Sunday, December 20, 2009

Review : Denilson, Eduardo and Diaby on target


Arsenal moved back into third place in the Barclays Premier League with a comfortable victory over relegation-threatened Hull at the Emirates Stadium.

Goals from Denilson, Eduardo and Abou Diaby earned Arsene Wenger's side all three points in a bad-tempered affair.

But the Gunners also had to give credit to goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, who saved a penalty from Geovanni when the home side led 1-0.

Hull, who beat Arsenal at the Emirates last season, had the first opportunity within the opening minute.

Craig Fagan's 20-yard shot was just off target but Hull were clearly in the mood for a battle.

Moments later Almunia had to deal with a free-kick by Stephen Hunt as the City midfielder looked to surprise the Arsenal goalkeeper at the near post.

The home side were clearly missing the midfield artistry of the injured Cesc Fabregas but Samir Nasri should have put them ahead in the 15th minute but shot tamely at Myhill.

Hull had enjoyed much of the possession in the early skirmishes but they had little reward in attack.

Arsenal finally shook off their lethargy in the 23rd minute when Eduardo tried to curl the ball beyond Myhill and into the corner of the net. But the Arsenal striker's effort was a yard wide of the target.

Wenger's side, without a string of first-choice players, found it difficult to break down stubborn Hull, who gave their hosts little time to settle on the ball.

A cross from Hunt in the 39th minute almost reached Fagan but Almunia collected the ball before the City striker could pounce.

Arsenal had found little rhythm in their play and Myhill, apart from a couple of long shots, had been relatively untroubled.

But the contest erupted shortly before the break when Nasri trod on the ankle of Richard Garcia as Arsenal prepared to take a free-kick.

Hunt then clashed with Nasri and a mass confrontation took place in front of referee Steve Bennett with Arsenal goalkeeper Almunia sprinting 100 yards to get involved.

Fagan tried to drag Hunt away from the incident as players from both sides became embroiled in ugly scenes. Bennett eventually booked both Hunt and Nasri when the fracas subsided.

Arsenal rubbed salt into Hull's wounds seconds later when Denilson scored from a free-kick after George Boateng had fouled Diaby 25-yards from goal.

Players from both sides appeared to continue their first-half spat in the tunnel as they left the pitch at the interval.

There was already plenty of bad blood between the two clubs stemming from last season when Fabregas was accused of spitting at City's assistant Brian Horton.

Hull replaced Nick Barmby at half-time with Seyi Olofinjana but nearly went two behind straight after the re-start.

Eduardo worked an opening for himself from Andrey Arshavin's pass, but the Croatia striker put his shot wide with just Myhill to beat.

There was more controversy in the 55th minute when referee Bennett awarded Hull a penalty after Mikael Silvestre had been adjudged to have pulled the shirt of Fagan.

But Almunia saved a poor Geovanni spot-kick and then Hunt headed the rebound wide of the target.

Worse was to come for Phil Brown's side in the 59th minute when Diaby broke into the penalty area and pulled the ball back for Eduardo to tap home.

Arsenal wrapped up the points in the 80th minute when Diaby played a one-two with Arshavin and fired past Myhill.

Hunt almost scored a consolation goal for the visitors with three minutes remaining but Almunia saved his volley.

The Arsenal goalkeeper's clearance then put substitute Theo Walcott in the clear at the opposite end but the England youngster put his lob just wide.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Preview : Arsenal vs Hull City


The visit of Hull to Emirates Stadium will not dredge up favourable memories for Arsenal after they were the victims of one of the shocks of the season when the Tigers came away from North London with a 2-1 win last year, thanks to goals from Daniel Cousin and Geovanni.

It was a result that threatened to expose Arsenal as top-four charlatans and paint Hull as potential European challengers. Fifteen months on, and Phil Brown's improving Tigers are one point above the relegation zone, while his opposite number, Arsene Wenger, saw his side secure an important victory at Liverpool last weekend to reignite their title challenge.

But a glimmer of hope for Hull fans came on Wednesday night when Arsenal were held by promoted Burnley at Turf Moor to sit eight points behind leaders Chelsea, with a game in hand. Wenger's side were uninspired, sloppy and lacking in fight. Just the combination of elements that saw them fall victim to Geovanni's thunderbolt in September 2008.

The Gunners will also be missing captain Cesc Fabregas after the Spaniard picked up a hamstring injury against Burnley and if he does sit in the stands to watch the game, then he would be well-advised to dress to impress. Following an FA Cup tie in March, Phil Brown accused Fabregas, who again was out injured, of spitting at his assistant Brian Horton and questioned the player's attire, remarking: "What was he doing on the pitch [after the final whistle] wearing clothes like that?" Fabregas was cleared of cleared of any wrong-doing.

Arsenal team news: Wednesday's draw at Burnley cost Arsenal the services of Fabregas due to a hamstring problem and he will not play on Saturday, leaving Arsenal without their two leading players as Robin van Persie is a long-term absentee. With Gael Clichy, Kieran Gibbs and Armand Traore out, Mikael Silvestre will continue as fourth-choice left back. Tomas Rosicky (hamstring), Nicklas Bendtner (groin) and Johan Djourou (knee) remain sidelined.

Hull team news: Midfield talisman Jimmy Bullard is still sidelined with a knee injury, but long-term injury victim Ian Ashbee aside, that is the only serious selection problem for Brown who has an otherwise healthy squad.

Probable Arsenal team (4-3-3): Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Silvestre, Song, Denilson, Nasri, Eboue, Eduardo, Arshavin.

Probable Hull team (4-5-1): Myhill, McShane, Gardner, Zayatte, Dawson, Geovanni, Boateng, Marney, Garcia, Hunt, Fagan.

Wenger To Let Hot Prospect Out


Arsène Wenger has revealed that Burnley manager Owen Coyle has spoken to him about the possibility of taking Jack Wilshere on loan from in January.

The Frenchman has previously admitted that he would consider allowing his teenage midfielder to leave on a temporary basis during the window if the right club comes along.

Midfielder Mark Randall joined Burnley on loan from Arsenal in January 2008 but only started two matches for the Clarets so Wenger wants assurances that Wilshere will play regular football if he makes the short-term switch from Emirates Stadium to Turf Moor.

"My response [to Coyle] is that it is possible under the condition that he plays," said Wenger.

"For us Jack Wilshere is in a period where he needs to play.

"Burnley is a very good club that I respect. They play good football but first of all Jack must want to do it and then we need to have a good hope that he will play if he goes somewhere on loan.

"I like the idea but at the moment I must say we are a bit short. Jack is involved with us for nearly every game."

Friday, December 18, 2009

Champions Leagur Draw : Arsenal vs Porto FC


Arsenal will take on Porto in the last 16 of this season's UEFA Champions League.

Porto were runners up to Chelsea in Group D of this season's Group Stage after picking up four wins and just two defeats, both against the Stamford Bridge side. Arsenal met Porto in last season's Champions League Group Stage and defeated the Portuguese champions 4-0 at Emirates Stadium but with qualification already assured they lost 2-0 at the Estádio do Dragão.

