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Arsenal update: David Villa on his way? Luke Shaw going cold?

Two years ago if you had suggested that Arsene Wenger would be wiling to splash out £15 million plus for a 31 year old you would have been laughed out of The Emirates. Yet this morning it seems as if that a big money signing of a player entering the twilight of his career might come through as Arsenal have …

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AshleyArsenal update: David Villa on his way? Luke Shaw going cold?
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Breaking – Official. Holtby signs for Spurs – no move until July though. Arsenal’s Chamakh signs on loan for West Ham

So there you have it. Official confirmation that Schalke’s energetic midfielder will be joining Spurs in July. the player whose father is English and is an Everton fan, had also been on Arsene Wenger’s radar, but has opted to join the North London Whites rather than Reds. The official word from Spurs is ‘We are delighted to announce that we …

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AshleyBreaking – Official. Holtby signs for Spurs – no move until July though. Arsenal’s Chamakh signs on loan for West Ham
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Is Daniel Sturridge the answer to Liverpool’s striking problems?

Our new Liverpool FC correspondent David Owens thinks Sturridge has a role to play, but there is still a lot more work to be done. There was a time “back in the day” when 15 players was all you needed in a season to win a First Division Championship – kids, ask your dads or check the internet, and you …

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AshleyIs Daniel Sturridge the answer to Liverpool’s striking problems?
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The other side of the Balotelli bust up – the problem it presents Roberto Mancini

Mario Balotelli has a habit of doing the most absurd things at precisely the most brilliant time. If he’d planned to get into a training ground scrap with his own manager, picking this week was a wonderful way to provide Roberto Mancini with the possibility to react instantly, with the transfer window offering the possibility for a quick-fire sale. But …

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Is Micah Richards going to be Brendan Rodgers’ next big signing for Liverpool?

Liverpool have already made one of the key signings of the window in snapping up Daniel Sturridge, but it seems that Brendan Rodgers’ spree isn’t going to end there. A few papers are reporting that the Liverpool manager is back on the case renegotiating the return of Thomas Ince from Blackpool with a fee of around £5 million. But Italian …

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AshleyIs Micah Richards going to be Brendan Rodgers’ next big signing for Liverpool?

Arsenal update – no news on M’Vila or Villa, but Abou Diaby is back

So a fairly quiet day for Arsenal on the transfer front. Yann M’Vila has been making noises about moving to The Premiership and there are strong rumours that Arsenal could be about to sign the Rennes player – but nothing concrete yet. Barcelona also seed to have decide that they will let David Villa go after all, but if Arsenal …

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AshleyArsenal update – no news on M’Vila or Villa, but Abou Diaby is back

The ten most popular Premiership players – the ones you admire and respect

If you were to do a poll to find out who is the most popular player in the Premiership Robin Van Persie would probably win at canter given the billions of United fans across the globe who would vote for him. But is he really the most popular player in the Premiership? Thought not. So I asked a highly cultured …

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AshleyThe ten most popular Premiership players – the ones you admire and respect
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Arsenal rumours; M’Villa in, three heading for the exit

It seems like Arsene Wenger is homing in on one of his long term transfer targets. Caught Offside is reporting that the Gunners are close to signing Rennes combative midfielder Yann M’Vila. The website says Wenger is confident he can lure M’Vila to North London this month and will look to make the midfielder the first signing of the window. …

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AshleyArsenal rumours; M’Villa in, three heading for the exit

Transfer update – Liverpool sign Sturridge which means Ba move to Chelsea back on

Big news in the last hour. Liverpool FC have confirmed that they have signed Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge. There is no news yet on the terms of the deal but Sturridge has said “I am humbled and happy to be here. Brendan Rodgers said he sees me here for a long time – and I also see myself here for …

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AshleyTransfer update – Liverpool sign Sturridge which means Ba move to Chelsea back on

Theo Walcott to sign new Arsenal contract. Wenger ends interest in Zaha, says Talksport

Talksport has an exclusive, which if proved true, could be one of the hottest transfer stories in January. They believe that Arsene Wenger is about to make his first signing of the window – Theo Walcott. They say “Reports have emerged from the Emirates that the former Southampton winger is ready to agree a new deal, having had various requirements …

