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Transfer Balls: French Striker’s Agent Namechecks Arsenal And Liverpool

TRANSFER Balls:  Is Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gigna heading to Arsenal or Liverpool? QTWTAIN.

That’s Questions to Which The Answer Is No.

The Press have a story to spin.

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Posted: 29th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment


Arsenal Balls: You’ll Never Guess Who Was The Real Star Of The Invincibles

WRITING in the Sun, Steven Hwoard has a question for Arsenal fans:

…defence has always been a mystery to Arsene Wenger, one in which he has rarely shown much interest… And here’s a more serious question: If Wenger had not been bequeathed Dixon, Adams, Bould, Keown and Winterburn would he have won anything?

QTCOBAY*.

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Posted: 26th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1)


Arsenal v Spurs Balls: The Sun Puts Words In Wenger’s Mouth

THE Sun loves to turn football into a war. In readiness for Arsenal’s Premier League match with local London rivals Spurs, the paper thunders:

Wenger in Tottenham taunt ahead of North London derby

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Posted: 26th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Spurs | Comment


Arsenal Balls: Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas Overlooks Ramsay To Blame Ozil For His Disloyalty

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CHELSEA mifielder Cesc Fabregas “reveals how Mesut Ozil BLOCKED Arsenal return”.

The Express adds:

CHELSEA star Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Arsenal rejected the opportunity to sign him from Barcelona because they already had Mesut Ozil.

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Posted: 25th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comments (2)


Manchester United: Just another Chelsea

FOR a long time now, Manchester United fans have goaded other clubs for throwing their money around and buying various titles, accusing their rivals of having no soul.

Of course, ManYoo are no better, from their club-made banners that hang in the stadium to the very obvious huge sums of money they’ve thrown around themselves at their various squads. Sure, they’ve played some lads from the youth team, but that doesn’t make them any better than their competitors. In fact, in a lot of cases, they’ve spent more money that the rivals they mock.

This year, we saw Man Utd spend 18% of ALL the money forked out by Premier League clubs in this summer’s transfer window.

The club splashed £59.7m on Angel di Maria from Real Madrid alone, while in the meantime, selling off two promising young strikers from their squad in Welbeck and Hernandez. Even in Falcao, a mere loan player, Man Utd will be paying him more money than Wayne Rooney earns. Falcao will be getting more money from Old Trafford bosses than Arsenal will pay Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil combined.

And now, former Manchester United defender Phil Neville thinks that the club need another spending spree, with a £100 million-plus blurt required if they’re going to challenge for the league title.

With new manager Louis van Gaal throwing money around like a new lottery winner on Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao, Neville thinks that there’s more cash to be spent.

“I know United have spent £150m,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I think there’s another two transfer windows of similar amounts of money needed – maybe £100m – before they can even think about winning the title. There are still key positions in the team that need filling. I think the centre-back position is obviously the key area. Holding midfield or centre midfield needs addressing too.”

‘There were no world-class centre backs out there (this summer). I think that’s why in the next two transfer windows, United might still be looking for that world-class defender.”

Of course, there’s a number of fans who will love this, because a maintainable business model or the heart of a club don’t matter when all you’re concerned about is numbers and trophies. It must stick in the craw of older Man United fans who see their fellow fans concerning themselves only with how many trophies the club have and how much money they can spend.

There’s Manchester United fans who sing to smaller teams “We’ve got a stand that’s bigger than your ground”, or supporters who mock Arsenal for their lack of trophies. A product of the ‘football is a results business’ rhetoric, which is making many elements of professional football so achingly tedious, Manchester United, naturally, does have a heart and soul, just like Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City & Co, but it has been swallowed by short memories and overdrafts.

The Top 5 Mentality is the single most tedious facet of modern football, with more games happening each weekend that aren’t even in the Premier League. Manchester United’s fans who define their love by success are, whether they like it or not, the thing they level against hooting Liverpool fans who bleat on about the 70s and 80s, and the thing they berate Chelsea and Manchester City for.

And now, in the post Ferguson years, Manchester United fans are finding out, or being reminded, that reputation and cheque books count for nothing and that, you better find something else to love and enjoy about football because, without the success, you’ll have nothing to cheer about.

At Old Trafford, the young players aren’t valued like they were, the club is getting into dangerous debt, managers are binned off without completing a season and it doesn’t look like the rot in the boardroom is being protected from the people who are required to get results on match day.

It’s easy to tell yourself you’ve heart and soul when you’ve got a club that has the money to design it and implement it for you…

Posted: 23rd, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Arsenal Balls: Debuchy And Walcott Star In Hospital Drama

IS the BBC’s reporting on Arsenal a bit, well, limited?

