Arsenal update: Victor Wanyama, Micah Richards and St Etienne pair targeted

A couple of days Alex Song ago hinted that he might like to return to North London after his disastrous season at Barcelona. But according to the Metro Arsene Wenger isn’t tempted. He has set his sights on Celtic’s combative midfielder Victor Wanyama. The Keynan has been very impressive this season, especially in the Champions League and Wenger is keen …

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AshleyArsenal update: Victor Wanyama, Micah Richards and St Etienne pair targeted

Have Liverpool found their winning midfield combination?

A midfield trio of Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Steven Gerrard appears a little too cautious on paper, but their collective performance in last week’s comprehensive 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic will have encouraged Brendan Rodgers, who likes to fill his sides with as many passers as possible. Rodgers had been using a 4-2-3-1 formation featuring four outright attackers since …

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AshleyHave Liverpool found their winning midfield combination?

Breaking: Ferguson says Rooney will stay at United

No great surprise this – given that there are very few clubs who could afford him – but Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated that Wayne Rooney will be an Man United player next season. Fergie told the BBC “He’ll be here next year.You can have my word on that.” The Man United manager added “There is no issue between myself …

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AshleyBreaking: Ferguson says Rooney will stay at United

Arsenal update: Song return, Vermaelen to Barca, Real defender targeted

Today’s Arsenal news is all about Spain. The big story is that, unhappy with his lot at Barcelona Alex Song is pondering a move back to The Emirates. Less then a year after questioning the player’s commitment and attitude Arsene Wenger is reported to be happy to welcome the Cameroonian back to London. Song, who has been pretty much sidelined …

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AshleyArsenal update: Song return, Vermaelen to Barca, Real defender targeted
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The low down on Arsenal target and France’s hottest new young striker

What with Giroud scoring just three times in 10 games – the same btw as an ex Arsenal striker – The Gunners are in dire need of a clinical striker. Earlier today Andraes Cornelius was linked to the club, but now TalkSport have suggested that a player in a slightly more competitive league could be on his way to The …

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AshleyThe low down on Arsenal target and France’s hottest new young striker

RVP’s goal drought – now as bad as Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud

The clamouring for Arsenal to sign a striker continues with fans desperate to see someone pull on a Gunners shirt who is clinical, predatory and consistent. Three words that can’t really describe the current incumbent Olivier Giourd. Giroud has impressed in flashes this season, but for me he doesn’t get in enough goal scoring positions and never ever puts away …

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AshleyRVP’s goal drought – now as bad as Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud

Arsenal update: Jenkinson to City, Rooney connection and Cornelius tracked

It is Man city’s avowed aim to snap up the best English talent in the Premiership. No surprise then that they have set their sights on Arsenal’s right back Carl Jenkinson. The Mirror has a story this morning which suggests that Manicni and his men have been tracking the player and will make a move for him in the summer. …

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AshleyArsenal update: Jenkinson to City, Rooney connection and Cornelius tracked
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Chelsea fans – do you have any sympathy for United and Fergie?Thought not…

Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do says what a lot of non United fans have been thinking all day. It would be dreadfully obvious for me to launch into badinage over Manchester United’s Champions League exit last night, but come on, there is surely nothing funnier than Sir Alex Ferguson in full-blown eruption, the hairdryer set to ‘Kill’. …

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AshleyChelsea fans – do you have any sympathy for United and Fergie?Thought not…

Kieran Gibbs is back in training- is he Arsenal’s first choice left back?

Some good news for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal fans. The club’s English left back Kieran Gibbs is back in training and could feature in both The Champions League and The Premiership soon. The jury is still out on the former. The game against Bayern next week may come too soon for the player which would be bad news for the …

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AshleyKieran Gibbs is back in training- is he Arsenal’s first choice left back?
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Nicklas Bendtner could be back at Arsenal – could he have a role to play?

