Thursday, July 31, 2008

Nasri to Shine As Arsenal Took Off Stuggart


Despite going 1-0 down and making a raft of substitutions, a young Arsenal side fought back to secure a 3-1 win over host side Stuttgart in front of a full house at the Mercedes-Benz-Stadion.

Arsene Wenger's young guns looked to be on the road to defeat after Yıldıray Baştürk gave the hosts the lead, but a startlingly energetic showing as the match wore on eventually saw the Gunners manage a convincing and well-deserved victory.

In the first half Robin Van Persie look somewhat active, but the likes of Adebayor were not at the races. Furthermore the central defence struggled against die Roten's long ball game. Debutant Samir Nasri, meanwhile, was impressive.

Several changes came at half time, with Vela and Bendtner gracing the pitch, but in fact the problems for Arsenal were still at the back as a rejuvenated Stuttgart side took the lead.

Baştürk opened the scoring 51 minutes in after being played through by Lanig to beat Fabianski.

Just eight minutes later, though, Carlos Vela equalised after good work from Nicklas Bendtner, and then Bendtner himself then capitalised on a give-and-go involving the young Mexican to grab his side's second.

Finally Jack Wilshere followed up his goals against the Burgenland XI with another fine strike, unmarked, to seal the win for Arsenal.

In the end Wenger has some food for thought, not least in terms of the defence and the status of some of his youngsters, but overall he can be very pleased with his side's showing.

VfB Stuttgart 1-3 Arsenal FC
1-0 Bastürk 51'
1-1 Vela 59'
1-2 Bendtner 65'
1-3 Wilshere 73'

VfB Stuttgart: Lehmann - Boulahrouz, Tasci, Delpierre (Träsch 46), Boka (Magnin 46) - Hilbert (Lanig 46), Pardo (Khedira 46), Simak (Bastürk 46), Hitzlsperger (Rudy 63) - Marica (Ljuboja 63), Gomez (Morys 63)

Arsenal: Almunia (Fabianski 46) - Sagna (G. Hoyte 78), Djourou (J. Hoyte 46), Gallas, Clichy - Walcott (Randall 78), Eboué (Ramsey 61), Denilson (Lansbury 86), Nasri (Wilshere 61) - van Persie (Vela 46 (Simpson 86)), Adebayor (Bendtner 46)

Gunners bring in Bischoff

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of midfielder Amaury Bischoff from Werder Bremen.

The 21-year-old only made one senior appearance for Werder, in their Uefa Cup game against Celta Vigo in 2007.

However, he was a regular in their youth sides and has been identified by Arsene Wenger as a bright prospect for the future.

Wenger will hope he has unearthed another gem and is not likely to hesitate in giving Bischoff the opportunity to impress.

The youngster, who can play in the centre of midfield or on the left, will also give Wenger more options following the departures of Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto and Alexander Hleb.

Bischoff will wear the No.28 shirt at Arsenal and link up with his new team-mates when they return from a training camp in Austria.

Bischoff was born in France but has represented Portugal at Under 21 level.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Young English-man Heading To Arsenal?

Arsenal are ready to make a £12 million bid for Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson. The England under-21 international has been linked with moves to Tottenham and Everton all summer as word spreads that he is unhappy at the City of Manchester stadium.

Johnson, 20, has made a huge impact at Man City in recent years after progressing through the club's renowned academy. He has made over 40 appearances for the Blues and has just one cap for the England under-21's.

With Arsenal's lack of numbers in midfield and Johnson's apparent unwillingness to stay at City this could be a deal waiting to happen. Johnson is unhappy at the way former City boss Sven Goran Eriksson was treated and reports are that he is now ready to leave the club in search of a bigger challenge.

With the addition of this player,Arsenal could increase the number of English man in the squaad. SO,Grab him NOW Wenger!! Bring him to the Emirates Stadium!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Arsenal Hunt New Talent From India

One of England's leading football clubs, Arsenal, says it will train 16 of India's talented school boys at its training facilities in London.

The boys, aged between 10 and 15, were selected after a two-week coaching programme held recently in Calcutta by Arsenal staff.The boys are flying out to begin their training at the club's Emirates Stadium, from next month.

Leading European football clubs are increasingly targeting India.Clubs like Arsenal - which is tied up with an Indian sponsor - see a huge market potential there.Most of the boys going to Arsenal cannot afford to buy their own kit.

Their heroes are not Indian cricketers, such as Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, but Arsenal stars like Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Selected from across the country, the boys will be put through a development programme, called "The Arsenal Way".The club's Indian partners, Tata Tea, owners of Tetley Tea, say the objective is to give the children access to world-class training facilities.Arsenal say it is an opportunity to propagate the game in India.But in this cricket-crazy country, football has long been neglected.

Even though some Calcutta-based clubs have a tradition and history to match old clubs from around the world, footballers here are never accorded the status cricketers enjoy.The national football team's poor record does not help the matter.But things are changing. Young boys and girls wearing replica shirts of European clubs are becoming more of a common sight.