A look at the Arsenal page on the BBC’s sports site reveals two photos. One shows Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy jack-knifed on the grass in pain. The other shows Theo Walcott contorted with pain.

Or are Arsenal all about injuries?

 

 

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Posted: 22nd, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Manchester City And Cheslea Balls: Watch Diego Costa Not Throttle Pablo Zabaleta

TWITTER is great. Well, it can be sink of human bilge and a herd. But when it comes to football, twitter is great.  In today’s Premier League match between Manchester City and Cheslea, The Citizens’ (and how arcane a nickname is that given the club’s regal owners) Pablo Zabaleta was sent off. His second yellow card featured an altercation with Chelsea’s Diego Costa.

 

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Posted: 21st, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Barcelona’s Fabian Schar Joins Arsenal From Basel After Rejecting Borussia Dortmund

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TRANSFER Balls – a look at bad media reporting on footballers. The Daily Star has an “EXCLUSIVE. News is that “Arsenal and Spurs set for January battle for Swiss defender Fabian Schar”.

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Posted: 21st, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Buy Rabiot Twice From PSG And Once From Roma

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TRANSFER Balls:  Are Arsenal buying PSG’s Adrien Rabiot? The Mirror says they are.

The Mirror also says Arsenal face competition from Roma, Milan and Juventus.

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Posted: 19th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Savage Balls: Manchester City Should Breaks The Rules, Chelsea Buy Success And Liverpool Didn’t Win

TALKING Balls: The BBC’s football expert Robbie Savage is talking about Manchester City in the Daily Mirror.

Robbie Savage column: Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City can forget Champions League Final win already

One game into the Champions’ League and Savage delivers a rousing speech that only Chelsea should bother turning up for the tournament’s remaining games.

Best league in the world or not, the opening statements from England’s clubs in the Champions League this week were an embarrassment.

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Posted: 19th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Edinson Cavani To Arsenal Unless Manchester United Or Liverpool Place A Big Bet

TRANSFER Balls: Arsenal are the “shock” favourites to sign PSG’s Edinson Cavani. Well, according to the Daily Star they are.

How does the Star know this? Because it’s called Paddy Power to get the odds on a betting market that must be in the single digits and calculated that the Gunners are now the “bookies favourite to land the Uruguayan” next year.

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Posted: 19th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Chelsea Balls: Is Badge-Kissing Cesc Fabregas The Most Fickle Man In Football?

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GOOD old Cesc Fabregas. He’s the Spanish footballer with Barcelona “DNA”, Arsenal in his heart and Barcelona in his blood. He’s Cesc Fabregas, the the self-declared Arsenal fan (“I will always be an Arsenal fan”), who agitated for a move to Barcelona – who said “my whole family are Barcelona supporters”; who said in 2011, “If some day I leave Arsenal it will never be to sign for another English team. I’m very sure”.

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Posted: 18th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sign Swansea’s Wilfried Bony For Less Than Spurs And Liverpool Bought Him For

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TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express reveals that Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are in for “£19m target Wilfried Bony”. The headline ends a little esoterically: “CONFIRMS interest.”

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Posted: 17th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports, Spurs | Comment (1)


Arsenal Balls: ‘Danny Welbeck’s Feet Are In The Wrong Place’

Arsenal's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny lifts the ball after Dortmund's Ciro Immobile, scored his side's opening goal during the Champions League group D soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept.16, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Arsenal’s goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny lifts the ball after Dortmund’s Ciro Immobile, scored his side’s opening goal during the Champions League group D soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept.16, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

 

ARSENAL were out-thought, outfought and outplayed in Borussia Dortmund. They were also out-scored, losing 2-0.

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Posted: 16th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Talking Balls: Manchester United Falcao Is ISIS Nutjob Shakir Wahiyib: Arsenal’s Ozil To Munich

TALKING Balls: A look at media reporting on Arsenal’s Germnan midfielder Mesut Ozil and Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao.

The often straw-clutching CaughtOffside says Ozil is heading to Bayern Munich for £32m. The Guardian picks that up and reports it.

Number of direct quotes cited: none.

Number of sources cited: none.

Facts to support headline: none.

 

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The site Fanatiz calls Ozil a “flop”. Is he? Well, no. He isn’t. It’s just that for £41m, you expect more.

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Posted: 15th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Arsenal Balls: Mathieu Debuchy Injury Leaves Arsenal With Just 11 Defenders

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ARSENAL Balls: Mathieu Debuchy has an injured ankle. How long will he be injured for?

Daily Mail: We don’t know.

