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

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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Liverpool CL game with Debrecen definitely under investigation

From the moment that Europol confirmed that a Champions League game played in England was on its match fixing enquiry list British football fans have been trying to work out which club and which game is under the spotlight. It has now been confirmed which game is being investigation and it is a match that no one was talking about. …

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Bacary Sagna “100% devoted” to Arsenal – but do Gunners fans care?

Amidst all the talk of contract renewals for Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott in the last twelve months very little has been written about the contract situation of another senior member of the Arsenal squad – one Bacary Sagna. The right back’s contract will run out in summer 2014, which in theory will make him a top target for …

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AshleyBacary Sagna “100% devoted” to Arsenal – but do Gunners fans care?

Will Arsenal lose out on David Villa if they don’t quality for the Champions League?

As Arsenal fans don’t need reminding they are currently in sixth in the Premiership and are four points behind Spurs in fourth. Yet many supporters share Arsene Wenger’s confidence that the club will once again qualify for the Champions League. Many pundits are backing the Gunners too with Mark Lawrenson also confident that Arsenal will see off their rivals. The …

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Arsenal would be second in the Premiership – if only the second half of games counted

Really great stat from the people at TalkSport who have put together the table showing who would be where if only the second half of games counted. It turns out that Arsenal would be second in the league behind Man City on goals scored. Man United, in spite of their many late goals this season, would be five points adrift …

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A Champions League games in England ‘was fixed.’ Which team was involved in that game?

In case you haven’t heard yet shocking news from the BBC and others. Apparently a Champions League game in England has been implicated in a huge European match fixing investigation. Europol, who are the European Police agency, have fingered more than 380 dodgy games including a CL one played in England. Admittedly most of the investigations are nothing to do …

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AshleyA Champions League games in England ‘was fixed.’ Which team was involved in that game?

Arsenal update: Where does the Monreal signing leave Kieran Gibbs?

There’s no denying that Arsenal are looking a much stronger side than they did a few months ago. And while part on this is down to the scintillating form of Waclott, the ever growing confidence of Wilshere and the attacking flair of Giroud the defence has also played its part. And in particular Arsenal’s key defender this season has arguably been …

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AshleyArsenal update: Where does the Monreal signing leave Kieran Gibbs?

So who else did Arsenal try to sign on the last day of the window? Villa? Traore? Capoue?

As well as the signing of Nacho Monreal Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal got pretty close to grabbing another player on the last day of the window. However that player’s club refused to let the player go and the deal fell through. So who was that player? It was assumed initially to be either Barcelona’s David Villa or West Ham’s …

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AshleySo who else did Arsenal try to sign on the last day of the window? Villa? Traore? Capoue?

Bit late – David Villa wants Arsenal move in the Summer

If you thought you had heard the last of the David Vila to Arsenal stories now the window has closed – think again. The Sun  is running with a story today that suggests that Barcelona’s want-away striker will push the deal through in the summer. The Sun says After a long-term injury last season, Villa has failed to command a …

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AshleyBit late – David Villa wants Arsenal move in the Summer