Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Young Gunners All Grown Up


The gripe with Arsenal for years now has been the lack of veteran players and manager Arsene Wenger’s insistence on playing soccer the beautiful way. Now, the stubbornness is finally paying off, as the North London club is producing results and looking like a true title contender for the first time in years. An emphatic and surprisingly easy 3-1 win over defending champs and aging Chelsea see the Gunners right on pace with Manchester United. The title race is looking more and more like a two-three horse race each day, with the contenders being City, United, and Arsenal.

The Gunners amazing depth is one of the primary reasons their youth can perform. All but 2 players on the squad are under 30 and while some would argue that this is an issue, nearly all the players on the senior roster have received significant playing time at one point or another. Some would point to Cesc Fabregas as the catalyst for everything that moves in the midfield, but in his absence, the squad did quite well. In his 6 missing league appearances, Samir Nasri took to becoming the focal point of attack for the Gunners after many were ready to label the Frenchman a relative flop. Thomas Vermaelen has also been sidelined the majority of this campaign. Any problems? A few, but looking at the numbers, the backline has conceded fewer or just as many goals as all but 3 teams in the league (City, United, and Chelsea). Even the injuries at goalkeeper have yet to be a problem. With Manuel Almunia struggling for fitness, Łukasz Fabiański has filled in tremendously well despite his relative lack of experience. Even when Fabiański fell to injury, 20-year-old Wojciech Szczęsny filled in nicely in a huge Premier League debut versus league leaders Manchester United. The men in the Arsenal jersey finally appeared ruthless and clinical in their game against Chelsea. Folding under pressure is one of Arsenal’s trademarks of recent years but the squad looked a far cry from the out-of-sync squad which teetered to a 1-0 loss versus United two weeks prior. The Gunners had 5 legitimate chances and put 3 in the back of the net, a huge accomplishment for a squad that squanders more chances than nearly any team in the league.

Wenger has always conceded his squad is building for the future and Gunner fans may finally rejoice that the future is beginning to arrive. The addition of Marouane Chamakh has eased the pressure off of Van Persie to attain fitness with his glass-like body structure. Even with Arshavin having personal struggles, Walcott has filled in nicely when called upon. The Gunners are firing on all cylinders and will have true tests coming up to see if the squad is for real. A disaster but horribly predictable Champions League draw against Barcelona will see if the Gunners can compete with the best squad in Europe and handle the unplayable magician Messi and crew. For now, however, the squad can be content with their position. Arsenal are prime contenders for a league title again and in a table that is as wide open as I can remember in recent memory, the squad has a chance to bag a couple trophies this season. Welcome to grown up world, Young Gunners.

Written by: Chris Behrens, EPL Correspondent, soccerpro.com

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

We are Not Bullied Anymore!


Arsene Wenger believes Monday night's long-overdue victory against Chelsea could prove to be a "pivotal moment" in Arsenal's challenge for the Premier League title.

The Gunners had lost each of their previous five matches against Chelsea, stretching back to November 2008, and were beaten 1-0 at Manchester United in their last league match.

However, the poor run of form against their fellow championship contenders came to an end at Emirates Stadium as Wenger's side beat the Blues 3-1 and heaped more pressure on Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, who is without a win in six games.

Arsenal moved back up into second place, behind Premier League leaders United by two points, having now played a match more ahead of the midweek fixtures which see the Gunners travel to Wigan on Wednesday.

"It was a double impact,'' Wenger said of the victory. "Mathematically, it keeps us in touch with the leaders of the league, and psychologically, it was important because we were questioned about our capability of winning big games.

"I am happy with the desire in the team. We kept good discipline in the team for 90 minutes and put in a real team performance.

"It can be a very pivotal moment, but we have to respond away at Wigan on Wednesday night in a game where we want to turn up and take points. We know to beat the big teams at home will have an important impact on this league.''

The Arsenal manager declared: "We are not bullied any more. That is for sure.

"Two years ago with the same players we were maybe battered by Chelsea. Last year we felt we were getting closer. This year, at United and Chelsea, we were more frustrated because we were more in the game and there was no real difference.

"It was a slow learning process that we got out of our system.''

Arsenal head to Birmingham on New Year's Day, and then host Manchester City, who are level on points but played a game more, ahead of their FA Cup third-round tie with Leeds and a Carling Cup semi-final against Ipswich. United come to Emirates at the end of April.

"We have to be at our best and continue to improve,'' Wenger observed. "I hope the victory [over Chelsea] will convince the team that we are moving in the right direction and we continue to improve.''

Wenger added: "However, this league is very difficult to predict - every game is difficult for everybody. We have to show we have got that out of our system and show we can be consistent.''

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

We have to Respect The Financial Fair Play - Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will ''respect our budget'' in the January transfer window.

The French coach is not known for big spending, preferring to invest in youth. But a trophy drought that stretches back to May 2005 means that he has come in for some criticism as a result of his reluctance to land big-name players.

Wenger, though, believes his way of doing things is better than that of some of his rivals, who he has accused of not respecting ''financial fair play.''

In an interview with Al Jazeera TV, he said: ''We respect our budget. You look at clubs who lose £100 million or £150 million and if we do that, then we go bust. It's as simple as that. We pay what we can afford.

''I'm amazed that people are amazed that we do that. I think what is surprising is that people don't respect that.

''The beauty of the competition and this club is to be successful while respecting the financial balance.

''People will maybe realise one day that it's not as easy to stay at the top and as well to cope with financial compulsories that you have at the top.

''We face rivals who do not respect the financial fair play. Instead of us being accused, maybe people should look somewhere else.''

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What Samir Nasri's Current Form Means For Arsenal FC

Well what an exciting time for Arsenal football fans and Arsenal football club in general with the current superb form that Samir Nasri is giving them lately. To see a player that has come on in quality as he has matured and developed really is a treat to all football fans across the United Kingdom.

What we have seen of Samir Nasri is his lightening pace defeat defenders and his goals over this season have meant that Arsenal have managed to stay a strong force in the Premier League despite their captain being injured. Moreover Nasri form has been taken to new heights while Fabregas has been off injured, which means that the Arsenal manager has some serious thinking to do about where he will place both Nasri and Fabregas upon Fabregas’s return.