When the German league side, Bayern Munich, played in Calcutta recently, more than 100,000 people turned up to watch them.English clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea realise that India's billion-plus population and growing economy could provide a huge TV audience.

However India's national coach, Englishman Bob Houghton, has often said:

European clubs are more interested in promoting their commercial interests than helping the game in India.

Guardiola NOT sure to Take Adebayor into his Squad....Drogba too.

Josep Guardiola has refused to be drawn on speculation linking Barcelona with Premier League stars Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Reports claim the Nou Camp boss is interested in both Chelsea's Drogba and Arsenal striker Adebayor in a bid to strengthen his side further ahead of his first campaign in the hotseat.

But Guardiola was remaining tight-lipped after watching Barca cruise to a 6-0 friendly win over Hibernian at Murrayfield in his first game in charge on Thursday night.

"I'm not here to speak about them," he said.

"I have many excellent players and I am working with them. All good players are interesting and those players are interesting but there are many, many good players, in England, Germany, everywhere."

Asked whether he was preparing to make a bid, Guardiola added: "I don't know. The sporting director can talk about that better than me."

Eidur Gudjohnsen helped himself to a double and Lionel Messi, Pedro, Bojan and Yaya Toure all claimed a goal apiece in a game where Messi stole the show in the 45 minutes he was on the park.

With Adebayor heading to Barcelona,who else will left from Arsenal squad? Barcelona seems like to bring all of the Arsenal player into the squad. Henry,Hleb,Possible-Adebayor....who's next??

Friday, July 25, 2008

Arsenal : Arshavin NO MORE!

RUSSIAN star Andrei Arshavin has priced himself out of a potential move to Arsenal after demanding wages of £100,000 a week, according to media reports.

The 27-year-old forward's excessive wage demands have effectively ruled him out of a move to the Gunners, with Arsene Wenger reluctant to cater for a player he has only seen impress in a handful of games at the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland last month.

The Frenchman has admitted that he is a fan of the dimunitive Zenit St Petersburg attacker and it was rumoured that the Gunners had a bid of £19million turned down by the Russian club earlier this month.

And after declaring that he is still in the market for one, possibly two, more midfielders, the Frenchman may well have had Arshavin under his radar.

But this latest twist appears to have scared the Gunners boss off, as well as local rivals Spurs, who had also registered an interest.

Dennis Lachter, Arshavin's agent told:

"The price is very high, as are the personal terms."

Arsenal Try to Chase English Lad


ARSENE WENGER faces a tough battle to prise away teenage forward Victor Moses from Crystal Palace. Nigerian-born forward, who can play all across the final third and has four caps for the England under-19s.

Arsenal boss Wenger wants to add Moses, 17, to his squad and will start the bidding at around £1million.

But the Eagles would look for at least three times that amount.

But Wenger and co will face stiff competition for Moses, as Chelsea have been tracking the 17-year-old for some time.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Arsenal Close to Capture New Talented DM

Miguel Veloso, who has been linked with a move to Premier League club Arsenal, is a step closer quitting Sporting Lisbon after his agent admitted he would be happy to leave for a big club.

The 22-year-old versatile Portuguese star who plays mostly as a defensive midfielder is also interesting AC Milan and Juventus.

However he would seem to be a perfect target for Arsene Wenger with the Gunners having lost Mathieu Flamini and Gilberto Silva.

Agent of Veloso Paulo Barbosa said:

'He would be open to offers.'

A new talented star invented by Prof Wenger!

Who is The Best to Become Fabregas' Partner?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is looking to bolster his side’s midfield, but doesn’t as yet have a specific target in mind.With the exits of both Alexander Hleb and Gilberto Silva, Wenger has admitted that he is looking to reinforce it the midfield area with one perhaps two players.

“We will need one more body in there” he said when questioned about his midfield after the friendly against Szombatheyli.

“At the moment we do not have Alex Song who is going to the Olympic games, Abou Diaby was not here tonight and nor was Fabregas.

“If we find a reasonable target then we will do it. But there is no special name on the list. We have some time. We have until August 31. We left 11 players back in Austria for this game. They will play in Stuttgart on July 30.”

Who will be the person/persons? Are you looking for an experience player or a develop youngster created by Wenger?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Eduardo Have To Wait. ..But Until When?

Arsenal suffers early injury setback after Eduardo da Silva was ruled out of the opening two months of the season.The Croatia striker is on the way back from a badly-broken leg and had hoped to be playing again in August.But it is understood he is unlikely to resume training before the end of September.

That places even more importance on Emmanuel Adebayor's future.The Togo striker met boss Arsene Wenger yesterday and held talks over a new pay deal.Both Milan and Barcelona have been heavily linked with the striker.

If Adebayor were to leave, it would leave Arsenal with only Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner as recognised strikers, although neither Walcott nor Van persie are out-and-out centre forwards.

Wenger Set To Land Two Juve's Youngsters

Giovinco is widely regarded as one of the most explosive young talents in Europe currently, and he is being tipped by many experts to be a superstar in the near future.