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AshleyTheo Walcott to sign new Arsenal contract. Wenger ends interest in Zaha, says Talksport

Arsenal say no to Henry and Sneijder, but new signings on their way

In today’s least surprising news Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Thierry Henry won’t be returning for a third spell at the club. Arsenal have also ruled themselves out of the race to sign Dutch front man Wesley Sneijder, but Wenger insists that the club will make signings in the window. Henry has been training with the club in …

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AshleyArsenal say no to Henry and Sneijder, but new signings on their way
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Arsenal face tough battle to land the ‘new Gareth Bale’ Luke Shaw

Arsenal are stepping up their bid to secure Southampton’s Luke Shaw, a left back whose ability has inevitability lead to comparisons with another Saints graduate Gareth Bale. However they may face a tough battle to secure the youngster in the winter transfer window with manager Nigel Adkins adamant that his star 17 year old defender is going nowhere. Adkins told …

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AshleyArsenal face tough battle to land the ‘new Gareth Bale’ Luke Shaw
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Mancini tells BBC that Robin Van Persie could cost City the title

A few weeks ago we ran a story about how had Arsenal kept Robin Van Persie for another season and his goal rate stayed the same they would be top of the Premiership and Man United would have been mid-table stragglers. Now someone else is declaring that the Dutchman is the difference between the sides competing for the title. Roberto …

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AshleyMancini tells BBC that Robin Van Persie could cost City the title

Villa, Sneijder, Zaha and the 10 most wanted players in the transfer window

So, there is just a few hours to go before paper talk can become reality and the winter transfer window opens. This winter expect some serious cash to be flying with Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool desperate to strengthen their squads to keep them in the frame for Champions League qualification, and Man City and Chelsea mulling over big money strikers. …

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Arsenal bid £10 million for Atletico’s Adrian Lopez

Goal has an interesting exclusive. It is claiming that Arsenal have tabled a £10 million bid for Atletico Madrid’s out of favour striker Adrian Lopez. The bid is less than the £14.7m release clause in the forward’s contract, but Wenger hopes that the striker, who has only played six times for the Madrid side this season, will put pressure on …

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AshleyArsenal bid £10 million for Atletico’s Adrian Lopez

BBC reports Chelsea offer for Demba Ba ‘not enough’

With Arsenal seemingly out of the race it seemed a dead cert that Newcastle striker Demba Ba would be on his way to Chelsea.  BBC Five Live however are reporting that it is still far from a done deal. Apparently Newcastle are saying that they haven’t received an offer large enough to trigger Ba’s get out clause – which is …

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Is Ronaldo really coming back to Man United? Can they afford him?

The phoney war ends tomorrow and the 2013 transfer window finally opens. One story that is likely to rumble on throughout January though probably won’t reach any conclusion, revolves around the future of one Cristiano Ronaldo. According to The Sun the Portuguese striker has been making noises recently that he is unhappy with his lot at Real Madrid. He has …

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AshleyIs Ronaldo really coming back to Man United? Can they afford him?
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Wenger’s winter shopping list – the six players who could re-ignite Arsenal’s season

On one level that was a pretty impressive display by the Gunners against Newcastle. However before we get carried away and start predicting great things for the club in the new year it is worth noting the following. Firstly, injury-crippled Newcastle aren’t far off relegation fodder at the moment. Secondly Arsenal were poor for much of the first half managing …

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AshleyWenger’s winter shopping list – the six players who could re-ignite Arsenal’s season
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Arsenal in pole position to sign Luke Shaw – but do they need him?

Arsene Wenger clearly has a thing for graduates from the Southampton Youth Academy. In 2006 he nabbed a young winger called Theo Walcott – what happened to him? Then in 2011 he paid a reported £15 million to land Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. Now Wenger apparently has another Saint on his radar. The Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal are now …

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AshleyArsenal in pole position to sign Luke Shaw – but do they need him?
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Nani to Arsenal – apparently it is back on, but what about Zaha?

If you thought that the Nani to Arsenal rumour was just the figment of an over active sports writer’s brain you might be forced to think again. The Mirror is today reporting that the United winger might be on his way to Arsenal as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his squad. Wenger has a bit of a dilemma about who …

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AshleyNani to Arsenal – apparently it is back on, but what about Zaha?