Samir Nasri has managed to score eight goals in the Premiership which has made him the top goal scorer for the Gunners this year and a very interesting fact that we need to mention is that all this has been done when midfielder Fabregas has not been on the pitch. This is not a dig at Fabregas as he is a quality footballer, however what this does highlight is that when Fabregas is not on the field, it allows Samir Nasri to venture forward much more freely than when Fabregas is on the field. This is one of the main reasons we have seen such an increase in goals from Nasri and so as a result of this it means Venger is going to have to re think his strategy for these two quality players.

As we said at the start of this article these times are very exciting for Arsenal football fans and there is going to be a huge buzz if Venger can successfully keep Samir Nasri a lethal force in goal scoring and introduce Fabregas back into the team and get him back to his full force as well.

Fabregas will be wearing his Arsenal kit again soon and it is rumored that he could be looking to come back for the huge match against rivals Manchester United FC , which would be a very big game to come back into the mix on. It is definitely up to Venger’s discretion however we do not expect him to be superstitious in upsetting Samir Nasri goal run but most importantly Venger will make sure he follows the correct health and safety regulations for Fabregas so that as soon as Fabregas is fit again, he will be back on the pitch in no time. We do however expect to see Venger mix things up a bit and keep Nasri going forward and have Fabregas assume a more defensive midfield role.

It is going to be very exciting to see how the next few months play out for Arsenal but if they can get their players back to full fitness and keep both Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh scoring as they are, then it seems like Arsenal FC might have the right format to be a massive force for the rest of this season.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Do you LOVE Samir Nasri? Please Vote for Samir Nasri!

Hey Gooners..

Let give something to Samir Nasri for his contribution for the Gunners. What we can do is voting for him at FIFA Puskas Award 2010. He might follow the Cristiano Ronaldo's footsteps after being included on FIFA's ten-man shortlist for the Ferenc Puskas Award for goal of the year.

The winner of the Puskas Award, named after the legendary Real Madrid and Hungary forward, will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala on January 10, 2011.

Matthew Burrows, Lionel Messi, Linus Hallenius, Arjen Robben, Hamit Altintop, Neymar, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Kumi Yokoyoma and Giovanni van Bronckhurst are the other names on the shortlist for the award, which will be decided by the votes of football fans on FIFA's official website.

Videos of the ten goals, as well as the list of scorers and the voting tool, can be found at www.fifa.com/ballondor/puskasaward.

SO, what are you waiting for? VOTE FOR SAMIR NASRI NOW!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Verminator Will Be Back!

Arsenal are believed to be hoping to have Thomas Vermaelen back in time to face Chelsea at the end of the month.

The former Ajax centre-half sustained an Achilles injury while on international dutywith Belgium, and has been sidelined since September.

The 25-year-old was thought to have been in line to return three weeks back, only for the player to suffer a setback in training that delayed his return.

Now The Mirror reports that the Gunners are looking to have their defender back in action by the time they face Chelsea on December 27.

Until then, however, Arsenal have worries in defence as Laurent Koscielny was ruled out for up to three weeks after a clash of heads with Sebastien Squillaci gave him a concussion.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gunner's WAGS : Yulia Arshavin

Yulia Arshavin’s husband Andrei Arshavin has been playing for the Russian’s national Team since 2002, he is now the team’s captain and also since 2009 part of the English team Arsenal. Moving to England was not a such a great idea for Yulia, but she still followed her man and the father of her two young children.

Yulia, now 26 years old, used to be a radio presenter in Russia, she met her hubby in the summer of 2003 when he was playing for Zenit Saint Petersburg. They began to date some time after and their love grew in a way that they couldn’t be apart, although they are not married, they refer to each other as husband and wife.








Arsenal Romped Aston Villa 4-2

Arsenal got back their winning style after a dramatic week as the Gunners passed through Aston Villa 4-2 on Saturday at Villa Park.

Arsene Wenger's side avoided a third straight defeat and extended their incredible unbeaten record at Villa to 12 games to take over at the top of the Premier League ahead of Saturday's later matches.

After the misery of letting a two-goal lead slip in the north London derby against Tottenham and the subsequent embarrassment of losing to Braga in the Champions League, Arsenal were delighted to find sanctuary at Villa Park.

Their record of seven wins and five draws in their previous visits made it an ideal venue after losing four of their previous six games in all competitions.

The Gunners answered their critics, who believe they do not possess the mental strength to match their obvious talents, by overwhelming Villa in one of the most one-sided 45 minutes of Premier League action you could witness.

Thomas Rosicky, Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh were all guilty of missing a succession of chances, but Arshavin soothed the frustration of Wenger when he netted in the 39th minute after a dreadful mix-up between Luke Young and James Collins from Lukasz Fabianski's long clearance.

Both Villa defenders missed their attempted intervention leaving Arshavin free to weave his way into the penalty and his curling shot squeezed through the legs of the retreating Collins before beating Brad Friedel.

Villa had not beaten Arsenal in 23 league meetings and any hopes of improving on that dreadful record evaporated further when Samir Nasri doubled Arsenal's advantage on the stroke of half-time with a searing first-time shot from the corner of the penalty area, which took a slight deflection of Luke Young before finding the target.

These are worrying times for Villa boss Gerard Houllier. A host of injuries to key players has meant exposing youngsters who are clearly not up to the week-on-week demands and the emergency signing of 37-year-old Robert Pires, who, despite the added incentive of impressing against the club he served with such distinction for six years, looked hideously out of his depth.

Pires had to be withdrawn at half-time to spare him any further humiliation.

He was still getting changed when Ciaran Clark chested down Sebastien Squillaci's poor header and drove a powerful shot from the edge of the area beyond Lukasz Fabianski for his first senior goal.

Moroccan striker Chamakh re-gained their two-goal advantage, sliding the ball under Friedel after Thomas Rosicky's through ball.

Clark added a second with a clever back header with 20 minutes remaining, after Richard Dunne headed Ashley Young's header into the danger area, but Jack Wilshere rounded off an emphatic Arsenal performance.

