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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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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

Arsenal update: Has Arsene Wenger lost the support of Arsenal fans?

So does Arsene still know? After seven trophy-less seasons and the exodus of many of the team’s highest profile players many Gunners fans aren’t so sure. The Daily Mirror reports that a group of Arsenal fans think it is time for Wenger to change his approach or leave the club. In fact nearly 50% of them want him to go …

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AshleyArsenal update: Has Arsene Wenger lost the support of Arsenal fans?
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Arsenal rival Fulham in chase for Dutch keeper

It seems that Arsenal’s search for a new keeper didn’t end with speculative moves for Pepe Reina. According to an Italian paper Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg fancies a move to the Premiership and Arsenal and Fulham are competing for his £3.5million signature. The story broke first in Gazzetta dello Sport (Stekelenburg is current at Roma) which suggest that both …

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Arsene Wenger ‘cautious, but optimistic’ that Theo Walcott will sign

If you thought it was a done deal then think again. In spite of endless speculation that the player was on the verge of re-signing for Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger has told reporters (and it has been confirmed by BBC Radio Five Live) that he is ‘cautious, but optimistic’ that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract. In some ways …

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Arsenal update: Wilfried Zaha talks and ‘favourites’ to land Loic Remy

After a couple of quiet days the Arsenal transfer rumour machine has been very active in the last few hours linking the club with several new signings. The Indie has a pair of stories claiming that Wenger has made a move for the talented Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, while it also suggests Arsenal are now favourite to scoop Marseilles’ …

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AshleyArsenal update: Wilfried Zaha talks and ‘favourites’ to land Loic Remy

Breaking: French newspaper says Marouane Fellaini will be a Chelsea player by the weekend

Some bad news for United, Arsenal and, let’s not forget, Everton fans. French newspaper L’Equipe is reporting that the Blue’s talismanic midfielder Marouane Fellaini could be a Chelsea player by the end of the week. The report, which has also made the BBC sports news , is that that the 25-year old will sign a five-year deal with the club, …

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AshleyBreaking: French newspaper says Marouane Fellaini will be a Chelsea player by the weekend
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Is this the best team goal of the season? Nope, not Barca or Arsenal, but some Greek kids

Yep it is a contender for the best team goal of the season, but there’s no Iniesta pulling strings, Walcott speeding through the middle or Van Persie finishing in style. It is actually a bunch of Greek kids from the AO Giannina club, who kick off and then Tikki-taka the ball all the way though to the opposition’s goal. They …

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AshleyIs this the best team goal of the season? Nope, not Barca or Arsenal, but some Greek kids
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Arsenal update: David Villa deal back on? Afellay targeted. Shaw going nowhere. Diaby back against City?

Barcelona President Sandro Rosell may have told Arsene Wenger that he is not prepared to sell Spanish international striker David Villa in the window. But it seems that hasn’t put the Arsenal manager off. Caught Offside is reporting that Arsenal are still engaging with Barcelona in discussions about Villa and want to sign another of their players. Long term Gunners …

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AshleyArsenal update: David Villa deal back on? Afellay targeted. Shaw going nowhere. Diaby back against City?
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Arsenal update: Walcott to be offered £25million to stay. German defender linked

Worryingly for Arsenal fans keen to see Arsene Wenger strengthen his squad it has been a fairly quiet morning for transfer rumours. The big one is the seemingly never ending saga of Theo Walcott and his new contract. In an exclusive – ain’t they always – The Mail says that player will get a five-year deal worth in the region …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott to be offered £25million to stay. German defender linked

Man United update: Is Wilfried Zaha a done deal? Danny Wellbeck on loan to Reading?

So have United done a deal to sign Crsytal Palace’s tricky winger Wilfried Zaha? The Telegraph seems to think so. The paper believes that other clubs have been frightened off bidding for the player because Fergie has already agreed to sign him The Telgraoph says The main issue is when, not if, it will happen with Crystal Palace hoping to …

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AshleyMan United update: Is Wilfried Zaha a done deal? Danny Wellbeck on loan to Reading?

Arsenal update: Gunners target Lucas Biglia wants move. Should Ramsey go on loan? Villa staying at Barca

Arsenal’s pursuit of a new midfielder continues to today with several papers reporting that Wenger once again is targeting Anderlecht’s tough tacking midfielder Lucas Biglia. The Mirror says that Wenger has been put on alert because the Argentinian has told the Belgian club that he wants to move to a bigger league. This sounds like pure speculation. Admittedly Biglia has …

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AshleyArsenal update: Gunners target Lucas Biglia wants move. Should Ramsey go on loan? Villa staying at Barca
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Arsenal update: Walcott about to sign, M’Vila holding out for a big club

Goal.com is running with ‘an exclusive’ this morning that Theo Walcott is close to signing a new deal at Arsenal. The website says that he ‘will put pen to paper on a deal that runs until 2017.’ Arsenal have apparently offered the England player around £90,000-a-week and that salary will be supplemented by top-up bonuses and a multi-million pound signing-on …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott about to sign, M’Vila holding out for a big club
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Pep Guardiola says he wants a job. But where will he be next season? Bayern? Chelsea?

Ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his extended sabbatical in New York is going to come to an end soon and that he is looking for a new job. The 41 year old told the press conference ahead of today’s Ballon d’Or ceremony that he will be managing again. Guardiola said “Yes, I would like to come back [to …

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AshleyPep Guardiola says he wants a job. But where will he be next season? Bayern? Chelsea?
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Would Frank Lampard leave Chelsea for another Premiership club? Everton? Man United? Arsenal?

So it appears that Frank Lampard is on his way out of Chelsea. The departure of the 34 year old midfielder, who has been at the club for 11 years, has a whiff of ravens leaving the Tower of London about it. But his exit from the Blues was pretty much confirmed at the weekend with the player expected to …

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AshleyWould Frank Lampard leave Chelsea for another Premiership club? Everton? Man United? Arsenal?
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Man United and Spurs battle to sign Wilfried Zaha

With Arsenal dropping out of the race (possibly because the deal with Theo Walcott is as good as done) Man United and Spurs have been battling it out for the signature of Crystal Palace’s highly promising winger Wilfried Zaha. Spurs were apparently first to contact the club about the winger, but Fergie, a huge fan of the player has been …

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AshleyMan United and Spurs battle to sign Wilfried Zaha
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Arsenal update: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and James McCarthy targeted and Wenger phones David Villa.

Is Arsene Wenger losing interest in French bad boy Yann M’Villa? Possibly because according to the Mirror he has a new midfielder on  his radar, Wigan’s highly rated Republic of Ireland player James McCarthy. McCarthy has been very consistent this season and was highly impressive  when Arsenal beat Wigan a few weeks ago. The Mirror reports that Arsenal will offer …

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AshleyArsenal update: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and James McCarthy targeted and Wenger phones David Villa.
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Arsenal update: David Villa on his way? Luke Shaw going cold?

Two years ago if you had suggested that Arsene Wenger would be wiling to splash out £15 million plus for a 31 year old you would have been laughed out of The Emirates. Yet this morning it seems as if that a big money signing of a player entering the twilight of his career might come through as Arsenal have …

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AshleyArsenal update: David Villa on his way? Luke Shaw going cold?