There are rumours today that Nicklas Bendtner’s Italian disaster could be over very soon with Juventus apparently keen on sending the striker back to London. The move comes after a drink driving incident which saw the player fined £97,000 and has had his driving license revoked for three years. Bendtner has also been suspended from the Danish side for six …

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AshleyNicklas Bendtner could be back at Arsenal – could he have a role to play?
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Arsenal’s next captain? Ashley Williams? The Guardian thinks it could be on the cards

Arsene Wenger has his eyes on Swansea’s captain and central defender Ashley Williams so says The Guardian. There’s no mention of a source or a quote from Wenger but the paper says… Wenger has identified the Wales captain as someone with the leadership qualities to control and organise Arsenal’s defence in a way more reminiscent of when the club built …

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AshleyArsenal’s next captain? Ashley Williams? The Guardian thinks it could be on the cards

Jose Mourinho could be Chelsea manager this month if Man United win tonight

Some fantastic mischief making from The Daily Star which has today run the story that Chelsea’s favourite son, Jose Mourinho, will be back running the Blues this month if Man United knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League tonight. It is no secret that the ex-Blues man is unhappy at the Bernabeu and is angling for a return to …

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AshleyJose Mourinho could be Chelsea manager this month if Man United win tonight

Wenger stopped Bould’s defensive sessions – says BBC’s David Ornstein

If you look at the number of goals that Arsenal have conceded this season, it hardly looks like a club in a defensive crisis. The Gunners have let in 32 goals, that’s just one more than Man United. The figures are however slightly skewed by the Arsenal defence’s excellent start to the season. They played five games and let in …

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AshleyWenger stopped Bould’s defensive sessions – says BBC’s David Ornstein
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Are Arsenal going to hit Malaga for yet another player?

Bit of an interesting one this which I guess is more speculation than hard fact for now. But  HITC is suggesting that Arsene Wenger is considering his campaign to reunite the Malaga team from last year at The Emirates by signing 29 year old French defensive midfielder Jeremy Toulalan. Malaga are currently one of the hottest teams in Spain. They are fourth …

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AshleyAre Arsenal going to hit Malaga for yet another player?
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Should Arsenal have signed Chris Samba?

Arsenal lost a vital game yesterday largely because of the inability of their two centre backs (and Nacho Monreal who was culpable on the second goal) to track players making a run behind a high line. Maybe Arsenal midfielders, especially the increasingly immobile Arteta, should take the blame too. The defeat is all the more painful because until the Bale …

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AshleyShould Arsenal have signed Chris Samba?

Five reasons why Arsenal fans shouldn’t be too down today

Losing to Spurs is never easy and to be honest it is not something  that Arsenal fans have had to endure too may times in the Wenger era. And yes it does open up a seven point gap between the Gunners and their north London rivals. But if Spurs fans can hear the Fat Lady singing they are mistaken, she hasn’t even started clearing her throat yet. Besides there are a few positives that Arsenal fans can …

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AshleyFive reasons why Arsenal fans shouldn’t be too down today
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Why Chelsea need to bring back ‘The Special One’

Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do has a cunning plan for Roman As every fan knows, the range of tunes on which football chants are based is limited. You have Go West, the paradoxically camp 70s disco anthem by the Village People which becomes repurposed as “Crap, and you know you are!”. There is the traditional hymn, Bread …

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If Chelsea lose to West Brom history tells us that Rafa will get the boot

Andre Villas-Boas was sacked following a defeat to West Brom, Roberto Di Matteo was sacked following a defeat to West Brom… so Rafael Benitez would do well to avoid an embarrassing result at home to the Baggies this weekend. Di Matteo based his Chelsea side around the creative trio of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata earlier this season, but …

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AshleyIf Chelsea lose to West Brom history tells us that Rafa will get the boot
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Why Cazorla is the key man for Arsenal against Spurs

Arsene Wenger has two separate formats for his 4-2-3-1 formation this season. At the start of the campaign, he fielded two wide forwards, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, either side of Santi Cazorla, with Olivier Giroud upfront. That gives Arsenal pace on the flanks, and a classic number ten between the lines. However, in recent weeks Wenger has experimented with …

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AshleyWhy Cazorla is the key man for Arsenal against Spurs
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Opinion: How a move back to Arsenal could revive Samir Nasri’s career

Ok Gunners fans, stop sniggering. Over the last few days there have been rumours about the next move of one time Arsenal hero Samir Nasri. After a season in which he has been very poor and only scored twice it seems that Man City have decided that he is surplus to requirements at The Etihad. The player, that they signed …

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AshleyOpinion: How a move back to Arsenal could revive Samir Nasri’s career