Our UEFA Champions League 1st knock out round fixtures will be played as under:

1st leg
FC Porto v Arsenal
Wednesday 17th February 2010
Kick Off 19.45 hrs (UK time)
At Estadio do Dragao, Porto

2nd leg
Arsenal v FC Porto
Tuesday 9th March 2010
Kick Off 19.45 hrs (UK time)
At Emirates Stadium, London

Second Round:

VfB Stuttgart v Barcelona
Olympiakos v Bordeaux
Internazionale v Chelsea
Bayern Munich v Fiorentina
CSKA Moscow v Sevilla FC
Lyon v Real Madrid
FC Porto v Arsenal
AC Milan v Manchester United

Wenger Not-Cool With the Wolves


The credibility of the Premier League has been damaged by Mick McCarthy's decision to field a weakened Wolves team against Manchester United, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

United beat Wolves 3-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday night after the visitors made 10 changes to the line-up that had beaten Tottenham Hotspur the previous Saturday.

McCarthy said he had rested his first-choice players to avoid them getting injured ahead of a crucial clash with newly-promoted Burnley on Sunday, but many critics saw the changes as an unfair and an admission of defeat.

Arsenal boss Wenger said: "We will have to compete with Manchester United over 37 games instead of 38. I believe it is a problem for the international credibility of the Premier League, but it is not my problem, it is a Premier League problem."

The Premier League said on Wednesday they had written to Wolves asking them for "their observations" in relation to the team that took to the field against United.

"Once the observations are received the Board will decide whether any further action is warranted," the Premier League said in a statement.

McCarthy continued to justify his selection by insisting he needed to use his full squad to cope with a busy spell of fixtures over Christmas, arguing that Wolves fans would understand his decision if they beat Burnley.

Some Wolves fans chanted "we want our money back" at Old Trafford as Wolves slipped into the bottom three.

Update On Skipper's Injury


Arsenal captain Cesc Fàbregas has undergone a scan on his injured hamstring but manager Arsene Wenger has insisted the worst case scenario would be a ten-day lay-off.

The Spanish midfielder scored the Gunners opening goal in a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Wednesday night but was substituted two minutes before half-time and limped down the tunnel shaking his head.

Wenger confirmed that Fàbregas will definitely miss Saturday's Premier League match at home to Hull City and his involvement in the games against Aston Villa and Portsmouth at the end of the month is also looking doubtful.

But Wenger is optimistic the problem is "not long term''.

"Cesc had a scan today,'' said Wenger. "We have not had the result yet. The only thing that is sure is that he will not play on Saturday.

"Beyond that, it all depends on the scan. Is it a tightness that just presents a small risk on Saturday or is it a slight strain - grade one or two? We'll know that later.

"If it is a tear it is a small one and the maximum would be 10 days. So it is not long-term.''

Denilson could deputise for Fabregas against Hull after recovering from a back problem.

"Denilson is back and available for Saturday,'' Wenger said on Arsenal's official website.

Nicklas Bendtner, Tomas Rosicky, Gael Clichy and Armand Traore will be unavailable, and Wenger said: "The first back should be Traore, maybe for Aston Villa (on December 27).'

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Preview : Liverpool vs Arsenal



Arsenal will be without Emmanuel Eboue for the trip to Liverpool on Sunday but Arsène Wenger hopes to welcome back Eduardo and Abou Diaby for the Anfield clash.

Eboue is the second confirmed casualty from the 2-0 victory over Stoke last weekend. The Ivorian picked up a hamstring problem while Tomas Rosicky has already been ruled out a few weeks with a groin injury.

Speaking exclusively to TV Online on Thursday afternoon, Arsène Wenger added that William Gallas, Armand Traore, Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin all suffered "knocks and bruises" but were expected to recover.

"We have problems with many players," he said. "If you look at the players who started the game Stoke certainly Eboue and Rosicky will miss this game. Everybody else should make it.

"There are little knocks and bruises here and there. Who could come back? Eduardo and Diaby maybe could make the squad. That is the news we have at the moment.

"Gallas, Traore are still doubts but I think they will make it. Fabregas has a back problem and Arshavin has got a bruised foot too but I think they will make it too."

However, Wenger has ruled out Nicklas Bendtner until 2010. The Dane has been sidelined with a groin problem since the Tottenham game on October 31 and had been close a return.

"Let's say the New Year [for him]," said the Frenchman. "It is quite disappointing because he looked quite sharp and he was short from coming back into the squad."

Friday, December 11, 2009

World Cup Jubilation



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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Review : Young-Squad Control Game Despite of Losing


Arsene Wenger's young Gunners put on a brave display but were defeated by Olympiacos in tonight's final Champions League Group H clash in Athens.

With safe passage to the last 16 already secured, Wenger chose to rest most of his first-team regulars - with 18-year-old left-back Tom Cruise handed a debut and reserve captain Kyle Bartley playing alongside Mikael Silvestre, 32, in central defence.

It was, though, the display of Aaron Ramsey, still only 18 but already a full Wales international, which caught the eye, the teenager relishing in the role of midfield playmaker filled so well by rested captain Cesc Fabregas.

Indeed, but for some better finishing from England forward Theo Walcott - fit again following a hamstring problem - and the wasteful Mexican Carlos Vela, Arsenal's youngsters would have taken a deserved result from the game.

Ramsey, who saw a late effort cleared off the line, will probably be back on the bench when the Gunners head to Liverpool for Sunday's crunch Barclays Premier League clash - but on tonight's evidence, the young Welshman certainly had what it takes to compete at the highest level.

As expected, the atmosphere inside the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium was white hot as the passionate home support attempted to drag their team into the knockout stages.

It was, though, a bright start by the young Gunners, with an average age of 21 - and that boosted by the presence of veteran Silvestre.

On 10 minutes, Walcott dashed into the right side of the penalty area, but his rising shot was parried by keeper Antonis Nikopolidis.

Olympiacos broke quickly through Argentinean Luciano Galletti down the right, with Oscar Gonzalez touching the all off to Kostas Mitroglou - only for the Greek striker to fire over the crossbar.

Galletti volleyed wide at the far post following another swift counter by the hosts. Walcott, though, continued to look menacing, and again burst into the area, this time on the left before being crowded out by two defenders.

However, Olympiacos took the lead at the start of the second half.

Bartley upended Oscar Gonzalez, but the referee played a good advantage as Leonardo latched onto the loose ball and dashed into the left side of the area before slotting through Lukasz Fabianski's legs to put the Greeks within sight of the knockout stage.

Arsenal should have equalised when Ramsey dashed clear down the Olympiacos left and to the edge of the 18-yard box before cleverly cutting a pass square to Vela - but the Mexican hit his shot straight at the keeper.

As the hour mark passed, to their credit the youngsters continued to take the game to the Greeks. Ramsey's angled ball put Walcott in down the right, but Raul Bravo got across to make a timely block.

From the resulting corner, the Wales midfielder then failed to get any real power with his downward header at the far post. Vela was again wasteful when slipped into the area by Merida, this time firing over the top with a first-time effort when he could have taken another touch. Fabianski denied Leonardo a second with a fine reaction save as the Brazilian cut into the left side of the Arsenal box before.

On 76 minutes, Jack Wilshere, who looks set to go out on loan in January for more regular first-team football, was replaced by 18-year-old Frenchman Gilles Sunu - another from the impressive Arsenal academy production line.

Arsenal's youngsters continued to fight to the end, almost grabbing a late equaliser when Ramsey's close-range effort was cleared off the line following a corner, and will certainly have grown a bit wiser from the experience.

