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Arsenal’s next captain? Ashley Williams? The Guardian thinks it could be on the cards

Arsene Wenger has his eyes on Swansea’s captain and central defender Ashley Williams so says The Guardian. There’s no mention of a source or a quote from Wenger but the paper says… Wenger has identified the Wales captain as someone with the leadership qualities to control and organise Arsenal’s defence in a way more reminiscent of when the club built …

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AshleyArsenal’s next captain? Ashley Williams? The Guardian thinks it could be on the cards

Wenger stopped Bould’s defensive sessions – says BBC’s David Ornstein

If you look at the number of goals that Arsenal have conceded this season, it hardly looks like a club in a defensive crisis. The Gunners have let in 32 goals, that’s just one more than Man United. The figures are however slightly skewed by the Arsenal defence’s excellent start to the season. They played five games and let in …

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AshleyWenger stopped Bould’s defensive sessions – says BBC’s David Ornstein
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Are Arsenal going to hit Malaga for yet another player?

Bit of an interesting one this which I guess is more speculation than hard fact for now. But  HITC is suggesting that Arsene Wenger is considering his campaign to reunite the Malaga team from last year at The Emirates by signing 29 year old French defensive midfielder Jeremy Toulalan. Malaga are currently one of the hottest teams in Spain. They are fourth …

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AshleyAre Arsenal going to hit Malaga for yet another player?
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Should Arsenal have signed Chris Samba?

Arsenal lost a vital game yesterday largely because of the inability of their two centre backs (and Nacho Monreal who was culpable on the second goal) to track players making a run behind a high line. Maybe Arsenal midfielders, especially the increasingly immobile Arteta, should take the blame too. The defeat is all the more painful because until the Bale …

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AshleyShould Arsenal have signed Chris Samba?

Five reasons why Arsenal fans shouldn’t be too down today

Losing to Spurs is never easy and to be honest it is not something  that Arsenal fans have had to endure too may times in the Wenger era. And yes it does open up a seven point gap between the Gunners and their north London rivals. But if Spurs fans can hear the Fat Lady singing they are mistaken, she hasn’t even started clearing her throat yet. Besides there are a few positives that Arsenal fans can …

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AshleyFive reasons why Arsenal fans shouldn’t be too down today
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Why Cazorla is the key man for Arsenal against Spurs

Arsene Wenger has two separate formats for his 4-2-3-1 formation this season. At the start of the campaign, he fielded two wide forwards, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, either side of Santi Cazorla, with Olivier Giroud upfront. That gives Arsenal pace on the flanks, and a classic number ten between the lines. However, in recent weeks Wenger has experimented with …

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AshleyWhy Cazorla is the key man for Arsenal against Spurs
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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