Wilshere's first ever Premier League goal in stoppage time was an attractive way to round off a crucial win as started and finished a move involving Chamakh and substitute Denilson.

Houllier has won just twice in ten games since replacing Martin O'Neill and Villa are flirting dangerously with the relegation zone as they prepare to embark on a season-defining mini-run.

After their midweek League Cup quarter final against bitter rivals Birmingham City, they face visits to Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as hosting Tottenham.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Preview : Pires Get Ready for Gunner Reunion

Players often return to play against their former clubs, but Arsenal fans could certainly be forgiven for looking twice when they see Robert Pires running out against them at Villa Park. The 37-year-old has recently signed a deal until the end of the season at Villa and will almost certainly play some part against the Gunners as Gerard Houllier looks to bring some creativity to his midfield.

It is much needed, as Villa have won just one of their last eight games and have slipped to some very disappointing results of late: a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland and a 2-2 draw (after going up 2-0 with ten minutes to go) against Man Utd to name but two.

However, Villa can take solace from the fact that Arsenal are also a team in the midst of a crisis. Three defeats on the bounce - including a morale-sapping second half capitulation to Tottenham in the North London derby - and Arsene Wenger faces a tough task to get his side firing again.

The return of Robin van Persie could be a major boost as he returns from injury, but Cesc Fabregas' hamstring injury leaves the Gunners short in midfield. Now, more than ever, they need an inspirational player to get their title tilt back on track.


Aston Villa player to watch: Robert Pires. A hero at Arsenal, Pires returns to play against his former side after spending a few seasons in Spain with Villarreal. At his peak, his vision and dribbling skill was among the best in the world, but his powers have waned with age. Bought for his creativity, Pires will not get a full 90 minutes but can still thread a killer pass or deliver a telling cross that could very well turn the game. His intimate knowledge of Wenger's tactical plans could also come in handy.

Arsenal player to watch: Andrei Arshavin. The Russian has not fulfilled his potential since joining the Gunners last year and often drifts in and out of games. Plying his trade on the wings, Arshavin's goal threat has been missing this season as he has picked up just two Premier League goals, but he has the skills to turn a game and will be charged with providing the creativity alongside Samir Nasri in the Arsenal midfield. If he manages to get free, Arshavin will always be a danger, but the mental side of his game is a weakness at the moment and he could prove to be more of a hindrance than a help.

Prediction : A tough win for Arsenal. 2-1

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Can Arsenal Be Serious Title Contenders This Season?

Arsenal had a shaky start to the 2010-11 Premiership season with the defeat at home to West Brom having the Arsenal fans worrying if it was going to be another one of those seasons. Many have already written off Arsenal as real title contenders with many seeing Chelsea, Man Utd and now Man City as the three teams that will be slugging it out come the end of the season. However none of the other three are without their weak spots, so can Arsenal take advantage of this and lift the league trophy?

Chelsea have looked in great form so far this season scoring a huge number of goals, however the squad is considerably weaker than last seasons so the question marks remain if they can last the full season with their current squad. A number of the Chelsea players, including Frank Lampard and Yossi Benayoun, are already on the treatment table and with some key players like Ricardo Carvalho having failed to be replaced in the summer injuries could be what derails Chelsea's title defence.

Arsenal of course could sympathise with Chelsea with injuries affecting them potentially more than any other club in recent years. However the Arsenal team now looks to have more depth. The signing of Koscielny and Squillaci has given the Gunners much needed cover in defence and with the advancements that young players like Jack Wilshere, who has been one of the star performers in Arsenal shirts this season, has made means there is now more depth in midfield . The signing of Chamakh has also given Arsenal an option they didn't have last year and gives them a more physical presence in the box.

Man Utd's problems are well documented at the moment, not only have they been unable to hold onto leads but their top striker has also declared he wants to leave the club. This type of news can only unsettle the players around him and with Man Utd already looking more vulnerable than we have seen them for many seasons this could be what ends Uniteds title challenge this season, especially if Wayne Rooney is indeed coming to the end of his days in Manchester United shirts.

This season Arsenal seem to have much more unity about them and they have managed to scrape out victories in games that you could have seen them dropping points in. Also with Fabregas having been injured for a large part of the start of the season other players like Wilshere have stepped up to stake their claim for a starting spot, and to show the Arsenal fans the future of the Arsenal midfield if Fabregas eventually gets his move to Barcelona.

Man City probably have the most talent packed squad with the main criticism of them at the moment seeming to be the inability to score goals. City sit second in the league at the moment so it is hard to criticise them too much but they have dropped points in games you thought they would have won, but then again so has Arsenal. City's main concern this season is going to be keeping all their very expensive players happy with many having to sit on the sidelines and watch.

The pressure on Arsenal has been removed to a certain extent at the moment, many already see them as out of the running for the title. However Arsenal may just have enough to surprise everyone and win the title if, and it is a big if, they can keep their players fit. Too often Arsenal have fallen short for this reason but with a larger and more talented squad this year the club could mount a serious challenge and take advantage of the weaknesses the other top teams have.

Written by Colin Hill, a sports blogger who writes about new soccer jerseys.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Capello's Jack Wilshere England Dilemma

Ahead of tonight's crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, the topic dominating discussion around the England camp has been the role to be played of Jack Wilshere. Part of the under-21 side who secured a first leg 2-1 lead over Romania on Friday, pundits were split over whether the talented youngster should remain with Stuart Pearce's side or be pitched straight into the clash with Montengro at Wembley.

That Wilshere has a glittering future at international level is not on doubt. After a solid loan spell at Bolton last season, he has returned to Arsenal and broken into the side with a string of excellent performances, showing Arsene Wenger that he can take over the reins when the seemingly inevitable departure of Cesc Fabregas finally goes through.

Understandably, with England coach Fabio Capello keen to bring through new talent in the wake of England's disastrous World Cup, Wilshere has caught his eye and may well be pitched into battle against a Montengro side who should not be underestimated having won all three of their opening qualifying fixtures thus far.

