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

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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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Why Cazorla is the key man for Arsenal against Spurs

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

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

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

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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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Arsenal transfer update: Sunzu confusion, Gonalons linked

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

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

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

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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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How Aston Villa can counter Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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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Dani Alves urges Barcelona to sign Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

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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?

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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

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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!?

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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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