Arsenal update: the club is tracking Celtic’s Victor Wanyama

Commiserations to Celtic who were pretty unlucky and the victim of some iffy refereeing in their Champions League game against Juventus last night. But with progression in the CL unlikely and a rather uneventful stroll to the Scottish Premiership a cert again next year the English vultures are starting to circle. And top of the list of players who could …

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AshleyArsenal update: the club is tracking Celtic’s Victor Wanyama
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Arsenal’s finest CL moment remembered – beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu

I must admit to not having been to too many of Arsenal’s away Champions League games, but when we drew Real Madrid in in 2006 a trip to the Bernabeu seemed like too much of an opportunity to miss. A huge game in Spain against a very strong Madrid side. Besides I did enjoy watching real at the time. And …

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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich – Wilshere ok, but who will play left back?

A week today Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in what is one of three classic Champions League encounters involving British sides this month. Having won their group, and also knocked Arsenal out before, the in-form Germans will start as clear favourites but Arsenal will hope to make things very tricky for them with a decent win at The Emirates. On …

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AshleyArsenal vs Bayern Munich – Wilshere ok, but who will play left back?
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Where is Robert Lewandowski going? Bayern Munich? Man United?

They have Rooney, Hernandez, Wellbeck and some Dutch fella. You would have thought that the last thing that Man United needed in the summer was a striker. However during the winter transfer window there were plenty of rumours that United had already done a deal to sign Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund. The story is back in the news again …

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AshleyWhere is Robert Lewandowski going? Bayern Munich? Man United?
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Arsene Wenger has Spurs in his sights and is ‘ready for a fight’

If Arsenal lose to Spurs when the two teams meet at White Hart Lane on March 3rd it won’t be the end of Arsenal’s campaign to qualify for the Champions league next year, but it will make it very hard for Arsene Wenger’s team to catch their north London rivals. So not surprisingly Wenger has today been assuring the Arsenal …

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AshleyArsene Wenger has Spurs in his sights and is ‘ready for a fight’

The March games that will decide Arsenal and Spurs’ season

It should still be an open race for third/fourth place at the end of March. But while Spurs should still be in a strong position, anything less than near perfection for The Gunners could be disastrous. And why Arsenal’s game against Swansea could prove to be just as important as the one away at Spurs February is a fairly quiet …

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AshleyThe March games that will decide Arsenal and Spurs’ season

Arsenal update: Good and bad news on the injury front

So the nightmare didn’t happen. Rather than calling up Sebastian Squilacci Arsene Wenger chose Bacary Sagna as his makeshift centre half and played Carl Jenkinson at right back against Sunderland. And it kind of worked too. Sagna played well and Jenkinson looked comfortable until his second rather rash tackle that is. Jenkinson’s misdemeanor means that at least Ignasi Miquel got …

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AshleyArsenal update: Good and bad news on the injury front
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Bye Bye Andre Santos. The worst player ever to wear an Arsenal shirt?

Piers Morgan certainly thinks so and tweeted this last week. No matter though for it seems that Arsenal’s likable but error-strewn Brazilian is on his way out of The Emirates. The Metro, among others, are reporting that Santos has been seen getting off the plane in Brazil on his way to new club Gremio. Also The Gunners’ German striker Lukas …

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AshleyBye Bye Andre Santos. The worst player ever to wear an Arsenal shirt?

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard – should he stay or should he go?

Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do? ponders Frank’s future Plenty in life baffles me. Like, why it is that, at the slightest outbreak of anti-American snippiness, freshly-minted US flags are set alight in market squares througout the West-hating world. What efficient supply chain ensures this? Is it un-advertised inventory of the Mailboxes Etc. chain? Does every branch keep …

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Arsenal V Sunderland – five things to watch for

Last year Arsenal’s game against Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light, which was almost a year ago to the day, will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. It was on a very sub-standard pitch that Per Mertesacker sustained an injury which meant that he missed the rest of the season. Arsenal went on to win the game 2-1 and …

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Man City fans – Is Tevez Better than Dzeko as Aguero’s Partner?

