Arsenal transfer update: Sunzu confusion, Gonalons linked

There is an interesting story in Here Is The City about the fate of the brilliantly named Stoppila Sunzu. If you remember rightly the Zambian defender Sunzu was apparently all lined up to be Arsenal’s first signing of the window with the association in his own country reporting that a move to North London was imminent. And then it went …

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Arsenal’s top transfer targets – How Arsene Wenger should spend that £70 plus million

Yesterday Arsenal issued its latest financial update – and guess what, the club is in pretty rude health. Profits might have dropped a little, but just look at that whopping £123 million reserve in the bank. And there’s also sponsorship money to be added, plus season ticket cash and maybe even Stan’s idle millions (dream on…). So the money clearly …

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Too late for Arsenal? David Villa told he can leave Barcelona by club’s VP

Here is yet another thing guaranteed to set Arsene Wenger’s teeth on edge this morning. After spending days chasing the player in the transfer window only to be told that the club wouldn’t let him go, it now transpires that Barcelona are willing to let David Villa leave. Talk Sports is reporting that he will not be kept at Barcelona …

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Arsenal update – Wenger to stay, even if Arsenal don’t qualify for The Champions League

So why did Arsene Wenger get so upset the other day when a journalist quizzed him about extending his contract? Goal.com thinks it knows why. The website is running with a story today that suggests that the Frenchman is ‘at the very heart of the club’s short and medium-term plans.’ In spite of the manager’s unpopularity with a section of …

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AshleyArsenal update – Wenger to stay, even if Arsenal don’t qualify for The Champions League

Why Jack Wilshere should be Arsenal’s new captain sooner rather than later

As every Gooner knows the Arsenal captain’s arm band is cursed. Pop it on to your shoulder and with a few months you’ll be off playing elsewhere in Europe. It happened to Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie and now we hear that Barca are sniffing round Thomas Vermaelen. Now there is a school of thought that suggests …

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Should Stoke play Kightly or Walters out wide against Fulham?

So far this season, Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has utilised two separate systems. He can use three central midfielders and play Jon Walters on the right, or he can field only two players in the centre, push Walters behind the main striker, and play two proper wingers. It’s surprising Pulis has used the former so frequently in recent weeks: …

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How Aston Villa can counter Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

Charles N’Zogbia has returned to the Aston Villa side to great effect in recent weeks, collecting three assists and one goal in five games, for a Villa side that lacked inspiration and creativity. Deployed in a ‘number ten’ position behind Christian Benteke, with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann providing pace on the flanks, N’Zogbia’s direct dribbling has proved useful for …

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Forget Reina and Valdes. Stats show that Wojciech Szczesny’s is Arsenal’s number one

There has been a lot of talk this week about Arsenal players who are apparently not good enough to play for the club. One of the more surprising names on that list is Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny. Szczesny, once rated as one of the finest young goalkeepers in the world has apparently become so unreliable that Arsenal are now considering …

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AshleyForget Reina and Valdes. Stats show that Wojciech Szczesny’s is Arsenal’s number one

Arsenal update: Sagna exit? New right back lined up, Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah tracked

So Gunners fans – does Bacary Sagna have a long term future at the club? That’s the question being posed this morning by The Guardian. The right back,  who was the only member of the Arsenal defence to come out of Tuesday’s game with any credit, is mulling over his future after only being offered a one year extension to …

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Are young English footballers getting too sidetracked by money?

Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain – to name but two young English players  – are they under performing because they have the cash and aren’t hungry enough any more asks Julius… In Britain alone, youth unemployment stands at 20%. Spain’s youngest workers are only half employed. Greece’s 16-24 year olds are 60% unemployed. Raheem Sterling is on £30,000 a …

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Chelsea and Man United fans look away now – here are the Premiership’s top 15 turkeys

We’ve all had those moments as football fans. The glare of camera bulbs diminish to reveal your newest signing. Suddenly months of average results, poor finishing and shocking defending melt into oblivion because this is the one… this is THE signing, the one to make a difference, the one to lead your team to glory. When the penny finally drops …

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AshleyChelsea and Man United fans look away now – here are the Premiership’s top 15 turkeys

Arsenal update – Wenger to stay and get huge war chest, Fabregas hints at return and more

According to The Mirror no matter what happens this season Arsene Wenger won’t be collecting his P45. The Arsenal boss will instead be around for next season and will have a large chunk of cash to spend in the summer. The Mirror reports that a £70 million reserve is ready for the Arsenal boss to spend big on a series …

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Five things Arsenal fans were thinking at the final whistle last night

A few things that Arsenal fans were thinking at the end of the game last night. 1 That this was their last European home game for a while – Many Gunners aren’t confident that Arsenal will over haul Spurs and/or Chelsea and secure a Champions League place next year. So last night could be the last Champions League night at …

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Arsenal update: Tracking Lyon’s Gonalons and Grenier and Bayern’s Gustavo

Arsene has probably got other things on his mind tonight, but maybe tomorrow he will be back to planning on how he will re-shape his squad in the summer. That’s actually assuming he is still holding the reins at the Emirates – you can now get 12-1 from Ladbrokes on the Frenchman leaving or getting sacked. Caught Offside have picked …

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AshleyArsenal update: Tracking Lyon’s Gonalons and Grenier and Bayern’s Gustavo

Christian Benteke’s agent has big plans for the player. Arsenal and Spurs take note

There has been a bit of a buzz about the future of Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke. Now his agent seems to have poured a little more oil on that fire by suggesting that his charge is ready to take the step up to the next level. The Mirror also suggests that Spurs are now odd-on favourite to land the player …

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AshleyChristian Benteke’s agent has big plans for the player. Arsenal and Spurs take note

Dani Alves urges Barcelona to sign Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

Yesterday it was Thomas Vermaelen’s turn to be linked with a move to the Nou Camp, today it is Jack Wilshere. For Danio Alves has been saying how much he would love the English midfielder in the Barca team, possibly as a replacement for Xavi or Iniesta. Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Petit, Alex Song and Marc Overmars have all, …

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Arsenal update: Season ticket weirdness, Wenger does Taxi Driver, but Bayern boss backs him

Phew – what a day. It sounds like one that Arsene Wenger won’t want to remember. In case you missed it, earlier in the day Wenger had a bit of an incident that the Arsenal press conference. There’s a blow by blow account at The Guardian, but the fury appears to have been sparked by what Wenger called ‘wrong information; …

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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny misses training – who might Arsene play tomorrow?

Some very worrying news for Gunners fans on the eve Arsenal’s games against Bayern Munich. There are reports that French centre back Laurent Koscielny missed training this morning because of ongoing problems with a calf injury. It has to be said that Koscielny looked fine against Blackburn (fitness-wise) and that this might just be a precautionary move by the Arsenal …

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Arsenal update: Goalkeeper gossip, Wilshere on Chelsea and why Wenger might drop Giroud

There’s lot of Arsenal news this morning with the papers dominated by recriminations over the defeat to Blackburn and previews of the game on Tuesday against Bayern Munich. Jack Wilshere has been talking eloquently about both subjects. On the Blackburn game Wilshere said “It’s obviously disappointing to go out of the FA Cup. We know what this trophy means in …

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Rumours of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona? The Arsenal captain’s curse again!?

Here’s an interesting question for Arsenal fans. Would you cash in Thomas Vermaelen for a Barca player or two? Well that’s the rumour that has been picked up the Daily Mirror which suggests that the Catalans are lining up the Arsenal defender as a replacement for Eric Abidal who is unlikely to return to to-level footballer after his illnesses. In …

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