Arsene Wenger admitted the young side he sent to Olympiacos lacked the necessary experience after they went down 1-0 in their Group H clash in Greece.

With the Gunners already sure of taking first place in the group, the Frenchman named an experimental line-up that came off second best against a side playing for their place in the competition.

Wenger told ITV1: ''We had a positive attitude and they tried to catch us on the break, which basically they did. I put that down to a lack of experience rather than a lack of quality. I'm happy with the performance but don't deny we missed a little but in the final ball, or in the finishing.''

Wenger refused to draw comparisons when asked whether Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey could progress at a similar rate to Cesc Fabregas, but was impressed by the 18-year-old.

He added: ''I don't like to compare players who are different but he (Ramsey) has a good presence, a good personality and gets in the final third. He improves technically from game to game and that is promising.''

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Andrey Arshavin was INNOCENT!


Arsene Wenger maintains Andrey Arshavin is an "example for everybody'' in his approach to the game as the Russian football union launch an investigation into reports of inappropriate behaviour during the World Cup play-offs.

The Russians, coached by former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, suffered a shock defeat to Slovenia as their bid to reach next summer's finals in South Africa came to an end last month.

Following a television report from state-controlled Channel One claiming players had partied into the early hours ahead of the qualification play-off first leg in Moscow, there is to be an inquiry by the Russian football authorities.

Wenger, however, insists Russia playmaker Arshavin - who joined the Gunners from Zenit St Petersburg during the January transfer window - is a model professional. "He is a serious player and I have no doubt about his fitness at all,'' the Arsenal manager said.

"I do not believe a word of what I hear, not at all. From what I see, how he prepares for the games, he is an example for everybody.''

The Russian Football Union, meanwhile, intend to get to the bottom of the reports. A statement on their website, www.rfs.ru, read: "The RFU sent an official letter to the heads of Channel One and the Marriott Grand, asking them to provide explanations about the reliability of the reported information.''

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has every confidence young Gunner Tom Cruise can deliver a star performance on his Arsenal debut in Wednesday night's final Champions League Group H clash at Olympiacos.

With safe passage into the knockout stages already secure as group winners, Wenger will not risk the fitness of any more first-team regulars than needed ahead of the crucial Barclays Premier League encounter at Liverpool on Sunday.

The average age of tomorrow's squad is just 20, at that has been raised by the inclusion of 32-year-old veteran defender Mikael Silvestre, while fit-again England forward Theo Walcott and Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, who was suspended for Saturday's Barclays Premier League win over Stoke, have also travelled.

However, it is the inclusion of reserve-team captain Kyle Bartley, set to play at centre-half, as well as 18-year-olds Craig Eastmond, Luke Ayling and Cruise - the left-back who has yet to make an Arsenal first-team appearance of any form, even the Carling Cup - which will have left Wenger open to criticism of perhaps not giving the European fixture the respect it deserves.

Wenger declared: "I do not care about headlines - for me, there is only one Tom Cruise, and it is the one who plays for Arsenal Football Club. I believe he is a very good footballer, but I would not like him to be under too much pressure.

"If you are in his boots, you would not think for a second that you will play in the Champions League. So it is good for him and the others to get an opportunity in these games.''

Wenger has been cautious in his use of youngster Jack Wilshere this season after the combative midfielder became Arsenal's youngest player in both Europe and the Premier League when introduced during the early part of the 2008/2009 campaign.

The 17-year-old has made just five appearances in total, three as substitute, and Wenger accepts it may now be time for him to go out on loan, with both Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers, as well as Middlesbrough, having expressed an interest.

"Jack has the quality of a top-level player, but he is still very young to throw in every week in the Premier League,'' said Wenger. He is impatient to play and he wants to play. We have had a few enquiries, and there is a real need there.

"However, it is always a sensitive subject to give the players out on loan because you must trust the manager that they will play them - if he goes out on loan and [just] sits on the bench it is better that he stays and practises with us.''

Wilshere Wants MORE Experience


Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere is willing to secure a loan move, but would only consider an offer from a Premier League club.

Arsene Wenger's policy is to send his young stars out on loan to smaller Premier League or lower league clubs to experience first-team football, with the likes of Jay Simpson currently on loan at QPR and Henri Lansbury at Watford.

And with Wilshere starting just two games this season, both Carling Cup ties, and making two appearances from the bench late in the game, the 17-year-old could be following in their footsteps.

A graduate of the Gunners' impressive academy system, Wilshere is desperate to continue playing in the top flight.

"I would think about it but I think it would have to be in the Premier League," he said. "Not that the Championship is a bad league at all, but it might suit me differently.

"I have seen things about Middlesbrough, Celtic and Rangers being interested and there may be others, but a Premier League side would be better. I would, of course, rather stay and be involved at Arsenal though, so we will see what happens."

Theo In The Squad For The Trip To Olympiacos



Arsenal Football Club has today announced the following 18-man squad for the Champions League Group H clash with Olympiacos.

Carlos Vela
Theo Walcott
Aaron Ramsey
Alex Song
Mikael Silvestre
Jack Wilshere
Lukasz Fabianski (GK)
Vito Mannone (GK)
Fran Merida
Kyle Bartley
Francis Coquelin
Thomas Cruise
Craig Eastmond
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Kerrea Gilbert
Luke Ayling
Mark Randall
Gilles Sunu

As we can see it is full of young player in the list. Will it be the youngest squad ever fielded in Champions League history?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fabregas - We Are A Little Small to Fight


Arsenal skipper Cesc Fábregas has urged manager Arsene Wenger to sign a target man in January because the squad is too short in stature and require "a different kind of option" up front.

The Gunners were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Manchester City last week and were beaten by a powerful Chelsea side in a Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium prior to that. On Saturday, Arsenal got back to winning ways against Stoke City but the team Wenger fielded had the shortest average height of any club in the top flight at 5ft 10ins.

Fabregas is eager to see Arsenal add to their attacking options and has suggested that the club would benefit if any new signing had a more direct style. Fabregas said: "Throughout the game [at Manchester City], we had a lot of possession but didn't really have anyone to go in behind the defenders. We had a lot of similar players who like the ball into their feet. Sometimes you need a different kind of option."

"Against Chelsea we dominated the first 40 minutes without creating too much. Perhaps we had the same kind of problem and we were a little small to fight against them on crosses too.

"Overall I saw a Chelsea team that was normal but has probably the best striker in the world. Without [Didier] Drogba, their team would not be the same."

With star striker Robin van Persie out injured for five months Wenger has promised to scour the transfer market for a replacement and the Gunners have already been linked with Barcelona's diminutive forward Bojan Krkic and West Ham's 6ft 3ins striker Carlton Cole.

Arsenal to Rely On Youngster In CL!


Arsene Wenger openly admits he will not gamble with the fitness of any of his first-team regulars against Olympiakos in Arsenal's final Champions League group game on Wednesday.

With safe passage into the knockout stages already secure, Wenger will take a youthful squad to Greece to give some of his walking wounded a chance to recuperate ahead of the vital Premier League trip to Liverpool on Sunday.

Forwards Theo Walcott and Eduardo both missed the win over Stoke on Saturday with minor injuries, while Czech winger Tomas Rosicky was substituted at half-time with a groin problem that could keep him out for a month.

William Gallas, Emmanuel Eboue, Armand Traore and Andrei Arshavin all suffered knocks during the 2-0 win, leaving Wenger with something of a selection headache ahead of their midweek match.

