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 Sport.co.uk 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
Panathinaikos
FC Barcelona
Bayern Munich
Juventus

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
18 Mikael SILVESTRE
19 Jack WILSHERE
21 Lukasz FABIANSKI (GK)
24 Vito MANNONE (GK)
26 Nicklas BENDTNER
28 Amaury BISCHOFF
35 Francis COQUELIN
40 Kieran GIBBS
41 Gavin HOYTE
42 Henri LANSBURY
43 Fran MERIDA
47 Mark RANDALL
49 Paul RODGERS
50 Jay SIMPSON
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.