Arsene Wenger’s cunning plan for Lukas Podolski

There have been a few rumours about Lukas Podolski recently that he might return to Germany or even try his luck in Serie A. The rumours were further fuelled by the fact that he has only started two games since the end of January. Arsene Wenger was however quick to praise the German after his excellent cameo appearance against Norwich …

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AshleyArsene Wenger’s cunning plan for Lukas Podolski

Walcott and Wilshere are back for Arsenal against Norwich. But should Wenger start them?

The news from Arsenal just keeps on getting better. The club is in arguably its best form of the season, has a very winnable game against Norwich on Saturday, and now it appears too that the club’s missing star English players are back from injury. Arsene Wenger has confirmed that both Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are going to be …

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AshleyWalcott and Wilshere are back for Arsenal against Norwich. But should Wenger start them?

Arsenal update – Wilshere and Walcott news

Not good news for Arsenal fans. That all important run-in is going to be that little bit more difficult as it now appears that neither Theo Walcott or Jack Wilshere will be back for the Norwich game on April 13th. Arsene Wenger is expected to confirm today that the two English stars are struggling to regain fitness. According to the …

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AshleyArsenal update – Wilshere and Walcott news

Arsene Wenger on Walcott and Wilshere injuries and finishing in the top four

It seems like it has been ages since Arsene Wenger’s last pre-match news conferences, but he has just finished his latest with updates on the fitness of Wilshere and Walcott and some stirring words for the Arsenal faithful. Firstly the good news – Jack Wilshere is on his way back. Wenger confirmed that the player’s ankle injury will keep him …

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AshleyArsene Wenger on Walcott and Wilshere injuries and finishing in the top four
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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 update: BBC says Walcott to sign today, Zaha favours move to Man United

Ok, so he still hasn’t actually ‘signed da ting’, but the BBC at least is confident that Theo Walcott is about to splash the ink on a new deal at Arsenal. It even suggests it could be done today. They say “Agreements have now been reached between Arsenal and their top scorer, who could put pen to paper on Friday …

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AshleyArsenal update: BBC says Walcott to sign today, Zaha favours move to Man United

Arsene Wenger says he is “99%” confident that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract

So one of the longest running contract stands offs in British football appears finally to be coming to a conclusion. And it good news for Arsenal fans At a press conference this morning Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that he is “99%” confident that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract at the club. The Arsenal manager also said that …

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AshleyArsene Wenger says he is “99%” confident that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract
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Arsenal update: Walcott contract almost signed, Kaka linked, Zaha saga rumbles on

There isn’t a huge amount of Arsenal news this morning, but a couple of papers seem to have picked up on a story originally posted by London’s Evening Standard that Theo Walcott’s contract is with his lawyers and is waiting to be signed. The paper reports The contract is in the hands of lawyers and, although the exact structure of …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott contract almost signed, Kaka linked, Zaha saga rumbles on
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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

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

Theo Walcott to sign new Arsenal contract. Wenger ends interest in Zaha, says Talksport

Talksport has an exclusive, which if proved true, could be one of the hottest transfer stories in January. They believe that Arsene Wenger is about to make his first signing of the window – Theo Walcott. They say “Reports have emerged from the Emirates that the former Southampton winger is ready to agree a new deal, having had various requirements …

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AshleyTheo Walcott to sign new Arsenal contract. Wenger ends interest in Zaha, says Talksport
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Arsenal face tough battle to land the ‘new Gareth Bale’ Luke Shaw

Arsenal are stepping up their bid to secure Southampton’s Luke Shaw, a left back whose ability has inevitability lead to comparisons with another Saints graduate Gareth Bale. However they may face a tough battle to secure the youngster in the winter transfer window with manager Nigel Adkins adamant that his star 17 year old defender is going nowhere. Adkins told …

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AshleyArsenal face tough battle to land the ‘new Gareth Bale’ Luke Shaw

Villa, Sneijder, Zaha and the 10 most wanted players in the transfer window

So, there is just a few hours to go before paper talk can become reality and the winter transfer window opens. This winter expect some serious cash to be flying with Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool desperate to strengthen their squads to keep them in the frame for Champions League qualification, and Man City and Chelsea mulling over big money strikers. …

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AshleyVilla, Sneijder, Zaha and the 10 most wanted players in the transfer window
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Wenger’s winter shopping list – the six players who could re-ignite Arsenal’s season

On one level that was a pretty impressive display by the Gunners against Newcastle. However before we get carried away and start predicting great things for the club in the new year it is worth noting the following. Firstly, injury-crippled Newcastle aren’t far off relegation fodder at the moment. Secondly Arsenal were poor for much of the first half managing …

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AshleyWenger’s winter shopping list – the six players who could re-ignite Arsenal’s season

Why Spurs now have a stronger squad than Arsenal – and this from a Gooner

Up until this season if you had suggested to an Arsenal fan that their pals at the other end of the Seven Sisters Road had a stronger squad you would have probably been chased all the way back to Edmonton. However, as the season progresses and Arsenal’s results and performances get weirder and weirder, it has become painfully obvious to …

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AshleyWhy Spurs now have a stronger squad than Arsenal – and this from a Gooner
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Arsene Wenger tells BBC he is confident that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract

Breaking news – the Theo Walcott transfer saga looks like it is about to take another turn. After agreeing contracts with five of his British players yesterday, including Jack Wilshere, Arsene Wenger has now told the BBC that he is ‘convinced’ that Theo Walcott will be staying at The Emirates. Wenger said ‘I am convinced Walcott will stay and hope that the other players signing contracts will encourage …

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AshleyArsene Wenger tells BBC he is confident that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract
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Are Chelsea now favourites to land Theo Walcott?

So the Theo Walcott  transfer saga rumbles on in many ways over shadowing everything else that is going on at The Emirates at the moment. Last night the youngster got his wish and was started by Arsene Wenger as a central striker. Walcott scored one and looked a constant threat trying to latch on to balls from Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta. It is clear that Reading gave Arsenal way too much …

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AshleyAre Chelsea now favourites to land Theo Walcott?
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Walcott Crucial for Gunners’ Reading Trip

On Monday night, Arsenal return to the scene of their incredible 7-5 win over Reading in the Capital One Cup, and will be desperate to bounce back strongly from their embarrassing midweek defeat to Bradford City. Arsene Wenger’s team selections this season have generally been predictable, but he’s struggled to decide on his best right-sided midfielder. Theo Walcott has started …

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AshleyWalcott Crucial for Gunners’ Reading Trip