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Asmir Begovic – Are Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United planning a surprise move?

Some really interesting gossip is coming out of The Potteries this morning. Firstly Stoke have apparently bid for Birmingham City keeper Jack Butland. Butland, who is also being tracked by Fulham among others, turned down a move to Chelsea yesterday because he wants to be a first choice keeper. Stoke obviously know this – so why are they bidding for …

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AshleyAsmir Begovic – Are Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United planning a surprise move?

Arsenal update: Left Back Targets – Forget Baines and Shaw. Why Assou-Ekotto could be a more realistic option

Well it didn’t take long. French newspaper Maxifoot is already suggesting that Arsene Wenger is about to revive his interest today in two of his long term left back targets. With Kieran Gibbs, who has been excellent this season, out for at least three weeks Wenger faces the prospect of playing Bayern Munich with the frankly, quite disastrous, Andre Santos …

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AshleyArsenal update: Left Back Targets – Forget Baines and Shaw. Why Assou-Ekotto could be a more realistic option

Arsenal update: Who might be leaving today? Jenkinson? Eisfeld?

So, no news on players coming in, so it is probably time to have a quick look at who might be leaving The Emirates today. Arsenal have already said goodbye (for a few months at least) to Emmanuel Frimpong, Johan Djorou and Marouane Chamakh – who else might be on their way? Andrey Arshavin – This appears pretty unlikely now. …

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AshleyArsenal update: Who might be leaving today? Jenkinson? Eisfeld?

Spurs update: six players could be leaving today – Assou-Ekoto, Gomes, Huddlestone and more

Daniel Levy’s fax machine looks like it is going to have a very busy day today. Let’s hope he hasn’t forgotten to get extra paper – he will probably need it. As well as players coming in as many as six players could be heading away from the Lane. Tom Huddlestone, who has been a target for several clubs in …

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AshleySpurs update: six players could be leaving today – Assou-Ekoto, Gomes, Huddlestone and more
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Spurs update: L’Equipe links Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez

Spurs are short of striking options at the moment, so expect to hear plenty of rumours about new forwards heading for the Lane today. With the news that Seville’s Alvaro Negrdo has been ruled out there is now a bit of momentum about the story that Lyon’s Lisandro Lopez could be a Spurs player on loan soon. French paper L’Equipe …

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AshleySpurs update: L’Equipe links Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez

Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea target Edinson Cavani talks about his future

The Napoli striker is very high on many manger’s wants lists at the moment with Arsene Wenger and Roberto Mancini especially being known as keen admirers. And the player has given some encouragement to the clubs who might want to prise him from Napoli in the summer. Talking to La Gazzetta dello Sport today Cavani spoke explicitly about the 63million …

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AshleyArsenal, Man City, Chelsea target Edinson Cavani talks about his future
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Arsenal update: All quiet, but for one last push for David Villa or Edin Džeko?

After a game in which Arsenal created a huge number of chances only to see many of them squandered by their current striker you might have thought that Arsene Wenger would be combing Europe for reinforcements. Well Wenger said after the game last night “We will try to be active. It won’t be easy but at the moment I have …

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AshleyArsenal update: All quiet, but for one last push for David Villa or Edin Džeko?

BBC reports that Arsenal and Spurs target Mohammed Diame will sign new contract at West Ham

At one point it seemed like West Ham’s Mohammed Diame was within a few hours of becoming an Arsenal player. Then yesterday it appeared as if he would be on his way to White Hart Lane. The latest news from West Ham is that the player is not only staying with the Hammers but may even sign a new contract. …

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AshleyBBC reports that Arsenal and Spurs target Mohammed Diame will sign new contract at West Ham

Five possible reasons why Arsenal haven’t signed any players in the window

So with less than 48 hours to go Arsenal have signed exactly zero players in the window (I am not counting Walcott). Their rivals for Champions League places, Liverpool and Chelsea, have both significantly strengthened their squads by adding new players and in the case of The Reds it has already given them some very real momentum. Arsenal will find …

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AshleyFive possible reasons why Arsenal haven’t signed any players in the window

Arsenal update: one last try to sign David Villa, but now Man City want him too

In what is perhaps the most predictable news of the day The Daily Mail is running with the story that after crisis talks with Ivan Gazidis Arsene Wenger is going to have one last try to sign David Villa in the window. The Mail says Arsenal remain in pursuit of Barcelona striker Villa, despite Wenger insisting yesterday that a potential …

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AshleyArsenal update: one last try to sign David Villa, but now Man City want him too

Allardyce acknowledges he ‘might lose’ Diame. But will it be to Arsenal or Spurs?

