Arsenal update – David Villa wants to leave Barca now says Spanish paper

The David Villa to Arsenal saga was thought to be over last week after Barcelona president Sandro Rosell said “I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market.” However, in what could be great news for Arsenal fans, the 31 year old striker apparently doesn’t see things that way. The Independent has reports from Spanish paper Sport …

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AshleyArsenal update – David Villa wants to leave Barca now says Spanish paper

Man United boss Fergie meets Wilfried Zaha – £15 million deal imminent

It seems as if Sir Alex Ferguson might have shunned the odd glass of Merlot – or maybe something warmer – with AVB last night as he had other business to attend to. The Mirror is reporting that the United boss made a beeline for a London hotel to meet Crystal Palace’s highly rated tricky winger Wilfried Zaha. The Mirror …

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AshleyMan United boss Fergie meets Wilfried Zaha – £15 million deal imminent

Arsenal update: last minute bids for Yanga-Mbiwa and Sunzu and Gourcuff on loan?

Arsene Wenger said the other day that he liked to wait until the end of the window before he bid for the players he most wants. But what if other clubs move first? Well Arsene is going to have act quickly if he wants to secure the signing of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Stoppila Sunzu both of whom are apparently on …

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AshleyArsenal update: last minute bids for Yanga-Mbiwa and Sunzu and Gourcuff on loan?
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Opinion: Wake up Roman! Chelsea are becoming a Pantomime club

Simon Poulter edits What Would David Bowie Do and is more than a little unhappy with event at The Bridge I can’t verify this, but it is possible that the under-communicative oligarch Roman Abramovich is currently still enjoying the good life on St. Barts. For it is there that the Chelsea Football Club owner has been – and may well …

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AshleyOpinion: Wake up Roman! Chelsea are becoming a Pantomime club

Arsenal update: BBC says Walcott to sign today, Zaha favours move to Man United

Ok, so he still hasn’t actually ‘signed da ting’, but the BBC at least is confident that Theo Walcott is about to splash the ink on a new deal at Arsenal. It even suggests it could be done today. They say “Agreements have now been reached between Arsenal and their top scorer, who could put pen to paper on Friday …

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AshleyArsenal update: BBC says Walcott to sign today, Zaha favours move to Man United
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Man City tactics – Milner Better Option Than Nasri on Form

It’s strange to think that Samir Nasri, artistic playmaker, and James Milner, determined workhorse, cost Manchester City roughly the same amount of money, depending on one’s valuation of Stephen Ireland in the Milner swap deal. But although Nasri is the more talented footballer, Milner was excellent against Arsenal last weekend, and deserves to keep his place for the home match …

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AshleyMan City tactics – Milner Better Option Than Nasri on Form
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Why Mohamed Diame could be Arsenal’s best bit of transfer business this window

It has been a busy day for Arsenal transfer rumors and this time the source of them is none other than the manager himself with his praise for both Wilfried Zaha, and tantalisingly for Gunners fans, Edinson Cavani. There is however one rumour that won’t go away and that does appear to make a huge amount of sense and that …

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AshleyWhy Mohamed Diame could be Arsenal’s best bit of transfer business this window
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Arsenal update: Wenger confirms interest in Edinson Cavani. No move for Zaha yet

In a move sure to massively excite Arsenal fans Arsène Wenger has confirmed his interest in the 25 year old Uruguayan Napoli striker Edinson Cavani – a player who ticks both the marquee signing and RVP replacement boxes. When asked about the player who has been in scintillating form for Napoli in Serie A this season scoring 16 goals (one …

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AshleyArsenal update: Wenger confirms interest in Edinson Cavani. No move for Zaha yet

Arsene Wenger says he is “99%” confident that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract

So one of the longest running contract stands offs in British football appears finally to be coming to a conclusion. And it good news for Arsenal fans At a press conference this morning Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that he is “99%” confident that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract at the club. The Arsenal manager also said that …

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AshleyArsene Wenger says he is “99%” confident that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract
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Arsenal update: Walcott contract almost signed, Kaka linked, Zaha saga rumbles on

There isn’t a huge amount of Arsenal news this morning, but a couple of papers seem to have picked up on a story originally posted by London’s Evening Standard that Theo Walcott’s contract is with his lawyers and is waiting to be signed. The paper reports The contract is in the hands of lawyers and, although the exact structure of …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott contract almost signed, Kaka linked, Zaha saga rumbles on
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The Premiership’s 15 best African players of all time – Drogba, Radebe, Mido (!?) and more

