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The low down on Arsenal target and France’s hottest new young striker

What with Giroud scoring just three times in 10 games – the same btw as an ex Arsenal striker – The Gunners are in dire need of a clinical striker. Earlier today Andraes Cornelius was linked to the club, but now TalkSport have suggested that a player in a slightly more competitive league could be on his way to The …

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AshleyThe low down on Arsenal target and France’s hottest new young striker

RVP’s goal drought – now as bad as Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud

The clamouring for Arsenal to sign a striker continues with fans desperate to see someone pull on a Gunners shirt who is clinical, predatory and consistent. Three words that can’t really describe the current incumbent Olivier Giourd. Giroud has impressed in flashes this season, but for me he doesn’t get in enough goal scoring positions and never ever puts away …

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AshleyRVP’s goal drought – now as bad as Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud

Arsenal update: Jenkinson to City, Rooney connection and Cornelius tracked

It is Man city’s avowed aim to snap up the best English talent in the Premiership. No surprise then that they have set their sights on Arsenal’s right back Carl Jenkinson. The Mirror has a story this morning which suggests that Manicni and his men have been tracking the player and will make a move for him in the summer. …

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AshleyArsenal update: Jenkinson to City, Rooney connection and Cornelius tracked

Kieran Gibbs is back in training- is he Arsenal’s first choice left back?

Some good news for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal fans. The club’s English left back Kieran Gibbs is back in training and could feature in both The Champions League and The Premiership soon. The jury is still out on the former. The game against Bayern next week may come too soon for the player which would be bad news for the …

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AshleyKieran Gibbs is back in training- is he Arsenal’s first choice left back?
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Nicklas Bendtner could be back at Arsenal – could he have a role to play?

There are rumours today that Nicklas Bendtner’s Italian disaster could be over very soon with Juventus apparently keen on sending the striker back to London. The move comes after a drink driving incident which saw the player fined £97,000 and has had his driving license revoked for three years. Bendtner has also been suspended from the Danish side for six …

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AshleyNicklas Bendtner could be back at Arsenal – could he have a role to play?
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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