The 21-year-old, who is back at Juve after spending last season on loan at Empoli, has hit the news recently due to problems regarding the renewal of his contract.

This led to reports last week that English trio Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool were all ready to take advantage of this confusion and bring the young prodigy to the Premiership.

Tuttosport today claims that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, well known for having an eye for young prospects, is a huge fan of Giovinco, and is already doing the ground work ahead of a transfer bid next summer.

Wenger will travel to next month’s Olympic Games specifically to watch Giovinco, and Italy Under-21 team-mate Claudio Marchisio, also of Juventus.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gunners Suffers Early Setback


Arsenal getting another bad news yesterday after Tomas Rosicky admitted he will miss the start of the Premier League campaign. The Czech midfielder has not played since January and missed Euro 2008 campaign will miss early league games and the Champions League qualifying round.

It is a blow for Arsene Wenger, who has lost a trio of midfielders this summer in Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb.

Wenger was hoping Rosicky would form part of his early plans but the Czech captain said:

"I know I'll miss the start of the club season. According to plans, I should be back on the field in September.''

Classy Defender Delights With Return

The classy full-back started in the Gunners’ traditional pre-season friendly against Barnet at the weekend, lasting until half-time before being substituted along with the rest of the starting line-up.

The 25-year-old, who had been out of action since sustaining an ankle injury against Chelsea in March, impressed amid a fairly pedestrian display by Arsene Wenger’s men.

Sagna had been among Arsenal’s better performers last term, delivering on the hype that saw him earn a ₤6million move from Auxerre during the summer of 2007.

The Frenchman is eager to pick up where he left off, and hopes to help the Londoners to some much-needed silverware this time around.

"I feel better now and I hope that I can feel better and better with every new game," Sagna told the club’s official website.

"The last couple of weeks have been hard because it is the first time since my injury that I have been in training.

"I needed to find my performance level again and be prepared to give more than I have before. I do think, though, that I will be fit for the start of the season.

"I want to focus on my own game, perform for Arsenal and see what the season brings. Hopefully it will be some cups."

Arshavin Disagree With Zenit's Price Demand - He want to MOVE OUT


Potential Arsenal target Andrei Arshavin believes he could be priced out of any potential move to a top European club.

The 27-year-old star of the European Championships, has lashed out at current club Zenit St Petersburg, who are demanding nearly £24million for the Russian international striker.

"Zenit are asking for so much money," said Arshavin. "I know Barcelona offered £11.9m, but Zenit are asking for £23.8m. I have made my decision, and Zenit coach Dick Advocaat knows I want to go. I do not know if it will be to London, but my desire is well-known."

Monday, July 21, 2008

Big Clubs offer £5 million for Defender


PSG and Barcelona are willing to bid £5 million for Arsenal captain William Gallas.

The Sunday Mirror says Gallas has two years of his contract left and there have been no indications of an offer of an extension. This has alerted Barcelona, where new manager Pep Guardiola wants to bolster his squad after signing Alexander Hleb from Arsenal for £12m.

Gallas is also a friend of ex-Arsenal star Thierry Henry, who has decided to stay at the Nou Camp.

What the Hell with Hobbit Hleb?


Alexander Hleb has hinted that former Arsenal team-mate Cesc Fabregas could join him at Barcelona.

Days before Hleb left the Premier League for La Liga he hit out at Fabregas, calling him "selfish", in the same interview that he lambasted Gunners coach Arsene Wenger.

Now the Belarus international is ready to incur the wrath of Wenger again as he attempts to lure Fabregas back to the side he left five years ago.

"Cesc Fabregas explained a lot of things to me about this club," Hleb told Barca TV. "His time in the academy with players like (Gerard) Pique, (Lionel) Messi and so on.

"He loves this club. Now he's at Arsenal, but who knows if in the future he'll come back to Barca?

"He is my best friend at Arsenal, together with (Mathieu) Flamini."

Hleb is looking forward to linking up with another former Arsenal hero - Thierry Henry - and meeting the rest of his new team-mates.

"He's my friend," he continued. "We spent two years together. We understand each other and I'm very pleased to be back with him.

"The others? I know all of them because I've seen them on television and of course I like the way all of them play.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Adebayor MUST Report Back on Monday - Wenger


Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said he expected to meet with Emmanuel Adebayor, subject of transfer speculation over the summer break, report for Monday training.

The Togo striker has been the subject of persistent rumours of a move to AC Milan, but the Serie A giants have baulked at a 28 million euros fee when the Italians are not in the lucrative Champions League in the coming season.

Adebayor was top scorer for the Gunners last season with 30 goals but wants an improved wage deal.

But Wenger told Sky Sports News: "Adebayor is under contract and we expect him to turn up on Monday and practise with us."

Arsenal, after edging Barnet 2-1 in a pre-season friendly, will head to a training camp in Austria at the end of the month prior to hosting the Emirates Cup also involving Juventus, Real Madrid and a Hamburg side now coached by former Tottenham manager Martin Jol.