Edin Dzeko may have opened the scoring against Liverpool last weekend, but his all-round game was disappointing, and it’s still difficult to find evidence of a promising partnership between he and Sergio Aguero. City were lucky to snatch a point against Brendan Rodgers’ side, and it was frustrating to see Carlos Tevez left on the bench throughout. Another feature of …

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AshleyMan City fans – Is Tevez Better than Dzeko as Aguero’s Partner?
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Where will history place Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher?

He might not be Liverpool’s greatest ever defender, but he might be their most popular player ever says David Owens It sums him up as a player, a man and his career… no nonsense, no airs and graces, straightforward. Jamie Carragher calmly announced his plan to retire at the end of the season when his Liverpool contract runs out – …

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Christian Benteke fancies a move to Arsenal

You have to feel sorry for Villa fans. They are in the midst of a desperate relegation battle, weren’t able to strengthen their squad in the window and now see others clubs circling like vultures around their star player. Yep, The Mirror and The Star are reporting that Christian Benteke is ready to quit Aston Villa and that his preferred …

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Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp on their way back to Arsenal?

Huge news for Arsenal fans. It seems that a club legend is on their way back to the club possibly to take over the youth development role that will be vacated by Liam Brady in the summer. However which legend is it? Take your pick. The Daily Mail has run with the story that seems very plausible that Arsene Wenger …

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AshleyPatrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp on their way back to Arsenal?
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Chuba Akpom – could he be Arsenal’s long term striking solution?

Over the years the Arsenal academy has delivered some great players. Ashley Cole, Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczęsny, Tony Adams to name but a few. Oddly though the academy hasn’t delivered many great strikers. If you think of the cream of Arsenal’s forward talent – Ian Wright, Thierry Henry, Robin Van Persie – they have all been bought from other clubs …

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AshleyChuba Akpom – could he be Arsenal’s long term striking solution?
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Bad news for Arsenal fans – Sebastian Squillaci could start on Saturday against Sunderland

Some rather worrying news for Arsenal fans. It seems possible that their old friend Sebastian Squillaci could start Saturday’s game against Sunderland partnering Per Mertesacker at the heart of the Arsenal defence. Sebastian Squillaci hasn’t played for Arsenal in the Premiership this season (he has played just one game in the CL against Olympiacos), but with doubts over both Laurent …

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AshleyBad news for Arsenal fans – Sebastian Squillaci could start on Saturday against Sunderland
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Etienne Capoue very much on Arsenal’s radar

It appears that Arsene Wenger hasn’t given up on the player who turned out to be his main target during the winter transfer window. The Telegraph reports that Wenger has had scouts dogging the every move of one Etienne Capoue, the powerful central midfield player who is currently at Toulouse. The Telegraph says Capoue has been watched extensively and, as …

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Man City tracking Edinson Cavani – but likely to face stiff competition

Man City will be looking for a striker to replace Mario Balotelli in the summer transfer window and it seems that their number one target is Napoli’s extraordinary Edinson Cavani, a man who has scored 27 goals in 26 appearances this season. Blues coach Angelo Gregucci recently told a Naples radio station – which was also reported by the Manchester …

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AshleyMan City tracking Edinson Cavani – but likely to face stiff competition

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud on those David Villa/Klass-Jan Huntelaar rumours

Olivier Giroud, who is back in France as a member of Didier Deschamps’ French squad, has given a very revealing interview to French paper L’Equipe. He talks among other things about his desire to do well at Arsenal and his overall form, but also about how the possibility of Arsenal signing another striker during the transfer window played on his …

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AshleyArsenal’s Olivier Giroud on those David Villa/Klass-Jan Huntelaar rumours

Ashley Cole reveals his debt to Arsenal legend David Rocastle

For reasons I am not going to go into here Ashley Cole hasn’t always been the most popular person at The Emirates. There was a day though when Cole, who will celebrate getting his 100th cap for England tonight, was the toast of North London and one of only small group of Englishmen in Arsene Wenger’s finest Arsenal teams. It …

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AshleyAshley Cole reveals his debt to Arsenal legend David Rocastle