Interesting quote this morning from a press conference given by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce. Asked about what the situation was with Mohammed Diame Allardyce seemed to acknowledge that the controversial midfielder could be on his way out of Upton Park. Allardyce said ‘It is total confusion. I’m as confused as anyone. I hope we don’t, but we might lose …

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AshleyAllardyce acknowledges he ‘might lose’ Diame. But will it be to Arsenal or Spurs?

Are Reading likely to trouble Chelsea?

Brian McDermott has a selection dilemma for the home match with Chelsea: he’s started the last two matches with a 4-5-1 formation. However, in both matches he’s changed to a 4-4-2 formation midway through the second half, with fantastic results. First, Reading won 3-2 at home to West Brom, having trailed 2-0, and then they came back from 1-0 down …

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AshleyAre Reading likely to trouble Chelsea?

Wenger says Barcelona don’t want to sell Villa to Arsenal

Bad news for Arsenal fans. Arsene Wenger has revealed during his press conference this morning that David Villa is unlikely to join Arsenal during the transfer window as the Catalans aren’t prepared to sell their star striker. In spite of Villa being keen to join Arsenal and Wenger being keen on the player, the Gunners boss said ‘Barcelona do not …

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AshleyWenger says Barcelona don’t want to sell Villa to Arsenal

Liverpool’s tactics against Arsenal – some interesting decisions for Brendan Rodgers

A peculiar feature of Liverpool’s difficult away games under Brendan Rodgers is his tendency to completely change his side’s formation at half-time: away at Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United he’s dramatically altered his side after an underwhelming first-half performance. Now, especially after the weekend embarrassment at Oldham, he’s under pressure to get it right from the start. Following the arrival …

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AshleyLiverpool’s tactics against Arsenal – some interesting decisions for Brendan Rodgers

The truth about Arsenal transfer denials – and why I think Villa is on his way

So Arsenal fans – in 48 hours or so time the squad you cherish so much might still be exactly the same with no new additions. And this in spite of the fact that Arsene Wenger stressed that he wanted buy two players. But then again one of Europe’s top strikers might just be about to sign. It is eerily …

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AshleyThe truth about Arsenal transfer denials – and why I think Villa is on his way

Arsenal begin ‘formal talks’ with Barcelona to sign David Villa

Ok Arsenal fans. So you have endured a pretty rotten transfer window, but there are signs that it is about to get a whole lot better. If I were a betting man I’d put money on Mohamed Diame being an Arsenal player in the next 48 hours. But even more exciting is the news, which has been reported by Goal, that …

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AshleyArsenal begin ‘formal talks’ with Barcelona to sign David Villa
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Arsenal tracking hot Dutch youngster Adam Maher

There’s a bit of a buzz about a potential Arsenal transfer this morning of AZ Alkmaar youngster Adam Maher. The midfilder’s boss at Alkmaar is even suggesting that he would be ideal for the North London club. Maher is one of the hottest properties in the Dutch Eredivisie and is being tracked by many European clubs. Gertjan Verbee thinks that …

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AshleyArsenal tracking hot Dutch youngster Adam Maher
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Liverpool fans. Is it time to say goodbye to Brendan Rodgers?

Our Liverpool FC corespondent, David Owens, thinks that Rodgers could be two games away from getting the push Hours after Liverpool’s humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of Oldham, it is easy to go route one and call for the head of the manager… after all that’s what modern football is all about isn’t it? Time was when managers …

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AshleyLiverpool fans. Is it time to say goodbye to Brendan Rodgers?

Arsenal update: Mohamed Diame ready to join, striker hunt continues

With only three days to go before the end of the transfer window Arsene Wenger should in theory be a busy man today. If Arsenal are going to sign two players before the deadline we should start hearing some concrete news from The Emirates very soon. One player who is apparently desperate to join Arsenal is West Ham’s Mohamed Diame. …

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AshleyArsenal update: Mohamed Diame ready to join, striker hunt continues
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Arsenal update: Does Giroud’s form mean the chase for David Villa is over?

Given the circumstances a 3-2 FA Cup win away at Brighton isn’t too bad a result for Arsenal. Well it would have seemed that way to the fans until they saw Man United blast their way past Fulham. The most notable thing about the Brighton game though was the excellent form of one Olivier Giroud. The French striker has now …

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AshleyArsenal update: Does Giroud’s form mean the chase for David Villa is over?