The Gunners then participate in the Amsterdam Tournament ahead of a Champions League qualifier on August 12 or 13.

Wenger - 25 is too OLD


Arsene Wenger admitted ready to buck his well-established trend and recruit an experienced figure this summer, but the Arsenal boss is also certain that the recent departures of high-profile players will not curb his side’s ambition in the coming months.

It has been a difficult summer for Gunners fans as the club have already seen Jens Lehmann, Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb and Gilberto Silva leave North London, with Emmanuel Adebayor’s future still in doubt despite Wenger’s protestations to the contrary.

With youngsters Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey the only arrivals to date, there is certainly a question mark over whether Arsenal are ready to challenge their rivals for the league title, particularly given Chelsea and Manchester United are chasing players of the calibre of Kaka and Dimitar Berbatov.

Wenger remains a master operator in the transfer market and his success in developing young talent is legendary, but it appears the Frenchman is now ready to sign arguably his first well-established player since William Gallas in 2006 - with reports naming the likes of Gareth Barry and Torsten Frings as potential targets.

“We lost players with experience of course,” said Wenger following his side’s 2-1 win over Barnet at Underhill on Saturday.

“But we can still bring in players with experience and don’t forget that last year, since the first of January, Van Persie has missed nearly six months, Rosicky has missed four or five months and Eduardo has missed four or five months, they will all be back.”

When being asked whether Gunners fans can expect to see a more mature player arriving at Emirates Stadium, Wenger replied:

“What do you call old? Yes 25 and over is very old at Arsenal! We can get one player with experience, yes."

On his summer recruitment plans, the three-time Premier League winner added: “It could happen [a new signing], yes, one, maybe two maximum, but one certainly.

“I cannot give you any names but we still think to bring one player in.”

Despite losing Hleb to Barcelona and Gilberto to Panathinaikos in the last week alone, Wenger remains convinced by the quality and depth of his squad as he seeks to end a run of three consecutive seasons without a trophy.

“Very much confident [Arsenal can recover from those losses],” Wenger continued.


“We lost two good players but we bought two players and we have good young players coming through.


“We don’t live in an ideal world. Flamini was at the end of his contract, Gilberto I gave him the opportunity to leave because he was 32 and [was offered] a three-year contract and that was in a strong position.


“There is an attraction to join Arsenal, believe me, because we have more demands than players who want to leave us and I think Flamini was free to leave last year and nobody cared about it, you know.


"He had a good season and then he left. But he was free to go last year and that is part of football.”

SUPER Comeback from Young Guns

Two second-half goals book a victory for a gunners against Barnet in friendly just now.

Arsenal's squad featured a multitude of players promoted from the reserves in seasons gone by to give them a taste of first team action in the Gunner's first friendly of pre-season. Nordveit, a promising Norweigan centre-back found himself on the starting sheet, as did Lansbury, Traore, and new signing Aaron Ramsey made his debut.

The first half was uninspiring, but Ramsey looked the best player on the pitch as he sent some Beckham-esque passes upfield to the overlapping Sagna.

Barnet's goal arrived via a Gillet free kick. Almunia looked frustrated after setting up what he thought would have been a capable wall, only to be beaten by his far corner, after everyone in the wall failed to either charge the ball down, or jump to block it.

The second half was more pleasing to the eye as the young guns played with more tempo and increased urgency.

Substitute Jack Wilshere changed the game for Arsenal starting moves that secured two goals for the gunners. It will be interesting to see how he is used this coming season, you will imagine he will be limited to League Cup appearances in order to protect him, much in the same manner as Theo Walcott when the former Southampton player first arrived at the club.

The Arsenal goals came from Jay Simpson, and Nacer Barazite. Simpson was played into the box and he shot across the keeper, on instinct. For Arsenal's second, Barazite received a cross into the area before beating the keeper with an nice shot that was aided into the net off the post.

Arsenal boss Wenger will be more pleased with his reserve team players, who were all brought on for the second half, than the bland first team that started before the break.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Vela Won't Play Against Barnet

PREVIEW : Barnet vs Arsenal (Friendly)

Newly-signed French midfielder Francis Coquelin will replaced Mexican striker Carlos Vela in the squad for this afternoon’s game against Barnet.

Football pundit Tom Watt mentioned on Arsenal TV’s ‘Fans Forum’ last night, that the Frenchman would be involved in the match while Vela will be absent, Watt failed to explain why the 19-year-old would not play at Underhill.

Today’s news could be an enormous bonus for another youngster in Jay Simpson. The striker was on loan to Millwall last season where he impressed the fans with his quality goals and fantastic work ethic. He could earn a start today as could Nacer Barazite who will also be pushing for a place upfront, added to that, the Dutchman will be look for a repeat of last season’s fixture where Nacer scored and wrapped up the game for the Gunners.

Good luck to Jay and the rest of the lads this afternoon, hopefully it will be a comfortable pre-season win against League 2 opposition..