However, given that the group is already won and there is nothing other than pride resting on the outcome, Wenger is ready to give those players who helped reach the Carling Cup quarter-finals more big-game experience.

"In the competition as a whole this season, the boys did really well and I am extremely proud of them," Wenger said. "I will give some of them an opportunity on Wednesday, for many reasons.

"At the moment, we have so many players injured that we cannot take any Gambles. Also, you must give players a breather when you can. You will see Fran [Merida], [Jack] Wilshere etc.

"We played Manchester City last week and they had a full side out. For an hour we did not suffer at all. I will try to build a similar team in Greece.

"It will be a great game for them because Olympiakos will play for something, and it is another good opportunity to show that we can do better than we did at Man City."

Mikael Silvestre, 32, is also set to start to help give experience to the younger players, and Wenger believes his value is not recognised.

"He doesn't get enough praise for his attitude and his quality," he said. "Silvestre's commitment to the cause was absolutely fantastic at Man City. People respect him highly in the dressing room. He's a quiet leader.

"He is a positive guy and helps the young players, but of course the best help is to win the games."

Olympiakos, coached by Brazil legend Zico, are currently unbeaten at the top of the Greek domestic league and recently beat arch-rivals Panathinaikos. A draw would be enough to see Olympiakos also safely through to the last 16 ahead of Standard Liege.

Wenger Commented On Arsenal Injury Crisis


Arsene Wenger has conceded it may be no coincidence that Arsenal have suffered from persistent injury problems, even if he has not diagnosed the reasons behind the club's fitness issues.

The Gunners have seen a succession of star names suffer long-term injuries in recent seasons with Robin van Persie and Kieran Gibbs the latest victims. In addition, William Gallas (hamstring), Emmanuel Eboue (muscle), Armand Traore (hamstring), Andrei Arshavin (ankle) and Tomas Rosicky (groin) all picked up injuries in Saturday's win over Stoke City.

Rosicky - who spent 18 months on the sidelines before returning to action at the start of the season - is now expected to be out for up to a month and Wenger is growing frustrated at the constant physical setbacks suffered by his side.

"We pick up more injuries than the other big teams, that is true," Wenger said. "You cannot say there is not a reason for it but we have not found it yet.

"It's the worst season for injuries for us. And they are all in the same area - in the offensive side. Last year it was in the defensive side."

"He's devastated and I am as well," Wenger said regarding Rosicky. "It's a vicious circle when you have been out for a long time. Eduardo had not played for 18 months, Tomas has not played for 18 months. When you come back, one or two games, your body has to get used to producing the energy levels again and it's difficult. Nobody masters that."

Arsenal were forced to field Arshavin as an emergency striker against Stoke and Wenger has already admitted he may have to enter the transfer market as he looks to replace Van Persie. But Real Madrid's Ruud van Nistelrooy, who was a hate figure amongst Arsenal fans during his time with Manchester United, is unlikely to move to North London.

Wenger said: "It would not be the best of starts, bearing in mind our past relationship! You have my number - you can text me all the names you find!"

Former Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira, who had a number of scrapes with Van Nistelrooy and was dismissed following a clash with the Dutchman in the 2003-04 season, is also unlikely to return to the club, even if Wenger did show an interest in his compatriot over the summer.

"Vieira is not a striker," Wenger said. "I don't think we suffered in midfield (on Saturday) and we have (Abou) Diaby who can come back next week. I don't believe we are especially short there, but we are up front."

Friday, December 4, 2009

Robin Van Persie Injury Update.



Arsene Wenger has received some welcome news on the injury front, with the Arsenal boss revealing Robin van Persie and Kieran Gibbs both had successful surgery.

Van Persie, 26, suffered an ankle injury while on international duty with Holland and will be out for around five months, but Wenger is relieved that there were no complications with his operation. Left-back Kieran Gibbs, who has gone under the knife for his fractured foot, also came through as well as could be hoped.

"Kieran is doing very well,'' Wenger said. "I had him on the phone and it looked to be completely fine. I have not talked to Robin yet but there again the news I got from the surgery was it went very, very well. There was a lot of disturbance on our side recently [about his injury] but the surgery went well.''

Andrey Arshavin has highlighted the problem of holding the ball up in attack without Van Persie. The previously free-scoring team have not found the net in three domestic league and cup games since Van Persie's injury, although they managed a 2-0 win over Standard Liege in the Champions League.

Arshavin told L'Equipe: "Since the injury to Van Persie, we have scored only two goals in three matches. No-one is able to keep hold of the ball.''

Van Persie's absence as a central striker cannot be filled against Stoke tomorrow by Theo Walcott as the England international has picked up a hamstring injury. The hamstring complaint is described by Arsenal as "short term'', and Walcott will be desperate to return as soon as possible as he is yet to complete a match this season after shoulder and knee problems.

Wenger also has Alex Song suspended for the Stoke game at the Emirates Stadium but right-back Bacary Sagna has recovered from his ankle injury.

"We had Sagna out injured but, normally, he will be available,'' said Wenger. "However, Theo Walcott will not be available. He has a hamstring injury. As for the other players we had injured, the long-term ones I do not even speak about. But the players who looked to be shorter - like (Gael) Clichy, (Abou) Diaby and (Nicklas) Bendtner - will not be available. And, of course, Song is suspended for the weekend.''

Van Persie's injury has been part of a controversial fortnight for Wenger. The Frenchman was upset with the Dutch FA for the handling of Van Persie's injury and in the last two weeks there has also been a defeat to Sunderland, a bizarre outburst over players looking ahead to the World Cup and his assertion that Didier Drogba "does not do a lot'' after scoring twice against Arsenal.

The 60-year-old has also been criticised for failing to shake hands with City counterpart Mark Hughes after Wednesday's defeat at Eastlands.

"Whether I like or dislike someone, you have a responsibility to show the right spirit of the game,'' said Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

Bolton manager Gary Megson added: "In my view you can do whatever you want, say whatever you like during the game, but after the game you should shake hands, even if you don't particularly mean it. You should shake hands because people are watching and will draw their own conclusions if you don't. I don't think that is particularly good on Arsene's part and I think he has done it before.''

Arshavin Demands BIGGER Squad?



Andrei Arshavin believes Arsenal's results against their top-four rivals this season show that the current squad is not equipped to compete for silverware.

Arsenal have enjoyed some impressive form so far this season, but they were beaten by Manchester United and Manchester City in the league in August and September and lost to Sunderland and Chelsea in November.

Many have suggested that the 3-0 defeat at home to Chelsea on Sunday showed that Arsene Wenger will need to invest in January if Arsenal are to remain in the title race and Arshavin believes the lack of height and physical strength must be rectified as soon as possible.

"The fact that we have lost against our direct rivals this season signifies that we are not very good," he said in the Daily Mail. "We played good football, but that is not enough. We score a lot of goals, but we always let in one or more.

"We are not good on set pieces, and that is bound up with the fact that we don't have many tall players. Every other team as an advantage over us in this area. Chelsea were much stronger than us when it came to physical power.

"Had we possessed a tall player, things would have been better for us, especially in attack. We had nobody capable of holding up the ball. What can we, and must we, change? Only Arsene Wenger knows."

Wenger has indicated that he hopes to sign a striker in January following the injury to Robin van Persie.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Who Will Wenger Bring In January?


