Villarreal make up the rest of Group E.

Elsewhere, Group H looks the toughest one to call with nine-times winners Real Madrid, returning Italians Juventus, Uefa Cup holders Zenit St Petersburg and Belarus champions Bate Borisov making up the group.

Barcelona have been handed a favourable draw in Group C, as they face Sporting Lisbon, Basel and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Rome's Stadio Olimpico will stage the final on 27th May 2009.

The first set of matches are due to be played on 16/17 September.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

This is What We Want! 4-0 (With Video)

Arsenal booked its place in the Champions League group stages after a 4-0 win over Steve McClaren's FC Twente at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners - who were already leading 2-0 from the first leg in Holland - impressed from kick-off and it was no surprise when they went ahead through French midfielder Samir Nasri after 27 minutes.

Captain William Gallas added another at the start of the second half, before England hopeful Theo Walcott got the goal his all-action display merited and Nicklas Bendtner tapped in late on to make it a miserable return home for former national-team head coach McClaren, who must now make do with the UEFA Cup.

Line Up:

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Djourou, Clichy, Walcott, Fabregas, Denilson, Nasri, Van Persie, Bendtner.

FC Twente: Mihailov, Wielaert, Tiote, Franco, Braafheid, Denneboom, Heubach, Brama, Janssen, Elia, Huysegems.

This is all the goals

1) First goal by Nasri

2) Second goal by Gallas

3)Third goal by Bendtner

4) Fourth goal by Walcott

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Senderos Set to Milan Exit

Philippe Senderos is set to join AC Milan from Arsenal on a season-long loan with the Italians having the option to make the deal permanent for a fee believed to be between £5.5million and £6.3m.

The Switzerland defender is set for a medical at the San Siro on Tuesday morning, bringing an end to an often error-prone five-year stay at the north London club.

Senderos, 23, made 115 appearances for the Gunners after signing from Swiss club Servette for £2.5m in July 2003 and was part of his country's disappointing Euro 2008 campaign when the joint hosts went out in the group stage.

Senderos joins another Premier League cast-off at Milan, with Andriy Shevchenko undergoing a medical ahead of completing a return to the Italians from Chelsea.

The centre back's exit leaves Arsene Wenger's squad even more threadbare. The French boss has brought in experienced compatriot Mikael Silvestre from Manchester United to add cover for his young defence.

But Senderos's exit is likely to rule out a loan deal for compatriot Johan Djorou, who had been linked with a move to French club Rennes.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008



Brede Hangeland's first-half goal helped Fulham to overcome a flat Arsenal side and secure a 1-0 Premier League win at Craven Cottage.

Roy Hodgson's side controlled the game for long periods, and scored the decisive goal on 21 minutes when defender Hangeland was allowed to finish from close range.

Fulham have added steel over the summer, and look a tougher prospect than last season after making their visitors look far from title contenders.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has often voiced his worries about the match immediately following an international break, but midweek exertions could not be blamed for this failure.

The Gunners looked clueless in midfield without the injured Cesc Fabregas, while Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie struggled to gel up front.

New signing Samir Nasri showed signs of life, as did Theo Walcott - playing on the right flank - but the central pair of Denilson and Emmanuel Eboue disappointed.

Arsenal's back-line cannot blame injury or inexperience for their defending of Hangeland's goal.

Jimmy Bullard swung in a corner from the left, seemingly too close to Manuel Almunia's goal.

But neither Almunia nor William Gallas moved to intercept the ball, and the giant Norwegian stuck out a long leg to prod the ball in from a couple of yards.

The goal came between Arsenal's best - perhaps their only - opportunities of the first half.

Van Persie volleyed just wide from a Nasri pull-back on 19 minutes then, two minutes after the goal, Adebayor leapt majestically and headed onto the post from Bacary Sagna's cross.

Having survived those scares, Fulham began to exert a measure of control over the game - so much so that the crowd greeted each pass with a gleeful 'olé' during one lengthy spell of possession.

Fulham might have extended their lead in the early stages of the second half. Bobby Zamora turned a high-speed Seol Ki-Hyeon cross goalwards from 10 yards but sent the ball over on 59 minutes.

Then Seol found Zamora, who declined to shoot and teed up Simon Davies instead, but the Welshman's shot flew high and wide.

Van Persie supplied a reminder of his quality with a powerful low shot that flashed just wide from the edge of the box, but his set-piece delivery was generally poor.

Four times the Dutchman wasted free-kicks in shooting range, while Adebayor found himself so devoid of ideas by the end he resorted to diving blatantly in search of a penalty.

Last season Fulham repeatedly threw away good positions late in games - costing them 13 points - while Arsenal sometimes seemed to score as many goals in the last 10 minutes as in the other 80 combined.

But, for all the understandable nerves from the home fans, Fulham's lead never looked in serious danger.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Kallio (Baird, 73), Davies, Bullard, Murph (Teymourian, 82), Gera, Zamora, Ki-Hyeon (Dempsey, 77).

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure (Song, 77), Gallas, Clichy, Walcott (Bendtner, 65), Eboue, Denilson, Nasri, Adebayor, Van Persie.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fabregas Will Come Back!

Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas could return to action next week after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The classy playmaker missed last weekend's opening-day win over West Brom and he will be sidelined for Saturday's trip to Fulham.

Fabregas is making good progress on his fitness and Wenger is hopeful he will be fit to tackle FC Twente in next week's UEFA Champions League qualifier at Emirates Stadium.

There was also good news on some of those who missed last week's season opener, including Cesc Fabregas.

"Well Cesc is doing very well in training," Wenger told the club's official website. "He won't be ready for Saturday but has a chance to be okay for Wednesday.

"We don't want to gamble on him for one game, we have to be patient."

This gotta be a good news right? With Fabregas' return, The Gunners attacking option will be much more better from the previous match against WBA. Hope he will be totally fit and play at his best. Gambate Cesc!

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