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Transfer Balls: Arda Turan signs for Manchester United, wants Chelsea and ‘dreams’ of Liverpool

Arda Turan of Club Atletico de Madrid

 

Transfer Balls: Chelsea are in for Arda Turan. But he’s agreed to join Manchester United. And Barcelona. And Arsenal want him. Well, so we read in the papers:

Daily Mail, June 30: “Arda Turan keen on £29m Chelsea transfer as Turkey midfielder says he wants to leave Atletico Madrid”

He’s on his way to Chelsea.

The Metro, June 30: “Arda Turan has agreed terms to sign for Manchester United from Atletico Madrid”

He’s on his way to Man United.

ES (Spain) July 1: “Barelona has reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for Arda Turan”

He’s on his way to Barcelona.

Daily Mail, July 1: “Chelsea favourites to sign £29m Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid with Turkish star preferring London move over Barcelona”

Come on you Blues!

Daily Mail July 2: “Barcelona set to beat Chelsea to the £25m signing of Arda Turan”

Daily Express, July 2: “Arda Turan revelation gives Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal a huge boost – ARDA TURAN has confirmed that talks of a deal with Barcelona are completely false”

Can Arsenal get him? Do they want him?

But the Daily Star says it will all be sorted out today:

Arda Turan to decide whether to join Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United tomorrow – ARDA TURAN will announce which Premier League side he is going to join tomorrow.

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Number of words in any of those stories from the player or Chelsea: nil.

But one paper has quoted the player.

 

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Daily Express, February 27: “Arda Turan: Liverpool is my DREAM team and I want to play for them!”

Such are the facts.

 

 

Posted: 3rd, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal’s Petr Cech suddenly ages terribly (photo)

A mere three days since signing for Arsenal, the now former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has aged rapidly.

This was Cech when he joined the Gunners:

 

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June 30 2015

 

And this is Petr Cech now:

 

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Of course it’s Sun computer wizardry that has made Cech appear oplder. But if that’s what he’s going to look like at 40, Petr might want to tighten the chin strap on his helmet.

 

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Posted: 2nd, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United undercut their agreed bid for Morgan Schneiderlin as Arsenal wait

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Transfer Balls: Time again to catch up with Southampton FC’s Morgan Schneiderlin. According to the Daily Mirror Manchester United have bought the Frenchman for £25million. On June 27, the Mirror reported:

Manchester United have sealed a £25million deal for Morgan Schneiderlin… Schneiderlin will join United from Southampton when the transfer widow opens on Wednesday.

The self-styled “intelligent tabloid” said “Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin to join Red Devils on Wednesday”.

Well, it’s Wednesday. And Schneiderlin remains a Southampton player.

The Sun said:

The Red Devils have beaten off interest from Arsenal to land the French midfielder

The Daily Telegraph agreed, although it said Manchester United had spent £24m on the player who would arrive at Old Trafford “this week”.

But today the Telegraph reports:

Manchester United transfer news: Southampton turn down £20m Morgan Schneiderlin bid – Opening bid for French midfielder falls well short of valuation of £25m for player also courted by Arsenal and Spurs

But Arsenal don’t want him. We know that because the Daily Star said the Gunenrs had “rejected” Schneiderlin. The Daily Express said Schneiderlin had “snubbed” the Gunners. Either way, there was no chance to the player heading to the Emirates. Although the Mirror did report that, er, Arsenal had signed Schneiderlin for £15m.

Such are the facts in the quaqlity Press.

Posted: 1st, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch the moment Arsenal Sign Petr Cech

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Arsenal have signed Petr Cech. Chelsea fans and hairdressers look away now….

Posted: 29th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Ezequiel Garay gets lost on his way to Arsenal and Manchester United

Transfer Balls: Ezequiel Garay and the Arsenal link.

The Metro’s Jamie Anderson (is he real or an SEO-bot?) has news that Garay is on his way to Arsenal. Maybe:

 

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He writes:

Manchester United and Chelsea are apparently keen, but after reports that Arsenal are interested, the Daily Star says the Gunners have now made a £13m opening offer.

Sanderson’s link is to the Daily Star:

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Alex Harris writes:

The Daily Express claim Arsenal have made a £13m offer for Zenit St Petersburg central defender Ezequiel Garay.

The Express is the Star’s sister newspaper.

In the Express we hear from Ben Jefferson, who, like Sanderson, might not be real:

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He too has a source:

Arsenal want the player to boost their back line ahead of the new season, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

No link in the Express. But the story on the Italian site runs:

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The Italians read about the Garay move in the Daily Telegraph.