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has slammed the international football setup that has caused him an injury headache and admitted he is likely to dip into the transfer market in January to find a temporary replacement for Robin Van Persie.

The Gunners will be without key striker Van Persie until at least April after the Holland forward suffered ankle ligament damage (which turned out to be worse than first expected) while on international duty.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Di Matteo "disappointed" with Wilshere




After the match Baggies manager Roberto Di Matteo hit out at Arsenal teenager Jack Wilshere for his part in Jerome Thomas' sending-off.

"Thomas went to shake hands with Wilshere, he refused and Thomas reacted, so it was a red card," Di Matteo said. "But there was an exchange of words and there was a reaction. I am disappointed Wilshere did not accept his hand, of a fellow colleague, but that is part of the game."

Di Matteo maintained that until then his side had been in control.

"That was the turning point," he said. "I felt before Thomas got sent off, we were starting to get on top of them. We were just getting control of the game, and I thought we had a good chance to win tonight. But well done to Arsenal. They are very talented and congratulations to them."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger maintained he could not shed much light on the incident.

"My eyes are not great and my ears are even worse," quipped the Arsenal manager. "I could not hear anything from the touchline. Thomas has reacted, and in these cases you always need to control your nerves, whether he has any excuses, I do not know. Jack said he had been kicked.

"Certainly it would have been a great game if had stayed 11 against 11."

Wenger worked with Thomas, 26, while he was a youngster at Arsenal, but eventually the attack-minded midfielder decided to press for first-team football elsewhere.

"Thomas was very talented, sometimes nervy and impatient as well because he had a lot of talent," said Wenger. "I am happy he is coming to the top level now, because he always had something special and on his day was exceptional player. He lacked a bit of confidence, but looks to have found that now."

Mexico international Vela had missed the start of the season because of an ankle problem. However, the 20-year-old proved the difference between the sides.

"When Vela came on, straight away he made a difference," said Wenger. "He is dangerous in his control, movement and class. He gives you something special. However, he was not ready to start tonight and still has work to do on his fitness. But he is in my plans for the first team - he can play wide left, wide right or central. He gives you plenty of options."

Vela shines as Gunners progress


Mexican teenager Carlos Vela came off the bench to inspire Arsene Wenger's young Gunners to a 2-0 Carling Cup victory over 10-man West Brom at the Emirates Stadium.

The 19-year-old marked his return from an ankle injury when his shot set up Sanchez Watt for the opener in the 68th minute and then added a tap-in after Mark Randall's clever chip came back off the crossbar.

After a positive start the Championship leaders were up against it after former Gunner Jerome Thomas - who twice won the FA Youth Cup while at Arsenal - was sent off after 37 minutes for a needless slap on Jack Wilshere.

Wenger had once again given youth a chance, his team with an average age of just over 20, while also bringing in experienced defender Philippe Senderos - starting for the first time since May 2008 after a loan spell at AC Milan - and veteran Mikael Silvestre captained the side. And Senderos - who could have joined Everton during the transfer window - had an early chance when he headed over at the near post following a corner from the left.

With Watt and French teenager Gilles Sunu Arsenal certainly had plenty of pace in attack, while Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey - both with plenty of first-team experience already - provided the trademark quick passing through the midfield.

Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 19, made the first meaningful contribution on his debut when punching a corner clear at the near post and he was stretching in the 15th minute as Robert Koren's angled 20-yard drive flew just wide. Watt came within inches of opening his Arsenal account minutes later when he stabbed Wilshere's cutback goalwards, only for the ball to bounce agonisingly off the inside of the post and into Dean Kiely's grateful arms.

The match had suddenly sparked into life, West Brom midfielder Simon Cox the next to test Szczesny with a low drive. The Pole produced another fine stop to turn Koren's shot behind, which was creeping in. The youngsters were rattled - and Kerrea Gilbert hacked the ball off the line after a corner caused panic in the Arsenal six-yard box.

Arsenal responded well, with Wilshere again driving at the Baggies rearguard. On 31 minutes, Wilshere again made space for himself with another positive run, and his 20-yard shot was just off-target.

West Brom swung a free-kick into the area which Szczesny dropped under pressure at the far post from Leon Barnett, but fortunately Kieran Gibbs - who had played in the Champions League semi-final defeat to Manchester United last season - was on hand to clear.

West Brom continued to look dangerous on the break, with Thomas' run down the left forcing Szczesny to make an important block. However, the 26-year-old was shown a straight red card in the 37th minute after he clashed with Wilshere, before then slapping the midfielder in the face while he was on the floor.

Cox also went into referee Lee Mason's book for his protests. The midfielder headed over for the first real chance of the second half when well placed in the six-yard box before Wenger made a change in the 58th minute - introducing Mexican striker Vela and Randall to replace Sunu and Francis Coquelin.

The game continued to be scrappy, as the visitors closed down the space quickly. It took a moment of Premier League quality from Vela to finally help break the deadlock. The 19-year-old showed great close control to create space for a shot from the edge of the penalty area, which Kiely palmed wide, and Watt followed up to smash in his first senior Arsenal goal.

The Mexican then got the goal he deserved after 75 minutes. Randall's 20-yard chip came back off the underside of the bar - and Vela was alert enough to get in between Barnett and Kiely before knocking the ball over the line.

The Baggies missed the chance to pull a goal back with 10 minutes to go when substitute Chris Wood fired wide at the far post - which just about summed up their night.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wenger Keeps Faith in Youngster


Arsene Wenger is expected to again give his Arsenal youngsters and fringe players a chance to impress in the Carling Cup clash against West Brom on Tuesday night.

Centre-half Philippe Senderos should provide some experience at the back after remaining at Emirates Stadium despite the chance to leave during the transfer window, along with veteran Mikael Silvestre, who has made just one appearance so far this season.

Sanchez Watt, 18, was on the bench for the Champions League game at Standard Liege and could start, while Kieran Gibbs, Fran Merida, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere may also feature as they stake a claim for a regular first-team place.

Watt intends to keep himself very much in the mind of Wenger by helping fire the young Gunners to Carling Cup glory.

He may have just turned 18 earlier this year, but the pacy forward has already enjoyed a taste of life with the first team during pre-season and was on the bench for the Champions League Group H opener away to Standard Liege last week.

Although competition is fierce among the Arsenal starlets, who last season won the FA Youth Cup, London-born Watt is firmly focused on making an impression.

"I train with the first team a lot, but it was great to get the chance to play in pre-season,'' said Watt, who can operate out wide or in attack.

"However, I don't want to be a name who just played in the Emirates Cup - I want to be there in Arsene Wenger's mind.''

Watt added: "Arsene Wenger watches you off the ball too, so you have to be switched on, tactically and mentally.

"You just have to work hard.

"I hope to be picked for the Carling Cup and am just going to keep on trying. If I get the shout, I will try my best.

"It is about whoever is hot at that precise moment, and whoever gets that chance to do well.''

Wenger indicated 19-year-old Poland keeper Wojciech Szczesny was set to make his first-team debut, given Vito Mannone had been standing in for Manuel Almunia, who was out with a virus, and Lukasz Fabianski is still recovering from a knee injury.

That may then open the way for Under-18 keeper James Shea to take a place on the bench.

"It will be a much younger team against West Brom,'' Wenger told Arsenal TV Online.