Wenger - Ramsey Can Prove Them Wrong


Arsene Wenger believes Aaron Ramsey is the key to resolving Arsenal's midfield problems. Arsenal could turn to summer recruit Aaron Ramsey to solve their central midfield quandary. Manager Arsene Wenger admitted he fought off fierce competition to sign Ramsey, 17, from Cardiff City and following the departures of Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb and Gilberto Silva, there is an urgent need for a midfielder.

Ramsey, ordinarily, is a winger, but Wenger, talking exclusively in the official Arsenal magazine, revealed that he believes the Welshman could be the answer.

"We watched him throughout the whole season," said Wenger. "We were always on the case, but unfortunately we weren't the only ones because Liverpool, Man United and Everton were strongly behind the case."

Ramsey is set to make his first-team debut in a friendly at Barnet today and Wenger added: "It was a big satisfaction for us that we were able to beat these teams to signing him.

"Overall he can play wide, he can play centrally. I think in the future he will be a central midfielder. How is down to him and down to us on how well we work with him. In my mind though there are no restrictions on his development, because he has played a lot already."

Wenger, who has signed only one other player, Marseille's Samir Nasri, has also criticised the way some clubs have conducted their transfer business in the open, with particular mention of Real Madrid and their courting of Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo.

"If you don't show respect to other clubs football is moving in the wrong way. You cannot come out like [president Ramon] Calderon has done at Real Madrid with Manchester United and tell them you cannot stop a player from leaving."

Friday, July 18, 2008

Young Italian Linking to Gunners. He's SUPERB!

Italian starlet Sebastian Giovinco is in the middle of contract negotiations with Juventus and last week the 21 year-old was convinced that an agreement could be made with the Italian giants.

But now it seems that he is not happy with the deal on offer and is refusing to sign after the club only offered him an extra €500,000 per year for five years..

Consequently Arsenal and have been alerted by his agent, Claudio Pasqualin, as they have been keeping an eye on the young prodigy's development.

The diminutive attacking midfielder was loaned out at Empoli last season, where he scored 6 goals in 35 starts, and Claudio Ranieri thinks he is now ready to fulfil his promise on the big stage.

He is being compared to a young Zola and is noted for his long range curling freekicks. He has made 36 appearances already for his country from ages U16 to U21 levels and is tipped as one of Italy's most promising players.

Enjoy his action.Look at no 10.He's superb! His Micheal Scofield look also impress me=p

It's Time For Young Brazilian


DENILSON is a Gunners midfielder happy to buck the outgoing trend by committing his future to the club and winning trophies for Arsenal this season.

The Brazilian admits this is a big year for him, and no wonder. Fresh opportunities are presenting themselves almost daily, with the departures of midfield trio Mathieu Flamini (AC Milan), Alexander Hleb (Barcelona) and Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos).

Denilson, 20, rejected a chance to join the high-profile exits, instead aiming to make a sustained first-team impact in his third season at The Emirates.

“I’m just focused on Arsenal, but I know some other clubs were looking at me,” said Denilson. “Last year I heard Barcelona wanted to buy me, but I really like it at Arsenal.

“For me this is the best team, it’s where I want to be. I want to show what I can do for Arsenal.

Denilson made 23 appearances last term, but just four Premier League starts. However, after 42 outings since his £3.4million signing from Sao Paulo in August 2006, he feels now is his time.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Germany International Midfield SHOCK Linked to Arsenal


German international Torsten Frings, reportedly turned down Newcastle and now eyeing a move to Arsenal.
According to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle: 'Frings' agent spoke to United executive director of football Dennis Wise yesterday and offered him the 31-year-old Werder Bremen star, who can operate anywhere across midfield.

'But sources in Germany say that Frings' people did not receive much encouragement and are now looking to offload their man to Arsenal FC, with Arsene Wenger having lost Mathieu Flamini and now Alexander Hleb and Gilberto Silva.'

But this deal is too possible impossible too happen as Arsenal famously have a policy of only offering short-term deals to players over 30, but with a dearth of defensive midfielders on the market, perhaps they could make an exception to the rule.

NEWCOMERS can't wait to start

After three-years waiting for the chance, Carlos Vela has his sights set on fulfilling his dreams of earning a first-team place at Arsenal in the new season.


The former golden boot winner of the 2005 Under-17 World Cup after interest from a host of European clubs, signed for the Gunners later that year.

However, as a non-EU citizen, British work permit regulations prevented him from linking up with Arsene Wenger's squad on a full-time basis.

He spent time on loan in Spain with Celta Viga, Salamanca and Osasuna gaining experience of European football but, having been granted a permit earlier this year, he now has Arsenal's number 12 shirt and a guaranteed chance of proving himself in England next season.

And, having waited so long to make his debut for the London side, it is one he is eager to capitalise on.

"I am very proud to finally be here and I am truly very happy," he told the club's official website. "I have been waiting three years for this moment and now I am here I will work very hard to earn my place in the first-team and I hope to be at this club for a very long time.