On one hand, it seems a no brainer. Wilshere's performances in an Arsenal shirt have been both consistent and impressive and in the absence of Frank Lampard, there seems little reason to leave out his deft touch and creativity.

On the other hand, we have a tendency in this country to rush players through the system, perhaps hampering their development. Stuart Pearce has admitted that it's a tricky balancing act for the young players and is right when he says "if they are not going to play, leave them in the age group where they can actually play 90 minutes". It could be that Wilshere is better served ensuring the under 21s qualify for Euro 2011, an environment where Wilshere can further hone his talents next summer.

It's a bit of a no win situation for the England boss and one which will only be glossed over should England gain all three points on Tuesday night. The only thing that's not in question is that Jack Wilshere most certainly does have a future at international level.

Written by Colin Hill, a sports writer who blogs about new football kits.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Why The Premiership Title Is Beyond Arsenal

I am a huge Arsenal supporter. Ever since the day Arsene Wenger walked into Highbury and went about turning the Gunners into one of the most entertaining and finest teams in world football, I have been a huge admirer of the football club both on and off the pitch. Arsenal's approach to footballl both on the park and financially is exactly what the game should be about and it pains me that they are not rewarded with trophies.

Similarly, I am by no means against Arsene Wenger and I fully support the approach he takes to managing Arsenal Football Club. Those who claim that Arsenal would be better off without him in charge are deluded and ignorant of the fact that were it not for Arsene's unparalleled ability to discover and bring through young talent, Arsenal would not be able to compete against the Arab riches of Manchester City, Roman Abramovich's Chelsea or Manchester United's unlimited debt financial model.

Despite this though, I don't believe Arsenal can win the Premiership title this season. I would love to be proved wrong but I fear that the weekends conquerers Chelsea are going to be too strong for those in Arsenal shirts this season.

The reality is, Arsenal dominated the game of football on Sunday. They went to the home of the Champions, a club with one of the best home records in Premiership history and were the better team for the majority of the football match. The fact of the matter is though, Chelsea are more ruthless, they are more clinical and once again, they organised themselves superbly defensively and stung Arsenal on the counter attack.

As impressive as Arsenal's attacking game is, the offensive side is only half of football and Chelsea's ability to defend and organise is as impressive as the Gunners flowing attacking instincts. As they always do, Chelsea restricted the space and formed a compact unit in a way that (in my opinion) only they can. Arsenal may have had all of the ball and they may have had their chances, but Chelsea's counter attacking caused the Gunners no end of problems and it was no surprise, nor co-incidence that they won the game.

It cannot be ignored that Arsenal were without key men in Thomas Vermaelen, Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie and yes, had they played it could have been different. But how long can Arsenal keep using this as an excuse, for it seems they are permanently without key men in big matches?

The title is by no means beyond Arsenal and the break for the Euro 2012 qualifiers comes at a welcome time, affording the Gunners time to regroup after back to back defeats. A seven point deficit at this stage in the season is by no means impossible to make up, but it will be very tough and Arsenal need to both keep their key players fit and develop a ruthless streak if they are to mount a serious challenge for the title.

Written by Colin Hill, a sports blogger who writes about new football shirts.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Video ; 6-0 vs Braga. What a splendid Perfomance!



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CL Preview : Team News Arsenal vs Braga

Arsenal


Injuries are again becoming a worrying theme for the Gunners, whose ambitions last season were undermined by a crowded treatment room. Although Belgian centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, who missed Saturday’s Bolton game with an Achilles problem, should be back in contention, substitute Abou Diaby lasted only 13 minutes in that match before being replaced himself after suffering a leg injury.

Forwards Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott have both been ruled out until mid-October with ankle injuries, seriously depleting Wenger’s striking options, but midfielder Samir Nasri, who underwent surgery on a minor knee problem on August 18, is back in action.

Danish international Nicklas Bendtner has not played since the World Cup thanks to a groin injury, while an abdominal strain had kept midfielder Denilson sidelined until his substitute appearance on Saturday.

Meanwhile Aaron Ramsey (broken leg) and Emmanuel Frimpong (cruciate knee ligament damage) are long-term absentees.

Summer signings Marouane Chamakh, Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci could all make their first Champions League appearances in an Arsenal shirt.

Possible Starting XI: Almunia; Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy; Rosicky, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere; Chamakh, Arshavin.

Braga

Paciencia will be without Elderson and Leandro Salino, who both serve one-game suspensions on Matchday 1.

Also sidelined is Quim, who ruptured his right Achilles tendon in pre-season training and is expected to be out until the new year.

Mossoro played in a 4-1 friendly victory over Vizela on 1 September, which was his first appearance since he fractured his right leg against Benfica in March.

But Braga have plenty of options, having brought in no fewer than 17 new faces during the summer, including Lima from Belenenses, Artur (Roma), Hugo Viana (Valencia), George Lucas (Santos), Jose Collado (Villarreal), and loan signings Elton (Vasco da Gama), Luis Aguiar (Dinamo Moscow), Felipe (Corinthians) and Leo Fortunato (Cruzeiro).

Possible Starting XI: Felipe; Silvio, Moises, Rodriguez, Miguel Garcia; Vandinho, Luís Aguiar, Alan; Lima, Paulo Cesar, Matheus.

Will Arteta Be The Perfect Replacement for Fabregas?


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has identified Everton playmaker Mikel Arteta as the player to replace Cesc Fabregas should the Gunners midfielder leave the Emirates, talkSPORT reports.

Fabregas was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona over the summer in a long-running saga, though in the end he stayed in north London.

Arteta signed a new five-year contract at Goodison Park last month, but Wenger is apparently confident that he can persuade the Basque to move south in the summer, should Barcelona return for Fabregas.

Reports in Spain have suggested that Barca coach Pep Guardiola will make a renewed effort to sign Fabregas at the end of this season.

Everton boss David Moyes is believed to be optimistic that he can hang onto Arteta, though a big money bid may tempt his resolve.

Can Arteta be the one who suit to replace Cesc? or we can just rely on our current midfielder like Nasri, Wilshere, Rosicky etc?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Arsenal Joined Race to Sign Lindegaard

Arsenal have joined the race to sign Aalesunds FK's Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, according to a report from talkSPORT.