"We will be faithful to our tradition and try to find a good balance between youth and experience - Wilshere, Ramsey, Sanchez Watt, Wojciech [Szczesny].

"We will have as well Senderos and Silvestre as experienced players, Kieran Gibbs will play.

"I believe we will have a good mixture between experience and youth.''

Wenger feels the progress of players like Nicklas Bendtner and Denilson go to show just how important the Carling Cup is for Arsenal's next generation of talent - with current captain Cesc Fabregas having made his debut in the much-maligned competition against Rotherham at Highbury back during October 2003 when he became the youngest player to represent the first team aged just 16 years and 177 days.

"If you look at the players who were on the pitch against Celtic in the Champions League, they all played in the Carling Cup - Bendtner, [Alex] Song, Denilson, Fabregas even [Gael] Clichy,'' Wenger said.

"They all started in the Carling Cup. That shows you how important it is to go through this stage.''

Gonzalo Jara could finally make his long-awaited West Brom debut.

The Chile international defender has been unable to feature for his new employers as he awaited a work visa to enter the country but he was finally granted clearance towards the end of last week.

However, he still missed Saturday`s stunning 5-0 triumph at Middlesbrough as he only arrived in England on Friday.

His availability could be perfect timing for head coach Roberto Di Matteo with the news left-back Joe Mattock will be out with an ankle injury while the left-sided Marek Cech also remains sidelined with an ankle problem of his own.

Influential midfielder Chris Brunt (knee) has also been ruled out while long-term absentees James Morrison (heel), Neil Clement and Ishmael Miller (both knee) are still missing.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

2009 Homeless World Cup Tee Shirt - Limited Edition




Hello readers,

How's it going? Do you still remember about an online soccer store that I've reviewed before this?Just wanted to keep you updated on some awesome things going on at SoccerPro.com

They are currently working closely with the Homeless World Cup to promote their 2009 games that started on September 6th and run through the 13th. SoccerPro has partnered with Calle to make some awesome tee shirts just for the HWC. The designs of the tee shirts are pretty cool as you can see at the top of this post. SoccerPro will be the only website selling them and all proceeds will go directly to the Homeless World Cup. If you don’t know what HWC is visit their website (http://www.homelessworldcup.org) what they're doing is great and we're really excited to help them out.

SoccerPro has also just launched their SoccerPro "Awesomeness" Scholarship. They are looking for college students who are actively involved in soccer and want to share their awesomeness with them. We think that this is going to really take off.

For those who still don't know about Homeless World Cup, here are some videos about the so-called football tournament :





Thursday, September 17, 2009

Eduardo Seals Arsenal Comeback

Arsenal mounted a stirring comeback to secure a 3-2 victory at Standard Liege, having been two goals behind within five minutes of the start of their Champions League Group H clash.

Eduardo proved to be the matchwinner for the Gunners, who scored twice in the final 12 minutes in the Stade Maurice Dufrasne.

Robin van Persie, Andrey Arshavin, Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri were all missing for the Gunners, while Vito Mannone started in goal in place of injured duo Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski.

The home side, the Belgian champions, were without star midfielder Steve Defour due to a foot injury, but they still made a flying start to the game.

Eduardo gave the ball away on the edge of the area following the first corner of the game and Eliaquim Mangala fired home a low, left-foot shot from 20 yards out.

That was after a mere two minutes and three minutes later it was 2-0 to Standard after Milan Jovanovic went down under the challenge of William Gallas.

Jovanovic picked himself up to despatch the spot-kick with some ease, sending the unfortunate Mannone the right way.

Having made a perfect start, Standard sat back and invited some pressure, but a strangely wayward Gunners passing game caused them few problems.

However, that changed right on the stroke of half-time as Abou Diaby played in Nicklas Bendtner on the right and he drilled a low shot through the legs of Sinan Bolat and into the far corner of the net.

Straight after the restart Dieumerci Mbokani had a shot blocked after Igor De Camargo made ground through the Gunners defence.

Soon after Bendtner ran clear at the other end, but Mangala made a superb recovery tackle to prevent an equaliser.

The game then dropped in tempo and there were few chances at either end, before the Gunners suddenly turned the game on its head as it drew to a close.

Twelve minutes from time a Cesc Fabregas free-kick from the left reached the far post and Thomas Vermaelen bundled the ball home from inches out, despite protests for offside and handball by Alex Song.

Three minutes later and Arsenal grabbed a winner as a Fabregas corner from the left was missed by several defenders and Eduardo poked the ball home from close range.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Do We Need a "good close look" for Adebayor??

The FA will take a "good close look" at two incidents involving Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor during Saturday's 4-2 win over Arsenal at Eastlands, chief executive Ian Watmore has confirmed.

The former Arsenal player ran the length of the pitch to taunt the away support after scoring City's third goal and had earlier appeared to kick his old team-mate Robin van Persie in the face.

Watmore told the BBC: "I was pretty unimpressed really because the problems between the Arsenal fans and Adebayor are well documented, and he ran the whole length of the field to celebrate, so I think we're going to have a good close look at that one on Monday when we see it properly in the cold light of day."

Referee Mark Clattenburg booked the Togo striker for his goal celebration, which provoked fury among many Arsenal fans who had to be restrained by pitchside stewards, one of whom needed hospital treatment after being hit by a flying object in the melee.

"I thought the stewards did a great job of calming the situation down and it was to Manchester City's credit nothing worse happened," Watmore added.


Adebayor's clash with van Persie left his former colleague with a gashed face and the Dutchman later claimed he had been the victim of a "mindless and malicious stamp".

However, Watmore refused to be drawn on the possible extent of any punishment which could be meted out to Adebayor, saying: "Our governance team will take a good look at both of the incidents that have been highlighted and will come to the media with the answers early next week. The punishments are the decision of the individual commission, if we get that far."

Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporter's Federation, bemoaned the possible effects of Adebayor's actions in front of the Gunners supporters in the wake of the recent fan trouble between West Ham United and Millwall.

"The kindest thing you could say about this is that it was unwise,'' he said. "It was a very silly thing to do. It's likely to add to the risk of incidents in the future and it doesn't help eliminate the elements of disorder.

"I think most supporters, particularly following the West Ham and Millwall situation, would agree that this was a very unwise thing to do.

"Footballers get paid a lot of money to perform on a public stage so it is not realistic to judge players and fans on the same standards."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Will Chamakh Go To Emirates Stadium?

Marouane Chamakh admits he remains uncertain as to where his long-term future will lie.

The Morocco international is currently on the books of Ligue 1 champions Bordeaux, but his time in France could be coming to an end.

Speculation continues to link him with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Sunderland both reported to be keen.

Chamakh appeared for Bordeaux in their Champions Trophy success over Guingamp in Montreal on Friday, but admits that outing could prove to be his last for the club.

"I don't know if it was my final game, we will see," the 25-year-old striker told Direct8.

"I have to wait. Once I am back in Bordeaux I will study all proposals.

"I don't know where my future lies."

Hopefully he will consider a move to Arsenal. We were desperately need a superb striker and a great finisher to play upfront. What say you Gooners?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Is Eboue Worth for Money? Fiorentina Wants Him

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle has expressed a desire to sign Emmanuel Eboue from Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast international emerged as a transfer target for Fiorentina earlier in the summer when the Gunners were keen to take Felipe Melo in the opposite direction.

A swap deal involving the two players was proposed by the Serie A side but ultimately failed to materialise, with Melo securing a move to Juventus.

