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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Five conclusions from Arsenal’s FA Cup disaster

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Arsenal and Spurs to scrap for German midfielder Sebastian Rode

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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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Arsenal update: Henry wants to come back, Fabregas not so sure

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Arsenal’s talismanic French man is apparently keen on a third stint at the club. At a press conference this week he reiterated his desire to be involved with Arsenal in any role Henry said ‘All I know is that I will be involved in the game for sure and hopefully be involved with Arsenal because that is the heart talking …

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Gary Hooper wants a move to Spurs – who are also eyeing up Osvaldo

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Yesterday we mentioned how Arsenal and other clubs were tracking Celtic’s Victor Wanyama. Now it seems that one of his team mates might also be mulling over a move to the Premiership. Gary Hooper, who is you your remember was the subject of five failed bids from Norwich during the transfer window, is rumoured by the Metro to be ready …

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Arsenal update: the club is tracking Celtic’s Victor Wanyama

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Commiserations to Celtic who were pretty unlucky and the victim of some iffy refereeing in their Champions League game against Juventus last night. But with progression in the CL unlikely and a rather uneventful stroll to the Scottish Premiership a cert again next year the English vultures are starting to circle. And top of the list of players who could …

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Arsenal’s finest CL moment remembered – beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu

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I must admit to not having been to too many of Arsenal’s away Champions League games, but when we drew Real Madrid in in 2006 a trip to the Bernabeu seemed like too much of an opportunity to miss. A huge game in Spain against a very strong Madrid side. Besides I did enjoy watching real at the time. And …

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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich – Wilshere ok, but who will play left back?

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A week today Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in what is one of three classic Champions League encounters involving British sides this month. Having won their group, and also knocked Arsenal out before, the in-form Germans will start as clear favourites but Arsenal will hope to make things very tricky for them with a decent win at The Emirates. On …

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Arsene Wenger has Spurs in his sights and is ‘ready for a fight’

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If Arsenal lose to Spurs when the two teams meet at White Hart Lane on March 3rd it won’t be the end of Arsenal’s campaign to qualify for the Champions league next year, but it will make it very hard for Arsene Wenger’s team to catch their north London rivals. So not surprisingly Wenger has today been assuring the Arsenal …

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The March games that will decide Arsenal and Spurs’ season

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It should still be an open race for third/fourth place at the end of March. But while Spurs should still be in a strong position, anything less than near perfection for The Gunners could be disastrous. And why Arsenal’s game against Swansea could prove to be just as important as the one away at Spurs February is a fairly quiet …

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