"The players have received me very well and been very welcoming. Of course, it takes a few days to get used to everything new but, little by little, I will find my place and be ready to perform for the team."

Vela, 19, insists his time in the Primera Liga has been beneficial and believes he has learnt a lot from his experiences in Spain.

He was involved in a relegation battle with Osasuna last term - one which the side eventually won - and, although he is unlikely to find himself in that situation with the Gunners, Vela is glad to have faced that level of adversity and triumphed.


"It has helped me," he said. "First of all it taught me what it was like being away from your home country - that helped me grow up as a person and as a player.


"I think that the Spanish and English style of football is the best in the world. I think also that playing against the best players in the world can only help me grow as a player.

"Yes to be honest the (Osasuna) team wasn't the strongest in the division but it is in that kind of situation you learn more. The whole experience was a big lesson for me. But I hope that this season we can be fighting to win the league.


"I think that I achieved the targets I had there because I had more minutes on the pitch, gained more experience and today I am here at Arsenal, which was the ultimate aim."

Like England international Theo Walcott, another a hotly-tipped but callow teenager when he signed for Arsenal, the Mexican can play out wide or as a striker.

His time in La Liga was predominantly spent on the flank but Wenger is known to rate the youngster's chances of succeeding in a more central role.

Vela would not be drawn on that. "The manager hasn't said anything to me about that yet," he added.

"But it isn't a problem for me as Arsene Wenger can judge for himself what position is best for me to play. It is good to have the option of playing in both positions in case of injuries or if a player is missing.


"Above anything else I just want to play in the first team, it doesn't matter what position."

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UnNoticed Striker Dismissed Gunners Link. He Need Some Time...

Obefami Martins has denied his linking to Arsenal during this Transfer Window and insists he would going nowhere.The striker might be too happy at Newcastle strongly dismissed the speculation.

The Nigerian has impressed in the Premier League since arriving at St James' Park from Inter Milan in 2006.

His performances have not gone unnoticed and there has been talk of him joining one of the Premier League's top four clubs this summer.

Martins has been touted as a possible replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor if the Togolese striker leaves the Emirates Stadium.

However, he is not paying attention to the speculation and insists he is ready to stay at Newcastle for the duration of his contract.

"It is good to know where I am going to be because I am still a Newcastle player and I really want to play for Newcastle," Martins told Sky Sports News.

"I really love the fans as well and I have three years contract so for now I really don't know what is going on.

"There is talk about Arsenal, which is a good thing because they play in the UEFA Champions League, but for now I am a Newcastle player and I will stay here for three years.

"I am happy, very happy."

Asked if he would be interested in a move to Arsenal, Martins again underlined that he wanted to remain in the North East for as long as Newcastle were happy with him.

Martins was encouraged by the way Newcastle finished last season and believes they could challenge for a Uefa Cup spot this term.

He explained: "It is up to Newcastle. I still have three more years left and I really want to play for Newcastle. I want to my best to help them into Europe."

Maybe he needs time to think or he's just don't want to clarify his interest towards Gunners. He would love to go to Emirates Stadium but his current situation denied him from doing that. Soo Magpies is just the only destination he might be think of...

Falcao - I Want to Stay

River Plate striker Radamel Falcao Garcia strongly want to end speculation about a possible move to Arsenal by insisting his future lies in Argentina.

Garcia helped River win the Clausura tournament last month, and insists he would like to continue winning titles at Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti.

Last week, reports suggested the 22-year-old attacker would welcome a move to Emirates Stadium but he has rejected these rumours, insisting he hopes to stay and win the Copa Sudamericana.

He told Argentinean newspaper Ole: “I have new goals. I want to be the tournament’s top scorer and win a continental cup.

“I always said I wanted to play in the top flight for a long time. I want to stay at River, my home. I feel very comfortable here.”

Hleb Officially a Catalan

Barcelona have sucessfully signed Hleb on a four-year-deal contract. Hope Hleb happy with his life in the new club. Adios! Officially

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Vela and Ramsey to Start?

Arsène Wenger has named a 24-man squad for Saturday's opening pre-season fixture against Barnet.

The Arsenal manager will have a mixture of first-teamers and youth players at his disposal for the game at Underhill.

Manuel Almunia, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott are included while new signing Aaron Ramsey could make his debut. Carlos Vela is also in the squad after returning from his season-long loan spell with Osasuna in Spain.

Arsenal will wear their new home kit for the first time this Saturday but first-team squad numbers will not be used. Instead, the starting line-up will wear No 1 to No 11 while the substitutes will wear shirt No 12 to No 24.

If you don't have a ticket for Saturday's game, watch all the action LIVE on the Arsenal TV channel - on TV or online. Click here for full details.