Fiorentina have now rekindled their interest in the 26-year-old, although Della Valle admits it will be difficult to prise him away from Emirates Stadium.

"Arsenal's Eboue is a really good player and it won't be easy to take him to Florence," he told the Italian press.

What The F Adebayor!

New Manchester City recruit Emmanuel Adebayor has blamed his decision to leave Arsenal on his poor relationship with the club's fans.

The Togo international was booed by sections of the Gunners faithful last term after a summer which saw him strongly linked with a move from the Emirates Stadium. AC Milan were favourites then but no move materialised.

Instead, Adebayor claims the supporters' reaction to the rumours merely ensured he would leave this year, with City on hand with a reported £25m transfer fee.

Adebayor said: ''The way the fans behaved towards me was not nice at all. I can't understand why they were after me. I did my best for them and I was very happy there.

''I scored 30 goals in a season - it's not my fault that Milan, Barcelona or Real Madrid wanted to sign me. In any summer, Barcelona try to sign Cesc Fabregas. But the fans never turned on him

"I know a lot of people will say 'He's gone for the money'. But I would like to see one Arsenal fan who worked somewhere for £10 and was offered work elsewhere for £30 to say they would refuse.

"Yes, they offered me a very fine contract and I have signed it. Now it's about what I can achieve as a footballer.

"I come from a very poor city and country. I have a lot of ambition. I've had a career, but I only ever think about going up."

Adebayor claims it was manager Arsene Wenger's decision to accept City's bid, although he has denied the relationship between the pair has now been fractured.

"When I came back from holiday, I landed on July 13 and my agent told me I was going to speak with the club," he told The Sun. "When I did he told me they had come to an agreement with another club.

"It was a difficult decision to make. But I went away and thought now is the time for another challenge. It took about a week to sort everything out.

"[Wenger] didn't really say why they wanted to sell me, but I found out that they needed the money and someone had to leave - that was me.

"Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger put me where I am today but he cannot stand up and say last summer I told him I wanted to leave. I told him I wanted to stay. I don't think our relationship is broken. I think they need the money and need to sell someone.

"They chose me and they got their money. I hope they spend it quite well and go forward. I sent them my regards.

"Now I have left Arsenal that is all behind me. It's finished. I was very happy there, they made me what I am today. But I am a Manchester City player and I have to focus on what I can do at this club."

Fans blamed him because of his bad performance. So we should thanked Man City because take out this rubbish for us and lend us a bunch of money :D

Monday, June 15, 2009

Spain 5 - 0 New Zealand : Fabregas Score for Spain!! Yahooo!!

Spain thrashed New Zealand 5-0 in their opening match of Confederations Cup. The goals scored by Fernando Torres (6, 14, 17), David Villa (48) and... Cesc Fabregas!! (24)

Even one goal, it also helped right? =)

Here's some pictures during the match. Check it out:



Oops Torres, watch your hand...=p

Finland Wonderkid Praises Theo Walcott


Two years living and working with Theo Walcott taught Tim Sparv two things: Don't leave him one-on-one with the full-back and don't give him the remote control.

Finland's U21 captain Sparv knows England pair Walcott and Martin Cranie from their time together at Southampton's Academy when the trio lived together in an old hotel, renovated to house the club's scholars.

'I know them both well,' said 22-year-old Sparv as he prepared for a reunion in the opening game of the European U21 Championships.


'You could always tell Theo was special with his pace and technique but I've watched him a lot in the Champions League and the Premier League and I'm amazed how well he has done.

'As a housemate, he might have watched a bit too much EastEnders for my liking but he was quite tidy.

'He was always down to earth, despite his success. That's what makes him a good friend.'

They were all involved in the Southampton team beaten by Ipswich in the 2005 Youth Cup final but Walcott joined Arsenal in January 2006.

Everybody knows what Walcott can do in the field. He's so talented and has the brightest future in the arena of English football. So Arsene should know how to use this fella into the eyes of the world. Go Theo!! All the Gooners always stand at your back. No Doubt!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

CESC,WENGER,VAN PERSIE AND ADEBAYOR DANCING

Lets relax our mind from all the rumours with this cool video. Enjoy!! =)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Will Van Persie Go Out From Arsenal?


Robin van Persie is wanted by Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan.

The Italian champions are preparing a £25million bid for the Arsenal striker who is currently away on World Cup duty with Holland.

Inter boss Mourinho wants to transform the club that has won four consecutive Serie A titles into champions of Europe.

He sees Van Persie, 25, as a key recruit.

Van Persie is currently negotiating a new contract with the Gunners.

He has two years remaining on his current deal, but the Arsenal hierarchy are keen to seal a new deal now rather than allow time to go by and face the threat of him leaving as a free agent in 2011.

It looks like being a crunch summer for the Dutchman as he attempts to resolve his long term future.

Inter know that they will face a massive challenge in prising van Persie out of the Emirates. His wife Bouchra is expecting their second child and the family are settled in London.”

This transfer news will bring pros and cons for Arsenal's fans. The good is,we sell van Persie and buy another powerful striker who are in the same market level with him like David Villa, Samuel Eto'o and Ibrahimovic. But the bad thing would come if we sell Van Persie because he's the only striker that can score goal for Gunners despite of Adebayor and Bendtner. If Wenger can't get replacement for him,Arsenal will suffer another unsharp-forward season like last season.

So,what say you GOONERS??

Another Target-Man Link To Gunners

ARSENAL are favourites to beat Manchester City to the signature of Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko as an £8million replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor. (Mirror)

Bosnian striker Dzeko, 23, hit 26 goals in 32 games in helping fire Wolfsburg to the Bundesliga title and Arsenal have registered their interest with his club.

Gunners coach Boro Primorac has been out to watch the 6ft 3in target man and has given glowing reports to Arsene Wenger.

City boss Mark Hughes has also had Dzeko watched and feels he would be the perfect striker, much cheaper than Carlos Tevez or Samuel Eto'o.

Arsenal will auction off Togo striker Adebayor this summer. He is a target for AC Milan while Chelsea's new boss Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer.

In the search for a cut-price replacement Wenger rates Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz and Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh. But Dzeko is now top of the list.

Wenger has also been checking on Juventus's Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Scouts have given glowing reports on the Italy international, 24, who can play at left-back or in central defence. Arsenal also want Fulham's Brede Hangeland and Ajax centre-half Thomas Vermaelen.

Among those heading for the exit at City is midfielder Gelson Fernandes. The Swiss star is unhappy at being ignored by Hughes.

So,wanna see how great Dzeko is? Let see this video. Enjoy!! Give your opinion about him too..

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Arsenal Keep On Tracking Boro's Striker

Are Arsenal Football Club set to renew their interest in Tuncay?

It is clear Arsene Wenger needs to bolster his squad ahead of the 2009/10 season, after a third successive campaign without a piece of silverware to show for their efforts.

It is being rumoured that the French coach could pick up his interest in Tuncay, who he was interested in signing some years ago when the forward played for Fenerbahce.

The 27-year-old is certain to leave Middlesbrough this summer following their relegation from the Premier League, and the Riverside Stadium club would want at least £5million.

Now,let see what Tuncay can do on the field. Enjoy!! =)

Arsenal Aim For In-Demand Defender

Udinese defender Cristian Zapata claimed Arsenal are among the clubs interested in acquiring his services this summer.