Lindegaard, 26, has also been linked with a possible move to Manchester United, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is now understood to be keeping close tabs on the Danish international. Lindegaard, currently playing in Norway, is highly rated in his homeland and has been branded 'the new Peter Schmeichel' back in Denmark.

Wenger has been looking for a goalkeeper for some time, but was frustrated in his search when a move for Fulham's Mark Schwarzer during the summer transfer window eventually broke down.

Lindegaard is expected to assume the mantle of his country's No.1 when Thomas Sorensen retires.

Arsenal to Make Move for Barcelona Starlet

Arsenal are set to repeat their Cesc Fabregas raid on Barcelona's youth team by snapping up Oriol Romeu, according to the Daily Mail.

Romeu, 18, is a highly rated defensive midfielder and shone at the heart of the Spain under-19 team that lost in the final of the recent European Championship.

The youngster is yet to hold discussions about a contract extension at the Nou Camp and this has left the door open for the Gunners.

Javier Mascherano's big money arrival has limited Romeu's first team chances and he could now be open to a move. Arsenal will hope to enjoy the same success they had when they convinced Fabregas about the greater first team opportunities he could enjoy in the Premier League in 2003.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Ex-Gunners Claims Arsenal is Nothing Compared to Manchester City

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has taunted that his current club is 'bigger than Arsenal'.

The 26-year-old hitman spent three seasons at the Emirates before departing for Eastlands in 2009 and believes The Citizens will be on top of Arsenal by the end of this season.

The Togo international has dropped down the pecking order at Eastlands and was reportedly seeking an exit from the club, with manager Roberto Mancini preferring Carlos Tevez in a lone strikers role.

However, Adebayor was selected in Roberto Mancini's 25-man Premier League squad and has boasted that with the calibre of players on show at Eastlands, Manchester City are a bigger club than Arsenal with the striker admitting: "Yeah, it does feel like that."

"With the great new players we've got we have a wonderful chance to make history," Adebayor was quoted as saying on Sky Sports.

"But it's all about results. If we can win ten games in a row, people will class Manchester City as bigger than Arsenal," he concluded.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Samir Nasri Back in Training

Samir Nasri has reportedly given Arsenal a major boost in terms of fitness by returning to training.

The Frenchman underwent a knee surgery about a fortnight ago, and was expected to be sidelined for about four weeks.

This Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had previously confirmed that the midfielder was recovering quicker than expected, and now The Mirror reports that the 23-year-old has returned to training.

It is believed that Nasri is hoping to regain full fitness during the international break to be fit in time for Bolton Wanderers' visit to the Emirates Stadium next Saturday.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are still without strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Robin van Persie, who are out with groin and ankle injuries respectively.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Juve Trails Arsenal's 20-year-old Full Back

Juventus are reportedly pondering over making a move for Arsenal defender Armand Traore.

Opportunities in the first-team have been few and far between for the youngster, owing to the presence of Gael Clichy. This is believed to have prompted the Turin-based club to take an interest in the player, with a view to luring him away to Italy.

Juve have been rebuilding their squad following a largely underwhelming season that saw them miss out on Champions League football, and manager Luigi Del Neri is thought to be interested in landing the player as one of the final pieces in his jigsaw prior to the closure of the transfer window.

Now Sky Sports claims that the Serie A heavyweights are pondering over making a bid to prise the 20-year-old away from the clutches of the north London club.

Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta recently branded the full-back as an "interesting player", but has thus far maintained that there have been no significant developments.

Traore had previously been on the brink of a switch to Benfica, but the player's wage demands scuppered the deal.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Video Highlights Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Arsenal and Both Managers' Comments After Game

Blackburn Rovers 1 (M.B Diouf)
Arsenal 2 (Theo Walcott, Andrei Arshavin)



Arsene Wenger's comments on the game



Sam Allerdyce's comments on the game



Friday, August 27, 2010

Squillaci Wears No. 18


Sebastian Squillaci officially signs for Arsenal and will wear jersey number 18 which previously owned by Mikael Silvestre. Welcome Squillaci!

Arsenal Draw with Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting Braga and Partizan Belgrade


The draw for the UEFA Champions League Group Stage has been made. Arsenal will take on Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting Braga and Partizan Belgrade in Group H.

Below are brief profiles of the three sides, with links to their official websites.

Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk
Website:
www.shakhtar.com
Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk qualified directly for the Group Stage and are already seven games into their domestic league season. Former Arsenal striker Eduardo has scored twice in three appearances for Shakhtar.

Sporting BragaSporting BragaWebsite: www.scbraga.pt
Sporting Braga came second in the Portuguese Liga last season and defeated Sevilla 5-3 on aggregate in their play-off match to reach the Group Stage.
FK Partizan
Partizan Belgrade
Website: www.partizan.rs
Serbian champions Partizan Belgrade qualified for the Group Stage after defeating Anderlecht on penalties in their play-off. Both legs had ended 2-2. It is their first appearance in the Champions League for seven years.

Squillaci Completes Move to Emirates Stadium

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has today confirmed the signing of French centre-back Sebastien Squillaci from Sevilla.

The Spanish club had announced at the weekend that a £6.5 million deal had been agreed between the clubs.

The 30-year-old will not be available for the weekend game against Blackburn Rovers but he will be eligible for the Champions League campaign.

His new manager is in no doubt that the Gunners have acquired a fine player who will suit the Premier League.

"We needed a centre-back of quality and experience if possible, and at the right price - he was all of that," Wenger told reporters.

"He is a real defender and is good in the one against one, good in the air, and can score goals on set-pieces as well.

"I believe he will be suited to the English game.

"He will train with us tomorrow morning, but will not be involved on Saturday."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ex-Gunners Set for German Switch

Werder Bremen have confirmed that former Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre is on the brink of joining the club.

The French centre-back's contract expired at the Emirates during the summer and he is now a free agent.

"We are in promising talks, it looks like Silvestre is coming to us," Bremen sporting director Klaus Allofs told Kicker.

