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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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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

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

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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AshleyChristian Benteke’s agent has big plans for the player. Arsenal and Spurs take note
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Why Chelsea have the best celebrity fans – but Arsenal get the Hollywood A List

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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AshleyWhy Chelsea have the best celebrity fans – but Arsenal get the Hollywood A List
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Spurs view: The Europa League will help us prepare for the Champions League

The Europa League generally gets a bad press in England. Whilst teams on the continent tend to take a far more serious approach towards it, it is always viewed through mocking eyes over here. The ‘Thursday night, Channel Five’ songs are used an insult on a regular basis and ultimately it is seen as being a little ‘beneath us’. I …

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AshleySpurs view: The Europa League will help us prepare for the Champions League
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Wenger admits Arsenal tried to sign Gareth Bale from Southampton, but rated Theo Walcott more important

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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AshleyWenger admits Arsenal tried to sign Gareth Bale from Southampton, but rated Theo Walcott more important

Arsenal and Spurs to scrap for German midfielder Sebastian Rode

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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AshleyArsenal and Spurs to scrap for German midfielder Sebastian Rode
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Arsene Wenger has Spurs in his sights and is ‘ready for a fight’

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

The March games that will decide Arsenal and Spurs’ season

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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AshleyThe March games that will decide Arsenal and Spurs’ season

Sky reports that Arsenal and Spurs target Mohamed Diame is on the move

Earlier in the day it looked like he was staying, but according to Sky Sports an un-named Premier League side have triggered Mohammed Diame’s release clause at West Ham. It could be Arsenal who have been tracking the player for a while, or maybe it is Spurs? Fulham apparently have one more signing to announce too. QPR have been mentioned …

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AshleySky reports that Arsenal and Spurs target Mohamed Diame is on the move

Spurs target Leandro Damiao staying in Brazil. Summer move possible

Not good news for Spurs fans. Their big signing today was to have been Internacional’s sensational striker, Leandro Damiao, but now it appears he is staying in Brazil. Globo Esporte says that he will play for Internacional for another six months, but that a move to Premiership side in the summer hasn’t been ruled out. The news has also been …

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AshleySpurs target Leandro Damiao staying in Brazil. Summer move possible
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Spurs update: Official offer made for striker Leandro Damiao

Along with the Beckham to PSG saga the biggest story of the window day could involve Spurs and their pursuit of Leandro Damiao. Spurs have been chasing the 23 year old Brazilian for some time now and it appears that they might just be about to land their man. According to The Metro the club are alleged to have offered …

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AshleySpurs update: Official offer made for striker Leandro Damiao

Arsenal and Spurs target Mohamed Diame about to sign new deal at West Ham

A few days ago it seemed like a done deal that West Ham’s Senegalese midfielder Mohamed Diame would be heading to either Arsenal or Spurs. Goal is reporting that the player is heading for Karen Brady’s office, but not to sign for another club. Goal says It is expected that Diame will sign an extended deal on improved terms that …

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AshleyArsenal and Spurs target Mohamed Diame about to sign new deal at West Ham
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Spurs update: L’Equipe links Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez

Spurs are short of striking options at the moment, so expect to hear plenty of rumours about new forwards heading for the Lane today. With the news that Seville’s Alvaro Negrdo has been ruled out there is now a bit of momentum about the story that Lyon’s Lisandro Lopez could be a Spurs player on loan soon. French paper L’Equipe …

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AshleySpurs update: L’Equipe links Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez

BBC reports that Arsenal and Spurs target Mohammed Diame will sign new contract at West Ham

At one point it seemed like West Ham’s Mohammed Diame was within a few hours of becoming an Arsenal player. Then yesterday it appeared as if he would be on his way to White Hart Lane. The latest news from West Ham is that the player is not only staying with the Hammers but may even sign a new contract. …

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AshleyBBC reports that Arsenal and Spurs target Mohammed Diame will sign new contract at West Ham

Allardyce acknowledges he ‘might lose’ Diame. But will it be to Arsenal or Spurs?

Interesting quote this morning from a press conference given by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce. Asked about what the situation was with Mohammed Diame Allardyce seemed to acknowledge that the controversial midfielder could be on his way out of Upton Park. Allardyce said ‘It is total confusion. I’m as confused as anyone. I hope we don’t, but we might lose …

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AshleyAllardyce acknowledges he ‘might lose’ Diame. But will it be to Arsenal or Spurs?

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?

Spurs seek new striker – Leandro Damiao targeted

Emmanuel Adebayor’s u-turn in deciding to play for Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations could not have come at a worse time for Spurs. The team are playing well and are pushing for a Champions League slot, but losing Adebayor limits their options and if Defoe sustains an injury they would be very short of front men. So not …

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AshleySpurs seek new striker – Leandro Damiao targeted
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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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Breaking – Official. Holtby signs for Spurs – no move until July though. Arsenal’s Chamakh signs on loan for West Ham

So there you have it. Official confirmation that Schalke’s energetic midfielder will be joining Spurs in July. the player whose father is English and is an Everton fan, had also been on Arsene Wenger’s radar, but has opted to join the North London Whites rather than Reds. The official word from Spurs is ‘We are delighted to announce that we …

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AshleyBreaking – Official. Holtby signs for Spurs – no move until July though. Arsenal’s Chamakh signs on loan for West Ham