The 22-year-old has made 17 league starts for Udinese this season and his performances for the Bianconeri have not gone unnoticed.

"Juventus, Fiorentina, Milan, Arsenal and Villarreal have requested information about me," said Zapata.

"There are many teams that are keen to sign me but an official offer has not been made so far.

"I think if a good offer arrives then Udinese will have to consider it. But the club don't need to sell me immediately."

Udinese reportedly turned down a £9.5million bid from Arsenal for Zapata last summer.

The Colombia international joined the Italian outfit in 2005 from home club Deportivo Cali.

He is under contract with Udinese until June 2013.

Like this transfer news? Give your thought about this speculation....

Friday, June 5, 2009

Andrey Arshavin - Mastermind In Action

Since the arrival of Arshavin, Arsenal could breathe up again and showed the beautiful of Arsenal's football. So what do you think of his contribution to the Gunners?

Check it out!!



What say you Gooners?

Arsenal Season 08/09 Top 10 Goals

The season ended. So,lets have fun with the coolest goal throughout the season. Check it out...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Young Guns Beats Liver-Young-Pool

Arsenal won the FA Youth Cup for the first time in eight years with a 6-2 aggregate victory over Liverpool.
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The Gunners, leading 4-1 from the first leg, made sure of the trophy with a 2-1 second leg win at Anfield.

Sanchez Watt's first-half strike and a Liverpool own-goal ensured Arsenal's victory.

The Gunners had taken a stranglehold on the tie at the Emirates Stadium last Friday, with goals from Gilles Sunu, Jack Wilshere, Watt and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

However Arsenal were not content to sit back and defend their sizeable first-leg lead and Watt, collecting a cross from Emmanuel-Thomas, and sprinted past Liverpool defenders Daniel Ayala, Jack Robinson and Joe Kennedy to score in the 25th minute.

Liverpool equalised on the night when striker Lauri Dalla Valle scored in the 52nd minute but their momentum petered out in the 70th minute when Watt's shot was turned into his own net by Ayala.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Wenger Wants Star to Stay

After the match Arsene Wenger said it is crucial to make sure the likes of leading scorer Robin van Persie remain at Arsenal as he looks to lift the Gunners back into contention for the Premier League title.

Wenger said: "We want to extend the contract of Robin. It is the priority to extend the contract of [Nicklas] Bendtner as well. The basic problem is to get round the table.

"We did that already a few times but we always got delayed afterwards. Robin wants to stay, he wants basically to stay. But he still has two years to go."

Wenger accepts some new personnel will have to be added but refused to make any snap judgments.

"After a dodgy start, in the last 23 games we lost just once, so the team is moving forwards," he said.

"The question we have to analyse now is are we strong enough like that to win the championship next year? If not, what do we need to add to the squad? That is the basic question we need to answer.

"There is some great quality here, that is for sure, the squad is very young, so it is about what is needed to be added next year to challenge for the championship."

Wenger added: "It is important not to go into conclusions today. I have to analyse well and then make decisions after."

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who did not play today because of a groin injury, has been linked with a summer move - Manchester City emerging as potential suitors.

However, Wenger stressed: "I don't know if Manchester City will make a huge bid in the summer.

"He is a great striker who scores important goals and has proven that in the seasons he has been here."

An own goal from James Beattie set Arsenal on their way this afternoon, which was swiftly followed up by a penalty from van Persie and Abou Diaby's bullet header to put the home side 3-0 up inside 18 minutes.

Stoke, already safe from any last-day relegation drama, pulled a goal back from the spot through Ricardo Fuller, only for Rory Delap to then gift van Persie his second four minutes before half-time.

Arsenal, secure in fourth, had little other than somewhat wounded pride left to play for after going out of both the FA Cup and Champions League at the semi-final stage.

"It was good to finish well and have the crowd happy, because the team have played during the whole season in a difficult position," Wenger said.

"After the Manchester United and Chelsea games here, it was important for us not to play sloppy and give a message out that we can come back next year and be strong."

Wenger was given a warm reception by the home fans, who chanted his name throughout and applauded the team on a post-match lap of appreciation.

"It makes me feel appreciated and even more regretful that we could not give them what they wanted this season," said the Arsenal manager, who had earlier this week allayed fears he was set to quit for Real Madrid.

"I am very respectful for the faith they have in me and it makes you even more determined to pay them back."

Although Stoke were outclassed during the first half, the hard work had already been done in only three defeats from the last 12 games

"Some of the goals we conceded were laughable," said Stoke boss Tony Pulis. "But the lesson from it is that, if we are not 110% at it, focused and with our mind on the job, then we are not good enough to get results. In the second half, we were much better."

Pulis paid tribute to everyone at the club, who finished in 12th place.

"To achieve what we have done is pretty remarkable," he said. "Everyone has to take a lot of credit, from staff and supporters through to the chairman, who has given us the chance to bring people in at the right time.

"Everybody told me it was so difficult to stay in the Premier League, now I have got 'second-season syndrome' to worry about.

"We will have to make changes for us to push on, and one or two will have to move on."

Monday, March 9, 2009

Wenger Praises Eduardo After Superb Strike


Arsene Wenger praised the samba skills of Eduardo after the Brazil-born Croatian striker netted a sublime goal to help fire Arsenal into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after Burnley were beaten 3-0 at Emirates Stadium.

The forward, handed the captain's armband by Wenger today, had endured a year on the sidelines following a broken leg and fractured ankle - but showed he was back to his clinical best with a superb left-foot volley at the start of the second half.

Wenger feels the 26-year-old, who had marked his return to competitive action with a brace in the last round against Cardiff, has come back mentally stronger from his experience.

"It looked like a bit of a 'beach' goal - and he meant it, he sliced the ball,'' said the Arsenal manager. "Eduardo is a surprising finisher and an intelligent player. He has short back lift and understands what to do very quickly.

"Goalscorers are moving in the box when everyone else is standing still, he has that. I have never seen him do that before, his goal was instinct and shows you that finishing is all about what you do in a fraction of a second.''

Wenger added: "I did not expect him to come back like that, and it is a tribute to his personality. He has never complained and that is a big example in our world.''

Another fine chipped finish from Mexican teenager Carlos Vela set Arsenal on their way on 25 minutes, with Emmanuel Eboue's late strike wrapping things up to book a home tie against Hull in the last eight.

The victory - achieved with several of the first-team regulars rested and which marked a welcome return for England winger Theo Walcott after four months out because of a shoulder problem - extended Arsenal's unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions, and proved just the right tonic ahead of next week's crucial Champions League trip to Roma.

"We did the job in a serious way,'' said Wenger. "The first half they made it very difficult because they marked us tight, but we scored brilliant goals and there could have been a few more. What is good before going to Roma is we did not concede and scored several goals.''

Wenger hopes to also have captain Cesc Fabregas back from a serious knee injury in a couple of weeks, while Czech winger Tomas Rosicky could be another in action again soon following a long lay-off.

"We are going into the final sprint. For us it is important to keep all our targets alive,'' said Wenger, whose team have closed the gap on Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League down to just three points. We know every game demands a big performance because we cannot slip up. Slowly, we have all of our players coming back, and that can be decisive.''

Wenger added: "People judge always the instant situation. If you look now at the players who are still out - Fabregas, Rosicky and [Emmanuel] Adebayor - they can all contribute offensively a lot.''