Silvestre spent nine years at Manchester United, claiming a host of winners' medals, but could never quite exert the same influence whilst with the Gunners after joining in 2008.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Squillaci Travels to London for Medical, Not for Holiday!

Sevilla defender Sebastien Squillaci will sign for Arsenal, subject to him passing a medical in London on Monday, according to the Spanish club.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claimed as recently as Friday that he was "far from being close to signing" Squillaci, though he did admit the defender was on his radar.

But it seems as though Wenger has managed to land further defensive reinfocements, adding to the capture of Laurent Koscielny earlier this summer.

"Defender Sebastien Squillaci is tonight travelling to London to have a medical at Arsenal, the club he will be transferred to after an agreement was reached by the two clubs pending the results of the medical," a statement on Sevilla's official website said.

Sevilla did not reveal how much Arsenal have paid for the France centre-back, though it had been reported that a fee of around 8 million euros would be enough to prise him away.

The former Lyon centre-half, who joined Sevilla from Les Gones two years ago, asked to be left out of the side for the Champions League play-off against Braga last week so he would not be cup-tied for European competition.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Another French Defender Linked With Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to turn his attention to Bordeaux defender Michael Ciani if he fails to sign Sevilla’s Sebastian Squillaci according to the News of the World.

Ciani, who is a former team-mate of new Arsenal signing Marouane Chamakh is a French international having made his debut for France in their friendly against Spain back in March.

The 26-year-old also scored five times for the Bordeaux last season including goals against Bayern Munich and Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League.

However it would seem that Arsenal will not want to pay the £15 million price Bordeaux have put on their player.

Wenger did confirm last week that the club have made an offer for Squillaci and this led to the French international being left out of Sevilla’s Champions League squad to face Braga on Wednesday.

It is believed Squillaci missed Saturday nights game against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup, but if Wenger fails to sign the player then Ciani could be the next best option for the Gunner boss.
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Video : Highlight Arsenal 6 - 0 Blackpool

Arsenal 6 - 0 Blackpool

Scorers:
Theo Walcott (12)
Andrei Arshavin (pen 32)
Theo Walcott (39)
Abou Diaby (49)
Theo Walcott (58)
Marouane Chamakh (83)



Saturday, August 21, 2010

Gallas Set to Leave Arsenal For Another London Club

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed that William Gallas is on the brink of joining the club, describing the signing of the former Arsenal captain as a "no-brainer".

Gallas left Arsenal on a free transfer in June having failed to agree a contract extension with the club he joined from Chelsea in 2006. The French defender made 145 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 17 goals.

Following France's disastrous World Cup campaign, Gallas was targeted by Panathinaikos but could not agree personal terms with the Greek side.

Despite reservations over the reaction of Tottenham fans to a former Arsenal captain arriving at the club, Redknapp is determined to strengthen his defensive options with Jonathan Woodgate a long-term injury victim and Ledley King often unable to play two games in a week.

Gallas will undergo a medical on Friday afternoon before making Tottenham the third club he has represented in London.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Preview : Arsenal vs Blackpool

Having soared to joint first place in the Premier League table by comprehensively beating Wigan Athletic on the opening day, Blackpool travel to the Emirates for what is likely to prove a sterner examination of their top-flight credentials against Arsenal.

Goals from Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Marlon Harewood – who netted twice – and Alex Baptiste gave the Tangerines a dream debut in the Premier League, and they will be hoping to draw on that momentum to spring a major surprise this Saturday.

Arsenal began their own campaign on Merseyside, where they salvaged a 1-1 draw against Liverpool with help from an uncharacteristically clumsy Pepe Reina. It was not a wholly convincing performance from Arsene Wenger’s side, though a point at Anfield is a decent return, and they should feel happier on home turf where many teams have been eclipsed by the Gunners’ fluent passing game in the four years since they moved into the stadium.

Arsenal have not, though, enjoyed the best of weeks. Central defender Laurent Koscielny, who avoided serious injury from the rash challenge that saw Joe Cole sent off at Anfield, was himself dismissed in the closing minutes when he was somewhat harshy adjudged to have handled the ball deliberately. But while his absence will be temporary, those of two midfielders will be longer. Samir Nasri, who looked sharp in pre-season and also impressed against Liverpool, had to undergo surgery on a knee surgery and is likely to be out for a month, while promising youngster Emmanuel Frimpong injured cruciate knee ligaments in training and has been ruled out for up to nine months.

Meanwhile, Wenger’s efforts to strengthen his squad in the transfer market were frustrated when Fulham rejected a second bid for Mark Schwarzer, meaning that Arsenal’s goalkeeping problems remain unresolved; incumbent Manuel Almunia was beaten at his near post by David Ngog last weekend. Arsenal also reportedly made an offer for Sevilla’s centre-half Sebastien Squillaci in midweek, but at the time of writing no deal has been struck or the France international.

However Wenger shuffles his pack for the Seasiders’ first league meeting with Arsenal since March 1971, he knows that his side must win if their title bid is not to stall early on; the emphatic victories already secured by rivals Chelsea and Manchester United have confirmed that there is no margin for error, especially in home matches.

On a wave of euphoria following their outstanding start to Premier League life at Wigan, Blackpool will be gunning for a bigger scalp in north London this weekend. They may not have beaten Arsenal away since 1958, but that won’t daunt manager Ian Holloway, currently perceived to be a miracle worker at Bloomfield Road. Some concerns were raised about Holloway’s future in midweek following the resignation as chairman and director of the club by Karl Oyston, though the manager himself insists it’s business as usual.

And he succeeded in adding to his squad by signing Israel defender Dekel Keinan from Maccabi Haifa in midweek. Keinan became the Seasiders' seventh summer arrival – along with utility player Chris Basham, striker Marlon Harewood, French trio Ludovic Sylvestre, Elliot Grandin, Malaury Martin and defender Craig Cathcart – and goes straight into the squad for the Arsenal game.

In addition, Bournemouth have accepted an improved bid from Blackpool for striker Brett Pitman, who is now discussing personal terms with the Lancashire club. Holloway said of Pitman: "He epitomises us - we are a bunch of people who need to make a name for ourselves." And that’s what they’ll be aiming to do at the Emirates.


