Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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.
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.
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?
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Categories: Transfer Rumours
Thursday, September 9, 2010
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.
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
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
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.
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