Arsene says no January sale for Theo Walcott – but is he at odds with the Arsenal board?

The Daily Mail has what it is billing as an exclusive today. According to the paper… 1 In spite of the public perception that talks between Theo Walcott and the club are ongoing,  no formal discussions between the two parties have taken place since August 28. The last offer on the table was a five-year £75,000-per-week deal. 2 That Wenger is desperate to cling on  to his in-form winger for the …

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AshleyArsene says no January sale for Theo Walcott – but is he at odds with the Arsenal board?
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Forget Europe – Arsenal’s number one priority should be The Capital One Cup

Tonight a significantly under strength Arsenal team gave Olympiacos a run for their money in Athens. Ok, so the Gunners had no answer to the second Greek goal, but there were some encouraging signs for Wenger in the sprightly performance of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and especially the attacking football of Tomas Rosicky, whose direct style they have missed terribly. On …

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AshleyForget Europe – Arsenal’s number one priority should be The Capital One Cup

Why Manchester City need the Europa League like a hole in the head

So Champions League Group D, aka The group of Death, has turned out to be a bit of a mare for City. With no chance of qualification Mancini’s men will clearly be glad to see the back of it tonight too as they head off to Germany to face group leaders Borussia Dortmund. Even if it was a game that …

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AshleyWhy Manchester City need the Europa League like a hole in the head

Shock stats – If Robin Van Persie had stayed at Arsenal they’d be top and Man United would be 10th

So says The Daily Mail’s Martin Samuels. So another difficult weekend for Arsenal in which they were outplayed by Swansea in the first half and then couldn’t find the net in the second only to succumb to two superb late Michu goals. It was also business as usual – this season anyhow – for Manchester United in going a goal …

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AshleyShock stats – If Robin Van Persie had stayed at Arsenal they’d be top and Man United would be 10th
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Why defeat to Swansea might be the catalyst that kick starts Arsenal’s season.

On the way home from the Arsenal game today I heard the following exchange between a pair of middle age Gooners. One said ‘that’s it now we can only expect Arsenal to be like they were in the 80s under Don Howe.’ The other fella responded ‘What no league wins, just the odd cup?’ It then struck me that Arsenal …

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AshleyWhy defeat to Swansea might be the catalyst that kick starts Arsenal’s season.
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Premiership preview – Is it time for Arsenal to drop their captain Thomas Vermaelen?

It has been a difficult start to life as Arsenal captain for Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian has been a popular figure at the club since his signing in 2009 and was handed the armband in the summer after the departure of Robin van Persie, but has performed disappointingly so far this season, making a couple of high-profile errors. In stark …

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AshleyPremiership preview – Is it time for Arsenal to drop their captain Thomas Vermaelen?