So here we go again. The African Cup Of Nations kicks off this week to the delight of football fans everywhere and the chagrin of a small group of managers who lose key players for a few weeks. Later this week we’ll asses which clubs are going to suffer the most during the month, but for now it is time …

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AshleyThe Premiership’s 15 best African players of all time – Drogba, Radebe, Mido (!?) and more
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Arsenal update: Yoann Gourcuff on the cheap? Milito buzz continues. Good news about Arteta

First up some good news for Gunners fans, Mikkel Arteta’s injury isn’t as bad as initially feared and he could be back in action in two weeks, maybe even in time for the crucial Premiership game against Liverpool on January 30th. Arsenal do keep getting linked with midfielders though and the latest one who the club are allegedly mulling over …

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AshleyArsenal update: Yoann Gourcuff on the cheap? Milito buzz continues. Good news about Arteta
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Arsenal update – Wenger tells Al Jazeera Sport he will ‘spend big’ on adding two players to the squad

Oh Arsene – you are such a tease! On a comparatively quiet day for Arsenal transfer gossip we suddenly get this from the man himself. Wenger has been talking to Al Jazeera Sport and in an interview which was conducted prior to the City game, and has been broadcast by Talk Sport today, he maintains that he will “spend big” …

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AshleyArsenal update – Wenger tells Al Jazeera Sport he will ‘spend big’ on adding two players to the squad

Arsenal update: West Ham’s Mohamed Diame a target

With Mikkel Arteta out for three weeks Arsenal have been linked with a few defensively minded midfielders. Yann M’Vila and Étienne Capoue have both been mentioned in dispatches but one possible solution that The Sun is touting this morning is West Ham’s Mohamed Diame. The player has been linked with Arsenal before and now it seems that the Gunners are …

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AshleyArsenal update: West Ham’s Mohamed Diame a target

Arsenal and Man United to start talks with Wilfried Zaha this week

The extended saga of the transfer of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace to a Premiership club seems finally to be heading for a conclusion. According to Goal, both Man United and Arsenal will have talks with the player (Sky Sports News is also running the story) and that ‘Zaha’s destination is “50-50″ between United and Arsenal, with the final decision …

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AshleyArsenal and Man United to start talks with Wilfried Zaha this week
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Arsenal update – Barca say no to Villa, so Wenger to chase Adrian Lopez?

Well Arsenal fans, it was nice to dream, but it seems pretty definite now that Barca’s David Villa will not be joining the club in the transfer window. According to Goal Wenger had a team ready to jet off to Spain this weekend, but they have put their passports away for now. The player is understood to be quite keen …

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AshleyArsenal update – Barca say no to Villa, so Wenger to chase Adrian Lopez?

Five postive things Arsenal can take from the 2-0 defeat by Man City

At face value Sunday was not a good day at the office for Arsene Wenger’s men. A 2-0 home defeat to a team who last won away against them in 1975, to say nothing of lost points in the  race for fourth place. However, call me an eternal optimist, but there were some positive points that I think Arsenal can …

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AshleyFive postive things Arsenal can take from the 2-0 defeat by Man City
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Liverpool considering Wesley Sneijder transfer says The People

A few days back Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder issued a ‘come and get to me plea’ to the Premiership’s clubs. But with Dutch player’s weekly wages of £160,000 there didn’t appear to be any takers. Now, in spite of a possible deal with Turkish team Galatasaray, The Sunday People is reporting that Liverpool might be about to launch a bid …

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AshleyLiverpool considering Wesley Sneijder transfer says The People
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Arsenal transfer update – Diego Milito a target? Wenger thinks Fabregas will return and Walcott contract details

Arsenal are in need of striker, Inter Milan need to slice their wage bill and lose a few senior players. Betting company Ladbrokes  have added one and one and made 33 – because that is the age of Arsenal’s alleged new target Diego Milito. The veteran Argentinian striker hasn’t had much of a look in in Milan recently and could …

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AshleyArsenal transfer update – Diego Milito a target? Wenger thinks Fabregas will return and Walcott contract details
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Arsenal transfer round up – Real Madrid youngster loan deal? Ezequiel Lavezzi targeted, M’Vila battle

Arsenal’s quest to sign a new striker continues and this morning sees several old names thrown back into the to mix. The one that seems to have the most momentum is a loan deal for Real Madrid’s youngster Alvaro Morata. The player has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for a while (he was a target last summer apparently) and he …

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AshleyArsenal transfer round up – Real Madrid youngster loan deal? Ezequiel Lavezzi targeted, M’Vila battle