Jay Simpson Leaves Arsenal For Hull City

Striker Jay Simpson has today signed for Championship side Hull City, ending his long relationship with the Gunners having joined its Academy aged nine.

Jay (21), made three first-team appearances for Arsenal scoring two goals, both in the 2008/09 Carling Cup competition. He also has the honour of being the first player to score a hat-trick at Emirates Stadium in the 2007 FA Youth Cup against Cardiff City.

A popular face around Arsenal, Jay gained invaluable experience out on loan over the past three seasons. Last term he impressed at QPR with eight goals in his first 15 games. In 2007/08, Jay spent the campaign with Millwall and performed superbly to be awarded the League One 'Player of the Year' accolade. The striker also had a spell at West Bromwich Albion during the 2008/09 season.

Resource : Arsenal.com

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Carlos Vela + £4 million = Mark Schwarzer??

Fulham have asked for Arsenal striker Carlos Vela plus cash from the Gunners in exchange for Mark Schwarzer.

The two London clubs have reached deadlock in their negotiations because Arsenal are unwilling to match Fulham’s £4 million valuation of the 37-year-old goalkeeper.

Arsenal had a £2m bid rejected for Schwarzer in May and have not made a further offer, although it is understood that the two clubs are still in talks.

“They have different valuations of Schwarzer,”

“Arsenal don’t want to pay the £4m that Fulham want but one possibility is a player exchange deal to push it through."

It is understood that several Arsenal fringe players have been mentioned and Fulham, who are keen to bolster their forward ranks despite the signing of forward Moussa Dembele from AZ Alkmaar on Wednesday, have enquired about Vela among others.

Arsenal are likely to value the Mexican international far beyond a £2m makeweight, even though the 21-year-old is running out of time to make his mark at the club.

A deal has also been held up because the west Londoners have been unable to secure a proven goalkeeper to replace Schwarzer. An offer was made to David James but the former England No.1 made the surprise decision to drop a division and move to Championship club Bristol City.

Vela has made more appearances for his country than he has for Arsenal in the Premier League (25, including only three starts) and has scored just eight goals for the club since his 2006 switch from his homeland, although he did spend two seasons on loan in Spain.

Despite the sticking points in Arsenal’s pursuit of Schwarzer, who handed in a transfer request last week and was not picked for Fulham’s opening Premier League fixture against Bolton Wanderers, both sides expect the deal to eventually be completed before the end of the transfer window.

Hughes has been widely linked with a move for another forward he managed at Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers, Roque Santa Cruz, but sources say he is not expected to pursue the Paraguayan because of concerns over his injury record.

Gunners Close To Sign French Defender

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of French defender Sebastien Squillaci from Sevilla, according to The Mirror.

The defender was withdrawn from Sevilla's Champions League qualifier on Wednesday night ahead of a potential move to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been trying to strengthen his defence this summer after losing William Gallas, Philippe Senderos and Mikael Silvestre at the end of last season.

Having brought in Laurent Koscielny from Lorient, the Gunners have also been linked with Everton's Phil Jagielka and Werder Bremen's Per Mertesacker, but it now appears as though Squillaci could be the player to strenghten their backline.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Samir Nasri Out for A Month

Arsenal have confirmed that Samir Nasri requires minor surgery on a knee injury and is expected to be sidelined for around a month.

The Frenchman sustained the injury in the Gunners' opening Premier League game against Liverpool at Anfield.

The player, who has looked impressive in pre-season and against Liverpool, will undergo the operation on Wednesday.

There is better news on the injury front for the Gunners though, with defender Johan Djourou having recovered from a hamstring injury and available to deputise for the suspended Laurent Koscielny this weekend.

Arsenal Young Striker Keen To Make Permanent Move to Hull City

Arsenal youngster Jay Simpson is keen to seal a permanent transfer to Hull City, according to his agent.

Simpson, 21, has been made available for transfer this summer after manager Arsene Wenger told him his future lay away from the Emirates. After grabbing 12 goals in 39 Championship appearances on loan at Queens Park Rangers last season, the striker is determined to return to the division with the Tigers.

Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, agent Leon Callender declared his client had been impressed after visiting the club and was eager to sign on the dotted line once a fee had been agreed.

He said: "Should the two clubs come to an agreement on a deal, I can't see there being any problem in the deal going through. Jay is very interested in a move to Hull.

"He sees Hull as a good Championship club and feels it would be a good move for him. He travelled up to Hull last week for a look around and has spoken to the gaffer. Now it is just down to the clubs to agree a deal."

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wenger Keen to Bring Schwarzer Before Blackpool Game

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping to have concluded a deal to bring goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer to the club from Fulham before the Gunners welcome Blackpool to the Emirates on Saturday, according to a report from The Daily Mirror.

Fulham are believed to want £4 million for the 37-year-old, but Arsenal, who apparently see Schwarzer also moving into a coaching role at the club, are willing to pay £2.5m.

The Gunners have apparently already had a £2m offer turned down, but it seems that a deal is increasingly likely as Schwarzer is keen to leave Cracen Cottage.

Should Schwarzer join Arsenal, then that should pave the way for Shay Given to leave Manchester City for Craven Cottage, after the Irishman dropped behind Joe Hart in the Eastlands pecking order.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Preview : The Big Guns Opener

Great expectations as two giants aim to silence doubters

Roy Hodgson kicks off the new Premier League season as he ended the last one – with a game against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. But whereas in May he was in charge of Fulham, resting key players for their trip to the Emirates a few days before contesting the Europa League final, now he is at the helm of Liverpool, still England’s most successful club, even if the glory days are fast receding into the distance.

Taking over at Anfield is Hodgson’s reward not only for working wonders at Craven Cottage, but for a lengthy career of solid if not always spectacular achievement in European club and international football.

His task is a tough one: the Reds lost their way alarmingly in what turned out to be Rafa Benitez’s last season in charge, aiming for first and finishing seventh while making early exits from every cup competition, including the Champions League.