Back to the UK, then, to learn:

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Finally we get the source of the story:

Arsenal are interested in signing highly-rated Zenit St Petersburg defender Ezequiel Garay, according to reports.

Which reports we are not told. No links. No sources cited. No quotes. No facts. It’s a human centipede of football reporting.

 

 

Posted: 29th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arturo Vidal moves to Arsenal and Chile becomes Italy

Transfer Balls: The Daily Telegraph says Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have beaten Manchester United to Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.

They have?

Arturo Vidal, the Juventus midfielder, appears set to join Arsenal this summer after reports in Chile claim the 28-year-old has signed a deal with the north Londoners… despite United’s interest in Vidal, it now looks like the player will join Arsenal who have agreed a £21 million deal for the player, according to Chilean newspaper La Stampa.

The Indepedent cites the same source for its Vidal to Arsenal story:

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The only problem with the Tele and Indy’s stories is that La Stampa is not a newspaper in Chile. They speak Spanish there. La Stampa is Italian for ‘The Press”. And there is a newspaper in Italy called La Stampa. 

The Daily Mail gets that part of the Vidal story correct. But it fails to link to the story.

And on La Stampa’s website there is no news of the transfer.

But we did find this:

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We can’t find that radio interview, and on Feler’s twitter account he makes no tweet about Vidao to Arsenal.. But this tweeter does:

 

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Such are the facts.

Posted: 29th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal buy Arturo Vidal just like Manchester United did

Transfer balls: Is Arturo Vidal to become an Arsenal player?

Daily Star, June 27:

Arsenal AGREE £21m deal to sign Juventus star Arturo Vidal

Daily Express, June 28:

Man Utd ROCKED as Arturo Vidal AGREES personal terms with Arsenal

 

Daily Mail, June 28:

Arsenal ‘agree deal’ with Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal ahead of £21million move from Juventus as Manchester United miss out

The Sun – June 28: 

ARSENAL insist Arturo Vidal is not on their summer shopping list … a high-ranking source at the North London club said last night the 28-year-old was never on the their radar.

Last summer the papers said Vidal had signed for Manchester United.

Such are the facts.

 

Posted: 29th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Morgan Schneiderlin joins Manchester United for £25m (and Arsenal for less)

Transfer Balls: Manchester United have bought Morgan Schneiderlin for £25m.

The Daily Mirror reports on June 27:

Manchester United have sealed a £25million deal for Morgan Schneiderlin… Schneiderlin will join United from Southampton when the transfer widow opens on Wednesday.

Manchester United fans should recall that on April 12, one paper announced:

Arsenal news and transfers: Gunners agree deal for Morgan Schneiderlin

The fee was £15m.

The newspaper with that headline was the Daily Mirror.

Posted: 28th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal reject Morgan Schneiderlin signs for Manchester United (unless Schweinsteiger does)

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Transfer Balls: it’s been a busy week for Morgan Schneiderlin, the Southampton player reportedly targetted by Arsenal and Manchester United.

Thursday June 25, Daily Express: “Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs target Morgan Schneiderlin AGREES £24m Southampton exit”

Schneidelin would be anyone’s for £24m. But he wants Champions’ League football, say all reports, so Spurs are out.

Saturday June 27, The Metro: “Manchester United agree transfer deal to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin”

Done deal. Manchester United have signed the player.

Saturday June 27, Daily Express: “Man Utd Transfer News: Schneiderlin Arsenal SNUB”

Schneiderlin rejected Arsenal.

Saturday June 27, Daily Mail: “Morgan Schneiderlin poised to seal £25m Manchester United switch as Arsenal pull out of running for Southampton midfielder”

Arsenal rejected Schneiderlin.

Sunday June 28, Daily Telegraph: “Man Utd told to speed up signing of Morgan Schneiderlin – but Van Gaal holding out for Bastian Schweinsteiger”

Manchester United have not agreed to sign Schneiderlin.

Sunday June 28, Daily Star: “REVEALED: Why Arsenal let Manchester United sign Morgan Schneiderlin – ARSENAL pulled out of a deal to sign Morgan Schneiderlin as they didn’t consider him value for money.”

Sunday June 28, Sunday Times: “Schweinsteiger tempted by Old Trafford starting place”

Neither Arsenal nor Manchester United are all that into Schneiderlin.

Number of words from the player: zero.

