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Opinion: How a move back to Arsenal could revive Samir Nasri’s career

Ok Gunners fans, stop sniggering. Over the last few days there have been rumours about the next move of one time Arsenal hero Samir Nasri. After a season in which he has been very poor and only scored twice it seems that Man City have decided that he is surplus to requirements at The Etihad. The player, that they signed …

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AshleyOpinion: How a move back to Arsenal could revive Samir Nasri’s career
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Arsenal will finish above Spurs like last year – so says Mikel Arteta

In case you hadn’t noticed there is the small matter of the North London derby this weekend – a game with added piquancy seeing as the winner will not only have bragging rights but also the upper hand in the race for fourth place. Spurs seem to be favourites at the moment given the form of Bale and their strong …

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AshleyArsenal will finish above Spurs like last year – so says Mikel Arteta

Arsenal update: the £100,000 per week wage cap is history

In the light of recent financial news it now appears that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board are ready to break the self-imposed £100k wage cap per week the club has for players. The money is certainly there with the club working at a financial profit, yet also having reserves of over £120 million as well as incoming sponsorship money …

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AshleyArsenal update: the £100,000 per week wage cap is history

Arsenal transfer update: Sunzu confusion, Gonalons linked

There is an interesting story in Here Is The City about the fate of the brilliantly named Stoppila Sunzu. If you remember rightly the Zambian defender Sunzu was apparently all lined up to be Arsenal’s first signing of the window with the association in his own country reporting that a move to North London was imminent. And then it went …

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AshleyArsenal transfer update: Sunzu confusion, Gonalons linked

Arsenal’s top transfer targets – How Arsene Wenger should spend that £70 plus million

Yesterday Arsenal issued its latest financial update – and guess what, the club is in pretty rude health. Profits might have dropped a little, but just look at that whopping £123 million reserve in the bank. And there’s also sponsorship money to be added, plus season ticket cash and maybe even Stan’s idle millions (dream on…). So the money clearly …

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AshleyArsenal’s top transfer targets – How Arsene Wenger should spend that £70 plus million

Too late for Arsenal? David Villa told he can leave Barcelona by club’s VP

Here is yet another thing guaranteed to set Arsene Wenger’s teeth on edge this morning. After spending days chasing the player in the transfer window only to be told that the club wouldn’t let him go, it now transpires that Barcelona are willing to let David Villa leave. Talk Sports is reporting that he will not be kept at Barcelona …

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AshleyToo late for Arsenal? David Villa told he can leave Barcelona by club’s VP

Why Jack Wilshere should be Arsenal’s new captain sooner rather than later

As every Gooner knows the Arsenal captain’s arm band is cursed. Pop it on to your shoulder and with a few months you’ll be off playing elsewhere in Europe. It happened to Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie and now we hear that Barca are sniffing round Thomas Vermaelen. Now there is a school of thought that suggests …

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AshleyWhy Jack Wilshere should be Arsenal’s new captain sooner rather than later

How Aston Villa can counter Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

Charles N’Zogbia has returned to the Aston Villa side to great effect in recent weeks, collecting three assists and one goal in five games, for a Villa side that lacked inspiration and creativity. Deployed in a ‘number ten’ position behind Christian Benteke, with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann providing pace on the flanks, N’Zogbia’s direct dribbling has proved useful for …

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AshleyHow Aston Villa can counter Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

Forget Reina and Valdes. Stats show that Wojciech Szczesny’s is Arsenal’s number one

There has been a lot of talk this week about Arsenal players who are apparently not good enough to play for the club. One of the more surprising names on that list is Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny. Szczesny, once rated as one of the finest young goalkeepers in the world has apparently become so unreliable that Arsenal are now considering …

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AshleyForget Reina and Valdes. Stats show that Wojciech Szczesny’s is Arsenal’s number one

Arsenal update: Sagna exit? New right back lined up, Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah tracked

So Gunners fans – does Bacary Sagna have a long term future at the club? That’s the question being posed this morning by The Guardian. The right back,  who was the only member of the Arsenal defence to come out of Tuesday’s game with any credit, is mulling over his future after only being offered a one year extension to …

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AshleyArsenal update: Sagna exit? New right back lined up, Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah tracked

Arsenal update – Wenger to stay and get huge war chest, Fabregas hints at return and more

