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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why Chelsea have the best celebrity fans – but Arsenal get the Hollywood A List

Simon Poulter of the always excellent What Would David Bowie Do? on football’s oddest celebrity fans – not that Noel is odd… Good Evening…er….Molineux Shortly before referee Massimo Busacca got the final Group B match of the 2006 World Cup underway – pitching Sweden against Sven Goran Eriksson’s England – I suddenly became aware of having my photograph taken. Quite …

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Arsenal update: Benteke and three others linked, Parlour has a ‘funny feeling’ about the FA Cup

Morning Gunners. First up the best of the transfer gossip. The Sun is once again linking Arsenal with Aston Villa’s in form striker Christian Benteke, but then spoils it by saying that Spurs are tracking him too. To prove the point there’s a bit of flakey quote from his agent who says Kismet Eris said: “It is normal that if …

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Wenger admits Arsenal tried to sign Gareth Bale from Southampton, but rated Theo Walcott more important

One other really great snippet from this morning’s conference which has been picked up by ESPN and others is that Arsene Wenger had admitted that Arsenal were looking to sign Gareth Bale from Southampton, but instead determined Theo Walcott to be the better prospect. And it is a decision that he doesn’t regret. Talking about signing Theo Walcott from Southampton …

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Arsenal update: Wenger’s press conference has injury news (Gibbs/Wilshere), update on Villa and more

Arsene Wenger had a pretty busy time of it this morning at the Arsenal press conference fielding questions about upcoming games against Blackburn and Bayern as well as the future of Santos, Villa and more. Firstly on the injuries, Wenger revealed there was a possibility that Kieran Gibbs could be back in time for the game against Bayern ‘Kieran has …

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AshleyArsenal update: Wenger’s press conference has injury news (Gibbs/Wilshere), update on Villa and more

Arsenal and Spurs to scrap for German midfielder Sebastian Rode

The Daily Star has an interesting (but let’s be honest rather speculative) story this morning about how Arsenal are going to rival Spurs in the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt’s German midfielder Sebastian Rode. The 22-year-old midfielder has been excellent form this season which will be in the minds of the Spurs management team who tried to sign him last …

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Arsenal target Stevan Jovetic’s Fiorentina future is uncertain

It seems that top of Arsene Wenger’s striker wants list these days is not David Villa but Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic.The 23 year old has been in sparkling form this season, something which hasn’t escaped the attention of Man City’s Roberto Mancini too. Italian league leaders Juventus are also said to be very keen on the Montenegrin. So there’s good news …

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The World’s priciest mobile phone, Valentine’s Day disasters and Football’s top 12 romances

Top stories from Brandish and our pals The Clash’s incredible 1979 New York shows and the story behind that pic The best Valentine’s Day disasters – punch ups, murder and Spaghetti attacks The mobile phone that costs £7,000 – and it isn’t even 4G Football’s 12 top romances – John and Frank, Ronaldo and himself and more 10 conclusions – …

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Arsenal injury update – and who should play against Blackburn?

This Saturday Arsenal welcome Blackburn Rovers to The Emirates for an FA Cup clash they are desperate to win. The FA Cup remains the bit of silverware most likely to end the club’s seven your trophy drought. Yet Arsene Wenger has plenty on his mind when it comes to deciding who is going to start in the line up. For …

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Arsenal update: Barcelona want €20m for David Villa. Is he too expensive now?

Is this the end of the David Vila to Arsenal story? It certainly feels as if it might be that way. Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, which has been reported in the UK here, has stated that Barca have put a €20m price tag of their star striker – way more than the £10m (€11.5m) that Arsenal were reported to have …

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AshleyArsenal update: Barcelona want €20m for David Villa. Is he too expensive now?