Spurs make the first move for Wilfried Zaha – but Arsene and Fergie are waiting in the wings

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Last night Wilfried Zaha added a few more pounds to his price tag. In the game between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield he scored the kind of wonder goal (watch it here) that will have Premiership managers drooling. It seems to have spurred at least one manager into action with The Daily Mirror reporting that AVB is about to hit Palace …

The lowdown on Adrian Lopez – Arsenal’s next striker?

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A few days ago Arsene Wenger told the BBC that he was only looking to buy exceptional players during the transfer window. And then, in words that will haunt every Gunners fan for the next few weeks, he added that exceptional players were hard to come by. So there still remains a possibility that there will be no new additions …

Who should Wigan play upfront against Arsenal?

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Wigan’s perennial ‘great escape’ means they are accustomed to their current proximity to the relegation zone, but Roberto Martinez’s side are on a particularly poor run. Only one win in seven, at home to bottom club Reading, leaves them just outside the relegation zone. And with Aston Villa and QPR showing signs of improvement, Wigan need to start picking up …

Usmanov buys more Arsenal shares. Is he a planning a January coup?

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There’s plenty of Arsenal news this morning with more speculation about the possible arrival of Demba Ba, the fight for Stoppila Sunzu and the latest twists in Theo Walcott’s contract saga but this biggest story might just be this one which has been highlighted by the always superb Angry Of Islington. The blogger reports that Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has …

Robert Lewandowski is interesting Sir Alex Ferguson – summer move on the cards?

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Some interesting news this morning on Goal which is reporting that Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been reasonably quiet about Manchester United’s transfer plans of late, has lined up the highly regarded Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski for a summer move. Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc recently admitted “the departure of Robert Lewandowski end of the season is a done …

Is Arsene Wenger right to build his team round young British players?

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Yesterday Arsene Wenger confirmed what was a pretty badly kept secret that five of his young British charges including Jack Wilshere, had signed long term contracts at the club. The move surprised very few people. Were Wilshere to follow his ex-colleagues on the road to The Etihad or the Camp Nou, then any talk of Arsenal being among Europe’s elite …

Champions League draw; Arsenal face Bayern Munich and Man United tackle Real Madrid

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So here it is. Arsenal have been drawn against Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League while Man United will face Real Madrid in the plum tie of the round. The draw means that Ronaldo will be returning to the stadium that made him famous. In 2000 and 2003 the two sides played with Real winning both ties. At …

Arsene Wenger tells BBC he is confident that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract

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Breaking news – the Theo Walcott transfer saga looks like it is about to take another turn. After agreeing contracts with five of his British players yesterday, including Jack Wilshere, Arsene Wenger has now told the BBC that he is ‘convinced’ that Theo Walcott will be staying at The Emirates. Wenger said ‘I am convinced Walcott will stay and hope that the other players signing contracts will encourage …

Question marks over Liverpool targets – Ince, Huntelaar and Sturridge

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It does seem as if things are never straightforward for Brendan Rodgers in his bid to strengthen the Liverpool squad, for three players who he has been targeting all now appear to have other options than joining the Reds. One of the Red’s top striking targets Klass Jan Huntelaar, who was yesterday apparently in talks with Arsenal, now might be …

Brandish’s fifteen men to watch in 2013 – who is going to be influential in tech, style, sport and politics?

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So 2012, a year that promised much, and in the case of the odd sporting event at least delivered in spades, is heading for the exit door. What then will 2013 bring? Who are going to be the key people that we will be talking about in tech, sport and style? Our rather small panel of Brandish writers got together …

Arsenal begin talks to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

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We have already had one Arsenal signing (well in the minds of the Zambian FA) yesterday and now it appears that Arsene Wenger is now going after another one – the big one. Schalke’s potent Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is, according to The Times (no link because it is a subscription only paper), beginning formal talks with the Gunners who …

Arsenal’s first winter signing? Stoppila Sunzu apparently on his way

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It has not been officially confirmed yet, but it seems that Arsenal are on the verge of making their first signing of the winter transfer window. With a view to adding a bit of steel to his midfield Arsene Wenger has apparently targeted Zambian Stoppila Sunzu and there are suggestions from his home country that the signing is imminent. Sunzu …

Gareth Bale – is he going to Real Madrid/Barcelona? And why Spurs might not miss him

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As Arsene Wenger has found to his cost, sell your best players and it becomes very hard to stay a top team. And that’s a dilemma that must be uppermost in the mind of one André Villas-Boas as he ponders the future of Gareth Bale. There’s no denying the huge talent of the Welsh full back/winger/striker and there are no …

Are Chelsea now favourites to land Theo Walcott?

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So the Theo Walcott  transfer saga rumbles on in many ways over shadowing everything else that is going on at The Emirates at the moment. Last night the youngster got his wish and was started by Arsene Wenger as a central striker. Walcott scored one and looked a constant threat trying to latch on to balls from Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta. It is clear that Reading gave Arsenal way too much …

Houllier tells French TV Thierry Henry might not be going to Arsenal – no contact between the clubs

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More problems for Arsene Wenger this morning. It seemed as if Arsenal’s greatest ever striker, Thierry Henry, was destined to return to the club for a third spell this winter. Many papers have suggested that this is a done deal and that Henry would be at the club for several weeks and could even play for The Gunners in the …

Arsenal planning double raid on Liverpool – goalkeeper and winger on Wenger’s radar

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There has been a lot of Arsenal-related transfer news in the last few hours. Though today it isn’t all about where Theo Walcott will spend the next part of his career, but about the list of players that Arsene Wenger is after in a bid to add steel to his rather brittle squad. The Mirror has a run down of …

Top stories – Who should Arsenal sell? Air Stewardesses behaving badly, great cheap gadgets

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Top stories from Brandish and our pals The Arsenal squad – who do you keep and who do you sell? Magnificent vintage football stickers How Carrots won World War Two Air Stewardesses behaving badly Great CCTV footage of people doing stupid things in stations Eight Christmas gifts for music lovers The phone of the future tested – we spend a …

Why Liverpool can still qualify for The Champions League

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After the recent win against West Ham, Steven Gerard emphasised that he is certain that Liverpool can qualify for The Champions League this season. He told The Liverpool Echo… “We’re building slowly towards where we want to be. We’ve got two home games now against Aston Villa and Fulham. If we can capitalise and make it 12 points out of …

Walcott Crucial for Gunners’ Reading Trip

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On Monday night, Arsenal return to the scene of their incredible 7-5 win over Reading in the Capital One Cup, and will be desperate to bounce back strongly from their embarrassing midweek defeat to Bradford City. Arsene Wenger’s team selections this season have generally been predictable, but he’s struggled to decide on his best right-sided midfielder. Theo Walcott has started …

Theo Walcott is on his way to United/Chelsea/City/Juve/nowhere

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There’s a lot of news about Arsenal’s speedy winger this morning, though, let’s just say that very little of it falls into ‘from the horse’s mouth’ category and you should take it all with a tankard of salt. Until a few weeks ago it seemed that Theo Walcott would possibly end up at Liverpool leading the line alongside Suarez. Then …