Arsenal squad:

Manuel ALMUNIA (GK)
Nacer BARAZITE
Nicklas BENDTNER
Gael CLICHY
DENILSON
James DUNNE
Rui FONTE
Gavin HOYTE
Justin HOYTE
Henri LANSBURY
Vito MANNONE (GK)
Havard NORDTVEIT
Abu OGOGO
Aaron RAMSEY
Mark RANDALL
Paul RODGERS
Bacary SAGNA
Jay SIMPSON
Rene STEER
Wojciech SZCZESNY (GK)
Armand TRAORE
Carlos VELA
Theo WALCOTT
Jack WILSHERE
Arsenal.com

WOW...where is other senior players like Adebayor, Cesc, Gallas, Toure, Van Persie, Diaby, Eboue etc?? Where is Samir NASri too?Looks like the friendly match is the platform for Ramsey and Vela to proof their ability to Prof Wenger and Fans. I aslo mentioned that the ticket for the pre-season match already sold out!! Eventhough the price increased,fan still want to see their heroes to play in action.GOOD LUCK to all players!

Hleb Set to Leave Arsenal

MADRID (Reuters) - Arsenal's Belarus midfielder Aleksandr Hleb will arrive in Spain on Wednesday to take a medical ahead of completing a move to Barcelona, the Primera Liga club said on their website (www.fcbarcelona.com).

The 27-year-old has been a long-term target for Barcelona and arrives the day after they agreed to sell Brazilian Ronaldinho to AC Milan.

Spanish media reported a deal has already been agreed with Arsenal for 15 million euros (12 million pounds), with a further three million dependent on results.

Hleb will become the Catalan side's fifth signing of the close season as they continue to rebuild the team under new coach Pep Guardiola after two years without silverware.

They have already landed Uruguay defender Martin Caceres, former youth team defender Gerard Pique, Brazil full back Daniel Alves and Mali midfielder Seydou Keita.

Hleb has made it clear he wants leave Arsenal despite having two years left on his contract, and will help add to Barca's attacking potential.

Barca have said to complete their squad they wanted an attacking midfielder, a wide player and a number nine.

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been linked as a possible front man to replace Samuel Eto'o, who has been told he is surplus to requirements.

($1 = 0.627 euros)

-Reuters-

Hidup Mati Arsenal

Wenger Eyeing Greek Youngster


Arsene Wenger has expressed an interest in teenage Panathinaikos winger Sotiris Ninis.
The 18-year-old is considered one of the brightest young talents in Greek football and has been attracting the interest of a host of clubs. The deal probably would happen after the deal of Pananthiakos over Arsenal's ex-skipper, Gilberto Silva. Switch Gilberto with Sotiris might be worth you now;)

Here are some action from him(this video posted 2 years ago =p).

How Good Falcao Is

I don't know what this guy can do before. But from this video,Wenger must realized that he would not be wrong if he sign this Columbian to replace Adebayor. Check it out...Radamel Falcao Garcia



Fans Want New Defender!!

From the survey made among this blog reader, Arsene Wenger must aware that what he need the most right now is a couple of quality NEW defender to play for Arsenal. From my side,we need a very strong center-back to play with either Toure or Gallas. We don't have any problem at the right or left defender since Sagna and Clichy both are very effective and productive in attacking and defending. But Prof Wenger still have to think of the circumstances if  any of the defender injured or being suspend. He must have his back up plan. Perhaps one or two new defenders could be in the squad so that what happen in last season won't spoil our mission to see The Gunners to bring any trophy to the Emirates Stadium..

So,what do you think Gooners?

Hleb and Ade 'sagas' rumble on

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is unaware of any fresh developments in the 'long-running sagas' over Alexander Hleb and Emmanuel Adebayor's future.

Belarusian midfielder Hleb has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona, and is reportedly set to complete his transfer in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Adebayor's future is uncertain with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger insisting the striker will remain at Emirates Stadium, despite interest from AC Milan and Barca.
When asked of the latest news on the duo's futures, Hill-Wood told the club's official website: "No, nothing new. But it is a long-running saga in both cases."

Ramsey and Nasri

So far this summer Wenger has landed teenage midfielder Aaron Ramsey from Cardiff and France international Samir Nasri from Marseille.
And Hill-Wood is excited by the potential of Arsenal's latest recruits ahead of the new season.
He said: "I don't know a great deal but it doesn't terribly matter what I think. The man who matters is Arsene Wenger and he has very high hopes for both of them.
"They are pretty young and Arsene believes they can be pretty fine players. Nasri is a bit more advanced than Ramsey, who is 17.
"Samir has played at the top level and is an established player already. They are two very exciting prospects and they will strengthen the squad in a big way."

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Villa end Barry exile

Unsettled midfielder Gareth Barry will return to training with his Aston Villa team-mates on Wednesday.

The England international has been excluded from the club's pre-season plans after he criticised manager Martin O'Neill's handling of his proposed move to Liverpool.

Villa and the Merseyside outfit have been wrangling over the future of Barry since the end of last season, but have so far been unable to agree on a fee.

The Reds have seen a number of offers rejected by their Premier League rivals, who are believed to be holding out for £18million.