The Telegraph: Two months

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Posted: 15th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1)


Proof That Match of The Day Favours Boring Arsenal And Hates Exciting Aston Villa

MATCH of the Day is most football fans’ first chance to see what their team got up earlier in the day. The BBC’s flagship football programmes starts late on a Saturday Night. And most often than not it starts with Arsenal:

 

 

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Posted: 14th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1)


Arsenal Balls: ‘Blame’ Arsenal And The Pope For Signing Danny Welbeck

ARSENAL Balls: So. Why did Arsenal spend £16m to sign Danny Welbek from Manchester United?

The Daily Star knows.

David Woods says Arsenal players convinced Wenger sign Welbeck:

 

 

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Posted: 12th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Arsenal Balls: Wenger Bought Danny Welbeck From Manchester United By Accident

ARSENAL Balls: Media reporting on Arsene Wenger’s attitude to Danny Welbeck is utter drivel.

The Metro leads with the news that Arsenal didn’t want to sign Welbeck. Incredible as it seems, you can spend £16m on human flesh without meaning to:

 

 

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Clearly, Manchester United’s Louis Van Gaal was not crash hot on Welbeck given that he had more expensive and experienced alterntives. You don’t leave players who cost a weekly wage far in excess of Welbeck’s on the bench.

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Posted: 12th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Arsenal Balls: Gunners Moved To Sign ‘Fabregas’ 6 Times

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ARSENAL Balls: The Gunners are looking to sign the NEW Cesc Fabregas. As the Metro thunders:

Arsenal line up £9.6m transfer deal for ‘new Cesc Fabregas’ Sergi Samper’

Huzzah! Arsenal fans can now watch as the team bring on a budding young talent who then tells them his heart lies in Spain before leaving and returning to play for Chelsea.

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Posted: 11th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Marco Reus Joins Arsenal For £20m, Manchester City For £25m And Manchester United In January

TRANSFER Balls: Is Marco Reus heading to Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United or Real Madrid? Is she staying at Borussia Dortmund? Let’s see what the Daily Star is saying:

The Star has an “exclusive”.  It says Manchester City and Arsenal will fight for Reus.

 

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Paul Hethertington says “exclusively” – that Reus is Manchester City’s “top target”.

He’s fit again now though and has a buy-out clause in his contract which can be activated by any offer above £25 million from next summer.

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Posted: 9th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sign Adrien Rabiot Then Sell Him To Roma To Smash Manchester United’s Kevin Strootman Bid

TRANSFER Balls: A look at the utter rot passed off as fact in the mainstream media. Today, the Daily Express has news for Arsenal fans: Paris St-Germain are looking to offload midfielder Adrien Rabiot to Roma. PSG are after Roma’s Kevin Strootman, 24, who is also a target for Manchester United.

Regular readers of Tabloid Balls readers will recall that The Metro said Rabiot was already an Arsenal player.

 

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Posted: 8th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Manchester United Sign Arsenal Target Juan Cuadrado Who Agreed Barcalona Deal

TRANSFER Balls: A look at talkSport’s reporting on “Manchester United and Arsenal target” Juan Cuadrado.

Today talkSport has a boast:

Manchester United and Arsenal target Juan Cuadrado is on the verge of signing a new contract with Fiorentina… talkSPORT told you last week that Cuadrado had been offered a new deal by the Serie A side and it now appears that those talks have been progressing well.

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Posted: 8th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Arsenal Balls: Giroud And Arteta Sign New Contracts And Leave Arsenal

ARSENAL Balls: A look at media reporting on Arsenal FC.

Today the Daily Mail reports that Arsenal are offering new contracts to Olivier Giroud and Mikel Arteta. The Mail also reported that same fact back in July.

In July the Times told readers that Arteta was for sale:

Arsenal are holding out for £6 million for Mikel Arteta after Fiorentina made an approach to sign the midfielder who has entered the final year of his contract….The 32-year-old Spaniard is unlikely to be offered a contract extension by Arsenal, who are trying to do their business early in the transfer window.

The Independent says Arteta is definitely leaving in the summer of 2015 because no new deal is in the offing.

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Posted: 7th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comments (2)


Transfer Balls: Arsenal And Manchester United Woo Virgil van Dijk’s Girlfriend From Celtic

TRANSFER Balls: Arsenal are going to fight Manchester United and Manchester City for Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk. No, really. We read it in The Metro. Today that paper reports:

Arsenal still keen on January move for Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk

Come again? Arsenal are still keen on buying Virgil van Dijk in January, which is still a few months away? Which begs the question: if they are that keen on him, why didn’t Arsenal buy him in the two-month long transfer window that just shut?

Arsenal are hopeful of sealing a January move for Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk after the Gunners missed out on a transfer deadline day deal.

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Posted: 6th, September 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment