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Rosicky Signs

There we are. A done deal. Arsene says: “We are delighted to welcome Tomas to our squad. He has great technique, skill on the ball and sharp passing. Tomas has good experience at all levels for club and country, and we look forward to welcoming him to Arsenal after what will hopefully be a successful...
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One Dumpling In, One Dumpling Out?

Fantastic news broke last night, as it emerged that Tomas Rosicky, nicknamed “The Dumpling“, is on the verge of signing for Arsenal. The fee is expected to be around £7m, with Arsenal taking advantage of Dortmund’s financial troubles to capture a player signed in 2001 for a whopping £18m. Rosicky is a key figure in...
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Henry Rises from Ashes of Paris

For Arsenal fans, the Champions League Final was about the balance between despair and elation. The despair of Jens Lehmann’s sending off, followed by the elation of Sol Campbell’s goal. Then the heartbreak of defeat, followed just two days later by the joyous news that Thierry Henry has signed a new four-year contract. The Champions...
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How to lose: A Lesson from West Ham

I’ve watched three cup finals this past week. In each of them, the underdog has failed. Middlesbrough, Gretna, and West Ham all had a definite chance of victory, but fell at the final hurdle. Next week, Arsenal will be up against strong favourites Barcelona in the Champions League Final. I can’t help but hope that...
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Highbury’s Last Hurrah

What a day. Highbury’s last, but surely one of it’s greatest. One of my best days too, which is why I’ve recorded it all right here: 1153 Got to the ground, went into the club shop and purchased our yellow away kit, having discovered we’ll be wearing it in Paris. Immediately went and had “Paris...
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Two Three-goal Wins Pile Pressure onto Spurs

It would’ve been nice if I’d been able to write up individual reports of these two matches. It would also be nice if my new house wasn’t in the 1% of UK homes where broadband is genuinely impossible. However, due to the latter, the write-ups never happened. So here they are. Sunderland was a genuinely...
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Chelsea are Champions…

(Because the picture of Chelsea celebrating upset so many readers, I decided to replace it with this one, showing Roman Abramovic being taught how to clap.) …Again. Buy one get one free, it would seem. Fair play to them. The way in which they dispatched Man United 3-0 was an indication of just how good...
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Supermann Saves Arsenal

We all owe Jens Lehmann a hell of a lot. When one considers how poor our domestic season has been, and counter that with the fact that Lehmann has been the best goalkeeper in the Premiership, it’s a horrible thought wondering where we’d be without him. As it is, with him, we’re in the Champions...
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Whoever gets fourth place will deserve it…

…and at the moment, that’s not Arsenal. I’m glad I didn’t write something yesterday, when the game had put me in a truly foul mood. My feelings have calmed somewhat since then, and I no longer feel the need to throttle anyone in a white shirt. I don’t think what the Spurs players did was...
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Don’t believe the lies.

Judging by the reaction of Sky TV and their assorted pundits, you would’ve thought we’d lost last night. We didn’t. We won the first leg of the semi-final of the Champions League, one nil. Apparently, this wasn’t good enough for some. Needless to say, it was for me. It wasn’t as spectacular a performance as...
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1-1: Ade-Akin-Bayor Rues Missed Chances

Let me get something straight: I really rate Adebayor. The headline doesn’t do him justice. He is a good, powerful striker who is more than capable of scoring 15 goals a season for us. When you consider he is only 21, he’s a fantastic prospect. However, the kid must be beating himself up this morning,...
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Did Arsene know we wouldn’t beat Man U?

Is that why he left the likes of Campbell and Reyes out of the squad entirely, with Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg on the bench? Perhaps Harry Redknapp got it right when he suggested that Arsene saves his best sides for the games he thinks he can win. At this stage of the season, an...
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A good day for Jens Lehmann

His Arsenal contract extension is described by Arsene as “done”, whilst Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann yesterday named him as the number 1 goalkeeper for the World Cup. For Jens, it’s great news on both fronts. For Arsenal, he’s been absolutely superb this season, and it seems remarkable to think that just over a year ago...
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Historic Night Sees Arsenal Into Semis

Nil nil it was. Another fantastic performance from the new Arsenal team allowed us to ease into a semi-final against Villareal without too much trouble. The onslaught we were expecting from Juventus never really arrived, or at least was kept at bay by an oustanding defensive display – the young back four ably assisted by...
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Beating Juventus Sends Out A Statement

Not only to those teams still in the Champions League, but perhaps more importantly to our domestic rivals. If we come through tonight, an Arsenal that has beaten Real Madrid and Juventus over two legs would have to be considered a realistic challenger for next year’s Premiership. Being 2-0 up in a tie is a...
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“Have you ever seen Chelsea play like this?”

So the Arsenal fans sang, and, whilst I admit I haven’t watched every Chelsea game this season, the answer is a resounding “no”. There was no European hangover as Arsenal destroyed a sorry Aston Villa 5-0. The first goal was a scrappy effort from Emmanuel Adebayor, added to by a sublime Henry lob from Jose...
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We have to win every game now…

…starting with Villa at home tomorrow. Spurs, Bolton and Blackburn all present genuine competition for the fourth Champions League spot, with Spurs currently in the driving seat. However, they still have to play us and Bolton. It is far from over. I genuinely believe we can win all of our remaining games. Of course we...
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Cesc vs. Vieira the same as Arsenal vs. Juve: No Contest.

What a night. When we overcame Real Madrid in the last round, it was a tremendous result. But neither of those performances were quite as good as last night’s, when we not only mugged, but probably murdered the old lady of Juventus. If any old ladies reading are offended by the above I apologise, but...
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Cesc vs. Paddy just hours away…

…and I missed out on getting a ticket by the skin of my teeth. Bugger, Here are the pair in happier times. It’s funny, because this game is absolutely enormous, and yet this whole Vieira thing has completely dominated the hype. You’d almost forget that this was a Champions League quarter-final. In fact, you might...
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Why I’m disappointed by Portsmouth

Until this season, I really liked Portsmouth. They were a good solid club with excellent players, whose combination of hard-work and flair made them a great team to watch. Guys like Steve Stone, Yakubu, Lua-Lua, and De Zeuw were all genuine Premiership stalwarts. But then they got rid of Harry, and now have turned into...
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Pompey Team News – Sol out for Juve?

“Reyes is out,” said Arsene Wenger yesterday. “So is Ljungberg, Cole, Cygan, Clichy, Lauren and Campbell”. Poor grammar aside, it’s a pretty good summary. But the injury list is shortening, however slowly. Sol’s exclusion suggests that Senderos will continue for Juventus on Tuesday night, but I would expect Reyes to be in that team regardless...
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Thierry and Emmanuel, Sitting in a tree…

K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Or, praising each other. Take it which way you will. You can understand their affection though. The article claims that one of the pair has scored or had an assist in all but one of the goals Arsenal have scored in the last seven games. As a partnership, they’re proving prolific. Thierry gets it...
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Hleb Drives Arsenal To Victory

An increasingly potent Arsenal side brushed away a poor Charlton yesterday with a 3-0 victory, that, to be frank, flattered their opponents. This new-look Arsenal side has managed to marry pace and power with technique and flair. For every Philippe Senderos, there’s a Cesc Fabregas. For every Emmanuel Adebayor, there’s a Thierry Henry. The new...
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“Henry is ours, say Barcelona”

The Times’ headline reads: “Barcelona claim Henry“. However, they seem to have misunderstood the transfer system somewhat. You see, it is in fact only in the less widely-used “Playground Rules” that you can just pick the players you want. In the real world, the world occupied by Arsenal football club, there’s the horrible awkwardness of...
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Gerrard Gifts Henry’s Arsenal Vital Victory

It was the last minute of the Euro 2004 France-England tie when Steven Gerrard sent a loose backpass towards David James, only for Thierry Henry to intercept and punish him with a cruel 2-1 winner. Yesterday, history repeated itself. In this instance, however, France… sorry, Arsenal, were the deserved winners. We had taken the lead...
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What a Night…

I’m in Pau on a dodgy French keyboard, so am as yet unable to write my full views on an amazing night for Arsenal football club. In the meantime, go here. Read every word, and bask in the glory. And please, because history will demand it, leave your thoughts on that amazing match below. All...
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Highbury’s Last Great Night?

Highbury is bracing itself for one more star-studded spectacle tomorrow night, as Arsenal aim to finish off the wounded Real Madrid. But if there’s one thing we know about wounded animals, it’s that they’re liable to retaliate, viciously. And when you rile men like Ronaldo, Beckham, Raul, and Zidane, you find yourself right in the...
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The Fable of Moritz Voltz

Former Arsenal full-back Moritz Volz was torn apart on Saturday, as we grabbed four goals from our once unstoppable left-hand-side, which had been rejuvenated by a stunning performance from Fredrik Ljungberg. First Abou Diaby, starting with Cesc Fabregas given a rest on the bench, played in Thierry Henry. One touch knocked the ball past Volz,...
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Spain Starlet Cesc Targeted by Madrid

Teenage midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who made an impressive debut for Spain midweek, has been targeted by Real Madrid. Spanish Sports Paper Marca claimed that he was the top target of new Real chief Fernando Martin. The recent win in Madrid and Cesc’s subsequent international debut have raised his profile massively, and Real’s interest does not...
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Cole Injured Again?

As I speak, Arsenal Reserves are playing Tottingham Reserves at the Underhill, Barnet. The clash is always one of the highlights of the Reserve team season, and tonight the crowd was boosted by the news that Ashley Cole would be starting in order to continue his rehabilitation. However, after 7 minutes, disaster struck. A lunge...
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From Bernabeu to Blackburn, and Good to Bad

For so many Arsenal fans, Madrid represented a turning point. The moment when Arsenals boys became men. But yesterday’s defeat to Blackburn, our tenth in the Premiership this season, showed the Real game to be nothing more than another false dawn. I only saw the highlights, so can’t comment too much on individual player performances,...
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Real Arsenal Finally Emerge

If you find yourself asking why it’s taken me since Tuesday to update this site, I should probably say I’ve been too busy celebrating. That, however, would be a lie. I have indeed been busy, but only with work and plenty of other boring stuff. I did, however, find time to watch one of the...
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Bernabeu Dreams Could Turn To Nightmares…

When the draw of Arsenal vs Real Madrid was made, there wasn’t an Arsenal fan in the world who didn’t tingle with excitement. It was the match that everyone had been wanting for the last few years: Henry’s swashbuckling Invincibles against Zizou’s Galacticos. A footballing feast to match the Real Madrid – Manchester United tie...
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Garcia Breaks Arsenal Hearts In Valentine’s Day Defeat

To what’s left of my readership, If a team goes into a match and makes no attempt to win it, they deserve to lose. That’s precisely what Arsenal did last night. Last minute winners for the opposition are always gut-wrenching, but less so when you can only hold your hands up and say it was...
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Player Ratings Vs Bolton

A 1-1 draw against Bolton has to be seen as a decent result these days. The manner in which it arrived was particularly pleasing: a last minute equaliser after half an hour of immense pressure. It was good to see the team mixing it up and launching balls into the box – it had real...
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Destroyer Diaby Awaits Backlash

Arsenal and Abou Diaby meet Bolton today for the first time since his foot-breaking lunge on Ivan Campo. Sam Allardyce seened to be in forgiving mood, saying “It was a serious tackle that caused Ivan to break a foot. But perhaps you can forgive him for his naivety, having just arrived in the Premiership”. However,...
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Hleb Looks For Escape-Route

When Alexsander Hleb became our only major signing this summer, I foolishly speculated that he could be the new Dennis Bergkamp. Or the new Robert Pires. Or the new Edu. However, on this season’s evidence, he is none of the above. A promising start on the flanks saw him named as our Player of the...
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New Boys Add Steel In 2-0 Win

An Arsenal team featuring seven players aged 21 or under scrapped to a 2-0 win at St. Andrews yesterday, with a new-look Arsenal side potentially emerging. This season has been so full of stops and starts that I’m slightly unwilling to pronounce this as yet another corner turned, but it certainly looked promising. The main...
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Stand by Sol

Today’s news mainly followed the fall-out from Sol’s Wednesday walk-out. He has been given 5 days off, and Arsene seems unwilling to be drawn on the situation. “I cannot really tell you a lot more than you know already,” the manager told journalists at his usual pre-match press conference. “I have not seen him since...
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Sol Can’t Bear To Watch as Gunners Crash 3-2

Conceding three goals at home really isn’t on. However, they can all be pinned down to individual mistakes, the first two of which were both by Sol Campbell. First his half-hearted attempt at a clearance allowed Nigel Reo-Coker to run clear and goal and fire through Jens Lehmann’s legs. Then he was out-fought by Bobby...
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Goodbye Quincy

Never again will we witness the master of the stepover: the King of the Carling Cup has gone to Moscow. Reports have suggested that the fee could be as high as £2m, so with Walcott now arrived, and Lupoli and Bendtner still impressing in the reserves, it’s probably a good move for all parties. David...
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Defeat, but this time not without a fight…

I was expecting us to lose to Bolton, and lose we did. But I was not expecting a brave performance in which our youngsters dominated, and whereby we ourselves could easily have nicked a winner. The star of the show was Johan Djourou at centre-back, who looked a more suitable partner for Sol than Philippe...
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Out of one cup – Preparing to make it two…

Forgive me for being negative, but I’m ill. Haven’t made any updates all week because I’ve been down with what could turn out to be glandular fever. Hurrah. This meant I was unable to attend the 2nd leg of our Carling Cup Semi-final with Wigan. That wasn’t such a bad thing. As you all know...
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Adebayor is a mentalist.

Look at those eyes. Utterly mental. Last night, he surprisingly pulled out of Togo’s first match of the African Cup of Nations at the last minute. Named in the starting line-up, he was nowhere to be seen at kick-off. Togo coach Stephen Keshi explains: “This morning I said to Adebayor that he wouldn’t play because...
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From Seventh Heaven to… well, rubbish.

I’m as befuddled as you, Thierry. That, my friends, was rubbish. As a scholar, Theo Walcott still only earns £90 a week. If he spent £7 of it on this PremPlus match, he would’ve regretted it. Let’s hope that’s not all he regrets. After winning our last match 7-0 using a 4-4-2, Arsene thought it...
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Young forward Theo Walcott signs for Arsenal

Fantastic. A week after the story first broke, Theo Walcott has completed his move to Arsenal. The fee of £5m rising to £12m is a record for a 16-year-old, and astonishing considering that he could’ve left Southampton for under a million in March. Rupert Lowe isn’t happy that Theo turned down the bigger offer from...
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24 Hour Countdown to Walcott-mania…

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes to seal a deal for Theo Walcott “in the next 24 hours“. “We are very heavily in the race,” Le Boss told Arsenal.com, “but nothing is done and, as long as nothing is signed, you cannot talk about it“. Some very well placed sources have confirmed that Theo had a...
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Walcott to sign today or tomorrow…?

Those rumours of a medical today have now spread like wildfire, and it’s now seen pretty much as fact. One thing I can confirm is that Walcott is not training with Southampton this morning: a sure sign that some sort of move is imminent. I really can’t underline enoguh how big a coup it would...
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Walcott Medical Tomorrow?

Rumours are suggesting that Theo Walcott will have a medical at Colney tomorrow. Personally, I believe the stories. My take on it is that Walcott will be an Arsenal player by tomorrow night. Brief, I know, but it’s late....
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Arsenal Lead Shortening in Walcott Race

Theo Walcott is the fastest player in The Championship. The worry for Arsenal now is that he’s sprinted out of sight. This weekend, The Gunners seemed certain of a deal. Walcott’s agent even went so far as to declare the deal “70% done“. Meetings on Thursday had progressed with little difficulty, and it was thought...
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