Arsenal

O'Neill hinted on Tuesday morning that Arsenal could enter the race for Barry's services, while the possibility remains that he may still be at Villa Park next season.

With Barry due to return to training, he could now be involved in the club's Intertoto Cup clash away to Danish side Odense on Saturday.

A statement on the club's official website read: "The club can confirm that Gareth Barry will be back in training at Bodymoor Heath tomorrow (Wednesday)."

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Gilberto to Greek Club


Gilberto Silva has agreed a reported three-year deal with Henk Ten Cate's Panathinaikos with Arsenal turning down offers from other clubs.

The Sun reports that the Brazilian midfielder have accepted a £1million bid from the Greek giants for the 31-year-old defensive midfielder, who had also been interesting Everton but the Toffees’ bid is said to be rejected as Gilberto had his heart set on a move to Greece.

Arsenal's acting managing director Ken Friar is quoted as saying: "We have agreed to the transfer and signed the papers. It is now an official agreement.

"We had other offers but we respected Gilberto's desire to sign for Panathinaikos."

Wenger Eyeing Prem Duo


Wenger are trying to chase 23-year old Niko Kranjcar from Portsmouth.The Croatian international's future has continually been thrown into speculation following comments by his father that Kranjcar was interested in a move away from Fratton Park. Pompey boss Harry Redknapp willing to lose one of his most prized assets, if the Frenchman could be given the green light to make a £15 million offer.

Another Wenger target is Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn. The Paraguay international who scored 23 goals last season however had played down speculation that he will move to a big club. Will Arsene Wenger still haunting him and bring him to Emirates Stadium?

Adios Adebayor, Welcome Eto'o


Barcelona try to grab Adebayor with €10m plus Samuel Eto'o. If I were Wenger, I will say, "Why not? Take him Barca and please release Eto'o immediately to me". This deal is like you trade-in a tyre with a Ferrari you know. What a great oppurtunity to have a striker like Eto'o right know. Eventhough his kinda oldies, but he still have the finishing.Yes, we need a finisher!


Next season maybe...??

Arshavin Close to Gunners

Andrei Arshavin's agent has revealed that Arsenal would be an ideal destination for the Russian midfielder due to the influence of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Dennis Lachter told Sky Sports News his client rates the Frenchman highly.

"The stable situation in the club and the influence of Arsene Wenger to Arsenal and to English football is huge. I think this is an advantage," Lachter said.

"If Arsenal go for Arshavin it could be really good for both parties. Arsenal is a very young team and Arshavin is 27.

"There's something about combining young and older players, they propagate attacking football."

-Source-

Ticket Price Increase!

Arsenal director Danny Fiszman has defended the decision to increase the price of season tickets at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have opted to raise the cost of their cheapest season ticket from £885 to £925 for next season after a four-year freeze.

The 4.5% hike means they are £275 more expensive than the next highest club, Liverpool.

But Fiszman insists the tickets remain value for money given they include European and domestic cup fixtures.

'We've held the prices for four years but there is substantial inflation in football,' he told Arsenal TV Online.

'Rather than keep holding prices back and then having a huge increase, we think it's better to have a small, steady increase rather than a big jump.

'Quite often there are comparisons made about the prices of our season tickets and we seem to be expensive.

'But in terms of comparison it's never apples for apples. Our season tickets include cup and Champions League games, which other competing clubs in London charge extra for.

'In fact they charge a premium for them. Our prices should be judged in that way rather than on the pure top line number.'

Does it mean we will have extra money to buy new player next season?=p

Monday, July 14, 2008

Hleb to Barcelona?

Aliaksandr Hleb will be officially announced had agreed term with Barcelona. According to The Sun The Catalan will pay The Gunners £12.5m up front for Hleb — with the remaining £2.5m based on trophies and appearance.

The 27-year-old Belarussian, who signed for Arsenal for ₤10million in 2005, is set to earn around ₤65,000-per-week at Camp Nou which is almost double with his salary in Arsenal. The Gunners signed Hleb from Stuttgart three years ago for £10m. Is it a worth bargain?

  I'm handsome

Aguero..Aguero..Aguero

Dear Aguero,Which team would you choose?

Man Utd.....naahhh
Liverpool....yikss
Arsenal......hurmm:D

but for sure NOT Chelsea !! haahha

Sergio Aguero-WOW he is only 20 and  already awarded Best La Liga Player. What an achievement from a youngster!
Here are some action from the Maradona's young -born generation!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Who's That Girl?

WOW! Who's that super hotty babe? She might be relate with any of Arsenal player or is this the new recruitment of Ladies team...Can U help me to find out...hurmmm

Adebayor almost to Milan

Hello, with just half of the putting price £32m, we will lose Adebayor to Milan. Is it a worth deal? Some may said, just take the cash and run. Find another quality striker. Adios Adebayor! Who's gonna replace him? Santa Cruz? Falcao? Villa? Huntelaar? Benzema? Who ever it is, we believe, Wenger knows what he is doing. Because... IN ARSENE WE TRUST!