Barcelona has highest number of its players in European elite leagues – but you’ll never guess who is second

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A few years ago I wondered if Arsenal had the highest number of its ex-players in the Premiership. It seemed that every club had their own product of the Arsenal youth team whether they be a Sidwell, Hoyte or a Bothroyd. However the latest figures of who has the most of its players (ok you can call some of them …

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Secret talks? Is Fergie lining up Pep Guardiola as the next Man United manager?

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There’s an intriguing bit of journalism from the Daily Mirror this morning which seeks to add one and one and make seven. According to the paper Pep Guardiola is now in the hot seat not for a job in London with Chelsea or even Arsenal, both of whom could be looking for managers come the summer, but United. And how …

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Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis tells the fans – Arsene has plenty of money to spend

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Some interesting news courtesy of Arsenal expert Tim Payton, who has been sharing on Twitter and BBC Five Live what exactly went on at the Arsenal Supporters Trust meeting tonight. Over 100 fans turned up to quiz Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis about the club’s finances, future and more and, credit to the guy, he apparently spent over two hours answering their questions. Gazidis even kicked off with an apology saying that the …

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More good news for United – Vidic is back for the Sunderland game. But for how long?

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If United have really missed one player this season it has been their talismanic captain Nemanja Vidic. While things look good for Fergie and the boys at the moment with that six point gap opening up against City and other would be rivals like Arsenal and Chelsea in disarray, the Reds clearly have some defensive issues to address. Vidic suffered …

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Should he stay or should he go? What the papers/blogs says about Arsene Wenger after the Bradford defeat

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So it is time to put the knife into Arsene. With a whiff of blood in their nostrils Fleet Street’s finest haven’t been slow to put the knife in First up The Telegraph which asks – will Arsene Wenger ever win another trophy? “Arsene Knows”, they used to say at the Emirates. “You don’t know what you’re doing”, they chant …

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Are Arsenal fans really serious about wanting Arsene Wenger to get the sack?

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Well, what an incredible game. First up credit where it is due, Bradford played like a side at least two divisions higher than their current league status. However, this should have been an easy win for Arsenal, especially given the strength of the team that Wenger put out, and Arsenal really ought to have had this game wrapped up with …

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Are Abou Diaby’s Arsenal days over? And four other footballers whose injuries ended promising careers

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If Arsene Wenger is a religious man he must thank The Almighty every night for the current form of Jack Wilshere. After over a year on the sidelines the Arsenal midfielder has come slotted back in to the team perfectly and is looking stronger, keener and sharper after every game. Wenger has also seen Aaron Ramsey return from a career-threatening …

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Arsenal to sign Nani. Walcott to United. Has Arsene Wenger completely lost the plot?

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Ok, so it is just weeks before the transfer window moves from being a squillion speculative articles to a precious few days when deals can be done, contracts signed and managers re-asessed. So we are still in silly season mode. One story that Gunners fans probably hope is the product of a over active imagination is the mooted move of …

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Five reasons why the title race is not over – Van Persie, the Champions League, Wesley Sneijder and more

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So Manchester United suddenly have a six point gap over their noisy neighbours. Coupled with the psychological advantages of beating their local rivals some pundits are already calling the title for the Reds. But there is still a long way to go this season and here are five reasons why the title race clearly isn’t over. 1 City don’t have …

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Now Fergie wants Zaha at United, and has a cunning plan to land him

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In case you hadn’t  noticed the transfer window is now just three weeks away and one player who is set to become one of the most in demand over that period is Wilfried Zaha. The Palace winger has long been a target for Arsenal and now it appears other premiership clubs are keen to land him too. Step forward Sir Alex Ferguson who not only has a £10 million bid …

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Arsene says no January sale for Theo Walcott – but is he at odds with the Arsenal board?

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The Daily Mail has what it is billing as an exclusive today. According to the paper… 1 In spite of the public perception that talks between Theo Walcott and the club are ongoing,  no formal discussions between the two parties have taken place since August 28. The last offer on the table was a five-year £75,000-per-week deal. 2 That Wenger is desperate to cling on  to his in-form winger for the …

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Mancini’s dilemma – Dzeko, Balotelli, Tevez… Who should he pick to play Man United?

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Every other manager in the Premier League would envy Roberto Mancini’s selection dilemma ahead of the Manchester derby: he must select two from Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. That’s over £00m worth of talent. Crucially, each player offers something different, meaning Mancini can alter the balance of the side subtly. Dzeko is a penalty box presence …

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City will never overtake United – says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Is he right?

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been turning up the heat on the eve of the Manchester derby. The former United striker has told the BBC that Manchester City are like a “little brother” who will never take their “big brother’s” place. In a statement sure to wind up City fans even further Solskjaer said,: “It’s always this thing about being the …

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Thierry Henry back at The Emirates – but will he be as useful this time?

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There’s no official word yet, but it seems certain that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will back in north London in January with a loan move that will run until at least mid-February – long enough for him to star in the next round of Champions League games. So what do you think? Is this another inspired move by Arsenal? A lifesaver that might kickstart  their faltering season? On the positive side Henry did make …

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Forget Europe – Arsenal’s number one priority should be The Capital One Cup

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Tonight a significantly under strength Arsenal team gave Olympiacos a run for their money in Athens. Ok, so the Gunners had no answer to the second Greek goal, but there were some encouraging signs for Wenger in the sprightly performance of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and especially the attacking football of Tomas Rosicky, whose direct style they have missed terribly. On …

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Why Manchester City need the Europa League like a hole in the head

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So Champions League Group D, aka The group of Death, has turned out to be a bit of a mare for City. With no chance of qualification Mancini’s men will clearly be glad to see the back of it tonight too as they head off to Germany to face group leaders Borussia Dortmund. Even if it was a game that …

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Shock stats – If Robin Van Persie had stayed at Arsenal they’d be top and Man United would be 10th

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So says The Daily Mail’s Martin Samuels. So another difficult weekend for Arsenal in which they were outplayed by Swansea in the first half and then couldn’t find the net in the second only to succumb to two superb late Michu goals. It was also business as usual – this season anyhow – for Manchester United in going a goal …

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Why defeat to Swansea might be the catalyst that kick starts Arsenal’s season.

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On the way home from the Arsenal game today I heard the following exchange between a pair of middle age Gooners. One said ‘that’s it now we can only expect Arsenal to be like they were in the 80s under Don Howe.’ The other fella responded ‘What no league wins, just the odd cup?’ It then struck me that Arsenal …

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Premiership preview – Is it time for Arsenal to drop their captain Thomas Vermaelen?

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It has been a difficult start to life as Arsenal captain for Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian has been a popular figure at the club since his signing in 2009 and was handed the armband in the summer after the departure of Robin van Persie, but has performed disappointingly so far this season, making a couple of high-profile errors. In stark …

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Will Chelsea fans ever love Rafa Benitez? Or are has Roman marked his cards already?

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Rafa is in for a rough ride says Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do? With his scruffy little beard and penchant for cheap-looking nylon leisurewear, the multi-billionaire Roman Abramovich doesn’t exactly cut the image of a prototypical James Bond villain. He may not (to my knowledge) possess a white Persian cat, which he strokes for camp and menacing …

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