Number of words from Southampton, Arsenal and Manchester United: zero.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 28th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Morgan Schneiderlin signs for Manchester United in June and Arsenal in May

Transfer Balls: Is Morgan Schneiderlin leaving Southampton for Arsenal, Manchester United or Spurs?

Today’s Sun’ reports that the Frenchman is heading to Old Trafford:

 

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The Sun says:

The Red Devils have beaten off interest from Arsenal to land the French midfielder

On February 2, the Independent told its readers that Morgan was a Arsenal player:

 

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On May 14, the Daily Star agreed that Schneiderlin was a Gunner:

 

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Such are the facts.

 

 

Posted: 26th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Arsene Wenger welcome Petr Cech to Arsenal from Chelsea in fantastic style

Are Arsenal fans happy their club is likely to buy Petr Cech from Chelsea? Yes. Very. The Bleacher Report (via Pies) have produced this brilliant vine to illustrate Arsene Wenger’s anointing of Cech as his new number one.

 

Posted: 23rd, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Chelsea’s Petr Cech needs Christophe Lollichon Arsenal if he’s to thrive

Chelsea’s John Terry says Petr Cech can win Arsenal the Premier League title. Arsenal want to buy Cech for £10 million. His first competitive match for the Gunners could be the Community Shield agsint Chelsea on August 2.

Says Terry:

“If they do get him, that will strengthen them for sure. He will save them 12 to 15 points a season. I am sure if he does leave — which nobody wants to see, but we understand he wants to play football — he is going to be sorely missed. He will improve whatever side he goes to.”

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Posted: 23rd, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Wilshere gets to Arsenal deal as Manchester City scramble for Pogba

Transfer Balls: The Sun says Manchester City will try to buy Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere if they fail with a bid to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus.

City are desperate to land the French star but Juventus want a whopping £71million while Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested.

Pogba to City seems a longshot. The Sun adds:

Arsenal midfielder Wilshere is on a list of possible alternatives drawn up by City director of football Txiki Begiristain if they cannot get Pogba, 22.

But they won’t get Wilshere.

Pellegrini is a huge fan of Wilshere, 23, and the fact he is English is another major plus. But City fear the Gunners will want at least £40m. The England star is aware of their interest and ideally wants to stay at Arsenal — but only if he is playing regularly.

Of course Wilshere is aware of the interest – the story is being played out in the media. And the bit about him staying at Arsenal if he gets more games is straight out of his agent’s Press Briefings Handbook.

So he will seek assurances he will get the game time he craves before committing to a new deal at the Emirates.

No. He will seek more money – in football terms, the pay packet dictates the hierachy in the changing room. Indeed, the Independent says Arsenal cheerleader Wilshere will get “a new five-year contract that doubles his current wage” to £100,000-a-week.

Which leaves City scrambling for top English talent.

 

Posted: 23rd, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: tabloids’ Geoffrey Kondogbia to Arsenal story a masterclass of bilge

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Transfer Balls salutes the Daily Star, which tells Arsenal fans:

Arsenal Transfer News: Kondogbia DONE DEAL

That sounds a lot like Monaco’s Kondogbia has singed for the Gunners, right? Wrong.

Geoffrey Kondogbia has signed a deal to join Inter Milan, snubbing a move to Arsenal.

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Posted: 22nd, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Jackson Martinez heading to Arsenal for £5m less then they paid for him in February

Transfer Balls:  FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 28, is waiting for Arsenal to comer and get him, says the Daily Express. The paper declares:

Jackson Martinez heading to Arsenal for £25m

Back in February 2015, the Express told readers:

Porto AGREE to sell Jackson Martinez to Arsenal for £30m

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Posted: 22nd, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal bid £28.5m for William Carvalho but Manchester United got him for £37m

Transfer Balls: In an ‘exclusive” The Sun says Arsenal are bidding £28.5m William Carvalho, an Arsenal fan currently playing for Portugal Under-21s

ARSENAL have tabled a fresh £28.5million bid for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho. And the Gunners could get their man if they stump up a further £8.5m in add-ons to trigger the Portugal midfielder’s £37m release clause.

But this is Transfer Balls, a look at rubbish football reporting.

In March 2014, Steve Bates told Sunday People readers that Manchester United had got their man:

 

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TalkSport agreeed. But now the fee was £35m:

The signing of Carvalho, who is set to feature for Portugal in this summer’s World Cup, will be seen as a major coup for under-pressure Red Devils boss Moyes.