His first Premier League game as Liverpool boss will also be Wenger’s 525th in charge of the Gunners, and although the Frenchman has lost only 85 of those, compared with 307 wins, and has finished in the top four in every one of his 14 seasons in North London, he is arguably under even greater pressure to deliver than Hodgson.

‘Arsenal haven’t won a trophy since 2005’ is in danger of becoming the latest football cliché, and is something that no doubt irks Wenger as much as it frustrates the fans.

He’s been accused of being too frugal, too stubborn, too obsessed with the beautiful game and over-reliant on youth in pursuit of his principles. There’s talk he’s about to commit to a new contract that would effectively bind him to the Gunners for the rest of his career; but at the same time there is speculation that this will be his last season at the Emirates if he fails to end the trophy drought.

Will changes bring greater staying power?

Both squads have new signings who’ll be looking to integrate and impress from the off – including Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, Milan Jovanovic, Laurent Koscielny and Marouane Chamakh.

But in an unwelcome echo of last season, both teams may also be without key players - World Cup finalists, no less - as Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie have all been struggling to reach match fitness in time for Sunday afternoon’s opener.

Injuries (and in some cases loss of form) were a recurring motif for both clubs last season, and for both, their prospects of improvement will depend on being able to keep their respective treatment rooms unclogged.

There have also been some significant departures over the summer: Arsenal have seen no fewer than four central defenders move on, while Yossi Benayoun has quit Anfield and Javier Mascherano could yet follow him.

Liverpool fans crave greater consistency (and a little less caution) on the pitch, and greater stability off it. Hodgson’s arrival has brought an air of calm and optimism to Anfield, but the ownership issue remains a distraction. Arsenal fans are looking for more durability, especially at the back, and less naivety, especially against Chelsea and Manchester United.

It is unlikely that either manager has concluded his summer transfer business, so both teams are works in progress; but this weekend's most compelling fixture may offer some clues about which one of these two giants has the stronger credentials.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Arsene Wenger : "Chamakh Will Shine in Premier League"

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced Marouane Chamakh's height will give the club the boost to land the Premier League title.

At six foot two and with an eye for goal, the Morocco international has been brought into the Emirates Stadium to add a physical threat to the front line. After kicking off his home debut with a goal against AC Milan, the centre forward is expected to continue his record of grabbing 56 in 230 Ligue 1 appearances while with Bordeaux.

Speaking to the club's official website, Wenger was convinced Chamakh would help stop the five year wait to claim the top flight trophy.

He said: "Marouane Chamakh for me is a striker who works very hard.

"He is a team player and makes players around him good and better.

"He had a very good pre-season and can give us something which is very important in England - he is good in the air.

"He has everything you would want from a typical centre forward. That means people who play to fight up front and work very hard for the team.

"That is what I expect from him.

"That is why every team which has him in the side, every player loves him."

Gunner's WAGS : Baroness Caroline Luel-Brockdorff

Caroline Fleming (or Baroness Caroline Luel-Brockdorff to give her official name) is the girlfriend of the Arsenal and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner. They are 12-years-old different (which currently Bendtner is 22-year-old while Caroline is 34-year-old).

She divorced from a rich banker and is reported to be worth over £400m, which would dwarf any riches that the Danish Player-of-the-Year could possibly have saved in his short career. She is also an accomplished TV presenter, which is how she Bendtner who was a surprise guest on one of her shows.


 At least we all now know why Bendtner’s groin injury won’t go away!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Theo Walcott : It's a Massive Season for Me

Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott acknowledged that he is set to begin a "massive season" in his career this term.

The 21-year-old was called up to the Three Lions for their friendly with Hungary on Wednesday, coming into a new-look England team after being left off of the World Cup roster by Fabio Capello.

Walcott has a disappointing season with the Gunners last year, one that was hampered by injuries and ended in not making the trip to South Africa this summer.

However, with last season now behind him, Walcott intends to show the world his quality this term.

"It is a massive season for me," Walcott told Press Association Sport.

"After the disappointment of the summer, I know what I have to do.

"When something doesn't go well for you, just forget about it and move on to the next one. That is what I will do this season.

"I need to play as many games as I can for Arsenal, week-in week-out and show everyone what I can do.

"I am 21 now and it is time for me to push on. I am looking forward to the next step."

Injuries have been a big concern for Walcott during his career, but the speedy winger insists that he is concentrating on his football after enjoying a good pre-season.

"A lot of people haven't seen me play throughout a whole season.

"In previous seasons I have put a lot of pressure on myself saying 'I don't want to get injured' and things like that.

"I have just had a very good pre-season, I am happy to be back playing football now and I want to show everybody what I can do this season.

"This season I am just going to go and enjoy it, express myself and show everybody what I can do."

Schwarzer Desperately Wants Arsenal Move


The rumours about who's gonna be the new Arsenal's number one still playing around over the internet. The latest news from ESPN Soccernet told us that Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has pleaded with the club to allow him to join Arsenal.

Arsenal being linked with Schwarzer for the past month, but Arsene Wenger's interest was said to have cooled after he was quoted a price of £4 million by Fulham.

Schwarzer, 37, is to have showdown talks with new Fulham manager Mark Hughes as soon as he returns from international duty, having featured in Australia's 2-0 defeat to Slovenia. Schwarzer rescheduled his flight back from Slovenia to meet with Hughes.

But it now seems certain the former Middlesbrough goalkeeper will head to Emirates Stadium as their new number one after making it clear he does not want to stay at Fulham.

"I need it to happen," Schwarzer told the Australian Daily Telegraph. "I've had a couple of chats with Mark Hughes. It's delicately poised. Who wouldn't be keen to go to Arsenal?

"At this stage in my career it's an amazing opportunity to play at that level and one I really want to take. Only time will tell whether that happens or not."

Schwarzer denied he would pull himself out of Saturday's game against Bolton Wanderers to engineer a move as the club's haggle over a transfer fee, but he could miss the game through injury.

"I have never sat out a game [to prove a point] and never would," Schwarzer said. "But it needs to be resolved sooner rather than later. I'm not sure whether I'll play (for Fulham) on the weekend. I've got a few little injury problems but we'll have to wait and see how I pull up when I return to London."