According to The Mirror no matter what happens this season Arsene Wenger won’t be collecting his P45. The Arsenal boss will instead be around for next season and will have a large chunk of cash to spend in the summer. The Mirror reports that a £70 million reserve is ready for the Arsenal boss to spend big on a series …

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AshleyArsenal update – Wenger to stay and get huge war chest, Fabregas hints at return and more

Five things Arsenal fans were thinking at the final whistle last night

A few things that Arsenal fans were thinking at the end of the game last night. 1 That this was their last European home game for a while – Many Gunners aren’t confident that Arsenal will over haul Spurs and/or Chelsea and secure a Champions League place next year. So last night could be the last Champions League night at …

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AshleyFive things Arsenal fans were thinking at the final whistle last night
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Arsenal update: Tracking Lyon’s Gonalons and Grenier and Bayern’s Gustavo

Arsene has probably got other things on his mind tonight, but maybe tomorrow he will be back to planning on how he will re-shape his squad in the summer. That’s actually assuming he is still holding the reins at the Emirates – you can now get 12-1 from Ladbrokes on the Frenchman leaving or getting sacked. Caught Offside have picked …

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AshleyArsenal update: Tracking Lyon’s Gonalons and Grenier and Bayern’s Gustavo

Christian Benteke’s agent has big plans for the player. Arsenal and Spurs take note

There has been a bit of a buzz about the future of Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke. Now his agent seems to have poured a little more oil on that fire by suggesting that his charge is ready to take the step up to the next level. The Mirror also suggests that Spurs are now odd-on favourite to land the player …

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AshleyChristian Benteke’s agent has big plans for the player. Arsenal and Spurs take note

Dani Alves urges Barcelona to sign Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

Yesterday it was Thomas Vermaelen’s turn to be linked with a move to the Nou Camp, today it is Jack Wilshere. For Danio Alves has been saying how much he would love the English midfielder in the Barca team, possibly as a replacement for Xavi or Iniesta. Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Petit, Alex Song and Marc Overmars have all, …

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AshleyDani Alves urges Barcelona to sign Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny misses training – who might Arsene play tomorrow?

Some very worrying news for Gunners fans on the eve Arsenal’s games against Bayern Munich. There are reports that French centre back Laurent Koscielny missed training this morning because of ongoing problems with a calf injury. It has to be said that Koscielny looked fine against Blackburn (fitness-wise) and that this might just be a precautionary move by the Arsenal …

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AshleyArsenal’s Laurent Koscielny misses training – who might Arsene play tomorrow?

Arsenal update: Goalkeeper gossip, Wilshere on Chelsea and why Wenger might drop Giroud

There’s lot of Arsenal news this morning with the papers dominated by recriminations over the defeat to Blackburn and previews of the game on Tuesday against Bayern Munich. Jack Wilshere has been talking eloquently about both subjects. On the Blackburn game Wilshere said “It’s obviously disappointing to go out of the FA Cup. We know what this trophy means in …

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AshleyArsenal update: Goalkeeper gossip, Wilshere on Chelsea and why Wenger might drop Giroud

Rumours of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona? The Arsenal captain’s curse again!?

Here’s an interesting question for Arsenal fans. Would you cash in Thomas Vermaelen for a Barca player or two? Well that’s the rumour that has been picked up the Daily Mirror which suggests that the Catalans are lining up the Arsenal defender as a replacement for Eric Abidal who is unlikely to return to to-level footballer after his illnesses. In …

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AshleyRumours of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona? The Arsenal captain’s curse again!?
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Five conclusions from Arsenal’s FA Cup disaster

Although a feeling of discontent has been fermenting at The Emirates for several seasons now it is not too often that you hear boos at the end of a game. I heard boos yesterday, a lot of them. As has been endlessly documented by the media in the last twelve hours Arsenal’s failure to push past Championship side Blackburn Rovers …

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AshleyFive conclusions from Arsenal’s FA Cup disaster
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Did Everton and Arsenal pay the price for their FA Cup cynicism?

Perhaps I am an old fuddy duddy, but it made me want to feel very queasy listening to David Moyes and Arsene Wenger talk in their pre FA Cup weekend press conferences. I am not a fan of either clubs, but if it was my manager I would feel the same. How dare a manager of a club, especially the …

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AshleyDid Everton and Arsenal pay the price for their FA Cup cynicism?