 

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That deal never happened.

In April 2015, Jamie Sanderson said Carvalho to Arsenal was a done deal:

 

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Sanderson cited a source:

And amid claims that Sporting have dropped their asking price to £21.5million, the Daily Express says a fee has now been agreed.

In the Express, Anthony Chapman had news:

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He writes:

Carvalho was targeted by the Gunners as well as Manchester United and Chelsea in the January transfer window, but the Telegraph claims that Sporting have finally agreed a fee with Arsene Wenger. It is believed that the Primeira Liga outfit were demanding £30m for the 23-year-old, but the two parties have now apparently settled on a more modest £21.5m.

No link. But we found it.

 

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The Telegraph has its own source:

Portugese newspaper O Jogo says negotiations have been continuing, and an agreement is now on the cards, with Sporting ready to sell for £21.5 million.

So there was no agreement at all.

Such are the facts.

 

Posted: 20th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere fined £8000 per swear word

What do you think of the FA, Jack Wilshere? The Arsenal players has been fined – get this – £40,000 for referring to Tottenham Hotspur as sh** as the Gunners celebrated winning the FA Cup in front of their fans.

The entire episode featured five swear words – three of them in the gloriously sweary, ‘My old man said me a Tottenham fan, I said f*** off bollocks you’re a c***”. That works aout at £8,000 a cuss. Sepp Blatter should tell his FA men to stop milking the World Cup and just get a swear box installed in their solid gold sedans.

A single afternoon with Wayne Rooney and Roy Keane and the man from the Albania FA would have enough enough money to top Qatar’s bid.

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Posted: 17th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Chelsea’s Petr Cech wants to set new Arsenal recrod but not for £39m

Transfer Balls: is Petr Cech leaving Chelsea for life at Arsenal? The Sun says the player’s goalkeeping coach has “risked a major rift with Chelsea — after indicating the Blues stopper wants a move to Arsenal.”

Christophe Lollichon has coached Cech at Cheslea since 2007. He told French media:

“His family like England. And a player is happy when his family is happy. He wants to stay in England, but I don’t know if there are discussions. The Premier League is his primary objective. But it will also depend on the conditions. The advantage is that Arsenal is a top club, with a philosophy that pleases him and that is in London. Tottenham? I do not think they have the same ambitions as Arsenal. Petr wants to break the record for the most clean sheets in the Premier League.”

And PSG?

“Much has been said about him at PSG but the problem is that when you have evolved in England, Ligue 1 seems light compared to what Petr has now experienced.”

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Posted: 16th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Damian Martinez and Emiliano Martinez compete for one space

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The Sun’s Alan Nixon has the facts about Arsenal football club.

ARSENAL goalkeeper Damian Martinez is set to go on loan to Spanish side Getafe. The 6ft 4in Argentine has had spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham in the Championship but could now move up a level to La Liga. Martinez, 22, can- not even make the Gunners bench with Wojciech Szczesny, David Ospina and Emiliano Martinez already ahead of him — and a new arrival a possibility. So boss Arsene Wenger would be happy for him to go to Getafe for a year.

Can it be that Arsenal have two goalkeepers named Martinez on the books?

 

 

Damián Emiliano Martínez

 

No. It can’t be. There is only one Damián Emiliano Martínez…

 

Posted: 15th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal and Liverpool target Alvaro Morata’s ‘staggering’ fee used to be higher

Transfer Balls: Is Juventus striker Alvaro Morata heading to Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United? The Daily Express’ Joe Short finds the fee staggering:

 

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Back in March 2015, the news was not as staggering – which is odd because back then the Express valued Morata at £60m:

 

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Is Morata heading to Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United for a ‘Staggering’ £58m or a reasonable £60m? No. He’s not.

Of course, Morata already plays for Arsenal. We read that in the Daily Express and its sister organ, the Daily Star:

 

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Such are the facts.

Posted: 15th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: El Shaarawy no Arsenal bid and Clement Grenier no Arsenal link

Transfer Balls: Utter drivel in the Daily Express, which yells: “Arsenal Transfer News: Italian WANTS move, striker deal AGREED, midfielder DONE DEAL”

The Italian is AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy.

“A move for El Shaarway? There have been several teams interested, Stephan is a player who lots of teams like,” Manuel El Shaarawy said. “We can’t rule anything out, the transfer market is always the transfer market.”

Mentions of Arsenal: nil. Although in the Daily Star that line is proof that that player “WANTS Arsenal move”.

The stiker is Joel Campbell, who “has reportedly agreed to join Fenerbahce ahead of the transfer window.”

That’s Campbell who, reportedly, wants to play for Real Sociedad.

 

And the ‘done deal‘ is for Clement Grenier who has agreed a “three-year deal at Lyon”.

Mentions of Arsenal: nil.

Such are no news facts in the dire Express.

Posted: 12th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Higuain loves Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and topless Chiara, if she’d let him (photos)

Transfer Balls: The Daily Express’ Ben Jefferson tells us “The REAL reason Gonzalo Higuain wants Arsenal, Chelsea or Man Utd move”.

Higuain plays for Napoli. Sun readers think he plays for Arsenal – the Sun declared that Arsenal bought the player for £23m in 2013. You might suppose the “real” reason Higuain wants to play for Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United is because:

a) He loves all three clubs with all this heart

b) He can earn a fortune

c) They are the only three Premier League clubs he’s heard of

d) He thinks Manchester is in London

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Posted: 11th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Real Madrid pay Casillas to go and make way for Manchester United’s David De Gea

Transfer Balls: who will be in goal for Arsenal next season? The Evening Standard reports that Arsenal are watching Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas.

The Times says Casillas will leave Real giants this summer after 25 years with the club – he’s been there since he was nine.

And that means Real getting a clearer run at Manchester United’s David De Gea.

Indeed, so keen are Real to get rid of Casillas they will top up whatever pay he earns at a new club to match his curent earnings.

De Gea is on his way.

Posted: 11th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsena Balls: Dan Smith never saw red for the tackle that ended Abou Diaby’s career but you might

Arsenal have said farewell to their French midfielder Abou Diaby, who has been released into the wild by the club. The French international Diaby made a single appearance in Arsenal’s starting XI this season, and that was in the Capital One Cup. That was an improvement on his tally for the previous season, where he came on once as a substitute. In season 2012-13 season he played 15 times.

For such a talented player, his lack of action is a travesty. Many will trace the 29-year-old’s stalled career to a horrible tackle from Sunderland’s Dan Smith in 2006. Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal said Diaby “was the victim of an assassin’s tackle that went unpunished.”

Smith never saw red for that “studs up” “petulant” tackle. He got only a yellow card.

Sunderland lost the game 0-3. And Diaby was forced to miss Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League final clash with Barcelona.

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Posted: 10th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is a rare glimpse of personality in a barren landscape

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Jack Wilshere thinks the FA have behaved badly towards him. The FA say Wilshere brought football into disrepute by leading a chant inviting Arsenal fans to describe Tottenham Hotspur as “sh*t” and replying to “his old man”who told him to be a Tottenham fan with the line “sh*t, f*ck, bollo**s you’re a c**t”. Arsenal fans gleefully joined in.

The FA then saw the footage, read the media’s shock and horror and ordered Wishere to put some money in their swearbox.

“What do we think of the FA?” Wilshere should ask all football fans. The reply should be monosyllabic.

Wilshere, who looked a tad  merry as he led a chant among what he saw as friends and like minds, thinks he’s been hard done by. He is, after all, being fined for swearing. WTF? He says:

“Apologies if I offended or upset any of u with my celebrations… Learning a lesson is one way of looking at it, but at the same time people have been giving me a lot of stick for having some fun and enjoying myself at the end of a successful season. We’ve worked hard all year as a group of players and we’ve won a trophy. That’s the best feeling in the world. No matter what job you do, if at the end of the year you get a promotion and a bonus, you’re going to go out and celebrate. I think criticism for that side of things was a bit harsh.

“I only found out when I reported for England duty. One of the press officers told me. It was a surprise. I didn’t know I’d been charged so I was like, ‘What?’ I don’t think I’m in a position to comment about it any further at the moment. It’s being dealt with by the FA and my club. What will be, will be.”

Adding:

“I am quite proud of my relationship with the fans. I’ve always had that bond with the Arsenal fans since I was young because I came through the club. I grew up at Arsenal and I love the fans, but believe it or not I’ve actually got family who are Tottenham fans, so it’s nothing personal against them. It was just a bit of fun.”

Of course it was bit of fun. He was inviting the fans to join him in mocking the local rivals. They knew the routine and joined in. Wilshere is one of their own. And what fan of any club can take offence at a homegrown player sharing their passion?

What do think of the FA, Jack? As FA Chairman Greg Dyke might put it: “F*** off. I never liked you anyway.”

Posted: 9th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0